Friday, May 22, 2015

Fairies!


       Hey Guys! I've been a little caught up with work and school, plus all the little things that have been happening in-between. So I haven't been reading a lot lately, usually its a paragraph or two a day if I'm lucky. Hopefully things will get better soon. But for now here's another review to tie ya'll over....

                               Blackbringer by Laini Taylor
        Magpie is a demon hunting Fairy, who travels the world with her caravan of crows. She plans to live a life like the one of her hero Bellatrix, recapturing demons and sending them back to the jars from once they came. Out of all the demons to escape the Blackbringer is the worst and it's Magpie' s job to stop him with the help of her crows and some new friends she meets along the way.

       This was the first book I read by Laini Taylor, I bought it dirt cheap and expected the worst. Instead it proved me wrong and turned into a wonderful read. There were even several pictures, that helped with visioning some of the characters. The best part is it didn't really stereotype fairies at all, sure you had those few who could almost be considered your typical fairy but most of them were out side the norm from what is usually read about fairies. It was a nice change of pace, cause who needs sweet/mischievous fairies when you can have daring/adventurous ones instead! There is soooooo much to compliment about this book, and everyone should just read it to find out why!

     Ya this was a little short, I'm just trying to squeeze it in really quickly between my current school project and another fun assignment. Sarcastic yay inserted here. But it's almost over so I'm just gonna suck it up for now and hope for the best. Best being, more reading time and tons of good books. Which is what I might ask for my birthday... Alright I've got to get back to work. Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn

Friday, May 15, 2015

Raised by Wolves?


         Hey Guys! I've been in a little bit of a reading slump. Just can't find something that truly interests me. I wouldn't have had this problem if Target wasn't so confusing with their twenty percent off stickers and prices not matching on their price check machines! But its not really that important, so for now I thought I'd do a flash back book to make up for the fact I haven't read any thing new. I also LOVE this author and this was the first book I read by them. SO I hope you guys enjoy this review so much that you go and check them out!

                             Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
         Bryn is a human girl who was adopted by a werewolf pack after a rouge murdered her family. The pack life is pretty much all she's ever known. But every now and then Bryn's always up to breaking/bending rules to fit her needs. One day she goes against the orders of her alpha/father and goes to the basement. What she discovers forever changes her life and the lives of the people around her.

       It's been a really long time since I've read this. But I just remember it being the best buy several years ago. Even then I wasn't expecting it to be good, werewolves and surprises in basements seemed clich├ęd to me. But as I read it, I began to realize it was really good. After looking past a few things here and there that would have made most people stop, it was a pretty good book. (spoilers) Kind of wish she wrote a fourth book. I really want to know exactly what happened after the third one. But the second and third books will be saved as a review for another lovely day.

      I'm sure my review didn't do to much to sway your opinion on reading this book. But Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a really good author, I've read the majority of her books/series. Which gives me an idea about what to review next, a wonderful little book with a red hourglass on the front.... I'll let you guys take a guess at what that'll be. If you've got any suggestions on books I should read, go ahead and just leave them in the comments below. They should be fixed, so anyone can post a comment now. Well I've got to get going, Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ummmmmmmmmm.....


       Hey Guys! I got back here sooner then I thought, well then again I thought a lot of things and none of them turned out to be the way they were supposed to be. Kind of like the book I'm reviewing today... I couldn't even think of a title for this post that even remotely gets close to the book then what it is! Can't wait to start whatever I'm reading next, I haven't decided but hopefully whatever it is, is good.

                                  The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee
            Steven's school trip to Hong Kong doesn't exactly goes as planned when he accidently gets mixed up in an odd plan to use the Chinese zodiac's powers. Unintentionally he becomes one of the twelve zodiac signs. On the run from Vanguard, Steven and several others are on a dangerous race against time and people who are more powerful then them.

        This book was ok. I found a couple typos and tons of grammar issues in the copy I read. Also it just didn't "flow" right. The second I saw the title I got all excited thinking it was going to be something awesome and I was going to be unable to read anything else for days. But no, it dragged and didn't feel like the awesome book it was made out to be. (Or at lest I assumed to be...) Also I felt the picture placement didn't make sense. Often they didn't match the part I was reading and that was really annoying. I kind of feel bad about hyping my friends up for this book, its not as great as they think it's going to be.

      I can't believe I kept reading that book, I thought it would get better and it didn't. Well it doesn't matter now cause its done and I can go read whatever I want! Again, I don't know what it'll be, but hopefully its good. If you all have suggestions they would be gladly appreciated. Seeing as I no long have my book shelf any more. Currently in the process of slowly moving my stuff to the next place. My cousin's currently going through it while its at her house. I told her she could read what she wants and I'm just glad they are going to be taken care of while they are there. Hopefully she finds something she likes.  Well I've got to get going, Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fashion + Time Travel?


       Hey Guys! I decided to not read my last book for English. So far I don't have any regrets, which is good. NOW I'M FREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Well at least until some other class tells me I have to read something. I checked out a book from the library for the first time in forever, but I don't know if I'll finish it. Not because I don't have the time (which is partially true) but more because of an interest level. But for now here's something to tide you over until I decide my opinion on the book I'm currently reading.

                                The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky
         Louise Lambert has a passion for vintage clothing. So naturally she's attached to a vintage fashion sale that she randomly gets an invitation from, an exclusive invitation at that. But there is more to this vintage sale then it seems, leading Louise on a fantastic adventure through time.

         I loved this book surprisingly. Never really been the "girly-girl" type, so this was really out of character for me. But I thought time travel? Why the heck not! Of course the place that Turetsky ends up using just solidified my reason for reading it even more. This book is a little hard to explain as to why I really liked it. It just kind of happened, you all know how that kind of just "happens".

        I'm hoping this tides you over for a little bit, cause I've got a bunch of "finals" coming up and a couple other things I need to take care of. BUT hopefully I will make it back here at a decent time with another review. If not I'll try to make it back with some kind of review when I've got the time. Which will hopefully get tripled after schools out. Alright, I've got to go get stuff done so I can go read some more. Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Crime and Punishment


         Hey Guys! Finally done with Crime and Punishment! So excited to... oh wait never mind. I've got another book I got to read for English. So it looks like I'm still waiting to read all the cool books I've been stocking up on. Also I feel bad, I just realized I disabled comments for just shy of everyone on accident. But I've fixed it now, so every one can leave their beautiful comments here now! (This was discovered as a product of further "procrastination" the other day.)

                                       Crime and Punishment  By Fyodor Dostoevsky
          Follow the path of Raskolnikov as he descends slowly into madness as a result of a crime he committed.
       (Really that's the best description there is cause really that's really the entire book in a nut shell.)

         If I didn't have to read it for school I would have enjoyed it a bit more. It was a great book, if you like detail. It's one of those take it slowly and pay attention to imagery and all other things.  That's really why there is a down side. It's very detailed and some details can't be missed.  (That may just be my opinion about the details...) But that goes with the heavy Russian text deal. But I loved it and would have loved it more if I didn't have to rush read it to meet slightly unreasonable deadlines.

       Sorry this was kind of short. It is kind of hard to describe Crime and Punishment. I did like reading about mental instability though. It allowed me to use some of my odd ball facts in discussions. But I can't wait until I can read whatever I want again. Just a couple of days way now, might have to keep a count down somewhere... The tough choice is going to be what to read, cause I've got a huge list now!  I guess I should go see about finishing my last required (outside of class) English book. Talk To You All Later! - Kaitlynn

Friday, April 3, 2015

Graceling


         Hey Guys! I decided to procrastinate some more, well technically it's not procrastination when you don't have the materials to do the things you're supposed to be doing. Well then again, if you've got Doctor Who on then its definitely procrastination. So yep there we go, in a round about way I'm procrastinating. Ok, before I bore you all even more let's get on with the review.

                                       Graceling by Kristin Cashore
             Graces are abilities that set special people apart in Katsa world. It isn't to hard to tell if you've got one, usually your eyes are a unusual color. The Graces can be something simple like being an amazing dancer, or being graced with the ability to be an expert killer (If you didn't guess already, this ones Katsa's Grace). Katsa is forced to use her Grace for the king. When Katsa meets Po her whole world starts to change as she begins to learn the truth about her grace.

          I loved this book, I read it about four or five years ago. (If you couldn't tell by the slightly choppy description of the book) Sure it had some romance in it (not my favorite parts of any book, not even in my top ten genres) but I feel that the amount of action made up for it.

                                     Fire by Kristin Cashore
                   Fire as the Grace to control peoples minds. She doesn't like to do it to the innocent, mostly cause she has secrets she's hiding just as much as the innocent people are too. When Brigan  comes to town and asks for her help to uncover a possible plot against the throne. Can Fire do it, or will she let her fears get the best of her?

         I don't remember much about this book, I think it's cause I read it right after Graceling with out letting Graceling set in first. It must have been good, I don't know. I might have to reread the whole series and come back to redo this part of the review....

                                  Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
           Bitterblue rose to the throne at a young age, because of this the kingdoms advisors have been running the kingdom for her until she comes of age to be able to run the kingdom. Bitterblue decides the only way to better run her kingdom is to dive into the past, may that be by sneaking out at night or by two thieves who only want to steal what's been already stolen.

         I disliked this book, I remember it just dragging, and dragging. Sure the idea was there, and it was a pretty good one, but I think it was the amount of unnecessary detail that kept me from truly enjoying it. There was also an extreme lack of action, which made this book way different then the last two in the series.

              Alright, I feel better now that I've gotten this whole series sort of off my chest. I feel bad that I just couldn't do it justice. The first two books were good, go read them. If you want to read the third be my guest I'm not going to discourage reading of any kind. Ok, I guess I'm off to finish an episode of Doctor Who, read some Crime and Punishment, and then start a Shakespeare play. I love Shakespeare and absolutely can't wait to start the play I'm going to read. Well, Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Snow!!!!!


          Hey Guys! I should be finishing up the last 100 or so pages of Crime and Punishment but I thought I'd put off my procrastination to come here and do a review (which could be considered an extension of my procrastination)! Worst part is I've wasted most of my spring break putting it off. Then again I don't think working can be considered part of putting something off but whatever I'm just rambling now....

                                    Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
               After sixteen years of being on the run from another kingdom. The seven remaining refugees of winter are no closer to getting their home back. The first step is to get the locket, it's nearly impossible when its been split in two. Not as impossible as it might seem for Meira. As Meira and the other refugees get closer to freeing the kingdom of Winter,  Meira starts to realize things might not be as they originally seemed. Will she be able to sort it all out in time to get the locket and save the kingdom of Winter?

        Ok, I'm going to admit there is no rating system to even express how much I loved this book. Sure the love triangle thing was a bit out there and could have been left out, But it was an epic book none the less. Some of the characters where addicting, I had to know more about them. And some of the "plot twists" were pretty good. I don't know if I would want a sequel to this, sure the ending meant there was probably going to be one (in this day and age what book doesn't have a sequel). But There would have to be some pretty big "earth shattering" event to have it be good and top the first book.

         I'm so glad this ran across my Goodreads page, I had forgotten that I read it earlier in the school year. That's the nice part about having a Goodreads page, you can rediscover all those books that you haven't read in forever but know that you did at some point. The lucky downside is that your To-Read List gets longer the more you hang out on there. I'm so lucky to have it not be able to load on my I-pod or else I'd have literally the entire public library on there! I can't wait to be done with required reading for school, then I can check out the whole library and enjoy reading again! Well I've got to go waste the rest of my day and spring break, Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The End....


      Hey Guys! I've decided to take a break from Crime and Punishment. It's good, but it's very detail oriented. Plus I've been rush reading it for school, not because I want to but because I have to. I usually have one day to read over 100 detail oriented pages with annotations. (Well I have to annotate.... makes me wish I had a copy that was already annotated copy.) I wish I could read this with out having to rush through it. I've heard nothing but good things about it. Whatever, I'll just have to reread it later. For  now, let's get on with the end of the world reviews.... (There will be spoilers, I'm going to try to keep them to a bare minimum but it's almost impossible given the fact that these are the last in their series')

                                  City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
              In the final book of the Mortal Instruments series, join Clary, Jace, and all their friends (and family...) in the fight against their greatest adversary... Sebastian Morgenstern. Things start get more dangerous as shadowhunters withdraw from their institutes and go to Idris. A shocking twist causes Clary and her friends to go on the run. Will they be able to fight Sebastian and his army of Endarkened? Or will they all parish trying?


        I rated this a 5/5 stars. The only problem I had was the ending. I loved the characters to much for the series to end, even though I knew deep down in side it had to at some point. As someone really smart/important said one day "All good things come to an end." I also think what happened to one of the characters (Some of you might know who I'm talking about but I'm trying not to ruin the book.) was unfair. He was sooooooo sweet and was just trying to save his friends. He didn't deserve to have his memory wiped!

                                         Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
              Follow the Seven, Nico, Reyna, and Coach Hedge on what could be their final adventure. Even thought the Seven have made progress on their way to stopping Gaea and Feast of Spes, they seem to feel like they are getting nowhere close to stopping her. Nico, Reyna, and Coach Hedge are having the same feelings as they race to get back to Camp Half-Blood in a desperate attempt to stop a growing war between the Greeks and the Romans. Will both groups be able to stop the impending doom they face or will they fail at their quests? 


     I rated this a 5/5 stars. Alright I will admit that I didn't enjoy this one as much as the last couple books in the series. It may have been just the fact that most of the book was the characters going over what they expect their impending death to be like. I didn't think there was enough Annabeth, I shouldn't be complaining because of how much she was in the previous book but I just didn't see enough of my favorite character.  Though the development of other characters was (I guess...) enough to make up for the fact she wasn't as prevalent.

      I'm going to admit that it was easier to review Blood of Olympus then it was to review City of Heavenly Fire. It may have been the fact that it was more generalized where the plot area was concerned. But I don't know which series I was more upset about ending. I think because I knew both authors were starting another series, I was somewhat ok with them ending. Rick Riordan and Cassandra Clare are some of my favorite authors. And it is going to be a sad day when they no longer write books. Ok, I have to tell my self to convince my self to stop procrastinating and go read Crime and Punishment now. Well, Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Time Travel Review!!!!!!


       Hey Guys! In addition to being extremely distracted.... I've started a Goodreads page! It's sooooooooooo addicting, I spend at least on hour going through their recommendations for me. The hope is that by having the goodreads page it will help me remember to get back here to review stuff. (Cause I haven't been doing a good job about reminding my self.) So far (other than the suggestions) its told me that I've read 10,345 pages this year. I'm really liking this site! But that's not why I got on here! I got on here to review some books, and obviously that what I'm going to do.

                       The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole
           Follow Rose, The Doctor, and the TARDIS through an another through time and space. This time their adventure takes them to London shortly after a major ship sinks in the North Sea. Rose learns about the sunken ship shortly after visiting her friend and learning that her brother had been on the ship. Not too long after the dead from the ship coming back begging to be saved from a feast. Can Rose and The Doctor get to the bottom of this before it's too late?

       I loved this book, the only sad part is I can't remember everything I loved about it. It's been a while since I've read it.... well more like about a year. The one line I do (sorta) remember had something funny to do with goldfish. I believe at the time I thought it followed the series (Doctor Who) pretty well.

                     The Price of Paradise by Colin Brake
        Laylora is a paradise planet (It's exactly what a paradise planet would be). Everything is balanced... Well until an explorer and her crew land. Things start to get off balanced and the inhabitants of the planet start to disappear. The Doctor and Rose are rushing to save Laylora. Will they be able to or will they be too late?

      Again, I loved the book but it's been sooooooo long since I've read it. I, yet again, remember thinking it was pretty close to the show but other than that I don't really remember much about it.

      Ok I'm now realizing that the title is a bit misleading.... I guess the books kind of fit into the "genre" but  coming up with titles is hard! So it's ok that it's horrible and doesn't match, mostly cause it could be worst. But I digress... So I've started a google doc with the list of books that have either been reviewed or are to be reviewed. I'm going to link it down below, along with my goodreads page link thing. (I'll have to figure out how that works. I'm not sure if you could view my page without having an account. But I'll have to mess with it and see.) On a side note, I've read the entirety of Homestuck. Well up till the most recent up date, just have to wait till April 14th to have everything ripped apart again. (Major disclaimer thingy here) Don't read Homestuck if you value your life, may it be emotional or just the entirety of your free time. Alright, I've got to get on my way. I've got 100 pages of Crime and Punishment to read in a short period of time. So, Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

I Made it Back! (Finally!)


           Hey Guys! Wow, I've decided that I'm kind of a horrible person. I keep forgetting to review all these books I keep reading!  I also keep leaving you guys hanging for months! I've also been caught up in reading Homestuck (don't look it up unless you want to get addicted!). At this point I'm going to have to do three books per review to get caught up! (I bet you all got super excited about that.) Today I will start with two reviews....

                          The Osiris Curse: A Tweed and Nightingale Adventure by Paul Crilley
               Follow Sebastian and Octavia on another adventure. This time it deals with the murder of Tesla and an adventure to Egypt. While investigating a murder our detectives anger a secret society called The Hermetic Order of Osiris, thus forcing them to go under cover. Can they solve this mystery or will all the worlds come to an end?

            I rated this a 4/5 stars. I will admit it's been a while since I've read this but I didn't think it was too bad. Wasn't to enthusiastic about the last half of the book (if I remember correctly). I thought it was interesting until the author added his little earth shattering "plot twist" that just was a little whatever. I did like the first book better, but its almost always that way so I'm not too upset.

                                                Atonement by Ian McEwan        
                  It all started in 1935 with one 13 year olds innocent mistake. This mistake leads to major changes in not only her life but the lives of her family and their friend for the rest of their lives. Follow the characters through their life altering events and through world war II from a British point of view.

          I can't even think of a rating to describe this book. I thought it was going to be boring because I had to read it for English but in reality it was one of the best I've had to read for English in a long time. I know my description of the book doesn't do it justice. But I loved how the author described WW II and I loved how the book just played out. I could relate to the different characters at different points in the book and just when I thought I could guess the next move the book went a different direction. I kind of just want to stand on a corner and hand out this book to every one who walks by. (Ok that is a little extreme but IT WAS AWESOME!)

         I know these reviews aren't the best. It's going to be one of those work in progress "projects".  I'm also going to try keeping up this time and not neglecting you guys again. On a side note, I've started my "New Years Resolution (Revolution... what ever its called)" . Pretty much I have a box that I am going to fill up with the titles of all the books I've read this year. So every time I finish a book I'm going to put the title in my cool looking box and at the end of the year I'm going to look back and see how much I've accomplished. I thought it was good when I ran across it about a month ago. I hope it'll be able to help me (and remind me) to get on here and do reviews. Well I've got to get going, Talk To You All Later! - Kaitlynn

1.) The Silent Stars go by by Dan Abnett
2.) Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
3.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
4.) A Study in Silks and A Study in Darkness by Emma Jane Holloway
5.) Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell
6.) The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner
7.) The Osiris Curse: A Tweed and Nightingale Adventure by Paul Crilley
8.) The Shadowhunters Codex by Cassandra Clare
9.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
10.) Three by Kristen Simmons
11.) The Help by Kathryn Stockett
12.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
13.)Atonement by Ian McEwan
14.) Rebel by Amy Tintera
15.) Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
16.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
17.) ACID by Emma Pass
18.) Price of Paradise by Colin Brake
19.) The Moor by Laurie R. King
20.) City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
21.) Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
22.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens