Hey guys! Today I have a book haul for you, I made a video so I’m posting it here so you can watch it. (: I hope you enjoy!
This book is one that I’ve been wanting for a while. After I got Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer, I went on a search for the publisher of that book. The publisher seemed to have more weird books. The one that caught my eye was Composition No.1 by Marc Saporta.
It’s a book, or actually a box, from which you can take the pages and shuffle them into another order. On the back of every page there is a kind of letter landscape. Really something to read on a calm day I guess, something to enjoy. And definitely not a book to read outside in the wind, haha! That’s why I wanted to tell you about this “book”, because it’s just something many people might want, and it has to do with books! Haha. It’s unique and that’s what I love about it. Almost no one will read exactly the same story, and that’s the beauty of it!
Source: visual editions
Oh, and btw… you can also buy this book as an app for your iPad or other mobile device (I don’t know if you can get it for an android device), so that’s pretty cool!
During the Civil War, a man named Leviticus Blue makes this machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice, called the Boneshaker (hence the name of the book). But when they do a test run in Seattle it releases some gas that could turn people into the undead. The people of Seattle build a wall around this area, so that it doesn’t spread into their lives. But when Blue’s son Zeke (or Ezekiel) wants to prove that it wasn’t his dad’s fault, he goes under the wall into the destroyed city and his mother follows him in.
This was an interesting read. I think I’m liking the steampunk genre (if all the steampunk books are like this). It really was nicely written, even though it didn’t make me think “wow, how does she think of these sentences?!”. Priest gave me a very good image of the different characters. And the whole thought of this other Seattle makes me a bit… scared. What will happen when this happens to us?
There was a bit of worldbuilding, but when you start a series that’s logical. You need to know something about the world you’re reading about, and I liked that it told me something about this world. I wouldn’t say that there was a lot of it (Priest could’ve told us more about that, really) but enough to read the books.
Boneshaker got me hooked very fast, I wanted to read every page and read it in a weekend, so I guess that’s pretty fast. I really liked a lot of characters. Minnericht was greatly developed. It was a creepy character. He was the one that could get stuff from the other side of the wall, the one who was the crazy inventor of this one. And the mysterious air around him was perfect.
The characters are so rich in this book, unbelieveable! I either loved a character or hated them. But even when I hated some, I still liked them for the fact that they were so greatly developed. I think Lucy was my favorite of all. She was the strong woman of this novel, with her disabilities she still manages to get through life, and she’s just tough, and sweet, and so much more!!
The book was exciting, sometimes scary and I wouldn’t say greatly written, but the world itself makes this book worth reading, especially when you love steampunk books (I think). I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads, because I loved it that much. (:
You can buy it on the bookdepository, if you buy it with this link I will get a small commission to pay for more books (so more reviews). You don’t have to buy it through this link, but I’d be grateful if you do. (:
I’m back! And this time with a video…
So, why was I gone from wordpress you ask? My boyfriend had to go to the hospital and sleep there because of high fever and some other stuff. So I was busy being there for him and couldn’t concentrate on any reading, blogging or vlogging. So sorry for being gone, but I guess you’ll now understand. Here is my wrap up for July, which I recorded more than two weeks ago, I hope you enjoy!
Just a short update for the people following me: there are some things going on right now, so I won’t be able to read a lot, which means less reviews. I hope you understand, but my head is just somewhere else right now and I just can’t concentrate. This will hopefully be over in a few weeks, but nothing is sure yet… 😦
I hope you understand!
Conor is thirteen years old and his mom has cancer. That’s why a monster shows up at his window when it’s 12.07 at night. This monster wants to tell three stories and get one in return when he has told these stories. The monster is a tree that has been standing in his garden for a long time, and has known many people.
Conor is such a sweet character, well, most of the characters are. He doesn’t want to accept everything that’s happening, but he has nightmares that show him his biggest fear. He wants his mom to be better, to live! But he can’t give her that and it makes him sad. I could really feel his fear, and even though it started out slow for me, I thought it was a great story.
I really liked the fact that the monster told stories to Conor, they teached him something that he didn’t want to know; everything has more than one side. There are people that he thinks are bad, but might not be in the stories.
The illustrations in this book were beautiful and they were a great addition to this story. It made the reading experience so much better! They fitted perfectly in the story and I loved that you could still see parts of it on the few pages after and before every illustration.
There were definitely a few tears at the end of this book for me. It was sad, but also so beautiful!
You should definitely read this if you like short, but emotional reads. And of course if you like stories with a kid as main character, or if you like some kind of “fairytale”-ish stories.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
In this video I tell you what books I bought this month, there are 13, so that’s a lot. 🙂 I hope you enjoy watching this video!
I also got my first e-ARC, called Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan. This is her second novel and I haven’t read her first one, but I’m excited to read this. It sounds like a really interesting story. It’s a romance set in France, so that’s pretty exciting!
Next to that I got two more e-ARC’s, which are Fae by C.J. Abedi, and Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer. I was especially excited for the last one. My review of Fae is already up, you can read it here.
I hope you have a great week and happy reading!