Thursday, October 2, 2014

Question of the Week - What's the best book you've recently read?

This book is just so different than any of the other YA that I’ve read in awhile and the stories really draw you in.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You too can see YA Heaven

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

5 out of 5 gnomes

Oh this book, this book, this book let me tell you about this book. This book is a breath of fresh air and will make you think about authors, writing, and stories and how exactly everything with writing and books goes together.

It’s a complicated yet awesome concept that uses alternate chapters very well as you hear both Lizzie and Darcy’s story. It’s a mixture of contemporary and paranormal YA so it has a little bit of everything yet each story kind of stays in it’s own separate sphere. This book is hard to explain but it's different in a very meta/interesting kind of way.

You’re reading the story about an author of a book, the publishing process pretty much what the author goes through, and the book that author’s writing. Along with the author's relationship and how she changes the book. Overall an indepth look at the writing process and the crazy ride of publishing.

There are a lot of great/intense relationships in the book. I liked Darcy and Imogen's relationship because it's messy and definitely not perfect. They really have to work for their goals.

This mashed together book is so good that I would love to read the complete stories mentioned/each individual thread would make a great single book too.

I adore both the endings of Afterworlds (the book within the book called Afterworlds and the end of Darcy’s last chapter in the book.) I wish more YA novels and everything else I read ended like this with sometimes unhappy yet perfect endings.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Afterworlds

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)


“But traveling alone made me nervous even before I could see ghosts.”

“Hiding from the truth was worse than being lied to.”

“Somehow reducing her book to a single phrase made talking about it less paralyzing. It gave Darcy a feeling of control, like knowing Rumpelstiltskin’s name.”

“But books don’t happen by accident.”

“They were small people with a small worldview, and I was learning how to enter a whole new reality. Forget them.”

“Terrorists with machine guns frighten me. You’re just pissing me off. I was trying to sleep.”

“Maybe his lips cured everything.”

“Just remember, the things we write, they aren’t always really us.”

“Everything changes when you take a life.”

“Just consider this, Darcy—real life doesn’t have many happy endings. Why shouldn’t books make up the difference?

“But everything that sucked about life also proved that it was priceless, because otherwise all of that wouldn’t hurt so bad.”

Monday, September 29, 2014

P.R.R.(Pre Review Ravings) - Afterworlds

These are my P.R.R.(Pre Review Ravings) aka what I think before I write my review.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld


- What a complicated yet truly awesome concept.

- A mixture of both contemporary and paranormal YA this book pretty much has everything.

- This book is hard to explain but it's different in a very meta/interesting kind of way.

- You’re reading the story about an author of a book, the publishing process pretty much what the author goes through, and the book that author’s writing. Along with the author's relationship and how she changes the book.

- I liked Darcy and Imogen's relationship because it's messy/definitely not perfect. They really have to work for their goals.


- Seeing the different points of view of the author and the character well characters from the stories was really interesting.


- Both of these mashed together stories are so good that I would read them over and over together or separately.

- I'm really interested in seeing more of Imogen's book because that bit you get to read is really good.

- The endings of the book and the book within a book just work so well.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Top 5 Sundays - Favorite Female Book Characters! (Part 2)

This feature was thought up by the awesome Larissa & Friends’ Bookish Life
Rules:

1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 - Feel free to use the Features image
4 - After you've finished your post, add your link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)  
 
 

Favorite Female Book Characters!


I love Maddie's character in all the books I've read so far of this series. Her wonderland weirdness is a lot of fun.


Darcy and Lizzie from Afterworlds because you can't have one without the other. I love how much both these characters change over the course of the book and the endings that they both have.

 
Angel is a zombie with plenty of attitude. This series is crazy but in a good way, can't wait to see what happens to Angel next.
 

Celaena is such a complicated character yet so very interesting I never know what's going to happen next in this series to her or anybody else.



Juliette especially by the end of the series is such an awesome character. Her growth over the entire series is really a great read.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weekend Read - Afterworlds

Oh this book, this book, this book, you have to read this book. So far it’s a stupendous mixture of YA fantasy along with Contemporary YA. As of where I’ve read so far it’s been three books in one very interesting space. You’re reading the story about an author of a book, the publishing process pretty much what the author goes through, and the book that author’s writing.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review - Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All

Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale

5 out of 5 gnomes

This series is just so much fun. The characters and settings will make you smile and wonder what’s going to happen next.

This story gets into the repercussions of Raven’s choice from the last book. Everything is on shaky ground because people just don’t know what will happen if people don’t follow their stories.

I love getting to find out more about Cerise and her complicated family.  It was awesome to see exactly what she can do.

Maddie’s character continues to be my favorite and her chats with the Narrator are pretty darn funny. It was cool getting to see more of the other Wonderlandians too.

It’s great that Raven and Apple try to see both sides of the situation. The Rebels and the Royals both have good points even though I definitely side with the Rebels. It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes from here especially if more and more people decide to rebel.