Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Book Review! Matched by Ally Condie

Book: Matched (Matched #1)
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 366 Pages
Format: Paperback

Hello everyone! I am back today with a book review! I am sorry that I have been away for a bit, but I am now done with exams so I am back to reading and back to blogging! So I picked up Matched a few weeks
ago and finally finished today! (No, i literally finished about five minutes ago, then picked up my computer and started writing this. :D ) So here we goooo!

Goodreads Summary
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

This book was not really what I was expecting. I wasn't sure about reading this because I usually hate love triangle, but since a lot of people love this book I thought i would give it a go, but I honestly wasn't impressed. The story was a good idea. But it might be the fact that I've read so much distopia lately, but I really wasn't all that impressed with the society created. Its like she picked up the best parts from other fictional societies and made one. The tablets were a really good and well done idea.

I really did enjoy the characters. I loved Ky and how he was very mysterious but he was very sincere. His scenes made me smile, and I liked him a lot more than Xander. I also liked Cassia in the way that she wasnt afraid to find her own way. She really tried to look past her society's way of thinking and I really liked that.

But what i didn't like kind of ruined the whole book for me. It was so slow. The pacing was off, and the plot didn't thicken till about 2/3 of the way in, and it really bothered me. I could only read so much of this book at a time because it moved very slowly. I just couldn't deal. It made the book kind of difficult to read, and reading is usually not very difficult for me.

Overall, this book was a good read, but the pacing really spoiled it for me. 3/5 stars. I think this would be a good summer read, and I'm hoping that you all post your reviews or thoughts on Matched in the comments. I hope you are all enjoying your summer, and I'll see you soon!


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Book Review! Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Book: Hourglass (Hourglass #1)
Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont USA
Pages: 400
Format: Nook book

Hey everyone, I hope you are all having a great day. I am in the midst of exams, and while taking a break from studying, I was going through my E reader, looking to see if I had any books that I had read and hadn't reviewed. And I found Hourglass by Myra McEntire, which I don't understand how I forgot about it because I loved this book! So onto the review!

Goodreads Summary

One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

First off, the number one thing I loved in this book was Emerson, The main character. She is witty, and sarcastic, and incredible and now absolutely on my list of bad ass heroines. What I loved most about her was that she was very selfless and acknowledged that her ability was there and not only affected her, but those around her. She wanted nothing more than to be normal, but not just for her, but because it would make the lives of those whom she was close to better.

ALso the plot was incredible. I loved how all the time travel rules came into plan and the way that the author worked around them. ALso, she referenced Doctor Who, and that is the way to my heart. But I loved reading about the complications and all about the things the Hourglass was capable of. It was so intriguing and I loved it. Also, it was paced well, and that for me made the book.

Also Micheal was incredible. The relationship that he had with Emerson was well developed and not insta-love, which was awesome. Their relationship made me squeal and just the end of the book broke my heart.

Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars because I loved it so much. Seriously, if your into time travel and all that kinda stuff, you need to read this book. :)


Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine 
Welcome back to another 'Waiting On' Wednesday! Yesterday, when I should have been studying for my exams, I was on different catalogs for different publishers, looking at the books that are coming out soon. And I found Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson in the HarperTeen one! It is a prequel of sorts to Peter Pan and it explains the relationship he had with Tiger Lily before Wendy Darling arrived. I read the Synopsis and I was hooked! I actually sent in a request for an Advanced Readers Copy because I want to read it so bad! here is then cover, and what it's about:

Goodreads Summary

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.
I mean, come on! How amazing does this book sound! And even if I don't get the ARC copy of this book, I will sure to go out and actually buy this! This is one of my most anticipated books I've seen so far this year! Leave yours in the comments, and leave your WOW and ill be sure to check them out as well!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Book Review! Starring Me by Krista McGee

Book: Starring Me
Author: Krista McGee
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Pages: 320 Pages
Format: Nook book

Hey everyone! A few weeks ago I read Starring Me by Krista McGee, which was an ARC I received from NetGalley and I am here today to give a review on it. Also, it come out on July 10th! Let's get started!

Goodreads Summary

Kara McKormick is told she's auditioning to star in a new teen variety show. But it's what she isn't told that could change her life.
The feisty New Yorker moves to sunny Orlando to participate in a month-long audition, where she'll live with nine other contestants and an eccentric housemother. Kara knows that the show already has a big-time celebrity lined up for the co-host, but she doesn't know who it is.
Chad Beacon quickly rose to fame after winning America's Next Star, but he doesn't want his entire career to be about singing. There is so much more he wants to do-like act. The new variety show sounds like the perfect next step for him, but his parents want him to have a co-star who shares his faith since they'll be spending so much time together.
Acting is high on Kara's priority list. But a relationship with God? Not so much. In fact, she's tried to stay away from anything religious. But God is after Kara's heart and He's put people in her life who are showing her there's far more to Christianity than rules and judgment.

And just when it seems that Kara's going to have to give up her acting dream, God reveals that she may have a starring role after all-in a story so big only He could write it.

I thought this book was a cutie summer read. It didn't really captivate me, or make me feel anything, and the topic of religion wasn't really discussed maturely. The characters were fun and well developed, but they all seemed very cliched. They were teenagers who really had everything laid out for them; they were on TV shows, and got these great auditions, who were like professional actors. They weren't very believable.

Also, the topic of religion was very cliched as well. They made it so that the main character, Kara, didn't believe in God, but all events fell into place, so that by the last chapter she thought God was amazing and wonderful and there for her and she got the role and the boy hurrah!! It was so predictable and it got on my nerves.

The only thing good about this book was the witty dialogue when there was some, which wasn't very often. But i didn't really enjoy this book. It wasn't something that I would read again, and I wouldn't recommend it.

1/5 stars.


Friday, 15 June 2012

Cover Lust

While browsing through Chapter the other day I started to notice all the beautiful covers that are sitting on the shelves now a days. But I see the same thing over and over again: Girls in pretty gowns that have nothing to do with the story and the plot. But I really like symbolic covers and covers that have something to do with the plot. So I was thinking that I would show my top three covers that I love that aren't just pretty girls in dresses:

#3: My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend
My Life in Black and White

I know that this book hasn't been released yet, but I love the cover. The book is about a girl who gets in a car crash and goes through the front window, and the triangles are just so powerful. I am in love with this cover and will definitely pick it up when it hits shelves!

#2: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Looking for Alaska
I love the Candle. If you have ever read this book, which i one hundred percent recommend you do, you see how beautiful this really is. This is my favourite of John's book covers and it fits so well with the story.

#1: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
I know the original cover is a pretty girl in a dress, but the new cover has been released and it makes me super happy. the new cover, Tahereh says, is symbolic in every sense of the manner. And it's so beautiful.

Those are my favourite symbolic covers and I'm really interested in yours! Comment below with them!


Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Book Review! Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Book: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quick Books
Pages: 352 Pages
Format: Hardcover

Hey guys! I'm back again to do a review on Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. I heard about it in a John Green video, and it was on sale at Wal Mart so I thought I should pick it up. I was really intrigued by the pictures and I was very happy with what I got from this book.

Goodreads Summary 

A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

I really liked the imagery in this book. The images of ruined houses and small, wet, European islands were hauntingly beautiful. The way that everything was described was so amazing that I felt like I was really there. I also really liked how we had Jacob as the main character. He was sarcastic, and witty and a very relate-able teenager. Also, the photography added so much to the book. It was truly beautiful

The pacing was also very well done. it was quick paced, but slow enough to give you the reminder that this book, or the majority of it, takes place over the course of a week or two. The beginning and the middle were fantastic and well thought out, but the ending kinda drug on a little. It was fine, just not as well paced as the rest of the book.

Byt what I didn't like was the ending and the news of a book two. The ending just kinda came without warning. I knew it was setting up for book two, but i'm not sure how well book two is going to be. In my mind, this book was really about the peculiar children and finding the world his Grandpa always spoke of. Now that he knows the children and has created relationships with them, the story was over to me. I know the ending set it up to be either a series or a stand alone, but I really feel as though this book would be best as a stand alone, and that the ending was a little more conclusive.

I had a great time reading this book, and the one thing that will stick with me is the imagery. A solid 4/5 stars is what im giving this book.


Waiting on Wednesday: Debutantes by Cora Harrison

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine

Hello again! I hope you are all having a great week so far! Because this Wednesday, I am here to report on a book that I can't wait to get my hands on! 

The book i'm waiting on this week is called Debutantes by Cora Harrison. It is about these four sisters in the 1920's who all have these huge aspirations to be writers, directors, musicians, and debutantes. But their house holds a secret and one of the girls is about to unlock it. Here's the 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.

It sounds amazing! i'm really excited for this to be released on August 2nd of this year and I will defiantly encourage you to look into this book! If any of you have ARC's or have already read it, comment below on your thoughts!


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Beach Reads!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
 This weeks theme is the top ten beach reads that I would recommend.
I really like beach reads, but I've run out of good ones! So hopefully this list will help you find some summer reads  and ill find some new ones too! Comment below with your favorite beach read!

#1: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson 
This is one of those cute impossible novels that I read a few years back while sitting by the lake. It's light, fun, and has a very summer-y feel to it. 

#2: Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita
This series of six or seven books is very cutesy and I think a lot of people would enjoy this as a quick summer read.

#3. Free Fall by Wendy A. Lewis
 I read this book years ago during the summer, but every summer I go back to it. There is something about it that just screams summer to me.   

#4: The Anatomy of Wings by Jennifer E Smith
This book is set in Australia during the summer, and oh my god. I love this book. Just, read it. 
#5: Airhead by Meg Cabot
This is such a fun, out of body experience novel. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to a lot of people.

#6: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares
It has summer romance, hot boys, and magical pants.... what more could you ask for?

#7: Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen
All of Sarah Dessens books make for great beach reads, but there is something about this one in particular that has this nostalgic, dream like feel to it.
And thats all for me on this topic! comment below with you TTT and make sure you follow the blog for more future adventures!


Friday, 8 June 2012

Interview with Anne Greenwood Brown!

Hello everyone! I got the pleasure of interviewing Anne Greenwood Brown! NOTE: I got this interview in a late night on Tuesday twitter spree... You can find it on my twitter.

So Anne is here to talk a little about her debut novel, LIES BENEATH, which is about a family of murderous mermaids living in Lake Superior. So, without further adieu, here is the interview!

Indigo: What was the inspiration for Lies Beneath?

Anne: It started as a dream. I was writing a contemporary novel set on Lake Superior when I dreamt that the male lead, a ferry boat captain, dove off the rail of the boat into the lake and burst out with a silver tail. I sat up in bed with the first line of the novel already in my head. From there, I sat down to write Lies Beneath.

What was the hardest part of writing the book for you?

The ending. It's always the ending. It takes me forever to get it to a point where I'm happy with it.

Do you ever get writers block? How do you deal with it?
Not really. I'm a big outliner, so I can jump around within the outline and write the parts that I feel like writing that day. For example, if I'm in a bad mood, it's a good day to write some scenes with Maris.

How did you come up with the characters names?
I did some research into water-themed names from lots of different cultures and came up with my favorites. Calder is Welsh. It means "a stream running away from a larger body of water," which fits him perfectly. Maris is Latin for "of the sea." Pavati is Native American for "clear water." Tallulah is Native American for "leaping water."

What was your favorite part of the writing process?

Dialogue - particularly the parts where it's just Calder and Lily talking to each other in the beginning. He's trying to get her to open up, and she's telling him he's creepy and please just go away. ; )

Thanks to Anne for this interview and everyone should go read my Review of Lies Beneath and you should all go and buy her book! It's such an amazing story! You can check her and her book out more at her website!!


Book Review! City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Book: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 496 Pages
Format: Paperback

Over the past few months, my friends have been pestering me to read this series, and when it was on sale on Amazon, I thought, why not. And I'm glad I read it. I knew nothing about the premise of the series before reading it or even buying it, but I was gladly surprised.

Goodreads Summary

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

 I loved this whole book. It was well thought out with great characters. The writing was a little iffy for me. The author seemed to switch between writing styles until about half way through the book. Its hard to explain, but for the first half, it was a little inconsistent. Also, I didn't like the pacing that much. It went by very fast, but it took place in such little time it was a little confusing.

Other than that I have nothing really to say about it. It was a fun book to read and I'll probably pick up book two in the near future, but I really don't understand the hype around it. It was a good book, but nothing extraordinary.

3.5/5 stars


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

May Favourites!

Hey everyone and welcome to my April Favorites post! I will be talking about my favorite books, tv shows, movies, and music that i have been reading, watching, and listening to this month! Lets's go!!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Entwined by Heather Dixon

Television and Movies

Avatar The Last Airbender season 1
Pretty Little Liars season 2


Zen Garden by Callie Moore
Starship Soundtrack by Team Starkid 
Sunshine State of Mind by We The Kings

Thanks for coming back again this month and I know this is a week late but I hope you enojy! In the comments, tell me what you were reading, watching, and listening to during the month of May! Or tell me on twitter! I'll see you guys soon!


Waiting on Wednesday: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

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've chosen Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi! It is a novella that is set after Shatter Me, but before the sequel, Unravel Me. This book doesn't have a cover yet, but it should be released very soon! The book is released on October 16th!

Goodreads Summary 

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.

I am so excited to read from Warners point of view and just so excited for this book. I love Tahereh Mafi and I will hopefully seeing her when she comes to Toronto this month! I just cant wait until I get to read this!


Monday, 4 June 2012

Book Review! The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Book: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1)
Author: Philip Pullman
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Pages: 399 Pages
Format: Paperback of the entire trilogy

Welcome back everyone! A few weeks ago, I read the Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, which is the first book in the bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy. A few years ago, it was banned from the catholic school system in my area, so I went out and bought the book (obviously). I hadn't read it until now, though. I was absolutely blown away by this book so let's get started on the review!

Goodreads Summary

Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however,nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the compass of the title. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called "Gobblers"—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person's inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved

What I really loved about this book was the protagonist, Lyra. She was such a real character and her loyalty and honesty blew me away. SHe was written like a real child. She had just the right amount of courage and innocence and I fell for that instantly. I also loved Pan, her daemon. And while we're on the subject, the daemons were incredible too. The bond the humans and them had was well written and very believable.

Another thing that stood out was the symbolism used in the novel and how the author used symbolism to really tell the story and used it as apart of the story. The alethiometer  was so well thought out and planned out and I was in love.

I honestly loved this book. The themes of innocence, religion, and freedom through knowledge ran deep through the story and made for a perfect book. I once heard someone say that when you read this book, it will make you a better person. And it did. I'm not sure in what way, but it did, and I can feel it.

5/5 stars.


Saturday, 2 June 2012

PSA: Camp Life

Hey everyone! I'm sorry I've been a little bit distant this week, but that was because I was at camp! I was at my school boards Arts Camp, which is a whole week of intensive arts programs. I took a writing course and a Polynesian dance course, which I learned Hula and Tahitian.

Anyway, this week, posts will resume as normal, starting on Monday. I'm doing some memes and i think two reviews. So ill see you soon!