Tuesday, August 30, 2011


It's been about two weeks since I last made a post. All I have to say is school. School school school. School. I have gotten some good books and whatnot and I even recorded TWO videos but I just have no time to edit them and upload them and all that jazz. I hope to get back on track soon. I miss making reviews for my three followers. Seriously though, by the end of this week I WILL have posted something book related on this bloggity blog. Promise!

I heard cute puppies make everything better. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Very Very Sad News.

I just found out today that one of the best series ever is going to be discontinued. It is The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey. If you read my review on The Monstrumologist, you know how much I loved it. It was amazing and gory and jaw dropping and...wow. Fellow blogger Stephanie Oakes from Stephanie Reads is trying to get people to maybe persuade Simon and Schuster to stop them from discontinuing this wonderful series. All you have to do is email Simon and Schuster. Stephanie even pre-made a statement for everyone (more info and links here at Stephanie's blog)! AND if you email them, you can enter to win a signed, personalized set of The Monstrumologist provided by the Rick Yancey himself! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, HELP SAVE The Monstrumologist! Even if you have not read the series, I think you should support Rick Yancey. Make a blog post to show your support!!!

Another Book Haul!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Book Review: Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler

(From Goodreads)

It starts with a phone call. “I’m dying,” a voice tells Dusty. Who is he and how has he gotten her cell number? Dusty wants no part of this strange boy . . . until he begins saying things that only someone who knows her intimately could say—things that lead her to think he knows the whereabouts of her brother, who disappeared over a year ago. Suddenly drawn in, Dusty very much wants to save this boy. Trouble is, she cannot find him. Part human, part spirit, he won’t let himself be found. He is too dangerous, he says. There are mobs of people who agree and who want to see this boy dead . . . and who will hurt anyone who stands in their way.
A gripping, hair-raising mystery about a boy not of this world, and a girl determined to protect him.

Characters: At first, I really loved the characters. I loved the mystery of the spirit/human boy and wanted to know more about him. Reading about the broken family felt so real. Dusty's dad was on the verge of a meltdown, what with her brother leaving two years prior and her mother following in this footsteps. He was a very fragile guy and watching him fall apart was heartbreaking. And because everyone in his life was abandoning him, he didn't keep Dusty on a short leash, with the fear of losing her if he was too strict. What I didn't like was how Dusty just played her father. She did whatever she wanted and her dad barely objected because he was so weak. Dusty was very stubborn and ALWAYS challenged authority. She had her father eating out of the palm of her hand! I don't know if the author meant for her to come across this way but she did and I didn't like it one bit. Her father was passive and Dusty just stomped all over him and she didn't seem to care. (There is even a point in the book where someone has just recently vandalized their home and Dusty's dad says that they should not stay home for safety reason. Dust just says, "No dad. We are staying home. You're going to work tomorrow and I am going to school." Her dad's response? "Maybe." Dude! Grow some cojones and stop being so scared of your daughter! Be firm with her because in the end, you were right. She almost died because she went to school!

Plot: The plot was kinda interesting but HECKA CONFUSING! There are times in the book were you think you know what's going on but you really really don't. I didn't understand a lot of it and many things were left unexplained. What was the point of ghost/spirit/human guy? Why does he exist? How did he become what he is? I guess we will never know.

Writing Style: The first 100 pages drew me in completely! It was very interesting and wonderfully written. I could really imagine the book as a movie that I would love to see. After that, everything starts to go down hill. Dusty and Spirit Boy start speaking in riddles that NOBODY can decipher there are times that I read a full page and had no idea what was going on but didn't have the energy to go back and read it again. I think the author did a poor job of constructing this world for the readers. I just could not picture this town in my mind whatsoever. It was all just very bland.

Verdict: 1.5/ 5 stars. The only thing that gave this book that half star was the first 100 pages. I was extremely let down by this one. I guess it just wasn't for me :(

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Giveaway News!

No, I am not hosting a giveaway but I know someone who is! Check out Mia from Gripped into Books! She is hosing a 1000 follower giveaway and it is CRAZY huge. Her book review are also super awesome so even if you don't win, I hope you will still read her reviews!

Book Review: Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

(From Goodreads)
IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future.
Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaia’s mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty. A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.

Characters: I REALLY like Gaia. It is very rare for me to like a protagonist as much as I liked her. She was headstrong and very determined, but not in an annoying way. When bad things happened to her I felt her pain and that doesn't really happen often for me. I felt as though Gaia was older than 16 and I liked that. She seemed 19 or 20 to me.Well, most of the times. (Begin Rant: What's with authors and the age 16? Just because you are writing a young adult novel does not mean the protagonist has to be 16 or 17. Believe me when I say NOTHING AMAZING happens when you turn 16. Guys don't suddenly take interest in you and you don't meet your soul mate. End Rant.)   I LOVED Leon! He was a very well written character and had so many layers. I liked how the author created characters with so much depth and they actually felt real. 

Plot: There were many surprises in this book. I never knew what was going to happen and that's new for me! The ending...oh the ending. It was JUST LIKE (Spoiler alert spoiler alert! Highlight to read!) the ending of Delirium by Lauren Oliver! I said to myself 50 pages before the end that this better not be like Delirium but lo and behold, IT WAS! I was pretty pissed about that. It also reminded me of The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray but not as final. There is still a chance Leon will appear in the next novel. Hopefully. HE HAS TO! (I hope I didn't ruin Delirium or The Sweet Far Thing for any of you guys!) I did feel as though some things were too coincidental like her finding help at the right time EVERY TIME she was in trouble. But I liked this book so much I was able to overlook those things! 

Writing Style: I loved the writing style! I was gripped from the first page. Caragh M. O'Brien did an amazing job of bringing you into this broken world. I also loved the bits of flashbacks here and there. I usually don't like flashbacks but here it works. There isn't too much of it and they help the story progress. 

Verdict: I'm tempted to give this book a 4.75/5 just because of the ending but I'm just gonna give it a 5/5. Why not? It deserved it!

Comment below and tell me anything you would like for me to review! Happy reading!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I Am Number Four Book Review PART TWO/ Movie Talk

You thought I was done? Oh no. I'm just getting started.

(Read my formal review on the book here.)I just recently watched the movie I Am Number Four and believe me when I say it was a gajillion times better than the book. I thought I would never say ( or in this case type) these words in my entire live. Movies are usually never better than the books! But alas this one was. After I saw the movie I re-read my review on the book and I realized I made a mistake. I said that the writing style wasn't terrible. Well, okay, the style wasn't terrible but the writing itself was. I mean, it really made no sense. You go into the book thinking that Number Four has powers already and the book definitely makes you think that. Correct me if I'm wrong but did he not say that he swam miles to shore only coming up for air twice? Dude if that's not a superpower then I don't know what is. Countless times Number Four, or John, is helpless and I think, "John USE YOUR SUPER POWERS!!" But no, he never used them because apparently he doesn't have them yet. He has to wait for his superpowers, or Legacies, to develop. Really? That seriously sucks. And why on earth was John so ignorant? Henri didn't really teach John too much and when he was with Number Six, he seemed really dumb. It also made NOOOOOOOOOOOO sense whatsoever that the charm placed on all nine of the kids broke when they were together. That did not happen in the movie and that makes me super happy. In the movie the actually say they are stronger when they are together. Yeesh guys pick one! I did not like Sarah in the book or in the movie. In the book, the author to no time WHATSOEVER building Sarah as a person. Who is she? Oh, this cheerleader turned loner who loves animals and taking pictures. She also dated the quarterback. Back up girl. I don't know you. She was a tad bit more interesting but was still sort of awkward. And did it annoy anyone else that the Mogadorian guns sounded and looked like toys? Seriously. It look liked it was made out of plastic and the puny (as in tiny weak, not as in a pun) shooting noises were just...*sigh* smh.

Yeah. I kind of am. Okay well I'm done venting for now. More vents in the future. I promise.

Book Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

(From Goodreads)
Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Characters: I thought the characters were...meh. Not bad but just meh. I liked Evie's personality, especially in the beginning but as the story went on, the things she said seemed a bit cheesy and her words became a bit punch-liney. It also annoyed me how she said, "Bleep," instead of actually cursing. I'm not advocating swear words but this was just too cheesy. Reminded me a bit of Forgive My Fins. I liked Lend but the same goes for him also. He was awesome and BA in the first half of the book but he got boring the last half. The relationship between Evie and Lend felt a bit fake when they (spoiler alert ahead! Highlight to see!) got out of the IPCA. I'm pretty disappointed about that because I loved it when the two of them would just talk and Evie would have to sneak around to see him. I really loved Jacques in all of his werewolf glory! He was so nice and funny! Be my bestie Jacquese alongside Will Henry from The Monstrumologist (see my review for the Monstrumologist here!)

Plot: Despite my thoughts on the characters, the plot was actually very good! It surprised me a bit and I was left wanting more!

Writing Style: This book is written kinda how Evie talks and I didn't really like that too much. She sounded like a teenager and that got pretty annoying. I did like the descriptions and details though.

Verdict: On my Goodreads  I gave this book 3/5 stars. I think I'm going to have to change that to 2/5 stars now. I just thought this book was okay. I can't really say I liked it but I didn't hate it. I do still plan on reading the second book in the series because I am curious to find out what happens next.