Thursday, October 31, 2013

National Novel Writing Month

It's almost here! NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing month, is right around the corner!

For those of you who don't know, every where during the month of November, every writer takes out their notebooks, pens, and thinking caps and brainstorm a novel to write during those thirty days. The goal is, from the beginning of the month to the end, you have to write up to the goal of 50,000 words! 

And this year I will be participating! I'm very excited to start! This is my first time doing NaNoWriMo and, I gotta say, I'm very nervous. I'm not very experienced with writing-I write as much as I can-so this is a new challenge for me. I hope I'm able to complete the challenge of 50,000 words and win! 

My book genre will be a fairy tale retelling. That's all I know, I'm still working out the details (and with only a day left. Procrastinator, much?). I don't divulge which fairytale, though. You'll find out once NaNoWriMo starts!

If you're also participating in NaNoWriMo, please, add me as a friend! You can do so by clicking here.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? If so, what's your story about? Have you participated before? Are you a newb, just like me? Are you excited, nervous, scared? Please, leave a comment down below and let me know!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, where we spotlight upcoming and highly anticipated releases.

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

Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Expected Publication Date: July 8, 2014

Summary from Goodreads: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors every since I read Eleanor & Park and Fangirl! Rowell is such an amazing writer! I have yet to read Attachments but I know I'll love it as much as her other books, and I feel the same way towards Landline!

What book are you most excited to be released? Leave a comment down below and let me know!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Title: The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)
Author: Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Page Count: 583 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Absolutely!
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.

(Review under the cut)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Page Count: 387 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Absolutely!

Summary from Goodreads: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

(Review under the cut)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Title: The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
Author: Kody Keplinger
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Page Count: 280 pages
Rating: 1/5 stars
Do I Recommend?: No way

Summary from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

(Review under the cut)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Character Names I Love or Find Unusual

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc. This week's topic is top ten character names that I love/find unusual.

This list is in no particular order.

Female names:
  1. Katsa (Graceling Realm)
  2. Bitterblue (Graceling Realm)
  3. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)
  4. Alina (The Grisha Trilogy)
  5. Genya (The Grisha Trilogy) (I pronounce it Gen-ya, not Jen-ya, sorry)
  6. Vasilisa (Vampire Academy Series)
  7. Annabeth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series)
  8. Hazel Grace (The Fault in our Stars)
  9. Primrose (The Hunger Games)
  10. Laurel (The Wings Series)
Male names
  1. Jonah (The Last Song)
  2. Maxon (The Selection)
  3. Aspen (The Selection)
  4. Balthazar (The Evernight Series)
  5. Po (Graceling Realm)
  6. Dimitri (The Vampire Academy Series)
  7. Crickett (Dear Life, You Suck)
  8. Kai/Kaito (The Lunar Chronicles)
  9. Peeta (The Hunger Games)
  10. Raffe (Dark Guardian Series)
I broke the rules and chose ten male and female names, lol. I couldn't choose! They're all my favorites.

So, what are your favorites? Leave a comment below and let me know! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Review: Angellfall by Susan Ee

Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Release Date: May 21, 2011
Page Count: 284 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Not really.

Summary from Goodreads: It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

(Review under the cut)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever.

(I know this picture is hideous I know I'm so sorry, try not to look at it lol)

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week's topic is top ten best squeals.

I haven't read every book series out there and there are many that I still have yet to read. This list is from my memory. These aren't the best books ever, nor are they my favorites (though some of them are), they're just sequels in book series that I remember really enjoying. These are in no order.

1. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #2): Out of the trilogy, Pandemonium was my favorite by far. It was fast paced, action packed, and there was never a dull moment. I loved how each chapter would revert from the past to the present, and it all caught up by the end. It was the most interesting our of the trilogy and the best by far.

2. Prodigy by Marie Lu (Legend #2):  I didn't enjoy Prodigy as much as I enjoyed Legend, but I thought the way Marie Lu executed the story was actually brilliant? The ending was nerve wrecking and I'm dying for Champion! November 5th, get here soon, please!!

3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #2): Um, can we say roller coaster?? This book was so extreme it made me so nervous! I was clutching the book like "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god what's gonna happen next?!" As the book progressed, I knew shit was gonna happen and I was in mortal fear for my favorite characters! (God damn you, Veronica Roth, for making me fall in love with a character and then killing him off in a matter of 5 pages!)

4. The Elite by Kiera Cass (The Selection #2): I can't begin to explain how much I enjoyed this book? It wasn't super amazing, but the fact that I finished this book in eight hours non-stop still amazes me (it's the first time I've ever read a book in one go so let me have this, please).

5. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy #2): Honestly, god bless Leigh Bardugo and her awesomeness. The Grisha Trilogy has been nothing short of amazing, and it gets better chapter after chapter after chapter. Siege and Storm literally cranked it up a notch with it's crazy ending and I loved it. I loved the whole book! I'm dying for Ruin and Rising to be released!

6. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (The Vampire Academy Series #3): The Vampire Academy series is one of my newest favorite series! I loved Shadow Kiss and it's my second favorite of the series.

7. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (TheVampire Academy #6): My absolute favorite book of the series! And not because it's the last one, but because it was absolutely amazing. It was never a dull moment and every moment was better than the last.

8. Dark of the Moon by Rachel Hawthorn (The Dark Guardian Series #3): I think this might guiltily be my favorite book ever? Actually, no, not guiltily! I've read this book so many times and it gets better and better every time! I love werewolve love stories and I'm not even sorry :-)

9. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers #3): It's been a long time since I read this book but I remember being enthralled by the last book of this trilogy. I would love to get my own copy of this series and reread it!

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsk by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #7): Do I even need to explain why is this one of the best sequels ever? ... Yeah, didn't think so. 

What are your top ten best sequels that you've read? Please fell free to comment below and let me know! (Lol ... That rhymed). 

Waiting on Wednesday: Champion by Marie Lu

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme 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: Champion (Legend #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Summary from Goodreads: He is a Legend. She is a Prodigy. Who will be Champion? June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. 
June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

Legend is one of my favorite book series! No book is better than the last book in series (although that does not apply to Requiem *cough*) and I cannot wait to see how Marie Lu ties everything in together! Especially with that damn cliffhanger she left us with at the end of Prodigy? I need Champion asap!

What book can't you wait to get your hands on? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The One

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme 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: The One (The Selection #3)
Author: Kiera Cass
Expected Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Summary from Goodreads: The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

It's no secret that I'm in love with The Selection trilogy by Kiera cass (I'm especially in love with Prince Maxon!). When The Elite came out, the series got much better and then we got to learn more about the characters and see new sides to Maxon and it all made me love the series even more.

So I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for the third and final book in the series, The One, to come out! The cover was released only a couple of days ago, and look how beautiful it is! I honestly can't get over it. The only downside to this is that I have to wait until May of next year for the book to come out!

What upcoming books are you most looking forward to read? Please let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Book Turn Off's.

Please excuse my lack of posting! I haven't been reading much lately and school has really been kicking my ass!

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week's topic is top ten book turn off's.

You know when you're reading and there's just some things that you truly can't stand when you're reading? Like abusive relationships, or cheating, or a character acts/looks a certain type of way? Or when you're at a book store and there are some certain aspects of the book that make you not want to buy it? I certainly have a bunch of "book turn off's" and when I went to sit down and write down a list of my top ten, apparently it didn't take me long to complete it (lol)!

My book turn offs

1. Love Triangles: This is probably one of my biggest hell no's of the book turn off's. I hate love triangles with a passion! We all fall for the guy the main character falls for, but when there's two guys fighting for her and she chooses the guy you don't like? And you have to endure a whole book of her being with the guy you don't like and the poor guy you're rooting for is nowhere to be found. Uh, no thank you. (The only exception to this one is The Selection by Kiera Cass because, come on, as soon as you meet Maxon, how do you not want to continue with the series?).

2. Slow Beginnings: If a book doesn't pick up after 30-50 pages, I'll get restless and want to start another book. I need something to happen! Slow introductions bore me and I kinda don't want to be bored (duh).

3. E-Book Only: This one rattles me! Books that are e-book only isn't fair to those who don't own tablets. They're expensive and I'd rather own a hardback copy (I do have a nook, but still).

4. Little to no romance: If a book has no romance, I probably won't read it, or I won't like it at all and I'm not ashamed to say this. Most books don't really do much for me if there's barely any romance (except for Graceling by Kristin Cashore. That book was all sorts of amazing and the romance was so subtle, wasn't specific or anything. That's a rare book to come across. Oh, and The Book Theif!)

5. Ugly covers: Who doesn't judge a book by it's cover? Come on.

6. Annoying main characters: If the main character is a little brat who doesn't stupid and reckless things because someone told her/him not to (for his/her own benefit) and they decide to act out anyways, I will literally stop reading (*cough*TMI*cough* sorry guys).

7. Terrible writing: I sometimes wonder how some people actually get published when their writing is actually horrible? And I don't mean when the writer is trying to be artistic and trendy with their weird puns and metaphors and line breaks, I don't care about that. But when the writing is really awful? Like amateur writing? No thanks.

8. Poetry: I dislike poetry so much, mainly because I can't understand them. And when you incorporate them into the story line, or put it multiple times in the story, I will dislike your book more and more.

9. Takes place in history: History is another thing I don't like. Books set in WWI or anything like that never interested me when I read it for school and they definitely don't interest me now.

10. Classics: I was never good with classics. The writing is too hard for me to understand and I can't past the first two pages without getting confused. I really wish I was able to read classics, above all else.

Those are my ten book turn offs, what are yours? I'm interested to see if there are even more turn offs that I didn't think of! Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with me :-)