Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: Hare Moon


Hare Moon
Hare Moon by Carrie Ryan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



This short ebook gives a background to Sister Tabitha who seems so cruel in the first part of Forest of Hands and Teeth.



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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: Mockingjay


Mockingjay
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This book tore my heart apart. The characters went through so much in so little time. I cried along with them, I laughed along with them, and a clenched my fists in anger along with them.

I was pleased with how Katniss seemed to spring back to her self in this last book of the Hunger Games Trilogy. At times she did slip back into her catatonic, overemotional, and analytical self. But it was for good reasons every time. Each time something was making the world a little to hard to handle.

I can relate to that feeling. Sometimes it seems like every day is a struggle. Every day there is some new obstacle to overcome. Some new problem I must find a solution to and time cannot be wasted.

From the very beginning Mockingjay was action packed. From the very beginning there was some obstacle to overcome. From the very beginning I was ready to fight.

This series will stay in my memory and heart for a long time. And I wish it wasn't over but I am pleased with the outcome.



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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: Catching Fire


Catching Fire
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



9/27/11 12:45pm
Let me just say...WOW.

The start was a little bit slow and at times it seemed like we were just being given a synopsis of what was happening. I found myself at times wanting to shake Katniss and tell her to snap out of it. She seemed to just being going through the motions.

When the twist about the tributes of the 75th games happened I was not surprised. (I kinda sneaked a peek at the plot summary on Wikipedia) But I felt when it got down to the days leading up to the begin things started to pick up and I was hooked. Peeta's surprise announcement made me laugh. No one can deny that Peeta is intune with what will shock the audience and persuade them to rooting for Katniss and himself. And I did not expect this shock.

When the Games began I was trying to figure out what the angle was. I found myself trying to decipher, along with Katniss, who was friend and who was foe. I felt Katniss and Peeta grew to care for each other more during the games. And their stubborness would save them in the end.

The last 10% of the book had me sitting on the edge of my seat as all the facts were laid bare and what I thought would happen was proven wrong. Suzanne Collins sure knows how to keep you begging for more. I finished the book and I feel the strong pull that I must immediately pick up the last book Mockingjay.

I just hope we see Katniss self determination and personality shine through a little more in the final book. I felt she was just a little too "Bella Swan" in this book. Everything happens to her and others help save her at times. She redeemed herself a few times with her quick thinking and ingenuity, but it still seemed a little flat to me.



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Monday, September 26, 2011

Dystopian Book Challenge *UPDATE*



Originally posted 6/20/11

I was recently on a group on Goodreads and saw a discussion about a dystopian book challenge. I have never taken part in a book challenge so I figured what the heck. Wish me luck!
The challenge entails reading a certain number (depending on what level you choose) of dystopian novels before the end of 2011. Since it was my first time doing this....I decided to choose the easiest level. (Plus I have no idea how many of these novels I will be able to get.)

Level I choose: Asocial– Choose 5 books to read

Dystopia Challenge

Books I Choose:

  1. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell (recently acquired)
  2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (re-read)
  3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
  4. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (re-read)
  5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (recently acquired)
And if any of those fall through (as in I can't get them or can't stomach them) here are some back ups:


For those who do not know the definition of Dystopia, this is the general idea;

I changed my mind. I'm going to read two (or maybe three, or four, or five, or all) of these books:

  1. Feed
  2. The Year of the Flood
  3. The Knife of Never Letting Go
I read the second book in the Newsflesh series (Deadline) but I am only going to count one book from a dystopian series toward my goal of 5 books. So that means if I read Oryx and Crake then I have to read an extra book from the list...so instead of needing just two more books I'd need three. But I really really REALLY want to read Oryx and Crake...ok maybe I will cheat and count it as one of the five along with Year of the Flood...It's my party and I'll cheat if I want to. LOL.

I love the classic dystopian novels with all my heart but there is just too much new dystopia out there plus I got a big book haul for my birthday. Lots of Dystopia there. Some Apocalyptic too...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Review: New Moon


New Moon
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I had a long.....detailed review typed out. Then T-MOBILE...decided it wanted to drop my connection. Anyways the synopsis of my review said that I hate Bella, I hate Edward, Jacob needs to eat them both. Bella is a tease, she plays with people emotions cause she has not flipping emotions herself. Victoria would be doing everyone a favor by killing Bella and Edward. I hate this book it's only saving grace was that for atleast 70% of it I didn't have to hear mushy retarded romance. Bella, Edward, Explain to me why you flipping love each other cause ya know what...there is no explanation. Meyer never took the time to EXPLAIN why you two are so attached at this hip. And why are you going to let that pansy Edward tell you that you can't say bye to your friend Jacob. Oh well I guess you are just some dependent brainless bimbo just like I thought.

This book makes me very very angry. I'm only reading it because I wanna have the RIGHT to complain. I wanna be able to look someone in the eye and say "yes I read that book and let me tell you why I hated it so much" ....but I can't do that here cause I have to hurry before this piece of crap technology drops me AGAIN. Maybe I'll type out a longer review next time. Maybe.



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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Review: The Help

The Help
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I picked up this book because it was the selection of a book club I belonged to, but unfortunately I never got the chance to read it in time. When it was selected for another book club I belong to, I decided to give it another try. Now mind you I really wanted to read it because the summary made it sound so appealing.

The beginning of the story was intriguing and the author did a great job of setting the scene for what Mississippi might have been like for both black and white women. The characters shone through as well-rounded in my opinion and I felt they were each realistic. Not too evil and not too good, except Hilly, that girl seems evil in every bone of her body.

I enjoyed the funny stories about the crazy white ladies and cried when I read the touching moments between maid/lady.

I have to say Celia Foote might have been my favorite character. I loved her personality and naiviete at the inner workings of white lady society. But I did find it hard to believe that a poor girl did not know how to cook. I just wonder what her childhood and upbringing entailed.

Skeeter was also a favorite character. Her growth throughout the book from young woman trying to keep in step with the only friends she has ever known growing up to self assured independent thinker who does not care what others think made me smile.

I felt this book was worth the time spent reading it and even though it is fiction, it represents a pivitol time in US History. Now I want to see the movie in hopes it can live up to my expectations.



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Friday, September 9, 2011

Review: Deadline


Deadline
Deadline by Mira Grant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Reading this book from Shaun's POV was difficult. I'm not a big fan of Shaun. He's a little slow on the uptake at times. Fortunately, there is a little voice of reason in the back of his head that helps him figure out the problems that come along. The beginning of the book was nicely paced. It provided us with the information we needed to know about changes that occurred since the end of the first book [b:Feed|7094569|Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1)|Mira Grant|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51A8LiX8FpL._SL75_.jpg|7351419]. Readers were introduced to new characters and a new plot was unveiled.

Toward the middle of the book things seemed more....difficult to get through. And more plots were unveiled. I hate to admit this, my pride and all you know, but there were a couple plots that I didn't really grasp at first. I shall not tell you about them but I will say things could have been improved with a little less plot switching. Yet even though the plot or situation kept switching...it was still kinda slow and difficult and felt like it was dragging.

Now the end of the book. Let me tell you that was one head spinning, gut wrenching, spinning you so fast on the tilt o' whirl that I felt I was gonna explode. Suddenly the future is bright again and suddenly things have changed drastically. I felt as if Mira grabbed my heart, ripped it out of my chest, stuck a cute little zombie sticker on it and then placed it back in my chest. One minute I was ready to throw the book and yell about people dying all the time and screw those flippin' zombies, then the next I was like WAIT...WHAT!?!

And the last chapter fulfilled my little hopes and dreams and wishes and evil little prayers. But it was the excerpt from book three in the Newsflesh trilogy that confirmed my suspicions faster than a highly sensitive blood test just when you really need it.

I hated this book in the middle. I was okay with it in the beginning. But I loved it at the end. Absolutely loved it. But because only 1/3 of the book (or maybe less) was love worthy....I can only give it three stars. Cause I liked it overall.

Oh yea and I finished this on my birthday. Go me!



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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pottermore!

Well I got into Pottermore about a week ago. What house did I get sorted into? Ravenclaw of course!


If you got in as well feel free to add me WillowWolf69. (Pottermore gave us a few premade choices in name...I chose WillowWolf cause Wolf=Lupus...the number are just a consequence. )

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Miss Stardoll World 2011

I spend a lot of time on this website called Stardoll. I know it's probably what most was consider "childish" but I love putting together outfits and designing rooms. Probably cause I don't really have the nerve, body, or money to dress myself the way I would like to, or dress up my house the way I would like to...yea....pathetic excuse right?

Anyways they have this Miss Stardoll World contest going on and...I'd kinda like to win something. I know I don't have the most fashionable suite, my doll looks like ...well me...not what I WISH I looked like really. (I even gave it a mole exactly where I have one...and glasses.) Anyway what I'm trying to say is....


Dressup games at Stardoll

Please help me win?!?