Wednesday, 26 March 2014

John Dreamer

John Dreamer

published February 1st 2014
 
 
SUMMARY
Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her.

When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.

REVIEW
    No. No, no, no, no, NO! She could not end it like that--she just COULN'T!
    But she did, and she could...'cause it's her book.
    John Dreamer was entertaining, at times funny, and...eccentric. For one thing, there was this one character who was 80's disco theme, then bathtub shower(it's a private joke). Upon finishing, I was mad and screaming no, no, no, no, no, no, NO! Yeah, there is a cliff hanger that I suspect will ever be unhanged.
    This book is about 7 teenagers who suddenly found themselves in a white room with no recollection as to how they got there. They all had some kind of issue--things happened to them. You know, the usual; bullying, teasing, ignored-and-invisible, fear of something, self-doubt, family issues, etc. And, coincidentally, their birthdays all landed on March 3rd. 
    In the white room,  they had to face their fears and they will 'never be the same again'.
 
                 "The only thing in this place that's true; you will not return to he life you knew."
   
    The main character, Andy, was first to arrive in the white room. She then saw John, and as she fell in love, she said, "Scientists states that it only takes eight-and-a-half seconds to fall in love at
 first sight". Seriously, she counted. "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, eight-and-a-half".
    I never knew the characters all that well before they were sort of 'killed off'. If I had to choose a favorite, I would indubitably choose the Guardian. He's like a child in a grown man's body and also the 80's-then-bathtub guy I talked about in the beginning.
    John Dreamer has its ups and downs and I would give this book a 3.7 or 4 star depending on what mood I am in. Right now, I am feeling 3.7. It's a book for...people, I guess. Someone who does not like this type of literature might like it more than someone who live and breath contemporary-fantasy--who knows. It's just the type of book that if you liked it, you liked it no matter where your usual interest lie.
 
Beware the cliff hanger
Sunny~
   
 
 
 
   


Monday, 10 March 2014

Second Star

Second Star

                       Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


Summary
    A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward his nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of J. M. Barrie's classic tale, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up—and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

Review(?stars?)
    I am very confused.
    What had drawn my eyes in the first place was the summary. Peter Pan, Wendy and Captain Hook in an epic love-triangle; I mean, who would not want to read that? Upon finishing, I was confused, sad...and angry. Very angry. There were parts where I could not help but feel happy and sappy. Then there were the parts where I wanted to punch, not the protagonist, but the author--but my inner 12-year-old Twilight fan was adamant that I keep on reading. Let us just say that even she was crushed when I finished the book.

    My confusion: Through out the love-triangle, I could not decide who to vouch for, and who seemed the obvious choice and conclusion. I really liked Jas, who was the Captain Hook, and was really sweet and kind and not at all Hook-like. From the start, I always thought that the story would end with Pete(Peter Pan) and Belle(Tinker Bell) together. I thought the story was one that was going to melt my heart and cause me to act like a love-sick teenager. I thought there was going to be a happy ending.
    But, boy, was I wrong.
    Before Sheinmel crushed my spirit with her cruel plot-twist, my heart did melt and  I did act like a sappy, love-sick teenager. But then it was over. The end, god, I do not want to spoil it. What Sheinmel did was a cliff hanger that gave reason for a sequel. Well, congratulations, it worked. Even though Second Star was a stand-alone novel, I am one of those fools who have fallen into the trap and is yearning for a sequel.
    What had met my expectation was the resemblance. In Second Star, Belle was very jealous of Wendy, but changed her mind in the end a bit. Pete was the leader of runaways. Wendy was very grownup, and could take care of herself. Jas is...well, he's not Captain Hook, that's what.
     Overall, it was a quick read and I don't want to recommend it, but I know there are many readers out there who would like this book and mourn for Jas, Pete and Belle as I have. And plus, a part of me did like this very much.
     My question to the author: Was it really all just a hallucination?


Sunny~
 

P.S. Check out Sheinmel's website.


Thank you to NetGalley for a viewing of this book in exchange for an honest review

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Surfacing


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13060190-surfacing

Surfacing

Published December 19th 2013 by Shana Norris (first published November 13th 2011)


Summary
Sixteen-year-old Mara Westray has just lost her mother, and now, being shipped off to live with the father she doesn’t know is not how she imagined grieving. She’s already counting down the days until she turns eighteen and can leave the tiny island of Swans Landing.

But from the moment she steps off the ferry, nothing is as ordinary as it looks. Whispers of a haunting song on the wind make her see impossible things, and she isn’t sure she can trust her judgment about what is real and what isn’t anymore. Maybe she can’t even trust her judgment about quiet Josh Canavan, whose way of speaking in riddles and half-truths only confuses her more, luring her deeper into the secrets hidden beneath the ocean’s surface.

As she tries to unravel the events that led to her mom fleeing the island sixteen years ago, Mara finds that the biggest secret of all is only the beginning.


Review(2 star)
    As you have probably guessed from my 2 start review, I did not like this book. I did not hate it because I still managed to finish reading it, but the unexplained and random wood swings of the main character, Mara, has given this book a 2 star status on my shelf.
    Mara has been through a lot before moving in with her dad(whom she hasn't seen since she was 6 weeks old), and I'm not sure how I would've acted under the circumstances, but what she did was somewhat tantamount to the Cinderella Complex. Her hatred, I understood. Yes, she did punch some one at one point of the book(in self-defence), but she did nothing but worry and mope at other times. Let just say that she made stupid decisions, like all heroines do at some point of their stories, only, Mara's decisions(mood swings) made no sense. One moment she hates the guy, you flip the page, and on the next chapter, she went back to loving him. No explanations as to what changed her mind--either that, or I skipped too much and missed those parts. 
    The setting of the book was thought of well enough. But I could not connect with any of the characters. This was almost like a book I reviewed some time back, where the two characters had 3 days to save the world but decided to lounge on the beach and talk about sex before actually doing anything.
    In this book there were vendetta, and racism against mermaids (whom they call finfolk). There were part(s) that made sense and in which Mara did not have a mood swing--Mara and her dad finally getting along--and some very satisfactory one(s), too--Mara punching that b*tch. Though this book was not exactly my cup-of-tea, I could imagine it being some else's.

Sunny~

I was allowed a viewing of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

The Truth About Alice

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18926886-the-truth-about-alice

The Truth About Alice

Expected publication: June 3rd 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
 
 
Summary

    Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody.  Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

Review(96%)
    Impressive. I am very impressed with how eloquent Mathieu wrote and elaborate it was planned out. By elaborate, I mean it sucked me into the story and I could not stop(I got mad at my stomach for whining at dinner time). So many questions popped up everywhere and were answered one-by-one.
    As the summary said, this is told through the perspectives of four different Healy High students. Now, I never had any problems with multiple POVs before, and I didn't have any this time, either; and as I devoured this book, I noticed that if someone asked me "what would you recommend to someone who hates multiple POVs and reading in general?" I would indubitably answer, "The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu," because the character's thoughts and characteristics, feelings and confusions, families and friends--it was written so that I had no doubt as to who was speaking.
    The Truth is that people will believe whatever crap they come up in their head and spin tale to save their own hide. Their reputation and pride. Ugh! I was so mad though out it all. They even found reasons to justify their actions(translation: blame Alice). And Kelsie, she was the one I wanted to set on fire the most(I have a water boiler outside big enough to fit a skinny girl, and plenty of firewood and matches) and the only one who acknowledged that she was a horrible friend and a chicken. She also mentioned something about the Nazi's that made me think about what I truly would have done; hide Anne Frank and her family in my annex or join the Nazis so I won't be killed the way I feared.
    Characters: The four POVs are The Queen Bee, the Wannabe(I think it was called), the quarterback's best friend, and the boy who had always watched Alice from afar. All of them, except for the last character I mentioned(the boy who had always watched Alice from afar), were mean bullies. And I hated them all(except for the-boy-who-had-always-watched-Alice-from-afar, who we will now refer to as Kurt, because that's his name). I felt sympathy for them for a while, but the feelings quickly died out. It was very interesting to hear the story from only the bullies' (and Kurt's) POV instead of just the bullied or the bullied and best friend. And Alice got her say in the end. The characters were also quite stereotypical, but was still convincing.
    Even though I despised the characters, I couldn't help but like the book in general. It was a quick, unique and, to me, intriguing read. And though-provoking, too. I would most definitely recommend it to everyone and anyone.

Sunny~

Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to view this book in exchange for an honest review.





 

 

The Here and Now

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18242896-the-here-and-now?ac=1

The Here and Now

Expected publishing: April 8th, 2014 by Delacorte Press
 
 
 
Summary: 
 
An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

Review(2.9/ 3.2)
    The Here and Now was kind of disappointing. The plot was pretty good(and possible) but I just couldn't really connect with the main character--not to mention that she made plenty of stupid decisions that angered me(I still like her better than Bella Swan). Some parts of the story did not make sense either. For example, they had about three days to save the world, but instead of putting all their time into saving the world, they hang around on the beach and talk about...sex.
    There were some parts that I did enjoy, and though this book was flawed, it did had a way of pulling me in, and if Brashares decide to write a sequel, I absolutely would read it to, you know, find out if they succeed in invent a cure for the blood plague/Ethan and prenna would ever get the chance to be together without the fear of Ethan dying of the blood plague.
    What I liked: As I have mentioned before in brackets, the plot was possible. It is. Global warming causing devastations in places that were not ready for it, the whole world becoming warm enough for mosquitoes to fly all year round, and an epidemic breaking out and kill hundreds of thousands. All of that is possible--and that is what made me like this book better than if the plot was impossible or improbable.
    Characters: The only characters that, to me, are worth while are Katherine(Prenna's best friend) and Ethan. Katherine is the best friend; loyal and attentive. I demand she make more appearances! Ethan, though he made stupid decisions, too, was a large part of the plot. He placed a tiny tracker in Prenna's shoe that led him to her prison, cut open the window to the prison and quietly broke her out, and he was also a hacker and programmer who saved some world-ending data and, according to Baltos, used it to save the world. Yay!
    Overall, I could only give this book a 2.9 or 3.2. Though I didn't like it all that much, it did make me want to read the sequel--if Brashares ever decide to write one--and her other books, too; the Sisterhood series, My name is Memory, and The Last Summer (of You and Me).
    I would imagine that there are many who would immensely enjoy this book and give it 5 stars.

Sunny~

Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to view this book in exchange for an honest review.