Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review/Booktalk: Isla and the Happily Ever After By Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After By Stephanie Perkins Review
Stephanie Perkins is amazing!!!!!! I binge read the whole three books in one weekend it was way too good. This book was amazing, I'll rate it as my second favorite of the "series". It's very cute and romantic but has a little more fire than the others. You should definitely read it.

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Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers (August 14, 2014)
Pages: 352
Source: Library 

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart *end of non-spoiler section*

 Rating

★★★★

Favorite  Quote
"There's  no story, I just saw you and I knew."

Booktalk The couple is very cute they work quite well together, I have to say the plot was really different, because instead of spending so much time getting together they actually got together rather quickly. I have to say this probably wasn't my favorite out of all of them, Isla wasn't the best, I can't quite say why, I just didn't like her. Okay, Josh. He is probably my least favorite love interest in all of the books, I think for me it was probably the rule breaking, but that might just be me. The couple was cute but, not my favorite. I felt they were to physical and didn't have as much talking. I don't mean I didn't like the kissing and other stuff but I still prefer Anna and  Etienne. Isla and Josh really aren't my type of couple. I felt they got serious to quickly, and Isla's self esteem issues were a little annoying. I totally see why she has them, but anyone could see that Josh was madly in love with her.

   Okay, lets talk about Kurt. He wasn't my favorite character but, I didn't like how Isla kind of dumped him when she got together with Josh. I think it seemed fitting that he found more friends.

Catalonia, Spain, I knew trouble was coming. When they decided to go, I was yelling at them in my head, of course. If Josh wasn't already in trouble, I wouldn't have cared. But, they were just so stupid! They should have known. Also Isla blaming Hattie was so unfair, it really wasn't her fault.

   So now the comic book, when Josh sent it to her and she read it I was pissed, at Josh. I felt so sorry for Isla, some people might think she overreacted, but I believe her reaction was very normal. Then, she broke up with him because her insecurities and I can't even... What annoyed me was, SHE broke up with Josh, then SHE moped around very clearly still in love with him. I JUST..... ARGH!!!!! That part annoyed me beyond end.

   On a happier note, when she gave Hattie the key I was smiling so much that people were staring at me. It was so cute, and how Hattie sent the book to him. It was way too cute.

   The ending was amazing, *fangirls* It was so cute (I can't say that enough can I?) Anna and  Etienne are still my top couple, but Lola and Cricket are a close second. Isla and Josh were very cute but, they come in third. The Proposal! *squeals* It was so cute! I have heard they are too young blah blah blah... But, I think it was perfect. You know the ending of Isla and the Happily Ever After really brought the book up a few notches. It was way to cute, the comic book and the fact that Josh was waiting, was so adorable. Okay that's all I have. I know it probably looks like I hated this one but I didn't I just didn't enjoy the couple as much it was still an amazing read. I hope Stephanie Perkins writes more.
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Introducing Books Around the World: Cinder By Marissa Meyer

Introducing Books Around the World Cinder Hello, today I'm adding another new series to my blog it's called (if you haven't already guessed from the title) Books Around the World I will pick a book, and from that book pick 2 foreign edition covers. Then, I will give my opinion on the US cover and the 2 foreign covers and rate them, at the end I will pick my favorite. I hope you guys will like this new series.

Today's book is: Cinder by Marissa Meyer 


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
US Edition
My opinion on the US cover: *mild spoilers*

I absolutely love this cover, it's the whole reason I picked up this series. I have been a fan of fairytale retellings my whole life, but this book just was the best. I think the cover is perfectly done, while there is no actual glass slipper in the book I think it really helps relate to the roots of this story. Another thing I like is how there is red in every single cover, I have always wondered why it is that way. Don't even get me started on the joints in the leg, I know that the "real" cyborg leg looks nothing like this, but I really love that extra touch. It adds an air of mystery to the book, the first thing you see is the slipper and then you see the metal bones and your like this is different.If they had put the "real" cyborg leg on the cover it probably wouldn't look as futuristic and intriguing. If you ask me I don't believe a cover has to match a book word for word or should I say word to stroke, it just needs to have the basic gist of the story and this cover captured it perfectly. Cinder's cover is an artful combination of classic fairytales and the future just like the book it's self. Here's something I've never noticed before, the C on the cover is different from the C on the title page, apparently the original C (the one on the title page) was considered to hard to read so they switched it out for an easier to read C (the one on the cover) For a interview with the designer of the Cinder cover click this link.

German Edition
My opinion on the German cover: *no spoiler*

This cover is breathtaking, at first glance it looks like a simple diamond pattern, but at closer inspection you realize it's slippers. The pattern is simple and uniform and I like the overall look, it's quite beautiful. While it isn't as colorful as the others, it still stands out. Though I feel it's kind of lacking in color, but that aside this is a really unique cover.











Turkish edition of Cinder
Turkey Edition

My opinion on the Turkey cover: *no spoilers*


Oh my god.... I love this one so much it's just so beautiful, it's kind of based off the original cover. Which is one reason why I love it so much. While the original cover is also bold and stunning this one just is so eye catching. I really love the shoe though the leg is slightly creepy. *shivers* I might just be how pale it is. Unlike the US cover the Turkey cover, the leg looks a lot more like a cyborg limb which is pretty cool. I also noticed that almost every single version of Cinder's cover contained some rendition of the classic glass slipper, one even had the carriage from Cinderella.

To see more foreign editions of Cinder and the rest of The Lunar Chronicles visit Marissa Meyer's My Book Covers Board 
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Book Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer By Katie Alender

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer By Katie Alender Review
This book was quite lovely, I don't normally read a horror novel on my own accord much less finish one. So if you can write a horror novel that will capture my attention, you deserve a gold star.

Though I must warn, if you are expecting a creepy tale about murderous ghost queens and be-headings this is not the book for you. It's more of a  contemporary romance mixed with mild horror and mystery.

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Published by Scholastic Paperbacks (August 26, 2014)
Pages: 304
Source: Libaray 

21st century girl. 18th century ghost. Heads will roll! ( a little to eager in my opinion.)

The city of light just got a little darker. . . .

Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She'll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family's French roots.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won't believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is in danger. . . .

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this tale of revenge, betrayal, intrigue - and one killer queen.

Rating

★★★★


Favorite  Quote
"I mean, she was beheaded... that has to be stressful."

This book was amazing, the priceless combination of history and suspense is well worth the read. I couldn't put the book down, I had to finish it, Ms. Alender's grasp on suspense is amazing but at the same time quite infuriating, for she kept on leaving me suspended. The book is kind of slow from the beginning but the end moves at a really fast pace. The author plunges you right into the book, which for me is a feature I really appreciate. This author handles death quite well, which is something I feel is rare to come by.

She also handled the blending of history and real world and horror quite well, though it is to be noted that not all parts of this story is completely true. Okay, I must point out this book as far as horror stories go is quite light, the book was not intensely scary, I would describe it more as a mystery. Also if your looking for a well built world that is really fleshed out this is not the book for you, the story is quick and their is little to no world building. Series tend to have more world building, but this book in my opinion is a definite stand alone. I couldn't really find any fault in this novel. I applaud Katie Alender in a job well done.
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Introducing From the Desk of a Fangirl

Introducing From the Desk of a Fangirl
This one is exactly how it sounds, it's basically me writing a fan letter to an author. Each post will feature three books at a time. From the Desk of a Fangirl is intended to introduce good books and authors to readers. (These books will always be my personal choice) You will always be warned in the case of a spoiler.

Featuring:

Of Triton
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Dear Anna Banks,

This book was riveting and well written. The action and suspense left me hanging, you did something few authors pull off. You wrote a sequel that was just as amazing as the first book, maybe even better. Galen and Emma are as cute as ever.

The Distance Between Us
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Dear Kasie West,

You always writes good romance. I wholly enjoyed this latest editon to my bookshelf. The instant I met the main character, Caymen I loved her. I can relate closely with her dry humor, which is one of the reasons I liked this book so much. I really enjoyed reading it. 

The Forgotten Sisters
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Dear Shannon Hale,

You did it again, I first picked up this series 2 years ago and have been loving it ever since. I was so excited to finally be able to get my hands on the last book, but at the same time I'm sad to be leaving the lovely world of Danland and Mt. Eskel behind. *sniff* This last installment to this wonderful series did not disappoint at all. So far I haven't met a book by you that I haven't loved, and The Forgotten Sisters was no exception.
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Book Review/Booktalk: The Heir By Kiera Cass

The Heir by Kiera Cass Review
OH MY GOD.... That is all I have to say....

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Published by HarperTeen (May 5, 2015)
Pages: 368
Source: Library 

Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. In this fourth romantic novel, follow Illéa's royal family into a whole new Selection—and find out what happens after happily ever after.

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

A new generation of swoon worthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

Rating

★★★★

Favorite  Quote

"I'm not sure if fate or destiny is real. But I can tell you that sometimes the very thing you've been hoping for will walk through the door, determined to fend you off. And still, somehow, you will find that you are enough."

Review - This book was really good, though it fell a little short. In my opinion The Heir was to much drama, it was just thing after thing after thing, like it was all fluff no structure. One reason may be the fact that some of the characters are far from my favorite. *cough cough* It was nice to see America and Maxon as a grown up married couple. Seeing them through Eadlyn's eye's is very interesting. In this book we also got a better look into the political reforms that have occurred in Illea and the daily life of a Queen/Princess.  I still really loved this book (even though I just spent about five sentences ranting about it) but I will say I still like America's trilogy a lot more. But who knows maybe the next book will change my opinion.

Booktalk - Okay, time to blow off some steam, lets start from the beginning. At first I wasn't happy when Maxon asked Eadlyn to have a selection to divert the attention of the public away from the rioting. Well, I'll say as the book continued this stopped bothering me because a whole new problem to center stage, spotlights and all. Eadlyn, is a complete BRAT. She's selfish, vain, and really mean to Kile and Josie. And most of all, self centered.

See, I guess I was expected someone more like America, but I guess when you grow up in a palace what do you really expect. So... the Tiaras *groans* really... Okay, I admit Josie is kind of annoying. BUT, I didn't see her enough to decide whether I like her enough.

The entire book Eadlyn just dismissed her as a nuisance and ignored her, plus we are reading from Eadlyn's point of view so the book is definitely biased, I am hoping to get to know her better in future books.

Okay now to the part everyone is waiting for... The Selected Men. I am team Kile for the win, their relationship is adorable (if you can even call it that) but still the affection is definitely there. Though I an rooting some other guys, Henri is so cute and adorable. Especially, when after they kissed he was worried Eadlyn was mad a him, also the fact that he bakes is unbeatable. (no pun intended) Another selected man I like is Hale, he's kind considerate and can make clothes. He would be my third choice. Fox is also nice but he hasn't gained a favorite yet...

Okay lets talk about Eric or Eikko, so their relationship is cute and I must admit that it would be interesting to see her end up with someone who isn't part of the selection. At this point I'm really confused about Eadlyn's feelings, because unlike Maxon who really only love one person truly (he kind of liked Kriss but she was a second choice) Eadlyn's heart is all over the place, so it's still really hard to tell. However, I can tell one thing already, Ean is only here for power and I hate him.

It's fun to see May, Marlee and Lucy, I was disappointed that we didn't get to see more of the previously selected girls. I wanted to see Elise so bad, and while reading this book I started to wish that Celeste had lived, I mean she was one of my favorite characters after she became more friendly.

The part about the Women's Room being renamed The Newsome Library was really sweet, but still this book really brought the pain of losing her back.

Now Burke, He got kicked out for starting a fight over asparagus? I love how Maxon became the big bad father. LOL. I like how Kiera Cass brings to light the difference between a crowd of 35 boys and 35 girls all fighting for the same thing. It's also nice to see the selection through the eye's of the chooser not one of the selected.

I love when pieces of Maxon's selection are brought in like when Maxon wanted to kick out Fox but America says that she got into a fight and he didn't kick her out so they shouldn't kick Fox out either. It's just cute to hear about it.

I have one more thing to talk about before I leave, namely Ahren. I know all this drama is suppose to be exciting but, can what Eadlyn said drive him to elope with Camille. How did Eadlyn's words make him so insecure that Ahren felt the need to run off with Camille? All Eadlyn said was she the thought that Camille wasn't the one, while I agree that what Eadlyn said was mean but, I still believe he overreacted. Ahren ran away and married Camille he's like 18 or something. Yeah he's 18, people don't normally get married at 18. Then America has a fudging heart attack, like really? Oh, poor poor Maxon he was so sad.

"He clung to General Leger, holding on to him for dear life, his fingers digging into the back of his uniform. He was abashedly crying, and I had never hear such a painful sound. I hoped I would never again.

"I can't lose her. I don't know.... I don't...." pg 339

That part was probably the hardest to read in the whole series, I hope the next book it out soon. 

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