Archive for July, 2012

July Book Haul

Bought online at BookCloseouts.ca

Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Dark Secrets 1 [Legacy of Lies & Don’t Tell] by Elizabeth Chandler
Dark Secrets 2 [No Time to Die & The Deep End of Fear] by Elizabeth Chandler
Dark Secrets 3 [The Back Door of Midnight] by Elizabeth Chandler

 

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Geektastic Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black & Cecil Castellucci

 

 

Bought from ads on Craigslist

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare


Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have) by Sarah Mlynowski
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Bought at local library sale (0.75 each!)

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
Android Karenina by Ben H. Winters

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Invasion by Jon S. Lewis

Bought online at Chapters.ca

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Won in a Giveaway at BookNerd.ca
[Thank you Giselle!]

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

    

Rating: 

Cover Art: Simple yet artistic. Don’t have many yellow books. I like it.

Review:

This book is just… wow. So different from what I’m used to reading, my thoughts are  a little difficult to put into words.

The story is told in the form of letters from a 15-year-old boy, Charlie. At first it was odd trying to read from this point of view (the reader is getting the story in the present but from a past-tense perspective, if that makes sense. I have no idea if that is even called something in grammatical terms). However, it is really easy to get into and eventually the format is hardly noticeable.

Charlie tells the story of his freshman year of college. He goes through typical teenage events — love, friendships, school, sex… and he brings along the reader for the ride. It is a coming-of-age story that, if anyone would like to, has deeper meanings and inferences weaved through the lines. Charlie is so naive and unassuming and well, odd. He encounters such deep issues and the way he explains it to the reader can bring the story to life. It’s straight forward and meaningful. His naivety, is hilarious, sad, and adorable all throughout the book at the most unexpected times. Loved his character, as well as his friends’ personalities and their involvement in his story.

I honestly think I need to read this a second time to “get” all the meanings and connections. However, this first time through was completely engrossing and definitely a book that is difficult to put down!

Oh! AND this book will be a movie! Coming to theatres on September 14, 2012!

Movie Trailer:

Video: Why do Old Books Smell?

Sometimes they smell good to me, other times? Not so much. Interesting video!

[Busy with school at the moment, I really wish I could read something interesting as opposed to studying boring textbooks!]

Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    

Rating

Cover Art: Simple. Have not figured the significance of the cover yet… input?

Review:

Such a good but not-so-typical, fictional coming of age novel…

I love John Green’s writing style. His vocabulary and complex sentences may be a deterrent for others, but it just draws me in and makes the story all the more realistic. I like that this story is divided into a “Before”  and “After” — wanting to know what will happen at zero days is part of the reason why I finished the book so quickly.

The characters were not really likeable… but they were readable, if that makes sense. I didn’t mind them so much when I was “observing” their lives. However, I was not able to relate to them nor did I want to. They are typical teenagers – mischievous, rule-breakers, and drinkers/smokers (bleh!). But their lives and their reactions and their actions and their back stories are what makes the book great. The reader can get to know each of them and empathize when things do or do not go their way. It’s meant for a young-adult audience, so there are situations that can be relatable.

There isn’t much of a plot, but saying that, the book didn’t need one. It’s a story of a teenager’s life. There is no predictable plot or timeline that needs to be followed; just like life itself, the book has unforeseen events and unseen consequences to each action.

It is a great novel with realistic characters. Fun to read and deals with situations not many people have experienced. Can’t wait to pick up another of his novels!

Video: Can a Book Save Your Life?

Literally…?
[Not my video]

Deadly Sin Sunday #7

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

WRATH

[Late again, but this will be the final deadly sin post! Need a new TAG or weekly meme thing!]

 The author I have a love-hate relationship with is going to have to be Nicholas Sparks. Not a Young-Adult author, but his books are romance-fiction. I absolutely love a lot of his stories. His characters are entertaining and well developed. His endings though? Really? So depressing sometimes and so sad. Maybe if I read enough of his books, I’ll come across one that ends happily? No?

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

    

Rating: 

Cover Art: Very simple but definitely works for the book. Love the gold on silver take!

Review:

I absolutely devoured this book in a day. There are very few books that keep my attention for that long and this one made the list! It is a dystopian society and the story is filled with action, suspense, mystery and, of course, romance. It is a dual narrative and can seem like the two kids are the same person at times, but by the end of the book they are completely developed characters you enjoy reading the perspective of.

I love that June is a strong female character. Her intelligence, observation skills, and general life knowledge – I feel – is admirable for a girl her age. Not only that, but she’s confident, rebellious and likes challenges and to do things her way. Day is a regular citizen who lives on the streets and has made his name infamous amongst government officials. He’s similar to June in his intelligence and skill set, however, differences are apparent at times throughout the novel. Both sets of narration was quite enjoyable to read; the story goes from one end of the region to another, from night to day, from one side of the wall to the next.

The story was very, VERY good. AMAZING even. The transition from one event to another was smoothly done and everything, in the end, connected sooo well! I was really impressed with how this story developed and drew me in. It’s a page turner for sure; I just kept wanting to know what was going to happen at the end of each chapter I could not put the book down.

Such a BRILLIANT book in all aspects. This time I’m glad there IS a sequel, I do not want this story line to end!