Archive for August, 2012

Friday Quirk #4: Doggone Dog-ears

WHY WOULD YOU!

That’s all I have to say…

[Images of dogearred pages / folded pages / abused pages]

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August Book Haul

Bought used from Craigslist:

Fruits Basket #1-14 by Natsuki Takaya
Fruits Basket Cat Fanbook

Bought in store at TheBookWarehouse

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Media Monday: How to Read a Book

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Author: Veronica Roth [website]

Published: May 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books (imprint of Harper Collins)

Format: Hardcover, 487 pages

Source: Bought at TheBookDepository.com

    


Synopsis: 

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Rating: 

Cover Art: Ver y bold and straight forward; love the symbol on the front of the cover and on the book itself.

Review:

Dystopian novel filled with unique situations and has an overall great concept.

The story is of a dystopian world where there are five factions and each person is supposed to “fit” in one of those factions based on his/her personality. I had difficult putting this book down because of this unique story concept – this is of course a good sign. The world building sort of started in the middle with no real “origin” story of how this world came to be. However, this didn’t detract from the story and the world building that was explained. The reader can easily gather knowledge of the factions and how each works throughout the book from the characters and narrator’s thoughts.

The characters were well written, I thought. Tris, the narrator, is awesome. She’s a strong-willed person and as much as she tries to defy her upbringing, the reader can still see the traits fall through. She makes a great character to read from the point of view of. Four is great as well. Though he does not appear as much in the first 3/4 of the book, his development, I’m sure, will carry on into the sequel.

The pacing was great and filled the plot nicely. Though not too much happened in the first half of the book, story-wise, the information and the concepts were all new and unique that the reader can’t help but keep going. The end is a cliffhanger, of course, but with three books in the series, this was a very nice set-up and beginning.

Book Trailer:

Friday Quirk #3: Preserve Thy Jacket

So I just finished reading Divergent (awesome book by the way – review to come) and I own it, and many other books, in hard cover. I don’t know about all of you, but I have to take off the dust jacket before I start reading the book. I just feel like it prevents unnecessary ripping/ bending / folding of the dust jacket. And I like to keep my books as pristine as possible! Especially if the cover is awesome 😉

Media Monday: Prepare to be aMAZEd

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Author: Maggie Stiefvater [website]

Published: August 2009, by Scholastic Press

Format: Paperback, 392 pages

Source: Bought in store at Barnes & Noble

 


Synopsis:

the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace…until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it’s spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

Rating:

Cover Art: Love love the cover art! Blue and very artistic and abstract. Awesome details.

Review:

Unique take on the supernatural, simple plot line, nice start to a trilogy.

First of all, I loved Maggie Stiefvater’s take on the werewolf. No silver bullets, no moonlight trigger, no oversized monstrous creatures. These wolves change with the weather. They keep their original eye colour. They have similar personalities and appearances as when they were human. And they are normal wolf-sizes.

The story is told from two points of view: Sam’s and Grace’s. For me, it wasn’t difficult to read. The writing was very well done, even though I couldn’t tell who was who from just the writing style. Sam’s character was great – swoon-worthy, dark-haired, quiet, considerate guy. Grace wasn’t as unique as I wanted her to be. She was forced to be independent and she looks at facts, but she wasn’t unlikeable – I consider this good.

There was not much that happened in the book at this point. Well until the end. However, since this IS the first of three, I’m assuming more of the plot will take place in the next two books. Overall it was a great supernatural-fantasy, with a bit of romance stringed in to the read. I recommend it if you like this type of book!

Book Trailer:

“Sam’s” Song: