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REVIEW: Gemina

REVIEW: Gemina

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Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

4/5 Stars

“WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?”

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29236299-gemina

This book. I don’t even know if I can call it a book, because it feels like so much more. This isn’t just a great and well written story but a visual masterpiece. Half of what makes this story so incredible is the medium of which it is done in. With both Illuminae and Gemina, the sci-fi story is relatable and breath taking in the way thats its written. Throughout reading it I couldn’t stop thinking about how cleverly done these books are done. You have to have a bit of digital knowledge and a good imagination to read these books because they wont explain every aspect of setting and description to you, but if you have a wide imagination, it shouldn’t be a problem.

SPACE! Now I will get into a more spoiler-y review of Gemina.

This companion book to Illuminae focuses on two different protagonists on the Hiemdall space Station, which super conveniently (and inconveniently) is next to a black hole. The two main characters, Hanna: The Commanders kick-ass daughter, and Niklas: a witty mafia convict, end up together aboard the station when it is taken over by BeiTech agents planning to kill the Hypatia (the Illuminae’s main spaceship) and the destroy Kerenza sector to cover their tracks. Hanna and Niklas (and Nik’s cuz Ella) move about the station creating havoc and attempting to save everyone.

Now.. This book gets very confusing toward the end. If you do not have a science mind or any way to wrap your head around space travel and wibbly wobbly timey wimey, when it gets 3/4 into the book, things might get a little jumbled. When people start dying left and right, including a few of the main characters, Kristoff and Kaufman bring in string theory and the multiverse theory to throw the readers for a loop. All of a sudden you are sitting there staring at a picture of space and wondering what is real. “What do you Believe?” takes on a whole new meaning at the end of the book as you may struggle to wrap your head around what is happening.

Despite this confusion of science and time, it is a fantastic novel. I, myself, am very interested in the multiverse theory and have recently read quite a bit on it so this turn in the book wasn’t as confusing to me as it should have been.

So how did it end you may ask? … well it sort of didn’t. whether Kristoff and Kaufman decided to leave it as an open interpretation or are planning more books I don’t know, but it was a very abrupt end that certainly leave you to more imagining. Overall, I would recommend this book to those that are interested in sci-fi or science and for fans of novels and graphic novels alike. This beauty of a novel is one that I am proud to have on my shelf as a book and a work of art.

REVIEW: Can You Keep A Secret?

REVIEW: Can You Keep A Secret?

blog-cykasCan You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella

3.75/5 Stars

“It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the times”

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33724.Can_You_Keep_a_Secret_

This novel is a quirky, fun, hilarious read that made me so very happy. Was this book a spectacular piece of literature? no. Would I recommend this book to my friends? hell yes. The plot may not have been complicated and thought provoking but it was the book that I’ve had the most fun reading in a long time. Highly addictive through Kinsella’s quirky and scatter-brained protagonist, I found I couldn’t put the book down because I was smiling too much.

This book follows Emma, an assistant at at marketing firm. While on a plane from a conference (which she made a total mess of) they experience heavy turbulence. Thinking she is sure to perish, Emma spills all her secrets, verbally vomiting them to the person sitting next to her. OF COURSE this person is an attractive young man, and of course he shows up in her life that week (spoilers: they don’t die horribly in a plane crash in the first chapter) as the owner of the company she works for.

This story is full of laughs and moments that’ll have you running out of your room to read them to your friends. Its a quick read and I would definitely recommend this to anyone in a reading slump. Emma’s quirky personality and the underlying meaning of being honest makes for a book I just couldn’t put down.

REMIX: Harry Potter through Emojis

REMIX: Harry Potter through Emojis

HARRY POTTER and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone…

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Wow, ย it is definitely more difficult than I thought to create a story out of emojis! I always seem to use them for emphasis on something I’m saying, ย to put emotion into a lifeless sentence THEREFORE using them in place of words is really hard!

Surprisingly there are no Voldemort emojis or even a unicorn.. What’s with that? This has also brought me to the attention that I really need to re-read the whole Harry Potter series again! I ran into parts I couldn’t remember what came before which and that’s when I went OH NO I’m losing my touch on the Harry Potter universe!!!!

Will definitely have to go see Fantastic beasts and then dive right back into the books!

NOVEMBER YA RELEASES

NOVEMBER YA RELEASES

Its November? When did that happen?? Well I guess it is time for a whole new TBR and a whole new batch of books to look forward to. Here are just a few of the YA books coming out this month that I am extremely excited for…

 

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A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28960100-a-million-worlds-with-you?ac=1&from_search=true

heartless-marissa-meyer-featureHeartless by Marissa Meyerย 

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18584855-heartless

blog-sctheScythe by Neal Shusterman

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28954189-scythe

shadow-fall-audrey-grey-facebook-headerShadow Fall by Audrey Grey

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29366679-shadow-fall

blog-diabolicThe Diabolic by S.J . Kincaid

ย http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26836910-the-diabolic

Though I am trying to spend less money this month in preparation for the Christmas season, I know at least a few of these will end up on my shelf before this month is out. Happy reading!!

RANT: “Why Are You Reading That?”

RANT: “Why Are You Reading That?”

Have you ever been reading in public and ashamed of what you’re reading? Do you ever take off the cover of a hardback so no one can see? I do. Or felt the need to justify to someone why you are reading a particular book? I have. ย 

“Oh, I am just reading Percy Jackson for nostalgia purposes. I promise they are actually really good. It’s just for fun”

Why do we feel the need to do this? I know that, for me, it is because I have been judged in the past for what I read. I have been told that the book that I am reading is, “too young for you” “the cover looks lame” “that’s not REAL literature” …ย and so many other opinions that are judgemental and unnecessary. It has never made sense to me that one book has more validation to be read than another. When asked what my favourite book is, my immediate reaction is to name one of the very few “classics” that I have read. As much as I do love Pride and Prejudice,ย I don’t find that it has any more merit asa ย “good” piece of literature more than Fangirl.ย There are books for everyone, and each one is important.

People will argue that novels with more symbolism and foreshadowing and irony and all that, will be more important and influential pieces of literature than ones that are “just for fun”. I have learned so many important lessons from middle grade and young adult novels that would not be considered “well written literature” by scholars, and I have read “important” works of literature that I learned nothing from, in fact thinking they were bat shit crazy. What makes the classic coming of age story, Catcher in the Rye,ย a more validated read than Harry Potter and The Philospher’s Stoneย ? Maybe the reason lies with the realism, but what a person chooses to learn from a novel should be more important than the view of how influential the book is to the masses.

As a 20- year old, I teeter on the edge between Young Adult and Adult literature. Novels are classified into age categories generally based on the ages of the protagonists but have been mistakingly classified as the age of the reader. When I read Young Adult fiction, I may or may not be close in age with the protagonist of the story, but it rarely matters to me. I can still relate to the character if they are younger because I, at one point, was at that age and can still learn things from those younger than me. Because I lay in the middle of the road where I may or may not be the same age as YA characters or adult characters, I have been getting more and more judgement for the books that I read.

You read “Those type”ย of books people say, with their noses turned up and contempt dripping from their eyes. YES! I DO! I don’t want to be ashamed of what I am reading, I don’t want readers feeling superior to other readers, I don’t want anyone to hide what they love. No one should have to hide what they love, no one should feel bad they they want to read about faeries at the age of 20 or 35 or 80, because IT DOES NOT MATTER. why people feel the need to stick their noses into things that don’t concern them is beyond me, what my reading of a young adult contemporary or someones reading of a harlequin novel has to do with anyone else does not make sense to me. ย If a man at the age of 30 wants to read The Hunger Games… so what? Everyone should be able to read what ever they want and no one should judge people for reading.

I love reading. I can love Percy Jackson and also love Outlander. I can love cute high school contemporaries and also violent epic fantasies. I ca love a silly and fun book and also oneย that contains deep meaning.

Never let anyone tell you that what you are reading it stupid or silly or unimportant. You have a right to love what you love. Don’t cover up those covers or justify to others that your book has worth, because it does. and if you are one of those people that judges people for what they read… WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU…ย  just , don’t. Let people be what they want to be, it is no consequence to you. literally, NEVER judge a book by its cover, and NEVER EVER judge a reader by their book.

REVIEW: The Raven Boys

REVIEW: The Raven Boys

blog-trbThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvaterย 

5/5 Stars

“The trees speak Latin”

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17675462-the-raven-boys

I had heard this quote over and over in the fandom world. I had always seen these books on the bookstore shelves and wanted to read them, however, the hype behind them was so huge that I thought to myself “how will this ever live up to my expectations?” If this is what you are thinking when you look at these books.. STOP THAT RIGHT NOW. Stiefvater’s writing is the best YA writing that I have encountered in a long time. This book is so well thought out and researched that it has a little bit of everything for everyone and is completely unique all at the same time. The dynamism the characters and the quick wit of the writing style create a world that I never want to leave. I just want to love all the Raven Boys!!

The Characters: The book focuses of a main group of four boys and a girl in high school but also contains side characters of various ages that do not simply act as static plot devices, but also have dynamism to their stories and growth. Blue, the main character (or at least one of them) is a strong, bad-ass character with so much spunk contained in her tiny form, you just cant help but want to love her, admire her, and be her best friend. Gansey, the head of the Raven Boys, is an old soul with a passion for history and a winning smile and you just want to open him up to see how he ticks, such an interesting character. Ronan, the bad boy (sorta), has so many layers to his personality, this book creates a need to unravel him. Adam, oh Adam, this sweet little cinnamon bun made me giggle (I don’t giggle) because he is just too much adorableness. I love each and every character because they have so many flaws, and this makes them a truly real group to read about.

The Setting: This takes place in the small town of Henrietta but contains so much magic and history that the world seems like an ever-inflating balloon of possibilities. Stiefvater does a great job in her descriptions that put the reader right into the town; becoming part of the action.

I started this book while in a reading slump and needless to say I no longer am in one. Stiefvater’s writing contains the perfect blend of description, familiarity and wit that left me aching for more. I could go on for days about each an every element in this book that made me love it but I will leave it up to you, readers, to grow your own hype and your own love for this series. Trust me. This is one book that lives up to every sqwee and every giggle and every heart wrenching scream.

“MAKE WAY FOR THE RAVEN KING”