Day 1 of the 30 Days of Books Challenge!

FINALLY I started this challenge! Sorry I’ve been ridiculously busy and it’s not going to get any better so please bear with me (I seriously just looked up if its bear or bare!). 😀

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already.

So I know it’s an either/or question but I’m going to answer both!

A book series I wish had gone on longer:

This is a tough one because there are tons of great series that ended too soon BUT at the same time every time a series decides to continue, after the author already said that they wouldn’t continue, it’s always a disappointment! That being said one of my all-time favorite series (after Harry Potter, of course) that has ended is the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

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Synopsis for the first book from Goodreads:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger… Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Why It Should Have Gone On Longer:

Okay, I know that it already has 6 books and that’s a lot already but honestly I fell in love with each and every character. Rose and her love interest, Dimitri are just perfect! ❤ There’s tons of drama and action with bits and pieces of a love story. While the love story is important it doesn’t overtake the action; it’s the perfect balance.

In this story there’s not only Vampires, but also Dhampirs and Strigoi. Dhampirs are a hybrid species; half human, half vampire. Dhampirs can’t reproduce amongst themselves, only a Dhampir and Vampire can or a Vampire and a human but that’s frowned upon. Vampires and Dhampirs are, for the most part, the good guys and Strigoi are completely evil. They are the only ones that can drink a human to death and kill without mercy.

There’s also a hierarchy that they all live by. Lissa, Rose’s best friend, is from one of the twelve royal families, then comes  normal Vampires, Dhampirs, and lastly Strigoi.

There’s also a spin off of this series called the Bloodlines series, which features a lot of the same characters but is told by someone else’s point of view (she doesn’t come into the Vampire Academy series until the fourth book so I don’t want to ruin the surprise!). This series is just as exciting but you really need to read Vampire Academy first if not you’ll be completely lost.

Series I Wish Would End Already!:

Sometimes there is such thing as too much of a good thing. One example of this is The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. This series was originally supposed to have only 3 books but for some reason they continued it and now its just been super long and drawn out (which is exactly what I was talking about earlier: whenever authors continue after they said they wouldn’t the books are almost always a disappointment!). There are now 5 books with a 6th on the way. If you had asked me at the end of the 3rd book what I thought about the series I would’ve said that it’s one of my favorites but now I just think that she should just stop while she’s ahead.

One thing that really annoys me is that for the past 3 books or so the 2 main characters have been toying with the idea of having sex. Honestly, I don’t care if they do it or not but please STOP talking about it! If that’s supposed to be some sort of hook it’s not working for me.  Also, just about everything that could ever go wrong has already gone wrong so it’s like: What’s next?! This series is now being adapted into a movie, so that should be interesting.

Now I will continue to read The Mortal Instruments Series until the very end, but there is one series that I just had to give up on and that’s The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. Honestly, I can’t even pinpoint at what part I decided to give up but it was just getting to be too much. I believe I stopped around book 8 and it’s now on book 10 with a ton of little novellas in between and it has no end in sight. I just feel that a couple of books just don’t go anywhere; they’re completely pointless, you don’t learn anything new and nothing exciting happens. The main characters are dull and at times I found myself really disliking them. Every single book mentions a fast approaching evil yet it’s been 10 books and it apparently got lost along the way because it still hasn’t arrived; just how high are the stakes gonna get?

 

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― G.K. Chesterton

The Vanishing Game Review

Welcome fellow readers! So thanks to my amazing best friend, who lent me this book, I have another review for you! Being the broke college student that I am I couldn’t afford to buy another book so she suggested that I read The Vanishing Game!

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The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where they once lived. With help from childhood friend Noah she begins to uncover the truth about Jack’s death and the company that employed him and Noah.

Jocelyn’s twin brother Jack was the only family she had growing up in a world of foster homes-and now he’s dead, and she has nothing. Then she gets a cryptic letter from “Jason December”-the code name her brother used to use when they were children at Seale House, a terrifying foster home that they believed had dark powers. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah, Jocelyn’s childhood crush and their only real friend among the troubled children at Seale House.

But when Jocelyn returns to Seale House and the city where she last saw Noah, she gets more than she bargained for. Turns out the house’s powers weren’t just a figment of a childish imagination. And someone is following Jocelyn. Is Jack still alive? And if he is, what kind of trouble is he in? The answer is revealed in a shocking twist that turns this story on its head and will send readers straight back to page 1 to read the book in a whole new light.

My First Thoughts:

I was excited to read this book, not only because the synopsis intrigues me, but also because my best friend recommended it. She and I have very similar reading tastes and she told me that she really liked it and I trust her judgement.

Post-Reading Thoughts (SPOILER ALERT!):

I really enjoyed this book! It had lots of twists and turns and just things that were, seemingly, unexplainable. Jocelyn is a no nonsense type of girl, which I liked, when something stands in her way she does anything she can to get around it. With Noah by her side it seems like figuring out the clues her, possibly alive, brother left her is going to be easy. Things start getting weird when she returns to the Seale House and it seems as though her demons are alive and haunting her.

I liked that they had to solve complex clues, one leading to another which lead to another. It added an extra amount of suspense, wondering if they were going to solve the clues in time or not. Also there was a mysterious powerful company looking for something her brother took and we all know mysterious companies are never good news.

Now the one thing that I didn’t like was that at the end one of the twists is that she has telekinetic powers, which once you read this book (if you decide to read this book), you’ll see that it doesn’t fit in with the story at all. It’s totally unnecessary and they only talk about it for about a total of 3 pages. Myer should’ve thought of something a little more original to piece together all the events that couldn’t be explained. This is one thing that my best friend and I totally agree on. Other than that, the book is great and worth a read!

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars! 🙂

 

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” 
― Groucho MarxThe Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

The Fault In Our Stars Review

Hello Dear Readers! I’m so excited that I FINALLY have some time off to work on this blog! I really should have tried to marry rich so that I don’t have to work so hard 😉  I have, fortunately, still found some time in my day to read! So I come to you now with another review! Now I’ve been hearing so much about this book! Even my friends that don’t like to read, blasphemous I know, have said this book is all sorts of fantastic and being the avid reader that I am I just couldn’t go another day without reading it so I bought it and just devoured it! So let me just cut to the chase and get on with the review!

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

My First Thoughts:

Like I previously stated I’ve hearing lots of good things about this book for months now and really I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get to it but I finally did! I was really hoping that it lived up to all this hype that it was getting and I was also nervous because it’s no secret that the main character has cancer and I’m the type of reader that loves happy endings and I wasn’t so sure that this book was going to have one. Sidenote: I really use books to escape my reality and go on adventures and basically live vicariously through the characters so when things go bad I’m not a happy camper.  But even though I was nervous/skeptical I still went ahead and read the book.

Post-Reading Thoughts (SUPER SPOILERS!):

It definitely lived up to all the hype! I honestly have not stopped talking about this book since I finished reading it! It’s one of those books that just touches your heart and I admit that I cried. YES, I CRIED! And really once you read this book you will understand why and then you will cry too. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a sad book, yes it has sad moments but the book in its entirety isn’t sad.  It teaches you about life and love and just embracing the small things in life. Even though I cried I’m still ridiculously glad I read this book because when the book ended I wasn’t sad. I was introspective perhaps but that’s because Green does a great job of making the characters get under your skin in a way that you want every character to do. Days after reading it I was still thinking about Hazel and Augustus (Gus).

Some reviews I read prior to reading it stated that Hazel and Gus don’t talk like “normal” teenagers, although really every teenager speaks differently so I’m not sure what they meant by normal. And to that I say thank God they don’t talk like “normal” teenagers because if you were diagnosed with cancer and were fully expected to die I imagine that you grow up a little faster than us normal folk. The same goes for Gus, he lost his leg to his cancer and had to completely change his life because of it so they are in way,shape, or form normal.

I also love that not everyone comes out of this story alive. While I won’t say who dies it just causes an emotional response which I live for in books; causing an emotional response from readers is something that I think every author should strive for.

This book is about the struggles of living with cancer and how the people around them are forever changed. It’s about the heartbreak that comes with it and how they recover and move on after it’s all said and done. I truly can’t imagine what any cancer patient goes through and I can’t say for sure that this book accurately portrayed it but I do know that this book will be with me forever and that I’ll probably read it over and over again just so that it can remind me how beautiful life can be, even in sad times.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars (duh!) 😀

I hope that you had a wonderful long weekend and I’ll hopefully be able to work on the blog before the weekend!

 

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

30 Days of Books Challenge

I found this challenge on The Dancing Nerd Writes Again blog and I just couldn’t resist! It’s also a great way to help you guys and gals learn a little bit more about me 🙂 I’ll try my best to post something everyday but we’ll see how that goes! To be honest this looks really tough! I’ll try answer all of these as thoroughly as possible (and choose just one answer!).

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already

Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about

Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever

Day 05 – A book or series you hate

Day 06 – Favorite male character in a book and why

Day 07 – Favorite female character and why

Day 08 -Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise

Day 09 – A book everyone should read at least once

Day 10 – Best scene ever

Day 11- A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Day 12 – A book that disappointed you

Day 13 – A book that you’ve read countless times

Day 14 – Favorite book from your favourite author

Day 15 – A book that changed your opinion on something

Day 16 – Your “comfort” book

Day 17 – The most hilarious book you’ve ever read

Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book

Day 19 – Favorite book cover

Day 20 – Favorite kiss

Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship

Day 22 – Favorite non-romantic/non-sexual relationship

Day 23 – Favorite mythical place in a book

Day 24 – Best quotation from a novel

Day 25 – Any five books from you “to be read” stack

Day 26 – A book that you liked reading until the ending

Day 27 – If a book contains _____, you will always read it

Day 28 – A book you couldn’t put down

Day 29 – Saddest character death

Day 30 – What book are you reading now?

I’ll link all my posts back to this page and I’ll hopefully do the first challenge tonight 😀

Hope you had a marvelous day!

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”― Mark Twain

Altered Review

So I know what you’re thinking: Two reviews within 24 hours?! Why yes its true! Like I mentioned in my previous post I’ve been busy this week but that didn’t stop me from reading two books 🙂 Don’t worry I’m not slacking off they were just really fast reads! Once again I found this book through Goodreads (that will happen a lot!). The cover caught my attention (this will happen a lot as well; to me a book cover can make or break a book. They’re super important!) and I loved the synopsis so here’s what I thought about the book:

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Altered by Jennifer Rush

Excerpt from Goodreads:

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

My First Thoughts:

I’m so incredibly intrigued by this book! I mean on the cover it says

They were made to forget. But they’ll never forgive.

It’s like whoa! I need to find out more about this! This was Rush’s debut novel so I really didn’t know what to expect and I was really interested in what her writing style may be like. It has its fair share of positive and some negative reviews on Goodreads but I don’t let reviews alter my opinion on whether or not I want to read the book (usually negative reviews make me want to read the book even more!). So enough build up! Lets get to the REVIEW!

Post-Reading Thoughts (SPOILERS!):

YAY! I really enjoyed this book! The budding romance between Anna and Sam is adorable! It doesn’t go too in depth though because they’re running for their lives but still really cute. This book is jam packed with tons of action and adventure. I couldn’t put it down! It had enough plot twists to keep me glued to the edge of my seat! It was awesome seeing Anna go from this meek lab girl to an ass kicking powerhouse! We all know I’m a feminist at heart 😉 I mean she’s traveling with four genetically altered boys and she ends up saving everyone! Even though she was battling her own personal demons she still trudged on and didn’t give up. When she found out she isn’t who she thought she was her world turns upside down but she kept going. At the end you find out who she really is and its like woah totally wasn’t expecting that! I found myself cheering her on when she was standing up for herself and empathizing with her when things got tough and she wasn’t sure if she could go on. Anna has a heart of gold that wouldn’t let her leave anyone behind even if it would’ve been the easiest thing to do.

While I agree with some of the reviews about the boys being predictable – the funny one, the smart one, the mysterious one, and the bad boy – I still enjoyed their journey.

But overall the theme of this book is: Not everything is what it seems 😉

I give this book a 4.75 out of 5 stars! 😀

p.s. I really hope that there’s a sequel!

Crash Review

Hi guys! So I’m back with another review for you! I finally have a day off so that I can relax and just talk about my true love: reading! My first week of spring semester was good! I feel like a zombie between work and school I’m just now realizing how much sleep I’m not going to get.  So through one of the best websites ever, Goodreads, I ran across a book called Crash. The cover caught my attention right away and when I read the synopsis I just knew that I had to read the whole thing! So here’s what I thought about it:

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Crash by Lisa McMann

Excerpt from Goodreads:

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode…and nine body bags in the snow.The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

My First Thoughts:

One thing that gravitated me towards this book (other than the amazing cover) is the fact that Lisa McMann wrote it. I love that she isn’t afraid to talk about tough subjects. For instance the first book I read by her was Wake in which you discover that one of the characters was abused as a kid. In Crash McMann talks about depression and suicide and how that affects the entire family. Some authors seem afraid to talk about serious things so I’m glad that McMann embraces it. I’m also a sucker for paranormal books so the fact that the main character gets visions intrigued me. Needless to say I was excited to see what special treat McMann had in store for me!

Post-Reading Thoughts (SPOILERS!):

Wow! Where to start?! This was a fairly quick read for me and I must admit that it didn’t necessarily knock my socks off. This is basically your modern day Romeo and Juliet although in the beginning it seemed completely onesided. Jules and Sawyers’ families have been feuding for decades. Their families both own competing Italian restaurants and there’s a whole debate about a stolen recipe.

Jules was kind of whiny and I really didn’t like how she dealt with her dad. Suffering from depression and hoarding her dad is at times difficult to be around, okay I get that but it’s like she doesn’t care what he’s going through and just wishes that he’d go away. Not Cool. She’s constantly pining after Sawyer and complaining about the vision she keeps having. Its like stop complaining about it and do something about it! She eventually does do something about it but it was a long process. This might not bother some people but I have an issue with heroines that are portrayed as weak cough cough Bella. I want the books that I read to have strong heroines, ones that don’t complain or take crap from anyone! Feminism for the win!

Besides that it was a fairly interesting read. Full of drama and action Crash is a good book to read during a rainy afternoon (which is exactly what I did!) 😉

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars 🙂

Sidenote: Thanks so much for stopping by! It truly means the world to me! I’m new to this so I’ll be learning as I go along and probably changing my format every now and then until I find something I love. I hope you come back and see whatever progress I’ve made in the future!

First Review (ever!) of the first book I’ve read in 2013!

So this is my first review! YAY! I’m so excited!

But before I start the review I want to tell you guys a little bit more about myself. Like I mentioned before I’m a sophomore at the University of North Florida today is the second day of classes and I love every single class, yay! I grew up in Orlando, FL with my mom and my dog 😉 I was in band for seven years before I stopped when I came to college. I’m just generally an arsty person. Anything remotely creative I like to do and it can be anything from art to theatre to reading and writing, it’s all fun to me. I’ve always been passionate about reading something I don’t get from my mother 🙂 and so this is me just trying to share my passion with other people 🙂

So enough chitchat! On to the review:

So the very first book that caught my attention was Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.Hopeless

I’ve been following this author since I read her first book Slammed and I just fell in love with her writing style. One thing I always ask myself when I read a book is, if the author were to take out the romance would the story still make sense? Would it still have a plot? And with Colleen the answer is yes.

Hopeless is about a girl named Sky. After being home schooled her whole life her mom finally allows her to go to public school for her senior year of high school. But as it turns out public school isn’t all that great and when she meets Dean Holder her year gets a lot more interesting. She can’t figure him out, he scares her but she’s wildly attracted to him. She doesn’t know what it is about him that intrigues her but as secrets start coming out  Sky’s life will change forever.

This book had me on the edge of my seat from page one. I was constantly wondering where the plot was heading towards. I laughed, cried, and can say that I truly enjoyed this book. It does have some mature content, nothing super racy but it’s not for everyone.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars! 🙂

Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions of similar books and such!

Hope you’ve had a FANTASTIC Day!

Nathalie ❤

Happy New Year!

I hope that you’ve had a fantastic start to 2013! I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a couple months now and I’m finally putting time aside to do it. I’m really excited to start this journey and I have high hopes for this! As of right now I really just want to use this blog as a way to review books as I read them and I would really love to interact with other readers as well! I think it’d even be cool to add a couple video components as well! I’m really hoping that I can do this consistently but I am a full time college student with a part time job so we’ll see how I manage to balance everything out but I have faith that everything will work out 🙂

So I’m off to bed and hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to post my first review!

 

Sweet Dreams!

Nathalie