Racing In The Rain: Review

Monday, February 25, 2013
Hey Everybody! (You'll get the joke if you watch The Simpsons, which you totally should. Like seriously.)

So, as promised I am posting my Racing In The Rain review!

So, here it is! (Warning: This review may contain spoilers!)



Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein

Rating:** stars

Initial reaction after finishing this book:


I really wanted to love this book. Really. But I just couldn't. And I can't possibly imagine why! Not because it was mind-numbingly boring, depressing, and had a terrible almost-ending, right? Don't get me started. I'm just going to vent review this book now.

The Good:

1. The POV (Point of View)
This book was from the point of view of a dog, which was pretty damn cool. I mean, it has been done before such as in A dog's life by Ann M. Martin, but I just liked how the book makes you think that you are all alone when you say things, but your dog is there too. And um, he's alive. But I guess it doesn't matter because they can't talk anyway, which the main character Enzo totally complains about the entire book. But yeah, it's a nice change from hearing what a human has to think all the time. :)

2. The Characters
All the characters in this book were lovable (or hateable), so that was good. Enzo was so cute, and it makes me wish I had a dog even more. :(. Denny, Enzo's owner, was pretty awesome, especially the fact that he never gave up when times got hard, and Eve his wife, was a wonderful woman who truly loves people and animals with all her heart. And Zoe, well I wish they talked about her a little bit more, but she was still a sweet little girl. And "The Twins" AKA Eve's parents. They were terrible! I wanted to punch them. Like seriously, suing Denny so they can get custody of Zoe, and lying about him being neglectful? Not cool.


The Bad:

1. The Plot.
The plot kind of sucked. It was boring, moved as slowly as molasses, and lacked action. I was bored to death throughout the majority of this book. It's just Enzo talking about his background and everyday life for most of this book, and even when the plot changed, I was like:

And it was just really annoying. If you like racing, you might like this book because that's what it talks about a lot. And I don't care about racing. So yeah.

2. The Mood.
The mood throughout this book was all bleak, with Enzo all like, "I wish I was human! My life SUCKS because I'm not human, blah, blah, blah." And most of the book was depressing with people dying, getting sued, and jerks galore. It was like., LIGHTEN UP. Seriously. Dude. Stop. You're bringing me

D
O
W
N
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3. The Almost ending.
Throughout this book, Enzo keeps talking about some documentary he saw that says in Mongolia it is believed that a dog becomes a human after they die, if they're ready. So this whole book, Enzo is basically waiting to...um...die. Wow. Depressing much? But anyway, the ending when he dies? I HATED it, because I love dogs, and cannot STAND them dying. But the actual ending is cute, which I will leave you wondering about.

So all in all, this books bad factors outweighed the good, so it got 2 stars. I didn't hate the book, it just wasn't my style. So, the big question:

To Read Or Not To Read?

If you like dogs and racing, then READ!

If you like one or neither, DON'T READ!

If you don't care and just want to give the book a try, then READ!

That's my review! Hope you enjoyed it!

In other news, I have finished Where'd You Go, Bernadette, and it was amazing, so I have to post a review for that, Invasion Of the Boy Snatchers (also have to post an intro for that), and I have to post an intro for the new book I'm reading, which is the sequel to Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Pretties!

I would post some of this now, but I'm tired and having a headache and just want to go to bed, so it will come later.

Bye! :)

Ketchup!!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Hi!

Just wanted you to know right off the bat, that whilst I do love ketchup, (Boo you mayo and mustard!) That is not what this post is about, so if you stumbled upon this blog looking for a ketchup lovers blog sorry, wrong place. I wrote that title because you and I need to CATCH UP on what I've been reading!

Since I have last posted, I have finished Racing In The Rain, and the 4th of the Clique novels by Lisi Harrison titled Invasion Of The Boy Snatchers. So I have to post reviews for both of those. Also, along with Hoot, I am now reading two more books: The Pearl by John Steinbeck and Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, so the following are intros to those two books. My reviews for Racing In The Rain and Invasion Of The Boy Snatchers will either come later tonight or sometime soon I promise!

So, book #2 that I'm reading along with Hoot:




The Pearl by John Steinbeck

So you know how I usually talk about how freakin' excited I am to be reading a book? Well with this book, here's the thing..I'm kind of not. Excited, I mean. I love classics and all, but I'm reading this book for my reading class (yes, another book I'm reading for reading class), and the kids in the grade ahead of me that read this book have NOT told me good things about this book. But my reading teacher is so excited about this book that I will not jump to conclusions and give it a chance. It's super short too, only six chapters so that's a plus! The description via the back cover:

THE PEARL is an enduring and classic fable, sensitively told, in simple and beautiful language. It is the story of a fisherman who found a pearl beyond price, the Pearl of the World. With the pearl, he hoped to buy peace and happiness for himself, his wife and their little son. Instead he found that peace and happiness are not to be purchased. They are, themselves, pearls beyond price. THE PEARL is a book to be read many times and cherished forever.

And book #3 is:

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I believe I am back to my normal self because I am SO FREAKING EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK AND HOLY CRAP ASDFGHKL:'.

That's enough of that.

Wait.

One more thing.


And we're back.

The description of this book via Goodreads.com:

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. 

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. 

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

Sounds wonderful! EEEEEEPPPP!!!!!


I have to go! My reviews will go up sometime this week (I hope!)

BYE! :)

Racing In the Rain update #1: Merrr...

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Hello people!


I know I haven't posted about books in a while, so here ya go!


Racing in the Rain. Just, to be completely honest, if you are sick in bed, with an utter lack of entertainment, then this book seems VERY interesting. But then when you feel better, and you think about the book, you think: "Why would I ever read this? Do I even want to finish it? Well yes, but..."

This is basically what is happening to me, but for you all I will finish the stupid book. :)

So just like a random thing, but I stumbled across this stuff on Tumblr yesterday and wanted to share!

Poor Ralph :( Happy belated V-day everyone!
 
*Starts tearing up* And I don't even know the plot. Oh The Simpsons, how I love you.
Finally, something related to books. Sigh. Forever Alone. :)
On a more happy note, WHAT THE HELL?! I don't even, I just WHAT? Holy Crap I laughed so hard when I saw this because WHAT THE HELL????



Bye!!!!!

Just sayin...

Friday, February 15, 2013
#Thatawkwardmomentwhen

You think about something you want to do, but then you go on tumblr and completely forget what you want to do and it is going to irritate you for the rest of your life and UGH DAMN YOU TUMBLR. This is a (sad) true story.

Comment if this has ever happened to you!
:) Bye!

Book #4: Racing In The Rain

Saturday, February 9, 2013
Hi y'all! So I will now be reading:

Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

This is the young adult adaptation of the novel The Art of Racing in the Rain. The description from goodreads:

Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking?

Meet one funny dog--Enzo, the lovable mutt who tells this story. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: most dogs love to chase cars, but Enzo longs to race them. He learns about racing and the world around him by watching TV and by listening to the words of his best friend, Denny, an up-and-coming race car driver, and his daughter, Zoe, his constant companion. Enzo finds that life is just like being on the racetrack--it isn't simply about going fast. And, applying the rules of racing to his world, Enzo takes on his family's challenges and emerges a hero. In the end, Enzo holds in his heart the dream that Denny will go on to be a racing champion with his daughter by his side. For theirs is an extraordinary friendship--one that reminds us all to celebrate the triumph of the human (and canine) spirit.

This is a special adaptation for young people of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling adult novel The Art of Racing in the Rain.

I love dogs, so I can't wait to read this book! I'm tired now so:


Bye and G'night!

The customer is not always right update #1: Review

I told you I would finish today! :)

So here is a review, but it'll be short because there wasn't a lot to this book.


The Customer Is Not Always Right by A.J. Adams

Rating: *****stars
Initial Reaction after finishing this book:


Ehh. Why not. There was NOTHING bad about this book because it was just a bunch of outrageously funny conversations between customers and employees. So yeah, good! :)

To read or not to read?

Read! :)


BYE! :)

Book #3: The Customer is NOT Always right

Hi! I will be reading:

The Customer Is Not Always Right by A.J. Adams

Description via goodreads.com:

Retailers, restaurants, and tech support providers believe service is king, but in The Customer Is Not Always Right, A.J. Adams proves that customers will do anything they can to put that motto to the test.Readers get a collection of insights and stories from the popular Web site NotAlwaysRight.com. The book and site showcase customer-relations horror stories everyone can relate to. No matter what side of the counter you're on, there are hilarious tales about everything that can go wrong between the customer and retail or service provider. Whether it's a confrontation in the drive-through over not enough fries or arguing over a one-cent price difference on milk, this book proves the principle of "the customer is always right" can be dead wrong.

From groaning, to intense complaining, to situations that leave workers asking, "Are you serious?," readers will enjoy these hilarious tales of customers gone wrong. 

This is a quick read, and I probably will finish and post a review today. And I'm off!


Goodbye!

Beauty Queens update #2: Review

I am D-O-N-E with Beauty Queens by Libba Bray! 




So are y'all ready for my review? 'Cuz I am!




Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Rating: ***** stars! Woot! Woot!


Initial reaction after reading this book:



This book was so freaking hilarious, I can't even begin to describe it. But you know, I'll try. I wasn't sure whether or not to give this 5 stars, but I decided on 5. It is a bit of a stretch, and you'll see what I mean in the good and bad of this book.

The Good:

1. The Layout.

I love books with the layout like Beauty Queens. Little footnotes, commercial breaks, segments from TV shows, and little fun fact pages. It made this book all the more fun to read, and all the more enjoyable. Even though there is not much to write about the layout, it was a HUGE factor in whether or not this book got a good rating. And also, the fact that there were so many characters might've gotten on my nerves, had Libba Bray not made it so easy to follow. Every time there was a fun fact page on one of the beauty queens, the following chapters would revolve around them. GENIUS! :) Oh also, I love all the fake products and TV shows that Libba Bray comes up with. 

2. The Plot.

As far as originality goes, OH. SHIT. I have NEVER read a book with a plot that even fractionally resembles that of this one. Like, seriously. Beauty queens with AK-47s shooting people and breaking necks? Count me in! 
So basically, what happens is a bunch of teenagers are on a plane on their way to compete in the Miss Teen Dream Beauty Pageant, when due to a faulty navigation or something like that, the plane crashes on a deserted (or so they thought), island. At first, they keep hope that they will be rescued, and keep practicing for the pageant like little angels and I'm all like, "BLERGH you Mary-Sues." And then they start to use what little supplies they have to thrive, and they start acting like super-awesome-ninjas-of-awesome and I am like:



So yeah. That's all I expected from this book, but NOPE. It delivered a bunch of reality TV star pirates, a nonexistent republic, James Bond-esque gadgets and secret lairs, an evil corporation, a twisted beauty queen of this past, an Elvis impersonating dictator with a taxidermied lemur, and a huge heap of BUTT-KICKING. If we are not clear, the butt-kicking is done by the beauty queens. Like, you tell me. Can YOU think of a book that contained this stuff? NO! You can't! Okay? So don't even try to think of one!

3. The Humor.

This book may be one of the funniest I have ever read. It was SO FUNNY. The section that made me laugh the hardest was this one, after one of the bad guys gets hit with darts that make you act loopy:

(pg. 364) "'Serape means cape!' A grinning Agent Jones burst into the room wearing only a fig leaf. He threw his arms into the air and stretched his fingers into peace signs. 'We are all beautiful star flowers!'
'What the hell?' Jennifer said.
Ladybird squinted. 'Agent Jones?'
'Who is that unfortunate man?' Sinjin asked.
'The corporation agent who tried to kill us,' Petra explained.
Sinjin took in the sight of the man in the fig leaf trying to commune with the ergo chair. He raised an eyebrow.
'He had on more clothes,' Petra said.
Agent Jones put a finger to his mouth. 'Agent Jones is gone. I am Man Flower.'
'Agent Jones,' Ladybird barked.
'Man Flower.'
'Agent Jones, I am trying to quiet the hideous screaming I feel inside just looking at you. It's a shame that after all your years of dutiful service, you will not be able to partake in the pension plan. Not that it matters; we're cutting that anyway.'
Agent Jones held Sinjin's face in his hands. 'I'm going to make balloon animals. People need balloon animals.'"

Hold on a second. I'm still laughing. And if you are not laughing you do not have a soul. Just kidding. :)

4. The Characters

Again with the originality. Stop it Libba Bray. You're killing me! This book had such a wide assortment of characters of all different races, religions, homes, everything was so ORIGINAL!!!!!!!! Each one had their own secrets, strengths, and weaknesses, and each was different. I loved watching them all bond and develop, and seeing them not caring what anyone thinks of them. Because that's a problem I have. I know people tell you that you shouldn't, but I do care what people think of me. This book is quite inspiring in that sense.

The Bad:

1. The Romance/overall appropriateness

Ew. I love this book and all, but some of the romance made me go like:


And even though this book is teen, it still wasn't the most appropriate of books. I was wincing! BLECH.

So even though appropriateness is a huge factor for me, I decided to let it slide and gave this book 5 stars and a spot on my favorites shelf.

To read or not to read?

READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

And there you have it! My review!!!! I have not decided what I am going to read next but as soon as I figure it out, I will post what book. And yes I am still reading Hoot.


Adios! :)

HOLY CRAP!!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013
Holy crap!




104 views?! Thank you!!!!! :)))))) *Hugs everyone* This is so awesome!!!!! I know it may not sound like a lot but to me, it is. Thank you! And keep up the viewing!!!!! :)


Also,


Delirium has cast a Lena. I repeat, Lena has been cast! And it is Emma Roberts!!!!! Excitement!!!! SQUEE!!!!!!!!! ME SO ECXITED ASDFGHJKLZXCVBNMQWERTYUIOP!!!!!!



Excitedly,

Saru :)

Beauty Queens update #1: WOW!

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Beauty Queens so far.

Well...

Libba Bray you have out done yourself. This book is amazing as, well, I can't even think of anything right now so gifs shall describe my happiness/excitement.









I guess that's enough gifs. For now. :)

But okay, I guess it's time for words. Blergh. Fine.

In Beauty Queens, as you know from my last post, the basic premise is that a bunch of teenage beauty queens' plane crashes on a deserted island and they have to survive against all odds. I didn't imagine any dying in here, but yeah it happened! And it is making me laugh so hard that I cry. The style of this book is just so different too! There are footnotes, facts about the characters that don't sound like a police description of them, and my personal favorite, little segments from TV shows or commercials. I am tearing through this book like the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes tears through, well, everything! Even while writing this post, the book is sitting beside me, waiting, begging to be read.

The one thing that bothers me about this book is that there are so many characters that it's hard to remember who's who. But that tiny thing compared to the rest of the great things about this book is just like


Unless this book takes a MAJOR turn for the worst, it is going on my favorites shelf!

That's all!



Byezzzz! :)))))


PS. Oh BTW, if you love The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver, in honor of Requiem releasing in less than a month, please post what the trilogy means to you, where you discovered it, stuff like that. Lauren Oliver will read them and see how thankful we all are to her and how VERY much we love her. Link here.

Crewel update #5: Review

Sunday, February 3, 2013
You read it right! I am finished with Crewel!!!!!!!!!!!

Why am I so happy you ask? Because it took me 22 stinking days to finish this book. 22. And it's not just that it takes me a long time to read in general, I was busy, and it took quite a while for this book to pull me in. But 22 days. That is just ridiculous. But anyhow, I present to you, my first review!!!!! (Holy crap that rhymed!!!! WIN!!!!)



Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Rating: *** 1/2 stars

Initial reaction after reading this book:


Wow. I did not see that ending coming. That was just, well unexpected to say the least. Like seriously? I had read about the originality of this book in several reviews, and now that I've read it, I believe it. I gave this a 3 1/2 star rating for several reasons, so without further ado, let's get into the good and bad of this book.

The Good:

1. The plot.
In this book, Earth has long since destroyed itself by a war between every country which resulted in everyone going:



On top of this world, people (it is not clear in my mind who), created an entirely new world, made from like this magical, weird, moving thread/weave thing. The government chooses girls who are able to manipulate the weave of this world to help the world Arras to carry on. They are called spinsters. Spinsters receive privileges every girl would die for: Gorgeous gowns, eternal beauty, anything they desire is theirs. But Adelice Lewys doesn't want to be a spinster. She wants to be a normal girl, But she knows that's not possible. Because ever since she little she was able to manipulate the weave. Her parent's discovered her talent and trained her to hide it. But in her evaluation, she makes a tiny slip-up, and starts weaving. The Guild comes for her. She tries to run. They catch her. They punish her. They train her. They control her. They use her. She makes friends and enemies. She falls in love, and falls out of love. She hates and is hated. She tries to run and is run after. 
This book had an action packed and creative plot. For the most part, it didn't remind me of any book I've ever read before. 

2. The Characters.
So, the characters in this book were very well-developed. I liked how Adelice didn't resign herself to her fate of being a spinster and acted really snarky to several people, in particular Cormac Patton. Cormac Patton. Oh how I hated him. That disgusting, horrific, perverted, alcoholic FREAK! I was literally SCREAMING at the book when Cormac was there. And everyone else would look at me like:




But whatever. On to more lovable characters like Josten Bell. DAWWWW!!!! He was so sweet! Feeding Adelice, you know, he was just an overall great character, and Albin did great at developing his character, as well as Erik's, who I could completely picture: an arrogant, handsome, charming, powerful guy. Every character was so different, and that was pretty nice. Pryana, Loricel, Maela, Enora, Valery, they all had completely different personalities. Everything about them was original, down to their names.

3. The Romance.
Well, the romance between Jost and Adelice. It is kind of insta-love, but at least that's not the only thing on her mind at all times. And all the times they weaved moments together so they could stay together, that just showed how deep their love was, and they both had suffered great losses.

The Bad:

1. The plot
I know this was also a good aspect of this book, but I mean, WHAT THE HELL? I had NO idea what was going on throughout like half of this book.
This book would've been MUCH better if you know, it wasn't so brain-explodingly confusing. Like seriously, if you've read this book, would you please explain to me how the WORLD works in this book? Ugh.

2. The Romance
Again, this was also a good thing, but seriously? To make something Dystopian or Utopian doesn't mean you have to make a love triangle. I mean, come on! The Hunger Games, Delirium, Matched, they all had love triangles too! Why not be original and NOT have a love triangle? And the even MORE annoying thing is, that with most of these love triangles, the majority of people choose a certain person, so what's the point of it anyway?

So, for me, the goods outweighed the bad by a lot, so this book get's a good rating! I am definitely going to read the sequel. My hopes for it? That it is a little lot less confusing, and that Gennifer Albin DESTROYS the love triangle. I don't hate Erik, so it would suck for him to die, but maybe he finds someone else, and if push comes to shove, I guess he might HAVE to die for my wish to come true. I know how evil I sound, but trust me, I have good intentions.

Be princess Jasmine, and trust me! (She is BTW, my favorite Disney princess. Just so you know).

So the big question is: To read or not to read?

Read! You should DEFINITELY read this book! :)

Okay, so moving on to what I am currently reading:


Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

First of all, that cover is just HILARIOUS! I am so inexplicably excited to be reading this book! I have been waiting for quite a while, and now I finally can read it! Inside I am like:


and on the outside I'm like:



The description via goodreads:

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

Sounds AMAZING!!!! 

Also, while I generally don't like reading two books at the same time, I have to do a reading project on a book, so I will be reading two books right now. The 2nd one is:


I love this book so much! I am re-reading it not only because I have to do a reading project, but also because I don't remember the details very well. This book, as well as several Carl Hiaasen books, are some of my most favorite books EVER. And the description from as always, Goodreads.com:

Carl Hiaasen, bestselling author of Basket Case and other hilarious Floridian capers, serves up a high-spirited fight for the environment in his first work aimed at younger audiences.
The site of Coconut Cove's future Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House is experiencing a slight problem: survey stakes removed, alligators in the port-a-potties, and painted-over patrol cars. But who's behind the clever vandalism and pranks? New Florida resident Roy Eberhardt isn't aware of these goings-on, but he has often noticed a barefoot boy running down the street faster than anything. His curiosity piqued, Roy starts to inquire around and even follows the boy once, only to be told by Beatrice Leep, a.k.a. Beatrice the Bear, to mind his own business. Despite Beatrice's warning and plenty of bullying from the lunkheaded Dana Matherson, Roy follows the boy, whose name is Mullet Fingers, one day and winds up in the middle of an ecological mission to save a parliament of burrowing owls from being bulldozed.
Full of colorful, well-developed characters, Hoot is a quick-witted adventure that will keep readers hooked. With down-to-earth Roy, dumbfounded Officer Delinko, and construction site manager Curly -- along with other head-shaking morons and uplifting heroes -- the author delivers an appealing cast of characters that keep the plot twisting and turning until the highly charged ending. Another zany trip to the Sunshine State for Hiaasen fans, this rewarding ecological adventure should keep readers young and old hooting with laughter.

I know it says it in the description, but I have to point this out too. One reason I love Carl Hiaasen's writing so much is because of his colorful, weird, characters. I am really excited to fall in love with this book again.

So, I am gonna go now, cuz it is 10:00 in the morning and I have been sitting here for at least an hour and I am still in my PJs. 

So long! Farewell! Auf Wiedersen! Goodbye! (I also LOVE The Sound of Music! It's a great musical/movie!)

BYE! :)







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