Archive for September, 2013

Quotes

Since lately we have been getting more and more busy there has been less time to read (the horror) and less time to post 😦
So we are starting this awesome-ish-hopefully-awesome new section with just a whole load of quotes which when we read we fall in love with, cry, hug, makes our tummy rumble, melt, feel rage bubble up inside us, etc…
So for the first of this section we have none other than the most awesome-est book (fact not opinion) in the world: The Knife of Never Letting Go:

“Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking”

“We are the choices we make”

“I think maybe everybody falls,” I say. “I think maybe we all do. And I don’t think that’s the asking.”
I pull on her arms gently to make sure she’s listening. “I think the asking is whether we get back up again”

 

Unravelling- Elizabeth Noris

An awesome title. A cool-ish cover  (minus the human face) What could go wrong?

Plenty.

Summary
There’s this countdown going on and its going to be the end of the world. Or Janelle’s world for that matter because there are other worlds- parallel worlds just like ours but of course at the same time different. And then Janelle almost dies from getting hit by this truck that literally came out of nowhere: and the only reason why she survives is because this strange kid at school, Ben, puts a hand on her and mends the broken bones and mushed up skin. So then as the story progresses we realise that this Ben guy is actually from another planet and he’s all twisted into the plot about the countdown to the end of the world.

Unravelling (Unravelling, #1)Cons

Main Character
I think Noris tried too hard to make her into the badass strong female lead that it just seemed flat. By the end, or even the middle of the book I was just so sick of Janelle

Romance
I’ll admit there were some sweet parts to their romance, but for me anyway it seemed too fast. I get it from Ben’s perspective- he’s loved her since they were a kid because she was the one who saved him from drowning. However I don’t get it from Janelle’s perspective. I get that Ben also saved her but she hasn’t been craving him since they were kids. It seems fake and flat and I wasn’t at all convinced that she suddenly feel totally in love with this guy. And speaking of not totally in love with the guy, what about Nick? The only reason why she was with him was that he was attractive, and then as soon as she dumps him she runs off with Ben.

Ending
It was stupid and so there will probably be spoilers to follow in this paragraph.
It seems as if the author really hated Janelle and seemed to just throw everything she could to make for an “entertaining” story for her readers. So of course it begins to get unrealistic when almost all the people she loves is dead. So her dad dies and she’s just “I’m just going to move on now” but in reality shouldn’t it be harder or take at least longer to move on? And the same for her BEST FRIEND. He freaking died. And moments later she is making out with this guy that she has only really properly known for a few weeks. How crappy a person is she?

Mid-end
So when her dad dies she’s all sad because well.. he’s dead. But then the writer goes on to say how in the house she is now going to be finding all his hidden Christmas presents that he buys early and then hides. At that point my heart was melting for Janelle even though she pissed me off as a character so bad.
But then, near the end of the book, the house decides to blow itself up.
I just don’t understand what Noris is trying to do.
She makes me really sad when she talks about the christmas present thing, but then she just decides to blow the house up, taking all my pity with it.
It just seemed to me anyway a little pointless.

Sequel
From goodreads:

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

Seriously? What is the likelihood of that happening? They’ve already been to the end of the world and now her boyfriend is a suspect in human trafficking?

Pros

Plot
The concept if the book was good. I liked how in the end it became aliens and other universes and all that stuff and the mystery and her dad and all the stuff to do with the plot.

Fast Pace
Although I found many problems while reading the book I still managed to finish and to be honest I did actually finish quite quickly. It was an easy read as long as you ignored how annoying the girl was 😛

The World
It was an amazing concept, partly because how creepy would it be if it were real. Those are the kind of books with the best potential.

No love triangle!
Congratulations. There were characters who could have been introduced to a love triangle but they weren’t which was good!

Favourite Quotes

  • “So your perfect proposal, what would it be?” Ben asks. “Seriously?”… “I don’t know. It would just be the two of us, and I guess I’d want him to say something honest, not overly romantic, not something that would make a great story to tell his friends. I’d just want him to lean over…” As I say it, I lean slightly toward Ben, close enough that I can feel the warmth of his body radiating into the empty space between us, and drop the volume of my voice. “… and say ‘Janelle Tenner, fucking marry me.”
  • “Life is a fragile thing. Apparently the whole world is fragile too”
  • “Humans have precious few instincts, but that’s because we don’t listen to them. We let logic and knowledge get in the way. My dad always said that when instincts are at war with something society has taught you, listen to your instincts first and ask questions later”

Overall
So when I first read this I thought it was okay partly because I had high expectations for this and you know when that happens you tend to ignore the bad stuff that you’re reading? Well.. ignore the bad stuff until you snap and think “screw these high expectations I hate this book”. But anyway I read this book a while ago and I’ve been somehow putting off this review for a while now and now looking back on it I realised my original 3 shuriken star rating was too kind. So shock horror I’m dropping it now down to 2 stars– parly due to my bad mood and also partly to do with the book not leaving a good lasting impression

The Monstrumologist – Rick Yancey

Also known as: Weishi-attempts-reading-horror-and-fails-at-not-being-a-massive-wimp.

Summary

People hunt monsters. And it’s freaking gory as all hell.

Cons

Gore

Here’s a fact about me: I avoid horror movies like the plague.

I am bad with scary things. I am bad with gore and blood and monsters and even kids books with really grotesque imagery can freak me out.

However, I am also bad at knowing my limits. Because this book was damn good, but me being me, I could not read it past midnight. That was a complete no. Reading in stark daylight was not scary in the slightest. Reading when it’s pitch black and you can hear every weird creak in the room and you’re convinced headless monsters are going to devour you is a no-no.

Language

Another con that is mainly my fault. I tried to rush through this book, thinking it was fast paced and easy and quick so I would be able to sprint through it.

Bad decision.

I missed a lot of crucial stuff because I was trying to read as quickly as possible. The language is pretty complicated and the vocabulary is a lot more advanced than I’m used to in your standard YA Fiction book.

A lot of the time, I had to glance back because I missed some damn important stuff. But the language was definitely suited to both the time period and the narrator, so it’s my fault, not the author’s. Though I will say that sometimes the narration slowed down the action, but all the description was pretty important, and I don’t know if any of it could have been cut.

Pros

The Normal Stuff

Plot was great, setting was great, characters were great. It was intriguing and lots of stuff was happening and there’s not much to say about it apart from that, so let’s get on to the awesome stuff.

Will Henry

I’ve heard some people don’t like Will Henry.

I freaking love this kid.

If Will Henry had been your stock standard protagonist, I wouldn’t have loved this book nearly as much, but he is so much more than that.

For starters, he acts his age. He is a child – a really mature one, but a child all the same. He’s brave and loyal and all that stuff, but he’s not unrealistically so. He gets scared, he runs when things get tough, he cries and shouts and gets into trouble. He mopes about when he’s upset, he doesn’t always think before he acts, and he’s brilliant.

Pellinore Warthrop

Before you ask, yes, I did have to look up how to spell his name.

Both of our main characters have had to take over the positions left to them by their dead fathers. It’s a nice parallel between two very different characters, and as the novel progresses, we see more of their similarities, and their interactions are pretty heart-warming.

It’s nice to see the most prominent relationship not be romance, but instead, this strange father-son relationship that’s really endearing.

Morality

It was a very interesting take on monsters, as they are seen as just natural animals, who happen to have one prey, being humans. There’s also a questionable morality in everything that the people do. Warthrop constantly questions ethics and his science and tries to find who the blame rests on. John Kearns (or whatever else you’d like to refer to him as) is called a monster, and the methods he uses to hunt them are pretty questionable, to say the least.

This series has massive potential to be awesome, though it could just as easily fail.

If Rick Yancey managed to make each book better than the last, this series will almost definitely be going in my favourites. But I’ve seen series with massive potential go downhill very quickly. So we’ll see.

Quotes

  • “There are times when fear is not our enemy. There are times when fear is our truest, sometimes only, friend.”
  • “Memories can bring comfort to the old and infirm, but memories can also be implacable foes, a malicious army of temporal ghosts forever pillaging the long-sought-after peace of our twilight years.”
  • “Perhaps that is our doom, our human curse, to never really know one another. We erect edifices in our minds about the flimsy framework of word and deed, mere totems of the true person, who, like the gods to whom the temples were built, remains hidden. We understand our own construct; we know our own theory; we love our own fabrication. Still . . . does the artifice of our affection make our love any less real?”
  • “Could there be irony crueller than this? How, upon his rescue, the truth had brought him here, to a house for the mad, for only a madman believes what every child knows to be true: There are monsters that lie in wait under our beds.”
  • “That’s a stupid question,’ said Malachi. ‘Because he didn’t warn him. He didn’t warn anyone.’
    ‘No, it’s a philosophical question,’ Kearns corrected him. ‘Which makes it useless, not stupid.”

Overall

I loved this book, however I’m still hesitant to give it 5 shuriken stars. It was great, but it was missing that special something that I need to bring it up to absolute favourite. So, 4 3/4 shuriken stars. If you can take the gore, and won’t be an idiot like me and try to skim through all the fancy language, you’ll be certain to love it.