Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Book Review: Origin

"Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost"

Author: Jessica Khoury
Year of Release: 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Sequel(s): None, it's a standalone, however, there is a spin-off book called "Virto" about different characters
What motivated you to read this book?: I'm a fan of Breathless Reads on Facebook & this was one of them for Fall 2012. Ever since I read the description I knew I wanted to read it.
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Local Library
Favorite Character: Eio Farwalker or Pia
Least Favorite Character: Uncle Paolo
Thoughts on Cover: Very original. I like the jungle that surrounds the human and that the title is three-dimensional, so you can feel it. Very cool. 
Recommended to: Dystopian & Science Fiction Fans
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Review: I really enjoyed this book. I love science fiction, it is one of my favorite genres.  I actually didn't know what to expect from this book, but it is truly remarkable! I literally had to force myself to stop reading it so I could sleep, and the first thing I would do in the morning was read it! It's a very quick read. Each chapter ended in a way that made me want to keep reading to see what happens next. It didn't have a dull moment! I loved that.

The characters are very likable especially Pia and her love interest, Eio. Pia's Aunt Harriet grew on me as well just as Pia started to like her more and more. The plot itself was fascinating. I can only imagine living a life knowing that you would never ever die while knowing that everybody else will. It only puts things into perspective for me. I do not want to live forever even if there are others who are immortal too.

I really like the idea Khoury used of being mortal as living an eternity. I never really thought of that before. Being mortal while making the most out it, and facing death knowing that there is an afterlife that will last an eternity.

I was very pleased with this book and was truly amazed that the author was only 21 or 22 when she wrote it. There were many plot twists and turns that were so unexpected! It was great! I see a great feature for Khoury!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Book Review: Clockwork Princess

       Clockwork Princess
"Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her."

Author: Cassandra Clare
Year of Release: 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Sequel(s): None, last in the series
What motivated you to read this book?: I wanted to read the last book to see what happens to my favorite characters!
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Purchased at Barnes & Noble
Favorite Character: Will Herondale or Gabriel Lightwood 
Least Favorite Character: Mortmain
Thoughts on Cover: LOVE it! Tessa is beautiful! Love her dress. I also love that she's holding a book.
Recommended to: Mortal Instruments Fans
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Review: Cassandra Clare is truly a remarkable writer. She has created a world that has grabbed my attention & has made me want even more. Her descriptions of the characters, plot and setting make the book feel so realistic. I felt as though I was really there in the characters' shoes living and feeling just as they did. I even cried twice while reading it. The emotions just felt so real. It is a very emotional book.

What I love about this series is that the characters are so incredibly lovable. I really love every protagonist. I especially enjoy how each character has grown throughout the series. One character who has changed and grown is Gabriel Lightwood. In the first two books, Gabriel is portrayed as the bad guy. Will and him hate each other. I absolutely love when the unlikable bad characters do a complete 180 & change for the better. I went from disliking him to loving him! To me, he is the character that has grown the most.

I will not go into specifics to not spoil any thing, but this book has so many surprises and plot twists. It made it so much harder to put the book down! I deeply loved it! I was really shocked when I read the epilogue. I wasn't expecting that at all! Although this book answered 99% of the questions that I had after I finished Clockwork Prince, a few new questions formed after reading this book which will hopefully be answered when reading the last Mortal Instruments book.

I cannot put into words how much I love this book. It is really challenging to write a review about a book that I love so much without giving anything away, but I loved how Clare was able to tie this book not only to the first two books in this series, but also to The Mortal Instruments books. Clare is very, very talented.

I am sad that this series is over, but I am very glad that there are still more books that will be released in the future from this wonderful world that Clare has created.

Long Absense

My dear readers,

I want to thank everybody who has taken the time to read my blog ever since I started it in March 2012. After I started school again, life took over & I never had the chance to read much, let alone update a blog. I pretty much went on a HUGE reading slump. I have since graduated this past April & things have slowed down a bit. I highly considered posting an update announcing that I was going to stop blogging on this blog all together. I just lost interest. But now, after reading "Clockwork Princess" (which is amazing, by the way), I realize that I still want to blog & discuss what I read with all of you. Therefore, I will still be blogging.

Here's what I will be blogging about:

1) Book reviews (obviously, that was the whole purpose of this blog)
2) Character analyses-Posts in which I will discuss characters that I love
3) Random posts where I just rant

Thanks again for reading! You guys are awesome!

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