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Bloody Bookaholic's Commandment:

Thou Shall Read Till Thy Eyes Bleed

"I will be with her again, or I will die.
There aren't any other options."
-Ash, The Iron Knight

"If I let myself love you I won't throw myself in front of her.
I'll throw myself in front of you."
-Dimitri Belikov, Vampire Academy

Sunday, 7 December 2014

So I Started Reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman...

The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)

... and I can honestly say that I don't see what the fuzz is all about. I am only halfway but I've already wished on several occasions that I could put the book down and just read something else. Throughout the story there is little to no real conflict and that makes me oh so very bored. I guess the Magicians is supposed to be "Harry Potter for grown ups" but really, what fun is it? Harry Potter needs no help being accepted by any age group, there is no necessity for an appropriate age adaptation. So The Magicians is not Harry Potter for grown ups. The Magicians turns out to be just a coming of age story which happens to center around a magical preppy college for geniuses. It is at times very depressing, there is little to no dialogue, and you don't really get to enjoy the time spent at said college. If anything The Magicians tries to take the magic away and turn what should have been an escape into just another ordinary setting. The characters are dull, the world is underdeveloped... and I am only halfway through!

Here's to hoping this gets slightly more interesting...

Cheers,

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

YA Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

The Walled City

Title: The Walled City
Author: Ryan Graudin
Series: n/a
Book #: 1
Pages: 432
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 3.97
Published: Nov, 4th, 2014
730. That's how many days I've been trapped.
18. That's how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible....

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister....

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She's about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window.....

In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.

Taschima's POV:
"...the Hak Nam Walled City. A recipe of humanity's darkest ingredients--thieves, whores, murderers, addicts--all mashed into six and a half acres. Hell on earth, he called it. A place so ruthless even the sunlight won't enter."
"City of Darkness. That's what the people of Seng Ngoi calls this place when they glimpse it from their penthouse apartments and high-rise offices. A black spot of slum and crime in their shining city. A better name, would be City of Pain."
The Walled City is perhaps one of the grittiest YA novels out there this year. It pulls no punches. Here kids are getting killed, sold for money, put into brothels, condemned like adults by adults... It is strong, maybe for a more mature YA crowd. Overall I really liked it and the pages just flew right on by. I was intrigued by all the characters, they all had an equally important part of the story to tell. The Walled City is full of sibling love, loyalty, darkness, broken dreams, and traumatic childhoods. One heck of a ride.
"I was always stronger than Mei Yee. I knew I wasn't beautiful. My feet were tough with calluses, my skin dark, my nose too large. whenever out mother wound my hair back into a bun and sent me to the pond for water, I saw a boy's face staring back at me.
Sometimes I wish it were true."
Jin is inspirational. Two years ago her sister was sold by their drunken father to one of the baddest gang leaders in the Walled City. Two years ago Jin left her life behind in search of her sister. She changed, adjusted to her new reality. She is the fastest runner in the Walled City, and everyone thinks she is a boy. It is her best bet at staying alive. Girls are just taken advantage of in every step of the way. Jin is a likable character, strong, relentless, a tigress. She is a badass who just doesn't give up or walk away. If she says she is going to help you you must shut up and let her. She is my favorite character in the book, head strong and kind and just a great role model.
"... I remember the way Jin Ling made her wishes. How she said I wish we could be together forever with the bite of a tigress. Nothing would be impossible enough to keep her wishes from being fulfilled. Not even the Walled City."
"I'm one of the lucky ones. Girls like Yin YU are forced to take in three, four men a night. The ambassador is my only client. He pays our master dearly for the favor--to have me all to himself. I don't know why he chose me out of all the girls. I  just know that one day he stopped seeing the rest of them, and stopped the rest of the men from seeing me.
I'm exclusively his--cornered and prized."

The Walled City pulls no punches. Mei Yee, Jin's dear sister, was sold into the brothel and thus her line of work is prostitution. Of course she didn't choose it for herself, but the world of the City of Darkness is a scary one where no one is safe. Mei at the beginning is soft and not strong willed. Until she meets Dai and hangs on to his promise of freedom. She then starts rethinking her approach to life, and how much she is willing to sacrifice in order to see her sister again.
"The suffering is everywhere here. Crouching inside the steel workshops and weaving mills, where workers hunch over their machines for fourteen hours every single day. Threading through the corridors of strung-out prostitutes and knife-scarred youths. Lurking around the tables where drunken men toss money at one another and curse at the speed of their betting pigeons.Usually I can ignore it, look the other way, keep walking.Not this time."
Dai is the ex-rich kid who committed a terrible mistake. In order to escape his nightmare Dai dives into the Walled City in look of some redemption. He spends months and months thinking up plans but nothing seems to come together until he meets Jin, the fastest person in the Walled City. Together with Jin, Dai might have a chance to redeem himself and go back home.

I liked the point POV. Each character brought something to the table and it just kept the story going at a fast pace. It also had an overall countdown which made it that much more exciting feeling that time was running out. I liked the characters, the plot, the pace... pretty much everything. The only thing I couldn't quite put my head around was how this scary ass city is supposed to only cover 6.5 acres. That is not a lot of space, but because of Ryan Graudin's constant description of the city I could very well picture this desolate place, I just somehow picture it being a tad bigger? This is however inconsequential to the overall enjoyment of the story.

I am glad this is a stand alone. While the world was incredibly well done I felt like it was perfectly done and didn't need to be overstretched. Now we get to look forward to Ryan Graudin's next book!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

YA Review + Giveaway: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray (!!!!)

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird
Book #: 1
Pages: 368
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.11
Published: Nov. 4th, 2014

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

Taschima's POV:

Sometimes, all you can do is cry happy tears. I mean, look at that cover, it is incredible. All I wanted was for the story between the pages to be just as good, to live up not only to the awesome cover design but to the hype. And man, did it deliver.

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I think A Thousand Pieces of You is definitely my favorite Claudia Gray book. It kind of reminds me of [book:All Our Yesterdays|13514612] and [book:Dissonance|17334538]. It is an intricate story that keeps you on your toes. Since the beginning of the story me and my friend Lexie were trying to guess the ending, the bad guy, and the romantic interest (I know, we are bad). While some things we got figured out pretty quickly others came as a surprise. Good Claudia Gray, you kept me guessing!
"I don't know if I'm the kind of person who can kill a man in cold blood. But I'm going to find out."
The beginning of the novel is fast, interesting, and it gets your blood pumping. First thing to come up: Murder. Revenge. Meg is out for blood. Paul's blood to be exact. She believes he killed her father and then ran off with her parent's prized experiment; a machine that can travel through dimensions. So Meg, with a little help from her friend Theo, is out to get Paul and make him pay.
"The universe is in fact a multiverse. Countless dimensions exist, all layered within one another.Each dimension represents one set of possibilities. Essentially, everything that can happen does happen... Every possibility, every time fate flips a coin, splits the dimensions yet again, creating yet more layer of reality. It goes on and on forever, to infinity."
Meg is the odd one out in her family, but that doesn't mean she is alone. Her entire family is creative of a sort, they just use different hemispheres of their brains to get the job done. Her parents and big sister are into science while Meg is into art. This makes her likable, being the odd man out. She is also ballsy. From pretty early on you get the picture she knows next about nothing regarding what exactly the device her parent's made to cross dimensions does but she still risks it in order to find her father's supposed murderer. All in all I really liked her. She is shown to be conflicted throughout the read and to really take to heart every single version of herself she falls into.

I can't talk much about specific things like the romance because it would just give too much away. All I can really say is that the romance aspect is a BIG part of A Thousand Pieces of You, and that is just dandy. It is a really juicy, edge of your seat kind of romance. There is one dimension that is set in Russia that is BOUND to hook readers. If you were a little "eh" when starting the read when you get to the Russian side of the story you will be hooked forevermore. It was my favorite part and completely brought the book to a whole new level.
[Spoiler] "I fell in love with one Paul. I fell in love with his unchanging soul. Does that mean I fell in love with every Paul, everywhere?" [/Spoiler]
A Thousand Pieces of You is a must read this year. The pretty cover does meet the expectations. If you liked the Evernight series by Claudia, then you will love this one. I liked Evernight, but I LOVED A Thousand Pieces of You and I can't wait for the sequel!


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