Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Blogging Hiatus

I've kind of already been on a blogging break for about a month but I figure I'll make it official now.  It's just really crazy with school and soccer and life.  I haven't had much time to read and I don't have time/feel like writing reviews and putting up posts.

To publishers that I owe reviews to, I'm very sorry, but I'll have the reviews up eventually for sure.

I'll probably be back around the second week in December.  See ya then!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

2013 Debut Authors Bash Featuring T. Michael Martin!!!!

Today I will be featuring the awesome T. Michael Martin and his super-creepy, super-scary, super-awesome debut.


The End Games
by T. Michael Martin
Pages: 369
Release Date: May 7, 2013
by HarperCollins

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It happened on Halloween. The world ended. And a dangerous Game brought it back to life. Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks. In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good. But The Game is changing. The Bellows are evolving. The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules. And the brothers will never be the same.




Bio:

T. Michael Martin is a novelist and screenwriter who holds a B.F.A. in Filmmaking from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He was inspired to write his debut novel, The End Games (Balzer + Bray 2013), by his own younger brother, Patrick, and their shared love of zombie movies. He currently lives with his wife in West Virginia.


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Friday, September 6, 2013

{Review} The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars
by John Green
Pages: 313
Release Date: January 10, 2012
by Dutton Books (an imprint of Penguin)

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.






As a complete book, it isn’t hard to find the right word to describe this story: phenomenal.  But it is hard to describe the little details that made this book phenomenal.  But I’ll try.  The writing, I have to mention right off, was beautiful.  John Green is an amazing writer, and you immediately get sucked into any of his books.  The whole story was just beautiful, if not heartbreaking.  I loved the way the romance grew, I loved the way that Hazel and Augustus talked to each other, I loved the way they made jokes and talked about the universe and had intelligent conversations.  I just loved the book.  It’s those little things that made this book as amazing as it was.  And, even though I spent literally thirty minutes, while I was reading, sobbing, actually sobbing, this book was amazing.  The way the romance grew, and the way the story line flowed and made the book an adventure for Augustus and Hazel was just beautiful.  And heartbreaking.

These characters were the reason I loved this book.  Even though cancer had ruined both of their lives, they remained strong.  Augustus was awesome.  He was so funny and adorable and cute and smart and loving and caring…and gosh just perfect.  The way he treated Hazel and the way they really loved each other was so beautiful to read about.  Hazel was a great main character because she was actually more affected by cancer than he was, in my opinion.  She remained strong and defiant and she was a really intelligent main character.  The ending of this book killed me.

At times I actually found it very hard to write this review because I was thinking of the book and all that happened in it and I know it sounds so cheesy but I almost started to cry several times.  It took me a while to write this review, and I don’t think it does the book justice, but I hope I got across how amazing I thought it was.  I’m actually kind of dreading the movie coming out because I think seeing this book will be worse than reading it, emotion wise.


5 stars

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

{Review} Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska
by John Green
Pages: 231
Release Date: December 26, 2006
by Speak (an imprint of Penguin)

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Before: Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After: Nothing is ever the same.


This was the first book by John Green that I’ve ever read, and I wasn’t sure what to expect…but it definitely wasn’t what happened in this book!  This book was dark, entertaining, emotionally scarring…and kind of awesome.  First off, John Green’s writing is absolutely beautiful.  The way he described the characters and the setting was just amazing, and the story line flowed perfectly.  I honestly thought I had this whole book figured out, and I thought I knew how it would end…but I was so wrong.  So, so, so wrong.  I couldn’t believe that ending.  [SPOILER: When he was counting down the numbers till some day the whole book I was expecting it to be when Pudge would tell Alaska that he loved her, not when she would die.  That completely threw me, and gosh it was sad. ]

This book has some really awesome characters.  One thing that I think YA lacks is really flawed, messed up characters.  Like in Silver Linings Playbook, Pat and Tiffany are so messed up, but they’re two of my all-time favorite characters.  This book had some really messed up characters, and it was hard to read about them, but I enjoyed it, if that makes sense.  Pudge was a good main character, and he really developed over the course of the story, turning from a weak, anti-social loner to a stronger, has-3-best-friends kind of guy.  Alaska I really liked.  She was strong, she was confident…but she was also crazy, and even though I thought that, I really appreciated her as a character.  The Colonel was a big part of the book as well, and I really loved his character.  He was a good, strong supporting character who had his own issues, and made the book very interesting.


I was very impressed with this book, and I know that John Green is a very popular author, so I will definitely be reading his other books.  But seriously, if all his book are as heartbreaking as this one…I’m going to need some therapy.



3 stars

Sunday, September 1, 2013

{Review} City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls
by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #5
Pages: 535
Release Date: May 8, 2012
by Margaret K. McElderry (an imprint of Simon & Schuster)

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The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.




This series just keeps adding to itself. At this point, the world is so well explained and the story is so complex that you really have to concentrate to pick up everything. And this book added so much to the series. A lot of crap went down in this book, and it was absolutely crazy. After the ending of the last book, one big thing had to be fixed or else I was going to throw this book across the room and cry forever (those of you who have read this series know what I'm talking about). And, thankfully, it was all fixed. So great. The writing was, as usual, pretty good. However, I did get kind of annoyed with all the different romances going on, and when Clare would switch points of view and go to Jordan and Maia, who basically had nothing to do with the story. The story line, staging, and explanations for the events were all very well done and very well explained. And omg that ending! Gosh I felt like I couldn't breath as I was reading it. Also, I will forever remember this book because of the last lines of the last page. Best finish ever.



As you all may or may not know, Jace is my fictional boyfriend. I don't care what you say or who tries to take him away from me, he's mine. He's a smart-ass, blond god who has a great personality and is totally full of himself. Plus he's sexy and kick-ass. So I've come to the conclusion that if I can't find a blonde Shadowhunter sometime in my life that I am going to die alone. Thank you Jace for ruining my life. Clary keeps on growing on my as the series goes on. Even though she made some really stupid decisions in this book, I really like her strength, drive, and personality.



I can't wait for the last book. Seriously, WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN! Ugh the suspense is killing me!!


4.5 stars
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