Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Insurgent

Okay so you know how in my blog for Divergent I said I finished the book and had to right away buy the second book?  Um, yeah, I just finished that on my lunch break today.  I would have finished earlier but there last couple nights I have been going home and wanting to play my video game.  So instead of it taking me two days to finish, it took five.

This book picks right up where the first books end.  Sometimes I have issues when you finish a book and the next books starts months or years after the first book ended.  Tris, Four, and other Dauntless are on a train trying to get far away from the evil that is Jeannine Matthews.  This is a bit of a spoiler but Jeannine is trying to control everyone but the Divergent are immune to the simulations she creates.  Throughout the book, Tris and Four are running from Faction to Faction trying to figure out what Jeannine's plan is and how they can save their friends and loved ones. Can't give away much more without giving away too many spoilers ;)

What I liked about this book is it had a lot more twists and turns than the first book.  Just when I thought I had everything figured out something would happen that made me thing, "huh?" (but not in that nice of language).  I heard they are making this into a movie and while reading the book all I can picture as Tris is Saoirse Ronan.  I think her work in Hannah helped me picture her as Tris.  No clue who I would picture for Four.  This series is supposed to be a trilogy.  Now the wait begins for book #3.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Divergent

I think for you to understand how I felt about this book, I have to tell you the process experienced reading it.  I started it on a Thursday, finished it Saturday, and was so in love with it I automatically went online and bought the second book.  I read it on my nook which was great because I bought the second book and started reading it on my phone right away (I don't have internet at home so no way to connect to WiFi and download the book on my nook). 

While reading this book, the movie City of Ember kept popping into my head (okay I know that movie is based off of a book but I never read the book so I am going off of the movie).  In this book, all 16 year old teens go through a series of testing to determine which faction they should spend the rest of their lives in.  Then at the choosing ceremony they choose where they want to be.  There are a total of five factions: Dauntless, the brave/fearless; Abnegation, the selfless; Candor, the truthful; Erudite, seekers of knowledge; and Amity, the peaceful.  Beatrice is a 16 year old in Abnegation.  She loves her family but has never truly felt like she belongs.  She goes through her aptitude tests only to find out her results are inconclusive, she is Divergent.  She has aptitude for more than one faction.  Her test administrator warns her to never let anyone know the truth.  Then choosing day comes, Beatrice can choose to stay in Abnegation with her family, or choose a new faction.  She decides on Dauntless.  The Dauntless put their initiates through a week long training period.  Only the top ten ranked initiates become members.  Beatrice must stay on top of the ranks, not let anyone know she is Divergent, and try to push her family out of her mind.  So much for one girl to handle.

This book was such a quick read for me.  I didn't want to put it down and thank goodness for nook apps because I was even sitting a Chevrolet waiting for an oil change and pulled my phone out so I could read.  I read there is talk about turning this into a movie.  There is actually a lot of action so I think it would be a really good movie.  I'm about six chapters into the second book, Insurgent, and can't wait to keep reading it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Where to begin with this book?  My friend read it and loved it, I saw the trailer for the movie and thought it looked awesome, so I decided to read the book.  With a book like this it is hard to write a summary of what it is about, most of us already know the content because it has so much history in the story.  I have to honestly say I was expecting something different.  It took a good third of the book because we are even introduced to the first vampire.  The book is broken out into three sections: Boy, Vampire Hunter, and President.  The first section, Boy, has a lot about Abe's life as a young child.  His experiences with his dad and the death of his mom and the introduction of a stepmother and step-siblings.  The book focuses on journals that were found and written by Abe.  So a lot of the book has "excerpts" from the journals.  Of course the first section of the book goes into extensive detail on how he accumulated his first journal.  To be honest, by the time I got to the end of the first section I put the book down and read two other books before picking it back up again.  The book does pick up some once you meet the first vampire.  But even that is more talk and less action.  I was expecting a book in sequential order with lots of vampire fights.  The book hardly describes any vampire hunts.  It's supposed to be about Abe Lincoln as a vampire hunter yet the book focuses more on his life as a boy and his journey to presidency.  The second section, Vampire Hunter, was a quicker read than the first section but still not enough vampire fighting for my liking.  The third section, President, has hardly any vampires and was a bit of a slower read than the second section.  Although the section leading up to Lincoln's assassination was an interesting part. Overall I did like the book, but I wouldn't say I loved it.  But even after reading it I am still excited for the movie.  I think the movie will have more vampire action than the book ;)

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Hunt

Are you a Hunger Games fan?  Then you have to read this book!  I'm a fan of the House of Night young adult series and have signed up for their email announcements.  Because of this I also get information on other new books that are coming out.  I got an email about this one and was able to go online and read the first chapter...and I was hooked.  It was a really quick read (finished in two days) and I liked the storyline.  Can't wait for the sequel.

The story begins much like the movie Zombieland does, with all these rules to survive.  Kind of cool, especially since I am a huge Zombieland fan.  Vampires have taken over the world and humans (hepers as they are called) are becoming extinct.  There is one brave heper who live among the humans.  His rules set forth by his father are to help him survive.  Rules such as, no laughter, shave every day, no body odor, whiten your fake fangs, don't call attention to yourself...and the list goes on.  The main character is eventually left alone when his father if found out and bit.  Things are going okay until an announcement from the Ruler comes, there will be another Heper Hunt.  It's been ten years since the last hunt.  Vampires are randomly chosen and whisked away to train for the hunt.  Including the main character (who's name you don't find out until the end).  The only problem, he isn't able to stop by his house first and sneak his razor, deodorant and other items needed to survive.  Now he's in the hornet's nest and must survive the four days before the heper hunt and not have anyone figure out what he is. Can he do it? 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Deadlocked

I was so excited when Amazon alerted me that another Sookie Stackhouse book was available for me to buy.  So I hopped over to Barnes & Noble and ordered it on my nook.  The first eight books I borrowed from a friend and read back to back, so the last two I have gotten on my nook.  The books are very quick reads and very enjoyable.  Since this is the eleventh or so book in the series, I can't really go into what happens because that would be giving away too many secrets.  So instead I will comment on Charlaine Harris' writing of the books.  As I already said these books are very quick reads.  It wasn't until after seeing season one of True Blood on HBO that I decided I wanted to read the books.  Luckily I had a friend who had all of the books (up till that point, which was book eight or nine).  The first book was very similar to the TV show so it was a little difficult to get through it quickly because it felt like a repeat that I was watching.  But I trudged through it and went on to the next book.  From there the pace picked up and I sped through them in no time.  Since I did read them one right after another, I started to notice inconsistencies.  For example, at the beginning of the series, Charlaine said Maxine Fortenberry was Hoyt's grandmother.  Somewhere later she started referring to her as Hoyt's mother.  I wonder if this was intentional, considering in the HBO series Maxine is his mother, or if it had been too long in between books and she forgot she said grandmother?  I have also started to notice with these later books that she writes in circles.  For example, she starts with one story line, in Deadlocked it is the girl that Eric almost killed and was later found dead on his front lawn.  Then she goes into another story, then back to the first, then to another, and so on.  In some cases it works because she is going back and answering questions we had from past books.  But at the same time it can give you a bit of a headache trying to figure out what it going on.  Then she does this so often that the end of the book comes very quickly and I'm not entirely impressed with the way it ends.  I lose interest from the many story switches to the point where at the end where there is the big battle or the big reveal my only response is "eh."  But I still really like the series and look forward to the next book.  I just wonder if she has thought about ending the series anytime soon?  Yeah it would suck to not have anymore Sookie and Bill and Eric but it might be a good idea for her to keep her audience. 

No matter what happens in this series, I still heart Eric ;)