Monday, March 2, 2015

TV Show Review: The 100 Season 2 [NO SPOILERS]


I am a hardcore lover and fan of The 100 on The CW. It's one of my favorite TV shows ever and I'm glad I've been watching it from the beginning of when it started. There will be no spoilers for this review and basically just me fangirling, but yeah if you want to know what this show is all about, hang in there and find out! 

The 100 follows a group of 100 criminals that are basically sent down to Earth by The Ark  as guinea pigs to test whether Earth is inhabitable or not. Now these criminals, as low on the social class scale as they may seem, are not as indispensable and useless as the Ark claims them to be. Being a group of teenagers who have learned to survive their ways in space, they have learned how to cope with the Earth below them and take care of themselves, creating their own little society down on Earth. Little do they know that they're not alone on this planet... 

Okay so basically I would classify this show as a space/science fiction show because we are pretty much diving into the whole idea science fiction and like a futuristic society. Just like every other show on TV now these days, The 100 is full of feels and very emotional scenes. I just love going on twitter to listen to the fans tweet and discuss their feelings. It's just nice knowing some people love the show as much as I do.

The 100 is on THE CW Network at 9, so don't forget to check it out! 

Watch it because...
  • SWOON-WORTHY GUYS who take their shirts off!! 
  • The main protagonist is a badass heroine that knows a lot about being a doctor 
  • You'll get a story and show full of a ton of ACTION and mind-blowing CLIFF-HANGERS with each episode! 
  • It's based off of a book and you know how we all love books ;) 
  • Most of the authors are Australian and have that beautiful accent in real life, not in the show LOL 
  • I WATCH IT :) 

And now for a compilation of the hot guys!
  



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Middle Grade Book Review: Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis

Renegade Magic (Kat, Incorrigible #2) by Stephanie Burgis
Source: Paperback via my collection
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars :star :star
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Date Published: April 3rd, 2012

Nowhere in England is safe from the mischief and magic of Kat Stephenson: Her eldest sister has finally wed, but when a scandalous accusation threatens the marriage prospects of Kat’s second sister, Angeline, Stepmama swiftly whisks the family away to Bath in an attempt to outrun the gossip and betroth Angeline to a respectable suitor. 

Meanwhile, Kat’s utter lack of ladylike propriety has prompted the powerful Lord Ravenscroft to expel her from the magical Order of Guardians — before her training has even begun! Anger and exile aside, Kat knows something is not quite right about Lord Ravenscroft. 

Her insatiable curiosity and fierce loyalty to her family will have readers rooting for her all the way as Kat attempts to reunite Angeline with her true love and prove that she has what it truly takes to be a Guardian.

My Review

You know what they say about sequels? :||
Sequels are unfortunately, many times, less enticing than the first book in a series.
This books is prime example of why they say such things. 

It took me so long to get through this book, which says a lot because it's a middle grade book. Why do I feel that it fell short? Let me list the ways…

-Kat seems to be almost a caricature of herself, even more incorrigible (ok, it's in the title, I get it), but she didn't just border on annoying—she was annoying. Until she met up with Emily, her first friend and another young lady in the series who is about Kat's age—we finally get to see a different dynamic between Kat and another character who isn't just either ENEMY or FAMILY. *yawn*

-The plot was predictable. Eerily close to the first book, but lacking in magic, was the plot.

-I felt like the book was bumbling around…disaster after disaster that didn't really seem too believable — okay it's fictional and middle grade but something just didn't "click" throughout the book…

UNTIL THE END

I gotta say the author knows how to end a book. Her ending is what made the last book spectacular; and the ending is what made this book "okay/good" instead of just, well, "meh."

The ending was brilliant, I have to say. Was it enough to save the book and make it great? Not for me,  no. Will I read the next book, the last book, in the series? Well, yeah…I already bought it. I want to see it out, but I'm pushing it back so I am not sure when I'll get to it. I kind of feel like I know exactly what to expect. That's not a really great feeling for the end of a series.

The things I did like was the addition of Emily to the character list (I hope she's in the next book). Like I mentioned, I loved the ending and it pretty much made me give this book two stars instead of one. I also liked the history and the inclusion of the ancient Roman Baths. I loved learning how they were in Bath back then and what people thought of them. It was really funny and I learned some unexpected things. :O

I recommend this book for a younger audience of readers who are interested in Regency era Britain.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Wrap-Up!

So this month is the first month with Alex as co-blogger here! I hope you are all loving her contribution (who am I kidding I know you are) .. ;)
Check out what happened in February (can you believe it's going to be March already?! It feels like it was just New Years)!
I have some VERY exciting personal news to share with you guys, so be on the lookout soon for a post. I know, I'm bad for keeping you all in suspense. I know it's just killin' you… *evil laughter* :v

February Posts

Waiting on Wednesday (it's been so long — Alex and I both share)
Guest Post + Title Contest / Giveaway: Why YA is an Ageless Genre
Alex talks about the various Stereotypes about Book Lovers
Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Dust Off Your Classics Challenge: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier [teaser]
Ana @ Read Me Away & I discuss Fictional BFs: Valentine's Day Post + Giveaway [open]
Graphic Novel Review: Teen Titans Go! Vol. 1
Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge 
Book Review: Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan


Diamond's Book Haul


Physical Books
Bought - Gifted - Won

 

 
Thank you Macmillan and Tabitha @ Not Yet Read for the entire series by Jenna Black
 Thanks you Tyler and Scott for My Favorite Things (late bday gift), The Far Dawn, Coffin Hill. I bought the rest ^_^  [Dodger, The Winner's Curse are ebooks]

eARCS/ARCs
Bob's Burgers, Stratford Midnight Revue: Romeo and Juliet, Cleo, Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs 

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is created by Breaking the Spine.


So I haven't done a WoW post in FOREVER. Okay, at least a year! I decided that I just have to cave and do a post. I think once you read my reasons why I'm waiting for this, you'll understand :P 

What Dee's Waiting For….


The Pirate Code (Hook's Revenge #2) by Heidi Schulz
Expected Date of Publication: September 15th, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Fresh off her victory over the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn Hook decides the most practical plan is to hunt down her father's famous fortune. After all, she'll need the gold to fund her adventuring in the future. (And luckily, Hook left her the map.) But the map proves to be a bit harder to crack than Jocelyn had hoped, and she's convinced that the horrible Peter Pan might be the only one with the answers. Of course, he doesn't really feel like helping her, so Jocelyn takes the only reasonable course of action left to her: she kidnaps his mother. Evie, though, is absolutely thrilled to be taken prisoner, so Jocelyn's daring ploy doesn't have quite the effect she'd planned for.
Along with the problem of her all-too-willing captive, Jocelyn must also contend with Captain Krueger, whose general policy is that no deed is too dastardly when it comes to stealing Hook's treasure. And with the ever-shifting Whens of the Neverland working against her as well, Jocelyn, Evie, Roger, and the rest of the Hook's Revenge crew have their work cut out for them.
In this rambunctious showdown between characters new and old, Jocelyn puts her own brand of pirating to the test in a quest to save her future and those she loves.

I really can't wait for this!!! I saw the cover on Goodreads the other day and just got SO happy! :O I mean, isn't it just gorgeous?! I read Hook's Revenge last year and adored it. It was my number one favorite Middle Grade book I read in 2014! Which is saying a lot since I read more MG last year than any other genre. Oh I just can't wait to read all about Jocelyn and what happens in Neverland.

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Alex's WoW Pick...


Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2)
Expected date of publication: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
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Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they'd rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can't stay David's Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her... or connect her to David for life. 

I'm just so darn excited that the author decided to continue this series! The first book caught me off guard because it was so flipping fantastic and I had just received it from a friend who said it was a pretty dark good book. Great characters and lots of action! Really any supernatural romance reader's type of book! 



What are some of your WoW picks? We'd love to see links to your posts! 

-DEE and ALEX

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Guest Post: Why Young Adult is an ageless genre


I am really excited to share this guest post with you! Let's welcome indie author Roselyn Jewell to the blog! She's here to discuss why YA is an ageless genre. A genre you can love to read (and relate to) whether you're 11, 17, 27, 37, or 80! :O
She's also about to release her upcoming novel. She’s looking for help with a title and wants YOU to give her some ideas for the title! Isn’t that awesome? Roselyn NEEDS reviewers for her book (which sounds really good, I might add). Look for contest details at the end of her guest post She’s also looking for reviewers and is ready to give review copies if you are interested in providing an honest review. 

My name is Roselyn Jewell and I have recently made my first foray into the YA genre! In honor of this, I'd like to share a few things with you, starting with my thoughts on why YA is ageless. In my opinion, even though YA stands for young adult, YA is certainly ageless. I know a lot of adults of varying ages that enjoy YA books just as much as the kids and teens I know that read it. I'll never forget when I went to see the first Harry Potter movie in the theater and I was surprised to see that there were about 10x as many adults there as there were kids. In fact, still using HP as an example, the bulk of those books are 500+ pages, a length that is found far more in adult books than teen or children's books.

Another reason I think YA is ageless is that some of the themes or issues addressed in YA books are issues that anyone can relate to and find interesting to read about. In fact, some issues can be related to even more by adults. I'll use The Hunger Games as an example for this one. Hunger Games deals with a corrupt government, death, war, and all sorts of very adult type issues. Plus, I don't care how old you are, you cannot tell me that you did not cry your eyes out during at least one part of any of those books!

Lastly, YA is ageless because regardless of what age you are, I'm sure you've experienced some point in your life where you were sad, stressed out, angry, etc. and you simply wanted to escape reality for a while. Books do that for readers and I myself am in my 30's and I love getting caught up in a good YA book and immersing myself into that world vs. whatever is going on in my life at the time. I think Harry Potter is the best example of this as well, J.K. Rowling truly outdid herself creating not just an escape from reality, but truly an entrance to a whole new world that has enchanted many, from little kids to people in their 80’s!

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Hilary lives in a world that is supposed to be "perfect." The government provides all of the basic necessities and if you want "luxury" items you can take on non-governmental work or odd jobs to earn luxury dollars to buy pretty much anything you could desire. The downside? She's assigned a career she hates, a place to live that she's never even been to before, and a guy she's supposed to marry that she's not even sure she likes. In fact, she's not sure she can ever feel that way about any guy, period. Oh yeah, and this all happens to everyone when they turn 17. Hilary tries to make the best of it but goes through a series of events that make her question who she is as a person and whether or not "perfect" can ever really exist, no matter what they want her to believe.

If this sounds good to you (or even if it doesn't) please feel free to send any submissions, suggestions, feedback, questions, etc. to me HEREIf you’d like to review the book, let me know if you’d like PDF or mobi format and I’ll send it right over. 

Title Contest, Review Copies, and More
As mentioned, I'm releasing my first YA book in March! It'll be the first book in what I hope will be a long series. So I’m looking for YA fans who are willing to read the book in advance in exchange for posting an honest (yes I really do mean honest) review on at least one site that has it for sale (Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, etc.) and you can feel free to post it anywhere else you wish too!

From now till March 1 st, I’m running a contest where you get to submit suggestions for the title of  the book! 
  • The book will have the title you selected + one of the character's names will be changed to your name AND
  • You’ll win a free copy of either the final version of the YA book or a free copy of any other book that I have out.
  • Your name will appear in the acknowledgements section of the YA book. 
*You can read the full details of the contest HERE*

Roselyn Jewell 
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Thank you, Roselyn for being on the blog today! I hope you get help finding a wonderful title for your book. Doesn't her book sound amazing?

Why do you think YA is an ageless genre? Are there any other genres that you think are "ageless" for you? 

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