Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black is a stunning novel that captivates you from the first page. I heard about this wonderful book from a tumblr blog I follow, and the book exceeded my expectations!

Two kids, a brother and a sister, live in the strange town of Fairfold, where humans and fae live side by side. The faeries supposedly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel and Ben know exactly how to stop the faeries, and they have, once. And in the center of it all, lies a glass coffin, in the woods. In it sleeps a boy with horns on his head, and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children, their childhood mixed with stories of the mysterious fae in the woods. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

And then he does.

Soon, the pair's world is flipped upside down. And because a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel is pulled into a game of trickery, magic, and trust, while trying to remember her past as a knight. But she is swept up into new love, shifting loyalties, and the harsh sting of betrayal, and despite her best efforts, it might not be enough. 

This book was beautifully written, from the first page to when you close the book. It had magic, mystery, and the perfect amount of romance. I am very happy to have picked up this book, and Holly Black is an amazing writer, and I can't wait to read more of her books!

I give this book 6/5 Bookish Badges for giving me a boost out of the reading slump I was stuck in!

 ~ Chloe

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fahrenheit 451

Wow! Two posts in a week! This has never happened before! But this was an English assignment, and you guys deserve at least another post before I go offline again, so I decided to post this little gem for you all!
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Guy Montag lives in a world without books. His job is to burn the books that threaten his society, and he does it gladly. He is called a fireman, but firemen don’t put out fires anymore, they use fire to burn. They burn the books, and the houses they were stored in. It is against the law to read any of the books they burn, and no one questions what could be inside. Guy does his job, does it well, and never questions what he is doing, continuing his boring life with his wife, Mildred, and the television screens she calls her “family”.  But all this changes one night when he meets a 17-year-old girl named Clarisse. With a few questions, and a few stories, she changes Guy’s worldview completely. But he pretends to ignore it, until he finally can’t. He sees a woman burn, and starts wondering why she was so interested in the books that supposedly mean nothing. Soon, he can’t stop thinking about it, and the ideas Clarisse put into his mind. Guy slowly begins to question everything he has ever learned, and what he can do to change it.

Fahrenheit 451 is actually a pretty well written book. It was very descriptive, and sometimes Ray Bradbury uses to many words to get the point across, but nevertheless, it is a good read. If this wasn't a required book for English I probably wouldn't have ever picked this book up.  If you are interested in dystopian/sci-fi novels, this is 100% the book for you. The beginning was a little bit confusing, I needed to go back and re-read the first 100 pages at least three times before I got the concepts, and the whole book is quite slow, but the ending is beautifully written, and really thought provoking. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in a dystopian society with good comprehension skills, because it is a very interesting book about how a society without books works, but it also requires a lot of thinking and comprehension.
I would gladly give this book 3.5 bookish badges!
- Chloe

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Diabolic By S.J. Kincaid

Hi everyone, it has been a while! Sorry for not posting in forever, (Yes, I know there is 10 people writing on here we have no excuse,) but here is a book review for you all!

The Diabolic

“A Diabolic is ruthless.A Diabolic is powerful.A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.”

The diabolic by S.J. Kincaid is a very well written novel which captivates you from the first sentence. The book focuses on the concept of humanity, and what being a human means, and why someone is classified as a person.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. They have grown up side by side, but are not sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life up for Sidonia, and would do so, gladly. She will take lives with no hesitation, as long as it keeps her safe.

When the power hungry emperor learns that Sidonia´s father is going against the law by participating in a religion, he summons Sidonia to court, as a hostage. There is only one way for Nemesis to protect her friend ; she must become Sidonia. Nemesis travels to the court as Sidonia, now a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a gauntlet with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything, including Sidonia, the one person she must keep safe.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life, and the empire.

I give this book 4.5/5 Bookish Badges! Happy Reading!
- Chloe K.