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Withering and thieving.

Wow. I have not posted in a fairly long time.

During this lengthy hiatus, well… I don’t know what happened. I sort of lost interest for a bit in maintaining a blog. But I shall try again!

Well, a stand out book that I’ve read in the past week was Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Set in a dystopian future, where a medical miracle went horribly wrong, causing the healthy generation’s children to have a life expectancy of 25 for males and 20 for females. To keep the human race active, brides are recruited by force for young wealthy males for the sake of reproduction, which is how Rhine Ellery comes into the story, being drugged and allowed to survive out of the selection of young girls because of her eyes. Those not chosen are taken around the corner and shot. Rhine isn’t one of the girls who looks forward to her new fate, so naturally attempts to escape. Her sidekick-love interest takes form in one of the servants within the household, while her friends and general support system are her brother, who she was taken away from, and her “sister wives”. (I found that term to weird. I couldn’t get past my initial impression that there was some serious incest relation going on… :/ )

Overall, the book was enjoyable. Predictable. Fairly graphic in its descriptions of violence. But I am a sucker for doomsday-the-end-is-nigh stories (No, I don’t believe that the world will end in 2012.) so as a dystopian future novel, I enjoyed it. The genre always makes me feel freaked out about society today, all the advancements in technology and whether it’s actually getting us anywhere. They kind of leave me with a lump in my throat at how the future could end up. (No, I don’t take the novels as factual. I just like reading them for the same reason people like watching horror movies – cheap thrills and scares)

I really do love dystopian fiction. Speaking of more ending-of-the-world, I also read Matthew Reilly’s newest: Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves. For those of you unfamiliar with Reilly’s work, well. All his novels are very much large ridiculous action, extremely fast paced, but still manages to maintain a plot. Apparently a few of his books (Jack West Jnr Series, Scarecrow) have deals with movie/TV companies, so that will be pretty awesome to see how the large-oh-so-overly-large action sequences are adapted.

Now not related at all to books, but on the subject of movies, I cannot wait for the adaption of Girl With A Dragon Tattoo to come out in December. It’s not a remake, just another adaption, with David Fincher directing, Daniel Craig starring and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross composing. That means the soundtrack is already guaranteed to be amazing. Anything Reznor does is amazing.

Okay. I think I should stop.

 

~T

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Vampire Academy. Wow.

Why have I not read Vampire Academy before?
Because of my high expectations created by hype from a series being shattered, maybe?

I just finished Vampire Academy. I definitely want to buy it. I already own the last book, so really. Though that means that I have the temptation to skip books 2,3,4 and go straight to Last Sacrifice.

I really want the next book. Now.

When I first began reading it, I thought the POV would switch from Rose to Lissa. It’s just kind of expected, for the one with the talent to be the main character. (It reminds me of Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder. Not with the story, just with how the side character is the protagonist. Then again, I still haven’t read the Poison Study trilogy, so that’s just how it came across to me. )

So, the next time I’m out, I am definitely buying the rest of the Vampire Academy series.

It’s possibly because of the Russian Dimitri, or how Rose is such a smart arse, so akin to my own personality. It could be how Rose didn’t always do the right thing. I also liked how vampires aren’t a huge thing, and the kind of sub-species of vampire.

I really do love this series. It’s going to be hard not to skip to the last book.

 

In other news, during my shopping expedition, I saw Angel – James Patterson out. I didn’t get it. I think the series has gone on a bit too long. There is a limit of how far the story can stretch. I might borrow it from the library. Only if it’s already there – I’m not going to reserve it.

I also bought City of Fallen Angels. Just to fast track the library queue. I’m still 6th in that, so now that I own the book, it better be worth me buying it. The cover really annoys me – the model for Clary, her eyes piss me off because they look so fake.

Also, I don’t understand why for my birthday, christmas, any gift exchanging holiday, people buy me books. Most of them I don’t like. I’m really not one for classics, so owning the entire Jane Austen works doesn’t really do anything for me.
I would much prefer if their intent is to get me books, to give me a voucher. Just saying.

Okay, there’s my ranting for the day.
And darn, it’s only 2200, how am I going to spend the rest of my night?
Watching Beauty and the Beast is the answer.
Wow, I am in a really lovey-dovey mood.

 

~T


Liar–Justine Larbalestier Review

*Note* This was a review I had to do for school Book Week, in August ‘10. That’s why it’s a lot more formal than any other review I tend to post on this blog. *

Liar - Justine LarbalestierLiar is a novel that follows the story of the unreliable narrator, Micah. From the first page she admits to the reader that she is a liar and her word cannot be trusted, but promises that throughout the tale she tells, the reader will hear the truth, with no more omissions or lies.

Micah provides examples of only some of the lies she has told, discussing them but being unable to provide the reasons for leading the believers on. She explains the history of herself, her family and her school, notifying the reader of how she never has fit in at school which leads to the main plot of the book.

Liar is about the aftermath of Micah’s secret boyfriend’s mysterious death. The students at Micah’s school know of her history with untruths and are suspecting of her involvement with Zach’s death. What adds to their suspicions more is the discovery that Micah and Zach were actually dating, considering how Zach already had one public girlfriend. Micah swears that she did not murder him, but no one believes her—Micah, being the outcast and notorious liar.

Throughout the book, Micah reveals the truth that contradicts the information that she tells the reader early on, thus confirming that you cannot believe everything that Micah says. The book is also split into parts and further split into sections focussing on ‘Before’, ‘After’, ‘History of Me’ and more.
This means that the story is not neatly organised into beginning, middle and end. Micah gradually reveals dark secrets about her own life and her family, giving the reader all the more reason to doubt her claims.

Liar is a Fantasy/Mystery novel with a suspenseful plot idea that provides the fascinating dilemma of whether to trust the self-proclaimed liar that is telling the story or to sort through the lies to get to the truth. The way the author has structured the storyline means that you just have to keep reading, even if you’re not enjoying the book, just to find out what happens. The themes featured in the book include honesty, relationships, maturing and family. Micah seems like a real character, however much unreliable. She had depth and a mysteriousness to her which leaves the reader needing to know what really happened.

Liar was a highly interesting book that is best for readers aged 15 and older. It gives a different perspective on the narrator and leaving you puzzling out the truth through the lies given to you by the psychologically complex main character.


The Black Prism–Brent Weeks Review

I really like cats. Heh, anyway, last night I finished reading The Black Prism. I’ve read other people’s reviews, and they judge it harshly because it isn’t the Night Angel Trilogy. They’re not the brightest crayons in the box, now are they?

Now, some background information on the story:

The book is set in the new world of Chromeria, which is divided into seven satrapies, each with a satraph to lead it. The magic system is intricate, based on seven colours. Drafters –magic users – can use their colour to draft –use – their colour luxin –magic. Sounds confusing, but wait, it gets better.

The luxin is what drafters get when the transform light. Is this reminding you on those science classes with reflection and refraction? It also changes the drafters, and not just by forming a ring of colour around the drafters iris.  The luxin also controls the Drafters personality. Green is wild, Blue is orderly, Sub Red is fiery etc. There is a catch to using too much luxin – each time a drafter drafts, the luxin becomes more part of their body, until the ring of colour around their iris –halo—breaks, and they’re pretty much insane. They are completely influenced by their luxin colour, and are often hunted down. To avoid becoming a colour wight, as these luxin-driven-mad-people are known, most Drafters attend the ever so holy Freeing.

A Drafter can only draft one single colour, where as Bichromes draft two, and Polychromes draft three colours, which is the most sought after. There is only one man that can draft all seven colours whenever he feels the need – Gavin Guile, the Prism and closest link to the god Orloham. Being the Prism means no worries about breaking the halo and descending into madness, although also means that Gavin will die after taking office in a multiple of seven (fourteen, twenty one… Surely you don’t need me to do your timetables!)

The book was quite hard to get into for the first 200 and something pages. If I weren’t a completionist (is that even a word?) I possibly would have stopped reading. But it’s okay! The story picked up and the confusion of this magic system cleared, and that’s when I was actually interested in this fantasy novel.

I’d recommend it to those who have read previous works by Brent Weeks, but can also differentiate that this is a new novel, it’s not meant to be a continuation of the Night Angel Trilogy. Some of the reviews I have read on the Black Prism, people are judging it harshly because there’s no Kylar or Durzo… don’t they deserve a medal! Annoyed

I would think that even regular teenagers that aren’t freaked out by a lengthy novel could manage, there’s minimal swearing (I’ve found more in YA novels, so rest assured) and barely any sex (there’s more vague inclinations).

I don’t feel that I HAVE to own this, however. There’s no compulsion for me to purchase it right now or if I don’t, I will see the devil and he’ll try to steal my heart through my kneecaps. I’ll definitely read the next book, however, but more for curiosities sake than anything.

~T