Book Review : Incarceron

Sorry, I just had to post this one too. I give you — Inarceron!

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Title : Incarceron

Series : The Incarceron Series #1

Author : Catherine Fisher

Pages : 458

Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐

About :

Incarceron — a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology — a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber — chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison — a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device — a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn’s escape is born.

Notes : This was an amazing book — it’ll definitely stay on my shelf. It has an interesting storyline, and engaging plot. Overall, a masterpiece!

Rating scale : 5 stars — Best book ever! It earns a place of honor on my shelf.
4 stars — Good, but it still had some issues.
3 stars — It was okay, definitely not my favorite
2 stars — I finished it, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it.
1 star — I didn’t even finish it. This book will collect dust under my bed.

Book Review : Divergent

Okay, I read to much to only do one book review a week. I’ll just post them as I read them. Today’s book is . . . Divergent! This is one of the most popular books of 2013 (mainly because they’re making a movie on it — more on that later) and I have to say, it was worth all the hype. This is an extraordinary book, and I am very glad I read it.

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Title : Divergent

Series : The Divergent Series #1

Author : Veronica Roth

Pages : 487

Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐

About :

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Notes :

This was one of those books that you can say that they’re almost perfect — it’s got a place of honor on my shelf. It has an engaging storyline, and interesting plot. A book that’ll be remembered for years to come!

Rating scale : 5 stars — Best book ever! It earns a place of honor on my shelf.
4 stars — Good, but it still had some issues.
3 stars — It was okay, definitely not my favorite
2 stars — I finished it, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it.
1 star — I didn’t even finish it. This book will collect dust under my bed.

Book Review : Cinder

Okay, so I’ve decided to write a book review every week — a horrible decision, really, considering everything else I have on my plate. Anyway, here goes *cue drumroll* CINDER!

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Title : Cinder

Series : The Lunar Chronicles, # 1

Author : Merissa Meyer

Pages : 387

Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐

About :

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society, and a burden by stepmother, Adri. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though : Cinder’s brain interface has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the young prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, Pearl, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Adri volunteers Cinder’s body for plague research, an “honor” that no-one has ever survived. But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig.

Something others would kill for.

Notes :

In a word, this book was refreshing. It’s got some of the same qualities as so many of the other YA books out there, but with a different take on the classic story of Cinderella. This is a book I would 100% recommend to just about anyone. I can’t wait for the next three in the series. Thumbs-up, Merissa!

Rating scale : 5 stars — Best book ever! It earns a place of honor on my shelf.
4 stars — Good, but it still had some issues.
3 stars — It was okay, definitely not my favorite
2 stars — I finished it, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it.
1 star — I didn’t even finish it. This book will collect dust under my bed.

Askdlkihfgsd! Or . . . my mum is a Whovian!

My mum hates sci-fi. Well, not so much hates it, as just doesn’t *get* the whole time travel thing. But she finally broke down, and decided to watch an episode of Doctor Who. She made it through Rose, and I walked into our living room tonight to find her watching The End of the World — all by herself. I didn’t even ask beg her to. So, anyway, we’re seeing definite improvements over last week when she asked if the Doctor had gills! (Really, mum?) Tonight’s episode was the third one she’d watched, (The other being The Girl in the Fireplace.) and of course, I plopped down on the sofa and watched it with her. (I miss me some Nine. Too bad he only had one season.) I know that since she made it through the first one, and watched the second without being asked — she’s hooked. My own mother, hooked on a time travel show — that’s weird. She won’t admit it yet, but she really does like the Doctor and his magic blue box. On another note, she has finally completed all six episodes of Sherlock. I’ve been highly instrumental in bringing that about, too. So, yeah. My mother (and my little sis) is a Whovian — and a Sherlockian. And a dear friend of mine, named Kelly. I got her Sherlocked, but I’m still working on converting her into a Whovian. In the words of Mr David Tennant, “It’s very hard to try to explain Doctor Who, and not sound like a lunatic.” Also, you guys should expect a few very long posts in the next few weeks, so hang in there, and know that I’m doing the best I can! I just wanted to announce to the blogosphere that MY MOM IS A WHOVIAN! Glad I got that out of my system.

New website?

Doctor Who is a very complicated show — everyone knows that. So I thought it might be cool to create a Doctor Who website. Somewhere along the lines of an encyclopedia for new fans, so they can get quick answers. I could take requests and write a article for each Doctor, companion, and alien. Im asking you so if I do decide to try this, I’ll know if anyone’s following or not. Comment below and tell me if you think I should. Thanks, cyberbuddies!