29 February, 2016

REVIEW: HEMINGWAY by Jason

Title: Hemingway
Author: Jason
Series: -
Genres: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Reprodukt
Source: Library Physical Copy
Pages: 48

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SYNOPSIS:
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce walk into a Parisian bar... no, it's not the beginning of a joke, but the premise of Jason's unique new graphic novel.

Set in 1920s Paris, The Left Bank Gang is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of these four literary figures as not only typical Jason anthropomorphics, but... graphic novelists! Yes, in Jason's warped world, cartooning is the dominant form of fiction, and not only do these four literary giants work in the comics medium but they get together to discuss pen vs. brush, chat about the latest graphic novels from Dostoevsky ("I can't tell any of his characters apart!") to Faulkner ("Hasn't he heard of white space? His panels are too crowded!"), and bemoan their erratic careers.

Add in a hilarious sequence where Hemingway is lectured by an overbearing Gertrude Stein ("What kind of pencil are you using? You should be using a blue pencil, that way you don't have to erase, all right? Avoid captions. Don't ever write 'A little later.' You don't need that. The reader will figure it out."), guest appearances by Zelda Fitzgerald and Jean-Paul Sartre, and a few remarkable twists and turns along the way, and you've got one of the funniest and most playful graphic novels of the year.

Like Jason's acclaimed Why Are You Doing This?, The Left Bank Gang is rendered in full spectacular color. This is Jason's eighth graphic novel in six years for Fantagraphics, and his audience continues to grow with every acclaimed release.

27 February, 2016

26 February, 2016

REVIEW: WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Series: -
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mysery
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Library Physical copy
Pages: 242

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BLURB: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

24 February, 2016

23 February, 2016

22 February, 2016

REVIEW: ORIGINS by L. J. Smith

Title: Origins
Author: L.J. Smith, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec 
Series: Vampire Diries: Stefan's Diaries #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Library Physical Copy
Pages: 237


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SYNOPSIS:
A love triangle that will span eternity…

The year is 1864 and the Civil War rages on. But seventeen-year-old Stefan Salvatore is fighting a battle all his own. Engaged to marry someone he does not love, Stefan falls for a mysterious girl named Katherine. With her gleaming curls and mischievous brown eyes, Katherine is beautiful and seduction…but she also harbors a dark secret: She’s a vampire.

Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan’s Diaries reveals what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.

21 February, 2016

20 February, 2016

19 February, 2016

REVIEW: THE ELITE by Kiera Cass

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 336

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SYNOPSIS: The Selection began with thirty-five girls.Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.

17 February, 2016

13 February, 2016

12 February, 2016

REVIEW: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: -
Genres: YA, Romance, Mythology
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Hardback
Pages: 336

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SYNOPSIS: From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a sweeping stand-alone fantasy romance.

A girl with a secret.
The boy of her dreams.
An Ocean between them.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude...until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of.

Falling in love with a human breaks the Ocean’s rules. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

10 February, 2016

09 February, 2016

08 February, 2016

REVIEW: SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Series: -
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, War
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Source: ARC
Pages: 400
Publishing date: 4th February, 2016

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SYNOPSIS:
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

06 February, 2016

05 February, 2016

REVIEW: GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: (e)ARC
Pages: 448
Publication: February 9th, 2016

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SYNOPSIS: The thrilling second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen trilogy follows Mare Barrow on her mission to defeat the traitorous Maven.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness of her own heart.

03 February, 2016

02 February, 2016

01 February, 2016

TBR: FEBRUARY of Laura


FEBRUARY TBR

I finished exams but I am actually pretty sure I will have to study for some resits... I just hope I need to study only advanced math. I hope I passed the rest.
Well, sorry. Now on to the February list! since I finished all my January list early I already started with February list but I still have some interesting books to read! I will be reading The Rose Society, The Bone Season, and The Siren! (The rest I already read and reviews will be posted really soon so keep an eye on the blog!)

Woohoo! What are you guys reading?

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