Sunday, December 23, 2012

Matched by Ally Condie

Matched, by Ally Condie. If you haven't read it yet then you should. In a dystopian future the Society chooses who you will marry. Cassia, the main character has been "Matched" with her best friend Xander. But soon she finds herself falling for someone else, Ky. I really cant explain why I loved this book so much. The writing style is... well... lacking. The characters are all annoying and flat. The only one who really goes through any character development is Cassia, which is to be expected because she is a main character. Despite all of this I just simply couldn't put the book down. Ally Condie does more telling then showing which is a big writers no no, but it works. I would recommend this book to my friends. I cannot wait until I can get my hands on the second one.

I give this book four and half stars

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I'm not sure about this book
I've been trying to write this book review for about a week now. It's been hard simply because I don't know how to feel about the book. The Great Gatsby set in the 1920's has its good parts and its bad parts.  If you go to school the chances are you are going to have to read the book eventually. Allow me to make your life a little easier by a summery. (warning spoilers)

The narrator of this book is Nick Carraway.
He is cousins with Daisy.
Daisy's husband, Tom, is having an affair with Myrtle.
Nick is the neighbor of Jay Gatsby.
Gatsby is in love with Daisy and about five years previously they had a thing but he had to go to war.
Gatsby throws lots of parties.
Nick and Gatsby become friends.
Nick somewhat helps set Gatsby up with Daisy.
Nick has a thing going with Jordan (who is incredibly annoying).
Shit happens.
Daisy runs over Myrtle with Gatsby's car.
Myrtles husband kills Gatsby.

The main problem I have with this book is the flow. It really doesn't start to get good until the last eighty pages. However when you read you cant help but fall in love with Gatsby. I would recommend this book to people who like classics. If you are looking for a thriller this isn't it. I would read it again.

I give this book three stars

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the sequel to Beautiful Creatures. After reading the first book my expectations were high for the second, and simply put they were not met. Beautiful Darkness is well written and easy to read, but lacks in excitement. The authors brought in the dreaded love triangle. One of my biggest pet peeves with books is when a character dies and then they authors bring them back. And that's exactly what happened in this sequel. The ending to this book was unsatisfactory. I do plan on reading the third one, and I hope it will be better than this. Maybe I just expected too much.

The Beautiful Chaos review may not come for about a week due to the fact I have to wait until Sunday to get it and I have to read The Great Gatsby (review to come on that as well) for my jr. research paper.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is simply an amazing book. When I picked this book to read I had never heard of it, and honestly I wish I had known about it sooner. Beautiful Creatures is a magical story told by Ethan Wate. The story is basically about a mortal boy who falls in love with a caster girl. When I first started reading I thought "oh great, another love story". But Beautiful Creatures isn't just some love story. There are many magic related problems they have to face. The book is well written and the plot is amazing. I couldn't put it down. It has a new twist in every chapter. I highly recommend this book. If you are looking for an easy read with a fantasy theme then this book is for you.