Thursday, July 24, 2014

Danna's Readathon!

Hey guys! So I'm going to be starting work this Sunday so I decided to hold a two day readathon in which I read as many books as I possibly can. Here's the lineup for my readathon of July 2014:
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  • Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  • Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
  • Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
I know this seems like a lot, but I honestly don't have anything to do other than read all day (which is why I got a job). Anyway, wish me luck! Thanks for visiting:)

Review: O, Africa!

In the summer of 1928, twin brothers Micah and Izzy Grand are at the pinnacle of their movie-making careers. From their roots as sons of Brooklyn immigrants, they have risen to become kings of silent comedy – with the brash, bloviating Micah directing and calling the shots, while his retreating brother skillfully works behind the lens. But when Micah’s penchant for gambling, and his interracial affair with Rose, a sharp-witted, light-skinned black woman from Harlem, combine to threaten his livelihood and his life, he finds himself in need of a quick escape.

As the ascent of the talkies looms on the horizon, the brothers’ producer offers them an opportunity that couldn’t be better timed: travel to Africa to compile stock footage of the exotic locales, as well as filming a new comedy in the jungle. Together with an unlikely crew of producers, stars and hangers-on, the Grands set out for Malwiki, where among the tribesmen they each discover unforeseen truths about themselves, their lovers, and the meaning of the movies.

Moving from the piers of Coney Island to Africa’s veld, and further to the glitter of early Hollywood, O, Africa! is an epic tale of self-discovery, the constraints of history and prejudice, and the stubborn resolve of family and friendship in the face of tragedy.

I honestly couldn't get into this book. I read about fifty pages and then quit because it was kinda boring. I went into it with high hopes which was probably a mistake because it made me not like it so much. The writing was really good, but the story line and characters were...meh. I would recommend this book to avid adult book readers and those who like slow beginnings in books.I didn't finish it though.
1.0 Stars

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up (1)

 Hey guys, it's Danna here with a weekly recap! I've never done one of these before so don't judge please;)

Reviews Posted This Week:
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

Books Purchased:
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Books Read:
Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper
Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: Love and Other Foreign Words

Love and Other Foreign Words, I'll admit, had me at it's title, because I just thought "yes" love is indeed a foreign word. This book was something that I, and I'm sure thousands of others, can relate to on many different levels. I could not put it down; within the first chapter, I was completely hooked.
Can anyone be truly herself--or truly in love--in a language that's not her own?Sixteen-year-old Josie lives her life in translation. She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls. But none of these is her native tongue--the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn't always like, and the best friend who hasn't said a word--at least not in a language Josie understands.

Summary: Josie is, in all reality, a genius. Her IQ is off the charts, and she understands the incomparable; equations made for super computers, the study on foreign languages, but the one thing she can't seem to understand is people. She knows the languages that people speak, but it's so different from the language that Josie knows. She thinks so differently from other people. This book is about Josie trying to find someone who speaks her language. She tries to give love advice -- which is harsh advice, but said with good intentions -- but she gets constantly reminded that she has never been in love herself. She wants to fall in love because that's the only way to convince her sister that her fiance is insufferable and tearing them apart. 

PROS: This book is honestly one of the most interesting novels that I have had the pleasure of reading. If you like John Green and/or Rainbow Rowell -- which I do, because, I mean, who doesn't? -- you will thoroughly enjoy this. Josie is such and interesting person, the way she thinks is so intriguing and I just wanted to jump in the book and become her best friend. All of he characters are extremely well thought out, they all have history and backgrounds, something that you don't find in many books. I could go on forever about all the things that I loved about this book.

CONS: There was only one con and that was, since Josie is such a genius, she has a very large vocabulary, I actually had to take out a dictionary to figure out what the hell she was saying. But even with that, came a positive, I love learning new words!

Rate: This book was kinda like my book soul-mate. 5 out of 5 books (because books are better than stars)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review: Landline

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

OMG. This book. I just can't even with it.

I loved the storyline and plot of this novel. It was so very intriguing with the whole idea of being able to talk to someone in the past from a phone. The thing is is that it seemed normal too. I loved Georgie's character and I believe she really developed well throughout the novel. I loved how she didn't just think about herself but thought about her kids and husband too, especially towards the end of the novel.

Rainbow Rowell's writing is phenomenal and I love reading her books. I own every single one except Attachments (which I am so excited to dive into). Honestly if you've never read a Rainbow Rowell book before, you have not lived life. This review is mostly raving because it was THAT GOOD. Definitely my favorite book of 2014 and one of my favorites of all time. I believe that anyone could enjoy this book from ages 16 to 80. It is an adult book that does have references to sexual stuffs and vulgar language (like the work fuck), but other than that I think it's a book even older young adults can read.   

Received for honest review from St. Martins Press

Friday, July 4, 2014

Review: The School For Good and Evil

 The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.
I've heard a lot of good things about this book which is the reason why I picked it up. I've been trying to get back into reading middle grade again and this book piqued my interest with it being about fairy tales and a boarding school, and honestly? I really enjoyed this book.

The thing I enjoyed most about The School For Good and Evil was the writing. Soman Chainani definitely knows how to write an awesome novel. I felt like I was watching a movie in my head because the book was so detailed and the characters were so vivid. My favorite character was Agatha. Her character developed quite nicely and she stood for goodness and how human beings should be. I think I especially connected with her the most because we're so alike. She's down to Earth, smart, and cares deeply about her friends and not so much herself.

This book really focused in on the importance of friendship. It's sort of a staple for middle grade books to teach readers good morals and I really liked how there was a focus on friendship love and not so much romantic love. It reminded me of what Disney did with Frozen and how in the end the love between sisters saved everyone. (Sorry if that sounds cheesy, haha).

There's actually also a bunch of action in this book (for all those guy readers out there)! The story reminds me of Harry Potter in the way that the kids are taught how to fight and protect themselves (in one way or another). There's a big battle scene at the end which I believe everyone will enjoy.

This is the best middle grade novel I have read and I already bought the second, the only thing I didn't like about the novel was the character Sophie because she was just really irritating and boy-obsessed, however I did like how her character developed backwards...Anyway, LOVED this book and so excited to get to the second.
4.5 Stars!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

ALA 2014 Recap

Hey Guys! Danna here:) So my co-bloggers Amber, Piper, and I went to ALA recently and came back with lots of books and knowledge of the publishing world. It was overall a great experience and we got to talk to a lot of authors and publicists. My only regret for this conference was that I didn't bring business cards (which are important if you are a blogger trying to get publicist contacts). My favorite author event was probably meeting A.S. King. I am SO excited to read her newest book and she was just an overall cool lady.If you're ever able to go to ALA , I would definitely suggest going. Not just for the books but for the experience as well. I got to meet so many new people and got to learn more about the librarian world and me and my friends had a blast! Here are some of my top anticipated reads I got from ALA:)