Book review: Faceless

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Damnnnn bookworms,

I’m back at it again with the blog posts, it’s been way to long. Today I am going to write a book review on ‘Faceless’ by Alyssa Scheinmel. The book follows Maisie, who after waking up from an induced coma, discovers half her face has burnt off in an electrical fire (Yup, this isn’t some light and easy contemporary novel). Her nose, cheeks, and chin have completely disappeared, together with the rest of her life. She used to be a runner on the track team, and now she can barely walk. As Maisie discovers how much her looks shaped her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what ‘lucky’ really means.

I picked this book up after browsing my local (and only) bookstore for 45 minutes. Too awkward to leave without buying anything, I grabbed this book of its shelf because the cover looked amazing and the title stood out. The blurb was short but intriguing, and after seeing the amazing rating on Goodreads, I walked to the till without hesitating once (and I’m glad I didn’t, because boy, this book is a very special snowflake). The second I came home I started reading the book, only to finish it two days later. Needless to say, I enjoyed it.

I liked Maisie as a protagonist, she was cool and very honest. I also liked the fact that she was angry after she had her accident, instead of grateful that it was her and not one of her loved ones. She didn’t want to be one of those super inspiring people who pick their lives up merrily after almost dying, and she wasn’t. All of this made her seem very real, because I don’t think most people would be of the inspiring kind, at least, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be. After reading all of this you wouldn’t think Maisie would be a drama queen, alas, the opposite is true. Some scenes and situations were unnecessarily complicated and messy because of this. But, she earned the right to be dramatic, I mean, her face got burned off, what did you expect?

The side characters were good too, in exception of one (but he only popped up at the end of the book and didn’t have a very prominent role, so you’re good). Nearly all the side characters were yer big olde stereotypes. The worried and overbearing mother, the depressed, silent father, and the supportive best friend. This was something I didn’t really mind, since they were written well anyways. I also liked her boyfriend, he was a complex character. All in all I enjoyed this book, but it didn’t have that special factor what makes me give a book four stars. It was an unique tale and I kept thinking about it for quite some time, but it didn’t blow my mind like Illuminae or More Happy Than Not. So, 3.5 stars for Faceless it is. I recommend to everyone who’s into contemporary books, or is in the mood for something a little different. I hope you enjoyed this review!

Bye, Sophie

P.s We hit 150 bookworms recently, a fact which makes me incredibly happy. This blog is growing so quickly, it’s only months since there were only a mere 100 of us crawling along cyberspace. I’d like to thank everyone (including you, yes, you) for reading my blog, and I am very excited for the posts to come!

 

Book review: Seed

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Hello, bookworms

Today I am going to post a book review on Seed by Lisa Heathfield. I am very excited to write this because I have quite a lot of things to say regarding the book, and I haven’t written a review in a long time.  I am writing this post during my free period, so I am going to try and squeeze it all out in 50 minutes, wish me luck! (this book review is spoiler free)

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The Blurb (because thinking of one yourself is hella hard, also the Goodreads description kinda sucks)

Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go.

‘Trust us’

The Kindreds tell Pearl and so she does.

Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S.

But when a new boy from the Oustide arrives, Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed. A darkness from which she must escape, before it’s too late.

The review:

First things first, I absolutely love this cover! The amazing colour theme is, well, amazing, and the fact that the book has a shiny texture makes me want to stare at it for hours at a time. Now onto the real review starting with the characters.

I disliked the main character, Pearl, she was stubborn and naïve, and I have the feeling she stopped the story from moving along. But even though I didn’t like her (and I actually think you are not supposed to), I do believe she was the perfect narrator for this story. And that is the thing about this book, you are bound to hate some of the characters (and their traits), but they are all there for a reason (and fit the story perfectly). I really loved Papa S, the Kindreds and Kate. The first two are amazing baddies, they made my toes curl, and Kate reminded me of what I would do if I was a resident at Seed.

This book has a very dark story, it starts off happy at the seemingly perfect, always cheerful community of Seed. But because of the writing style and the voice of Pearl, you quickly start noticing that something is wrong. For the first part of the book, you just can’t figure out what that thing is, even though the uncanny feeling and the dark history of Seed keep popping up and start underlying everything. The little fragments (which are amazing, by the way) from the perspective of one other member, boosts the creepiness factor a lot.

This book has a slow pace, instead of making me feel like it’s running off a hill with two jets attached to the pages, it gives me a feeling it’s walking, nay, trudging through the story. Despite this, I couldn’t stop reading, because of the sense of wrongness in the book and wanting to find out where it comes from.

But after a while, in combination with the pace of the plot, the story starts to get repetitive. Because of Pearl’s character traits, you still don’t know what has happened and is happening at Seed, and no big event takes place other than Pearl getting mad at Ellis all the time. And it stays like this for 75% of the book, needless to say it drove me crazy (I wanted to stop reading but the story remained addictive, *AAAARRGG*). Don’t get me wrong, the story needed to be boring at times and not make sense in order to make it good, BUT WHY SO LONG?

When stuff finally did start happening, it disappointed me, I love the mystery behind Seed, but the way I found out was meh, and the ending was awful.

Another thing I don’t like about this book is that there is going to be a part two. The things that are supposed to happen in that sequel, would have easily fitted in this part. In fact, I even expected them to happen.

The world building was great, and it was cool to see Seed from Pearl’s perspective, whilst knowing what she saw wasn’t true and having a different opinion myself. And when she finally started to realise that this was the case, I actually did a happy dance in my room, the story finally could move on! Unfortunately the book was nearly over and the only thing left was a shitty ending and a second book which shouldn’t be there in the first place. But the place Lisa Heathfield created felt very real to me, even though the chances of it existing are slim.

All in all I liked the story of Seed, but I believe the execution could have been done a lot better. I don’t think I’ll be reading part two. My rating for this book is three out of five stars.

Hope you enjoyed this rather long review, I have written it in exactly 50 minutes, making it the quickest review I have ever written (and also the longest). So kudos to you if you made it this far and I hope you enjoyed!

Bye, Sophie

P.S Lisa Heathfield, the author of this book, favorited a tweet of mine on twitter a few days ago!

P.S.2 I have a twitter, go follow me there for updates about my blog, quotes, and loads of ramblings about it being Friday or me wanting it to be Friday. Although I don’t think Lisa will be favoriting one of my tweets any time soon, oops, sorry Lisa.

Book review: Ready Player One

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BAMMMM!! instantly alert by the humongous ear-deafening crash, I look up, and the first thing I see is RED. Red on the walls, red on the celling, red on the bed, and red on the book in my hand I just read. My head is jumping, racing, walloping, all together swallowing (not literally) me in the craziness it is now trying to hold. Slowly, slowly, I move my hand up. Up to my shoulder, neck, ear, hair. When I pull back, it is covered in warm, sticky blood. Before I lose it, I look down one more time to the book on my lap that just blew my mind.

P.s Dear Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, I love you very dearly, and please know I don’t hold any grudge in the slightest for you blowing up my mind in to a gazillion tiny pieces.

Hello, Bookworms

Today I am going to review a very special book, as you may or may not just have read. After a few weeks of letting the story sink in and duct taping my mind back together, my opinion remains the same, Ready Player One is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It is right up with The Knife of Never Letting Go,  Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda and even Harry Potter *gasp*. Keep reading if you want to know why, (haha lol, just joking, this is going to be a huge heap of fangirling mess. )

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Let’s start with my favorite aspect about this book THE WORLDBUILDING! This book sets place in two worlds, the ‘real world’, the one where you and me live, only set in 2044 (and slightly more shitty). And ‘The Oasis’,  a computer generated dream world  a huge videogame, database, chatroom, e-reader, school, workspace, and simulation, in one. Basically it’s the entire world and (from a readers perspective) amazing. You can log into the Oasis using your haptic gloves and visor, so it is a kind of virtual reality, I can’t describe it any better than this (tip: read the book to know more). The detail put in to The Oasis is mind-blowing (see above), it is at the level of Harry Potter, and also the reason why I adore both the books so much. But no worries, even though you do not get to see much of the ‘real world’, it feels very alive and 3-D too. And because it is set in 2044 you can recognize issues and stuff that play in the world today whilst it’s still new.

(This is the point where I realized this book review was going to be huge, so if you don’t to keep reading (but please do), you can scroll to the end where I convince you to read this book.)

There were only two things I found a little less about the book and those are both the romance aspects and all the pop culture references to the eighties. Both the Romance plots were relatively small and slightly cheesy, and not so fleshed out as the rest of the book. And don’t get me wrong, I love pop culture, and I have nothing against the eighties. but the thing is that I wasn’t around back then so I didn’t get all the, rather frequent, references.

This is the point where I could go on (and on and on and on) about the amazeballzz characters and their relations, the thoughtful paragraphs about how important your appearance actually is, the perfect pacing, the suspense and plot without being too ‘plotty’ (if you get what I mean), the overall funniness, and the best ‘last battle’ EVER. But this book review already is huge, and to avoid it being even bigger, I am going to stop (but if you’d like to read it I’d be happy to post a second, more detailed review). I am going to give this book 5 stars (duh),  buy this book and read it (and if you haven’t got the money rob a bank). It is worth it, believe me, I am saying this after scrubbing pieces of my own brain and blood from the walls.

Bye, Sophie

P.s Do you like my new style of reviewing books? Let me know in the comments!

Bookreview: Before I Fall

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 “Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through your fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.” 

Good morning,  bookworms

I was very eager to read the New York Times Bestseller: ‘Before I Fall’. It was praised by Jay Asher, the author of one of my favorite books (‘Thirteen Reasons Why’) and it has won multiple prizes.

My Blurb

This book is about a girl, Samantha Kingston, and according to Juliet, a bitch. Juliet isn’t the only one with that opinion, Rob, Anna, and probably the rest of the school think about Samantha the same way. A bitch is not the only thing Sam is, she is popular too, unfortunately. According to the premise I thought this book was going to be a juicy guilty pleasure, a mix between the film ‘Mean Girls’ and the series ‘Pretty Little Liars’, but boy, was I wrong. After Sam dies in a car crash she relives the same day again, again and again. And every time a different version. Why does this happen? What has she done? And how can she stop this? Join Sam on her heart-wrenching, tear-drenching, prize-winning, and incredibly beautiful journey, before she falls.

Characters

Every author has his or her strong point, something in which they are the very best, and I have the feeling that creating good characters is that of Lauren Oliver. I liked the main character, Samantha Kingston, a lot. It was fun to crawl into the brain of someone who was unpopular in the past but very popular when the book starts. I also didn’t mind the very Tumblr-esk quotes that rolled out of her mouth sometimes. The character development was spot on. Not only that of Sam but also all the others too. She is someone you really sympathize with. I also liked the fact you barely knew anything about her in the beginning of the story, but that you discovered more and more through the book. The other characters where good too, I especially liked Lindsay and Juliet’s mom.

Plot

This book starts off fun, then it turns boring, and after that it just gets really, really sad. Some bits where incredibly cheesy, and others huge clichés. Yep, the plot wasn’t all too great. The thing I liked best was how every version of the same day fitted together seamlessly.

Overall Reading Experience

Despite the plot the book was an interesting read, I thought the concept quite unique, but I heard that it is similar to the film Groundhog Day. The book is written by Lauren Oliver, she is 32 years old and loves fuzzy slippers and ketchup. Other books that she has written are ‘Vanishing Girls’, ‘Panic’, and ‘Delirium’, I think I will look into those. Before I Fall was a very quick read, I finished it in a day. Before I Fall gets 3.5 out of 5 stars. I am quite disappointed with this book, it isn’t bad but I expected way more.

If you would have to relive one day for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Bye, Sophie

Bookreview: If I Stay

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Hello bookworms,

Today I am going to write a book review on “If I Stay”, by Gale Forman.  If it had not snowed that night it might not have happened, if her mom didn’t call off work that morning it might not have happened,  if Mia had not closed her eyes that day it might not have happened, if only the cars didn’t crash, Mia wouldn’t have had the question, if I stay. But she does, her parents are dead, her brother maybe too, and she, she doesn’t know what state she’s in. Her life is ruined , but her best friend and her boy friend are waiting. The choice to live or not to live is her hers, and now she must choose.

Characters

Mia is a Young Adult, but not only because of her age. She is a typical YA character, in love with a twat (sorry Adam), and as pretentious as one can be: She picked up the cello when she was eight because it seemed human, she is so different from her family because she prefers classical music, and when her parents tell a story her imagination is so vivid it feels like she’s been there. ARGGGGHHH! It is so irritating to read a whole story from the perspective of such a character. YA authors always tend to make fairly normal characters with a few special traits, not realizing that maybe violet eyes are bit to much (yes, I have actually read a book about a girl with violet eyes and red curly hair with blonde highlights) Her boyfriend Adam is exactly the same, because trying to break into intensive care isn’t  stupid and dangerous for the people lying in there but just heroic. I kind of like the other characters in the book, and I really like the punk culture which they live in, but again, the contrast with Mia and the people she knows is just too big.

Plot

The plot is rather shitty, the biggest cliffhanger for me is told in the synopsis. The title of the book is: ‘If I Stay’ and I guessed the answer to that even before I started reading. I would like to spend more time talking about the plot, but there isn’t really one.

Overall reading experience

This book is, just as Mia, all the way YA. It has a YA cover, a YA writer, and loads of readers who are fond of YA. But I am not really into YA books, they just aren’t my thing, so I dislike everything that people like about this book. I am not going to read part two of this book: ‘Where She Went’ or any other book of Gayle Forman. And I give it a…2.5 out of five, it was an OK story to read before bed but it just isn’t for me, but if you do like YA books you will love it.

Bye, Sophie

 

Bookreview: 13 Reasons Why

Hello bookworms,

Today I am going to write a book review about 13 Reasons Why, Clay was excited when he found a mysterious brown package on his doorstep, but he was mortified when he found out who it was from. Hannah Baker sent the package, you know, the girl who was the love of his life and killed herself 14 days ago. The package contains 13 tapes recorded by Hannah herself, she says there are 13 reasons why she killed herself, and if you are listening this tape right know, you are one of them. If Clay wants to find out why Hannah accuses him of killing her, he just has to click play.

Characters

I have to start of by saying that I love Hannah, I love her voice, I love her personality and I love her as storyteller. She is one of those characters you wish never die. That’s one of the main reasons why I love this book, when you start reading you don’t know her and she is already dead, but by listening to/reading the tapes you will miss her and know her better than 95% of all the living characters you have ever read about. The other  main reasons why I love this novel is that Hannah is so…understandable,  when you start the book you think: ‘Ugh no, another pretentious teen who killed herself.’ But after reading the book you understand her choices and feel depressed for a few days. The supporting character, Clay, is okay, but I think he has a too big role in the story. I felt like skipping his bits and going back to Hannah again, also I don’t like his reactions to the things Hannah said, they were too big, t0o exaggerated and too often.

Plot

I liked the plot of the story, the reasons pile up, from illogical to logical, and at the end you see all the connections. I especially enjoyed the ending and her last words, with which the author managed to sum up the entire book in one sentence. I kind of wish that I would have taken my time reading the book instead of binge-reading it. Because it was kind of short and it would have been even more meaningful and impressive if I had read it slowly. I also enjoyed the real end, because I think it was a very clever way of telling the moral of the story.

Overall Reading Experience

I really enjoyed this book, it is definitely one of my favorites, I even like it better then ‘Butter!’ by Erin Lange (see my previous reviews), I think this book is very original and thought out, it even almost made me cry! (I have never in my life cried because of a book). I love the colour of the cover of the book, I can’t see it on this photo of the cover, but it is silver and shiny.  I do find it a shame that they put the tiny reviews on the front and that the colored the i and the e red, I think that that makes it look messy. In the book, Hannah keeps mentioning a map, which The Reasons can follow to find out more about here story. Whilst reading the book I really hoped there would be a map on the internet which I could download but, unfortunately peanut cheese, there wasn’t one. I am going to give this book a…4.7! I rated it a 4.7 because it was better than Butter but worse than Harry Potter, I hope you enjoyed!

Bye, Sophie

P.S I have created a twitter account! @soofthebookworm , I made it for those tiny useless updates like these, so I don’t have to use PS’s all the time. But I am going to keep track of what I am reading too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bookreview: Geek Girl

Hello, bookworms!

Today I am going to write a review about the book Geek Girl. Harriet is a geek, her nemesis Alexa says so, her stalker Toby says so, even her bag points it out. GEEK. It was fine for a long time, but now Harriet thinks its time for a change. So when she gets found by a famous modelling agency she grabs her chance, whilst accidentally losing her best friend and wannabe model Natalie.

Characters

I really really love the main character, Harriet. She is funny, smart, and most of all a real geek. And with real I don’t mean ‘Oh my god, look at me! I wear glasses, lol!’ but having the English dictionary on your bed side table and knowing a cat has 32 muscles in each ear. The other characters are the same as Harriet, cliches with original personalities. Except her step-mom and dad, who aren’t a cliche. Her dad is an excited, happy, person (I can’t help but to compare him with a puppy) whilst her step-mom is a cold-blooded smart women. Harriet and her family are my unequivocal favorite family (I may have googled that word).

Plot

The plot is bad, you already know the life lesson by reading the cover. I Saw every ‘unexpected’ plot twist coming from a mile away. But I won’t be too harsh, it is kids book and the writers of kids books usually don’t make the plot to surprising because then the kids can guess the plot themselves and feel good about it (Like i did). Don’t get me wrong, even though I guessed the plot I still enjoyed reading the book.

Overall Reading Experience

The overall reading experience is good, the pacing is fast but nice, it’s the kind of pacing you would expect from this kind of book. The font irritated me, the letters where big and round which gave me the feeling I was reading a kids book (which it is). This book is not original, inspiring, or innovative, it is one big cliche written by a funny author who gave the characters a personality. And that’s why I give this book a…3.5! I recommend this book to everyone between the 10 and 14 because it is a quick and easy read which will always make you laugh.

Goodbye, Sophie!