Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesdays are hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine

Title: Light (Gone #6)

Author: Michael Grant

Publication Date: April 2nd, 2013


It's been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

In the time since every person over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana's malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?

My Thoughts:

   Words can not describe how much I want this book. I am literally restraining myself from putting this in all caps. I NEED THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!! Okay much better, I have been waiting for this book for a year and a half! This is my favorite series of all time, all time! I love this series! You can bet that I'll be getting up at midnight so that I can start reading it! April 2nd you can not come any faster!!!!!

Happy Reading,

Wither (1# Chemical Garden Trilogy)

Author: Lauren Destefano

Date Published: March 22nd, 2011

Pages: 358


     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?

Genre: Dystopian Romance

My Review:

     Wither is another dystopian romance that have become oh-so-very popular, but Wither is not just another dystopian romance, it is a wonderful, dark, plot-twisting novel.  I greatly enjoyed Wither it fulfilled all my expectations and then more, the writing was beautiful and elegant.  Lauren Destefano definitely has the magic touch when it comes to writing.  But, there were some things that I wasn't too happy with.
     For example, the whole idea of polygamy never quite appealed to me.  I guess in this situation it was nice to have some other women characters to go with the main character Rhine.  Other than them, it's pretty much all guys, for the first book anyways. Another thing that bothered me was that the weather in the book never made sense. Two hurricanes within the span of a weeks while it's so cold you can see your breathe in between the two storms.  I don't know about you but, I always thought that hurricanes were a warm weather storm. Just saying. I'm done nit-picking now because this really is a great book.
     Rhine actually was a very nice character, I especially like her name. (It was funny because we were just learning about the Rhine River when I Wither) She was strong and well-developed. Though, at  times, she kind of got a little annoying with all talk of her home and how she just couldn't wait to see her brother again. I would want to see my brother too if I was kidnapped, but I feel that it was a little overplayed.
     Cecily and Jenna, Rhine's sisterwives, I actually liked, Jenna at least.  I felt bad for Cecily because their husband, Linden, was always taking advantage of her and not even caring that she was 13 years old and pregnant.  In all ways, Cecily was way too young to be in the place that she was, but that's just how it was.  
     Jenna was different. Both her and Rhine were always looking out for Cecily and advising her about things, helping her.  What happens to her is so cruel, it's that doctor's fault.  Speak of the devil,  Housemaster Vaughn was a deranged scientist bent of wreaking havoc for the sisterwives. All of his actions come to make sense in the last book, but I still don't like him.
     Last of all, Gabriel, my favorite. He's so sweet, and I love how him and Rhine fall for each other.  He was always such a good listener and then later in the book, he was all she wanted.  It's so adorable!  Again, with the sappy cliche relationships always get me.  And with that, I give this book the rating it rightfully deserves...

Rating: ★★★★★

Happy Reading,

Monday, March 18, 2013

Musing Monday (5)

Musing Mondays are hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

My Answer:

     Just this past week I purchased the book Splintered by A. G. Howard at Barnes and Noble. I liked it so much that I finished it in two days.  The book itself was a modern Alice in Wonderland.  After I finished it, I dubbed it one of my favorites of all time.  Hope you can read it someday.

Happy Reading,
Alivia :)

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Hey guys! Sorry I haven't been posting very much lately I've had National History Day at school, but that's over now. I'll be returning to blogging pretty much every other weekday!

Happy Reading,
Alivia :)

Eve and Adam

Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Date Published: October 2nd, 2012

Pages: 291


And girl created boy…

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?

Genre: Science Fiction

My Review:

     Eve and Adam was written by my favorite author of all time.  So, naturally I thought this book was going to be just as good as the other books that he wrote. I don't know why, I just didn't like this one as much. Don't get me wrong, this is a GREAT book, it just surprised me that it didn't match up with his other books.  Michael Grant can be, at times, a very graphic writer. The series Gone can be an example of this; one of the most descriptive books there is out there.  I give my thanks to Michael Grant for graphically describing what coughing up a lung and gouging out one's eyes really means. I didn't find that in Eve and Adam.
     I thought that Eve and Solo's relationship was actually really cute. He liked her even though he was plotting to take down her Mom, I like that kind of sappy cliche kind of stuff.  It was amusing to see Eve try to get away from Solo, but he was relentless always coming back even when she didn't want him to. As Eve was creating her "perfect" boy Solo was standing in the background watching inventively to her every move.  And even as her boy came to life, she chose Solo over him. I thought that was adorable.
    I also really enjoyed the part about learning all these thing about genetics, I'm a geek that way.  Genetics have always interested me, see how things work you know.  Even though it is pretty much impossible for a human to make another human being from scratch, I liked the idea.  Overall, very well written other than the fact that it was lacking Michael Grant's usual graphic descriptions. Job well done.

Rating: ★★★★

Happy Reading,
Alivia :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (2)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

My Teaser:

    "You got her pregnant," Astrid said quite calmly. "I thought maybe that fact might make you consider something besides yourself."
     "Oh it does, Astrid," he said with savage sarcasm. "It makes me want to go toss the football around in the backyard. Maybe barbecue some steaks. Real daddy kind of stuff. Only slight problem is this darn darkness."

-Fear by Michael Grant

Happy Reading,
Alivia :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Musing Mondays (4)

Musing Monday are hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

My Answer:
     At this moment I am reading the book Fear by Michael Grant. Well, I'm actually rereading it because the last book in the series comes out April 2nd and I kind of forgot some of the things that happened in Fear.  So far, I am falling in love with this book all over again. After all, this is my favorite book.

Happy Reading,
Alivia :)