Archive for March, 2012

Unwind – Neal Shusterman

Unwind (Unwind, #1)I saw this in a book shop once. One look at the cover and you know it’s going to be interesting. So I read the back, went “Huh, that sounds kinda cool” and left it like that.

Then I got round to reading it.

And I think my entire brain exploded.



If you can’t imagine a book this amazing, then think of it this way. Take your religious god(s), deity, figure, or person you just think of as plain awesome (if you aren’t religious, let’s go with Chuck Norris). They drenched the book in tears of angel-ninjas and sewed it together with the fabric of the universe, each word whispered in melodious harmonies through the Medusa Cascade (Dr Who references are always appropriate), into the vortex of eternity and bound together in the light of the time continuum, covered in the brightest stars that shine in the depths of creation. (and if that didn’t make any sense, then replace the words with some form of the word awesome. E.g. Awesome awesomed the awesome in awesomes of awesomeness…)

Now that’s over, we can start the summary of the awesometacular book. Go!


Abortion is illegal. You cannot harm a child until they reach 13, when you can choose to have them ‘unwound’ (basically kill them and use they’re body parts to help other people) which is described as not killing the child exactly, as they live on through other people. Kinda. Unwinding is a common and accepted practice in this society. Connor is chosen to be unwound because he gets into too many fights, Risa isn’t good enough at playing piano in her foster home, and Lev is the 10th child of his family and you have to give away 10% of your possessions to the church. So Lev is a Tithe, one of the children who actually wants to be unwound. And then awesomeness ensues. Pure, amazing, mind-blowing awesomeness.


I’m only starting with this because it’s going to be short.


I have one Con, I think. Maybe 2.


and the other con….


Yeah, that’s about it.


Everything. Absolutely everything. The plot was amazing, it had a breakneck pace, it was so exciting and thrilling. It never let you go for a second. You were sucked into this book and could never stop this amazing journey of the book. The twists and turns were so good, and there were scenes where I was literally panicking and trying to turn the pages as fast as I could so I could find out what happened, and force myself not to read ahead because the suspense was killing me. (You know the bit where Connor talks to the Admiral in the plane. I was freaking out so badly there. I think I could have ripped out half the pages in the book at that point.)

And the characters were all awesome. Lev’s development as a character was really unexpected but really cool to see. He did a 180 turn, but it was an understandable development in his personality. And Roland. Man, that one scene where Roland shows his vulnerable side (you’ll know the part I’m talking about if you’ve read the book. Because that is also the most disturbing part of the book.   Urgh, the brain thing. Urgh. I think I actually shivered when I was reading that.) And Cy-Fy was my favourite character. Definitely. My favourite scene in the whole book is when Cy-Fy asks for forgiveness with the suitcase and the crying and the stolen stuff… I love Cy-Fy. And of course Connor and Risa were awesome. And I really disliked Ariana (I mean, I understand why she did it, and everything, but STILL.THAT… let’s move on before I start using really bad language).

And the entire ethical dilemma that surrounded the entire book that we’re having now. All about not enough organ donnors and overpopulation and so on. I thought it was a really interesting take on this issue which is in tons of debate right now. And all the problems that come with being unwound, like if you get a part of someone else’s brain, or if the other person had asthma. Or the fact that you can sometimes get the donor’s skills (that truck guy doing card tricks. Creepy as hell.)

The writing style was really cool. It switched between characters really well, and it was third person, but from different perspectives, if that makes any sense.

And the end! It wasn’t a cliffhanger like Everlost, but still! And the hand! And Lev!
You know, when I was reading the last few pages of the book, I was getting really upset because the book was ending. I was so annoyed that it was ending. And afterwards I tried to read “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” by Carrie Ryan, which is not a bad book. Just, compared to Unwind which I’d just read, it didn’t match up. I found it quite hard to get through after all the pure awesomeness Unwind threw at me page after page.

And my favourite line ever. “Nice Socks.” Well played, Connor, well played.

Man, this book was a rollercoaster ride of excitement and amazingness.


  • “In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn’t a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.”
  • “Roland glares at Connor and Connor glares back. Then he says what he always says at moments like this.
    “Nice socks.”
    Although Roland doesn’t look down right away, it derails him just enough for him to back off. He doesn’t check to see if his socks match until he thinks Connor isn’t looking. And the moment he does, Connor snickers. Small victories are bet­ter than none.”
  • “I’m Switzerland; neutral as can be, and also with great chocolate.”


Do you even have to ask for a rating? This is one of my favourite books of all time. OF ALL TIME. It might surpass Harry Potter for me, though I don’t know. They’re such different books it’s really too hard to make a comparison. And Harry Potter is connected to my childhood. Every time I reread them I always get all this nostalgia and other gooey stuff. The type of stuff everyone got when they were watching Toy Story 3.

5 shuriken stars. So epic, so amazing, so fantastically awesomely amazing. I really want to just sit here and gush over how amazing it was. This is what convinced me to read Everlost by Neal Shusterman, and what has made him one of my favourite authors.

Across the Universe – Beth Revis

I think this is Beth Revis’ debut novel, I’m pretty sure she hasn’t written anything else. And it’s really good. I was put off at first by the cover (two random people made out of stars kissing upside down) but then I heard a great review about it and thought “Hey, why not, let’s try it”, and it was better than I expected. But let’s start with the cons first and get them out of the way.

Oh wait! A summary!


Amy and her family are frozen in a tank for… well I can’t remember how long, but let’s just say a pretty damn long time. But Amy’s woken up to early. Like, 50 years too early, to a ship which is corrupt and has dark secrets. She has to work out who’s doing this before any more people get murdered, including herself.


Characters are so important to me. I don’t care how good your plot is, or your writing style or whatever. If I don’t like the characters, then I will not like the book. This is one of the problems I had with Angel – Cliff McNish & Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr. The characters were so annoying that I really disliked the books. Now, the characters in Across the Universe weren’t annoying, they were just so… bland.  I felt like Amy and Elder really had no personality that defined them in any way. They felt just like little cardboard cut outs without any dimension to them, which was annoying as they narrate the book. All I knew about Amy was that she had a boyfriend and cared about her parents. I never really learnt about her as a person, apart from that she liked running. She actually reminded me of Clary from the Mortal Instruments (by Cassandra Clare) in a way, but that might just be because of the hair colour thing.

And Elder was just a boy that wanted to know who his parents were and liked Amy. I felt more connected to Harley (who still wasn’t very developed as a character) who seemed to have slightly more personality than the other two. Eldest was probably the most interesting character, just because his view on the world and democracy and so on was so different to Elder’s and Amy’s.

I also did not like the way Elder didn’t really care for Amy, he just lusted after her. He didn’t love her (lack of) personality, or her interests or her humour. He was only interested in her “sunset hair” and her girly parts for the disgusting season ritual. This made it hard for me to like him.

Also, the connection between the people who died really wasn’t that interesting. I was hoping for a much more interesting twist, but whatever.


The plot was great, and I love the idea of Godspeed and the whole reasoning behind it. I also love Beth Revis’ ideas on the democracy on the ship, the causes of discord and so on. I love the world she created and how complex and brilliant it was, because it’s actually realistic in a way. And I love how it was named Godspeed, because it was meant for luck and so on, even though none of the crew members believe in God or religion.

And I did love the final, big twist at the end. About the Plague and the ship and centauri-earth. Now I’m really interested to read the next book BUT IT’S NOT AVAILABLE ON THE KINDLE! I’ll just wait, I guess. I’ve got plenty of more books to choose from.


  • “Dreams are like that: they go in and out of memories and scenes, but they are never real. They’re never real, and I hate them because they aren’t.”
  • “If my life on Earth must end, let it end with a promise. Let it end with hope.
    I wrap my pinkie around his. He squeezes my finger, and this world doesn’t feel so cold anymore.
    “Will you stay with me?” I whisper.
  • I am as silent as death.
    Do this: Go to your bedroom. Your nice, safe, warm bedroom that is not a glass coffin behind a morgue door. Lie down on your bed not made of ice. Stick your fingers in your ears. Do you hear that? The pulse of life from your heart, the slow in-and-out from your lungs? Even when you are silent, even when you block out all noise, your body is still a cacophony of life. Mine is not. It is the silence that drives me mad. The silence that drives the nightmares to me.
    Because what if I am dead?”
  • “And I look at Harley, and the billions of stars are in his eyes, and he’s drinking them up, pouring them into his soul.”


So, 3 1/2 shuriken stars, I think. A really really good read.  I’d say it’s better than Delirium but not better than Divergent. It’s somewhere floating around in the middle.

The Numbers series- Rachel Ward

Numbers (Numbers, #1)This series is by Rachel Ward; the first book is called Numbers, the second, the Chaos and the third Infinity. In my opinion the series starts off not that great, but it improves; so it is worth reading! So as you can tell I’m going to write these books as a whole series, because I read the first books awhile back, and I only just finished the last book a few days ago and I can’t be asked to reread them… So… as you can probably tell, this isn’t one of the best series I have read… Especially the first book.. Well, maybe I’m being slightly harsh… I just didn’t like one particular scene in that book (for those of you that have read it.. the hay scene…) and that kinda set me back on the other book… But on a good note the last book was really good!!!!! 😀 It was full of action and it was really fast-paced!!! I love fast- paced books!!! 😀

Anyway… the Summary!!
In the first book the main character is this girl called Jem who, when see looks into other people’s eyes she sees numbers!!! But the numbers are just a little depressing… because they are the death dates of the person. One day she sees that loads of people’s death dates are on the same day… which isn’t normal… and when she sees that she starts to run; making her a prime suspect when the London Eye blows up [note. if the London Eye is ever going to blow up, don’t run (!)]
In the second book, Jem has a son, who is called Adam and because he is the son of Jem, he also sees numbers!!! But instead of only a few people getting blown up… pretty much the whole of London is going to blow up… and that is called… the Chaos!
The last book, Infinity, is in my opinion the best out of the three! It follows the story of Adam, as well as Sarah and Mia (who are introduced in the Chaos) and their lives after the Chaos (but I won’t say much else, because if I do… I might spoil something about the others…

Infinity (Numbers, #3)Cons ;(

The hay scene
“The scene” in Numbers in the hay… its what made Adam… I won’t comment anymore… otherwise it might start to get awkward… unless it already is…

It’s just the slightest bit depressing… I mean.. how scary and sad would it be if every time you looked into someone’s eyes you saw what day they were going to die… you wouldn’t be able to friends.. or go to any social activities… ;(

The writing style…
To be honest.. as you can tell I didn’t like it… that’s why it is in the cons section… I just felt that it was told in quite a matter of factly way… the emotions of the characters actually never got through to me… I understood what they were feeling and what they were going through.. but I never felt it…

The ending
The ending of Numbers was rushed… I hate the ending… its just like they went through all of that together… then that happens… ;( Also when that happens… it was like WHAT WAS THE POINT!!!


The Cover
I LOVE THE COVER!!! (not the one with an eye… the other one- the one above!). I just think that it is so clever- with all of the numbers hiding in the title!!! Also, if you look closely you can see some random numbers floating around!!! It’s awesome!!! 😀 This could actually be one of my favourite covers ever!

The concept

The Plot
The plot was face- paced and thought-provoking and in general very interesting!!! I love how in infinity the plot kept me gripped and after almost each chapter there was some sort of cliffhanger that kept me reading… I literally just couldn’t put the book down.. I read it in just one afternoon!!!

Favourite Quotes

  • “Nothing makes any sense. Nothing means anything. You’re born, you live, you die. That’s it.” (numbers)
  • “How easy to be a bird or an animal, living from day to day, unaware you’re alive, unaware that one day you will die” (numbers)

Overall I think this series is pretty good… not amazing or awesome… just good. As I said before, the series does get better, so if you have read the first book and disliked it, still try to give the second and the third a chance, because they are a lot better than the first… I would probably say that this series is a 3 shuriken star series?

The Host Teaser Trailer and Pictures


To be honest, guys, the trailer isn’t that interesting. Though, since they’ve only be filming for about a month it’s not going to be particularly exciting. Wanda narrates about the invasion and random pictures of people pop onto the screen, all with glowing eyes. Then Melanie/Wanda’s face slowly comes into view with glowing eyes, and the HOST can be seen, with the O showing the same glow as before.

And there isn’t any footage, but I wasn’t expecting any. I was surprised that there even was a trailer.

So, it’s cool. And I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie.


Some pictures have been published showing scenes from the movie.I really do like all the actors they’ve got for this. To be honest, I only really know Saoirse Ronan, who is an awesome actress, as I haven’t been following this as much as I obsessively did for the hunger games. But all of the cast will hopefully be great, and Jared looks perfect in the shots.I really hope they make this good for two reasons. One, because the twilight series have made a bunch of pretty bad movies. I really don’t like them. I found it so hard to get through watching twilight. Maybe it’s because the storyline was so… meh. And everything was so…. meh in the acting, and the entire pace of the movie. It made a good book, but a movie? Nah. And I really want Stephenie Meyer’s reputation to go up as an author. Just because the twilight movies weren’t particularly good (in my opinion), doesn’t mean the Host has to be so meh as well.

So, yeah. That’s my update about the Host. This movie is coming out March 29th 2013. So hopefully I’ll have more news for you soon, but for now, bye!!!!


The Hunger Games Movie

As many people know the Hunger Games movie is coming out this Friday!!!!! Personally I cannot wait!!!!! It is going to be AMAZING!!!!! (Note. If you haven’t read the books READ THEM!!!; you can read about it in Weishi’s review: The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins) And as you can see from the !!!s and the countdown, on the side, WE CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the trailer, and if you haven’t seen it WATCH IT NOW!!!- You can probably find it off youtube or something…

I think that the actors and actresses are great, although in my opinion Katniss looks a little old for the part… but the actress who plays her is really really good! and it is so much better having an actress who looks older, but can act, than a actress who looks the part, but can’t act… (NB: Hi, Weishi here. Just butting into the review. I actually love all the actors they’ve got for the movie, and I am freaking out so bad that it’s coming out so soon. I love Jennifer Lawrence, I think she’s perfect, and I prefered Peeta over Gale in the books.) Another character that I think works really well is Rue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As you can tell from all of the “!”s Rue is one of my favourite characters!!! I think that the actress who plays her is so sweet!!! It is exactly how I imagined her to be like!!!!


The only thing that annoys me at the moment is about is how everybody keeps on saying that “It is the new twilight”… It really depresses me… Because with Twilight, the fans were separated into two groups; Team Edward and Team Jacob… And I really really don’t want this film to be like that…; a complete film on romance, and if the fans become too obsessed with the romance, or if the film is more of a romantic film, than an action film… there might end up being a “Team Gale” and “Team Peeta”… which don’t want to happen… ;(

I cannot wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

This is a review of the first book, not the trilogy.
Now, if you’ve never heard of the hunger games, I don’t know where you’ve been. There’s a movie coming out on 23rd March 2012 (or already out, if you’re reading it after that date. If you are, then: “OMG IT WAS SO AWESOME!!!!” or “OMG IT WAS SO RUBBISH!!”. Just choose the response you want.

We are, of course, freaking out about the movie. Hopefully, it’ll be awesome. (is awesome/was awesome. Doing different tenses is hard.)

Now before I start talking about this, let’s get one thing straight. This blog is co-owned by two people. Who usually have similar opinions on books, but every so often are conflicting. This is one of those cases.

I prefer Peeta, but the other owner of this blog prefers Gale.

So I’m doing the first book, so I’m going to be saying how awesome Peeta is compared to Gale, because I’m biased, but this is just in case you guys get confused. This is one of those weird times where we don’t agree. (There are other times where we have conflicting opinions, including Toy Story, Harry Potter, Rot and Ruin, and so on…)

And because we LOVE making you guys confused, I will only be doing 1 and 3 in the series. Yanni will be doing 2. So here’s what it’ll probably be like.

1- Peeta is so awesome! Gale shouldn’t go with Katniss!
2- Gale is awesome! Peeta is stupid!
3- OMG I love Peeta, Gale is so annoying!

So, good luck with that.

So here’s a summary:
So, Katniss lives in Panem, which is basically North America. It’s split into 13 Districts, but Disctrict 13 got bombed because they were rebels or something. Now, one boy and one girl, from 12-18, get randomly selected from each of the remaining 12 districts to compete in the hunger games. Basically, they kill each other until there’s only one left, and that person wins.

Happy, right? The future’s looking bright already.

But don’t worry, it’s not a depressing book. Well… Not really, for a book about dead children. That bit’s pretty depressing. But the rest is fine.

So. Here’s what I thought could be improved on:


First Person?
This is a just a personal thing. It really doesn’t matter too much. I think the entire series would have worked better if it was in 3rd person for two reasons.

1. It can seem strange at times when Katniss refers to herself. It seems more like Suzanne Collins is referring to how the reader sees her, than how Katniss sees herself. I found it strange in a way, for example when Katniss refers to herself as the girl on fire multiple times. In the 3rd person it would seem completely normal, but when she refers to herself in this way it makes her seem stuck up and extremely sure of herself, even though she is portrayed as a scared, lost girl far from home.

2. It would be nice to see things from other tribute’s perspective. I would be really interested to read about the careers, as they seem like complete monsters in the book, and most of the fans view them that way, even though they are victims themselves. Like Cato, Clove or Glimmer, that would have been interesting. They die because the Capitol made them into killing machines. And in that way we’d be able to see them less as monsters and more like the children they are. Even reading about the other tributes, like the cripple they mentioned in the 74th games, that would have been interesting. Or Foxface, I loved her. I just wish there was more about her, or some sort of explanation of what happened to all the other tributes. It would have also been nice to see stuff that was happening in district 12 with Prim and Gale, or how the other districts functioned. I’ve heard that the movie goes into more depth about that, which is awesome, but I wish the book had done the same. It would have made it a lot more interesting.

That isn’t a complaint. I just feel like it would have pulled the final rating a tiny bit higher if that had been done.

I don’t think there really is anything else…

Ok then.


Everything else.


I loved the concept of it. and I was completely addicted when I was reading it. It wasn’t, however, one of those where you can’t turn the pages fast enough. It wasn’t one of those books which make you go through all these different emotions, in my personal experience. I didn’t cry when Rue died. Sorry if that makes me heartless, but I didn’t. I don’t usually cry at books. The only time that has happened was reading Monsters of Men (The ending KILLED me. Something inside of me died) and it would have be full blown out tears if I hadn’t been in a very public place with a lot of people around me, and I wasn’t supposed to be reading under the table.



  • “You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”
  • “Destroying things is much easier than making them.”
  • “You’ve got about as much charm as a dead slug.”


I don’t know what to give it.It was mindnumbingly awesome, but I still loved it, I just don’t know whether I can really give it such a high rating as 5. So here it is, 4 1/2 shuriken stars. Definitely read it, guys, it’s a great book.

Everfound – Neal Shusterman


Holy, freaking awesome.

Except the end killed me. With Allie and Mikey and… URGH I can’t say though because this has to be a spoiler free review.




Let’s put it this way. As soon as I finished Everwild, I started looking for an Everfound excerpt online. I read that, and then I freaked out. Because I wanted to read it so badly. And even though I could probably borrow it off a friend the next day and I needed to do work and so on, I freaked out. In the end I bought it on my Kindle even though I hate spending money when there’s a library. BUT I HAD TO READ IT. I HAD TO! So, I didn’t get any work done, but I did finish an awesome book, so that has to count for something.

How do a summarise this without spoiling the last two books?
Ok. Let’s try this.
So Mary’s a psycho, as always. I MISS ZIN. ALLIE AND MIKEY!!!! NICK, WELL DONE, NICK! MILOS YOU CREEPY CREEP I STILL FEEL BAD FOR YOU. MARY YOU FREAKING PSYCHOPATHIC PSYCHO. HOW DARE YOU BE SO PSYCHO. THE END. THE END!??!!?! (sorry, I started “shouting” a lot during that. But it’s big. Guys, the plot is so good.)

Actually, these aren’t cons, because I understand why Neal Shusterman did these things and so on, but I was just waiting for something to happen. Hoping for it to happen, but it didn’t. (Allie and Mikey at the end. HOW COULD YOU THAT KILLED ME! And I really wanted to see Zin again, just for someone to skinjack her or something. It would have been awesome, though Neal Shusterman did explain why he did that and so on, I just missed her. Zin is totally my favourite out of all the characters.)

I didn’t mind Jix. But I found him so annoyingly annoying. I don’t know how else to put it. I really wanted to like him, I really did, but he was just too… perfect? It seemed like Neal Shusterman had intended to create him as this perfect character as every decision he made seemed to be perfect and he was really strong and good at manipulating and really observant and really well-built and so on…

I didn’t mind him. But I think he could have been made a bit more flawed. Then I would have liked him more.

Everything else. Absolutely everything else. Everything was just SO AWESOME. I don’t know how  else to put it. This book was like a massive Epic Meal Time style bacon burger, covered in awesomesauce and cheese, with a glass of cherry coke (cherry coke makes everything better). And then the ending came and it was oreo ice cream, except there weren’t enough oreos. (This is just because I was upset about Allie and Mikey. I understand why and it was a good ending and stuff, BUT WHY ALLIE AND MIKEY. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH.) Characters (except Jix, who was still really cool, just not my favourite) = awesome. Plot = awesome. Writing style = awesome. Dialogue = awesome. Anything else = awesome.

I love how Neal Shusterman makes Everlost so big and so vast, and he really takes all the potential of the idea. I love how he incorporates such interesting ideas. Nothing is completely random. Skinjackers have their powers for a reason, so do rippers, and Mary and Mikey, and the Scar wraith idea was so cool, messing with the idea of phantom limbs and being halfway, stuck in between two worlds. I love how he fills it all up to it’s full potential. Especially when you think about how dangerous being a skinjacker is. They can possess people. POSSESS PEOPLE. In Everwild they covered it, especially with Jill’s business and PSYCHO MARY, but this really shows Mary’s power. Everfound really shows how powerful and scary being a skinjacker is.

Neal Shusterman is so awesome.



God, if you’ve read my Everwild review you’ll know what I’m going to say.




I was really happy about her own ending, I was worried that Nick and her and all the history and stuff (sorry if that’s a spoiler, I’m trying to make it as vague as possible) would make it really annoying, but the ending was perfect for her. Perfect. Still, she is so messed up.

I really ended up loving the scar-wraith in the end. In the beginning, I really disliked him (I love Nick and Mikey, of course I’m biased) but by about halfway, I just loved his character. He was so tough and hard, but you could see there was so much loyalty and goodness in him. He really was a hero, and I just ended up thinking that he was one of my favourite characters (though no one can beat Zin.)

I really don’t know what else to say.

Oh yeah. Milos.

I won’t ruin it for you, but MILOS. I thought he was a creep, I still think he is a creep, but if you’ve read Everfound you’ll know which bit I’m talking about. Maybe he’s not creepier than Keenan from Wicked Lovely, but he’s damn sure close. MILOS. God, I absolutely hated Mary for doing that. MILOS MILOS MILOS. I even started to like him at that point.

Did anyone see that coming? Because I definitely did not. That was just so… Urgh. MILOS.


Ok. Let’s get onto quotes before I spoil anything (though I don’t know why you’re reading this if you haven’t read the book. Maybe you’re bored. Maybe you want to find out if you should read the series (DEFINITE YES). Maybe the toaster is taking ages for your BLT. Anyway. Let’s stop rambling and get on to it)


  • “Wars are often waged not because of what we believe, but because of the things we want others to believe.”
  • “Don’t forget me,” Nick said. “No matter where your life goes, no matter how old you get. And if you ever get the feeling that someone is looking over your shoulder, but there’s nobody there, maybe it’ll be me.”
  • (This is after Jix has told Jill that 1 in 5 kids might believe that he’s a jaguar god if he keeps saying it:)
    “Then Jix locked eyes with him and said very calmly, “If you hit her, I will open my mouth wide enough to swallow you whole, force you through my bowels, then out my other end.”
    Avalon scowled at him. “You can’t do that.”
    “Try me,” Jix said. Avalon backed off, then angrily stormed away, and Jix winked at Jill. “One in five.”

So, do i recommend the book? OF COURSE I DO! WHAT ARE YOU? INSANE?!?!?!? IT’S AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. Though I would expect no less of Neal Shusterman. He is definitely one of my favourite YA fiction authors right now. I need to get my hands on more of his books. 5 shuriken stars. Definitely.