Monday, March 31, 2014

Month three has come and gone and I am glad. It's too early to start thinking about summer, but I will start thinking about it very soon. I honestly cannot wait. Until then, I've got a bunch of school and college-related stuff to do. But for now, let's just review March, shall we?


Books I read this month

Illuminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple (3 stars)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (4 stars)
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy (4.5 stars)
Looking for Alaska by Leila Sales (4.5 stars)
Stim by Kevin Berry (3.5 stars)
Across the Wire by Stella Telleria (4 stars)
Naomi Grim by Tiffany Nicole Smith (4 stars)
The Romeo Club by Rebekah Purdy (3.5 stars)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (4.5 stars)
The Field by Tracy Richardson (3 stars)


Breakdown: 4 physical copies, 6 e-copies

Total: 10 books

Average Rating: 3.85 stars



Reviews

Peaceful Genocide by J.A. Reynolds
Daylighters by Rachel Caine
Side Effects My Vary by Julie Murphy
Stim by Kevin Berry
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Across the Wire by Stella Telleria
Naomi Grim by Tiffany Nicole Smith
The Romeo Club by Rebekah Purdy


Wolfie Wondered

The End of a Series
The Virtue of Patience



Life of a Blogger

I discussed some of my favorite places
I shared all the places that I've traveled to
I listed some of my favorite animals, and included tons of pictures!

Blog Tours

Peaceful Genocide by J.A. Reynolds [Review, Giveaways]
Illuminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple [Excerpt and Giveaway]
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy [Review, Q&A, Giveaway]
Stim by Kevin Berry [Review, Giveaway]
Across the Wire by Stella Telleria [Review, Giveaways]
Naomi Grim by Tiffany Nicole Smith
[Review, Giveaway]
The Romeo Club by Rebekah Purdy [Review, Giveaway]


Other

I shared all the books I got
I explained the A to Z Challenge
I introduced a new hobby
I wrote a short scene, possibly in a dystopian future
I introduced an idea for a new feature
I graciously accepted the Liebster Blog Award given to me by Lakin :D
I wrote about my writing - lack of time and character development
I made a list of ten books I want to read this spring
I wrote about my writing again, but this time essay stuff
I also had some weird thing going on with my blog (still might be going on, I don't know). I think it fixed itself, but my blog acts up sometimes. I really don't know.


2014 TBR Reading Challenge Wrap-Up


Progress:

Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


2 books this month +
5 books last month +
1 book (Jan)

Grand total: 8 books out of 21 books


In other news...


THE A TO Z CHALLENGE STARTS TOMORROW.
I am totally pumped, you guys. I plan to start off strong and not stop. I'm hoping for a post a day, but I might have to skip a couple Sundays because, jeez, April is a busy month. But I've got it all figured out. So watch out you guys. 26 letters. 26 days. I got this. Hope you guys join in on the action!

ALSO. My blog is acting crazy again. I am so sorry for any inconveniences. I have no idea how to fix it, honestly... If you know how, could you please help me out? It's really annoying and I don't know why it's doing that or when it started or how to keep it from happening...

 

-Wolfie


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Saturday, March 29, 2014

This is a weekly meme for Writer Person where I recap my posts, what I've been reading, and highlight some upcoming posts I have planned. (I'm still debating a name change...)

Posts


Monday - Across the Wire by Stella Telleria [Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway]
Tuesday - Naomi Grim by Tiffany Nicole Smith [Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway]
Wednesday - Please Excuse my Blog [Update: it fixed itself! I think...]
Thursday - Life of a Blogger [Favorite Animals]
Friday - The Romeo Club by Rebekah Purdy [Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway]


Finished

Across the Wire by Stella Telleria
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Naomi Grim by Tiffany Nicole Smith
The Romeo Club by Rebekah L. Purdy
The Field by Tracy Richardson 


Currently Reading

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman



Up Next

Not really sure, but I'm thinking The Book Thief


Look Out For!

THE A TO Z CHALLENGE!

In Other News:

So I am about to be back and better than ever! Okay, I don't know about that last part, but I will post at least six days a week next month. No doubt about it. More news on that in my monthly wrap-up.
Other than that, I've been pushing through. My birthday is in a few days. Really looking forward to summer. Just saying.

 

-Wolfie

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Friday, March 28, 2014



The Romeo Club by Rebekah L Purdy
Release Date: 03/25/14
YA CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Summary from Goodreads:

THE ROMEO CLUB is Hitch meets The Secret of My Success.

What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone's surprise, he actually lands her?

And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services?

Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation.

She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.

There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time.

But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.


Goodreads / Amazon / Amazon UK


Review

If you know anything about me, you know that I'm easily annoyed by female protagonists. That's just how it is and it's okay because it has to be REALLY BAD to interfere with my enjoyment of the book.

Why am I starting with that?

Because I was so afraid that I was going to hate Delyla. Seriously, those first few chapters made me shudder. I was ashamed to be a girl - okay, it wasn't that bad. I was afraid, but I shouldn't have been. Don't be so quick to judge her because she's not what she seems like at first. As I kept reading, I found myself falling for her in a totally platonic way. I empathized with her on a level that was almost scary. I read instead of play video games. I don't spend that much time thinking about what people wear or consider what they "should" wear. But I do understand the joy a sport can give you. I can understand gossiping with your best friend and being super close to a guy. I can understand the kinds of "dirty" jokes you have to make when you're with a group of guys. This is what drew me in. She just seemed so real. Like I wouldn't mind having her a friend, even though I almost wrote her off in the beginning.

Don't write her off in the beginning.

A main part of this book is obviously the romance. I mean, seriously. Read the title. Check out the cover. Read the synopsis. Go back to the title. You get the idea? You don't get the idea. Yes, it's primarily romance. But I like how it managed to squeeze in friendship and real love and neighborly relationships and humor in such unexpected places. None of it seemed forced and it flower rather nicely. I was so into it that I read most of it in a day, even with my super busy schedule. Granted, it's pretty short. But still. A day to read it.

Overall, this was a very entertaining book. At parts I was laughing, snickering, gasping, out loud. Towards the end I was almost in tears. (see: I love when books make me cry or almost cry.) The end was predictably cheesy, but still cute nonetheless. It went with the rest of the book, so it was totally okay. It was definitely worth it. Delyla was, well, a delight. She's cool in her "dorky/nerdy" way.

Rating: 3.5 stars


Recommendation: for those who love contemporary, humor, and fun, light reads

About the Author

Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…

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***GIVEAWAY***


1 ebook of The Romeo Club & $10 Amazon gift card (INT)


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Blog Tour Organized by:
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-Wolfie

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


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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 animals



Time for a list!



1. Wolves!
Could you not tell? Haha. In case you couldn't, my blog button is a wolf, my theme is somewhat forest-y, and my little signature name is Wolfie. So, yeah. I love wolves. They're so beautiful and deadly and they're portrayed as evil most of the time, but still. Beautiful. In case you were wondering: in the werewolf vs. vampire debate, I'd say werewolf every time. Unless the vampire is Adrian. Just saying.

Source: http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/wallpaper/photography/photos/best-pod-january-2011/timber-wolves/


Source: my own picture! Taken at the Seattle Zoo



2. Dogs
Not those small, annoying ones. I might make an exception for shih tzus but only because there seem to be a few in my family and my boyfriend has one. So they're okay, I guess xD
But I prefer big/medium size dogs. Golden retrievers, German Shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Border Collies, etc...

 Source: my own picture! Taken at the Seattle Zoo  

 
Source: Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) in Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut, Canada. Created August 05, 1997. Photo taken by Ansgar Walk.  

3. The Arctic Fox I think they are just gorgeous. How about you?    

4. Horses I put this here for a couple reasons. One: they are cool. Two: I want to go horseback riding so bad. I get that it's painful and stuff, but I still want to try it.     
   
5. HEDGEHOGS This is finally the appropriate place to rant about this! HEDGEHOGS ARE ILLEGAL IN CALIFORNIA. Yes, you read that right. I live in Cali. I cannot own a hedgehog. The world is such a cruel and unusual place. You have no idea how much I want one. They are cute. They are low maintenance. They are CUTE. And I cannot have one, not even when I'm older. Unless I move out of state. But really? For a hedgehog?   Dang, they are so cute...  
 
There are others, I'm sure, but these are my favorites right now (:      

And I know I'm being absolutely crazy, but if Pokemon were real, they'd be on this list, too. 'Cause there are some pretty amazing Pokemon. Just saying.

-Wolfie

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Okay, so I have no idea what's going on with my blog. The layout got all messed up and I don't know what's wrong and I don't have the time to figure it. I'm so sorry you guys. I'll fix it ASAP. Or maybe, since it messed itself up, it'll fix itself. I don't know. I'm sorry. Again. I'll get it together soon, I promise.

Have a good day.

-Wolfie

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Series: The Silver Scythe Chronicles #1
Release date: September 29th 2013
Publisher: Twisted Spice Publications
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

The assignment:
Collect lifestones from humans after they die.

Rebellious, sixteen-year-old Naomi craves a normal life, but unfortunately, she’s a Grim by birth. That’s right, she sees dead people and hoards their living essence in a stone. Not a fun occupation.

In order to be good at her job, she must live among human teenagers for weeks at a time. But Naomi soon becomes attached to the kids she’s been assigned to watch over. And knowing that these teens are gonna die under less than ideal circumstances, she has the opportunity to prevent their deaths from occurring. Only one big problem—interfering with death is the worst crime a Grim can commit. If she intervenes, she’ll put herself and her family in danger.

Naomi must make the hardest choice of her career, go against the sacred covenant or watch her new friends walk blindly to their deaths.

Only one thing is for certain—Naomi has a grim knack for finding trouble and she’s about to break all the rules...


Review

"Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same"
- All At Once, The Fray

Why did I start with a quote? Because I needed to make a point. And to me, this is the entire point of the book. Here's the deal: Naomi knows exactly what she is supposed to do. She's been doing it her whole life, save a couple infractions. But for the most part, she's right on track action-wise. So the problem?  She gets too attached to humans. Lowly little humans who die. Most Grims are fine with it, but she is not.

The world-building is absolutely amazing. Granted, it's rather simplistic. but it's rather well-thought out and the layout was one I could follow. Nowhere seemed like a real place to me (pun very much intended). And all the characters were pretty believable. Mr. Dunningham is the poster child of a dictator. Naomi's dad and her older brother are kind enough, but definitely greedy and power-hungry. Maybe not for the reasons you'd think, but it is what it is.

As for Naomi, I found myself really attached to her. I mean, duh. She's sympathetic towards Humans. Thanks, girl! *ahem* She's personally someone I'd want as a friend because she's so... loyal, I suppose. Maybe not to the right people, but that's totally a matter of opinion. I admire her quite a bit. She's a mix of Grim and her own self and while I may not like the Grim part, it makes sense. So I loved learning more about her and seeing her interact with the Humans and all that. The story is told in first person, from Naomi's POV. She's an amazing voice for this kind of story, too. I'm not sure how to describe it exactly, but she's rather observant and has a blunt honesty, even if she's trying to hide something from herself.

The plot: fast-paced. I mean, really, there isn't a dull moment. Sometimes that feels rushed, but this felt perfect. I couldn't put it down once I really got into it. I also loved that it was divided into parts. I'm a sucker for parts. I'm also a sucker for those attractive guys that tend to pop up in YA. So needless to say, Hunter and later Colden had my attention. It's not a love triangle thing, in case seeing two guys' names freaks you out. But I was shipping left and right nonetheless. (I should probably stop but it's fun. Really.)

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick ready and easy to follow. Naomi's perspective was great and the concept and thoughts it provoked were amazing. Should she do what she's supposed to do or do what she thinks is right? What if they're the same? What if they're totally different? No spoilers for you, but I will say it's an exciting dilemma to watch unfold!


Rating: 4 stars


Recommendation: those who like sci-fi and great world building plus plot twists



About the Author

Tiffany Nicole Smith resides in South Florida where she enjoys teaching as well as writing middle grade and young adult fiction. Tiffany enjoys reading and watching horror, action, and fantasy movies—all of which inspire new story ideas. Be on the lookout for upcoming releases.

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Monday, March 24, 2014


Across the Wire by Stella Telleria
Publication date: November 4th 2013
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis:

When Mia Mitchell, a hardcore but lonely former Marine, steps into an alley to pull some thugs off an unlucky foreigner, she walks into a fight she expects. What she doesn’t see coming is the foreigner making her a job offer any sane person would refuse. So, she takes it. She thinks she’s headed for some third-world country; instead she’s mysteriously transported to an Earth-like parallel world. That’s a mad left-hook.
Mia discovers a matriarchal dystopia where freedom doesn’t exist and fighting for it means execution. Lethal force bends all to the law; women fear for their families and un-wed men suffer slavery. Mia’s job is to train an underground syndicate of male freedom-fighters for a violent revolution. However, the guys don’t want a pair of X chromosomes showing them the way.

Eben, an escaped slave, is encouraged by Mia to become a leader among the men. But when he turns his quiet determination on her, it spells F.U.B.A.R. for cynical Mia. Their unexpected connection threatens more than her exit strategy; it threatens the power struggle festering with in the syndicate.

Haunted by nightmares and post-traumatic stress, unsure who to trust or how to get home, Mia struggles to stay alive as she realizes all is not what it seems.


Goodreads / Amazon / Smashwords / Kobo / iTunes


Review

Seriously, sci-fi is the greatest thing ever. Because that's how you get books like this. The idea of parallel universes and space/time travel has always been intriguing to me. The possibilities are absolutely endless and I love how Stella Telleria totally too advantage of that and came up with this crazy insane alternate reality. I guess the scary part is that it could be real. *shudder*

The other part I found interesting was Mia's military background. She's a former Marine. I'm working on (not really) what I affectionately call my "war story" so I paid  attention to this, too. Particularly the way her background was revealed. She's very obviously suffering PTSD, yet she's not completely broken down. And so I admired that, of course. Hated that she was lying to herself, but at least she could take care of herself. It was hard to find her annoying, except when she revealed half of her background and I was thinking, then what?!

Since The Darkest Minds, I've been really careful about synopsis/summaries. So Eben popping up was totally a surprise. Honestly, I was totally confused because for whatever reason I thought he had already been introduced. I was wrong, obviously. But I found that out quickly so that's good. And I loved his perspective. He's quite a character. (Aha. Bad pun.) He's kind of strong in his own way and I loved watching him grow into who he really is. It's really hard not to admire him and try to ship him and Mia. Just saying.

So sci-fi, military background, crazy resistance to female supremacy in a world where females may as well be goddesses for how untouchable (irony) they are. This is a pretty fast-paced book, with quite a bit of action. Sometimes just drama in the camp, other times crazy schemes to free men from labor camps. It was really fun watching this world come together, seeing the parallels and total opposites of what our world is like.

I have to say that I want more. The ending wasn't exactly a cliffhanger, but I totally need to know what happens now. I won't spoil it, because it's a huge spoiler. But I will say that I was crying. So there you go.


Overall, this was amazing. I was hooked by the world building and the characters. I loved how she incorporated sci-fi and questioned our very principles. Not sure if that was intentional, but it was certainly thought-provoking and I do love that.


Rating: 4 stars


Recommendation: for those who love sci-fi and liberal/conservative debates (not as boring as that sounds, trust me)


AUTHOR BIO:

All my life I’ve dreamed of stories or have had my nose buried in one. I live in Edmonton, Canada with my husband and my weird sense of humor. Across the Wire is my first novel.

I love old war movies, dystopian fiction, and any story with action, a good plot, and characters I'd get into a fight at the pub for. Not that I'm a brawler or anything. Unless you think that out-of-print book or vintage piece at the thrift shop is going home with you instead of me. Then, my friend, the gloves are off.

Some say if you have your nose buried in a book, you're missing out on life. I say my nose is buried in a book because one life is not enough.

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Giveaways

Individual:
one ebook copy of Across the Wire. Open internationally.


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Tour wide giveaway:
Open to US, to Canada, the UK, and to Australia
Signed copy + swag


-Wolfie

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

This is a weekly meme for Writer Person where I recap my posts, what I've been reading, and highlight some upcoming posts I have planned. (I'm still debating a name change...)

Posts


Sunday - Wolfie's Wondering: The End of a Series
Monday - Daylighters by Rachel Caine
Tuesday -The Leibster Blog Award

Wednesday - Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy [Review, Q&A, giveaway]
Thursday - Life of a Blogger: Favorite Place
Friday - Writing Adventures #7
Saturday - Stim by Kevin Berry [Review, Giveaway]
Sunday - Wolfie's Wondering: The Virtue of Patience
Monday - The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Tuesday -Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2014 TBR List

Wednesday - Writing Adventures #8
Thursday - Life of a Blogger: Travel

Finished

Across the Wire by Stella Telleria
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Stim by Kevin Berry


Currently Reading


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Naomi Grim by Tiffany Nicole Smith
The Romeo Club by Rebekah L. Purdy 


Up Next


The Field by Tracy Richardson
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman


Look Out For!

Reviews:
Six Months Later
Illuminating Gracie
The Polaris Uprising
Looking for Alaska


Posts:
Writing sometime this week, hopefully.

I have a few more blog tour stops coming up!
Possibly thinking of maybe doing a versus to show you guys what I mean.

In Other News:

I AM SO SORRY. This weekend has been crazy and I had posts scheduled, but never had time to actually fill in the posts. So that's why They were blank or without links. I promise this will never happen again. I am so ashamed (>.<)
I will be more organized this coming week, hopefully. I'm not sure if I'll  be able to post every day, exactly. But I will try. Hopefully my internet will cooperate with me.
Hope you guys had a good weekend!
Don't fall in love with a dress you can't afford! 
(more on that later)
 

-Wolfie

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

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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:


Travel



Well, if you insist! Honestly, I don't feel like I've traveled a lot. Until I start listing the places I've been. But it's not like I've ever been out of the country or anything, I've just been to quite a few states, and only major cities in each state. I guess you'll see what I mean in the list below.


  • Florida: Miami and Orlando. I went once when I was three and again when I was 9. Both times we went to Disney World  Going to New Smyrna Beach this summer and we're going to take a trip to Universal Studios ^.^
  • Hawaii: I was eight. We went to the island of Oahu. We spent a week just exploring and it was pretty fun.
  • Arizona: I can't remember my exact age, but we went to Lake Havasu in the summer and it was HOT.
  • Nevada: Las Vegas. I've been there a few times.
  • Texas: Once when I was in seventh grade for my cousin's wedding. We were in Austin. Then we went again a couple summers ago. It was a road trip so we got to El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin. Again: HOT. But super fun. We visited my cousin in Houston and it was great seeing her again ^.^
  • New Jersey: Same year as my the first time I went to Texas. It was for another cousin's wedding. But this was NJ in the winter. It just so happened we were there during one of the biggest storms in the last... well, it was a long time. And it was a huge storm. Go figure.
  • New York: Conveniently near NJ, so after the wedding me and my dad took a train into NYC and walked around, exploring :D Super fun, but the snow was just slush over there. So no snowman :/
  • New Mexico: passed through on the road trip to Texas
  • Oregon: passed through on the road trip to Seattle, but we did stop in Portland. So that was cool (:
  • Washington: Seattle and the Sea-Tac area. We went last summer and it was so freaking fun ^.^ Of course we went when there was no rain in sight. Go figure. Again. But it was still great just walking around. I loved the Pike Place Market. There were so many people and lots of food! And it also houses the first Starbucks ever. We didn't go because the line was HUGE. But that was okay because there's a ridiculous amount of Starbucks (over 100 according to our tour guide... I think that's what he said) in a five mile radius of the first one. Keep in mind, half of that area is water xD
I'm from California and I've actually been all over: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Lake Tahoe, etc.

That all being said, I'd love to visit the remaining 39 states. And also Italy, Ecuador, Spain. Those are the main places. After that, who knows?(:

How about you? What places have you been to? What places would you like to go to?

-Wolfie

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This is a feature for Writer Person. Here I showcase little writings that I have written and share what I've been up to writing-wise. The writings may be recent, old, relating to book I'm working on, or a random scene that came to me.


Okay, this is going to be super short because I'm literally coming up with this on the spot. And I'm freaking out because there's a bunch of other stuff I should be doing. But I feel so bad for not posting anything today. So! I just thought I'd say a few things:


* Haven't written since last week (sigh)
* Got an A on a history essay (finally!)
* Have an English essay due tomorrow that I'm hoping will at the very least not be a C


Why are my expectations so low for the English essay? Because I've been getting C's. Which is lame because I've been speaking English my whole life, you know? But nevertheless, I have yet to get higher than a C. Ashtyn and I are convinced it's because we're too creative for our English teachers. If that's the case, then I guess that's totally fine :D


But seriously, I'm sick of the C's -.-


Which is why I'm so happy about the A on my history essay :DDD
I absolutely love my history teacher and the fact that I wrote an essay worthy of an A is freaking awesome. Especially because apparently a lot of people had a hard time with it. So yes, I'm bragging a little. But it's mostly relief.


And that's about it. I'll get back to writing my sci-fi soon. That's my promise to myself.


Until then, happy reading/writing/hugging a hedgehog!


(Holy cow, more on that later.)

-Wolfie

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!
This is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there's a new theme and bloggers from all over choose their top ten.

This week's theme is...

Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List


1. Insurgent
I finally have this on my shelf and I can't wait to read it! Divergent was so great!


2. Never Fade
I still can't believe I don't have this yet!
C'mon Wolfie, you can wait three more weeks... *deep breath*


3. Prisoner of Night and Fog
I have this via Edelweiss, so yay! We're actually going to start the WWII unit
in APUSH around the time I'll be reading this :D


4. Legend
This has been on my shelf forever! I can't wait to read it,
but I'm waiting to get Prodigy because I already have Champion o.o 



5. East of Eden
We're supposedly going to read this in English soon and you have no idea how excited I am!!! My friend is reading it and he's been teasing me about how good it is :/ Normally, I wouldn't wait to read it with the class, but I need to actually have it. And I don't have it Dx


6. Horde
This has also been on my shelf a while. I want to read it, but I don't at the same time. I don't want it to end quite yet :/ Plus I want my boyfriend to read it before I do, since he read Enclave and Outpost before I did.



7. Goodbye, Rebel Blue
This has such a pretty cover! It's plain, but I love it nonetheless.
Probably because of the blue and the font.


8. The 5th Wave
It's been on my shelf away. It has a cool cover.
It's sci-fi. Need I say more?


9.The Book Thief
I have been wanting to read this for so long.
And it's on my shelf, looking pretty instead of making me cry *sigh*



10. The Lost World
AKA sequel to Jurassic Park. AKA just about the best sci-fi ever. I'm just torn as to which edition I'm going to read: the paperback or the pretty BnN bound one with Jurassic Park and The Lost World.

-Wolfie

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Goodreads Summary

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

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
 

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Review

I want to get my one complaint out of the way before I fangirl:

The summary gives away everything. It's literally a summary. You know how it's just supposed to reel you in so you can read the book to find out more? This one reveals pretty much the entire plot. My advice: DON'T READ THE SUMMARY. Otherwise, you'll be like me and wait for everything to happen. It was pretty annoying, actually. I wish I had stayed away from the summary.

That being said, jeez this book was incredible. Yes, it took me a while to feel emotionally invested. But sometimes that's okay because by the end I was hooked. And it wasn't like I was bored in the in-between time. It had a pretty good pace and I loved the background. The world building was pretty perfect for me. Most of it was Ruby's recollection from when she was little, so it wasn't quite accurate or up-to-date. But once she gets back out, the world was set up wonderfully. I really felt like I could visualize it, like I was right next to her throughout the book.

Ruby herself was a pretty decent mc. Usually I have trouble liking girl mc's. (Which is actually funny since most mc's are girls.) But with Ruby, I didn't have that problem. It just took a while to connect completely. For the most part, I think she acted pretty normally and she wasn't overly stupid. Maybe there were a few exceptions, but I have no complaints. As per usual, I loved the guy in the story. Liam was just great. He was sweet and protective. But I have to admit, he had me second-guessing him a few times. I was pretty sure he liked Ruby (read: don't read the summary), but it was super subtle. And it just got worse when some other guy shows up. I won't reveal who it is. But I will say I totally knew who the mysterious leader was. It was disappointing that I figured it out, but I give her props because I recognized it as a good twist.

What I loved most about this was the concept, the world-building. I alluded to this before but I want to emphasize this: adults are horribly abusing these children. Think about that for a second. It's not like parents are smacking their kids because they did something bad. No, this is actually abuse, where death is a very real threat for these kids. As if it's their fault. And the parents are okay with it. Admittedly, it's because most don't know. But that's not the point. The point is, they should know. They should care enough to find out and do something.

One final note: that mysterious thing Ruby did to her parents? Well, it actually was mysterious. And I will leave it at that.

Overall, I loved it. It just lost stars for that stupid summary thing *sigh*


Rating: 3 stars


Recommendation: those who love sci-fi and questionable ways of dealing with issues


-Wolfie

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