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Friday, 22 August 2014

Ruin and Rising

I wrote a huge review for this and it just disappeared before I saved it. FML.


So, after I finished reading the third book, I finally noticed that all the covers have the amplifiers on them in order. Obviously the third book is technically wrong, because it should be Mal on the cover instead.

This book was extremely upsetting in both good and bad ways. Let me explain.

Things that made me angry/confused me:

  • Alina’s hair became shockingly white, which reminded me of Daenerys. Come on, let’s stop involving GoT in everything.
  • Nikolai’s sudden situation takes him (conveniently) out of the picture long enough for Malina (Mal and Alina) to figure things out for themselves/get back together grudgingly at first.
  • If a Sun Summoner is rare, that makes Alina rare. That makes her family special. I thought for sure her theory would, in fact, be correct. When it wasn’t, I still wondered about her family. There has to be something about them, right? I NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING *gnashing teeth*.
  • The amplifiers’ transfer of powers is inconsistent. The first two were transferred to Alina no problem. The last is confusing…technically Mal’s ancestor was the amplifier and she died. I already take a stance against that because she was raised from the dead and shouldn’t she be nearly immortal? When she gave birth to Mal, did her amplifier power transfer to him through her genes (were there FOUR amplifiers at that time or three and she lost her amplifier-ness?) or when she died did it transfer to him through default or nearest live body to her? In which case, I have no idea how these amplifiers work.
  • The Darkling’s merzost-induced traumas lessened and were undone with his death. This makes absolutely NO sense, because you cannot pick-and-choose what is undone. If it is undone, all of it must be undone. CONSISTENCY. Which means that people who died should now be living and all the other injured should be healed (if it was from the Darkling’s zombie Dementors).
  • I like Genya the best and her injuries and ugliness were something I appreciated and knew she was strong enough to rise above. I thought this made her character so much more. But in the end, even this harshness was slightly lessened to make her easier to look at again. 
  • If you think of Alina as a glow-in-the-dark sticker or a solar-powered gadget, shouldn’t she have had a little bit of Sun Summoning juice in her after all those months of healing? You don’t need a strict source of sunlight. I realize I just compared Alina to a glow-in-the-dark sticker, but…shut up.


Things I loved about it all:

  • Nikolai.
  • Malina’s orphanage take over.
  • Alina losing her Sun Summoning ability.
  • Alina choosing to be without political power and sway—living the simple life.
  • Oncat.

But srsly, everyone should read these books.

#book review    #review    #books    #reading    #reader    #literacy    #literature    #ruin and rising    #leigh bardugo    #shelfie    #alina    #mal    #malina    

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

One afternoon (from) outside the (house) a knock, unlike most, was (actually) my wife (who) kills until bloody (or) someone (cries) the name (of) IT!

One afternoon (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)
My name (How I Live Now)
Until a (The Princess Bride)
It was (The Giver)
Outside the (The Engineer of Human Souls)
The knock (The Chaos)
Wife kills (The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry)
Someone bloody (The Silkworm)
Unlike most (Eight Days of Luke)

#boutofbooks    #books    #reading    #sentence challenge    #game    #shelfie    #reader    #read    

Sunday, 17 August 2014

This is the greatest and would totes work. lol

#books    #literacy    #reading    #shelfie    #book lover    #bookworm    #book    #literature    #puns    #dirty    #buzzfeed    #funny    #charles dickens    #philip k dick    #harry potter    #spine    #hardcover    #reader    #read    #novel    #novell    #stories    #sexy    #pickup lines    #flirt    #nerdfighter    #nerds unite    #geekery    

Friday, 8 August 2014

I’m thinking of redesigning a book cover for fun…preferably something with a dust jacket so I can do the flaps too! Which book should I do? Maybe something with a terrible cover.

#books    #dust jacket    #flaps    #cover    #book design    #design    #author    #fiction    #young adult    #teen    #kids    #reading    #reader    #read    #literature    #literacy    #shelfie    #publisher    #publishing    #small press    #HarperCollins    #random house    #penguin    #knopf    #hachette    #utp    #oxford    #scholastic    #tor    #fantasy    

Saturday, 8 June 2013

This is a point I like to make all the time. Just be proud that you love to read and don’t try to force your favourites on me unless I’m actually interested. :D

#reading    #literacy    #literature    #teen    #ya    #books    #reader    #love    #pride    #guilty pleasure    #romance    #fiction    #nonfiction    #apology    #opinion    

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

I have this little pink hanger on the left…and below my Kobo somewhere. It’s a link for things I shop for or will probably shop for. It’s mostly a collection of nerdy book things/nerdy nerd things. But people should check it out. Especially after my last “discovery”. Come onnnnn. You know you wanna. I do not get paid for this though.

#nerd    #shopping    #books    #reading    #reader    #reviews    #shops    #etsy    #local    #covers    #clothing    #tea    #infuser    #star wars    #kobo    #cool    #accessories    #fun    #bookmark    #totes    #stationary    #journal    #cards    #coasters    #home    #urban    

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Book on Trial #33: Seraphina

Author: Hartman, Rachel

Title: Seraphina

Keywords: Dragons, half-breeds, love, philosophers.

Recommended For: 13+, fans of Tamora Pierce, Paolini, Diana Wynne Jones, Tolkien, Rowling.

Rating: image

Sentence: I sentence Rachel Hartman to have the ability to solve many sexy equations and also a crime-free life in Vancouver. That shit be scary.


Review: I’ll try to make this review pretty short, since I had barely a complaint. Actually, if I had a complaint I cannot recall it anymore because I am baffled by Hartman. I should say this is an extremely rare occurrence. I never give out five stars.

This novel started at a relatively slow pace, but with good reason. The characters and world building painted an entirely different world from what I’ve read before and did an extremely good job at it. I had complex questions about the history of some character or saint or weapon or even family with no doubts to there actually being a story. It’s like the world has existed for so long and this story is just a minor occurrence in the history of it. A minor story I rather enjoyed, but only minor in the sense of looking at the broader picture of everything.        

This is one of those rare reads where you find the two main love interests arguing about philosophers to be some sort of sexy, chemistry-filled conversation. I was practically salivating for more about Archiboros and his pompous ass. Maybe even more about Pontheus, the jurisprudence philosopher; later said to be either genius or mad.    

But seriously, how is this turning me on? It must be all that intelligent talk and whatnot.

I also thoroughly enjoyed Seraphina storming about and trying to be pricklier than she is. She’s brave, but shy and intrepid. She contradicts herself by loving others, despite their grotesqueness, and having trouble loving her own self.

The characters throughout this entire novel are so well built that it’s only too easy to find their imperfections rather than the things that make them flat. Even the “soulless” saarantras and quigutl had me amused, laughing, and possibly crying a little. Even the Ardmagar Cormonot was confusing with his Cybermen-like reactions to emotion.


Okay, but srsly, this spoke to my heart (don’t laugh): “do not underestimate the seductive power of math.”

Basically, I have nothing else to say except GIMME MORE. And also: image

Yeah, come at me dragons. I’m looking pretty sexy now, aren’t I?

#book    #on    #trial    #seraphina    #phina    #glisselda    #math    #cybermen    #sexy    #doctor    #who    #dragons    #rachel    #hartman    #goodreads    #books    #reading    #reader    #love    #philosophers    

Friday, 25 May 2012

Fan of so-and-so? Find out if you fit the stereotype! :) It’s pretty hilarious, though not entirely true.

#books    #authors    #judge    #book    #by    #lover    #lovers    #read    #reader    #bookseller    #stereotype    #opinion    

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Book on Trial #25: Illuminate

SPOILER ALERT: It’s been awhile since I read this book so I may not remember the smaller details, but might give away the bigger ones.

Author: Agresti, Aimee

Title: Illuminate

Keywords: Fairies, angels, scars, cute boys, high school, internship, hotel, adoption, hospitals, co-op, devil, souls, success, earning, immediate results, cursed, fighting back, under a spell, tainted, wings, driven, improbable, friends, love, sacrifice, belonging, memories, painting, art, Dorian Gray.

Recommended For: 12+, fans of The Picture of Dorian Gray

Rating: image

Sentence: I sentence Aimee Agresti to carrying ten copies of Illuminate on her back for 48 hours. That’s how it felt when I really wanted to speed through but there were just so many possibly crucial…words. ;D

Review: I only complain about the size of the book because I fear it’ll turn off many teens from reading a pretty decent and witty book. It’s not even complicated or too heavy for teens that read Twilight and The Mortal Instruments trilogy series (UGH).

Basically all the events of this book are highly improbable, but that is true of thousands upon thousands of books. And I therefore cannot judge this book by the crazy awesome opportunity to work in a hotel for credit or the fact that the protagonist agreed even though she is not going into hospitality services but medicine (tentatively).  

From the very beginning (sort of) you know that Haven Terra (even if you ignored her ridiculous name) is some sort of angel-winged-thing. It’s no secret to anyone but her.

If I could sum up this book it would be like reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, very teened up and partially immersed in a modernized Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy settings. Perhaps Dante, Haven’s BFFL is a tip of the hat to the epic Italian poet.

In any case, the slow development and lack of action is worth sitting through. Agresti is clearly not new to writing and shows it with her wit and her quirky characters.

My only complaint is that Dante was a little too stereotypical as the gay friend and if he is to be so flamboyant and, well, gay he needs balance. I am all for the inclusion of diversity in books, especially teen, but a flamboyant gay protagonist needs a not-so-stereotypical gay to balance him; to show readers that not all people belong to a single label. People are more complex and cannot be entirely compartmentalized. I believe that is a responsibility of authors, as crazy and fantastical as their stories may be; people are people and that, at least, should read honestly.

#book    #on    #trial    #mtv    #video    #illuminate    #25    #twenty    #five    #books    #goodreads    #read    #reading    #reader    #young    #adult    #teen    #teens    #aimee    #agresti    #wit    #funny    #angels    #wings    #dante    #divine    #comedy    #picture    #of    #dorian gray    

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Book on Trial #24: Grave Mercy

SPOILER ALERT FROM REAL HISTORY: Brittany is eventually absorbed by France.

Author: LaFevers, Robin

Title: Grave Mercy

Keywords: Death, Mortain, saints, medieval, witches, female heroes, assassins, mercy, angel, nuns, badassery, Olden times, Brittany, France, duchy, Anne, cool clothing, poison, crossbows, killing, murder, politics, scandal, marriage, turmoil, civil war, war, loss, grief, abuse, women, untouchables, England, Roman Empire.

Recommended For: 12+, fans of Eon by Alison Goodman

Rating: image

Sentence: I sentence Robin LaFevers to an orgy of limbs that do not include elbows. And don’t mistake that for irony; it is satire.

Review: Fans of Alison Goodman are in for a pleasant surprise. Grave Mercy is another story of a strong female character shaped over time to become some sort of badass…asskicker. Or in this case, assassin for Death. Lafever’s book reads very much like Eon, in that you start off with a girl who believes herself so deformed and untouchable that when others value her it seems unfathomable. It’s almost like a really extreme metaphor for teenage girls establishing self-respect. Actually that’s not really an “almost” situation; it’s a given.

Anyway, Grave Mercy does not fail to immerse you deep in the dark world of the most ridiculous assassin nuns. You may laugh at the thought of that but beware of their deadly ninja skills. But pretty much they’re just good at poisoning people and pretending to be all secretive-like when really everyone knows about them. That’s okay, it was fun all the same.

And that’s pretty much where my positive critique ends. It was fun.

Here are my points of issue:

1. Much too Much Ado About Nothing. Come on, practically every teen romance is about some sort of hatred or distrust between the two lovebirds. We all know they’re going to end up together now. And of course just when Duval is about to die Ismae realizes her body is a fucking sponge. A SPONGE FOR POISON. What is this? SpongeMae PoisonPants?


And to heal him she doesn’t just, you know, sleep with him; she does some serious planking shit.

2. JUST DO IT. This is something the girls and I, at the bookstore, call the ultimate rule of teen fiction. Teens are rash dumbasses that let not only their hormones, but their pride guide them. In a situation where a girl has barely any clothes on, in her bedroom, with the guy she’s pining for (no parents around and he’s pretty much into her more than he is into his life being threatened)—just do it. What is the hold up? You’re already spooning.

3. Elbow fetish. I am slightly disturbed by the amount of elbow grabbing Duval does. It’s almost bad as those weird armpit fetishes. But pretty much every chance he gets, Duval is shoving or forcefully grabbing Ismae’s elbow, which she is constantly twisting out of. Look Duval, you may want to lick her elbow or whatever and hope it’s her “sweet spot”, but I’m pretty sure she’d just send that elbow straight into your mouth and knock out a couple of teeth.

4. Repetitive language and phrases. Repeating things in different ways may make the reader remember things better, but it also annoys the shit out of me. If one says the same thing over and over again in different ways, it is not only hammered into one’s memory, but also an irritant. I find repetition particularly annoying, but also effective for accurate recall, even when the subject matter being repeated is completely unnecessary.

5. Irony. 
1. Verbal irony is a trope in which the intended meaning of a statement differs from the meaning that the words appear to express.

2. Situational irony involves an incongruity between what is expected or intended and what actually occurs.

3. Dramatic irony is an effect produced by a narrative in which the audience knows more about present or future circumstances than a character in the story.”

Please, Lafevers, see this excellent explanation: The Oatmeal’s 3 Uses of Irony. You will find irony easier to identify this, rather than claiming every other sentence that something is ironic.

I will give Lafevers this much, I loved her intro of Death Himself as a utensil for mercy, not revenge. Death is mercy for the suffering. And that was pretty awesome.

#irony    #elbow    #book    #books    #on    #trial    #video    #film    #bookphilia    #reads    #read    #reading    #reader    #grave    #mercy    #robin    #lafevers    #twitter    #24    #teen    #young    #adult    #historical    #brittany    #death    #nuns    #nun    #assassin    #ninja    #sandman