Thursday, July 19, 2012

Book Blogger Hop (10)

Book Blogger Hop
What’s the ONE super-hyped book you’ll NEVER read?

Never say never, and all that stuff, but I'd say Fifty Shades of Grey. I don't know... I read it back when it was a Twilight fanfiction, and if I remember correctly, it was dismal writing and just awkward. I don't do porn, anyway.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Top Seven Books for People who liked the Hunger Games

I chose the Hunger Games as the book to showcase this week because of the immense popularity the book has had for the past few months or so. In other words, The Hunger Games is the new Twilight, or pre-teen/teen girl phenomenon. Although I'm glad that so many people are enjoying the fantabulous books, it's somewhat annoying, and I'm one of those snobs who consider themselves a "Hunger Games hipster". So, as everyone read the books as the movies came out and to join in the current fad, I went on a dystopian rage, searching for books like The Hunger Games, but somewhat unknown. Here's what I found.

1. Matched by Ally Condie

I haven't read this book in a while, but it's at the top of my to-re-read list. I read it around the time that I read The Hunger Games, and was falling head over heels in love with dystopian novels.

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

OMG. For me personally, it was hard to get into this book, but when I finally got into it, I fell head over heels in love. The premises is so intriguing. A world where love is considered a curable disease? Yes please.

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

This is the current book I've been pushing on everyone. Like The Hunger Games? Read this book. Breathe? Read this book. It has one of my all-time favorite literary men (OMG) and alternate worlds. It also breaks your heart.

4. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

In all honesty, I really don't like this book. But I was running out of dystopian-type books. This is EXTREMELY sexual and not my cup of tea. However, I know plenty of people who loved both this book and the Hunger Games.

5. Uglies by Scott Westerfield

My first dystopian book. I fell in love with a type of world that our current world could become. I feel like this was the original YA Dystopian book.

6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I think Clary's the same type of strong, independent heroine as Katniss. Although they're different, I feel the writing is very similar.

7. The City of Ember  by Jeanne DuPrau

I can't remember if I read this or Uglies first... but I read them both at around the same time. It just occurred to me now how similar Uglies, The Hunger Games and this book are!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Title: The Name of the Star
Author: Maureen Johnson
Series? Shades of London
Acquired From: public library
Summary:  The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London, it's the start of a new life at a boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.
Cover Rating: 3/5
Comments on the Cover:  It's nothing really special. It shows an old-timey guy in a cool top hat and coat looking like a ghost. It fits the purpose, and does describe the book. It's just kinda... predictable. 
Character Comments: The characters were charismatic and lovely. There was a lot of depth to them, and they all made you smile. Some were quirky, some were serious. Some were serious, and others were silly. Maureen Johnson's strong point is definitely strong characters.
Favorite Characters: Jazza, Boo and Rory
Character Rating: 5/5
Plot line rating: 5/5
Plot Line Comments: One thing that hit me was how this book was so different from the others I've read by Maureen Johnson. I've read quite a few, and her writing style seems very... chick-lit-ish. This was different, and the whole story line was unique. Just when I thought I had it... there was a twist. I like a book that proves me wrong.
Likeliness to reread it? 3/5
Overall rating: 4/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A

Sunday, July 15, 2012

In My Mailbox (1)


Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Borrowed from library:

Before I Die by Jenny Downham
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Musician's Daughter by Susanne Dunlap

Friday, July 13, 2012

F&F and TGIF (1)

Q: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?

I don't really know... I randomly found WORD for Teens when I started blogging for myself, and I kinda just decided I wanted to do it, too. So I started. And that was that.

What are some of the most swoon-worthy quotes you've experienced in a book?

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind." - A Midsummer Night's Dream
"There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment." - The Truth about Forever
"Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone's bad qualities because they somehow complete you." -  This Lullaby
"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." - Pride and Prejudice
"Reader, I married him." - Jane Eyre



Book Blogger Hop (9)

Book Blogger Hop
How long does it take you to read a book?

The answer varies according to a bunch of circumstances, including (but not limited to):
1. If I'm reading more than one book
2. If I like the book
3. If the book is for school
4. If I'm busy with school
5. If there's really good TV on

But, I think I could read most books in about a day if I just sat down and read. But I don't have the time to just sit down and read anymore (And I'm told that in college, I won't have time at all. And that makes me sad.) so it takes about a week. 

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The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Title: The Shoemaker's Wife
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Series? none
Acquired From: local bookstore
Summary:  The majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who meet as teenagers, despite growing up in villages just a few miles apart. At the turn of the last century, when Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Soon, Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father to secure their future.

Unbeknownst to one another, they both build fledgling lives in America, Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job in Hoboken until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza, determined to forge a life without him, begins her impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House that will sweep her into the glamorous salons of Manhattan and into the life of the international singing sensation, Enrico Caruso. 
Cover Rating: 4/5
Comments on the Cover:  It's so... lovely. It seems so Italian, too. The only problem is that when I saw it, I expected the main character to be like the woman on the cover. Seems logical enough, right? No. Enza is NOTHING like that woman. It's beautiful and captivating, and maybe part of the reason I bought it, but it doesn't really fit the book. 
Character Comments: Okay. Enza was... perfect. Truly. I fell in love with her adorable maternal side that she had as a kid. And Ciro. Oh, Ciro. I could just imagine him as the most handsome man. He wasn't perfect, which was one of the reasons I loved him, but he tried. All of the characters had such depth to them. For me personally, I had feelings about all the characters. I hated the padre, I was angry at Ciro's mother, I loved Enza's whole family, I wept for Stella, and so much more. 
Favorite Characters: I loved loved loved Ciro and Enza
Character Rating: 5/5
Plot line rating: 5/5
Plot Line Comments: So, apparently Trigiani based this on a story of her ancestors. Breathtaking story, amazing that it's real. This makes me want to talk to everyone in my family so I can come up with a delicious story. 
Likeliness to reread it? 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A