Room by Emma Donoghue


Room by Emma Donoghue

Release Date: August 20, 2010
Publisher: Picador
Pages: 402
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5/5

Jack is five, and excited about his birthday. He lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures twelve feet by twelve feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there’s a world outside ...

Told in Jack’s voice, Room is the story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible. Unsentimental and sometimes funny, devastating yet uplifting, Room is a novel like no other. - Book blurb

My Review:
The store where I work was having a huge sale on books, and a large number had been reduced. As tempting as it was, I only purchased a small handful and this book was recommended by one of my colleagues. I was a bit unsure, but she absolutely insisted that I buy it, and I’m so glad I did.

There are so many things to say about this book, but I have to be careful in what I write, so that I don’t give anything away. I started reading this book knowing nothing about it, except from what I read in the blurb on the back (see above summary), and this made it all the more special. When I went to find a summary to include in this review, I felt that my usual source gave too much of the story away, and I truly believe that if I had read those, I don’t think Room would have had the effect on me that it did. But don’t worry, it was definitely for the better.

So, Room... This book is written in the words of a five year old boy named Jack. This was originally a little off putting, but I came to love Jack so much because of it. Because this story is a little confronting, reading it through a child’s eyes makes it all the more special. Like I mentioned, I don’t want to give too much away, but Jack and Ma live in a 12x12ft room. This is the only world that Jack has ever known, for Jack this IS the world. You would think that being confined to a room with no knowledge of what is outside would somehow effect a child, but Ma does a great job in educating Jack, teaching him manners, and keeping him healthy. Some of her methods may seem a little unorthodox, but she did the best with what she had, and that’s all anyone can ever ask of a person.

Audrey Niffenegger, (author of The Time Traveller’s Wife), commented on the front of this book saying “When it’s over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days”. This is how I felt while I was reading, and even a month after I finished. It is an incredible story of love and survival that will have you laughing, crying, and at times gasping for breath.

Rating:
If it wasn’t clear by my review, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. This book was fabulous and I know that I’ll read it over and over again. Reading this through Jack’s eyes makes this story so special, and despite the initial grim circumstances, the outlook for Jack is bright. I know my review may seem kind of disjointed and doesn’t give a particular good description of the book, but I really do encourage you to read it and experience the joy and sadness that is, Room.

If you have read Room, than tell me what you thought. I loved it, but if you didn’t, I’d love to hear your comments on it. Also, once you've read Room, (or if you're not plainging on reading it, which i sincerly hope you do), I recommend you visit the books website: roomthebook.com. It gives you more information about the author's purpose for writing the book, includes bookclub questions, and overall gives you more of a visual look Inside 'Room'. Thanks.

Cover Crazy: Matched


Cover Crazy was created by Tawni @ The Book Worms. It is about sharing book covers that we love (ie. admiring the art and beauty of a book’s design).

Oh My Goodness, I am so glad that there is a meme for this (I guess you could say I was referred by Page Turners)! I know the saying "you should never judge a book by it's cover" is very true, but when it actually comes to books, I can't help it. When a book is sitting on a shelf, what is the first thing you see? The first thing that grabs your attention? The Cover! If I like the cover, then I'll read the blurb and find out more about it. I absolutely love book covers! So, before I get carried away, here the cover I'm currently crazy about:


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The simplicity of this cover is what draws me in. A single girl, encased inside of a bubble. It's strange, but I just can't seem to put into words how I feel about this cover. Do you like it?

Going off on a little 'cover tangent' here, but I'm one of these people that, when reading a series, I have to buy the matching covers. To some extent, even when I buy multiple books by the same author (eg. Jodi Picoult), I'd really like the covers to match. I was a bit disappointed to discover, after buying half of Jodi Picoult's books, that they were being sent back to the publisher, and re-published with new cover designs. I know have 2 'half sets' of covers. But Jodi is such a good writer, and I don't mind. To help with this problem, I usually buy all of the series at one time (hence my huge In My Mailbox this week).

So, this is definatly a meme that I hope to be a part of regularly, and I promise next time I keep it strictly about the book cover (so without the rant, lol). Are you cover crazy too? I'd love to see what covers you adore!

In My Mailbox (1)

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I’m excited to share with you, my first In My Mailbox!! In My Mailbox was started by Kristi @ The Story Siren. It is a weekly meme that allows bloggers to share what books they bought, or borrowed, or received in the mail. I don’t receive books quite that often, but I will share with you every chance I get.

This week, I bought:

All 7 books from the Tomorrow Series by John Marsden, including Tomorrow, When The War Began - The Dead Of The Night - The Third Day, The Frost - Darkness, Be My Friend - Burning For Revenge - The Night Is For Hunting - The Other Side of Dawn. Here is the summary for the 1st book in the series.



When Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they find things hideously wrong--their families are gone. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in their town has been taken prisoner. As the reality of the situation hits them, they must make a decision--run and hide, give themselves up and be with their families, or fight back. - GoodReads





and Evermore by Alyson Noël (book 1 from the Immortals series)

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies. - GoodReads

I know that these books are kind of older, but I'm really excited to read all of them, and hope to be able to share some reviews with you.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore


I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Released: AU 3 August, 2010
Series: Lorien Legacies [Book One]
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 440
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4/5

We were nine, three are dead, I am number four.

Nine teenagers and their guardians are hiding on Earth. Protected by a charm that means they can only be killed in numerical order, three are already dead. John Smith is Number Four. And his mortal enemies are hunting him down. The only way to keep off-radar is to keep moving, never staying in one place for long.

Finally in the firing line, all he can do is adopt the guise of a student and pray his unusual gifts - his legacies - stay hidden long enough for him to settle into this new community. But others seem to sense his otherness and when small-town life sucks him into its intrigues, it's only a matter of time before his true nature is revealed. And that means there's no space for love, friendship or a future if it means protecting not only himself, but the other five. - goodreads

My Review:
I found this great website called Page to Premiere; it reports on books that are being adapted into movies. Film and books, 2 of my favourite things, and it is here where I first found out about ‘I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore’. It must have been newly released, because even the assistant at the store where I purchased it from asked how I found out about it. Anyway, onto my review.

While I was super interested in the plot of this book, I was a little apprehensive about reading it as the main character in the story was male. Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against male leads in stories or anything, but I sometimes find it hard to connect with a character if I can not relate, and in this instance it happened to be his gender. However, this is Not the case with ‘I Am Number Four’. It had me wanting to read more each and every night! I found myself telling anybody who would listen about this book, and inviting them to see the movie adaptation when it was released (which I saw and think that the book was better, but i usually do).

The mystery surrounding who John is, how he came to Earth, why he was forced to leave his home, and what was trying to track him down and kill him had my full attention on every page. Without giving to much away, I found the history of Johns origins, and the origins of his planet, just as fascinating as what his future had in store. This story had a bit of everything, action, mystery, suspense, romance, comedy. Being a slightly larger book than I usual read, I found it one of my quickest books to read this year, and that must be a good sign!

Rating:
What do I think? I thought this book was Great. The characters are practically lovable (i challenge you to read this book and Not connect with at least 1 of them), the story is slightly mysterious, and it packs a punch at the end! I was excited to find out this is one in a Series of books, called the Lorien Legacies, and will definitely be going to the bookstore in August, 2011 when the second book, ‘the Power of Six’, is released!

Have you read the book? Did you see the movie? What Legacy would you hope for if you were from Lorien? Talk about it in the comments.

Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson


Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

Release: AU May, 2010
Series: Claire de Lune [Book One]
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 336
Source: Purchased
Rating: 2/5

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever? - (goodreads)

My Review:
I originally came across this book while reading a teen magazine at the supermarket. The idea of female werewolves kind of intrigued me, especially because of all the Twilight hype that has been around recently. I purchased it and kind of put it aside for a while. Then, when NYE rolled around, and I set myself the task of reading more this year, this book seemed a good a book as any to start.

Having been out of my teens for a couple of years, when I started reading, the idea of a 16 year old girl with a secret crush and who wanted to be normal seemed kind of foreign to me. But, I never leave a book half read, so I continued, waiting for the action to start. Sorry to say, the action did take a while. The majority of the book was spent with Claire meeting up on secret rendezvous with her love interest Matthew Engle, while sneaking off with her mother at night to secret werewolf meetings.

At the beginning of each chapter, there where small ‘thoughts’; to whom they belonged was not made explicit, but I did figure out the basic concept fairly quickly. During the last quarter of the book was when, for me, it started to get interesting. With werewolves attacking werewolves, werewolves being captured by humans, and the prospect of Claire’s entire world being exposed, I actually found myself Wanting to read more. I had already kind of predicted the ending, but it was still good to come to the end of the book. *sidenote: this is not the end of the story, Nocturne, coming August 2011, is the sequel to this book.

Rating:
Overall, I found it hard to connect with the characters and situations in this story (yes, I do understand it's fiction). The book was very slow reading, with a dramatic, yet unfinished ending. If I had to recommend this book, I’d suggest a reader audience of 13-16yrs. I would also suggest an interest in werewolves.

Have you read Claire de Lune? What did you think?

Welcome to the Novel Nook

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Hello,

My name is Alisa and my New Year's Resolution for 2011 was to read more. While I have been reading more, I felt like I wasn't really reading for a purpose (besides the joy and satisfaction of reading of course). I created the Novel Nook so that I can share my thoughts on books with others, and also find out what others thought of the books I've read.

I want the Novel Nook to be a very free spirited blog, where you can express your thoughts on books without the criticism of others (so all you haters out there, this is your warning). As I enjoy reading books that are/may become movies in the future, I may also post my opinions on the movie as well, so feel free to share how you felt about the movie adaptaions.

So, I guess I should tell you a little about myself.
1) I'm from Australia (so I might spell things a little different)
2) My favourite author is Jodi Picoult
3) My favourite childhood book was Beatrice Doesn't Want To by Laura Numeroff
4) My favourite series is Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling (closely followed by the Hunger Games trilogy by Susan Collins)
5) The cover of a book is the first thing I base my reading choices on.
6) I prefer to read one book at a time, rather than start multiple books.

My original goal was to read 1 book per month for 2011, because I’m usually a slow reader. But I know I can do better than this, and as of March 1st, I was up to my 4th book. With the help of this blog, and of you, my fellow readers, I'd like to read as many books as I can. This may be difficult as I'm in my final year of university, but I'll try not to use that as an excuse to often.

Well, I guess this post is getting a little long for a welcome post, and I don't think i've offically welcomed you yet. So Welcome to the Novel Nook, and I hope to post again soon. Bye.