Sunday, May 10, 2015

Abandoning Books

Abandoning books is a very debated topic, and you can call it anything you like. "DNF-ing", "dropping", "Abandoning Books".  There are many different views on this subject, and mine is that it is perfectly alright, though the book (and money spent on it) is wasted.

If someone thinks that it is SHAMEFUL or WEAK, here are some excuses you could use.

1. The book stunk. It was not worth it, not worth my time!

2. I had no time to read it and no time to complete it.

3. I will not force myself through awfulness, because reading is a happy thing that makes you feel emotions.

Though really, it is a waste. Think about it- a tree died for this book, and the book wasn't even worthy!
All those resources! I've dropped many books, and I take no joy from it. I don't think it's bad, it's just a dang shame that it wasn't up to standard.

How do you feel about this? Isn't it a shame?

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fangirl

My Thoughts:


By: Rainbow Rowell   
Genre YA   
Pages: 445   
Source: Library      
PublisherSt. Martin's Press   
HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILERS

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My Thoughts:

This book was AMAZING. At first I was thinking...ugh this book isn't gonna be awesome. BUT then it became a star!!! This author has a sense of humor *sing song voice* and I laughed and cried through this fascinating novel. I have never read a book about fanfic. This book is unique and different than all the rest, because of how it is developed. One day while I was reading, I found that the characters were all in my heart, and I can't peel them off! :) 
YES!!
Cather is a freshman in college, and she is obsessed. She is obsessed with Simon Snow, a character in a different book. 

(I looked up for you what Fangirl meant according to Google and it said "an obsessive female fan (usually of movies, comic books, or science fiction).") 

o understand this book you must come to understand Simon Snow.  He is a mage (from what I gathered) and he is roommates with Baz, who is a secret vampire. The Simon Snow series is about to be over with the final book, and everyone is anticipating this. In Fangirl, there are little excerpts of Simon Snow and Baz at the end of the chapters or section. (Either written by Cath or by the author of the series)


BACK TO CATHER- Cath is a writer! She loves to write, but she can only write fluidly when she's typing fan-fiction. She has a whole fan base of Simon Snow lovers who read her fan fiction, and are anticipating every chapter. Cath is writing a 'book' about Simon Snow like it was a continuation of the last Simon Snow book published. She calls it 'Carry On, Simon' and Simon and Baz are in love (even though in the books they hate each other). Everyone loves Cath's stories, and her fan group keeps growing!

Cath has a twin named Wren, and throughout Fangirl she goes a little college crazy. I want to just say...Cather....Wren...CATHERINE! That was just a taste of the wit, haha, and I'm obsessed with it. Wren is referred to as the 'prettier one' or the more 'out going one' by her sister. Wren is going to parties and drinking, while Cath prefers the dorm room. Wren continues until her dad threatens to take her out of school. 

Levi is so perky and bubbly, always smiling. He is in a relationship with Reagan, Cath's roommate, so he's always around. When Levi shows up and Reagan's not there, Cath literately left him in the hall! I LOVED THAT. Levi and Cath are so great together, and when they finally do start to like each other (After reading The Outsiders, I might add), Levi leaves and kisses another random girl at a party!! To add on to the horror, Cath catches them! When Levi tries to make up with her (and this part is so adorable, he talks about his feelings about her) he says this to try and win her back, and it is so sweet.


"I spent four months trying to kiss you and the last six weeks trying to figure out how I managed to fuck everything up. All I want now is to make it right, to make you see how sorry I am and why you should give me another chance. All I want to know- are you rooting for me?"

I thought this was the sweetest thing, and I give him full points for effort. 

At one point (very beginning) I thought..."Hmm maybe a three star, huh?" but now I am on board for a full five stars! I recommend this to you, give it a chance.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ashes to Ashes (Burn For Burn #3)

Summary:

By: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 
Genre:  YA/Contemporary
Pages: 387
Source: Borrowed  
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New Year's Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.After Rennie's death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn't left with Reeve... If Kat had only stayed with Rennie... Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?


My Thoughts

This is the third and final book of the Burn for Burn trilogy! *cheers* Yay! Burn for Burn and Fire with Fire was amazing, leading up to Ashes to Ashes with a bang. I couldn't tear myself away from this book! This wasn't boring what so ever, especially with all the different characters and views.


Let's begin with insane Mary. I think a more fitting term would be 'Murderous Mary'...I was actually afraid for Reeve! The poor guy was so beaten up...about everything. His college issues, his love for Lillia crashing and burning, and to top it all off Murderous Mary haunting him! Mary is piecing everything together about herself, and blames everything on Reeve. She's a complete ghost tsunami, and Mary is torturing Reeve with nightmares. Later on the idea finally dawns on her that her suicide was her fault, and she had no reason to drag her friends and Reeve to the grave with her. She went from the shy, sweet new girl to the evil raging mastermind, back to realization and sadness. I used to think (in Burn for Burn) that Mary was just a stalker girl under the bleachers watching other people kiss, but now I understand that Mary is a jealous, confused, raging ghost.
Lillia and Reeve's relationship deepened and their love grew. I enjoyed reading about how much they both care for each other. What I did not like was when Lillia broke up with Reeve. I was so sad and upset, because Murderous Mary told Lillia to break up with him (or she would kill him.). At that point I really hated Mary, mostly because she caused the break up.

Kat and Alex are scrambling to send in applications, and Alex's music is amazing. I was anticipating the epilogue for some time, my mind jumping this way and that, curious what the outcome would be for everyone.

It crashed and burned
I had this whole fantasy that Kat would go to Oberlin, that Alex would become a famous singer, that Reeve would regain his football awesomeness. I thought that Lillia would still be with Reeve, and in walking distance with Alex. NO. It didn't matter what the last two books said. These two drawings are the relationships between the characters in Fire with Fire and Ashes to Ashes. In the epilogue, EVERYTHING DIED.











Fire with Fire                         Ashes to Ashes

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)

Summary

By: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 517
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Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.
Not even close.
For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn..

My Thoughts

Oh wow. So, we left of with the book Burn for Burn and I thought I would leave it at that. But I kept reading on to Fire with Fire, and it was pretty awesome. Character personalities grew, making me more attached to them. Lillia finally started to speak her mind, Mary started to be a little insane, and Kat shows more sides than her rough-and-tough personality.

Lillia started to stick up for herself! I actually like her now. She's not that wimpy girl anymore who lets people trample her. When Rennie (yes, the butt Rennie) started to be super evil and give the cold shoulder to Lillia, she gave the silent treatment right back! When Reeve and Lillia started to start feeling more than resentment towards each other, I was so happy! Reeve isn't the huge jerk everyone thought he was.  

Mary is INSANE. She was bullied to the extreme years ago, by Reeve, and now she's head over heels for him! And because Reeve ruined her life- character twist- she hates him at the same time! MARY IS CRAZY. When Mary figures out that she's actually dead, that she died after her successful suicide attempt, she goes bat crazy. People can only see her because they are linked to her through emotion. Kat and Lillia are linked to Mary because of their intense feeling of revenge. She comes to the idea that her only purpose is to murder Reeve for what he has done to her. Mary is a poltergeist, and further along she uses this power to her advantage against Reeve.  I don't know how I feel with the ghosts in this story...but I'll live. (OH THE PUNS) 
Kat is calming down in Fire with Fire. She's settling down now, looking at colleges. (I am so proud of her in contrast to Mary) Kat's goal is to get into Oberlin  which is where her mother went to college. I thought she was amazing when I saw her softer side (mainly with Lillia or insane Mary) but I also thought that she was awesome when she was tough. I loved her confident attitude, (I can't quote but she said something along the lines of 'I can get ANYONE when if I want them') 



Alex is still Alex. Even though his emotions for Lillia never were returned, he still remained as a friend. Though Kat had some weird feelings as well for Alex, although Alex never saw her like that. So there is this love triangle going on, with Alex loving Lillia, and Lillia loving Reeve, and Kat loving Alex, and Mary half loving Reeve, and Rennie loving Reeve...OH MY GOODNESS. 
I made a chart. I'm actually super proud of it. 

Everyone is getting applications in for college, and everyone is worrying over it. Such as Alex who (apparently) has a thing for music.  Kat urges him to apply for music schools, and I enjoyed reading about her encouraging him. Reeve is extremely worried about college, because all this scholarships for football turned him down because of his injury. 

"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a burn for a burn. A life for a life. That's how this all got started. Ans that's how it's going to end."

Of course, they had to drop the cliff hanger bomb on us. GAH. Mary (the nutcase) is talking about murdering Reeve...agh...I need to read the next one!!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Throne of Glass

Summary

By: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Genre: Fantasy/YA
Pages: 416
Source: Borrowed
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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. 



My Thoughts:

This was a wonderful book, with an upbeat plot and a lovely development of characters. I think I am on a roll of great books, because the last couple have been amazing. (Every Last Word and so on...too lazy to list others) Throne of Glass had, again, wonderful characters and relationships. That was a real bonus for me. 

Celaena is an assassin, and she's one of the best. After being betrayed by a random jealous assassin, Celaena is put in jail for life in the prison Endovier. This prison is cruel, and many scars are on Celaena from the whips there. She lasted a year when she is called to the glass castle. The person who took her out of Endovier is  Dorian, the handsome and cocky prince. Accompanying Dorian is the Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall- a strict but feeling man.

Celaena is so tough, everyone thinks she is older, but she is actually 18 years old. She has endured Endovier, became the top assassin, and has been harshly treated...though somehow she can still laugh. Cry. Be worried. Celaena is human, with emotions. I love how she is portrayed as an evil villain when Chaol describes her, like a cold-blooded murderer (she is a murderer), but when Celaena is seen by Dorian she is vulnerable and...well, like an 18 year old. I love that. 

 There is this competition going on, that the King put on for his own amusement and show of power. This competition has a couple guidelines-

-A noble dude gets to pick his champion to fight for him
-the champion has to go through many obstacle courses such as wall climbing, poison tasting, archery, and finally- combat.
-the last four champions battle to win, and they battle until the other champion submits (if this happens then the losing champion goes back to where they came from)
-The champions are criminals. If the champion loses, they go back to where they came from, such as prison or the death sentence.
-If the champion wins (the last one) then they live for five years under the King as his champion, and then the champion is set free...without any criminal record.

So...that bulleted list was the product of my unwillingness to create a paragraph, haha.

BUT that list pretty much explained the competition and what Celaena's goal is, which is to win the competition and be the King's champion. Celaena hates the King, but she will sacrifice five years of service to finally be free. 

There is this love triangle going on, and for once I don't think it's that bad. Dorian and Chaol  have this tense underlying affection for Celaena. Dorian openly flirts with her (though it could never be- an assassin and the crown prince? Never!) and Chaol obviously cares for her...but backs off when he sees Dorian move in. 

Celaena is described as a real beauty, with golden hair and an attitude. When I read about Celaena's fierce nature and sass I was all: 

The description of the setting was spot on! Such as the King's castle, which was made of glass. Celaena hated the glass, and if I ever had to go there, I would hate it too. What if I rock hit the glass and it shattered? Of course, it's sturdier than that, but imagine how many young rascals threw rocks at it? (I bet the idiots at my school would)

Overall, I enjoyed this book SO MUCH, and I went through it quickly.  I enjoyed it so much, that I created a different ending for it! Check it out here.
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