Friday, March 30, 2012

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden Tabitha Suzuma


Pages: 454
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Rating: 4/5
Points Earned: 17/17


Incest is probably one of the most taboo subjects in the world, but also one of the most fascinating. I know that pretty much every time I explained the book to one of my friends, they would respond with "Ew! That's so gross! I want to read it!"

The Whitely family might look like a decent family from a distance, but in reality, they are as about as dysfunctional as a family can get. Their father left five years ago, their mother is an alcoholic and pays more attention to her boyfriend, Kit, the third oldest, is in a gang, and Maya and Lochan are left to take care of their three younger siblings, as well as hide their relationship from the world.

This book is the pure definition of sexual tension. Lochan and Maya long to go "all the way," but they know that if they do and get caught, the children will all be separated and put into foster care, and they will get thrown into prison.

Talk about suck-ish.

This book goes back and forth between Lochan's and Maya's points-of-view. Lochan was by-far the more interesting character. Now, let's face it, Lochan's a pansy. Lochan also has a deadly temper. One second he's having a panic attack in the middle of class, the next he is strangling his brother.

Lochan has a hard time with talking to people outside his family. This worries the people at school because he refuses to participate in class. He never raises his hand, and he always has an excuse not to present a project. He definately has an extreme case of Disappearing Parent Syndrome.

Maya, on the other hand, was just there. I didn't really get a connection with her like I did Lochan.

Another thing was that their voices were quite similar. Somtimes I'd get confused with who's chapter it is. In the book, Lochan is described as a straight A student, and has a wide vocabulary. Maya, on the other hand, was an average student. I don't believe her voice should have been as intelligent as his was.

I really enjoyed the children in the story: Kit, Tiffin, and Willa. They all had such distinct personalities and they were all so adorable (Yes, even you Kit).

The ending was very sad. It brought me to tears. I did, however, see it coming. I'm not going to spoil anything, but it is pretty obvious if you put two-and-two together.

All in all. This was a great book. I do believe it isn't for everyone. No, it's not going to make you look at your sibling and want to do the nasty, but I do believe you have to be mature enough to take the whole thing seriously. As rare as it is, this does happen. It's nothing to joke about.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Soul Thief (Forbidden) by Jana Oliver

Soul Thief (Forbidden) by Jana Oliver


Soul Thief (The Demon Trappers #2) 

Pages: 324
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Rating: 4.5/5

Riley is back, and has more problems than ever: her deal with Heaven, boys...Oh, and her father was ilegally reanimated by an unknown necro.

When we left off in The Demon Trapper's Daughter, Simon was gravely hurt, and Riley made a deal with Heaven so he will survive. Of course, this comes with a price.

Simon has changed, and not for the better. Who was once the kind, religeous <strike>freak</strike> boy, is now the self-righteous ass. He has it in his head that Riley and her father are in-line with Hell.

Even Harper thinks he's nuts.

Now, I wasn't a fan of Simon, even in the first book, so I'm happy this happened. Actually, his change made him more interesting to read about, and I was looking foward to his and Riley's encounters.

What I did't like was the new addition: Ori. Now, in the end, he is essential to the plot, but before then, I just found him to be just an add-on. A filler, if you will, until Riley ends up with who she's supposed to be with.

Ori was supposed to be drop-dead gorgeous, but I didn't see it. To me, he was just a stalker. Wherever Riley was, he'd show up. I dreaded every chapter with Ori.

We all know Beck is my favorite in this series. This may be because we get to get inside his head, like we do Riley.

In the first book, he was kick-ass. In the second, well, he's still kick-ass, but we also get to see some of his imperfections. Those imperfections make him even more charming and likeable (Did I just call Backwoods Boy charming?...Huh).

Again, my main problem with this was the font. It's tiny. I had no will to read it because of this. If it were bigger, I'd be more willing to fly through it.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars 
Pages: 313
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Rating: 5/5
"I couldn't be mad at him for even a moment,and only now that I loved a grenade did I understand the foolishness of trying to save others from my own impending fragmentation: I couldn't unlove Augustus Waters. And I didn't want to."

To give a summary of The Fault In Our Stars would be nearly impossible without spoiling the entire thing. So, I simply gave you a touching quote from the novel.

I think what I love the most about John Green is that he doesn't insult his readers' intelligence. He doesn't dumb the story down. He gives you a well thought-out, beautifully written story about the tragedies of life.

He does this by sending you on a winding trail of laughter and tears (and let me tell you, I was tearing up in my Spanish class while reading this).

The two main characters in this story are Hazel and Augustus. They come together by the one thing that brought them together--cancer.

Hazel was diagnosed with stage IV thyroid cancer, and must live with it for the rest of her life. She is on medication for it, and must walk around with an oxygen machine.

She fully accepts that one day she will die.

Augustus, on the other hand, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. He now has a prosthetic leg, but hey, the cancer seems to be out of his body.

To him, he is on a rollercoaster that "only goes up."

They both seem to have an obsession with Peter Van Housten's An Imperial Affliction. They want to know what happens to everyone else after Anna, the main character in the novel, dies.

They do get a chance to find out.

Another character that stood out to me was Augustus' best friend, Isaac.

Like Hazel and Augustus, Isaac is a cancer survivor. He is now blind because of it.

Like most of Green's characters, Isaac is also very witty.

This book will have you thinking about it for well after you've read it. Green has a good way of making you think about your own life and how you live it. For some people, that's a good thing. For others, not so much, but this is a book worth at least trying.