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.