Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith | Book Review

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight                                                      
Author: Jennifer E. Smith                                                           
Series: Stand-alone
Released: January 1, 2011
Pages: 236
Goodreads Page
Rating: 


Synopsis:
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.


Although shorter than This Is What Happy Looks Like by JES, mainly because of the time frame, this contemporary provided a more dense story. This is one of my most anticipated fall reads, actually, but I couldn't resist myself, so I picked it up for the July Trees of Reverie Readathon. The story definitely  presented a major character development, and a lot of anticipation and build up, even though it's only has 200 plus pages.


This is actually the first story I read surrounding an airport/airplane so that's really refreshing. I didn't think I would like it because I hate airports, they stink and are really crowded. I like how the story only has a 24-hour time frame, and makes the point that every minute of any day can change your life. The plot itself wasn't heavy but it was not all fluff, heavy scenes with real emotion were thrown in there and it was just the right amount. Even though, the time frame was short, the main protagonist, Hadley, definitely had character development and was able to come into terms with the issues she had. 

The only disappointing thing this about the story is that the synopsis was a little exaggerated, and I was expecting a majorly swoon-worthy British guy. Oliver did not disappoint, per se, with his accent, looks, and humor but I was just expecting more. Also, for me, there were some plot holes that needed to be tied in. 

This is definitely a must read for those romantic ones out there. I'm not one for overly cheesy romance books, but I really liked this one. The story touched two kinds of love, and that was really heartwarming, yet heartbreaking at the same time. 

What are your thoughts? Tell me in the comments below and I'll see y'all in my next one!

Friday, July 18, 2014

July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | Day 8



This read-a-thon is hosted over at Trees of Reverie and if you would like to see the whole list of participants and FAQs, click here
And, if you are an official participant, please let me know in the comments below, so I can check y'all out!

Currently Reading: The Sorceress by Michael Scott

Books Read: 
- One False Note by Gordon Korman
- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Pages Read Since Last Update: 225 + 20 

Total Number of Pages Read: 1,022

I am literally dead on my feet right now because I am so tired. I'm proud of myself in finishing a book in 3 hours, even though it only had less than 250 pages. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight touched two kinds of love and I adored that, I highly recommend this book. Watch out for my review for the book, which will definitely be coming soon! Also, I noticed I've been using the wrong banner for this read-a-thon, and instead was using the one for June. I promise I will fix it tomorrow. Anyways, how are y'all doing? Tell me in the comments below and I'll see you in my next one!

Weekend Reads! | 07/18 - 07/20



I won't be doing anything this weekend, except for an early hike tomorrow. So, I'm mostly going to be reading both for the July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon and the Summer of Spells!
What are you going to be doing this weekend? Tell me in the comments below!
These are the books I'm planning to read this weekend:



And, those are my weekend reads, so ready for a fantasy-filled weekend! What will you be reading this weekend? Tell me in the comments and I'll see y'all in my next one!

The Magician by Michael Scott | Book Review


Title: The Magician                                                            
Author: Michael Scott                                                            
Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #2
Released: June 24, 2008
Pages: 464
Rating:



Synopsis:
In the hands of Dr. John Dee and the Dark Elders, the book of Abraham the Mage could mean the destruction of the world as we know it. The most powerful book of all time, it holds the secret of eternal life — a secret more dangerous than any one man should ever possess. And Dee is two pages away from the knowledge that would bring the Dark Elders into ultimate power.
His only obstacle? Josh and Sophie Newman — who are eight thousand miles away.
Paris:
After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris. The City of Lights. Home to Nicholas Flamel. Only, this homecoming is anything but sweet.
Niccolo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He's in hot pursuit, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenelle. Every day they spend without the book, they age one year: their magic becomes weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophecy is growing clearer and clearer. It's time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic.
Fire Magic. 
And there's only one man who can teach it to her: Flamel's old student the Comte de Saint-Germain - alchemist, magician, and rock star. 
Josh and Sophie Newman are the world's only hope. If they don't turn on each other first.


I read this book during the June Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon, right after the first one, as a matter of fact, so I don't know why I'm only putting this review up now. This is the second book in the series, so there might be slight spoilers if you're just finding out about the series but I will try to keep the spoilers really minor. I didn't know what to expect from this book, because I refrained myself from looking in the Goodreads ratings not like when I read the first book. I gave it a 4 out 5 stars because there were just so much action, more world building, and new characters, which I very much appreciated. This is definitely better than the first book, so if you weren't that pleased with the first book, don't worry it gets better!

The first thing I liked were the new characters introduced, such as Joan of Arc and Niccolo Machiavelli, who are pretty famous. I was actually really surprised when I saw Joan of Arc, and was so intrigued on how she fits in the world. And, I was not disappointed, she was kick-butt and definitely helped the twins, especially Sophie. You'll have to find out the other characters introduced because they were all definitely awesome, villain or not. 

A lot of aspects of the world is finally coming together and answer that definitely have risen up, for me anyways, were answered this book. It feels so good to be finally in the loop and made me more invested in the world. And the good thing, just like the first book, the "features" of the world were not thrown out to you but they're really wrapped up in the events and all the action that took place. 

I had the same problem with this book just like in the first one and it's the lack of character development, even though Josh did show some progress but it wasn't for good. But, I think that's just a personal preference. 

All in all, great, great sequel. So excited to pick up the next book, which I am actually going to read tonight. 

If you have read this book already, let me know what you think! Also, if you're planning to pick up the series, I would also love to know. Tell me in the comments below and I'll see y'all in my next one! 

Friday Memes | The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #7


 
The Friday 56 is hosted over at Freda's Voice! While the Book Beginning is hosted over at Rose City Reader. So, go check both of them out if you need more information. 
The rules of The Friday 56 are very simple:
- Grab a book, any book.
- Turn to page 56 or 56% if you are reading from an e-reader.
- Find any sentence or sentences that grab you then post them.
- Make sure to add your post url to the page which is at Freda's Voice, so all of the participants can see!
Book Beginnings:
Share the first sentence, or so, of the book you are currently reading. Share your thoughts and don't forget to also add your post url at Rose City Reader's page!


The Sorceress by Michael Scott (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #3)



Finally in the mood to pick this one up after taking a break from the series for almost two weeks. 

Book Beginnings

"'I think I see them.'
The young man in the green parka standing directly beneath the huge circular clock in St. Pancras station took the phone away from his ear and checked a blurred jpeg on the rectangular screen."

The Friday 56

"'I'm Palamedes, by the way.' Then he shook his head. 'And don't ever call me Pally.'"

The book beginning got my attention because one of the places I want to see in London is the St. Pancras railway station, unless they're talking about a different location, the that's just awkward. Also, I'm happy to see that even though the story's progressing to a darker hue, there's still humor in it. Definitely so ready to finish this series. 

So, what do y'all think? Do you like it? What are you currently reading? Leave a comment below, and I'll see you in my next one!

July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | Day 7



This read-a-thon is hosted over at Trees of Reverie and if you would like to see the whole list of participants and FAQs, click here
And, if you are an official participant, please let me know in the comments below, so I can check y'all out!

Currently Reading: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Books Read: 
- One False Note by Gordon Korman
- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Pages Read Since Last Update: 427 + 11

Total Number of Pages Read: 777

Well, today was such a major surprise for me, reading-wise at least. I finished New Moon, which is a pretty hefty book and dragging in some parts, but nonetheless still enjoyable though. I did take a break from doing summer assignments, because this is summer and I feel like I shouldn't feel any stress at all. I'll have plenty of those starting August, so I take breaks when I feel like it's starting to get too much to handle. I did start The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight but I'll most probably finish that tomorrow. I have to get a lot of stuff done tomorrow, with this blog, chores, school preparation and summer assignments. So, wish me luck and I'll see you tomorrow in my next one! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #6 | Bravest Character Moment



This is a weekly meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. Check her out for more information about the meme.

I have so much favorite bravery moments in the Harry Potter series, because mainly there's just so much. I have a lot of favorites, such as Slughorn finally giving put he strand of memory, Draco taking up being a Death Eater to save his family, Hermione erasing her parents' memory, even though that was only in the movie, and so much more. So, it's really hard for me to pick just one moment. But, I came into conclusion that the bravest character moment for me is when Ron and Harry went to find Hermione during Halloween in their first year.

*Sorry I couldn't find a better picture*

This was the first bravery scene for both Harry and Ron and I think that's very courageous to look for someone who they didn't even like, well mostly just in Ron's case. But, I think from this particular scene, we all saw how selfless both Harry and Ron right from the beginning, because let's face it, they didn't know much, hence Harry getting on the troll's back. 

So what do y'all think? What are your picks? Tell me in the comments below! 

July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | Day 6



This read-a-thon is hosted over at Trees of Reverie and if you would like to see the whole list of participants and FAQs, click here
And, if you are an official participant, please let me know in the comments below, so I can check y'all out!

Currently Reading: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Books Read: 
- One False Note by Gordon Korman

Pages Read Since Last Update: 116

Total Number of Pages Read: 340

I am so happy with my progress and I hope I did not jinx it by saying that. I've never actually connected to Bella in this book because I've never experienced the stuff she had and I'm just not the mushy type, really, but the book is so emotional that I do feel bad for her but this book will always be my least favorite of the saga. How are y'all doing? What are you currently reading? Tell me in the comments below! And, I'll see y'all tomorrow. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Top Five Wednesdays #6 | Top Cover Buys


Top 5 Wednesdays is created by Gingerreadslainey and click here for complete list of participants for this meme. Go check 'em out!

Now, I'm not one to do cover buys because I've been way too disappointed with other ones. So, over the course of years I've only bought those who have really nice covers that catches me eye very fast. 


 


5. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith - There's no doubt that I would buy a JES book because of the cover because they're really pretty and I wanted to add this to The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight which is also featured on this list.

4. - The Sorceress by Michael Scott - I bought this maybe 4 years ago and I still haven't picked up because I'm still trying to read the rest of the series. So, when I bought I didn't know it was the third book, THIRD BOOK, of the Nicholas Flamel series. So, yeah obviously a cover buy for me. 

3. Matched by Ally Conde - I bought this 2 years ago in a book fair, and didn't know that it was kind of popular and I only liked it because I was going through a phase where I loved, loved the color green.

2. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard - I bought this around 5 years ago I think, mainly because I caught myself saying, "Did they really just use a barbie as a model?"

1. Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - I bought this book with Matched and mainly because of the cover. This is actually my first JES book and I love it. 

What do y'all think? What are your picks? Tell me in the comments below! 

WWW Wednesdays #4


This weekly meme is hosted over at Should Be Reading! Go check it out for more information and if you want to see other memes you want to try out and other participants. 
All you have to do is answer three questions: 
1. What are you currently reading? 
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you'll read next?

Here are my answers!

1. What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading New Moon by Stephenie Meyer and although this is like my least favorite out of the whole saga, I am still enjoying myself. 


2. What did you recently finish reading?
I recently finished reading One False Not by Gordon Korman, actually just last night. 


3. What do you think I'll read next?
I am planning to pick up The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. 


What are y'all reading? Tell me in the comments below and I'll see you in my next one!

Review Policy & Rating System

*updated August 3, 2014*

Review Policy

*Accepting books for reviews*

All the books reviewed here in Book Fluke are all either personally bought, given to me, or borrowed from the library, unless stated otherwise.

All opinions and thoughts expressed in my reviews are mine, meaning that if I did not like a book the review will reflect that, but I will never insult or degrade an author and their work.

*For movie reviews, I will mostly do them for book to movie adaptations and for fun. As you all can tell books are very dear to me and to see them translated into movie format, they will always receive criticism to me. Whether it be positive, constructive, or negative. I have not received anything from producers or any movie personalities whatsoever in exchange for my reviews.

None of the reviews, or any of the content as a matter of fact, can be used without my permission or a link back to blog post.

If anyone wishes to contact me and send anything for a review, please contact me via email @ enzaquimson.gmail.com, with:

- all the information you want me to include in the review (name, synopsis, links, format)
- tell me whether it is an ARC or not
- if you have a time frame you want me to follow

I prefer Digital texts, ARCs or Published

What to expect from me:
- an honest review
- If you do have a time frame, please consider that I am a full time student
- I will try to post a review up for ARCs a month before the book is going to be published
- The review will be posted on this blog, Tumblr and my Goodreads account, which is connected to my Twitter account.

Preferred Genres:
- YA Literature
  - Sci-fi/Dystopian
  - Fantasy
  - Romance
  - Historical Fiction
  - Contemporary
- New Adult
- Middle Grade
- Graphic Novels/Comics

I won't be accepting any:
- Erotica
- Nonfiction
- Poetry
- Adult Fiction
- Heavy Psychological Thrillers
- Horror
- Non-published books
- Self-published books

Rating System

5 stars - Amazing, highly recommended, might just be a new favorite for me!
4 stars - Really enjoyable, recommended.
3 stars - It's okay, but multiple aspects are lacking.
2 stars - Not so great. 
1 star - Horrible, I did not enjoy it, won't ever recommend or reread. 

July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | Day 5



This read-a-thon is hosted over at Trees of Reverie and if you would like to see the whole list of participants and FAQs, click here
And, if you are an official participant, please let me know in the comments below, so I can check y'all out!

Currently Reading: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Books Read: 
- One False Note by Gordon Korman

Pages Read Since Last Update: 114

Total Number of Pages Read: 224

Finally finished my first book for the read-a-thon! The book was okay, I like the first one better definitely but the story's just building so it's all good. And I might be a little biased because the first book was written by Rick Riordan. Going to be reading some New Moon after this update, but I'll probably just count that tomorrow. Anyways, how are y'all doing? Tell me in the comments below and I'll see you in my next one!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays #5 | Top Ten All Time Favorite TV Shows

 This weekly meme is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Go check them out and don't forget to add your blog post's link so everyone can see your top ten, if you do decide to join!

Favorite TV Shows




5. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)
I actually just found this out because of my dad, because he was watching one of the marathons in Nickolodeon sometime 3 years ago and I just got hooked. I've actually watched the whole series around 5 times already and I will never get tired of it. The show's just so funny and the plot is so good. It's meant to be a kid's show but so many adults love this series.

4. Under the Dome (2013 - )
My friend introduced to me and I actually read the book so I think I know what's going to happen but then who knows if they'll change it. I absolutely love this series because it's just so good, even though it is becoming a little gory and it also keeps me guessing, even though I've read like 3/4 of the book.

3. Hannah Montana (2006 - 2011)
I'm a Disney girl, and I think I will always be one, but that doesn't mean I like the TV shows now because they are just horrible. Hannah Montana taught me so much about just life in general and this series will always be in my heart. When this series ended, that's when I know my childhood is officially over, but with that I knew that it will be alright.

2. Pretty Little Liars (2010 - ) 
Another book adaptation that I've read. I only read until the 5th book though, because the books and series are so different that I got so confused. So I had to choose one, and I chose the series because Ezra, Caleb, Toby & Wren. Need me to say more? Aside from that, the show's just so thrilling and infuriating at times, especially Alison, but that's why I love it.

1. The Walking Dead (2010 - )
I can't wait until October when this comes back on, I actually have a count down and we are down to 89 days.... That's so long! I want to know what happens, but I don't want to read the comics because I know some scenes and events are actually derived from there. I used to be scared of the zombies but now I just laugh at them because they're so funny. Am I the only that thinks that? Jokes aside though, I got so emotionally and mentally invested in this show because it's so addicting. And my greatest OTP might be Carol and Daryl, shhh.....

Favorite Movies



5. Breaking Dawn: Part II (2012)
Even though the first three movies was just terrible, they definitely stepped up in the last two. This is my favorite and probably even the best movie out of the whole franchise. I loved the twist in the end and when I was watching it I was bawling in the theatres because I know I did not read that from the book, so when the scene ended I was mad, because they toyed with my emotions but then props to them because the movie would've so boring without it.

4. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
I watched this a year ago I think and can I just say that this is so adorable. All childhood legends/heroes come together. The Sandman and Jack Frost are my favorite characters. Sandman because he's so cute and Jack Frost because he's my fictional crush. 

3. The Parent Trap (1998) 
This is an all-time classic for me and will never get old. 

2. Tangled (2010)
I think this is like the first movie from the "series" Disney's making in remaking the classic princess fairytales, and I absolutely love this. Just good enough humor, drama, and cutesy scenes. 

1. Harry Potter Movies (2001 - 2011) 
I don't think I have to explain myself fro this pick because I grew up with Harry and the Trio and when it ended I had withdrawals and read the series twice. In this movie, I was already crying when they were talking with Olivander and was just tearing up the whole time. 

I know, I low this is a long post but I just absolutely love all these movies and shows and I'm a big movie and tv shows addict. What do you think of my picks? Which movies and tv shows made your list? Tell me your picks below in the comments! I would absolutely love to know. 
And, I'll see y'all in my next one!

Monday, July 14, 2014

July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | Day 4



This read-a-thon is hosted over at Trees of Reverie and if you would like to see the whole list of participants and FAQs, click here
And, if you are an official participant, please let me know in the comments below, so I can check y'all out!

Currently Reading:
- One False Note by Gordon Korman
- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Books Read: 
- None yet!

Pages Read Since Last Update: 60 + 20 = 80

Total Number of Pages Read: 80

Ahhh! So happy to start this read-a-thon. I will certainly read as much as I can because school starts right after this read-a-thon and I still want to get so much reading done. Also, the World Cup is done so that's already 3-4 hours of my day that I can put into reading time. 
So how y'all doing? What are you currently reading? Tell me in the comments below!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #6



This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, go check her out for more information and the Linkys list to check out the other participants!

Last week was just hectic, adding to that was the last week of the World Cup, so I was only able to read two books during the July #AYearAThon. I am still pretty proud of myself that I actually picked up two classics and finished them. Now, I know why everyone loves classics. 
Last week was also the week that I realized many things about my blog and started being more serious about it. Check out my Life Update that will be link down below along with other blog posts from last week to know what I'm talking about.

Currently Reading: 

- One False Note by Gordon Korman 
- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

 

Books Finished:

- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
*Check out my July #AYearAThon Wrap Up


Books I am Planning To Read:

I will be official starting the July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon this week.
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
*along with the books I am currently reading

Blog Posts Last Week:

- July #AYearAThon Classics Week: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 & Wrap Up

How did your week go? What are you currently reading? Tell me in the comments below! Make sure to check out and comment on other posts!