Sunday, December 29, 2013

Review: Warm Bodies by Issac Marion

I recently just finished reading Warm Bodies by Issac Marion. While this is only the second apocalyptic book I've really read, I'm aware that it's different from others. It didn't completely live up to my expectations, but I still really enjoyed this book and rated it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!
I actually saw this movie before discovering that it was a book, and I enjoyed the movie, but I hoped that the book would execute the idea better and I am happy to report that it did!
The book takes place in our zombie, R's point of view. It's interesting to see from the start that he's not your normal zombie. The beginning of the book - like all novel beginnings should be - starts out with R going about his daily routine. But there is something very interesting about this zombie world; there are two different 'types' of zombies. There is the regular zombies we all know (and sometimes love - depends on the book), and then Boneys, which seem to be a weird evolved zombie species whose bodies consist of just a skeleton. The Boneys seem to be running the whole show; they've created their own church and seem to have a good functioning society.
Of course, R's normal routine changes after he goes out to eat with some fellow zombies and catches a glimpse in Perry Kelvin's life - the guy who he is currently eating the brains of. Perry's (now widowed) girlfriend, Julie, is something that R gets a glimpse of, and now he feels the need to protect her.
The need to protect Julie seems to trigger something in the already different zombie. The biggest plot point of the story is that R is starting to change. For spoilers reasons I'm going to say I don't know how he's changing but I totally do and so to find out you're going to have to read the book.
I think the most interesting thing about this (that was completely different from the movie and for that I'm sad cause it's the best part) is watching R and Perry interact. Marion has done the coolest thing ever getting them to be able to interact and this whole thing ends up being really important in resolving the story.
Like I said, this book seems to be a lot more than just zombies - towards the end Julie has a really good idea of how the plague even started and I'd call it the central theme of this book. (I'm not going not going to tell you cause spoilers.)
Overall I'd totally recommend this book to anyone. I think you'd especially like this if you like contemporary books because it has a fluffy side, just with more of an edge. To be honest, I think anyone could really enjoy this book, so check it out!
- Emily
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Review: Old Man by David A. Poulsen (White Pine Read #4)

Four White Pine books down! Most recently, Old Man by David A. Poulsen.
Old Man is about a boy named Nate, and his father. The catch about his dad is that he's in his sixties and he left Nate and his mom when Nate was five with a nineteen year-old dental hygienist. In the summer after Nate finishes grade 10, his old man calls unexpectedly wanting to take him somewhere. Obviously this hinders Nate's outlook on his summer a great deal, but he goes anyway.  
I'm giving this 3.5 stars out of 5. I really loved the story, but I also loved the execution and the writing of it, but my problem was a few dragging scenes.
I can easily look past this and recommend this book. I think it would be great for someone who loves learning about history, because the Vietnam War plays a huge role is this novel even though it takes place in present day. 
I expected the ending, but I still cried. And if a book can make me cry, I feel that it's my responsibility to recommend it. As mentioned earlier, if you enjoy historical things this would be a great read. But also if you like a good, coming of age/contemporary/young adult novel. 
The narrator was also a relief to read. It's hard to find a young adult novel with a teenage boy as the narrator and I think it's a good difference to look at, because as a girl I can't really relate to him but there are still characteristics there that make me think 'yeah, that happens.'
Can you name the last book you read with a male narrator?
- Emily

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Review: Live to Tell by Lisa Harrington (White Pine Read #3)

My third read of White Pine is Live to Tell by Lisa Harrington.
This is by far the most conflicted I've ever felt about a book, but I'll explain that in a second. First, what's the book about?
Live to Tell starts with a girl named Libby waking up in the hospital. She can't remember why she is there and finds out it's because she got into a car accident... that was her fault. The night of the accident she went to a party, got drunk, met a guy named Cal, and she can't remember any of it. Throughout the book she tries to remember all of the details because if she doesn't, well, she could be charged and arrested.
The character annoyed me quite a bit. Throughout the whole book her best friend, Kasey, is trying to convince Libby that Cal is being weird, while Libby refuses to agree. It's annoying because you know Kasey is right the whole time and you wanna grab Libby and shake (or slap) some sense into her. 
This book makes me feel really conflicted because by the end, there's a plot twist and your entire opinion changes. 
I gave this book 3 stars out of 5 because I hated it until the end. So it was good enough to keep reading, but not good enough to keep me from throwing it across the room. 
Upside to this book? The author is Canadian and therefore, Tim Hortons shows up a lot. And I love me some Tim's.
- Emily

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (White Pine Read #2)

Second White Pine Read: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.
Seraphina is a high fantasy novel (High fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy fiction, defined either by its setting in an imaginary world or by the epic stature of its characters, themes and plot - thanks wikipedia!) about a world where dragons and human co-exist. There is a treaty between them to help keep the peace but many people in the Kingdom don't agree with this. This is the basic plot behind the story.
To add onto the plot, Rachel Hartman's main character is Seraphina. She seems very unusual at first and personally, I didn't catch on until a few pages before the beans are spilled and you find out why. I won't reveal this why but it provides an interesting aspect to her job in the castle, though.
Sounds good right?
Unfortunately my brain didn't exactly think so. I found this really difficult to get through. I think it's the whole 'high fantasy' thing. I think it's hard for me a grasp a whole different world. By the end of this book I was used to it and could enjoy the ending for the greatness it is because I did love the story!
I'd recommend this to anyone how loves fantasy!
3 out of 5 stars!
my goodreads review
- Emily

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (White Pine Read #1)

First book I've read in White Pine: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers.

I've never read an apocalyptic book before and this is surely a start!
I didn't know much about this book when I picked it up so the first chapter slightly confused and it took me a while afterwards to figure out that the main character was abused before the apocalypse hit, so I think that's  important to realize before you start the book.
The main character is an eleventh grader(?) named Sloane Price. She ends up taking refuge in her high school with six other teenagers during the apocalypse. The whole premise of the book is finding out how they got there and what happens and what they plan to do since they can't stay in the school forever.
(note: I didn't know much about this book when I picked it up so the first chapter slightly confused and it took me a while afterwards to figure out that the main character was abused before the apocalypse hit, so I think that's  important to realize before you start the book.)
This book reminded me very much of Lord of the Flies in that you become really interested in the dynamics of the six teenagers stuck in their high school together. Despite the fact that they all go to this high school, they hardly know each other and I think that's the best part of the whole book. Watching the relationships develop is becomes seriously interesting.
That, and one small characteristic in Sloane that isn't present in the rest of them and I love watching this change even as Sloane doesn't realize it is.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. I really don't think it matters what your favourite genre of book is (unless your hardcore about high fantasy), you'll probably love it.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
I'm adding Courtney Summer's other books on to my to-read list as we speak!
my goodreads review
-Emily

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