Archive for June, 2012

The Roar- Emma Clayton

The RoarI saw this book in the bookshop one day, and I thought “This book sounds good! Why not try it!” I don’t think I regretted it! (think though… :D)So anyway, I read this book, because it was a dystopia type novel, and I really like dystopia fiction… But because I have read so many dystopia novels… my expectations are pretty high… so in this review, I might be too negative and probably not as positive as this book deserves… Anyway, this book is written by Emma Clayton (as you can probably tell!) 😀 And it is pretty good! I think it is the first in a series, called “the Roar”, and the second book being called The Whisper! ~ which I cannot wait for!!! 😀

Summary!!!
The plot itself is actually quite basic… sorry. *this is me being negative…* which I was a little disappointed about… the basic plot being; Mika’s sister is kidnapped and he has to try and rescue her. But the part that made the story interesting are the side parts!!! *this is me being positive!!!* The side parts are how he gets to finding his sister and why she was kidnapped! To find his sister he has been told that he has to play a game and compete in a competition against thousands of other children!, BUT the competition has secrets!!! but I can’t tell you those secrets! because it is quite a HUGE spoiler! and it is pretty much what the whole book is building up to!

Cons
The “bad guys”
Right, I’m talking about the bad guys at the very end (sorry, I know this sounds quite complicated… but the “bad guys” at the end are going to be a spoiler, so SPOILER ALERT, so only read this if you have read the book!, but I will still try to keep it vague…
I just didn’t like how the bad people ended up being the environmentally friendly people group…, as I can be called a tree hugger (in a good way!) and I just don’t appreciate books like that, because it turns people away from the issues about global warming… Sorry… I’m starting to rant… :D, I just feel really strongly over this issue… 😀

The ending
It was just so… … Unsatisfactory… I just don’t understand why the author would write a book SO GOOD but then leave it on an ending  like that… 😦

Pros
The Characters
Mika: First, HIS NAME IS AWESOME!!!! Mi-ka! It reminds me about chocolate… Is that weird? Back to him. He is an awesome character! I just love how he has so much loyalty to his sister, even after loads of years, when even his parents have given up hope! He is also really smart!, but that can get a little annoying… as it seemed a little strange that he had “a gut feeling” about bad and good stuff. I also love the slightly more vulnerable side towards him, like the box head people! It was just quite nice to see that, because it made him seem more like a real person, rather than a made up hero in a book.
Kobi: He was mysterious, and just amazing!!! I felt that I could really actually connect to him, and I felt so sorry for him when Mika and Audrey accidently betrayed him… 😦
Helen: I have no idea whether she is actually a heroine or a villain, because I think she is somehow related to the end bad guys, But I guess having a connection with the bad guys doesn’t necessarily make her a villain, and she herself, was a really good person…, so overall, I guess she’s a HEROINE!!! I’m glad I got that sorted! So. Helen. She was just so funny! And she was just so nice and towards the end, so brave! She almost gave up everything to help Mika, and I think that it’s really sweet!

The scene with the cookies
First: LOL!!! Second: Aw… Third: (to Mika): YOU IDIOT!
Those were my reactions after reading that scene. I just don’t see how he didn’t even bother to look at them… WHAT TYPE OF PERSON DOES THAT??? and it was real food as well… but now that I think about it, I can see the funny side of it, actually more ironic than funny… 😀

Favourite Quotes

  • “She felt herself wither like a tree receiving the first kiss of a forest fire.”
  • “Helen’s books were her friends, “the kind you invite for dinner in the middle of winter,” she’d told him, ” and spend all night talking and never go to bed.”
  • “FRAG”

Overall
Being completely honest…, this book is just all right. I can’t think of anything that is special about it. One of the main reasons that I read it was that it was a dystopian type book, and dystopia books are too good for words!!!, But if this book is compared to other dystopia books, nothing much stands out about it… So I guess three shuriken stars…, but maybe my standards are just getting higher! 😀

BZRK- Michael Grant

BZRKThis book is confusing… But it is still a good book! Any book written by Michael Grant is a good book!!! Michael Grant is also the author of the AMAZING Gone series –> See link for the first book : https://discombobulatedbooks.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/gone-michael-grant/
So back to the review! BZRK is the start of a new series called the BZRK Series (creative right?). The second book is going to come out hopefully on February 23rd, next year (2013), according to goodreads anyway… So… As I said… This book is very confusing. You have to really read into it and absorb every detail if you want to have a chance of understanding it. I didn’t understand it. 😀

Summary
It is set in the near future, where the world has better technology, but it isn’t that different from how it is now… The main evil people (sorry… I know there is a better term for it… that begins with “P”… but I don’t know how to spell it… :D) are the Armstrong twins; They are so creepy… They are joined together, but that’s not what makes them creepy… It’s just that they are so evil… but at the same time not so evil… Because they actually believe that they are doing the right and humane thing…; to enslave everyone… and join them all together by the mind… Another thing that is creepy… is how I actually agree with them in some ways… damn… I’m writing too much for the summary… I’ll explore their character more later! Well… because the twins want to enslave everyone… there must be someone, or some people to save mankind! <– BZRK!!! Both sides fight with their robot things… which invade the mind and turn people crazy and mental…

Cons
It’s too confusing!!!
There were just so many characters… and so many different robot things… and by that… I mean two different types of robot things… and one isn’t even a robot… note. If you are going to read this: Nanobots are used by the Armstrong company, and they are robots controlled by people by controls, Biots are used by BZRK, who are against the Armstrong Company, and they are controlled by the mind!!! I only got that about half way through the book… I thought that the characters, although each one of them were AMAZING!, but I just felt that there were just too many of them, so we never properly understood them or got to know them… (but that may just be my opinion!).

Pros
The Characters!
All of the characters are AMAZING and UNIQUE in their own way! And by unique, sometimes I mean literally: e.g. the Armstrong twins! (joined together, in the brain, and about half their bodies!)
The Armstrong Twins: There were the PERFECT villain! There were the type of villain, whose character was developed perfectly, I could actually imagine them as a real character! They weren’t the type of annoying villain that has all bad and no good…, I could actually see the good points about them; they thought that they were doing the right thing!, and I found that I actually agreed with their philosophy and I felt really sorry for them because everyone considered them the “enemy”… 😦
The two poets!: Sadie was just AMAZING! She was just so smart… but also quite annoying because she was so smart… and Noah was just so cool! I loved him from the moment he almost got his leg sawed off!
The BugMan and Vincent: They are the one of the best two enemies I have ever met! Actually, they are more like nemesises (plural of nemesis?)!  They were just so funny!, and it really put a different view on the book!

hm… That is the only real pro that I actually have to talk about… the other good points are to minor to be worth my effort… 😀 but don’t get me wrong… THIS BOOK IS STILL AMAZING!

Favourite Quotes

  • “We think of it as a body. A singular thing. Skin over organs and bones, but all of it ours. Human.” She shook her head slowly, dark brown eyes glowing. “We are not all human. We are closer to being an ecosystem. Like the rainforest. We are the home to thousands of life-forms. They live in us and on us. Like jaguars and frogs in the rain forest. In the human ecosystem there are viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites.”
  • “Rule number one: no one accidentally shoots me. I will resent it.”
  • “Doctors can all go to hell; nurses go straight to heaven.”
  • “She felt the heat, like someone had opened a pizza oven inches from her face. And set off a hand grenade amid the cheese and pepperoni. “

Overall
Overall this book is good!, partly because the author is AWESOME! To get straight to the point, I would say that it would be 4 shuriken stars. I would definitely recommend reading this book! (along with the Gone series- also by Michael Grant!)

Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

Code Name VerityThis isn’t the type of book that I usually read. It’s more thoughtful, probably because it is in the genre of historical fiction. Usually I read dystopia-type books, which are in a way thoughtful, but not quite like this. I find that whenever anybody reads a historical fiction book, it almost comes to life, but in the past, rather than the present, do you get what I mean? Because when it is historical fiction, I can imagine it better, which can be good or bad. Good in the sense that it makes the book a more enjoyable read, but bad in the sense that I feel all depressed now, because it almost scars me to think that it could have so easily been real, and no one would know, because so many people go missing in war, and it would be have been so hard to record every single persons story. As you can see, I am still in shock from the awesomeness of the book. This whole day I have been staring off into space, because of this book. I’m not even joking.

Summary
It tells the story of two women during World War 2. The first half of the book talks about a woman (sorry, I’m deliberately being vague here) who has been captured and has two weeks left to live. She has collaborated with the enemy, and has given 11 sets of code (just to let you know, that is A LOT) and she is writing a confession, which is what we read for the first half of the story. And the second half… I can’t say. It would be a major plot spoiler.

Cons
The Pace at the beginning
It was so slow… At some points I thought to myself, “Why am I forcing myself to read this?” But rest assured, it was worth it. It sped up considerately at the end. I only wish that the beginning was faster, rather than setting-the-scene pace.

And that’s just about the only Con!

Pros
The Quotes
They were all just so clever, and I loved how each quotes had it’s own hidden meaning (e.g. Careless talk costs lives = Shut up, but in a nice way) . Maybe I’ll try using it sometime, And the “Kiss me HARDY,” almost made me cry at the end. And I almost never cry. The only other book that has done this to me is Monsters of Men.

The Twist
There so were many twists. I can’t say any more.

The Cover
It’s just so complicated, and reflects the book entirely! Every little detail on that cover means something. From the little plane in the corner, to the red circle around Verity. The little bloodstains at the top just make it all the more real, and the more terrifying at what the interrogation was like.

The Writing Style
I have never read a book that has been written in a confession like way. And I loved it. I also loved how she wrote it in third person. It just meant that we could connect equally as well with Maddie in the past and the narrator in the present. It is truly a unique book.

The Confusion
Usually this would go into the cons category, but for this book, I feel that the confusion was a good thing, but I do think that it was overdone, as, if someone was actuall- sorry. I can’t continue, otherwise I might have given away something.

The Characters
Maddie: I loved how…

(urgh… this is so hard to do a review for, because there are so many potential plot spoilers….. hm… how do I phrase this? OK, I’m going to try to put this into code, so only if you have read this book, you can understand.)

I loved how we never actually meet her, that we only heard about her through the truth, and when we did see through the eyes of Kittyhawk, I suddenly thought; I have never actually met Maddie, but I also feel as if I know her through the truth. I wouldn’t say that that was my best ever code, but I guess it will do! Maybe I should become some sort of Watson/ Sherlock/ Moriarty!

The Truth: I really want to say some of her best attributes, but if I do, I’m worried about unintentionally giving you a hint that may lead to a spoiler. Can I just say, also in code, I loved moments like “Kiss me HARDY,” when she could communicate without spilling out what she actually wanted them to do. I think I’m kind of getting into this code thing.

SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden: As his name is so long, I’m just going to avoid saying it. At the beginning, he seemed to be the one whom I thought was the villain, but no, as I kept reading, he became more and more human in my mind. I loved the little details that made him more of a human being, rather than a heartless maniac. It just made him more of a 3D character.

Favourite Quotes

  • “It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.”
  • “KISS ME, HARDY! Kiss me, QUICK!”
  • “Careless talk costs lives”
  • “I am no longer afraid of getting old. Indeed I can’t believe I ever said anything so stupid. So childish. So offensive and arrogant.
    But mainly, so very, very stupid. I desperately want to grow old.”
  • “The anticipation of what they will do to you is every bit as sickening in a dream as when it is really going to happen”
  • “A whore, we’ve established that, filthy, it goes without saying, but whatever else the hell I am, I AM NOT ENGLISH.”
  • “Please come back soon. The window is always open.” (A reference from Peter Pan)

Summary
WOW. This is one of the longest reviews that I’ve written, so if you’ve read all of this , and aren’t clouded by the vagueness of it, get your hands on this book! And if you are befuddled by this review, you can either trust me and read this book, or just ignore this review, and keep leading your happy, un-depressing life. And to be honest, I can understand if you don’t trust me – this is one of the vaguest reviews I have ever written. When I was reading this book, I was thinking, “Why are there so many good reviews about this book? It seems just average to me.” But after reading: “I can’t believe I ever doubted this book. It is one of the best historical fiction books I have ever read!” If you are currently reading it, and you aren’t entirely convinced, force yourself to finish it! I did, and I didn’t regret it! So, I would say, 4.5 shuriken stars!

Shadows- Ilsa Bick (Cover)

Shadows (Ashes Trilogy, #2)This is the cover of the second book in the Ashes Trilogy, by Ilsa Bick, and it looks AWESOME! And I didn’t even like the first book that much… So this is the Egmont cover, there is another one, which I think matches with the first book better, but when I saw the other, it was surrounded by a language that I couldn’t understand…, So that’s why I’m doing a cover review on this one!!! So, it hopefully comes out on September 25th! I would say that I cannot wait…, but the truth is, I’m not that bothered…, I just want to read the book, so I can form a proper opinion on Ashes, as I still feel a little temperamental about it…, because the beginning was so good!!!, but the second half… Urg…

I just love how it seems so dark (ironic right?, since it’s title is called Shadows!) 😀 And how the word is the main part of the cover, and that surrounding it is black or dark blue- mysterious!!! I also love the colours used, they just seem so much more vivid and bright than Ashes…

One thing that annoys me about this cover, is how it doesn’t look anything like the old Ashes Cover… I just don’t understand why they would make a new cover for Shadows and Ashes, so late after Ashes has been released…
It also looks as if the author/ designer, just did what they like without a regard to the plot… Because the cover just seems so elegant…, and I wouldn’t imagine a Apocalyptic book to be elegant… Although, I do love the elegance 😀

THERE IS A PERSON ON THE WORD SHADOWS!!!, Sorry, I only just realised!!! And I think it’s a guy, which means that it can’t be Alex… So??? Who could it be???!!! This just goes back to my point about how it seems mysterious… Perhaps, it’s Tom!!!, Or maybe it’s that other jerk, who likes Alex…

Summary (from Goodreeads)
The Apocalypse does not end.
The Changed will grow in numbers.
The Spared may not survive.

Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she thought Rule was a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love.
But she was wrong.
Now she’s in the fight of her life against the adults who would use her, the survivors who don’t trust her, and the Changed who would eat her alive.
Welcome to Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.

From the summary of the book, it seems a little like this other book I have read, called Rot and Ruin, by Jonathan Maberry (WHICH IS AMAZING!, just to put it in! 😀 ), because of the last few lines! “humans may be the worst of the monsters” compared to the “In a world full of zombies who are the real monsters?” from Rot and Ruin. But note. Ashes is NOT a zombie book! I’m very picky about things like that!… And I am glad to say this Ilsa Bick knows her zombie information well! 😀

So, My hopes/ Predictions!:

  • We will find out what happens to Tom and Ellie
  • We will meet Tom
  • Someone will die (either the jerk who also likes Alex (fingers crossed!) or Tom (please no…)
  • We will learn more secrets about “the Rule”; because I have a feeling that they are still keeping stuff hidden…, because their way of ruling seemed a little strange…

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Before you judge the book, look closer at the cover. Yes, inside that leg is a machine thingy-magick. Guess why. Go on.

Yup, that’s right. This is Cinderella retold, except she’s a cyborg.

Interested?

Summary

Cinder is the best mechanic in this new, futuristic Beijing. She has two stepsisters (PLOT TWIST: One of them is actually nice), her evil stepmother and this android called Iko who is her best friend. Prince Kai asks her to fix his android, and then there’s this whole thing about letumosis, this plague that basically means if you get it, you’re screwed. And then the Lunars, who are moon people who are all evil and stuff, and the Queen wants to marry Prince Kai. And yeah, that’s our story. A bit different to Cinderella, right?

Cons

These aren’t really major cons, you just need to be aware of them when reading the book.

It is SO predictable
Maybe that’s just me. Maybe I was the only one expecting it. I doubt it, though, I’m really bad at picking up on plot twists. There is this one big reveal about Cinder, and I totally saw it coming. I can’t remember how far in it was when they mentioned it, I think about 50 pages in, but as soon as they did I was like “Yup, then that’s going to happen, and so is that.”. And I was right. Yeah, there are no major plot twists at all in this book. And if there are, they aren’t jawdroppingly surprising.

But that didn’t make it a bad book. No way. Just because I predicted the ending doesn’t mean it wasn’t still really enjoyable and so on.

The Cover
Again, I know. It’s got nothing to do with the book. I just don’t like it. There’s nothing about a big red stiletto involved, and yes. It portrays that it’s about Cinderella. But it really looks like they were just trying to get to a YA supernatural, lovey-dovey audience. The cover could have been way more epic. But it’s not the writer’s fault because she probably didn’t have much say, and it’s not the advertiser’s fault for trying to make the book sell. So, really, it’s just a personal thing.

Pros

Plot = Pretty cool. Predictable, yes, but still really cool. I loved the whole idea about the world and the lunars and so on.

Characters = None of them really stood out, but they all had differences. They weren’t all copycats of each other. They were still all individual and awesome. Oh, but my favourite thing about it was that you start to feel sorry for Adri. You hate her, because she’s really evil, but you feel bad for her at the same time. She lost her husband and got stuck with this cyborg, which she sees as this sort of monster, who she thinks killed her daughter. That’s got to suck.

Dialogue = Yeah, pretty good. I liked how Cinder and Prince Kai were both really sarcastic at times, my favourite type of humour (the main reason I read Maximum Ride and Skulduggery Pleasant).

I can’t really think of anything that stood out. Oh! This has nothing to do with the book, not really, but I have to mention it.

The Sequels

So the sequels to this are going to be:

  • Scarlett
  • Cress
  •  Winter

All about Cinder and her story and stuff. When I read that on the back cover of the book. I was thinking about how she was going to do this. She had based the first story on Cinderella, and that of course made it easier, but now she has to come up with new storylines, and it won’t be her take on a fairytale anymore. It’ll be like a different story.

And then I thought, wait a second. Wouldn’t that be really cool if each book was based around a different fairytale and had elements of a different one in each seperate installment. And lo and behold. They are.

Scarlett is based around Red Riding Hood. Cress around Rapunzel. And Winter on Snow White. Awesome, right?

So, I’m definitely going to be reading the sequels.

I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT QUOTES. OOPS.

Quotes

  • “I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”
  • “I don’t know. I don’t actually remember anything from before the surgery.”
    His eyebrows rose, his blue eyes sucking in all the light of the room. “The cybernetic opetation?”
    “No, the sex change.”
    The doctor’s smile faltered.
    “I’m joking.”
  • “My only mistake was in waiting too long to be rid of you”, Adri said, running the washcloth between her fingers. “Believe me, Cinder. You are a sacrifice I will never regret.”

Overall

I have no idea what I’m going to give this. Like, 3 1/2 shuriken stars? That seems right. Though, I’m not sure whether it does place below Across the Universe or not. I’ll have to think about that. But in the meantime, read it! It’s really fun and enjoyable, and an awesome take on a classic fairytale.

Mark of Athena (Cover) – Rick Riordan

U mad bros?OMG.

Oh. My. GOD.

IT’S OUT IT’S OUT IT’S OUT!!!!!

I’m leaving it big so that you can see it and all, since most sites have it tiny.

Anyway. LOOK AT IT!!!!!

Ok, to the review.

There’s an owl in the background (the mark of athena), and Jason and Percy are obviously having some epic battle of lightning vs. water and it’s all epic and stuff. Percy is on Blackjack? No idea which horse Jason has.

AND CAN I JUST SAY I LOVE IT SO MUCH

Why are they fighting? Please leave suggestions, because I have no idea and I really want to know.

Also, EXTRACT.

So Rick Riordan read out some of the first chapter at his events promoting the last Kane Chronicles book (A series I still need to read), and it ended BEFORE ANNABETH MET PERCY. But now there’s a new one that I think is the entire chapter.

So, in this extract (oh, spoilers) Annabeth sees his face. For like a second. And that’s enough to make me happy for today. I still need the book as badly as before, but this makes up for it a bit.

For those of you who can’t find where to read it, here’s a link.

I’m really hoping this means Annabeth is one of the seven. But I’m really scared that she isn’t. Please, please, please be one of the seven.

Oh, and, for those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s the summary.

Summary

“In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six—who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land—Greece itself—to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophesy remains a mystery…

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.”

See, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be someone new that joins the seven, BUT I WANT IT TO BE ANNABETH. It has to be Annabeth. Please make it Annabeth.

Mark of Athena seems like it’s going to be awesome. It’s Rick Riordan, I wouldn’t expect any less of him. No, not awesome. EPIC.