Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Imaginary Girls Book Review

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Published in June 2011 by Dutton Juvenile
348 Pages

"Most people, in the end, really are in their own"-Nova Ren Suma, Imaginary Girls

Fourteen year old Chloe looks up to her sister, Ruby. Ruby is basically Chloe's mother. She houses her, feeds her, and loves her dearly. And in return, Chloe, as well as everyone in her little town, will do anything Ruby says. So one night, while at a party, when Ruby asks Chloe to swim across the town reservoir, it comes as no surprise that Chloe does it. However, Chloe would never have done so if she knew what was waiting for her in the middle of the dark and freezing water.
Chloe finds one of her classmates, London, in a boat in the middle of the reservoir, and London is bone-chillingly dead.
After that tragic night Chloe moves away to live in Pennsylvania with her Dad for the next two years. But Ruby won't allow that and after two years of being apart, goes to Pennsylvania to fetch Chloe and bring her back home, and because she is Ruby, Chloe does as she is told.
But, Chloe discovers something almost as bone-chilling as finding London dead two years ago. When shed gets back home she soon realizes that London is back, and more importantly London is alive.
Now Chloe must discover London's secret as to why she is alive and why her sister has something to do with it.
This book is an amazing read that leaves the reader hoping for air during the final breathtaking chapters.
My Thoughts
This story, was actually pretty awesome. Trying to figure out the mystery of Olive and why Ruby had such a control over all the people, was just.....amazing. This book was really good but I would only give it 3 out of 5 stars, only because it was a little long for the story line and the afterword from Chloe was a little unnecessary. But get it if you haven't already, its definitely a cool book and an awesome work of art to have on your bookshelf

Monday, September 19, 2011

Zombies vs Unicorns Book Review

Zombies vs Unicorns
by Holly Black and Justine Larabalestier
with stories from Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot,Garth Nix,Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfruend, Libba Bray, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, and Carrie Ayan.
Published by McElderry Books in 2010
415 Pages

"Some of today's finest writers have chosen their side, creating dazzling stories about both creatures."

Zombies vs Unicorns isn't your every day YA read. This book consists of stories about the two creatures, written by some of our favorite modern, young adult authors. Such authors include Meg Cabot, know for her popular teen girl novels, Scott Westerfeld known for the amazing Uglies series, and much more.

Each chapter in this book is a different story about Zombies or Unicorns, alternating chapter by chapter throughout the book. However much can't be said about the premise, because it is all short stories and too much could be given away as spoilers.

My Thoughts
Zombies vs Unicorns was phenomenal. While in the bookstore the only reason why I had picked up the book was simply because of its ridiculous title and beautiful cover (so yeah i totally judged the book by its cover, o well :p). But after reading the premise on the back i realized how awesome this book could be, if done the right way. And let me tell you, the book was made beautifully.
All of the Stories somehow fit naturally together and they all are great stories in their own way. All the stories were different also and each had their own unique presence (so you weren't always reading about a Halloween party gone wrong when zombies attack, or about a mystical unicorn that helps save a princess).
At the end of the book you also have the fun choice of whether to be Team Zombie or Team Unicorn, and I don't want to influence anyone reading this to choose their side, but I am Team Zombie all the way!
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a scary/funny/magical/fantastic book to read. It earns a 5/5 in my book!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Elsewhere Book Review

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Published in 2005, originally published by Farrar,Straus and Giroux
288 pages
Genre-YA and Fantasy

“No one actually needs another person or another person's love to survive. Love is when we have irrationally convinced ourselves that we do.”

Liz Hall had an overall average life before she died. She had normal friends, a normal family, a normal dog. Liz had a bright future and big dreams, but all that was crushed one day when she was hit by a car on her way to the mall.
That was the last thing Liz remembered before waking up on a mysterious cruise ship with all of her hair shaved off, all her clothes gone and instead was replaced by a white robe, and the only thing to occupy her time was to wonder why the boat had so many elderly people on it.
Liz soon realizes that she has died. Her car accident was a hit and run and she needs to leave behind the ones she loved so dearly.
Now Liz must struggle to cope with her new life in Elsewhere ( a mysterious land where people age backwards until they are infants again, and from there are sent back to Earth) and must realize that her life is not over, but a new one has just begun.
Liz soon becomes interested in a man named Owen Wells, who is the same age as her in Elsewhere, but is really much older then she thinks. Owen and Liz struggle as they try to discover themselves, but can love exist is the eerie world of Elswhere?

My Thoughts
Elsewhere was, and still to this day, if one of the most magical and amazing books I have ever read. Gabrielle Zevin is a true genius and creates a believable afterlife where love can exist and dreams can come true. It gives me hope to think that one day I will see all my loved ones again who had been deceased while I continued my life on Earth and the image she portrays in her characters is truly and utterly amazing.
Liz is also one of the most inspirational characters I have eve read about. Even though she is only fifteen she grows (or i guess anti-grows) into such and a beautiful and amazing person, even after she had lost everything.
This book is an amazing read and I would give it a 5/5 on any scale in my book. Go pick this up if you haven't already!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


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