Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bumped Review

323 pages
When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

Review:
This book was a humorous and interesting read. It showed a world where being pregnant was a status symbol. I think that the differences between Melody and Harmony shows two different extremes that a person can be pushed to. Harmony's zealot attitude made the book funny but the twist at the end showed that there was more beneath the surface of her attitude towards her sister. This book showed what can happen through media and peer influence. A lot of the views in this book came from others around the teens instead of them concentrating on their own ideas and feelings. I was glad that Melody had more beneath the surface than I thought at first while reading. I think that anyone who enjoys a good dystopian novel will enjoy this book.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Enclave Review

259 pages
WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE In Deuce's world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed 'brat' has trained into one of three groups-Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear--to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She's worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing's going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce's troubles are just beginning.
Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn't like following orders. At first she thinks he's crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don't always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she's never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce's perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy... but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she's ever known.

Review:
I enjoyed this book immensely. Lately I have been reading a lot more dystopian novels and I have found them to be intriguing in their views of what the future could possibly be like. Ann Aguire portrays a brutal world in which most kids are just trying to survive. Deuce is used to one way of thinking and prejudicial views from her own community but is able to see past that when her world is unexpectedly changed. It was interesting to see how different youths in the novel dealt with the way their world had changed depending on where they survived. I can't wait for the second book in this series. I definitely recommend this book for any one who's a fan of dystopian novels and fast-paced adventure.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Game of Thrones Review

835 pages
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective wall. To the south, the King's powers are failing, and his enemies are emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the King's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but also the kingdom itself. A heroic fantasy of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and evildoers who come together in a time of grim omens. The first volume in George Martin's series.



Review:
First I have to say this book was 800+ pages (which I loved), extremely frustrating and even more riveting. When I found out it was being made into a television series I decided I had to read all the books so I could judge if the show is as good as the book. I could not put this book down. The brutality and intricacy of all the plots and fights that went on in this book was intriguing to say the least. The only thing that I can say bothered me about the book was that the point of view kept switching from character to character. I normally find most books to be predictable but this book kept me guessing and on my toes until the end. It definitely made me want to pick up the next book right away and continue to see where the characters were headed. I recommend this book to any fans of fantasy novels or those who want a deeper understanding of the television series.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Airhead Review

352 pages
EM WATTS IS GONE. Emerson Watts didn't even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there-along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard. How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her-and life as she'd known it-forever? One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally. Now getting her best friend, Christopher, to notice that she's actually a girl is the least of Em's problems. But what Em's pretty sure she'll never be able to accept might just turn out to be the one thing that's going to make her dream come true . . . . NIKKI HOWARD IS HERE TO STAY.


Review:
As a light read I have to say this book was mildly entertaining. Seeing Em go through her transformation into supermodel Nikki Howard was interesting since she was finally seeing things from an "attractive" point of view. I was kind of disappointed that she didn't use her new looks to support her ideals but instead just kind of went along not changing much about the person she was supposed to be. Even though there was a lot of funny moments throughout this novel I got the sense that the underlying message was that looks do matter and that they make life easier. There were moments in the book where you did see an attempt to embrace all girls no matter what they look like. However, if you're looking for a fun beach read then this book is definitely for you.

Welcome to my book blog!

I decided to create a blog dedicated to books. I read so much and so often that I really can't figure out why I haven't thought of this before. My love for reading stems from my mom reading to me when she was pregnant with me and my earliest memory is of reading books. I literally cannot remember a time in my life that I was not reading. I'm sure that if I tried to catalog how many books I've read throughout the years it is definitely well over a couple thousand. So welcome to a place where you can read reviews on on the books I read from hereon out. I promise you won't be disappointed. :)