Archive for June, 2012

June Book Haul

Goodreads Giveaway

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid (Giveaway hosted by Harper Teen, thank you!)

Bought in-store at Chapters

Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

Bought online at Chapters.ca

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick [Review]

Bought online at BookDepository.com

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Paper Towns by John Green

Bought online at BookCloseouts.ca

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Free at a used book sale

The Artemis Fowl Files by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident (Graphic Novel)

Borrowed at the library

Legend by Marie Lu

Review: Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her…until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

    

Rating

Cover Art: Love the cover with the falling angel and feathers being black. Very not what you would expect from an angel.

Review:

[Book 1 in the Hush, Hush series]

Ok, this is not the type of book that will appeal to everyone, if the reviews I’ve seen are any indication. It has a lot of romance, a lot of creepy, unnecessary mystery, and a lot of build up.

The plot took a while to get going, I felt. Or rather, I didn’t realize that what I was reading was the MAIN plot line until I reached the climax near the end. The mystery, I think was a little overdone BUT I personally love it and gets me reading more of the book. Almost every character that entered the story had something mysterious going on with them. This is where I wanted to dock a star for the messiness involved. However, I’m playing favourite to the mysteriousness of the novel. This won’t appeal to everyone, of course.

The characters were not all that likeable, I feel. Nora was a typical teenaged girl. I did like that she had her own beliefs and wasn’t typically falling head over heels with just any guy who crosses her path. Patch, I have to admit, is the type of guy I really like reading about in books. He’s mysterious, a bad-boy, knows what to say when to say it, confident (although he’s almost at arrogant here), and ends up having a really caring heart. His dynamic with Nora is really great and fun to read.

Also, don’t expect everything to get resolved. This IS book 1 of 4 after all. Disappointing, but at least the last book in the series is being released this year.

Deadly Sin Sunday #5

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

PRIDE

[I’m a little late, sorry!] I actually have not read many books with a lot of substance to them. Especially ones that are commonly known to the general public, i.e. my friends or colleagues who don’t read as much. So, when the opportunity arises, I like to say I read “dystopian novels” since I don’t really have a particular book I’m “proud” to show off I’ve read. When I say “dystopian” that isn’t a common word in the non-book community, so I like explaining the premise of such a genre and it usually interests whomever I’m speaking to. Maybe in another PRIDE post, I’ll have a book I’m able to show off more readily ^^

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

    

Rating

Cover Art: Cute, but again, not a fan of the cover.

Review:

Oh, young love. Its rollercoaster of emotions was well portrayed within this novel. So cute, such awesome characters and dynamics. Another hit for Stephanie Perkins.

Lola is strange. Her character, I found, was hard to relate to in the beginning, but she was interesting to read and toward the end you cared about her story. Her style, attitude, and overall personality were great and unique. Her family is double the awesome. Her dads held strong and true to their character and role in the story throughout the entire book. Loved them! Cricket – typical boy-next-door, nice, smart, loved-by-parents type of guy. Max – well I don’t have much to say about him, except I could predict his personality to the tee. I loved the character development Perkins pulls off, even with the “minor” characters.

Yes, it’s a romance novel. But there are other topics of interest that are brought up in the characters’ lives as well, such as various family issues. The romance in it was a touch unbelievable at times. Yes, this boy next door didn’t make a move and left without saying anything. Yes, your first boyfriend turned out to be a douche after only a few months. Yes, the boy next door is back again and STILL pining for you. Convenient? A little. But ultimately, the story was cute, well written, touches the audience, and leaves you in a grinning-feel-good sort of mood.

I almost wanted to dock this one star because I didn’t enjoy it as much as Anna and the French Kiss but THEY were in this book! *sigh* Missed them and their cuteness!

Deadly Sin Sunday #4

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

SLOTH

There are several books I have neglected due to pure laziness. One in particular, I’m sure I have in common with many readers, is the Game of Thrones series, otherwise known as “A Song of Fire and Ice”. I have heard nothing but good things about the books both before and after the television series started. However, I have yet to pick any of them up. I really don’t like watching the movies or television shows before I read the books, BUT I guess this will just have to be an exception. The books are, and probably will be for a while, still on my TBR list.

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?

    

Rating: 

Cover Art: Cute cover, but I’m still not fond of people being.. right there. Much prefer the artsy covers.

Review: 

SUCH a cute, adorable, endearing, loveable, feel-good, funny, cheesy, romantic [enough adjectives?] novel!

I’ve heard so much and read so much about this book once I got into reading again. All the rave reviews were not exaggerated at all, which I’m super glad about. The characters, plot, setting, dialogue… oh everything was up to par, easy to read, and easy to relate to.

Loved that each of the characters were unique and likeable in their own way. Anna and her friendships with each of them (fallouts, apologies, reunions) were realistic. It was as if they were real teenagers going through real problems. Everyone had a role and everyone played it perfectly. There were conversations and situations that happened that could easily happen to anyone in “real life”.

Anna and Étienne’s relationship ups and downs and cuteness and “fails” were so fun to read. Even when their friendship had a fallout, you KNEW they just had to make up [No. Not make OUT]. Anna’s character is awesome. She is loyal to her friends and even if she’s in the wrong she doesn’t hesitate to apologize and make things right. She has quirks and hobbies that are unique to her/this novel, she’s sarcastic in a funny way, and she can be self-aware [which is rare in teenagers/people in general]. Étienne’s character was absolutely crush-worthy. English accented, super nice, good looking-but-doesnt-use-it-to-boost-his-ego, charming… I mean, really? Is there anyone who exists like that in this world?

Ok, and Paris? Just made the atmosphere of the story all the more cute and romantic. And made me want to go visit the city just to see the sights and images the book created. Some of it made it cheesy, but some of it made it just perfect. Point Zero? Really? So cute but so cheesy but soooo cute!

Already started companion novel Lola and the Boy Next Door. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed with it either. Stephanie Perkins, kudos for making such a novel successful!

Deadly Sin Sunday #3

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

LUST

I just finished Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (review to come soon) and I absolutely loved the character St. Clair. Of course he was super good-looking, nice, sarcastic, and funny. It IS a romance book after all. What I liked about his character was that he didn’t care that he was super popular with all the girls.He was true to his friends and didn’t flaunt his good looks and charms everywhere he went just to get an ego boost. Now if only that were true of men in the real world, hmm?