A Thousand Pieces of You (Claudia Gray)

Let us all first admit that despite all our efforts to not judge a book by its cover, we all do, all the time… and this book is gorgeous! That cover is pretty enough to be an art piece. Front covers are not enough, though, we also judge a book by its back cover, aka the blurb, and A Thousand Pieces of You sounds perfect. This is why, considering that it might be some time until the printed book becomes readily available here, I decided to get an e-copy and started reading.

I must say it was a great decision. This book is sci-fi, thriller, and romance all twisted together. It was fast paced and so very intense, I found myself having to take a short break from reading after each chapter because it was just too much. I read all of it in about seven or so hours, short breaks included.

I went through some of the GoodReads review, and I can totally understand some people’s frustration. Here we have this complicated, mysterious, dangerous plot, and what the main character (also, the narrator) finds to be most pressing is how she feels about Paul. Or Theo. Or is it the other Paul?Umm. Yeah. More important matters ahead, Marguerite! I didn’t find it as irritating while reading though. In fact, her moments with Paul were probably my favorite scenes. And I was going through a period of utter disgust over romance so that is really saying something.

I admire Claudia Gray for her ridiculously brilliant imagination. The characters in this book go through five different worlds, all brilliantly described and connected. I was genuinely surprised with where Marguerite turns up in (especially the second one) and found myself looking forward to each world. And the plot twist(s)! THE PLOT TWIST(S)!! Brilliant! The whole science stuff were pretty sound as well. There is only one question I have though (this might be slightly spoiler-ish): if the Firebirds were set to follow Paul, then how did Marguerite and her father manage to go home? Hmm… okay, there’s probably a home mechanism on the device. But wasn’t the other Firebird programmed to Theo? Oh well, anyway, that’s the only reservation I have about the whole science part. Otherwise I thought it flowed quite well.

I’m a bit bummed that this book is a series though, because I have a feeling it might turn Divergent-ey with the second and third book being more action less brilliance as far as I know… (Still haven’t gotten round reading Allegiant. Meh.) The worse part though, is having to wait for the next book to come out. WHY? Why couldn’t this book just be a stand-alone? Oh right, because the evil guy is still out there and there’s a war coming up (see what I meant when I said more action?)

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.

I mean, the whole possibly spoiling thing set aside, this book is about love. Not the romantic kind of love, but love between human beings and how it manifests in different aspects of our lives. There’s the love between a student and her favorite teacher, love between a teacher and her most brilliant student, love between a scientist and her work, and the love of a sergeant to his men, his country, and his task to protect people.

This book is written from multiple first-person point of view which can be horrible if not done well, usually resulting in confusion of who’s narrating, but M. R. Carey does it splendidly. The voice of each narrator was pretty distinct.

The book is action packed but also full of feeling. Scenes from it stayed with me whenever I had to put the book down, and the ending… well, the ending was unexpected but pretty much perfect because any other ending would’ve been too cliched. This was just right. Devastating but hopeful at the same time. It was perfect.

[green_box]This post is part of the Write On review-a-thoncreated and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen[/green_box]

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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! Read more

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. Read more

Review: Insurgent (Veronica Roth)

When I finished Divergent (which I haven’t reviewed since I didn’t have the blog up at that time, considering to write one, perhaps after Bout of Books is done), I immediately got Insurgent and Allegiant because… Divergent! I mean, that book was such a good read, I couldn’t put it down, and while some parts of the story doesn’t make much sense (since when do dystopian stories make sense, anyway?), I loved it. Then, I read some well-written reviews about the fall of the two follow up books, and was a bit disconcerted. Luckily, I decided to go ahead and read Insurgent anyway. Read more

Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz & Glinda of Oz (L. Frank Baum)

 

Yay! My first Classics Club read! And what was a wonderful experience it was!

The book I read was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz & Glinda of Oz. Technically these are two books, namely the first and the last in the series of tales from Oz that L. Frank Baum wrote. The particular edition I had though, the one from Wordsworth Children’s Classic (that I bought because the cover was irresistible!) combined the two titles. Read more