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The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern

Date Finished: July 18 2014
Date Published: September 13th 2011
Publisher: Anchor
Age Group/Genre: Adult / Fantasy
Pages: 512
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Summary:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

Review:

  • Story-line: I refused to read this book for almost a year. The third person present tense writing in this book really put me off. Every book, before this one, that I have read in third person present tense was not my favorite book. This one put me off especially because it was so long. My thoughts: There is no way in hell that I am going to read a book in third person present tense that is this long. Well, I ended up reading it because of the librarians at my high school. They raved about this book nonstop. I continued to refused to read this until they gave me this book as a gift for graduation. (Also, both of them told me that they wouldn’t read my favorite book ever - The Host by Stephenie Meyer - until I read this book. Challenge accepted.) So reluctantly, I picked up this book. Well…I’m glad that I read this book because it was great. It was whimsical. It was mysterious. It was unlike anything that I have ever read. Really great book.
  • Character: There were SO MANY characters in this story. I really enjoyed how they all come together. My favorite characters in this book were Poppet, Widget and Bailey.
  • Writing: There were times in this book that nothing was really happening, but I kept reading because the writing was amazing.
  • Ending: I really wanted a little more.
  • Extras: I’m really glad that I read this book :)
Bird by Crystal Chan

Bird by Crystal Chan

Date Finished: July 16 2014

Date Published: January 28th 2014

Publisher: Text Publishing

Age Group/Genre: Middle Grade/ Realistic Fiction

Pages: 295

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Summary:

Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away.

Jewel never knew her brother Bird, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Her parents blame Grandpa for the tragedy of their family’s past; they say that Grandpa attracted a malevolent spirit—a duppy—into their home. Grandpa hasn’t spoken a word since. Now Jewel is twelve, and she lives in a house full of secrets.

Jewel is sure that no one will ever love her like they loved Bird, until the night that she meets a mysterious boy in a tree.

Grandpa is convinced that the boy is a duppy, but Jewel knows that he is something more. And that maybe the time has come to break through the stagnant silence of the past.

Review:

  • Story-line: I knew that I was going to enjoy this book when I picked it up, but I didn’t understand how much I was going to love this. The summary of this book pulled me in. The first page of this book pulled me in. Once I passed the first page, I was hooked. The amount of realness that was put into this book astounds me. I honestly cannot believe that I read a book, this has to be real. Everything was really wonderful.
  • Characters: The characters in this book were phenomenal. First of all, all the characters in this book were people of color, which made me really excited. Jewel, the main character, was a beautiful character. She had a quality to her that made her a young imaginative child, while at the same time being mature and knowing. The character that really gripped me was Jewel’s grandpa. I really didn’t figure him out until the very end. Jewel’s whole family was wonderfully crafted. I can’t believe they were characters.
  • Writing: The writing was completely and ridiculously beautiful. There were so many stickies when I was done with this book it was ridiculous. It was lyrical and wonderful and beautiful and I couldn’t get enough.
  • Ending: Crushed me then put me back together and sent me home limping.
  • Extras: I need to get my hands on more books like this.
A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry

A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry

Date Finished: July 15 2014

Date Published: January 1st 1977

Publisher: Ember

Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/ Realistic Fiction

Pages: 168

Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Summary:

Meg isn’t thrilled when she gets stuck sharing a bedroom with her older sister Molly. The two of them couldn’t be more different, and it’s hard for Meg to hide her resentment of Molly’s beauty and easy popularity. But now that the family has moved to a small house in the country, Meg has a lot to accept.

Just as the sisters begin to adjust to their new home, Meg feels that Molly is starting up again by being a real nuisance. But Molly’s constant grouchiness, changing appearance, and other complaints are not just part of a new mood. And the day Molly is rushed to the hospital, Meg has to accept that there is something terribly wrong with her sister. That’s the day Meg’s world changes forever. Is it too late for Meg to show what she really feels?

Review:

  • Story-line: The librarian at my local library has been raving about this book for the last year. So, I decided to pick it up for the Booktube-A-Thon. I feel really bad for giving this book such a low rating because I really wanted to like it and I know how hard it must have been for Lois Lowry to write this book. For me, the thing that really threw me off with this book is the title. I feel like the title gives away exactly what is going to happen. It is the ultimate spoiler. It was really hard for me to connect when I knew exactly what was going to happen.
  • Characters: It was really hard for me to get in touch with the main character Meg because she was aware that this book was a book. She was talking directly to the reader but then she would stop randomly. If this book was a little longer, I probably would have got used to it, but because this book was so short, I wasn’t able to get used to it.
  • Writing: Like I said, I had a hard time connecting because of the main character. Also, there was way too much description at places.
  • Ending: I skimmed a lot towards the end.
  • Extras: I really hope that someday I’ll pick this book up and be able to understand it.

my-name-is-not-bob:

Does anyone else get that thing where there reading a book and the main character and their significant other are fighting and you just can’t put the book down till you know they have made up because you just ship them so bad?

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My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

Date Finished: July 14 2014

Date Published: April 2nd 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Agre Group/Genre: Young Adult/ Realistic Fiction

Pages: 287

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Summary:

Lucy just had the worst week ever. Seriously, mega bad. And suddenly, it’s all too much—she wants out. Out of her house, out of her head, out of her life. She wants to be a whole new Lucy. So she does something the old Lucy would never dream of.

And now her life will never be the same. Now, how will she be able to have a boyfriend? What will she tell her friends? How will she face her family?

Now her life is completely different…every moment is a gift. Because now she might not have many moments left.

Review:

  • Story-line: I have NEVER read a book that had to do with HIV/AIDs before. I picked this book up as soon as I could (and when I say as soon as I could, I mean almost a year after I put it on my TBR-pile) because I could not wait to read about this subject. I LOVED the way this book was constructed. Because the main character was a fellow drama nerd, I felt connected to her in a lot of ways. I understood all the musicals she would talk about. I understood all the references. Everything was really great. I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot while being fully immersed in Lucy’s, the main character, story.
  • Characters: I really liked Lucy. I didn’t get annoyed with her or anything. All the characters were really well developed. I have to say that I loved the fact that Lucy had two dads. They were a huge part of the story that  I loved.
  • Writing: There were parts of this writing style that made me SO happy. All the chapter titles were titles of broadway showtunes. Every time I started a new chapter, I would feel like singing because I knew all the songs. It made me feel really happy :)
  • Eding: It was pretty good.
  • Extras: I sped through this book because I couldn’t get enough. It wasn’t my favorite thing, but I loved it.
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You liked Unnatural History???? Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh it was so good!!!

I had all the episodes on my DVR and watched them at least two times each! I almost cried when it was cancelled. I thought I was the only one who remembered it!!

There Will Come A Time by Carrie Arcos

There Will Come A Time by Carrie Arcos

Date Finished: July 7 2014
Date Published:  April 15th 2014 

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/ Realistic Fiction
Pages: 315
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Summary:

Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.

Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all.

As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hannah threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.

Review:

  • Story-line: I came across this book on a whim. My best friend pointed it out when we were looking at the new books at the library, and we decided to read it together. The story-line pulled me in instantly. (Recently, there have been many books with bucket lists.) At the start of this book, I was kind of on the edge a little bit. Grace, Mark’s twin sister, had died before the start of the book. Because of this, I had a really hard time connecting to this story emotionally. I felt really bad when the characters were sad, but I didn’t really have that emotional tie to the characters that I would have had if Grace would have died in the duration of the book. I got connected to them towards the end of the book, and I found everything touching.
  • Characters: I think one of my favorite parts of this book is that the main character Mark was Filipino. I don’t think I have ever read a book where the main character was Asian. It was really amazing reading a book through the POV of a person of color. There were things that Mark went though that I have gone through personally and I thought it was really cool to read about that.
  • Writing: I really enjoyed this writing. I had a whole bunch of stickies in his book. The one thing that really bugged me was that the writing was not consistent. Certain parts were really amazing, and others were just okay.
  • Ending: I really enjoyed the ending. It was good :)
  • Extras: The reason that I gave this book a 3.5 stars instead of 4 was because I had such a hard time connecting at the beginning. Also, because the writing was inconsistent. Even though it was not the best book I ever read, I really did enjoy it.
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ofbeinghonests:

I hate when I’m reading and then start thinking about stuff and before I know it I’m at the end of the page and have no recollection of what I just read

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"We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images."
John Gardner (via bookishleaves)

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francimic:

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"When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation."
Jorge Luis Borges (via observando)

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