Saturday, 31 October 2015

Bookish Halloween



I was always that child who was so excited about Halloween because I could finally get to be my very favourite characters from the books I loved so much. I'm pretty sure half the time the other kids had no idea who I was, but I didn't care. So I thought I would take a look back this Halloween and talk about some of my very favourite bookish Halloween costumes from when I was a kid!

Sadly I don't have any pictures because all they were pretty much all physical photos and I don't have any of those with me! So here it goes!

1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

I was absolutely obsessed with Harry Potter when I was little and Hermione was my favourite! (this sentence is still true now). When I was in grade 2 (8 years old) I finally got to dress up as my favourite little witch! The night before I braided my hair while it was still wet, and when I took the braids out I had quite a nice bushy hair do! My mom had sewn a robe for me and I borrowed a tie from my brother and was all set! (I know I have a pic of this- when I go home next I'll find it so I can add it!) Until then her is little Hermione-

2. Trixie Belden (from the Trixie Belden mystery series)

A friend of mine actually dressed up as Honey Wheeler at the same time as me which was a blast! We had both read the books and loved the girls! We bought red sweaters from the thrift store and pinned the club logo on the back. We both wore wigs (I had a short blonde one and she had a long blonde one) which were so itchy! But it was a super fun and super simple costume




3. Anne Shirley (from the Anne of Green Gables series)

Anne was my FAVOURITE person when I was little, I read all the books multiple times so naturally I dressed up as Anne more than once! My mom sewed a cute little dress (she made most of our Halloween costumes - thanks Mom!), I wore my white socks and black shoes. My hair was in the classic two braids and we used a coloured hairspray to colour it a bright red colour. (It was not realistic at all- it was like a fire engine red!). I was the happiest little girl when I got to dress as Anne!



What about you? Did you ever dress up as a bookish Halloween character? Tell me in the comments!




Thursday, 29 October 2015

Torn Away

Torn Away



By:  Jennifer Brown
Published: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley |Thank you!|
My Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis

Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the weather is sure to keep you guessing. Jersey knows what to do when the tornado sirens sound. But she never could have prepared for this. (more on Goodreads)


My Thoughts

This book was a super interesting read to me. I live in a place that doesn't have tornadoes and usually the only sort of crazy weather we have to deal with is snow storms and flooding once every ten years. So reading about a life where the weather is such a worry opened my eyes a lot! I don't exactly know a lot about tornadoes but it seemed like the size and destruction was a little far fetched- again that could just be because I have NO idea what tornadoes are like!

This book was such an emotional book! It had me in tears and just aching for Jersey, I can't even imagine the pain of what she went through. I definitely connected with her right away and went through so many emotions- just like she did! I was sad and devastated and angry and worried and it was just so much at times! One time I was reading while I waited for class to start and I had to stop because if I started crying in the middle of ochem that would have been bad! 

At the same time I definitely could have used MORE! This book felt super short to me and 
it ended way to use. I really liked Jersey and I wanted to see more of her, especially in her life towards the end of the book. I loved those characters so much and I wanted to see more of them growing together and healing along with each other! But man that last scene made me bawl- it was just so emotional (in an amazing, lovely way!)

So I would definitely recommend this book to people who like contemporary reads, shorter books or books that pull at your heart strings!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Carnelian

By:  B. Kristin McMichael 
Published: January 9th, 2014
Publisher: Lexia Press
Source: Netgalley |Thank you Lexia Press!|
My Rating: 3 out of 5

Synopsis

Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t as long ago as Seth Sangre. His past is literally thousands of years ago. Seth’s life led him to the present seeking something that might help him save his country from destruction. He has been in the present for over three years now and just found exactly what he has been looking for.

Mari had dreams that college will be a fresh start, one where she would start over and not fall for the good looking player like high school. Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly what ends up falling into her lap on the first day she moves into the dorms. Now she has to hold to her promise to herself and not fall for the handsome Seth. (more from Goodreads)




My Thoughts

First off- the cover on this book is so pretty! Those colours work so well together and it definitely draws your eyes to the cover. 

I found that the writing was a bit slow and stilted feeling at first. As I read more the flow definitely picked up but it still was just a little but odd. The biggest thing I noticed was that a lot of the time the same information was repeated several times. That's not necessarily a problem but it happened over and over again, which got old very fast. There were definitely  moments when the writing could have been simplified to get the message across better, instead of the same thing being said five sentences in a row. 

That being said there were things that I enjoyed about this book. The premise really intrigued me but at the same time I wasn't really sure what to expect from it. One of the things that I really liked about it was that it was set in a university setting, which is something you don't always see. I thought that Mari was a fairly realistic character and was pretty happy with how her and the college students where portrayed. As someone who is in her third year of university I can definitely say that Mari and Sim and the others are realistic college students. A lot of the time my biggest pet peeve is how easy they make university seem, but with Mari's homework and Sim's tiredness/hatred of mornings, this was definitely not the case! 

At times I felt that there could have been more details, or more development of the characters and stories. There were definitely things that I wanted to know more about but never really got the answers to. It was a fairly short novel and so maybe there just wasn't time in the number of pages to add more depth. However, the characters and plot that there was made me want to keep reading. I genuinely wanted to know what happened to the characters and to figure out what just what was going to happen! I think that the uniqueness of the story-line and all the aspects of the book were what drew me in- I just wish that there had been more! 

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quicker read, who like time-travel stories or stories set in a realistic university setting!


Friday, 16 October 2015

12 of My Favourite Covers

Pretty covers



Since there have been a whole bunch of new cover reveals in the last few weeks I thought I would share some of my all time favourite covers! Some of these have been published for a few years, some are cover redesigns, some are just published and some are yet to come! 

(Looking at all these covers has made me realize that I definitely have a type! Can you say blue?!)





Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
A Madness so Discreet- by Mindy McGinnis



The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Walk on Earth A Stranger- by Rae Carson
Vango by Timothée de Fombelle






A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Magonia- by  Maria Dahvana Headley
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein





Throne of Glass- Sarah J. Maas
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Crown of Embers by Rae Carson





Saturday, 10 October 2015

Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight


By: Sarah J. Maas
Published: August 27th, 2013
Source: Bought
My Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil. (more on Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I originally was planning on waiting until all the books in this series were out before I started reading them all. I knew right away after reading Throne of Glass (review here) that I would LOVE this series and would want to be able to read them all in a row, right away. However I lost patience and decided to just go for it! And boy was I glad that I did! 

Throne of Glass was a fabulous book and Crown of Midnight was even better! All the characters were introduced to us already and the world was set up so in Crown of Midnight we really got to see more of the characters and their lives (compared to Throne of Glass). One of my favourite things about this series is the characters; sweet, strong Nehemia, willful, girly Celaena, handsome and kind Chaol and intelligent, conflicted Dorian. All of them bring so much to the story and I just absolutely loved getting to know them more, and see more of their personalities. 

The best thing for me was seeing Celaena get to live a more normal life, running for fun with Chaol, eating breakfast in bed with Nehemia- I LOVED it all. I could read a whole series on these characters just living their everyday lives without drama. This book was in two parts and Part One was a favourite of mine because of all the character development and storylines with them. I definitely love Celaena and Chaol and was so happy that they got to spend time together and getting to see them living more normally was amazing. 

However, this book really brought the drama! Oh man. That's all I can say without spoiling things but it was crazy good. Part Two really was the start of the crazy, crazy drama.  Sarah J. Maas has an amazing ability to spin together characters and intricate story lines, full of details and little connections. There were so many twist and turns in this book, that I definitely did not see coming which I enjoyed. Predictable books can be a bit boring. Crown of Midnight was anything but boring. I had to force myself to put down the book at night because I knew I had class early the next morning. After Throne of Glass I wasn't sure if things could get any better, but I was definitely wrong, Sarah J. Maas has definitely elevated the world of high fantasy to new levels!

I would DEFINITELY recommend this series to everyone! Especially is you love high fantasy, princesses and royal kingdom stories, realistic warrior women and amazing characters and plots!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

October TBR

October TBR


It's a few days into October and I thought I'd share the books that I plan on reading this month! October is the start of midterms and essay craziness so I tried to be realistic with my goals this month. So first off are the three books that I am planning on ready for sure:



1. Crown of Midnight- by Sarah J. Mass

Book Two of the Throne of Glass series, I'm actually about half way through this book at the moment and I've been enjoying it a lot!

2. Heir of Fire- by Sarah J. Mass

Book Three of The Throne of Glass series, its pretty big so hopefully I'll be able to read it all (but still concentrate on schoolwork!)

3. The Heir- by Kiera Cass

I actually started reading this during the summer but I put it aside because I just felt like it was the perfect book to read during the school year. 

Bonus: The Silkworm- by Robert Galbraith

This one is just a little bonus, that I'll read if I somehow manage to finish the others before October is finished. If that doesn't happen then it'll just be the first book on my November TBR!

School Reading: 

As an added bonus, the following are the books  that I will be reading for class this month:


Innovation Generation- by Roberta Ness (for my Creativity class)
The Origin of Species- By Charles Darwin (for my class on Charles Darwin)
I live in the future and here's how it works- by Nick Bilton (for my Creativity class)