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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Stacking The Shelves #6: The Really Really Tiny One

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! I have not done one of these posts in quite some time and that is simply because, I haven't been buying any books recently. I've been in a massive reading slump for the past two months and I know that if I buy more books, they'll just sit on my bookshelf, haunting me. This book haul is so insubstantial, I warn you, because is it technically a haul if there's only one book in it? I ordered four books on Amazon and they are on their way but it didn't seem right to "haul" them as they are not mine yet. Hopefully, I get out of my reading slump which is mainly a result of stress from school and I can buy more books! Anyway, let's talk about the thing that you came here to see: the book! I was sent, way back at the beginning of January, a copy of Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid by the lovely people over at Harlequin Teen. Insert beautiful cover below. Ain't it pretty? I've been hearing a lot of things about this novel and it's being compared to Paper Towns by John Green which is one of my all-time favourite contemporaries so I MUST read it! Thank you, Harlequin Teen!

What about you guys? What books have found a home on your bookshelves recently? Comment down below and tell me!



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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Life of a Blogger: My Saturday Morning (Usually)


Life of a Blogger is a feature hosted by Novel Heartbeat, where you guys get to know us, the bloggers, on a more personal level as each week we tackle a new topic that is unrelated to books.

This week's topic is: Routines!


Hello, guys! Welcome back to my blog! I initially was not going to do this week's topic because for me, it would make for quite a boring post as my routines are probably as dull as they could get. Still, as uninteresting as my routines are, they help you to know a bit more about me which is awesome so here we go!

Let's talk about Saturday because, honestly, on the other days, I am just a disoriented mess because I either 1) have school or 2)I am procrastinating a crap ton of homework FOR school. I usually wake up at around 5:30 AM on Saturdays, no reason, and I just lie there for half an hour, staring into space and praying that my freakish early-morning ways don't wake anyone else in the house because that would be unfortunate. Then, when I do decide to haul my lazy butt off my bed, I tiptoe into the bathroom (to pee, mostly likely :P) and do a quick survey of the fridge for the remains of the previous night's feast, even though I never actually make anything until my parents wake up (what? There's nothing better than mommy's cooking). Afterwards, I ninja back into my room and boot up my iPad and my laptop because what else am I gonna do at 6AM in the morning? Firstly, I check my emails because I just love doing that, there's always a fun little surprise waiting for me: new blog posts from my fav bloggers, bookish news + new review requests! I could spend anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour reading my emails. Next, I move onto Twitter and stalk all the humans while simultaneously checking my blog and looking at cute clothes online (yeah, I can multitask :P). Then, I either start writing my blog posts for the week or I catch up on my TV shows, usually the latter because I'm a really lazy interesting girl. I generally do that until my mom wakes up at around 10-ishAM and decides to make breakfast and yell at me for "not doing housework" before I voyage on the internet. The rest of my morning is kind a blur: I come off the computer, eat, shower, do chores and jump back on my laptop and wait for next Saturday when I can do it all again.

What about you guys? What do you do on Saturday mornings? Comment down below and tell me! Until my next post, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #4)


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Title:The Fiery Heart
Author:Richelle Mead
Publisher:Razorbill
Publication Date:November 19th 2015
Source:Bought
Format:Paperback
Pages:420

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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

MY THOUGHTS

The Fiery Heart picks up right where The Indigo Spell left off. It's actually one of the things that I love about this series, it doesn't waste time with unnecessary details, it just gets right into the nitty-gritty of things. Sydney's younger sister, Zoe, has arrived and she not only has to worry about hiding her escalating relationship with Adrian from her but also the fact that she is soon to be a sworn in member of a witch coven and is working to uncover the secrets of the organization that she has lived in fear of her entire life. Obviously, life isn't perfect and stuff happens but skip skip skip, I don't want to spoil anyone so let's just move onto my spoiler-free review!

I loved this novel, as I have loved every Richelle Mead novel that I have ever read. It was fantastic. The plot was fast-paced and breathtaking. Sydney and Adrian, SADRIAN! Also, the massive cliffhanger at the end gave me all the feels! And kind of made me want to kill every Alchemist in existence, exclusive of Sydney, of course.

Richelle Mead's stories function like a human body would; there are many different features but they all somehow work together to create a beautiful and utterly intriguing tale. For starters, The Fiery Heart interchanged between Sydney and Adrian's point of view which was new, she's never done it with the other books of the series, but it worked. Many times, while reading the other books, I'd find myself wondering what Adrian was up to while Sydney and the gang were at school. Now, we get to not only find out what Adrian does during the day, but also get an insight as to how his mind works, how he actually feels about everything: Sydney, his aunt's death, life. There's also the magic element of the book and Sydney constantly discovering something new and the troubles that she has in that part of her life. I think that when you join that with Sydney's alchemist ink findings, moroi-strigoi transformation news, relationship conflict between Jill and Eddie and Trey and Angeline AND still having to hide all of that from Zoe, it seems like a bit much. BUT, it isn't! Somehow, someway ,unknown to all of mankind, Richelle Mead makes all of these aspects of the novel fit like a glove and work in perfect harmony. Not only is the novel amazing but it is also constantly moving. There are no dragging moments and you never want to put it down (which is good and bad if you're like me and have the world of homework to do).

To be honest, I was a bit iffy about the whole Sydney-Adrian relationship when it first kicked off but I must say, this book sealed the deal for me and made every negative thought evaporate! Their relationship makes my heart melt every time they're in the same room together, it is so sweet and adorable how deeply they've fallen for each other. It also brings about a sense of closure and makes me happy that Adrian is no longer pining over his lost relationship with Rose (Rimitri for life!) because I feel like he deserves the all-encompassing love that he has with Sydney and shouldn't have to worry about her falling for another guy. And the level of sarcasm that is present in their relationship KILLS me, LOL every time!

I can't talk about it without potentially spoiling everyone reading this review but the cliffhanger at the end had me like:

And also like:

But mostly like:

In short, not unexpectedly, Richelle Mead created another masterpiece that has me anxiously awaiting the sequel. Thankfully, I have ordered both Silver Shadows and The Ruby Circle and they are on their way! Yay! For those of you hesitant to dive into this world, maybe you've read the Vampire Academy series or maybe you haven't (you should), don't hesitate any longer! Jump on this bandwagon and ride it into the sunset because you will not regret it. It was fantastic and I don't even need to say this but I'm going to say it anyway, I gave it five cupcakes.


Final Sentence of the Book
"All right," I managed to say, just before I crumpled to the floor, "Let's see what you've got."

Favourite Lines in the Book
"Relax, having kids is years away. But can you imagine? Your brains, my charm, our collective good looks...then add in the usual physical abilities dhampirs get It's really not even fair to everyone else." - Adrian

"The center will hold"
"How do you know?"
"Because we are the center"

"Did Belikov bend the rules of time and space to get here so fast? He can do that, right?" - Adrian


etc. If I were to list all, we'd be here all day. :P


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #5: Favourite Heroines!


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks' topic is the top ten heroines from books/movies/TV shows.

Hey, guys! It's me again, back on a lovely Tuesday morning with a lovely Top Ten Tuesday Post. I normally do not do these because, while they are one of my favourite types of posts to read, they are an absolute PAIN to format. However, the topic this week really intrigued me (Top Ten Heroines! Power to the Females!) and I needed to discuss. Some of the people that I chose are loosely heroines, they sometimes are not in the foreground but just stood out to me while reading/watching TV. Also, my picks are no particular order, I love them all the same! Hope you enjoy reading and feel free to comment your personal picks! Until my net blog post, I love you guys to infinity and beyond!




It is no secret that the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead is one of my all time favourite series and I think that Rose is a major reason why. She is such a strong protagonist; she's beautiful, she's ridiculously sarcastic and not to mention that she's a total badass! I didn't enjoy the movie at all, it made a mockery of a truly amazing book series, and I didn't feel like the actress really portrayed what Rose was all about but I still adore the character. Honestly, all of my LOL moments while reading this series were either said by her or said in relation to her.

The Khaleesi! For those of you reading this who watch Game of Thrones, you know...you just know. Daenerys starts off the series as a fragile exiled royal forced by her brother to marry a Dothraki king twice her age. Somehow, as the show progresses, she transforms into this dragon-mother and army-owner who will not stop until she claims the throne of Westeros, her birthright. Her character is incredible and basically breaks all gender stereotypes in Game of Thrones. She's a female leader but she is just and not vindictive and she needs to rule!

This list would not be complete without the ever-brilliant, Hermione Granger. Do I even need to explain why I put her on this list? For starters, she is wonderfully intelligent and because of this, she saves her friends' lives on many instances. She is also brave and selfless and loyal and truthfully, I don't think that Harry Potter would be alive beyond the first book if it wasn't for Hermione.

Unlike her sister, Sansa, who I personally find to be incredibly dull and naive, Arya is neither of those things and I believe that she is incredibly strong for having survived all the things that she has. There is just a spark in her that seems to carry her throughout the show and maybe it's everything that she has witnessed in her years, but she is incredibly mature for her age. She is also one of my favourite characters in Game of Thrones.

Bonnie (from the Vampire Diaries) is probably the most compassionate and selfless character on the show. She does everything for everyone, no matter the consequences to herself. Sometimes, it is a bit sad because I feel like her love for her friends is a one-sided thing. She just has horrible friends who forget about her a lot even though she has saved them more times than I can count.

So, guys, I recently started getting into The 100, I'm on season 2 and I just needed to include Octavia Blake on this list. Girl power to the max! It's like why send a man to do what Octavia Blake can do in five seconds without blinking?

Percabeth for life! Annabeth's character is a lot similar to Hermione's in that she somehow knows everything there is to know about everything. Yep, I don't think they'd get along very well. In the same way that I enjoy reading about Hermione's character, I enjoy reading about Annabeth's because she adds so much to PJO and without her, again, Percy would be dead before the first novel finished.

First of all, I'd like to give credit to chyrsalisgrey on deviantart for the lovely drawing of June and Patsie (don't know her last name, couldn't find it anywhere) for the absolutely stunning illustration. June is superwoman; she has the stealth of a cheetah and is incredibly smart. She starts of the trilogy as an antagonist to Day and as the trilogy unfolds, we see her alliances shift and get to watch her make the valiant decision of turning against everything she's ever known and opt to start a revolution with Day. Reading about her was so thrilling because she wasn't a sit-back-and-watch character, she was knee-deep in the middle of all the action.

I don't know how many of you watch Reign. If you don't, you should. It chronicles the life of Mary Staurt, Queen of Scots and before you're turned off from it, it's soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! There's drama, there's action and then, there's Mary. Mary redefines the laws of monarchy; she is young and has all these new ideas and morals and refuses to be pushed down by anyone let alone a man. She has such strong opinions and values and she is such a powerful character. She is a force to be reckoned with and puts the needs of her people before herself. I love Mary, I love Reign!

Sydney's brain is a calculator. Literally. That she's sure of, everything else, not so much. At the beginning of the Bloodlines series and even at the end of the VA series, she is so insecure and not really sure of who she is. As it moves along however, we see a development in Sydney and she's suddenly confident and rebellious and an all-powerful witch!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Blog Tour: The Line by William L.J Galaini

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Title:The Line
Author:William L.J Galaini
Publisher:CreateSpace
Publication Date:November 22nd 2012
Genre: Sci-fi
Pages:290

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Suspended in the nothing between timelines, the station Janus is an unseen marvel: the greatest technological achievement in human innovation. From Janus, Gustavo and his hand-selected team of historians and engineers venture into the past and observe history, unseen and unnoticed.

But they are not alone.

Another traveler is shattering history. Unhindered by desires to remain scientific and uninvolved, the intruder’s technology is far advanced with methods more brutal and a present more terrifying than anything Gustavo and his team are prepared for. As they apply their intellects and skills towards solving the mystery of the ferocious interloper, they discover than they have its full attention.


EXCERPT
Wyatt looked to the heads-up display that covered his face and saw that he was standing in Sierra Leone, West Africa, thirty miles northeast of Freetown. The year was 1994 and the sun stabbed spears of light through the leafy canopy overhead. The common thunderstorms of October had already passed, and the drier air made the leaves vibrant and the breeze less suffocating.
There was a serenity to the wilderness around him that was betrayed the moment he looked at the surrounding carnage.
Wyatt’s feet were silent, even to the birds and insects about, and he softly toed his way among the spent shell casings and strewn viscera toward the table at the center of the abandoned rebel camp. Not a soul breathed except Wyatt and his partner, Rupert.
“We’re clear,” Wyatt said after clicking his com on with his tongue. Despite Rupert being a mere twenty feet away, it was the only way for them to verbally communicate. “I’m not seeing anything breathing within sixty yards of camp. What have you got there?”
With the hints of a crisp West Indies accent, Rupert responded. “I have a trophy table. I count twelve among the dead, but there are more trophies here than that number…so I suspect either prisoners were taken post-amputation or we’re missing a stash of bodies…”
“There are tracks leading out of camp in several directions with blood and tar on the leaves. Maybe the assailants diced them and then dipped the wounds in one of the tar buckets and sent them on their way. Old Navy trick.”
“Maybe …” Rupert replied skeptically. Wyatt looked about some more. Several of the shelters were built into half-dug mounds for keeping them temperate as well as disguised from the air, so he decided to explore one of those. Careful not to slip in the blood pools on the dirt-ramp that led down, Wyatt disappeared into darkness. “Looks like a makeshift armory,” he said, as much for Rupert’s ear buds as Wyatt’s own records. “The usual. Some surface-to-air, AK’s, kids’ versions of AK’s, mines, a lot of Russian made ordnance, but hardly from Russia … most likely diamond-bought from neighbors who in turn got them from the Ukraine…” Wyatt put his face as close as he could without touching the leaning rifle in order to try to read the serial number. “Yep, Ukraine. Made post-bloc and second or third hand.”
Looking further, Wyatt found maps of the region on the wall as well as photos of various local women being gang-raped or beaten to death. A few pictures were of both at once. “These guys were RUF.” Wyatt added finally.
“Clearly, given the year,” Rupert said. “Check out the tent next to that building you’re in and tell me what you think. After that, you’ll really want to see what is on this table I’m looking at…”
“Wilco,” Wyatt said, not unhappy about leaving the armory and its garish photography. Stepping back into the shafted sunlight, he could stand his full height, and spent a moment taking in the camp, as a whole, before moving on.
There were bodies everywhere. The black skin of the Sierra Leone rebels, in some ways, hid how much blood there really was. Blackened and baked, the bodily fluids had soaked into the ground and saturated the torn uniforms and casual clothes the RUF had worn. Some of the dead had their heads literally crushed into the dirt, collapsed with eyes bulging and tongues bitten off into the dust. Others had crumpled sternums, ribs crackled into spider-leg compound fractures jutting up from their chests toward the peeking sun. One man had his pants around his ankles with his genitals torn off and shoved into his mouth. It was clear that while under attack, they were in various stages of dress and preparedness. They had been taken completely off guard.
Wyatt was a veteran of many military and government sanctioned conflicts. Some of those conflicts never even had names. He had seen enough bloodshed and violence that he stopped wondering where his tolerance for it would stop. What he witnessed here was something entirely new. Trying to form the words to explain how astounded he was, Wyatt found that adjectives failed him. So he moved on to the tent that Rupert had indicated prior.
Instantly it was clear what the tent was. In the far back, at the center, was a small television. There were two rows of twig and straw beddings that lined the whole tent and all about were pornographic magazines, board games, empty wine bottles, and drug paraphernalia. Toeing around the bedding, tossed clothes, and bottles, Wyatt made his way to the TV and looked at the VHS cassette tapes. Rambo 2, various Jason and Freddy horror movies, and a few unlabeled tapes were present.
It was clearly a tent for training child soldiers, and at the center of it was a body crushed to the limit of human recognition, its spine bent almost ninety degrees.
Wyatt was familiar with the ‘recruitment’ process of snatching up refugee children, making them think their families rejected them, and desensitizing them through drugs, porn, violence, and cruelty. “Okay, but there are no bodies of kids anywhere.” Wyatt walked through the back of the tent nearest the jungle’s brush line and found a whole row of tiny tracks leading into the darkened depths of the distance. He was about to comment on how they clearly weren’t running given the length between each footprint when he saw a new pair of footprints. They weren’t boots. They looked more like bare feet. And the distinct prints were massive and deep compared to the small march of children’s tracks. All led to the jungle.
Wyatt crouched down at the large prints to make sure his recording devices would pick up everything possible. He switched his HUD to heat vision, cycled through electromagnetic fields, and took a near-silent sonic ‘ping’ that would map out the dimensions of the print. The on-board computer displayed across his vision that the footprint had been pressed into the ground by over three hundred pounds of pressure at a whopping shoe size of eighteen or beyond.
Wyatt gazed out into the jungle, to wherever the large-footed person had guided those children, and wondered where and if he could see someone looking back. He allowed himself a moment.
“Okay, let me see this trophy table.” Wyatt walked around the tent, always cautious of where he was stepping and how hard. To disturb anything whatsoever was a major concern. On his way, Wyatt found another print … large, perfect, and deeper in the front – as if the owner had stomped on the ball of their foot and pivoted… but there were no accompanying prints near it.
Mind still aflutter with the mental sketch of these large assailants, he wasn’t quite ready for what Rupert had to show him. He stood across the table from Rupert, looking down at the large arranged pile of collected hands on top of it. Rupert was constantly tilting his head to allow his eye pieces to take detailed measurements and readings. Some fingers were broken and twisted, but nearly every hand was cleanly severed, some prior to death and some after. Wyatt sighed.
“This is the single largest act of anger I have ever seen. It’s a bloody marvel.”
He had finally found the words he had been looking for.




William Galaini grew up in Pennsylvania and Florida. His mother gave him an early love of reading, especially when it came to the great classics of science fiction. He is also a history buff and fascinated by mythology and folklore. His various vocational pursuits include being a singer in a professional high school choir, manager of the call center at a luxury resort, U.S. Army medic, prison guard, and middle school English teacher. As such, he is perfectly suited to breech a solid metal door, humanely restrain the enemy within, and politely correct their grammar all while humming Handel’s Messiah and drinking a lovely cuppa tea.

He currently hangs his hat, rucksack, and tweed smoking jacket in Northern Virginia.







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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (Newsoul Trilogy #1)


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Title:Incarnate
Author:Jodi Meadows
Publisher:Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date:January 31st 2012
Source:Bought
Format:Hardcover
Pages:374

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New soul

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

No soul

Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Heart

Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

MY THOUGHTS

The night Ana was born, the light in the temple at the centre of Heart went out and the soul scanner could not identify her soul which was supposed to have been Ciana's. As a result of this, she is disliked by most of the reincarnated souls who fear that they are next to be replaced  and has lived all of her life tucked away in Purple Rose Cottage with her hateful mother who believes that she is a "nosoul", a disease that needs to be rid of. On her eighteenth birthday, she sets off on a journey to Heart with a mission to find out why she was born.

To be quite honest, it was extremely difficult to get into this book at first because the premise took some getting used to but moving past that, I think that Incarnate was a fantastic read. I really enjoyed reading Ana's story because she was such a relatable character and she was innocent so her interactions with new things and new people were intriguing. Also, I loved the abstract idea of love and how it can exist in any way, shape or form. Furthermore, there was so much action in this novel that I couldn't NOT like it.

It took me about two weeks to really sit down and force myself to power through this novel because I was so confused about EVERYTHING. Confused about the world and the terminology; "quindecs" and "years". I still don't fully understand the "years" but I'm hoping that the other two books clear things up for me. To top that off, I felt like the story just kind of dove into Ana leaving for Heart without much explanation of reincarnation so for the first fifty pages, I didn't know left from right.

Ana, as a protagonist, was well done. Props to Jodi Meadows. She was so inexperienced and ignorant of the world of souls and reincarnation. It made reading the story a lot more enjoyable because we, the readers, were learning and discovering and exploring alongside her. Ana was sarcastic and perceptive and somehow ridiculously good at overhearing other people's conversations.

Love was a major theme in Incarnate, from the rededication of souls to the growing relationship between Sam and Ana, it was everywhere. Jodi Meadows shows that love is not physical and isn't based on outward appearances and arbitrary things like age. Sam has lived for hundreds of lifetimes and this is Ana's first and despite the fact that he is over a thousand years her senior and she knows that he has had past forms and lovers, she is able to fall for him. It was heart-warming and an intriguing take on love.

Action littered almost every page of Incarnate, there was so much of it. It was honestly impossible to put this novel down. There were dragons guys! Dragons! It left my heart racing and whoa. Just whoa. No words.

In conclusion, I just want to reiterate how much of a ride this book was. The plot of this book was insane. Insanely creative and insanely well-written. Though I had trouble getting into it, it was still fantastic, superb, unlike anything I've ever read. I loved it and gave it four cupcakes (in case you were wondering).



Final Sentence in the Novel
A thousand years from now, even if I was never reborn, people would remember me: Ana Incarnate.

Favourite Lines from the Book
"What is a soul, but a consciousness born and born again."

"After I worked so hard saving you, I'd appreciate if you didn't try to kill yourself again." - Sam

"He held on to me like I was a rock, the only thing keeping him from drifting out with the tide of dark memories."




SIDE NOTE: I decided not to translate my blog posts into Spanish anymore. I know, I know, it seems like I'm giving up but they take so much time to do and are part of the reason why I haven't been uploading as frequently as I would like. I have posts written already, they just take hours to translate and I think that my blog is suffering because of that. I really like the idea of Spanish translation still though. Maybe I'll do then when I have free time, maybe during break from school? Idk? I never know. Keep your eyes peeled.


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #6: The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2)


Title:The Revolution of Ivy
Author:Amy Engel
Publisher:Entangled Teen
Publication Date:November 3th, 2015
Source:Giveaway
Format:Paperback
Pages:304


Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty—forced marriages and murder plots—for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall’s borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy’s life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she’s fought for



MY PRE-READ THOUGHTS/MIS PENSAMIENTOS ANTES DE LEER
I finished reading the first book in this series, duology, trilogy (idk) about a week ago ( click here to read my review on the Book of Ivy) and I absolutely adored it! It was fantastic and ended in such a vague way that made you want to know more. And I want to know more so of course, I need this novel in my life. This comes out in like 11 months, it doesn't even have a cover yet but I'm already counting down the days until it will be in my hands.



Yo terminé leer el primer libro en esta serie, doble, trilogía (no sé) hace una semana ( Hace clic aquí para leer mi reseña de "The Book of Ivy") y totalmente, ¡me encantó! Fue fantástica y terminó vagamente y te sientes como si quieres saber más. ¡Y quiero saber más! Así que por supuesto, necesito esta novela en my vida. Publicará en once meses, no tiene un tapa todavía pero estoy contando los días hasta que estará en los manos.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Making Up For Monday #12: Bookish Insomnia?


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:Have you ever chosen a book over sleep? If yes, what book and was it worth it?

No, no, no, never! I am that girl who goes to sleep early and wakes up early each day. I need at least 6 hours of sleep to function or I will literally collapse at school. It doesn't matter if it is the best book, I cannot stay awake. I don't understand how people can. Sometimes, I don't even finish the chapter and I go to bed because I am tired.

So, what about you guys? Do you ever sacrifice sleep just to finish a book? Comment down below and let me know. Until my next post, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!



¡No, no, no, nunca! Soy esa chica que va a dormir temprano y despierta temprano también cada día. Necesito al menos seis horas del sueño para funcionar o literalmente, me hundiré mientras estoy en la escuela. No importa si es lo mejor de los libros, no puedo no dormir. No entiendo cómo la gente puede. A veces, no termino el capítulo y voy a acostarme porque estoy cansada.



¿Y tú? ¿Sacrificas dormir para terminar un libro? Haces comentarios abajo y dime. Hasta mi próxima entrada en el blog, ¡te amo hasta el infinito y más allá!





Sunday, 1 February 2015

Review: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #1)


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Title:Glass Houses
Author:Rachel Caine
Publisher:NAL Jam
Publication Date:October 3rd 2006
Source:Bought
Format:Paperback
Pages:239

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College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?

MY THOUGHTS/MIS PENSAMIENTOS

Glass Houses followed Claire, an almost-17 year old (debatable) college genius who because of her parents' insistence that she is too young to move across the country is stuck studying in Morganville, a town that has more secrets than meets the eye. Frustrated by the low standards of her university and terrified of her fate if she remains at her dorm with her wicked roommates, she seeks solace in the Glass house which literally was described as a cross between Gone With The Wind and The Munsters with a boy who only comes out at night (Michael), a girl who dresses like she's about to attend a funeral (Eve) and an overprotective sweetheart who she seems to be falling for (Shane).

Claire, at 16, is probably the most intelligent person to ever walk the halls of Texas Prairie University so it wasn't the smartest idea to correct and essentially humiliate the most ruthless person on campus, Monica Morrell. Fatal mistake and as a result of this, she is relentlessly bullied by Monica and the Monickettes, to the point where she must flee in order to protect herself. Stubborn and unwilling to call her parents and admit that she is not mature enough for university life, she rents a room at the only place that will take her, problems and all. She soon finds herself smack in the middle of a Morganville mystery, where she must unravel the complicated thread of life in this seemingly peaceful town in order to find the only thing that can guarantee the safety of her and her friends.

I instantly enjoyed reading about Claire, there was something interesting about her that placed her far beyond the age of 16. I think it was her ability to think and manipulate situations seamlessly. She was the youngest and most innocent character in the book but she was not frail or breakable and I loved the fact that she seemed able to handle conflict a lot more responsibly than most of the other characters. Truth be told, she did make some rather dumb decisions that created a lot of the problems in the novel but what protagonist doesn't? We learnt a lot about her in this first novel and she fit really well into the rag-tag group of teenagers in the Glass House who honestly reminded me of the Scooby-Doo Gang.

You have Michael who is the realist, the level-headed one who is able to make sensible decisions. He is also a ghost bound to the Glass House who disappears during the day and makes a rather painful appearance at night. Then, there's Eve ,who despite her dark and very disturbing exterior, is actually the kindest person ever and sure knows how to drive a getaway car. Finally, we have Shane who is still mourning the loss of his little sister at the hands of Monica Morrell. It comes as no surprise that he feels instantly obligated to protect Claire who reminds him a lot of his sister but...is it more than that?

The romantic chemistry between Shane and Claire is undeniable, if a bit strange. It is difficult to imagine them being together because for most of the novel, they have a relationship that is very similar to that of a brother and a sister. Shane even admits that he sees Claire in that way but...in comes the dangerously steamy kissing scene and all brother-sister elements evaporate. I am actually quite curious to see how Rachel Caine is going to develop this relationship along with the plot of the future novels.

The progression of this book from start to finish was excellent and filled with action, mystery and friendship. From finding out that Morganville is infested with vampires to finding the archaic book that the vampires have been hungrily searching for to the riveting cliffhanger at the end, it left me breathless while reading it. It was informative and still left me guessing. How do you make people forget about Morganville after leaving it? What happens to the characters? Does he die or not?

I really liked this novel. The world-building was phenomenal, the character development was superb and I think that everyone should read this because it's a staple if you like vampire novels. Or if you love books that contain a lot of friendship elements. Or you just want to be entertained for five seconds because the novel is extremely short. Captivating and action-packed with a touch of mystery, Glass Houses is the book to talk about and I cannot wait to pick up the second book!



Glass Houses dice la historia de Claire, una genia de colegio que tiene casi diecisiete años (discutible) que ,por la insistencia de sus padres que ella es demasiado joven para mover del otro lado del país, se ha quedado estudiar en Morganville, una ciudad que tiene más secretos de lo que parece. Frustrado con los estándares bajos de su universidad y aterrorizado de su destino si se queda en su dormitorio con sus compañeros de habitación crueles, busca consuelo en "the Glass House" que literalmente fue descrito como un cruce entre "Gone With The Wild" y "The Munsters" con un chico que viene a la noche (Michael), una chica que viste como va a asistir un funeral (Eve) y un querido sobreprotector ella está cayendo por (Shane).

Claire es la persona más inteligente de Texas Prairie University así que no era la idea más inteligente para corregir y esencialmente humillar la persona más despiadada en el campus, Monica Morrell. Un error grave y a causa de este, ella es sin descanso acosado por Mónica y los Monickettes, hasta el punto en que ella tiene que escapar para protegerse. Terca y ella está poco dispuesto a llamar a sus padres y admitir que no es lo suficientemente maduro para la vida universitaria, alquila un cuarto en el único lugar que la llevará, problemas y todo. Se encuentra a sí misma en el centro de un misterio de Morganville, donde ella debe que desenmarañar el hilo complicado de la vida en este ciudad tranquilo para encontrar la única cosa que puede garantizar la seguridad de ella y la de sus amigos.

En seguida, disfruté leer acerca de Claire, hay algo interesante acerca de ella que la puse más alla de la edad de dieciseis. Pienso que fue su habilidad de pensar y manipular situaciones sin problemas. Ella fue la menor y el carácter más inocente en el libro pero ella no fue débil y quebradiza y me encantó el hecho de que ella pude manejar las problemas más responsable que la mayoría de los otros caracteres. En efecto, hizo unas decisiones estúpidas que crearon muchas problemas en la novela pero ¿qué protagonista no? Aprendemos mucho acerca de ella en esta primera novela y encajaba muy bien en el grupo variopinto de adolescentes en "The Glass House" que honestamente me recordó a la "Scooby-Doo Gang."

Tienes Michael que es el realista, el nivel encabezada que puede hacer decisiones sensibles. También, él es un fantasma que es obligado a "The Glass House" que desaparece durante el día y aparece a la noche. Entonces, hay Eve, que a pesar de su exterior oscuro y muy perturbador, es actualmente la persona más amable y ella sabe conducir un coche para escapar. Finalmente, tenemos Shane que está llorando la muerte de su hermana menor. No es una sorpresa que él se siente obligado protegerse Claire quien le recuerda mucho de su hermana, pero ... ¿es más que eso?

La química romántica entre Shane y Claire es innegable, si un poco rara. Es dificil de imaginar ellos juntos porque por la mayoría de la novela, tienen una relación similar a un hermano y una hermana. Shane admite que le ve Claire de ese modo pero...una escena de besos sexy y esa relación se evapora. Estoy curiosa por ver cómo Rachel Caine va a desarrollar esta relación juntos con la trama de las futuras novelas.

La progresión de este libro de comienzo a fin fue excelente y tuvo acción, misterio y amistad. De descubrir que Morganville está infestado con vampiros ,encontrar el libro viejo que los vampiros han estado buscando y el suspenso al final, me siento sin aliento mientras leer. Fue informativa y todavía me dejó adivinar. ¿Cómo hacer que la gente se olvida de Morganville después de salir? ¿Qué pasa con los caracteres? ¿Se muere o no?

Me gustó mucho esta novela. La construcción del mundo fue fenomenal, el desarrollo de los caracteres fue magnífico y pienso que todo el mundo debería leer esto porque es fundamental si te gustan las novelas de vampiros. O si te gustan los libros que tienen muchos elementos de amistad. O si quieres divertirse por cinco segundos porque la novela es sumamente corta. Cautivador y lleno de acción con un tacto de misterio, Glass Houses es el libro para hablar y no puedo esperar para leer el segundo libro.

Final Sentence of the Book
They all screamed as the knife came down.