Sunday, 29 September 2013

Book Haul: Summer, September, and Word on the Street

I haven`t had much time recently to sit down and actually blog, but the Gods have given me this weekend to catch up! So i figured I start out with my long overdue book haul! I did a little bit of traveling this summer and bought quite a few books. Also, for my birthday (August 27th; I`m finally 17!) I got a ton of chapters giftcards so those were put to good use. So let`s get started! These are my summer books.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I got Eleanor and Park when I was in Virgina visiting my Godson and his family. And I got Just One Day when I was in Iowa dropping my brother off at University! You can find my review of Eleanor and Park here.

Deception by C.J. Redwine
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

These are the books that I bought with my birthday money. You can find my review of The Beginning of Everything here and my review of Two Boys Kissing here

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

These were gifts to myself for finishing my first week of school; or that's how I justified it myself! I read Fangirl and fell in love. My review should be up soon. And I can't wait for The Infinite Moment of Us because it looks sooooo amazing.

These are my Word on the Street books! I went down with one of my friends from school and ran into a few bloggers. I got to see Michelle from Lipstick and Literature again in the line to meet Elizabeth Wein. I also got to meet, very briefly, Michele from Just a Lil' Lost, and Avery from Avery's Book Nook! So here are the books that I got :)

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Night School by C.J. Daugherty
Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

I got Night School and Liesl and Po at the Harper Collins booth - 3$ each! I bought Asylum for 15$ and Rose Under Fire for 17$. I'd say it was a good day! Plus I got Rose Under Fire signed!

(Side note: I'm covering my name because it is my true first name. Indigo is my middle name. I go by my middle name with most of my family and on the internet, but I also use my first name sometimes. <3)

I have got a lot of reading to do! What are you reading this weekend? let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and reading this, and I'll see you guys soon with a new review!

See ya!

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Book: Two Boys Kissing

Author: David Levithan

Publisher: Knopf Books

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 208 Pages

Goodreads Summary

 New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

I am always weary about books that I've over hyped. I'm scared that I've wrecked them for myself and they wont live up to what I think they will be. This was not the case for Two Boys Kissing. It surpassed by expectations and I was as happy as I could possibly be with this book.

First thing I thought when I read the synopsis was holy crap what even is this? It's narrated by a Greek chours of gay men that have died from AIDs, and is about two boys just...making out? What? But don't let that top you from reading this. The narration is so special. It gives the story life, so to speak. The narrators are giving their commentary on these boys lives, saying how they had been there before, and giving them advice, and getting hurt that they aren't there to do things differently. And the prose is beautiful. It is eloquent, but not overwhelming, and it had this beautiful tone of nostalgia mixed in with a feeling of hope.

The characters in this book were what made it special as well. The diversity represented in the boys was amazing, but also in their situations, their friends, and their families. It was realistic to say the least. When I was reading this, I was struck by the diversity in the different stories and how each character chose to deal with them.

I really don't have much to say about this one besides that it was amazing. There is no real way to describe it. It's an experience to say the least and an amazing one at that. I recommend this book to everyone.

5/5 stars.


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Review: The Book Theif by Marus Zuzak


Book: The Book Thief

Author: Marcus Zuzak

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 552 Pages

Goodreads Summary

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

I read I Am the Messenger last summer and adored it, but I still hadn't picked this one up. Despite hearing nothing but good things, I was always put off by the size and the idea of Death's narration. It just seemed like something I wouldn't like and therefore I just never picked it up, even though I had a beautiful hardcover sitting on my shelf at home. But after seeing the movie trailer, I knew I needed to jump onto that bandwagon and I came out of it in awe, in tears, and in love with this book. 

Liesel Meminger is a sweetheart. She is kind, and smart, and passionate. I found myself on her side through everything. When the book starts we see how painful life is for Liesel. She is hurting and the maternal instinct in me just forces me to love her and be beside her through out all the crap that life puts her through. 

I wasn't expecting to love the narration as much as I did. The idea of Death narrating the story of a 12 year old? Sounds a bit morbid. But I think I liked that the best. Death was always blunt and honest about what was going to happen. he doesn't sugar coat it and that's what makes it have such an impact on the reader. The reader knows what will happen and the fact that I had to watch my favorite characters endure that makes me so sad. It's like since I knew about it, why couldn't I have stopped it? And Death makes sure to tell us, it's because that's not always how things work out.

The relationships in this book are very interesting. These people are forced together and have to make the most of what they have. The relationship between Papa and Liesel was amazing, but the relationship between Liesel and Max was my favourite. It was such an unlikely pairing and yet, their friendship seems almost natural. Just Max, guys. 

This book was so amazing and I regret waiting this long to read it. The story was fantastic, and the writing was enchanting, and the characters were beautiful. I just couldn't imagine this story going any other way. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it.

6/5 stars. So amazing. And so beautiful.


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Since Fall is such a busy time for me, with school, work, and blogging, my TBR ends up being pushed aside. With that in mind, I am determined to get through a few of these!

1. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia 
I received an ARC copy of this and I want to read it and have the review up before it's released in October

2. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon  
I got a manuscript copy of this when I went to the RazorBill Canada lunch in July and It's been since on my shelf ever since!

3. Deception by C.J. Redwine
 I am currently reading this one and am super excited to know more about Rachel and Logan and their world

4. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
I bought this one when I was in the states and I'm really excited. I haven't read anything by Gayle Forman, so i'm hoping it's a good introduction

5.How to Love by Katie Cotugno  This is one of my preorders, and I am really in a contemporary mood at this point, so I'm hoping this will fufill my needs

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
 I can't say enough nice things about Rainbow Rowell. She is an amazing writer and if this one is anything like Eleanor and Park, then I am in for a crazy ride

7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I can't wait to see how Tris and Four's story ends. I have high hopes for this one and I pray I won't be let down like some other finales have done. *cough*Mockingjay*cough*

8. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
This is another final book in the series and I am thrilled with how this series has gone. If The Bitter Kingdom is anything like A Crown of Embers, I'm in for a treat :)

9. The Cuckoo's Calling by Rabert Galbraith
My Queen, J.K. Rowling, has struck again, and I cannot wait to read this.

10. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
I have heard nothing but good things about this, and I am interested as to what this has to offer.

 Fall is  a HUGE time for YA books, and I cannot wait to get some of these beauties onto myself and into my brain! WHat's on your fall TBR list? Leave your TTT and TBR lists in the comments! See you soon!


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Review: Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed (Cahill Chronicles #2)

Author: Jessica Spotswood

Publisher: Dutton Books

Pages: 371 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Thanks to Razorbill Canada for a copy of this!

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.
Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.
In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England

After reading Born Wicked, I dove right into Star Cursed. And I was not disappointed. I had created such a strong emotional attachment to Cate and all the characters, that I was scared that this book would succumb to the 'second book syndrome'. I didn't want these characters to be ruined in any way, shape, or form. But i should have had more faith in Jessica from the beginning because this book was fabulous.

Cate remains to be one of my favorite female characters in a novel that I have read recently. I love her spunk, her compassion, and her dedication for everything that she does. She is not submissive like a lot of the girls in that time period were and I think that makes me love her even more. In this book she is forced to live with some decisions that she is not happy about, but does so willingly because she is so selfless. She wants the best for the ones that she loves and is willing to suffer for it. I really do love Cate and everything she stands for, and I loved her in this book.

One of the problems I have with series, mainly trilogies, is that so much happens, and yet nothing is accomplished.When I sign up to read a trilogy, I want each book to be a stepping stone on the way to a final resolution. And I want each step to mean something. I hate when I finish a book and so much happened, but nothing was accomplished. But this book set up the finale beautifully. It followed the story and the rules that were laid out in the first book, and set up everything for book three.

Also, Finn. *swoon* He is my book boyfriend. And I also want to hurt someone. Read the book. You'll get it. 

So I really did enjoy this book. I saw the cover for the third book, Sisters Fate, and I am so excited to read the final book. I give this one a 5/5 star rating. Love it!


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Ignite Me

"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

The Shatter Me Series is one of my favourites of all time. The writing, the characters, the plot, the FEEEELS! I mean, who wouldn't love it! I have been anxiously waiting for news on book 3, and a few weeks ago when the title, cover, and synopsis were released, it took me a little while to recover. And I cannot wait until Febuary4th!

Goodreads Summary

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love"

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.

Mark your calenders, because the final installment in the Shatter Me series will be hitting shelves February 4th! Are you guys excited? Let me know in the comments below, and link me to your WoW posts!

Happy Reading!

Friday, 6 September 2013

Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

Book: Eleanor and Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Pages: 320 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Goodreads Summary 
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

I had heard so much about Eleanor and Park and I was trying to approach it with caution, as a lot of the hyped up books usually fall flat for me. So while I was in Virginia visiting my newly born godson, my cousin (his mother) took me out to Barnes and Noble for some girl time and we both got copies to read together. And we both loved it.

This book was honest and that was what makes it stand out in my mind. Nothing is left out because it's not a pretty thought. The hardships that Eleanor has to go through aren't fun to read about but it made me create this emotional attachment to her as a character. Seeing the way that she is treated and her home life makes me want the best for her, and when Park comes along, I want them together.

Be warned, i'm going to be giving somewhat vague spoilers for the ending. Not any details, but just stuff referring to how the book ends. You've been warned!

Another big part about this book was that it was about the characters, not the relationship. And I know how weird that sounds so let me explain. If this book was centered around the relationship, everything would have worked out in a different way and they would be together forever and la de da. But thats not the way it worked out. The characters did what was right for them as people. Eleanor knew what she had to do to keep herself safe and Park knew what he needed to do to help. And that made me love the characters even more.

Overall, this is such a lovely book with lovely characters and I was up for most of the night finishing this whilst sobbing. I will hold this book close to my heart for a very long time. 5/5 stars.