Friday, 22 May 2015

Ju Jabbers: YA Protagonists As The "Backbone of the Family"

"Ju Jabbers" is an original feature in which I have random discussions about books, life, movies, and a myriad of other things. It's an open door to what I hope will be a fun and somewhat thought-provoking little corner of the internet.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Ju Recommends: 7 Books to Read When You're Sick

I've been plagued with summer colds ever since I got off college but only recently they've taken a turn for the worse and busted into fevers.

It's a huge nuisance because:

(a) I now have the attention span of a fruit fly.

(b) Who invited you to the party, Headaches and Sluggishness?

(c) If I sleep any more, I'll morph into Sleeping Beauty.

(d) I can't rely on my favorite TV shows because the screen is too bright and the background music is too loud and why the heck is that guy coming back to life again?

(e) Air? Never heard of it. All I've ever known of is Augmentin and Kleenex.

So basically, I can't focus on anything, my head is about to explode and I do not have the strength to deal with complex, political strife. But I still want need to read. The problem is that anything like A Game of Thrones is going to end up being thrown against the wall.

In these dark times, what are the perfect bookish companions?

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

Title: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre(s): Dystopia, Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Date Read:  May 11, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating: ★★★✩✩
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Genre(s): Contemporary, LGBTQIA
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date:  February 21, 2012
Date Read:  May 8, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Dante can swim. Ari can't. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari's features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Anime Alcove: Terror in Resonance Review

"Anime Alcove" is an original feature where I talk about the other huge love of my life apart from books: cartoons *serious poker face*……..just kidding! I mean anime (yes, there's a difference, don't fight me on this). Here I'll be reviewing series, analyzing characters like an otaku and trying not to let my inner fujoshi take over. It'll be insane and fun so I hope any of you anime-loving passerby join in!  

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Most books I want to devour as soon as possible but then there are some books that I wouldn't touch with a 10-feet pole, not even if the world was crashing around me and these were the last books on Earth. It's not that it's unlikely for me to read them. It's that I'll actually try to make a conscious effort to avoid these books as much as possible:

1. Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James: I made the mistake of reading Fifty Shades of Grey and then attempting (and failing) to read Fifty Shades Darker but I definitely won't be touching this last one. From what I hear, this is where the serious abuse happens aka where you cannot at all deny that abuse did not happen. I don't want to read about a highly problematic relationship being portrayed as the ultimate happiness.

2. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto: Mary Sue protagonist and her asshat twu luv plus the writing is not loved by anyone so even though that cover is beautiful, I'll pass.

3. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: Unnecessarily long series full of way too much girl-on-girl hatred (that may or may not be stopped later but I'm not taking the chance).

4. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith: The show frustrated me to no end and from what I know, the books frustrate even more.

5. Crossed by Allie Condie: The first book Matched was so excruciatingly bland and I was not interested in anyone or anything. It brought nothing new to the YA dystopian genre but it did have beautiful writing.  

6. After by Anna Todd: This is One Direction fanfiction but that's not what turned me away. It was the snippets of horrible writing and a horrible male lead that made me run far, far away.

7. Unhinged by A.G. Howard: Yet another asshat twu luv is found in Jeb, who was so suffocatingly controlling in the first book that I pitied Alyssa and her bad decisions.

8. Allegiant by Veronica Roth: Divergent was okay, Insurgent was boring and from what I hear, Allegiant is a mess. Veronica Roth had a great idea but I think she didn't develop it until after the first book because everything fell flat.

9. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover: A lot of people hated this one so I have no idea why they are turning this particular book of Hoover's into a movie. Bad decisions, people.

10. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: I tried reading this before and died of boredom. It didn't help that Ethan was so whiny and Lena was a walking cliche.

If you liked one of these books a lot, then do please tell me why and I might change my mind, who knows (✿◠‿◠)

Monday, 4 May 2015

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Speak
Release Date:  October 1, 2008
Date Read:  February 2014
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating:  ★★✩✩✩
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date:  February 10, 2015
Date Read: April 17, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating:  ★✩✩✩✩
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Ju Jabbers: 'Shadowhunters TV' Cast Updates

"Ju Jabbers" is an original feature in which I have random discussions about books, life, movies, and a myriad of other things. It's an open door to what I hope will be a fun and somewhat thought-provoking little corner of the internet.
Hey, everyone! Some exciting news has just been dropped: we have another casting for the Shadowhunters' TV show, which I think you all probably know is an ABC reboot of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.