Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pet Peeve Post

So this week I will be straying from my typical post to talk about something that I personally find a little more... well... personal. I am going to talk about one of my biggest reading/book pet peeves.

So ever since I was 8 or 9 and I really became interested in reading I have been looking for book suggestions. I love to hear about what books people are reading and what they think about them. However, I cannot stand it when someone loans me a book that I didn’t ask for.

This has happened to me several times where a friend will come up to me one day with a book in their hand and give it to me and says “You have got to read this book I loved it and I just know you will love it too.”

Don’t get me wrong I love it when people are reading and think that I should read a book and want to recommend it to be but I don’t want the book just handed to me. I want you to sit down with me and tell me about it and tell me why you loved it.

However, I have enough books to read already. I have so many books that are just sitting on my shelf waiting to be read and I now have to put them on hold because I have a book on loan to me that I did not plan to read but now feel obligated to read as soon as possible.

Because of this there have been times that I have kept a book for a week or so and then returned it without reading anything more than the back cover and tell the person that I read it and it was a good book.

This does not happen often because I do try to give every book that is given to me the fair shot that it deserves. However, some books I can read the back cover and know that it is not a book that I will enjoy and in some cases the type of book that I read.

This all came up because I was straitening my desk that has become and danger zone since I started back to school and found a book that someone had loaned me in December that I had never even heard of before. I have not read it yet. Fortunately this person does not seem to be missing it and I am pretty sure that they have forgotten they have given it to me at all.

The book is one that I would be interested in reading I just don’t have a lot of time to do so. In any case that is my rant over my big reading pet peeve. So when talking to me about books keep this in mind… PLEASE!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hana (Delirium #1.5) by, Lauren Oliver

Publishing House: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult, Science fiction
Rating: PG-13
Summary: The summer before they're supposed to be cured of the ability to love, best friends Lena and Hana begin to drift apart. While Lena shies away from underground music and parties with boys, Hana jumps at her last chance to experience the forbidden. For her, the summer is full of wild music, dancing—and even her first kiss.

But on the surface, Hana must be a model of perfect behavior. She meets her approved match, Fred Hargrove, and glimpses the safe, comfortable life she’ll have with him once they marry. As the date for her cure draws ever closer, Hana desperately misses Lena, wonders how it feels to truly be in love, and is simultaneously terrified of rebelling and of falling into line.

So I had seen this book when it was first published however I was a little worried about it because I have read several books that were ‘1.5’ and they were horrible. I could not stand them at all. However, Hana was a book that answered so many questions that I had from the first book.

When I started this book I really did like Hana, I felt a little bad for her because in the first book you get the feeling that Lena has abandoned her to be with Alex. However, when I finished this book I could not stand her.

Now that my little rant is over on to the review. In spite of the fact that I no longer like Hana due to this book I also loved it at the same time. Basically this book and I have a love/hate relationship. I rated this book PG-13 because it is a sort of ‘coming of age’ book.

Hana goes to parties that are against the law, their kids are doing partaking in very intimate behavior and Hana mentions that they are not at all shy about it. In one scene there is talk about a girl having her skirt hiked up, in another Hana walks into a room where there are couples going at it in every corner, in yet another there is a scene of a girl kissing another girl.

At one point a boy tries to get Hana into bed with him and on the way to that scene they walk down a hall and Hana talks about the beams across the ceiling having girls’ underwear thrown over them. If I remember right it is briefly talk about why they are there.

In all of this nothing is described but is defiantly not something for young readers.

There is also some slight cussing but it does not happen too often in the short story.

This book has an ending the broke my heart in to pieces and I have to say that if you read Delirium and enjoyed but have questions about why some things happened this is the book to get those answers. 

However, as always, the choice is yours.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Last Rite (Personal Demons #3) by, Lisa Desrochers

Publishing House: Tor Teen
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In this final installment of the thrilling, edgy Personal Demons series, the battle between Heaven and Hell has become critical, and Frannie Cavanaugh is right at the center of it. 

With the help of the powerful angel Gabe and demon-turned-mortal Luc, Frannie has been able to stay one step ahead of the forces of Hell. But when the demons killed Frannie's best friend and destroyed her brother, they raised the stakes. If Frannie wants to keep her family and friends safe, she knows she has no choice but to go on the run.

Their best defense is the power Frannie has been struggling to master, but her attempts to hone her skill go horribly awry. If Frannie doesn't learn fast, the consequences could be devastating--even apocalyptic.

What happens when you can't outrun Hell...or trust the ones you love?

This is the last book in the Personal Demons series. I was honestly sad to see this series in because it had sucked me in to whole heartedly that it only took me a week to read this book (and that is including the fact that I am in my first year of college).

In terms of the rating this book is very similar to the other books in the series however this time it is more rated for violence. This is the final book so of course the final battle takes place and that is where most of the valance comes from.

There are also a few risqué scenes but nothing to descriptive. Then of course there is some cussing as well.

This series caught my attention and wouldn’t let it go. All in all I loved these books but as always the decision is up to you.