Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fresh Face Friday

Fresh Face Friday by Star Shadow
So it is time for week two of a multiple Blog Project called Fresh Face Friday, we are co introducing a great new blogger that has under 100 followers. By sharing a bit on each of our blogs, as if it was a tour.. after you have checked out all our blogs.. we will link you to our new blog "Fresh Face" for a sponsored Giveaway. Hope you all enjoy

This week we have the pleasure of Introducing Kitty from Book Reviewologist (that's me!) She is a newer blogger who currently has under 25 followers, so lets help her out a bit.. She has some fabulous reviews up by the way... be sure to check them out as well.

1. What made you decide to start blogging?
It was a New Year’s resolutions decision, and I got a review column in a newspaper.

2. How did you come up with the idea for your blog?
Since I mostly end teen books I wanted the blog to revolve around that. However the newspaper job had me reading fiction so now it has turned into a collage of both. The name was just something funny my roommates call, because I always have an opinion of the books I read.

3. Tell us a bit about your blog?
My mission is to review books from all genres (best to my ability) and provide helpful opinions, which may lead viewers to discover new authors and titles. Feel free to suggest a book you would like me to read and review. Don't hesitate to ask me for recommendation. I don't bite ^^- Summary from my blog.

4. Tell us a bit about you?
I’m in my earlier twenties and female the last time I checked. I love reading! I work at a bookstore which doesn’t help my addiction much XD I also love Japanese cultural and enjoy manga and anime. Watching anime takes up my time when I’m not reading. I also love video games and traveling. I’m currently in school studying tourism and have almost been all over the world. My goal in life is world domination, or own a book store.

Giveaway Instructions:
So for reading all those questions about me, you get a chance to win a book! The giveaway is by Barry Pollack’s Forty-Eight X: The Lemuria Project.

Here is what it is about:

On the tropical island of Diego Garcia in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the United States has gathered together its most talented geneticists to work on the top-secret Lemuria Project. These secret experiments create a revolutionary new warrior so strong that the age of casualties of war would become only a sad and distant memory. Haunted by a dark and dangerous past, Colonel Link McGraw is the officer chosen to train these new soldiers. As a trained and commissioned officer in the United States Armed Forces, McGraw knows what constitutes the perfect soldier: following orders without question. When Egyptian beauty Fala al Shodaha and Israeli Joshua Krantz, scientists in their own right, stumble across the top-secret project, they are determined to uncover its true nature and pursue their quest to Diego Garcia. Tensions mount as Krantz and McGraw clash over the project-and vie for the affection of the lovely Fala. When they discover they aren’t the only ones on the island competing for her attention, shocking truths are revealed that beg the question, Is it too late to save themselves-and the entire human race-from almost certain annihilation?

Wow that sounds awesome! So here is how you can win it. Trot over to my blog and based on my reviews (yes sadly you’ll have to read them) guess which book is my favorite. If you guess right I’ll put your name into a hat and draw the winner. The contest will end April 30 as that’s when I get back from vacation. I will be picking a winner on May 1st. Good luck!

<3 Kitty

Saturday, April 3, 2010

10. Incarceron

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Summary: Incarceron is a living prison composed of metal forest. It was designed to keep prisoners inside with no hope of escape. Finn is such a prisoner who cannot remember his past and dreams of the Outside world. On a raid mission he discovers a key that could unlock, not only his past, by possibly the prison. He discovers the legend of Sapphique, the only man to escape Incarceron, and realize his dreams could be reality. With the help from Claudia, a girl on the Outside, Finn embarks on the journey of his life.

Review: This book captured my attention for the first page to the last, but sometimes I felt like the story was getting nowhere. The different story lines kept jumping around and crisscrossing, which created mild confusion. The pages, at times, seemed to drag on like the book was writing as I was reading. However, Fisher managed to keep me engaged because of the captivating story.

Despite the fact I could predict the ending by the fourth chapter in, I kept reading. I enjoy the journey a book takes me on, even if I know the outcome. However, Fisher surprised me close to the end with a twist I did not see coming. This made me question my earlier theory, almost like Fisher lured me into a trap just so she could prove me wrong.

I enjoy the contrast of Victorian London to the modern technology age. The characters were bound by law to only exist in a certain century. However, devices such as dishwashers and the internet did exist. This aspect raised some interesting questions and created an entrancing world. It was the perfect balance between fantasy and science fiction.

The characters were unique to an extent. I felt like their base personalities were a mess of stereotypes with a little extra. This, combined with the predictable plot, makes the book unimpressive. However, I would read it again for the world and the descriptive language, which was outstanding.

In conclusion, Incarceron was an okay read, with an ending that frustrated me. I felt that Finn achieved nothing. His entire journey had been in vain. He became nowhere close to discovering who he was, in fact I would argue he is now more confusion about his past. He also managed to escape one prison, just to be bond my different laws in another prison. I guess freedom is not something everyone can achieve.

<3 Kitty