Monday, October 13, 2014

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Title: The Infinite Sea
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Publication Date: 27th August 2014
ISBN: 9780141345840
Stand Alone/Series: The Fifth Wave #2
Pages: 336 pages
First Lines: There would be no harvest.  The spring rains woke the dormant tillers, and bright green shoots sprang from the moist earth and rose like sleepers stretching after a long nap.

Synopsis:How do you rid the earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
Cassie Sullivan and her companions lived through the Others' four waves of destruction. Now, with the human race nearly exterminated and the 5th Wave rolling across the landscape, they face a choice: brace for winter and hope for Evan Walker's return, or set out in search of other survivors before the enemy closes in. Because the next attack is more than possible – it's inevitable.
No one can anticipate the depths to which the Others will sink – nor the heights to which humanity will rise . . .

My Thoughts:
I must admit I was super excited when this rocked up on my doorstep.  Completely over the moon.

I started reading and the first chapter in had me hooked completely.  Drew me in to this group but wow by the end of the chapter I was shocked.  I knew that this would play a part further into the book so I kept reading wondering when this would pop.

The story itself is told through various characters: Cassie, Ringer, Evan Walker, some in first some in third.  This itself caused me a bit of an issue at the beginning when I thought I was in Cassie's POV then found out it was Ringers.  It wasn't made obviously clear to begin with but I did eventually tell the two apart. Especially towards the end of one of the scenes with Ringer and Teacup.

The one problem I had was that I was confused a bit of the time.  It had been so long since I'd read The Fifth Wave and when there were references and things that came up I felt a bit lost.  So if you intend on reading this, I suggest refreshing with the last couple of chapters of The Fifth Wave before moving on.  I think I have to blame this a little on the fact I read way too much lol.

I'm interested to see where Rick takes this story.  There were a few revelations and we find out a fair bit about the main characters in the book including a few new characters!  So I'm itching for the next book.

I must say the only thing that bothered me a little was that this seemed be more Ringer's story than Cassie's.  I felt like we spent alot more time in her head than Cassie's.  I begun to really like her but I wonder how the third book will turn out!

Good read!

Book received from:  Penguin Australia

Saturday, October 11, 2014

MBOB: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner would have to be a favourite book of mine.  So I'm glad they've taken this and made it into a movie.  I haven't yet seen it.  But I will.  And I can't wait!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

In My Mailbox (157)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.


Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
The White Rabbit Chronicles #1

What did you get in your IMM?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore

Author: Pittacus Lore
Genre:  Young Adult/Sci Fi
Publisher:  Penguin Australia
Publication Date: 26th August 2014
ISBN:  9780718178369
Stand Alone/Series:  Lorien Legacies #5
Pages:  320 pages
First Lines:  The nightmare is over.  When I open my eyes there's nothing but darkness.

The have killed four of us.
 They will not rest until we are all dead.
 They will not stop until your planet is theirs.
 They think we are broken.
 We will not be defeated.
 We are all that stands in their way.
 We know secrets they thought hidden.
 We have power they never expected.
 The time has come for them to fall. The Garde have suffered the ultimate betrayal: Number Five has allied himself with the Mogadorians, killing Eight and helping the Mogs to abduct Ella from the safe house. Now the fight for Earth's survival has just become that much more impossible. The Garde may not have time to mourn their fallen ally, but they'll make sure to avenge him. And help is at hand from the most unlikely of sources: Adam, a Mogadorian, has turned his back on his people. He might just be their lifeline, but are the Garde repeating past mistakes by putting their trust in him?

My Thoughts:  I received this book a little while ago, but because I'm one of these readers that wants... no NEEDS to read things in order, I picked up Fall of Five first. Once I'd finished that I was so glad I had The Revenge of Seven to keep gong because seriously things couldn't be left as they were.

It's worse after reading this book because I now have to wait HOW LONG to find out what is going to happen after this crazy as cliffhanger.  Like seriously!!

So,  The Revenge of Seven for me wasn't gripping enough to be read in one sitting.  It was good don't get me wrong.  But I found myself putting the book down alot in the beginning.  It wasn't that it WASN'T good.  I just wasn't compelled to fly through this like some books.  But in saying that I still thoroughly enjoyed the read.  I couldn't help but feel like this was just setting things up more or less for book 6 because apart from a few smallish revelations which threw a few curve balls at the reader, there was no "Oh my God" moments up until the VERY end and then it was like. No don't end on THAT! But obviously it did!

The garde split up a few times during the book having each group heading in different directions.  They are left to deal with less than ideal circumstances and I must admit I was on the edge of my seat just as something big was going down only to have the Author switch to another character!

There was one really surprising element in the form of Adam.  Of course this is all I will say but deep down I was cheering for him a bit.  Another surprising thing were the amount of Chimaerae (or however it is spelt) in this.  Finally Bernie Kosar is not completely alone!

There was a funny moment in the book that has stuck with me even now after finishing this off, and that one of the chimaera goes from being a canary to a rhino midflight.  Amusing to say the least.  I'd love to see this done in cinema, but alas I shall keep wishing.

There are a few things that are revealed in this book as well.  Obviously you will have to find these out for yourselves!  I'm surprised to find when Six and gang reach their destination and find out the outcome of their mission.

Once hitting the halfway mark I couldn't put the book down.  I needed to know what was going to happen to John, Marina (Seven) and the gang and by the last page I was trying to magically manifest the next book along unsuccessfully.

If you have been reading the Lorien Legacies series don't stop reading this book because there are a few slow spots because at the end you are going to be wishing that the next book was right there in front of you!

Book received from:  Penguin Australia for review.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

In The Mailbox (156)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:

Thank you to Penguin Australia for sending this to me!


The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (The Mortality Doctrine #1)

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant (Messenger of Fear #1)

Zombie Apocalypse created by Stephen Jones (Zombie Apocalypse #1)
Girt by David Hunt

What did you all get in your IMM?

I went to the Brisbane Writers Festival from Wednesday to Saturday and met some really amazing people, as well as done some awesome book shopping.  Well worth the time to check out if you are interested in both writing and reading... or either!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (146)

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

I have been itching to get a hold of the second book in the 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey and can't wait for the 16th of September when we will see The Infinite Sea out!!

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

What are you waiting on?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title:  Eleanor and Park
Author:  Rainbow Rowell
Genre:  Young Adult / Contemporary / Realistic Fiction
Publisher:  Orion (Hatchette)
Publication Date:  30th April 2013
ISBN:  9781409120544
Stand Alone/Series:  Stand Alone
Pages:  336 pages
First Lines:  He'd stopped trying to bring her back.  She only came back when she felt like it, in dreams and lies and broken-down deja vu

Synopsis:  Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.
Park is the boy at the back of the bus.  Black tshirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he's made himself invisible.  But not to Eleanor... never to Eleanor
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for eachother.  They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you are young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

My Thoughts:  Eleanor and Park isn't what I expected at all.  I'm glad to say it was better than I initially thought it would be. I am slowly reading more and more contemporary and realistic fiction.  I wouldn't say it's my favourite genre because I prefer post apocalyptic and paranormal books but I really enjoyed Eleanor and Park from beginning to end.  There were no borings bits that I found tends to happen in some contemporary which was a bonus too!

There are so many instances in the book where I can relate to both Eleanor and Park.  The very first time that Eleanor shows up on the bus, I felt so bad for her.  But I also love her attitude when faced with so many challenges.  I would have probably cried a long time before she did and I think that is why I loved her so much.  With her mismatched clothes and the way that she uses ribbons and ties, I was so glad that the Author made her the way she was and not some perfect stereotype of a girl that everyone tries to conform to be.

I really felt for Park too.  Especially towards the very end!  His parents were so supportive of him, it was hard to imagine this sort of thing happening back in 1986, and his father knowing what he knew about the family.  I think that's what makes his family all the more likeable.  Especially his Mum.

I guess this is a really good example of how first loves go.  The awkwardness, and uncertainty when getting to know another person you happen to really like.  By the end of the book I was wishing it didn't have to end!

Favourite part of the book would have to be around 170, when I happened to be sitting there grinning like an idiot at work and thinking Nawwwwwwwwwwww this is awesome!

Definitely not suitable for younger readers as it does explore their relationship a little more than other YA books.

Fave Lines:  Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.
Book received from:  Hatchette Australia


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