34 Pieces of You Book Review

34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published: September 4, 2012

Pages: 336

Synopsis:

There was something about Ellie…Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance—and kept watch.

Now Ellie’s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are thirty-four clues she left behind. Thirty-four strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. Thirty-four secrets of a brief and painful life.

Jake, Sarah, and Jess all feel responsible for what happened to Ellie, and all three have secrets of their own. As they confront the past, they will discover not only the darkest truths about themselves, but also what Ellie herself had been hiding all along….

My Thoughts:

Fans of Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why will love this novel. It has a lot of the same elements as that novel and is very dark and haunting as well. I really loved the multiple points of view and how each chapter of the book starts off with one the scraps of paper from Ellie’s box. The book is very dark and I thought that the author handled the tough and delicate subjects really well, which is something that is hard to come by especially in young adult literature.

The characters were my favorite aspect of this book. They were all really well developed and written, complex, and I had strong feelings, both good and bad, towards all of them. I also loved the story and how each of the five characters were connected to each other, and how they affected and felt about one another. The connections they each had were very real and I loved how complex they were.

With that being said, though, I did not like this book as much as I though I was going to. Although the story and characters were amazingly written and interesting  I was kind of bored the whole time. Nothing really happens in this book at all. There is a huge event, Ellie’s death, before the book takes place, and so the whole time all the characters are doing is mourning about it and thinking back to the good and bad times that they had with her. I wish that the book would have taken place before and during that time instead.

Even though I did like the times that they reflected back on her and were mourning, it was just too much and dragged on. Nothing new was taking place, and I struggled through certain parts of the book since I was so bored of just reading flashbacks and characters crying. But, again, with that being said, I still did enjoy reading this book and do recommend it to readers who enjoy darker and depressing books like 13 Reasons Why. I just personally enjoy book where there are a lot of events currently taking place, but did love and appreciate the dark and haunting nature of the book.

Rating 3 Stars / 5 Stars

You can purchase 34 Pieces of You here:

http://amzn.to/1aZXHE4

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Curtsies & Conspiracies

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breakingthespine.blogspot.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Cursies & Conspiracies

By Gail Carriger

Publication Date: Nover 5, 2013

Synopsis:

Sophronia’s first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won’t Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers’ quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship’s boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot–one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

In this sequel to bestselling author Gail Carriger’s YA debut Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail’s distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

What upcoming releases are you excited for?

The Registry Book Review

The Registry by Shannon Stoker

Publisher: William Marrow Paperbacks

Published: June 11, 2013

Pages: 336

Synopsis:

Welcome to a safe and secure new world, where beauty is bought and sold, and freedom is the ultimate crime

The Registry saved the country from collapse, but stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained to fight and never question orders.

Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous questions. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.

All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.

My Thoughts:

This book has one of the more interesting and unique dystopian worlds that I have read, and I really enjoyed the way that the author decided to describe its world. Instead of dragging the book on with explaining everything about the world, at the beginning of each chapter there is an excerpt from the two different sets of rules/expectations for girls and guys. I thought this was very unique in showing the world that the characters live in.

There was never a dull moment in this book, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat. Through the author showing both the stories of the escapee and pursuer, it created so much suspense. It showed just how close the chase was and made it hard to book down since I had no idea if Mia was going to get ahead of Grant in time. I have never read a book that showed both sides of that before, and really enjoyed it.

The romance and love triangle is really unexpected and done well. Most of the time I hate love triangles, but I loved this one and it made me so heartbroken and conflicted the whole time. I wanted Mia to be with one guy, but then would change my mind and want the other because I was so scared that the first one would leave her. I can not wait to read the next book in the series to see how the love triangle affects the rest of Mia’s journey.

I did really love the characters and how complex they were, but did not really feel connected to any of them. All of the characters lives were very fascinating to read about and developed really well. I was heartbroken by some of them and their sacrifices and losses. I loved the story so much, but just wish that I could connect with and feel fully for at least one of the characters. I hope that in the next book I will experience that, and that it will be just as action packed and unique as this one was.

Rating: 4 Stars/ 5 Stars

You can purchase The Registry here:

http://amzn.to/153bUu0

Eleanor & Park Book Review

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Published: February 26, 2013

Pages: 336

Synopsis:

Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.

I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

My Thoughts:

This is the most charming and adorable book that I have ever read. A love story set in 80’s, this book made me laugh and cry and fall in love with the characters. The way that Eleanor and Park fall in love, by reading comic books and listing to music together, was geeky, fun, and real. They are both misfits that I could relate to, and I just loved their characters so much. Especially since the story was written by switching between Eleanor and Park’s view points. I got to see how they both so and felt about each other, which made me love them even more.

Although this is a great contemporary love story, it also has other very deep and dark aspects to it. There is emotional and physical abuse, isolation, bullying, and neglect that breaks your hear, and adds so much to the book. The writing is wonderful, and all of the parts, dark and light, come together in such an amazing way that warms and breaks your heart at the same time.

Both of the characters are going through a hard time trying to figure out who they are and having trouble at home, and it is very real and relate able. The thing that I love most about Eleanor and Parks Relationship is that they accept each other how they are, and when one decides to do something, the other is okay with it and supports them. They are there for and help each other trough everything, and have no bad feelings or judgement between them. I loved them together, and wish that I could have a relationship like there’s.

This is definitely my new all time favorite contemporary novel, and I highly recommend it. It sets you on a whirlwind of emotions, and makes you nostalgic for the time of walk mans and    mullets. I absolutely loved this book, and everyone should pick it up

Rating: 5 Stars / 5 Stars

You can purchase Eleanor & Park here:

http://amzn.to/1aq4UOv

Chantress Book Review

Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

Publisher: McElderry Books

Published: May 7, 2013

Pages: 336

Synopsis:

Lucy’s Chantress magic will make her the most powerful—and most hunted—girl in England.

“Sing, and the darkness will find you.” This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing—and she is swept into darkness.

When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.

Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion…

Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.

My Thoughts:

First off, I want to say that I absolutely love this cover. It is so beautiful and looks so amazing. But this book is so much more than a pretty cover. With the abundance of books out now that have gorgeous covers but not so great stories out right now, I was really surprised buy how good this book is.

The plot was really unique. I have never read a book about chantresses, and was in love with the world and the magic that the author creates. Reading about Lucy’s training and trials with magic felt so real, and I wanted more. The book is very well written, and is a great start to a series.

There were a few plot twists that were unexpected, and left me at the edge of my seat. I was rooting for Lucy the whole time and wanted everything to work out for her. Another thing that surprised me about this book was that even though it is historical fiction, it is really light in the language and writing  I know  a lot of people find that aspect hard for them to read historical fiction, and if that is you, you should pick up this book. It is really easy to read and is not a heavy or dense in that aspect.

The romance is really slow to start, but develops in a very realistic way that is really refreshing. Their relationship is believable, heart warming, and I can not wait until the next installment in the series comes out so that I can see what happens to them.

Rating: 4 Stars / 5 Stars

You can purchase Chantress here:

http://amzn.to/130m0Zm

Spies and Prejudice Book Review

Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Published: June 11, 2013

Pages: 304

Synopsis:

Pride & Prejudice meets Veronica Mars in this slick romantic spy-thriller where nothing’s as it seems.

Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.

So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death.

But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?

With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.

My Thoughts:

This was such a fun read. The plot was interesting and had a great pace to it, and it was light but had deeper parts of it that helped balance the book. I loved every single character in the book. They each had a purpose and significance, and were really well written. Each of the characters were very complex and added to the story in a really great way.

The love triangle and romance in this book was really refreshing. Usually I hate love triangles, but this one was done really well and had me torn at which person she should choose. The side romances were also great and added to the depth of the characters and each of their story lines.

Reading about the different spy gear and the tactics of the different spy’s was really fun. I wanted more and more of the spy world aspect of the book, but it had a good balance between the spy parts and the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ parts.

Overall this was a really great and fun read. It had action, romance, depth, and humor that combined smoothly. This book definitely exceeded my expectations, and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 4 Stars / 5 Stars

You can purchase Spies and Prejudice here:

http://amzn.to/14JdeDl

Sweet Evil Book Review

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: May 1, 2012

Pages: 464

Synopsis:

Embrace the Forbidden
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

My Thoughts:

This book was really addicting and original despite its many flaws. The way that the author portrayed Nephilim was really unique and I loved reading about the world she had built.  The story was predictable and sometimes annoying, though.

In the book the main character is part angle, so she is supposed to be a good moral person, but she came of as naive and childish, which really annoyed me. The other thing that annoyed me was the insta love that was also forbidden. I really did not like that part and wish that it was done better because I do like the two characters together  but not how their relationship was built.

The book also had endings to major events that were too sweet and happy. Every time, except once, someting really bad was about to happen it ended up concluding in the best way possible. I wanted something significant to happen, and was not granted that.

Despite all of this, the book was still really good. I could not put it down and loved reading about Kaiden and the world they all lived in. Things that would usually annoy me to point that I would stop reading a book did not annoy me as much in this book. It was a fun and engrossing read, and  I am really excited to read the next installment in the series.

Rating: 3 Stars / 5 Stars

You can purchase Sweet Evil here:

http://amzn.to/13BEFSR

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spenser Black Book Review

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spenser Black by E. B. Hudspeth

Publisher: Quirk Books

Published: May 21st 2013

Pages: 191

Synopsis:

Philadelphia, the late 1870s. A city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages—and home to the controversial surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a grave robber, young Dr. Black studies at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?

My Thoughts:

This book was really interesting to read. The first about third of the novel follows Dr. Spenser Black’s life and his research, and the latter two thirds are a book that he wrote about ‘extinct’ creatures.

I really enjoyed the first part of the book that was about the doctor’s life. It was written in a series of journal entries, testimonials, drawings, and commentary from the author. I got to learn a lot about the very strange doctor and the kind of work that he did. Using all of those different writings made the book really unique and fun to read. Even though it was nonficton, the book was never boring or too detailed, and I felt like I was reading a fiction book the whole time.

The illustrations in the book were absolutely amazing. The mythical creatures were really detailed and I loved how it showed all the muscles, bones, and other body parts of the creatures in a scientific way that made them look as if they were real live animals being researched.

I found this book so interesting and I highly recommend it if you like mythical creatures like mermaids or if you are just looking for a very unique read that unlike anything you have ever read before.

Rating: 5 Stars / 5 Stars

The Great Gatsby Book to Movie Review

The movie really captured the book in such a wonderful way that completely exceeded my expectations. There were no scenes from the book, that I can remember, that are not in the movie.What the movie did, though, is add to all of those scenes and made them even more whimsical and beautiful and fun.

The settings in the movie were so extravagant and had such a 1920’s old Hollywood feel to them that them look realistic but also like you were watching a dream because of how glamorous and beautifully they were made and edited. This is how all book to movie adaptations should be. They should have all of the major points of the book, and change nothing, only add more. That is what this movie did.

Seeing this movie in 3D is also really amazing. The way that the water, words that float around, snow, and rain look so cool in 3D. I highly recommend that everyone go see this movie whether you have read the book or not. This is the best book to movie adaptation that I have ever seen, and one of the most well done movies that I have seen in my life.

Rating: 5 Stars/ 5 Stars