Saturday, 31 January 2015

Review Policy



If you are an author or publisher and are interested in having me review your book you can contact me at birdiesbooks15@gmail.com. Here are some things I look for when receiving books:


  • The only books I'll except will be in physical form whether that be a finished copy or an advanced reader's copy.
  • I will accept young adult and middle grade books from any genre.
  • I won't accept non-fiction, memoirs, biographies, adult books or graphic novels.
  • If you are asking me to review a sequel I kindly ask that you also provide the previous books in the series.
  • I can't guarantee that I will enjoy your book as all my reviews are completely honest, all my feelings toward the novel will be included in my review.
  • I will make my best effort to get your book read and reviewed within a month.
  • My reviews will be posted on this blog as well as on my Goodreads page.
Thanks!
~Birdie





Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Book Sacrifice Tag

I felt like this tag would be a great way for me to let off some steam about some books I didn't like too much. Everything is just my opinion on the certain book and if you happened to like any of these that's awesome, this is just my personal opinion and I'm not trying to offend anyone. This tag was originally created on BookTube by Ariel Bissett and I thought it was an awesome idea! So here we go!


Scenario 1. You're in the bookstore when the zombie apocalypse begins, the only way to kill them is to hit them on the head with an overhyped book!


I'd definitely be grabbing Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Before I read this book I kept hearing about how wonderful and fantastic this book is so I eventually picked it up. Now while I agree its an interesting concept and the writing is beautiful I just don't think it deserves all the hype.


Scenario 2. You're at the hair salon getting a fresh new 'do when all of a sudden it starts pouring rain. What sequel do you choose to use as your umbrella?


Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick, hands down. This is the third book in the Hush, Hush saga and I absolutely hated it! It was the slowest paced book in the series and was basically just a repeat everything that happened in the first two installments.


Scenario 3. You're in English class and your teacher is droning on about a classic that you hate. Which book is the teacher talking about?


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. This play is everyone's favourite because of the love between Romeo and Juliet but that's what made me hate this. While reading this in English class I was fuming because I was so frustrated with this story and all the characters. The romance is what through me off the most, I couldn't stand Romeo at all, I had no tolerance for him.


Scenario 4. You're at the library when all of a sudden global warming fires up, then the librarian says you must stay inside and burn whatever you can to survive. What will be the book you gladly run to burn?


First of all the idea of burning books terrifies me. But if I really had to I'd choose Allegiant by Veronica Roth. *gasp*  What?! Yes, you read correctly. I absolutely, positively hated this book. It's not because of the ending which is probably what you're all thinking, no, it's because of the book itself. It ruined the entire trilogy for me. I hated the writing, I hated the plot, the characters really started getting on my nerves etc.


Well, that's the end of that. I hope you found this tag somewhat amusing. I also hope this didn't make you hate me. Again this is just my opinion and I don't mean to offend anyone. I'll link Ariel's original video so you can see another version, and I'll also link Christine or PolandbananasBOOKS video because that was the first one I watched and where I got the questions from.


Christine's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pEK25Z7PPs


Ariel's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_2UxYi8fOA


Thanks for reading!
~Birdie

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons


Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Published: Tor Teen, January 31st, 2012
Pages: 384
Source: Paperback, purchased
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 3.75/5 (79%)

How I Felt: This book was really good! I flew thru it! It was fast-paced, action-packed and had an adorable, yet frustrating romance. This book was well written, but not really unique, basically every dystopian book is like this but I still found it enjoyable and good because dystopian books are my #1 choice all the time.

The tag line: "Compliance is mandatory" immediately hooked me in, because I found that really intriguing, I really like how that line was played up throughout the novel.

In this book we didn't really learn much about the world, just that there was a war that tore America apart, and brought about a new government system. The whole idea of the FBR and the MM was well showcased throughout the story, we really got to see their huge impact on society. The whole concept of these 'Moral Statutes' was really interested, yet twisted; I hope we learn more about their origination in the books to come.

Another thing I liked about this book was that in the beginning, whilst explaining the Moral Statutes, and the new role the government plays, themes of religion were briefly touched upon, which I found brave and admirable on the author's part because usually this topic is shied away from by most authors.

Of course in a book like this there'd have to be a group of people the protagonist refers to as 'The Resistance'. I'm interested to see what they've got, and what they do for the protagonist and the world in the books to come.

Now let's talk about characters. First up, Morris. He was portrayed as such an interesting villain, and it's obvious he has to play a part in the sequel (at least I'm hoping). There seems to be a backstory lingering behind his tough fa├žade. Ember was such a great protagonist and character, she had a definite character arc throughout the story. She went from a meek girl loving with her mother to a kick-butt fighter who could protect herself. I do wonder how she gathered these fighting skills because she never really had any use for them in the past, it seems like these were just instincts that propelled her to safety every time she was in danger. Chase Jennings. Woah. When he first came back I didn't like him or trust him, but as we learned about what happened, and the motives behind his actions my love and respect for him skyrocketed! Him and Ember need to stay together forever, they make such a good team!

Overall I really enjoyed this book! It was a great read, I definitely recommend it! I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel and find out what happens next!

Favourite Quotes:
  • “He put a hand on his throat, as though trying to stop the words, but they came anyway.
    "You're home. To me.”  
  • “He was my anchor in the hurricane, yet at the same time, the hurricane itself, so that I nearly always felt safe and afraid simultaneously. There was nothing in the world as confusing and powerful as being close to him.”
  • “There were plenty of ways to hurt someone without using your fists.”
  • “I jerked instinctively. I couldn't stay here. I couldn't die in this closet.
    'No one is going to touch you,' Chase murmured into my hair.”
  • “How cold and foreign this city seemed, that even death could pass unnoticed.”
Thanks for reading!
~Birdie
 

***Quotes taken from Goodreads.com and Article 5 by Kristen Simmons***
*Info on book taken from Goodreads.com*

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