Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Don't Quote Me (#13)

Creepy how Don't Quote Me is on number 13 on Halloween. (that was not planned) I think I'm going to add my comments to each quote like I used to, again. 

It's scary, but so true.

I've met a fool recently, and I don't he's ever heard silence until now.

I can't exactly follow this, even though I want to. My interests are just too broad, and change hourly.

In the end, I'll read my story, and I want to be proud of it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October Favorites

Favorite Book

My favorite book this month has to be Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. I had a tough time getting into reading with school, but somehow I finished Wintergirls, and love it. 

Favorite Album

Of course, I am a Taylor Swift fan and her new album came out this month, Red. My favorite song as of now has to be Starlight

Favorite Author

I found out that I'm a true Laurie Halse Anderson fan this month. I've read Speak, The Catalyst, and this month Wintergirls. I'm just blown away at her writing.

Favorite Book Cover

The second novel from Keira Cass' cover is just amazing. The Selection cover was beautiful too, but this really caught my eye one day. 

Favorite Blogger

This month's favorite Blogger, or Blogger Spotlight is Grace Ma aka The Humble Watermelon. Grace is a Canadian blogger, and one of my all time favorites. Her review are very detailed and love her all around.

Favorite BookTuber

Liddy aka theebookmonster is my favorite booktuber this month, because she's all around wonderful, and her videos make me laugh. She doesn't upload constantly, but her videos are well put together, and her reviews are too. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

If I Didn't Have A Book Blog.

BullyingSince, Hurricane Sandy is coming up the eastern sea board and I am on that side of the country (no I won't tell you where I live, stalkers) I've been trying to come up with ideas of what I can do, without the internet. Most of the things I do everyday revolves around the internet. I watch my "television" on there, but I actually just watch youtubers. I read news articles, instead of watching the news. I do research on the internet, instead of going to the library. I'm a book blogger and that got me thinking, that if I didn't start this, what would I be doing?

Well the obvious answer would be I'll still be in school. I'd still have friends, and still have the internet. Though if I didn't have this blog, I wouldn't be as happy as I am most of the time. I wouldn't get random wonderful comments from strangers that make my day, and wouldn't know some amazing people, I'd never would have otherwise. I don't like to jinx things, but I've never got a "bad" comment before, or a "mean" comment. I'm so lucky, and fortunate that I'm not cyberbullied, but I know there are many people out there that have a face on the internet, and are constantly criticized. I know that if I keep continuing this, and it gets bigger, then I'd get those "mean" comments. It's just a fact that not everyone will like you in life. I've learned to except that.

I'm most likely going to go into a lecture now... When you come across someone online, there will be people you won't like and disagree with. I've found some of those people, and right when I know that I won't like them, I move away. I look away. I unfollow them, unsubscribe, exit out, anything that will remove me from someone I dislike. That being said, you can't do that in real life, most of the time. So, be grateful that the internet allows you to do that. If you haven't removed yourself from that situation(or maybe more than on situation), you should immediately.

I think that I'm fairly informed in bullying and cyberbullying. I've seen many things online that are as rude, as stealing your best friend's cat, and leaving it out in the middle of the highway. I, myself, have been bullied for a brief amount of time, and it was nothing serious, but bullying hurts.  My feelings are here for you to read, and I'm vulnerable, so all I ask is that if you dislike me or don't agree with what I say, practice the act of removing yourself from the possibility of you bullying someone.

I never mean to lecture anyone when I write these, but sometimes I have to say these things because they mean so much to me, and I want to share them with y'all. If you didn't know, I love you guys with all of the support you give, and opportunities. It's an ego booster, hahaha. No, but really, I am more confident in myself and not wanting to hide things that I love because of this blog. Thank you for that. If I didn't have a book blog I'll be more susceptible to self-harm, and so much more that I see friends of mine go through, that don't have an outlet like this. Thanks again, and I hope this wasn't cheesy. 

Love and Hugs

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Thing About Series.

So, here’s the thing about series. I, personally, start out reading series whether I want to or not. It’s really rare, lately, to find a single book. I can count on one hand how many books that I've read this year, that doesn't have a sequel, or counterpart. It’s quite obsessive to me how authors want to write so much of the same characters. I could never right a nine book series about the same people, and setting. It’s just too much of the same thing for me to write about, and sometimes it’s too much for me to read.

Series can be difficult. Recently I've read a lot of debut author’s first novel in a trilogy, or series. I know that I’ll have to wait a year, or maybe two to read the second novel. That’s quite difficult, and I've learned to not think about books, so I don’t get disappointed when I do read the sequel. That, there, is what scares me. I want to read a novel, and have it in my thoughts, and what I think about when I go to bed, but when I know there’s going to be a sequel to a novel, my mind shuts that off so I wait. I think that I’m the only one that does that, but please tell me if you do too.

The plus side of series, is that you don’t have to be introduced to a completely different cast of characters, and their setting. It’s like a family reunion, you see them every year, and have an adventure. Then sometimes, I think that authors write novels just to keep a committed fan base to only read their series. I can understand that some stories need that extra four novels, but then there are series that are just published to be franchised. Can someone explain to me why publishers would do that when they know readers are pick, especially in the young adult community. I know I’m generalizing, and you may be not one of those picky readers, but most people I know are.

I just want to get this golden age of paranormal romance series out of the way soon. That sounds really arrogant, but I can’t stand anymore of those books. It’s great once in a while, but when the only young adult novels that are being published are those, it’s down right awful. Again, I have to say that this is all my opinion and you can respond or not, but please be nice to one another.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


I've been in a reading rut like I told you so much recently, so I've been writing more. I'm not writing fanfiction, if that's what you're thinking. Trust me, I'd tell you first if I was, but this post is about my experience, if you can say that, with fanfiction, and my thoughts on it.

I'm quite a free-spirited person, and I have access to the internet, so I've read things. I've read a lot of fanfiction in my life time. The reason I got into reading really, was reading Twilight at first, and you can hate me on that, but I won't hate you if you are a Harry Potter fan. That's a whole different conversation. So, like I said, I didn't read much, until Twilight got into my eye sight. That's when I got into my fangirl mode, and started obsessing over Twilight. When I was in that geeking out mode, I started reading fanfiction. I think that's the start of when I'd read at night, a lot. I still have to read at night, something, because of those months. I'm not a insomniac or something, but that's what comforts me at night, when I'm trying to sleep. So, of course, I'm for fanfiction. I live off of it sometimes. There's so many fanfiction stories-Twilight, and others- that I adore, and I think should be published.

I know there's another side of fanfiction that some people only see. It's the side that thinks that stories that end should end, and not have these added drama, or plot lines. I can see their side of the argument, but for me I do that so often in my head, that if I see it written down it's a treat. It's kind of like, a friendship that started from something I and someone else like, and then our minds and thoughts, have brought us to a rough idea of what we think should or should've happen. Now, that there are so many series in the young adult genre, it's normal in my opinion to write down our thoughts and what we want to happen.

There are also some people that say that if these writers are good enough to write a wonderful story, why not write their own characters and setting. I think that some people like to write what they know, and what they know best happen to be their favorite books/characters. I find nothing wrong in that. Also I see it as a challenge, because when you write a character more than once for me anyways, I wish I can change how this person will react or think. Another thing is that many fanfiction have turned into published works, and many authors get their word out there through fanfiction, more than anything else.

I know that I told you about my obsession with Twilight in earlier years, and you might think towards the recently popular adult novels, that were inspired by the series, and were fanfiction. I myself, don't read those novels/fanfiction, and I don't intend to. It's just something I personally don't like, and wouldn't like to read. So that's my thoughts on that.

My views on writing is quite free, as long as you're not doing anything illegal, I see no wrong in that. Well, also if you don't personally antagonize someone in your writing, but I think that goes without saying. I hope I didn't step on anyone's feet, and please comment below on your thoughts on fanfiction. Please keep everything PG like I know you will. *looks at you like I know what you're thinking*

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

from goodreads

I have this strange fascination with eating disorders. Now, before you ask me a bunch or questions or try to get me help, I don't have one. I love food, and I eat everything in moderation. I hope you take my word for that, and please don't bombard me with anything. Secondly, I am a Laurie Halse Anderson fan, I didn't think I was when I was reading the last book from her, The Catalyst, but now I think I'm a true fan.

Laurie Halse Anderson is known for writing Speak, and along with her most award novel many other young adult fiction. Most of her stories are categorized as "tough", because of their themes. Many of her novels have started controversies. I, however, learn from her books about these "tough" themes. I'm not sure how your school system works, but I go to public school, and these themes are lightly touched on, and sometimes teachers aren't allowed to respond to questions. I find that incredibly discouraging. Anyways, I love how every novel she writes, she has this own style for her main characters, because they are in first person. It makes the novel feel more touchable, and relatable. When I read her novels, I always have this uncertainty that this character won't survive. It's quite scary, and I think it gives a personal experience for a reader, that hasn't gone or know anyone that has gone through these "tough" themes.

Lia is the main character in Wintergirls, and she is one of the wintergirls. Her use to be best friends, was found in a motel dead in the beginning of the novel, and that's when you find out the many problems Lia goes through, and the way she thinks and especially reacts to others, and events. Lia is numb. She's the kind of character that you want so bad to help, but you're not sure hoe exactly. I feel very attached to Lia, and even though she did so many things that scared me, and I would probably roll over and die, she's my hero in a way. Lia's story is one of many other girls that all over the world, have experienced, and some aren't as fortunate as her.

Cassie needs a punch in the face, in my opinion. Even at the end, I can't stand her, and I feel thing urge to kill and dead person, that's haunting Lia. Cassie is also anorexic, and is the cause of the wintergirls, and Lia's "struggle". I can't say that I particularly liked many other characters, they were all expected from Laurie Halse Anderson, and some are still a mystery to me. I can see how some characters can have their own story, and I would love to explore.

 The entire novel has this underlying feeling of coldness, and winter. There was always a haze of unsureness, or distress from the reader, or Lia. I think because I read the novel over a period of weeks, that it made the novel bearable. I'm not sure if I could sit down and read the novel in a weekend, especially when I'm in a reading rut, but I think that it is possible. That's why I give Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson a head nods, thumbs up, and smiling like there's no tomorrow. (5 out of 5)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Writing Fluffy Love Stories.

There's something about reading a fluffy love story that makes you... fluffy
inside. I usually try not to read fluffy love stories too often, but you can't
help it. Some authors are just amazing at making you fluffy and fall in love
with a fictional guy. Now writing fluffy love stories, that's totally
different... well to me anyways.

Every English teacher, every writing mentor, everyone really, has told
you/me/us, to write what you want. That's a whole lot easier said than done,
because for me at least, when ever I write a fictional piece, I feel like there
are eyes right over my shoulder. Am I the only one that feels this way? Some
part of me thinks that it's a good thing, because you shouldn't write something
that is hurtful to others or offensive. But then again, I see that writing for

some people (me sometimes) is a therapeutic way to get all my angers, or problems out. You probably know if you've read the blog, because I usually write about something that I think is interesting or want to share. That usually is a problem, or a situation.

So I have to ask, do you write whatever you want like people say, or do you have those eyes over your shoulder that makes you not. If second, we can help each other soooo much. If one, please help me. haha... I sound really desperate, but this has been on my mind for sometime that I wanted to share you y'all.

Two Sides of the To-do List.

notepad and pencilI have a situation with to-do lists. First things first, I don't write down to-do lists every day, but lately I have. So, here's the situation, I either make to-do lists, and follow through, or I do none of it, and feel awful. Usually, when you here people say," Make a to-do list." You first know that that person has a lot to do, and that that person is unorganized. For me it's the first one. I don't think I'm unorganized, I loose something probably once every two to three months. I don't think that unorganized. Also I like things to be neat and organized, but to-do lists... there just something about it. 

Scheduling everything I have to do at a certain time in one day is a no no for moi. I can't. I just can't push myself to do things that probably I can't or don't want to do for a set amount of time, and finish it the best of my ability. That's just a given for me. Though, if I write a to-do list at the beginning of the day, and not time anything out. Be as relax as I can, and just go through the list, in no order what so ever, I get things done. I think that goes back to that when someone sets you in a certain confines or tells you no, you want to go out of those confines, and yell yes! Those are my two sides of the to-do list.

So I'd like to know if you write to-do lists. If you're the one that can't follow through with them, your to-do list habits shall I say. Comments make me happy!

Love and Hugs

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Blog Tour: Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick

The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive.

Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love.
But she was wrong.

Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive.

Welcome to Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.

From goodreads

Shadows may be the only book that has got me sucked in a the beginning. I've talked about this book for about a month on the blog and all I could say was the prologue was intense. I have to say a fair warning now that I didn't read the first novel yet, but I'm planning to read the entire series all at once soon.

Ilsa J. Bick is a new author to me and boy do I want to meet her now. I usually like to keep wanting to meet an author at a distance because sometimes your role models or heroes let you down. Ilsa, though, really made reading a sequel to a novel you've never read a bit more bearable than I thought. I especially love how she manages to write incredibly detailed actions scenes with out slowing everything down. It seemed incredibly life like.

I didn't meet these characters in Shadows before hand in the first novel because I didn't read the first novel like I said at the start. My perception of all the characters are different then most and not completely sure about any. I find that I miss so much history between characters that I skim. It's going to be my duty to read Ashes soon.

I learned a lot about guns. That's a simple statement that I'm not sure that I wanted to say or not. I was completely clueless about guns before, and somehow I've came out a better? person knowing so much about a weapon that killed millions. It's hard to say, but I think that if you're into that kind of deal Shadows is made for you. This being stated again: I need to read the first novel to get the full effect; I'm going to give Shadows a head nods and thumbs up. (4 out of 5)

Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick GIVEAWAY!

 I'm doing a giveaway for Ilsa J. Bick's second novel in her Ashes Trilogy, Shadows. I personally love the book, but should have read Ashes before I read the second novel. If you'd like to be submitted in the giveaway details below.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Mortal Instruments Series

Hi guys I wanted to take a survey today, because I've been having trouble choosing to start reading the Mortal Instruments series or not. I know the movie is coming out soon, and I want to read the novel first, before watching it if I do. I have the Infernal Devices series, which is the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series. I've read the first two books, and my thoughts initially on them were that they were pretty awesome, but now that I think about it, it seems like a very paranormal soap opera. Care to yell at me if you want. Yeah... anyways I know there are die-hard fans of the series, and I know there maybe some neutral people out there, so help please? Thanks.

Friday, October 19, 2012

App Review: Flipboard

Most of you that read my blog, are also bloggers, and that is amazing, but also a lot of work to stay connected with everything. I personally only have a twitter, and that's enough for me. (@Clarareads)

I found this app called Flipboard a week or two ago, and have fallen in love with it. I love the style it creates and the easy navigation of the app. Flipboard, is basically where you can read all your news, and social networks in one place. I find that because I use Flipboard now, that I don't need the twitter app. Of course, there are other programs/applications like this, for example Tweetdeck. Which I haven't used, but that's because I use my social networks more mobily, than on my computer, and stationary. If you're like me and you have a mobile device that can support apps, like Android or iPhone/iPad then I think this will definitely replace whatever your using now.

There are so many social networks that are optimized in this app. So many I can't name them all, but I'll try to name all of the ones that are most popular.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review: The Super Spud by Michael Diack

Genetic engineering has accomplished many things, one of which has been to create the Super Spud! The humble potato elevated to new heights, creating the most flavoursome crisps ever known to humankind! But that's not all - A magical transformation occurs to all Super Spud crisps not eaten before their use-by date. They take on a life of their own. And so long as they remain undetected by humans, they enjoy life in their own Super Spud cities, take part in major Super Spud sporting events and even start the odd Super Spud war or two. Join Colin, Cougar, Hannibal Vector, Generals Rock, Jock and Strap and all the others in their rollicking adventures. You'll never look at a packet of crisps in the same way again! Fun, quirky and totally original.

from goodreads

I don't like writing reviews of books I couldn't finish. So that being said, this review will be short, and maybe uninformative. I got this novel a while back, and was saving it for a time that I wanted something quick and light to read. Well, that didn't come, because I have been in a reading rut. So, I asked two people that I honor their opinions very much to start reading it and tell me their thoughts. Both of which did not finish reading the novel.

The first person I gave the book to read, told me that the book felt very childish. I'm not sure what age range this was directed to, but from the summary I believe middle grade. Of course, you can also tell that a story about crisps is not going to be some amazing, world changing, meaningful adult novel. That person also said that the novel went very quickly, and did not understand completely where the crisps were and what they were doing. The beginning was fast paced. I remember my close friend saying that it's for those kids that have ADHD. I wouldn't go as far as saying that, but I do agree, when I read the first few pages of the novel.

My second friend, when I introduced her to the novel, wasn't very excited about it either. She read a passage or two, and had to stop. She did not like the idea, and I honestly wouldn't have picked up this book either, if I saw it at Barnes and Nobel, or at my local library. She also said that it wasn't well written. That I can't agree with, because even though the writing was fast paced, I didn't have any trouble with it.

That being said, I'd give The Super Spud a head shakes, thumb down, shoulders shrug. (2 out of 5)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


My epiphanies come quite often, since I am still a tiny person, who barely lived. Any who, I discovered today that everyone has their own complex history, future, and the ever drowning now. I knew this already of course, but somehow it struck me today while I was reading Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. That novel in itself is quite a downer, but I love it nonetheless. It's probably because many things came together for me today. I won't share them, because they're private, but it's a pretty exciting thing that I'm proud of.

Having finally come to terms that everyone has a situation, or many situations at the same time, I feel very vulnerable to their acts and what they say to me. The way people are, is that we are selfish creatures. You can hate me on that, but that's what I believe, and I won't try to contradict that by saying something philosophical. So, I guess today was my day to step back and see everyone differently, and in their own light, no matter how bright or faint it is.

Sometimes, your own situation can take your mind and soul, and you forget that the person sitting next to you is going through the exact same thing, worse, or easier to handle. Now, I'm not saying my issues are world changing when I defeat them, but they feel like that. No matter the difficulty or  how easy it can be.

I find that I go off topic on these type of posts, it's okay if you aren't reading this, but thanks if you still are. You can vent to me whenever you want, btw. My email is, that email goes for both professionally and personally. Also you can ask me anything you want anonymously on formspring. That's all for me today, but please don't bottle things up. 

Don't Quote Me (#11)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Over editing?

I've been writing a lot lately. Not on the blog as you've noticed, but personally, and I have edited a lot. I want to say too much, but I know that everyone is going to say that you can never edit too much. You can always find a way to improve your work.For me, when I edit something  a lot, it gets boring and I hate rereading something sooooo many times. It makes me go kind of insane. That's probably why they say you should always look at things with new eyes, everyone in a while.

I can't remember a time that that worked. After a while of editing, I get numb with all those corrections and my mind is saying,"Too much. Too much.... need.... coffee...... or a book..... please?" Does that happen to you?

Since I am doing Nanowrimo this year, I hope that will make me look at writing and editing differently, because I will not be editing while writing nanowrimo. I write quite slow, and that will never work if I did edit like I would. That hopefully, will give me a new way of writing something without getting bored about it.

If you're doing nanowrimo this year, please tweet me @Clarareads, it would dearly help me if I have some encouragement, and of course I will reciprocate.

P.S. I'm not editing this post, so excuse my grammar. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Nanowrimo 2012

Nanowrimo is National November Writing Month. Next month I will try to accomplish writing a 50,000 novel. So that comes out about 1600 something words a day. That is a lot for little ol' me who is obsessive over editing while writing. Usually the most I'd write in a day is 700. Nanowrimo is for me, a way to put the thoughts and plot ideas I have somewhat on paper(Word).

I have never done Nanowrimo. That said, I don't like to be a Debby Downer but there is a HUGE chance that I will not succeed. I haven't found an idea that I'm going to stick with, so everything is up in the air at this point. Also please support me next month and leave any ideas below.

If you've done nanowrimo please comment below, I'd love to hear your experience and if you finished or failed. ;( .

Monday, October 8, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#8)

meme is started by bookjourney

What I Read This Week:

I started reading Wintergirls a week ago? I think. This book has made me.... different per se. I'm not sure what my final thoughts on it are yet, but the review will be up on Tuesday.

What I Am Currently Reading:

I am part of the blog tour for Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick. I read the prologue without knowing about the first book, and so far I'm sucked into it. :)

What I'm Going to Read Next:

Living together unsupervised, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and are compelled to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways. Paranormal meets psycho meets Goth in this story of a supernatural haunting and budding love.

High school junior, Ben, hacks into his step-father's real estate holdings and provides rooms in an old two-story house to various outcasts: the schizophrenic kid, the angry Goth girl, and the homeless girl who worships him. When Megan needs a place to live she comes to the rooming house with a different set of problems and the ability to confuse and attract Ben.

One by one strange and mysterious occurrences stretch the teens’ beliefs in the supernatural. How they deal with demons, real and imagined, has tragic as well as redeeming consequences. 

from goodreads

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Here's The Deal

Since school started the struggle to keep up with the blog has been inconsistent. So, this is an official notice that states that my posts will not be consistent now until probably the holiday times. I honestly don't know what to do with the blog, because my ideas have gone into other projects outside of the blog. Anyways, I will still continue in my blog tours, and any author requesting reviews, but they will take a while.

I have gone into a reading runt. It's not pretty. I'd rather watch youtube videos all day than read, and that really bothers me, because I've stopped reading fanfiction, which I adore reading every night. Also my book reviews for authors have been nowhere recently, and it's no one's fault except mine. I'm not sure when I'll be out of this reading runt, but hopefully when I make myself not do things, I do things. I know, it's weird.

So I'm inviting anyone that doesn't have a blog, or doesn't want a blog, but still wants to share their thoughts to email me at . There you can ask me if you'd like to be a guest blogger, and it can be anonymous if you'd like. Any book you'd like to have your thoughts be read about is okay with me, but keep everything PG-13.

Another thing, I am always having these ideas about stories to write about, and need an outlet for them. I'm thinking about putting them on wattpad, and the blog, but if you have any tips or ideas  please notify me also.

Love and hugs,

Friday, October 5, 2012

Thoughts of a Someday

watercolor watercolor watercolor
tears don't save lives
but the sky's tears save lives
lives go wander through
no particular view
tears don't save lives

may the will be strong
kindness and cold hands
sometimes hold the same
weak and needy

positive thoughts, go
waste effort on your behalf

care the colors on your nails
leave their dents
leave their fence
take their strength
steal their strength

rather sleep than care
rather face fear than death
rather hang up the telephone than yell any longer
rather unjust the way you speak

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thriller Thursday (#1)

Because it is October and the only interesting thing this month is Halloween, I'd like to start Thriller Thursday. No, I'm not someone who watches horror movies or reads "scary" books, but I do read a fair amount of thriller/adrenaline novels. So in that case this week's Thriller Thursday will be three books that I think have the Thriller aspect down pat. Because you know three thriller novels on Thriller Thursday is what you do in October.

1) Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent is the only book that has kept my heart racing and my hands shaking the whole way through. So that was about two and a half days straight. I know Divergent is huge in the ya world, and you probably have read it before, but you should read it again this October.

If you want to know more of my thoughts on Divergent, here's my review.

2)The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

If you didn't know about TNotS already, it's a ripper book. Oh so your interested?? YES!!! Because you should be and the fact that it's coming out in paperback soon is enough. Nevertheless, read it, tell me your thoughts, did you get chills from ghosts haunting you? Good. Very good.

Read my thoughts on TNotS by MJ here.

3) Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

By the title you might guess that it is has something to do with Edgar Allan Poe. Don't mind the cover of the novel, I don't like it much either, but Nevermore will blow your mind. I give it the seal of approval, if you trust my word, which I doubt you do. Poe is known for the dark poetry, so why not on Thriller Thursday?! Yeah!

Read my obsessive review of Nevermore here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review: Cursed by Bethany Myers (BR Myers)

Cursed (Watty Award 2012 Best Short Story Entry)

Murderous witches. Cannibalistic dwarfs. Bloodthirsty dragons. Sixteen year old, skullery maid, Tess will battle anything to rescue her true love.

from wattpad

Read Cursed here (IT'S FREE!!)

Bethany's blog and twitter

Over this month, one of my favorite bloggers/twitterer, Bethany Myers wrote a short story on Wattpad, and I was like okay lets see what this girl got?. I don't think I can recommend Cursed enough, because the story made me extremely giddy and I think all of you would love a quick, easy, EXTRAORDINARY read.

Bethany has an easy flow to her writing, and in my opinion she can make any scene feel magical. Now, because Cursed is a fantasy, feudalism, and fairy tale kind of story I think that's important that she can make the reader be in the setting, with interesting, timeless dialogue, and not have the need to think too much.(if that made sense, then you're awesome) Another thing I really loved about her writing was that she made a huge plot in seven chapters, with about two pages each chapter. You can do the math, seventeen pages, to have a beginning, middle, and happy ending is quite a task. Lastly, there was tons of joy going on to have so many loose ends, and scenes that I didn't think have such a huge role, piece back together.

Tess was a very distinct character because she is the princess charming, going on this journey to save her prince from a dragon, so that was a very fresh idea that I adored. Her courage, and wit never ceased to make my eyes go wide. Along side her a crow named, Sebastian, whom I loved from the beginning is the perfect character whom you know, but has this mysterious side that you can't wait to find out the secret. (Also I always think Sebastian is a butler's name, and who wouldn't want a butler named Sebastian?)

The dragon riddles were one of my favorite parts of the short story. I don't read a lot of fantasy novels, so I don't know the basic, always there plot points in fantasy, but the dragon in Cursed reminded me of the one in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I think it's because I've had this weird idea of all dragons are like the Dragon Tales show, since it's really the only way I was introduced to dragons. So now that I'm introduced to these dragons that trick you and play riddles with your life, they all are the same to moi. Anyways, I'm a horrible riddle solver, so whatever riddle it is, I'm like, "Oh my GOSH!!! I could never have thought of that!" *slaps cheek with wide eyes* So if you're like me, be prepared to have your mind blown, because I know you're going to read Cursed. Right? Right.

If you didn't notice, this review wasn't the best I could have written, because I find it hard to write about something or someone that I kind of know. It's strange, because I do this all the time, but when I know the author will read this, it's like I want to hide under a rock. Btw this review, didn't have any criticism in it because I couldn't find anything that I could/would critic. This review probably made Cursed sound like a perfect story, but you be the judge of that. If I met you at the library at this moment, then I'd give a head nods, thumbs up, and smiling like there's no tomorrow. (5 out of 5)

Monday, October 1, 2012

It's Monday! What are you Reading? (#7)

meme started by bookjourney

What I Read:

I read and reviewed this book on Thursday. Had an amazing time putting all my emotions and thoughts while reading the novel on to the review. Please check it out here.

It's three weeks into the school year when music junkie Casey Barnes gets a second chance with her mysterious, heartbreaking ex-boyfriend. She comes up with a plan to win him back, but it soon spins out of control as rivalries, revelations about him, and music itself all start to collide. For Casey the newfound attention means learning the difference between wanting center stage and actually being on it.

from goodreads

What I'm Currently Reading:

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

from goodreads

Bought this book on Tuesday and couldn't wait to read it I read about sixty or so pages. If you want to check out my progress, it's on goodreads

What I Hope To Read Next:

Hazel's job at the Antioch didn't work out at all like she had planned. After a daring escape and one very risky delivery of the first baby born in years, she's still holding on to the hope of a better future. Out of the Antioch and on the run, who can Hazel turn to for help and can they really be trusted? In the second book of the Barronlands Trilogy, relationships are tested and even more secrets are revealed. Hazel tries to put the pieces together, hoping everything doesn't fall apart. Will she be able to hold it all together or will there be those who slip through the cracks

from goodreads

Having gotten this novel this week, I saw that it was quite a quick read that can go by in one sitting. Hopefully I'll get that one sitting. *fingers crossed*

P.S. Who ever left the comment about having a review on Pure at Heart by Sahara Epari asap, I'm going to have to postpone that review for a week or two. I hope who ever you are are reading this, and that you read a wonderful book in the mean time.