Saturday, August 31, 2013

September Update/Hiatus/The Summer I Wrote A Book Update #8

  This was going to be a September Update post, but I don't know how much blogging I'm going to be doing this month hence the Hiatus part of the title. You see it occurred to me last night that I am now closing in on the deadline I set for myself on finishing the first full draft of my book, I have 21 days and about half a book written. So I have 21 days to write half a book. Now I understand that sometimes plans change and you have to give yourself an extension or whatever, and I realize what with how long it took me to write the first half it's a bit unrealistic to think I can do the whole last half of my book in 21 days, but I shall try my hardest. If I don't at least try to get it done I will be so disappointed in myself and the way I see it if I at least do the best I can and get like half of the half done I'll be happy. Of course I'm shooting to get the whole thing done and when(not if) I do I shall reward myself with a new tattoo there by hopefully encouraging myself to get it done. I work good under pressure, right?

  So, blog wise I can't promise much because right now I need to concentrate on my book but as soon as I'm done I'll get back to blogging and I don't know maybe I'll find time to do at least a couple posts. So, I apologize but I have to concentrate on other things for now hopefully I'll be back to blogging regularly in October I really want to do my 13 posts of Halloween again, but I'm also going to be moving and even when I finish my first draft there will be more work to do on it so I just don't know. Luckily I love to procrastinate, and I tend to blog when I'm putting off working on my book so there's that. =) I might try and do daily updates on my progress with my book but I'm not sure.

Word Count - 47656
Plans For Today - 10,000
What I Might Actually Get Done Today - 4,000
I Would Like To Get My Word Count Up To 50,000 which is only 2344 so I think can, I think I can.

Song Of The Moment - Grade 8 by Ed Sheeran

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: The Fall Of Five by Pittacus Lore

About The Book - The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians? -

Review -
  Ermahgerd! This book was just so awesome and I hated it. I mean I loved it but these things kept happening and even though I guessed that they were coming I didn't want them to come, and it was just so good but painful too, you know? It was like just as things start looking up for the Garde it all comes crashing down so so very hard. But I can not even think of words to express just how good this book is and just how much I loved it. I went to a Taylor Swift concert last night and I almost wanted to read more of this book instead of going, I didn't but almost, that's how good it is. And the ending! Holy mother of monkeys! It's so good but so bad at the same time, not to mention the thing about Ella! WTF? But oh my gosh so good. There are quiet a few plot twists that I didn't see coming mainly cause I was so worried about the ones that I did. Now that said it probably has less action than like Rise Of Nine and maybe even Power Of Six but in my opinion it's the best yet and I felt like you got to know the characters better in this one and it's just sooo gooood. I don't know how I'm going to recover from all the feels nor how I can possibly survive until the next one comes out. If you haven't read this or any in the series What the fudge are you waiting for!? Do it! Do it now!!!

P.S. I apologize for all the ermahgerds and so forth, it's just this book, the feels, I can't help it!

I wanted to do a more in-depth review of this book but all I can think is "Holy sh*t, holy sh*t, need next book." followed by more of "Ermahgerd. Ermahgerd. Ermahgerd!!!!!" and I'm not the kind of person who thinks ermahgerd allot, so yeah. =)

Song Of The Moment - Last Time by Taylor Swift ft. Gary Lightbody

Monday, August 26, 2013

Romantic Cliche's In YA

Besides the ever present love triangle there is another one that I absolutely hate that appears in quite a few YA books, which is reincarnations. Also,there is of course insta-love. By the way prepare now for a nice long rant. =)

Love Triangles -
  • First of all I do understand the need for love triangles because it makes things interesting and it keeps you hooked wanting to know if the main character will end up with your favorite but having said that it does gets old after awhile.And am i the only one who always finds it completely obvious who the girl(or guy) is going to end up with from the beginning? Even if it's not who you want? Unless of course the author makes them pick the other one because even though they don't love them as much it's the "right" thing to do. 
  • My problem is that I swear in almost everything either the "bad" boy gets the girl or the girl picks the nice one because she feels bad for him, which is just wrong.
  • Also, it seems to me that allot of the time it's not even really a love "triangle" cause it's obvious that she(he) loves one more than the other but still they make it go on and on giving it the impression that there are two ways the story can end.
Insta Love -
  • I'm sure everyone knows what insta-love is where in a matter of a few pages or whatever two characters are suddenly completely in love and I hate it! In my opinion it takes away from the story, as much as I tend to despise to much romance in a fantasy book I'd rather have more where you get to see them fall for each other slowly than where Bam! they're in love and you didn't even see it coming!
  • My thing is if you expect and want readers to love these characters and love them together you need to go slower! Let the reader fall in love with the idea of them being in love with each other before they know and are, that's my opinion at least. At the same time though I prefer in a fantasy or sy-fy or dystopian book for the story to revolve more around the actual story than the romance, I'm a contradiction. =)

Reincarnations -
  • This one is just weird and wrong and gross to me most the time. So, usually you have this girl and this magical guy who is like a hundred years old or whatever and they are inexplicably drawn to each other and then come to find out she is either a reincarnation and decedent of the original girl he loved. I just hate this so much.
  • Firstly, If it's a decedent its just plain gross and wrong. Like seriously, you loved her mom or so many greats grandmother who she usually looks exactly alike and now you turn that love on her? Gross! - Admittedly in my opinion this version doesn't show up very often.
  • Now for reincarnations, it's not really so gross as just weird to me and often leads into insta-love although it masquerades as something else cause it's supposed to be like "their love surpassed all the years until she was reborn" or whatever. But it's just weird because like I don't know but to me it seems kinda like it pressures the girl and I mean just because some old version of herself loved him that doesn't mean she loves him now and the guy always seem s to come on to strong and just something about this drives me insane, I swear.
Least Favorite Books From These^ Categories -
  • Love Triangles-
    • Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck - I hate these books so much and partly because the main character is a B**** and pretends to be with one guy because she's mad at the other and then because she thinks he needs her, and I hate it sooooooo much.
  • Insta-love -
    • Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan - The main character know each other for all of like three days and then they suddenly "love" each other and are basically getting married, the whole book sucked in my opinion and the insta-love was pure gross and wrong.
  • Reincarnation -
    • Descendants-
      • Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow - This is also a love triangle to but one of the guys was basically in love with the main characters mom and then was all in "love" with her and that's just weird and wrong on so many levels.
    • Reincarnation-
      • Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor - I loved everything about this book except the "love" interest stuff. This book like most that I've read that have the reborn, eternal love plot takes insta-love to a whole new level plus I kinda hate the love interest anyways.
 P.S. dont get me wrong most of these books are still really good I just don't like the way the "romance" is done in them.

Song Of The Moment -Our July In The Rain by He Is We

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Warning this review is a little disorganized.
About -
     Goodreads description - Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Spoilers Ahead!

Review -

   You are literally drawn in straight from the beginning with this book, everything about it pulls you in and keeps you there if only from pure curiosity but it has more than that it has a great plot and a kickass main character not to mention magical wishes for blue hair (the best wish ever) and torturous eyebrows. My favorite thing about this book was the premise it's so original and executed perfectly, you have your normal angel vs demon war but it's not normal the angels aren't from heaven and they aren't perfect they may look it, but they have their own evils, but so do the chimera. One thing I really loved is there are no obvious good guys and bad guys in this book, you see it from both sides and neither side is really GOOD and it makes it really interesting and intriguing. There's also some nice plot twists that I for one didn't see coming, and then of course there was the more obvious ones (Karou is Madrigal for example), but it still manages to surprise you throughout the whole book.
   Unfoutnely I thought the first half was the best, for me once Akiva(the angel) realizes just who Karou is it starts going downhill.

RelationShips -

     I didn't really like Akiva I thought he was petty and pathetic and selfish but more than that I loved the beginning because Karou is awesome and kickass, independent and cares about her family, will do anything to save them but then it all becomes about Akiva and while it is essential for the story I just didn't enjoy it as much.
   When Akiva first came in to the book I liked how it was going even after she stopped trying to kill him, but then when he figures out who she is and drops to his knees hugging her legs I could not stop alternatingly laughing and rolling my eyes. I did like that even though she was like inexplicably drawn to him around this part she still cared more about her family. So basically I loved Karou and hated Akiva and her a little bit when she was with him.
  Personally I hate the whole reborn, reincarnation, eternal love plot and this book has that, my main problem with it is that it basically takes insta-love to a whole new level, now I do understand that it's supposed to be "romantic" and everything and their love is supposed to be eternal, and I totally understand Karou feeling drawn to him and everything because she already fell for him in her last life and everything but then you get to the part where it shows her old life as Madrigal and she suffers from insta love too which just makes it all so much worse. The whole relationship through both of her lives just seemed lame and shallow to me. In defence of the book this is just something I personally don't like the book is still really good and the author does do an amazing job of showing us Karous' old life and everything. Besides the love interest stuff everything else is just plain awesome.

Characters -

  Character wise I hate Akiva but love everyone else for the most part. Karou is a really good character but towards the end of the book she got weaker, I felt, rather than stronger. Part of it is because I just don't like the whole reborn lover thing in any book and I didn't like the person she loved, but overall the characters are well done for what they are it's just my least favorite thing when it comes to love interests. I did enjoy seeing Karou's old life and everything but one thing is I felt like maybe she excepted everything a little too easily but I really did love her as a character. I also really loved Zuzana and Karou's whole "family".

Overall -

  Overall I really enjoyed this book, the plot and world building is top notch, I love the story, the angels and chimera, it's all so interesting and original, there is not one thing I didn't like about that. Like I said the only problem I really had was the reborn loves thing besides that the book is amazing and I highly recommend it.

Song of The Moment - My Immortal by Evanescence 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Old Book Reviews!

I just posted a bunch of my review from my old blog here on this blog and if you want to check them out just click here -

Why did I do this? Because I am deleting the other blog for real and I figured I may as at least  repost everything I did for it here, but I posted everything with the same date that it was actually posted on the other blog which is why it doesn't all appear at the top of the home page.

In other news because of this I passed 150 posts!! Yay!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Review - Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz

Forward - So, considering how down hill the Alex Rider books went after Snake Eye and the fact that I never thought this book was going to come out I honestly didn't have high hopes for this book and because of that and the fact that I just did not want this series to end after waiting so long for the last book it wasn't fair for it to end, I didn't read it right away but finally I picked it up, and it was way better than I thought it would be.

About- The fifth and final Power Of Five aka Gatekeepers book. Just look it up if you don't know what it is -

Spoiler Alert!!!!

A Short Review -
   I don't know what to say, I'm honestly a little speech-less about this book. First of all I loved it, it was so much better than I thought it would be, but it was slow and boring at parts. The characters were all even better and more developed and just awesome in this book, the author did a good job with the growth of the characters, you can feel them changing but at the same time its still the characters you love. The only bad thing is I felt at times that it was dragging on and just boring like all the author was trying to do is make sure the book is really long and just adding random details. The last half of the book is definitely the best it picks up sped pretty fast and just doesn't stop. The last half completely makes up for the slower boring parts, in my opinion. It definitely makes you feel, from hating parts to pure boredom to almost crying because of the end, and because I did not want it to end, it definitely pulls on your heart strings. I felt that it was definitely a really good ending I didn't feel cheated at all, I felt like it was the best possible ending for this series. On a scale of Maximum Ride to Harry Potter for book endings I say it's definitely closer to Harry Potter, but I hated the epilogue but I hate epilogues period I just don't like them they just make me sad. =(

My Thought While Reading This Book - By the way this is a major exaggeration and SPOILER ALERT!!!
  •   Chapter one - Chapter eighteen - "Ok, interesting." "Oh, I see what you did there!" "Pick up the pace already!"
  • Page #174 - "Come on Scott your better than this!"
  • Page #176 - "Poor Pedro....I Hate You Scott! I Hate You!"
  • Page #256 -  "Oh my Jeez, what do you read Matt? What's going to happen!?"
  • Page #258 - "Yay! They're all together!"

Last Half Of The Book -
  •  - "Finally picking up the pace!"
  • Page #349 - "No Lohan no! Do the right thing!!!!"
  • Page #378 - "No don't stop, just ignore the village Jamie something is not right with them."
  • Page #385 - "No Holly don't look in the window!"
    • "Ahhh, I told you not to look."
  • Page #457 - "Pedro don't drink that, just don't!"
  • Page #474 - "Oh, I do love you Scott, I'm sorry for doubting you but you'll do the right thing eventually, right?"
  • Page #493 - "The commander dude has no idea what he's doing stop him Matt, stop him!"
  • Page #507 - "Again, I told you!!!"
  • Page #516 - "No Matt, don't go, don't do it."
  • Page #522 - "Come on, Scott! Don't do this!"
  • Page #544 - "That's right Scott do the right thing."
  • Page #549 - "Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god."
  • Page #558 - "Come on Jamie, faster or you won't make it."
  • Page #567 - "No Richard don't do it, I mean you have to but don't!" -I literally had to force myself to read this part I did not want to.
    • "Oh god no, no, nooooooooooo!"
    • "This book sucks!"
  • Page #570 - "Here they come to save the day!!!!!"
  • Page #572 - "I don't want it to end! I don't!"
  • Page #578 - "I don't want to know whats going to happen with the five, I don't!"
  • Page #590 - "I loooooooovee this boooook, but I hate epilogues!!!!!!!!!!!"

Quotes -
     "Evil will never win entirely. It can't. It's not in it's nature."

  "We'll all meet again. Nothing is ever completely over."

I finished this book last week and I'm still recovering. =)

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Summer I Wrote A Book - Update #7 - Balance and Writing Slumps

  I think it's important to balance your writing with your everything else, because if all you do is write you'll have less fun and get too stressed out, its good to make time for other things. But you still want to make time for writing. That's my lesson of the day. Moving on.
  I have been having serious issues with actually sitting down to write. With doing anything really. One thing I noticed is that even when I sat down to "try" to write I would going in thinking that I wouldn't get anything done, thinking that I was stuck and that I wouldn't get anything written, and that really affected my progress. Because if I go in thinking I'm not going to actually get anything done, I won't. I'll just sit there for an hour staring at the words on my computer screen and basically doing nothing. And then I would think "well if I can't write may as well read" and so I'd get my book out, read a chapter and then decide I didn't feel like reading, so I'd end up watching youtube videos for a couple hours telling myself multiple times "just one more and then I'll work on my book" and then by the time I stopped watching videos it would be time for diner or to do something else with my family, sidenote- recently we've been watching Falling Skies, or it would be 2am and I'd just go to bed. The point is reading/writing slumps suck, but they happen and in my experience if you try to force your self out of one it just gets worse. But yeah, after being sick for three days and then spending like a week doing nothing I decided it was time to get back to work and so I did, but instead of forcing myself I just sat down with my music blasting and just read through the last chapter I wrote all the way into the chapter I got stuck on and just relaxed and let the words flow, I wound up re-writing most of a chapter and ended up being so much happier with it and now I actually feel like continuing the story, now that that part is right. Keep in mind this after an hour of procrastinating. One thing that tends to happen to me is if I write something that I just don't like or doesn't seem right it tends to turn me off of writing until I figure out what it is that's wrong and fix it, it happens too often but I'm always happier after re-doing the thing I don't like, but if I force it too much my mind like blanks and I have no idea what to do to fix it.
  Now it may sound like I haven't planned and outlined my book enough, like that's why I keep getting stuck, but I have outlined the whole book, I haven't like micro outlined it because I like letting the story guide me as I write, which may not be the best way to do it, but again if I force myself to outline it's horrible. But I mean it's a five book series, I'm planning five that I'll write whether or not it gets published even if I end up self-publishing, and I have the over all story for every book planned out but I can't just force myself to outline something. It's weird, I'm weird, but I like to like just relax, close my eyes and let my mind wander and just imagine the story in my head and how the characters will react and what will happen if I do it this way rather than this way, I just I can't force myself to outline and if I sit down with a piece of paper in front of me all ready to get some major outlining down my mind just freezes. Most the time I'll be doing something else, driving or eating or watching a movie and stuff just randomly pops into my head and I'll be like "Yeah! that's perfect! Why didn't I think of that before!?" I don't know if anyone else is this way but for me I'm better if I kinda just like let the creative juices flow without specifically sitting down and trying to get it done.
  Also, my brother helps me allot, I think it's important to have someone to talk to that knows everything about the book and that you can just talk through the plot holes, and everything with, I guess kinda like a critic partner which is what I call my brother. But for me it helps to have someone to go to and say like "this is what I did with this character is it stupid? Should this guy die or no?", just someone to help you when your mind turns to mush and you still haven't figured out how your main character escapes from the minotaur. But I think it's important that you trust this person, and you know that they'll be honest with you and tell you when you've gone too far or when something is just plain stupid.

Ok enough of my two sense (or is it cents? I've never thought about that because I've never actually spelled it out, but I'm just gonna assume that it's not cents.)  =)

Word count(I'm not done for today but right now its)- 45949

Song Of The Moment - The Way She Feels by Between The Trees

Movie Review: Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters

Forward -
  Okay, so if you somehow don't know this about me I love the Percy Jackson book series by Rick Riordan, I have been reading them since 2007 right after the third one, The Titian;s Curse, came out and I have been obsessed with them. They are literally my favorite books ever, I have read them all many times, and there is no way to explain just how much I love them. The point is I was so excited when the first movie finally came out and I kinda love Logan Lerman so I was even more excited when I heard he was going to play Percy and even though no one they picked to play the characters looked right and they were all to old and even after all the previews for it that made it look kinda bad I was still so excited for it, and then I actually saw it. And I literally spent like two weeks in mourning, I was crushed! How could they do that to me? To us, all of us faithful die hard fans? And seriously did you even read the book? Then I made the mistake of somehow tricking myself into thinking I was too hard on the movie, and it wasn't really as bad as I thought, right? SO then I got all super excited when it released on dvd and I bought it the day it came out, watched it again and all my hopes and dreams came crashing back down, it really was that bad! I swear to god I don't think they did one thing that actually happens in the book in the movie! But I did get over it a little when I read a interview Rick Riordan did where he said that he had nothing to do with the movie and how he never even watched it, plus it helped to listen to all the other die hard fans ranting about it. Solidarity!
  The point being I had completely gotten over it when they announced that they were going through with the sequel, and I decided that I wouldn't go see it and then the previews came and it really looked better I mean at least Annabeth had blonde hair! But I still decided I wouldn't see it, but then it came out! And it's Percy Jackson! And how could I not see it!? Then I see all the posts on facebook and there's all this talk of a last battle scene where they apparently did something weird and stupid and I HAD TO KNOW what they were talking about!!!! I HAD TO! Plus Nathan Fillion! And so I went and now I shall review it!

Spoiler alert!

Review -
Firstly, I must say that it was way better than the first, it didn't fix all the problems from the first and certain things would be different no matter what because they aged the characters and its a movie, but it was definitely better. Having said that they still missed allot of the things that actually happened on the quest, I don't understand why they keep changing which monsters they fight and the order in which things get done, but still I did really enjoy the movie for the most part.
  Lets go by character -
   Percy - My main complaint with Percy is in the movies he's too serious, but the way he doubts his powers and Poseidon that was all right a bit dramatic and funny at points, but right! The thing I could not stand is about Riptide, now Riptide is one thing they did pretty good in the first movie but in this one they changed it to being the 'cursed' blade from the prophecy, at least that's what they hinted at, plus they said it was Poseidon's blade that he used with Zeus and Hades to chop and kill Kronos with, WTF! Seriously! No. Just No! And then he doesn't use his sword enough, I thought, I mean all these times he's confronting Luke and he doesn't draw his sword, why? Then he creates this wave and he's riding it, which was fine he's the son of Poseidon he can walk on water, but then Luke jumps on the wave with him and he's walking on it trying to catch Percy and since when can Luke, a son of Hermes!, walk on water!!!?!!!?
  Annabeth - She has no character, she's boring. She doesn't seem as smart, while it's awesome that she's badass shes too badass, she has no baseball cap that turns her invisible and no knife! come on! That's the cursed blade not Percy's sword, you morons! But she did have blonde hair, so there's that.
  Grover - Is still just as awesome, but he gets caught at the wrong part and blah blah blah, it worked, wasn't quiet right, but it worked.
  Tyson - He is one of my favorite characters in the books and he was OK in the movie but not great, its like they made him smarter and dumber at the same time. And the part where he stops the bull is weird and just weird. They did his and Percy's relationship pretty good, though.
  Clarisse - Was also just okay. She was great at first but then she got too nice and I love the actress but she's too pretty to play Clarisse.
  Hermes - They was quiet a few things I liked about this movie but the best thing is Nathan Fillion as Hermes. Nathan Fillion! 'Nuf said.
 Moving on -
  The whole movie dumbs everything down, and the whole thing feels rushed and I mean they skip so many things you think for an awesome battle with Polyphemus and everything but no, that's all accomplished way too easy and then Kronos! Really? Really!? What are you thinking!? So yeah, he rises and eats Luke and then Grover and then somehow Percy very easily defeats him using the "cursed" blade, Riptide, that apparently Poseidon also used to kill Kronos, seriously! So yeah, then he gets pulled back into his golden coffin and Luke and Grover just pop out all fine nothing wrong with them. Then Annabeth's dramatic death scene, yeah they finally figure out that they should put the golden fleece on her and Percy yells random sappy things and she dies, two seconds, two seconds!, later she breathes! Seriously! You didn't give enough time for it to sink in that she's died and for people to start doubting that she'll live before you bring her back!
  One thing that was really cool was the Fish Pony, except for the fact that Tyson never once refers to it as a Fish pony!!! NOOOOOOOOOO!
Really over all it is better than the first I swear, I actually enjoyed it but I think part of it was that I wasn't expecting much from it, which it sad. But I really am curious to see the next one I hope that they'll keep getting better and better.
  One last thing it is Thalia not Talia, right? Or am I just the only person who has been pronouncing it wrong this whole time?

Song Of The Moment - Play It Again by Luke Byran

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

About the book - The story revolves around five teenagers who all had a part in what is referred to as the killing day, whether they took part in it or witnessed it first hand and how their lives are changed. The book starts on the killing day then jumps ahead a year to the storm. A tornado rips through the small town of Oleander Kansas bringing down destruction. Not long after the storm the military arrives and locks down the borders not letting anyone out, for their own good. The book continues told through various points of view and I'm doing a horrible job of explaining it so I'll just put the Goodreads link here -

  This book is dark and creepy, basically awesome, in case you didn't know this about me I like dark and creepy stuff. =) There is a nice diverse collection of main characters all of which I loved.
A few Words to describe this book - Dark and Creepily Good.
This book has it all when it comes to characters a bible thumper(no offense), a gay jock, depressed teens, a girl from a family of mobsters, and a guy who will do anything to protect the little bit of family he has left. And the book is way better than that makes it sound, I swear.
Besides that it has everything a dark and creepy book should have big guys with guns who no one really knows are, voices urging the main characters to do bad things, massive random killings most of which take place on what is referred to as the killing day, mystery and deceit.
I really loved this book, while creepy books aren't my favorite I really do love a good read that gets you blood pumping and makes you sleep with the lights on.
I thought all the characters were awesome and everything about the book is at least mildly creepy and real and believable which just makes it even creepier.
I would recommend this book to fans of Jeyn Robert's The Dark Inside but also it reminds some of D.J Machale's Sylo with the quarantine by the government that no one knows about and a mysterious disease. And for anyone who loves dark and creepy books, in that genre this book more than excels. =)

Sorry if this review kinda sucks but I've been putting off writing it and just wanted to get it done. =)

P.S. While I feel I have been better with reviews don't count on me keeping it up because knowing myself the way I do I know that eventually I will stop with the reviews because sometimes I just suck like that. =)

Song Of The Moment - A Demon's Fate by Within Temptation

Monday, August 12, 2013

Review - The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

About the book- For the few of you who don't know - This book follows Hazel, who is dieing from cancer which tells this is a sad book good, but sad, who meets Augustus which sends her on a journey of love, loss, and self discovery. Basically,what brings them together is their love of this book, it's the only book this author has ever written and it doesn't end, so they take it upon themselves to be the only two people who know what happens after the end of the book which takes on a long, fun, sad, and epic journey.

Now while my description may sound good trust me it sucks. =)

Review -
I'm just gonna do a quick review since there's not much that hasn't already been said about this book.
I don't want to lie in this review which is hard because I'm not really sure what I thought of the book, I know I gave it five stars and put it on my shelf of loved books but the more I think about the book and the way it was built up and put on a pedestal in my mind by everyone who loves it and how I started out on the first page thinking there's no way this book isn't great, right? that I'm not sure how much of it I actually loved and how much of it I just thought I was going to and was supposed to love.
But here are a few undeniable facts -
 -It's sad (While I didn't cry, it doesn't hurt to have a box of tissues on stand by when reading this book)
 -It's beautifully written (I know a lot of people actually hate the way it's written and found it pretentious and what not, but I for one thought it was beautiful, and I'm kinda a sucker for beautifully written books, books that are more than just regular words on a page (If that makes any kind of sense at all))
 -The characters are awesome (There wasn't one character I didn't love)
 -The end is the best part
So that's my weird and confusing review. Overall I'm glad I finally read it but I think all the hype kinda took away from the book, at least for me. I would recommend it, but I recommend trying to go in without expecting it to be the best book ever, cause while it is really good again I just think it kinda takes away from the actual book. But that's just one weird persons thoughts. =)

Check out my post about over hyping books -

Song Of The Moment - Runaway by Another Lost Year

Over hype - The Fault In Our Stars

I think a books popularity can sometimes be a bad thing, not for the author but for a reader. Because you have this book that no one will stop talking about and your friends swear it's the best book in the world and all the reviews agree, so you go in with such high expectations, but the book feels maybe just meh to you. Because while it has all the makings of a great book how can anything live up to such high expectations? Also, books are different for everyone, it's like when you hear this song and somehow this song just clicks with you it's like everything you are or want to be in one four minute song and you're convinced that it's the best song ever and so you play it for your friends and they're like it's a cool song, but it's just another song to them. Everyone reads and sees and understands a book differently, and when a book means that much to you, you just love it so much, it's your favorite book ever, you automatically assume without a doubt that it really is the best book ever, I mean it could be a book with a thousand bad reviews and you're the only person you know of that loves this book, but it's your favorite and to you that makes it the best book in the world. It's all perspective, something that you can find no flaws in, another might completely and totally despise, but when so many people feel the same way about something it makes it to where no matter what you want to feel that way too, it puts it up on this pedestal and you don't want to be the one to take it down, you assume you're going to love it therefore you do.

I also think there are some books that people just go in to thinking they have to love it, it's supposed to be this epic book and everyone else in the universe, your friends, your favorite reviewers and booktubers, every author you follow, they all love it and so you think there's no way I can hate this book it's obviously one of the best things there ever was and then even if you really feel it's just meh, you convince yourself you love it because that's the way everyone is supposed to feel about this book. But just because you love books doesn't mean you'll love every great book ever written, plus who has time to read them all? I love to read but have never read a classic and don't plan to, I think they sound boring, and I hate books set in the past, but that doesn't make me any less of a booknerd/lover, so I don't like one or two genres, I still love books and I still hate quite a few book everyone else seems to love and I love many that allot hate, that's just who I am, but I'm not going to read things I know I'll hate just because, I like to read things I enjoy reading about mainly sy-fy and fantasy and I'm not going to try and read a bunch of classics just because a bunch of people smarter than me say that everyone should. My point is(and yes I do have one) read what you love to read and sure their are some books you're going to read just because it seems like something everyone has to read it at some point, but hate it if you want don't try and love something just because everyone else does. =) And my advise is to try and go into books with an open mind if you go in thinking you're going to absolutely love a book or completely hate it it will effect the way you read it, at least in my experience.

This post was inspired by the fact that over the weekend I finally read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, I read it partly because it was on sale on amazon, and mainly because of the way people are always talking about it. Not really because I thought it would be the best book in the world, but because it was something out of my comfort zone, I don't read a ton of contemporary as it is and I hate reading sad books because I read books to make me happy not to make me cry, which I am proud to say I didn't. But somehow I got the thought in my head that this was something I had to read at some point, like I just can't go through life having never read this book, partly to see what all the big fuss was and partly because I had never read a John Green book and no one ever shuts up about him and according to all the reviews if your going to read one that's the one to read. But I'd been debating about it for months and when I saw that it was only $4 on kindle I decided to get it. So, while I was sick this weekend I read it but I went in thinking that it had to be great and that even with only liking/reading select few contemporaries that I would love it and I did, for the most part. It's definitely a really good book, I gave it five stars on Goodreads and everything, but it got me thinking would I have liked it more or less had it not been built up and put on a pedestal in my mind? How much of it did I love because I actually liked it and how much did I love it because I thought I was supposed to and that I would? How great do I think it is because I generally love it and how great do I think it is because I always assumed that it would be?

I did write a short review for the book which I will post later today. =)

Song Of The Moment - Upside Down by Farewell Disaster

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Romance, Girls, and Cliches

About how girls in books are allways needing to be protected by the boys and love triangles and whimps and things like brave
My point is that everyone needs to believe in these things sometimes, and it's not a bad thing to wish for Fairy Tale Endings and the world could use more of them, but at the same time I think it's important for girls and wemon to learn not to depend on men I mean you don't have to have a boyfreind or a husband to be happy you can be self suffeicnt you can be happy on your own.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Review: Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz ad Michael Johnston

About the book - Set in a future where the earth has frozen, the water is toxic and the military corrupt, the story focuses on Nat a girl with magical powers, a girl who is marked. The marked have a variety of magical powers with one main thing in common the government doesn't want them alive, or it does but for their own cruel purposes. Nat is in search of the one place she might be safe, The Blue, a supposedly mythical land with clear water and sunshine. She hires Wes, a runner with his own secrets. And so their journey begins.

Short and Sweet Version -
I really enjoyed this book. It's original and different and just awesome. It's kinda dystopian and fantasy and its blends together so well that you never think to question it. I loved the world and the characters. There's twists and turns that you never see coming and that can be hard to find in some YA. It's magical and thrilling, and has everything from a corrupt government and military to pirates, slavers and mages.
I loved pretty much everything about this book and would highly recommend it to any fans of dystopian/ post apocalyptic and/or fantasy books. =)

Long Version - Non Existent*

*I suck at reviews!!!!!
I tried but everything was just repetitive of the short version with a couple extra words so we're gonna stick with the short and sweet version. =)

Goodreads link -

Song Of The Moment - Make Believe by Backstreet Boys

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Summer I Wrote A Book - Update #6 - Post-Vaction Update

I have to admit after the break from writing while at Comic-Con I have found it kinda difficult to get back into writing, while vacation can be good it can also throw you off your game. Sometimes it's a struggle to write and while I think it can be a good thing to push yourself sometimes, it can also make matters worse cause you could force yourself to write 5,000 words and then wind up hating them because you weren't feeling it when you wrote it.
While I have had a hard time getting back into my writing I've tired not to push myself to hard so as to not end up hating what I write. The last few days have been better though, I just pushed myself to at least sit down for an hour and try and I wound up getting through a part I was stuck on and have continued to work and try and write at least 2,000 words a day and it's been working fairly well.
So, yeah. My plan for now is to continue with at least 2,000 words a day except for weekends and some days I may do more and some days I may do less. But I don't work well under pressure so I'm trying not to set to high of a goal each day. =)
My overall word count is - 37166

Song of the moment - Under Pressure by David Bowie and Queen