Saturday, August 2, 2014

August TBR and What's Coming


It's August and that means I go back to school. I don't want to, ugh. No more reading all day, everyday. But, I will still read during the month even though I most likely will be busy. So, that's why I only have a small pile. 

Here's my TBR for the month of August:


*sorry for the background I was in a haste*

- The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis (Currently Reading)
- Beyond The Grave by Jude Watson
- The Black Circle by Patrick Carman
- North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

To Be Reviewed:

And, also I will be reading Prime Deception by Carina Jones, which was sent to me in exchange for a review. So, look out for that during the month and from what I can see, it looks like a good New Adult Mystery, and I am excited! Tell me if you've read this already and what you thought of it in the comments below!

Upcoming Posts:

- Bout of Books 11.0 Goals, TBR Choices, and my TBR
- Bout of Books Daily Updates
- Bout of Books Wrap Up
- Reaction posts (Mockingjay Trailer, Harry Potter New Covers, and more)
- Life Update
- Weekend Reads
- Weekly Book Memes
- My Top 3! (which I still don't know what my prompt is, so comment down below)

So, I think that's it! What are y'all doing this August?

July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | Wrap Up


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 Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis
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
-The Sorceress by Michael Scott
Total Number of Pages Read: 1,478

Happy, but slightly of disappointed, with my progress during this read-a-thon. Happy that I was able to get in some reading but disappointed because I know I could've put some more time into my reading and my updates. Thanks to Sarah from Trees of Reverie at Tumblr for hosting this read-a-thon!

Here are my reviews:
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Sorceress by Michael Scott

How did y'all do? Tell me in the comments below!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Memes | The Friday 56 and Books Beginnings #9

 
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!

Beyond The Grave (The 39 Clues #4) by Jude Watson

Ahhhhhh, I am almost done with The Sword Thief and can't wait to jump into this one. They are in Egypt, oh my god. Egypt has always been one of the most interesting places for me. 

The Book Beginning
"If Amy Cahill had to list what was wrong with eleven-year-old brothers, their habit of disappearing would be numero uno.
Or maybe the fact that they existed in the first place.
And then there was the whole burping the alphabet thing . . . . "

The Friday 56
"What is your plan, Grace? You always had a plan.
Those grandchildren - why did Grace include them?
They couldn't possibly beat the rest of the Cahills for the Clues. They were years behind in knowledge training. Too late to catch up. They had been lucky so far. Only that. Two children without anyone to help them, running on fear and loss . . .
Fear.
Loss.
The things I've known. The things I've seen. . . "

Ahhhhhhh, and the Dan Cahill awesomeness continues. AND A NEW CHARACTER?

What are y'all reading this Friday?
Tell me in the comments below!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Wrap Up! | #AYearAThon, Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon, & others



So July, second half of my summer. It was definitely a bittersweet month for me, I had to start on my assignments for school, which hurt my reading time but also I started taking my blog seriously. 
So, so, so happy with my progress, hope y'all are too!

Books I Finished:
  

  

Favorites of the Month:

Book Reviews:

Personal:

Read-a-thons:
- July #AYearAThon: TBR & Info Wrap Up 
- Summer of Spells: Week 4 & 5 Week 6, 7, & 8
-July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon: TBR & Info 
- Bout of Books 11.0 Sign-Up

Others:

I hope y'all had a great July! 
Don't forget to comment and subscribe.

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #8 | Most Inspirational Moment/Passage



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

Most Inspirational Moment/Passage

This prompt is really, really hard for me. The whole series was inspirational, from Dumbledore leaving Harry to the Dursleys for him to have a normal childhood, even though they treated him really bad, to Harry destroying and throwing the Elder Wand to prevent others from being so obsessed with power. 
So, to accommodate at least some of the awe-inspiring scenes in Harry Potter and Harry and J.K.'s birthdays, I am going to choose a moment or passage from each book/movie.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 


"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." - Albus Dumbledore

This was such a powerful scene where we see Harry so torn with not being able to know his own parents that seeing their reflections would suffice for him, but as always Dumbledore is there to guide Harry.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: 


Chapter: Dobby's Reward

I adore, adore this chapter. I love how even though Dobby only caused Harry some trouble, even his arm, he was still able to overlook those and help him be set free from the Malfoys.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

"You think the dead we love every truly leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly then ever in times of great trouble?" - Albus Dumbledore

This passage is so true. I can not personally relate to this but in books we always see the main protagonists and even minor characters relying on the judgment or thoughts of those they love, dead or alive.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:


Book Moment/Movie Scene: When Harry kept clutching on Cedric Diggory's body.

This was where all the water works started in the series. I couldn't hold them in, because you can tell Harry was so protective of Diggory and his wish and also how he's so distraught about just everything. In the movie, the scene was definitely well done, and I loved it.

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix:


Movie Scene: Sirius' Death

In this scene, I noticed how there was no sound at all and that was so nicely and heartbreakingly done. You can truly see Harry's grief and anger and that was such an inspiring scene, even though it was a sad one. His love for Sirius, who he has come to know as his father, was so strong in that scene.

*by this time, I'm already a mess*

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:


Book Moment: from The Cave

“It's going to be all right, sir," Harry said over and over again, more worried by Dumbledore's silence than he had been by his weakened voice. "We're nearly there ... I can Apparate us both back ... don't worry ..."
"I am not worried, Harry," said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. "I am with you.” 


I don't know how many times I've reread this particular scene or chapter because it was kind of foretelling that there are worst things to come that are outside of Harry's control but that Dumbledore will always be there for him.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

I'm not a big Snape fan, so I'm really sorry if y'all were expecting The Prince and I've used the Forest Scene so many times so, I'm choosing another one.


Movie Scene: Hermione erasing her parents' memories

I remember when I went to watch the movie with my family, by this scene I was already a sobbing mess even though the movie was only 5 minutes in. But this scene, this scene. It was inspiring how much Hermione has already sacrificed and to perform a spell to keep your parents safe, to the point that you'll allow them to forget you, that's just plain selfless right there. And, all of us could take a note from Hermione's book.

So, I hope y'all are having a great Thursday! Let us celebrate Harry and J.K.'s birthdays, such wonderful people, I can't thank them enough. 

The Sorceress by Michael Scott | Book Review


Title: The Sorceress                                                        
Author: Michael Scott                                                          
Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #3
Released: May 26, 2009
Pages: 502
Rating:

Synopsis:
Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders.
But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent—the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it.
If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic—Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane.


I just finished reading this for the July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon after almost two weeks of trying to handle all my things before school starts. I honestly found myself struggling to put this down to get things done, but I really had to because I do start school in a couple days and I still have a ton to do. When I finished the second book and saw that this one is titled The Sorceress, I was so excited that they're finally focusing on Perenelle, because she's just awesome and my favorite character along with Scathach. This book was really, really enjoyable for me, especially because there were people introduced again, which I didn't think was anyway possible because Michael Scott already introduced a lot of well-known characters. If you are into history and fantasy, this series is definitely for you. I wouldn't go as far as calling it a historical fiction, though this will help you get into that genre.

I only have a few complaint with this, and it was just some of the plot holes that were really noticeable, particularly the one with Clarent, Josh's sword. Another one is how a lot of information gets repeated, and I get it because the time frame of a book is 1 to 2 days and the books are published a year after another, but for me I'm reading this continuously so that's kind of off putting.

In this book, the roller coaster of adventure and self turmoil continues with the characters. You can now definitely see the differences between the twins, no matter what they say, though the twins' bond is still there. I was so happy to finally see the characters developing, seeing that no characters except for the Flamels and the twins are constant. Sophie finally grew a backbone and stopped being naive and I respect her for all the choices she had to do.

I liked the fact that the fight scenes weren't as long as those in the first two books and that just made the whole plot come together, because it kind of says that only a percentage knows of this rather than the author keep saying that it is the mortals' fault.

Michael Scott also introduced many more places and people and I couldn't get enough of them. I kept thinking on how he would be able to incorporate all the things he mentions but they all work perfectly with the plot. If you like London and its historical sites *cough* Stonehenge *cough*, this one's for you.

I have a love/hate relationship with cliff hangers, but in this book I absolutely loved them!

I really recommend this series, because it is such a unique, fun story. Even though it does have its flaws, they can be easily overlooked at because of the mystery and the adventure that the series presents. So, definitely check this out! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Top Five Wednesdays #8 | Top Books That Made You Cry


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




5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins I thought I was going to be able to read through The Hunger Games Series without shedding a tear. Nope, that did not happen. Honestly, this finale was just intense, I couldn't make out my exact emotions.
4. Looking for Alaska by John Green I actually cried more during this book than TFIOS. Something about Pudge and dingleberries and Alaska and I couldn't contain myself.
3. Bruiser by Neal Shusterman The confusion and pain got to me, then the end just got me really good. And, ahhh one of my favorite contemporaries. I still can't find the right way in writing a review for this book and it's frustrating me. 
2. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky I related to Charlie on his hesitancy toward high school and all that. And, even though I did not experience all those tragic things, the story was relatable and could happen to anyone. 
1. The Harry Potter Series (of course) by J.K. Rowling The tears started coming in the fourth book then just progressed into full out waterfalls in the last book. 

What are your picks? This was a bit hard to pin down because I do cry a lot in books and movies and just stories in general. Tell me what you think in the comments below!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WWW Wednesdays #6


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 The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis. I am so, so, so anxious to find out what's happening.


2. What did you recently finish reading? 
I actually just finished The Sorceress last night and can I just say, what a bittersweet ending. My review will be coming up soon, so look out for that.


3. What do you think you'll read next?
I said I was going to pick this up last week but I couldn't find the courage to invest myself in such a thick, good book when I need to constantly stop because I do have a lot of things to do but I hope my time management this week gets better.


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

Bout of Books 11.0 | It's Here!



It is HERE! Finalllllllly. Ever since I started my blog, this was the first read-a-thon I checked out and I am so excited! Ahhhhhh, my first ever Bout of Books read-a-thon.
The only downside is that I have school already by that time, but I am not letting that stop me.

Here's the official blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 
- From the Bout of Books team


You, you, you! Everyone should sign up! Click here if you want, I know you want to. 

My goals and TBR choices will be posted as the read-a-thon comes closer, so look out for that if you're having a hard time picking out your TBR pile. We can all do it together!

Top Ten Tuesdays #7 | Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

 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!

So, I realised that I don't own a lot of books by the same author, but then I don't really have the largest library in the first place.


10. Ransom Riggs I own two books, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and the sequel Hollow City.
9. Gayle Forman I have two books, If I Stay and Where She Went and I absolutely loved both. 
8. Veronica Roth I have all three books in the Divergent series, but I've only read Divergent. 
7. Suzanne Collins I also have all the three books in the Hunger Games series and loved all of them especially Catching Fire. 
6. John Green I have four of his books, I don't have Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Let It Snow and I need them ASAP. I've only read Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska, and of course The Fault In Our Stars. 
5. Richelle Mead I have the six books in the Vampire Academy series and I'm planning to buy the Bloodline series next, even though I've only read the first book. I'm kind of hoping that the Bloodline series get better covers though. 
4. Michael Scott The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series has a total of six books, and I am currently reading the third one. So far, I'm really enjoying the series. 
3. J.K. Rowling I have all seven books plus Tales of Beedle the Bard. And, I just can't explain my love for the Harry Potter series and J.K. Rowling. I'm not counting my other copies because I don't have them right now. 
2. Cassandra Clare I have both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, in total of nine books, but I've only read two of them. I am really excited to marathon the series soon, though.
1. Rick Riordan I have twelve books from Rick Riordan, is that bad? I don't think it is because he is such a great author, I love the humor and adventure in all of his books. I have the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the four books in the Blood of Olympus series, Maze of Bones from the 39 Clues series and two companion books for PJO and BoO.

So, who are your picks? Leave your links or lists and tell me what you think in the comments below!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #8



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 a bad, bad, bad week for me. But, everything goes on, right?

Currently Reading:

- The Sorceress by Michael Scott
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Books Finished:

I didn't finish a book last week. So shameful, but that's okay. 

Books I'm Planning to Read:

*along with my currently reading 
- The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis
- Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

 

Last Week's Blog Posts


I hope to have a better reading week, crossing my fingers. How did y'all do last week? Tell me in the comments below!

Summer of Spells | Week 6, 7, & 8 Update



The Summer of Spells is a three-month read-a-long of the Harry Potter Series. (June, July, & August)
Click here to see the Goodread page for more info on the #SummerofSpells read-a-long.

Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Books Read:
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Pages Read Since Last Update: 225

Total Pages Read: 1,310

Sooooooo, I certainly have no excuse with my updates and my Harry Potter reading. I suck. Over the course of three weeks I was only able to pick up the fourth book 2 or 3 times, and that's bad. I finally succumbed to procrastination and I hate, hate, hate it. I hope this week definitely gets better.
How are y'all doing with the read-a-long? Tell me in the comments below!