Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Shatter Me
By Tahereh Mafi

4 out of 5

Juliette has never touched anyone, without hurting them. Now she is locked up, being kept there for death or something worse. But then she gets a roommate. A boy roommate. A boy roommate that she has tried to forget, but could never never never forget. Adam. The Reestablishment has plans to use Juliette as a weapon, but that is not what she wants. All Juliette wants is to be loved. But how can you be loved when everyone you touch suffers? Will Adam be able to help, or will he be part of the enemy?

In love with this book. I absolutely adore the writing style. The descriptions are so vivid and, coming from me, that's saying a lot. 99% of the time, I will choose pages and pages of dialogue over one paragraph of description, but this book. Wow. I felt like I was sitting in that cell, feeling the darkness, the fear, the desperation. I was uncomfortable when Juliette was uncomfortable, alive when she was alive. Again the writing style, awesome. The repetition and crossing out really adds a personal touch to the story, and allows the reader to really get into Juliette's mind. Book two, Unravel Me, comes out in early Frebruary 2013.

Monday, October 15, 2012

All These Things I've Done
By Gabrielle Zevin

3.5 out of 5

Anya (Annie) Balachine is not your normal sixteen year old girl. She is the daughter of the city's most notorious 9and dead) crime boss. In a land where chocolate and coffee is illegal and there are vouchers for everything from ice cream to paper, Anya is trying to keep things simple for her little family. Anya and her younger sister go to a catholic school, which is known for being the best in New York City, and her older brother works at a local animal clinic. But things for the children of mafiya never stay normal for long. Enter a chocolate contamination scandal and a hot new boyfriend, Win, who just happens to be the son of the new assistant DA. How will Annie deal with all of these on going challenges?

This book was not what I expected it to be. i don't know if I had even read a summary of this book,or if I just chose it at random, but I had no idea what this book was going to be about before I opened to the first page.But I really enjoyed the book.There were some spots of humor, as well as sadness. It portrayed the dramatics of a teenager combined seamlessly with the responsibility of a young girl who grew up too quickly in the middle of organized crime. I thought the way Anya dealt with everything was very mature for her age, but honesty who wouldn't love Win! (this is where I stop talking about the book, and just gush about the boy of this book) He is literally perfect. Such a gentleman, and he doesn't let bullshit slide by when he sees it. he knows what he wants, and you got to respect anyone who knows what they want--even if you don't agree with it. And, by all accounts, he's handsome, charming, clever, chivalrous, and gorgeous.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Saving Francesca
By Melina Marchetta

4 out of 5

Francesca is a normal seventeen year old girl going to high school in her Australian hometown. But she just changed to an almost all boys school. Francesca's class is the first class to have girls in it, and there are thirty of them. All of Francesca's friends went to a different school, so she is stuck in a predominantly boys school, with only a few girls--who she only barely knows. All boys school sounds good right? But when these boys have never had to be mature around girls before, it's not the thrill that it sounds like. Plus, Francesca's mom--the driving force in her life--has taken to her bed, and won't leave. How will Francesca deal with her mom's struggles as well as her own?

I am pretty sure that I am Francesca. I have the same sense of humor as her, I found this book hilarious, and I have the same flare for the dramatic rants, which she uses to full extent. I like how normal the book was, how realistic it was. Boys and girls can be friends without wanting to get into each others pants. They can joke together just as well as people from the same sex can. I loved the way the book did that, but also did a little bit of the awkward, romantic, confusion that accompanies high school. I had read another by Marchetta (Jellicoe Road) a while ago, but after reading this one, she has become an author I really like and enjoy. I will definitely be reading more from her in the future.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Code Name Verity
By Elizabeth Wein

5 out of 5

Enter occupied France in the midst of World War II. A British female wireless operator--her code name Verity--has been captured by the Nazis and is being held in a prison of sorts. After being tortured for two long weeks, she finally gives in and says that she will tell them everything she knows, all she needs is an endless supply of paper and ink. With these materials, she tells the story of her and her best friend, Mary, all the way up to how the ended up emergency evacuating their plane over Nazi France.

I loved this book. It was fabulous. I have always been interested in World War II, it was my favorite part of history class, and I really liked the insight on a prisoner of war who knew that she was going to die, but still put on a brave a face as she could. I loved Verity's personality and attitude, even during her weakest moments. I loved her stubbornness that she is Scottish NOT British. My favorite character is Jamie, though his role in the story is minimal. That doesn't mean that I don't love Verity and Mary just as well. After all they make a sensational team. As does this book, sensational.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

By Lauren Oliver

3 out of 5

Lena lives in a world were love is a disease, and everyone is cured at 18. Lena has waited 17 long years to get to her cure, she only has 95 days to go, and she can't wait. Lena wants to be cured, until she meets Alex. Suddenly everything is much more confusing than Lena ever thought it was. Like the fact that people are out, living in the Wild, uncured and absolutely fine. Or like how the government lies to everyone through their rules and regulations, keeping them caged in, instead of keeping danger out. Will Lena give up everything she has ever known because of love? Will she have the strength to become a resistor, or will she go through with her procedure and become another emotionless clone of everyone else?

Alex is by far my favorite character. In my opinion, he is the only one with a personality. To me, everyone is just so flat and bland, which is the point. They are supposed to be unemotional because of the supposed risks of the disease of love, but really, Lena is flat, Hana, tries but still falls flat. Everyone in Lena's family, flat as hell. But Alex, vibrant, alive, single handily breathing life into this story. Which it is a fairly decent story. Another dystopia, government is lying to us, story, but it was still good. The lack of love was original, and the understanding that there are resistors, people who go against was refreshing. So in summation: good, not great.