Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Top 10 Uplifting Books

Gooooooddd morning everyone! Today I will be listing some uplifting books that you should read if you are having a bad day.

10. Maximum Ride by James Patterson
9. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
8. Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
7. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
6. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E Lockhart
5. Literally any Sarah Dessen book
4. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
3. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han




Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before 

Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014 
Genre: Contemporary/ Romance 
Page Count: 288 
Age Range: 12+ 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):

This is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead write each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

My Thoughts:

To All the Boys I've Loved Before was so different than I was expecting. I know I say this all of the time but I was expecting some cheap romance that had no story line. I don't know why I thought this way but it was probably because the synopsis just lends itself to that thought. I mean, it seems like some YA book that I would have read when I was ten and loved. However, it was nothing like that. It was more of the story of Lara Jean and relationships with the people around her. This is not just boys, but her family as well. 

Lara Jean's relationship with her sisters was by far my favorite part of this book. The characters in general were the best part of the book. Jenny Han did a wonderful job building each of the characters and working them all together. Margot, Lara Jean, and Kitty are the three Song girls. They are very close but their relationship gets a bit rocky when Margot goes off to college. They have to adapt to a new environment, especially with the youngest, Kitty, getting older. Kitty was hands down my favorite character. She was funny, didn't take anyone's crap, and so young and innocent. She is the kind of kid that I always wished I was. I also really enjoyed every scene that she was in.

The three girls made this book for me. I have one sister and I am pretty close to her so reading a book that had such a huge sister bond was really refreshing and nice to read about. It had all of the fights, touching moments, and jealousies e that a sister bond definitely has.

Now I know that you are waiting to hear about the boys. Well, I liked them. They weren't mysterious and intimidating like so many YA books now have. They were down to earth and real. Pretty normal teenage guys. Jenny Han did not overdo them and make them seem to be more than they were, which I really liked. There were many boys in this book so I will not list them all, plus that would ruin the book for you. I will say that I am Team Peter all of the way. Josh was a pain who I wished would just go to England with Margot. Peter was cute and reminded me of Wesley from DUFF (loved that movie, just saying). 

Overall, this was a good read but nothing super amazing. It was a cute summer read!

Rating: ***/*
Cover Rating: eh
Recommendations:
1. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider 
2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 
3. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han 
Favorite Quotation: "You just gotta hold your head up and act like you don't give a shit"
Now, what do you think?

Sincerely, 
a Book Nerd 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

BOOKTUBEATHON 2015

You know how I have been posting recently about to-read piles and how hard it is to get rid of them? Well I have a answer to your problems. BookTube-A-Thon 2015!

If you did not participate last year then let me explain what it is. So over the course of the week, you will be challenged to fulfill a certain number of reading tasks and video tasks. Some of these include reading a book with a red cover or a book that has a movie associated with it.

BookTube-A-Thon is a great way to get a bunch of reading done and having fun with the book community. The wonderful Ariel Bissett is in charge of this event and she just made the first announcement video. You can watch that here.

So this year the event will run from August 3rd to the 9th. Once more information is released I will post it on here.

Happy reading!

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance 
 Page Count: 390 
Age Range: 12+



Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Humans and androids crowd the caucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizens with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden romance. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future. 

My Thoughts:
Hands down one of the best books I have read in the past few months (and that has been a lot). I loved every single thing about this book from the story line to the small characters. Cinder was definitely a surprise because I have avoided reading this book for years, for reasons I cannot describe.

So let me start this off by giving a synopsis in my own words. So there is this girl named Cinder. She is a cyborg. What does that mean?!?! Well, she is part human, part machine. Cyborgs are seen as outcasts in New Beijing so she is under the control of her stepmother until she can escape. While she is the ward of her stepmother, she must make a living for the family by working as a mechanic. This is where she meets Prince Kai who turns out to be much different than expected. Cinder is then sucked into a world and adventure that she never thought she would be involved in.

If you haven't picked up on it yet, Cinder is an adaptation of Cinderella. So, you can think of this book as a mix between Star Wars, the Terminator, and Cinderella. There is intergalactic warfare, an intimidating villain, and an unexpected romance. What I liked about this book is that even though it was similar to Cinderella, it was not the same exact thing. The use of science fiction made this book so much more intense and suspenseful.

Cinder and Prince Kai were so cute. Like I wanted to be Cinder every time they were together. I knew that there would be something between them because come on, but it was the way that it unfolded that kept me reading. Prince Kai liked Cinder for who she was not what she looked like. I loved reading about Kai as well. He had to see his father die and then realize that he was not the Emperor. He had a country filled with epidemic victims as well as a pending war with Luna, the country on the moon. Speaking of, the Luna aspect of the book was so cool to read. The citizens of Luna have special talents and powers unlike the people of Earth, so they can be seen as a problem for Earth.

Overall, this book was AMAZING x 100000. If you have not read it yet than you are obviously crazy (don't worry, this was me forever).

Rating: ************************* (that's like a lot)
Cover Rating: I could marry this cover
Recommendations:
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
2. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Favorite Quotations: "Even in the future the story begins with Once Upon A Time"


Now, what do you think?

Sincerely.
a Book Nerd

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Top 10 book still on my To-Read Pile

Good morning fellow readers! So my top 10 today will be the books that have been in my To-Read Pile for about a million years. I just haven't had the chance to read them, or just was never in the mood for them. So comment/ email me to let me know which ones I should read first!

10. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini. I think I have to be in a certain mood for this one.
9. Mortal Heart  by Robin Lefevers. Reading this book requires me to read the whole series over again and I ain't got the time for that.
8. Zodiac by Romana Russell. I have heard some talk about this book and I cannot decide if it was good or bad.... We shall see I guess.
7. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart. I just haven't gotten to it yet. Whoops.
6. Lost Empire by Clive Cussler. I have to be in a certain mood to read Clive Cussler.
5. Love In the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block. I love the cover but it was not enough for me to read it right away.
4. Enemy by Charlie Higgins. I am halfway through this one, but I cant finish it. I will someday (I hope).
3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. It is so big. And intimating.
2. Emma by Jane Austen. I have had this book on the same shelf for four years. I know. It is really bad. I just haven't been able to read the first page. AHH
1. Cinder by Melissa Meyer. I cannot wait to read this one. I have said this for about two years now. Ah, well. I will get there eventually.

What's on your To- Read pile?

Sincerely.
a Book Nerd

Monday, July 13, 2015

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige



Title: Dorothy Must Die 
Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: HarperCollins 
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Genre: Fantasy 
Page Count: 452 
Age Range: 13+ 



Synopsis (from Goodreads):

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado- taking you with it- you have no choice but to go along, you know? 
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow  and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road- but even that's crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy. 
They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. 
My name is Amy Gumm- and I'm the other girl from Kansas. 
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. 
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission. 

My Thoughts: 
I love the Wizard of Oz. I have loved it since I saw it the first time when I was three years old and received an Oz play set the same year. So, when I first saw this book in Barnes and Noble I was very hesitant towards reading it because I was scared it would warp my thoughts on the original. I finally picked it up about two weeks ago because I had a coupon (I know, bad excuse). But let me tell you I am 150% happy with my decision. Dorothy Must Die was one of the best adaptations of a book I have ever read. I loved the beginning, the middle, and the end. Each and every character was thought out in the context of the book and the original.

So the book takes place after Dorothy. She has already saved Oz from the Wicked Witch of the West and is best friends with the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion. The book begins with Amy Gumm, a loner who never fit in in Kansas. When she is swept away in a tornado and finds herself in Oz, she must adapt to her new environment and grow as a person. What she finds in Oz is so much different than what she remembers from the stories. Dorothy is supposed to be an innocent, sweet girl in a blue checkered dress. Yes, she may still be wearing the checkered dress but she is far from innocent and sweet. She has taken control of Oz, with the help of her friends, and is sucking the magic right out of the ground. Amy is taken in by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked with one task: kill Dorothy.

Sounds amazing right?!?! Well it was. We never got an epilogue to the Wizard of Oz, so we never knew what happened to the characters as well as Oz itself. This book takes a little bit of a turn by casting Dorothy and her friends in a negative light. Paige is also using this to question the definition of  "Wicked" and "Good" and what it takes to become either one. Remember Glinda the Good Witch? Well she is not so good anymore, and her twin sister Glamoura (the "Wicked" one) is now looking to help Oz.

I really liked Amy. She started off as a whiny, helpless girl from Kansas. Throughout the story, she was thrown into situations that she was never in before and had to learn. She started to use magic, and realized that this is where she belonged, helping the people of Oz.I also loved the secondary characters. Mombi, Nox, and Glamoura were the best sidekicks, but they each had their own problems. Nothing in Oz is ever as it seems.

Overall, this book was a huge surprise for me. I thought it would ruin my thoughts about the original story but it just made me appreciate it more. Go read it.
 (please)

Rating: *****
Cover Rating: Perfect.
Recommendations:
1. Cinder by Melissa Meyer
2. The Selection by Kiera Cass
3. Insanity by Cameron Jace
Favorite Quotations: "What have I done to make them think I was a potential teen girl assassin?"


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely.
a Book Nerd

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Shadowhunters Information!

ARE YOU READY FOR THE SHADOWHUNTERS TV SHOW?!?!? I AM!

Although the show is still in production, it will be ready to be seen in 2016. They are currently filming in Toronto with a pretty kick ass cast. They also just launched the website for the show which can be seen here.

I found some pretty awesome pictures on twitter and just all over the internet that I wanted to show you all and also the cast list, so get ready!

Cast List:

Clary Fray.........................Katherine McNamara
Jace Wayland....................Dominic Sherwood
Simon Lewis.....................Alberto Rosende
Isabelle Lightwood ..........Emeraude Toubia
Alec Lightwood................Matthew Daddario
Magnus Bane....................Harry Shum Jr.
Luke Garroway.................Isaiah Mustafa
Valentine Morgenstern .... Alan Van Srang
Hodge Starkweather.........John Cor

Awesome Pictures:


Weapons Room (WorkPrint) 
Clary and Jace (Cassandra Clare Twitter) 













Hodge, Clary, Jace (Kat's Twitter) 

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, July 6, 2015

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman



Title: Seraphina
Author:Rachel Hartman
Publisher: Random House Books 
Publication Date:July 1 2012 
Genre:Fantasy 
Page Count: 499 
Age Range: 12+



Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. 
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered- in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. while they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace,Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life. 

My Thoughts:

This book was so freakin cool. This is the kind of book that reminds me why I read. I read to take myself out of my life and put myself into crazy worlds that show me that there is magic and amazing things (like dragon). Rachel Hartman did exactly that. This dragon world was so well written that I thought I was actually Seraphina dealing with all of the problems that came her way.

So this book revolves around a girl named Seraphina who is half dragon, half human. So this means that she has some scales on her body, where no one can see. However, she is plagued with her mother's old memories (dragons pass down memories). Since she is part human she cannot handle these by herself or they would kill her. So, with the help of her dragon uncle, she sets up this imaginary world all in her head in the form of a garden. When she gets a headache from these memories she tends to her garden to make them go away. This was so cool to read. Each character in the garden had different traits that Seraphina had to deal with and help. I think this was one of the coolest parts of this book.

I also have to say that the dragon treaty was interesting as well. This treaty has been in place for forty years and in the novel the anniversary is just around the corner. But, an important person from the royal family is murdered, so dragons are eyed suspiciously again. The politics between the humans and dragons were complex and even more so after forty years. Seraphina gets thrust into this when she starts to help Prince Kiggs figure out what happened to the prince who was murdered. She gets close to Kiggs and his fiance and cousin.

 Before all of this happened, Seraphina was practically alone, scared to get close to anyone and have them find out her secret. However, this starts to change once she becomes part of the court. She finally realizes that she can have friends and enjoy her life instead of thinking she was a prisoner. She has a family inside of her uncle and father, and friends with Kiggs and his cousin. I loved reading her development throughout the novel because it reminded me that it is fine to spread your wings even if you may have a secret that can scare people away. You just have to show them that you are more than the secret, like Seraphina did.

Overall, this book was totally worth reading for the world that you are put into and the characters that keep you reading. If you were a fan of Eragon or Inkheart, you will love this one.


Rating: ****
Cover Rating: I LOVE IT
Recommendations:
1. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
2. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Favorite Quote: "I cannot perch among those who think I am broken"


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Top 10 Tearjerkers

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! So who is excited for another top 10? ME! So this week I will be ranking the top 10 books that made me '

10. Some Girls Are. Of course I picked this one to be the first book by Courtney Summers that I have read. Bad idea by me.
9. Charlie St. Cloud. You pair this book with the great movie and bah bam! Perfect match.
8. I'll Give You the Sun. Man this book was amazing and also made me cry all of my tears. Thanks Jandy Nelson.
7. The Impossible Knife of Memory. Wasn't a huge huge fan of the book but man it was brought out the tears.
6. The Fault In Our Stars. John Green. The end.
5. Looking For Alaska. I think John Green has a special talent for writing tearjerkers. I think I have cried over every single one of his books.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I don't think I even need to say anything about this one. I mean, come on.
3. Jellicoe Road. After reading this book like five million times, you would think that it would not be so bad, but every freaking time. It's a killer.
2. If I Stay. Both the book and the movie had me crying sooo much. The end of the book was killer.
1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Please, when Dumbledore dies I wanted to die as well. I was drowning in my own tear.

Sincerely.
a Book Nerd