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February Book Haul

Bought at a thrift shop:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

2013-02-01 14.20.10

Bought off of Craigslist

Love Hina #1-14 by Ken Akamatsu

2013-02-01 14.22.25

Bought at TheBookDepository.com

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

2013-02-28 20.06.31

Received from Penguin Canada

Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

2013-02-12 16.40.44

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

 

 

Book Signing & Meet the Author: Tahereh Mafi

That’s right, Tahereh Mafi dropped by at a bookstore near me and signed copies of her debut novel, Shatter Me,  as well as spoke with the little audience that gathered, answering any questions that came up.

She is super nice and, in my opinion, very genuine from what her actions said and how she spoke to everyone. Unfortunately, I don’t remember any of the questions and answers, but there weren’t too many and nothing “surprising” was discussed. Some talk about how she came up with the concept, how she was able to write in this particular style, about Warner.. [hands down the most intriguing character in the book].

Her book is written in the first person, present tense, and has a very unique style of writing that will not appeal to everyone. But if you can get a hang of reading it… you’ll be sure to love it. I read it and couldn’t put it down until I finished (See my review here). Below is the official trailer for the book Shatter Me as well as a couple of my personal pictures from the signing.

The visit was a lot of fun and I’m glad Tahereh was so down to earth and genuine. I am definitely awaiting her second novel in the series: Unravel Me, which is set to be released in February 2013 [ah! too long a wait].

~C

Shatter Me Book Trailer

Pictures!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the first time - and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.




Rating: ★★★★★

Cover ArtLoving the mirror-esque quality of the cover, even in paperback – this fits in with a few quotes from our main character. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t have a fondness of girls in dresses on the front cover – nothing special about that.

Review

I had a difficult time putting this book down, which is the main reason for giving it 5/5 stars.

If you love the style of writing and enter the character through this style of writing, you will love this book. It captures you from the start. As soon as you enter Juliette’s mind, you can imagine as if you are there with her though the entire story. There are sentences throughout the book that are crossed out in Juliette’s mind, and therefore on the pages, and replaced. I found this to be a unique feature that has a certain realism to it – how often do we “edit” what we say to each other or to ourselves? The use of metaphors can be a little much at times, however. I did not find it to be overwhelming, but that aspect will bother a few readers. I found the metaphors helpful in describing what Juliette was seeing/experiencing, even though it may seem unrealistic to think like it is written.

As for the characters… Juliette is difficult to relate to at times, even though you’re basically inside her head. However, she was interesting to get to know. A broken past because of a power she cannot control [very X-Men]. The first interactions she had with Adam were fun to read and unique, considering how long it had been since she had basic human contact. I pictured Adam as Clark Kent [keeping with the whole comic book hero theme, I suppose], looks-wise, not personality. His personality, to me, fell a little flat, but maybe there will be more character development in the next book. The journey with him through the story is interesting and when you get their backstory, you can appreciate why they fell for each other seemingly quickly [or I might just be a hopeless romantic]. I absolutely loved the character of Warner, the “villain” in this story. He reminded me of Eric Northman [who is super hot!… ahem], from HBO’s True Blood, minus the fangs and thirst for blood [hmm, no comic reference there]. You can definitely see more to this character than what he appears as to his soldiers.

The story is slow to move on, but the development is so great, it’s like you are living in the world Mafi created. There are a couple of action scenes, but for this first book, it is mainly setting the story and introducing the characters. I cannot wait for the next book in this series, hoping it will be just as enrapturing  as this one was.

~C

February Book Haul

I don’t have too many books, considering what several others haul each week. I have just started getting back into the swing of reading [hmm… although, I have borrowed some books from the library every now and then… scratch that] getting back into browsing bookstores and purchasing books. I’m a student and my income is limited, so I am not going to be hauling 10 books each week, especially if I have to buy them at full price! I figure over a month, 3-4 full priced books seems reasonable. As well, since my hauls will be pretty thin, I’ll be doing these posts most likely once a month.

Anyways, the book haul!

So I was browsing our local Chapters and Cinder by Marissa Meyer caught my eye and started this whole love of books over again. I could not resist purchasing it and totally loved it. [Review is here if you want to read.] Chapters always has great deals as well in the bargain section. And what did I find there but a hard-cover 1st edition of  Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld… for only $1! So I browsed the Scott Westerfeld section and found Behemoth, the second book to the Leviathan Trilogy. It was full priced and paperback (I like my series’ books to be consistent), BUT it was a signed edition So I bought that as well. Just the other day, I was looking around Chapters again and ended up picking up Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’ve started reading it and it is so difficult to put down! Look for a review soon!

A few weeks ago, I stopped by the thrift shop near my house and looked through their bargain paperback books for $0.75 each. I ended up coming out with 4 books for only $3 total: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth SteinOdalisque, by Fiona McIntosh, A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks, and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I have been meaning to pick up some Nicholas Sparks books and I’m glad I found this one. It’s a little beat up on the spine but I loved the movie and can’t wait to read it. When I bought Angels and Demons, I thought I didn’t have it [I knew I was missing one of the Robert Langdon books], but turns out I did. I’m now on the look out for The Lost Symbol!

Also, I signed up for GoodReads this month, I believe. I entered a few of their giveaways not expecting anything. But I ended up winning two non-fiction books [I really wasn’t very picky when I chose which book giveaways to enter]. I received The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg from Random House and The Power by Rhonda Byrne from Simon and Schuster Canada. Very interesting books. They can be boring if you aren’t into the informative type of readings, but they held fascinating facts and insights. I will be reviewing these two soon. So look for those as well.

Thats all for the month, folks! Let’s see what March brings!

~C