Flawed

Flawed by Cecila Ahern 
☆☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Fiction/Dystopian 

No matter what you do in your life, your Flawed title can never be removed. You hold it until death. You suffer the consequences of your one mistake for the rest of your life. Your punishment serves a reminder to others to think before they act.

I spent a good deal crying through this one. 

This is a dystopian YA novel. That horse may have been beaten to death after The Hunger Games, but don’t let that stop you from reading this one. Celestine lives in a black and white mind frame. She is logical. Mathmatical. A problem solver. One day her neighbor is taken as flawed and branded with the mark that will forever identify her as such. This effects Celestine in a way that sets the ball rolling. While on the bus with her perfect boyfriend, she sees an old flawed man enter the bus. The Flawed seats are taken and he is forced to stand. He starts coughing and Celestine begins to freak out. This man is dying and the people aren’t moved. What she does next, sets the motions for a conspiracy and what it means to be flawed. 

This book RUINED me. Once you get past the first chapter of about a billion uses for the word perfect, it will rip your heart out. It will punch you right in the feels. You will sob. 

This book is raw. And believable. For anyone whose tried to be perfect and came up short for whatever reason, this book hits on it hard. You almost forget that it’s a dystopian novel. The conspiracy is intriguing and the plot moves along nicely. It illustrates what it means to a flawed individual. 

None of us are perfect. Let us not pretend that we are. Let us not be afraid that we’re not. Let us not label others and pretend we’re not the same. Let us all know that to be human IS to be flawed, and let us learn from every mistake we made so we don’t make them again.

~Cecila Ahern, afterword 

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The Mad Apprentice 

The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler (#2)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Juvinille Fiction

‘You’re very brave…it caused you so much pain, but you kept going.’

‘It’snot courage so much as stubbourness…I don’t like to lose.’

Alice is the newly appointed apprentice to Uncle Greyson, a magical Reader. She is coming into her own and collecting creatures in her arsenal and learning what it means to be a Reader. Then Greyson sends her on an errand. In which she meets several other apprentices, an old friend, and has to travel into the relm and labyrinth of a deranged monster. Will she get the answers she so desperately seeks?

This series is a fantastic read. The magic. The characters. The adventure and the action. Problem solving, strong characters, and best of all: book magic! And cats. This is the second book in the series and I have the third one on hand. I promise not to spoil. XD

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The Forbidden Library 

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Juvinille Fiction 

Indeed, books. They are the ocean in which magic swims.

First of all, this is an adult reading Juvenile Fiction. That does not hindrance my review or opinions in any way.

Alice lives with her father alone in a big house. One auspicious night, her father gets home and as she watches through the crack in the door, sees her father speaking to a fairy. This is just the start of Alice’s adventures. The next day her father leaves on a trip to South America and his ship goes down, and he is believed dead. Alice goes to live with her Great uncle Greyson and his immaculate “library” over run with cats. What Alice learns, will change her life forever.

This book was in the tone of Inkheart and Libromancer and just about every book related book about books and reading. This one specifically focuses on the magic of ‘Readers’ who hold domain over magic books. They can enter different worlds and planes of exsistent. They can also bind book creatures to themselves by conquering the resident in a Prison Book. 

This book was fantastic and appeals to the book lover in me. It was a fun adventure and the author is exciting and it doesn’t lull from the plot at all.

 
I recommend this series to people of all ages. 🙂

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Armada

Armada by Ernest Cline
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy

My whole life, I felt like I was destined to do something important, but I was only ever good at video games, which I always figured would be completely useless. But it’s not useless, and neither am I. I think this is what I was always destined to do with my life. I just never knew it.

I only picked this one up because I LOVED Ready Player One. I wasn’t disappointed. 

Zack Lightman is your supposed typical gaming teenager. He lives with his mom (his father passed away in a strange accident after he was born), he works in a used video game store, and he has his nerdy best friends. But one day he sees an alien spaceship in the sky and his whole world is turned upside down. What if video games weren’t just for entertainment? What if they were actually training simulations put in place by the government to ward of an impending alien invasion? Zack learns alot about himself, the world he thought he knew, and the father he thought he buried by investigating his journals and taking the step towards saving the world.

This book was your typical campy scifi adventure. Brain fodder, so to speak. It screamed Enders Game  and Robotech and touched on just how important gaming could be. It posed a question that has been asked before and was overall, a good read. The characters were a bit cut and dry to a mould, but Zack himself is a misfit in a land of misfits trying to find their place in the world. 

If you want a fun, quick, super scifi book with a happy ending, pick this up. 🙂

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How to be a Heroine 

How to be a Heroine: Or what I’ve learned from reading too much By Samantha Ellis
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Memior

Yet I feel that more heroines now are Scarlets than Melanies. Melanie’s quieter virtues have gone a bit lost, and many heroines now seemed defined mainly by their strength…They’re Warriors not Worriers.

Though I’m begining to think all readings are provisional, and that maybe we read heroines for what we need from them at the time.

This is a memior where an author looks back on her favorite books where a Heroine was a standout. And how it shaped her growing up and what she took from them. And she rereads these books to see how they may have changed over the decades. 

The author herself is muslim/Jewish and is raised in England. It plays alot on how she goes  through things and how she defines herself and what she wants from life outside of tradition. She explores Anne Shirley, Charlotte and Emily Brönte, Pride and Prejudice, Sylvia Plath (etc) and talks about what makes the MC’S heroines. 
This book was fascinating and very well written. Alot of her heroines are ones that I myself have turned to in times of need. Her adventures are relatable and it makes her very human. I didn’t agree with all of her opinions but it did make me think of what I may have pulled from my own reading to define my sense of self.

I recommend this to the ladies and pose a question: who’s your favorite literature based heroine and why?

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki 

Colorless Tsukuru Tazakiby Haruki Murakami
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016 

Genre: Fiction/Translated Novel

You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them…If nothing else, you have to remember that. You can’t erase history or change it. It would be like destroying yourself.

Hooray! With this one, I’m finally caught up. XD This was the last book I finished. Sometime last week. 

Tsukuru is colorless in a world full of colorful people. He grew up in Nagoya, Japan and had a set of friends making them 5 in number. After HS, he heads off to Tokyo and left his childhood behind. Shortly after, his friends kicked him out of their lives with no explanation, leaving Tsukuru devestated. 

As an adult, he is friendless and grey. He’s had a few close relationships but nothing concrete. Until he meets Sara, who encourages him to find out about his friends. He takes it upon himself to visit the past and found out what he least expected. 

Murakami is a captivating author and this has to be the most normal of his books that I’ve read. His words are a beautiful prose that paints a picture. And none of his work reads like a translated novel. He captured the mind of an introvert and the pain of breaking up with friends in such a way that it was believable. This one was a short one, but just as mesmerizing. 

If you haven’t read Murakami, do so. Probably start with this one since it’s one of his more subtle novels.

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Love May Fail 

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick
☆☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

This was the last book I read on the way home from Missoula. 

This was a story about mysterious coincidences coinciding with the past and the present and the future. Portia Kane decides to leave her millionaire pornographer husband and move back home. Back home to her strange and eccentric mother. Home to where she hopes to find hope in her senior English teacher. The man who gave her a card making her a ‘member of the human race.’ The man who encouraged her writing. The man who made her believe she was somebody. Arriving home, she finds out that things have changed beyond her wildest imagination and finds love in the least likely of places. 

No, she doesn’t hook up with the English teacher. XD

This was a book about finding hope when things get too dark. It was about picking yourself up again and again and again because you are human and as a human, you are allowed to be different and allowed to make mistakes. 

Matthew Quick us definitely one of the best authors I’ve come across this year. His writing is compelling, believable, and he is king of the misfits. He has such a good voice while writing, and you feel for his characters. 

Highly recommend anything by him.

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