Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green

6 out of 5

Sixteen year old Hazel is a cancer survivor, who attends weeky support group meetings at her local church. It is there where she meets Augustus Waters. Tall, strong, charismatic and exuding health, Augustus is the kind of unatainable boy Hazel had never even thought about. But clearly Augustus has other intentions. So begins a romance, but will it last? Is two cancer survivors dating really a good idea? And what will happen if the cancer returns?

My first thoughts about this book were, "Augustus Waters is such an amazing, perfect character, it is such a shame that he has to die". Mind you, this thought came about on page 20. I will not tell you if my original thoughts came true or not, but I will tell you that I cried.  I love this book. This is the best book John Green has written to date, and I kiss the air this book breathes and I kneel before it in exhultation. I adore everything about this book. I love the story, I love the banter, I love the fact that Augustus calls her Hazel Grace, I love it. I love the fact that it is not a cancer book, and that it does not end in the middle of a sentence. This has become my favorite book, and the only bad thing about it is that it so sad, you don't want to read it. You want to drag out the happy parts, knowing that the sad parts are coming, but denying them the moment of pure writing genious.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Long Way Home (The Homelanders #2)
By Andrew Klavan

3 out of 5

Charlie West is still trying to figure out how one night he went to bed, and the next thing he remembers is over a year later. He's wanted for murder, on the run from the cops and the homelanders, and he has no idea what he is doing. Charlie makes his way back to Spring Hill, his hometown, hoping to find some much needed answers. Hiding out in Ghost Mansion, Charlie gets help from his best friends, Josh, Rick, and Miler, and his girlfriend, Beth, but what if that just puts them in danger too? What if they get hurt becuase they are trying to help clear Charlie's name?

This book is filled with action, and in my opinion, better than the first one. I liked that Charlie's character really developed due to the fact that he finds out more of what happened in his lost year. You can really see the real Charlie, and understand his beliefs better now that we know more about him. I also really like his friends and of course Beth, they all interact together really well, and they seem like real people. Shocker of an ending, but really good.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pretty Little Liars
By Sara Shepard

3 out of 5

Ali was the leader of five fearless friends, that is until she disappeared. Now three years later, the four remaining girls are no longer friends, and are leading very different lives. Hanna went from loser to Queen Bee controlling all the gossip that flows through Rosewood's halls. But is the old Hanna still there right under the surface, trying to get out? Spencer is all excited about moving into the barn-turned-into-guest-house until her sister suddenly moves in with her super hot boyfriend. But what happens if the boyfriend prefers Spencer to her sister? Aria returned from a year long move to Iceland, and met a nice guy at a local bar. They really connected in the girls bathroom, but what will become of their relationship when he turns out to be her English teacher? And Emily, seems to have everything going for her until a new girl, Maya, moves into Ali's old house. What will happen to Emily if she decides that girls are more her style and she's no longer interested in competitive swimming? Alison has been gone for three years, and she's still holding secrets over these four's heads.

I know that I am so far behind as far as Pretty Little Liars, but I just recently got into the show, and I wanted to read the books. This was actually pretty good. Someone told me that the tv show follows the books pretty closely, which is good, because I am completely lost with the show! So they aren't bad books, but I'm just reading them to figure out what is going on in the show.
By Marie Lu

4.5 out of 5

In a futuristic time, the United States is no longer. In it's place is the Republic, which occupies the west coast. The Republic is at war with the Colonies and the Partriots, two other civilizations placed in the United States land. Enter Day, a fifteen year old criminal who is the Republics most wanted. To outsiders it seems like Day is just trying to sabotage the Republic in their attempts at victory, but his motives are actually much more personal. Then there's June, the Republic's child prodigy, the golden girl of the future. When June's brother is killed, Day is the main suspect, and June goes undercover in order to find him and bring him in. But will she happen if she finds him? And what if Day is actually the one in the right?

This book follows in the Hunger Games, futuristic footsteps, but that is the only bad thing I can say about it. Full of conspiracy, adventure, and romance, this book is a completely different dystopia. I liked Day right from the beginning, and I just liked him more and more as it went on. The characters really relate well together, and it is easy to understand why they do what they do. One little thing, they describe Day as having long hair, which he ties back in a pony tail. They also describe him as very handsome. Personally, I'm not a fan of long hair on men, but other than that, he sounds dreamy! Second book, Prodigy, comes out late January.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Seizure (Virals #2)
by Kathy Reichs

3.5 out of 5

The Virals are just beginning to adapt to their new DNA, when their parents drop a bomb. LIRI may be shut down, and all of their parents out of a job. When Kit starts looking for jobs in Canada, as the other parents do the same, Tori decides that something must be done to save LIRI and the virals. At a cotillion party, Tori learns about the infamous pirate, Anne Bonney, who supposedly has hidden her mass treasure somewhere in Charleston. Armed with their wits and their flares, Tori, Ben, Shelton, and Hi are going to try to uncover a treasure that has been hidden for centuries. But what about others who are also searching for the treasure? What will happen to the pack if they get in the way?

I thought that this was a good sequel to Virals. The same things I liked about the first book were still present here in the second book. Seizure was funny, clever, and enjoyable to read. And I look a good mystery. But seriously, it's killing me, when are Ben and Tori going to get together? It's driving me crazy! The third book, Code, is coming out in early August, and I am looking forward to reading it.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tiger's Quest (Tiger's Curse #2)
by Colleen Houck

2.5 out of 5

In the second book of the Tiger's Curse series, we find Kelsey back home in Oregon, heartbroken and confused. She thought she was making the right decision by leaving Ren in India, but then why does she feel so awful? Just as Kelsey begins to move on and start casually dating other boys guess who shows us? With Ren back in her life, Kelsey is even more certain that she loves him and wants to be with him, but then disaster strikes. Ren is captured by the evil Lokesh. Kelsey must team up with Ren's tall, dark, handsome, and younger brother, Kishan, in order to complete the next part of the journey and rescue Ren. But will they succeed in their endevours? Will Ren be the same if they do rescue him? And what about Kishan and Kelsey having plenty of alone time to get to know eachother better?

This book was soooo dreamy I could die! The beginning is so sweet with Ren and Kelsey finally getting to be together after Kelsey grows a pair and admits that she wants, needs to be with Ren. And then the second half is so steamy and dangerous that I don't know what to say. But to be honest, if there was a guy out there that was as open about his feelings as Ren and Kishan are, I would take them in a minute. They are nonstop with their procclomations of love for Miss Kelsey Hays. That being said, I have always been a fan of blue eyes. :)) Great story too. These characters are so complex and real, and the story is amazing the way the Indian Culture is perfectly infused into the story.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #6)
By Michael Scott

4 out of 5

This is the concluding book to what has been an epic tale. Dee has taken Sophie and Josh back in time 10,000 years to the day Danu Talis fell. There they meet Dee's Elders, Isis and Osiris, who just happen to be Sophie and Josh's parents! Isis and Osiris want Sophie and Josh to take their rightful place as rulers of Danu Talis and follow Isis and Osiris's plan of action. But what if Sophie and Josh have different plans? And what of the prophecy, one to save the world, one to destroy it? Elsewhere, Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain, and Joan of Arc also find themselves on the day Danu Talis fell. They work to help bring Danu Talis down, but at what cost to them? Back in present day, San Francisco, the Flamels are stuck on Alcatraz with an island full of deadly monsters. With the help of Niten, Prometheus, Billy the Kid, Machiavelli, Hel, Odin and Mars, will they be able to contain and defeat the monsters on the island, or will they fail and the monsters ravage the city?

What a conclusion to this tale! There were a few books in the middle of this story which, in my opinion, were dragging on. But now I realized how important every little boring detail was. The ending, which was amazing, answered all questions and lived beyond my expectations. Up until it happens, I never saw the twist coming, and that's just how I like it. Many people died, but their deaths were justified, and they died with honor, every single one! What a great way to end this series!