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Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Friday, May 31, 2013 Geraldine 0 Comments

WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT'S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?

Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers...and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.


I felt like this book was OK. It wasn't as good as Hush Hush, yet it wasn't as bad as Crescendo. 

I hated the first half of the book. Absoloutely hated. I just wanted to go into the book, and scream at Nora, shake her and tell her everything that had happened. I didn't want a retelling of Nora's story; I knew that well enough. But I stuck through, and eventually, I was rewarded.

The first half of the book was hell. I really shouldn't have been surprised. When I read Finale (the last book in the Hush Hush series), maybe I should start in the middle. Then I'd probably find myself enjoying the book so much more. Well, back on track! Though the beginning was despairing, Fitzpatrick kept going with the pattern, having the ending to be truly quite interesting.

This book really made me realise how much I disliked Nora's mother. I found that she was overbearing, smothering and the type of mother I would hate to have. She disapproved of pretty much everything when she was barely even in Nora's life too often (from the previous books) because she was too busy doing her job. She was a hypocrite, dating Hank Millar, when her daughter disapproved. Yes, there's the whole 'respect your elders' thing, but  if Mrs Grey could comment on who Nora dated and make judgements on him, then Nora should have the right to comment and judge Hank too. 

Nora's character throughout the book was very irritating. I know I have a strong dislike for her character, but really? She was so self-righteous and it seemed like she constantly wanted to be the hero of the day, discovering her memory, etc. Plus, did she really have to poke around in places? If Fitzpatrick wanted to make up for making Nora a whiny pathetic, needy girl in Crescendo, by trying to make her brave, strong and self-righteous, she failed. All I could see was that Nora was a reckless, stubborn girl, who just wanted to be the hero of the day.

The last half of the book was filled with such good action. It was delicious, and for once in this entire series, I couldn't stop reading. Dabria came back, the Black Hand reared his head, and harsh deals had to be struck. It was all really good reading, and I couldn't pull myself away from the book.

I guess I'd give Silence a 2 stars out of 5. It was just horrible at the beginning, having to reread what had happened over the past books, and the characters.... Just not good. Crescendo was a better book, in terms of characters. The plot in Silence though, is the reason why I rated this book a 2 stars. 

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine 

May 28: Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Top Ten Books I Have Loved But Never Done A Review for

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Geraldine 4 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and, by golly, when I found out about it, I decided to join in on the fun! Every Tuesday, a new topic comes out for bloggers to post a list about. This week, it's the Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects.

Since today is a Freebie, and I get to pick whatever I want, I've decided on a past topic 'Top Ten Books I Have Loved But Never Done A Review for'. I just can't think of a topic to write on, and I have so many books I can write up on this list, since I only started blogging 5 months ago... Without firther ado, here is the list!
  1. Harry Potter- A review just would not contain my feelings about this book series. It's just too good~
  2. Anne of Green Gables- I have no idea why I haven't written a review on this book series either... It's wonderful and I absolutely love it, but it's never occurred to me to write a review on it. Probably something I should do!
  3. The Hunger Games- This book (yeah, not the entire series; Mockingjay lacked heart) was really good. So, I'll do a little mini review here! The concept I liked, because, after all, it's a distorted future where everything is different to what we know it as normal! Then there's all the little innuendos to past times, like the Roman era, etc., which made it a really good piece of literature. 
  4. Pride and Prejudice- I just think this book would be a bit hard to do a review for. I would probably go too in-depth and all English literature on it, and eventually hate it :'(
  5. Percy Jackson- This series is on my 'read-again' list. My friend started reading it a couple of weeks ago, and when she looked to me to discuss about it, I kinda forgot half the plot.... I definitely need to reread this series and write a review for it, so I'll remember what it's about!
Also, there's a bunch of books I've read in the past few weeks, that were really good, and I haven't had the time to review. An example would be 'The Selection' and 'The Elite', by Kiera Cass.

Keep reading and loving books,
Geraldine

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Book Covers Of Books I've Read

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Geraldine 8 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and, by golly, when I found out about it, I decided to join in on the fun! Every Tuesday, a new topic comes out for bloggers to post a list about. This week, it's the Top Ten Favourite Book Covers of Books I've Read.

There's this saying: never judge a book by its cover. Well, if the cover is what makes the content of books enjoyable, these books would be at the top of my 'favourite books' shelf. Sadly though, the saying is true, and there are so many books out there that are really nice to read, but don't and never will qualify to be in a list chock-full of the books I consider to be the prettiest, most enigmatic- well, just my favourite book covers. 

  1. Goddess Test (Australian edition)-The book cover for this book is really pretty. It’s probably because of the red dress, flowing out, and the girl looking back. It gives off such a sense of drama, because it feels like she's running away from something, that there is danger afoot in her world.
  2. The Hunger Games (Australian edition)-The books are so shiny~They’re white and then the whole effect of the colours just overpowers and it’s like…. ooooh…. magic… Speaking of which? Has anyone seen the CATCHING FIRE trailer? IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL!!!
  3. Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Steifvater- I love the writing on the book. It's so curly, yet simplistic at the same time... And the colour scheme really works! Each of the books only have two colours; white and another colour that gives of a vibe that matches the title of the book. For example, the cover of 'Shiver' only has blue and white in it. Blue really is a cool colour, and makes you feel like you want to shiver, if you know what I mean. 
  4.  Fault in Our Stars- The simplistic feel of the book. It's a bit like the TARDIS. It looks simple, but then when you look at it closely, there's so much more to this cover. Like my old English teachers would say, this bookcover is full of symbolism.
  5.  Divergent- The book cover just looks really foreboding and fiery... All the DRAMA!
  6. Halo series- Just because I like the cover does not necessarily mean I like the book, just to clarify. I hated reading Hades, but still, what's wrong with admiring the cover? I just wish that the cover of books were an accurate representation of the content of books... Because then I would absolutely love this series. 
  7. The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices- I love how each book in the series always has like a character at the front of the novel. I really hope the last book in the Mortal Instruments series will follow this pattern! The last book in the Infernal Devices that came out a month ago, 'Clockwork Princess' is really cool too. It shows the protagonist, Tessa Gray, twirling around with a book in her hand. It looks so special, so unique, so precious... My Precious... 
  8. Penguin classics- These books are so classical. The orange and te penguin... Though they look uniform and kind of boring at times, I really can't imagine them having another cover. You just can't put any book cover on classic books; you start judging them the moment you see the cover! These Penguin books just don't allow you to judge it; you have to read it first to form an opinion. Off-topic though... I also really want to get the bag that has the Penguin Classic bookcover on it. Like the bag that has the Penguin Classic cover of 'the Great Gatsby'
  9. Treasure Yourself- By Miranda Kerr, the cover of this book looks rather normal, if not pink. But what truly makes me place this book on this list, is the fact that the cover engages my senses, in particular the touch sense. You know how normal books are just really tough paper? This book is like that paper, wrapped around some fibrous material... And I just run my fingers along it all the time... 
  10. Wuthering Heights- I tried to read this book, I absolutely could not digest it. But that didn't stop me from admiring the book cover. According to my research, Harper Collins reprinted 'Wuthering Heights' to be more Twilight-esque, because 'Wuthering Heights' is Bella and Edwards favourite book. Although it may have been adapted for Twilight, I really don't think it looks much like Twilight. The only similarity is the large contrast in colour. I have actually never read Wuthering Heights though...
Well, that's my list? What's yours? Comment below!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Saturday, May 18, 2013 Geraldine 0 Comments

A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE


Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.


I've heard so much about this book series. Well, not really good/bad reviews, just things about it. Like 'Team Patch', etc. Plus, my friends have been bugging me for ages to read this book. The blurb actually turns me off this book; it sounds too much like Twilight. Plus, there's the whole 'new guy in town' thing.

This book, as I predicted with the blurb, was a lot like Twilight. There's the new guy (i.e. Patch), there's the main character who thinks she looks ugly/not that attractive (Nora), when she apparently is. The hot guy falls hard for her, she falls hard for him and they become inseparable. Nora and Patch were about the most shallow characters I'd read about in a long while. They were not fleshed out, and were really one-dimensional. It was a bit unrealistic too. Nora's described as smart, but she's rarely studying. The same went with the other characters. Marcie seemed to only exist, so that Nora could hate on someone. Vee seemed to just be at Nora' beck and call.

Although I did dislike most of the book, the one part I did like was the end. The end was quite shackle-raising, and it made my hairs stand on end. That was the redeeming part of the book. This, though, could not compare to my feelings about the whole mythology that Fitzpatrick has made up surrounding the Nephilim. The Nephilim, in YA books, has become so widely generated, to the point that whenever I read a word that even hints at an angel in the book, I immediately drop the book. It's like a reflex. I'd read too many books about them, and they all were the same. Angels falling to Earth because they committed a sin, like following Lucifer or procreating on Earth. Not interesting. However, Fitzpatrick has followed with this theme with a revamped version. She's added tiny bits and pieces, like how a Nephilim, who are virtually immortal, could die if his/her progeny kill themselves. 

Hush Hush gets a 2.5 stars out of 5 from me. I feel like most of the plot was really overused, and could have been more original. It's on par with Twilight, in terms of the characters. The only thing really good about this book, was how it made me think and how there was a twist on the Nephilim. However, I will be reading the series, to fulfill my OCD need to finish reading a series and to make my friends happy!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

(On a side note, I don't think my friends would be too happy about my comments on this book...)

The First Book of the Danaan Trilogy; The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments



The Forgotten Ones

The Danaan Trilogy

Book One


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Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.










About Laura Howard



Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.



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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light and Fun

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 Geraldine 1 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and, by golly, when I found out about it, I decided to join in on the fun! Every Tuesday, a new topic comes out for bloggers to post a list about. This week, it's the Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light and Fun.

This is going to be short, mainly because I love reading depressing stories and seeing the happy resolution. What I classify as a light and fun read, is a book where the main character isn't forced to save the world. I don't read a lot of those books... So, here's my Top Three Books When You Need Something Light and Fun! See I still managed to keep to the 'T' theme~

  1. Anna and the French Kiss- I don't know... This was a book where I didn't have to think very much. Yes, I did have to think, but it was all very light-hearted for me, and it, in no way represented my life, so it was like an escape from reality, which is something I tend to enjoy. Anna didn't go through any life-threatening situations, she didn't have to save the world. It's the perfect book to read at the beach.


     
  2. Anne of Green Gables- As many of you might know, I love Anne of Green Gables. It's the book I pull out whenever I feel like not reading anything, because I can just flick to a random page and immediately know what is going on. It's relatable, it's funny, it's the essence of my ideal childhood. To have so many adventures would be exciting! 
  3. Maximum Ride: School's Out- This book does have some 'save the world' concepts, but for me, it's written in a really light-hearted way, one that doesn't make the danger feel very intense. There's a semblance of normal life in here, which is something that can't be said of the rest of the books in this series.
Well that's my list! I know it's really short, but yes, that's the kind of reader I am... What about you though? Do you read loads of light and fun books? Do you have any recommendations? Because, looking at this list, I've realised that I really need to start reading more fun books.... Comment below~ Plus, did anyone realise that out of the 3 books I have on the list, 2 books have 'Anna' and 'Anne' in this list? 

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine 

Storm by Evan Angler

Monday, May 06, 2013 Geraldine 0 Comments


Welcome to my stop on the Shadow Chaser blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!


Storm (Swipe #3)
by Evan Angler
Release Date: 05/07/13
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Paperback/e-book
288 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark allows citizen to shop, go to school, and even get medical care--without it, you are on your own. Few refuse to get the Mark. Those who do . . . disappear.

Logan Langly went in to get his Mark, but he backed out at the last minute. Ever since, he's been on the run from government agents and on a quest to find his sister Lily, who disappeared when she went to get her Mark five years earlier. His journey leads him to befriend the Dust, a vast network of Markless individuals who dissent against the iron-grip rule of the government. Along the way to the capital to find Lily, the Dust receive some startling information from the Markless community, opening their eyes to the message of Christianity and warning that humanity is now entering the End of Days.

In "Storm," Logan and his friends are the leaders of the Markless revolution. But while some Markless are fighting Chancellor Cylis' army, the Dust is busy trying to find a cure for a horrible epidemic sweeping through the Marked. And it's difficult for them to know who to trust, especially when they aren't sure if Logan's sister Lily, one of the commanders in Cylis' army, is on their side or not. And all across the nation--and the world--the weather is become less stable, and a storm is brewing that bigger than any of them could have ever imagined....


When I found out about this blog tour, I jumped at the opportunity. Why? I'd previously read Sneak (the second book in the series) before! You can read the review here. I was interested to know how the story would progress, so of course I immediately signed myself up for this blog tour!

I loved how the title fits, how it is related to the story. There are books where the titles don't match the content of the story, and I'm glad this wasn't one of them. That having been said, I also love how all the books in the series had their titles starting with 'S'. It was a little thing about the series I liked as a whole. 

In my review of Sneak, I had unfavourable opinions of the character Erin Arbitor. However, in this book, I found that Erin was a confident, strong girl instead, through Angler's effective characterisation. Speaking of characterisation, a low point in the book is that I really could not visualise the age of the protagonists. I kept thinking that Logan was 17 or 18 at least, when he was a good 5 years younger than that. The Dust seemed to me to be a bunch of hyper-active children too, instead of people about the same age as Logan or Puck. 

Despite this, Angler has done a really good job with twisting the story around. In one moment, you could be thinking one person is the enemy, but then, Angler persuades you to believe that another person is the enemy. Angler has planned this book really well, with all the plot twists.

Lastly, I really can't believe the ending! It was unexpected, and really worth reading the book for. The complexities of characters that drew the ending to be the way it was... Just fabulous!

Storm receives a 3.5 stars out of 5 from me. I found it engaging and interesting, as well as easy to pick up after the second book. People should pick up this book, especially if they're into sci-fi! It has so many twists and turns, you're forced to keep on reading, just to find out what's going to happen next!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine


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Evan lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon.
Swipe is his first book. But if anyone asks, you know nothing about it, and you didn't hear anything from him. Don't make eye contact if you see him. Don't call his name out loud. He's in enough trouble already.
And so are you, if you've read his book.

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