To Kill a Mocking Bird Review

      To kill a mocking bird is a novel written by Harper Lee in 1960. In that time, it was the most famous novel and was translated into 40 different languages and also more than 30 million copies were sold worldwide. This novel had received Pulitzer prize in 1961 that stands for racism, prejudice, and humanity. This novel has a lot of characters, and each of them stands for human behavior. Even it speaks the condition of rich and poor in society.

Coming to the title justification “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” the title itself says the mocking bird. Do you know what is mocking bird? Mocking bird is a symbol used in myth. The bird sings to please others and make others happy with their song. This bird indirectly says that everything is good and harmless in this world. Hence they were considered as a joy giving creature, so it is a sin to kill that bird. It is an image or symbol used four times in the novel. The two characters who symbolize the quality of this bird are Tom Robinson and Boo Radley.

Characters create and make the novel. In that view, the main characters were Scout who narrates the story. She was very friendly and emotional. She always has a curiosity about her life. She gains mature enough in the entire novel.  Jem, Scout’s elder brother. He is smart, compassionate, and typical at some times. He gains maturity as the book develops. Atticus Finch, father of Scout and Jem. He was a lawyer, widower, good citizen, and soft-spoken. He is also an honest, brave, and highly respected man in their society. Next to them is Boo Radely, an adult man who was sentenced by his father to be in their house itself for the lifetime due to his misbehavior in his teenage. But naturally, he was harmless and well-being the man who is longing for love and affection. Then the character is Tom Robinson, a young, innocent, gentle, hardworking black man. He will be falsely caught for raping a white girl named Mayella Ewell. Next to them is Dill, a close friend of Jem and Scout. He tells a lot and a lot of big stories to them.

The novel is entirely divided into two parts. The part one is (chapter 1-11) which says the children play with Boo Radely to see him and the remaining chapters deals the white people game on a black people. This shows the racism in that society.

The first part of the novels deals with how the children were enjoyed during their school days. Dill always boosts Scout and Jem to see Boo Radely. Their father Atticus will find Their mischief. He teaches them to be kind to everyone and also insists on understanding the situation from their point of view. It means he teaches empathy towards them. As they were the kid, they were keen to see Boo as he was in the house entirely. Boo always saves Scout and Jem when they were in danger. Scout can feel the prevention of Boo. The second part deals the white lady, Mayella Ewell who made a black, Tom Robinson, to be accused. The whites were very rude towards the blacks. As Atticus comes to know that tom was innocent and helpless, he helped him. But the entire society neglected him and even their children. Scout fells a lot for their behavior, but Atticus comforts her by telling the right things. Atticus knows that Mayella was always beaten by his father Bob Ewell and said that she was hit in the right side, but Tom was a left-handed man. Though all the explanations were given by him, Tom was caught and put into prison. Bob Ewell treats Atticus in a lousy manner; he also wishes to take revenge towards him. Due to the guilt, Tom dies after some days his wife Helen was harassed.

Bob to take revenge, he tries to kill Scout and Jem. Jem got some injury, and Scout was prevented. Boo Radley saved them. On the next day, they came to know that Bob was dead by Heck Tate, the sheriff. Scout reveals all the truth to the Sherrif by relating all those events she came to know that Boo was saved. Scout then reminds of all her childish behavior and feels guilty for that. On that time she thinks Boo as a mocking bird. She also thinks that they received a lot of gift from Boo and returned nothing. The entire novel is revealed when she feels the past two years of her life how she turned to ‘stand in other’s shoes.’

Hence from my point of view, Atticus may be failed as a lawyer, but he won the heart of all the readers by teaching empathy and ethical behaviors for the children. The value of the book says how sin is racism in society. For me, the character of Boo reveals the Russian Saying “Kindness is a language which makes a deaf to hear and a blind to read.”  Entirely the novel is good to read and gives a positive message that everyone born in the world is to survive and not to be a slave. All men are equal in society. And also, the novel reveals the power and ability of the black community people.

REVIEW: CRASH (TWINMAKER #2) – SEAN WILLIAMS

Release Date: November 4th 2014
Published By: Allen & Unwin (Aus), Balzer + Bray (US)
Pages: 480
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Purchase: Click here to purchase Crash   Click here to purchase Crashland

Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: The Matrix meets the Uglies series in this science fiction thriller, the second in the Twinmaker trilogy by Sean Williams.

Where is Q?

Clair and Jesse have barely been reunited when the world is plunged into its biggest crisis since the Water Wars. The d-mat network is broken. The world has ground to a halt. People are trapped, injured, dying. It’s the end of the world as Clair knows it—and it’s partly her fault.

“The girl who killed d-mat” is enlisted to track down her missing friend Q—the rogue AI who repeatedly saved Clair’s life. Q is the key to fixing the system, but she isn’t responding to calls for help, and even if she did…can she be trusted?

Targeted by dupes, abandoned by her friends, caught in a web of lies that strike at the very essence of who she is, Clair finds powerful allies in RADICAL, secretive activists who are the polar opposite of anti-d-mat terrorist group WHOLE. However, if she helps them find Q, will she be inadvertently trapping her friend in a life of servitude—or worse, sending her to an early death by erasure?

Caught between pro- and anti-d-mat philosophies, in a world on the brink of all-out war, Clair must decide where she stands—and who she stands with, at the end.

Review: This review contains spoilers for the previous book.

Where is Q? This is the question that I have been asking ever since I finished reading Jump (otherwise known as Twinmaker). I had so many feelings at the end of Jump, but ultimately it boiled down Q – where is she, what is she, and will she help or destroy the world? Well… you will need to read Crash to see if this question is answered 🙂

The events at the end of Jump left the world, and Clair, in a spin. The world in in turmoil: d-mat is broken. This does not only mean that people are unable to take quick holidays across the world, but it ground society to a halt due to their dependency on this form of transportation. Society in general does not know how to function without this technology, but more importantly, people are unable to access medical attention; they are unable to leave wherever they were when d-mat broke down. The whole world is on verge of breakdown, and it is Clair’s fault. She broke d-mat, but she doesn’t know how to fix it. The only hope of restoring it is Q – but she is nowhere to be found. Can Clair find her? Can Clair make her trust her again? Can Clair trust Q?

On the run from the Dupes who are after her, from society who blames her for the world’s problems, and from her friends who seem to have abandoned her, Clair makes some uneasy alliances. Clair needs to find Q – to find her friend, to apologise, and to help restore the world back to the way it was – but these alliances may just destroy Q once Clair finds her.

Through Crash, Clair certainly went on a journey. She made some good decisions, she made some bad ones, she trusted those she could, and those she couldn’t. She varied between not wanting to be a leader, and being the only person who could lead. We also see Clair come to realise the consequences of her actions. Not only for herself and her friends, but for the general population. Clair has turned the world upside down – and where she goes from here will also have dire consequences. And as she starts to realise this, she starts to see that she cannot make decisions based on her own personal wants and needs.

Clair either trusted too easily, or not enough – this was her in Jump, and also in Crash. And while I do find that somewhat annoying in a character, it is clear that this is one of Clair’s personal development storylines. I don’t mind character traits that annoy me if the character develops as the storyline continues, and it seems that Clair is doing that. She is certainly developing in regards to her selfishness – she is starting to be able to look beyond her own desires.

Clair has been thrown into a world of confusion, there are people who want to use her to find Q, to use her a spokesperson, to follow or to ridicule her. She is uncertain who she can trust, she is uncertain why this has all fallen to her, she does not understand why every move she makes is being watched and scrutinised by everyone via Air… all that she knows is that she does not know where Q is, and the only person she can trust is Jesse.

The relationship between Clair and Jesse is very interesting – Clair needs and wants Jesse, but is their relationship doomed from the start? Clair wants to restore the technology that her world is so reliant on, however Jesse believes, and wants, the world to adapt to the abstainer lifestyle. Will their personal beliefs regarding society’s need and use of technology ultimately drive them apart?

Crash once again exemplifies dependency on technology. And with this, raising many current ethical questions. The dependency and consequences of social media once again is a strong focus. As Air is still working, this is a driving factor of information sharing, tracking and hijacking throughout the storyline. It shows the usefulness of technology, but also the pitfalls. And although this is a sci-fi setting, the underlying messages and questions are relevant in today’s society. Even though not available in the world we know today, the use of fabbers and d-mat also raises some very important questions regarding our current view-point of instant gratification and self-entitlement.

Crash does take a few twists and turns along the way, especially towards the end of the book.  Like it’s processor, Crash is full of action in an well-developed, technology dependant world, but it was really the ending that won me over. I am very much looking forward to Fall (Twinmaker #3). I cannot wait to see where Clair will end up, and what exactly will happen to this world. Who will fall? What will fall?

So, what happened to Q? Well, let me say this, Sean certainly leaves you hanging… but if you think that is bad, just wait until you get to that cliff-hanger ending!

Thanks to Allen & Unwin, we will be hosting a ‘Crash’ giveaway!
Keep your eyes open for your chance to win this fantastic prize.

AUSTRALIAN YA BLOGGERS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LAINI TAYLOR

Laini Taylor visited Australia in September and I was lucky enough to be able to interview this phenomenal author on behalf of the Australian YA Bloggers group. As I adore Laini, I naturally jumped at the chance to chat with my idol about her books and ask the questions that Aussie readers and bloggers submitted (and to fangirl just a little).

The first part of the interview was posted in the Australian YA Bloggers October newsletter, but there was even more to the interview (mainly because I talked Laini’s ear off) that didn’t make it in to the newsletter. So instead of it sitting on my computer for me to re-read over and over again, it was suggested that the rest of the interview should be posted for everyone to enjoy. The first part of the interview can be found at the Australian YA Bloggers website, with more of the interview found at Diva Booknerd and here at Book Nerd Reviews. But that is not all – there will a final part of the interview posted back at the Australian YA Bloggers website, this will be a spoiler edition! So if you have read the series, be sure to read the final part of this interview in November. Better yet, sign up for the newsletter and it will be delivered right to your mailbox!

Below are some of the questions asked in the interview. My section will be focusing on Laini’s writing and her work; past and future titles, as well as her work with her amazingly talented husband Jim Di Bartolo.

Some of the answers have been edited, just to reduce the the length of the answer or to remove spoilers, but these are all Laini’s words, and nothing has been removed that alters the context of her answer. 

As a perfectionist, is it hard to work when things are constantly changing?

I don’t write a fast first draft, I’ll write a fast first draft of a scene. After having done that fast first draft of the scene or chapter, then I will understand what that scene or chapter might want to be, and then I will start crafting it and working on it and getting a draft that I like and then I’ll move on from there and do the same thing again and again. At a certain point I will have a big chunk and I will realise what the over-arching things that then need to be fixed in that section are, so then I’ll edit more. Usually it’s the first third that takes me a long, long time – that first act, getting to the next “once upon a time”. That I would say is easily a year and then after that it goes very quickly.

Out of all the characters you have written, do any of them have any traits that your admire?

Karou’s loyalty. And it’s also like Magpie’s loyalty. They are very alike, I think that maybe Karou is a re-envisioning of Magpie in some way, though I didn’t understand that at the time, though I can now see that. That loyalty and courage and the determination to do what needs to be done is very admirable and we would all like to be that hero, the quiet hero who isn’t tooting their own horn.

Speaking of Magpie, are you returning to the Dreamdark series?

I hope so. It was never my idea to quit those books, it wasn’t a choice on my part. We are working on hopefully laying the groundwork for being able to get back to those in the future. It’s very complicated, but I hope so. I definitely had intended it to be 5 books, of course I was just figuring out how to write books so it was also terrifying thinking of 5 books, but I think I will finish that series.

A lot of other people, myself included, who are wanting to know about a prequel about Brimstone.

I think that would be really interesting, but it’s also daunting. I think it could be really interesting to write this revolt and the massacre and what lead up to it, and what it was like in the height of the empire of the Seraphim and what Brimstones early life was like. It would be really interesting, I don’t know, I only know in the vaguest way, I didn’t do exhaustive encyclopaedic world building where I decided everything, I just needed to know enough. I like to not write myself into corners, I try to not nail everything down. But I think it will be really interesting to figure that out. But we all know how it ends so prequels are hard. I think it would be a different world, it would be interesting. Maybe. Too bad I’m not a faster writer.

Are there plans for any collaborations with Jim in the future?

There is something that we have been tossing around, and he has another project that he is hard at work on, but I did write a little bit of something to get him started on the idea of this collaboration, which would be a graphic novel or possibly monthly comic books, that we are really excited but it isn’t going anywhere quite yet. We always want to work together.

Do you know if Night of Cake and Puppets will ever get to print?

I hope so. When I wrote it I believed that it was going to be in print, or I don’t know if I would have done it because I don’t read ebooks. I am not against them, I think they are great for the people who read them. It is weird for me to not have it on my shelf, I forget that it exists. It’s weird, it doesn’t feel like it exists because I am such a dinosaur when it comes to technology. I like books and I want it on my shelf. I think possibly the only way that it would ever be in print is if I wrote more novellas and it could be bound together because it’s too short. I’d like it to be just a slim volume, but I don’t know the publishing reality of these things, but that’s probably not an option.

I think a slim volume would still be a good seller, everyone loved Night of Cake and Puppets.

I would love to see that happen. I would love to see it illustrated. Like Zuzana’s sketchbook, have all the maps and that stuff in it.

That would be fantastic! Gee, I wonder if you could find an artist to do that?I know right. But then we would have to go to Prague though, and do some research. It would be terrible.

AUTHOR INFO

Laini Taylor is the author of the New York Times bestselling trilogy Daughter of Smoke & Bone, the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine. You can visit her website here

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Drowned (graphic novel, illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo),2004
Dreamdark: Blackbringer (illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo), 2007
Dreamdark: Silksinger (illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo), 2009
Lips Touch: Three Times, (illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo), 2009
Daughter of Smoke & Bone, 2011
Days of Blood & Starlight, 2012
story Gentlemen Send Phantoms in Foretold anthology, 2012
Night of Cake & Puppets, 2013
Dreams of Gods & Monsters, 2014
Story The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer in My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories anthology, 2014

Check out Laini’s titles on Goodreads

I would like to thank Laini for taking time out of her busy Australian tour schedule and allowing me to interview her!

I would also like to thank Hachette Australia for arranging this interview. And a special thank you to Kelly Diva Booknerd – because without her I would not have been able to conduct this interview.

MARCH IN REVIEW

We’re one quarter of 2014 down! March is a busy one for Kristy and I around the blog. I know at least for me, it’s the busiest month of the year that I have at work, and I know Kristy had lots of preparation for her trip as well as being away for work as well this month, which made it a bit of a juggling act, ensuring we were both also able to keep reading and blogging. Kristy definitely carried us through March – thank you so much for your hard work, I appreciate it! Without further ado, this is our March recap!

Reviews

This month we reviewed the following books:

Side Effects May Vary – Julie Murphy
The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass 01 – 0.5) – Sarah J Maas
Teen Spirit – Francesca Lia Block
Confessions: The Private School Murders (Confessions #2) – James Patterson

Comic Reviews

 In addition, I also reviewed the following comics:

Wolverine – Chris Claremont & Frank Miller
Harley Quinn #0 – #4 – Amanda Conner

Posts we really enjoyed from our blogging friends

There were some really great posts and discussions online this month. Here’s just some of what we enjoyed in March:

  • Cait from Notebook Sisters talks about getting covers confused
  • Asti from Oh The Books! talks about starting a group blog
  • Shaheen from Speculating on SpecFic continues her publisher Q&A
  • Jeann from Happy Indulgence discusses reading styles
  • Alise from Readers In Wonderland questions who benefits from reviews the most? 
  • Cuddlebuggery share their results from the blogging survey
  • Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner talks about reading in public and showing all of the emotions
  • Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner also shared with us 10 things from her bookish bucket list
  • Hazel from Stay Bookish talks about being a midnight reader
  • Ashley from Nose Graze talks about why she made the decision to remove “purchase here” links

NOVEMBER IN REVIEW

I am a day late, I am so sorry guys! I have had a big couple of days in Melbourne and was too exhausted last night to post this, but I figure better late than never! Kristy and I had a great month in November – Catching Fire came out, and we were busy watching that (twice each!), we read some great books, and we had a huge month in terms of giveaways.

In case you missed it, here is our November recap:

Reviews

This month we reviewed the following books:

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare
Tiger Lily – Jodi Lynn Anderson
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black
Unbreakable (Legion #1) – Kami Garcia
Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2.5) – Laini Taylor
Allegiant (Divergent #3) – Veronica Roth

We also reviewed a movie this month with the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

We discussed

Kristy and I had only a couple of discussions in November since it was a busy month for us with giveaways, travelling and life in general! We will be more active in our blogging tips feature and Feral Friday posts in December however!

Novellas & Short Stories
Possessive Males in YA
Speed Reading Tips

Posts we really enjoyed from our blogging friends

There were some really great posts and discussions online this month. Here’s just some of what we enjoyed in November:

  • Shaheen from Speculating on SpecFic gave us some amazing book recommendations
  • Nara from Looking for the Panacea shared some sci-fi recommendations for those who normally shy away from the genre
  • Chiara from Books For A Delicate Eternity shared the perks of having a book boyfriend
  • Cee from The Novel Hermit questions why some people insist on reading the ending of books first
  • Emz from Icy Cold Reads talks about character deaths: the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Josephine from Dudette Reads grosses us out talking about the hygine (or lack thereoff) of library books
  • Hazel from Stay Bookish posted a very timely discussion about expectations & endings of series we love
  • Ashley from Nose Graze launches a new book blogging directory that we think looks fantastic!
  • Rachel from Fiktshun talks about her obsession with series
  • Sab and Melo from Sab The Book Eater had a rant about random YA book covers

TATTOOS INSPIRED BY FICTION #5 – THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Good evening readers, hope you’re doing well! Welcome to another week of tattoos inspired by fiction. This week I picked one of my all time favourite authors John Green, and since he has such a big fan base I know there’s a lot of people that have gone out to get ink based on his novels. The Fault In Our Stars is my favourite John Green book, and with so many quotables, I found these:

NOVEMBER BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Good evening readers!! How are we all? I am hoping you’re going well. At last, the November giveaway is up and running and ready to go! I am super excited about the awesome new release books I am giving away this month, and hopefully you are too!

This month, typical to other months I am going to choose three seperate winners, to each choose one book of their choice out of the books below:

The books:

What’s Left of Me – Kat Zhang
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
The Lost Prince – Julie Kagawa
Burn For Burn – Siobhan Vivian & Jenny Han

Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings #3) – Jackson Pearce
The Diviners (Diviners #1) – Libba Bray
Eve & Adam By: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) – Michelle Hodkin

Breathe (Breathe #1) – Sarah Crossan
Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1) – Fiona Paul
Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) – Tahereh Mafi
Beta (Annex #1) – Rachel Cohn

Exciting right? Eeeee! So the rules are the same as all the other giveaways. This giveaway is running from November 3rd (riiiiiight NOW!) through to November 30th. You can get extra entries via Rafflecopter!

Good luck to you all!! x

JUNE BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!!

Hey readers! Yes, I know this is a late giveaway, but I hope late is better than never!! It was my birthday on June 6th and to say thank you to my readers, I am giving three readers one book of their own chosing (it doesn’t have to be YA either if you’re after something else), up to the value of $20.00 US!

I’m still trying to find my bearings after coming back from the states, and I am feeling a little out of the loop with the new releases etc, and so this giveaway will be about you chosing what you would like to win as opposed to me chosing for you essentially!

I will contact the winners once the competition is over to find out what book you would like! I am sticking with Rafflecopter as it was so easy to use! I think it’s an easier way for you all to enter my giveaways, and easier for me to pick the winners at the end of the month also!

Please make sure you read the terms and conditions before entering!

APRIL 2012 GIVEAWAY

I am so excited about my giveaway this month – I hope you all are too!! This month I have picked a combination of books I have read/am reading/plan to read this month, and I am really excited about all four books. I really should have called it my pretty book cover giveaway because the covers of all of these books are beautiful!!

I am giving ONE (1) lucky winner a copy of one of the books below of their choice. This may change to two winners perhaps, depending on the budget as it’s going to be my one years blogoversary on April 25th! So I am saying one winner but there may be more. Either that or I may hold a second giveaway, or a delayed giveaway in May.

Sidenote: I am saving money at the moment for my trip to the USA on May 8th so I am a bit strapped for giveaway cash right now, but definitely when I come back from the USA it’s game on once again and my giveaways will be amped up!

ANYWAYS back on track – the books!!

The winner will be able to choose from one of the following:

The Catastrophic History of You and Me – Jess Rothenberg
Social Suicide (Deadly Cool #2) – by Gemma Halliday
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) – Robin LaRevers
Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1) – by Aimee Agresti

I will contact the winner once the competition is over to see which one you wanted! I am sticking with Rafflecopter as it was so easy to use! I think it’s an easier way for you all to enter my giveaways, and easier for me to pick a winner at the end of the month also!

Please make sure you read the terms and conditions before entering!

Good luck!!

6 MONTH BLOGIVERSARY + 500 FOLLOWERS MASSIVE GIVEAWAY!

I told you all it was coming! I was hoping I would have 500 followers, but as I am only 10 followers away I figure let’s just get this rolled out! This competition is in addtion to my current October Giveaway!

In 6 short months (October 25th marks the date), to have had as much support and success has been more than I ever expected. I have met fantastic people along the way, readers, other bloggers and even started developing solid relationships with publishers too.

This giveaway, is really just me saying thank you to everyone who has and continues to support Book Nerd Reviews. I don’t think until you run your own site do you realise how much money it all costs. I run no ads on this site, I make no money. Between covering hosting costs, and giveaways, usually I spend well over $50 a month just RUNNING this site for everyone to enjoy. And to come here each day to awesome comments and feedback – well, it makes me smile. So thank you!

And because I love you guys so much, there is going to be THREE WINNERS to this giveaway!! Pick any book you like, I’ll give away the same book three times if I have to (if it’s popular!). This competition is international to anywhere that the Book Depository ships to!

The THREE winners will each be able to choose ONE (1) book each of their liking of the following books:

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Carrier Of The Mark by Leigh Fallon
The Devouring by Simon Holt
Eve by Anna Carey
Daughter Of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
The Name Of The Star by Maureen Johnson

Terms and Conditions:

  • This giveaway is open internationally (to where Book Depository delivers)
  • You must be over 13 years of age to enter
  • The contest closes on 18th November 2011 at 6pm AEST (Australian Time)
  • A winner will be chosen via random.org
  • The winner will be contacted via email
  • Book Nerd Reviews is not responsible for any issues with delivery

To enter, you need to complete this form.

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