Friday, October 31, 2014

How to Survive Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo starts TOMORROW, everyone! It's almost here, so I'm giving you a few final tips on how to make sure you get the best of Nano, and not the other way around.


1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP


It might be hard to do, but it's important.


2. EAT NORMALLY


I beg of you. Eat healthy foods. It;s fine if you eat a bunch of snacks while you write, but make time for real food, too. 


3. IT'S ALL ABOUT TIME MANAGEMENT


You may not have had to deal with time management on such a grand scale before, but it is the most important part of nanowrimo.


4. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER


You could always be drinking more water.


5. YOUR HEALTH COMES FIRST


I'm eyeballing you. Take care of yourself.


6. SCHOOL/WORK COMES FIRST


Yes, yes we are. Perhaps begrudgingly, but we are.


7. MAKE TIME FOR FUN



That's probably as close to unstressed you're going to get, so value those moments.
I think I'm going to make some time for bonding with my new mini crossbow.



The Fictional Boyfriend Book Tag

I was tagged by Erin at The BookNut: a Book Lover's Guide.


The Most Romantic Boyfriend
-Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices.

The Dark & Moody Bad Boy with a Good Side
-Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride & Prejudice. Perhaps not so "dark", but definitely moody.

The Paranormal Boyfriend
-Jack from Blue Bloods.

The Boyfriend You Want to Tame
-Howl from Howl's Moving Castle

The Boy You Friend-Zoned
-Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. Sorry, bro.

Your Soulmate
-Seamus Finnegan from Harry Potter. I've loved him since I first read the books when I was seven. Sure, he doesn't have his own book, but he DESERVES one.

The Boyfriend You Would Elope With
-Minho from The Maze Runner. I would take him away from that world.

The Boyfriend You Would Venture Anywhere With
-Cas Lowood from Anna Dressed in Blood (yes, that book again). We could travel the world killing murderous ghosts. Danger is romantic, right?

The Boyfriend You Want to be Stranded on a Deserted Island With
-Thomas from The Bluebird and the Sparrow. Infinitely charming and infinitely determined.

The Most Badass Boyfriend
-Raleigh Becket from Pacific Rim (It's a novelization, but I'm counting it.) Seriously, he has a jaeger which he uses to kill kaiju, and he's ridiculous in hand-to-hand combat, too. I don't think I need to say any more.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bookworm/Bibliophile Stereotypes That Are 100% True

I'm sure everyone's pretty familiar with stereotypes about bookworms. Some of them are a little rude, and definitely not true. Others, though... are undeniably accurate. Here are a few of the true ones.


1. Always Has a Book With Them


   
I am almost never without a book.

2. Pretty Much a Hoarder




    I have an absurd amount of books. I have more books than I have shelves to put them on. I am, of course, a bookworm, but I am also a bibliophile, as my title suggests.

3. Loves Smelling Books



   
The smell of a book is possibly the best smell in the world. New books, old books, any books.
There is nothing weird about it.

4. Still Crying About Borders



    I may never be over it.

5. Prefers Staying In and Reading to a Night Out




    Definitely true. I can go wherever I want, plus I don't have to deal with a bunch of people. We can meet up for coffee tomorrow and I'll gush about my book.




What are some bookworm/bibliophile stereotypes you've heard?


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's post is books and movies to get you in the Halloween Spirit, so I'm going to do five of each. Prepare to be scared.


BOOKS

1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. 

2. Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

3. The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black

4. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

5. The Bachman Books by Stephen King


MOVIES

1. Halloweentown series (but not Return to Halloweentown. I mean, did they think we wouldn't notice that they replaced Marnie? She doesn't even look vaguely similar! I'm offended.)
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2. Hocus Pocus

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (this one's great because it doubles as a Christmas movie! haha)

4. Practical Magic

5. Little Shop of Horrors

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Playlist: Conventional

I am a very musical person, so I always like to have a specific playlist for any writing I'm doing. 

This is the playlist for my nanowrimo novel this year: Conventional

(It's set in 2007, so there isn't any music from after that year.)


1. The Middle :: Jimmy Eats World

2. You're My Best Friend :: Queen

3. Everything Will Be Alright :: The Killers

4. You Make My Dreams :: Hall & Oates

5. People are Strange :: The Doors

6. Buddy Holly :: Weezer

7. The Young & The Hopeless :: Good Charlotte

8. I've Got all this Ringing in My Ears and None On My Fingers :: Fall Out Boy

9. Dance, Dance :: Fall Out Boy

10. All These Things That I've Done :: The Killers

11. Hold On :: Good Charlotte

12. Let Me Be Your Wings :: from Thumbelina



Sunday Update

Good morning! I haven't posted any reviews lately, so I figured it might be time to start updating you every so often. 

This week, I am in the middle of Courvalian: The Resistance by Benjamin Reed. It's a pdf, so it's a little awkward to read. Unfortunately, that means it is taking me forever to read it, but I promise it's coming. 

I'm also doing a lot of background work for Nanowrimo. I have my novel chosen, Conventional, so now I'm plotting and doing character background work.

I'll still be posting, and I'm hoping to have my next review up this week, so keep checking in! 

20 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me Tag

I'm not 100% on where this tag came from (forgive me) but I was tagged by Erin at The BookNut.



Question 1: How tall are you?
                     4'11 1/2"  That half is vitally important.

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
                     I'm pretty good at whistling. Does that count?

Question 3: What's your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
                     It's probably having zero blog-editing skills. Sometimes I want to change something, but I have no idea whatsoever how to make it happen.

Question 4: What's your biggest non-blog-related pet peeve?
                     My biggest non-blog-related pet peeve would be... people who tell me I'm lucky to look as young as I do. No. I will be lucky in 20 years, but right now? I'm not. Constantly getting carded and having people tell me that I can't be as old as I am is annoying, not a great bit of luck.

Question 5: What's your favorite song?

                     I don't really have a favorite song. The one I've been listening to most lately would be "All These Things That I've Done" by the Killers. It's on the playlist for my nanowrimo novel.

Question 6: What's your favorite Etsy shop that isn't yours?

                     Do people really have favorite Etsy shops? I have no idea. I don't have the kind of money to have a favorite Etsy shop.

Question 7: What's your favorite way to spend your free time when you're alone?
                     Reading.

Question 8: What's your favorite junk food?

                     Ice cream.

Quesiton 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what are their names?

                     I have three outdoor cats: Bambi, and her kittens, Oliver and Chrissy.

Question 10: What are your number one favorite fiction and nonfiction books?
                       I don't have favorite books. I have read too many to possibly choose a favorite, ever.

Question 11: What's your favorite beauty product?

                       Burt's Bees chapstick. It is the best chapstick ever. It makes your lips tingle and it heals them! Also it makes my lips look awesome, and I can wear it 24/7.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
                       I don't really know.
Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
                       Tea
Question 14: What's your favorite movie?
                       Singin' In the Rain

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
                       Band geek and to a lesser extent drama geek

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? 
                       I honestly like living in Ohio, but I'd also like to live in Alaska or Ireland.

Question 17: PC or Mac?
                       PC. My 5-year-old Dell is still rockin' it. Bless.

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?



Question 19: Favorite celebrity?
                       Ooooh, that's a long list. I'll give you one, though: Gene Kelly.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?

                       I want to be best friends with... everyone! If you run a book blog, we already have enough in common to be friends, I think.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Book Adaptation Tag

Happy Sunday! I am a little addicted to book tags, so I decided to make one!

The book adaptation tag is a bunch of questions about books that have been made into movies.


1. What is the last book adaptation movie you saw?
    The Maze Runner, book by James Dashner

2. What book movie are you most excited for?
    Insurgent, book by Veronica Roth

3. Which upcoming book movie will you definitely NOT see?
    50 Shades of Grey, book by E.L. James

4. Which book movie would you NEVER watch again?
    I will NEVER watch I Am Legend (book by Richard Matheson) again. They changed one very big thing, and in doing so, erased the entire theme of the story. Just... no.

5. Is there a movie you saw that made you want to read the book, if you hadn't yet?
    Stardust, book by Neil Gaiman. I didn't know it was based on a book until a few years after I'd seen the movie. The book is very different, but I still like both. 

6. Conversely, is there a movie that made you never want to read the book?
    "Rambo: First Blood" made me never want to read First Blood by David Morell.

7. Name an adaptation that has almost nothing to do with the book it's supposedly based on.
    Ella Enchanted, book by Gail Carson Levine. I adored the book as a kid, so I was thrilled when I heard it would be a movie. Unfortunately, almost nothing of the book survives besides character names and the curse.

8. Have you ever left the theater during a movie adaptation because it was so bad?
    No, I haven't, but I came extremely close during Desolation of Smaug. I actually closed my eyes a few times to pretend it wasn't happening.

9. Do you prefer to watch the movie first or read the book first?
    I prefer to read the book first. I will always read the book first unless I'm unaware that a movie is based on a book. 

10. How do you feel about movie adaptations that age characters up? (ex. characters that are in middle-school, but in the movies they're all 18)
      I hate it. It's the worst. I think it's acceptable in certain situations (e.g. the book's characters get into very adult situations that would be inappropriate to film with children-- I'm looking at you, Game of Thrones) but unless it's necessary, it sends a terrible message. It tells kids that they're unimportant, that a story about twelve-year-olds is only relevant to the public if we pretend it's about 18-year-olds. That's damaging behavior, and it needs to stop.

11. Do you get angry when the actors don't look like you thought the characters looked?
      I do, but only very occasionally. For instance, if a character is vaguely described, I can get used to the actor, but if a character is SPECIFICALLY described as having curly blond hair MULTIPLE TIMES THROUGHOUT THE BOOKS and is given straight brown hair for the film with no explanation (*cough cough* Annabeth *cough cough*) I can get quite irritated.

12. Is there a movie you liked better than its book?
      The entire Twilight series. Mostly because it goes faster, there are some redeeming factors, and it's fun to watch with friends. Dramatic readings of Twilight with your friends? Less fun.

13. Name a book that you would love to see as a movie.
      I would love to see Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake as a movie. Oh, it would be amazing. (You'll have to excuse me-- I read it recently, and I'm still in the "obsession" phase.)



I tag Erin BookNut and anyone else who wants to!

Stacking the Shelves #2


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share the books they bought, borrowed, or were sent for review.

It's a pretty slight list this week.

ThriftBooks


Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
(I already had Miss Peregrine's in paperback, but I needed the hardcover to match my copy of Hollow City)

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Goodreads First Reads


In the Forest of Forgetting by Theodora Goss 
(I was sent this by the author, and she signed it!)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nanowrimo: Changing Novels Before November

Hey, guys! Today I have another Nanowrimo post for you because I have had a realization.

The realization is that the novel I was going to write for Nano isn't going to work.

LUCKILY, I had another novel in reserve! Remember my other nano post? THIS is where coming up with more than one idea comes in handy.

Here's what to do if you realize your novel isn't going to work BEFORE nano starts.


1. Take a deep breath. Shrug it off. It's not the end of the world. 




2. Look at your other novel ideas. They're probably still in order of which ones were easiest to work with. You should probably go with whichever seems to work the best. 

There should be a fair amount to work with.


3. Log into nanowrimo.org and change your novel.

Actually, YOU can fix that. It's easy.



4. Apologize to the first novel's characters. Explain that it's not them; it's you. Promise to come back for them later. 


5. Inform anyone who needs to know or who you told about the first novel.


Solicit moral support.


6. Relax and take some time to yourself before Nanowrimo starts. 




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Creature of the Night Book Tag

This tag was started on Youtube by an awesome Booktuber, Katytastic, and I was tagged by Erin at the BookNut.

For each category, I will have to find a book featuring that creature.


The Originals (From Kat's video):

Vampire

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld. It's by far the most original treatment I've seen of vampires in fiction.  

Werewolf

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. Werewolves done well.

Zombie

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. I haven't read that many zombie books. 

Ghost

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I just read it recently, actually. I finished the book, put it down, and picked up my laptop to order it. (It came today, woot!)

Witch/Wizard/Warlock

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. Hands down.

Fairy/Fey

The Chronicles of Faerie series by O.R. Melling. I read these in high school, and they are amazing. Greatly underappreciated, if you ask me.

Demon

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

Angel (angels are creatures of the light-- what are you on?)

Blue Bloods Series by Melissa De la Cruz. These are angel/vampires, so as close to creatures of the night as angels get, I guess.

Alien

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Classic.

Superpowered Human

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. I picked this one because it involves humans who inexplicably have powers without being witches or fey &c.


The Additions (From others' videos):

Dark Lord

Uhhh... I'm not entirely sure what a Dark Lord is supposed to be. A necromancer?

Elf (How are elves creatures of the night?)

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.

REVIEW: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Released: October 7, 2014
368 pages
Source: Library






Description: I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


My Review: This book was okay, but I wasn't in love with it. Adelina isn't very likable, and honestly, none of the characters are very likable. I realize that she's rising to be a villain, but there should be at least one likable character in the entire book, I think.

I did like the setting, with the Italianate names and the different cultures. The history with the blood fever and the malfettos was interesting, but it wasn't explained quite as well as I would have liked. For instance, all malfettos are marked, but some have a strange hair color, some have strange eyes, and one girl apparently has a purple stripe across her face. I just don't get how a disease would cause such different markings on those affected.

It's also a little confusing why some malfettos are allowed to live normally while others are killed in the streets. The inquisition does not seem to function at all if Adelina was allowed to live her life until she was sixteen without the inquisition coming at her even once.

I also cannot stand the "spy against their will" plotline. It's always irritating, and it always happens with this sort of character: the possibly evil one trying their best to be good despite their true nature.

All that aside, it was still a somewhat exciting story, and the characters were interesting, if not very believable. I did like it, but I probably won't be going back for more.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: New Series I Want to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish.



This week's post is about new series I want to start. 



1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

3. Legend by Marie Lu

4. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

6. The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo

7. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

8. Unwind by Neil Schusterman

9. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

10. His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers

Monday, October 20, 2014

Reader Quirk: Re-reading



Today's quirk is re-reading. One of the most common things I hear from people who don't like to read is, "But you've read that already!" or, "Oh, I've read it. Why would I read it again?" I do not understand those people. 

I buy my books because I want to keep them around to read and re-read. That's the whole reason to own books! They're not just a pretty shelf decoration. (Though they do serve that dual purpose.)

Here is my case for re-reading. 

  • If you love a book, why wouldn't you want to enjoy it again?



It's the best thing in the world to pick up a book I know for sure I will love. I get attached to these characters and drawn into their worlds. It's nice to go back every so often and remind myself of how it felt to read that book. Whether it made me happy, made me cry, or kept me up for 72 hours because I was so terrified (I'm looking at you, Stephen King), it's awesome to go back and have that again.
 

  • You might have missed something the first time. (or the second, or the third...)



I have read a book for the fifth time and found something I hadn't quite picked up on the previous four. There's always some new nuance to read into. 

  • Over time, you'll forget details.



I am kickass at book trivia. Do you know why? It's because I reread. I know that the hair accessory McGonagall chastised Parvati Patil for was a large ornamental butterfly because I've read the entire series several times. Re-reading is the way to remember details. 

  • You change over time. 



I'm not the same person I was when I was seven, so the next time I read Pollyanna, it will be a different experience. Over time, you'll gain knowledge and life experience. Let me tell you, it opens your eyes to different points of view in books. When you were ten, you might have empathized with one character, but when you're twenty, you'll empathize with another. It tells you something about yourself.

  • Certain books can help you through different events in life.



Hey, remember that book about a girl who moved and had to adjust to a different school? Gee, that might be nice to read when you face the same situation. There is a book for everything that stresses you out. You have only to open it. It would be a shame to turn your back on such a rich well of comfort just because you've read it before.

BTM REVIEW: The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader byC.S.Lewis

When this movie came out, I refused to see it because I knew they had changed things. I love these books and didn't want to watch a movie that didn't respect them.
Oh. My. Glaciers. I can't believe I was sooooooooooo...
Completely right. I should not have doubted myself.
Anyway, I watched it with my friend Erin the BookNut, and we kept up a running commentary. 

Rating:

The movie gets this star and a half from three sources: Ben Barnes' face, Will Poulter's flawless delivery and funny eyebrows, and Reepicheep. 

Everything else is awful. The actors did the best with what they were given, but what they were given was not from the book or twisted so far as to be near-unrecognizable.

Poor Lucy has every interesting action taken from her and reduced to a girl whose only attributes are wishing she was as pretty as her sister and comforting a little girl.

The focus of the plot is shifted so that the islands are glossed over for the sake of the GREEN MIST which symbolizes the DARK POWERS from DARK ISLAND. 

Uh, I'm sorry... Could you possibly mean Nightmare Island? You know, the one where your nightmares can come to life? 

It's... Not a big thing throughout the whole book.

Which brings me to Eustace. POOR CHILD. He should only have been a dragon for about a day. Instead, they pretend there isn't a way to make him human again so that he can add drama to the DARK ISLAND nonsense. 

I could say so much more, but I haven't the energy right now. 

Tl;dr The movie essentially ruined everything I loved about the book. 1/10 Do not reccomend.


REVIEW: Four: a Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Released: July 8, 2014
285 pages
Source: Library


Rating:

Description: Readers first encountered Tobias as "Four" in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character's backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias's life. The first three pieces in this volume—"The Transfer," "The Initiate," and "The Son"—follow Tobias's transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions. The fourth story, "The Traitor," runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty—and love—that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.


My Review: This book was amazing! I held off of reading any of these stories until I could read the bind-up, and I'm so glad that I did. I wouldn't have wanted to wait between each one.

I didn't realize that the Divergent trilogy was initially going to be from Four's perspective, and I'm a little sad about it. The whole trilogy told by Four would have been amazing. I do understand why she went a different way, though, and I guess it makes sense.

Anyway, I loved reading the first three stories. It gave an insight to Four's background that you only get a glimpse of in the series proper. I always loved Four, and it's awesome to get to see how he became the person we meet in Divergent.

The fourth story, which takes place in the middle of Divergent, is extra special, because it's something we've already seen from a different angle. Knowing the story from Tris's perspective, it was interesting to see from the other side. We never really knew what Four was up to when he wasn't around the initiates.

I would read a dozen more stories from Four's perspective, and I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Divergent, even if they've only read the first book.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

REVIEW: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Released: September 28, 2010
464 pages
Source: Library


Rating: 

Description: Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

BIG RED SPOILER ALERT
My Review: I have some mixed feelings about this book, hence the half star. I definitely enjoyed it, but I also spent a fair amount of time shaking my head in irritation or disbelief. The beginning of this book is pretty slow, but I liked it. Then, towards the end, everything get super intense super fast.

I liked the characters, but I was intensely disappointed that they killed off Penn, especially knowing there are four books left. I think Luce needed a normal friend to keep her balanced and to keep her from having a total identity crisis. Without Penn, Luce is going to descend into surrealism with nothing to ground her.

Normally, I am very against love triangles, but I felt that the Daniel-Luce-Cam issue wasn't precisely a triangle. It felt a little off from the beginning, and it was clear that Luce preferred Daniel. There was no "oh gosh, I'm just a dumb girl. how can I choose between two guys who are crazy about me?" element. Daniel actually loves her, but Cam just wants her for mysterious reasons. Additionally, Luce is only interested in Cam because he uses angelic charm on her, which I'm assuming is similar to drugging her. NOT COOL, CAM. Of course, he's a bad guy, so I'm not surprised. I did appreciate Daniel's handling of the issue, quickly making sure Luce knows that Cam manipulated her, and that it is therefore in no way her fault. Bless you for not using victim-blaming as a conflict.

Another line the book toes somewhat dangerously is the insta-love line. At first, it seems like Luce and Daniel are headed straight for insta-love, something I hate. (See the post.) However, instead of insta-love, we are presented with reincarnated love, which is significantly more acceptable to me. They're not instantly in love; they've been in love for centuries, and that's why the feelings are so immediately strong. Like I said in my post, it's so easy to build in backstory, and explain the love that way. That's exactly what this book does. We don't get enough romantic buildup in the book to lead to that level of devotion, but with the backstory, it makes sense, especially as Luce appears to be slowly remembering her past lives.

Another thing that bugged me was the fact that we don't find out what Luce is. We know that this time, she can't be reincarnated, but we don't know why she could be reincarnated before, unless they're suggesting that everyone who is baptized gets reincarnated. But they didn't say that. So I am not really sure whether I'm willing to wade through possibly four more books before I find out what the big deal is. It's frustrating, and I don't want to leave a book frustrated. Excited? Anticipating? Sure. Frustrated? No.

At the same time, I found it hard to put down, and I'm almost certainly going to read the rest of the series.

Make of that what you will.

Taylor Swift Book Tag

I'm not real sure where this one came from, but I got it from mafscrazybooklife.


1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.
    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

2. Red: Pick a book with a RED cover.
    Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (black and red, but whatever)


3. The Best Day : Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.
    Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

4. Love Story : Pick a book with forbidden love.
    The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

5. I Knew You Were Trouble: Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.
    Hannibal Lector from Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

6. Innocent: Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.
    Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. My friend Jacob spoiled it for me. It was highschool, okay?

7. Everything Has Changed: Pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.
    Clary Fray from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

8. You Belong With Me: Pick your most anticipated book release. 
    past- The End by Lemony Snicket
    future- Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

9. Forever and Always: Pick your favorite book couple.
    Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

10. Come Back, Be Here: Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.
      I would never lend out any of my Meg mystery books because they're too old and fragile. I would miss any of my books if I lent them out. I very rarely lend books to anyone other than my sisters.

11. Teardrops On My Guitar: Pick a book that made you cry a lot.
      The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I don't think I need to explain this one.

12. Shake It Off : Pick a book that you love so much, you just shake off the haters
      The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

13. Out Of The Woods: Pick a book couple that is so frustrating because you just need them to be together already! 
      Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter. I mean, come on. Who didn't see it coming?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #1


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share the books they bought, borrowed, or were sent for review.

This is my first week doing this, so here we go. Since I go to the library a lot, I'll be including library hauls.


Library

Fallen by Lauren Kate (currently reading)
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Four by Veronica Roth
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Doll Bones by Holly Black (read & reviewed)
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (read, reviewed, & ordered a copy)
The One by Kiera Cass (read&reviewed)

Goodreads Giveaway


The Minotaur Riddle by V.K. Finnish

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Sick Book Tag

1. Diabetes-- a book that's too sweet, like really sweet.
    This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. Honestly, Sarah Dessen's work in general. (It's just not for me.)

2. Chicken Pox-- a book you've read once, and will never pick up again.
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding

3. Influenza-- a contagious book that spreads like a virus.
    50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James. It spread quickly like a virus, and it's also gross and terrible like a virus. I haven't caught it thus far, thanks to my immunization of years of reading good books.

4. The Cycle-- a book you read every month, year, or often.
    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I only read it about once a year because of length, but I do read it at least once a year.

5. Insomnia-- a book that kept you up all night.
    The One by Kiera Cass, most recently.

6. Amnesia-- a book that's forgotten and failed to leave a powerful impression in your memory.
    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma.

7. Asthma-- a book that took your breath away.
    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

8. Malnutrition-- a book that lacked food for thought.
    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. There's just not a whole lot there. Beach read if there ever was one.

9. Travel Sickness-- a book that took you on a journey through space and time.
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children  by Ransom Riggs.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Playlist: In the Garden

I've decided to start posting some of my personal playlists on here for you all, and I'm going to start with the one I've made for Nanowrimo this year.*

The novel I'm writing for it is called In the Garden, and it's about a girl's last year before aging out of an orphanage in 1952. She deals with life in the orphanage, growing up, and her boyfriend being sent to Korea.


1. Vanilla Twilight :: Owl City
    a song for girls who have all lost someone

2. Wildflower :: Skylark
    a song about having had a hard life

3. No One is Alone :: Into the Woods Soundtrack
    a song for the orphans

4. Too Young :: Nat King Cole
     a song about true love between young people

5. Happy Lessons :: The Vespers
    a song about learning to open your heart    

6. The Name of the Game :: ABBA
     a song for adoption woes

7. Gone, Gone, Gone :: Phillip Phillips
    a song about distance not killing love

8. Wish You Were Here :: Eddie Fisher
     a song about things not being the same without someone

9. Flowers in your Hair :: The Lumineers
    a love song


*note: I decided to go with a different novel for Nanowrimo, but I'm keeping this as a project.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

REVIEW: Doll Bones by Holly Black

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Released: May 7, 2013
256 pages
Source: Library


Rating: 


Description: Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her.

But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.

Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?


My Review: I liked this book, but it was just okay for me. I picked it up because anything by Holly Black deserved a read, and of course the cover is completely gorgeous. It's a middle-grade book, which for me is more of a concern than ya or adult novels.

I loved the premise, and it was well-written, but I kept hoping for more. I guess I expected this book to tip over into the paranormal genre more than it did. I think there was a lot of potential written in for it, but it wasn't carried through. I'm going to have to call Chekhov's gun on this one. (Sorry, I still love Holly Black!)

Zach, the main character, is likable, and the journey is interesting, but I wanted more about the doll.

I think some of my younger cousins would probably love it, though. It's also nice to see a standalone novel from Holly Black, since she writes a lot of series.

 Oh, well.

Bête Noire: Cover Changes

Bête Noire is an original meme about things that drive me crazy.



Few things get under my skin like cover changes.

I understand why they happen, but I don't agree with it. When I buy a book in a series, I have a reasonable expectation as a reader to be able to buy a matching copy of the next book in a series.

There are two distinct kinds of cover changes, one worse than the other, so we'll discuss them separately.


Complete Series Cover Changes

This is acceptable sometimes. A complete series cover change is when, after a series is completed, the covers are changed for the entire series.

An example of this kind of cover change done well is definitely the new Harry Potter covers. They were done by Kazu Kibuishi (an artist I just love) and when you line the books up, the spines create a complete picture of Hogwarts. The covers are lovely, and you can still purchase the original covers.
Look at that. Who could be mad at that? 


An example of this kind of cover change done poorly, in my opinion, would be Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. (Sorry, still love you!)

I own the original covers, which I love. The new covers are cold and bloodless, and less cohesive than the old covers. I'm assuming they made them to attract people who just want another dystopian, but the Uglies series isn't like other dystopians out there. The new covers are misleading, in my opinion, but decide for yourself:





Mid-Series Cover Changes

The mid-series cover change is the bane of any book collector's existence. It occurs, as the name would suggest, mid-series. What it means for a collector is that if you want a matching series, you have to buy new copies of any books that were published pre-cover change.

An example of this kind of cover change done well is... Just kidding, there IS no example, because it's a terrible thing, and no one should do it. The WORST is when they don't change the covers of the first books, because then you're doomed to an un-matching set forever and ever.

The offender currently destroying my soul is Libba Bray's The Diviners series. As an avid Libba Bray fan, naturally I bought the first book as soon as it came out. The second book is coming out this spring, which thrills me. Unfortunately, there has been a cover change, which makes me want to cry. I do not like the new covers. The original cover was devastatingly gorgeous. Look--







Dear publishers,

Please please please please please please please please please please please stop this.

Sincerely,

Laura