Monthly Archives: October 2011

Review: Uglies

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing  
Publication Date: February 8th 200
Pages: 425
Book Type: Paperback
Book Received by: Bought
Genre: Dystopian
Sub-Genres: Romance, Adventure, Young Adult, Friendships

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Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
 
This is an exciting, well written story with a very powerful hidden meaning that makes you think about popular culture as a whole. 

The story takes place in a future world were everyone gets a surgery to become pretty at the age of 16, leading them to a life of beauty and happiness. Tally can’t wait until her birthday when she can finally join her best friends in New Pretty Town. When her new friend Shay shares that she is going to run away to a city were you don’t have to turn pretty the government forces her to use her knowledge of where Shay is to find and locate the town so it can once and for all be destroyed. 

One of my favorite parts of this story is the growth of Tally and how she begins to learn the truth of the pretty way of life. I also love the description of the world outside of the Pretty and Ugly towns, such as the town that Tally sets out to find, the Smoke, and the old Rusty towns (The remains of how we live presently) and how the adventure the characters take is presented. 

 

In My Mailbox (17)

This week I got some pretty good things. I bought two books. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I read this a few years ago and loved it.  Lips Touch Three Times By Laini Taylor . I found this one at my library’s for sale shelf for $0.25 and I really couldn’t pass it up. I read and reviewed her most recent book and thought it was amazing so I had to get it.

From the Library I got Three books
-Chime by Franny Billingsly
-Frost by Marianna Baer (Halloween Read)
-Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

And the BEST part of my mailbox this week was this package of Swag I got from Kimberly Derting.  I am on the THE PLEDGE street team and I have a bunch of awesome stuff. I’ll be giving away some at 100 followers or at my 6 month blogging birthday (November 25th) which ever comes first.

Halloween

As the witches, crime fighters, cartoon and book characters go running out into the streets for their fair share of sugar, the readers of the world will have a chance to test out some spook worthy books between candy seekers.

A great way to find some creep-tastic books to to check out this weeks Totally Booksessed Videos were you can find some very good ideas.

Kristi at The Story Siren also made a really good Halloween book post on the InterrobangYA Channel on Youtube 

My Halloween Read:
What are your Halloween reads?

My Blog has a New Name & URL


My lovely little blog has been running for about five months now and after some thought I decided to change the name because the old name (readspect) just wasn’t right for me. After some more thought about words that start with R (to go with reads) I decided to go with Rescue (Superhero theme!). I now think I finally have a layout and name I love (you may have noticed I constantly changed the header or background to test how I felt about them) and I think I have something that will stick. So. What do you think? I would like your input.

New Name: Rescue Reads
New Address: http://www.rescuereads.blogspot.com
New look: Check it out!

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

The cover is even prettier in person!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone By Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication date: September 27th 2011
Pages: 420
Copy type: Hardcover
Revived by: Bought

Genre: Fantasy
Sub-genres: Romance, Action, Paranormal

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Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


This is a beautiful, unique tale of fantasy and self-discovery that really can’t be compared to any other book out there.

Karou is a teenage girl from Prague who runs errands for a very peculiar bunch, part animal part humans who send her to get teeth from people all over the world, though the refuse to tell her why she is getting the teeth or what they do with them. But after she gets attacked by a winged angel on an errand and she gets kicked out of the creatures’ shop all of the doorways to their shop are burned and she’s left alone.

Karou is the kind of girl who can fight fer herself and doesn’t need someone to rush in ad rescue her all the time. I love how she takes part in this fantasy other-world and the story is about her discovery of the world and where she comes from. 

I liked the beginning and middle of the book a lot more then the end (I’m avoiding spoilers) because there is a section that tells the story of a character other than Karou and I liked Karou a lot more than the other character.

Reincarnation. Yes, it’s in this book. I love reincarnation, and how it is used in this book is completely unexpected and beautifully used.  

I recommend this book to all Young Adult and Fantasy fans. 

 
 

In My Mailbox (16)

I didn’t get much this week, but I did buy one book. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick. I was at a signing and I got it signed. I actually haven’t read Crescendo yet and I don’t have a copy so if you have a copy and you would be willing to do a trade I am looking for a copy.  
Not Pictured: I won a copy of Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares which I will either send out to someone, use in a trade or use as a giveaway prize.
What did you get?

It’s Shatterday!

In less than a month SHATTER ME will be released on November 15th. Today on Facebook readers (myself included) are getting a chance to read the first half of the book on the books Facebook page in celebration of Tahereh’s debut book! Each hour on the hour a new chapter is released. Click here to start reading.