Category Archives: 3 Stars

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Title: Awaken
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Pages: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Date Published: May 23rd 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
My Rating: 

Maddielives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to goto school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s reallyno need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—untilshe meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physicalcloseness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, hetells her.
Suddenly,Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is adifferent, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling herotherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if shewants to change the path her life is taking.
Inthis not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their ownspace.
My Review
When I first readthe summary for this book I was ecstatic to read it because since I lovetechnology I really wanted to go into a world where everything was based off ofthat. Once I began reading I started realizing it was going in a differentdirection than what I expected. Don’t get me wrong though, the idea was there,the story was quite interesting, there was just things missing in my opinion.The characters were great and it was good imagination I will give it that. I’llbe honest and say that it might be a great book for someone other than me, inwhich case I encourage anyone to give it a try.
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 17, 2012 in 3 Stars, Review


Review: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Title: The Notebook
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date Published: Oct. 1st 1996
Genre: Romance
My Rating:

A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn’t understand. Until he begins to read to her. The Notebook is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love, a story of miracles that will stay with you forever. 

Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again. 

Allie Nelson, twenty-nine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape. 

Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. Shining with a beauty that is rarely found in current literature, The Notebook establishes Nicholas Sparks as a classic storyteller with a unique insight into the only emotion that really matters. 

“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.” 

And so begins one of the most poignant and compelling love stories you will ever read…The Notebook

As unrealistic as this book might seem, with the overflow of love just like you would read of in many fictional stories, it is based on a couple’s true love story. Sparks wanted to write this book to show people that unconditional love does exist. Now if you don’t believe that this is a true story then it will seem like another boy meets girl or girl meets boy, parents separate them kind of story.

Even though this story was written mostly in Noah’s point of view, you get both main character’s points of view which is not a usual thing to see. It is nice to know what Allie is feeling along with Noah. Both characters, Allie and Noah, are dying to have each other again and it makes you anxious and in my case, annoyed, reading the repetition of how much they love each other and nothing being done about it. At times the story seemed a little to slow for me, I don’t need to know many of the things they talk about. This story has a massive amount of detail. As much as I love detail, this came to be a little too much for me.

Surprisingly the chapter I really enjoyed because I know that if I hadn’t watched the movie then I would have been a lot more surprised was “An Unexpected Visitor”. Getting closer to the end I did get a little teary eyed just like in all of Spark’s books I’ve read.

This brings me to mentioning the movie because I can’t help but compare them. For the first time ever I have to admit that the movie was way better. The movie seemed to take me to more places than the book did. If you watched the movie and read the book you can easily distinguish the differences. “The summer” which they spend together was only a memory in the book but the movie really brought it to life, it gave us a lot more detail on that summer. Overall I feel I connected a lot more with the movie than the book.

It is a lovely story and I can’t say otherwise.

Leave a comment

Posted by on December 20, 2010 in 3 Stars, Nicholas Sparks, Review


Review: Wake (Dream Catcher #1) by Lisa McMann

Title: Wake (Dream Catcher #1)
Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: March 4th 2008
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: 
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can’t tell anybody about what she does they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant…

I bought this book because the theme sounded really interesting, I mean can you imagine going into everyone else’s dreams? I thought the idea of being able to do something like that would be exciting, then after reading the book I realized maybe it really isn’t that great, it is bad enough having my own nightmares, no way I would want other’s as well.

Okay yes I liked it BUT in a way I expected a lot more from this story. It’s really hard to explain when i don’t even know exactly what it is that I expected. It doesn’t mean I was disappointed though! Maybe I just have to keep reading the rest of them and can make up for what I didn’t mention in this really short “review”.

I read this book not that long ago and the truth is that I can’t remember that much about it besides the important events. I will post something else about it if anything else comes up in my head. For this I apologize!

P.S. read this book before I even started blogging, point being, I am trying to blog as I finish reading my books so I won’t forget anything important that i should mention! 😀


Posted by on December 5, 2010 in 3 Stars, Review