Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

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13590919The Young World
by Chris Weitz
Release date: July 29th 2014
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Genre: YA Dystopian
Goodreads Link
Description -
After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park...and discovers truths they could never have imagined.




I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley to review honestly

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: I actually liked this book more than I though I would. It definitely had it's problems and it's not the best or most unique dystopian out there but it's a fairly solid book that I think is definitely worth the read.

This book is set about two years after It Happened, It being The Sickness that killed most of the world. The Sickness killed all adults and children leaving only teenagers. A certain hormone that only teenagers have is all that's kept them alive and is what marks them for death shortly after their 18th birthdays. The book is set in New York where the remaining people have formed "tribes" some simply trying to survive, others to take over the world...you know normal things. The book follows Jefferson and Donna and their group as they realize there might be a way to stop the sickness. There is death and cannibals, mole people and rabid polar bears, there's also annoying characters and horrible "romance".

Let's Talk! -

Explanations - So we're told that there is a hormone that allows these teenagers to live, we're told that they die pretty much as soon as they reach 18 yet we're not really told what this hormone is or why they die so fast, which is annoying. Now I did read the ARC and it is a trilogy so there's time in the rest of the series for this to be addressed, but I feel like it should have been explained just a little bit better.

Rape - Okay realistically speaking I can see this happening, at the same time I don't think it was addressed very well mainly with one character in particular, Kath. Basically the "Uptowners" are the worst tribe, they want to take over the whole city, they are racist and kill anyone who isn't white for the most part, and they enslave girls to rape them. This group(from what I can tell) was started by a bunch of rich white boys and okay this could be realistic, it could, I'd like to think it's not but it could be. But, but, but, but, I hated what the author did with Kath, who was one of these "Uptowners" and whom it is repeatedly implied that she was raped and passed around between this tribe. The problem(one of many) being the second she meets Jeff they're fighting for a gun she holds and then they start...doing it... I just did not like the way the author portrayed her at all not to mention the "love triangle" this brought into it.

Jeff (or Jefferson) - For the most part I liked this character who is the leader of their tribe and who wants to cure the sickness, he's a nerd and overly nice and polite and a fairly well rounded character. However, I feel like when Kath was introduced he did some things that seemed highly out of character and made me hate him a little.

Donna - I loved her character for the most part. I see why her parts annoyed other readers because she uses the word Like way too often and so many of her thoughts are in the form of questions and that is what really annoyed me. They were like observations in the form of a question and it frustrated me to no end. I loved her relationship with Peter(her best friend) and I thought she was basically a bad ass but once again there were a few parts towards the end where I thought she did things and said things that were completely out of character.

Side characters-  I really loved some of the side character, SeeThrough and Brainbox and Peter, but I wish they had been a bigger part, I wish there had been a bigger focus on them instead of them just existing in the background.

The "romance" - This book possible has the most cliched romance that ever was. Two friends that have known each other forever? Check. One is in love with the other who has no clue? Check. Big seemingly random dramatic moment where clueless suddenly realizes she has feelings for her best friend? Check. The best friend moves on before clueless gets the chance to confess her love? double check!

The Plot - Okay don't shoot me but I hated Gone. I'm always wary when it comes to Dystopian(or anything) where it's only kids left and all the adults are dead or whatever because I hated Gone though not as much as Wasteland, so every book I've read with this type of plot I have hated. Having said that this is nothing like Gone(in my opinion) and it is way better than Wasteland. I feel the author did a good job with this plot, the way these teenagers acted, getting drunk and high and lots of killing, I feel it's pretty realistic. I just wish when had got better explanations about how they survived and why they're barren(can't have children) and why they die the moment they turn 18. It almost felt like the author didn't want to do the research it would take to explain it all and so just glossed over it.

Overall - This is a really good dystipoian book, not my favorite and I can't say I loved it, but I enjoyed it and I definitely think it's worth reading. I'm very interested to see what happens next! But if you like a good romance in your dystopian don't count on finding that in this book.


Would I Recommend This? Yeah
Who To? Anyone who thinks it sounds interesting.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Probably.


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

ARC Review: The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

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13608989The Iron Trial
by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
Release date: Sep 9th 2014
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Goodreads Link
Description -
From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley to review honestly

My Rating: 3 stars

Review: Okay I admit I had a hard time reviewing this book because it's just okay, I don't have strong feelings one way or the other, I don't hate it, I don't love it, all together it's meh. First I want to address the whole it's a Harry Potter ripoff thing that appears to be going around surrounding this book on Goodreads, honestly if I hadn't read that people(most who have not read the book) were calling it an HP rip off it never would have occurred to me. 1. Just because there are two boys and a girl as the main characters doesn't mean it's an HP ripoff(I see this all the time on Goodreads and it annoys me to no end). 2. Sure when you see a book about magic set in a magical school you're going to be hesitant, and I completely understand this but really the magic, the school, it's nothing like HP, the only similarities is that there is magic and schools of magic in both books. Having said that this wasn't the best book.
   I love my middle grade and my fantasy and I loved the idea that the authors wanted to take everything they know about fantasy books and turn it on its head, I was excepting some awesome revelation at the end that I didn't get. It was unique, it wasn't your average middle grade "chosen one" fantasy book but it wasn't some epic thing that's going to stand out like I was excepting.
   This book follows Call, an angry 12 year old boy who happens to be a mage. His dad thinks that the mages are corrupt and has been telling Call this all his life, that they caused the death of his mother, that they don't care abut the other mages, that if Call were to train at the Magistrium he would end up dead, and that Call had to fail at the Iron Trail so that he wouldn't be excepted into the school. Of course, he fails at failing and nothing is as he thought.

Let's Talk -
   Plot - It's still your average fantasy novel. The young mages are trained, there is going to be a war, they are looking for a "maker" a mage who can use chaos magic and stop "The Enemy". Unfortunately it was really slow and boring, that's all I have to say about the whole book.

   Characters - Call was fairly unlikable. There were a few moments were I enjoyed his character but for the most part he was kind of a jerk. I don't feel like we got to know his team mates(you know the other two pictured on the cover? I can't remember their names....awkward.), there wasn't enough time spent on building their friendship and everything. I can't really think of a character that I loved...

   The Enemy - Short for The Enemy Of Death....could you not come up with a lamer name?

Overall - Sure their were a couple plot twists that make this book different from you're average fantasy but in a sea of middle grade fantasy it doesn't stand out. On the upside I finally figured out what it is I don't like about Cassandra Clare books...they're all slow and boring! Revelation! =)


Would I Recommend This? Sure.
Who To? Actual middle graders.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Maybe????


Friday, August 29, 2014

August Wrap Up and Update! +Epic Box Of Awesome Giveaway Winner!

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On The Blog -

Fangirls Spotlight - Was a complete failure this month because of things I had no control of and have decided not to go into detail over. So hopefully next month will be better!

Writing - I didn't get a lot of writing done this month because I was recovering from Camp NaNo, but I did discuss Critique Partners and The Night Of Writing Dangerously if you want to check those out! I am deeming next month the Month Of Revisions so I'm looking forward to that!

Reviews - I loved The Right Song by Shane Morgan, hated a Peter Pan retelling called Neverland, was disappointed with Isla and The Happily Ever After. ARC wise I reviewed The Before Now and After Then, The Bridge From Me To You, and Killer Instinct. I also discussed some of the pros and cons of ARCS!

A Few Last Highlights - I did Bout Of Books 11! I also went to the YA Summer Road Trip signing! And reviewed the Divergent Movie!

Coming Next Month...
  • A brand new Fangirls Spotlight that will hopefully be more successful!
  • I have some hopefully awesome writing related posts planned!
  • And I actually have some Fangirls Anonymous posts planned this month too! It's pretty shocking actually... =)
  • TTT and WoW - I shall be better and do these every week this month! Probably!
In My Life - I thought I'd update you on my life real fast!
So...since I'm forgoing college this year my life is fairly boring while I mostly focus on my writing, but I do have a few things that are worth mentioning!
  • Linkin Park Concert! I am so excited to be going to the Linkin Park concert on the 19th! They are one of my favorite bands and my brothers and I are driving down for it so it's going to be a blast!
  • I'm house sitting for a friend of my moms for like two weeks starting the 20th(cutting it close I know) which I am officially calling my "writers retreat", so I hope to be getting a lot of writing done then and plus I'm getting paid and since I have no job to speak of that's a good thing. =)
  • Job search! I am fairly certain we are reaching the part where my mom starts yelling at me to get a job...so there's that.
  • Also, my brother needs to have surgery done on his jaw but can't get in until the end of October so long story short we're on a soft food diet...which is...epic?
So that's my life, how's yours?

GIVEAWAY WINNER!
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Thank you all so much for entering!
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Films For Thoughts Thursday: Divergent

So, I'm going to be linking up to Reviews From A Bookworm for Film For Thoughts Thursday, I think this is a really awesome feature and the only reason I don't link up more often is that as much as I love movies I don't think I would be good at reviewing them beyond book-to-movie adaptions. But it is a meme wherein every Thursday you review a movie! So let's talk Divergent!

So I wasn't planing on reviewing this movie but I finally watched it and I have lots of thoughts on it so here we go!


Warning! Do not read if you have not seen the movie or read the book! Spoilers Ahead!!!!!

My initial thoughts are that it was dull and boring. I honestly don't know how it was over 2 hours long! It felt like next to nothing happened! I thought of many things they missed or messed up and I don't know what they did to make it so loooong! I literally fell asleep the first night I tried to watch it and had to watch the end the next night.
   I'll start off by saying that I loved Four and Tris for the most part, Caleb and Christina too. I didn't really like the people playing Eric and Peter mainly though because they didn't seem creepy and...mean and violent enough to me. Also like all three actors plating Will, Al, and Peter looked pretty much the same! I've read the book and had issues figuring out who was who, my brother was so very confused as he hasn't read the books. Also, Edward is mentioned once or twice, no Uriah(which I knew going into it but still pisses me off because he's my favorite character) no Lynn, no Zeke(at least they aren't mentioned by name from what I saw). Basically all the side characters, sucked. They didn't get enough screen time, I wasn't surprised or horrified when Al almost kills(so no almost rape? Understandable.) Tris, I wasn't devastated when she killed Will...I felt nothing and my brother who hasn't read the book so didn't see it coming, didn't even realize that(Will and Tris) were friends or who Al was!
  Four was badass, Tris was meh. A lot of her fighting scenes sucked, they were so lame. I don't know what was going on with what they did with her mom(the way she snuck in to see Tris) but it was overly dramatic and don't even get me started on the scene where her mom dies. She's cradling her body, while getting shot at and she screams at them to "Stop. Stop!" I literally started laughing hysterically, like you couldn't convince Will to back off, your mom was just killed by these people and so you scream at them to stop. It was dramatic and just so lame.
  I really don't know how this movie was so long, I can't comprehend it. They spent next to no time on any of the friendships or side characters, there wasn't even much time spent on Four and her relationship. If I remember correctly(it's been awhile since I've read the book) they skipped a few of her fears and they didn't explain that whole thing well, I had to pause the movie to explain it to my brother and dear lord let's not discuss the horribleness of the scene where her fear is being "intimate" with Four...just so very cringe worthy.

Overall - While not as bad as Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince or Percy Jackson, it was no Hunger Games. It was just boring in my opinion and this book should not have made a boring movie.

Have you seen Divergent? Thoughts? 
Can we please discuss? 
Mainly the atrocious fear of intimacy scene?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Waiting On Wensday #25 Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

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So I have been really bad with my WoW posts recently...so I figured I should do one, right?

18367581Afterworlds
by Scott Westerfeld
Pub. Date - Sep. 23rd
Description(from Goodreads) -

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings… 

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.


Why I Can't Wait - So I haven't read a lot from this author...the first two Uglies books and that's it. But this book sounds so interesting and I really just want to see what it's all about. Also as an aspiring author(who is 18 and forgoing college at the moment to focus on writing among other things) I feel like, hopefully, I'll really be able to connect with the main character in this book and more than anything it just really intrigues me!


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #27

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 Topic - Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet

Thoughts - So I basically just went through my Amazon cart for this one....I have like over a hundred dollars worth of books in there that just sit there until I order one or two and then add more. =)

Picks -

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So,, yeah. Most of these are ones I've had my eye on for a while and just haven't gotten around to picking up yet.

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ARC Review: The Before Now and After Then by Peter Monn


22455778The Before Now and After Then
by Peter Monn
Release date: July 29th
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical twin brother, Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself.

With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.




I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley to review honestly

My Rating: 4 stars - I really...liked it.

Review: Where to start? Once more I find myself very conflicted when reviewing. So first of all, you might know this by now, I am a sucker for a contemporary book with even the smallest music theme, so I saw this cover and it called to me. I requested the book before I read the description...yeah. Let's just jump right in, okay?

A brief synopsis - This book is about lots of things; death, music, love, teen pregnancy, friendship and learning to live. Danny has always followed his twin brother, Sam, Danny's friends were Sam's friends. Danny's clothes looked like Sam's clothes. He knew how to be a twin and that was it. And then on the day Danny comes out to his parents, Sam dies. Danny has to figure out how to deal with his twins death and how to live his own life.

Let's Talk -

Characters -
   Danny - I had mixed feelings for Danny, he irritated and annoyed me and yet I felt so bad for him and so happy for him when he was happy and just...so many feelings. He was real, when I was annoyed with him it was because he was needy and sometimes pathetic and it's was real, you know? The way a person in love for the first time, a person who just lost his brother and whose family is falling apart, would act and I can appreciate that.

   Rusty(the love interest) - I really liked Rusty. I thought their relationship was a little fast moving, not quite insta love but close, and I hated the way he treated Danny in a couple parts, but I still liked him a lot. I loved that he had his own troubles and that he wasn't afraid to point that out to Danny, repeatedly. Also the fight scene...I love a good fight scene.

  Cher - Okay so crappy name, good back story to the name though. I wanted more of Cher, she obviously had her own stuff going on and I wanted to know more about it and how it was affecting her, I wanted Danny to care a little more I guess. I even wanted to see more of her relationship with her mom and I just wanted more of her.

  Alex - Again I wanted him to be a slightly bigger part but I really loved him from what we did get to see.

  Danny's Parents - I really liked his mom and I loved seeing the glimpses of her and Alex's friendship, I didn't really like his dad, he was barely in it and basically just didn't matter in my opinion.

Everything Else -
  Music - I loved the music stuff that was in the background, they were always listening to something, and Rusty made him mixed tapes and everything. Again I'm a sucker for anything that shows the power of an awesome song.

  Relationships - While I think most of the relationships could have been more developed I still enjoyed them. Especially the friendships and Danny's relationship with Alex and his mom.

  Bullying - I liked that this issue was addressed but at the same time I felt a tiny bit cheated on this front, for most of the book it's just ignored and I understand to Danny it was just a part of life, and I really loved the way his mom handled it, but at the same time I think it should have been a slightly bigger part.

Overall - I really enjoyed this book, it's a fast read, it will have you cringing in sympathy and smiling wide and I think it will generally leave you happy with the ending. It lacks some character development and backstory but overall it's a really good book.


Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To? People who like contemporary
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Probably.


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Blog Tour: Ever Lost by Melissa MacVicar - Guest Post! Giveaway!

22383818Ever Lost(secret affinity book 2)
by Melissa MacVicar
Purchase: Amazon
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BOOK DESCRIPTION:
New town, new school, new ghost.

Jade has a dedicated boyfriend, an overprotective mom, and a full scholarship. Uprooted from Nantucket, Jade is installed off-island at her dad’s new house so she can attend snobby Layton Academy. Leaving Charlie behind is sheer torment, but living with her father has plenty of dangerous distraction—in the form of a terrifying spirit haunting her new school. Hottie classmate Mateo Fernandez can’t see the ghost, but he knows its story. He’d like to know hers, too, but Jade still misses Charlie, even though distance seems to be changing him.

With support from Mateo and the mysterious Noemie, Jade commits to helping the agonized spirit cross over. As she delves into the ghost’s past, the disturbing secrets Jade learns draw her into a deadly confrontation with a desperate man. If she can’t play his demented game, the spirit’s harrowing fate could become her own.



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Guest Post!
Jade Irving Character Interview

1. Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

I would love to go to Paris. Everyone says Paris is the most romantic place in the world and so full of culture. I want to go there because maybe it would transform me into a romantic, highly cultured person. HA! Like that would ever happen. Seriously, I want to go everywhere. I wish I had the money to travel around the whole entire world with Charlie. We’d have such a fantastic time but I know that’s not going to happen.


2. Tell us about your family.

My family? Ugh, it’s complicated. My parents got married because my mother was pregnant with me. They went to Northeastern University together in Boston. Luckily, my mom was able to finish nursing school and dad finished his degree in hotel and restaurant management. Then they moved to Nantucket because my dad got a job here at a resort and nurses are needed everywhere.

When I was 12, my parents got divorced. This was all my mother’s fault because she said she didn’t love my dad anymore. My dad was so bummed, he moved to Colorado to get away from her. Last year, mom got remarried to Mike Dowler which is a problem because I’m in love with Charlie, my step brother. And now, I have to go live with Dad because my mom is trying to break up me and Charlie… so yeah, you can see how this is complicated.


3. What was the scariest moment of your life?

Scary moments happen every time I see a ghost because they are so unpredictable. I think the worst ghosts were the first ones, when I was a little kid. I had no idea what was happening to me and I was afraid to tell anyone. I thought I might be crazy or something.


4. What is your favorite meal?
I love having sushi at Sushi by Yoshi with my dad. We used to go out for sushi when mom worked nights and being with my dad alone at a restaurant made me feel so grown up. Plus, even though Sushi by Yoshi is an old building downtown, it doesn’t have any ghosts. I also love Italian food, anything parmesan—chicken, veal, eggplant…yum!

5. What group do you hang out with in high school?

I’m a drama/music girl along with my best friend Ally. She’s more the drama though and I’m more the music. I play clarinet, piano, and bass guitar and I used to sing soprano in the Accidentals and the Naturals at Nantucket High School. Now that I’m going to Layton Academy, I’ll be in the chorus there which my mother thinks will somehow be fantastic for me. As if!

6. Do you play any sports?

Let’s just say that sports and I don’t get along. Everyone thinks I should be great at sports because I look kind of athletic but I hate anything that requires me to run. Seriously, I am always making up excuses to get out of gym class. Yuck.


7. What would we find under your bed?

Ew! Don’t look under my bed! Who knows what embarrassing stuff might be there like underwear or bras. Actually, at Fair-Ever which is the house I live in with my step-family, the space under my bed is immaculate. We have a cleaning crew come once a week. At the rental duplex I used to live in with just my mom, you would have probably found a million dust bunnies and dryer sheets and stray socks. And now, at my dad’s, we’ll see if I can keep it clean.

8. You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?

I would buy myself a house in Nantucket with no ghosts in it. Then, I would make my Dad move back to Nantucket and live in it with me. That would be totally awesome!


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bout Of Books 11 - Wrap Up!

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Bout of Books

So Bout Of Books 11 is over... =( But I had loads of fun and am really happy with the reading I got done this week and now I'm ready to jump back into my revisions! So that's good! Let's take a look at my goals for Bout Of Books and my original TBR!


My Goals: To read...a lot. I would like to finish 5 books over the week. My average per week fluctuates but 5 sounds good, right?
So let's say 1,500 pages? I don't actually have all the books I'm reading at the moment so I'm not positive of their page counts but this sounds..reasonable?

My Daily Reading Goals: Umm. A book a day!(then I can read 7!)

My Posts: I'll probably do small daily updates!

Books To Read:
The Eragon...series? quartet? wait I got it: The Inheritance Cycle! I'm planning on reading all four books which I just bought because I saw a review or something for them and it got me thinking...why haven't I read this yet? I mean it's fantasy, about dragons and that's all I want in my life! I haven't even seen the movie! All  know about this series in there are dragons, there was a movie that failed and in the movie there was an Avril Lavigne song.
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Howl's Moving Castle - Because I just bought this and I really really want to read it!
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So yeah there was that.
Let's see...Read 5 Books? Check! I read 7 and a half! 1,500 pages? I read 2,235 so..check! A Book a day? While I did read 7 books this is technically a no because one day I barely read anything, like a chapter I think? So no. Daily Updates? Check...the blog was kinda boring this week because I mainly did updates and challenges!(Check them out here!) About the TBR...I read Howl's Moving Castle and then lots of other books... =)

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Currently Reading: Elanor & Park (222 pages read, I didn't finish this in time!)

Pages Read Overall: 2,235

Books Completed:
Illusion(Chronicles of Nick book 5) (48 pages) - I finished this early the first morning so it totally counts!

Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Vol. 1(272 pages)

Howls Moving Castle(429 pages)

Fairy Tail vol. 1 (208 pages)

The Iron Trial (304 pages)

The Young World (384 pages)

Fan Art (368 pages)



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Bout Of Books Day 7 Update+Challenge!

Song Of The Moment: Love Like War by All Time Low

Bout of Books

So it's almost over... Personally I am really happy with the reading I've gotten done this week and the challenges have been awesome, don't ya think? =)

Challenge Accepted!

The 5 Book Challenge hosted by Down The Book Hole - Wherein you must pick which five books you would keep with you as the world is ending!
The Set up(via Down The Book Hole):
It is 11:00 PM on a Sunday night. You are laying in bed thinking about all of the things you must do the next day. Tasks of the coming days consume your thoughts and while your mind is somewhere else you are caught off guard by a flash in the sky that is followed by a large wailing screech that pierces the air and shatters your bedroom window. Slowly you move to the window and what you see catches your breathe and causes you to stumble back a few steps. The aliens (at least you think they are aliens) have began to enter the city and destroy everything that is in their path. Through the window your view is consumed with destruction, screaming people and large flames that are dancing across the city at a fast pace. You notice that the creatures are heading in your direction and you realize you probably have about fifteen minutes before they reach your home. That means you have only about ten minutes to gather your belongings and escape before you are caught in the attack from the aliens invading the city.

Given the short amount of time you are only able to take 5 books with you. What books would you pick to take with you as you escape and prepare for the end of the world. Would you choose books that would help you survive in the post-apocalyptic world ,books for pleasure that would make you happy and take you to a fantasy reality or books that you can’t live without?

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - Because it's one of my all time favorite books, makes me smile and reminds of my real destiny, not to be killed in the Apocalypse but to be an ubernerd! Also it's like my bible.
  2. Percy Jackson (bindup) -This is my all time favorite series and I could not, nor would I want to, survive without it. If I'm not aloud to invent imaginary bindups then I guess I would go with Titan's Curse or House Of Hades because those are my two favorites.
  3. Harry Potter 6 - It's my favorite Harry Potter book and it's comforting to have old friends around during the Apocalypse.
  4. Hunger Games - To remind myself that at least I don't have to kill to survive(hopefully) and that on the upside I might meet a cute boy who will offer me bread.
  5. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe - Because It's like my favorite contemporary and while on the run from aliens I might feel the need to reread it!

15745753Here are my stats for the day!

Day Four Of Bouts Of Book 11 -

Currently Reading: Eleanor & Park (222 pages read)

Books Read Today: 222

Pages Read Today: 
Pages Read Overall: 2,235

Books Completed:
Illusion(Chronicles of Nick book 5) (48 pages) - I finished this early the first morning so it totally counts!

Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Vol. 1(272 pages)

Howls Moving Castle(429 pages)

Fairy Tail vol. 1 (208 pages)

The Iron Trial (304 pages)

The Young World (384 pages)

Fan Art (368 pages)

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ARC Review: The Bridge From Me To You by Lisa Schroeder

Song Of The Moment- Thinking About You by Radiohead

18520398The Bridge From Me To You
by Lisa Schroeder
Release date: July 29th
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place. 

Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible--something to truly believe in.

I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley to review honestly


My Rating: 4 stars - I thoroughly enjoyed it



Review: This is short easy read about finding yourself, about football, about first love, and pain. I read this in a manner of a couple hours and while it's not the best thing I've ever read I really enjoyed it. There's plenty of pulling on your heart strings moments and I really enjoyed both characters and I loved how fast paced it was. Each chapter was no more than four or five pages long(my ARC ebook copy) and that made it fast paced and easy to devour in a few short hours.

  Both the main characters have their own sets of problems, they're likable and have faults, I really enjoyed reading about them both. There was a fairly nice set of side characters but I feel like non of them got enough attention. Benny was my favorite and I would have liked to see a bit more of his friendship with Colby.

  Lauren's chapters are told in verse, beautiful verse and I loved every minute of them. Colby's chapters were maybe a little bit better, because I loved him, and also because you got to see a bit more in his chapters. I loved Colby's friendship with Benny and all of his family issues, I loved seeing him finally stand up to his father and I loved his fascination with bridges. Lauren was a good character but I wanted just a little more depth to her character, I get all her problems with her mom and little brother and I loved how gradually that was all revealed but at the same time I wanted to see her relationship with her aunt and uncle and cousins and even with her mom and brother just a little bit more. I also really enjoyed the romance for the most part, I liked that it was kind of in the background throughout most of the book and it was in small but important ways that they helped shape each other.

   Overall this was a good short read, there was nothing that I really disliked or hated about this book, I just enjoyed it. I feel with a little more depth it could have been a bit better but overall it's a really good book.

Would I Recommend This? Yes
Who To? Anyone looking for a short fast paced contemporary
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bout Of Books Day 6 Update and Challenge!

Song Of The Moment: Backseat Serenade by All Time Low

Bout of Books


Challenges!

The Rules:

  • Use the first letter in any book you’ve read or want to read to spell out a word. You can choose first name, initials, your birthday month, or your zodiac sign.
  • Take a photo, make a graphic or even a list and share your word on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads.
  • Submit a link to your post in the linky below! You’ll get an extra FIVE entries in the Rafflecopter international giveaway for an eBook of your choice (Amazon or B&N, up to $10 USD) for participating in this challenge. You MUST be participating in Bout of Books 11.0 to be eligible to win the giveaway, but you can always post your answer in the comments just for fun if you aren’t a participant.
  • If you tweet about this challenge, don’t forget to mention me, @kimberlyreads, and use the #boutofbooks hashtag.

I decided to spell out The Story Goes(minus the ...) -


Tiger Lily
Howl's Moving Castle
Exiled Queen
Splintered
Titians Curse
On The Fence
Reboot
Young World(not pictured below because its an ebook)
Gray Wolf Throne
Odin's Ravens
Eleanor & Park
Scarlet


Also, I skipped Goodreads links today because I'm tired!


Here are my stats for the day!

Day Four Of Bouts Of Book 11 -
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Currently Reading: ? I Don't Know!

Books Read Today: 
Fan Art by Sarah Tregay (368 pages)
The Young World by Chris Weitz (Finished it)

Pages Read Today: 652
Pages Read Overall: 2,013

Books Completed:
Illusion(Chronicles of Nick book 5) (48 pages) - I finished this early the first morning so it totally counts!

Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Vol. 1(272 pages)

Howls Moving Castle(429 pages)

Fairy Tail vol. 1 (208 pages)

The Iron Trial (304 pages)

The Young World (384 pages)

Fan Art (368 pages)

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2207826318741707


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