Category Archives: book list: 2013

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (Very Bubbly Making, short spoilers)

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Pretties (Uglies, #2)Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is totally bubbly making.

And now that I’ve gotten my one, and hopefully only use of the slang out of this book…Here are my thoughts.

I don’t know what I expected to happen in this book but this was definitely not it and I’m not complaining about that. The thought of losing ones identity so much just to be what the world wants you to be is terrifying. But then to have it all come rushing back and realizing the circumstances behind you losing yourself are even worse.

The science behind these books is fascinating and I wish that it was explained a little more in depth though I’m certain it will be within the next couple of books.

Tally is still as interesting a character to me as she was in the first book, perhaps even more so because despite being pretty she inadvertently cures herself, most likely due to a placebo effect and believing that she was cured.

David wasn’t in this book a lot but when he was he ended up being as kind of a character as he could be given the circumstances.

This was a very solid second book in a series, and with the way it ended I’m actually quite excited to move onto the third.

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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AttachmentsAttachments by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Can we talk about this book and how much I loved it?

The premise was one that had me tilting my head from side to side actually wondering if it could be good or not. But the way it is written, in a way that makes it feel like it’s a story being told by a friend instead of a complete stranger is ever so welcoming.

This book was clever, and amusing. It was such a quick read, and I loved all the different characters. Beth, Jennifer, Lincoln, Doris.

Lincoln is an awkward character, who amuses me in some ways because of how very human he is. He’s not one to pretend to be something he’s not and when he does try it’s ultimately the worst idea.

It was a warm read, and I suspect I had a smile on my face the entire time that I was reading it, that’s how much I enjoyed it.

I hope some of my friendships are as good as Jennifer’s and Beth’s, and that if someone were reading my work emails between colleagues that they would get as much amusement and entertainment out of them as Lincoln does those two.

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The Gunslinger by Stephen King

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The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)The Gunslinger by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a re-read for me, though it’s been some time since I last read this book and I feared I would feel completely different about it.

To my surprise I actually like it better now than I once did, with all of the flourishing details, vulgarity at times and the depth of the story telling.

I sink into this book, and I love that I am able to imagine the world around me, the slow mutants and the terror they bring. The fall, the turmoil of Roland. I can’t wait to re-read the rest of the series.

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Allegiant by Veronica Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was written in a much different style, I felt, then the previous two. It offered POV’s from two characters, including Four/Tobias, who I had always wanted to know more about, in terms of his thoughts and feelings. This book provided a great insight to more of his fears, as well as his past which was nicely written and detailed.

The ending of this book was almost jarring, because I never suspected that this was the route these novels would take, call me naive but I really didn’t. Yet it seemed loyal and true to the character of Tris, and her general response to run into things first without taking time to think about how it would effect those left behind. It was a selfless and selfish act, all rolled into one and something I really enjoyed.

The writing style is still a little loose, and not tightly tied together enough, with a few eye rolling dialogue moments but yet there is something about the way it is written that just draws me in. It’s good story telling.

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Matched by Ally Condie. A pleasant surprise.

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Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I bought this book on Kobo after some discussion about the YA dystopian fiction trend, as a friend recommended it to me and although I initially was unimpressed my opinion quickly changed.

This is one of those novels where it’s almost hard to get a handle on the other characters because of the POV. We love Cassia’s grandfather and parents because she loves them. We love Ky because she does, but characters like Xander remain unfulfilled because we only see one point of view. I think this develops a bit of weakness in a plot that is supposed to be about a love triangle. Ky is preferred because he seems like the only choice. This is fantastic in terms of us wanting to be in the characters shoes fully, but not so good if you’re a reader who likes to pick their own path.

The character of Ky though, is simply fascinating. An aberration who is nicely flawed in his jealousy, but passionate in his maintenance of his own person, and not giving in.

The world in Matched is one that scares me, with food moderated so heavily as to manipulate a population, which in the history of the world is not unheard of and while history does repeat itself in reality, it made this plot more real. The restriction on knowledge and books however was something that terrified me, as the thirst for knowledge itself actually seemed to be taken away from these people.

All in all, I’m excited for next pay day to get my hands on the second novel.

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Soulless by Gail Carriger

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Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)Soulless by Gail Carriger
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book, but in the end I only really liked the end. I’m one of those people who can’t let a book go even if I’m not enjoying it. It’s not that it is badly written, because it’s not. But I just don’t believe that this suits my tastes. The detail was fascinating, as was the species mythology but I felt like the preternatural soullessness was not explained all that well.

Lord Maccon was actually one of my favourite characters. Alexia was not in the beginning but by the end she had grown on me a little bit, but not so much that I think I’ll continue reading the series. One of the trying moments of this novel was the manner in which she was alternately referred to as Alexia and Miss Tarabotti, in the narrative. If it had just been by the characters I would have understood.

Oh well, nothing ventured nothing gained but I don’t think I’ll go it. It’s just not my cup of tea.

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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families

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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from RwandaWe Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know what I expected this book to be, or my own reactions to it. But this book was nothing but informative, and my reactions were severe. I was quite young when the situation in Rwanda arose, so my memory of it and my learning after the fact is limited. It was a friend who recommended I pick up this book, as I do enjoy non-fiction but haven’t read any in a while.

This is written in such a way, by Philip Gourevitch that you can’t help but be involved in the lives of those whose stories are presented. You also can’t help but consider yourself, and your own emotional reactions to things and what type of person you are.

It is informative, it is visceral and violent, but it is truthful. It’s a truth that we all need to hear though, that sometimes, we need to look outside of ourselves at the people around us and see what might be needed outside of our own cushy existences.

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The Book Thief

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The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had actually heard very little about this book before I read it, except for a few mentions about the fact that it was a good one.

Initially, before I picked it up, I was a little bit apprehensive, knowing that it was supposed to be young adult fiction but I am ever so glad that I picked it up. Because I would have been missing out on something in not having read this.

The way it is written, with Death himself as the narrator of the book is something that captured my attention immediately. Where some might have found it too out there, I felt welcomed by the way in which it was written.

Liesel, the main character, or one of two, is a refreshing change from the normal. Sometimes selfish, she is almost always an honest character even in her thievery. Her best friend Rudy, is a delight as well and the innocence of children even when effected by loss is present here.

Hans for me is one of the true heroes of the story, a fully fleshed out character with his own fears concerning his family, but his own convictions, refusing to fall to Nazi Germany’s regime. This book is something that I never could have expected, and while the end did make me sob it was perfect.

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The One You Love by Paul Pilkington

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The One You Love (Emma Holden Suspense Mystery, #1)The One You Love by Paul Pilkington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been a while since I sunk into a mystery as deep as I did this one, perhaps because of how rooted in the characters psychology this was. The characters are what captured me, from Will’s torturous moments, to Emma’s moments of strength and Stuart’s ultimate moment of weakness. I absolutely loved this book, from start to finish.

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Haunted by Kelley Armstrong

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Haunted (Women of the Otherworld, #5)Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book to be quite good, having loved the snippets of Eve seen previous to this, not necessarily because I thought she was someone who was inherently good but because she was a mystery. This was an excellent look into who Eve was before she died, and who she became after.

It was great to see that sense of evolution of her, and I loved the mythos behind the nix.

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