Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Page Count: 328 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary from Goodreads: "Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor and Park is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. 

When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under."

(Review under the cut)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Review: The Selection and The Prince by Kiera Cass

Love triangles is something I try to avoid completely, but this book was so captivating I couldn't put it down.

Think of "The Bachelor," except in the form of a Young Adult Fiction Novel, and with teenage girls, and that's what we got. In the fantasy country of Illea, set in the future after the United States has fallen, young Prince Maxon has finally come of age and is eligible to marry. As is per tradition, he holds a competition, The Selection, where 35 young women in the country from each province and caste are chosen to compete for his heart and the crown.

Here we follow the story of sixteen year old America Singer. In a country with a caste system, she is a Five, one of the lower rankings with One being the highest and Eight the lowest. Each level of the caste system as a different professional occupations, and Five's are performers. Five is also one of the poorer standings, so it is a difficult to find a good paying job. Even though America Singer has a beautiful voice, her family's meager looks make it difficult for families of higher status to hire them. And so when she gets a letter in the mail saying she is eligible to enter in The Selection, to the excitement of her family, she grudgingly agrees, for every member who is selected into the race will be compensated.

(Review cont. under the cut)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

When we first meet Warner in Tahereh Mafi's first novel of the Shatter Me trilogy ("Shatter Me"), we're automatically set on hating him. He is the antagonist of the story, he's the bad guy. He's going to selfishly abuse Juliette's power for his own personal gain. He seems cruel and cold-hearted and we all clapped frivolously when Juliette and Adam finally escaped his cruel ways.

But like every other Villian, Warner has a past.

To backtrack: Shatter Me is based on Juliette, a seventeen year old who has a destructive power: If you touch her, you die. Ever since her family discovered her power (or in their minds, her illness) due to an accident with a young boy, she has been lock up by the Reestablishment.

After a couple of years going to ward after ward, Juliette is rescused by Warner, the head of the Reestablishment in their Sector. But to her horror, Juliette discovers Warner only wants to use her power for evil, for destruction, and Juliette is itching to get her freedom.

(Review cont. under the cut)