Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Irish Life

During most of my time from the past couple of weeks, i have planted myself into an A-level English text of my choice. So what is it? Drum roll please...Dubliners by James Joyce. So i made this stupid error when i first chose the book(please bear in mind i have awful pronunciation) by calling it Dub-liners, but then i had to think about it for a while. Which it was then that i realised that because it is about middle class Irish people i thought then the proper pronunication is Dub-lynners, because of Dublin. In fact now that i look back i sound so idiotic. Ooops!

So getting past the misdirection, the main idea of this text looks at 15 different stories, for different people in the 20th century and how they coped in middle class life in Ireland. It's a very difficult book to read, as there is no speech marks and relies much more upon the use of hythons at the beginning of the sentence,when someone is talking. In fact because it is quite hard to understand, I actually changed the text I wanted to do, at the last minute. This was changed to the famous play 'Death of a Salesman' by Arthur Miller, which I'm enjoying it so much more.(I will talk about this play at a later time for you guys!)

Publisher: Originally Grant Richards Ltd. but mine was Penguin English Library
Year Of Publish: Originally 1914, but my version was 2012

This version of Dubliners is not the cover i had. But it is a good idea of what you might decide to look at. Usually modern classics are republished under the name of Penguin's Modern Classics, which if in the UK you can go into a highstreet bookshop to find these in the classic section!

I have decided that i do not want to read this book again. Not because it's Irish. No way! Not even if it is good classic if you want to read it.  But the truth is that for the amount of pages there were, which wasn't many, it made me demotivated through the writing style used. Which is never like me to read a small book within a month! So that is the end of that. Poof!

My overall rating for this book is going to be probably about, 3 Stars for the whole she-bang. I hope this information would be put to good use. Not far from this day, i will be talking about the play, Death of a Salesman which is very good. I'm looking forward to talking to you about this, very excited if i was to be completely truthful!

It's that time again. I hope you are all well. Looking forward to giving my next review in the following week!
 
KiKi
 
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Meteorite Deceit

Yes! It's that time. I have read my very first Dan Brown book. Amazing. I think i have came away thinking more about what is happening in the world than any other. Fantastic! This is truly what i would say is a masterpiece, every detail refined to perfection. I believe that i have learnt so much, and it has made me think on how oblivious i am to the world and what type of scandals go on behind our backs.

Genre: Techno-Thriller, Conspiracy
Publisher: Corgi
Year Of Publish: 2001
Pages: 592

Deception is in the air, can you feel it?
 
But of course as ever the criticisms will be involved within this review. Although today i'm in quite a good mood, so that would probably make the rating higher than intended. Beware! I have decided that i'm going to start it off with how much success that this author has already without me saying anything. First of all, he has two film adaptations based upon his work and he is having another based upon his fourth book 'Inferno' which is due for release in 2015. But not only this, his main character within that series, 'Robert Langdon' is portrayed by the actor Tom Hanks. Who if you already know has been in many films such as: Forrest Gump; Saving Mr Banks; Philadelphia; Saving Private Ryan; Toystory and Captain Phillips. So, i guess very well known. (A little bit of an understatement)

Onto the Criticisms!

It is a huge book. From when i first began the novel to when i had finally finished it, it took around 11 days to complete. Way out of my normal reading routine! When looking at books this huge you sort of become a little demotivated. But i got through it and survived- at least that is a postitive thing. I may have wondered a bit with my mind whilst reading the book, because in some places it did feel like the type of writing style you get from from free ebooks. But don't worry I'm going now onto the positives. Yay!

Positives! 

Well it definitely gives some revelant information. I learnt quite a bit, which you just know from reading alot , you don't always get well detailed books that you could take to the bank! But this, well it would be easy to remember points made. Maybe I'll even remember this for a very long time!Although the main point about this is that it wasn't something that i would normally read, therefore by trying out Dan Brown himself, it has made me think twice at giving all these well recognised authors a shot. (I'm quite mean, i tend to like the hidden jewels!)

Overall, i found that i am definitely going to carry on with reading the other five books, which at the moment it is Digital Fortress so that will be interesting to see if it's better than the last. I just hope that it doesn't all go down hill from here! My final rating for this book is 4 stars- very generous today!

Once again, it's that time to say goodbye. But don't worry, it's less than a week till you hear from me again. I'm not going anywhere yet!
 
Kiki
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

I Need An Umbrella!

This week I had been reading the book, "The Rain" by Virginia Bergin. The book itself is based upon survival when there is poisonous water in the skies. It is centred around a girl called Ruby Morris who lives a life of partying and not caring much apart from the love interest Caspar McCloud. To be upfront, I didn't like her. The fact that she was always assuming that her friends are alive and her mobile is more important than her or her families survival is extremely selfish. Seriously, who would think that your friends are still alive after they have been touched by poisonous rain? I don't think so. The fact that realisation finally kicked into her later in the novel was probably the best event throughout the whole story.

Genre: Survival, Thriller, Dystopian
Publisher: Macmillan children's books
Year Of Publish: 2014
Pages: 384
The book itself. What's the forecast for today?

So, what is my general view of the whole book? What do I rate it? Should I plan to get the next instalment, "The Storm" next year? Or is it something that is not worth anybody as well as my time? Here is my critique:  Never in my dreams am i going to buy its sequel, even if i were paid to. It felt more like a chore than to read in my own free time because i want to. Before i go on any further with this moaning i must say i give the whole book a 2 stars. That's probably quite generous! Please, for yourselves if you value your lives and reading routine don't pick this up! In fact avoid this writer entirely, trust me it's for you're own good.

The point that i'm trying to make is that well, Ruby is rude to everyone who seems to care about her and try and keep her safe. But she just shoves it back in their face. Well, nice stereotyping Ms Bergin! You know not every teenager acts this way. I know i certainly don't, it's just manners.

This below is what is meant to be the trailer for this book. I hope i don't torture you too much...

I think that is enough of a rant for this week. I'm probably boring your socks off already. Now it's your turn to make a judgment. I hope that you will be able to agree!

Interested? Want to find out more? Here is that special link to her website. Click Here

So what do you think? Have you read it yet? I want to hear from YOU! I'm now signing off and you'll hear from me next week!

Kiki
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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Troll Queens

When i first decided that i was going to buy this book, it was a choice between the idea of City Of Bones or some other trending book- which somehow i can't remember! I understand that you are probably shouting at the screen right now saying, "How could you? How could you pass up City Of Bones?" I will tell you why. The problem that i have is that i love signed copies, and i'm sure many of you will agree with me on this. So when i saw a signed copy of "Switched" by Amanda Hocking, there was no comparison to the latter. Hopefully you understand- please don't be mad with me!

Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Tor

This is the first book in the trilogy. It is the adult version. Did you know that there is a young adult and  adult version? Well you learn something new everyday!!

Compared to other books that I have read to "Switched", " Torn" and "Ascend" there has been way (and I mean way) better prose than this trilogy. Most of the time the author reused quite a lot of words throughout, including " surveyed" and "foxy". After a while it gets a bit on your nerves. Trust me soon you will be asking on whether that is the only vocabulary she actually knows. Sounds quite harsh, but if you don't believe me try it out for yourself!

This trilogy includes trolls which don't really look like trolls, more like humans. Also there are quite a lot of humans featured, to be honest the trolls might has well have been humans themselves there is not much difference. It also features royal families, which is probably the main focus upon this trilogy throughout. The main character always seems to be arguing with another character just for the sake of it. Even the other characters seem to get fed up with this after a while. It seems crazy because she doesn't understand why they avoid her in some parts of it. I don't blame them!




If you are wondering what this story line is supposed to look like, here is one of its book trailer above:


I think out of the whole "Trylle" trilogy, I would give the overall rating of 3.5 stars. This is because of the fact that the story line was not so brilliant and it was very predictable. But it was also as it didn't feel like a book that should have been published. But if it was just to be an ebook or inside the newspaper as an article it would probably be most passable for me. This is because of the idea of how i don't understand how a publisher was able to pass such bad prose. I thought this was where they decide whether they would look further into publishing a certain book. I don't know maybe it is just me being stupid! Or maybe they just want to exploit her huge success so they don't care about that sort of stuff. But don't ask me, i guess that i don't work in that field!

So what do i think about the new "Kanin Chronicles" that has just been recently announced? Well, i guess you probably know where most of this is going to go, as i have expressed quite a lot of my feelings already. My main thoughts at this moment in time suggest is this going to be very similar to the last? Maybe it is just a way to get more money out of innocent readers. Although, on the other hand this could be the changing point in this spin off, maybe this is what the doctor ordered! But who knows, only time will tell! I'm sorry if i may have offended some readers (i completely respect your views on whether you like it or not) after all i have already forewarned saying that it is going to be as critical as i want it to be!  


This is the first book cover "Frostfire" to the "Kanin Chronicles"  for those who want to know so badly what it is going to look like!


Until next time faithful readers have a fantastic week!

Kiki
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P.S. Next week i will be tackling showers with "The Rain"


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

SEPTEMBER TBR!

Another month ended and school is slowly creeping back on us. Well, so much for the holidays! I have to admit that when it comes to this time in the year i get so depressed. Not only the fact of school dawning once again, but the fact there will be no more lie ins! Tough luck! But it is also because i won't have as much time to talk to you guys (mental cry). Meaning being able to keep up to daily reading... Wah wah!

So what have I just received in my box of goodies for this month?... Well, it has to be the entire series of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon, as well as other novels written by him. Including Deception Point and Digital Fortress. Yay!
Pages and pages of new books to read!!

I must admit that I may have already started Deception Point before letting you guys know what is happening. Total betrayal I know... Yeah, so in effect it is only 5 out of the six books received are actually TBR. But never mind. Seriously, who could pass on an incredible bestseller- have you seen those movies?

But that should be much better for you, as you will be able to get the final review for the first book much quicker. Although it all depends on whether I feel like doing it as one whole post or one for each book. Really I must say, just looking at the pile now, there is not many but sure is huge! So don't be surprised if there is one for each of them  (my memory is absolutely terrible!). It was quite different for the Demonata series as they are pretty short and I know the writing style far too well.

Some next things which will be posted will be about is Amanda Hocking, with her Switched series. I will also be talking about my initial thoughts about her new Kanin Chronicles (I think that is the main title of the series- don't quote me on that!).


Until next time my avid readers- adiĆ³s!

Kiki
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