Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Title: Lord of the Flies 
Author: William Golding 
Release Date: First in 1954, October 1, 1999 
PublisherPenguin Books 
Source: Library 
William Golding's compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories—and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible. Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.
Review: 
I know people who have loved this book while others have absolutely hated it. I'm on the fence with Lord of the Flies by William Golding and mainly it's because I have such strong feelings about it.

The plot itself it's bad or anything, but it isn't completely original either. A bunch of kids get stranded on an uninhabited island is something we've seen. But it must have been different for the time during which it was published. For them, this book, as we discussed in class, was a huge shocker. No one wanted to believe that such evil could exist in children so they had a hard time believing what they read. The inclusion of all the allusions, especially The Lord of the Flies (point of the title!) to Beelzebub from the Bible, really brought out this point of this book. The savagery part of the book is so…ugh. I mean, yes, it’s possible for the youngest of angelic children to have some savagery in them (as depicted in this book), but oh man, when I read it (tried to read it) for the first time in 6th grade, I was like “this book is messed up.” Not that I didn’t think it was “messed up” this time I read it; I just understood everything better. The plot, as my teacher told us, is broken down into 2 parts: chapters 1-9 dealt with the innocence of the boys and chapters 10-12 were the savagery part. William Golding successfully uses many literary devices (allegory, foreshadowing, etc.), themes (evil, loss of innocence, fear, etc.), and so much more to make this story in Lord of the Flies a sick, twisting, yet thought provoking story.

My opinion of the characters pretty much stayed the same. Simon was my absolute favorite character and as much as I liked him, I hated Jack and Roger. Ralph and Piggy were also great characters and man, I felt for both of them. Jack and Roger are basically the bad guys. Like, seriously, seriously bad guys. They embody the “savage” part of these kids while Simon was the “practical one” and Ralph wanted to do things on the island based on “principle.” I won’t spoil anymore of this book for you but I wanted to shoot Jack and Roger at various parts of this book. Many times, when something went seriously wrong, I put the book down. I just felt SO BAD for the good guys. And I understood that maybe this book wasn’t the most decent book for a 6th grader, no matter how high their reading level is.

Overall, this is the first time I actually read this book all the way through. When I read it in the 6th grade, I didn’t get past chapter 3 but I’m glad I decided to re-read (well, technically read it all over since I didn’t remember much from it) and I loved to hate this book. It’s simple to read and you’ll loathe some characters but at the same time, you’re heart will root for a certain boy. It really showed that no matter how much savage there is in the world, there is some principle and democracy in the world. Not everyone is corrupted and his or her perseverance to stick to what they believe is strong, even to overthrow savagery. I suggest you read Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Some might hate it and others might love it to death. Either way, you’ll leave the book thinking hard about not only the world but also your own actions.
Rating:
2/5
Cover Comments: 
It's actually a very nice cover but I completely forgot who it is on the cover. It fits the book and I like the flies as well. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Title: Bitterblue 
Series: Graceling Realms #3
Author: Kristin Cashore 
Release Date: May 1, 2012 
PublisherDial
Source: Library  
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.
Review: 
Before I begin this review, let me just say that Kristin Cashore is on my auto-read list of authors. Anything she publishes, I will read. Along those lines, when I read Graceling all those years ago, I fell in love with the amazing world that Kristin Cashore created. Fire was good too but I didn’t love it as much as Graceling. Bitterblue, sadly, followed suit with Fire. While I didn’t love Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, her magnificent writing and story telling abilities shined throughout these 500+ pages!

Lets begin with Bitterblue, whom I actually really loved as a character. She’s not Graced like Katsa or Fire so I knew that her story would be different. She’s a strong willed girl but she’s been living a sheltered life. After all, she became Queen at 10 years old so she needed all the help she could get. As the story progressed, Bitterblue breaks out of her shell. All that said, I liked Bitterblue as a character but I wasn’t able to connect with her all that much. Maybe it was because the pacing was rather slow in this book and all the descriptions, thought necessary, bogged me down a bit.

Lets talk about the other characters: I know that in most fantasies, there are a lot of court people we much know, but there was so much descriptions of everyone that…I lost interest. I know, I know! I was shocked too but I can’t help it. There was a lot in those 500+ pages I wished had gotten taken out or shortened. BUT things did look up when Katsa and Fire (who were masterfully put into the plot of this novel) showed up, things turned out awesome. And personally, I love, love Po and Katsa together SO seeing them back together, through Bitterblue’s eyes gave me an interesting POV towards their relationship. BUT I wanted more of them. More Katsa, in particular.

And the romantic relationship in this book didn’t work for me. Yes, I know that the romance wasn’t really the main point of the plot but I love me some romance. And the romances in Kristin Cashore’s other books were bleeping awesome so I was looking for that here too…Sadly, I didn’t feel anything for Bitterblue’s significant other. I felt that their relationship wasn’t particularly developed and it was just kind of…bland. Not a lot of chemistry or sizzle, you know?

Overall, I liked Bitterblue enough. Though my least favorite of the books, Kristin Cashore is one of the best fantasy writers hands down. She has a way of weaving a story together that seems like it won’t work but it really, really does. I think everyone should give this book a try. While some might love it, other’s might be disappointed, which is okay.
Rating:
4.5/5

Cover Comments: 
I LOVE IT! It's so pretty! And it goes very, very well with the book itself. I also love how the keys kinda look like weapons and that creepy eye in the center looks like it's staring right at you. 
My Previous Reviews: 
Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore 
Fire (Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore 
Reviews Around Blogosphere: 

Friday, May 25, 2012

TGIF(1): Show Me Your Cover

I've been debating FOREVER if I really wanted to do another meme on my blog. I decided since I don't do WoW as much anymore, I could do this meme too! SO TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads! and every Friday, she posts a question that we answer and link up with others!
This week's question: 
Show Me Your Cover: What are some of the worst book covers, but hold some of the best stories inside? Don't be embarrassed, show us your cover!

Now, I didn't LOVE this book but it's Richelle Mead! She's one of my favorite author's ever and the stories she tells are magnificent. Sydney did take some getting used to but I know I'm going to like hearing her side of things. Theses covers, though, are just.....yeah. No. They could have done SO much with these books. I'm not the biggest fan of people on covers ANYWAYS but this is just....eesh. The stances are weird and the girl's tattoo on her face doesn't seem to go. I dunno, I just didn't like this cover at all. While the Vampire Academy didn't have the best covers either, those covers were tolerable. I just can't get to liking this one. I don't like The Golden Lily's cover either.

What about y'all? Leave me a link to your post in the comments and I'll be sure to check them out! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Plagiarism and A Question

I am not getting in the middle of anything. When the story about The Story Siren plagiarized first came out, I stayed quiet. I did what I felt was right: not get involved.

After reading her most recent post, I have some simple questions: Would people of the blogosphere be more willing to forgive a new blogger who plagiarized? Would you all say that this blogger was human and only made a mistake?

I'm sorry if it seems like I'm choosing sides but honestly, I just want to know how it would be handled if it was an unknown blogger who stole from...Kristi? Or some other well known blogger?
Do I understand that she's trying to learn from all of this? Yes, I do. I'm glad she knows what she did but my questions still stand.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

THE GREAT GATSBY Trailer

So, I wasn't the biggest fan of the The Great Gatsby but I'm hoping to like it the second time I read it...I wasn't sure about this movie at first but I can't wait to see it. What will I think? I have no idea. But we'll see.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

Title: Unbreak My Heart 
Author: Melissa Walker 
Release Date: May 22, 2012
PublisherBloomsbury USA
Source: Publisher via NetGalley 
Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.

Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now.

Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to.
Review: 
I guess I should disclose that I don't like reading books about cheating. I see it enough in high school and I don't want to have to worry about it when I'm reading a book but Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker was an exception. This one told the cheaters side of the story and I'm the person who likes to get everyone side of the story. I wasn't sure of what I was going to get but Unbreak My Heart turned out to be a beautifully emotional, yet light story about forgiveness and moving on. I will say, I would NEVER spend an entire summer on a boat. I have an EXTREME case of Aquaphobia.

Let's start with the plot okay? Clem "hooked up" with her best friend's boyfriend and she's been shunned by her friends. She's now going on a boat with her family for the entire summer. She's still very sad about everything that happened and through flashback chapters, the reader is able to see how all the events happened. So. She fell for her bff's boyfriend WHICH IS WRONG....but things get worse when her bff shuns Clem BUT SHE TAKES HER BOYFRIEND BACK. Sadly, I've seen this happen quiet often and I felt so bad for Clem. Yeah, she did something crappy but it take two to tango, ya know? Why did the guy get it off easy? The plot does focus on Clem's feelings and her overall need to forgive, but there is a need of realization. What exactly happen over that year? Her bff was able to forgive the boyfriend but not Clem...why?

I honestly think Clem's family needs a paragraph of their own. I LOVED HER FAMILY. Her dad, her mom and OMG y'all her little sister Olive? Olive=Best Little Sister Ever. She pretty much stole all the scenes she was in and I had to grin when she was around. Her family though, loved and cared for Clem no matter what. They made sure Clem didn't beat herself too much over what happened and were able to help her move on. I loved that this story wasn't just about Clem. Her family was IN THE STORY, in her life, you know? They were just wonderful. I wouldn't mind spending the entire summer on a boat with them.

James aka Red such a great love interest for Clem. They started out as friends and became something more and I loved their progression from friends to something more. He's a totally sweet guy who has red hair and draws, which is not very prevalent in YA today. He doesn't know about Clem's past year but is able to show her that when things seem to be going horribly wrong, there is always something that can go extremely right. James turned out to be one of the most realistic love interests I've read about in a while. Guys like him are the types of guys I wish there were more in the world. And something else: he loves his dad. He hangs out with him and actually says it out loud and most boys these days aren't like that. So in my book, James was a perfectly swoon worthy guy because he was perfectly flawed...and real.

Overall, I loved Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker. It dealt with a touchy topic but Melissa Walker was able to make it understandable and light. While there were times when I wished Clem didn't do what she did, I felt bad for her. Melissa Walker has a great, dynamic cast of characters, a perfect setting, and a plot that really does make you think.
Rating:
4.5/5

Cover Comments: 
SO pretty guys! And it goes really well with the book. I mean, it does give a feel of a care-free summer and the book is kind of like that but I think the girl's pose and the look on her face (what can be seen) shows that there's more to it than just that. The colors, the font, and the heart work really well together. Honestly, the river scares me (phobia, remember?) but it's SO GORGEOUS! 
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Friday, May 18, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

You have to watch this. I saw this first at Melanie's blog and I loved it so much, I just had to share with you all!
   
 It's 15 minutes of pure delight. I even teared up at the ending. I was happy to know that it received an Oscar (I should have remembered since I watch the Oscars every year. No judging.) It's all about books and librarians *in a way* which makes it even more special.

Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente

Title: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Series: Fairyland #1
Author:  Catherynne M. Valente
Release Date: May 10, 2011
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
Source: Publisher 
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.
Review: 
There is nothing I can say in this review about this book that hasn't already been said. Reading this delightful middle grade novel, I felt like a young child, reading my favorite fairytales for the first time. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente was wonderfully written with a lyrical prose and whimsical feel. 

The writing was...WOW. It's gorgeous and beautiful and flowed so gracefully when read out loud. September had such a quirkiness about her and if the writing had been any different, reading this book wouldn't have been as enjoyable. Catherynne M. Valente has a stunning way of writing and she is sure to be a popular author. 

The plot was full of different yet delightful characters who had their own unique personalities. Every chapter began with a new adventure and new people for September to meet. It never got boring or confusing. Children will love September's adventures, just as much as older readers will. It was like I was transformed back to when I was a young kid. I am so amazed at Catherynne Valente's ability to create such a world and characters. I found many similarities between her characters and other stories but they were all universal ideas. It was something that all children (and older reads) can all relate to. 

And going now the universal ideas topic, somehow, with charismatic subtly, Catherynne Valente was able to bring forth topics such as slavery and horrors of the world to light.Overall, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was a delightful and fun read. It had such an imaginative and unique setting and characters that you can't help but fall in love within pages. Catherynne Valente's novel is sure to become a favorite among children, teens, and adults alike!   
Rating:
5/5
Cover Comments: 
I LOVE IT! The illustration is so perfect for this book. It has an air of uniqueness but that undertone of a whimsical fairytale that we all love. 
Reviews Around Blogosphere: 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bookish Thoughts: 172 Hours On the Moon by Johan Harstad

First of all, that cover is creepy. Usually, I take the jacket cover off of a book because it's easier to read without it BUT y'all, this cover? UGH. CREEPY like no other book I've seen. I'm not sure what it is about this book that gets me! Maybe it's the eye and it looks weird with the moon or maybe it's the astronaut and the shadowy person behind them. Maybe it's the blackness of space and how we know SO little about it. 

But I'm really enjoying this book otherwise.It's got excellent characters (told from 3 perspectives) and I love seeing how this journey will change each of them. I'm a little worried for them (I'm already invested in the characters; that's awesome :)) since I know that this is based kinda on a real event, which being the nerd I am, I've heard about. 

What are you all currently reading? Any thoughts on them? 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

AP EXAM OVER

**This was supposed to go up at 3 PM but I guess I was too excited and I accidentally put in 4 AM**
I just took my AP exam for English 4 AP and I have NO IDEA how I did. Being an English nerd, I should be all confident and everything, but honestly, this year was the one year I didn't like my English class all that much.

Part of it was because my teacher is a first time AP teacher and THAT is not always a good thing. I'm one of those kids who needs a good teacher in order to do really well.

Either way, AP EXAM IS OVER AND I AM BEYOND HAPPY. Now I have more exams in my other classes BUT they aren't going to be as bad as this.

Next year I'M GOING TO BE A SENIOR SO I WON'T HAVE TO TAKE ANY EXAMS (except AP) SO MORE TIME TO READ!

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Love For The Vampire Diaries Explained

It's one of the few topics I haven't talked about on this blog and it's mainly because it's not about books. I'll start out by saying that I read The Vampire Diaries by L.J. smith and I hated it. Really, it didn't like it at all. My review for the book wasn't my best written work but I think it brings the point out. I have nothing against the author (I really liked The Secret Circle and a few other works that I read) but TVD wasn't for me. I decided to give the TV show a chance but I wasn't impressed with the first few episodes of the show. But as it progressed, I feel in love with it and I have to this day, watched EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of this show.

I love Damon/Ian the show and it's characters and vampires and werewolves and all that jazz. This past Thursday marked the season 3 finale and OMG it was AMAZING. So many twists and turns and emotions from all over the place.

First of all, the writers of this show are beelping fantastic. They are always able to bring some sort of twist or character introduction to make the show fresh and new. Often times, when a single show has HUGE cast, it becomes boring and I lose interest in many of the characters. Somehow, the writers made these characters...unforgettable. For instance, I still remember John (Elena's biological father) and Jenna (Elena and Jeremy's aunt) and I still want Jenna to (though impossible) come back! They also write interesting villains, namely Klaus. While he should be a guy I hate and I do, I can't help but love him too.

Secondly, the actors bring out their characters to perfection. For instance, Caroline was a girl I didn't like very much. She was the preppy, happy, nothing-ever-bad-happens-I'm-the-gorgous type of girl. But after being turned into a vampire and having to change so much, she matured. It was after her change that I loved Caroline BECAUSE while Caroline was more mature, she was still the fun, living, loyal Caroline. Season three took this girl and ripped her to shreds (remember her emotional time with her father, when he wanted to die?), she STILL managed to be happy and keep a smile on her face. Candace does a great job of brining out all sides of Caroline, both the good and the bad. Tyler, Matt, Jeremy, Bonnie, and Alaric are also all great, each of them with their own faults and redeeming qualities. Also, I totally want her and Kalus to get together.

Jeremy has also become one of my favorites because of his transformation. Remember in season 1, how he was the typical cynical-I-don't-care-about-anything teen boy? He was mean and rude and didn't like talking to anyone. But as things went on, new dangers arose, love came his way, Jeremy changed. He's such a loving brother now and so protective of his older sister. In the last episode, when he realizes that if Alaric is dead, so is Elena made me so sad because his face instantly changed. Poor guy's lost a lot of family (Elena has too, for that matter) and Steven has a way of brining out all sides of Jeremy too. One day, I'm furious with him; the next, I want to give him a huge hug. Thirdly, the love triangle. In my opinion, there was WAY too many love triangles put there today but the love triangle with Elena-Stefan-Damon is...one of my favorites. I'm a full fledged Team Damon girl but I have to admit, there are reasons why Elena could easily and rightfully go with Stefan. Believe me when I say that it's hard for me to admit that. Do I think Elena can be annoying? Hell yeah. Do I wish I was her? Er, yes. Do I want her to choose Damon? 1000000X yes! But I think she's got a tough choice. She loves both guys and each does something for her that...the other, obviously, doesn't. This makes it even harder for her to choose. After her whole "If we had me first" thing to Damon, after she "chose" Stefan, we learn that she had indeed met Damon first...so that puts an even bigger spin on it all.

My one and ONLY issue with this show is that it seems that EVERY SINGLE GUY IS IN SOME WHAT INFATUATED WITH ELENA. From Damon and Stefan, to Klaus and Elijah, and Matt too, having something for Elena. Even though Damon and the other vamps had a thing for Katharine first, she's pretty much out of the picture now, which leaves wonderful Elena. My heart goes out to Matt especially. Poor guy STILL has something for her and it's painfully obvious that she's not going to end up with him. I just want to go and shake him and tell him TO MOVE ON. I wish he wouldn't waste his time on Elena. Honestly, yeah, Matt would have been the best choice for Elena BUT NOW THAT SHE IS A VAMPIRE SHE CAN BE WITH DAMON WHOEVER SHE CHOOSES FOREVER and there's a good guess that it won't be Matt.

But yes. I am huge fangirl of Damon The Vampire Diaries and I shall be until Elena finally chooses Damon the show ends. If you haven't watched the show, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hiatus

I hate going on hiatus' on the blog but sometimes, I just have to! This time, I have an excellent excuse.

The next two weeks are going to be EXTREMELY busy for me, with a lot of exams and my AP exam as well as my Senior Project. I'll try and schedule as many posts as possible this weekend but I won't be on anywhere online.

I've slacked off enough at school so I need some time off blogging to focus on my exams!

Book Haul (62)

This idea is not mine and I'm taking no credit what so ever. It's my way of sharing all the books I got this week!
Bought:
Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales 
Won:

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral 
For Review: 
Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London 
**Thank you HarperCollins*

Old is Gold: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls 
The Classics Challenge: Introduction to The Classics Challenge 
The Classics Challenge: Classic Update #1
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Quotes 
What books did you get this week?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Review: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

Title: Mockingjay
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Author: Suzanne Collins
Release Date: August 24th 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Borrowed 


Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

Reviews: 
I think it's high time I reviewed this book. Why hadn't I reviewed this book for such a long time? Simply put, I didn't know how I felt about it. Did I love it or did I hate it?After a while, I just stopped thinking about it but then I thought a few days ago "I should review this book." So here I am. I'm going to do this review a little differently that I usually do. I'll say what I liked and what I didn't like:

What I Liked:
  • The stakes are so much higher in this book! Seriously, the climax was building up and I could so feel it!
  • Y'all, no matter how bad this sounds, I was very happy when Snow and Coin were killed. 
  • The last parts of this book were *sadly* just as bloody and gory as I had anticipated it to be. That wasn't a let down, no matter how sad it was! 
  • There was no sugarcoating anything. Deaths, distraction, deceit, all of it was there to it's fullest max and it was...well, perfect for this type of book.
  • Suzanne Collins is such a great writer and her writing was just....awesome. 
  • Lot's and lots of action, just like I had anticipated. Not a whole lot of *sadly* character development, but lots of action! 
What Didn't Work For Me: 
  • Where was Gale? It felt to me that Gale was so important in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire (okay, maybe not THAT much, but you know) and he just seemed to disappear from the pages!
  • Katniss didn't get to make her choice with who she wanted to be with. I was SO unhappy about this because after all that she's been through, she couldn't choose that for herself. It was pretty much chosen for her. 
  • There seemed to be no new government set up! I mean, there's a war and all so shouldn't something come up to replace the old one, so things don't get all chaotic? 
  • I KNEW something sad was going to happen but really? Prim? Couldn't it be anyone else? 
  • OMG, the absolute ending was VAGUE. Kailia not happy! 
  • Katniss...what happened to you my dear? I think most of you who've read the book KNOW her attitude and I just....what happened to the strong, fierce girl I met in The Hunger Games. Mind you, I could UNDERSTAND a little why she acted the way she did but it was a little too much. 
Overall, I was a little disappointed. I had a few predictions (which came true) and I knew somethings were going to happen. Some people loved it while other's hated it. I for one was on the fence. 

Rating:
5/5

Cover Comments: 
The covers have stayed so true to the series and the books!
My Previous Reviews: 
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Old is Gold {5}: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

My attempt to bring attention to all those awesome old books we read a few years ago or maybe as far as elementary school!Sometimes, all we need is a good childhood favorite! Inspired by Tynga's Daring You To Read Feature. This feature focuses ONLY on YA and Middle Grade books. 

Billy, Old Dan and Little Ann -- a Boy and His Two Dogs... A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn, Little Ann had the brains -- and Billy had the will to train them to be the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. And close by was the strange and wonderful power that's only found...

An exciting tale of love and adventure you'll never forget.
Title: Where the Red Fern Grows 
Author: Wilson Rawls 
Release Date/Publisher: January 1st 1961 by Yearling
Why You Should Read It: The first book I ever read where I cried. Seriously. I might have been in the first or second grade when my teacher handed me this book and I fell in love within a few pages. An older man tells the story of his childhood with so much vigor and life that I felt like I was with him and his dogs during his childhood. It's an honest and thoughtful coming of age story and is written so masterfully that you'll love it no matter what. There are so, so many emotions in this book guys that you can't help but shed a few tears (or maybe more). It's a truly amazing book and I hope all of you will read it!

For those of you who have read this book, what did you think? Did you cry too?

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The Classics Update #1

Yes, yes I know that I just posted about this on Saturday and I already have an update for you guys. Well, if you remember from my list, Pride and Prejudice was on the list. I’ve read this novel numerous times and in my opinion, you can’t have a classics challenge without this novel on this list. I decided to go easy on myself and begin with this novel.

Every time I’ve read this novel, my respect for Lizzie grows. For the time period in which she lives, she’s so ahead of her times and the more I read this novel, the more it becomes apparent to me. I love, love Mr. Darcy all the more too. He clearly isn’t used to a woman like Lizzie and while reading this novel, I’ve realized that he doesn’t know how to handle her character.

I’ve also noticed that he also pushes her buttons. Sure they have arguments and all, but they’re educated and the banter is funny. It’s obvious that both are educated and know what they’re talking about. Plus, there’s that air of respect. Both are put off by the other but they acknowledge the other as equals, which is awesome. For instance, the first time Lizzie and Darcy meet is at that ball. If you remember, Bingley tries to get Darcy to dance with Lizzie but Darcy says that Lizzie isn’t handsome enough to tempt. In the book, you see (well, read) that Darcy knows Lizzie is listening (he even looks at her briefly) when he replies.

For my re-reading, I got to the part where Lizzie meets Georgiana Darcy for the first time.

Up-next: Lord of the Flies
Why: I need to read it for school actually. It's another re-read since I read it in the 6th grade and I didn't like it at all (I hated it to be honest) but I'm going to give it another try.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday {31}

 is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Bookish Quotes:
I ALMOST made this entire list of Harry Potter quotes. I use Goodreads to keep track of my favorite quotes so decided to be nice and include other books too.

1) "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Albus effing Dumbledore y'all. How could I NOT include something he said?!

2) "It's easy to talk about things we hate, but sometimes it's hard to explain exactly why we like something.” Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Love, love, love!

3) "You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real.” Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. *sigh* Peeta!

4) I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. My favorite book!! Sirius Black is awesome and guys, seriously, do 't you just love this quote?

5) "If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling. Such a good quote. And it's so true. And Sirius said it so it HAD to be on this list!

6) “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun." Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I'm currently re-reading this book so I already knew my favorite quotes! And y'all...Mr. Darcy, need I say more?

7) “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. There is no way (unless it was all HP quotes) that I could have a favorite quotes list WITHOUT John Green.

8) Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.” The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Such

9) "It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us." Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Yet another one I marked in my (iBooks lets you highlight) copy that I love!

10) "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light." Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. I'm sure there's anything I can say about Dumbledore.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Book Haul & Weekly Recap (61)

Book Haul and Weekly Recap will be replacing In My Mailbox here at my blog. I am not taking any credit for the meme or anything; it's simply my way of sharing the books I bought, borrowed, or received over this week! 
From the Library:
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
*Read and LOVED*

For Review:
It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters
Purity by Jackson Pearce
Revived by Cat Patrick (!!!)
The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze 
**Thanks Little, Brown!**
**The next books are all from NetGalley. Thank you all publishers for the e-books!**
The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Bakes 
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel 
 Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown 
 Red Heart Tattoo by Laurlene McDaniel
Shadows of the Moon by Zoe Marriott 
 The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
The Prince Who Fell from the Sky by John Claude Bemis 
 Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker 
Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
 
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