Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Part II- Prodigy

Prodigy

by Marie Lu

This book was published in January and I happened to be in the bookstore the day it was released, so of course I picked it up and read it! 

Synopsis

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games (from goodreads)

What I thought

Prodigy brought even more intrigue and suspense to this wonderful series. It explores more of June and Day's relationship and goes deeper into how the events of the past are affecting them. I really appreciated this because I think too many books make terrible things happen to the protagonists and then they are just all happy and fine. Day and June aren't okay, because both of them have had horrible things happen in their lives, and this is probably my favourite aspect of this book. 
Also I think that Day and June are such a cute couple- I want a boy to make me a paperclip ring!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Part I- Legend



I was given this book by my best friend for Christmas a view years ago, and now this thrilling trilogy came to a close this November-here's what I thought

Legend


Synopsis

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. (from goodreads)

What I Thought

I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this story. It is written from the perspective of both Day and June- normally I'm not a big fan of this sort of thing but the way that Lu writes it is very well done. One thing that really helped was how the two characters chapters are in different colours. Both Day and June are strong,unique, intelligent, flawed young teenagers. Every so often there are reminders that Day and June are so young and they both have had to deal with so much.

Overall I'd recommend it for lovers of YA and dystopian fiction!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I'd recommend to anyone

From the lovely people over at The Broke and Bookish

The following list is of books that I would recommend to anyone, regardless of what they like to read because these books are just so awesome! They aren't necessarily listed with the best at number one or anything. Its just ten books you should read. Also most of them are going to be books I've read recently since I have a bad memory and all my books are at home so I can't look through them.

1. Harry Potter 

This books don't need a lot of explaining but I'll say a bit. They tell a beautiful story of friendship, teaching (subtly) important lessons on bravery and love. Plus there is magic and the female characters are so real- its a beautiful complex world that JK Rowling wrote so it is a must read in my books!

2. Incarnate (Series) ~ by Jodi Meadows

First off this cover is stunning, its definitely one of my all time favourite covers. The book is equally beautiful, telling the story of Ana- an outcast in her world because she is a new soul and everyone else has been reborn for thousands of years. Plus Sam (main guy character) is pretty cute!

3. The Fault in Our Stars ~ John Green

John Green tells the beautiful story of two teenagers living with cancer in this book. My favourite thing about this book (and John Green's other books) is how real the teenagers are. Things aren't all great and happy all the time. I think this book is an accurate description of how it feels to be a teenager. That being said I think that adults can also get a lot out of this book.

4.Code Name Verity~ Elizabeth Wein


I couldn't find a picture of the cover that my Code Name Verity has, I my cover way better. But this one will do. So this is a historical fiction book telling the story of a pilot and a spy during WWII. The thing is both of them are women. I'm partial to historical fiction and finding main characters like Maddie and Julie just makes it all the better!

5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking~ by Susan Cain

So I don't even remember where I decided to pick up this book but I actually really enjoyed it. It gave me good insight on being an introvert and what that does and doesn't mean. For example it does mean that I get my energy from being by myself, and it doesn't mean that I am antisocial, don't enjoy talking to people, or a bad leader. So even if you are not an introvert I'd suggest reading this because half of the population is introverted and there is also some pretty interesting stuff on leadership in this book.

6. Girl of Fire and Thorns (Series)~ Rae Carson

There are three books in this series, the final book The Bitter Kingdom just came out in September. They tell the story of Elisa who is a young girl carrying a treasured Godstone, married off to a foreign king where live changes drastically for her. I just can't describe this book very well...let's just say its amazing and you should read it.

7. Anything by Tamora Pierce

This is not so much a book as an author you should read. (Tamora Pierce has not written a book titled Anything) I've read every book she has written and my bookshelf has a shelve dedicated to her. If your more into the magic of things I'd read her The Circle Opens series and if you prefer the warrior-awesome-heroine books I'd read anything set in her Tortall realm. 

8. To Kill a Mockingbird~Harper Lee

I first read this early on in junior high and then I had to re-read it in high school for English class. I was very surprised by the number of people who didn't like this book in my class because I thought it was a very powerful book. It's not all happy but its also not an awful depressing book. I think one of the best things about it is the family relationship between Atticus-Jem and Scout- its nice to see a single dad raising kids well in literature!

9. The Great Gatsby~F Scott Fitzgerald

So now that people actually have heard of this book because of the movie I'd suggest reading it first. I haven't seen the movie but I can guarantee the book will be better. Its set around the 1920's which is an era I enjoy and Fitzgerald has amazing storytelling abilities. I remember reading parts and yelling "WHAT?!?" and texting my friends who were also reading it.

10. Clockwork Princess ~Cassandra Clare

This is actually the final book in the series so I guess if you want to read it you'll have to read the other two as well! Normally reading the last book scares me a bit because it can either be good, okay or awful. Clockwork Princess was amazing and probably ranks in the top 3 of my favourite endings to a series. Also Will who is my Book Crush is in this series!


Friday, 15 November 2013

The Dragonriders of Pern

The Dragonriders of Pern

~ Anne McCaffrey

I started reading this series several years ago when it was recommended to my mom. Since we have a mutual love of dragons we read them together and ever since then I've been hooked! I absolutely love how intricate the world of Pern is, every last detail is planned and thought out. Its especially interesting to read the books from the beginning now that I know all the history of the world. And some things seem little when you first read it but a few books down the road it will all make sense! There are roughly 24 books in the series too which is great for someone who likes to read a lot!

Dragonflight


Book One of the series. This introduces the main characters that carry through most of the series (that are the modern books, they aren't in the beginning history books). So this book introduce F'lar and Mnementh, F'nor and Canth, Lessa and Ramoth, the Masterharper, and the Oldtimers. It sets up the idea of the Threads and the Red Star, the great peril that Pern faces.  The complex relationship between the dragons and their people is established, as well as the hierarchy in the Weyr (the place where the dragonriders and their dragons live) and the varying levels of the dragon.

What I Thought



As I've said I really like these books but the first one can be a bit difficult to get through. Some of the details aren't set up until the later books so parts of it can be quite confusing. However there is some great details, storylines and characters that are introduced. As the books go on they get better as you learn more and more about the world and characters. 
I would recommend this for anyone that loves dragon books, fantasy and doesn't mind that they don't get all the details right away!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire~ Elizabeth Wein







A little bit about the book:

Rose Under Fire is a companion novel to her first book, Code Name Verity. We see the return of Maddie, and the introduction of a new character, Rose, who is also an ATA pilot. Written in a journal entry style with Rose's own poetry the book tells the story of Rose and her time in Ravensbruck, a notorious concentration camp for women in Nazi Germany. (I'm not great at doing book synopses) 



What I Thought:

 I really enjoyed Wein's Code Name Verity so when I saw Rose Under Fire I had to get it. (Even though I am a poor university student!)
I thought this book was very interesting and also unique. Most books set during WWII in the concentration camps focus on the plight of the Jews. This book focuses on other prisoners, in particular the French Resistance political prisoners. I found the different perspective was quite refreshing and historically interesting. While it is important to remember all the Jewish people who lost their lives,  I think that its also important to remember all the other groups, like gypsies, homosexuals, Catholics and political prisoners who also suffered in the concentration camps. 

All in all, for those who are interested in historical fiction/WWII I would highly recommend this book! (And Code Name Verity)

Thursday, 7 November 2013

My Bookish Crushes



Over my many years of reading I have fallen head-over-heals in love with so many book characters. So here I'm going to highlight some of my absolute favourite book characters.




Book Crush #1:

Will Herondale~ The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare



Will is definitely on of my favourite book crushes- in fact I've decide to name my first born son Will...

There is just so much to love about him and through the course of the three books you get to see his growth soooo much! He is witty with a dry, sarcastic sense of humour that never fails to make me grin or die of laughter. For example, "Let me give you a piece of advice. The handsome young fellow who's trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs"

But at the same time he has the most profound quotes of the story as well,"“It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.” 

He is also incredibly sweet and loyal, as evidenced by his relationship with Jem. He will literally do anything to save Jem- the one true thing/relationship in his life (until a major change in the second and third books!)He is definitely more of a bad boy and he's got a bit of a complex where he pushes everyone away but once you learn WHY it will break your heart and honestly I've never read of a character who is so capable of loving completely and just agggggghhhhh I love Will and everything about him, his loyalty, his humour, his songs, and his unconditional love of his entire Shadowhunter family. 


One last beautiful Will Herondale quote is actually an original song he come up with that never fails to make me giggle-

"Demon pox, oh demon pox
Just how is it acquired? 
One must go down, 
To the bad part of town, 
Til one is very tired! 
Demon pox, oh demon pox 
I had it all along 
Oh, not the pox, 
You foolish blocks! 
I mean this very song!
For I was right and you were wrong!!