Thursday, February 28, 2013

Third Sentence Thursday (3)

"Sandy brown hair, penetrating eyes and a constant look of contemplation - how could this kid ever be unfamiliar to her?"
- The Kill Order by James Dashner

     At the beginning of this book it gives an insight into the character Teresa's thoughts; she's basically watching her best friend forget her. That would be the hardest thing ever. All those memories that they had made together have just been flushed down the toilet - killed.

Happy Reading,
Alivia :)

Reached (Matched #3)

Author: Ally Condie

Date Published: November 13th, 2012

Pages: 512


After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.

Genre: Dystopian Romance

My Review:

     First off, this book was a mediocre ending to a mediocre series.  Really, I liked Matched but Crossed ruined it and Reached tried to revive the series and kind of failed. Kind of are the key words.  I mean the book was pretty cliche. A sickness starts, scientist frantically look for a cure, they find it, WHAM! Everyone's all better. Like really? People need to die.  I know some people did died, but were they the main characters? No. A book needs people to die, this may sound harsh, but I love a good book where my favorite character dies.  It's just so heart-wrenching that I immediately deem that book worthy of favorites list. Reached didn't even make it in anyway close to that list. I guess another main problem was that all the people who were needed were all immune to the cure.  I remember thinking, What is this a joke? They are both immune to the plague? Unreal. 
     So I guess I should go into why the book was good. Well, I thought the book was good because I really liked how Xander was excepting of Cassia's love for Ky.  That really showed me how much he loves her. When you love something you have to set it free. At the same time I kind of feel bad for Xander that he didn't get his dream girl that he's loved since he was little. Another example of this book's cliche-ness was how both Xander and Ky both loved Cassia since they first saw her. Then they wanted her when they grew up, one of them did, the other didn't. At least Xander ends up with a good person.
     This book displayed beautiful writing and wonderful poetry that I always fell in love with. With that I will leave this series on a good remark.

Rating: ★★★★

Happy Reading,
Alivia :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Finds (3)

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

My Find:

Title: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1)

Author: Lauren Destefano


By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

My Thoughts:

     This book was a surprise, I thought it was going to be average, nothing special.  Then I started reading it. I loved it by the first page and I'm already onto the 3rd book.  I'd recommend it to anybody.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Finds (2)

Friday Finds are hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

My Find:

Title: Eve and Adam

Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate


In the beginning, there was an apple—

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?

My Thoughts:

I've always loved Michael grant, he's my favorite author of all time.  While I'm waiting for the last book of his series Gone, I decided to start reading this at Barnes and Noble.  

Monday, February 4, 2013

Glass (Crank #1)

Author: Ellen Hopkins

Date Published: August 21st, 2007

Pages: 681


Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster. And once it's got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.
Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she's determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is too strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grips. She needs the monster to keep going, to face the pressures of day-to-day life. She needs it to feel alive.
Once again the monster takes over Kristina's life and she will do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she craves -- her baby.
The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, it's a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

My Review:

     First off, this book as amazing sequel to Crank, like all of Ellen Hopkins' books they're about real life problems.  Mainly, it's just Crank with more characters, plot twists, and drugs.  That's right, Kristina discovers a different kind of meth, glass.  Mexican glass can be up to 90% real meth, also a lot more pricier.  Consequently, Kristina has to resort to stealing money from people at one point in the book.  

     I got really sad when she started using again, I really thought that she would be okay for a little longer. That it, until she met Trey.  At first I thought that it was just gonna be a fling, I even kind of liked him at first. Then he started her up on meth again I didn't like him as much. But when I saw how happy he made Kristina, I was tricked into liking him again.  I was even happy that she was keeping a relationship with him and not cheating. Not a lot at least.
      Brad was definitely not my favorite character.  He seemed real sweet at first until he wanted to cheat on his technical wife and have Kristina cheat on his own cousin.  I got really mad at him for doing that. They have a reason to be sad and lonely, but they did not need to do what they did.  Especially when Trey came home when they were together, that was despicable.
      Don't get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with this book.  In fact, it was amazing.  So real, so serious, not pretend. Cold, hard truth as to how imperfect the human race can really be.


Happy Reading,
Alivia :)

Musing Mondays (3)

Musing Mondays are hosted by MizB of Should be Reading

Describe one of your reading habits.

My Answer:
     One of my many reading habits is, I always cross my legs. Whenever I read I cross my legs, I have no idea why, it's just a habit.

Happy Reading,
Alivia :)