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Where The Wolves Read

A blog where I review mostly books. I also review, if my appetite allows, movies, music, and video games. Enjoy the feast!

Monday, September 27, 2010

New In The Den (IMM 19)

I'm Such a Horrible Blogger + Contest Crazy Mini-Challenge 1

I haven't done IMM in weeks, and I haven't really promoted the Banned Books Challenge that I've been doing. *sigh* School has been beyond hectic. Meh

Anyways, here's a list of all the books I've read/reviewed for the Banned Books Challenge.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Burned
The Golden Compass
Identical

Now for Princess Bookie's blog post. Sorry for no pictures, but I'm a bit short on time because of (go figure) school.

My top 5 books for 2011:

1. My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent (My Soul to Keep was so great. I'm pretty much dying to get my hands on this.)
2. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (Does this really need an explanation? Didn't think so.)
3. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (The end to another fantastic series. So sad to have it go, but I needed this book months ago when I finished Dead-Tossed Waves.)
4. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (I loved her other YA books so I know this one won't disappoint.)
5. Teeth (anthology) (So many great authors. 'Nuff said.)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

Summary: Hunter, Autumn, and Summer—three of Kristina Snow's five children—live in different homes, with different guardians and different last names. They share only a predisposition for addiction and a host of troubled feelings toward the mother who barely knows them, a mother who has been riding with the monster, crank, for twenty years.

Hunter is nineteen, angry, getting by in college with a job at a radio station, a girlfriend he loves in the only way he knows how, and the occasional party. He's struggling to understand why his mother left him, when he unexpectedly meets his rapist father, and things get even more complicated. Autumn lives with her single aunt and alcoholic grandfather. When her aunt gets married, and the only family she's ever known crumbles, Autumn's compulsive habits lead her to drink. And the consequences of her decisions suggest that there's more of Kristina in her than she'd like to believe. Summer doesn't know about Hunter, Autumn, or their two youngest brothers, Donald and David. To her, family is only abuse at the hands of her father's girlfriends and a slew of foster parents. Doubt and loneliness overwhelm her, and she, too, teeters on the edge of her mother's notorious legacy. As each searches for real love and true family, they find themselves pulled toward the one person who links them together—Kristina, Bree, mother, addict. But it is in each other, and in themselves, that they find the trust, the courage, the hope to break the cycle.

Told in three voices and punctuated by news articles chronicling the family's story, FALLOUT is the stunning conclusion to the trilogy begun by CRANK and GLASS, and a testament to the harsh reality that addiction is never just one person's problem.


Review: *sigh*

I'm a bit out of practice with reading Ellen's books. I was getting so confused between Summer and Autumn's stories, but I got everything figured out. I liked all 3 of Kristina's children, but I think Hunter might have been my favorite. I don't know why, but he was just a great character. Each of these stories were as beautiful and broken as Kristina's. I don't want to say a lot for fear of spoilers, but if you guys haven't read this series yet then you absolutely have to. The end was pretty awesome.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Summary: Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley--a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all of that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry--and anyone who reads about him--will find unforgettable.

For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.


Why it is Banned:
Satanism/occult

Review:
This is the series that helped me fall in love with reading. Returning to Harry's world was such a wonderful experience and I'm only sad that I don't take time out to re-read this wonderful series more often. I'm not a fan of the parts with the Dursley's, but I know it's necessary to the story so I'm not going to complain about it. I can't really read these books without having the movie also play in my head. That isn't really a bad thing with these early books, but later on it gets annoying. The reason why this series is banned is because people seem to have it in their heads that it supports Satanism. Really? I cannot stress how much this annoys me. Religion is a choice and no work of fiction should sway anyone towards a specific religion. And where would Satanism be in this book? Voldemort? Harry is trying to kill Voldemort so how is the series promoting Satanism. Wicca? Don't even get me started. Again, religion is a choice in the real world. In Harry Potter's world you don't get the option. You are either born a witch/wizard, or you aren't. This series in no way says, "Come join this religion kiddies!" This is a series that is loved by man children and adults. I don't understand why it keeps coming under fire, but it does.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Burned by Ellen Hopkins


Summary: Raised in a stern, abusive Mormon household, a teenage girl starts to question her religion and struggles to find her destiny.

Her father is abusive, her mother is submissive, and her church looks the other way. Confused and angry, Pattyn Von Stratten acts out and is sent to live with an aunt on a Nevada ranch. She finds the love and acceptance she craves, with disturbing consequences.

Why It's Banned: Language, explicit sexual context, religious context, abuse

Review: It's because of books like this that I love reading. When you can read a book that makes you look at religion in general and say, "What the hell?" then you know you've found a book worth reading. I like Pattyn because she is much stronger than I probably would be if I was in that situation. She has the guts to defy her father and she can still stand with her head held high. I love that Ellen's books have very real characters and very real situations. They're all gritty and beautiful, and until you read that last line you have no idea what's going to happen next. This was one of those books I thought I was going to be able to predict what happens, but I was stunned at the ending. And of course it really isn't an ending is it? You get to try to figure it out on your own, but it seems pretty obvious what happens next. I give Ellen major props for being able to write such strong stories without needing a paranormal aspect to make them catch. While Burned is not a favorite of mine, it is really good and I will always love this book.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman


Summary: Sorry can't find a good one. And I don't have the book on me anymore. I'm sure most of you know what this book is about anyways.


Why It's Banned: Religious context


Review: I have heard so many good and so many bad things about this series. After reading this book I'm still not quite sure what people have against it. I thought it was a cute MG Fantasy that any child would be happy to read. I love the idea of humans all having personal daemons as their partners. It's really nice that the story takes place in the real world. Other great fantasy novels (Harry Potter and Graceling) take place in magical worlds. That's great and everything, but sometimes it's nice for children have adventures in the real world too. I'm quite excited to read The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. I've heard that the movie is good so I'm going to have to check it out and see if it stays true to the original story.
4 howls

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Identical by Ellen Hopkins


Summary: Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins, the daughters of a district court judge father and politician mother running for Congress. Everything on the surface of their lives seems Norman Rockwell perfect, but underneath run deep and damaging secrets.

Kaeleigh is the good girl-her father's perfect flower, something she has tried so hard to be since she was nine and he started sexually abusing her. She cuts herself and vomits after every binge, desperate to feel something normal. Raeanne uses painkillers, drugs, alcohol, and sex to numb the pain of not being Daddy's favorite. Both girls must figure out how to become whole, but how can they when their world has been torn to shreds?
Why It Is Banned: Sexual references, language, drug use
Review: I think so far this is my favorite Ellen Hopkins book. This is the second time I read this book, and let me tell you that after finding out the end and re-reading it I feel so stupid for not letting everything click the first time. Of course I guess that's what makes Ellen an amazing writer. The story is to die for and I can't stop loving Ian. He is beyond perfect. You want your silly supernatural boyfriend? I'm more than happy with my own personal Ian. Oh and Greta? She is super great. Greta is hands down my favorite character because of everything she does and says in the book. I don't know what else to say without sounding too fangirly. I'll just leave off with I love Ellen's books and I'm so happy I'm re-reading them. I need to get my own copies of all of her beautiful books.

5 howls

Monday, September 6, 2010

New in the Den (IMM 18)

From Kristi at The Story Siren

Again sorry for no pictures. I'm hoping to have a vlog next week.

Borrowed from friends:
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Bought:
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (yes I finally get to read these books)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Out of Dust by Karen Hesse
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
A Lion Among Men by Gregory McGuire
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Alice by Whoopi Goldberg
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Stray by Rachel Vincent


Summary: There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .
And I'm one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I'd been warned about Strays -- werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I'm no meek kitty. I'll take on whatever -- and whoever -- I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays -- 'cause I got claws, and I'm not afraid to use them . . .


Review: I love Rachel's YA series (Soul Screamers) and when I saw this in my bookstore I bought it instantly. I finally got around to reading it and it was super amazing. Faythe as a character is really wonderful. I was a bit confused at first because there seemed to be some bad air between her and Marc. You finally figure out what went down between them, and I'm curious to see how it all works out. I'm also curious to see where Jace ends up in all of this because I quite like him. I loved all of the characters because they all had a good mixture of strength and softness to make them very likable. You get to know Faythe very well in this book and you get to know one of her big weaknesses. I hope we learn more about her brothers in the later books. The story was just fantastic and I loved how everything played out. This wasn't some dainty little introduction book where you just meet all the characters and nothing bad happens. Oh no. From the first chapter you are put in the mystery of the story and you get to figure everything out with Faythe and the Pride. I'm very excited to get my paws on Rogue, but I have to order it since my bookstore doesn't have it. Ahh the wait.

5 howls

Friday, September 3, 2010

Book Blogger Pounce

Book Blogger Hop


Do you judge a book by its cover?

Yeah I do very much, but I try not to. There are some books that you just can't help, but adore the covers (Forgive My Fins, Raised by Wolves, Shade) and the stories are hits. Others you love the cover (Wings) and the stories are misses. It's all about the risk you take when reading the books.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ban This! and Updates

So I usually post Contest Hunt on Tuesdays, but I lost the notebook where I wrote the contests down in so I can't post this week.


My posts might be a bit off since I started school back and my professors seem to find joy in my pain. I'll try to keep posting regularly, but it might not work out the way I want it to.

Yesterday was the last day for the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge. Here are all of my reviews from August:

Nightlight by the Harvard Lampoon
Lover Revealed by JR Ward
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Falcondance by Amelia Atwater Rhodes
Wolfcry by Amelia Atwater Rhodes
Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward
Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Now I'm starting a new challenge. It is the Ban This 2010 Challenge hosted at Bites.

These are the books I want to read between now and October 15th.

The following by Ellen Hopkins:
Identical
Tricks
Crank
Glass
Fallout
Burned
Impulse

Harry Potter 1-7 by J.K. Rowling
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A Series of Unfortunate Events 1-13 by Lemony Snicket

I think that's enough. Ellen and Lemony's books are quick reads, but Harry Potter might hold me up a bit. I look forward to revisiting these stories over again.