<![CDATA[The Book Nooks - Mara\'s Memento]]>Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:14:29 +1100Weebly<![CDATA[Touch by Claire North- Review]]>Sun, 17 Jan 2016 05:28:50 GMThttp://thebooknooks.weebly.com/maras-memento/touch-by-claire-north-reviewPicture

From the same kick-butt author who brought you The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August comes another amazing work of science fiction to ignite your brain cells and tug at your heart strings. 
The premise of Touch is that there are these kind of ghost beings who inhabit peoples bodies for brief periods of time and switches bodies by touching the skin of the next person, leaving the person they inhabited with a short blank space in their memory. 
The story starts as the host body of one of these ghosts is shot down at a train station in Turkey. The ghost manages to jump into the body of the man sent to kill her and the adventure begins from there.
The ghost that we follow, named Kepler, is not the only one. but he/she is the one being hunted by another ghost AKA Galileo. 

I think what made this such an interesting read, and why some people have mixed feelings about this story, is that the protagonist is so fluid. Kepler is never in the same body for long and has to adapt at every twist and turn. The ghost isn't distinctly any one gender and tries to convince itself that it cares about it's hosts more than other ghosts, probably to compensate for some of the things Kepler is trying to run from. But one thing I think Claire North executed particularly well was humanising the ghost, if you will. By the beautifully concluded end of the book, I felt so many genuine emotions for and because of Kepler, which I think is an extraordinary feat considering the circumstances of the character. This book had everything; action, mystery, travel, art, small insights into strangers lives, perfectly placed backstories and just the right amount of love and feeling to pull it off. 
If you liked Harry August, you'll love this.
Rate: 8/10
Quote: “There is no loneliness more lonely than to be alone in a crowd. No awkwardness more unsettling than the inside joke you do not comprehend.” 

<![CDATA[Library of Souls- Review]]>Fri, 02 Oct 2015 06:55:47 GMThttp://thebooknooks.weebly.com/maras-memento/library-of-souls-review
​Rate: 8/10
Quote: "And it occurred to me, standing there, just breathing with her, quiet settling around us, that those might be the three most beautiful words in the English language.
​We have time."
So this book literally just came out and I have devoured it and thought I would give it a quick review. So this is for all of you out there who have (or have not) read the first two books in the series and want to know whether it's worth reading this one. The answer is a resounding YES!!! 
I'm not really going to go into the plot or what happens, because it's irrelevant and convoluted unless you've read the first two books. 
So just a couple of things I really liked about this conclusion to the trilogy. 
1- It honestly had the most satisfying ending. 
2- Ransom Rigg's ability to write in such a way that I get completely lost. I finished the 458 pages in less than 24 hours, which actually made me a bit sad because now it's over so soon. But I could not put it down and I was able to forget about everything else and completely immerse myself in this story, picking up right where it left off.
3- The character development. 150 points to Jacob and Emma, such beautiful characters that I love to bits and pieces.
4- The non-stop action and plausible escapes. This is the kind of novel teaming to the brim with daring escapes and impossible rescue missions, plenty of villains and even more heroes.
5- The way Riggs so beautifully and flawlessly incorporates his vintage, creepy photographs. I thought by now the initial gripping, uniqueness of it may have faded, but alas, 'tis not so.
6- I love that it wasn't like another disappointing conclusion to a trilogy. It held it's own and didn't sink to a disheartening standard.
In conclusion, read it. But read the first two first.
<![CDATA[Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls- Review]]>Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:33:29 GMThttp://thebooknooks.weebly.com/maras-memento/lets-explore-diabetes-with-owls-review
Has anyone ever asked you what book you were reading and you had to tell them "It's called Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls." *person gives you funny look. "Don't worry. It's not about diabetes or owls." *person continues to give you funny look?
If this has never happened to you then you need to get out more. 
But in all seriousness, a funny title for a funny book. David Sedaris is a popular comedic author best known for his memoir Me Talk Pretty One Day, which I am still itching to get my hands on. Let me be the first to say, he is hilarious. Like very rarely will a book ever actually make me laugh out loud or scoff or giggle, but this one made me do all three. At once. It's a collection of stories from Sedaris's life including such antics as that time he dated a black girl just to prove he wasn't racist, that time he went out every day to pick up rubbish off the streets because it was driving him crazy, that time his sister had her purse stolen and his dad blamed him and many other hilarious stories. If you're looking for a fun, easy, pleasant read and a bit of a laugh, check this one out, but just be prepared to tell people it's not about owls. :D
Rate: 7.5/10
PS. Have you missed me?
<![CDATA[Book Confessions]]>Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:20:27 GMThttp://thebooknooks.weebly.com/maras-memento/book-confessionsPicture
Here are a few things that I've done over my lifetime when it comes to books that I'm a bit ashamed of. So I'm just going to put it all out there and ask for your forgiveness in advanced.
1- The first time I tried to read The Book Thief I only made it about 30 pages, then had to stop. Now before anyone gets too carried away and says "But Mara, that's one of your favourite books. That doesn't make any sense." Let me explain. When I go to the library I will always, without fail, check out more books than I can read. So I checked out like three and The Book Thief was the only one I read any of because it was exam period and dance concert time and unfortunately I had to return it before the end of the school year. I checked it out again the next year, loved it, and the rest is history. 
2- When we read One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest in school I dog-eared and marked pages with pencil. GASP!!! I know. I know. It's horrible and I can kind of explain this one, but I can't really justify it. My copy was already really marked up and I needed it for the test and I'm sorry to anyone I've ever shamed for dog-earing. I am one of you now.
3- I am the worst when it comes to spoilers. You might not think so, based on reading my posts so far (or maybe you do), but in real life I have no filter. When I get worked up/ excited about a book it all just comes tumbling out of my mouth before I can stop myself. I have famously spoiled the ending of Allegiant for Sav (I'm still really sorry about that) and the entire Hunger Games trilogy for Dannie (sorry again). So just stay away if you don't want things to get spoiled.
4-I saw the Perks of Being a Wallflower movie before I read the book. I know this probably isn't a big deal to some people, but I'm just disappointed in myself and my life choices on this one.
5- I only read Ender's Game because I heard Asa Butterfield was going to be in the movie adaptation. I'm pretty sure I've admitted this before, but still. It was actually also the same reason I finally decided to buy Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. And now they're two of my favourite books, so maybe it's not such a bad thing after all.
6- I read the Harry Potter books out of order (of the phoenix) hahahahaha. I read them in the following order (no I'm not going to make that joke again); 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 7. For some dumb reason I got it into my head that I didn't need to read the first one and then I reconsidered just before the last book was released. 
7- There have been a couple of series where I've "outgrown" them before the final book in the series was released. This kind of breaks my heart. Examples include the Inkheart series, Raven's Gate series, Stormrider series, Artemis Fowl series. So on, so forth.
8- I skipped half of the Series of Unfortunate events books, but then let's be honest, who didn't? I love Lemony Snicket. Don't get me wrong, but 13 books was excessive and the ending was a total disappointment. I basically read 1-7 and 13.
So there you have it. Hate me if you want, but don't pretend you're so perfect. We've all done book related things we regret. What are some of yours? Don't be ashamed. This is a judgement free zone, unless you read your books like this >>> Then I will kill you <3

<![CDATA[Mass Review]]>Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:09:16 GMThttp://thebooknooks.weebly.com/maras-memento/mass-reviewPicture
So I am lazy and busy, so I'm just going to do a mass review (it's like mass murder only less violent) of all the books I've read lately. Quite a number of these have been in my To Review list since November, so I'm sorry if I don't remember specifics about them.
The Year of the Rat- Claire Furniss
Ashleigh did a more in-depth review of this one, so if you want to know more, go check that out. Otherwise, you will like this book if you like, crying, cute romances, teens dealing with a dead parent figure and a new sibling, a sarcastic sense of humour and general likeability. 
Rate: 6.5/10
A Little Something Different- Sandy Hall
You will like this book if you like lots of different perspectives, lots and lots of shipping (this book is basically just everyone shipping this one guy with this one girl), a pretty predictable narrative and a talking squirrel.
Rate: 5/5
Losing Clementine- Ashley Ream
This one was very much an adult book, not just because of the themes and content, but just the way it was written and the fact that the protagonist was middle-aged rather than a teenager. You will like this one if you enjoy beautifully artistic covers, a sarcastic witty sharp but ultimately loveable protagonist, art, a very well-planned suicide, long-lost siblings and people generally not knowing what they're doing with their lives.
Rate: 7/10
Ender's Shadow- Orson Scott-Card
You will like this book if you liked; Ender's Game. END of story. <<<< Hahahahaha. I am hilarious. Also, psychological thrillers and if you've ever thought about reading a book from the perspective of one of the other characters, but the book isn't any better or worse or too repetitive, but really well done and superbly enhances the first book, then yes. Read this and Ender's Game. Doesn't matter in which order. 
Rate: 8/10
Love, Rosie- Celia Ahern
You will love this book if you love infuriating characters who take 50 years to figure out that they were meant to be together!!! UGH!!! Seriously, figure it out. Also, if you like stories told without narrative, just told through communication between characters ie; letters, emails, texts and people who never give up. 
Rate 5/10
We Need To Talk About Kevin- Lionel Shrivner
If you like expanding your vocabulary by five words every page, teenage psychopaths, feeling uncomfortable, wanting to punch said teen psychopath, beautiful plot twists, just generally really well-written-ness, and an ending that leaves you like ?!?!?!?!?! :O Then you will want to talk about Kevin. Warning, this is not for the faint hearted, but if you love Criminal Minds as much as I do, you will love this book. Talk about psychological thrillers, amiright?
Rate: 8/10
Paper Towns- John Green
Do you like John Green? Then you will like this book. This book features a long friendship, a missing girl too fond of mysteries, a road trip and just general teenagery-ness. 
Rate: 6.5/10
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves- Karen Joy-Fowler
Do you like monkeys, weird social experiments, kids traumatised by monkeys being used in said experiments and lots of necessary geeky references? 
Rate: 6.5/10
The 5th Wave- Rick Yancey
If you like dystopian, aliens, a generally kick-butt teenage girl who loves her adorable little brother who has been kidnapped by aliens, a world that you are super enthusiastic about and then the author kills it by writing the most cringe-worthy teen romance you will ever read, including way too much info about the guys butt...then you will like this book. 
Rate: 5/10
The Outsiders- S. E. Hinton
You will like this book if you like classics, misunderstood teenagers, well-meaning greasers, people that stick together like family, tears, sobbing and crying. 
Rate: 8/10
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks- E. Lockhart
You will like this book if you're all about a light, easy, fun read, boarding schools, pranks, a secret club and revenge on your secretive boyfriend. 
Rate: 6/10
A Long Way Down- Nick Hornby
A comedy about suicide? Flawed and sometimes pretentious, but ultimately loveable characters? Nick Hornby? A movie based on this novel starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul? Sounds pretty good to me. It could've been better. I just found things a bit, idk, unrelatable and unlikely and outlandish sometimes.
Rate: 4.5/10
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist- David Levithian and Rachel Cohn
Do you like music, excessive amounts of swearing, crazy exes, 5 minute girlfriends, underground bands, a cute bass guitarist and all night adventure that makes you feel young again (I know I'm still young, but you get the point)??? Then you will like this book.
Rate: 6.5/10
When Dogs Cry/Fighting Ruben Wolfe/Getting the Girl- Markus Zusak
If you enjoy books with more than one title which is super confusing, an attractive, but emotionally abusive older brother, a less attractive, but poetic and sensitive and slightly creepy younger brother, a really sweet, but no-nonsense younger sister, a beautiful harmonica playing girl named Octavia and the all important bond of family, then give this book a shot. Not Zusak's best work, but then again it was one of his firsts and there were still moments that I absolutely loved because they just paint the picture so intricately.
Rate: 6.5/10
Hollow City- Ransom Riggs
If you liked Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, a bunch of kids with special powers running around like the X-Men, vintage photographs that make everything super creepy, but also super awesome, a protagonist you are likely to fall in love with, a talking dog and gypsies, then you will like this book. Also, don't read it unless you are willing to wait until October for the sequel. ARGHHH!!! I AM SO IMPATIENT!
Rate: 7.5.10
The Girl With All the Gifts- M. R. Carey
Zombies, humanised zombies, beautifully crafted characters, tense super well-written narrative, psychological thrillers style, did I mention zombies?? Also, this guy writes X-Men comics for Marvel. What's not to love. 
Rate: 7.5
The Pause- John Larkin
This book is like a combination of It's Kind of a Funny Story and The 5 People You Meet in Heaven. Read only if you like tears, and clawing at your face from cuteness, and having bombshells dropped on your head and teens that you just want to hug. Humans. UGH.
Rate: 7.5/10
That's it!! That's the end. If you have any questions about any of these books or want more in depth reviews of any of these, please leave a comment and I'll see what I can manage.