Review - Far Far Away




Title: Far Far Away
Author: Tom McNeal
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 11th 2013

My Rating: 



Jeremy Johnson Johnson hears voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of The Brothers Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But Jacob can't protect Jeremy from everything.

When coltish, copper-haired Ginger Boultinghouse takes a bite of a cake so delicious it’s rumored to be bewitched, she falls in love with the first person she sees: Jeremy.

In any other place, this would be a turn for the better for Jeremy, but not in Never Better, where the Finder of Occasions—whose identity and evil intentions nobody knows—is watching and waiting, waiting and watching. . . And as anyone familiar with the Brothers Grimm know, not all fairy tales have happy endings.




My Thoughts




"What follows is the strange and fateful tale of a boy, a girl, and a ghost." From this first sentence along with the synopsis from this book I expect an amazing adventure that would stay in my mind forever. Well I can say that I won't really forget this book but not really because of its plot.

The reason why I gave this book 3 stars was because the plot was missing something. Or maybe it was the writing itself. I don't really know since I'm purely a reader and not a writer. But I do know it was missing something, because I somewhat felt left down at the end of the book.
Do not get me wrong because I would not change the fact that I have read it nor did I not finish the book, now did I? This book was still a very sweet book not because of the plot, but because of the characters.

The main characters, to me, were very well designed. Jeremy was made for you to feel only sympathy towards him and never give up on him nor the fact that he would deserve and get his happy ending. Jeremy was such a lovely kid, kind, shy and hardworking.
Ginger on the other side was always a little annoying to me until almost the very end of the book where she start showing her true warrior side. I can say though that I cannot envision this book without her.

I could go on and on about the characters that I loved in this book but it would take a while and perhaps spoil it for you. But I do still need to mention the wonderful Jacob Grimm which to me was the sweetest character ever. He never gave up on anything! Perseverance was a must in his mind. And I absolutely loved this. He kept Jeremy focused on his studies and always had his very best interests in mind no matter what he did.

I honestly hope more people get to read this book and appreciate all the characters in it the same way I did or perhaps even more. I know I won't forget them anytime soon, that's for sure.

Review - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone



Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter
Book #: 1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Publication Date (this edition): September 1st 2014

My Rating:



When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know.

His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived.

Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!




My Thoughts



First things first (I'm the realest - sorry couldn't help it), yes I have heard of Harry Potter before, I just haven't read them yet because when I was younger I wasn't all that much into reading and as I got older I realised that I did indeed wanted to read this series but I want it in it's native language.

But on with the review. I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I must admit it took me a while to get into the groove but once I got it (around half way through the book when all the action starts happening) it was hard to put it down.

I really don't know what to say about Harry Potter himself... He annoyed me a little at points but also did Hermione and then I loved them both so yeah... Ron was always loveable to me but Neville... I wanted to slap him and tell him to get his shit together for some reason.

The plot was really nice aswell. As I said it took me a while to get into it but once I got it, I really got it. And lord help me I actually like Voldemort ahah I really want to know what else he ends up doing (I refused to see most of the films, the latest ones at least, since I haven't read the books so I'm in the blind here).

I won't do a binge read for this series because I know it will end up in a reading slump - not the books' fault but mine -  and I have a lot I wanna read this year so I'm gonna try to spread it through out the year. I will keep reviewing them even though everyone else on the planet seems to have done it by now ahah.



2015 Resolutions




Hey there! I know I'm about 9 days late for this but there's always time to come up with resolutions for the year right?
So I've come up with some bookish resolutions that I will turn into challenges and I will try to make them happen and let you know how I'm doing (if possible) through a page I'm creating called '2015 Resolutions' (like it could be named something else haha).

So this year I want to:


  • Read 50 books (at least - including graphic novels);
  • Make 3 post per week;
  • Read 4 books per month (at least);
  • Review ALL the books I read this year (including graphic novels);
  • Be more active on other blogs;
  • Finish 5 or more book series (I have so many to finish Dear God);
  • Keep up with the books I was asked to review.

I think these are some good resolutions for this year right? Not too many or anything. If I end up coming up with something else I will add it on my '2015 resolutions' page.

As I said I will have a page on which I will let you know how I'm doing on these resolutions/challenges as I'm making my way through them.




Review - The Knife of Never Letting Go




Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking
Book #: 1
Publisher: Walker
Release Date: October 22nd 2008

My Rating:



Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks.

Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World?

Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.



My Thoughts



When I first heard of this book, I only knew about the hability of hearing other people's thoughts. Nothing else. I was not expecting spaceships, aliens, two moons, cows the size of houses nor this fierce little boy who would break my heart into tiny little pieces.

Patrick Ness created here a wonderful new world, where everything isn't what it seems and most importantly this world he created is so full of action that even when you finish a chapter you cannot wait to star the next one.

I absolutely loved this book, the characters, the world, the writing... Omg the writing! Patrick Ness was so emerged in this world himself that he even wrote like the characters would, literally. For instance, the word situation would be situashun and so on. I absolutely loved that, but I must admit that it took me a while to get into his writing because of this.

When it comes to the characters, at first I had a hard time connecting with Todd, mostly because he seemed like a little kid (which he was) but then as time went by he became much more than that. That freaking kid will hold a place in my heart forever because I don't think I could have managed to live through what he has. He became a man (if you read this book you'll catch this) and in a very good way.
Viola was a favorite of mine too, she was sweet and brave and she never gave up even when life was throwing all the rocks it had at her face (but that ending though).
And Manchee, my sweet Manchee, Todd's dog. What a sweet little annoying and loyal dog he was, I cannot stop thinking about him.

Now, even though I loved this book I do need a break from it because it was so packed with action and emotions that if I continue I'm afraid to not be able to actually savour this trilogy if that even makes sense. So maybe next month I'll pick up the next book in this series.

If you have read this book please let me know, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

January TBR





This month I decided that I was going to read 4 books. One that I started last year and some books that I have either received has christmas gifts or that have been sitting on my shelves for a while. They are:






Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too.

With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World?

Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.









When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know.

His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments,

Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!








Jeremy Johnson Johnson hears voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of The Brothers Grimm.

Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But Jacob can't protect Jeremy from everything. When coltish, copper-haired Ginger Boultinghouse takes a bite of a cake so delicious it’s rumored to be bewitched, she falls in love with the first person she sees: Jeremy.

In any other place, this would be a turn for the better for Jeremy, but not in Never Better, where the Finder of Occasions—whose identity and evil intentions nobody knows—is watching and waiting, waiting and watching. . . And as anyone familiar with the Brothers Grimm know, not all fairy tales have happy endings.








THERE'S SOMETHING STRANGE BEHIND THE BASEMENT DOOR...

After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin and their mother move to an ancestral home to start a new life. On the family's very first night in the mysterious house, Em and Navin's mom is kidnapped by a tentacled creature.

Now it's up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother's life!


Review - Alice in Zombieland



Title: Alice in Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles
Book #: 1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: September 25rd 2012


My Rating:



She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave.
Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.



My Thoughts


First of all I must say something. How is this a retelling?

That being said I did enjoy this book, the plot and concept were quite interesting and new - with the soul leaving the body in order to fight zombies.

There were some twists in this book that left me like "Where did that come from?" and "How the hell did I not see that coming?" and I absolutely loved that. Surprise is always good in zombie books... In my opinion.

Alice grew from slightly weak to I'll kick any zombie ass quite fast which was nice to see, though I don't really approve of her romance, but then again I am not her mother ahah

I felt terribly sorry for her since she lost so much in so little time but the way she reacted to that along with new information such as "there are freaking zombies" and "you may end up losing people sooner than you think" was admirable.

One of the main reasons that made me give it 3 stars only was mostly because I was expecting a retelling with a zombie twist and it did not happen. Still I will finish this trilogy because I did end up liking it despite this fact.