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Monday, 15 December 2014

Making Up For Monday #11: Shocking Character Deaths


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This week's question:What character’s death came as a massive shock to you?

I have read a lot of horribly heart-breaking and gruesome character deaths in my reading life but the worst one for me will probably have to be Fred Weasley. I absolutely LOVE the Harry Potter series (who doesn't?) and the Weasley twins were two of my favourite characters ever and when Fred died, I could not even. It was sad because he and George were always together, the Weasley twins, and now half of that was gone and it just was not fair! I could not cope, I still cannot cope and my childhood will forever be scarred.


So, what about you guys? Which character death shocked you beyond repair? Comment down below and let me know. Until my next post, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!





Sunday, 14 December 2014

2015 Reading Challenges That I'm Participating In

Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog! I'll just be upfront and tell you that I sucked for my reading goals in 2014. I just had so much stuff going on and reading was the farthest thing from my mind. But I vow to make 2015 a much better reading year for me and I thought that I'd share with you, all the reading challenges that I will be partaking in, in order to help me fulfil my goals. I have not set a number of books that I want to read in 2015 and quite honestly, I'm not going to because that just stresses me out. My only real goal is to read as much as I possibly can in this new year and to have fun doing it.

Winter 2014-2015 COYER Sign Ups


If you don't know what COYER is, it stands for "Clean Out Your E-Reader" and it a challenge to read as many e-books or listen to as many audiobooks as you can in that specific period of time. You can click the image above for sign-up rules and other fun stuff like that. Personally, I hate reading e-books but I do have a lot of them on my iPad that I got from Netgalley or was sent for review and they've just been sitting there haunting me. I'm really really excited to participate in COYER and I am just aiming to demolish at least half of my e-book collection and review at least one e-book a week for you guys.


I think that the title for this challenge is pretty self-explanatory and again, click the picture for more details. I am absolutely terrible at keeping up with series. I mean to but then I never do and I think that this challenge is a perfect way to keep me in check all year and make sure that I finish up a lot of series.



Click the picture above for more details on this challenge, I'm quite horrible at explaining things. Basically, the aim of this challenge is read a book by authors with last names from A to Z and throughout the year, collect all the letters of the alphabet. I was just reading through a list a book challenges for the year and I thought that this one sounded really fun so I'm doing it!


Those are the main challenges that I plan to do next year and hopefully, I'll complete them and feel really great about myself. I'll probably update you guys weekly on my progress for each of them and also, on New Year's Eve, I plan to publish a blog post giving the full details of my reading goals for the coming year! Happy reading guys and I love you guys, to infinity and beyond!


The Sunday Post #1: Crazy Teachers, The Line Dance + More

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.This meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This week was kind of crazy for me, honestly. It was the last week of school before it closed for Christmas break and of course, while everyone was rejoicing because of this astounding news, I was doing all of the work that I should have done ages ago. My Principles of Accounts teacher literally hunted a bunch of us down and threatened to phone our parents if we didn't turn in our SBA (a project that counts for 20% of our final fifth form grade) and remember that broken laptop that I told you guys about? Well, my SBA was on that so I had to start the entire thing over. But it is done. My schoolwork is completed minus a Physics lab write-up that I will hand in next week when I see my teacher on Monday. Yes, I know, I just said that school was out but my Physics teacher believes that the entire class should come in on Monday and Tuesday only for extra lessons which sucks but I guess it's just two days.

On a happier note, we had our class Christmas lunch on Thursday and it was the most fun I've had all term! It made me happy and sad! Happy because my classmates and I danced and ate and shared in each other's company but sad because we're in fifth form and many of my friends are not returning to my school for sixth form so it was kind of depressing that it was the last real time that we'll all have Christmas lunch together. When we were doing the Line Dance (what you all probably call the Electric slide) which is kind of a class tradition, it just felt so good and I will miss it a lot.

Last Week on the Blog
* Making Up For Monday #10: Why You Ain't A Movie Though?
* Stacking The Shelves #5: Random Books

This Week on the Blog
*2015 Reading Challenges I'm Taking Part In
*Making Up For Monday #11: Shocking Character Deaths
*Book Spotlight:Tabloid Teacher by Dominique Butler and Bella Gioconda by Richard Heket
*Book-to-Movie Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
*Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
*Mash-up Review: Legend and Prodigy by Marie Lu
*Review: Hagridden by Samuel Snoek Brown??? (not sure about this one)

That was basically my week in a nutshell. How was your week? Tell me in the comments below. I hope that this coming week is even better than the last for all of you. Until my next post, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Stacking The Shelves #5: Random Books


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted over at Tynga's Reviews that allows us to highlight the books that we've acquired throughout the week.


Hey, guys! The books that are featured in this Stacking The Shelves are pretty random and I acquired then over a period of three weeks. I'm not sure if some of them are my type of read but I own them now so maybe I'll read them. Also, I didn't actually purchase any of them myself so...bonus points!


For Review


1)The Martian by Andy Weir
2)Hagridden by Samuel Snoek Brown

Bought
N/A

Gift


1)I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
2)The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
3)Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
4)A bind-up of Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (not pictured above)
5)Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #2)


Won


1)The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel (The Book of Ivy #1)



Thank you to Random House for The Martian by Andy Weir, to the NOVL for sending me The Darkest Part of the Forest and to Columbus Press for sending me Hagridden by Samuel Snoek Brown. Also, to everyone else who decided to send me/buy me books. I am really thankful and I cannot wait to read all of them. How about you guys? What books have you guys recently added to your collection? Comment down below and tell me. Until my next blog post, I love you guys to...infinity and beyond!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Making Up For Monday #10: Why You Ain't A Movie Though?


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This week's question:Name one book/series you would love to be adapted into a movie or TV show (in a perfect world).

So while I was on my little unprecedented hiatus, I read Prodigy and Champion, the final two books in the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. Now, ya'll know how I feel about Legend, I love it to pieces and the sequels were even better! I didn't think that it was possible for them to get more interesting but they did! They did! The world was so cool and action-packed and the plot was to die for and kept me guessing. I might just want to see Day on the big screen because let's face it, a screen filled with nothing but Day's face is a screen that I would watch non-stop for ten hours! Not even kidding. If you haven't read this trilogy, I highly suggest you do (review of Prodigy and Champion coming soon). It's kind of dystopian/semi-post-apocalyptic and just generally, a really kickass read! And that is why I need it to be a movie!


So, what about you guys? What novel or series, if you could only choose one, would you pick to be transformed into a movie? Have you read the Legend trilogy? Did you love it? Comment down below and let me know. Until my next post, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!





Saturday, 6 December 2014

I'M BACK + 2 Mini Reviews

Hey guys, long time no blog. I've been gone for about three weeks and you are probably thinking "Didn't you just make a blog post where you promised to post more often?" and yes, yes I did. Or maybe you didn't even notice my absence, in which case, I'm not at all offended. Just as I decided that I was going to commit myself openly and fully to the development of my blog, my computer decided that it wanted to take an extended vacation so...it broke. Seeing as it was my only real way of updating you guys, I couldn't post and it was killing me! Thankfully, I got a new laptop! *happy dance* Also, exams have been hectic but they are finally O-V-E-R and here is how I feel about that:


I'm sorry for my unannounced hiatus guys but I promise that exams are over and I have a week left of school and I will be posting as if my life depends on it in the next few months. Just because I haven't been active on my blog doesn't mean that I have not been reading, I have a mountain of reviews that need to be written and I thought I'd just start off with two books or, a bind-up of two books really, that I recently read and quite thoroughly enjoyed: Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I am constantly recommended this book on Goodreads, Twitter and basically, everywhere and I am so happy that I finally read it.


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Title:Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian and Onyx)
Author:Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher:Entangled Teen
Publication Date:June 3rd 2014
Source:Personal Buy
Format:Paperback
Pages:800

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Obsidian

There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he marks me. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Onyx

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

Review
Obsidian
Obsidian was a breath of fresh air. I went it into expecting a lot as it is frequently described as "Twilight meets aliens" and despite what everyone says, Twilight is my love and aliens are so HOT! Jennifer L Armentrout did not disappoint as I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The first 50-pages or so were a bit dull and uneventful but it quickly picked up and I could not put it down. I loved the characters instantly because they were so distinct and memorable. I also thought that it was really really cute that the protagonist, Katy, was actually a book blogger, it made it a lot easier to relate to her. She was not monotonous, stupid or self-involved, she was kind and feisty and might I just say, her relationship with Daemon, who is BAE, was so pure and entertaining. I didn't at all feel like it was rushed, no deep, heartfelt confessions of love in this book! Daemon's unrelenting love and protectiveness for the ones that he cared about really stuck with me, and though he was a douchebag about 3/4 of the time, the other 1/4 he was the sweetest little alien in the world.

The world of the Luxen and the Arum were original, I've never read anything like that before and while I did get some Twilight vibes from this novel, it was a book by itself that needed no comparison. Fast-paced, original and noteworthy, Obsidian is the book to talk about.


Onyx
Moving onto Onyx where we already have a clear idea of what Daemon and his family are and things are back to normal. Almost. You know, with the slight exception of Katy now having some weird alien mojo after an event which I can't explain in detail without spoiling all of you who haven't read the book. To top it off, the DOD (basically, like a deranged version of MEN IN BLACK) is snooping around and then, there's a new guy at school who's cute but seems too good to be true. What could possibly go wrong?

I really enjoyed Obsidian but I LOVED Onyx. I like to think of it as that child of some famous person that becomes way more famous than the famous person. The action WAS literally non-stop. You got to see a whole new side of Daemon and the lengths he would go to to protect his family. His and Katy's relationship just goes from 0 to 100 real quick! The laughs and the tears, all the feels were felt while reading this and the cliffhanger at the end! I just don't know what to think. Onyx was a page turner in a class of its own.



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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Book Blitz! : Evolution by Kate Wrath (E #2)

Evolution, the second book in the E series, is now available!  Get Evolution and E for only 99¢ each during release week, November 12th-19th, 2014.

 

cover of Evolution by Kate Wrath
Outpost Three is still standing… barely. But the deadliest threat it has ever faced is on its way-- a violent force that will annihilate every man, woman, and child.


With the Sentries under his control and Grey’s army defeated, Matt is more powerful than ever. Eden is little more than his prisoner, but that line is blurring as her affection for him grows. Now, as the Outpost faces total destruction, Matt must sacrifice the possibility of attaining Eden’s love in the vague hope that her past might hold the key to saving them all.


Eden’s journey will begin to unravel the mysteries of her previous life, reveal dangerous new questions, and change not only the future of Outpost Three, but shape the course of history.


This eagerly anticipated sequel to Kate Wrath’s E begins an epic quest into the dark, dystopian landscape of Eden’s world.
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An excerpt from Evolution:



We run down the narrow alley and take the first turn, then another. We keep running, moving. I don't even notice my surroundings until, at last, we slow to a stop. The smell hits me first—the stench of piss, of something rotten, all condensed into a small space. Breathing hard, we stand in the street and look around us. We're in a main thoroughfare now, judging from the traffic, but it’s still narrow. I feel squashed, smothered. On all sides, a crowd throngs around us. Most of them are dressed in rags. Hollow faces huddle three or four bodies deep against both edges of the road, dirty, hopeless, and lost. Many of them are children.



I'm scanning their faces frantically before I even realize what I'm doing. "Oscar," I hear myself whisper. It hits me, and I break off before I can call out his name. Before I can start running again, sifting through the masses of them.



Apollon's hand clamps onto mine, but he says nothing. He and Jonas are focused on Jacob, who is shaking violently. Tears are pouring from widened eyes down his face. I want to help him, but all I can do is stand here trying not to break down, myself.


"We need to find somewhere to regroup," Jonas says quietly. "Get out of this mess."

I cast around for somewhere to go, but as far as I can see, it's piles upon piles. People, and people, and buildings looming over them. There's no breathing room. No space. I have to force my breath to steadiness. It's too much.

There is a commotion on the street ahead, maybe a block away. The ragged masses push away from the center, squashing and trampling each other in the process. We're caught in a wave of motion and carried backward, but still we try to look. Where the commotion started, there's a group of figures, similarly dressed in black with blue bandanas. They're moving down the street toward us.



The wave of people suddenly backlashes from the other direction, and we're pushed the opposite way from before. We manage to finally see why. On our opposite side, there's another group of people. These are dressed primarily in white. One of them, clearly a leader, wears a purple doo rag and carries what might be the biggest gun I've ever seen. He raises it toward us.
 



 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Book Review: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Under The Never Sky #1)

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Title:Under The Never Sky
Author:Veronica Rossi
Publisher:HarperCollins
Publication Date:January 3rd 2012
Source:Personal Buy
Format:Paperback
Pages:376

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Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland — known as The Death Shop — are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent energy storms will. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild — a savage — and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must come together to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Review
My review of this book might be just a little bit weird because I read it at the end of September and to be honest, I can't really remember much about what happened. I remember enjoying this book a lot, I think I gave it four cupcakes while reading so with that being said, I am going to try to review it as best as I can given my lack of memory. K? K.

The plot of this novel, more specifically, the world was extremely original! I mean, I love Science Fiction books and I can honestly say that I have never read anything like this before. Picture Star Wars, mixed with Pocahontas and Justice League. I don't know why I made that comparison but that's kind of the vibe that I got from reading this. Star Wars because the idea of the different virtual realms and progressive forms of communication just screamed space. I mean, you could literally fall in love and practically do anything within your mind. The Pocahontas aspect came from the fact that people who didn't operate within the realms were known as "savages" and they lived in tribes and did pretty traditional tribe things. Justice League because I didn't really know how to explain the fact that these "savages" possessive extra-sensory abilities, that is, super hearing, smelling and even, seeing. The world was so completely unique and weird, totally completely weird but enjoyable.

I didn't quite enjoy the "romance" between Perry and Aria but I loved reading about them, as well as, the other characters in this novel. I particularly loved Roar. He was just so witty and incredibly funny, he stole the attention in every chapter that he was in from the moment that he was introduced. There were also really cute and quite frankly awkward (in a good way) moments between Aria and Perry when she's learning to adjust to the fact that she is no longer in the world of Realms (refer to the first time she got her period HAHA). Though the romance fell really short for me, I felt like the characters were solid and lovable.

The ending of this book was a bit anti-climatic. I still have a desire to continue on with the trilogy but it was a bit mellow and not how I expected it to be given the events coming down to the end of the book. I mean, it was intriguing and left me wondering but...idk, I just didn't feel it too much.

For the reasons given above, at least the ones I can recall at the moment, I decided to give this book 4 cupcakes. It was a quick read with a really interesting premise and very well-developed characters. I would recommend it to all the lovers of sci-fi out there, it's definitely worth checking out.

Final Sentence of the Book
She chased the sounds until all she heard was his heartbeat and then his breath and his voice, right by her ear, telling her, in tones as warm as fire, exactly the words she wanted to hear.


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Science Fiction~Star Wars



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Monday, 3 November 2014

Making Up For Monday #9: Dust Jackets or NAH?


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This week's question:Do you like to keep a book's dust jacket or not? Why or why not?

I don't know if you guys know this but I honestly prefer paperback books to hardcovers so I own mostly paperback. Though I find hardcover books look pretty on my shelf, reading them is such a pain because of the dust jacket so I always remove them when reading and put them back on afterwards. When I read with them on, it's really awkward and I'm constantly on edge because I have this perpetual fear that they will bend or rip if I make any sudden movements.

So, what about you guys? What do you do with the dust jackets of hardcover books? Comment down below and tell me! Until my next post, which is I don't know when because of school, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!





Sunday, 2 November 2014

Hello November!: Changes, New Schedule, WHAT?!

Hey guys! How are you doing? I am going to keep this intro to a minimum and just get straight to the point. I haven't really been involved in the book blogging world since the beginning of September and at first, it was very easy to blame it all on school and the fact that I am so busy with all the demands of life and fifth form but I can't deny any longer that my absence really has more to do with laziness than anything else. There, I said it! I'm lazy! I love blogging, I love it so so so so so much and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon as it is a massive part of my life.

However, I feel like it has become a major chore for me lately and that does not sit well with me. This is largely to blame on my lack of a posting schedule. When, I first started, it was just something that was fun that I did in my free time without a care in the world and as I became more and more involved, I soon realized how demanding and time-consuming blogging really is. With that being said, I have devised a schedule/blogging plan that I just feel will work for me and will help make blogging feel fun again and that will allow me to not only post but to actually interact a lot more with other members of the book blogosphere.

So here goes!
*Comment on at least 20 blog posts per day with meaningful comments. I am so guilty of being a ghost reader, I read a lot of posts from other bloggers and never comment my thoughts and feels so there never is any real, human socialization and it's weird.

*Tweet/Reply to tweets and emails with a lot more frequency. What can I say? I am not a social human.

*Use the weekend as an opportunity to schedule blog posts for the week instead of slacking off and watching TV.

*Post at least four times each week. This might be difficult but I will make it happen, it will happen!

*Vary the type of blog posts that I write so that they're not singular and are more enjoyable to read.

*Use Goodreads more often because my Goodreads profile has been inactive for like MONTHS!


So, that is my plan, effective from the day this post goes live. I am going to comment, tweet, post and just generally interact more and just get back that feeling of enjoyment and fun that I felt while blogging. I still feel it, just less. Do not fret, though, I am not leaving, you can't get rid of me that easy! Have a lovely day and thank you so much for reading. I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!






Saturday, 1 November 2014

Book Tour Review: Chasing Luck by Brinda Berry (Serendipity #1)

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Title:Chasing Luck (Serendipity #1)
Author:Brinda Berry
Publisher:Sweet Biscuit Publishing LLC
Publication Date:May 4th 2014
Format:e-book

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Sometimes surviving doesn’t feel lucky. Especially when you’re a sole survivor...

At the age of seven, Malerie walked away from a bombing that left hundreds dead—including her mother. When a crazed gunman kills her guardian on her eighteenth birthday, Malerie suspects there may be more to her survival than luck. A mysterious code holds the key to her future, and a reluctant white knight holds the key to her heart.

A loner wearing emotional armor…

Ace is a twenty-year-old entrepreneur focusing on two things in life: financial security and a life without ties. A life that doesn't risk losing the ones who matter. When Ace is hired to secretly act as a bodyguard for Malerie, he faces an unwanted attraction that threatens to sabotage his heart. Can Ace find the courage to love a girl with a death wish?

Review
This novel was an amazing and really entertaining one and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I felt a really deep connection with the main character, Malerie, her character was really developed. Also, the writing style of the author was really beautiful and it flowed well. The plot of the story just jumped out and grabbed me.

I think that all of the characters in Chasing Luck were interesting, relatable and memorable but I have to say that I loved Malerie the most. She was my favourite and throughout reading this novel, an indescribable connection was formed, somehow linking me to this character. She is "lucky" or maybe "cursed" as was the lone survivor of a bombing that she lost her mom to and again, when she was shot during gunfire at a restaurant where she lost her uncle; she should have died but didn't. Because of all that she's witnessed, she has a perpetual fear of accidents which is why she's been homeschooled all her life and refuses to leave home to attend college. I don't know why but I just felt for this character, her problems seemed very real and her emotions just gave me all the feels!

The writing style of the author was concise but at the same time, it was extremely descriptive and it flowed really well. It wasn't long and drawn out, like most contemporary books are, it was perfect for the story and I really liked it. Also, I really loved how, at the beginning of each chapter, the author included a quote from Jelly Bean Queen, which was Malerie's favourite band. You guys know how I feel about chapter quotes, they are the best thing of life!

The actual plot of this story was so suspenseful and also very romantic, it had me hanging onto every single word. I enjoyed reading about Ace and Malerie's developing relationship and I can't spoil you guys but everything happens and there are so many plot twists and turns that you will never want to put this book down!

I decided to give this one five cupcakes, I thought that it was an amazing read filled with love and mystery and I would recommend it to just aboout anyone.

P.S Ignore how my navbar is gone atm. It's under reconstruction. K?



Final Sentence of the Book

It's a Jelly Bean Queen Lyric, I have two seconds before Malerie runs into my arms, right where she belongs.

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Love~New Adult~Sassy Main Characters




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