The Atrocity of the Real World.

I found about this thing called ‘the real world’ the other day. Apparently other people have been living there for a long time.

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But anyway, I was talking with my friend at lunch and (for some reason) we were talking about this couple and I was happily like, “I ship them.” Then I was really proud because I used “cool speak” and beamed at my friend happily.

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But she was staring at me like this:

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I got an answer somewhere along the lines of a confused “what?”.

Tragically I can’t remember the conversation, but it probably went little like this:

“You know, shipping.”

“What?”

“SHIPPING.”

“What?”

“Shippingshippingshipping.”

So basically I ended up explaining what ‘shipping’ means. She was amused. Then my other friend came and my friend was like something along the lines of: “Hey! Liv ships something.”

And then I had to explain the whole shipping thing again.

And then I had to explain the whole thing again to yet another unrelated person at the end of the day.

#fangirlproblems

But basically what happened was that I discovered that perhaps the word ‘shipping’ is a fangirl only thing, not “cool speak”. I was pretty crushed. I had been pretty proud.

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But deep breaths later I came to the conclusion that I just speak a second language. Fangirl language.

I don’t know if it’s just people around me who don’t know the “flingo” (fangirl lingo. Just came up with that then. COPYRIGHTED. MWAHAHAHAHA) or if normal cool people elsewhere do use these terms as well. Feel free to let me know.

Oh my goodness. People who speak flingo can be “flinguists”. I love my nerdiness. NERD PRIDE.

But I can see this problem arising again with phrases like “OTP”. It’s hard being a flinguist.

 

Review: Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Publication date: September 10th 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Number of pages: 445

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Won from Nara @ Looking for the Panacea. Nara, you’re still my favourite person on the planet. However, in no way did this influence my review.

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Goodreads synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

“Touching and utterly real.” —  Publisher’s Weekly

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Review:

No one told me a bunny rabbit and a kitten had a love child and that love child wrote a book.

WHY NOT!?

This book was just SO cute. And SO good.

Fangirl is the story of Cath and what she has to go through when she has to uproot her life and move to college. Cath and her twin sister Wren used to be super-close and they always had eachother to fangirl with. But that was before college. Now Wren is trying to mature a little (what a weirdo) and pull away from Cath and her old life a little.

Bascially Cath is my alter-ego. Seriously. We both are extremely (EXTREMELY) shy people. I was reading this book and was basically like ‘Oh. So this is what would happen if I lived in America and therefore went to college’ the whole time I was reading it.

I love how Rainbow Rowell always knows just how to tackle an issue. It’s actually pretty amazing. She can take something cool and make it ten times cooler. And a YA book about fanfiction is pretty cool. While I don’t read fanfiction myself, it was amazing to actually learn more about it and I actually kinda understand it more now. I never realised what a big thing it was, which sounds kinda terrible. But you can tell that Rainbow Rowell has seriously done her research.

The only other book by Raibow Rowell other than Fangirl that I’ve read is Eleanor and Park, and already I can see a common theme between the two that I am a fan of: the way that the author handles the tough stuff. She really does do a phenomenal job. Not only are her books realistic in the way they are written, but also in the way that her characters act and deal with tough times.

I’d love to say that I’m freaking out over the release of the Simon Snow fanfiction book thing that the author is releasing later on this year, but I can’t really say that I’m bothered. While the fanfiction in the book was ok, it seemed a little like the same thing every time it came up. Baz and Simon fighting everytime and then a lovey dovey moment. Meh. Unless it was the actual author of actual Simon Snow books (her name might of been Gemma T. Leslie or something? I probably got that wrong), then it was just boring but at least it wasn’t always the same. However, that being said, I actually preferred Cath’s fanfiction over the actual stuff.

I actually have so many book boyfriends it’s ridiculous but I have another now. Levi. Oh my goodness. WOW. He is actually like my dream guy (well, if I was being super picky he’d have dark hair…but…that’s weird). He was cute and funny and smart and perfect and amazing. And I ran out of adjectives. But really, believe me, he’s great. Better than great, actually.

If you still haven’t read Fangirl, then what are you doing. And I actually shouldn’t be one to judge since it took me so long to read it myself but build a bridge. Sorry, that was rude. I’m getting passionate. Shoot me. But please don’t.

4/5 comets
Meteor shower. A great show.

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Goodreads author bio:

Rainbow RowellRainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

More at rainbowrowell.com.

A Small Madness Review

A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

A Small Madness

Publication date: January 28th 2015

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Number of pages: 240

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Source: Received in exchange for review (thank you so much Allen & Unwin!!). This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Rose didn’t tell anyone about it. She wondered if it showed. She looked at herself in the mirror and turned this way and then that way. She stood as close to the mirror as she could, leaning over the bathroom basin, looking into her own eyes until they disappeared behind the fog of her breath. Looking for something. Some evidence that she was different now. Something had shifted inside her, a gear being ratcheted over a clunky cog, gaining torque, starting her up. But it didn’t show. How could all of these feelings not show? She was a woman now but it didn’t show and she couldn’t tell anyone.

A devastating, compelling novel that will get everyone talking, from the author of Creepy and Maud.

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Review:

My head hurts so badly right now. It’s expected since it was ONLY TWISTED TO EPIC PROPORTIONS.

There just aren’t words for what this book made me go through. Thank goodness for that, actually.

A Small Madness tells the story of a girl named Rose. I will warn you, that if you are really uncomfortable with the topic of teen pregnancy or particularly, sex, in books then I’m telling you now that you will not be comfortable with this book. This is a raw, gritty portrayal of teen pregnancy and the author doesn’t gloss over anything.

But that’s one of the reasons why this book really touched me.

We see how the way that the main character, Rose, is forced to deal with her pregnancy and how it transforms her. The things she does. I can’t even. It’s so heartbreaking and really does bring up themes that really aren’t dealt with enough in YA.

There are many reasons which drew me to this book. The initial being the both the topic and the writing style. I’ve never read anything before on teen pregnancy and I was pretty curious. Also, from the synopsis I could tell I would like the writing style (I love books written with that kind of detached but yet very intimate and descriptive style). I also love reading books by Aussie authors and the cover is stunning. And totally suits the tone and mood of the book. And this is weird, but it actually feels really nice.

So when I completely (unexpectedly) got this in the mail for review I completely freaked. And I may have ditched the book I was reading in favour of A Small Madness. I know. Terrible. I had just really, really looking forward to reading this ever since I first heard about this, ok? So I sat down and read, starting it late on a school night (with not much time left after homework before I actually had to go to bed) and finishing it within half an hour the next morning. I was just so, so into the story and needed to know what was going to happen.

I also read with my mouth gaping open for a short while. True story.

I just had this feeling of complete and total dread as to what was going to happen (which was thanks to the author’s brilliant writing) and knew that I wasn’t going to be completely with it until I knew what was going to happen to the characters.

Although I was not a fan of the ending. It was a little too open for my liking. I just think that while open endings can work, in realistic fiction it is particularly important to wrap-up the story and preferably provide closure.

If all Dianne Touchell’s books are like this, then I really need to look into reading them.

4/5 comets
Meteor shower. A great show.

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Goodreads author bio:

Dianne TouchellDianne Touchell is a middle child who feared Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy — and any other stranger who threatened to break into the house at night.

She has worked, amongst other things, as a nightclub singer, a fish and chip shop counter girl (not with Pauline Hanson) and a bookseller. Dianne would rather talk to her dog than answer the phone.

The ‘Naturals

The ‘Naturals by Aaron Patterson, Melody Carlson, Robin Parrish and K. C. Neal

Publication date: October 14th 2012

Publisher: StoneHouse Ink

Number of pages:49

Series: Season one of the ‘Naturals

Genre: YA Paranormal

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

***This book is a Serial. Serials are stories published in episodes, with future episodes released every three weeks. This book contains four episodes out of an estimated twenty total episodes.***

The ‘Naturals
Season One: “Awakening”

A small town full of secrets. A coming darkness. Teenagers with supernatural abilities. Think you know the story?

Think again.

As Summer ends, the students at Silverwood High are getting ready to go back to school and resume their normal, everyday lives. Too bad “normal” is no longer an option.

When these teens get their very first tastes of what destiny has in store, will they embrace that destiny… or flee from it? Will they be selfless… or ruthless? Will they master their abilities… or will their abilities master them?

This is their awakening, the first step of an epic journey. But it’s only the beginning of something bigger than they could ever imagine.

Four teenagers. One town.

Four authors. One story.

The sleepy little town of Silverwood is about to wake up.

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IN THESE EPISODES…

AVERY: Episode 1:
Soulful, artistic Avery is intrigued when Silverwood High’s strapping, athletic newcomer takes an interest in her. So why is she convinced that there’s more going on with this guy than a simple crush?
by Melody Carlson

MARSHALL: Episode 2:
Brilliant but nerdy Marshall is used to being the odd man out, the last one picked, and the bully’s favorite target. But his luck may be changing when he discovers that he can do something that should be completely impossible.
by Robin Parrish

HAILEY: Episode 3:
Soccer prodigy Hailey wants desperately to hide every aspect of her home life — and the anger and regrets that fill her heart. But she’s about to discover that concealing her feelings isn’t a possibility anymore.
by K.C. Neal

ISRAEL: Episode 4:
Homeschooler Israel is part of a dysfunctional family. They look normal on the outside, but it’s a carefully constructed lie that’s leaving plenty of scars. It doesn’t help that he’s having disturbing dreams and experiencing bizarre sensations.
by Aaron Patterson

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Review:

This was actually pretty good. Forget being a book series, this NEEDS to be a web series. That would be the most epic thing ever. Someone please tell me it’s been made into a web series.

I was so surprised at how much I liked this book. I liked all four episodes and was actually disappointed each time that they ended.

I guess it’s no impressive feat to say I read it all in one night. Less than an hour actually. But that might be something to do with the fact that it’s only 49 pages. But it saved me from a reading slump. You know when you can just feel them coming on?

I would totally read the other episodes as well. I really need to investigate about getting hold of them.

I’m afraid this is a tiny review. I haven’t really got much to say or to write about, apart from the fact that if you get the chance to read this, then by all means do.

Although I can’t decide whether I liked episode 3 or 4 best (Hailey or Israel).

4/5 comets
Meteor shower. A great show. 

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February 2015 Wrap-up!

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The rules:

•Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it).
•Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
•Try to post titles under at least a few of the categories below.

Sigh. This was my first month back at school and it has been HECTIC. It’s definitely, definitely a step up from last year. I do homework from 4-10pm everyday (without actually having proper study time) and if my eyes aren’t too try and tired by 10pm then I read for a bit. Ok, I’m done complaining.

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Bought:

…Nothing. But I’ve got something ready to buy…

Gifted:

Nada.

Won:

Zilch.

Library:

  • The Duff by Kody KeplingerThe DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
  • Frostfire by Amanda HockingFrostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)

For review:

I was so excited when they came. Thank you so much Allen & Unwin!!

  • A Small Madness by Dianne TouchellA Small Madness
  • Soulprint by Megan MirandaSoulprint

Read: 

  • Starlet’s Web by Carla J. HannaStarlet's Web (The Starlet, #1)
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia GrayA Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
  • Quintspinner by Dianne GreenlayQuintspinner (Quintspinner series)
  • The ‘Naturals by Robin ParrishThe 'Naturals: Awakening [Episodes 1-4 -- Season 1] (Young Adult Serial)
  • Heartbeat by Elizabeth ScottHeartbeat
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter (reread)Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)
  • The Duff by Kody KeplingerThe DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
  • A Small Madness by Dianne TouchellA Small Madness

TBR:

  • Switched by Amanda Hocking (reread)Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
  • Torn by Amanda Hocking (reread)Torn (Trylle, #2)
  • Ascend by Amanda Hocking (reread)Ascend (Trylle Trilogy, #3)
  • Frostfire by Amanda HockingFrostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)
  • Soulprint by Megan MirandaSoulprint

Currently reading:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl

The Winner’s Crime

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Publication date: March 12th 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ)

Number of pages: 368

Series: The Winner’s Trilogy (2#)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …

While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner’s trilogy.

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Review:

There may be spoilers for the previous book…

Clever, dazzling and intricately woven, Marie Rutkoski stuns again with The Winner’s Crime. Now, Kestrel has to tread more carefully than ever.

The first and foremost thing I love about these books is Kestrel. She’s witty, brave and generally quite awesome. I love the way that she doesn’t have to be a supreme physical fighter to kick butt, but rather she wields her skill with strategising and her intelligence. It’s pretty great that she can still be such a strong heroine while not being a Katniss (The Hunger Games) or Tris (Divergent) in the way that there is less emphasis on physical fighting. Not that emphasis on physical fighting is a bad thing, I’m just saying that I like that it’s something a little different for me.

I’m guessing that if you read the above paragraph you won’t be very surprised that I preferred the parts of the text that were centered around Kestel (or Kestrel and Arin) rather than just Arin. Even in the last book I wasn’t a major supporter of Team Arin. He just falls kind of flat for me and I don’t a) find him particularly interesting, or b) like him that much. I find that he can be a little bit too moody and he just doesn’t really jump out at me.

I love the game that the characters are playing. The book so wonderfully shows the consequences of the actions of the characters and it’s all so carefully and cleverly plotted. It’s just so unpredictable that you really don’t know what move the characters are going to play next and what’s going to happen. And yet I feel like I know the characters so well.

…And I’m about to contradict myself. I did see the ending coming. But I didn’t mind so much because I was unsure and it did still hit pretty hard. One scene in particular towards the end between Kestrel and another character was really painful.

But enough about the sad scenes – because PUPPY! If there is a cute puppy in any book then I can just about promise you that I will love the book. Dogs are the best thing ever (sorry cat lovers) and they are the most cutest, loyalist creatures. AND PUPPIES ARE ADORABLE.

These books have made me really interested in playing the game Kestrel plays in the book: Bite & Sting. It sounds so cool and I’d love to know what it’s based off. So if you know…please do share.

I did feel very sorry for Verex though. To be honest I wouldn’t even have minded if Kestrel’s love switched to Verex rather than Arin. And I could not stand Jess in this book. I don’t really sympathise with her whatsoever.

All in all, I thought that this was a stunning sequel that actually surpassed The Winner’s Curse in my opinion. If you loved the first book, you will love this one.

4.5/5 comets
KABOOM! That only leaves one continent (one little flaw). 

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Goodreads author bio:

Marie RutkoskiMarie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner’s Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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Review: Heartbeat

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Heartbeat

Publication date: March 1st 2014 (first published January 1st 2009)

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Number of pages: 223

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction

Source: Purchased. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Does life go on when your heart is broken?

Since her mother’s sudden death, Emma has existed in a fog of grief, unable to let go, unable to move forward—because her mother is, in a way, still there. She’s being kept alive on machines for the sake of the baby growing inside her.

Estranged from her stepfather and letting go of things that no longer seem important—grades, crushes, college plans—Emma has only her best friend to remind her to breathe. Until she meets a boy with a bad reputation who sparks something in her—Caleb Harrison, whose anger and loss might just match Emma’s own. Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death—and maybe, for love?

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Review:

Let’s be honest here: we’re all good people. I actually had no expectations when I went into this book. No good ones, no bad ones. Pretty cray.

When ever I say “cray”, I  always want to say “fish”. Ya know, as in “crayfish”.

I’m sorry.

But really, I was actually mucking around when I started reading this. I was in a total not-reading mode. I had read a 49 page book that night purely because it was a 49 page book and I felt guilty for not having  read in a while. Then I picked up Heartbeat, just randomly. But that’s when I knew…

That we were going to be married.

Well, no. But I knew that I’d finally found a book I could stick through reading.

The things dealt with in this novel were just chronic. Everything the main character and her stepdad went through was just so, so painful. It really makes you question yourself and your ethics. What’s right and what’s wrong.

I have to say that my favourite character was easily Dan. Emma’s stepdad. I sympathised with him so much and he almost tore me to shreds. You could tell how much pain he was in, from his wife, from his stepdaughter and from his unborn son. And every time Emma said something awful to him, I could practically feel his pain.

I wanted to scream at Emma a lot of the time. Her character was so frustrating. She hurt everyone around her because she was hurting. She was really quite self-centred to tell the truth, and I felt awful for Olivia (doesn’t she have a wonderful name?!) when every thing that Emma said was about how badly she was dealing with her grief. Please, don’t call me insensitive, but I don’t like the way she dealt with her grief. And it was totally wrong of her to blame Dan.

But again, I think that’s part of the whole theme.

I thought that the pacing and length of the story were pretty much dead-on. Perfect length. Really. In that time Caleb and Emma’s relationship had enough time to bloom from zero to head-over-heels on the love scale. I loved their relationship, just a little FYI there. And I loved her relationship with Olivia too (and not just because of her gorgeous name). The pacing was great because it kept the story moving and interesting, which I find can be a little iffy in contemporaries. And I need to read more of her books.

Heartbeat will tear your heart, make it ache and make it break. Go on, let it.

4/5 comets
Meteor shower. A great show.

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Goodreads author bio:

Elizabeth ScottHey there, I’m Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

All right, and I can’t leave without buying at least one book.

Usually two. (Or more!)

My website and blog are at elizabethwrites.com, and I’m also on twitter, tumblr, and facebook

Review: Quintspinner

Quintspinner by Dianne Greenlay

Quintspinner (Quintspinner series)

Publication date: December 28th 2011

Publisher: Self-published

Number of pages: 379

Series: Quintspinner (1#)

Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

A secret and unauthorized trip through the chaos of a 1717 London marketplace takes a bizarre twist for 16 year old Tess. Unexpectedly witnessing the murder of a renowned Seer, Tess becomes the keeper of the old woman’s legendary spinner ring and its supposed power of prophecy.

Returning home, Tess bears the brunt of her father’s rage when he is informed of her disobedient excursion. An ensuing altercation with her father leads Tess to the discovery of a family secret that stuns her. Even so, she never imagines that she will soon find herself forcibly betrothed to the murderer and trapped on a ship bound for the pirate-infested waters of the West Indies.

With increasing dread, she realizes a growing attraction that she has for a handsome sailor puts both their lives at risk. Moreover, she quickly discovers that her ruthless fiance covets her only for her ring and its power, and will stop at nothing to obtain it for himself.

The stakes for survival become unbearably high when she is thrust into the hands of a marauding band of pirates, and she must make an agonizing and life-threatening choice for herself.

A tale of pirates and treasure, love and betrayal, all bound together by a dash of ancient magic, Quintspinner has been described by readers as “a wonderfully entertaining, fast and furious ride; Lord of the Rings meets Pirates of the Caribbean”.

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Review:

It completely, utterly and totally baffles me as to why I am the first one to leave a review for this book on Goodreads. How can such a good book have no reviews on a website where practically every book has a review?

So this was one epic historical fiction. There were pirates in this book. In fact, the book I’m writing at the moment has pirates in it. And I know, not even from just writing my own pirate book, that Dianne Greenlay must have put a LOT of effort into research. Seriously, that is so apparent. Her settings and descriptions of the ship and everything was just so detailed and unrealistic, something I’ve found is an easy thing to lack in historical fiction books.

Perhaps my favourite thing about this book, however, was the authenticity. Dianne Greenlay was not ashamed of showing what the times were really like. From anything from the thoughts of men to racism. It was a very honest read and I really thank her for that. I don’t think teenagers need to be shielded as much as we are from a lot of things (which probably sounds biased, coming from a teen herself).

I loved the way that the story was such that it could go in any direction at any time. And it totally did.

I really adored Tess. She was smart and brave. What more could you want? And I loved how the text wasn’t centred entirely on her relationship with William.

My only little nitpick is that perhaps the book was a little boring in the beginning. But then I got into it major time about half way through and I became a reading force to be reckoned with.

And I think that maybe the slang/accents were a little bit too heavy.

While I really, really enjoyed this book, I don’t think that I will be reading a sequel. I am not really interested where the story left off or with the ring side of the story.

If you like genuine historical fiction served with pirates and adventure, then I really don’t know why you haven’t read this yet.

4/5 comets
Meteor shower. A great show.

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Be fair. Please.

I really need to get something off my mind that has been bugging me recently. A lot.

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There have been a few author/blogger”problems” lately. Some of you may have seen the Goodreads bingo card, or whatever it was called? Well. I can’t say that as a blogger or Goodreads reviewer I appreciated it too much.

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As a book blogger, I give up my free time promote books. So I obviously want to read good books. I don’t really think anybody would want to read a bad book. So when a blogger posts a one star review, there  has to have been things in the book that the reviewer didn’t like. One of the bingo squares that made me laugh was the one that said ‘Reviewer thinks girl main character is whiny, unlikeable and unsympathetic’. How unfair right? Um, no. They probably are whiny.

Not many people senselessly bash books unless they are really, really offended. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and therefore people aren’t going to love every single book they read. I have different opinions to my friends, etc.

Basically, what I’m getting at is that the whole point of reviewing is giving an honest review. Not many people make up their mind on a book based on one single review. I know that I have a pretty good idea of where the book will sit on my TBR pile after about 5 reviews. But even if they are all bad, and if the premise sounds really good to me, I will still check it out if I’m interested.

All readers make up their own minds based on reviews. 90% of the time there will usually be good and bad reviews for books. I don’t see a one star review that completely bashes a book and go “that book is obviously going to suck if suchandsuch hates it”. We can make up our own minds thank you very much.

So please, give us some credit.

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Review: A Thousand Pieces of You

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That. Cover.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

Publication date: November 4th 2014

Publisher: Harper Teen

Number of pages: 368

Series: Firebird (1#)

Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

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Review:

I had absolutely no idea whatsoever that I would love this book.

Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that Claudia Gray has absolutely flawless writing that manages to sweep you into a tale that you hope will never let you go.

But who knows?

There a couple of reasons that I was attracted to this book: mainly because IS THAT RUSSIA ON THE COVER?!, wait the rest of the cover is gorgeous too and Claudia Gray. I am sorry if that is undecipherable to anyone else reading this. Let me explain: I will read any book that isn’t set the United States, Australia or England. But put in front of me anything set in places from Scotland to France to Italy to Lithuania to Brazil to Kenya to China to Qatar and I will go crazy and try and pry it from your hands. Travelling is one of my favourite things in the entire world and I love reading books set in other countries. Anywhere. So when I saw Russian architecture on the cover I flipped out. Secondly, the rest of the cover is simply smashing. It’s seriously beautiful. And last of all, Claudia Gray. I have read Evernight so many times and LOVED it. And I loved her book Fateful even more. I really liked (but admittedly that’s all) her book, Spellcaster. So naturally I wanted to read this.

This book was set in the most amazing places: futuristic London, Russia and under the sea. Brilliant, I know. All amazing places.

And better yet was how her character changed each time. I practically even got my historical fiction fix when Marguerite was the Tsar’s daughter. It was also pretty cool when she was a socialite and underwater.

Perhaps the coolest thing was the basic idea that every time a decision is made, a new dimension is created. That’s pretty crazy. Imagine for example, a world where your mother turned down your dad’s proposal (if they got married). Would you have been born?

Now imagine an interdimensional (I do not get to say that enough) chase through infinite realms of infinite possibilities.

I never wanted to leave that book. I loved it so much. I loved the characters. I never wanted it to end. I was geniunely disappointed to finish it. And then I saw the cover of the sequel, which has Paris on it coincidentally, and said “ok then” and put it down. Plus I really needed to know what was going to happen anyway.

I did initially have my apprehensions about beginning this book. And I think that mentality almost stopped me from getting into this book. I just have had some negative experiences with the writing of time-travel books. But once I got into it, I was INTO it.

I absolutely loved the characters. I loved Marguerite and her dad, Theo and Paul. Especially Paul. Marguerite was smart, artistic and was perfect for the book. And I had a major “feels” moment as well.

I am now so excited about reading the sequel. If you haven’t read it yet, here you go. This is the final push you need. Read it now. Why are you still reading this review? Go go go go go.

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Bye, bye Earth! Out of this world.

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Goodreads author bio:

Claudia GrayClaudia Gray is not my real name. I didn’t choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn’t), because I’d always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven’t) or even because I’m hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actually the best reason to do things.

I live in New Orleans. So far, in life, I’ve been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing.