Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time For A Comeback?

I haven't made a "real" post on this blog for over 4 years. I started reviewing books the summer before high school and stopped during my freshmen year of college. I've since graduated and now I'm in my second year of teaching 10th grade English.

I kind of want to start reviewing again and be involved in the community. I miss it!

Are any of you still out there?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Books Read in 2013

46. Life of Pi- Yann Martel
47. When We Wake- Karen Healey
48. Tess of the D'Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
49. The Master and Margarita- Mikhail Bulgakov
50. Austerlitz- W.G. Sebold

44. Adam Bede- George Eliot
45. Henry V- William Shakespeare

37. The Book Thief- Marcus Zusak
38. A Midsummer Night's Dream- William Shakespeare
39. Henry IV Part 1- William Shakespeare
40. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
41. Norwegian Wood- Haruki Nurakami
42. Henry IV Part 2- William Shakespeare
43. Hard Times- Charles Dickens

33. Richard II- William Shakespeare
34. The God of Small Things- Arundhati Roy
35. Emma- Jane Austen
36. The Trial- Franz Kafka

31. The Death Cure- James Dashner
32. Ashes- Ilsa J. Bick

28. The Rising- Kelley Armstrong
29. Bitter Is The New Black- Jen Lancaster
30. The Rules of Survival- Nancy Werlin 

26. Bloody Valentine- Melissa de la Cruz
27. The Moon and More- Sarah Dessen 

21. Left Behind- Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim Lahaye
22. Stung- Bethany Wiggins
23. Trinkets- Kirsten Smith
24. Light- Michael Grant
25. Howards End- E.M. Forster

March, April
17. Me, Him, Them, and It- Caela Carter
18. Death of a Salesman- Arthur Miller
19. On Beauty- Zadie Smith
20. Cloud Atlas- David Mitchell

11. Altered- Jennifer Rush
12. Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
13. Atonement- Ian McEwan
14. Free Man of Color- Charles Smith
15. A Doll's House- Henrik Ibsen
16. The S-Word- Chelsea Pitcher

1. Real Live Boyfriends- E. Lockhart
2. Misguided Angel- Melissa de la Cruz
3. The Future of Us- Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler 
4. The Ask and the Answer- Patrick Ness  
5. Return to Me- Justina Chen
6. Perfect Escape- Jennifer Brown
7. Lost Girls- Ann Kelley
8. The Boy Recession- Flynn Meaney
9. Northanger Abbey- Jane Austen
10. Adaptation- Malinda Lo

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Top Ten Authors That I'd Put On My Auto-Buy List

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's top ten is...

Top Ten Authors That I'd Put On My Auto-Buy List (basically an auto-buy list is no questions asked..you love this author so much that no matter what they wrote next you'd buy regardless of genre or subject matter)

1. Sarah Dessen
2. John Green
3. Kelley Armstrong
4. Jodi Picoult
5. Michael Grant
6. Suzanne Collins
7. Kody Keplinger
8. Maureen Johnson
9. E. Lockhart
10. Megan McCafferty

Monday, February 25, 2013

Hourglass by Claudia Gray

Title: Hourglass (Evernight Series #3)
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Acquired: Bought
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 77% or C+
Buy It: Amazon

Bianca will risk everything to be with Lucas.

After escaping from Evernight, the vampire boarding school where they met, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, an elite group of vampire hunters. Bianca must hide her supernatural heritage or risk certain death at its hands. But when Black Cross captures her friend—the vampire Balthazar—all her secrets threaten to come out.

Soon, Bianca and Lucas are on the run, pursued not only by Black Cross, but by the powerful vampires of Evernight. Yet no matter how far they run, Bianca can't escape her destiny. Bianca and Lucas have always believed their love could survive anything—but can it survive what's to come?
My Thoughts::
It was so so so long ago that I read Stargazer, the second book in the series. Even though Stargazer ended pretty intensely, and I was really excited for the next book, there were too many things that bothered me that I wasn't in a rush to read the next one. I waited so long to read this book that I had little idea what was going on. I had to read the wikipedia page for Stargazer to get things straight.

The first part of the book was pretty slow. I just kept waiting for something to happen and for them to make their move. I could understand why they were trying to save up money and stuff before they left, but Bianca was in so much danger while she was there. You would think that they would try to escape right away instead of sticking around.

Bianca seemed so slow to realize everything. Her situation was so tenuous that I thought she would pay more attention to what was going on. Her friends bothered me even more. The betrayal part was pretty intense and I couldn't blame Bianca for not seeing that coming. Though she was looking a bit brainwashed..

When it got to near the end I was surprised about what happened, but also a bit annoyed. I guess there are a few things from the books that hinted that this would happen, but it felt more like it was decided while writing this book that this is what would happen. So all developments for this occur super fast when it should have been built up so that it would make more sense.

Overall I think that this book didn't do much for me. It all just looked pushed together and made to work.