Monday, June 29, 2015

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.

Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?




This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while, and I knew that I wanted to read it before the movie came out. But I was procrastinating on it since I had plenty of other stuff to read. But I kicked myself into gear when I saw the trailer premiere. I pretty much dropped everything to read this book and I read it in one day. It wouldn't let me put it down!

Told in a mixture of mission log entries, flashbacks, and glimpses of the goings on on earth, The Martian never lets up. Just when you think the guy has got something going great for him something bad happens! But then again, it is outer space, so what do you expect?

For Sci-fi nerds like me, this book is a dream. It's an impossible situation based in scientific fact. I hope that if anyone ever ends up actually stranded on Mars they've read the book--they could probably take some pointers. Weir has clearly done his research and is very knowledgable. The only detriment to this is sometimes the scientific stuff got repeated quite a bit, even if it had already been stated. (This could have been emphasized by the fact that I read the book so quickly, but I'll never know.)

So if you want a book that's going to keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the one for you. Especially if you want to go into the movie this November knowing what happens! This is definitely a great one to read the book first. Check out the trailer for the movie below!







Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The First MockingjayL Part 2 Trailer is here!

Today the first trailer for Mockingjay: Part 2, was released with ver little fanfare. Not that it needs it! Holy cow is it amazing. I can't wait for November. Here's the trailer!




So what do you guys think? How excited are you?


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Review: Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format—a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.


Flora & Ulysses  is adorable. That's pretty much all there is to say about it. If you're not immediately engaged by a squirrel that's killed by a vacuum cleaner and comes back to life with special powers, I'm not sure where your soul is. 

But the heart of this story is deeper than the antics of a flying, poetry writing squirrel. It lies with a little girl who doesn't feel loved. Flora has shut herself of from the world and declared herself a cynic because she thinks her mother loves a lamp more than her. She's struggling to fit into her world because without her parents, she doesn't know where she fits. 

It's beautiful to see this little girl get the love she so desperately want from Ulysses. He opens her eyes to a whole new side of the world, and makes her realize she may not be a cynic after all. 

All in all this is a great book with hilarious situations, characters, and illustrations. It's sweet and reminds us how important the bond between parent and child is. I highly recommend it. 



Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.








A Court of Thorns and Roses is the start of a new series by Sarah J. Maas. If that's not enough to get you buy it, I'm not sure what is. When the is book was first announced I was thrilled, I mean, it just sounds amazing. Even when the cover was revealed and I was less than thrilled about it, I was still excited to read the book. 

Everything you expect from a Maas book is in here: an amazing world, action, steaming romance, and a beautiful gown or two, not two mention an absolutely reprehensible villain. If you like the Throne of Glass series at all, then you'll love this. It's different and new while keeping the same beauty that made us love Maas' first series. 

Now, this book does ride the line of YA and adult. The heroine--Feyre--is nineteen. Most YA books keep their characters somewhere between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. Plus, with the kind of romance and sometimes disturbing violence that's in this book, it definitely caters to the more mature audience members in the YA community. So while I would be hesitant to give this to the younger half of YA, I still loved it. 

Another curious thing to me is that this book is the start of a series. I'm both excited for that and confused. This book stands on it's own shockingly well, with only one two loose ends not tied up i a bow. So while I'm happy that we get to read more from these amazing characters, I'm also wary of where the extended plot will go. So much happened in this book. What else is there??

So if you like high fantasy with romance, action, and badass characters, (also, did I mention sexy?) then the Court of Thorns and Roses is one you need to pick up right away!


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