Thursday, 26 February 2009

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Title: Jellicoe Road (or On The Jellicoe Road if you live in Australia)
Author: Melina Marchetta
Summary: "What do you want from me?" he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

Well, I'm going to start of the review by first of all saying that I think this book is absolutely amazing, I think it actually might be my favourite book right now (it may even beat Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska on my favourite books ever, or at the very least, it ties with them) and trust me that my review of it probably won't even begin to do the book justice. Even the summary doesn't sum it up all that well.

The whole plot is just so amazingly thought out and when I was done reading I was just like "wow!", because it's hard to think how it's possible that an author can come up with a story so complex, split it into pieces and arrange it in such a way that it all comes back together in the end.

I love the way it's written (although, it did take a chapter or two to sort of feel comfortable with the style but once you do it's brilliant) and the characters are really awesome, some of them --most of them-- are so broken but still so real, and it's practically impossible not to care about them.

You should know that it's REALLY confusing at first though -- it's like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle when you don't have all the pieces, so you just keep guessing what the bigger picture is (and you might guess right, I did, mostly) but all the little pieces keep coming together pretty much right up until the very end of the book and loose ends come together that you didn't even realise were there. But when the main confusing part is out of the way (about 50 pages in? was when I went from just liking it to being totally hooked) then it's totally awesome.

With this book I got that feeling, you know, where you just get so caught up in the story that it seems so real and you get that feeling in your chest letting you know that you really care about what happens to these characters? That hasn't happened like that since reading Looking for Alaska (well, it happened with Paper Towns too, but not as intense) and that feeling is the reason I love reading in the first place, so, safe to say Jellicoe Road = win. :]

If you decide to read it, trust me, even if you're confused as hell at first, it does all eventually come together make sense -- if you like books like John Green's books where they're about friendship and mystery and have romance there too and they really make you think about life, then you'll probably like it.

I think it's one of those books that is probably more awesome the second time you read it because you won't have all the initial confusion anymore and you can pick up on things you didn't notice the first time cause you were so distracted trying to figure it out.

Melina Marchetta's other books are now so on my to read list.


P.s. I made some fan art for the book here and here and I posted one of my favourite quotes from the book on my tumblr

Thursday, 19 February 2009

P.S. I Loathe You by Lisi Harrison.

I finished this book today. Now I'm pretty sick so this will be a lame review.

Title: P.S. I Loathe You.
Author: Lisi Harrison.
Book Number: #10 in the Clique series. (Not counting the summer editions.)
Book Number: #16 in my 50 book challenge.
Summary: Massie Block:When the Pretty Committee deems its boy-fast null and void, boy fever sweeps through BOCD. What better way to backhandspring into new crush Dempsey's heart-and make old crush Derrington jealous-than cheer for him on the soccer field? And just like that, Massie forms BOCD's first-ever cheerleading squad. But will Massie still have something to cheer about when Dempsey starts spending ah lot of time with LBR Layne Abeley? Give me an "E" for Ehmagawd!

Kristen Gregory: With Massie and her SBFF (secret best friend forever) Layne vying for the same boy, Kristen has to make a choice: A) the Pretty Committee, or B) the Witty Committee. And if she doesn't choose fast, she'll end up C) Committeeless.

Dylan Marvil: Is hiding something, and it's not just those peanut butter Luna bars stashed under her mattress. She's got a secret crush on Derrington-and it's no secret that he likes burpilicious redheads. . . .

Alicia Rivera: Prefers pliƩs to pom-poms, especially when Massie orders her to the bottom of the cheer-pyramid. Can Alicia accept her beta status, or is it time to become alpha of her own squad?

Claire Lyons: Now that she's back with Cam, Claire finally has her love life in order. But her friends are trading crushes like styling tips. Will the Pretty Committee survive the boy-swap intact, or is the Clique about to come apart at the seams?

K, for me, this is one of my favorite Clique books. It's one of those books that has so many emotions that your heart hurts after reading it and you want to read it again even though you just finished it.

Now, I read this quickly, so chances are I'll have to reread it someday. Right now I don't think I'm up to it though.

The thing I loved about this one was that everyone's actions caught up to them completely. (That's an indirect hint, by the way.) It gives you a much better look at all of the characters.

(And I was very surprised to realized that some of the stuff I put in my fanfic very well happened in the book. :/)

It's a really really great book, that's all I can say. The ending is ah-mazing.

So go read it. ;)



Tuesday, 3 February 2009

The Glass of Time

Yeah, most of you don't know me, but I'm Julie. So, hi. :-P

Title: The Glass of Time
Author: Michael Cox
Summary From Borders: Building on his "superb" ( Washington Post ) debut, The Meaning of Night , Michael Cox returns to a murderous nineteenth-century England. Like its "beguiling" and "intelligent" ( New York Times Book Review ) predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder. Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own.

So, my friend pretty much forced this book on me last week. I was a bit skeptical looking at the title, the description, and pretty much everything about it. The only thing it really had going for it was that it happened in the 1800's in England. But I read it anyway, because my friends are extremely bitchy and violent and I didn't feel like being hurt for not reading a book.

Be warned, this book is the heaviest non-textbook I've ever held. Considering it's page count, it seems unlikely, but it is.

I finished the book last night and absolutely loved it. It's set up like a play, with five acts divided into 'scenes'. It was filled with different twists as well. I'm usually pretty good at predicting things, but in this book they would admit something I knew would happen, then give out two more details I completely wasn't expecting. I did see the ending coming, but how it got there kind of threw me off. And in the last act, it seemed like unexpected thing followed unexpected thing in succession. Reading it right before bed didn't help either.

But overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It's extremely interesting and different from other things I've read. So go get it. Now.


Sunday, 1 February 2009

Perfect Chemistry

Title: Perfect Chemistry
Author: Simone Elkeles
Summary: When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

This is now one of my favourite books, it's really awesome -- it's kind of like a modern Romeo & Juliet type story, with less tragedy, a more bad ass Romeo, a cooler Juliet and it's more realistic. And for once it's a book that doesn't have one of those annoying endings that leaves you feeling like the story is incomplete and doesn't leave you with any "what if"'s or doubts in your mind about what happens to the characters.

Alex is awesome, and even though I don't speak Spanish and in his chapters (because it alternates between his POV and Brittany's) he says some random words in Spanish it's really hot... there's just something cute about the way there's bits of that language woven throughout his chapters and you don't even need to know what it says (although it's usually pretty easy to figure out, or he'll translate for Brittany's sake) for it to seem really sexy. And I love that his character is one of those bad boys who is actually a good guy.

I really liked Brittany's character too, I sort of expected her to be one of those annoying too-perfect characters but she really wasn't.

Anyway, I really liked the book.


P.s. Haha, I found this trailer/rap video thing for the book on youtube, it's really funny (but if you watch it, don't assume the book is like this -- this is more like a parody)


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