Monday, November 26, 2012

Update on life: Doctor Who, Breaking Dawn pt. II, School, Beautiful Disaster, and Black Friday

Hey guys, I know that it has been awhile since I have posted anything on my blog. I am so truly sorry for that. I really miss it. I have three more weeks of school and then I will be off for Christmas break. I am so looking forward too it. This has been one crazy semester. These classes has been so difficult and the professor are even worse. I can't wait till it is all over. I meet with my school advisor this week to schedule my classes for the next spring semester. I am only going to be taking some light (easy) classes after how horrid this has been. Anyways, a lot has happened since I have been gone. Not like a lot, but some interesting things. I recently read in this book Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGurie; and oh my gosh, you guys, it was really crazy/wonderful. I know that there are a lot of negative reviews about it on goodreads but I don't really care! I like it way more than I should. I picked this book up because I wanted to read something that was similar to 50 shades of grey, because I promised myself that I wouldn't read it. So I saw Beautiful Disaster at Barnes and Noble and picked it up right away. I plan to write a review for it soon. That is pretty much all the note worthy news in the book reading department. I am currently reading Tempest by Julie Cross and it is interesting. I am just not being blown away like I thought I would. I am over half away through, hopefully my opinion changes closer to the end.
 I also went to see Breaking Dawn pt. II back when it came out. I was so excited too see it cause I kept reading all these interviews that there was going to be this huge crazy ending. I think that this was the best twilight movie out of the five. My favorite would still have to be New Moon, I think. I am going to have to wait and re watch Breaking Dawn pt. II again before I make up my mind. During that crazy twist I was going insane! It was like you were on an emotional roller coaster with no time to process anything and you feel you heart getting ripped out of your chest. It was freaking nuts! Lol. I never ever thought that I would be this depressed that Twilight ended. I still can't get over it. I am not gonna lie, I cried during the credits. I just couldn't get over how sad I was. I started to remember all these memories with my friends and when I read Twilight for the first time. There was this one time when me and my friend talked on the phone for 2 hours just discussing Edward and the other Cullens. I really don't know if there will ever be a wonderful series like this again. I know that City of Bones (which I saw the trailer for... and just OMG OMG OMG), Beautiful Creatures, and The Host are coming out next year. At least that is something too look forward too but I still will miss Twilight and all the characters.

I also have some really exciting news. I tend to go through these periods in my life when I become addicted and obessed with something. The last time that this happened was when I discovered American Horror Story last January. Well, it has happened again. I am officaly hook on Doctor Who. I was feeling sick a couple weeks ago and was flipping through the channels and I saw that on BCCA they were showing Doctor Who. I decided to watch it beacuse that is all I ever hear about on tumblr and from a bunch of youtubers. I am in love with it so much. I haven't been able to watch all the episodes and I am still a little confused at times, but I cannot wait till Christmas break because I am going to start watching all of them in order. So don't leave any spoilers or anything! I now can see what everybody was talking about it when they said they loved this show!
Also this past weekend was Thanksgiving. I had a really great time and met up with my best friend, who goes to a different college than I do, to go Black Friday shopping. We had a lot of fun. However it was ridiculous at American Eagle. I can't believe that I had to wait in line for 55 minutes. I understand that the store was having a 40% but seriously?! I did get some good deals though. I only got this really cute stripped sweater, a button down blouse, and a pair of socks. I also when to Wal-Mart and got the Breaking Dawn pt. II soundtrack. I really like the Green Day song, "The Forgotten". I remember that song playing during the credits and I started crying even harder. So it kinda difficult to listen to that song at the moment. Lol. It's kinda pathetic how said I am over this. I never in a many years thought I would be this upset.
Well that is all that has been going on with me these last couple weeks. I promise that I will have some book reviews and showcase sunday's coming up soon. I miss all my blogging and goodreads friends! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (32)

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

Strands of Bronze and Gold
-Jane Nickerson
Release Date: March 12th, 2013
The Bluebeard fairy tale retold. . . .

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.
My thoughts: I can't wait for this! It is going to be creepy and possibly delightful. Lol. I haven't heard of the Bluebeard fairy tale until recently and oh my. Just can't wait.
Do you guys plan on reading this?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks Top Ten is:
This week is a freebie! So I decided to pick
1. Divergent - Veronica Roth
I'm sure you all of heard of my love for Divergent over and over again but it's true. This book is just so good. I remember reading it for the first time and just wanting to go right back from the beginning and experience it all over again. I know a lot of people have problems that it doesn't have enough world building like we don't know why there are different factions and I think that is this point. We don't know because the characters don't know themselves. It is all suppose to be revealed in the third and final book and I can't wait!
2. Cracked Up to Be - Courtney Summers
It was a boring July night in 2009 when I picked up Cracked Up to Be and that's when I knew that this book had become one of my all-time favorites. That is when I first was getting into reading and I remember this book made me have all these different crazy emotions. I just want to go back and reread this book over and over again. I will read anything by Courtney Summers. She is a true genius. I still need to read her latest book, "This Is Not a Test." I also highly recommend her other book "Some Girls Are". You haven't read about mean girls until you have read that book.
3. The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
I have always been obsessed with horses and then Maggie Steifvater, one of my favorite authors ever, writes a book about horses! I haven't read anything quite like this before. The relationship between Sean and Puck is just so good for eachother. Such good characters and development. That is the major part for me in a story, the plot could be great, but if the characters aren't any good then I'm not going to like the book. And Maggie Stiefvater sure knows how to write good characters.
4. Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins
Don't hate me for saying this but I wasn't that big of a fan of Anna. I just had such high expectations for it to be the best book I ever read and it fell flat. So when I picked up Lola, I didn't have high expectations and it took me completely by surprise by how much I loved it! The love interest name is Cricket! That alone is not reason to love the book.
5. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
I have never had a book that made me think so much about stuff. I can't stress how amazing this book is. It's about this girl named Sam who is a mean girl and ends up living the last day of her life seven times. Each time she does stuff different and tries to figure out what is happening, but in the end she does get it right. It is such a meaningful story.
6. The Host - Stephenie Meyer
I am so excited for the movie that is coming out in March. The Host is such a good book and in my opinion better than Twilight (and I am big Twilight fan!). The first couple of chapters is really confusing and hard to understand. That's why a lot of people give up on it. If you could get to around page 75 then you should be able to get into it but a lot of people give up before then. I love this book! I just wish she write another book to this! There could be so many possibilities to were it could go!
7. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Everyone probably agrees with me on this. I didn't know this book would be this good. I am a fan of John Green but I read a few of his previous books and thought they were good but not what everyone cracked them up to be and then I finally jumped on the bandwagon when I read this book. This story is like pure poetry. How can someone not love Augustus Waters?! I just want to reread it again from the beginning and not know what is going to happen!
8. Bittersweet - Sarah Ockler
I fell in love with Twenty Boy Summer but Bittersweet blew me away! By far the best work done by Sarah Ockler! It is about ice skating, cupcakes, and boys on a hockey team! I don't usually love contemporary a lot but this book is just wonderful. Please go read this! I just wish I could read it again for the first time.
9. The Hunger Games Series - Suzanne Collins
This series is just crazy! I want to reread this series but it wouldn't be as good as the first time you read it. I remember reading the ending of Mockingjay and just crying my eyes out. I feel like that girl off of Mean Girls, "I just have a lot of feelings!"
10. Shiver Series - Maggie Stiefvater
A lot people hate on this series, but I love it so much. Linger would have to be my favorite in the series. I love Sam and Grace, but I truly think that it is Isabel and Cole that steal the show. I just ship them so hard in my little shipper heart. Lol.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November TBR + Events!

I really need to crunch down on my reading for the next two months if I want to meet all my goals and challenges. Hopefully I can do it! I shouldn't have much school work this month and there is Thanksgiving holiday! Wish me luck! I am really excited to read the Year of Secret Assignments and the rest of the series by Jaclyn Moriarty! I have nothing but good things about it. 

Here is my list:
1. Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake | Add it on Goodreads
2. Beautiful Disaster - Jamie McGuire | Add it on Goodreads
3. Beautiful Redemption - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl | Add it on Goodreads
4. Tempest - Julie Cross | Add it on Goodreads
5. Dead to You - Lisa McMann | Add it on Goodreads
6. The Year of Secret Assignments - Jaclyn Moriarty | Add it on Goodreads
7. The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie - Jaclyn Moriarty | Add it on Goodreads
8. The Ghosts of Ashbury High - Jaclyn Moriarty | Add it on Goodreads
9. Feedback - Robison Wells | Add it on Goodreads
10. Hidden - Sophie Jordan | Add it on Goodreads
11. In Too Deep - Amanda Grace | Add it on Goodreads
12. Whispers at Moonrise - C.C. Hunter | Add it on Goodreads

I am going to one author event this month but it doesn't have to do with any YA authors or anything. My  mother always been obsessed with the old TV series called the Walton's. A lot of people might not know it because it was out during the 1970s. As a matter of fact, I was named from one of the characters on the show. My name is Olivia and so was the mother on the show. I was say her obsession with it is probably how my obsession with Vampire Diaries works. Lol. Well one of the actresses wrote a book and she is going to be doing a book signing close to us and my mom and I are going to be attending!
Mary McDonough discussing and signs
Lessons from the Mountain: What I learned from Erin Walton
Best known for her protrayal of Erin on TV classic "The Waltons," McDonugh gives readers an intimate look behind the scenes of one of the most beloved shows of all time, and reveals an inspiring story of challenges and personal triumph.
Friday, November 9th at 5:30 pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503

Friday, November 2, 2012

Books Read in October 2012

1. If I Lie - Corrine Jackson
2. Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry
3. Beautiful Chaos - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
4. Born Wicked - Jessica Spotswood
5. The Raven Boys - Maggie Steifvater
6. Cinder - Marissa Meyer

Books Read: 6
Books Read this Year: 66
My Favorite: Pushing the Limits, The Raven Boys, Cinder

My Least Favorite: Don't have one this month!
Books from Library: 4
Books I own: 2
Books Borrowed: 0
Reviews Posted: Beautiful Choas, The Raven Boys

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Born Wicked - Jessica Spotswood

Title: Born Wicked
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Release Date: February 7th, 2012, Hardcover
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Group: Young Adult Literature
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
Born Wicked was definitely not what I was expecting. I wish there would have been more spells and witchcraft involved. While there is some, I just wish there was more and a more backstory of the witches history. I am hoping that it is told more in the second book. The main character Cate was a lot of fun to read from, but I felt she was too boring and uptight. I understand that she was trying to help her sisters but I wish she would have been more fun. There is a small love triangle in this book but a lot of the romance is surrounded by Finn, who is their gardener. I, of course, was hoping for the other guy but that doesn't look like it is going to happen. For some reason that always happen to me. I tend to like the guy who doesn't have a chance.

The government is something I also couldn't understand. The book starts right out talking about the Brotherhood. Am I the only one who is very confused about this? What even is the Brotherhood? I know that it this group of men who fight against witches and taking them to asylums. I just wish there would have been more of a backstory on that also. I also have some problems with the Sisterhood, but I am more intrigued if anything. I can't wait for the next book to read more about them. It should be interesting!

There is a plot twist in this book that revolves around the three sisters and I just couldn't be happier about it! I really enjoyed that. I can't wait to see how it will play out in the next book. This was a good first start to the series, but I can tell as the series progresses with more books it will start to become better and more world building. I hope we find out more about her mother and her godmother. There is a big mystery revolving around them and I hope it we find out more information about it.

Overall, this book left me wanting more as you can tell. I enjoy the characters and the storylines but want more of a backstory told on the characters. I also hope there is more of a love triangle and have it not all focused on Finn. Maybe I will grow to like him the next book, but I honestly couldn't see the appeal. I'm just weird like that I guess.
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