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04 May 2010 @ 09:27 pm

16. Les Miserables(abridged)  by Victor Hugo (2/27)
Rating: unrated due to being a classic and the abridged version
Do I really need to write a review for this book? If I must... I saw the musical first, and fell in love with the songs and characters. This book has quite the following and is a classic for a reason after all. Marius didn't suit my fancy, and I found him a bit unlikeable actually. (I liked him in the musical though... but that might just be because of  the actor) Eponine claims the place for my favorite character though.

17. The Dragon Heir by Cinda W. Chima (3/1)
Rating: 4/5
I read the previous books in the series in the last few years and I loved them. (I own a copy of book 1) This was a fantastic final book to end the series, though I hope I'm wrong in that it's the last. True, this one lacked a bit in the action department compared to the other books, but the whole wizard politics mahem is wrapped up nice and neat. The characters from the previous books seem to lose a bit of their shine, and Chima is dipping them precautiously into mary-sue territory. My fav charas, Jack and Ellen don't get as much of a spotlight either.
But Hastings x Linda 4evah man. Uncompared to the other books, it was a good read.

18. ...Or Not? by Brian Mandaback
Rating: 4/5
That's Cassie. Always asking the tough questions so you don't have to.
I really connected to the main character. Usually, boo-hoo, angsty loners like her make me roll my eyes, but she really hit the spot. There was quite a lot of flashing back and forth, causing a lil' bit o' confusion, and the too long musings + stories written by her makes it really drag on and I lost interest more than once. I'll have to reread this book again someday.
Left me in a daze when I finished it, and the ending, while fantastic, felt too uncompleted to me. Are you just going to leave it all off there??? argh. maybe there's a sequel....
04 May 2010 @ 09:11 pm

13. Geektastic edit by Holly Black and Ceicil Castellucci (date lost)
Rating: 4/5
With Buffy mentions, Geekdom and even a LARP story, it fits the shoe like cinderella. Being a geek myself might make me a little biased, but I loved it for that reason. I was unfamiliar with some of the fandoms and some stories struck me as boring/unsatisfactory/not to my taste but most of it was wonderfully delish. Like eating your favorite kind of chocolate <3

14. Mira Mirror by xxxx (date lost)
Rating 3.5/5
An interesting spin on the snow white fairy tale. It had a lot of pretty words, but the total sum led up to nothing. Came out pretty flat to me. But the descriptions and writing style was very decorative and ...well... fairy-tale-ish. (does that make sense?) The ending was good, I'll give it that much, but the book was filled with so much unfulfilled potential that they had to cut short because of the length.

15. The Book of Tormod: Templar's Apprentice by Kat Black (2/25) SPOILER
Rating: 3/5
The beginning was sketchy and real awkward to me. Tormod struck me on a bad chord straight from page one so I have to say I really didn't like his character at the beginning. (There was nothing wrong- good combo of flaws and strengths I guess, but I just didn't like his type.[[SPOILER:  Adding to the fact that he was some kind of seer with magic didn't help. ] Story follows very similarly to The Thief series. The end started kicking it up with the excitement though and it boosted my opinion of the book once I finished. The dialouge was all written so it read like an Irish (or something like that) accent, making it a little bothersome to read, but the word choice in the narrative parts was good enough to make up for it. . . except when the wording got funky.
14 April 2010 @ 06:19 pm
10. Septimus Heap: Syren by Angie Sage (2/9) spoiler
Rating: 3.5/5
Comedic and dramatic in all the right places. And all the characters are developing further, for better and for worse. It's somewhat less awesome as the previous books in the series, but still nicely-done. Seems like a transitioning book for an even bigger event to me.
SPOILER:The addition of Syrah as a love interest for Septimus displeases me greatly though. I:< Could've been so much better never-the-less.

11. Here lies Arthur by Philip Reeve (2/10)
Rating: 4/5
The beginning had a wobbly start and Gwyna's tomboy-trait is very unconvincing sometimes even though she repeatedly says she's a tomboy. Sorry, gal, but I don't see it. But that's just a small pest in the sea of this fantastic tale. This retelling of King Arthur was very original to me and it wasn't bad at all. Lots of nice action and the unfolding was smooth, save for the beginning.

12. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev (date lost)
Rating: 5/5
May I just say- BEAUTIFUL COVER. aaand we're good.
It's hilarious, the characters are ah-mazing, and anything mentioning les mis deserves no less than a '5'. (TEAM NATE FTW) There were a few cliches poked in, but I can ignore them well enough. The events and actions were nice executed- and I just loved it. awaiting the next book May 2010~ <3
14 April 2010 @ 05:57 pm

7. The Queen of Attolia by MW Turner (1/25) SPOILER
Rating: 3.5/5
Compared to The Thief, this was a bit disappointing. I read it expecting something like it's prequel, but instead I got an angsty, weird romance that makes no sense to me. It's still an enchanting tale, but Eugenides has certainly changed a lot. He also may have become a bit masochistic.(spoiler:loving the lady who cut off your arm? yeah.) The plot is more serious and intense, which suits this book pretty well though.

8. The King of Attolia by MW Turner (1/29)
Rating: 5/5
This book, is like a mix of the Queen and the Thief. All in all, so much better than book 2. It's funny, mysterious, and seeing it all through Costis' eyes is a refreshing out look. Reminded me why I loved the Thief and was worth getting through the Queen for. Eugenides gets some spunk back into his character too!

9. After by Francine Prose (2/3)
Rating: 5/5
If I wasn't paranoid about school, the government, and corruption before- I sure as hell am now. Everything goes downhill for the characters after the first page. The only bad part of this is that some of the little excerpts of romance and their backstories are completely overshadowed by all the drama. Most books have a hard time getting the perfect finale, but Prose pulled it off with me wanting a sequel. He's not writing a fairytale with a happy ending and isn't afraid to tell you. This is (his) reality.
14 April 2010 @ 05:34 pm
4. Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis. (1/12)
Rating: 4/5
A story within a story, but turns out to be all the same story in the end! There were a lot of references to Indian culture, so while very interesting, a little confusing to follow. But it was exciting and heart-felt to the end. I feel that the end was a little sloppily done though. But if there's ever a sequel, I'll totally go check it out.

5. Gateway by Sharon Shinn (1/22)
Rating: 2/5
The words were a bit awkward and the flow was uneven. I had to force myself to concentrate because the way it was written was so awkward. I have to admit, the plot twist at the end was good, and was probably what kept this book from getting a '1'. The resolution was downright cheesy though. Because the book was so short, they never really had time to build up a good relationship so the end lost some of the effect it was going for.

6. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (1/23)
Rating: 4/5
I loved it very much. There are some parts which drag out the moments a bit too much for my liking, but it's mostly clever and interesting. Eugenides is very close to being a Gary Stu, but still realistically wonderful and loveable. It's funny, the adventure is thrilling, and the Gods were a nice touch.
12 April 2010 @ 12:33 am
1. Gilda Joyce: The Ghost Sonata by Jennifer Allison (1/02)
Rating: 3.5/5
We learn quite a bit more about the characters, like Wendy and Balthazar. Which is intriguing because in the previous books, all we've had are small glances of who these people are. Also, any book with Tarot Cards is a total win. Alice in Wonderland was a wonderful referance to make too.
The book was a wee bit too predictable though. Don't get me wrong, I still couldn't figure out who the culprit was till they revealed it, but the other events were sad to say the least. The plot twists were all very weak and futile attempts. It was a satisfying story, but it didn't turn out as dramatic as the other books in the series.

2. Destination Unexpected (anthrology of stories about 'journeys') (1/04)
Rating: 5/5
The stories were all wonderful and very inspiring. I forgot to get the name of the editor who put it together though. Some of the stories made me cry! Though not all of them were great. A few didn't seem very thought out, but you can't have your cake and eat it too. It was 98% enjoyable and that's what counts.

3. Dragonfly by Julia Golding (1/11)
Rating: 3/5
Seriously? It wasn't exactly one of my all time favorites, but it was good enough to get a neutral 3. Golding has created a beautiful world that deserves the genre of action-adventure. The female lead was a bit irksome to read about and the "I hate you! but suddenly I love you!" relationship didn't exactly win any points. (I hate those types) But it made a good attempt with it's jokes(some of them fell flat though) and the characterization wasn't bad. Just work on the whole generic tsundere princess and not cram so many events into one book.
12 April 2010 @ 12:19 am
This icon needed more use anyways.

uhhh, I have no idea what I'm doing, really. The purpose of this community is so I can have somewhere to post my reviews and critiques of books and movies etc somewhere not so... destroyable by means of spills, flames and hands that want to rip something to shreds. heh.
To start off, I'll be posting my mini reviews of my 100 books in one year goal. Maybe a few reviews of movies I see over the course of the time. I'll try to keep out all spoilers- unless It's a large review, which then I'll warn you if I included spoilers or not.

Comments on any of my reviews are always very very very much welcome. :)