Sunday, August 17, 2014

Control by Lydia Kang

         Hey, everyone! It's Maria. I'm trying to revive my blog. I don't have time to film a video review of every book that I read, but I'd really like to try and review more of them here. 
         Today's review is of a book I read a long time ago and wrote a review on, but never posted it. Hope you enjoy!
Control by Lydia Kang is the book we're talking about today. Before I get started on my review, here is the Goodreads summary:
                    "When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.
                     A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes."
          I really loved the science behind this novel! It was really interesting to hear all of the explanations were given for why things were the way they were (vague, I know, but anything more would be a spoiler) - though I do think that a little more explanation and world-building would have been nice, which I'll elaborate on a bit later..
          In the beginning, the characters were really hard to relate to and care about. After I got more into the story, I really started liking some of the characters, but I had no emotonal connection or attachment to Dyl (Zel's sister), which made it hard for me to understand Zel's drive to get her back. Cyr was so offensive in the beginning of the book, but I really liked his character once you could tell that he was starting to like Zel. 

          I also had a problem with the world building - we were kinda just thrown into it and expected to figure stuff out for ourselves (which can sometimes be good, but it worsened the novel in some ways because it wasn't done quite right). I loved the writing, though - it was easy to read and I could really picture everything in my mind quite vividly as it was happening. 
Overall it was a 3.5 stars for me, and I had fun reading it.

Talk to y'all later!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Anthem by Ayn Rand

     Hey you guys! So today I am here for my review of Anthem by Ayn Rand. I had to read this for my history class, and I really enjoyed it. About 3.5-4 stars for me.
I loved the messages of Anthem. The ending was beautifully done and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I also loved the use of "we". Overall, the novel was incredibly well done. I definitely recommend checking it out!
     The reason I docked a few stars: the writing style felt detached to me, and I didn't feel that I was consistently connected to the story. Rather than feeling like I was in the story the whole time, sometimes I felt like an outsider who was interested in what was going on, but couldn't clearly see and understand everything. Sometimes I did feel like I was totally in the story and I really connected with it, and other times I felt the opposite. 
     The world was developed more over time, but at first the reader is just thrown into the story, and it is a bit disorienting in the first chapter. After that, though, it gets much easier to read and understand.
     As I said before, I definitely recommend reading it! It's pretty short, and quite intriguing. 

     Let me know what you thought down below. I'll talk to you guys later! :) Bye!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Finding Home by Lauren K. McKellar

"When Amy’s mum dies, the last thing she expects is to be kicked off her dad’s music tour all the way to her Aunt Lou in a depressing hole of a seaside town. But it’s okay — Amy learned how to cope with the best, and soon finds a hard-drinking, party-loving crowd to help ease the pain.

The only solace is her music class, but even there she can’t seem to keep it together, sabotaging her grade and her one chance at a meaningful relationship. It takes a hard truth from her only friend before Amy realises that she has to come to terms with her past, before she destroys her future.”

Hey, guys! Today I have a review of Finding Home by Lauren K. McKellar.
Firstly, I’d like to say that this book does deal with some heavier themes – drugs, alcohol, sex, underage drinking, cheating, and more. If those themes bother you tremendously, I do not recommend reading this novel. I was incredibly confused about how I felt about this book - I really did not enjoy the first three quarters of it, but the ending somehow made up for that a little bit. Before I get into the negatives, I’ll talk about the things that I did enjoy. I loved the writing style – the author is very talented in that aspect. It was easy to read and understand. Her writing really helped the main character’s personality shine through and added a lot of depth to her character. I also loved the last 20 pages of this novel (which is about 118 pages). It wrapped up really well and the main character, Amy, finally stood up for herself and stopped being annoying. This leads me to the negatives. I hated the main character throughout most of the novel. She fell for really stupid things; she was also whiney, annoying, frustrating, and a bit dull. It was like the author was manipulating Amy ‘s traits to be very bad so that she could move the plot along. Quite a few events that happened in this novel (which I will not reveal because those would be spoilers) frustrated me. They did not seem realistic and it was really hard to push through some of those chapters. All in all, however, the author really managed to wrap up the story very well and managed to make me enjoy the last part. Some people might really enjoy this kind of story – it was not quite my cup of tea, but in the end I gave it 3 out of 5 stars because the writing style and awesome ending made up for the first ¾ of the book.