tisdag 4 september 2012
A is used to it and has developed ways of quickly accessing the current persons name, situation etc. A never gets involved, tries to stay as true to the person whose body it´s inhabiting. Coasts along never really questioning things.
When we enter the story A wakes up as Justin, a 16-year old boy who´s kind of a jerk to his girlfriend and takes her for granted. A is instantly drawn to Rhiannon, the girlfriend, and spends a wonderful day with her doing and acting in ways that Justin would not.
When A wakes up the next in a new body he longs to see Rhiannon again and over the next few days and countless new bodies to inhabit A falls in love with Rhiannon.
That is not the only first for A. A boy whose body he inhabited for a day is trying to contact him, claiming A is the devil himself.
This is the first book written by David Levithan I´ve read and I was instantly drawn to the premise of it. Such an exciting idea! The ending left me a bit heartbroken though. I do not like sad endings, I like my happily ever afters or at least the promise of a happily ever after. But it was a fitting ending.
torsdag 30 augusti 2012
A fair warning, the beginning is a bit confusing. But part of what I love about it is that when you realize what´s going on, when you see the magic that is Jellicoe Road, you know that the pages of confusion in the beginning were very much worth it.
The story is about Taylor Markham who was abandoned by her mother at a young age and now lives in a boarding school with other kids that are neglected, abandoned or otherwise troubled. She is not very close to anyone except Hannah, a woman who lives on the edge of the school grounds.
Each year territory war games are played by the children in the school against the Townies and the Cadets, and this year, Taylor is elected the leader. She tries to balance that responsibility with the sudden disappearance of Hannah and the reemergence of Jonah Griggs, the leader of the Cadets, and a boy from her past.
And then there is the other story of the five young girls and boys. It is a manuscript, written by Hannah of events that start with a terrible car crash. The five survivors all become integral parts of each others lives. As you can probably guess their story is also connected to Taylors. I won´t say any more on that subject, or anything else really.
Oh, one last thing; to top it all off this book is chock full of memorable quotes. Quotes that I want to have embroider and hang on the wall or write down and keep with me in my wallet. Here are some examples.
"You´re are my priority. Your happiness, in som fucked up way is tuned in to mine. Get that through your thick skull. Would I like it any other way? Hell, yes, but I don´t think that will be happening in my lifetime."
"It´s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that´s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It´s not the pain they´re getting over, it´s the love."
"´What do you want from me?´ he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More".
"What´s the difference between a trip and a journey?... When we get there, you´ll understand."
Not bad huh? But don´t take my word for it. Read Jellicoe Road. Now.
onsdag 29 augusti 2012
15-year old June is born into one of the wealthiest most powerful families. She is a young prodigy, quickly rising in the ranks of the army. Day lives in the same city but his life could not be more different. Born in the slums he is the cities most wanted anti-government criminal.
The two would never have met had Junes older brother not been killed and Day immediately become the prime suspect. Hell bent on capturing her brothers killer June goes on an undercover mission to capture him.
The book alternates between the point of view of June and Day, letting us get into the heads of the two main characters which I liked.
It´s a fairly routine ya-dystopian tale with starcrossed lovers, conspiracies and a bit of mystery thrown in. Not bad really just not all that great either. Part of what brings the story down is that it was too predictable. I could anticipate what would happen and that took down the excitement the author no doubt wanted us to feel.
The book is continued by "Prodigy" which will be released in January 2013.
tisdag 28 augusti 2012
Thus begins one of the best books this year.
A seemingly normal day in a normal home in a Los Angeles suburb 11-year old Julia and her parents wake to the news splashed across every newspaper in the country - the rotation of the Earth has begun to slow down. Meaning the length of the day is increasing little by little as is the night. From our well known, ingrained, 24 hour rhythm a day turns into 25 hours, 26, 27 and on and on with no apparent stop in sight.
It´s a disaster that sneaks up on people. A day of 27 hours can be dealt with but when the sun is up for 50 hours straight followed by 50 hours of night it messes with things. People start to loose it. Animals get confused and die. Crops whither everything and everyone is affected.
In the midst of all this Julia deals with more normal issues; being lonely at school, liking a boy who doesn´t seem to know she exists, parents who fight. Existence in that stage where you´re not a child anymore but not really a teenager either.
I could go on and on about the miracle of this book. It´s been a while since I read it and I still think of it sometimes, how for all our technological advances and wisdom, we really have no control at all.
Meet Karou, a blue haired art student in Prague who spends her time with her best friend at their favorite café and filling her sketchbook with drawings of creatures and demons. She also spends her time running strange errands for Brimstone, a stern monster with golden eyes and horns.
As these errands get increasingly frantic sending Karou between magical portals, black market auctions and bazaars in Marrakesh, beautiful winged beings start burning black handprints on doorways all over the world. The reason for the mysterious errands and the black handprints soon become painfully clear.
Enter Akiva, one of the winged creatures and, according to Karou, "the most beautiful thing she had ever seen". She is immediately drawn to him, and him to her. The reason for this instant connection has to do with their past and a transformation of Karou and we get thrust into another story involving a girl named Madrigal
True love, Supernatural creatures, Magic, Destiny. Sounds good but I´m having mixed feelings and will probably not be reading the continuation, Days of Blood and Starlight, which will be released in november this year.
onsdag 16 maj 2012
Insurgent was one of those books I´ve been looking forward to for a long time, pretty much since since I finished Divergent! I think I´ve spoken about how nervous I am before reading the sequel to a book I´ve loved. I worry, I fret, I try to keep my hopes down, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn´t.
Let me just say that any nervousness I may have felt was TOTALLY UNECESSARY.
It´s been quite a while since I read Divergent and in the beginning it was a bit tricky to remember who all the characters were and where they were. To help with this a friend sent me this link: But I read Divergent a year ago It´s a very good guide to remembering stuff written by Veronica herself.
We pick up pretty much where we left off in Divergent in the Amity compound where they´ve fled following the Erudite attack. Plot wise there were a lot of surprises; big ones and small ones. The writing is rich, the prose engaging. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
The quick pace was paired with quieter moments, many of them with Tris and Tobias. And let me tell you, those two *sigh*. They love each other but they don´t always agree with each other or like each others decisions which makes it so realistic. It´s not all hearts and flowers and for just a tiny smidgen of a second, I was worried for them.
My love for Tris knows no bounds. Katniss can go hide in a corner somewhere because this is a real character! Being a divergent she is a kickass, determined kind of person and she is a strong girl. But she´s still human. She feels sad and weak and stubborn and every other emotion. The guilt she feels over Will´s death and her sorrow over her parents death is palatable. And she makes mistakes because people do. But she also grows and learns which people also do :)
And by the way, Tobias (Four) is pretty darn awesome too :)
Now the waiting starts for the next book...
söndag 6 maj 2012
One day a sandstorm sweeps across their home bringing with it four horsemen who kidnap Lugh. Seeing no other alternative Saba sets off on the quest to rescue her brother. On the way she meets, and reluctantly befriends, a gang of girl revolutionaries called Free Hawks and a daredevil named Jack.
Though slow in the beginning the story picks up pace and I was literally tearing through the pages! The world is interesting and well drawn, the author gives us hints as to where and when it might be without revealing too much. Many words were purposefully misspelled which bothered me a bit in the beginning but after a while I got used to it. It even felt natural, and completely possible, the way the words had morphed and evolved.
Now Saba. She isn´t a very likeable girl at least not in a good portion of the book. In fact she´s pretty angry and selfish and clearly shows her contempt for her little sister. But she is also brave, extremely determined with crazy survival instincts. In fact, those three treats go for all the women in the story. No damsels in distress as far as the eye can see! Saba gets better as the story goes though and I grew to like her a lot. And there´s Jack of course *sigh*, he´s cheeky and forthright and knows exactly how to push Saba´s buttons and seems to know her instantly. I really enjoyed their interactions.
So all in all an enjoyable read, a few too predictable twists in the end but not too bad to spoil my enjoyment of the book.
The next installment of the Dustland series is expected late October of this year.
fredag 20 april 2012
Amy wakes up by accident; her "pod" is unplugged and she nearly dies in the process. She faces the reality of being on a ship floating in space. She knows no one, and in the eyes of the people on the ship she is the strange girl who looks funny, talks funny and is just odd and possibly crazy. She also has to deal with the fact that her parents won´t be woken up for another 50 years.
Amy is not the only one of "the frozen people" who is unplugged. The rest aren´t as lucky as she was however. Terrified that something will happen to her parents Amy, together with Elder and a friend named Harley, set out to find out who the culprit is.
Looking at the cover you´d think there would be a big romance but there isn´t. There are burgeoning feelings but that definitely isn´t the stories strong suit. And that´s ok, the drama taking place between Elder and his mentor, Eldest, is one of the best parts of the book.
The exciting thing about the book is that it is indeed a mystery within a mystery within a mystery. And just when you think all is revealed - think again!
All in all it was a good book and I will definitely be reading the second one, A million suns.
torsdag 19 april 2012
Outside the prison, the world is and breaking; diseases are killing people, there is a shortage of food, birds do not fly, the weather is unpredictable and the clouds are the wrong colour. The power lies with the Reestablishment who promised to fix things - but problems remain.
Then one day life in the cell changes when a new prisoner is added to her cell. His name is Adam. She does n´t know why he's there or why they are forced to share the cell. She only knows that Adam is very familiar, and that she both loves and hates having to share the small space with him. She is so used to not having any contact with people at all and is afraid of what might happen if she does. Because what happened to her Juliette has made not only the fysical cell her prison but she is also imprisoned by her fears and her past.
Adam's arrival spurs on a series of events that I will not reveal. I can say that the two leave the mental hospital and go somewhere else. There, we meet a very interesting character named Warner. Warner is one of the leaders of the Reestablishment. And he is very interested in Juliette.
There is a curious thing about the Adam that first felt a little too convenient and easy. Until something else happened that made the whole situation much more interesting. If you read the book you know what I'm talking about :)
Overall, I liked the book, especially the first part of it was wonderful to read. I´m guessing that the second book (which will be out next year) will have more focus on action, but I hope the author does not lose the other aspects of the story.
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Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness. This was not that world.
Another teaser released was for Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I have previously written about Divergent (you can read that here ).
And the teaser goes like this:
“He kisses me again, more insistent this time, his hands squeezing my waist. His breaths, his body, my body, we are so close there is no difference.”