Friday, January 31, 2014

Mini Review: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Genre/Age Group: Contemporary, Young Adult
Page Count: 271 pages
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d know about her mom’s new family. She’d know about her dad’s fiancĂ©e. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back.

But Naomi picked heads.

(Review under the cut)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Title: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)
Author: Kasie West
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Page Count: 343 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Hell yes!!!!

Summary from Goodreads:"Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not. 

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without."

(Review under the cut)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten Tues: Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In

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 world I'd never want to live in or top ten characters I'd never trade places with.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Title: Allegiant  (Divergent #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Page Count: 526 pages
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Lol no. Just read Divergent and Insurgent and forget Allegiant ever happened.

Summary from Goodreads:"The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love."

(Review under the cut)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

My Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2014!

Yes, I know this could serve as a "Book Talk Friday" post, but I got so excited after making my list that I didn't want to wait until next Friday to post it. Also, I this post is kind of a month late, but hey, it's better late than never, am I right?

Friday, January 24, 2014

So Many Series! So Little Time!

I've decided to add a new segment to my blog: Book Talk Friday. All my posts that are non-reviews, but still book relatable will be posted on Friday's for Book Talk Friday. I'm not going to promise that I will post a topic every Friday, but a big part of me wants to try! *crosses fingers*

Friday, January 17, 2014

Double Review: Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Title: Sapphire Blue / Emerald Green
Author: Kerstin Gier
Release Date: October 30, 2012 / October 8, 2013
Page Count: 362 pages / 447 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars to both
Do I recommend?: Yes, this series is wonderful!

(Review under the cut)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Title: Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy #1)
Author: Kertin Gier
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Page Count: 324 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Absolutely!

Summary from Goodreads: "Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

(Review under the cut)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

End of Year Survey: 2013 Edition

Yes, another late post, please forgive me. I found this survey on Jaime's blog recently (and when I say recently, I mean like a couple of minutes ago) and I knew I had to do this survey. I love reading books, but I love talking about books more, and what better way to do that than to answer questions about books?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year! & New Year Resolutions.

Happy New Years, bloggers! (Yes, I am four days late on my new years post. Please don't judge me, I finally stopped being lazy to write this post lol ... I'm pretty you were already judging me before you even opened this post, so ... As you were).

God, a new year. It feels like I was just ringing in the new 2013 year with my little baby puppy, dancing around the house. Jesus, where did this year go? (I just used both God and Jesus as expressions in two sentences ... I need to find different forms of expressing myself, because when I read it over, I sound like I'm religious and I'm talking to God and Jesus through my blog .. Lol).

Each new year comes a new list of  resolution, a list of things that they're going to do in the new year to change themselves and/or to improve their lives. I admit, I've done this a year or two, but like everyone else, I failed to meet my resolutions. Which is why I vowed to never make a new years resolution attempt ever again, because it never works.

I finally realized why no one succeeds in fulfilling their new years resolution: It's because they start out too big. Everyone always says "I'm going to go to the gym," or "I'm going to save up money," or even "I'm going to wake up early every day." Big things like that. Doesn't really work out when you start something at full force and then have to keep it up for a year. It doesn't seem like it, but twelve months is a really long time to hold a commitment, which is why it's easier to just ease into things to get a feel of it before going in full time.

So this year, I've decided to make some new years resolutions, but I've made mine broad, so that I won't feel as if I'm putting too much on myself. So, without further ado, my list:
  1. Be more outgoing: Yeah, this is a stretch but I feel that if I stop saying no to things and just try to interact with people more, I might become more confident with myself and actually get myself a resemblance of a life, lol.
  2. Practice my writing: It's no lie that I want to be a writer one day, but I barely write anything, so this year, I hope to be able to write a small short story at least one a month (my version of a "short story" is a story that's about five pages long, but it's still something).
  3. Expand my reading: I mostly read YA books, but I would love to read Adult books, Middle Grade books, and even some New Adult books.
Yeah, I only have three resolutions this year. Amazingly, this was all I could come up with lol. (Do people even type "lol" in their blog posts? Man, I need to spruce up my vocabulary).

Anyways, what are your 2014 resolutions? Are you going big with your resolutions or are you being broad and going small, like me? Please, leave me a comment below and get me know!