Thursday, 27 December 2012

Book Review! Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Book: Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2)
Authors: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 503 Pages
Format: Paperback

So after I finished Insurgent, I was in a reading slump. I couldn't get out of it until I realized that I was trying to read books that I didn't really want to read. I wanted to finish the Divergent series but a lack of third book made that impossible. So I wanted to read this book, but I promised myself that I wouldn't read it because I didn't own it, and therefore wasn't going to buy it this close to Christmas. But for Christmas, my neighbor bought me all of the books so I've been on a spree! So here is my rave review about Beautiful Darkness!

Goodreads Summary

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

While I was reading this book, nothing else mattered. And that was what I am really in love with when it comes to these books. I was drawn in by the world and the imagery, and I couldn't put it down. All I wanted to do was inhale these characters, and know all about them. I love the relationship that Lena and Ethan have and it left me heartbroken at times, and smiling like an idiot other times. And I love Ridley. She makes me smile a lot :D

Not only are the characters fantastic but the plot give you a run for your money. Seriously, how Kami and Margaret are able to come up with such intense, crazy good story lines blows me away, you think you see a plot twist and you think you know what it is, but there it is, a million miles away from the expected (Seriously, you'd think these ladies were taking lessons from Stephen Moffat himself.... Anyone?).

These ladies write so effortlessly well together you'd think that this was written by one person, and that these characters were people, standing over their shoulders, making sure that everything they write down is true to who they are. The use of metaphors and imagery is haunting and beautiful at the same time, making me smile at the beauty and get goosebumps all at once.

A definite 5/5 stars. This deserved it. Now onto Beautiful Chaos!!


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Book Review! Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Book: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 525 Pages
Format: Hardcover Library Book

WARNING: This review contains excessive flailing. Approach with caution.

When I read Divergent earlier this year, I knew I would be coming back for more. I was so in love with it, and when Insurgent came out, I kept pushing it off, mostly because I didn't have the time, or I had other books I had to read. And I FINALLY got around to reading it the other day and oh my god. Guys. Guys. *Guys*. You probably already know this, because I am the last person on earth to read this book, but it was sooooooooo good.

Goodreads Summary

One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

"New York Times" bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian "Divergent" series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

What I loved about this book was how, after not read Divergent for a few months, I was instantly pulled back in. One of my favorite parts about this series is the world that it's set in, and rest assured, I was so pleased that it was just as good as I remembered it, if not better.

This book had me flailing over Tris and Four's relationship. It was so perfect, and everything that happened left me key-smashing and squealing because of the romance, the angst, and everything in between. Veronica Roth did an amazing job keeping their relationship real, and believable and heartbreaking enough to make me cry. Nice going, Roth.

I find myself a lot of the time reading character driven novels, where the plot merely helps the character grow. But I was impressed by how well of a balanced mix this book was. It wasn't all about the characters and it wasn't all about the plot. It made for a great page turner, that gave me all the feels!

I loved this book. I devoured it in a matter of days and after that, all I wanted was another! 5/5 Stars :D

But what do you guys think? Leave a comment below telling me what you thought of Insurgent, or the Divergent series in general! See you next time!


Saturday, 1 December 2012

HARKEN by Kaleb Nation

GUYS! It's finally here! The name of the #SecretKalebBook has finally been revealed! After a few long years of waiting, the author of the Bran Hambric series, Kaleb Nation has announced the title for his new book, Harken!

I have been a huge Nationeer (Kaleb's fans) for a few years now and I remember when he started writing this, posting about it on twitter and reading small snippets on late night BlogTV shows. I have been patiently waiting for the book, and now that the title has come out, I am so excited and I'm even more anxious for the cover art, and the actual book!

Goodreads Summary

After surviving an assassination attempt, teenager Michael Asher discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy reaching higher than any earthly power. A supernatural organization desperately wants him dead. He doesn't know why. Everyone who might have the answers has already been killed.

Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to fight back and dig up the truth. He begins to question how much of the world is truly as people are led to believe it is. Are there things that humanity is not being told? Who is the puppet master? And how far into the maze can he venture before he is lost forever?

Kaleb did a 2 hour live stream on YouTube, answering questions about the book and also read aloud the first chapter of the novel! You can listen to that by clicking here.

Congratulations to Kaleb for finally being able to reveal his title! And to Harken; We'll see you on January 13th!


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Book Review! All You Desire by Kirsten Miller

Book: All You Desire (The Eternal Ones #2)
Author: Kirsten Miller
Publisher: Razorbill Books
Pages: 402 Pages
Format: Hardback

Over the summer, I read the first book in the Eternal Ones series, and I fell in love. It was such a fantastic read, and when I found out there was a sequal, I got so excited that I was jumping up and down in the book store.

I didnt like this book as much as the first book, but I still really enjoyed it.

Goodreads Summary

Haven Moore and Iain Morrow have been living a blissful life in Rome, an ocean way from the Ouroboros Society and its diabolical leader. But paradise is not to last. The mysterious disappearance of Haven's best friend, Beau, sends the pair running back to New York, where they encounter the Horae, an underground group of women who have spent centuries scheming to destroy Adam Rosier. Only they can help Haven uncover the secret to Beau's whereabouts in one of her past lives. But their help comes at a price: Haven must infiltrate the Ouroboros Society, charm Adam Rosier, and lure him into a trap. It's a plan the Horae believe will save the world-but Haven and Iain fear that it may destroy the happiness they've been chasing for two thousand years.

When I first picked up this book, I admit that I had very high expectations. And to some extent, I was let down. What I loved about the first book was the romance that Haven and Iain had, and how it was written. They really were soul mates and I was so excited for more of that in All You Desire. Instead, I was left with a lack of that, and I think thats why it took me such a long time to get through this one. I was constantly wanting that love between the two of them and was left with not enough.

The story itself moved quickly, and once I got over my initial problem, I really enjoyed the book. I like how we got to see a different side of Haven, and a different side of Adam as well. The conflict almost turned into a love triangle, and I was so scared that it would have, but thank God it didn't. If there is one think I cannot stand in YA fiction, its a love triangle.

That was really it for this book. It was enjoyable, and the whole story made me happy. And right at the end, there is this six line conversation between Haven and Iain and I swear i died from a feels overload.

4/5 stars :)


Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - November 7th, 2012

Book: Pulse (Pulse #1)
Author: Patrick Carman
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Release Date: February 26th, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme held by Jill
from Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming
releases that we can't wait to claim as our own & aren't
afraid to tell that to the world!

Hello,and I am back with another WoW! And today, I have a really cool one. I was watching the Epic Reads ARC Party, and I saw this one and knew that I had to add it to my TBR pile,and that I had to share it with all of you!

Goodreads Summary

The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.

In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great talent, the mind—and the heart—can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.

Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love.

Sound great, right?! I'm so excited to read this book, and I will be picking this up when it comes out in February!
Tell me in the comments below what you think of my Waiting On Wednesday pick, and leave me links to your posts! I would love to see what you are all reading!


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Book Review! Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Book: Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1)
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 563
Format: Paperback

I had been pestered by some friends to buy this novel and read it for the better part of two years. After declining with some stupid excuse, my friend took it upon herself to but the book for me and send it to me. What lay inside the pages took my breath away.

Goodreads Summary 

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.At least, that's what I thought.Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.There was a curse.There was a girl.And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Okay, so this book was stunning. The whole deal with the Casters was flawless, and the world that the authors had come up with was perfect and I was drawn in from the very first page. I love my southern states, especially South Carolina, and to see a town that was as small as this, and as close knit as this really made me happy. I loved the imagery, and how the location was really a character of itself.
Also, I'm a sucker for love stories, and lately? I haven't been finding very many good ones. And Beautiful Creatures gave me my fix! I found myself flailing every time Ethan and Lena were together, and every time they kissed, I became an incoherent mess due to pure fan-girling. And when this happens during class? I know I've found a good one.

This book was fast, smart, a little bit sassy, and a whole lot of wonderful. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl created such a novel that I found myself rapidly flipping pages, until I came to the final one. I am now in the midst of ordering book 2, Beautiful Darkness, and I am so excited to read this one!

6/5 Stars. I recommend this to anyone who hasn't read it already. SO GOOD!


Monday, 22 October 2012

Book Review! Debutantes by Cora Harrison

Book: Debutantes
Author: Cora Harrison
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 310 Pages
Format: Paperback

When I saw the cover and read the synopsis for this book a while ago, I fell in love. I was so excited to read this because, its set in 1920's London, and that's my favourite time period and place. I was also really excited about the plot. I was severely let down.

Goodreads Summary

It’s 1923 and London is a whirl of jazz, dancing and parties. Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresses, the excitement seems a lifetime away.

Luckily the girls each have a plan for escaping their humdrum country life: Rose wants to be a novelist, Poppy a jazz musician and Daisy a famous film director. Violet, however, has only one ambition: to become the perfect Debutante, so that she can go to London and catch the eye of Prince George, the most eligible bachelor in the country.

But a house as big and old as Beech Grove Manor hides many secrets, and Daisy is about to uncover one so huge it could ruin all their plans—ruin everything—forever.

First off, While I was expecting a fast paced, fun novel that was plagued by secrets, I got the exact opposite. Debutantes was  excruciatingly slow, and the plot didn't pick up till about 75 pages till the end. The beginning was...okay, but the middle just went on, and on, and on with little scenes that really did nothing for the overall plot. I'm sorry, but do I really need to know everything that happens while developing film? Because there was an overwhelming amount of that. I was just so bored while reading about 90% of this book.

Also, a pet peeve of mine is, when things and situations in book are just overly convenient. There was a lot of that in this book. Whenever a character encounters a problem that hinders their life, something else would happen that would make things all fine and dandy again, and the problem is immediately solved. I couldn't take anything seriously because there was no. Real. Conflict.

Lastly, the ending was unsatisfactory, to say the least. It was cliched, and just made me put down the book, sticking it in the back of my shelf without a second look. I did not have a good time reading this. At all.

So... yeah. 1/5 stars. Just... yeah.


Sunday, 21 October 2012

Book Banter: Reading Multiple Books

Hello everyone! I am here today to introduce a new thing I will be doing on the blog, which are discussion posts, that I will be calling "Book Banter"!! I'm really excited to start doing these, and I thought I'd start with something that I'm experiencing right now:reading multiple books at one time.

I'm in the eleventh grade, and in the Canadian curriculum, it is required that you read three novels. One being a Shakespeare play (not a novel, I understand, but hey, the education system obviously hasn't gotten that memo), The Kite Runner, and another book that we chose off a list to read as our ISU; independent study unit. Right now, I'm reading Macbeth, and my ISU novel, The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards. Along with my school novels, I'm reading Debutantes by Cora Harrison.

This brings me to the actual discussion. I am always getting the plots messed up and because the amount of stories, I forget what has already happened. I keep thinking that characters have died or are pregnant and then I realize after about ten minutes and have to go back. It's kind of a pain to deal with.

Also, I have this on going dilemma about which book I should be reading. For example, when I'm reading school books, I always feel more inclined to read them first, because it's for school and all that, but I always want to be reading my 'lesiure' book.

Anyway, what are your thoughts? Can you guys read multiple books at once? Let me know in the comments below! Also, follow the blog for more posts like these!


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Whats Next #1

What's Next is a weekly meme hosted by Icey Books, where you readers choose what I read next!

Hey guys! So this is my first time doing the What's Next meme! I heard about this through Deb at Debz Bookshelf, and thought I'd try my hand at it!

All You Desire by Kirsten Miller

This is the second book in the Eternal Ones trilogy! I really enjoyed the first one (link to the review here), and I bought this a couple months ago, but havent gotten around to reading it!


Haven Moore and Iain Morrow have been living a blissful life in Rome, an ocean way from the Ouroboros Society and its diabolical leader. But paradise is not to last. The mysterious disappearance of Haven's best friend, Beau, sends the pair running back to New York, where they encounter the Horae, an underground group of women who have spent centuries scheming to destroy Adam Rosier. Only they can help Haven uncover the secret to Beau's whereabouts in one of her past lives. But their help comes at a price: Haven must infiltrate the Ouroboros Society, charm Adam Rosier, and lure him into a trap. It's a plan the Horae believe will save the world-but Haven and Iain fear that it may destroy the happiness they've been chasing for two thousand years.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I have  been hearing about this book for a really long time, but just recently bought it from chapters after I saw the new teaser trailer for the upcoming movie. It's definatly near the top of my TBR pile!

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

I have been steadily reading my way through Maureen's books, and this was next on my list! Sounds great! 

      "Their friendship went so far back, it bordered on the Biblical -- in the beginning, there was Nina and Avery and Mel." So says high school senior Nina Bermudez about herself and her two best friends, nicknamed "The Bermudez Triangle" by a jealous wannabe back on Nina's eleventh birthday. But the threesome faces their first separation when Nina goes away the summer before their senior year. And in ten short weeks, everything changes.
     Nina returns home bursting with stories about Steve, the quirky yet adorable eco-warrior she fell for hard while away. But when she asks her best friends about their summer romances, an awkward silence follows.
     Nina soon learns the shocking truth when she sees Mel and Avery...kissing. Their friendship is rocked by what feels like the ultimate challenge. But it's only the beginning of a sometimes painful, sometimes funny, always gripping journey as three girls discover who they are and what they really want.

Thanks for the input guys! Make sure to comment below if you've read any of these books, and which I should read next! 

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - October 17th, 2012

Book: Deviants
Author: Maureen Mcgowan
Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
Release Date: October 30th, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme held by Jill 
from Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming 
releases that we can't wait to claim as our own & aren't 
afraid to tell that to the world!

Hey everyone! It's been a super long time since I've done a WoW post, but I was invited to the release party for Deviants, so i thought, why not! I first heard about this at Word on the Street in Toronto a few weeks ago, and I really like the concept for the book! Here's the summary:

In a post-apocalyptic world, where the earth is buried by asteroid dust that’s mutated the DNA of some humans, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Glory must hide and protect her younger brother. If their Deviant abilities are discovered, they’ll be expunged—kicked out of the dome to be tortured and killed by the Shredders. Glory would give anything to get rid of her unique ability to kill with her emotions, especially when Cal, the boy she’s always liked, becomes a spy for the authorities. But when her brother is discovered, and she learns their father, who was expunged for killing their mother, is still alive, she must escape the domed city that’s been her entire world.

Outside in the ruins, they’re pursued by the authorities and by sadistic, scab-covered Shredders who are addicted to the lethal-to-humans dust now covering the planet. Glory’s quests to transport herself and her brother to safety make up the thrilling and fascinating first volume of The Dust Chronicles

I am so excited to read this! I'll put up a review as soon as I do! But until then, you can find places to order it  on Maureen's website!!

Until next time, Happy reading!! 


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Book Review! Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book: Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 103 pages
Format: Ebook

So when I read Shatter Me earlier this year, I fell in love with Tahereh Mafi's writing style, and her characters, and I was anxiously waiting for her next book to arrive; and it has. Written from Warner's perspective, taking place during Shatter Me, it is a fantastic read with a great insight into the mind of the so called 'villain'. I was wowed by this novella.

Goodreads Summary

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me,Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Lets start off with my first thoughts, and how Tahereh Mafi is a genius because when I read Shatter Me, I hated Warner, and now? I love him. I have had my entire opinion change just because I've seen inside his mind, and  understand him a little more, I'm torn. I want to still punch him for trying to take Juliette away from Adam (can you say OTP?), but I also want to hug him and tell him everything will be alright. Also, that none of this is his fault.

Another thing I was amazed by was the writing style. As i was reading this on my nook, i had adopted the habit of 'highlighting' phrases that stood out to me. I wanted to highlight the entire book. Even the most bland sentence made me reeling in the beauty of it. There is a line, somewhere near the end of the novel, that is
"Swallow the tears back often enough and they’ll start feeling like acid dripping down your throat."

Honestly, my mind exploded when I read that line because it was just so beautiful.

Overall, I am so glad that I read Destroy Me. I was pulled in from page one, and when i flipped the last page, it left me with a longing for book two, Unravel Me. It was a fantastic addition to the series, and I devoured it in one sitting. The beauty, and the heart break that was tied in with Warner's story. I was on the verge of tears at parts. Damn you, Tahereh Mafi. Leave some talent for the rest of us.

5/5 stars


Thursday, 4 October 2012

My 10 day Hiatus!

Hey everyone!

It seems as thought I have just gotten back into the swing of things when I leave again! This time, i'm going on a school trip to France! I am leaving late tonight, and won't be back until the 13th! I will be reading on my trip and when I come back, You can expect some more reviews! I am really excited to go, but I will miss you! 
Leave in the comments below if you've ever been to France, or even Europe! Also, let me know where you want to travel to!

I see you in 10 days!


Book Review! The 5 People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Book: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 196 pages
Format: Library hardcover

I have a love for Carrie Hope Fletcher, a British youtuber with a passion for reading and fairy tales. A while ago, she made a video about her top ten favourite books, and since then, I have been slowly going through all of them, realizing what amazing taste in books she has.

 From the author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it's an answer.

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"

I wasn't completely in love with this book, but I really did love the story. Mitch Albom did an amazing job of creating this angelic place where the story took place, but not such a great job with the plot. He created this for of heaven that is so different from a lot of people's ideas, but is still just an incredible.

I also really liked how some of the people he met in Heaven, he had never met on earth. But that didn't matter because he was still affected by them. This was probably the highlight, getting to hear some of these stories, but It got old quite quickly, and I found that I was pushing myself to actually finish the novel.

Overall, It was a good idea, and the beginning was great, but as the story went on, the plot went downhill. It was okay, but only worthy of 2.5/3 stars.


Sunday, 30 September 2012

Book Review! Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Book: Cinder (Lunar Chronicals #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 387 Pages
Format: Hardcover

Hello, Hello everyone!! When I went to chapters recently, I picked up Cinder, which I had hearn so much about. It was on sale for 5 dollars, so I had to pick it up. I really liked what I read, but there was one part that spoiled the entire book for me.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

This books whole take of Cinderella was incredible. The whole idea of placing what is supposed to be a period piece in a very futuristic world and in Beijing as well was very interesting and gave the whole story a new air. I really did like how the world was set up; cyborgs being taken in for testing and the whole plague was a very interesting thing to read about.

I also loved Cinder, and how selfless she was. She was absolutely incredible to read from and the dedication she had to her sister was incredible. She was witty, and smart and acted as all people would in that situation; brave.

What ruined the book for me was the easy foreshadowing. I swear as soon as one topic was mentioned (I won't tell you, to avoid spoilers, but for those who've read it, I but you know!), I made the connection and immediately knew how the book was going to end. It still made for an enjoyable read, but I was really disappointed now that I knew the end.

Overall, I give Cinder by Marissa Meyer a 3.5/5 stars. I really did enjoy reading it and will probably pick up the next books in the series, but I couldn't enjoy it to it's fullest after I knew the ending.


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Book Review! Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfeild

Book: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
Author: Kat Rosenfield
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 279 Pages
Format: Library hardcover

A few things made me want to pick this book up from my local library. One was the fact that I saw Kristy from The Story Siren review this a while ago, and it looked good, but also because of the beautiful cover. I'm glad I read it.

An arresting un-coming-of-age story, from a breathtaking talent

Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town--and Becca--into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.

Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson's life are intercut with Becca's own summer as the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge twist the reader closer and closer to the truth about Amelia's death.

This book is told in a very interesting format. You get two points of views; Becca's POV, where she wakes up one morning and there's a dead girl on the road, and her life from that point on. There's also Amelia Anne's POV, where she is the dead girl on the road and her life leading up to that. I really enjoyed reading all about how it happened and the reprocussions it had on the town and also how it affected everyones lives. It was a really cool way to tell the story and it pulled me in from page one.

The writing was also quite beautiful. I am a huge fan of poetry and novels written in a poetic style. She writes in such a way that you are pulled out of reality and dropped into this small town, where wild roses run free. It is such a beautiful book. My favourite part was the always-there wild roses, and how they were always appearing in places that seemed random, but as soon as the last page is turned, you would understand everything.

I really did enjoy this book, but I have nothing else to say. It was a beautiful novel, filled with mystery, romance, and the idea that while some are leaving their small towns, others are stuck right within the county lines.

4.5 out of 5 stars.


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Book Review! The Esspressologist by Kristina Springer

Book: The Espressologist
Author: Kristina Springer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 184 pages
Format: Hardback

I won a contest at my local library and I got a chapters gift card. This book was five dollars on the bargin book section, and I really wish I hadn't spent money on this book.

Goodreads Summary

What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?

I didn't like the book at all. It was so quick that you weren't able to get to know the characters, so that was one part of it. And for me, if i dont feel for these characters or even have a sense about who they are and their back story, I really can't get into a book.

Also, There was no story there! Its about a girl who has someone pining after her and shes wants to date the stereotypical 'perfect' guy. SHe is a good kid from a good family who spends the entire novel whinning about not getting exactly what she wants. And in the end, she ends up getting it.

I have no more to say really because I just didnt like this book.

1/5 stars.


Regarding my Absence

Hi everyone! It's been about a week or so since I posted my last review, and i am SO sorry that I've been slightly unattached from the blogosphere. I haven't been on twitter recently, and I haven't been very good with keeping up to date on my Goodreads account. I hate to say that the reason is, yes, because of school. I'm in 11th grade so right now, i'm swimming in a sea of projects and essays and book reports and math tests. In my mind, my education and schooling comes first, and I hate that my blog is being pushed to the back burner so much.

I have been trying to get some reading in, but with school from 8-3, and work every day from 4-6 and homework on top of that, I've been very slow in my reading and I have reviews piling up all over the place from the last few weeks of summer. I will have those up very soon though.

I hope you all understand that this first month of school has been quite hectic, but I'm glad that im getting used to the new routine, and will soon have A LOT more free time to spend on my blog :)

I have four, soon to be five, new reviews that I am writing and im very excited to be sharing them with you, so I hope you all stick around and I hope to see you all soon!

Happy Reading!

Monday, 10 September 2012

Book Review! Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Book: Going Bovine
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Pages: 480 Pages
Format: Hardcover

My friend, Ann-Bernice told me to read this book.... Holy crap.

Goodreads Summary
All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

First things first, the whole idea surrounding this book was insane and crazy and kooky. I knew I was in for a thrill ride, but what I got was something totally different from what I was expecting. Yes it was a comedy, and yes it was hilarious, but the threads of heart break, and the looming feeling of death brought a very dark, sarcastic and satirical humor to all of this. I was pulled in from page one.

Libba Bray brought such a sense of humor to Cameron, making him the witty underdog that you couldn't help but root for. He was so sarcastic and snarky that he was a real teenage guy, but he had this melancholy feeling to him because he knew his days were numbered. She also created Dulcie, the punk-rock/bad ass angel that was so crazy and different that I fell instantly in love with her, texting my friend who told me to read this 'Can I just be her?'

overall, I was in love with this book. I couldn't get enough. The book moved quickly, it was hilarious, and at certain parts towards the end (those who've read it know what im talking about) I found myself tearing up, and I couldn't stop. I am officially hooked on Bray and her writing style, and next time someone asks me for a good book to read, im going to bring up the dark yet super hilarious novel about a gnome, a dwarf, a punk angel, a dying boy, and his heartbreaking adventure for answers.

A definite 5/5 stars.


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Book Review! The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

Book: The Sugar Queen
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 276 Pages
Format:  Hardcover library book

I read this book a while back and I fell in love. I devoured this book in one sitting, and I was pouring over the pages, wanting to know what would happen next. I recommend this author to everyone who loves a little contemporary magical realism in their lives.

Goodreads Summary

Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds it harboring none other than local waitress Della Lee Baker, a tough-talking, tenderhearted woman who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother…
Fleeing a life of bad luck and big mistakes, Della Lee has decided Josey’s clandestine closet is the safest place to crash. In return she’s going to change Josey’s life—because, clearly, it is not the closet of a happy woman. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey is soon forgoing pecan rolls and caramels, tapping into her startlingly keen feminine instincts, and finding her narrow existence quickly expanding.
Before long, Josey bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who makes the best sandwiches in town, is hounded by books that inexplicably appear whenever she needs them, and—most amazing of all—has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush.
As little by little Josey dares to step outside herself, she discovers a world where the color red has astonishing power, passion can make eggs fry in their cartons, and romance can blossom at any time—even for her. It seems that Della Lee’s work is done, and it’s time for her to move on. But the truth about where she’s going, why she showed up in the first place—and what Chloe has to do with it all—is about to add one more unexpected chapter to Josey’ s fast-changing life.
Brimming with warmth, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here is a spellbinding tale of friendship, love—and the enchanting possibilities of every new day.

First off, I love Sarah Addison Allen. I have read two of her books now, and I have fallen head over heels in love with the way her characters interact with one another and how the plot is totally character driven. She has created people that I feel for and that I love and that is really something special to find in contemporary novels. Yes her novels are for adults but i feel like any YA reader would love her storytelling.

In this novel, the story follows Josey, who is a 27 year old sugar addict still living with her mother. Josey was a very interesting person to follow and it made for a wonderful story. I also really liked Della Lee and the way she acted and how she pushed Josey in all the aspects of her life.

Another thing that is incredible about Sarah Addison Allen's novels, this one included, is the way she talks about food. In 'The Girl Who Chased the Moon', she wrote about cakes in the way that made my house smell like sugar and icing. In The Sugar Queen, she made me crave grilled tomato and three cheese sandwichs; something I have never before tasted.

Overall, this book was fantastic. The romace is sugary sweet, and the mysterious girl in the closet combined with some unresolved family history creates a town where nothing is as it seems. I picked this book up not knowing what to expect, and I couldn't put it down, even if it was forced out of my hands.

6/5 stars. Man I love this woman and her novels.

@ IndigoWayworth

Monday, 27 August 2012

Book Review! The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Book: The Eternal Ones (Eternal Ones #1)
Author: Kirsten Miller
Publisher: RazorBill
Pages: 432 Pages
Format: Paperback

Hello everyone! A few months ago, I saw a video by Carrie Hope Fletcher on YouTube, talking about her top ten favorite books, and one jumped out at me. It was The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller. I saw it and a few weeks ago, I finally got it. I got around to reading it the other day. Let’s just say it took me 12 hours to finish. This is defiantly in my top ten favorite books.

Goodreads Summary

Haven Moore has always lived in the town of Snope City, Tennessee. But for as long as she can remember, Haven has experienced visions of a past life as a girl named Constance, whose love for a boy called Ethan ended in fiery tragedy.

One day, the sight of notorious playboy Iain Morrow on television brings Haven to her knees. Haven flees to New York City to find Iain and there, she is swept up in an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Is Iain her beloved Ethan? Or is he her murderer from a past life? Haven asks the members of the powerful and mysterious Ouroboros Society to help her unlock the mysteries of reincarnation and discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again. But what is the Ouroboros Society? And how can Haven know whom to trust?

I really am a hopeless romantic, so the whole idea of love transcending lives was right up my alley and I was instantly pulled in. That whole topic was phenomenally written and I was so happy with it. The pull Iain and Haven felt towards each other was really timeless and it was written so you could believe in their reincarnating love.

I also really liked the way the Oroboros Society was formed and how it worked. The aspects of murder and secrets that were planted deep throughout the book were all rooted back to the Society and its flaws and corruption. The lies were clever, and the society members were just charming enough for you to overlook them in the grand scheme of things.

The pacing of this book was also perfect. It moved quite quickly and it kept you reading non stop. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I read it in one sitting, not stopping for anything. This said something about the writing. It was smart, witty, haunting, and beautiful. It took all the perks of true love, and all the darkness reality has to offer and created an incredible story.

Overall, I really do recommend this book for all you hopeless romantics that believe in true love, soul mates, and love transcending lives. I fell in love with the book from page one, and I was obsessed. I put my order in for the sequel, All You Desire, today, because it was just so good.

5/5 stars.


Monday, 20 August 2012

Book Review! City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Book: City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 453 pages
Format: Paperback

I was persuaded by my friends to read the first book in this series, City of Bones, and after that I was hesitant to read book 2. They persuaded me to read City of Ashes, and although it was better than book one, I wasn't fully happy with it. Keep reading to find out why! BE WARNED! There are slight spoilers for book one so leave now if you haven't ready City of Bones!!

Goodreads Summary

A murderer is loose in New York City ...

... and the victims are Downworlder children. Clary Fray and her fellow Shadowhunters have a strong suspicion that Valentine, Clary’s father, may be behind the killings. But if he is the murderer, then what’s his true motive? To make matters worse, the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, has been stolen, and the mysterious Inquisitor has arrived to investigate, with his eyes vigilantly targeted on Clary’s brother, Jace.

Clary will need to face some terrifying demons and even more terrifying family decisions. No one said that the life of a Shadowhunter would be easy.

I really don't know where to being with this book. I wasn't overly in love with CoB, mainly because of the pacing and the writing style. I feel like in this book, the plot did move faster, but it was still slow in parts. And something happened with this book that I found happened in the last one: So much happened, but nothing really happened until the very end.

Also, I really couldn't get over the aspect of incest in this novel. I know you're supposed to feel bad for the characters but really, i was just creeped out how they still kissed. I mean, still having feelings is one thing, but trying to find a way to make it seem okay, like they did at one point was just weird, and I couldn't get past it.

I was also slightly disappointed because they didn't really elaborate on the Magnus and Alec relationship. I have been assured they do cover that in the next book.

Other than that I liked it. There was more character development, I liked the battle scenes, and the writing has settled on one style and I enjoyed it. a 3/5 stars.


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Book Review! The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Name: The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Putnam
Pages: 372
Format: Harcover library book

Hey everyone! I know its been a while since I last updated but i have had good reason! I have been caught up with all the wonderful things that come along with summer! I have been at my cottage, at friends cottages, and traveling, which means not a lot of wifi to update twitter or the blog with. But alas! I have done lots of reading and have a lot of reviews to post! SO here is the first of many; The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson!!

Goodreads Summary

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

I was very impressed with the way that Jack The Ripper was incorporated into the story. Being personally terrified of murder and gore and serial killers, i knew nothing about Jack the Ripper and his history. I know who he was but not much after that. After doing research, I found that the book did a great job of incorporating his story in with the modern element of modern day London.

And the characters were fantastic! This really was a character driven story and that is my favourite part of Maureen Johnson's books (aside from the Doctor Who references. That give her bonus points). Her characters are well written, witty, and absolutely wonderful. I find myself falling for them all the time. Rory, the main character, was an incredible voice and was constantly making me laugh, sigh, or bite my nails with anticipation. I also really like Alister, the ghost who traded music for homework. Maureen is fantastic at creating unique characters that are likable, then documenting their story.

I really enjoyed this book. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it, and it had just the right amount of terror and enjoyment in it, and that made for a great novel!

4.5/5 stars :D


Thursday, 2 August 2012

Book Review! A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler

Book: A Blue So Dark
Author: Holly Schindler
Publisher: Flux
Pages: 277 Pages
Format: Paperback Library book

Hey everyone! When I saw this book from the library, I picked it up immediately. I havent read many books about mental illness, so when I decided to try something new, and it wasn't at all what I expected. Keep reading to find out why!

Goodreads Summary

Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura's dad left them. Convinced that "creative" equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet draws Aura toward the depths of her imagination. Just as desperation threatens to swallow her whole, Aura discovers that art, love, and family are profoundly linked—and together may offer an escape from her fears.

I really enjoyed this book, and the way that it was structured. I liked how you got to see Aura's mom get worse and worse as the book went on, and how you really go to see how it effected Aura. It takes its toll on her because she really is so young and so alone that she is desperate to keep her mother at bay. Aura is such a strong character and the way that she goes about things is incredible. I really admired her as a character and I felt for her.

I also really liked the creative aspect of the story, in the way that Aura knew that she was an artist and that one day, there was a chance, she would be sick too. She always had that looming over her head as she waited for the day that she went insane. It was a hard thing to read, yet you know that it was realistic. This book didn't hold anything back in that manner. The reader was catapulted into the mind set of a schizophrenics daughter and its an incredible experience.

I give this book a 4/5 stars. I really loved this book, but the one thing I didn't like was the slight romantic element. it felt out of place and it wasn't needed. The book otherwise, was incredible.


Monday, 30 July 2012

Book Review! The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Book: The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring #1)
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Publisher: Tor Teen/ Macmillan
Pages: 343 Pages
Format: Hardcover Library book

Hey guys! Sorry I've been away but its been a busy week at the Wayworth household! Lots of traveling, and not much Internet time, but I'm back now! Now, I picked this up from the library the other day, and I absolutely loved it! So lets get started;

Goodread Summary

Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

First off, I had never heard of this book before diving head first into it and I was pleasantly surprised . I wasn't expecting to fall in love with the characters as much as I did, and I didn't expect to feel for them as much as I did either. I loved the main character Tiki a lot and I really liked the role she played in the book. She was really trying to be the martyr of the story but because of her situation, it had massive consequence. I really fell in love with how her entire existence was based around the orphans that she called her family and she was an incredible character.

I also loved the relationship between her and Rieker. It was well developed and very sweet.  I also loved the element of pick pocketing, because it really fits with the times and it gives the whole novel a very shady, back alley kind of feel to it. The last thing that I loved was the magical aspect, because it was so well incorporated into the novel, i feel like the story only worked because of Linkin and the ring.

Overall, Kiki Hamilton's debut novel is a wonderful story that, more than once, brought me to the edge and back. I recommend this to everyone. :) A full 5/5 stars for The Faerie Ring.


Monday, 23 July 2012

Book Review! Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan

Book: Love is the Higher Law
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 176 Pages
Format: Paperback Library Book

So, I wanted to read more by David Levithan and this was the only one they had at the library and I'm very glad that I picked it up! Keep reading to find out why.

Goodreads Summary

First there is a Before, and then there is an After. . . .

The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him.

Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other’s in a way that leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around them and the people close by.

David Levithan has written a novel of loss and grief, but also one of hope and redemption as his characters slowly learn to move forward in their lives, despite being changed forever.

So what I loved about this book was the fact that none of them were, or had loved ones, who were injured or killed by the attacks, because it shows another side of the story. It shows how people who experienced it were lost and confused and hurt. And it was written so that the reactions weren't over dramatic and annoying. They were very believable.

I also loved the characters. They were well constructed and each one had a different story and a different way of looking at the attacks. I also liked how the characters were connected in very subtle ways and not like they were all brought together by the attacks, but they reached out to each other because of them.

The only problem I had was very subtle and its in every book with multiple POV's, and its that sometimes certain perspectives are less interesting than others, and i found that through the book at certain points.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book, so I'm giving it a 4/5 stars :)


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Book Review! Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Book: Imaginary Girls
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 348 Pages
Format: Hardcover Library Book

I had this book on my to be read list for the past few months, and I finally found it at the library, so I thought I would pick it up, and unfortunately, I wasn't a fan of this book. Keep reading to find out why!

Goodreads Summary

Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

All right, so I wasn't fully satisfied with the plot. The idea was good but just the way it was carried out didn't work for me. I liked how the synopsis told the story as a family secret that was revealed, but I didn't like how it was planned out and the author kind of built up this huge secret that I thought would be something that when it was revealed in all its glory, I would have been like, "Why didn't I think of that?!" But I was severely underwhelmed by it and it ruined the book for me.

What I didn't like about this book was the writing style and how the author could pick up on little emotions and smaller details and bring them forward, creating a very honest story and very interesting characters. I loved the way that the sisters were written, especially when Chloe first came back, and the sisters were taking time to keep up all the traditions they had as kids. My favorite quote was, "After the last bell at school, there was no white car waiting for me—no detour down the old highway alongside the real highway, no windows open wide so the wind could dread my hair. I had to take the bus." Best line in the book.

So while the plot wasn't great, the writing and characters made up for it. I'm going to give Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma a 3/5 stars.

I hope to see you soon! Make sure to follow the blog!! :)

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Top Ten Books For People Who Liked Lock and Key

I am back today for a Top Ten Tuesday! I was trying to decide which book to find recommendations for and I came across Lock and Key on my shelf. I had some many books that I could recommend come flooding into my head and I knew that I had to do this post!

The books that I've picked to recommend were chosen mainly because they deal with family issues, or they are great summer reads about moving to a new home. Lock and Key is one of my favorite books and I hope, if you haven't read it already, you all go and pick it up!

The Book: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

I read this book a while ago and I loved it! I had never read about this certain aspect of family and it was done very well. I loved the character of Ruby and the way she learned to accept the family that was built around her.

The Recommendations

1. The Magic in Manhattan Series by Sarah Mlynowski
I love this series. Its about teenage witches, which kind of seems like the farthest thing from lo0c and key, but like that book, this series has a very different family dynamic. This series mainly consists of Rachel, Miri, her younger sister, and their mother. It is a funny, charming, witty book series made of 4 books, Bras and Broomsticks, Frogs and French Kisses, Spells and Sleeping Bags, and Parties and Potions.

2. Guitar Highway Rose by Bridget Lowery 
I read this book every summer because in my mind, it is the very definition of summer read. Its a great book about a rebellious teenager and her over protective parents and what she does to try to gain independence.

3. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Set in a quirky little town, the main character Emily has a very messed up, secretive past and family. And she is finally faced with the truth. This, along with some magical realism, make me think that lovers of Lock and Key will love this book.

4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
A complete classic that everyone should read about a different kind of family. Ponyboy, to me, is the male version to Ruby because of their shared need for independence. Everyone should read this book.

5. Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson
In this book, there is more family issues, mainly to do with her mother. Its a great book where music is Calle's version of Ruby's key. If you've read the book, you get that reference.

6. Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Another interesting type of family. Calder and his sisters were forced together and really the dynamic in this book is very different and its not really written about in YA. This is obviously one of my favorite books this year :)

7. My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
A great book in which the main character Ken is kind of like Ruby's older sister in the way that hes trying to take care of her the best way he can. Another book that everyone should read at least once in their lives.

8, 9, and 10. Along for the Ride, Chasing the Moon, and Dreamland all by Sarah Dessen
Of course, I need to recommend all Sarahs other books because they are all wonderful contemporary novels that you will love. :D

Hope you enjoyed by list! See you again soon!!! Remember to comment with your TTT posts and follow my blog if you feel inclined to do so :)


Monday, 16 July 2012

Book Review! Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

Book: Songs for a Teenage Nomad
Author: Kim Culbertson
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 244 Pages
Format: Paperback Library book

Saw this book at the library and it looked like a perfect summer read. it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it none the less! So, without further ado, the review!
(hehe. That rhymed.)

Goodreads Summary

After living in twelve places in eight years, Calle Smith finds herself in Andreas Bay, California, at the start of ninth grade. Another new home, another new school...Calle knows better than to put down roots. Her song journal keeps her moving to her own soundtrack, bouncing through a world best kept at a distance.

Yet before she knows it, friends creep in-as does an unlikely boy with a secret. Calle is torn over what may be her first chance at love. With all that she's hiding and all that she wants, can she find something lasting beyond music? And will she ever discover why she and her mother have been running in the first place?

Songs for a Teenage Nomad was a warm hearted, nostalgic, very sweet book that really makes you think about the presence that music has in your life. It was a huge theme through out the book and I feel like the plot wouldn't have worked without Calle having her music to rely on. The whole idea of how she was trying to cope and find something routine in her life through music and keeping these thoughts in her song journal was an idea that I really like and it has really inspired me to start looking at my life and the soundtrack that it holds.

I didn't like the way it ended. I don't want to spoil to much, but I just didn't like how they ended up. I would have liked the end a lot better if the original plan was stuck to. I know that made no sense, but read the book. It will make sense later. Even though I didn't like the end, I liked the way it was written. i like how the author pulled it all together, and it was a great conclusion to the book.

So, overall, it was a great book.
4/5 Stars.


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Book Review! It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Book: It's Kind of a Funny Story
Author: Ned Vizzini
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 444
Format: Hardcover

I read this book a few weeks ago and I was so excited to be reading because I had heard so many good things and I thought it would be a good book and I was slightly disappointed. I honestly don't think that it lived up to the hype. Keep reading and you'll find out why!

Goodreads Summary

Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life -- getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job -- Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That's when things start to get crazy.

At his new school, Craig realizes that he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping -- until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a moving tale about depression, that's definitely a funny story.

So I didn't really enjoy this book very much, and the reason was because it moved too slow, and because for the first half of the book, the idea of suicide, in my mind, was really cliched and not dealt with well. The first part of the book just went on and on and on, and I realize that To understand his problem, you need to learn his back story, but really? Do I need to know EVERYTHING?! It was a long, hard part to read through.

Also, It seems like Craig's thought process about killing himself was very unrealistic. He really had no motive. He sat through the people on the phone very patiently, when if you felt like you needed to do something, you wouldn't spend that time arguing on the phone with someone! It, to me, someone who has first hand been put through situations which involve suicide, was very un-realistic.

The one thing I did like though, was the last part of the recovery process and how Noelle and the whole romantic story line was approached. It wasn't necessarily insta-love, but it wasn't really built up. I liked the honesty of these two characters and how honest they were with each other. It was really the only thing that kept me reading.

Overall, I gave It's Kind of a Funny Story a 2.5/5 stars. I didn't enjoy reading it and I didn't like it all that much.


Sunday, 8 July 2012

Libster Blog Award!

So, I have been tagged by Katie @ Breath of Books for the Libster Blog Award! Everyone should go check out and follow Katie's blog and tell her that I sent you! Here are the rules:

1. Post 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
3. Tag 11 other bloggers that have under 200 followers.
4. Tell these bloggers that you tagged them.

Lets get to it!

11 Facts about me:

1. I used to dance professionally with the Toronto Ballet from when I was 11 to when I was 14. I danced on pointe. After dancing a piece from Swan Lake, an incident with my shoes has messed up my feet, so I can't dance anymore.
2. I read my first book at age three. It was the a Disney Faires book by Gail Carson Lavine.
3. When I was little, my life's ambition was to dance Odette in Swan Lake. It was the last piece I ever danced.
4. I am a disagnosed insomniac.
5. I used to be very reckless with my books, so I would give them all away. I only started collecting my books about three years ago.
6. I have broken 22 bones. (2 arms, 3 ribs, 4 toes, 2 hands, 2 feet, 4 breaks in my leg, collarbone, 3 fingers, shoulder)
7. My favorite Disney princesses are Belle, Rapunzel, and Merida.
8. I was first read Harry Potter my my dad when I was 4. I saw the final movie when I was 14. Harry has been part of my life for over a decade.
9. I like to burn Candles.
10. I love We The Kings and Relient K.
11. I have been skydiving. Twice.

Here are the 11 Other blogger I am tagging! I also tagging some book-tubers, which is kind of cheating, because they have a lot of subscribers, but oh well!

1. Teresa from Readers Live 1000 Lives
2. Hollie from Music, Books, and Tea
3. The Girls from Teenage Fiction
4. Catherine from The Book Parade
5. Ariel from Books Unbound
6. Raeleen from Padfoot and Prongs 07
7. Charley from Charley Reads
8. Gina from Behind a Million and One Pages
9. Mirely from Rumor Has It
10. Becca from Omfg Books
11. Mel from Harley Bear Book Blog

Here are the questions that I have been asked!

1. What is your favorite thing about book blogging?
I think it's just being apart of a community that really loves to read. Through book blogging I have discovered  so many new books and i also love sharing my ideas on books.

2. What book are your currently reading?
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

3. What are five books you want to read this summer?
I want to read a few classic novels, starting with Pride and Prejudice and Animal Farm.

4. How long have you been blogging?
4 months.

5. Do you participate in any memes? If so, which ones?
I sometimes participate in Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, and In My Mailbox. :)

6. Who is your favorite author?
John Green for sure. He has a way with words.

7. Do you prefer series or stand-alone books?
Depends on the story and if there is more to tell or not. If there is, a series would be best.

8. Do you have a Goodreads account?
Yes! It's right here!!

9. Have you gotten any ARCs since you've started blogging?
Yes! I got Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade, Starring Me by Krista Mcgee and Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown, all from Net Galley.

10. What upcoming book are you looking forward to the most?
Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer!

11. Do you like to write to as well, or do you only like to read?
I love to write, but im not very good at it. I write a lot of poetry and a few longer pieces.

Questions for those I've tagged:
1. What was the first book you remember reading?
2. What was your first review of?
3. Who is your favorite author, and favorite book by said author.
4. What does your family think about your blogging?
5. What is your favorite series?
6. What is your favorite summer read?
7. How old were you when you got started reading?
8. Where is your favorite place to read?
9. What is your favorite classic novel?
10. Worst cliche in YA?
11. Favorite book this year?

Thanks for reading and I'll see you all soon!!