Favourite Book Quotes of The Week#25

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve 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!

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

17302690Favourite Quotes:

1. Everybody dies, dudes and dudettes. That’s the name of the game.

2. “Everybody’s got troubles, you know that? The world’s a universally sad and fucked-up place. People hurt, all of them. You beginning to get that? Or do you still think it’s just you, man? Only you that suffers? Like You’ve been singled out?”

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

13580928Favourite quotes:

1. “The things that are the most precious to us are sometimes the most secret.”

2. Sleep every chance you get. Eat every chance you get.

3. “Someday you will know that the heart is not always as wise as it is strong.”

4. The biggest lies you tell are for yourself.

Album Review: Close The Distance by Go Radio

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Record Label: Fearless Records

Genre: pop/punk

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Songs: 11

Go Radio is a rock band from Tallahassee, Florida, formed by former Mayday Parade vocalist, guitarist and lyricist Jason Lancaster in April 2007. Go Radio has released two EPs-Welcome to Life and Do Overs and Second Chances and two albums-Lucky Street and Close The Distance. Current band members are-Jason Lancaster (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Alex Reed (guitar, vocals), Matt “Burns” Poulos (bass guitar, backing vocals), Steven Kopacz (drums, percussion).

(My Opinion)

Go Radio is still on the top of their game. Maybe not as high as they were with their first album, Lucky Street. But it’s the second album that either makes or breaks a band. And with Go Radio, Close The Distance definitely makes this band. They are going to make it big, maybe even bigger than bands that have been playing with each other for decades.

What I don’t like about this album are the things that are the most ‘in’ nowadays with music. It’s been around forever yet, it seems, everyone wants a piece of that, “Oh oh oh,” bit now. And when I say everyone, I really do mean everyone. For some bands and artists, it works (sometimes) but with Go Radio and their songs, Lost and Found, Go To Hell, and, I Won’t Lie the change of tune is sort of sudden and too hard to wrap my head around. Although I like these songs, I just can’t stand this about them at all.

I love the transitioning between the verses’ and chorus’ in all of the songs because they flow so smoothly together whether they speed up or slow down. Everything just fits and goes well together. Many of the songs have easily relatable lyric like, Close The Distance, Go To Hell, Things I don’t See, as well as, The Ending. These songs talk about romance and the old days that everyone can stop and remember about their own lives. This is another thing I love about this band. They can seamlessly relate to people in such a heart-felt way. In the song, Things I Don’t See, there’s a really cool guitar solo that not many bands seem to have. I also like that the band added the right amount of voices/sounds to their songs, Collide, I won’t Lie and Lost and Found that it doesn’t drown out the songs. Instead it makes the songs better rather than took away from them.

Close The Distance isn’t a huge success for me. I feel like the band takes two steps forward and one step back because they grew and matured with their experience and lyrics (sort of), yet, decided to go with a much more poppy sound. I’m not saying that all of the songs should have been edgier and angry like, Fight Fight Fight or Any Other Heart. But, it would have made the album a lot better if they stuck with some punk/rock tunes as well as pop tunes to keep all their fans happy.

3.5 Treble Clefs
3.5 Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album

1. I Won’t Lie-3:40

2. Baltimore-3:56

3. Collide-3:35

4. Go To Hell -3:31

5. Lost and Found-3:25

6. Close The Distance-4:02

7. What If You Don’t-3:45

8.  Things I Don’t See-3:53

9. The Ending-3:44

10. Over Me-3:53

11. Hear Me Out-4:56

Book Review: Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

6344423Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: September 1, 2009

Pages: 440 (Ebook)

Intertwined (Intertwined #1)

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.

Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger… but not everyone will come out alive.

(My Opinion)

Although the beginning is all over the place, the characters are stiff, and there isn’t anything intense about it, as I kept reading, I started to really enjoy it, I love the relationship between Aden and the souls, the way everyone reluctantly gets along. And it’s really funny.  The story is told in third person with alternating perspectives between Aden and Anne-Marie and their lives surrounding each other.

At the beginning of the story, everything is everywhere. Nothing seems to be organized and the characters are very stiffed with forced connections. With this being said, it’s obvious that some of the characters are very boring, not only in the beginning of the story, but throughout the book as well. I found Victoria and her life extremely boring and uncreative. Everything about her is very…mediocre in the sense of vampires and how the react to humans in YA books nowadays. I also don’t like the relationships at first. The way Anne-Marie and Riley react to each other is odd, their relationship moves too slow for me to really connect to them (at first) and the relationship between Aden and Victoria moves far too fast, going from dreaming about each other to falling in love. Also known as ‘Insta-love’.

The second half of the book is a lot better than the first, I have to say.  Most of the problems with the disorganized things sort themselves out and the relationship between Anne-Marie and Riley finally speeds up. During this half, it was hard for me to not fall in love with Riley and his snappy ways. Although there are many problems with the book, the writing really drew me in and kept me interested even though it is told in third person. Aden’s abilities to help others cross-over and leave Earth is so touching, it brings out a more exciting and sensitive side of Aden and helped me like him even more as a character. Especially the situation between John and Chloe and how sad they are to be apart *cries* so touching. Riley is my favourite character though. He’s such a bad-ass with his intense stares and feels the need to punch anyone who hurts his friends. Plus, he takes off his clothes to turn into a werewolf *swoons* (call me shallow, but I just couldn’t help but enjoy reading about him.)

Intertwined does take some patience. If you’re one of those readers who are looking for well-organized books with strong characters who take charge of everything within a few chapters, you won’t find it here. BUT If you are patient, I’m sure you will love their wacky, out of control personalities and enjoy this book as much as I do. I recommend this for anyone who likes demon-killers and everything in that genre (including Necromancers) with a bit of vampire and werewolves dashed in, here and there.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

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Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#24

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve 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!

Let The Sky Fall (Let The Sky Fall#1) by Shannon Messenger

13445306Favourite quotes:

1. Parents: Perfecting ways to humiliate their children since the dawn of time.

2. “You deserve to be happy,” he whispers. “No matter what you think or what you did. you deserve to be happy.”

3. Infinite possibilities. And none of them matter.  What matters is here and now.

Favourite Album Lyrics of The Week#4

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My favourite lyrics from the albums that I’ve listened to during the week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite lyrics are!

Able Bodies by From Indian Lakes

tumblr_md53fzohwh1qjcvneo1_500Favourite lyrics:

1. If I can take it away without a choice or a say
If I can never see the sun out my window
If I can call in my sleep if I can no longer sleep
I’ll say this quick to you
I swear that I’ll be, I swear that I’ll be good

If I was taken away before I knew who I was
And I was given a name among your daughters and sons
To be love just to love I think I heard that before
But I love them I do it so to be loved some more
I would’ve loved some more

(Taken from, We Follow)

2. Loving you is never hard to do
But I’m sick in bed calling me dead soon
And if they never bring me back to you
Will you tell me the truth
Will you tell me the truth
I said will you tell me the truth

(Taken from, We Are Sick)

3. Sweet thing your eyes are too tired
Believe me you don’t wanna see the world
The world I start
I could take your picture now
Or I could leave you out and we can stay right here
We could paint a new picture now
Or we can turn it into something else right here

(Taken from, I Don’t Know You)

4. Where is my happy song
And where has my patience gone
Did they take it away
Or did I make it leave on my own

Love never takes but I’ve seen it take everything
There’s no one around when I need them the most
Until your love takes down the way
Please restart my ability to love again

(Taken from, ‘Till I Can Walk)

Illuminate by Lydia

220px-IllunnmFavourite Lyrics:

1. It’s still not quite the way it was
But you promised me this is love
So stay and watch the hospital
That’s just across the street
From your apartment balcony
I’ll never ever leave there
I’ll never leave

Watch the hospital that’s just across the street
(It’s still not quite the way it was)
From your apartment balcony
(But you promised me this is love, so stay)
I’ll never ever leave there
I’ll stay here

(Taken from, Hospital)

2. Baby just ask once more
‘Cause I saw your door wide open,
but the floor is still freezing.
Hailey, I was sick and I’m still quite unwell.
Tell me it’s you or nothing at all.

‘Cause I stole your soul
You said I’d never be able
But oh, the whole world is still on my string

(Taken from, This Is Twice Now)

3. Now I see.
Don’t you say that I’ve gone crazy.
Because I haven’t gone crazy yet.
I just lost my mind,
But I still got you.

Stay up late so you’re sure.
Sure that I wont stray too far,
But surely that got too hard.
Love is not for me,
I promise.
One more day, just one more.

(Taken from, One More Day)

4. No one could ever wait for you
And no one, yeah, no one could ever
Wait for you, I’ll wait for you

But you are the never-ending sleep
That I, I love to treat with this medicine
I get from my, my closer friends
But all I see

(Taken from, All I See)

 

Be The Light by Sweet Talker

SweetTalker-BeTheLightWebsized_mediumFavourite lyrics:

1. And I wish you would be the light at the end of this tunnel and
I’ll be the sweep off your feet that you’ll always remember
I wish you would come home

(Taken from, I Wish)

2. Everything I ever had, all that I would give for you.

I wonder when it’s running out if you’ll still know my name.
You call me crazy, I must be baby, cause I still love you, yeah I still love you.
Everything I ever had I put in and fought for you, for you, for you.

(Taken from, This Is War)

Book Review: The Game by Shane Scollins (Book Tour+Giveaway!)

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Welcome to my stop for The Game blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

17256574The Game by Shane Scollins

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Genre: Thriller and  adult

Release Date: March 13, 2013

Pages: 231 (Ebook)

The Game

No matter where you are, they’ll find you, and put you in “The GAME”.

Candice Laguna’s life is being systematically dismantled, by an unknown force, for a reason she can’t imagine. But she is about to become the unwilling star of a reality game competition the likes of which has never been broadcast to the world.

Just when things get darkest, a mysterious man snatches her from the grips of doom. He is a man who is not what he appears, and not who he says. He has no name and his motivation to help Candice is not what it seems to be.

(My Opinion)

No offense to Shane Scollins but this book isn’t for me. If I was closer to Candice’s age, I think that I might have enjoyed this book more than I had. I think that I could have connected with her more than I did. With this being said, I didn’t care about most of the characters or the problems they had.

For the things that I don’t like go, there is a lot. There is close to no world building at all in the story. I understand that it takes place in New York and New Jersey but still, there could have been a lot more details than there was. Another thing I don’t like is the intensity of it, it’s not at all intense or mysterious. I felt like I was reading a love story instead of an actual thriller that was supposed to keep me on my toes. There is an unbelievable amount of insta-love in this book. In some instances, I can tolerate it but the relationship between Vince and Candice goes from sweet and cute to full-out love in a matter of days. It’s just not realistic. The ending of the book is somewhat predictable yet there is a few surprises that keep interesting but not enough to actually like it.

The writing style is something that kept me reading because it’s really smooth. This says a lot because I don’t usually like books that are written in third person. I really like the cool twist that happens with Vince and his life. I was not expecting it at all and actually made me happy that I kept reading. I also like Angus because he’s crazy. He’s this evil genius who gets what he wants and doesn’t care. Reading about him is going to interest most readers who are curious to know what goes through the mind of a killer without a heart. Shane Scollins did a fine job developing Angus as a character.

Overall, not  a bad read, but it isn’t a young adult book. It’s more directed towards adults which instantly made me not like the book but I kept reading because I liked the premise of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys movies like Gamer, Arena, and even books like The Hunger Games in a sense of the twisted minds of people and what they want out of reality tv show.

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Three Clouds

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downloadShane Scollins is a freelance writer and author. Originally from New Jersey, he now resides in Upstate New York with his wife, Heather. He has worked as an automotive service manager, a website developer and a computer network engineer. Primarily a science fiction and paranormal novelist, Shane enjoys taking readers on surprising and unexpected journeys that twist reality. He is currently working on his next book.

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Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#23

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve 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!

Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas 

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“Did he ever tell you about the drum set he got when he was thirteen?” I shook my head. “He played it every Saturday morning. […] That son of a bitch was only playing because he knew I’d come in wasted the night before.”

He took Doug’s chin in his hand and used his thumb and index finger to force a lunatic smile on his brother’s face. “Tomorrow your ass is mine, little brother.”

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#22

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve 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!

My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy#1) by Tellulah Darling

15749326 Favourite Quotes:

1. Let me be a lesson to you, kids. There is a reason you shouldn’t get all cocky. Because if you do, the universe will come along and kick your ass hard.

2. “Because when you’ve been around forever, you have to find something outside yourself to believe in or go mad. I believe in humanity. I believe in you.”

Book Review: Deadly Kisses by Kerri Cuevas (Book Tour+ Giveaway!)

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17156824Deadly Kisses by Kerri Cuevas

Publisher: WiDo Publishing

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: March 5, 2013

Pages: 265 (Ebook)

Deadly Kisses

Aiden Grant has a killer kiss.  Literally. And it’s not every reaper who gets to work with the Sixteenth President. Sure, Honest Abe likes to throw out history lessons with reaping assignments, but when you’re favored by the ancients, grim reaper life is pretty sweet for a newly dead seventeen-year-old.

Then things get messy.

Aiden is assigned to reap the soul of Bee, the only girl he has ever loved. When Aiden’s kiss of death fails, intertwining their souls, she is still very much alive and they are both in trouble. The ancients want Bee, who has special powers of her own, and they’ll do anything to get her.

Some rules are meant to be broken, even if that means Aiden must bargain with his own soul to save Bee. Who knew the afterlife could get so complicated?

(My Opinion)

You can’t escape death. Well, for long, anyway. Aiden Grant knows that better than most. And although I like him during the first half of the book, in the second half he turns into this complete love-sick puppy who kinds of whines a lot. I found myself skipping most of the romantic parts because of this reason. Kerri Cuevas could have toned the emotion and love Aiden feels for Bee down by a lot. But, not a bad read. A cool idea that is well-developed and a dark read.

Deadly Kisses  has a hard time setting the moods properly. It seems like every time something sad happens someone would say or do something funny right away. Instead of playing the sad part out a little longer, it keeps changing and making it harder for me to sympathize any of the characters. I also did not like the humour, it’s very forced sarcasm that didn’t make me laugh once. I get the jokes, they’re just not funny. And I don’t understand why authors feel the need to repeat the same facts over and over again every two pages. Almost on every page, Ad is either saying/thinking, “I really love Bee”, “I have to reap Bee but I don’t want to,” or “I need to protect Bee from everything.” Of course I’m just paraphrasing it but you get the point (hopefully). Sadly, the whole book is mostly predictable and I knew the ending before I read it.

What I do like about this novel is the world building. I love the night clubs and how all of the other Grim Reapers mingle together and become a community sort of like the living do except they drink anti-rotting drinks and own gondolas. Ad’s flashbacks of his death is the reason why he hasn’t ascended yet and this has to be my favourite part of the book. As readers, we see Ad breaking down his well constructed walls and becoming very vulnerable. Kerri Cuevas does a beautiful job explaining Ad’s regret in such a manner that it touched my heart. It makes you realize just how hard it is to let the ones you love go without blaming yourself for letting them die.

Overall, Deadly Kisses is an okay read that hopefully gets better as the series goes on (I think it’s a series).  It’s not perfect, nor does it start off on a great note, but I did enjoy it. I recommend it for fantasy lovers who love the afterlife setting and Grim Reapers.

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Three Clouds

About the author

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Kerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-a-cheese recipe.

Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.

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Book Review: My EX From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy#1) by Tellulah Darling

15749326Book Review: My EX From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy#1) by Tellulah Darling

Publisher: Te Da Media

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: April 1, 2013

Pages: 272 (Ebook)

My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1)

 

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:

a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.

Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.

Literally.

This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.

Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.

Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …

… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Te Da Media for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

(My Opinion)

I am stunned into silence. Wow. Tellulah tells a story about a teenaged Goddess who has spunk, fight, and a very sarcastic mouth. The story is told from the perspective of Sophie Bloom A.K.A. Persephone. The beginning of the story is what I was expecting. It’s too fast and far too much like a journal for my liking. Sophie seems to play everything out  a little too much. There is also the never-ending amount of clichés.  It also plays a lot into the high school stereotypes with the evil queen bee dating the hottest guy around and what-not. But somewhere in the middle, it changes and it’s enjoyable and funny and I love it!  Nonetheless, I love the relationship between Kai and Theo, it’s hilarious and grin-worthy. The fights and sarcastic dialogue they use makes it hard to put the book down. My Ex From Hell is definitely a book to read on a rainy day.

I like the characters. I really do. But I hate how easily they accept that Sophie is a goddess with crazy powers. Sure, someone faints and everyone is like, “Omg! No! I don’t believe it!” But I was expecting more disbelief and more… suspicion. I think Tellulah Darling could have played this out for a much longer period than she does in the book. It just did not feel real to me. Another thing I don’t like about the book is that I’m constantly being pulled out of the story. Although it’s mostly to make a funny point, being pulled out of the book at least twice in every chapter gets annoying.

Out of all the characters, I never thought that I would like the protagonist, Sophie the most. I never thought so because I usually don’t like the protagonist the most in books. But I do, she’s addicting with her quirky self, shooting balls of light at the bad guys. She kicks some serious ass and I love the romance between Sophie and Kai because it’s entertaining. They always have something to yell at each other about.Greek myths and modern-day life intertwine beautifully with creatures that could easily pass as bikers and Scream impersonators. I wasn’t expecting the ending with everything that’s happened with the gang. A great twist to end the story with!

My Ex From Hell is a humourous and fun way to start a trilogy full of creepy creatures and annoying ex’s. I recommend this to everyone who loves Greet Mythology and a romance that has been to Hell and back (literally). My Date From Hell comes out some time next year and I for one, cannot wait to read it!

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3.5 Dreamy Clouds