Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Vampire Diaries: discussion/rant



The Vampire Diaries TV series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I abhor the books.

So, hey, does anyone else remember hearing something about how Alaric was supposed to come back and make appearances this season??? Cuz I heard that. And we saw him as a ghost talking to Damon waaaaayyy back in the first episode of the season, but never again!
And also, I just learned that the actor who played him is now, like, a regular on the CW’s new series, Cult!!! How can he come back to TVD is he’s in some other TV show?????

Distressed much? Cuz I am!!!

Burn for Burn Review

Description from goodreads:
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY...
THEY GET EVEN.

Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.

Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him.

Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.



MY REVIEW:


It’s not like I refuse to read contemporary books. Because I don’t. It’s just that I don’t read them as much as paranormal books. Or enjoy them as much.

When I started watching Pretty Little iars, I read the books so I could find out who A was. Then around season four I found out they were changing it anyway and stopped watching the series.
I read the Texting books by Lauren Myracle in sophomore year. To be honest, I don’t even remember if those books had a point or plot or anything.
I read Wintergirls and Hold Still and found them thought-provoking, but not enouht to want to buy them or reread them.
Contemporary books just don’t phase me the way paranormals or dystopias do.
But this one did.

The Characters: 9/10 (mostly because of Mary)
Kat: Kat was so tough-girl, I couldn’t not love her. You know, she was that girl who was dumped by her best friend for a better, cooer, prettier, richer friend (I can sympathize). In that situation, you have one option: you pretend not to care. Kat went tough-girl. I went soft-giggly-girl. Same reason, though.
Lillia: Eh.
Rennie: I don’t see how either Kat OR Lillia could have been friends with Rennie. She as so OBVIOUSLY self-centered…
Alex: I actually appreciate him as a character. I mean, he seems like a normal high-school boy. Crushing on Lillia, doing stuff with Kat… and I believe him about Nadia.
Reeve: I can’t see how anyone can NOT hate Reeve. I mean seriously. There’s only one word I can think of that describes him and it has three letters, starts with an A and ends with S…
I hope he turns out to have something which explains his behavior. I’d settle for psychopathy, but the authors can come up with something better, please do.
Mary: Oh, Mary. This is the character. See, Mary has this very intense thing going on, which I can’t explain without spoiling everything… but one of the things I found most interesting about her was her relationship with Reeve. I mean, at points, she did SEEM to hate him. With very good reason. If I’d been her, I’d’ve hated him 24/7. but at other times, she seemed to… Okay, I’m going to use a word here that I KNOW isn’t the right word, but I can’t think of a better one… worship him. It was very strange and inexplicable and intriguing. One of the best parts of the book, if you ask me.

(Who else thinks there’s something up with Aunt Bette?)

The Plot: 8/10
I liked the whole revenge plot. \the reasons behind the revenges were good too. The only revenge-and-reason combo I didn’t like was Kat and Rennie. The reason was cliché enough, plus the revenge they cooked up for Rennie anyway was lame, if you ask me. I mean, the Alex revenge was good, I liked that one. And the Reeve revenge was extreme, and you can never go wrong when you go extreme. But what hey did for Rennie? Eh. I didn’t like it. my first problem with it is that there would be no way for Rennie to tell that it was intentional, an act of REVENGE. It could have just been a coincidence, or the way the wind blew, it was something that COULD HAVE happened naturally. Ale wasabe to tell that what happened was intentional. He didn’t know WHO or WHY, but he knew it was something. Reeve would/will be able to tell that SOMEONE did something—did this—to HIM, for a reason. Rennie? There’s no intentionality on what they do to her, and I don’t like that.

Here I would usually rate the romance… except there really wasn’t one, and that’s okay. Not EVERY book needs to have a romance.

+2 extra credit points for being the most captivating contemporary I’ve ever read.

Overall grade: 19/20=95%=A

Great book. I immensely enjoyed it.





Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #6


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten Authors I’d put on my to-buy list.

1. Tamora Peirce: Tamora Pierce was my VERY FIRST Favorite Author. I already own most books by her, too.

2. Cate Tiernan: Yes, I will admit it. I got my mom to buy me the Balefire Omnibus and all the Sweep omnibuses (omnibi?). Then when I got the first book in the Immortal Beloved series at the Denver Lit conference last year, I made my parents get me Darkness Falls and Eternally yours.

3. Cassandra Clare: Shadowhunters, shadowhunters, shadowhunters, yay!

4. Maggie Stiefvater: So, I’ve read her Faerie books, I own the Shiver trilogy, I have yet to read the Scorpio Races (but I’ve heard good things), and then I bought the Raven Boys. I was only a little disappointed when I read it.

5. Richelle Mead: Vampire Academy, Bloodlines… and Gameboard of the Godsis on my list.

6. Julie Kagawa: No, I sadly don’t own anything by her. YET. Next amazon giftcard I’m gonna useto buy EVERYTHING by her. Iron Fey boxed set, The Lost Prince, and the Immortal Rules.

7. Veronica Roth: ’Nuff said.

8. Laini Taylor: I have yet to read Lips Touch Three Times, but I own Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I’m waiting for Days of Blood and Starlight to come out in paperback. (Hey, it’s cheaper! And have not much of the monies)

9. Holly Black: I own 2-5 of the spider wick chronicles (I used to have 1 too, but don’t ask me where it went.) I WANT to own the Curse workers (cuz they was amazing!) and I have read Valiant, Tithe, and I’m going to read Ironside one of these days. Promise!

Man, I just can NOT get to ten, can I?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Cover characteristic #6



Cover Characteristic is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week they will post a characteristic and we'll choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic.

This weeks characteristic is Kissing. Here are my faves:

Perfect Chemistry- Simone Eckles
Forget You- Jennifer Echols

Across the Universe- Beth Revis
Easy- Tammara Webber

And my absolute favorite… Reincarnation- Suzanne Weyn
 
Okay, so I obviously like almost-kissing as opposed to real kissing.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #5

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten Favorite characters in the YA genre.

Now, keep in mind, when it comes to things like this (i.e. Fave characters, Fave couples, and, god forbid, fave books) my answers are entirely dependent on what I AM CURRENTLY READING. Meaning that next week, when I'm reading something else, THEY'LL ALMOST CERTAINLY BE DIFFERENT.

Now, I will try my very hardest to make them characters I think would crack the top ten list at any point in my life, but... well, I've disclaimered you already, so lets get on with it.


Aly from the Tortallan books by Tamora Pierce: Yes, I did read Trisckster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen three days ago. Is that influencing my choice right now? Most definitely. But I think Aly would crack the Top Ten no matter what, and the only think the recently read thing is doing for her is putting her at the top. But come one. They had the words international espionage in that book. How can that ever be NOT cool?

Aphrodite from House of Night: Hold up, I know what you’re thinking: What????? A character from HoN is on Monica’s top ten fave characters list??????? And she’s number 2?????????????????? Well, just for clarification, I have not read Hon since sometime last year, or maybe even the year before that so Aphrodite is here because I actually LIKE her as a character. To be honest, she’s my favorite character in that series. She has depth and real character growth and change.

George from the Tortallan books by Tamora Pierce: Yes, I did read all the Tortallan books recently. No, I don’t think George would be here if I hadn’t.

Mason from the Vampire Academy: He’s Mason. ’Nuff said.

Simon from The Mortal Instruments. Dude. He’s that Friend who is cute in a nerdy kind a way who gets turned into a vampire and then you wished you’d kissed him when you had the chance, cuz now he’s being swarmed by girls.

Foxface from the Hunger/the redheaded Avox Girl: I really liked both these characters from the hunger games, despite the fact that they were both very minor. It probably has something to do with them both having red hair. I REALLY like red hair.

Maximum Ride from… Okay, you KNOW where Max Ride is from. If you don’t then I just do not know what to do with you.

Akiva from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone: I am a total fangirl when it comes to Akiva. Don’t get in my way.

Adrian Ivashkov: I don’t think I could b\still be considered an Adrian Ivashkov fangirl if he didn’t make this list, and I’m in a group on goodreads that’s dedicated to being Adrian Ivashkov fangirls, so.

Rosalie from Twilight: Yes, a character from Twilight made this list too!!!!! What is going on with me? Well, I didn’t like Rosalie until Eclipse, when we got her backstory, which explained a lot about her. Like Aphrodite, she’s got some depth, and I appreciate that in a supporting character.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Cover Characteristic #5

Cover Characteristic is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week they will post a characteristic and we'll choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic.
This weeks Characteristic is Backs. As in, the Backs of People. Here are my faves:
 A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray:
Body and Soul by Stacy Kade:
Dark Companion by Mary Acosta:
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr :
 and my absolute favorite is... Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's day giveaway at Sparkles and Lightning

Hello there, people.
So, if you go to
http://sparkles-and-lightning.blogspot.com
or just click on the picture below, there is this wonderful Valentines Day Giveaway. you should go check it out. (you should also read her giveaways page, because she can tell when you don't)
;)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #4



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is Top Ten bookish memories.

1.      I remember going to Barnes and Noble the store with my dad and my older brother to wait for the midnight release of the fifth Harry Potter. My dad bought me one book of my choice while were there, and I chose Mistress of Dragons by Margaret Weis. And I was asleep when the fifth Harry Potter came out.
2.      Once, I went to visit extended family in Iowa, and my cousin Ann was reading Hush, Hush, and so I was I. I think when we saw each other and saw we were both reading the same book we were both surprised and later during that visit we were on the Sims 2 making a family and Ann couldn’t think of a last name and I asked if she’d let me type one in and she asked “What is it?” and I said “You’ll see” and I typed in Cipriano.
3.      In sophomore year, my friend told me to read the Hunger Games, so I picked it up and couldn’t get past the first chapter. In junior year, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were required reading for one of my classes and I finished the entire trilogy in the weekend preceding the Monday in which the class was assigned to read the first three chapters.
4.      The first time somebody friended me on goodreads. It was July 5th, 2012, and I was like “What? Why would someone want to friend me?” (I’m now up to 50 friends)
5.      On July 20th, 2011, my friend published a book. I bought it around November, I think. It’s called Hidden in Glass, I anyone wants to check it out: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12984192-hidden-in-glass
6.      There wasn’t really one specific moment, but sometime in middle school while I was reading something by Tamora Pierce, it struck me: I want to be a writer when I grow up.
7.      The first time an author sent me a free book (even if it was an ebook). Not that long ago, actually. It was on January 29th, 2013. The book was Terra by Gretchen Powell and I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it was still exciting.
8.      I’m not sure if this counts as a “bookish” memory, but my first experience with fanfiction—which was just this past weekend. And, no, it actually is not a pleasant memory. I may, in fact, be scarred for life.
9.      …dang! I can’t think of any more.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Cover Characteristic #4



Cover Characteristic is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week they will post a characteristic and we'll choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic.

This weeks Characteristic is Birds. This is what I found:

 The Help by Katherine Stockett: I had to read this book last year for multicultural lit. it actually wasn’t bad.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater: I actually don’t like this cover. And the book was not amazing.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: this counts as a bird, right?

Shadow Lands by Kate Brian: Pretty cover… but not a book I’ll be reading in the near future. I’ll have to get old and REALLY bored.

And my favorite book with a bird on the cover is… Wither by Lauren DeStefano: There’s a bird in the bottom right-hand corner. Do you see it? It’s in a cage… this is my favorite book cover of the Chemical Garden series.