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Xmas BookTube-A-Thon 2014

We’re doing it again.

Not that we were particularly successful last time, and this seems like a dumb idea because I’m probably going to be pretty busy, but who cares! We’re doing it!

Info on this thing here

Now we’ve still got a couple of days before this thing starts, so this list isn’t set in stone, but here is my TBR for this thing to fill all the challenges.

1) Read a book with red and green on the cover!
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flannagan – Yes, I know what you’re thinking. That is not a festive choice, and it will make you sad and cry for hours. I know. It’s also massive. I’m aware of that. Altogether not a good choice for a marathon. But dammit I really want to read this book.

2) Read a book you really wanted to read this year!
More Than This by Patrick Ness – I have no excuse for not having read this book yet other than I was waiting for the perfect time. And now I have the chance to sit down and read it all in one go, so I’d call that pretty perfect.

3) Read a book that was gifted to you!
Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve – Someone out there (and you know who you are) is going to kill me if I don’t read this. So here. Ha.

4) Read 3 books!
If I don’t finish these books in time I will probably read some graphic novels to put my book count up. But we’ll see what those are when we get there (most likely Maus, but who knows)

Anyway, hope you join in too, and I will see you in the Xmas BookTube-A-Thon! 🙂

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More than this- Patrick Ness

Well… It’s a book by Patrick Ness, what else is there to say? 🙂

More Than ThisSummary
The main character Seth, dies and somehow comes back to life, but in a totally different place- in fact the worst place for him on earth. The first part of the book is him alone somehow learning to live alone and struggle with what place it actually is- hell?, the afterworld? Etc…. Then he hears a noise, the noise of a car, in a seemless empty place, and while running towards it he kinda gets half kidnapped for his own safety. He then makes some new friends and together they begin to piece together where they are. We also get his backstory of when he was alive, and how he died in the book.

Cons

Comparison to his other books
The Knife of Never Letting Go is my favourite book of all time and all books, and even after reading this book I’m still happy to say that. The problem is that after Patrick Ness has written such an awesome series, it really does set the bar up high for his other books. While I’m happy to say that this book met “the bar” what is hard to say is that it is better than the Chaos Walking trilogy. So, this isn’t really a con, but more of a comment that I didn’t think it was as good as Chaos Walking, but to be honest I didn’t quite want it to be either because I didn’t want something to replace Manchee, Todd, Viola, Davy, and all the other deep and wonderful characters of Chaos Walking.

Pros

It was terrifying
It took me a while to read- much longer than it should have been because after reading some of it I had to stop because I was scaring myself loads. The thing is the book isn’t even that scary, it was more the way it was written and how it made me think about how I would cope if I was in a world with no one else around.

What if I’m living in a dream world
Because I would never know unless I die in a particular way, and what if its like inception, where both worlds die and it ends up being a dream world within a dream world.

The connections to Chaos Walking
It’s easy to tell that they are by the same author. I loved how in More that this there were talks about being a “man” just like how Todd was always looking to his birthday because it marks the day he officially becomes a man.

Tackling modern day issues
It seemed to have a hint of almost everything; global warming, murder, rape (hinted at but never really said), abuse, sexuality. But it still held itself together, unlike other books which have thrown all sorts of issues into it to try to make it seem less empty.

All the other obvious points
Writing Style
Character Development
Characters

Favourite Quotes

  • “You said we all want there to be more than this! Well, there’s always more than this. There’s always something you don’t know”
  • “Real life is only ever just real life. Messy. What it means depends on how you look at it. The only thing you’ve got to do is find a way to live there”
  • “Go in swinging”
  • “We have to lie to ourselves to live. Otherwise, we’d go crazy”
  • “A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while”

Overall
Well, as I said before its a Patrick Ness book, and therefore without any hesitation I give it 5 stars.

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”

 

More Than This- Patrick Ness

THERE’S A NEW PATRICK NESS YA NOVEL COMING OUT!!!

YAYAYAYAYAY!!

Okay now that that is done, here’s the post

It’s called “More Than This” and is going to be released in September 2013, and I’m so excited!!!! His writing style is just so so awesome and flawless and I would say that I hope this book won’t disappoint, but I am sure it won’t…

At first after hearing the title I didn’t really know what to think because it could be anything: from zombies (e.g. there could never be more zombies than this) to a lovey-dovey book (e.g. ahem. I don’t think I really need an example in words- *insert whatever your imagination thinks of*).

But no! It’s something even more awesome! (Well… maybe bordering on zombie awesomeness, because well… zombies are just awesome!): Apocalypse. Alone. Memory loss. Confusion. etc.

From Goodreads (and the cover!- at least I think it is the cover):

More Than ThisFrom two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .

The only thing that annoys me about the goodreads page is that some annoying idiot went and gave the book one star. WHY? (And yes. I did my research and that person did not read the book) Don’t you just hate it when you look at books that haven’t come out and people have already rated it. I guess it’s better if it’s a good rating because then it at least expresses their excitement… but a bad rating from someone who hasn’t even read the book is just sad… sad that they would go looking for books and giving it one star just to spite whoever..
But anyway… that’s a different matter 😛

Anyway…

So I’m kinda curious what’s going to happen now:

  • Who is this Seth?
  • Why doesn’t he die?
  • What part of the story is real?
  • What was the “unthinkable tragedy”?
  • Why is the planet ruined?
  • How is Patrick Ness going to make it all fit together? The only plausible ending that I can think of at the moment is “and it was all a dream” but those endings are… ahem, what’s a nice way to put it?
  • Is this going to be a series?
  • Please please let there be a book tour of this with opportunities for book signings and meetings.

All I can say now is that I can’t wait for this book to finally come out! September really needs to come faster…

The New World- Patrick Ness

The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5)Because this is a short story this is going to be a short review! (I feel like such a rebel, starting a sentence with because! :D). This book is the short story prequel to the chaos walking series, by Patrick Ness (which if you haven’t read my review for those books THEY ARE AMAZING!!!! THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!)
IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THOSE BOOKS READ THEM NOW!!! STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND GET YOUR HANDS ON THE SERIES!!!
OK. My rant is over! Actually… maybe not quite… I will probably ramble a bit over this review! To be completely honest, I’m really not sure how I’m going to write this review… so again, I’ll probably ramble… I think I’m rambling now…
Anyway, as I said, this book is the prequel to the Knife of Never Letting Go and that series, it is a really short story, and I think, it can be found on Patrick Ness’ website!- I’ll put in a link at the end of this review! I personally would recommend you to read this book after reading the Knife of Never Letting Go, as after you have read that book, you kinda get a bond with the characters, so the book just seems so much better, and so much more heart- wrenching… 😦

Summary
This short story is about Viola, in the scout ship and the settler ship… It basically tells her story from her departure from the settler ship to when she crashlands! (This is probably why you need to read the Knife of Never Letting Go first, otherwise you will have no idea who these people are…). It focuses on her and her parents and also a little on her settler life; including Bradley!!! (HE IS AWESOME!!!). And as you know… the scout ship crashes… so her parents die 😦 and it is just so sad!!!, because of the way Viola treated them, just before they died… But anyway, I’ll let you find the rest out for yourselves!

Favourite Quotes!

  • “‘Fire,’ he said. ‘The ability to make fire at will. It allowed us light to see in the darkness, warmth against the cold, a tool to cook our food.’ He gestured vaguely in the direction of the Delta’s engines. ‘Fire is what eventually led to travel across the black beyond, the ability to
    start a new life on a New World.’”
  • “Hope. That’s all anyone ever talked about on the convoy, especially as we got closer. Hope, hope, hope.”
  • “‘I’ll take it,’ I say. ‘I’ll take your hope. I’ve got it, okay? Mum?’
    But I don’t know if she hears me-
    Because her hand isn’t gripping back any more.”
  • “Start it to give a light against the darkness”
  • “And so I sit in front of Bradley’s fire, on the surface of a dark, dark planet, and I have their hope, if not any of mine.Except the hope that it’ll be enough.”
Overall
What can I say? Only to read this book and this series; because IT IS AMAZING!!! YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!! AMAZING!!! If you still need to ask; 5 shuriken stars! I would however, recommend you to read this short story after you have read the Knife of Never Letting Go, as it may not make too much sense otherwise… but it doesn’t matter too much whether you read this book after or before the other books in the series! You just need to read this book sometime in your life; or YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE COMPLETE! 😀

The New World: PDF file:
http://www.booktrust.org.uk/usr/library/documents/short-stories/the_new_world.pdf

Monsters of Men- Patrick Ness

Monsters Of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM PREVIOUS BOOKS
After reading this book I was shocked and speechless. I kept turning over the page thinking “THE BOOK CAN’T EFFING END HERE” ;). I was literally in hysterics trying to see if there were any hidden pages or if there was invisible ink.

Monsters of Men is the third and last book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, written by Patrick Ness (who is awesometacular for writing this series and making it such a thought provoking and AMAZING book).

The previous two books are The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer. There is also a prequel called The New World. After reading those two books I was seriously worried that the third book might be a let down, as the third book in a series can sometimes be not as good as the previous books, but no! IT WAS STAGGERING.

Summary
The book starts where the Ask and the Answer finished; with three armies fighting each other to the DEATH!!! (but also not quite). Todd and Viola are both caught up in the middle… with almost no chance to escape ;(. The book involves Todd and Viola trying their hardest to end the war, but “War makes monsters of men”…

Cons
It took me awhile to think up of these cons because at first I just couldn’t believe that the book had any cons… but anyway here they are!

So many characters die
I just thought it was sad that so many die, even if they only get one mention, then “poof” they vanish and we never hear of them again. But I don’t know if this would be a con… it’s a hard one to think about… because it also makes the book exciting and it gives it a fast pace so you never get bored.

We never hear the rest of Todd’s mum’s book
I was just waiting for so long to hear the book, but it never came… I just wish I knew the real truth, which I think Todd’s mum would offer, about how all the women were killed.

Pros

The twists were unexpected and original, and also so sad, :(, especially the one at the very end… it was going to be a “and they all live happily ever after” but then PATRICK NESS JUST HAD TO GIVE THE BOOK A TWIST…. But even so, I actually really liked the ending. I have never read a book which has an ending like that and it would have been a shame if the book ended without a really big twist. The book has something for everyone; there was action, some romance, and it explores almost every aspect of human nature.

The three different perspectives
It really made me feel for the characters and I get to understand them better. I loved the view points of Todd and Viola and I thought it was so sweet how much they loved each other. I know it sounds quite gooey and a book about love but it really isn’t. The other perspective was spackle 1017. When I first read this book through I actually skipped some of his pages… I know… it sounds bad, but I just couldn’t wait to read the perspectives of Viola and Todd, because they had the main part of the action. However, after reading through the book the first time, I read it again and this time I actually read the spackle perspective! (I know! I’m so proud of myself). Reading the spackle perspective for the first time, I actually regretted not reading them the first time, as I found out some things that I didn’t understand the first time round. The spackle was actually an astounding character; the first time I read it I hated him… (because of what he did at the end), but reading it through the second time, I found I began to like him. He was such a well rounded character, in some ways he was just like Todd; how he couldn’t kill, and when he did he regretted it so much after. Also for those of you that have read this book, did you notice that he was gay? Because Todd always referred to him as a guy and his one in particular was a he? But that just makes the book even more awesome as it has even more diversity!

The Characters
I love how all of the characters are so complex and I love how Patrick Ness makes you grow attached to them. I love how each time something bad happens I felt as if it was happening inside me. It was so sweet how Todd and Viola cared for each other and how they relied on each other and how they were each the others biggest strength. Another character I really liked was the Mayor. For those of you out there who have read the book must think I’m crazy, but towards the end he started caring for Todd as if he really was his father, but I guess that still doesn’t excuse what he did at the end of The Ask and The Answer ;(.

The Start and the End of the book
(note. SPOILER ALERT)
I thought that it was really good how the start of the book swept the reader straight into the war and the action. The end… although it was sad it was a good end, it gave the reader a final twist and you could see how it affected all of the other characters; I thought that it was so cute how Viola just kept on reading to Todd, and how she kept clinging onto hope, when in The New World she was just so sick of it.

Favourite Quotes:
It’s so hard to choose… I love the whole book so much… if I could I would just type out the whole book; I know… I’m really obsessed (but hopefully in a good way as this is an INCREDIBLE BOOK). Hm… if I had to choose a collection of favourite quotes it would have to be:

  • “And you,” he says, “you need to talk to your boy.” He lifts my chin. “And if he needs saving, then you save him. Isn’t that what you told me you did for each other?”
    I let go a few more tears but then I nod. “Over and over again.”
  • “You’re never more alive than in battle.”
    “Never more dead after,” I say.”
  • “A monster, I think, remembering what Ben told me once. War makes Monsters of Men.”
  • “No,” I say firmly. “If you ever doubt anything here, if you ever not know what to think or who to trust, you trust Todd, okay? You remember that.”

Overall
I would say that this is an infinity star book, but as we don’t have the number infinity on the rating system… I will just have to settle for 5 stars. I can’t remember if I have mentioned this before but THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. At times it made me almost cry (I don’t cry easily, but if I did I’m sure that there would be streams, no WATERFALLS of tears flowing down) and at times it made me laugh. However, this book is not for the faint- hearted, because it explores of cruel humans can be and you grow so attached to the characters that if (or when) they die it feels as if a piece of you has been torn out. Even so I urge all of you readers out there who haven’t read this book to read it and if you have, then just read it again! 😀 This is truly an amazing book, I really cannot express how mind-blowing this book in words; you’ll just have to trust me and read it.

The Ask and The Answer- Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)WARNING! THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM THE PREVIOUS BOOKS.

After I read the first book in this series I just couldn’t wait for the sequel to come out (I read this book ages ago). Now I have (obviously) read the book and IT IS AMAZING! This book is the second of a trilogy called Chaos Walking, by the amazing author, Patrick Ness. You can find the other reviews for the first and third book, as well as the prequel, all on this blog.

SPOILER ALERT!

Viola lives. Sorry I had to say that, but there was no way I could write this review without telling you that. There was so much action and I love how Patrick Ness made us feel so emotionally attached to Todd and Viola. When they were sad, I was sad. When they were happy, I was happy. Yeah, I know, it probably sounds strange.

Anyway… enough of me ranting about how good this book is…

Summary
Basically, the book starts right where the last book ends – with Todd and a dying Viola in the Mayor’s evil clutches. They are immediately separated and then forced to survive and live in New Prentisstown (formally known as Haven). They are both locked up because THE MAYOR IS PURE EVIL and they eventually adopt to the ways of living in New Prentisstown. But anyway… the main part focuses on a group of people called the Answer (hint the title!) and well… I don’t think I’m spoiling anything here; they start dropping BOMBS!! dum dum dum!!! I won’t say any more… just in case I say something that may spoil the book… 😀

Cons
None.

Pros

The twists were so unexpected because Patrick Ness killed off so many people. 😥 And he killed them off right when I began to like them. Sometimes I felt like screaming aloud and shouting at Patrick Ness “WHY? WHY DID YOU KILL HIM/HER?”. But I guess killing off the characters just makes the book better and more enjoyable. Actually, maybe thoughtful or heart-wrenching would be better descriptions, as the book emotionally wrecked me. The characters developed from the start to the end, and it was so sweet and so interesting watching them grow as people. Just to say to you readers out there about this book: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED! I’ve always wanted to say that. 😛

Two Viewpoints
I loved how this time we also got to see Viola’s viewpoint, because we don’t know her that well through the first book, like her thoughts, views, etc. I felt that this time we got to know her better, so to me, she seemed more real. And well, Todd’s viewpoint, well Todd is just Todd, he’s just sooo cool!!! This time, we still saw how much he developed, I really liked how his friendship with Davy grew and how he was always thinking about Viola- even though he only knew her for a little while! He is just AMAZING!

Characters
THEY WERE ALL REALLY LIKEABLE! (sans the Mayor) Todd and Viola were MIND-BOGGLING (Is that a word? Who cares, it sounds cool! :D). Wilf was so funny! Davy… Well, really hated him in the first book – I thought he was as bad as the Mayor, but in this book I began to like him. He started turning really nice and he was a good friend to Todd. I would say more, but it would be a spoiler that I think I probably shouldn’t spoil. 😀 Also I think I should probably mention Lee. He was sweet and I liked him, but sometimes I felt for screaming at him for almost getting in the way of Todd and Viola. I think it’s good though that Patrick Ness didn’t make it so that the love triangle between Todd, Viola and Lee took over the whole book. I should also briefly mention the Spackle. They were so cool. Especially 1017, but at times, I really didn’t like him. I respect the Mayor, but he is an EVIL, EVIL man, and some of the stuff that he did was unimaginable. Another person that I respected but I didn’t like was Mistress Coyle. She was too stubborn. And at the end! The end!

Quotes

  • “They treat me as if I’m a little dangerous.
    I’m slightly surprised to find I kind of like it”
  • “It’s not that you should never love something so much that it can control you.
    It’s that you need to love something that much so you can never be controlled.
    It’s not a weakness.
    It’s your best strength.”
  • “How do you know yer alive if you don’t hurt?”
  • “Yer the only friend I got, pigpiss… Ain’t that the biggest tragedy you ever heard?”
  • VIOLA
  • “We can save the world,” I say, trying to smile. “You and me.”

Overall
I absolutely loved this book. 5 shuriken stars, easily!