Note: This time of year is always very busy for me. Last year, I hadn't really started blogging yet, so I was able to keep myself above the craziness. This year, I am. My blog is slightly inactive due to the holiday craze. Hopefully will return to the regular posting after the new year. :)
Mama, mama, help me get home I'm out in the woods, I am out on my own. I found a werewolf, a nasty old mutt It showed me its teeth and went straight for my gut.
Mama, mama, help me get home I'm out in the woods, I am out on my own. I was stopped by a vampire, a rotting old wreck It showed me its teeth, and went straight for my neck.
Mama, Mama, put me to bed I won't make it home, I'm already half-dead. I met an Invalid, and fell for his art He showed me his smile, and went straight for my heart.
This book was amazing. It's full of emotion,so you can put yourself in Lena's shoes pretty easily. At first, I wasn't sure about wanting to read this book, because a society where love is a disease, and people are cured from it, didn't sound like my cup of tea. I'm extremely happy that I read it, because it's a beautiful story.
Lena Haloway, or Tiddle in some cases, wasn't my favorite person in the beginning. She was completely satisfied with being brainwashed and living her life in a hollow shell. But slowly, as the book progresses, she learns a lot about herself and love. Lena grows to despise the government and all the lies she's been fed by them. I love the fact the she was short and 'plain', however she didn't drone on about her imperfections, because Alex made her feel beautiful.
Alex was wonderful. He was just so incredibly real, with the way he reacted to things and spoke. He was brave and smart, jumping over hurdles for the things he cared about. There's not much I can say, other than he was lovable and amazing.
Hana was fantastic, as well. At times, I hated her. She was stubborn and occasionally blunt, but I feel it gave her more depth. She is very loyal, a bit competitive, daring, and just a tad spoiled, but she's definitely perfect for Lena's best friend.
Grace was possibly my favorite character. She's not entirely a main character, but I love her. She doesn't speak, but she understands things better than some of the adults. Her silence is a quirk that I adore.
Lauren Oliver does a wonderful job of describing things, ways that you wouldn't hear people say, but are just amazing. I love the little quotes from The Book of Shhh and various little poems and things. The quote above is a poem, on the title page of Chapter Six, that I fell in love with. I could have picked a smaller selection, but there were so many lovely descriptions in the entire novel that it would've been impossible for me to pick one.
This is the first book that has made me cry in a long while, the absolute first to make me sob. I can't wait for the next book, and I already have hopes for it.
This week I've been book-crushing on "Half-blood" by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
"The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi—pure-bloods—have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals—well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:
Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.
Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the pure-blooded Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck."
This novel will be released on:
September 15, 2011
Recently, I've discovered that I'm rather uptight about my books. I thought I should make a list, just for a fun post, of everything you could do to annoy me.
1.) Dog-ear the pages. This has to be one of the most annoying things ever. I've lent people a book, only to discover that they've bent several of the pages down. I absolutely despise this method of keeping track of what page you're on, partially because I've found that it isn't very effective.
2.) Dirty fingers!
I'm also quite irritated when someone eats something while reading and I can clearly see finger smudges on each page. I remember when I got back my copy of Eclipse and there were Cheetos colored fingerprints on the edges. *grimmaces*
3.) Rip it.
My gosh, this has got to be one of the top things. I think I might cry if I really had loved the book. Well, first I would have to kill this horrible person that has decided to rip my book. After, I would have to impale them. And of course, I'd need to buy a new copy.
4.) Take out my bookmark.
I don't know how many times someone has done this to me, thinking it'd be funny to see me scream at them. However, the scenario doesn't usually happen this way. It usually results in me scramling around, looking for a new bookmark, then flipping through pages, trying to figure out where I had stopped.
If you're one of the people that thinks this is funny, stop it. It isn't funny. And you'll most likely get whacked over the head with a book.
5.) Stickers are mean!
You know the stickers that stores frequently put on the dust jacket, usually to tell the price? I hate them, with a passion. They always seem to tear and leave a sticky mess of glued on paper on my book, which makes me angry.
Those are my top five. What annoys you when it comes to books?
"I heard the impact before I registered the dark silhouette skidding across the hood of the car."
This book came out quite a while ago, but I hadn't read it. Under further persuasion, from someone who shall remain unnamed, I bought a copy.
At first it was hard to get into, because the story moved a little slowly. It was the sort of thing where as soon as I got into it, I had to put the book down for a while, because a teacher would resume speaking. I think that made the book suffer when it shouldn't of had to.
However, one night I picked it up, being on chapter twenty, and finished it.
I was flipping pages, mouth open and eyes wide, racing to the finish. The book itself is fantastic. I just had to sit down and read for it register.
I adore how this book intertwines a mystery into the romance and fear. It's always lurking in the back of your mind, whispering "Is it him? It could be him." I loved how throughout the entire thing I was pointing fingers at someone, just as Nora did, but in the end it all clicked.
Overall, the book is amazing. I loved, and hated when necessary, the characters. The tension is put into focus at the right times, which made me like the novel even more. There's nothing worse than a girl who constantly whines about a boy, especially if she's being stalked by some creep in a ski mask.