Akarnae by Lynette Noni
Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Publishing Date: February 1st, 2015
- Loveable characters
- Simple writing style
Things that could have been better:
- Dimensionality of characters - most were 2D
Rating: 4 stars
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Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her... but he's missing.
While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora's boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can't ignore her fear that something unexpected... something sinister... is looming.
An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex's shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race's survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?
Will Alex risk her entire world—and maybe even her life—to save Medora?
Akarnae definitely spins a couple of tropes around again, but the brilliant execution excuses it!
Thoughts in a Phrase
Conversations: Reading Book Series - yay or nay?
Friday, July 15, 2016
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YAY! Book Series Are The BEST!
4. Bookstagram goals - With complete book series, you can take photos of them, show it off on bookstagram, and be like a proud mama! Look at how I boasted of my Skulduggery Pleasant collection!
Nay - I say give me a stand-alone any day!
2. You could be reading another book - so many books, too little time right? Shouldn't we be sharing the love with other books, other characters as well?
3. Different editions are painful - One of my biggest pet peeves is when books of the same series don't align up perfectly in a bookshelf because they're from different editions. I'll be honest, it's not a hugeee deal-breaker. But sometimes, I'll be staring at my bookshelves, annoyed by how I've got different book editions of books in a series, because I bought them at a different time. The best example is The Infernal Devices. I bought the first two from Book Depository because they had already come out, and they were a small, cute A6-ish size. But then Clockwork Princess came out, and I HAD to have it - but they only had the large A5-ish edition...needless to say, I cringe whenever I see those books on the bookshelf
After writing this post, I think for me, it's safe to say that I love book series if I can bingeread them. This means I have to like the first book at least!
For example, I love book series when it comes to ones like Vampire Academy, Anna and the French Kiss, the Shadowhunter universe, etc. because I can binge read them.
But I don't like A Song of Fire and Ice, because I never got into the first book. Whilst I liked it - I didn't love it, and it's been too long since I last read Game of Thrones for me to go on with A Clash of Kings.
What do you guys think? Do you always like/dislike book series? If so, give me reasons to like/dislike book series! Or like me, does it depend on the scenario? If so - what does it depend on? Let me know in the comments below! As always, if you've written a post for Conversations this week...don't be shy, link up here! I want to hear what you think! :)
When I First Saw You | The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
When I First Saw You (or WIFSY) is a meme held over by Sophie at Sailing through Books and Izel at A Bookish Flower. The aim of the game is to write up a synopsis for a given cover, and then compare it to the actual cover of a book! Sounds fun right?
Thursday, July 14, 2016
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The Book For This Week is...
Since 1760, Manhattan has coped with the exponential increases in the human population by housing people in sky-high apartments. In 2500, the Manhattan government opens the first thousand-floor apartment - these are the residents' stories.
In Floor 2 lives Adolf, an old bachelor, bitter from the dissolution of his engagement with the only girl he ever loved.
In Floor 34 is where the Munst family resides. From the matriarch, Great-Grandma Hope to little Rhianon, the Munst family is a large, happy family to society, but conspiracies between family members threaten to rip the family apart.
Floor 674 is where Lillian Forbes lives. Or at least, it's where she's supposed to live. In reality, the Chang family reside on this floor, with no one knowing better. Melanie Chang supports her brother and her disabled father with the small income she gets cleaning the tower. Timid, and comfortable with the familiar, Melanie may never reach her full potential.
Floor 1000? No one lives there. Floor 1000 is where these families come together, interact. Floor 1000 is where we hear the story of just a few of the families. The story of human connections and the inexplicable human ability to form connections and survive, even in the toughest of times.
Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?
Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….
ComparingDAAAAMN for once, I'm actually kind of on the right track! I had the right setting (somewhere in America woo!). The synopses both share the same format, with a focus on a person/being in each paragraph too! I think my synopsis leans a little more towards adult fiction/literature though, with themes of survival, human connection, etc. whilst the actual synopsis is filled with more action and suspense/thriller, I think.
Either way, I know that I'd definitely read my book and the actual book - I love both the synopses! Plus, the covers are breathtaking! Some books never get a good cover - but this book? It gets three awesome covers! What a lucky book! -claps-
What do you guys think? Love my synopsis? Love the actual one? Love the covers? Do you agree with the comparison I've made? Let me know in the comments!
Potterhead July | Accepting New Canon in the Harry Potter Universe
Sunday, July 10, 2016
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- I never pictured a black Hermione, because it didn't seem to fit her character. In Harry Potter, it was established that Hermione is very vocal about social issues, such as mistreatment of the house elves - going so far as to create S.P.E.W. Given the time period, if Hermione was black, I personally would have expected for a very outspoken Hermione, who talked about racial issues.
- In the Hermione Granger page in Pottermore, the diagrams of her are all white. Pottermore is supposed to be the official site - but if it's the official site, and J.K. Rowling is also an official source, why do the two conflict? Pottermore has white Hermione, but Rowling loves black Hermione.
- EMMA WATSON.
- Furthermore, Rowling is using an argument from ignorance in the above twitter post. The argument from ignorance is a logical fallacy that asserts that a proposition is true because there has never been any evidence to the contrary. By saying that "white skin was never specified", and following that with her love for "black Hermione", Rowling is appealing to ignorance by suggesting that black Hermione is canon.
For me, after a while thinking about it, I remembered something I once watched - a CrashCourse video that John Green once made. In this video, he says "Dear Authorial Intent...you don't matter!" Along this, he stated that "The book does not exist for the author, the book exists for the benefits of others!", and as one of the many others, I choose to interpret Rowling's Harry Potter universe as one without her tweets, and her recent additions.
I'll probably watch Fantastic Beasts, and maybe read The Cursed Child, plus go on Pottermore once in a blue moon. But I'm not going to accept every piece of information as canon - I'll selectively pick and choose. Because to me, I think the Harry Potter universe was always a utopia for me. It was my getaway as a child, I used to love imagining myself in there, and all the awesome amazing things that were in that universe. And I don't really want to change any aspect of that.
P.S. Here are some extra links
Dear Authorial Intent snippet with John Green
Hermione's Pottermore Page
No more Potter: Why I’m ignoring J.K. Rowling’s new ‘Harry Potter’ canon by Donya Abramo
A Perfect Book | Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
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Publishing Date: March 8th, 2016
- AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I can't single anything out
Things that could have been better:
- Pfft. ME suggesting improvement to Queen Cassandra Clare's writing? You must be joking. THAT'S BLASPHEMY! :P
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads | Amazon
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.
Then we had the tiny side stories going on, with Kieran, Mark, Iarlath and the Wild Hunt, along with the mystery that is Diego. The side stories always intricately wound in with the overall large plot, and it was just so cool to see how everything tied in together.
Finally, let's have a look at Lady Midnight as a part of the whole Shadowhunter universe. I've always praised Clare's books for having some element of the other books within them - such as the presence of Church in every series. Lady Midnight continues in the tradition of embedding some part of previous series'/foreshadowing for future series' (hopefully??), and it really excited me to see characters we were familiar with from previous series' - it honestly made the whole experience just a bit richer for me.
((^^ that was just three paragraphs-ish of ramblings about plot. I think it's safe to say that I think that Clare is also queen of plot))
There were some outstanding quotes, which were all really thought provoking to me :)
Thoughts in a PhraseCassandra Clare at her best :)
Conversations - My books, my rules
Friday, July 01, 2016
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What are do’s and don’ts for someone who wants to borrow your books?
Do you solemnly swear to...
1. Make sure that the spine doesn't crease
2. Never dog-ear the book
3. Never draw/highlight in said book
4. Return said book within a month
5. Never spill food on said book
6. Let me know what you think about the book
Are you as fussy about book borrowing as me? Or are you a lot more chill? Let me know in the comments below! And of course, link up if you've got a post about this! :)
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