Book Review: The Humans

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Matt Haig
Science Fiction
Published: July 2nd, 2013
5/5

                The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with what may be his best, funniest, and most devastating dark comedy yet. When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his frist impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry back home to the utopian world of his own planet, where everyone enjoys immortality and infinite knowledge
                He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, and their capacity for murder and war, and he is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he had been led to believe. Disguised as martin, he drinks wine, reads poetry, and develops an ear for rock music and a taste for peanut butter. Slowly, unexpectedly, he forges bonds with Martin’s family and in picking up the pieces of the professor’s shattered personal life, he begins to see hope and beauty in the humans’ imperfections and to question the mission that brought him there.
                Praised by The New York Times as a ‘novelist of great seriousness and talent,’ Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the messiness of life on earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject – ourselves.

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The Humans was a delightful surprise for me. I had not heard much discussion about the book in the community that I’m involved with online but I found the synopsis intriguing. An Alien takes over the body of a mathematics professor that has just solved the most important Mathematical question to humanity to date. He is expected to destroy all evidence and halt the advancement of humanity. However, along the way he begins to develop a sort of infatuation with humanity and strives to discover what exactly it means to be ‘human.’
               I thought that the character development of the unnamed Alien was fascinating and refreshing. I really enjoyed seeing him grow and to begin to question what he thought he knew. Despite the advancement of his society the primitive nature of human emotions stumped him and the social queues often left him quite confused.
                The humans is extremely funny and entertaining, the chapters are very short and that makes it really easy to read in short bursts. The story also gets quite dark at times, and I felt that helped counteract the unrealistic nature of some of the scenes.
                Overall this was an insightful, touching and completely original story. I’m extremely happy I took a chance with a book that I had not heard much about and I am greatly looking forward to reading more books written by Matt Haig.
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Book Review: Throne of Glass

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Sarah J. Maas
Young Adult Fantasy
Published: 2012
4/5

In a world without magic, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the vicious king who rules from his throne of glass but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she will be released from prison to serve as the King’s Champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her and a princess from a faraway land will befriend her. But something evil dwells in the castle – and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival – and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

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Personally I really enjoyed Throne of Glass, its simple plot and easy to like characters made for a fairly quick and enjoyable read. The plot is certainly not complicated and despite what I’ve seen other’s saying, I do not believe you need to read the ‘prequels’ to understand ‘Throne of Glass’ and the progression of this story.
I really enjoyed Sarah J. Mass’ writing style, throne of glass greatly reminded me of Graceling written by Kristin Cashore and I truly feel if you enjoyed that book you would also enjoy this one.
Celaena was very likeable despite the obvious flaws with her character that made me reduce my rating to a four star instead of a 5 star. She’s witty, intelligent, friendly, and very likeable. I did however find that her obsession with her appearance, and ridiculously feminine clothing to be unlikely as her position as an assassin would likely not allow her much of those privileges in the past. I find it extremely hard to believe that a woman who is almost unmatched in beauty (According to the author) would be able to go unnoticed for so long and I think it’s virtually impossible that no one would have known who she was.  Beyond those flaws however, I found her to be a strong character and a fairly decent role model for young woman.
I also really enjoyed the characters of Prince Dorian and Chaol who is the Captain of the Guard. There were obviously a few character issues with them as well but understandably no person is perfect so expecting characters in novels to be perfect is probably like trying to breath under water and unless you’re a fish it’s very unlikely to go well.
I am looking forward to seeing how all the relationships develop, where things will go between Chaol and Dorian and if the triangle will destroy their friendship. I’m obviously also interested in knowing whom Celaena will end up with in the end as well; perhaps she will not end up with any of them.
In a land where magic is outlawed I’m very curious to see where that will take us as it’s quite obvious that by outlawing it there will be magic involved within this series. It’ll  be neat to see what kind of magic the author introduces and how the magic will take place within this story line.
Overall a great introduction into a series I’m fairly certain I will greatly enjoy. Have you read Throne of glass? Let me know what you thought! It’d be great to discuss such an interesting piece of YA literature.
If you’re not interested in reading Throne of Glass I would also love to hear why, it’s great that everyone has so many different opinions! : )

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Super Sweet Blogging award

Yamini  at “The Skeptical Reader” has nominated me for the ‘Super Sweet Blogging Award’ Imageand that means a whole lot to me as Yamini’s definitely one of my favorite bloggers I follow online and I find her reviews and posts in general fantastically great. You Should definitely check her out and of course all the people I list below.

Questions

Cookies or Cake? I do quite enjoy cheese cake, so I would go with cake.

Chocolate or Vanilla? I like milk chocolate, that is it.

What is your favorite sweet treat? Cinnamon buns are delicious with cream cheese icing… yummy

If you had a sweet nick name what would it be? My Hubby calls me “honey buns” sometimes… that count? 🙂

Who I nominate
1. ZB’s Blog of Awesomeness
2. {The Book Musings}
3. Shoutame Reads
4. Pages Unbound
5. WhY.A.not?
6. Lost inside The Covers
7. Excellent Library
8. In Libris Veritas
9. Little Book Star
10. Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic
11. Twice Upon A Book
12. Prettybooks
13. The Huntress

My All Time Favorite Books <3 <3 <3

                HI! I haven’t done anything other than a book review in a little while and my fingers are itching for something a little new! After finishing Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen it had me thinking about books I’ve enjoyed a lot throughout my life, including White Oleander by Janet Fitch.  I have a very interesting collection of books and often go through different stages and never hang out too long in any genre for long.  So I figured since I am sick at home that I may as well be productive and share with you the books that I have read a million times and throw in my favorite series I’ve read thus far perhaps! Enjoy!

1. White Oleander by Janet Fitch (bet you figured this would be here)
2. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
3. Prozak Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
6. The Blue Castle by L.M Montgomery
7. My Anastasia by Sharon Stewart
8. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
9. Titanic: The long night by Diane Hoh
10. There will be wolves by Karleen Bradford

                I don’t have a lot of favorite series at least none that are finished or done right now but there are an obvious few from my childhood that I felt needed to be mentioned but didn’t feel like should be included with my favorite standalone novels/books that I’ve liked throughout my life.  So here we go!

1. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
2. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
3.  Earth’s Children by Jean M. Auel
4. Fear Street by R.L. Stine

                Anyways, that’s that! Hope you enjoy! Tell me about your favorite novels I love hearing about them and finding out about new books to read. Hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday and feeling a lot better than me ❤

Who am I

  1. I love the rain
  2. I love Tea
  3. I am proud of my book collection
  4. I love popcorn
  5. I am pale
  6. I believe everything happens for a reason
  7. I am happiest by the ocean
  8. I play out conversations in my head that will never happen
  9. I’m a night blogger
  10. I get nervous easily
  11. I am in love with someone who loves me back
  12. I love the ballet
  13. I love classical music
  14. I was born in the wrong era
  15. I am free

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