Book Reviews: The Young Elites and Half Wild

young elitesThe books featured in this post I started reading before I took a reading break for a few months. I managed to finish them this week. I’m glad to be getting back to reading books and blogging on a regular basis.

One of the books I finished this week is The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Let me first say that she is one of my favorite authors. She hasn’t let me down yet. The Legend Trilogy is amazing! The story is mainly about a young girl named Adelina who learns she has powers that no one else has because of a plague she contracted. These superpowers are seen as evil in her society. One day she’s captured, then redeemed by the Daggers, a group of young people who share powerful effects from the illness. She befriends Enzo, the leader of the elite group and finds a friend in Raffaele. Adelina’s peace and freedom doesn’t last as long as she thought it would. She meets the same man who imprisoned her, Teren, the head of the Inquisitors for the first time since she was saved by the Daggers. Soon she learns her sister Violetta was imprisoned and she sets out to save her only to find a secret her sister’s been keeping for years.

I thought this story began a bit slow, but this isn’t surprising from the author. Lu is one of those authors who just may give us a bit more information than we need. I felt the book could have been shorter. In fact, it would have been shorter if she didn’t include so many flashbacks/back stories of the lead character Adelina. However, it did allow to me to see how Adelina’s inner motivations justify her actions. The world Lu builds is so detailed and makes you feel as if you were there every step of the way. The story isn’t predictable at all. There are twists and turns, suspense, and horror living in the pages of this novel. It isn’t for the light hearted and deeply religious! I’m always a bit turned off by the romance in books that aren’t in the romance genre (If I wanted to read about a romance, I would have picked up a romance novel!), but Lu didn’t overdo it. It was just enough to pull my heart strings.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading stories including people with supernatural abilities who fight against evil while set in a fantasy world. The epilogue definitely intrigued me. I can’t wait for the second book to release.

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I waited anxiously for the second book, Half Wild in the Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green! Half Bad is so good. Nathan continues his journey to fulfill his destiny and save the girl he loves. It sounds simple and straight to the point, but you know it didn’t go as well as he planned! So, continuing from the first book, this book goes into him learning how to use the gifts his father, Marcus gave to him. I will say that the first book is a lot better than the second one, but the second book isn’t bad either, just not as good! 🙂 I can’t say too many details about the story without completely giving it away. To give you an idea, Nathan is a half blood (black and white), living in the world where white witches and black witches rule separately. White represents good and black represents evil. Nathan often struggles between the two and society judges you by what kind of witch you are. Nathan’s father, Marcus is the most powerful black witch there is and everyone is afraid of him. There are also fains, but they aren’t as popular or deadly as others think half white and half black witches are.

Half Wild took a while to build up to the climax. The characters were stricken and a little confused for most of the story. They spend a couple of days (chapters) in one place just figure out what they need to do next. The romance in this book is interesting and different. I love it. Nathan is pretty much in a love triangle throughout the entire story. The amount of WOWs in this book is abundant. There’s no way you can count them all. It’s VERY unpredictable. Nathan’s odd family structure and romantic relationships along with fighting hunters, magic, and explosions will keep you reading for hours. In the last chapter Nathan sets out on another adventure and this time it involves getting even with someone he never thought he’d lay a hand on. It’s going to get better! I recommend this book.

Happy June! – Reading Update

I have been away and I am so sad about it! Life had me doing some twist and turns. I’m finally back with some book news.

I am currently reading “Half Wild” by Sally Green and almost 80% done with it. I should be done with it later today or tomorrow and I will most a review. It’s interesting judging by what I’ve already read.

As far as books I will read this month, I’m always hesitant about posting a list because I am such a moody reader. I choose a book usually by my mood most of the time and other times I choose the genre I want to read and I haven’t read a lot of. But here are a few books I plan to read this month:

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If I stay true to the list of books, I will be AMAZED! I will try VERY hard to stay focused and not read any “new” books until I’ve read these and all are on my bookshelf other than “The Glass Arrow,” which is a very good thing! I’m trying to read more books from my shelves instead of buying new ones and have them constantly pile up.

That’s all I have for now! Happy reading.

I’m Back! + Current Read

Hey, guys!

I haven’t published a post in a while. So many things have been going on in my life that I haven’t had the time!

I am back.

Since I’ve been away, I have been reading a book. My current read is the second book of the Half Bad trilogy, Half Wild. As always, Sally Green never fails to write a mind boggling first chapter. The story is off to a slow start, but it seems to be picking up. I should have the review up soon!

Happy World Book Day! (UK)



It is World Book Day in the United Kingdom, which is celebrated on the first Thursday in March. America does not celebrate it until April 23rd. I don’t mind celebrating it twice a year. Promoting literacy is always a good thing! 

Oh, the books! February Wrap Up + March TBR

Hello!

So many things happened last month and I didn’t get to read as many books as I wanted to. I planned to read more than three, but I’m glad I was able to read as many as I did because I was so busy! I read:

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I started to read these books, but I didn’t finish.

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Invisible Man is a very, very well written body of work. I started reading it and I began to get emotional, so I took a break from it. I will pick it back up soon. I’m about 30% done with The Rosie Project. I love this book! I really enjoyed what I read so far. However, I did not have time to finish it. I will finish this book this month and write a review.

I attempted to read this book last month….

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I don’t know what happened, but it lost me! I can’t get into the story and I thought the lead character was really immature.

Now, my March TBR. I am currently reading Sold, a book I bought and featured in my mini book haul. I’m enjoying it. Again, I will finish The Rosie Project. I don’t know what other books I plan to read. I feel like reading whatever I feel like reading. Hopefully March won’t be as hectic as last month. I was suffering from reading withdrawals pretty bad!

Mini Book Haul!

I took a break yesterday from a long morning of studying and decided to go to one of the Barnes & Nobles in my city (the biggest one). I could go to the book store every day of my life and I would find a different book I want to read. Here’s the books I bought yesterday:

speakFrom the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party.

I’ve been hearing a lot about this book recently. I know that it covers sensitive topics. Topics that I won’t discuss here, but if you want to know more, you can Google search and find out for yourself.  It was originally released in 1999. I’m sure this book resonates with many young people which may be why it was re-released. It basically covers topics no one wants to voluntarily talk about.

soldLakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

I’ve seen this book PLENTY of times and finally decided to pick it up. A movie adaptation is available now. I’m not sure if I’m going to watch the movie, but the book interests me. I had to chose between this book and The DUFF, Sold won! It also covers a sensitive topic. I’m always looking for books about young girls and women with a setting in other countries. I find stories about foreign girls and women the most intriguing, especially if they’re experiencing something considered taboo.

I cannot buy anymore books before I move! I’m going to have a hard time moving my book collection, so I have to have a physical book buying ban until April 1st! *fingers crossed*

Run Fast. Trust No One. Always Carry Your Knife.

the walled city730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.
18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

What an adventure! This book covers so many things that most of society looks over and it’s so compelling. The story takes place in the Walled City, which was an actual place in Hong Kong that had over 20,000 occupants and notorious for poverty, drug trafficking, prostitution, and a series of other unspeakable crimes. Graudin gives us insight into the lives of street kids and those who have power over them within the confines of these walls from the three perspectives of Dai (A young man who has to fulfill a special run to clear his name), Mei Yee (A woman sold to a brothel), and Jin (Someone who is full of revenge and a mission to accomplish).

If you aren’t a fan of violence (all forms), then this book isn’t for you. You will get a bird’s eye view of what goes on in this city. I love that the author researched before he began to write this book. He changed several things to make it a work of fiction, but I think it did not make the story any less appealing. While reading, events I thought would happen did not. You want to believe two people will fall in love because they spend the most time together. You will think one thing and it will become the opposite. One of the best things about this book is unpredictability.

The characters are well developed. I liked every single on of them. Like I mentioned previously, the story is told from three perspectives. It reminded me of Marie Lu. She is the queen of multiple perspectives. It’s not as good as her artfulness, but close. The tale begins really slow, but it picks up as you read.

I wish there was a second book! It seems like there was much more to know about the characters and the story ended too soon. I feel the story in its entirety was underdeveloped. The story should have been longer or a book two should be in the works. It leaves you wanting more. The author included an epilogue, but it wasn’t enough! It’s a fast paced read. However, the events occurred too fast to be pleasurable.

I recommend this book. Keep reading until the end!

 

 

You Think You Know About Vampires? Think Again!

bookish-fledglingAfter picking this book up at the beginning of the month, I finally finished it. Finally. If you think you know all there is to know about vampires, think again, my dear. I had a bit of cognitive dissonance while reading this book because Ms. Butler took everything I knew about vampires and said it was all wrong! This is a work of fiction, but all of the other fictional books about vampires seem to run into each other. None are significantly different than the other until I read this book.

This the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted-and still wants-to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.

The story began really mysteriously and had my attention until I got done with more than half of the book. The story is very interesting. You will learn about things concerning the nature and makeup of vampires that will make you a little uncomfortable; especially if you love reading similar stories. Towards the end, the storytelling started to become repetitive and I lost interest. I think it’s great to keep refreshing the reader’s mind, but it can become annoying.

Also, I love when authors are descriptive in their storytelling. However, Ms. Butler was a VERY descriptive author. Every character in the story is fully developed. Background information is given about every character and family. Sometimes it can make a book longer than it should be.The human-vampire relationships took me off guard. You would never think humans would be welcoming to vampires (and vice versa) and they will actually live together in harmony.

I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. Race, politics, sexism, and poverty are common ground in this book. I recommend it if you love reading books with vampires and don’t mind getting a different perspective.

Insanely Popular Unread Books On My Bookshelf

Have you ever had books on your bookshelf that everyone raves about, but you have yet to read them? I think we all do. As I read and watch people talk about these books, I began to think about the same books I have on my bookshelf that I haven’t read yet! Here are a few popular books I have yet to read (or finish reading. oops):

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Some of these books I started reading, got bored, then put them down and haven’t picked them up again. Others I haven’t started reading at all. I am curious to know why they are so popular, though. I want to get back on populars soon, but I don’t know exactly win. It seems as if my TBR pile gets higher and higher by the minute. I am literally drowning in books!

I know this is off topic, but you may have noticed that I haven’t posted any book reviews lately and it is for good reason! I’ve been studying to get my teacher certification. I take the exam next Monday, so it will all be over soon and I will start posting book reviews again. Hopefully, I’ll be able to review at least one book before the month is over. *fingers crossed*


Happy Valentine’s Day! + eBook Deal!

I hope you all are having a wonderful day of love. I am VERY pleased to say that one of Jenny Han’s popular books, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is now $1.99! You can purchase it through Amazon or Apple at this price until February 28th. I have a physical copy of this book, but eBooks are so much easier and comfortable to handle than physical books. Here’s more about the book:

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

There has been recent news of a sequel to this book, so if you’re interested it is great price right now!