Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

The Lost GirlGenre: Young Adult - Paranormal                                           Source: ARC from Publisher
Series: No, Standalone
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Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination--an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her "other," if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything and everyone she's ever known--the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love--to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.

From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be--until she found the strength to decide for herself.

     When I first read what The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna was about I was honestly entranced with the idea.  It's rare to find books now-a-days that surprise me or interest me with their creativity. The idea of life being stitched from scratch is unthinkable. The book even brings up an interesting point when Eva wonders, if God wasn't the one who made her, does that mean she's not allowed into heaven? It was a mind bending question that some readers would never even think of. 
     The Lost Girl is about a girl named Eva who was designed as a "copy" of someone else in case their "other" was to ever die. Eva was required to be an identical representation of her "other", Amarra, with the same handwriting, knowledge, and feelings. Eva was created by people known as the "Weavers", but many people are skeptical as to whether or not Eva has a soul, or if she's just a replica of the girl they once knew. When Eva is brought into the life of Amarra she doesn't know whether or not she's ready to fulfill the destiny she was fabricated for. Eva is also illegal just by being born and must be extremely aware of her actions to avoid fatal mistakes.
     This book when on a rollercoaster of ups and downs for me. At first I thought the book dragged out Eva's life before she became Amarra and made Eva seem a lot younger than she was. Although Eva never had permission to live a life of her own she should know how girls her age should act. Who risks their life to bring a guy milk over a break up? The author sometimes made failed attempts to make the characters seem older by throwing in random, unnecessary curses.
     I understand Eva's purpose, to keep the spirit of her other alive amongst her loved ones, but I do not agree with the concept.  Maybe I don't completely understand it. Why would someone needs to train and memorize to be their "other" if theoretically the other's soul would take over their echo's body? Wouldn't it just be a new body, not a trained soul? And if echos are branded with an "E" on the back of their neck isn't someone bound to notice sooner or later especially if an echo is illegal? 
     However the book got progressively better after Amarra died and Eva had to step in to take her place. Time seems to move faster as Eva is forced to forget Eva and become Amarra. Eva also must face a world that may not accept her for what she, regardless of her purpose. This book is truly a modern day version of the classic Frankenstein with a few new twists. Is she really a monster for just wanting to be Eva? My grade for The Lost Girl would be a solid B.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


Hello Everyone!

I'm sorry I've been missing, but that's finally going to change.  I realized that I don't have enough time to read a book every single week, so I'm revamping the blog.  You'll notice a few changes in the next few weeks including a new URL, Updated Header, New Content, and a New guest reviewer!  I'm so excited about the coming changes, so I hope you will be, too!  I'll also be editing the sections of the site.  The main change is the new content, though.  When the changes take place, Music and Movie reviews will be added to the site!  I'll be reviewing albums, artists, films, actors, and of course all bookish stuff as usual!  I can't wait to draw a more varied audience and have even more fun with differing reviews.  I'll also be doing crossovers, such as Book Soundtracks, Book to Movie Adaptations, and Movie Soundtracks.  Are you excited?


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Updates! :)

Hey Remarkable Readers,
Arial view of Sandy!
My power was knocked out by Hurricane Sandy for 7 days straight.  I also have no Wifi or cable!  I'm posting this from the library and will be doing my best to keep the blog up.  It's a challenge, but I'm doing my best!  At the moment I'm reading the Fault in Our Stars by John Green and it's fabulous.  I love it so much, so I'll post a review when I'm finished.  I also recently finished the Crucible by Arthur Miller and the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Both were assigned reading for school, but I'll be posting reviews soon!  If you were impacted by the storm how are you holding up?  Otherwise, what are you reading? :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Summer-Reading Mini Reviews

Assigned Summer Reading Mini-Reviews

I read both of these books over the summer, so I don’t remember them as well as I would remember a recent read.  Therefore, I’ve decided to combine them both into two min-reviews and one post.  Enjoy! 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in BrooklynThe beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness -- in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.
When I first picked up this book, I was a little hesitant to read it.  It seemed really long and a tiny bit dry.  I was also a bit turned off when the introduction stated that the book was about “nothing in particular.”  I thought I’d be wasting my time, but I was pleasantly surprised.  My parents actually grew up in Brooklyn and we are there very often, so it was interesting to read about places I’ve been to.  I also became really attached to each of the characters.  Even though Katie eventually became fed up with Johnny Nolan, I loved him.  He was just such a classic character and when Neely grew up to be just like him, I loved it.  Francie and Katie were also special to me.  I felt bad for Francie with everything she’d been through and the way she had to live.  I was always sympathetic for Katie, being the one in charge of the Nolan family and having to deal with all of the stress.  I even loved Aunt Sissy, even though she made many mistakes, she still ended up being one of my favorite characters.  Oh and Laurie was adorable (: .
I also loved the element of time in the story.  I got to “watch” Johnny and Katie fall in love, Francie and Neely grow up, and everything along the way.  The story followed three generations, which was pretty cool.  
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is an amazing coming of age novel, that could be described as dry at a few parts, but was definitely worth reading.  I absolutely loved it.

Final Grade: 

Farenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic novel of a post-literate future, ‘Fahrenheit 451’ stands alongside Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which over fifty years from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.
As you now know, I experienced a bit of luck with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  This book, however, wasn’t so great.  I’m not one to bash an author’s work, I just really didn’t like it.
Farenheit 451 was confusing at times, with things not being fully explained.  I felt like I was supposed to guess what was going on.  I had trouble connecting to Mildred, but at least Guy was relatable.  I understood his feeling with being torn between two options.  I liked Clarisse McClellan for adding a little bit of interest to the story.  Otherwise, I thought the book was really slow and hard to understand.  I felt like it really could’ve been condensed a lot.  Needless to say, it is a classic, so some people do happen to enjoy it.

Final Grade:

Sunday, September 23, 2012


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Sunday, September 16, 2012


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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Guest Review: Nevermore by James Patterson

Hey Remarkable Readers!
Today I have something special for you, a guest review!  The lovely Willa of Willa's Ramblings is here today to review Nevermore by James Patterson.  She is reviewing this because she was willing to do me an amazing favor since I haven't read the rest of the series and because she's just wonderful.  When you're done reading through her review, definitely head over and check out her blog!

Without further adieu, May I introduce.... Willa!

Nevermore (Maximum Ride, #8) (Maximum Ride, #8)  Goodreads
Release Date: August 6th, 2012
Source: Little, Brown and Company
One last chance…
For Max, Fang, Angel, Iggy, Nudge, and Gazzy.
Before it all ends.

Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming.

     Is it just me, or does it seem like these books go on and on and on and on. So when it was announced that this one was the last – like the last, the last – I realized it had to be just totally amazing.
I was right.
     This book was action-packed – with fight scenes stuck next to heart-wrenchingly emotional, to character arcs that make you blink a couple of times, to discoveries that change everything. This book has it all – and more. Max is tested, Dylan has to decide how far he willing to go for Max, Fang has to come to terms with his feelings for Max, Nudge realizes a thing or two about being normal, Gazzy and Iggy are their hilarious selves, and Angel – well Angel is her kick-butt self.
     Somehow, in 368 pages, James Patterson manages to wow the audience again – after eight books. He has the talent to build up characters, take readers for a roller coaster ride, have them land safely on the ground, and then a disaster takes place that makes you ache for the next book. And after all of that, his characters are in their precarious spot of people knowing who they are, and yet they’re supposed to battle Erasers (which scare me to death), evil scientists who raised them, and people who aren’t what they seem. Max and the flock are in for some fun.
     There was one thing I was very thankful for: James Patterson took the really weid situation that Dylan and Max were in, and made them kind of fall for each other, and then throw Fang back into the mix. Because Fang just has the talent of taking everything and making it a whole lot more dramatic. But when it came time for Max to make a decision, she made a decision that we all knew she would – but she didn’t leave behind the other guy. And I was very thankful. (Because honestly, the other guy was quite awesome.)
     Nevermore raises the standards, pushes the characters to their limits, tests the boundaries of love and shows the true extents friends and family are willing to go for each other. A addicting finale that was well worth the wait.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author, Jessica Brody comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful new series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

Although I've never read any of Jessica's Books, they always seem girly and fun, so this seems like a new thing for her.  I really cannot wait to read this, it sounds awesome!  What are you waiting on?Photobucket