Everybody should believe in something. I believe I'll read another chapter.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

I DNF Rules of Summer

NOTE: I got this as an ARC but I started reading it after it was published but stopped reading it more than 100 pages in. (I'm trying to read books I will enjoy so it's not necessarily this book's fault.)

Okay at TAB in maybe April or May, I got this book called Rules of Summer. It's about this poor girl named Rory who becomes the errand girl for this rich family named the Rules. There's a girl Rory's aged named Isabel, who's "troubled" and spent the school year in California because she accidentally set the house on fire.

But here is why I DNFed it.

1. Isabel is a bitch and it was in her 3rd person limited POV so I was like SCREW THIS I'M DONE. To explain, the book was like 2-POVs but in the third person limited so I would have to deal with her annoying, pretentious, hypocritical, poor-little-rich-girl tone for the rest of the book and I just couldn't. I can't.

2. It was kind of an obvious plot. Like Isabel will fall for the poor boy who's name I've already forgotten and then she'll ask Rory to be an accomplice but when Rory falls for Isabel's brother (Connor?) then Isabel will get all pissy with Rory and I don't feel like reading it.

3. It wasn't... interesting. I try not to publicize my hate for certain books, but the writing didn't do anything for me. I wasn't motivated by the characters (I mean, I wanted Rory and Connor together but not at the expense of dealing with Isabel) or the plot and it wasn't funny or cute or romantic just kind of bland. And I felt like I was supposed to feel pity for Isabel but I was just like "Shut up Isabel leave the book" the entire time.

But yeah. Hopefully I will find a book I do enjoy soon!



Thursday, August 29, 2013

ARC Review: Bright Before Sunrise

NOTE: This book comes out February 18, 2014 (which is the day before my birthday, FYI!)

Greetings! Today I am reviewing the book Bright Before Sunrise (fun fact I am the third person to rate the book) by Tiffany Schmidt. If that name sounds familiar, her book Send Me a Sign was the first book I ever reviewed on here.

As you can tell from the gif, I really enjoyed her debut. And when I found out that she had a new book coming out, I practically begged the children's buyer at the Boulder Book Store to get me a copy. And SHE DID! VICTORY!

And I was not disappointed. I got the book and then I read it in 2 hours (just like how I read her first one). I've already re-read parts of it a couple times because that's how good it is.

But if you need some convincing, here are the reasons I loved it.

Two Point-of-Views. Between guy and a girl. Who are love interests. Who both had really interesting and fun voices. *Swoons*

The story was well-done. For a book that takes place over less than a day, this book really flowed well. I never felt overwhelmed or confused I was just really en-rapt with the story and I just kept needing more and more. And the ROMANCE. Oh god I will never forgive Schmidt for doing that to me and my feels.

The banter. Like I kind of mentioned in the first point, the voices of the characters on their own was pretty fantastic. But when you put Jonah and Brighton together I mean YOU COULD FEEL THE SEXUAL TENSION EMANATING OFF THE PAGE.

Oh, and I read the dedications and I fangirled when I read that Emily Hainsworth was "Team Jonah" because THAT IS AWESOME YES WHOOHOO AUTHORS THAT ARE AWESOME SHOULD ALWAYS DO AUTHOR STUFF AND OTHER STUFF WITH OTHER AWESOME AUTHORS.

I should probably calm down.

But yes, if 2014 ever arrives then I definitely recommend reading this book. 4 snaps and three twists.

Until later!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Review: A Really Awesome Mess

NOTE: Yay! A book review!

So this book is called A Really Awesome Mess, and I saw it on recommendation at the bookstore. I decided to get it because I like YA books about messed-up people fixing themselves. (It's about two teens who have to go to reform school for their respective issues.)

And guess what?

I liked this book! I love it when that happens.

Here is why:

The characters were quirky and awesome. While all of them got a bit whiny at some part, they each stood out to me. And with an ensemble-thing going on, that's very important. Plus I really liked their journeys.

Two point-of-views are the bomb diggity. I think it rounds out a story, and it was written by two different authors (Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin) and I think they did a great job of capturing the characters.

Me when I noticed this book has 2 POVs.
It was both funny and real. Cook and Halpin did a great job of telling this story and its evolution of their characters was really fun to read.

I give this book 45/51 pigs. Because that part was fun as hell to read.



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Why I'm Not Excited For The TFIOS Movie

NOTE: I'm speaking as a nerdfighter and avid-reader of John Green's books.

I am like most people when a really-well-done book is coming out as a movie. I require three things.

-Totally accurate to every finite detail. Hell, if you need to take three hours to make it, then TAKE THREE HOURS NERDFIGHTERS OR ANY BOOK FANDOM ARE DEDICATED WE WILL WATCH IT ALL.

-Completely accurate casting. I want EXACTLY who I imagined in my head to play them. Create them with robots.

-I want the author to be involved and support everything honestly. If one thing was off, I want them to write a f-king monologue about why that is not okay and how they should've fixed it.

I'm not excited because I don't feel like who they have for Hazel and Augustus (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort respectively) are right for the roles. I mean, I saw an interview with Woodley where when they asked her about the nerdfighter signal (I think??) and if she knew what it was, she just totally beat around the bush until she kind of admitted she had no clue what it was or how to do it.

I was not amused.

And Elgort looks NOTHING LIKE AUGUSTUS HOLY SHIT. I was like "who the hell are you and what are you doing with the role of Gus?"

I am with the rest of Tumblr. THIS GUY is Augustus Waters.


But, all this being said, I am probably going to see the movie in theaters wearing my "Okay? Okay." t-shirt and will probably be sobbing and all that shit.

Because, honestly, it's pretty rare to the let authors be involved in their book's movie being made. And, if John Green approves that's like half-enough for me. The other half is up to me when I see it opening day in 2014.



Saturday, August 17, 2013

My GoodReads To-Read List

NOTE: Long as hell post because I have no posted in forever and I feel bad

So, I have a GoodReads because reasons (namely books and people who like them). And I have a huge list of books I want "to read" so I decided I would relay them to you and why I want to read them.

Something Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

It apparently has "real" characters and a "painfully funny world", so it sounds really interesting. And I really like the premise of it, so I want to read it soon.

The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley

I am a sucker for a romance story featuring a girl-falls-for-her-brother's-best-friend kinda thing (which is why I ship Monica and Chandler so hard). And there is also awesome-sounding drama so I kinda definitely want to read this.

Trust Me by Rachel Hawthorne

I am also a sucker for hate-turns-to-love relationships. And this book features this heavily. It also has a bit of a camp-twist, so it sounds like a fun read.

Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita

I have an author crush on Calonita because her characters are really awesome. And this summer-camp premise sounds like a lot of fun to read with its own smatterings of Drama-Rama.

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

Say what you want to about about Mean Girls but it's fucking accurate. Hell, I even read some of the book Wiseman wrote originally even though Tina Fey ADDED ALL THE PLOT HERSELF. But I'm intrigued to see what Wiseman will do with a plot so I want to read it.

Major Crush by Jennifer Echols

HECK YES HATE-TURNS-TO-LOVE AGAIN. It also features band geeks who are known for being sexuals. (Even though the band geeks at my school and I have a mutual hatred haha, I still want to read it).

Outcast by Adrienne Kress

Kress has such a great writing style that I enjoyed in The Friday Society. And the premise seems like it will be an awesome story with some quirky-ness so I am excited to read it.

Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn

It just sounds like an interesting, realistic love story with also a moral (maybe?) about learning how to love yourself.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is my favorite book, in no small part to Levithan's half. I really like his voice and this book sounds like a really interesting story about love and friendship so excitement.

Taste Test by Kelly Fiore

I am going to read this book and then write the blog post on the Bookstore's blog for reasons that will be stated on there. I actually have this as an ARC so I can read it whenever but I haven't gotten around to it yet because Interning and life and stuff.

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

Romance novels are my kryptonite. Especially if they're by Higgins. She has such a great voice that is sassy and sarcastic. So I'm excited to read this one.

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

I actually am not sure why I want to read this book all I know is I want to and I'm magnetically drawn to it like science.

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

It sounds like a really interesting premise and I really like Echols' writing style. Luckily, I have an ARC of this as well so VICTORY!

Of Neptune by Anna Banks

I have actually met Banks and she is just as sassy as her books are so I cannot wait to read the third one in her series! (And I've already read #1 and #2 so NATURAL PROGRESSION)

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

I love Eulberg and her writing style and this book sounds really good and stuff so 2014 COME QUICKLY PLEASE.

Goldfish by Kody Keplinger

Keplinger is a huge inspiration and I love her writing style and voice and this book sounds really interesting so I'm excited to read it!

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

I have heard great things about this book so I am going to READ IT.

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

I haven't read her other books but this one sounds really interesting. And I've read an online-excerpt on her site and it continued to be interesting.

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

This sounds really interesting and I really like books that kind of tell a journey of someone dealing with a disease and coming to terms with death/love/and stuff.

The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb

Something about this book makes me want to read it so therefore I will read it.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I have ALSO met this author and she is just as awesome as her books. So I am really excited for this third book.

The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer

Colfer is my spirit animal, and I have enjoyed all his books so far and I JUST BOUGHT THIS ONE TODAY SO VICTORY DANCE.

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford (name sound familiar)

It sounds like an interesting love story and I love war stories so I'm excited to read this one.

Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown

As a junior in high school, I apparently have to start being an "adult" (whatever that means) and this book seems like it could help.

But yes. I will try to read all these. Yay goals!

Sorry, again, I haven't been on much. But I promise to read more when school starts!