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Sunday, 30 March 2014

My Biggest Bookish Pet Peeve and the Difficulty of Dealing With It

Hey, universe! Today, I thought I would just discuss a problem that I have and trust me...it's a problem! For those of you who read, well, I hope that you read if you're reading this, you might just empathize with me here. I really HATE it when books are horrible. And, let me clarify, by horrible, I mean torn/ripped/cover falling off/anything other than its original, perfect, pristine condition. It really bothers me, whether its my book or not, especially when it's a book belonging to me. I spend a ton of money on the books that I read and I think other people spend a lot of money on theirs as well and I really don't know if it's because they don't care about the condition their property is in that their books sometimes are not of the best quality. Or maybe they're like me and they let their kindness take over and lend books to people who obviously won't take as good care of it as you would.

I can't tell you the number of times I've lent books to others and the pages came back dog-eared. I mean, seriously, is it really that hard to get a bookmark?! Buy one, make one, just please don't bend my pages, it's the equivalent of bending me into a thousand little pieces and guess what? I'm not flexible, I can barely touch my toes. Another problem associated with me lending books is somehow, I don't know how they manage it, but my book cover and my book spine, always comes back with cracks all over them. And it leads me to wondering, did you sit on this? IDK, how it happens, IDK how they manage but it always happens. I mostly buy paperback books because they're cheaper and cuter, not when I lend it to people though, because...I get them back with the cover peeling off? How? What? IDK, it just happens. And let's not talk about those few times that I actually buy hardcover books, lend them to someone and the dust jacket comes back torn.

I know reading this, you're probably thinking, if the problem is your books being in horrible condition because you lend them to others, why not just stop lending them? It's because of that problem I talked about earlier, I have it bad. I am a self-destructive, psycho, stupid, moron. Even though I hate having my books in a shoddy condition, I'll lend them anyway because I have a problem saying 'no' to people because I can't fight the feeling that I'm being selfish. So, I'll continue to lend them anyway despite the fact that when I receive them and they're ruined, I feel like every bone in body breaks and my nerves are set on fire. I just thought that I should write this down to vent my feelings and maybe it'll help me to deal with this peeve.Below is a picture of some of my more unsightly books (sorry for the crap camera quality).
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xoxo
~Laquesha :)

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Night Star by Alyson Noel (The Immortals #5)

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Title: Night Star
Author:Alyson Noel
Publisher:St Martin's Griffin
Publication Date:November 16th 2010
Source:Personal Buy
Format:Paperback Pages:302

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Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart—and she has just the ammunition to do it.

Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen—a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all.

Now it’ll take everything she’s got—and bring out powers she never knew she had—to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future?




Review

This novel was not my favourite of the Immortals series by Alyson Noel, I thought it was just okay. I feel as if it was exactly the same as Dark Flame; same problems, same enemies, nothing was different! It was soooooooo slow-paced. And I've never noticed before how devastating annoying some of the characters are.

I was super excited to get my hands on this novel after reading Dark Flame because the ending was amazing and really just had me in desperate need of more Alyson Noel. I was eager to see the new turn the series was going to take now that Ever and Damen's only lead for the cure had been pacified. I was looking forward to some crazy new adventures, with badass characters, anything to add a bit of spark to the rest of the series...but that didn't happen. Imagine my surprise when I was reading this and it sounded exactly like the previous book, with no major changes and WAY less interesting. It was just pages upon useless pages of cure-searching and repeating the same things about energy that we already know from the past FOUR books.

Night Star is exactly 302 pages long and it took me almost three weeks to muster the will power to finish it. The pacing of it was just really slow and the plot and writing were dull and boring, rendering it unable to grasp my intrigue for a very long period of time. I have a problem with repetitiveness and that's basically what this book was, a continuation of a series that should have ended at the last book.

Throughout reading this series, I have gathered no real attachments to any of the characters and after finishing this book, whatever attachments I had with them have been severed. I'm kind of indifferent to all of them. This novel emphasized a few things that I might have been in denial of before. The main character, Ever, is beyond words annoying. How is she even the main character? She's quite stupid and throughout the book kind of maintained the higher-than-thou attitude and it pissed me off. Furthermore, the "relationship"/"love triangle" in this book was really unbelievable and not well done. I've seen some love triangles that make me want to cut someone *cough* Delena/Stelena *cough* but this takes the cake. It's not a problem of indecision but of...idk, her bond with Jude and Damen just doesn't seem real. As a matter of fact, the only character that I really enjoyed in this book was Miles and he's more a minor one, really.

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate this series, I actually love it but...I didn't love this book, in particular. I think it could've been done better. I am still going to read the final book, Everlasting, and I'm crossing my fingers in the hope that I will enjoy it


Final Sentence of the Book

"For now let's just be grateful for this"


Read if you enjoy...

Love ~ Short Books ~ Almost-supernatural books

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

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Author:Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher:Delacorte Press
Publication Date:November 16th 2010
Genre:Young Adult
Source:Netgalley
Format:ARC
Pages:336
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We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper. Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same. So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening.


INITIAL THOUGHTS
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This could have been done sooooo much better, it could have been amazing. Instead, it was...okay.


I received this book for free as an e-galley from Netgalley for an honest review and honestly, this book was a sub-par read. I didn't HATE it but it wasn't a super-amazing-fantastic-read either. The premise of the book was outstanding but not outstandingly done. The characters were flat and had no depth. And the ending...what ending?


Mind Reading. I think mind reading is extremely cool and totally badass and if done well can make for a really exciting novel, jam-packed with intrigue and suspense around every corner. The mind-reading aspect of this novel was done poorly (to put it nicely). The characters who could read minds' (and there were about 23 of them) thoughts were a jumbled mess and half the time, you could not really tell who was saying what. It was confusing and made this book lose a lot of brownie points with me. The mind-reading aspect was what had drawn me to this book in the first place and I was thoroughly disappointed. This had more of a Gossip Girl-feel to it than anything else.


There were no main characters in this book, just a bunch of background characters with "mind-reading" powers with no actual feelings, uniqueness or...anything really. None of the characters stood out to me, they were all boring, really and I think it is due to (going back to my last point) the quality of the mind-reading premise. There were just too many characters for any one to be significant or lasting. They were all forgettable.


The ending of this book...GAH! I wanted to choke out someone while reading it. What ending? There was no ending! It was an abrupt last chapter that left millions of questions unanswered and guess what?! It's not a series!!! So...how are they getting answered? I felt as if Ms. Mlynowski just got tired of writing this book and was like "You know what, let's just finish the book, it doesn't matter if the ending is shoddy." Out of all the endings of books I have read, I must say that this was the most annoying.


Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski was not great, not horrible but...not great. It could have been great but it flopped under the pressure. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Gossip Girl fan and who is looking for a quick read but not necessarily expecting it to be flawless. My actual rating for this book is 1.5 cupcakes but in the spirit of wholeness, I'll give it two.

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #2)


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Title:Clockwork Prince
Author:Cassandra Clare
Publisher:Simon and Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Source:Personal Buy
Format: Finished Paperback Book
Pages:502




In magical Victorian London, orphan Tessa found safety with the Shadowhunters, until traitors betray her to the Magister. He wants to marry her, but so do self-destructive Will and fiercely devoted Jem. Magnus Bane returns to help them. Secrets to her parentage lie with the mist-shrouded Yorkshire Institute's aged manager Aloysius Starkweather.


INITIAL THOUGHTS

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WHAT?! WOW!!! WHOA! I just don't know what to think!! I love what Jem did but...what about Will?!!! What's gonna happen to their parabatai relationship?!


I thoroughly enjoyed this book for quite a few reasons. Firstly, WILL!!! Secondly, Will and Tessa vs Jem and Tessa (be prepared for heartbreak and confusion). And thirdly, Cassandra Clare's writing is just flawless, as always (I mean, it's Cassandra Clare, did I really expect anything less?).

So, I really didn't like Will all that much in the first book. I thought he was unnecessarily arrogant, sly and basically a pre-the-Mortal-Instruments copy of Jace Wayland,only meaner (did you even read that Tessa and Will scene at the end of Clockwork Angel? I wanted to kill him). In this book, however, we were able to see him in a whole new light. We saw the kind, loving side of him that I wasn't sure even existed. His back story was explained and he was no longer the grouchy seventeen year old whose face you wanted to break. He was a sad and hopelessly desperate child who wanted, needed the love that he denied himself for years and I wanted to just hug him and never let go. Throughout the novel, proof of his kindness(mostly towards Jem)kept being unraveled and revealed and EVERYTHING MADE SENSE! Every rude comment, brash action...it all made sense and before starting this book, I was completely on Team Jem. Now, I'm not so sure. Nice Will has begun to mess with my emotions and I think I like it


Honestly, the love triangle in the Infernal Devices trilogy is the most devastating and amazingly confusing one I'v ever read. Usually, I'm dead sure about whose Team I'm on but for this book, I was just so torn. I mean, can I be on both teams? I feel every time Jem or Will makes a move on Tessa, I'm happy but sad at the same time because I love both Jem and Will but I don't know if their relationship will survive if one of them ends up with Tessa and that really, really scares me because they're Parabatai, blood brothers and their relationship is sooooooooooo adorable and believable and lovely and I DON'T WANT IT TO END!!!

Cassandra Clare's writing is so beautifully descriptive and flows so well, I think she might be one of my favourite authors. The world in this novel was so original and well done and in my opinion, the world-building and character-building in the Infernal Devices surpasses the Mortal Instruments by tenfold. I love all the characters and feel emotionally connected to every single one of them, there isn't a dull or useless character. They all have their own peculiarities that make them special and significant in the novel. The novel also had a ton of cliffhangers and was extremely suspenseful (that cliffhanger at the end!)

I really enjoyed reading this book, a lot more than I enjoyed Clockwork Angel. It was so so so amazing and fast paced and I can't spew enough great things about this novel. I would recommend it for all fans of the Mortal Instruments series and anyone in general who is fascinated by a truly kickass world, with fantastic characters and amazing relationships. This book was obviously five cupcakes. 

                                       
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