Thursday, October 9, 2014

[Review] Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Description

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 325
Series: //
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Date of Publication: April 12, 2012
ISBN13: 9781250012579
Source: Bought
Format: eBook
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


My Thoughts

The first book of the Summer Reading Book Club! I've had Eleanor & Park on my 'To Read'-list ever since I finished Fangirl a few months ago. I just really enjoyed Rainbow Rowell's writing and while I'm not usually one to enjoy romance-only books (I like myself some supernatural) and I'm also not really a fan of the 80s, I just thought... why the hell not.

It took me maybe five chapters (they're pretty short) to get into it, but then... WHAM. I just couldn't stop reading it, even though I should really get on with City of Heavenly Fire ... the longer I wait, the liklier it becomes that someone spoils the ending for me. But I just couldn't put Eleanor & Park down!

I enjoyed all of the characters and found them very believable. Especially Eleanor and her sad past. She was a little bit dysfunctional maybe, and I thought she was a bit... too defensive at times. I was bullied at school, I know what that can do to you. And if you add that to her good-for-nothing-mother and her... interesting... stepfather, I can see how it changed her.

Park is just... a dream. I can't imagine that he had it very easy, being half white, half asian in the US in the 80s. The book doesn't really touch on this, which I think is a missed opportunity. It could have been really great to add racism and the potential backlash of a "mixed race" relationship to Eleanor & Park. Especially since Park's parents would probably have been able to relate and to help.

But nevertheless! The speed with which I read a book is usually a supreme indicator of how well I liked it. That's definitely true in this case. Sigh. That ending. I'm not sure if i'm satisfied with it, or if I think ... well. No, I do think it's right. Maybe. You'll have to read it for yourself.

Rating

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

[Review] City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Description

Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 733
Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Date of Publication: May 27, 2014
ISBN13:
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance?


The Mortal Instruments-Series:
1. City of Bones (not reviewed)
2. City of Ashes (not reviewed)
3. City of Glass (not reviewed)
4. City of Fallen Angels (not reviewed)
6. City of Heavenly Fire


My Thoughts

Oh man, I'm so attached to this series/universe, you don't even know. I keep telling myself: Stop. Clare is going to write a bajilion sequels/spin-offs and whatnots and you do not want to go through that. You don't. But alas... sigh. When I started reading this, I was a bit ticked off that the main characters for her next spin off (The Dark Artifices) were introduced in the prologue of City of Heavenly Fire. Aside from some... strange... wordings, it did pull me in immediately, all annoyance aside. We get glimpses at Julian and Emma all through this book, probably in order to make the readers get attached to her new series...

But back to this book! Up until a certain point, I was feeling a little "meh" about it. People rushing from left to right, some killing, some evil things, some betrayal... it all ties together well, don't get me wrong. But it lacked something that I can't quite put my finger on. It might have been Magnus's absence for most of the book, since he's definitely the character I enjoy the most. Instead of making him a centerpiece, he was somewhat of a damsel in distress... but oh well.

Otherwise, though, I'm satisfied with the conclusion of the series. I have a feeling we'll get more information about what happened to the characters in spin offs like The Dark Artifices, but even if we don't, I feel good about how it was handled. I liked all the references to The Infernal Devices, which you probably only get if you've actually read that series, but they don't give anything away, I think. So kudos!

Now, I'll probably check out the spin offs.... sigh. But as you can maybe tell, I'm growing a little tired of this universe. It's well-crafted, etc. etc. but I wish Cassandra Clare would just write something new and refreshing and stop giving her characters different appearances and plopping them into different wars...

Rating

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

[Review] The One by Kiera Cass

Description

Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 323
Series: The Selection #3
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Publication: May 6th 2014
ISBN13: 9780062060013
Source: Bought
Format: Harcover
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.


The Selection-Trilogy
3. The One


My Thoughts
So... my guilty pleasure series. I just love it. I'm thinking about re-reading it, just because it makes me feel all warm inside. He. But let's talk about the ending of the trilogy first! (By the way, I do expect a spin off or something. Please.) The One starts immediately where The Elite left us. Maxon has decimated his harem ... err... prospective wife-pool to just four girls: Celeste, Kriss, Elise, and America.

I quickly fell back into the palace rythm. Pretty dresses, the king wanting to kick America out, America's occasional stupidity, the other girls, the queen. It was all there. Rebel attacks were there sometimes, although I still feel that they happened too often at the palace. It doesn't feel very secure. I think the rebel's were working a guerilla tactic, where bombing public buildings or something would probably have been more effective. But I get it, it was supposed to make it all feel more real. To the reader, as well as to America. 

I think we all knew who America would choose in the end. It wasn't even a competition anymore by this book, for several reasons that I'm not going to get into. But I think it was handled well and believably. Like I said, I want a spin off, to see what and how things have changed. I even grew to like Celeste, of all people. That was a complete 180 and I'm not sure I think it's believable. But I liked it. It wasn't a complete happy end by far, which was what I had been fearing because of the whole fairy tale aspect of the book. Maybe the 'climax' at the end was a tad overdone, but it certainly was dramatic and a real page turner.

Rating

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