Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me NOT Pick Up A Book

 TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is: Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me NOT Pick Up A Book

1. Weddings- I am suffering planning mine and I certainly do not want to read about anyone else's. 

2. Time travel- I can't get into it. I've really tried but it's hard :/ of course there are exceptions (the Time Traveler's Wife) but it's very rare for me. 

3. High school drama- I think this one I just outgrew, but I was never into the tween/teen high drama realistic fiction stories. 

4. Motherhood- I'm not ready for that stage of my life, so  fiction about being a mom is hard for me to get into.

5. Scary stories/horror- I'm warming up to this topic. I was very much against it before, but if a book intrigues me enough, I'll try reading it once. I'll just stop when I feel like I will give me nightmares >_<

6. Beach- OMGSH books about the beach or take place on the beach. Nicholas Sparks, tween/teen summer romances .... I just can't. 

7. Aliens/paranormal activity- I just don't care for it at all. I am not interested, I always find the topic boring or poorly written. 

8. Books in free verse or poetry format- I have a hard time with these books. I have trouble following them. It's hard for me to get what's going on.

9. Book (blank) in a series- I know some people who can get a book from a series and start from book three instead of book one. I am definitely not one of those people.

10. Vampires- I blame Twilight and Anita Blake. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: Wanderlove

title: Wanderlove
author: Kristen Hubbard
book birthday:  March 13th 2012
rating: 3.5 stars

*contains spoilers*

 First, I absolutely adore the illustrations and the fact that Bria is an artist. I completely understand giving up art because of an incident or memory BUT not showing it to anyone and freaking out over people looking at it was kind of weird. I lost the connection with her there because she was drawing all the time and growing and then she cried over someone looking at it and then got drunk on the beach and was DRAWING everywhere... idk. It was just weird. OH! and I thought the whole not swimming because she lost her virginity to her ex on the beach was annoying too.

That being said, something about the book was lackluster for me. I am still struggling to figure out what it is. I think it was Bria's rants. It came off as whining a lot, like a lot-a lot. While her characters go places, Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if it were split perspective between Rowan and Bria or third person narration.

So after all of that ranting, I did like the book. I liked the characters, the back story of each minor character especially Rowan and Starling. They were much more interesting than Bria. I did like some of the epigraphs at the beginning of each division in the book as well as the drawings. I might get it for my shelf because of that... big might. I understand why people enjoy this book, but it does not live up to the hype for me the way Anna and the French Kiss did.

Review: Just One Day

title: Just One Day
author: Gayle Forman
book birthday: January 8th 2013
rating: 3.5 stars

Idk if I am just in a bad mood lately because of school or if it is the way I was raised, but I was so frustrated with  this book. I vented to my fiance about this book every day and that was a very long time because it took me about 2 weeks to finish it thanks to the fact that I can only read on the train, and as I'm falling asleep in bed (sorry to put you through that, my love :/).

*contains spoilers*

Okay first, I loved the beginning of the book, I loved the whirlwind romance of it. I was hurt when Allyson was heartbroken and depressed in college. I was surprised that one day in Paris was not the premise of the story and that the story took place over the course of a year. While I did enjoy each character's personality, I did not care for Allyson and Willem. The book was so sad, depressing. Allyson's depression over Willem was sad and depressing. She didn't know if he had really left her or not and she had to go back to Paris to see.

Speaking of that... here is my rant. WTH was she thinking?!?!? I vented to my fiance about this the most. Why the heck did she think that Willem didn't mean it as a one night stand? I get that he did want to get back to her and stuff happened that separated them for a year and *gasp* she found him but seriously? Why? I'm sorry but my suspension of disbelief can only go so far. If any girl I knew attempted to do that at Allyson's age, my friends and I would slap it out of her. That was definitely the most frustrating aspect of the book. I keep thinking that if my cousin (who is hooked up on some catfish romance with a guy online) goes to read this book, it will give her a reason to go to Jamaica on her own to meet him WHICH IS DANGEROUS!

On the technical aspect, Just One Day was very well written and Gayle Forman did not fail to impress with that. However, I did not like the romance of Willem and Allyson. It just wasn't there for me. I will read Just One Year when it comes out because I want to know Willem's side of the story. I am hoping that it does answer questions left over from Just One Day and fill in some holes in the story.

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

title: fangirl
author: rainbow rowell
book birthday: september 10th 2013
rating: 3 stars

If no one knew about Rainbow Rowell before, they will know of her when this book is officially out there in the world. I have seen that most people are loving this book and the fact that it addresses the fangirl world. that being said... it took me a while to put together what I wanted to say about this book.
Here it is: I personally did not enjoy this book. I do think someone like my best book buddy, Ally, would like this book and I am dying to know what she thinks of it.
I think Fangirl was over written in some parts, the epigraphs were so long I wanted to skip some of them, the characters were not developed well. I had such a hard time connecting to Cath and I had trouble understanding her relationship with her sister at times though I do get why Wren wanted space from her sister in college.
I read the story twice just to be sure I wasn't just judging the content with the fangirling but I am sorry world- I did not like it. I couldn't tell you what really happened in the first half of the book because it wasn't memorable. It moved so slow, building up to the middle with Levi.
The Simon Snow series is a knock off of Harry Potter. I am sure that some people will enjoy the spoof but I did not. I found it so annoying and I did not like it at all *spoiler alert* especially with the plagiarism incident.
I was trying to pin point my main disappointment with Fangirl and I think I know what it is: there were too many plot lines left incomplete and that causes the characters to come off as underdeveloped and the glass is half empty.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Top Ten Best/Worst Book To Movie Adaptations

TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is top ten worst/best book to movie adaptations ^_^ 
Because I have a lot of homework and I need sleep, this one is a quickie so sorry for no reasons why right now. 
Here is my list: 

Blood and chocolate
Beautiful creatures (according to my sister) 
Ella enchanted

The time travelers wife
Nick and Nora's infinite playlist
The princess bride
The virgin suicides

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books. I've tried to label them by category.

Intimidated by the SIZE: So there aren't too many that intimidate me by the number of pages, but I am definitely shying away from some because of the size of the series.

a Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin
Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage

Intimidated by the HYPE: I know, I know, I should have learned my lesson after reading Anna and the French Kiss.

Matched series by Ally Condie
Easy by Tammara Webber
Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Intimidated by the CONTENT: For me to be intimidated about the content of a book, I have to be intrigued by it but afraid of it.... like zombies for instance.

World War Z by Max Brooks
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry