My Life in Books Tag!

Yay my first blog post with a tag! I am so excited about this (I am such a nerd)! Thank you The Bookish Khaleesi for tagging me!

Find A Book For Each Of Your Initials

My initials are C A B

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Cress for C

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Allegiant for A

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Battle of the Labryinth for B

Count Your Age Along Your Bookshelf: What Book is it?

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Mystic City by Theo Lawrence, which I have yet to read.

Pick A Book That Represents A Desitnation You Would Like To Travel.

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Outlander. Scotland is beautiful, filled with great history and it is just gorgeous. How could I not want to go there?

Pick A Book That Is Your Favourite Color.

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Seraphina. Look at how beautiful that cover is! My favourite color ranges all over the place, but I am really loving the shade of purple that was picked. It is much better than the original cover that was picked for the hardback eiditon.

Which Book Do You Have The Fondest Memory Of?

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The Hobbit. My dad introduced me to the Lord of the Rings, he read me the Hobbit when I was a little girl right before bed time. I absolutely loved hearing the adventures that the dwarves, the wizard and a Hobbit went on. When I got older he gave me his copy and told me I know the cover is dangling, but I know how much you love books, so take it and the rest of my book collection I have. Needless to say my dad is one on of the reasons why I love reading and he is responsible for my love of fantasy books.

Which Book Did You Have The Most Difficult Time Reading?

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Finding Paris by Joy Preble. I just find it  boring and the plotline reminds me of Paper Towns, even though I have not read that book, but I have seen the trailer and it reminds me of that. Except instead of the pretty girl that goes missing it is a sister and the boring sister is left to find.

Which Book On Your TBR Will Give You The Biggest Sense of Achievement?

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Grapes of Wrath. It is a longer read and is a classic, which is a genre I usually don’t read and I need to start reading.

NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

November has gone and past and along with the NaNoWriMo. If you do not  know what NaNoWriMo is it is National November Writing Month the month where you sit down and write a 50,000 word novel in a month. Yeah. You might wonder why in the world would anyone want to do that? Besides wanting to rip my hair out when I have a character who refuses to work with me or what I know I am typing is utter crap. I enjoy the challenge. It also feels amazing to get a story going, I get giddy every time I start to form out the story and the plot. Seeing something come to life that has been dancing around my mind is mesmerizing and terrifying. But in NaNoWriMo you have to keep going, you cannot go back once you start.

This year I was nowhere near where I wanted to be, but instead of feeling defeated like I have in the past this year I decided I was going to have positive things to say. I have my characters, a storyline, a setting and I have started the story that I have had in mind for months now. I have started it and through the year I will build on it, strenghting my writing and evolve all parts of the story.

I also learned that I have a lot to learn. I struggled with balancing life, my TBR and writing. I am still learning how to juggle all the above and work. Sometimes I wish I did not have to work, and just make my passions a full time job, but I know that is not possible right now. I also need to get stronger with my writing and learn to pace. I have written nothing but short stories and writing a novel is a bit of a challenge for me, but each day  I have been doing writing excerises to make myself better.

So my takeaway this year is that I have started, which is more than what some writers do. I didn’t scrap what I have started, instead I have done some editing to it and I am hoping that maybe this little idea that I had turns into something. All you have to do is leap and you never know what will follow after that, but isn’t that the fun of things? I know my strength and weaknesses and I am ready to tackle writing a book. It is emotionally and physically draining, but I am doing something I love and who knows maybe I will finally be able to make a hobby into a career.

Did you any of you do NaNoWriMo, if so how did you do?

Happy reading and writing!

Courtney

 

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Review

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Warning there are spoilers if you have not seen the movie or read the book do not read on!

I went into this movie with an open mind. I was not a huge fan of the last book or the last movie. I was bored by both. My reasons for not liking the book will come at a later time. To me part 1 and part 2 fell flat for me.

 

The great things were that it was action packed and they stuck pretty well with the book but it was not enough for me to love it. The action sequences were done well and it kept me excited and intrigued to find out how they did the next trap when they were going into the city.

What bothered me was the cheesiness of the some of the lines and the lack of emotion. I felt nothing when Prim and Finnick died. They just kind of happened and that was that. I hated that there was 20 minutes left of the movie and Katniss finally break downs over her sister. Her sister was her world in the books, but it just came across like she didn’t care. Also when she said goodbye to Gale, I didn’t realize she was saying goodbye forever. And the epilouge felt silly to me which takes me back to the cheesiness.

Overall I give the movie a 3/5 stars. With better editing and scriptwriting this movie had potential to be amazing, but I just felt disappointed.

Have you seen the movie yet, if so what are your thoughts on it?

The Rose Society Review

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Genre: YA, Fantasy

Page Count: 395

My Edition: Hardcover

My Rating: 5/5

I finished The Rose Society a while ago, but I am now able to put what I feel into words. I think… I never know how to review Marie Lu in cohrenet and in sentences, because inside my head this is how I am, “Ohmygoodnesswhateven?Whyjustwhy?Waitwhyarenttheremorepages?IthinkIammissingpages…” I will say Marie Lu knows how to punch me in my gut and leaving me breathless.

Before I go into what I loved about the book, lets talk about our new characters who have joined our favorite (or at least my favorite) anti hero Adelina, although lets face it she is the reason why we all returned to the series when Rose Society came out. Magiano is charming, witty, sarcastic and his love for Adelina makes my heart flutter. The way he treats her especially during one part of the book , which I won’t go into details but it was official during that part I ship the relationship. I hope Lu goes more into depth with Magiano in the next book, because I feel like he has room to grow more and I want to know more about him.

Then we have Sergio, who is mentioned in the Young Elites. I was so happy to see that Marie added him to the story and I also hope that he grows more as a character in the next book, since we really did not get a lot of time with him.

Overall I enjoyed this book, and when Marie Lu said it was going to be darker, she stuck to her word. I think this was the darkest book I have read, well of course not many books have the POV of the villian. I still have this hope that Adelina, my White Wolf can turn around and become good. Although I know that is not going to happen after being betrayed so many times by those she has trusted. The pace of this book was steady some moments were heart pounding, and others were more pleasant. I cannot wait for the next installment of the series.

If you have not read this book yet, get on it! Of course check out other works by Marie Lu, I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

Happy Reading!

Courtney

A Personal Post

Hello everyone,

I am so sorry for my lack of updates, to be honest this month has been an odd month full of good and bad things. First thing first I am about to be a college student again so I have been busy getting ready for that, I am so excited to get back into what I have been wanting to do for a long time!

Now onto the true reason why I have not been posting and honestly I haven’t really picked up a book this month… Earlier this month I found out my mom has cancer. It took me a week to even process that news. Everything from the day we found out to now has been a blur of uncertainty, waiting and anxiety. I have taken time out of work to stay home and help my mom out making sure she has everything , taking her to work and picking her up. I have put things on hold to help not only my mom, but my dad as well.

Really at first though to of keeping this to myself, but I have decided I wouldn’t. Bookstagram and this blog are part of my life and there is nothing wrong with sharing a few personal things, but I am getting back into the grove of things and I am hoping to be back here soon. Maybe I will make a combact in November, but I have a few things I am editing. I am also trying to figure out how to make this blog more appealing and I have found a few templates that I like for  a theme, because I feel like this blog needs a makeover. So I will take advantage of this reading slump that I have gottten myself into and dedicate it to fixing up things.

I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend, and I hope to talk to you guys soon! Happy reading!

Courtney

Monday’s Most Anticipated

I decided that on Monday’s I would share my most anticipated things whether that is books, music, TV shows, movies, etc. So right now here are my most anticipated things:

  1. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan. Here is something you need to know about me, Rick Riordan is one of my instant buy authors and tomorrow Magnus Chase hits shelves and I cannot wait.
  2. Rose Society by Marie Lu, another instant buy author for me after reading the Legend Triology (if you have not read it, you need to). I am ready to read more about Adelina and her descent into villinary.
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcere’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition. As if I needed another reason to jump into the world of Harry Potter or own another version, they decide to make an illustrated version and of course I must own it.
  4. Halloween, I will forever remain a kid at heart and I cannot wait for my favourite holiday. Nothing beats dressing up, eating candy and scaring people. I should also mention watching Hocus Pocus almost everyday.

Well that is it for today’s Most Anticipated.  I am not sure if I will do this every Monday or alternate between posting a review or something else. I am still working out a schedule for this blog. I am starting college soon and even though it is going to be online, I am going to need to set time for that and make time for everything else, but I will get things straightened out.

I hope everyone has a great day and happy reading!

A Monster Calls Book Review

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary

Page Count: 205

My Edition: Paperback

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

So we are only on the second day of October and I have already knocked out a book that was on my TBR. I knew A Monster Calls was short, what I didn’t know that once I started reading the book that I would not be able to set it down or that I would loose track of time and not realize that when I started reading in the morning with my cup or two of coffee that I would be finished by the afternoon where my dog looked at me impatiently wondering when we were going to go on our walk.

I am going to keep this review short and simple mainly due to the fact that I will giveaway the book. One of the things that I will say is the writing is well done. Patrick Ness is a natural story teller, and his writing style is beautiful. That is really the only way to describe it, its just beautiful. This is the first book by Patrick Ness that I have read and I must say that I am now a fan of his work and I will start collecting his books from now on.

The characters in this story are well drawn out, even characters that are only in one or two pages are well thought out and you can tell there was a wealth of time and attention focused on them. Nothing in this story seemed like it was not supposed to be there or that it was a filler. I will say based off the title and the cover I was suprised by the contemporary atsmophere, but it only added to my intrigue to the story.

Not only was the writing beautiful and well done, the illustrations enhanced the story, letting you see what was happening in the story. I liked that the illustrations were not on every page, and that sometimes they took up two pages so you can get the full imagery of what you just read. Like I said earlier everthing was part of the story for a reason and things floated together so wonderfully creating a truly remarkable story.

A Monster Calls will be a story that I will never forget any time soon, in fact I cannot stop thinking about it now, even though I have been trying to move on after I sobbed for a solid hour after finishing. If you have not read this book yet, I highly suggest you pick it up and give it a go. You will not regre it, I promise you that.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and happy reading!

October TBR

It is finally October! I feel like this year it has taken October a long time to get here. October is probably one of my favourite months, well all the months in fall are my favourite. Its that time of year again for apple cider, pumpkin flavored everything, leaves changing color, cinammon scented goodies. Most importantly there is Halloween and Hocus Pocus. I also cannot forget to name Halloweentown, oh yes October is the most wonderful time of year.

My goal this month is to get my TBR pile down… I have lost control with buying books, filling two shelves in a couple months… oops. I will not apologize for it though! But lets face it those things won’t happen, because of so many books coming out that I need to have! I am looking at you Rose Society and Magnus Chace! I will try though to fit in a lot of reading in this month. So here is my TBR for the month of October (or what I intend on reading this month)

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Pride & Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright  and David Leslie Johnson 

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

What is on your TBR this month? What book release are you looking forward too?

Book Review: Of Poseidon

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Author: Anna Banks

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Pages: 324

My edition: Borrowed from the library.

My rating: 3/5 stars

I want to first start that the title is the most misleading title in the world. I mainly picked this  up because of the cover and title. I am a huge nerd when it comes to Greek mythology and when I saw this title I was elated, only to find out that it has nothing to do with Greek mythology, but mermaids. I have never read any stories of mermaids, so this was a while new thing to me and I enjoyed it.

The story starts with Emma who is living a normal life, the only thing that sticks out about her is her violet eyes. When she is on vacation she runs into the handsome and charming Galen, who also has the same color eyes. After a tragic accident Emma finds out with the help of Galen the truth about herself and her family.

Emma instantly reminded me of Tris from the Divergent series, she views herself as plain and she also has the knack for doing the opposite of what she is told to do, which I don’t mind. I am all for the free spirit heroine who does what she wants to do. Galen is charming and handsome. I liked how Anna Banks wrote his character and made him go through this struggle with loyalty, his duties to his kingdom and of course his feelings for Emma.

As for the story it starts off really well. When Galen and Emma first meet it was funny and awkward. Anna Banks knows how to mix the right amount of humor into her stories while keeping a story gripping. Then you hit the middle. The middle of the story lacks any climax so it was hard to continue on, the only thing that kept me going was that I was curious as to how this story would end. The end caught me off guard, I did not see that kind of ending coming and I am curious how the rest of the series plays out.

Of Poseidon is a fast paced gripping story. It was also a quick read for me and got me out of a reading slump.

A Little About Me

Hi there!

So first thing first, I have no idea what I am doing. I am new to this whole blogging world so bear with me. This will be a learning experience for me, so please be patient while I work out all the ropes.

Anyways this post is going to be more of an introductory post, which is fitting since it is the first post. I also decided to do a list of 10 things I love so here we go:

  1. Books
  2. My  cat and dog
  3. Coffee
  4. Music
  5. Bookstores
  6. Movies
  7. Video Games
  8. Netflix
  9. Photography/painting
  10. Storms

That is just a quick summary of who I am. There are a lot of things I love like traveling and bike rides, sunrises and sunsets. So really I am just a nerd all around. Which leads me to a warning this blog will be nerdy. What I am hoping to do with this blog is share reviews of books that I have read, anticipated books, TV, movies, comic books… you know the usual.

Anyways there will be more to come sometime this week, I have a few reviews that I am working on. Thank you for stopping by and reading this quick little introduction, I hope you have a great day!