Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Review: The Bridge by Jane Higgins

Title: The Bridge
Author: Jane Higgins
# Of Pages: 344
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: October 9, 2012
Source: LibraryThing
Level: Young Adult
Rating:  3 Hearts



The City is divided. The bridges gated. In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a chance to overrun the residents of Cityside. 

Nik is still in high school but is destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone is shocked when he isn't chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will talk about it. Then the school is bombed and the hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead, and the hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik. 

But Nik is on the run, with Sol's sister Fyffe and ISIS hot on their trail. They cross the bridge in search of Sol, and Nik finds answers to questions he had never dared to ask. 

My Verdict

I don’t really have any strong feelings about this book. I mostly feel indifferent.  

The book is told from the perspective of main character, Nik, whom I thought was a girl for the first few pages before it told me otherwise. I didn’t dislike Nik, he was a good person who kept getting into trouble for nothing which made me mad; I felt so bad for him. My favorite character, however, was Fyffe, she was so brave in the face of danger, and willing to do whatever it took to get her brother back. The character names were all really original which I loved: Dash, Jono, Fyffe, Sol, Jeitan, Levkova, Coly, Lanya. I really loved Levkova, it was just fun to say.

The world building is a big thing in dystopian fiction. I find it really has the power to either make or break a book. While the war-torn City divided into Southside and Cityside is well described visually and easy to imagine yourself in, the politics behind it became really confusing to me, especially near the end. 

There is a lot of action to keep you turning pages and the ongoing search for Sol that keeps you interested. I was both happy and upset with the ending but you can’t always get the best of both worlds I suppose. I’m not really sure if this is a standalone novel or the beginning of a series? It works perfectly fine as a standalone but I could also see it going further.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mini Book Review: Double Crossed by Ally Carter

Title: Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story
Author: Ally Carter
# Of Pages: 60
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Source: Netgalley
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 5 Hearts


(From Goodreads)

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?

W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.

My Verdict

Characters from two of my favorite series; Heist Society and The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter come together in this fast-paced, action-packed, cross over story.

Macey McHenry (Gallagher Girls) and W.W. Hale V (Heist Society) catch each other’s eye at a high-class charity ball. They keep an eye on each other with a sense the other is hiding something. They engage in some witty banter, and end up working together when the charity ball is under attack and everyone is taken hostage.

AHHHHHH! This story was SO good! It made me remember how much I LOVE both of these series and characters. My only complaint was that it was only 60 pages, and that just wasn’t enough. I wanted more! I hope Ally Carter writes more of these cross over stories because it was brilliant! 

(NOTE: Double Crossed is currently available for FREE (that's right FREE!) on Amazon.) 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Book Review: Wild Grace by Max Lucado

Title: Wild Grace: What Happens When      
      Grace Happens
Author: Max Lucado
# Of Pages: 176
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
Source: BookSneeze
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 3 Hearts



Bestselling author Max Lucado explains that if teens let God’s grace change them, shape them, and strengthen them, their lives will never be the same.

Today’s teens are being shaped by the pressures and disappointments of the world. But Max Lucado encourages them to take a close look at what can shape their hearts and their futures from the inside out—God’s grace.

As Max explains, "God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A whitewater, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you." Wild Grace gives teens an understanding of how grace can change their lives in powerful ways, even when those lives are messed up, off track, or in trouble. Each chapter describes another miracle that happens when we allow God’s grace to work on us and through us:

“Grace is God’s decision to change everything. Good-bye, earthly labels. Stupid. Unpopular. Ugly. Failure. No longer. You aren’t who they say you are. You are who He says you are. Spiritually alive. Connected to God. Amazing.”

Teens will be convinced that God knew what He was doing when He made them and His grace is always there, ready to work wonders that are bigger than anything this world has to offer.

My Verdict

This is the first time I’ve read the teen edition of one of Mr. Lucado’s books and I’m sad to say I didn’t enjoy it as much as his adult books. Don’t get me wrong, he is still an incredible author and pretty much the only non-fiction author I will read, but I was a little disappointed.

The layout of the book was extremely nice, with fancy chapter headings, pop out quotations and such: really gorgeous. The story was adapted for teens by James Lund, but I felt the adaptation was a little too “hip” which I didn’t like, but I’m sure the younger crowd will appreciate, such as the references to Lady Gaga and other “teen” things.

One of the things I always LOVE about Mr. Lucado’s books is that he includes real life stories that he seamlessly weaves into the point he’s trying to make. These are usually the parts that really touch my heart. These stories were handled a little differently this time and instead of Max telling us about them himself, they come in the form of letters written directly by the person. I didn’t like this format as much and was actually most touched by the one story not in this format, the story of Barbara Leininger and her sister, Regina who were taken captive by Indians in 1775. As I read through this story on a bench in the school hallway I found myself blinking back tears and willing myself not to cry.

I enjoyed this book but I couldn’t help but wonder if I would have enjoyed the adult version Grace better. I want to read the adult one now so that I can compare the two. I think I’ll stick with what I know and love and continue to read his adult books and pass on his next teen edition.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Defy the Stars Book Weekend: Giveaway & Author Mad Lib

Here's a look at how the weekend has gone so far: 
Today: Giveaway & Author Mad Lib

Now it's the time you've all been waiting for. Stephanie has graciously donated an ebook copy of
 Defy the Stars for me to giveaway to one lucky follower!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is a segment where I'll give an author the title and list of words needed to complete the story,
I will then post the completed Mad Lib here. I asked Stephanie to fill in the blanks and this is the funny but tragic tale we came up with. 

"Samson and Delilah (A Tragic Dialogue)"

DELILAH:   Sam Samson! Will you stop doing those silly exercises.

SAMSON:   Listen, Delilah. I have to keep my tomatoes in shape. After all, I'm the strongest    
          Unicorn in the tribe.

DELILAH:   Well, you look ethereal. Look a the way your hair hangs down over your toy.

SAMSON:   I've been busy. Yesterday I had to kill 10,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a          

DELILAH:   Filthy swine! You promised to take me to a dirty party tonight.

SAMSON:   Okay. So I'll skip my hair.

DELILAH:   I'll do it for you. Now just sit here on this bicycle and I'll give you a tired haircut.

SAMSON:   Okay.

DELILAH:   There. Your table is nice and short. How do you fell?

SAMSON:   Yellow

Note: (This Mad Lib was taken from MONSTER MAD LIBS. Copyright 2001, 1988 Price Stern Sloan, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, New York). No copyright infringement intended.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Defy the Stars Book Weekend: Author Interview

Welcome back to day two of Defy the Stars Book Weekend, thanks for coming back =)
Yesterday we started with a book review and today we have an interview with the lovely author herself, Stephanie Parent. 

Here's how things are gonna go: 
Today: Author Interview
Tomorrow: Giveaway & Author Mad Lib

Born Bookish: Defy the Stars is a retelling of Romeo & Juliet, what made you want to reinvent this story? 

I had written a previous novel in verse and received feedback from editors that it wasn’t “edgy” or dramatic enough for today’s YA market, so I knew I needed to go further in my next novel. Someone in the publishing industry actually suggested the idea of a modern Romeo and Juliet story involving drug addiction. At first I wasn’t sure about it, but then I reread the play and was struck by how well the “poison” in the original play correlated with modern drug use. I was also frustrated with several recent YA books that I think portray Romeo and Juliet in an overly simple, one-sided way, and I wanted to explore Shakespeare’s work in a deeper way. 

Born Bookish: Did you read many novels in-verse to prepare yourself to write one of your own? 

I didn’t specifically read verse novels in preparation for this one, but I’ve been reading verse novels for many years before I attempted to write one. In fact, I would like to read every YA verse novel ever published if that were possible! 

Born Bookish: What is your favorite novel in-verse? 

It’s so hard to pick! One absolutely amazing, completely original verse novel I have to mention is Martine Leavitt’s My Book of Life by Angel. This is the gritty, uncompromising story of a teenage prostitute on the streets of Vancouver, and the author was inspired by the real-life disappearance of a number of prostitutes in the Vancouver area. The poetry format works perfectly to illustrate Angel’s broken psyche and her broken world, and Leavitt works in excerpts and themes from Paradise Lost to stunning effect. 

Another verse novel I really love, which I think definitely deserves more recognition, is Dead on Town Line by Leslie Connor. At less than 10000 words, this book is short even by verse standards, but the author manages to tell a complete, moving, satisfying story that somehow feels more like a novel than a short story or novella. Sort of a YA version of The Lovely Bones, this book is dark and sad, yet ultimately hopeful. 

On a lighter note, I absolutely love Sonya Sones’ companion verse novels, What My Mother Doesn’t Know and What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know. Sones is one of those authors who just makes it look so easy—her verse is deceptively simple but so clever, elegant and charming, it will definitely leave a smile on your face. 

Born Bookish: A lot of people are hesitant to try reading this format, why do you think that is? 

I think a lot of people develop a fear of poetry in high school and/or college English classes and never really outgrow it! I completely understand this, because there are plenty of poems I’ll NEVER understand no matter how much time I spend analyzing them. In addition, some people hear “verse” and assume a verse novel will be a series of poems, perhaps confusing and overly metaphorical, without a clear and overarching narrative. The truth is, many verse novels are quick and easy to read and perfect for reluctant readers, since they contain so few words per page and cut to the emotional core. 

Born Bookish: Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process? Do you make yourself write a certain number of words a day etc.? 

I really don’t enjoy—in fact, I pretty much dread—the actual writing process, so I usually don’t force myself to write a certain number of words a day, and I have a lot of weird little rituals to help me write. I actually like to write with a TV show on in the background of my computer! It has to be a show I’ve watched before so I’m not too distracted, but having that extra noise rather than the gaping silence really helps me. Oddly enough, though, I can’t listen to music while writing, especially music with lyrics—I find that too distracting. I also like to give myself permission to take frequent breaks and surf the net while writing. It means the process takes longer, but it preserves my sanity a bit! 

Born Bookish: Which character was easiest for you to write? Why? 

Julia, since in many ways she’s similar to who I was as a teenager—I was also a fairly serious piano player and a bit of a perfectionist and workaholic. 

Born Bookish: If you could be one of your characters, who would you be? 

Honestly, since Defy the Stars is a pretty depressing story, I’m not sure I’d want to be any of the characters! Probably Julia, because it might be worth the pain she goes through to experience that kind of love. 

Born Bookish: Piano plays a big part of Julia’s life, do you play piano yourself or was it just something that interested you? 

I actually do play the piano—although not nearly as well as Julia does! I went to a performing arts high school, The Baltimore School for the Arts, as a classical piano major, and I also took private lessons at the Peabody Preparatory, the pre-college branch of the Peabody music conservatory that Julia applies to in the novel. However, I was never too interested in or dedicated to the technical aspects of playing, and I knew I didn’t have the drive to pursue it as a career. I definitely couldn’t play the third movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata that Julia tackles in the novel! 

Born Bookish: Both of the main characters in your book are musicians, did you listen to music while writing? If so what was the main song that inspired you? 

I have a hard time writing to music, especially music with lyrics, but I did listen to a lot of classical piano music while writing the book. One piece I listened to over and over is Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata—you’ll see why if you read the book! A few more modern songs I was also inspired by are “1979” by The Smashing Pumpkins and “Your Decision” by Alice in Chains. 

Born Bookish: What was your favorite children’s book growing up? 

So many, but if I had to choose one, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. One of my most vivid childhood memories is sitting on the stairs and sobbing my heart out while reading the last few pages of that book. It really showed me just what an emotionally intense experience reading can be. 

Born Bookish: Do you have any new books in the works that you can tell us a little bit about? 

I have a shorter novel called Forty Days coming out in February—it’s actually the first installment in a two-part story, a YA retelling of Noah’s ark from the point of view of Noah’s sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Neima. Then in May I’m releasing a New Adult romance titled Precious Things, about a girl who has to switch from her chosen university to a community college at the last minute, and the intriguing people she meets there (including a hot guy, of course!). Then in late summer or early fall I’ll have Forty Nights, the second half of the Noah’s ark story. 

Born Bookish: Here at Born Bookish I have a segment called Breathtaking Book Covers where I post the cover image of a book that I think is stunning. Is there a book cover that has ever taken your breath away? If so, what book? 

I really love the covers of most of Francesca Lia Block’s books, which are designed by the amazing photographer and visual artist Suza Scalora. I think my favorite is the cover for I Was a Teenage Fairy.

Thanks so much for the interview Stephanie!!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Book Review: Defy the Stars by Stephanie Parent

Welcome to day one of Defy the Stars Book Weekend! This book was SO good I wish I could personally tell each and every one of you all about it, but since that's pretty much impossible I settled on  shining a spotlight on it through my blog. 

Here's how things are gonna go: 
Today: Book Review
Tomorrow: Author Interview
Sunday: Giveaway

Title: Defy the Stars
Author: Stephanie Parent
# Of Pages: 596
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: July 30th 2012
Source: A review copy by the author (THANK YOU STEPHANIE!!)
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 5 Hearts



Julia Cape: A dedicated classical piano student just trying to get through her last semester of high school while waiting to hear from music conservatories.

Reed MacAllister: A slacker more likely to be found by the stoners’ tree than in class.

Julia and Reed might have graduated high school without ever speaking to each other…until, during a class discussion of Romeo and Juliet, Julia scoffs at the play’s theme of love at first sight, and Reed responds by arguing that feelings don’t always have to make sense. Julia tries to shake off Reed’s comment and forget about this boy who hangs with the stoner crowd—and who happens to have breathtaking blue eyes—but fate seems to bring the two together again and again. After they share an impulsive, passionate kiss, neither one can deny the chemistry between them. Yet as Julia gets closer to Reed, she also finds herself drawn into his dark world of drugs and violence. Then a horrific tragedy forces Julia’s and Reed’s families even farther apart…and Julia must decide whether she’s willing to give up everything for love.

My Verdict

WOAH. I have to say this book completely blew me away! Defy the Stars is a brilliant reinvention of the classic Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. Now, this is not a story I was familiar with beyond the general knowledge of two young lovers torn apart by their families and ending in tragedy. I’ve never actually read it or even seen the movie for that matter so I can’t really talk about if the author stuck closely to the original or strayed from the well-beaten path. What I can say is that she caused me to fall in love with a story I never had an interest in before.

I read this book in one sitting though it is much longer than the normal verse novel, weighing in at a lofty 596 pages. It took me a good 6 to 7 hours only leaving my chair to eat. I was captivated by the story before me, getting sucked into the world of Julia and Reed. All the characters were so well developed; from her parents, to her best friend Sara, to major creeper Perry, to Marc, Cary, Ms. Cheng, they were all so real.  

One of the things I thought was really unique and I really enjoyed about this book was how large a role music plays. The main character, Julia, is a brilliant piano player who practices day in and day out with dreams of attending one of the most prestigious music conservatories. I loved all the talk about piano and how it was such an essential part of who Julia was. Her thought process revolved around music, she would classify characters by their voice type: soprano, alto, bass.

I do want to mention that there is a pretty heavy amount of drug use in this book. I’ve never read anything like it before. I normally try to stay away from the subject, but the author handled it in such a way that it didn’t bother me. While the characters do use a lot of drugs, the book definitely doesn’t condone them.

Even though I knew the tragic ending that was in store, I found myself hoping it wouldn’t be so, wishing to re-write history. I won’t give anything away but there is a twist on the ending you won’t see coming. Defy the Stars has easily become on of my favorite verse novels and I can only hope Stephanie will continue to write more!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wordlover Wednesday: Concilliabule

It's time for another segment of "Wait, There's a Word for That!" Where I'll share crazy words for things you never would of dreamed existed. 
So this weeks word is...

Concilliabule- A secret meeting of people who are hatching a plot

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Book Weekend: Defy the Stars

It's time for another  Book Weekend! 
This coming weekend January 25th through the 27th stop by for a weekend dedicated to Defy the Stars by Stephanie Parent, a Young Adult novel in verse. 

Here's the schedule for the weekend:
Friday: Book Review
Saturday: Author Interview
Sunday: Giveaway & Author Mad Lib

I hope you stop by! =D

Monday, January 21, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review: The Tree With No Branches

Title: The Tree With No Branches
Author: Johnny Knew
# Of Pages: 23
Publisher: Cutie Pie Publishing
Publication Date: June 30, 2011
Source: Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review!
Level: Children’s (Recommended ages 4-8)
Rating: 4 Hearts


(From Publisher)

The tree with no branches may be different than all the other trees in the forest but it has some unique qualities and a very special purpose. Brilliantly crafted by author Johnny Knew and wonderfully illustrated by K. Von Ward, nature-loving children learn about the joy in accepting others different than themselves and that standing up to a bully is the right thing to do.

My Verdict

This was a great story for kids about accepting who you are, believing in yourself, and standing tall in the midst of adversity. The Tree With No Branches, is about a little tree who gets made fun of by all the other trees in the forest for not having any branches. While all the other trees are focused on what’s on the outside and growing their leaves and branches, the tree with no branches is busy growing what really matters… his roots.

The story is told in a rhyming pattern, which I used to love as a child (still do!) 
Here’s a sneak peek:

“And each of the trees that grew on that tree ranch
made fun of the one that had less than one branch!

That’s right!
It had zero.
Not one single limb.
Its outlook looked bleak and its future seemed dim.”

Not only, was this a great story that teaches children the important lesson that it’s what’s on the inside that matters, but the illustrations were also extremely eye catching! All of the pictures are bold, colorful, energetic, and striking. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2013 Reading Challenges

Last year I successfully reached all five of my reading challenges, all except my Goodreads year total. This year I'm joining 8 challenges. Below are the challenges, what level I signed up for, and the books I hope to read though they are subject to change!!

Level: Sonnet 9-12+ 

  Level 2: Rebel (7-12 books)

 Level Three: 15+ 


A Firm Handshake 1-10

Master of all that is Middle Grade 1-10 books


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Back From London!

I'm back! I had an amazing time in London but I'm glad to be home! Thanks so much for all the lovely comments you left me while I was away =) While I work on trying to catch up on all that I've missed in the bloggosphere I thought it would be nice to share some pictures from my trip!

As a book blogger it's obvious that I was SUPER excited to see The British Library. Though we didn't have enough time to explore as much as I would have liked what I did see blew me away!

Alice & Wonderland themed stain glass window at Oxford

Random Alphabet wall in Oxford

One of the many Oxford libraries

Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace)

Portobello Market 

Hope you enjoyed the pictures! =)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Book Review: Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Title: Social Suicide
Author: Gemma Halliday
# Of Pages: 277
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Source: Library
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Hearts


(From back of book)

TWITTERCIDE: [twi-ter-sid]:

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper’s brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went . . . a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the homecoming queen- hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH’s resident body finder, I’m stuck trying to prove that Sydney’s death wasn’t suicide.

I’m starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos. . . .

My Verdict

After finishing the first book in the series, Deadly Cool, I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue on with the series or not. I decided to give the second book a go and ended up enjoying it more than the first!

While technically, Social Suicide is the sequel to Deadly Cool, it could also stand on its own. The author does a quick recap of everything that happened in the first book  (which is annoying if you just finished it) but for those who haven’t, I’m sure it’s nice. However, the recap isn’t even necessary because this book deals with a new mystery all its own.

I had some of the same issues with this one as I did with the first, which is the overly stereotyped high school characters, and the portrayal of Hartley’s mother as “Smother.” While other things improved, this one wasn’t as sexual or demeaning towards a certain stereotyped group.

I loved getting to know main characters Hartley, Chase, Sam, and even Kyle a little deeper as they worked together yet again to solve another school murder. One of my favorite things about these books is Hartley and Chases relationship. They are simply two friends who want to be more than friends but neither of them are going to make the first move. Hartley’s sarcasm and Chase’s wit make for some pretty awesome banter between the two.

Another thing I love is the mystery! Hartley sort of reminds me of a modern day Nancy Drew, who despite all the red flags and warnings will walk into any situation in search of the truth. Most of the times it’s like, seriously your going to go meet someone at midnight in a dark deserted park?!? But if you can get past stupid decisions like that, it’s easily enjoyable.

My one big complaint is that the ending was eerily similar to the ending of the first book.  Like really similar, to the point of disbelief. I just hope the next book takes a more unique approach to a different ending. One thing’s for sure, I can’t wait to see where Hartley and Chase’s relationship goes!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wordlover Wednesday: Textaphobia

Its time for another wordlover wednesday phobia edition. 
Todays phobia is...

Textophobia- Fear of certain fabrics

At first I found this fear to be rather humorous. Why would someone be afraid of certain fabrics but not others? Then I thought of Spandex and it all made sense. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Author Mad Lib: Emma Carlson Berne

This is a segment where I'll give an author the title and list of words needed to complete the story,
I will then post the completed Mad Lib here.

Todays Mad Lib is with author Emma Carlson Berne!
Emma is the author of two YA suspense novels Still Waters (2011) and Never Let You Go (2012).

here is her mad lib...

"Description of a Horror TV Show"

Last week, I saw a television show that really gave me Badger pimples! It starred Big Bird as a mad Ballet Dancer who discovers a way to make bedbugs fourteen feet high! The scientist has a goofy assistant, played by Oscar the Grouch, who gets mad because the scientist keeps hitting him on the head with a pebble. So he lets the bedbugs loose. Right away they start to eat up Indonesia. The army tries to stop them by spraying them with Gatorade, but that doesn't bother those hairy bedbugs. They go right on and eat up Chicago. Then the army drops an atom pug on them and this kills all of them except one super bedbug who grabs the frantic scientist and jumps into a volcano. And then the goofy assistant takes off his disguise and says, "I was only a hog for the F.B.I.," and he marries the scientist's beautiful satin, who is played by Yoda, and they live sadly ever after.

Note: (This Mad Lib was taken from MONSTER MAD LIBS. Copyright 2001, 1988 Price Stern Sloan, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, New York). No copyright infringement intended.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Novel In Verse Reading Challenge: January Linky List

Friday, January 4, 2013

Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Title: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
# Of Pages: 464
Publisher: Delacorte
Publication Date: December 8, 2009
Source: Purchased
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 3 Hearts



There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

My Verdict

There was something strangely addicting about this book! Even though I didn’t care for any of the characters and found the plot rather monotonous, I couldn’t stop reading. I don’t know what it was about it, but something kept me turning pages.

I found Luce to be a pretty annoying protagonist, she bounces between Daniel and Cam like a ping-pong ball. Oh my gosh Daniel, oh Cam is so sweet, look at how handsome Daniel is, oh my gosh Cam. That was pretty much her thought process the whole book.

I felt like I was intended to turn into a pile of mush over Daniel like Luce did but I really didn’t care for him either. The one character out of the whole book that I actually did like was Luce’s friend Penn who was funny, quirky and the only true friend Luce had, in my opinion. 

My favorite thing about this book was probably the setting. I always enjoy books where the characters live at boarding schools, it gives the author the ability to create this whole unique setting all their own.

The ending was nothing more than a bunch of chaos that left you unsatisfied and a little miffed about certain things. 

I know I’m in the minority here considering it was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I believe there are at least three or four more books in the series but I won’t be reading them. I will however look on Wikipedia to find out how the series ends. Mwuhahaha J the power of technology.