Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: Rapture


Ah, the conclusion of the Fallen Series. My hands were shaken with anticipation when they grabbed hold on this book. So many hours invested in this series, I really wanted to know how it ended. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed this one more than Torment and Passion. 

Luce's character grew a lot in Rapture (at least she didn't kiss any unknown boy). For once she concentrated on her relationship with Daniel, while he concentrated on the war. 

At least now I know why we had to go through most of Luce's lives : to understand that Luce and Daniel love each other. And although most of the book was spent travelling from one location to another, I admit the ending did carry a surprise that left me speechless and for that, thank you Lauren Kate. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: I'm in debt because of you






Hmm, this week's question was tough. I took a look at my bookcase to see which authors appeared the most and was able to draw a good conclusion.

Sorry, Miss Piggy. But I only picked authors who I've read more than one book. No hard feeli-- ouch, that hurt!!




Top Ten Authors on my Auto-Buy List



1. Suzanne Collins I fell in love with The Hunger Games Trilogy before the movie came out and have a Mockingjay pin on my winter jacket.

2. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter is the only series I've ever re-read.

3. Cassandra Clare Can't get enough of her books. I'm about to read City of Lost Souls.

4. Veronica Roth Divergent captivated me instantly and made me a fan.

5. Richelle Mead I always pick up one of her books whenever I need a paranormal fix.

6. Sarah Dessen Her stories are deep and heartfelt.

7. Kelley Armstrong I'm hooked. Her books always carry an element of surprise. 

8. Maggie Stiefvater I have no clue how she writes with such intensity. Every single word counts. 

9.  Deb Caletti For some reason, her contemporary stories always hit close to home.

10. John Green The only man in the list. Not that they aren't many great male authors out there. Simply that John has a way with words that make me pause and think. 


Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: Marking Time


When we first meet Saira she is caught by the police in a dark alley with a can of spray paint. Her mother has disappeared and the only person able to take care of her sends her off to a boarding school. And I thought I had problems.

It turns out that going to that school is the best thing that could happen to Saira. Not only does she get some attention and good friends, but she also learns that she is a descendant -- a time traveler -- and it is possible for her to go back to the 19th century and save her mom.

This is where the story takes a strange twist. You see in 1888, Jack the Ripper was terrorizing the streets of London. And so April White decided to bring him into the story and give us a real villain.

I wish I could travel back in time and read this all over again. It's refreshing to read a paranormal book told in the first person, especially when the main character is strong-willed and exhuberates girl power. April White maintains the tension throughout the whole book. Even the romance is intense.

Recommended to paranormal/romance fans who enjoy a dash of historical fiction.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Can Art Save Us ? The Plain Janes say yes



Jane Doe gets a makeover in this detailed illustrated graphic novel. Meet MainJane, BrainJane, SportyJane and DramaJane.

Yes, they are all named Jane. At first sight, they look like ordinary girls who care about nothing but their own existence. Not even sharing a conversation with each other. Then MainJane gets the bright idea of bringing them out of their shells through an art project collaboration called P.L.A.I.N. (People Loving Art in Neighborhoods) and changes the whole town.

It was interesting to see others reactions to their projects. Should a lawn filled with garden gnomes be considered a defecation of property? Or should art be treasured and recognized, inspiring us to be ourselves? The book does make great points on the matter.

But the "triangle" between MainJane, John Doe and Damon kept being pushed aside as secondary plot and was left inconclusive. I also wish the characters wouldn't have been so stereotypical.



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday


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 Q: We always talk about the books that WE want. Let's turn it on its head. What books have you given other people lately?



Okay. To be honest I always give people books and they don't like it. What do they want? Apparently gift cards so they can go shopping. Where is the logic in that...

So two weeks ago, I told myself it would be the last time I would ever, ever gift literature and bought a copy of Divergent for my aunt. 

The result:





Caught my Arrow # 7


Caught my Arrow is a meme similiar to In my mailbox and  Stalking the Shelves featuring books that were purchased, borrowed or received that week.


These past weeks have been exhausting. I've had too many business meetings to stop and breathe. Let alone to read. But the sky is clearing, and I see peace ahead. 


                                     

In need of some contemporary, I borrowed God is in the Pancakes by Robin Epstein and Boys, Girls & other Hazardous Materials from the author who gave us the basis for the movie Mean Girls. As well as Between the Lines.


Don't ask me why I stored Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children on the shelf after purchasing it. But it is on my night table now, waiting to be read.  


And I received for review


What are you reading this week?


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Cupcake Awards




Top Ten YA Characters




I can't think of a better way to honor my favorite YA characters than by hosting a cupcake award ceremony. And the cupcake goes to:


Most Couragous



Scarlett from Someone Like You. Cupcake for most courageous. Having a baby when your mom is against it and the father dead takes a different kind of courage than jumping through hoops of fire, but it still deserves its merit.



Best Sister




Katniss from The Hunger Games. Cupcake for best sister. I just love a character who fights for what is right and protects the innocent like Prim and Rue.



Most Gifted



Hermione from the Harry Potter series. Cupcake for most gifted. Not only does she have a gigantic heart but she also makes a gigantic brain look sexy.






4. Regina from Some Girls Are for Best Self-Esteem
5. Cole from The Wolves of Mercy Falls for Best Character Growth
6. Marcelo from Marcelo in the Real World for Honesty and staying true to his beliefs.

Best Friend



Jacob from The Twilight Saga. Cupcake for Best friend. Regardless of what happens with Bella he is always there for her.



Best Girl Power





Rose from the Vampire Academy series. Cupcake for Best Girl Power. Yup, women can fight too.



Most Affectionate


Daniel from the Fallen series. Cupcake for Most Affectionate. Constantly kissing, hand-holding and staring at Luce.








And the last cupcake goes to (drum roll) YOU for Best Commentator :p Eat it while it's warm.


Review: Until I Die



All Kate wants is for Vincent to grow old with her until she dies. Romantic, right? But to accomplish that Vincent has to lend his body to some strange experiments, upsetting Kate beyond belief. And me as well, because Vincent is adorable.

This is the second book of the Revenants series and fans won't be disappointed. Kate has grown since we last saw her, becoming less shy and more eager to live her life. One thing that ruins a series is making the second book stall. But Amy Plum maintains the reader on edge and introduces great new characters, such as two of the oldest revenants to date. How will they react to Kate being human? That is something you have got to see for yourself.


The next installment, If I Should Die will be released in May 2013. As a surprise to her fans, Die for her, an eBook novella from Jules point-of-view will be available in April on Amazon.





Thursday, February 14, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday: Miss Scarlett


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 Q: Write a letter to your favorite character. Rant, rave or gush ... just pretend that they are real and you just want to let them know "a few things". Activity courtesy of author, Kelly Walker. 



Dear Scarlett O'hara,

I send you this jacket to keep you warm on these cold lonely nights. Loving someone to death and not being able to show them is the hardest thing on the soul. It damages our self-esteem and makes hope seem like a punishment.

Worse, are all those people out there saying get over him, he's not meant for you, he belongs to Melanie. Technically, that is true. They did get married. But it doesn't make it any easier to let him go.

I really do hope the jacket fits you. As God is my witness you will never be cold again!!

                                                    your friend,

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Review: Looking for Alaska



Miles falls in love with Alaska, a beautiful blonde bombshell, who happens to be a heavy drinker and smoker, influencing Miles to follow along. But why does Alaska hide behind drugs; why does she want to destroy herself so badly when all Miles wants to do is love her?

Looking for Alaska is John Green's big debut. Although I am a huge fan of The Fault in our Stars, this book was a bit of a downer. The characters were all brushed upon, but none dissected. Take The Colonel for example: rough on the exterior, grew up in a trailer park and yet he is the smartest kid in school and so heartbroken when his first girlfriend leaves him that he renounces dating. How can such a tough guy be so sensitive? We will never know.

Perhaps that is what John Green was trying to say, that none of us will ever really know one another. I know I surprise myself sometimes.


Happy Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Love is in the Air





By February, we've said goodbye to the red Christmas stockings and replaced them with red lingerie. The best chocolates are available in stores. And love stories like Warmbodies and Beautiful Creatures premiere in  theaters.

Yes, February is the month to swoon. In case it fleets us by, we can always turn to books and relieve wonderful romantic moments over and over again. Here is my Top Romance Books:


Anna and the French Kiss: Love at first sight isn't always definite or without complications. Anna loves √Čtienne, and he obviously has feelings for her even though he has a girlfriend. Arrrgh!!! The dilemma.

The Fault in our Stars: If I could give an award for best book couple it would be to Hazel and August. Thanks for making me believe in love again.


Fuentes Brothers
Perfect Chemistry: Who can resist a Fuentes boy? Not me.

Twenty Boy Summer: Such a sad story. It makes you wonder, if your soul mate dies, can you ever find someone else? Oh, Sarah Ockler, please write a paranormal story where he comes back as a ghost.

Going too Far: She's a rebel without a cause, and he is a police officer. Enough said.

Shadow Kiss: Rose and Dimitri. I admit, I kinda of liked him as a Strigoi.

Matched: The last scene ripped my heart out of my chest. Only love can do that.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review: Shadow of Time



They say love knows no color, no financial or clique boundaries. Even a vampire and a human can fall in love. Still, Hannah fears Josh will stay away from her because she is older, leading to some funny and heartwrenching situations. If only Hannah knew why Josh was keeping his distance maybe her fears would go away?

Or maybe she'd run away?

I admit I enjoyed seeing how their courtship is pulled and taunted with. Especially  when strange dreams begin to plague Hannah. Couldn't help it. Jen Minkman's writing is both energetic and flows without awkwardness, making it easy to loose oneself into the story. Also the research she did on the Navajo people -- words, traditions, even food -- made her characters feel real.

Can't wait to read what she will come up with next.


Jen Minkman


Expect more paranormal romance from Jen Minkman soon as she is currently busy with the release of The Boy from the Woods set in Austria

Friday, February 8, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday

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 Q: Happy Mardi Gras! If they were throwing the HOTTESTS books off a mardi gras float -- what would you do to have them thrown at you?



A: Whenever you really, really want something, the best thing to do is to think strategically.


1. Arrive early. Most gifts get thrown in the front, plus if I were way in the back taller people would jump and take my prize.

Heidi Klum is a costume Goddess
2. Dress-up. I wouldn't show skin in a sexual way. Instead, I would come in a crazy costume to draw attention. Wouldn't you want to know how many books Heidi Klum could catch in that outfit?

3. Pretend this is a pinata game. I would never take my eyes off the books. It's not an all for one, and one for all situation more of a "move out of my way bead girls that book is mine!!!"





Thursday, February 7, 2013

No Books for Valentine's Day

I don't know how many women are in the same shoes as me this year  --  size 8 1/2, very standard -- and find themselves agonizing over one simple horrific question:

What do you do when your husband, boyfriend, or office lover ... tells you that he will not be giving you a book this Valentine's day because you all ready own way too many? 


Of course, my first reaction was to cry out of anger. But after a few teary moments, I came up with a list of what you can give a book lover other than a book. 

1. Book Memorabilia

Bookmarks, pins, you can even buy Harry Potter wands and scarfs. Hmm, collectible and practical.






2. Dolls based on books

Look how dashing Clark Gable is in that white suit. I would definitely give a damn about this doll.




3. Movies of books you postpone reading

For me it's the Count of Monte Cristo. I admit that at 1276 pages, I've postponed reading it for a long time. Also because I can read French and feel like a hypocrite if I don't read it in it's original language.


4. A Bookcase 

An avid reader could always use the extra space.


5. Jane Austen's Monopoly

Oh, wait! That doesn't exist. But Monopoly.com does offer you the chance to build your own and have it shipped. Check it out. 


What would you ask for?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Wonder, to quote the book, is about, "Courage. Kindness. Friendship and Character." When I first read the premise, the first thing that came to mind was the movie Mask. It is a favorite of mine, and I couldn't help it. I had to purchase this book. 

It surprised me to see how strong August was, even if he sometimes doubted himself. It must be so hard to be different, when you aren't different. August wasn't an alien or a horse but a little boy, suffering from Treacher-Collins syndrome.

Darth Sidious

Prepare yourself to see some mean bullying. Including some kids who compare him to Darth Sidious. How rude is that!

When asked why she wanted to tackle the subject of bullying, Palacio said, "I hope that kids will come away with the idea that they are noticed: their actions are noted. Maybe not immediately or directly or even in a way that seems obvious, but if they're mean, someone suffers."

You can find more of the interview on her webpage: here.

Also be prepared to switch points-of-view, as the author jumps from August, to his sister, her boyfriend, and other school kids.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

To Ten Tuesday: Bookish Memories





Bookish Memories


Sadly, I have yet to attend a book signing. Lauren Kate came to Montreal a few months ago, but it was kept very hush hush, and I'm sad to say I missed it.


One of my earliest bookish memories is the day I found the point horror collection at my school library. I was in elementary at the time, and although we were still too young to be reading such ''long'' books, you would get bullied for not borrowing one.

The first book I read was April Fools and I loved it. I bought the entire point horror collection from Ebay since then, and currently keep them in a huge box for my own children to devour some day.


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Review: Bright's Light



Legally Blonde meets Sci-Fi in Susan Juby's new book, Bright's Light

Even the title is catchy, although Bright does steal her best friend's light and claim it as hers because it's pretty. 
    

Hmm, two girls rivaling over a boy -- sad. But two girls fighting over a ''special'' hat that shines? You don't see that every day. And so, I kept reading eager to discover what will happen when the light ends up bringing back memories that people had forgotten, creating havoc and preparing them for the end of the world. 

Sadly, the pieces were hard to add up. And the reason for their world destruction didn't make much sense. Hopefully, someone will shine some light on the matter.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday

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 Q: What is the first thing you would do if you woke up to find yourself in your favorite book?




A: Honestly, I would wake up next to Voldemort so I'll let you take a hint. I know, I know...But I won't lie to you. In the matter of love, BookCupid doesn't always make the right choices. 

Needless to say, I would switch sides, join Dumbledore's army and put an end to this morbid affair.