Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

10194157About the book - The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

Goodreads link - Click here

A Short and Sweet Review - Let me start by saying this is one of the increasingly rare books that completely deserves the hype, it's highly original and completely interesting. Everything about it is intriguing, it grabs your attention from the beginning and never releases you! 
It's the perfect blend of magic, mystery and darkness. The Grisha is a unique and intriguing take on magic, I loved everything about them. And I loved that not only is Alina taught how to use her power but also combat, I love books that mix the two. While there is a love triangle of sorts it doesn't overtake the whole story, it's there but more in the background than anything.
The pacing is perfect, not too rushed but not dragging on slowly to where you find yourself bored throughout the while middle of the book. It's just awesome, okay? Okay?
Characters -
Alina Starkov - Main character. In ways she is just like every other main character, thinks she's ugly? Check. In love with best friend and believes he will never love her? Check. Has some mysterious all important power that no one else has? Check. And still she's not all cliche. She's fairly badass once she becomes determined, and her relationship with the Darkling was highly original and one of my favorite parts. I liked how much you saw her grow and mature away from the scared meek girl who was lost without her best friend/love interest, I loved the character development.
The Darkling - Mysterious? Check. Beautiful? Check. In love with the main character but possibly completely evil? Check. He's everything you could want in a villain/love interest and more.
Mal - Best friends with main character forever? Check. Meanwhile, he's the guy ever girl wants...and gets? Check. Unaware that he is in love with main character until it's too late? Check. He's everything that annoys me about a love first. But he gets better about halfway through the book and I, personally, wound up loving him.
Overall it's a real good book and you should check it out if...
Your a Fansof Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Mass and Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

Song Of The Moment - Invisible by Hunter Hayes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays #1

What is Top Ten Tuesday and haven't I seen this somewhere else? Yes, you very well could have. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, every Tuesday a new topic is picked and they post their list and encourage others to participate with their own posts or to comment and what not. I kinda just randomly decided to start participating! This week is Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In, so ta-da!

Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In-

  1. The World in Lauren Oliver's Delirium - Dude, it's a world without love, who would ever want that?
  2. Earth/New Vegas in the book Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Micheal Johnston
  3. The Black from Morpheus Road by D.J. Machale - Scary place to live....or die. *wink* *wink*
  4. The World from Proxy by Alex London
  5. The World in Breathe by Sarah Crossan - While it is not my favorite book it is a terrifying future where there is not enough oxygen in the air to Breathe.
  6. The World in Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts - So it's earth with like a zombie type thing going on but what turns you evil and into a zombie is basically already in you, so you can't even trust yourself. Basically, it's confusing.
  7. Panem from Hunger Games - I am not brave enough for that!
  8. Chicago from Divergent - I mean it's a bad place but also I would only want to be Dauntless and again I am not brave enough for that!
  9. The world from Legend by Marie Lu
  10. Eretz from Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Song Of The Moment - Second Chance by Shinedown 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Five Ways To Enjoy Hot Chocolate

  1. By drinking it from a cup.
  2. By drinking it from a bowl like a cat.
  3. By filling a syringe with it and shooting it down your throat, real fast like.
  4. In a water bottle.
  5. Not in a styrofoam cup!
No seriously -
  1. With cinnamon and a splash of egg nog.
  2. With half a peppermint candy cane and precisely 13 mini marshmallows.
  3. With melted white chocolate chips and a splash of peppermint coffee syrup.
  4. With melted Andes mints and chocolate sprinkles and about half a spray can of whip cream.
  5. Over Ice, chilled chocolate?
Song Of The Moment - Iris by Linkin' Park

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Playlist - Songs To Revise To

This is a playlist of some of the songs I've been listening to while working on revising my book, obviously. Honestly, I don't have like a certain playlist I listen to, specifically, when working on my book, like songs that inspire my book or whatever, usually it's just what I feel like listening to at the moment. I am a firm believer that books and music go hand in hand together, and I definitely have songs that I associate with my book and that inspire parts of my book, but for whatever reason I don't listen to them a lot while working on my book, if I get stuck on something and am trying to work things out in my head I'll listen to them but for the most part I avoid them while actually writing, weird right?  I know there are some authors who can't write while listening to music or only listen to instrumental stuff while writing, I am not one of those people, it's like part of me needs the distraction of loud music in the background as I write. While I do enjoy some instrumental stuff I can't listen to it while writing, it's not enough!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

5 Musts For A Great Book

I use Grammarly's plagiarism checker so I don't have to retire from the public. *Cough* *Cough* (Shia LaBeouf)
  1. Lovable Characters and Realistic Relationships - Obviously. But not just lovable, not necessarily lovable at all, but interesting, relatable characters, characters you feel for even if that feeling is hate or strong dislike. Then, not only romantic relationships but friendship and family wise, I strongly believe that a nicely crafted friendship or relationship with a family member is just as important and good in a book as a romantic relationship.
  2. Keep The Balance - I hate fantasy or dystopian or anything that is supposed to be centered around something that is definitely not Romance and yet somehow the romance takes precedence over the action and adventure and the ACTUAL STORY/Plot! You have to balance character development with world building and plot development. Romance with action and adventure. Pretty writing with substance. People don't want to read an adventure book with more romance than adventure! Well, maybe some people do, but I am not one of those people!
  3. Unique Villains - Now, I am a believer in the power of the traditional evil villain, evil stepmother or guy in a long black trench coat and so on and so forth, the villain who is driven by the same old same old reasons and whatnot, but I do like a completely unique villain. One who you don't guess from the beginning, one you don't see coming, but most important to me is that they are convincing!!! You can't just tell me this guy is an evil dude(or dudette) and have the main character shivering in fear in front of him, just because you say he is evil, just because the main character is apparently terrified of her, just because we hear about all these bad things she's done, doesn't mean it's a convincing character. Show me why and how this person is evil and don't just randomly throw him or her in and out of the story whenever it's convenient, yes I'm talking to you Tiger's Curse books!!!
  4. Keep Things Consistent - It's the small details that make the story, remember them! I hate it when something as small as calling a pegasus a girl and then changing it to a boy(which was actually kinda cool) for the main story is changed, but there is worse like when you say in one book that a character is an only child and then in the next they have a brother or so on and so forth. Even the tiniest things matter, people!
  5. Grammar - I know that you can't always find every little mistake and trust me I have major issues of my own when it comes to this, but sometimes they are laughably easy to see mistakes and something small like that can completely take you out of the story and the next thing you know you're unconsciously looking for every single little mistake in a book rather than focusing on the story you're reading.
There are other things obviously, good, no great, writing, world building, and no insta-love for instance, but personally these are the things that can annoy me the most in a book, simple easy things that make a big difference, and things that I personally want in a book.
  • P.S - Another important thing, I think, is to keep up momentum not only throughout the first book but most importantly, if it's a series or trilogy, throughout the other books! I don't know about you but recently I have read an increasing amount of, mainly trilogies, where the first book is completely and totally awesome and then I get so excited for the second and it's a complete let down!
Song Of The Moment - Some Nights by Fun.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Review: Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke


Description - You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back. 

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Goodreads link - here

Review - The whole book is very ominous, eerie, and mysterious but a bad boring kind of mysterious. For me it was just interesting enough to not give up on it. It's one of those books that no matter how much it irritates and frustrates you, no matter how ever much you think you dislike or even hate it, you can not stop reading it. You have to know what is going to happen. I guess that's a good thing, but it's not that the book is just sooo good that you have to finish it but more like you want it to get better, you want the end to justify the rest of the book, you want to be proved wrong and hope that the ending is the best part and will fix everything that you disliked about the rest and mostly you want to know just how evil River West is.
   The characters are meh, the installation love horrible, the plot slow and under developed, the writing beautiful and over all it somehow manages to be a pretty surprisingly decent book.
   I honestly can not think of any thing I loved about this book. I liked River mainly because he's an original and interesting character that you never quiet understand, and you get hooked on knowing just how evil or not evil he is. I hated his relationship with Violet and I just plain disliked Violet all together. I don't feel like she was developed very well, she was kinda boring and just like nothing effected her, River is a murderer and his brother warns her that he's using magic on her to get her to sleep in bed next to him and kiss him and still she doesn't stay away, she's naive and just plain stupid for most of the book. She's constantly saying that she Hates River West and then she goes crawling back to his bed, and I get that she's supposed to be under his spell at parts and everything but even still she just keeps going back to him, she has no back bone and she's boring. Luke is a chauvinistic pig and I honestly don't understand why the author thought he should be like that, he did grow on me towards the end but in general his character just pissed me off. Sunshine was vain, annoying and pretty much pointless, one thing I really hated is all these mentions of when Sunshine and Luke had apparently locked Violet in a closet with a boy who would then try to make out with her, wtf? Who does that? Neely was an interesting character and I kinda enjoyed his and Rivers relationship but the constant violence was pointless and I feel like it weakened his character.
Overall I just thought it would be more than it was. It was a great premise, with great writing, it just wasn't executed as well as it could have been.
   This may be odd, but despite everything I dislike about this book I do recommend it, if you want an interesting quick read I would say give this a shot, maybe don't buy it, maybe borrow it first, but it is, barely, worth the read. Now if you're expecting a nice creepy, gothic and terrifyingly epic book, that is not what this is. I will probably read the second book only because after everything I still need to know how it ends!!!

Song Of The Moment - More Than Lust by Paradise Fears

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Pointless Post

My brother just ditched me to go have lunch with my other brother, ironic? I think not! And also to go to Toys R Us, he's 18 and the friend he went with is 24 and they went to Toy R US....without me!
Really this is my own fault because I gave him the job of making sure I work on my revisions and so that's what I'm doing, well after I am done with this pointless blog post. =)
Besides that I am also eating a Hot Pocket, is that relevant? Not really I just thought you ought to know. It's ham and cheese by the way. Also am I the only one who misses the old ham and cheese ones? The ones that weren't chopped ham and cheese sauce?
What am I drinking with this lovely meal, you ask? Diet green tea, Lipton, the cold stuff, hot tea is gross, am I right?
Now I don't know about you but personally I am curious to see just how far I can go with dragging out this pointless post, sound good?
What's your favorite snack? Personally I'm fond of peach yogurt and green grapes, you dip the grapes in the yogurt and it is delicious.
I think I have exhausted my food topics, moving on.
Music wise - I am currently listening to a playlist made up only of song titles that start with the letter W, there are more options than you would think. Speaking of music I may or may not being working on a video that's all about music, cryptic? Yes, but you'll see.
Writing wise - well I'm doing this right now! Besides that this has been my first week of revisions, and it is looking good so far, meaning I'm actually getting work done, yay!
T.V. Show wise - whose been watching Teen Wolf? I am so glad it's back I was going through major with drawls. Also, I finally got the last season of Merlin for Christmas and I have been putting off watching the last season cause I don't want it to end and so I've started over from the first season, pathetic! I know!
Reading wise - I am currently reading Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke and it's....interesting. Kind of an easy read but I'm like over half way through it and I haven't decided whether I actually like it or not!
Speaking of which I had a weird dream last night that kinda mixed Merlin and Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea together, so that was odd.
Also, today Beth Crowley's new song finally came out of Itunes! I don't know if I have talked about her before but she's a You-Tuber and she write's songs inspired by different books like The Fault In Our Stars and Mortal Instruments and she's completely awesome. Her newest song Pretend It's Home is based on Divergent and it's really good.
Speaking of Mortal Instruments this is my story surrounding those books. As you may know I hate fantasy books that have too much romance, having said that these were the first high romance fantasy type books I read, really some of my first YA books. I read the first three(City of Bones, City Of Ashes and City Of Glass) when I was13 I remember it exactly because it was when my Grandma was in the hospital. And it was one of those books where you are really into them when you first read them, you think they are the best thing in the world and then awhile later you're like meh. Having said that I did love them at first and I bought the first prequel and loved it and then I kinda got out of it, I had started to really develop my taste in books and started reading loads of YA that I thought was better than Mortal Instruments. I did buy City Of Fallen Angels and Clockwork Prince and with both I read about half and then stopped. Then the movie came out and I haven't seen it yet but it got me back into wanting to read the books, bad, so I bought the rest and still haven't read them! My plan is to finally watch the movie next week some time and then marathon read the books and hope to Poseidon that I love them as much as I remember loving them.
 Speaking of Poseidon I am already so depressed that Blood Of Olympus is coming out this year because it's the last one, and I am not ready for it to be over....again!
Okay, while I am fairly certain I could go on I should probably work on my revisions now, but if you actually read this whole thing, kudos to you! And you know if you want and you live in the U.S the first 3 commenters can win a book!* One book from either the Percy Jackson series (or Heroes of Olympus) or Mortal Instruments (or Infernal Devises) just comment with which one you want and your email address. =) Also you must be 13 years or older and have permission and all that good stuff. Also this ends on February 23, okay?

Song Of The Moment - Separate Ways by Journey 

*Just so we're clear it will more than likely be a paperback copy because it has to be under like $15, 'kay?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Top 13 Moments From 2013

Basically, this is my favorite things that I did or saw or whatever from last year, my highlights if you will.

  1. Writing - I am fairly (read overly) excited/happy with the writing I did last year and the best moment was when I was up till 2:23am (exactly) finishing the first draft of my (first) book, a book that I have had in my head since I was fourteen and like every year since then my biggest New Years Resolution has been to WRITE the darn thing, and I actually did. And even if it still needs months of work, to me it seems like it's the most important accomplishment in my world right now.
  2. Comic-Con! - I just love comic-con the whole thing is so much fun.
  3. Meeting D.J. Machale at Comic-Con - He is one of my biggest inspirations or whatever you want to call it, I love all of his books and he's one of those authors that can write what seems like any and every genre which just like puts him on a pedestal in my mind and it was beyond awesome to meet and talk to him.
  4. Meeting Marissa Meyer at Comic-Con + Getting an ARC of Cress - that was a major deal, you know?
  5. Halestorm Concert!!!
  6. Taylor Swift Concert!!! 
  7. Getting A Tattoo - this was a major deal of course, made even more fun by the fact that we did like a family outing type thing with both my brothers getting tattoos for the first time(well second in one case) along with me.
  8. House Of Hades - Oh yeah, I'm that psycho about books that I am counting them as one of my biggest moments of the year. But I mean in all honesty books are a major part of who I am...and they can tell you allot about yourself, right?
  9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - A lot of people when reading or hearing about this book might not think it to be one of those books with like a real lesson or as one that could change the way you see the world or change you for that matter, but this book is so much more than that, to me at least and it made a big impact in my life this year, I think.
  10. Scotty McCreery Concert!
  11. Frozen - What? I love that movie! Don't you judge me!
  12. NaNoWriMo - Since I am highly anti-social I didn't do a lot of the socializing involved in NaNo but it was still a really cool experience to push myself so much and everything, though I do feel like I've done better writing than that it was still really fun and a great experience, you know?
  13. My One Year Blogiversary! - You remember, when no one entered my giveaway and I got no subscribers. Pretty much like always? No, but I do love blogging and more than that I'm glad and proud of myself for sticking with it, you know? Not giving up just because I have no subscribers or because I got too busy to write, which has been happening more and more frequently but still! Plus I also did my 100th and 200th posts this year which is awesome, right? I think it is.

What are your personal favorite moments from last year?

Song Of The Moment - Battle Scars by Paradise Fears

P.S. Yes I did indeed change the color of the blog....again. =)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Top 13 Songs Of 2013

Let me start by saying I know I forgot something important, I can feel it, I just don't know what it is!!! =(


Concert Talk - Top Five Concerts That I Want To See

  1. Linkin Park
  2. A Day To Remember
  3. Mayday Parade 
  4. Trapt
  5. Greenday - if only because I am still extremely jealous that my brother got to see them and I haven't.
Song Of The Moment - When You're Young by 3 Doors Down

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Concert Talk - All the ones I've been too

A List!
Of All the concerts I've been to in my short inexperienced life!!!
  • Hilary Duff - I was like eight, and I didn't actually like her that much but my dad wanted to get buy me the tickets and I would be going to a concert before both of my older brothers which I thought was awesome and so I went with my mom and I am only slightly ashamed to admit that I wound up obsessed with her for like two years.
  • Daughtry + Lifehouse + Cavo - They were playing a show in my town, where no one comes, on my old birthday, and so my mom bought us tickets and I went with her and my brothers for my 13th birthday.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus - A year or two ago we discovered this smaller venue near us that actually gets some really cool bands and it's small so you can actually see the stage and the band looks like real people rather than ants, and Billy Ray was coming so my brothers and I went in and bought us all tickets for her mothers day present.
  • Three Days Grace - Best concert ever! It was at the small venue also and it was just so cool. And then there lead signer left the band!!!! And I am still sad but at least we saw them before it was over, right?
  • Halestorm + Stars In Stereo + Young Guns + Bullet For My Valentine - My brothers and I went for Halestorm who was of course awesome and then we also discovered how awesome Stars In Stereo and Young Guns are, unfourtantly Bullet was kinda a let down.
  • Scotty McCreery - Again he was playing at this small venue and my mom and I both love him so my brothers and I paid for the tickets for my mom's birthday last year.
  • Taylor Swift + Ed Sheeran + Casey James - At staples center last year and it was of course awesome, it did kinda suck because I was supposed to go with my brothers, but my oldest brother got tied up in (gasp) work and couldn't come but still. Ed Sheeran was actually really awesome I hadn't really listened to him before, but it was really cool. 
  • 3 Doors Down - Last Night and it was epic. It's their Acoustic Songs From The Basement tour but it wasn't really all acoustic, at least not how I thought it was going to be. And it was at a smaller venue and we were in the 5th row and it was just plain awesome. They are honestly one of my all time favorite bands and have been forever since I was little and my brother first introduced me to their music.
Song Of The Moment - When I'm Gone by 3 Doors Down

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Top 13 Books Of 2013

Okay, so maybe I'm a week late but hey I'm a rebel. This is my 13 favorite books from 2013 in no particular order because it was hard enough to limit it to 13 let alone put those 13 in order!
Warning!!! I have not read the following 2013 new releases please don't flog me! - Clockwork Princess, Champion, Allegiant.

13 Best Books of 2013!!!!!!
  1. House Of Hades by Rick Riordan
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  3. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
  4. Scarlet by Marrissa Meyer
  5. The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  6. Fall Of Five by Pittacus Lore
  7. The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielson
  8. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
  9. Just One Year by Gayle Forman
  10. Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  11. Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  12. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
  13. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales 
Song Of The Moment - Warrior by Beth Crowley