My “Uglies” Story

As you may know already, the Uglies series is one of my favorite series ever. (It’s by Scott Westerfeld – Check him out here: http://scottwesterfeld.com) Now, allow me to tell you the story of how I was reacquainted with the books.

Mariah’s “Uglies” Series Story

It all started last year, probably in late April or early May. I was in my school library, glancing around. As you may (or may not) know, my school library is absolutely TERRIBLE. The books are outdated and ripped. Only if there is nothing else on Earth may I give you permission to enter it’s doors. Well, I was in there (big surprise – yesterday was the first day I’d been in there since then!) and I just happened to see the spine of Uglies. I showed my friend, and told her I was going to check it out.

“No way,” she’d said, an amusing grin on her face. It was obvious she didn’t believe me, but she was wrong. I checked it out, and I was surprised how good it actually was! After I’d finished reading it, I checked out the entire rest of the series. I did all my book reports on the series, and by the time I’d finished reading the whole thing, the school year was already over.

Flash-forward to March 2014: I’d totally forgotten about the highly memorable series – instead I was catching up on Veronica Roth, John Green, and Marie Lu. I’d just finished publishing my post on TheCrazyBookshelf (my apologizing post, you can find it here: https://thecrazybookshelf.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/where-have-i-been/ ) when my iPod buzzed with an email. I lifted it up, opened my Mail app, and wasn’t too surprised when I got an email from iBooks, one of my favorite apps. I got emails from them a lot, so I clicked it. One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing that little red circle above the app in my home screen, so I tapped the email so it would be marked as “Read.”

I scrolled to the bottom of the email, and a headline caught my eye: “For Fans of Divergent.” I’m a fan of that book, so I checked the books listed under. And there it was – Uglies. I downloaded a sample and vowed myself that I’d check it out from the library. The very next day, I went back to my school library and pulled it off the shelf.

And that’s my story of how I got the book. Now I’m going to review it in just a few weeks. Thanks for reading my super-long story!

There we go. Italics are officially OFF! I’m so used to seeing them now xD

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I really love all of you ❤

-Mariah

Stay Crazy! 🙂

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New Books, My Time

Hey guys and girls 🙂 Me again. Just wanted to let you all know that I finished a new book today, Followers by Anna Davies (really short book, I recommend it!) and I also checked out Uglies and Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. I am super excited to start rereading those books, they’re some of my favorites. I also purchased the first Kingdom Keepers book on my iPod app called iBooks (check that out!), so be looking forward to new reviews, kay?

This is my first time on the internet today. Hopefully things aren’t going to be this busy in the future, but watch out in case I post a review pretty late. I’m trying to aim to post reviews about 6:00 or 6:30 Pacific Standard Time, but some days I might be busier than usual. Really sorry about that. I hope to see you guys tomorrow! 😀

-Mariah

Stay Crazy! 😉

The Secrets of Peaches Review

Hi everyone! Once again, another apology for being so super late on my blog posts. Like I mentioned about a billion other times, I am two weeks late on my reviews which means you guys should be getting reviews in just about every day this week! Exciting, isn’t it? I promise I will never let you guys down like this again. I know I’ve probably lost all my followers but I am willing to work to gain them back again!

So that’s about all I’ve got for now 🙂 Thank you all for being patient while I am dealing with the mess that I call my life 🙂

The book I will be reviewing today is The Secrets of Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

The Secrets of Peaches Rating: 8.5/10

After the first book in this series, Peaches, I didn’t think the series could get any better. Oh, how I was wrong! The Secrets of Peaches literally blew me away. I extremely enjoyed hearing about Birdie, Leeda, and Murphy again. They are just such unique characters I wish they were real people. Once again, like in Peaches, I felt like I didn’t quite agree with the characters’ actions at certain points and I didn’t feel like their decisions were all too realistic.

Description:

The girls are back, and better than ever. Now visiting Darlington Orchard by choice, Murphy and Leeda realize that the orchard is falling into a deep panic – Birdie’s father just isn’t racking in enough cash. Through the spiral of misfortune, Murphy learns that she may not be accepted in her college of choice, Leeda’s mother may have a certain disease that sends her going crazy, and Birdie must face the difficulties of a long-distance relationship.

My Thoughts:

I was amazed by the quality of this book. When I didn’t think this book could be any better than its predecessor, I was wrong. That’s a perfect example of being pleasantly surprised. The girls were fun and sometimes I even wish I knew some people who were as exciting as these three. While it was amazing, I do feel like maybe the characters may have been too unrealistic. It’s just my thoughts, though, so don’t let me stop you from reading this super-awesome novel!

This is good for people who are

The Secrets of Peaches would be a good fit for

-romance lovers

-contemporary lovers

-people who enjoy a light, nice story

-people who like books about friendship

-anyone over the age of 14

Basically, . . .

Basically, The Secrets of Peaches is fun for a nice story that isn’t too intense. It’ll bring out the bubbly side of you and it might even make you giggle at times! (Didn’t think you could do that, could you?) Additionally, Spring Break is right around the corner, well for me anyway, so this would be the perfect time to drop by your local Barnes N’ Nobles and pick up a copy. I would really not recommend it for a book report book unless you’ve already done its first book, otherwise it would be too hard to explain. Quality advice there, people!

Don’t forget to buy The Secrets of Peaches at http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Peaches-Jodi-Lynn-Anderson/dp/B00375LOQY

Once again, I am really really sorry about just leaving you all like that. I wish I could rewind time and fix everything I’ve ruined. I’m so sorry, you don’t know how upset I feel right now 😦

-Mariah

What did you think of The Secrets of Peaches? Leave a comment below!

P.S. I’m thinking of linking some GoodReads, Facebook, and Twitter accounts very soon for The Crazy Bookshelf! (I will make separates just for the purpose of this blog.) How do you guys feel about that? Stay crazy!

Where Have I Been?

Hey guys. I’ve been EXTREMELY busy for the past few weeks. I’m really sorry about that, but don’t worry, I will make up for any reviews I’ve missed as well as Divergent Week! You should be expecting that to come very soon. I wish I could’ve started on the day Divergent released but . . . family problems. Hopefully by the end of the week I can get up-to-date on my reviews. I hope nobody’s abandoned me just yet 🙂

Once again, I’m SUPER SUPER SUPER sorry that I haven’t been here for a few weeks. I PROMISE that I will get my missing reviews to you soon. I’ll put the Divergent Week poster up now. I am SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO sorry!! Please forgive me 🙂

-Mariah

Reboot Review

Hi everybody, it’s me again! I am so happy about how my first review turned out, and I just had to make another.

The book I am reviewing today is Reboot by Amy Tintera. I am really excited to review this because I actually met Amy and got my book signed just a few weeks ago! I had the pleasure of meeting four authors (including Marie Lu, exciting!), and Amy Tintera was such a sweet person.

Reboot Rating: 8/10

Reboot was a really great dystopian novel. I was amazed at Amy Tintera’s viewpoint of the future and was really shocked at times. I did give this book an 8 out of 10 because there were parts where I disagreed with actions or they seemed a little unbelievable. Additionally, the book’s synopsis claimed that the main character, Wren, wasn’t supposed to have human feelings anymore and I didn’t feel like the book really expressed that, it seemed more like Wren did have feelings the entire time, which I thought was weird.

Description:

Wren Conolly was dead for 178 minutes before she “woke up” as a Reboot, a nonhuman fighting machine. The longer a person is dead, the more nonhuman they become. She is the best Reboot and fighter around until Callum Reyes enters. He was only dead for 22 minutes, meaning he’s hardly a Reboot and still practically a human. Somehow, Wren is attracted to Callum (even though she’s not supposed to have human feelings) and picks to train him. Wren then realizes that the humans who are harboring the Reboots give the “Under-60’s” shots, like experiments, and Wren is frantic for an escape. When Callum refuses to kill a person during a mission, Wren is forced to eliminate him. Will she make her escape with Callum or will she have to kill him along the way?

My Thoughts:

First of all, like I’ve mentioned before, Wren wasn’t supposed to have any feelings, yet it’s pretty clear that she does in parts of the books. Also, a little toward the end, I felt like it should’ve been cut off and made two books instead of putting those parts together as one. I felt like the plot almost changed towards the end, really, but it’s only my opinion. Now let me talk about things I liked. I loved Callum’s character (to be honest he reminded me of an annoying kid I know!) and his goofy ways. I think he really helped Wren get out of her tiny shell. I liked Ever, one of Wren’s friends. Ever was fun and cute, and she just wanted the best for Wren. I liked the idea that the Under-60’s sat at a different table than the others, even though there was no rule not to, and Callum didn’t care and he still sat with Wren. All in all, it was a cute book to enjoy.

This is good for people who are:

Reboot would be a good fit for

-dystopian lovers

-romance lovers

-action lovers

-science fiction lovers

-anyone over the age of 12

Basically, . . .

Basically, Reboot is a good book for a rainy day, a day where you can get snuggled under some blankets in front of the fireplace and read. It will hook you in, just saying! This would be an okay book for a book report, if you really think you want to read it, because it feels to me like it almost has two plots in it. Remember to check out the other books in the series too, the second book should be coming out in a few months!

Don’t forget to buy Reboot here: http://www.amazon.com/Reboot-Amy-Tintera/dp/0062217070

Thanks for reading my newest review. I’m still trying to decide what days I should post reviews, so if you can complete that poll from The Program review I would be very happy! Stay tuned 🙂

-Mariah

What did you think about Reboot? Leave your opinion in the comments!

Next Monday’s post is where I will be announcing something taking place starting March 21! Please make sure to check it out on Monday! 🙂

The Program Book Review

Hey everyone! How are you all today? It’s time for my first book review. I’ve been waiting for this day for what felt like FOREVER, and finally I can bring it to you.

Before I begin reviewing anything, I just wanted to mention that I’m no spoiler. I won’t tell you what happens at the end, and I won’t give you enough information that you can use it for your whole book report. I don’t want to help you cheat, got it? Just use this as a reference before you buy a book, you can check my rating and description.

As you’ve probably already realized (from the title), the book I am reviewing today is The Program by Suzanne Young, an amazing YA novel that extremely deserves to be my first review. It’s by far one of my favorite books.

So, as my first review, I will try to walk you through everything that I will be trying to do during my reviews. Before I start any type of review, I will always give a rating of the book, a score out of ten. After that, I will write a paragraph depicting why the book got rated what it did.

The Program Rating: 9.5/10

The Program was more amazing than I gave it credit for originally. Actually, my sister picked the book out and I read it because I had nothing else to read. And I was pleasantly surprised. More than pleasantly surprised, I was ecstatic while reading it. The Program had the perfect blend of “Don’t do it!”, “I love you!” and “I hate you!” Through twists and turns, you will fall in love immediately.

Description: (this isn’t the synopsis that the book gives. This is my own description.)

Sloane and James are inseparable, especially since suicide had been declared a national epidemic and their school is being introduced to the Program, a new “cure” for teens to rid of suicidal thoughts by almost removing their memories or past lives. Ever since Sloane’s older brother killed himself, Sloane and his best friend, James, have been together. They don’t show their sadness publicly, for fear that they’ll be sent to the Program. When James is sent, Sloane feels like her life is over. Until she gets admitted as well, and knows her life really is over. In the Program, Sloane meets a boy named Realm who’s very interesting as she tries to clutch onto hopes of remembering James even after she’s out.

My Thoughts:

Okay. I absolutely adored this book more than anything. I was glued to the pages. I don’t feel like it ever got boring, really – through all the romance, terror, and sadness I was able to be hooked to this novel. It’s a mix of romance and dystopian fiction, so if you’re into that, you’ll love this book. I was shocked at the ending, the beginning, and everything in between. Trust me, you’ll like it and this deserves a read from anybody who likes books.

This is good for people who are:

The Program would be a good fit for

-dystopian lovers.

-romance lovers.

-people who love sad-ish books.

-just about anybody over thirteen.

Basically, . . .

(Basically,) The Program is good for an intense read. If you’re looking for hours to kill and get engulfed in a novel, The Program is right for you. And if you want to read this for a book report, it would also be a good fit. Just remember to savor it! (And check out the other books in the series!)

You can find The Program at http://www.amazon.com/The-Program-Suzanne-Young/dp/1442445807

And that ends my first review. Don’t forget to stay tuned to my blog (follow it if you can!) and feel free to check out my other reviews. What do you want me to review next? Leave a comment! (Please use the list from my first post if you can.)

-Mariah 🙂

P.S. I’m going to try to put up reviews twice a week. What days would be the best for you to check them out?

Where do you get your books?

Like I mentioned in my last post (which was only like a while ago), I visited Barnes N’ Noble [not sure I said that right, whoops] to buy a few books. My sister and I got about eight or nine books total with our Christmas gift cards and the total cost came out to a whopping $70-and-something-cents! Is it just me or is that a lot for books? I guess it’s okay enough, especially since our gift cards covered everything. Do you shop anywhere where the prices for books are pretty low? I remember once at a thrift store they sold four books for a dollar. I also visited a store (Ms. Nelson’s) before it closed, everything was 50% off. So, if you have anywhere to shop where books are not-so-pricey, please leave a comment! 🙂

-Mariah

(Don’t forget to be here on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday! I’m going to try to get my first book review up then! (No saying what it’s going to be, you’ll just have to guess!)