Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Finally, something that isn't by John Green and isn't realistic fiction for you...
The Forest of Hands and Teeth is, first of all, a zombie apocalypse novel. Second, it's a romance novel.
Mary lives in a small village where the Sisterhood reigns supreme, forcing everybody into their beliefs. Basically, there are a few things that you don't go against, and the Sisterhood is one of them.
And then the fence surrounding Mary's villaige is breached by the Unconsecrated-the zombies that push against the fence every moment of the day, trying to gain entry. Mary's world is thrown into chaos.

This book is written's like so much thought was put into every single sentence so that it would be constructed perfectly. It's thrilling, gripping, and sad all in the same breath. If you are looking for a book that will keep you turning the pages until you get to the final, pick up this book.

Monday, August 15, 2011

An Abundance of Katherines by (again...) John Green

So, in my head, there's like thirty people rolling their eyes at me for reviewing so many John Green books at the same time. There might be some of you out there literally rolling your eyes at me, too, but I promise that this is the last for a little while. I've been craving some fantasy, dystopian, and horror. I picked up The Forest of Hands and Teeth today, expect a review soon. Anyways...

In Katherines, Colin Singleton has one type of girl: girls that are named Katherine. This sounds weird, but John Green has this epically awesome way of making weird things sound normal. I can't explain it. Anyways, after being dumped for the nineteenth time by a Katherine, he is depressed, so his friend, Hassan, takes him on a road trip, no destination in mind. Now, if you've read Paper Towns, you know that if you read a Green book with a road trip in it, you are in for a treat. I don't know, it just is exciting to me. Colin and Hassan come into a job, friendships, and romantic relationships along the way.
This is my least favorite John Green novel so far. I'm not saying it's bad, just that it's not as good as his others. It's still really good, though. The writing is humerous, while at times annoying (mostly when math is involved, it bothered me, but that isn't for very much of the book).
Anyways, despite some of the bad things I've said, you should still try this book. It's very good and witty, which is great, and there is excitement and romance involved.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Okay, I know I just reviewed Paper Towns on here, and now I'm reviewing another Green novel. Get used to it, I'm on a bit of a kick right now. That should tell you something about the books, though.
Looking for Alaska tells the story of Miles 'Pudge' Halter, the last-word-obsessed boy who decides to go in search of what he calls the 'Great Perhaps'. He does this by attending a boarding school that his dad went to, where he meets his roomate, the Colonel, and of course Alaska Young.
Green's writing is addictive, funny, and at times sad in ways that other authors sometimes fall short. All of his characters are carefully put together and interesting; he makes you actually care about them. Where a few of the smaller characters seemed cliche, it was made up for with the awesome characters that got the spotlight of this book.
If you're in the bookstore and you see this book, pick it up. And also Green's other books, because they're all pretty awesome. It will be worth it, I promise you!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

What would you do if your doctor told you that you probably only have a year to live? And that the treatments you can do to help it only might help it? And you are eighteen years old, so it's your choice what you do. Would you try to fix it? Or would you just live it out? And who would you tell? Or would you tell anybody? These are the choices that Ben Wolf is faced with in Deadline.

This book gets a three point five star review from me...I liked it a lot. But I don't like football much at all, and it didn't explain on the cover that a huge part of the book is about football. I mean, I really don't like to listen to people talking about football, and I don't like to read about it. It makes it sound on the back like it's more about track, but it's not. It's about football. Now, if you like football, that's great. Read it. Because it's also a good book about death, so's pretty good.
One thing I have to say about this book is that the parts that take place in the classroom are soooo unrealistic. If we talked to a teacher at our school the way that Ben talks to one of his, we'd get our asses sent straight to detention. Just sayin'. I mean, we'd get a warning, but those parts were just annoying. I was just stupid...teachers don't let you talk to them like that. Even if they are pushovers.
So would I reccomend it? Sure. Why not. It's pretty good. Go ahead and see what you think.

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Rant on Spoilers

So, I'm not reviewing a book right now, I just need to get something off my chest.
The WORST thing ever is when I'm looking at books on the internet, which I do on a daily basis, and I read something about a book that I plan to read soon that totally blows the ending. And the question I have is: Why do you feel the need to blow the ending for everybody else, just because OMG IT MADE ME CRY SO HARD WHEN THIS HAPPENED! Because now, when I read the book, I'm just going to be reading the entire thing knowing what happens at the ending, making it less enjoyable.
And it'd be different if it was on the page for the book on the author's website, where it warns that there might be spoilers on that book. That would be on me. But no, it's on the 'other writing' section, where what this person said doesn't belong.
So please, people, NEVER EVER EVER post spoilers on the internet. Because somebody will be trying to find something on an upcoming book by the author, and find your damn spoiler that you just HAD to post, and get really freaking pissed off.