Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday TV/Game Time #11: Friends Season Five - Six



Over the last few months I managed to get through two more seasons of Friends, season 5 and 6, inbetween picking colleges and working. I can tell that is starting to go a little down hill with lack of ideas (there is a two episode arc where they look at what could have been with the characters, I wasn't a huge fan of that, but love Monica) but my favorite thing about both seasons is Chandler and Monica. They are so cute together! Plus I'm sick of Ross and Rachel and it was nice to get a break from them for a while. :) And Joey and Phoebe are awesome/funny. 4/5


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Film Thursday # 26: The Pretty One (2013)

I feel in love with this movie from the trailer alone, and the fact that Jake Johnson is in it (New Girl's Nick, LOVE him). And it was just as amazing as I expected, and well worth the $14.99 of birthday money I shelled out. :) Zoe Kazan is an brilliant actress and I will be looking for her future films (and watching her other ones as well). It is both a love story and a story about finding out who you are and I really related to it. I recommend checking this out! 5/5



Review: The Rosie Effect (#2) by Graeme Simsion


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Summary from Goodreads:

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Rosie Project, starring the same extraordinary couple now living in New York and unexpectedly expecting their first child. Get ready to fall in love all over again.

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they're about to face a new challenge because; surprise, Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he's left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.

Graeme Simsion first introduced these unforgettable characters in The Rosie Project, which NPR called sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where'd You Go Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally. The San Francisco Chronicle said, sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud; If you were swept away by the book that's captivated a million readers worldwide, you will love The Rosie Effect.
  

My Review:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #38



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

18118014Labor Day by Joyce Maynard.

Summary from Goodreads:

With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Henry — lonely, friendless, not too good at sports — spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates.

For company Henry has his long-divorced mother, Adele — a onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot; his hamster, Joe; and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly's with his estranged father and new stepfamily. As much as he tries, Henry knows that even with his jokes and his "Husband for a Day" coupon, he still can't make his emotionally fragile mother happy. Adele has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart.

But all that changes on the Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life's most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting others — especially those we love—above ourselves. And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting for.

My Notes:

I've seen the movie twice now and can't wait to dig into this book, it is waiting for me on my kindle.

Waiting on Wednesday # 38



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.




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Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan.

Summary from Goodreads:

A delicious tale of revenge and identity from Carrie Ryan, the bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

In the wake of the deadly devastation of luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son are claiming—it was attacked.

To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. Frances has spent years in hiding, transforming herself into Libby, and she can no longer allow the people who murdered her entire family and Libby to get away with it. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: the senator’s son.

The game has just begun, and Frances is not only playing dirty, she's playing to win.
  

My Notes:

The cover is amazing and the story sounds pretty interesting.

Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #38


This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.


The Books I Read Last Week:

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #38



I recieved a $50 dollar giftcard for my B-day next week and spent it on some video games, a movie, and two books. :)

Reviews:

Someday, Someday, Maybe: Review
Shiver: Review
The Final Empire: Review


Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: The Final Empire (Misborn #1) by Brandon


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In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage - Allomancy, a magic of the metals.


My Review:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Film Thursday # 25: Laggies (2014)

 I had some birthday monday and decided to buy this movie, mainly because it has a lot of people I love in it. It was well worth the $13.99 I shelled out to watch it on Amazon, it was funny, cute, and eye opening. It reminded me of The Way, Way, Back but for an older audience. Keira Knightly did a whole bunch of movies last year, and so did Chloe, and I haven't found one of theirs I did not enjoy. Plus Keira doing an American accent was interesting to see. And Sam Rockwell always makes me laugh. I recommend checking out this movie, it was not super popular and deserves more viewers. 5/5

Review: Shiver (#1) by Maggie Stiefvater


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Summary from Goodreads:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
  

My Review:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday # 37



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.


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Wishlist Wednesday #37



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.



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Monday, January 19, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #37





This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.

I started College this week so lack of reading happened, and will keep happening, lol.

The Books I Read Last Week:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham


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Summary from Goodreads:

Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates-Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material-and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works.

Meanwhile, she dreams of doing "important" work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It's hard to tell if she'll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won't call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet.


Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job.

My Review:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Film Thursday # 24: Begin Again (2013)

I rented this movie for .99 cents from Amazon and managed to watch it twice in 24 hours or so. It was amazing, and it is now on my buy list for movies, along with the soundtrack, because the music was so great. I did not know that Knightly could sing like that, and hope she does a CD of her own. The way the director tells the story is really interesting, from two POVs and their flashbacks. I recommend checking it out, besides the amazing music the acting and story were great as well. (even though I thought two people should end up together and it did not happen) 5/5

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #36



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

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Golden Son (#2) by Pierce Brown

Summary from Goodreads:

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

My Notes:

I loved Red Rising and cannot wait to start the second book.

Waiting on Wednesday # 36



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.


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Ensnared (#3) by A. G. Howard.

Summary from Goodreads:

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

My Notes:

I can't wait to finally finish this series.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka


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In the midst of the freezing Arctic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s dark room and finds a stash of wet, crimson-colored money. Thousands of Euros left to dry—splattered with someone’s blood.
Lumikki lives alone in a studio apartment far from her parents and the past she left behind. She transferred into a prestigious art school, and she’s singularly focused on studying and graduating. Lumikki ignores the cliques, the gossip, and the parties held by the school’s most popular and beautiful boys and girls.
But finding the blood-stained money changes everything. Suddenly, Lumikki is swept into a whirlpool of events as she finds herself helping to trace the origins of the money. Events turn even more deadly when evidence points to dirty cops and a notorious drug kingpin best known for the brutality with which he runs his business.
As Lumikki loses control of her carefully constructed world, she discovers that she’s been blind to the forces swirling around her—and she’s running out of time to set them right. When she sees the stark red of blood on snow, it may be too late to save her friends or herself.

My Review:

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To #38


Top Ten Tuesday:  Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To #38

Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas



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Summary from Goodreads:

Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.


Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he’s separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of the bottle—an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family’s impeccable fa├žade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed.

My Review:


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #36



This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.


The Books I Read Last Week:

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Review: Zac and Mia by A. J Betts


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Summary from Goodreads:

Winner of the 2012 Australian Text Prize

"When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics." So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can't forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

My Review:

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #36



Reviews:

Some Boys: Review
Gilded Ashes: Review

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday TV/Game Time #11: Friends Season Three - Four



I've been slowly renting Friends from the library (I don't remember ever watching it before now) but thanks to Netflix I can now binge it! So in this new year I finished the third season and almost finished the fourth one. This show is so addicting, I can see why it made it 10 seasons, plus I love a lot of the characters (Phoebe, Chandler, Monica, and Joey are my favorites). I know that every show goes downhill at some point but I doubt that I will stop liking it when this one does. I recommend going to Netflix and watching this series if you haven't, it is a great way to relax and forget the real world for a while. 5/5 And yes this is the reason why I haven't been posting reviews, :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #35



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

17303139Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine.

Summary from Goodreads:

There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.


As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

My Notes:

I was sold the moment I heard it was a Phantom retelling (the world does not have enough of those) and I'm hoping to get it for my birthday.

Waiting on Wednesday # 35



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

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Release Date: June 9th

Summary from Goodreads:

A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol. 

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

My Notes:

This sounds super cute, I cannot wait to get my hands on it! :)



Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: Some Boys by Patty Blount


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Summary from Goodreads:

Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.

But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?


A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.

My Review:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #35



This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.


The Books I Read Last Week:

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Review: Gilded Ashes: A Cruel Beauty Novella (Cruel Beauty Universe #2) by Rosamund Hodge


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Summary from Goodreads:

A romantic and fantastical reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale, Gilded Ashes is a novella by Rosamund Hodge set in the same world as the author's debut novel, Cruel Beauty.

Orphan Maia doesn't see the point of love when it only brings pain: Her dying mother made a bargain with the evil, all-powerful ruler of their world that anyone who hurt her beloved daughter would be punished; her new stepmother went mad with grief when Maia's father died; and her stepsisters are desperate for their mother's approval, yet she always spurns them. And though her family has turned her into a despised servant, Maia must always pretend to be happy, or else they'll all be struck dead by the curse.

Anax, heir to the Duke of Sardis, doesn't believe in love either—not since he discovered that his childhood sweetheart was only using him for his noble title. What's the point of pretending to fall in love with a girl just so she'll pretend to fall in love with him back? But when his father invites all the suitable girls in the kingdom to a masked ball, Anax must finally give in and select a wife.

As fate would have it, the preparations for the masquerade bring him Maia, who was asked by her eldest stepsister to deliver letters to Anax. Despite a prickly first encounter, he is charmed and intrigued by this mysterious girl who doesn't believe in love. Anax can't help wishing to see her again—and when he does, he can't help falling in love with her. Against her will, Maia starts to fall in love with him too. But how can she be with him when every moment his life is in danger from her mother's deadly bargain?


HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.

My Review:

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #35



Reviews:

Dangerous Boys: Review
Checkmate: Review

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Review: Checkmate (#3) by Malorie Blackman


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Summary from Goodreads:

Can the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a nought father in a society where the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted prejudices. Sephy, her mother, has told Rose virtually nothing about her father, but as Rose grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the truth about her parentage and becomes determined to find out more. But her father's family has a complicated history - one tied up with the fight for equality for the nought population. And as Rose takes her first steps away from Sephy and into this world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into more and more danger. Suddenly it's a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner . . .

The powerful third story in the Noughts & Crosses sequence.

My Review: