Book Review: The Boy Recession

Hey Fellow Book-Lovers,

Time for another review. Don’t worry though, tomorrow’s post won’t be another review. I’m thinking that it’s time to do another post on up-coming releases, so that’s what’s on the agenda.

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Book: The Boy Recession

Author: Flynn Meaney

Genre: YA fiction

Series: No

My Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

 

 

The Boy Recession takes place in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, where the local high school is going through what the girl’s have termed, a “boy recession.” The school, small as it originally was, has lost about 90% of their popular/jock guys. The reason behind this are major budget cuts, that resulted in a pay-cut and a resulting transfer for their football coach as well as cancelling band. The boy, deciding that they would be better off (scholarship-wise) decided to follow the coach or transfer to prep school. This left the high school girls with only the misfit/reject guys that they wouldn’t give the time of day to before.

These remaining guys are now being seriously pursued by the girls. One of these guys is Hunter, Farenbach. He’s a wicked smart, as well as an awesome guitar-player. drummer, singer, and song-writer. Only problem is that he’s a total slacker and seems to have to real passion or desire to do anything with his life. Now, because of the “boy recession” he’s being sought after by girls who are starting to notice his good looks, as well as by the desperate coaches.

The other perspective this book takes the perspective of (other than Hunter) is Kelly Robbins, a junior like Hunter. She’s a really down-to-earth gal, who tends to blend into the background. She’s been friends with Hunter since the third grade (more like acquaintances but whatever). Because she starts teaching third graders how to play instruments with Hunter as volunteer work, she’s spending more and more time with him, and starting to see just how great a guy he is (someone’s got a crush). Only problem is that Hunter is starting to be noticed and pursued by the popular girls and Kelly doesn’t think she stands a chance.

So I’ll leave you there when it comes to the plot line. I don’t want to ruin it for those of you who will read it for yourself. Time to give my honest opinion of the book, and honestly, I really didn’t like it. I so wanted to like it. The premise was interesting, and I thought it would be a light and funny read. Something I desperately needed because of all the stress I’ve been under lately (darn you projects and papers!!!). But no, that most definitely did not happen.

I just couldn’t get past the authors horrible interpretation of high school and the horrible stereotyping that made up this book. The author is young! she should remember what teenagers are like. This took everything to the extreme. Every character was the stereotypical slacker, or slutty popular girl, or pervy guy. It had no originality whatsoever, and was downright insulting at times in regards to how high schoolers think and act. I know there are (maybe) some redeeming qualities to the book, but at the moment, I seriously can’t think of one. So my final thought on the book is ugh, just ugh.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book though. Comment below and tell me what you thought of the book.

 

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Photo Credit –> Boy Recession cover


Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Hey Fellow Book-Lovers,

So tonight I’m going to be doing another review (shocking, I know). I’m a little late to jump on the bandwagon for reading this book, but this is actually the first I’ve heard of it. I saw the title on another blogger’s post, saying that this was one of their favorite books, so I thought “What the heck” and decided to give it a try.

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Book: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre: YA fiction, contemporary romance

Series: Not necessarily, although characters from Anna and the French Kiss are mentioned in this one (this takes place after A&TFK)

My Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars

 

 

Lola is a seventeen year old high school girl who has a crazy style and dreams of being a designer. And not just any designer, but a costume one – the more sparkly, fun, and wild, the better. She tries to never wear the same outfit twice. She’s living the good life, with her perfect, and not to mention hot, rocker boyfriend, cool parents, and great friends. That is until her old next door neighbors, the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, move back in.

Calliope is an Olympic figure skater and Cricket is a seriously gifted inventor (much like his ancestor Alexander Graham Bell – the inventor of the telephone). They had moved away a couple of years ago to pursue Calliope’s dreams and goals in regards to figure skating. Of course this move occurred right after Lola and Cricket got into a fight (caused by the witchy Calliope) that left Lola heartbroken.

Now that Cricket’s back in town though, he seems to want to start over with Lola (even if it’s just as friends). This causes problems to crop up in Lola’s relationship with her 22-year-old rocker boyfriend, Max, as Lola comes to terms with and decides what to do about, her lifelong feelings for Cricket.

Cute, right? That’s what I thought. That’s about all I thought in regards to the book. It’s a light read, that leaves you feeling all nice and fuzzy inside (kinda how cotton candy does). I’ve actually read quite a number of reviews of this book by other bloggers, and they have nothing but praise for it. Honestly, yes, this is a good book, and yes, I did like it, but I don’t think it deserves that much over-the-top praise. Maybe it’s just me (it probably is).

I will however, give props for Cricket. He is, hands down, my favorite character of the book. He’s just so awkward and shy and just freakin’ adorable. I love that one of the love interests (and the one to win out in the end) is a nerdy and gangly guy and not some stud muffin that’s all muscle or some bad boy. Instead, it’s the endearing boy next door; the nice guy.

So if you want to read this book, I personally would recommend getting it at the bookstore. And I would recommend reading it. Once you do (of if you already have read it) tell me your thoughts. Did you like Cricket? Do you think the book deserves more praise then I’m giving it? I’d love to hear your answers.

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Photo Credit –> Lola cover

 


Book Review: Frost

Hey Fellow Book-Lovers,

Time for another review. And just FYI, I’ve actually read all three of the books that are out in the Frost Chronicles, but this is probably the only review I’m going to do on them. Just know that my feelings have stayed consistent, if not increased in regards to the books. So without further ado…

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Book: Frost

Author: Kate Avery Ellison

Genre: YA fiction

Series: Yes, this is the first book in the Frost Chronicles (Thorns is the second and Weavers is the third)

My Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

 

Frost tells the story of Lia Weaver, the main protagonist. Her parents were recently killed, leaving her in charge of her family’s farm as well as her crippled twin brother and perpetual day-dreamer younger sister. She is trying to survive and protect her siblings in an icy world where monsters, called Watchers, roam the surrounding forest at night and one small misstep could mean the separation of her family, or worse, death.

Enter Gabe. He’s what her people call a Farther; someone who comes from a technological world/society that lies beyond the Frost. These people are supposed to be ruthless and cruel, wanting nothing more but to conquer all that they can. Gabe is also a fugitive and on the run from his own people.

Upon the pleading (major puppy dog eyes and heaps of guilt were used) of her sister, Lia helps Gabe, treating his wounds, and hiding him both from the Farthers and her own people. It’s during this time that Lia comes to know Gabe and see past the stereotypes placed upon his people to the intelligent and trusting guy he really is. She also starts to fall in love with him (don’t worry, it’s mutual).

However, not everything is going so smoothly (when does it ever?). The Watchers are becoming more and more aggressive and coming closer and closer to her farm and the town. Not to mention the Farther soldiers that are searching for Gabe and appear to be settling into Lia’s town for the long haul. In order to protect her family and truly help Gabe escape, Lia has to find a secret organization called the Thorns. Doing this though, could put herself in even more danger.

Sounds good right? Well don’t worry, this time it really is. I absolutely loved the world that Ms. Ellison has created. It’s both beautiful and haunting, and keeps you guessing up until the very end. I initially got this book because it seemed like an interesting premiss and I wasn’t expecting too much from it. I thought that I would just read it in between classes or something. Yeah, that didn’t happen. I started it one night before bed. The next day I went and bought the second book because I had to know what would happen.

You may be wondering why then, isn’t the rating higher? The truth is that while the setting, premise and suspense in the book is truly awe-inspiringly amazing, the character depth of this first book (it improves in the second and third ones) falls a little short. I wasn’t as attached to the characters as I usually am, and that drew away from the book as a whole (not too badly though as noted by my previously mentioned devouring of the series).

So with that in mind, go read it for yourself! It’s an awesome book, and I’d loved to hear your thoughts on it.

 

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Photo Credit –> Frost cover


Goodreads

Hey Fellow Book-Lovers,

So today’s topic is:   goodreads

I know I’ve used Goodreads (either as a link or as a reference) in almost all of my book reviews. I seriously would not read or know about nearly as many books as I do without the help of this site. The funny thing is that, although the site first started in 2007, I didn’t hear about it until nearly two years later, and I never would have heard of it unless I had interned at a local bookstore. Before this site, I had no real way to keep track of what I had read as well as whether I liked it or not and why I felt that way (I gave up on lists after I reached the fifth page of just books I owned and I hadn’t thought of blogging just yet).

Goodreads also provided me with a way to connect to others that were just as passionate a me about reading, as well as provided me with upcoming releases and other books that I might ike or be interested in. I think that the first time I ever logged into Goodreads I spent something like three hours just looking at and reading all of the different book descriptions and book lists that the site had to offer.  I can still occasionally do that (I know I shouldn’t because my to-read list is quickly approaching 300 on Goodreads, but I just can’t seem to help myself).

Goodreads is an amazing site that I seriously do not know what I would do without. Recently though, Goodreads was acquired/bought by Amazon, and that has a lot of its users in a panic/uproar. Amazon has stated that they have no plans on changing Goodreads, and that they want to use it to expand on their ebooks. Otis Chandler, the founder of Goodreads, has also stated that Goodreads isn’t going to change and is going to remain unique, independent, and run by the same people as before.

Only time can tell what will happen though. For the time being, I am going to stick with Goodreads. But if anything major changes, I won’t hesitate to find a similar site (such as LibraryThing).

If you’re a Goodreads user, comment below and tell me your thoughts in the acquisition. I would love to hear from you.

 

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Photo Credit –> Goodreads logo


Book Review: Freak of Nature

Hey Fellow Book-Lovers,

 

Time for another book review. I know I’ve mentioned a couple of times before how busy I’ve been, and how I haven’t had as much time to read as I want to and have been going through some serious withdrawal, so you might be wondering then how the  heck I read a whole book in one day when my life is so hectic. the answer is simple. I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish it, when I had to get up at 7 for work (I do not recommend doing that btw). So, without further ado, here is the review of the books that made me into a zombie for the day.

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Book: Freak of Nature

Author: Julia Crane

Genre: YA science fiction

Series: Yes, first in the IFICS series

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 

 

Freak of Nature is told from the perspective of Kaitlyn, and occasionally from Lucas. Kaitlyn was involved in a horrible incident that led to her supposed death, but because she had decided to donate her body to science, she’s created into a cyborg. The experiment was meant to leave her with no memories or emotions. Little do the scientists know though, that she does have her emotions, although somewhat muted. She also has a reoccurring dream of someone from her past. She has to keep this hidden though, because if this is revealed, her project might be deemed a failure, and she would be terminated. Hiding her emotions becomes more and more difficult as Kaitlyn finds herself falling for one of the scientists, Lucas.

Now Lucas is a boy genius. He’s in his early 20’s (I can’t remember his exact age) and a brilliant scientist. However, he feels extremely guilty over turning Kaitlyn from the vibrant young woman she used to be into an unemotional cyborg; a science project if you will. It’s because of this that he eventually comes to discover that Kaitlyn can actually feel, and has her own thoughts and emotions. While trying to help Kaitlyn recover her memories, he begins to fall for her.

The book, is about Kaitlyn struggling to come find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds with the help of Lucas, before the time for her runs out.

As you might be able to tell from thew cover picture and my last book review, I’ve been into books about cyborgs recently, so when I saw this book and all the good reviews of it, I was all for it. However, I couldn’t get as drawn into the book, the characters, and the storyline. It’s because of that that I gave the lower rating. I really don’t know why I couldn’t get drawn into it either. the storyline was interesting, the characters were awesome, and the romance between Kaitlyn and Lucas was sweet without being sickening and over the top. I blame it on sleep deprivation.

Comment and tell me what you though of it.

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Photo Credit –> Freak of Nature cover

 


Book Review: Cinder

Hey Fellow Book-Lovers,

 

Yay! I finally finished the book! It only took me a week (or two) to do it, but it’s done, and now I can move onto Scarlet. Sorry for all the delays in providing this review, but stuff happens, like books we think are gonna be awesome but aren’t (see Touched book review for more details). Finally, before we commence with the review, I just wanted to let you know that the next post (tomorrow’s) will be another book review. This one will be on Freak of Nature by Julia Crane.

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Book: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA fiction

Series: Yes, first in the Lunar Chronicles

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 

Cinder is a retelling of the classic fairytale Cinderella, as you may already know or have guessed. It just has a different take on it. For one, it takes place in the future. For another, there are mutated humans (Lunars) with some serious power of manipulation, cyborgs, and androids. Plus, the earth has been swept by a plague that no one has been able to find a cure for in over a decade. So yeah, it’s not your classic fairytale anymore.

The book is told from the perspective of Cinder, our sixteen year old cyborg protagonist. She’s a mechanic in the city of New Beijing, in the Eastern Commonwealth.Because she is a cyborg, she is looked down upon as a second-class citizen and demeaned by her “stepmother,” forced to bring in the majority of the income, but allowed none of it herself. In and about the community, she is looked down upon and avoided at all costs; treated as less than human. The only one to treat her with love and respect is her younger stepsister, Peony.

Not everything is negative when it comes to being a cyborg though. It has given her the ability to know when someone is lieing, to see though illusions, and to understand and be able to fix almost everything mechanic. It’s because of that last advantage that Cinder is considered to be the best mechanic in New Beijing and approached by the prince of the Eastern Commonwealth, Kai, to fix his personal android.

While working on the android, Cinder becomes friends with Prince Kai and a budding romance is started. Also when working on the android, Cinder comes across information that affects the world as she knows it and can, if withheld, lead to the overtaking of the planet by Lunars. Sharing this information though, will expose her, and could cost Cinder her life. What’s a girl to do?

Okay. Enough description. You want to learn more about the book, read it yourself. In all actuality though, I do recommend you reading it. While the book had its flaws, it was interesting and original, and an overall good read. Ms. Meyer has a way of describing some scenes that you could picture it clearly in your mind, causing you to get lost in this future world that she has created.

Other positives of the book include Cinder, the budding romance, and the setting. Cinder is a kick-butt character. That has sarcastic retorts that had me laughing out loud. Plus, she’s not your typical weak female lead (this is supposed to be Cinderella after all), who goes down without a fight. As for the romance between Cinder and Kai, it wasn’t over-the-top. In fact, it seemed to take a back seat to other elements of the book, which I loved. The romance isn’t immediate or all-consuming. It builds up gradually, like a real-world one would do (for the most part). Finally, the setting, as I mentioned above, was original and detailed enough that you could picture.

Negatives of the book are Cinders occasional freakouts, that either needed to disappear, or be better drawn out. They seemed to be too easily dismissed by her for all the fuss she initially makes. Also, the romance between Cinder and Prince seems to be slow going, and then takes off at hyper-drive to just suddenly stop; a bit confusing if you ask me. But that’s really the only problems I had with it.

Read Cinder for yourself and tell me what you think.

 

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Photo Credit –> Cinder cover


Comic Books

Hey Fellow Book-Lovers,

 

I know I mentioned in my last post that this time around would be another book review, but I haven’t finished reading Cinder yet. It’s not that it’s bad (it’s not), it’s just that lots of other things have come up so I haven’t had as much time for reading as I would like (insert crying me here).  So instead of that I thought discussing one of my other book loves: comic books (or graphic novels as I prefer to read).

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You see, my dad loves comic books, and between every two weeks and once a month, he would take my brother and I with him when he went to the comic book store to update his collection. For being patient and (somewhat) well-behaved when he was looking, he would buy us any comic book we wanted (within reason). This got me hooked on comics such as Michael Turner’s Fathom , Witchblade, and some others besides the classics of the Marvel and DC universes of course, as well as lesser known comics (because I was a kid and liked the cool cover).

Nowadays, it’s getting harder and harder to find comic books, especially if you want back issues or don’t know what you want and just want to browse. The last comic book store in town that I know of closed a while back, and so now, I have to rely on the internet or bigger named bookstores to get my fix.  I mean, no offense to the internet, but I love going into a store and being able to see everything they have to offer. I want to be able to pick it up, and see it for myself. Maybe even read a few pages to see if I’m interested. The internet just doesn’t offer that. I might be able to get away with that in bigger name bookstore, but they just don’t offer as wide a variety of comic books or graphic novels that a comic book store would.

This seriously bums me out, because comic books were a big part of my childhood. I mean, I know the back story (and the different dimension spin-off tales) of almost every major superhero from the comics. It’s something I shared with my dad and my brother, and it’s something that draws people together (just look at Comic-Con of you don’t believe me). I don’t want comic books or the experiences you can gain from comic books to disappear.

Comment and share some of your opinions on or memories of comic books I’d love to hear from you.

 

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Photo Credit –> Big name comic book publishers