Thursday, September 24, 2015

[Review] Mad About The Hatter

Mad About The Hatter/ Dakota Chase

I am not going to hold anything back: I was very disappointed with this novel, which I was sure I'll at least like it. I was charmed of reading a novel clashing two of some of my favourite subjects in storytelling: LGBT+ characters and Alice in Wonderland retellings; but now, I'm just disappointed to say that I was better off not remembering any of it.

Henry (also known as 'Boy Alice') didn't believe his sister's telltales of an underground world full of madness and wonder- that until he gets trapped in said world.

Honestly, this is actually not the first I actually came across an Alice in Wonderland story with a romance consisting of two males. I've read long ago a webcomic with similar synopsis, hence why the idea wasn't the peak of originality, like how other reviewers described it. And that webcomic made more sense to me story-wise, as it wasn't set in modern era (why did the author make that decision, I have no idea).

Right, there was a love-hate romance here... I should speak of it, but all I can say is: it was silly and cliché by trying being mature and a breath of fresh air. They got the hating part down, but the romance was so underheated it was just boring making out. And if I had to choose the most painful thing about this book, is that the romance could be so much more-- but the Hatter was just some stereotypical guy who spouted nonsense (very different from being mad, mind you) and Henry being way too mean and unlikable.

Overall, I don't think this was my cup of tea, and had no liking to it whatsoever. Also; kudos to the sun.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult FALL/WINTER Review

This is my first feedback on anticipated new releases, and I'm excited to read all the samples!

I'm going to give each excerpt a score (out of five stars), a small description why I liked or didn't like what I've read and a section where I say if I want the full book/going to buy it.

1)The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin [5/5]

Feedback: as I read the few chapter available to me, I enjoyed every moment of reading this book. It was gripping and squeezed my heart in such ways... I just want to say I must get my hands on the physical copy when it comes out.
Would I buy this/want a copy: I might buy the hardcover when it comes out, it's so well written and I want to have it in my hands as soon as possible.

2)The Game of Lives by James Dashner [skipped]

Feedback: I was never a fan of Dashner's work, and I tried to read multiple novels by him, but I don't see whats with the buzz around him.
Would I buy this/want a copy: nope, I'm good, thanks.

3)These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly [2.5/5]

Feedback: the concept sounds interesting and all, but the writing didn't give any atmosphere of the time what so ever and can be hardly seen as a serious literate work of historical fiction.
Would I buy this/want a copy: maybe get an ARC to see if it get's any better further.

4)Inherit The Stars by Tessa Elswood [skipped]

Feedback: the ideas is not appealing in my eyes and I don't feel as if I would even so slightly enjoy it.
Would I buy this/want a copy: no.

5)The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle [1/5]

Feedback: the writing is very stiff and hard to read, I gave up after three pages to try and read it, even though the story does seem interesting.
Would I buy this/want a copy: no.

6)Nightfall by Jake Halpren and Peter Kujawinski [3/5]

Feedback: pretty confusing at first, but you start grasping the world building with each time-phase mention. Wasn't too bad, but wasn't the most gripping writing either.
Would I buy this/want a copy: maybe get an ARC, who knows.

7) What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler [0.5/5]

Feedback: the friends of a dead girl (I assume she's dead, they were too busy being clichéd teenagers) who just giggled and talked about the most mundane things that I just felt distracting from the actual story.
Would I buy this/want a copy: no.

8) Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman [3/5]

Feedback: this is actually pretty cute and has a decent idea and writing, although I didn't get too hooked on it.
Would I buy this/want a copy: I would request an ARC by the time this review is up.

9) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff [4/5]

Feedback: a nice story-telling through information reports and interviews about a futuristic sci-fi setting. The writing is neat and even made me personally laugh several times.
Would I buy this/want a copy: hoping to get the arc, maybe buy it someday.

10) The Raging Light by Estelle Laure [2.5/5]

Feedback: the plot is intriguing and has a very interesting concept, but the writing is all over the place with no extra spaces between paragraphs or any interesting expressions.
Would I buy this/want a copy: an ARC maybe? Not too thrilled about it.

11) Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom [5/5]

Would I buy this/want a copy: would probably buy also, honestly.

12) A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McJovern [skipped]

Feedback: I have read several books in my national language of this topic, by now it bores me to speak of 'witnesses who could help the victim but didn't'.
Would I buy this/want a copy: no.

13) A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz [skipped]

Feedback: Fay stories don't hold my interest, especially that one.
Would I buy this/want a copy: no.

14) Dumplin' by Julie Murphy [4/5]

Feedback: the characters are nice and quirky, the writing is smooth-- just a bit more emotional depth and I think this would be amazing!
Would I buy this/want a copy: yes please!

15) The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness [3/5]

Feedback: seems like a book that can be a nicely paced read, nice concept and characters that I feel would be developed in the future.
Would I buy this/want a copy: yep, either way.

16) This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp [skipped]

Feedback: terrorism made by teenagers... again, something I read too much about.
Would I buy this/want a copy: no.

Received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

[Review] A Summer Like No Other

A Summer Like No Other/ Elodie Nowodazkij 

Back in freshman year of high school, I have traveled on spring break to Saint Petersburg, a city with many marvellous and outstanding art museums. I'm getting to my point, don't you worry.

While visiting the grand Russian Museum, I found myself stumble upon the 'Modern Art' section, where there weren't as great pieces as the main halls, but they were still pleasing to the eyes. Soon, after browsing for my delight, I stand before a white canvas with only a black square drawn on it. No stroke lines. No imperfections or an artistic abstract. Just a plain square.

My mother, who was traveling a lot with me back then, explained to me that the reason this was hanging here is because it is a piece of art. She also noted that many individuals reported feeling deep and intense emotions.

"Wait, I think I do feel something," I grasped for my heart, trying to hold my tone from turning into bitter and sarcastic.
"Really? What do you feel?" she cocked her eyebrow up, unsure if I was joking.
"That this is the stupidest thing I witnessed in my oh-so-short life."

And this is, ladies and gentlemen, exactly what I feel about this 'novel'.

And I put the word novel in quote marks because this wasn't a written piece. This was just a check list of an author of what they think will make an indie novel successful.

Two characters who love each other because they're both steaming hot? Check!
Enter LGBT+ characters with no actual propose? Check!
Angst? Finding a bitter truth about the heroin's past? Check and check.

I rest my case, your audience, and I wouldn't even go into how bland the characters, plot, setting and writing are, because it is not worth mine or yours precious time.

Actual rating: 0 stars

Sunday, May 31, 2015

2015 Challenges: June +#TBRTakeDown

Let's start the summer season... with a BANG!

Anyhow, this a small welcome back thing I'm doing for myself: I give myself four challenges every month, and try to complete them! :>

1) Read a book chosen for you by a stranger: (0/1)

2) Read books where the first later of each title spells the word: (1/3)
T- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas [★☆☆☆☆]
(you know, summer - tan... you get the idea!)

3) Read four book from your #0by16 TBR list: (1/4)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas [★☆☆☆☆]

4)Start two new series: (1/2)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas [★☆☆☆☆]

And in honour of #TBRTakeDown that happens for the first week (1st~7th of June), I'll collide these challenges with those of the readathon.

1. A book that has been on your TBR over a year: (1/1)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas [★☆☆☆☆]

2. An unread sequel on your shelf: (0/1)

3. A first book in a series sitting on your shelf: (1/1)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas [★☆☆☆☆]

4. An out of comfort zone book on your TBR: (0/1)

5. A book you recently bough: (0/1)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

#RYBSAT Conclusion

#RYBSAT ended yesterday and I must say, it was a lot of fun, even though I didn't read that many books!

The last eight days went by so quickly, yet I was only able to read three books, which I will try to review soon.

I finished Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, which I loved almost as much as Anna. Lola and Cricket were such a cute couple, and I personally found myself giggling along and letting the story take me with it. Here are some quotes that are still stuck in my mind:

'"Lola, the mail man knew you were in love with him."'

'And if I'm the stars, Cricket Bell is entire galaxies.'

Next, I read a fairly fresh release, Half Wild by Sally Green. Since I finished Half Wild on my vacation last year in Greece, I was anticipating the sequel so much because it ended on a harsh cliff hanger. It wasn't something I expected, some things in the book I hated with passion, but the ending, once again, is what made the book worth four stars for me.

And last... I couldn't finish Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. It's not an awful book, just not well polished book for the most part. It started with school drama that has nothing to do with the story, the writing constantly shapeshifting between nice and elegant to outright bland. It was hard for me to go beyond page 120, so that's the end of my story with this series.

How was your #RYBSAT 'week' going? Did you accomplice any reading goals? :>

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#CrushYourTBR and #RYBSAT

Hello everyone, this is Alyson, yours truly!

I'm so sorry I haven't posted anything on this blog, and that because I had a huge reading and writing slump. But I'm back with motivation and trying to join now ALL of the reading marathons.

This is just a small post to talk about the books I've read/ plan to read in these read-a-thons :>


In this weekend (3-days speaking) read-a-thon that happens every month I've read: The 100 by Kass Morgan (2 stars) and Miss Fortune by Arina Tanemura (3 stars).


This is an eight-days read-a-thon where you choose a book shelf of yours and you try to read as many books on it.

So far I've read Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (5 stars) and currently reading Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.

Other books on this shelf I'm going to read:
Vampire Academy (books 1~3)
The Raven Boys
Half Wild (coming in the mail)

So yeah, I want to try and read six books if possible :>

I'm also participating in #0by16, which is a challenge that tries to make you get your TBR pile down to zero by 2k16. I am only including the 28 books that I have right now on my shelf unread (27 because I've read one), because it would be impossible to keep up as I buy new books.