Book Review

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis:  The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruHunger Gamesction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature. (Goodreads.com)

Review:

This is a dystopian novel, and revolves around 12 districts, once a year each districts has a boy and a girl tribute chosen from them to fight in the hunger games. The hunger games are staged in a huge arena, where game makers can control the living conditions.

This was a re-read for me. “Hunger Games,” was on the first young adult books that I ever read. I remember the first time I read it I was absolutely head-over heals in love with Peeta. But, having reread the book at a older age I have come to find that I wasn’t as excited about reading about Peeta, as I was when I was younger. This time around Katnis, really stood out to me. She was just an absolutely strong and independent female character. I enjoyed seeing how she took on the duty as a “guardian”, to not only her little sister Prim, but to Rue in the arena, with Peeta and even at times with Haymitch. I noticed that she really spoke her mind and didn’t sensor her feelings and emotions.

Even though, Peeta didn’t move me as much as he did the first time I read the book. I still very much respected him for looking out for Katniss and making decisions that would protect her and I thought that it was a very powerful point through out the book.

And wait we can’t forget the handsome best friend Gale. I loved Gale, he would always make me feel that no matter what happens that everything will be okay. It broke my heart when promises to look after Katniss little sister Prim, because it is truly rare that a person/ character is willing to look after someone other than themselves. The other thing that made me really enjoy Gale, is his relatable best friend dynamic with Katniss. He is defiantly the boy that every girl wants for a best friend. But, is it just friendship that is between Katniss and Gale or can other deeper feelings develop?

I think that if you are just getting into YA, this is definitely a book you will want to check out. It is so raw with emotion and adventure, that when you start reading it seems that this is actually happening to you. There were quite a few times that I couldn’t put the book down and would make an excuse as to why I need to read yet another chapter. I gave this book a 4/5  stars and I will highly recommend this to people that like adventure or dystopian worlds.

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Book Review

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Syn8755776opsis: The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series. (Goodreads)

Review:

I started this series a couple of years back and I have been slowly making my way through it. I had a really difficult time reading the first three books but the books to follow really got me into this series. This book was no exception. I loved it.

Lets first talk about the character development in this book, I was extremely impressed. The characters have grown so much and they were extremely vulnerable in this book. But, I think that is what made me love this book even more because you got to get to know them from a completely different point of view. In this book the characters were raw, they were vulnerable and they should that they can feel love, pain, hatred and acceptance. This book offered so many feels. I felt the love that Clary had for Jace, while she fought to get him back from the possession that Lilith put on him in the previous book. Clary, never gave up on him and she always mentioned that even through the possession their was always a glimpse of the real Jace. Jonathan, also showed a loving vulnerable side as his connection grew with Jace and he took Clary into his life. Even though he is the villain in the book he showed a lot of emotion. It seemed that if circumstances of his childhood were different he would have turned out to be a completely different person. Clary’s, best friend Simon also grew as a character. He showed his adaptation to being a vampire and having to deal with opening up to his family and dealing with the repercussions. His relationship with Isabel also grew and it was very interesting to see the progression of the connection between each other. Alex and Magnus as always were very intriguing. I loved Magnus, from the very beginning but this book made me love him even more, because of how helpful he was towards the shadow hunters. However, their relationship also tore at my heart because it was beautiful and tragic all at the same time.

The majority of the time took place in Valentine’s traveling apartment. It was extremely amazing to see the way the apartment worked. It also provided a very good source to learn more about the Morgensten family history and about Jonathan’s , Jace’s, Clary’s and Valentine’s past.

I gave this book a 5/5 stars. It kept me on the edge of my seat. The writing was witty and intriguing. I couldn’t put this book down. I wanted to know what would happen next and I worried about the characters and the situations they were put in. You get to learn a lot about the character’s and it bring on the FEELS! The character relationships were a lot deeper and Clary was just a badass female character and I love that about the book. You can see her growing into her shadow hunter heritage.Cassandra Clare painted a picture with this book, and I couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying read.

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Friday Reads

Friday Reads 5/22/2015

This weekend I am working on catching up on my books that I have recently started reading or listening too before leaving for my trip to Isreal. I don’t want to have any open books when I leave because I want to be solely focused on reading books from my kindle because it would not only lighten my baggage weight and I won’t have to worry about my books being damaged while I am on my trip.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis:The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.
What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic8755776 has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its Hunger Games destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Note: This is a reread for me. I started listening to the audio book because I want to read the rest of the series and because it is a reread I allowed myself to have the freedom to listen or read the book. For the most part I have been listening to the audio book while driving because it has been very easy to follow along and I found myself engaged in the novel.

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Synopsis:  Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the IroIronn Throne has begun.

As Warden of the A Game of Thronesnorth, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the  Throne.

Note: I have been slowly making my way through this book. I am enjoying it but, I have found that there are parts that are very confusing at times and the books is really so that it makes me want to pick up other books while reading/ listening to the audiobook. The audio book I am listening to is very hard to understand because it is narrated in an accent so there are times that I have found I had to listen to the chapter all over again. But, it has also made me make a lot of progress in the book. The narrator that narrated my specific copy is Roy Dotrice.

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Read-a-Thon's

Dewey 24 Hour Read- a-thon

Hello Bibliomanics,

I am a huge fan of read-a-thons. And today April 25,2015 is the Dewey 24 hour read-a-thon. I was planning on making a progress video but, ended up getting my wisdom teeth taken out instead yesterday, so today I am recovering in bed. And although I am enjoying my time marathoning the “Pretty Little Liars”. I am also going to try and sneak some time here and there to read.

History on the Dewey 24 hour Read-a-thon, it was created by a lady named Dewey in 2007, but she passed away a year later and her blog was taken down. However, a group of fantastic woman got to together and they loved the read-a-thon so much that they decided to continue the tradition and carry on with it on their blog. They host it twice a year on time in April and once more in October. You have a choice to stay up the entire 24 hours and read or you can just read a couple of those hours. If you want more information check out their blog at: 24 hour read-a-thon

My TBR pile for this read-a- thon, was very easy to pick. I allowed myself to have a couple of choices. And since I slept in today and didn’t start until around 9am, I think I have decide to just make as much progress as I can on the two books that  I am currently reading. The first book that I think that I can finish today is “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” by Jenny Han. And the book I want to make some progress on is “The Game of Thrones,” by George R.R. Martin.

The summer I turned pretty      Update as off 1:38pm in the Pacific time zone, I am reading “The Summer I Turned Pretty”. And I am on page 90/295.

Note: I finished “The Summer I turned pretty and I loved it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy this summer.

A Game of Thrones

 And I am on page 217/807 in the “A Game of Thrones” By George R.R. Martin.

Note: I am still slowing working my way through “A Game of Thrones. I am 307/807. My goal is to read at least 100 hundred pages tomorrow (5/25/2014).

Happy Reading,  Rina

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Book Review

Darkness Series By Stacey Marie Brown Review

I received this series for an honest review. I firstly, want to apologize that it has taken me so long to post this review.

On to the review:

Book 1: Darkness Of Light

Synopsis: (From GoDarkness of lightodreads)

Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.
Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for troubled teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.
DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA(16+)/New Adult Paranormal Romance.

**Warning: The Darkness Series is not YA, but a NA Series.

 Fire In The Darkness, Book #2

Synopsis: From Goodreads

***This is NOT a YA Series but a New Adult(17+). Sexual Content and Language.***
It’s been four weeFire in the darknessks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.
And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.
Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.
Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?
No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.

Dwellers Darkness 

Synopsis:  From  Goodreads

Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. Em would be 22 now—if she were human. She’s not. She is a Dae—part DDwellers of Darknessemon and part Fay—with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her more of a freak.

Life has become further complicated for Ember since returning from the Otherworld. Besides being continuously hunted by the Seelie Queen, Ember is at the top of the Unseelie King’s list, after breaking her oath with him. No one breaks a vow with the Unseelie King without extreme consequences.

Adding to Ember’s problems is a certain Dark Dweller whose mood has become violent and cruel. As much as she’d like to deny it, there is an undeniable connection between them. Eli is sexy, gorgeous, and frustrating as hell. She also knows he is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever.

But her problems go way past him. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound escalates even more as they prepare to obtain the Sword of Light—the only weapon able to kill the Queen.

But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.

Blood Beyond Darkness

Blood BeyondSynopsis: From Good reads

After months of searching, Ember and her friends have finally located the Sword of Light, the only weapon capable of destroying Queen Aneira and ending her rule. This is Ember’s destiny. Or so she thought. Now a pact to save the man she loves changes everything.

In this final installment in the Darkness Series, when the truth comes to light, Ember will learn some things are better left in the dark as her world is ripped even further apart. It is no longer a rabbit hole, but a never-ending black void full of endless lies, betrayals, and secrets.

The fight for Earth has begun, and Ember will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save millions of innocent lives and those she loves.

But this price may be too high—even for her.

Review:

I really enjoyed this series. It was quite fast paced and it kept me very intrigued. The relationship building was unique but at points I thought my heart was going to get ripped out. I also noticed that this is not a series that you will go into thinking you know what is going to happen. You are going to be flipped upside down and your emotions are going to be tested.

The character development gets better as the book progresses but be aware of instalove. That was one thing that really bothered me was how fast Ember was to trust Eli. Another thing that really bothered me was how all the male characters where considered sexy. It just became too repetitive for me. There is definitely a lot of action in this book as Ember is exploring her powers and trying to protect herself from the Queen who wants to use her for destruction.

There is also a lot at stake from all the characters, and I really enjoyed how they were all somehow interconnected. There are a lot of characters in this book. We have Ember and her immediate friends and family her stepfather, her best friend Kennedy and Ryan. It is a constant struggle for Ember to have to protect them and do what is best in order to keep them safe. Then we have the Dark Dwellers which are demons that can turn their bodies to look like giant panthers. They are very dangerous and are considered to be extremly deadly. Ember is forced to befriend them in order to survive. We also have the power hungry Queen, who wants to use Ember for destruction against the Unseelie King. Among, her party is a servant named Torain, who promises to protect Ember but, soon Ember realizes that its just too good to be true.  And the Unseelie King, who would be more then happy to have the Queen out of his hair, no matter what the price may be.

This series is worth reading I give it a 4/5 rating. I think that it is full of growth, from the characters to the writing style. The books will keep you on you toes and make you second guess every thing that you know. I highly recommend you to give it a go if you like paranormal, new adult and fantasy all in one.

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Read-a-Thon's

Bout of Books 12.0 Read-a-thon

Hello Bibliomanics,

A few days ago while browsing to see when the next Read-a-thon is going to occur, I stumbled upon “Bout of Books 12.0″ and I decided why not an participate since this may be the last chance that I can get a good chunk of reading done before hitting those text books. The read-a-thon runs from the 12/5 to the 12/11. There is still time to sign up for the read-a-thon on the “Bout of Books” blog. There aren’t any challenges that are associated with this read-a-thon, but readers are encouraged to read as much as they can and want too. The point of reading is to have fun, and enjoy the worlds you are transformed too. If you want more information on “Bout of Books 12.0″ please visit their blog at:http://boutofbooks.blogspot.com

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