Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th waveVerdict:
Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publish Date: 5 May 2013
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 480
Genre: YA, sci-fi, dystopia
Source: Spinebreakers (Penguin), finished copy

An apocalyptic thriller that genuinely makes you unable to put down the book. At first I was quite sceptic of The 5th Wave as I felt the writing style was pretty overdramatic (obviously it’s not going to be a bag of laughs when you think you are the last living person on the planet). But, what I mean to say is that what was annoying was how Zombie’s narrative voice primarily sounded the same as Cassie’s. That was pretty off-putting. Although eventually Rick Yancey found his voice for each individual narrative and The 5th Wave transformed into a very clever approach to a genre already established by many. Continue reading

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Review: Nowhere by Jon Robinson

Nowhere imageVerdict:
Title: Nowhere
Author: Jon Robinson
Publish Date: 4 July 2013
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 256
Genre: drama, classic
Number in Series: #1
Source: Spinebreakers (Penguin), finished copy

One of the most anticipated movie releases of 2013 was The Great Gatsby. Being the imagination idealist that I am, I was determined to read the book before I watched the Leo DiCaprio starring adaptation on the big screen. I’m glad I stuck to my guns. Why? Because I am hoping that the movie will be better than the book. Continue reading

Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful CreaturesVerdict:
Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publish Date: 3 January 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 576
Genre: YA, fantasy, paranormal, romance
Series Number: Caster Chronicles #1
Source: Spinebreakers (Penguin), finished copy

I had known of Beautiful Creatures for a long time before I read the book. Although, when I say I had known about the book, all I really mean is that I recognised the title and the book’s cover design. The novel had never interested me because by ‘creatures’ I thought they literally meant animals and so I had never gathered any motivation to read it. However, hearing that it was being adapted for the screen and learning a general sense of the plot, I must admit that my interest towards Beautiful Creatures did perk up a bit. Continue reading

Review: ARGO by Antonio Mendez

ARGOVerdict:
Title: ARGO
Author: Antonio Mendez
Publish Date: 25 October 2012
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 320
Genre: spy, thriller, non-fiction, true crime, politics
Source: Spinebreakers (Penguin), finished copy

Me and spy stories never usually mix. I always expect a complicated plot which is focused on action, i.e. not my kind of genre. Thus: I try to stay as far away from them as possible, for example, I have never seen a 007 film in all my life. Continue reading

Review: Anatomies: The Human Body, Its Parts and The Stories They Tell by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

anatomiesVerdict:
Title: Anatomies: The Human Body, Its Parts and The Stories They Tell
Author: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Publish Date: 7 February 2013
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages: 320
Genre: non-fiction, Physiology, science, nature
Source: Spinebreakers (Penguin), finished copy

I was excited at first to read Hugh Aldersey-Williams’ take on the human body, in Anatomies, because I was interested in learning about how ideas of the body have developed our culture. For example, how the heart has become the love symbol and how we see it on such things as Milton Glaser’s ‘New York I Love You’. Continue reading