Bookworm — October 2011

If you didn’t already know I usually keep track of my books on Shelfari and a little plugin below to show what I’m reading at the moment. As I’m typing this I’m reading nothing : ( LOL! I just finished a couple days ago, the last novel I bought. I’m kind of debating if I should buy anymore..or if I should just get a library card.. or maybe even invest in an ereader or something. I’m running out of places to put my books. If I could plan how my room looks it’d have floor to ceiling bookshelves all around.. but alas, I do not haha!

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

Sister Evangeline was just a young girl when her father left her at St. Rose Convent under the care of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now a young woman, she has unexpectedly discovered a collection of letters dating back sixty years – letters that bring her deep into a closely guarded secret, to an ancient conflict between the millennium-old Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful Nephilim, the descendants of angels and humans. Rich and mesmerizing, Angelology blends biblical lore, mythology and the fall of the Rebel Angels, creating a luminous, riveting tale of one young woman caught in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.

I read a lot of reviews before reading this novel and there were quite a few people that said Angelology would be easier to follow if people actually knew the Bible, etc. Speaking from the point of view of someone that’s gone to Catholic schools almost from K-12, but still hasn’t read the Bible, I don’t feel like that’s it’s necessary LOL.

It’s not like in the book they say, “Refer to Genesis 1:16.” Angelology pretty much explains the history and background of anything you should really know about angels in the Bible and whatnot. It definitely dropped little knowledge bits all throughout the book. Albeit it’s not that straightforward in the first part of the book. The second part is all about the background of Angelology – how it came about, what Angelologists do and their role, etc.. Personally, I found the history part of the book the most intriguing part. Sister Celestine played a much bigger part than I thought she would.

I gotta say though, when I finished I was not happy. That was my fault though haha. Before I bought the book I looked at its wiki page and also on goodreads to see if it’s going to be part of a series. There was no mention of it being in one so I assumed that it was the only book. Towards the end I was thinking I probably knew how this is going to end because the pages were dwindling and there could really only be one ending. Yeah, didn’t work out that way LOL. Not knowing there’s a second book coming out I thought the ending was total crap. I thought to myself, “NO! How could you do this to me?! Another Peeps ending?! You bring me to the climax and drop me off?!” I think it was recently they edited the goodreads page for Angelology and added that it’s the first book. WHEW!

Anyway, overall I quite enjoyed the book and I can’t wait for the second one to come out (2012 T_T WHY!?) so I can find out how this story will end. I’m a sucker for these fantasy books -sigh-.

Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn

Very LeFreak has a problem: she’s a crazed technology addict. Very can’t get enough of her iPhone, laptop, IMs, text messages, whatever. If there’s any chance the incoming message, call, text, or photo might be from her supersecret online crush, she’s going to answer, no matter what. Nothing is too important: sleep, friends in mid-conversation, class, a meeting with the dean about academic probation. Soon enough, though, this obsession costs Very everything and everyone. Can she learn to block out the noise so she can finally hear her heart?

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this book… I think while reading this I felt like it touched on some points that I can see myself in – sometimes using technology to escape from everyday life. It was interesting to see how Very dealt with it. Even so, I’m not sure if it’s because this is like a Young Adult book so it’s not that deep or what. I wish they kind of delve into the problem a bit more. They brought up a lot of problems but I felt like they sort of solved it all half-heartedly @_@.

Was an okay read but not something I would see myself reaching for again… which I guess is too bad because I already bought it… LOL.

Ironside by Holly Black

In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben’s coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing — her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can’t see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn’t exist: a faerie who can tell a lie.

Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth — that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother’s shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben’s throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it. In this game of wits and weapons, can a pixie outplay a queen?

Ironside is part of The Modern Faerie Tales series and I think the last in the series. I mentioned the first book before and I said I’ll see what I thought about it after I finish the 3 books.

The second book is in the same universe but features different characters although Roiben does have a small appearance in it. This series overall isn’t a very memorable one. I don’t hate it, but I’m also not in love with it. It’s probably also another book I wouldn’t really reach for either when I want to reread some of my books. They probably should’ve just put book 1 and book 3 together into one book instead because not much happens in either of them which means it’s hard to connect with any of the characters.

Paper Towns by John Green

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night — dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q … until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

I think the description isn’t as exciting as the actual book. There’s definitely a lot more to Paper Towns than just Quentin trying to find Margo. It’s about Margo also trying to find herself. The book can speak to a lot of teenagers. Many people live their lives according to what people expect out of them. Paper Town goes through this adventure of finding out what happens when Margo tries to find herself when she’s tired of living the image of ‘Margo Roth Spiegelman’. What do you get after you strip off that image?

The readers goes on a chase with Q to find where M is. We’re left wondering if M might’ve took her own life because she couldn’t handle the image of being MRS anymore.

This is one of the novels I like that had a cliff hanger ending. It fits haha. If you couldn’t tell, I recommend giving this a read too XD.

Teen Idol by Meg Cabot

High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she’s the school newspaper’s anonymous advice columnist. She’s so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn’t make it easy, and soon everyone — the town, the paparazzi, and the tabloids alike — know his secret … and Jenny is caught right in the middle of all the chaos.

I don’t know why I bought this book.. LOL! I already assumed it’s one of those really easy reads with big print, etc. And it is. I guess the idea of the story seemed like it might be good. By the way, I actually haven’t read the synopsis of most of the books I bought.. mostly because I just download the preview on Kindle without reading what it’s about. If the preview seems like it has potential I buy it to read @_@.

Anywho, the book is very predictable aside from the little twist at the end (referring to Luke’s date). I wouldn’t invest in this book unless you’re trying to make your preteen daughter get into reading.. LOL.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional family. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate, but he quickly finds himself in over his head. He hires a competent assistant: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander, and the two unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Right, don’t read this at night if you’re a scaredy-cat like me LOL. Once it got to the part where they find out the ‘pattern’ of the killer I was both disgusted and hooked and couldn’t put the book down. I was scared to walk in the dark by myself after LOL!

My friend also read this book and she thought the first half wasn’t interesting. It only got good for her near the half mark. I enjoyed the whole book – okay kinda LOL. There were some descriptions that I think they could’ve cut out, but overall I thought the book was an enjoyable read. The first half explained the situation for everything which is why it might not be an exciting read. It set the premises for the story – what Mikael did to become a disgraced journalist, Henrik’s knowledge of what happened to Harriet before the incident took place, Lisbeth’s job background.

I’m just going to say now though, if you’re a girl with.. a weak stomach.. I guess.. you might want to be aware that it talks about r4pe and abuse to women.. and even men. In fact, on the page where it says Part I, II, III, it includes a fact like xx% of women in Sweden has gone through sexual assault.. or something like that.. LOL. I think the wiki page for the book said **WARNING SPOILER??** that Stieg wrote this book and named the character Lisbeth because he witnessed a girl getting r4ped and he didn’t help her and that girl’s name is Lisbeth.

Yep.. not your everyday easy read. I asked my friend before I read it if the first book finishes off the story or if it continues into book 2 and 3 or if it’s like Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code where it’s part of a series that just uses the same characters but not continuation. She was like, “…Just read and you’ll see.” NO! LOL! Well anyway, in case anyone else is wondering, the mystery is solved by the end of the book. Other stuff I think will probably be continued into the other books.

Also a recommendedddd book! They made a movie out of it already – in Sweden I think – and an American version is in the works?

TL;DR — Check out Angelology, Paper Towns, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Angelology for the fantasy readers, Paper Towns for the regular fiction folk, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for the mystery/thriller crowd.

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