Disruption Review

disruptionTitle: Disruption

Author: Jessica Shirvington

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi

Publication Date: 1st April 2014

Publisher: Harper Collins Australia

Reminds me of: a tinge of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey but it’s pretty original

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking. Goodreads Continue reading

Thursday Quotables

I’ve been having a lot of fun stumbling across the plethora of memes you guys have on here. Special thanks to Bookshelf Fantasies for Thursday Quotables!

Right now I’m reading Paranormalcy by Kiersten White which, so far, is a bubbly, funny and original read. Our main character, Evie, is part of a world where every paranormal creature exists but it hidden from human kind. She’s part of an agency that helps keep it that way too.

This cover is so pretty 

The delightful quote I’m going with comes from page 72:

“I mean sure there were worst things. Like if he was actually a psycho paranormal assassin and had been waiting to kill me. But I didn’t think so. And somehow that would hurt my feelings less than if a teenage guy didn’t think I was cool enough to spend time with. Especially a teenage guy who could be cute in so many different ways.”

See what I mean? The book is just full of that banter which is actually really addictive!

What are you reading right now?

Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

I haven’t been reading all that much seeing as I’m coming up to my last week at university – hence the lack of reviews. I’m currently swamped in papers and notes, and working on not one but FOUR major works. Only dying a little bit. Nonetheless I was actually really excited to do this Top Ten Tuesday (that and I’m procrastinating big time here).

I actually have a party on Halloween night and can’t believe it’s not even Halloween themed! Evidently it’s not all that cherished Down Under. I love horror books but (the movies I can’t stand – go figure) and actually have had to dwindle it down to the top ten that have scared me worst. Unfortunately I just can’t have STEPHEN KING listed for each one, so you’ll be delighted to see how wide I’m branching out here!

  1. Misery by Stephen King – what I said they weren’t all going to be him. This one almost made me shit myself. I have no bloody idea what was going through his head when he wrote this one but I was twisting in discomfort each chapter. I honestly wanted to chuck the book in the freezer like Joey did in friends when it proved too much.
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  2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – this one is creepy! It’s more of a thriller than horror, but I’m counting anything that scared me as horror. Flynn has you on your toes the whole time in suspense and kind of hiding under the covers a little bit too.
  3. The Passage by Justin Cronin – technically this one shouldn’t even count because I’m only halfway through, but it gets pretty dark and creepy with the mutant vampires staking out the human race and all (sans glitter).
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  4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman – probably the least scary on the list. As if it doesn’t get you into a halloweeny kind of mood. It’s eerie and spooky and I love it best.
  5. The Devouring by Simon Holt – love love LOVE this one! It’s a bit gruesome and a little mortifying… actually haven’t read it in ages. Totally going back to re-read it now.
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  6. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – Yes it’s too lovely to be on this list and now you’re probably thinking I have no idea what scary is but that book gave me nightmares! If how Susie Salmon was murdered didn’t scare you then I really don’t want to know what does.
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  7. ALL OF THEM. by R.L. Stine – The ultimate Halloween series in my opinion. These were my childhood. Bless.
  8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – because this list needs a little bit of a classic in it, something classically terrifying!

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  9. The Witches by Roald Dahl – something for everything! As if you didn’t get scared with this one. I don’t know why I read it so many times if it scared me!
  10. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe – the iconic to finish it off. Nothing says horror like Edgar Allen Poe. NEVERMORE. See, I spooked you just with that.

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NaNoWriMo is coming up…..

NaNoWriMo is almost upon us, the countdown is on! Frankly I have very little faith in myself, but I’m planning to begin my attempt with a short story I wrote for class. So that’s something! I’ve been following the tags on Tumblr and oh my god some people are legends. The caliber of planning, the calenders… it’s all true dedication.

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It’s a draft! The whole idea is just to churn the words out. Writing 50,000 words is an accomplishment irrespective of the quality. I’ve figured if I can at least get the words out the potentials are limitless from there. You have a tangible something to focus on once the words are out. Even if it’s all jumble and incoherent, it’s something for you and for your eyes, for your journey as a writer.

I have no idea how I’m even going to cope. 1667 words isn’t that big a quota to fill each day but my consistency with anything is a bit flaky.  In saying that, I’m sure there will be plenty of this….

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But if I actually make it, I’m hoping it’ll end like this…

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Who else has plans to give it a go? Or have you given it a go before? Do you advice for other budding writers out there? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Top New Series I Want To Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This post was so hard. When I first began I thought there was no way I was going to be able to churn out 10 series titles, but then I found it almost impossible to stop listing them! I strayed a little and it’s also top series I actually want to finish… Let me know if you’re into any of the series listed below – I’m always keen for your opinions!

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  1. The Selection series by Kiera Cass

Partly because it looks so pretty… Actually on content value but, I got really hooked on this year’s series of The Bachelor. The blurb kind of makes it sound like the author put The Bachelor in a YA series which makes it oh so intriguing to read. The feminist in me is totally unimpressed in this….

2. Bloodlines series by Richelle Meadbloodlines

 I’ve read the first but I have the rest sitting on my bookshelf waiting their turn. I really enjoyed Bloodlines. It had the addictiveness of Vampire Academy (not that I remember reading a single one of them it was so long ago, just that I really enjoyed them).

A-Discovery-of-Witches3. Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness

Another beautiful title sitting on my bookshelf, patiently awaiting its turn. I got really into the Wicked series by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie (another series that I need to finish off) so I’ve got high hopes for this one!

 

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylordaughtofsmoke

It just sounds like an amazing fantasy read. The size of the third book however is a little intimidating, and a lot of the review aren’t very praising the later it goes into the series. It sounds a little off putting, but I’m very eager to give the series a go.

5. Thewinnerscurse Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy) by Marie Rutkoski

It’s pretty too. SERIOUSLY though it sounds intriguing. Mulan meets The Hunger Games by the sound of reviews? I picked it up the other day and deeply regret not buying it then and there, especially after reading all the wonderful review.

6. Disruption series by Jessica Shrivingtondisruption

This may be a teeny tiny bit influence by Between the Covers (Harper Collins event). I pretty much added every book they spoke about to my TBR list. That’s what you call excellent publicity. And the author was absolutely beautiful at the event! She was so kind and even recognised one of her fans from a previous book signing!

7. Dorodorothythy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Same as the above. Thanks Harper Collins so encouraging me to go broke. The second book is already slotted in for its publication date next year, so it seems like the author is very cluey and knows exactly what she wants to happen much later on in the series. Always a good sign. download

8. Snow Like Ashes series by Sara Raasch

Yep. Thanks Harper Collins. Yet another trilogy I’m in dire need to get my hands on/begin. It sounds like an action packed fantasy read. I haven’t come across many reviews about this one, so if you’ve read it I’d love to hear your thoughts on it please!

9. Dedeliriumlirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver

Again, I read the first and I have the rest of them either on my Kindle or my physical bookshelf. The first one had a really great concept but at the same time was kind of meh. Fingers crossed the next smooth it all out. It probably shouldn’t count on this list because the last in the series was published a few years ago. wickedlovely

10. Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr

The first one was so beautiful. I remember getting so swept up in the world, don’t know why I didn’t read the sequels immediately after. It’s not all that new either, but the series is on my to read list/to finish list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Giver Review

thegiverTitle: The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

Genre: Children’s

Publication Date: 1993 by Harper Collins in Australia

Reminds me of: Just because it’s a dystopian novel I want to rattle off the usuals, but I just can’t! Maybe Uglies… I’m gonna go with Uglies here.

I think I’ll begin by arguing: is it dystopian or utopian? Dystopia we think The Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium. There’s been an absolute boom in YA dystopian fiction but The Giver has been hanging around since long before.

A common theme with all dystopian novels is that they begin as a utopia (except The Hunger Games. I wasn’t tempted to live there at any point in time). The societies are built on the foundation that the founders have created the ideal and perfect state. In reality they’re masking a painful truth. The Giver isn’t like that. It’s a nice place to live, and the civilians accept society for what it is and not what they’re missing out on.

What is expected of Jonas is a huge burden for anyone to carry – let alone a twelve year old kid. In his mind he’s expected to carry the weight of the world. Everyone’s suffering and misery, every war and every loss. I don’t imagine any sane person being able to cope with that. With the bad, however, comes the good. The picturesque visions of sailing, of Christmas, of love – he’s blessed with the beauty too.

Ultimately, Jonas has the ability to defy every foundation his society has built. He has the freedom of choice. The newfound ability to let his consciousness speak and welcome the experience of decision making.

The concepts are written and discussed on a very basic level which is fine considering it’s a children’s book – Lowry has written extremely effectively for her target audience, I don’t know what more you can want of her. It’s filled with ambiguity but at the same time you learn appreciate everything for face value.

The lack of any emotion in this book emphasises the importance of pain (physical or emotional) and every other shitty feeling under the sun. Although Jonas’ society believes ignorance is bliss we, as the reader, have the capacity to judge their construction of harmony.  Without the bad we can’t appreciate the good for its full value. There is no good without bad – it’s as simple as that.

Rating:

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I really liked it! It was though provoking and I found myself daydreaming about its concepts while I was trying to study. As for my initial question – I’ll leave it up to you: dystopia or utopia guys?

On the Jellicoe Road Review

9780143011194Title: On the Jellicoe Road

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: YA/ Contemporary/ Drama

Publication date: 2006 by Penguin Australia

Pages: 290

Reminds me of: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs – the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road. Source

I think I’ll begin by telling you the reactions I got from others reading On the Jellicoe Road. I witnessed a combination of swooning, heart clutching and sighing the title out loud. Then there was the completely opposite reaction where there was growling, nose scrunching and tongue sticking out in annoyance. I was surprised how a book so highly acclaimed could elicit these negative reactions. It was all so dramatic and definitely intrigued me to keep reading. But opinions were based on their preference for genre. Those who loved the book did not appreciate her fantasy books, whereas the opposite group adored them. Turning the last page I was mopping up tears and getting over a good sob. She evoked a huge chunk of emotion from me. The journey I experienced to get to that point, however, was a bit conflicting.

The first 100 pages were tedious to get through and I really couldn’t understand it’s appreciation.
I found it sluggish and complex and I didn’t understand how the emotional aspect was so heavy for a story about a group of teenagers fighting a game-like territorial war at their boarding school out in the bush. But I persevered and I’m happy I did.

These opening chapters are a beautiful foreshadowing for something much more dark to come. They’re important and critical once you begin to piece the puzzle together. Marchetta strings us along, revealing only fragments at a time. It’s worded very carefully and sparingly. Every sentence or word placement has a purpose – she’s just such a talented and wonderful write I can’t get over her skill. Hannah’s manuscript is an important ploy you shouldn’t read over lightly. Don’t be afraid to read way too into it and speculate outrageous outcomes for its purpose – it’s part of the fun. She gives the reader that capacity to assume anything and everything. On this note, the setting is rich and has immense escapist occurrences – you really get lost in it. I’m from the city area of Sydney, and it was nice she transported us there for a brief moment but I really appreciated the bushland scope.

Taylor Markham is a flawed, bruised but remarkable main character. Her story is so personal and her inability to remember highlights the fragility of memory. She reminds us we can choose to remember what we want and that we shouldn’t be so dependant on our own recollections. We understand she’s undergone a traumatic and dark past especially evident by the fact she’s repressed such a large portion. It doesn’t make her delicate – she’s feisty and aggressive which is so different but perfect for a female heroine. I think there should be more of Taylor’s personality out there. Constantly we see female heroines who are happy, giggly and light hearted – which is a wonderful positive representation. But frequently they’re paralleled by male counterparts who are allowed to show aggression and frustration. I think Marchetta has done a fantastic thing by giving a female character a typically male characteristic even if the feminist approach wasn’t her intention.

Rating:

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

On the Jellicoe Road is testament to Marchetta’s skill as both a writer and a storyteller. I understand perfectly why she won Printz award for it. It’s an incredible piece of literature. Because it took me a third of the book to actually get into it I just couldn’t give it five stars and I so badly wanting to hop aboard the bandwagon of fans who literally swoon over this book. Unlike We Were Liars, I think this book does something deeper and more personal to the reader and for that reason I’m actually going back to edit that review. Marchetta’s book is moving and emotional, and it should be on your book bucket list.

* This was read as part of the Australian Women’s Writing Challenge