Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Blah Blah Blah: Books (The One by Kiera Cass)


Um whoops?

So just for the sake of posting something, here's a really quick review I posted on Amazon of The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass, which was just released today.


So living on the west coast, I was able to receive my copy at around 9 PM on May 5th. I've been waiting for quite a long time for this book, and the main reason was because I just wanted to see who America would end up with. And I was pretty satisfied with the result. But that's pretty much it.

I received the Kindle copy, read it in around half an hour, closed the book, reopened it, re-read a few chapters. By that time there really was only one thought going through my head.


Which is really sad, because really? This is the big build up that we've been waiting an year for? Come on (that's really all I can say without spoiling too much). I will say: I was so confused about the romance at the end. If you read the book, you'll probably understand. (Person who America ends up with) seems to hate her for about a chapter, and then something big happens which leads to him admitting he still loves her. Um. So it takes a near death experience to change a person from making a decision that would affect this person for the rest of his/her life?

And also, you take an somewhat unlike-able character, and in a chapter she's done a complete 180 and is suddenly the most friendly person ever? Fine, I can live with that. She was starting to grow on me. But then you KILL her??!!


Now of course, this is in my opinion and people may have different view. I found this book a super fast read and I was really surprised when it was over because I never check the reading progress on my Kindle.

There were many good elements in the plot: I still found America and Maxon's banter hilarious, some realistic issues arose (which is really good because I would've laughed if it never did). Can I just say that ____ & ____ 's timing was so predictably horrible? I was expecting it, but when we got there my mind kind of just went craaaap. Also, the writing style was smooth and generally easy to read, which was great.

My rating: Better than The Elite, but not as great as The Selection, which IMO was pretty much the only reason I stuck around. That, and I kind of needed to know the resolution of the gosh dang love triangle.
Really my rating should have been 3/5, but I bumped it up because I'm happy with who America ends up with.


And that's it. Bye!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Blah Blah Blah: Books (My Daily Reading Routine)

As most of my close friends know, I'm obsessed with books. My everyday life is basically booksbooksbooks. But how often do I read them? Lemme answer for you.

1. I read while I get dressed in the morning.
2. I read (if I can) while I brush my teeth.
3. I read as I eat breakfast.
4. I read on the way to school.
5. If I feel like my class/lesson is irrelevant or I already know the info, I read.
6. If I have nothing better to do at lunch, I read (and socialize. I do have a life).
7. When I get home, I read.
8. If it's not a sit-down family dinner, I read.
9. After I finish my homework, I read.
10. As I get ready for bed, I read.
11. Just before bed, (sometimes) I turn on my little table-side lamp and read.
12. If I had a handy little flashlight at the ready, I would probably read under the covers. But I don't, and besides, the rage of my parents is a little too scary to handle.

So when I say I read 24/7, I literally am reading 24/7. No joke.

And all this reading adds up. On a daily basis, I normally read two to three books. I speed read, so it's very easy. I think my word count is 800 something words per minute. I can't understand why I like reading so so much. In winter, spring, and summer break, I read even more. I actually think it really helps with classes and courses such as English, and occasionally Social Studies.

Anyways, so far in 2013, I think I've read about 200 or so books. Usually a bulk of it is a bunch of beloved books I've read in the past that I can't get over. So I read them over and over and over. I don't understand how you can pick up a book, read it, and never touch it again.

Other times, it's because a new book in a series is coming out and I feel the need to familiarize myself with the characters. So I re-read the entire series. It isn't as big a deal as most people make it out to be. I can normally re-read the series in a day.

I'm not writing this to brag, I just wanted you *the non-existent faithful blog readers I have* to understand that this is my reading life. It's not weird or anything, this is just normal for me.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Blah Blah Blah: Websites

Again, I realize I don't have many followers. Whatever. I guess I'll talk to myself (if that's not too lame to say).

To anyone who happens to stumble upon this post, I just want to share my findings, undiscovered treasure and whatnot. Mostly related to books. As usual. 

1. Wattpad

Wattpad is this terrific little (actually, pretty large) site where aspiring writers all over the world post their stories. Teen Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Fan Fiction, even Werewolf- you name it, they've got it. I love popping on now and then to check out the new popular stories. I'm usually always anxiously waiting for at least one author to update a book. If it gets really popular, the author will usually self-publishing and start selling the book. There are annual 'Watty Awards', with cash prizes.

Interested yet? http://www.wattpad.com/home

2. 750 Words

I just recently stumbled across this one. 750 Words' aim is to have you writing at least 750 words a day. It doesn't matter what about. You could ramble on and on about how Smarties taste better than M&Ms if you really wanted to, as long as you input seven hundred and fifty words. The website is basically a blank page with no distractions. I think it's great if you really have to clear your mind of something, or you just need to vent. It's great writing exercise too. Here's the catch: The website will begin charging for new accounts. I believe it's going to be five dollars per month. If you create an account now, however, you'll be able to use the website for free, forever and ever. 

3. Figment

Ever heard of Figment? It's a great website to post/share short stories, poetry, or anything to do with writing. The fantastic thing about it is Figment hosts many contests with bestselling authors, magazines, and other interesting things, usually with great prizes. It's a good place to go if you love sharing your ideas. 

Here's the linkie: http://figment.com/

So that's it for now. See you later!

xx Dani

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blah Blah Blah: Books

Book: Wish You Were Eyre (The Mother-Daughter Book Club #6)
Author: Heather Vogel Frederick
Rating: 5 Stars, 10/10

Okay. So you know that book that I've been going on and on and on about? It's finally here. I love Amazon.
If you haven't read the series, don't expect to fully understand. The series is basically about a group of five unlike best friends brought together though a mother-daughter book club. Read on.

   This is a beautiful series. That's all I have to say. Well, no. I'll say more. But watching these girls grow up... it made tears come to my eyes as I read it. It was bittersweet. I kept reminding myself that this was the final book, and that Mrs. Frederick had matured the girls up and that was that. But I want to cry! I'll always want more stories about the girls. They're just irresistible.

(blurb from publisher)

The book club says bon voyage to Concord and bonjour to France!It’s a dream come true for Megan, who’s jet-setting to Paris for Fashion Week with Gigi. Meanwhile, back in Concord, Mrs. Wong decides to run for mayor, so Emma and Stewart team up to make her campaign a success. Jess and Cassidy are also hoping for victories, Jess in the a cappella finals with the MadriGals and Cassidy in the national hockey championships with her teammates. In the midst of it all, the girls—along with their Wyoming pen pals, who drop in for a visit over Spring Break—dive into Charlotte BrontË’s classic Jane Eyre. Some real life romance follows, as Becca may have found a Mr. Rochester of her own.

     And then there’s the matter of a certain wedding. The book club girls, their families, the British Berkeley brothers, and even Stinkerbelle will be attending the ceremony, which means there might be some bumps before the bride waltzes down the aisle….

(end blurb)

*If you don't want spoilers, don't read ahead*

   Onto my review. The reason that this series had me so hooked was because of the fact that it was realistic, and relatable. The five girls all had distinct qualities that drew them together yet set them apart. With all of them helping each other, there's really nothing they can't overcome together.

   Each girl had their moments. Cassidy was as hilarious as ever, making the girls laugh at every page of the book. She was repulsed at the thought of guys at the beginning of the series, yet now she changes her mind. Jess, the sweet, intelligent girl who was so shy, she's changed so much as well. Emma, insecure, is now confident that she has friends to rely on. Megan, first friend, then foe, then friend again, she's also changed. Becca, snarky yet confident and loyal, is so much nicer. To go from 11 years of age to 16 is a huge jump. I loved that we were able to follow with their triumphs, their mistakes, and laugh along. Again, it's just beautiful.

   I also loved the couples. Darcy just made my heart melt. Every sweet thing he did for Jess, I swooned. If I had a boyfriend, I'd want one just like him. He's a perfect vision of a guy. Zach was kind of iffy, but I loved how Cassidy described his 'slobbery' kisses. Simon isn't really my type, but like Megan said, he was a really friendly kind of guy that everyone couldn't help but like. Tristan was just hot. I honestly like him way better than Zach, nott only because he's British but also because of his manners, and personality. I loved how Cassidy thought so too. In this book, Stewart kind of made me frown. He was never my favourite kind of guy, but I'm glad Emma has someone to hang onto. And Becca- she may finally have found her guy. It's funny in a slightly creepy way.

   I'm really happy with the ending. Don't get me wrong, I'd read this series on and on if there were more, but sadly, there isn't. But I'm really glad the author tied up loose ends and left us with something we could love and cherish forever. This series will be something you would read to comfort you, and to remind you that there are many people out there in the world who are just like you. I'll miss this series dearly, but like everyone says, all good things must come to an end.

Join me next time!
xx Dani

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Blah Blah Blah: Books

Okay, so I got permission from the author, so up goes Drama's review!

Um. I hope the picture loaded. My phone is a tad bit corrupted.

Anyways, the shiny ARC of Drama is in my hands... So BOOM!

Book: Drama
Author: Raina Telegemier
Expected Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Rate: 4 Stars

Drama is a graphic novel that I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC of. Oho. This new book by Raina Telegemier is very... I don't know, relatable. It was written for children and teens, and I am a teen. So there you go. It's about a middle school girl who loves theatre but can't sing. So instead, she joins the drama department's stage crew.

Drama is kind of like Smile, in a way. I'm writing this assuming you've read Smile. Smile is about the coming of age. The main character in that book grows and finds herself as she travels through the years of school. Drama is the same theme. The main character, Callie, deals with boyfriend drama, rushes around with homework, watches movies with friends, all that normal teenage jazz. The drawings are hilarious, and they're really just very heartwarming.

One of the things I love about Drama is that I think anyone can think back and go 'yeah, I remember doing this' or 'yeah, I remember trying that.' It's the kind of book that relieves good memories, or the type you read as you're experiencing it. Depending on your age, of course.

I did not give Drama a five out of five because of the fact that the book did not hook me in. At first the only reason I read it because I had the ARC and had to review it, but it took about 50 pages for me to actually think it was worth reading.

But otherwise, give it a go. Mush! You'll find it worth your while. Pick it up when it comes out! And if you haven't read Smile yet, I would definitely recommend that as well. Whoo hoo!

Here's to hoping I receive more ARCs in the future!

Oh by the way, if the picture didn't manage to make it, fear not. I'll post it soon!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Why I love Grimalkin from The Iron Fey series

Alrighty, here is my entry for Ms. Kagawa's contest.

Why do I love Grimalkin? First, let me explain something to you. I love cats. Love LOVE them. But unfortunately, I was diagnosed with something called ‘allergic to cats,’ therefore I never had one. But they’re just so fluffy, and cute, and they cuddle… *wistful look on face*
                But knowing Grimalkin, he’d probably claw my eyes off if I said that to his face. He’s really proud of the fact that he’s a cat, which just makes it funny. His planned inappropriate appearances in front of Meghan are hilarious. His snarky comments are hilarious. His same line ‘I am a cat’ is hilarious, therefore everything about this cat is hilarious. Whew. I love this cat.
                Even though he shows one of the traits of the cat, which is selfishness, he is also intelligent, wise, and occasionally actually nice. And believe it or not, even though he sometimes drives Meghan and Ash insane, he is very helpful and intellectual most of the time. So, I love Grimalkin. And this is the reason why. Grimalkin is just the bomb.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Blah Blah Blah: Books

Haven't reviewed for a while... Well of course, no one really reads this blog but I thought I might as well. The next review is on Aimee Carter's The Goddess Legacy. Its book number 2.5 in the Goddess Test trilogy, though I suppose it could be number negative one, because this book is actually a prequel. And now I am confusing myself. Okay. Here's a blurb to introduce you to the book:

(I know. LOVE the cover)

~ For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness….
Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal….
Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another….
James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others#151;but never knew true loss before….
Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope…. ~

OOOOOO. Exciting, isn't it.

Sooooo. Without further ado, here is my review. You can also find it on amazon, just click on the following linkie: http://www.amazon.com/review/R297D5DG6WJFAL/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00835RM6E&channel=rw-dp&nodeID=133140011&store=digital-text

Reviewing: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
Rating: 5 stars

This was an awesome book. It's a prequel, so you get to see what happened before the original series, but it also makes you see a character in a new way.


For example, Calliope/Hera, Queen of the Heavens. We think she's a spiteful goddess, but in this book, you realize she had a reason, a motive. She was always ambitious, but loyal without a fault. She was goddess of marriage, fidelity, and pregnancy, but being with the unfaithful Zeus went against everything she ever represented. I can't believe I'm saying this, but who can blame her for being so bitter? 

Next up is Aphrodite/Ava, the goddess of love and beauty. Her story is basically dealing with her dilemma of choosing between Ares and Hephaestus. Ava is a sketchy character for me. When I first met her in The Goddess Test, I thought she was okay, the typical cheerleader kind of person you would expect to find in a high school. Then, in Goddess Interrupted, Persephone was introduced and started twisting my thoughts. I didn't whose words to believe, the fact that Persephone thought Ava was a slut or Ava thinking Persephone was the most selfish person in the world. With these two characters, I find it hard to like both of them. I had to favour one over the other. So by the end of Goddess Interrupted, and up to the end of Aphrodite's story in this novella, I was on Ava's side.     

And then BOOM. The next novella comes in, this time focusing on Persephone, the former Queen of the Underworld. In this novella, Persephone has just married Hades, god of the death, but as we were told in The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted, she faded away to die with the one she loved. We knew that Hades love Persephone, but she didn't love Hades back. So naturally, I disliked Persephone straight from the start. We don't officially meet her until Goddess Interrupted, and even then I thought she was ungrateful and selfish. She broke Hades' heart. I can't imagine what it would be like to love someone, and that someone is fighting with someone else for the love of another. I hate love triangles. And then I read her story from her point of view. Whew. Again, I am swayed. I wouldn't say I pitied her, and I can't say I felt the empathy, so I'll just say I felt real bad for her. Really, really bad. First she's betrothed to someone she hardly knows, and the day after her consummation and marriage her own mother won't listen to her pleas about the entire situation. She cheated on Hades, but that was really only because she wanted her own chance of happiness, and she knew she wasn't going to have it with Hades. And when she and Aphrodite were fighting about the Adonis thing? I seriously felt like Persephone wanted to fade because she wanted let Adonis have a happy life in the Underworld. But Aphrodite? I had a feeling she voted no just because she was jealous that Persephone would spend time with him eternally. Which really means Aphrodite herself is the selfish one. So, a mere I don't know, 108 pages later, I had changed sides. Because I truly believe Persephone is kinder than Aphrodite.

And then we go onto James/Hermes, the guy behind the whole change-names-sitch. He was treated very unfairly in the whole Hades-Persephone thing, just because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the council of gods needed a scapegoat. Yeah, I don't understand why they call each other a family if all this back stabbing and whatnot happens. That's not the definition of family. Families support each other no matter what. So with Hermes, I felt really bad for him because he had the whole ultimatum thing resting on his shoulders, and when he finds the answers and looses a girl in the process, Hades, still bitter from the whole Persephone affair, prevents him from seeing her. I had tears in my eyes as I read that part. It's so sad! :'(

And then finally, we settle onto Henry/Hades' story. This guy has got it rough. He's the kindest and most thoughtful of the entire council, and then takes the worst of everything. Calliope falls in love with him, he refuses her, Persephone decides to die with some mortal, leaving him heartbroken, so consequently he wants to fade. Then just as he starts hoping again his world crashes down. Soooo, as much as I want to slap Kate and him both upside the head at times, I can't help feeling happy for them. Because Kate has given him a chance to love like he did with Persephone, except only this time the feeling is mutual. Yay! Happy ending. No. Miss Carter HAD to leave us with a cliffhanger. But that is an entirely different matter.

To conclude, this book is an amazing read and really gives you an insight on why the gods and goddesses are that way. I really don't understand how authors can weave such complicated tales and all those story lines and have them tie together so perfectly. Bravo! Good job, Miss. Carter! This is a beautiful series and I will always be eagerly awaiting the next book.

So, I hope you all like this review. I'll be sure to do more soon! Love you all <3
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