Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review: Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I will not be writing a proper review for this as almost everyone has already pretty much made up their mind about if they're reading this or not. But i will give my opinion on the matter at hand and if i lose followers/friends because of this, eh, free speech is a wonderful thing. This is going to be long and soapboxy.


Little about me, I live in the USofA, i live in a state very close to the bible belt, i grew up in a veryyyyyy small town where the POCs barely made up a few tables in the lunch room, i am a very fair skinned white girl. I see first hand how racist and how white privileged people act daily. I believe in equal rights for all and try to keep my mind as open as possible, i am friends with anyone whose attitude works with mine and shares my same views regardless of their skin color or social status.

Now this book. Does it have racist undertones, sure does. Does it portray some white privileges, sure does. Is it so bad that i refused to finish it, nope.

There is a WHOLE WEEK for banned book reading! BANNED BOOKS! Lets see what is on this banned book list:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , Mark Twain (1884). Reason for banning - Twain’s book is one of the most-challenged of all time and is frequently challenged even today because of its frequent use of the word “nigger.” Otherwise it is alleged the book is “racially insensitive,” “oppressive,” and “perpetuates racism.” (When i had to read this out loud in school, i would only say "N word" that's how bad I am offended by the word)

To Kill a Mockingbird , Harper Lee (1960). Reason for banning - Others have called it a degrading, profane and racist work that “promotes white supremacy.”

The Autobiography of Malcolm X , Malcolm X and Alex Haley (1965). Reason for banning - Objectors have called this seminal work a “how-to-manual” for crime and decried because of “anti-white statements” present in the book.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian , by Sherman Alexie (2007)
Reason for banning - drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

Out from Boneville (Whole series), Jeff Smith (2005). Reason for banning - political viewpoint, racism, violence.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood , Marjane Satrapi (2000). Reason for banning - politically, racially, and socially offensive, graphic depictions.

So where was all the rage about racism in these books?! Granted a few were written in the 1800's and during a very stressful time in America, but where were you in 2000 or 2005 or 2007 for the other books? Where was the uproar, where was the bashing, where was the threats towards these authors, where was the bloggers begging people to not read these books, to not spend money on these books, where was the boycotts, where was the twitter harassing. Where was it?

We spend a whole week prompting EVERYONE to read these books, to write reviews about them, to have libraries and books stores flaunting these books in huge displays, we have kids dressing up as characters from these books to "celebrate" banned books, we have stickers, and blog banners, and shirts, and mugs, and socks, and bags, and scarfs, and buttons.

Slogans for banned books week: Freadom, celebrate the right to read. Defend the first amendment, read a banned book. Censorship causes blindness. Closing books shuts out ideas.

So please make me understand this, during Banned Books Week, i'm allowed to read books that a shit ton of people find offensive, and i can flaunt it and be proud to read them, but i can't read this book because it offends people...

Bottom line, racism is alive and well in this world, it always will be as long as we let dumb things like this book come between people and/or create issues out of stuff to make issues. The characters in this book are freaking aliens for fuck sake, they are ALIENS! They are traveling through space, SPACE PEOPLE! Pretty sure in Star Trek we figured out they were bound to find a race/species that was very close to where we were in the stone age.

Read it or don't, idc, but don't ever tell someone they can't read a book because it's offensive to others when you sit there for a week reading books that are offensive to others.

End rant.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review: Tiny Pretty Things

Tiny Pretty Things Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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Basic Info

Format:
Kindle.
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary
Reason For Reading: Cover and 354ya challenge.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Triangle
Cliff Hanger: I think so!
Triggers: Eating disorder
Rating: 3.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 7
Plot: 7
Characters: 6
World Building: 7
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 6

In Depth

Best Part:
Gigi's love for dance!
Worst Part: Girls always have to tear each other down.
Thoughts Had: Girls are nuts.

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: This has a very big Pretty Little Liars feel to it, thou the MCs aren't friends. I liked June to a point, but her weight issues made me super concerned, if you don't have periods anymore, you need to gain weight, bottom line sweet heart. Gigi was probably my favorite, she really loved to dance and was there for the right reasons but the ones around her wanted to crush her so badly, like the butterfly incident, ek! Bette... i want you to be badly hurt, for real, you are a horrible person, horrible! I was surprised by the ending mainly because i'm not sure why this would happen given what has happened in the past. I will pick up book 2 to see where this goes!

Misc.

Book Boyfriend: Pass.
Best Friend Material: Gigi!


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Review: Zombie Fallout

Zombie Fallout Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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Basic Info

Format:
Audio
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Zombies
Reason For Reading: Cover!

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
No
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 4.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 8
Plot: 7
Characters: 8
World Building: 6
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 8

Total: 7

In Depth

Best Part:
Zombie gore!
Worst Part: Rushed in parts.
Thoughts Had: Survivalist for the win!

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: I've been binge watching Z Nation (its on netflix, it's horrible but addicting #noshame) so hello zombie books. I'm very glad i got to this book, i have had it on hold for awhile, the cover alone gives me chills! It's from a male POV, which did get into those weird "boy thoughts", but not too bad that i was turned off to the story itself. The story does progress rather quickly in terms of zombies, and the pop culture references about zombies were nice! It was a bit hard to imagine some parts where details were a bit lacking, and other parts i felt were too detailed. I am eager to see where the story goes in book 2!

Misc.

Book Boyfriend: Pass.
Best Friend Material: Pass.


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Review: Peach Cobbler Murder

Peach Cobbler Murder Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


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Basic Info

Format:
Audio
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Cozy mystery
Reason For Reading: Idk right now!

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Training.
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 2.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 6
Plot: 6
Characters: 1
World Building: 5
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: 7
Writing: 7
Ending: 6

Total: 5

In Depth

Best Part:
Hannah's issues.
Worst Part: Low life taking the dead's shit!
Thoughts Had: How petty.

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes
Recommending: Sure

Short Review: So let me get this the fuck straight Hannah, you think to yourself.... "Why hasn't either of the TWO FUCKING MEN I'M DATING AT THE SAME MOTHERFUCKING TIME asked me to marry him! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! Then later on you become this petty bitch about his relationship with someone else! SERIOUSLY!? How dense can you be, for real Hannah, for real. Plus she was being super petty about a fucking cobbler, i get that the girl was taking all of Hannah's business, but sheesh. Them taking the shit from the other store was hardcore low.

Misc.

Book Boyfriend: NORMAN WAKE UP HANNAH
Best Friend Material: Pass.


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Review: Sugar Cookie Murder

Sugar Cookie Murder Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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Basic Info

Format:
Audio
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reason For Reading: Invested in the series now.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Triangle.
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 6
World Building: 6
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 6

In Depth

Best Part:
So many cookies!
Worst Part: How cares if that person died, for real.
Thoughts Had: Poor Hannah.

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes
Recommending: Sure

Short Review: I felt like there was a crap ton of recipes in this but i didn't really connect that this is a holiday book so of course she would list more recipes... Anyhow, i don't really get the big deal about this dumb knife that went missing, and really the person killed doesn't even make sense to be the one being killed, like the explanation was too farfetched for me, and of course Hannah finds the bottom, but it made me laugh to read about how Hannah's cookies were around the dead body!

Misc.

Book Boyfriend: Norman.
Best Friend Material: Pass.


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Review: Fudge Cupcake Murder

Fudge Cupcake Murder Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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Basic Info

Format:
Audio
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reason For Reading: Like the series

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
No
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 7
Plot: 6
Characters: 7
World Building: 6
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 7

In Depth

Best Part:
Michelle stuck around.
Worst Part: Knew the killer pretty early on.
Thoughts Had: Poor Bill.

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: I felt like this one lacked something. For most of this book, all i could focus on was her trying to find the missing thing for the damn cupcakes, sure the guy is dead, but what the fuck is missing from that girl's perfect cupcakes?! I feel pretty back for Mike and the other cops in this town, Hannah solves everything and they didn't figure shit out, but they have the nerve to treat her like shit when it comes to her helping them Give Hannah the damn job!!!!! The little cat side story was a bit weird, but i'm not really a cat person so maybe that's why. I can't wait for Andrea to have the baby!

Misc.

Book Boyfriend: Pass.
Best Friend Material: Andrea.

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Review: Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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Basic Info

Format:
Audio
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reason For Reading: Like the series

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
No.
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 7
Plot: 6
Characters: 6
World Building: 5
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: 7
Writing: 6
Ending: 6

Total: 6

In Depth

Best Part:
Andrea's surprise!
Worst Part: Who the fuck is Michelle?!
Thoughts Had: Anyone else going to pop out of the woodwork?!

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: So imagine your boyfriend calls you up at random, and tells you he bought a house, but doesn't ask you to move in to that house, nor asks you to marry him, what would be your first thought!? Hannah's first thought.... He must not love me because i have a few extras pounds on me... Wow. Way to be a positive role model there Hannah. So she goes on a diet, which come on, you own a bakery, good luck. OH and did you know Hannah has a younger sister?! Neither did i SINCE SHE HAS NEVER BEEN MENTIONED BEFORE THIS DAMN BOOK!!!!!!

Misc.

Book Boyfriend: Norman
Best Friend Material: Andrea

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