Thursday, April 21, 2011

I Whip My Hair Back and Forth

Wow, it's been a while since I've done a book update!  I really like these short snippets.  Less work for me ha!  This time around I got my hands on some good books, one's I really didn't think I would like, and others that I normally wouldn't have even given a chance! I'm glad I did though because they turned out to be some of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Where She Went
By: Gayle Forman
I was really excited to get my hands on this book.  If I Stay made me cry like a baby and I usually don't cry when I read yeah.  Adam's story was definitely interesting and while he was telling his story I found myself getting really angry at Mia for how she left him.  I really started to not like her!  In the end though, I found myself forgiving her, and that is some really good storytelling right there.  I enjoyed Where She Went, but I feel like I enjoyed If I Stay just a little bit more.

Ender's Game
By: Orson Scott Card

OOH this book!  This book!  It was really good!  I loved Ender, he was awesome, I want to be a genius child!  Loved all the details of "war games"  they had to play and how he overcame everything.  Awesome read!

The Ghost and the Goth
By: Stacey Kade

I picked this book up on a whim and I really didn't think I would like it.  Annoying cheerleader?  Ugh, no thanks.  OH but I was so wrong.  Alona is one feisty character, and I loved how the relationship with Will was built up.  I really liked seeing Alona realize that even though she was so popular she was really alone and seeing her soften up listen to some of Will's advice.  Can't wait for the next book!

The Sky is Everywhere
By: Jandy Nelson

So I saw this book around a lot and sort of avoided it because of the cover.  It just wasn't pretty to me.  But then I opened it up and started reading and fell in love.  Lennie was an awesome character and I felt her pain and her confusion.  And I loved her little snippets of memories and poetry that were scattered throughout the book.  I did however feel just a tad disconnected from Joe.  For some reason, he just didn't feel fully formed to me.  Maybe it's because in my eyes, he was just too perfect.  Too sweet, too understanding, too willing to help.  Ya know, that perfect boy that no real boy could ever be.  Besides that, I loved this book.  Read it!

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
by A.S. King

I read this one right after reading The Sky is Everywhere which was probably a bad idea.  This one is kind of about the same thing dealing with grief and the loss of someone special.  It took a little bit for me to get into this one because I kept comparing the two books and how I felt much more connected to Lennie than Vera.   I dunno,  it was good but I shouldn't have read it right after reading TSiE.

by Cynthia Hand

Initially I thought this would be another disappointing YA supernatural book and I'm happy to say I was presently surprised!  A little slow at the beginning, especially when she has to go to the new school, I was seriously dreading a biology partner scheme.  Thankfully none of that nonsense showed up.  Clara actually made her own friends and stuck with them instead of dropping them once she had a boy (yay). Clara and Tucker's growing friendship was done perfectly, I loved watching them get to know each other.  The ending however seemed rushed and, I don't know something was just off about it.  Looking forward to the next book!

Samson's Lovely Mortal
By: Tina Folsom

Seen a lot of this author around, but initially found her on Smashwords.  I enjoyed this but at the same time, my feelings about this book are just on the meh side.  I wasn't overly excited, and I didn't hate it, so that's good  lol.  I might try reading the second one in this series at a later time.

by Lauren Destefano

Oohhh pretty cover!!!  This is another book I thought I would hate.  But I didn't.  Even though some of the things that happened in this book were totally crazy, and the world building SUCKED, I still liked it.  Maybe it's because I'm a character person, I could really care less about some other things like describing peoples hair or how a garden looks when the light is shining on it.  I love conversations and growing relationships and this book had it.

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Did NOT like this one.  I wanted to know more about Lia and Cassie's relationship, why it fell apart, why Cassie pushed Lia away.  But I got none of that.  I did not like Lia at all she just...ugh she bugged me.  I'll keep the rest of my criticisms to myself.

Demonica Series:
Pleasure Unbound
by Larissa Ione

Okay so, I've been seeing lots of mixed reviews about the first book in this series, that it's kind of slow, lots of world building and setting things up. But honestly I really enjoyed the first one and I can think of a few first in series books that were a lot worse.

Pleasure Unbound is Tayla and E's story.  I really hated Tayla at first, she was so ignorant to everything, but she eventually grew on me.  Blah blah, great set up. Love Wraith.

Desire Unchained

This second book was SO good.  Shade was awesome, Runa was awesome.  And now I love Wraith even more  <3

That's it for now.  I'm currently reading the third book in the Demonica series, which is Wraith's story and, so far....I'm kinda NOT digging it.  I dunno Wraith seems...different some how.  I just got to a good part though so I'm hoping it will pick up  :D


Karen said...

I loved Where She Went, I'm so glad you gave Ghost & the Goth a chance - I felt the same way at first but I loved it. (bk 2 was great too) and I just finished Pleasure Unbound - looks like i need to get to Desire Unchained soon.

a!k0 said...

HAHAHA that song!! XD I have to switch station when that song is on...or I'd get addicted.. *sigh* I just wanna go ransack the bookstore reading these lil snippets..I have been on a book ban since last year since I have not read most of the ones I bought...

Tammy (The Book Fairy's Haven) said...

Some interesting reads you've read lately. I've finished The Sky is Everywhere not too long ago and must say that I'm completely in love with that book. It's one of my favourites I've read this year. Dying to read Where She Went and Wither - have heard incredible things about both. Wintergirls, on the other hand, has always been a book that I've been a little hestitant about and after reading about your experience, I think I'll rather pick this up at the library instead of going out of my way to buy it. :) Looking forward to your next post. :)

Unknown said...

I've heard a lot about "Ender's Game." I'd be interested to know more about the characters and plot.

PS Stop over at my blog and say hi, I'm having a giveaway of an interesting book about zombies.