Top Ten Tuesdays: Best Endings To Books

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This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish 🙂

I don’t exactly bother too much with beautiful beginnings, as such have the potential for ruin by dreadful culminations– lock, stock and barrel. Henceforth, I decided to focus on the books that I believe ended the way they should have– that is to say, the way I wanted them to! I’m not going to quote all of the last lines to these titles, since I don’t want to give you guys even a sneak peek at quiescent spoilers, with the exception of a few noteworthy conclusions that really fastened themselves magnificently onto the bottom of my hypothalamus. And with that, I present my top ten list!

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1. Clockwork Princess ( Infernal Devices # 3, Cassandra Clare)

Clockwork Princess

“No, the last thing she cared about was whether people were staring at the boy and girl kissing by the river, as London, its cities and towers and churches and buildings and streets, circled all about them like the memory of a dream. And if the Thames that ran beside them, sure and silver in the afternoon light, recalled a night long ago when the moon shone as brightly as a shilling on this same boy and girl, or if the stones of Blackfriars knew the tread of their feet and thought to themselves: At, last, the wheel comes full circle, they kept their silence.”

2. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter # 7, J.K. Rowling)

Deathly Hallows

‘What if I’m in Slytherin?’
“The whisper was for his father alone, and Harry knew that only the moment
of departure could have forced Albus to reveal how great and sincere that fear
was. ‘Albus Severus,’ Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train. ‘You were named for two Headmasters of Hogwarts. One was a Slytherin, and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.'”

3. The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey # 4, Julie Kagawa)

Iron Knight

“I have come from the End of the World…. From the River of Dreams, through the gauntlet and the Briar and the Deep Wyld, in order to stand before you today. I have but one request – to take my place at your side. To resume my duty as your knight, and to protect you and your kingdom for as long as I draw breath.”

4. Along For The Ride (Sarah Dessen)

Along For The Ride

“It didn’t make you noble to step away from something that wasn’t working, even if you thought you were the reason for the malfunction. Especially then. It just made you a quitter. Because if you were the problem, chances were you could also be the solution. The only way to find out was to take another shot.”

5. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson And The Olympians # 5, Rick Riordan)

Last Olympian

“She nodded, though she still seemed uneasy. I didn’t blame her, but it was hard to feel too upset on a nice day, with her next to me, knowing that I wasn’t really saying goodbye. We had lots of time. ‘Race you to the road?’ I said. ‘You are so going to lose.’ She took off down Half Blood Hill and I sprinted after her. For once, I didn’t look back.”

6. The Fault In Our Stars (John Green)

The Fault

“What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”

(I do, Augustus. I do.)

7. The Disenchantments (Nina LaCour)

The Disenchantments

“Searching, always. And yes, we all are, or soon will be, disenchanted, I still want to know it all: the heartbreak, the fear, the friendship, the anger, the love. All of it.”

8. Will Grayson, Will Grayson (John Green)

Will Grayson

“I do not say ‘good-bye.’ I believe that’s one of the bullshittiest words ever invented. It’s not like you’re given the choice to say ‘bad-bye’ or ‘awful-bye’ or ‘couldn’t-care-less-about-you-bye.’ every time you leave, it’s supposed to be a good one. Well, I don’t believe in that. I believe against that.”

9. Every Day (David Levithan)

Every Day

“I wanted love to conquer all. But love can’t conquer anything. It can’t do anything on its own. It relies on us to do the conquering on its behalf.”

10. Monsters Of Men (Chaos Walking # 3, Patrick Ness)

Monsters of Men

” ‘War is like a monster,’ he says, almost to himself. ‘War is the devil. It starts and it consumes and it grows and grows and grows.’ He’s looking at me now. ‘And otherwise normal men become monsters, too.’ ”

 

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So what do you think? If you have any opinions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment and tell me!

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Blogger Bites: The ARC Dilemma

Blogger BitesFor the sake of putting it out there— I’m immensely equivocal when it comes to ARC’s. A few months prior, my stand on the proposition was hypothetical, simply because I, at that time, was happy enough to have been welcomed with open arms to the blogosphere. I was elated to have met some of the most amazing bloggers known to online man, so most of the perks and add-ons, ARC’s included, came as mere afterthoughts to the immediate jubilation I could not help but succumb to.

To this day, I still get ecstatic whenever someone visits my blog– make no mistake. But now that I’ve been lurking around, commenting here and there on various blogs for about two months since then, my brain has (most unfortunately) begun to recycle some of the ruminations on ARC’s I’ve stockpiled for reevaluation. Are they worth the effort? What are their true benefits? Does a rejected request hurt? And with no other sentiments to consider regarding the matter at hand, apart from my own, sorry estimations, it’s honestly starting to throw me off balance. Hence, I ask YOU, dear reader, to tell me what you think about ARC’s, and whether or not they’re worth requesting for (they are perks, after all).

Design AWHY I WANT TO REQUEST FOR ARCs

1. The fact that you’re essentially a bookish beta-tester with one of these babies.

At first glance, a reader’s reaction to an ARC would probably be something around the lines of “GIVE IT. JUST GIVE IT HERE.” Although I never really considered the thought of this advantage an inspiration for this blog’s inception, the undeniable truth is that an ARC is a huge (and by huge I mean absolutely behemothic) jumbo-sized perk. I mean, come on. Your own copy of a book that you may (or may not, but still) have wanted since the day of its announcement? And you get to be one of the very first to read and review it, weeks or months before everyone else can? What’s not to love? It will probably be easier for me to tell you that I’ve never, not even once, been jaundiced by the ARC’s reviewed on other blogs, but since I’m an unfeigned, true blue potato, I’m going to admit that the thought has occurred to me once or twice. Sometimes, it just seems as if I have nothing to lose anyways.

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My most likely reaction to an ARC.

2. It serves a great purpose, and is a great marketing strategy.

This is, of course, the less self-indulgent reason why I’ve considered requesting for an ARC. Having professional readers review potential books is an effective way of advertisement. In this way, the book receives exposure, and more often than not gets recommended to the blogging audience (which, as I have been led to believe, is in itself quite extensive). I’m sure there are gobs of other reasons why publishers are willing to give out early copies of books for release, but whatever they are, rest assured they’re important if so many bloggers out there are being given access.

Design AWHY I DON’T-ISH WANT TO REQUEST FOR ARC’s

1. They’re added pressure.

In case you aren’t already aware, I’m a high school senior. I’m not sure if this magical phrase means the same to you as it does me, but in case we’re not walking the same line, let me tell you that it essentially means tons of homework, bunches of long tests each week, cringe-worthy math grades, club meetings, college admission tests, and, to add to my collection of Apple products, a pair of ugly iBags. ARC’s will most likely add to this pressure, since publishers expect reviews, and quite immediately. I’m not sure of the level to which this extends, but unless I’m sure that it’s not that vexatious, I’ll probably be too scared to advance.

2. It is required to meet a certain standard.

I haven’t been around for that long, and this might prove to be a problem. Since ARCs require approval before distribution. I’m not sure if any of the publishers are willing to consider me a professional reader, either because  my blog doesn’t have the precedence of age, or because I haven’t been reviewing as many books as I’m supposed to. Either way, I won’t really get to know unless I actually hit the request button, though it’s kind of sad to get rejected for a book I really want to get my hands on, and there will always be a chance of that.

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What do YOU guys think when it comes to ARCs? Are you on the Yay side, or the Nay side? I’ll appreciate thoughts and opinions! And before I forget, there is a link to my blog survey on the  sidebar, which I put up to check up on viewer satisfaction, and tweak my blog up a little in case I haven’t been meeting them 🙂 Have a great week, everyone!

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Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

 Amy and RogerTitle: Amy And Roger’s Epic Detour

 Author: Morgan Matson

 Release Date: May 4, 2010

 Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 Description: 344 pages, Young Adult Fiction

synopsis

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew–just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.

my thoughts

To The Stars Through Adversity

I absolutely relished in the layout of this book. The lack of character conceivability and authenticity is one of the most blatant predicaments I’ve bewailed and deplored for hours on end, and because this one had pictures of landscapes and receipts, featured playlists and e-mails, those issues remained nonentities. Though it sometimes felt as if this book lacked for romance, I absolutely reveled in the scenes between Amy and Roger, who were facing individual struggles but were constantly behind each other’s backs. They were supportive and genuinely cared for each other, though never once crossed the line into intrusion. Though the romantic build up between them kept getting tauntingly delayed from chapter to chapter, I completely adored the consecutive scenes that got them into awkward situations hinting at the budding relationship. For once, most gratuitously, I found the chemistry between them cute and delightful, as opposed to thrilling or swoon-worthy, in stark contrast with the heart break each of them nursed all through the detour. Overall, I found this book quite the charming read, earning my doubtless approval for a debut novel. Once again for Matson’s future works, color me enthusiastic.

 

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Recovery From Loss

Because of her father’s death, Amy constantly made attempts at shutting herself out and disconnecting from the rest of civilization— and though her hesitancy to detach herself from the past at times made her seem so wishy-washy, I slowly leveled to perfect understanding of her struggles, and became more and more appreciative of her gradual independence. Unlike the sweeping plague in contemporary novels that depicts most of the heroines incapable of progress without their counterparts, rendering them little more than vexatious (and much to my chagrin), I absolutely doted over Amy Curry’s character. Though it was more than once implied that her past self wasn’t entirely wholesome, I found her brave and confident as she stood up for her own ideals like never before. She tried to grasp the reasoning behind the otherwise disagreeable behavior of the people around her, and she never once broke down or whined interminably, come hell or high water. I also liked that Amy never tried to question Roger or doubt his intentions, only humorously so. In spite of the fact that I never really felt the affliction pertinent to the recent tragedy, I still adored Amy and thought she was constantly making the right decisions, by opening up to Roger, but only once she knew he was trustworthy. I never once got peeved or annoyed at her hesitance and indecision (which I attributed to the reasonable discomfort with the gorgeous stranger that threatened to unravel her), and with regards to America from The Selection (which I read a week before), who was irritating from cover to cover, I found complete refuge in the fact that Amy was astounding by comparison.

 

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Heart Break and Happiness

I was absolutely smitten by Roger’s character. He was admittedly intimidating at first, mostly because of the way Amy perceived him. However, I liked the way he handled Amy with constant care not to hurt or surprise her, and though he remained an enigma to me for most of the book, since he never made much of a move, I found it quite refreshing to witness a blossoming, untainted friendship. I don’t normally pine for gorgeous, jock-type love interests, and though Roger was a perfect gentleman in essence, I still found it quite hard at first to believe how willing he was to let Amy tag along. However, I grew increasingly attracted to him, as he was a cheerful and humorous person who tended to find the good in all things miserly. I also happen to have found a curious similarity with him in terms of his taste for music, and though that in itself is a shallow factor, I would ostensibly have gone with him on that road trip, not once complaining about him or his sound. Once again, he’s an element to this book that I dig, and completely.

“The thing about Magellan is the thing about all these explorers. Most of the time, they’re just determined to chase impossible things. And most of them are so busy looking at the horizon that they can’t even see what’s right in front of them.” 

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An Epic Detour

Though I found the ending to this book quite weak as compared to most of the fantasy novels I’ve read (that refused to conclude without a bang, or with tears strewn across my face), I was happy with the way this book ultimately turned out. Though I don’t read many books under a contemporary genre, I didn’t find myself that much bothered by the fact that the bulk of the book contained little to no suspense. Honestly, the slow and gradual journey towards Amy’s recovery, and Roger’s redemption was enough to keep me flipping the pages. Overall, this book was a light and fun read that made me want even more to drive across a country I’ve never even been to. I admittedly couldn’t relate to either of their struggles, though I found myself immersed in this book almost completely feeling their pain and emotion. If you’re looking for a book that will surely tug at your heartstrings and make you fall slowly in love, I insist that you try this one out.

“And we were kissing like drowning people breathe– like suddenly we’d discovered something that has never been so sweet before that moment.”

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my rating

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What do you think? Tell me in the comments below 🙂

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