Friday, September 20, 2013

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Page Count: 435 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
Do I Recommend?: Abso-fucking-lutely

Summary: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

(Review under the cut)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: House of Hades

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekely meme (God, I love meme's) hosted by Breaking The Spine, where we spotlight upcoming and highly anticipated (at least for me) releases.

This week, my choice for "Waiting on" Wednesday is:

Title: House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Summary from Goodreads: At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

If you've ever read any of Rick Riordan's novels, you know that he's an expert on giving us readers pain (Damn you Riordan!!). After I finished Mark of Athena, I cried for the longest time, and then seeing, on the last page "House of Hades, Fall 2013," made me cry even harder. The ending nearly killed me and I was dying for more!!

Finally, almost a year has passed and the newest installment of Heroes of Olympus is out soon! (Three more weeks in fact!).

And I'm mostly for certain that this book is going to hurt the most.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List



The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week's theme is top ten books on my Fall TBR list. (TBR = To Be Read).

For the Fall, I didn't decide on a specific genre (contemporary, dystopian, etc.), but instead on all the books I've been wanting to read as of lately.

Fall Releases:

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3): The final conclusion to the Divergent Triology and I can't begin to tell you how excited I am! Divergent is by far one of my favorite book series and is very dear to me. The fact that it's ending leaves me with a bittersweet feeling!

2. House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #4): The ending to Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) was so heart wrenching it left me wanting more, and I hated Rick Riordan for making me wait a whole year for the next one! Finally, this October, House of Hades is released and, if it's anything like Mark of Athena (or even more intense), I don't know how I'm going to survive.

3. Champion by Marie Lu (Legent #3): I remember when I first picked up Legend at my local Walmart, thinking it was might be an okay read. But as soon as I got into the book, I fell in love with it! Now, with Champion, I honestly can't wait to see how the story unfolds! Love, love, love this series!

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell and her writing when I read Eleanor & Park last month, and as soon as I heard about Fangirl, I knew I just had to read it! I love her quirky style and her wit and I can't wait to read more of her work! (Currently reading this book as on September 17)

5.  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: I'm going to be completely honest with you, the main reason I was drawn to this book was because of the cover! It's absolutely gorgeous and I'm so tempted to read books that have amazing covers! While I already started this book and gave up about 100+ pages in, I hope that when I get back into it, it starts to pick up more.


Already Released:

6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Mara Dyer #1): This book series is one of those was raved by everyone I follow on Tumblr and I have to see what the hype was about! I have a gut feeling that I'm going to love it and I can't wait to start the loving! (That doesn't sound weird at all does it?)
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7. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle: Another book I was drawn to because of it's gorgeous cover! Not to mention it's a YA Contemporary books about opposites attract? Yes, please! I'm in the mood for some good Contemporary this month and I hope this doesn't disappoint!

8. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #3):  Another contemporary to add to the list! I had read Anna and the French Kiss earlier this year and I absolutely loved it! (St. Clair! *sighs*). As soon as I heard that there was a sequel to Anna & TFK, I knew I had to continue reading! Perkins didn't disappoint with Anna, so I'm sure she definitely won't with Lola!

9. Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir (Ruby Red Trilogy #1): Uhm, a book that had time traveling as a a genetic trait, instead of it being a physical thing like a vortex (or a Tardis, you choose)? That's kind of awesome! I've heard nothing but great things from this series and I can't wait to start!

10. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds #1): Last, but certainly not least! This is another book that is everyone's favorite, especially in the booktubing community and, from the description on goodreads, I'm actually really excited to read this? It gives me a Graceling meets Shadow and Bone vibes (and those are my two favorite books) so this might end very well!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Bookish Identity Tag!


God, these things look like so much fun! I've seen book tags being done all over YouTube, and since I don't have a YouTube channel, I decided why not do the tag on my book blog?

This tag was created by Benjaminoftomes on YouTube (here's the link to his original video) and the tag is questions he came up with about the different worlds in YA fiction books.

Let's get started!

Q: What dystopian/fantasy world would you like to live in?
A: This is such an easy question, I don't even have to think about it. Hogwarts, hands down. Who wouldn't want to live at Hogwarts to learn magic? To go to Hogsmeade and drink butter beer? Oh and not to mention be friends with The Golden Trio? Yeah, sign me up any day.

Q: Who would your partner be?
A: This question is very broad, so I'll answer this the two ways I can think of. A "boyfriend" kind of partner (if I can choose from any book), will be either Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series or Four from Divergent (Sorry Peeta. You still have a very special place in my heart). I choose them both because not only are they gorgeous (like oh. my. god. gorgeous), but they are also very compassionate and beautiful characters. Now partner as in "partner-in-crime," I think I'd choose maybe Alina Starkov from Shadow and Bone? Or Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy because she is bad ass and hilarious and just 100 percent awesome.

Q: Who would your godly mother/father be? (Percy Jackson Series)
A: Now, I don't know many of the Greek Gods, but I know I would love to have Zeus or Poseidon as my godly parent. I mean, how cool would it be to be able to control wind or water? Or be able to talk to animals?

Q: Would you rather be a Downworlder or a Nephilim? (The Mortal Instruments Series)
A: I don't read The Mortal Instrument series (I gave up on the third one because Clary pissed me off - and I'm not even sorry about it), but a Nephilim is a child of a human and a god (kind of like a demigod) and is also a giant? I'm not entirely sure what it is to be honest, so I'm gonna go with Downworlder. Maybe I'll be a kickass Shadowhunter.

Q: What House would you be in? (Harry Potter Series)
A: Hufflepuff, hands down. (Screw all of you who think Hufflepuff is a shit House. It's a great House!)

Q: What faction would you be in? (Divergent Series)
A: Honestly, I think I'd want to be in either Dauntless or Amity.

Q: What would be your daemon? (Northern Lights Series)
A: Lets just skip this question because I've never heard of this book series before and I can't find it for the life of me on Goodreads, or Google.

With tags, you're supposed to tag other people to do this tag, too, so I tag all of you! If you do decide to do this fun tag, please leave a comment below with a link to your tag and I'll check it out!

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
Release Date: May 12st, 2012
Page Count: 295 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Hell yeah.

Summary: "Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight." (X)

(Review under the cut)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

August Wrap Up!

My first Wrap Up! How exciting!

For those of you who don't know, a Wrap Up is a list of books (or movies, shows, etc) that you have read in a month, and you make a list of what you've read! And it's done at the end of the month (hence the term "wrap up"). This is my August Wrap Up and I'm glad to say that I made excellent progress! I read eight books in August! EIGHT! That's a new record for me, since I'm such a slow reader.

Here's the list of my August Wrap Up:

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1. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (#5): The Vampire Academy has become one of my all time favorite series. I loved Spirit Bound, but it wasn't my favorite of the series. I think I struggled with this book because of Rose/Adrian, which I didn't like in the least (Please don't even get me started on Rose/Adrian).

2. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (#6): My absolutely favorite of the series! It was very fast pace and so interesting and so good! From start to finish had so many things happening (no dull moments thank you god), and I couldn't put it down.

3. The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise: I hate to say that this book was a huge disappointment. The writing was amateur, the events were illogical and the dialogue didn't go at all. Sise had such a good idea for a novel and she failed, big time. It was so bad, I couldn't even finish.

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4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy #1): A new fantasy world with magic that's executed beautifully is my kind of book. Bardugo's world of Ravka and the Grisha's made me fall in love with fantasy all over again (A whole new world equals a map of the new world, which is included in the book! I'm sorry but I'm a sucker for maps inside of books [I'm not sorry]). With beautiful characters and a great plot, Bardugo had me hooked!

5.Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy #2): As soon as I finished Shadow and Bone, I just had to buy the next book! A+!! Even better than the first one and OMG, I am dying for Ruin and Rising! Why is 2014 so far away!!

6. The Elite by Kiera Cass (The Selection #2): I enjoyed this book much more than the first one. I'm a sucker for romance, and as much as I hate love triangles, I am in love with Prince Maxon so much that I'm enduring a love triangle just for him. I just recently made a review for it, which you can find here.

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7. Reboot by Amy Tintera (Reboot #1): As with The Boyfriend App, I was disappointed with this one, too. It didn't live up to the hype and had me bored for most of it. I wrote a detailed book review here.

8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: This book has become my new favorite contemporary!! This beautiful and amazingly tragic love story had me laughing and sobbing and my heart was being squeezed so hard I couldn't handle it. Easily one of my new favorite books! I wrote a book review on it, which you can see here!

August was such a successful month and I am super happy with my progress! Even though school has started for me in September, I hope to read as much as I did in August! (Will be posting a September TBR real soon!)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

In Kiera Cass's first novel, The Selection, we follow America Singer's story as she leaves her indignant life as a poor singer and ventures off to the Royal's mansion as she enters a worldwide contest against thirty-five other young women to become Prince Maxon's bride and the next heiress to the Illean throne.

(Warning: This contains spoilers. If you haven't read the first book in the trilogy, please do not read below this unless you want to be spoiled!)

In The Elite, we continue with America's story as she braves deeper into the competition that has been narrowed slimly from thirty-five women to six, whom are known as the "Elites." The competition is more brutal than ever as the girls try to prove that not only do they have what takes to be a good bride, but also a great Princess. And America, her heart torn over two guys that she both loves, has to decide which fate she is truly destined for.
(Cont. review under the cut)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Now, we're all familiar with the typical Zombie. They die. They rise back from the dead, their corpse rotten and, well, dead. They have no sense of humanity and all they crave is the taste of human flesh. But in Reboot, we get a whole new taste of Zombies. Instead of them rising back from the dead very sullen and gross, they become stronger. Faster.

They have an immaculate sense of healing, and can take down a group of 5 burly guys without taking a breath.

Amy Tintera had a great idea for a story, and she drove it into the ground. An idea this great should have an amazing story! But, unfortunately, it was a snooze fest from start to end, with only some interesting parts. This book did not live up to it's hype.

In the world of Reboot, when you die, there isn't a certain amount of time that you are dead until you are awake again, or in this case, rebooted. The number of minutes for which you're dead is the number you are identified with. And the higher your number, the more deadly you are. The higher your number (the longer you're dead), the less emotions you have, and the farther you are from your humanity.

(Cont. review under the cut)