Archive for May, 2012

May Book Haul

Goodreads Giveaways

Crossroads by Mary Ting (Giveaway hosted by Mary Ting, thank you!)
ARC of Pyg by Russell Potter (Giveaway hosted by  Penguin Canada, thank you!)

Bought in-store at The BookWarehouse:

Blue Bloods #1-3 boxset by Melissa de la Cruz: Blue BloodsMasqueradeRevelations

Plague (Gone #4) by Michael Grant
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer

City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare
Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Bought online at TheBookDepository.co.uk

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
Looking For Alaska by John Green
Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

 

Bought online at Amazon.ca

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
Infinity (Chronicles of Nick #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Borrowed at the library

Hunted (House of Night #5) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Tempted (House of Night #6) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Deadly Sin Sunday #1

Adapted from the “7 Deadly Sins of Reading” TAG that is going around the BookTube community. This tag originated from BookishlyMalyza’s Video.

ENVY

Currently wanting Cassandra Clare‘s Mortal Instruments series in hardcover (minus City of Glass). They are super expensive and if I were to buy them individually at $20 something each, well, my monthly budget would be shot in a day! [Starving Student] They are such pretty books and it seems like I’m the last one in the entire world to buy them [and start the series]. With the new book out, I want to start it soon! But then I’d have to wait for the last book to come out, and I just dislike waiting. Oh the difficult choices we must make…

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

    

Rating

Cover Art: I very much like the black and white cover. Very fitting. The picture of a full person/face on a cover of a book, however, I still have issue with.

Review:

This book was a page-turner. While the dual narration can be difficult to read for some, I think it brought the story to a level that made it seem more real than not. This must be why I could hardly put the book down. It felt as though I was listening to the cassette tapes with Clay, listening to Hannah tell her story. I could only imagine what it must have felt like for Clay to listen to that. And the fact that I could imagine how the characters were feeling [well, mainly Clay and Hannah], made it a really good book for me.

I could not find flaw with the writing, the style of writing, or the pace the story went. I liked that it was fast paced and, more often than not, went straight to the point. I liked what we got to see of the characters. Both Clay and Hannah’s emotions were laid out on the page for all to see. Frustration, anger, and regret were all expressed differently from each character and Jay Asher wrote these scenes out very well. The pacing and suspense-filled moments, such as when Clay would come into the story or what happened at reason #13, were perfectly paired to make the book both readable and enjoyable.

That being said, I’m sure this novel will not be enjoyable for many readers. Jay Asher took a risk in writing this type of book, touching on very real topics that can arouse debates and discussions revolving around these sensitive issues. Suicide, I think, can be a very subjective matter. How each person views one experience can be vastly different from another’s point of view. Each person gains strength from different aspects of his/her life and if that reservoir of strength is compromised, every coping mechanism also differs from person to person. Everyone has some kind of breaking point. Everyone has reasons to why they break down crying or throw anger fits or lash out against those closest to them. Hannah gave thirteen reasons. And that was enough for her.

[Below is a video that contains parts of Hannah’s first recorded tape. Follow the youtube link for the channel for the rest of the videos: Hannahsfriend13]

Review: Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson

Intense and suspenseful with a twist of romance. Abigail Tate was a normal human girl. Until the day Bronx the vampire barges into her life and turns her against her will. Held captive while forced to deal with never ending cravings for blood, Abby prays for a way to escape. Only when an opportunity arises, it’s with the aid of an innocent human named Tyler–except vampires are forbidden to interact with the unbitten. But Abby quickly learns this human has secrets of his own…secrets that can either help her or get her killed. Only Abby discovers that she was the one with the biggest secret of them all.

    

Rating

Cover Art: Great cover; love how the eyes and blood pop out at you.

Source: Received a finished copy from a Goodreads Giveaway hosted by Ashley Robertson. Thank you!

Review:

This vampire story started out strong and ended strong. The plot in between was slow moving, but got its point across. I quite enjoyed reading this book. Although it was not a fast, “cannot-put-down” type of read, the story and Robertson’s version of the vampire were intriguing [magic and enchantments and blood donors to name a few] and made me want to see what happens in the end.

I did have minor issue with the writing. I didn’t enjoy how the main character, narrating the story, has conversations with herself in her mind [e.g. when she keeps using the word “love”] and continually points out unnecessary descriptions of the setting. However, these were quickly and easily overlooked once the story got going and the characters developed a little more. The writing style made the character seem more real and human [irony intended]. She encounters love, fear, strength, and triumph all in one book.

I unfortunately did not enjoy the main character, Abby, in the beginning. But I’m glad she develops into a stronger, much more likeable character in the end. The vampires and humans she encounters throughout the novel are intriguing, like-able/hate-able [both are good], and all take part in the plot in a way I was not expecting. Loved the twists and did not see them coming once I reached the end of the book. The plot ends openly, so sequel or not, this book is worth reading.

Video: How It’s Made – Books

I’m currently getting back into reading. In the meantime, while I scrounge up a review or two, enjoy this “informative” video on how books are made. [Not my video]

April Book Haul (LATE!)

Goodreads Giveaways:

Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson
[Giveaway hosted by Ashley Robertson]

Destined by Aprilynne Pike
[ARC Giveaway hosted by Harper Teen] [Review]

Bought in store at Chapters:

Darkest Light by Hiromi Goto
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Bought online at Chapters.ca:

Lies by Michael Grant
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Spells by Aprilynne Pike [Review]

Bought online at Amazon.ca:

Wings by Aprilynne Pike [Review]
Illusions by Aprilynne Pike [Review]
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Bought in store at The Bookwarehouse:

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger
Emily the Strange: the Lost Days

Bought in a used thrift store:

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Video: Book Dominoes

Books!

I am back from vacation but will take a bit to get back into things with school and everything else. Enjoy this video in the meantime!