Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: The Program

 In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy this book so much. I liked the character development, the plot, the writing…there wasn’t really anything I didn’t like about this book!
In a futuristic world where teenage suicide is an epidemic, the main character Sloane lives with her friends where they are trying to survive deep depression and not getting sent to The Program where their memories get wiped. I enjoyed the relationships in the book because they seemed real and I liked how everyone was trying to keep each other from killing themselves. It felt extremely real and raw.
I felt all the feels in this book. The deaths were heart wrenching and the romance was heart breaking as well. The writing was so good in the way that while Sloane was in The Program, you could track her progress just by reading her thoughts. I liked how the author kept her personality the same although her memories of a bunch of stuff were gone.
I’m so excited for the second book to come out. I read the epilogue and I was like, “Oh my God, what the hell is going on?” Yeah. Be prepared.
5 stars!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Audio Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

 The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.
So I had to read Dracula for my English class and although it's a fantastic book to read without audio, this audio book made it 10X more real for me. This audio book includes a full cast for all main characters who have their own sections of writing (Mina, Jonathan, Dr. Seward, Lucy, etc). I absolutely loved all of them and the voices definitely portrayed the characters very well. The audio is a little slowly paced (being about fifteen hours long), however with audible, you can speed it up or even slow it down if you want. Overall, I highly enjoyed the book and I think everyone should read Dracula because it's one of the first stories about vampires having rules. This audio book was fantastic!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My Discovery of Audio Books

Hey Guys! I know it has been awhile since I've been on the blogosphere and that's because I've been so busy with school and family drama. I haven't had much time for pleasure reading which is really upsetting because it's my favorite thing to do. Recently though, I have discovered the beauty of the audio book.

Before making the awesome discovery, I thought of the audio book as a way of "reading" for lazy people and I'd never thought about listening to a book myself. However, now that I'm so dreadfully busy with school, I have to multi-task many things and the audiobook has become my friend.

I use Audible and started using them because they have this thing where you get a 30-day free trial and one free audio book. The book I chose to get was Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and I'm loving it so far. I'm only a few chapters in, but listening to it makes me feel so much more immersed in the novel and it's a much more efficient way for me to read now.

I just recently bought another audiobook, Dracula, so that I could listen to it while also annotating the actual book for my English class and it makes the homework so much easier and more fun to do. I'm serious guys, you need Audible in your life. Because of this new discovery, I'm going to review the audio books I've purchased and will try to review books that way.

Thanks to all of my lovely followers for staying with me this long.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

 On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.
Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

I really enjoyed Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy so when I heard she was coming out with the Internment Chronicles, I kinda peed myself…yup.

After finishing the book, I proceeded to have a hissy fit because I didn’t have the second book and therefore could not continue the marvelous journey of Morgan and her friends/family. I connected to the characters fairly well, and although the beginning was a bit rocky it smoothed out and eagerly flipped the pages til there were no more pages to flip.

One thing I wished there was more of in Perfect Ruin was world building. I got that Internment was a floating city, but how did it get there? And I wish there would’ve been more description on how partners were picked for people and what kind of jobs there were. I also wish the hierarchy would’ve been expanded on as well.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book-the character development was fantastic, the action was awesome, and the romance was cute and relatable. I recommend this book to all lovers of YA because Perfect Ruin was AWESOME.

4.5 Stars!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

 The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski 

In the tradition of Kristin Cashore and Cassandra Clare comes this brilliant, unputdownable, star-crossed romance about the curse of winning.

Seventeen-year-old Kestrel is an aristocratic citizen of Valoria, a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. Here, a girl like Kestrel has two choices: join the military or get married. Despite her skills in military strategy, Kestrel’s real passion is music.Which is why she feels compelled to buy Arin, a slave with a talent for singing, at auction. It’s not long before she finds herself falling in love with Arin, and he seems to feel the same for her. But Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for Arin is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart

Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

 I should not exist. But I do.
Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .
For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

This book…was fantastic.

It starts out with Eva telling the story of how she almost disappeared from her and Addie’s body, but never quite did which meant they were two souls who shared a body-a hybrid, an illegal being. The whole book is told in Eva’s perspective which I quite enjoyed, and in a way it was also told in Addie’s because her emotions and thoughts were felt by the twin soul.

I loved the idea of hybrids and how at one time in this book, it was natural for a person to be born with two souls. The author made the hybrids in a way that it seemed like siblings shared the same body. At times, Eva and Addie would bicker and fight like sisters would. I wish there would’ve been more background on the world’s past; hopefully there’ll be more of that in the second book.

What’s Left of Me was a great start to a new dystopian series and I can’t wait to see what happens in book two.

4.5 Stars!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Review: Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

In the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a seventeen-year-old princess turned war queen faces sorcery, adventure, untold power, and romance as she fulfills her epic destiny.
Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone's power. That is not all she finds. A breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous second volume in the Fire and Thorns trilogy.

The first book in this series, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, blew me away with its originality and wonderfully made characters. This second book, I think, was even better.

The world building in this series is great because the author uses description so well. Readers are able to picture just about everything and can actually place themselves in a certain kingdom. The only place I wish would’ve been in the book was Invierne (but I think that’ll be mostly in the third book).

Different characters are introduced in this book such as Conde Tristan and the ex (I use this term very lightly)-Invierno Storm. I grew to like each one and what I like most about Rae Carson’s characters is that they all have different personalities. Elisa was one character that kept me cheering for her to win. She transforms from a shy, self-conscious princess to a magnificent, queen who takes charge and tries to do what’s right for her people.

I love, love, LOVED this book and this series is among my favorites. I seriously need book three in my hands now, because THAT ENDING…You’re just gonna have to read it for yourself.

5 Stars!