Sunday, 25 August 2013

A to Z Bookish Survey!

I've been seeing this around a lot lately and I decided that I would jump on the bandwagon! This was created by Jamie over at the Perpetual Page Turner.

Author you’ve read the most books from
J.K. Rowling and John Green

Best Sequel
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi! It was just as good, if not better than book one. And also Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood because love love loved it.

Currently Reading?
Taken by Erin Bowman

Drink of Choice While Reading?
Tea! During any season. I'm a big fan of good old orange pekoe, but I also like Rasberry green tea, and southern sweet tea :)

E-Reader or Physical Book?
Physical book, no debate here. I love my nook, and I use it when traveling or sometimes when at school, but I just feel more into the story when I have the actual book

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School
As a high school senior (What what! One year left!) I would have dated Finn from Born Wicked, because he's so sweet and wonderful, or Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door because I like em nerdy ;)

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I picked it up on a whim at chapters and I am so glad I did as I am now obsessed with the series and dating Warner in my mind. A close second is Wild Awake by Hilary T Smith because it is just such a beautiful book.

Hidden Gem Book
Going Bovine by Libba Bray. I feel like this one is so underrated. Also, Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown. 

Important Moment in Your Reading Life
I have a brother who is two years older than I am, and I used to think everything that he did was awesome. Whatever he liked, I wanted to like too. So when my dad brought home the first Harry Potter book for my seven year old brother, I was five. Dad read to us the first book, one chapter a night. I grew up reading Harry Potter. It taught me how to read and sitting on the end of my brothers bed while dad read to us was the most important.

Just Finished
Rush by Eve Silver.

Kind of Books You Won’t Read
Erotica, or anything with pushy and pretentious religious and moral views

Longest Book You’ve Read

Major Book Hangover Because of…
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Number of Book Cases You Own
Just one.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times
This summer I did a few re-reads, one being Shatter Me. This was my, like, 10th time reading it and it never seems to lose it's magic.

Preferred Place to Read
On a couch, or in an Anti Gravity chair that we have at my cottage.

Quote That Inspires You/Gives you All the Feels from a Book You’ve Read

“These are hard times. The world hurts. We live in fear and forget to walk with hope. But hope has not forgotten you. So ask it to dinner. It's probably hungry and would appreciate the invitation.”
-Libba Bray, Going Bovine

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
-Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

and basically everything from The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. Here is a link to a photo gallery of some quotes, and the Goodreads quotes.

Reading Regret
Reading what everyone else was, instead of what interests me.

Series You Started and Need to Finish (all books are out)
The His Dark Materials trilogy, because I liked the first one and own the other two.

Three of Your All-Time Favourite Books
(Not including Harry Potter)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, and Going Bovine by Libba Bray.

Unapologetic Fangirl For...
Tahereh Mafi. I get her tweets on my phone, and I just obsess over her. When I found out she was engaged to Ransom Riggs, I almost died.

Very Excited for This Release More Than All Others
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stefanie Perkins.

Worst Bookish Habit
Reading books and letting the reviews pile up. Whoops.

Your Last Book Purchase
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Zzz Snatcher Book (last book that kept you up late)
Eleanor and Park. I was up crying because such a beautiful book!

Link me to your survey answers! I'd love to see what you have to say!


Friday, 23 August 2013

Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything

Author: Robyn Schneider

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Pages: 330 Pages

Format: E-ARC

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publishing Date: August 27th, 2013 

Goodreads Summary
Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.
No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.
But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Top Ten (6) Things That Make Your Life As A Blogger Easier

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This one was a little more difficult for me because I don't use that many resources  but alas, here are some.

1. A calendar. My calendar on my iPad is a life saver because I've found that the Blogger scheduling doesn't work. So it tells me when to post and when new books are coming out, or when to send an email off to someone.

2. The Goodreads App. I don't own a computer, but only my iPhone and iPad. This makes using a lot of sites hard. But the Goodreads app is amazing. I use it a lot and I find that interface better than the one on the actual site. Plus, I can scan books into it instead of searching for them.

3. Blogsy. I spent about 5$ on this app and I love it. It's for the iPad and I use it to write out posts, but I can't edit the format on there, so that's a bummer. But either way, it's better than the Blogger App. 

4. My library. I use the library all the time because I am jobless and book buying isn't such a great thing to do when I should be saving for university.

5. My wireless keyboard. Like I said before, my lack of computer makes it hard to live on the internet so my keyboard is a life saver when it comes to writing reviews.

6. My iPad. It's so easy to carry around, and it has everything! My twitter, blog, goodreads, email, and my nook app for when I get bored! Plus Candy Crush :)

And that's all I could really think of! Make sure to leave you TTT posts in the comments so I can learn what im missing out on!


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Deception

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. It's hosted by Breaking the Spine

Pre-Order this Book: AmazonBarnes and NobleChapters

Deception is book two in the Defiance Series by C.J. Redwine, and it will be published on August 27th (my birthday!). You can find my review of the first book here!

Goodreads Summary

Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

Are you guys excited to see more of Logan and Rachel? Let me know in the comments! And link to your WoW posts! Happy Reading!



Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Review: Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Book: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

Author: Lucy Christopher

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd

Pages: 301 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Summary 

It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.
This is my story.
A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.

Written as a letter from Gemma to her captor, Ty, this book had me on edge the entire time. I was sucked in from the first page, where she is talking about seeing him for the first time. I had to know if she was okay, and how she was writing this letter. I was filled with questions about it; was she safe? Was this letter in her mind the entire time? I couldn’t come up with an answer and I found myself flipping the pages as fast as I could to find out what happened to her.

The writing in this book was like nothing I had ever read before. It was so honest and I think that that was what was so hard hitting about this. It wasn’t over the top, and it so realistic that it made is scary. The author made it seem like this was not really a special case and thinking about how this sort of thing happens over and over again still makes me shiver. The author has found a way to use our basic human fears against us and create this aspect of suspense.

But when it comes to if I actually liked this book or not....i’m torn. I appreciate it, don’t get me wrong. I saw Ariel Bisset talk about liking books vs appreciating them and im totally on the fence about this one. I know that it was well written, and the characters were well formed and it was an interesting story, but I didn’t fall in love with the characters, and there were boring parts and It was just kind of an okay read for me.

I give this one 3/5 stars. I don’t know if I really liked it, but I definitely recommend this to anyone.


Friday, 2 August 2013

Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Book: Born Wicked (Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)

Author: Jessica Spotswood

Publisher: Putnam

Pages: 352 Pages

Format: Paperback

Rating:  5/5

Goodreads Summary
A gorgeous, witchy, romantic fantasy by a debut author! Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and the Beautiful Creatures series!
Everybody thinks Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship--or an early grave. Then Cate finds her mother's diary, and uncovers a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra. But if what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe--not even from each other.

Something that people talk a lot about in the YA world is strong female characters, and I agree that this genre is chalk filled with them, but I didn't really know the meaning till I met Cate. Cate Cahill has found her way into my heart and has taken up permanent residence there. She is strong, and selfless, but she never takes crap from anyone. What I really like about Cate is that she knows that things aren't going to get better unless she forces them too.

The other characters in the novel are fantastic as well. Maura and Tess make me thing of my younger sister and how annoying she can be, but how I would do anything for her. And can we just talk about my new boyfriend, Finn? Yeah, he's kind of perfect and I just want to hold him and make sure he's always safe.

The story revolves around Cate and her sisters and the new found prophecy. The story was interesting and I was sucked in from page one. I think the greatest part about this story was that nothing came easily. Nothing was handed to these girls on a silver platter, and because of that, we got to see what Cate really wanted and what she was willing to do for the things (and boy) that she wanted.

And can we just talk about the realistic relationships in this book? The way that Cate, Maura, and Tess interact with each other is super accurate. The banter, and the bickering between the girls is the same way that I speak with my sister. Another relationship is the one between Elena and Cate. I can totally understand where Cate's initial resent and slight hatred came into play.

Overall, It was the combination of the connection I had with the characters and the storyline that pulled me in. I was impressed with the female leads and how important it was for the author to make these girls both lovers and fighters.

5/5 stars. Please don't hurt my babies, Jessica.