Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Review for: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Category: YA Dystopian.
Warnings: Violence.
Buy: Amazon
Find the Author: Click
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Summary:
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Review:
First let me tell you that I have been looking forward to this book for months now, and even more after its release. I hadn’t seen any copies in my local bookstore, and I checked online for availability. On one lucky day I had the urge to go to the bookstore, there it was: the one and only copy of Divergent. [Insert SQUEE!here] I gasped and did a happy dance, receiving some strange glances from strangers, and tweeting excitedly, but it was all worth it.

Many people are comparing this upcoming trilogy with the dystopian trilogy, and though I agree that this book is competition in accordance to the seeping awesomeness the two series have, I have to say that Divergent and The Hunger Games are pretty different and similar, but in a way that you don’t realize it as you’re reading.

It’s hard to put into words how much you actually love a book. Nothing short of brilliant, I absolutely loved it. It fully lives up to the hype.

The characters were fleshed out beautifully, liked I actually got to know them, and even then, some of their actions weren’t totally predictable, which I loved. I also loved the main character, Tris. Relatable and strong, she has this wholeness to her. She’s someone I came to admire through the pages, because as the end draws closer, she eventually became fearless, as in, she learned to hide those fears and fight. Her new personality shines through with her friends, who add to the book’s charm. I also came to love Four. Even though he’s always cocky and dark, his is the type of character that gets stuck in your mind for much longer. It’s amazing how they both, Tris and Four, grew together as people.

The world of the five factions is still very intriguing for me. It seems very interesting, and I loved learning about the five factions, especially Candor and Dauntless. It was interesting to see how a world created for the good of human kind can slowly go back to the vicious cycle and evil erupts again.

As for Veronica’s writing, it was nothing short of moving, beautiful, and heart-stopping. She is incredibly gifted, and I am just as excited as I was for Divergent for the next. I can’t wait to see more of her amazing writing.

This book will leave you breathless. It’s probably going to be one of the best books of the year. Hats off to you, Ms. Roth.

I give this book 5/5 stars. Plus a bonus point.

have you read divergent? have any thoughts or comments? let me know!
enjoy! ~m

Sunday, May 29, 2011

IMM (3)

IMM is hosted by Kristi at the Story Siren.

The books I got this week:

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Divergent by Veronica Roth.

My review of this will be up tomorrow. This book definitely made it into my favorites. Spectacular.

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Currently reading this one, and it’s great so far!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

I’ve heard good things about this one, so I’ll be reviewing it soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

that’s it for me! what did you get in your mailbox? leave it in the comments below!

enjoy! ~m

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop (5)

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy For Books.
This week’s question is:
follow fridayQ. How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?
A. I try to read at least 3 books a week, but lately I’ve been caught up in finals and school related activities, and reading time has been cut short. I read paper-bound books and I also like e-books. I don’t listen to audiobooks because I have a slight hearing problem and would need captions to understand what was being said.

book blogger hop

This week’s question is:
Q. "What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked?  Which have you disliked?" 
A. Probably Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was very like the book, so I was pleased. The one I most disliked was Percy Jackson and the Olympians adaptation. It totally dulled in comparison to the book, it was totally inaccurate, and the actors looked nothing like the characters. *Sigh*, the book was So. Much. Better. D:<
so what about you? i would love to read your responses in the comments!
xoxo, ~m

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

WoW is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

The book I’m waiting on this week:

 

 

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, Lauren Kate, Paperback

 The Betrayal of Natalie Hardgrove (coming out in paperback) by Lauren Kate (also the author of the Fallen series).

Synopsis:

Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school's Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn't share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie's nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to play a prank on Justin--one that goes terribly wrong.

 

Release Date:

JUNE 14, 2011.

 

what are you waiting on? i’d love to know!

love! enjoy! ~m

Monday, May 23, 2011

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review for: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Category: YA
Warnings: Strong themes
Buy: Amazon/ Goodreads
Find the Author: Click

 If I Stay

Synopsis:

On a day that started like any other…
Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the one decision she has left—the most important decision she’ll ever make.
Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

Review:

If I Stay tells a story in the perspective of seventeen-year-old Mia, who is involved in a tragedy along with her family. When she wakes up in a hospital alone, she knows something is not right.

I’m not much of a crier, and naturally, I did not cry in this story. Well, I did cry, but on the inside. It is such a beautiful story, so many emotional parts… oh my gosh… lovely.
The characters were written out beautifully. Their personalities bounced off the page and made their way to my heart. I could feel Mia’s pain, her memories so lucid, everything just so wonderful. I couldn’t help but just adore all of the characters. SO. adorable. Especially Mia’s brother, Teddy. And Adam, Mia’s boyfriend,  is amazing, too.

Forman does not use unnecessary description, which I find okay, I’m not against it nor I favor it. I guess it doesn’t matter that much, but I have  a thing for grammar and description, but again, it was okay.
I loved how the entire story takes place in one entire day. It’s just Mia’s reflections on her past and what is happening in her present, and how that is going to affect her future.

The main thing Mia does is analyze everything that is happening around her and what has happened to her already. It’s a book going from flashback to present.

All in all, I loved this book. So. Much.

~I give it 4.5/5 stars.~
TOTALLY going into my favorites shelf.
have you read this book? have any thoughts on it? don’t hesitate to let me know with a comment! *hint hint*.
enjoy! ~m

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday (4)

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee.

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This week’s question is:

Q. It's circle time. Time for us to open up and share. Can you tell us FIVE quirky habits or things about you? We all have them...

A. Maria’s Five Quirky Habits:

1. I absolutely cannot stand on a street drain or any kind of drain. I am scared to death of them.

2. I always have to sit facing the window/doors. I can’t deal with the uncertainty that someone may be watching me. Did I mention I’m quite paranoid?

3. I knock on my mother’s car’s door four times before I get in. If I don’t I get a very empty feeling.

4. I have a book hoarding habit. (I really do have a lot of books to read that I have not read). I am not diagnosed with insomnia, but I tend to go to sleep at ungodly hours because I can’t sleep. There’s always ideas running through my head, so that’s why I’m always writing and always have to have many books available to me.

5. I have to listen to music to study. If I don’t, I won’t be able to concentrate, I’ll get distracted with just about anything. If I listen to music, it’s actually forcing me to concentrate, so stuff stays there. It’s the same principle for reading. I always have a certain song on repeat for a certain book. For example, for the Hunger Games, it was Lady Gaga’s “Monster”. Now every time I hear it I think of the books. It’s just an odd habit of mine. I like having a song to relate a book to.

 

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books.

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This week's question comes from Ivan who blogs at Ivan Bookworm:
 

Q. "If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book), which book would it be from and what would that place be?"

A. I’d like to visit Panem from The Hunger Games. I guess it’s because I find it intriguing. Don’t judge! I’d also like to visit Neverland. ‘Cause I’m cool like that.

 

leave your answers in the comments below! i hope to hear from you!

enjoy! –~m

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

WoW is hosted by Breaking the Spine
The book I’m waiting on:
 The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
heroes of olympus Summary:
In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a blood-chilling quest:
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Who are the other four mentioned in the prophesy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea. . .

GOSSH. I’ve been waiting for this to come out for ages now. It comes out October 4th. It’s the sequel to The Lost Hero. You should probably read it.

~0~0~
In other news... FINALS ARE OVER!

Yes, finally! AH! I only had to take my math final, but still, it was a lot of studying and hours and hours of staring at my book.
I finally have time to focus on books, so watch out for all of that good stuff later. I’m currently reading The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan, and I can’t wait to dive really into it.


What are you waiting on?
Enjoy! -M

Sunday, May 15, 2011

IMM (2)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

The books I got this week:

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.

And now their most threatening enemy yet - the chaos snake Apophis - is rising. If they don't prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it's a typical week for the Kane family.

To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.

13 Little Blue Envelopes

Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.

The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.

Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

 

Entwined

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

 

That’s it for me! what’s in your mailbox?
enjoy! -M

Friday, May 13, 2011

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop (3)

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Follow Friday is hosted by parajunkee.

Q. The Blogger Apocalypse made me a little emotional. What is the most emotional scene in a book that you have read lately?

A. Oh my God. If I Stay. I almost cried. I never cry. SO BEAUTIFUL.

 

 

 

 

book blogger hop

 

BBH is hosted by Crazy for Books.

Q. "Are you going to Book Expo America (BEA) and/or the Book Blogger Convention (BBC) this year?"

A. Sadly, no. But I wanna go SOO bad! It’s just not near me (ahem, ahem, crossing an ocean). Hopefully, I’ll be able to go to one soon.

What about you?

 

So, what about you? Enjoy! –m

PS- I’ll probably not post this week. It’s finals week from the 16th to the 20th. Sorry!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
The book I’m waiting on:
Forbidden, Tabitha Suzuma, Hardcover
   Forbidden by Tabatha Suzuma
      • Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Maya and 17-year-old Lochan tell, in their separate voices, of their confusion and longing as they fall in love with one another after years of functioning as parents to three younger siblings due to their alcoholic mother's neglect.






It’s an unusual and unconventional read which I cannot wait for!
Forbidden comes out June 28. Preorder.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Review: Summer & the City by Candace Bushnell

Review for: Summer & the City  by Candace Bushnell
Category: YA
Warnings: Some sexual content and language
Buy: Amazon/ Goodreads
Find the author: Click

summer and the city
Summary:
Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it—the crazy characters in her neighborhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties, and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she’s finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream.
This sequel to THE CARRIE DIARIES brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country “sparrow”-- as Samantha Jones dubs her-- to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined. 

With her signature wit and sparkling humor, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of the New York City’s most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.



Review:
In this hilarious sequel to the Carrie Diaries, we can see Carrie going through some coming-of-age rituals- that are quite laugh-out-loud funny.
When she gets to New York, things already begin badly. But then everything changes when she meets the right people, as well as the wrong ones.
Overall, I loved this book. A lot. I liked it even more than its prequel! We can see how Carrie’s attitude about her future has its ups and downs, and how she overcomes it as she realizes that she’s in New York, and she’s in a world of possibilities, but so much that she can get lost in the crowd.
The characters in this novel were fleshed out beautifully. You can totally see them in the page, imagine everything they’re saying right in front of you. It’s like Bushnell’s words fly right off the page. I also thought that 80’s NY was depicted quite nicely and realistic, not sugar-coating anything about what real-life students who are starting out in the scene. One of the things I liked most about this book was that I could feel what the characters were feeling. I could feel their sadness, despair, happiness, confusion… in all, I just went at exactly the same pace as them, and turned out to discover the same things as them.
The ending left me smiling, because I absolutely loved this novel, and I was sad to see it end, but at the same time, I was glad that I didn’t wait any longer to read it, because I might have regretted it later.
I give Ms. Bushnell an overall A+. Job well done.
You should go get this book. Like right now.
Do you have any thoughts on this book? I’d love to hear them!
enjoy! -M

Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Review on: Abandon by Meg Cabot
Category: YA
Warnings: Paranormal
Buy: Amazon/ Goodreads
Find the author: Site
Before I start off this review, I just want to say thank you to my new followers! I appreciate every single one of you!
 abandon
  Summary:
She didn't fall into his world. She was taken.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce knows what happens to us when we die.
That's how she met John Hayden, the mysterious stranger who's made returning to normal life—or at least life as Pierce knew it before the accident—next to impossible.
Though she thought she escaped him—starting a new school in a whole new place—it turns out she was wrong. He finds her.
What does John want from her? Pierce thinks she knows... just like she knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven. But she can't stay away from him, either, especially since he's always there when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she might find herself back in the place she fears the most.
And when Pierce discovers the shocking truth, that’s exactly where John sweeps her:
The Underworld.

Review:
So, as my fellow book bloggers know, this book’s hype was incredibly big. Everyone, and I mean everyone was talking about it. I mean, I understand the hype. I myself am a huge fan of Greek mythology, specifically. Plus, it’s a Meg Cabot book, so I get that the fans were also super-excited about this release, including me, even though*gasp* I’ve never read a Meg Cabot book before.
So, this girl, Pierce Oliviera, dies suddenly in Connecticut and then revived, but while she was dead, she visited the underworld and its keeper, John Hayden. Some weird, unconventional things such as the Furies come in her way, and she’s faced with some tough challenges.
I’d say that the beginning of this book was pretty slow. It took a while for the action to start coming in, and I was sometimes confused about what was a flashback and what was happening in real-time in the book. Another strange thing I found was that the sentences broke in unusual places, like:
“It can’t,” Mom said, “be worse for her than Connecticut turned out to be.”
Although it kind of bothered me at first, I guess I learned to get over it.
I was confused by Pierce sometimes during the story. She was sort of a pessimist and an optimist at the same time, which, well, confused me.
I loved John. He was a well-developed, strong character. Points to Ms. Cabot. I also really liked Kayla, Jade and Alex. They seemed like such fun!
So, overall, I give Ms. Cabot a B+ for character development and A for setting and plot. For writing style, let’s give her an A, too.

what did you think about this book? any thoughts or comments?
Enjoy! -m

*PS- Sorry if this appeared multiple times on your dashboard. I had a little glitch with the date, but it’s fixed now!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Follow Friday (2) and Book Blogger Hop (2)

FF is hosted by Parajunkee and Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books.

follow friday

This week’s featured blogger is:

Al at Magnet 4 Books.

Go follow now!

This week’s question is:

Q. Circle time! Time to share. What character in a book would you most like to be, what character in a book would you most like to date?

A. Wow. This is a really tough one. If I had to choose, I would probably be...  I … I don’t have a favorite. I either love them all or want to slap them in the face. But hands down, the one I’d date would be Gale from the Hunger Games. Don’t judge me. :P

 

 

~Book Blogger Hop~

book blogger hop

This week’s question comes from Melissa @ Miel et Lait.

Q: "Which book blogger would you most like to meet in real life?"

A: I love all the bloggers I follow, but right now, I’d probably love to meet Lauren @ Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf, Stacy and Jessica @ Chapter Chicks, and Nicole @ WORD for Teens. They’re all quite rad book bloggers I love to follow. They just seem like nice people :)

 

 

 

What blogger would you like to meet?

enjoy! -M

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

WoW is hosted by Breaking the Spine

Before starting this post, I’d like to say that there was supposed to be a review yesterday, but something came up, so now, hopefully, it’ll be tomorrow, and so on.

The book I’m waiting on:

Beauty queens

From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.

Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

 

 

 

 

It’ll be released on May 24th! I can’t wait :D I’ve also got a couple more books, but iI’m saving those for next week ;D

What are you waiting on?

Enjoy! -M

Monday, May 2, 2011

Review: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Review on: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell    the carrie diaries
Appropriate for: YA, 13+
Warnings: Sexual references and material
Buy: Amazon/ Borders
Goodreads: Click
Overall Starred Rating:
4/5

Summary:
The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation.

Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small town girl who knew she wanted more. She’s ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself, and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

Review:
In The Carrie Diaries stars Carrie Bradshaw, star of the hit books and show Sex and the City. Carrie is a natural born writer and that’s what she wants to do for the rest of her life.

She has a tight pack of friends, and one bad decision makes her world turn upside down.

In this funny, coming-of-age tale, we meet Carrie before S&tC.

I’m not usually a fan of chick lit, but I really liked this one. It was full of humor and quirkiness. I really liked that I could relate to Carrie, instead of  looking at her like just another character from another book.

The book itself was good. I’m not a big drama llama, so all the drama occurring throughout the book made me annoyed. Especially Lali. She just made me crazy!

On the other hand, I loved Walt and the Mouse. They’re such fun, adorable characters! Absolutely adore them. I didn’t quite like Lali and Sebastian that much. Of course, throughout the book that becomes obvious. I also wasn’t too crazy about George, but he was a sweet kid :}.

I can also relate to Carrie when it comes to her feelings about becoming a writer and getting out of her small town of Castlebury into the glamorous 80’s NYC.  

For character development, I give Ms. Bushnell an 8/10, for setting 9/10, and for overall plot, a 7.5/10.

For cover, 8.5/10.

‘Cause it’s a pretty good damn cover.

Enjoy! -M

Sunday, May 1, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi at The Story Siren

Bought:
abandon summer and the city

the gathering

1. Abandon by Meg Cabot (Already started this one, it’s good)
2. Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell (Cannot wait to read this)
2. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (sounds good! I hope it lives up to the hype)

That’s it for now! What’s in your mailbox?

Enjoy! -M