Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

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Category: YA
Warnings: Some content may not be suitable for younger audiences
Buy: B&N
Find the Author: website

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive. A dystopian fantasy series starter with wings. Editor's recommendation.

Wither is definitely a unique book. Amazing, thrilling, and enticing, it is definitely one of the best books I’ve read all summer.

The novel starts out with Rhine, a sixteen year old girl that lives in Dystopian Manhattan with her twin brother, Rowan. In this society, women die at the young age of 20 and men die at 25. What is usually resorted to is polygamist marriages, so the human race doesn’t die out.

I found this society particularly intriguing because, like many dystopian novels, it presents a situation we might find ourselves in in the future. The society, the characters, the plot was just excellent, thoroughly enjoyable.

Rhine was a very strong main character, which is fantastic. Her support system was always Rowan, and she has to grow to not only detach from that, but to never lose hope that she will break out of the Ashby’s mansion and that she will get her brother back.

The love triangle is predictable, because most books do have them nowadays. It also makes sense, because we have Gabriel, who cares about Rhine and understands her, and we have Linden, the blissfully ignorant husband who has no idea what really goes on in the world.

I will take a moment to talk about Housemaster Vaughn. He is a particularly interesting character because no one knows what he really is up to. He could be good and bad, and antagonists like him are always excellent to read about.

Beautifully done. I really hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!


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Sunday, August 7, 2011

IMM and major good news!

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This week:


I apologize for the horrendous quality, but I took this with my iPod.

  • Special Edition Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • After by Amy Efaw
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

Not much this week, but all these titles sound brilliant! I’ve been wanting to read Delirium forever, so I’m glad I got it today, and happily surprised with the really pretty cover, Q&A with Lauren Oliver, and a sneak peek of the sequel.

On a VERY exciting note, I’ve been recently informed that our only bookstore over here, Borders, has been bought by some locals. Which means that while the chain Borders may be over, we still have a new and similar bookstore to look forward to! I’m just so excited there is no gif for this that I’m feeling.

I hope you had a great week! I’ll see you tomorrow, hopefully.
Love, -M

Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Blogger Hop/ Follow Friday

Hello, book world! Back with another BBH and FF for ya!


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This week’s question is:

Q. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).


A. I know for a fact a lot of people will answer with this, but I just need to. Harry Potter. I read this series around two months ago, and absolutely fell in love with everything in it. This series has helped me through a series of family problems recently, always there to provide me with a laugh or corny smile, or even tragedies unrelated to my own. It gives me a place to escape. Makes me feel like I want to go Hogwarts (Which I do, by the way.)


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This week’s question is:

Q. “What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?”

A. I would’ve died to get an ARC of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. That book just sounds like it will be a YA classic when it comes out. Sounds amazing!




Remember to leave your answers in the comments! Also, for those of you interested, I’ve got a Harry Potter tumblr which I update quite frequently, so if you would like to check that out, please click here, and tell me if you came from this post!

Much love xx,


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WoW (News and Updates)

WoW is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
The book I’m waiting on this week:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Book Cover

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Author of the New York Times bestseller Looking for Alaska, John Green delivers his next page-turner -- The Fault in Our Stars. Pre-order his book today!

I really enjoy John Green’s books, so I’m really looking forward to this one!

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I finally got into Pottermore! Well, I got in on the second day, but still! I’m so excited! Did you get in?

So, there’s tragic news. For those of you who don’t live in Puerto Rico, we only had one good bookstore, and that, ladies and gentlemen, was Borders. Only one store. Which closed at the end of July. So this is call for chaos. No bookstores in my country anymore. A group of investors is trying to buy the store back, but the chances look slim :\.

This means that the quantity of reviews is going to diminish a bit. I’ve still got a big enough TBR pile to keep this going, but not that much, so I’m going to have to find a substitute. E-books maybe? I’ve always hated those.

Well, what are you waiting on?
Love, -M