Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #9

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?
Graceful Reads
       Elemental: The First                        Gone                  The Summer I Turned Pretty
           Alexandra May                     Michael Grant                         Jenny Han

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: AUGUST



Book Soulmates




I didn’t receive anything this month, but I did send out a book. I sent Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne to Helena @ Helena's Bookshelf. I really hope you enjoy it! :)

Click on the picture to the right for more information about R.A.K. and how you can be a part of it. 

You can find my wish list HERE.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

IN MY MAILBOX #4

In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

GIFTED:
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Random Acts of Kindness - July
Thanks Hanna @ Booking In Heels!

FOR REVIEW:
Elemental: The First by Alexandra May
Thanks Pauma Publishing!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: GONE


In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

- From Goodreads
Title: Gone (Gone #1)
Author: Michael Grant
Pages: 558
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Harper Teen

Many years ago I started slowly to realize my fondness for books and eventually I decided I wanted to read more than just the Harry Potter series. Of course at that time I had no knowledge of Goodreads or book bloggers, so the only help I could get was from good old Google. Searching in Norwegian doesn’t offer many good results, but eventually I discovered Gone by Michael Grant. A book about teens with special abilities such as teleportation, fire and strength etc. sounded perfect for me! Excited as I was, I hurried down to the closest bookstore to look for the book, but no matter how hard I looked I could not find it. Eventually I asked the people who worked there if they had the book, but unfortunately they didn’t. They hadn’t even heard about the author. I got the same answer from several other bookstores and eventually I gave up. With disappointment and defeat in my heart, I slowly forgot about books… until a couple of months ago. Finally I discovered book blogs, which led me to Goodreads, which led me to the long forgotten book Gone by Michael Grant, and gosh am I glad I found it again!

As mentioned in the summary, all the adults suddenly disappear leaving a bunch of children below 15 to take care of everything all by themselves. This might reduce some people’s eagerness to read Gone, but trust me when I say that this is not a children’s book. What I like about Michael Grant is that he’s not afraid to write about the brutal truth no matter how grotesque some of it might be. There’s bullying, kids that are beaten to death, babies rotting on the floor and much more. While you read the book you’ll understand that all of this is necessary to show how bad things have gotten in this new world. When there are no rules or adults around, it doesn’t take long before some kids lose their minds because of all the power and free will they suddenly have in their hands. I think Michael Grant did a very good job with the development of each character in this situation, both the good and bad guys. It was really interesting to see how emotions such as jealousy and fear could change you and make you take choices you never even knew you were able to do.

I still can’t grasp the fact that this book was 558 pages long! The writing was so smooth and comfortable to read that I could go on for hours without taking a break. Gone had always something new and unexpected happening that made me want to read more to get the answers I was so desperately craving. Towards the end I got a little worried because Michael Grant had created so much build-up throughout the book, so I wasn’t sure if the ending would live up to my expectations. I was a fool to worry. The ending was epic with loads of action and cool “superpower” moves. If you didn’t know already, I’m a huge fan of movies, TV shows and books that has something to do with people gifted with special abilities, so the ending got two big thumbs up from me.

Does a dystopian world filled with loads of action, adventure, a little bit of romance and people with really cool powers sound interesting to you? Then why are you wasting your time on my review when it is Gone by Michael Grant your eyes should be focusing on?!

RATING: 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #8

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?
Graceful Reads
                 Gone                                   Shiver                      Elemental: The First
           Michael Grant                     Maggie Stiefvater                  Alexandra May

Sunday, August 14, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: SHIVER


The cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

The heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

The shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
- From Goodreads
Title: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 390
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

I’ve never been a huge fan of werewolves. I don’t mind reading about them, but they aren’t exactly my favorite species. Maggie Stiefvater on the other hand proved me wrong. After reading Shiver I finally understand why this series is so loved in the book blogging community.

What I really liked about Shiver was that I got to follow Grace and Sam’s lives through both perspectives. It made it easier for me to understand what they were going through and bond with them a lot more than I would have if I only followed Grace. Each chapter is named after one of the characters so that the readers easily know which perspective they are following. Even though the chapters are short and changes back and forth between Sam and Grace a lot, I never got confused. I also really liked Stiefvater’s werewolves. I found it very interesting how the weather and temperature affects their bodies and that eventually they won’t be able to change back into human form again. It obviously adds some problems to the story, especially for Grace and Sam.

I felt all the characters were very well written and enjoyable, each with their own type of personalities that fitted perfectly into the story. Both Grace and Sam had to confront some personal issues, and when they did, it was handled very realistically. I liked that Grace didn’t live in a big, happy family where everything is rainbows and unicorns made out of chocolate. I know for a fact that some children unfortunately grow up with hardly any attention from their parents and how tough that can be.

Now… I have to make a confession. I can’t keep it inside me anymore. It’s too painful not to say it out loud. Okay, here it goes: Maggie Stiefvater. I love… your writing! There, I said it out loud! Yes, that was my big confession (What, did you expect something else? Something like “I love you, Maggie Stiefvater”? Wow, that would be… umh… creepy *nervous laughter* Because… I don’t… I’m not a creepy stalker… maybe). Anyway! I really do love her writing. Several times throughout the book I had to sit back and smile because of the beauty my eyes had just read. At times it almost felt like magic too!

If you enjoy paranormal romance and want a little twist to the typical werewolf plot, then Shiver will be absolutely perfect for you!


RATING: 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #7

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?
Graceful Reads
                 Gone                                   Shiver                               Unearthly
           Michael Grant                     Maggie Stiefvater                     Cynthia Hand

Saturday, August 6, 2011

IN MY MAILBOX #3

In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

This was such a crazy month. Can't wait to read all of these books!

WON:
Evermore by Alyson Noël
Blue Moon by Alyson Noël
Immortal Giveaway
Thanks Lettie @ Above Average Below Special!

GIFTED:
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Random Acts of Kindness
Thanks Patricia @ Book Exhibitionism!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Random Acts of Kindness
Thanks Asheley @ Into The Hall of Books!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Random Acts of Kindness
Thanks Hanna @ Helena's Bookshelf!

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Random Acts of Kindness
Thanks Dorothy @ Alaskan Bookie!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #6

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?

               Shiver                          Vampire Academy                       Unearthly
        Maggie Stiefvater                     Richelle Mead                       Cynthia Hand

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: JULY

Book Soulmates

This month was so crazy! 5 people wanted to buy me a book this month. FIVE! Isn't that crazy? I'm speechless right now... I did not except this much kindness. Thank you so much!

The first book I got was The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Thanks Hanna @ Helena's Bookshelf!

The second book I got was Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater which I'm currently reading. So far I'm loving it! Thanks Patricia @ Book Exhibitionism! She also gave med something much better; a new and wonderful friendship. Seriously, Patricia; you are awesome!

The third book I got was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Thanks Asheley @ Into The Hall of Books! She also sent me a little letter with a really cute envelope. :D

The fourth book I got was Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. Oh my gosh! Everyone MUST buy this book in hardcover. The cover is freaking gorgeous! I can't stop looking at it! Thanks Dorothy @ Alaskan Bookie!

I haven't received the fifth book yet, but I'm sure it will be in my mailbox soon. I'll update this post when it does.

This month I sent out Soulless by Gail Carriger to Patricia (yes, the same person that sent me Shiver). I wish I had enough money to RAK everyone back right away, but unfortunately I don't so I'll just have to send them out in a slow and steady pace. Patience little grasshoppers, let the books come to you when they are ready!

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