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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Goodreads to Blog Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Title:The Fault in Our Stars
Author:John Green
Publisher:Dutton Books
Publication Date:January 1st 2012
Source:Personal Buy


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I must admit that I had been avoiding reading this book for quite some time because of the number of people who raved about it. I am a bit hesitant to read books that a lot of people love and talk about because I feel that they never live up my expectations and I am always disappointed. This particular novel, however, did no such thing. It was just so sad and heartbreaking but at the same time, absolutely beautiful and brilliant, a masterpiece that deserves all of the glory that it is given.

The characters were relatable and extremely well-developed and after reading the first quarter of this book, I found myself falling for it, becoming so emotionally and mentally involved in the story. I loved Hazel! For a girl that had a tumor on her lungs and could die at any given minute, she was quite entertaining and rather funny, especially when it came to her relationship with Augustus (the SEXY BEAST). Periodically ,she became sad because of her disease (but who wouldn't?) but for the most part, she was pretty optimistic.

John Green's writing style immediately piqued my interest, it was rather unique and contributed to my love for this story. I went in to this book, knowing that it was famous and a lot of people loved it, but...I never actually really KNEW what it was about. It's content surprised me and gave me thorough insight and a greater respect for those that are suffering with cancer and those who've lost their love ones to the disease. It made me super empathetic and throughout the entire book, I just kept getting the urge to like reach in and give Hazel, Gus and Isaac like a huge bear hug because they needed one.

JOHN GREEN, WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME!!!? Sorry, I just finished reading and I'm kind of emotional right now. And also scared to read anything else by John Green because he made me love them, made me love Hazel and Augustus' relationship to death and then, he just...he tugged at the heartstrings, man. He just...he...JUST READ THE FRICKIN BOOK, IT'S FLAWLESS!.

Final Sentence of the Book

I do.

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Stockpile Sundays: An Original Meme Created by Yours Truly!

Hey, guys! How are you? Out of complete boredom and bloggers' block, I decided to create this weekly meme, I guess,sort of, where I show you the stuff that I've been obsessing over and "stockpiling". Stockpiling in the sense of addiction to particular things and not necessarily physical collection of objects. These "things" can range from books and TV-shows to little bits and bobs that you might discover in your everyday life. I thought that it was the perfect way for you, as my readers, to get to know me a little better and kind of get inside of my head a little bit. Feel free to join in on the fun and do this yourselves because it is really nice to share what I have been loving with all of you. This week, or for a couple of weeks now, the thing that I have been hoarding is free e-books.

Honestly, I am never one to purchase e-books because I prefer to have physical books in my hand and the only reason why you would find apps such as Kindle, Nook and iBooks on my iPad is to facilitate the receiving of e-galleys from authors/publishers. Nothing against e-books or anything, I just do not see the sense in purchasing them with money when you could instead buy a physical copy that sometimes costs the same amount of money or less. However, recently, I went a little crazy with the e-books, particularly, the free e-books that are not usually noticed because they are not advertised by our beloved e-retailers. I thought that today, I could share with you the free e-books that I've downloaded in the last 2 weeks from either Barnes and Noble, Kindle or iBooks because there are a lot of them, I think 20+. Hopefully, this post gives you an idea of books that you may want to get because, come on, they are free, jump on that!

Nook Books
I only have two books from the Nook store and they are books that I did not actually willfully download but I am going to keep them in my library because they are pretty frickin' awesome and I cannot wait to read them.

1) The first is A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin! What?! Why was this free?! I am positive that you all are familiar with this series, I love the TV-show and I have yet to touch any of the books. I almost bought a physical copy of this book a while ago and I am absolutely ecstatic that I did not because I got it for free. It is not free on the Nook Store anymore and I am positive that I got it as a result of some mix up or something because I just downloaded the app, opened it and there it was!

2)The same thing happened for the second book, I didn't download it, it was just there but I am so excited to read The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. If you are not aware, she is the author of the Secret Life of Bees, I have yet to read that book but it is one of my favourite movies of all time and I think that I will read this book and then get on to reading that one.

iBook Books
I have a couple books to share with you that I downloaded from the iBooks store but two of them were part of Apple's Book of the Week feature so I am not completely sure if they are still free but you can check them out. Because of the sheer number of books I am going to show you guys, I cannot go in depth into what they are about so I will just list the books, if that is okay.

1)The Boys of Summer by C.J Duggan (Summer #1)
2)Falling for Her Fiance by Cindi Madsen (Accidentally in Love #1)
3)Shadow of the Realm by Dionne Lister (The Circle of Talia #1)
4)That Boy by Jillian Dodd (That Boy #1)
5)Breaking Rules by Tracie Puckett (Breaking #1)
6)Ever Shade by Alexia Purdy (A Dark Faerie Tale #1)
7)Saving Wishes by G.J Walker Smith (Wishes #1)
8)The Summer I Gave Up Boys by Kassandra Kush
9)Crush by Jordan (I know this is the first book, I'm not sure what this series is called)
10)Star Wars Volume 1: In The Shadow of Yavin

Kindle Books
I am extremely pumped for all of these books because a lot of them, I downloaded because of Goodreads and various blogs so...YAY FOR THE INTERNET! Again, there are so many of them so I can't explain too much.

1)The Next Forever by Lisa Burstein (Pretty Amy #1.5)
2)Talented by Sophie Davis (Talented #1)
3)Significance by Shelly Crane (Significance #1)
4)Hollowland by Amanda Hocking (The Hollows #1)
5)Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis(The Grey Wolves #1)
6)A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries #1)
7)Against the Wall by Julie Prestsater (Against the Wall #1)
8)Season of the Moon Series, Books 1-4 by SM Reine
9)Captured by Erica Stevens (The Captive Series #1)
10)The Descent Series, Books 1-3 by SM Reine

Those are all the free books that I got. Yes, I am aware that I got 27 e-books and yes, I know I am insane, I have a problem. A lot of these books actually have really great ratings on Goodreads and that's why I got them. For others, it was the cover and the synopsis that drew me in. I will continue to download free e-books not just because they're free, but because I think that you never know what to expect when you read them. They are usually the less hyped books and I am always excited to dive right into them because you never know, you might just end up finding your new favourite. I have yet to start any of these e-books because I am not currently reading anything, I'm trying to get mentally prepared for the amount of reading that I'm planning to do for ARC August. Just living my life because I know in August, I'm not gonna have one. :)

Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my ramblings. I love you guys to...infinity and beyond! And I'll talk to you in my next post!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass (The Selection Trilogy #1)

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Title:The Selection
Author:Kiera Cass
Publication Date:April 24th 2012
Source:Personal Buy


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

This book definitely did not live up to my expectations. I gave it three cupcakes so obviously I enjoyed it a little but not as much I was hoping to enjoy it. That being stated, I sectioned off this review into different sections to help me distinctly justify my reasons for saying that because I know that a lot of people really like this trilogy but I cannot truthfully say that I am huge fan of this book, sadly. Let's start from the outside of the book and work our way into the inside.

I loved the cover of this book, as I do with most books that have gorgeous girls in beautiful dresses on the cover. It wasn't just the girl though. It was the fact that it perfectly described what the story was about, gave the reader an exact idea of what they would be getting themselves into. I, personally, get so annoyed when the covers of books tell you absolutely nothing about the literature inside. I am completely baffled as to why publishers pick covers that in no way relate to the premise of the books. Why?

The synopsis of this book could go and die in a hole for all I care because it did nothing for me. It, unfortunately did not compel me to read this book because it was so boring and cliche and immediately hinted at the the fact that there was going to be a love triangle. Why would you do that? I wanted to figure that out for myself, thank you very much. It was poorly written, I could not.

America Singer,apart from being the second person I have heard using with her first name, also took the cake for being the most boring protagonist ever. She was not funny, she was not badass, she was not the silent killer type. She was just America and America kind of either put me to sleep most of the time or annoyed the hell out of me. I feel as if every good YA chracter should have a niche, something, anything that makes them unique and I truly believe that America has two: her uncanny ability to be oblivious even in the most obvious situations and her disposition to make absolutely dreadful decisions that inevitably causes everyone around her to hate her or be jealous. I mean, it's time for you to wake up and smell the coffee, America, you are never being released from this contest and Maxon likes you, stop pretending like it's not true! As a result of this, no attachment grew between me and this character; she was kind of flat most of the time and not an ideal female lead.

The Premise and Plot of the Book
The world that was described in this book was intriguing and I immediately became enveloped in this world. Honestly, whether it is a TV show or a book/comic, I enjoy anything that involves kingdoms and castles. I'm a sucker for those types of things and for that reason, I devoured this book. However, I found the actual plot of the book to be immensely irritating. It was so predictable, nothing surprised me and I did not feel like any real conflict existed. There were attacks and such but it was not major and that kind of sucked the life out of the book. This idea could have been developed so well and could have been really epic but it was played safe and lacked for me. There was not much of a story because again, I knew everything that was going to happen and I wasn't even spoiled, everything was obvious to everyone except America.

The Love Triangle
The love triangle of this book was sub-par and unbalanced, I was not a fan. First of all, I felt like we barely got to know Aspen, he was hardly in the book. The character development in this book sucked but Aspen's was the worst of all. We knew what we knew about him through America and that was very little because she was trying to get over him. By the time he started to appear more, the readers would have already gained a lot of attachment to Maxon and that's unfair. The romance in this book was flimsy and unrealistic. America was calm having to share Maxon with twenty-something other girls, though a bit jealous, she handled it well and trust me, no woman does that. Everything between Maxon and America seemed awkward and mechanical and I could not. I could not with the romance, I could not with the love triangle, I could not with Aspen and Maxon, I just could not.

Now, you all are probably wondering why I rated this book three cupcakes if I had so many problems with it. That is because, despite all the horrible things I think about the book, it was a guilty pleasure read. I flew threw it and loved the kind of Gossip Girl feel that it possessed and even though I hated many, many things about the book, I enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to picking up the second novel in the trilogy even though I can probably just guess what's going to happen.

Final Sentence of the Book

I pulled back the covers and leaped into the morning.

Read if you enjoy...


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I'm actually for the first time going to compare a book to a TV show and that TV show is Gossip Girl. It just gave me them Gossip Girl feels.

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

ARC August 2014: The Books + The Feels

Welcome back to my blog! Today, I am going to be talking about a feature hosted by Octavia over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. and let me tell you, this challenge was just the answer to my prayers. If you do not yet know what I'm talking about, if you can't tell from the title, it is ARC August 2014! Basically, it is a month dedicated to reading all the ARCs that you may have been sent throughout the year/years that you've been lousy at reading. Click on the image above to sign up for ARC August!

I am absolutely horrible at keeping up with ARC reading because I have so many other books on my bookshelf that sometimes take priority but not this month! This month I am going to challenge myself to read all the unread ARCs that I currently have in my possession and they are:

1)The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Houm
2)Dualed and Divided by Elsie Chapman (Dualed #1 and #2)
3)We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
4)Save Yourself by Kelly Braffer
5)The Last Knight by Nicola S. Dorrington
6)Chasing Freedom by Nicola S. Dorrington
7)Land of the Unaltered by Leti Del Mar(Confederation #1)

Those are all the book that I plan to finish in August and they were either sent to me by the author themselves or I received them from either Netgalley or BloggingForBooks. My mind is just ready and waiting to dive into all of these different worlds and I think that it is going to be a great time! Don't forget to sign up and I'll talk to you guys later. I love you to the moon and back.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Marry, Kiss, Kill (Book Edition)

Hey Guys! Welcome back to my blog! Today, I thought I would do something a bit different! I am going to be endulging in a little game that I thought was really cool: The Marry, Kiss, Kill game. Basically it's where you randomly choose characters from different books and then you have to make the most difficult choice ever whether you want to marry them, kiss them or kill them! I chose the names for the game by gathering all my favourite books and writing down male characters from those books. That got about 60 names which is clearly, way too much so to alleviate that problem, I put all of the names in a jar, shook it to randomize, selected only 21 names and discarded the rest. I hope that you guys enjoy reading this because I had a lot of fun with this little game. :)

This was an easy group. Obviously, I'm going to kill Mortmain because he is just an evil, manipulative bastard. I'll kiss Emmett because why not make out with a sexy vampire?! Of course, I want to marry Harry Potter because he's the boy who lived! Plus, his name alone is associated with so many happy memories. :)

Looks like we have a theme going in this group; all of these characters are either from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series or the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. I would kill Chiron because he's a centaur and centuries old which is weird. He is nice, I guess, but...eww! I would kiss Luke because, even though he's the villian in the books, have you seen the actor that plays him in the movies?! SO HOT! And I would marry Leo because then I'd get to kiss him all the time(along with other things jk). Leo is so adorable and nerdy and we would be so happy together!

I would easily kiss Apollon because he was so funny and lovable in E. Now, it gets hard. I love Jasper and I don't hate Warner anymore, I'm just starting to like him. Okay...I'm gonna...kill Warner and marry Jasper!

So...right off the blocks, Marcus is dead. Carlisle or Ron? This is hard because they're both so nice and sweet! I can't! Can I marry them both?! Okay, okay, I'm calm! I think I'll kiss Ron on his very freckled face and marry Carlisle because he's really loving and will take great care of me.

I feel like I would kill Mason because I never really had much of an attachment to him in Vampire Academy. I mean, he was an interesting character, I guess (not interesting for too long though :D). I would marry Dimitri for sure because not only is he extremely physically attractive but he's also kind-hearted. That leaves Felix, who I would kiss because he is sexy and a vampire and a member of the Volturi so...yeah.

THIS. IS. SO. DIFFICULT. Kill Demetri but...he's too hot to die! He's portrayed by Charlie Bewley for crying out loud! Hmm...I would...kiss Simon and marry Will! There, I said it, toughest decision of my life!

Kill Peter, kiss Henry, marry Jace. That was easy!

So that was my little game. I'm curious, would you have chosen differently for any of my picks? Comment down below and tell me! Until next time, stay happy and I love you guys to the moon and back.

P.S The weird little "!" thing is an exclamation point.