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Update 1/19/2015: One Billion Books has a Tumblr!

In my last update, I mentioned that I probably wouldn’t be posting as often anymore. Well, as you may have noticed, my prediction came true– that update was posted in June of 2014.

I did really love posting for you guys, so I’ve decided to start One Billion Books back up again by creating a Tumblr page. I’ll be starting off with the 2015 Reading Challenge, reviewing each of the books I read and posting photos, quotes, and much more whenever possible. I’ll remember to use this Tumblr page more than I did on here, simply because I already use Tumblr a lot and it’ll give me something more to do. I just set up the page today, so you won’t find much on it yet, but here’s the link to the new One Billion Books Tumblr page. And, as always, you can find and add me on Goodreads, where I’ll keep updating until the day I die, and e-mail me at capusa98@yahoo.com.

Hope to hear from you all soon!

-J

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Update: 6/17/2014

So, it’s been a little over six months since I last reviewed a book on this site. However, if you follow my gaming blog, you’ll notice my last post was only about two weeks ago. You can ask me why, but I just don’t have an answer. I’m still reading, of course, just not as quickly since I’m not trying to do the 100 Book Challenge again this year. (Maybe next year.) Also, since I would normally finish a book within three days, I still had retained even the smallest details of what I had read while I was writing my review. Now, it’s a little tougher, especially while trying not to include spoilers. If you’re still interested in my reviews and have a Goodreads account, I’d strongly encourage you to add me there, since I still get on that site quite often. Keep in mind my reviews there will have spoilers, and I won’t be reviewing every book I read, just the ones I want to review.

This isn’t a final goodbye, I promise. It’s just an apology of not posting for 6+ months, and a future apology that I probably won’t get on here again for a while. But once I do come back and get into the groove of things again, I’ll make sure the wait was worth it.

Keep on reading, guys. I’ll see you soon.

-J

The Immortals Series by Alyson Noel (Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, Night Star, Everlasting)

The Immortals Series

“Today’s worries are yesterday’s fears and tomorrow’s stories.” 

I’m not sure how many of you guys read my little note on my 100 Book Challenge page, but in case you didn’t and don’t feel like going back, I’ll just give you a quick explanation. I was planning on rereading Heaven Is for Real, that short and sweet book that’s been crazy popular for a while now, and reviewing it for you guys in a whiny but professional manner– as I usually do when I dislike a book, even a little bit. However, constant family issues and other personal problems posed a threat. I was a complete mess for a while and didn’t once think about my blogs. So one day, while I was a little cooled off, I decided to cancel the 100 Book Challenge and take a break from blogging for a while. And during my break, I finally finished Heaven Is for Real (it took me nine days total because of everything that was going on– which is sort of embarrassing considering that book is tiny) and reread the Hunger Games series and Immortals series. (No reviews for the Hunger Games series, though, just because I don’t know what I would say other than how much I love the books and how much I’m in love with the character of Finnick.)

But what I really came here to say is: Break’s over, guys. J’s back. And now, it’s back to the most popular time on this blog: reviewing time.

The Immortals series is an action-packed fantasy told from the point of view of Ever Bloom, a sixteen-year-old who recently lost her family to a devastating car crash. Ever wades through her new life in California, hiding beneath loud music and hoods to block out the constant noise that comes with the psychic powers she gained after the near-death experience. That is, until she meets Damen, who seems to be the one person that she can’t read– the one person who silences everything around her– the one person she can’t help but feel attracted to. But Damen is hiding a secret himself, and when it is revealed, it will change both of their lives forever.

Considering the name of the series, I highly doubt what I’m about to mention would be considered a spoiler. But, if you’re still determined not to learn a single thing that could be “spoiler-ish”, you may want to stop reading now.

In the first book, Evermore, we get a background on Ever’s life and how she adjusts to her new school and powers. She uses loud music to block out the endless stream of thoughts coming from everyone around her, avoids touching people at all costs for risk of seeing their entire life story, and learns to deal with seeing everyone’s aura and talking to the ghost of her little sister, Riley (who, eventually, got her own series, which I haven’t read yet but would really like to). Then we meet Damen, who arouses Ever’s suspicions when she can’t read his mind, can’t see his aura, and gets nothing with a touch. He seems to read her mind at times, taking her suspicions even further until he reveals his secret: Damen is immortal, and had made Ever immortal after the crash that claimed her family.

There’s never a dull moment in this six-part series, which constantly reveals new secrets, problems, and enemies. It’s exciting, it’s romantic, it’s philosophical– it’s everything you could ask for in a fantasy series. And just when you think you know everything, a new problem appears.

Just like with most series I read, the final book, Everlasting, was my favorite. After everything that had happened in the previous novels, I constantly wondered what Alyson Noel could do for a big finale without turning one of my favorite characters against them (as she had previously done, but I won’t get into that). The series definitely went out with a bang, though, and I loved every minute of it.

Although, numerous Goodreads users disagree entirely. I’d say it’s about a fourth of the readers out there that hate this series with a passion. I can tell they’re frustrated because Ever always seems to make terrible decisions under pressure– but Alyson Noel has her admit to it being her weak point, and besides, without terrible decisions, how could there be a plot in the first place? So yes, Immortals series-haters, I do understand where you’re coming from, because Ever’s decisions have frustrated me beyond belief as well. But everyone makes bad decisions at some point in their lives, and Alyson Noel is just acting upon this common weakness.

And before I wrap this review up and head off to bed, I want to take a minute to mention two things about Alyson Noel’s writing– one compliment, one constructive criticism. The compliment: I love how she uses unusual names for her characters. And although she does use them frequently in these books, she also uses them in other books– though I’ve yet to read all but one. A couple of my favorite names she has used are Echo, Ever, Haven, Evangeline, Misa, Rafe, Honor, Adelina, and Roman.

Now, some quick constructive criticism. Alyson Noel tends to recycle a lot of phrases when describing things, which tends to get somewhat annoying. While I’m writing this, two big examples are jumping out at me: the Shadowland and the Great Halls of Learning. The Shadowland first came into play in the eponymous third novel of the series, Shadowland, and was described as “The Shadowland. The home for lost souls.” And in every book since then, that’s exactly how she describes it. Along with the Great Halls of Learning, which, during their first appearance in Blue Moon, the second installment of the series, were described using the same monuments and repetition of the word “facade”. And guess how she describes it in every other book it appears in?

Anyway, I think that’s enough for tonight. I hope you enjoyed my review, hope it was worth it after all of the time I’ve been off. And, although I just came back, I’m going on vacation soon, which basically means I won’t have time or a way to review. I’m using this time to reread the Harry Potter series, if I can, which I was planning to do soon anyway but would cause me to disappear for a while again. But since I recently got four new books, and have at least three that I’ve read but haven’t reviewed yet, I promise I’ll return with more reviews as soon as possible. Until then, keep enjoying the summer! 🙂

-J

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Note (Please Read)

Right now, I’m a little stressed out over the fact that my entire review for Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and The Burn Journals has vanished. I didn’t notice until today, when I tried to post my review for The Burn Journals and noticed that everything was gone except for the quote. In my review for Memoirs, all that posted was the playlist. I’m not sure what is happening to them, but it’s really stressing me out. I’m sorry to say that I’m not planning on rewriting my reviews for these two books, and if the next review I post is gone, I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do.

I’ve deleted The Burn Journals post, but I’ll leave up the other one since the playlist is still there. I’m really sorry for all of this, and thanks for taking the time to read this quick note. For your reward, here is something that should brighten your day. 🙂

-J

Note from the creator

As you guys have probably noticed, I haven’t posted anything in about a week and a half. I’ve been sick since last Thursday, but continued to read and type out my reviews in the notes on my iPod touch, since I was too sick to get on my computer. Around Tuesday I got so sick that I couldn’t even read, so I’m a little behind on schedule. I do have three reviews to post today though (I’ll make a note on each of them explaining the situation and the actual date that it was finished, in case of anyone who didn’t read this note), and I’m working to get another one finished either today or tomorrow since I’m pretty far behind now.

Overall I just wanted to apologize for not posting in such a long time, and I hope you enjoy the reviews I post today! 🙂

-J

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Hello and welcome to my new blog, One Billion Books! If you haven’t done so yet, please read my About page for more information on this site.

Having received about 40 books for Christmas this year, I thought now would be a perfect time to get started on this blog. I mostly enjoy reading young adult and fantasy novels, but I’m known for liking stories by Stephen King and some nonfiction as well. Soon I’ll be composing a list of all of the books I finish, starting on January 1st. But for now, here’s a list of the books my parents bought me for Christmas, so you can see what will be coming up for a while:

  • Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates (currently reading)
  • The Dream Where the Losers Go by Beth Goobie
  • Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
  • Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel
  • Hold Still by Nina LaCour
  • Deadline by Chris Crutcher
  • Aimee by Mary Beth Miller
  • Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
  • Candy by Kevin Brooks
  • The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  • Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles
  • Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson
  • Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
  • After by Amy Efaw
  • Break by Hannah Moskowitz
  • Right Behind You by Gail Giles
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  • The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford
  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham
  • Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
  • Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood by Julie Gregory
  • Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
  • The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
  • Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  • Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen
  • Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
  • Saving June by Hannah Harrington
  • Willow by Julia Hoban
  • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters
  • Beastly by Alex Flynn
  • Get Well Soon by Julie Halpbern

Have a great holiday break and happy new year!

-J