sábado, 14 de enero de 2012

Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Title: Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1)
Author: Josephine Angelini
ISBN: 0062011995
Published May 31st 2011 by HarperTeen

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
How do you defy destiny? Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history. As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

My opinion:

My expectations were too high. I guess that’s why Starcrossed left me with mixed feelings.
I liked it, but not as much as I hoped. This book had potential. It could have been so awesome!

I really liked its beginning, I thought the idea of Helen and Lucas (the new boy at school) wanting to literally kill each other was kind of original. They really, really wanted to kill each other.
But then, suddenly it all got bizarre. That’s the word I had in mind as I read the first half of the book. The plot was very interesting but all the characters were childish. I think this story would have been told better if the characters were a little older.

I thought Helen was weak and I HATE this prototype of protagonist. She’s the ‘OMG-he’s-so-handsome-I-can’t-believe-he-even-hold-my-hand-I’m-so-repulsive’ kind of girl. And worst thing about those girls: they’re gorgeous. And everyone knows it.

My favorite character was Hector. I know, he’s barely in the book. But he’s my favorite. Lucas and the rest of his family were just ok. They weren’t as charming as the author wanted them to be. All their hospitality and amiability seemed forced and false.

And one thing I forgot to mention, this book is FULL OF CLICHÉS. I mean it. So, if you’re those kind of people who really, really hate clichés, maybe it would be better if you and this book never, ever meet.

Will I read book two? Call me masochistic, but I will. I have faith in this series, I just can’t stay away of things related to Greek mythology. I'll give it a chance.

It's ok

jueves, 12 de enero de 2012

Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Author: Stephen Chbosky.
ISBN: 0671027344
Published June 2009 by MTV Books and Pocket Books (first published February 1st 1999)

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.
My opinion:

It’s always difficult to review a book loved by so many (and hated by many, too).
When I read this book last June, I had very high expectations. I was hoping it would be as amazing as most of the people said it was. Well, I know one thing for sure: It wasn’t my kind of book.

I was very disappointed.

The book is written as a series of letters that Charlie, the main character, sends to an unknown character. In the letters, Charlie shares his adventures and feelings even when he knows he’s not going to receive any answers or advices.

The book is beautiful written. It has some amazing quotes (I even marked them as my favorite in goodreads) and that was the only reason I kept reading.

I couldn’t relate to Charlie at first. He was too naïve and his behavior went from childish to senseless throughout the book. Anyway, at the end you learn that there’s something in his past that can explain some of his behavior and that he needs help.

Charlie’s plot didn’t bother me. The book would have been so much better if the author had focused only in Charlie’s plot. But the author wanted each secondary character to have experiences and situations people –teenagers mostly- could relate to and sometimes when you try to cover too many subjects you end up not doing it well. Everything was mess. The secondary character’s plots were weak, very bad developed and totally unnecessary. I couldn’t read three pages without thinking “Why am I reading is? Why did I even start reading it? Why God, why? Is this a punishment?”

The book goes from decent to boring and it doesn’t get any better.

But that’s my opinion. Maybe you’ll hate it or end up totally loving it. That’s the beauty of reading. There’s always a book for you and a reader for a book.

2 out of 5
It was ok.

jueves, 15 de diciembre de 2011

Welcome to Between Ink & Paper

Hello, hi there!

About this blog:
I can’t believe I’m actually writing this!  I wanted to create this blog for a long time but I couldn’t find time or maybe I was just too lazy. But hey, winter break is here and I thought ‘Well, I guess it’s time’. And here I am. I’m going to be reviewing Young Adult books mostly and also, here you’ll find information about new books!
I had a hard time finding the right name (because I hate picking names. I always pick the most boring ones) but then Between Ink and Paper came to mind and I thought I was a genius for five seconds.

About Rose:
People like to say I can’t cook. And I’m trying to prove otherwise (and kind of failing at it), I love reading since I learnt how to. The first thing I read was fairytales, my mom bought every fairytale she could find and my favorite was Rapunzel. When I was five, I was scared all the time. My mom asked me why and I told her I had read a book and I couldn’t sleep well since then. She found out I had read her ‘Complete Stories and Poems’ by Edgar Allan Poe days later.  But don’t worry, then I swallowed my fear and couldn’t stop talking about The Golden Bug for weeks. My favorite movies are The Lion King, Pride and Prejudice and Star Wars (and I think people who like Star Wars are the coolest people ever!)
I’m in my third year at Med School and maybe that’s the only thing I love more than reading. I felt out of place most of the times, but when I got in I thought finally I was where I was meant to be!
And yes, english is not my first language. But I’m trying to improve my writing skills ;)