Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book review: The Giver

Title: The Giver
Series: The Giver Quartet #1
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: classics
Release date: first published in April 1993

Pages: 180 pages




Expectations
I never had to read this for school and  I've heard this is an amazing book, very excited to listen to the audiobook!

Synopsis
This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he's given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.


Review
I loved listening to the audiobook, which was done really amazing. I couldn't stop listening!

I really enjoyed Jonas as a character. Loved to see the relationship with the giver grow into grandfather-grandson like relationship. 

The writing was so lovely, beautiful and captivating.
The dystopian world Lowry created was very interesting, especailly considering it was written before all the dystopian books we know now. 

Loved the entire idea of this world. It really makes you think about evetything we see as normal, and if it is supposed to be like that. It really gets you thinking.

The only negative thing I have to say about this (warning, spoiler!) is about the ending. I was in shock that it ended so abruptly. What happened? Did Jonas die? I need to know! And I thought there was a sequel, but the next book tells a totally different story and doesn't continu this one. 
It left me totally speechless, but I guess there is some beauty in leaving it open like that.

Have you read this ? If you have, let me know your thoughts on the ending!!

Rating 
4 stars


Monday, May 8, 2017

Bookreview: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Series: Summer #1
Author: Jenny Han
Release date: May 2009
Genre: contemporary
Pages: 276 pages




Expectations

I've heard a lot of praise about this series, so I'm curious to read what it's all about.

Synopsis
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along. 


Review
This was a quick summer read, which I enjoyed reading, although I think I would have loved it when I was younger.  I kept thinking that the way the main character Isabella thinks is just the thing that gets girls in trouble with guys. She has this fairytale kind of story in her head about this boy. 
At the same time, I totally understand this can be very relatable for young girls. 

It was an easy read and I enjoyed the flashbacks to the different ages. The  dialogue was written well, which made the story flow nicely.

I really disliked her nickname Belly. I also found it pretty weird that even though Isabella really disliked the nickname too, people kept calling her Belly. I also disliked the idea that now that she 'turned pretty' the boys are more interested in her. Which suggests that they only care about her looks and not the person she is inside. 

I think my opinion of this series depends on how the story continues. For now it was an enjoyable, quick and easy summer read.

I am curious to see what the next book will contain, especially because of what happened near the end of the book.

Rating
2.5 stars

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