Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson


From the back

When her fiery older sister Bailey dies abruptly, seventeen year old Lennie, bookworm and band geek, is catapulted to the center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole world exploding.

The Sky Is Everywhere starts off with a poem. It’s simple, but filled with grief. That is where we meet Lennie, the main character. Lennie and the other cast of characters in this book is the reason why I gave this book seven stars. Characters and plot are the two huge factors that play into how I review, and in TSIE, Jandy Nelson delivers. Her characters are so bold and bright that anyone reading can’t help but to fall in love with them. Bailey’s family is especially charming to me, with and Uncle who tries to bring bugs back to life and a Grandma that paints green people.

Plot, the second huge factor of my reviews, did not deliver as much as characters did. Parts of the novel were extremely slow moving and hard for me to get through. There are at least 10 pages of unnecessary talk that could be removed and nothing would be missing.
The poems that are interspersed throughout the novel are what I believe to be the greatest treasure in the book. Each one, written by Lennie, tells a history of the two sister’s relationship, even after one of them is dead.

I give The Sky Is Everywhere 7 stars.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Evermore - Alyson Noel.



My cat and i decided we should review the series we have been enjoying lately (When i say cat i mean, i read he sits on my knee and gets cuddles.)
With out giving to much away i would like to give a brief overview of the story.
Ever Bloom's life was torn apart one tragic night when her mother, father, little sister and dog were killed in a tragic road accident. To make matters worse Ever had to be uprooted and moved from her home in Oregan to Laguna beach with her only living realative, her aunt. Not long after a boy came to town that would not only change her lift but had done so already, while she was dealing with the death of her loved ones she would have to deal with things no one ever would Ever realize.
At first i found this book quite slow, the plot dragged on and on until there where only 'about' 50 pages left then WHAM, i was shocked when the pin dropped, as soon as the pin dropped i was totally addicted.
The story was well writen and flowed nicely.
There are a couple of annoying consistancies (I am up to book three). While i like Alyson Noel's work her over use of "i pressed my lips together" is getting kind of annoying, and Ever's on going fued with school bullie does not seam to have a point, ok i guess every story needs its villan but i just dont get the point of theirs.
Having said that these annoyances are my personal ones and are extremely easy to look past.
It has a romance story similar to Edward and Bella's from Twilight but is so much more modern and realistic and Damen does not treat Ever like his little puppet.
If you liked twilight you will love this.
if you hated twilight you will still love it.
It's different and Alyson Noel is such a better writer then Stephanie Meyer.
all in all i completely love this series.
8/10 stars

New and ready to review!



Ok so!
I'm the newest reviewer here at The Book Bundle, My name is Monique i am 22 and i live in Australia. I love to write, read and listen to music.
I only recently began to enjoy reading, not only does it help me relax but it enhances my writing skills. Seeing has i want to be an Auther, thats important to me.
I'm very honest and opinionated so if i think a book really sucks i will say so, and wont be shy about doing it.
i will read anything once but my prefereances are Tough luck type stories, paranormal, young adult, i like things that are different, that go against the norm, but as i said i will read anything once, oh i really like reading series', you know things that go on and on, lol i hate things ending, if that makes sense.
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ok im going to go. . . and write my first review or somthing, looking forward to getting to know some of you

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Monique

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sorry...Kinda Slow Around Here Lately


Sorry all you avid readers!  Things have been kind of slow with the Bundle. 

Although I've been trying to zoom through the books in my "To-Read" List. 

I'll be posting reviews shortly of these titles, so look out for them!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull
Revelations and The Van Alen Legacy (last 2 books of the Blue Bloods series) by Melissa de la Cruz
Fallen by Lauren Kate
The Midnighter's Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

I'm sure all the other reviewers/authors/bloggers on here will be back shortly.  Just keep on the look out for future reviews coming up.
 

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