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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Book Review: I Am Number Four

I am Number Four
Author: Pitticus Lore
Publish Date: August 2010
Publisher: Harper Collins
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next.
(From GoodReads)

I agree that in a small town there’s nowhere to hide and blending in is crucial. I don’t think it gets any smaller then Paradise, OH. Paradise is a small, rural backwater town that you expect in the fields of Ohio or the plains of Kansas, or the Southern plantation towns of Georgia. In reality it’s a dying culture but Mr. Lore exploits it to the max. The people of Paradise are what you expect from small town busybodies. Some are okay, and others are an annoyance that I really wished for death early in the book.

Number Four is a decent kid. In reality he doesn’t want a war, he just wants life, but we can’t pick and chose our destinies. The name changing thing he has to do must be really annoying as well as the continual moving around. We don’t ever get to find out his Loric name which, I think would be cool to go by or at least know. (Hint, hint.) The best thing to say about John is that he tries. He really does. He listens, for the most part, to Henri, his guardian, and when he doesn’t listen he has a viable reason not to. He has a code of honor, which makes him a really likeable person.

Opposite to him there is Sarah. My personal opinion is “I don’t like her”. She’s the daughter of a real estate agent and an ex cheerleader, reformed bad girl. I don’t buy one minute of it. She’s standard hero’s girlfriend material, but there’s something about her that feels off. Like she’s too nice, too good, too everything.

The plot is a mix of problems blending in with the new society and hiding from the enemy. As well as learning the Legacies as they appear in between everything else. It makes for a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. Thereof there’s always something happening. Whether good or bad is debatable but something is always going on.

The mere fact that something is always happening makes the book a pleasant read. It’s sucks the reader in as one problem ends another starts nearly within the same page. Even through periods of rest, there is always action occurring. I would definitely recommend the book to read for those that like their daily dose of aliens.

My Rating:

PS: I have not seen the movie.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

I must live under a rock. I did not know it was Book Blogger Appreciation Week until someone wished me a happy one... today. It's four days into the week already. >_< I'm such a noob.

Regardless, I've decided to write this post as a shout out to everyone one of the Book Bloggers that deserve an appreciative hug for their support, conversations, and random twitter posts that keep me laughing all day at work.

So for the list of shout outs of bloggers that MUST be recognized or I will go totally insane:

Rachel @ Paper Cuts

Jessica and Donna @ Book Passion forLife 

O_o Wow this list is short. I need to get out more! 

Anyway total HAPPY BOOK BLOGGER APPRECIATION WEEK to my twitter/blogger cohorts! And if you’ve found your way here and don’t know who my peeps are totally check them out! They’re awesome bloggers too!! ^_^ 

Book Review: Waiting For You

Waiting For You
Publish Date: May 2009
Publisher: Viking Juvenile 

At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road - including her parents' unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek - test Marisa's ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school's ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is - or does she?

In this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to "be in the Now" and realizes that the love she's been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.
(From Goodreads)

There’s nothing like a small town to make you appreciate the anonymity of a city. This is something I noticed but in perspective here. The location has a lot to do with Marisa’s social outcastness. 

I don’t really connect with Marisa. High school was a difficult time for me as well, but instead of trying to rise above she feels like a quitter to me. There’s nothing really admirable that stands out and makes me want to like her.  I try, but I just can’t connect with someone that has to try every single wrong way of doing something before she figures out the right one. 

Her cohort isn’t even mentioned in the synopsis yet I like him more. He is Nash and he’s everything she’s not. He’s already had her problems and he’s already solved them. I think she should have dated Nash instead of Derek (who is a total loser in my mind and I wouldn’t have looked twice at him in school). 

There’s not really much going on in the book which is kind of disappointing. The entire thing is told really in the synopsis. This is all that happens. It has a really good idea, but it just needs some more umph to it. While not a great, out of this world read it is decent. 

My Rating:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Top 100 Most Popular YA Books

So I saw this over at Fantasy’s Ink and thought well, heck, how many have I read? There are several of them on my TBR list, but how many have I actually read? Thereof I've Bolded in GREEN the ones I've read. (Just for Fun, I’ve Italized the ones on the TBR. ^_^)

1.Alex Finn – Beastly
2.Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
3.Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
4.Ally Condie – Matched
5.Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
6.Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
7.Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
8.Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
9.Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
10.Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
11.Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
12.Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2,3)
13.Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
14.Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15.Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
16.Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
17.Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3, 4)
18.Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
19.Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
20.Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
21.Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
22.Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
23.Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
24.Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
25.Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
26.Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
27.Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
28.Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
29.J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
30.James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
31.James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
32.Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
33.Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
34.Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
35.John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
36.John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
37.John Green – Looking for Alaska
38.John Green – Paper Towns
39.Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
40.Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
41.Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
42.Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
43.Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3, 4)
44.Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
45.Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
46.Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
47.Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
48.M.T. Anderson – Feed
49.Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3, 4)
50.Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
51.Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
52.Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
53.Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
54.Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55.Mary Ting – Crossroads
56.Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
57.Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
58.Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
59.Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
60.Meg Rosoff – How I live now
61.Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
62.Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
63.Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
64.Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
65.Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
66.Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
67.Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
68.Neal Shusterman – Unwind
69.Neil Gaiman – Coraline
70.Neil Gaiman – Stardust
71.Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
72.P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
73.Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
74.Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
75.Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76.Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
77.Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
78.Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
79.S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
80.Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
81.Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
82.Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
83.Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
84.Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
85.Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2)
86.Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3)
87.Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
88.Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
89.Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
90.Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
91.Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
92.Stephanie Meyer – The Host
93.Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
94.Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
95.Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
96.Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
97.Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
98.Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
99.Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
100.Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

Wow, I’ve only read five of the series on here… but to be fair there are a couple of series I think should be on here that aren’t (Number on is Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey.) But I’ve also noticed I have a tendency to finish a series the whole way through before starting the next one. ^_^ So depending on how you look at it that could be better than the actually quantity read. (Also I’ve never heard of a lot of these. O_o I so fail.)