Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Book: Unearthly (Unearthly #1)Author: Cynthia HandPublisher: HarperTeenPages: 439 PagesFormat: PaperbackI was looking through the Goodreads lists and after a while, I had noticed that this book had been on the majority of them, so I knew it was well loved. And once I saw that it was on sale on Amazon, I knew I had to get it. Also, thanks to Briana at Pages Unbound for encouraging me to pick it up on Twitter.

Goodreads Summary
In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

I had never read an angel series, so I had no idea what to expect. But what I really enjoyed was how the Angels were really incorporated into the world. There wasn't any magical tool that hid them from 'mortals' and it was really realistic. It really helped the book flow and bring up natural conflict.

Another thing that I liked was that there was no insta-love! I swear to everything that is holy that if I read about one more quirky teen falling in love with the popular boy in a cliched way, I'm going to set fire to my hair. The fact that all the romances in this book were born naturally and slowly made everything more believable and more accurate.

The story though was a bit lacking. It was a good set up for book 2 and I think that that will be better than the first one. I really don't have much to say about this other than that I really enjoyed it.

3.5/5 stars. It was lacking a bit and that really set me back, but it was a quick, fun read.



Monday, 20 May 2013

Bout of Books Day 6 and 7 Update


So it's about 3:30 on Sunday, and I realized that this will be my last chance to update on my BoB progress because I am heading up to the no wifi zone that is my cottage. I finished Defiance by CJ Redwine today AND OMG GUYS THIS WAS AMAZING. I really enjoyed this one! And now I'm about 200 pages from finishing Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and will finish that today! Thanks for following my journey!




Friday, 17 May 2013

Bout of Books day 4 and 5 Update


Yesterday was insane. I was crowded with school work, but I still was able to get through a lot of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Today was also hectic, as I was in a play and today was our performance was today, but I found time to finish it! I liked it a lot more than Stardust, but it was just a little slow. I'm starting Defiance by CJ Redwine tonight, and I will hopefully finish it tomorrow. :)

How have you guys been doing? Let me know in the comments!




Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Bout of Books Day 3 Update

Today was a bit better, but still crappy. Im just over a hundred pages into Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and it's just starting to pick up. I'm liking this A LOT more than I liked Stardust, and I'm quite happy about that. Not much to say about today, really, besides that I'm getting back on track!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a chance to win 25$ worth of books!

Books: 1/4




Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Bout of Books Day 2 - Tuesday

This morning, I was brought downtown to have minor dental surgery, but after that I was so crazy I could barely function. I finished The Peach Keeper, which I will do a review of in a few days, and got about 10 pages into Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I'm not doing so great, guys :(





Bout of Books Challenge #1 - Soundtrack Challenge

Welcome to the soundtrack challenge, hosted by Medusa's Library. This challenge is to add music to your favourite books, or simply state which books you think of when a certain song starts playing. Here are my top three songs:

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins and This Kiss by Faith Hill

"It' s the way you love me
It's a feeling like this
It's centrifugal motion
It's perpetual bliss
It's that pivotal moment
It's, ah, impossible
This kiss, this kiss
This kiss, this kiss"
2. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi and Holding Our For a Hero by Ella Mae Bowin
"Somewhere after midnight
In my wildest fantasies
Somewhere just beyond my reach
There's someone reaching back for me
Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat
Isn’t there a superman to sweep me off my feet?"

3. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Maragret Stohl and Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine

And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It's a fine romance but it's left me so undone
It's always darkest before the dawn
Oh whoa, oh whoa...
And I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't
So here's to drinks in the dark at the end of my road
And I'm ready to suffer and I'm ready to hope
It's a shot in the dark aimed right at my throat
'Cause looking for heaven, found the devil in me


I know this was a short post, but these are the first to come to my mind! And I'll be back later to update you!




Monday, 13 May 2013

Bout of Books Day 1 - Monday

Hey guys. Here is my update for today. Since I had both school and rehearsal all day today, It was hard to find time to read. Also, my Godson was born and I got to Skype with him and his mom and dad (who are my god parents :D) His name is Clark Hayes!


Anyway, I read about two hundred pages, and I'm about 75 pages from finishing my first book, so I'll finish that before I sleep tonight.

I hope your day one is going well!




100th Post Giveaway!

Welcome to my 100th post! My blog is just over a year old now, and I'm so excited to have hit this milestone! And for all my lovely followers, I've decided to do a giveaway!


~ The Giveaway is international, as long as the Book Depository ships to you.

~I will send you up to 25$ worth of books. PLEASE, if you prefer hardcover or paperback, let me know (note: you'll get more books in paperback)

~You can only choose books from my review archive, which can be found at the top of the page.

The contest will start on Monday, May 13th and finish on Friday, May 24th. Good Luck and happy reading!




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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Bout of Books Read-a-thon!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.

I'm taking part in my first read-a-thon! The Bout of Books 7.0 runs from May 13th till May 19th. Rules are simple; set a goal, and update on your progress every day.My goal this week is to read 5 books, and these are them;

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Defiance by CJ Redwine

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I would add pictures but Im trying to write this on my ipad and it sounds a lot easier than it actually is. Anyway, I'm not going to set an allotted page count for each day, but just promise to read in all of my spare time. Some books I'll go through in a day, and some in 3!

Are you participating in bout of books? If so, tell me in the comments and we can follow each others progress, here and on twitter. Also, look out for a very special post coming tomorrow ;)




EDIT: This morning, Tuesday, I went in for emergency dental surgery, and lost almost a full day. I'm cutting back on my goals and I won't be reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare this week.



Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Review: Graceling by Kristen Cashore

Book:Graceling (Graceling #1)
Author: Kristen Cashore
Publisher: Harcourt
Pages: 471 Pages
Format: Hardcover

I had been putting off reading this book for God knows how long and when my friend Ann Bernice (Go check out her blog here!) loaned it to me, I had no other option but to read it. 

Goodreads Summary

In a world where people born with an extreme skill—called a Grace—are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.

When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone. 
 I haven't read much fantasy in the past, mainly sticking to contemporary and dystopia, and when neither were doing it for me, I knew I wanted to venture into the realm of high fantasy. After reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns, I had high hopes for Graceling. But the beginning was lacking a bit for me. It started out really slowly and didn't pick up until about a third of the way through, and it seems like that for most fantasy books. I guess because of the world building, and how much time that takes, but can't I get a little forshadowing up in here? :P

But the middle of the book was fantastic. The way that it was written, not sparing the gory details and perfectly describing how the characters were feeling. The character of Katsa was one of my favourite things about this book. The fact that she was able to stay who she was for the entire story made me smile, because screw boys and those girls who change for them.

The end of the book was.....lacking. I was expecting a killer ending for such a killer book, but it fell flat for me. Although it was all in character and I could understand the choices that were made, my heart just wanted things to work out!

Anyway, I'm giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. Half off for the start, half off for the end. But I still really liked it! I dont know if I will read the other two books, but you should tell me! Let me know in the comments below if you think I should!