Thursday, 29 August 2013

Summer Wrap-Up

Summer is long gone for me, so it's about time I wrap-up what I read.
  1. Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green (*****): People are saying that this book is a total copy off of Pretty Little Liars, but since that I haven't read that series yet, I couldn't tell. I absolutely loved this book. It was so suspenseful, and it actually made me cry. What more convincing could you ask for? Go and read it!!!!! :D Click here to see a full review.
  2. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (***/): Defiantly for fans of mythology. This book was alright, I guess. I didn't really like the romance, and the main character, Helen, was the most annoying thing EVER. The plot was really great though, and I'm thinking that I'm going to continue the series.
  3. Taken by Erin Bowman (****): This book really surprised me. After hearing so many bad things about it, I was really apprehensive about it, but I picked it up eventually. I'm glad I did. Full review coming very shortly.
  4. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (*****): Libba Bray never fails to shake me up again. She takes the deal of feminism and puts it into to an hilarious story. The formatting was so cool as well! And the epilogue!!!!!! It was so great. I felt like I was watching the end credits of an awesome movie. This is a must read! Full review coming soon.
  5. Heist Society by Ally Carter (****): I have mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed it, but I'm still not sure whether or not it deserves 4 or 5 stars. I will have a review up for this by tonight, so maybe you could take a look at it and tell me what YOU think MY rating should be. *wink*
  6. Tempest Rising by Tracey Deebs (*****): Oh my goodness wow. This book was truly GOLD. It surprised me even more then Taken, and that's saying something. I recommend it to people who enjoy reading about mermaids and don't mind a bit of romance. Review to come!
  7. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth (*): Congratulations, Stuck. You just won the award of the worst book of the year. OF MY LIFE. I had such high hopes for this book and then they were crushed.  DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. I don't mean to be unkind to the author or anything, but honestly?
  8. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (*****): When I first tried to read this after I finished Starcrossed, I couldn't get into it. After reading Struck, this was the perfect thing. It was such an improvement from the last book that I had read that I couldn't help but give it 5 stars. And this is Cassandra Clare guys, I mean, what else can I say.
  9. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (*****): This is the best book in the Mortal Instruments series BY FAR. I loved every bit of it. I'm interested to see how the story continues, as it seems like the series could have ended with this on.
  10. What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (*****): I must be soft, because I cried in this book as well. This was my first Dessen book, and I loved it. I'm looking foreword to reading more of her books!
  11. Wake by Amanda Hocking (not finished): I started reading this and I got 92 pages in. I didn't like it, enough said. I don't think I'm going to continue the series. It's just not worth it to me.
  12. Until I Die by Amy Plum (not finished): I just wasn't in the mood for this kind of book at the time, so I put it down again. There was too much kissing anyway.
Other Books That I've Been Reading....
  1. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult (***/)
  2. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (*****)
  3. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (currently reading)
What books have you been reading? Let me know in the comments below! If you would like some more posts, click on the magic number 12, and happy reading.

Truth or Dare Book Review

Title: Truth or Dare
Author: Jacqueline Green
# of Pages: 389
Series #: 1
Reading Span: 2 days
Rating: *****


First of all, I haven't read Pretty Little Liars, so I have nothing to compare this book to, like many people have in other reviews.
Truth or Dare is about 3 girls who, after a game of truth or dare at a party, keep on receiving dares long after the game is over. Throughout this book the three girls try to figure out who is sending these dares.
This book was so suspenseful! For most of the book I had no idea who was sending these dares, and when I did guess correctly, I didn't entirely relieve myself until the characters knew as well.
The plot of this book picked up very quickly. The party came up within the first few chapters (although the chapters are pretty long) and then BANG! Everything exploded from there. Although I must admit, the brginning was a bit confusing, and I had trouble remembering who each of the characters were and where they fit into all three of the different characters story.

I really enjoyed the writing style. It wasn't "beautiful", per say, but I really did enjoy reading it. The three different character perspectives were great as well. I loved seeing who each of the characters thought was sending them the dares.

As for the characters in his book, I really enjoyed them (for the most part). I really loved Caitlin and Sydney - I could understand what they were groin through and I was very happy when they were able to push through it. They were overall, very kind and likeable, and they were both the type of people that I would choose as friends in real life. Tenly wasn't my favourite. I thought that she cared too much about herself, and was jus plain mean. I had trouble following her story for quite a bit of the book for those reasons. I eventually warmed up to her, but I would have rather liked her straight from the beginning and then get to know her from there. On a more positive note, the side characters were great Calum was sweet, quirky, and nerdy; Guinness was romantic (view spoiler); Tim was laid-back and kind; Emerson was fun and caring. The parents of all three of the girls also played a role in the story, which I really liked as well.

The ending of this book was partially expected and partially not. I guessed the last "dare", and who the dared was, but other than that it was crazy! I need the next book now! There were a couple of questions unanswered in the end about the "mystery man", and Caitlin's dreams, but I am hoping that they will be answered in he next book. Also, the ending had me crying. Not just a few tears rolling down my cheeks, but the whole sha-bang.
(view spoiler)

I defiantly recommended to check out Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green, but I would wait a couple years until all three books in the trilogy are out so that you can go through all of them without having to deal with the crazy cliffhanger. 5/5 stars.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

What Happened To Goodbye - Quiz!

Have you read What Happened To Goodbye? Over the summer I created a quiz for it, so if you have, please go and check it out by clicking here. Also, leave a comment on the quiz saying that The Book Nook brought you there with your blog URL. I will be sure to check you out!

I hope you have fun taking this quiz, and may the odds be ever in your favour...

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Also, click the big number 10 down there to visit my next post in the 21! Happy reading!

Top Ten Favourite Secondary Characters

It's tuesday! And you know what that means... Top Ten Tuesday! Today it's all about secondary characters!

Top Ten Favourite Secondary Characters – Aug. 27
  1. Peony from Cinder: I absolutely LOVE that girl! She is so sweet, and really sees the best in Cinder while everyone around her sees the worst. I wish she was real so I could go and meet her and be BFFL's!
  2. Finnick from The Hunger Games: I'm going to pull a Jaime here and pick Finnick (I always want to call him Finn-Finn... Why? Why?) Who could go wrong here? Finnick is strong, witty, and overall a great person. I just... He's just plain awesome, okay?
  3. Cinna from The Hunger Games: Is it cheating choosing two of the same person that Jaime did? Pffft, oh well. Cinna is pretty great as well. I love his personality. "I'm here to make you give an impression." <3
  4. Edgar from Between The Lines: If you have read this book then you will know that Oliver is the love interest. You know, I do not understand Delilah sometimes. How could you be falling for Oliver when EDGAR is thrust at your face. I know who I was rooting for in the triangle.
  5. Darren from The Immortal Rules: Darren is such a sweet guy, and trusted in Allie even when everyone (even Zeke) didn't. SPOILER!!!!!!! I was so heartbroken when he died! SPOILER OVER!!!!!!
  6. Jane from Variant: Sweet. Loving. Jane. What's not to love? SPOILER!!!!!!! Oh, I don't know, that she isn't real? Well, I didn't know that then, and I really like the real Jane in Feedback anyway. SPOILER OVER!!!!!!
Now I know that isn't a list of ten, but the ones above are my favourites out of the ones that I actually can remember the names of. I decided that I would not include characters like Jace (City of Bones), Four (Divergent), David (Uglies), and Peeta (Do I really have to say?) even though I love them all, because they are basically the main character.

What are your top tens? I would love to see them! I will defiantly check them out and hey, maybe I'll even subscribe. Will you return the favour?

To see more of the 21 posts I'm planning on doing this month, click below. Happy reading!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Day 1-8

If you didn't see my last post on continuing with Bout of Books 8.0 read-a-thon, then please click here. But if you have... welcome to my first daily (ish) update!

I'm including my official Bout of Books read-a-thon wrap-up within this post as well, just so you can see why I wanted to continue on with this reading spree in a less busy time of my life. Might as well just cut to the chase: I read a total of 523 this week. That averages to only 75 pages a day! So much for reading a lot... Basically, I finished Between The Lines, which actually really disappointed me. It put me into a huge reading slump ON TOP OF my busy life this past week. Then I read up to part 4 in The Immortal Rules, which I really enjoyed.

Today I read quite a bit more then I read all of last week. That actually makes me want to cry. :'( But moving on... I read from page 339-485 in The Immortal Rules, and then on top of that, read 25 pages of The Moon and More. That brings my total page count of the day up to 171. It's only about 9:30, where I live at the moment, so I still have time to cuddle up in bed and read some more before I go to sleep and get ready for school tomorrow.

Question of The Day!
The question that I have created for today is plain and simple. What are your reading goals for the remainder of the continuation? I really want to get back into Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, as well as finish either Hymns of Home by Bill Bunn or Shards and Ashes (various authors).

This is post 7 of the 21! Click below for post 8, and happy reading!

Bout of Books 8.0 CONTINUED

Yeah... I'll explain more later.

Basically I didn't do well in the Bout of Books 8.0 read-a-thon. SO I have decided to continue with it until the end of the month. I will be making daily updates with a daily question that you can also answer. If you so choose to continue with this read-a-thon with me, please comment below!

I hope this isn't cheating... Click below for the 7th post in the 21! And happy reading.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

City of Heavenly Fire: Cover???

I was looking around goodreads and I found THIS.

I'm pretty sure this isn't the real cover but how pretty!! This would defiantly be my favourite cover of the whole series.

Synopsis (includes spoilers!): ERCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID. 

I am coming.
Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

Click below for my next post in the 21! I would also love to know what you think of the cover! But until next time... happy reading!

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Contemporary TBR

I've been in the mood for some contemporary lately, so what better way to get them across then a TBR? These are the contemporary books that I am hoping to read in the new future.

  1. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: Hope to get to this one before the end of the summer! I've heard some really good things about this, and I'm really excited!
  2. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen: What's a contemporary TBR without a Dessen book? Pretty self explanatory.
  3. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen: Yep. Another one. I just love her, even though I've just read one of her books.
  4. Hymns of Home by Bill Bunn: I've started reading this one already, but I want to continue with it really bad. I love it!
  5. Duckboy by Bill Bunn: The same deal. :)
  6. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt: I'm so jealous of anyone who has read this book. I'm soooooo excited!!!!!!!!! Sounds like something I'm going to like.
  7. My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody: This was one of those books that I saw that I had marked it as to-read, but never looked at it again. Then I read the synopsis again, and thought, "I really need to read this book! It sounds good."
  8. Crush Control by Jennifer Jabaley: A mix between fantasy and contemporary. Count me in!
  9. A Trick of Light by Lois Metzger: Read the synopsis once and you are hooked. I need this book right now!!!!!!
  10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Um... Yeah. Why wouldn't this be on my list?
  11. Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy: A new find of mine. It sounds good!
  12. Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne: I was recommended this book by prettybooks on tumblr and I'm following her advice and decided to read it soon. Yay!
  13. Cracked by K. M. Walton: Another one of those books that you get hooked on after reading what's it's about.
  14. Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: I just want to get this duology over with.
So that is the beginning of the never-ending list. Let me know what books you want to read. Happy reading! Click below for the 5th post.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Reading Goals

Yes, it's happening. I decidfed really last minute to participate in the Bout of Books read-a-thon. I'm really excited for this since that I've been in a huge reading slump lately and I think that this is the thing that I need to pull me out. Also, since I have school, my goal is to read 110 pages a day (meaning 770 pages throughout the week). I will probably be able to read more, but I don't want to push myself to hard with the reading slump and all.

The first book that I'm hoping to read is the rest of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. I'm 48 pages through, and I put it down because I didn't feel like reading it at the time. Now I'm determined to finish it! It was so good!

Pages From This Book: 456
Total Page Count: 456

The next book I'm hoping to read is Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I've already started this one as well, but again, I put it down because I wanted to read some contemporary. This is defiantly on my top-priority list! I've already read 92 pages, as well.

Pages From This Book: 357
Total Page Count: 813

I will probably be alternating between the two above books, because 813 pages is more then my planned reading amount. I will probably finish both of the books though, #justsaying.

Other books that I'm planning on reading soon include Going Vintage by Lindsey Levitt, Fragments by Dan Wells, The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody... The list goes on and on. I will probably also be reading however many pages I have left in the book that I'm currently reading, Between the Lines.

I would love to hear from other people who are participating in this read-a-thon, so feel free to comment below! As far as daily updates go, I probably won't be doing that, just a wrap-up at the end of the week. Look foreword to more blog posts this week, though. Remember... the 21!!!! Click below for the 4th post.

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Monday, 12 August 2013

In My Library (2)

Today I decided to go to the library and I picked up a few book that I want to show you guys.

  1. Beta by Rachel Cohn: I saw this book and it was in brand-new condition. I'm literally the first one to sign this book out, so it's a library gem. Plus, it's been on my top priority to-read list for ages!
  2. Shards and Ashes by Various Authors: I got this book out from the library before but I didn't get the chance to finish it. Why not get it again?
  3. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver: Again, I got this out from the library but I had to return it. Excited to read it now!!
  4. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare: I already have a copy of this out from my school library but I have to return it soon. I thought I could read it but then realized that I should read Clockwork Prince first so I thought I'd get another copy just in case.
  5. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: Big but beautiful. Excited to dive into this hyped-up book.
  6. White Cat by Holly Black: I kind of got this on a whim. I knew I wanted to read it, but I had forgotten what it was about, but I got it anyway. #bookgettingproblems
  7. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer: This is probably the book that is most exciting for me. I'm really in the mood for some contemporary right now and this sounds perfect!!! AH! So excited!! Can't believe I might have to wait until September to read it (hint at a TBR... :O)
  8. The Bar Code Tattoo by Susanne Weyn: I saw this when I was walking out and I almost screamed in excitement. I have been waiting for this book forever! And now I finally have it!
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Sunday, 11 August 2013

I'm Back + The 21 Posts!!!!!!!!!

Hello everyone! I'm back! It's been such a long time since I've posted anything in a while. In June I was in a blogging slump, and then I was away for basically all of June and August until now. So I thought, "Hey. Why not make up for it by having 21 blog posts between now and September 1st?" And that's what is happening. I'm super excited interact with you guys some more!! Look foreword to some of my regulars such as wrap-ups and reviews (although I've slacked off on those lately), as well as some new stuff that hopefully you haven't seen before! If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

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June Wrap-Up + Twitter Reviews

Yeah... It's kind of sad how long it took me to do this. Oh well. Better late than never right?

Since that it will be hard to remember enough for a full review for all of my June books, I have decided to make Twitter reviews for each of them. This means 140 characters or less per review. It's harder then it looks... And the title doesn't count.

  1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (****): A huge disappointment. Nothing much different than other sci-fi's out there. War. Apocalypse. Chaos. You know. Still good, just not amazing. (140)
  2. The Program by Susanne Young (*****): This book was just... wow. The suicide aspect was so dark and intriguing. It's words made me cry! Maybe I'm just soft. (118)
  3. Professor Gargoyle by Chalres Gilman (****): A fun middle grade that isn't just for kids! A light, fun read that you can read in basically no time at all. Adventure meets awesome. (134)
  4. The Luxe by Anna Godberson (**): Recommended for those who like arranged marriages and the stereo-typical girl stuff. Since that's not my type, this was not my favourite. (137)
  5. Breathe by Sarah Crossan (*****): I wish more people knew about this book! The characters are fun to follow and all so different that you can relate to at least one. (131)
  6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (*****): I know guys. It's about time, right? And yes, now I'm one of those die-hard fans. Enough said. (94)
  7. Die for Me by Amy Plum (****): I'm surprised I liked this as much as I did. The new paranormal creature was cool, and I loved how Kate loved books, just like me! (130)
Total Book Count: 7

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