Sunday, July 5, 2015

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Originally Released: April 14th, 2011
Published by: Dutton Adult
Page Amount: 323 pages, US Paperback
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"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?
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This book was boring at times because of the genuine reality of it. There's no fuss or mess or paranormal to draw you in. No fancy word play to romanticize the characters. I had to slowly fall in love with them all, like you would a person you actually knew. I had to read their real-life moments and realize what kind of people these characters were slowly, because I didn't have more than that to go off of. Which can be boring. It can be boring to see the innermost whinings of someone else. But at the same time, the reality of it is what made this book end up being so great, made it worm it's way into my heart and stay there.

Now that it's over I'm actually getting teary eyed. I'm actually going to miss them. I hate rating books like this because there is no flash, no wow factor that lets me promise you you're not wasting your time, but for me, this book was great. There are books that you just know are going to be game changers when you read them, you know the big few. This wasn't one of those books, one that would be universally accepted as fantastic. Yet, for me, Rowell's way of writing was a game-changer. 

All in all, it wasn't a page turner. But I still wouldn't be surprised to see this on my favorites of the year video.

First Line:
"Would it kill you to get here before noon?"

Friday, January 9, 2015

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Originally Released: April 1st, 2014
Series: Dorothy Must Die, Book One
Published by: HarperCollins
Page Amount: 452 pages, US Hardcover
Author's Website.
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission.
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Okay, this book was a little confusing at first, because you're like what the heck happened to Oz? But, I assure you, it explains itself in detail eventually. There is also a few prequel short stories that also explain it but I have yet to pick those up. My only big complaint about this book was our main character Amy's negative Nancy attitude. She was kind of a whiner for a majority of the book, and while I agree she had some stuff to whine about, I really didn't want to hear it as much as I did. Don't believe me? Check out that first line down there. Full of angst. And not the sexy brooding kind... a main character should never call herself trash.

Other than that though, I think this was an excellent spin off of The Wizard of Oz. All our favorite characters were back in such a cool way (I don't want to spoil you but I will say the way that these guys are shown in this was my favorite part of the book) and it was great to see how creatively it was done.

It definitely leaves you on a cliffhanger though and now I am dying to read the next one. Is it March yet?

First Line:
"I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday-one year after my father lost his job and moved to Secaucus to live with a woman named Crystal and four years before my mother had the car accident, started taking pills, and began exclusively wearing bedroom slippers instead of normal shoes."

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Originally Released: August 27th, 2013
Series: Throne of Glass, Book Two
Published by: Bloomsbury, USA
Page Amount: 420 pages, US Hardcover
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"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
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I really cannot get over the amazingness that is this book series. Seriously, it is exactly what I have been needing, and if you haven't read the first book and then this one you are missing out on some serious badbutt reading. It is such an intricate detailed story that your mind is blown the whole time with plot twists and new questions.

The only problem I have with this book, literally the only one I can think of right now, is the names. My wyrd, the names! There are so many of them it's like The Hobbit on crack! But I feel like that is a pretty common theme among high fantasy books because usually a name has importance.

I don't want to say too much about this book, because it is the second and I don't want to spoil. But I will say it is complex, with humor, amazing characters, a touch of romance for you nuts like me, the plot seems endless in the most tantalizing way (seriously, I need to finally figure this mystery out), and it is just plain amazing. Not to mention the books themselves are gorgeous, if that matters to you. I love nothing more than beautiful detailed large surface area books. Mmm. If you haven't picked this series up for at least a try, you're cray.

First Line:
"The shudders swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry."

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rabbit Run by John Updike

Originally Released: 1960
Series: Rabbit Angstrom, Book One
Published by: Random House
Page Amount: 325 pages, US Paperback
Rabbit, Run is the book that established John Updike as one of the major American novelists of his—or any other—generation. Its hero is Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a onetime high-school basketball star who on an impulse deserts his wife and son. He is twenty-six years old, a man-child caught in a struggle between instinct and thought, self and society, sexual gratification and family duty—even, in a sense, human hard-heartedness and divine Grace. Though his flight from home traces a zigzag of evasion, he holds to the faith that he is on the right path, an invisible line toward his own salvation as straight as a ruler’s edge.
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I am not entirely sure how I feel about this book. It was suggested to me by my Lit/Creative Writing teacher. It's definitely not something I would normally read, but as a writer I need to read a multitude of styles and this book has been eye-opening for me. It isn't YA, it isn't paranormal, it isn't anything but just plain old fiction. There is hardly any dialogue, you aren't weighed down by serious plot development every ten pages or weighty sentences, it is just raw and real and there is something beautiful about it.

I do not recommend this for people who strictly only want to read YA style or paranormal. But to everyone else... everyone who wants to read as much as they can or learn a great way to write. This book is for you. It teaches you to slow down and take a few minutes. I have learned so much from this book writing-wise. The content is intense, and it is definitely not for the younger ones reading this, but I think this is a book that every reader should at least pick up. It has some incredibly slow moments, but that is life and life is what this book is trying to capture. The raw beautiful pain of life.

First Line:
"Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a backboard bolted to it."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Originally Released: June 14th, 2011
Series: Fallen, Book Three
Published by: Delacorte Press
Page Amount: 420 pages, US Hardback
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‘Every single lifetime, I'll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever.’

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way . . . Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.
Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.
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Finally, I have tackled another book in the Fallen series! I feel like this review is going to be really unfair in a lot of ways. One: I was expecting to dread it. I had heard this was one of the worst ones in the series, and therefore I went in with really horrible expectations. Like real bad. Which made this book, real good. It completely surprised me and surpassed what I was expecting in a big way, but I wasn't expecting much to begin with. Two: It has been a huge time span from when I've read this book, to when I've read the second and even bigger from when I read the third. Too much time has passed for me to compare it to its brothers and sisters in series. Three: I haven't read anything like this series lately, so it was right up my alley. Meaning, cheesy original YA love and paranormal romance, before it become cliche so people started putting twists on it. It is easy to remember why I love YA so much when I read books like this one.

That being said, this book did have a serious downfall for me. I can't say much because it is pretty much a gigantic spoiler, but what you see is what you get with this book. It is pretty repetitive, and while it is always sort of interesting, it gets to be a little much.

All in all, there is just something about this series I can't keep myself away from. But to me, it should definitely be under every book blogger and booktuber's belt.

First Line:
"A shot rang out."

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Originally Released: August 28th, 2012
Series: Penryn & the End of Days, Book One
Published by: Amazon
Page Amount: 283 pages, US paperback
Author's Website.
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
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I have heard a lot of good things about this book. And I will admit, it is by far my favorite angel book that I have ever read. Ever. Seriously, thank goodness for no more of that 'I've fallen for no real reason other than I knew I loved this girl on first sight' garbage. This book had serious angel substance to it, though I wish it would have got a lot more detailed in the angel stuff. But, it definitely left a lot of room for some world-building and angel building in the rest of the series.

My biggest problem with this book was Penryn's (our protagonist) age. She is supposed to be seventeen, but whether it was poor writing/description or just some crazy thing in my head, I kept picturing her as a 12-13 year-old girl. Her train of thought and perspective was just not mature enough to make me believe it was a 17-year-old until I started forcing myself to in the end. That being said, a lot of what happens is a little more disturbing if you read it from the perspective of a kid rather than an older teenager. Once I started forcing myself to remember that she was older it picked up a bit and was a little less uncomfortable.

This book definitely faltered in some ways, but it always redeemed itself in others. Where there was a bit of poor plot development, the plot was still too interesting to turn away from. Where the writing was a little off, the character's made you fall for them in such a confusing way you had to ignore it.

All in all, this feels like someone's first book (it is unknown to me if it is or isn't), but it feels like a really favorable book series and like Ee might be meant to write some really wonderful stuff.

First Line:
"Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious."

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Originally Released: May 24th, 2012
Published by: Weidenfield & Nicolson
Page Amount: 422 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
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This book was definitely another doozy. Seriously, it has a ton of pages and the font is miniscule. But I would not have had it any other way. If any chapter was taken out of this book, I would have felt cheated. It was so good, and I haven't felt this confused in such a long time. I had no idea what was coming... any of the time.

The book switched perspectives from what is going on with possible killer husband Nick, and the diary of the suddenly missing wife Amy. Every time one of their perspectives would end, I would be so disappointed and then immediately immersed into the new perspective. One time, I'll admit I skipped one chapter just to read the first line of the next. Big mistake. Every chapter almost was left on a HUGE cliffhanger and every chapter revealed something insane. The creativity and planning this book must have taken rivals only the character's wit and lies. I seriously could not put this down once I started. Normally when I read a book I will try to fit it in any time. But I didn't pick this book up until the end of the day every day, because I knew I would need at least an hour to convince myself to put it down.

I've been trying to branch out into more adult books, and this was the segue I needed to build enough confidence in adult to bounce between it and my love for YA.

I don't want to say much more about this book, because I think the more blind you are when you go in the better. Just seriously, pick it up. There's a reason it is so popular right now.

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