A light-hearted coming of age story that every nerdgirl can relate to!
Plot: Fangirl begins with 18 year old Cather moving into her dorm room, and fo A light-hearted coming of age story that every nerdgirl can relate to!
Plot: Fangirl begins with 18 year old Cather moving into her dorm room, and for the first time in forever, her bunkmate isn't her twin sister Wren (Cather-Wren, Catherine. Get it?). The book is divided into two halves, the Fall semester and the Spring semester and follows Cath along as she has the college experience that everyone who moved on campus can reminisce about. I liked Cath's journey from alienating everyone who spoke to her, to learning about herself, her fanfiction, and repairing familial ties. It's a beautiful story with emotion and plenty of humor to complement it. My only complaint is the amount of fan fiction in the story. There are snippets of Cath's fan fiction (along with text from the original series) in between chapter which I enjoyed, but there are also times where Cather reads CHAPTERS of her fanfiction aloud to an audience, and I didn't think that this helped move the story whatsoever.
Characters: Cather is my spirit animal, I swear to God. I didn't write Fan Fiction in college (that ended in high school I'm pretty sure), but as a long time fangirl, I felt like she was someone I could relate to. She's awkward, doesn't know how to talk to boys, and lives online in a fandom community - please tell me that most of you can't relate to that. Her roommate Reagan is someone I want to be friends with, and Levi gave me warm fuzzies every time he spoke. He's definitely a charmer! I also loved Cather's relationship with her manic father; however, I felt like there were a lot of loose ends that should have been wrapped up regarding her family.
Setting: The book takes place in Nebraska, a state I have never visited and could not properly visualize. Luckily, most of the action takes place on campus and I found it easy to imagine my own university campus as the setting.
Audio Book Performance: The book is told by two narrators, Rebecca Lowman, and Maxwell Caulfield. I love when a book has two or more narrators because then it really is an experience. Rebecca Lowman is the primary narrator, while Caulfield narrates the fanfiction snippets in between each chapter. Each narrator has a lovely voice and I enjoyed their performances.
Short n Sweet: An great YA contemporary novels that most young adults can related to, this is sure to be a hit with fans of Stephanie Perkins!...more
After touring all twelve districts with co-victor Peeta, the two realize that the districts are not as controlled as the Capitol makes them think theyAfter touring all twelve districts with co-victor Peeta, the two realize that the districts are not as controlled as the Capitol makes them think they are. There are riots, escapees and somehow Katniss has become the face of the Revolution. In an attempt to squash the Revolution for once and for good, he sends Katniss back into the arena, in hopes that she won't come back.
This book picks up right where The Hunger Games left off. Katniss and Peeta are preparing to tour the districts as victors of the 74th Hunger Games while dealing with their personal demons. The story flows well with Katniss are narrator and more of the Districts being revealed. When I first read the book, I was kind of annoyed to find out that Suzanne Collins was throwing Katniss, Peeta and ten other tributes back into the Arena; it felt kind of cheap. Upon reflection, I LOVE how it was handled (one line that comes to mind is, "there is no room for a Girl on Fire) and I loved the set-up of this Arena. I think I liked this arena more than the one of the 74th Hunger Games. I also liked that Katniss gave the audience a history of The Hunger Games which helped her understand her new enemies, as well as our beloved Haymitch. What made Catching Fire so memorable are the introduction to new characters.
Finnick. Joanna. They are awesome and I am so happy that Collins created them. With the start of a new Hunger Games, comes new tributes and Game Masters. I felt more connected to these tributes (well...besides Rue and Thresh obviously) than I did for the previous book's tributes (there is a scene with a District 6 tribute that had me BAWLING). Katniss is still a strong heroine fighting a battle she didn't sign up for, Peeta is....there, we find out more about Gale, and we are given clues regarding President Snow's past. I also adored Madge, the old lady with a mean hook...literally.
I still love Katniss's point of view. She is so strong, so committed to helping others, and she is so REAL. Everythign Katniss feels, the reader feels, there is never a moment where Katniss knows more than the reader which I love. Suzanne Collins writing is still fabulous and un-put-down-able.
Overall, Catching Fire is a strong follow up to The Hunger Games and anyone who was a fan of the initial book will definitely love this one!...more
That's right, my first 5-star rating of 2012. AND IT FRICKIN DESERVED IT.
I apologize. Okay I apologize. Initially coming into the book blogging worldThat's right, my first 5-star rating of 2012. AND IT FRICKIN DESERVED IT.
I apologize. Okay I apologize. Initially coming into the book blogging world I had taken a firm stance against reviewing self-published novels and I stood by that until I read this book. Everyone who has a "I don't accept self-published novels" attitude needs to to stop thinking, go to either amazon or BN and buy this mother fucking book.
Penryn Young and her family stumbles across a battle of five angels against one. She watches as one of the angels viciously slash the one angel's wings off and leave him for dead. When the angels turn their sights on Penryn and kidnap Paige, Penryn's wheelchair bound sister, Penryn forms a temporary alliance with the wingless angel left for dead. He will help her find her little sister while they try to find someway to reattach his broken wings to his body. They encounter many interesting characters and Penryn finds herself slowly falling for her enemy.
This plot is so complex and beautiful it is impossible to put into words. Susan Ee's FAQ section explains her attraction to this novel; of angels who were meant to seek and destroy instead of save humanity. What makes this book so beautiful is humanity's desperation to survive and how two people from opposite sides of the battle field can start to feel more than disdain for the other. Everything is perfectly paced with perfectly placed drama and danger that all comes nicely together in the last chapters. I must say that I did not expect the sci-fi bit of it and made me raise an eyebrow as I tried to imagine the creatures that are introduced halfway through the novel.
The characters were remarkable. Penryn is a strong willed girl with a lot of bite to her. She has only one mission in the World After, protect her innocent sister and keep her schizophrenic mother out of trouble. I loved the idea of her insane mother who heard voices, thought demons were after her and had a love for rotten eggs. While her mental state is nothing to laugh at, her mother was a usually the source of comic relief with her well timed appearances. The angel Raffe is just to die for. He has definitely been added to my (really short) list of book boyfriends. He's got the whole tragic hero look with a good helping of sass and kick-assery. The interactions between Raffe and Penryn tugged at my heart and I kept hoping with every page that there would be some breakthrough in their slowly progressing love story.
When I first approached this book, I was afraid that the writing style would not be up to par, it was. Penryn's voice is strong with an incredible will to survive in a desolate America. The banters were cute with well timed quips. One thing that I adored about the Penryn's voice was her descriptions. When she witnesses Raffe having a group of angels attack him, she picks one feature about each of the angels to refer to them as (ie: Raffe being referred to as "Snow" to reflect his snow-like wings). She does that a few times throughout the novel which I thought made scenes more interesting and avoided a lot confusion.
I could really go on and on about this book but that would take forever and I simply do not have to time. If you aren't convinced yet that you need to read this book, it's only 99 cents.
Susan Ee storms the YA genre with her complex and well researched plot, charming characters and witty dialogue. This is a novel for any dystopia fan who does not mind a bit of sci-fi. ...more
Something about writing a 5-star review just makes me giddy. If you haven't read this book yet, SHAME ON YOU. SHAME SHAME SHAME SHAME SHAME.
I didn'tSomething about writing a 5-star review just makes me giddy. If you haven't read this book yet, SHAME ON YOU. SHAME SHAME SHAME SHAME SHAME.
I didn't really know what I was getting myself into with this book, I just knew it was a fantasy book about a princess, but it was so much more. So much. The plot is enticing and just well-crafted. It actually tales like a fantasy novel where a character must travel far to defeat the looming evil that is ever present. The pacing is perfection with equal parts action and characterization.
Now this where The Girl of Fire and Thorns shines. Carson's characters are like a piece of art. Young Elisa has so many insecurities that you can easily relate, but she is so strong and dedicated. She is easily one of the best heroines I have had the pleasure to read about. All characters are extremely complex and feel so real. Elisa personal development is what held my attention, she went from quiet, meek, plump chosen child to something to completely different, and it was the most natural development I have seen/read. Rae Carson's world was also just as intoxicating as her characters. In short, Carson has the most imaginative mind and I'm so happy that she has put her thoughts on paper.
The language was phenonomal, not all that but I loved the different languages that Carson incorporated (mostly because I have a language degree and languages turn me on) into the book. Elisa's voice was real and just so engaging and lended itself very well to the overall tale.
This book is all sorts of awesome. Love, loss, insecurities, political battles, enemies then friends. Go read it. Go read it now. ...more
This book gave me such a high after I turned the last pages. I LOVE books like that, books that make you feel something once you set it down4.5 stars
This book gave me such a high after I turned the last pages. I LOVE books like that, books that make you feel something once you set it down. As the description reads, Lena lives in a world where love is a disease and the government has found a cure to rid the mind of all emotions, love, hatred, fear, pain, nothing.
What I love about this book is that it builds. Lena's background and idea's build. Her friendship with Hana builds and her relationship with Alex builds. Oliver slowly introduces her characters which I love. It seems like nowadays authors will give a character a name and expect the readers to love him or her from the getgo. Not Oliver. She lets the love blossom and then she makes it something extraordinary with the very last page.
Oliver also makes you think with this novel. I thought a million times throughout my read how often I use and experience the word love. The idea that is so forbidden in her world made me fall deeper and deeper into the book.
What I also love is that Ms. Oliver has made this world completely hers down to the very last detail. She tweaks religion and adds nursery rhymes to make this world seem real. Which I think is just beautiful.
The only negative piece I would have to say is that she does get a bit wordy in her descriptions. I'm happy that she took the time to creatively explain how the sea salt clung to Lena's hair, but there were some instances where I felt like she could have done without 5 or so words.
It's a good sign when the only reason I will put a book down is when my boyfriend sleepily mumbles something about it being late and that he can't sleIt's a good sign when the only reason I will put a book down is when my boyfriend sleepily mumbles something about it being late and that he can't sleep with the lamp on. Forbidden was definitely worth the lack of sleep (and lack of productivity in my day), I was completely captivated from page one!
The Whitely's have an unusual family set up. The dad has uprooted and found a new family in Australia, the mother has all but moved in with her lover Dave and the two older siblings are forced to play the role of mommy and daddy to the three younger siblings. While they are busy sorting out who will pay the bills, cook dinners on certain days and then go tackle their own school work, Lochan and Maya fall in love and test the limits of how far they can go.
I love edgy topics, I love anything society deems forbidden and this seems like the ultimate taboo so I had to get my hands on it. First off, Suzuma has such a way with words it's breathtakingly beautiful. The descriptions are so poetic and the emotions are so raw, the reader will fall in love within the first chapter. Suzuma has this amazing talent where she can make the reader feel uncomfortable with the topic in one chapter, then have the reader cheer on the characters and feel for their love in another. It took me a while to figure out how I felt about the topic because Suzuma will make you uncomfortable, which I appreciate as a reader.The alternating perspective is always interesting in books, but the reader experiences it to the full effect with this book. With the alternating perspective we find out how both Maya and Lochan react to their secret love affair, how it affects their social lives as well as their role at home.
These tragic characters also continue to pull at your heart strings hours after you turn the final page. Lochan and Maya are such selfless characters, they do everything in their power to ensure that their siblings have a (semi) normal childhood even if it results in a nervous breakdown or utter exhaustion. Even though the audience is aware that these two lovers are headed for a dead end, you can't help but hope with them that they will get their happily ever after, away from the prying eyes of society. What I like about these two characters is that they both understand the consequences of their actions. They both know it's frowned upon, even though they don't understand why; they even go as far as to explore the psychological reasons why they are together. They aren't stupid, they know the dangers, but they can't stay away.
If there was a guidebook on how to do incest correctly, Suzuma was on point all throughout the novel. The book is edgy but filled with a lot heart. I recommend this for people who are willing to explore such a taboo topic with an open mind, and those who don't mind shedding a few tears throughout the novel. ...more