Friday, 30 April 2010

Book Blogger Hop!

Just joined this weeks new blogger hop hosted by http://www.crazy-for-books.com/ . A awesome book review blog. So yeah, have a fun time blogger hopping!

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Award!

I got an award from the wonderful blog, a thousand Books with Quotes http://bookquotes-bookquotes.blogspot.com/ . Check the blog out, it is really interesting. Anyway, thanks a lot. The award is called Prolific Blogger Award.
Here it is:

Isn't it pretty? So here is the description.

A prolific blogger is one who is intellectually productive, keeping up an active blog with enjoyable content. After accepting this award, recipients are asked to pass it forward to seven other deserving blogs.


 
Ok so I chose the winning blogs and here they are:
Potter, Percy, And I   http://potterpercyandi.blogspot.com/
QT Bookworm   http://qtbookworm.blogspot.com/
Reading Addict   http://addicted2reading4evr.blogspot.com/
Tales of a Teenage Book Lover http://alexreadsbooks.blogspot.com/
The Book Owl   http://thebookowl.blogspot.com/
Book Crumbs   http://priyaganesan.blogspot.com/
Brimful Bookshelves   http://brimfulbookshelves.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

New Award!

Recently I got a new award from a thousand Books with Quotes. A wonderful, original blog that is great fun to read. Here is the link: http://bookquotes-bookquotes.blogspot.com/ . Anyway the award is called Profilic Blogger Award. Here is what it says about it:

A prolific blogger is one who is intellectually productive, keeping up an active blog with enjoyable content. After accepting this award, recipients are asked to pass it forward to seven other deserving blogs.

I will post the winners of it on Friday, since I don't have time to at this very moment, but I will have them very soon.

Viking Warrior by Judson Roberts Book Review

Genre: Histrorical Fiction and Adventure
Age: 13+
Pages: 341
Gender: Male

Plot: 4/5
Detail: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Fast or Slow: 5/5
Enjoyment: 3/5
Cover: 2/3
Memorable: +1

Total: 23/28
Percentage: 82%
Grade: B-

   This book was interesting, enjoyable, but yet not overly enjoyable. The plot was good, not the very best but yet interesting. It is about a 14 year old boy named Halfdan, who was a slave yet, when his father that never claimed him as a son comes back from a voyage on the brink of death and asks his mother, also a slave to take the death journey with him, she says yes as long as her son becomes free. So when he is free, his brother who soon becomes a close friend then teaches him to fight and he figures out he is a rare type of killer. A gory story about the Viking world. The details were really good, nice and gory how I like them. They described the battles beautifully, but I gave it a 4/5 since I think they should of described his mother's death better and someone elses death better too, but I can't say who it is or it would ruin the book. At the beginning I liked the characters. Halfdan's mother the most, but after she dies I start to like the main character, but he changes a lot as the story goes on and at the end I became extremely ticked off with his point of view, so I had to dock it a point. The book was very fast, at the beginning the most, near the end it slowed down a little bit, but not too much to make a difference. In enjoyment I gave it a 3/5 since I grew extremely tired of the characters, I stopped caring what Halfdan did, I stopped caring who died. I think the book was at its prime when right before his mother died, a book should not be at it's prime in the beginning so I didn't enjoy this book too much. The cover is ok, but they definetly could have done better with it. The guy on it looks way older then 14 and 15, but it is cool how he is dirty. For extra credit I gave it a +1 even though it was not my favorite book, but i will remember it for it giving me a peek on viking life. This book was an ok book. I recommend it to people who like not too deep, bloody adventures.

Edited Grading

I edited my grading. I didn't think that mine was the best. So I edited it a very little bit. I also made one for mange, since my partner on this blog has read a manga book.

Plot:


Details:

Characters:

Fast or Slow

Enjoyment

Cover



Manga
Plot

Pictures

Dialogue

Fast or Slow

Enjoyment

Cover

New Extra Credit: Grading on if the book made you think about it after you were done.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank Book Review

(I am sadly reviewing this book as a novel and not as a historical document,which it is. If I was grading it differently it would probably get a better grade.)
Genre: Historical
Age: 13+
Pages: 237
Gender: Female (Males can read it too, but there are a lot of female thoughts)
Publication Year: 1947

Plot: 5/5
Description: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Developed: 5/5
Fast Paced: 3/5
Cover: 3/3

Total: 26/28
Percent: 93%
Grade: A-

    This truly a remarkable book. As I said at the top I am grading this a little differently then I should, but anyway here I go. The plot was great and true. It is about a girl names Anne Frank, who lived in Holland during WW2. She is obviously Jewish. Soon her family has to go in hiding over a office her dad once lived in. A few people help them by bringing food and entertainment and various other things. Anne and her family live with a few other people like the Van Daans and Dussel. The book is her diary. So as you read it you see her grow up and it also tells you about her life and how horrible it was to live then. The description in this book was really good, Anne Frank is such a great writer, it is so interesting to read what she writes, because she describes life in hiding with great talent. The characters were great, for sure Anne, it was so interesting to read her thoughts and see her grow up from first being a silly flirtatious school girl to becoming pratically a adult when she was only 14. She was 100% real her thoughts were just so real. Though I wonder how she feels about everyone on the face of the planet reading her diary. The story was really developed, she tells everything as it is. She is such a good writer she always has her opinions on everything, but I must say this book doesn't really have a climax or ending for if she was never murdered by the Nazis it could have been much longer. The only thing wrong with this, if you judge it as a story, is that is is slow sometimes, it is a diary so it has to be kinda slow, it is her thoughts. The cover is not the prettiest, but since this is a true story you don't really need a super fancy cover, so I think this scover is very functional. So in all a got a pretty good grade. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn what is was like to be living as a Jew is WW2.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic by Suzanne Weyn Book Review

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Age: 12+
Pages: 319
Gender: Female
Publication Year: 2009

Plot: 5/5
Description: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Developed: 4/5
Fast Paced: 5/5
Cover: 3/3

Score: 27/28
Percent: 96%
Grade: A

    Wow this book was amazing, I loved it. I actually like the grade I gave it on the new system. Warning, even though the title of this book mentions the Titanic, very little of this book mentions the Titanic, but it was a great book anyway. There was a little bit of everything in it, adventure, romance, supernatural, historical elements, it was a book of many topics. It was totally mesmerizing. The plot was just great. It is about 5 sisters who live in a place called Spirit Vale where their mother contact spirits and believes in science. Though as the main character, Jane gets older her and her sister stop believing in her mother. The main character Jane grows up keeping track of a man named Nikola Tesla, who is a inventor who she met when she was four. She also is fond of the Sherlock Holmes book series. When she gets older her sister, Mimi becomes restless of Spirit Vale and Jane enters a newspaper contest and is going to write an article about Tesla. So the two sisters goes to New York where Mimi decides to work for the rich and famous and where Jane finds love. As the story goes on all five sisters gets on the Titanic with a hint of the fate it has. Also because I didn't mention it earlier two of the other sisters have wicked abilities to speak to the dead. So yeah this plot was pretty good, even though I described it very poorly, there was just so much great things going on. The description was pretty good. How the author described things just sucked me in. I loved all the seances and how the sister sleeped walked. The scenes with Thad and Jane were just awesome. The characters were great. I loved the main character, Jane. I loved the twins Amelie and Emma, they were so interesting. I loved Thad, he was so cool. I loved how they also added some real people into the plot like, Nikola Tesla, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, and quite a few other people. It is really fascinating. I think the story is pretty good developed, but not 5/5 material. So I gave it a 4/5. They could have stayed on some places longer and described some things more, but otherwise it was pretty good. The author developed the love between Jane and Thad really well. It was very nice and soothing to read after some of the other poor romances. I absolutely wanted to read more. The cover of this book is so pretty, I love it. It is just so great. Anyway I loved this book, even though I have heard some mixed reviews on it, I think it was just great. So I recommend this book to fans of supernatural and historical fiction with a hint of romance.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Breathe by Cliff McNish Book Review

Genre: Fantasy
Age: 12+
Pages: 261
Gender: Male
Publication Year: 2006

Plot: 4/5
Description: 5/5
Characters: 3/5
Developed: 5/5
Fast Paced: 5/5
Cover: 3/3

Score: 25/28
Percent: 89%
Grade: B+

A ghost story with a kind of good plot. Better than some others that I know of. Jack, a 12 year old boy with asthma. He and his mother, Sarah, moved into an old house, which they don't know is haunted by ghosts. Well at least his mother doesn't. Jack has an abillity when he touches things he knows about the person that died there. Sometimes he even gets to see that person's memories. The ghost children that live there are excited and scared for him at the same time. Excited cause they get to meet someone new. Scared because Ghost Mother has her eyes on Jack and wants to make him her son(you will understand when reading it. I suck at summaries). It was different which I have nothing against. The description was fantastic! It was like a spooky movie and you were there(to me that is. I hope you think so too). And it's not your typical ghost with the normal body, stayed behind because of unfinished business. It is an original. The characters, he did pretty good, but I just think he could have done better. Like Jack's feelings on his father's death more because that is played a lot in here. More stuff about Sarah too. Mostly the ghost children because, yeah he did their personallity good, but he never explained really how they died. Kind of left me hanging. All in all though it was greatly developed nicely, and definately a fast paced book. So don't let the number of pages scare you. It will go by so fast! Hope you read it!!!

Saturday, 17 April 2010

What I Bought From The Best Used Book Store In The World!!!

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
    I have been wanting to read this for a long time so when I saw it at the used bookstore for a awesome price I just had to get it.

What I Got From The Library...

A Match Made In Hell: The Jewish Boy and the Polish Outlaw Who Defied the Nazis by Larry Stillman and Morris Goldner
     I saw this book on the wall of my school and sense I am in a WW2 obsession I decided to read it.












The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale
    I was searching Amazon UK because I love looking at UK covers because they are so much prettier then most American ones. When I was looking at books and Amazon suggested this book so when I saw it at the library I just had to rent it out, and I actually like the American cover better.











Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi by David Chot Jewitz
    Again I am in a WW2 obsession so I also saw this one on the wall of my school so I had to rent it out.














Ash by Malinda Lo
    I love fairy tale retellings and I am always looking for ones that are a little different.












City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
      The first one was ok. I wasn't going to read the second one but I heard that the next series by this author is not based in modern day, so I really want to read it, so I decided to rent this book out so when that book comes out I can read it.

Magic of Madness by Justine Larbalestier Book Review

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age: 12+
Pages: 271
Gender: Female
Publication Year: 2005

Plot: 4/5
Description: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Developed: 4/5
Fast Paced: 3/5
Cover: 3/3

Final Score: 23/28
Percent: 82 %
Grade: B-

    The plot was pretty good, not my favorite but ok. It is about this 15 year old girl named Reason, who grew up in the Australian outback with her mother who taught her to only believe in reasonable things like math and other things like. They were on the run from Reason's "evil" grandmother her supposedly practiced dark magic. When Reason's mother goes crazy, Reason has to live with her creepy grandmother. There she meets a new friend named Tom who believes her grandmother is all good. After Reason finds a truth to one of her mom's stories about her grandmother she tries to run away through the back door of her grandmother's house which the obviously didn't want her to go through. When she steps out she is far away from home in what seems to be a miserable winter land. There she makes a new friend and goes of plenty of adventures. So the plot sounded pretty good to me, but not top notch. The description in this book is pretty good. I expecially love how they described all the dancing people and the dance club. The characters were ok. Some weren't that original and the main character, Reason was annoying to me. I think the author should have told the reader more about the Esmerelda, the grandmother. The best character in my eyes was Tom and they didn't spend nearly enough time talking about him. I think the story had a few parts that weren't developed enough. Like they should of developed the grandmother more and the author didn't develop Blake enough in my eyes, but that is just my opinion. Everything else was pretty well developed. I did not really think this book was fast at all that is why I gave in a 3/5. Some parts extremely bored me. I read the end super fast because it was just extremely boring. I thought the beginning was pretty fast though. Ther cover is absolutely beautiful, actually it is why I chose the book, so I gave it a 3/3. Ok this book is ok, not the best but sometimes entertaining. I would recommend this book to people who love to read urban fantasy without the tons of romance and for people who like Harry Potter.

Friday, 16 April 2010

New Blog Hop!!

Just joined the new blog hop hosted by Crazy-for-Books http://www.crazy-for-books.com/2010/04/book-blogger-hop-april-16-22-2010.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+crazy-for-books+%28Crazy-for-Books%29  and there is the very long link. So yea this meme is very fun.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Book Review

Genre: realistic historical fiction (classic)
Age: 12+
Pages: 352
Gender: Male
Publication Year: 1838

Plot: 5/5
Descriptions: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Developed: 5/5
Fast Paced: 3/5
Cover: 3/3

Final Score: 26/28
Percent: 92%
Grade: A-

Very old fashion book but Dickens makes it good and an original. Oliver was born, although his mother didn't survive. He was sent to an awful orphange. Some luck found him, fore he was taken to be an apprentice to a coffin maker. He didn't find complete fortune there. He was teased, and treated badly to. Finally he decides to run to London. But it seems everywhere he goes trouble always follows. Will he find a good, happy family? Will he escape the trouble he's in? Will he learn about his real mother? Hehe, little suspense there for you. Of course I love Oliver. So cute and innocent. Makes me want to go up and hug him!...Anyway, the other characters, some of the are good people like Rose and her aunt(can't forget the gentleman:) but the like Faguey and Sikes I just plain out hate them. They should rot in a hole. Same Mr. Bumble. The.......bad word. Grrrr. It's just mean how they treat poor, poor Oliver. So. This author did such a great job! Towards the end there was kind of a twist(just to warn you). Not really fast paced, but it works for this book and almost everything in it is important. It's my type of book, London and poor orphans. Is it yours?????? Try it out!

Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman Book Review

Genre: fiction fanasty
Age: 11+
Pages: 201(not that long as you can see for those lazy bones out there)
Gender: Male
Publication Year: 2003

Plot:5/5
Descriptions:5/5
Characters:4/5
Developed:4/5
Fast Paced:5/5
Cover:1/3

Final Score:21/28
Percent:75%
Grade:C+

I thought this book was kind of amazing. the plot was well thought out(to me it was. I would never think of this). It's about a boy named Blake with a troubled past and an annoying little brother. They go to the carnival and at one of the consection(I so spelled that wrong) stand was a creepy lady. Blake won a deformed teddy bear and inside its pocket was an invitation to another place. He didn't want to go. But his brother, Quinn, did. So now his body in a coma, Blake has to go to the weird mystified place and save his brother and face his past. Very pyschological and adventurous. I love all the rides. But I do think he should have put more background information at the begining, like maybe a couple of chapters. Just so we readers can get connected to the characters a lot more. Speaking of characters:) I do like Maggie cause sometimes she just seem like the tough girl. Russ I just think is the typical jock. Quinn at first just seems like a darn, long pain in the butt. Of course, I like Blake. Just one of those nice, brother protecting, normal guys. And if you like very fast paced books, you should read this book. Definately read it if you're into the pyschological, adventurous, fantasy novel books(maybe Emily would like to read this). Thanks for listening!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The Secret of the Dread Forest by Gillian Summers Book Review

Genre: Modern Fantasy
Age: 12+
Gender: Female
Pages: 280
Publication Year: 2009

Plot: 5/5
Description: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Developed: 4/5
Fast Paced: 5/5
Cover: 3/3

Final Score: 26/28
Percentage: 93%
Grade: A-

    Modern fantasy is not my favorite genre, but if I had to choose one book series of this genre that I would consider my favorite it would be this one. I had trouble when I first started reading it because I read the first two around two years ago, but I finally started remembering. The plot of this one is pretty good. Keelie the half elf goes to live in the Dread Forest with her father and grandmother. When she gets there she gets the heart breaking news that Sean the elf hottie, is getting married away so he can breed. The Dread is failing, so humans can get inside to forest, and guess what that doesn't make the trees very happy or healthy. So Keelie has to fight to save the Dread. While she is at it she meets a vampire like thing named Jake, has to take care of her demanding treeling named Alora,and make sure her crazy cat gardian doesn't get taken away. Isn't that a awesome plot? The description in the book is pretty good, but I don't have much to comment on it, but I liked how they described Alora the bratty treeling. I gave it a 4/5 for chracters. It would of gotten a 5/5 but one thing was bothering me. Even though I have nothing against vampires, I didn't like how they called Jake a vampire. I think they should of called him something else more creative and just compared him to a vampire, since he didn't really suck blood, that is pretty much all that is wrong about the characters. I love the main character Keelie, she just seems so real. Even though she is a magical half elf with awesome powers, she still just seems so real. Her character is not perfect, she makes mistakes, but she has a good heart. The side characters are pretty cool too. I thought it was funny how fake Sean's betrothed was. I gave the develped section a 4/5 too because I think some things they should have lingered on longer. Like the grand finally of the novel. I also didn't think they played out Elia dad turning into a "vampire" as much as they could. I think they should of explained how Niriel was a good guy then all of a sudden he was a bad guy, it puzzled me for a little bit. They could of also developed to love between Elia nd Jake more. The book was very fast paced so I gave it a 5/5. I absolutely love the cover art, on this book. I love the cover art on the whole book series, so I had to give it a 3/3. So In all this book was pretty good, but my picky grading system brought it down to a A-. If you like all the popular books that are coming out today the combine fantasy and romance and is looking for something kind of the same, but different in a good way, read this book!

Monday, 12 April 2010

What I Got From The Wonderful Amazon...

Epidemic by Sebastian Rook
    Ok I love the rest of this series. Since they were rereleased somewhere in this world I think England, they are becombing way cheaper on Amazon so I bought the last two books. I don't really like the new covers or that they renamed the series but it is better then nothing.











Exterminations by Sebastian Rook
    Same reasons as the first one.














Grace Hammer: A Novel of the Victorian Underworld by Sara Stockbridge
    Yes I did rent this out earlier, but since it was only a seven day rental I never got around to reading it. So I bought it!












The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence
    I always wanted to read this book so I finally bought it.













A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama by Laura Amy Shlitz
    Already read this book and loved it so I bought it.














Newes From the Dead by Mary Hooper
    This book looks so good and it has been on my wish list forever so I finally rounded up enough money to buy it.












The Highwayman's Footsteps by Nicola Morgan
   I loved Fleshmarket. If it wasn't for my new grading system it would of gotten a A+. So I decided to buy another book by the same author and I actually bought it new!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti Book Review

Genre: Historical Fiction
Age: 12+ (Found in Adult Literature)
Gender: Male and Female
Pages: 327
Publication Year: 2008

Plot: 5/5
Description: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Developed: 5/5
Fast Paced: 4/5
Cover: 3/3

Final Score: 27/28
Percentage: 96%
Grade: A

   The plot was really great. It is about this young boy who lives in a orphanage in the mid 1800s. The boy, whose name is Ren is missing one of his hands and has no idea who his parents are. Then one day when he is 12 a man comes in and claims him as his brother, he tells Father John this story that seems fairly reasonable about how he lost his hand, then Benjamin (the "brother") and Ren go on a grand adventure that includes Ressurection Men, thieves, and scams. Isn't that a good plot! The description in this book was great, the boy Ren describes things wonderfully, like when he was describing when he saw Brom and Ichy's mother. Another good moment for description is when Ren is high on opium. The characters in the book were just awesome. They were all just so different. I loved reading the background stories on all the characters, exspecially Tom. The character Benjamin was interesting too, but until the end they kept him quite mysterious. The book was well develped they went through with everything real well. I gave how fast paced it was a 4/5 partly because it was a adult book, adult book usually don't go nearly as fast as teen books, this one lets say wasn't to fast, but it was just a little slow at parts, but most of the time it wasn't. The cover of the book is really pretty in my opinion exspecilly the drawing in the middle. When I was reading the book, I often found myself closing the book and looking at the cover. So in all this book was really good, if you like books that are Dickensian read this.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Awards!

Recently I got awards from the wonderful blog http://pbbookends.blogspot.com/ . Go check their blog out. So for the Honest Scrap Award I am supposed to write ten things about myself. I'm going to be a little vague.

1. The first real historical fiction book I ever read was The Ravenmaster's Secret
2. I have had many hamsters them being names: Nibbles, QTip, Honey, Pepper, Rascal, Julia, Alanna, Jacky, Andrew
3. I breed Rascal and Julia resulting in: One nameless hamster that Julia ate, Alanna, Jacky, Andrew, and Gypsy (I gave her to a friend)
4. I love books and movies about murderers in the historical time.
5. The place I love in beyond normal.
6. My favorite food in tofu (with soy sauce).
7. 75% of all that cats I have ever known have ran away.
8. I hate factories.
9. My favorite fruit is a strawberry.
10. My favorite time in history is the early 19th century.

I know a little random.

Ok the awards go to( sorry for my poor linking skills):
A Thousand Books With Quotes http://bookquotes-bookquotes.blogspot.com/
Brimful Bookshelves http://brimfulbookshelves.blogspot.com/
Athena's YA Book Reviews http://athenasbooks.blogspot.com/
Bookmarked http://bookmarkedreviews.blogspot.com/
Dreaming of Books http://jennys-books.blogspot.com/
Fantasy4Eva http://blueicegal-fantasy4eva.blogspot.com/
In Between The Lines http://basma-aal.blogspot.com/
maire LOVES books http://marielovesbooks.blogspot.com/
MarjoleinBookBlog http://marjoleinbookblog.blogspot.com/
Overbooked http://bananasandbooks.blogspot.com/



So if you get this, write ten things about yourself and then send it off to ten more people. Good Idea, no?

 


New Book Blogger Hop!

Ok I just did the new book blogger hop! It is hosted by Crazy-For-Books http://www.crazy-for-books.com/2010/04/book-blogger-hop-april-9-15-2010.html    It is so cool so go and join. Oh yea I will post the rewards very soon and I still have about 200 pages of The Good Thief because I was rereading a book for a project so the review will be ready by Monday.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Fleshmarket by Nicola Morgan Book Review

Genre: Historical Fiction
Age: 13+
Gender: Male
Pages: 206
Publication Year: 2003

Plot: 5/5
Description: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Developed: 4/5
Fast Paced: 5/5
Cover: 2/3

Final Score: 26/28
Percentage: 93%
Grade: A-

     The plot was very good. It is about this boy whose mother dies after getting her breast amputated. He blames the surgeon Dr. Knox. After his mother's death everything in his life starts to crumble. Once having tons of money, his family was dropped into deep poverty. He goes through harder times as the book goes on. Isn't that just just a great plot? I couldn't think of anything better. The description was wonderful. They described everything so precisely. It was weird, since the author described in smells a lot, even though the main character, Robbie, is no Jean- Baptise Grenouille from Perfume, but still it is cool. I love how the author describes where he lives. It sounds absolutely horrible. Disgusting, filthy, dangerous. I don't know how a kid could survive there. The characters were great as well. Exspecially the main character Robbie. I felt so sorry for him, his life was horrible and he just seemed so real. I love how he is not perfect in any way or form, he is far from it. Like in the middle, when he completely looses himself to liquor. The "villian" Dr. Knox was cool too, I loved how Robbie described his voice as being like a violin. It was even cooler that a lot of the characters in the book were real characters. The story was pretty well developed, though I think on some parts the author could have developed it more, but it wasn't that bad, so I still gave it a 4. Fleshmarket went very fast, always exciting and never lingers to long on a singular part. If I didn't have so much homework this week, I would have finished it much quicker. The cover is ok, it fits the book well, but I still think they could of done better. So in all this book got a 26/28 making it a A-. This is a good book for anyone who wants to read about how horrible the 1800s were in Edinburgh, Scotland.

What I Just Had To Buy...

The Conspiracy of Papers by David Liss
    I have never read a book based in 1700s England so I decided to start with this.












Mexico, 1850 (Vampire Plagues) by Sebastian Rook
     I read this book, but I decided to buy the whole book series so here it is.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

The Bonemender by Holly Bennett Book Review

Genre: Fantasy
Age: 12+
Gender: Female (Maybe Male)
Pages: 203
Publication Year: 2005

Plot: 5/5
Description: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Developed: 1/5
Fast Paced: 4/5
Cover: 1/3

Final Score: 21/28
Percentage: 75%
Grade: C

   In all the plot was pretty good. It was about a women who could heal people in a way most humans can't. One day two men comes to her village, one seriously hurt and the main bonehealer, Gabrielle heals him. She of course falls in love with the guy that is not hurt, Feolan. Later she figures out they are elves and they bring information that will start a war. So the plot is pretty good. So I gave it a 5 out of 5. The description was great too, they described the chracters well, the setting well everything well. The battle descriptions near the end were absolutely brilliant, it felt as if i was there. I thought the characters were pretty good as well, they were believable and nice. Though I wished they would develop the character Derkh more, but otherwise they made the characters there own. My big complain about this story is that a lot of things other then the characters were not well developed. Even though I knew Gabrielle and Feolan would fall in love, it just had to happen since it is a YA novel, it wasn't developed at all. It was like, guess what, I love you, want to be my mate? You just didn't feel anything. They could of spent at least 50 more pages developing the relationship showing their love grow for each other. Another thing that bothered me is that sometimes in the book they would just go ahead of the story and say something and you don't know what happened then they will go back and explain it. Here is an example from the book: oh council I had a dream. What dream? Now let's go backward and tell you about the dream. I am not sure if I made any sense, but they did that a lot to the story and I guess it bothered me. The story was very fast paced, of course, it had to be because it was only 203 pages along, but that doesn't change it from being fast paced. This last section is stupid, but I thought the cover was very cheesy. It didn't look cheesy when I bought if off the computer but when I got it is just looked cheesy. I must say even though I gave it a C with my old random grading system I would of gave it a B-. The book wasn't totally bad, actually it was kind of fun to read. So pick up this book if you want a easier slightly more girly version of Lord of the Rings to read.

New Grading System...

I decided to grade my books differently like the A B C D F thing. Before I just randomly chose a grade, now I going to grade by...
Plot, Description, characters, How Fast the story is, and the last one cover (Iknow it is stupid, but I always like reading a book with a good cover.)   I am going to use this format on the next review that should be coming up very soon. It is going to make my grading way more strict, because I usually never give anything below a C but I might have to soon.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Crazy For Books is hosting a meme called Book Blogger Hop and obviously I joined. It's a great idea, because it gives blogs that are not widely read a chance to get more readers. Anyway to learn more about it go go here http://www.crazy-for-books.com/2010/04/book-blogger-hop-april-2-april-8-2010.html  .

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Poison Book Review

Author: Chris Wooding
Publication Date: 9/01/06
Grade: A
Gender: Female and Male
Age: 12+
Genre: Fantasy and Adventure
    Wow, this book was so good. The whole entire book Poison was doing something exciting. I can't really say anything bad about it except that around page 50 I got kind of bored, but that is only because I was reading like 10 other books. Anyway I can't say anything bad about it. There was never any points in the story where the heroine wasn't doing anything. Some parts were truely very creepy, like when she went to the spider realm. Since I hate spiders it absolutely creeped me out, I kept looking over my shoulder to make sure a big spider wasn't behind me. You know who the character Poison reminded me of? She reminded me of Coraline, I just don't know why, but she did. Sometimes I thought Poison was a little to stubborn, sometimes her choises made me mad, but that's ok, it just means I got really into the book. Half way through the book I thought I had the end predicted, but no it was way different. They brought a nice little fairy tale into something way different. The climax and ending was just so creative. Imagine, everybody's lives were written by one person, it was just a great idea. I liked when she tried to kill herself everyone else was dying too, good idea. While the book while I as reading it, I thought Peppercorn was Poison sister. When they said it was really the traveler, I thought it was kind of funny. There was so much irony in this book. Out of all the characters I think Bram was the best, he was kind and he didn't have anything about him that really made him not likeable. I love all the murders that went on near the end, it was fun! I loved the spider queen lady person thing, she was so cool, I love insane people. I liked the ending too, I won't say the very ending, because I already gave away so much, but it was good. So as you can tell I like this book.

Hazel by Julie Hearn- April 2010

Time for a third book. Ok because nothing is really happening with the book of the month I have an idea. If you read or have read this book on May 1st you can type a review in the comments and I can post it. Oh ya sorry I can't have cool prizes, I don't have enough money barely to even buy the books I read.

Sweet but dull - that's how life has always been for Hazel Louise Mull-Dare. With money pouring in from the family's Caribbean sugar plantation, a father who spoils her rotten, and no pressure to excel in anything whatsoever, her future is looking as prim and proper as one of her hats. But on the day of the Epsom Derby - June 4th, 1913 - everything changes. A woman in a dark coat steps out in front of the King's horse, dying days later from her injuries. Who was she and why did she do it? Hazel is determined to find out. But finding out leads her into worse trouble than she could ever have imagined. It leads to banishment. To secrets that have festered, and a shame that lingers on. To madness and misunderstanding in the place where sugar cane grows. Sweet but dull - that's how life used to be for Hazel Louise Mull-Dare. Not any more.

A Curse Dark as Gold Book Review

Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce
Publication Date: 3/01/08
Grade: A
Gender: Female
Age: 11+
Genre: Historical and Fantasy
       I absolutely loved this book. It was just so good, I was practically drooling over the pages in happiness. This book wasn't even close to the story Rumpelstiltskin, but it was still so good. It was so hard thinking about a bad thing in this book, but i found one very small thing. I got a little confused when they were telling Uncle Wheeler's story, but it's ok because I got it soon enough, but other then that it was brilliant. I love the idea that Rumpelstiltskin was really a ghost hunting the mill. In fact I don't really like the original story, I like this one much better. The main character, Charlotte Miller, was a good role model, in my eyes. She was strong, hardworking, and she was not willing to give up on anything. She was just so cool. All the characters are very well developed and when bad things happened I worried about them. I even liked the character Jack Spinner (John Simple), he wasn't even that bad. I loved hearing about all the town superstitions. The character Randall, was awesome too. I usually don't like too much romance in novels, but their romance was fun, but I wished Charlotte didn't distant herself from him in some parts. Near the end I almost thought she was going to choose the mill over her baby, but of  course she found a way to save both. I thought it was interesting that they didn't include the guessing the name part in the book, she just convinced John Simple to go to his son, the poor guy, I really felt sorry for him, after all his life was very cruel. Anyway I absolutely loved this book, as you can see I just couldn't put it down and I will definitely pick up the authors next book when it comes out.