Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is empty.But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade, a large expanse enclosed by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning, for as long as anyone can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, for just as long, they've closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the Maze after dark.

The Gladers were expecting Thomas' arrival. But the next day, a girl is sent up- the first girl ever to arrive at the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might find their way home... wherever that may be. But it's looking more and more as if the Maze is unsolvable.

And something about the girl's arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers- if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.

Characters: I love the characters, I honestly had no problems with any of them. Even the bad characters I just loved to hate them. The only teeny problem I had was that there were too many characters. One thing I really liked about them though was that they all had different personalities. The main characters were so amazing that I learned to love them in such a short amount of time.

Plot: The plot is my favorite part, it was full of surprises that I never expected. It took me only a couple paged for me to get really into the book and the writing style was amazing. The pace was good too it wasn't too fast yet it wasn't too slow. I loved learning about the world even though there were moments that I was kind of confused.

Overall: Overall this is one of my favorite books. Five stars! Incredible but I just wish those parts that left me confused would have been more clear, and for trilogies I'm usually a fan of the first and second books to have cliff hangers but this one (for me) didn't have one for that kind of left me disappointed.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Seventeen-Year-Old Luce is a new student at Sword & Cross, an unwelcoming boarding/reform school in Savannah, Georgia. Luce’s boyfriend died under suspicious circumstances, and now she carries the guilt over his death with her as she navigates the unfriendly halls at Sword & Cross, where every student seems to have an unpleasant—even evil—history. It's only when she sees Daniel that her life looks a little better. But Daniel has a secret which will put their lives in danger...

Characters: The characters was my least favorite part of the book for me. I hated all of them. They got on my nerves and I frankly didn't care about any of them or what happened to them. I liked the main character though. But sometimes she seemed a bit selfish. However I did start to like the characters later on....in the last 20 pages! There was little character development and to me this is what really brought down the story.

Plot: The plot was very interesting and full of mystery and suspence that kept me reading until the last page, I loved how fascinating and unique this story was and I was left surprised in all the chapters as Lauren Kate reveals little by little the story. It is a dark story but not so that it will keep you up at night. I hated putting this book down, it was so addicting! The writing style was beautiful! I loved it, just the right amount of discription. And a lot of new creatures that were very creative.

Overall: Overall this book was really good. I would reccomend it. But the thing that brought it down a few stars and for that reason I am giving it 3 stars is the characters. Absolutely horrific, but I hope in the next installment everything is better. Sorry for the short review, promise next time I'll try to make it larger ;)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

One Lovely Blog Award

I've been nominated for this award by the lovely Erika from Living for the Books! I love her blog and I highly recommend checking her out. Here's the link: http://livingforthebooks.blogspot.com/

Ze Rules Are: 
1. Include the blog award logo in your post
2. Thank the person who nominated you
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know about it.
4. Seven Random Facts about yourself.

7 Facts: 
  • I love all kinds of music, except heavy metal and folk.
  • I love vintage clothes
  • My dream college is Stanford University or Oxford University.
  • I'm in love with love
  • My favorite color is black
  • I love One Direction
  • Justin Bieber isn't bad.

The Amazing 15:

Alright I'm going to have to cheat here. If you want to do it and I didn't tag you, just say I did. Alright? Haha I'm horrible at tagging but the people I put above are tagged ^.^

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Switched by Amanda Hocking

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.
Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…
This edition includes the bonus story "The Vittra Attacks".

Characters: I actually liked Wendy, which was surprising because I usually don't like female characters. I liked her, but I didn't necessarily find anything special about her, at times I barely even remembered her name. Finn is a different story. I found him so annoying and way to cryptic for my taste. I didn't like him one bit but I guess near the end I started to like him a bit more. But in my opinion it took way too long for me to like him. But I was very fond of all the other characters. But one good thing was that they were very believable.
Plot: The plot was so creative and unique! I loved learning about the world and the abilities of the Trylle. I liked the writing style, it was simple and had just the right amount of description. The pacing was a bit on the slow side but it was still good. One thing I didn't like though was that the romance was just too instant. I usually don't mind romance thats a bit fast, but this one was just strange. They met in chapter one and she's already developing a crush. It was really annoying. I also loved that the book wasn't predictable and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.
Overall: Overall I had some major character issues and the romance was too fast too soon for my taste so I can't really give it the best review but I still liked it and I would recommend it to people that like paranormal and don't mind fast romance. But the ending made me want to read both of the next books and I can't wait to continue with the series.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created 'perfect' life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. 
Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.
In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart

Such a good book! Only one thing that bothered me too much.
Characters: The characters in this book were great! I loved Alex and all his friends, I loved how funny and sarcastic he was and how he wasn't afraid to speak his mind. And that he protected everyone he cared for with great passion. He was my personal favorite male character. Brittany, I didn't really like for a lot of the book. She was annoying and I could care less what happened to her and I didn't feel like reading about her life. But after a while it got better and her growth and development in this book was impressive. I loved her by the end but I felt it took too long for me to like her.
Plot: The plot was way better than I thought. I honestly thought it would be only about their romance and that pretty soon it would get boring. But I was wrong. This book goes even deeper and it shows what its like to be in the both worlds, the popular rich girl and the rebellious poor boy. And I really understood the two of them by the end of this novel. I also liked how Simone Elkeles shows that you shouldn't judge people without getting to know them first and that somtimes its alright to let people down. Most of the book was predictable but even then I still got all the emotions I would get if I didn't see it coming which I only experience with some books. I also enjoyed that even though Simone Elkeles is a women she protrayed the part of a teenage boy really well. I love her writing style, it was so easy to get used to and the words flowed perfectly. There were also a lot of corny moments that made me roll my eyes but thats one of the things I loved most about it!
Overall: Overall this book was fantastic! If only I liked Brittany a little bit more I would've given this book 5 stars. But please don't judge the book on its cover, if you do, you're going to regret it. I garuntee it. I think this book is made for teenage girls though. Since the romance overpowers this whole book. So if you don't like chicklit I wouldn't recommend it. But it was great and I can't wait to read about the rest of the Fuentes' Brothers.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

What if a beautiful vintage dress could take you back in time?
Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transformed into a time-travel adventure. 

Suddenly onboard a luxurious cruise ship a hundred years ago, Louise relishes the glamorous life of this opulent era and slips into a life of secrets, drama, and decadence. . . .

Characters: The characters in this book, I felt were really plain, you didn't really get to know anything of how they were. How they thought. Just how you saw them on the outside and I felt the author didn't really give them a personality. Louise got on my nerves a lot in this story and sometimes I just wanted to reach through the book and give her a good shake. Though later on she improved. So this story had good character development. There were a lot of characters that I felt could've been given more time in the spotlight like Benjiman Guggehiem, but I felt that after a while she just got...bored with the characters and dropped them.

Plot: The plot had a good forming idea. I liked the idea of a time traveling dress but I just didn't like the way it was preformed. It just felt to rushed. The story itself felt rushed. I admit at times there were interesting moments but later on they became irrevelent. I felt that at times the author contradicted herself. There were moments where I just felt bored and it was obvious that the scenes were just plot fillers. Near the end I felt that I got more attatched to the characters but by then it was too late. I did like all the fashion snipets throughout the book, me being quite the fashionista myself. The pacing was fast and the writing style was very simple. I also liked that we found out what happened to all the lives of the people she met while on the Titanic. Also I think when she found out that she was on the Titanic, I was supposed to feel surprised. But that was the greatest disappointment of it all. I already knew, the summary gave it away.

Overall: Overall it wasn't the best book I've read. It had its downsides but I think it had its fair amounts of upsides. I know there will be a second book though I feel it would've been best if she left it at this book, it concluded very nicely. I just wish I could've enjoyed it more and I hope if you want to give it a chance you will. Who knows? Maybe this is your new favorite book.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Ok I'd like to first say I am soooooo sorry for being so tardy in this review. I actually finished this on the 20th but I just got around to getting this review done because my laptop just came home from the shop, I had to get it fixed :'( But now you will see more of me! Whether you like it or not :P

Ruby, where is your mother?" Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future—it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Characters: I loved Ruby, I felt that with all that went on in her life and how quickly everything felt that she was very believable in how she acted. At times I did feel that she was unreasonable but she had a right to be. I liked Nate a lot too, he was just a sweet and nice boy that I really loved to read about. The side characters like Cora, Jamie, Olivia, and Gervais were great too. I loved that they each had there own personality though sometimes I felt that Olivia and Gervais were a bit plain.

Plot: The plot I really liked. I loved how Sarah Dessen wasn't afraid of going into touchy subjects. I admit in the beginning I really didn't like her writing style because I wasn't very used to it but once I did I loved it so much. The pacing wasn't too slow and not too fast. I liked especially that the book didn't drag on, I wasn't once bored and wondering when it would end. One major problem I had with this book was that sometimes I felt that it was very predictable at times. Sometimes I was very surprised but other times I wasn't very impressed. 

Overall: Overall I really liked this book, one of my favorites but I had to give it a 4 stars for the predictability. The reason it took me so long to read was not because I didn't thoroughly enjoy it, it was because I was very busy. So if you have time to read this book I would highly recommend it. But I think that 14+ would like this book more than younger teens.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Update: Changes!

Alright so I took a good look at my blog recently and saw that to me it was a bit boring. So I decided to do some adjusments to my blog to make it better. Below I will list a bunch of things that I could do and you can comment which ones you would like and which ones you wouldnt and say why so that at the end of this month I can make some changes to better my blog. I would really appreciate your feedback :D

  • Book Hauls - I get a lot of books. But I usually don't do book hauls here. I was thinking that it would be fun to start.
  • Monthly Book Recomendation - I read maybe 3 or 4 books a month. I could do a post every end of the month recommending the best book I read of that month.
  • Monthly Favorites - My favorite books, characters, writing style, and cover and you could put more categories in your comment that I could add.
  • Disscussions - They'd be basically another review of a book but with spoilers for people that read the book to know how I felt about it and maybe we could talk about the different points of the book.
  • YouTube - Now this is something I have been thinking about a lot. I have an account already but no videos up. I do think that I will end up doing this one way or another bur I still want to know what others think. Would you watch and or subscribe?
  • Author Spotlight - Just me spotlighting one author that month. Giving their story of how they became an author and their books.
  • Current Read - This segment would be just me saying what page I am on, on a certain book and telling you what I like and don't like so far.
  • More Author Interviews - I could contact more authors and put up their interviews here since my first one was so much fun
  • Memes - I've seen many bloggers do it and I think it would be a fun way for you to get to know me more. If you choose this please leave some memes that I could do.
Alright those are all my ideas. If you have more ideas that I could do please feel free to share and I'll most definately think about it. Be completely honest about your answers and I'd greatly appreciate a lot of feedback on this. I will decide by the end of the month so you have 27 more days!


Beautiful Blogger Award

I was nominated for this award by the lovely Annie from Leopard Kitty Girl Books. I love her so much. She's an amazing blogger and she reviews so amazingly. Her blog is so beautiful. I reccomend her blog to all of you. She's one of - if not my favorite - book blogger. Here's her link: http://leopardkittybooks.blogspot.com/. Please check her out!

The Rules (Which is a necessity in everything) :

1. Write a little something about the Beautiful Blogger who nominated you with the award. Look up to read the paragraph about her! :)

2. Share 7 things about yourself:

  • I have black hair
  • I love England
  • I plan to go to an Ivy League College one day
  • I'm very smart
  • I'm 12 years old :D
  • My personality is very weird :P
  • I want to make book friends on here :)
Alright so I don't know how many people I'm supposed to tag so I'm tagging these 3.


Sorry if you've already done it :D Anyway thank you again Annie! Check her out her blog :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder commited by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons-and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....
This book was incredible. 5 stars all the way. At fist I was hesitant to put my review up because there were so many others up but at last I decided to get my opinion out there!                                                                                               
Characters: The characters were amazing. They were all believable and all had pasts whether good or bad and they each had different personalities. It made them seem believable and relateable. I loved all of them. Clare has this way of making you love all her characters and even the villains, you love to hate them. The only characters that I found annoying were Simon and Clary. I felt that in a lot of times Clary was being very unreasonable and there were times that I wanted to reach into the book and just shake her, hard. But I liked that she knew she was being unreasonable. The reason I didn't like Simon wasn't because I am Team Jace (Which I am!! :D) but because I felt that he was a hindrance at times. He just brought unnecessary trouble. I understand that he did help them once or  twice but he held them back a lot.
Plot: The plot was very unique and I liked it a lot. I had never read anything like it and I liked that in the beginning you weren't loaded with a bunch of information. That you found it out as the story went along. There were a bunch of twists and turns that I never saw coming. I admit before I read this book I stumbled across a huge spoiler but when I came across it in the book I was completely shocked and my mind was blown. I knew what was going to happen but Clare made me feel as if I had no idea what was going to happen. I loved the pace of the book. There wasn't a time where nothing was happening there was so much action in this book and in the same time you could see the affection of the characters growing without being to abrupt. I really like the world of the Shadow World. Its an entirely new and interesting concept that I really loved to read about. Cassandra Clare's writing style is very good. It has a good flow. She's descriptive but not so much that you get bored.

Overall: I can not believe that it took me this long to pick up this book and read it. I loved it so much, it might be my favorite read of this year. I can't wait to read the rest of this series and the prequel. I love Jace so much! I can't wait to read the second installment of this book. City of Bones was an amazing read that I recommend to everyone. Though there is some gay characters in here, but it doesn't go into it a lot. But if you still don't like it even mentioned, I wouldn't really read this book but even then this book is too amazing to pass up.