Monday, February 29, 2016

UPDATE!!!

Hey guys!

So I know I have been kind of MIA for a while, and I want to apologize for that. However, I HAVE been reading...a lot! The reasons I haven't posted anymore reviews as of late is 1) SCHOOL IS KILLER! and 2) I've been reading The Lunar Chronicles and decided to do a huge book review of the series as a whole! I'm not sure if I'm always going to do that (probably not), but for this series I decided to give it a try. If I don't like it, I don't have to do it again. Also, you guys should let me know what you think. Should I do a review as I finish each book, or just one huge book review over an entire series? LET ME KNOW!!!

So, I'm currently reading "Fairest," which is book 3.5 in the series. I read "Cinder," "Scarlet," AND "Cress" all in the month of February, so I thought that was pretty good. I don't usually get this much reading done, so I'm pretty proud. Also, I know I won't be able to read that much probably for the rest of the semester because my school workload is getting intense. Plus, I have a job and my research to do. So...Sadly, my excessive book reading will have to take a backseat.

Ok, so that's my update. I will hopefully update this when I get finished with "Fairest." I'll try to let you guys know when I start "Winter," which I am SUPER excited about!!!

Also, just so you know, below are all the links to my social media sites and other contact information:

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I will also be starting a Booktube channel soon, so be on the lookout! I'll post an update when that's all set up!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Landline by Rainbow Rowell AND The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

So I'm going to do this post a little differently. I finished "Landline" by Rainbow Rowell and immediately started "The Tragedy Paper" by Elizabeth Laban. I finished "The Tragedy Paper" in less than two days, so I didn't have time to finish this review for "Landline." So, I'm just going to combine them in this post.

Ok, so first off: "Landline" by bestselling author Rainbow Rowell. This story follows Georgie McCool (that is seriously her real name, which is awesome in itself!) She is a TV script writer. She decides to work through the Christmas holidays, skipping the trip to Omaha she was planning with her husband, Neal, and two daughters. Neal and the girls go on to Omaha without her, and she is left behind to contemplate her decisions. During this time, she spends the majority of the story at her mom's house, where she uses the landline phone to try to get into contact with Neal. However, instead of talking to her Neal that she's currently married to, she ends up talking to Neal from 1998, before they were married. It's sort of like time travel, but not really. It's talking to the past. The story goes through their conversations and what ultimately leads up to whether they will end up married or not.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how Rowell took a common idea - time travel - and twisted it. Georgie was only able to work through she and Neal's problems through the telephone. It was brilliant. I also loved the characters, especially Georgie and Neal. Rowell is really good at making the characters easy to relate to and feel for. I just wanted to hug Georgie and tell her everything was going to be okay. I also wanted to tell Neal to forgive her. It seriously did give me all the feels.

I wasn't quite as fond of this book as "Eleanor & Park." I'm not really sure why. The characters were good, the story was great, and the idea was amazing. For me, there was just something not quite there. Maybe it was the relationship between Georgie and Neal and how they really loved each other but were always questioning if it was enough. It seemed so sad to me, and I know that was the point, but still. However, I liked how the ending showed hope and promise, and still held onto the question: Is it enough?

Rating: 4/5 for a very different take on fixing things through "time travel." I loved Georgie McCool and Neal as characters, and I loved the very unique plot. However, I felt there was just a little something missing that I'm still trying to put my finger on to pinpoint exactly.

Ok, so I also read "The Tragedy Paper" by Elizabeth Laban. This was her debut novel, and I really have mixed feelings about it. I want to start by saying I really WANTED to love this book. The plot was interesting and the idea was really great, but there was really something missing that was essential to me loving this book. Honestly, I can't quite place what it was, but there was something that wasn't there that prevented me from really falling in love with this book.

A quick summary: The story is told from two POVs: one is Tim, an albino who starts school at the Irving School his last semester of his senior year. The other is Duncan, a student currently at the Irving School for his senior year. Duncan lives in Tim's old room, and Tim had left him CDs to listen to about a tragedy that had happened the previous year (when Tim was a senior and Duncan was a junior). Hanging over Duncan's head is his Tragedy Paper, Irving's equivalent of a senior thesis where the students have to literally define a tragedy. Tim leaves behind his story and gives Duncan the perfect tragedy paper. I won't go into too much detail because it would ruin the story, but that's basically it.

So, the first thing I have to say is I LOVED the idea of this book. Laban made a modern-day tragedy while also incorporating famous tragedies. (Shakespeare is mentioned a lot.) I liked how it was told from two very different perspectives and the buildup to the final tragedy.

I have mixed feelings about the characters. I really liked Duncan and Tim and their voices. However, I felt like their romantic interests - Daisy and Vanessa, respectively - could have been written in better. Daisy was an underdeveloped character, and Vanessa, though more developed, came off as harsh and cold in a way that I don't think Laban meant to portray. Mr. Simon, the senior English teacher, was probably just about my favorite character. Although he's not in the majority of the major plot, he is just a great character. He cares but he's tough. He reminded me of one of my own favorite English teachers.

I wasn't overly fond of the writing. I felt like Laban included too much detail in Tim's part. And I only say that because the writing was supposed to be a written record of what he had recorded on the CDs, and I don't think any high school student would talk like what was written. It just made that a little too unrealistic for me. I enjoyed the writing for Duncan's parts better. Also, the tragedy portion was harped on a bit too much for my liking.

Rating: 2.5/5 for a very unique idea that didn't quite blossom as much as I had hoped for. A couple of the characters were really good, the idea was awesome, and the story was interesting, but it just didn't come together for me. The writing was not amazing, but it wasn't bad.