What I'm reading right now..

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I'm reading Splintered right now and it's good so far! I'm on page 230 so I have still have over 100 pages to read. I like this take on the fairy-tale Alice in Wonderland. Come to think of it, I've never heard of another young adult book about Alice. So this is the only young adult take on Alice's story (again, to my knowledge, I might be wrong!). Can I mention the cover? I have a small obsession with book covers. Have I mentioned this before? I mean, just look at it:
Amazing, right?! It's so whimsical! Looking at this picture now, I just noticed the little quote on the cover "welcome to the real wonderland". That sounds so legitimate and I have no idea why. Like, welcome to the real story because Lewis Carroll had it all wrong. Ha! Anyways, about the story itself, I like Jeb's character. But I also like Morpheus. I want Alyssa to end up with Jeb of course but there's just something about Morpheus. Maybe it's the fact that you can tell through his actions that he cares for Alyssa. But there's a part of them that's totally sinister. I could just see him betraying Alyssa because he's shady. It's complicated. Also, fortunately for me there's no love triangle even though they both care for Alyssa. She cares for Morpheus and is confused by her emotions towards him but she cares more about Jeb. That's just what I think. I can't wait to see what happens. Will Morpheus betray Alyssa? Will Alyssa be back in time to save her mother? I hope I'm not ruining the book but I don't think they're major plot story lines. I'll leave you with one of my favorite quote's from Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” 

xEmily

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Monday, January 27, 2014

Late last year I read a book that I want to share with you on this blog because it was just that good. It's Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. My friend gave me this book for Christmas and I'm so glad she did. Usually when I go to the bookstore or order books I stick to young adult (sometimes I'll stray out of that section). So this book isn't something I really wouldn't have bought for myself. I'm just going to share my goodreads review of the book on here. 

"This book was amazing. I laughed and I cried. Being born in the 90's, I'm didn't understand the 70's or 80's as well as I would have if I lived then. But what I did understand was the friendship, the mother-daughter relationship and the love stories. Ms Hannah writes in such a way I thought I was living the story with TullyandKate. Their friendship was beautiful. The emotions were so real. That's why I cried, I was emotionally involved with this book and felt like I knew the characters. That's why I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and it's now in my favorites self. Read it, even if it's not usually something you'd usually read. This book is relatable to everyone."

P.S. I heard there's a sequel but I'm not sure I want to read it. I don't want to ruin the book by reading a not-so-great sequel!


The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    I've just finished The Handmaid's Tale last night, well this morning since I stayed up till 3 reading it. I couldn't put this book down once I got closer to the end. This book is beautifully written and very thought provoking. Offred, Atwood's main character, lives in a world of oppression called The Republic of Gilead. Specifically oppression of women. The Republic began when someone shot all of the government officials (i.e. President, Vice President, Senators etc.). "They" said that it would take awhile to reelect officials. But it never happens and The Republic begins.
    One person mentioned in my BookTube Reading Buddies group, that Offred's world is a "society built by men who are afraid of women, so they want to control everything about them". I definitely agree with this statement. I remember that Offred even mentions in her previous life that when she lost her job she resented her then husband, Luke, in a way. This past Offred lost her job simply because she was a woman. She also lost her money, as it was transferred to Luke's account, because women couldn't have money. It was easy for Luke because he was a man, he wasn't losing anything. In the Republic of Gilead there were fours status types for women. There were the wives, at the top, then the rest were the Marthas (which seem to be house maids), Econowives (poor wives), and the Handmaid's. (There was one more group but I don't want to mention it because it would spoil the story). What's most coveted in the wives and handmaid's world is having a baby. In the picture below it depicts the part of the story when a woman from Offred's Handmaid's class, Janine, enters a store. You can see the other Handmaid's lean in towards her and look at her. She is the source of their jealousy and their scandalous whispers. In this picture the Handmaid's are wearing their usual uniforms of a red dress, red shoes and their white winged hat.

     Margaret Atwood also uses small stories that are description heavy to tell her big story. I found at first the level of description to be intimidating but then I quickly started to enjoy it. The small stories are in somewhat of a random order. Offred has flashbacks and the story does skip around at points but it always comes back to the main story. The descriptiveness and the order of Atwood's writing gives the story a sense of mystery, which I enjoyed.
     I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves classics, dystopian worlds, and descriptive mysteries. However, if you don't like a ton of descriptions (even though I think the way Atwood writes make the story more interesting instead of boring) maybe this book isn't for you. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars. Yes, I thought it was that good.

xEmily

Introduction, The Handmaid's Tale and The Impostor!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hello everybody! I decided to start a book blog! I've been watching BookTube for a while now and I'm also on goodreads so that inspired me to start some sort of blog. I might join the BookTube community in a little bit. But, ever since I started using goodreads, I've been reading a lot more. It's such a great community to find new and different book, as well as booktube!
Anyways, I decided I'll start out with what I'm reading right now, The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood. I started to read this book because a goodreads group called BookTube Reading Buddies decided to read it in January so I joined the fun!

The Handmaid's Tale so far (I'm on page 79) is an interesting story. It's really detailed oriented but it's not boring at all. Ms Atwood paints the story slowing in small detail which adds mystery! Anyways, I'm at the point where I think I know what she is, some sort of woman who has babies for people. It seems like woman who are able to bear children are scarce in this world so they assign women to bear children. That's just what I gather from what I've read. This book keeps me guessing. I want to know why the world in this book is like it is and how it got there. Why does she have to wear the red robe with the white winged hat? Who's Nick and how does he fit into the story? And who's the commander? I'll guess we will have to wait and see!

I'd also like to do a review (nonspoiler) of Imposter by Susanne Winnacker.


This book was amazing! The synopsis compares it to Veronica Mars and I've never seen that show. This book makes me want to see what that show is all about! There's a girl named Tess who is a Varient, someone with a special ability. She been with this agency called Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, which is a sub-division of the FBI, for the past two years. Tessa can absorb DNA from other people by touching them and then change her body to an exact copy of that person. There's other Varients like her like her friend Holly, her "friend" Alec and her not-so-friend Kate. Tessa has been in love with Alec ever since she was brought into the FEA. However, Kate is dating Alec after coming back from a mission. Tessa gets to start her first mission when she has to pose as a girl that's dying (she poses as her once she's dead) in order to figure out who's the serial killer in this small town in Oregon. Alec goes on the mission with her to keep her safe. That's as far as I'm going to go with the description because you'll have to read it in order to find out what happens! I recommend that you read it! It was such an interesting story and pretty unique. I haven't read a book with the same kind of story. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads.
*I should mention I received a free ebook from Hachette Children's Books on netgalley for an honest review in return. Getting a free ecopy wouldn't make my review biased just to be clear.*
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