Saturday, February 22, 2014

Stacking The Shelves (1)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Due to horrible weather, I've been trapped at my house for the past couple of weeks, but I finally got out yesterday and headed over to my public library. I checked out several books that I've been hearing a lot about on the blogsphere, and I can't wait to start reading them!
Drumroll please.....
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Legend by Marie Lu
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
There you have it! I'm in the process of reading a couple of my older books, so it'll be a few days until I get to these, but I do intend to review them all.
What did you get for your Stacking The Shelves? I'd love to stop by :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: The Death Cure

Title: The Death Cure
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 11th 2011
Pages: 324
Genre: YA
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 4 Starfish

Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.

What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says.

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
- Summary and cover image from Goodreads

My feels were all over the place while I was reading this. So, I will try to explain my feelings as coherently as possible.

Plot: Parts of the plot were predictable, though I'm not stating that as a bad thing. The book in its entirety was thrilling and heart-wrenching. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't bear to part with it for even a second! I thought it was a perfect way to end the trilogy. I'm going to warn you that it is an extremely sad book, and that you should have a box of tissues at the ready.

Setting: Set in a post- apocalyptic world, everything has finally come to a head. Wicked is falling apart at the seams, and Thomas and the gang are close to finding a cure....and possibly a way to escape the inevitable end. I thought the setting was exhilarating. A little too crazy to be real, but I loved it nonetheless.

Shock Factors: I get so angry just thinking about this. There are several shockers, one of which almost moved me to violence (if you've read this book before, then you should know what I'm referring to). There was a surprising turn of events that happened at the end, and I was completely caught off guard and confused. It was definitely an interesting twist to throw in, but I'm not sure that I like it.

Thomas: Thomas was the most emotional I've ever seen him be. I think part of the reason why I don't understand him is the fact that he's not an emotional kind of guy. I did like his friendship with Newt and Minho, but since this is the final book, I have to give my honest opinion of Thomas: he's not much of a hero. He helps his friends out when they're in trouble, but he also looks out for himself a lot, which struck me as too selfish. To me, a hero should be like Beowulf; completely selfless to the end, putting everyone else first. Maybe Thomas is a little too flawed and that's why he was a turn off for me.

Newt: I can't. I just can't. *weeps quietly in the corner*

Minho: Minho (thankfully!) didn't change much, considering all of the crap he went through. I'm glad he was still able to crack a joke now and again.

Secondary Characters: I love that there are so many characters in this trilogy. Some were more fleshed out than others, but all were realistic and interesting. There were a few characters that I had theories on that ended up surprising me (in a good way), and I liked that the author threw in character twists as well as plot twists.

Strengths: Everything was summed up pretty well. I didn't have any lingering questions from the first two books. I was very happy with the ending, because as you know, most dystopias suck at wrapping things up in a way that satisfies the reader.

Weaknesses: I can't go into a lot of detail, but the way they escaped seemed disjointed from the rest of the book. It didn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

This book really was amazing. I'd recommend The Maze Runner trilogy to anyone.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine.
Today I am waiting on The One by Kiera Cass.

Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 6th 2014

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants
.- Summary and cover image from Goodreads

I am so ready for this book!!!!! I love The Selection and The Elite and I have a feeling that this one will end up on my favorites shelf too!

The cover is absolutely GORGEOUS, definitely my favorite out of the three.

I'm pretty sure I know who America will choose, BUT I SWEAR IF IT ISN'T MAXON..... okay, I'm cool. I'm cool. *takes calming breath*

Basically, I can't wait to read this book!

So what are you waiting on this week? Leave a link so I can come check it out. :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Being A Reader And Book Blogger.
I'm A Reader Because... 
1. I love learning things about other places and cultures that I wouldn't have known about otherwise.
2. I like reliving the past, and playing around with theories on what the future might end up like. (I read a lot of historical and dystopia novels, hence my answer.)
3. I LOVE being inside another person's head. There are a lot of personality types and traits that baffle me, so reading from their perspective makes it easier to understand them.
4. I'm an English nut, so I love to read because it expands my vocabulary and improves my spelling. (Silly answer, I know. But it's true)
5. I like stepping into someone else's shoes and experiencing a life that's different from mine. (I'm not trying to escape reality. I just like being a part of someone else's life, and feeling like I've lived it with them.)  
I'm A Book Blogger Because...
6. I like sharing my opinions and hearing what others have to say. My friends don't have the same taste in books as I do, so our discussions don't last as long as I would like. Lol.  
7. I love discovering new, fantastical reads! Thanks to the blogsphere, I've gotten a hold of several books that I fell head over heels for.
8. I like talking with people who have the same interests as me. Where I live, only a handful of people read. Seriously. So you can imagine my excitement when I get on blogs and read reviews on books that I loved too.  
9. I love taking up new hobbies. Since I'm reading most of the time and sharing my book finds with others, I decided to add blogging along with my gazillion other hobbies, and it was one of the best things I ever did!
10. I hope it will bring me back to my love of writing. I used to love to write when I was little, and my teachers always said it was something I should pursue. But as I got older, it became more of a chore rather than for fun. So long story short, I hated to write and almost never did. But I was still told that it was something I was good at. So now that I have a blog, it forces me to write again. And truth be told, it's getting easier to do. Still tedious, but getting better. :)
And there you have it! Why do YOU love being a reader and book blogger? Have a great Tuesday!  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Review: The Frog Prince

Title: The Frog Prince
Author: Jenni James
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication Date: December 6th 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 5 Starfish

A prince disguises himself to find true love—

Prince Nolan has had enough of Princess Blythe—the woman to whom he has been betrothed since infancy—and her simpering letters. Does the princess truly not have a brain in her head? Never before has he communicated with someone who seemed so childish and spoiled. It was time he met her for himself, to decide if he could actually follow through with this marriage. But to do it right, she must not see how handsome he is. He needs a disguise—something that would show him her true nature.

Nolan asks an old herb woman to transform him into a creature that is disgusting to any female—a frog. The spell will last thirty days unless the princess does the impossible and kisses him. Now the true test begins. Will Blythe prove to be as monstrously annoying as he believes she is, or will he learn to see past his judgments and find a loving princess waiting for him?
- Summary and cover image from Goodreads

I absolutely loved this book! The Frog Prince is one of my favorite fairytales. So naturally, I was really looking forward to this retelling, and it did not disappoint!

Plot: The plot is really close to the original, but there were a few interesting twists that made it seem more like it's own story instead of just another version of it. It wasn't fast-paced. It was more mellow and steady, which I liked a lot. It's also short, so it didn't take very long to read.

Setting: The story mainly takes place in a castle, and if you're like me and you love fairytales that have a medieval feel to them, then this is just another reason for you to read the book. 

Blythe: At first, Blythe seems like your average, spoiled princess. The Prince wrote a bunch of letters to her and she always sounded obnoxious. But as the story starts to unfold, you realize that she is actually sweet and compassionate. She acted the way she did towards the Prince because she didn't want an arranged marriage (What girl does?). I thought she was a perfect heroine, and I really loved her personality.

Nolan: He's actually really terrible starting out. He was self-centered and arrogant, but after a while, he began to realize this, and then he changed for the better. I really liked him, and I loved his relationship with Blythe. Even though he spent the majority of the book as a frog, I thought their romance was sweet and genuine. He still had a hint of arrogance at the end of the book, but it was done in a I-can't-help-but-laugh-at-your-ridiculousness kind of way.

Secondary Characters: Blythe's mother was very charming and witty. The banter between her and the Prince was always very amusing. She was a likeable, secondary character and the only one to have a fairly big part in the story.

Strengths: There are so many books out there where the hero or heroine gets under my skin, and then the book is a chore to get through. But I was extremely happy when I read The Frog Prince, and both main characters were easy to fall in love with. I thought the book was fantastic and well done.

Weaknesses: I don't think it has any.... unless you count the fact that it doesn't have a sequel. I guess, at times, the dialogue was a bit cheesy, but I really didn't mind it because the romance was just so cute!

I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy and fairytale lovers, and I know that there are a lot of you out there. So go ahead and give it a try! Ps. It's really cheap to download!