Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book Review: Auracle by Gina Rosati



Auracle

Gina Rosati

Published August 7th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
3.91 of 5 stars at Goodreads
Trapped outside her body, Anna sees and hears but cannot touch the one she longs to hold. Anna has a secret: she can astrally project out of her body. But when there's an accident and her classmate Taylor gets into Anna's body, what was an exhilarating gift threatens to become a terrifying reality. Anna and her best friend Rei form a plan to set things right, but they don't anticipate the feelings that are beginning to grow between them. Auracle by Gina Rosati is an exciting, sensual novel that explores the relationship between body and soul and the power of a single touch.
I got this book a while ago and didn't read it until now. One of those reading slumps where you just need a break before reading again. Once I started it though I was done in 2 sittings. It was nothing over the top but it was very enjoyable. The characters were interesting, though I would have done a bit more of realistic reaction to when Taylor found herself in Anna's body. It was as if it was the most normal thing in the world while it wasn't. Other than that, I adored Rei and how he cared for Anna. I adored their soul mate relationship. It was so sweet and adorable.

As for the plot, it's about time more metaphysic YA fiction comes out. It is always about ghosts and vampires and what not and I am bored with those. Astral projection is one of those things I firmly believe in and I can admit I've done it too. Though not so skillful as Anna, and would like to learn to do it so. But otherwise, a fan of the subject.

I rated it 4/5 stars because I enjoyed it very much. It was not boring, not tiring and it was a perfect example of love grown from friendship. Plus it treated the metaphysical concepts quite well.

My love: ♥♥♥♥○

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Book Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab



The Archived

Victoria Schwab

Published January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion
4.05 of 5 stars at Goodreads
The dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead, called 'Histories', rest in the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper is dangerous and a constant reminder of those she lost, Da and her little brother. Mac wonders about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. Yet someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
Oh The Archived. I've waited so long to read you and you were... ok. What can I say, it was an action pack novel. Very good concept on death and dimensions. As well as a good end twist for the bad guys. Mac didn't really grow into me, neither did Wes. I kind of went sympathetic with Owen. But the truth is there was not much to this novel for me.

I don't know if I am outgrowing these simple YA novels or not. But it was not as exiting as I expected it to be. It is not a bad book at all. Quite the contrary if you are into YA all the way. But it lacks feeling and it is slow, very slow. I even read it slow... one day, 2 days break and then finish it in another day. I could have done it in one day but it was a bit too much in the end. It kind of reminded me of the movie The Adjustment Bureau, which I did enjoyed very much. More than the book sadly.

My love: ♥♥♥○○

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tea Time: Are you a better person because of books?


When our social skills are refined through reading habits.


A while ago... OK, a long while ago, I stumbled upon an article in Scientific American about a study conducted on empathy and literature. To summarize the study, findings showed that reading literary fiction can raise one's empathy and social skills by helping us understand the psych different kind of people.

These books usually have us dealing through the character's life and wondering what would we do in their place. As we read more on these kind of situations we begin to sympathize with the character and eventually understand their choices. Following this I began to wonder, does this happen to others as well?

Once I was talking with an old colleague, he was telling me about how he needs more time to pursue his dream and like this he would not have enough time to practice his skills. I am no where near his kind of world, and yet I added, "you also need time to apply for auditions and endless rehearsals". He thanked me with "you understand!" I apologized for being so forward though I know nothing about what he does, and told him it comes from reading a lot of life situations and understanding the complexities of them. Ever since then I realize the value of reading and how it has helped me become a more understanding and forgiving person. It has helped me see a wider range of people and places that otherwise I would have not.

So tell me:

Do you believe your reading habits have contributed to the way you view society and how you interact with it? Are you more open to differences? Do you feel prepared for sudden life's twists?


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TBR: 1984 by George Orwell




1984

George Orwell

Published by Harcourt, Brace & Company, New York (1949)
4.10 of 5 stars at Goodreads
Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future.
While 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely than ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia", that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world — so powerful that it's completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
This book is classified as my yearly classical read. With so many books coming out I try to add a classic to my reading list in order to be able to read them. A while ago, I tried to read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. I struggled, though the start was interesting, but at some point I lost interest. And though I have not given up on it, I was intrigued by its origin. Which led to 1984 by George Orwell.

I've always been a fan of post-apocalyptic stories. The struggles of human kind for survival, discovering the truth in the depths of despair. Morbid. But interesting non the less when you are interested in the human psych, as I am. So this week, I will be reading this. Hopefully I enjoy it and hopefully it inspire me to read 1Q84 once and for all.