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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Top Five Wednesdays : Top Fictional Technology

What's up my lovelies! Here's another Top Five Wednesday Family(clickity-click on the name to find out more about it)post. T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey it's just a bunch of booktubers/bloggers/anyone who really wants to do it who post every Wednesday, a top five list. This week's topic is Top Five Fictional Technolgy which I was super excited about because who doesn't wnat super-cool-badass gadgets that can help you do all sorts of shizz. Oh and another thing, Follow my blog with Bloglovin
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5. Winged Shoes from the Percy Jackson Series

Wouldn't it be cool to fly? It'd be frickin' amazing and when I was reading the Percy Jackson series, I remember just thinking "I want those shoes" and I still do, I want them, they're are amazing. 'Nough said.

4. Memory-erasing serum from Allegiant
So, lovelies, I'm currently reading Allegiant by Veronica (FINALLY!!) and I found out about the memory-erasing serum, which its name is pretty self-explanatory, and I think it's soooooooooooooo awesome. I mean, imagine, forgetting to do your homework for school and then erasing your teacher's memory of it and being like "What Homework?". That would be the life.

3. The Chronograph from the Ruby Red Trilogy
If you've read the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier then, you know what I'm talking about. The chronograph is basically this really awesome time machine that allows people with the time travel gene to travel back to the time of their choosing for a specified amount of time. Bah-hum-bah! I WANT IT! I mean, first I have to get a time-travelling gene but...still, think of all the amazing adventures in the past you could have?

2. The Stele from the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices Trilogy
Steles are so...interesting. If I had one, which, I want one, I could do so MANY ridiculous things with it by drawing runes on my person. I could heal myself, so I don't die from like wounds, I could help myself remember stuff and increase my agility. It's just amazing and thank you, Cassie Clare, for being amazing and thinking up such a fabulous instrument.


1. A wand from the Harry Potter series
Now, I'm not a wizard or anything but I really want a wand. I want to be able to do spells and shit and I know this isn't really "technology" but you have to admit, it's hella cool. And don't pretend you didn't use to run around covered in your bedsheet, yelling Harry Potter spell because you did, we all did...or was it just me? :)

Review: The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom


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Title:The Time Keeper
Author:Mitch Albom
Publisher:Hyperion
Publication Date:September 4th 2012
Source:Library
Format:Hardcover
Pages:224

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In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time. The inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world--now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began--and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Review
I enjoyed reading this book but it wasn't a five-cupcake read for me, it was just okay. I liked the premise, it was weird but intriguing and well-written so it was really quick to get through. The characters weren't impressionable enough to really stick with me and I feel like I forgot about them immediately after closing this book. The ending was kind of iffy for me, it wasn't the worst, it wasn't the best, it was just norms.


I loved the plot of the book, it was really cool and interesting to like see how time started and who started counting. I really enjoyed the whole idea of "Father Time" because who ever thought he really existed? I felt that the story was really fastpaced or maybe it was just short. Idk, anyway, I read this in a few hours because it was an easy,quick read and had just enough of that Ummph to capture my attention.

I didnt particularly like the characters of this novel and I didn't particularly hate them either, they didn't really stick with me. They were kind of boring, really, and had not much depth and personality so when I was done reading I didn't really have an opinion for any of them. Father Time was the most significant character and even he wasn't all that super!

Um, the ending of this book was alright, nothing too special. I liked it but I didn't love it and I'm going to be honest, I didn't quite understand some parts of it. I thought it was cute, though, and it had me saying "AWWWW!" a lot.



I liked this book, a lot but I wasn't in love with it. Do I think it's worth a read? Absolutely. Do I think you should read it? Absolutely. Just because I didn't think it was fan-frickin-tastic doesn't mean that you won't. It was a cute read, nothing too shabby and that's why I gave it three cupcakes :)



Final Sentence of the Book
And as that glass is lifted by curious workers, someplace far away-someplace indescribable in the pages of a book-a man named Dor and a woman named Alli run barefoot up a hillside, tossing stones, laughing with their children, and time never crosses their minds.

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Adventure~Time Travel~Love

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Top 5 Wednesday - Top Siblings

What's up my lovelies! So here's another Top Five Wednesday Family(clickity-click on the name to find out more about it)post. T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey it's just a bunch of booktubers/bloggers/anyone who really wants to do it who post every Wednesday, a top five list. This week's topic is Top Five Siblings and this was really difficult for me because I don't read a great deal of books with actual blood-related siblings in them, idk, it's just weird. I tried my hardest to scrape together a presentable list but...if it sucks and I bend the rules here and there, forgive me, you know, I'm kind of awkward and stupid.
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5. Isabelle and Alec from the Mortal Instruments Series
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I have no clue why but I just really really really really really really really love Isabelle and Alec's relationship. It's not that they're super-duper close and lovey all the time but...they're willing to do anything for each other, to keep each other safe and Izzy was just so sweet in City of Bones when she was keeping Alec's sexuality a secret. I love their sibling relationship in particular but the threesome relationship among Izzy, Alec and Max is pretty cool too. :)

4. Adam and James from the Shatter Me Trilogy
Adam Kent is forced to take care of his younger brother, James, because his father beat him senselessly and their mother is dead. They have more of a father-son-type relationship. I've only read the first book and the novella but I know that the relationship between Adam and his brother is a factor that landed me a spot on Team Adam (sorry Warner, I like you but...ADAM!). They're just so loving towards each other and it makes me happy because come on, it's adorable!

3. Katniss and Prim from the Hunger Games trilogy
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I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of the Hunger Games, the books and the movies are just alright but Prim and Katniss' relationship is so sugary sweet and pure, I just love. Lovelies, Katniss basically volunteered to DIE for her sister in some stupid killing game that she wasn't sure she was going to make it out alive from. That's commitment.

2. Alec and Jane from the Twilight Saga
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Now this is a really weird choice because in the series, they're both kind of evil but they're really nice to each other if that makes sense. They're horrible and cruel to others but they're so tender to each other and I love how they call each other "Brother" and "Sister" instead of by their names. I think it's cute and endearing and from what I can grasp because they only appear for tiny bits in the last three books of the saga, they're a pretty badass duo. I mean, they're super powerful, twin vampires with insane gifts and shit. It's just cray but...I love them!


1. Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series
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*cries* FRED IS GONE! They were like a pair, it was always Fred and George and they were the coolest, funniest pair of people in the Harry Potter series. I remember laughing so loudly throughout reading this series because I adored them so much and the crap that they pulled sometimes just killed me. I don't think that there ever existed a pair of siblings that have left a larger imprint on me and that is why they are my number one this week!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Review:Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #1)

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Title:Clockwork Angel
Author:Cassandra Clare
Publisher:Simon and Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date:August 31st 2010
Source:Library
Format:Paperback
Pages:479

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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....

Review
I really wanted to read this book mainly to compare and contrast the Infernal Devices trilogy with the Mortal Instruments series because I absolutely love the Mortal Instruments series.. I liked this book, I really did love it a lot. I'm not sure if I loved it as much as I do the Mortal Instruments series but there's still two more books to go.

This read started a bit slow for me and was a bit unbearable for a while and that's why I didn't give it five stars. I felt as if it was just filled with pages and pages of unnecessary information but it picked up at around the middle of the book. From then on, it was just like BAM, action around every corner. There were plot twists that were extremely surprising and had me dying to pick up the second book. I feel that it had just enough intrigue to keep me coming back for more.

WILL-FREAKIN-HERONDALE. OMG! Throughout the entire book, I was just like in awe of how stunningly similar he was to Jace personality-wise. I'm gonna assume that because his last name is Herondale, he is in some way related to Jace. Just as Jace, his character was really well-developed, really funny, lovable and just downright sexy. He just had this kind of bad-boy-with-a-dark-past feel to him and I loved it. Overall, the characters and their interactions with one another were perfectly written and definitely contributed to my love for the story.

This novel was fantastic and I'm really looking forward to continuing with the trilogy and I hope the other books are even better than this one was.


Final Sentence of the Book
"Why don't you tell me what the problem is?" - Magnus Bane

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Adventure~Warlocks~Cassandra Clare~ShadowHunters

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Review: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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Title:Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Author:Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:May 23rd 2006
Source:Library
Format:Hardcover
Pages:183

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It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City – and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be – and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.

Review
If I could sum up everything I felt whilst reading this book in three words, they would be: "This was horrible." Prior to reading this book, I had never read anything from David Levithan or Rachel Cohn so there was no hype or excitement, just curiosity. Now it seems that the statement "Curiosity killed the cat" is really true. Of course, I ought to give credit where credit is due. The plot wasn't half-bad, it was actually quite interesting and drew me in at first. That was, unfortunately, the only GOOD thing about this book. After reading this catastrophe, I feel the need to make a list of things that were WRONG with this book.

WAY TOO MUCH SWEARING. Honestly, I believe that in books, there are times when swearing could be used for emphasis, to further express the characters anger or other STRONG emotions. It shouldn't have been written in every sentence, just because they can. The word "fuck", literally, no lie was used about twice in most sentences. Like, wtf?! This annoyed me to the point where I just wanted to drop the book and not pick it back up. If the intention of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan was to prove how badass all their characters were by making "fuck" their most used vocabulary word,newsflash,they FAILED.

THE ROMANCE WAS FLIMSY AND UNREALISTIC. So basically, Nick and Norah spend a few hours together and they're already in love and kissing, holding hands,almost having sex, Norah's thinking about marriage and babies...hold up...wtf?! What?! THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE! Norah was so "captivated" by Nick that she abandoned her drunk friend, who she'd known forever, trading her away to two strangers in order to spend some quality time with Nick, who shared something in common with her: they both had douche-bag exes who broke their hearts. The conflict between Tris and Nick and Norah and Tal seemed very forced and added very little substance to the overall story.

THE WRITING STYLE WAS CHILDISH. Newsflash, not every teenager loves punk music, goes to crazy clubs and gets drunk. I just thought, I would point that out since, clearly, that's what David Levithan and Rachel Cohn think we all do with our Saturdays. This book portrayed teenagers in such a stereotypical, cliche way, like we're all junkies waiting to receive our next high. The swearing, tight clothes, the punk bands all just prove that when writing this book, David Levithan and Rachel Cohn might have been trying too hard to make this book relate to young adults but it lost its substance, interest and meaning along the way. I think that if you're an adult and you're trying to write a book that is centered towards a younger audience, you need to ask yourself what they would like and try to manipulate their emotions in such a way that they really do love the book and empathize with characters. I'm going to be blunt, if I'm reading a book and I don't like the main characters, there really is nothing motivating me to finish the book.

USE OF MULTIPLE FIRST PERSON NARRATION IS ANNOYING AND CONFUSING. 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' switches back and forth between Norah and Nick's point of view. Now, this usually isn't a bad thing, some authors can do it perfectly and I understand that it was easier for Rachel and David who were both writing for Norah and Nick, respectively. However, when the only indication of the change is the tiny text spelling out their names at the very beginning of each chapter,you can see where it gets confusing. I am the type of girl, who, when reading becomes so consumed by the writing of the author that I really don't bother with the name of the chapter, it does not matter to me. Many times while during this book, I found myself reading Norah's point of view and thinking that it was Nick's (or vice versa) and having to re-read paragraphs because of this. After doing this a million and one times, it started to get very annoying. Note to authors, third person works just as well as first person and is more efficient when there are multiple main characters.

It's because of these reasons that this books gets a one-star rating from me. It was just horrendous and I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone, no one should have to suffer through this torture. If you see this book at the bookstore, don't pick it up, it's not worth a second of your time.

Final Sentence of the Book
Jump.

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Teen "Romance"



Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

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Title:The Here and Now
Author:Ann Brashares
Publisher:Delacorte Press
Publication Date:April 8th 2014
Source:Netgalley
Format:eGalley/ARC
Pages:288

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Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.


Review
What did I think of this book? I, honestly, thought it was a good book, it could have been better but it was a nice, solid read. The writing style was absolutely beautiful and poetic. The premise of the book was intriguing, I've never read anything like it before. The first, let's say, three-quarters or so of this book was amazing but after that...idk...I was confused and everything felt a bit much. The ending was mediocre, it could have been done so much better. Also, Ethan and Prenna's "relationship" seemed a bit rushed, there wasn't much development but I think that their interactions with each other were cute.

Before reading this, I had never read anything by Ann Brashares before and I am completely IN LOVE with her beautiful writing style. She just , well for this novel at least, writes the most vivid and poetic descriptions, they were lovely. I read this as an egalley and have literally over 40 sentences highlighted (the ones that stuck with me). There were just so many romantic, passionate metaphors, similes and symbols that made my heart melt and made me want to read on because I'm a girl and I like to feel girly emotions.

I feel like I've been getting into reading a lot of time-travelling books recently and I must say, the plot of this particular novel was superb. It was original and creative and made me want to read it. It was different than anything I've ever read. You know, usually with time-travelling books, the main character randomly time-travels all over the place which makes it hard to be with her one true love. In this book, the main character comes from the past and it's difficult to be with her love because she CAN kill him! I thought that was super cool!

The first parts of this book had me going "Yes, yes! New favourite book!! I'm down for this! I am with this!" and then coming down to the end, I was just like "Oh, okay, so that happens. What?". I was sooooooooooooooooooo confused about the "climax", I didn't know what the hell was going on, my mind was like on a roller coaster and I couldn't focus on the details! My head was spinning and I didn't understand anything. I think the climatic part of the book was the least exciting, honestly, it just didn't grab me and there was just too much jazz going on. I just, I don't...I can't! I can't!

The ending of this novel sucked, it really did. It left so many questions unanswered. Like, what happened to Prenna and Ethan? Will the ever end up together? What about the plague? Did they figure it out? What's with the crappy beach-ish scene with Katherine (who isn't even that important) at the end? I thought it could have been done so much better. I was really enjoying this and thought that it should have ended with a bang! I think there should be a sequel because that ending was not good enough for me. IT DIDN'T FEED MY HUNGER!! RAWR!

Anyways, my lovelies. I did, in fact, enjoy this book, mostly the first three quarters of it and I think that you guys would too. Maybe you won't have the same problems with it that I did. Overall, it was a good book with some minor issues. So, I gave it three cupcakes.


Final Sentence of the Book
Because who knows what happens next?

Read if you enjoy...
Love~Romance~Time Travelling


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Monday, 7 April 2014

All (or most) of My Unfinished Book Series

Hey, my lovelies! How's it going? So, the title of this blog post is pretty straightforward. Basically (I'm a pretty basic perra), I'm going to reveal all of my deepest, darkest secrets. HAHA, nope. -.- Ain't nobody got time for THAT! I'm just going to show you all the books series that I haven't completed as yet. And I've separated them into two categories: Books that were frickin' awesome that I haven't finished either because I haven't the book in my possession or it hasn't come out yet and Books that were absolutely horrendous and should be burned so I'm not wasting my time! Also, I'm not going to give explanations as to why I want to continue/discontinue a series just because there's so many and it would take all of our lifetimes. So, that's about it from me! I hope you enjoy reading this.

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Unfinished Book Series that I'm Planning to Complete
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Unfinished Book Series that I'm never going to finish because they sucked!
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