Animal Farm by George Orwell

animal farm

I read this a while back. I can’t even remember. Before Christmas?

Because I went to a french school, I missed out on a lot of those classic junior high – high school english books. Animal farm was one of them.

This book was so small it took me one night to read it front to back and I was very surprised. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I just knew it was popular so I went for it. Now I understand why everyone does this book in high school and such. It was great!

It would be so easy to find some great materials for a book report. This is definitely a read between the lines kind of book.

I’m not going to spoil too much of the story but basically it’s about the animals on a farm that are fed up with being just that. They want to own the farm, run it themselves. So they do just that. Things happen obviously… The animal’s true colours started to show and things don’t go as planned… Those damn pigs.

It was a great book!

I’d give it a solid 7 out of 10. Good book. Not my go to style but easy to read and understand. Litterally anyone can bond over this book.

The Radley’s by Matt Haig

theradleysI’d been eyeing this book on the shelf for a long time. Seeing as I loved the Humans by Matt Haig I really wanted to try something else to see what it was like. I ended up buying the book on a whim and it took me a long time to finish it due to a busy schedule, oh and Netflix.

The Radleys was good. It’s located in the horror section so I was expecting a little more you know, horror? And that really didn’t happen. Which I am totally fine with. But I liked this book and I wasn’t let down with Matt Haig’s work.

The story is about this modern family that goes about their daily lives in a small town and they try to fit in. As the book starts, you find out that Peter and Helen’s marriage isn’t doing so well. And that their kids are victims of extreme bullying at school. But the real culprit here was blood. They were all vampires and they were abstaining themselves of blood. The worst part? The kids didn’t even know they were vampires. It had been a secret to them until something happens… and I won’t go on and ruin the rest of the story for you guys.

If you’re looking for a real horror story don’t read this, because it wasn’t really that terrifying. Matt Haig is great though, I love the way he writes. His chapters usually aren’t that long and they are always to the point. There is never any baloney in there. You don’t waste your time reading useless information that has no relation to the actual story. His work is clear precise and clever. I love it. I just breeze right through his novels and love every minute of it.

I still think my favorite out of the two is The Humans, but that’s probably because it was so original and unique.

I will be giving this title a 8 out of 10. Still great but not perfect. Everyone seriously go read this guy.

The Heir by Kiera Cass

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I’ll admit, when I heard this book was coming out, I squealed a little.

The Selection series was fantastic so I had high expectations with this book and definitely wasn’t disappointed with it.

The Heir is set 20 years after The One. America’s daughter will be queen one day and she has to go through a Selection to find herself a husband. Very similar to her mother, Princess Eadlyn isn’t impressed. She is very independent and thinks that no one will be suitable enough to stand next to her while the reigns.

This book was exactly what I wanted it to be. While Maxon went through the whole ‘Bachelor’ type scenario, Eadlyn had the complete opposite, just like the show ‘The Bachelorette’. It was great to meet a bunch of different guys this time. I was worried that the characters would have been a little too overly perfect. Like too handsome and too gentleman like. Thankfully, they weren’t. There were all sorts of different personalities and they weren’t all perfectly chiseled men. Which makes this book easier to relate to, because I always feel bad when young adult novels, especially the ones aimed for young girls, are filled with perfect men that are almost impossible to find in the real world. False expectations are the worst and can really mess with girl’s heads.

I won’t say too much about the story line, in fear of ruining everything, but 20 years have passed and if you remember the first three books, you’ll probably remember that Maxon and America had big plans for the country, so you can only imagine how many changes have been made…

First of all, can I just mention how gorgeous all the covers are? I mean look at that dress! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for covers and I harshly judge a book by its cover. Which is bad, and I should probably stop that. Haha.

Second of all, I love how Kiera Cass has grown as an author. Her skills have improved immensely compared to the first book in the series. It’s not often that I notice a huge difference in the writing style of an author but it was very apparent for Kiera Cass, in my opinion. It was a great improvement!

I will give this book a 10 out of 10 because I loved it. Just like all the others. It was great and you should read it!

The Humans by Matt Haig

the humansFor the first time in a long time, I was part of a book club to read this book. I had heard good things about it but never thought that I would love it as much as I actually did. As we started our reading, I figured I would read it at a steady pace so to not go too far ahead of my friends. But once it came to a certain part in the book, I was obsessed, I needed to finish it as soon as possible.

The Humans by Matt Haig is a story about a mathematician named Andrew Martin who solves one of the world’s most challenging math theories. The theory was so advanced that it caught the attention of alien life forms who then decided that it would be too much for the human race to handle. So they decide to take Andrew from his home and send down an alien who will look just like him in order to destroy all evidence that Andrew Martin did indeed solve the Riemann zeta function. The alien will have to go as far as kill anyone who knew about it too.

So basically this alien, gets sent to earth with little to no knowledge about humans. He doesn’t understand the concepts like clothing, the news, love, etc. And he’s supposed to act like Andrew in order to find the information he needs. To put it bluntly, he gets into a lot of trouble and it’s a miracle how nobody saw through his disguise. They claimed he was crazy.

Later on in the book, he communicates with his supervisor aliens and they continuously tell him to stay pure and focused on the task at hand but the new Andrew Martin gets carried away in all of the human’s emotions. He discovers he can feel things and see things in a way he never knew was possible.

This is one of those books that really makes you reflect on your own life and makes you think twice about the things that surround you. It’s true, humans are a selfish species who sometimes tend to care more about themselves instead of the thousands of other species on this planet, but we learn to love wholeheartedly and we can live passionate lives without worrying about out impending death that will soon take us all. Despite our flaws, we are beautiful, smart, strong and wise.

I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for something new and fresh. It isn’t your average sap story yet it isn’t a hardcore sci-fi novel either. If you have the chance, read it. You won’t be disappointed.

10 out of 10

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red queenYou know when someone asks you what your favorite song is, and you never know what to answer because tehre are just so many songs out there that are good in their own ways. Well, I’m like that with books. It’s so hard to pick favorites because there are just so many genres and categories. Although, I this is the first time I can truly say that I have a favorite teen book. Which is kind of a big deal when you’re talking with a book lover.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has to be my favorite teen book that I’ve ever read so far.

The book takes place in a world where there are two kinds of people. The Reds, low class people with red blood who are servants and mere pawns to the Silvers. The Silvers have silver blood, they are from noble or royal families. Each Silver is gifted with an extraordinary power. From mind-reading to fire wielding, there are many different kinds of powers and it’s easy to show the Reds their place in the world. The Reds are the Silvers’ servants, they are forced to go to work and to live in horrible conditions while the Silvers live extraordinary lives full of luxury.

It’s a cruel life for Mare, a Red who, like her brothers before her, will be sent to war when she’s of age. Mare is different though, she isn’t your average Red like you and I. She has a power too! A Red with a power? It’s unheard of, so the Silvers find their own way to deal with Mare.

The book is about loyalty, power and hope. Honestly, if you like anything like Hunger Games, the Selection, Maze Runner, Divergent… you’ll absolutely love this book. It’s so freakin’ amazing! The author’s writing style is on point. It’s clear, direct but not dry so it’s perfect for both readers who are just starting out in teen or those who have been faithful teen readers for years! This will definitely be a book of the year for 2015. I started the book over a month ago and I loved it so much that I just didn’t want to finish it. I don’t think I’ve ever done that with a book either. Have you ever loved a book so much that you didn’t want to finish it?  Gah! It was so perfect!

I could just keep going on and on but I’m sure I’ll spoil something so just go to your nearest bookstore right now and buy it! I’m serious, get out there ASAP. You won’t regret it! I mean just look at that cover. It’s gorgeous! Your bookshelf needs this on it!

10000 out of 10. Because it was that good!

Serena by Ron Rash

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The only reason why I wanted to read this was because Jennifer Lawrence plays Serena in the movie that was released in 2014.

The book is about two lovers who own and run a woodcutting business. Set in the year 1929, Serena is determined to have the best company  and will do whatever it takes to make that happen. But Serena is a different woman. As the story unfolds, she continuously surprises her staff and husband with her impeccable skills and practices.  From identifying different trees to handling and training an eagle to hunt snakes in the surrounding area, Serena is exactly what you would call a ‘Jack of all Trades’. Just as things seem to be going perfect for Serena, she makes a shocking discovery about her husband which triggers multiple tragedies that throws their lives and company into a downwards spiral. How far will she go to get what she wants?

Personally, I didn’t really like the book. Woodcutting doesn’t spark any kind of interest in me. Serena was a little too cray cray so I didn’t like her. To be quite honest, there weren’t any characters that I liked. I felt bad for her husband but even he wasn’t that good of a person.

I will be seeing the movie eventually though and I bet I’ll like it better than the book because I won’t be sitting there for like 20+ hours. Which is the amount of time it took me to finish reading Serena. Besides, Jennifer Lawrence is a great actor so I can’t wait to watch the movie.

I’ll be giving this book a 4 out of 10 for being very interesting near the end.

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid

everything feels like the movies

I had to read this when I heard about all the controversy behind it. Apparently, there is a petition that has started to try and revoke it’s GG award. Members of the public claimed it to be ‘too graphic’ and ‘not appropriate for it’s targeted audience’.

When I heard this was a teen title, I immediately doubted that it would be inappropriate. Not many people actually realize what’s in some of the teen books. Sure it might say teen, but there’s a huge gap between a 13 year old and an 18 year old books. You can’t possibly tell me that you would treat those two age groups the exact same right? It’s impossible. Besides, with all the stuff kids are exposed to on the internet and on television, it’s hard to believe that they would not already know what’s in the books.

The book is about a boy named Jude. Jude is a gay teen who loves to wear heels and lipstick. He also believes he is destined for the a-list celebrity life. Despite the cruel comments and gestures people in his town make towards him, he takes it all as paparrazzi. It’s publicity to him because he’s addicted to attention and fame. If they’re talking about him, whether it be good or bad, at least it’s focused on him. Jude imagines his everyday life as a movie or very dramatic reality show. His best friend, Angela gets around a lot (if you know what I mean) and together, they stir themselves the perfect storm which could end in the worst ways.

The book has a lot of sex, drama and drugs. The sexual content it also extremely graphic. Which, in my opinion might be the only thing that is setting people off about the book. I mean come on, many teenagers already know about all that stuff and it’s not like they aren’t used to crude language. You aren’t hiding them from anything. Now I wouldn’t be putting this into the hands of a 13 year old or anything but it’s fine for an older teen read.

Teens can also easily relate to this book due to it’s current references to certain celebrities and social media tools like Twitter and Facebook. It’s also a really quick read, I read it in like 3 hours.

I honestly don’t see the problem though. This kind of setting happens a lot nowadays more than ever. People can’t just sensor this kind of stuff out of the lives of kids. They need to learn to accept it and respect it. Everyone can make their own choices in life so who are we to judge or decide what’s wrong or right.

I don’t believe this book deserves all the hate it’s getting. It’s a truly sad story about someone just simply looking for acceptance and love.

I’ll be giving this book a 6 out of 10.

Only because contemporary isn’t really my thing. I know a lot of people are really going to love it and some might not. I recommend you give it a try. And if you’re below the age of like 18… you’ve been warned.