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*Surprise Review!* Fangirl

First Line: There was a boy in her room.

About: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? (goodreads)


Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 445

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Review: I have no idea what made me buy this book, but I must say, this is the PERFECT book for someone like me to read around Valentine's Day.

I am not a romance girl... at all. You shall most definitely hear about my loathing of romance books in the future, but for now all you need to know is I have a strong dislike of them, and do try to avoid them as much as possible. (which is hard in the YA genre, let me tell you.) So I was very surprised when I picked up this book and ended up liking it... quite a bit, actually.

I have heard about Rainbow Rowell (LOVE her name!) a lot on Goodreads and stuff, and had seen Eleanor and Park scattered about the bookstore enough to know that she is popular amongst the young folks. I had also read that Fangirl was written during NaNoWriMo, and, being a NaNo writer, I just had to read it, you know, to convince myself that it actually is possible to win NaNo.

I was very, very surprised how fast I flew through this book. It ain't short (being almost 500 pages... okay, short pages, but still), but it is an uber easy read. And you sort of get sucked into the story and can't stop yourself from zooming on.

I have read several reviews for this book, so this is going to sound cliche, but... Cath is me!!! 

Ms. Rowell really knew how to portray a geeky girl. Cath was just so perfect, I loved her so much. I think everyone can relate to her on some level (even if you are a cool person!).

Cath and Wren both seemed like a perfect mixture of my sister and me, and it was just great.

And Levi... oh, Levi. He was fun. Nice to know that there are amazing guys out there who would actually fall for the awkward, geeky girls (I know he's just a book character, but hey, a girl can dream...).

I had a love-hate relationship with Reagan, though. Her character was superb, but every other page she was saying some sort of bad word. You sort of grow to love her, though.

The whole story was very interesting, and not as cliched as I thought it would be.

But, since I am reviewing the book I have to point out the few things that I didn't care for. 

There were several, several bad words. While I do try to just ignore the bad words, it was kind of hard to in this book, because they were everywhere... Like cockroaches. There were also many times when Reagan would talk about icky stuff, and towards the end Cath kept wondering when she should do... it. (you know what I mean!) Why is it that every YA book seems to think it has to have bad words or icky stuff to be something!? Idk, but it's stupid in my opinion. I would love this, and many other books, a million times more if it didn't have bad words or icky stuff... just saying.

Okay, here's the last thing, and I know you all will probably hate me for bringing this up, but since I'm a Christian, and a Conservative, I feel like I kind of have to. Cath's fanfiction characters are gay... and it creeped me out. Phew, I said it. Yes. I didn't care much for the fanfiction parts, but it wasn't as bad as it could be. I just wanted to warn you if you don't feel comfortable reading a book with homosexual stuff in it. :P

Anyway, a spectactular read for nerdy girls on Valentine's Day. :)

Romance: I'm not quite sure exactly what genre this is... but it is romance to me.

Violence: I don't want to give any spoilers... but I don't think there was violence, or if so, not too much.

Recommended Age: 15+

Rating:

Give me some madness!

A Little Madness in the Spring is wholesome, even for a king-- Emily Dickinson

I have started this post in so many different ways. With me either complaining about the fact that it's Spring, but yet there is still snow on the ground (which, trust me, you don't want to read about), or my being utterly excited and happy that Spring is finally, finally here, and how I went outside and spun around barefoot. But the weather seems to be a bit indecisive right now... Okay, the weather is always, always indecisive around here.

It can be the most beautiful day Wednesday, and still manage to snow cats and dogs on Thursday. (I guess that's what I get for living in the mid-west :P)

Spring is my second favorite season (after Autumn). I don't know what it is about me, but I just love, love, love those inbetween seasons. Summer and Winter can be gruesome. Broiling hot, or unimaginably cold, never ceasing it's wrath. But Fall and Spring are nice little breaks inbetween the time of the torturous. Melting away into the next season before we ever really have time to fully enjoy them.
I think it's funniest thing how we've all been singing Let it Go during one of the most horrendous Winters ever.

I'd like to say that the cold doesn't bother me, but it does, quite a bit, actually.

Give me some Spring time madness!

Top Ten Tuesday | Episode 1

Hello, folks, today I'm going to be doing something I've never done before. A meme.

I always thought that blogging memes were really dumb, in a way. I saw so many bloggers who would only ever post memes and tags and stuff like that, and it all seemed very uninteresting after awhile. Why have a blog if you're only posting the same old memes? Answer me that!

Another thing that has kept me from doing memes is the commitment involved. Most of them are every week, and I can't take time out of my blogging schedule to make room for a million posts for memes.

I finally decided to try it out today (because no one reads my blog and I can get away with it) with this meme I've seen floating around. It was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and it's pretty awesome. As it's name implies, it's top ten lists, of like bookish stuff, which works great for me! But instead of doing it every week, I'm just going to do every other week, just because it will be easier on me and my posting schedule. (But if you don't like the whole meme thing, just let me know, and I'll stop.)

Anyway, Top Ten Tuesday!


Today's Top Ten Tuesday thing is Bookish Bucket List.

1: Read the real non-translated authentic French version of Les Miserables.

This ^ has been at the very top of my bookish bucket list ever since I watched Les Mis for the first time (best. movie. ever BTW). I am currently reading the boring English translated version, but once I am fluent in French (which will happen!) the first thing I'm going to do is read the French one. Because I can!

2: Read one-hundred books (or more, more is good) in a year.

Most of you have probably already read the big one-hundred books in year, so this might sound a bit babyish to you. I don't know what is wrong with me but I just can't ever make it. I am getting better though. In 2012 I read 24, and in 2013 48, so this year I'm kind of expecting to read 72, but I don't have a goal, so we'll see how far the Hannah can get.

3: Own all the rest of the books in all the series I have accumulated. 

Okay, this might be confuzzeling, but let me explain. I own so many random books from different series, without the rest of the series to accompany it. (the weirdest is probably These Happy Golden Years. I own that book, but not the rest of the Little House series. I know. It's odd) And I just want to get all the rest of the series, okay, so that my book collection doesn't feel so empty. (I'm sorry if that doesn't make any sense, but, hey, it's my bucket list it only has to make sense to me.)

4: Get my copy of The Book Thief signed! (or any book, I won't be picky)

Where I live, the most exciting thing that happens at my bookstore is the reading of a picture books for little kids, or a knitting club meeting (that sounds quite fun actually, but still). Hardly the place where big famous authors want to do book signings. And, since I can't get J.R.R. Tolkien to sign all of my LOTR books (because, well... you know), I'm going to have to settle for the second best. So, I am determined to track down Markus Zusak someday and get him to sign my book. (Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?)

5: Finish writing my book.

I have been working on my current WIP for a year now (happy dance), and it is very near and dear to my heart, you know, since I've wasted a year on it. But lately I just want to be done with it! First drafts are the bane of my existence, and this one is sure to kill me. Ugh! Why can't it just write itself?

6: Get my book published.

Totally different thing here. Once I get my manuscript finished and polished and pretty, I would really like to get it published. Of course I'd love to get any book published, but hey, I've spent a year on this one, so of course I want to see it get published and let other people read it.

7: Read everything on my TBR.

This is an impossible one, because my TBR is growing scarier everyday, and I can't imagine ever finishing it. But, again, I can dream.

8: Find a bookish job someday. (maybe)

You know how confuzzeled I am over... everything. So this may not apply in ten years, but I think it would be so cool to have a bookish job, like not writing (though, I will write books), I mean at a publishing company or something. That sounds awesome. If I could find a job that includes books and travel, I'm in!

9: Read more self-published stuff.

I never ever read self-published stuff. because since the libraries and book stores never carry them you have to take a chance and buy them and pay for shipping and everything. (unless you get an ebook, which doesn't work for me because I am personally on strike against ereaders, but I'll explain all about that in another post) It can be terrifying, but I know there's talent out there, and I want to give those self-published authors a chance.

10: Watch Divergent.

It's the most unfair thing because everyone in the world is seeing Divergent except me. :( sad face. So, you better watch out, someday I'll see it, and I'll explode, most definitely.
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There's my list.

If you also did this, feel free to link to your post in the comments, I'd love to read yours. :)

The Name of the Star

First Line: The eyes of London were watching Claire Jenkins.

About: Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him - the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target...unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables. (goodreads)

Author: Maureen Johnson

Pages: 372

Publisher: Speak

Review: I have been in such a happy reading mood these past couple months. This book had been sitting on my TBR list on goodreads, collecting virtual dust, forever. Usually when I mark a book as TBR, it's more like 'haha, we'll see if I even remember your title in a week," rather than, "I am putting you on hold at the library now to read!" But recently I have begun to clean out my TBR and have decided to read the strange books I put on there years ago. Which is how I came to read The Name of the Star.

When I marked it as TBR, I swear I thought it was Steampunk! (I also thought that Rory was a boy... yeah... awkward) I have no clue how I got that from the synopsis, but I did. But, seriously, the cover screams Steampunk, does it not? It wasn't until I started reading it that I discovered my wrongness. 

It wasn't a huge disappointment, though. Once I got over it, I found out just how much of a sparkling gem this book was.

First up, Rory. She was hilarious! I absolutely loved her voice. She was just such a southerner American stuck in London, and that's what made it so funny. She did annoy me at times, but all in all, she was great.

I also loved Stephen and Boo. They were all super great. (especially Stephen. He was my favorite :)

The whole story was very original, in my opinion (but what do I know, I'm just a teenaged homeschool student, there could be a million books like this that I don't know about). And I know how hard it is to be original in the YA genre.

I loved the murder mystery mixed with paranormal. It felt very interesting and different (and was full of gore). Even I was stumped as to who the Ripper could be. (And I can predict everything!)

There was a couple parts where the story lagged, or didn't make much sense, but those were all forgiven with that explosive ending! That just made the whole book for me.

Plus I learned a lot of English stuff while reading this, which, you know, is always a great bonus. :)

Romance: There was some romance, but it all felt very unnecessary. With dumb old making out sessions in the library, and blah. I didn't even care for the guy she was making out with. What's the point!?

Violence: So, so much. I've come to realize that ever book I read has a ton of violence, okay. 

Other Fun Stuff:

“And if we get caught, I will claim I made you go. At gunpoint. I am American. People will assume I'm armed.” 

― Maureen Johnson, The Name of the Star

“I decided to deflect her attitude by giving a long, Southern answer. I come from people who know how to draw things out. Annoy a Southerner, and we will drain away the moments of your life with our slow, detailed replies until you are nothing but a husk of your former self and that much closer to death.” 

 Maureen Johnson, The Name of the Star

“Keep calm and carry on. 

Also, stay in and hide because the Ripper is coming.” 
― Maureen Johnson, The Name of the Star



“Welsh is an actual, currently used language and our next-door neighbors Angela and Gaenor spoke it. It sounds like Wizard.” 

― Maureen Johnson, The Name of the Star


Recommended Age: 14+

Rating:
There were times while I was reading this, where I was so sure it would be a three. But, nope, that ending grew another apple for it, and I'm happy to say, it's a four :)


I'm also going to admit that a couple days after I started reading this book, I had a dream that I went to a boarding school in England. I'm dead serious! It was awesome. I want to go to England now... 

Guest Post || Hannah Mary





 Hi! I'm Hannah. I'm seventeen years old, and I live in Ireland. I'm a reader of books, a drinker of tea, a maker of crafts, and (most importantly) a follower
of Christ. I take a lot of
photographs and I can be a total fangirl about certain things. I blog over at
√Ālainn.



 Let me just start off by saying: I love reading. It's one of my favorite things in the whole world. Recently, I started wondering: why do I love to read? This got me thinking about all the ways why reading is important, and how it has helped me. Because this was a good reminder to myself, I decided to share them with you, because I'm sure a lot of you are readers as well.


 Of course, these are not the reasons why I read. To be honest, I never needed a reason to read. But I think it's important to remember that reading is so much more than just something fun to do in our spare time - it can be really beneficial to us.


I. Perspective




  It's so easy to get caught up in our own little worlds, and to focus only on our own personal problems.  For this reason, books can act like a wake-up call. Through books, we get a glimpse into a life that's different from our own.  Through reading, we can learn to better understand the people around us.



II. Knowledge

 This onemay be pretty obvious, but it's certainly true. Reading is important from an educational point of view. Not only do we gain knowledge about a wide variety of subjects from reading fiction - subjects like history, geography, and foreign cultures - but it improves our vocabulary and helps us in writing skills. In a nutshell: reading makes you smarter!
III. Understanding




 The words "knowledge" and "understanding" are similar - but knowledge has more to do with learning facts, and understanding has more to do with discerning and comprehending. Good books make us think about important, tough subjects. They makes us think deeply about the world we live in. Fantasy books, like The Chronicles of Narnia, show us another way of looking at life. Dystopian literature, like The Hunger Games or The Giver, gives us an (often shocking!) picture of humanity. Good books "improve the mind" and make us think.



 One thing I'd like to add is that I'm talking about good books here. I know that there's a lot of trash out there that we should steer away from. Not all books are good to read.


 I hope that this was a helpful reminder to you, like it was to me!





So Not Happening

Greetings from the world of stage makeup and sweat! Today was the first day of our drama tech week, and I am very tired. They sent us home early today (because they only really needed the techy people for tonight, and I am not a techy person), so I figured this would be my only chance to post anything. So, excuse my absence from everything this week. :) Thank you.
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First Line: One year ago my mom got traded in for a newer model.

About: New York's social darling just woke up in a nightmare: Oklahoma. Problem is, it's right where God wants her.

Bella Kirkwood had it all: A-list friends at her prestigious private school, Broadway in her backyard, and Daddy's MasterCard in her wallet. Then her father, a plastic surgeon to the stars, decided to trade her mother in for a newer model.

When Bella's mom falls in love with a man she met on the Internet--a factory worker with two bratty sons--Bella has to pack up and move in with her new family in Truman, Oklahoma. On a farm no less!
Forced to trade her uber-trendy NYC lifestyle for  down-home charm, Bella feels like a pair of Rock & Republic jeans in a sea of Wranglers.
At least some of the people in her new high school are pretty cool. Especially the hunky football player who invites her to lunch. And maybe even the annoying--but kinda hot--editor of the school newspaper.

But before long, Bella smells something rotten in the town of Truman, and it's not just the cow pasture. With her savvy reporter's instincts, she is determined to find the story behind all the secrets.
How can a girl go on when her charmed life is gone and God appears to be giving her the total smackdown? (goodreads)

Author: Jenny B. Jones

Pages: 330

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Review: I don't like to read Christian books, be it for teens or adults. I just usually find it annoying, overly cliched and hardly done well at all. It feels like the authors force their books into being a Christian story, because they are Christians, so shouldn't their book be too? I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's just not my style.

I had heard several good things about So Not Happening, and, despite my oath not to read too much Christian fiction, I saw this book at the library and had to check it out.

Wowzers.

I kind of loved it.

Bella's voice was sooo well done and uber funny. She was an absolute brat, but you found yourself rooting for her even in her most ridiculous state. And all the other characters were fabulous. I loved them all!

I literally could not put this book down, which is kind of rare for me. I usually don't like to skip school to read a book (even though I wish I could more, it would look bad on the homeschool community), I had to make an exception for this. It was just a really nice read.

It was funny, suspenseful, and all out, a great read.

There were a couple of weird things. Nothing too bad, just a couple things that didn't seem realistic to me.

Like the bar place for teenagers that Bella and her New York friends hung out at, that sold fancy sodas instead of alcohol... while I wish with all of my little heart that a place like that could be real, I highly doubt it. And the fact that like all of the people Bella meets are Christians... it seems just a little far fetched.

But for a Christian book, I really enjoyed it. It didn't feel like the author was shoving the Bible down the reader's throat. Even being a Christian myself, that can ruin a book for me. This book just sort of had a nice glaze of Christian stuff in it that I loved.

If you are looking for a nice, refreshing, clean book, I would highly recommend this one. :)

Romance: I actually kind of loved the romance in this (you won't hear me say that much, believe me). A couple kisses, but nothing bad.

Violence: There is a bit here and there, be warned if you aren't into violence.

Recommended Age: I'd say 11-12+

Rating:

Five apples, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. :)

The Fairy Princess

First Line: An aging king stood in his throne room, inquiring of the most recent search.

About: Enter the world of fairies and dragons once again as you enter the life of Angelique, the grandmother of the first-born hafling princess Amara. Angelique Sirlan lives a normal life as an adopted high school student preparing for graduation. That is, until she finds a gold necklace and a mysterious portal in the woods outside her home. When she goes through the portal, she meets two fairy royals who seem to believe that she is their long-lost fairy princess. Is she really the fairy princess who will inherit the throne? Step through the imagination's portal to discover what lies beyond. (goodreads)

Author: Lena Elizabeth

Pages: 124

Publisher: Createspace

Review: It is always hard for me to write a review for a book that I know the author will see. It's a little terrifying, really. I mean, a book is the author's baby, and when I am requested by an author to review their baby, it can be scary. You don't want to hit a soft spot and make them go all defensive on you, but yet you want to be honest.

This is why it has taken me forever to review this book.

I was graciously sent The Fairy Princess by it's author several months ago, and I have just been stalling and stalling because I just don't know what to say.

This is a self-published book, so it's even more tricky to say what I need to say.

The Fairy Princess is a fairy tale about a young girl, Angelique/Angel (I'm not quite sure what to call her, since in the dialogue she was called Angel, yet in the Narration she was called Angelique). Pretty straight forward. Sounds like a lot of fairy tales so far. And that's just it, this book has all of the cliches from every fantasy book out there. But that's not all, it also has every single cliche in the christian contemporary genre too!

That's right. Along with the fantasy, fairy princess story, the author also tried to weave in a story about highschool relationships, teen pregnancy, and converting fellow classmates to Christianity. (And a girl who was converted waaay too easily!) It was just confusing and strange.

Not that these two story ideas were bad ones... they just didn't work together at all.

As for the characters, they were a bit two demensional. They didn't act the way highschool seniors would. More like 6th graders. And Angel/Angelique was way too perfect.

The romance that was added to it was also extremely juvenile. The classic middle-school relationship, except this ends in marriage!

I know I probably sound like a complete meanie-pants now, so I'm just going to stop there.

To me this whole book felt like I was reading a first draft (which I probably was, but I'm not going to be quick to make assumptions). What it needed was a good round of editing, that would've made it ten million times better!

I'm sorry, Lena Elizabeth. Please don't kill me in my sleep!

Romance: Nothing icky, but very middle-school esque romance.

Vioence: There might have been a sword fight or something, I don't remember.

Recommended Age: I think anyone could read this book!

Rating: Here's where it get's hard.

Again, I felt like I was reading a first draft, and I don't think it's fair to rate a first draft. So, I'm not going to rate this book. Please understand my reasonings. I did not hate this book! It just needs work.

Thank you, Lena, for letting me read your book. I can't wait to see you grow as a writer. :)

Dreaming of Gold

The olymipcs are over!? Those were undoubtably the shortest two weeks of my life.

I am not an athletic person! I feel like I need to tell you this before I get too into this post.

I've tried several sports throughout the years, soccer, volleyball, swimming, and they just haven't ended very well at all... (You can read all about my soccer ventures here) I have just sort of decided to accept my fate, that I will never be a professional athlete in anything and in any way... until the olympics roll around.

I don't usually watch the olympics, but when I do, this usually happens:

I see all the professional atheles make it look so incredibly easy. Like in the snowboarding, or the ice-skating, when they flip and slide, and flip again. And it just makes me so excited! "That looks so fun!" Because it does. "I can do that!" Which, we all know, I can't.

There's just something about the olympics that's so exciting. Like when I watch the opening ceremony.

I absolutely love watching the opening ceremony. I like learning about other cultures and stuff like that, so the opening ceremony is like one big treat. (Sochi, I adored yours!) Plus, it makes me think of that one scene in The Hunger Games... you know....? "This girl is on fiiirrrreee!" yeah. Anyway.

So watching the opening ceremony always starts like I'm watching a ballet or something, but it turns into a push and a pull to do something athletic.

When I see the athletes march in, wearing the colors of their country, I can only just imagine what they are feeling. To be able to go to the olympics for something that they love. (Okay, maybe not all of them love it, but they sure do a good job of pretending like they do. :)

I am constantly reminding myself throughout the entire olymipcs, I am not athletic, I am not athletic, come on, Hannah, you know you could never do that! But, then my writer brain comes up with scenarios in which I could become a famous athete. (I think it's safe to say that I have read way to many books and have watched way too many inspirational movies.) Like ice-skating. If any of you have seen the movie Ice Princess, you will understand what I'm talking about.

Teenage girl does something with ice-skating for school project. Girl discovers that she actually quite likes ice-skating, and gives up her dream of being a physics person to be a professional skater (can't say I bame her, physics stinks!). Sounds ligit, right? Like that could totally happen to me!

Also, in the olymics (ice-skating, of course), there was a girl my age! And she was INCREDIBLE! Granted, she has probably been skating since she took her first step, but, see, these are the things that my brain tends to ignore. All it knows is that she is my age, and shouldn't I be doing that too?

Dear Brain,

Please stop. I'm tired of being confuzzled because of you! You know perfectly well that I don't belong in the olympics. That actually sounds quite terrifying when I think about it...

I'd like to be able to make my own life decisions without you interrupting everything!

Ever, truly yours,

Hannah 

But, in all seriousness, this doesn't just happen with the olympics, this happens with everything. I have to constantly remind myself that that is not my dream at all, but you know it's always tempting. (Please tell me that I'm not the only one here who does this!)

So, yeah. I'll just stick to going to the ice-rink every year, and having reading and writing stay my passions. I don't need to be a professional skater to enjoy that :)

Leviathan

First Line: The Austrian horses glinted in the moonlight, their riders standing tall in the saddle, swords raised.

About: Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever. (goodreads)


Author: Scott Westerfeld

Pages: 440

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Review: It is so dreadfully hard to find a good steampunk. I really, really love the genre, but can hardly ever read it because of the lack of really good books in it. But when I do find one, it is like a rare, rare gem. 

Leviathan has been one steampunky novel that I have heard about everywhere (besides the Infernal Devices. But I don't really count that as hard-core steampunk). So, naturally, I had to read it and see if it would satisfy my steampunk craving. (I really love steampunk, okay)

And, I was actually pretty impressed. 

This book is based in a different sort of World War I, which is super great, because I love that time period, and I also no nothing about World War I (because everyone just focuses on WWII now to even care to tell me anything about WWI... even wikipedia couldn't help me #confused), so win-win. 

I'll admit, it was kind of hard to really get into this book (I have learned that I'm not a big fan of pictures in chapter books, and this book does have pictures. I'm not sure if that's why I had trouble getting into it at first or what...), but once I did it was kind of a whirl-wind of a ride.

First off, I thought that The Clankers and the Darwinists should've been on opposite sides. It's probably just me, but I felt like England and all of the "good guys" in WWI would've had the cool robots and stuff. I don't know, the weird animal thingys just seemed like something the "evil" German and other "bad" countries would take too... but anyway, it doesn't matter, just a thought.

I did like Deryn a whole lot. She was so much fun, but I felt it was kind of weird how she was just (quite literally) blown into the Leviathan (Oh, did I mention that the big whale ship thing is called Leviathan?), but I guess it sort of worked. 

I didn't like Alek as much, but, you know he was okay.

The big kicker for me was it felt like watching an action movie. Not that action movies are at all bad, it's just, you know when you're watching a superhero movie or something and they just will. not. stop. fighting! That's kind of how it felt reading this book. There would be chapters upon chapers of intense fighting. Which is great for people who like that kind of thing, but for me, the hardest thing to visualise while reading a book is the fighting. So my mind would just be wandering around while reading those scenes, and viola! I had no idea what was going on!

But all in all I really loved the steampunkyness, and will probably read the next book :)

Other Fun Stuff:

“Maybe this was how you stayed sane in wartime: a handful of noble deeds amid the chaos. ” 

― Scott WesterfeldLeviathan

“Barking spiders!” 

― Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan

“And a special thanks for not burning up the whole ship. Including yourself, you daft bum-rag.” 

― Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan

“Barking hard work, being a boy.” 

― Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan


Romance: Hardly any at all. Which was refreshing.

Violence: A whole stinkin' lot. Which wasn't that refreshing. 

Recommended Age: 11-12+ (boys would probably enjoy it more than girls, though)

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