book review: the astrologer’s daughter

The Astrologer's DaughterThe Astrologer’s Daughter by Rebecca Lim
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars. I really loved this book. Avicenna was a fantastic narrator, and I loved all of the charts that were actually illustrated throughout the story. It was well written, intriguing, and not the typical young adult love story. So far I’ve found that many of the Australian books I’ve read have been unique, and full of beautiful prose and believable characters, and this one was no different. I would highly recommend checking this out, and if you’re not hooked from the start, it probably isn’t for you. The only reason I wouldn’t give it five stars is that parts of the story remain ambiguous, even after the end. However, I felt that it echoed Avicenna’s resolve not to reads her own chart, and to let things unfold in whatever surprising ways they may.

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under the dome: thoughts so far

At almost exactly halfway through Stephen King’s massive Under the Dome, I have a few observations to make so far.

  • apparently when they decided to make this book into a TV series (I started watching this before getting into the book) the only things they decided to keep from the book were: some characters’ names, and the dome. Seriously people, a ton of the TV show characters were already DEAD within the first 100 pages of this book. What the? 
  • but, I am really enjoying the way the book’s unfolding. It’s nice to be surprised, and not just “oh yeah, I remember this from the TV show” while reading.
  • there are some GROSS descriptions. Am I surprised? No. It’s Stephen King. I wasn’t expecting lovely descriptions of the smell of freshly baked cookies. But still – the guy can be GROSS. Especially in describing dead bodies, and the odors thereof.
  • so far, even at the halfway mark, there is no indication of  what caused the mysterious dome. Will we ever find out? I’m not sure if I’d like an ambiguous ending, but I’ll have to wait and find out.
  • BIG JIM is pretty much exactly the same as in the show. They actually cast that guy really well, I feel. 
  • pink stars ARE falling in lines. That is all. (haha)

Wish me luck finishing this by Friday, which is when I have to return the book to the library, unless I’m able to renew it for another few weeks. I’m 3 books behind my Goodreads reading goal for the year, and I blame this book being so long!! 

A-Z Reading Challenge >> Progress so far

One of the groups I belong to on Goodreads has a reading challenge called the A-Z Challenge. You have to read a book that has a word starting with every letter in the alphabet within one year.

I started in January, and so far I’ve got 22/26 complete!! The bad news is that for a few of the letters I have left, like X and Z, I don’t have anything pending on my to-read list to use.

Below are the letters I’ve completed so far, along with the ones I still have left. If you have any recommendations for the letters I don’t have filled in, feel free to share them!

A\ The Alchemist and The Angel
B\ The Body Finder
C\ The Cydonian Pyramid
D\ Delirium
E\ Eve & Adam
F\ The Fault in our Stars
G\ Gone Girl
H\ Hourglass
I\ The Iron Butterfly
K\ Knife
L\ Living the Good Life
M\ Mind Games
N\ Nieve
O\ One Day
P\ Pandemonium
Q\ Quicksilver
R\ Requiem
S\ Surrender
T\ Tell The Wolves I’m Home
U\ Unnatural Creatures
V\ The Vanishing Act
W\ Wake
Y\ The Truth About You & Me

Tell the Wolves I'm Home The Alchemist and the Angel Eve and Adam Wake (Watersong #1) Living the Good Life  Your Guide to Health and Success The Fault in Our Stars The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1) Delirium (Delirium, #1) Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) Hourglass (Hourglass, #1) Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame, #1)The Cydonian Pyramid (The Klaatu Diskos, #2) Gone Girl Mind Games (Mind Games, #1) The Iron Butterfly (Iron Butterfly, #1) Requiem (Delirium, #3) Unnatural Creatures The Truth About You and Me The Vanishing Act Quicksilver (Ultraviolet, #2) Nieve

book review: revel

RevelRevel by Maurissa Guibord

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

3.5 stars for the sea monsters!

This book was unexpected in many ways. The beautiful watery cover and cheesy back cover blurb warning of the dangers of Trespass Island didn’t prepare me for what I found in this book: a creepy adventure with sea monsters galore!

When Delia attempts to leave home in search of the grandmother she’s never met, she doesn’t expect Trespass Island. First of all, it’s not on any maps or ferry routes. When she finally arrives, she’s met with Wicker Man-like creepy natives, warning her: “we don’t have visitors on the island”. The first mention of something dangerous and not-quite-right quickly hinted to me that this wasn’t going to be the mermaid book I was sort of expecting. With interest, I discovered that the dangers of Trespass Island lay in the age-old pact the islanders had with the First Ones, descendants of Poseidon and the like.

Delia is then thrown into the islanders’ secluded lifestyle, and she slowly comes to discover the truth about the First Ones. There is, of course, a sort of love-triangle, or at least two possible love interests for Delia. I have to admit- I’m all about Jax all the way. Human-like sea god, with gills and all- I still found him infinitely more interesting than the other boy, who made such a little impression on me that I can’t remember his name. (Sean?)

The surprising truth about the Revel ‘festival’ is also slowly revealed, and then the book quickly spirals into some battles, a kidnapping, another battle, and some intrigue. The ending felt a bit abrupt to me, and I see there’s no mention of a sequel, which I find a bit puzzling. Certain interesting developments don’t occur until almost the very end of the book, and I was expecting a “to be continued” or something, hinting that we’d get more information in a forthcoming sequel. As is, the story kept me interested, and made me much less likely to swim in any open water in the near future! It wasn’t amazing by any means, but it’s a fairly enjoyable summer-ish read.

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