Monthly Archives: March 2014

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Favorites in Genre X

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post giving our top ten on different topic. This is hosted by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH. This weeks topic is Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in Genre X. I thought this was a really interesting topic and I really had to think about which genre to pick. The genre I came up with isn’t technically a genre, but I’ve decided that I’m using it anyway. I’ve decided on my top ten all time favorite vampire books. Here’s what I came up with:
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1)Twilight by Stephenie Meyer– The fifteen year old reader in me is putting this on my list. This was the book that started my love of paranormal books. I have great memories enjoying the pages of this saga.

2)Bloodlines by Richelle Mead– If you’ve read any of these books you know why this is on my list. I’m obsessed with this series and I can’t wait for the next to come out.

3)The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead– Vampire Academy came in a very close second to Bloodlines. I love both stories.

4)Evernight by Claudia Gray– This is another addition from fifteen year old me. I got really attached to this series when I was younger.

5)The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa– I just love anything Kagawa writes. I love the Blood of Eden series. I’m also beyond excited for The Forever Song to come out this April.

6)A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands– Really of the Argeneau novels are included with this. They’re on the more trashy romance novel side, but hey who doesn’t love a good romance novel every now and then.

7)Shadow Falls Series by C.C. Hunter– Shadow Falls has more than just vampires, but I wanted it on this list because I loved reading the Shadow Falls series. I flew through the books, loving every page.

8)The Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts– These also have more than just vampires but these books were exciting and fun and crazy.

9)Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz– Cruz put an interesting and unique twist in her vampire series. I put off reading the series for quite a while because I knew I needed to read them all together.

10)The House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristen Cast– I wasn’t a huge fan of this series toward the end. The last one is coming out this year and I might give them a try again.

These are my top ten all time favorite vampire books. What are yours?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

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Inside Out – Maria V. Snyder

Summary:
I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I’ve got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.

Review:
I saw this book at the library and it’s author, Maria V. Snyder, caught my eye. I’ve read quite a few of her books and have really enjoyed them all. I figured this book would be another by her that I loved. This story, Trella’s story was interesting. I found that I had a hard time actually getting into this book until fifty or so pages in. This is strange for me because I’m normally immediately sucked into the story. With Inside Out I had a harder time getting attached to to story and the characters. I think this is because this book reminds me of another with a sort of similar story line. After the first fifty pages, I found that I got really into the story. I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. Inside out is full of suspense and action.
As for the characters, there are so many. Trella, such a smart, clever, strong girl. This is our strong female lead, and that’s exactly what she is. She leads her fellow scrubs to a new kind of life. One thing that bothered me about Trella was the way she isolated herself. She always thought she had to do everything by herself when that was the opposite of the truth. I really enjoyed watching Trella grow in this book.
Now, the rest of the gang. So, there’s Cog, Jacy, Logan and Anna-Jade. This small group is what makes Trella so strong. The support of these awesome characters. I loved seeing Trella realize that she had gained these friendships. These characters were all ones I enjoyed, always being supportive and as helpful as possible to their friend.
And Riley. I wasn’t sure how to feel about him at all throughout this book. At the very end of the book I decided that I like him a little bit. I also think he’s good for Trella. I’m really excited to see where this relationship goes in the sequel.
I think any young adult reader would like this book. It’s simple, with an interesting story line.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Popular Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is popular authors I’ve never read. I thought this was an interesting topic and I’m excited to see what I come up with.
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1)Jane Austen– She’s someone that’s on my list of books to get around to eventually. Most people are surprised I haven’t read anything by her.

2)Mercedes Lackey– Although Antonia has tried her hardest, she hasn’t gotten me to actually pick up anything by her.

3)Marissa Meyer– Her book Cinder has me a bit interested. She’s another author I just haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

4)Tahereh Mafi– I actually tried to get the Shatter Me series on my last visit to the library, but the series was incomplete.

5)George R. R. Martin– I’ve been putting this series off for as long as it’s been popular. I know I’ll probably read them eventually, but I have more important books to read.

6)Gillian Flynn– I just haven’t gotten around to getting Gone Girl from my library yet.

7)Stephanie Perkins– She wrote Anna and the French Kiss. I’ve seen a lot of reviews and good things about this author.

8)J.R.R. Tolkien– I have never read any of the Lord of the Rings book, only seen the movies. I really don’t think I’ll ever read them.

9)Phillip Pullman– I tried to read The Golden Compass book when I was younger and just couldn’t stay interested. I’ve thought about giving them another try, but who knows.

10)Sherrilyn Kenyon– Another author Antonia would love for me to read. I’ve tried to read Infinity before, but it never seems to happen. It’s definitely on my list though.

These are my top ten popular author I’ve never read. What do you think? What are yours?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Requiem – Lauren Oliver

Summary:
They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past. But we are still here. And there are more of us everyday.

Review:
I found Requiem to be almost a combination between the first two books. After finishing this book, I find myself able to say that Delirium was my favorite book of the trilogy. Requiem was past paced at times, but also had some slow points. I thought this was nice, I got a chance to process all the action. I really enjoyed the final book in the story of these characters. Oliver came up with a seriously unique story line. I liked having something new to read.
As for the characters, there was so much that happened in this book. Alex is back after Lena thought he was dead. She also has the guy she’s almost moved on with, Julian. My opinion of these characters changed quite a bit while reading Requiem. Lena makes herself seem like a flighty school girl. She can’t decide which guy to be with. She was always second guessing her thoughts and it was kind of annoying. Other than that, she was the same old stubborn, determined, hardworking female lead that I loved to read about.
When it comes to Alex and Julian my opinion of them kind of switches. I absolutely adored Alex in the first book, Delirium. I spent the second book wishing that the first had ended differently and that Julian would go away. In the pages of Requiem, Julian really proves himself to the rebellion. He shows that he’s willing to work for their cause, he was willing to help in any way. He also tried to hard to be supportive of Lena while he knows she’s struggling with her feelings. He stays a nice guy, just trying to do the right thing. Then there’s Alex. He was my favorite, then he came back a total douche. He spends most of the book being a complete asshole to Lena. I think he was really just hurt that Lena had feelings for another person. The book ends in Alex’s favor. He becomes my favorite again, thankfully.
Requiem was a pretty good ending to this very interesting trilogy. My favorite was totally the first book in the series. Any readers that like action and romance and chaos would enjoy reading these books. So go read them now!

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Pandemonium – Lauren Oliver

Summary:
I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Review:
I’m sitting here trying to think of what to say about this book and all I can think is, “What the fuck just happened?!” Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver was a very interesting book. The second in the Delirium trilogy was much more fast paced than the first. There’s always something happening. I flew through these pages needing to know what happened next. Even now, I’m having a little trouble focusing on writing this when I have Requiem sitting right in front of me. So much happens in these pages. Good and bad, crazy and chaotic and I loved every page.
Lena finds herself in the Wilds. She is absolutely not the same girl as she was at the beginning of this trilogy. She’s become stronger emotionally, more determined. Lena no longer takes shit from anyone and I loved seeing this change in her. She spends most of the book trying to forget or block out the memories of her loved ones that are now in her past. This is something she struggles with throughout the entire book, right up until the very last page. She has lost quite a bit but she knows that she has a new life now. Her life in the Wilds isn’t what you would call easy, but Lena does her part and doesn’t complain too much. I really enjoyed seeing Lena live her life in a completely new and different environment. I liked seeing her grow with everything she deals with. She is a very resourceful girl. Lena’s strong willed, feisty, and seriously sassy. I definitely liked Lena better in Pandemonium.
Raven, Tack, Hunter, Sarah, and Blue have become Lena’s new makeshift family. Fellow “Invalids” they help Lena when she firsts arrives on the other side of the fence. They take her in and she becomes one of them. I wasn’t sure how I felt about some of these characters at first. But I’ve decided that I love them all. I really liked how developed their stories were. How well we got to know them in these pages. I feel like many authors focus more on the main characters and I liked how involved the secondary characters became.
Now, to talk about Julian. I don’t like him. Well, that’s not entirely true. I didn’t like him at first. But he seemed to grow on me. He’s still totally not my first choice, but I tolerate him. He reminded me very much of Lena in the first book. He was ignorant to how wrong their government is and by the end of the book he’s realized this. I think the only reason I ended up liking him more was because he realized that his father and the government are wrong. He’s so unsure of himself most of the time and that was kind of annoying, but he becomes more confident at the end of the book. Julian was not my favorite at all, but I’m curious to see what part he’s going to play in the last book.
Pandemonium has no lack of action or fighting scenes, but there’s also romance and suspense. I don’t think I could say that I liked either the first or second book better. The two were pretty different, which I really liked. I seem to find that with a lot of series’ the sequels are pretty much exactly the same at the first. As I said in my review of Delirium, all of you fellow readers need to go out and get these books now so that you can feel like I do right now.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Delirium – Lauren Oliver

Summary:
Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

Review:
I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book for quite a long time. My library finally had all three books in the trilogy so I figured now was my chance to finally read them. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed in the least. Our main character, Magdalena, was one that I really enjoyed getting to know. When I started the books I didn’t think I was going to like Lena that much, and it almost ruined the book for me. I’m very happy to say that I was wrong and I absolutely adored her. She reminded me a bit of myself in the beginning. Always doing exactly as she’s told, just trying to follow the rules and go on with her life. Until Lena meets Alex and her whole world changes. I was infatuated with Alex from the first time we saw him. I knew I was going to see him again and I knew I was going to love him forever. The change that I saw in Lena after she meets Alex was such a good one. Before she’s really unsure of herself, always second guessing her every thought. She doubts everything she does and says and that really bothered me. Lena was very insecure before she met Alex, mostly because of their screwed up government. After Alex though, Lena gains so much self confidence. She believes in herself and her love for Alex. I really loved seeing Lena grow into a more confident young woman and start to make her own choices instead of following all the rules. Alex was a mystery in the beginning. I wasn’t sure what part he played in Lena’s story, until I read more. I loved seeing Lena and Alex together. He treated her like such a princess. The pair were so good for each other. And I just love him so much.
The world that Oliver has created was a very interesting one. I really liked the uniqueness of this story. It was something I hadn’t read before and that was really nice. A futuristic world where they have decided that love is a sickness that needs to be cured. I think my favorite part about the story line was what the characters were saying about our present time. Apparently we’re all idiots and need to be cured. The story was relatively fast paced with some slow points. I loved every page. I’m really excited to see where this story goes next.
I’d suggest these books to, well, everyone. Go to your local library or bookstore. Buy these books, and love them as much as I do.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

Goodreads Summary:Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other’s countries in the name of better political alliances–and potential marriages. It’s got the makings of a fairy tale–until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.

Jessica Day George has done it again. Princess of the Midnight Ball sucked me in until I couldn’t put it down until I was done and now the same thing has happened with Princess of Glass.
I loved Princess Poppy from the start. She was a strong, quirky, funny character that I grew attached to immediately. I liked the fact that I already knew of Poppy from Princess of the Midnight Ball and was wicked excited to get to know her more in this book.
I also fell in love with Prince Christian immediately. He was a little awkward and shy. He never liked people fawning all over him because he’s a prince and was kind to everyone whether they had a title or not. I liked the fact he and Poppy became friends as soon as they met. He thought she was a little strange but in a good way. It was a nice way to start their relationship.
I loved the secondary characters as well. As I mentioned in my review of Princess of the Midnight Ball (which you can find here), George gives all her characters very distinct personalities. Because of this, I cared about everyone’s lives and what was happening to them instead of just Poppy and Christian.
George’s version of Cinderella was fantastic. It was nothing like any other version I’ve read and it kept me guessing the entire time.
Overall, I loved this book. It was funny, suspenseful and romantic. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fairytales and romance. It’s a quick but fun read.
-Antonia