Song Of The Day#16-You Are Not A Robot Ft. Marina And The Diamonds By Hoodie Allen

In art class, we had to make up our own video and someone in my class chose this song. I swear, I had it stuck in my head for at least a month. The high-pitched voice you hear once you start the song is just so cute and the lyrics are catchy and its a jumpy tune. You Are Not A Robot is one of the rap songs I love to sing along to.

Hoodie Allen’s real name is Steven Markowitz and he’s 23. He grew up in a Jewish family on long island, writing lyrics since he was a child. You Are Not A Robot is off of his first album, Pep Rally. Even though Hoodie Allen has three albums, only on of them is on Itunes (his newest album, All American).

You Are Not A Robot Featuring Marina And The Diamonds is a song about being different and doing your own thing instead of following what everyone else is doing. It’s also about being hated for who you are instead of being loved for who you’re not. Whenever Marian sings,  feel the need to make my voice really high just like hers. Great song.

My favourite part is:

You’ve been acting awful tough lately
Smoking a lot of cigarettes lately
But inside, you’re just a little baby
It’s okay to say you’ve got a weak spot
You don’t always have to be on top
Better to be hated than love, love, loved for what you’re not

 

You can get a FREE and LEGAL download Here. (it’s under pep rally).

Lyrics are Here.

 

Song Of The Day#15-King For A Day Ft. Kellin Quinn By Pierce The Veil

Instant love for this song once I heard it.  I love the beginning of the song, just the chords playing because its great. Kellin Quinn’s voice goes perfectly with this song. Go buy this song. Just go buy it. My review on Collide With The Sky by Pierce The Veil will be coming soon.

Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the group was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes after the disbandment of the group Before Today (formerly Early Times). A King for A Day is off of their third album, Collide With The Sky which came out early July of this year.

A King For A Day featuring Kellin Quinn by Pierce The Veil is a fun song about feeling like royalty (hence the name of the song). It’s about getting over being treated like shit and leaving it all behind for something better. Even though this song is edgier than their older songs, it still has their special touch on this song.

my favourite part is:

Kellin:
Imagine living like a king someday.
A single night without a ghost in the walls.
And if the bass shakes the earth underground.
Vic & Kellin:
We’ll start a new revolution NOW!

 

you can listen to King For A Day Here.

lyrics are Here.

Song Of The Day#14-Mr. Big Shot By Anarbor

I was searching for music by The Maine on YouTube and that brought me to We Are The In Crowd which led me to Anarbor. Honestly, the first time I heard one of their songs, I thought they wouldn’t be a band I would like. And then I heard this song and I was just like “Nevermind. I love them, they’re great. Make more music so I can buy it.” It also didn’t hurt that I found one of the members really cute. I bought Mr. Big shot and Useless by Ananbor on Itunes. Lucky for you, you can get them for free.

Anarbor is an American alternative rock band from Phoenix, Arizona that was formed in 2003. They got signed to Hopeless Records while still in high school. They were known as ‘Troop 101’ but thankfully changed their name to Anarbor. Mr. Big Shot is off of their third album, The Words You Don’t Swallow which came out in 2010.

Mr. Big Shot is a song about proving someone wrong while making them look like a fool. This song is fast-paced and really catchy. I love dancing to it and singing along because it’s just that good. It’s also about kicking ass and showing that you’re awesome and that person is ‘just a baby.’

My favourite part is:

Someday, you’ll come knockin’ on my door.
And I’ll leave you lonely,
I don’t want you anymore.
My bones are stronger than before.
So don’t come ’round my way,
I’ll kick your ass right out the door.
Whoa-oh-ah-oh,
Whoa-oh-whoa.
I’ll kick your ass right out the door.

You can get a FREE and LEGAL download Here.  (you’ll have to scroll down fr it though. Gypsy woman is really good too! Useless is my favourite but its a slow song.)

Lyrics are Here.

Twisted By Laurie Halse Anderson

 

3.8/5-This book was funny while a bit sad. I’ve read two other books by Laurie Halse Anderson but Twisted is my favourite for sure.

(Summary)

High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background—average student, average looks, average dysfunctional family. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn’t believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father’s boss’s daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy—and Tyler’s secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in the school, in his family, and in the world.

(My Opinion)

Twisted By Laurie Halse Anderson is told in Tyler’s point of view. Tyler’s thoughts and emotions were funny at times while still intense at some parts. Most of the characters were easy to like and enjoy because of their humour and awkwardness. The idea for this story is good, I liked the challenges Tyler had to faced but I wish he was more depressed and talked about his feelings more than he did.

It was hard to get into this book because the beginning didn’t really stand out for me. Also, I wished Tyler was more depressed about things. Even though I loved his humour and his thoughts on what he wanted to do to some people, I felt like Laurie Anderson could have made him more depressed and angry or something along those lines.

The chapters were really short and easy to read. Like I said before, I loved Tyler’s humour because he was so funny not only with the stuff that he said but also his thoughts. The thoughts that were going through his mind when he was near Bethany or Chip. My favourite part wasn’t the ending, but somewhere near it when Tyler finally snapped at someone. It’s my favourite part because he knew he couldn’t do what he wanted so he had to take his anger out on something instead of someone.

I would recommend this to anyone who needs a boom that’s an easy and fast read while funny and serious at some times. Also, if you want something that isn’t your regular boy-gets-girl story.

This Is Not A Test By Courtney Summers

3.8/5-This book made me laugh a lot but I didn’t feel sorry for the characters. I wish I did but I didn’t for any of them. Zombies were a nice touch for this story.

(Summary from Goodreads)

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

(My Opinion)

This Is Not A Test is a book with zombies in it. But it’s not really about them, it’s about the fact that Sloane doesn’t want to live anymore and she can’t seem to find the right time to leave the world. The characters in this book were okay, they weren’t great because some of them seemed rushed and not well thought out and there wasn’t very much action. I liked the idea for this story and the chapters were short and mostly easy to read.

When you read about a book that has zombies in it, you expect a lot of action and guts and gore and other shit. But you don’t get much of that in this book. Even though the book wasn’t about the zombies, I was expecting a lot of action at least since Courtney Summers included them in. But you only find action near the end. In the middle is drama, drama, and more drama. There were some parts of this book where I didn’t even understand what I was reading. Sloane was a very complex character, I’m not sure if I liked her or not because there were times where she was fine and cool but then there were the times where, she would just do the dumbest things. And then just not make sense at all.

The chapters were very short and I finished this book in a day because of it. I loved how just awkward and forced the characters were to get together and stay together for such a long period of time. It was funny reading what the six teenagers did with no privacy. Especially the relationship between Sloane and Rhys because it was awkward while sweet. I liked that Sloane was depressed but not too over-the-top that it was annoying or too uncomfortable to read about. Courtney Summers put a few great twists in this book that had me guessing, especially about her sister because I didn’t know what to expect when it came to Sloane’s sister, Lily.

This book is for people who like zombie books but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re into hardcore zombie books because there wasn’t that much action in it. It’s also a good read for people who liked books that have teenagers that dislike each other and have secret motives.

Invincible Summer By Hannah Moskowitz

4/5-Not a big fan of Summer beach house books but this one was an exception. Not only did the cover draw me in, but so did the different summers. It was like reading four mini stories wrapped up in one big story. Pretty awesome.

 

(Summary From Goodreads)

Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

 

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive….

 

(My opinion)

This book made me a little teary-eyed. Hannah Moskowitz took an unoriginal idea and made it original by adding not two summers but four summers in. This story had a great supporting secondary characters that shone in their own little light. The relationship between all the kids in the family is so strong that at one point, I thought they could survive anything that hit them as long as they stayed together. But I didn’t like the relationship between Chase and Melinda because it was so typical.

 

In Invincible Summer the story is told from Chase’s point of view over the course of four summers (his fifteenth to eighteenth). Even though I really enjoyed this book it was still a summer based book so there were a few things that bugged the shit out of me. This book wasn’t the easiest to get into because there are so many character that had to be introduced in a short amount of time. I kept getting confused in the beginning because there were so many kids to remember and I couldn’t tell which ones apart. I also didn’t like the first summer. It was boring and so very rushed, I wished Hannah Moskowitz did a better job delivering almost everything in a smoother manner. The main romance in this book killed me because it is so typical summer romance. Chase does his thing with Melinda behind Noah’s back and Melinda has to choose. Some sort of different romance would have been great.

 

In this book, my favourite character had to be Gideon. Not only because he’s such a sweetie but also because he is just so different than everyone else. My favourite summer was the seventeenth summer because so much happened and there were so many surprises and twist. I also liked it the best because Melinda gets blamed for everything (mwahahaha). I think Hannah Moskowitz did a great job writing Melinda because she was supposed to be a bitch and that was how I saw her. She was cruel, manipulative, and just a complete bitch who took control of a situation just because she knew she could. Like I said before, I loved the relationship between the family because they struggled quite a bit but the children still stayed together. I especially liked the relationship between Chase and Noah because they could tell each other anything and still understand and trust each other no matter what. I loved how there was sign language included in this story. Sign language is just fucking awesome.

 

I’m not sure how I felt about the ending because it was so sad and so quiet and so different than the other summers. Invincible Summer By Hannah Moskowitz is a great summer read for the ending summer vacation. It’s also great for anyone who loves love triangles and big families sticking together when times get tough. 

Invincible Summer By Hannah Moskowitz

4/5-Not a big fan of Summer beach house books but this one was an exception. Not only did the cover draw me in, but so did the different summers. It was like reading four mini stories wrapped up in one big story. Pretty awesome.

 

(Summary From Goodreads)

Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

 

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive….

 

(My opinion)

This book made me a little teary-eyed. Hannah Moskowitz took an unoriginal idea and made it original by adding not two summers but four summers in. This story had a great supporting secondary characters that shone in their own little light. The relationship between all the kids in the family is so strong that at one point, I thought they could survive anything that hit them as long as they stayed together. But I didn’t like the relationship between Chase and Melinda because it was so typical.

 

In Invincible Summer the story is told from Chase’s point of view over the course of four summers (his fifteenth to eighteenth). Even though I really enjoyed this book it was still a summer based book so there were a few things that bugged the shit out of me. This book wasn’t the easiest to get into because there are so many character that had to be introduced in a short amount of time. I kept getting confused in the beginning because there were so many kids to remember and I couldn’t tell which ones apart. I also didn’t like the first summer. It was boring and so very rushed, I wished Hannah Moskowitz did a better job delivering almost everything in a smoother manner. The main romance in this book killed me because it is so typical summer romance. Chase does his thing with Melinda behind Noah’s back and Melinda has to choose. Some sort of different romance would have been great.

 

In this book, my favourite character had to be Gideon. Not only because he’s such a sweetie but also because he is just so different from everyone else. My favourite summer was the seventeenth summer because so much happened and there were so many surprises and twist. I also liked it the best because Melinda gets blamed for everything (mwahahaha). I think Hannah Moskowitz did a great job writing Melinda because she was supposed to be a bitch and that was how I saw her. She was cruel, manipulative, and just a complete bitch who took control of a situation just because she knew she could. Like I said before, I loved the relationship between the family because they struggled quite a bit but the children still stayed together. I especially liked the relationship between Chase and Noah because they could tell each other anything and still understand and trust each other no matter what. I loved how there was sign language included in this story. Sign language is just fucking awesome.

 

I’m not sure how I felt about the ending because it was so sad and so quiet and so different from the other summers. Invincible Summer By Hannah Moskowitz is a great summer read for the ending summer vacation. It’s also great for anyone who loves love triangles and big families sticking together when times get tough.

The Shifter (Healing Wars#1) By Janice Hardy

4.4/5-Thank God one of my best friends’ is a book worm just like me. I snagged this book from him and I’m so happy that I did. It was just amazing, holy shit.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike her sister, Tali, and the other Takers who become Healers’ League apprentices, Nya’s skill is flawed: She can’t push that pain into pynvium, the enchanted metal used to store it. All she can do is shift it into another person, a dangerous skill that she must keep hidden from forces occupying her city. If discovered, she’d be used as a human weapon against her own people. 

Rumors of another war make Nya’s life harder, forcing her to take desperate risks just to find work and food. She pushes her luck too far and exposes her secret to a pain merchant eager to use her shifting ability for his own sinister purposes. At first Nya refuses, but when Tali and other League Healers mysteriously disappear, she’s faced with some difficult choices. As her father used to say, principles are a bargain at any price; but how many will Nya have to sell to get Tali back alive?

(My Opinion)

Wow is one of the words that come to mind when I think about this book. The Shifter is told from Nya’s Perspective and she lives in a country where almost no one wants to live in. The idea for this story is an amazing one because it focuses on survival for Nya and her sister, Tali and how she found ways to feed herself without getting into too much trouble. The characters were good but I felt like they could have been better in a way. I also liked how there wasn’t too much romance in this.

 There wasn’t very much that I didn’t like other than that I wished she told me more about some of the other countries that controlled Geveg and the people there. Also, even though I liked the Duke I didn’t like his men very much because they didn’t seem scary or that evil to me.

 There was so much that I liked about this story but I think my favourite part had to be near the end when she had to make a choice between risking her life or saving the ones she cared about. The scene with the Duke was so intense I couldn’t put the book down. I felt like Nya was actually going lose some part of her because of him. I also liked how Janice Hardy didn’t make Nya this annoying character who thought they were great just because she was different or put in anything that made me roll my eyes. The fact that Nya didn’t really like her gift made me like her even more. There were so many twists and surprises that I was never bored with this book.

 This book is more for tweens and such but it’s still great. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the Hunger Games because the relationship between Nya and Tali is similar to the relationship to Katniss and Prim. Oh, and if you like fantasy novels with female heroines who kick serious ass.

An excerpt from Tilt By Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is just a great author. She is probably the only author who writes poem-formed books that I actually head over heels love. Identical was the first book I read by her and it was because someone was reading it on the Subway and the shiny cover caught my eye (also because the person was gasping and holding on to the book intently as if it might disappear if she didn’t.)

So far, I’ve read three of her books-Identical, Impulse, and Perfect. And I’m currently reading Crank, her first book.

Okay so if you’re reading this then you know that Ellen Hopkins is amazing or you’re curious. I have a link to read an excerpt from her newest book, Tilt. Just from reading the summary I know it will be amazing.

(Summary taken from Goodreads)

Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt…. Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year—and decides to keep the baby? Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive. Shane has lived for four years with his little sister’s impending death. Can he accept Alex’s love, knowing that his life, too, will be shortened? Harley is fourteen—a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy. She never expects to hurdle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.

For the excerpt for Tilt click Here.

The Shifter (Healing Wars#1) By Janice Hardy

4.4/5-Thank God one of my best friends’ is a book-worm just like me. I snagged this book from him and I’m so happy that I did. It was just amazing, holy shit.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike her sister, Tali, and the other Takers who become Healers’ League apprentices, Nya’s skill is flawed: She can’t push that pain into pynvium, the enchanted metal used to store it. All she can do is shift it into another person, a dangerous skill that she must keep hidden from forces occupying her city. If discovered, she’d be used as a human weapon against her own people.

Rumors of another war make Nya’s life harder, forcing her to take desperate risks just to find work and food. She pushes her luck too far and exposes her secret to a pain merchant eager to use her shifting ability for his own sinister purposes. At first Nya refuses, but when Tali and other League Healers mysteriously disappear, she’s faced with some difficult choices. As her father used to say, principles are a bargain at any price; but how many will Nya have to sell to get Tali back alive?

(My Opinion)

Wow is one of the words that come to mind when I think about this book. The Shifter is told from Nya’s Perspective and she lives in a country where almost no one wants to live in. The idea for this story is an amazing one because it focuses on survival for Nya and her sister, Tali and how she found ways to feed herself without getting into too much trouble. The characters were good but I felt like they could have been better in a way. I also liked how there wasn’t too much romance in this.

There wasn’t very much that I didn’t like other than that I wished she told me more about some of the other countries that controlled Geveg and the people there. Also, even though I liked the Duke I didn’t like his men very much because they didn’t seem scary or that evil to me.

There was so much that I liked about this story but I think my favourite part had to be near the end when she had to make a choice between risking her life or saving the ones she cared about. The scene with the Duke was so intense I couldn’t put the book down. I felt like Nya was actually going lose some part of her because of him. I also liked how Janice Hardy didn’t make Nya this annoying character who thought they were great just because she was different or put in anything that made me roll my eyes. The fact that Nya didn’t really like her gift made me like her even more. There were so many twists and surprises that I was never bored with this book.

This book is more for tweens and such but it’s still great. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the Hunger Games because the relationship between Nya and Tali is similar to the relationship to Katniss and Prim. Oh, and if you like fantasy novels with female heroines who kick serious ass.