Friday, October 26, 2012

Book Review: Solid

Book: Solid (Solid #1)
Author: Shelly Workinger
Genre: SciFi/Fantasy, Dystopian, Supernatural, Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4/5
Favorite Character: The main girl, Clio, is probably my favorite (even if I have never seen that spelling before. I do still find new ways people have decided to spell my name, though).

Plot: (From Goodreads)

Clio Kaid may be 17 and just beginning the last summer before her senior year, but her life is anything but typical.

She's just discovered she was genetically altered before birth and is now headed to a top-secret Army campus to explore the surprising results of the experiment.

Follow Clio and the other teens as they develop fantastic super-abilities, forge new friendships, and find love as they search for answers.

When I was first introduced to the idea of this book, I found myself immediately interested. Science interests me more that I care to admit, but DNA is one of my favorite things. This book is pretty short, but it has a lot going on. The characters were probably my favorite part of it.

Overall, I'd say it was good, maybe even really good. I liked the writing, it wasn't perfect, at times it felt a little... clunky, but I was able to look past that, it didn't pull me out of the story any. I didn't have many problems with the book overall.

And I found the story and characters interesting overall. I love trying to figure out something before the characters  it's a weakness. To wrap up this review before I get with the rambling, I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes some YA SciFi/Fantasy with some mystery in it. If you've read Solid, what did you think of it?

The second book in this series is Settling; the third and final book is Sound which comes out the 1st of November.

Disclaimer: I did recieve a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Banned Book Week: 2012 (Very short ramblings)

Banned book week started on the 30th of September and will run until the 6th of October. If you're looking for more information about how that works and what books are banned and such, you can go to this website. This post, is about the books that are banned.

I love banned books, really. I haven't read as many as I would of liked. I'm going on a bit of trip that is not that far from home (my mom has some classes shes taking, it involved jewlery stuff and fire), besides that I'm stuck in a hotel room for a week. So I decided that instead of doing ALL school work, all the time, I could also read a lot.

I packed some banned comic books, specifically a couple books from Sandman by Neil Gaiman that I hope to start this week. I haven't read any of them yet and I haven't read much about the series, besides the fact that I know that it's banned.

On the topic of other banned books, though. I did just recently read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was an amazing book, completely stunning, and I'd suggest that if you haven't read it yet, you definitely should check it out. There are more, of course, isn't there always? Looking for Alaska by John Green (I cried so damn hard, it's a great book).

This was just a short post, I just wanted to make sure everyone knows that it's banned book week, though, I'm sure everyone has already posted or said something about it. Also, before November, I'm going to make a post about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month - 50k, 30 days) with everything: my goals, ideas, writing blog. Everything. (If you have anything you want me to include, feel free to leave a comment letting me know!)

Monday, October 1, 2012

September Wrap-Up/ October TBR

I read more books this month then last, but really nothing of what I said I was going to read. So that's good. I'm just going to list them. I want to put up reviews for all, so I'll leave my thoughts for that. Anyway, these are what I read in September:

  • Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton (4/5)
  • The Name of this Book is a Secret (Secret #1) by Pseudonymous Bosch (5/5)
  • If You're Reading This, It's Too Late (Secret #2) by Pseudonymous Bosch (5/5)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (5/5)
  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures Vol 1 (Comic/Graphic Novel/Thing) (4/5)
  • This Book Is Not Good For You (Secret #3) by Pseudonymous Bosch (5/5)
  • This Isn't What It Looks Like (Secret #4) by Pseudonymous Bosch (5/5)
  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld #2) by Terry Pratchett
I love the Secret series, I read like the 1st 10 pages or so of the fifth and last book and I just don't want it to end. On the other end, Discworld is even more fantastic, and I doubt I'll be running out very soon, there are just so many books in that series! I'm excited, though.

For October, my only goal is to read a lot. I need to get really ahead of my goal in preparation for November, where I'll be taking part in NaNoWriMo and will barely have time for sleeping and eating, forget reading (maybe a couple books, if I cut out all internet-y things).