Monday, April 27, 2015

Book Review | We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Page Number: 227
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
 


Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon

My Review:
This book hurt. A lot. It made me feel guilty. This book touched a lot of things in my heart, and omg...FEELS.
I'm just going to ditch all the fancy ratings and rant.
THIS BOOK. Touched my heart.
It wasn't hard to get through, but it was very, very deep. It talked about racism, inequality, family, love, money, greediness, and hope. 
I can't even get through this review.
This book fucked my mind. 
The author used a strange, but beautiful writing style that was so descriptive, yet so lost and mysterious. 
I went into this knowing nothing, so listening to a girl talk about these four friends and family on an island, I was all like, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's a JLaw gif for EVERYTHING. :)
I felt like nothing was happening, and my thoughts were all cluttered.
HOWEVER.
When we got to the middle of the book, I noticed that things picked up. Cady, our main character, was talking emotionally. Like talking about these things hurt. It was hard to get through, not because it was a bad book, but it was so emotional.  
HOLY CRAP.
THE ENDING.
I can't even. 
The love, the family, everything was so intricately woven together. 
It truly is a story of reality, how when people suffer, they turn to alcohol and other substances, how people change. Just because of one little issue.
Dude, I'm not even going to try to write a legit review. I'm mentally screaming inside.
Besides, I wanted to keep this review short and sweet. Because, as you might have heard, the less you know, the better off you are.  

Final Rating: 

❄❄❄❄

~Beatrice

NEW BLOG NAME | The Winner's Book Thief

Hi, guys! As you might tell, I've been doing a lot of changes recently to my blog. 
I've always known that my blog name wasn't very original, but now I have a new name! :)

THE WINNER'S BOOK THIEF

This name was inspired by two books, both of which I really enjoy: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. 

Many reviews coming up soon, so watch out for that! :)

~Beatrice 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Book Review | Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

Author: John Green
Publisher: Speak
Page Number: 305
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: September 22, 2009
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...


My Review:
I don't even know why I do this to myself. I dislike most of Green's books, but they're just like a guilty pleasure to me. So when I picked this up, I thought, Well, here I go again. And I'm going to make all of his fans feel bad because of this negative review. However, when I read it, I somewhat enjoyed it. For some reasons. Which I will tell you now.

Characters: 
I liked Margo. She was mysterious, she loved mysteries, and she knew that life wasn't all fun and games. She's really smart, as she leaves all these clues, and fricken stealthy and ninja-y. Her pranks were hilarious and well-thought out, and I enjoyed every one of them.
Q, I'll admit, wasn't as good. However, he did balance out Margo's adventurous and mysterious personality quite well. <3 <3 <3 OTP.
I didn't like Q's choice of friends. Ben seemed perfectly normal in the beginning, but in the middle, he started to get on my nerves.
8 Snowflakes

Plot:
Interesting plot. This was an awesome mystery, and it's probably just Margo, but I really enjoyed reading how the "crew" as I call them, solved each mystery.
9 Snowflakes

Writing:
Green, of course, has this simplistic writing, that didn't work out too well in TFIOS, because he tried to make Gus sound all wise and stuff, so he sort of bounced between the two awkwardly. However, in Paper Towns, since he didn't have to make the characters sound Shakespearean, it flowed more. However, I still have a problem with his writing. It was boring and slow paced, and I just didn't enjoy it.
7 Snowflakes

Cover:
Okay, I know the one that I have displayed is the pretty cover-but the one I read, from the library, because I ain't spending my money on a John Green book, was HIDEOUS. You know, it's the one with the head...this one...
Paper Towns  
ew, right? 
So that one, I give like 1 Snowflakes to. But the one above, I like. So I give 10 Snowflakes.
So I'm gonna average the two up...and get  
6 Snowflakes 

Final Rating: 

❄❄

~Beatrice

Links: 
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6442769-paper-towns
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Paper-Towns-John-Green/9780525478188
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Towns-John-Green/dp/014241493X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430072952&sr=8-1&keywords=paper+towns
Author Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1406384.John_Green

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Book Review | Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Page Number: 368
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.


My Review:
Before I start this review, I'd like to talk about some other things about this book.
I literally went into this book knowing completely nothing. The only thing I knew was that the author's name sounds super cool. I mean, what sounds cooler than Lei Bar-do-go? I'm not trying to tease, I swear. This book didn't really intrigue me, until I caught it. The magical words that caught my eye.
"Unlike anything I've ever read." 
-Veronica Roth, BESTSELLING author of DIVERGENT
MY JAW FREAKING DROPPED.
HOLY MACINTOSH. I HAD to read it. So I picked it up, with high-ish expectations...and OMFG THIS IS AMAZING. 

Characters: 
I really find the main character, Alina, particularly interesting, euntil the ending, when she sort of mastered her epic Sun Summoner thingys. She's so stubborn and she learns from her mistakes, and therefore really grows as a character development. Ugh. I love seeing this kind of thing in YA lit. So rare, yet when done well, so incredible.
Dude, it's probably just me, but I didn't think there was anything special about the Darkling. He's probably the character I like the least, and that's not because he's a villain. I'm tired of sexy hot villains in YA novels. Seriously. 
Mal was sweet, I didn't find anything special about him. He sort of reminded me of a less awesome version of Peeta from the Hunger Games trilogy. I don't feel like they're the same, I'm just saying that they look the same in my head.
Genya. Genya, Genya, Genya. Genya was my favorite character. Yup. I don't care if she's a supporting character. She's girly and bold, and she just adds a light to this dark book.
Finally, Baghra. I hated her in the beginning for reasons I won't tell, but as the story progressed, I really loved her. 
10 Snowflakes

Plot:
The plot was certainly interesting, fast-paced, and lots of turns and twists! :)
10 Snowflakes

Writing:
 The writing didn't particularly catch my eye, it wasn't special, but it wasn't that bad, either. 
9 Snowflakes

World Building:
This book lacked a little world building. I was constantly second guessing myself at where everything was. 
9 Snowflakes

Cover:
Pretty good cover, I'll admit. It has cool fonts, and the house thingy on the cover looks very mysterious!
10 Snowflakes 

Final Rating: 

❄❄

~Beatrice


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book Review | See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles

See You at Harry's

See You At Harry's

Author: Jo Knowles
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Page Number: 310
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges — until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal.

Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she’s not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn’t know he’s gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there’s Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, the center of everyone’s world. He’s devoted to Fern, but he’s annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn’t for Ran, Fern’s calm and positive best friend, there’d be nowhere to turn. Ran’s mantra, "All will be well," is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it’s true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same.


My Review:
Characters: 
The characters were certainly a main part of this story; since this is a contemporary about hope and families and friends. The main character, Fern, wasn't one of my favorite characters, but I still liked her personality and her relationship with her younger brother, Charlie. She had a shy but strong personality, and she still loves her family, even though they half ignore her. Holden was also an interesting add to the story. This story is LGBTQ+, and I love these types of books because you can see the struggles that these kids/people face, and try to sympathize with them. So yeah, it was interesting to see that. 
RAN. OMG, Ran. Ran is so sweet and lovely and askdjfla;sdkjf;a I LOVE HIM. Fern mentions that he used to be that dirty and poor kid, but now he's just this lovely sweet kid with such inspirational quotes and he just loves and cares for both Fern and Cassie (mostly Fern ;)) so much, and he's just so kind and helpful and sweet when Fern needs it the most. 
Finally, her family's so sweet and loving, even though they sometimes ignore Fern. Sara really is a big sister, even though she can be careless. She takes them to places when they are in trouble, and is just awesome. Charlie is adorable and sweet and so innocent, and you can't help but love him. Finally, the parents. Fern's father is sort of naive, and he cares about his ice cream business a bit too much, but he still loves them. Fern's mother loves her children. *chokes*
10 Snowflakes

Plot:
The plot was heart wrenching. Such an emotional read...I can't go further. Or spoilers will occur. I do feel like there was some parts that  unnecessarily, but it was pretty emotional. *sob*
8 Snowflakes

Writing:
Jo Knowles writes in this way that is so emotional. Her writing really choked me up, and I could feel like I was there, living the story with Ran and Fern and Holden and Charlie. It wasn't very fast-paced, but it was so, so heart wrenching. 
9 Snowflakes

Cover:
To be honest, I didn't like this cover much. I mean, what is that brown blob? Is that ice cream? It looks like chocolate and peanut butter that's been out too long for me. *shudders* The blue checkered pattern, however, do add a brightness and cute tone to the cover. The typography and title fonts were okay, they weren't that eye-catching. 
7 Snowflakes

Final Rating: 

❄❄

~Beatrice

 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Review | 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

100 Sideways Miles

100 Sideways Miles

Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Page Number: 277
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.

Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.


My Review:
Wow. Wow. I think Andrew Smith might be my favorite contemporary author.
I had started to think that contemporaries were bad, after my disaster that you all know with John Green. But Andrew Smith's writing is amazing. I loved this so much.
The first thing is his CHARACTERS. Unlike Green's characters, these characters were believable. I could imagine Finn, this high school kid going through weird things, and Cade was just so hilarious. 
Smith's humor actually made since, and I was laughing my head off this whole book.  
Gorgeous writing. Full of witty phrases, hilarious dialogue, this book was amazing.
The love was sort of insta-love, I'll say that. But I just love the way it was presented in this book, in a so cliche but so cutesy way, I just wanted to squeal. 
The trip they take is so...weird. You get to really see what's happening in both Cade and Finn's heads.
Hilarious, sarcastic, and sweet, I'd definitely recommend this book.
I just can't wait to see what Winger is like, this book already impressed me a ton, and apparently Winger is better? 
Anyways....

Final Rating: 

❄❄❄❄❄

~Beatrice


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Book Review | Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3)

Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Number: 392
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival--he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.


My Review:
An excellent conclusion to an excellent trilogy. Bloody flawless. Perfection.
This book was an excellent conclusion to a marvelous trilogy. Everything turned out well in the end. By the end of this trilogy, the world was well developed, as were the characters, plot, and everything else. 
I really felt like Perry and Aria and Roar grew up throughout this trilogy, piece by piece. Aria grew from this weirdo to this amazing badass character. She's awesome. Or, as my friend says, "SO FAB." We really got to see how much Roar loved Liv, and more of Perry's personality as well.
The ending was marvelous.
I CAN'T SPOIL ANYTHING FOR THE THIRD BOOK SO THIS IS GOING TO BE SO SHORT. :( But I can tell you it was GLORIOUS.
I would highly recommend this book to scifi or dystopian lovers. This is taking dystopian and scifi to another level. Loved this trilogy.

Final Rating: 

❄❄❄❄

~Beatrice


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book Review | Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green
Publisher: Speak
Page Number: 221
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: December 28, 2006
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.


My Review:
THIS REVIEW HAS MILD SPOILERS. 
Okay, before I get onto the review, I'd like to say some things. These are MY opinions, so if you don't agree, then you don't. I'm not to express my absolute hatred for this book, I just want to express my thoughts on this book. However, if you are an absolute die-hard John Green fan, and this is your, like, FAV BOOK EVER, then don't keep reading. There will be some negative thoughts to this book. Thanks. :) SMILEYS! :)
I tried this book. I gave it a chance. This book let me down. I was reluctant to read this book, because it had thoughts on suicide, drugs, and other bad things, and personally, those are the reasons why I don't read many contemporaries these days. I also hate reality.  Anyways, Alaska was all of those things. She was throwing her life away. We never got an explanation. Never. Also, Alaska got on my nerves. I hated her. She drove me absolute nuts. I don't even know WHY. I just know I hated her. 
The romance in this book was non-existent. Alaska didn't even love Pudge. He was just a guy, a random guy that she wanted to play.
The plot was not there, the writing was dirty, I hated the characters, and the whole premise itself.
ALSO, YOU DON'T NEED TO HAVE THE F-WORD 12 TIMES WITHIN 2 PAGES OF A BOOK. Jeez.
I'm sorry, John, but I really disliked this book.

Final Rating: 

~Beatrice


Throwback Review Tuesdays! | Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Since it takes too long to make every, single review, I'll just be combining these into an extra long one. Hope you don't mind :)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter

Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic
Page Number: 1400
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: June 26, 1997 - July 21, 2007
Synopsis from Goodreads: (Book 1)
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.


My Review:
J.K. Rowling gave me my childhood. I GREW UP with these books. I was always that weirdo, with the big fat Harry Potter books, which sort of ruined my social life, but at least I knew I had Luna and Hermione to guide me through life. All these books are jam packed with plot twists, mythological creatures, amazing characters, breathtaking plots, interesting classes, and a story you'll never forget. 
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Least Favorite: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Final Rating: 

~Beatrice


Thursday, April 2, 2015

My Fandom Edit Fridays! | Only the Good Die Young

Hey, guys! What's up? I'm going to be leaving tomorrow, so I'm going to give you the edit today! Lately, I've been obsessed with the Hunger Games once again, so you have a THG edit!
CAUTION: THIS EDIT HAS SPOILERS FOR MOCKINGJAY!!! 
Hope you enjoy! :)

~Beatrice


Book Review | Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins



Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1)

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Page Number: 352
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.


My Review:
This book was DEFINITELY not what I was expecting. AT ALL. This book looks like chick-lit romance, with the bow and necklace. I swear, I didn't even SEE that sword in the cover. I just picked it up because you all said it was good. Holy...when I realized it was FANTASY, my jaw just dropped. This is a new type of fantasy-A GIRLY type. This is taking fantasy to a whole different level. 
Beginning: we were talking about her stupid lip gloss, and I just wanted to put the book down that moment. But then...action picked up...and I LOVE ACTION! :) Geez, that makes me feel vicious. Yikes.
This book should've earned 10/10 snowflakes...but...there were some things.
THE STUPID FRICKEN LOVE TRIANGLE. See, I'm fine with some love triangles, but this one just gets on my nerves. I feel like Harper doesn't like David OR Ryan that much. Not like a Percabeth, or Dune Iwing ship thing. I also don't get the DavidxHarper relationship. It probably will get into depth later, but for now...I don't like the romance in this book. 
I hate and like Harper at the same time. Yes, she did prove females don't have to be strong and tough stuff, they can be a blonde cheerleader homecoming queen tripping all over her feet, too. I like her personality: she doesn't say the f-word, hates the s-word...homecoming queen...cheerleader...and pretty much anything you'd find in a girly person. I, personally, am more of a tomboy. But she is a really good southern belle. She can be stupid at times...like crying about the lip gloss...and saying "no" to her powers...WHO FRICKEN WOULDN'T WANT POWERS? That's what I want to know. Hmph.
The magic, though, was pretty interesting.
I NEED THE SECOND BOOK. WHAT KIND OF ENDING IS THAT? :( 

Final Rating: 

❄❄❄❄

~Beatrice


March Wrap Up | April TBR

HI GUYS! :) 

In March, I read a total of 15 books and one reread (Champion) which I think is pretty good! :)
Here are the books I've read: If I can get the formatting right: 
If you click the titles of some of the books, you can see the review I did! :)
First up, I have these four books: Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter, The Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan, Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.
The next row, I have United We Spy by Ally Carter, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. 
The third row, I read Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Where She Went by Gayle Forman, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, and Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. 
The final row, there is Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, The Archived by Victoria Schwab, and Champion by Marie Lu.
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally CarterSlaves of Socorro by John Flanagan Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally CarterShatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
United We Spy by Ally CarterNever Fade by Alexandra BrackenThe Winner's Curse by Marie RutkoskiUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Under the Never Sky by Veronica RossiWhere She Went by Gayle FormanIgnite Me by Tahereh MafiThrough the Ever Night by Veronica RossiUnite Me by Tahereh MafiThe Burning Sky by Sherry ThomasThe Archived by Victoria SchwabChampion by Marie Lu

APRIL TBR: 
~The Girl of Fire and Thrones by Rae Carson
~Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
~Graceling by Kristin Cashore
~In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
~The Iron King (reread) by Julie Kagawa

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

SO GUYS!
I think that's it! Hope you guys enjoyed! :)

~Beatrice


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Review | The Archived by Victoria Schwab


The Archived (The Archived, #1)

The Archived (The Archived #1)

Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Hyperion
Page Number: 328
Genre: Supernatural Thriller 
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
The dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead, called 'Histories', rest in the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper is dangerous and a constant reminder of those she lost, Da and her little brother. Mac wonders about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. Yet someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.


My Review:
Holy schist. (lol dam percy jackson reference) This book is amazing. It took me a long time to get into, but that was probably 'cause I was reading other awesome stuff. The ending totally made up for it, though. I was racing through the pages. I think I might have gotten a few lot of paper cuts!
Let's talk characters. Mackenzie Bishop is an interesting main character. She's really good at lying; I wish I had her lying skills. Her loyalty is admirable, she really loves her Da and brother, Ben. It's a wonder her parents gave birth to her, as they are nothing alike. That's what makes her special. She's really curious, and wants to know stuff. LIKE ME. #twins #lolno. She's defintely one to stand up and work hard like a HUFFLEPUFF! Also, her kickbottes In French, "bottes" means boots, but it sounds like "butt" when you say it. Swaggety awesome French teacher. :)-ness is incredible. She really kicks some bottes in the ending.Yeah...I LIKE HER. GOOD MAIN CHARACTER.
Wesley, or Wes, is cool-o. He's like emo, like some sort of goth dude or what not. He's really sweet, brave, and just plain weird and awesome. I'd like to learn more about him, though... I can't go on...or spoilers will come. Guyliner though... ^^
The Archived. It was certainly interesting, with the dead souls, ya know? It was intriguing, and mysterious, and I'm definitely checking out her other books if they share the same qualities. The dead souls explanation was a bit confusing, but I enjoyed it! I definitely enjoyed it!
Victoria Roth. Victoria SCHWAB ...I really liked her writing style, for some strange reason. It was mysterious, with sneak peeks from Mac's past with Ben and Da, which I really liked. She has this really smooth and descriptive writing style...that I feel like is missing these days. So that's good. 
FINALLY HER FREAKING PLOT TWISTS. MY HAIR WAS MESSER AFTER READING THIS THEN WAKING UP IN THIS MORNING. When I get so distressed, I start pulling hair. Don't judge me. You probably already are.  ANYWAYS. Yeah. Be prepared for plot twists

Final Rating: 

❄❄

~Beatrice