Tag Archives: Young Adult Fiction

The Fault in Our Stars (yo, where you been?)

First, let me say that higher education has higher priorities than this little blog where I write about books and television shows I like. It has been a tough semester, but it’s over and I can enjoy my winter break. Now on with my little blog.

I reluctantly read The Fault in Our Stars, mainly because judging from the way the movie was advertised it seemed like one cheesy ass romance novel involving a girl with cancer as it’s main gimmick. Then again I managed to avoid all commercials for the movie version of The Fault in Our Stars because I was busy with school and family issues to watch normal tv. I bought it because a friend guilted me into it. I will admit, I like the constant snark between Hazel and Augustus so much more than any other romantic couple I’ve read ever!
I also thought a lot about someone I knew who had leukemia and passed away when I was nine. I’m not going too deep into that subject, but I wondered what kind of individual he would have grown into based on reading what Hazel, Augustus, and Isaac go through.
I like that John Green chose to make Hazel more of a fangirl rather than a girl who is ‘so damn educated, but pale and unusual to fit in or have a guy ever notice my plainness’. I mean Hazel still is plain, but she’s beyond being the Mary Sue of YA novels thanks to her snarky ways and fangirl tendencies toward her favorite book and unusual enjoyment of America’s Next Top Model (do they even show that anymore?).
I also like that John Green didn’t make Hazel and Augustus the typical ‘we believe in God, but we’re not religious’ couple and had them both as agnostics with Hazel leaning more towards atheism and Augustus acknowledging that there is a creator rather than the God of Abraham.
I will recommend it, but not because of how popular it is, but because of how good it is without all the hype surrounding it.

The Lunar Chronicles part 2: Scarlet

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This entry I’ll be reviewing the second book in The Lunar Chronicles Scarlet.  This novel actually took me by surprise a little. Rather than directly continuing Cinder’s story the book primarily focuses on the character Scarlet and her search for her grandmother with a stranger named Wolf.

Spoilers from this point on. You have been warned.

I will admit this book wasn’t as good to me as the previous one because I wanted a direct continuation of Cinder’s story and didn’t care for a science fiction adaption of Little Red Riding Hood to be used to continue the story. I quickly got over it upon discovering parts of the story would be devoted to Cinder. Still I wasn’t fully pleased with the main protagonist shoved aside to co-protagonist.

Most of the characters from Cinder (her stepmother and step sister) have been shoved aside to minor characters which is probably for the better since they don’t serve a purpose in the plot anymore. King Kai (no not that one lol) continues to be a main character and we’re also introduced Thorne, a ‘captain’ who helps break Cinder out of her captivity. I actually like Thorne alot, not that I hate Scarlet or Wolf, but Thorne is just more likeable.

In terms of story it flowed along very smoothly despite being, I was hoping Cinder and Scarlet would meet up by the middle of the book. Cinder literally spends half the book twiddling her thumbs in space.

I will admit I did like Scarlet’s side of the story, she’s empathetic towards all people and is one of the few people among Earth and the Moon who doesn’t discriminate against cyborgs. She dearly loves her grandmother because she learned her ways from her grandmother who has been kidnapped.

Sadly Scarlet does not get a happy ending, sure she gets a man to love, but she lost her grandmother. It’s a little disturbing how she gets over her grandmother being killed just because Wolf was there.

THe last part of the book leads up to a cliffhanger (again) that will be continued in Cress. I personally cannot wait to read it and finish the Lunar Chronicles. Yes I’m aware of the prequel.

There will be more to talk about 🙂