Monthly Archives: April 2014

Top Ten Books to Read if you like if you like X TV show

I believe the intent for this was that I list 10 books to read if you like either Doctor who or Scandal or Sherlock etc. but I don’t want to do that so I’m going to list 2 books for 5 different TV shows.

Did y’all know that there’s a Doctor Who book series??
or maybe if you fancy a more girly time-travel tale
If you’re in the mood for a female heroine kicking butt and taking names, you should try:
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Maybe you should read the actual book first
or if you’re in the mood for more 80’s style romance
Gee, guys this ones pretty obvious no??
Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
Picture young Sherlock Holmes in the 21st century, you got it? Good you’re there.
Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer
Provides AWESOME Kick-ass female heroines in their own fairytale retellings, this should help you survive the spring finale
Or High Fantasy hidden in the real world

Blood Magic by TG Ayer

Title: Blood Magic
Series: Soul Tracker #1
Author: T.G. Ayer
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication: April 28th, 2014 by Infinite Ink Books

My name is Mel Morgan and I’m a Tracker. I find people for a living. The people I help have no idea I know exactly how they feel because I’ve lost someone too. If only I could have found the one person I’ve been looking for all these years.

My current case is no ordinary abduction. Before long I’m neck deep in blood magic – the worst kind. I need the help of a necromancer if I’m to free the kid. Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

When sexy djinn Saleem asks for help things get a little hot to handle. But how can I say no? Dodging demons and sorcerers are just part of my day job.

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Excerpt
Missing people can be found. Not all missing people are found.
I was good, maybe even the best I knew of. I find people for a living. My business is dependent on people losing people. The idea didn’t sit so well with me but it was what it was. Not that I needed to find people for a living. I could very well choose to find things. Finding cutting edge nuclear warheads stolen from the government, locating lists of undercover cops within drug cartels – I can do that. Do the job, find the target, no questions asked. But things held no interest for me. People did.
I find people. And I didn’t play to lose.
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About the Author

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain crosseyed.

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Weekly Wrap Up – 27th April

Books I read this Week

So I only read one book this week which was Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Books I Bought this Week

So Kirsty and I were at TeenBookCon yesterday! It was awesome! It also involved em buying three books and winning a further three books! Look at my beautiful copies of Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain and Don’t Even Think About it by Sarah Mlynowski  (and the pictures of me with said authors!)

And all the Swag I got!

And the Three Books which I won
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Mararent Stohl (ARC coming out in October)
High and Dry by Sarah Skilton  (ARC which came out this month)

And I finally got to meet Julie and her co-blogger Rose from Chapter Break!

Super Six Books Which Made Me Laugh

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare “I have a high pain threshold. In fact, it’s more of a large and tastfully decorated foyer than a threshold. But I do get easily bored”

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich “You think I’m gonna feel better eatin’ a carrot? Get a grip. There’s two idiots out there trying to kill me, and you think I’m gonna waste my last breath on a vegetable? (Lula)”

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins “Bruce Wayne’s parents get killed and he goes to Tibet or whatever, and Superman is an alien, and Spiderman had that radioactive spider. Me? I kissed a janitor in the school bathroom.”

Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan “On the bright side,” Percy said, “both Jason and I outrank you, Octavian. So we can both tell you to shut up.”

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead “I had a standing arrangement with God: I’d agree to believe in him—barely—so long as he let me sleep in on Sundays.” 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell “You don’t have any friends, your sister dumped you, you’re a freak eater..and you’ve got some weird thing about Simon Snow.”
“I object to every single thing you just said.”
Reagan chewed. And frowned. She was wearing dark red lipstick.
“I have lots of friends,” Cath said.
“I never see them.”
“I just got here. Most of my friends went to other schools. Or they’re online.”
“Internet friends don’t count.”
“Why not?”
Reagan shrugged disdainfully.
“And I don’t have a weird thing with Simon Snow,” Cath said. “I’m just really active in the fandom.”
“What the fuck is ‘the fandom’?”

Posts of the Week
So I kicked off the week with my confession about why I HATE REVIEWS! and my solution to that problem in the birth of The Mini Review! So if I was introducing Mini-Reviews, that many I had to write some right? So Wednesday, Friday and Saturday brought you my Mini-reviews of The Archived by Victoria Schwab (who I fangirled with about Doctor Who at Teen Book Con) Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins and The Girl Who was Supposed to Die by April Henry. When asked why she writes, April Henry responded with I couldn’t get paid to read!”. Not forgetting of course my two weekly memes Top Ten Tuesday in which I mused over movies which changed my opinion about particular characters and on Thursday, I did a Life of A Blogger Rewind in which I told you about my 5 favourite TV Shows in GIFS, from the shows!

Mini Review: The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die by April Henry

Mini- Reviews are a new feature I am trying as my solution to my Reviewing Problem
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

““Take her out back and finish her off.”
She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run.

In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive.”

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Why was I excited?
Would anyone be surprised to hear that I was reading it for Teen Book Con? Which is today by the way! If you’re reading this between 9:15 and 5:00 then we are actually there right now!!!
What was my favourite part?
There were so many parts of this book which I loved as it was beautifully crafted and phenomenally written and had me second-guessing myself and what I had already read. I really liked both the scene in McDonald’s where Cady meets Ty and writes everything down on a napkin before falling asleep and the scene in the lab where it all comes to a head, it made me so tense and I was frantically reading to see the conclusion of the story!
Who is my favourite character?
Ty was such a great character, even though the situation was difficult he just carried on and helped Cady even though she was a complete stranger and potential murderer. it takes a strong person to have such blind faith in people and it was a really great quality in Ty, it was exactly what Cady needed.
How Long Did it Take to Read?
1 day
Rating:
   Overall – 75% – It was a great read which a really enjoyed but I’m in a place where I need a phenomenal 5 star AMAZING book and it just didn’t satisfy my need for that.
   Cover – 80% – It’s so eerie and perfectly matches the tone of the book
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Mini Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Mini- Reviews are a new feature I am trying as my solution to my Reviewing Problem
Rebel Belle“Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.


Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.”

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Why was I excited?
If you didn’t already know, a group of popular BookTubers (PolandbananasBOOKS, Katytastic, Jessethereader, ArielBissett and Elizziebooks)do a read-along each month which they have dubbed BOOKSPLOSION (Follow on Twitter here). This month’s book is Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins which I was really excited about anyways because of the unique idea for the story AND Rachel Hawkins will also be attending TeenBookCon so I was reading up anyways.
What was my favourite part?
Either the part with David and Harper racing through the suburbs in David’s car which was HILARIOUS or Harper trying to figure out how her powers worked and then throwing the pen at that random girl in her history class, she’s so indiscreet about it and awkward the whole “oh, I had lotion on my hands and was writing so quickly it slipped and whacked her on the head, I’m so sorry” I was DYING! #lotionproblems (see PolandbananasBOOKS review to understand)

Who is my favourite character?
While usually, I seem to prefer secondary characters, i really was a fan of Harper, even though I thought I wouldn’t be. The book opened up and I was expecting Harper to be such a one dimensional character but as the book progressed we got to see so many more sides to her. Around the middle of the book when her perfect facade started to crumble she was left with just her Paladin duties and weirdly, even though that is the abnormal commitment, it was at that point when she felt the most real.

How Did I picture the Characters
Usually I don’t have a very clear picture of main characters but in this book I did, I have addressed before that if a character in a book has the same name as one in a Tv show or movie, I usually latch on to that so

Other things I should mention:

  • Oh my gosh, having just come off of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Bingewatch, can I just mention how much I loved the constant references to Harper looking for her “Giles”.
  • I loved how Harper never swore so she was always substitution curses for other euphemisms. I particularly enjoyed “mothertrucker” I, DIED
  • The fact that she told Bee that Saylor was teaching her kung-fu and she insisted upon coming with her to call her bluff, I really liked Bee she was such a good friend. I really liked how she was willing to give up cotillion for Harper even though she later coerced her into reconsidering.
  • I really LOVED the writing style of this book, it was like Harper was chatting with you, telling you the story and she had a really good, light-hearted tone which was really fun to read, for example at the beginning of the book when she said that none of it would have happened if she hadn’t forgotten her lip gloss. Oh the trauma of having to wear a lipgloss with Salmon in the name
  • Okay, personal story time. My Chemistry teacher is called Mr Hall so in that scene I literally pictured my History teacher wearing some random kilt outfit murdering my Chemistry teacher in the girls bathroom, can you feel my confusion!!!
  • Can we just address the fact that Harper told her mum that she fell into the swimming pool which had the lights on so that it was very visible, oh my god her excuses are so terrible I was laughing all the way through this book!
How Long Did it Take to Read?
3 days
Rating:
   Overall – 85%
   Worldbuilding (where applicable) – 75% I’m still a bit confused on the details.
   Cover –  90% Its sooooooooo pretty and intriguing and goes so well with the story

Funny Quotes

“I picked up the nearest weapon I could lay my hands on: a stapler. I lifted it, going for “menacing.” I admit it lacked a certain elegance, but hey. It was worth a shot. David placed his hand on my arm and pushed it back down.
“What?”
“Just . . . that’s embarrassing for all of us,” he replied.” 


“Bruce Wayne’s parents get killed and he goes to Tibet or whatever, and Superman is an alien, and Spiderman had that radioactive spider. Me? I kissed a janitor in the school bathroom.” 


“If by ‘graciously volunteered,’ you mean ‘was threatened and coerced,’ then yes, I did,” 




Life of A Blogger – Rewind

Hosted at Novel Heartbeat
The topic for this week is favourite music album and I’m pretty sure I covered the whole music thing a few weeks ago and we covered that there isn’t much to talk about so I decided to do a rewind this week and list MY FAVOURITE TV SHOWS!
This is a topic which I have been looking forward to covering on here because I really really LOVE TV. So I am going to document them all in 3 words and 3 GIFS,FROM THE SHOW!!!

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Mini Review :The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Mini- Reviews are a new feature I am trying as my solution to my Reviewing Problem

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Archived (The Archived, #1)Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.


Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.”

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Why was I excited?
There has been some major hype surrounding this book particularly on the BookTube Community. In March, Peruse Project, Jessethereader, Priceiswong and a few others all read this book and had a Liveshow discussing it. Also, Victoria Schwab will be attending Teen Book Con so I’m Reading the Books of some of the authors before I go so that I know what they are talking about in the panels.
What was my favourite part?
I really enjoyed reading the section where Wes and Mackenzie started working together and they had the Crew key because the hunting was way more interesting with two people so that you could see how different their techniques were.
Who is my favourite character?
Roland. I pictured him like Dr Erland from the Lunar Chronicles and I just really liked how he took over the role of Mackenzie’s grandpa after Da died so that she wasn’t completely alone and had someone to confide in.
Various other thoughts:
How freaking creepy was it when she woke Ben like oh my god. it was like Willow when she went evil in Buffy the Vampire Slayer! 
Okay was anybody else picturing the archived like a big shop with like huge wall to ceiling filing cabinets? So like the end of Ikea except with body shelves instead of disassembled furniture.
I really liked the friendship between Lindsay and Mackenzie because it seemed like the only relationship in her life which hadn’t been almost entirely ruined by Ben’s death. Linking onto which there was a really significant development in her parents, they seem to be finally healing after Ben’s death and coming back into the people they used to be opposed to having a facade over an empty shell.
How Long Did it Take to Read? 
5 days
Rating: 
   Overall – 70% It was a good read, not spectacular but not terrible.
   Worldbuilding (where applicable) – 60% The idea was very unique but really creepy and it really confused me, it took a while for me to get on board with it
   Cover – 80% It’s really pretty 

Top Ten Characters The Movie Changed My Opinion About

This list is dedicated to those character who you either loved or hated in the books but the movie changed your opinion about in no particular order.

1. The Book Thief movie made me see Rosa in a whole new light while I wasn’t overly fond of her in the book, in the movie I was able to see all of the little movements and loving looks she gave Liesel and added to the rest of her character, I got a new perspective on her and it is certainly a more favourable one.

2. Praise Jesus for the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Book Lydia Bennet is like the world’s biggest pain in the ass, I mean I could NOT stand her she was just so annoying! But the writers of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and the amazingly talented Mary Kate Wiles, she has become one of my favourite fictional characters. The Journey Lydia goes through in the duration of the webseries is a truly inspiring one. We see her journey starting with a feisty, moderately slutty fun character and we get a modernized twist on the Wickam elopement with instead a supposed sex tape under threat of being posted online without her permission. This allows for the amazing development which she goes through trying to rebuild herself and her transition into a mature young woman.

3. In Divergent, book 1 Caleb was a character I really enjoyed reading about but due to both script and delivery he was a character I loathed in the movie, he was so obvious and just got on my nerves.

4. In Vampire Academy, movie Lissa was such a bitch! Oh my god I hated her! She was so horrible and snobby! What I loved about book Lissa was that even though she’s a Princess, she doesn’t care and is really down to earth and friendly whereas in the movie she’s just horrible and shallow and annoying.

5. On the subject of Vampire Academy, As I have previously ranted KIROVA! WTF! Nobody even knows what she was doing in that movie, I mean at one point I legitimately believed she was selling Mia drugs or something. In the books she’s like McGonagall  but more stern and slightly meaner but in the movie, I don’t even know what her deal was.

6. Similarly to most people in the Harry Potter Fandom (okay most of the world) Movie Dumbledore does IN NO WAY equate to Book Dumbledore. NUFF SAID

7. So, the Twilight years ahhh, call me crazy but I actually really liked book Edward, I was 12 and I just thought he was just so romantic and wonderful…..ughhhh let me just cringe. Anyways I did NOT love movie Edward. It might have just been because he didn’t live up to the godly pedestal which 12 year old Scarlett set him up on…ughhhh I’m gonna have to go cringe…again

8. On the other hand, the movies did make me love Esme more as a character. I feel like she was really brushed over in the books and we barely got to know about her but in the movies we got to see her motherly instincts come through and it really added something to her.

9. When One for The Money was translated to film, I got really frustrated with how they portrayed Lula because she is supposed to be really sassy and full of life and confident and in the movie she just fell flat for me, she’s got so much personality it’s practically jumping out of the book and the movie just..meh

10. Valentine Morgenstern in the City of Bones movie wtf. In the books, he was smooth, a businessman but his monologues were chilling and he often left me fearing for the lives for other characters, we knew he was psychotic but he was still clever. In the movie however, he looked silly, his speeches felt entirely nonthreatening and he looked more like a street fighter than a businessman. NOT. APPRECIATED.

Bookish Confession #4: Book Reviews

Okay guys, I have a big confession to make. I don’t like writing reviews. I never know what to say and I can never get my points across the way I want to than if I had been talking to my friend about how awesome it was. I just really don’t like that format of doing things. So if I don’t like writing reviews why on earth do I have a review blog? Well I don’t. This blog doesn’t exist for me to review books, it exists for me to share my love of books and booky things,which in my opinion is completely different.

As well, as not enjoying writing reviews, I also don’t read them very frequently, unless it is a book I have already read and want to see the opinion of someone else which isn’t typically the function of a review. Reviews usually exist to convince other people to read the book right?

Something I have noticed, looking through my stats is that the few reviews I have written are among my last viewed too. So is this a common thing in the blogging community?

Anyways in an attempt to express my opinions without it becoming a chore, I have come up with a new system of mini-reviews. A series of 7 Questions which I will try to answer for all of the books I read in future (no promises but I’ll try)

Why was I excited to read it?
What was my favourite part?
Who is my favourite character?
Other things I should mention:
How Long Did it Take to Read?
Rating:
   Overall –
   Worldbuilding (where applicable) –
   Cover –

What is your opinion on both reading and writing reviews? Leave me a comment to let me know.

Weekly Wrap-Up – 20th April

Well this weekend I was in New Orleans and spent Saturday bugging my parent sot let me go to as many used book stores as I could find, I visited 5 of them (the 6th being a used cookbook store and the 7th was closed 🙁 ) Three of them contained NO YA books, the third selling mostly classics (they had the most gorgeous copy of Pride and Prejudice but with 2 readable copies at home, my purse couldn’t justify it. I left New Orleans with 3 new (to me) books

The Darcy Connection by Elizabeth Ashton

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (2nd Hand ARC)

Books I Borrowed from the Library

I kinda went a bit overboard

Books for Teen Book Con
So if you haven’t heard on twitter or here,  am very eagerly anticipating Houston Teen Book Con on the 26th of April because who doesn’t love a good book event?? This one is made even better by the fact that myself and Julie S. from Chapter Break are hosting a meet-up for Houston Book Bloggers so that we can all get to know each other! If you didn’t know about this meet up already but you want to be involved please leave a comment below letting me know and we’ll add you to the Facebook group, it doesn’t need to be a YA blog, all genres are welcome!!

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Boy Proof by Cecil Castelucci
Tin Star by Cecil Castelucci (DNF)
Dangerous by Shannon Hale (Currently Reading)
The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die by April Henry (4 Stars)
The Collector by Victoria Scott

Other
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr

Books I Read This Week

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die by April Henry

Super 6 Sunday – 6 Books Which I Couldn’t Stop Thinking About After I Finished Them

1. The Hunger Games – This series stuck around in my head forever! The trilogy arrived in the post on a Saturday morning and I had finished all three books before going to school on Monday.  Because of this I couldn’t stop thinking about it forever, it occupied my mind the whole week because I’d just lost a weekend to it and I was so upset and spent my break times arguing with this guy in my drama class about how “Cinna” was pronounced (he was saying it was “Seena” and I was like wtf NO. It wasn’t fun though guys I had to go to school as if nothing happened, as if I didn’t just get to love these characters before the majority were ripped away from me and killed, with no hope for new content. It was a rough time guys.

2. The Mark of Athena – After THAT ending, how could I not? *Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil it but you may wanna skip to the next one if you haven’t read it yet. * I read that book in January okay, so I spent the rest of the year just left wondering what happens next. It would creep up on me you know like I’m just sitting in class and suddenly the evil voice in my head decides to pipe up with YOUR OTP ARE IN TARTARUS AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED GOOD LUCK CONCENTRATING ON QUADRATIC EQUATIONS NOW SUCKER!

3. The Giver – So I only ever read book 1 and I wasn’t overly fond of it so I didn’t finish the series but nevertheless it still stuck in my head because it was so weird and I was kind of curious as to the rest of the series.

4. Crewel – While I was reading the book, it was just kind of meh, but the world was so weird that I used to end up thinking about it just trying to wrap my head around it to try to figure things out, I don’t know if Book 2 is out yet but I can’t decide whether or not I’m gonna read it.

5. Ruby Red – Book 2 is IN MY POSSESSION! I’ve just been so busy trying to tear through my Teen Book Con reads that I haven’t been able to start it yet but I’ll get on it soon! Ruby Red was just so interesting and weird and it left me trying to finish the story in my head because I really want to know!

6. Harry Potter – This series will always have a special place in my heart and I am constantly reminded of it all the time. It is one which I will always find myself coming back to because although it’s not the book which got me into reading, it was certainly where my passion for books was able to thrive