Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #10

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



Today's topicTop New Series I Want To Start... I'm going to cheat slightly and include older series as well seeing as I have such a huge list on goodreads. 

Wow okay where to start. There are so many new series I want to start reading!  
1- Nightshade by Andrea Cremer- This looks like a great series and like something I would enjoy. 
2- Hereafter by Tara Hudson-  I completely forgot about this series until I found it again on goodreads. The summary for the first book looks amazing. 
3- Unearthly by Cynthia Hand-  I remember reading so many good things about this one. I seriously hope that I get to start it this year. 
4- The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski- This just looks so perfect, and the cover is beautiful. 
5- The fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris  - This came out in September and I just love the summary for this one! Ah I need to read this!
6-Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee- This looks pretty much perfect, I'm getting excited just thinking about getting this book in my hands. 
7- Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre - My friend told me how much she enjoyed reading this book and I want to try it out for myself. It looks so god. 
8- Losing it by Cora Carmack- I've actually ordered this book and I just can't wait for it to get here! 
9- The Program by Suzanne Young- I somehow managed to forget about this book. Suzanne Young is a great author and I just want to read all her work. 
10- Angelfall by Susan Ee - I was going to meet Susan Ee last year but it didn't work out :( her book signing event was on the same day as a friends party. I still need to start reading her books. 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Movie Review: Divergent

Divergent (2014) Poster
I was going to write a short book review but I haven’t actually finished a book recently (terrible I know) and I don’t want to overwork whatever brain cells I have left to try and remember what I thought of a book I read years ago. Being the genius that I am I remembered that I haven’t actually shed light about what I thought of the Divergent movie. Scandalous as that is.  

I was very late to join the dystopian train; I read Divergent about a week before the movie came out as I never thought I would like it; how wrong was I. Therefore I didn’t bother getting too hyped up about the movie even though I was excited to see it. Usually I stalk everybody involved on twitter or try to find out as much as I can but with Divergent I didn’t bother. I knew what I needed to know and I was excited enough.
When I first watched the trailer my heart sank. I loved the actors, I loved the plot but I hated the trailer. I was certain that the movie was going to be terrible and I would end up hating it. It just seemed to me that Evan Daugherty (that’s the guy who wrote the screenplay) missed all the important aspects from the book. I basically judged a movie by its trailer. One of my friends from class was watching a leaked version and I kept glancing at the screen trying very hard not to surrender to the pull of wanting to watch the movie alongside her before the UK’s release date. I know it’s probably just the jitteriness of the guy holding a camera in a cinema and being a bad person for doing it illegally which ruined the quality of the image; from my glances at the screen the whole thing just looked a mess.
So I managed to watch it a month or two after it came out from my lack of enthusiasm towards the movie and my thinking of it being ruined by Evan. I watched it in the comfort of my bed and I was sitting gaping at the screen half the time. I absolutely loved it. The fact that one of my favourite books came to life in front of me was amazing; and the fact that it was done so incredibly well amazed me even further. Neil Burger the guy who directed this along with the Illusionist which is one of my movies to watch when I’m ill in bed for some reason…


So to sum up my big mess of a review which I just noticed mostly centres around the fact that I wasn’t excited to see this film… the movie was great. I think it captured the world beautifully, it also had my name in on the scoreboard so that is always a plus. The one thing; actually two things that I would love to see would have been the love interest between Tris and Four. I feel like if I haven’t read the book I wouldn’t have known they were meant to be so in love. During the movie it seemed to me as if they just had small crushes on each other and nothing more. The second thing that I think every single fan of the Divergent series would have loved to seen was the whole entire book fit into this movie. I will forever be saying this whenever an adaptation is made. The whole book must be in the movie somehow.  The whole production team was great, all the actors were fantastic, the script writer didn’t mess up and the lovely director did a great job. 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Sunday Post #57


he Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog (we modified it to include some more stuff), showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Wow it feels like I haven't done a Sunday Post or been on my blog in so long, and it has been over a month now that I've fully taken care of it. It needs some very much needed TLC. I've been so busy with college and work and coming home late most days that I don't have the strength to fight with my slow laptop over powering on but I putting this on my top priority list. Also if you think I've been neglecting you and not reading your blog then you are so wrong. I itch to look at reviews and posts but I can't at home so I most of the time either look you guys up on my phone or at college but I'm not allowed to comment on anything as blogger is somewhat blocked on our network. Weird right?! 


                               What Happened


Books I Got

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Review: The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade

The Ghost and the Goth (The Ghost and the Goth, #1)The Ghost and the Goth Stacey Kade
Published: June 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
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Goodreads Summary



Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead. I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot body, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already? Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker. I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?


Note that I read this book over 2 years ago so my review is going to be rather short and vague.
Alona and Will are the complete opposites; she’s the co-captain of the cheerleaders, home coming queen; one of the most popular girls in high school. Will is the outcast of the school, he doesn’t have many friends and he’s often also bullied by other kids. One thing brings these two together and it’s Alona’s death. Will can talk to ghosts so not only is Will trying to survive high school but he’s also the freak that can talk to dead people.
I’m obviously not at all surprised that these two get together and that even though they are the exact opposites to each other there is an attraction to them. Even if one of them is dead. Nothing in this book was a surprise, everything was pretty much laid out by the title and the lovely cover. Saying that, I did enjoy the book in a I would read this if there was nothing better to read way. It’s a fun and loveable book with great characters. Alona is the girl that’s hated but loved and praised by everyone. She’s the one that “has it all” and it’s not until her death that she realises just what people thought about her. I would have most likely gone crazy if the whole book was in her voice. I’m so glad that Will got to have chapters and we could see the clear difference between the two. It worked so well.
However the book didn’t have any sort of spark for me; I didn’t find myself grinning like an idiot at it, I didn’t feel my heart racing away at the thrill of the words; the book was very plain, and plain works for this book and this particular storyline.
This is a great story and it’s fun with lovely characters but don’t expect too much from it. 



Saturday, 4 October 2014

Disscussion: Reading while ill or deeply sad.

In books, movies and TV shows I always find that one person that reads in bed when they are ill or facing a horrible time like it is their escape. Sure enough when you're ill and have nothing to do and so much spare time it would be the perfect scenario and the perfect time for a reader to read their little hearts out. For me that is out of the question. Recently I have been more or less heartbroken over stupid reasons; yes one of the reasons was a boy therefore I was so incredibly sad that just leaving my room felt like an impossible task. So reading would have been amazing, it would have given me the much needed time to fall in love with new characters and a new world. However at the moment all of my books are romantic, the book I'm still currently reading although it's a great book and I absolutely love it I can’t seem to want to read it while in my miserable state. I would much rather read a real, hard hitting truth book than a teenage romance while I’m gloomy and lashing out at everything.

The fact that I have been a heartless walking zombie for the past two weeks or so isn’t the only reason why I cannot seem to be able to read. I have been dealing with a dreadful cold that gets better for a day and comes back with a much bigger punch. So the fact that my head is thumping away making my eyes sore, while I’m coughing up quite possibly my lungs and trying to keep down any cold medicine I muster to take; reading has not been at all on my mind.

Even though I miss sitting in my room until my muscles tense up and cause me pain I enjoy my little time alone with a favourite novel. The is no doubt that I would love nothing more than to pick up my book and continue where I left off but I would rather not have to keep pausing every other page to muster the little energy I have left to cough; or have to deal with reading about happy couples and everyone’s lives being together when my world seems to be falling apart all around me.



I cannot wait for my hormones to stop acting like teenagers and for my god awful cough to go away so that I can sink back and jump right into my old habits and try to forget about all of my problems; instead focusing over obsessing about the characters problems.  
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