Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Book Review: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Silence
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush, Hush (Book #3)
Pages: 438
Year Published: 2011

“Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks- with no one knowing where she was or who she was with- she tries to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge he mom’s creepy new boyfriend.
But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.
And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.
Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers… and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.”

My Rating: 4/5

I was surprised that this book had so much to do with memory loss and looking back on the first two books. But I think it was the best way Becca Fitzpatrick could have tackled book three. In most series that I have read there is a down hill point, but these books have just about stayed in the same rating range. I think that this book was surprising in many ways, not only do we see Nora become a strong character, but the setting and her life changes quickly. I think that was the right way to go so there isn’t too much of a lead up but plenty of surprises. The only thing I didn’t like was how long it took for her to figure out some of the characters roles, I guess this is because we got to read about them in Crescendo while she has lost her memory.

Thanks for reading,
Sidny ♥♪♫

Spoiler: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

I actually wasn’t expecting how this book would be laid out, which for me made it that much more interesting. I loved that Nora lost her memory and she had to replay some of it with Patch, I only wish it hadn’t token so long for her to realize that Jev and Patch were the same person. It seemed like that part went on forever as I was yelling at my book. I did enjoy seeing Patch’s house, I was surprised that he had such nice taste, I thought it would be kind of  messy in a college/teenage boy kinda way but I guess being as old as he was he got over that stage already.
Nora: I was impressed that she stood up for what she believed in this time and didn’t just stand back and wait for Patch to rescue her over and over. She at least tried to take matters into her own hands. I didn’t like that she was so trusting with Scott and I think he double crossed her, but in the end if she hadn’t trusted Scott she probably wouldn’t have trusted Patch. I was the most mad that she just assumed that Hank was really just with her mom. Of course he wasn’t he is a dirt bag!

Patch: I really love this guy. Maybe it’s the mystery, or the way he makes jokes about serious things and is a huge flirt. But he’s definitely one of the best male main characters I have read about. Maybe because I’m a sucker for romance. I don’t know call me pathetic, but he just makes me smile. I don’t know how

Hank: I hate him. The fact that he uses both of his daughters to help create his army is horrible and means that he isn’t really a father at all, really I’d just call him a donor. He really didn’t deserve to live and I’m happy that Nora shot him, I thought she was going to just lock him up, and judging by his strength that wouldn’t work. Btw, I’m just wonder, who in the hell does their own blood transfusion with their daughter? That’s just messed up!

Scott: I have little doubt in my mind that he double crossed Nora to try and help his race. I can’t say I blame him. If my body was getting possessed and miss used perhaps for 2 weeks I doubt I would be too thrilled about that.

Vee: What a horrible liar? I mean, I know she was trying to protect Nora from Patch, but friends shouldn’t lie to each other. At all!

Moments to Remember:

♥Pg. 165
“‘Hey now, none of that. You know I don’t have one evil bone in my body.’
‘Only two hundred and six of them?’”

♥Pg. 227
“’It’s called a shower…’ I began automatically, then trailed off. My memory snagged, taken aback by a compelling and forceful sense of undue familiarity. ‘Soap, shampoo, hot water,’ I added, almost as an afterthought.
‘Naked. I know the drill,’ Jev said, something unreadable passing over his eyes.”

♥Pg. 294
“‘You’re not the kind of girl I would have chased after  when I was in Portland, but I’m not the same guy I was back then either. You’re a little to good for me, and let’s face it, a little too smart.’
‘You’ve got street smarts,’ I pointed out.
‘Stop interrupting. You’re going to make me lose my place.’”

♥Pg. 428
“‘I loved you long before you loved me. It’s the only thing I have you beat at, and I’ll bring it up every chance I get.’”

♥Pg. 430
“‘We don’t have to go back to my place, Angel. I can take you home, if that’s what you want. Or, if you decide you want to sleep at my place, on opposite sides of my bedroom with a Do Not Cross line drawn down the middle, I’ll do it. I won’t like it, but I’ll do it.’”

Thanks for reading,
Sidny xox

Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Review: Wrecked by ER Frank

Title: Wrecked
Author: ER Frank
Pages: 247
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Year Published: 2005

“Dear anyone who cared about Cameron,
I was the driver of the ‘other’ car. The police and my mother and my father and plenty of people are saying that I didn’t kill her. But I know I did. That’s what her parents must believe. And my brother, Jack. He always sees what’s true. I want to tell him how sorry I am about the accident. I want to say a lot of things to him and to everybody- like how Cameron was smart and beautiful and kind in a way that isn’t all that common in high school. Like how much Jack loved her and how sometimes I hear him crying through the wall at night. I want to say how bad everything can get.
In one split second.
Upside down and shattered.
Just like that.

My Rating: 3/5

I really expected more from this book. I thought that it would make my heart race and lead me to experience something I hope to never experience but in reality it just wasn’t what I wanted to read about. There were so many issues with each character it took so much time to sort out what was happening with everything that I found myself dissecting the story line it’s self and realizing that this just isn’t a book for people like me. I just found that by taking my psychology course I learned much of the same thing. The best part of this book for me was probably how therapy was incorporated with the story itself. I did enjoy how each character was complex I just wonder if maybe they’re too complex in one short novel.

Thanks for reading,
Sidny ♥♪♫

Spoiler: Wrecked by ER Frank

As I said in the book review, this wasn’t the book that I was expecting and in honesty I didn’t like it. It seemed like all the character where trying to have their story told when really I was trying to read about Anna, not Jason, or Seth although they are interesting and play a role. I think there should be a limit to your main character amount so you don’t have to take so much time dissecting everything. I also didn’t really care for some of the events, they weren’t life changing and all in all they didn’t really make a difference to the story line.

Anna: I was happy when she finally realized that she needed help. Panic attacks are nothing to be ashamed of but they do need treatment. No one is going to look down on you after such a traumatic event for going into therapy, and if they do they’re not worth knowing. I think that she found who she really was and that’s the only reason I kept reading.

Jack: He didn’t react the way I thought he would until he’s at the party bawling his eyes out. Which he has a right too. I do wonder if he really loved Cameron or if he’s more upset because he realized he missed his chance too really love her. Wish we heard more about that!

Ellen: Wow does this chicky have a drinking problem or what? I think the accident only made it worse which doesn’t really make sense at all because she was drunk that night.

Jason: I figured he was gay as he didn’t deny it and that he just was nice to generally everyone. Seems like a decent guy.

Seth: He isn’t anyone’s dream guy since the sweetest thing he does is buy her roses and then they fool around. I find their relationship confusing and non lasting.

Anna’s Dad: Anger management should be mandatory for jerks like this. I understand that you’re trying to protect your kids, but you’ve seriously messed them up mentally.

Anna’s Mom: She needs to be more assertive and just know that hey, my husband shouting and screaming all the time isn’t ever ok or appropriate, especially in a public place.

Cameron: Why do we barely hear about her, except in passing by conversation and a few brief memories? Shouldn’t she be more of a focus?

Moments to Remember:
♥Pg. 139
“‘Let me tell you what I wish for you,’ Jerry says after Jack and I stay quiet. She pulls into the Salvation Army parking lot. ‘I wish that when you’re the ages of your mom and me, you see each other more than Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. I hope that you talk to each other a lot, about real things, the things that matter, and that you’re involved in the lies of each other’s children.’”

♥Pg. 163
“‘I’m not swimming with sharks,’ I said.
 ‘I wouldn’t let you swim with sharks,’ my dad said back. Then grabbed my leg. I yelped. ‘Gotcha!’ He laughed.”

Thanks for reading,
Sidny xoxo

Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Title: Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay (book #2)
Publisher: the Penguin Group
Year Published: 2011

"My first impulse is not to grab her or kiss her or yell at her. I simply want to touch her cheek still flushed from the night's performance. I want to cut through the space that separates us, measure in feet- not miles, not continents, not years- and to take a callused finger to her face...
But I can't touch her. This is a privilege that's been revoked."
"It's been three years since Adam's love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it...
... and three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. 
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is L.A tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future- and each other."

My Rating: 4.5/5

I really didn't know that this book would be from Adam's perspective, but I couldn't imagine it any other way. This book isn't your average sequel. It's about figuring out that who you are now isn't who you're going to be for the rest of your life. I love that everything has changed since the last book so it's like exploring a whole new novel. The setting was fantastic, and I loved the flashbacks  I realized that Gayle Forman is not afraid to be real (she let's her main character swear!) and I think that's important so the reader can feel a part of the book. The only reason this book wasn't a ten, is that I got upset with people constantly changing their mind, it wasn't suspense... it was annoying.

Thanks for reading,
Sidny ♥♪♫

Spoiler: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

This is one of the most exceptional sequels I have ever read. I was surprised that the author took such a different take to writing this book as opposed to the first novel, If I Stay. I was impressed that carrying on the story three years later and from a different perspective wasn't a challenge for her. She wrote it like a different book, but with some of the same characters we feel in love with in the first one. I also loved the way the reader is given a tour of New York with Mia. The only thing I didn't like was Adam being completely indecisive.

Adam- I loved him from If I Stay, and I'm ecstatic that the author lets us explore more about him. His flashbacks are amazing! He is proof that fame can make you crazy and sometimes celebrities are just like us. I'm happy that he doesn't just let Mia walk away from him, but mad that he's ok with her being mad. That's just silly. He doesn't just give up on life, even though he doesn't feel great without Mia he ends up being somewhat able to function in society.

Mia- I don't think she's really changed all that much, except that's she's mad that she lost her family and that Adam asked her to stay. I think she would have done better if they had just stayed together all along. I was so upset that she didn't even really end it, she just let him assume it was done. All in all they belong together and I'm happy they finally realized it!

Aldous- I think this is the one manager that actually cares about Adam, not just about the money. But I don't know much about the industry.

The Band- I feel bad for them, they seem to have given up on Adam and I understand why Mike gets mad because Adam is being an attention hog. I think that all of them could have handled it better and that in a way they're better off without Adam. If they find a new guitar player they will be fine.

Bryn- If Adam hates her so much... why is he with her?? She seems verbally abusive in all honesty.

Groupies- I was surprised that Adam let them fill Mia's place. I think that it was just to numb his pain.

Moments to Remember:
♥Pg. 46
"She left the rehab center after four weeks, two weeks ahead of schedule. She could walk with a can, open a jar of peanut butter and play the hell out of Beethoven."

♥Pg. 109
"She was usually pretty wiped so the conversations were short;a chance to hear one another's voice, to say I love you in real time."

♥Pg. 167
"She handed me a half-gallon Ziploc. 'In case of emergency, break glass.'
'What's all this stuff?'
'Now and Laters. Starburst. Pixie Stix. If she gets too bitchy, just feed her this crap. As long as the sugar high is in effect, you and the wildlife should be safe.'"

♥Pg. 171
"'What a freak! The granddaughter of a retired Forest Service biologist who's scared of camping.'
'That's just half of it. You're a classical cellist whose parents are old punk rockers. You're a total freak. But you're my freak.'"

Thanks for reading,
Sidny xoxo

Monday, March 11, 2013

Book Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Crescendo
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush, Hush (Book#2)
Pages: 427
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Year Published: 2010

"Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. he's more elusive than ever (if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him- despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.
If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything- and everyone- she trusts."

My Rating: 4.5/5

This is the second book in the Hush, Hush series and I was happy that Becca Fitzpatrick wasn't afraid to go in a faster paced writing style, getting to the point with suspense, but not so I was bored. I was surprised to find that the characters had evolved so much and I was able to connect with them on a deeper level. The setting also seems to develop as the reader sees different parts of town. The best part of this book was without a doubt the suspense and the feeling of being watched throughout. I would suggest this book for anyone who enjoys romance, but is interested in a good mystery as well.

Thanks for reading,
Sidny ♥♪♫

Spoiler: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

This book was surprisingly better than the first one, which is opposite of what I usually find. I think that Becca Fitzpatrick had a better opportunity to explain some of the things going on with her characters and also explore and create a unique setting that I have never really thought of before. I guess that most paranormal books use a regular setting and then just integrate the oddness (possibly the most interesting thing I've ever said on this blog, but don't hold me to it.) and although the author did this she makes Nora's home town seem unique and I you never quite know what expect from it.

Nora: I'm not going to lie, I was extremely mad at Nora on multiple occasions. She just seemed to be making uneducated guesses when it came to Patch and I understand that she wanted to know why he was hanging out with Marcie, but maybe she should have trusted him when he said it was nothing. In the end I think she realized that he wouldn't do that to her, he only did afterwards. Is it fair to say that I think everyone yelled at Nora at least a tiny bit?

Patch: I may be in love with him. More than a little bit. I think it's the way that even after Nora hurts him time and time again he tries his best to take care of her. I can't believe in the end they got caught though! I finally thought they'd be getting somewhere, but noooo. Stupid Black Hand!

Vee: I was sad that we didn't see as much with her in this book, because she spent so much time with Rixon, but she's still that one friend that makes everything way to dirty without even meaning to. My friend mentioned that she's like me, and I don't know if it's wrong, but I said thanks..

Rixon: About 3/4 of the way through I figured out that he was the problem. The way that he kept on telling stuff about Patch to Nora, which if he wasn't getting anything out of it would make him a horrible friend. I was surprised that he would do that to Patch and Vee too. I wonder if he was only going out with Vee to get to Nora? Poor, poor Vee.

Marcie: I know girls like this and I just want to kill her. She's rude and obnoxious. I was surprised that she might be sisters with Nora, but then I thought maybe she was adopted so she feels jealous of Nora. Hopefully that question gets answered in book 3.

Scott: I think him and Marcie belong together. i understand that he's scared and doesn't really understand what's going on with him but I think he could do a better job of keeping in a secret. It's frightening how he acts to his mother. I shivered actually when he spoke to her mind. CREEPY!

Hank: I figured that he was the Black Hand after a while because of the way we found out he was Nora's dad. It would make sense that he killed her adopted father because he was jealous or felt that he wasn't raising her right.

Moments to Remember:
♥Pg. 24
"'Don't ever leave me,' I told Patch, hooking a finger in the collar of his shirt and pulling him close.
  'You're mine, Angel,' he murmured, brushing the words across my jawbone as I arched my neck higher inviting him to kiss everywhere. 'You have me forever.'"

♥Pg. 163
"I felt the unexplainable urge to storm after them and do something I hoped I'd regret- like choke Marcie with her stupid red thong."

♥Pg. 254
"'How can you turn down a once-in-a-lifetime chance to drive the 'Stang?'
  I got to my feet and brushed the sand off the seat of my pants. 'How about you sell me the 'Stang for thirty dollars? I can even pay cash.'
  He laughed, slinging his arm around my shoulders. 'Drunk, but not that drunk, Grey.'"

Thanks for reading,
Sidny xoxo

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review: Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Title: Sapphique
Author: Catherine Fisher
Series: Incarceron (Book #2)
Publisher: Dial Books
Year Published: 2010

"Incarceron, the living prison, has lost one of its inmates to the outside world: Finn's escaped, only to find  that Outside is not at all what he expected. used to the technologically advance, if violently harsh, condition of the prison, fin is now forced to obey the rule of Protocol, which require all people to live without technology. To Finn, Outside is just a prison of another kin, especially when Claudia the daughter of the prison's warden  declared Finn the lost heir to the throne. When another claimant emerges, both Finns and Claudia's very lives hang on Finn convincing the Court of something that even he doesn't fully believe.
Meanwhile, Finn's oathbrother Keiro and his friend Attia are still trapped inside Incarceron. They are searching for a magical glove, which legend says Sapphique used to escape to find it, they must battle the prison itself, because Incarceron wants the glove too."

My Rating: 4/5

This is the sequel to the book Incarceron, and in all honesty I don't think it did the first book justice. It was an interesting way to continue, but the characters seemed less complex, and harder to understand at the same time. This could of course be of course because of the way we see so much more of Attia and Kerio still inside the prison. I found it interesting to learn of the other rules that took place on the outside. I think the reason that this book wasn't as good mainly is because Incarceron become the real main character. The setting was really important in this book and so I found it hard to connect.

Thanks for reading,
Sidny Ross♥♪♫

Spoiler: Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

This book wasn't as good as I had hoped, but it was a solid 8 I'd say, or I did say in the book review above. I love the way that the setting because such a big deal, but the way that Incarceron itself became a main character was disjointed and confusing. The fact that it spoke to the to the prisoners made me wonder if it was in a male or female voice, and it doesn't really give you an answer to that, your just left to assume. I did like the way we got to see what Outside looks like without Protocol over it. I also liked how some of the characters reacted (Keiro).

Attia: I didn't really notice her much in the first book, but in this one you don't have a choice but to notice her. She's far more brave and she isn't afraid to stand up to anyone in her way of getting Outside. It was shocking at the end when she almost chose to stay with Rix. I think that would have been stupid after all the work she put into finding an escape.

Keiro: I still find him to be arrogant  but in this book he's more funny than anything. I think after reading that he's a half-man it lets the reader understand him and give him more sympathy. I hope he doesn't screw up in the outside world as he did in the prison though.

Claudia: She is less prominent in this story, and the only time we really see is when she's deciding who she's going to back when the Pretender appears. She definitely chose right. I can't believe that she asks her father at the end if she chose right. Blah.

Finn/Giles: I really do believe that he turned out to be the real prince, and if he hadn't fought when he was unsure he would be dead, and the prison would never have been opened. Just to prove you should never stop believing in yourself.

Jared: The fact that he turned into Sapphique was confusing, but he made the right choice when he decided to free the prisoners. I hope he keeps the peace between Incarceron and the outside.

Rix: This is my far my favourite character. He is probably crazy and more than a little full of himself, but all and all ridiculous.

Queen Sia: I was so happy when she died. Is that wrong? Probably but she had let power go to her head, or in this case her face :P

Moments to Remember:
♥Pg. 69
"'You've never been tempted?'
  'Maybe. But I'm crazy, not stupid.'"

♥Pg. 173
"'Any trouble, we're out of here. One Chain-gang is enough for a lifetime.'
 She nodded, and made to move past him, but he grabbed her and shoved her behind him. 'Watch my back. That's your job.'
 Attia smiled sweetly. 'And I love you too,' she whispered."

♥Pg. 253
"They had gagged him to keep him from talking to them. Obviously, they knew he was irresistible."

♥Pg. 339
"'Just how crazy are you, Rix? A lot, or not at all? Because I'm beginning to be very unsure.'
  He arched one eyebrow. 'I am the Dark Enchanter, Attia. I am unknowable.'"

♥Pg. 358
"'You're just as much a Prisoner here as we are. No difference.'
  The Warden stopped, just for a moment. Then he opened he door and let himself out. his back was rigid.
  Keiro laughed, softly.
  Rix nodded, approving. 'You tell him, Apprentice.'"

Thanks for reading,
Sidny xoxo

Friday, March 1, 2013

Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay (Book # 1)
Pages: 259
Publisher: The Penguin Group
Year Published: 2009

"On a day that started like any other...
 Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left- the most important decision she'll ever make.
 Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving."

My Rating: 5/5
I'm not going to lie, I have read books a lot like this before and so I thought that it would be the same thing mainly, but I was shocked that although this book contains the same subject matter as say Between by Jessica Warman, it is in a category of it's own. This book made me laugh, cry and most importantly think. I thought about life and death more than I have throughout my whole life. This book questions who we are and who we want to be. I think that this book is ultimately to much compared with Twilight, I don't agree with that. If you hate Twilight that doesn't mean that you'll hate If I Stay. In fact, I think you'll enjoy it. It's a completely different concept. I love the suspense in this book. I can't wait to read the next book.

Thanks for reading,
Sidny ♥♪♫

Spoiler: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

As I mentioned in the book review above, I thought that this book was going to be a struggle to get to but in fact it was the opposite. Everything about this book helps us realize how one day can change our lives from the way its written to how the chapters are divided by the time to help us realize how much time has gone by. The memories in this book help us see who Mia was and who she might be. I think that every book asks us a question. And this one asks, do we live our lives enough that if we had the choice we would keep living? We have no idea what happens after death or in a coma and so this makes this book far more realistic.

Mia: We see the whole story play out from Mia's point of view, we witness her memories and everything that's happening in the hospital on this one crazy day. I think the most important part is seeing her struggle over the choice of life and death. She is unique and talented and at the end there is the impression that she chooses to give off, but I'm not sure. I wish and hope with all my heart that she stay.

Teddy: I cried so hard when I found that out that he didn't make it. He was so young and sweet, lost all because of a stupid accident.

Mia's Mom: She seems like the perfect feminist, stubborn form of mom. It's obvious in the memories that she wears the pants.

Mia's Dad: I thought it was so sweet how Mia seems to idolize her dad. He was such a sweet guy.

Kim: Being a good best friend isn't always easy but Kim sure seems to make it look easy. She and Mia have there differences but no matter what she sticks with Mia through everything (and I do mean everything). I hope if Mia doesn't make it that Kim leads an ok life.

Adam: The perfect boyfriend. He doesn't run away when things get tough and you can tell that he wants Mia to stay more than anything else in the world. He makes me cry in the part where he's whispering to Mia in the hospital. The belong together!

Moments To Remember:
♥Pg. 87
"'You didn't cry then?' Mom asked in a sarcastic amusement.
 'I teared. I did not cry.'"

♥Pg. 112
"'Good,' Kim replied. 'Because if you turn into one of those girls, I'll shoot you.'
 'If I turn into one of those girls, I'll hand you the gun.'"

♥Pg. 156
"'He threw up when you were coming. Almost fainted on the floor. Not that I can blame him. But the dude was a mess, the doctors wanted to kick him out... said they were going to if you didn't come out within the half hour. That got your mom so pissed she pushed you out five minutes later.'"

♥Pg. 181
"'It's ok,' he tells me. 'If you want to go. Everyone wants you to stay. I want you to stay more than I've ever wanted anything in my life.' His voice cracks with emotion. he stops, clears his throat, takes a breath, and continues. 'But that's what i want and I could see why it might not be what you want. So I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It's okay if you have to leave us. It's ok if you want to stop fighting.'"

Thanks for reading,
Sidny xoxo