Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Recommendations: Books And Music

Music-
  1. Stars In Stereo - I'm a bit obsessed with this band right now, they're fairly new and awesome. They're a rock band with a female lead singer which I always love. But they're just awesome.
  2. Red - I've loved this band for a while and they're awesome.
  3. Northern Nights - They're a newer country band and they're really good and they have a cool name.
Books -
  1. Poison by Bridget Zinn - This is a seriously Epic book. It's a stand alone which I don't usually go for but this one sounded awesome and it is. All I'm gonna say is the main character is a Bad-Ass Potions/Poisons master, what can possibly be cooler than that?
  2. The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver- Obviously since I've been kind obsessing over these books recently.
  3. Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost - I'm not sure whether I've mentioned this book before but it's awesome. I got a free ARC (advanced reader copy) at Comic-Con last year and my brother and I have been obsessing over it ever since. 
  4. The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett - It's Awesome, that's all.
  5. Keirsten White- Recently I've read her book Mind Games and her Paranormalcy trilogy and they're great books, not Epic! but they are good books and nice easy fast reads, so if you want something to just breeze through I recommend any of her books.
Things I Do Not Recommend -
  • The Book WasteLand By Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan- I'm working on my review of this book which I shall post soonish, so all I'll say is that it's boring and bad.
  • Drinking more than 3 cups of hot chocolate in one sitting, all I can say is what happens after is not good. (Meaning I tend to overdose on sugar)
  •  Running barefoot outside when the sidewalk is burning hot, my brother made that mistake once and it was not good.
  • Owning a cat and hamster at the same time, lets just say Puffy the Hamster was the never the same again.
  • Watching the Percy Jackson movie - It's Horrible! Horrible, I tell you!
  • Telling your brother's pregnant girlfriend she looks fat while she is holding a knife.... Joking my brother doesn't have a girlfriend!
  • Organizing your bookshelf. Seriously If you're like me 3 days after re-organizing your books you decide you hate it that way and wind up doing it again and again. Now I just stack books up and only allow myself to organize them once every 3 months and if I hate it I just have to deal with it for another 3 months, OK maybe my mom came up with the rule.
  • Drinking hot tea, it's really really gross. One time I was at a Chinese restaurant with my family and I tried a sip of the hot tea my brother ordered and well I wound up spitting it out all over myself - True Story.
Ok, I could go on and on with this but I'll stop before I bore you to death.

Quick Question- Do I use the word Awesome too much? Is it possible to use the word Awesome too much? 

Song Of The Moment - Every Last Thing by Stars in Stereo 
Song Of The Moment (You know the moment right after the last) - Remember Me By The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

OK, I have finally written my review of Requiem the last in the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver. Sorry its so late but I had to let everything sink in and I've been busy, plus there is so much I have to say about this book I had to give myself time to organize my thoughts and everything. So, I hope you like it and if you hate it don't be afraid to tell me in the comments, I love getting into arguments about books, its so much fun.  
Also I apologize if its lame I have major issues when it comes to writing reviews of books I love, its so much easier for me if I hate it.

(Warning this post may contain spoilers form all three books in the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver)
p.s. I apologize if I jump around a bit with plot points and everything.

  Where to start? Firstly as sad as I am that the series is over I Love this book so much and I for one am completely happy and satisfied with the ending. So it's hard to be sad about it ending when I love it so much.
   Secondly, I would like to say that while I liked Alex more than Julian I was team Lena all the way, as long as it was convincing that she belonged with whoever she ended up with I was happy, but more on that later. 
   So, this one is told alternately from Lena and Hana's POV's (Point of view), which I loved. I actually really enjoyed Hana's POV, it was really cool getting to see everything from someone who's had the cure, and from the inside. While Lena's POV was my favorite, it was nice, especially in the beginning, to get a break from the drama surrounding Lena, and Hana was one of my favorite characters in the first book so I loved seeing more from/of her.
    I loved that it was back in the wilds, cause I love seeing how everything is among the invalids and the wilds are awesome. Also, I loved the parts at what was supposed to be a refuge for the invalids, Waterbury, and how you see that not everyone cares about freedom the same way and how not everyone has what it takes to survive in the wilds, how hard it is for bigger groups in the wilds, and that it's not going to be easy to resist and win and everything.
    On to the characters. While I did love the whole book for the most part, at some points it got to dramatic with Lena, Alex, and Julian, which I hated. While I love Lena no matter what at some points I felt she needed to be slapped, I hated the drama between her, Julian and Alex. I mean they're in the middle of a war and she's more concerned with why Alex wont talk to her, she gets better again fast but it still annoyed me. Alex, why did you make me hate you, a little? Why? Alex really pissed me off at points, especially with Coral, cause he was just using her and being a jerk to Lena at the same time. But I felt he was being a immature a** at some points. I never liked Julian much and that didn't change in this book, because he seemed to me to be trying to hard to be excepted and again it seemed immature, a bit. But at least he wasn't trying to push Lena into being with him, he gave her her space for the most part. But there was still something that a part of me just completely hated about him, I don't know what but it was there. Now about Lena, with Alex and Julian I felt she was kind of a bit** at some points, she used Julian and pushed Alex away, also after the Alex and Julian brawl I don't understand why she wasn't pissed at Julian I mean it was both of their faults and he started it for the most part but she was only mad at Alex, which really irritated me. But still when it counted Lena was all kick-butt again. In this one you see her come into her part as a Resistance fighter more and I loved that, and at some parts she's a complete Bad-ass which again I loved. On to Annabel, Lena's mom, again I felt she got off to easy but I understand that it kinda had to be done quickly because of more important things, but I did feel a but unsatisfied with it. Hana, of course I hated her a bit because of what she did to Lena and Alex, but I loved seeing how things are after the cure and from the inside. The only thing is I hated their reunion, because Hana seemed so much more robotic and everything at that part than in the rest of her parts, I guess it was partly because it was from Lena's POV rather than Hana's but I was excepting it to be more, somehow. About Raven, I refuse, that did not happen, that page does not exist! I refuse! Again I wish Raven, Tack, Hunter and Bram had been in it more but I still love them and the book.
    The End of The End. While I loved the whole storm the gate thing, I wish there had been a tad more action, although I always think there should be more action. My only complaint about the end is that Lena didn't fight much, but I get that she had to get Grace and everything, so I still loved it. And the last 100 pages or so are so, so, so good! I know that allot of people hated the end because it didn't really END and there was no epilogue and there was no closer or anything neatly tied up. But that was why I loved it so much. I hate epilogues because it means everything is decided and the story is completely over, it means the story is written in stone and can never be changed to end how you wanted it to, it means these characters who you love are done with you cause they got their happily ever after and everything is done with and over. But with This ending while you know its over, its not really, you still have hope and can imagine their real ending however you want to, it means the book will stick with you forever and never end, at least not for you. Also, with these kinds of dystopian books it doesn't work for everything to be all tied up neatly at the end, if you have a perfect Happily ever after ending, it winds up seeming less real somehow, I mean if this really happened it wouldn't end in a fade out, and I think that's the point with this ending. Not everything is going to be perfect right away and I think that's part of what the author was going for, a real ending not a fake Happily Ever After, and to keep it in your mind always coming up with different endings of your own, so that your always apart of this world and it of you.

OK, now the last page in Requiem is my favorite page in a book ever because of this -

       "Take down the walls.
     That is, after all, the whole point. You do not know what will happen if you take down the walls; you can not see through to the other side, don't know whether it will bring freedom or ruin, resolution or chaos. It might be paradise or destruction.
     Take down the walls.
     Otherwise you must live closely, in fear, building barricades against the unknown, saying prayers against the darkness, speaking verse of terror and tightness.
     Otherwise you may never know hell, but you will not find heaven, either. You will not know fresh air and flying.
     All of you, wherever you are: in your spiny cities or your one bump towns. Find it, the hard stuff, the links of metal and chink, the fragments of stone filling your stomach. And pull, and pull, and pull.
     I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you will do it, always and forever.
 Take down the walls."
                                   -The last page of Requiem by Lauren Oliver

There is just something about this I love so much. It's awesome and beautiful. But it's more than that it just sums up everything about the books and what Lena's fighting for and just everything. It's just awesomely Epic. 

P.S. After writing this I found a video of the author Lauren Oliver explaining the ending, so here's the link to it- http://lauren-oliver.tumblr.com/post/45265352285/i-know-the-ending-of-requiem-has-been-somewhat

Song Of the Moment- You're Not Alone by Saosin

Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

I know this is way late but I got sidetracked and busy and I'm lazy, I admit it. I've had this review and my Requiem review written since last Friday I just haven't gotten around to typing them, so here they are.

(WARNING- this post may contain spoilers from both Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver)

Told from two different times of Lena's new life in the wilds Pandemonium picks up where Delirium left off with Lena escaping into the wilds and Alex appearing to have died. The next part of Lena's story jumps back and forth from Then- Where Lena has just arrive in the wilds and is learning how to be a resistance fighter and just learning how to survive and what to believe now without Alex and everything, too Now- where Lena is officially part of the Resistance and her mission to follow the leader of the DFA(deliria free America)'s son, Julian who is captured during a rally by scavengers.

Now on to the review - 

   First I would like to say that I love, love, love this book. It is officially one of my favorite books of all time. It's awesome and amazing and epic, and lots of others things.
   One of my favorite things about this book is the way the story is told, alternating between Lena's time in the wilds and where she is now working for the Resistance. I love both parts but my favorite was the Then when she was in the wilds. I loved getting to see the wilds. I loved how they were described and explained. And I loved seeing Lena's transformation from a timid person who doesn't know the first thing about surviving in the wilds to a Resistance fighter who is a bit of a bad-ass and a survivor, a fighter. The only thing I had issues with in the Then parts was trying to keep track of the time line, like how long before the Now the Then happened and everything.
  Now with the Now, I loved seeing Lena as a fighter and part of the Resistance and all but the parts where Julian and her are captured and in the cell or whatnot I found a bit boring, and I didn't really see the point of the rat people because they are never in it again, but besides that it was good. Especially after they escape then it picks up again. I thought the thing about her mom and the Alex thing were both predictable but that's not necessarily a bad thing. And I loved the last 75 pages or so, with breaking Julian out and everything, it was awesome, because that's when Lena really starts fighting for herself and making a stand and everything.
   On to the characters, of course I loved Lena in this one even more than in the first book. I loved seeing her turn all bad-ass and everything. In this book you see her turn from this timid person who just does what she's told into a bad-ass Resistance fighter who has her own beliefs and wont just sit by and watch things happen any more, she starts fighting for what she knows is right. Overall I just love Lena for the most part, but I thought it was a bit lame when it comes to her relationship with Julian, because like in Delirium with Alex you see her falling for him but in this she kinda just suddenly decides/realizes that she "loves" Julian. I mean you go from her hating him, to them being sorta Friends but more like alias, to them being in Love? What the Heck? When did that happen? I still love Lena but I hate the whole "Love triangle" thing, I think it's over-rated and over-used. Plus I kinda hated Julian, and not because I'm team Alex or anything I'm team Lena as long as it's convincing that who ever she ends up with is right for her I don't really care, I just thought Julian was kinda lame and wimpy and clingy I guess. And I wasn't convinced that he loves her, it was like she was the first girl he ever saw and the only option so he wants her. It just didn't feel real to me, and Julian is lame. You're also introduced to some of the invalids and stuff. My favorite new character is Raven, who is the leader of the group of invalids that save Lena, Raven is kinda a bad-ass and awesome, she sorta takes Lena under her wing and teaches her how to let go of the past and survive in the wilds and to become a Resistance fighter. Also I loved Hunter and Bram and I guess Tack, but I wish they all had been in it more and that we got to know them more, I understand that there was more important stuff but still.
    Overall the book is awesome, action packed, with some romance but not too much and it's just awesome. So, even if you read the first and thought it was just OK you have to read this one because it is so much better and epic. Well, what are you waiting for go read it all ready!

Song of the moment - So Far Away by Red

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

(Warning this post contains spoilers from Delirium by Lauren Oliver)

Delirium is the story Of Lena Holoway, just a normal girl living in a dystopian U.S. where it has been determined that Love is a disease. Ever since her mom committed suicide rather than be cured, all Lena has wanted is to be normal, she follows all the rules and counts down the days until she will finally be Cured, until she meets Alex and has her eyes opened to love and everything that is wrong with her world.

- OK, so that was my version of the synopsis and now on to the actual review -
  I thought that Delirium was a good book not quiet great but close. My biggest problem with it was that not a whole lot happens throughout the whole first half of the book, the beginning is pretty good and the end is great but the middle a tad boring. For a big chunk in the middle most of what happens is Lena trying to decide what she believes and whether or not the cure is good or bad, and it's not a bad thing because it's kinda essential for the story I just got a little bored, but if you stick it out through the boring bits it gets really good. Even with the beginning and boring parts it does pick up momentum fast and the last third of the book is really really good.
   There are a few minor things I didn't love, and I wish Hana had been in it more cause I mean in a way Hana was who Lena loved first as friends and I for one would have liked to know more about their friendship and everything. Now on to Alex, honestly I didn't know what to think of Alex when I first read this book, I felt like their relationship felt almost real but not quiet, I mean I felt and believed that Lena loved him but you didn't get to see enough of him, most of what you saw were Lena's memories of him when she was explaining their summer together. I think I would have Liked him allot more if  there was more about him, I mean not a whole lot is mentioned about him and like his life in the wilds and everything. I still liked him and everything but I felt him and their whole relationship could have been a bit better.
  I never understood all the reviews about how the writing is beautiful, I was always like, how can it be beautiful it's probably just like every other YA books writing, well I was wrong. The way Lena's feelings are described and everything is simply beautiful. I mean all of her (Lena's) contradicting feelings and confusion over what to believe and whats real, just feels so real and it's just amazing the way its explained and everything. I'm having issues explaining it obviously but if you read the book I'm sure you'll understand what I mean.
  One last thing is I love Lena, I'm usually very critical when it come to main characters that are girls because usually they're lame or they start out awesome and end up lame, but not Lena. She starts out kind of timid and afraid of living and maybe a bit naive, but then she winds up learning that really she's brave and strong and when it comes down to it she won't just follow every one blindly, she discovers her own beliefs and learns to follow her heart. I love her transformation, though you only see part of it in this book.
   OK, I'm skipping ahead some here, so I'll just stop now. But overall there are a few things I disliked but this book is awesome and I love it.


Song of the moment - I'd Do Anything by Simple Plan

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I Have A Problem: And That Problems Name Is Requiem

Guys I think that I might have a "problem". I was just sitting in the living room on the couch staring glaring at the front door and willing my package of new books to arrive, and then I realized that I'd been sitting there for about half an hour or maybe 45mins and that It's entirely possible that I have a serious "problem". You see I spend about half the money I get every month on books haven't read them all and keep ordering new ones, and I cant stop reading I cant! If I go one day without at least having a book that I can read if I want to I go nuts, nuts I tell you! So my problem today is that just this last week I started the Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver and I just finished Pandemonium (the second book) yesterday, so I'm still caught up in the excitement that you only get as a newbie to a series, you know how no matter how good a book is it's not quite as exciting the second time around?, and now I have sit around all day waiting and hoping that my copy of the last in the trilogy, Requiem (which just came out today), will get here before I die of excitement and boredom and about 5 other things. But I'm not going crazy I swear, also while most people had a year or so to come to terms with waiting for the next and last one and everything I'm still in the middle of wanting it RIGHT NOW! I mean, You know how for like a week after reading a book you really love it's all you can think about and you don't know how your supposed to wait for so long for the next you think you might die if you have to wait that long, but then a week or so later you've moved on and as long as you don't think about it it doesn't hurt, well I haven't had time to move on so I'm still pining for it. I think I need a support group. Anyways when I finally do get the book and read it I might attempt to do a review of it which I will of course post here, but don't hold your breath for it. And if you haven't read Delirium I highly suggest that you do, but be warned the first is a little boring and slow but the end is awesome and Pandemonium is one of my favorite books ever. Also remember the first step is admitting to yourself that you have a problem.

Song Of The Moment - When Can I See You Again? by Owl City from Wreck-It Ralph