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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (27): Fox Forever



Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson
Jenna Fox Chronicles #3
Publication Date: March 19, 2013
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Locke Jenkins has some catching up to do. After spending 260 years as a disembodied mind in a little black box, he has a perfect new body. But before he can move on with his unexpected new life, he’ll have to return the Favor he accepted from the shadowy resistance group known as the Network.

Locke must infiltrate the home of a government official by gaining the trust of his daughter, seventeen-year-old Raine, and he soon finds himself pulled deep into the world of the resistance—and into Raine’s life.

Mary E. Pearson brings the story she began in The Adoration of Jenna Fox and continued in The Fox Inheritance to a breathtaking conclusion as Locke discovers that being truly human requires much more than flesh and blood.
  
So excited for this one. I loved Adoration and Fox Inheritance, I can't wait to see what Mary Pearson had installed in the final book of the Jenna Fox Chronicles! Leave me a comment and tell me what you're waiting on this Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review: Butter by Erin Jade Lange

Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 316
Genre: Contemporary
A lonely obese boy everyone calls "Butter" is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn't go through with his plans? 
*Digital galley provided by publisher for an honest review*

When I first heard about Butter on Goodreads I knew that I was going to like this book, a lot. Contemporary never was my forte or really a genre that could captivate me, not like paranromal or sci-fi, and the works, but Butter really changed the tides. The ostracized, obese kid that is going to eat himself to death on a live video stream. Okay, I might get looks for reading something like this, something so far-fetched and down right disgusting and morally unacceptable in the standards of society, but really Butter took modern contemporary to a whole new level, something that I've never seen nor heard about before. Butter is one unique, satisfying read.

From page one Butter gives the reader his sassy attitude. He's large (figuratively and literally) and in charge, saxophone inclined with the practice to prove himself so, and in love with Anna, cheerleader and the girl who sits in front of him in class. They talk and she has him head over heels for him, but it's not what you think. Anna doesn't know who Butter is besides the fat kid to needs two desks in class and a whole entire bench to sit on during lunch--they talk online through IM chats where he goes by the alias of JP. But Butter is dying for her to notice him, and his internet craze, ButtersLastMeal.com, is sweeping the school and the popular boys are taking a notice and Butter finds that it's a one way ticket to Anna but also a one way ticket to his death. Because peer pressure is a bitch.

It's a really sad novel, the bullying and Butter's fight to get the girl. The connection to Butter really is a strong one, because as the reader you want him to win, you want him to lose the wait and for Anna to fall for him. But that's hard for a 400+lbs teenager to do. Especially when his parents have almost given up on controlling the weight, the dad fails to even acknowledge Butter because of how out of control his size is. The humanity in the reader goes a long way through the novel as Butter's character develops in more ways than one.

There was only one small problem that I really had in the novel, and it had to do with the naming of two characters. You have Tucker, Butter's best friend from fat camp, the name of the actual camp is escaping my mind at the moment, and Parker one of the popular guys that Butter starts to hang out with. During some portions of the book I started to get jumbled and confused by how similar the names happened to be, and I know it's silly but I started to confuse Parker with Tucker and vice versa. So parts of the story didn't make sense until I went back and double checked who was who. That really was the only problem I had to remark about in this novel.

The one thing that I really liked was the father and Butter's relationship by the end of the novel. They struggled, the wall between them was so dense and so thick, and by the time all the events that happen happen, I respected both Butter and his father so much more. Here are two of my favorite quotes that his father has to say:
"You could coach me in algebra," I suggested.
Dad shook his head and smiled. "No, I missed my chance to be your coach. But if it's not too late, I'd like to be a fan."
"Why are we so--Well, how come we're not more alike, you and me?" 
First Line: You think I eat a lot now? That's nothing.
Story: S
Cover: C

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review: Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Series: Defiance #1
Young Adult
Pages: 403
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city's brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father's apprentice, Logan--the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city's top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor's impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
*Digital copy provided by publisher for an honest review*

Anticipation and hype brought me to picking up Defiance. The synopsis sounded interesting to say the least, so why the heck wouldn't I pick it up and try to see what all the talk was about. Noticing how many people have read this so far and also noticing that C.J. Redwine is a debut author, I felt that I should see what this author has to show, what kind of a story she is telling.


Almost 30% in on my kindle, I grew bored of Defiance. I found myself lazily skimming through the chapters, not fully reading all paragraphs, trying to find dialogue to keep some sort of interest. It was a story that didn't do it for me.



Character wise, it was a let down. Rachel fell flat, like cardboard in the wind. Her views on Logan confused me, going from hate tolerance in just a few short chapters, she is reckless and really has not voice but that of a whiny character over the disappearance/death of her father. I understand that she is in the right to be this way, but how she handles the overwhelming information, how the whole thing is executed just turned my attention away. I just found myself not wanting to read about her. Logan, Rachel's overseer after her father's death, I did not like. Arrogant and absolutely mean, not to mention violent, in thought and action towards Rachel aggravated me and had me putting the book down. All in all, the characters were one of two reasons for my choice of not finishing.



The other reason is world-building. I found it insufficient. Baalboden, the city that is surrounded by walls, a ruthless leader, and laws if broken are punishable by death, is very cliched in my opinion of most dystopian-esque YA novels. I could never figure out what sort of time period C.J. Redwine's world was meant to be set in. The technology gave it a sci-fi tone but the actions and dialogue sounded very formal and such, and I was just confused in this aspect. I was hoping for a more concrete and innovative world, but sadly I was let down in this novel.



Final Summation: Defiance fell flat with character development and world-building. Though most people enjoyed this novel, I could not find anything really enjoyable about it. I was bored while reading and couldn't find the energy in me to keep reading.


First Line: The weight of their pity is like a stone tied about my neck.
Story: DNF
Cover: S