*Awakes From Hibernation*

*bursts through door*
I’M AALIIVE!!

It’s been a month, no? Two? What year is it, anyway?

I’ve spent the last three-ish months reading, baking, sleeping and generally being a useless element of society. It was fun.

Anyway, here’s a book I liked:
fatherland

The Goodreads summary:
“Fatherland” is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich. And, with the Gestapo just one step behind, March, together with an American journalist, is caught up in a race to discover and reveal the truth – a truth that has already killed, a truth that could topple governments, a truth that will change history.

Read that. Read that again. And again. Take your time. I’ll wait.

Done yet?

Now, tell me that’s not the best premise for a story ever. I dare you.
can'tIn case it isn’t obvious, it’s an amazing book.

I love that there isn’t much exposition. The story doesn’t delve into the nitty-gritty of how this alternative future came about and doesn’t do too much with the fictional future (history? I don’t even know). It would have gotten really boring really fast. It didn’t though, so that was great.
And while it was still fictional and all, a lot of the stuff was real. The police are unhappy with young’uns liking a British band from Liverpool. Lots of the characters actually existed and everything. I can’t actually think of anything else; I read it two months ago, but there was lots of stuff like that.
The characters are awesome too. The story is awesome.

everything is awesomeReviewing stuff is hard. Just read it.

Aaina out.

 

 

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Insurgent! and My Divergent Series Review

I went to see the ‘Insurgent’ movie on Wednesday. Although it was good, and the plot was similar to the book, I’ve got some complaints.

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Was the box in the book? I can’t remember.
Where was Will’s sister? The movie is named ‘Insurgent’ and they never once mentioned the group of Insurgents? I don’t think the title would have made much sense to anyone who hadn’t read the book.
I really liked the simulations-to-open-the-box thing. That part was cool.
Was Jeanine killed by Evelyn in the book? I think it was Tori. I don’t know.

It was a good movie! It was fun and fast-paced and I liked the plot (I liked it more than I liked the plot to the book). But it wasn’t a watch-in-a-theatre kind of movie.

SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK, POSSIBLY.

Pritika wrote a review, too.

This is my problem with the Divergent series on the whole. It’s not memorable. It’s enjoyable to read once, but then you never read it again or even remember what it’s, because it’s so forgettable.

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Sure, it’s got guns and jumping-off-trains and weird serum-thingies and factions and an intriguing plot, it’s not brilliantly written.

Tris is confusing
I get that she joined Dauntless and all, but to this date nobody has managed to adequately explain to me why she decided to leave her family (whom she loved an awful lot) and her friends to join Dauntless. What, she wants to look at herself in the mirror more often?
What is up with her sudden transformation from a puny Abnegation girl to a total Natasha Romanoff who’s hailed by all as a brilliant fighter? The only way this could have been less realistic is if there had been a montage of her training with some sort of inspirational music in the background.
She’s supposed to have also gotten into Erudite. She did not recognise a boy who was in her faction up until two years ago. What.

Tris (and all the characters) just seemed to change their personalities and opinion drastically whenever it suited them. I don’t like that.

But the story was interesting. The faction system was intriguing. It could have been done better though.

 

Versatile Blogger Award!

Hello there!

It’s been a while since I lasted posted and it will be a long time before I post anything again, because I haven’t read anything new and I have finals coming up in March, and it’s like, a requirement to pass or something. Whatever.

Anyway, exciting suff’s happened. vba I want to thank Sheetal from Dreaming Wordz for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Her blog, in case you haven’t seen it, is super awesome and you should totally go check it out.

This is the first time I’ve been nominated for anything, so it’s exciting and all. But also new. I gather that this is what you’re supposed to do:

  1.  Show the award on your blog.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 blogs.
  5. Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know.

So, here’s seven things about yours truly:

  1. I play the violin. And when I play, I play like a maniac, make the dog cry and hurt myself. It’s crazy.
  2. I’m a huge nerdfighter. DFTBA!
  3. My talent in the field of sports is legendary. I have once hit myself in the face in an attempt to serve in badminton.
  4. I hate reading books on the kindle. I’m more likely to abandon them.
  5. Left unsupervised, I can finish an entire tub of ice-cream and still have room for three bars of chocolate.
  6. My goal in life is to either be a) an aeronautical engineer or b) a busker. Either one sounds good to me.
  7. I like writing. I really like writing. But I hate the “Oh God, why” feeling I get after reading things I wrote in the past. It’s a struggle.
  8. I’m bad at counting, evidently.

Now, on to the nominating. It’s hard to choose only fifteen of all the blogs I love, but here we go:

  1. Brunette with a Book
  2. Some Kind Of Book Blog
  3. Worried by Emery
  4. #LoveBooks
  5. From the bookseller
  6. There and Their
  7. littlegladys
  8. The Bookshelf’s Secret
  9. Books and Smizmars
  10. Check out all these books!
  11. A book is a dream that you hold in your hand
  12. Book of the Week
  13. daniel is reading
  14. Stacks of Sarah
  15. frankfiction

Whew!

Well, that’s all for the next month or two, because passing exams are sadly higher on my list of priorities right now than reading is.

I’m going back to doing algebra, Mother.

The Scorch Trials

Hola!

I finally got around to reading the Scorch Trials, by James Dashner. The second book in the Maze Runner Series.

Back of the book:
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escaping meant he would get his life back. But no one new what sort of life they were going back to…
Burned and baked, the earth is a wasteland, its people driven mad by an infection known as the Flare.
Instead of freedom, Thomas must face another trial. He must cross the Scorch to once again save himself and his friends.

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Yeah. It sounds fun.

I loved the first book in the series. The Maze Runner was fast-paced and exciting. There were awesome plot twists and great action scenes. It had its faults though, and those were more evident in The Scorch Trials.

There is no character development. Thomas remains the awkward Mary Sue he was in the first book.
The plot is lame. It’s the second phase of trials and is apparently more hard than the Maze. The trial is… (drum roll!)
Trek through a desert.
That’s it.
Allow me to summarise Tom Biggins’s itinerary through the book:
Trek through a desert; occasionally fight a head-eating metallic sphere that will later disappear and be forgotten for no rhyme or reason; show diplomacy with half crazed diseased ‘cranks’; participate in poorly-written, unnecessary love triangle; tag along with said cranks until you get forced into a party; get drugged at said party; waste a lot of time in a scene that adds nothing to the plot; get shot, which puts the storyteller in a sort of deus ex machina situation, so get healed by WICKED officials who swoop in the middle of the Trial; mind-speak with the one-dimensional love interest, AKA Teresa; get kidnapped by said love interest and if I go on any longer you might as well not read the book.

Throughout The Maze Runner, there were cool plot twists that made me want to keep reading.
The Scorch Trials did that, but the twists were more annoying than intriguing, and sometimes they were downright stupid.

The writing was sort of… meh. It was bland. The female characters were one-dimensional.

The most annoying thing though, is that the Gladers accomplished nothing throughout the book. They trudged from point A to point B and they didn’t even learn anything new about their situation.
It’s a filler book.

That being said, you can’t actually put this book down. Once you start, you have to finish it. There are just too many questions you need answers to.

(I found this gem. This review is perfection.)

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 6.47.45 pmAn aside here, but I found this on the back of the book.
it’s people or its people?
Is it a typo? On the back of a bestseller? How?

‘The Book Thief’ Appreciation Post

What is my favourite book at the moment? And, indeed, has been for the past two years?

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.

Why have I not written a review?

It’s so hard! And sort of depressing. But also daunting. Arghh.

Here’s the back of the book (well, sort of)
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

book thief

Sounds super cheerful, no?

The first thing that I think of when I see the Book Thief on my bookshelf is war. That’s understandable, the book is set in World War II. But it isn’t just war in the ‘guns and tanks’ sense. It’s war in the ‘starving children, brutal regimes, and the complete and utter hopelessness’ sense. It’s the human-ness.

The book is narrated by Death. Far from the thundering god-like person I expected him to be, he’s just tired. Tired of all the dying people and he’s also constantly astounded by humans. He also sort of tells you who dies when at the beginning of the story, which was weird, but it sort of added to the overall beautiful-ness of the story. (Beautifullness? Beauty? Beauty.)
beautiful The writing is awesome. There are lines I’ve highlighted and re-highlighted to the extent that now they’re sort of branded into my brain.

I mean, how do you even come up with these.

You know that word they throw around in newspaper book reviews? Poignant? The word they sort of overuse a lot that it sort of lost it’s meaning?

If I was asked to describe this book in two words, they would be awesome and poignant.
In the literal sense of both words.
(also heartbreaking. In the sense of WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME. I swear this book is almost TFIOS-esque in the tears department.)

You know how when you read Harry Potter and a beloved character died (and let’s be honest that happened WAY too often) and you cried buckets but somehow months or even years later you would flip back to those pages and this weird feeling of melancholy but also awe would well up within you?

That’s what reading the Book Thief is like.

 

Also, this book totally helped me remember how to spell ‘thief’. Kudos.