Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Teaser Tuesday (9)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should be Reading as you all probably know!

I'm currently reading two books at the moment. Warm Bodies and the Perks of being a Wallflower. But as I more recently put down The Perks of being a Wallflower, I decided to do that one. I also found out that this is going to be made into a film. I haven't even finished the book and I'm not happy about that. Only really because I really don't like most book-to-film adaptations (save LOTR and Harry Potter).

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

'I didn't know that other people thought things about me. I didn't know that they looked.'

Sunday, 29 May 2011

In My Mailbox (8)

As you all know, In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren!

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Kissing Doorknobs by Terry Spencer Hesser

Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Friday, 27 May 2011

Follow Friday/ Book Blogger Hop (14)

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee!

Q. How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?

I only really read 'hard copies' as people say, the real books. As for how many I read a week - I'm quite a slow reader and I'm usually pretty busy, as I have college in the morning and work every evening during the week. But I will get through 2-3 on a good week. But occasionally I might only get through one. I don't like those weeks.

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books!

Book Blogger Hop

"What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked?  Which have you disliked?"

Oooooooh! Tough one! I'm usually very critical when a production company even considers making a film out of a book I've read. Especially if i really liked it. 
One's that I've liked are Lord of the Rings (only my favorite films of all time), Harry Potter, Holes and also recently Tomorrow, when the War Began. I had a few problems with, but overall, I thought it was great! 

I'm sure there are loads that I've forgotten, but a couple that stick in my mind are Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging. I read those books when I was younger, and they were brilliantly funny. But the charm of the books was in the writing and how it was written, and it was ruined the second they decided to put it on the screen. I am Number Four was also pretty laughably bad. 

There are also loads of future movies coming out from books that I love. I'm not really happy about it at all. I know it's all about money making, but I'm honestly tired of seeing movies out of ever slightly popular book. The Hunger Games, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Uglies and City of Bones are all apparently future movies.

I'm just praying that they don't try and adapt the Gone Series. That just would NOT work as a movie on any level whatsoever. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Review: Between Shades of Grey

Title: Between Shades of Grey
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Published: 2011
Pages: 338
My Rating: 5/5

One night fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and younger brother are hauled from their home by Soviet guards, thrown into cattle cars and sent away. They are being deported to Siberia.
An unimaginable harrowing journey has began. Lina doesn't know if she'll ever see her father or her friends again. But she refuses to give up hope.

This book was truly remarkable. I can't even stop myself from saying it's one of the best books I've read, or at least the best historical fiction book I've read. The story is tragic, heart wrenching and shocking. The fact that it's based on true events makes it even more powerful.

Lina, her mother and her younger brother, Jonas are taken from their home one night by the Soviet guards and taken away in cattle carts. There is not a slow description moment in this book. Within the first sentence of the first page we are thrust into this dangerous journey with Lina and her family.

I read this book of over 300 pages in two days, which is pretty fast for me. It's never slow-paced and a proper page turner, and I spent the entire time desperate to know what will happen to Lina, her family and the other people she's suffered with at the hands of the Soviet guards. What they all went through is terrible and shocking, and it's almost impossible to imagine yourself in those situations. Or imagining people doing that to one another. I just hope that this book will open peoples eyes to what happened to these people.

The character's themselves are fictional, even though they are based on real events. The story was told through Lina's point of view, and she was an excellent character. I loved that she conveyed a lot of her stories and emotions through her drawing. When she would see something terrible happening, she would think of how she would draw it and document it in the hopes that some day, someone might know what happened to her and the people she was with.

For me, the stand-out character is by far Jonas, her 10-year-old brother. At the start of the book, it's obvious that he's just a young child by the way he talks and acts. But as the book goes along, and while he and his family witness such horrible things, he's forced to grow-up, and he grows up fast. At the beginning of the book he is the young child who's protected by his mother and Lina. But by the end, he is almost the man who has to look after Lina and his mother, and sometimes is the voice of logic and rationality towards them. I sometimes forgot that he was only 10-11 years old.

I also grew to love the people that are with Lina and her family. The one's who're also being deported by the Soviet guards. Some of them, we rarely even hear the names of. They're referred to as; The bald man, the man who wound his watch, the grouchy women. And yet, I really felt for them when anything happened to them. I especially loved Andrius. I hoped that they would all get out alright, as much as I hoped that for Lina and her family.

Overall, this was one of the most brilliant, powerful and shocking books I've ever read. It's a must-read for any historical fiction fans. And I really hope that more people read this so that they know the terrible things that these people went through, told brilliant through this book.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Teaser Tuesday (8)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should be Reading!

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

'I walked to the NKVD barracks. I felt my heartbeat thump in my ears.'

Monday, 23 May 2011

Review: A Monster Calls

Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Published: 2011
Pages: 211
My Rating: 4/5

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

I hadn't heard anything about this book before I saw it in the shop. It caught my eye as the dark mysterious hardback that stuck out from the other books. As soon as I saw that it was by Patrick Ness (author of one of my favorite trilogies; The Chaos Walking Trilogy), I knew I had to get it. Even though it is written by Ness, it was based off an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, who sadly passed away before she could write it. 

I got the impression when I looked through the book when I got home that it was meant to younger readers because of the fantastic illustrations inside and the age of the main character. Even though the book had that younger image about it, I found it extremely heavy and dark like the pictures themselves. But this is what made the book so special. 

The blurb on the back gave very little indication as to what the book was about apart from a monster. I had no idea what I'd got myself into. The real meaning was extremely powerful and deep. Something I think many people can relate to. The main themes being loss, truth, and acceptance. It also had a lot to do with the inner demons one can carry.

Even though it was a very short read, it definitely packed a punch. The writing and story made sure that it would stay with me for a long time after I read it. I really felt for the main character, Conor, as what he was going through in the book is pretty much one of my very worst fears. It really got me thinking about what I would do if I was him. 

The book is pretty much how he copes with his stress and grief, and how he struggles with terms of acceptance. It is interesting how it is shown through the monster, painting a vivid image in your head of something you wouldn't normally be able to see.

definitely wasn't expecting this book to be so heavy, especially for what could be considered as a children's book. I wouldn't rush to give it to a child. But at the same time, it was brilliant. The concept was so well thought out, and then well written in turn. Not many books make me cry. But this book practically had me sobbing into a pillow by the end. It is a truly powerful book, with an extremely relevant and important meaning. I would only recommend this book if you have a box of tissues ready with you.  

It's Monday What are you Reading? (10)

Monday's What are you Reading is hosted by Book Journey!

Read last week:
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (review upcoming, I finished it yesterday)

Reading Now: 
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

Coming up: 
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Kissing Doorknobs by Terry Hesser

Friday, 20 May 2011

Follow Friday/ Book Blogger Hop (13)

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee!

This week's question is:

It's circle time. Time for us to open up and share. Can you tell us FIVE quirky habits or things about you? We all have them...

Wow, I have so many quirky habits, it's gonna be hard to narrow them down....

1. I love pesto. Yes, pesto that you have in salads and pastas. But I love it in sandwiches and on crackers.

2. I have two props used in two of my favorite war dramas. One is a rubber safety Bayonet used on the set of the Pacific. The other is a rubber hand Grenade actually used on the set of Saving Private Ryan. I intend to get a prop from Band of Brothers (my favorite favorite) next. 

3. I love and enjoy teaching myself Astronomy. I have always been interested in it, but we were NEVER taught anything about space at school, which I think is disgraceful. So I taught myself.

4. I am trying to teach myself to play the Ukulele. But I just don't have the time at the moment. 

5. My favorite film(s) from since I was 8 or 9 is Lord of the Rings. I've watched them hundreds of times over the years. This includes the extended version, and the commentaries and extras. Yet there is one part of the original Return of the King that I haven't seen. It's in the middle of the film and only about 5 seconds long, but I always ALWAYS look away on that part because I have some weird fear about what happens in it. I'm not gonna say what part or what fear it is though, I'll save that for another time. My mum told me not to look on that part when I first saw it (I was like 11 okay), and since then I've still never looked.

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Book Blogger Hop

"If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book), which book would it be from and what would that place be?"

I'm pretty sure I've answered something like this before. But Hogwarts obviously. I don't think I need to explain my reasoning. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

First look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss!

I've been following the development for the future Hunger Games movie quite closely. I still can't decide if I'm really excited about it, nor do I really think I still agree with the choice to make it into a movie, but I've been following it none the less.
I hadn't really posted anything about it yet, as it's been mostly casting announcements. But I just felt like this deserved a post.

We have our first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen!

Personally, I think they've done well with hair and make-up, getting her general style right. But honestly, one problem that I always have with stuff like this, and one problem that I was worried about for The Hunger Games: is that they would over-glamorize Katniss. I'm not saying she should be ugly. I just think that she looks way too Hollywood-attractive. I think it'll make her less relatable to the target audience of the film. 

But hey, this is just one photo, and hopefully we'll get a less photo-shopped one soon. I'm sure she'll be great as Katniss, as I've heard she's a very good actress, though I haven't seen her in anything.

Leave me any thoughts on what you think of this first look! 

Review: Stolen

Title: Stolen
Author: Lucy Christopher 
Published: 2009
Pages: 301
My Rating: 4.5/5

It happened like this.
I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him. This is my story. 
A letter from nowhere.

Stolen was one of those books that isn't so much about the story it takes you on, but more of the emotional journey it takes you on. And it certainly messed with my emotions alright.

Our main character, Gemma, tells the story in first person to her captor, Ty, in the form of a letter. The whole story revolves round these two characters, in pretty much the same setting. I was skeptical when I first started reading as to what could keep this book going with only two characters and one setting. But Christopher not only makes it work; she makes it work brilliantly.

This book is incredibly intimate. I kind of feel as though I've stumbled into two peoples lives and I couldn't feel closer to them if I was a fly on the wall. I, as the reader, feel as though I was Gemma. As though I was the one being kidnapped. I feel like I lived what happened with her. Through her. I felt the same strain on my emotions as Gemma was feeling them.

On the one hand I knew I should have hated Ty, and from the beginning I couldn't imagine myself liking him after what he did. Very much like Gemma was thinking. But in the end, even though I still couldn't really like him or condone what he did as right, I couldn't help loving him in some sense, even though it was completely wrong.

This has been an extremely gushy review, and I apologize for that as I literally just finished it. I can't really review this book like others that I've read, as you need to read it to understand it. There's not much else to say but I'd recommend it to anyone.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (4) - Minor Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This Top Ten is perfect for me! Someone told me it's because I'm English, but I always route for the Underdog, which can sometimes be used to refer to the more minor characters. These aren't all exactly minor characters, but a lot of them are quite underrated and it was pretty hard to choose.

1. Edilio Escobar: Gone Series by Michael Grant
I've raved about Edilio before. He's one of my all-time favorite book characters, and I also have a huge crush on him. He's so brave and underrated, and is personally my hero of the entire series. He's not necessarily a minor character, but when you consider him agaisnt all the other characters in the series, he's not really one of the mains.

2. Newt: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Okay, I admit, this is another character that I've got a crush on. But he's a really kind and loyal character and a great friend to Thomas.

3. Luna Lovegood: Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling
Luna's a brilliant character, and is one of my favorites of the Harry Potter series. She's so clever and wacky, and a great friend to Harry. I also relate to her a lot, I just love her.

4. Foxface: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(spoiler, if you haven't read the book) We never had a direct contact with Foxface (who's name is unknown) in the series. But as soon as she was mentioned, I thought she sounded interesting and I was proved right when we saw how cunning and agile she was in the games. She lasted really long, and I was really rooting for her. So I was pretty upset when she died a really nothing death that we didn't even get to see.

5. Thresh: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(spoiler, if you haven't read the book) This is pretty much the same as with Foxface. I was really interested in Thresh, and thought he was going to amount to a lot. I was sad that we didn't even know how he died.

6. Chris: Tomorrow, when the War Began by John Marsden
I feel so sorry for Chris, he is easily the most tragic character by the fact that he isn't as close of friends with the main characters, nor has he been through as much with them. So he ends up feeling lonely and isolated and it doesn't end happily. I really related with Chris, and wish he was appreciated more.

7. Mary: Gone Series by Michael Grant
Mary is another very underrated character from the Gone Series. She takes it upon herself to look after all the younger children even with trouble with an Eating Disorder. She really just deserves more recognition.

8. Will: Divergent by Veronica Roth
(spoiler if you haven't read Divergent) I don't know why I liked Will so much. I really shipped him with Christina and thought he was a good friend to Tris. I was so upset and shocked when he died, not even in his own head. I still don't really feel like it was a proper death for him and I'm kinda hoping that we will find out that he didn't die in the next book, as it doesn't feel right that he died like that.

9. Takumi: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Again, I think it's just underdog syndrome, but I really liked Takumi. There's not really much else to say; 'I'm the motherfucking fox!' 

10. Lee: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
I read the Chaos Walking Trilogy a long time ago so I don't really remember a huge amount about Lee. But I do know that he was a kind and brave character, and wasn't appreciated enough in my opinion.

Monday, 16 May 2011

It's Monday What are you Reading? (9)

Monday's What are you Reading is hosted by Book Journey!

I've been kind of slow with reading lately. There's been nothing that I've been really dying to read, so I've been trying to get through some of the TBR books on my shelf. I keep starting a book, then stopping at about 30 pages and then starting another one.

Read Last Week:
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Reading Now: 
Stolen by Lucy Christopher

To Be Read:
Matched by Ally Condie
The Escape by Robert Muchamore

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Review: The Body Finder

Title: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
Published: 2010
Pages: 327
My Rating: 3/5

The Body Finder is one book that I've been wanting to read for a while. I'm glad that I've finally got it out of the way, but I'm not really sure what I actually think of the book. 

The concept intrigued me. A girl who has a special gift of finding dead - more specifically - murdered bodies. This seemed original when I first heard it, but then I read Numbers and My Soul to Take (where the lead girls can see someone's deathdate and sense when someone's going to die respectively) and it didn't seem so new. I think that is one of the reasons I couldn't get too invested into the character's lives and story. 

Every few chapters, there would be a chapter from the point of view of the serial killer. Who kidnaps and kills girls from inside and outside the local area where Violet (the main character) lives. These I found to be the most interesting and quite frankly disturbing chapters. As you get inside the head of this monster and follow him as he goes on the 'hunt', as he refers to it. 

The actual murder mystery was quite interesting. But not really unusual enough to make it stand out from other murder mysteries I've read about or watched on television. I also found that the suspense felt quite stilted as many of the chapters focused on the second plotline of Violet's and Jay's (her lifelong friend and now love interest) relationship.

If you are into YA romance, then you'd definitely like this book. But unfortunately, I've become tired of the typical romantic characters from YA books like this one. They were the usual; 'girl and boy have been friends since childhood and are now starting to feel things for each other'. Their relationship was painfully obvious and inevitable, that I felt like yelling at them to stop with the drama and just get together. This is what sadly took away from the suspense for me. I also found both of their characters extremely boring and uninteresting. There was nothing that I disliked about them, it was just that there was nothing to make them stand out from other characters similar to them that I've read about. 

But saying this, I did think that the plot was well thought out, with a few excellent little twists, and the writing was very well done, and clear to read. Unfortunately, I just found the bland characters and lack of originality to be a bit of a let down. 

I'm not very invested in this YA paranormal romance that is going around at the moment, as you can probably tell. But if you are interested it in, then I'd really recommend this book for you! Particularly , if you liked My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent or Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Follow Friday/ Book Blogger Hop (12)

Oh dear, at last we have our blogger back, and now on to a very late friday post (even though there's only about an hour left of friday for me).

 Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee!

Q. The Blogger Apocalypse made me a little emotional. What is the most emotional scene in a book that you have read lately?

The only book that's made me cry recently is Looking for Alaska by John Green. It's beautiful and emotional, on such a deep level that it really makes you think, and I'm not ashamed for shedding a few tears with that book.

Other books that have made me cry more for what has happened in the plot rather than the depth and meaning behind it. Harry Potter obviously, but that was a long time ago so. I also cried like a baby at the end of Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, and I probably would of cried at the end of A Killing Frost (part of the Tomorrow series by John Marsden) if I hadn't been so in shock. I also cried at the end of Mockingjay, but that was mainly because I was unhappy with the way it ended. 

This sounds like a lot considering I'm not that much of a cry baby. 

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books!

Book Blogger Hop

Are you going to Book Expo America (BEA) and/or the Book Blogger Convention (BBC) this year?

I'd love to, but I live in the UK and circumstance and time are just not my friend with this one.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Teaser Tuesday (7)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should be Reading!

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

'He didn't even see her, and amid all the chaos of the search, with all the activity in the area, she stood out no more than any one of the hundreds of volunteers in the woods this morning. She drew back, only a little, to watch him, unnoticed from behind the wide trunk of a tree.'

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Review: Divergent

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: 2011
Pages: 487
My Rating: 4.5/5

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris, and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes-fascinating, sometimes-exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen.
But Tris also has a secret: one she’s kept hidden from everyone, because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it 
might be what destroys her.

There'd been so much hype on the release of Divergent. The whole blogging community was buzzing at it's release and some people were even calling it 'the next Hunger Games'. Now having read it, I totally see what all the hypes about. 
Divergent is a perfect new edition to the Dystopic, Young Adult fiction. I would put it up there with The Hunger Games and the Uglies. The story follows a girl named Tris, who has to choose between five Factions to spend the rest of her life in, along with everyone else when they turn 16. The five factions being; Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, Amity and Dauntless. But little does Tris know that for her, it's not quite that simple. 
I thought Divergent was written brilliantly. It was so fast paced, and got into the story rivetingly quickly. The writing, as well as the Dystopian themes, reminded me of The Hunger Games often throughout the book. However, there were times during the book that I felt odd sentences didn't quite....fit together. I can't really think of a way to describe it, but there just seemed to be a few errors in the sentence structures. But this is an extremely picky point, and barely puts a mark on the terrific book. 
The storyline was brilliantly thought-out. And the book gets more and more brutal as it goes along. The tests that Tris has to pace at the beginning are bad enough, but they seem to get worse and worse, and I really felt for the characters who had to go through it. Several times I put down the book and stared into space, imagining what I would do if I were in those circumstances.
The themes of war, corrupt government and identity were extremely strong throughout the book, but not too strong that they took away the entertainment of the story. The ending was exciting, tense and scary at the same time, though I did think it was a little bit weak and sudden compared to the rest of the book. The ending  had a killer cliff-hanger yet had enough of a resolution to not have you gasping for the next book. 
Overall, this was a fantastic, exhilarating book! I recommend it to anyone! But it's a must read if you're into YA or Dystopic. Or anyone who liked The Hunger Games or Uglies. Waiting for the next book will be torture!   

In My Mailbox (7)

In My Mailbox is weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we share what books we collected that week.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Time Riders: The Doomsday Code by Alex Scarrow
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Makers by Cory Doctorow

Friday, 6 May 2011

Follow Friday/ Book Blogger Hop (11)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee!

Q. Circle time! Time to share. What character in a book would you most like to be, what character in a book would you most like to date?

Hmm, this is a tough one. I've thought about these two questions many times, but I've never really come to a conclusion.

When thinking about a character I'd like to be, I tend to lean towards the characters I'm most like, which I suppose isn't necessary. However, a character I'd most like to be is probably Hermione from Harry Potter. She goes to Hogwarts and is best friends with Harry and Ron. I think those are enough reasons. I also admire her a lot for her honesty and cleverness. 

A character I'd most like to date....have you got a couple hours? This is quite a tough one also. I always tend to lean away from the most obvious love interests of female leads in books, as they are always very similar and I'm not much of a romantic. 

One character whose probably my biggest crush at the moment is Edilio from the Gone series by Michael Grant. He's not one of the main characters, but is by far the unsung hero of the books! He's the bravest and always keeps it together while everyone else is falling apart, even with the fact that he doesn't have a power. But he is also 14-15, so it might be a bit odd if I dated him. Grant also likes giving me a mini heart attack as Edilio seems to have a near death experience each book. 

Also, any of John Green's lead male characters. This is probably better as they are all pretty much my age. But I always connect with his male leads so much, and can relate them to myself much better than any female leads I have read. Preferably Miles 'Pudge' or Quentin, from Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns respectively. 

Okay, WOW, I just rambled a lot, I'm sorry about that....

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books!

Book Blogger Hop

Which book blogger would you most like to meet in real life?


Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green and David Levithan 
Published: 2010
Pages: 310
My Rating: 3.5

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

I'd known about Will Grayson, Will Grayson for a while. I first about it when a podcast that I listen to did a book-club episode on the book. But now, I finally got around to reading it. I'm still undecided on what I really thought about it.

I was very interested in the fact that this is written by two authors, with two characters (by the name of Will Grayson, obviously), switching each chapter. I know I shouldn't. But I can't help but compare John Green books. I always love the characters, the writing and the themes behind them, so I was truly looking forward to reading this John Green book with a twist. 

The switching of the chapters between Will Graysons was very interesting. They were both such different characters, and you could see that through the writing. And I found myself liking one of the Wills and hating the other at the beginning. Yet once I'd read the whole book, my view had almost been switched.

I loved the first Will Grayson because he reminded me so much of the other typical John Green lead characters. Yet as the book went along, I found myself connecting with him less and less and I found that his side of the story was actually a little dull. I think his meeting with the other will grayson didn't affect him as much. At first, I hated the other will grayson. He was winy and unappreciative of everyone around him. But as his side of the story went on, I found myself really connecting with him. He was so conflicted and his meeting with the other Will Grayson really changed his life. I actually think that his story was the most interesting one at the end.

The stand-out character, by far, was Tiny Cooper. Tiny is originally in the first Will Grayson's story, but when the Wills meet, Tiny thrusts himself into the other's life as well. Tiny is the fabulous inspiration of the story and is such a strong component of both the Will Graysons lives. I don't think that there would have been a story, if it were not for Tiny. I also feel like the book itself could be called Tiny Cooper. 

I still don't really know how I feel about this book. I loved Tiny, the themes and the switching of POV. But overall, I don't think I really felt much about the story and some of the messages being put across. I didn't enjoy it as much as Paper Towns, and definitely not as much as Looking for Alaska (now one of my favorite books). But it still was a good clever read, and I would recommend it if you are a fan of John Green or David Levithan.

Monday, 2 May 2011

It's Monday What are you Reading? (8)

Monday's What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey!

Books read last week:
Paper Towns by John Green
The Dark Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

Reading Now: 

Coming Up:
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Escape by Robert Muchamore
Specials by Scott Westerfield 

Sunday, 1 May 2011

May Reading List!

These are some of the books that I'm hoping to read during the month of May. Obviously, I probably won't get through them all and I may read different ones as well. But this is just a rough hoping really.

I've linked them with their Shelfari pages, if you're interested:

April (and March) Round Up!

It struck me, when I was about to write this, that I had never actually posted my March Round Up. I'd written it all out, but left it in drafts and forgot about it. So making up for that now, I'm going to post my March Round Up, along with my April one too.

I've linked all my read books for both months to their reviews!

Read in March:
Read in April: