Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Title: The Gathering
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: April 7, 2011
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (359 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Review: It's just a normal cover, though I like how the earrings stand out.
Tagline: N/A
Series: Darkness Rising #1
Main Character: Maya Delaney

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background-the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip-but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.
Until now.
Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town-from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel... different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.
In The Gathering, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.

Exactly a year ago, Maya's best friend, Serena, died by a drowning in the pool. This is seen as odd, since Serena loved swimming so much. At the time, Serena was dating this guy named Daniel. Flash back to present time and Maya and Daniel are still curious over Serena's death. There was never a real reason as to why she died, besides the fact that Maya felt someone pull down on her foot. Daniel is one of the popular jocks at their little school in Vancouver Island. He's a really good boxer, while Maya is a really good runner. She was actually captain of the track team.

Maya was adopted, though her parents both love nature and wildlife. Maya loves working with cougars and she also loves nursing any wounded animals back to wellness. She also has this special touch for healing animals, which is really interesting. The only odd thing about Maya is the birthmark on her back: it's shaped like a paw print. Maya always loved it though, and for her sixteenth birthday she really wanted to get a tattoo so that it was more permanent. When her mom brought her to the tattoo artist, a woman called her a witch. Because of this, she never got her tattoo. Maya doesn't even think much of it.

In her school, there's a guy named Rafe. He's pretty much seen as a player. He always gets close to girls and automatically pushes them away as soon as he finds that he doesn't want them. This is how it seems from the outside, but once Maya starts actually talking to Rafe, she finds that it's much more than that. Rafe actually has some secrets of his own-secrets that actually involve Maya and her past.

Maya was a really interesting main character. I've never read a book where the main character was really interested in animals and wildlife, so I really liked her. I also liked how she always wanted to be near nature; she was very down-to-earth. Her relationship with Daniel was great. They are amazing best friends and Daniel is always there for Maya when she needs him. It's pretty clear that Daniel is still not over Serena's death from a year ago, though he still tries to stay strong for everyone else. Rafe was my favorite character because he was the most interesting. Yes, he was the bad boy of the story. He had the most mysterious past and it was great to find out what he's really like. It was a relief to find that he's not a player.

This book was great on the animal side of things. It included much about wildlife and cougars, which was enjoyable. I actually went into this book thinking that it was about werewolves, mostly because I only knew that it involved shapeshifters. I was in the mood for a werewolf book at the time when I started this, so I guess I was a bit disappointed on that front when I found that the shapeshifter part didn't actually refer to werewolves at all. I guess it kind of is cool, though it was just a let down for me because of what I thought. I guess I need to do more research before I read a book!

This book was also really slow moving. I really enjoyed it until I noticed that I was halfway through and nothing much had happened yet. I was expecting something to happen right on Maya's sixteenth birthday, like she would suddenly become a shapeshifter like in most books. I guess this is kind of unique, because she didn't. But through the entire book, Maya didn't shapeshift. I also have so many questions that weren't answered. I still don't know much about Maya's past or her ability to see what happened to injured animals.

In the end, I guess this was an okay book. I probably would've liked it more if I knew what I was getting into. If you like slower-paced books with unique shapeshifting, I definitely suggest checking this one out.

Recommended for fans of:
Paranormal Romance

Notable Quotes:

"Oh my God. You're a witch-hunter. I'm a witch. Hate to break it to you Daniel, but if you're a witch-hunter? You're doing it wrong."
He gave me a sidelong smile. "Maybe it's not that kind of hunting."
"Then you're definitely doing it wrong."


Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I also have a video review this time around! Oh gosh, that thumbnail... :/ 

My Momentous Month (June 2013)

So I actually can make a real My Momentous Month this month, as I've read more than one book!

Books Read in June 2013:
  1. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
  2. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  3. Awaken by Katy Kacvinsky
  4. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  5. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong 
  6. Slide by Jill Hathaway (Hopefully I'll finish tonight!)
Reviews Posted in May 2013:

To Be Read for June 2013:
So there are quite a few books that I've been wanting to read, though I can't guarantee that I'm going to stick to this.
  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Legend by Marie Lu (reread)
  3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (reread)
  4. Tempest by Julie Cross (reread)
  5. Variant by Robison Wells

Favorite Book of the Month:

Favorites in each genre:
Dystopian Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Paranormal The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Contemporary The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
Steampunk N/A
Historical Fiction N/A
Fantasy N/A
Science Fiction The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Favorite Cover of the Month:

Favorite Characters of the Month:
Male: Kanin from The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Female: Brie from The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Favorite Setting of the Month:
My favorite setting was probably the little town in Vancouver Island from The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong. I loved how there was a lot of wildlife and nature.

New Addition!: 
My Favorite Television Show:
I have recently been loving Teen Wolf on MTV. I watched two full seasons in two days! CRAZINESS

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GFC and Other Ways to Follow!

As many of you all know, Google is shutting down a lot starting tomorrow. I'm pretty sure that this is mostly Google Reader. I'm not positive if this truly includes GFC or not since I've heard lots of different stories, but just in case, it might be a good idea to follow through different ways if you wish to continue reading and following my blog! 

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This Week's New Releases!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (23)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

This week I got one book and it was a gift!

Interview with Emily from Emily's Crammed Bookshelf!

This week on my blogger interview series I had the pleasure of interviewing Emily from Emily's Crammed Bookshelf! Emily has been blogging since September 2011, so she's been in the blogosphere for a while now! 

  1. Hardcover or paperback?
    That's a very hard one...but I think hardcover.  They look better on your shelf, and they're more durable.

  2. Book or e-copy?
    Hands down, no questions asked, book.  I realize ebooks are going to take over in a few years, but I will always be team book.

  3. Library or book store?
    Book store!  I don't like getting books out of the library because if I end of loving a book I want to own it, and I don't usually buy books that I've already read, no matter how much I want it.  I know, it's weird.

  4. New books or used books?
    Both.  I really don't mind, as long as the used books are in very good condition.

  5. If you were in a book, which type of character would you be? (EX: hero, villain, sidekick, etc.)
    I would love to be the hero.  I want to be Yelena from Poison Study.  That girl was freaking awesome, and she's Valek's (sexy, sexy Valek) girlfriend.

  6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you?
    Sure!  I really love Jennifer Lawrence as an actress, and she kind of looks like me with black hair (well, aside from the fact that she's JENNIFER LAWRENCE and completely gorgeous...and I'm not *frowny face*) so I'd love it if she played me.

  7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
    Fantasy!  I love fantasy books, and I would love to be the kick-butt main character who can throw knives or shoot arrows or beat people in hand-to-hand combat. (cough cough KATNISS cough cough YELENA)

  8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet any why?
    I would give anything to meet Maria V. Snyder.  She is my most favorite author of all time (well, aside from J.K. Rowling.  Speaking of, I'd like to meet her too.  OKAY, BACK ON SUBJECT!) and I would love to talk to he about her books.  And fangirl over her lol.

  9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?
    Hmmm that's a hard one.  I have no idea...maybe The Girl Who Played Soccer and Read? I don't know!

  10. Which character in a novel that you've read most resembles you and why?
    Ummmm okay this is a hard one...I can vaguely remember one girl who was like me, but I can't remember her name or the book.  Dang it!  Oh well, I'll go with Rose from Vampire Academy.  We're both smart-asses.

  11. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?
    Harry Potter is the only book (or series really) that I've re-read, and I've read the first book at least 5-8 times.  But I don't plan on re-reading the series any time soon.

    You can find Emily on:

    Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Emily!

Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (276 pages)
Genre: Contemporary
Cover Review: This cover is okay. I like how it's simple.
Tagline: N/A
Series: Summer #1
Main Character: Belly Conklin or Isabel

When each summer begins, Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to Cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach house mean home away from home, but her favorite people are there: Susannah, her mother's best friend, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been chasing Conrad for as long as she can remember, and more than anything, she hopes this summer will be different. Despite distractions from a new guy named Cam and lingering looks from Conrad's brother, Jeremiah, Belly's heart belongs to Conrad. Will he offer his to her? Will this be the summer that changes everything?
Belly spends every summer in Cousins Beach at the beach house with her mom's best friend and two sons. The two boys' mother, Savannah, has had cancer in the past though she strongly fought it off. In the past, Belly has had a huge crush on one of the sons, Conrad Fisher. She's also been really close friends with Conrad's younger brother, Jeremiah Fisher. Both of the boys seem to be paying much more attention to her this summer, which greatly surprises Belly. Conrad seems to be having some anger issues though and Belly isn't sure if he likes her or not. Because of this, Belly goes to extremes and hooks up with a guy named Cameron at a bonfire. If Conrad can hook up with Red Sox girl, then Belly can hook up with Cameron. Cameron was in a Latin class that Belly was also in, and he recognized her. He even said that he only remembered Belly because he thought that she was absolutely gorgeous, which Belly finds hard to believe. I guess she's not good at taking compliments.

Anyway, both Jeremiah and Conrad almost seem jealous that Belly has a boyfriend, as they begin to pick on her and tease her like they used to when they were all younger. At the same time, it seems as if something bigger is going on that nobody is letting Belly in on. What could it be and will it tear everyone apart?

I thought this book was alright. I went into it thinking that it was going to be a really light read, which it definitely was. I was just looking for a summer read since vacation had just started. This one was a perfect choice. I absolutely loved the two brothers and their very distinct personalities. I personally liked Jeremiah a lot better than Conrad though, because Conrad really bothered me with his attitude. Jeremiah was just always so funny and happy all the time. The only reason this has 3.5 stars is because it's a contemporary and I usually don't enjoy them much. I liked this one, though I didn't love it. I found this book to be very enjoyable and I'll most likely finish this trilogy as I own the next two books already. If you're looking for a fun, summer read, then I suggest reading The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.

Recommended for fans of:
Jenny Han

Notable Quotes:

"Moments, when lost, can't be found again. They're just gone."

"Victory is a thousand times sweeter when you're the underdog."

"Sometimes it's like people are a million times more beautiful to you in your mind. It's like you see them through a special lens-but maybe if it's how you see them, that's how they really are. It's like the whole tree falling in the forest thing."


Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Trendy Taglines #3

Trendy Taglines is a meme that I came up with which features books based on their taglines-whether they be old or new. If you'd like to join in on the fun, link up below!

Alone was the only note Cade knew best. It was the root of all her chords.I've always wanted to learn how to play guitar! It seems cool because she plays guitar in a future setting. I really want to know what the rest of her chords are and what they have to do with the story, so I definitely want to read this one!

Never let them tame you.Who is "them"? I so want to know who they are! Is it another species or some type of alien? Or is it just a group of rogue humans? I MUST KNOW NOW!

High school is full of monsters.Alright, let's not get overly dramatic here. But seriously! The cover!!! I really want to read about a high school filled with zombies! 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (22) and I'm on YouTube!?

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Yes, I joined YouTube! My channel is called DownrightDystopian, so it should be pretty easy to find. I decided to try my hand at BookTubing because it seemed pretty fun. I'll be posting reviews, hauls, and maybe even a tour of my shelves! I'd greatly appreciate it if you gave my channel a visit. :)

Here's my intro video!

My channel can be found here.

What books did you get this week?

Interview with Gwen of Sittin' Under the Oak Tree

Today, I have an interview with Gwen of Sittin' Under the Oak Tree for everyone! 

1.Hardcover or paperback?
There's something about a paperback that I really enjoy. I don't imagine readers with their nice, almost new looking hardcovers, but more with their lovingly worn paperbacks. It's not that I don't like how hardcovers keep books protected. I do. I enjoy keeping my book nice and not ripped up and dogeared. I just love that image of a lovingly worn paperback. I don't think this really answered the question... Haha :)

2.Book or e-copy?
I used to think I liked actual books better, but honestly ebooks are so much more portable and I love how I can just pick up where I left off on my phone. Also ebooks are so much cheaper and I can get my book immediately instead of it having to be shipped to me. I love the smell of actual books though. There's nothing like the new smell of books.

3. Library or book store?
Library all the way. I love going to the library. It's especially useful for me because if I buy a book I will probably only read it once. Also, with libraries if you don't like a book you're reading you can just return it. With bookstores, you're stuck with it because you bought it.

4 New books or used books?
Used books. Again back to my worn look fantasy. Not to mention that used books are usually cheaper.

5. If you were in a book, which type of character would you be? (EX: hero, villain, sidekick, etc.)
Who I would be or who would I want to be? Well I would love to be the kick butt love interest who is in one word, awesome, but in reality I probably would just be the girl next door. 

6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you?Oh gosh If I was a kick butt love interest then yes I would want that book to be turned into a movie! It would be the next James Bond! Personally, I would want to play me, but if that's not an option then I think Troian Bellisario would play me.

7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
I would choose realistic fiction because the world is scary and messed up as it is so we wouldn't need supernatural things being there too. Believe me, I think it would be really cool to live in the fantasy genre, but that could really end badly...

8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet any why?
I would want to meet Shelly Crane because she's one of the only authors from which I've read multiple series and really liked all of them. And now one of her books is being made into a movie which I think is so cool!

9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?
A Foreign Experience

10. Which character in a novel that you've read most resembles you and why?
Um...that's a good question. I'm not really sure... I tend not compare myself to characters.

11. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?
One... I will read it again though! Eventually...

Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Gwen!

You can find Gwen on:
Sittin' Under the Oak Tree


Friday, June 21, 2013

Book Review: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Title: Awaken
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Publisher: Graphia
Release Date: May 23, 2011
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (320 pages)
Genre: YA Dystopian
Cover Review: I really like this cover. It's symbolic in an un-obnoxious sort of way. The flower is like the people. They are trapped, only speaking to others through electronics. It's as if each person is a flower in a glass jar.
Tagline: N/A
Awaken #1
Main Character: Madeline Freeman

Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.

Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.

In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.

Rereading Awaken was just amazing. The reader follows Maddie, the daughter of the inventor of Digital School. You see, in the world that Maddie lives in, everyone goes to Digital School, which is school through computers. There are also fake trees and grass, because they are less hard to burn. The school became digital because when Maddie was young, there was a lot of terrorism. People were actually bombing tons of schools at the same time FOR FUN. These people were mostly trying to do something about overpopulation, but there are other ways to solve that. There was also a lot of shootings happening. Since Maddie's dad didn't want her to have to live a life like this, he created Digital School, which is now a very successful school. Everyone in America goes there.

Maddie really doesn't like going to school digitally. A few years ago, she decided to do something about it by hacking into her father's computer files and sending secret locations of some of the towers to Digital School protesters. These towers were later bombed, and Maddie got in huge trouble. She's pretty much grounded though most of her protest websites and friends are completely blocked.

Maddie has been talking to Justin in chat rooms ever since they both needed essay help. One day, Justin suggests that Maddie come to one of his study groups so that they can finally meet face to face. Maddie is a bit unsure about this, but there is some part of her that wants more to life than just electronics, so she decides to go. After meeting Justin, she's intrigued. Maddie wants to know more about his life and what he does, especially after she gets taken on one of Justin's missions. See, the thing is, Justin is the son of the protesters that Maddie gave the tower files to way back when. Justin's a protester and he wants to get Maddie on his side, though more ensues than just this. Throughout the novel, Justin shows Maddie the true meaning of life and that humans were created to enjoy everything, not to stare at screens all day.

Maddie's character development was major. She starts out as a girl against Digital School though still trapped within a cage, though she later really wants to do something about her thoughts and what she believes. Justin encourages this greatly, as he says that she was given opinions for a reason.

For some reason, even though I read this book a year ago, I still remembered Justin. I guess he really left an impact on me. Some of the things he says are just great life lessons. He also stands for some great symbols such as freedom and human rights. It's great that he wasn't corrupted like the rest of the world was by Digital School.

Claire ended up being one of Maddie's best friends in the end. I thought that it was cool that she finally started relating to people in real life and one of the people was Claire. It was fun reading about how they talked about boys and stuff, knowing that Maddie probably hadn't done that before.

Awaken is really a life-changing book. What if the world does come to this? I mean, it could happen. This is one of few dystopian books that I could say that about. Already tons of colleges are being moved online. I bet that there are other schools online too. Who's to say this couldn't happen? One thing I'd really like to emphasize on is Katie Kacvinsky's writing. She writes so beautifully and it's kind of melodic. Her writing just flows so nicely. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up Middle Ground next time I go to the store. I'd definitely suggest picking this book up because it's really an eye-opener!

Recommended for fans of:
Kiersten White

Notable Quotes:

"Some people try to tell you the things you want in life are out of your grasp, while others life you up on their shoulders and help you reach them. I may not know a lot, but I prefer to fill my life with people who let me climb on top of their shoulders, not people who try to keep me planted on the ground."
"Life should be a risk. It's more than a straight line that you can see clearly from one point to the other. It dips and curves and you never know what's around the bend sometimes until you get there. That scares a lot of people. But that's the beauty of it."

"You can't stop people from being human. We're creative, we're social. People are like water. If you try to contain them, they find a way to break free."

"Because someday, when your life slows down, you're going to look at all the great things you've done and the people you've touched and you might go down as a hero. But no one would have ever wanted your life. Because you'll be alone."

"Sometimes you need to get lost in order to discover anything."


Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

New YouTube Channel with My Friend!

Our Intro Video
A while ago, my friend and I decided to start a YouTube channel just for fun, and we finally uploaded our video yesterday! We called our video channel the Better Babbling Broadcast, mostly because we like to talk. You don't have to check out the channel or subscribe/like if you don't want to, though we'd definitely appreciate it if you checked it out sometime. We know that the quality isn't the best, though we're going to work on it. Plus, we filmed our first video at night, which probably wasn't the best. We're hoping to get better as we continue on with this experience, so bear with us. :)

YouTube channel:
Our Twitter:

Here's our first video!

Thank you so much. :)

Trendy Taglines #2

Trendy Taglines is a meme that I came up with which features books based on their taglines-whether they be old or new. If you'd like to join in on the fun, link up below!

There are no accidents
This just completely draws me in because I'd like to know more about the accidents. I like reading about worlds that believe perfection is key, such as Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. The cover of this one is just extraordinary as well. Just look at it! It's my favorite cover color!

 My heart stopped. My life started. I really want to check this one out because the tagline is redundant in itself. Life can't start if your heart stops. I just want to find out what happened to cause this! 

The end of everything is filled with beginnings. This is completely true, though I'm wondering how this has to do with the end of the world! Is this saying that the world ends but life continues? I just want to know! 

What are some of your favorite taglines that draw you in? If you'd like to join in on this meme, just leave your link below and link to me in your post! You can take the picture as well if you'd like. :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Waiting on The Living by Matt de la Pena!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly waiting for.

Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two—every cruise has different passengers, after all.
But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy's only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed.
The earthquake is only the first disaster. Suddenly it's a fight to survive for those left living.

The Living will be released on November 12, 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Update on 2013 Book Blogging Goals

In the beginning of the year, I made some goals to reach by the end of the year. I totally forgot about them! I actually found them while I was looking through some of my old posts for fun. Once I found the post, I decided to try and see how much I've accomplished. Trust me, it isn't much.

  1. Either continue or finish series.  I actually only finished two series so far this year, though they both had great endings. I finished the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater and the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie. 
  2. Reach twice as many followers as I have now by the end of the year. (600!) I've actually accomplished 26% of this. I only say that because I am pretty sure I set this as a GFC goal.
  3. Finish at least 108 books, if not more. I'm actually 12 books behind on my Goodreads challenge, mostly because I've been so busy. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to overcome the challenge during the summer, and hopefully I'll get ahead.
  4. Read more books that are movies or soon-to-be movies. This one I actually did! I read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl as well as Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I also saw both of those movies as well as the Perks of Being a Wallflower movie and The Host movie.
  5. Finish at least 3/4 of the books on my shelf that I haven't read. Yeah, I'm not quite sure why I set this as a challenge. Definitely not going to achieve this one...
  6. Read at least 15 contemporaries. I've actually only read 5 this year: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, and Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott.
  7. Read more John Green. I've actually only read one John Green book this year and it was Looking for Alaska. 
  8. Read more Jennifer L. Armentrout. This one hasn't happened yet.
  9. Read all of the books released by Cassandra Clare. I did start reading City of Bones again because I want to reread it before the movie, though I kind of forgot about it and read other books. So I've gotta pick this one up again. Hopefully I'll get caught up over the summer!
  10. Review at least 75 dystopian books. I'm pretty confident in this one actually. I may have only reviewed 19 dystopians so far this year, though I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get more in no time.
What were your blogging goals? How are you doing on them? 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Book Review: Discordia: The Eleventh Dimension by Dena K. Salmon

Title: Discordia: The Eleventh Dimension
Author: Dena K. Salmon
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: April 14, 2009
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (240 pages)
Genre: Science Fiction
Cover Review: This cover is bland, yeah, but I do like the font used for the title.
Tagline: N/A
Series: Discordia #1
Main Character: Lance

For Lance (level 19 zombie sorcerer), and his friend, MrsKeller (level 23 hobgoblin brigand), life's a battle, and then you die. And then you rez. And then you battle again. At least that's how it is in Discordia, the addictive online game that makes real life seem dreary in comparison.
At his new school, Lance feels weird and out of place, but in beautiful and complex Discordia, his zombie sorcerer is doing great: leveling fast, learning new skills, and making friends. He's even met a level 60 toon, TheGreatOne, who has recruited him and MrsKeller into his guild: Awoken Myths.
Lance wishes he could spend all his time in the game until TheGreatOne transports Lance and MrsKeller to the real Discordia, the perilous world in the eleventh dimension which inspired the game. Before they're allowed to leave, they must complete a high-level quest that may determine Discordia's survival for Lance's, too. If they don't get out soon, Lance could permanently mutate into the character he plays in the game: a zombie. The friends accept TheGreatOne's quest and meet Rayva, a runaway who may have been lured into Discordia against her will. The three make their way through a country on the brink of war, fighting monsters, traitors and spies yet their greatest danger may be Lance himself.

Lance, a zombie sorcerer, is always playing in the virtual world Discordia with his virtual friend MrsKeller. In this world, there are two sides: the zombies and the normal humans. The zombies can gain strength by eating others. Of course, Lance chooses to be a zombie. He takes the world and game playing so seriously. One day, he actually ends up being sucked into the real Discordia along with his virtual friend MrsKeller. You'd think the oddest thing is that MrsKeller is actually a guy, though it's not. Lance is convinced that he's actually turning into a zombie, just like TheGreatOne, the guy who pulled him into the real Discordia.

Together, MrsKeller and Lance travel and try to escape this world of Discordia. Will they ever make it back to the real world?

This book was very unique; I'll definitely give it that. I'm a huge fan of anything video game related, because I find the whole idea of a virtual reality really intriguing. Hey, it is the 21st Century. I've actually never heard of this book before. I picked it up at a library book sale and I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis. I'm glad that I actually bought it.

The characters were pretty cool. I really liked MrsKeller because he knew so much about the world. You could definitely tell that he was serious about his gaming. I also found it really cool that they found another person, Rayva, who might've possibly been originally from the normal world. The only thing is, she's been in the world for so long that she probably forgot about where she actually came from. She's been living like a peasant for as long as she can remember.

Another really interesting thing about this book was the gamer's manual. The manual for the Discordia game was actually in the beginning of the book, so it felt as if you were actually playing the game. It was really cool and I'd definitely play a virtual reality game like Discordia if there was one. I'd definitely suggest this book if you're looking for a fast-paced read that has to do with video games. It would make a great pleasure read!

Recommended for fans of:
Rush by Eve Silver
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde


Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Why blog about books?

This week on Downright Discussions I decided to talk about book blogging. I mean, it seems like a pretty appropriate topic and all..

Book blogging is a great way to share the love of books. It's also a great way for readers to find and recommend books to one another.

I actually joined book blogging after my obsession with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. As soon as  I read the book, I went online and found out that there was an entire genre dedicated to books like The Hunger Games. This genre was called dystopian. Since then, I've been obsessed with futuristic books. Will this ever get old for me? I really hope not, because I love reading books about what could possibly come in the future, though I highly doubt that any of the stuff I read about could ever happen. But hey, you never know. The book world might be pretty prepared for any type of apocalypse!

Blogging about books is also a great way to meet new readers that love the same kind of books that you do. It's always a great feeling to talk about favorite books with other people that actually understand what you're talking about. That's why I love book blogging. It's also fun to meet authors and actually work with publishing houses. It's really cool to think of some of the things that book bloggers can do.

What's your favorite thing about book blogging? Why do you blog about books?