Book Review: Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

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Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Genre: Thriller and Young Adult

Release Date: October 1, 2013

Pages: 304 (Hardcover)

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Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for “normal.” Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that-or succumb to a killer.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, HMH Books for Young Readers for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I feel bad about review this book because of my mixed feelings  towards it. The message it’s trying to get across gets there, loud and clear. Yet, there are so many things that I just couldn’t overlook since this is a novel telling a story that might be fictional, happens to people all over the world. Before getting to the things that disappointed me, I want to say that Cheryl Rainfield did make me uncomfortable and she did make me remember that my life could be worse no matter the situation that I’m in. I think that Stained will remind readers of how lucky they are and how to always, always, always trust their gut, no matter what.

Stained is a tough book to get into and didn’t take much to lose my attention since it is so very stiff and bland. Especially the characters, although I admired Sarah’s courage and determination, I still couldn’t connect with her and feel the emotions that Rainfield was trying to get me to. Nick, like Sarah, feels extremely contrived and odd because all I got from him is that he loves Sarah, like, a lot and he’s willing to do anything for her. That’s about it. He’s only there as an accessory to Sarah rather than an actual friend who helps her get through a harsh time.

But, I did find the writing style to be okay for the most part. It flows nicely even if it doesn’t give off an intense feeling. Like I mentioned before, Sarah’s determination and courage changed her and for the better. I love the main message this novel gives off (Inner beauty is much more important than outer) as well as the smaller, albeit just as important, messages of how cruel some people can be about certain things.

Overall, this is a novel that I think should be read for the message rather than the story. Without enjoying it much, I was left disappointed and a bit confused at how quickly it moved at the end. The ending isn’t as realistic as I wished it to be nor did it have me at the edge of my seat and thrusting my fist in the air. However, I still recommend this book to everyone because it’s a great reminder as to how easy it is for a person to disappear by someone they know and may even trust.

3 Clouds

3 Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Sassy Girl, Swoony God Tourney Post#1

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This is a tournament for the sequel to  My Ex From Hell that’s hosted by Tellulah Darling in a fun way to include readers as well as publicize the book! My Date From Hell is coming out October 31! So before it comes out, go buy the first one here!

“So for this week’s challenge, tourney participants get to make a playlist. This might be my favourite of all the challenges because my friends and I used to make playlists for each other all the time. Except we called them mixed tapes. And believe me, there is an art to making a good one.

What exactly would Sophie tell Kai through musical subtext? Or not so sub.

Our sassy players will post the playlist name, song titles and artist names and their own race name in the reply section of this week’s post.”-Tellulah Darling

Okay! So you heard/read what she said! It’s time to make an awesome playlist that reflects Sophie and Kai’s relationship and I think that I have made a great one. The playlist is in NO type of order because I’m really lazy but I think it describes their roller coaster like relationship!

It’s Kind of a Funny Story Playlist

1. Peach by The Front Bottoms
2. King of Anything by Sarah Bareilles
3. Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
4. No One Does it Better by You Me At Six
5. If I Were A Boy by Beyoncé
6. Gives You Hell by All-American Rejects
7. Happily Ever After by He IS We
8. Bite My Tongue by You Me At Six

Pretty good, right? Fingers cross I get their relationship right! I still need to read the second one! The next challenge will be up on her blog tomorrow and my entry will be posted on Sundays. Have a great week, everyone!

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#40

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

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1. When something that’s a part of you causes you so much pain–pain others inflict–you obsess about it.

2. If I don’t do what feels right to me, what I need and want to do, then am I really living?

3. The lack of human voices really gets to me. I never realized that we need to talk with other people just to know that we exist. That we matter. Loneliness is a howling, empty cavern inside of me that just keeps growing.

Book Review: Countdown by Michelle Rowen

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Countdown by Michelle Rowen

Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: October 1, 2013

Pages: 336 (Paperback)

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3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.

2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game.

Kira Jordan survived her family’s murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.

1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it.

Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira’s psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan’s secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira’s only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can’t escape.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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After the whole Night Watchers series, I’ve been skeptical about this novel. I had very little faith that I could enjoy this protagonist as well as the story because the last time I enjoyed a novel by Michelle Rowen was about three years ago. So with that being said, Countdown is everything I thought it would be, it has that annoying main character who is far too naive to even realize it, the love interest who is every type of bad boy, *yawns*, oh and the boring plot. Even at the better parts of this book (there are a few), I couldn’t bring myself to care about them because this novel, as a whole, is just boring and uncreative. And I’m not sure whether or not I should give Rowen any more chances.

Starting with the plot, it’s just so typical and overdone. After reading the first chapter, I knew the end of this novel and who’s behind the whole game. Seriously, it’s so obvious that I can’t even. Kira is not a likeable character because she’s naive, trusting everyone that she comes in contact with. She’s been living on the streets for at least two years so I would have thought that she had gained some street smarts or even common knowledge like “don’t trusts strangers”. But no, from the beginning, she trusts people who she shouldn’t because they look sincere. I can’t stress enough about just how angry she made me with all of her decisions and barely had to pay for them. I also didn’t appreciate the romance, it’s so mainstream and sort of insta-love like after only knowing him for no more than a week. Give me a fucking break, Kira.

The only thing that didn’t annoy me about this novel would have to be Rogan’s sense of humour, especially during the beginning of the story because he just bashed Kira and made me laugh. That’s it. Everything else sucked.

Overall, Countdown is a huge let-down for me and it bothered me that this could have been a fairly mediocre novel if only its execution was done properly. I don’t recommend this novel to anyone because I couldn’t even enjoy more than the sarcastic remarks.

1.5 Odd Clouds

1.5 Odd Clouds

For quotes from this book, click here.

Song of the Week#10-Billy S. by Skye Sweetnam (School Edition-B)

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This is a weekly meme that’s for the most part, the same as Song Of The Week except each week there will be for the alphabet/numbers! and it’s going to be updated once a week. This week’s edition is: B!

Skye Alexandra Sweetnam is a Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and music video director. She has released two albums and has been in many tv shows and films. Billy S. is off of her album, Noise From the Basement.

To be honest, when I was forced to read Romeo and Juliet I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at every page. Of course, for everyone who has read the many novels that I have written reviews on, insta-love is because of Romeo and Juliet. They are the parents of it and it’s only fair to pay my respects to a novel that I will never read nor watch ever again. Thank you, Shakespeare and thank you Skye Sweetnam for expressing just how many teens feel about this play.

My favourite part is:

I don’t need to read Billy Shakespeare,
Meet Juliet or Mavolio,
Feel for once what it’s like to rebel now,
I wanna break out, let’s go!

Teachers treat us all like clones,
Sit up straight, take off your headphones,
I don’t blame them, they get paid,
Money money, woo, lot’s of money money, woo!

You can listen to Billy S. here.

Lyrics are here.

Book Review: Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter

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Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Pages: 480 (Hardcover)

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After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I’ve always been skeptical of sequels because they rarely ever beat the original but, with this novel, I can tell that Gena Showalter put a lot of time making these characters realistic and trustworthy in a way that every single person, not only teenagers want in their lives. This time around, everything seems to matter far more than they did in the first one and I loved how complex yet simple the writing is. Everything has a second meaning and I was excited to return to the world of ghost zombies and the young slayers that kill them.

Many authors have trouble balancing out a creative plot with a nicely executed romance and while I do love Cole and Ali’s relationship because it’s so up and down and bitter-sweet, I found it to be a bit too much at times. Instead of focusing on her painful past and/or the zombies, most pages are full of her romance with Cole and how much he cares for her and is trying not to. I also don’t like the ending solely because it’s a little too nicely done and gives off the impression that everyone will turn out happy no matter what. I was hoping for one sad thing to happen to the slayers rather than what I received.

Ali Bell is quickly becoming a fun protagonist that I don’t think I will ever mind reading about. She’s tough, determined, and quite the caring person. I especially love the new twist that’s added here and how she has to literally face her inner demon and fight for everyone she loves. There’s so much action that I never felt bored, especially with the rest of the characters, they held my attention with their quirky remarks and realism that can only come from teens living a rough life.

What a fun ride it has been with Ali and her friends! It’s so intense and heart-warming with many parts full of some serious zombie slaying as well as lovely chapter titles that give a zombie feel to classic sayings! Through the Zombie Glass is a novel that I recommend to readers who either love zombie books or love tons of action, a steamy romance, and some badass attitude from the protagonist! Now, I’m just dying to find out what the title for the third book will be!

4 Dreamy Clouds

4 Dreamy Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#39

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Fallen (Fallen#1) by Lauren Kate

6487308Favourite quote: Trust is a careless pursuit at best. At worst, it’s a good way to get yourself killed.

Killer of Enemies by  Joseph Bruchac

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1. As long as we can remember them, our families will always be with us.

2. The female of species is deadlier than the male.

3. Guilt can make you doubt yourself at the very moment when you need to proceed with certainty.

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles#1) by Gena Showalter

11300302Favourite quote: “Yeah, okay. You’re right. I was having dinner with Zombie Carl the other night. You know, steak, rare, and a bottle of vintage type A. He told me all his secrets, but too bad for you I promised him I wouldn’t tell. In exchange I asked him to gather his best undead buddies and stalk me through my friend’s yard. And oh, yeah, it was totally fine if they wanted to use me as an all-night-dinner buffet, because having organs is SO last year.”

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter

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1. Sometimes, the loneliness probably got to be too much and anyone seemed better than no one.

2. You know,” Cole said. “My mom once told me a boy would know he’d become a man when he stopped putting himself first. She said a girl would come along and I wouldn’t be able to get her out of my mind. She said this girl would frustrate me, confuse me, and challenge me, but she would also make me do whatever was necessary to be a better man–the man she needed. With you, I want to be better. I want to be what you need. Tell me what you need.”

3. Cole chuckled, saying, “Fear of spiders is arachnophobia, and fear of tight spaces is claustrophobia, but fear of Ali Bell is just called logic.”