Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Death Cure


The Death Cure
by James Dashner

I was really afraid that I was going to be disappointed by the ending of this series but I actually liked how it ended. I was worried because I just couldn't tell where he was going with this story based on the last two books.

I will admit that I kept hoping Thomas would get his memory back so that I could have a little better understanding of who Wicked was and what they were trying to do. That never happened but he did give us a couple glimpses into the past through his dreams. Plus the epilogue really helped me to finally fully understand what was happening the entire time.

Overall I thought this was an interesting read and now I'm excited to watch the Maze Runner movie to see how they compare.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Blood of Olympus


The Blood of Olympus
by Rick Riordan

This is book 5 in the Heroes of Olympus Series. I was very excited to find out how this story turned out. It took me a while to finish this book but I'm going to blame that on having to take care of a newborn and general exhaustion, which kept me from having has much time for reading.

I really liked this book. I liked the interactions between the characters and I thought that it completed the series well. I really liked learning more about some of the characters we didn't know much about before and seeing them grow. This really was a fun series. I continue to enjoy all of Rick Riordan's books.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sarah's Key


Sarah's Key
by Tatiana De Rosnay

This was our last book for our book club this year. December were are just planning on having a book exchange and planning next years list.

This is story about the round up of the Jews in France during World War II. I had never heard about this event since much of what we read about in school usually involved Germany or Poland.

This was such a sad story. After reading the first chapter I knew this book was going to describe some very tragic and horrible events. I still find it so heartbreaking that a group of people would be treated in such a horrific way. I followed the story of Sarah and her key, knowing that it was not going to end well, and was curious to see how it unfolded.

I have to say that I thought that i would like this book more then I did. Maybe I still have the beautiful written The Book Thief in my mind but this book just wasn't as well written and I really lost interest half way through when the story started focusing mostly on the life of the women who was researching the events of that day. I just didn't care for that part of the story. I thought it was pretty horrible that her husband was making her decide between staying with him by having an abortion or keeping her baby. What a horrible ultimatum and it annoyed me that she felt guilty (at least at first) for not choosing her husband. I good person wouldn't make someone make that kind of choice so I felt like she shouldn't feel bad about it.

This was an interesting read and it was a good way to learn about the Jews Holocaust that took place in France. An event that is not talk about much but really should be remembered.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Only Alien on the Planet

The Only Alien On the Planet
by Kristen D. Randle

This was the book for our September book club. It just arrived at the Library a couple weeks ago. Apparently there is only one copy in all of southern Nevada. I was wondering why it was taking so long, since I had been number one on the hold list. It all made sense when I saw that it had been sent over from a different city.

I was excited to read this book again. It was recommended to me a few years ago by a friend and I really enjoyed reading it then. You can read my review here.

I liked it just as much the second time around. If you haven't read this book yet you should. It's a good one!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Steelheart

It has been a couple months since I managed to read the book club selection and so it has been a while since I did a book club post.

This month I actually managed to read the book for October, Steelheart. It definitely helped that the Library had the book on it's shelf because I'm still waiting for last months book to arrive...


Steelheart
by Brandon Sanderson

I was very excited to read this book. Brandon Sanderson is one of my all time favorite Fantasy writers. Seriously all of his books are fantastic so I had no doubt that this one would be just as good. I was not disappointed. I finished this book in a couple days even with a newborn at home to take care of.

I found this story fascinating. The world has experienced an event called Calamity, which has caused the appearance of people with special powers. They are called Epics and they use their abilities to terrify, kill and rule over everyone else. This story takes place in what was once know as Chicago and follows a young man who watched his father be killed by a powerful Epic named Steelheart. Steelheart now rules the City and  David is determined to find his weakness and get revenge. In order to bring Steelheart down, David joins a group called the Reckoners, who make it there mission to take out Epics.

Brandon Sanderson is a fantastic story teller. I was completely caught up in the story and the characters.  I thought it was interesting that all those gifted with special powers used them for evil purposes. Some people still believed there would be some Epics who would eventually use their powers for good and save the world but for 10 years that had not happened. It makes you wonder just what would happen if you could do and have anything you want with out consequences. Why did every person who gained these abilities choose to use them for such terrible purposes?

One thing I really liked about this book is that even though it is part of a series, it ended well and didn't leave me hanging too much. This was a great read and I can't wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens next. 


Next Months book is 

Sarah's Key
by Tatiana de Rosnay

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Scorch Trials


The Scorch Trials
by James Dashner

This is the second book in the Maze Runner series. I was excited to read it and learn more about what was really going on.

I really enjoyed this book. It was action packed and kept me wondering what was really going on. The characters continued to interest me and I liked the new people that joined them.  This book definitely got me thinking.

I have to admit that instead of answering any of my questions, it kept me even more puzzled then ever. I really have no idea what is truly going on. How any of the things they put these kids through was going to help the world. I'm really hoping that the last book clears it all up.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Every Day


Every Day 
by David Levithan

I picked this book up because I thought the concept sounded fascinating, a person who wakes up in a different body each day. I didn't end up enjoying this book as much as I thought it would. The concept was fascinating and I was always interested to see who the main character,  A would would wake up as. That is really the only reason I kept reading this book. It was definitely interesting to see the world from that kind of perspective.

But in the end the story just didn't seem to go anywhere and I had more questions then answers by the end. The ending was pretty abrupt and it didn't feel like anything really got solved. It really felt like the main point the author was trying to get across was that gender shouldn't be defined by biology. With a bunch of other social issues thrown in for good measure, from drug addiction to depression to illegal immigraton. The list could go on and on. Not to mention the casual attitude to teen sex and drinking found through out the book.

 A, wasn't defined as male or female and adjusted to what ever situation and gender placed in. A gets annoyed when the girl A falls in love with can't seem to show affection, when A is a girl because to A that shouldn't matter. Plus as much as A acted like a good person, A kept being reckless with the other peoples lives. I found myself not really liking A. In the end A runs away in another persons body to learn how to change waking up everyday in a new body. This seems like a logical thing for a person in that situation to do but A is running to find the person who offered to help but who A's first impression of them made them seemed malicious and even a bit evil. I came away from the book feeling like A wasn't such a good person after all.

This certainly isn't a book I would want a teenager to read and being influenced by.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Fair

I haven't managed to do much reading recently. I keep waiting for a certain book to arrive at the Library  but it still hasn't come yet. I'm in the number one hold position but for some reason it still hasn't come...

Anyway, I did manage to take my boys to the book fair at the Elementary School. The each chose one book to bring home.

My 6 year old chose this book about Underwear.

Pirates Love Underpants
by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

It was no surprise that my boys that this story was hilarious. I thought it was a bit silly but the pictures were great.


My 4 year old chose a book about Surfing.


Surfer Chick
by Kristy Dempsey

They both love the movie Surf's up so It was a no brainer that he would choose a book about a surfing chicken. This was a cute story, with cute pictures, about a young chicken who wants to learn to surf like her dad.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Edenbrooke

Edenbrooke
by Julianne Donaldson

I didn't realize how much I enjoy a good romance until I picked up this book. I adored this story. I fell in love with the characters, especially Phillip. This was exactly what I need this week!

This story is set in the Regency era, the same era that Jane Austen's novels are set. It revolves around a young lady named Marianne, who is invited to visit the home of her late mother's dear friend. Her Grandmother has charged her with the responsibility to learn to act more like a lady but that is easier said then done. 

I love reading about this era. There is just something inherently romantic about it and Marianne was the perfect heroine for me. I loved her independent spirit. 

It did not take long for me to finish this book because I didn't want to put it down. I grew very attached to the characters and I even found my self crying happy tears for the characters. I must confess that the tears are most likely a result of my pregnancy hormones, which seem to be in overdrive this week. It seems like everything is making me cry this week. But even if the only reason I cried at the ending of this book was because I'm pregnant, at least I know that the story made me feel something good.

I think this would be a good book for someone who wants to read a good victorian romance and tried reading something by Jane Austen but struggled to get through the writting. The writing style for this book is much more moderner, eaiser to read, and the plot moves quickly. 

Just overall a great book. If you are looking for a fun, clean and romantic story, this is the book for you.



Monday, September 1, 2014

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
by James Dashner

I saw the previews for this upcoming movie and knew that I wanted to read the book. This was a really quick read which was a nice change from the last couple books I've read. (One that I'm still working on...)

It begins with a young man arriving at the Maze with no memories of his past and no idea what is going on. He learns that the the only way out is to solve the Maze. The real truth is much more complicated then that and I feel like this book only scratched the surface of what is really going on. The book ended and I felt like there were more questions and not many answers. I have already requested the second book so that I can learn more about the world they are living in and what was the purpose of the Maze experiment.  

The language is a bit juvenile with all the random slang words that the boys use but at least the book wasn't riddled with bad language.  I think this would be a good book for the young teen boy crowd. Lots of action to keep them interested.     

After reading the book, I would definitely be interested in watching the movie to see how they handle the way the story unfolds.                               

         

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Night Circus


I never got around to reading last month's book for book club so I never posted what the book was going to be for this month. The book for August was...



The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

I was really excited to read this book. I've heard nothing but good things about this book and the concept sounded intriguing. It seemed like the type of book that I could really get into.

I was a little surprised that I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed reading it. The circus itself was captivating, it was truly a magical place and I really liked that aspect of the story. I also thought the characters were fascinating and I liked reading about them. 

But for me, the story was a little too slow moving. It just seemed to take a long time for anything to happen and it took me longer then normal to get through the book. Also the book is not necessarily written in chronological order so at times I had a hard time figuring out if the events were happen before or after what happened in the previous chapters. I'm sure that was part of the added mystery of the story, but honestly it confused me a little. Not something I usually have a hard time with.

So my final thoughts are that this was a good book. I liked reading it. I liked the magical atmosphere of the Circus. It just wasn't my favorite.



Next month we are reading...



The Only Alien on the Planet
By Kristen D. Randle

I Loved this book the last time I read it, so I'm excited to read it again and share it with my friends!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I Am Number Four


I Am Number Four
By Pittacus Lore

I have been wanting to read this book ever since I saw the movie, back in 2011. I just kept forgetting to request it from the Library. I finally remembered last week and was excited to bring it home to read.

I wish I could say that I loved the book but I didn't. I also didn't hate the book but I'm not sure if it is worth reading the rest of the series. It has such an interesting concept but it just moved a little too slow for me. It felt like nothing much happened for the majority of the novel. I even got bored with the big fight with the other Aliens, which was the big climax of the story. Honestly it was a bit hard to keep track of what was going on.

There are things I liked about the story. I thought the background story of why he was on earth to be interesting and I liked reading more about his time on Lorien. I liked his pet beagle (no surprise there, being the animal lover that I am). I just knew there was something special about him even if Four was clueless.

It has been too long since I saw the movie so I can't really make any comparisons. Maybe i enjoyed the movie a little more? Because I'm sure the story moved a little faster on film.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gone Girl



Gone Girl 
by Gillian Flynn

This is yet another book being turned into a movie soon. I decided to give it a try to see why so many people are talking about this book. This novel is about a women who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary and her husband becomes the prime suspect.

I have been reading so many young adult novels recently, it was nice to read something written for adults. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like the book. There was more language then I like (mostly the F-word, which was a pretty consistent part of the dialogue through out the book) and plenty of references about sex. Why do adult novels always feel like they have to include these things?

That being said I ended up really getting into the story. It took a little while for the story to completed grab my attention, but once it did I couldn't put this book down. There is a twist right in the middle of the story, which makes you completely rethink how you view the different characters, and I was completely hook at that point. I just had to find out how the story turned out.

I also found the way she wrote about their relationship to be fascinating. It was interesting to read from both their perspectives the ups and then the downs of their marriage. It reminded me that problems almost always go both ways and that two people can see the same situation in a completely different light.

So, I really enjoyed reading this book, until I got to the end.  I was disappointed with the way the story ended. It was not how I imagined it's conclusion. To be honest, I thought it was a bit depressing. It didn't ruin the book for me but I still wish it could have ended slightly differently. I heard that for the movie she changed the ending. I am interested in seeing what direction she went for the movie. Maybe I will like the new ending better.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Giver - Trailer 2 - The Weinstein Company

I was excited when I heard that this book was being made into a movie. It wasn't that long ago that we read this for our book club.

After watching the trailer, I am unsure what to think. It looks like they have changed the story a lot to make it into the movie. I usually don't mind minor changes, especially if it helps the movie flow better. These don't seem like minor changes to me. Of course it is just a preview, so maybe it will make more sense when I see the movie.



What do you think? Does it look like they changed the story too much or does the preview make you excited to see the movie?

Friday, August 1, 2014

If I Stay - Official Trailer 2 [HD]

I haven't been able to finish any books recently. I started one, only to realize that it was actually book 4, not book 3 like I thought. I had no idea that the author had already written 4 books, so I didn't even think to check. Now I know what happens at the end of book 3, oh well...

There are a bunch of movies made from books coming out this year so I thought I would post some of the ones I am most looking forward to watching.

Today's feature is If I Stay. I read this book a couple years ago and thought it was a very touching story. You can read my thoughts on the book Here.

One thing I know for sure about this movie, is that it is going to make me cry...

Here is the trailer:





Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hollow City


Hollow City
By Ransom Riggs

This is the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I read the last book three years ago so It was hard for me to remember much of what happened in the first book. It took me a little bit to remember some of the more important aspect of the Peculiar children and the creatures they were running from. That being said, I don't think it was too hard to follow what was happening and I found myself interested in their plight, despite my lack of knowledge.

I found the story to be interesting and I loved all the pictures through out the book. It is really fascinating how he can take all these old photos and turn them into a story. Really the photos themselves make the book worth reading.

I do have to admit that it took me almost a week to finish this book. Partly because I have not been sleeping well, causing me to be to tired to read at times. Partly because the book just didn't capture my attention as well as some of the more recent books I have read. The chapters are really long and sometimes it felt like it took forever to get through one chapter.

Even though the story was a bit slow moving for me, the book ended in a cliff hanger and I definitely want to read the next book to find out what happens to everyone. I just hope I don't have to wait as long for the third book to come out, or I may have a hard time remembering everything that

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cress


Cress
by Marissa Meyer

I am truly enjoying this series and this book did not disappoint. If you can't tell from this picture this story is based around the Fairy Tale, Rapunzel. I know I said this last time, but I really love how she is able to incorporate these fairly tales into her stories, yet at the same time creating something both unique and engaging.

There was a lot going on in this book and the story moved pretty quickly. Just what I needed at this point in my life! I found myself reading it at any free moment I had. Always a good sign that I'm really enjoying a book.

I liked the new character Cress, and thought that she was a good addition to the story. I still find the world the author has created fascinating and I can't wait to find out how the series ends. Of course the last book isn't out yet so I may have to wait a while!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Austenland

I had a great time at book club this month. Even though I had read the book before, I knew I needed to read it again. It must have been quite a few years since I last read it since I have never posted about it on the blog.


Austenland
by Shannon Hale

I enjoyed this story just as much as I remember enjoying it, when I read it before. It follows the story of a single women, who is obsessed with Jane Austen, in particular the BBC Version of Pride and Prejudice. She feels like she may end up single forever, when an Aunt discovers her obsession and sends her on a vacation to live in the world of Jane Austen. It was a cute story and being a fan of Jane Austen, I thought it was a fun idea. Wouldn't it be fun to relive a favorite book in person? If you could go on Vacation to any book themed resort where would you go?

It was a quick read and kept me entertained the entire time.  I like how she included the history of her past boyfriends through out the book. It really helped me understand better what Jane was feeling and why her relationships in the past never worked out. The story definitely got us all thinking about the fine line between not settling for someone and not raising your exceptions so high you never meet "Mr. Right."




Next Months book is...



The Message
by lance Richardson

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Scarlet


Scarlet
by Marissa Meyer

The second book in The Lunar Chronicles was another fun read. This book is based on the Red Riding Hood Fairy Tale. I loved how she was able to take such a well known Fairy tale and use it to tell a completely new and interesting story.

I do have to say that there were parts where I wanted to yell at Scarlet not to trust Wolf, because I was convinced that the story would end up following the original tale and that Wold would end up being the bad guy. I won't tell you if my instinct was right or wrong. ;)

I thought it was great how she was able to bring in a second fairy tale, while still continuing the story from Cinder. I'm excited to see what she does in the next two books.

I'm really enjoying this Sci Fi series!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Game of Thrones


A Game of Thrones
by George R.R. Martin

My husband has been trying to get me to read this series for quite some time now. I finally got around to reading the first book. It took me a little while to really get into the story but I found myself really enjoying this book. It took me a while to get through this book. Not only is it long but there is a lot going on in the books. Plus you have to keep track of a lot of different characters, in different parts of the world. I found it interesting because there were characters that I hated and characters I was really rooting for their success. What I think makes this book so entertaining is all the intrigue and strategy that the various characters use to try to get closer to the Throne. Of course the book ends with lots of unanswered questions and an even bigger war in the making.

This was definitely an adult book, with plenty of violence (i.e. beheadings, etc.) and many sexual references and scenes. So if those things make you uncomfortable this is not the book for you. I can't imagine watching the TV show because I don't really like watching that much gore or nudity.





Monday, June 9, 2014

Princess Academy; Palace of Stone



I read the first book quite a few years ago and I remembered really liking it, so I decided I wanted to read the sequel. I have to admit that it took a while for this book to catch my attention. I really struggled getting into the story for the first half of the book. Maybe if I had read the Princess Academy more recently, I would have remembered the characters better and been more involved in the story from the beginning?

I did end up enjoying the story and found myself really caring what happened to everyone. I even got a little teary eyed during part of the story. I really liked the plot and thought it  ended well. Overall I thought this was a fun read.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cinder


Cinder
by Marissa Meyer

I saw the cover for this book at the Library a while ago and was immediately intrigued. I was finally able to get my hands on a copy and I was not disappointed. This was a great book!

This is one of my favorite Sci fi books I have read. I loved how she took the story of Cinderella and created her own unique story. The book follows a young girl who is a cyborg in a futuristic earth, where an evil Lunar queen and a new plague is threatening the population. When her stepsister becomes infected her stepmother volunteers Cinder for Plague research.

I couldn't put this book down. It was such a fun story. I loved the characters and the world that the story is set in.  I didn't mind that I figured out very early on what the big reveal at the end of the book was going to be. I didn't think that changed the outcome of the book for me and will only become much more important in the books that follow.

I was also a big Sailor moon fan when I was younger and I definitely felt that the author put in some things that seemed to allude to the cartoon. It was really blatant but cool for someone who might be a fan too.

I can't wait to read the rest of this story. I have high hopes that the other books will be great too!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Book Club- May

Since I just read this months book not that long ago, I decided that I would watch the movie instead. I figured that it would at least jog my memory for when we got together to discuss the book.




You can read my post about The Book Thief (click Title for the link) but for those who have been reading my blog you may already remember just how much I loved this book. It is such a beautifully written story!

I thought that they did a good job with the movie. Sure there were things left out but it stayed true to the story. The casting was great too! I would definitely recommend this movie if you haven't seen it yet.

We had such fun discussing the book. We agreed that that would have been such a difficult time period to live through and the courage that some had to try saving others is truly touching.


Next Month's Book is...



Austenland 
by Shannon  Hale