Liebster Award!

First of all, I really want to give a big thanks to The Permanent Monday for nominating me! THANK YOU ūüėÄ

The Liebster Award aims to discover new bloggers, so you’re only supposed to nominate blogs with under 200 followers. Once nominated, you’re to answer the 11 questions asked by the blog who nominated you, and then create 11 new questions of your own for 11 other blogs you are planning to nominate.

1. Pick a country that you’ve always wanted to go to.

I’ve always wanted to go to England (and I am this summer! YES!) Because it’s known for its awesome fashion sense. Plus the boys. Can’t forget about those sexy accents and beautiful faces.

2. How many languages do you speak, and what are they?

I speak English and French.
3. Favorite authors from four different genres?

Ellen Hopkins (poetry)

Sarah Dessen (Contemporary)

Holly Black (Fantasy)

Michael Thomas Ford (GLBT)
4. Sprite or 7Up?

7up ALL THE WAY
5. What’s your dream job?

To be a psychologist by day and a writer by night!
6. Would you rather be a single child or have siblings? And why?

I would rather have siblings because I need anything I can ask them for it. Also because they can do my homework for me!
7. What book-to-movie adaptation are you most excited to see?

Heist Society by Alley Carter. I LOVE this book and I love Drew Barrymore so I bet it will be great.
8. Ski or snowboard? (If you don’t know any, which one would you want to learn?)

Ski. Snowboarding is just too hard for me to do! But my best friend is a snowboarder so I’m forced to try every time we go!
9. If you could bring them to life, what are three characters you would pick? (TV shows, books, movies etc)

Cassel Sharpe from the Curse Workers series by Holly Black (Love that boy.)

Maxxie Oliver from Skins (UK Version)

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Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of The Caribbean.

 
10. Favorite sport?

Volleyball!

11. Why did you choose to start a blog?

I started a blog because I wanted to tell the world my opinion on books and music. I also wanted to meet other people who gush over fictional characters and songs that I like.

 

NOW For MY NOMINEES:

1.The Permenant Monday

2.YA Crush

3.Crys Book Reviews

4.Alice in Readerland

5.Book. Blog. Bake.

6.Bibliophilia Love Story

7.For The Love Of Words

8. Ever After Perspective

9. Books and Wonderful Things

10. Twenty Chapters

11. Mega Mad 4 Books

 

MY QUESTIONS:

1. Favourite food?

2. Something you hate?

3. Favourite current book?

4. What is something you can’t stand in books? (love triangles, boys with unearthly blue eyes, etc.)

5. What do you plan to do with your life?

6. Which fictional character do you have a crush on?

7. Favourite song?

8. Do you like animals? if so, do you have one?

9. Why did you decide to start a blog?

10. Name three of your favourite authors and your favourite book(s) by them.

11. Favourite all time movie?

Crack On Paper

Dear friends,
I’ve started on Throwback Thursdays recently, which means I’ve been spending quite a lot of time on books I read when I was younger. Which brought be back to these books, the ones that basically shaped my childhood. And I just have to say, I feel really really bad for the 2000’s kids, who have so-so TV shows (Okay, what’s a legit Disney Channel without That’s So Raven or Lizzie McGuire?) and run-of-the-mill cartoons in their books. Fine. I’m sure there are some great books out there, but if you ask me, I could easily say that one thing I miss about the 90’s are those real-life drawings of princesses, or the watercolor ones that don’t look like they’ve come straight from a computer drawing software!
Check this out.
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Noddy from the 2000’s:

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Shadow And Bone (The Grisha#1) By Leigh Bardugo

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Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Genre: Adventure, Dystopian and young adult

Release Date: June 5, 2012

Pages: 358 (Hard Cover)
Shadow And Bone (The Grisha#1)

 

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life‚ÄĒa power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

(My Opinion)

How on earth did I allow this amazing book to sit on my bookshelf for months without reading it? How? The second I picked this book, it was near impossible to put down. Told from the perspective of Alina Starkov. A story about Standing out when all you want is to fit in. I love this book a lot. My new favourite!

There isn’t anything that I dislike about this book.

I loooovveeeee the writing style! It’s so very smooth. The characters jump right off the pages with the right amount of information that they aren’t choppy or stiff. There is so much action and adventure that goes on in the book that I never felt bored or barely put it down. With many twists and surprises, I was left in the dark about what would happen next. I loved it! Usually, certain romances annoy me and are very shallow. The romance in¬†Shadow And Bone¬†isn’t like that. I can easily make sense of Alina’s choice and her need for affection because she was so neglected as a child.

Shadow and Bone¬†has brought out a shit load of emotions from me. Not only did I cry but I laughed and then squealed and then almost threw the book out the window because I got really upset with Mal and Alina. Overall, an amazing read that I would recommend to everyone. Especially if you’re a fan of¬†The Hunger Games¬†and badass girls kicking some serious ass.

Five Insanely Dreamy Clouds
Five Insanely Dreamy Clouds

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#16

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I‚Äôve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

10861195Favourite Quote:

That’s what moving so often can do to you. It makes you continually question your place in the world, and seek out those few who understand what you’re going through.

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod#1) by Heather Brewer

530848Favourite Quote: Because teachers, no matter how kind, no matter how friendly, are sadistic and evil to the core.

Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

6344423Favourite Quotes:

1. There might be a girl inside his head, but he wasn’t a wimp.

2. “I’m aware that fear of consequences causes us to guard our secrets. But it’s our actions when faced with temptation that define who we are. It’s our courage in admitting what we’ve done wrong that makes us forgivable.”

3. One thing he’d learned over the years was that there was no honour in fighting. You did whatever was¬†necessary¬†to win, even kick someone when they were down–especially when they were down–or you suffered.

4. People revealed their secrets when they were ready. Pushing them only gave birth to bitterness.

Book Review: Stoner and Spaz By Ron Koertge

11375626Stoner and Spaz By Ron Koertge 

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction and young adult

Release Date: January 5, 2004

Pages: 176 (Ebook)

Stoner And Spaz

 

For sixteen-year-old Ben Bancroft ‚ÄĒ a kid with cerebral palsy, no parents, and an overprotective grandmother ‚ÄĒ the closest thing to happiness is hunkering alone in the back of the Rialto Theatre and watching Bride of Frankenstein for the umpteenth time. The last person he wants to run into is drugged-up Colleen Minou, resplendent in ripped tights, neon miniskirt, and an impressive array of tattoos. But when Colleen climbs into the seat beside him and rests a woozy head on his shoulder, Ben has that unmistakable feeling that his life is about to change. With unsparing humor and a keen flair for dialogue, Ron Koertge captures the rare repartee between two lonely teenagers on opposite sides of the social divide. His smart, self-deprecating protagonist learns that kindred spirits may be found for the looking ‚ÄĒ and that the resolve to follow your passion can be strengthened by something as simple as a human touch.

(My Opinion)

Told from the perspective of Ben comes a story about love, Courage, and trying to find yourself and what you love. This book is an okay kind of read. The beginning starts off great with characters that make me laugh and pay attention to their lives. But everything changes and the things that really stands out disappear.

Colleen is a very disorganized character. I understand that she’s crazy and confusing but the way Ron¬†Koertge¬†writes her is odd and rushed.¬†I love the beginning of this book, it really caught my attention and kept it until somewhere in the middle the book starts to go downhill. The funny and awkward conversations Ben and Colleen have seem to die away and become boring. Almost all of the characters don’t have any back stories and after a while, feel like paper on ink, nothing special. The ending is very predictable and boring. I feel really apathetic towards it.

For the most part, I really enjoy the writing style. I love how comfortable Ben is filming his peers because he seems very relaxed and kind of happy. The conversations actually start to pick up and become interesting for a bit. I like the way Ben interacts with them because they seem like how actual teens would react when being filmed. Another thing I like is Ben and his relationship with movies. It’s something that can be easily relatable.

Stoner And Spaz is an okay read that has teens act like actual teens. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books like, 34 Pieces of You, Candy, or any book where the female lead is a disaster waiting to happen. Yet, still pushes away the people who love her the most.

Three Clouds
Three Clouds

Song Of The Day#61-To Build A Home Ft. Patrick Watson By The Cinematic Ochestra

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If you asked me why I love this song so much, I don’t think that I could give a straight answer since I’m not exactly sure myself. I feel very…I’m not even sure how to describe it maybe intrigued? Or pulled towards this song. Without even noticing it, I’d be singing a few verses, swaying back and forth, completely tuned into the music playing around me yet invisible to the people around me.

The Cinematic Orchestra  is a British jazz and electronic band, created in 1999. Currently, the band has four released albums. To Build A Home is off of their third album, Ma Fleur.

My favourite part is:

There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills…
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust…
This is a place where I don’t feel alone
This is a place that I call my home…

You can listen to To Build A Home Here.

Lyrics are Here.

Song Of The Day#60-Next Year By Speak Low If You Speak Love

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I’m not exactly sure how to put this song into words because I’m still kind of in shock. How on¬†Earth¬†did I not know about this band before? They are way too good to miss out on! Go Listen to them right now!

Speak Low If You Speak Love is an acoustic indie/pop band from WESTLAND, Michigan. Next Year is off of their most recent EP that is also a split EP with their friends, Northbound.

My Favourite part is:

And honestly, I think I like being sad,
It’s a narrative of everything I never had.
That’s why I smile when I put on my cap,
Just knowing what’s underneath my hat.

So when I finally cut it off it’ll be for me,
And maybe next year I’ll be happy.

you can listen and get a free download of the whole EP (with Northbound’s half)¬†Here.

Book Review: Colin Fischer By Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

13589178Colin Fischer By Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Mystery, Humour and young adult

Release Date: November 1, 2012

Pages: 256 (Hard Cover)
Colin Fischer

SOLVING CRIME, ONE FACIAL EXPRESSION AT A TIME

Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.

But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate’s birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It’s up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s frequent tormentor, didn’t bring the gun to school. After all, Wayne didn’t have frosting on his hands, and there was white chocolate frosting found on the grip of the smoking gun…

(My Opinion)

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Ha ha Colin just doesn’t know when to shut up at all. The story is told in third person but mostly focuses on Colin and how he reacts towards his surroundings. The idea behind this story is interesting and funny, Colin is a younger version of Sheldon Cooper in many ways as well as Sherlock Holmes.¬†

There seems to be a problem between third person books and I. For some reason, the ones that I’ve read are hard to get into and start off very slow.¬†Colin Fischer¬†is no different with a very slow beginning that was difficult to hold my attention. The clues that the authors provide in the book aren’t as insane or intense as I was hoping they would be. It would have been better if the clues were a bit edgier and shocking since no one usually brings a gun to school. Some of the characters are choppy and very stiff. Since the story doesn’t only¬†focus¬†on Colin but also the people he interacts with and I felt characters like Wayne Connelly could have been written smoother with more information about him.

The writing style really fits the voice of Colin because it’s awkward and a bit blunt. I just love Colin! He’s funny and he’s different, he knows a lot about facts and how to investigate things yet, when it comes to people and emotions, he doesn’t understand anything at all. The authors do a fine job by adding little notes and pieces of the things Colin writes about in his notebook rather than just narrating what he puts in it. The¬†relationship¬†between Colin and his family is another thing I like about this story because you can see the struggles his parents go through to make Colin feel comfortable as well make sure they have memories of their son. Another thing I like about this book is that it teaches you a lot. I learned a lot about animals, the history of the world and the people who lived on it, as well as psychological facts. I learned so much that I had to tell the people around me about the new things I learned and how great this book is.¬†

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I feel like I can relate to Colin on a personal level about his views on people and how they can be very odd. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that will make you believe that you can become a detective.  A fun, short read that makes people think and realize more about the world around them.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

Weekly Update#1

What have I been up to? What have you missed on my blog? This is a weekly update of the new posts and books/album I’ve read/listened to.

Monday

Book Review: Out Of Reach By Carrie Arcos

Wednesday

Album Review: Carousel By Her And Gold

Friday

Book Review: The Selection (The Selection#1) By Kiera Cass

Saturday

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#15

Books Read This Week

Shadow And Bone By Leigh Bardugo

Sweet Evil By Wendy Higgins

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles Of Vladimir Tod#1) By Heather Brewer

Albums Listened To This Week

Lucky Street By Go Radio

Close The Distance By Go Radio

Currently Reading

Intertwined By Gena Showalter

Shadowlands By Kate Brian

Currently Listening To

Penny Black By Further Seems Forever

Scars And Stories By The Fray

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#15

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Yes, I managed to finish two books this week!

Shadow And Bone By Leigh Bardugo

10194157 Favourite Quotes:

1. “It’s funny,” I said after a while. “I always thought that being beautiful would make life easier.”

2. How could someone offering you a present sound so creepy?

3. “The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”

Sweet Evil By Wendy Higgins

11808950 Favourite Quotes:

1. My whole life I’d fooled myself into thinking I didn’t need his love, but I’d been wrong. Everyone needed their father’s love.

2. “Being controlled and being unloved is not a natural way of life.”

3. There was nothing healthy about desperately wanting something you couldn’t have.

4. If life was a game, like everyone said, then I wanted to win.