Thursday, April 10, 2014

[Review] Thumped by Megan McCafferty

Description

Title: Thumped
Author: Megan McCafferty
Pages: 290
Series: Bumped #2
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date of Publication: April 1st, 2012
ISBN13: 9780061962769
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Megan McCafferty’s Bumped series of books are must-read teen dystopian fiction, along with Ally Condie’s Matched series and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy.

Thumped, the sequel to Bumped, manages to be satiric, scary, and romantic at the same time. It continues the story of separated-at-birth twins, Melody and Harmony, girls as engaging as McCafferty’s Jessica Darling. These sisters are the most popular teen girls on the planet. To their fans, they seem to be living ideal lives. Harmony is married to Ram and living in Goodside, the religious community that once meant everything to her. Melody has the genetically flawless Jondoe as her coupling partner, which means money and status—and a bright future.

But both girls are hiding secrets. And they are each pining for the only guys they can’t have…. The biggest risk of all could be to finally tell the truth.


Bumped-Series
2. Thumped

My Thoughts

Why did I ever decide to read this? You have probably checked out Bumped, or at least my review of it. If the latter is the case, then you know that I didn't particularly like it. But the premise of the story interested me so much that I decided to read this (oh, and I may have forgotten to cancel my pre-order so there's that...).

This was such an easy and enjoyable read, I can't even tell you. I started it when I was waiting for my train and it was a breeze. Yes, the characters seem a little one dimensional or shallow sometimes. But it's a short book, so I can excuse that. What bothered me much more was the strange language. I know that this takes place in 2039 so it's very likely that the English language has changed. But things like "I'm going to terminate myself if you don't do XY" or "I wanted to delete myself"... well. It gets the meaning across, alright. But it doesn't seem like there is a deeper meaning behind using these words. Why not use regular words instead?

But I have to say, if this topic had been approached differently, maybe in a longer book with more worldbuilding and simply more time to get to know the characters, I would have liked it much more. As it stands, Ram's confession at the end seems a little forced, Harmony just seems confused and Melody... well. Doesn't seem to have too many brain cells. It's supposed to be different, obviously. She excels academically - and I do believe that. But she seems a bit stunted, socially. 

Still. It's an easy read, it's nothing that you think too much about. If that's what you're looking for - some old fashioned entertainment - and you don't expect a deep examination of the topic "teen pregnancy"... then maybe this book is for you. But you have been warned about its problems. 

Rating

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

[Review] The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Description

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Pages: 554
Series: //
Publisher: Black Swan
Date of Publication: September 8th, 2007
ISBN13: 9780552773898
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.
It's a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW - DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.



My Thoughts

Man, who didn't recommend this book to me? Seems like almost everyone (who has read this book) told me to read it. Now, I'm not generally someone who enjoys this genre. I don't read books that are set in Nazi-Germany. I don't know, it's just not my cup of tea. 

But this one most certainly was. I admit, I had trouble in the beginning. I had to enforce my "Just one chapter a day and you can put it away"-rule for a while. But boy, am I glad I pulled through. Because pretty soon, I couldn't put it down. I just needed to know what would happen. 

I don't think I can say much of anything concerning my feelings about the ending, without spoiling you all to hell and back again. So I won't say anything about it. But I will say that I really enjoyed all of the characters, but the narrator (I feel weird calling him Death) and the fist fighter (yes, he has a name, but I thought I'd stick to the blurb). 

So like I said, I enjoyed reading this, but it still kind of tore my heart out and made me eat it afterwards. Ugh. Maybe I'll recommend it to everyone now, too, so they can share my torment. Or maybe I just like to recommend good books. In any case, if you haven't yet, you should definitely read this one! And although I haven't seen the movie yet, I'm (like always) recommending to read the book before you watch the movie - which won't be out in Germany until March anyhow (it being January as I'm writing this).

Rating
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

[Review] The Death Cure by James Dashner

Description

Title: The Death Cure
Author: James Dashner
Pages: 325
Series: The Maze Runner #3
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date of Publication: January 1st, 2011
ISBN13: 9780385738774
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.
What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says.
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?


The Maze Runner-Series
0. The Kill Order
3. The Death Cure


My Thoughts

Oh man, I certainly read this trilogy fast! It was a fast, but very enjoyable ride, you could say. I definitely grew attached to the characters, especially Thomas, Minho and Newt. And I've come to the conclusion that you were supposed to dislike Teresa for the sole reason of later feeling bad about that. Sigh. I think it's easy to forget that they're all teenagers there.

Now, about the book itself. I have to say that I did not enjoy it as much as I did The Maze Runner, but it was on a similar level to The Scorch Trials. Maybe this is because the characters were not as hopeless (and yeah, I know how demented that sounds). Or maybe because WICKED suddenly didn't seem to be so invincible anymore. Either way, Thomas was annoying me a tad sometimes, with all his rebellious thoughts.

Also, I get that he doesn't trust WICKED. I totally get it, I wouldn't either. But I would want my memories back so bad. I think I would have risked it and let them perform the surgery... but then, I would probably have died back in the Maze, haha.

But in any case, I can heartily recommend this series to anyone who likes YA books and/or dystopians. In fact, I think it should be a must read, really, especially since so many books are advertised like "Maze Runner meets XY!". And I think it could be beneficial to know what that entails - a whole lot of action, suspense and yes, quite a bit of tears.

Rating

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