Book Review: Colin Fischer By Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

13589178Colin Fischer By Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Mystery, Humour and young adult

Release Date: November 1, 2012

Pages: 256 (Hard Cover)
Colin Fischer

SOLVING CRIME, ONE FACIAL EXPRESSION AT A TIME

Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.

But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate’s birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It’s up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s frequent tormentor, didn’t bring the gun to school. After all, Wayne didn’t have frosting on his hands, and there was white chocolate frosting found on the grip of the smoking gun…

(My Opinion)

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Ha ha Colin just doesn’t know when to shut up at all. The story is told in third person but mostly focuses on Colin and how he reacts towards his surroundings. The idea behind this story is interesting and funny, Colin is a younger version of Sheldon Cooper in many ways as well as Sherlock Holmes. 

There seems to be a problem between third person books and I. For some reason, the ones that I’ve read are hard to get into and start off very slow. Colin Fischer is no different with a very slow beginning that was difficult to hold my attention. The clues that the authors provide in the book aren’t as insane or intense as I was hoping they would be. It would have been better if the clues were a bit edgier and shocking since no one usually brings a gun to school. Some of the characters are choppy and very stiff. Since the story doesn’t only focus on Colin but also the people he interacts with and I felt characters like Wayne Connelly could have been written smoother with more information about him.

The writing style really fits the voice of Colin because it’s awkward and a bit blunt. I just love Colin! He’s funny and he’s different, he knows a lot about facts and how to investigate things yet, when it comes to people and emotions, he doesn’t understand anything at all. The authors do a fine job by adding little notes and pieces of the things Colin writes about in his notebook rather than just narrating what he puts in it. The relationship between Colin and his family is another thing I like about this story because you can see the struggles his parents go through to make Colin feel comfortable as well make sure they have memories of their son. Another thing I like about this book is that it teaches you a lot. I learned a lot about animals, the history of the world and the people who lived on it, as well as psychological facts. I learned so much that I had to tell the people around me about the new things I learned and how great this book is. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I feel like I can relate to Colin on a personal level about his views on people and how they can be very odd. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that will make you believe that you can become a detective.  A fun, short read that makes people think and realize more about the world around them.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

Weekly Update#1

What have I been up to? What have you missed on my blog? This is a weekly update of the new posts and books/album I’ve read/listened to.

Monday

Book Review: Out Of Reach By Carrie Arcos

Wednesday

Album Review: Carousel By Her And Gold

Friday

Book Review: The Selection (The Selection#1) By Kiera Cass

Saturday

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#15

Books Read This Week

Shadow And Bone By Leigh Bardugo

Sweet Evil By Wendy Higgins

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles Of Vladimir Tod#1) By Heather Brewer

Albums Listened To This Week

Lucky Street By Go Radio

Close The Distance By Go Radio

Currently Reading

Intertwined By Gena Showalter

Shadowlands By Kate Brian

Currently Listening To

Penny Black By Further Seems Forever

Scars And Stories By The Fray

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#15

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Yes, I managed to finish two books this week!

Shadow And Bone By Leigh Bardugo

10194157 Favourite Quotes:

1. “It’s funny,” I said after a while. “I always thought that being beautiful would make life easier.”

2. How could someone offering you a present sound so creepy?

3. “The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”

Sweet Evil By Wendy Higgins

11808950 Favourite Quotes:

1. My whole life I’d fooled myself into thinking I didn’t need his love, but I’d been wrong. Everyone needed their father’s love.

2. “Being controlled and being unloved is not a natural way of life.”

3. There was nothing healthy about desperately wanting something you couldn’t have.

4. If life was a game, like everyone said, then I wanted to win.

Book Review: The Selection (The Selection#1) By Kiera Cass

10507293The Selection (The Selection#1) By Kiera Cass

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary, Dystopian and young adult

Release Date: April 24, 2012

Pages: 327 (Hard Cover)
The Selection (The Selection, #1)

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

(My Opinion)

The first time I ever heard about this book I thought the story was completely different. I only read the first two sentences and the first though that popped into my head was, Sweet! Evil creatures coming after girls who want to be the perfect ballet dancer! If you actually read the summary you know that I was wrong. Very wrong. Told from the perspective of America Singer comes a story about trust, love, and putting others first. The idea behind the story isn’t original and pretty predictable, a more teenaged version of the bachelor but with a touch of dystopian in the mix.

It took me a long while before I could really get into the book because there are some things about it that really bothered me. Kiera Cass tries to portray America as a girl who doesn’t come from a rich family and that having one glass of iced tea is a privilege. I just couldn’t buy that or most of how America ‘understands’ how hard it can be when it comes to money because the book shows little struggle for her and her family. So many books have love triangles that don’t work. It isn’t realistic or reasonable, just boring and absurd. The romance in the book isn’t any different, her emotions toward both the male characters are very predictable and boring.

The Selection is beautifully written. For the most part, if it weren’t for the writing I don’t think it would have been as hard as it was to put down. The writing and smooth and enjoyable, it’s hard to stop reading and I actually felt kind of disappointed when I had to put it down. The other selected girls are very mysterious which I really enjoyed because it fits with the story. I like that Kiera Cass doesn’t put too much information about the girls in this book because I don’t think it would have been as good if we knew everything about the girls or most things. Although I have a hard time believing America’s story about being on the tight end of the money scale, I enjoyed the way that everyone is organized and put into different caste depending on their role and how much they can help society. I find that interesting to see how other people are viewed because of their job occupation.

Overall, a good read. With not much adventure and a few surprises thrown in, The Selection is a light, funny read that left a small smile on my face after the story had ended. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something similar to the Bachelor as well as looking for a quick read that will change the way to look at people and how they live their lives.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

recommendations

1. Of Poseidon By Anna Banks from **Singing And Reading In The Rain**

2. Hemlock By Kathleen Peacock from Xpresso Reads

3. Unraveling By Elizabeth Norris from Katie’s Book Blog

4. Glitch By  Heather Anastasiu from Finding Bliss In Books

Album Review: Carousel By Her And Gold

a0b4cce9ecf9c7019ba1386fca4b605e49dc98dcCarousel By Her And Gold

Record Label: independent

Release Date: December 4, 2012

Genre: Indie and Pop

Songs: 11

Carousel - Her & Gold

Maria Sais de Sicilia was previously in Lydia and currently in Bears of Manitou. Her And Gold is her solo project getting help from Blake Kimball(Lead guitar)Tony Robles(Drums). Carousel is her debut album.

(My Opinion)

To be honest, I haven’t heard much about Maria Sais de Sicilia or of Bears of Manitou and I want to say that I’m a fan of her but I’m not sure if I am. Carousel isn’t a bad start for a solo career but is a bit odd. Every so often while listening to one of the songs on this album, something changes that also bothers me and I switch  songs.

For songs like St. Teresa and wildfire, there is a lot of repetition and gets annoying very easily. I find that for all of the songs, the instruments drown out her voice and makes it hard to understand the lyrics she’s singing without feeling the need to look them up. I will admit that Maria has a very beautiful voice and she uses it to her advantage, but for songs like, Magnolia, Someday, and St. Teresa I feel like they are a bit too slow for her voice. If the tempo was a bit quicker I think that it would have made these songs much better. Another thing that makes it very difficult for me to understand the words or even enjoy the songs is that there is an echo of sorts of her voice on every song. Even though I do like songs that have this awesome effect because sometimes it does make the song better but in this case, it just takes away from it. A few songs sound good with the echo like, Happy, while others sounds odd and hard to pay attention to.

Like I said before, Maria has a beautiful voice, I love the different notes and pitches used to show how soft and delicate her voice is, yet how sure and strong it can be too. Take The Lead has a very smooth transitioning between the verses and the chorus which I really enjoy. There’s a really good use of techno displayed throughout the album and in most of the songs. I like that different types of techno is used to help make all of the songs sound different. What I really like about this album are the songs, Start Again, Take The Lead, Carousel, and Happy because of their lyrics. The Lyrics are vague enough to be able to relate to the listeners yet still have meaning for the band.

Overall, I will listen to Her And Golds next album since this one didn’t disappoint but showed that there is a bit more to be learned. From this album my favourite songs are, Start Again, Take The Lead, Happy, and Carousel. I would recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of States, Lydia, and BOY. If you enjoy Her And Gold then you should certainly check out Bears Of Manitou.

Three Sexy Treble Clefs
Three Sexy Treble Clefs

 

Songs On The Album

  1. Happy -3:41
  2. Magnolia-3:52
  3. St. Teresa-3:12
  4. Someday-3:08
  5. Start Again-3:48
  6. Wildfire-3:48
  7. Take The Lead-3:40
  8. Carousel-5:01

Book Review: Out Of Reach By Carrie Arcos

13482565Out Of Reach By Carrie Arcos

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Contemporary, Adventure and young adult

Release Date: October 16, 2012

Pages: 240 (Hard Cover)

Out Of Reach

Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home.

Rachel’s terrified—and she can’t help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger.

With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home.

(My Opinion)

Usually, when it comes to books with such a serious topic, they hit me at my core and stick with me for a very long time. There is just so much pull and emotion with these kinds of books that they are my weak spot. Out Of Reach does not fall in that category for me. Even though I love the cover and the synopsis of this story really pulled me, that was about it. I don’t like any of the characters enough to care and I was pretty apathetic towards the ending.

Carrie Arcos tries to make a lot of the scenes in her debut novel try to seem like they are intense but like other authors, doesn’t quite do it. I don’t like any of the characters because they’re stiff and boring. Nothing they do pulls much emotion out of me. Also, this book is about a sister and her love for her brother who is addicted to meth. There isn’t much information on the actual drug, how the brother reacted, or anything like that. I feel like Carrie Arcos only picked up a pamphlet and wrote little things about the drug in her book instead of actually researching and adding things that the general public wouldn’t know.

Another thing that I don’t like about this book is that there are far too many flashback and memories. I understand that she enjoys reliving her time spend with her brother, but it seems that on every single page, Rachel is having a flashback. In other words, there seems to be little information about Micah before he left but a shit load when they were kids or younger.

What I do like about Out of Reach is that the chapters are short and it’s easy to finish a few chapters in only a matter of minutes. Like I said before, I really like the cover, it shows that some people truly are out of reach and in the middle of nowhere. I wouldn’t recommend this book since I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked to. But if I were, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoy books about sibling relationships and how far someone will go to find the one person they love and truly care about.

Two Clouds
Two Clouds

Favourite Album Lyrics Of The Week#2

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My favourite lyrics from the albums that I’ve listened to during the week.

My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes By The Cinema

The_Cinema_-_My_Blood_Is_Full_of_Airplanes Favourite Lyrics:

1. I got a mess on my hands from the process,

we leave tomorrow cause I needed to solve this

we got all of the world at our fingers,

you got a pretty little face and features

so we’ll call every place we go, home

(Taken from ‘Banker’)

2. And Then I had this dream I was fast as lightning,
flying in a suitcase over these islands?
But this time I’m not wakin’ up

Get it right this time,
I’m throwing lassos at the sky
Catching moments as big as my eyes,
Intoxicating like, like we’re on a gold mine
Get it right this time,
I’m throwing islands at your eyes
That’s right you got me practicing lies,
Intoxicating like, like we’re on a gold mine
(Taken from ‘My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes’)

3. Cause everyone believes
In what they cannot see
But if that makes you happy
Then we can wake up
(Taken from ‘She’s On My Arm Now’)

Aim and Ignite By Fun. 

220px-Funaimandignite Favourite Lyrics:

1. I don’t keep friends,I keep acquainted,
I’m not a prophet, But I’m here to profit.

That’s all, I’m gone! That’s my life, Nothing is sacred.
I don’t fall in love, I just fake it.
(Taken from ‘At Least I’m Not Sad (As I Used To Be’)

2. Hearts do break
and I must admit
I found a verse and a chorus
so I might have been faking it.
Think I really only cried just once.

(Taken from ‘Walking The Dog’)