The Giver - Lois Lowry

Jonas’ 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.

Yea: I realize I’m a little late to the party, but I was never made to read this one in school, and never picked it up until now. I was incredibly impressed by this simply and beautifully written book. And I couldn’t help but think “Ah, a dystopian society novel that isn’t all action and love and teenagers and fighting!”  I thoroughly enjoyed learning about this society, and the protagonists struggle to identify whether or not he really wants to learn the truth, what should be done about it, and how he can help in whatever small way he can.  Fantastic.

Nay: It’s probably the whole point, but I felt it was left unresolved.  I know there are loose companion novels, but none of them continue the journey of this one.  Sigh.

I give it: 8.5/10

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself.

Yea: This one was easy to get into.  Nothing was too convoluted or overdone, and the heroine is fairly likeable, as are her otherworldly family.  There’s a bit of magic, forbidden love, snarky ex-boyfriends, avenging angels and the like, so it;s pretty darn fun. And it’s set in Prague, which is neat.

Nay: There’s these flashback bits—which are crucial to the plot, i know—that seem ill placed.  I felt like i was taken out of “now” for a little too long. And I know it’s a YA book, so the I-cant-live-without-you love stuff is pretty standard, but i was hoping for a little more conflict between the lovers; it starts out in that vein, and it would have been nice to explore, I think.

I give it: 6/10

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Misty of Chincoteague — Marguerite Henry

On an island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the most mysterious of all, Phantom, a rarely seen mare that eludes all efforts to capture her—that is, until a young boy and girl lay eyes on her and determine that they can’t live without her. The frenzied roundup that follows on the next “Pony Penning Day” does indeed bring Phantom into their lives, in a way they never would have suspected. Phantom would forever be a creature of the wild. But her gentle, loyal colt Misty is another story altogether.

Yea:  I mean, what’s not to like about a book about plucky children and their love for a horse?  It’s light, it’s fun, and it makes you want to go out for a ride.  

Nay: (or neigh…haaa)  This book is geared toward a younger crowd, so it really is a bit of fluff. Personally, I don’t think that’s a negative thing; this was one of my favorite books as a kid, and when i saw it at the library, i just had to pick it up.  It’s a warm fuzzies kind of book, so don’t look here if you’re looking to be challenged.

I give it: 6/10  (look, i’m going out of 10 now!)

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Fun Stuff! (has Game of Thrones spoilers)

1. Which is your favourite book blog here?

       —Hmm, I like all the ones I follow!

2. If you could get any quote tattooed on your body, what would it be?

       —“Love all, trust a few, and do wrong to none” All’s Well that Ends Well.


3. Favourite author and why?

       —I have a 5 way tie for my favorite, but let’s go with Phillipa Gregory this evening:  I appreciate how she stays true to the historical accounts of the time period and events she writes about, but still takes completely believable liberties with her work.  Nothing is too far fetched, nor too complicated.  She knows how to blend fact and fiction incredibly well.


4. First book you remember reading.

       —The Lion King!  It was one of those big books Disney used to rep lease with their films.  It was also the first book I could read by myself.  


5. Favourite OTP from a book.

       —Oh jeeze.  Aragorn and Arwen, I guess.


6. The book/series that made you fall in love with reading.

       —Harry Potter.  I mean, I loved reading since I first learned how, but I think the Harry Potter series was the first time I really got obsessed with a book(s);  It was the first time I was aware of the talent of a writer, and how/why I identified with certain characters, instead of just “ooh i like the princess!”  or what have you.


7. Most over rated author/book in your opinion.

      — I really did not like “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, and I feel ilk every time I say that, whoever I’m talking to think’s I’m completely insane.  I appreciate the book, sure, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.


8. One book you regret having read.

       —I dont regret reading anything.  I do, however, wish I wasn’t forced to read certain books in school.  I hated being forced to read certain books and analyze them for class.  It took the fun out of it, and therefore made me dislike the book.  There are books I definitely need to give another try.


9. If you could forget one book to experience it all over again, which one would it be?

      —A Song of Ice and Fire series.  UGH!  The plot twists!


10. One book that changed your life.

       —Harry Potter, for the reasons mentioned earlier.  Also, my First Folio of Shakespeare’s complete works.  Beautiful, genius, gets me so psyched for my craft.


11. That book you know isn’t too good yet it holds a special place in your heart.

       —Angus, Thongs and a Full Frontal Snogging.  Dunno why, but I’ll always love that little book!  


12. One book/series you would love to be adapted into a movie or TV show.

       —If there was a mini series of all the Tudor Court and Cousin’s War books of Philipa Gregory’s, I’d watch it.


13. A character’s death that came as a massive shock.

       —ROBB STARK.


14. Your ‘what the heck did just happen’ moment from a book.

       —Basically, the entirety of the SOIAF books I’s read thus far. The red wedding, Sansa’s marriage, NED STARK, anything that ever happens to Danerys…


15. A dead character you’d like to bring back to life.

       —Severus Snape.  Or Sirius Black.

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