Monday, June 29, 2015

Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm here to review Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. This is the sequel to Doon and continues the story of the two protagonists Kenna and Veronica. This book focuses on Kenna as she struggles with her decision coming back to her world as opposed to staying in Doon. That all changes when Duncan shows up, asking for her help before all of Doon is destroyed by a mysterious plague that zombie-fies its victims. But enough about that, let's get onto the review!

I'm still liking the format of the two different point of views. This time we get more of Kenna's point of view, which is different because she focuses on different aspects than Veronica. She's the more sassy of the two, and she loves to compare the drama of her life to the drama she performs on stage. I will admit that's it more fun if you know at least some of her references, but I will concede that many may not know all of the theatrical references.

I'm liking how we see how Veronica has adapted to life in Doon. As much as she has acclimated to their life, she still throws some of her life into theirs. I also like how her relationship with Jamie is developing. Like she says, nothing is really like a fairy tale. It doesn't just end with happily ever after. Life goes on. Trials and tribulations occurs. A plague covers the outskirts of Doon, creating zombies. You know, the normal stuff.

I'm liking the relationship angst that we get from Kenna and Duncan. Both of them have their doubts and their demons that they have to deal with. They both want to move on but stay together, and that causes conflict. I wish that I could say more, but I would hate to give spoilers. I will say that this book had me tearing up a couple of times, and a book that is able to make me feel is a pretty good book in my standards.

Another aspect that is developing well is the setting. Doon is expanding, both in our imaginations and in population. We see more of the dark side of Doon, both literally figuratively. I like how we see more of the witch's cottage and more of her background. We get another glimpse of the history of Doon, but it left me wanting more. There is a certain item that makes me believe we'll get more of that information in the second book. But then again that's complete speculation.

I'm happy that we got back to Doon so quickly after we came back to Veronica and Kenna's world. The summary for the next book says that our characters are stuck in the their world and they're trying to get back to Doon. I can only hope that happens quickly. But with everything said and done, I'm going to give Destined for Doon four pairs of converse out of five.



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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Paper Towns by John Green: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Paper Towns by John Green. Paper Towns tells the story of Q who goes on a wild ride with long time crush Margo on night, and Margo ends up disappearing the next day. Q tries to figure out what happened to Margo, while learning a few things about himself. You also may recognize the title from the feature film that will be released in theaters later this week. You know, I will be watching and reviewing the movie as well. But enough about that. Let's get onto the review!

Once I began reading Paper Towns, I immediately recognized John Green's writing style. There is a elegant yet sarcastic tone that he brings to each of his books. There are elaborate yet hilarious metaphors used to describe each character, and each character is set apart from other characters. You get a definite feel of each character immediately after meeting them, and that's all due to John Green's way of writing. Plus, it's just real entertaining, and as I've said before, he knows how to make a great quote.

With that said, I can't stand Margo. I thought she was cute and fun for the first part of the book, but for me, she grew old quickly. She became more of a goal than an actual person. Plus, after a while, I wanted the story to move forward, but she was the key figure of keeping the plot moving. She just drove me crazy after a while. That's just me being honest.

There were a few highlights to the story. Like I said, I really enjoyed the beginning of the novel. In fact, I kind of wish that those types of actions were prevalent throughout the entire book. Having the protagonist get out of his box and doing some crazy stuff was fun to read, and I wished that I got to see more of that.

I also enjoyed how Q's relationships evolved, and not just with Margo. He has two best friends, both of which are hilarious, and they have their ups and downs like any normal friendships. I think that it's nice when your best friends isn't always your best friend. You know what I mean? They fight, but they still come through for each other, which makes those moments so much more important.

Overall, I feel like the novel got a bit bog down in the middle. While it did pick up closer to the end, I wouldn't say that I was satisfied with the ending. To me, the ending felt too metaphorical for my tastes. I will still say that it was expertly done. It just wasn't in my wheelhouse. I think that people who are able to find a deeper meaning in everything would really appreciate what this novel has to offer. This book is definitely a five out of five for some readers, but for me I have to give this book three and a half big Daddy containers of Vaseline out of five.


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fabulous Ficitional Fathers - Happy Father's Day

Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm here to list some of the best fictional fathers that YA literature has to offer. I have to admit that it was a little difficult finding a few fathers to make this list, but it makes those who make this list even more prominent. So without further ado, here's the list for Top Fictional Fathers of Young Adult Literature (at least the stuff I have read).

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I have to start this list with Charlie Swan from the Twilight Series. As far as parents go, he gives his daughter a lot of agency. He treats Bella more like an adult rather than as his daughter. But he does genuinely care for her, which is seen when Bella goes through her breakdown. Despite him wanting her near him, he offers up Jacksonville as a way to help her heal. For that, I'm giving Charlie some credit as well as a spot on this list.

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The next father on this list is Andrew Prior from the Divergent Series. He does not get a long-go in the series, but he definitely made an impact. He also does not get as much recognition as Tris's mother, but Andrew does a lot for his children. He goes as far as forgoing the faction system, and he offers both of his children sanctuary when they didn't have a place to go. So Kudos to you, Andrew.

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One character that may not be the first to pop into your mind when thinking about fathers is Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices Series. Technically, we do not see much of him being a father, but we do see a little glimpse of his life after his marriage to Tessa. Readers see that he has two children, and when he dies, he is surrounded by his family: the people he loves. I could only imagine what kind of father he was, but considering he was surrounded by family, I could guess that he was loved.

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One father figure who is technically not a biological father is Barty Glynn of The Queen of the Tearling Series. Barty becomes Kelsea's father figure when she is taken away and hidden to protect her. He becomes a loving father figure who teaches her how to hunt, take care of herself, and how to rule a country. Kelsea later takes on Barty and his wife's name because they felt more like parents to her than anyone else.

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Of course, I have to mention one of the best fathers from YA literature: Arthur Wesley. He wasn't the main character's father, but Arthur Wesley became a father to whoever needed him. He finds humor in everything, and he embarrasses his kids. But he always sticks up for his kids. He may not be able to give them everything, but he does everything in his power to keep them safe, happy, and loved.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon: Book Review

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. This book follows the story of two best friends: Veronica and Mackeena. Veronica is ready to escape her drunk mother and cheating ex-boyfriend for a new exciting vacation in Scotland with her best friend. But her best friend Mackeena is worried that the man in a kilt that her friends keeps seeing is just a way for Veronica to escape reality. But what is really happening? Enough about that. Let's get onto the review!

So this is another novel with two first point of view narratives. I was pleasantly surprised that instead of seeing the novel from the two romantic leads, it was point of view for each of the best friends. I thought it was interesting while I was reading because Veronica calls Mackeena the other half of her brain. Veronica likes books. Mackeena likes plays. Veronica is analytical while Mackeena is more emotional, at least under normal circumstances. Their adventures in Doon have them taking the opposite roles, which sets them a little off balance.

I have to talk about the setting. I like Scotland, and having been there last summer, I could imagine the places the narrators were mentioning quite clearly. I also have to mention Doon, itself. It still has an old-world vibe, but Doon is constantly getting improvements from our universe with everything from indoor plumbing to pizza. It's something that I didn't expect, and I felt like it sets the setting apart from other stories that have alternate worlds. I'm also wondering how the ending of Doon will effect the setting for the next book. Don't worry, no spoilers!

I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book. They all had their ups and downs, their sassy and angst-ridden moments, and I think each of them evolved from the beginning of the book. I will say that some of them can be placed easily into what some people would call "YA tropes." But I think the book does a good job of addressing that. There is one point of the novel that I found hilarious that addresses what I am talking about. One of the characters describes another character as being too much like a certain famous YA literary character. I won't say who, but I will say that I completely agree, and I'm glad that the book brought this up in this manner.

I like the fantasy elements that are in the story. I think that it is a good introduction into the Doon world and what magic means to them. There is a difference between witches and those who have powers that they use for good. Those who are good are in line with "the Protector" which is there version of a god. Witches seem to use dark magic and are considered evil and are cursed by the Protector. I'm hoping we get some more information of that part of their history in the next novel.

All together I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. With everything said and done, I'm giving this book four and a half leather journals out of five.



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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This was last month's Booksplosion book of the month, and I have to say that I'm a little behind in reading and reviewing. But if you would like to hear what BookTubers PolandBananasBooks, Katytastic, and Jesse the Reader have to say about this book, click the link here. The novel is about Laia who becomes a slave in order to get her brother out of prison by feeding information to a rebellion group. But there's another side to the story: Elias's side. He in in line for the throne, but all he wants to do is escape. But will this book make the cut? Well, let's get this review started!

I'm going to come out and say it. This book has two points of view and it is driving me a little crazy. At first, I thought that maybe this book had two different points of view to have two main characters that are from different classes, and they could oppose/help one another. I thought that they could have viable separate loves interests and have the same goals while still opposing each other, but that is not the case. I do like how we get to see two different classes and how the ruling class treats the two. It almost makes me feel sympathy for some of the upper class, but that comes crashing down whenever some one gets branded like a horse or gets threaten with rape.

This brings me to another problem I had with the novel. There was an incredible amount of gore, torture, and death for the first 70% of the novel. It was quite taxing, and I found myself feeling fatigued about halfway through with the book. I had to set it down and put it away for a while, "a while" being about two weeks.

With that said, it did pick up the last third of the book. Once I picked up the book again, I felt like I was on the edge of my seat. Things were happening quickly, but they didn't feel incredibly violent. It was suspense over bloodshed that captivated me. One particular scene that I really enjoyed was when the two main characters are locked in a room together, and they just sit there and talk. They connect, and that makes me connect with them.

I also appreciated how catching the opening scene was. Action is a good way to start a novel, maybe not for the entire story, but it does draw a reader's attention. It certainly drew mine. I wanted Laia to come back from the terror that I first saw her in. I wanted her to evolve and succeed. It was a good start.

Another aspect that was well done was the lore that drives some of the characters. The tales of magical fantastic creatures that many considered imaginary, are actually true. Of course, if you know anything about my review, you know that I love my magic, but for these characters, it's like finding out evil fairy tales are real. This book also has their version of the wise old man that knows more than he should and manipulates everyone around him for the greater good. There's a group of them. I like to consider them a mix between Dumbledore and the Silent Brothers. I think that there interesting and frustrating at the same time. The reader doesn't really know what their objective is, and I really really want to find out what it is.

Lastly, I didn't expect the ending. It was a pleasant surprise for the most part. This goes back to my saying how the books gets suspenseful. I liked the reveals and Laia's plan, and it really shows how far she's comes from the beginning of the book. I will add a little "but." There was another girl that I found interesting that becomes good friends with Laia, but I felt like she gets written off in the end. I hope that she appears in the next book, but she ends up far away from any of the action. But there is still hope.

With everything said and done, I'm giving this book three and a half red eyes out of five. I was considering three out five, but the ending bumped it up a bit.



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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mockingjay Part 2: (Teaser) Trailer Reaction!


It's out! Our first look of the last Hunger Games movie (if you don't count the logo on fire and the countless set picks) Mockingjay Part 2 has finally arrived! So what better time to start reacting to trailers! I'll just be throwing a few snippets out and then have a conclusion at the end that sums up my feelings for the trailer. So watch the video and follow along!


Awe! The wedding! It's so pretty!

Effie got new clothes! Bet she's happy.

I bet that's the scene where there taking the vote. #nospoilers

Metal letters Lionsgate... Comment down below if you know the reference.

Dramatic music builds!

I wonder if the this is the scene where Katniss gets business taken care of. You know what I'm saying.

Well, I guess the audience now knows that Peeta still loves her.

She's got a cape! That looks a little bit like a blanket....

Booby traps! That looks like some legit sludge.

And Finnick gets to have the last words.

Okay, so I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much from a teaser trailer, especially after the teaser we received from Shadowhunters TV. But this is pretty exciting. It does make me want to go see it more now, and it gave us some really cool scenes that I remember from the book, which makes me happy. I'm a little iffy on the scene between Katniss and Peeta considering the cliffhanger that the last movie left us with. Even still, I think it's a pretty good teaser trailer. It makes me wonder what they will do for a full trailer.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

The Spiritglass Charade by Coleen Gleason: Book Review!


Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm here to review The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason. The book continues the adventures of Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker. After a upper class woman falls prey to a charlatan medium, Mina and Evaline are brought in to investigate those who would want the young women to appear mad. But under the darkness of night, another enemy arises. Vampires are back in London. So, who ya gonna call? Wait, never mind. Mina and Evaline are on the case! But enough about that. Let's get onto the review!

So I had some reservations coming into this book. I wanted more world-building, a little less repetitive phrases, and a whole lot more mystery. For the most part, the book accomplished these things. I got to see more of Steampunk London. I didn't catch as many phrases repeating themselves. I also really enjoyed the mystery. Although, I wish I got a little more connection with the first novel.

Still, there were a few things that I didn't really appreciate or like about the novel. It was still a bit difficult getting into the story. It felt like there was a lot of build up without any reward. There would be little things happening that felt like they didn't belong in this book. There was a funny part in the beginning of the book that I though was actually pretty cool, but the payoff didn't match. It felt like the payoff was done offstage. If that's the case, why show us the first part?

Another problem I had was the same with the other book: Mina's mother. Mina keeps bringing her up without ever saying her name, which sends out bright flashing lights for a reader. If you're going to bring that much attention to something, make the reveal a little more epic. When we finally get her name, we don't actually know what her name means to the story. We could have learned her name from book one and then be shocked by her relation to the story. It would have made it so much better.

But once again, there were things I enjoyed about the novel. I like where the relationships between Mina and Evaline and where their prospective beaus are going. They seem to be developing, yet they still manage to have their twists and turns. I love how the one who doesn't consider herself beautiful ends up having two potential boyfriends. Quite ironic, don't ya think?

Also, as I said before, we get to see a bit more of Steampunk London. We get to see a bit more of the different levels that people use to travel. We also get to see something like a park where couples and friends go to be entertained. It was a sweet, romantic place to be, and I found it quite lovely to envision.

With everything said and done, I did like this book more than I did the first one. With that said, I'm giving this book three and a half chocolate truffles out of five.



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