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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #1

This weeks Waiting on Wednesday book is *drum-roll*


Ruin and Rising  by Leigh Bardugo

Summary: The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

This is he final book in the Grisha Trilogy and I am SO excited to read it. I just recently read Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm and they were flawless. If you are a fan of the book go to grishatrilogy.com here are excepts of the third book and hey are wonderful and perfect and made me want the book even more!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Monthly Roundup: April

Books I Read This Month
Free Four by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Attack on Titan #1-3 by Hajime Isayama

Longest: Allegiant
Shortest: Free Four

Favourite: Shadow and Bone
Least Favourite: I am Number Four

Best Cover:

This was a good month and i just ordered new books so hopefully there will be lots of new book reviews next month but I do have finals so I will be more busy :/

Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Review: Perfect Lies

12578370Title: Perfect Lies
Series: Mind Games #2
Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Pages: 232
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Own

Summary: Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other - but that may not be enough to save them. 

Rating: 3

Review: When I first read Mind Games it was nearly flawless. Sadly Perfect Lies did not live up to the expectation.

Perfect Lies did not continue he world building that loved in the Mind Games. In most series I have a favorite character throughout he whole series, yet in the first book I loved Fia more and in this book I love Annie more. There was not very much character building for Fia in this book the character building was all Annie trying to figure out how to live her life without her sister with her new found freedom. This book just did not build the world and characters in a way that made me want love the sorry that I used to.

This book had great potential, the world Kiersten White build in Mind Games was wonderful and fantastical. The plot was choppy and hard to follow. It took me a few chapters to understand how the dates at the beginning of he chapters fit together. It was interesting to see how Annie and Fia's relationship played out now that they weren't together and they were not sure how the other one was.

On the plus side it was really nice to be back in the world even if we were not given much new information on it. I do love the characters they are so fascinating. I loved Pixie, the new character, She was able to be friends with Fia when Fia needed someone most, when Annie wasn't there.

Three star books are he hardest book to review because it's not terribly bad but it's not extremely good it's just in the middle so there is less you can say. I would recommend his book mainly if you loved Mind Games.

Favourite Quote:
“She told me only people we love the most can destroy us, because no one else has that kind of power.”


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Book Review: Allegiant

17383918Title: Allegiant
Series: Divergent #3
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: October 22, 2012
Pages: 526
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: School Library
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Summary: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.  

Rating: 4

Review: There is so much to say about this book yet so little that I can say without spoiling anything. Since I do not know how to do HTML for hiding/showing spoilers I will tell you when I get to the spoiler part.

This book answers so many questions you might have about the world in Divergent. The duel perspectives really made me understand both Tobias and Tris better. It was nice to learn more about Tobias and I realized that I'm more like him than Tris. I think many people want to be like Tris brave and selfless but most of us aren't. Tobias built walls around himself so that he couldn't be hurt more than he already had been. Tris was the only one who was able to help bring those walls down.

I loved how Veronica Roth was able to explain the creation and how he society became he way it did and how the government fits into all of it, it is very fascinating. It adds a new level to he story since we are able to know how the society became this way, it makes it much more realistic than it just being this is how it is period.

I want to tell you so much about what happens but I cannot because there is very little I can say about this book. I definitely recommend reading it. 

Spoilers below do not read below if you have not read the book
Everyone is so mad about the ending but I think it was inevitable. If Tris had not died when she did she would have continued to make risky choices so should could save everyone she loves. She has been through so much and she was so strong through everything. I love Tris and I hope you in know way think I don't I do. Tris took so many risks in Insurgent and it's a miracle she didn't die she has come so close to death. In Insurgent she was okay with dying for herself so she wouldn't have to deal with the pain of losing her parents. Throughout the series she dances with death. She knew there was a good chance she would not survive at the end of Allegiant. Everything she does is to protect people. She goes into a room full of poisonous gas so her brother wouldn't have to. Caleb, the brother that betrayed he and worked with Jennine Matthews, she saved him even through she could have let him did for what he did to her. I love Tris but she always did what she thought was right and was able to save so many people from what she did. Tris is hero to everyone. 

I hope you can see why I feel this way about Tris's death. It was not the happiest ending but it was the most realistic bases on Tris's past actions.

I hope what I wrote above makes sense, if not sorry.


Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Review: I am Number Four

Title: I am Number Four
Series: Lorien Legacies #1
Author: Pittacus Lore
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Pages: 440
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Own
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Summary: In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. The Nine had to separate and go into hiding.

The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next. 

Rating: 1.5

Review: I's been a long time since I reviewed a book I didn't like his much. I try to avoid writing reviews on books I don't like, they seem to become very biased and annoying because often i just urns into me complaining about he book because I didn't like it. I'll try o keep this review short with as little complaining as I can.

When I first heard of his book I waned to read it so much,there was so much hype around it because of the movie. I saw the movie first and loved it and I thought I would love the book just as much, but I didn't. It's not so much that I didn't like it I just didn't care about he story or the characters.

There were so many flaws in the story line it was annoying. Things were poorly explained. The feelings between John and Sarah were to insta- love. I was so confused through most of he book, if you going to create a book series that has alien civilizations in it then you need to explain those civilizations and the motives behind what they do.

I think the author could have had an opportunity to create a good series but the characters were to annoying. I couldn't stand most of the characters they were whiny and poorly developed. I wanted to learn more about I am number four the alien not as John. Even though John was an alien it seemed even he didn't understand what it meant to be from the planet Lorien, there was hardly any world building.

This series had lots of potential but i didn't live up to my hopes or standards. I know there are people who like this series so I cannot completely discredit it and one of my good friends loves this series. This series was not just for me. If you wan to read a more positive review on this series and see what other people liked about it go read the reviews on goodreads. I hope you were able to get something you of this review and I hope I did not complain to much about what I personally was annoyed with.

DFTBA have a great weekend!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review: Siege and Storm

14061955Title: Siege and Storm
Series: The Grisha #2
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Pages: 432
Source: Own
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Summary: Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. 

Rating: 4.5

Review: This book definitely met my expectations as a sequel! I loved this book even though there was less of the Darkling. You do get to meet a new character that is brilliant and amazing which makes the absance of the Darkling more bearable.

You get to learn more about Mal the boy Alina grew up with as they travel together. They are a couple in this book and they go through so many challenges. As kids it was always strong Mal and weak Alina. Alina now had the ability to protect herself and Mal is still the same powerless person he was before. They have to learn to except each other despite there differences.

I loved being in Ravka again it is such a beautiful world. I loved seeing the Grisha with their powers and the events that played out throughout the story. So much happened a new character is introduced and he plays a big role in the events that unravel. I loved how things played out. Throughout the book Alina wants to find the other Amplifiers. She wants to help people and she realizes she needs power, more power than the Darkling has so she can stop him.

Alina has to learn to except herself for the way she is now. She cannot go back to being the weak Alina that was in the army. She must learn to be strong because there are so many challenges she must face. She is now being called a saint by some of the people in Ravka she must learn to adjust to her new found position and learn to accept it.

This book was a beautiful sequel. I love this world and I could not put the book down. I am so excited to read the third book, Ruin and Rising, once it comes out in June. I hope it wraps everything up beautifully and answers all unanswered questions. I hope it is as equally beautiful as the first two books so that I might be able to love the world of Ravka even more. I absolutely recommend reading the sequel.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Poetry Corner #32

All the World's a Stage
     By: William Shakespeare

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

DFTBA Have  a wonderful weekend :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: Shadow and Bone

10194157Title: Shadow and Bone
Series: Grisha #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 358
Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Summary: The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance. 

Rating: 5

Review: This book was perfect and easily a new favourite fantasy! It's at the top f the favourites list right next to Throne of Glass.

There are so many wonderful things to say about this book! I loved the characters, the setting and the plot they were all flawless. The main character Alina never knew there was anything special about herself when she was younger. She was orphaned by the war that had been raging in Ravka for years. She grew up trying to be as normal as anyone could. When young children in Ravka are tested every year to see if they posses any Grisha powers, Alina did not or so she thought.  In wake of trouble and fear she discovered she was a light summoner.

Alina was so realistic. Throughout the entire book she was confused and wanted to find her way. She used to know she belonged with Mal, in the first army but once she became a Grisha she no longer knew where she belonged. Alina is a teenager and though we might not all be able to summon sun we all go through a process of discovering where we belong.

I loved all the characters including the darkling. They were all flawless and mysterious. At first you do love the darkling and then you discover his true intentions and you're supposed to love him less but I still loved him.

The story was fantastic and the world was beautiful. Ravka sounds gorgeous and the society was set up so it could actually function. The Grisha and nobles were upper class and they lived in a castle in the capital city of Os Alta. The names were all beautiful and unique which made the book even more interesting while trying to figure out how to say each name.

I thought everything was splendid and perfect. I recommend this book to everyone who wants a good fantasy.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Poetry Corner #31

April Rain Song
     By: Langston Hughes

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Review: Insurgent

11735983Title: Insurgent
Series: Divergent #2
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 525
Release Date: May 1, 2012
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Summary: One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Rating: 5

Review: This book kept getting better and better as I kept reading. I loved all of the characters and the story line was flawless. Obviously there all the characters had problems or there wouldn't have been a plot. This book had tons of emotion in it because of the flawless writing of Veronica Roth.

All the characters are well developed and you can see and understand why they would do the actions they would do. I could connect with the characters. The way Tris felt lost and confused I think everyone has felt that at some point and it was nice to that in a character, it made her relateable in a way that a lot of characters today are not.

The plot was fast paced and so much happen. You begin to truly who is on what side and it is not what you would expect. I did not expect most of what happened especially what happened the ending.

This was a perfect sequel to Divergent and it had everything a good sequel needs. Tris and Tobias were amazing in Insurgent yeah they had problems but every realistic couple has problems it was refreshing. I loved how Tris had to overcome so much in this book. Everyone has times when they have to overcome something big and this was Tris's time.

I loved seeing all the characters develop. Christina and Tris's friendship was able to grow a lot in this book because Christina had to accept what Tris did to Will. That was not easy for Christina but they are even better friends now because of it. I hope their friendship continues to grow in the final book.

I cannot what to see what will happen in the third book, I've heard rumors about what happens but I still want to know for myself because the way a series ends depends on so many details in the final book.

You definitely need to read Insurgent if you liked Divergent you won't regret it, it was a flawless sequel.

Favorite Quotes:

“People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.”

“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”

“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Review: Clockwork Princess

18335634Title: Clockwork Princess
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 565
Release Date: March 19, 2013
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Summary: London 1873 shape-shifter Tessa Gray 16 is engaged to Jem Carstairs 17, dying of addiction to demon drug, all bought up by evil Mortmain. The "clockwork prince" controls an army of automatons to abduct Tess, kill the Shadowhunters, and blackmail Charlotte Branwell, head of London Institute. Will and Tessa hide their love, for love of Jem. 

Rating: 4

Review: This book was truly marvelous. It's been a long time since I read a final book in a series that I enjoyed this much.

I truly do not know how Cassandra Clare does it, how she makes you love all the characters and the story so you cannot put the book down. I completely love both Jem and Will and she came up wit a perfect ending that I think everyone would be pleased with. The was equally as beautiful as the other books and the story was even better.

This was a perfect final book to the series. The story line was well paced and the writing style makes you connect with all the characters even more. I loved all the characters and I always wanted to know what was going to happen. Cassandra Clare makes you think all hope is lost before you read the brilliant ending so first she makes you want to cry and then she makes you elated because of what actually happened. I do not know how she does what she does with books.

This is a series that I could have found a lot of flaws in the story line but I never wanted to find the flaws because I loved the characters and just wanted to know what would happen. I thought this was a perfect final book and if you have read the first two books you need to read this book it finalizes this story perfectly and ties together all the loose ends. You will not regret reading this wonderful final book in The Infernal Devices series.

I hope you got something out of this review :)
Also I've been reading a lot recently and I got some new books so there should be lots of new book reviews coming your way.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Poetry Corner #30

Suicide of a Moderate Dictator
     by: Elizabeth Bishop

This is a day when truths will out, perhaps;
leak from the dangling telephone earphones
sapping the festooned switchboards' strength;
fall from the windows, blow from off the sills,
—the vague, slight unremarkable contents
of emptying ash-trays; rub off on our fingers
like ink from the un-proof-read newspapers,
crocking the way the unfocused photographs
of crooked faces do that soil our coats,
our tropical-weight coats, like slapped-at moths.

Today's a day when those who work
are idling. Those who played must work
and hurry, too, to get it done, with little dignity or none.
The newspapers are sold; the kiosk shutters
crash down. But anyway, in the night
the headlines wrote themselves, see, on the streets
and sidewalks everywhere; a sediment's splashed
even to the first floors of apartment houses.

This is a day that's beautiful as well,
and warm and clear. At seven o'clock
I saw the dogs being walked along the famous beach
as usual, in a shiny gray-green dawn,
leaving their paw prints draining in the wet.
The line of breakers was steady and the pinkish,
segmented rainbow steadily hung above it.
At eight two little boys were flying kites. 

Happy Weekend

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees

Title: The Secret Life of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Pages: 318
Release Date: November 8, 2001
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Summary: Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.  

Rating: 2.5

Review: I read this book for English and the easiest way for me to describe it is 'I liked it'.

I enjoyed the characters and the story. I was glad I had the opportunity to read this for class because I had never heard of this book before this. I most likely would not have read this book if it were not for school. It was nice to read something different than what I usually read.

This is one of those books that I cannot say a ton of bad stuff about but I cannot say a ton of good stuff about it either. The characters were good and the plot was interesting and I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters but it lacked something. <--wish I could explain that something better.

The writing was good and beautiful and I love reading all the metaphors.

I am so sorry that I could not describe this book better/ more. I hope you were able to still get something out of my review, if not go read some reviews on Goodreads (^I've linked the book to goodreads above). I still suggest you read it, it is quite good.