Pretties

The second book in this series continues Tally’s battle between how you look and how you feel. She has to decide to follow with what she think she wants, and did want when she was younger, and what she is starting to remember in her mind. She continues to deal with new situations trying to help more people. However this comes at a price, that shocked me and I’m not convinced I like.

I think this book is worth reading if you have read the first however I still feel it isn’t as good as other books of the genre. Perhaps is this was the first dystopian series you had read you would enjoy it more, and I still stand by my comment that the idea is an interesting one, however I’m not convinced by the plot and how it’s written. For younger readers however it is very easy to read.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With

I appologise for how late  my post is but here it is. This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With.

1.  Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma This has to be my number one choice as this book sort of was used in a skipping work type situation. That is that I read it instead of revising for my Maths exam. It is not something I regret though, as you will know if you have read any other of my Top Ten post. I regard this book as one of the best I have ever read. It is a totally new concept and totally gripping on an emotional level. I couldn’t put it down, I loved it. 

2. You Against Me by Jenny Downham If I am honest it takes about half the book to get really into this story but once you get there it is definatley worth it. It is an unusual situation and told from a really interesting the point of view, the siblings rather than the people that caused the trouble. It is a story about everyone in your family is effected by your actions but how love sometimes is stronger than misbehaving. I think if I got far enough through the book I would be keeping going and missing some class.

3 & 4.   Angel and Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly Books 1 and 2 of a trilogy that is to finish later this year I have to say I was hooked reading them both. I think I could easily get destracted from going to class whilst reading these as through out them both I was filled with emotion willing the plot line I wanted and dying to find out what happened. Really good action packed books.

5.  Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy This is on here as I did read it whilst off school one day. It is about someone who has been released from prison after many years for a terrible crime and is trying to make a new life for herself with a new identity. It was an easy read but also a really interesting and that one that I enjoyed.

6.  Before I Die by Jenny Downahm I think this would be a good book to miss school for because you can learn so much about real life from it. It teaches you how important the little things are in life and that is to me as important if not more so than acedemic work. For this reason I would miss school/work to read it.

7.  My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult As with above, I think this also book also teaches really important lessons. About love, relationships and how you feel about yourself. I can easily see myself get caught up in this very emotional and gripping story and missing school. It carries you along dying to find it what happens and has a twist just at the right time to keep you hooked till the end.

8.   Rozy’z Baby by Catherine MacPhail A very unusual plot line this book will have you wondering where the story will go. Once you get started you wont want to put it down so you can find out how the story ends. 

9.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling I think that there are very few people that can put a Harry Potter book down once they have started. I’m not sure if the first one is my favourite but I like to read them in order and this is a really good first book. I think as it is easy to read you can get carried away and read right till the end.

10.   Divergent by Veronica Roth I had to rush to a few lecture’s once I started this book as I tried to sneak in a cheeky chapter whenever I could. With its well paced plot line it was easy to get carried away in the story and the characters and I would quite happily not go out to read it.

Uglies

I have read this book twice before but this is the most focused I have been whilst reading it.

The idea behind this book is a good one in my opinion, a society where everyone becomes pretty at 16. The story was about a young girl just about to have the operation to make her pretty when her world is turned around. She learns all about the life she is desiring so much and also the alternatives. This leads to a difficult choice that wont only effect her but also the life of many others.

I think the idea of world where everyone becomes pretty is an interesting one and it really opened my eyes to issue’s that are in view to me today. However compared to other books in the dystopian genre this isn’t as well written but I wouldn’t tell someone not to read this book, or say it is bad.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books on your Spring to-be-read list. I wasn’t 100% sure how i was going to do this so I have decided on the books I am reading at the moment and then the new releases I am getting in the next couple of months. (plus on more to make then ten).

1,2,3,4. Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras by Scott Westerfield

 

This dystopian series has been on my to read list for a while and I am finally getting round to it. I have managed to get through the first one a couple of times but never the rest so I am looking forward to finally finding out what happens to the characters. 

5. Callum by Malorie Blackman

This is just a short story released for World Book Day but I can’t wait to read it. I loved the first book, it made me cry, and I can’t wait to hear some more of Callum side of the story. I may even re-read the first book.

6. The Saga of Larten Crepsley(4) Brothers to the Death by Darren Shan

The concluding book in this saga, I am looking forward to where his story ends. I have really enjoy reading about this character again after finishing the Darren Shan saga so long ago. 

7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Another dystopian series I have currently got my teeth into. This is the sequel to Divergent, which I think is my favourite book of this genre. I can’t wait to see where the next book will take us, the story so far has been exciting and gripping filling me with desire for what I want to happen next.

8. Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

An unexpected new book in the Gallagher Girls series. I have no idea what book 5 is going to be about but from past experience it will be full of fast paced action, suspicion and a little bit of typical  teenage girl goings on.

9. Thumped by Megan McCafferty

The ending of the first book ‘Bumped’ was not what I had expected, I never imagined it opening the way for further books. However it was a good twist and I am looking forward to finding out what happened next. 

10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

I have been trying to get through this book for about 6 years and I still haven’t finished it. I have re-started it many a time and I am currently about two thirds of the way through. This spring I intent on finally getting it finished once and for all. 

The Puzzle Master

Although only a short book, this story touched my heart.

Marshall is a 12 year old boy, just starting middle school who suffers from asthma. However he has a great love for puzzles and hanging out at the local junk store. He hopes to find something amazing there to help him fit in at school however when the owners niece comes to stay he gets a true friend he can share his puzzles with. She is recovering from cancer and the two enjoy each others company throughout the book learning about how harsh life can be but how the little things can be so beautiful. However when their friendship is challenged meeting Iris also allows Marshall to put his family life together again.

This was a really beautiful story, with lovely characters and a very innocent view of life. It was a free kindle book that I am so glad I bought.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books In The Dystopian Genre

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books of ‘x’ genre. I have decided to go for Dystopian. This may be a popular one but it is the books I have been reading most of recently and I do really really enjoy them. For a change I am also going to put these in order of my favourite first too.

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth I have already blogged about this book on my page, however in a brief summary, it is a society of 5 factions and one girls choice of which to belong to. I really enjoyed this book, I wasn’t really sure what to expect but it was interesting from the start and not like others I had read. 

2,3. Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie This series is still in progress and I can’t wait for the third one. In these books, the heads of society control everything about it’s member lives however an experiment leads to the main character feeling uneasy about how they live and causes problems for everyone involved. 

4,5,6. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins This is another unusual idea, where the members of society are split into 12 districts and two tributes a year a expected to fight one another to the death to remind them of the power of the capital. In these books however things don’t go to plan and it makes for an exciting trilogy.

7. Bumped by Megan McCafferty This is the most like our lives. However there is a virus that prevents adults (18+) from becoming pregnant. As a result people pay teenagers to have children for them. There are two main characters in this story, and when their lives come together everything begins to go pair shaped for them both. 

8. Ugliest by Scott Westerfield This book started off my liking of this type of series of books. I have only read this one, out of the four but I am about to read them all. The story finds us in a world where children are kept together as ‘uglies’ until they are old enough to be made pretty and go out into the real world. It is something the main character has never been happy with and when a new girl come to her dorm her live turns around. 

9. The Declaration by Gemma Malley This was another book of this genre I read early on. I liked the idea of it, however it is my least favourite of the genre. I haven’t read the second one yet but this one as many of the other see’s the main characters life turned abound when a new person arrives in her life. People are not allowed to have children in this society, as they have worked out how to live for a very long time, so children that are born are taken away to live in boarding school type places and learn to be useful, 

I know this is only 9 but I am still reading books from this genre. I am about to read the rest of the Scott Westerfield books, I will probably read the next two books in The Declaration series ( The Resistance and The Legacy)  and I would also like to read Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. So I guess having this Top Ten unfinished is just a sign that there are still books to read and that may fit in this list.

Mockingjay

The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy.

Although it didn’t grab me from the start like the second book, I definitely enjoyed this book. It was full of emotion with unexpected additions added in just when you least expected it. Katniss fights with herself to be who she wants to be and what is expected of her whilst dealing with complicated situations that effect her emotionally and physical. The book continues many of the already loved characters and you get to know them a little better and that makes the effect of the book, in my eyes, stronger. It was sad in many places, for several different reasons, but it had my hooked. I wanted to know what the outcome would be on the whole and in all the individual stories. The book didn’t leave my questions unanswered and I kept me excited through the book to get me there. I think it was a good end to the trilogy and the discourse reflected the whole story.

I can’t wait to see the films of these books, although I know they are going to disappoint me and I will complain about all the thing the get wrong and miss out.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Front Covers

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish (http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com/p/features.html) is Top Ten Front covers. They are in no particularly order but I have given some, if poor, reason as to why I like them. ( P.S. I never did last weeks Top Ten as I found it too difficult in to short notice)

1.  Twilight I am ashamed to say that the reason I bought Twilight was because I liked the cover. So for that reason it has to be on here. 

2,3,4,5    The Saga of Darren Shan (trilogies) I like the way that the land on the trilogies joins us, but I also enjoyed speculating who the character in the front was. I guess it is meant to be Darren but it could easily be Mr Crepsly or Des Tiny ??

6,7  Matched and Crossed I love how these covers portray the overall idea of the story. They are very pretty but also symbolic. I hope the third one keeps to the same theme. 

  Switched I read this book before it was published as a paper book and it was the first of those covers it came with, however I love the new cover now she has them out in shops. I don’t know if this should count as two but it’s the same book so tough.

 Forbidden I love this cover, it is so simple but shows just how complicated love can be, it is both strong and dangerous.

10  Private Peaceful I think this cover very respectful portrays that the story is about war without putting of the younger readers it is aimed at. It isn’t the cover on the copy I read but I find this one far nicer. 

Catching Fire

The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy take us back into Katniss’s life as she tries to deal with her new life. However it is not the life of pleasure’s she expected. In fact it seems in many ways harder than her old life. She finds herself in a rather difficult position and on several occasions pays the consequences of some of her less thought through actions. With a special anniversary Hunger Games coming up however an unexpected twist see’s us dealing with yet another live changing experience for Katniss that provides a thrilling ending to the second book.

I have to say I think I prefer this to the first book. It was far more gripping from earlier on and full of exciting additions. I also thought there were quite a few clever idea’s within the story and the ending was definitely gripping and making me want to read the last book.

Maybe, Maybe not

Another free kindle book.

This was a fairly short (200 pages) story about a love triangle. Told from the point of view of a guy who wanted his best friends, Lisa, David feels confused after kissing Lisa goes badly and a new boy at school makes their friendship complicated. David struggles with his feelings as Colton arouses new feelings within him that his parents, who he does not get on with, would not approve of.

This book was cheap and cheerful. It only took me a couple of hours to read and I enjoyed it. I thought it was easy to read and a topic I hadn’t read about before.