Monday, May 9, 2011

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins - Obsessively Rereadable

 So, yesterday, I started and finished Hex Hall. I mean, WOW! It was an amazing book! Although, I must warn you, occasionally, there is some foul language.
So, Hex Hall is about a girl names Sophie Mercer, who is a witch; but, because she misused her powers, she is sent to Hecate Hall, which, they ironically nciknames Hex Hall. Take a moment to laugh out loud.... Okay, moving on. Hex Hall, as she puts it, is like a nicer juvie for members of the Prodigium(magical people): faeries, witches, and shape-shifters and one vampire. She is invited to join a coven with the most popular girls, but declines, and she befriends the school reject, Jenna, who is also the only vampire in school! She also has a crush on Archer, who is Elodie's boyfriend. Elodie is one of the three girls who invited her to be in their coven. Sophie's relationship with Archer is so well-written. They are really great friends because they get to bond during cellar duty, but you can tell they both want to be more than friends. She starts taking magic lessons from the ghost of her dead great-great grandmother, Alice. Then, attacks starts happening around school, but only members of the 'coven'. People think it is because of L'Occhio di Dio, a group determined to exterminate all Prodigium. I won't tell you the ending; but, woah! It was shocking!
I really liked this book and I only had one con. The cussing. I understand, since they were teens that they cussed, but I don't really like a lot of cussing in literature. But her humor and wit and sarcasm made the books funny and serious at the same time! It is almost the perfect book. It is relaxed, but serious, well-written, but easy to understand, and fictional, but real enough to relate to the character. The sequel to the book is Demonglass, and I cannot wait until it comes out in paperback so I can read and review it. I give this book a 4.9 out of 5 stars, but it is definitely going on my shelf of favorite books. Probably in my top five. 
I am absolutely obsessed with this book series, now. I will always want to reread it and I am going to hold on to this book series for the rest of my life. So, of course I recommend buying it! 
By the way, I want to marry Archer Cross.
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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray - Casual Reread

Hey, you guys! So, I FINALLY had some time to review A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. 
The book is about a girl named Gemma, whose mother is killed by the 'shadows'. She is shipped of the Spence Academy in London, where she keeps having these weird 'visions'. A guy names Kartik, keeps telling her to block the visions, unless she wants to put her family in danger. She also befriends some girls at the academy, Pippa, Ann, and Felicity. They start a group called "The Order" after the real Order. Gemma begins to take her friends through a type of Gateway into, I think they were called the realms. I won't spoil the ending and all that, but I have to say that the ending was a bit random, a bit fast, and a bit confusing.
The book started off a bit wobbly, if you know what I mean. In the beginning, the main character annoyed me right off the bat, the plot was a bit shaky, and it seemed like it was a bit slow and confusing. But, as it went on, I really got to know the character and see her mature through the whole book. I really liked her friendship with Ann, Felicity, and Pippa. Normally in books when the main character has an enemy, the have an enemy but they conquer him/her/them; but, in this book, she actually become friends with the girls she thought were her enemies! I thought it was great twist. I really didn't start really reading it with interest until I was a good fifty to sixty pages in (I am sorry I had to end that sentence with a preposition). Anyways, you really just have to push through the beginning until you get through the first fifty pages; not that the first few pages weren't interesting and that there wasn't any action; but, everything is just so new and confusing, I guess, that you are sort of bored. At least, that is how it was for me. In all, I thought it was a great book. She really turned it around in the end. I give it two thumbs up, as Cassidy Tucker would say. You guys should read it!
This book is rereadable in a "I'm going to go outside and reread a book." Not really in a "I'm gonna put off reading new books just to reread this one!"
This is a trilogy so there are two more books after it: Rebel Angels and The Sweet Far Thing.  
A Great and Terrible Beauty, the movie, is supposed to come out in 2013. Can't wait!
My next review will be on Hex Hall! Hope you enjoyed!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

39 Clues by Many, Many Authors - Rereadable or Readable (One way or the other)

Hey everyone! It's been a while and I have missed you! Anyways, I haven't done a book review in a while; although, I have been meaning to! I have been reading and buying quite a few books, but I have been having so many tests and essays, I just never find the time. So, here is a book review on the first two books from the 39 Clues series by a bunch of great authors: Book 1: The Maze of Bones + Book 2: One False Note.
So, I thought The Maze of Bones was really great, I mean, he totally introduced you to the character with GREAT foreshadowing. I loved his variety in vocabulary and it was just awesome!
So, basically, the series is about Amy (who is fourteen years old) and Dan (who is eleven years old) Cahill, who are siblings. The Cahill family is one of the most powerful family in the world, but no one really knows that because not all Cahills have the last name "Cahill". The Cahill family is split up into 4 branches (actually 5, but I am not supposed to know that yet because I am only one books 3. You can't blame a girl for looking it up on Google): Lucian, Ekaterina, Tomas, and Janus who were all Cahill siblings once, but had a huge fight and made the four branches. After Grace Cahill dies, she issues out a search for the 39 clues, that, supposedly, if found, could make you the most powerful person on Earth.
I loved the way he introduced everyone: Amy, Dan, Ian, Natalie, Irina, Alistair, the Holts, Nellie, Grace, Aunt Beatrice, Jonah, the Starling family, and so on. It would take quite a while for me to tell you who all of these characters are, so, that gives you even more incentive to read the series! 
In the first book (The Maze of Bones) they have to go Paris, France in search of the first clue), but people try to kill them. Plus, what is up with that creepy man in black?!? Shudder!
In the second book (One False Note) they have to go to Vienna, Austria and then Venice, Italy in search of the second clue (which has to do with Wolfang Mozart and Nannerl [his sister]). 
I loved the first two books and there are so many more in the series!
I do think that until you get to the end of the series, you should just check them out at the library or borrow them. Sometimes I like to borrow books and then if I love them I buy them afterwards.
 I can't wait to keep on reading! If you want more information, check out Wikepedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_39_Clues
I would like to thank my friend Kathryn, for letting me borrow the first four books! Thanks Kathryn!! (check out her blog: http://kkuharsbookblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/hunger-games.html?spref=gb it is awesome)
I will be doing a review on A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray soon, so wait just a little bit longer! Thanks for reading!