Saturday, March 30, 2013

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Review

Title: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: February 5th 2013
ISBN: 0312642962

Synopsis from Goodreads: The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My thoughts:

Scarlet was really fun. It's a wonderful sequel to Cinder. I love how Marissa Meyer delved into the world of fairytale and recreate the classic story of "The Little Red Riding Hood" into something really spectacular. Scarlet has more action, more romance, and more adventure that its predecessor. Now I see why readers like Wolf's character. He's tough, cool, and charming in his own ways. I also really enjoy Scarlet's character. She's feisty and strong. Also, the chemistry between Scarlet and Wolf was amazing. Their relationship was developed at a good pace. It was great to to read about Cinder again. I really think Cinder and Throne make a great comedy duo. Reading about their adventures really brightens my day. There were definitely more world building, back story, more character development, which kept me engaged throughout the book. Overall, I loved it. Can't wait to see what happen next.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Raven Boys Review

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Raven Boys was really good. Maggie Stiefvater did a great job building the world and giving us amazing characters. The plot was intriguing and the way the each chapter was told from different character's perspective worked really well. I liked Blue's character. She had a spunk about her that made her unique and fun. She's like an amplifier for supernatural power and her involvement with the Raven Boys' had changed her life in unimaginable ways. As for the Raven Boys, they were charming and dangerous. Gansey was the cool leader, Ronan was the tough guy, Adam was the elegant boy, and Noah was the unnoticed one. They were not perfect and they have their own back story which explained a lot about them. It was really fun to see how their adventures progress. There were sad moments, happy moments, funny moments, strange moments, and romantic moments. I really liked it and it's definitely a great start to the series.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The One and Only Ivan Review

The One and Only IvanThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The One and Only Ivan is a really good book. It's a cute story about a gorilla and a baby elephant who tries to find a good place to call home. It's pretty interesting to have the main character being a gorilla confine in a cage in an old mall. Being domesticated in his cell for so long, he lost his sense of being an animal and ended up doing things like watching TV and even painting. As he age, less people are interested in him and you can see how he gets upset when a new star arrive. How did he handle the situation? You'll have to read the book. Also, I like the bond of friendship form between different animals. There was Stella, the old elephant, Bob, the dog, and Ruby, the baby elephant. Each one of them have a story and those stories make the book really entertaining. They may be of different species but they still care for one another and I think that is just a great message. Overall, I like it and would recommend it for young readers and anyone who wants to try a fun read.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marvelous. Confusing but a very good book. The premise was very interesting and I was curious to know who killed Mara's friend and boyfriend. This first book set up the stage to Mara's story. It made me question if Mara was dreaming or not because some scenes were surreal. Also I really like Mara and her family. Her older bro, Daniel, was awesome and her little bro, Joseph, was cute. Noah was quite a charming character that was more interesting than I thought he would be. The psychological aspects and the romance in this novel made it fun and engaging. It had a great twist to the ending and Mara's sanity is still questionable.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Everneath Review

Everneath (Everneath, #1)Everneath by Brodi Ashton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy this book. It was a very quick read for me. The timeline in this book fluctuate a lot so I was a bit confused. I was curious of the one hundred years that Nikki spent in the Everneath. I wish there was more info about that but most of the time she was in the feed so there was probably not much going on. Majority of this book involve the present world. Nikki tried to reconnect with the people she loved and saying her goodbyes before the tunnel comes for her. Later on she finds that there was something that's holding her back and will find any ways she can to stay in her current world. I Also find Her relationship with Cole and Jack really interesting. This book kept me guessing if Jack and Cole really love her or not. And let just say a big sacrifice had to be make. Overall a great first book for the series.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in A Ship of Her Own MakingReview

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. This is such a good book. Love the exterior redness of the cover and the beautiful illustrations inside the book too. It was beautifully written. It's a magical, dark, and semi twisted fairytale. Reading about September's adventures was really fun. She got swept away into a messed up fairyland that wasn't as fun as she thought it would be. I really like September's character. She's a curious girl who's willing to speak her mind. It's always great to see her character developed later in the book too. Also her sidekicks A-through-L and Saturday were a very interesting bunch. They were mythical creatures with great personalities. There were crazy witches and the evil marquess that just made this story really fascinating. Overall, September's trials and tribulations and the twist toward the end really made this book so worth it to read.

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