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Book Review – Glitches, The Little Android, & The Queens Army

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Title: Glitches, The Little Android, The Queen’s Army [The Lunar Chronicles 0.5, 0.6, 1.5]

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 29 Av.

Rating: 5, 2, 4 Star

Series Review: Novela’s, 1, 23, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

glitchesCinders is no memory further back than a few days – since her operation . And then came the endless journey to her new family. But it is anything but welcoming, her new stepmother would most like to get rid of her as quickly as possible. Then Cinder’s stepfather, Garan catches the Blue Plague, and she loses her main advocate … good thing she has her friend Iko , an android who sometimes forgets that she is not human.

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The Little AndroidWhen android Mech6.0 saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programming. Androids aren’t meant to develop impractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love.

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the queens armyIt is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Glitches

I LOVED this. For anyone who is planning on reading this series I strongly suggest you read this first! I agree with the comments of others, I don’t see why this was not added to the start of Cinder. This little story is the perfect opening into the series. It captured my attention and left me wanting more and many answers by the time I came to the end of its 32 page story. It introduces you to all the people who are important in Cinder’s world in the beginning. You find out who to love and who to hate pretty quickly. You also get more information about Garan which is sparse in the rest of the series. I really felt for poor Cinder the entire time, things just don’t go her way and she is just too young to understand that most the people she is with are just vile and there is nothing she can do to change that. Iko is one of my favourite creatures ever.

I have a glitch, too. Sometimes I forget that I’m not human. I don’t think that happens to most androids.

The Little Android

This one did not fill me up with such love. We get like a two second glimpse of Cinder in this book and that is it. This story has nothing at all to do with the rest of the series. I have no idea why this book is in here. The more I read about Mech6.0, the less I liked her. What started off with me thinking another Iko ended is me getting something selfish and violent. Yes, in the end Mech6.0 let those things go for the man she rescued and loved, but I found this ending to be messily written and I did not enjoy it.

The Queen’s Army

I did not read this book in the order that is said to in the goodreads list encase it was another little android type thing that didn’t really have much relevance. Luckily for me though I liked this one! I went in already knowing the characters within and I found it really interesting to see how they started on their journey that landed them in the path of Cinder. I think you could read this one at any time. If you read it in the order on goodreads, its not going to spoil anything about the characters you meet in Scarlet until you are a fair bit in, but if you read it later like I did you will just get some great backstory about people you know and love.

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Book Review – The Hostile Hospital

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Title: The Hostile Hospital [A Series of Unfortunate Events 8]

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 221

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

Before you throw this awful book to the ground and run as far away from it as possible, you should probably know why. This book is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children’s miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful books in the world.
There are man pleasant things to read about, but this book contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to read about such things.
I have sworn to research this story, and to write it down as best I can, so I should know that this book is best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Normally we would build into the sadness that is these books but with this one we start off their and it only gets worst and worst as we read on.

Because the children lost their friends and current caretaker and were framed for murder in the ending of the last book, they are on the run and for the very first time truly on their own. They try to get in contact with Mr. Poe to try and explain things to him and hoping, with no great hope at all since he has never really been useful, that he can help them clear their names and get them off the streets and off the run. Before they can get a response from him however they are forced to move on because someone realises who they are.

I cannot really talk about this book too much without giving away a lot of spoilers so I will try and keep this review brief.

The children end up tricking their way into working in a file room that has records on many many many things after following another false lead about V.F.D. After a comment maid by the person who runs the records, they think they can finally find something out about Jacques Snicket, but when they turn up nearly completely empty in their searches, they discover a single photograph and sentence that rocks them to their core so much that their situation goes from bad to near death without them even realising it.

Page thirteen of the Baudelaire file was not a crowded sheet of paper – there was just one photography and a sentence to make an author cry himself to sleep even years after the photograph was taken, or to make three siblings sit and stare at a page for a long time, as if an entire book were printed on one sheet of paper.

The end of this book had me freaking the hell out. This is the first time I was actually thinking that someone was going to die and I was just dying on the inside and screaming at the words on the page (or the ones being read to me anyway). If at all possible the end of this book lands the children in an even worst situation than the end of the one before it, and we are left with still no answers and more questions that just make you want to cry with frustration because all of these questions and hints at things you don’t even want to hope are true because if they aren’t will break your heart must just be destroying these kids on the inside.

The sad truth is the truth is sad.

That is all I am going to give you for now. I didn’t want to have a spoiler filled review because if you don’t care about spoiler and read this I don’t want you knowing when you go in. I want you to read it then come back and discuss things with me. I need someone to talk to about these books!

 

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Book Review – Little Women

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Title: Little Women [Little Women 1]

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Genre: Classic, Young Adult

Length: 400

Rating: 2.5 rounded down to 2 Star

Series Review: 1, 1.5, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Rich or poor. we will keep together and be happy in one another.

Christmas won’t be the same this year for Meg. Jo, Beth, and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War, and the family has fallen on hard times. But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters in rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatrical, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I think this was something I needed to read at a younger age.

I can kind of see why they make people read it in school even though I didn’t have to. The main kind of theme to this book is appreciate what you have while you have it because it might not last long or things can change quickly. It also has a kind of underlying theme of working for what you want rather than being spoilt. As I have been doing all those things for many years now, this theme was just kind of obvious to me and didn’t really hold any interest.

I suppose following the antics of the girls was enjoyable enough for a time. I kind of cared about what they were doing and I felt a bit panicy when I thought one of them was going to die. I also was hoping that their father would return safely. Jo’s and the boy next doors relationships was very entertaining to me, and Beth was a sweetie.

But thats all that really held me captive. Liking the antics of children trying to grow up can only keep you entertained for so long and I soon was counting the pages until the book ended.

The style of the writing and the dialogue also had me cringing at times. While I get that there was a theme that was trying to be brought across, the characters talked like those really bad motivational cards and it drove me nuts. Yes, I got it. Work for what you want. Learn to take care of yourself. Blah Blah Blah. No one talks like that so please stop.

Despite how bored I was with this book towards the end, I am still planning on picking up the next one because perhaps now that they are larger and closer to me being able to relate to them I will find the book more enjoyable.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Characters Who Need Their Own Book

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Characters I Wish Had Their Own Book

Gah, so hard. Giving them their own book might destroy the love I feel. I shall try though…

1. Iko from Cinder by Marissa Meyer. She is adorable and having a book in her perspective would be awesome.

2. Faina from The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Since the origins of her life are a bit subjective it would be amazing to see how she experienced all these things.

3. Adrian from Vampire Academy/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. I don’t know if I want him to have a new story or go back over old things but I love him so I don’t know how this could be bad.

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4. Bran from Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier. From what we find out about him I would really like to experience how he came to be the one we meet within the book.

5. Finnick from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Or really any of the old contestants. Even the ones who died. I would love to know their stories.

6. Natalie Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth. Tris’ mum would have been an awesome character to get more of.

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Annnnd that’s all I got. I can’t believe how blank I am on secondary characters. I love my non main people. Oh well…

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AYearAThon – November (Wrap Up)

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And we have come to the end of our November read-a-thon. Its not the best I have ever done in one by far, but I am still really happy with what I have done. It has been a wonderful, relaxed week and mostly stellar books!

Day 1

Pages Read: 516

Books Finished:

  1. Glitches by Marissa Meyer
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Day 2

Pages Read: 382

Books Finished: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Day 3

Pages Read: 361

Books Finished:

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  2. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Day 4

Pages Read: 308

Books Started: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Books Read: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Day 5

Pages Read: 301

Books Read: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Books Finished: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Day 6

Pages Read: 417

Books Finished:

  1. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Day 7

Pages Read: 330

Books Finished: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Total Books Read

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Total Pages Read: 2615

Now since I am moving over the whole month of December and will have spotty access to the net I will no be partaking in anymore read-a-thons this year. I am glad I could finish on such a positive note.

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Book Review – The Vile Village

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Title: The Vile Village [A Series of Unfortunate Events 7]

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 228

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children’s lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

The story is much more interesting to me now that we are getting bigger picture stuff.

The children head off to a town called V.F.D and the children hope by making this town their new caretaker they can finally find out the mystery the Quagmires tried telling them about when they were captured at the end of the fifth book. They arrive and find that this is not the case however.

The general town seems to be just as bad as all the other people that are supposed of take care of them, but luckily for the children they catch a small break by being placed in the care of Hector, someone who listens to them and is actually willing to help as long as they do their townly duties first. I loved Hector, he is one of the few adult characters in this series who actually seems to have a brain, a soul, and bravery at the same time. While he starts off not being able to speak or really even look at people who frighten him he actually develops as the story goes and by the end he is willing to stand up for himself and the children and tries to save their lives.

This book finally seems to just focus on the bigger picture of the story rather than just the same random bad stuff that happens to the kids. No answers are given within the pages of this book however. The only that remotely gets solved, and this is a SPOILER is the Quagmire triplets. The children find them and rescue them in the final moments. The Baudelaires were suppose to escape with them and Hector in a giant air balloon that can never land and live in peace in the sky, but as the Baudelaires are climbing the rope they get attacked and must stop climbing and let their friends and closest thing to family fly off without them. I was so devastated for them. I don’t think living in the air for the rest of your life would be great, but they could have worked out a way to get down later and then started new perfect lives with their new wonderful family. But of course they don’t get that. END SPOILER

We just get more and more questions. Who the hell is Jacques Snicket, what dies our author and Beatrice have to do with all of these things that are happening. What the hell does V.F.D stand for! At one point we think we are going to get some answers, but they just all float away. The book ends in the worst position the children have ever been in before.

I would say read this book for sure. Knowing what I know about the others I might even say skip numbers 3 and 4 cause I hated them and they were pointless. But I would suggest reading the rest like me because how on earth else are we going to get answers?!

 

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AYearAThon – November (Day 5)

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I didn’t actually feel like reading anything today, so I am kind of amazed that I read anything at all. Well, listened really. I have been doing an audio book for The Book of Lost Things so that I could do other things at the same time. Anyway, here is what has been achieved so far:

Day 1

Pages Read: 516

Books Finished:

  1. Glitches by Marissa Meyer
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Day 2

Pages Read: 382

Books Finished: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Day 3

Pages Read: 361

Books Finished:

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  2. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Day 4

Pages Read: 308

Books Started: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Books Read: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Day 5

Pages Read: 301

Books Read: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Books Finished: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

 

I adored The Book of Lost Things. Because it was in audio form though I found that I both struggled and loved the format. While I would be trying to do things I would be listening to the book and next thing I know, I would wake out of my trance the story had put me in and realise that I stopped doing whatever it was I was doing ages ago and have just been listening. Then other times I found that because it was audio that I got distracted from it easily and missed section. Weird.

I think the reason for my slump is because of Splintered though. I just really don’t care about it. My OCD side is telling me just to push through, I just have just over three and half hours left until I am done with it. We shall see I guess. I could finish it tomorrow but it might be better to start something else.

If any of you are taking part link me your updates so I can see :)

 

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AYearAThon – November (Days 1-4)

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I have to say I feel like I am on a good run of reading, it has been so long since I could put so much time to reading! Feels wonderful ^_^ Even though I have taken many breaks, long one since I am trying to move across the country at the same time, I still feel good about everything. Here is what I have done over the last three days:

Day 1

Pages Read: 516

Books Finished:

  1. Glitches by Marissa Meyer
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Day 2

Pages Read: 382

Books Finished: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Day 3

Pages Read: 361

Books Finished:

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  2. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Day 4

Pages Read: 308

Books Started: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Books Read: Splintered by A.G. Howard

After I finished what was out of the Lunar Chronicles books I had to go in search of something else and it took forever! I started Splintered but I really wasn’t feeling it so I picked up The Book of Lost Things and I am totally digging it! It was an audio book though because I am trying to get things done, so I probably didn’t get through as much as I would have if I was reading it. My page count seems to be getting lower and lower! I will fix that on the weekend though. During the week I feel like I have to do things while the rest of the world is functioning.

 

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Book Review – Creed

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Title: Creed

Author: Trisha Leaver

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Horror

Length: 264

Rating: 2

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Description/Synopsis:

Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town’s inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah’s son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

I was really in the mood for a good little horror story, and this fell far below what I was expecting. I what I got instead was a lot like watching a really bad, cheap horror movie. The kind where you can see the strings attached to the bats and the tins of paint they have used for the blood.

The writing style is what fell short for me the most. I was enjoying myself to start off with, I was hopeful and eager for a good read. It didn’t last long. There was an over emphasis on certain things to try make things more dramatic and ‘meaningful’ I think. The effect didn’t work the way I think it was intended. The result was me feeling like someone was forcing these things down my throat, begging me to believe the words but it just ended up making me gag. Two glowing examples of this would be the love Luke and Dee have for each other, its was more powerful than the sun guys. The next was Dee’s horrible past and how no one but Luke and Joseph can even begin to understand.

The characters were also the most stupid people you will ever find. It follows the standard car breaks down and they wonder into a freaky town where all the houses look exactly the same and no people can be found. In their searching for petrol they find signs that the towns number is decreasing rapidly. The boys decide that it would be a great idea the stay the night. Dee seems to be there only one with a brain here. Her brains don’t seem to last long though because then they find this guy Joseph that tells them the town in basically a cult and its run by his father. Then they all choose to follow him! Nothing could go wrong. Nothing. It will be fine mate.

Safe to say its not.

The boys and Dee get separated and she gets tortured but its nothing new to her because of her deep dark past. This past which has been shoved down my throat so much now I actively think the book is lying to me and is just trying make herself seem more interesting or something. Then we also have Elijah, Joseph’s father, who is just so evil it becomes just silly. He is all magical and controls everything. He is basically god. If he says you weren’t born then you were not and you will believe it!

The ending of this book was just a huge downer for me. I was looking forward to at least getting a bit of revenge but that does not happen. God strikes again. I also found great issue with:

Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

How do we know that? Once we leave the town we never hear from one of them again. You can say two are not the same, but the third literally just vanishes (which annoyed me greatly), so how on earth do we know how they are?

I would not recommend this book to anyone. Its not worth the frustration. That being aid though I think Leaver’s book that is coming out next year sounds really interesting and I want to pick it up.

 

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October Wrap Up + November TBR

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Hey there guys! I am going to be introducing just short and simple wrap ups to my blog to keep you guys up to date on what happened to me during the month, as well as to keep me up to date. Sometimes I swear I have done so much more that I have. This month is no exception. The books I read this month are:

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Yep, that’s right. Two. Just two. I really thought I had read at least three but apparently not! I was supposed to have reviews up for these books by now because I received them both for review from the publisher, but I got busy and didn’t get a chance. I didn’t really like either of these two books so the reviews fell to the not-really-important section of my brain. Expect the reviews to pop up in the next week or so.

Now for the TBR, I think this is going to change depending on what I get done in the AYearAThon read-a-thon over the next week, so if you want to see that TBR lost check it out here. Some other books I want to get read this month are:

 

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I really hope to have a good reading month since I haven’t had a great one lately.

 

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