Thursday, February 28, 2013

Series For March?

The votes are in! The series I will focus in on in March will be Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey. Which is probably a good thing because I already bought and started reading the first book. Thanks to all who have voted. I will put a poll up for April. Feel free to post a comment if you have a book you want me to review.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Warriors: Rising Storm by Erin Hunter

I recommend this book
I feel like this book wasn't as good as the first three, but was still pretty good. One of my favorite cats died and that was just really tragic. I wanted to cry. But I understand why it was done, to further the story. Goodbye cat I loved that I don't want to say the name of because I don't want to give it away. On a happier note: I am still a Sandstorm and Fireheart shipper. GRAYSTRIPE WHY. Sorry for my outburst. This book does have an end that, while completely expected, will still leave you with your heart pounding. Why are you not reading this book yet? Pick up this series. Totally worth the two hours you'll spend on each book.

I give this book three and half stars

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Chase Tinker and the House of Magic by Malia Ann Haberman

Wow. This is one of those books you pick up and aren't really sure what to expect, but by the time you're done you are aching for the next one. The story is fast paced and gets better with every chapter.

This is, without a doubt, a book for middle grade students. However I still found myself really enjoying it. The writing is basic yet somehow very engaging. The book has a take on magic that I've never really seen done before, and I really liked it. I liked it so much that I decided that I was going to read it and completely forget I had school work to do.

What I most enjoyed about this book is the plot. Chase Tinker has the power to move things with his mind. Yes, I know there's a word for that but honestly it's one of the few words that I will never be able to spell. His younger brother Andy Tinker can freeze time. Benjamin Tinker (I'm in love with everybody named Ben), the boys father, is missing and has been for a while now. When the boys grandfather comes to take them away to his magic house for the summer so they can master their powers things get a little crazy. And then you get hit in the face with plot twist after plot, especially at the end. I love all the characters in this, especially Persephone. Even though the characters are little kids, 10/12/13/14, I felt I could really connect with all of them.

Now lets talk about the ending. There are bad endings. There are good endings. Then there are endings like these that you do not expect, that are just so perfect you feel like your world is crashing down on you. The ending is not at all expected and honestly it's really kind of perfect. I would completely recommend this book, not only to middle grade kids but to high school students too. Guys, this one is a winner. Grab your kindle and start reading. This is one you don't want to miss.

Side note: I feel like this is the kind of book that would make a really really really good movie. Someone buy the rights. I demand it.

I give this book four and half stars

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Beautiful Creatures Movie VS Book

Is today Thursday or Friday? No matter. I'm posting today anyways. At the very start of my blog I reviewed the Beautiful Creatures book. It's the only one in the series I actually cared for. So when I saw the trailer for the movie I knew I had to go see it to make sure they didn't ruin the only good book in that terrible series. Guess what guys. They did. Granted I'm very aware that sometimes things have to change, and sometimes things cant fit into the movie. But its like the only things they got right were the characters names. So I've decided to give you the pro's and con's of the movie.

I'll start with the con's because there was a shit ton of those.

1) Bad cast
2) Bad acting
3) Only female casters carry the curse and while I cant remember if that's how it is in the book or not, I was pretty sure it was everyone who carried the curse. And I don't get why they would change that.
4) Larkin isn't a dark caster.
5) Ridley was barely in the movie
6) We were introduced to Sarafine way way way too early in the movie and it took much of the suspense out of it.
7) The "fight" at the end was way underplayed and nothing like in the book.
8) Amma is the librarian.
9) We never see Ethan's dad (which means we don't see Ridley trying to kill him which was one of my favorite parts)
10) No dance
11) Ridley doesn't make everyone go to Lena's birthday party. In fact, we don't really see her birthday party at all.
12) Everything was out of order.
13) Even if you haven't read the book the movie is still really really really really bad.
14) The pace was dreadfully slow.


1) The ending. While the ending wasn't anything like the book I still really liked it. Lena casts a spell on Ethan to make him forget her, and it works. At the end Ethan leaves with Link for a college road trip. Ethan starts to remember Lena and he jumps out of the car and starts screaming her name. I thought this was kind of cute even though it was nothing like the book.
2) There is no 2. That's really how bad the movie was.

So if you haven't already wasted thirty dollars to see this terrible movie then I'm really jealous of you. Please save yourself the trouble and just read the book. It was so much better.

I give this movie no stars

Monday, February 18, 2013

Early apology

I'd like to apologize ahead of time to the people who actually read my blog (aka like two people). Today is the first day of February vacation for me. For some reason this seems to mean that my teachers think it was an okay idea to send me home with like five billion projects. Because of my homework load and the fact that I actually have plans for most of this vacation I will not be able to read and make a legit post until at least next Wednesday.

Fear not friends! I will be back! I will throw up some polls for you to fill out. And expect a post on Friday, but not one about a book. I haven't decided what it will be able yet but it will mostly just let you know that I haven't forgotten about my blog. 

For all the kids who are on vacation this week: Be safe, have fun, and hopefully your teachers were not complete a-holes to you like mine.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

I don't know how I feel about this book
I have so many mixed feelings about this book. It's good, but it's also pretty bad. My friend let me borrow this book. Which I'm happy about because yay I have a friend who reads. She was wicked into it, so naturally I also wanted to be wicked into it, but I knew I was in for a bumpy ride after the first page. The writing style is... well ... flat. There is way way too much dialogue. The characters are terrible. The main character, Laurel, is such a mary-sue and it's so in your face obvious.

But I decided to push through it for Lyv. At about page 100 my view began to change. One of the good things I can say about this book is the plot. It's basically about a girl who is like omg why did i suddenly grow a flower on my back, opps I'm in love with two guys at once (that's not cliche at all), and come on mom and dad don't sell the land to that guy he's creepy. Two guys? Team Tamani! But enough of that. There is one character that stands out to me, mostly because I see myself in her. Chelsea, a girl with crazy curly hair, who's blunt, and just completely fabulous. Too bad she's a minor character. What really caught my attention about her is that she's in love David (Laurels other love interest) and even though she loves him she tells Laurel it's okay if she dates him. I did something very similar once. I hope that causes problems between Chelsea and Laurel in the next three books.

 Which brings me to a very important question: Am I going to even read the rest of the series. Probably. I've heard the last book is the best. Maybe Pike's writing will show improvement through the rest of the books.

I give this book two stars

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Warriors: Forest Of Secrets by Erin Hunter

I recommend this book
And the alliances shift again! The third warriors book is so far the best. I cannot even begin to tell you all the pheels this book brings. (pheels: strong feelings, ph because in the avengers movie Agent Phil Coulson, it was really sad and the whole world cried). Remember that forbidden romance in the last book? Yeah that makes me cry. There are parts in this book that make me laugh. And then there are ones that make me want to throw the book across the room and scream. This book is good. This book is really good. And so far everyone tells me that they just get better and better. Take the two hours out of your day and read these books.

I give this book five stars

Monday, February 11, 2013

Warriors: Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter

I recommend this book
In my opinion not as good as the first one but still really really really good. I'm starting to understand why somebody took the time out of their day to write 24 books about cats. While I may be a dog person these books have really grabbed my attention. The sequel picks up right where the first book left off. Which really pleased me. I hate when the first book ends and then the second book picks up with where the character is six months later. You will find in this book the big topic is: Loyalty. Which I always found to be a pretty important value. Alliances are formed and broken throughout the book. And whats this? A forbidden love? What! No way! Yes folks I have read it all now. There is a forbidden love... going on between cats. Also, not forbidden, I found myself really shipping Fireheart and Sandpaw. For those of you who don't know what shipping is it's when you want two characters to be together. I never thought I would be shipping cats. This is just crazy. Honestly at this point I feel emotionally attached to these characters. I haven't been attached to fictional characters like this since I read The Hunger Games. Read this series. You won't regret it.

I give this book four stars

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

I do not recommend this book
So this is the worst book that I have ever been forced to read. Stupid school making me read stupid shit. This was possibly the most boring book ever. I am glad it is over. Don't read it.

I give this book no stars

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I do not recommend this book
This book is terrible. I can't even put that nicely or say it in any other way. The way it's written just drives me insane. The author clearly had no idea what she was talking about. This is just the saddest excuse for a book ever. Honestly it is the worst thing I have ever willingly read. I can't even stress enough how bad it is. I know I just keep saying it's bad and not explaining why but I just cant even begin to describe how bad it is.

I think what bothered me most is the writing style and the way the characters speak. It's written in third person (he/she/they/ in other words, not narrated by the character)  which I don't exactly like but I can put up with if the writing is good. But the writing wasn't good. And even though the writing was in third person each chapter was like "aria" and then "peregine" and then the narrator would talk about what that character was doing, even though both the characters were present in that situation and it didn't have to be done that way. It was actually really annoying and it made me want to change everything to first person. The way the characters speak is equally annoying. The conversations they had didn't seem realistic, which is a giant pet peeve of mine. I always say that you can fix bad writing with good characters but in this case the characters were almost as bad as the writing. Please save yourself some time and do not read this book. I will not be reading the next one.

I give this book no stars

Friday, February 8, 2013

Warriors: Into The Wild by Erin Hunter

I recommend this book
So clearly this book has been out for a while and by now most people have read it. I ran out of books and while I was waiting for my mother to pick me up Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi I needed a book to read while I waited. My sister had given me these cat books a while ago to read and I was like "yeah, I'll totally read these" but it was more to just be nice. And I must say, now that I've read the first one, I'm pleasantly surprised.

At first I didn't want to read it because it is about cat warrior clans. First: I hate cats. Like what even are cats doing. Second: I thought they were for children. But the books are actually really really really really really well written. I was surprised to find such intelligent language in the writing. Even the plot was really good. The book centers around a young house cat named Rusty (soon to be called Firepaw). He eventually becomes part of the thunderclan and such. I don't want to give to much away because everyone should totally read these. Apparently there are like 24 or something but I only have the first four. Even though I really liked it I'm probably still going to use the rest of the series as filler books just because I have so many books to read already. However, I strongly recommend these books for everyone. Even if you're sixteen like me and think you are too cool for warrior cat books.

I give this book four stars

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Not A Review

Today lets talk about I use to find myself on yahooanswers all the time asking for people to recommend books for me, and I almost always was disappointed by the answers. Then one day someone told me to get a goodreads account. Honestly this person deserves like all the A+'s because it is the best thing that's ever been invented. If you like to read, but don't know what to read next then get a goodreads. First the website asks you to rate twenty books that you've read and then it spits out a list of books it thinks you are going to like. I was skeptical at first because I was sure it was just going to offer me the same list everyone else was giving me. But it didn't. Now thanks to goodreads I have over 60 series to read, most of which I didn't even know existed. Which is actually really helpful because my goal was to read over 100 books this year. Get one. Guys. Get. A. Goodreads. You wont regret it.  

Friday, February 1, 2013

Reached by Ally Condie

I recommend this book

Read on at your own risk.

 I really really really loved this book. I think it is my favorite out of the whole trilogy. What I like most is that Cassia is not a perfect character and things didn't always work out the way she wanted them. Example: Like how she wasn't immune to the red tablets, and her father dying. In a lot of books things always seem to go too right for the characters and this isn't one. I'm glad that Cassia and Ky ended up together and I'm glad that Xander got a happy ending too. There were parts in this book that made me gasp and have to put it down for a minute. Like when we find out that Cassia is the one that put Ky's data into the matching pool and when Ky got sick. One of my favorite chapters is chapter 44, you know, that chapter that is completely blank. I am completely satisfied with this book.

So I took this review off my goodreads account because I didn't feel like writing it twice.  Also: If you don't have a goodreads account then you need one because it is just the best thing ever invented. 

I give this book five stars

Crossed by Ally Condie

I recommend this book
I found this one to be slightly boring. The entire book took place in like these carvings or whatever. Ally Condie changed the writing up a little bit by narrating it from both Ky's and Cassia's points of view. That was pretty A+ of her. I personally love when different characters narrate each chapter. I just only wish she had given them slightly different styles so it was more realistic. I did however find myself wanting to hear what Ky has to say more than Cassia, but that's probably because I completely hate Cassia. Oh well. You should read it because Reached is the reallllllllly good. I'll get to that in a second.

I give this book four stars

I forgot about my blogs...

Opps. I've read like 900 million books but i forgot about my blogs. So... sorry about that. Also, Beautiful Chaos is terrible so I never finished it. Which I NEVER do because I hate reading something and then never finishing. Don't even read it.