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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monthly Wrap Up - January 2012

Here I recap all the books I have read this month and my brief opinion of them:  (btw, thank you Book Rat Misty for the thums up/down idea)

  1. "Revolution" by Jennifer Donnelly



I expected this to be so much better...unfortunately my expectations were not met. I hated the main character, I was not a fan of the major twist at the end and I found a lot of parts of this book to be boring.

 2. "Cracked Up To Be" by Courtney Summers




It wasn't that bad...but I just couldn't connect to the characters,and therefore the story kind of fell flat for me.

3. "Paranormalcy" by Kiersten White




Very fun, refreshing and enjoyable!

4. "Want To Go Private" by Sarah Darer Littman

Very raw, realistic and scary. I really recommend this one.

5. "Something Wicked" by Lesley Anne Cowan


Really dull and boring. I didn't even finish it.

6. "Clockwork Angel" by Cassandra Clare

It was really good. I didn't love everything about it but I still thought it was awesome

7. "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins

AMAZING!

8. "City of Fallen Angels" by Cassandra Clare

Not the best in the series, but still very enjoyable.

9. "The Lover's Dictionary" by David Levithan









Very beautifully written!

10. "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" by John Green and David Levithan
 







Teaser Tuesday - Jan 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"Alec keeps sending me annoying photos. Lots of captions like Wish you were here, except not really."

-"City of Fallen Angels" by Cassandra Clare

Sunday, January 29, 2012

In My Mailbox #13

Just some books I have acquired recently, and that I am planning to read soon.

Bought:
  • "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins
  • "Hidden Voices by Pat lowery Colins
  • " The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
  • "Once a Witch" by Carolyn MacCullogh
  • "The Knife of Never Letting Go" by Patrick Ness
  • "Sisters Red" by Jackson Pearce
  • "It's Kind of a Funny Story" by Ned Vizzini
  • "Nancy Drew Girl Detective: Secret of the Spa" by Carolyn Keene
  • "Nacy Drew Files: Easy Marks" by Carolyn Keene
Borrowed from Library:
  • "City of Fallen Angels" by Cassandra Clare
  • "The Lover's Dictionary" by David Levithan
  • "Swim the Fly" by Don Calame
  • "Paper Towns by John Green
Borrowed from Overdrive
  • "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" by John Green and David Levithan
  • "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern

Friday, January 27, 2012

Book Review - "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins

Publisher - Scholastic Press
Release Date - September 1, 2009
Number of Pages - 391
Series - Hunger Games #2

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS NO SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOK(S) IN THE SERIES

My Thoughts:

1. I thought Hunger Games was like the most amazing book when I read it, but this one was even better! It was intense, crazy and I could not put it down!

2. I loved that Gale was actually around in this book. I t was great getting to know his character better, since he was'nt around much in THG.

3. All the political issues that were explored in this book were amazing. It really added to the book and showed us, the readers, the corruption of governments in dystopian societies.

4. The twists. Oh the crazy mind-blowing twists.

5. CLIFFHANGER!!!!!!!!!!! This was honestly one of the hugest, craziest, evilest(is that even a word?) cliffhanger ever. Thankfully I have purchased Mockingjay already.


Overall this book was supermegafoxyawesomehot

A+

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Review - "Clockwork Angel" by Cassandra Clare

Publisher - Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date - August 31, 2010
Number of Pages - 476
Series - Infernal Devices #1

Synopsis:
Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.


My Thoughts:

  1. The best part of the book were the well developed, engrossing, likeable characters. They all had very distinct personalities and they all seem to have secrets...
  2. The plot was full of twists, turns and surprises. One moment I thought I was figuring something out and then something crazy happens and I just have no words to describe it.
  3. Very rich, interesting and descriptive setting. Really captured the atmosphere of Victorian London well.
  4. A thing I did not like...the automatons, clockwork people, robots, however you want to call them. I just did not like the whole concept of them. Too sci-fi for me.
  5. I'm very excited to read the sequel. I can't wait to find out more about Will...
Overall, this book was really good and  recomend if robots from 19th century and arrogant mysterious characters are your thing.

Rating - A-