Monday, 28 May 2012

Book Review! Entwined by Heather Dixon

Book: Entwined
Author: Heather Dixon
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 472 pages
Format: Nook Book

Hey everyone! I'm back to do another review, and this time its on Entwined by Heather Dixon. It is a fairy tale retelling of the story of the twelve dancing princesses.

Goodreads Summary

Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, escaping from the sadness of the palace and their father’s grief. What they don’t understand—although as time passes they begin to get an inkling of the danger they are in—is that the mysterious and dashing Keeper is tightening his snare with deadly purpose. Luckily, Azalea is brave and steadfast. Luckily, a handsome young army captain also has his eye on Azalea. . . . Lush, romantic, and compelling, this debut novel by Heather Dixon will thrill fans of Shannon Hale, Robin McKinley, and Edith Pattou.

I loved how poetic the story was. It was beautifully written, filled to the brim with beautiful imagery and wonderful metaphors that within the first chapter I fell instantly. The aspect of mourning someones death for a year was such an amazing idea that came along with such exaggerated and dire circumstances such as black clothes, covered windows, and, much to the girls chagrin, no dancing. It was a great idea that was well done and it worked so well for this story.

I also loved the gradual antithesis of the pavilion. It started out as a sort of getaway and it turned out becoming the cause of their pain. It was so gradual that i could barely see it coming, but as soon as it hit, i was dumbfounded on how well it was written into the book. I also loved how well the family aspect of the book worked out. The sisters really acted like sisters, and their romances didn't overshadow the relationship of the sisters, which made a great balance.

This book was a fun, dark, intense read, and it won me over because fairy tale retelling are always fun. I love modern retelling's, and now this is one of my new favorites!

A book worthy of 5/5 stars!


Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Beneath the Glitter by Elle and Blair Fowler

Waiting on Wednesday is a book meme by Jill at Breaking the Spine
It showcases books that we cant wait to finally have!

This week, I chose a book that I am so excited about. I have been wanting this since I saw the video release a few months ago. It is Beneath the Glitter by Elle and Blair Fowler! I watch these two girls regularly, and I love them both so much! It sounds like such a fun book that I want to read so badly!!

Goodreads Summary

When Sophia and Ava London moved to Los Angeles to further their makeup and fashion line, London Calling, they expected to meet super stars, not become them. But when their little business becomes a big deal with the help of an ever growing internet fan base, the sisters enter into the exclusive life of fabulous parties, air kisses, and scores of hot guys. Faster than you can say "Now get out a Mac #224 brush and blend," they have tie in deals with international jewelry companies, major clothing retailers, and—one of their biggest dreams—an offer from LuxeLife makeup for their own London Calling line. But fame has a price, and when the sisters are betrayed by someone they trust, they find themselves knee-deep in a scandal that could ruin everything they've worked for... and send all their dreams crashing down. 

It sounds so great! I love books like this, and it sounds like the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series by Jen Calonita, which is a series that I love (and i still havent read the last book D:), and I just cannot wait to read this book! And, come on! Look at this cover:

Anyway, I will see you guys very soon!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Book Review! Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Book: Pandemonium (Delirium #2)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 248 Pages
Format: Nook Book

Hello Lovelies! I spent the weekend at my family cottage and I got so much reading done! I read about four books that their reviews will be uploaded over the next week or so.The first review that i'm doing is Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. Let's dive right in!

Goodreads Summary

I’m pushing aside
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana
and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, ' Delirium.' This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

I can honestly say that Delirium was so much better than this one. I liked how this novel was still very fast paced, which I liked, but Lena was so detached in this book. I liked how she was still grieving over Alex, but really? That was the only part of Lena that was even recognizable in my eyes.  In Delirium she was strong and loving and headstrong, but I couldn't see that in this one.

I just didn't understand why Lena left her town at all if she was just going to have her emotions suppressed by the new society she lived in. Raven and Tack were supposed to be the good guys but I couldn't see it. I also hated the ending. Hate it. The idea of an impending Twilight style love triangle makes me cringe. I honestly don't think i'll read book three.

All in all, I was nothing but disappointed with this book. I was hoping for the a stronger protagonist with a better played out plot line, and I got neither.

2/5 stars.


*** PSA ***
I will be at camp, starting this upcoming Saturday, going to the following Sunday of June 3rd. ALL posts have been set up to be posted at 1 PM EST. See you soon!

Top Ten Tuesday - May 22nd, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Today's topic is the ten blogs that I read that aren't book related. I decided to cut out all my tumblr sites because I spend so much time on tumblr and they are all fangirl-ly blogs, so I only really have four blogs.... SO lets go!

This is CP Coulters blog. I am in love with her writing and she is just adorable. Also her posts make me flail and make me happy. For those who don't  know who she is, she is the author of a wonderful glee fanfiction called Dalton- seriously. Go read it.

A-Ray used to do a Twilight podcast on iTunes and that's how I found her, but her posts are funny and she writes really honest posts about university.

Honestly, hilarity at its finest.

I really am into makeup and fashion and if you watch tomorrow, I have a post about their new book!

And thats it for today! I'll see you all tomorrow! Happy reading!


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Waiting on Wednesday; Severed Heads, Broken Hearts

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Hello! Today I am here with my first Waiting on Wednesday! I am super excited to start this meme, so lets get right into it! The book I cannot wait to be released is called Severed Heads, Broken Hearts and is written by Robyn Schenider.

Goodreads Summary
Ezra Faulkner believes that everyone suffers a defining tragedy: it appears that his has just occurred. But this new tragic self might have its own appeal, especially after he meets the clever, oddly sexy Cassidy Thorpe, a girl who launches him into a series of transformative adventures that help Ezra learn the truth about tragedy: unlike lightning, it can and will strike the same place twice.

I follw Robyn on twitter and facebook and have been around long enough to see this book develop, and although the publication date isnt set and there is no cover, I am going to preorder it and I WILL devower this book!

Fun Fact! Robyn Scneider is actually Violet Haberdasher. Violet is her pen name.

I'll see you on Friday with another review! I hope your wednesdays are gerat!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - May 15th

 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Welcome back to another top ten Tuesday everyone! I know I wasn’t here last week, but I’m back now! Today’s topic is the top ten author’s id like to see on a reality show.

#1: John Green on Canada’s Greatest Know It All.
John knows a lot of trivial things and I think that he would do well. I would also like to see him be smart and freak out at times :P.

#2.Violet Haberdasher on Minute to Win It.
I love Violet and I watch her YouTube videos and follow her on twitter. I’d like to see how many of these party tricks she could accomplish.

#3. Kiera Cass on The Real Housewives of where ever.
I think that Kiera could be an over the top rich girl. I’m not sure why, but I could just see her telling someone to ‘hold ma earrins’ :P

#4. Kaleb Nation on American Idol
He’s a great singer and I love him half to death.

#5.  Tahereh Mafi on Wipeout.
Her commentary would be so funny and I would watch every episode with her. She's witty and sarcastic and I would be laughing my head of every single minute.

That’s all I can really think of! I don’t watch much television but I know those shows! Hope you are all having a good Tuesday and ill see you soon!


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Book Review! Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Book: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Authors: John Green, David Levithan
Publisher: Penguin (Speak)
Pages: 310 pages
Format: Trade Paperback

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are all soaking up the sun, reading a great book. This weekend, I sat down and read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green. This was actually the first book of John Green's that I haven't read and the second book of David Levithans. I read The Realm of Possibility but i wasn't thrilled by it. But I was totally blown away by this book.

Goodreads Summary

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.

First lets talk about Will Grayson. The straight, non-depressed Will Grayson. He was great. He was a very John Green character, being smart and witty and thats something that I like about his writing. He can create characters that are all smart and witty, but yet they are so distinct. I also loved that he really was a teenager in the 'Shut up and look down' kind of way. Most of us are just trying to get through highschool without having a character in a flamboyantly gay musical that is based after you.

Now onto my favorite Will; the gay, depressed one. He was easy to side with, and im not sure if it was the character or David Levithan. I was able to be inside the mind of an angry, manic depressive teenager. He was real. He was honest. And i'm not sure if i have ever read a book where you get a really honest depressed character who isn't just wallowing in self pity because they feel bad for themselves. I also liked how Will was gay. And it wasn't questioned, and it didnt change who he was. He was just gay. Its kind of refreshing to see something like this.

The plot was fun and easy to read and the story was well written. I devowered this in a day, and I will never look at locker combinations the same ever again. I will also try to venture into more porn stores to possibly meet another Indigo Wayworth. (I'm joking on that last one.)

Definatly a 5/5 stars book. Loved it from beginning to end.

See you all soon! 

Friday, 11 May 2012

Book Review! Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 352 Pages
Format: Trade Paperback

Hello lovely readers! I'm sorry about my absence this week. I have been quite busy with tests, and projects, and the opening night of my play which went very well! But now I am back with another review, this time for Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi! I had heard great things about this book and I was so excited to read it!

Goodreads Summary

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this novel. But from what I got out of it, I was pleased. I loved how the author really shows you how Juliette feels by using beautiful metaphors and gorgeous prose. She uses these tools to make you really understand the state of Juliette and the society she is living in. Another thing that stood out to me was how, when reading, Juliette really seemed like she was a prisoner, and not like she was a normal person who was locked up. Her state of mind had changed which resulted in the crossed out lines throughout the book, which was probably one of my favourite things about this book.

Juliette also has such a sense of humanity, when she is in the cell or on the run. She has been taught to believe that she really is a monster and she has started to believe it, but she also is running away from it. She doesn't want to be a monster and it shows in every thing that she does and ever decision that she makes. It makes you want to root for her.

The one thing that bugged me about the book was that, at the beginning, you are kept in the dark about what happened to her. You know that she can kill with her touch, but you don't know who she killed or why.

This was an amazing book that stood out so much for me. When i finished the book, i went downstairs to my mom and said "This is character development done right." Juliette progresses so much through the book and it makes her such a great character, and no story would thrive without a great protagonist.
(Also Adam. I liked him :D)

5/5 Stars.

Happy reading!

Monday, 7 May 2012

Book Review! Divergent by Veronica Roth

Book: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 487 Pages
Format: Hardcover

Hello hello! I'm back with another book review! Over the weekend, I not only finished Wilde's Fire, but I also read Divergent by Veronica Roth! I had heard rave reviews from my friends, and when my twitter feed started to get bombarded with hype about Insurgent, I knew I had to read this and see what all the fuss was about. And i'm so happy that I did!

Goodreads Summary 
In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

I loved everything about this book. From the romantic aspect to how well the society was described. Veronica Roth did such an amazing job describing the society that I could understand how the Dauntless or the Abnegation felt about how the wars were started. I understood the beliefs, even if they were extreme. Also, the book is very long (487 pages to be exact) but I was never bored. The pacing was fast and it kept me on my toes, wanting to know what happened next. it was exciting and I just wanted to keep reading about Tris and what was happening in this society.

Another thing I loved was the rising action. The build up to the climax was done so well and I was flipping the pages super fast. I was obsessed with the whole ending, which makes me want to go out and get the second book soooo bad!

But.... When i first opened the book, I actually started laughing. I may sound like a literary snob when i say this, but in my opinion, opening the book with a character looking in a mirror is cheating. It gives you an easy way to descirbe the main character's features. Other than that, it was a perfect book.

5/5 Stars. Just read it. Just go.


Sunday, 6 May 2012

Book Review! Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade

Book: Wilde's Fire
Author: Krystal Wade
Pages: 299 Pages
Format: Nook Book
Goodreads Link
Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Hey everyone! Hope you are all having a good weekend so far! I am writing this at my cottage and relaxing, and I hope all of you are too! I am back today with a review of Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade! It is a fantasy novel that hits shelves in one week!

Goodreads Summary
“There is no pain in this death, only peace, knowing I am going to die with the one I love the most.”—Katriona Wilde.

Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she’s ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out. When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she’s dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. Kate’s forced to accept a new truth: her entire life has been a lie, and those closest to her have betrayed her. What’s worse, she has no control over her new future, and it’s full of magic and horrors from which nightmares are made. Will Kate discover and learn to control who she really is in time to save the ones she loves, or will all be lost? 

So, what I liked about the books was that the the other world, Encardia, was so well described. The whole world seemed as real as the one that we live in. From the history, to the present rules and precautions, everything was created well. The monsters, which in the book are called daemons, also make the world so real. I was expecting the world to be very cookie cutter Disney type other world, but the fact that everything had was tainted by the Darkness and the evil made the world that much more interesting. Also, I can't tell you all much about it, but my absolute favorite scene of the book was the last one. It was such an amazing cliff hanger and made me want more!

What i didn't like about the book was mainly the pacing. The middle of the novel was very repetitive and drug on for a little while. I found myself pushing to get through that part before the climax of the book because it was so repetitive. But towards the end, the book got into a good pace which should have been there through out the whole story.

Overall, I'm giving Wilde's Fire a 4/5 stars. The story was great and well written, and I'm really glad i was given a chance to read it! The book is published on May 13, so next week, and I suggest that you pick up a copy or pick up a copy of the ebook!

That's all for me now, and I will have a review of Divergent up sometime this week, and there will be no In My Mailbox today, because i haven't received any books! :(

 I hope your weekend has been wonderful, and I'll see you on Tuesday for another top ten!


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Book Review! The Selection by Kiera Cass

Book: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 327 Pages
Format: Trade paperback
Goodreads Link

Hello everybody! Happy May! I hope you guys had a great April and I hope that May is going to be good for everyone! Over the weekend (I showed it in my In My Mailbox video) my friend Danica and I went to Chapters and bought books. We both got the Selection by Kiera Cass and we read it together and both finished it today. So here the review!


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

What I really found interesting about this book was that people were saying that its a 'Hunger Games meets The Bachelor', but i rarely saw any similarities. yes, the selection, where it was a number of teenagers put in a reality show, and how one girl wins the heart of the boy, but the plot was so much better than that.

What I loved most about the novel, was that the author really was able to make me feel for the character. I found myself caring for America like she was a friend, and that made the reading experience a lot more enjoyable for me. She was a strong individual who was trying her hardest to make the best of a bad situation. She wasn't like a lot of the other girls, who kept trying to be someone else in order to impress Prince Maxon. SHe realized that this wasnt a competition, but this was a way for the prince to find a bride, and he wanted to marry a genuine person.

What i thought was a little confusing was the castes. I was a little thrown off by them at first but after a little while and little bit of flipping back and forth, I was all good.

Overall, I give this book a 4/5 stars. It was a fast, well written novel with strong characters, but the only thing i wanted more of, was more of a relationship between Aspen and America at the start because it would have made the break up even more heartbreaking.

A beautiful book! Congrats Kiera!
@Indigo Wayworth

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Top Ten Book's I'd Like To See Made Into a Movie

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This weeks topic is the ten books i'd like to see made into a movie. So, lets get started! 

1) Looking for Alaska
It might be the fact that I have this aspiration in like to BE Alaska, or because I love Alaska's story. I think we need to see this one day made into a movie. It is a coming of age story that deals with teen sexuality, friends, and death. I think it could be a great movie.

2) The Fault in Our Stars
This movie would make me sob so much, but it needs to be made. Its a cancer movie that isnt about cancer and there really is nothing like it.

3) The Selection
I know that this is actually being optioned as a TV show, but tv show aside, a movie would be sooo cool! (Review for the Selection is coming tomorrow!)

4)Catching Fire and Mocking Jay
I need to see who will portray Finnick and Annie like I need water!

5) Bran Hambric
I have been obsessed with this book for the longest time, and I feel like it NEEDS to be a movie. It would be so cool!

6) Bunheads
I love the art of pointe ballet, and this novel was a great love triangle between Hannah, Jacob, and the Manhattan Ballet.

7) 13 Little Blue Envelopes
I think that Maureen Johnson's two books would make a great flick, and the settings would be beautiful!

8) Sisterhood Everlasting
I just really wasn't satisfied with the ending in the movies, and this gives Hollywood another chance!

9) 13 Reasons Why
Such a beautiful book, and I really think that this unique book would make an interesting movie.

10) The Magic in Manhattan Series
Come on, who wouldnt love to see this in movie format?!

Thats all for me today! See you guys tomorrow!