Sunday, June 24, 2012

Thanks to Gigi and Christina for nominating me for a Liebster award! The Liebster Blog Award is an award given to blogs that have less that 200 followers :)

Here are the rules:
1. Each person must post 11 facts about themselves

2. Answer 11 questions the tagger has given you and give 11 questions for the people you've tagged.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Tell them you've tagged them
5. Remember, no tag backs.

11 facts about me:
1. I'm afraid of eels, lampreys, worms and snakes. *Shudder*
2. I try to read about 500 pages a day.
3. I'm allergic to everything, even watermelon.
4. I have 3 kitties and a dog, all of who I love more than life.
5. I have a slight obsession with Transformers and Beast Wars.
6. I swear like a sailor. I don't mean to! I try not to! 
7. My favorite show is Adventure Time. I'm not even kidding.
8. I dye my hair red, but I'm naturally a blonde.
9. My dream house will have a library in it.
10. I didn't know what a Liebster award was until yesterday.
11. I absolutely love the smell of chlorine.

Questions from Glasses Girl Reads (Gigi):
1. What is your favourite book and why? Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte was the first author to teach me that it's okay to believe in love, and that it's also okay to do anything for it.
2. How many months have you been blogging for? About three.
3. Why did you decide to blog? I really wanted to share my love of reading with the rest of the world!
4. Are you an author as well as a book reviewer? Not currently, but I will be!
5. What are you five favourite places? Soul Full Cup (a local coffeehouse), Barnes and Noble, the pool, under the willow tree in my backyard and anywhere with my love <3
6. Why do you love reading? I love reading because it takes me away. I can forget about the trouble and drama in my life and escape for a little bit.
7. Who are your favourite people? (Can be anybody). My mom, Mike and my sister.
8. Complete this sentence. Life is... Short.
9. If you could be any literary character, who would you be and why? I would be Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights. She has two men literally fighting over her, and something about that intrigues me :p
10. If you could invent a perfect partner for you, who would he/she be and how would he/she be like? I don't have to invent a perfect partner, because Mike is already the perfect partner for me :) 
11. Do you have any special talents? I can whistle through my eyelid. No jokes.

Questions from CAHreviews (Christina): 
1. What is your favorite movie? Transformers!
2. What is your favorite genre within YA (dystopian, paranormal, romance, etc)? Paranormal.
3. Do you have any dogs? What kinds? Yes, I a have a schnoodle named Toby! (Schnauzer/Poodle mix)
4. What book are you currently reading? "In the Shadow of the Banyan" by Vaddey Ratner.
5. What is your current obsession? The Vampire Diaries! I started watching it when I was house sitting and now I'm addicted!
6. What is your favorite food? Onion Rings :)
7. Who is your favorite Harry Potter character? Hermione!
8. If you could have a superpower what would it be and why? Invisibility, because sometimes I just want to be left alone :p
9. Who wins: Twilight vs. Hunger Games? Twilight.
10. What do you like most about blogging? I get to connect with others who share the same love as me :)
11. Who is your favorite evil character? Lord Voldemort! 

Blogs I tag!:

Questions for tagged bloggers:
1. If you were stranded on an island with only one book, which book would you choose?
2. Where is your favorite place to read?
3. What is your favorite book series?
4. Do you read ebooks?
5. How long have you been blogging?
6. What is your favorite thing to do besides reading?
7. What was your favorite book as a child?
8. What book have you hated the most?
9. Do you ever cry over books?
10. Who is your favorite author?
11. How do you feel about books being made into movies?

Have fun!!! :)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

London Darkness: Infernal Inventions by Christopher Stocking!

I am so excited to review this book! I am the first person to review it and the author is a friend of mine! :)

I have never been interested in the steam-punk genre, and until very recently I didn't even know what it was. Reading this book was as much an adventure for me as a learning experience and I would love to share what I learned with all of you :)

Goodreads Synopsis: Victorian London–When Ryker Mayson comes across the dead body of a high-ranking member from the League of Inventors, his life changes forever. Murder, lies, and deceit become all too familiar as Ryker searches the dark city streets to find out who is behind these deaths, and why.

With the help of Wendell, his Gnomish best friend, Celia, his prostitute lover, and some newly made friends from the League, he scours the city in search of whomever is lurking in the shadows, slaying unsuspecting inventors for taking part in a tragic injustice.

What I loved: Chris has an amazing writing style. Everything was so beautifully written and so very detailed that the entire story plays out in your head like a movie. I could not tear my eyes away! I also loved how "Infernal Inventions" read as an epic adventure tale. I am a huge fan of  books like "The Hobbit" and "My Side Of The Mountain" because they spin you this adventure that you never want to pull your head out of; "Infernal Inventions" is one of those kinds of adventures. I also really loved how I didn't need to know anything about steam-punk to understand what was going on. They story read like a beginners guide to steam-punk while taking you on an unforgettable journey. The characters were relatable there is just something that feels so familiar about Chris' writing.  Also, Mechanical Cougars! How awesome is that! 

What I didn't love: It ended and now I have to wait for a sequel! :(

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars! Great work, Chris! I whole heartily suggest that everyone check out "Infernal Inventions"!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I need your input, you guys! :)

I've been doing a lot of thinking about exciting blog ideas and I was wondering, would anyone be interested in seeing a post about movie adaptations of books? I have a few that I absolutely love, and more than a few that I absolutely loathe. How many of you would like to see this post?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I just want to start out this review by saying that I am not one of those people who can separate books and their film adaptations. If I read a book, I want the movie to be as close as it can be to the book. So of course after seeing "The Hunger Games" in theaters, I was completely discouraged to read the rest of the series. I know many people loved the movie, but I just hated it. I finally talked myself into reading the rest of the series, so here is the review!

Basic Synopsis: Catching Fire starts up not far after The Hunger Games ended. Katniss is now living in the Victor's Village with her family and still feigning romance with Peeta. There are rumors of rebellion in the other districts and Katniss and Peeta quickly become the faces of said rebellions. Obviously, President Snow and the capitol aren't happy about this and Katniss soon has to worry about keeping up her fake love with peeta, not hurting gale, and not causing more of an uprising.

What worked: I absolutely loved how Suzanne Collins' writing improved in this book. She was already a very talented writer but damn, she really got even better. Having the book be written solely from Katniss' point of view helped me to feel just as unsure and confused as she was. I loved all of the twists and turns and surprises the story had in store, and I loved getting so excited to find out what happens next. Up until the epic ending, much didn't make sense but it all played out perfectly.

What didn't work: I hate Peeta. I think he's one of my most hated characters.

My rating: 4/5 stars!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Upcoming reviews! :

  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Enjoy :)