Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Fault in our stars

From Goodreads

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Review

I do not want to watch the film. I think it would spoil the utter perfection that is this book. It is 1.23 am, my eyes are swollen, my skin is blotchy and I am in love with Augustus Waters, Hazel Grace and John Green.

This is the reason I am glad I don’t give five stars to all of my books, I keep them for the really special ones!

Go, read this book. Don’t do what I did and let it sit on your shelf unread because you didn’t trust the hype. The hype is totally undeserved- this book isn’t about two kids with cancer who fall in love. This is a book about two teens who fall in love, find the lack of meaning in their lives, get pretty angry at the universe, get pretty philosophical towards the universe and then break your heart. See? Much, much worse! And far better!

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Update: One day later and I still can’t stop thinking about Hazel and Augustus. I have a major book hangover, I can’t read anything else!

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet

Format: Paperback
Published February 5th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

From Goodreads
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My review
Oh please!! Scarlet, who wears a red hoody, and meets a street fighter called Wolf who offers to help her find her kidnapped Grandmother?! This book was never going to be anything other than amazing! Marissa Meyers writing ensured it was, in fact, AH-MAZING!

This is the second book in a series. You know when you read a second book and it is a huge disappointment, nowhere near as good as the first? Yeh, this wasn’t like that. This was BETTER! This was the book that made the Lunar Chronicles a series that is going to be sitting in prime position on my eclectic bookshelf for a very long time!

The book follows the two main protagonists, Cinder from the first book, and Scarlet who is introduced in this book. At first, I couldn’t really see how their stories were going to connect, but when they did, I was grinning, it was perfect!

Cinder actually gets even more likeable in this book, she breaks out of jail with a fellow inmate, Thorne. Or Captain Thorne as he would like to be called! There isn’t much of the romance between Cinder and Kai, seeing as Cinder has totally lied to and betrayed him, but you can still feel how much he wishes she hadn’t, even as he orders for her to be found and handed over to Queen Levana.

For example, at a press interview:

“Did you know that she was cyborg?” asked a woman in an unhidden tone of disgust.
Kai stared at her, appearing confused, then let his gaze dance over the crowd. He shuffled his feet
closer to the podium, a wrinkle forming on the bridge of his nose.
Cinder bit the inside of her cheek and braced herself for adamant disgust. Who would ever invite a
cyborg to the ball?
But instead, Kai said simply, “I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant. Next question?”
Cinder’s metal fingers jolted.”

At one point, I wondered if Cinder and Thorne were going to get together, but that sort of wore off when her story connected with Scarlet’s. For which I am grateful! They are, after all, a retelling of the fairy tales! One true love and all that! Here is one of the great quotes between the pair!

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”

“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”

I also have to add in a bit about Iko in this review. Iko was Cinder’s Android, but her Aunt had her disassembled. However, Cinder saved Iko’s personality chip and she becomes a SPACESHIP! Which makes for some really funny statements on poor Iko’s behalf. Iko would really like an escort android body so she can be pretty, being a ship is not what she wants!

“Cinder,” Iko said after a few silent minutes of explorations. “I’m enormous.

And then there is Scarlet. Oh, Scarlet, where do I begin! Scarlet lives in future France on a farm with her grandmother. I can’t really say a lot about Scarlet without spoiling the story, apart from perhaps, stubborn, willful and quick witted. Her connection with Wolf the street fighter was a little insta-love, but as the story progressed there were definitely some pretty high walls thrown between them, which made it believable.

“She sighed, annoyed at her restlessness. “So,” she said, disrupting Wolf in another backward glance.
“Who would win in a fight—you or a pack of wolves?”
He frowned at her, all seriousness. “Depends,” he said, slowly, like he was trying to figure out her motive for asking. “How big is the pack?”
“I don’t know, what’s normal? Six?”
“I could win against six,” he said. “Any more than that and it could be a close call.”
Scarlet smirked. “You’re not in danger of low self-esteem, at least.”

Overall, the book is one of my favourite reads of January, so…

I am going to give this book
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FIVE STARS
It was amazing, mind-blowing, let me live in this story world for ever and ever and never leave!

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Review: The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth

The elements of eloquence

 

Author: Mark Forsyth

Format: Paperback

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From Goodreads

In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style.

From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase – such as ‘Tiger, tiger, burning bright’ or ‘To be or not to be’ – memorable.

In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything to say – you simply need to say it well.

My review

I adored this book! I read it in one sitting in a coffee shop, where my bouts of laughter attracted some rather scathing glances. (How dare I enjoy a book so much that I laugh out loud!)
It does exactly what it says on the cover, instructs one on how to “Turn the Perfect English Phrase,” and so, so much more.
I want to tell everyone I know to read it, but, I sort of don’t at the same time because I want to keep all of the amazing knowledge stored within its rather beautiful cover to myself. Is that bad? Maybe. Do I care? No!
So, as a peace offering, I am going to post this review incredibly loudly on my blog and all of my friends and family that love me enough to traipse through other book reviews and awful original writing by yours truly will find this review and MY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION. And if they don’t love me enough to suffer my tedious and obnoxious musings, they will miss out on this gem (and I can keep it to myself for a little while longer).
So, friends, family and anyone else who might be reading this review, for fun, laughter and an enlightening read on the figures of rhetoric, choose this book.

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Review: Of Metal and Wishes

Of Metal and Wishes

Author: Sarah Fine
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: August 5th 2014
First in a series. Next book to be released August, 2015.

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Format: I read this book on Pulseit. Every week, Pulseit features full books or exclusive extended excerpts of the latest in YA.

Summary from Goodreads

There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

My review

I have to admit, the cover of this book really intrigued me and I think it fitted the book really well.

I am so glad I made the time to read this book this week because I really enjoyed it. Let me start with the characters. Wen is an incredibly intense character, and although she changes throughout the book she always stays true to herself, by the end of the book she is basing her attitude and beliefs on the actions of others rather than her preconceptions. At the same time, she is a really relatable character, not impossibly strong or brave. As for Melik, I think he is a really dynamic character, his flaws make him imperfect and relatable and he has this touch of innocence despite having seen a lot, or maybe I should call it idealism? As for the Ghost, he has a childlike demeanour, and even though he does horrible things you still can’t dislike him because he seems to be trying to help Wen the whole time, even though it is often in a misguided way.

As for the plot, it was great! Lots of twists and turns and the ending was crazy! Not exactly a cliffhanger as it closed the book off really nicely, but it definitely left it open for more!

Normally I would say here what I didn’t like about the book, but honestly I cannot think of anything. the writing was seamless, the protagonist was relatable and some very important issues were addressed, including rape, blame and discrimination. the love triangle that developed was believable and

I wish to add to this review a common misconception some readers have had about this book. Lots of readers were upset at the rape culture insinuated in this book. I totally get where they are coming from as Wen often feels that the sexual harassment is her fault and at one point totally forgives it, but I guess in my mind I read that as what the protagonist and her society believed and it was written from her point of view. Lots and lots of women believe rape is their own fault and wanting Wen to be stronger would make her, well, not real. I guess I read it knowing that these things were wrong, but that she felt she had no choice and had not been told otherwise by anyone. I do not think the author was writing this book believing that what she was writing was true in any way! Okay, rant over!

The next instalment of the series is called Of Dreams and Rust and is being released on August 4th 2015.  I for one cannot wait!

Star Rating

I loved this book so much it has made me want to read all the other books by Sarah Fine and for that reason I am going to give it

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Five stars: it was amazing, mind-blowing, let me live in this story world for ever and ever and never leave!