Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Overloaded

October has been a very bad bad month for reviewing. New job means seriously lack of time or energy to write up the reviews for the books I've read but I promise to write a buck load of reviews very very soon.

Beth

Friday, 12 October 2012

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cakes - Aimee Bender


On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother—her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother—tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose. 
The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden—her mother’s life outside the home, her father’s detachment, her brother’s clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up she learns to harness her gift and becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern. 



Usually I am attracted to books because of there cover but this time the cover played no part in my choice. The reason why I chose this book was because of its title, i mean come on it's pure genius. Who the hell doesn't want to read a book with such an intriguing title.

At the heart of this book, it's really a family story. It is told in retrospect by Rose Edelsteine,the protagonist of the book. I really love Rose's voice, not only was she smart but she has a way of patching bits of the story together even when the evens took place years apart.

Despite Rose's awesome power (the ability to taste people's emotions through their cooking) the story is not about that but it's about the family and the secrets they all keep. This story started out extremely promising, I was totally engrossed but around half way through the book it comes to a grinding stop of a sort where nothing really happens. At that point I was going to stop reading but the mystery of what next pushed me through until the end.

To be honest nothing really happens in this book, there are no adventures or star-crossed lovers or even anything that remotely gets your pulse kicking. Its just a story of a family who keep a facade of happiness and a girl who is forced to conform to that picture even when she knows that things aren't always as positive as they pretend to be.

The verdict

I am sort of divided about the book, in one had I love the fact that this is not some elaborate tale of time travel or yet another dystopian book because it makes the whole book seem more believable but at the same time I am slightly disappointing that it didn't really live up to my expectations.

Overall

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.  

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Incarnate [Incarnate #1] – Jodi Meadows



"There was no telling if I’d be reborn when I died, but the waltz began and ended with my four notes. He’d built the music around things that reminded him of me. And now this name. My name. "

Synopsis:

Ana is a new soul. In a world where every soul has been reincarnated for five thousand years she is something new, unwanted, a nosoul. Rejected by her mother for replacing  an old soul she is forced to leave home at 18 to find the reason why she had never lived before.

Review:

I actually read this book in a day but only because I actually did nothing else today. This book made me feel confused, annoyed, scared, out of control, in love and every other emotion my teenage hormones could provide. I spent hours reading this book only letting it go to answer the call of nature and I must say it was the best 5 plus hours I had spent in a long long time.

Ana is a lovely voice to listen to, she had the rebellious spirit of a teen and the innocence of a child that made me love her instantly. At times her helplessness frustrated the hell out of me but that added to how much I related to her. Half the time I got the urge to reach into the book and hit her mother for treating her like crap and as for her relationship with Sam.. Sigh… it had my heart beating, my palms sweating and wanting to be Ana.

So let me explain, Ana is a new soul but upon her birth she replaces an older soul ‘Ciana’ for that her father runs away when she is born and her mother acts the part of the wicked stepmother. In the world where everyone has lived five thousand years being a new soul is awkward, she has to learn to talk, read and everything else which people have been learning for thousands of years. You see in Meadows’ world people remember their past lives, jobs, even the way they died so when they are about thirteen they leave home and take place in the Heart  [the city where they live]. So there are loads of creepy  teens talking with the voice of  a five thousand year old person.

I guess that is the one thing I had a problem with the book and I realise it is probably intentional after all Sam is thousands of years old while Ana is only 18 but it felt like some of their interactions were between a father and his extremely naive daughter. Meadows deserves a massive congratulations for creating a world that was not only technologically typical of a dystopian world but enough myth and medieval background to make it rich in culture.

The very concept of this book is to die for, well to be incarnated for in this case. When I picked this book up I was so drawn into the cover, I did not even bother to read the synopsis but I am so glad I picked it up.

It's simply beautiful.

So here comes the verdict

Now that I have rambled on about how much I love this book, let's get to the nitty gritty. There is no question how much I loved this book and there is also no question as to whether I am going to wait for the next one with impatience. This book is pure genius from the unique and refreshing plot line with the lovable character.

Overall:

I give this book 4.5 out of 5, it was amazingly fascinating and a bloody good read.





Product Details
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
Author's Website: www.jodimeadows.com
ISBN-10: 0062060759
ISBN-13: 978-0062060754

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

In My Mailbox #3




This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.

I have been waiting for this for a whole week but finally got it today and the best damn think is I saved a hell lot of money.



Started work this week, I've been so busy with it that I haven't had time to read anything but since a year off university means no more exams and studying for an entire year to read and relax, Yaye.

Anyway the greatest thing about working is I get books for 59p which makes me generally ecstatic even without the amazing library near by. So today in my mailbox I have stuff that I bought and stuff that I got from the library.

Library stuff


The Iron Daughter - Julie KagwaCarrier of the Mark - Leigh FallonThe Name of the Star - Maureen JohnnsonDark Parties - Sara GrantHereafter - Tara Hudson




Stuff I bought



A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
Beautiful Dead - Eden Mcguire
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender 

Thursday, 4 October 2012

The Hunger Games - Suzzane Collins

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Rating: 5 out of 5

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


I read The Hunger Games a when it first came out and had less fan fiction but fell of the wagon soon after, for some reason I could not bring myself to be one of the masses and follow the trend but I always wanted to know what happened. So when I found the lot for £5 online, well it seemed like it was about time.

I picked up this book and turned on put on my critic glasses, I wanted to prove that there was some hidden fault that I did not see the last time, something that made reading this book perhaps not as awesome as people have led themselves to believe but you know what I freaking loved it.

This book is not only action packed with a seriously kick ass protagonist but it also explored every human emotion to its absolute potential. This book is about family, friendship, love, hate and most of all survival. In a way its something we can all relate to which makes the whole thing so vivid that you might as well have been there to watch the whole damn thing. Lets talk about - Katniss. Holy cow this is one hell of a kick ass character, in fact she is so kick ass am sure even Chuck Norris will stop bench pressing the world just to watch her kick ass.

This book is fantastic, but I was hesitated to watch the movie after all Hollywood is freaking famous for destroying great books so last night I bite the bullet and read it. And damn, did Hollywood get this right for once, I absolutely loved it. 

The verdict

Not only was the book fantastic even the the movie was epic.

Overall

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars because it bloody well deserves it.