Friday, February 22, 2013

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Hi everyone!! I hope everyone has been staying safe and warm during this crazy weather. You have to admit though, the snow is pretty. Anyway, the seventh book is Water for Elephants written by Sara Gruen. I actually began this novel about a month ago on my Kindle Fire, and I just couldn't get myself to pick it up and read. Thinking back on it, I think the way the book was set up on my Kindle it made it seem like it was a never-ending novel. However, I requested a physical book from my library, and I had it sitting around for awhile and I finally decided to pick it up. Once I started reading it again, I was able to finish it in a matter of a couple of hours. I loved how Gruen wrote through her characters. The story was humorous, and I found myself laughing out loud at some parts. On the flip side, some of the "scenes," if you may, were a tad inappropriate, but they went right along with the plot line. While reading this novel, I caught myself thinking "I really want to see how the movie compares to this book." So guess who gets to have a movie night soon?! Overall I loved Water for Elephants and on a scale from 1-5 I would definitely give it a 4.5. ( I changed the rating scale because 1-5 just seemed way more concise than 1-10) If any of you have read Water for Elephants or have seen the movie please leave a comment saying what you thought about either one or both! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a nice day off. The sixth book is Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake. Girl of Nightmares is the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood. As I began to read this book, I was sort of cautious because sequels or the second book of a series can be sometimes a downright fail. However, this one was an exception. I absolutely loved Girl of Nightmares, especially because I didn't even realize I was turning the pages until something brought me back to reality. I really enjoyed the character Cas, and it probably was because of his talent of perfect timing. His tone throughout the whole book had me chuckling. There were a few cuss words throughout the book, but that's where his perfect timing comes into play. He had a knack of saying a cuss word, but it was so perfectly placed and said that you just have to chuckle. I would definitely recommend this book to someone, but I would tell them to read the first book first because it would just make the second book a lot easier to understand. I would also like to mention the cover of this book, because it is breathtaking, and it gives the reader an image for the plot line. And finally, I would give Girl of Nightmares a 10. Yes folks I am giving this book a 10! Ha-ha,  okay so if any of you have read either Anna Dressed in Blood or Girl of Nightmares or both feel free to leave a comment below! 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

My Sister's Stalker by Nancy Springer

Hey guys! The fifth book in this wonderful challenge is My Sister's Stalker by Nancy Springer. If you guys are looking for an extremely quick read this book is the one for you. Literally. It's 93 pages that are divided into 12 chapters. There were moments where it was sort of creepy, and a little suspenseful. However, there were never moments where I was like "OH MY GOSH! I CAN'T HANDLE THIS! THIS IS WAY TOO CREEPY!" Nothing like that what so ever. The one aspect I absolutely loved about this book was how Springer wrote about a very scary but realistic event that brings family members closer together. Out of ten I probably would give a six because there just wasn't that suspense that I was looking for. However, you guys may have absolutely loved it, soooo if you have read it leave what you thought about this book in a comment below! Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tighter by Adele Griffin

Hey everyone! Book #4 is Tighter written by Adele Griffin, who is a national book award finalist! I'm sort of neutral about this book. My one minor comment is I felt like the plot started out slowly and the material was dry. I will admit there was a climax, but getting to the climax felt like it took ages. Throughout the book the main character will be talking, and lines from nursery rhymes will interrupt her thought. In the beginning it was kind of confusing and distracting because I wanted to put all the nursery rhymes together. However, after I picked up on the pattern the reading went more smoothly. I really enjoyed the relationship that developed between the the main character and another key character. It's the kind of relationship that develops when tragedy strikes or difficulties blocks one's way. In all, I enjoyed this novel. Would I read it again? No. Would I recommend it to someone? Yes, because that person could end up really enjoying it, and then I could get someone else's viewpoint on it. If any of you have read this novel feel free to leave a comment below explaining how you felt about the book. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Hello fellow book readers!! Here is Book 3 finally! As the above title tells you, the third book is Divergent written by the talented Veronica Roth. To be honest I was really hesitate to read this book and eventually the rest of the series. I had this bad feeling that Divergent would be like all the other books that share the same genre. However, I can say that I was proven wrong. I absolutely loved this book! One thing I really liked was how Roth wrote in a way that made me (the reader) feel like the actions or events were right in front me. Also, Roth's way with words made me (the reader) feel all the different emotions that the characters were going through. If there was pain, sadness, happiness, and/or excitement I would feel them. This is a silly con for the book, but in the beginning when Roth would refer to the character Four, I would sometimes have to re-read the sentence because I would read Four as "for." It's a really petty thing, but really an important character to the story. On a scale from 1-5, with one being absolutely terrible and five being amazing, I would rate this book a five. I don't usually rate a book a five unless the book had something special, and this book just had that something special. Thanks for reading and following along on my journey to 200 books! Book 4 should be up soon! If you have any suggestions for books or you would like to leave a comment about Divergent feel free to leave one. Thank you and talk to you all later!