Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper





Title: Anomaly
  Author: Tonya Kuper
  Publisher: Entangled Teen
  Publication Date: November 25, 2014
  Page Count: 400
Genre: Paranormal
Age Range: 12+

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it… 

Worst. Birthday. Ever. 

My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…

Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.

When hottily-hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…
My Thoughts:

Alright so I am half and half on this one. I really liked the idea of the book and the characters, but I wanted a little more. I know I talked about this for The Impossible Knife of Memory, and it is the same thing. I do think that I liked this one a little bit more.

The book starts off with a girl named Josie. She is a complete sci-fi nerd who tends to stay to herself and her best friend Hannah. Her mother is very strict and she does not have any idea where her father is since he left four months ago. Then, a boy (Reid) on a motorcycle comes into her life  and changes everything she has ever known. She finds out that she has an ability to change reality. She can "push" and "retract" objects into reality. To give an example: Let us say that we really wanted a new bed. Josie would be able to think this, and there would be a new bed right there. That is the kind of ability she has. She is called an anomaly because she can Push and Retract.

So, she finds out that her parents are the founding members of the Resistance that are fighting against an organization that is controlling these people too much. So, Josie goes into training with Reid in order for her to become part of the Resistance. Her first task is to transport a vial of serum to the Vice President while she is getting an award.

 I loved the idea of the story. I thought it was really creative and well thought through. The author, Tonya Kuper, did a great job at making the book entertaining the whole time. I always wanted to read more, and it was very easy to just sit for hours at a time reading. She has a very smooth writing that flows well.

My favorite part of this book was the characters. Josie is just plain awesome. She is a complete nerd! Every time she would make a Star Wars reference, I would laugh to myself. She is also very strong- willed and kind. However, I did not get the "typical teen girl" from a book though. She had her faults but she fought through them. I also loved Reid. **swoon** I mean, lets be honest, every time he would think about Josie I just got happy. He really cared about her, but he want not scared to literally throw her in a huge hole so she could train. He did not take it easy on her and I thought that was awesome.

When I finished the book, I was a tad disappointing. It was soo good until the very end. I wish Kuper added more to the end or made it so I would want to read the sequel. I was not fulfilled for some reason, and I just wanted more.

Overall, I thought that Anomaly was a good, short read. It had a great plot and entertaining characters, but the ending made it hard for me to love the whole book as a whole. 

My Rating: ***/*
Cover Rating: Its okay 
Recommendations:
1. Echo Boy by Matt Haig 
2. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
3. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Inside and Out Book Tag

Hey guys! So a couple years ago I saw this awesome book tag on some of the blogs I followed. Now, since I have my own blog I thought I would try it out! I think this is a great way to learn to know me and I hope you comment your answers!


Inside flap / Back of the book summaries: Too much or Too little information?
Hmm... I think that it is the perfect amount! I get to understand the plot and the characters just enough so I can make a decision on whether or not I want to read the book.

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover?
Paperback, hands down. I am not a fan or e-books because I get headaches looking at the screen. I cannot stand audio books because I like to actually read. So that leaves paperback or hardcover. I like paperbacks more because they are not as hard and they are cheaper.


Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

I wouldn't dare write in my books! I am so OCD about my books. I keep them all on one book shelf and they have to be in perfect order. I cannot even dog-ear the page because it looks bad. So, it needs to be clean clean clean!

 In your best voice, read for us your favorite first sentence from a book.

Oh my gosh this is so hard. Let me think....oh wow.  Im going to cheat and use two sentences. Okay, ready? "My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die. I counted"- Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

 Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book?
It really makes no difference to me. Some of my favorite books are written by both males and females.

Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

Oh I am sooo guilty to this. I have read ahead in so many books. Sometimes I just need to know what is going to happen RIGHT AWAY and I cannot wait for one more second. It is a problem.

Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?
Organized to the max! I have my bookshelves organized alphabetically by author's last name. Again, I am crazy OCD about my books.

Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
ALLOF THE TIME! It is one of the components of my book search because I have to make sure it looks good on my book shelf. I am so guilty of this.

Take it outside to read, or stay in?
Definitely stay in because I like to wear my pajamas while I read. Im weird, I know.

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: More Than This by Richard Ness


Title: More Than This
  Author: Patrick Ness
  Publisher: Walker Books
  Publication Date: May 1st, 2014
  Page Count: 480
Genre: Contemporary 
Age Range: 14+
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time.
My Thoughts:
Let me just start by saying that I HATED the beginning of the book. I could barely get myself to finish it. The first 75 pages I had to literally force myself to open the pages of the book. My oh my was it AMAZING!! The book took a literal 360 and was pure gold.

The book starts off with a boy named Seth waking up in his old town in England, in a coffin connected to tubes and weird masking tape. He has no idea why he is there because the last place he was, was drowning in an ocean in America. There is no one else around and there is not a single noise. He thinks he is in hell because last time he was in this town, his brother was abducted and injured by an escaped prisoner.

He soon finds two other people in the area and together they find out the reason why they are in this place. I will not explain why they were there because that is a MAJOR spoiler alert. But, let me tell you that the reason they are there will blow your mind. It made me think about reality and what we think to be real and true, so completely differently. The author, Patrick Ness, did a great job with the plot. It was new and unique (something that I have never read before).

I loved the characters as well. Each one had their faults but they were strong-willed and fit together perfectly. There were three characters that were major parts of the book. Seth (the main character), Regine (a side kick) and Tomasz (the other side kick). Seth was a great main character. There were some times when I thought was too dramatic and needed to take a step back and evaluate his life, but towards the end I thought he was the perfect hero for the story. Regine was another great character. She went through a lot of crap during her life and that made her rough around the edges. But when you could break through her walls she was a softie. Lastly, my favorite. Tomasz is an eleven year old boy from Poland. He was so cute. He was caring, tough and so just awesome. He literally saved their lives like a million times.

After getting through those first 75 pages, the book started getting more intense. The characters were being chased by super-human machines and they were trying to figure out their lives and if they were real. I was flipping the pages so hard because it was so suspenseful.

Overall, I thought that More Than This was a great read. It was deep, thought- provoking and really made me want to read more.

My Rating: ****/*
Cover Rating: Don't like it
Recommendations:
1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
2. Reality Boy by A.S King
3. Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Riddle of Fate Book Tour


Riddle of Fate by Tania Johansson
She wasn’t meant to survive. He wasn’t meant to save her. Now, they are determined to correct his mistake. 



Title: Riddle of Fate 

Author: Tania Johansson
Publication Date: May 28, 2014
Page Count: 273
Genre: Paranormal
Age Range: 12+



Links: 
Amazon US Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KN940V8
Synopsis:
Khaya’s life, a life the Order say was never meant to be, is thrown into turmoil when she discovers she has a second ability. The Company who employs people like her – with rare and special abilities – insists that having more than one inevitably leads down a dark spiral into madness. So they are watching and waiting, ready to terminate her at the first sign of trouble.

Now, on the run from the Company’s agents while trying to prove her sanity, Khaya realises they are not the only ones she should fear. Angels are working towards her demise as well.

The question that haunts her is this: What did she do that was terrible enough to elicit the wrath of angels? And can she trust the mysterious Derrin, or is he the cause of all her tribulations?



Ready for an excerpt?!?!


The urge to run was like a prickle down Khaya’s back. It soon became an itch and she had to fight to calm herself enough to keep at a reasonable pace. All she wanted to do was break in to a full tilt run. Her stomach lurched when a guard outside turned and looked directly at her. She took a deep breath and kept walking. She watched him from the corner of her eye until he turned away again, apparently unaware of who she was.
Her jaw started aching and she realised she was clenching her teeth. Relief flooded through her when she pushed the door open to exit the hallway.
She gasped.
The lawman who had arrested her in the foyer turned to face her. He was three feet from her and from the look on his face, he recognised her immediately. He paled and launched himself at her. He pressed her against the wall, his forearm squeezing against her throat.
Then he yelped as Derrin wrenched him off her. Grabbing him by the collar and belt, Derrin threw the man to the ground. Eyes wild, the guard looked around for his assailant. Seeing no one else, his gaze settled back on Khaya. He opened his mouth to call for backup. Derrin’s fist connected with his mouth before he could get a sound out.
The guard skidded across the floor and lay still when he stopped. Rubbing her throat, Khaya walked over to him. Blood trickled down from his nose and the corner of his mouth. “Is he dead?” Khaya asked.
“No,” Derrin said.
She looked at his chest. Was he breathing? “How do you know?”
“If he was dead, there would be a Collector here by now. Come.” Derrin led her out by a side door. Woods bordered the building and Khaya sighed with relief once they were under the cover of the trees.
“How were you able to do that anyway?” Khaya asked. “Hit him, I mean.”
Derrin snorted. “I said I was an angel, not a ghost.”  



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Top 10 Book to Movie Adaptations


Hello everyone! Today I will be ranking my top 10 book to movie adaptations. These are not necessarily my favorite books, just the ones that I thought made good movies. Enjoy and comment if you agree/disagree!!
10.Inkheart- I liked the book but I thought the movie was just as good. It really portrayed the book well and the set for the movie was amazing.
9. I am Number Four- I just love Alex Pettyfer. So...Yeah. But really, they did a great job with makeup in that movie (I mean the Mogadorians looked so real!)
8. City of Ember- I read this book so many years before the movie came out and I did not remember anything when I saw the movie. Either way, I thought that it was really good.
7. If I Stay- This movie was amazing. I did not like the book but the thing I saw on screen was spectacular. It almost made me cry, and I do not cry at movies.
6. Divergent- I think I am one of the only ones who actually really liked the movie. I loved the books and I think they did a great job with the movies. And the guy who played Four was gorgeous.
5. Beautiful Creatures- I loved these books and the movie. The movie never became too popular but I have it at home and I can watch it over and over again. I do not agree 100% with the casting but I still think it was great.
4. Perk of Being of Wallflower- I love Perks. I love the book and I loved the movie. I thought there could have been some changes in casting but I think they did a great job getting the point across.
3. Narnia- I have never been a big fan of the books, but I did love the movies. The plot and descriptions in the book came to light wonderfully in the movies.
2. Lord of the Rings- Another one of my favorite nerdy things. Lord of the Rings is amazing. Like Harry Potter, the casting and set was done perfectly. The movie people really did a great job making those movies.
1. Harry Potter- Duh, I mean these movies were AMAZING. The casting was perfect and the set was spectacular. I could watch those over and over and over again (and I have). You all know how much I love Harry Potter so this cannot be much of a surprise.

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, December 15, 2014

Review: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson


Title: The Impossible Knife of Memory
  Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
  Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  Publication Date: January 7th, 2014
  Page Count: 391
Genre: Contemporary 
Age Range: 12+
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down
My Thoughts:
The Impossible Knife of Memory was very interesting to say the least. It was not exactly what I was expecting, but then again I had no idea what I expecting (if that makes any sense at all).

However, let me just say that Laurie Halse Anderson is an amazing author. She got the voice of a teenage girl down pat. There were some parts of the book where I literally said to myself "wow, I say that all of the time" or "Jeez, I pull that move." It was really refreshing to read a book that I could connect to the character so much.

Now to the nitty gritty. So, the book revolves around Hayley, the daughter of an Iraq veteran. Her whole lifetime, she has traveled cross coutnry with him and stayed with her dad's ex-girlfriend. Now, they are settling down for real. She has to get used to public school as well as her dad's PTSD after coming home from Iraq.

One thing I really liked about this book was the fact that I could really understand what Andy (her dad) was going through. Anderson made it so real and understandable. At some points I just wanted Hayley to run and at others I was proud of him because I thought he was getting better. I do not personally know any veterans who had PTSD but I am thinking that this is a pretty good representation of it.

I think one of the reasons I was iffy on this book after I read it was because I was expecting more. I loved the plot and the characters but when I finished it I was still waiting for something extra to make me put it on my extra special bookcase. I think it is because I am so used to reading books jam packed with action. There were a couple really great suspenseful scenes, but none that got me super excited.

Overall, I thought that The Impossible Knife of Memory was a really touching story that had characters that I could connect to. Although I was hoping for more, I did really enjoy this.
My Rating: ***/*
Cover Rating: Its okay I guess...
Recommendations:
1. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
2. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner
3. Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Top 10 Harry Potter Quotes

Hey everyone, so today I have a quick Top 10. I just wanted to rank my top 10 favorite Harry Potter quotes. Recently, I had to pick my senior year yearbook quotes. I knew I wanted to do a Harry Potter one, I just had to narrow down my list. So, here is the narrowed down list... enjoy!

10. “One can never have enough socks' -Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 
9."Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have"-Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 
8.“Yeh don’ have ter be ashamed of what yeh are.” -Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
7. “Longbottom, if brains were gold, you'd be poorer than Weasley, and that's saying something.” - Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 
6. “You're just as sane as I am.” ― Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 
5. “Turn to page three hundred and ninety-four.”- Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4.“Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn't mean no one else has spotted I'm a girl!” - Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 
3.“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!” - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 
2.“She needs to sort out her priorities”  - Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 
1. "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good" - Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Sincerely, 
a Book Nerd 




Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Title: Trust Me, I'm Lying
  Author: Mary Elizabeth Summer
  Publisher: Delacorte Press
  Publication Date: October 14, 2014
  Page Count: 336
Genre: Contemporary 
Age Range: 12+
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

My Thoughts:
I had high expectations for Trust Me, I'm Lying. I love any sort of spy or criminal mastermind book. I don't know why, probably because I wish I could do what the characters do? Anyway, I was expecting something fast paced that would keep me on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, this did not do this for me. I found it slow and hard to keep picking up at some points.

So, the book started off with the Julep, a grifter (she tells lies), who is working odd jobs at her high school. When her father goes missing she enlists the help of her best friend, Sam, and a new boy named Tyler. She has to use the clues that he mysteriously hid to find out if he was taken by the mob. Her father was a con man but usually stayed away from the mob business, but she had a feeling that he was sucked in before he disappeared.

I liked Julep. She was sassy and did what she wanted. Also, I was kind of jealous of her because she was a grifter (I mean, how awesome would that be?). Towards the end, she was being a little stupid and making careless mistakes but I guess if you thought your dad was dead and you were in the middle of mob problems you would not be thinking completely straight either.

On the other hand, I did not like Sam or Tyler. They both just seemed so fake and I knew exactly what they were going to say and how their characters would turn out. Although, I am still sad about Tyler's unfortunate ending.

Now for the plot. I thought that it was a very interesting idea, one that could have been expanded and interpreted in many different ways. However, I thought that Summer spent too much  time on the little details and did not get to the meat of the book. I was waiting for some kick-ass action scenes but only got a relatively short one.

Overall, I thought Trust Me,  I'm Lying was an interesting read that had some good foundations but did not go all the way I was expecting it to.

My Rating: ***
Cover Rating: its okay I guess
Recommendations:
1. Heist Society by Ally Carter 
2. Runaway by Meg Cabot
3. Also Known As by Robin Benway
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Book Haul 12/6

Hello everyone! Here is another book haul because I cannot stop buying books...its a problem.

1. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
So this is about a girl who has traveled around the country with her father, a veteran. He is having PTSD and she practically has to take care of him. They finally settle down to his home town and it is about her living her life there with her father. I am excited to read this because I feel like it is so different from any other book I have read.

2. More Than This by Patrick Ness
A boy named Seth drowns and wakes up in what he thinks may be his personal hell or an afterlife. I was recommended this by a friend and it looks very good. Maybe a little strange, but I think it will turn out to be one of my favorites. Lets cross our fingers. 

3. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson 
Lennie's sister just died and she is trying to get through life without her while being stuck between two guys. For me, this could either be reallyyyy good or realllyyy bad. I'm hoping it is the first one!

4. Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer 
Julep Depree is a grifter, a con artist. She tells lies, just like her father. So when her father goes missing she has to use the clues that he left her to attempt to find him. This is another one I am super excited for because it sounds like a Heist Society kind of thing. 

5. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
This is about a girl who is possibly a criminal mastermind by the age of 16. This book won an award and was written by E. Lockhart so I am assuming it will be wonderful. 


Sincerely, 
a Book Nerd

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks




Title: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
  Author: Matthew Dicks
  Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
  Page Count: 336
Genre: Contemporary 
Age Range: 12+
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.

Max is different from other children. Some people say he has Asperger’s, but most just say he’s “on the spectrum.” None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max unconditionally and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, a teacher in the Learning Center who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.
When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save Max—and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or his own existence. Matthew Dicks' Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a triumph of courage and imagination that touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming . . . and heartbreaking conclusion.
 
My Thoughts:
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend was a surprise to me. I was expecting a cute little book about a young imaginary friend who loves his human friend. I was not expecting some sort of action/ thriller. It was so exciting and suspenseful! I was so nervous towards the end of it that I was ripping the pages to find out what happened to Max.

So, the book started off with the Budo telling the readers about his friend, Max who is on the verse of autism. Max is in elementary school and Budo is his imaginary friend. He understands Max and will do anything for him. When Max gets kidnapped by one of his teachers, Max has to decide if he will put his life on hold to find Max and save him. Budo has to use other imaginary friends and his resources to find Max.

I loved Budo. He was sweet and cared about Max. He understood him so deeply like any friend would, but his whole life depended on Max. Max was an interesting character as well. He had a very organized, rule oriented life. In the beginning of the novel, he relied on Budo, his teachers and parents. Towards the end, he could depend on himself and get himself out of stressful situations.

Lets just talk about Ms. Patterson. She was crazy. Like "lets check her into a mental institution" crazy. I mean, who just kidnaps a kid from school then goes BACK and pretends she is innocent? a CRAZY person. Jeez, and then when she goes to the airport where she keeps her van to take Max across the country? Ugh, crazy person.

Anyway, I thought the writing was interesting as well. Matthew Dicks makes Budo sound like a little kid with an air of wisdom. It was interesting to read something so serious through the eyes of a young narrator. I thought it was strange since I am so used to reading books with teenage narrators but it was surprisingly refreshing.

Overall, I thought that Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend was exciting and thrilling with a great moral. I was reading so fast that I could not stop. The writing was just as exciting and interesting as the plot.
So good!
 
My Rating: ****
Cover Rating: Eh
Recommendations:
1. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
2. A Grown- Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
3. Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Saturday, November 29, 2014

"Would You Rather Book" Tag!

Hey everyone! So I have noticed on so many blogs, the "would you rather" book tag. Since, I love "would you rather" I thought I would take a whack at it! Enjoy!


1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?
I would definitely want to read a series rather than a stand-alone book. I usually get so emotionally attached to the characters and the plot in a book so it is better if the story line keeps going.

 2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?
Probably a character that is female. It is easier for me to connect with the a girl, because I am a girl. I do enjoy reading books when the main character is a male but I do prefer a female.

 3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstore) or Amazon?
Barnes and Noble hands down (or any bookstore). Although I love Amazon, I just love the feeling of walking into a bookstore and looking around.

 4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows?
Probably a movie because it is a one time deal. TV shows go on forever, and I just prefer if it was a one three hour video.

 5. Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?
5 books per week, duh! I mean, I would never be able to do that unless I quit school and stayed in my house all day but I would definitely rather read more than less.

 6. Rather be a professional book reviewer or an author?
Since I am a horrible writer, I would say book reviewer because it is more just telling people what I thought, not using my imagination (which is lacking).

 7.  Rather only read the same 20 books over and over or get to read a new book every 6 months?
Although I do love the 20 of my favorite books, I do enjoy reading new books. I like reading something different so I would say new book every six months.

 8. Rather be a librarian or own a book store?
Hmm.. this is probably the hardest one... Jeez. I am going to say book store because I would get money from it? That sounds bad but yeah.

 9. Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?
Favorite author. I do not necessarily have a favorite genre but I could read JK Rowling and James Patterson until my eyes started bleeding.

 10. Rather only read physical books or eBooks?
PHYSICAL BOOK! Reading on any sort of screen gives me a headache.

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Top 10 Bad Guys

Hello everyone!!
Today I will be ranking my top ten favorite villains up to this point! Of course this will change by next year when I read many more books!

10. Weird King Guy from Opposition (Lux Series)
I cannot remember the name of this guy but he was the king of the Arum. He was sooo funny. One of my favorite "bad guys" that really did not have anything behind his name. He almost drove Katy and Daemon to insanity and just did it for his own pleasure. He just wanted to see how far he could push them so they could get what they wanted.


9. President Snow from the Hunger Games
Most of you have probably read the Hunger Games so I will not write that much here. Overall, this guy was crazy and needed some sense smacked into him.

8. Warner from Shatter Me
He was a bad guy turned good guy and I love him. In the first couple of books, you want to claw his eyes out but towards the last one you want to run into his arms. Great personality change man. But seriously, in the beginning he make Juliette do some whacked out things and  the readers hated his guts.

7. Jeanine from Divergent
Again, most of you have probably read this so I will not go into too much detail but Jeanine was a power hungry freak. She used her intelligence to create an army of the best fighters the area had. She was smart, but was heading in the wrong direction with it.

6. Hans Gunther Hagen from Maximum Ride
Another crazy one. He wanted to sell the flock and do experiments on them. He never put up with Max's sass and just saw one end to them, his control. He only understood his point of view and that was all that mattered.

5. Calvin from Black Ice
Again, someone who is pretty messed up. He was not really loved as a kid and turned out to be a serial killer? Sweet. But seriously, he is a bad guy in Black Ice because Britt thought he was her savior and kept running back TO him. Jeez.

4. King Havillard from Throne of Glass
This guy is messed up. Honestly, how crazy can you get? King Havillard is another one of my favorite villains because everyone thinks that he is powerful but they do not even know the half of it. Yes, he conquered practically the whole world but he still has so much "magical" power that he is saving up to conquer the rest of it and make everyone his loyal servant. Pretty messed up.

3. Jeb from Maximum Ride
Yes, another typical one but seriously. Jeb is a pretty awful villain because he starts off as an ally then switches on the flock. They never know if he is helping or hurting him and even just hearing the name "Jeb" will have them flying to the other part of the country (or Earth).


2. Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter
 I think Bellatrix is one of my favorite villains because she is just plain crazy. Her laugh, her hair and her clothes makes people run in the opposite direction. She has just so much blind loyalty to Voldemort that it is not safe for anyone. She will use horrible, violent tactics to achieve her goals.

1. Voldemort from Harry Potter
Typical, I know. Buttt, he is my favorite villain. Not only is he a huge threat to Harry but he messes with everyone else's mind. Just the name "Voldemort" will have people cowering in fear. He uses his physical, mental and emotional power to get what he wants. His Death Eaters will follow his exact words and no matter what, Voldemort will do what he has to, to get what he wants.


Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart





Title: We Were Liars 
  Author: E. Lockhart 
  Publisher: Delacorte Press 
  Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
  Page Count: 227
Genre: YA Contemporary 
Age Range: 12+

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
 


My Thoughts:
Wow. Just wow. I just finished this about an hour ago and I am trying to figure out how I am going to put how I feel into words.

Let me just start by saying I was not expecting something so though provoking and twisted. I know it says that it is "suspenseful" and all that jazz but I thought that was just a marketing tool. Boy was I wrong. I was reading so fast to find out what happens that I was getting a headache. I was on my toes and the end sure did not disappoint.

So what is this book about? Honestly when I first started it, I had no idea. I was lost with all of the names and characters, I kept flipping back to the first chapter. But, after reading the first couple of chapters I understood that they were all cousins except for Gat.

Alright. So, pretty much the book is about a rich, well-off family that vacations on a private island every summer. There are the grandparents and three daughters, each with their own family. There are four children  who are around the same age who are called "the liars" which include Cady (the main character), Johnny, Gat and Mirren. The author never really explains exactly why they are called the Liars but you get an understanding as to why once you finish the book. Anyway, the book revolves around Cady coming back to the island after a freak accident that happened two years ago. She keeps flashing back to her life before it and what exactly happened on the night of the accident and why her family was so messed up.

I was not a huge fan of Cady, she was whiny and bathed in so much self- pity. However, I really did like the secondary characters like Johnny and Mirren. They showed that they were still a family even though their mothers were making it seem like they were not. I never was able to connect to the characters because the author does not go too in depth with them.

Although it was a short read, I think that the perfect size to get the point across as to what happens. This book spends the first half of the book setting you up with the background, then spends the next quarter giving you the issue and then the last quarter pretty much explaining what happened. For me, that last quarter was a slap in the face. I had no idea it would happened, or had happened. It was one of those moments where I closed the book and just stared at my wall because I would not believe what happened.

Overall, this book was  a great read. It was fast paced, and had a great ending to a suspenseful plot. Even though the characters were a little dull and hard to connect with, the story still seemed to live on its own.

My Rating: ****
Cover Rating: I like it 
Recommendations:
1. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson 
2. Panic by Lauren Oliver
3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Maze Runner Movie Review

Hey guys!

So I recently saw Maze Runner in theaters and I wanted to write a quick reaction and review for it. Overall, I was kind of confused by it. I thought the acting was great (Dylan O'Brien ahh) but the story line did not match with the book. They changed so many pieces of the book and I am not a huge fan of when that happens in movies. Like that mass execution by the grievers?!? It was supposed to be one person at a time and that obviously did not happen. Besides all off that, I thought that casting was done well as well as the scenery.

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas



Title: Throne of Glass
  Author: Sarah J. Maas
  Publisher: Bloomsbury
  Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
  Page Count: 404
Genre: YA Fantasy
Age Range: 12+
Synopsis (from Goodreads):

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

  
My Thoughts:
Let me just start by saying that I went into this books with REALLY high expectations for some reason. Let me also say that this book exceeded by expectations in every way. I was shocked by reaction to it because it was just SOOOOOOOO AMAZING!!!! I could not put it down and when I had to put it down I was thinking about it.

The books starts off with Calaena, a top notch assassin who gets taken out of the death camp she is in to participate in a competition to become the King's Champion (personal assassin). She has to adapt to the ways of the kingdom and pretend to be a lady and petty jewel thief. She creates strong bonds with her trainer (the Captain of the Guard) and the Prince. I was so interested in the idea of the story. The author, Sarah J. Mass, carefully planned out everything that happened so it all made sense. The writing was clear and I always wanted to know what happened next after each chapter.

I am going to be honest, I want to be Calaena Sardothien. She is bad-ass, intense, strong-willed, intelligent, and compassionate. She does things her way and will not give up. She kind of reminds me of Max from the Maximum Ride series. She can kick butt and still look pretty while doing it. Yes, she was very cocky and confident but really. If you were the best assassin in the country and a young girl, I would be too. Calaena has to be one of my favorite female characters and I felt that I had a special connection with her throughout the whole novel.

Now lets talk about boys. Ugh. They are both so perfect in two different ways and I CANT PICK ONE!! Usually I am either Team Dorian or Team Choal but they each had their moments. This was a little frustrating for because when Dorian would hang out with Calaena I would be like "awww" but I would also be like "nooo you aren't Choal" but then the opposite would happen with Choal. It was hard. I really liked that romance was not a huge part of the book though.  I am so over all of the teen fantasy that is more romance that it is action and magic. So, this was a breath of fresh air because I would actually focus on the plot rather then have a kissing scene every other chapter.

AND THE KING?!?!?! WHAT A MEANIE. He is horrible in every way and I cannot even start to rant about that. Like seriously? Someone has some major daddy issues.

Anyway, I also really liked Nehemia. I actually thought she was the one doing all of the damage in the middle of the novel so I was really happy that she was actually helping Calaena the whole time. I also liked that Calaena was able to have a nice female friend after everything that had happened in her life.

Overall, this has to be one of my favorite books ever. I was in love with everyone of the characters (except for the King/ Perringon) and really enjoyed the plot. It was like the Selection meets Maximum Ride.  I thought that Sarah J. Maas wrote in a way that made me feel like I was there with Calaena/ Dorian/ Chaol. I recommend this to anyone!!

My Rating: *****
Cover Rating: BADASS
Recommendations:
1. Angel Experiment by James Patterson
2. The Selection by Kiera Cass
3. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Update

Hello my fellow book lovers!

So, it has been a little over a month since I started this blog. Let me say that it has been going much better than I anticipated. My page views are growing every day, and I am making connections on different blogging sites. I am having so much fun writing these posts and reading more books that I usually do in the school year. It also gives me an excuse to buy more books and spend more time looking up books (which is a very exciting pastime of mine). I just wanted to take some time out and tell you all how it has been going and to thank you for sticking through with me during my first month as a book blogger. You guys rock!!

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Top 10 Couples

Hi everyone!

Here is my top 10 favorite fictional couples.

10. Jase and Sam
These characters are from the novel My Life Next Door. Jase and Sam have a perfect summer together until disaster strikes and they are done. Sam and Jase cannot fix their relationship without figuring out their rest of their lives, but they do come back together which really shows their strength.

9. Alex and Brittany
If you are not familiar with these characters, they are form the novel Perfect Chemistry. They are on two ends of the spectrum but somehow end up together. They come from different backgrounds, friend groups and interests but they click.

8. Patch and Nora
I love paranormal romance and this was definitely one of my favorites. Patch is so mysterious and actually just plain strange, but Nora figures out what he is and they fall in love. Aww right? Until things go crazy and their relationship become strained. But, they make it out together.

7. Jace and Clary
Yup, I am going to be a typical YA reader and say Jace and Clary made my list. But how could they not? They literally go through every obstacle imaginable (siblings?!?!) and still find a way to stay together and love each other. Now that's dedication.

6. Maxon and America 
This is a weird situation. Their relationship really just starts with a mutual agreement. You help me out with this, and I will help you out with that. Pretty chill right? Nope! I loved their romance. Although it was expected, it was still really cute to see how it enfolded.

5. Mr. and Mrs. Weasley
Again, another Harry Potter couple, but how could I resist? Mr. and Mrs. Weasley are so perfect. They still love each other after all their years of marriage and kids. Although they tease each other, these two characters would do anything for each other.

4. Josh and Nastya
Another crazy couple. These two kids have so much emotional baggage that it would seem crazy for them to be together. But they made it work. I loved that. They put all of their history aside and let themselves love for once.

3. Katy and Daemon
I think one of the reasons why I love Katy and Daemon so much is because of how they met and how they acted around each other when they first started to know each other. They HATED each other. And I loved it. There was so much tension but once they realized their feelings, there was no stopping them.

2. Max and Fang
Yes, Maximum Ride is on here again. Max and Fang were not always a couple. They were just part of the flock to begin with. A leader and her sidekick soon turned into a little bit more. Although they had their ups and downs, they made it out together.

1. Ron and Hermione
For any of my usual readers, you will know that this is nothing new for me. Anything Harry Potter will always make my top 10. It is just impossible for it not to. But to the couple. I love Ron and Hermione. They have always loved each other, even if it was just in a friend way. They are an adorable couple who I just absolutely adore.

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, November 10, 2014

Review: Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson




Title: Gathering Dark

  Author: Christine Johnson
  Publisher: Simon Pulse
  Publication Date: February 13, 2013
  Page Count: 512
Genre: YA Fantasy
Age Range: 12+
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 


       
   A mysterious teen boy knows the secrets of Keira’s dangerous hallucinations in this gripping romantic fantasy from the author of Claire de Lune.

Keira’s hallucinating. First it’s a door hovering above the road; then it’s a tree in her living room. But with her parents fighting and her best friend not speaking to her, Keira can’t tell anyone about her breakdown.

Until she meets Walker. They have an electric connection, and somehow he can see the same shadowy images plaguing Keira.

But trusting Walker may be more dangerous than Keira could have ever imagined. The more she confides in him, the more intense—and frightening—her visions become. Because Walker is not what he appears to be. And neither are her visions.        
 
 
My Thoughts:

I think that Gathering Dark sounded better in the description than it actually was. I never really got in to the story or the characters. It seemed that it was all over the place and the author did not plan it out before writing. However, I still enjoyed the story.

The book starts off with a regular teenage girl named Kiera. She is a musical genius and practices hours on end. When she goes shopping at a music store one day she meets a teenaged boy named Walker. Since their encounter she starts seeing things and thinking she is crazy.

I was not a huge fan of Kiera. She seems like a nice person, but I just thought she was a little boring. She was pretty average (except for her music ability). She was kind of indecisive on all of her decisions, and wavered a lot. I did like her relationship with her best friend. I thought it was very typical of teenage girls and it reminded me of my friends. However, her best friend Susan proved to be not that great of a friend by the end when Kiera was having a hard time.

At first, I really like Walker. I thought he was mysterious and sexy, but at the end he was too emotional and strange for me and I think that was because of his "secret". He is from a parallel universe (the Dark Side) and he was sent from that side to bring back Kiera who is an experimental half Darkie. This was just plain confusing for me. I did not understand the science behind the alternate universe and the relationship between Kiera and the world just did not make sense for me.

Overall, I thought that this was lacking in a couple of areas. While I enjoyed some of the descriptions and relationships, I did think that the plot was confusing to follow and the main character a bit annoying.

My Rating: ***
Cover Rating: I don't really like it 
Recommendations:
1. Claire du Lune by Christine Johnson
2. Crash by Lisa McMann
3. Nocturne by Christine Johnson
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Why I am excited for 2015

Hello again!

So, recently I have been seeing many books that will be coming out in 2015. As I was seeing these, I would write them down. Soon, my list was so long and I realized that 2015 is going to be a freakin awesome year for these reasons.

First....

Invaded by Melissa Landers
  • Expected Publication Date: February 3, 2015
This is the second book in the Alienated series and I cannot wait to find out what happens to Cara and Aelyx! The last book ended on such a cliff hanger I am still reeling from those last pages. I would suggest you go get Alienated before Invaded hits the shelves!!!

Second...

The Heir by Kiera Cass
  • Expected Publication Date: May 5, 2015
When I found out that there was going to be another book in the Selection series I thought I had read it wrong. I thought the last book had a perfect ending, so why another book? I guess we will have to see on May 5. Either way, I am excited to see what Cass has in store for us!
Third...

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Expected Publication Date: May 5, 2015
So apparently this is Beauty and the Beast mixed with fairy lore. Written by Sarah J. Maas. What? Is this real life? If it is, I might be in heaven. I cannot wait for this retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Fourth...

I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  • Expected Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Cody and Meg were best friends until Meg commits suicide. Cody goes on an adventure to figure out why and on the way learns so much more about his so called best friend. Sooo.... this is gonna be another tear jerker right Gayle? Jeez, if this is anything like If I Stay then I cannot wait.

Fifth...

The Dead List by Jennifter L. Armentrout
  • Expected Publication Date March 31, 2015
Here comes another perfect J Arm book I bet. I love everything Jennifer Armentrout has written and the fact that there is going to be new book makes me so happy I might cry.

Sixth...

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
  • Expected Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Cadie has spent her whole life waiting to get out of the town she grew up in. So, when a group of tourists invites her along on a road trip, things go terribly wrong. Road trip gone wrong. Written by Trish Doller. Oh yes, I am so there.

Seven...

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  • Expected Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Another novel by Emery Lord. Oh yes. If this is anything like Open Road Summer than it may be read in one sitting.




Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Top 10 Male Characters

Hello everyone!
So today will be the top 10 best male characters. Do not confuse this with top 10 book boyfriends (so this list is just cool male characters not super hot and amazing)

10. Iggy from Maximum Ride
Iggy the blind man. Although Iggy is blind, he does not make that his life. He learns to live with it and still kick some serious Eraser butt. He is pretty awesome.

"Denial is not just a river in Egypt"

9. Kenji from Shatter Me
Kenji. What a character. I feel like every time he says something, I am dying from laughter. He is one of the few characters that bring light and life to the pages by just being there. He doesn't have to do anything crazy, he just says a couple words and then I am dying.

"'Im sorry" he says, pressing his lips together, shaking his head again. "This is not a funny moment. It's not. I'm not laughing"

8. Neville from Harry Potter
Neville is one of those characters that you could never forget about. He is always there is the corner but you could never forget about him. He starts off as the kid that no one really likes but by Deathly Hallows, he stares down Lord Voldemort and is part of Dumbledore's Army. Hell yeah.

"We're all going to keep fighting, Harry. You know that ?"

7. Maxon from the Selection
Maxon is so cute. He is a perfect gentleman but also understands that he has duties to fulfill. He is not always giving America what she wants and waiting on her hand and foot. He continues his life and protects his country and friends.

"If this were a simpler matter, I'd have eliminated everyone else by now."

6. Daemon from the Lux Series
Yes, Daemon is on here. Of course he is! I love Daemon. He is on the characters on this list that will probably be on my top 10 book boyfriends list. He is so hot and steamy but also does not take any crap. Ahhh

"You do realize I love a challenge?"

5. Josh from Sea of Tranquility
I think the reason why Josh is on this list is because his character is so easy to relate to. He is closed off but once he cracks open Nastya's shell you understand more about him. They way he does not take any of her crap is really awesome. He is also just a really great guy.

"What? Sunshine fits you. It's bright and warm and happy. Just. Like. You.”

4. Dumbledore from Harry Potter
Dumbledore, Dumbledore, Dumbledore. Of course he had to make it on my list. He is one of the best heroes in any novel or even in general. He has so much wisdom and so much heart. There is not much else I can say without going on a rant.

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light"

3. Fang from Maximum Ride
Oh, Fang. He is another good one. He is quiet and mysterious but whenever he opens his mouth you know it will be good. He is funny, but can also be really serious and knowledgeable when he wants to. He cares about his family (the flock) and is a kick ass fighter.

"I could never as fangalicious as you'd want me to be"

1. Ron Weasley from Harry Potter
I love Ron Weasley. He is definitely one of my favorite male character ever. He grows so much in the series, starting off as a small Weasley body to someone who stood up next to Harry Potter against Lord Voldemort. I love his red hair and his "bloody hells".

"Bloody hell"

2. Harry Potter from Harry Potter
Yes, I did put Harry Potter as the number one, and there is a reason for it. I have looked up to Harry Potter since I was little and when I first started reading the series. I was and still am in awe of his bravery and kindness. He freakin defeated Lord Voldemort for goodness sake. His friendship with Ron and Hermione and his love for all of his friends is also really touching. Go Potter!

"Working hard is important but there is something that matters even more, believing in yourself"


Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

 
Title: Sweet Evil

  Author: Wendy Higgins 
  Publisher: HarperTeen
  Publication Date: May 1, 2012
  Page Count: 447
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Age Range: 13+
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 
                                       
 Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?     

My Thoughts:
Jeez Louise. Wendy Higgins, man oh man do you know how to write. I am just going to start by saying I read this only in a couple hours. I COULD NOT put it down!!! I was on the edge of my seat, flipping the pages so hard they were ripping by the end of it. The was nerve-racking, intense, and creative. I only read this because there was a reference to the characters in a Jennifer Armentrout novel (and I love her so... I had to read this). However, once I read the description and saw that cover I was sort of wary to start it. Boy was I wrong.

The books starts off with Anna Whitt, a good girl who could never do wrong. All through her sixteen years she has had strange abilities. She can see auras and sense emotions. Each emotion gets a different color and she also has a very keen sense of smell, taste and hearing. She goes to a concert with her best friend Jay, and meets Kaidan Rowe (..swoon) who is half demon. Soon, she learns more about her background and finds out she is the daughter of demon "duke" and an angel. I thought this idea was very creative. I have read so many fallen angel books but this one took a different perspective. It focused more on the demon side of her heritage, but explained it so well. There are demon dukes for each of the 7 deadly sins and dukes for various other things like Anna's father (substance abuse). It was really interesting how the only reason the demons and their children were on Earth just to be bad influences on humanity.

At first, I thought Anna's personality was just an act. As I kept reading, I realized she actually cared about people and was very compassionate. I thought this suited her so well and helped a lot in the story (especially against bad boy Kaidan). Speaking of Kaidan.... woah. I mean he was just plain swoon worthy. I mean his father is the demon of lust so... Anyway, I loved his character because it was so different from Anna's and that made them so perfect together. I did hate the way he was always hot and cold to her though. At some points, I wanted to induce bodily harm because it was so unfair to Anna.

I also loved all of the secondary characters. Jay and Patti were a breath of fresh air. Patti was a wonderful influence on Anna and kept her sane while she was going through the "working" life. Jay was a perfect best friend and watched out for here while she was starting to spend more time with Kaidan,

I loved how each time I flipped a page, the stakes were getting higher. It was more important for Anna to be true to herself and for her relationship with Kaidan to be controlled. The control that all of the dukes have on their children was getting more intense by the end, and Anna had to step up and show was she was made of.

Overall, I thought that book was masterfully written. Higgins crafted a story that was well thought through. I felt a strong connection to all of the characters and felt everything that they felt. I did think that I was missing something at the end, but overall. So. Good.

My Rating: ****(*)
               This means it is so close to a 5 but not all of the way there :D 
Cover Rating: Eh, its kind of cheesy 
Recommendations:
1. Fallen by Lauren Kate
2. Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout
3. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Book Haul 11/1

Hello my fellow book lovers!

I have just received a huge group of books that I cannot wait to review for you all! But first, here are the books I have so you can read them along with me!!!

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Calaena Sardothian is a famous assassin who must compete to become the King's Champion or be sentenced to a life in a labor camp in this fantasy country of Erilea. I am super excited to read this and I hope that it is as good as I think it will be!!

2. Reborn by CC Hunter
Vampire Della takes refuge at a camp for teens with supernatural powers  who has to prove herself as an investigator and keep her life intact. I do not know how this one will be but I liked the cover so of course I had to get it right?

3. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
Budo is an imaginary friend for 8 year old Max. When something terrible happens to Max, he has to figure out what is more important, his existence of Max's happiness. This looks so adorable and touching and I know that it will be amazing (crossing my fingers!).

4. We Were Liars by E Lockhart
A group of four friends (the Liars) friendship turns destructive on a private island. There are lies upon lives in a distinguished family. I have heard sooo many things about this book and I cannot wait to see what the fuss is about!

5. Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
Penelope loses everything, including her home and family. She goes on a search to find a new home with strange creatures. She finds love and faces her mortal enemy. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS. It looks so creative and exciting.

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Top 10 Favorite Female Characters

Hello everyone!!
Today I will be ranking my top ten favorite female character up to this point! Of course this will change by next year when I read many more books!

10. Aria- Under the Never Sky

Aria from Under the Never Sky is a very interesting character. She does not have any crazy abilities or is extraordinarily gifted. However, she makes her resources and situation work. She will get through what she needs to even if she is alone and in the middle of the know where. Respect.

“Oh, this was champ. She’d found herself a Savage prince. Don’t laugh, she told herself. Don’t laugh, Aria.”

9. Juliette from Shatter Me

I love Juliette. She grew so much over the course of the series going from a self- conscious weak teenage girl to a kick ass killer. She becomes more confident in herself and her powers and I think that she represents many teenage girls who are not very confident in themselves.

“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.”  

8. Audrey from Audrey, Wait

Oh, Audrey. She is one heck of a character. I just remember reading this book and laughing out loud because she is just so funny and her situation really brings that out of her. She is a great protagonist and I had a great connection with her in the book.

“If you really want to know something about me, you should know this: I like my music loud.”  

7. Nastya from Sea of Tranquility

I think the reason I like Nastya has something to do with why I like Juilette. Nastya has had something really horrible happen to her and she is still dealing with it. However, by the end of it she realizes that yes she has gone through some bad things but she is still a human being. The book deals with some tough stuff and I think she was the perfect character to go through it.

“Call me Sunshine again, and I will murder you, cocksucker.”
 

6. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter

Who doesn't love Luna Lovegood?!?! She is strange and weird but that is definitely part of her charm. I remember reading her lines over and over because they were just so random, but perfect. I think she represents a lot in the books, but she is also a wonderful character.

“You're just as sane as I am.”  

5. America Singer

HAHA I LOVE AMERICA SINGER. I wish I could act and talk like her. Like when she knees the prince in the crotch? Classic. She does not take any crap and she will do what she wants. She also cares about her family which I really respect.

“I can’t help it." I sighed. "One can never help being born into perfection.”  

4. Taylor Markham from Jellicoe Road

This is sort of the same situation as America Singer. She is so sarcastic and funny but I think she has more depth than America. She has experienced some tough stuff but she still carries on and will help others get through their problems (Jonah).

“Go to hell," he said, but there was a desolate fear in his eyes and I couldn't look away.
"Been there. Trust me. It's so overrated.”  

3. Katy Swartz from the Lux Series

I love Katy Swartz. She is a book blogger, a vampire/ zombie lover and total nerd. She does not hide her nerdiness and is a typical teenage girl. She is also very mentally strong and can undergo some pretty tough stuff. Go Katy!

“You’re going to be grateful when the zombie apocalypse occurs and I know what to do because of my zombie fetish.”

2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

Hermione, Hermione, Hermione. This was tough one because really, Hermione and Max are tied. I remember being Hermione for Halloween in fifth grade and getting her wand in seventh. I have always wanted to be her and I think that is why I have such a love for learning. I could talk forever about Hermione so I should cut myself off.

 "I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to bed." 

1. Max- Maximum Ride

Max. Jeez. There is so much I could say about her. Let me just say that I have always wanted to be her. She is strong, physically tough, smart, caring and perfect. She doesn't take anyone's crap and is super confident. I actually have a poster of her in my room. I love her. She is perfect.
"I'm not stubborn; I'm right!"

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd