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Monday, 31 August 2015

Making Up For Monday #16: My Favourite Non-Bookish Hobby




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 is your favourite hobby (outside of reading)?

This is my second time re-writing this post because the first time I forgot to save it and my laptop screwed up and deleted my draft. I'm telling you all this so you'll know that if my writing is a bit abrupt in this post, it's because 1)I'm irritated at myself and my computer for deleting something I worked hard on and 2) I want nothing more than to crawl into a comfortable ditch and just lay there for a few hours. Other than that, enjoy!

I've taken part in a variety of hobbies over the years, inclusive of lawn tennis, table tennis, Anime club, volleyball, karate etc. but none of them have held my interest for very long. I think I just grew out of them and I keep kicking myself to try out some new things but outside of blogging and reading, there really is little or no time leftover for anything else.

I was tempted to list 'Marathoning TV series' as a hobby because I am obsessed with binge-watching anything and everything. Instead, I decided to choose something a bit more practical: learning new languages.

I love language, every aspect of it and I've become more serious in learning them. Currently, I'm studying both Spanish and Portuguese and I love them both. Spanish I've been learning for 5 years and Portuguese I started literally a week ago. It makes me super happy to learn about the cultures of other people and I hope to become fluent in both languages one day.




What is your favourite hobby? Comment, comment, comment! Until my next blog post, I love you guys to...infinity and beyond!






Thursday, 20 August 2015

Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu (The Young Elites #1)

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Title:The Young Elites
Author:Marie Lu
Publisher:G.P. Putnam's Sons Books For Young Readers
Publication Date:October 7th 2014
Source:bought
Format:Hardcover
Pages:355

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Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


MY THOUGHTS

I was not a fan of this novel which is suckish because The Legend trilogy is one of my favourites. It did not "wow" and I had more issues with it than likes.

The premise of the novel is one that is overdone in YA literature, yes, but there was so much potential for growth and individuality and it did not live up to it in my opinion. It blended into the background AND also possessed one of the most cringeworthy aspects that I personally think a YA book can possess: energy. Any talk about energy, labeling it as a very physical thing and the root determinant of the supernatural turns me off.

I don't think that it can be done well. I'm not arguing the possibility of it being done well because everything is possible and if you've read a book in which "energy" as a very physical life force excels, then please drop me a line because I'm actually curious. I don't like this "book trope"...at all.

I enjoyed the succession of events in the story but none of the POVs through which they were seen except Enzo's. That's unfortunate because his POV made up only about 10 percent of the novel. The other times, it interchanged among Adelina, Raffaele and Teren, with Adelina being in the majority. Her POV was confusing and bothersome. She's a villain, I know she is.

Adelina delights in hurting people and it was different to read things from her perspective but again, not done well. Sometimes, I empathized with her because she truly needed it and I thought she was just misunderstood but I came to a realization that she's just a psychopath. Because of her botched POV, I saw other characters whom I don't believe to be terrible as terrible. All her enemies A.K.A the good guys who are not enemies of the reader or the general public were displayed as menaces for distancing themselves from her and her powers.

I didn't connect with most of the characters on a deep, emotional level and the one character that I truly loved *blank* because *blank blank blank*

Besides that, this novel was...okay. It was a quick read filled with lots of action and a crazy suspense-ridden ending but it fell way short for me. Despite all my disappointment though, I still plan on reading the sequel, if only to see what happens next and satisfy my need to complete things. Plus, I love Marie Lu's writing, even if I wasn't too fond of this particular book.


Final Sentence in the Novel

"Come," she says. "I need to pay Kenettra a visit."


I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)

I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.












Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (11): Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten authors I've read the most books from.


10)Mitch Albom


I've only read one of Mitch Albom's novels, The Timekeeper, and while it didn't blow me away, I did quite enjoy it and have been searching for more of his books to buy because his other titles seem really interesting.


9)J.K. Rowling


 Besides The Harry Potter series , I have yet to read any other J.K Rowling books but she's definitely an author whose books I will reach for at the bookstore without actually reading their synopses.


7)Carolyn Keene



The Nancy Drew series is one of my favourite series and a defining factor in why I read today. I'm slowly trying to collect physical copies of the books and will buy any one of them at a mere glance of the pseudonym.


7)Roald Dahl 


I have the same reasoning for Roald Dahl being on this list as I do for Carolyn Keene. His books were a major part of my childhood and I am trying to collect them all.


6)Stephenie Meyer


I feel like I identify with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga, honestly and no surprise here, I will buy any and all of her books. 


5)John Green



I have loved every John Green book that I've read so far and yes, he is on this list. I love John Green, not just his writing but also his personality and his YouTube videos.


4)Marie Lu


I loved the Legend trilogy and though I wasn't a huge fan of The Young Elites, I'm still going to run, limbs flailing, to the bookstore when The Rose Society or any other Marie Lu book is released 


3)Cassandra Clare


I adore Cassandra Clare's writing so I'm gonna just casually buy all of her books. :)


2)Rick Riordan


AH, I LOVE MYTHOLOGY! AND RICK RIORDAN'S BOOKS SO I'LL BUY ALL OF THEM, REGARDLESS OF CONTENT. (Sorry for shouting, I was being expressive.)


1)Richelle Mead


Are you surprised that Richelle Mead is my top auto-buy author? Because I'm not. I auto-buy her books all the time and honestly, I can't see myself stopping. I have a problem. 



 Which authors made your list? Comment down below and tell me! Until my next blog post, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!






Monday, 17 August 2015

Making Up For Monday #15: Favourite Villain!




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: Who is your favorite villian-esque character and why?


UGHH, this is so difficult! I'm going to have to say Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series.


I love Draco! There are actually two reasons for me liking him so much: 1) Tom Felton is handsome af and 2) Draco takes the cake for the most annoying, weasly yet somehow lovable antagonist. He constantly knocks Harry down, or tries to, and it usually has a very comical end result and actually causes a strengthening in Ron, Hermione and Harry's friendship. He's not completely evil, most of his hate for Harry stems from jealousy and I love the redemption that Draco gets at the end. 



Which villain do you guiltlessly love? Comment, comment, comment! Until my next blog post, I love you guys to...infinity and beyond!






Sunday, 16 August 2015

Bout of Books 14 Readathon TBR

Hey, guys!

What a surprise! Another readathon. I am officially obsessed with them and I want to discuss with you my TBR for the latest one that I'm participating in: Bout of Books 14. This is my first time taking part in this particular readathon and I am extremely excited! If you don't know what the Bout of Books readathon is all about, read on!



Bout of Books


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

MY TBR

I've set the bar pretty low for this readathon, just keeping it casual. I only plan to finish 3 books. If I do happen to read more, I'll tell you more about it but for now, these are the books that I want to complete during this period of time:




Are any of you participating in Bout of Books? If so, what do you plan to read? Comment down below and tell me! Until my next blog post, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!





Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #6)

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Title:The Ruby Circle
Author:Richelle Mead
Publisher:Razorbill
Publication Date:February 10th 2015
Source:bought
Format:Hardcover
Pages:348

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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.

Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

Don't miss their unforgettable final chapter...

LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL


MY THOUGHTS

I quite enjoyed this novel but it was not my favourite of the series, definitely an anticlimactic follow up to Silver Shadows which was, in my opinion, incredible.

The plot was extremely fast-paced and constantly moving along from the get-go so I flew threw this novel. I think I read it in one day only. There was a lot of action and lots of twists and turns that left my heart racing and my blood pumping. Also, there were so many startling revelations, stuff that left me saying "What in the world?" but...the things that needed to be revealed just weren't.

Upon finishing The Ruby Circle, I still had a few unanswered questions, questions that are forever going to haunt me. It bothers me to no end when the final books in series leave me wondering. I don't want to wonder, I need to know what needs to be known. For example, what happened to the precious law that started this series? Was it ever overruled? Is it still in place? UGHH, I NEED TO KNOW!

Furthermore, I thought the conflict in The Ruby Circle was minor and it felt that way throughout this entire book. Initially, Jill had to be hidden away in Bloodlines because insane Moroi rebels wanted to murder her to dethrone Lissa. Since that piece of information was revealed in the first book, we have yet to see an appearance from these supposedly dangerous and unstable rebels and for the first five books, I was totally okay with that.

I was okay with that because the characters had a multitude of other things happening. Lots of things were going on: magic and witches and vampire hunters. I just assumed that all of this was a build up to the underlying, real, inceptive conflict: Moroi are seeking out Jill and they want to kill her. This problem was not mentioned past Bloodlines and it certainly made no appearance in The Ruby Circle.

It was as if it had been forgotten and that, coupled with the law, left me feeling as if I had no closure. There was no closure. Things didn't end in a way that was satisfying.

Besides those issues, it was a good read. It had all the elements of the past five books that I loved. There was humour, mystery, action and lots of romance. If this had been any other number in the series than the final book, I believe I would have given it a higher rating because it was actually enjoyable. As a final book though, it didn't do it for me and that bums me out because this is the first  Richelle Mead book that I did not completely enjoy.


Final Sentence in the Novel

"Always," I said, letting her pull me back down to her. "Always."

Favourite Lines in the Novel

  • It figured. Her daughter-in-law transforming into an animal? No problem. Having to take care of a cat? Crisis.

  • Eddie remarked, "Real life is stranger than fiction."

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy. A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.




Saturday, 15 August 2015

Stacking The Shelves (11): Swag and Horror!

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!

Another week, another little haul in which I bought nothing. These mini hauls are making me feel tempted to just rush out and buy a crap ton of books to make them seem more significant! Haha, joking! Who has the time or the money?

Did you get any new books this week? I want to know! Comment down below and tell me! Until my next blog post, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!







This week I received some swag from Rachael Allen, author of the Revenge Playbook as a lovely little 'thank you' for being a member of the Sunday Street Team and featuring her book. It was so nice getting to interview Rachael and I am dying to pick up The Revenge Playbook and 17 First Kisses so I can put those beautiful bookmarks and bookplates to use!

I also received an ARC of The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich through The Novl newsletter. This novel comes out on September 15th and is YA Horror novel and honestly, guys, I'm about fifty pages in and so far I love it! I love how it's written in journal entries, post it notes and IMs. It's super unique and I hope that I continue to love it as it progresses.


Sent :
Book Swag
ARC of The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (10): Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title:Cut Both Ways
Author:Carrie Mesrobian
Publisher:HarperCollins
Publication Date:September 1st 2015


Will Caynes never has been good with girls. At seventeen, he’s still waiting for his first kiss. He’s certainly not expecting it to happen in a drunken make-out session with his best friend, Angus. But it does and now Will’s conflicted—he knows he likes girls, but he didn’t exactly hate kissing a guy.

Then Will meets Brandy, a cute and easy-to-talk-to sophomore. He’s totally into her too—which proves, for sure, that he’s not gay. So why does he keep hooking up with Angus on the sly?

Will knows he can’t keep seeing both of them, but besides his new job in a diner, being with Brandy and Angus are the best parts of his whole messed-up life. His divorced parents just complicate everything. His father, after many half-baked business ventures and endless house renovations, has started drinking again. And his mom is no help—unless loading him up with a bunch of stuff he doesn’t need plus sticking him with his twin half-sisters counts as parenting. He’s been bouncing between both of them for years, and neither one feels like home.

Deciding who to love, who to choose, where to live. Whichever way Will goes, someone will get hurt. Himself, probably the most.




MY PRE-READ THOUGHTS

*gasp* I'm actually super eager for a Contemporary book? Yep. I am. Remember this day, it may be a really really long time before another one like it rolls around. This novel just sounds like it's going to evoke a lot of emotion from me, the synopsis drew me in instantly and I just really want to read it!



So what books are you guys waiting eagerly on? Comment down below and share them with me! Until my next post, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!