Tuesday, January 27, 2015

RUNNING IN FRONT OF TRAINS?! Insurgent Trailer Talk!

So the trailer for Insurgent came out a while ago and I thought I would give my general thoughts and opinions of how I think the movie is going to be and if it is going to be as good as the first.

This trailer confused me a lot because I marathoned Divergent and Insurgent so the two books are somewhat of a blur, but I reread Divergent before the movie came out. That being said, the way Jeanine has people hanging by a thread in this glass rooms did not ring a bell. Then i realize that this is supposed to be the people strapped to wires and when I read the book I pictured them on one o those cold metal tables lying down, but to have them but hanging there is something very interesting and visually pleasing if I am quite honest.

The trailer looks very action packed and is cut to look that way. From the start it is tanks and guns and shooting and running in front of trains. Then we reach the fractionless and Tobias' mother looks like she could be his twin sister. Naomi Watts is way too young to be playing Evelyn. The age difference between Theo James and Naomi is only 16 years. It does not seem believable to me and is not what I pictured.

This trailer looks very appealing as a movie, but I am not sure how close it will be to the book. It looks like an amazing action movie and it will probably be used to draw people in who did not read the book, but want and action movie. Divergent was very close to the book with only a few minor details being left out because they did not do much for the plot. I believe that this movie will be amazing, but we will have to wait for the release date to come closer to see how close it will truly be to the book. But who cares cause Theo James is Theo James and everyone needs a little Theo James in their life!

Thanks hons
Lee Chand



Is it not glorious? Ever since I was a child I have been obsessed with rainbows. It seems so visually pleasing to me and I would always draw them or buy stickers. Thus love of rainbows led to 1. my love of gay people and 2. me wanting my shelf to be rainbowed.
And I know some people can not stand to have their shelfs like this, needing to be all librarian-like and have things in alphabetical order and what not and do not get me wrong, I am like that with most things. But here are a few reasons why I made my shelf this way:

  1. Each shelf on my book shelf is a different size. Some are tall and others can't even hold a regular sized paperback standing up. (I'm looking at you 3rd shelf!) So if I were to put things in alphabetical order, my tall books would not fit on the top shelf. Where are my Mortal Instruments books supposed to go?
  2. I have some series that start in paperback and then the new releases are hardcover. The uneven high differences bother me and the constant up and down movement do too. Even though this is not perfectly even, it is the best I can do with over 300 books and one shelf.
  3. Like I said I have 300 plus book, so having to play Tetris with my books is the only way I can fit all these books on my shelves
  4. Its purdy
And I know I do now have all my series together, but in most cases I do not but sequels unless I have finished the first book and then I will proceed to buy the proceeding installments. (Exceptions include if someone bought me the book or if the book is on sale.)
I added some lights to make it all pretty and what not. Below is the transformation of my shelves from a year ago to today for shits and giggles.
I am currently reading The Silence of Six by E. C. Myers and I am loving it. Expect a review soon!

Thanks hons!
Lee Chand

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
 by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: October 3th, 2014
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 391
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
“Adam was beginning to realize that he hadn't known Ronan at all. Or rather, he had known part of him and assumed it was all of him.”

If you have not read the first two books in this series (The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves) I suggest you read my review before picking them up, but the Raven Cycle is one of my favorite series. It is different from all the other paranormal fantasies I have read. It is much quirkier and pulls the reader in with its unique story line and plot full of suspense and twists. The series keeps you on your toes, never knowing what to expect which is a nice turn of event considering the usual stories with a similar plot, but in a different setting. Check out my reviews linked above for more of my opinions on this amazing series.

My beloved Gansey has returned to me! My I start out by saying that the cover is beautiful. I could not wait for this book to come out so I could display it on my shelves. It reminded me that Blue has short hair which I feel like is often forgotten by the fan base. All the fan art I have seen across the span of the interwebs is full of long-haired Blues which you forget is wrong.

This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2014. I fell in love with The Raven Boys so quickly that I could not wait to pick up the second book and the wait for the third was agonizing. This book did not disappoint in the slightest, with suspense and subtle romance between Blue and Gansey, BUT it did not satisfy all my needs. With the other two books I felt a need for more, for it left me hanging but in this it ended so abruptly I had no idea what is ahead. There was some foreshadowing in the epilogue, but not enough to please me.

As always, Maggie Stiefvater's writing is very hard to get into. Her writing is beautiful and flowing and she knows how to stretch out imagery into a paragraph or confine a character's thoughts into one beautifully written sentence. Her writing never fails to disappoint me and I find my self reaching for a highlighter more than I often do with books.

"Violence was a disease Gansey didn't think he could catch. But all around him, his friends were slowly infected."

This story has kept me in suspense since the first book. The journey these five take in order to find this 600 year old Welsh King is so beautiful and keeps you guessing. The story line is so random and never told before that it is almost refreshing. This book sneaks up on you. You might be thinking that it is going so slow but next thing you know you are on page 200 wondering where the time has gone by.

One of my favorite additions to this book that the others did not have much of was the humor especially from Mr. Jesse Dittley. The most random and obscure things would come out of his mouth and would actually make me laugh out loud. The group of boys are now becoming closer to Blue and begin to poke fun at her adding humor all around.

This book was amazing and wonderful, but overall my least favorite in the series thus far. Maybe my expictations were to high or what, but I was let down slightly. I waiting for the what I believe to be the last and final book to be realeased in maybe late 2015 early 2016.

Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars
Let me know what you guys think of it!
Thanks Hons
Lee Chand
Monday, January 19, 2015

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt REVIEW!!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Release Date: October 22th, 2013
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Pages: 864
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository

“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life” 

Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is not something I would normally pick up to read myself considering I am more of a fantasy/dystopian type of reader, but nonetheless I did enjoy this read. Before picking it up I did my research and saw that this book was 11 years in the making I thought to myself, “If a writer was putting so many years into one story that it had to be amazing,” and I was not wrong. 
The Goldfinch tells the story of a young boy by the name of Theo Decker who survives a terrorist attack in a New York City art gallery killing his mother. Upon escaping the destroyed and ruined building, he takes a small painting along with him. A single goldfinch sitting on top of a blue bird feeder. This petite and simplistic painting is worth more than Theo thinks and leads him into the criminal underworld taking him from New York to Sin City, back to New York and even Amsterdam.
The writing was exquisite throughout the book. One paragraph flowed to the next in such harmony and the descriptions created such vivid images. I did not mind the obscenely long paragraphs for they were so beautifully written. The story pulled me in with its storyline and its similarities to Harry Potter. It brought me back to the days when I was a child reading Harry Potter and the thoughts flowing through my mind. I enjoyed Tartt’s writing and look forward to picking up The Secret History and The Little Friend in the near future.

Thanks Hon!
Lee Chand

January Book Haul!!!!!

Fall is finally here which mean rainy days snuggling in with a good book and a cup of tea. I have purchased numerous books plus I have received many ebooks from publishers as well.
  • Heir of Fire: Sarah J Mass
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters: Laini Taylor
  • The Evolution of Mara Dyer: Michelle Hodkin
  • Ignite Me: Tahereh Mafi
  • The Lost Hero: Rick Riordan 
  • The Son of Neptune: Rick Riordan
  • The Iron Trail: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  • Immortal Lycanthropes: Hal Johnson
  • Proxy: Alex London
  • Maid of Secrets: Jennifer McGowan
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: April Genevieve Tuckolke
  • Unite Me: Tahereh Mafi
  • The False Prince: Jennifer A. Nielsen

Heir of Fire: The highly anticipated third installment of the Throne of Glass series. I am so excited to continue with this series and follow Celaena and her quest to find who she truly is. I love Celaena and how kick ass she is. She could care less about what anybody thinks of her and I admire that so much. Of course the previous installments include...
  • The Assassin's Blade (Prequel Novellas)
  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
Dreams of Gods and Monsters: The third and final book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Dreams of Gods and Monsters is what everyone has been waiting for. I have yet to start this trilogy, but I have been hearing nothing but great things about this YA fantasy novel. Previous installments include...
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Days of Blood and Starlight
The Evolution of Mara Dyer: Since the third book, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, came out recently, I figured I should catch up. I loved the first book of this series. It kept me guessing and on my toes which I loved. Noah is honestly perfect and adorable and his and Mara's relationship is so perfect and it just feels right. Previous installments include...
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Ignite Me: The third book in the Shatter Me trilogy (SO MANY TRILOGIES), Ignite Me is the closing to these amazing books. I love the first book Shatter Me and am currently reading Unravel Me. These books are so interesting to me. They are all like super heroes. It is like something out of and X-Men movie. I also bought the bind up of novellas Fracture Me and Destroy Me. Previous installments include...
  • Shatter Me
  • Unravel Me
The Lost Hero and The Sun of Neptune: These are the first two books of the Heroes of Olympus series, the squeal series to the Percy Jackson series. I love Percy Jackson and want to reread the five books in that series before I move onto the Heroes of Olympus. The rest of the series includes...
New Cassandra Clare got me like...
  • The Make of Athena
  • The House of Hades
  • The Blood of Olympus
The Iron Trail: A NEW CASSANDRA CLARE NOVEL!!!! (Also featuring Holly Black whom I love as well). I had the pleasure of meeting both of them at BookCon in 2014 and received a paperback edition, but now I have it in glorious hardcover and it is just beautiful. This book is a middle grade novel and I honestly know nothing else but it new Cassandra Clare.

Proxy: I have no idea what Proxy is about, but I sat in the conference at BookCon with Veronica Ross and Alex London as they talk about dystopian universes and I fell in love with the way Alex London spoke. It was so humorous and lovely and I had to eventually pick up this book.

The rest of these books were given to me by publishers because I showed interest in the plot, but I ordered them so long ago I can not even remember in the slightest what they are about.

Look to see reviews on these books soon. Thanks a bunch

Lee Chand