Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters #1) by Juliet Marillier

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Release Date: March 4, 2001
Publisher: Tor Books  
Source: Library 
Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment.

But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift-by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever.

When Sorcha is kidnapped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land, she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers, and a love that comes only once. Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task, but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries, and love is the strongest magic of them all...
I am a huge fantasy fan. Ever since Harry Potter came into my life, I've been addicted to all sorts of different worlds and creatures. Like many fantasy lovers, finding a great fantasy book can be hard. Some books can seem repetitive or just aren't up to par with the likes of The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. After Keertana loved Daughter of the Forest, I knew I had to read it. Not only is this book a fantasy book but it's also a re-telling, two things I absolutely love. Daughter of the Forest is one of the best fantasy books I've read in a long, long time and I know that it has become a favorite. The writing is beautiful, the protagonist is one I loved to pieces and every other element was fantastic. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Last Four Years

**I decided to take a break from blogging as soon as school let out so this is actually being posted today, on the 17th!**

This post is scheduled to be posted at 12 AM on Saturday, June 8, 2013 and at about 7:30, I'll be getting ready to graduate from high school. For some of you, it might not seem like a big deal and you're probably thinking that it's weird that I'm talking about it on here.

But the last four years have been very important for this blog. My graduation marks the official end to my high school days. The end of high school marks this weird time in my blogging career as well: I started this blog as a freshman in high school, about 17 days in to it actually, and now that high school is ending, it's ending this moment in my life and well, a moment in my blogging as well.

Honestly, I've changed drastically since freshman year and while it's not as evident unless you've known me for that long, I think the changes are evident in my posts.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyers
Release Date: February 5, 2013 
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends 
Source: Library
The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Currently listening to: Tiptoe by Imagine Dragons 

**Spoilers have been whited out. Highlight to read spoilers!**
After disliking Cinder as much as I did, I was skeptical about Scarlet but I was assured that it would get better so I took a chance. Boy am I glad I did. Scarlet was an utterly addicting read with a snarky, strong willed protagonist, a sexy boy boy companion, and a plot that I actually liked. There were some issues with Scarlet, some bigger than others, but overall, I enjoyed reading Scarlet and I found that I didn't want to put this book down!

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 3, 2012 
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 
Source: Library 
Humans and androids crowd the raucous 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 citizen 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 attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
The cover and synopsis of Cinder had me entranced. A futuristic sic-fi re-telling of Cinderella? Yes, please! Sadly, I wasn't happy with this book at all. While I enjoyed certain aspects, like the characters, it wasn't enough for me to love this book. I do have Scarlet, the second book in the quartet on hand and I'm hoping it's better.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

What’s True in a REAL Teen’s Life: The Bad Boy and The Nice Guy

**This was originally written a year ago and I've added to it!** 
DISCLAIMER: This is not the reality for ALL teens. There are just MY observations and MY opinions. Here are the realities (for ME anyways) when it comes to these clichés:

The Bad Boys and The Nice Guy

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Review: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
Release Date: June 4, 2013 
Publisher: Little, Brown 
Source: Publisher for Review via Netgalley 
Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man-death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity.

Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.

Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.

When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harajuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.
I wanted to love this book so much. I began this book almost three weeks ago and I just finished it yesterday. It took me forever to like the book enough to finish and even though the middle of the book got considerably better, I’m not the biggest fan of When You Were Here. I loved Daisy Whitney’s previous two books but I wasn’t able to care for the characters in this book as much as I had hoped to.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Hyped Up vs. Underrated Books

I have a confession to make: When it comes to reading hyped up books vs. underrated books (or books not as known), I tend to be more critical of the hyped books.

I know, I know. As much as I try not to have opinions on books I have yet to read, pre-read judgments seep into my review. I honesty try to mention in my review if I had or hadn’t heard about the book or not but it is something that has been on my mind lately. Especially when it comes to the most recent, very anticipated release of Clockwork Princess.