Posts Tagged ‘June 2011’

 Received: Library

# of Pages: 440

Series: Yes; #1

First Line: “The door starts shaking.”

Publisher: HarperCollins

I Am Number Four was amazing. I’m actually not a huge fan of action and adventure, but the synopsis really grabbed me in. I decided to give it a shot I’m glad that I did. I was pleasantly surprised by how great the book came out.

There are nine alien creatures on Earth who escaped from an planet called Lorien.  A race called the Mogadorians who destroyed most of the race. The nine creatures, young kids, have powers called Legacies, which are supposed to help save and get back their race. The book begins with Number Three getting killed somewhere overseas. Four (our main character) knows that Three died because his ankle glows. Henri, his Cepan, immediately packs up and drives to a town named Paradise, Ohio. Four is tried of running, but tries to make the best of the town.

On day one, Four already makes enemies with a boy named Mark, friends with a nerdy looking guy named Sam, and begins to develop feelings for a beautiful girl named Sarah. He also begins to develop his own legacies, starting with glowing hands, resistance to fire, then telekinesis. One day, Sam mentions something about the Mogadorians in a brochure he read named “They Walk Among Us”. Four tells Henri and he does some research about the paper, but gets nothing but where it is printed. Four waits for Henri to come back, but doesn’t. Along with Sam, they drive to Aliens, Ohio to try and save him.

I only detailed one adventure from this book, but there are plenty more than that. Four is developing his Legacies, while also trying to juggle normal teenagehood.  This is another lengthy read. In my opinion, if you’re not like me, the last few chapters should leave you a bit teary eyed, if not crying a bit. Laughs, romance, and as always, a moral. Unfortunetly, we’re waiting on a sequel, but it’s coming about in August! You know, when you begin a new series right before the next one is slated to come out, well, it’s not so long a wait. Too bad we can’t do that for all books!

Plot: 5/5

Relationship: 4/5

Cover: 3/5

Overall: 5/5

I Am Number Four is apart of the Books to Movie Challenge, hosted by Two Bibliomaniacs! As soon as I watch the movie, I’ll make a movie review!

Until next time!

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Posted: June 26, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Week 4!

BOUGHT: 

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

PAPER BACK SWAP: 

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

Until we meet again!

I’m back to FF from Books that Spark’s blog! It’s been a little minute, since I’ve been reading a lot of books! I’ve finally finished one this week:

Title: Across the Universe

Author: Beth Revis

Review

If you ever get a chance to buy a copy, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! There’s two covers and a very nice engraving on the cover. I really wanna get it one day! I hope to win it in a contest or perhaps buy my own copy!

Until next time!

Yes! Participating in my very first challenge.

Hosted by Two Bibliomaniacs, you have to read a book that was made into a movie. That shouldn’t be too hard, right?

I will be trying for Oscar Buzz, which means I have to read eight books and watch those eight movies!

Can’t wait!

Received: Library

# of Pages: 398

Series: Yes; #1

First Line: “Daddy said, ‘Let Mom go first.'”

Publisher: Razorbill

Oh. My. Frexing. Goodness. If I could give any more stars to Beth Revis’ Across the Universe, I would. Sci-Fi? Check. Romance? Check. Girl stuck on a space journey for X amount of time, traveling towards a new planet? Check. Amy and her parents signed up for a trip towards a new habitable Earth. Well, her parents really signed up, and Amy wanted to go with her parents. Some engineers cryogenically froze her and she would be awoke in fifty years. At least, that’s what she thought.

Elder is soon to be the next Eldest of the ship Godspeed. Eldest has been training Elder, so that one day, he will be Eldest. Elder is oblivious to the ship’s secrets, and Eldest want to keep it that way. So, when Amy is suddenly unplugged from her frozen slumber, she’s labeled a distraction. Elder, however, believes she is the most amazing thing he’s ever seen. He vows to keep her safe, no matter what.

Amy is horribly upset. She was forcibly woken up, wakes up on a cold, metal ship, filled with…weird people, and she’s not the only person getting woke up. Somebody else is killing random people and it’s up to her to figure out why. But, in order for her to figure out what’s really going on around the ship, she enlists Harley, an amazing painter with a tragic loss, and Elder. Eldest is not pleased. Amy is ruining his ships’ system and will stop her, at all costs.

This book has plenty of mood twisters. I have to say that this is the first time that I almost cried while reading a book. I know it sounds weird, but I’m one of those people who shows very little emotions! Haha. A couple of the scenes in the book will make you gasp, laugh, shout in anger, and more. Now that I think about it, this book seems like an exercise!  This book also has multiple genres all wrapped together beautifully! Romance, mystery, adventure, suspense, are just a few of them. Beautiful read!

Plot: 5/5

Relationship: 4/5

Cover: 6/5

Overall: 5/5

Selected Quotes: 

“And that’s when I realize the most important truth of life on this ship. There is nowhere to run.” ~Amy 

“I will never, never, be the same. I have seen stars. Real stars.” ~ Elder

Hello, hello, hello! Teaser Tuesday again, finally! It’s been a while, hasn’t?

This week, I’m reading Across The Universe by Beth Revis!

 “Harley puts his hand to the wall, leaving behind a smear of orange-yellow on the matte white finish. No one will care; it’s just another mark of many.”

I’m back with part 2 of my discussion of what I’d love to see in YA. Last time, I talked about love aspects and different formats. Today, I’ll talk some more! Isn’t that great? 🙂

SEQUELS/TRILOGIES/SAGAS 

Well, we all know about Twilight, Harry Potter, Alyson Noel’s Immortals series, Maximum Ride, etc. etc.; we could go on all day! I understand the necessity of SOME series and such, but wouldn’t a series or trilogy be just as nice? Series’ like Lisa McMann’s Wake, Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Last Survivors, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, did and will end the story well. I felt as if seven books for Harry Potter really wasn’t needed. Even though I don’t like Twilight, I also feel that was rounded nicely as well, and that Breaking Dawn was a BUTT to read.

COVERS 

You know the saying, you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover? Unfortunately, I do judge. Truth is, if the cover doesn’t grab me, I feel the story won’t as well. However, there are some circumstances that the story is way better than the cover! Also, there’s been a…trend in covers lately. Take a look of Evermore by Alyson Noel and North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley:

Um…hello twins! If you remove the flower from Evermore, do they not look the same? The actual reason is because of stock images.  They are bought from stock agencies, and, well, used, making brand new books, like twins to older ones. It’s not just faces, however, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen and Bewitching Love Potions & Charms by Raven Tempest has a person holding paper hearts and Leap of Faith by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers has a girl laying down on a bench and about religious themes!

Note: I did get this idea from this Goodreads Listopia.

COLLABORATIONS

Alright. James Patterson is king of this topic. He’s collaborated with Ned Rust, Adam Sadler, Michael Ledwidge, Gabrielle Charbonnet, and that’s just young adult! John Green is a good person for this section as well, having collaborated with David Levithan,  Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Then, you have those huge books with hundreds of people collaborating such as Kiss Me Deadly and Zombies vs. Unicorns. Since Let It Snow, this type of YA format has been dwindling, but suddenly boomed back since the release of Zombies vs. Unicorns. However, most of this type only comes from seasoned authors, or not at all. Wouldn’t a debut novel featuring a new author, then somebody like Meg Cabot, or Lauren Oliver, or maybe even both!

And that’s it for part 2! Next time, we’ll talk about books being turned into movies, different marketing tactics, and more!