Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Genre: Contemporary / Young Adult

Page Count: 310 pages

Publication Date: September 2015

 

Goodreads Summary:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. Continue reading

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young adult / Fantasy

Page Count: 404 pages

Publication Date: August 2012

 

Goodreads summary:

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land.

Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted? Continue reading

Book review: These Broken Stars – by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy

Page Count: 374 pages

Publication Date: December 2013

 

Goodreads summary:

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth. Continue reading

Book Review: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Genre: Young Adult / Realistic Fiction

Page Count: 438 pages

Publication Date: February 2017

 

Goodreads summary:

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Continue reading

Mini book review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Genre: Classic Fiction

Page Count: 122 pages

Publication Date: August 1945

 

Goodreads Summary: Animal farm

As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a
downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published.

As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors. Continue reading

Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary

Page Count: 359 pages

Publication Date: February 2012

 

Goodreads summary:

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. Continue reading

Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Genre: Young adult / Fantasy

Page Count: 823 pages

Publication Date: November 2015

 

Goodreads summary:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Continue reading

Book Review: Ship of Theseus by JJ Abrams & Doug Dorst

Ship of Theseus (also known as S.) by JJ Abrams & Doug Dorst 

Genre: Mystery / Fantasy

Page Count: 456 pages

Publication Date: October 2013

 

Goodreads Summary:

One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.  Continue reading

Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Genre: Young adult / Fantasy

Page Count: 550 pages

Publication Date: February 2014

 

Goodreads summary 

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In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. Continue reading

Book Review: The Silver Dream by Neil Gaiman, Michael & Mallory Reaves

Genre: Fantasy / YA / Sci-Fi

Page count: 256 pages

Publication date: April 2013

 

Goodreads summary: 16248073

Sixteen-year-old Joey Harker has just saved the Altiverse—the dimension that contains all the myriad Earths—from complete destruction. After mastering the ability to walk between dimensions, Joey and his fellow InterWorld Freedom Fighters are on a mission to maintain peace between the rival powers of magic and science who seek to control all worlds.

When a stranger named Acacia somehow follows Joey back to InterWorld’s Base, things get complicated. No one knows who she is or where she’s from—or how she knows so much about InterWorld. Dangerous times lie ahead, and Joey has no one to rely on but himself and his wits—and, just maybe, the mysterious Acacia Jones.

Full of riveting interdimensional battles, epic journeys between worlds, and twists and turns along the way, this sequel to the New York Times bestselling InterWorld is a thrilling, mind-bending adventure through time and space.

 

My thoughts:

I’m not sure what to say about The Silver Dream to be honest. It’s good … just not as good as the first book in the series, InterWorld.

It’s an interesting story and very well-written, but it just felt like an unnecessary continuation of the first book. I guess it would have been better if the story was a stand alone book, instead of a series.

I know there is a third book in the InterWorld series called Eternity’s Wheel, but I’m not sure I want to read it. I have a feeling it will just be more of the same, and with my ever-growing TBR pile staring at me from the corner of my room I think my time would be better spent working on that pile.

I have to say it was a bit disappointing finding out that Neil Gaiman didn’t actually write The Silver Dream. According to Goodreads, he created the world and co-wrote the first book, InterWorld (that’s why he’s credited in the cover) but he didn’t write the rest of the series. They were actually written by Michael and Mallory Reaves.

One of the best features of the story was the introduction of a new way to travel (No spoilers!), which made the story more interesting and exciting.

Overall, The Silver Dream is a good story with an interesting plot and a brilliant range of characters.

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