Under the Never Sky is one of those 2012 YA debuts that everyone was very excited to get their hands on. When I started reading it in December, I was not impressed. Nothing was happening, the setting was kind of weird and the characters seemed quite unlikeable. But, after a slew of very positive reviews came out, I kept reading and suddenly everything I didn’t like came together to make something amazing.
While the setting and ideas were amazing, what really made the book was the connection between the characters. Perry and Aria… Aria seems soft but is secretly badass. Perry is badass but actually has a ooey gooey melty center. A perfect balance that only got better as they moved through their quest. The story is told from their alternating viewpoints, an element I loved because it really lets you see the whole story, what’s actually going on.
With a completely original plot, twists and turns, and enough back story to make everything come together perfectly, Under the Never Sky is a wonderfully written book. One of the absolute best parts is that the current story is wrapped up to a satisfying ending, with plenty of potential for a great sequel (no cliffhangers, yay!).
Overall, a fabulous and unique contribution to this years round of YA debut novels. With plenty of action and great characters, I highly recommend Under the Never Sky to readers looking for something a little different.
The third book in the Lucky Harbor Series, Head Over Heels, takes a peak at the Wild Child: Chloe. I loved her character, she is so free and wild andThe third book in the Lucky Harbor Series, Head Over Heels, takes a peak at the Wild Child: Chloe. I loved her character, she is so free and wild and fun but I also loved how in this book, she grew up a bit, found her grounding. She gets the last of the set of boys, Sawyer, who is my favorite. A stoic cop who needs some fun in his life, Chloe comes along and all hell breaks loose. I loved that this relationship was more of a challenge than with the other sisters, it added some nice conflict to the general dreaminess of the first two books.
This series is a must read for romance fans, it’s sweet enough to make you fall in love but with enough spirit so you don’t feel like slapping the characters (a problem I often have with romances). loved this series and hope you guys do too!...more
Cinder is a new look at an old fairytale: Cinderella. The author does an amazing job at keeping the basic components of the story (an orphan taken inCinder is a new look at an old fairytale: Cinderella. The author does an amazing job at keeping the basic components of the story (an orphan taken in by a horrible family, handsome prince, and so on) in place, while making the plot and characters themselves entirely different. I loved that, though the city and the world wasn’t widely discussed, I’ve finished the book with a pretty good idea of the society and it’s inhabitants.
The setting was New Beijing which is interesting in itself because there are traditional elements worked into the speculative. I loved how the author created a new history and fitted so many traditional science fictional elements into the story (hover cars anyone?).
Character and plot wise: AWESOME. I’m not going to say too much but you have a bad ass Cinderella and the necessary hot prince (in this case, Emperor) and a plot that kept me reading until I finished. This was a one sitting read ,so clear your schedule and settle down!
Apart from the great story and well developed characters, I was particularly interested in the political underpinnings involved in the book. This is what I’m writing my thesis on, when human becomes non human and when non-human in turn becomes human, and Cinder herself was an interesting example. She is a cyborg, born human with mechanical prosthetic elements, and simply being a cyborg comes with a stigma, she is considered non-human. There are also androids, including Cinder’s friend (robots name) who came cheap because of a ‘programming defect’. I’m going to stop nerding out on you guys now but seriously, this book had some heavy background to it’s general awesomeness.
The only thing I disliked about this fantastic book was the fact that it’s the first in a series and I have to wait ages to get the next one and find out what happens next! L xoxo...more
The story: After their mother leaves them a run down inn, once owned by her own parents, three sisters who barely know each other come together to insThe story: After their mother leaves them a run down inn, once owned by her own parents, three sisters who barely know each other come together to inspect their unexpected and unwanted legacy. Each has their own ideas of what they want, and it’s not leaving their lives to move to Lucky Harbor.
The first book, The Sweetest Thing, is my favorite. I don’t know if it’s just because it was the first and I got connected to the protagonist, Maddie (the Mouse), or just because it was the best. Maddie is clumsy, broke, lacks confidence, obsessively organized and is more than ready to make a fresh start. Acting as the glue that holds the sisters together, I loved how Maddie became an amazing character over the course of the book. Having that sexy man, Jax, around, doesn’t hurt matters either.
The second, Simply Irresistible, moves on to Tara, the Steel Magnolia. With her perfect southern manners and apparently perfect life, Tara comes to Lucky Harbor with no intentions of staying. When it becomes obvious that her perfect life isn’t there waiting for her anymore, she allows herself to get roped into becoming the chef at the inn. Meanwhile, Tucker is there to get beneath her hard exterior....more
Lately I’ve noticed that, while I read most things pretty fast, I can gobble up one of these non-fictiony books in an afternoon. I love reading a bookLately I’ve noticed that, while I read most things pretty fast, I can gobble up one of these non-fictiony books in an afternoon. I love reading a book where I’m given a nice, tangible connection to the author and her real life set of characters and I love seeing what actual people are actually doing. Maybe I’m just nosey but these kinds of books just make me happy, so I guess it all works out nicely for everyone.
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School was a book I requested and forgot about in my work/school/no time for reading haze. I stumbled back on it when I was scouring Amazon for any sort of book similar to The Happiness Project or Eat, Pray, Love (both of which I loved to bits) and had a revelationary, “I have that one for review already! Yay!” kind of moment.
Everything about this book is delicious, from the stories of the kitchen experiments to the recipes themselves. I found myself getting pulled further into the book and, at the same time, having a desperate urge to run to the supermarket and buy delicious goodies to cook with. While we don’t eat much processed food (too yucky and, here, way too expensive to consider!) The Kitchen Counter Cooking School did make me think a bit more about what I was planning to eat this week (replace the Tuesday Chinese with something homemade and reasonably healthy, even if I’m super tired… props to K for doing the actual cooking!).
The book ended with me making a batch of white chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies (probably not the message I was supposed to get) and a happy sigh. There was a perfect balance of sentiment, humor and truth between the end of chapter recipe goodness. From start to finish, Flinn brings a story of cooking and friendship that will leave all feel-good-looking readers sated.
I’m a nerd. And the nerdiness is spreading. While I used to be all about the books and art, a new interest has come a knocking. Typography *sigh*. I lI’m a nerd. And the nerdiness is spreading. While I used to be all about the books and art, a new interest has come a knocking. Typography *sigh*. I loved this book. It took me ages to have time enough to actually read the darned thing but it was definitely worth the wait. Did you guys know that fonts are kind of awesome? And there is SO much history between each and every font and typeface we use. I’m noticing so much more and I now understand why the box of tea annoys me so much; it’s label is entirely in Papyrus. I hate Papyrus (see what I learned! I now have opinions about fonts!).
Simon Garfield offers clear and consise explanations of everything fonty. Want to know about the first fonts? Where did Times New Roman come from any way?! Who designs these things in the first place? All the answers, wrapped up in awesome little snippets of history are laid out (with pictures!) without getting too technical and unnecessarily confusing. I really appreciated that Garfield not only describes a fonts virtues (or lack thereof), but offers up spiffy comparative images so we can judge them for ourselves.
Recommended? Yep! To nerds and non nerds alike, if you like/hate/are a little bit intrigued by the things that are designed to be unnoticed (most of the time…) and affects how we take in every piece of written information, from the street signs to that hideous box of tea, then you should give Just My Type a shot. L xoxo...more
I was super lucky to win a copy of The Name of the Star from a giveaway recently, I got all excited and the minute it came I started reading. I had chI was super lucky to win a copy of The Name of the Star from a giveaway recently, I got all excited and the minute it came I started reading. I had chosen an awful time to read this book though… because it was night and dark and too quiet in the house. And then I stopped in a terribly dramatic place. So I am happy to say that, for the first time in a long time, this is a book I literally couldn’t put down. When I tried, I just lay in bed thinking of “OMG, what is going to happen next?!!!” and generally freaking myself out.
While the story itself isn’t outright scary, it is sneakily terrifying. With the first half of the book being shrouded in mystery as our wonderful protagonist sorts herself out in London, I kept being pulled deeper and deeper into the twists and turns of a plot that kept me turning pages until 3 in the morning.
I loved the setting. Any one who has read this blog for a while knows that I have a soft spot for anything set in a boarding school. They are such wonderful places for terrible things to happen! And London… well, you can’t go wrong with London. The city and life at the school are wonderfully captured through Rory’s eyes, and I found that this really made me connect with the character. I wanted to be next to her, helping her and poking her when she did something stupid.
The Name of the Star isn’t perfect, but it’s small flaws are more than made up for by excellent writing and a gripping plot. There is a sequel in the works and I can’t wait to see what happens to poor Rory next. ...more