Sunday, November 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The new blogsite can be found at: http://ziocross.wordpress.com/. The new, and updated version of the blogsite looks, and even feels, much more advanced than the Blogger version. Everything has been put into better context, and I hope that all of you will decide to make the switch with me to the NEW ZIOCROSS! I hope to see everyone there, and in case your wondering what the OLD ZIOCROSS then just stop by and check it out!
Monday, October 24, 2011
In this book, the United States' government has run out of money for the public school systems, and the corporations of the world have swooped in to save the day! Or have they? For 15 year old Katey (a.k.a. Kid) the sponsors are nothing more than a bothersome fly that just so happens to watch her every mood. At least, until the day when The Unidentified make themselves known. Suddenly, she is swept into a world of glitter, popularity, and conspiracies. Will she be able to uncover the secrets of The Unidentified, and at the same time save her dying friendships? Read the book to find out.
The book started out as something that I immediately fell in love with. There's just something about the idea of a sponsored school system that somehow managed to catch my attention. I ate it up. Every page of it. I am surprised that it has not received more publicity than it actually has, but there's really nothing that I can do about it. Except spread the word through the world of BoocLooks.
Something that I found particularly intriguing was Rae's writing style. I actually was able to feel all of the emotions that were going through Kid's head at any given time. That kind of thing can only be found in a very gifted person. I have only ever encountered two other people who are able to do this. Those would be the fabulous Keary Taylor, and the wonderous Pittacus Lore.
This book is certainly worth reading, and I encourage everyone to either order it, or to stop by your local bookstore and buy a copy. Another thing worth mentioning about this book is its unique sense of style. No one else on the Earth has ever even been able to make an attempt at writing something of this sort.
I am currently trying to set up an interview with the author, although I am not sure quite how long it will take me to get in touch with her. The next book that I will be reviewing is called: "The Awakening" and I can go ahead and tell you that it's also a really good book. Until next time, so long everyone!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Hello, once again; I'm going to just go ahead and get right to the point. Because I have a very tight schedule. But I'll fill you in on all of the important stuff, nonetheless.
First of all, the official blogsite for "ZionsCrossings" is now officially up-and-running! The link to the blogsite can be found on the book's old webpage here at BoocLooks! Also, the book's facebook page is also officially up-and-running, so be sure to chck that out. I've also posted an awesome short-story on the "ZionsCrossings" blogsite. Details for which can be found on the blogsite's HOME page.
Next, I am currently involved in a school project that will require a lot of the time, and I am probably going to be posting a little less as a result of that. But I'll still write enough posts to keep the site going.
And now for the most important thing of all! If you read my post about the release date for "Insurgent", then you ahould also know that I am a HUGE fan of Veronica Roth's writings. Well, now I'm signed up to review yet another ARC release. This time for a book in a series that already has a lot of publicity. That's right, I'll be receiving, and definitely be reviewing, the ARC of Veronica Roth's "Insurgent"!
Finally, the results are in! More people like my posts that include a few spoilers than those who don't! In fact, only three people disliked them openly.
So, that's all for this post. And I might be posting a review sometime later on in the day. So keep an eye out for that. Until next time, so long everyone!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
By: Hope Collier
Okay, there are some things that I seriously couldn't stand about this book. For one thing, I thought that the book was just a little bit.....abnormal. Normally, I'd probably give something away right about now; but I've gotten some very rude e-mails in the last couple of days telling me that I "shouldn't give away so much in my reviews. It's very f*cking annoying!" So, I'm going to do this non-spoiler review. If you like it, send me an e-mail telling me so. If you don't, also send me an e-mail telling me so. If you don't care, then tell me. People who don't care will be classified with the 'I Like Your REAL Reviews!', and not the 'I DON'T Like A Few Spoilers'. Just saying, since I only got three complaints, I'm thinking that 'I Like Your REAL Reviews!' will be the winner.
So, anyway, about the book itself. I'm not all that much of a romantic anymore; but I decided to give this book a shot anyway.....Biggest mistake of my life. The main character struck me as a very selfish person, who always wanted to put her problems on other people.
As for the plot. Well, there was no plot. Do not read this book. This is the first time in recorded history that I actually fell asleep while reasing a book. And I wasn't even tired! Yes, it's that boring.
All in all, I'm going to have to rate this one a 1.7, abd even that' being extremely generous! Until next time, this is Bowen. With BoocLooks.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
We weeped as the world watched that second plane fly into the South Tower. We screamed as the Towers fell apart during those last heart wrenching seconds of 9/11. And if only we knew that it was only the beginning.
10 years ago today, America lost her status as a superpower, and 3 nations rose up against us. 10 years ago our economy fell apart, 10 years ago America ceased to be the land of the free.
Many of us have lost hope, thinking that America will never recover. Immigrants have poured into America, because their countries are so terrible. But the truth is, America is not far behind. It is sad that Apple Inc. has more money in its bank account than the entire American Treasury. We are no longer the utopian society that we once were. Secrets are being kept from us. Innocent people are being killed for no reason whatsoever, and there is yet another war brewing on the horizon.
I have heard whispers of it nearly everywhere that I go. I can hear them in the streets, in the bookstores, the restaurants, the food court at the mall, Gap, Abercrombie & Fintch. Everywhere. And the whispers are telling me, that this time the war will not be fought on enemy turf. It will be fought right here, in America. And, in the end, America will no longer exist.
I can no longer called the States the United States because they are no longer united. That all ended 10 years ago. We had a few hours of unity before events were set in motion. Events that are now too far into their purposes to stop. But we can try.
Save America, reunite her. Make us the great people that we once were. Ring the bells of freedom, and let them ring from sea to shining sea. Let the world know that Lady Liberty is at her post once more, and make the terrorists tremble in their caves whenever they hear our name. America. The United States. Lady Liberty. Freedom. The Superpower.
Bring us back into an era of piece, power, and prosperity. No more of these make-believe fantasies as the world around us is falling into ruins. Make America, America again. As the people of the United States of America, this is all that we ask. Please stop the madness, before it's too late.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I've gotten next to nothing written for "ZionsCrossings", and the little that I did write, I deleted because my writing was being affected by my emotional stress that I've been going through. So, if you signed up for the preview, I'm sorry that I haven't yet delivered it to you; and I'll deliver tomorrow morning at 12:00 p.m. EST. So be ready for that, and I hope that everyone had a great labor day! And for our recent viewers from Russia, welcome to the club guys. You are officially the tenth country to view the site! :-)
Also, for those of you out there who like technology, I have started another blog that I will be using to review devices running off of the Android OS. You can find it simply by clicking: HERE! Keep in mind that the site isn't all that great yet, being as I just published it yesterday, but I hope to have it looking better by the end of next week.
And for those of you who know how to program in Android, of Java, I need your help! I am developing an application that will blow you away, and will make smartphones in general much more likeable! If you know how to program in either Android, or Java (even if your only an amateur) then send me and email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working with you sometime in the near future! :-)
So, for those of you who loyally check BoocLooks for updates, I'm back! And for those of you from the 4-5 countries that just joined us at BoocLooks, sorry it took so long; and I can promise you that I will not be having another unplanned abscence like the one that I've just come back from. If ever I won't be able to post for longer than a week, I will make sure to post about it in the status bar.
By: Pittacus Lore
That's right, it's finally here! The second book in the international bestselling "I Am Number Four" series! It's a really great book that I could not put down. I read it everywhere: at home, at school, at work. I know of at least one instance when I was up until 3 in the morning; captivated by the book's plot.
Which, by the way, is just as good (if not better) than the plot "I Am Number Four". In this book, John and Sam and Six are on the run from not just the Mogadorians, but also the FBI! There's danger at every corner, and as their enemies start closing in, it will take everything they have to escape unscathed. However, the return of such favorites is not what has this book getting so much attention. What's really getting people's attention is the appearance of two new Loric characters. Seven, Nine, and even one character that no one saw coming. All of which are - like Six and Four - BadAsses.
The book is available both as an e-book, paperback, and hardback here in the USA. I am unsure of its current international status, but I know for a fact that it is at least available as a hardback. However, one thing that I didn't like about this book was the ending. It was a total cliff-hanger, and I am not a big fan of the fact that it will probably be another year and-a-half before the third book is released.
I'm so sorry that there haven't been many posts lately, but someone stole my credit card, and my debit card, and so now I'm going to have to get it replaced. Getting that done today though, so you should start to see more posts sometime next week. Have a great weekend everybody! :-)
Monday, August 22, 2011
Okay, I'm sorry everyone but I'm still in shock from my Great Aunt's death, and so I am not feeling all that chirpy today so I'm just going to skip the usual summary of the book. If you want to read about it, you can visit the B&N page here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/leviathan-scott-westerfeld/1100329260?ean=9781416971740&itm=2&usri=leviathan
This book was pretty good. I liked how the author was able to blend fact and fiction together so harmoniously. The idea of the Darwinists and the Clankers was completely original, and I liked how this book DID NOT focus solely on the Nazis. In fact, the Nazis were not even mentioned. Maybe they'll show up in the second book? I don't know, I haven't read it yet. Will be reading it soon though.
Anyway, so Mr. Westerfeld did a good job with this book all around. It was really, really good, although not so good that I can say that I'll be reading it again anytime soon.
See I have a list. There's the book I'll read again sometime in the next year, the next 5 years, the next 10 years, and - finally - the next 20 years. This book is probably somewhere in the next 5 years category.
So, this has been the review, I'm sorry that it sucks so bad, and maybe I'll even review it sometime next week. I don't know, I haven't been to next week yet. Bye, bye! :) :( :\
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Xandir, a rebelious angel who was thrown to Earth for his relationship with a human, has been a destroying angel for nearly the entire history of the world. He was banished from Heaven until the End of Time - being the end of this world - and now's he's out to make this happen.
This book is difficult to describe, in that it has so many plot twists. I mean it's just so complex! But I have to admit that I really enjoyed reading it. Now, I'm a devout Christian, so the very thought of God lying, or of one of His angels rebelling against him absolutely sickened me. But, I made an effort to ignore those details and to enjoy the book. And - the truth is - I did enjoy it. The book that is.
Mr. Young was able to blend fact perfectly with fiction. I just loved how he was able to incorporate Atlantis into the story without ever breaking stride. I mean, like, when I got to the bit about Atlantis I wasn't like: 'Wait, Atlantis? What?' So I was a real fan of that particular piece of writing.
However, I was a little worried about how Atlantis so closely resembled New York City. But this review isn't supposed to be about religion, it's supposed to be about the book.
Xandir was doubtlessly my favorite character - naturally - I liked how he could be both badass, and obedient at the same time. Second in my book was his little cherub friend - I believe it was Jacob or something? Anyway, great book, great characters, amazing writer! If ever the author decides to write a sequel, I will definitely be first in line to buy it. And it's very possible that this just might happen! The author certainly left the end wide open for another installment.
Next time.....well, I don't know what I'll be reviewing to be honest. Well, until then, I'm signing off!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Released: September 6, 2011
Alex had just gone to look for some peace. I way of getting away from it all. What she found instead was not what she had expected. Set in a near future in which enemies of the U.S. have set off nuclear bombs, and EMP's this book is sure to thrill even the most timid of dystopian readers. Children have turned canibalistic, and those who remained are a rarity known only as the Spared. With people developing super-senses, and true-love trying to make a scene, this book is amazing.
Okay, I must admit that I loved this book. There wasn't as much action as I would've liked, but for some reason I still liked this book. And I think that others will too. Alex is actually a very likable character. Ellie.....not so much.
The idea behind the book is quite original, and I don't think that I've ever seen a book with this theme. The book is well researched though. I must admit to that. Although, it's more of a prequel to another book. It just has that prequel kind of feel to it. I hope that there will be a second book, and the end of the book leaves the reader hoping for more. Maybe this is the first in a very good series of book. Who knows?
Even though this is a short review, I'm going to have to bring this blog-post to a close. I am in the process of relocating, and I have to start packing. My next review, whenever that is, will be on Pittacus Lore's newest book: (I Am Number Four) The Lost Files Six's Legacy.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Eve knew the stories of the Fall, of a time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. She’s seen the aftermath of the technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter, able to grow new organs and limbs, how it evolved out of control. The machine took over and the soul vanished. A world quickly losing its humanity isn’t just a story to her though. At eighteen, this world is Eve’s reality.
In their Fallen world, love feels like a selfish luxury, but not understanding what it is makes it difficult to choose between West, who makes her feel alive but keeps too many secrets, and Avian, who has always been there for her, but is seven years her senior.
The technology wants to spread and it won’t stop until there is no new flesh to assimilate. With only two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction. While fighting to keep Eden alive, Eve will discover that being human is about what you will do for those you love, not what your insides may be made of. And even if it gets you killed, love is always what separates them from the Fallen.
This book was awesome. I bought it for my e-reader, and I simply loved it. I'm a huge fan of dystopian/post-apocalyptic books; and this was right up my ally. Of course, being as the ebook was only 99 cents, I was expecting much from this book. What I got instead was something that I'l be reading over-and-over-and-over again.
From the moment that I started reading, I was captivated! I started reading around 10:00 at night, and read through until 3:35 in the morning! Never has a book captivated in this way!
I suppose that one of the reasons that I was captivated was because of the possibility of what had happened. Actually, in theory, such a chatostrophic event could actually occur.
Nanobots are designed to spread until there is no disease left. And all that it would take is one mutation within the software for one of the nanobot-builders to create nanobots that see everything as a disease. And, because robots have no conscious, the would be unable to tell how far was far enough! They would go right into the brain, and would immediately take over. When they were done diseasing that person, they would move on to the next through physical contact.
What's scary is that in late 2010 to early 2011 they did inject 100 people with experimental nanobots that are meant to fight cancer. There are millions of nanobot-builders per person, so there may very well be a nanobot epidemic already on the way. A disease that will catch us completely off guard.
As for the plot, I absolutely fell in love with it! It as constructed so nicely. And, even though I'm not much of a romantic, I honestly have to say that I enjoy paranormal-romance books, and also science-fiction books. And this book did something that no other book has ever done for me. It blended the two perfectly! Sure The Hunger Games tries to do the same thing, but the result isn't anywhere near as beautiful as that of Eden's! Love. This. Book.
I have rated this book a 5.0, and I can honestly say that this is the only book that I will ever give such a high rating to.
In my next review, we'll be taking a look at: "Ashes". By: Ilsa J. Bick
The next reviewed book won't be coming out until sometime in December, but critics are raving about it behind the scenes. I've already got my Advanced Review Copy, and I can't wait to read it. It looks pretty good.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Kyle Straker volunteered to be hypnotized at the annual community talent show, expecting the same old lame amateur acts. But when he wakes up, his world will never be the same. Televisions and computers no longer work, but a strange language streams across their screens. Everyone’s behaving oddly. It’s as if Kyle doesn’t exit.
Is this nightmare a result of the hypnosis? Will Kyle wake up with a snap of fingers to roars of laughter? Or is this something much more sinister?
Narrated on a set of found cassette tapes at an unspecified point in the future, Human.4 is an absolutely chilling look at technology gone too far.
This book was one of those: "I-like-it-but-I-don't" kind of books. For instance, I loved how the book was narrated. The mental imaging was spectacular, and the setting was awesome! But one of the things that I disliked about this book was the beginning. I really didn't like the beginning. To me, the whole hypnosis thing, wasn't really working for me. Even though hypnosis is an actual practice, it's not the kind of thing that you'd expect to find in a book like "Human.4".
Another one of the things that I disliked about this book was the interruptions in the narration. Those things were the "editors" had come in and given us definitions for the words used in the books. And while I must say that it was a creative way of telling us how different the world become after the "update", I felt that the author could've found different - and slightly less annoying - ways of showing us all the things that had changed after the "update".
But, all in all, the good did outweigh the bad, so I had no other choice but to give this book a good review. In all honesty, I really did enjoy this book. And although the cover art was interesting, it looked like something that an amateur would've put together.
It was a good-bad kind of book, but I do suggest that everyone read it. If you ignore the bad beginning, and those horrid definition boxes; then there's some really good stuff in there! I will probably be re-reading this book, but I'm not sure yet. However, the next book that I review will be a book that I absolutely fell in love with! But, because I liked this book so much, I'm not going to tell you the name of the book! You'll just have to wait until the next review to find out. But I can tell you this. It is a book that all teenagers should read. It is one of the few books, and possibly the only book, that will ever get a 5.0 rating from me!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Maddy, Liam, and Sal were saved from certain death to become agents for TimeRiders, a group created to stop time travel from destroying the world. When a new threat appears-with evil tracing back to World War II- the TimeRiders go back in time to Nazi Germany and then forward into an ever-shifting present, to fulfill their destinies as keepers of time.
At first, I thought that I was really going to wind up liking this book. The storyline seemed good, the characters I could definitely connect to (especially Liam), and there was some really cool stuff going on. But that's when things started going downhill.
I first started to dislike the book when they went and screwed with John F. Kennedy. First of all, if they'd already stopped Oswald several times before, then how did the kids still know that he killed Kennedy. The old man said that the exact same thing happened every time, and in this chapter, two different men killed Kennedy. So why didn't that change history? Because the writer DID NOT think this thing through.
Several chapters later I was dissappointed yet again when the dear old Doctor went and changed history. If the Nazis had won, then the inventor of the time-machine wouldn't have invented the time-machine. Meaning that the Doctor would not have gone looking for it and would not have changed history. Since he wouldn't have changed history, inevitably the time-machine would've been invented and history would've been changed. This is called a grandfather-loop, and it happens when writers DON'T THINK THINGS THROUGH.
Then there were the journals from the museum. How is it that both teenagers just happened to think of the same thing, at the same time, in two different points in history. (okay, well maybe not at the same time, but you get the point.)
This book was in NO WAY perfect, and I WILL NOT be reading it again. You'd have to cut me into small pieces, scatter me on the wind, and throw me to the Nazis before I would ever give this book a good review.
For the next review, I will be taking a look at: "Human.4". By: Mike A. Lancaster.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011