Saturday, October 31, 2015

My Thoughts on Halloween (Babble from a Book Nerd #7)

My Thoughts on Halloween Candy

Halloween is probably a kid's favorite holiday, behind Christmas of course. Kids get to dress up an walk around to get free candy. Growing up as child, my Halloween experience was normal. I would pick out a costume, and go trick or treating with my mom and brother. We would always skip the scary houses and my mom would check all of my candy afterwards. After a few years though, I stopped trick-or-treating. I found joy in handing out candy to others, and there is a good reason why.

I don't know about you guys, but I hate bubble gum. I always got at least twenty pieces when I went trick-or-treating. What are you suppose to do with those twenty pieces of bubble gum that no one wants? It was always so disappointing. I had spent countless hours in the cold and sometimes rain just to have a bunch of candy that I did not want to eat. I found that staying at home and handing out candy was much more fun. Not only did I get to stay warm and dry in the comfort of my own house, but I got to eat the candy I wanted to eat.

You know how Target has that giant section of just Halloween candy? Well, each year my mom and I pick out two or three bags of candy that we like. That way, we know that we will like the candy, and there will not be any evil bubble gum. This works especially well for me because there are not a lot kids in my neighborhood, so there is always a lot of left over candy. :)   



My Thoughts on Halloween Costumes

What is it with slutty Halloween costumes? I personally don't get it. Halloween is a holiday where you get scared, and eat a lot of candy. It is nothing like Valentines day; the day of romance. Why would anyone need to dress sexy? It makes no sense to me. It also looks really cold. Slutty Halloween costumes also don't look as impressive as other costumes. I am more impressed with homemade costumes any day over a slutty Halloween costume.

My favorite costume of all time though has to be those glow stick men. They look so cool! I have always wanted to be one, but I don't dress up for Halloween any more. I find no need to dress up when I don't go trick-or-treating. I want to buy a bunch of glow sticks one random night and just turn myself into a giant glow stick man. Wouldn't that be the coolest thing?

Dog costumes... Does your dog like them? My dog likes certain costumes. More like he tolerates certain costumes. The first year we got my dog we bought him a Halloween costume. That year for Halloween my dog was a skunk, and he hated it. The main things that he hated about it was the tail and the head. He hated that costume so much that we cut of the tail of the costume, and now uses it as a kill toy. He seems to be okay with harnesses  though. He has a harness with a skeleton on it that he is perfect with wearing. It also does not make him walk like this...

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I had a lot of fun making it and I want to know what you guys thought of it. Do you want me to do another one? There are deffentially more topics to talk about so maybe I will do another one for Thanksgiving. Have a Happy Halloween Everybody!
        

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Review: LINK by Summer Wier

LINK (The Shadow of Light #1)For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.

Or at least, it used to.

Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that's missing—her father.

Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.

If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.

Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, Link pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions I have on this book are my own.*

This was an interesting book. I enjoyed certain aspects of this book, but there were things that really bugged me. One of those things being that I never really figured out what was going on in this book. In this book we follow Kira, who lives with her mother, and spends the rest of her time with her three best friends. All of that changes though when she gets hit by a star while she is swimming in the lake. This causes her to travel to a different planet, Asulon, where there are strange things going on.

I really liked Kira in the beginning of this book. She was not perfect, but she was really human. I could see myself making the same decisions as her. As the book went on though, I thought that she was making more and more reckless and stupid decisions. Causing me to like her less and less.

The ideas of space in this book were so cool! You can tell that Wier did her research on black holes, stars, and all things space. The cool thing is that she was able to mix the space element with magic to make a really cool atmosphere. Another cool thing with the space and magic were portals. All of these things together made the book even better.

I hated the romance in this book. First lets talk about Zane. I liked Zane. I definitely enjoyed reading about him, but we barely get to see him! They had probably the most real life relationship I have read about in YA. Best Friends first, and then the relationship when they were both ready. Evan on the other hand, I did not like at all. Their relationship insta-love. There was no chemistry, Evan just seemed to fall in love with her because she was the first teenage girl he met. It was very annoying, and I wish that we got to see more of Kira and Zane's relationship.

I also found that this book was really a set up book. This book sets up the rest of the series. I was able to guess where the plot was going and just got confused sometimes. Overall though, this was an okay book with a really cool space and magic combination. With an okay cast of characters and a semi cliffhanger, I will be reading the next book.

2.5/5 Points
I liked this book, but I had a decent amount of problems with it.  
   
 About the Author

Summer Wier grew up spending Saturdays with a maxed out library card and her nose in a book. But as much as she loved reading, and even writing, both took the back seat when it came to career choices. With her sights set on law school, corporate greatness, and even a hankering to become the first female president, she set off to conquer the world. As life would have it, though, she didn't attend law school, nor did she become president (although, one day, your vote may be appreciated), finding her strengths, instead, in accounting and business management. After finishing her MBA, she revived her love for reading and began writing with dreams of finishing a book of her own. When Summer isn't working, reading, or writing, she's trying to keep up with two energetic girls and her husband, and dreaming of the mountains of Montana.


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Review: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study (Study, #1)Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison...

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...





Review


This book was great. I was hooked with the great characters, action, and the interesting  government system. In this book we follow Yelena, who is in prison for killing one of the Generals' sons. Reyad, General Brazell's son, to be exact. Before Yelena is executed, she gets an offer, to escape execution, and to live in the Commander's palace. One catch, she has to take the job title of "Poison Tester". Which means that she has to taste the Commander's food to make sure that it isn't poisoned. Along with that, General Brazell is looking for revenge, and he is not about to give up easily. 

I did find this book hard to get into. I was getting the main story, but the background confused me. We start the book with Yelena getting her new job, but the situation was really confusing. I had no idea who she killed, how the government worked, or why anything was happening. I eventually figured everything out, but I think that the book needed a prologue. Something that explained how the government worked, or how the Commander came to be in charge. Something like that I think would have been really nice.  

I adored Yelena. I loved how she was not whiny; she took what she had and ran with it. She never just sat around, she was proactive; which helped her in the end. I also really liked Ari and Janco. They reminded me of the Wesley twins. The older brothers who make fun and pick on you, but they always have your back when you need them. I have a unhappy feeling though that one of the two is going to turn into a love interest. I may be sensing a triangle, or even a square. Wouldn't that be painful?  

I wish that we got to see more of the magic in this book. We got a to see a little bit of it, but I wanted to see more! From what we saw of the magic though looks really promising. I loved the idea of the blanket; how you wanted to take a string out of that blanket, and not pull the whole thing.  I believe in the next book we get to see more of the magic, and I can't wait.

Overall, this was a fun, fast paced book that got a little confusing at times. With a strong main character and lovable side characters, I will definitely be picking up the second book. 

4/5 Points
I loved this book, but it's not a new favorite.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Costumes- Book Edition (Top Ten Tuesday)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.
Where each week you make a top ten list for that week's bookish theme.

Theme: Halloween themed freebie

So, I could have done something like my top ten favorite favorite scary stories, or top ten favorite monsters, but I'm going to do something different. I am doing top ten characters I would want to be for Halloween. Who would I want to dress up as for Halloween? I could only come up with five that I would really want to be. Also, this is my first time using gifs, so sorry if they turn out wacky. Make sure you guys list your top ten lists in the comments!

1.)A Luxen from the Lux Series- Who wouldn't want to be a glowing alien? I bet you could do something really cool with some glow sticks. I'm not crafty enough, but I bet someone could make a really cool costume.


2.)Kelsey from the Tiger Saga- who would not want to be a character who gets to hang out with two tigers/Indian princes? Imagine finding a way to actually have two tigers walk with you. Best. Costume. Ever.


3.) Harry Potter- Yes, most of you have probably dressed up as Harry for Halloween, but I have yet to do so. The thing with dressing up as book characters is that people might not know who you are dressed up as. Harry Potter is so big that even if you have not read the books yet, you most likely know who he is. So I feel like this would be a fun Halloween costume.

4.)Isabelle Lightwood- Why not? She is the exact opposite of me so I think that it would be fun to be her for a night. Knee high heel boots; tattoos;sexy cloths; I think that it would be fun. Also, you would get to wear a cool whip. :)

5.)Celaena Sardothien- Yes, Yes, Yes, I really want to be Celaena. Can I be her, please? Even if it is just me pretending to be her. I really want to be her. She is so fierce, scary, and just plain awesome.




That's all for this Top Ten Tuesday. So until next time...


   

There's a New Book in the LUX Series? (Give me, Give me Tuesday)

Oblivion (Lux, #1.5)Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...


 How did I not know of this?!? I love the LUX series, and I am so excited for this book! I always enjoyed reading from Daemon's point of view, so a whole book is going to be awesome. This book comes out December 1, 2015. 

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Oblivion on Amazon 
Oblivion on Barnes & Noble 
Oblivion on Goodreads 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Cover of the Week)

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.



Her hair! Her hair is glorious! I like other parts of this cover, but the hair!
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang (Book Review)

Falling into PlaceOn the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.




I had a hard time rating this book. While I loved this book, I did have some problems with it. During the course of this book we follow friends and family of Liz Emerson, who just drove her car off the road. One thing though, no one knows that she tried to commit suicide; Liz staged it so that it looked like an accident. As you go through the book you get to learn more about Liz, her friends, and why Liz decided to end her life.

I went into this book expecting to cry, and I mean ugly cry. I cried a little bit (a few tears running down my cheeks), but I didn't ugly cry. I also found that I did not cry because of Liz, I cried for her friends. I could not connect with Liz. I felt bad for her, but I found her annoying. I feel like the side characters in the story had it tougher than Liz. Don't get me wrong; they all had it tough, but I connected more with them. 

The writing style of this book was really hard for me to get into. For the first half of the book it is really choppy and confusing because of the way the story jumps around. As the story goes on and we learn more about the characters and why they do what they do, the story come together and I just got caught up in the beautiful writing style. It really surprised me that my opinion on the writing style could change so quickly! It overall made the story better in my opinion.

I loved seeing the characters develop through out this book. The cool thing is that we get to look back on the past of all the characters, as well as see how they deal with the tragedy at hand. Because we got to see all the characters in the past, you could really see how much they had grown or gone downhill. I feel like this created a really cool environment that made you care for the characters even more.

Overall, this was a gut wrenching book about a very serious topic. With characters that you can't help but feel bad for, I certainly loved this book.   

4/5 Points
  
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (Book Review)

The Girl with All the GiftsMelanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.







This book was not what I expected, at all. While I did have some problems with the book, I enjoyed reading it. In this book we follow five different people; Melanie, a hungrie who is not like the others; Miss Justineau, Melanie's teacher; Dr. Caldwell, a scientist trying to find a cure for the hungries; Sergeant Parks, a sergeant in the army trying to keep everybody safe; and Kieran Gallagher, a soldier following Sergeant Parks. Through out the book we follow these five characters as they try to survive the zombie apocalypses (or should I say, hungrie apocalypses).  

One thing that I found annoying in this book was the multiple points of view. I found that I did not like reading from Dr. Caldwell's perspective because she used too many big words. I'm not a scientist! I found myself just plain confused and bored with her chapters because I could not understand her. While I did not enjoy Dr. Caldwell's point of view, I really enjoyed Melanie's point of view. I thought it was really cool to see how Melanie handled the whole situation. Also to see how she reacted when she was hungry and had to feed was really interesting to see. 

One thing about this book that I found interesting was that everybody really had their own goals. Yes, everybody had the same overall goal, but each character wanted something different. I feel like finding what each character wanted really helped the character progress throughout the story. Overall, making the characters more human and relatable.

Now this is an Adult book, and I usually read Young Adult. So this was a change from my usual read. The pacing was a little slower, and I ended up taking a long time to read this book. It is not that the book was not keeping my attention, but the way the book was written kept me from being able to sit down and just read it like I usually do. I can not say why this is, but this was one of those books.

Overall, this was a book that took me a while to read, with one character that I found myself not liking. It was defiantly a nice book, but it is an Adult book. So beware, it is not as fast paced as your normal YA book.

3/5 points
I liked this book    


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top Ten Book Characters I Wish Were my Friends (Top Ten Tuesday)

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.
Where each week you make a top ten list to go with the bookish theme.

Theme:10 Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me (a new book from a certain author,  a reading superpower, a library that is your absolutely #librarygoals, a character to come to life, to met a certain author etc. etc.) YOU DREAM IT AND THE BOOKISH GENIE CAN DO IT.

Anything?!? This was extremely difficult to come up with. Not because I could not come up with anything, but because there were so many choices! I decided to do Top Ten Book Characters I Wish Were my Friends though. I am always thinking of different characters I wanted to be my friends, so I thought that this would be the perfect place to list them. Make sure you list your TTT lists in the comments!

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)
1.)Tessa Gray   
I love how strong and powerful Tessa was through out this trilogy. She made good decisions and never annoyed me. I think that she would be a great friend. Also she would help me carry all of my library books...







Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)
 
2.) Nilma
While Nilma might have been a side character, she was one of my favorite characters in the books. She was so loyal and compassionate; she always knew what to say. I think she would be a good friend to just sit and talk with. 





Obsidian (Lux, #1)
 3.) Katy Swartz
 I loved this book! I feel like Katy would be a great friend! She is so strong and stands up for herself and her friends. She is also a book blogger! I don't really have any friends who read, so I think that it would be fun to just go to the library and look at all of their books. Also, we could talk about all the books that we read, and freak out about new releases that come out.




Twilight (Twilight, #1)4.) Alice Cullen
While this book might have been silly, I really liked Alice. She was just so sweet! Defiantly my favorite character in the series!








Since You've Been Gone5.) Sloane
Sloane was not  in most of this book, but I feel like she would be a good friend to me. I am a lot like Emily, I can be shy. I feel like Sloane would would help push me out of my comfort zone, and help me have more adventures. Of course, Emily could tag along too!






Fangirl6.) Cath
 I adore Cath! I love how she lives in the world of fiction, and she loved it so much that she wrote a whole book of fan fiction! I feel like we would be really close friends, and would dress up for conventions. Of course Levi would come too.. I don't think I could get him to part with Cath. :)  






Something Real (Something Real, #1)7.) Benny
Cantaloupe! Benny is so fun, sweet, and he always finds a way to have fun. I believe that he would always be able to put a smile on a person's face when they were feeling down. Overall, the funny friend that always makes you feel better.






Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)8.) Celaena Sarodthien

While Celaena may be a very scary assassin, I feel like she would be a really good friend. I don't think that we would be best friends, but I think that we would be just, friends. You know? Just someone to talk to when you need a friend.







Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)9.) Lola Nolan 
 I don't even know how our friendship would work, but I do know my wardrobe would greatly improve. I feel like Lola would make me more adventurous, but she would still be there for me when times got tough. 








The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)10.) Havoc
The best canine friend any person could have. I think that everybody needs a dog that is a best friend. They are loyal, sweet, and will keep you warm at night. So yea, if I went into battle I would want Havoc to be there with me. Best Friend Goals.







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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (Give me, Give me Tuesday)

The Rest of Us Just Live HereWhat if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.




This book sounds so fun! I have heard such great things about Patrick Ness's books, and I think that this is the perfect first book to read by him. This book sounds fun, exciting, and funny. I can't wait to read this book.

-If you have read this book, what did you think of it?- 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Library Haul 10/17/15

I got this idea from booklife4life. 
This is where I show you guys books that I get from the library. Even if I don't get to read all of the books before I have to return them, you guys can see the books that looked interesting to me.


So, I may have gone a little overboard. I went to a different library than I usually go to, and they had a different selection of books that my usual library usually does not have. I ended up getting 10 books.  


The most upsetting part about this is that I already had 7 library books at home that I still have not read.


I think that I may have a problem...

Books in this Post: