Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Reads | What Am I Reading This Season?

In light of fall being a month in already and a day off from school, I want to talk about the books I want to pick up this season. To be honest, I never liked reading creepy/scary books during the fall, maybe because I've never been a Halloween-type of person. To me, fall is all about being cozy, warm, (even though I probably don't need that because I live in Hawaii) and just something comfortable, so I like to read contemporary and romance (not full-on, though) books. So, here are the books I want to read this season:

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

3. Winger by Andrew Smith

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

6. Paper Towns by John Green

7. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini 

So, what do y'all think?
What are you reading this fall?
Tell me in the comments below!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #17 | If there was one thing you could change about Harry Potter, what would it be?

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I want to say that "Harry Potter is perfect just the way it is," but then I would be joking myself, because let's face it we all want one thing. And, that one thing is for the series to last forever. Right?
Tell me I'm not the only one.

With that being said, though, I do like the ending, the epilogue, and the closure the last book gave me. 

And, I know J.K. Rowling is sending some cryptic tweets out there and the movie about Newt Scamander and The Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. And, also the Pottermore website, and the story or snippet (maybe that's just my wishful thinking) that came out a few months ago. 

I want to know everything. Not just the 19 years after, the in between, how they rebuilt themselves and just their whole world after Voldemort. Were there any dangers, what happened to the other Death Eaters? Even the Ron-Hermione relationship, because we only got to see it in the last book, technically.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays #14 | (Not So) New Series I Want To Start

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Okay, I'm most probably going to cheat because I really, really, really need to start so much series and here's my top ten:

1. Legend (Legend) by Marie Lu 
This just needs to be done. I've heard so much good things about this series and I want to pick it up so bad. 

2. Shatter Me (Shatter Me) by Tahereh Mafi 
When this exploded in the BookTube community, I was so intrigued (mainly because of the cover). I really don't know what's going on with this one, but I really want to know. 

3. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha) by Leigh Bardugo 
This one has been recommended to me by so much people and I just keep forgetting to pick up.
4. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas 
Another BookTube community favorite, although I don't blame it because I heard there's a kick-butt female protagonist.... 

5. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer 
I've never really read fairytale retellings, except for Beastly, and I heard this series is the epitome of greatness when it comes to fairytale retellings. 

6. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies) by Pittacus Lore 
So, I have the first two books from this series and they have been sitting on my shelves for the longest time. I liked the movie and I'm sad they didn't continue it, but I hear the books are so much better.

7. The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner Trilogy) by James Dashner 
I bought the trilogy box set out of impulse because of the movie, mainly because I didn't want the movie tie-in covers. And, now I am hearing mixed reviews on this one, so I don't really know when to pick it up but I really want to. 

8. The Selection (The Selection) by Kiera Cass 
I've always liked princess-type books growing up, I don't really know if I still like them, but I feel like this series will definitely help me figure that out. 

9. Anna and The French Kiss (Anna and The French Kiss) by Stephanie Perkins 
I just want to know what the hype is all about so I will be definitely picking this series up really soon.

10. The City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare 
Okay, so I actually have started this series, I got to half of the third book then just stopped for no reason, and now I don't remember anything. So, I am hoping to marathon this during Christmas vacation. 

So, what do you think?
What are your top picks?
Tell me in the comments below!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #18

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So, so, so happy to finally get on track with this blog and my reading habits. Although, last week was a bit slow because I did prepare some drafts for my trip in about two months, which I'm sure I won't be able to get anything done. Better to start preparing early than to procrastinate, right?

Currently Reading:

Prime Deception by Carys Jones
House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan Almost there, guys. 

Book I Recently Finished:

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan 
Should I do a reaction of the series? Tell me in the comments below!

Books I am Planning to Pick Up Next: 

The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan  

Previous Blog Posts:

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

Eon and Eona Duology by Alison Goodman | Book Review

Title: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, Eona: The Last Dragoneye                                                  
Author: Alison Goodman                                              
Series: Eon
Released: December 26, 2008, April 19, 2011
Pages: 531, 637

Synopsis: (First book only)
Sixteen-year-old Eon has a dream, and a mission. For years, he's been studying sword-work and magic, toward one end. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye-an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon's secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic...and her life.

I read this duology for about a month or so because right I after a finished the first book, which I did in under a week, school started and that totally threw me off and my reading schedule/habits. Although, when the second picked up, which wasn't that long, I read the rest of it one sitting. 

I've never read a Chinese astrology book before, or just any Chinese books, so that already piqued my attention. The world-building, tied in with Chinese history, politics, social and cultural traditions, was just wonderfully done that you couldn't help but be drawn to it. Although, in the first few chapters book it had me scratching my head a few times. Also, this was my first dragon book (if you count Harry Potter, then no) and now my hands are itching to read more. 

The plot was just so original to me, it being my first ever dragon book, and I loved it. The fantasy world, the action (trust me there was a lot), the hardships and internal struggle were just gut-wrenching and beautiful. The characters were easily relatable and very interesting, especially in this modern society, where we're all just different. We have characters such as a handicap posing as another gender to be accepted, a son fighting hard to do what's right, and a servant who isn't really looked up to because of his sexual orientation. And, I feel like that it is so important to see themes of loyalty and friendship. AND, no plot holes. Yes, I said it. From my previous book reviews, you could see I'm a bit big on plot holes but this one did not have any! And, it was glorious.

Let's talk about our protagonist Eon, or Eona. She was infuriating, to say the least, but maybe because in some parts I related to her while in some situations her decisions just made me want to rip my hair out. In the first book, you could see her struggling with self-identity, which definitely crossed over the second book, but then it transformed to this whole another level of struggle. Her actions definitely made me wonder if she's joking or not and a whole lot of them made me think how much of a hypocrite she actually is. BUT. Eona's character development was so noticeable in the end, where all of her actions seem to tie in, somewhat at least. 

THE FEELS IN THIS BOOK WERE JUST ON THE ROOF. Obstacle after obstacle, wrong decisions after the other, it felt like it was never going to end. This is mainly pointed toward the second book, because the first was like the calm (ish, not really) before the storm. And, there wasn't even a big spotlight on romance, in the first book at least, and I didn't think that that could be done. 

Alison Goodman's writing was just so detailed, precise, and somewhat lyrical. She uses words to encapture the readers' senses; nose, eyes, everything, and make them feel like as if they were physically there. From the scents to the rumble of the earth, I was there. The way she was able to give so much different characters, from the way they spoke to their actions, was just mind-blowing because they were all so distinct and that definitely added to the emotion/tone of the book because the characters were so different, so obviously they all clashed with one other. 

To conclude, please just read this book. Absolutely brilliant, with unique characters and plot, tied in with themes that complimented each other so well. Definitely a well-rounded book. Just make sure to have tissues with you, because those tears will definitely come, whether it be just from serious frustration or just happiness.