Book Review – Obsidian

Book Review – Obsidian – by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This was a great book! Not only did it manage to keep me hooked, but it also managed to make me smile, which is a rare occurrence in most books. {What’s with all the gloomy books here people?} Anyways, it was a good, easy going read that I enjoyed. The plot is great, and it’s such a refresher to read an amazing fantasy novel that isn’t related to vampires. [Not that I have anything against vampire books, I just finished reading one last night. What, you ask, is it about then?
 Aliens. But don’t worry, not your typical green skinned, five eyed, three fingered aliens. I’m talking sexy aliens with very different attitudes.

Jennifer Armentrout did a great job. It has enough older content that I’m satisfied, and makes for an easy read.Her plot lines were intent, and left me breathless at times. This is certainly a one of a kind book, and I enjoyed it. Not often do I stumble across something as cool as a book about aliens, and even more rare, that I enjoy the book about aliens.
note: I try not to give too much away with these reviews. I HATE it when a review spoils a book. I like to think of my reviews as straight, truthful, and to the point. You won’t find much about plot, or about the characters, but that’s good. Read it and see for yourself.

until next time,

nixi

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Book Review – Mystic City

Book Review – Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Mystic City, written by Theo Lawrence was sensational! The plot lines were absolutely stunning and gripping, I couldn’t put this book down! Staged in the upper part of New York, you don’t know who the bad guys are, or the good guys for that matter. What you believe to be true, isn’t. It’s a superb read, one that I recommend and hope that you all pick up. My only suggestion would be to wait for it to come down on price, or come out in paperback. It cost me 20$ at Barnes& Nobles. I don’t regret spending the money, but it’s just a little to much, you know?

Aria Rose, an upperlevel citizen in Manhatten, has everything she has ever wanted. Or so she’s told. She can’t remember hardly anything before she overdosed on a drug. She’s engaged to Thomas, the son of another wealthy family in the upper levels, or so she’s told. She can’t remember him, or the romantics they performed. Desperate to get her memory back, and even more so to figure out the puzzle pieces she’s been missing, she goes down to the extreme. But what she finds, and who she finds, isn’t what she had in mind.

Sorry for the wait,

nixi

Book Review – Alis

 

 

Alis was an amazing book, and it met all of my expectations. Not only was it cleverly written, but the characters were divine. Alis, a fourteen year old girl, cant stand the thought of getting her husband picked by her parents. Not only was this bad enough, but her soon to be husband is three times her age, at forty. Desperate for escape, she leaves town with a friend of her mother’s. There, she finds she loves another, and when the day comes that she must return home, she leaves for the city. In hopes of making a life for herself there, she waits the rough patches out.

This novel was an amazing piece of literature that made me laugh towards the end. With amazing plot twists, things you’d never expect, this has made the list to one of my well-liked books. Granted, it wasn’t my favorite book in this world, but it wasn’t my least favorite either.  You laugh a little, cry a little, moan a little. If you’re looking for a fairly easy read, I recommend it.

 

-nixi      

Currently Reading- Monday 11/5/12

Alis, by Naomi Rich

I found this book at Ollie’s, a store all about saving money. They buy items that there are extras of, and you ca get books for $2.99, even some new hardbacks. I found a book called, Alis, at this store. It sounded interesting, and when things sound interesting, they usually are. This book has not disappointed me yet.

Alis, your typical rebellious fourteen year old, refuses to marry what her parents believe to be an exceptional suitor. Instead, she longs to head for the city and get away from her parents  and their beliefs on her marriage. She finds some interesting surprises, and in a small town, she finds someone she has formed a bit of a crush on. Currently, I’m on page 122/274. Naomi Rich proves herself to be an excellent writer, her descriptives are amazing and she obviously knows what she’s doing. I hope to finish this book by this evening, once I get home from school. Have fun reading!

-nixi

Book Review – The Drowned Cities

Book Review The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

I loved Paolo Balcigalupi’s novel, Ship Breaker. So when I saw this on the shelves of my local Barnes&Nobles, I had to get it. If you haven’t read Ship Breaker, I suggest you do. It’s a wonderful book with a great plot line, surprising twists and turns, and amazing well thought-out characters!

This book, which is for fans of dystopia fiction, is in plain words, amazing. It takes an interesting idea of what is to come, and twists it into something else. The characters are full of depth and you can easily connect to them, the writing is exquisite, and over all the book, in my opinion, was well worth the 20$ spent.

Mahlia, a cast-off, struggles to find her place where everyone shuns her because of who she is. Her best friend, a boy named Mouse, has come from the same background she has- a city destroyed by war. They live in a normal enough little town, in a shack with a doctor who had taken them in, until some uninvited guests come into play. Mahlia takes violent action, and soon becomes swept up into a dangerous game of wait and see. Mouse is taken captive by the Soldier Boys- children who fight in a war that is not theirs. Mahlia is forced to run into the war-strewn city with a new friend, in order to find Mouse again in the hopes that they may be reunited with each other. Add a war general, and a cellar full of treasures, and you’ve got trouble.

 

Now, you might be the one to wait until it comes out in paperback, but definitely put it on your must-read list. The novel is intended for young adults, and I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under fourteen. Not that I’m against younger teens and children to read on a higher level, but because I’m cautious.

 

Don’t be alarmed, this book has its fair share of blood and gore, after all, it’s placed in a war zone. You won’t be disappointed in the constant action, or the little twists and turns this novel contains. Paolo did an excellent job in writing the novel, and I can’t wait to see more of his work in print. Again, if you haven’t read his Printz Award Winning book, Ship Breaker, you’re missing out on a great book.

 

Ship Breaker:

Ship Breaker is placed in the junkyard, where children work on stripping old ships and barges of the metal in them, to sell to the larger companies. In order to work on stripping the precious wiring, you have to be small enough to fit in the nooks and crannies. When a hurricane washes up with some unexpected salvage, Nailer, a fourteen year old boy, finds a risk. He can either take the gold and the precious things the ship holds for himself, or he can save the life of an unexpected castaway. With his decision, he’s tumbled into a world of trouble. Not only does he have to run from his sadistic father, but he has to find someone who will help him and his castaway get away from the people following them as they journey towards the city. What they find, and what they get is far from what they expected.

This book didn’t defeat my interests either. It was amazing, and truly wonderful. It kept me hooked from the beginning, and it took me a total of three and a half hours to finish it once I settled down enough and focused.

 

Some more of his books include: The Windup Girl, Pump Six and Other Stories, The Alchemist, etc. I have yet to read them, though they are on my list for when I go to my local bookstore. Which should be soon, I only have a few more books sitting on my shelf from my last excursion.

 

Until then,

Nixi