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Monday, 15 December 2014

Making Up For Monday #11: Shocking Character Deaths


Hosted by An Avid Reader, A Wannabe Writer
Description: Each week I will have a book-related theme or game, or something fun to do that week. And you can play along! All you have to do is find the question for that week, go to your own blog, write a post that day based on that question, and link your post to this one using the link up tool at the bottom of the post.

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?


Hosted by An Avid Reader, A Wannabe Writer
Description: Each week I will have a book-related theme or game, or something fun to do that week. And you can play along! All you have to do is find the question for that week, go to your own blog, write a post that day based on that question, and link your post to this one using the link up tool at the bottom of the post.

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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