Saturday, 31 March 2012

Skinned/Frozen by Robin Wasserman

(Renamed by the Author)

Before the accident, Lia Kahn was happy. Before the accident, Lia Kahn was loved. Lia was a lot of things before… She was normal, alive… and human. 
But Lia no longer believes in before. Six months after the crash that killed her, six months after being reborn, Lia has finally accepted her new reality. She is a machine, a mech, and she belongs with her own kind. It's a wild and carefree life, without rules and without fear. Because there's nothing to fear when you have nothing left to lose. 
But when a voice from her past cries out for revenge, everything changes and Lia is forced to choose between her old life and her new one. How many people - mechs and human - is Lia willing to hurt to protect her freedom? And how far is she willing to go to protect the people she loves?
In the tradition of Scott Westerfeld comes the second book in this riveting and edgy science fiction novel which raises questions of mortality, technology and morality

Its hard to be trapped in Lia Kahn's mind but it is harder to be trapped inside a mechanical body.

My first thoughts when I saw the old cover, which is the one I own by the way, is that its beautiful.  The girl on the cover is beautiful and those lines on her face thus make her look mechanical. The new cover with the new name on it on the other hand is more beautiful! But it thus make you wonder what is the connection of those watery legs to the story? Is that supposed to be machine? Or a deeper meaning that represents the story?  What about the title? Why change it? The old title, Skinned, represents the opposite of what Lia had thought of those people who were downloaded unto a machine, they called them Skinners, machines who are posing as humans. But as Lia experienced the downloading process, she knew that she was "skinned" out, from her old body.  I do agree thou that the title Skinned, makes the book sounds like a horror story. The knew title Frozen has a deeper meaning, but it is easy to understand on why the title has been chosen for this book. Simple, being downloaded unto a machine and to never age and die, makes you "frozen".

The characters, Lia Kahn, a very strong heroine, who was thought well by her father. She is well aware about the changes around her since the accident. She accepted those changes, from her sister, to her friends, to her boyfriend and to the new life that awaits for her. Auden, Lia's only "org" friend and her hero. A very sweet boy, who cherishes his mother's memory. He is the only reason why Lia is still connected to her humanity. Jude, the leader of skinners/ machines / mech-heads. Afraid of the past, and afraid to get close to people. Zo - Zo, Lia's little sister. She changed herself after her sister's death, she treats the current Lia, as an outsider.  

What I love about this book is the moral values with in its pages. Who are we to say, that things that surrounds us doesn't have a soul? What does it mean to be human? This book made me question a lot of things. 

The pacing, slow but full of raw emotions! I can't help but to feel sorry for Lia.

The writing, love it! While reading her writings, you can truly feel the emotions and scenes and especially the pain.

5/5 stars! A truly wonderful read! Gives great emotions, you'll truly laugh and cry.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

In My Mailbox #3

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

I decided to do this every month, not every week due to financial problems.

Graceling (HB) by Kristine Cashore
Blood Red Road (TP) by Moira Young

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

My first physical book that I have won! So happy to receive it! It is also my first book that is signed by an author! So Thank you Miss Megan Crewe for the book, also she has included a bookmark, so nice of her.
I won this from Amaterasu Reads, so check out there blog for more giveaways!


Always You by Shilpa Mudiganti

Since it is "in my mailbox" I'll show you something else that I have gotten, besides books.

Sweet 1600 C.A. Cupid
Dead Tired Draculaura
Basic Spectra

That is right! My new dolls have arrived! Been waiting for them for almost two months now. I'm planning on collecting every character from this doll line, which will be expensive, but they are sooo pretty! *w*; 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

This book haunts me.
Ms. Revis, created a very twisted world within those thick walls of Godspeed.
A wolrd, I'm not sure I wanted to live in, despite all the fancy technoligies it harbors. 

This book is more dystopian in the aspect of its story.

My first thoughts when I saw the cover is, out of this world, because it just grabs my attention and made me wonder, what world lies inside it! The cover just roars sci-fi and love story! Never in my wildest dream that its a dystopian book, well not until I look it up. 

For the characters, Amy, strong but not in the physical way. She is very determine to uncover the truth. I'm not sure if I really liked her, which is strange since I either like the character or not, but for her its just undermined, for now. Elder, I really enjoyed his character and his point of views. First he was weak, and afraid, but he out growth all of that, and that is the reason I loved his character because he grew.  I love his accent and the word he often used "frexing".  Harley, best friend of Elder, also a favorite character of mine, since I love his creativity side, especially his paintings. I also simply love his tortured soul, because I cried for him. As for the villains of the story, all I can say is that, they are very twisted indeed. 

What I love about this book is while reading this book, it gives me the feeling of helplessness. It also made me feel that I am trapped. This book gives me a lot of feelings that no book has ever done before...... This book is frexing twisted!

The pacing is slow, but once a truth is out, I highly doubt you can put this book down.

The writing is flawless. Easy read. Sucks you in, immediately as her writing becomes your world.

5/5 stars! (Gives me feelings that no book has ever done before.)