Month: February 2015

Pre-Reading: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This post serves two purposes.

1. To warn all my followers about the posts that will be going up.

2.. To review everything I’ve heard about this book up until now.

1. If any of you don’t know yet, I’m a high schooler. Obviously that means I take classes on a daily basis and do this as a hobby because I don’t have time to expand my blog as much as I would like to.

Every semester in English I have to read a book off of a list in order to finish a book project. This time around, I decided to read Gone Girl. The project is due on the 6th, which means that between now and Thursday, a lot of posts about Gone Girl will be going up on my blog. I apologize in advance and wish to tell everybody that I will definitely be discussing spoilers within the novel. At the same time, I will be trying to stick to my regular blogging schedule although as I said in a blog update earlier, it will be difficult. Especially since I’ll be trying to finish 10 posts on the side because I didn’t plan on it.

And now onto part 2 of this post.

Gone Girl is an adult thriller novel released in 2012. It was adapted to the big screen in 2014.

I heard loads and loads about this novel earlier, especially since the movie released last year. I can’t even begin to count the number of times that someone told me, “Oh that movie was really good! I didn’t know that it was based on a book!”

The funny thing is that I can’t even fathom trying to watch a movie without reading the book first. I almost always research a movie I might see prior to watching it. And no, I don’t have high expectations for the movie because I’m generally unimpressed by cinematography.

Regarding the book itself, I’ve had two teachers tell me that Gone Girl would fuck with my mind. I’ve heard people say that the ending would enrage me or that the book would cause me to think that I myself am messed up. I’m already expecting the book to cause me intense feelings because I haven’t heard a single negative thing about it. But at the same time, I’m expecting the book to grossly disappoint me because 99% of popular books don’t sit well with me.

I’m going in completely blind. I think most people know what the book is about, but I kind of suck at keeping up with American pop culture. Especially movies. So I literally have no idea what the book is about.

So far, I really enjoy the book design. I got the copy that appears like this:

Gone Girl

I really like the color scheme of the book itself. The book is black and it’s flaps are neon orange. It’s kind of distracting when I try to read the summary, but it’s a really flattering design.

As for what I think the book is about…. uh some girl disappears? A girl flies off into the wind saying, “gone”? Maybe her hair is gone because it flies away with the wind. I have no idea.

What were your first impression when you first heard about Gone Girl?

Stacking the Shelves [7]

Stacking the Shelves is a meme created and hosted by Tynga’s Reviews highlighting the books that you have acquired or added to your shelves. These include books borrowed from the library, bought, gifted, e-books etc.


A Stacking the Shelves post, like I promised a few days ago! I got lots of books and surprisingly, two ARCs in the mail that I wasn’t expecting.

This covers everything that I’ve gotten in the last few weeks. And that includes library books (both school and public), ARCs, purchased, and borrowed. I got a comic book from my friend that she says will “introduce” me to a bunch of superheros. It was really sad when she told me to point to the ones I recognized (like probably five out of the whole list).

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Borrowed from the Library

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Winger by Andrew Smith

We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Unwind by Neil Schusterman

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Hepperman

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King (recheckout)

More Than This by Patrick Ness (recheckout)

From Publisher/Author

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (Thank you NOVL!)

Throw Like a Woman by Susan Petrone (Thank you Susan!)

The Forty Watt Flowers by C.M. Subasic (Thanks you Colleen!)

Bought

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Borrowed From a Friend

Avengers vs. X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, and Ed Brubaker  (Thank you Hannah!)


And that’s it! What books did you get?

Top Ten Favorite Heroines

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

So obviously this is going to be a list of my top favorite heroines of book series.

Let’s get to it.

1. Kell and Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic

Okay these two are just going to go under one because…. I love both of them. As a matter of a fact, the book releases today! If you missed my review read it here

2. Victor Vale from VICIOUS

*Coughs* Let’s just put all of Schwab’s characters on this list.

3. Kestral from The Winner’s Curse

This girl has a backbone and is totally kickass.

4. Kyoko from Skip Beat!

Manga/anime character feature here!

This anime was one of my first forays into the world of Japanese animation. Soon after watching the anime, I read the manga (which, if I’m not mistaken, is still ongoing). I don’t particularly care if people might think this anime/manga is horrible, but this character was a character that I loved. She’s wild, wacky, unpredictable, and a whole lot of fun to read about.

5. Evie from The Diviners

100% positive that everybody saw that coming.

This girl is sassy, fun, and all types of mischief. I loved reading about her in the book and I cannot wait to read the sequel when it comes out.

6. Sam McKenna from Rites of Passage

I enjoyed this book and I was overjoyed when I learned that I had received an ARC of it from the Goodreads Firstreads program. And it was great that I got this fun one because Sam was someone that I wish I was a little more like (does that sentence even make sense?). Sam was strong and never gave up. She stood up for herself and for women. I admired the battle she fought at her military school and truly loved how she never broke to the pressure.


Aaaaand I’m done. I don’t think it’s a good thing if I can’t even name 10 protagonists that I can say that I loved. By loved, I mean that I still love them when I think about them. I might have liked the character at the time I read the book, but to qualify for this list, I have to have a sort of fondness for the character. And they had to be the main character. Which effectively knocked out most of my favorite characters. And out of the six on this list, one of them is a manga/anime character.

What heroines do you like?

Blog and Life Update

If it’s not painfully obvious, I’ve had a little trouble with getting content up on my blog in the last two weeks.

The only explanation that I can guve you guys is that I’ve been in a long long reading slump. Like three week long reading slump. I think it’s because I’ve had a stream of 4-5 star books and as a result…. everything else hasn’t really appealed to me.

BUT! I’ve been actively trying to get myself out of it. I went to the library yesterday and I obtained some really exciting books (expect a stacking the shelves post this weekend!). An ARC came in the mail from NOVL and I started like 5 different books to help with the slump. Hopefully, by getting a fresh batch of books, I’ll be able to get back into the flow of reading.

In other news, I celebrated Chinese New Year and performed for the yearly show they had. I was in two dances, one of which was a cover of the dance below.

School has also been busy. I’ve started to focus on studying for the AP tests in May. I know it’s really early but I kind of suck at remembering history and I’m taking AP World… which has a lot of history. I’ve been watching a bunch of Crash Course (although I don’t like John Green) and making a lot of charts. So posts on here might be really infrequent for a while.

I’m hoping to get back on some semblance of a schedule in the next few weeks.

[Review] The Rithmatist – Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Series: Rithmatist #1

Publication Date: May 13th, 2013

Publisher: Tor Teen

Number of Pages: 378

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Source: School library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2013

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Top Ten Bookish Problems

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

HAHAHA THIS ONE IS GONNA BE FUN.

While many think that they have some of the worst problems in the world, booklovers have their own list of woes to talk about. Below, are some of the biggest ones I’ve had to deal with.

1. No shelf space

For library books. And new books. And whole series. And everything. It’s a problem.

2. Abysmal movie adaptations

*Sideeyes Percy Jackson movies distastefully*

I absolutely hate it when moviemakers don’t…. read a book before writing a script. It’s pretty clear when important characters aren’t introduced and the entire plot is uprooted and changed.

3. COVERS

It sucks when publishers decide to change the cover of a book because 99% of the time the new cover sucks and the old cover was amazing. Since I’m a broke student, what usually ends up happening is that I agonize over the fact that if I want to get a first-edition book, I have to pay way more than I would have if I had bought it at the time it was published. Or I want an international cover because the American ones are hella ugly.

4. No bookmarks (*Cough losing all the bookmarks*)

I don’t know why this happens but I always end up losing a bookmark. I don’t know if it’s because I drop it while I read or because I’m too blind to find it but I end up dipping into my ever-expanding collection of bookmarks looted from the library. And then I end up losing that one and the process continues.

5. Reading or sleep?

Everybody has experienced this before. The debate over whether you should sleep or read “one more chapter” (we all know it’s not only going to be one). I always end up picking the option to read. Then I go to sleep at like 1 in the morning.

6. No friends to fangirl with

This is something that I end up experiencing a lot. I don’t know if it’s because I’m good at multi-tasking or if it’s because I sacrifice sleep for reading, but since entering highschool, a lot of my friends don’t have time to read anymore. Then because of that, they don’t read as often and none of them read the same books that I do. So when I’m a crazed high from reading a fantastic book, I can’t fangirl with any of them because they either haven’t read it or don’t understand what I’m talking about.

7. Neverending TBR list

Erm I have around 600 books on the list…. after I removed a bunch of books I didn’t think I’d ever read.

8. Not owning an e-reader

Huge problem especially since I use Netgalley to find new books to read. I end up reading most of them on my laptop which is not good because I can’t bring it with me everywhere. Then I sacrifice sleep time to finish a galley before it’s release date.

9. Preferring to read instead of socializing

Especially since I have less time to read with highschool. A lot of times, when my friends are all talking, I’ll just detach myself from the group and find a corner to go read in.

10. Library fees

I probably have less of a problem with this than people in big cities. I find that people in my town don’t really follow new releases when looking for a new book. And books that are really popular in big cities don’t get the same amount of love where I live. Therefore I can pretty much renew a book as many times as I want… that is, if I actually remember to do so. I’ve had fees that go all the way up to $20 before….


So what book problems do you face?

[Review] Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Series: None

Publication Date: October 22nd, 1999

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Number of Pages: 197

Source: Public library

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

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[ARC Review] A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

Author: V.E. Schwab

Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #1

Publication Date: February 24th, 2015

Publisher: Tor Books

Number of Pages: 400

Genre: Adult, Fantasy, YA

Source: Netgalley

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

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[Review] Hate List – Jennifer Brown

Hate List

Author: Jennifer Brown

Series: None

Publication Date: September 1st, 2009

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Number of Pages: 405

Genre: YA, Contemporary,

Source: School library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

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[ARC Review] The Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen Trilogy #1

Publication Date: February 10th, 2015

Publisher: Orion

Number of Pages: 320

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Fantasy

Source: Gifted

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

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