Hey Everyone! I'm excited to say that today I will be reviewing the amazing new book by Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark! Be sure to pick it up January 17th!
Number of Pages: 480
My rating: OMG YAS 5/5
In Veronica Roth’s new book, Carve the Mark, Roth combines fantastic space travel and beautiful new planets, with magical powers with a dark twist. Akos is a teenage boy living in a world where a magical light path called the current, gives everyone incredible gifts. He lives with his mom, one of the planets oracles, and his family in the harsh cold city of Hessa. Life isn’t that bad; until he is kidnapped by a dangerous group of men who belong to the Shoet people, a deadly group of people obsessed with killing and conquering, and is forced to serve them. Crya is one of them. She lives with her brother, the leader of the Shoet, and is forced to use her deadly death to cause pain and suffering to those who defy them. But one day she decides to stop.
Carve the Mark follows the story of these two people, who are fighting for peace, in a world obsessed with death and suffering. I really enjoyed this book. Veronica Roth’s writing style really makes you fear for the characters and wonder what will happen next. By using oracles, she makes it so she is actually telling how the book will end; but at the same time, she makes us wonder how exactly she will do that. I loved the contrast of the one nice and caring civilization, fighting against this other brutal and cruel one, she is able to show us what each group thinks of each other and how the differences and similarities between them. This book is all about defying boundaries, and escaping your future. In the novel, she shows us that everything is not what it seems, and even if it seems to be set in stone, you will always be able to change it. When I first heard about this book I wasn't sure if it would be something that I would like to read. But boy, was I wrong. This book is amazing and really surprised me. I encourage everyone to try it out, I'm sure you won't regret it!
So that's it for my review! If you enjoyed it, please comment below and tell me what book you would like me to review next! Until next time,
Original review on: http://teenreaderscouncil.blogspot.com/2017/01/review-carve-mark.html
Hey guys! This week I will be reviewing The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus!
Hardcover edition: 626 pages
Release date: October 27, 2015
My rating: 5 out of 5
“Let us begin with this: I am seventeen years old. And also this: I have been seventeen years old for over a century.” – The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch tells the story of a seventeen year old gangster who is suddenly killed one day, only to soon awaken to life, once again. After his fatal visit to Lake Michigan, he first begins his new life as part of a traveling medicine show, then taken in by a scientist obsessed with conquering death. Soon after, he fights in the trenches of WWI, runs from his past in Depression era New York, than becomes the newest beau of a famous Hollywood actress.
This book was amazing. Told from the perspective of a well-educated English boy, the author is given the ability to use beautiful and high language, to enrich the whole experience. It really adds to the experience, and makes us live more with the character.
What I loved the most about this book, was how it really felt that you were living in it. The author uses a lot of detail to really absorb you into the plot, and it feels like you are right up with Finch, in the scientist’s lab, or out in the trenches of WWI. Mr. Kraus uses real history in the book, and the added facts made everything seem even more real. While this might disturb some people during graphic scenes, it just adds to the point that Finch is, in fact, a walking corpse.
Which brings me to my next point, how this immortal boy is depicted. When most people read about immortals, they often assume that said character is often invulnerable, unable to be injured and forever regrowing skin over cuts and having their bodies adjust to new experiences in life. But Mr. Kraus’s immortal is not like that. Finch is like a walking corpse, a zombie that just happens to still have a soul. Finch has no blood, therefore he never bleeds, but he also can’t eat because he can’t digest. He also can never fix the various cuts, scraps, and bullet holes that you get from life and wars. And lastly, he can never mature, because his brain is no longer growing. But, Mr. Kraus does not leave him just like this, but also makes it so that, if in too much heat, you will (unfortunately) be able to smell the rotting flesh that surrounds Finch.
While all of these points might attract readers because of the detail, some might say that the description can be too much at times because of intimate scenes and foul language. But after all, this is all added to support the character of a seventeen year old gangster, so stuff like this should be expected. And, said intimate scenes, only happen once or twice in the 600+ page book.
I would recommend this book for mature readers who are looking for a historical fiction novel that takes a new look on the genre, and is filled with fabulous and mature language. Some readers might not be comfortable with some of the descriptions of bodily injuries that at times get pretty graphic (a fish hook hole through the neck, taximedery for his own skin, “stomach flat” (interpret that last one however you want, but I mean it in the literal way), and various other stab wounds), but it pays of, because it greatly adds to the novel.
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! It was a great book, and one of my top reads of the year (and by that I mean 2016, not 2017). The sequel just came out last year too (and by that I mean 2016 this time), so I hope to read that one soon too.
Let me know in the comments below what book you would like me to review next! Until next time!
Hey everyone! Today I will be review Poison's Kiss by Breeana Sheilds.
Hardcover page count: 304
Release date: January 10, 2017
My rate: 2 out of 5 stars
Poison's Kiss is the tale of a teenage assassin named Marinda who serves the Raja by killing his enemies with her kiss. She is a visha kanya, a poison maiden, and kills people with her posion kiss. While she is usually ordered strangers, she is one day told to kill a boy who she loves. She begins to wonder if what she’s doing is right, and if he really deserves to die.
I did not like book for basically one reason- the whole thing utilizes so many YA book tropes, that you practically drown in them. Sickly younger sibling who is the only reason why she is still doing it? Check. Boy who meets her once, is weirdly super nice to her, and she falls in love with instantly? Check. Check. Calling herself a monster and having weird moments of self loathing/saying weirdly dark comments about the world? Check. Mysterious gods who turn out to be(spoiler alert) REAL? Check. And the list goes on. There's even a part of the novel where she says "Oh I'll just make him immune to my kiss." and another character says "You know there's other ways to kill people besides kissing, right?"
The whole thing is so packed with terrible stereotypes that I'm afraid to accidentally give something away just by writing this review.
The reason why I am giving it 2 stars instead of one is because while the novel is packed with stereotypes, the basic premise of the book does sound a little interesting. In the author's note in the back of the book, the author talks about how she was listening to a lecture on espionage, she heard about a character in Indian folklore who was fed poison her whole life and was eventually made immune, and deadly to others. This basic idea seems pretty interesting, and I bet if the author tried harder to remove the book tropes (and the mystical gods) I bet the novel would have been way better. I hope you guys enjoyed this review! While I might not have like this book, I bet someone out there might have. Let me know in the comments below what book you would like me to review next! Poison's Kiss comes out on January 10, 2017. So check it out in stores then!
Until next time,
Hey guys! Today I will be review the amazing new fantasy A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess! ( I had to repost this so sorry if it is not new)
Hardcover Edition Length: 416 pages
My rating: 5/5 stars
Henrietta Howel has the power to burst into flames. She has to hide this power, but when she is forced to reveal it to save her friends; instead of being executed, she is taken in to train as a sorcerer. She is taken to London and declared the chosen one, but is she really? As she plays her game of deception, she must also train with a group of male sorcerers and fight terrifying monsters; and save the city and the one she loves from destruction. I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the author took the basic “chosen one” book trope and put a spin on it. I also liked how there were some characters that you started off with one feeling towards them, and then end with a completely different feeling about them. I really enjoyed the main character –Henrietta- because she wasn’t really your typical protagonist. She did a lot of sneaking around and at times seems like she was playing the system, which only made her seem like more of a badass character. I can’t wait for the next book in this series! I would recommend this book for fantasy lovers because it combines awesome magic with strange yet terrifying demon-monsters.
I hope you guys enjoy this book as much as I have!
If there are any books that you would like me to review, let me know down in the comments below!
Original review on: http://teenreaderscouncil.blogspot.com/2016/10/review-shadow-bright-and-burning.html
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