Tag: Books: Young Adult

Review: Steelheart

Posted 12 October, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

Steelheart (Reckoners #1)
By: Brandon Sanderson
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart โ€” the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planningโ€”and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

The Reckoners is technically the last series by Brandon Sanderson I haven’t read anything from until now (I don’t count The Wheel of Time). The book was on sale when the last in the trilogy, Calamity, was released earlier this year so I finally picked it up with plans to read it.

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Review: Fortunately, the Milk

Posted 5 April, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 12 Comments

Fortunately the Milk
By: Neil Gaiman
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”

“Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.”

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious New York Times bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.

Neil Gaiman and Skottie Young teaming up for a novel? Omg, count me in! Sure, the plot summary as to what the book is about tells me absolutely nothing, but it looks so amusing, how could I say no? Plus, seeing Skottie Young illustrate for middle school/young adult novels is a plus (he does a lot of the variant illustrations for comic books, I strongly recommend checking out some of his stuff because they are hilarious!)

But moving along, wow, what can I say about this book? It was such a delightful read, and quite an unexpected one at that. I thought the kids were going to be the protagonists partaking on the adventure, so imagine my surprise when it turned out to be their slightly absent-minded father narrating the tale! It’s fun and timey-whimey and funny (with a bit of meta/pop culture thrown in there); no matter if you’re the target audience or you’re an adult, I think you’ll really enjoy this little tale of a father who just went out to buy some milk for his kids’ breakfast only to be swept away across time.

Can I also say how much this book cracks me up because of the British mannerisms? This was one of my favourite lines in the book:

“Thank you, by the way,” said a little thin man. “I was going to be the sacrifice if no one else turned up. Much obliged.”

And not to go into details but the end of the novel was fantastic! The father’s last panel had me cracking up so much, I loved it.

It’s a relatively short, straight-forward, but fun novel so yeah, my review of it is equally short. But suffice to say I really enjoyed reading it, it was a nice break from everything else I’ve bee reading. Skottie Young’s illustrations added to Neil Gaiman’s story, bringing scenes to light and adding more humour to the story. Definitely worth checking out, I highly recommend it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

Posted 11 January, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland #3)
By: Catherynne M. Valente
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

I always seem to be a year or two behind in getting around to reading the next installment to the Fairyland books, lol. So here we are, third book in the Fairyland series. I loved the first book and really liked the second one (see author tag) so I was looking forward to this third book especially with such a title!

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Review: Coraline

Posted 30 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 7 Comments

By: Neil Gaiman
Format/Source: Trade paperback; my purchase

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

At long last I am reading this book ๐Ÿ˜› Been meaning to read this book for so long–there’s a few notable Neil Gaiman novels at this point that I’ve been meaning to get to, namely this book and Anasi Boys–that yeah, finally picked it up on a whim recently to read.

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Posted 26 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1)
By: Laini Taylor
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Haha, look at me, slowly getting around to YA titles that I’ve been seeing time and again on other book bloggers’ lists and on GoodReads ๐Ÿ˜€ Also seemed like a good time to read it as Hallowe’en is around the corner ๐Ÿ˜‰

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