Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Super Long Post!

Welcome to what is to be my longest post so far! Woo-hoo!

Well, Christmas is like, 8 (?) days away. Somewhere along those lines. And I'm sure that many of you will be expecting, hoping for, and/or buying some wonderful books in the next couple days. Actually, I'm sure everyone will. Who on a book blog hates books? That's like a foreign language to me.
Hereee are some books that I am looking forward to:
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

The Last Days by Scott Westerfield
Gothic Lolita by Dakota Lane

Love Is Hell by Marr, Westerfield, Larbalestier, Zevin, Stolarz
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Immortal edited by P.C. Cast

Must Love Black by Kelly McClymer

City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Tithe by Holly Black

Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz

The Secret Circle: The Captive Part 2 and The Power by L.J. Smith

Those are the books that I'm probably going to be getting (well, some of them, at least) after scrounging up some money. Why don't you guys tell me what you're hoping Ol' Nicholas will be leaving under the tree for you?
~*~Evernight by Claudia Gray~*~
Originality- 9/10
Characters- 15/20
Remembrance- 8/10
Setting- 18/20
Plot- 18/20
Ending- 8/10
Recommend To Read- 7/10
Total- 83/100
Grade- B

(B&N once again)
Bianca wants to escape.
She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.
Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.
"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."
But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.
Even after months of owning this book, I have no idea what to think of it! It was cute! It was funny! It was... well, slightly irritable! But I liked it. At least I think that I did... No, I did, I'm sure. But this is one of those books where the main character is completely off her nut but it's in first-person and you don't know whether to agree with her or throw the book down. She is completely ludicrous, and her inexperience with boys doesn't help that fact. But she is actually a bit sane when Lucas isn't around and/or she isn't thinking about Lucas. Which is a rare thing, because Lucas is a very thinkable creature and I'm sure that if I were Bianca I'd be spending most of my time thinking about him. The characters in this book annoyed me a bit but they were undeniably real. You could actually imagine someone acting that way, you know? And Gray's writing and whole plot was fantastic. She was wonderful at putting in plot twists that I never would have expected in a million years. It isn't completely out of no where, though. There are tiny hints and clues that seems rather insignificant at times but they WILL come important. But I liked the twists. They threw me through a loop, and that's a pretty rare occasion. That might be why I have such a good opinion about this book. Lucas and Bianca act like a pretty normal couple, but I love their caring for each other. The love that they have is great and it made my heart skip a beat a couple of times. And Vic... Ahhh, Vic. You'll love you some Vic, I promise. Vic, Vic, Vic. *sigh* Viccccccc. I'd say that he's my favorite character, and will not be ashamed to say it. Everyone should read this just for the Vic Experience if not for any other reason. Hahaha. Vic. I love this book, and it shall stay on my bookshelf until either: A. My hair starts graying. or B. It starts to look creepy that an adult is reading about teen romance. Either one.
~*~Peeps by Scott Westerfield~*~
Originality- 10/10
Characters- 19/20
Remembrance- 8/10
Setting- 19/20
Plot- 19/20
Ending- 8/10
Recommend To Read- 8/10
Total- 91/100
Grade- A
(lalala B&N lalala)
A year ago, Cal Thompson was a college freshman more interested in meeting girls and partying than in attending biology class. Now, after a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman named Morgan, biology has become, literally, Cal's life.
Cal was infected by a parasite that has a truly horrifying effect on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by the parasite, but he's infected the girlfriends he's had since Morgan. All three have turned into the ravening ghouls Cal calls Peeps. The rest of us know them as vampires. It's Cal's job to hunt them down before they can create more of their kind. . . .
I think that I love this book. We book reviewers say that we love almost every single book that we thought was okay. But I think that I truly loved this book. Not to the point of marriage, of course, and I'm not sure that I'd buy it, but I think that it makes my top ten, which is pretty difficult in my opinion. This is (and I'm not kidding) the most original vampire book that I have ever read. The screwy thing is that it barely counts as a vampire book, but it is, nevertheless. Cal is a weird and remarkable character. Apparently he is hot, funny, and has an almost endless knowledge of parasites. Sure, that last fact might be entering the creepy zone, but it's still cool. At least he knows his stuff, and he'd be able to protect himself from parasites if not for the fact that he basically is a parasite (sort of) and he probably only learned this crap after he became a character. What I thought was really funny is how you get the parasite. You pretty much get it from doing the nasty (wink, wink), but you could get it just from sharing the same air/oxygen (creepy) or kissing (which I can understand). And I wonder how Cal got it? Hmmm...... I wonder..... Hmmmmm........ I WONDER! Hahaha. (Cal and Morgan got dirty with each other)(mwah-ha-ha). This book's details are disturbingly real, and I was a bit scared once I found out what was under the streets of New York (or the vicinity of New York. who cares?) and I REALLY would never want something like that to be real. Even if I'm far from New York, it is just too creepy and I'd leave the country if it were true. My fav character was either Cal, Lace, or Cal's cat. Lace is an oddly tomboyish chick who doesn't match her name at all (which is short for Lacey) and says dude one too many times, but she's pretty cool, I guess. Nah, Cal's my favorite. No doubt. And this book is cool because half of it is like a mini fictional science lesson about Peeps and their parasites. And even if that sounds a tad bit too boring, just trust me! It's a good read and it changed my views on Scott Westerfield's writing.