Cinder by Marissa Meyer

ImageThis was my second time reading this book and for the second time I loved it.

It is very easy to read and you just don’t want to stop.

I found it to be inspired by Cinderella (thus the name Cinder) and Sailor Moon. Two of my favorite childhood princesses.

It follows the traditional Cinderella story, there is an unfortunate girl that is left with her stepmother and her two evil stepsisters who treat her as a servant girl and there is obviously the Prince.  But it takes place many years into the future so there is some nice adaptation to the futuristic Cinderella. Such as, (I don’t want to spoil too much) that she is a cyborg, partially machine and human. Cyborgs are considered a disgrace and they are the lowest of the low and that is our poor Cinder. Also as I said, I feel like the book is inspired by Sailor Moon because in the book, there are these Lunar people, living on the moon obviously, and they possess magic and powers. There is the Evil Queen who desires to wipe out humanity and a Princess who will save all the people and the Earth (equivalent to the story of Sailor Moon).

Nevertheless, even though the book is predictable, it is a pleasurable read for all ages.

The story captured my attention right away, I loved the fairytale and the dystopian aspects to it. It has nice twists to it that still keeps you on your toes at some parts.

I definitely would recommend this book for everyone who is looking for an enjoyable quick read.

I rate the story 4/5

Writing 4/5

With LoVe, Maryana

P.S. I did a little research on Marissa Meyer and i found out that she is in fact a huge fan of Sailor Moon which she also wrote many fanfics about.

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A Game of thrones, not what I expected

ImageI had no intentions of reading this book because I had already watched the show and read some awful and praising reviews. I bought the boxed set at a sale at Wal-Mart and just thought that someday, possibly in the next decade, I might read it. Without even looking at it, I confined it to my shelf.

After I finished reading Elixir by Hilary Duff, I planned on reading Jane Eyre. Which I did, but I only read four chapters before I got extremely bored and irritated with the characters and the writing.

So I went to my book shelves, scanning for something new to read. That’s when I decided to give game of thrones a chance.

The prologue did not capture my attention at all. I was confused, I had no clue who the characters were or what they were talking about and right away they were dead. I remembered this scene from the show, that’s why I understood what happened. I thought the whole book would be dull but after reading the first two chapters I was hooked.

I read some reviews that say the first 100 pages of the book are boring and uneventful but I disagree. I loved reading about the characters daily lives before their whole world was turned around, even though (I agree) it was uneventful. My favorites are definitely Bram Stark, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Stormborn. I wish that Daenerys had more chapters, I love her story, but at some point the book goes through 100 pages of not including her. Instead, most chapters are focused on Ned Stark. It’s disappointing that he dies since we get to know his character so well. I rather have wanted to know more of other living characters than the ones that are killed off. I heard somewhere that Daenerys is not even in the third book and they had to write her in for viewer purposes in the show. If that’s the case, It’s going to take me a long time getting through the third book.

While watching the show, I’m going to be honest, I had no idea what was going on at some points. Reading the book helps you understand the show better. I find myself saying “ohh now I get it, or ohh that was him” after reading the book. It clears stuff up nicely. It is true what they say, the show follows the book pretty well. I did not notice any differences but that might be because I watched the first season of the show when it came out.

I should also mention that even though the book cleans stuff up, it does not mean that you will understand everything that’s happening. After reading the book, there are still some parts I did not understand fully but that is normal. And yes, there are some extremely boring parts but who am I to judge boring. Everyone defines boring in their own way. I found it kind of boring when they were discussing some lords and kings from far away and that do not even appear in the book. I’m sure though that they are significant for some external reason.

Surprisingly, the book was an easy to read. I thought that it might be difficult to follow but it is not. The hard part about the book, is trying to remember who’s who, and who is on whose side. It is difficult because some minor characters might share the same name.

Overall I rate this book 5/5 and the writing 5/5.

I don’t care what others say, I loved it and I would definitely recommend it to others.

P.S. sorry that I took a while reading it. I decided that it was a good idea to take summer courses and I was stuck studying for midterms for the past week. I’m free for the next little while before I have my finales. More reviews coming soon 🙂

 

True (Elixir #3) by Hilary Duff

What can I say about this book?TRUE-HILARY-DUFF

One of the quickest reads ever, it is like reading a children’s book.

The writing is very simple, the story doesn’t fully develop in my opinion and the whole book is too rushed.

The only reason I read this book is because I read the first two beforehand and desired to see how Hilary Duff would conclude her trilogy. The first book was the best one out of all three even though it did remind me of Evermore by Alyson Noel. Both of the books share the same concept of eternal love, reincarnation, and elixir of life. I do have to admit that I enjoyed evermore more than I enjoyed reading elixir (the first book by Hilary Duff).

I thought reading this book was a waste of time and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good book to read (Unless you are of the age of twelve).

I do not want to trash this book because I do admire Hilary Duff and I do think she should write books but I think she should try writing children’s books.

One thing that stands out for me about this series, are the book covers. I love each one of them.

I give this book 2/5 just because I think the story is good but she could have developed and done so much more with it.

I give the writing 2/5 as well because of its simplicity.

If you disagree with me, just let me know. And that goes for all the reviews I write.

I’m not the best writer either, and this is a new hobby i’m picking up, so I apologize if i do not make sense sometimes. For sure Hilary writes better than i do right now. 😛

Love, Maryana

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

First Review!!!

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina takes you back to nineteenth century Russia. It introduces the readers to the upper class lifestyle but also mentions the peasants living at that time. One can easily imagine themselves living and interacting with the character. In the novel, Leo Tolstoy illustrates the political, religious, and philosophical themes that were debated at the time. Some say that his views are specifically described through the character of Levin.

I do not particularly understand why Tolstoy chose the name of Anna Karenina for this novel since she is only one of the main characters. I would say Levin is as big of a character as she is plus there are many more major characters such as Vronsky, Oblonsky, etc. I think though that Tolstoy dedicated the book to her name because of the ending and because she is kind of the center of all events to the book. I guess I just answered my own question.

Anyways, writing a review is harder than I thought it would be. It took me almost two months’ time to finish reading this book. I enjoyed it for the most part but at some points it was extremely dull. It is hard to follow when Tolstoy penetrates on the political issues of the time even though it was well described and written. Those parts were not that interesting to me but it depends on the reader because some might find those long chapters the best ones in the book. What really stood out to me about the book is how Tolstoy illustrates the characters and the surrounding and the way the characters develop. Tolstoy illustrates the characters so well that you understand why they do the things they do. Even though Anna’s death is devastating, Tolstoy portrays it in a way that I could understand why she did it.

I did not fully understand some parts and cannot fully appreciate this book to its full extent. I think I am going to re-read this book in ten years and understand it better because currently I am new to this kind of literature.

I love the way the book is written even though I only read the translation and I wish I could have read it in Russian.

I think this is one of those books that one must read in their life time. I wouldn’t consider it a waste of time even though it will take a while to read.

I don’t even know how I should rate this book.

I give the writing 5/5

Story 4/5 because of those some dull parts

Well my first review was not so great. I don’t know what i should write about or not. I hope ill get better at this 🙂

With love, Maryana

Introducing myself

Hi everyone!

I enjoy reading and i decided to create a blog about it. Here i’ll be posting my book reviews, pictures and quotes. Just like any other book blog. But, hold on, i do not read any specific types of books, i read anything that i can get my hands on. Thus this blog will include recently released book reviews, classic books reviews, biographies, etc.

I am not the best writer, English is my second language, so excuse any grammar mistakes.

On average, i read fifty books a year. Ill try to review all the books i own but that will take some time.

For now, if anyone reads this blog and wants me to review a book, please let me know.

Currently, I am reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and i will be posting a review when i finish it.

Anyways, thank you for reading, and Ill do my best to take care of this blog.

Maryana

P.S I’ll write reviews that wont take you an hour to read 😛