This One Summer

This One SummerAuthor: Mariko Tamaki

Illustrator: Jillian Mariko

Pages: 320

Publication Date May 6, 2014

Synopsis: Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Review: This was a cute graphic novel. I wish I had read it during the summer because it is about two girls on summer vacation, but I still enjoyed it. There wasn’t much of a plot to the story but what was there was entertaining. I could definitely relate to the two characters. I don’t really have to much to say about this graphic novel; I enjoyed reading it but it wasn’t fantastic.

 

 

Anya’s Ghost

Anya's GhostAuthor: Vera Brosgol

Pages: 221

Publication Date: June 7, 2011

Synopsis: Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend wasn’t one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.

Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend– even a dead one– is just what she needs.

But Anya’s new B.F.F. isn’t kidding about the “forever” part…

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Review: As Halloween approaches, I have been wanting to read creepier books, but I don’t do well with scary stories. I get scared very easily. Anya’s Ghost was a great pick for me. It had the right amount of creepy without being terrifying.

The story was very cute. I could totally relate to Anya and what she goes through at school. She was not perfect and I did not like what she did some times, but she was a likable character. Emily was also a very interesting character, it was cool to learn about how she became a ghost.

The illustrations  and the black and purple color scheme in this graphic novel were perfect.

Recommendation: Anyone who is excited for Halloween should read this graphic novel!

The Jewel

The JewelAuthor: Amy Ewing

Pages: 358

Synopsis: The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

Review: Let me start with I did not finish this book. I was so bored. I  don’t usually not finish books but this one was brutal. I got about half way done and I realized it wasn’t worth it. It seemed like I had already read it before. It was a mixture of  The Selection, The Hunger Games, and The Winner’s Curse, some good books, and I had no intention of reading them again.

 

October TBR

This month I am planning on reading:

1. Heir of FireHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

2.  The JewelThe Jewel by Amy Ewing

3. The Miserable MillThe Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

4. ProdigyProdigy by Marie Lu

5. The Grapes of WrathThe Grapes of Wrath

6. The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

7. The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

 

September Wrap-Up

September was a good reading month relative to how busy school was. I finished 5 books and 4 graphic novels.

1. Isla and the Happily Ever AfterTitle: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Pages: 339

Publication: August 14, 2014

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Short Review: I really liked Isla, it was by no stretch of imagination my favorite of the three (Anna is definitely my favorite followed closely by Lola and then Isla), but it was an enjoyable read.   Stephanie Perkins is a great writer that keeps her readers interested throughout the book and Isla was not exception; I read Isla in two sittings. I loved the scene at the end when all the characters are altogether. It was great to see all the characters together. I did, however, think Isla and Josh were the weakest of the characters. Josh was great but he was nothing compared to St. Clair or Cricket; same with Isla. Anyway, if you have read Anna and Lola I would definitely read Isla and the Happily After.

2. Seven Days (Monday- Thursday)Title: Seven Days: Monday -> Thursday

Author: Venio Tachibana

Illustrator: Rihito Takarai

Pages: 200

Publication Date: August 4, 2010

For Review click -> here

3. Seven Days (Friday-Sunday)Title: Seven Days: Friday -> Sunday

Author: Venio Tachibana

Illustrator: Rihito Takarai

Pages: 180

Publication Date: August 31, 2011

Rating: ** (2 stars)

4. The Scarlet LetterTitle: The Scarlet Letter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Pages: 259

Publication Date: 1850

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Short Review:The Scarlet Letter was a required reading for my American Literature class and  I understand this is a classic but I thought reading it was brutal. 259 pages seemed like 2059 pages and it could have been 100 pages. Nathaniel Hawthorne obviously liked to detail EVERYTHING! I found the whole novel dry and boring.

5. The Assassin's BladeTitle: The Assassin’s Blade

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 448

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Rating:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (5 stars)

The Assassin and the Healer (4 stars)

The Assassin and the Desert (5 stars)

The Assassin and the Underworld (5 stars)

The Assassin and the Empire (5 stars)

Overall: ***** (5 stars)

Short Review: I love the Throne of Glass series and it was great to to see Celaena before the the series started. Sarah J. Maas is a fantastic writer and I will read anything she writes.

6. April MorningTitle: April Morning

Author: Howard Fast

Pages: 208

Publication Date: 1961

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Short Review: I had to read April Morning for my AP US History class and I am still not sure how I really how I feel about it. April Morning is a middle grade book about the Revolutionary War. We used the book as a fictional source for determining who shot the first shot in the war. I am pretty indifferent to this book.

7.  The CrucibleTitle: The Crucible

Author: Arthur Miller

Pages: 143

Publication Date: 1953

For review click -> here

8. Deathnote Volume 3Title: Deathnote Volume 3

Author: Tsugami Ohba

Illustrator: Takeshi Obata

Pages: 195

Publication Date: January 3, 2006

Rating: **** (4 stars)

9. Deathnote Volume 4Title: Deathnote Volume 4

Author: Tsugami Obha

Illustrator: Takeshi Obata

Pages: 204

Publication Date: March 7, 2006

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Short Review: This series keeps getting better!!! I love where this series is going and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Overall Reading Month: 3.2 stars

Books from original TBR: 2/8

Books added to favorites: 2 (The Assassin’s Blade and The Crucible)

Rereads: none

Pages read this month: 2376

Posts this month: 6

Favorite book this month:

The Assassin's BladeThe Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

 

Goodreads Reading Goal 2014 (Update 2)

I have completed by 75 book reading challenge for 2014 and have decide to up the amount of books, yet again, to increase my book number to 90 books. I was going to increase it to 100 books but I decided that reading 25 books in three months was probably not going to happen, I mean it would be great if it did but I do not think it will. 15 books in 3 months many still be a lot but I am going to try my best to reach this goal but 2015…I can’t believe there are only 3 months until then…

2014 reading challenge

The Crucible

The CrucibleAuthor: Arthur Miller

Pages: 143

Synopsis: Written in 1953, The Crucible is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti-communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s “witch-hunts” in the United States. Within the text itself, Miller contemplates the parallels, writing, “Political opposition… is given an inhumane overlay, which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior. A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence.

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Review: I love The Crucible! The characters are phenomenal, the story is interesting, the writing and dialogue was beautiful. The Salem Witch Trials were such a weird and terrible part of American history and I really liked how The Crucible brought this time to life.  I love how Arthur Miller uses the allegory to McCarthyism to add to the hysteria of the people. I like how it compared, even, to modern society. How do we treat people who are different than what society says is acceptable? When do we take the blame for our actions instead of blaming someone else? How much does jealousy rule our lives? I was so entwined in the story, I was disappointed when it ended. It was a very abrupt ending but I think it really showed how abruptly life can end. The one thing I did not like was that Arthur Miller decided to make Abigail Williams a young woman, so she could have an affair with John Proctor. I know it was used for dramatic purposes, but I felt that it was unnecessary and kind of weird. Anyway, I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone! :)

Seven Days: Monday -> Thursday

Seven Days (Monday- Thursday)Author: Venio Tachibana

Illustrator: Rihito Takarai

Pages: 200

Publication Date: August 4, 2010

Synopsis: It is rumored that Touji Seryou, one of the more popular boys at school, would go out with anyone who asks him out on a Monday morning. But on this particular Monday morning, the first person he meets at the school gate is no other than Yuzuru Shino, Seryou’s senpai at the archery club. On a whim, and well-aware of Seryou’s reputation, Shino asks Seryou to go out with him. Thinking that it will be treated as a joke, they’re both guys after all, imagine Shino’s surprise when Seryou takes him up on the offer! There is a catch, though. While Seryou does go out with the first girl who asks him out on a Monday morning, the other side of the coin is – by the end of the week, he will break up with that person. In essence, Seryou is a lover with a one-week expiration date. But will Shino prove to be the exception to that rule?

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Review: Seven days made no sense to me. The English translations were awful and I never really knew what was going on. The premise was also not very interesting; this really popular kid dates the first person who asks him on Monday and breaks up with them in a week if he has not fallen in love with them. Who falls in love in a week?

The characters were super flat, especially because I could not understand what they were saying.

The illustrations could have been better. I did not think they helped explain the story at all.

Sometimes it was hard to determine who was saying what.

Anyway, Seven Days was just a whole jumble of confusing and I did not enjoy reading it.