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Sunday, July 7, 2013

I'm on Instagram and Pinterest!

Hey so I'm on Instagram and Pinterest and you should totally follow me :)

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-Jane

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I'm on Bloglovin'

Hey! So since GCF going to stop working or whatever I finally got a bloglovin' account. You can follow me via bloglovin' just clink the button on the side that says 'follow this blog with bloglovin' -->

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Have a splendid day!
DFTBA
-Jane

Friday, June 21, 2013

I'm Back! With Tons of New Books!

Hey Everyone! It has been ages since I last posted but I'm back for now. In May I was super busy so I had no time to read so now I'm trying to get back into reading a ton and I also keep buying new books. What I've really missed blogging and talking with all of you, but I feel like I can't post everyday just to please other people. I think one of the things that made me take a break from blogging was because it almost felt like a chore which it shouldn't. I've decided to post when I feel like posting not every day because I feel like it will make you happy. That may mean I post five times a weeks that may mean I post once a week.

In my last post I asked people to post random questions for me to answer in this post to make it fun, well only Delaney posted any so thanks Delaney :)
1. What's your favourite colour?
     Light blue and light green
2. What kind of books do you like to read?
     Young Adult but within young adult I really like contemporary fiction love stories, dystopian, and right now I am reading some classics
3. Do you like to read "popular books" (aka the books everyone else is reading)?
     Generally yes I like reading "popular books"
4. How are you doing?
     I'm superb!
5. Would you rather read or sleep? ...or eat?
    Depends on the mood I'm in during the day reading at night sleeping

Well that was fun.

I have gotten a ton of new books recently! I'm super excited to read them all!
A Raisin in the Sun  1984  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn  
Between Shades of Gray  Smart Girls Get What They Want  The Truth About Forever
Along for the Ride  Keeping the Moon  Coffeehouse Angel
If I Stay (If I Stay #1)  Uglies (Uglies, #1)  The Boyfriend App 
Les Misérables
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
1984 by George Orwell
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer (read)
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfords (read)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
Les Miserable by Victor Hugo

Look at all those new book I'm so excited to read them all! Right now I am reading Pride and Prejudice then I will read Uglies, then Les Miserable. I'm excited!

BTW my one year blogoversary is coming up on July 5th but I will be out of town during it and wont be able to post but i will try to schedule posts for that day.

DFTBA
-Jane

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Question Time!

Well hello again lovely bookworms it's been like month since I posted and I'm really sorry about that but I've been really busy and I haven't had time to read or post. Plus I think I'm in a blogging lull right now. I think all bloggers have had the moment at some point though their blogging history where they just want a break. Yeah that's me right now. Plus I mentioned I am super busy right now. My brothers wedding was last weekend so I had to help with that which took time plus I had school, plus I recently (well like a month ago, which I'm not sure you can count as recent any more) got into watching Korean Drama's which are fantastic (I'll probably write a post on them sometime). But for upcoming stuff I have finals in two weeks and I am trying really hard to study so I can do well and then it is summer break, Yay! I feel I have to climb Mount Everest before I'm allowed to have a vacation, but it will be worth it and I will make my summer awesome.

So I will get back to blogging maybe at the end of May or maybe in June but I'm going to just relax from blogging for a bit. Now while I'm doing that I want you to ask many any question and as many question as you want in the comments. This way I have something interesting to look forward to when I come back from my lull.

I hope you all understand and try not to miss me too much :)
DFTBA
-Jane

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Random Thoughts: Books vs. Movies/ TV shows

I'm going to do a two part post 1) Books vs. Movies/ TVshows and 2) Books Becoming Movies/ TV Shows.  I'm doing this because of all the books that are becoming Movies or TV shows so this is the good and the bad and about that. Also Why books should sometimes stay books and not always be made into movies.


Let's begin:

Books are the best thing ever. They are better than movies and TV shows but they also are very special. Books are ours when we read them read we decide what characters look like, we decide more about them. There is an aurora of creativity to books  because we have more creativity with them. Movies/ TV shows don't have that some creativity what you see is what you get.

My friend and I love discussing books and we both love a lot of the same. For example we both love The Fault in Our Stars but how I imagine Augustus Waters is different from how she imagines him. Though what we think is different it makes it better. In the long run some of our favourite books are becoming movies and that creativity of how we imagine characters will vanish.

When I read the Harry Potter books. I would read a book then I would watch the movie (I became a Potterhead kinda late into the fandom) though I would see the characters from the movie in my head sometimes. I would still go back to the first book to see how they characters are described so I could imagine them how I wanted to not how the movie portrayed them.
How they were portreayed in the movie
How they looked in the Books
(this is one of my fav HP fanart)

Now we will get all these newcomers who will watch them. Don't get me wrong I love movies and TVshows and I love when my favourite books become movies and TV shows but still you lose some creativity. I love TV shows and movies. I love Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time (I'm watching this as I write this post), and others but some books really should stay books.

What are you thoughts on books or movies?

DFTBA
-Jane

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Book Review: City of Glass

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)By: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 541
Published: March 24, 2009

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

Rating: 4

Review: These books keep keep getting better. They aren't quite a favourite but I love the world.

I loved every moment of this book, it was perfect. I love Simon even though he is a vampire now and everything is different it all works out well. So much happens I would not have expected any of it. Cassandra Clare is really good at that making you think one way then turning it on it's head. I think that's what makes these books so addicting! You always want to know what happens next.

Even if you look at the summary, this was supposed to be the last book but I guess the following was large enough that Cassie Clare decided to write three more. The ending for this one is so great, everything turns out okay and everyone is happy. Just thinking that there are three more books means there are bound to be problems, but why do these characters have to go through more problems. They survived a war for goodness sake.

Well this book was amazing I just hope the next books are as good as this.


DFTBA
-Jane

Friday, April 26, 2013

Poetry Corner #22

Wild Strawberries
     By: Shel Silverstein

Are Wild Strawberries really wild?
Will they scratch an adult, will they snap at a child?
Should you pet them, or let them run free where they roam?
Could they ever relax in a steam heated home?
Can they be trained to not growl at the guests?
Will a litterbox work or would they leave a mess?
Can we make them a Cowberry, herding the cows,
Or maybe a Muleberry pulling the plows,
Or maybe a Huntberry chasing the grouse,
Or maybe a Watchberry guarding the house,
And though they may curl up at your feet oh so sweetly,
Can you ever feel that you trust them completely?
Or should we make a pet out of something less scary,
Like the Domestic Prune, or the Imported Cherry,
Anyhow, you’ve been warned and I will not be blamed
If your Wild Strawberry cannot be tamed.



Tonight I have a choir concert for my school so wish me luck that I don't sound awful.
I can'believe April is almost over we are already 1/3 through 2013 why is time going by so fast!

DFTBA
-Jane

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review: City of Ashes

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)By: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 453
Published: March 25, 2008

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Rating: 4

Review: I read this book three weeks ago so I will try my best to remember exactly what happens and I will try not to get it mixed up with the next couple of books in the series.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked it much better than the first. There was character building and   world building. So much happens in this book.

Clary wants things to go back to normal, but how can that happen when she just found out who her dad and brother are and she is a shadowhunter. Things aren't likely to go back to normal. So much happens to all the characters Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec. Especially Simon I mean his entire life changes (I just can't tell you how it changes, no spoilers).

The book had what seemed like a horrible ending because we find something out that could be really great and then it ends. That's the nice thing about reading a series when most of the book have come out already you don't have to wait a year for the next book to come out, you can just get it.

I thought this was a really good sequel to City of Bones.


I hope to have the reviews for the next three books in this series up soon.
DFTBA
-Jane

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightBy: Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 236
Published: January 2, 2012

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? 

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Rating: 5

Review: Can I just say how much I love books like this. There cute, short, simple, and really sweet. I don't like it when they end. I want to read more books like this, they are so cute. I just love cute stories!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a very long title so I will abbreviate it TSPOLAFS. You would think from the title that there would be inta-love but it really isn't. Oliver and Hadley meet when they sit next too each other on a flight to England from the states (which is a long flight). They end up talking about everything and they learn a lot about each other, but the only thing they won't talk about is their family. Both of them has a lot of issues going on with their family.

I also love the over I think it is super adorable, cute, fun and creative.

I love Oliver! I'm pretty sure he's almost every girls dream guy. He is wonderful and did I mention he's British. I love cute contemporary love stories!

If you're looking for a cute, sweet love story I would definitely recommend this!

“It's not the changes that will break your heart; it's that tug of familiarity.”

“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.”

“He’s like a song she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.”

“Is it better to have had a good thing and lost it, or never to have had it?”

“I like how you're neither here nor there. And how there's nowhere else you're meant to be while waiting. You're just sort of suspended.”

"It's one thing to run away when someone's chasing you. It's entirely another to be running all alone.”

“Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?”

DFTBA
-Jane

Friday, April 19, 2013

Poetry Corner #21 and an Update

Dreams Deferred
     By: Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode? 



Update
I have this horrible habit of not wanting to do something, and then it keeps getting pushed off so I have even more to do. That's how I am with blog posts, I don't want to do it for one week and it happens that is a week I read a ton! So I feel overwhelmed and the I keep pushing off wrting all my book reviews and really just any post in general. Maybe I'm just in a blogging lull I don't know. I hope I'm not the only one who feels like this, I feel like a horrible blogger.  
Well I can tell you how many book reviews I have to write (which is a lot):

  • Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • My Life Next Door
  • The Great Gatsby
I will try to be a more diligent blogger. Sorry about not ever blogging this past week :( and I will try to write those reviews soon and hopefully some other fun posts. If I don't post or if I forget to write a review for something please help me out and e-mail me or something. Thanks for sticking with me.


DFTBA
-Jane

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Crown of Midnights (Thrown of Glass #2) Cover Reveal!



It is beautiful, but I can't believe the actual book still doesn't come out until August! Hope you all love it as much as I do!


DFTBA
-Jane

Monday, April 8, 2013

Book Review: Roar and Liv

Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky, #0.5)By: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 68 (ebook novella)
Published: October 30, 2012

Before Perry and Aria, there was Roar and Liv.

After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry's sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv's unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv's union. Normally, Roar couldn't care less about Vale's opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale's leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.

Set in the harsh but often beautiful world of Veronica Rossi's "unforgettable" Under the Never Sky (Examiner.com), this captivating prequel novella stands on its own for new readers and offers series fans a fascinating look into the character of Roar. Poignant and powerful, Roar and Liv is a love story that will "capture your imagination and your heart." (Justine on Under the Never Sky)

Rating: 4

Review: For those of you who don't follow the Under the Never Sky Series this is book 0.5.

I love novellas, they are short, simple, they can be very fun. You also gain a lot of insight to the world and the characters. You learn so much about what it was like before Under the Never Sky began and before Perry met Aria. It is from the perspective of Roar. I really loved him in the first two books and I loved learning more about him. I also really enjoyed learning more about Liv (Perry's sister). She is only mentioned in book one and you meet her in book two. After reading this you get a sense of how deep there relationship is. You also learn more about Perry, which I loved since Perry is incredible. I hated Vale, well I hated him tons in the first and second book but still, I hated him again.

Even though this is Under the Never Sky #0.5 I would still read Under the Never Sky first because then you get your introduction to the characters and you learn things about their society that aren't explained in the novella.

This was really cute and I loved learning about Roar and Liv.

“The wise ask questions, Perry. The weak doubt.”

“My ambitions aren't grand. All I have ever wanted is to be there for the two people who mean everything to me. Maybe that's a small goal to others, but it's always felt like enough.”

“'Liv or love?' she asks. I brush her hair away from her neck and rest my hand there, feeling the beating of her pulse. 'Either,' I answer. 'They're the same to me.'”


DFTBA
-Jane

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Book Review: Through the Ever Night

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)By: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 341
Published: January 8, 2013

It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both. 

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

Review: 4

Rating: This was a really good sequel to Under the Never Sky. There is something fulfilling about reading a good sequel. There was good world and character building. At the beginning of the book I knew there was going to be romance and it's not that I don't like romance books, I just wasn't in the mood as much. By the end I was loving everything about this book. I now love Perry and Aria.

They have a tough relationship because Aria is and dweller and an Aud and this isn't the type of girl Perry should be with according to everyone (except for Roar). I'm really looking forward to seeing what will happen with their relationship in the third book.

Now setting the romance aspect aside. Aria's main goal was finding the still blue. I is the only safe place for everyone because there are no aether storms. Everything that Aria has learned about the still blue points to the north. Sable is the leader in the tribe in the north, he was also the man Liv, Perry's sister was supposed to marry. Aria travels north and we finally meet Liv.

I really liked Rossi's writing style. I just enjoyed the characters, the world, and how the book played out a lot. It was a really good sequel and I really enjoyed it.


DFTBA
-Jane

Friday, April 5, 2013

Poetry Corner #20

I can't believe this is my 20th Poetry Corner, I feel as though I just began doing this weekly.

Demand
     By: Langston Hughes

Listen!
Dear dream of utter aliveness-
Touching my body of utter death-
Tell me, O quickly! dream of aliveness,
The flaming source of your bright breath.
Tell me, O dream of utter aliveness-
Knowing so well the wind and the sun-
Where is this light
Your eyes see forever?
And what is the wind
You touch when you run? 


DFTBA
-Jane

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review: Eldest

By: Christopher Paolini
Pages: 681
Published: 2005

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is a journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But Chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger . . .

Rating: 4

Review: I'm sorry I read this book almost two weeks ago and I am just getting around to writing a review for it, so sorry if it is really short and I'm not describing things the best.

This book was incredible. It was a very good sequel to Eragon. I was not expecting that ending at all. I mean what a huge surprise.

This book had some slow parts but it also had some really actiony parts. There aren't a ton of new characters but there is a lot happening. I really enjoyed finding out what was happening to Roran.

I really enjoyed it. Eldest, well I guess the inheritance Cycle in general is a really good fantasy series. After not reading that much fantasy it is nice to read something different but something I also liked. It had twists and turns and is amazing, just be braced for a longer read.

Sorry the review is so short.


DFTBA
-Jane

Monday, April 1, 2013

An Update on Things

So I thought I would inform you about some stuff. So I love blogging but I haven't been in the mood to write all my reviews so I need to catch up on that and I want to do some other posts as well.

Some of the posts I need to do are:

  • Book Review: Eragon
  • Book Review: Through the Ever Night
  • Book Review: Roar and Liv
  • I also want to do a Random Thoughts post. I will probably do it on Books vs. Movies/ TV Shows and/ or Books becoming Movies or TV Shows
I think that's it for now. I'm currently reading Brsingr. I am on page 291 of 748, since the book is so long it might take me a while to get through but I am also reading other books as well. I am reading the Great Gatsby for school and tomorrow I am getting City of Ashes from a friend who is lending it to me so I am super excited.

Well I think that's about it. I'll try to post my next book review soon.

DFTBA
-Jane

Friday, March 29, 2013

Poetry Corner #19

A Lament
    By: Victor Hugo

'O paths whereon wild grasses wave,
O valleys, hillsides, forests hoar!
Why are ye silent as the grave?'
'For one who came, and comes no more!' 

'Why is thy window closed of late?
And why thy garden in its sere?
O house! where doth thy master wait?'
'I only know he is not here.' 

'Good dog, thou watchest; yet no hand
Will feed thee. In the house is none.
Whom weepest thou, child?' 'My father.' 'And,
O wife! whom weepest thou?' 'The Gone.' 

'Where is he gone?' 'Into the dark.'
'O sad and ever-plaining surge!
Whence art thou?' 'From the convict-bark.'
'And why thy mournful voice?' 'A dirge.' 



DFTBA
-Jane

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Book Review: Wasteland

WastelandBy: Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan
Pages: 352
Release Date: March 26, 2013

Welcome to the Wasteland. Where all the adults are long gone, and now no one lives past the age of nineteen. Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan’s post-apocalyptic debut is the first of a trilogy in which everyone is forced to live under the looming threat of rampant disease and brutal attacks by the Variants —- hermaphroditic outcasts that live on the outskirts of Prin. Esther thinks there’s more to life than toiling at harvesting, gleaning, and excavating, day after day under the relentless sun, just hoping to make it to the next day. But then Caleb, a mysterious stranger, arrives in town, and Esther begins to question who she can trust. As shady pasts unravel into the present and new romances develop, Caleb and Esther realize that they must team together to fight for their lives and for the freedom of Prin.

Rating: 3

Review: I'm not sure weather this book is a full fledged dystopia or if it is only considered post-apocalyptic. I liked this book but it wasn't my favourite. I usually really like dystopia (I don't really understand the difference between post-apocalyptic and dystopia), but this one was meh. Like all books I am sure some people will love it but it just wasn't for me.

I found parts of it confusing. It is written in third person and Ester is the main character. It kept jumping to other characters and we knew what they were thinking and it was hard to follow. In the beginning I was never sure which character we were following. I might just be me who was confused.

Ester became a stronger character as the book progress, she became more mature and brave. This all happened relatively quickly. I not sure why I didn't like the book as much, I don't know maybe it just that I couldn't relate to the characters or something.

I didn't like it as much but I'm sure some people will love it.


DFTBA
-Jane

Friday, March 22, 2013

Poetry Corner #18

So I was thinking about the poem I wanted to do and I thought I should do Shel Silverstein since I am in the mood for something fun. Some people say his poems are for kids but I think his poems are meant for any age and they are just fun.


Whatif 
     By: Shel Silverstein

Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
and pranced and partied all night long
and sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I'm dumb in school?
Whatif they've closed the swimming pool?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there's poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don't grow taller?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won't bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems well, and then
the nighttime Whatifs strike again! 



Have a wonderful weekend! DFTBA!
-Jane

Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)By: Jenny Han
Pages: 276
Published: May 5, 2009

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along

Rating: 4

Review: This is just a really fun, short, summery read. It is a really fast read too. I thought this was a super fun book; it was nice to read a summery, happy book even though it was winter'ish' when I read this.

Belly looks forward to summer every year because she gets to go stay with close family friends like she does every summer. Plus it helps when you are staying at a house and you develop a crush on the two boys who live there. Belly was super fun and was a very normal teenager I don't like books that are about teens that are overly popular or rich. It isn't as realistic. I loved the other characters as well. they were real to life and fun. I fell in love with Conrad and Jeremiah. The two boys may be brothers but they are very different. 

It is a super fun read. I would suggest reading it during the summer, because it is such a summery read. I really enjoyed it. If your looking for a cute summer story, I would definitely recommend this. 

Sorry my reviews have been kind of short lately but I am trying to make the concise.


DFTBA
-Jane

Sunday, March 17, 2013

100 Post and a Huge Thank You!




So this is now my 100th post! Hurray! 

I have now been blogging for eight month and I have the honour of being followed by so many fantastic people.

Here are some statistcs from the begining to now (my 100th post):
Posts: 100
Followers: 81
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-Jane

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Book Review: Under the Never Sky

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)By: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 374
Published: January 3, 2012

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART. 

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER. 

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim. 

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive. 

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

Rating: 4

Review: I really enjoyed this book. It was a different from a lot of other dystopia. It wasn't one that took place n a country that already existed (ex: America or England). It wasn't the same as our current world at all. Technology is more advanced but nothing else s even remotely the same. I'm guessing this s thousands of years n the future. My one problem with this dystopia is that we don't know how the world comes to be like this.

It was a very creative story and is very different. I really liked the characters. There is Aria, Perregrine "Perry", Roar, and others. There is romance, but I am pleased there is no love triangle and I really hope one doesn't appear in upcoming books.

I really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it if you want to read a dystopian.  

P.S. Sorry for such a short review.


DFTBA
-Jane

Friday, March 15, 2013

Poetry Corner #17

I can't believe it is already Friday! 

Dear March -- come in --
     By: Emily Dickenson

Dear March - Come in -
How glad I am - 
I hoped for you before - 
Put down your Hat -
You must have walked - 
How out of Breath you are -
Dear March, how are you, and the Rest - 
Did you leave Nature well -
Oh March, Come right upstairs with me - 
I have so much to tell - 

I got your Letter, and the Birds -
The Maples never knew that you were coming - 
I declare - how Red their Faces grew -
But March, forgive me -
And all those Hills you left for me to Hue -
There was no Purple suitable -
You took it all with you -

Who knocks? That April - 
Lock the Door - 
I will not be pursued - 
He stayed away a Year to call
When I am occupied -
But trifles look so trivial
 As soon as you have come 

That blame is just as dear as Praise
And Praise as mere as Blame -


It's another springy March poem :)
DFTBA
-Jane

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Random Thoughts: When a Book Series Ends

What inspired this post was how the Delirium series just came to a close. I loved that series and the characters so much. Not that I don't still love this series whole-heartedly but now I don't have new books to look forward to. I invested like three years into loving that series. So what do you do when a book you love and have been following for a while now ends? That is the question I am trying to figure out. 

EpicReads says saying goodbye to a book series is like going through a breakup. Which I can't really say if that true not. What I do know is that when a series your very invested in ends you become very sad. EpicReads calls it a book hangover because you want to move on but your still stuck in the last books world. I think each person needs to find there own way that they get over a series. You should always still love it but you also need to find a new series to love equally for the next few years.

I've been going threw all of this this past week. For me I usually finish a series but then I try to read a new book quickly so I don't have to think about my loss. Now I'm still in emotional trauma trying to cope with the fact that there is no next book to wait for. I'm trying to find a bew series that I have read the first book in and loved. Well so far all I can think of is The Madman's Daughter. 

So how do you deal with favourite series ending?


DFTBA
-Jane

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review: Requiem

Note: This is the final book in the Delirium trilogy and if you have not read the first to books don't read this review. While this review will not spoil anything from this book I will bring up things that have happened in previous books. You have been warned.

Requiem (Delirium, #3)By: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 391
Published: March 5, 2013


They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past. 

But we are still here. 

And there are more of us every day. 

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. 

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. 

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings. 

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it. 

But we have chosen a different road. 

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose. 

We are even free to choose the wrong thing. 

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Rating: 5

Review: It's the end. I have been whole-heartedly dedicated to this series for the past two and a half years. I pre-ordered Pandemonium and Requiem. I died at the end of the books because of cliffhangers and I waited out the long year between each book. When a series that you are this attached to ends you lose a bit of yourself because you have to say goodbye to the characters. I don't want to say goodbye to these characters.

Requiem is told from two point of views Lena's and Hana's. Lena is still in the wild. Alex is back. Julian is there. Then you have Hana who we haven't seen since book one. She's cured and she is preparing for her wedding, where she will marry the Fred Hargrove who became the mayor after his father died. Even though Hana is cured she still doesn't agree with everything. She's still curious and she still cares about some things. In there world she would probably be considered a sympathizer. 

The resistance is growing and becoming stronger. Lots of people die and it is horrible. Everyone has hope for a better world, even if it is the wrong world they can choose it. 

This book as is beautifully written as Delirium and Pandemonium. It is a amazing final book for a wonderful series. In the end the resistance is still fighting and the government has not yet changed. Lena chooses between Alex and Julian. Things look like they will be ok but it isn't a happily every after ending. I realize that is totally unrealistic but I want to know all the characters are happy and safe and that the government will change and that things will be ok. I'm probably just saying this because I don't want the series to end. Well now it is time to say goodbye to the characters.

This book is incredible and it really is a great end to this series. 


“And you can't love, not fully, unless you are loved in return.” 

“How can someone have the power to shatter you to dust--and also to make you feel so whole?” 

“This is the strange way of the world, that people who simply want to love are instead forced to become warriors.” 

“But maybe happiness isn't in the choosing. Maybe it's in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.” 

“This is what amazes me: that people are new every day. That they are never the same. You must always invent them, and they must always invent themselves, too.” 

“We wanted the freedom to love. We wanted the freedom to choose. Now we have to fight for it.” 

“You know you can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes, right?”


DFTBA
-Jane

Monday, March 11, 2013

Book Review: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)By: Sarah J. Mass
Pages: 404
Published: August 7, 2012

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison. 

Her name is Celaena Sardothien. 

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. 

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend. 

But something evil dwells in the castle–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival–and a desperate quest to root out the source of evil before it destroys her world.

Rating: 5

Review: Everyone in Adarlan knows her name and they all know she's the best assassin  But never did they expect the best assassin Calaena Sardothien to be eighteen years old.

This story is high fantasy ans filled with action, with some romance tossed in. I loved this book. I could not put it down. It was incredible. I love fantasy but never read it, so when I come across fantasy books as amazing as this one it makes me just love the genre even more. 

The characters are all incredible. You have the kick-butt assassin Calaena Sardothein, the hansom Prince Dorian, and the captain of the guard Chaol Westfall. They are all unigue and very important to the story. Calaena hates the royal family but what will happen when she is the Crown Prince's representative in the tournament? 

I think Calaena is one of my new favourite female characters. She is one of the greatest heroins  I have read about in long time. She is an amzing fighter. She is super tough and can survive anything. She also and assassin which just makes her cooler!

This book is so engrossing. I could not put it down. Everything about this book is incredible! I look forward to the second book the Crown of Midnight SO much. If you like fantasy and epic heroines I would definitely check this out. It is incredible!

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” 

“You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

This book has a lot of really fun quotes and scenes.

DFTBA
-Jane

Friday, March 8, 2013

Poetry Corner #16 and an Update on My Life

First I'll do the poetry corner then I'll do the update on my life and my blog.
A Light Exists in Spring
     By: Emily Dickinson 

A light exists in spring
Not present on the year
At any other period.
When March is scarcely here

A color stands abroad
On solitary hills
That science cannot overtake,
But human naturefeels.

It waits upon the lawn;
It shows the furthest tree
Upon the furthest slope we know;
It almost speaks to me.

Then, as horizons step,
Or noons report away,
Without the formula of sound,
It passes, and we stay:

A quality of loss
Affecting our content,
As trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a sacrament. 



It is the beginning of spring so I thought this poem fit the season :)

Update Time :

  1. I got two new book Requiem by Lauren Oliver and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. Requiem is the final book the Delirium trilogy, I am almost finished and I it.
  2. This next week for me is spring break, yay! There are a lot of posts that I have thought about doing, so there will probably be a lot this next week. It also means I have tons of time to read and catch up on sleep.
  3. I am going to be gone this weekend so I'm not sure if I can post before Sunday evening but I will if I can. 
  4. Some more random stuff:
    • My older brother got engaged so I'm happy for him. 
    • Today at school I didn't have normal classes I had Athletic Field day, but it was inside because it was raining. I just liked seeing my and not having classes.  It was ok I guess, but my team lost most of the games, oh well.
    • Hmm is there anything else I need to tell you guys... oh well I'm sure I'll come up with something later  but this is good for now.

DFTBA and have a fabulous weekend!
-Jane

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Book Review: Pandemonium

By: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 375
Published: February 28, 2012

I'm pushing aside 
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside 
thoughts of Hana 
and my old school, 
push, 
push, 
push, 
like Raven taught me to do. 
The old life is dead. 
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her. 
I left her beyond a fence, 
behind a wall of smoke.

Rating: 5

Rating: Ok so this is my second time reading this book and I still love this book. I will try to remember some of the things i felt about this book when I read it the first time when it came out in February of 2012.

So this book is written slightly differently than Delirium. Instead of just having your normal chapters you have "Now" "Then" "Now" "Then". When I read this book the first time it took a couple of these back and forth's to get used to it.The "then" part was a bit slow but the "now" part makes up for it. The "then" picks up right where Delirium. You learn a lot about how Lena changes and what she went through in her early months in the wild. The "now" part is when she is in New York City with Raven and Tack. 

The characters are not the same characters as Delirium. You have Lena but you don't have anyone else from Portland. No Hana, no Rachel, no Gracie, no Aunt Carol, and no Alex. Instead you meet a bunch of new characters. Some of them are Raven, Tack and  Julian. With the introduction of Julian the infamous love triangle enters the book, except Alex is dead so it isn't really a love triangle in the same way. 

In the beginning of the book Lena was closed of. She didn't talk about Portland at all and she not to even think of Alex. Slowly as the book progresses she opens her heart up and learns to love and care for new people, like Julian. Julian was eighteen but he was innocent like Lena was in the first book. He was clueless about love but he was ok. I kept hoping and wishing throughout the entire book that Alex would just show up.

Then you have the cliffhanger. Well I can't tell you the horribly dramatic thing that happens at the end because that would spoil the whole book. You obviously have to read the first book first. So if you've read Delirium I would definitely suggest you read Pandemonium.

“Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you - sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.” 

“The flip side of freedom is this: When you're completely free, you're also completely on your own.” “If you’re smart, you care. And if you care, you love.” 

“But you can build a future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly, one foot at a time. You can build an airy city out of ruins.” 

“That's the thing: We didn't really care. A world without love is also a world without stakes.” 

“But...books are so much more. Some of them are webs; you can feel your way along their threads, but just barely, into strange and dark corners. Some of them are balloons bobbing up through the sky: totally self-contained, and unreachable, but beautiful to watch. And some of them―the best ones―are doors.”

Happy Requiem Day!!!
For any fans of the Delirium Series today is the day the final book comes out! I don't want to say goodbye to the characters but the end is here.

DFTBA
-Jane