Sunday, June 1, 2014

The fault in our stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
HardcoverFirst Edition313 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books (first published January 1st 2012)

Honestly what can I say about this book that a million others haven't? 
I read this book in one day i did really enjoy it it wasn't really like the books I had read before.i didn't think that I would Ever read it to be honest. I have had a few people in my life die from cancer and my best friend right now is suffering from cancer
So I expected to be in tears for most of the book but I found that I just didn't connect the way others
did. I went into it expecting to move me to tears and I was kind of let down for the feels.
Other hen that I did love Hazel and Gus there love reminded me of A walk to remember where it shelled and inevitably saved the person left behind. This review is a little all over the place I apologize it's hard for me to put all this into proper perspective.

I'll say I loved the writing and the story was great but my personal opinion is that not everyone is going to cry and be moved and some people will think that this is romanticizing cancer, which I don't a free with as the cancers never made to be the star of the book. The star of the book is the evolution of the characters. The love between Hazel and Gus doesn't spring up out of nowhere we experienced it with them as they did and that's what can make a good book great so I can say I loved aspects of this book and liked others my over all rating of this book was 4/5 just due to the over hype of feels and the let down of emotion 
If you haven't read this I would recommend that you do before you see the movie.

Monday, May 26, 2014

May 2014 bookhaul

My half decent May bookhaul. Let me know if you guys have read any of these.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Willam Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Hardcover174 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Quirk Books

Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language—and William Shakespeare—here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan 

illustrations—William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book.
With that's being said Omg I can not fan girl enough about this book I have nothing negative to say as I was reading this I could picture myself nestled into a theatre seat watching my favourite thespians on stage. There was humour there was drama and the shake spearing aspect was not at all overwhelming, because let's be honest sometimes reading a play becomes very dry and repetitive example Romeo and Juliette in high school just bored me to tears. But not with this at all.

Doescher does a great job of incorporating quotes everywhere. It ranges from the frankly ridiculous (Luke's "What's that light flashing?" becomes "--But O, what now?/What light through yonder flashing sensor breaks?")
to the apt application of wit (Solo's "Over my dead body!" to Greedo becomes "The day when Jabba taketh my dear ship/Shall be the day you find me a grave man" ). 
I can see this book becoming an introduction to Shakespeare as it is both timeless and fun for fans of both the science fiction and the literary lovers of William Shakespeare.  I'm going to gush over the cover because this book is beautiful I love the aged palate and take the dust jacket off and the book is a beautiful aged leather looking book I'm in love completely.
I will be recommending this series to every one.
5/5 amazing interpretation wonderful negative and totally attention catching.

Monday, May 19, 2014

giveaway April wrap up May TBR

Just a little giveaway since I had accidentally ordered double, please enjoy.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Dark Companion byMarta Acosta

Dark companion by Marta Acosta
Jane Eyre meets Twilight in Dark Companion, a lush and romantic YA gothic tale about an orphaned girl who attends an exclusive private school and finds herself torn between the headmistress’s two sons.

Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true.

They are.

The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much?
As Jane begins to piece together the answers to the puzzle, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove—and what she would risk to stay there.
Hardcover368 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Tor Teen

I selected to read this book of my shelves at random hoping it would pull me out of my reading slump. It did in fact pull me out of my slump, it was a rather interesting take on a Jane eyre for the twenty first century. I did over all enjoy it but didn't love it I just found way to many character flaws.

For example our main character Jane is an orphan who's discovered bloody in a tree after her mother and stepfather are murdered, Jane turns into an angry person after her best friend at the foster home dies. Jane then makes a promise to better her self and wins a full scholarship to the prestigious Birch grove school for exceptional girls. 
As janes handed absolutely everything her heart could want she doesn't start to second guess anything till shit goes south. The main love interest if you can call lucky a love interest is a spoiled pick I wanted to hit with the business end of a shovel for three quarters of the bloody book. As Jane finds out that things are too perfect she really finds out, lucky asked Jane if she'd let him use her and blind daft Jane says yes. For the love of god what girl says yeah ok use me as long as it's just me and it's special?? 
Long story short lucky needs janes blood because of a genetic abnormalities that a quarter of the isolated village has making them the inspiration for modern vampires. Jane finds out that she was not selected for the scholarship at random she was chosen to be lucky companion a person feed bank for life. Lucky's older brother Jacob (does that name sound familiar) he spends most of the book trying to make Jane leave but he speaks in quizzical lyrics and conspiracy theory's. At one point he references the Kings fool from Shakespeare, after looking it up Jane finds great he's the one in his family that can tell her what's going on without telling her what's going on. 
Jane figures everything out and refuses the offer after realizing that she loves Jacob Aka Jack and not lucky. 
I really did think there was a lot in the book that could have been explained more I felt that the prefect wrapped up ending was rather rushed and forced. I feel like some of the conflicts ended with bandaid solutions that could have been resolved in a few added chapters. Seeing as this is a stand alone I was rather frustrated I like to finish  a book knowing it's the end of the book tis just left me wanting to read what happened next.
There were many times in this book that it came off as Twilight fan fiction which was completely unnecessary as the vampire aspect was unique enough under the right circumstances to Stanford by its self.
All in all I gave this book 3.5 was enjoyable enough but not anything to write home about.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fallen By Lauren Kate

Hardcover1st Edition452 pages
                                                             Published December 8th 2009 by Delacorte Press

There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch 
every move.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she 
can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love 
This book has a lot of negative stigma surrounding it and going into it I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, to start off I will say I did not a hate this book I actually enjoyed it for the most part however I figured the plot twist out in the first two chapters and I did spend the whole book waiting for Luce to clue in which she doesn't completely anyways.
 I liked the premise of this book and I thought the take on the fallen was actually rather unique and while there where points in the book that I didn't think that the story developed very well I still found
myself wanting to keep reading. The insta love in this book was intense and by intense I mean no one needs to be with another person like that in real life realistically past life or no. I also had to question the intelligence of Luce more then once it just seemed like she was short a few bricks in her load! But we later find out she's extremely intelligent which just does not corisponde to her actions at all.

1) smart people do not get into black vehicles not knowing the driver or destination.
2) smart people do blindly follow anyone close by in an emergency without asking some questions.
3) smart people do not accept extravagant gifts from a horn dog who you've known for two days.

Again I state I did not hate this book tho I was completely set up to I will still read the series because as a good book usually does something about this draws you in and you just want to know what the authors not telling you. I gave this book a 4/5 I would have given it a three because of the characters personalities but the plot kept me interested and the world building kept my attention.
I do have to say I kind of wish that the cover was more modernized to go with the more here and now of the story.
If your a fan of boarding school books I would deffinetly give this book a look and if you've heard all the horrible things I had I still say giving the book a read and making up your own mind is the best thing to do.
4/5 give it a look.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

April wrap up May TBR + ( Giveaway)

It's a little bit of a longer video and my voice is pretty scratchy, but I hope you enjoy it all the same :)