“Sinner” by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review

*received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

3 stars

I have a love/hate relationship with Maggie Stievfater. Although I love her writing, her books can be rather dull. I loved “The Raven Boys” series, but Shiver was rather meh. Even so, I still really loved Cole and Isabel and was interested in a book following their story. While I wasn’t in love with this story, I still enjoyed following Cole and Isabel’s journey.

Both Isabel and Cole are quite crazy, self destructive characters, miles away from Grace and Sam’s quiet peaceful personality. I loved how different they were from the usual YA protagonists. Isabel was such a sarcastic, cynical person who I probably would be bffs with in real life. xD Cole was such a charming, arrogant guy on the outside, but only Isabel could see the true Cole. An unhappy, miserable person who loved music. These two definitely understood each other and I could see the reasoning behind why they loved each other. However, While I liked the romance at first, after a while I stopped caring. I liked these characters, but I never quite loved them for me to truly note everything that happened.

As far as the plot went, I found myself bored at times.
As much I loved the idea of Cole as a rock star in LA, I didn’t actually end up loving it. Which is too bad, because I love music more than anything else and I love reading about characters who are true musicians. The paranormal element could have been ended better as well. His storyline just felt dull. Isabel’s wasn’t much better. I found I had the same issue with this book that I had with Shiver. I liked the characters, and the writing, but there was just something missing for me overall.

On the good side of things, I really liked the side characters. They were likable and helpful to the story. Leon and Jeremy were just wonderful.

This is not a bad book by any means. I still gave it three stars. But, this is probably more suited to hardcore fans of Shiver. While this felt a lot different than Shiver, it still felt rather slow at times. I really struggled to find a purpose for this story. Why was it written? I assume for the fans, but I don’t know. It just felt like If you were bored with that series, you might be bored with this. I still love Maggie Stiefvater and her wonderful “Raven Cycle”, but this series just isn’t for me. It just felt like one big meh. While I don’t regret reading this book, it simply felt not bad, but nothing special.

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“Who’s your Fictional Boyfriend” Quiz

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I tend to only post reviews, but I thought I would try something new. If you have some free time on your hands, feel free to take the fictional boyfriend quiz. It’s simply for a bit of fun. I thought I would post in case anyone’s interested.

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My results:
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I have the hugest crush on William Herondale, so I am rather pleased with my results. xD Tell me what character you got if you took it, and/or the character you have the largest crush on. I’d love to know. :)

“Animal Farm” by George Orwell Book Review

Mini review of Animal Farm

4 stars

“Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/ communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.”

Books like this are one of the reasons that words can be the most powerful of weapons. I love banned books. Books that are surrounded with controversy have always made it on my “to read list”. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get to it, but after reading “Animal Farm”, I definitely think George Orwell is an amazing thinker and writer.

This book is an excellent example
of how the attempt of freedom and revolution can go so horribly wrong. At the start, the animals will do anything to escape the torture of Mr. jones, their farmer. But, when the pigs start to take charge and even create their own “seven commandments” to prove that all animals will be given fair and equal treatment it all goes downhill from there. The pigs do everything to keep the other animals uneducated and believe that everything they say is right. One pig in particular, Napoleon, becomes the leader (dictator) and decides to change all the rules and commandments made gradually to trick the animals and make the pigs superior. It’s so awful to think of how in real life, many countries have tried to do this to their people, keeping them ignorant and unaware while they rule the people’s lives.

The story is very simple, yet incredibly complex. The exposing of the flaws of communism and dictatorship was incredibly interesting and history buffs will probably love it. I’m not an expert on politics and Russian history, but I still got the message this book was trying to explain. This book is just another example of how communism just doesn’t work. What a horrifying and important book.

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“Can You Keep a Secret” by Sophie Kinsella Book Review

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3 stars

“Mummy always told me, you should never let a man see your feelings or the contents of your handbag.”

This  week was quite a busy and exhausting one, but I still had a tiny bit of time to read. I chose the perfect book to read when I was tired and had a break. Sophie Kinsella’s books are always so much fun. Although I was a *little* disappointed in this book, I still laughed loads and had a great time reading it.

Emma Corrigan, the main character of this book, has a lot of secrets. Ones that she would never tell anyone. Ever. Except one day on a turbulent plain ride, she does. All her secrets and all the weird little things that have happened to her she tells to a complete stranger. Or so she thought… That stranger turns out to be the CEO of her company. Uh oh.

Emma was quite a frustrating character. While I get that most of her characters are flawed and awkward and a bit scatterbrained at times, I still manage to like them. But, I never really cared for Emma in this book. She felt whiny, incredibly selfish, and a bit dumb and naive. That being said, her character did have a lot of hilarious events happen to her that had to do with her personality. I always love a good laugh.

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The romance in this book didn’t do much for me. It felt rather underdeveloped. I wanted more. I never felt like I got to truly know Jack Harper and didn’t feel any butterflies with the two of them. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Jack, but I just didn’t really care about him. I also thought Emma liked him wayyy too fast. I was rather underwhelmed by their relationship. Meh.

The reason I liked this book so much was for the laughs. This book, like her others, had so many cringeworthy, embarrassing moments that had you laughing out loud. Emma and her friends managed to crack me up. The airplane scene was pretty “lol” worthy as well. Sophie Kinsella definitely knows how to make people laugh.

While this book was rather predictable and not her best, I still enjoyed it. “I’ve Got your Number” is still by far my favorite, but if you have some time on your hands and want a light read, “Can You Keep a Secret” is for you.

“Silver shadows” by Richelle Mead Book Review

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4 stars

*Spoilers for the first four Bloodlines books*

Man, do I have a lot to say about this book. The first part of this review will be spoiler free if you haven’t read up to this book yet, but then I’ll talk about the spoilery parts under cut.

Silver shadows starts off on a fairly sad note with Sydney now in re-education and Adrian a mess from Sydney being taken. In this book, Adrian and Sydney are doing everything they can to get her out.

Sydney’s strength was heavily demonstrated in this book. Her ability to always stay strong and help others no matter how tough it is for her was highly admirable. I know I wouldn’t have been able to handle it. Re-education was an absolutely awful place that sickened me. The horrible terrors Syndey had to endure still gets me. I think I may officially love Sydney more than Rose. While I try not to compare books to others, I do think I an liking this series more than VA.

Adrian was wonderful just as ever. His willingness to do whatever it took to get to Sydney was rather lovable and heartwarming. The love those two share for each other is indescribable. Adrian did start off on a bad note in this book, going back to his old habits of drinking and partying, but he changed back into the same Adrian I grew to love. I was incredibly proud of him to control himself. :)

I do have to say that the plot isn’t the strongest aspect of the book. It took me a while to really get into the story. Even though there were some excellent action scenes, I never truly felt that heart pounding fear of something dreadful to come. The only exception was of Sydney’s time in re education. There were some times I was terrified for her. I cared more for the characters and their story arcs and less for what was going on in the story. This book is more for the Sydrian lovers, like The Fiery Heart, and less for the action lovers. If I didn’t love Adrian and Sydney as much as I did, I might have felt a bit more bored at times.

Overall, very fun and sad book. Some parts were a bit predictable, but I still really loved it. However, why must she always have cliffhangers, WHY?

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Mini review of “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov

I did a mini review of this on my Goodreads a while ago, so I thought I would finally post it on here. xD

Summary: Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in English & published in 1955 in Paris, in 1958 in NY & in 1959 in London. It was later translated by its Russian-native author into Russian. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist & unreliable narrator, a 37–38-year-old literature professor, Humbert Humbert, is obsessed with the 12-year-old Dolores Haze, with whom he becomes sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather. “Lolita” is his private nickname for Dolores (both the name & nickname are of Spanish origin).

Original reaction:

4 stars

“I’m not going to bother doing an in depth review of this book since I feel it would be rather pointless, but I will say a few of my thoughts after reading this.

Yes, this book is as beautiful, poetic, and lyrical as everyone says it is.

Yes, this book is horrifying, disturbing, and disgusting as everyone says it is.

I think that’s why this novel is so fascinating.

There is a part of me that marvels at the prose that Nabokov so beautifully writes, but there’s this part that is horrified by Humbert’s actions. Reading this book felt like a paradox, almost. A disturbing story with elegant writing. I don’t know how, but it works. Amazing.

I don’t think I’ve ever been more envious of a writer’s talent.”

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