Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Banned Book Week - Crank

Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publish Date: October 5th, 2004 ; Simon Pulse
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless.
Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.

Crank is one of my favorites books of all time. When I saw it on the American Library Association (ALA) Top 100 Banned Books 2000-2009, I was very surprised. I shouldn't be though, considering what the book withholds, but nevertheless I was.

Why It Is Banned:
The reason that this book was banned because it features very inappropriate things. Such as getting high, or in this case, using crank. Crank is often known as crystal meth; a powered substance that is used as an illegal drug. By getting high, you turn into that one person that ends up doing dumb things. Crank doesn't promote it, but it does amplify the situation by basing the book series around drugs. 

Reason Why I Think It Shouldn't: 
For one, I love how this book is written. That's what made me turn to it the first time. I'm a big book cover judger, and this cover isn't appealing. But, skimming through the pages, I know I had to.

For more of my post, click here. Go check it out and leave comments!(:

P.S. Will be back on blog schedule soon! Sorry for delay in posts! Blame high school.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead {20th]

The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy. 

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning. Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.

Title - Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1)
Author - Richelle Mead
Pages - 421
Paperback, Hardcover, eBook - Hardcover 
Published & Publisher - August 23rd, 2011; Razor Bill
Source - Bought/Pre-order
Rating - 4/5

I thought Last Sacrifice would be my last taste of Richelle Mead, but I was wrong. I'm happy that I was! I've missed reading about this new and enthralling world she came up with. Well, since Vampire Academy has been out for awhile, I can't classify this as new per se. But I love Richelle's creativity and originally.

The main focus of the novel isn't about Rose (if you've read the Vampire Academy series, you know who that is) but on an alchemist named Sydney. Alchemists are humans with a special tattoo on their face, raised to hate vampires and all their relations. Their tattoo has magic in it that helps protect themselves from telling the world about the Moroi, Dhampir, and Strigoi society. Alchemists also cover up Strigoi killing. In Bloodlines, Sydney has to redeem herself since in previous events, her loyalty to the Alchemists were tested. She gets sent to protect a princess. She just didn't expect things to be so complicated.

To be honest, I have been eagerly awaiting this book for a very long time. Maybe that's why when I finished reading the book I felt that I had been let down. Too much hype. It wasn't because of the content in the book, it was great! I just didn't actually realized that this series isn't about Rose. Sydney and Rose are nothing alike, and that made me sad. True, they both have endless rambling that can take up pages. But Sydney is so... And Rose is so... I hope you can see what I'm trying to say here. In Rose's tale, there was a load of action. In Sydney's, it was more plain-ish. The last pages of the book were the only pages I actually like. 

I'm still very excited for the release of the second in the series! I recommend this book to everybody; it's not even necessary for you to read the Vampire Academy series! But if you want to so you can get the gist on the characters and stuff, you should.

First Line: I couldn't breathe.

"Thanks for looking out for her, Sage. You're okay, For a human." 
I almost laughed. "Thanks." 
"You can say it too, you know."
I walked over to Latte [car] and paused. "Say what?"
"That I'm okay . . . for a vampire," he [Adrian] explained.
I shook my head, still smiling. "You'll have a hard time getting any Alchemist to admit that. But I can say you're okay for an irreverent party boy with occasional moments of brilliance."
"Brillant? You think I'm brillant?" He threw his hands skyward. "You hear that, world?" Sage says I'm brillant!"

Sunday, September 4, 2011

In My Mailbox - {5th] Birthday & R.A.K. Edition

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.
Icon made by ME! :D

Haven't done one of these in awhile. But, I said I would! I got great books in the mail these past weeks that I want to showcase! 

F.Y.I. The links lead to the description and everything on Goodreads.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young {Been wanting to read}
Possess by Gretchen McNeil {Good reviews}
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead {Finished; be expecting review soon! :DDD}
Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) by Sarah Mylnowski {Just started; very funny}

As you can tell, I really enjoyed Bloodlines. SO MUCH. I have been wanting for that book since my birthday last year. And when I found out that it was coming out a DAY AFTER MY BIRTHDAY I literally freaked out. I had to have it on pre-order. I just told my mom to preorder The Golden Lily right now, but she looked at me strangely and said "Just go enter some giveaways for it." Love her(:

Random Act's of Kindess:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin {!!!!!!!!}
Received from Lori at Pure Imagination

Look at that gorgeous ARC right there! :D Super grateful to get that book! Thank you so much, Lori, for sending it to me! You are too sweet! 

What did you guys get in your mailbox?
Leave links. :D

P.S. Happy Labor Day!