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Zoe Letting Go Review

Those who’ve followed this blog know I’m a Russian Studies student and that includes reading thick Russian novels like The Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina, and The First Circle.  Every now and then I just want a short read, not necessarily one that doesn’t make me think, all books make me think (even if it’s just: oh my God, this is terrible!  Why didn’t the author do this instead of that?)  Most of the time I find that books are the right length. 

Alek: Uh…no, you don’t.

All right, I usually find the books to be appropriate most of the time with either getting rid of sections or adding sections, which averages out to being about the right length.  There, that’s more accurate.

This book was not the right length.  At all. 

It needed to be longer.

Zoe Letting Go
A novel by Nora Price
A review by Apolla

So before I write up my review of Wintergirls, which I’m still having difficulty deciding how I want to approach that, I read Zoe Letting Go, because, quite honestly, City of Shadows is boring me to tears.

A rising student - better make that plummeting Collapse )

Review of Never Enough

"Hey guys...it's been a while." Points if you can name the show, episode, and character who said that.

It has been a while, I know.  I've been trying out Tumblr and Goodreads, but I don't really feel comfortable posting reviews on Goodreads all that much, mostly because I prefer this style of reviewing.  At Goodreads, I feel I need to...have a very formal version.  This is much more informal and allows me to make jokes, involve other people's comments, and rant.  And I don't really know if Tumblr is the place for book reviews like this since they vary in length.  But I have a book review for all you lovelies!  
Never Enough
A book by Denise Jaden
A review by Apolla

I can't say the first chapter was really good.  Parts of it felt choppy and unconnected, but moving on with it the book got better.  Which isn't usually the case, at least, not the way I mean.  The first chapter is supposed to draw the reader in and keep your attention.  It didn't really do that for me.  But I kept reading because it had enough premise and decent reviews to make me stick with it.  I'm glad I did.

Recently I've been doing a lot of reading about eating disorders.  First I read Wintergirls, which I have not reviewed and I probably should one day.  This book was not like Wintergirls. Wintergirls is a first person narrative from the view of a person with an ED (anorexia nervosa) and this book is about the sister of a girl with an ED.  Honestly, I would put it in the same category I would put Just Listen by Sarah Dessen because they are quite similar.  (I guess you could count the first book I read with an eating disorder involved was T*Witches: Don't Think Twice and then one of the Fearless books, I can't remember which one but Phoebe Gannis has anorexia.  But it wasn't until this year that I really started reading books on EDs).  After Wintergirls, I read Hunger: Riders of the Apocalypse, then Thin by Lauren Greenfield after I saw the documentary, then Purge by Sarah Darer Littman, then Feeling for Bones by Bethany Pierce, then Wasted by Marya Hornbacher, Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi, and Skinny by Ibi Kaslik before I read Never Enough.  Wow, typing that all out seems like a lot and yet I don't really feel like it was.  I can't stop comparing the books to each other and honestly, that's ok.  It's just...you'll see a bit of that, I'll try to keep the spoilers limited but there's no guarantee and I like spoilers.  So, whatever.

Sisters, eating disorders, relationships - just your typical teen novel!Collapse )

The Dovekeepers Review

The Dovekeepers
A novel by Alice Hoffman
A review by Apolla

I don’t usually end a book with a question about how I felt about it.  Usually I can say for sure that I have a rating in mind.  I can find what I liked and disliked about this book easily and yet I have reservations about all that I liked and disliked.  I don’t want to be too harsh about what I didn’t like but I don’t want to be too kind on what I liked.  In short, this book confused me.

Was this an historical novel or a flowery language filled soap opera?Collapse )

Illusions - New Frank Peretti book!

A new Frank Peretti book.

Let that sink in for a second.  A new Frank Peretti book.  Not new as in “new to me” but new as in “published this year”.

Dr. Parmenter for the win!Collapse )

No, this is not a review of Up.  This is something I actually debated about doing for a long time.  I figured,why bother?  But here I am, because sometimes I wish I could be a food critic (this comes from watching far too many episodes of Food Network's Chopped, but hey, Geoffrey Zakarian can do no wrong in my culinary mind.)  So...I bring you my first ever "food review".

Fazer Liqueur Fills: Lemon Lime Vodka

"Russian candy is your mom's weakness"Collapse )

Russian Winter Review

Russian Winter
A novel by: Daphne Kalotay
A review by Apolla

Care to dance?Collapse )

Writer's Block: School Ties

I'm a Russian Studies major.  Я изучаю русский язык! 
My career?  Well, I will once I graduate and finish grad school - I intend to be a professor and to study Siberian tribes.  I'll probably do a little translating on the side.  Currently I use it to do homework, chat with Russians, and do research.

(And now I'm worried that my spelling is off on the Russian text...)
What is (or was) your college major? Do you use it for your career?

World Juniors

You know what sucks?

I have no idea who's playing for Team USA of the World Junior IIHF Games.  Oh wait, I know that Brandon Saad is playing but other than that, no clue.  Haven't seen a roster, haven't seen a webpage for them.

But to be honest, I'm not too interested in Team USA.  Yes, Go, USA!  Bring home a medal!  I'll be pleased if they do well, mad if they don't (well...disappointed) but they're not my main focus.  No, I'm paying attention to Team Russia.  So far they only have a preliminary roster but I finally found it after days of hunting.  I want the final roster and I want it now.  I want them to do like what Team Canada did (individual profiles, telling me all about the players) and I want to be able to find it.  I want to have media. I want to stay up late tonight to pay attention to the exhibition game vs. the USA tonight.

I can't.  I can't find any source for any media except for Team Canada.  I can't find where to watch the exhibition games for any team (even Canada!) and I can't find any site for Team Russia or Team USA.  I got to see a minute and a half video of Team Russia unloading and I thought I hit the jackpot.  There's not nearly enough material for me to feel happy about it yet, but gosh darn it, at least I found it, right?  At least my favorite player was able to be seen for about two seconds.  

Now to search the Internet some more information.  Anyone know any links for Team USA or Team Russia?  In any language - I know how to translate stuff, I have no problem spending a few hours translating or anything.  

Good luck to all the teams!  I know I'll enjoy the World Juniors even if it's just twitter updates :)

Writer's Block: An intimate portrait

Writing With Pen, Wishing for a Pencil

First: to highlight my love of writing
Second: To show that everything I did couldn't be changed, even when I wanted to change it.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would it be called?

Sera Gamble has answered my request!!

Ok, not really.  It wasn't like I got to sit down and talk with her or anything (wouldn't really know what to say except, "Nice job on season seven because season six sucked!"  Then I'd feel bad.  But no, that's not what I'm talking about, I'm talking about a certain guest star.

Ever since I watched The X-Files, I loved the character of Alex Krycek.  And they'd already had enough X-Files guest stars that I didn't see how it couldn't be that Nicholas Lea made an appearance.

Well guess what?  Mark your calendars because supposedly on January 13, 2012, Nicholas Lea will play a character on Supernatural!!!  I kid you not!  That's the rumor and I will be extremely disappointed if he doesn't show up.  I was just dancing around my room, jumping up and down, and called my mom to share the good news.  I just hope this episode doesn't suck.

Alek: You mean like the one with the EMH?  The fairy one?
Me: We don't discuss that season!
Dante: *snorts* Fairies, what a waste of forty minutes.