That’s what HE said Thursday- October 23, 2014

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Every Thursday we are hosting a brand new meme called: That’s what HE said Thursday. For more info on what this meme is all about click here.

 

Julie Review AvatarJulie’s Quote:

“Because you are the most interesting person I’ve met. Ever. Because you take my side without weighing that’s best for you or not. Because you’re real and you don’t care what anyone else thinks.

-Zane to Ariane

(The Rules by: Stacey Kade)

What is neat about this quote is the secrets Ariane is keeping, and how Zane still finds her interesting and genuine.

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The Rules Review

The Rules ReviewProject Paper Doll: The Rules by Ariane Tucker, Project Paper Doll, Stacey Kade, The Rules, Zane Bradshaw
Series: Project Paper Doll #1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date Published: 2013-04-23
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
three-half-stars
Description: 1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don't get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don't fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane's survival--and that of her adoptive father--depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans, to hide in plain sight from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) 'project.'

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief's son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening--and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules.

Julie Review Avatar Julie’s Review:

The Rules is a series that I can definitely see has some potential but the first book wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be. The series is called Project Paper Doll, and I’m not too sure what that means, actually. From the redesigned covers, it looks like a bunch of dolls with one that looks like a person. It kind of makes me think of the show Dollhouse, so at first I was thinking this is a sci-fi tech book, maybe with robots. But the blurb is about aliens, so I was a bit confused for a while. It is aliens though, and throughout the book we hear about the main character’s hybrid alien DNA. As well as her special abilities that she can’t seem to access or control. We are told that she was rescued from a lab and is hiding in plain sight by being raised by a man who lost his daughter (and kept that death a secret so Ariane can take her identity.) She’s given these rules to follow to keep her safe and hidden by her “Father”.

The book is told in alternating POV between Ariane and Zane. At first I didn’t understand why the POV switched or who Zane was, but eventually it started to make sense. Of course, from seeing the initial POV switch I knew Zane was going to be the love interest. Because what story about a half-human half-alien teenage girl would be complete without a romance with a regular human boy? What I liked about their story was there was no instalove! They already knew each other because they go to school together, but their feelings develop due to having to conspire on something and spending more time together. That’s how you write realistic romance people.

What did bother me was the majority of the book was typical high school bully drama. Rachel is apparently Ariane’s trigger to her abilities, and so every time Rachel does a mean girl thing, Ariane’s block drops and she can do crazy telekinetic things. Well those abilities catch the attention of the lab that has been searching for her and of course now she’s in danger. That part was expected in the plot. What was not expected was some double crossing that happened. It was kind of cool to have that type of plot twist to change up what seemed to be a familiar story line. Unfortunately, when it got really good, it rushed through it and the book just ended. Well, not in a cliffhanger exactly, but in a set up of “ok we’re ready for book 2” type of ending. While I am curious to see what happens next, I’m not a fan of stories that take forever to get somewhere good, to the meat of the action and the true conflict, and then just stop and wait for the next book.

So overall this was a pretty good first in a series kind of book. The story line is a bit predictable because it does seem to follow a typical formula, but the characters (well, the main two) are interesting. I am probably going to want to see where this series takes them, but I probably won’t jump into the next book right away.

 Rose review avatar Rose’s Review

I read this book for my YA For Adults Book Club based on a member’s insistence. He really enjoyed reading the book and so we finally read it as a group for my book club’s 2 year anniversary. (YAY! 2 years!!!!)

This book is about aliens. Well, one alien in particular. A girl. And what does this alien girl do? Fall in love with a popular human boy, what else??? haha. Okay, so it sounds cliche and maybe it is, but I really liked this book. I can say that if you love sci-fi and aliens, then this book miiiiiight not be what you want to read. There was way less sci-fi and alien and way more teen angst and high school drama. But the characters were well developed and the plot mainly relied on the development of these characters to move along, so I really enjoyed the book.

This book is the first in a new YA series titled “Project Paperdoll.” I cannot for the life of me put that name with any explanation from this book save a briefly mentioned obscure passage of the alien science experiment being called Project Paper Doll. No clue why the experiment is called that oo why the book bears the same name. Must be muy importante??? Perhaps Book 2, The Hunt, will tell us more? You can read it and find out for yourself. The second book is out now. The third book is expected out sometimes in 2015.

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Overall: 3.6

Uninvited Discussion Guide

Rose review avatar I run a book club. From time to time, I find it almost impossible to find good study guides/discussion questions for the books we are reading. So I thought I would share the study guides that I created myself and offer them for your use with your own book club. I do not mind if you use these, but would greatly appreciate feedback if you found them useful. 

Discussion Questions for Uninvited by: Sophie Jordan

 

  1. What do you think of these stats? (Chapter One)
  2. Labeling and stereotyping is a major theme throughout this novel. The HTS carriers, like Davy, were automatically labeled as killers. Discuss the impact of this label on Davy. If you are labeled as a killer, will you become one? If you are labeled as a killer, is it easier to become one?
  3. UninvitedbySophieJordanDavy says to herself, “Zak will still be there. My real friends, they won’t change because I haven’t changed.” How does Zak react? Would you have reacted the same way? Davy tells Zak, “I’m still the same person. I’m still the same girl you loved yesterday.” Is she really the same person?
  4. How does only being with other carriers affect the carriers? How does it affect Davy? Does this breed murder? How would you feel to be caged with carriers?
  5. A government mandate is eventually passed that requires everyone to get tested. Assuming that all carriers were scientifically proven to be killers, how would you feel if our government decided to do this?
  6. When in the back of the car heading to get her tattoo, who did Pollock think Davy called? (She called her mom and Pollock was relieved.)
  7. Discuss Davy’s reaction to getting branded. How would YOU feel? Can you truly imagine it? Imagine someone forcing a needle into you and permanently staining your skin with ink, labeling you forever. How would you feel if someone you loved got tattooed this way?
  8. Discuss the CNN interview of alleged Texas gunman, Kevin Hoyt’s, classmate. (Tell us what he was like; are you surprised he did something so brutal and horrendous?) (End of Chapter 18)
  9. Sabina says to Davy, “we have it good here, right?” when referring to she and Davy being at the training center instead of at the detention camps. If you think you have something better than another group of people, do you feel better about your position? Are you more willing to accept some unfairness in light of the fact that your group gets the better portion?
  10. Davy remarks that no one taught her to play the piano. She did not even need to practice. It was just in her DNA. The kill gene is also in her DNA. If killing is in her DNA, why would this center even be necessary in order to teach her to kill? Is Davy “learning” to be a killer? What makes a person violent? Is it our environment or our DNA?
  11. Davy is faced with a tough decision towards the end of the book when she has to pull the trigger and shoot another carrier or let them shoot Sean. Is she right or wrong? Was it avoidable? How will this change her?
  12. Discuss Davy’s budding romance with Sean? Was it instant? It is believable? Sean spends the majority of the book telling Davy to fend for herself and warning her that he can’t always be around. Then suddenly, he is always around Davy, defending her. Why? What changes? Why do you think Davy is attracted to Sean?

Background Information:

Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor and outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler. He spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

His point was that other German citizens, particularly members of the churches–had been complicit through their silence in the Nazi imprisonment, persecution, and murder of millions of people.

Question: What role do you think Davy played in her own demise/arrest/persecution? In what ways was she complicit? In what ways were her family and friends complicit? Are they to blame? Why or why not?

Background information:

In 1941, after a period of neutrality, Bulgaria allied itself with Nazi Germany. This was a decision partly motivated by the Bulgarian government’s wish to regain neighboring territories that it had lost in previous wars. Early in 1943, the government in Sofia signed a secret agreement with the Nazis to deport 20,000 Jews. The deportations started with Jews in the annexed territories. Between March 4 and March 11, soldiers rounded up thousands of Jews and prepared boxcars to take them to the Treblinka extermination camp in occupied Poland, where approximately 850,000 people almost all Jews perished. On March 10, boxcars were loaded with 8,500 Jews, including 1,500 from the city of Plovdiv. The bishop of Plovdiv, Metropolitan Kirill, along with 300 church members, showed up at the station where the Jews were awaiting transport. Kirill was a big, tall opposing man. He walked up to the SS officers and shouted lines from the Book of Ruth:

“Wherever you go, I will go! Wherever you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God, my God!”

By some accounts he even threatened to lie down on the train tracks if the Jews were not freed. The Jews were freed and returned to their homes. The Jewish population of Bulgaria at the start of WWII was 48,000. By the war’s end, it was 50,000, making Bulgaria the only country under Nazi rule to end the war with a larger Jewish population.

Question: How could one person make a difference? If Davy’s family or friends had stood up for her, refused to allow her to be taken away, how might things have been different? Why didn’t anyone stop them from taking her away? How would you have responded if you were Davy’s friend?

Sources cited:

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007391

http://www.incommunion.org/2009/06/23/a-bishop-who-stood-in-the-way/

Chat Between Chapters: Ownership of the Novel

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 Have you ever thought of the novel as having an owner? Who owns the novel? Which is more important: the author’s intent or the reader’s interpretation?

Julie Review Avatar Julie:

I think once the author writes the novel and releases it into the wild, the novel is also owned by everyone who reads it. I remember all the essays we had to write in high school about our interpretations of all these great novels. Yes, the author’s intent was discussed by the teacher, if known, but otherwise we discussed our own thoughts and opinions on the work and how it related to the times and present day. So we took ownership of these novels as we thought through our analysis. The same applies to novels I now read for pleasure. I take the book I just read and form my own opinion about it – on the characters, the events, and the overall story. I might not have the same experience as someone else reading the same book, and that is what makes my reading of the novel my own.

Rose review avatar Rose:

My guess is that many people consider the author the owner of the novel. A good case can even be made for the publisher being the owner of a novel. That aside, I believe the that true ownership of the novel is given to the readers. A book is never complete until someone has read it. I think that there are a million and one ways to read a novel. Your experience might be quite different from my experience despite the fact that we read the exact same book. Sometimes I read a book and feel one way and then read the same book years later only to discover my interpretation has completely changed. In high school I used to get so incredibly frustrated with the teachers telling me that my interpretation is wrong. I can understand the need to study the critical analysis of a given novel, but to tell a student that his or her interpretation is WRONG is ludicrous. I also dislike the notion of author privilege. I mean, sure perhaps they meant for the book to mean one thing, but they cannot control how the world received it. My take is that once an author has “released” a book into the wild… it is no longer completely theirs. The reader now holds ownership of that novel. What do you think? Who really owns the novel? On a side note, I get frustrated when I buy a digital copy or audio book and cannot share it. I mean, I purchased it, why can’t I loan it to a good friend? Do I not truly “own” digital copies? <sigh> Alas, I suppose that is a topic for another day…

Sharing the Bookish Love – Oct 17, 2014

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Sharing the Bookish Love is our newest feature where we share some of our favorite posts we have recently come across on the book blogosphere. If there’s a recent post you want us to share, feel free to let us know.

Thought-provoking Discussions:

Icy Cold Reads investigates author events.

My Shelf Confessions asks, is there a right moment to DNF?

Nose Graze shares why “follow backs” are pointless.

Novel Heartbeat shares some thoughts that no one’s opinion is “wrong”.

Parajunkee shares 10 signs you are a book junkee.

Rabid Reads asks, why do you read?

The Perpetual Page-Turner lists 8 Reasons she struggles to put down a book.

Recommendations and Tips:

Book Bumblings shares 3 reasons to use post excerpts.

Oh, The Books shares tips on moving your blog to a new home.

Bookish News and other Round-ups:

Oh The Books Weekly Recap Oct 5-11, 2014.

Parajunkee Book Bloggerista News: October 13, 2014.

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