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 The books are outdated and ripped.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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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!)

New Reviews Coming Soon!

Hi everybody!

I am so excited to start reviewing books. I’m just really busy right now (you know the drill, schoolwork and stuff), so when my schedule starts freeing up, maybe a bit later I’ll get right to reviewing, okay? While you’re waiting (patiently, I hope!), I’ll just give a messy list of the books I’m planning to review, I don’t know if they’re in order.

The Divergent Series (Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant) by Veronica Roth

Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

-The Secrets of Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

-The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

-The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

-Alphas by Lisi Harrison

-LA Candy by Lauren Conrad

-Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

-The Program by Suzanne Young

-What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

-The Maze Runner by James Dashner

-The Legend Series (Legend, Prodigy, and Champion) by Marie Lu

-Reboot by Amy Tintera

The Hunger Games Series (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins

Just a heads-up, I’ve read WAY more books than that! But sometimes I can’t remember all of them, haha. My house is absolutely filled with books, so I’m hoping to reread some of them and review them later. These are the books I’m currently reading or planning to read, I’ll probably be finished in two or three weeks:

-The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

-This World We Live in by Susan Beth Pfeffer

-The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

(There are, like, four more but I can’t remember them right now and I’m not home. Sorry! I’ll update this post once I can get them. I just went to Barnes N’ Noble on Saturday to stock up!)

So that’s all for now! Sorry that there’s so much. I’m looking forward to review a lot. Don’t forget to share this post and tell your friends, just in case they’re looking for books to read. I’ll see you all in a short while!

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!

Also don’t forget to check out the poll just under this. I just want to see how you guys feel about my blog. Thanks for completing it! 😀

-Mariah 🙂