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Splintered by A.G. Howard

27 Feb

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Book One in the Splintered Series

Rating: Three (generous) Stars out of Five Stars

5 Stars for the cover. 4 Stars for the first and last 50 pages. 2 Stars for everything else.

To be completely honest… I read this because of the cover art. Splintered is some legit cover porn. It’s vivid, bright and in your face gorgeous! Every time I picked up the book to read I would drool over it. Stare longingly into her eyes… try to come up with an emotion she’s portraying…. It’s captivating.

With that being said, the actual story left me wanting. The first 50 pages I was instantly drawn in to Alyssa. I immediately understood her emotions and her reactions towards the situation she’s in. There was enough of the old Alice story layered into the beginning of the plot that I was infatuated with how things could play out.

But…. once the incident at the asylum happens with Alyssa’s mom and she trips into Wonderland and begins the real adventure we all expect from this type of book, it’s gone. Buh Bye Alyssa whom I love. Hello typical YA novel. Now, Wonderland spinoffs and rewrites are always interesting and I’ve read my fair share of them (The Looking Glass Wars is pretty awesome). This one intrigued me because of the dark gothic-ness of the story line. While it did have the surreal characters, dark and creepy and fantastical, it was overshadowed by the all the other junk I’ve seen before. Love triangle, 0-60 lovefests in one chapter, self depreciating teen heroine, blah blah blah.

I know that Alyssa has always loved Jeb and so the InstaLove isn’t exactly “instant”, but where’s the awkwardness of transitioning out of friends into a relationship? It goes from brotherly protectiveness to sexified makeout scence and then possesive creepiness. Ummmm awkward much? I didn’t understand the relationship at all, it was so poorly developed. And with the pro-tag being in this weirdly relationship-but-not and having a mistress status, (because um the dude HAS A GRILFRIEND YOU TRAMP) the plot when from fame to lame pretty quick. And gag me with how insecure she is. Weak weak weak! I can’t stand weak characters! And Alyssa, why don’t you want to be with the butterfly? He’s hot and looooves and you guys have matching tattoos! TWINSIES!

The story picks up a little at the end so it was nice to end on a high note. But the lack of character development in the love interest was such a disappointment I don’t really have a desire to read another book of Howard’s. Ever.  Or at least any time soon.

Sad day.

 

Hear’s to books that get us through heartbreak!

25 Feb

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So after the heartbreak of last week, I spent a lot of time moping around, eating Taco Bell, drinking lots of tequila and vodka, and watching the entire series The Tudors on Netflix. I didn’t read a single page of a book for an entire week which is insane for me considering I read 15 books in one month… (hmm and I wonder why I am now single….)vBKMoVO

Anywho. So after my  week long cry/eat/drunk fest, I remembered that self pity is extremely unattractive. I mean how many times did I hate on pro-tags for doing exactly what I was doing?? I think we all need time to heal, but there are better ways of going about doing it then sobbing and shoveling food in your mouth. So I got my Harry Potter tattoo I always wanted on my ribs (hurt like a bitch!), planned a trip to New Zealand in November (chea!), and sat down Sunday morning with Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi and read it cover to cover in about 6 hours.

It. Was. Magical.

I mean the book was alright (three stars, review to come!) but the feeling of being immersed into books again, being captivated and transported to a world that isn’t your own, feeling and loving and living with characters that become real in your mind? *sigh* I missed it. I missed reading. I missed everything that is books. I actually got the chance to fall in love with reading all over again. Amazing!

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We read about breakups and heart breaks in books all the time. In many cases it’s much more tragic then what we experience ourselves. But rejection is NEVER easy. Whether its from a boyfriend, a publishing company or an employer, it just effing sucks major balls every time. But you want to know something? We have people around us that are always there for us, no matter what. And if you don’t want to talk to the people around you (me, sometimes I just want to ignore everything), we have the most incredible set of friends between covers of books. I have Sorcha from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, I have Eragon from the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini, I have Katna and Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I have hundreds of friends that are stable and consistent.

“Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”
Christopher Paolini, Eragon

And how true is that? How many lessons have we learned by reading? We have soo many experiences as readers that others don’t. We have connections with characters and with each other in the bookworld that people outside it don’t understand. We experience love and passion, betrayal and victory, hate and pure euphoria, over and over again in different ways. We appreciate our human/real life experiences more because of this. We love harder, trust more fiercely, feel more.

I want to box up my memories and emotions of the last two years and shove them in my ex’s face (which is ok for me to say here because I doubt he’s even read my blog, boo!). Part of me wishes that he never happened (most of me) and part of me is thankful it happened (like 0.o1% right now).  But…

“This book taught me, once and for all, how easily you can escape this world with the help of words! You can find friends between the pages of a book, wonderful friends.”
Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

So cheers to authors, cheers to publishing companies, cheers to editors and publicists and printing companies! Cheers to all the wonderful people who create incredible stories that we can lose ourselves in.

And a special thanks so all those witty romantical authors who gives us delicious fictional men to drool over! Jane Austen, Kresley Cole, Nora Roberts! (If you mention 50 shades I will seriously punch you in your throat). Thank you for giving me men to fall in love with while I wait for my real Prince Charming.

Because…

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OH WAIT… MR DARCY IS!

“You must know… surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I’d scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Busy busy busy…..

21 Feb

Sorry I have been absent from all you lovelies lately… work has been cra-zay and I’m pretty sure I am going through a quarter life crisis…and dramatic breakup. UGH! Basically it means booze and no books. And because of the no books it results in no reviews which means no posts…

 *sniff sniff*

Anywho… I was thinking about this quote during my mourning and thought that I should share it all with you because I think it’s uniquely wonderful. So enjoy it and I promise promise I’ll get back to my Adventures in Bookland and reviews next week!  Muah!

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that… there are many kinds of magic, after all.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Adventures in Bookland

13 Feb

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As a self proclaimed book nerd, there are things that spark my interest that most would glance over and dismiss as boring, dumb or just plain ole’ dorky. But the products, events, and people that some would label as unexciting, I find enticing and spectacular. You’ll come to find that the longer you join me on this book blogging journey, the more I will embrace, and encourage YOU to embrace, the off-the-beaten-track adventures in the great wide world of Bookland.

I like to say my first real “cherry popping” book adventure was about a year and a half ago when my co worker (the now infamous Ms. Amy) informed me of an upcoming book signing.  Now I had been to the midnight book releases of Harry Potter at Barnes and Noble, trekked through the movie theaters for the Lord of The Rings movie premiers with my father, been actively involved in scripting out light sabers duels to be performed at the theater while we nervously waited to watch the new releases of Star Wars (not really books but you see where I am going with this.) I had clearly defined my place as a lover-of-all-things nerdtastic. And I had spent more nights then I could possible count losing sleep over books that I just had to finish before I went to bed.  But I had never established myself as a Professional Book Lover (PBL). Those were juvenile and amateurish activities compared to what I could be doing to fulfill my PBL potential. So alas, I decided to push my myself to the next level, move my peg up on the board, take that next step on the ladder and commit to my true calling: Sydney, the Book Dominator. Conquer of YA Books, Writer of Rattle the Stars, Reviewer of Stories.

*dramatic cheer* Ahhhhhhh!!! *the crowds going wild* “Sydney, Sydney, Sydney!”

Ok…. got a little excited there. But I think it’s a great moment and everyone should be proud when they commit to being 100% their own person. Finally chucking all those insecurities out the window that have made them hide bits and pieces of themselves. That’s what I did in that moment. I bared my dorky, nerdy, geeky soul to the world! And I am so much happier because of it.

Back to the story!

So Amy and I went to go see none other then one of my favorite authors of all time: Christopher Paolini.

I swoon at his books so hard. The Inheritance series is probably one of the greatest YA series ever written. It’s incredible in it’s richness and depth and the world building is dynamic and captivating it takes my breath away. It has the epic qualities of LOTR and Dune without all the confusing side tracking and WSOD stretching worlds that can distract you from the plot. From the moment you open the book Eragon, the pro-tag, is vivacious, strong, and real. You follow him on his journey, watch him struggle, see him overcome, feel him become the person he’s meant to be. You bleed with him, you cry with him, you love him.  It’s been two years since I’ve finished this series and I still don’t have a way to fully articulate how much these books mean to me. And to think the Paolini wrote these when he was a teenager? A FREAKING TEENAGER! I was still writing essays for English class when this creative bitch over here is writing YA fantasy masterpieces. (Jealous doesn’t even come close to how I feel about this). But needless to say I was fangirling all over this guy at the book signing. We were waiting for hours in the Phoenix Public Library on the second floor for him to come out, give a talk, speak some Elvish (kinda hot in a very nerdy way), and sign the books.

When it was my turn to finallyyyyyyyy meet him and have him sign my well-loved copies, it was an amazing moment in my life. He signed his name in the first three books of the series and then signed MY NAME and HIS NAME in the fourth book. *faints* I was even able to stammer out my favorite part of the series and we had a mini convo about him writing it. Greatest. Experience. Ever.

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(I’m the blonde gawking at him, especially when he’s looking right at me. ERMERGERD!)

My main reason for telling you all about this is because I want people know that embracing who you are is as scary and wonderful as falling in love. Because essentially, you are falling in love with yourself. You are letting yourself be exactly who you are. That amazing, incredible, feisty, fiercely passionate about whatever it may be person that hides in your heart until you are ready to let it fly.

I love books. And I assume that most of you are reading this because you love books too. Or because you know me… (Hi Mom!!)  So for the next week I am going to take you on some of my favorite Adventures in Bookland I have had in the last year. Some were amazing, some were… uh…. different… but all were eye-opening! So hop on the train, my friends and let’s have some fun!

“Perhaps that was the point; life, if you did it right, meant learning and changing. If you didn’t, you died- or stopped growing – which amounted to more or less the same thing. So I would slide in and out of different roles until I discovered the one that fit me best.
Ann Aguirre, Outpost

To-Read Tuesday – Override by Heather Anastasiu

12 Feb

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Override by Heather Anastasui

Series: Glitch

Previous Rating: Glitch (Book One) – Four Stars

Release Date: TODAY TODAY TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why I Am Excited: Glitch didn’t exactly get the best reviews from the bloggers I like but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I did have some problems with it, which you can read all about in my review of it, but overall it left me with a positive impression and got me pretty pumped for book two. It had some awesome girl-Neo Matrix moments! Chea! What I really loved about this insta-love between Zoe and Adrien (which makes it not so gag inducing) is that they are kinda doomed to fail. I mean,  Zoe is allergic to air and so they both have to wait to be together until she gets her vaccines, which Adrien lovingly gives to her…alright, I gagged a little there. But I like that aching and that not-so-perfect of a scenario love. It makes them work more for each other which gets me much more ingrained in their lives. Also, Zoe is kinda crazy and volatile which is freaking awesome!! Heroines who actually have to WORK at being good? Yessssssss.

What I Hope to See: *Contains Spoilers* If you haven’t read the previous books, LOOK AWAY! The version of Glitch I read gave me a sneak peek into the first chapter of book two. The chapter is basically showing us Zoe and how she’s going bizzaro trying to control her telepathy. It’s consuming her and she’s suffering because no one is there to help her control or understand how she’s supposed to react to these situations. And then at the end, oh snap! Her hiding place is raided and she must escape! Dun Dun Duuuuun!! I am slightly ashamed to say I was totally hooked lined and sinkered at this. Yes, it’s cliche but it suckered me right in. I really hope that Zoe struggles with this power and doesn’t just instantly solve her problems. I want Adrien and Zoe to have issues and overcome them and I hope that Max shows up and Zoe and him have a show down. That could be legit.

My Predictions: I am floundering on my predictions because it’s only book two and I am looking towards what I want to happen in the end. So these may be a little grandiose… but work me here.

  1. I think Adrien needs to be captured at some point. Zoe needs some sort of catalyst for her becoming this “leader” he has predicted she becomes. I think he could be it.
  2. Max has to come back into the story. He’s a social climber and although he helped Zoe and Adrien escape, I think the Community will welcome him back with open arms because of his unique glitch. This could also become a crutch for Zoe, she has to battle the fact that she left him there.
  3. I think another boy may come into the picture. Since YAs always like that love triangle and Max is on longer in the picture, is another man going to distract Zoe from the mysterious Mr. Adrien?  We shall see.

“History isn’t all fact–it’s just the story the victors tell to keep themselves in power. And it’s been a slow revision. The more time passes, the easier it becomes to reinvent the past.”
Heather Anastasiu, Glitch

 

 

 

 

8 Feb

I’ve never reblogged a post before but this was too hilarious not to share with you all. Especially since I used to have life size posters of Legolas in my room… *sigh*

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and it’s time to think about to whom you’re going to profess your undying love. As dedicated fanboys and fangirls, we all have a few characters we are at least a little bit in love with. Or a lot in love with. Or obsessed with. You know, that kind of thing. True love won’t be stopped by the constraints of reality, after all – you are absolutely certain that Dean Winchester is the man for you. Great, but we here at 3 Chic Geeks have extensively gone through every one of our fictional crushes and picked apart all the reasons why they would NOT be good boyfriends. Read on to find out what we think would be the dealbreakers for each of the characters!!

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

7 Feb

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Rating: Four out of Five Stars

I am a big fan of audio books. My mom, sister and I used to listen to them all the time when I was younger and since the Boyfriend and I live in different states, audio books have become a life saver on the six hour drive to Cali. Needless to say, I have spent a lot of my life in the car listening to stories (nerd-tastic fuuuur sure!) and this is probably the best book on CD have listened to.

The reason why I say The Best? The descriptions are amazing. A movie was playing in my mind while I listened to The Night Circus. It was rich, dark, luscious with adjectives that made the circus come to life, the people spring into their characters. The story unfolds layer by tantalizing layers in a slow sweet simmering plot. And, readers be warned, there is one steamy scene that is probably the most provocative heaty scene I have read (well technically listened to) and the crazy part? Its maybe four paragraphs long with relatively innocent language. That’s just how well Morgenstern crafts the language in this book. It’s beautiful.

I also spent a lot of time with my mouth hanging open in awe at the incredible concept of the plot. Talk about having a hum-dinger of an imagination! The Cirque Du Reve a.k.a. The Circus of Dreams, was so far beyond what I could ever think up I just drooled over the descriptions of the tents. The Wishing Tree, the Ice Garden, the Cloud Maze… I wish I had an ounce of artistic talent so I could draw how I picture these things. If this book ever becomes a movie and the special effects are done right, it will be on par with epic movies like LOTR, HP, Benjamin Button, all those cinematic masterpieces.

If you do end up reading this book, I encourage you to try it on tape first. It’s really an entertaining read and a wonderful book to listen to. And with Jim Dale as the narrator… oh my lovely man voice. I just want him to whisper sweet nothings in my ear…sigh…

 

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