Sunday, October 5, 2014

September In A Review #1

So today I decided to start my new section on the blog called "Wrap-Up". As you can guess it's about the books I've read this month. I'll also be posting about the book-to-movie adaptation that I watched + some other books.

Let's jump into it. This month was pretty successful for me because I managed to read SEVEN books. I know it might not sound as much but put in school and some other time-consuming things and you get a mess...

So first up I have 

1. THE GIVER by Luis Lowry


Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Overall, I liked this book, even though I had some issues with it. But given the fact it is one of the first dystopian novels I can get over it. Plus there was the film that fixed my problems with the book. It was different but in a good way.

2. THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas


After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

I really enjoyed this book. It was action-packed with a mystery but the pacing is slow for me. Except that I liked the book.

3. WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

It's no secret I am a Jennifer L. Armentrout fan. I have loved the LUX series and this series is awesome...  This book was so fast-paced and action-packed and was written so well... Congrats Jennifer, You've impressed me, again!

4. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare


Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young "star-cross'd lovers" whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. 

This book... aghhh. I want to forget about reading it. It was cringe-worthy and stupid. I get that it is a tragedy and about  star-crossed lovers but come on.  When you're sixteen you'd know better than to kill yourself just because you can't be with the girl you met a few days ago. I am all for romance but what was this build up for?  It wuld have a much stornger impact on me if it wasn't taking place in a few days. Few months, okay. Weeks, oh well, I can get over it but not in a few days. I am going to shut up now.

5. MR MERCEDES by Stephen King


In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

This book is weird.... Like all of King's books.  It's  a mystery but not in the way you think . It is compelling yet at moments I feels like some parts of the books could have been cut out but well, it's King. I enjoyed this books and I could really relate to the characters. 

6. THE INFINITE SEA by Rick Yancey


How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

This book left me speechless., literally. I read it for about 5 or 6 hours.  It's the continuation of "THE 5th WAVE" . It was interesting, left me wandering about a lot things but I didn't love it as much as I did the previous one. 

7. REBOOT by Amy Tintera


Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

This book is so awesome. It had all the elements I want in a story - romance, gripping plot and fast-pacing. The characters are so cool. I loved pretty much everything about this book. The only thing was bugging me was the fact I felt it too familiar.

This was for the books I read. Now let's go to the adaptations.

I know "The Giver" was released back in August in the US but here, in Bulgaria, it came out on September 5th, This is weird considering we've always gotten the movies on time. I LOVED the movie.

Next, "The Maze Runner" came out too which I enjoyed but it wasn't something memorable. I am not saying it was bad by all means but I felt I've watched it already(I have NOT read the book).

I know it's not book related but I wanted to say that I am keeping my fingers crossed and praying fr Jules Bianchi to get better and survive after that incident. My thoughts are with him.

SO what did you guys think of the post? Should I continue with this section? Also tell me which books do you want reviewed? Make sure to let me know in the comment section down below. Thank you for reading and I hope you spread the word and subscribe. 

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