Thursday, October 25, 2012

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce Review

I am really digging Jackson Pearce. I am sad I didn't know about her sooner. Today I'm gonna tell you about As You Wish. Her Jinn inspired story of star crossed lovers and the choices we make.

Our main character is Viola who has broken up with her boyfriend and is feeling lost and wanting to fall in love again. Enter Jinn our genie sent to grant her 3 wishes. They spend some time together and of course like all good stories start to fall for each other.

The book takes turns each chapter changing point of view from Viola to the Jinn. I loved the relationship between the Jinn and Viola.. the budding romance, the way they both aren't sure of their feelings. It's fun like high school love all over again. That excited but nervous feeling when you haven't really been a part of the dating world.

My next favorite character is Viola's ex boyfriend/best friend Lawrence. He is well written, dealing with trying to be friends with an ex and trying to do things to make her happy because he cares about her and wants her to be happy. You can see his struggle and his torment. Pearce did a great job of making him not only believable but relateable.

The story is fun and enjoyable to read. It's definitely a quick read for a nice winter night. You can pick it up at your local bookstore, amazon or where ever you get your books.

Library to pick up books.. yay

I hit the library this evening to pick up some holds.. and I got a bunch of great stuff. :)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Above by Leah Bobbet

Viruosity by Jessica Martinez

and Rot and Ruin by Johnathan Mayberry

Now I won't have reviews this week.. but as I read them they will be going up.. I also have 6 other library books.. and 13 books for review from publishers.. so soon soon lots of reviews.. and I'm a very book busy girl.

I am doing some photoshoots and cosplay stuff over the next 2 weeks.. so I will be reading possibly less unless I bring books for downtime.. but fear not I will be writing :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Getting things under control

The last few months have been crazy for me.. well actually this entire year, but things are winding down and finally going to be at a good pace.

This week i'm getting my poor kindle under control so i can actually read things.

The beginning of next month I will finally for the first time have a bookshelf for my books instead of just stacks and stacks of them all over my house.. so that should get that into order and I'm going to start putting better time aside to read and write.. since I feel so overwhelmed right now.. i just want to get on track.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Willow by Julia Hoban Review

Now I picked this up because I have wanted to read it for a while. It's a book about a girl who feels her only way to have control is to cut and about a boy who stumbles upon her problem and tries to help. I can relate with this book a lot. I don't cut, but I used to do another form of self mutilation and went through lots of people trying to be helpful and anger and lost friendships.

Julia really captures the essence of being someone lost. I really enjoyed the way she writes, in the way she tells her story, allows her characters to grow and change and is constantly giving them depth. I am glad I picked up the book.

Willow's character is self absorbed with feeling sorry for herself for the horrible events in her life. I know how it feels to feel responsible and feel like no one around you gets it or understands. I really connected with her character because she was believable and she was heartbreaking and angry and everything a good main character should have.

Now Guy was a great character because she wrote him believable like someone who would truly care and want her to get better, and would try everything he could to help her. I loved that about him and the way he had anger and was more real because he went through emotions and had his own issues going on.

I give this book a good rating if you haven't read it, it is a quick read and worth picking up.

You can rent it from your local library or pick it up at amazon or your local bookstore.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lucy in the Sky by Anonymous Review

I picked this up because its from the same publisher as Go Ask Alice, Jay's Journal and the rest in the series. It's true journals written by teenagers going through stuff in their life that is interesting to see what happens and what makes them feel the need to be where they are.

This one is about a girl who gets caught up in drugs, alcohol and the scene, slowly moving from light stuff to harder and harder things. You get to watch her devolve and lose control, sadly you get to see the way other addicts react to situations and the way a life can be lost over the need and desire to fit in somewhere.

It's very poignant. I'm not going to comment on the writing, because when the girl was writing this she had no idea she would someday be published. It's a good story though, sadly a true story. You don't want to see the people in your life caught up in this way.

If you have read the others, pick this one up its good, heartbreaking and reminds you we all have problems, friends with problems, people we love with problems and you can't always help them no matter how hard you want to.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand Review

I make myself laugh sometimes. I read a lot on my kindle and have a list I still need to review. I'm trying to get caught up. I really want to get a netbook so I can write reviews and my own stories while I am out away from my laptop and that's coming. Hopefully as soon as I start my next job. The funny story is I read this book probably 6 months ago on the Kindle. Then I was at the library last week and saw the beautiful cover and picked it up to read, not knowing it was the same book.. so I went to start it yesterday and realized instantly that I recognized the story and saw I had already read it. Tell me you can't always judge a book by its cover but this cover surely made me pick it up.

Alright now for the book. I really enjoyed it. I love the idea of angels being among us. The fact that our guardian angels are really just people until they have a need to help someone. I liked the concept of the book and I found the book well written and interesting and easy to follow.

So the story goes our young heroine has these strange dreams in which she is saving a guy from a fire. She finds out she's an angel and that its her destiny like a guardian angel to save him. Her mom is an angel and well. They end up moving to a town to be close to the guy when she needs to help him. She learns there is more to the angel world then her mother wants her to know. She meets another angel and gets to learn a bit about that world.

I enjoyed all the characters the way our main character goes through a range of emotions all throughout the book, depending on what is going on. She really has depth, Cynthia Hand did a good jon with making her character realistic.

I'd give the book a 4 out of 5 and would say if you get the chance go pick it up, it's one of the good ones.