Friday, December 16, 2011

Review: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't even know how to start this review, other than saying BRAVO. What an amazing story, it's well done: great pace and characters. It's only flaw is the weirdness of the future world created, divided in strange factions. It reminded me a bit of my school days and the houses we divided in (I went to a school that had a British system, kind of like Hogwarts... but without magic, lol) Anyways, fir me it was a bit over the top, not to believable at all. But beyond that. I'm impressed. What a wonderful , captivating book. I can't wait for May to bring me part 2.

In summary, this is the story of Beatrice - Tris and how she lives in a dystopian society particularly in Chicago, and after the choice she has to make on her sixteen birthday on the faction she'll be part for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor (Honesty), Abnegation (Selflessness), Dauntless (Bravery), Amity (Peaceful), and Erudite (Knowledge). Her family comes from the Abnegation faction and she is in a constant struggle with herself to follow Abnegation's values. And this is as much as I can tell without spoiling the plot.
I really recommend it. It was fun, fast paced and Tris kicks butt. It's refreshing to have a heroine so strong and determined. Yay for Divergent!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review: Crave

Crave by Melissa Darnell

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

OOOOOHHHH It's so bad I am still trying to get rid of the images it created in my head. Yuck!! I have this tendency to read books as if there is no tomorrow. I devour them, enjoy them and find them impossible to pull down. But this one, after sitting down for 6 hours to read it, I had to leave the last 10 pages unread... for a week! yes, me, the book-eater! It was painfully bad. So bad I want my 6 lost hours back... oh, well, I just found the courage to skim through these last few pages because I need to return it to the library -thankfully, I didn't spend money on it-.

It is the story of this high school girl Savannah, who is half witch and vampire, and Tristan a member of the Clann, a very powerful group of witches... and we have dance competitions, Texas (y'all... pleaaasseee), NFL trials and cheerleaders and aaarhhhh it's too painful.

It has a playlist at the end of the book with the songs the authors thinks are cool for each chapter. I believe Trent Reznor (NiN) will not be happy to share space with Enrique Iglesias. Hell, I sometimes have music mismatches but I respect God Trent above all and Enrique is not cool, not cool at all. The music list is a fair glimpse of how unconnected this book is. The only good thing about this book is the advertisement at the back for Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series, also from Harlequin Teen!

I now need a good book detox (I'm grateful to be simultaneously reading other stuff).

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Review: The Dark and Hollow Places

The Dark and Hollow Places
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The final instalment did not disappoint me. It was quite the opposite... perfect for leaving enough room of hope in a dark, and bitter dystopia full of zombies ready to tear you apart. I liked the main character, Annah and her constant struggle to survive and keep whatever humanity was left inside her. I really enjoyed reading these books. And I applaud Carrie Ryan's intense approach to life and death, love and sorrow.
It will most likely take you to those dark and hollow places you really wish didn't exist... but you know they do.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves

The Dead-Tossed Waves
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was completely mind blowing. It's so much better that the first one. It keeps the readers on edge through and through trying to prevent despair rule on Gabrielle's life. I was awestruck by its storytelling and its dreadful images.

It tells the story of Gabrielle, she is the daughter of Mary from the first book, 'The Forest of Hands and Teeth' and how her life changes one night after the Mudo/Unconsectrated appear in her way.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It took me some time to really fully understand this book. It describes the road to madness that the main character does, living in a town surrounded by a fence and a forest of undead -zombies, hell yeah!

At first I wasn't convinced about the motives and events surrounding Mary's actions, but after careful consideration it really makes sense (if zombies and a post apocalyptic life exists). She goes crazy and the book describes this madness flawlessly. It does reminds me on some parts of M. Night Shyamalan's 2004 movie "The Village" which brings the whole creepiness of zombies, village life, and an outside "hope" to a different level.
I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a glimpse of despair, adventure and zombies!!!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am speechless. This is an amazing story and well written... I really really really enjoyed!
Mara is seriously twisted.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Yesterday, the funny man behind The Oatmeal website (Matthew Inman), did an appearance at the Chapters store close to my work promoting his new book. It was fun to see the guy in person and put a face to his wits.  
This is one of my favourite comic post:

Thank you Mr. Oats.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lina's Good Reads

hello Mr Zebra

Can I have your sweater cause It's cold, cold, cold, in my hole, hole, hole.