I Am Number Four: Review

I Am Number Four has been on my to-be-read list for a long time and I finally picked it up. Color me disappointed. Not what I expected.

I am number fourI Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

YA Fantasy, SciFi

Published 2010

#1 of Lorien Legacies

I have seen the movie based on this book. It has been a long time but I remember it being OK, not great though. I expected more of the book because lets face it, books are better!

My expectations were not met. The entire book promised action at any moment, but it didn’t deliver until the last few chapters. Meaning, only a quarter of the book was actually interesting. Lots of information to give the reading since it was the first in a series. Show it, don’t tell it.

I’m debating about reading the second book of the Lorien Legacies series because if the last of this book was action filled, maybe there is more to be had in the other books. Me reading it isn’t certain though.

I had to force myself through this one, refusing to not finish it since it was on my TBR list for so long I felt I owed it to myself to finish it.

Here is the Goodreads excerpt:

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books–but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

Throwback Thursday: Game of Thrones

81yqwJc-HwL._SL1500_Who doesn’t like Game of Thrones? Right? Well, maybe people who haven’t read the books or watched the show. Cause, if you have you can’t help but love the entire series and all of its amazing characters. Let me share my love for this book and its series with you. Lets focus on the book.

Game of Thrones is the first book in the series written by George R. R. Martin titled The Song of Fire and Ice. The series is filled with love, hatred, betrayal, dragons, gods, white walkers, battle, and lots and lots of amazing characters.

Basically, the king has passed and there are many people who feel they are entitled to take the throne in his stead. The story follows each contender as they journey toward the great city of Westeros to claim the iron throne. While this is happening there is a great and very real danger headed south from the unsettled north and the threat is to the entire kingdom. We get to see characters change as the world around them changes. Some are forced to resort to murder and thievery, others are held as prisoners and abused, some still try to hold on to their honor and valor but it seems like a futile effort in the wake of all the fighting and destruction. It seems as if the gods themselves are at war.

The entire series is a race to win the throne. Some die, some find new journeys, some are young, some are old. There is the question of who will win the game of thrones. I have my theories. What are yours?

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Tuesday New Release: Hexed

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Hexed, written by Michelle Krys, is a book that many book lovers have been looking forward to reading this month, including me. A story that centers around just witches without the fur and fangs is hard to find, and that is what I hope to find with this book. It seems like it’s all about vampires and werewolves these days, not that there is anything wrong with that, but I love a good witch book. So head out to your local bookstore today and pick up a copy of Hexed! It is sporting some pretty awesome reviews so far by the ARCers!

 

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2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

I have become addicted to reading challenges! And in the interest of feeding the monkey on my back I am joining the fun over at Bookish by joining their 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge! I’m going to go for A Friendly Hug (11-20 books) to start with. Woohoo! Here’s to another reading challenge!
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Top 5 Anticipated Books

As a reader I find myself with a TBR (to-be-read) stack about a mile high at any given moment. I am constantly adding to this pile and I try to refer to it as I finish books and get ready to start new ones. Alas, I have a weakness for books and sometimes, instead of choosing books from this stack, I just add new ones to the stack and pick titles that are not on this list at all. Oh, and sometimes there are newly released books that I have to devour immediately.

In all of this booky confusion, there are some books that I am really looking forward to reading. Some of them are not going to come out for a long time, some of them are coming out pretty soon, and some of them are already out and I just haven’t gotten my hands on them yet. And so, without further ado, here is my own personal list of top 5 anticipated books.

1. The Winds of Winter by George RR Martin

The sixth book in the Son of Fire and Ice series. This book is highly anticipate by the entire world and George RR Martin is on the proverbial plank for this one. There is no release date and he is racing to beat the HBO series, Game of Thrones, to the finish line. I feel sorry for the man, I really do. He probably shouldn’t have signed on for the series without finishing the books first, maybe he bit off more than he could chew. Anywhoo, I love the Song of Fire and Ice series and I devoured the first five books the moment I heard about them.  The entire series is basically about a war for a kingdom and a battle against an ancient magic. The last book ended with a mother of a cliff hanger and I want to know what happens.

Also, and I’m sure I’m not alone on this one, I am a reader in a family that doesn’t read much. My friends and family watch the TV show and I was reading through these babies during season two. Let me tell you. I had to squelch a lot of my OMGs and WTFs for a while and die to spill these big events. All of these big things happened in the series and are still happening since the show is behind the series, for now, so it’s like the rest of the world had a delayed reaction. Like this:

Oh, and this too

 

2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Sometimes, when I am feeling spunky, I walk the isles of my local library and pick up a random book . The Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas was a wonderful result of this randomness. The way Maas describes this series is that she thought, “What if Cinderella didn’t go to the ball to meet the prince, but instead when there to kill him” and she wrote her story from there. There is a delightful love triangle (think Team Edward and Team Jacob but with more chivalry and knight in shining armor and less fur and sparkles) and the main character is such a strong woman and assassin that she is above it all, kind of. I highly recommend picking up the series. The third book, Heir of Fire, is due to release on September 2nd of this year. I, for one, am counting the days.

 

3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Claire

This is the 6th book in The Mortal Instruments series. I can’t seem to get enough of these books despite the initial awkwardness of Jace and Clary being possible brother and sister. I won’t give any details away since I am not a fan of spoilers. Also, there was a movie released last year based on the first book, and let me just say that this book was meant to be just that, a book. It did not translate well into film. Just saying.

If you haven’t read this series yet it is about a girl who is a demon hunter and didn’t know it. She only finds out after her mother goes missing because the memory erasing spell, which her mother had a wizard performed on her her entire life, slowly fades. When her abilities return she is thrown face first into the dark world of demons, vampires, werewolves, and a really hot guy who may or may not be her brother. Definitely worth the read and the new installment is releasing on May 27th!

 

4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

The first book in the All Souls series is one that has been on my Kindle Fire for – ev – er and I want to read it SO BAD but I just keep skimming over it. Why do I do this? I don’t know, maybe I just like suspense… or masochism….who knows. Anyway. I don’t really know too many details of this book (I said I don’t like spoilers) just that it is about a witch who has chosen to live her life as a human because of her parents’ mysterious deaths. She works at the Oxford library and comes across a book that reacts to her powers and is then approached by a very handsome vampire who tries to sway her with is cocky charisma and good looks (cause that’s what vampires are good at right?) and this leads into the story.

There is a third book coming out on July 15th titled The Book of Life and I would really like to get caught up with the series before it is released, but I probably won’t get to it until fall. But that’s ok, because I enjoy reading about witches and vampires and magic in the fall.

 

5. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

Ok, so I’m a sucker for a hot guy with emotions and what not, who isn’t. This book is a brief back story for the character Four from the Divergent series as well as his take on Triss. I’m not sure how far into the story of the series this book will take us but it does at least get to the point when he first meets Triss. The book is made up of four short stories put into one book. This compilation is due out July 8th.

 

There are more books that I want to read, like I said, mile high TBR stack. Here’s to your next great read, may it bring you much joy.