Saturday, August 31, 2013

Giveaway: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter (US)

I've loved this book for years and years, and now, as the series is coming to an end, I thought it would be nice to hold my first-ever giveaway featuring one of my favorite books.

If you're new to my blog, I have to apologize upfront for the mouthful that is my blog name. Easy isn't fun, right?

This giveaway will run for 30 days and one winner will be chosen within the UNITED STATES only as a winner. I will email you if you win, so make sure to leave your email address on the free entry!

This copy actually comes from my personal shelf, but the book is in mint condition (I treat all of my books very well). It came to happen that I had two copies of the book, so I'm giving one away instead of selling it!

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Good luck!

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Book Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.  She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.
Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her.  Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit.  But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth:  Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.   
Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening.  And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…
As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “The Vittra Attacks,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

This book was much, much better than I was expecting, after not having read it from years of adversion. I'd originally seen this book as one of those 99 cent ebooks on Amazon, not knowing that it eventually had been published into a physical book. Because of that, I didn't know if I wanted to read it. I've read plenty of self-published books that make me know instantly why a publisher didn't want it. But, finally, I felt like I was in the mood for just that- a book that relieved my stress from my workload and life in general. It was an easy and quick story that didn't require too much thought from the reader's side. However, it was captivating. However, it was a book that I did need to be in the mood for.
Character time! Let's talk about Finn, the more than slightly creepy love interest! Now, creepy dudes keep showing up so often now in YA books that I got quite desensitized to them. Fictionally, of course. If this actually happened, I would have no problem running and screaming. I did grow to like, Finn, though, as much as I tried to not. His character made it to middle ground for me. I don't hate him- yet. Though the age difference made the creepy-ness worse. She was sixteen and he was nineteen. As in, a college freshman dating a high school sophmore. Eww. 
Wendy's brother, Matt, I was a bit iffy on. At first, I liked him, but then he had this weird, possessive outburst on Wendy and Finn that was borderline abusive. Weird. 
Wendy didn't really stand up for herself. Like ever. She'd be an all right heroine, but then suddenly she'd be back to the girl who just sat there (cough Bella remake anyone cough). Though I was glad that Wendy felt bad about the whole Changeling thing just to steal their money. That family didn't need anything else to deal with. Wendy did have an emotion for about 2.5 seconds, don't worry. But instead of fighting it, she just kind of went with it. "Stealing? Eh, whatever. I heart you, Finn, don't worry." Accurate, let me tell you.
If you don't mind insta-love, than this book is for you. Now, you have to keep in mind, though, that this book was published by the author herself, selling it for like 99 cents originally. I got it for free from the library, don't worry. I do have Wake on my Kindle, which does seem like a better series by Amanda Hocking. 
All in all, this wasn't that bad of a book, you just had to be in the mood for a book that was bland and took no mentally capacity. It was still a good read in my mind and I'll most likely pick up the sequel, Torn.
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Vampire Academy, Divergent, and More: Movie News!

Let the rebellion begin, tributes! Natalie Dormer has been cast as Cressida in Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, the final book in The Hunger Games Trilogy. Cressida is a former Capitol citizen who joins the rebellion and is by Katniss's side, filming her for Plutarch. Cressida has a shaved head, so I'm curious to see if the actress with chop it all off. She also stars in 'Game of Thrones' as the character Margaery Tyrell.

A Vampire Academy trailer was released not too long ago as well. There are six books in the series; the author is Richelle Mead. As having read the books, I'm still not sure what to think of their protrayal, but I guess I'll have to read them again (and naturally, write a review). You can watch the trailer here:

A thirteen second teaser was released for Divergent by Veronica Roth on August 22nd, and on August 25th, there is supposed to be 'something big' coming for the fans. I'm assuming it is the full trailer. Once the trailer or whatever-it-is is released, I will edit this post and add it on.

And now the full trailer:

Speaking of Shailene Woodley, John Green, the author of The Fault in Our Stars, recently had an interview with People magazine and disclosed information about what he thought about the auditions for the roles of Augustus (Ansel Elgort) and Hazel (Shailene Woodley). He gave advice for beginner writers, books that influence him to write, and which scene from TFiOS will be his favorite to see on-screen. Here is the entire transcript of his live chat. John Green is heading out to Pittsburgh for the first day of filming, which is August 26th. Green is also going to have a cameo in the movie. Shaliene Woodley has chopped her hair off for the role of Hazel as well.

I've come across quite a few people who have yet to see the full-length trailer for Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, so here it is. A Victor Banner was released for promotion for the November release, which is posted below the trailer.

In case you haven't heard, Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman for the new 'Man of Steel' sequel.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was released on Wednesday, but I have yet to see it (don't panic, I've made plans to see it this Saturday). I think once that happens, I'll do a duo review for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and City of Bones. The sequel is set to start filming soon.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak has a trailer! Watch it below.

Stephenie Meyer is 'over' Twilight, but I don't blame her. I just want her to write the sequel for The Host.

As you can probably tell, there is even more book-to-movie news than just this, but I feel if I posted all of it this post would go on for a mile. If you want to stay updated, I highly recommend following @PagetoPremiere on Twitter or keep tabs on their website,

That's it!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

I love John Green. As an avid Nerdfighter and lover of Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, and An Abundance of Katherines, I think he's awesome. I've been putting this book off for a while now, though. I've been told that it wasn't as good as TFiOS or LfA, so I didn't really want to read it right away. However, I'm glad that I have, as it is an excellent novel that didn't let me down.

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

One of the main things I love about John Green is how dynamic his novels are. Sure, the plots can be repetitive (Seemingly normal adventure where the protagonist goes on a spirtual/physical journey-for instance, breaking into Sea World.) However, they still manage to capture my attention. This novel is sprinkled throughout with Green's ideals and thoughts, but smoothly covering them up with a more boyish/clever comment.

I felt like the main character, Q, was a bit obsessive over Margo, but I think Margo wanted him to be that way. She wanted to be the main mystery in his life. That was what kept her originality intact- the fact that she wasn't there to change his view.

I liked how the image of how we see people was woven in. Quentin sees Margo as this elegant, mysterious girl, like she's a painting from the 1400s who's painter died just seconds after completing his masterpiece, never able to explain it. It's up to Quentin to discover that Margo isn't such a big mystery after all. She's just a girl. That's another thing that is often over-dramatized in books. All of the characters have this big, complex character developments and defining moments, but think about it- are you a 'complex' character? Are you making huge revelations day by day, accompanied by snarky comments to "flaunt" your personality? No. We're people, and authors sometimes forget who humans are at there essence. We're simple with layers that have accompanied us through the thick and the thin. Our layers don't disappear or change us. They stay through everything.

Even we ourselves see ourselves differently than we are at our core. Does thinking that we're smart and doing "smart" things make us smart? Does partying make us careless? Our actions are supposed to define us, but do they really? Or is it just something in the heat of the moment, something that gets us swept up into the moment. It's like doing something because all of your friends like it and not all of that has bad consequences. An intellectual television show to a raging party. Both of those situtations make me wonder if the person likes it just because they actually enjoy it or how society will perceive it. They could think they like it and not actually know. I know a fair few amount of people who won't like a simple funny or light movie/book just because it's not "cool" because "they're too intellectual for that".

Overall, it was a very good novel that would allow the reader to take from it whatever they wanted. Obviously, I got onto a psychological-society rage, and I'm slightly sorry. (Only slightly, I'm still glad my opinion is out there and being read by my cat and my cat alone.) I was pleasantly surprised by the book, though. If you haven't heard of John Green, you should definitely pick up any of his books (the three mentioned in the intro and the one this review is over) and also go to his YouTube channel and join his million other lovers.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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