Sunday, 30 September 2012

September Wrap-Up & October Reading Plan


September Wrap-Up - Books I reviewed

  1. Tommy Sullivan is a Freak - Meg Cabot
  2. Lucky - Rachel Vail
  3. 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson
  4. The Day of First Sun
  5. Swipe
Books I hope to read in October

  1. Petronella and the Trogot
  2. The Icarus Project
  3. MORE
  4. Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coranado
  5. Summer of the Mariposas
  6. Diverse Energies
  7. Midnight City
  8. The Iron King
  9. The Iron Daughter
  10. The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice
  11. The Realm of the Lost
  12. Sora's Quest
  13. Viper's Creed
  14. Starcrossed
  15. Wither
Yes I am being extremely brave aiming to read 15 books, but I have a towering TBR pile and I really need to knock some books off there! I've been looking at other book blogger's monthly wrap-ups and they read 5 times more than me >.< so I need to step it up :p How many books do you guys read a month? If you have a monthly wrap-up, leave a link! :)
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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Review - The Day of First Sun - Sheryl Steines

The Day of First SunTitle: The Day of First Sun
Author: Sheryl Steines
Genre: Young Adult
Publication: January 1 2011
Pages: 379 pages, Ebook
Source: Blog Tour
When Princess Amelie of Amborix is murdered by magical means, Annie Pearce and Bobby “Cham” Chamsky of the Wizard’s Guard are called in by the FBI. Their job is to help solve the crime while keeping the non-magical world from discovering the existence of the Wizard Council.During their investigation, Annie and Cham discover that Princess Amelie’s death is connected to a series of other crimes in the Chicago area. A larger plot involving, a vampire, a rogue wizard and an army of soul-less zombies is revealed, but can Annie and Cham discover who is responsible before The Day of First Sun?
I was quite excited to read The Day of First Sun, the blurb let on that it was going to be a fun, magical read, however the blurb was quite wrong. I did not find this book fun to read at all and I struggled through the whole book, hoping that it would get better, alas it didn't. A lot of people have really enjoyed this so don't let this review stop you from reading it!

The beginning of this book had promise, the characters were cute and it flowed at an easy pace, sadly that only lasted a couple of pages into the book. The beginning didn't grip me as I was hoping it would but I persevered, only to be further disappointed. As the novel progressed I found my boredom increasing and I was really struggling to finish it. I did finish it in the end though because I always think that maybe if I didn't give up on a book maybe it would've gotten better, but I felt like I should've put The Day of First Sun down, we just didn't connect. 

The novel was written in third person and I found it extremely hard to get into the story. With third person you don't really get into the character's head, you don't feel like you are living as them or really experiencing their thoughts and emotions. It felt like i was just skimming over the edge of the story and not dewlling in the core of the story, where I like to be when reading. I have read some books written in third person and they were enjoyable and easy to delve into, this time around that wasn't the case.

I must admit I really didn't like the characters that much, Annie, our main character, was almost on every page yet I feel like I barely know anything about her. I know she has brown hair and eyes, she has a sister, a fairy and a boyfriend. That's literally all I know about her, after almost four hundred pages of reading all I know is a couple of facts about our main character. The characters were very underdeveloped and I just felt like I was watching a play with actors not knowing which part they were playing. Their actions towards each other seemed robotic and too sudden, which I'm not too fond of. I wanted to like the characters, but I just couldn't. Annie was a kick-butt heroine which I love in a story, but I just found her too harsh. She barely ever showed emotion. I know she is a witch but she is also human and I just felt like I was reading about an emotionless drone. She was also a really harsh person I found, I understand when a character is tough and has a reason, but I just felt like Annie didn't care about anyone or anything, not even herself.

The romance was...bad. They had been friends for years and then when they're in their twenties, they suddenly realize they're in love. She also discovers she's in love within a couple of hours and then she calls him over the phone, telling him she's in love with him and then he comes over and they sleep together. The romance wasn't explained, the author didn't build the romance up to the discovery of their love for each other, so it was like insta-love, but not in the way where they just meet and BOOM! And they're in love.

The villains weren't that scary. I was hoping that they would show their extra nasty side soon to see if they were good villains but unfortunately that didn't happen either. It also felt like I was staring at an emotionless drone that knew he was supposed to be ominous but didn't paly his part quite right.

I didn't really enjoy the plot, I found myself reading chunks of writing that I had already read, the events that played out were quite monotonous and I struggled through reading it, hoping that something would jolt me out of my boredom. There were no twists and when something did happen it didn't seem like it was told in the right way and that it was slowed down immensely where it should have been told in fast, short sentences.

There are two things I did enjoy about the book though, the story idea was unique and interesting and the description in the book was beautiful. However, the writing didn't flow which made me struggle through the book and it made me lose interest in the idea. At times I also felt like there was too much being described and I found my self skimming the words because the extra amount of detail.

The Day of First Sun had a fresh, unique idea that would've worked if the characters displayed emotion and human like qualities. The pacing was slow and there were no twists in the tale, which left me skimming the pages hoping to find something interesting. This book was like cupcakes, there are some cupcakes that suit your taste and others that don't satisfy what you seek for. The Day of First Sun didn't satisfy my taste. Most of the reviews on this book is good, so try it, you might like it. :)

I give it: 2/5 CUPCAKES!

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

My Reading Plan #2


This is usually posted every Monday but it was a public holiday on Monday the other day and I hadn't prepared my post. Please forgive me *offers chocolate*

Week #2 - 23/9/2012 

To Read
  • Nobody's Girl - Sarra Manning
Nobody's Girl
Bea thinks she's the most boring seventeen-year-old in the world. She's not pretty or popular or funny, unlike her mother who had Bea when she was 17. The only glamorous thing about Bea is the French father who left before she was born and lives in Paris. She yearns for la vie Parisienne every moment of her dull existence. So when Ruby Davies, the leader of her school's most elite clique picks Bea as her new best friend and asks her to go on holiday with them, she's wary but delighted. If nothing else it's two weeks away from her over-protective mother . But when the gang arrive in Spain, Bea is crushed to realise that Ruby and her posse have simply been using her. Bea wreaks vengeance on her so-called friends, and plans to decamp to Paris to find her father. But when she falls asleep on the train and wakes up in Bilbao, she meets a group of American students who are backpacking around Europe and bonds with them straight away, especially the gorgeous Toph, who helps heal Bea's hurting heart. And though Bea has a shock in store when they finally get to Paris, the 'City of Lovers ' really works it magic on Bea and Toph, who spend a week wandering the sun-dappled streets of Paris, talking, holding hands and falling in love. When it comes time to go home to confront her Mum about her mysterious father, the new version of Bea is determined that she 'll never go back to her old, boring way of life - she's no longer Nobody's Girl; she belongs to herself and to Toph...But with an ocean between them, will he wait for her?

  • Lula Does the Hula - Samantha Mackintosh   
Aloha! I'm Talullah Bird - or Tatty, or Lu. But mostly people call me Lula. So, my big news is...I've finally been kissed. Eeeee! I have an actual, factual boyfriend! At least, I thought I did. But things with the perfect boy aren't going to plan - thanks to his journo gal pal, Evil Jazz. And that's not all. Hoooo no. In a few days I've got to dance the hula in public, put a stop to some seriously serious criminal activity, win a race, and stop Dad from shaming me totally with his weirdiness. Frikkly frik! Where is my normal life? Huh? Where? Please, someone, tell me I'm not jinxed forever...
What I read Last Week: 

  • Swipe - Evan Angler
Swipe (Swipe, #1)
Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong?
Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, "Swipe" follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn't even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.
The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It's almost Logan Langly's 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn't been able to shake the feeling he's being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.
When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers? Find out in the first book of this exciting series that is "Left Behind" meets "Matched" for middle-grade readers.

  • Need - Carrie Jones
 
Need (Need, #1)
 Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.
She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.
In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.

I'm only aiming for two books a week, I know, at the rate I'm going I'm only going to finish my TBR pile when I'm 80 O_O It is holidays now though, so hopefully I'll be reading a lot of books and bringing you a lot of reviews! If you would like to take part in this as well, leave a comment and I will embed a link code and you can participate and link your posts up :)


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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Review - Swipe - Evan Angler

Swipe (Swipe, #1)Title: Swipe
Author: Evan Angler
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Dystopia
Publication: May 1 2012, Thomas Nelson Publishers
Pages: 275, Ebook
Source: Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing Swipe to me in exchange for an honest review
Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong?
Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, "Swipe" follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn't even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.
The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It's almost Logan Langly's 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn't been able to shake the feeling he's being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.
When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers.
When I received Swipe and its sequel, Sneak, to review from Netgalley, I was majorly excited. So far I've only read two dystopian novels and I am totally hooked to the genre. Divergent was my first dystopian novel and I don't think I'll ever forget my first experience of reading about a crumbling dystopian society, experiencing the thrill, the action, the kick-butt characters and the cruel world we could face in the future. Swipe is for younger readers, but I was hooked and couldn't put it down and it fulfilled my satisfaction for what I like to read in this specific genre.

I love the dystopian world that the author has created. At the age of thirteen you are required to receive the Mark, get Pledged. When you have received the Mark (a tattoed like item displayed on your wrist) you can buy items, get a job, have access to health care etc, however, if you do not receive the Mark, you are forced to live on the streets, no food, no shelter, no health care. Looked down by the Marked. Forced to live a life of crime in order to live. It was a really interesting concept and quite a unique, fresh idea.

Also, world-building is one of the most important parts to a dystopian novel and I'm happy to announce that Swipe's world-building was great. I could imagine the destructed America, the people walking around marked, displaying the tattoos that showed such significance to the world that they lived in. 

The writing was fabulous! Throughout the book, detailed descriptions and stunning vocabulary lined the pages, inviting me into the character's world where I could see all the vivid colours for myself, experiencing the character's problems that they encountered as well as feeling their deep emotions that they experienced. Evan Angler is really talented and seeing that Swipe is his debut novel, his writing will only improve as he continues to write such fantastic, chilling stories.


The plot was enjoyable, there were a couple of twists in the tale that had me completely gobsmacked, yet from the middle of the book towards the end I did find that the novel was getting a bit predictable, I did find myself saying to Logan how could he not have seen that coming, but that didn't perturb me too much. The plot was laid out well. Some of the events that spanned out during the book left me chilled to the bone, biting my nails in anticipation and making my hands slippery from sweat. Imagine your thirteen year old self finding little clues that someone was spying on you especially a supposedly murderous group of people. Swipe certainly contained its fair share of suspense, mystery and intrigue.

I really liked the main character, Logan. He was a relatable character. He was scared, nervous and jumpy whenever he felt somebody was shadowing him and when he found clues leading to him being the next victim of a kidnap and really, if he wasn't, he wouldn't be human, so I like that I could relate to him. I also liked how the author showed us a bit by bit the clues leading up to the kidnapping, which really set the mystery and danger to the story. If Logan stayed scared during the story with no backbone, I probably wouldn't have liked him, but as the story continued he really matured and stood up for himself. He was a great kid, and after reading Swipe I feel like I personally know him, which is what I look for when reading a book.

Erin. I liked Erin, she was okay. I have to give her credit for being exceptionally smart and brave. She was inquisitive, adventurous and willing to help Logan with whatever he need. But, I did feel like she lacked quite a bit in the feelings department. She wasn't very sympathetic to Logan when he came to her and asked her for help and I think she could've expressed her feelings a bit more, however, you do really get to know her.

Parts of the story were also told from the minor characters' perspectives, so that you can really delve into their lives and see inside their head. After reading Swipe, I felt like I could identify with most, if not all, characters in the book. I appreciate that the author takes such time developing the characters, even the minor ones, as not many books have that quality in them. It was also a big shocker learning the true reason behind the Mark and the Dust, I was immensely shocked to read about the actual truth that Logan and Erin had unveiled.

An enjoyable read that is packed full of action and mystery. A good teen, Christian fiction novel, no swearing or sexual content. A middle-grade dystopian novel that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat, biting your nails and turning the pages furiously. Swipe will not leave you disappointed, in fact, it will have you craving the second book in the series. I recommend Swipe to all the dystopian fans out there, an original idea that will make your ideas widen in astonishment, but be careful...you never know whose watching....

I give it: 4/5 CUPCAKES!

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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Stacking the Shelves #18



 This meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Okay, I am officially on a book buying ban *sobs*,  I walked into a book store today and this self-control that I needed O_O They had The Selection, Liesl and Po, Pandemodioum, Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (My dad will not let me get any more books as he says I have too many, pfft!), Seraphina, The Duff, I could probably go on the whole day! Anyway, I didn't buy anything but, I did go to a HUGE, FANTASTIC library and below is all that I got! So I'm superdidooperdi happy about all of these! :D I also used my mom's card as I've taken out the 7 books I'm only allowed at a time out on my card already   >.< 

Library:
1. Whisper My Name - Jane Eagland (I was going to buy this at the book shop!)
Whisper My Name
Since she was twelve, Meriel Garland has lived with her grandfather in London, exiled from her beloved India following the death of her mother. Now sixteen, Meriel chafes against the strict regime of tests and study that her grandfather imposes on her. Escaping, she discovers a world outside her narrow existence - one that promises admiration for her acting skills, social success and the excitement of seances. But what should have been a game turns serious as the young medium Sophie Casson passes on a message from Meriel's dead mother - and Meriel begins to suspect she might not be alone in the world after all. In searching for the truth about her past, Meriel uncovers a sinister scheme - and soon it's hard to know who she can really trust.
2. Waves - Sharon Dogar (I was going to buy this book LAST YEAR and then they sold out, so when they had it at my local library and I just had to get it!:D)
Waves
Charley almost died in the waves last summer.Now she’s in a coma, neither dead nor alive.On returning to the beach, her younger brother Hal finds it hard to shake off her presence. Thoughts of Charley begin crowding his mind, revealing strange places and violent emotions—thoughts that Hal comes to realise are not entirely his own. As Hal digs deeper into the mystery of her accident, he discovers the truth of what happened.
Veined with thrilling mystery and tinged with the super-sensory, Wavesis a compelling coming-of-age story about first love and tragic loss.
3. Magic Under Glass - Jaclyn Dolamore (EEEP, will explain why I'm so excited about this one when I review it!)
Magic Under Glass
Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.
4. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment - James Patterson (My good friend, Georgia, mentioned this series to me, so I took the first book out and I hope that I will enjoy it!:D)
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)
In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time...like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare--this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb--now her betrayed and greatest enemy--that her purpose is save the world--but can she?

5. The Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare (EEEEEPPP! They also had the City of Bones 
available yesterday...but it was charged out today. I missed it. By one day O_O
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all
6. Matched - Ally Condie (I actually ordered this in from another library and it still hasn't arrived...after two months!! So I took it out today! YAY!)
Matched (Matched, #1)
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
7. The Sky Is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson (EEEEEEEEPPPPP!)
The Sky is Everywhere
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.
This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.
8. Sweethearts - Sarah Zarr (Triple EEEPPP! WISH LIST BOOK! :D)
Sweethearts
As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one another's only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she's lost the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she's popular, happy, and dating, everything "Jennifer" couldn't be---but she still can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend. 
When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.
From the National Book Award nominated author of Story of a Girl, Sweethearts is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts.
9. I am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books--but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.
But "they" know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.Number Two in England.And Number Three in Kenya.They killed them all.
I am Number Four.I am next.
10. The Power of Six - Pittacus Lore
The Power of Six
We are the last defence.I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?They caught Number One in Malaysia.Number Two in England.And Number Three in Kenya.They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.And I'm ready to fight.
 
Every single one of those books were on my wish list so YAY! :D What did you lovely people get this week? :D
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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Fall Into Reading Challenge

My Fall Into Reading Challenge Pile of Books

This looks like a really fun challenge hosted by Callipidder Days

To participate, here’s what you need to do:

  • Create a list of books you’d like to read or finish this fall. This is the only real requirement for participating in the challenge.
  • Feel free to set some additional reading goals (such as reading to your kids two hours per week, getting through your pile of magazines, etc.). However, this is not required; setting additional goals is completely optional.
  • Write a blog post that includes the list of books you want to read (and any additional goals you’ve set), and get ready to post it on your blog on September 22nd.
  • Visit Callapidder Days on September 22nd to sign up for the challenge. I’ll have an official launch post up that morning, complete with an area for you to submit a link to your personal Fall Into Reading post, where it will be added to the master list of participants.
  • Read! Work on your goals throughout Fall 2012.
  • Report your results. Write another blog post in December to let everyone know how you did. (I’ll post an official wrap-up to the challenge on December 22nd, where you’ll be able to share your results.)
  • Have fun! Visit other participants to see what they’re reading. Write reviews if you’re so inclined. But most of all, enjoy your fall reading!
So without further ado, here is my pile of books that I am aiming to read:
  1. Petronella and the Trogot
  2. The Icarus Project
  3. MORE
  4. Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coranado
  5. Summer of the Mariposas
  6. Diverse Energies
  7. Midnight City
  8. The Iron King
  9. The Iron Daughter
  10. The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice
  11. The Realm of the Lost
  12. Sora's Quest
  13. Viper's Creed
  14. Starcrossed
  15. Wither
  16. The Clockwork Angel
  17. Waves
  18. Whisper My Name
  19. Nobody's Girl
  20. Lula Does the Hula
  21. Matched
  22. The Sky is Everywhere
  23. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
  24. Sweethearts
  25. I Am Number Four
  26. The Power Of Six
  27. Magic Under Glass
  28. The Throne of Fire
  29. The Way of the Warrior
  30. The Way of the Sword
  31. The Way of the Dragon
  32. The Ring of Earth
  33. The Ring of Water
  34. The Ring of Fire
  35. The Ring of Wind
  36. The Ring of Sky
  37. Refuge
  38. The Future We Left Behind
  39. Once-A-Day Devotionals for Teens
  40. Insurgent
I have absolutely no idea how I am going to manage to read all of these, but hey, I want to challenge myself! ;)
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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Blogger Interview with Lucy!



If you would like to fill out a form to be interviewed on Blog of a Bookaholic, click here.

Today I have the lovely Lucy with us from Read, Write, Sleep, Eat! She interviewed me on her lovely blog, which you can see here. Lucy is one of my bloggy buddies and we chat to each other on Twitter constantly! :) I hope you enjoy the interview! :)

Read, Write, Sleep, Eat!
1.Hi Lucy! Why did you start a book blog and when?

I was inspired by all of the other amazing book blogs here on the internet. A girl in my tutor gave me a bookmark for Girls Emoji Books and I really loved reading it! I still do! I started a blog on wordpress but then changed to blogspot as I found it easier to write posts. I started it in May (I think?) and have been going strong since then!

2.What do you love most about blogging?

I love receiving comments from my followers and checking each day to see how many pageviews I have had! It's so rewarding!

3.Who are your favourite authors?

I really enjoy authors like Becca Fitzpatrick, Maggie Stiefvater and Aprilynne Pike. I'm very keen on a series of books written by Kit Berry and have been fortunate enough to meet her. 

4.What are your favourite books?

I think this is the question that most readers fear! How could I choose a favourite book out of the hundreds that I have read?!

5.Would you like to write a book one day and if so what type of book?

I love writing and am hoping to write my own book one day but I know that it will be very hard to achieve. If I were to write a book I think it would be YA. There are so many genres that I could choose from though, so I'm not sure what it would be about yet!

6.Do you like sports?

I do enjoy quite a few sports although I'm not very good at them! I've been on my school's hockey and netball team and they are my favourite sports. I have been riding horses since I was 2 years old and go weekly, helping out at my local yard. It's something I'm very passionate about.

Quick questions :)

Outside or inside?

Outside!

Sweet or savoury? 

Sweet! I have a bad sweet tooth!

Computer or TV?

Computer!

Ebook or paperback/hardback?

Paperback!

Healthy food or junk food?

Junk food *bites lip guiltily*

Happy ending or sad ending?

I'm all for happy endings!

Thanks for interviewing me, Kyra! I really enjoyed answering all these lovely questions! :)
It was a lovely interviewing you, Lucy!


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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Review - 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication: HarperTeen, August 23rd 2005
Pages: 319 pages, Paperback
Source: Library book
Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.
In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.
The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.
Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke-about-town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous-though utterly romantic-results. But will she ever see him again?
Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.
The reason I heard about 13 Little Blue Envelopes was because I actually saw the second one at my local book store on sale, so when I went to Goodreads, I found out that there was a first book. I read up on it, added it to my Goodreads "wish list" shelf and hoped that I would be able to get my hands on a copy soon. And I did! I went to my library and was most delighted to find this sitting upon one of the shelves, needless to say I had to fight the urge to scream as I was seriously over-excited. I got four wish list books at my library and so far (sobs) 75% of them has been a let down. 13 LBE, I enjoyed it, but I was expecting a bit more.

When I started reading this book, I was immediately introduced to Ginny and I liked that the story began with her on her way to collect the envelopes. A lot of books I've read recently, the major part of the story happens towards the end, leaving the ending rushed and not completely tied up. The author provided enough background information after the story had started, which I enjoyed as the action begun immediately and we were given little wisps of information throughout, which kept me guessing and was resolved and tied up at the end.


I must admit, when I saw it was written in third person I may have done an inward groan. When I read books written in third-person, it just doesn't work with me. I feel like I'm not connecting with the character on an emotional level. It feels like I'm just watching their lives and not experiencing the story. I felt I could connect with Ginny at parts in the story and other times it was like I was just staring at a blank stranger again. There wasn't a lot I learnt about Ginny and to be honest, I didn't actually see how she changed at the end of of the book. I felt like she had physically gone places but not mentally. 


I did like Ginny though, she had been through a lot and she was like any other teenage girl. She cried. She laughed. She got angry. She loved. She was a relatable character. She was also brave, some might put it as being utterly stupid and naive, I mean, if I got 13 little blue envelopes given to me by a mentally unstable aunt, I would probably pack it away and guiltily continue with every day life, certainly not hop on a plane to London. Ginny followed the instructions, she stuck (most of the time) to the rules and she carried on, even though she was travelling into the unknown. At parts in the story I was wondering if she wasn't 

brave but like some people might think, incredibly naive. I mean, really, who goes with an Italian boy into a house and go lives with people she doesn't know at all? There were some 
parts in the story where I was like "Seriously? You didn't see that coming? Even if it were 
the size of an elephant and bright red you'd probably not notice it. *insert eye roll*) I did like Ginny but I do think we could've gotten to know her a bit better.

Another thing I thought about when reading the book was the lack of parental mention. I'm not sure in reality, parents would let their ONLY daughter, let alone only child travel Europe by herself at the tender age of seventeen, without a phone/computer to get in contact with them. I do think that Ginny should've been able to take some electronics with her when she travelled or had a parent with her or the author should have made Ginny a bit older, at least out of school I think.


The plot was (obviously) centred around Ginny and her travelling throughout Europe and I really enjoyed that. I've ALWAYS wanted to travel around Europe and I loved that this book could help me do exactly that. I will definitely be reading more travelling books from now on! I really do wish that the author described the places a bit more though, Ginny was in each place at least two days and I do think she should've taken the advantage of being in such beautiful places by exploring a bit more. She was in Paris and I don't think she mentioned the Eiffel Tower. -.-  


All the 13 LBE fans, don't kill me for saying this, but I did find the plot quite random. I don't actually understand what the point was for some of the stops. I just didn't feel like it was all connected somehow :/ A lot of the travelling also just felt like her being on transportation and not actually accomplishing anything, most of it tied up nicely at the end though. 


The romance between Keith and Ginny wasn't presented that well. The way they met was cute but they only really spent a couple of days together all in all. They didn't really interact that well, they barely hugged/kissed but I did like that they could really speak to each other and pour out their emotions to one another, you don't get that a lot in YA and it was refreshing to see. This may be weird to mention but I also liked to see that Ginny was a virgin. In most YA books the characters have done it or do so for a first time in a book, I appreciated that the author kept 13 LBD a clean, wholesome read.


Overall, 13 Little Blue Envelopes was a charming read about a girl finding about her and her aunt and discovering her true self as well as seeing the world in a new perspective. I loved the European setting and it gave a nice feeling to the book. I was expecting a bit more from the book and was let down on a few occasions. I do feel that the romance and setting could've been improved, however, I could relate to the main character and liked reading about her adventures. I would love to see this book turned into a movie and I will definitely read more from this author.


I give it: 3/5 CUPCAKES!





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