Review: Glee Foreign Exchange by Sophie Lowell

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Synopsis:
Can Rachel Berry rock a beret? McKinley High goes international and invites a French glee club to town! In this hilarious culture-clash story, Kurt gets an entourage, Finn falls for a new girl, and Puck realizes that some suave moves are lost in translation. In this second original novel, you’ll get more mash-ups, more show-mance, and more Sue.

Pro’s/Con’s:
The one con that I had with this book is that everything is kind of predictable. You can easily predict what is going to happen and how everyone is going to react to it (Puck who wants to get a girl, Rachel who wants to get rid of a girl, Finn who also wants to get a girl, Kurt shopping with girls).
But other then that it is a fine book and much better then the first one. Finally something is happening and it’s not even based on a TV episode so it’s really brand new. That makes it a lot more interesting and I have good hopes that the next book will still be fun.

Recommend it?
Yes, I would definitely recommend this book. If you have read the first one you might be doubting if you want this one (I totally understand that since it was a bit boring) but this one will satisfy your Glee cravings much better then the first one.

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Review: Glee the Beginning by Sophie Lowell

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Synopsis:
All great performances deserve a warm-up, enroll early at McKinley High (before New Directions was even a glimmer in Mr. Schuester’s eye). When did Rachel first decide Finn was more than just a jock? When did Puck and Quinn start their secret romance? And how did the fledgling Glee Club function without a fearless leader? Hint: It wasn’t exactly a perfect melody.
Break out the gold stars and refill the slushies: It’s time to find out what happened to all your favorite characters “before” the show-mance began.

Pro´s/Con’s:
Starting with the cons: it’s boring. Just really boring. Nothing major is happening at all in this book it’s just all about their everyday high school life.
Pro’s: it’s still kind of enjoyable to see all the Glee kids before they got together and started singing.
Can I say anything more than that? No, not really. Mainly because nothing is happening in this book.

Recommend it?
Yes I would recommend it and no I would not recommend it. Choose from these two options to see if I would recommend it to you:
I have watched the Glee TV show: yes, you might enjoy this book. Even though there isn’t much going on it is fun to see the Glee kids before they got together in their everyday life. So you might just want to check it out.
I have not watched the Glee TV show: No, you will probably not enjoy this book. Watch the TV show, get to know the characters (Watch at least season 1, maybe even 2 before starting this book) and then buy this book if you have enjoyed the show. Then you might like it. If you haven’t seen the show this book will just look like a very boring book about everyday life of everyday teens that you totally don’t know and don’t care about.

Review: Let the sky fall by Shannon Messenger

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Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Pro’s/Con’s:
No con for this book from me, only pro’s.
The first thing that I loved was the writing style by Shannon Messenger. It reads away very pleasantly without making it dull or easy. It’s fun to switch from Vane the human/sylph to Audra the sylph and read about what they think, how they feel and especially why.
The second thing that I love is the fantasy elements. It is original and things happened in this book that I was expecting and things that I was totally not expecting at all! This made it a great read to me, it surprised me and had me on the edge of my chair at least once every chapter. Overall a great combination of these two.
And, do you remember those characters that react to supernatural things in a totally non-realistic way? Vane doesn’t do this, not any character in this book does that! They all react very realistic to the things happening to them and the way that they feel about it makes is seem as if they could be your neighbor.

Recommend it?
Yes, yes you should read this. It’s a really good read and I enjoyed reading it a lot. I read a lot of Young Adult and Fantasy stuff and this was a really nice combination and I’m very much looking forward to the next installment. Shannon Messenger, you got yourself a brand new fan.

Note: I have had an advanced reading copy. The book will be published in March 2013.

Review: Pretty little liars by Sara Shepard

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Synopsis:
Alison, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer were best friends, until Alison disappeared. Three years later, the remaining girls, now juniors at Rosewood Day, are leading separate, but charmed lives.
But in Rosewood, appearances are deceiving, and when the girls start receiving mysterious texts signed by someone named A, the past threatens to ruin their perfect present. A claims to know all of their secrets—but who is A? How much does A really know? And what can four pretty little liars do to protect themselves from the truth?

Pro’s/Con’s:
The con for me with this book was the beginning. You switch so much between all the girls that I had a hard time remembering who was who and who did what.
But after I got that down it was an enjoyable read. I like the fact that you get answers to your questions yet there are still a lot of questions adding up to the pile and after finishing this book I still don’t know a lot of stuff. Like Alisons killer and some other things that must have happened before A started to message the Pretty Little Liars.
Another thing that I really liked was the switching point of view. In the beginning it might be hard but after that it gives you a lot of information and it makes it a better read if you ask me.
The last pro thing that I would like to mention is the tension. I think Sara Shepard has done an amazing job with building up and keeping up the tension. Whenever I felt that something must be it, it would be something totally different. And when something seemed so ordinary it turned out to be a whole lot more then that. Overall a job well done.

Recommend it?
Yes, I would. Don’t worry if you think this might be too chicklitisch for you, I in general do not like chicklit but this is something different than pretty girls fighting over a pretty guy while one of their friends disappeared. And that’s all thanks to A. It’s exciting and you will want to read more after this. So pick this up on a rainy day (or sunny it doesn’t really matter) and let yourself drown into the world of the Pretty Little Liars. One warning: you might not trust your friends anymore after you have read what these little friends kept from each other…

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Synopsis:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Pro’s/Con’s

The only con Shatter Me had for me was the beginning. Like, the first five pages or something like that it was just really slow and weird but after that I started to enjoy it so it’s a really minor, tiny, itsie bitsie con.
When it comes to pro’s, Shatter Me has more than enough but it deserves it too:
The writing style is awesome. Why? One: the crossed out lines and words. It is awesome and grabbed my attention right away. I had heard about it before I had even bought the book since it made me curious and it works out just great! And it lets me think too: is it what Juliette wishes she had said? Or is it just what she is thinking? It fits the story just amazingly. Also, because Tahereh repeats some words and lines I really began to understand why Juliette doubted her sanity, I did too! I think that as a writer you must be pretty awesome if you can let even your readers doubt your main characters sanity. A big applause from me to Tahereh for her awesome writing style.
Another big pro to me is Juliette. You know what happens mostly when a character gets out form some cell and is offered food/clothes/a job/anything else and you almost scream to them ‘’Don’t do it! Don’t accept the offer!’’ and yet they always do it while thinking ‘’I don’t like you, I’m not going to help you but I will accept this gift’’? I love Juliette for the fact that she does exactly what I want her to do: say no. It made me really happy when I was reading it. At first I thought ‘’Here we go again…’’ but no, Juliette surprised me in a very pleasant way.
The last pro that I really want to say is the whole love triangle. You might have noticed that it’s kind of a trend in the YA fiction books. And sometimes it works out good and sometimes it just sucks. But with Shatter Me, it’s not a full love triangle. You have Juliette who loves a guy, this guy loves Juliette back and then there is this other guy that is also in love with Juliette but she despises him. And I love it! Juliette rocks, she is one of my favorite heroines ever!

Recommend it?

So would I recommend it? To any of you out there that loves a good dysto with a bit of very good romance in it: yes. Grab your money, run to the bookstore, buy this book and start reading. You will be happy that you listened to me, believe me.

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Synopsis: 

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
May the odds be ever in your favour.

Pro’s/Con’s

To me, The Hunger Games didn’t have any con’s. Well okay, maybe one… At the end of the book I was kind of thinking about all the characters and what had been going on and I came to this conclusion: Peeta throws bread at Katniss, leads the careers to Katniss’ hiding place, dresses up as a rock and… …. … Indeed there isn’t anything more! Of course, there would have been a lot less sponsors if they hadn’t done all the romance stuff and of course they wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without Peeta but I just wish he would have done more active things. If I had to give one con: that would be the one.
But The Hunger Games had more than enough pro’s:
For one: Katniss. She is my perfect heroine! She’s strong, she knows how to stand on her own two feet and does anything for her family and the ones she loves. Yet she considers things, she doesn’t just jump into stuff (except the games) without thinking things through. And it makes me respect her for that. Other characters that I really love are Rue (she’s not that much in the picture but still left a big impression on me) and Haymitch (annoying and drunk in the beginning, drunk and awesome in the end).
Another pro for me was the ways Collins has written it all down. The language isn’t that difficult to read but also not to childish. It would be weird if the language had been childish while children were being killed. But I think Collins has pulled it off in the best way ever. The way she describes what is happening, how the surroundings look and what Katniss is feeling and thinking is just amazing.
And for the ones that are wondering what team I’m in: none. I didn’t like Peeta but Gale hasn’t been enough in the story for me to really get to know him. So for now I will be team Katniss and hopefully Gale will be more in the second book and Peeta more active then passive.

Recommend it?

So would I recommend this book? Oh yes I do. Anyone should at least try this books even if you normally don’t read any dystopian type of novels. The chances of you loving The Hunger Games are really high. One tip though: if you start reading this book make sure you won’t have anything important to do for say the next 3 to 4 days. Personally I didn’t do any homework and almost didn’t sleep since I wanted to read on so badly. So keep that in mind when you pick up this awesome book.

So many things going on…

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So, I haven’t posted anything for a while and I’m really sorry but there were so many things going on for these last few weeks! For one: my internship started. Three days a week I’m working from 9 till 5 and it takes a lot of energy. Other then that I still have school and I have been sick for like a week (fever, coughing, losing my voice and so on). But now I’m all better and I finally am getting back in my normal rhythm. So here’s a little update on everything:

My manuscript: is going really well. Ideas are popping up every now and then and I’m really confident that I can start writing on the 1st of January.

My reviews: as you might have seen I have posted my first review video but the quality of my sound and camera are really crappy. So I have decided that for now I will write down reviews on my blog until I have a new camera since I would rather make something with good quality then the crappy kind of version like my first one.

My life: is going just fine. Like I said, internship asks for a lot of energy but I love doing it. I’m really happy and looking forward to the holidays (sleeping in! <3 )

So, that’s kinda it. For now I will post a review around once a week here (a written version) which I will probably make into a video when I get a new camera. And starting in January I will probably post stuff about my story. Hope to see you then and tell me how you are doing~!

First review video is here!

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It’s finally here guys: my first review video!

Like I said in me previous post, the camera and mic aren’t good but we have to deal with it until I have saved enough money to buy a new one.

This is the link: http://youtu.be/BqyzokEzBlo and I hope that you will enjoy it.

See you soon!

Just a quick update

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Hi everyone!

I’m almost ready to sleep but I first wanted to do a quick update.

For the ones have been wondering: I have made my first review video today. All I can say about it for now is this: it isn’t perfect. I have a crappy camera, a crappy mic and I was really nervous so to me I look like a zombie! I usually talk with a lot of hand movement but because of the nerves I barely did that. I will post it on my Youtube channel tomorrow and on my blog. I’m going to collect some money so that I can buy a better cam and mic but until then I hope that you will bear with me. Let’s stay positive and I hope that you will watch my review.

Also, while I was thinking about the plot for my book today in the bus, suddenly a whole different story idea popped up in my head! It’s a fantasy and I have written it down. I might do it as a side project or I will wait until I have finished my dystopian story first. What to do… Any advice?

Good night, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite…

Let’s start a week later…

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So, I said that I would post a review on Saturday. I was planning to do this but things happened and I couldn’t find the time anymore. That and the fact my laptop camera is kinda crappy (it makes me look purple when I have to use lamps for light…) I’m saving money for a new computer so I can’t make a review video right now. I will do this next Saturday, I promise it! (I just really need some daylight!)

Now… regarding my first book: I have made a schedule. Basically, I have given myself until new years to build up my world. January the 1st will be the day that I’m actually going to start writing it. Since I’m still in the middle of building up my world and making up the plot and such I can’t tell you all that much yet except that it will be a dystopian type of novel.

Sorry that I can’t give you more yet (review and book wise) I will do my best and let you know asap when something happens.

Greetings~