Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mini Reviews: Crystal Bones (The Faelin Chronicles, #1), Girl Parts, Heart of Darkness, The Healer's Apprentice

Title: Crystal Bones (The Faelin Chronicles, #1)
Author: C. Aubrey Hall
Pages: 313
Publication: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
Summary taken from goodreads:
A YA fantasy trilogy about a twin boy and girl, the children of a Fae mother and a human father, who discover a new destiny when their parents are murdered.


Argh, the prejudice and unfair treatment because of their age and mixed heritage really ticked me off. And Cynthe really annoyed me in the beginning because of her pride and indignation was too much most of the time. Also, I think that they should have had younger models used for the book's cover. They don't look anywhere near the age of 13, which is how old Diello and Cynthe are.

Title: Girl Parts
Author: John M. Cusick
Pages: 218
Publication: August 10, 2010
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Summary taken from goodreads:
What happens when a robot designed to be a boy’s ideal “companion” develops a will of her own? A compulsively readable novel from a new talent.

David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat his “dissociative disorder,” he can’t get enough of luscious redheaded Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Parted from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal “companion” is about to become her own best friend. In a stunning and hilarious debut, John Cusick takes rollicking aim at internet culture and our craving for meaningful connection in an uberconnected world.


Reading this book left me in an indescribable mood that I usually have after reading a book that I'm not even sure if I liked it or not. :\

Title: Heart of Darkness
Author: Joseph Conrad
Pages: 85
Publication: 1899
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Summary taken from goodreads:
Dark allegory describes the narrator’s journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad’s finest, most enigmatic story.


This book always elicited two reactions from me whenever I read it: intense drowsiness or immediate disinterest in which I would start daydreaming after reading the first sentence.

Marlow's narrative of his journey to find Kurtz, the egnimatic man whose power of speech was amazing that he had heard so much about on the way, was interesting, eloquently told and full of profound insights that I usually liked.

However, even that couldn't stop me from reading the whole book in a drowsy daze because of the writing style. Heart of Darkness quickly reminded me of my dislike of super long paragraphs.

Title: The Healer's Apprentice
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Pages: 261
Publication: October 1, 2010
Publisher: Zondervan
Summary taken from goodreads:
Two Hearts. One Hope. Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her---a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.


I did not like this book, which is why I couldn't finish it. However, I'm still not sure if I should rate this book as two stars instead of one.

I mean, The Healer's Apprentice isn't terrible -- it's just stale and predictable, making it impossible for me to continue reading. The characters aren't original at all; they're stale, 2D characters that you could find in any book. You've got the poor but beautiful heroine with a heart of gold, the honorable prince, and his younger brother who's a player trying to change his way, all stuck in a love triangle. Unless there's some huge plot twist near the end, I could already see how the book was going to be like.

Nothing stood out to me in this book.

I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan of historical fiction who has nothing else to read.

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