Sunday, 29 December 2013

Most Anticipated Books of 2014 (Part 1)

I tried including as much as I could, and some of these books are on higher priority than others. Anyway... this post is going to be super long so might as well get started right away!

  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments #6) – May 27th
  • Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) – February 4th
  • Split Second by Kasie West (Pivot Point #2) – February 11th
  • Erased by Jennifer Rush (Altered #2) – January 7th
First Books in a Series:
  • The Murder Complex by Lindsey Cummings (The Murder Complex #1) – June 10th
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die #1) – April 1st
  • After the End by Amy Plum (After The End #1) – May 6th
  • Hexed by Michelle Krys (The Witch Hunter #1) – June 10th
Stand Alones:
  • Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson  – May 6th
  • Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell – April 1st
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver – March 4th
  • To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han – April 27th
  • The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder – April 10th
  • Salvage by Alexandra Duncan – April 1st
  • Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg – February 25th
  • Free To Fall by Lauren Miller – May 13th
  • Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott – January 28th
  • The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski – March 4th
  • Just Like The Movies by Kelly Fiore – June 15th
  • Royally Lost by Angie Stanton – May 6th
  • How To Meet Boys by Catherine Clark
Stay tuned for part 2 coming in July with releases from July-December!! Comment below with the books that you are most excited for, (I probably, most defiantly, am missing some!) and happy reading!

Disclaimer: Book dates may have changed since the time I've researched it.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Update on the Midnight Readers

I know I have been posting a lot on this recently, but fear not! That is going to stop and that is just what this post is about.

After seeing a participating member's post on the Midnight Readers, I realize now how annoying it will probably be for me to just be posting and posting and POSTING about the Midnight Readers, especially if you are not part of the group. Therefore, I have a couple of changes to make.

  1. TBRs, Wrap-Ups, Reading Dates, and Discussions will now all be held on the goodreads page. Therefore, if you wish to join, you MUST have a goodreads account. I'm sorry if you don't, but you can always join for free.
  2. At the end of each month I will be dong a month in review of the Midnight Readers, and I will catch my blog readers on what's up. A large TBR and wrap-up will be included, as well as discussion quotes that I really liked or that stood out to me.
This is just another suggestion that I am taking into consideration, and I hope that this will enhance your Midnight Reader needs. But until next time... Happy reading!

Friday, 27 December 2013

Beauty Queens Book Review

Title: Beauty Queens
Author: Libba Bray
# of Pages: 396
Series #: Stand Alone Novel
Reading Span: July 20th - 25th
Rating: ****/

Beauty Queens is a great book, nothing short of amazing. Bray has an incredible way of writing a book that is hilarious, but also covers issues like feminism and racism. There are only a couple of complaints that I have for this book, the first being confusion. I often couldn't remember who "Miss Ohio" was, or any of the other Misses. Although I understand it's significance to the story, I would have much preferred names like Taylor, Adina, or Petra that were only used 30-40% of the time.

Another thing that I didn't like was how late the pirates mentioned on the back of the book came. I was already two thirds through the book when I finally met them. I was a bit disappointed that the back of the book spoiled that aspect for me.

Despite that, Bray has created a great story that I would highly recommend for all readers mature enough to handle it (steamy scenes, et-cetera). You will instantly fall for all of the characters and everything they stand for, even the ones that may not particularity like at the beginning.

The setting is super cool as well – a deserted island! Or so it would seem... 4.5/5 stars. Get your hands on it now!

Photo creds to Thanks so much!

Taken Book Review

Title: Taken
Author: Erin Bowman
# of Pages: 360
Series #: 1
Reading Span: 8 days
Rating: ****

Taken was a novel that surpirsed me. After hearing many bad reviews, I was a bit taken a back (pun intended) of whether or not I should read it. Then the time came when I was in the mood for it, so I picked it up. I'd so glad I did.

When I first read the synopsis of Taken, I thought it sounded a lot like another YA novel - Gone by Micheal Grant. But as I started to flip through and read, I realized that I was entirely wrong. Bowman has written over 300 pages filled with unique characters, plot, and world. For the most part, at least. There were a couple events that I could see coming, as they there the typical YA sci-fi plot twists. However, there were a couple of things that I didn't see coming.

As much I liked the plot, the characters were a bit lacking. Gray, the main character, annoyed me quite a bit. So did Emma and some other side characters. In fact, the o
nly real characters that I liked were Bree and Blaine. They were strong and had a definite personality.

Claysoot was a cool place. It kind of reminded me of District 12. It was a small, poor place. And with the other "districts" around them (or more like, not, around them) it was pretty similar, although different enough to grab my attention. It didn't annoy me, also, which was good.

The small cliffhanger at the end got me excited for the next book, however, I feel like I can wait. I recommend this book to sci-fi lovers. 4 or of 5 stars. Oh, and can you get over that cover?

Photo credits to: Thanks so much!

MR: December 26th Wrap-Up and December 27th TBR

The first night of the Midnight Readers was a huge success, even though I was the only one reading. It was a lot of fun, and I read quite a bit extra then I had read in the day.

I started reading at 10:44pm, and of course, read straight through to midnight. The book that I was reading was Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, which is my Epic Rec for this month. During the day, I read up to page 14. And then starting at 10:44, I read up to page 122. I found that it was really easy to get through, which was awesome because I was actually really tired last night.

As far as the whole reading experience went... well, it was swell. Sometimes I got frustrated because I just wanted to sleep, but this whole book club thing pushed me to keep on reading. The rest wasn't really different, because I am often up late reading anyway.

The next date that The Midnight Readers will be reading is tonight! I'm really happy and excited because I know that I'm not going to be the only one. Everyone is welcome, no matter how late you join. Smiles.

Tonight, I am hoping to read a bit more than last night, meaning more than 108 pages. I will probably start a bit earlier tonight as well – 10:30 maybe?

I hope that you are having a fantastic week, and happy reading!

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Midnight Readers Book Club!

Today, ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present the impromptu Midnight Readers Book Club. This club was made for those insomniacs, or for people who just want to push themselves to read more. The rules are simple: read until midnight.

Basically, on assigned nights, members will be encouraged to read from their bed-time/any time before midnight to... well, midnight. Dates of reading will be posted at least a week in advance, with the exception of the coming week in which I will be informing y'all today.

Personally, I will be posting a TBR the day of, and a wrap-up the day after – right here on the blog! Discussions will be started on the goodreads page so that we all can discuss our experience. Some days I will have some challenges up to complete as well!

To join, simply make your own blog post, YouTube video, or whatever form of media you choose to use and comment the link down below! I would also suggest joining the group on goodreads so that you can join in on the discussions and be notified about the dates earlier.

Now, coming reading dates... I have down some coming nights that I will be reading!

  • December 26th, 2013 (I will not be posting a TBR on the blog for tonight, but I will have one on the goodreads page)
  • December 27th, 2013
  • December 29th, 2013
So that's it! I hope that y'all have fun and join in with me. Happy reading!!

Fault Line by C. Desir

Title: Fault Line
Author: C. Desir
Series #: Stand Alone
# of Pages: 240
Date Read: December 8th and December 25th
Genre: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction, Rape

I don't know how to rate this or to even think about this.  And I'm not writing a full review. There is too much to say, but also too much NOT to say. I've just got 3 words.

Heavy. Don't read this book unless you know what you are in for - a dark, steamy read about the horrible topic of rape. Also know that this book is so well-written that you will feel like you are in the place of the main character. I went into part of the same state of denial that Ben did, and chances are that you will as well.

Annoyance. Sometimes, throughout the book I got really annoyed at the characters because I saw the right choice, but they didn't and they didn't fix it. Don't be fooled by the first 35%. People change.

Understanding. I know so much more about this topic than I knew before, perhaps more than I wanted to know. But, it gives me a better understanding of what to do in my life if I ever come across anything like this, and I have the sympathy for others who have and will.

Recommended for ages 16+.


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Series I Want to Start SOON

When looking through blogs, watching booktube videos, and strolling through the bookstore or the library, my brain tends to do this "weird" thing. It makes me want to be even more of a bookaholic and read all the books all at once and.... *deep breath* Okay, I'm composed now.

In order to organize my thoughts, I obviously have to create a TBR list of the series I want to start. And... of course, this list is only going to be 10 series long, since otherwise y'all would be reading for days. And... Okay, enough rambling.

  1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: This is all thanks to you @ They Start Revolutions. You're awesome blog made me want to read this series even more than I have just by hearing the synopsis and everyone else being excited about it. And everyone, go follow her. Seriously, one of the best blogs out there (and I will be doing that tag soon, I've got the photos taken!)
  2. Unwind by Neal Shusterman: I was planning on reading this book October 2013 and it didn't happen. And I'm sad about that. I need these books!
  3. The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa: It's always been first on my to-read list on goodreads, but I have never gotten around to reading it. I really want to, especially since I'm really getting into fantasy with Shadow and Bone. Although fae isn't really my thing... Who knows? I liked her other books and it could be good!
  4. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness: I have heard so SO many good things about this series and... I just haven't read it. *Tears* I need to get my hands on these books. I want to read something good!!
  5. The Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld: Okay, okay. This isn't on my top TOP priority, but if I see it at my local library I will for sure snatch it up and read through it. I've heard a lot of good things (but a few bad things) and I'm excited to get into the steampunk genre.
  6. Necromancer Series by Lisa McBride: Another one that I was wanting to get to in the halloween series but it just didn't happen... THOSE COVERS THOUGH!
  7. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead: Oh, the raves. Oh the excitement. OH HOW I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE LIKE COME TO ME!!
  8. Something Strange and Deadly Series by Susan Dennard: Ever since I saw Kassidy's review of this on YouTube, I needed this book in my life. The premise sounds awesome and with all of the great reviews... Yeah, this is a no-brainer (aha I am too funny)
  9. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi: This one is kind of embarrassing... How long have I wanted to read this... hmmmm... Since it came out? And have I read it yet? No. And do I have any reason not to? No. *Sigh* What is my life, even?
  10. The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier: This one isn't quite as embarrassing, but I just... I really want to start it and enjoy it just as others have. I've heard it's a lot of fun... and time travel... I mean, come on. I need this book series in my life!
So that's about it... for now. I'm sure I have left some books out, so if I have be sure to leave some recommendations below in the comments! Merry Christmas, and happy reading!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Books I Want To Re-Read

I was watching some videos on Obsessed Reader's channel (on YouTube) and I was inspired to do a blog post on the top ten books I want to re-read. You should totally check her out, she's really awesome.
  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I've already re-read this but come on... This is The Hunger Games. Really awesome material here!
  2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver: I originally read this in 2011, and I really liked it. Plus, I'm wanting to read the rest of the series and I want a reminder of what happened!
  3. Blood Red Road by Moira Young: A couple of my friends were reading this and talking about this and ah... I just can't take it anymore. I need to read it for myself once again!!
  4. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: This is one of my favourite books of all time, and the last time I read it was in 2012. That's a problem. What is wrong with me?
  5. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis: I received a bind-up of this trilogy from my cousin 3 or 4 years ago, and I read it once... I read it twice... Time to read it again. I love it!
  6. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau: A childhood favourite that I may ruin for myself by reading again, but I can't help myself.
  7. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony: I wouldn't want to read again this anytime soon, but it was such a beautiful story that took less than an hour to read, that I might as well go through it again.
  8. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder: This is a really great two book series, and I just loved it so much that I have to read it again to remember what happens! Ah! So good!
  9. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder: I technically read this book for school, but it sure didn't feel like it. I really need to re-read it so that I can remember why I liked it so much!
  10. Legend by Marie Lu: SO GOOD AH SO GOOD I LOVE IT! Okay I'm done. But with Champion coming out and all... I need to read this again!
So that's it. My top 10 books that I want to read once again. What books are on your to-re-read shelf? Let me know, and happy reading!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Book Series I'm Not Planning on Finishing

I did a post on this a while ago but after looking back on it, I realize that my opinions have changed a lot and I've read a lot more books that I'm not interested in continuing.

  1. Silverwing Series by Kenneth Opal: I read the first book in this series in 2010 and I flew through it. I'm pretty sure it's the first "real" book that I read in one day. That being said, I read the second on in 2011 and I found that I didn't really like it too much anymore. I think I'll just leave my love with this series, and more on.
  2. Janie Johnson Series by Caroline B. Cooney: The first two books in this series we seriously so good. Then I started the third one... Not gonna lie, it wasn't the best thing ever. I would probably like them more now that I'm older, but there are so many books that I would rather leave so again, I'm gonna leave this series be with all my love.
  3. Tempest Series by Tracey Deebs: This choice really surprises myself, actually. I really liked the first book in this series, which I read this summer. Liked as in 4.5-or-5-star-rating liked. That being said, I remember the book ending pretty decently, and I'm just happy with it the way it is. I may regret saying this later...
  4. A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: This one goes back to the Tempest Series thing. I liked the first book, was happy with it, now I can move on. It's as simple as that. Plus, the last book sort of scares me, and when I tried reading the second book it didn't really work for me anyway.
  5. Tomorrow Series by John Marsden: I read this book in grade 7 for school, and I really liked it. It doesn't get enough attention this one. But... When I think of going through 6 more books of the same thing, the idea isn't appealing enough to read on. Although it is appealing, so go and read it if you haven't... If that makes any sense at all...
  6. Gone Series by Michael Grant: *cringes* This book was okay, it really was. It was a lot of fun, but nothing much happened in the pages that I read and seeing that these books are over 500 pages each! Meh, not for me. Not good enough to invest my time in. Begone (I love puns...).
  7. Warriors Series by Erin Hunter: I read these when I was younger but then I just... stopped. I would actually continue them if I liked middle grade books more, so if you do like that sort of thing then pick these books up! If not... then try something else like me. No shame.
  8. Visions Series by Lisa McMann: Meh. Just meh. This book wasn't anything special to me. Just a book that is quick and easy to get through because of it's shallowness. If you want to complete your goal... Maybe try this. But I wouldn't recommend it for any other reason.
  9. The Luxe Series by Anna Godberson: I was literally so happy when I finished this. I can understand why other people would like it, but it just wasn't my thing.
  10. Eve Trilogy by Anna Carey: I didn't like the story, didn't like the protagonist. Weak, weak, weak. Enough said, I'm sorry to say.
  11. Matched Trilogy by Allie Condie: Same reason as Eve. Not gonna lie.
  12. Stargirl Duology by Jerry Spinelli: This book was alright, and it defiantly left me happy, but I'm not really in the mood for the sequel and I honestly don't think I'll ever be. Try to convince me otherwise. I'll be happy to comply... Maybe.
  13. Wings Series by Aprilynne Pike: Fairies have never been my thing, so I can understand why I didn't like this book. If you like that sort of thing, I would encourage you to read it though!
That is for sure not all, but this post has a fair list in it so I think I'll leave it for later. If you are interested in seeing the rest of my list be sure to left me know in the comments below. I would also love to know which series you aren't interested in anymore! But now... until next time... happy reading!

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Pulseit December 2013!

A few months ago I signed up for Pulseit because of all of the free books that it offers. I am so glad that I did, seeing that I have had the opportunity to read a whole bunch of books that I was really looking foreword to. Then December happened. Every day of the month, Pulseit will be offering a full read-through of a book. I missed the first 6 days, but I caught on fast enough that 25 free books will be offered to me.

This month, I have decided that I want to read at least 5 of these books. I have a list of the ones that I haven't read and that haven't been available to me in Pulseit before. I am leaning towards the books that are shorter (page number in brackets) because of how fast and how much I have been reading lately. Also, please comment below with the ones you think I should read.

Fault Line by C. Desir (240)
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan (416)
Linked by Imogen Howson (368)
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (458)
Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt (288)
Winger by Andrew Smith (439)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (358)
Golden by Jessi Kirby (278)
Letting Ana Go by Anonymous (304)
Haven by Kristi Cook (401)
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti (308)
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler (352)
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (276)
Changeling by Philippa Gregory (256)
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (369)
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (468)
The Bane Chronicles: What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (65)

Be sure to check out my profile and join yourself so you can join me and read these books.


Friday, 6 December 2013

Discussion Question (1)

I have decided that I will be doing this thing every time I come across something that sparks my interest. It's exactly how it sounds: I will be asking a question about a book that I am curious about, and then we can have a discussion down in the comments.

For this first one, I was thinking about Peeta and Cato after watching the movie. In the book, Katniss overhears Glimmer and Cato talking about Peeta, and whether or not they should kill him.

Glimmer: "Don't you think we should just kill her now?"

Cato: "No, she's out best chance of finding her [Katniss]."

So my question is... Why didn't Cato and the other careers kill Peeta once that they had Katniss stuck in a tree? Was it because they thought he could be useful (Cato does mention something about Peeta being good with a knife, and he is smart with his ideas of, for example, "killing" Katniss), or something else? Let's discuss!

Thanks to this website for the mockingjay pin image!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Epic Recs: December 2013

Last month, Danika and I joined in the activity of "Epic Recs", created by Amber and Judith. For more information, go to

So... last month... Okay, here's the deal: we didn't do it. We both really wanted to, but it didn't happen. Fortunately, we still have the opportunity to read our books this month, so now we will just be reading two books for our Epic Rec shebang.

Therefore, this month I will be reading Shadow and Bone, as well as Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers.

I have recommended that Danika read Partials (last month) and The Giver by Lois Lowry (this month).

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I encourage you to join in the fun of Epic Recs. Happy reading!

Monday, 2 December 2013

November Wrap-Up/December TBR 2013

It's been a while since I've posted a wrap-up or a TBR, and that is simply because I didn't feel like it this past month so... I'm sorry. Now I come to you with a few books that I would like to get to this month, and the books that I read in November. So without further ado... books!

November Graphic Novel Count: 6
This month the majority of my reading came from graphic novels. I was on a huge kick! It was great, and it really boosted my goal even though it didn't really need any boosting. I'm really excited to check out some more, so if you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below! Also, if you would like to see a full review of any of these graphic novels then tell me that as well.

  1. The Library by Joe Brusha: This graphic novel was SO GOOD. It is a great fantasy that I recommend to anyone who enjoys the magical stuff. (****/)
  2. Disney's Alice in Wonderland by Alessandro Ferrari: I just watched the movie and the graphic novel was just as great. The photos were wonderful and the visuals were perfect and I just... Really good and I recommend it. Especially if you like the book and/or the movie. (****)
  3. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Tom Ratliff: Probably my least favourite graphic novel of the bunch. It was set up at less of a graphic novel so it wasn't as engaging, and the story wasn't my fav. but it was nice to get into the story without it being too difficult to read. Recommended to anyone who wants to try out the story but the actual classic scares them. (***)
  4. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge: I wasn't planning on reading this at first but I'm really glad that I did. The artwork is AMAZING. That's what made this book for me. he plot was sort of dull, although cute, but THE ARTWORK!!!!!!! So good. If you are looking for a (really) light read or something with amazing photographs then choose this book it's the best for that. (****)
  5. All-Action Classics No. 4: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Ben Caldwell: This book was another great look-back on the classic fairytale. The only other expirience that I've had with this story was the VeggieTale, so it was great to see some perspective. And Scarecrow... I love him. So funny and a great book to read if you are feeling sad or you just want a fun book. Pick this one. (****)
  6. The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel by Jeanne DuPrau: I am reminded once again about how much I love this middle-grade novels. Although this book isn't quite as good as the novels, I suggest you taking a look at it if you liked the original story of movie. So easy to get through and so much fun! (****)
November Novel Count: 1
Uh, yeah... Sorry to say I only read ONE NOVEL. Ahhhh! And I thought the last couple months were bad... Oh well, the book that I DID read was pretty good, so I'm not too disappointed. And remember, I'm only one book away from my goal! I have nothing to worry about.

  1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth: I have a full review of this up on my blog which you can view by clicking here. But... well, I liked the ending. And I didn't cry! That's a serious improvement for me. I literally cry in every book...
Winter-ish Books TBR
This month I don't really have a theme TBR. I just have a bunch of book lying around that I am hoping to finish by the end of 2013. However, there are a few christmas-y books that I am wanting to get through, so I guess I could show you those...
  1. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Miracle: Sounds really good and I like stories in which there are multiple perspectives/main characters, and then there stories come together. I don't really know too much else about this but I am looking foreword to reading these a lot!
  2. Winterling by Sarah Prineas: This is a middle grade fantasy that is sort of winter themed. That is about all I know about this book. At first, I wasn't sure if I should read it or not, but the shortness and the theme won me over so I got it from my local library. This is a possible read-along with other book bloggers, so let me know if you would like to see that happen!
  3. Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury for Kids by Jack Canfield: Although I'm not planning on reading this whole book, it is a tradition for my family and I to sit down and read one story every couple of nights from this book just to warm our hearts. I think that it would be interesting to talk about some of these stories specifically in a separate post. Again, let me know if you are interested!
Other Random Books That I Might Get To
All in all, this list is 17 books long. And as much as it pains me to say it... I'm not going to get them all done. However, this list is basic, and I will probably be randomly choosing some books from this list to read throughout the month (which will hopefully be better than last month... and the month before that...). I may prioritize some if you want to see a review! Right now, they are in order of what I want to read first, to last.
  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (re-read): I have already started this book and am pretty close to finishing it so I am hoping to finish it off first thing this month, which will also complete my goal of reading 72 books this year! Yay!!!
  2. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: I started this book a while back but I had to put it down for various reasons. How disappointing! The storyline is so great and I really want to dive back in and finish it for y'all.
  3. Champion by Marie Lu: Yes... Yes... The last book in a (so-far) fantastic trilogy. I've been hearing some great things about this book so far and I have high hopes for it. And after being reminded of what happened in the last couple of books... GIVE IT TO ME NOW!!
  4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I've had this book on my radar for a while, so I think it's about time I pick it up and read it! I've been in the mood for a historical lately as well, so this is just the thing to fulfil my wants and needs. 
  5. Ask The Passengers by A.S. King: I have heard some great things about this author and her books, and I am really wanting to read something that is nice and a bit more relaxing than the other books that I've been reading lately. So yes, this is on my list.
  6. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: With the movie out, and the re-read of the first book... Come on, this is a must. Must. Fill. Finnick. Desires.
  7. Blackout by Robison Wells: This is the second "series" that Wells has created, and since that I loved Variant (Feedback was alright as well), it is natural for me to need this book. Like, now. The plot sounds so cool as well. I just... I need to start reading it! I can't even...
  8. Unwind by Neal Shusterman: Okay... This book needs to be read. It's calling for me. I read the first few pages. Already amazing... I need it!
  9. Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride: I was going to read this for October – didn't happen. I was going to read this for November – didn't happen. I am GOING to read it this month. It looks and sounds amazing, and I have heard many good things about it already.
  10. 172 Hours on The Moon by Johan Harstad: Ever since Ariel and Raeleen read this and raved, I couldn't help but want it... and now I have it... and I really want to read it.
  11. Unspoken by Sarah Brennan: Yes please. Need I say more? The cover is beautiful, the plot sounds amazing... Yes please.
  12. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry: Ever since reading The Giver three years ago, I have wanted a sequel in my hands. Now I have it. It's about time, hey?! If anyone could give me a reminder of what happened that would be great as well...
  13. Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride: I love this cover! The wold, the blue... And if I enjoy the first one, I'm sure this book will come up in my priorities.
  14. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman: Same deal here as Necromacing the Stone. If Unwind is good... Yum, yum... Unwholly come to me! You look so pretty too! I can't even...
  15. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: This was my Epic Rec for last month but I didn't get it done. Thankfully, Danika didn't either so I look a little more innocent. This is going to be the first of two books that I am going to be rec-reading this month.
  16. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: More on this in a post to come (later this week)!
  17. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: I wasn't planning on having this on my list... but here it is. It actually came in as a hold from the library by accident, so I might as well read it! Plus, I may need a bit of a (sort-of) break to keep me from exploding in all of these intense books. Not saying PLL isn't intense... but you know. Easy to fly through...
Okay, that was long. If you made it to the end, I congratulate you! In fact, comment saying "Moo" if you read this far. I'm interested to see how many of you read all of that. Anyway... Cheers to December, and happy reading!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Allegiant Book Review

Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
# of Pages: 526
Series #: Divergent #3
Reading Span: October 29th - November 17th
Rating: ****/

Allegiant, as I'm sure all of you know, is the final book in the Divergent trilogy written by Veronica Roth. Before going into the book, I heard some very mixed things, particularly surrounding the ending, so I was a bit hesitant to like it at first. All I have to say to this is that I thought that everyone was wrong. I didn't cry... I'm heartless.

Okay, they weren't necessarily wrong, and yes, it was sad. BUt the ending I thought fit the book absolutely perfectly, like the missing piece of the puzzle. Especially how it was written. If it were anyone else that had written it, I don't think I would have lived through it. So well done!

Okay, enough of "ending talk". I want to dig deeper into characters, as they really stood out to me in this novel especially. There is a lot more character development, and we get to know a lot more about Tris, Four and the rest of the gang. Roth also goes into detail of specific relationships and I think that really added to the overall story and plot line. There were also lots of family and value issues floating around which I really liked.

The plot of this story was a lot slower paced than the other two books in the series, which was great because it gave Roth more opportunity to get into the characters and world-building. That being said, I think that the 500 plus pages was a bit long for what was actually there, and it could have been shortened to at least 300, and maybe even less.

I had suspicions about the ending and what was going to happen before, so I wasn't really surprised when Tris died. I thought that it showed who Tris really was, and that was a wonderful addition to the story. The epilogue was sort of random though, and I didn't buy the fact that everything was perfectly okay. It did leave me satisfied though, so I guess it gets points for that.

One last random thought. You know the cliff-hanger at the end of Insurgent (by the way, if you haven't read Insurgent yet then don't read this part)? Well, that "fact" wasn't really put into play in all of Allegiant, and that frustrated me. And the title as well... Just... grrrrrrr.

Okay, that's it from me! I hope you enjoyed this review of Allegiant. If you have read the other two books in the series, then I defiantly recommend you check this final instalment out (although make sure you remember what happened in them before reading Allegiant). Until next time, happy reading! And may the odds be ever in your favour.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

GINS Meets Consumerism

Consumerism affects us all, whether we like to admit it or not. For this post, I am going to be thinking about how consumerism affects others by comparing the two projects that I have been working on these past few weeks; The Global Issues Novel Study (GINS) and my Consumerism Tumblr. Links to both of these “projects” are linked on my blog sidebar.
In my novel, Gabrielle’s parents encourage her very strongly to continue in school, no matter what the cost. Many of the people in Gabrielle’s peer group are unable to attend because it cost too much money that their families need for food and other basic needs. In fact, Gabrielle’s family suffers from food shortages as well, since she is going to school. This is one example how the economic system affects my book.
After finding out more about Guatemala and it’s circumstances (2006-2011), I came across the fact that 14% of the Guatemalan population is below the international poverty line of the United States ($1.25) per day. This really puts perspectives on the difference between the girl in my book compared to myself. When reading, it’s sometimes is a bit hard to wrap my head around her living conditions, and this fact really brings that to my attention. This fact also shows how much Gabrielle’s family was really giving up to let her go to school, and why they were so desperate that she continues with it even as the genocide started.
  I hope that this informed you well and that you well and that you will consider it the next time you read Tree Girl. Happy reading!!

Monday, 18 November 2013

GINS: Roundtable Discussion (2)

Welcome to another roundtable discussion post! Prior to this roundtable, we were to research a little bit more about our book and the issue that it faces. Then, in a group of three, we discussed answers to the following questions.

1. What did you find out that surprising or powerful in your research?
2. What are you still wondering about?
3. Now that you have more information and background on your novel and its issue, what do you think might happen as you read further on in your novel?

Group Members:
Grace @ Reading you life away
Omar @ The Need to Read

Books Mentioned:
The Translator by Daoud Hari
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Tree Girl by Ben Mikaelsen


Happy reading! Look out for a few reviews and other posts coming VERY soon. I just finished Allegiant! Ahhhh!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Epic Recs: November 2013

Today I am here with a post that I am super excited about. I'm sure that you have all heard of Amber from Books of Amber. Well, she does this thing called epic recs (you can visit her blog to find out more). And now, I am taking part in it along with Danika from Books to Dream.

Each month we will recommend a book to the other person that we are required to read. Also, we will each have a secret back-up book that we will share with you if we can't get the top choice recommendation in our hands.

For the month of November, I have recommended Partials by Dan Wells to Danika, and Danika has recommended Shadow and Bone to me. I am super excited to start this book and this series, and watch out for more posts like this one in the months to come. Happy reading!!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

New Consumerism Tumblr

Hello lovely viewers! Today I come to you with an announcement about a new assignment that I have started. In this assignment I will be creating a tumblr that expresses my consumer identity. If you are interested check it out in the sidebar!

Happy reading, and have a great day!


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

GINS: Roundtable Discussion (1)

Today I had the opportunity to talk to a few of my peers about the various novels that we are reading.

Brianna: Tree Girl by Ben Mickaelsen
Will @ my awesome book blog: Lunch With Lenin by Deborah Ellis
Haniya @ Book It!: Lunch With Lenon by Deborah Ellis
Jenn @ Jenn's Book Review Blog: Little Princes by Conor Grennan

Discussion Questions:
  • What global issues does your novel explore?
  • Why did you choose this novel? Are you still happy with your choice?
  • Think about your talking to the text notes: what questions have you asked?
  • Think about your talking to the text notes: what connections have you made?
  • Can you make any connections to our guiding ideas: worldview, identity, values?
Click here to listen to our discussion.

Comment below if you have anything to say about any of our novel choices. I hope you are having a great day, and happy reading!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Global Issues Novel Study (GINS): Introduction/First 20%

Hello everyone! Let's cut right to the chase, I'm participating in a novel study. In this study, each individual got to choose a book to dig into and explore it's deeper meaning. The book that I chose was Tree Girl by Ben Mikalesen. This book is about a child who loves to climb trees, so when soldiers come to her home, she pulls herself up into a tree. It sounded super interesting and I really wanted to learn more about what the tree girl did after getting down from the tree.

The main issue being addressed in my book, as far as I am right now, is war, and the effects that it has on children and others in the society. In this book, Gabi's "tribe" or culture is being attacked by soldiers from the United States. Other issues on rape have also been somewhat covered.

I am ashamed to say that I actually don't have much background information about my topic. It has always interested me, but I've never looked into it unless it has been assigned as an assignment. Who knows, I may look more into it after this project!

There are, in fact, a few questions that came to mind as I begin to read. Especially at the end of each chapter, when there was a cliffhanger. At the end of the first it was, "What war? What's happening? What even led to this?" At the end of the second was, "Oh no! What will Gabi do?" Finally, at the end of chapter 3, I felt myself asking, "Jorge? Are you dead?" I'm also really interested in when Gabi will climb the tree and when the story will really grow from it's roots. Another on-going thing from the novel was the language. There were a whole bunch of words in a different language, and I was always wondering what each of them meant. Boj, for example, is an alcoholic drink.

Many characters have been introduced so far. Chapter one was focused on introducing the main character, Gabi, and her brave personality. In chapter two we got to know her family; Antonio, Lester, Papi, Mami, Jorge, Lidia, Alicia, and Julia. There was also an introduction to Gabi's friend named Manuel, who is actually a full grown man. Then, in the third chapter, Gabi had her quinceniera, and we saw a whole bunch more characters without names. At times, I found it a bit hard to follow with all of the people, but it turned out alright.

That is all I have for you today! Keep watch for more posts on the GINS, and I would love to know if you have read my book so we can talk about it! And happy reading.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Dress Up: Becky from Variant

I was looking through my books and their covers and this same thought kept on passing through my mind – I could and should recreate one of these outfits. So, that is what you see here! All of the items that I used to create this outfit are super cheap and vague, so hopefully this outfit will be easy enough for you to get into your wardrobe.
This outfit was inspired from Becky, a character from Variant by Robison Wells. Becky is a pretty “special” but put-together character, and this outfit shows that. Becky was wearing a pinky-red long-sleeved top. I got mine from Superstore for super cheap. It was maybe 5 dollars, and it fits the description perfectly. The skirt that I am wearing comes from Gap, and I actually received it as a gift a while back and have no idea how much it costs and whether or not it’s still in stock.

The leggings that I have on are just plain black, so any pair of these will work, but the ones that I got are from Costco – super cozy and nice! Finally, Becky chose to wear a necklace in the book, but I didn’t have one to put on. Any necklace will work for this though, so go wild!
Now I’m sure you are wondering, what about the shoes!? Well, this book did actually not describe what the shoes were, and the cover didn’t give a clue either. This gave me the chance to choose whatever I wanted to. In the end I went with some black flats with a strap coming across the top of the foot. I could so easily picture Becky rocking these shoes, especially with the flower detailing on the side. Also, the strap makes for better running shoes! With the shoes I just put on some black socks, which are actually toe socks (may I add).
            That’s about all there is to this outfit. Short, simple, sweet, pretty, and put-together, just like Becky was in the book! You could possibly even wear this out to Halloween, although I’m not sure anyone would be able to distinguish who you are. Except, you know, the crazy geek over here.
            The main thing that really stood out to me about the description of this outfit in the text was how much skin was (or actually... wasn't) showing. She wore a long sleeve shirt, a pair of leggings with a shirt. Our society now is so showy when they don't need to be. I myself even wear my leggings without a skirt/shorts – and I am not considered someone to show off like that.
Another thing that stood out to me was the bracelet. In Variant, students are given the choice between a necklace, a watch and a bracelet. In the book, Becky chose a necklace. I think that the author did this to make her a more sophisticated character. I always imagine people like Becky wearing something around her neck, whether it be a scarf or a necklace. It really added to her identity. I’m sure there is some further reasoning into why she chose a necklace in the later books as well.
I hoped you enjoyed this little post about Becky and her outfit! Let me know if you would like me to “dress up” as anyone else. I was thinking Throne of Glass or Unraveling. What do you think? And happy reading!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Relate! (2)

Bookish Halloween Tag

Here's my story: I wanted to do a tag. I wanted to do something halloween related. I decided to do this post.

In my search for halloween book tags, I came across this one which was posted on the 14th of October on TheLibraryOfSarah's channel. I thought it would be fun, so I've decided to do it. No I was not tagged, but who follows those rules anymore... Right?

What is your favourite horror book?
Um... Well, I'm kind of sorry to say that I haven't read, like, any horror. Probably the scariest book that I've read that I've really enjoyed was Between by Jessica Warman. It's not really that scary, really. It's just a murder mystery that is actually super good.

What is the scariest moment in a book you've read?
I'm going to choose an instance from the book that I am almost done reading, The Darkest Minds. Hopefully most of you have read the book so you can read on without getting spoiled. Yeah, SPOILER ALERT. .......... Okay, you know that cliffhanger on page 392 when Liam scared the tofu (yes, I just swore with the word tofu... it's bad enough to swear with, okay?) out of everyone? That part where he is like, "Hello, my name is Liam. Don't think we've met." All that was going through my head was *beep* *beeping* Clancy I am going to slit your *beeping* throat!!!!!! You ruined him! But, yeah... No. As much as I like you Liam, just, not cool. Not cool.

Would you or have you ever dressed up as a book character for Halloween?
I haven't yet! I really want to, and I actually have a Halloween costume video/blog post coming up by this Wednesday for Becky from Variant. Yes... A costume and a video. Get excited! Whoot whoot!

What do you think your favourite character would dress up as for Halloween?
Favourite character, hey? I'm going to go with June from Legend for this one. And I'm going to be quite literal, as far as dressing up goes. I think she would go out as a spy, wearing all black and possibly an eye patch (wait... that's a pirate. *derp*).

What is your favourite kind of horror? (gore, psychological thriller, spooky)
I can't really handle anything too scary (not that I've branched out or anything), so I prefer to go for spooky. A bit of gore and fighting scenes are pretty great though.

If books were as cheap as candy, which one would you give out to trick-or-treaters?
Good question! Um, well I would probably give out Variant by Robison Wells because that book is just so good and it has some pretty alarming parts in it... Beware. *evil laugh*

Halloween to-read list?
I made a seperate post for this! Check out my October TBR (#1 and #2).

Do you have any recommendations for some Halloween reads?
As I said, I don't really read scary (not until this year), so the only books that I can really recommend are the ones that I mentioned in this post as well as The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Not really scary; not really too spooky either. But honestly – kids have powers that can kill people, and that ends up creating crazy turns and an awesome story. Read it now!

I Tag...
Danika @ Books to Dream
Julia @ Books as Wings
Kirsten @ K's BooK's to Read