Book reviews

Me and Earl and the Dying girl- Book review

Author: Jesse Andrews
Genre: Young adult, humour, contemporary
Pages: 295
Published: March 1st 2012

 
Definitely one of the strangest books I have read so far.
I mean that in a good way. It took me 2 and a half days to whiz through this thing because It was just so amazing and I’m about to tell you why.

 
Summary:
Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

 
I have been eyeing this book at my local bookstore for the longest time and finally when my friend gave this to me as a present (thank you!) I couldn’t resist but read it immediately.

 
Side note: Let’s take a moment to appreciate the cover, it truly is a creative genius.

 
Get this, Me and Earl and the Dying girl was hands down the most realistic and honest book I’ve read this year. Nothing was sugar coated like “oh this is a teenage book so we have to be careful”, no there was cussing and there was fart jokes and I loved that about this book.

 
The author was really frank like at the start of the book he tells you that this isn’t some deep book about dying and falling in love and that people should just pick up a different book if they were expecting those things. I like that, I like fair warning and honesty.
Our main character Greg is this hateful, clumsy guy and he is hilarious. I loved how Greg was flawed and he wasn’t your typical YA hottie who gets the girls with his shyness, instead Greg is this typical teenage moron who doesn’t know what he is doing with his life. His voice is SO strong, I honestly felt like I was in his head, literally seeing things from his perspective. This is one of my favourite aspects of the book: Greg’s characterization and his humorous dialogues.

 
Greg has this friend or should I say “co-worker” (as Greg likes to describe him), his name is Earl. Earl is just this err unique kid. Some of the things he says leave the reader like wtf and that just makes it that much more hilarious. Greg and Earl like to make movies together and they are whacked up movies, I love how this book is just so out there with the crazy ideas.

 
The “dying girl” is Rachel. I honestly feel like she wasn’t present as much in the book but I did like her overall, especially her snorting at Greg’s jokes (just writing that makes me giggle, gives you an idea of how funny the book is huh?)

 
The format of the book also makes it an appealing read because most of it is in script format (see picture below). This format avoided the whole “he said”, “she said” which can be a waste of words honestly. It also made it a quick read. Also, there were lists in the book and I like lists.

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Me and Earl and the Dying girl by Jesse Andrews was an honest, humorous and light read. It escaped my mind throughout the book that this was a work of fiction because it was just so down to earth. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it.

Rating

5

 

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City of Heavenly Fire- NON SPOILER review

Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
Pages: 725
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Summary:

ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance?

 

  • This has been one of my most anticipated books of the year. I shall not discuss my thoughts extensively in this review as it is non-spoiler.
  • If you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series yet. What are you doing with your life? In all seriousness. I highly recommend them!

Cassandra Clare’s writing is so involving and I love how it flows almost like a poem, but there are also the action packed scenes which give it an edgy feel. The sarcastic humour of the Character had me literally laughing out loud, these moments were like a nice refreshment from all the pressure and seriousness of the rest of the novel. We see the return of some old characters as well as the introduction of some new and ahh it was like a big happy reunion. I loved the cause and effect sequencing of events, like everything seamlessly lead to the conclusion so smoothly. As to the ending, I can’t say anything without spoiling so you’re gonna have to read my spoiler review 😉

Rating

5

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Book review- The One

Author: Kierra Cass
Pages: 217
Genre: Young adult, dystopian, romance
Advice: If you haven’t read The Selection series this review will not make sense so go read them. Now. Cuz they’re awesome.
Summary:
The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen–and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.
Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!
Let me just start by saying that this was by far my favourite book in the series. The prequel got on my nerves so much! The writing was engaging and involving and I was feeling all the feels. I was able to ride the emotional roller coaster and holy moly it was good.
I loved how everything resolved itself and the characters finally started acting mature rather than being bratty. The flaws in American and Maxon’s relationship made both of them grow and the story just developed beautifully hence. Although it still got on my nerves how America couldn’t decide between Apen and Maxon till the last word of the last page like gurl make up your mind! To be honest she seemed like a player (yes I said it)
The deaths oh my god. I had to take a moment to absorb everything and I feel like America’s grief wasn’t displayed particularly well but I could understand she was trying to be strong for everyone else. The rebels were a nice addition; it was good to see life beyond the castle.
Overall, it was a nice conclusion to the series and I’m happy with the way it ended although it was kind of predictable.

Rating:

4

 

 

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Throne of Glass- Review

By: Srah.J.Maas download (1)

Series:  Throne of glass #1

Genre: Young adult/fantasy

Pages: 404

Summary

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen year old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice, Caelena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament- fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. She is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Ok so I’ve been avoiding writing this review because to be honest, this book was shit. The character development was poor, the plot was predictable and boring and the main character in fact ALL the characters (except maybe 2) from the book annoyed me.

Caelena was a poorly represented assassin; she seemed nothing like an assassin rather just another bratty princess. She was arrogant, unrealistic and got on my nerves most if not all the time. What makes it so unbelievable is everyone seems to fall in love with her the moment they see her, I mean aren’t people meant to be wary and not have much trust in assassins at first glance?

The prince is another important character throughout the book. Reading his POV I felt like I was in the mind of a petty, arrogant 15 year old instead of a 19 year old. Again, poor decision making and character development. The romance between Caelena and him was cliché and seems like it was based mostly on appearance.

On a positive note, Captain Westfall was a rather good character. I liked him all the way through the book since he seemed so realistic and his decisions and reasoning did not get on my nerves. I would have loved to see more from his POV.

The world building in Throne of Glass was interesting however only minimal information was provided in order to support the events in the books, (if that makes sense). For example, there are references to Caelena’s past but not enough detail as it doesn’t correlate to the plotline of this particular book.

The book continued at a steady pace however, this seems like one of those action packed books and there just wasn’t enough of the adrenaline.  I did like the second plotline which involves a bit of mystery and if that had been the main plotline the book would have been a 5/5, instead the author decided to focus on romance and court life.

Rant over! On a parting note I’m contemplating whether to read the sequel but I’ll get around to it.

Rating:

2

 

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Author: Ransom Riggs12396528

Series: Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children #2

Genre:Young adult, fantasy, paranormal, horror

Pages: 396

Summary

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.

Hollow city was a brilliant sequel and has since become my favorite book in the series. The game was stepped UP and there was just so much more that this book had to offer.

  • For those who haven’t read this series (1) you’re missing out and (2) these books are accompanied with great vintage photographs. The pictures do such a great job of supporting the information in the novel , they are extremely unique and peculiar like everything in these novels. The photos in Hollow City were just as creepy however, I prefer the photos in the first book

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  • This book explores so many different worlds and eras. It was so adventurous I mean one moment you’re in a gypsy village and the next you’re in wartime London. The world building was done so brilliantly, it was easy to visualize and imagine yourself being there with all those children which is what made it so magical.

 

  • The plot is fast paced and action-packed, it was like reading one of those adventurous fairy tales. The chapters always ended in an interesting manner which made you want to keep reading on and on, seriously this book was so hard to put down. The writing was so engaging and descriptive, Ransom Riggs really does know how to suck the reader in.

 

  • Since the characters are living in the past the book explored this interesting idea of “the past cannot be changed”. There are countless times when the characters want to save someone’s life but since it is the past it is already written in that someone’s destiny to die. It was interesting to see the children come to terms with the idea of them not being able to alter the past.

 

  • Character development was such an amazing aspect of Hollow City. I love how this book explores the character’s pasts and their struggles. The children have seen so much in their lives that they’re mature beyond their years, they do have their insecurities but throughout the book they seemed to grow and it was so fantastically done.

Hollow City ended at a cliff-hanger of sorts because of the plot twist oh my god! I cannot wait to see how the series concludes in the third and final book.

Rating:

5

 

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Books to look forward to

In an attempt to do something different this week I have decided to tell you which books I aspire to read in the near future. You might just find a great book for yourself or you might just get to know my reading taste better 🙂

1. Clash Of Kings (A Song Of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R.Martin 

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As you may have guessed this is the second book in the Game Of Thrones series. I highly enjoyed the first book a did a review which you can find somewhere on my blog. This does seem like quite a big book and it might take me a while to get through but hopefully  1000 pages doesn’t get too boring!

2.Throne Of Glass by Sarah.J.Massdownload (3)

My knowledge of this book is scare however I do know it involves princes and assassins and a strong female protagonist and I am very excited for how this book will unfold. My liking or rather disliking of this novel will also affect my decision whether to read the sequel or not.

3. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children #2) by Ransom Riggs download (4)

If you have read the first book don’t judge me but I had my problems with it. For some reason I just didn’t find it as spooky as it promised to be which has made me hesitant about reading the second book. However, my very trusted sources tell me Ransom Riggs has stepped up his game and I cannot wait to see if this book finally gives me the spookes!

So yea. These are some books I plan to read during the month of March possibly April. I will be reviewing them all so make sure you press that little follow button if you haven’t already to read my thoughts on these books. Other than that I hope you have a lovely day/week/month and don’t forget to fly!

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Review: Into the still blue

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By: Veronica Rossi

Series: Under the never sky #3

Genre: Dystopian/ Young adult

Pages: 389

Summary:

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do–and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they’re using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival–he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

Veronica Ross has indeed raised the stakes with this book. The first 2 books in the series were reasonably good but oh my god. Into the Still blue just reached a whole new level.

Plot & pace

The moment I began reading this book I immediately felt the intensity the book was about to bring in the following pages. It is such a powerful read from start to finish. There is never a moment where it gets boring there is one bombshell after another and it is honestly so action packed. The writing pace was just amazing to say the least and the plot development was honestly one of best I’ve read. At times I felt I could predict what was going to happen but Veronica Rossi would drop another surprise and the book would go back to being unpredictable which was one of the reasons it was so extremely well written.

Since this book was written from the POV’s of Aria and Perry I sometimes felt like they didn’t have distinctive voices and often I had to check the title of the chapters in order to see whether it was from Aria’s point of view or Perry’s.

Characters

The Under the never sky series has one of the most memorable characters in the YA genre. Apart from the main characters most everyone has got a back story and a history which just makes them so unique.

I absolutely adored Roar in this book. His character development throughout the book and the emotional roller coaster he was going through was so realistic, one of the things I love is when authors are able to make you empathize with the emotions of the characters and Veronica Rossi does this brilliantly.

Our two main characters Aria and Perry are by far one of my favorite characters. Again how they developed and came to terms with their internal struggles was done particularly well. I loved how their relationship was realistic and they were so mature about negotiating along with supporting each other ah it’s so good!

Ending

This the third and the last book in the series so I felt like I need to discuss the ending specifically but don’t worry no spoilers involved here.  As I said the book was completely unpredictable and so was the ending in a good way. We don’t get the happily ever after but I don’t think I’d be happy if the book ended perfectly. The method in which Veronica Rossi concluded this trilogy was exactly how I would’ve liked it and what makes it so special is how realistic it was.

Overall, Into the still blue was one heck of a read and if you haven’t picked up the Under the never Sky series yet you’re missing out! I highly recommend this series and trust me you won’t regret it.

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Cress- Review

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By: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 550 pages

Summary:

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Note: This review is spoiler free and is intended for people who haven’t read Cress or The Lunar Chronicles yet. Sorry if the summary gave too much away.

Ok One important thing before I start. If you haven’t read this series or this book I highly recommend it as it is perfection I am not even exaggerating!

As you may have guessed the book is a fairy tale re telling of Rapunzel. The first book Cinder is based on Cinderella and is about a cyborg mechanic called Cinder who happens to be our main character. The second book Scarlet tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood and then there is Cress. These are companion novels so Cinder and Scarlet the previously mentioned characters do appear throughout Cress.

Characters

To begin with let us discuss the characters. I found the main character Cress to be adorable yet irritating at times. Her emotions compliment the story considerably well however her actions are questionable. Cress’ reactions to certain things would have annoyed me if a person in reality were to react the same way however her responses were justifiable because of her situation and what she has been through in life. The romance between Cress and her love interest are adorable to say the least and towards the start of the book I wished everything would work out but I realized later on that people just don’t fall in love like that it comes through time and the realness of their situation is what made it so perfect and I could totally relate to Cress.

I specifically enjoyed Cinder’s character development as she battled to come to terms with who she really was. How Cinder went through different emotions such as doubting herself or believing that she could make a change just felt so real ,which is one of the many things which made this book into a phenomena.

The characters in this book all have a range of different personalities and traits but at the same time they seem to fit together and complement each other making it so much better

 Plot

I personally found that it was highly difficult to stop reading Cress. The plot was remarkably gripping and it would just make me eager to keep reading more and more to find out what was going to happen next. It was a real page turner. The pacing of the book was slow at times which wasn’t such a bad thing as it suited the setting that the characters were placed in.

This book spans across several different POVs and settings so one moment I was in a desert and another I was on the moon and the world building in this book is done so tremendously well oh!  Even after 3 books I can’t get over how beautifully the futuristic world is portrayed in The Lunar Chronicles.

Another thing I found interesting was how everything was so together I mean the story was all over the place and yet there were connections and the author did a great job of not confusing the reader even though I was in so many places over the course of 550 pages.

Writing

Marissa Meyer you genius! The dialogue in this book was fantastic. The conversations felt realistic and there was humour in them making Cress a fun entertaining read. I especially loved the romantic scenes in the book as I was honestly giggling the whole time and falling more in love with this book.

In conclusion, if you haven’t read Cress or the Lunar Chronicles you are missing out a great deal! These books are so fun and I would recommend them to any young adult/science fiction fan out there.

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