Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#9

A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week.

Before I Die By Jenny Downham

 Favourite Quote: I love you. I love you. I send this message through my fingers and into his, up his arm and into his heart. Hear me. I love you. And I’m sorry to leave you.

The Unwritten Rule By Elizabeth Scott

 Favourite Quote: There are a million rules for being a girl. There are a million things you have to do to get through each day. High school has things that can trip you up, ruin you, people say one thing and mean another, and you have to know all the rules, you have to know what you can and can’t do.

Six Rules Of Maybe By Deb Caletti

  Favourite Quote: I shouldn’t have to be a liar to make someone love me. I shouldn’t be so afraid of losing someone that I’ll do anything to make them stay.

Collide With The Sky By Pierce The Veil + My Very First Giveaway!

Collide With The Sky By Pierce The Veil

Record Label: Fearless Records

Genre: Post-Hardcore

Release Date: July 17, 2012

Songs: 12 Collide With the Sky - Pierce the Veil

Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the group was founded by brothers Vic (vocals and guitarist) and Mike Fuentes (percussion) after the disbandment of the group Before Today (formerly Early Times).  Other members of the band include Tony Perry (lead guitar) and Jaime Preciado (bassist and backing vocals). Yes, they are all Mexicans. Currently, the band has released three albums: A Flair For The Dramatic, Selfish Machines, and Collide With The Sky.

Songs On The Album(Click the titles to listen to them!)

1. May These Noises Startle You In Your Sleep-1:22

2. Hell Above-3:44

3. A Match Into Water-3:33

4. King For A Day (Ft. Kellin Quinn)-3:57

5. Bulls In The Bronx-4:31

6. Props & Mayhem-3:39

7. Tangled In The Great Escape (Jason Butler)-5:58

8. I’m Low On Gas And You Need A Jacket-4:13

9. The First Punch-3:27

10. One Hundred Sleepless Nights-3:43

11. Stained Glass Eyes And Colourful Tears-3:39

12. Hold On Till May (Ft. Lindsey Stamey)-4:39

(My Opinion)

Collide With The Sky by Pierce The Veil is probably the best album yet. These guys don’t take any steps back, they only move forward with faster beats, different kinds of song structures and of course mind-blowing lyrics. Even the songs that I didn’t think I would like in a million years grew on me and I still find myself singing the lyrics to them. By PTV releasing this album, they’re pretty much telling people, ‘hey! I can relate to you!’. This song is full of fast beats, relatable lyrics, solos, duets, and Pierce The Veil’s special touch.

May These Noises Startle You In Your Sleep is very…Odd. If this song ever is made into a full length song, I don’t think I’m going to like it. It sounds too far away, like someone left the TV on in another room and this song is playing. It’s very odd.

This album is dedicated to their fans. I like that because people need to know (not just subconsciously) that people do understand how they feel.  Songs like Hold On Till May, Tangled In The Great Escape, and One Hundred Sleepless Nights are about broken relationships that you wish could have worked out. The First Punch and King For A Day are songs about moving on because you know you deserve to. Another thing that I like about this album is that there are solos and duets! In the beginning of The First Punch and in the middle of Bulls In The Bronx. Their Mexican background really comes out in Bulls In The Bronx which I like since they’re putting their roots right into their music. I think that King For A Day is the only song on this album that has a duet between the guitar and the bass. Just by listening to the guitarists and bassist, you can tell that the chords aren’t easy to play which keeps the songs interesting. Now, onto the duets between vocalists. Kellin Quinn and Vic Fuentes just fit. Their voices and singing styles fit so well that the transitions between the voices is smooth. Tangled In The Great Escape with Jason Butler fits. The band chose vocalists that would fit really well with the music, no tension, just comfortable.

Overall, go buy this album (or try to win it here!) I recommend this for anyone who likes rock, post-hardcore, and punk. Not only does this album have everything that makes a great album, but it also has soul. Albums are a lot like books, and every song tells it own mini story that perfectly fits as a whole. I don’t think this band is capable of taking steps back with their music. Currently, I am in love with these songs- Hell Above, One Hundred Sleepless Nights, I’m Low On Gas And You Need A Jacket, and The First Punch. 

 5 sexy Treble Clefs!

Recommendations (Click on the title for song)

Falling In Reverse-Caught Like A Fly

Blessthefall-God Wears Gucci

A Day To Remember-All I Want

Sleeping With Sirens- If You Can’t Hang

Crown The Empire- Oh, Catastrophe 

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Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society#2) By Ally Carter

Uncommon Criminals

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: June 21, 2011

Pages: 298

Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society, #2)

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time. Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

(My Opinion)

The story is told from third person and mostly focuses on Kat. There are new characters, adventure, and lots of conning. In very rare cases, a sequel will be better than the first but sadly, this book doesn’t beat out Heist Society. There are too many twists and some of the new characters are stiff and chalky. Even though I love the idea behind this book (Cleopatra is pretty awesome) and the obstacles Kat and her crew faces, it seems like half of the story is stiff while the other half is about family.
There’s a few things that I don’t enjoy about this book because I know that Ally Carter could have done a better job. In the first book, I didn’t mind the repetition of how amazing these kids are but in the second book, I find that it’s just too much and gets annoying really fast. Not only does the repetition bother me, but so does the romance between Kat and Hale. It’s so stiff and boring. Even when Kat freaks out over stupid things, I didn’t feel much. The ending is a bit of a disappointment because it seems a bit disorganized and messy. Nothing is properly put into place so it’s easy to get confused and bored. I think Ally Carter put so much time into making the heist itself perfect that she forgot that her characters are supposed to jump off of the pages.
I still really love her writing style. Like I mentioned before, the heist itself is good, there are a lot of obstacles that keeps you entertained. And the relationship between Kate and Maggie because they are very alike yet very different. I also like that Kat gets her ass handed to her by someone she barely knows.
Fans of Heist Society might be disappointed with this. I still recommend it because this is still an Ally Carter novel. I’m hoping that Perfect Scoundrels, the third book in this series, will be the best book yet.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#8

Tilt By Ellen Hopkins

 Favourite Quote: I don’t understand what sad means. It must be how you feel, like when you can’t find your smile.

Beautiful By Amy Reed

Favourite Quote: Maybe this is all love is and all it will ever be– boys fucking girls and pretending it’s love, girls getting fucked and pretending they like it, saying “I love you, too,” and wanting to throw up.

Room To Run By States

Room To Run By States

Record Label: Tooth & Nail Records

Genre: Pop/Rock

Release Date: June 19, 2012

Songs: 17

Room to Run - States

States is a female-fronted rock band from the US that formed in 2010. Two bands breaking up started the formation of States (Lydia and Copeland) which the band puts that they were “blessed with perfect timing.” The band consists of  Mindy White (Vocals), Stephen Laurenson (bass), Bryan Laurenson (Guitar), Jonathan Bucklew (Drums), Dean Lorenz (Guitar). Currently, the band has one EP called: Line ‘Em Up and one album called: Room To Run.

Songs On The Album (click the titles to listen to them!)

1. Timebomb-3:19

2. Captivating me-3:18

3. Right Or Not-3:39

4. Everlasting-3:27

5. Versus The Mirror-3:37

6. As Good As It Gets-3:54

7. Can’t Explain-3:53

8. Generation-3:20

9. Waiting (For Too Long)-3:41

10. Follow It Home-4:14

11. Time To Begin (acoustic)-3:35

12. Another Chapter (acoustic)-3:40

13. Follow It Home (demo)-3:54*

14. As Good As It Gets (Rollerskate Remix)-3:56*

15. Waiting (For Too Long) [Demo]-3:59*

16. The Wrong One-4:12*

17. Brighter Lights-3:40

*Please note that this song couldn’t be found on YouTube. Sorry.

(My Opinion)

Sung in a beautiful melodic voice by Mindy White. The idea for this album is something laid-back and catchy with meaningful lyrics. Which is exactly what they achieve with this. Even though a couple of songs are a little too repetitive and ‘hipster’ for me like Time To Begin Room To Run is definitely an album to buy.

In songs like Time Bomb and  I feel like the bass gets lost in comparison to the guitars and percussions. There isn’t very many solos (if there even is any) which I think they could have put in somewhere, even if it’s at the beginning of a song. On this whole album, the two songs that I dislike are Generation and Time To Begin. Generation is too poppy and sounds a lot different from most of their other songs. Also, the vocalist’s voice is too high for the up-beat song. I wish she sang it in a lower key to match the speed of the song.

One of my favourite things about this album is that this album isn’t directed towards one type of music lovers, there are a few different types of music lovers that will love too. Songs like, Can’t Explain, Time Bomb, and Everlasting are edgier, and directed towards more of a punk rock audience. Pop and indie lovers will enjoy songs like, Captivating Me, Brighter Lights, and Generation. The two guitarists are amazing with trying to keep the harmony with the vocals in time while making the rhythm different and the song structure different . I also love the meaningful lyrics that are about trying your hardest and not giving up that Versus The Mirror and Right Or Not are all about.

Overall, States’s first album is amazing and I, for one, will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of their second album. I recommend this album to pop-rock fans as well as indie lovers. Also if you like bands like Lydia, Paramore, Tonight Alive, We Are One, and Sons. Currently, I am in love with four songs off of this album- Versus The Mirror, Can’t Explain, Follow It Home, and Brighter Lights.

 4 Sexy Treble Clefs