Life Update?

Hey guys and gals! Just wanted to briefly check in with you guys. First of all, HAPPY THANKSGIVING if you live in the States. It’s amazing how many of you live in other countries; that’s so freaking cool!

But anyways, I wanted to apologize for the lack of posts this week. I just had major oral surgery today and I feel like absolute crap. I’ll need at least a few days to recover, but I think by the weekend I should be able to get some reading in. (And hopefully some eating!) Thanks for being there with me and happy reading!

– Christina

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Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meaghan Spooner

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I had just finished checking out a haul of books from the library after my shift and was signing out in the office when the teen librarian and I began chatting. He’s always very curious to see what is on my tbr, so naturally, he wanted to know what books I’d just picked out. One look at These Broken Stars and his eyes lit up. “Christina, you’d better start that early in the day. You won’t be able to put it down.” He said.

Of course, I couldn’t wait until the morning to start it. I ignored the advice, and began reading it late into the night, thinking I’d sample it before bed at least. Well, I fell asleep at 12:30 am “sampling” the novel, and woke up with the book in my arms. I opened my eyes, and guess what I did? I stayed in bed until I finished reading it, looked at the clock; it was nearly noon. Oops!

I think you can tell by now that I really, really enjoyed the book. I’ll tell you why.

TBS is the story of the downfall of a top-of-the-line spaceliner the Icarus. Suddenly, the Icarus is “yanked out of hyperspace” and crashes on a nearby planet, killing everyone on board, seemingly, but Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen. Lilac is the priveleged daughter of the wealthiest man in the universe, while Tarver is a young war hero. The two opposites are forced to battle their new territory together, with all its strange plants, animals and hauntings, in order to survive what could be an eternity alone. Duh duh duh!!!

Holy hell. There is something so beautiful about this book, cover aside. (Don’t worry, I’ll rant about that in the next paragraph.) The plot, the characters, everything. As someone who is a bit squeemish, I also sincerely appreciate how some things were disturbing but without the graphic imagery that books like those in the Across the Universe trilogy supplied. Don’t get me wrong, that trilogy is still one of my all time favorites in the YA sci-fi genre, but I think it’s amazing if a writer can send chills down your spine without forking over all the gruesome details. (I will never forget that scene in Shades of Earth. Ever. Wish I could tell you what I’m thinking of!)

And of course, the showstopper here is the cover. This is hands-down one of my favorite book covers of all time. It’s gorgeous and fits the book perfectly. (*cough*, Half Life of Molly Pierce step up your cover game *cough* *cough*) I mean, I’d get this cover framed and hang it in my room. Seriously. I’m that obsessed with it. (Aka, I am that insane.)

Now, I can’t write this review and not tell you the one thing that bugged me. I honestly hated Lilac for the first quarter of the book. She was just so prissy and annoying. That’s not a fault in the writing, though, since it is part of her characterization and she grows throughout the book. I’m just saying, I could not stand her sometimes. Thank God for Tarver. But no worries, because Lilac comes around. What comes around goes around. Wait no, what am I saying?

I give These Broken Stars a 5/5 stars!

Whether you are a newbie to YA sci-fi or a seasoned sci-fi aficionado, I think you’ll enjoy the unique mystery and romance this book has to offer. And of course, you should all check out Beth Revis’ Across the Universe trilogy, because that is amazingness. (My review is here: http://wp.me/p4MMvX-2c). Seriously I do not know that I could pick one over the other. They may both be sci-fi, but the stories are so different from one another!

And of course, you all remember when I fan-girled over this;

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I’m getting my paws on the sequel for sure. I’ll probably be tweeting my thoughts of it as I read it, so check the post signature for details on where to follow me! (P.S I am finally going to re-link my tumblr to my social media page this week, so get excited for that too!)

So that’s it folks! I know this is a weird time for me to post but I could not wait to get this review out there for you. I’m looking forward to hearing from you guys about TBS, Across The Universe, or any other YA sci-fis you love!!

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Friday’s Finds!!

So many books, so little time! As if you needed your TBR piles to be even bigger, here’s this week’s Finds! All images and screenshots are from Goodreads.

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This book sounds incredibly creepy- a thousand dolls and murders?!?- but also so interesting. The description had me at deadly mystery.

And onto sci-fi…
Lock in by John Scalzi

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This reminds me of locked-in syndrome (anyone ever see The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, the movie? It’s a French movie; that is the English title) but taken to a whole new level. I am definitely intrigued by this one.

Find anything intriguing this week? Let me know in the comments below!

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Review: The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

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Description screenshotted from Goodreads

Genre: YA, psychological-mystery

The Half Life of Molly Pierce, (or Half Life, as I’m going to abbreviate it), is another one of those books that doesn’t tell you very much about it on the inside cover but what it tells you is more than enough to get you excited to read it. (I.e We Were Liars by E. Lockhart) It was not what I was expecting at all – in a good way. (If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll remember I said “holy schnitzel” in reference to the book.)

So as not to spoil anything, let’s jump to the part where I tell you if it is worth reading or not.

It’s a short, fast-paced read. You’ll want to read it in one sitting, or at least you’ll be forced to read it in one sitting. It’s too engrossing to put down, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is no psychological-thriller. (Sorry ladies, no hot zombies here!) It’s a mystery of a girl who has blank gaps in her memory and is beginning to remember and fill them.

I couldn’t think of any books Half Life was similar to until about 3/4 of the way through, so I think it is safe to say this novel is quite original. I like the use of first-person perspective rather than third-person omniscient, because you get to be in Molly’s head, and you get to (hooray!?) struggle through this memory mystery with her.

My only complaint? People are inevitably going to judge books by their covers and spines. This book has what I consider to be quite a misleading cover. The front cover has an image of who I suppose is Molly and smoke rising up around her face. The back cover is blue and has some little water droplets. I’ve been trying to think about symbolism and what these things could represent in relation to the book but I really don’t see the connection, and if there is a deeper connection, it couldn’t be easily recognized by the reader. I like covers to really fit the books and I just don’t see it. Honestly, and this will sound strange, when I first saw it, the front cover made me think of Looking for Alaska and someone either a) smoking or b) in a fire. But neither of those things are what the book is about! I would never guess that the book is a psychological mystery about memory loss!

But cover rant aside, this one gets a definite 5/5 stars from me!

Have you read The Half Life of Molly Pierce? Let me know in the comments below! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Library Haul!!

Hallelujah it’s haul time!! I was working and I kept passing the YA section and thinking, dang I want to look at books so badly. So as a reward, I let myself go nuts looking through books in the last few minutes before closing. Here’s what I picked up..

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Yes, I know I’ve hauled These Broken Stars before, but I didn’t actually finish it last time before it was due! So I returned it and now it is back in my hands.

When I’m in between books, I like to read something light or fun. I saw William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and thought, huh, that’s an interesting mix. It is a retelling of the classic Star Wars story…in iambic pentameter.

I checked out Life as We Knew It in the hopes of it being like The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. I doubt it will be as good, but I can hope.

Lastly, by the time you see this, I will have already finished The Half Life of Molly Pierce. Expect a review this Wednesday! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Happy November!!

Guys, can you believe we are eleven days into November already? What?!?

Personally, I hate winter. I hate being cold!! However, winter is awesome for curling up with a hot chocolate and a good book.

So here is today’s question;

Would you rather live in Antarctica but have access to all future books OR live in Hawaii and only be able to read books published before the 21st century?

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Any NaNoWriMoers out there?!?

Yoohoo! It’s finally NaNoWrimo month!

I’ll admit, I didn’t plan out my novel at all like I should have. I came up with a new idea yesterday while working and I’ve rolled with it. I’m just shy of 2,000 words but never fear, I have confidence in myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

So I was wondering, are any of you participating this year? Can you give a newbie some tips?

I will say I LOVE the forums. Even if you aren’t doing nanowrimo or it isn’t November, some of those threads are among the best creative writing resources I’ve seen around!

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