Earthquake & Divergent Week

Whoa! Last night was really crazy. At about 9:09 p.m. PST, I was baking cookies like I’d mentioned in a post earlier, when the room began to shake hard. Apparently, there had been a 5.1 earthquake close in my area in California! Scar-y, if I may tell you myself, xD

Alright. That’s enough about earthquakes 🙂 I wanted to tell you that Divergent Week starts tomorrow! So excited!!! Remember to stay tuned, and keep sending in those forms! 😀

-Mariah

Stay Crazy! 🙂

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 The books are outdated and ripped.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! 🙂

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?