Thursday, 31 January 2013

January Wrap-Up Post


Hello everyone!


 Can you believe its the end of January already?! Time is going so fast and to be honest its freaking me out just *slightly*. When I see how fast time is flying, it really reminds me just to appreciate every moment that we have and not to take life for granted. I've set myself goals this year that I really want to achieve, and I'm going to make sure I achieve it, because before I know it, I'll be old and sitting in a rocking chair looking back at life and thinking where did time go. So remember this year to make the most of your life <3


Moving on! I was doing really well with my reading but then I got some school work and I was busy and my reading went downhill. But in February I am going to make sure I read at least two hours a day! Because my TBR pile is growing higher and I need to finish some books soon! So without further ado, here are the very few books I read this month...:


1. The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han
2. Its Not Summer Without You - Jenny Han
3. We'll Always Have Summer - Jenny Han
4. Confessions of a Murder Suspect - James Patterson

I check out the first two Jenny Han books out of the library and I devoured them in two days. I really need to know who Belly ended up with so I bought the third one on my kindle straight after finishing the second one. I LOVED THAT SERIES. I read the trilogy in three days (one book per day) and basically I stayed inside for three days straight, only leaving the book to eat, sleep and shower. Once I finished the series I didn't want to read any other book, I just wanted to keep re-reading the books over and over again, and falling in love with the characters over and over again. If you guys haven't yet read that trilogy I recommend you do!

February TBR Pile List:
1. The Boyfriend List - E.Lockhart
2. Kidnap in the Caribbean - Lauren St John
3. Tiger's Curse - Colleen Houck
4. The Declaration - Gemma Malley
5. Insurgent - Veronica Roth

This all I am aiming for now, I need to try and read 12 books a month in order to reach my 2013 Goodreads goal! So I will try and read 7 others this month! :D 



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From the Review Pile #17


From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or if you don't receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.


I know that a lot of you have a huge pile of books that you want to read/review, but it understandably takes a while to get around to reading them all - here you can give a book (or two!) some of the publicity that it deserves, even if you haven't read it yet!

Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)War looms in sixteen-year-old Tris’s dark dystopian world as disputes between the factions grow. Tris must now fight against all odds to discover the truth that can save her and the people she loves. Sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge – and the choices she makes will have devastating and unexpected consequences.

I really need to read this soon...enough said!
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Monday, 28 January 2013

How I Am Going To Spend This Year

Hi everyone!

I hope you guys are having a fantastic 2013! 
Last year I didn't accomplish as much as I had hoped to, I wanted to start ballet, hip hop, participate in the annual dance show, win the science trophy at my school and complete Grade 4 on the piano, but alas, I didn't achieve that as my anxiety prevented me from continuing with what I love. I know this sounds like a lousy excuse, but anyone with anxiety will know how difficult it is to not let the anxiety control your life. But this year, I am definitely going to focus on achieving the goals, and I'm not going to let anything get in the way. 

This year I want to focus on becoming a more knowledgeable person and improving my talents. My one friend told me about this amazing website called Memrise, where it teaches you all this amazing stuff to memorize and there's a scientific theory behind it. But honestly, you need to check this website out, its...AMAZING! At the moment I am learning French and the composers of famous compositions and what all the emoticons we see around on the internet mean. But that is three of literally thousands of stuff you can learn.

I want to study fun stuff this year. Learn information about tragic events in history, learn about all the exotic places in the world that I haven't yet had the privilege to visit and any other pieces of information that interest me. I want this year to be a year of making memories, learning stuff, becoming more knowledgeable and wiser and improving my talents. 

My goals for this year are:
1. To learn French
(I have been learning French on Memrise the past few days. I use to do French when I resided in the UK and I LOVED it, so I'm really enjoying being able to learn the language again.)
2. Complete Grade 4 on piano
(We sold my piano, and will be getting me a new one that is better once our house is built! I am really hoping that I will be able to get a Yamaha or Kawai Upright piano, or a grand piano. I adore piano, and I want to reach my Grade 8 before I turn 18.)
3. Go for guitar lessons
(I am a musical person and music fills most of my daily life. We've always had a guitar in our household as my dad plays, and I've always been interested in playing but never really thought much about it. However, a couple of weeks back, I heard The A Team by Ed Sheeran and loved how the guitar sounded so. I picked up my dad's guitar (which is half my guitar now), googled the chords for The A Team and the strumming pattern and I taught myself the song. At first it sounded absolutely atrocious, but since I've been practicing every day, its sounding a lot better!)
4. Go for art lessons
(I LOVE drawing and people have said that I am quite talented at it. My mom is going to find me an art teacher as I would love to improve in my art work.)
5. Go back to dancing
(I adore dancing, I use to do ballet as a little girl but then I quit :(, I really want to go back to dancing, as I went for lessons last year and I had the most wonderful teacher and the most amazing kids in my dance group, so I definitely want to go back this year.)
6. Write a bit towards my novel every week
(I have been saying that I am going to write a book since I was nine years old and I still haven't yet. But I am going to try and write a little bit each week.)
7. Raise money for charity
(I think that it is very important that we help the less fortunate. Whenever I see a homeless person out on the street I tear up, its just not fair that their are people like the Kardashians and Paris Hilton who have millions of dollars, yet they don't do much to help the needy, just buy them self more designer clothes and another Lamborghini, and then their are people sitting on the streets with no roof over their heads and no food or water. I believe that it is up to us to make a difference in the world and that's what I shall aim for this year.)
8. Open a business to make money to buy me a telescope...not sure what yet? Maybe baking and selling stuff? Even though I am an utter disaster in the kitchen x_x
(I really want to try and make money this year. I created a swear jar, so that whenever someone swears around me they have to pay me 50 cents per word, the "f" word costing one rand. And so far I've made quite a lot, I can tell you that! I was thinking of maybe making a baking business, but I'm not really a baking type of person, so I don't think that would work..)
9. Travel somewhere...
(I want to make every day of my life interesting. I can't just sit around and wait for something interesting or wonderful or amazing to happen, I have to go out there and make something happen. I would love to travel somewhere, even if its just staying in a local hotel for two nights, just have a different surrounding and experiencing an adventure.)
10. Read my bible every night and possibly join a youth group
(I am a Christian, but sometimes it feels like I'm not that close to God any more  Sometimes life can distract us from being close to God and pull us away from Him, and this year, every day, I'm going to take time just to thank Him for all I have and spend time with him in prayer and bible reading.

These are my goals for this year, goals that I'm going to strive towards every day. I really want to accomplish more this year, and now knowing what I actually want to accomplish, is already one step in the right direction. 

Aside from writing about books on Blog of a Bookaholic, I will be posting how its going with my goals...hopefully there will be a lot of positive update posts about the list in the future :D


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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Stacking the Shelves #33

I got another awesome haul this week that I am really looking forward to reading!



Bought:
1. All the Wrong Questions - Lemony Snicket
Who Could That Be At This Hour?
In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.
The first volume in the four-part autobiographical account of his childhood, called All the Wrong Questions, will be released on Oct. 23, 2012. This will be Snicket’s first new series since the wildly popular A Series of Unfortunate Events.


2. Until Tuesday -  
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him
"We aren't just service dog and master; Tuesday and I are also best friends. Kindred souls. Brothers. Whatever you want to call it. We weren't made for each other, but we turned out to be exactly what the other needed." 
A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalván never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home from combat, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. Haunted by the war and in constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; ultimately, he cut himself off from those he loved. Alienated and alone, unable to sleep or bend over without pain, he began to wonder if he would ever recover. 
Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived amongst prisoners and at a home for troubled boys, blessing many lives; he could turn on lights, open doors, and sense the onset of anxiety and flashbacks. But because of a unique training situation and sensitive nature, he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being -- until Luis. 
"Until Tuesday" is the story of how two wounded warriors, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other. It is a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, psychological wounds and spiritual restoration. But more than that, it is a story about the love between a man and dog, and how together they healed each other's souls.


3. Where Lions Roar At Night - Rosie Boom 
Cover for 'Where Lions Roar at Night'
Where Lions Roar at Night is an engaging read-aloud for the whole family. Enjoy the fun, adventures and dramas of a modern day ‘pioneering’ family as they begin home-steading in rural N.Z.
Ten-year-old Milly had always dreamed of living in the country and owning all sorts of animals. So when her parents buy a piece of land and move their six children into a ninety-year-old barn, Milly can’t believe her luck.But she never imagined that living the simple life would include mucking out a filthy water tank, gathering endless supplies of firewood, clearing the land, and rescuing animals in a ‘hundred year’ storm. Nor did she expect to hear deep groanings in the night…
The first book in the multi-award winning series, The Barn Chronicles, Where Lions Roar at Night won the 2010 Australasian CALEB Prize for children’s books.  *From Smashwords* 


4. Waiting For You - Susane Colasanti
Waiting For You
At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she? In Waiting For You, this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realizes that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.



5. Soldier Dogs - Maria Goodavage
Soldier Dogs
A leading dog-blogger offers a tour of military working dogs' extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them. People all over the world have been riveted by the story of Cairo, the Belgian Malinois who was a part of the Navy SEAL team that led the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. A dog's natural intelligence, physical abilities, and pure loyalty contribute more to our military efforts than ever before. You don't have to be a dog lover to be fascinated by the idea that a dog-the cousin of that furry guy begging for scraps under your table-could be one of the heroes who helped execute the most vital and high-tech military mission of the new millennium.Now Maria Goodavage, editor and featured writer for one of the world's most widely read dog blogs, tells heartwarming stories of modern soldier dogs and the amazing bonds that develop between them and their handlers. Beyond tales of training, operations, retirement, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust, no matter how deadly the IEDs they are sniffing, nor how far they must parachute or rappel from aircraft into enemy territory."Military working dogs live for love and praise from their handlers," says Ron Aiello, president of the United States War Dogs Association and a former marine scout dog handler. "The work is all a big game, and then they get that pet, that praise. They would do anything for their handler." This is an unprecedented window into the world of these adventurous, loving warriors. 


6. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops - Jen Campbell
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
From the hugely popular blog, a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments:'Can books conduct electricity?''My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that's ok... isn't it?'

A John Cleese Twitter question ['What is your pet peeve?'], first sparked the 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller's collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor. 
From 'Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?' to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year's weather; and from 'I've forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter' to'Excuse me... is this book edible?'

This full-length collection illustrated by the Brothers McLeod also includes top 'Weird Things' from bookshops around the world.



For review:
1. Barbie Girl - Heidi Acosta
Barbie Girl
The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.
The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him. 
But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?


2. Angel Eyes - Shannon Dittemore
Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes, #1)
Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .
ANGEL EYES
Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.
Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.
Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.
A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.


3. Broken Wings - Shannon Dittemore
Broken Wings (Angel Eyes, #2)
Giant angels with metal wings and visible song. A blind demon restored from the pit of darkness. And a girl who has never felt more broken.
Brielle sees the world as it really is: a place where the Celestial exists side by side with human reality. But in the aftermath of a supernatural showdown, her life begins to crumble. Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her—something important. Her overprotective father has started drinking again. He’s dating a much younger woman who makes Brielle’s skin crawl, and he’s downright hostile toward Jake. Haunting nightmares keep Brielle from sleeping, and flashes of Celestial vision keep her off kilter.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who sees through the Terrestrial Veil. When he plucks the blind demon, Damien, from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for a cataclysmic battle of good versus evil.
Then Brielle unearths the truth about her mother’s death and she must question everything she ever thought was true.
Brielle has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their terror down upon the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight.
But can she fly with broken wings?



4. Insight - Jolene Perry
Insight (Shadows, #1)
Micah hates her ability to “see” things when she touches people. She’s terrified of relationships, holds on to guilt over the death of her classmate, Lacey, and has no idea what to do with a vision from Landon, a boy from her school. She feels him falling for her, but Micah doesn’t do friends, much less relationships.
Enter a spooky history project about a tragedy from three hundred years ago, and voodoo dolls that Micah somehow feels has to do with her gift. Suddenly she’s sure the shadows in the woods are following her every move—without Landon’s relaxed attitude about what’s happening in her life, Micah would be sure she’s going crazy.
With no ideas on timing or specifics, the visions of both herself and the people she cares about are turning dark—and it appears the shadows around her house do move on their own. But as Micah and Landon try to prevent Micah’s visions of the future, the shadows close in, and they’re now afraid they’ve become the cause…
Micah's story is the first of three girls, with unique talents, who are part of a 300 year old tragedy that follows them in the shadows.


5. Manipulation - Jolene Perry
Manipulation (Shadows, #2)
Addison Prince has almost always gotten what she wants.Dean Courser only wants to find his brother, but it's the one thing he’s failed at... Even with his unusual ability.
Dean and Addison share the gift of Manipulation—a brief touch that forces others to do what they wish. But when they meet and realize their connection, they find more questions than answers. Suddenly Dean is seeing shadows move on their own, and Addison is learning her father’s mysterious group may know more about her abilities than he’s ever let on. 
As Dean and Addison second-guess every decision about who they are and why they're wanted, time is running out. With shadows following their every move, they're losing hope they’ll ever get to safety—if such a thing exists.


6. Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb - Ally Malinenko 
Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb (Lizzy Speare Book 1)
MEET LIZZY SPEARE…
…a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very not normal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!)
Then Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud nearly five hundred years old. Could that be why the mysterious, eye patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her? (Spoiler Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in Shakespeare’s tomb? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago?
In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters—in what is truly “an improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote.
7. The Reece Malcolm List - Amy Spalding
The Reece Malcolm List
Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.5. She’s my mother.
Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.
L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.
But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?

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Friday, 25 January 2013

Personal Post

Hello!

I might not be blogging for the next week as its quite busy over here! My school work should arrive this week and I won't have much time for reading! I will do a post of all my books that arrive with my home schooling programme! :D

Have a great weekend! xxx
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Tuesday, 22 January 2013



Week #10: - 21/1/2013
Same as last week, really need to try and finish these!

1. The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
2. Kidnap in the Caribbean - Lauren St John
Kidnap in the Caribbean (Laura Marlin Mysteries, #2)
Laura cannot contain her excitement when she wins a trip to the Caribbean for herself and her uncle, Calvin Redfern, especially when her best friend, Tariq, and her three-legged husky, Skye, accidentally find themselves on board too. But when they dock at Antigua, they discover that Calvin Redfern has vanished, and Laura and Tariq are about to be kidnapped by the fearsome Straight A gang. Dramatic escapes, an erupting volcano and a race against time to stop the deadly undercover 'Marine Concern' make Laura's second adventure every bit as exciting as the first. *Description from www.Amazon.com*
3. The Boyfriend List - E.Lockhart
The Boyfriend List
 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver.Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it's unusual, but give her a break—she's had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she:* lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list)* lost her best friend (Kim)* lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket)* did something suspicious with a boy (#10)* did something advanced with a boy (#15)* had an argument with a boy (#14)* drank her first beer (someone handed it to her)* got caught by her mom (ag!)* had a panic attack (scary)* lost a lacrosse game (she's the goalie)* failed a math test (she'll make it up)* hurt Meghan's feelings (even though they aren't really friends)* became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)* and had graffiti written about her in the girls' bathroom (who knows what was in the boys'!?!).But don't worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.
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Sunday, 20 January 2013

Stacking the Shelves #32


I got some amazing books on my kindle that I am so excited for reading! :D I went on a bit of a book buying spree, which is naughty of me as my parents and friends say I have way too many books, but then I say you can never have too many books! :p I honestly don't how I'm going to read all these books, but I shall try too :D

Bought:
1. School's Out - Forever - James Patterson
School's Out—Forever (Maximum Ride, #2)
In this eagerly awaited follow-up, brave bird-kid Max and her flock are discovered by an FBI agent and forced to go to "school." There is no such thing as an ordinary day as Max deciphers how and when she's supposed to save the world, and she faces her greatest enemy--a clone of herself. 

2. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports - James Patterson
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride, #3)
In MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the time has arrived for Max and her winged "Flock" to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of "Re-evolution", a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race...and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them--but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?

3. The Final Warning - James Patterson
The Final Warning (Maximum Ride, #4)
In this breathtaking new story from the astonishing imagination of James Patterson, a girl has to save herself from an army assembled just to capture her-and maybe save the planet while she's at it.
Maximum Ride is a perfectly normal teenager who just happens to be able to fly, the result of an out-of-control government experiment. 
Max and the other members of the Flock-six kids who share her remarkable ability-have been asked to aid a group of environmental scientists studying the causes of global warming. The expedition seems like a perfect combination of adventure, activism--and escaping government forces who watch the Flock like a hawk.
But even in Antarctica, trapped in the harshest weather on our planet, Maximum Ride is an irresistible target in constant danger. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world. Maximum Ride is James Patterson's greatest character, a heroine who manages to be human and fearless at once.

5. Max - James Patterson
Max (Maximum Ride, #5)
Maximum Ride and the other members of the flock have barely recovered from their last Arctic adventure, when they are confronted by the most frightening catastrophe yet. Millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii and someone--or something--is destroying hundreds of ships. Unable to discover the cause, the government enlists the flock to help them get to the bottom of the disaster before it is too late.
While Max and her team are exploring the depths of the ocean, their every move is being carefully tracked by Mr. Chu--a criminal mastermind with his own plans for the flock. Can they protect themselves from Mr. Chu's army of mercenaries and save the ocean from utter destruction?

6. Fang - James Patterson
Fang (Maximum Ride, #6)
Being a kid with wings--constantly on the run--has never been easy, and Max and her flock are getting tenser than ever. First, on a trip to Africa, they meet a mysterious billionaire whose intense scrutiny of the Flock makes her fear the worst. And as if an impending apocalypse weren't bad enough, canny birdkid Angel makes a dire prophecy about Max's soul mate: Fang will be the first to die. Max's desperate desire to protect Fang brings the two closer than ever. But can the team weather the storm, or will the turmoil rip them apart for the last time?

7. Angel - James Patterson
Angel (Maximum Ride, #7)
In the seventh book in the bestselling series, evil scientists are still trying to convince Max that she needs to save the world, this time by providing the genetic link in speeding up the pace of evolution. Worse, they're trying to convince her that her perfect mate is Dylan, the newest addition to the flock. The problem is that, despite herself, Max is starting to believe it. 
Fang travels the country collecting his own gang of evolved humans, but the two separate flocks must unite to defeat a frightening doomsday cult whose motto is Save the Planet: Kill the Humans. And this time, the true heroine, for once, might just be little Angel.

8. Nevermore - James Patterson
Nevermore (Maximum Ride, #8)
Maximum Ride and her faithful friends stand ready to face the two greatest threats that humankind has ever known--now combining forces in an unbeatable plot to destroy life as we know it once and for all. And this time, the enemy truly can't be stopped.
The danger mounts just as Dylan has finally worked his way into Max's heart--and just as her beloved Fang unexpectedly returns to the flock. An explosive confrontation between the two boys with a claim to Max's heart ensues, and the entire world hangs in the balance.
In this powerful and moving finale to James Patterson's epic fantasy series, fans will finally get the answers they've been waiting for--and an ending full of shock, surprises, and the greatest conclusion you never saw coming.

8. Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor
Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.
This is not that world.
Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?


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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Personal post

Hi guys!

Happy Friday!

We have no water. We haven't had water since yesterday afternoon and its horrible not having any water. Hopefully it'll be back soon!

Also, I got some maths and science that I need to do this year and its been quite busy so I might not be able to blog as much and every day as I was hoping! :(  I also haven't been reading too much as we've just started building and my dogs went for an operation so I'm sorry for not having long reviews or posts :( 

How's your Friday been? xxx 
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From the Review Pile #16


From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or if you don't receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.


I know that a lot of you have a huge pile of books that you want to read/review, but it understandably takes a while to get around to reading them all - here you can give a book (or two!) some of the publicity that it deserves, even if you haven't read it yet!

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The Boyfriend List - E.Lockhart
The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver, #1)E. Lockhart’s spot-on dialogue and descriptions of painfully but hilariously relatable situations make this young adult novel an addictive read. Fifteen-year-old Ruby has had a rough ten days. During that time she:     * lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list)    * lost her best friend (Kim)   * lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket)   * did something suspicious with a boy (#10)    * did something advanced with a boy (#15)   * had an argument with a boy (#14)   * had a panic attack   * lost a lacrosse game (she's the goalie)   * failed a math test (she'll make it up)   * hurt Meghan's feelings (even though they aren't really friends)   * became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)   * had graffiti written about her in the girls' bathroom (who knows what was in the   boys'!?!)
But don't worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.

I think this book looks so cute! I got it from my library and I'm really looking forward to reading it! :D  
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

My Dogs

My dogs went to be spayed today, we don't want them having any puppies. I feel so sorry for them, as they have those clear, plastic cones around their heads and Missy (the boerboel) doesn't want to sit or lie down and she's so tired. Poppy (Miniature Schnauzer) is lying down and seems okay. It's heart-breaking seeing my babies like this :(
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Monday, 14 January 2013

Review - It's Not Summer Without You - Jenny Han

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)Title: It's Not Summer Without You
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication: April 27 2010, Simon & Schuster
Pages: 275 pages, Paperback
Source: Library book
Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started--at Cousins Beach.
*WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T YET READ THE FIRST BOOK*

Wow. I don't actually know what I have to say. I want to scream, cry, yell, anything. I wasn't expecting It's Not Summer Without You to affect me in this way, I wasn't expecting to care for the characters like I do. I wasn't expecting it at all. I wasn't expecting this book to tug my heart-strings in every direction possible, causing an aching sense of loss and nostalgia. Everything Belly, Jeremiah and Conrad went through, I went through. I can't type my words yet, I've got a book hangover, I don't want to do anything except read It's Not Summer Without You, over and over and over again. I don't want to do anything but cry and punch the pillow, knowing that things will never be the same for me or the characters again. I don't want to even think about reading another book. I want to be caught up in the magical story, I want to remember everything before the tragedy, I want to remember when everything was perfect at the summer house, I want to go back to those times.  Now we've got broken people, broken relationships, broken friendships, a complicated love triangle. 


The story continues after Belly's last perfect, complete summer at Cousins beach. Everything is different this year, its the first year Belly has spent summer away from Cousins, the first year that she won't have Susannah, Conrad and Jeremiah by her. Belly is still recovering from Susannah's death, still shocked how quickly, suddenly and viciously the cancer came back. And the relationships between the two boys are even more complicated than before. Belly thought that she had finally captured Conrad's heart, after that one perfect night they had spent at the summer house. But when she sees him again, he breaks her heart, leaving her bewildered, angry and bitterly upset. I was quite surprised at how things turned out, based on The Summer I Turned Pretty's romantic ending, I was expecting for Belly and Conrad to be together, but of course, things were a lot more complicated that what they seemed. 

Since Belly hasn't been on speaking terms with the boys, she wasn't expecting the call from Jeremiah, reporting that Conrad was missing and he needed Belly's help to find him. When they did find him, it was so...heart-breaking seeing how tense and how broken their relationship was. How Susannah wasn't there to make things okay. How everything was different. This book was different and so more complex then the previous one. The Summer I Turned Pretty was a sweet beach read, also quite nostalgic. Every few chapters we were given a memories of previous summers, whereas this book, It's Not Summer Without You, was set in the present. And you can see how everyone has changed and matured. And I felt myself yearning for the younger versions of the characters, the previous summers, where nothing was complicated and everyone was around. 

Everything changed after the devastating call that Susannah had passed away. Everyone was dealing with their grief in their own way. Belly was lost in a dream world, not wanting to participate with school, with family, with friends. She wanted to be in Cousins, but then again not. She wanted to be in Cousins, but before everything changed. Before Susannah passed on. Before she had to deal with the aftermath of the devastating break-up with Conrad. She didn't want to return to the summer house and feel Susannah's death around her, she didn't want to be crushed by the pain.

All the characters seem grown up, more mature than in the previous book. Conrad is wrapped up in his own grief, not seeing how he is hurting everyone else by not caring. You could almost see the pain written on his face, you could feel the anguish that he was squishing down. Jeremiah is always the fun one, smiling and cracking jokes, but even his laughter is forced. It pained me to see how everyone had changed. I honestly didn't expect to feel this way. 

The plot was brilliant! I loved reading about how they dealt with the death of the loved one, and I loved reading about how the relationships changed. I was quite surprised by the ending and literally straight after I read the book, I made my dad buy me the book on my kindle so I can read it straight away! 

Jenny Han is an amazing writer. The characters are your old friends, bringing with them a feeling of nostalgia for the last summer and every summer before. After reading The Summer I Turned Pretty and It's Not Summer Without You my heart was broken. Everything has changed, mostly for the worst, and all you want to do is relive the previous summer and whip them back to that magical time. Jenny Han makes you feel the magic of summer, the fun, that life-changing moments and the anguish that follows. If you haven't yet read this series I urge you too. After I read this book I was crying as I couldn't believe how everything had changed and the events the characters had been through. I LOVE this series, and when it is over, I shall cry like a baby. I am off to read the last book, with a box of tissues and chocolate under my arm. Just read it. Its amazing. Trust me. And if you don't love the first book that  much, the second one makes up for it.

I give it: 5/5 CUPCAKES! 




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My Reading Plan #9



Week #9: - 14/1/2013

1. The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
2. Kidnap in the Caribbean - Lauren St John
Kidnap in the Caribbean (Laura Marlin Mysteries, #2)
Laura cannot contain her excitement when she wins a trip to the Caribbean for herself and her uncle, Calvin Redfern, especially when her best friend, Tariq, and her three-legged husky, Skye, accidentally find themselves on board too. But when they dock at Antigua, they discover that Calvin Redfern has vanished, and Laura and Tariq are about to be kidnapped by the fearsome Straight A gang. Dramatic escapes, an erupting volcano and a race against time to stop the deadly undercover 'Marine Concern' make Laura's second adventure every bit as exciting as the first. *Description from www.Amazon.com*
3. The Boyfriend List - E.Lockhart
The Boyfriend List
 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver.Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it's unusual, but give her a break—she's had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she:* lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list)* lost her best friend (Kim)* lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket)* did something suspicious with a boy (#10)* did something advanced with a boy (#15)* had an argument with a boy (#14)* drank her first beer (someone handed it to her)* got caught by her mom (ag!)* had a panic attack (scary)* lost a lacrosse game (she's the goalie)* failed a math test (she'll make it up)* hurt Meghan's feelings (even though they aren't really friends)* became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)* and had graffiti written about her in the girls' bathroom (who knows what was in the boys'!?!).But don't worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.
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