Review: The Good Earth: Classic Collection

Title:  The Good Earth: Classic Collection

Series: House of Earth #1

Author: Pearl S. Buck

Published: August 1, 2007 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1931)

Excerpts: Begun on simple farmer Wang Lung’s wedding day, the story follows his simple, sometimes naive, and often one sided view of the Chinese culture, times, and his connection with the land.

Quotes: “Now, five years is nothing in a man’s life except when he is very young and very old…

– Wang Lung”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth

My Review: Just finished listening to this for #ayearathon diversity challenge and I enjoyed it in the beginning but really didn’t like it in the end. After the readathon I may need to take a look at the criticism of the book to get the deeper meaning. Glad I listened to it anyway as it’s been on my tbr for a while now.

My Rating: I gave it 2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Would I recommend: No, I really found this one of the most boring stories that I ever read.


Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Title: Paranormalcy

Series: Paranormalcy #1

Author: Kiersten White

Published: August 31, 2010 by HarperTeen

Excerpts: Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Quotes: “Yes, I have a driver’s license.”

I leaned back against the wall, sighing. “Man, that must be so cool.”

“It ranks right up there with lockers. In fact, sometimes I put my license inside my locker, and it’s so cool I worry that the whole thing might explode with the sheer coolness of it all.”

― Kiersten White, Paranormalcy

“Lish tried to swear–which is always funny, because the computer won’t translate it. It went something like this: “Bleep stupid bleep bleep faeries and their bleep bleep bleep obsessions. He had better stop bleep bleep bleep the bleep bleep rules or I will bleep bleep bleep the little bleeeeeeeeeeep.”

― Kiersten White, Paranormalcy

My Review: I really didn’t get the whole point of this storyline. I felt it was mildly funny but lacked plot. The reason that I listened to this audiobook was because all of the high ratings I’ve seen from my fellow book lovers.

My Rating: I gave it 2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Would I recommend: No, but only because I didn’t understand the point of the story. May have to reread it in ebook format.

Review: Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Destined

Series: Wings #4

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Published: May 1, 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers

Book Description: Destined delivers all the romance and action that fans expect as it brings Aprilynne Pike’s Wings series to a deeply satisfying conclusion.

Laurel used to think she was an ordinary girl from Crescent City, California. She never would have believed she was truly a faerie from a realm called Avalon.

Now Laurel must risk her life to save Avalon from destruction by Yuki—a rare and powerful Winter faerie—and troll-hunter Klea. But Laurel won’t have to fight alone; David and Tamani, two boys she loves in different ways, will be by her side, along with her best friend, Chelsea.

Readers of the Need and Graceling series will want to follow Laurel’s story from its beginning in Wings to its heart-stopping end in Destined.

Quotes: “I’m begging you, to come be with me.” And she pressed her mouth against his and murmured against his lips. “Forever.”

For a few seconds he didn’t respond.

Then a groan escaped his throat and he thrust his fingers in her hair, pulling her mouth back to his with a fierce hunger.

“Kiss me,” she whispered. “And don’t stop.”
Aprilynne Pike, Destined

“Tamani pulled out his cell.

“He has an IPhone?” her mom whispered as the second ring sounded in Laurel’s ear.

Laurel nodded. “I was saving that little tidbit of ammunition the next time we discussed me getting a cell.”
Aprilynne Pike, Destined

Review: So good yet so sad. I really loved this series from beginning to end. It was quite different from anything I’ve read lately. I’m looking forward to reading more like it! And so far this has been the best fantasy and fairy story I’ve come across yet.

I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

I would highly recommend this as it’s been my favorite YA/Fantasy series!

Review: Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Illusions

Series: Wings #3

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Published: May 3, 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers

Book Description: “I don’t do patrols, I don’t go hunting, I just stick close to you. You live your life. I’ll keep you safe,” Tamani said, sweeping a lock of hair from her face. “Or die trying.”

Laurel hasn’t seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

This is the third installment of Aprilynne Pike’s Wings Series.

Quotes: “I’m not asking for forever,” Tamani said. “Yet. I’m just asking for a moment.”
Aprilynne Pike, Illusions

“Oh my gosh, is that an iPhone?!” Laurel asked, her voice unconsciously rising in pitch and volume.
Tamani looked up at her, his expression blank.”Yeah?”
“He has an iPhone,” Laurel said to David. “My faerie sentry who generally lives without running water has an iPhone. That’s. Just. Great. Everyone in the whole world has a cell phone except me. That’s awesome.”
Aprilynne Pike, Illusions

Review:  I started listening to this audiobook through scribd just before the new year and finished it after. I really enjoyed this story about Fairies and I was totally team Tamani. I really enjoyed Laurel’s character and was slightly sad when she didn’t accept David. I really loved the world of Avalon and would love to escape there. I also loved Laurel’s parents. These books really kept my interest and so far I have yet to find another series that I’m as hooked on.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I really recommend it if you want to read something fun.

Review: Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Spells

Series: Wings #2

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Published: May 12, 2010 by HarperCollins 

Book Description:  “I can’t just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can’t ‘steal’ you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you’ll ask,” Tamani said.

“And if I don’t?” Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.

“Then I guess I’ll be waiting forever.”

Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life – and especially her boyfriend, David – to return to the faerie world.

But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel’s feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice – a choice that could break her heart.

Quotes: “It’s going to be gone soon, isn’t it?” he said, more than a tinge of regret in his voice as he studied the large flower.

She nodded, craning her neck to look back at the blue blossom. “It should be gone in another week or two,” she said. There was a distinct lack of regret in her voice. “Maybe less, after last night.”

Is it really such a bother?”


David’s hands stroked one of the longer petals on the blossom from base to tip, then brought it briefly to his nose and inhaled. “It’s just so . . . I don’t know . . . sexy.”

Really? But it’s so . . . plantish.”
Aprilynne Pike, Spells

“Her two worlds, two lives that she tried so hard to keep separate, were crashing together. And she felt helpless to stop it.”
Aprilynne Pike, Spells

Review:  When I was listening/reading this one I was really let down by the progress of the storyline. I felt like the four books as a whole would have made one great book. I think I really enjoyed this because of my love of soap operas and the triangle of Laurel, David, and Tamani was very intriguing.

In the end, I gave it 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.  I still would recommend it as it was a fun series and the best one on fairies I’ve come across.

Welcome to my new book blog

Hey to all my book bloggers! So I moved my blog over here as I’ve heard that this site is way easier to manage which I can see already that it is. I just have to work on moving everything I want from my old blog to the new one. I’m really excited to dig my heels into this new blog by writing book reviews, talking about book hauls, and talking about the readathons I’m participating. I’m trying to get up the nerve to vlog over on youtube and make my booktubing official. I’ve found so many fellow booktubers that make the whole process look so easy. I can’t wait to talk more about books with all my book fans and followers!