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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Current TBR Pile

So this blog post is pretty self-explanatory. I thought it would be interesting to do a post of the books currently on my bookshelf that I OWN but have yet to read. They aren't that many. Well, at least compared to the mountains that some people have. P.S Ignore my blog "Design" at the moment, it's in the works. So...that is all! I hope that enjoyment fills your heart while you're reading this and toodle-ooo!

Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #1 and #2)

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I have wanted to read the Delirium trilogy forever! And I will get to them, I just need the time and I also need to get the third book so that I could marathon them and dive into their awesomeness because...they are awesome, everyone says so. I'm not entirely sure what they're are about, believe it or not. I know that it has to do with love being a disease and getting cured for it...something like that. I'm going to assume that the lead character doesn't want to get cured and it's gonna go from there


Hush,Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush,Hush #1)

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I have heard mixed reviews about this series. Some people love it, some people hate its guts. I really am excited to read it and get a feel for my opinion and a friend of a friend really raves about it so...I just had to try it out!! I had to! I actually don't know the premise of this novel, I just know that it has something to do with angels (I got that from the cover, teehee :P)


My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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I recently showed this book in my Micro Haul and I have yet to read it but I am going to soon, I swear because I really want to watch the movie adaptation. I know it's about a girl who was born to be a bone marrow transfer for her older sister who has cancer, I think. That's all I know. It seems like it's going to be really sad and I'm super excited to reeeeeeeadddddd it!!!!!


The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood (The Poison Diaries #1)

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I have had this for a few years now and quite frankly, I don't really know if I'm interested in reading this. I don't know what it's about and I've heard NOTHING about it, good or bad. I might just read to, idk, try it but...I'm not sure if I'm ever going to pick it up.


Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3)

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Okay...before you shoot me! I loved Divergent and Insurgent (Insurgent, more though) and I am dying to read it but...unfortunately, my kind heart lent it out to a friend while I was reading Insurgent and she hasn't finished yet so...as soon as I get it back, I'm going to drop EVERYTHING and just read it. I don't care what I'm doing at the time, if I'm in the shower and I get it back, I'll sit on the shower floor if I have to. I need to finish Allegiant before Divergent comes out


Night Star by Alyson Noel (The Immortals #5)

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JUST STOP! Stop whatever you're doing and let's just take a moment of silence to admire the beauty of the this cover. Look at it! It's gorgeous! A minute later... This series gets a lot of hate and don't hate me but I LOVE IT! Sorry, haters. I just, something about it just gets me, idk, it's my series, guys. You know those series that you just unquestionably like without any viable reason? Yep, this is mine. I just think it's sweet and cute and the previous instalment, Dark Flame, ended in such a cliffhanger, I can't wait to read this.


Ruby Red by Kiersten Gier (Precious Stone Trilogy #1)

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I have just been hearing so much about this book on booktube lately and nothing had really drawn in about it, except that it was about time travelling?! How cool is that?! I was really propelled to buy it by the fact that the author is actually German and the original language of the text before it was translated was German. Idk, I just think that's really cool. And there's a movie so that's awesome. It's in German though so...SUBTITLES FOR THE WIN!


Paper Towns by John Green

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John Green is one of my favourite authors. I've read his books Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars and I bought this because his writing is...perfection :)


Silas Marner by George Eliot

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I won this a few years back as an award from school and I'm a little skeptical about reading it because this is a classic that dates back to the 1800s and idk, that scares me. I don't think, besides Shakespeare's work, that I've ever read something that old and I wonder if it's any good? I really hope so because I want to read some more classics!


So, there you have it! Those are all the books that I own that are unread and...they will eventually be read, given the fact that I LOVE to read and find the most peculiar joys in curling up in my bed with a book. I hope you enjoyed reading! What are your unread books? Is there an abundance or is your TBR pile graciously empty?

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #1) Review



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New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters - or Freaks - who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight - guided by Fade's long-ago memories - in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. Ann Aguirre's thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world- - facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they've ever known.


INITIAL THOUGHTS

I don't know about anyone else who's read this book but...I LOVE me some freaks. They're so COOL!! They're basically the Razorland trilogy equivalent of the Forsaken from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

I really liked Enclave by Ann Aguirre for a variety of reasons. It was extremely fast-paced and action-packed. The world-building and the world itself was so entertaining and fascinating and mind-boggling! Three words, FADE AND DEUCE! Although I liked a lot of elements of this book, there was one thing that I really didn't like. I didn't really feel as if there was any real climax in this book or anything that felt particularly climatic.


When I bought this book, I didn't know it would be this SHORT AND SMALL! This novel was only 250 pages long, guys, that's barely a book in my opinion. But, in those few pages, Ann Aguirre was able to create and develop a fantastic story that had action left and right. The story was easy-flowing and fast-paced. I would read ten pages and WEEKS in the book would have gone by. Even though it was quickly paced, I didn't feel like I lost anything while reading, it had the perfect balance of action and world-building.


The dystopian world that lives inside of this book is unlike any other I've ever read and I read a LOT of dystopian books. It was so well-written and developed and it was kind of unbelievable and surreal that the Enclaves survive underground, basically in the sewerage systems of New York City, closed off from the above world. It was fun to identify common objects just by the author's description, kind of like a guessing game and I had to do it a lot because of the main character's lack of knowledge of the world above ground. I just thought the plot was original and fantastically written; it had loads and loads of vivid descriptions and it made me feel like I was a part of the book, like I was the person living underground, seeing the sun for the first time and killing Freaks.


The characters in Enclave (*cough,cough* Fade and Deuce) were such badasses!!! They were so fierce, skilled and brave, willing to jump into combat with the freaks, among other threats, anytime if it meant saving themselves and the ones they cared about. I felt as if even though they were strong and disciplined, I got to see really uniquely vulnerable sides of them, especially when they were around each other. The characters were really well-developed and lovable. I mean, I loved them, everyone's entitled to their own opinions.


I loved a lot of things about this book but I really was disappointed that there wasn't really any sort of super substantial climatic scene close to the end of the book. This novel was jam-packed with action, in almost every chapter, and it was amazing, don't get me wrong, but...I felt as if it needed something, anything more at the end to give it that OOMPH! It didn't really have a suspenseful cliffhanger, either.


Besides that, I basically loved it. It was fantastic, I can't wait to read the second book which better be amazing and not have Second-book-syndrome(because, seriously, it's contagious, I feel as if a lot of series get it). I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys badass characters, zombies and post-apocalyptic/pre-apocalyptic awesomeness. The book was great and on a scale of 1-5 cupcakes, I gave it:
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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Vampire Academy Movie, AHHH!

Guys, I'm soooooooooo frustrated!! I haven't seen the VA movie yet. Look, at the movie cover, it's gorgeous , ridiculously mean-girlish but gorgeous.

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I want to see it soooooooo (x100000) badly. Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors. I absolutely love the VA series and the Bloodlines series by her and I'm pissed that I haven't seen it yet. All I've ever wanted in life was to see this book turned into a movie and now that it has, you'd think I'd be rushing to see it but...I CAN'T! SCHOOL is killing me sucking the life out of my soul with homework and all the stuff we have to do and I just haven't had TIME. Trust me, I want nothing more than to see a fabulous book come to life on the big screen...picture the harshest intonation you can...SCHOOL! Anyways, I'll probably go watch it next weekend and when I do, you can expect a movie review from me. There've been so many mixed reviews on the movie and I can't wait to watch it and form my own opinion and...I'M SO EXCITED!

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Micro-Haul because it's super small :)


Hello, my pretties, I took a journey to a used bookstore today and got TWO beautiful and ridiculously under-priced books so...yay! They are:


My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult(Don't know how to pronounce her surname:P


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I have never seen the movie or read this book. I really want to watch the movie because Cameron Diaz is perfection so I really need to read the book. I didn't go into the bookstore intending to buy it...but it was really cheap and in good condition so...sue me. I hear that it's really sad and I don't know, I don't like to feel sad but something about sad books draws me, if that makes sense. I almost didn't buy this because I saw a brand-new Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets selling for the same price and I've read the entire Harry Potter series but...I don't own any of them so...yeah, it was tempting. In the end, I was happy with my decision to go with a highly rated book that I've never read instead of a flawless book that I've read countless times but don't own.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver(Delirium #2)


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I own Delirium but...I have yet to read. I was going to this weekend but...I received a book from NetGalley that I want to read and review so...I'm probably going to marathon this entire trilogy maybe next week, but probably I'm not sure. Don't get me wrong, I want to read it. I've read Before I Fall by the same author and loved it and I've heard rave reviews about this trilogy but I've just finished reading four dystopian novels in a row and I'm a huge fan of dystopian novels but I need to take a break and read something else. So that's what I'm doing. I know it's a big risk buying the second book before the first but like I mentioned before, I'm heard amazing things and I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy it...when I get to it :)


So...that's my book haul, everyone! Kind of small but...I hope you enjoyed reading:)

Legend by Marie Lu (Legend #1)

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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.



Initial Thoughts

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Day AND June!? Dune!! THAT COULD BE THEIR CUTE COUPLE NAME!!! Yep...that's totally their couple name!


I really liked this book, even after thinking that I wasn't going to. It started off extremely slow at first but picked up quickly at around 70 pages or so and from then onward, I really couldn't put it down. The characters were lovable, developed and NOT annoying at all. The romantic elements of the book were perfect and not overwhelming like I find the romance in most books. The plot was FANTASTIC and so original and cool and fabulous and basically, it was AMAZE-BALLS!

When I first picked up this book from my shelves and read about fifty pages in, I initially thought that this was going to be a sub-par read for me but...boy, was I wrong! The first few chapters, I think were really wordy and information-driven and I have a short attention span when it comes to books (explains why I haven't read the Lord of the Rings trilogy yet)so that was probably why I thought like that, at first. But, after that, it was like BAM! There was never a dull moment, action left and right, front and back, center and I'm going to stop now, you get the point :). It was sooooooooooooooooooooooo fast-paced,and such a quick read! I felt like I took a breathe and I was finished with the book, it didn't feel long at all.

I absolutely adored the characters in this book because they were relatable and actually intelligent. The character development was superb and Marie Lu did an amazing job of giving the backstories of the characters. I felt like I really knew them and could sympathize with all of them. Their was anger was my anger, their fear was my fear and I just LOVED them. June and Day and Tess and John and even, Metias who was only alive for a short period of time. They're all just so lovable!


The romance in this novel was cute and really enjoyable. It wasn't all-consuming and irritating as I find the romance in some books. It was...sweet and pure...and maybe, adorable that Day and June started to fall for each other without even knowing each other's names. They're so alike. I mean, to me, it's like, they're the same person, they think the same way and the only difference really is their economic backgrounds but I feel as if, that helps to pull them together. The romantic elements of this book were really nice! I'm rooting for Day and June! Dune forever!


Legend had an amazing plot and was written beautifully by the lovely Marie Lu. I loved the whole political aspect of the book, the fact that the United States of America really doesn't exist anymore. It kind of reminds me of Revolution, a little bit and I LOVE Revolution so...that's a pretty big compliment. It had a kind of survival-of-the-fittest edge to it and unfortunately for those people living in the Lake Sector, they're not the fittest or the richest. I was really captivated by the split point of views. I usually hate them because they confuse my simple mind (Third person for the win!) but this book was different. They actually added to the story, especially at that point in time in the novel when Day and June were together and she was hunting him but she didn't know that the boy she was falling for was the one who supposedly "killed" her brother. It was nice to get dual point of views in that situation and it made this book 10x better for me.


I really had a fun time reading this book, it was creative, cute and overall, FREAKIN' AWESOME! I loved it, I loved it, I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who likes Revolution and awesomeness and badass characters and not-so-sappy-but-cute romance. I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the second book, Prodigy which a lot of people say is even better than the first one (How is that even possible?!) On a scale of 1-5 cupcakes, it was:
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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Legend by Marie Lu

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I am currently reading this absolutely gorgeous paperback copy of Legend by Marie Lu

I'm not sure if I like it so far. I really the split point of views and the fact that the font for Day's point of view is FRICKIN' YELLOW! That is so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so SO cool. I love it but...I don't know if I love this book. Maybe it's because of the pace I'm reading it at. I've been reading for a couple of days and I'm only on page 60. I'm really fascinated by the overall plot of the book but I just don't find myself diving into it. I want to...dive into it, that is but I feel as if something is holding me back. This book is seriously raped on Goodreads and it has FANTASTIC ratings and I want to rate it rather highly as well but it needs to pick up the pace for me to thoroughly enjoy it.

So far on a scale of 1-5 cupcakes, it is:

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and that's not good enough for me, not after all the hype this book has received.
Hopefully when I reach deep into the book, my thought'll change :)
Love Laquesha :)