Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: Shatter Me



Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Format: Ebook (Kindle)
Pages: 338
Date(s) Read: June 29-30, 2015
Rating: 5

Summary: 
Juliette hasn't touched anyone in 264 days.  The last time she did, the Reestablishment locked her up for murder.  Who would worry about a seventeen-year-old girl.  The Reestablishment said that their way was the only way, and so Juliette went into a cell.  Now, so many have died, that the people are whispering war.  Juliette now has a choice....be a weapon or be a warrior. 

Review: 

Okay, honestly, I've not been entirely known to see all the hype in most books.  There have been a few that have easily won the five star mark from me and lived up to the epic amount of hype.  I have read the hype, the amount of fabulous words written about this book and ultimately this series. It has earned some of it. 

There are things that drove me absolutely crazy about the first book, and there are things that I absolutely loved.  The constant strikethroughs of many things was at the absolute top of my maddening list.  Honestly, I think that could have been left out...with the words just left in.  Though, I do understand the visual it gives to the one reading this story and for that I chose to overlook them.  

The character development was interesting.  Getting to know the characters in this story was one of my favorite things.  There are some I love, Kenji and James.  There are some that got on my absolute nerves: Warner, Juliette.  There are some that I am still not entirely sure about: Adam.  

Beyond that, I will definitely be looking over the rest of this series!

January In Review


Well, damn.  We've made it to the end of January!  Holy crap!  This month has been up and down.  Seriously.  I've been trying to play catch up, and ultimately dealing with a few things but getting back into the swing of things and pushing most of my owned TBR books into February as well as most of my intended reviews for this month...BUT, I'm getting things geared up and hopefully will have a few more posts slammed out before my get up and go decides to leave without me!  

Now, here's a glimpse of what happened in January here at the Confessional! 

WHAT I READ
I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson
Kalona's Fall - P.C. Cast
The Future of Us - Jay Asher
Destined (House of Night #9) - P.C. Cast
The Realm of Possibility - David Levithan
After Alice - Gregory Maguire
Hidden (House of Night #10) - P.C. Cast
Seven Paths to Death (Samurai Detective #6) - Dorothy Hoobler
Cinderella is Evil (Fairy Tales Retold #1) - Jamie Campbell
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry
The Martian - Andy Weir
The Testing (The Testing #1) - Joelle Charbonneau
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
Black City (Black City #1) - Elizabeth Richards

BOOK OF THE WEEK

BOOK & AUTHOR OF THE MONTH

WEEKLY FUN POSTS

REVIEWS

So, that was my January in a nutshell lovelies!  Let's see what February has in store!  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January: Author of the Month


January has come to an end, and much like the book of the month, now is time to share the author of the month!   WEEE!! 

There were several candidates for this month's choice, but I think I finally settled on one...the one that put me through the most hell through this month when I was reading their books...

P.C. CAST

I'd read three of her books this month and I loved each and every one of them.  I even started following her on Facebook and had several fangirl moments...where I was exactly like this: 


and this



When she liked my comment, and ultimately my status on my facebook page.  SERIOUSLY?! How could I not fangirl? 

January: Book of the Month


It is the end of the month and that means that it is time to reveal my choice for the book of the month! Yeah, I know most try and do this at the beginning of the month...but, since when do I do things like anyone else? I mean, really...me? Like everyone else?  You've forgotten a few things about me haven't you? 

Anyway, enough of that!  Time to get back on topic!  This month's book of the month is....



This book...seriously is absolutely FANTASTIC!  Comically so. I mean, Mark Watney was among the first to step foot on Mars...and there is a very, very good chance he'll be the first person to die on Mars.  There will more than likely be, the "Mark Watney Memorial Crater," somewhere near the landing sight where his crew was.  But, ya know, he'll be remembered of course! 

However, it would seem, he isn't quite ready to give up just yet.  Will his resourcefulness be enough to ensure that he won't die before he can get rescued?  

You'll enjoy this comical and enjoyable book about a man's struggle to survive odds that should actually have killed him.  

Review: Wonder


Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Format: Paperback
Pages: 315
Date(s) Read: November 20-23, 2015
Rating: 4

Summary: 
August Pullman is not your ordinary ten-year-old.  Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run from them on the playground.  Auggie was born with a terrible facial defect.  He's been homeschooled for his whole life, and for the first time he is being sent to a real school.  He wants to be accepted, but will he be? 

Review: 

Wonder is one of those books that will resonate with anyone that reads it.  Anyone who has been bullied while growing up, or is currently still being bullied.  This is a coming of age story, and ultimately it is something that all of us fight with.  Accepting who you are, accepting what you are and being proud of that - no matter what.  No matter your looks, no matter your clothes, no matter your family.  Be proud of who you are and who your family is.  

This book teaches us that, you really shouldn't judge people by initial impressions and appearances.  You have no idea the fights that they fight, the troubles they are dealing with or what truly lies within their hearts.  This book reminds us to strive to be less judgemental.  

Augustus is by far one of my favorite characters, and while the end was a touch neat and shiny for my tastes....I would still highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.  

This isn't a book with an action packed plot, this isn't a book with a plot that is super exciting.  It doesn't need to be, and doesn't need any major plot twists or turns to make it anymore interesting than it already is.  Some of it was transparent, and I could guess which way things were going to go, but I honestly don't really care.  The writing makes it easy to imagine the world, to make it feel all the more real and you could actually picture the family as a real family you'd want to be a part of. 

Review: The Young Elites


Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Format: eBook (Kindle)
Pages: 336
Date(s) Read: July 21-24, 2015
Rating: 5

Summary: 
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. Teren Santoro works for the King.  Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger society.  Their lives will collide in unexpected ways.  Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side and that Teren is the enemy, but is this the case? 

Review: 

Marie Lu has been one of my favorite young adult authors since I read the Prodigy series.  This one, however, is above and beyond her first series.  I love this, I always have. This was no exception, and I am definitely going to have to get my hands on the second book in the series. 

I think the biggest reason I absolutely love Marie Lu's writing style is because she has a way of taking older tropes and archetypes and giving them a new and unique spin.  The world for this is something that feels almost familiar, and that makes you feel complacent...until the rug is yanked out from under you and the world you know is twisted upside down.  

Adelina Amouterou is a malfetto; marked and ostracized by her community. She survived a virus that killed so many before her.  Her hair, silver, or shock white.  One eye, and a scar to match lost because of the virus.  She is flawed.  That makes her even more likable.  I absolutely adore this protagonist.  Her darkness, her almost anti-hero qualities are absolutely wonderful to me.  

There is more to Adelina than I have already said, at least in small quantities...however to give more away would lend itself to bringing a few spoilers into play and I don't like doing that.  

The Young Elites is both epic in scope and yet full of specific, near poetic detail. The prose provide us a glimpse into Marie's background of design. The ending was absolutely crushing, and unexpected.  I am quite glad that I actually took the time to read this book, and I am looking forward to the continuation of this series. 

BotW: Jan 31-Feb 6: Eleanor & Park


Hello lovelies!!! Guess what, it's Sunday...and you know what that means! It is Book of the Week time!!! YAY!!! *tosses confetti around and giggles*

Forgive me if there is little fanfare with this one, am typing this while sore, but wanted to end the month on a high note and get things done.  My neuropathy is giving me fits. I can live with it, simply because I have to...and have for the last 5-6 years.  Joyous. 

Anyway, enough of that...here is, without further adieu this week's book of the week: 


This book.  All the things.  I am currently reading it, and ultimately I am nearly done with it.  I started yesterday, and despite the fact that holding physical books hurts like hell right now, I am still going to finish this book today.  

I absolutely love the story, and this is not the first book of Rainbow Rowell's that I've read and fallen in love with.  Her writing is fantastic, and I must say this will definitely be one of those books that will stay with me for a while.  I love books like this and will always love books like this and chances are this will be one of my go to reads for a while when I need something and can't quite put my finger on it. 

Eleanor...

Park...

Star-crossed sixteen-year-olds who know that first loves never last, and yet they are brave enough to try.  This is love, set over the course of one school year.