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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book review: Shatter Me
Page 40, 11% - I like this story so far. It's earth after some kind of tragedy that effects the whole planet. POV is Juliette in a prison who ends up sharing her cell with Adam whos about her age. She shows him how the system works while he in turn provide her with he comfort of a friend, a companion who she hasn't had in 200ish days. The writing style is descriptive and very artistic in a way it paints the picture clearly whether it be the weather, the four walled cell, her emotions and her thoughts. It's painted so vividly clear and imaginative. Little objects have bigger impacts, bigger meanings. Simplicity is rare.
"I wish I could stuff my mouth full of rain- drops and fill my pockets full of snow. I wish I could trace the veins in a fallen leaf and feel the wind pinch my nose."
13% - A girls who's hiding herself, blocking her emotions, her feelings, yet desperately reaching out for someone, Adam, to touch her to make her feel whole, feel human, feel normal, feel wanted. Probably to be loved, feelings she never got once her parents knew about her.
17% - A spy, betrayal, choosing sides. A boot in her spine. It's all too much all at once but all I can think of is what does Adam really think n feel? Does he remember Juliette from school? Because she does. Does he feel anything from her? Because her body aches his touch.
21% - All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart."
She's so emotionally wrecked! AllI had to do was open a book—to see the sto- ries bleeding from page to page. To see the memories etched onto paper. " .. "I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in his- tory; I experienced adolescence by associ- ation. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a be- ing comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction. They want to delete every point of punctu- ation in my life from this earth and I don’t think I can let that happen."
I wanted so badly to reach in n calm her soul and tell her everything will eventually be ok, it's ok, shhhhh.

4/21 10:50pm DONE
If I were to just read to title and expect an awesome read. That's impossible! But that's exactly what I got! An awesome read! The cover image is pretty n interesting. I'm awed by the writing. It's easy to read with a good flow. The story line is smooth with unexpected turns from one alley to the other. If I read the first few chapters and the last few and try to fill in the middle? I'm screwed because they don't seem to exist in the same story let alone the attitude and flow of both ends. My feelings for this book? My thoughts? Just two words, shatter ME! Book two please! In honesty I had mixed feelings for this read. I've read a few comments /reviews about this book and had mixed thoughts of what I wanted to do. Buy or not? Trust reviews? But decide a review should not determine my choice of dropping the book but read it with an open mind. And I did! And I'm dumbfounded by why some of the haters even attempt to read fiction if their mindset wasn't ready. The way of the writing isn't difficult at all to read but actually tells you and takes you straight into the mind of the characters, of their type of style. It's lends you a type of shadow where you can understand the characters better through their thought process. The writer may create a character but the characters themselves are a separate entity of the writer and this author does an awesome job with character development and giving each character their own set of personality that bleeds through the pages. I'm still so stuck on the image of Warner and Juliette but I'm rooting for Adam no matter what.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Book Review: The Winner's Crime

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Review: The Winner's Crime

Well I never liked the Capital in any book, they never are what they should be; a government you can really depend on. They are only looking out for their best interest. The Emperor reminds me of President Snow in The Hunger Games; deceiving, sneaky, mean, cold cold, COLD, So heartless at times and always lurking in your every conscious!
Krestel is such a strong woman. She's so brave to take risks but she's also very careless, always getting caught them the results of her punishment always directly hurts her, just not physically.
I hope The Emperor doesn't kill her pup that Verex got her.
My first impression of Verex was : immature but as the story was told, I find him so opposite of The Emperor. Is Verex even his son? Must of been a cold childhood for him. Luckily Risha was there. Was her story of betrayal by her older twin siblings?
I felt for Arin. He felt betrayed but her also loved her so much. For love, there is no prejudice. Whether he was a slave or she a noble, they both were head strong and very alike. Arin's cousin didn't very much like Krestel but between her people and his, slave vs owner, it's kind of hard., killing off each other and their loved ones.
I loved how the Queen of the south's castle is built, marble n stones, all the pretty stuff. Their punishment for Arin is laughable, so not what I thought of when Roshar kept insisting on the worst.
Krestel would of gotten to celebrate her eighteenth birthday in the capital. Her dad would of still loved her n their relationship would of gotten better somehow. Tensen would of still been alive if Arin didn't show up at the Capital.
Theory: I wonder if Krestel's dad doing what he did to protect her in a way; to get her away from the capital. Maybe he knew The Emperor would kill Krestel but would punish her. Maybe it was Krestel's dad's ideal to send her north. Maybe he would go there and send his men to protect her. Maybe I wanna see the good side of the General.
I knew Krestel's people have trained and grown up on little food before they conquered the Herrani people. But to here the Herran suffer is saddening. The water engineer is connivingly evil. But it could of all been the Emperor's orders. But what did she have against the Herrani people?
I hope Arin doesn't buy Krestel's lies and go find her. I hope someone protects her.
I hope the moth reaches Arin.

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Book Review: Bridge of Snow by Marie Rutkoski

Bridge of SnowBridge of Snow by Marie Rutkoski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The writing is awesome as always Arin was so mature for his age. Brightly clever and Handsome! If I were to tell the story of the stars, this is it! I wished though that his Amma didnt have to die like that.

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Book Review: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Review: The Winner's Curse

The story was well written. Whether it was sheer curiosity but I'm pretty sure the story flowed so well I couldn't stop reading until I realized it was 5AM!

Many things came to my mind as the book came to and end, when Krestel delivered Arin his choice of life or death for him and his people. Although it wasn't intended to turn out that way.

- did the general ever receive Krestel's letter? Did he fall for letter? Did it still indicated anything other than what she had said on the letter? Was that why the army was coming back as Krestel has guessed? Was the general with that crew?
- when the aristocrats were retrieved to back w Krestel, did she feel about it?
..did they also rescue her friend and all the sick n dying in the makeshift hospital?
..was her bff's bro and the other prisoners get rescued?
..what of the aristocrats like Krestel's bff's parents who went on vaca? Did they come back after all to Herran or straight to the capital?
..where all the rescued living the same or better or worse life than before the assault?
- how and when we're the Herran people sent as spies into the capital?
- has Krestel seen the Prince once she agreed to the King she would marry his son to save Herran?
..what exactly was Arin thinking when he let her escape to the Capitol

The General's place was luxurious nice. the Herrani people did live a good life. I wonder how their society would of been without Krestel's people. Would Krestel's people lived such a life without Herran?
The battle Krestel fought for Arin was a duel that is a too cruel but I'm glad she had a plan to win and the game she did.
I didn't find too much a resemblance between the story and The Bite and Sting game though there was many mentions of it.
Krestel's people sounded like savages who dressed like the Victorians.
People weren't born into slavery like these 'owners' seem to imply. I wished Krestel's bff had more of a better upbringing than thinking she's better than the rest. Privileged and the slaves were no attractive descriptions of a book I would of chosen to read. But the flow, the story line, the plot, the heart felt pains of being the protagonists and being there in their time was so surreal that it made me dive deep into the book.

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