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:
http://therandomranterer.blogspot.com/

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.