Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It' hiatis time...kinda

First of all, Happy (belated) Easter! I hope you all had a lovely time with friends and family, enjoying the lovely long weekend and all.

Anywho, back to the point. I'm sure you've noticed that for the past couple of months, this blog has been pretty empty. And anything I do happen to post is either late, or a half arsed effort. It's just that real life is hella hectic right now. Uni has swamped me with all the work, and I'm finding it harder and harder to not only schedule time to post, but to find time to read. Initially I tried to push through, but you know when you feel like you're obligated to do something, it becomes less and less appealing? This blog has become this for me. Even though I thoroughly enjoy posting anything and everything related to books, I can't even find the time to read at the moment, let alone write posts. There's just too much going on right now. 

So, I'm going to be taking a step back. I'm going to try to actively read more, but you probably won't see that many posts, let alone regular postings. If I have time I might be able to write review posts every now and then, but for the next couple of months, it's going to be fairly quiet around here. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday (43)

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly Meme hosted at Pen to Paper

This week I'm wishing for...

All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry

Summary from Goodreads:

"Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last."

Why I'm Wishing for It:
I've recently heard a bit about this, and a lot of it is positive. That cover though, it just pulls you in. And then the synopsis sells the story to you, and you just have to add this to your TBR!

What about you? What are you wishing for this week?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: 18th December 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Format: Paperback
Pages: 488
Rating: 4.0/5.0

This book was read as part of the 2014 RC and 2014 SSC

Summary from Goodreads:
"When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living."

It's been quite some time since I read this, which makes writing this review so much harder. So, let's keep this short and snappy.

  • I rather enjoyed our plot and the world in which it took place. Tragic, but pretty cool, and very well done.
  • I rather liked out lead character's. Ruby is great, just because her back story is pretty dame tragic. Suzume was another fave of mine, but so was Liam, and Chubs as well. Actually, I liked the entire gang. 
  • Bracken did something interesting in there with a love triangle, which actually managed to surprise me. I wouldn't mind this being explored in the sequels.
  • The ending was a bit emotional, and I'm not an emotional reader, so that's saying something!
  • Overall, whilst I did enjoy this, I was waiting with baited breathe for something amazing to happen because I've heard so much about how everyone loves this book. But, I was never completely blown away.
To conclude this extremely short review - this was pretty darn good, and I'll definitely continue on with the series. Definitely worth the read.

Friday, April 4, 2014

2014 Quarterly Challenge Update Post #1

This year I'm participating in three reading challenges (woot woot). Even with the tonnes of uni work I've had over the past month or two, I've still managed a fair bit

6/10 read for the Ebook Reading Challenge
9/20 for the Rewind Challenge

So far, I'm doing better than I expected. My reading time has seriously been cut short since uni started up, which isn't at all surprising since this is the final year of my degree. The only reason I've been able to still read one book a week is because I've been targeting all the shorter books on my lists - anything and everything 350 pages and under. Surprisingly, I have a lot of shortish books to read, but once I run out of them, all I've really got is 450 pages and over, which will take significantly more time to read. Here's hoping that I'll gain some more free time soon.

Anywho, here's what I've been reading, and what challenges they count for:

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell EBC, RC
2. Awaken by Meg Cabot EBC, RC, SSC
3. Pivot Point by Kasie West EBC, RC, SSC
4. Unhinged by A.G Howard SSC
5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner EBC, RC, SSC
6. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline RC
7. Cress by Marrisa Meyer SSC
8. Vortex by Julie Cross RC, SSC
9. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi EBC, SSC
10. Diva by Jillian Larkin RC, SSC
11. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare RC, SSC
12. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead EBC, RC, SSC

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday (42)

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly Meme hosted at Pen to Paper

This week I'm wishing for...

Half Bad by Sally Green

Summary from Goodreads:

"Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.

You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.

You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.

You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.

You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.

All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.

Why I'm Wishing for It:
This has been on my radar for a little while now. The blurb is just so cryptic. I know it has something to do with this teenage boy who is half white witch, half black witch - which is bad, because you don't want to be a black witch? Or do you just want to be completely a white witch or black witch? See - cryptic. I need to find more out about this, it's quite intriguing!

What about you? What are you wishing for this week?
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