birth of a new witch.

Title: “Lucid”

Author: Adrienne Stoltz & Ron Bass

Genre: YA, contemporary, magical reality

Publication Date: October 2, 2012 (Razorbill/Penguin – North America)

Source: Publisher-provided ARC

Summary: What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn’t be more different–except for one thing. They share a secret that they can’t tell a soul. At night, they dream that they’re each other.

The deeper they’re pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will…

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Song Of The Day#51-Stranger By Chris August

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This song is just the cutest! I can’t get enough of it! For the past few days, this song has been one of the few songs I have kept listening to on repeat. This song isn’t deep with intense meaning, it’s a long song that is bubbly and a fun song to listen to.

To be honest, I have no clue who Chris August is since I can’t even find this song on iTunes and Amazon will not let me buy it. What I do know is that this song is off of the album, What you’re looking for.  Sorry but you should still listen to this song!

My favourite part is:

so hello there
how are you? amazing
it is nice to finally meet you
I’ve been patently waiting
been waitin’ just to see you
to tell you I dreamt you
now I found you so call off that search
cause I found my stranger (oh)

stranger ’til they call your name
it’s amazing
it’s just a simple thing (yeah)
I see you walking
but don’t you walk too far (no)
I may be nervous
I wanna be where you are (yeah baby)

you can listen to Stranger by Chris August here.  as well as lyrics.

Song Of The Day#50-Grey Eyes By Raveena Aurora

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Raveena Aurora is a folky-pop singer/songwriter with a sweet voice, dark undertones and playful lyrics.She’s an eighteen year old who knows what she wants in the world. Grey Eyes is her first single on Itunes.

My favourite part is:

You are a sea
Of grey and green

We lie and leap
In and between

Those grey eyes
Grey eyes
Grey eyes

Give me the key
To the underneath

you can listen to Grey Eyes and get a free download of the song here.

Song Of The Day#49-Eyes Open By The Narrative

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The Narrative is an indie pop band from Long Island, New York and New York City that was started in the summer of 2008. Currently, there are only two members in the band and they have released two albums and one EP. Eyes Open is off of thir EP, Just Say Yes.

 

My favourite part is:

Everything used to make sense,
We’re testing it in our own strength, oh no

If we don’t leave now, we will break,
we will falter, we will fade.
If we don’t leave now, we will harm,
We’ll regret what we’ve done

you can listen to Eyes Open here.

Lyrics are here.

Song Of The Day#48-Couldn’t See It By PK Fire

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I love discovering new bands. It’s one of the great reasons why I started blogging I guess. PK Fire is a band I’m looking forward to hearing new music from in the near future. Their music reminds me a bit of Dance Gavin Dance as well as Anabor.

PK Fire is a band from Canton, Michigan that started as two best friends playing folk music in their basement. PK Fire is now five best friends playing rock music in other people’s basements. Sorry, We Tried is their third EP.

Couldn’t See It is a song about a relationship that’s going south.

my favourite part is:

I see you
All over campus and I
Just freak out
I really wish I could die

Listen closely ’cause I know this sounds
Like it’s ending could you please calm down
I just want you to stand up straight and be okay, please be okay!

You Can listen to couldn’t See It and get a free download here.

Tilt By Ellen Hopkins

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction and Young Adult

Release Date: September 11, 2012

Pages: 604 (hard cover)

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.

(My Opinion)

I was expecting more from this book because the synopsis is really well written. Kind of a let down, it falls short and might disappoint.  Sean is the most interesting to me because he has a lot more obstacles to overcome than Mikayla and Harley. He’s different and strong in ways that not very many people think he’s capable of. In her usual books, the characters jump off the pages. The main characters are pretty stiff and a bit lifeless. I wasn’t freaking out the way I expected myself to. I didn’t freak out very much to be honest.

There’s too many people getting their share of opinions. Instead of  just the three main characters, there are a lot of secondary characters who get a page with their opinions on things (complete random shit that is irrelevant to the story by the way). At first it’s fine because the first few people who get their opinions told are important to the stories like boyfriends and family members. Somewhere in the middle of this story, I think that Ellen Hopkins ran out of steam and started giving completely random characters an opinion about things that don’t matter. The ending ruins most of the book. I wanted more but instead got nothing and I’m pissed off.

Tilt still has Ellen Hopkins’s special touch with the characters going through different problems and having different lives. I really like the writing style because it’s smooth and very graphic while still leaving the readers to use their imagination. Fans of her previous books might be disappointed. I wouldn’t recommend this book as your first Ellen Hopkins choice.

three ah 3.5 Dreamy Clouds

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