Archive for September, 2012

Friday Quirk #6: Notes to Self

This isn’t one of MY quirks in particular, but I know people who do this and seen the aftermath first-hand…

Do you write notes in the margins of your books?

I prefer to leave my books intact and as pristine as possible. Even my textbooks are devoid of highlights and notes. Personally, I normally do not have any ideas I feel the need to write while I am reading. I can see how others do though. Some books are thought-provoking and theme-heavy. However, I read to enjoy, escape, and relax. Writing notes about books just seems too “formal” in a sense. Not putting anyone down who does do this – props to you if you do! Just isn’t my thing.

  

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Cold Season: an update

Sorry all for the lack of updates / posts this week. I have been caught by the cold bug. Normally I’d be able to sit up and read and write while I’m sick, but this particular bug was rather vicious. Dizzy spells, lethargy, loss of appetite, etc… all since Friday morning. It’s a miracle I lasted through Friday’s classes! So disappointed I barely got to finish one book since before I got sick. That review to come soon though!

But now that I’ve gotten better, expect more regular updates. Although school has JUST started, it is getting busy again and I may not have quite enough reviews to post. I will still be posting every Friday and Monday as long as my immune system keeps up!

Remember to wash your hands regularly! = THE best way to keep away from the flu bug!

Review: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Author: David Levithan [website] and Rachel Cohn [website]

Published: August 2007 by Knopf Books

Format: Paperback, 230 pages

Source: Bought online at BookCloseouts.ca

    

 

 

Synopsis:

Naomi and Ely are best friends. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their “No Kiss List” of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine – until Bruce. Bruce is Naomi’s boyfriend, so there’s no reason to put him on the List. But Ely kissed Bruce even though he is boring. The result: a rift of universal proportions and the potential end of “Naomi and Ely: the institution.” Can these best friends come back together again?

Rating: 

Cover Art: So Yellow! Simply great.

Review:

Simple story, simple plot-line, (mostly) simple read.

This is the first Cohn-Levithan collaboration I have read. The story goes into the trials and tribulations, well, actually just one tribulation between the two main characters, Naomi and Ely. As one can tell from the synopsis, the story is simple, but the book was presented in a really complicated way. I knew it was a multiple POV, but I was expecting alternating chapters between Naomi and Ely’s characters. Instead, there were at least another handful of characters thrown in just to give their point-of-view on the situation. At times the external point of view was very unnecessary and didn’t add anything to the book. At other times, the point of view was just boring / difficult / annoying to read. This definitely was not my cup of tea.

The story itself, however, was not bad. I’m sure it could have been better presented, but what was done was simple and easy to understand. The major conflict was solved rather easily, as in most real-life situations; so in this way as with many other aspects to the story, it was somewhat realistic.

The characters, Naomi and Ely, were interesting to read – aside from the swearing like sailors part. They were, for the most part, normal young-adults (19-20 year olds – which, in itself is a great aspect of this book. Not many books deal with this age) who have gotten themselves into a normal conflict between friends. They show some great, albeit simple, revelations in the book.

Overall great story. Minor point deductions for the multiple POVs, but interesting contemporary book with this particular theme.

Media Monday: Nerd Problems. Male & Female

Friday Quirk #5: Cover Madness

Publishers changing the cover style in the middle of a series!
Dislike this! It just makes all the covers I started buying look like a completely different series once the covers change! Plus, I don’t like the inconsistency…

These are the only two weird cover changes that I own.. that I know of. But I’m sure there are many more out there!

Nightshade Trilogy

Shatter Me series

 

 

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Author: Veronica Roth [website]

Published: May 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books (imprint of Harper Collins)

Format: Hardcover, 525 pages

Source: Bought at TheBookDepository.com

    

 

 

Synopsis: 

One choice can transform you–or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable–and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Rating: 

Cover Art: As with the first of the series, keeps with the theme. LOVE that the symbol is gold on the actual book cover.

Review:

[Book 2 in the Divergent series]

Filled with action and plot worth reading about.

This sequel is filled to the brim with Tris and Four travelling from faction to faction trying to avoid the eye of the war. The book is very well paced with the characters’ encounters and adventures. I loved that more of the other factions were revealed (Amity, Candor, Erudite) – it definitely filled in holes that were very prominent in the larger picture that is the background of the world Roth created. The world building continued to develop in this book, however, there are still gaps – which I’m hoping will be filled in the next sequel.

I didn’t love the characters so much here – which is part of the reason why I docked a star. Tris was well developed, yes. But she wasn’t likeable – which is a huge problem for me when I read books. If I don’t like the characters or don’t think they would be likeable if they were real people, I end up not enjoying the book as much as I could. Tris was being stubborn, quick-tempered, and deceptive throughout a lot of the book. Four did not seem to be in a lot of the book as well. And when he was, he was a little too broody or a little too nice. Their histories as characters and their family’s histories were a great addition to the story though! Loved learning about how they came to be.

Overall the story continues and this is ultimately what kept me reading. The plot is bound to lead somewhere and you, as the reader, know it’s going to be good. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Media Monday: Making Books is… fun?