Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Book Review

Today I wanted to do a review on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which I just recently finished reading. This is the second book by John Green that I have read, and he is a phenomenal writer. I really enjoyed reading The Fault in Our Stars (however I liked Looking for Alaska better ^.^) so let's get started with my review!

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. 

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

So the main character Hazel has thyroid cancer but she was given a medicine that keeps her tumors under control but has to be on oxygen at all times. Her parents want her to try to be a normal teenager, so they send her to this support group for people who have cancer, are in remission etc. At the support group she meets Augustus, who is in remission and he is definitely interested in Hazel. Augustus and Hazel become friends and eventually start dating as well.

One thing I loved so much about this book was Augustus Waters character. He is the perfect character and it's so hard to not adore him. He is sweet and witty, and has a lot of other great qualities to him as well. I absolutely love how he calls her Hazel Grace instead of just Hazel. I completely melted when he told Hazel he was in love with her. I loved the timing, the way he says it, just everything about that part just made me love the book so much more.  I loved Hazel as well, I loved her humor and how she was just a strong female lead character. I loved it when she opened her heart up and let herself love and be loved by Augustus.

There is so much about this book that I loved and it's just such a beautiful story. It's a book about cancer, but not about cancer at the same time. It is definitely a tear jerker, and it broke my heart in places too. The ending to this book was so perfect though, the last pages were such a great way to end the book and it made the story so complete. (so hard not to give any spoilers! And I know this doesn't make any sense at all to anyone who hasn't read the book haha!)

This is a book that I highly recommend reading if you have not, but I will warn you that it's a book that will most likely make you cry!

Thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoyed my review!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Venomous by Christopher Krovatin Book Review.

A few days ago I finished reading Venomous by Chrisotpher Krovatin so I wanted to share my review of this book here on my blog. I heard about this book from someone doing a review on Youtube. It sounded really interesting so I wanted to read it. It's different from any book that I've read before, and I truly did enjoy the book and gave it 4/5 stars on goodreads, however I do have some mixed feelings about the book. Let's get started with my review so I can tell you the things that I did and did not like about this book. :)

Locke Vinetti is a high school junior, disenchanted and more than a little hostile. In fact, for years he’s had a lousy social life because of a problem he has with his anger—a force he calls “the venom.” Ever since he was eight years old and bit off a piece of a classmate’s nose, he’s been something of a loner.

But all that is about to change when he goes out with his one friend, Randall, to meet some of Randall’s crew hanging out at Riverside Park. Because in addition to meeting his kindred spirit, Casey—who has his own problems with his own kind of venom—Locke meets the spikey blue fairy-haircut Goth girl of his dreams. And if their relationship is going to work, he knows he has to rid himself of the venom once and for all.

Interspersed with comic book adventures of the fantasy anti-hero alter-ego Locke has invented for himself, Venomous is a fast-paced, funny, and ferocious read about one teenage boy’s struggle with his inner demons.

So as you can see from the summary, this book is about a boy named Locke who has a lot of anger issues that he calls "Venom". He has been dealing with this constant present anger for almost his whole life and he struggles with controlling it. He doesn't have many friends at school except for Randall, but he meets some of his friends at a party and becomes friends with them as well. He also meets Renee, his dream girl finds himself falling in love with her. Renee has a really dark past as well, and she is a little screwed up herself, but she is one of the reasons Locke wants to try to control his Venom so they can make their relationship work. He also meets a guy named Casey, who also has anger issues, so Locke finds some one else he can relate to like he can't with his other friends.

Now this book was pretty well written, but sometimes I didn't like the characters. I liked Locke's character the best because even though I don't usually read books with a Male lead character, it was nice to see a male character written so well and in depth. I was really pleased with the way the author wrote Locke's character because we get to see a male character with such real emotion here in this book. Locke deal with anger issues, but he also shares a lot of his emotion in the book with saying how he feels, he talks about crying, etc. I felt like he was a real person because real people feel real emotions like Locke did and I don't feel like that is usually written and portrayed in books, especially with a male character.

I also liked Randall and Casey in the book, but we didn't get as close to them as we do Locke and Renee. I feel like Casey could have had a little but more depth to him as well, but it wasn't too much of an issues because he wasn't much of a main character. Renee's character however bugged me a little but sometimes. I liked her well enough, but sometimes I felt like her character was just all over the place and there was something missing to her. I can't exactly put my finger on what was missing, but it was definitely something.

In between character of this book, there was a sort of comic book type story of the 'Venom'. Locke said at one part of the story that he use to pretend his Venom was a super hero or something and make up stories about it. (or maybe it was his little brother, Lon, I can't remember >.< ). So I read the first two or so in-between comic book chapters of the book but I wasn't really a fan of them. I didn't really understand why they were there or what purpose the had. It wasn't really explained, so I usually just skipped over them because I thought they were kind of annoying and unnecessary.

Overall this was a fast read and I enjoyed the book. I wish the story would have went a little further and in-depth with the plot. Like I sad before I still gave this a 4/5 stars on good reads. Even though this is a young adult book, I would recommend it to older teens because it has a lot of mature content in it.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoyed this book review! If you have read this book, please leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of it!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

7 Deadly Sins of Reading

Hello Everyone! Today I'm going to do a blog post on the 7 Deadly Sins of reading. This is a book tag that I saw going around the book community on Youtube. I thought it was fun, and even though I wasn't tagged, I still wanted to participate in this book surgery!

Greed- What is your most inexpensive and expensive book? 
My most inexpensive book that I have purchased is The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I bought this at a used book sale for $1 last summer. My most expensive book is probably the 7th Harry Potter book, which on the inside flap has a price for $34.99

Wrath- what author do you have a love hate relationship with? 
I'm going to say Nicholas Sparks. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Nicholas Sparks and I love all of his book as well. However I find some of his books to just be okay and not amazing like some of his others. So I picked him for a love hate relationship because I always have really high expectations when he writes new book and I don't like being slightly disappointed when one of his books aren't as good as the others!

Gluttony- What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame at all? 
Definitely every single book in the Harry Potter series. I've read the books so many times and I just love them and want to read them again!

Sloth- What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien. I've read half of the first book, some of the second book and none at all of the third. I've also neglected reading The Hobbit, which is on my fall TBR list because the movie is coming out in a few months!

Pride- Which book do you often talk about to sound like an intellectual reader? 
I don't really talk about books to make myself intelligent, I mostly read YA novels and I have no shame in that!

Lust- What qualities do you find attractive in male and female characters?
I like characters who are humorous, witty, and who can make me laugh. I also like really strong characters who you can see progress through out the novel/series. I love characters who have really strong and real emotion to them as well. This goes for both male and female characters.

Envy- What books would you most like to receive as a gift? 
Any book! Books are my favorite gifts and I love it when people give me a book to read, even if I'm just borrowing them! :)

I hope you enjoyed this post and anyone can feel free to join in on this book tag!

On a side note- I just finished reading Tilt by Ellen Hopkins. I'm still not sure if I am going to do a review on this book or not. I sometimes find Ellen Hopkins books hard to review for some reason. If anyone reading this wants me to do a review on this book then I will, just comment and let me know.I'm about 300 pages into A Game of Thrones. This book is taking forever to read. I took a break so I could read Tilt, but I hope to finish reading this book by the end of this month. I'm currently reading Venomous by Christopher Krovatin on my Kindle and I'm really enjoying it so far.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Book Haul #1

Hello Everyone! I'm going to share a small book haul with you from books that I purchased this weekend. Even though I have so many books that I have not read yet sitting on my shelf, I cannot help myself from always buying more books.

I purchased The second, third, and fourth book in The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin which are A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows. I'm still currently reading A Game of Thrones right now. I did not purchase the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons because I am waiting for the mass market paper back edition to come out because that is what my other books in the series are. I'm sure I won't be reading these anytime soon because they are so long but I wanted them a part of my book collection!

I also purchased The Fault in our Stars by John Green. This is one of the books on my fall TBR list and I am so excited to read it.

The last book I bought is Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. I have not herd anything about this book but it was recommended to me by one of my family members. It sounds really good and different from any book that I've read before so I am really excited to read it!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed my book haul!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Books Worth Reading Twice.

Today I'm going to share with you books that I think are worth reading twice, or rather books that I personally would read twice (or more). I think a book definitely has to be totally amazing for me to read it more than once. A lot of the time when I try to re read a book I will get bored mid way through it, but  there have been a good handful of book that I was just as enthralled reading them the second time as I was the first.

-The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. I have read this series so many times I can't even count how many. I've read each book at least 3 times, some of them I've read 4 or 5 times. I just absolutely love everything about Harry Potter. I've been wanting to re read this series again lately so hopefully sometimes this fall/winter I will!

-The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins. I have only re read the first book in this series before the movie came out and I will definitely be re reading the second and third book as well.

-The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I really loved this book and it's definitely one I will be re reading one day.

-A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. This is the first book in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. I've re read the first book and I was still totally amazed by it as I was the first time I read it.

-Divergent by Veronica Roth. I re read this one right before Insurgent came out and I'm glad I did because I couldn't remember some of the end details. I will be re reading Insurgent before the 3rd book comes out.

-The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I've re read the first 3 book in the series and I want to re read them again along with the other series.

-The Pact by Jodi Picoult. This is one of my recent reads but I just loved it so much that I will probably re read it someday.

-Night Road by Kristin Hannah. Another book that I will re read someday again simply because I just loved it so much.

-The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I have not re read anything in this series but it's one of my favorites so it is one that I will probably re read someday but not anytime in the near future.

-The Outsides by S.E Hinton. This is super random and I forget about this book a lot but I read this one while I was in middle school, and I sware this is the only book I actually enjoyed that they made us read in school. I've already read this one 3 or 4 times but I will probably read it again soon!

I hope everyone enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

What books have you re read or would like to re read?

Monday, September 3, 2012

August Wrap Up

Sadly I was only able to read 3 book last month in august, so my august wrap up entry is going to be a short one. Hopefully I will have more time to read this fall than I did this summer.

Last month the three books I read were Tricks by Ellen Hopkins, The Pact by Jodi Picoult, and Looking for Alaska by John Green. I also started reading Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin at the end of the month but I'm no where near being finished. I might stray from the book to read some other ones because Game of Thrones is over 800 pages long ha ha.

I really enjoyed Tricks by Ellen Hopkins. I did not do a review for it but it is probably one of my favorite Ellen Hopkins books that I've read so far.

I loved The Pact by Jodi Picoult. I was totally blown away by this book. It's a very emotional read and it's a really amazing story. You can read my full review on the book here.

I also really loved Looking for Alaska by John Green. It's another one of my new favorites and I was really surprised on how much I enjoyed reading this book. You can read my review on this book here.

Overall I was happy with the books I read in August, I hope to have a bigger monthly wrap up post for you this month! Thanks for reading!!

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