Monthly Archives: May 2014

My Favourite Booktube Videos

So I spend a good portion of my life watching BookTube Videos and thought I’d share a few of my favourites.

Name that Character Tag
with PolandbananasBOOKS and Katytastic
Pronunciation Problems
PolandbananasBOOKS
Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt
Katytastic
We Hate the Sea of Monsters Movie
Cassjaytuck
Literal Book Titles
PolandbananasBOOKS
How Authors Write
The BookTuber
Book Tower Challenge
PolandbananasBOOKS
Bits of Beloved Books Which Were Never Published
Cassjaytuck
City of Lost Souls Booktalk
PolandbananasBOOKS
Your Bookish Identity Tag
Little Book Owl, Benjamin of Tomes and Katytastic
 

Ranking the Books in a Series (Come on you all do it!)

We all have those series that we LOOOOVE! and with in those series we have the book that we love, the one that’s okay, the on you didn’t like as much etc so I’ve decided to list 6 of my Favourite series, rank the books within them and provide a spoiler filled explanation, warning you now so that you know to scroll past.

Harry Potter

Order of the Phoenix
Deathly Hallows
Goblet of Fire
Philosopher’s Stone
Prisoner of Askaban
Chamber of Secrets
Half Blood Prince
Order of the Phoenix is the best! I love Dumbledore’s Army because it really gives Harry the chance to develop as a character and we have Luna! You gotta love Luna! Deathly Hallows brigns everyhting to a close, not to mention the kick-ass battle. Goblet of Fire, Philosopher’s Stone and Prisoner of Askaban are the ones that I really like, they’re my middlies. Chamber of Secrets I wasn’t really feeling it probaly because snakes give me the heebie jeebies. Half Blood Prince has always been my least favourite because of the end, I couldn’t handle reading it when i was eight and I sure as hell can’t handle it now.

 Furthermore the whole getting Draco to do it thing bugged me as did the cave with the evil zombie things.

Hunger Games

Catching Fire
Hunger Games
Mockingjay
The thing about Catchign Fire is you get the best of both worlds, you’re getting all the dramatic political stuff with the revolution but you are also getting the most intense Hunger Games Panem has ever seen. Hunger Games was an amazing first book to the trilogy and honestly, I quite liked Mockingjay although I do agree that it would have worked better as two books and I think Finnick’s death was unnecessary

Divergent

Divergent

Insurgent
Allegiant
Divergent was one of those series which started amazingly an deteriorated. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the series but the thing about having an outstanding first book is that it’s a tough act to follow. What I loved most about it was the world and the faction system and that most of book one was spent with Tris trying to survive initiation. Because of the ending it meant that for Insurgent, these characteristics were gone, the faction system having crumbled, which coupled with the unforgivable ending,

made it even more difficult for me to love Allegiant as much as I had the other two. After the had left their little bubble, the trilogy had completely lost what it was that I had loved so much and it became all complicated and eugh biology.

Mortal instruments

City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Bones
City of Lost Souls
City of Ashes

City of Glass is undoubtedly my favourite (for now, we’ll need to see what COHF brings) it just like concluded everything and the battle was especially kick-ass and Clary and Jace weren’t siblings anymore and just yessssss. Contrary to popular opinion, I really liked COFA because the baby storyline was really interesting as was the appearance of Camille after reading Clockwork Angel (excuse me if he appeared before that I haven’t read it in a while). City of bones coming in the middle because the world building was really intricate and awesome, it was a really great introduction to the series. The issue I have with City of Lost Souls is the Jace thing. I LOVE the book because I am so fond of the world and the characters and I know that it was an important plot device that Jace was all bonded with Sebastian but I  hated seeing him like that and everytime it switched to Clary and Jace time it was like momentary celebration but then heartbreak. Simon and Izzy really made this book for me trying to define their relationship and Simon dealing with his family. City of Ashes is bringing up the rear because of the Inquisitor and Maryse Lightwood. It’s just the one thing I have an issue with when reading YA because it makes me so angry, when adults take over and try to control everything because they think they know best because they’re adults even though we all know that’s why they’re the stupid ones it’s just urgh.

UPDATE: I STAND CORRECTED COHF OS NUMBER ONE HOLY MOTHER NOTHINGS EVER GONA BEAT IT I JUST ASDFGHJKLL BEST BOOK OF 2014!!!!
Heroes of Olympus
Mark of Athena
House of Hades
Son of Neptune
Lost Hero

Mark of Athena was PHENOMENAL. We got the Percabeth reunion, fun times on the Argo II and the Dionysus Diet Coke which was hilarious, the only issue I had with the whole book was the ending:

I couldnt handle all the feels. It was just too much. As awesome as House of Hades (#jasonfails) was, I really missed the fun adventure feeling of the third book. Son of Neptune while awesome and yay Percy! Just lacked something for me (probably Annabeth) na dneedless to say I liked Lost Hero the least because no Percy 🙁

Percy Jackson

Battle of the Labyrinth
Last Olympian
Lightning Thief
Titan’s Curse
Sea of Monsters

I really love the mystery of Battle of the Labyrinth and the opportunity Annabeth gets to shine! The Last Olympian is a phenomenal conclusion to one of my favourite series just as the Lightening Thief is a wonderful introduction. The Titan’s Curse I’m a bit iffy with because as awesome as it was I couldn’t handle the lack of Annabeth for the majority of the book. Sea of Monsters I think I’m still cross with for being such a terrible movie, I’m still not over it.

Top Ten NOTP’s

Bella and Jacob – Come on though, can anybody even pretend that he ever had a chance?

Frank and Hazel (Hazleo FTDUBS) – Not so much now as when reading Mark of Athena, I just really shipped Hazleo at that point

Rose and Adrian – ROMITRI ALL THE WAY!

Lena and Julian – The kid just got on my nerves you know? I really liked her with Alex

 Bex and Zach (for the 2.5 seconds we thought that was a thing)

Katniss and Gale – Gale, I cannot handle he’s just such a whiny prat “Hey Katniss, run away with me” “No Katniss I can’t run away with you I need to start a rebellion” “No Katniss I won’t take any of the money which you really don’t need and my family desperately does” “Hey Katniss, I’m gonna stay here and produce this big bomb……. EXPLOSION”

Max and Dylan – This whole Dylan storyline wtf even was that! Those last 4 books oh my Jesus

Simon and Maia – I ship Sizzie too hard for this to even exist

Drarry- I’ve never been one for this, they are too horrible to each other to even consider it.

Snily – I don’t get all of the people who say that James didn’t deserve her becaus he bullied Snape at Hogwarts but honestly, Snape was mean to everyone, became a Death Eater and was a total dick to Harry for no reason other than his dad got his girlfriend after Snape called her one of the most fowl insults the wizarding word knows.

Weekly Wrap Up – 25th May

What I read this Week

Okay so due to revision, a reading slump, City of Heavenly Fire anticipation and a concert that I was in this week, i really did not have time to read much. I got more than halfway through Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake but it wasn’t really something I was in the mood for at the moment, I’m too stressed out for that! I also began Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging by Louise Rennison and I only have 100 pages left so I should finish that early on in the week.

Books I bought this Week

There was a sale on at my local Half-Price Books this week, 20% off of everything so I came home with 6 books:

The Official Quotable Doctor Who by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
Roses See Red by Cecil Castelucci
Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs
Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton
Small Steps by Louis Sachar
Animal Farm by George Orwell

 Links I Loved this Week

Summer Library Challenge @ The Book Monsters
Blog To Do List @ So Obsessed With
Book Lover Q & A: The Lost Episode @ PolandbananasBooks
Selfie Trailer starring Karen Gillan
Bad Judge Trailer starring Kate Walsh
Doctor Who Series 8 Teaser Trailer

What’s Happening In My Life

I’m Loving:

I was Stressed because:

  • Revision proved to be even more difficult than I anticipated
  •  The backing track which I was supposed to sing to for a concert on Thursday got changed the night before which was an absolute nightmare because I had to learn new cues and it had a faster tempo.
  • Posts are just piling up and I’m struggling to find time to do everything.

My Posts of The Week

Mini Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic“Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the mostPanic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.”

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Why was I excited?
Panic was the Booksplosion book of the month for June which meant I was definitely going to be readign it at some point. Also, after readign and loving her Delirium trilogy, I was eagerly awaiting more of Oliver’s AWESOME writing especially in a new genre.

How long did it take to read?

2 days

Rating:

85% I really enjoyed it!
Most frightening challenge: hmmmm for the characters I would say either the tiger challenge because holy mother of god I would have died, or probably the freeway I think that’s the one I would have been LEAST likely to even attempt, not that I’m dauntless enough to be playing this game. Is it just me or did it feel like Dauntless initiation x 10000! From a readers perspective though I’d have to say it was more frightening to read the joust than the tigers because we knew about the exploding car you know? I was like dying I couldn’t have handled it had Heather died because her sister needed her!
Can I just say that from the moment I knew there were tigers i was all TIGERS TIGER CHALLNEGE TIGER CHALLENGE!!!!! And started to freak out. To be honest I think we all saw it coming though.
Character Opinions
Heather – The moment I really was feeling for Heather was when she came home and her sister was standing out in the rain having gone blue because her mum had kicked her out of the caravan so she could be high and when heather stormed in and threw the cocaine to the ground, tethered her stuff and just left I was just in awe of the fact that hs had finally stood up for herself. That being said I got so frustrated with her for not going to Anne sooner. The woman cared about her and instead of living in the car just stay at your employers house!
Dodge- I’m saying it now I pretty much hated the guy the whole way through the book I just didn’t have a crap to give about him it’s like he was saying he was doing it for revenge for his sister but winning panic isn’t going to unparalyse her and then when an opportunity for her to get better comes along he just acts like an arse and walks home in the rain! He’s selfish and uses other people to hide behind that. I just hated him and was mad when Heather gave him a share of the winnings.
Natalie – complete and utter bitch, no redeeming qualities that’s all I have to say.
Bishop: Okay from the moment that there was that one challenge he “didn’t go to” I knew he was a judge and I was right!!! I shipped him and heather so hard just yessssss!

Life of A Blogger – 101 Things I Hate

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1. Snakes
2. Spiders
3. Cockroaches
4. ALL OTHER BUGS
5. Torchwood Season 2 finale (all the tears)
6.  Valentine Morgenstern
7. Sebastian Morgenstern
8. Alligators/Crocodiles
9. The End of Mark of Athena
10. Diet Pepsi
11. Regular Coke
12. Melon
13. Judgemental People
14. Stigma against YA
15. Of Mice and Men
16. Biology
17. Trigonometry
18. Strigoi
19. The Smell of Roses
20. New Moon
21. The Lack of a Host Sequel
22. THE PERCY JACKSON MOVIES!
23. Blurred LInes
24. Robin Thicke
25. The wait for City of Heavenly Fire
26. Zoe Sage (of Bloodlines)
27. Slow walking people
28. Sand
29. Circle Theorems
30. Long division
31. Language analysis
32. Revision
33. Homework
34.Mistreatment of books
35.Cliff Bars
36. Snobby people
37. When book events aren’t in Houston
38. That Christina left Grey’s
39. Sweet Pea form Bath and Body Works
40. Rose Tyler (I’m sorry guys)
41. Christopher Eccleston (I’m not even sorry for this one, MATT SMITH FTDUBS)
42. Adventure Holidays
43. Criminals