Through The Lens: Nightlight by The Harvard Lampoon

Welcome to our weekly meme, Through The Lens! We’re combining a love of books with photography in order to visually display what we read and love.

How It Works

Each Thursday BA will be sharing a photograph taken of a book, such as a current read, recommendation, or a favourite, with an object or in a setting the reader feels represents an element in the story. Then we’ll share a short blurb about why we chose it.

You Can Join In Too

If you want to participate you can. You don’t have to be an expert photographer, the point of this meme is to be creative and share! Take your book, including eBooks, and display those covers with something that shows what you took away from the story. You’re welcome to post another day, we just like alliteration here at BA, and there is no theme unless you want to have one.

We do ask, if you wish to join in, that you grab the banner, link back to us, and share your link too so everyone can see your photos! Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Again For The First Time

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and Bookish with a new list subject every Tuesday.

This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time. I feel there may be quite a few books on this list, but at the same time I’m unsure about that. Re-reading is never quite the same as the first time, as a lot of readers can appreciate, to the occasional point of not always being as great a read as you were expecting the second time around. Of course there are going to be a lot of books I want to read and discover again for the first time. It’s magic. Anyway, enough of my rambles!

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I think about this all the time with HP. I’ve been wanting to re-read the series for awhile now, I’ve only read it once so far, but one reason I haven’t is because of how I felt about HP the first time I read it and I don’t want to lose that.
  2. The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – The same goes with The Name of The Wind as I’m a sucker for well written fantasy. This is probably due to the fact I hate clichés and fantasy is full of clichés. I find it hard to come across a fantasy, which pushes all the right buttons like these first two have, and I’d say it’s one reason why I definitely want to read them again for the very first time. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: More and Less Trends

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and Bookish with a new list subject every Tuesday.

This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Trends You’d Like To See More of/Less of. I can think of plenty of what there should be less of, but I thought I’d do a combination for this one.

What trends would you like to see less or more of?

Lets See Less of;

  1. Love Triangles: YA fiction seems to be the worst one when it comes to love triangles and I understand that love can be confusing when you’re that age (even when you’re older), but are love triangles really the best way to go about showing that confusion and identifying with anyone? I’ve read so many books with love triangles that I now consider them a cop-out, an easy way of creating drama and confusion.
  2. Damsels in Distress: How often do you come across a story these days with a female protagonist who has a problem and either whinges about it or leans on a male character for help? This happens too many times! And not only are those sorts of characters frustrating, but they paint a horrible picture of what women are like. If I acted like half the female characters I had come across I would request to be locked up because women like that are a menace to society! Continue reading

Review: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

A terrible plague has decimated the world, and those who were unfortunate enough to survive have been transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night.

Except, that is, for Robert Neville.

He alone appears to be immune to this disease, but the grim irony is that now he is the outsider. He is the legendary monster who must be destroyed because he is different from everyone else.

Review

I find I Am Legend hard to review or comment on, which was interesting because I read it for book club. This is the second time I have read it though and I did plan on reading it again, but always put it off because I loved it the first time around and what if I didn’t love it as much the second time around? My way of reading has changed a great deal since I first read it, only a few years now, in that I have more of a tendency to critique rather than enjoy. Continue reading

Review: Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

When the Monroe family brings home a small black-and-white bunny they find in the movie theater after seeing Dracula, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are instantly suspicious.

After all the vegetables in the Monroe kitchen start turning white, Chester and Harold are certain that Bunnicula is a vegetarian vampire.

Review

I wanted a rabbit before I read this so now I really want a rabbit, but I want a vampire rabbit! How cute would it be? To have a vampire bunny? I’d never heard of Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe until my mate Tash told me about it late last year. Naturally, when I find out it is about a rabbit who might be a vampire, and then I see the cover of it with it’s little vampire teeth, I had to get it straight away. Continue reading

Review: Clockwork Angel

When sixteen year old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks, and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

My first review for 2011 and yet I read this book last week, being 2010, but I won’t be including it in any reading challenges. I was going to wait till this year to read it as part of my Off The Shelf and maybe my Steampunk one, but Clockwork Angel isn’t really Steampunk in my view. Maybe to some because of the gadgets and robots used in it, but to me if a book is set in Victoriana times then it is not Steampunk.

Now I have that out of the way, I really enjoyed Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, the first in her Infernal Devices trilogy. It’s the prequel to her Mortal Instruments series, but I think you can get away with reading it without reading MI first. There is one character that is in the MI series, but it’s not pertinent to know about him beforehand. It feels more like a nice extension of the world, and also like a bit of a crossover character wise.

I’ve noticed that some synopses differ in that it leads you to think it’s either a love story with a love triangle compared to it being more about this mystery with a bit of romance. I hate love triangles (refer to my 3in1 review that mentions love triangles, but please be aware there are spoilers for VA fans) and am not overly thrilled when it comes to reading romance stories, so for those who might be deterred by the love triangle synopsis; I urge you to discard it because yes there is a romantic quality, but being the first book in the trilogy and therefore an introduction to the characters, the romance aspect of it is light.

Overall the characters are fun, intriguing, and crack me up. You have one that is so arrogant and one that is almost his polar opposite, but I still love both of them. They counteract, and compliment each other, plus add an interesting dynamic to the story. And Will (the arrogant one) is hilarious on his own, but I don’t think he would be as engaging and hilarious if he wasn’t able to banter with the other characters. This is one example I can think of where the humour is enhanced because the characters work so well together, not just the two boys Jem and Will, but all of them work really well together. It just happens my example is between the two boys.

“I like ducks,” Jem observed diplomatically. “Especially the ones in Hyde Park.” He glanced sideways at Will; both boys were sitting on the edge of the high table, their legs dangling over the side. “Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?”
“They ate it too,” Will reminisced. “Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”

I love it because they go on these little tangents or digress, but never really leave the story behind. It all works so well together, the banter, the descriptions, the plot, the way the world and idea is executed, the use of language that fits with the times and the sensibilities that both fit with the time and clash with the Shadowhunter world. I find it to be really well written, forming a cohesive whole, and Clare’s writing style is so that the images formed in your head stay with you afterwards.

I also really like how the title is taken from something in the story, but the story isn’t dominated by that something. I appreciate a title that works in with the story, but is more subtle. Especially when it is in a trilogy like this because it opens up the door to even more intrigue compared to what there already was.

Now I just have to wait for the next one which I am greatly anticipating, not just because of the ending, but because there’s so much in there that has been left unanswered and is really enough to pique one’s interest.

  • Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Alt. History
  • Demographic: YA, but enjoyable for adults too.
  • ISBN: 978-1-4063-2132-6
  • Rating Out of Five: 4
  • Challenges: N/A