Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#4

My favourite quotes from the books I’ve read in the past week.

 The Forsaken By Lisa M. Stasse

Favourite Quote:

“Those two don’t like anyone except each other. Canadians are weird.”

 Team Human By Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Favourite Quote:

“I don’t think he likes girls,” I said. “Or boys. Look at the horror on his face. He doesn’t look like a people person.”

Song Of The Day#32-Big Plans By Natives

What I love about this band is that they have such a cool sound. I also like how the lead singer sounds like he has a mouth full of water in his mouth (which never fails to make me laugh). A great song about moving on with your life and having ‘big plans’ for the future.

Natives is a rock/pop band from The New Forest, Hampshire, UK. They formed in early 2012 and are a five-man band. This Island is their first EP which came out late July of this year.

Big Plans is a song about having big plans for yourself and freeing yourself from someone who won’t be happy for you at all.

My favourite part is:

There’s only so many empty promises I can take
‘Cause I’ve been fed all these lies
I’m questioning why I e even gave you the time of day
I’ve got big plans and I’m planning success
Can I trust you with all of that?
I’ve got big dreams, I’ve been dreaming of something
I know that I’m capable

You can listen to Big Plans by Natives here.

You can get a FREE and LEGAL download of Big Plans here.

Lyrics are here.

Something Like Normal By Trish Doller

 

4.2/5-The only part of this book that made me cry was the letter at the end because it’s so touching. I have yet to read a book about war that I disliked a lot that also doesn’t have a typical love triangle in it.

(Summary from Goodreads)

When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

(My Opinion)

Told from Travis’ perspective, a story about falling for the unexpected, helping the ones you love, and trying to move on from a painful past. There were some things that made me want to roll my eyes in the book. The idea behind this story wasn’t very original but Trish Doller made it creative with original characters and such a harsh reality about not being able to save your best friend.

Like I mentioned before, the love triangle between Ryan, Paige, and Travis didn’t surprise me because nothing about it was mostly typical with nothing special. The character of Harper was at first, amazing. She had blind fury (especially when she punched Travis), witty sense of humour, and she was pretty complexed. At first. After a few chapters with Harper, it seemed like everything interesting about the way she reacted towards Travis had vanished. Then she seemed like your typical lovestruck girl. Even though I really love fast-paced books, there were parts where it was too fast on the really important parts. I wished Trish Doller slowed it down a little bit an explained more about the relationship between Travis and Ryan and Travis and Charlie.

I liked the relationship between Harper and Travis most os the time because there were a few bumps with them that showed just how serious they wanted to be together. The character of Travis was really creative and well written with the way he felt not only towards Harper but also Paige. I liked how Paige still had an annoying hold on him because it was a little different from other books. The fact that he was having nightmares and visions about his late best friend, Charlie. Travis seemed so real to me, as if I knew him just from reading about him, it was great.

I would recommend this story to everyone to read because of the message this book gives off. And even though this is fiction, it showed that some soldiers are not okay. Also for people who like when the guy gets punched in the face by girls.

Something Like Normal By Trish Doller

4.2/5-The only part of this book that made me cry was the letter at the end because it’s so touching. I have yet to read a book about war that I disliked a lot that also doesn’t have a typical love triangle in it.

(Summary from Goodreads)

When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

(My Opinion)

Told from Travis’ perspective, a story about falling for the unexpected, helping the ones you love, and trying to move on from a painful past. There were some things that made me want to roll my eyes in the book. The idea behind this story wasn’t very original but Trish Doller made it creative with original characters and such a harsh reality about not being able to save your best friend. 

Like I mentioned before, the love triangle between Ryan, Paige, and Travis didn’t surprise me because nothing about it was mostly typical with nothing special. The character of Harper was at first, amazing. She had blind fury (especially when she punched Travis), witty sense of humour, and she was pretty complexed. At first. After a few chapters with Harper, it seemed like everything interesting about the way she reacted towards Travis had vanished. Then she seemed like your typical lovestruck girl. Even though I really love fast-paced books, there were parts where it was too fast on the really important parts. I wished Trish Doller slowed it down a little bit an explained more about the relationship between Travis and Ryan and Travis and Charlie.

I liked the relationship between Harper and Travis most os the time because there were a few bumps with them that showed just how serious they wanted to be together. The character of Travis was really creative and well written with the way he felt not only towards Harper but also Paige. I liked how Paige still had an annoying hold on him because it was a little different from other books. The fact that he was having nightmares and visions about his late best friend, Charlie. Travis seemed so real to me, as if I knew him just from reading about him, it was great. 

I would recommend this story to everyone to read because of the message this book gives off. And even though this is fiction, it showed that some soldiers are not okay. Also for people who like when the guy gets punched in the face by girls.

3.6/5-The beginning of this book really drew me in with the intense feeling of something bad yet exciting about to happen.

(Summary From Goodreads)

I’M TELLING YOU THIS BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T ASK. I’VE GOT IT ALL HERE, GROWING LIKE A TUMOR IN MY THROAT. I’m telling you because if I don’t, I will choke on it. Everybody knows what happened, but nobody asks. And Elvis the EMT doesn’t count because when he asked, he didn’t even listen to me answer because he was listening to my sister’s heart not beat with his stethoscope. I want to tell. It’s mine to tell. Even if you didn’t ask, you have to hear it. 

Fourteen-year-old Donnie’s older sister, Karen, has always been the one person in his life on whom he could totally depend. But as Karen slowly slips away in the grip of an eating disorder, Donnie finds himself alone in facing the trauma of his parents’ faltering marriage and his new life as an outcast at school.

Donnie makes it his responsibility to cure his sister’s illness and fix his parents’ issues, letting every part of himself disappear in the process. It is more important — and somehow easier — to figure out if today is a day when Karen is eating, or to know if Dad and Mom are sleeping in the same bedroom, than to deal with his own problems. In the end, though, Donnie must decide whether to float through life unnoticed, or to claim his rightful place as a member of his family and of the world. This powerful story from a brilliant new talent introduces a memorable boy in Donnie, who, from his funny and painfully honest point of view, describes a harrowing year that leaves both him and his family forever changed.

(My Opinion)

Told from the perspective of Donnie, this story was interesting. The idea was pretty interesting because it wasn’t told from Karen’s perspective, but from Donnie’s and how it effected him. Some of the characters were funny and easy to read about while others were boring. It felt like a toss-up between them and which one I would be reading and liking. The ending didn’t seem good to me since it was so typical and bland I didn’t care for it. I wished Adrienne Vrettos could have done something unexpected for the ending.

Skin was a disappointment because some of the funny parts weren’t that funny and the sad scenes weren’t sad at all.Everytime there was a flashback,I was waiting for information about the first chapter. I wish that Donnie stood out more because it didn’t seem like there was anything special about him or what he was doing for his family. I didn’t like that half of the characters didn’t have that much background and weren’t well-organized. 

The writing style didn’t bother me which was a good thing. I liked how she described the beginning with Karen and Donnie and the ambulance all huddled around Karen’s body. It was so intense, I loved it. Skin is a book that started in the middle of the story then goes back to the beginning and then back to the middle and then the end. I loved that it started in the middle since not very many books start there. The relationship between Karen and Donnie is like most relationships between siblings with the constant fighting and unpredictable moves. I would recommend this book to anyone who knows someone with an eating disorder. Also for people who feel like they disappear silently into the background, lost forever. 

Skin By Adrienne Maria Vrettos

3.6/5-The beginning of this book really drew me in with the intense feeling of something bad yet exciting about to happen.

(Summary From Goodreads)

I’M TELLING YOU THIS BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T ASK. I’VE GOT IT ALL HERE, GROWING LIKE A TUMOR IN MY THROAT. I’m telling you because if I don’t, I will choke on it. Everybody knows what happened, but nobody asks. And Elvis the EMT doesn’t count because when he asked, he didn’t even listen to me answer because he was listening to my sister’s heart not beat with his stethoscope. I want to tell. It’s mine to tell. Even if you didn’t ask, you have to hear it. 

Fourteen-year-old Donnie’s older sister, Karen, has always been the one person in his life on whom he could totally depend. But as Karen slowly slips away in the grip of an eating disorder, Donnie finds himself alone in facing the trauma of his parents’ faltering marriage and his new life as an outcast at school.

Donnie makes it his responsibility to cure his sister’s illness and fix his parents’ issues, letting every part of himself disappear in the process. It is more important — and somehow easier — to figure out if today is a day when Karen is eating, or to know if Dad and Mom are sleeping in the same bedroom, than to deal with his own problems. In the end, though, Donnie must decide whether to float through life unnoticed, or to claim his rightful place as a member of his family and of the world. This powerful story from a brilliant new talent introduces a memorable boy in Donnie, who, from his funny and painfully honest point of view, describes a harrowing year that leaves both him and his family forever changed.

(My Opinion)

Told from the perspective of Donnie, this story was interesting. The idea was pretty interesting because it wasn’t told from Karen’s perspective, but from Donnie’s and how it effected him. Some of the characters were funny and easy to read about while others were boring. It felt like a toss-up between them and which one I would be reading and liking. The ending didn’t seem good to me since it was so typical and bland I didn’t care for it. I wished Adrienne Vrettos could have done something unexpected for the ending.

Skin was a disappointment because some of the funny parts weren’t that funny and the sad scenes weren’t sad at all.Everytime there was a flashback,I was waiting for information about the first chapter. I wish that Donnie stood out more because it didn’t seem like there was anything special about him or what he was doing for his family. I didn’t like that half of the characters didn’t have that much background and weren’t well-organized.

The writing style didn’t bother me which was a good thing. I liked how she described the beginning with Karen and Donnie and the ambulance all huddled around Karen’s body. It was so intense, I loved it. Skin is a book that started in the middle of the story then goes back to the beginning and then back to the middle and then the end. I loved that it started in the middle since not very many books start there. The relationship between Karen and Donnie is like most relationships between siblings with the constant fighting and unpredictable moves. I would recommend this book to anyone who knows someone with an eating disorder. Also for people who feel like they disappear silently into the background, lost forever.

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#3

My favourite quotes from the books I’ve read in the past week.

 Something Like Normal By Trish Doller

Favourite Quote:

Maybe someday we’ll see each other again, Charlie. For real, I mean. Until then, save me a seat, okay?

 The Thing About The Truth By Lauren Barnholdt

Favourite Quote:

Parents don’t get that though. They don’t understand about the fragility of teen friendships. They don’t understand how easy it is for things to break apart. How someone you thought would be by your side forever can just disappear, or turn on you, or decide she likes someone more than she likes you. Parents always talk about romantic relationships to be so ephemeral and fleeting in high school. What they don’t get is that friendships can be the same way.

3.5/5-If only this book was as good as the summary, it would have been a better read. The cover really drew me in because of her glowing blue eyes and the beautiful leaves that draped over her. It’s so beautiful.

(Summary from Goodreads )

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it’s the world that’s crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special. But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she’ll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? her decision may have fatal consequences.

(My Opinion)

Told from Sabrina’s perspective, a story about loss, love, and freedom. James Brian could have done a much better job with this. The idea behind this story isn’t very original and it showed because there wasn’t anything special about the book. The characters were a bit confusing and weren’t clear about the way they were supposed to be presented. Sabrina was very confusing since she saw things differently than others which made it hard for me to understand some of the things.

What annoyed me the most was the writing style because it was smooth and easy to read, instead it was choppy, confusing, and annoying. Brian James didn’t use quotation marks for when a character was speaking which I thought wouldn’t make any difference to me, but it did because when I thought a character was talking, they really weren’t. Life Is But A Dream is not a book full of action and intense moments you’d think would be in a story about escaping a mental hospital. Not at all. I was really let down that there wasn’t any chase scene, fights, and adults looking like fools. I was expecting at least something, even when they were trying to escape the hospital, it let me down. The relationship between Sabrina and Alec is a bit boring and typical, I wished Alec was different and didn’t stand up for Sabrina as much, then it would have been different.

Even though I didn’t like the constant details of everything Sabrina saw, I liked having a vague picture of it. When she explained about the clouds and the static that was controlling people, I thought that was cool because in a way, its true. People are being brainwashed to believe in things that are broken instead of opening their eyes and seeing how awful the world is. I also liked the ending because Sabrina was forced to look inside herself and a very hard decision about whether she actually needed help or if the doctors were playing  a cruel joke on her to keep her to stay.

I would recommend this book to people who don’t really care about action in books, but more about the message. The message in this book is an easy one but with a different way of saying it since Sabrina is a bit different from other people.

Song Of The Day#31-Happily Ever After By He Is We

I know this song is pretty cheesy but its good and its better than some Taylor Swift songs.

He Is We is an indie pop band from Tacoma, Washington. This duo started playing music in 2008. As of september 2012, lead vocalist, Rachel Taylor was forced to resign because she was diagnosed with ankylosis spondylitis. This disease is when your joints and bones in your spine join together (extremely painful). Stevie Scott is now the lead singer of He Is We. currently, they have one album and one EP. Happily Ever AFter is off of their album, My Forever.

Happily Ever After is a song about finally finding love after a lifetime of waiting for it. About hoping that your prince loves your flaws instead of hates them. This catchy tune is so cute. Even its a bit cheesy, it’s still good.

My favourite part is:

We all have a story to tell.
Whether we whisper or yell.
We all have a story, of adolescence and all it’s glory.
We all have a story to tell.
Oh, happily ever after, wouldn’t you know, wouldn’t you know.
Oh, skip to the ending, who’d like to know, I’d like to know.
Author of the moment, can you tell me, do I end up, do I end up happy?

You can listen to Happily Ever After by He Is We here.

Lyrics are here.

Song Of The Day#30-Running To The Moon By We Are One

Now a days, I’ve been piling free downloads that bands have been giving out without actually listening to the band onto my Ipod. I usually just hope for the best and that I will hopefully like at least one of their songs. Sadly, sometimes I don’t. We Are One is weird because there are just so many instruments in the band and the songs are sometimes too fast to actually keep up with. But, I like We Are One, let’s just leave it at that.

We Are One is a female fronted band from Miami, Florida. They formed in July of 2010. Their eclectic sound is best described as Indie Pop Rock with a jazz influence. They are a seven person band with two members playing sax and keyboards.

Running To The Moon is a song about running away from a life you don’t want anymore. Running away as far as you can to put as much space between you and that person. I love that its insanely fast with the sax just rocking out while still fitting in perfectly with this song. I think the jazzy part of this song was what made me not skip this song. It makes this band different from most.

My favourite part is:

Why don’t you just shut up and reject me?
I’m not as fragile as you think
But still your game is never ending
That’s why I’m running

You can listen to Running To The Moon  here. (as well as a free download)

Lyrics are here.