Sunday, 26 January 2014

Review: Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Every Day (Every Day, #1)/ David Levithan

Magical realism, a person who wakes up every morning as someone else and a very shy girl as a love interest. What could possibly go wrong?
Just a thing or two.

A has never lived for more than one day in the same body. Every day he has to wake up in a new environment and he accepts life as it is, until he meets Rihhanon.

First of all, I must say I just adored this book! I fangirled over A (whichever it's a girl or a boy, it doesn't matter!), I fangirled over the cute scenes with Rihhanon, I fangirled over the moments A helped other people's lives and nearly died toward the end.

Let's sum it up in a few gifs, because talking is cheap:



I enjoyed the story, characters, how Levithan expresses life and how all the story summed up.

The only thing I have to say that I didn't like about the novel is that Rihannon stopped being the sweet shy girl and that some days just didn't really have purpose in the story.

But overall, I think this is a book for anyone. Unless you're a homophobe.
If so, GTFO

4.5 STARS

Liked:
-A
-Rihannon
-Plot
-the life lessons

Disliked:
-the main female character becoming a bitch toward the end
-meaningless chapters

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Review: When God was a Rabbit

When God was a Rabbit/ Sarah Winman

Some people start their year with their right foot, and there's me: starting with two left feet. This book was recommended to me back when it was only published, and my God, it had many reviews that praised it and ironically, acted like it was The Bible of philosophy. Now we have Life of Pi to fill that space.

The story follows a little girl who's name I think no one remembers. Heck, I think the author will be interviewed this minute and she won't remember who God is! Or was...

What was I talking about? A plot? Well, forget an interesting plot when you got a 'way of life' how-to-book that costs less than a buck. I think I'll first explain why I hate this type of books and then, actually review what I could read from the book.

I hate it when a book tries to force down your throat the way 'you should live'. It's like the book is either 'be happy and don't give a damn about society and bills' or 'believe in God, because science is false'. Some books, for example The Secret, makes you look at things in another perspective and tells that 'it's your choice to follow The Secret, and only yours'. And actually, The Secret had a bit of a logic to it.

But books like Life of Pi, is just randomness after randomness that no one wanted to hear your opinion about. It just there to get awards and be a major talk in dinner parties, where people with an IQ of one hundred (average) try to make themselves look 'intelligent'. Am I the only one pissed off?!

Now with the book: before I even say anything, let's just all agree that the cover and title make you curious. Well, last time I was curious, I killed by mistake my brain.

The book has -at least in the first twenty pages I've read- no plot, no actual conflict and gravestone characters, that actually acted like they have an after-death depression. The book starts with talking about some random girl who got a coin from under her skin. Or at least that what I understood, because the writing was kind of sloppy and lazy, which made everything hard to understand. The part I least hated was a conversation between the girl and her mother about God. Here's a brief summery:

Daughter: Mommy, does God loves everybody?
Mother: Yes, honey.
Daughter: Thieves, too?
Mother: Yes, honey.
Daughter: Murderers, too?
Mother: Yes, honey.
Daughter: Poo, too?
Mother: Poo is not a living being, honey.
Daughter: If it was, would God love it?
Mother: Yes, honey.

Now, this scene isn't really that much of a bad scene. In fact,Winman uses one of the most common humor formulas, that's common in slapstick: The Humor Triangle. Basically, you make a funny moment, and repeat it. And repeat it again, but change one element or change the reaction of the characters, and make the audience laugh much more. The problem is: there's no humor in the first two parts. Was it supposed to be something to laugh at?

I don't even think that 'poo' and 'God' should be in the same sentence. You talk in this book about religion but make belief look stupid as hell. And I don't think God would love this book, because it's 'poo'.

Overall, this is not really a book for a fun, Saturday morning read. If you go to dinner parties in a suit or cocktail dress too often to boast about lies of understanding life, this is a book for you.

0 STARS

Liked:
-There's a rabbit here. Somewhere...

Disliked:
-This review is not enough to say 'everything'?

Thursday, 2 January 2014

2014 Challenges: January

Remember in my 2013 wrap up I said I'm going to do challenges every month?
Seriously, I posted it in the past hour, how could you already forget?

Anyhow, I'm starting January with a huge BANG, because I'm going to do four different challenges. Let's begin!

#1- Start at least two (2) series.
2/2
Every Day by David Levithan
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

#2- Read books that spell the next word
 3/3
N- Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
E- Every Day by David Levithan
W- When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

#3- Read a random book from your TBR pile
0/1
Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen

#4- Read a random book chosen by a stranger
1/1
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

2013 Wrap Up: Series

2013 will be always remembered as a year for many great sequels and many disappointing new series. 
I wanted to read this year at least five books, but guess what: I completed only one. Which was a good surprise. Anyhow, today I present to you my progress in series and my bucket list for the next year! Stay tuned for best and worse lists of books for 2013!

Incarseron
Status: completed

I must say, I didn't expect to read this right in the end of the year, even though I didn't enjoy them much. What was good about those series is that it goes by fast. When you're sitting in class. Dying.
Favorite book: Incarseron {#1}



Vampire Kisses
Status: in-progress, read 5/9

I started this series back at middle grade, and I loved it! 
But nowadays it's hard for me to take this books seriously, I still enjoy the mood, even though Raven is a Mary Sue and Alexander can be moody sometimes.
The minor characters and the setting are really nice and give the almost empty story some character.
Favorite book: Dance with a Vampire {#4}

Vampire Academy
Status: in-progress, read 1/6

I really enjoyed the first book in the series. I don't understand how people say it gets better only after the second book!
Rose is a kick-ass character, Lissa is an adorable goody-two-shoes. This friendship works in more than a million ways and i like how they support each other.
Th world building is also nice, even though I want to know more about what's outside the academy.
Favorite book: Vampire Academy {#1}
Percy Jackson & The Olympians
Status: in-progress, read 2/5

Rick Riordan brings me back to the times when I obsessed with Greek mythology as a kid. You can see how this series is perfect for me, right?
If you have hesitated to pick up this series, try to read the first page and don't you dare to tell me the narration is not witty enough for a twelve years old.
Favorite book: The Lighting Thief {#1}
Legend
Status: in-progress, read 1/3

Two bad-ass characters who supposed to be each others enemies. We know how this sorts out, right?
I really enjoyed the first book and fell deeply in love with it. The book felt more like a movie than a book. Action packed and great visuals.
I also loved the relationship between characters and how they're connected to each other, and probably fan-girled too much from all the characters.
Favorite book: Legend {#1}


The Soul Seekers
Status: in-progress, read 1/4

This is my favorite series by Alyson Noel for a reason.
This series sparked an interest in me for Native American mythology, and unlike some books (yes, I'm looking at you Marked) it was well explained.
It may be one of the least favorite books of the year, but I have high hopes for the sequel, Echo.
Favorite book: Fated {#1}


Mara Dyer
Status: in-progress, read 1/3

My favorite book of the year, and yes, it got asylums in it. Seriously, I got a thing for them.
Whenever you like or hate creepy books, you should check out this one, because it has a reason for it's spooky nature. It's a mystery combined with psycho issues and supernatural powers, which only the sound of it makes it look amazing.
Mara is a such a cool and sarcastic character and I couldn't help but love her and Noah Shaw, the mysterious guy that every YA novel has nowadays.
Favorite book: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer {#1}

The Precious Stones
Status: in-progress, read 1/3

It's been a while since I've read any German literature, and it didn't disappoint me.
I don't have much to say about Ruby Red except:
Time Travel + Female Character + England + Myths & mystery = E P I C
Favorite book: Ruby Red {#1}



Number of abandoned series: 11
Number of completed series:1

Bucket list TIME!
1) Read at least one hundred (100) books this year.
2) Do at least one (1) reading challenge every month.
3) Complete at least five (5) series this year.
4) Review at least half (50%) of the books that I read.
5) Read for fun!