Struck by Lightning – Chris Colfer

•October 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Life comes at you fast. It hits you and tries to escape and be expressed in any way possible. 

In a way, it’s a lot like… lightning.

Carson Phillips is at the bottom of the food chain in a high school filled with people he hates, stuck living with his depressed single mother in a small-minded town at the corner of nothing and nowhere. He has just one goal: escape to Northwestern University and a career as a hard hitting journalist.

He can practically smell the ink on his admissions letter when disaster strikes: his guidance counsellor tells him that he needs to bolster his application by creating a literary magazine. Which means he needs submissions. from other students.

With seventeen years of animosity standing between him and his dreams, Carson resorts to the only thing he can think of: blackmail. After all, desperate times call for desperate measures, and everyone has a secret they’d do anything to hide.

Rating: 4/5 – A brilliant story with a great message towards the end. 

I’ve been looking out for this book for a while now – one of my freinds is a fan of Chris Colfer, and I wanted to see how he was as an author, as it turns out, he’s actually rather good! About half way through, I wanted to give up, and the ending was a little sudden, but overall it was an outstanding book.

I really related with Carson’s character. Loved the snarky, witty comments used – the one about shoe size and IQ went into my English work.

I liked that the literary magazine was included. I read a lot of it aloud to my friends, most of it mad ethem laugh, especially the poem about a penis and the ‘3D Lives’ article.

Speaking of which, the book had great humour. I found myself giggling away rather often.

I would like to see the movie adaptation sometime, too. That’s just how much I liked the book.

As with all the books so far, I would recommend this book!

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Divergent – Veronica Roth

•October 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs and determines your loyalties… forever.

When sixteen-year-old Tris makes her choice, she cannot foresee how drastically her life will change. Or that the perfect society in which she lives is about to unfold into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking decisions and unexpected romance.

One choice can transform you.

There is one mirror in my house. It is behind a sliding panel in the hallway upstairs. Our faction allows me to stand in front of it on the second day of every third month, the day my mother cuts my hair.

Rating: 5/5 – I’ve heard so many good reviews about this book, and I’m going to add another to that total! though, I am slightly reluctant to review because I don’t want to give spoilers for such a great story.

I actually started reading the book at the same time as a friend of mine – though neither of us knew the other had the book. This book is great! I love the idea of factions, splitting society into separate groups (not that I’d want it to happen in the real world, of course). I love the way the characters are written – I felt Tris’ pain, I’d hate to leave my family under those circumstances, with both children leaving home.

Four was my favourite, by far. Sure, he has seemingly random mood swings, but I can forgive that, as the rest of his character is so perfectly written.

The storyline was great! Unique, with many plot twists. The romance side of the novel was a little slow to develop, I have to admit I was hoping for it to happen much sooner than it did.

I definitely recommend this book, there’s no doubt about it.

Pure – Julianna Baggott

•October 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The deathly houses all fell down.

The sick souls wander ‘round and ‘round.

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations. But, living amongst the devastation, every day a dangerous struggle for the survivors who are marked by their fused, burnt, damaged bodies, she is starkly aware of what has been lost.

Burn a Pure and breathe the ash…

Partridge is one of the lucky few sheltered inside the dome. They escaped the apocalypse unmarked, pure. But he doesn’t feel safe. Smothered by the rigid order of the Dome’s regime, he suspects all is not as it seems.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

There was low droning overhead a week or so after the Detonations; time was hard to track. The skies were buckling with dark banks of blackened cloud, the air thick with ash and dust. If it was a plane or an airship of some sort, we never knew because the sky was so clotted.

Rating – 3/5 – I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed others. I wanted to continue reading, yes, but I was never fully absorbed into the story.

It begins as a typical dystopian novel – a destroyed world, one group with control or power over another, that kind of thing.

To be entirely truthful, I thought it was going to be another ‘The Hunger Games‘ knockoff. As it turns out, I was wrong.

There is an original plot line, great characters – each individual is well written and has a certain uniqueness to them. This ma be down to their ‘fusings’, but it’s also how they deal with their deformities. The plot twists and turns, new surprises spring out at you unexpectedly.

There was a romance between two characters that, frankly, didn’t happen fast enough! I was willing the two of them on from the start!

The book took a while to read, but I would certainly recommend that you give it a read yourself (this review certainly isn’t doing the book justice.)

I’ll be sure to look out for the next books in the trilogy!

Waywalkers – Catherine Webb

•September 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Sam Linnfer works part time at a London university as a translator of obscure ancient texts. He’s a quiet chap with a few friends here and there, and an affection for cats. 

He’s also immortal and the Son of Time. You might know him better as Lucifer, the Devourer of Souls, or the Devil.

And with all the gods in Heaven about to go to war over ownership of Earth, you’re going to be extremely glad he’s not exactly the person legend makes him out to be.

The Elder Gods have risen. The Firedancers have been called forth. The armies of Heaven are stirring. The ultimate battle has begun.

to survive, Earth will need more that just sympathy for the devil…

“An eagle scared of heights.” That was how one colleague summed up Sam Linnfer. “Probably has a mad wife in the attic too.”

Rating: 3/5 – It was a book that often left me longing to continue reading, exciting plot turns and the likes, however I don’t want to score it higher than average, because that’s what, in my heart of hearts, I believe it to deserve.

Despite this, I would recommend the book to people, especially those who like the kind of mythology/fantasy genre.

Sam Linnfer, an immortal of many identities, wakes one morning to terrible news – his ‘sister’ Freya has been brutally murdered. This news shocks him into finding out her killer before they strike again, and he travels across Earth, Hell and Heaven, following his only lead, a postcard sent to Freya shortly before her untimely death, to reveal shocking secrets about himself and his (albeit extended) family.

Admittedly, my first thought having finished this book, was along the lines of “Finally, it’s over.” Not that it was a tortuous thing to have read it, but that its pages seemed to never end. I’ve poured all my free time into reading this book, and ow I’ve finally managed to finish it, I feel a great deal of relief. However, I have to admit, I did love the characters, and though the story didn’t progress as fast as I’d have liked it to, it was still a very excellent idea.

The author’s writing style took a while to get used to, with long run on sentences, skips in time and a lack of worldbuilding. Plus, many of the things mentioned in the blurb were not touched upon in the book itself, for example the ‘armies of Heaven’, Sam’s love of cats (which I was rather disappointed not to have picked up on!) and the ‘Firedancers’ (although they were included, they were few and far between, and certainly not as dangerous as the blurb made them seem to be!). It is, in my opinion, one of those books that leaves you feeling – on more than one occasion, I might add – that it isn’t actually the first of a series, although it most definitely is. The amount of foreknowledge expected of the reader was just a little too high for my liking.

The characters! They really struck a chord with me, I feel they are really well created and perfectly described. I picture Sam to look like Sam Winchester (Supernatural, Season 1!) wearing BBC Sherlock’s signature black coat and scarf, although he may have been described differently in the book. 

Story-wise, Waywalkers was very much your typical fantasy tale. It had the supernatural beings, the spirits, angels and jinn, and all the travelling between worlds that would be expected from a book of its genre. There was also the mythological aspect of the story – many of the characters had some bearing to legend, whether it be just their names or something more.

All in all it was a decent read, though I don’t feel compelled to continue the series.

So, this is hello.

•August 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

My name is Lucy, and I’m aiming to read and review fifty books this coming school year. 

Reading wise, I have had a very productive summer, having read a total of nine books in five weeks. This relative success spurred me on to creating this blog and this challenge.

The books I read this summer were as follows:

  1. Eve & Adam – Michael Grant/Katherine Applegate
  2. Virals – Kathy Reichs
  3. Shift – Kim Curran
  4. Seizure – Kathy Reichs
  5. Code – Kathy Reichs
  6. BZRK – Michael Grant
  7. Unwholly – Neal Shusterman
  8. Confessions of a Murder Suspect – James Patterson
  9. Earth Girl – Janet Edwards

The Virals series by Kathy Reichs were by far my favourite, and would definitely recommend them to others. Confessions of a Murder Suspect and Earth Girl were also great books, once I got into the story I never put it down.

Unfortunately, I didn’t think to review them properly before returning them to the library.

The next book I’m reading is Waywalkers by Catherine Webb. I’ll be sure to post here when I’ve finished it. Until then, it’s goodbye!