Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Books


This was a bad year as far as reading a lot of books. For first 6 months, i was so worried about the reading I had to do for school, that I didn't really read for fun. And if I did, I didn't visit Goodreads so I have no records. It's actually really sad. I didn't rediscover Goodreads until I rediscovered my blog. I've read as much as I could in that time, but there's only so much time in the day. I've lost a lot of sleep trying to read enough to keep my blog afloat.
That and, you know, trying to keep my grades afloat.
Because I didn't read a lot, there aren't too many I loved or hate. In fact, I didn't read anything I hated. I didn't have time. I picked only books I knew I would like.
As for books I love, there are a few. Most books I only thought were okay. But here are

TEN BOOKS I LOVED THIS YEAR


Flawless
Both Sides Now
Powered
Smoke
Indigo Spell
Gates of Paradise
Lola and the Boy Next Door
Jurassic Park
Crossing
The Outsiders

HONORABLE MENTIONS


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Under the Never Sky
Anna Dressed in Blood
Clan
Clockwork Princess

The Blogging


I left in August of 2012. I resurfaced in September of this year. That's four months of blogging. I didn't gain consistency until mid-October. Now I'm posting nearly every day. So far this month, I only missed one day. I'm trying hard to finish all my January review books before January because I have a lot of them and I won't have too much time to read them IN January. I'm actually doing good right now. I've got a Mission: Impossible in the beginning of the month. I won't reveal it until I actually accomplish it. However, you are free to guess it. It might even get you a little something. More on that later.

I started this blog the day after my birthday in 2010. My uncle was the one who got me started. He has quite a few blogs but I'd daresay he's most known for Tossing It Out. My first 60 or so followers were redirected here from my uncle's blog. I don't know how many of those original followers still check back here.

Originally, my blog was a place for me to showcase my writing. When I stopped having time to prepare my stories and scenes, my blog became a place to share my thoughts. And then I started getting really sporadic. And then I stopped altogether.

Now, I'm struggling a bit. I want to balance out my blog. But I'm in full book-reviewing mode. And I just don't have time to add writing ON TOP of that. Maybe that will be my summer project, when I have more readers to get a bit more feedback.

The point of sharing my short writings is just to get feedback. To see if they're ideas that can be expanded. If my techniques could work on a bigger project. If I have to work on descriptions or dialogue or characters. I don't know how many of you have noticed my Vampire/Werewolf Role Play. I recently updated it. The backstory for that? It started as a discussion on Goodreads. Me and my friends wanted to do a vampire/werewolf thing and that's what started VWRP. It's rather lame, but I leave it up to you to give me some feedback. I no longer talk to the girl I wrote with. This is causing some troubles with my writing, but I don't want to get into that now.

Eventually I started talking about books and songs and movies. From there I went on to talk about my life. And now I'm back to books! That's about all there is to this blog. 

(The stats are a little sad because I'm just starting out)

The Movies

I don't have too much to say here. I don't watch a lot of movies. So I'm just going to fangirl over Frozen because I saw that a few days ago.
THAT MOVIE WAS FREAKING BEAUTIFUL.
I love Disney movies, that is no secret. I had been looking forward to Frozen since it came out in November. When I first heard about it, I wasn't too convinced. But as the commercials started airing and as November turned into December and December was coming to an end... I HAD TO SEE IT.
AND I DID.
Everything about it was perfect. I was crying within the first 10 minutes. The characters were relateable. I loved Elsa because she was troubled and worried about hurting those she loved. I loved Anna because she just wanted a friend... beautiful heartbreaking stuff.
I love the music too! Every time a new song came on I was like :O *heart*

I bought four songs from the soundtrack:
Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
For the First Time in Forever
Love is an Open Door
Let it Go (the version from the movie, although the Demi Lovato version is also amazing)

By far my favorite scene was the Let it Go sequence. Beautiful.





The Songs


I have totally fallen behind here, too. Music is a huge part of my life. But it's been a while since I've actively tried to find new stuff.
I made an Indie radio on Pandora not too long ago. And I am absolutely in love with it. 

I'm an alternative rock girl myself. That's the genre I listen to the most by far. But I do have some crazy variety. I have country, mild screamo, moderate screamo, country, pop rock, and much more. I can go from Rise Against to Carrie Underwood to Breathe Carolina to Mat Kearney to Jack's Mannequin (which remains to be my favorite band ever).




The Memories 


Well, since I don't have too much blogging experience, I'm going to talk about real life experiences here:
 

My birthday this year was pretty cool. I had a nice lunch with my family at Frantone's and then I went bowling with some friends afterwards.
 

The Fourth of July is a huge holiday for my family. Every year we get together and visit my Abuelita's (grandmother's) grave. Then we all go to someone's house (lately it's been my house) and eat a bunch of food, play Loteria, watch movies, and just hang out and have a good time.
 

The day after that, I went to Six Flags with my cousin. It was a sort of double date because I brought along my boyfriend and she brought along hers. We spent all day running around, going on rides, and just talking and having fun. My boyfriend won me a stuffed unicorn. I'm not a unicorn person, but I am a stuffed animal person. And that was one cute stuffed animal. Haha.

Right before school started, I went to the park with my boyfriend's family. That was pretty fun. We ate burgers, played volleyball, and went bike riding. I was scared because I hadn't gone bike riding in so long and I had trouble finding my balance. But it was a pretty great day.


Over Thanksgiving break, I went iceskating with my boyfriend. I absolutely love iceskating even though I suck at it. I was supposed to teach him the basics of not falling, but I fell way more than he did. That's not to say he was actually skating, he was just trying really hard not to fall.


So far, my winter break isn't so bad either. Nothing really specific to mention. I got to spend time with my tia (aunt). I also got to read quite a bit. I'm hoping to go out with my boyfriend because I haven't gone out with him since that day we went iceskating, but... Yeah.


Life is weird.




-Wolfie


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Monday, December 30, 2013

I saw a couple people doing this and headed over to The Perpetual Page-Turner to check it out and decided: what the heck? It's certainly interesting and I'd like to give a go. I'll be cheating a bit, most likely. I haven't read too much this year and a majority of my reading has been in the past 3 months or so. But here I go!


BEST IN BOOKS 2013



1. Best Book You Read In 2013?


Contemporary YA – Flawless by Jennifer McGill-Sadera


Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic – Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


Paranormal — Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Science Fiction —  Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton



2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?


Definitely Above by Leah Bobet. I wanted to love it. It was beautiful and mysterious... but I barely understood what was going on. And that is not okay. I wish I did know, though. I wish...





3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?


Anomaly by Krista McGee was the most recent one. I didn't expect it to bring up religion at ALL. But I liked how it moved the story along. It was nice and certainly different. Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda also surprised me. I remember when it debuted in 2010 but I never got the chance to read it until a few months ago. OH MY GOD. I cried so much. I don't know what I expected but definitely not the beautiful book that it was. Under the Never Sky was another surprising one. I picked it up because of the cover but I didn't expect much of it. Twenty pages in and I was convinced it'd only be an "okay" read. Before I knew it I was half way through and wanting MORE.




4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?


Nobody really cares about what books I suggest haha. But I would most recommend Powered by Cheyanne Young. Why? Because it was so great, just like I expected it to be. Plus I think others would actually appreciate it because of the action and that touch of romance which seem to make good sci-fi, well, great. But if I thought people would care about soul-searching, I'd recommend Flawless by Jennifer McGill-Sadera. I am in love with that book. It's so heartbreaking and amazing.





5. Best series you discovered in 2013?


I didn't really discover a lot of series this year. I suppose I discovered the Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins. I read Lola and the Boy Next Door in August and I was pleasantly surprised. I now want the first and third book of the series. I also discovered the Under the Never Sky series. Super excited for books 2 and 3.





6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?


Rainbow Rowell or Trish Doller — I’ve read 2 of their books this year and none of them got rated below 4 stars!





7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?


Hm. This is a hard one. I'd like to think that I read pretty much everything. But I suppose Both Sides Now by Shawn Inmon with Dawn Inmon. It's an actual memoir and I don't usually read stories that, you know, are real. So that was kind of new.





8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?


Ohhhh. Another hard one. I have quite a few but I'll narrow it down to three:

Powered
Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic
Lola and the Boy Next Door




9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?


Flawless. No doubt. I will at least read it once, but will probably read it more than that. It's become one of my top three favorite books ever. It's very likely going to join Marley and Me and The Art of Racing in the Rain in their constantly-being-reread state. 





10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?


Above

Is it not beautiful?


11. Most memorable character in 2013?


Does Adrian Ivashkov count? I read Indigo Spell not too long ago and I plan on starting The Fiery Heart before the year is up. He's in the Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines series. He's all kinds of awesome. A bit troubled, but hey, he's hot and he's an artist. Nuff said.





12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?


Crossing, most definitely. I can't even describe it. But it was pretty amazing.





13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?


FLAWLESS. I read it in about a week because I was so stinking busy. And let me tell you, I could not get it out of my mind. I cried at least twice. And not the pretty little tears where it's like, that's beautiful *tear*. No, it was like OH MY GOD THAT'S FREAKING BEAUTIFUL *SOB*. 





14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?


There's quite a few here, but I'll say this one because I haven't said it yet: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.



15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?


I'm choosing this one because it applies to a few of the books I've read this year.

“What's the point of being a hero when everyone thinks you're a villain?”

Ellen Hopkins, Smoke




16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?


ShortestThe Great Gatsby at 180 pages but I read that for school. For reviewing purposes, the shortest is Hunts in Drea,ms at 192 pages.

Longest — Clockwork Princess at 570 pages






17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!


Damselfly

Clan by Realm Lovejoy
Crossing

I won't spoil any of them, but they're there. Somewhere(:



18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).


Romance – Adrian and Sydney! I've been dying since I read The Indigo Spell. I must read The Fiery Heart. I also like Anna and Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood. Haha, that was great.


Friendship – Lia and Wilson from Flawless. That was the best thing ever, even though it was complicated at times. Petra and Calli from The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf. I wish I had someone who could understand me even if I didn't talk.


Familial — Pattyn and Jackie from Smoke. Messed up family, but I love how they're so close.




19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously


They're pretty much all new authors to me this year, especially if I don't include series. I'd say The Future of Us by Jay Asher. I read 13 Reasons Why a while back and for whatever reason, I just wanted to avoid The Future of Us. But it was actually pretty good, so I'm glad I picked it up.




20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:


Huh, nobody really recommends stuff to me. I'll say The Outsiders because my cousin has been pushing me to read it for a while.




21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Craziest thing ever. Usually I'm all about paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy stuff. This year I read a lot of contemporary / realistic fiction. I'm surprised. Very surprised.

 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?


Angel from Smoke. Berk from Anomaly by Krista McGee. Evan from Powered. Ryan from The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg.



23. Best 2013 debut you read?


I'd say Flawless of Damselfly. But since I've used Flawless a thousand times, and Damselfly at least twice soooo I'll say Clan. I've already mentioned it, but only once. It deserves a little more credit than that.



24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

I haven't mentioned that one yet and it's actually VERY vivid. It's a pretty good sci-fi even though it is a bit old. I swear it was like a movie in my head.



25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?


Stripped Without You - which is two books (Stripped and Without You) by Booklyn Skye all in one. It's a contemporary YA romance and it was pretty fun, I gotta admit.




26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?


Flawless was sobbing. Crossing and The Outsiders was heavy crying. The Weight of Silence and Smoke made me want to cry at times.


 

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

I'd say Crossing because even though I heard about it when it was coming out, I never saw any reviews of it.

I'd also say Above. For such a beautiful cover and such a promising idea, I never heard anything about it.


BOOK BLOGGING/READING LIFE 2013




1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?


Wow. I pretty discovered all the ones I know this year haha. And I feel weird mentioning them because I haven't talked to the people one on one... So I won't mention them o.o






2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?


I love my Flawless review haha. And my Jurassic Park review.




3. Best discussion you had on your blog?


Um. Haven't really had a discussion here, haha...




4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?


I've read too many of those, haha! I can't even pick one, so I won't. Go find them yourself!




5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?


Haven't really participated in any events... Do my blog tours count?


6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?


Getting shoutouts on Twitter from authors I reviewed :D Examples: Colleen McCarty, Realm Lovejoy, and Jennifer McGill-Sadera!




7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?


My review of The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler has the most page views

(I don't even want to mention the one with the most comments because it's so sad...)



8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?


All of my reviews, of course. I don't have too many right now, but they could use views...and comments...

My writing posts could use some more love too. And I'm starting discussion posts, so it'd be nice if those got a little attention.



9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?


I discovered Bloglovin' this year. It helps me keep track of all the blogs I follow, so that's always nice. That's about it, though.




10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?


Uh, nope. I only had my Goodreads goal. Which I started in Septmeber and I foolishly put 100 books as a joke of sorts. So I'm not even close. I'll have 50 by the time the year is done. I guess that's not bad considering I read most of those in 3 months. And the rest were either school books or series books I read earlier in the year.



LOOKING AHEAD



1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?


Like, all the ones on my bookshelf? I have a bunch up there. But my priority will be the two series I love that ended: Daylighters by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #15) and Horde by Anne Aguirre (Razorland #3). Both of them together are my number one priority.




2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?


There are a whole bunch but here are a few: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi (have to read Through the Ever Night first, though); City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare; Silver Shadows  by Richelle Mead.





3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?


Also a bunch here but I must say I'd Alienated by Melissa Landers; Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge; and The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel.




4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?


Redeemed by PC and Kristin Cast!



5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?


Jeez, I have a lot I want to accomplish. But my main one is: make some friends in the blogophere. Which means hopping around and trying to talk to people. Let's see how I do with that o.o






-Wolfie



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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hello everybody. Welcome to the first ever Wolfie Wonderings. This came from my previous Sunday Questions. Usually my SQs were more religious-oriented. I'm not saying that will change. But there will be more variety here. It will be a cross between my SQs and the more traditional discussion posts that you see in the book blogs.


To start off, I want to advertise my need for help.
I'm a relatively old blog, but a relatively new book blogger/reviewer. I'm having some trouble getting myself out there because I'm so busy reading and doing school-related stuff. So what I'm wondering is:

How do you do it?



I'm also wondering:


How do I talk to new people?



I'll be the first to admit it. I'm terrified of talking to new people. I'm afraid I'll screw up and say something totally off putting. I'm like that, I'm not going to lie. People who don't get me might get offended. So how do I get people to know me? I know going to blogs and repeatedly leaving good comments helps. But that depends more on the person than anything else. Not every book blogger replies to those comments. Mostly because a lot of the comments are crappy, like Kelly (Effortlessly Reading) and Cee (The Novel Hermit) have pointed out in their own posts. 
(I feel weird mentioning them because I haven't talked to them personally. I comment a lot on Kelly's blog, but I'm more of a lurker on Cee's...)


I'm pretty much a lurker everywhere. It's so bad, I know. I'll literally be forming a comment in my head, but by the time I reach the comment section, I realize what time it is and suddenly I forget about commenting because I have a thousand other things to do.
It's awful.
I'm awful.
I want to talk to new people, but I don't know how. I don't want to feel weird about mentioning people in my posts.


So I'm Wolfie, Wondering what the heck do I do? And how do I do that without being a creep?

What do you do?


-Wolfie

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Anomaly (Anomaly #1)Goodreads Summary

Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.

Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.

The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?


Review


It starts in media res. Seriously, it's the greatest, most frustrating, thing ever. It made me determined to find out when that opening scene actually happened in chronological order. I was fooled so many times, it was unbelievable.. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, BAM. I got it all wrong. I was constantly struggling to keep up with what was real and what was not. It was fast-paced, filled with action, page after page of excitement. I loved every second of it. And I'm so glad I have the ARC of the second book. I will be starting that right away.

Characters
I really admire Thalli. It seems a little odd at first. Because she is an anomaly and it's not like she wanted to be. So why should I love her for something she didn't choose to be? But she has this depth that allows her to be more than just an anomaly. She cares for others, questions things, isn't afraid. Okay, she's human, she's afraid sometimes. But she gets past that. In the end, she knows what really matters. So I appreciated that. I love the scenes with her and John. It surprised me at first. I didn't expect all the references to God. But I liked it.
The other main character is Berk. I really liked him. He's a Scientist so he has certain privileges. And he really uses them to help Thalli and John and Rhen. I'm not sure that I'd consider him book boyfriend material because the romance wasn't like that at all. They don't know what love is. It doesn't get steamy or romantic. But it is very sweet. I loved it.
After that, there's really only John. I don't want to reveal too much about him. Getting to know him was one of my favorite things about the book. But he's great and he introduces new concepts to Thalli and Berk. That was great.

Plot
This is a post-apocalyptic dystopian. It's not entirely new: pods, contaminated air, nuclear war, etc. But this book took that concept and made it something entirely new. Specialization is not really new, but the specific jobs (musician, botanist, logical person) and the way they can't socialize with anyone outside of their generation? That's different, is it not?
Like I said before, this is a pretty fast-paced book. The paperback is 303 pages of nonstop STUFF that is HAPPENING. It was great. There wasn't a dull moment. Thalli was constantly on the verge of being annihilated. I was constantly wondering when is she going to die? Or, at least, be in the face of death. This book was told in the first person. This is usually a sign that the narrator won't die. But I have read books where the narrator dies. So! There was that possibility wandering through my mind.
Overall, I loved it. I was constantly questioning EVERYTHING, right alongside Thalli as she tried to figure out what was real and what was right.

Rating: 4 stars



Why: it kept me involved and concerned and it was exciting. So exciting.

Recommendation:
sci-fi lovers and those who don't mind references to Christianity. I mention this because it mind offend some people.

Quotes


"Death is only the beginning." (p. 2)

"I have never met anyone new." (p. 47)

"I was born in a different world. In a place called California." (p. 56)

"I wake up thinking of John and Amy. And love. I try not to think of Berk and Thalli and love. That is too ridiculous. Primitive. And pointless. As much as I would like to believe otherwise, I am scheduled for annihilation." (p. 72)



Side note: There are a lot of references to God and Thalli ultimately accepts this. I was surprised by this development, but I did appreciate it. It was a good way to demonstrate just what is wrong with their society. And it raises a lot of questions that will probably be asked in my new Wolfie's Wonderings. In my opinion, it is not offensive in the least. I understand if the references make you uncomfortable, but I don't think it's a valid reason to stay away from this book. But that's just me.


* A paperback was given to me in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.


-Wolfie

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Resilient

Goodreads Summary

Livia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it’s maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplainable ability has manifested, and her life isn’t about to get any easier.

Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he’s the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia’s accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he’s not alone.

Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can’t read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart.

Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal.



Review


So I feel like this is a really hard review. Because on one hand I enjoyed it. But on the other hand, I had expected a lot more. Take the cover, for example. It's probably really shallow of me to even mention it, but I'm a firm believer that the cover says a lot about the book. Whether it's a gorgeous cover or not, it should say something about the book. I have NO IDEA how that cover relates to the book. The title? I get that. It makes sense. They've got powers that make them, well, resilient. The ability to heal, to know what others are feeling or thinking, to run fast, to withstand crazy temperatures. They're superhuman. Nothing new, but it certainly has potential.

Let me pause a moment and say this: I feel for the book what I felt for The Summoning when I first read it. The similarities are actually pretty weird for me, but here it goes.
First, I feel like nothing really happened. To quote the amateur review I wrote for The Summoning a while back: "I mean obviously there were many things that happened, very suspenseful, very creepy. That was good, but it kept repeating. Something would happen, but then it'd turn to nothing. Over and Over and Over again." Just to say it right away, Resilient is exactly like this. It has a steady pace, it picks up, and then , ultimately, nothing happens.
"The end was the best. That's when you find out who you should and shouldn't have trusted. It was somewhat predictable, at the end, that they would be captured and betrayed be Aunt Lauren." Obviously there is no Aunt Lauren here. But there is an uncle. I won't say whether he betrays them or not because that doesn't even matter. The point is that, like Aunt Lauren, he withholds crucial information. And Livia can't tell her parents any more than Chloe can tell her dad.
So yes, the ending was rather predictable. It might annoy me, but it doesn't. Not any more than The Summoning annoyed me. Something about it kept me reading. And something is making me excited to read the next book. The same something that made me finish The Summoning series and I'm so glad I did that.


Characters
I'm afraid The Summoning will keep popping up throughout this review. For example, I couldn't stand Chloe. But even though Livia was frustrating at times, I don't feel that same annoyance. I don't feel much at all, too be honest. None of the characters really stood out to me. The main characters are, of course, Livia and Adam. Reading through their first person POVs was great. Especially Adam's because let's face it. Guys' POVs are always interesting. But even so, I couldn't connect with him the way I probably should have. So why I don't hate them, I also don't love them. But I am interested enough to see what happens to them. Does that make sense?
There aren't too big characters other than them. There are Livia's parents and twin brothers. There are Adam's many siblings and his parents. And Livia's uncle. And Adam's friends.
That's about it, other than the ones who are introduced later.


Plot
My quotes above pretty much cover this. But I will say this. It was still enjoyable. Nothing special. But it certainly got me excited at times. Most questions were answered by the end of the book, so that was satisfying. Especially because I didn't realize just how much I wanted those questions answered.
And I will continue this series I still want answers.


Rating: 3 stars



Why: not great, but good enough to make me want to continue

Recommendation:
those who loved The Summoning. Those who love sci-fi with a hint of romance. It threatens to overtake the book, but it doesn't. So that's also okay.



Next Book: Awakened


* I was provided an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book


-Wolfie

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

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This is a feature created by Jessi over at Novel Heartbeat. Each week there will be a non-book-related topic that we can discuss. This is to give us a chance to get to know each other better(:
This week's topic is


Favorite movies


I don't watch a lot of movies rate PG-13 and up. My parents always tell me that such and such movie is "not appropriate for kids." Which is sad, trust me, I know. But such is life.


Growing up, I loved watching


 Jurassic Park

Charlie's Angels 2

What Dreams May Come


The irony here is that these are all PG-13. And I was watching them when I was five. I'm not even kidding. Granted, I had no idea what was going on at the time. Because when I saw them again a couple years ago? Wow, I never knew. I still like them, though. Particularly Jurassic Park and What Dreams May Come.

I am a huge fan of Disney and Pixar movies. I am dying to go watch Frozen. It just looks so cute!
I don't know if I can choose my favorite, but here are the top 5:


1. Wreck It Ralph
2. Beauty and the Beast
3. Up
4. The Little Mermaid 2
5. The Lion King 2



Some others that I really like:


I Am Legend

The Blind Side

World War Z

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire
I freakin loved this one! Seriously, I had high expectations and it totally went above and beyond! The special effects, the characters, the costumes, the arena... it blew my mind. I cannot wait for Mockingjay.

The Lorax

Madagascar 3

Tangled

The Host
I was actually pretty impressed by this one. They skipped A LOT. But I think they did a good job with what they did include. So I was pleasantly surprised.


Some I want to see:


Beastly

Vampire Academy

Mockingjay

The Hobbit

Watchmen

Divergent

The Book Thief


Generally speaking, there isn't a particular movie genre that I like. I'm about as random with my movies as I am with my books. I love thrillers. I love sci-fi. I love post-apocalyptic stuff. But I also love contemporary, or spiritual, or whatever. Mostly, I love thought-provoking stuff.
But I could use comedies every now and then.
So! What kinds of movies do you like?(:

-Wolfie

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

So Christmas has come upon us again...
I don't know what it is, but I just haven't felt the Christmas spirit these last few years. Which is sad because I'm still so young. Why am I so jaded?
I still enjoy the songs and the movies and the food and such. But it's different when you don't really spend it with your family.
I still have my parents and sister, of course.

But I remember years in a row where I'd spend Christmas Eve with my dad's side and all my cousins and aunts and uncles would be there. And we'd eat and watch movies and play loteria and just have a good time.
And then on Christmas Day I'd spend the day with my mom's side and I would play video games with my uncles (one who's 7 years older, another who's 9 years older). At the time I only had one cousin, and she didn't always spend Christmas with us because her parents are divorced. But even though that side was smaller, I still had fun.
 Now it seems like everyone's grown up and moved away.
 Am I the only one feeling that?

But even so. I still like Christmas. Couple weeks off, get to watch movies and sing songs. I used to love going Christmas shopping with my mom, but I was so dang busy this year, I could barely do that.

I know this seems really depressing. But there is a good point to this.

And the point is: enjoy what you have.
I don't feel like I have all that much, because I keep comparing it to when I was younger. Surely things must have been better then, right?
But even if it was, that doesn't mean that now isn't good, too. I still love my family, immediate and extended. I have an amazing boyfriend. I wish I could see him on Christmas, but such is life. The fact of the matter is, I still have him. I have some pretty good friends, too. I don't hang out with them too much. But when I do see them, it's great.

I have a lot to look forward to. And I'm sure, when you really think about it, so do you.

I can understand why some people get really depressed around this time of year. I wonder what it was that finally pushed Ned Vizzini off the edge. I wonder how many others have jumped for the same reason.

I'm not saying that a lame Christmas post will help anybody, but if it does...

I hope you enjoy your Christmas.

And if you don't celebrate that, enjoy your day anyway.

There's always something to look forward to.

And I know I'm only describing the secular view of Christmas. Honestly, that's the only take I'm truly comfortable with discussing. A couple weeks ago, I was at a Bible Club meeting because I'm covering the club for the yearbook. They were discussing Christmas and what it means and why it's in December, when Jesus was probably born in late summer. Or, as my pastor hypothesized, late October. While the Bible Club teacher was explaining, he made the comment that Christmas is in December to distract from a pagan holiday. He did not say which pagan holiday because of "mixed company."

Um.

Was he talking about me?

I seemed to be the only one out of the ordinary in there. And I still have no idea what he meant by that. I may not have been part of the club, but I was still interested. I'm not an atheist or anything.

But that comment certainly made me feel unwelcome and because of that, I feel like a hypocrite and a fake. And I won't talk religion until I feel a little more sure about what it is I believe.

As a side note:
I don't know how many of you have seen my Sunday questions, or if anybody has seen them at all, or if anybody actually gives a damn (yes, the irony).
But whatever the case is, I'm changing the name to Wolfie's Wonderings because, well, it has a better ring to it. And it doesn't necessarily HAVE to be about religion. But since that's what most of my wonderings are, it might be. Consider yourself warned.
But you're welcome to leave any sort of comment you want. I promise I won't be offended. I hope I don't offend you guys, but, well. This is my blog *shrug*


Merry Christmas, everybody.

Have a great day.


-Wolfie

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