Sunday, December 5, 2010

By the Time you Read This



By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters


ugh! I can say that this whole year of 2010 there as never been a book that pissed me off the way this one did. It was a good read but it left so many loose ends, my fingers are tingling from the rage of not having another page to turn to find out what happen to Daelyn and Santana. I mean really, she walked into the light! There is one of two ways that that can be interpreted, she could have committed suicide or she could learn to exist as she is. What she chooses is not there and it is driving ...more ugh! I can say that this whole year of 2010 there as never been a book that pissed me off the way this one did. It was a good read but it left so many loose ends, my fingers are tingling from the rage of not having another page to turn to find out what happen to Daelyn and Santana. I mean really, she walked into the light! There is one of two ways that that can be interpreted, she could have committed suicide or she could learn to exist as she is. What she chooses is not there and it is driving me insane! I hate open ended books.

The plot is good and addicting, the idea of a count down is unique and rarely done the way Peters does it. The main character, Daelyn Rice is torn up and tormented inside from years of neglect from her parents, from the brutalness of school and life. From the pure frustration of not being enough to just fit in. She has been teased and tormented her whole life and she knows the way that for sure will make it stop. At least it will if she can get it right. Daelyn has known from the age of ten that she has wanted to die. Her attempts to carry it out have failed so far and she is determined more than ever to get it right the third time.

When she isn't at school she is online at a website, Through the light.com. A site for people just like her. Who are sick of living, those who are looking for peace. Daelyn counts down the days until her next attempt, her final attemtp. Day by day she plots it out; how, when and where. All the basics. She slowly shuts herself out from the world around her and closes herself from her parents. No one cares, no one matters, nothing matters because it will all be over soon. That is the unsaid motto she adopts.

No one cares about her, she is invisible at least when she is not being picked on. Or so she thinks until Santana comes and sits on her bench and day by day squirms a little more into her thoughts and tries to know her life. That is something Daelyn can't understand. Why? No one talks to her out of the goodness of their heart. No one is kind to her. No one cares about her enough to ask her. Santana is a mystery that raises feelings Daelyn is trying to convince herself that she doesn't have. As her DOD (Date of Death) day grows closer Daelyn finds herself choosing. Is it truly too late to let some one into her life?

The whole story builds up to a suspenseful end that, in my opinion didn’t give what the body of the book had promised. It left a open end for the reader to wonder did she or didn’t she. Ack! Did Daelyn choose to find peace or did she choose to back out and live with what was done to her.

This is a great addition to the contemporary YA shelf. It raises awareness to a problem that is all too neatly glossed over at times when it is needed to be brought to light, bullying and its effects. Peters paints a portrait on just what bullying and a unheard voice can do to a human soul.

3 black sheep! ! !

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What Sucks.

I'm truly dragging. I'm so tired and I feel like I'm not getting anywhere. School is just kicking my butt and I feel like I am truly breaking a promise. To my Daddy and to myself.
When I study I don't know what I am doing wrong, it isn't like I'm not trying. Am I trying hard enough? I am not use to feeling like I'm stupid. I'm not.
I'm not use to teachers who don't at least try to encourage sometimes. I'm not use to crying in public. I'm not use to feeling so out of my element. I'm not use to failure and it sucks that it seems like that is all I am able to do.
Nursing School is just. . .there are no words to express how much like drowning this feels like. I don't like not being able to breathe and I don't know who does. I don't know what I am going to do but I do know one thing if nothing else, I am not going to quit.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Can't Get them Out of my Head!

Like Me by Leila





Fireworks by Katy Perry





If I Die Young by The Band Perry

A Good Golly Mega Giveaway ! ! !

Hey Everyone !
Miss Holley is having another Mega Giveaway! Follow the link below to apply on her site!
The Link is below!

http://goodgollymisshollybooks.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sydeny



Hey everyone,

This sweetheart is Sydeny, to read about the new editon my madhouse family go to the tab, The Color of the Sky.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Butterflies

Butterflies are pounding in my stomach I am so nervous I cannot stop shaking. Job interview *ack!*
Pray for me, wish me luck, which ever floats your boat. I need both.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Every Little Thing Writing Contest!

Hey everyone!
To kick things off for the fall, I've decided to host a writing contest for my group: Every Little Thing. I'm really hoping it takes off and we can have one if not every month then every other month.

The Folders will be set up by October 6. If you plan on entering please post your name under October/November Pumpkin Writers. The Contest will be cut off by November 6 and the whole group will have a chance to vote.
Rules of submission.

1. You must be a member of the group Every Little Thing.

2. Must be submitted in full by November 6, 2010.

3. Please don't post your story bit by bit. Send it in a message to me or one of the mods (the ones who are not participating in the contest.) We will post them for you.

4. Somewhere in your story use the word "Bawhaha!" at least once for Halloween sake.

There is a prize in it for the first place winner.


If you are interested follow the link below:http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/38296.Every_Little_Thing

Saturday, September 25, 2010

My Every Little Thing



Every Little Thing
This is a group where we post reviews of everything. From books, to movies, music, everything. If you can review it and give your opinion on what you thought then post it. We would love to know.

Created a group on Goodreads because I want the know the opinion of everyone on every little thing. I have an opinion so does everyone else. Lets here it!
It's a public group and everyone and anyone can join as long as you are a goodreads memeber.
We would love to have you.
the link is below
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/38296.Every_Little_Thing





Sunday, September 19, 2010

Takers


Greed, it has a funny way of consuming people and evetually, it destroys them.

Words cannot describe how much I love this movie and it isn't because the men were in suits either, but it did help. This had to be the best action movie I have seen and enjoyed in such a long time. It had romance, action, lots of action, decite, jealousy, guns, and a shot of Paul Walker's butt. I'm just saying.

The movie is a nail bitter, I loved it all the way through.

Five Black Sheep! It was amazing!

Easy A




Easy A

Every one, knows how exhausting High School can be. The rumors alone are enough to have anyone banging their head against the lockers. Easy A's plot is based off of rumors.

Olive, Emma Stone, is the invisible girl. The girl that no one knows about. She is ordinary. Until one rumor that she did in fact bring upon herself sets the rumor mill on fire and nearly brings her whole life, high school, and out of high school, crashing down un top of her head.

The plot was really good, the characters were for the most part original. The heroine is funny, witty, smart. The music is good too. I think that was my favorite part, no the wittiness was my favorite part but the music was a close second. (I'm a music freak.)
Oh, Penn Badgley goes shirt less for a little while, I don't know how some of you feel about that but it was kind of a plus for me. =)

Easy A, turns out to be that movie that is perfect for a night out with your best friend, possibly boyfriend. Easily the most hilarious movie I have seen this fall. It was great!


Four Black Sheep!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Last Dragon Standing





















Last Dragon Standing- GA Aiken
Dragon Kin Series - Book 4
September 2010
Paranormal Romance

*Note*
If you have not read the first three Dragon Kin books, it is recommended before
reading Last Dragon Standing. There will be a lot of missed humor, not to
mention sizzling romance if you don't.

"I know what they see when they look at me. The charming, soft-spoken dragoness
bred from the most powerful of royal bloodlines. A disguise stronger than any
battle shield that allows me to keep all suitors at tail's length. A technique
that's worked until him. Until Ragnar the Cunning, handsome barbarian warlord
and warrior mage from the desolate Northlands. Unlike those who've come before
him, he does not simply submit to my astounding charm and devastating smile.
Instead, he dismisses me as vapid, useless and, to my great annoyance, rather
stupid!

Yet I'll allow no male to dismiss me. Soon he'll learn my worth, my many skills,
and the strength of my will. For this one challenges me enough to make me want
to ruthlessly taunt him, tease him and, finally, when the trap is set, bring him
to his knees."

I have to say out of all the Dragon Kin series, this one was my least favorite.
It isn't just because I wasn't looking forward to reading Keita's story, I
enjoyed her point of view surprisingly. It was just so. . .underdeveloped. in
areas.

Keita is a Dragoness who likes to have a good time and doesn't apologize for it.
She is like her brother Gwenvael, he was just able to get by with it easier
because he is Gwenvael, sweet hilarious Gwenvael. She is Keita who came off as
an empty headed trollop, it is easy not to like her in the beginning.
This book was also longer than the others and the plot was a lot slower to come
to light in my opinion. There also wasn't as much attention to the relationships
between the characters as with the pervious stories. Still Aikens ability to
mix; humor, romance, action and sex is brilliant.

The romance was pretty good but if you are a true Aiken fan you will know it
isn't at its best. Keita and Ragner's relationship was so underdeveloped that it
is hard to enjoy it when they do come together. Their relationship is told for
the point of view of others more so than their own. In the end it feels like
something is missing. Possibly the author plans to continue their romance.
The action in this story is also slow and long coming, not that it isn't great
when it finally gets there. The humor is there to make up for it, all the way
through there is nothing to do but wonder and laugh. The characters are
hilarious. Especially once they reach the southlands and Dark Plains. The family
hasn't changed a bit, well a little but it is all in a wonderfully delicious
way. They will keep you laughing.

If you're reading this sequel for Izzy and Eibhear then I am here to tell you
that you will not be disappointed. In fact you will be very sad the book has
ended once you read what has happened with those two. They are so hilarious, and
very clueless.

Little things aside the book is a good addition to the Aiken Dragon Kin series.
I can't wait, and I mean it. To get my hands on the fifth installment.

Four Black Sheep

Mistwood






















Mistwood- Leah Cypess
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by
Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins


"The Shifter is a immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to prtect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwood. But when she is needed she always comes."

Isabel remembers nothing; nothing of who she is or what she is. Her past is a mystery before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Isabel's powers are a mystery to everyone and even to herself.
Prince Rokan hears of the legend of Mistwood and rides out seeking the Shifter, Isabel. He needs her speed, her cunning, her ability to shift to animal forms, to the wind. To become the mist. He needs her loyalty most of all. Without it Isabel might just become his biggest threat.
Isabel knows the prince is hiding something from her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court until a deadly truth shatters the fragile bond between them. Isabel faces a choices that threatens to tear between her loyalty, her hearts and everything she thought she knew.

The story is great, absolutely wonderful. As subtle and not so subtle clues begin to appear. Readers will easily fall in love with Isabel and Rokan and have their hearts torn in the process.
Reading about Isabel’s struggles and wanting, reading about her thoughts and actions was a joy not found in many YA novels now a days. The whole story takes the reader on a emotional rollercoaster leaving them breathless at the end.


Honestly, I didn't know what to think of this book. The cover told me I had to read it and that was what originally what sucked me in. A pale girl with reddish brown hair and inhuman green eyes swirled in mist beneath her is a castle. I love the cover.
The plot is brilliantly executed (to me). The moment I started reading I was sucked in by Cyress's words. Her detailing was something I really enjoyed. The way she described the forest in her opening paragraphs painted a really good picture.
A prince riding into the Forest, Mistwood. In search of the legend that lives in it.
He find it- her too. Her name is Isabel and she is told she is the Shifter bound to protect the Kings of Somara. Isabel believes this and on some conscious level knows it as true. It is for that reason that she allows herself to be bound to the Prince (Rokan) soon to be King. Her need to protect him sends her to his castle which is so full of deceit and lies and two faced people the stone should cave in on them all.
The story follows Isabel as she tries to remember how to be the Shifter; it also follows Rokan as he tries to become a king. Both of them are very believable. Isabel knows that Rokan is lying to her but she doesn’t know why. Isabel also knows his siblings are lying too. This has her questioning her reasons for being there and who Rokan really is and if she can help him. Or if she even wants to help him.
When both of them come face to face with the truth and what is I love the way they discover who and what they are.

Four Black Sheep

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Twenty

Another birthday has come and gone.
I am now officially 20, that is right the big two and zero. It really is a weird age, besides being two decades what else is there?
I can already smoke, play the lotto all that I could do at eighteen. I'm not old enough to walk into a casino without having my motives questioned. I can't go to the bar and order a shot, I have to wait until I'm twenty-one. Doesn't that suck?
I can't rent a car, that is when you hit 25. What is out there for a twenty year old to do that means something? Nothing, you have to wait one more year before I can do something I can't already. Isn't that stupid?
*sigh*
I guess I'm young enough to still receive presents so that is something. right?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Resolution

I don't want to say that nursing school is kicking my butt but it kind of is. I don't want to say that it has reduced me to tears, twice but it has. I'm not delusional enough to think that writing this out will make the feeling like a failure drain away. It won't.
If anyone ever finds themselves feeling like this remember; "nothing worth having comes easy. "
"The harder the labor the sweeter the fruit."
"Tears are weakness leaving the body." (By the end of school imma be hard core)
If you need to cry then cry it doesn't make you anything less it doesn't build you up into anything more, sometimes it just helps unravel a frustration growing in you heart.
Don't give up, don't give in. Know what you want and try to figure out a plan on how to get there. It sounds so simple put in words, that's why actions speak louder than forming statements.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Review of Fool's Girl


Violetta, a beautiful young girl, who has traveled far away from her home from Illyria to London with a man named Feste, as her only companion. They are in London with a great task. Violette wants to get back an object which belongs to her, the Duchess of Illyria, and to her country. Without that object she is not able to save her home from the hands of her enemies. She seeks out help from William Shakespeare, a playwright and actor, working at London. Violetta tells her story for Will. Will feels bad for the young girl lost in a weird place for her, and decides to help her. With Will, Feste and new friends Violetta starts and adventure with a goal to earn the object back to the rightful owner. The adventure spreads from London to Stratford and all the way to Illyria. During her journey Violetta meets friends from the past, falls in love and fights for the future of her country.

The book started off kind of dull and boring and I almost put it down. Once new characters are introduced and the story starts to built up. William Shakespeare was one of the main reasons why I kept reading this book. It was interesting to read Rees's portrayal of Shakespeare. Also, The plot lacked adventure that I was craving especially since she is writing a story with Shakespeare in it. I could've easily have put it down and not picked it back up for days. The author did a good job when researching and writing, but I just didn't feel it was for me. I pushed on and finished it and was happy I did.

I suggest this book for the fans of William Shakespeare, but also for the ones who do not know anything about Shakespeare before hand. This book tells the story of Shakespeare's 'Twelth Night' in a other way, so for the lovers of Twelth Night, this is a good read. I haven't read 'Twelth Night' but after reading this book I think I will pick it up at some point and read it. Eventually.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pictures Of The Day




Falling In Love

I just started reading Before I fall and I have to say that I am truly falling in love with. (even if I am only one chapter in). The writing is engaging and Lauren Oliver has a very catchy voice in her writing. What drew me to this book, that really made me want to pick it up and read was the cover. I LOVE THE COVER!
Then when I read what it was about, it was the question, What if? It just sucked me in from there. I will let you know if I stay in love.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Song I'm Stuck on.





I love this music video the kids are so cute.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Just Here Being myself (Nerdy Me)


Just finished Fools Girl. It was pretty good. I liked all the description that it had going on, the only thing is I wished that the author had added some development to a few of the characters. I will be posting a more. . . thought out and descriptive summary later. Right now study for my drug calculations test has become focal of me life. So stressful.
I am so nervous about school this year it is unbelievable.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tired

Right now I'm working with my sister on a story, it's called Bound till Death. It is almost finished. Just have to post the final chapter and the epilogue. Then, I have to edit. *sigh*
I shouldn't complain, I love the story and the world we created.
Then I start working on my story, The Color of Sin. I really want to make it great and get a few more chapters up before I go to school.
If anyone reads this. Please be patient with me, I don't have a clue how this blogging thing goes. Basically I'm bloggingly challenged but I feel like I'm getting better. =) Learning everyday.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

WIN AN ARC! ! !

Hey everyone(anyone)! I just wanted to let you all know that I stumbled across this AWESOME ARC giveaway!

ARCs of Torment by Lauren Kate, The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Firelight by Sophie Jordan ETC are being given away on this blog called Babbling Flow! All you have to do is fill out a little form (add up points to give yourself) and wait to find out!

This would be a really cool thing for anyone to do!

http://www.babblingflow.blogspot.com/

Anyway, the link is right above this.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Halo


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I just finished the book Halo by Alexandra Adornetto. This is what happen.

I wanted to love this book, just fall head over heels for it. I fell in love with the cover the second I saw it and knew that I had to read it. Lucky me, I was able to get my hands on an ARC. It started off interesting enough, I liked Adornetto's attention to detail. I think it was my favorite thing about the whole story.

In Halo, three angels are sent to the sleepy town of Venus Cove to do good deeds and drive off the "Dark Forces". Gabriel the warrior, Ivy is the healer, and the main character is Bethany who acts like nothing more than a teenager throughout the book. This is because she is the most human out of all her brothers and sisters (Ivy and Gabriel) who are sent with her on the mission.

When I started reading, I wasn't sure what I was expecting, a lot of angel do right and angel kick dark force butt. None of that happen until the end. Instead it was more of angel (Bethany) feel sorry for herself, and angel make out with a mortal.
What happens is, Bethany is immediately drawn to Xavier Woods, and as you can guess he is drawn to her. They fall in love immediately something that doesn't feel right to me and ruins everything in the story line because it all seems so unreal. For the rest of the book it is about how much they love each other and Bethany forgets all about the mission because she is so wrapped up in her boyfriend and trying to fit in at her high school. Once all this happens, to me Bethany loses all her character points. Along the line, Xavier does too. For a while he seemed like a believable character like when he says. "I'm a guy, I'll eat anything." or "Poetry is for girls." then it all flushes down the toilet when he goes straight Edward Cullen, all protective and junk. It is not believable.

What happens later in the story line that just brings it all down. When like 300 pages in the villain makes his debut in Venus Cove. Jake Thorn. Then all this "evil stuff" starts happening and they have to figure out how to pin Jake Thorn to them before they can take him out. (It's an angel rule.)

None of the angels even knew it was Jake Thorn until he became Bethany's prom date, and she didn't even get that he wasn't right until he stuck his tongue down her throat and started talking about forever soul mates. The ending was my favorite part because there was finally some action and not; "I love you." (Bethany). and "I love you more." (Xavier). Kissy face (from both of them). yuck.

Would I buy this book, no. This is more of a library checkout in my opinion. Hopefully the sequel, Hades which comes out in 2011 will better. It was a good read and nice addition to the YA shelf. I give it thee out of five stars.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Most of the Books I have Read.


Lauren's book montage



The Outsiders

Go Ask Alice

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe

Wuthering Heights

The Princess Bride

Les Misérables

Love You Forever

Magic Burns

Sweeter Than Wine

Rogue's Home

Nappily Ever After

Dragon Actually

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment

Boy Proof

The Bar Code Tattoo

Dragon's Eye

Ingo

Magic in the Mirrorstone: Tales of Fantasy

Magic's Child

Fledgling



Lauren's favorite books »