Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Requiem For A Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.

Series: -
Published:  April 24th 2003 by Marion Boyars Publishers
Pages: 280
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: 16 years + (Graphic content, Constant use of Foul Language and Drug Use)
In Coney Island, Brooklyn, Sara Goldfarb, a lonely widow, wants nothing more than to lose weight and appear on a television game show. She becomes addicted to diet pills in her obsessive quest, while her junkie son, Harry, along with his girlfriend, Marion, and his best friend, Tyrone, have devised an illicit shortcut to wealth and leisure by scoring a pound of uncut heroin. Entranced by the gleaming visions of their futures, these four convince themselves that unexpected setbacks are only temporary. Even as their lives slowly deteriorate around them, they cling to their delusions and become utterly consumed in the spiral of drugs and addiction, refusing to see that they have instead created their own worst nightmares.
I had sky high expectations for this book because the movie adaptation of this book would have to be my favourite movie, though I am not suprised because as we all know more times then not the book is better then the movie. The one critisisim I would have about the book is the constant stream of dialoug with no quotation marks or new lines which I found confusing when I started the book but I soon got used to it.

Even though I knew what to expect from this book because of watching the movie countless times before, I found myself sympathizing with the characters even more then before because you get to see a little bit more of the story about the character and you get to see what they are feeling and their reasoning behind their actions.

Overall I thought that the book was amazing and is definitley something that everyone should read in their lifetime, I find the story to be completley eye-opening and it makes you appreciate your life a whole lot more.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Across The Universe by Beth Revis...

Series: Across The Universe (Book #1)
Published:  March 3rd 2011 by Puffin
Pages: 398
Rating: 1 star
Age Recommendation: -

Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away.
Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she's due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy's lost on board and nothing makes sense - she's never felt so alone.
Yet someone is waiting for her. He wants to protect her - and more if she'll let him.
But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies? A killer is out there - and Amy has nowhere to hide...


Sadly I found myslf really not likeing this book and I was unable to finish it. I think that part of the reason for that was the sky high expectations I had for this book from all the raving reviews I heard, and from the little that I read of the book (I only got 200 pages in) I found that it was just a complete letdowm.

First of all the plot for me it didn't seem that there was much of a plot but i supose that that was because I didn't read that much of the book but within those 200 pages I found that there was really no interesting storline.

I also thought that the characters really lacked personality. Out of the three main characters the one that I liked the best was Elder because I felt that he was the most realistic character out of the three. I also found myself really not likeing the character of Amy, I found her character to be really winey and she seemed to just get on my nerves.

Overall for me I thought this book really fell flat but with me saying that I also feel that you dhould give this book a go stleast, I mean there a whole lot of poeple within the book blogging community that love this book so this book must have some promise in it.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead...

Series: Dark Swan (Book #3)
Published:  March 31st 2011 by Bantam Books Ltd
Pages: 378
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: 15+ (Graphic scenes)


Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land’s queen, she’s fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear…

Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part. Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way. To control the Crown’s ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation--one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril...


Being that Richelle Mead is my favourite author I had to get the last two books in this series for my birthday, the first and second blew my mind and this one was no exception. Wow is all I can say this book has left me speechless. So many things happened in this book that I never would have expected. First off I thought that the plot was amazing and so many things happened that I was not expecting, and one HUGE thing that I never was expecting! The book was so fast paced and engaging that before I knew it I was done, and I can't believe I have to wait till next year to read what happens it's killing me alredy! Another thing about this book that suprised me was the characters and how they changed, especially Kiyo, towards the end of the book he was crazy! That I definitley wasn't expecting. And now I find myself liking Dorian again which I never thought would happen.

Overall I thought that this book was an amazing edition to the series and it shows you just how great Richelle Mead's writting is and really makes you wonder what's going to happen in the next book

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead...

Series: Dark Swan (Book #2)
Published:  August 13th 2009 by Bantam Books Ltd
Pages: 480
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: 15+ (Graphic scenes)
Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire, paid to bind and banish creatures from the Otherworld. But after her last battle, she’s also become queen of the Thorn Land. It’s hardly an envious life, not with her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and Eugenie eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind. And now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no one—except Eugenie—seems willing to find out why.

Eugenie has spilled plenty of fey blood in her time, but this enemy is shrewd, subtle, and nursing a very personal grudge. And the men in her life aren't making things any easier. Her boyfriend, Kiyo, is preoccupied with his pregnant ex, and sexy fey king Dorian always poses a dangerous distraction. With or without their help, Eugenie must venture deep into the Otherworld and trust in an unpredictable power she can barely control. Reluctant queen or not, Eugenie has sworn to do her duty—even if it means facing the darkest—and deadliest—side of her nature…
I thought that this book was so much better then the first! I found that in Storm Born I couldn't relate to Eugenie's character, but with this book I found that she was a whole lot more relatable and I found myself really liking her character. I also found myself liking the character of Dorian a lot more aswell, don't get me wrong I really liked him in the first book aswell but I thought that Kiyo was always a better fit for Eugenie but this book proved me wrong. I thought that the main plot is this book was so so good and it was definitley unexpected I never saw it coming.

Overall I thought that this book was a really good read and a great edition to the Dark Swan series.