Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wheel of Time Journey #1

This is going to be my way of documenting all of my thoughts on the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, which I have recently picked up on recommendation from my friend on Goodreads Kaitlin G. This series in case you don't know is all about an epic journey, lasting 14 books in total (all of which but book 7 I own in Hardcover). This was a very spontaneous and random series i bought because they were all under $6 on Bookoutlet.com and I knew I would read them sometime, though that time is this year!

MY JORDAN SHELF:


I am hoping to have book one The Eye of The World completed by the end of September and continue reading one book a month until it is done, or one every two months, we will see :)

My Rewards System:
  • If I read one book in the series a month I will be allowing myself to purchase a bookmark instead of a book!
  • I will be going to College in the fall and I am fairly sure that will be in a rural town so I will be able to read a lot, however I will be struggling at first to juggle my time :) 



Friday, March 27, 2015

Old Man's War By: John Scalzi REVIEW

I picked this up on what I thought was my friends recommendation, turns out her mom is the one who told her about it and she hadn't read it but it was a good laugh...

Summary (FROM GOODREADS.COM)
"John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-- and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine--and what he will become is far stranger."

General Thoughts: 
This was my first true sci-fi book, and overall I have to say that I enjoyed it, however was not sure about how to feel with the ending...

Characters: 
The characters in general were extremely witty and funny to listen to them comment on some of the technology and testing that they go through. The cast ranges from women and men and all are equallt well described and visible with a distinct tone to their dialog, which some authors miss however Scalzi did not. 
John Perry: The main character who is followed through out this novel, as he learns about the Colonel Defense Forces and his ultimate roll in the saving of the galaxy. Perry was born on June 10th like myself so i connected with him on that level, along with his seemingly crude humor about young male anatomy once his body is changed :P The witt and snarky nature made him feel as though he were real even though the "aliens" were obviously out of place, John seemed to very possibly be an old man from down the street in a young photosynthetic man's body... 

Rating: *****/*****

Recomendation: 
This book i feel only will suit a select audience, a guy who is looking for his next laugh, or someone who needs a refreshing look at novels and what they can mean. The guy looking for witt would love the characters and sometimes hilariously raw scenes; while the avid reader looking for a change of pace would see the world and military aspects as new and spectacularly written.

WARNING! THIS BOOK SHOULD ONLY BE READ IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A FUN READ AND NOT ANYTHING TO ANALYZE AND REALIZE THE MEANING OF LIFE FROM...


(Goodreads Picture)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Never Always Sometimes By: Adi Alsaid REVIEW

I received this book very very early for review, and i cannot thank the author enough for including me on the ARC Hop for this book, I have since reading it sent the novel on to the next person on the list.


Summary:
Dave and Julia are best friends. On the brink of high school, they made a list of cliches they would never do. Now in their senior year, Dave and Julia decide to try every Never on the list. As they break out of their comfort zone and have many adventures- both together and apart- they learn a lot more about who they are and what their true feelings are for one another. (From Goodreads.com)

Characters: 
Dave: I connected the most to Dave, because he is a senior in highschool and is in the process of choosing his life and what direction he wants it to go in which is excruciatingly difficult. He harbors feelings for his best friend and has to hide them for the majority of this novel, again I relate although I now am dating my best friend. Dave's character was developed in the best way possible, he had flaws and quirks and difficulties, but just the right amount of spunk to be THE BEST CONTEMPORARY CHARACTER I HAVE EVER READ!
Julia: I did not relate to Julia much because she is a girl and obviously the issues they bring are different tan any a guy brings, hoever she had a very well crafted three dimensional feeling to her. She felt like the "ONE" I fell for, perfect in almost every way and sassy when needed. 

General Thoughts: 

  • I felt that this book was written in the best way possible, it was perfection. However why i feel it was perfection is because i am going through much of the same issues that were pointed out in the book and i can directly relate, although it may still be enjoyable for younger readers i feel that it will be more powerfull if it is read in your Senior year of High School. 
  • I know Adi did not write this with a small town Blogger in mind, however i felt like this was written for me even thought know he did not.
  • AMAZING!!!!!!

Star Rating: *****/*****

Release Date: August 4th 2015
ISBN: 0373211546 


( Photos From Moi :)


Stay Tuned for and Author Interview soon!...


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Friday Reads!

I have been watching many many Booktube videos, and have noticed the trend of Friday reads, where you all hear what i am reading this weekend. I am joining the FUN!

> My weekend will be very very busy with working and homework however I want to read from two books, and finish one of them.


  1. Station Eleven By Emily St.John Mendel
  • This novel is all about the world coming to end and follows a cast of characters in a travelling theater group, I don't want to know any more than that at the moment.
  • Cover-


2. Crown Of Midnight By: Sara J Maas
  • This is the sequel to the Throne of Glass, which means it should be a very great....
  • Cover-
  • (Photos From Goodreads)

This is very subject to change... Possibly to something like The Lies Of Lock Lamora or Theft of Swords, Who knows :)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Let's Discuss (How Editions Effect the Reading Experience)

I have had this topic on my mind for a while and have just now decided to post it..


My first encounter: The Brandon Sanderson UK editions have given the story a unique feel, that none of the other editions can do to help the story.

What I mean when I say they influenced my experience is that they gave me the feelings...

  • That the story has a rich and fantastical land.
  • Cover is STUNNING!
  • Giving them a Wintry feel (i.e. My favorite season)

Everything including... Give me the Special experience:
  • Cover- Stunning and white with bursts of color, to match the burst of epic fantasy that it is.
  • Paper- Being UK cover and paper the pages are thicker and rigid, which gives the feel of a well made novel.
  • Size- The size is the best gap between the squinchy mass market paperbacks and a huge adult fantasy hardbacks...

Just something I wanted to ask you about, What are your feelings?


Monday, March 2, 2015

Throne Of Glass Review (spoilers may be present)

I read this book on shear recommendation from my nerdy and awesome bookish girlfriend, I had the general idea of plot but it didn't wow me to start with.

Plot: From Goodreads.com
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom...

General Thoughts:
I fell in love with the magic system of the Wyrdmarks and the fae, and the many motley characters that we met along the way. I knew the ending from the beginning because there was sequels including Celaena; however I loved the story all the same.


Characters:
All of the characters grew with an excellent source of speed and creation of relationships that were some of the best friends and love story arcs I have ever read.
Celaena- Strong main character, she is an assassin of the land and is chosen to compete for the Kings Champion. If she were to win the competition she would be pardoned of her sins, however this leverage the King has on her does not stop her from being as snarky as ever :)
Chaol- The Captain of the Guards who is charged with keeping an eye on her and training her for the competitions. Tall, Misterious, Handsome.
Dorian- The Crown Prince of the realm, who has chosen to have Celaena fight as his Champion in the competitions in the coming weeks against the many other criminals.


This Book At A Glance:
  • Fantastical
  • Court Intrigue
  • Love
  • Fae
  • Murder...
Star Rating: *****/*****

Recommendation: I recommend this almost at the high esteem as I do The Final Empire, yet it is unfair to compare them however this is a FUN, and INTRIGUING fantasy that deserves a read.

(photo From Me:)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Fault In Our Stars Review

Hello, I know what you are thinking ( "YOU HAVENT READ THIS BOOK WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, YOU SHOULDNT HAVE BEEN A BOOK BLOGGER!") No I had not read this book, I hadn't read it sooner because I was spoiled, however the novel intrigued me enough to push onward and continue to read. Needless to say I Balled my eyes out at the end...

Plot At a Glance: ( Everyone and their Dog have read this so I will briefly show plot.)
  • Cancer Kids
  • Love
  • Acceptance
  • Cute
  • Pain
General thoughts:
  • This was an uplifting and hope nurturing novel, it showed me some of the more simplistic joys of life that I have been forgetting.
  • Shows life struggles in a very realistic way.
  • Listen to Gus he has some stellar life advice laced throughout...
Characters:
In general I feel that contemporary characters are less relatable than Fantasy characters, don't ask why because I have no idea. But to me I feel that contemporary characters and these in particular almost blend into an average "Cancer Story" which I do not think was Green's goal. They did have their redeeming qualities to me including their unwavering love and cliché sayings and nerdy thoughts on the books they read.

Rating: ****/*****

Why I Rated 4 Stars:
  • I have been blessed to not directly feel the loss of a person due to cancer, which made all this more new and peculiar to me.
  • The characters seemed to be to much to the extreme with their love, I liked it none the less, however it got under my skin a few times.
  • OTHER THAN THOSE FEW ISSUES THE BOOK WAS INCREDIBLE!

Recommendation: I would still recommend Looking For Alaska more than this book, however this is slightly behind and is still amazing>>>

(My Diner Date with Gus and Hazel :))