The books Alloria has read.
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70 Books in 2014
1st = 1,7,free,18,24
2nd = 4,9,13,18,23
3rd = YA 2,7,12,16,21
4th = YA 1,2,3,4,5
5th = 1,6,11,15,20 AND 6,7,8,9,10
6th = YA 3,8,free,17,22
7th = YA 11,12,free,13,14
8th = YA 20,21,22,23,24
9th = YA 1,7,free,18,24
It's nice to go back to an old classic. :) I really liked this one because I get a kick out of people playing with words to give them new meaning. Though, for some reason I'm not very fond of puns...
I only realized halfway through the book that author, Tamora Pierce, was writing the story of the daughter of her previous character. Oh well. I was able to understand it anyway. It's about the daughter of a famous warrior and a master spy who gets captured and turned into slave. She then makes a deal with the Trickster God that she can keep two princess alive during the summer, and then at autumn he'll take her home. It's one of those books I wasn't quite enjoying until a particular character is introduced.
I enjoyed it, though the love triangle was slightly harder to read, and there is a sequel so I don't know who she'll end up with. Don't we all love love triangles. I don't really see why everyone insists on putting them in their books.
Yay a book about a princess! Strangely enough, I've only recently starting liking princess. When I was younger they weren't as exciting as they are now...
Anyway, it was a cute book, but very predictable.
A 12 dancing princess book. I liked the fact it gave a reason as to why the queen had 12 girls, which I always found a bit of a stretch (though not impossible). Other then that it followed the fairy tale pretty well (not that I know a great deal about the fairy tale). I wasn't impressed by the heroine, who was never shown doing anything. Just being sick or moping. Not that she could do much, but its annoying. The guy was cool though.
This book is so short I'm doubtful it's 50,000 words. Oh well. So far the Survivors is my favorite of Erin Hunter's series, mainly because you can believe the dogs are dogs. Intelligent, human like dogs, but dogs none the less. Still, Lucky spent a majority of the book feeling guilty and conflicted and that got rather old quickly. Hopefully the next book will be more interesting.
A good regency romance, where the hero is a dandy. I really like him anyway :) Plus, he gets to punch a real jerk in the face, so what more can you want?
The third survivors book. As I expected, I enjoyed this one more then the second. I guess I prefer reading about people doubting peoples loyalty rather then someone feeling guilty, though both can get old after awhile. Not much else to say though. The Survivor books are much shorter then both the Warriors and the Seeker books.
The fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riodan. Rick Riodan tends to have this thing where one of the characters has a fear of something, or suspects they're going to face this great beast of doom or something, and then doesn't tell anyone else (or the reader for that matter) what it is, or even that its coming. Fortuantly, this book didn't have that problem as much.
I really liked the book, though my favorite part is defiantly finding out
I also liked that Leo finally got a girl. Sort of. There are complications with him falling in love with Calypso, especially since he left that little island of hers. I think it'll turn out alright, considering Rick Riordan's other books, but I could be wrong...
This book also gave me my first bingo, so all the better!
The third book of the Lunar Chronicals. I have to admit, I'm a little surprised at how much I'm enjoying this series. I usually prefer fantasy to science fiction, but I think this series does a good job at making the world feel believable. Well, except the politics. I don't really think Earth will ever devide into six nations. America has enough troubles being as big as it is. Also, the Lunars aren't that realistic. If the author just said they were a magical alien race who lives on the moon, I would have an easier time believing it, but the author said that the Lunars were once people from the earth who have changed (either by genetic egineering or just by being on the moon, I forget) and now they can control 'bioelectricity'. Right. From day one I've always considered the Lunars magical Space Fairies because they have the exact same abilities and motifs as the old fashioned fairies. You know the fairies that used to dance in moonlight, luring mortals to their realm and are forced to stay when they eat their food? Those fairies. Other then that I think the world is pretty realistic.
Anyway, I figured out that Cress, the introduced heroine of this book, would end up with Captain Thorne before I picked up the book. I was right. I was also pretty happy that the author kept the original fairytale and made
It's a third book of a quartet, so of course things don't end on the most chiper of endings, though at the moment I feel most sorry for Wolf
Now I get to wait another year for the next book to come out. Yay.
This is a manga series, and my mom (LShelby for those who are interested) has been putting each book in seperatly, but I thought that was kind of cheating because it takes like... thirty minuets to read one manga, and half of that is looking at the pretty pictures. So I decided I would wait until I finished the whole series then put in. Turns out our library doesn't have the whole series, but I read all it had, so that should count.
I did add a Manga count to my collection of "sub-goals" so that I could keep track of how many of my books read were actually only manga, though. Because they really don't feel like a "whole book" to me either.
I count my manga books individually, because I rarely binge on any one series. Even when they're short, I'll read other stuff between each issue. Hm, haven't read any manga this year yet!
This might actually be my favorite regency romance I've read to date. That's not saying much seeing as I've only read about five. Still, I found the whole beginning one of the most hilarious things in the world. The guy marries the heroine, and why? Because he got so mad at his uncle because some other girl refused him and the uncle was happy about it so he declared in the heat of anger 'I'm going to go out and marry the first girl I see!' and then proceeds to do so.
I wouldn't be surprised that if some of the book's charm comes with the hero and heroine actually being married. What can I say? I really like married couples. That said the book did get a little long and by the end I was a little 'Ugh why can't I finish this so I can do something productable like homework?' Still, I found the book amusing and I really liked Gil and Ferdy. Even George contrived to amuse me at times, though he exasperated me quite a bit.
It was a book that my friend told me that I 'must read' and so I read it. I've been interested in it for awhile because I read the first two mangas. I think it works very well in a manga format.
On the whole, I don't have to much opinions on it. They say Fang doesn't talk much, but he didn't seem that anti-talk to me. Still, he and Iggy are my favorite characters. It was obviously an earlier book. Things often very conveniently happened when the plot needed them to. And I don't really think you can hide thirteen foot span wings underneath a windbreaker. Sorry. Even folded up really tightly. Still it contrived to amuse me enough that I will get the next one.
I read this book several years ago and really loved it. I had actually read the sequel, Year of the Griffin, before and then I read the first one and suddenly the sequel made a whole lot more sense, though I haven't read the sequel since then, which I will shortly remedy...
Anyway, the book is based around the idea that this evil dude turns this magical world in a dangerous theme park by taking them on a 'tour' around a fantasy world where they get captured by pirates, elfs, and other misfortunes, run into evil sorceress and bandits, participate in battles, and finally defeat the evil dark lord. I appreciate hearing how people have to run around to make all these things happen and seeing how all the different things can go wrong, because I've seen my Mom run things, and have helped make things like that happen (though not to that scale) and I always found it fascinating how much works goes into making things appear to go smoothly, and no one really knows the panic that's going on behind stage.
As promised I read it. As I thought, it made a lot more sense after I read the first one. I really enjoyed the book (though I preferred the first book) and it was nice to see how all the old characters were doing, but it suffers a slight case of of Fruits Basket Syndrome.
Fruits Basket Syndrome is when you pair up everyone with someone. It comes from a manga I read, called Fruits Basket, and in this manga had a lot of people and most of them got paired up with someone. I think if I rack my brains hard enough and include nameless classmates I can come up with over five people who doesn't end up with someone. I've never ran into any other series quite as bad as Fruits Basket at doing that. Not that I object to people pairing everyone off. I often say 'that guy needs a girl' or such like when I think a character is awesome. I just think Fruits Basket was a little extreme, which is why I named that particular trend after it.
Not much to say about that. Main character is a little bit of a Mary Sue. I'm almost getting as frustrated her about not having a clue of what's going on. The improbability rate is still very high. I found this one a little less amusing for some reason. I wish I found this four years ago, because I wouldn't have noticed the problems I'm noticing now back then and would have enjoyed a lot more then I am now.
20. The Immortal LIfe of Henrietta Lacks
A book I had to read for english. It was non-fiction. I will be writing a morale essay on it soon. It is a book that could have a morale essay written on. I'm usually not very fond of those kinds of books but I'm getting the feeling my english teacher really likes them...
Not only am I not the most excited about human interest stories, but it delved into the realm of science a lot too. Sometimes it would interest me (like when they were talking about how they needed the spinny doo-dad to culture cells) most of the time I was bored with those bits. I don't really care for big science words. Also some of the details (especially the ones about Henrietta's cancer) got very in depth and made me very squeamish.
But if you like all that stuff it's a good book. And it does give credit to a women who deserves credit in the scientific world. Henrietta Lack's cancer cells were the first immortal line of cells and contributed a lot to the scientific world.
It is a second book and like the first one it is still funny and tries to convince you of the silliest of things. You can not read this book and take it seriously. Especially since Alcatraz takes the time to interrupt his story at the beginning of each chapter to talk about something. He did this at beginning of the first place, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians but in this book it felt slightly more forced. Still, the book is extremely funny.
Max earned the stupid heroine in this book (not a super stupid, just a simple 'stupid'), but I still liked it better the second one. Second books tend to suffer from that, though this isn't a trilogy so I wasn't expecting it.
I enjoyed it, especially learning about the hill people culture, and land. The romance was cute as well. I enjoyed how even tempered the heroine was. She handled being kidnapped extremely well.
The sequel to Thirteenth Child, and it suffers from Second Book Syndrome. I don't know why, but the second book in the series tends to not be as good. This whole series is a rather slow paced series which bothers my sister, but I didn't mind it in this series that much. The second book is especially slow until they discover the stone statues about halfway through the book. The main character also gets a lot of dreams, and I've read the entire series twice already, and I still don't really get the point of the dreams.
Usually my favorite things about books are particular characters, but in this series I really love the world, which is basically the united states a little after the civil war except with magic.
I read this out loud to my little sister, so it took me awhile to finish it. I actually started it sometime last year.
A retelling of Beauty and the Beast that involves some greek mythology and the beast is a Demon Prince or something such like. The beginning got on my nerves, but I could tell that it could get better and so I stuck it out. It did get better, first when she arrived at the magic house, and then a little more when she decided she no longer wanted to be the hate filled envious person. There was far more kissing and stuff like that then I would like, but the rest of the book interested me. In general I liked it, but not something I'll likely re-read. Not anytime soon at least.
A princess gets bored of princess life and runs away and volunteers to work for a dragon.
28. Searching for Dragons
When the King of the Enchanted forrest finds bits of his forrest burned away, he goes off to the King of Dragons to find out why.
29. Calling on Dragons
The witch Morwen finds an oversized rabbit in her garden, and stuff happens.
30. Talking with Dragons
After his mother melts a wizard, she sends Daystar out into the Enchanted Forrest to find out what he is supposed to be doing.
The Enchanted Forrest Chronicles! One of my favorite series, which made it odd when I realized that all four of them were published before I was even born. Oh well. It's a fun series that's really funny and I recommend it for all fantasy fans out there.
Okay, so I was quite surprised when I actually started enjoying this book right off. The past few books books I tried previously hadn't been going so well. The last book I tried I disliked in the first chapter, the one before that I decided a book where I didn't really have an opinion on it either way at 150 pages (I was about halfway through it) probably wasn't worth finishing, and the one before that was a beauty and the beast retelling where I didn't think the guy deserved to be turned into a beast so I didn't get far in that one either. So I was pleasantly surprised when I enjoyed this one.
I did have minor problems with it, though. I'll start with this one. I read in the cover that a southern girl named Violet would fall in love with a Union soldier (this book took place during the civil war) named Thomas. Said Thomas does not appear until halfway through the book. There was plenty of other stuff to keep me interested in the meantime, so I wasn't greatly troubled with it, but since it advertised a romance in there I did feel a little miffed. And when he appear he didn't do much. Not that I blame him for this! He was fairly badly wounded and did a rather lot for someone who had his hip blown off.
My other problem with it is has two completely different plot lines, and neither one of them has any relation to each other. But that too wasn't a major problem. It just would have been cool if they had something more to tie them together.
Other then that, great book. I recommend it to anyone who likes happy endings. If you are one of those people who like depressing books with angst and dreary endings, it's probably not for you.
It read very much like a movie, and was pretty predictable. I was a little annoyed with the how they explained the 'Amusments' (automens, and other gadgets and suchlike). 'They're these super awesome cool gizmos that work with gears and such like and way before the times because these group of elites people made them for their amusement!'
It also bugged me a little about how much they talk about the main character, Meg's, 'morale character' and how so many people doubted it. It was a bigger deal back then (don't ask me what time period it takes place in, I'm really bad at that sort of thing. Sometime in the 1800s) but it really felt like to me that the author did 'Oh, it was a bigger deal back then' and made it a bigger deal then felt realistic to me. Also
It had it's cute bits. I'm not jumping up and down about it, but not throwing it at the nearest wall either.
In an alternative version of our world in the year 1889, London has gone steampunk because electricity is illegal. Don't ask me how or why electricity is illegal, it didn't make much sense to me. In this steampunk london we have our two heroines, Mina Holmes, Sherlock's niece, and Evaline Stoker, Bram's (the author of dracula) sister. Mina has deductions skills just like her father and uncle, and Evaline is a vampire hunter. They get hired by Irene Adler to investigate some murders, and a disappearance, of some high class teenage girls. They have to learn to work together, solve the mystery, and end up falling for some guys as well. Yay!
Despite my slightly sarcastic tone, I actually did enjoy this book. Unfortunately it didn't really have an ending, so I'm annoyed at it. As far as I can there are more books to the series, but that doesn't give it an excuse not to have an ending. It answered none of the questions, explained nothing, and none of them really ended up with any guy (though Evaline is farther then Mina, probably because Mina seems to have gotten herself in a love triangle where both sides are going slowly, and Evaline only has one). Sure, they freed the girls, but that was practically the only thing they accomplished besides not dying. Though not dying is a worthy accomplishment.
Well, I thought there was going to be more on the secret crushes part, but those were just drama fodder and the guys in question didn't really appear until last fifty pages or so. Basically it was a little fluffy thing about normal thirteen year old girls having normal thirteen year old girl problems. Which is not what I usually want to read about, since I go through those problems (I actually went through several of the problems the girls had) and so I'm not completely sure why I finished the book. But I did.
It was cute, and silly, and I enjoyed it. I kind of knew it would be before I started the book, because the black declared that she saved the President of the United States. Any story where that happens, has to be a little silly. I rolled my eyes a little at the main character, but by the end of book I was alright with her.
It wasn't bad. I'll pick up the second book if I find it, but I'm not tearing my eyes out to get the next one.
A dis-utopia book. I haven't read very many, but it felt a lot like the other ones I've read (the first two books of the Divergent series and the Giver). The societies, while different, all feel the same. The plots defiantly feel the same. Still, if you like dis-utiopia books this was a really good book. It talked about loosing and limiting the Arts more then the Giver and the Divergent series, which I appreciated.
Katie is happy with her life. She lives in New York City, she has her best-friend her sister, and she gets to practice ballet all the time so that one day she might be a famous ballerina.
Then she moves upstate.
Katie is devastated. Her sister... less so. Her sister quickly makes friends with the 'popular' people and changes while Katie is hating the move and everything that goes along with it and a rift forms between the two sisters.
The book is about Katie's relationship with her sister, and her getting used to living in the country. It's a sister friendship book, so that's what the book focus on. Unfortunately, that was the part of the book that annoyed me, because I thought the older sister was being stupid with what she considered her new found freedom. And the parts I did like about it (Katie's new best-friend Autumn and Autumn's older brother Jasper) were shoved to the side and not focused on as much. Still, I found parts of it amusing and it was the sort of thing I was looking for.
40. Being Nikki
Em Watts is a typical geeky girl with an enormous crush on best friend, Christopher. Then one day, while she's accompanying her sister to get a CD signed by Gabriel Luna (a famous singer), she gets crushed by a plasma screen that was shot a protester. This is not a spoiler because this happens in the first fourth of the first book. She wakes up to discover that her brain has been moved into the ultra famous super model Nikki Howard, who happened to very coincidentally have her brain die at exactly the same time! Now she's has to be a super model for the
In general the series was cute. Though a little weird, with the whole brain transplant thing. Still, cute and amusing which seems to be what I've been craving recently, if the books I've been trying are anything to go by. It did suffer from Fruits Basket Syndrome (see post 31 for description of Fruits Basket Syndrome), and while I was good with several of the couples, I did scratch my head at a couple. Mainly
It's a hodge-podge of fairytales mixed together. The main three it draws from is Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, and the Frog Prince, though it references about a bazillion. Usually I like that sort of thing, but several of the references felt a little forced. Still I enjoyed it. Or rather, I enjoyed the Prince's two best friends, his half-fae cousin Velius and the guard Erik. They were hilarious. The prince too could be quite funny, when he was talking to someone. When he was on his own he would moon over his true love, Sunday, or he would be fearing whispers in the night. If there are sequels I would pick them up just for Velius and Erik. After all, it's the authors first novel so the things that it bothered me (it was a little confusing and choppy and the references felt forced) will get better with experience.
I was extremely surprised that the Love Triangle actually had plot importance besides dramatic tension. Because that is one reason I don't like Love Triangles. I feel sorry for the loser, and most of the time I feel as if it isn't necessary.
Cute. Not my favorite of Meg Cabot's. I could relate to the main character on the whole being tired of being nice to everyone. The big difference is everyone likes her, and I'm not so sure everyone likes me.
One of my favorite of Janette Rallison books. It's a light romantic comedy involving dumping normal people into fairytales. It even gave some explanation to Rumpeltsiltskin's story, which really doesn't make any sense. I enjoy it a lot.
So there is a fairy tale amusement park which is run by a bunch of volunteers who are there to help kids have fun and have a chance to win a whole lot of money! Zoe comes with her best friend (her name is escaping me) and has a very eventful summer.
I wasn't surprised about the ending but only because I could tell it was a book with a happy ending. I did not predict everything in the book, which I always appreciate. It was cute. I really like this one.
Hilarious little tale about a simple dog, an over-imaginative cat, and a vampiric bunny.
When Sarah's grandmother dies Sarah and her brother Sammy and her mother stay in the family home, Amber House, while her mother gets it ready to sell. The Amber House is ancient, and in it time can get a little skewed...
It defiantly had more substance then a lot of the books I've been reading recently, which is what I was really going for. The ending felt slightly rushed to me, and while I enjoyed the book I wasn't really sure I wanted to read the sequel. This was mainly because I felt the book had a good ending, though looking back at it I can see where some of the loose ends are.
A indian (someone from India) dancer gets into an accident and she was to rework her way through dance with a prothetic leg. It was very inspirational, and I did enjoy the book, but it was written almost like it was a poem. Except it was a poem with no rhyming or meter pattern or anything. It kind of annoyed me a little.
Nefertiti is forced into an engagement with her cousin, the Pharoh's son Thutmose. So now she lives at Thebes wrestling with a paranoid aunt/High Wife/Queen of Egypt and boredom. It's actually better then how I just described it. The way they talked about gods and religion felt well done.
One of my favorite books ever. Witty, and smart with fun characters and interesting plot. The movie is also very good, but they're aren't very similar to each other. And I'm perfectly fine with that.
I enjoyed it, but he ending was very predictable. Could see it coming from half way through book one. Well except for
I probably should have read this book long ago, but I never did. I think I watched some snippets from the movie and didn't like it that much, so I never had any desire to read the book. Which would be rather silly off me. I really liked it. It made several Cinderella things make sense.
I know I read this sometime this year, but I guess I forgot to count it... very predictable, but cute.
It has traditional fairies! Yay! You know the kind, that don't like iron and capture humans in an eternal circle of dancing. And it takes place during the dust bowl. I liked it.