Praevarus (praevarus) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

February Reads (#5 - 8)

Again, only four books, but oh well. Slow and steady. Also read more YA and less classics than I was supposed to, but I will be better next month.

Book #5: "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld
My Rating: 2.5/5
I wasn't impressed by this book at all. I liked the premise and the plot was okay, but too often I just got bored with       the story. Maybe I just didn't like the characters. I thought they were flat and uninteresting. Maybe I'm just outside the demographic, although I doubt I would have enjoyed this more if I'd been sixteen. No, I'm not reading the other books in the series. 

Book #6: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green
My Rating: 5/5
I absolutely loved this book. I loved the characters. Some people might say they are too mature for their age, but they aren't your average kids. They've been through a lot. Besides, I find it refreshing that not every sixteen year old in a book is a ditzy chick who only thinks about shopping and boyfriends. But anyway. I also love that John Green took the time to actually go to Amsterdam to write this book, it shows that he's actually been there. I laughed and mostly cried so much. Really, really liked this one. 

Book #7: "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" by John Green and David Levithan
My Rating:
I've read books by both these authors before, so I was quite excited for this combination. John Green's Will Grayson is a typical character of his, so it was quite fun to have Levithan's Will Grayson thrown in. I really liked this, but I'd just finished The Fault in our Stars and this just didn't quite have the same 'magic'. It was a fun, simple read. 

Book #8: "Battle Royale" by Takami Koushun
My Rating: 
I've seen the movie based on this book years ago, and I've been wanting to read this ever since the Hunger Games came out, simply because I wanted to see how much they were actually alike (I mean, come on. 42 kids on an island with weapons, forced to kill each other until only one is left? Sounds familiar, no matter how much I do like the Hunger Games). It is alike, but it's very different also. This book is more focused on the killing than the emotions, but not as much as I expected after seeing the movie - it definitely does have a bit more dept than that. I thought the writing was a bit flat every now and then but that could have been the translation. One thing I did have trouble with was keeping track of all the Japanese names...So I actually wrote characteristics behind the names in the name list, and crossed out the names as the kids were killed. How horrible of me. Anyway, it was a nice, pulpy read, and the end was surprising (because it had been a while since I'd seen the movie). Pretty good.

Books Read (so far): 8
Pages Read (so far): 2964

Currently rereading Fellowship of the Ring :)


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