Review: If I Stay (Gayle Forman)

I had seen some reviews for this book around but wasn’t really interested to read it, until I got a copy from my subscription to Literary Box, a local startup where you get a surprise book package every three months (or so). It was there and it looked interesting enough so I read it.

The problem I had with this book was that the premise of the book was all laid out beforehand. Reading it, I knew there was going to be an accident, I knew Mia’s whole family were going to die. I knew Mia will have to decide whether or not she lives, and in a way I sort of knew what she was going to choose because… well, there’s a second book!

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Review: The Girl with All the Gifts (M. R. Carey)

This book. THIS BOOK! It’s my favorite book of the year.

I grabbed a copy after reading a very vague short review on Book Riot. The back cover intrigued me. I delved in without knowing much about the book, and it was a great decision. The thing is, a lot of people would shy away from this book once they know what it’s supposed to be about. If I had known, I wouldn’t have read it at all. This is why whenever I recommend this book, I tell people NOT to look for information about it. Don’t look at the categorization because it will spoil the book. And even if you have found out what it’s about… please read it anyway, because this book is about so much more.

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Write On Review-a-Thon {11}

Well, it’s been a good year of reading for me, but I haven’t been nearly as good with the reviews. Luckily I still have a chance to redeem myself and what better way to do it than joining the Write On review-a-thon!

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Write On Review-a-Thon

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s time dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Saturday, December 20th and Sunday, December 21st. Let’s get those reviews done!

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Review: The Giver (Lois Lowry)

Whoa! The third book in my 30 Before 30 Reading List! This was a quick and easy read, in part because it’s a middle-grade book, but mostly because it was well-written and the story so captivating that I simply refused to put it down until I finished. Luckily it didn’t take as many hours as Room did.

The Giver is all the rage, of course, because there’s a movie coming up based on it, and of course you should always read the book before you see the movie (well, I’m not that strict with that rule, but still… I found myself looking all over for the book just so I could read it as soon as possible). From what I gathered by seeing the trailer, though, the movie won’t be anything like the book, because they’ve aged Jonas to appeal to the teen market, quite like what they did with Ella Enchanted, and made several plot changes, it seems. Oh well.The trailer looks promising though, and it will probably be a good movie if you try and forget that it’s based on the book, I suppose.

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Review: Room (Emma Donoghue)

I remember the first time I read the synopsis for Room, a few years back. It was the month’s chosen read for one of my Goodreads groups. I remember thinking how intriguing the synopsis sounds and adding it on my wishlist, but that was it. I never actually picked up a copy. Until I found someone in yet another Goodreads group that had books to sell/swap, and Room was on her list. I decided it’s time to go for it, and bought Room along with some other books that have been on my wishlist for a while.Continue reading →

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Review: The Survival Kit (Donna Freitas)

One of my friends on Goodreads was my best friend back in high school. We haven’t spoken to each other for a long while but she’s quite an avid reader with tastes similar to mine, so every now and then I would stalk her Goodreads shelves to see if something catches my interest. This time around, I saw that she had created a shelf called “Death and Dying” which contained books that were somehow related to death and dying. Notable examples? The Fault in Our Stars, A Walk to Remember, If I Stay. And then there’s The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas.Continue reading →

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Review: Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine)

Once I finished reading 1984, I felt like I needed something that would be easier to read, preferably with a lot of happy moments, and definitely a happy ending. So I looked at my shelves, and my recently purchased, brand new copy of Ella Enchanted (with extras!) was staring back at me. This was possibly the easiest what-to-read-next decision I’ve ever made.Continue reading →

Ella Enchanted Book Cover Title: Ella Enchanted Author: Gail Carson Levine Pages: 232 pages

How can a fairy's blessing be such a curse?

At her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy's gift--the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head!

But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. She goes on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and handsome princes, determined to break the curse--and live happily ever after.

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Review: 1984 (George Orwell)

To read George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 has been on my bucket list since forever, and I’m not even sure why. I suppose it’s because these two books are iconic and they are referenced quite often. This is especially true for 1984. Who hasn’t heard/used the phrase “be careful, Big Brother is watching you” or something similar? I read Animal Farm last year, and I’m glad to finally have read 1984 as well. I also have a vain reason why I really wanted to read 1984: it’s the year I was born. Continue reading →

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Review: Cinder (Marissa Meyer)

I don’t know how this happened. I was supposed to be reading 1984 and The Pilgrim’s Progress. I have a list of 30 books that I have to read before November 13. This book is not on that list! Okay, so I’ve seen some reviews of this series and I saw Cress in the bookstore the other day. I’ve been thinking about fairy tale retellings, and this was certainly an interesting one, so I got the e-books. Then, one night I was trying to read 1984 but I’m currently reading the part where Winston was reading a non-fiction book and it’s really hard to get through (mostly because I keep thinking how much the things written there make sense, but that would be in my review for 1984), and I decided I need to read something else, and I decided to give Cinder a go. I was going to read only a chapter or two each night, but it was… so good!Continue reading →

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Review: The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

Let me start by saying just how much I love the cover of this book in the version I own, which is published by Vintage. I think it’s a lot prettier than the original first edition cover. The cover was part of the reason why I got this book a few years back. Another reason was that a friend had read it and was raving about it. Also, I was waiting for my flight at an airport and I decided I wanted to buy a book, and decided to get this one. I then proceeded to read the first 20 or so pages, and never got back to reading it again, until now… and I’m really glad I did.Continue reading →

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