Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

   As promised, I'm back with a book review! Instead of doing just one book, I decided to do all three of the books in the Mara Dyer trilogy. Can I just say how much I told people to stop interrupting me because I was reading this series? I can tell you, it was a lot. I started reading this series because everyone was raving on about Retribution coming out on Instagram and Twitter and so I had to see what the fuss was about. Turns out, it was a huge fuss! If I read the series earlier and Evolution left me on a cliff-hanger like that, I would seriously be dying so I don't know how you guys lived through it for those of you who read the books.
   For those of you who have yet to read this trilogy, these books are about a girl who realizes something is wrong with her, and she's not the only one. She moves to Florida after an incident in New York, but everything is coming back to her. She meets Noah, who isn't what everyone makes him out to be; Jamie, her best friend who gets bullied all the time; and her ex-boyfriend, who is supposed to be dead. Noah and Mara go through life-or-death situations to uncover the truth while they both try to figure out their feelings for each other.
   That was probably the best summary I've ever done and it wasn't even that greatxD but anyway, that was the gist of the first book and some of the second;) I have to say, school really annoyed me because it always got in my way of reading this series. All of these books ended in a huge cliff-hanger (more so the second one)... actually most of the chapters ended in a cliff-hanger so I was up till 12 in the morning reading.
   If any of you don't like the suspense (like one of my friendsxD) or bloody scenes, I wouldn't recommend this book. But I think this is my first thriller series and I loved it! Wait... "this is not a thriller... this is a twisted love story" AHH sorry that was a little line from the book. I wouldn't consider it a spoiler (I didn't give anything away!).. But yes, I seriously loved this seriously love this series and if I found it at the book store during my Black Friday shopping, I totally would've gotten them!
   I think that this series really tied everything together. At the end of Retribution I was like "Oh my god, it all comes together in a huge circle!!!!!!!!!! Mind blown" haha but yes, I love how authors make everything come together at the very end of a series. It just shows how much time they put into the thought process and just makes the readers want to read more of the book! So Michelle Hodkin, you did a fantastic job<3
SPOILERS:
   Please do not continue reading until you have read the series:)
   AHHHHHH! Okay can I just say how amazing Noah Shaw is?! And his DAD! LIKE WTF! I totally did not see that coming. When they were wondering who was funding the facility, It didn't even cross my mind that it was him! WHAT! AHH! And haha to be honest, when Mara say her brother in the warehouse filled with files, I thought he was hiding something.. but he wasn't! So... sorryxP I really liked how Michelle did the memories for Mara's grandmother. and OMG! "Mara" wrote the books! I forgot her name really wasn't Mara and Noah isn't really Noah and Jude isn't really Jude. I like how Michelle did that because it like, you don't really know anything. Not the names, or the dates, or the places. Just the story. And in the end, thats all that matters. Just that little detail was really inspirational to me. I don't really know if that was the message behind it, but oh well haha. This wasn't really a spoiler but I didn't want to mention it in the above so.. if any of you want to talk about the book, you know where to reach me;)


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mockingjay Part1 Movie

   I'm back! I know I haven't posted anything in a very long time, but I blame it all on school. I actually should be doing homework right now but... eh it can wait. I seriously am so ready for the Thanksgiving break, I want to just read non-stop. Someone commented on here (finally!<3) saying that they want me to post more and I don't think that person knows how much that meant to me<3 It totally woke me up so I am making time today to review the Mockingjay Part1 movie that came out Thursday! I don't think this review will have a spoiler part because Mockingjay is still pretty new out to the world and I don't want to give anything away;)
   So there are a lot of reviews out there saying Mockingjay wasn't good because it was more "political" and not about the games anymore, but if you actually read the book, you would see that the last book wasn't about the games either. It was so funny because those reviews and the comments on twitter from the different fandoms were so different from each other. I personally loved the movies because there was just so much emotion with Katniss that you just felt the pain with her. I think my eyes watered like 5 times during the movie I was literally mentally yelling at myself not to let the tears fall. It was good to the book... I think? It's been a while since I read THG trilogy so I forgot some stuff, but from what I remember, it was pretty good;) I feel so bad for Gale though because you can totally see that he's truly in love with her and she's in love with Peeta. In the books, I was always #TeamPeeta but in the movies... seeing Gale's emotions and hurt, I don't know anymore! Thats another thing about the movies, Katniss may have had the most emotion, but it was there with all three of them and the chemistry in the movie was palpable.
   The movie overall was phenomenal and I can't really say that I would do anything different. I would highly suggest to everyone to watch it if you've seen there previous movies or read the books. Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutchinson were just so amazing along with all of the other cast. The only thing I can really say that I wished was different was President Coin, and thats not even major. I just felt like I wanted her to be more strict than what she was. I would totally rate this movie a 4.99 out of 5<3

   I apologize again for not posting a lot (stupid school). Since Thanksgiving Break is starting tomorrow so I will definitely be starting my book review soon, I promise;) Good night, everyone<3

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jennifer's Giveaways

   So I just recently finished Stone Cold Touch by the one and only Jennifer L. Armentrout! And I gotta say that this book just made me want to punch everyone and tell them to shut up so I could finish this book... sorry to anyone who faced my wrath. But this book was so good! I just wanted to quickly say that to anyone who doesn't know, Jennifer has currently 2 giveaways out right now and you can to enter and win on her website. And, if you have finished Stone Cold Touch, you can vote who Layla will choose in the next book, Every Last Breath HERE.
   I think I have a book hang-over... I need a few days to just let everything sink in. But when I'm back and more people have finished the book, I will definitely post a review for Stone Cold Touch. So stay tuned;)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L Armentrout is FINALLY OUT!

   As you already know, Jennifer L Armentrout is my all-time favorite author. And just yesterday, her sequel in the Dark Elements series came out! I actually got the book about a week before it came out because I won a contest on Twitter! Anyways, I'm almost done with the book and so far, I am loving everything about this book! I love they way I hate some things and I love the way I just squeal at other things. And I love both Zayne and Roth but I am stuck on one! I don't want to tell because I don't want to influence your decision (bad or good) but once you read this series, you'll be begging for more!
   So if you haven't read any of the Dark Elements books, I suggest you haul you butt to the book store and read it! IT WILL CHANGE YOU FOREVER!
   And just recently, Jennifer has announced that she will be giving away a copy of Stone Cold Touch with notes in it!!! Go to her website to enter and hopefully win!
   I seriously am in love with all of Jennifer's books. Theres no denying it anymore. And I love how she's also a fan of SUPERNATURAL. Like omg we love the same series!!! But thats besides the point. If you guys finish Stone Cold Touch, tell me! We have to talk about Zayne and Roth and Bambi!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

TMI turned into a TV Show???

   So recent update, The Mortal Instruments is going to be turned into a TV show! From the information that I got, the series will start from the beginning (City of Bones) and Cassandra Clare doesn't know if there will a new cast or not.
   Honestly, I feel like this will be good... I hope. I mean on one hand, there was a movie out that wasn't the greatest because it wasn't the same as the book. But on the other hand, it will be a good fresh start for TMI as long as they make the series exactly like the book. I really liked the cast for TMI but if there are different cast that play the characters right, then I think that I will be fine (Jace has to be hot and arrogant, Clary has the be the pretty stubborn redhead, etc.).
   There are a lot of people on twitter that don't want this to turn into a TV show, but I think that it would give the director a good opportunity to put in the small details that don't matter because in the end, they actually do matter (if that makes sense...). I am really curious to watch if it does turn out to be a good TV show because if it does, I really want them to make a TID show!!! THAT WOULD MAKE MY LIFE! We would actually see Jem and Will as real people and the fight between Wessa and Jessa would be HUGE because both of them are just so perfect.
   Anyway, if you guys have any new news about TMI show, let me know!:)
   Good night fangirls/boys<3

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

HoO Comes To An End...

   So The Bloods of Olympus just came out today!!! I am so exited to finally read it! But honestly, I don't want to read it until tomorrow (...Or tonight since I kind of can't wait) because this is the last book in the Heroes of Olympus series and I don't know if he it going to be making another spin-off to the Percy Jackson series and AHHH! WHAT IF THIS IS THE END?! Seriously, Percy Jackson has been there for as long as I can remember. Not before I was born (of course) but just ever since I've been really into books, its been there. Even when I wasn't back when I was stupid to not like reading, Percy Jackson was there. I mean Harry Potter has been here WAY longer, at least JKR is writing the play and everything. WE DONT KNOW IF RICK RIORDAN IS DOING MORE!
   That's why I am both scared and excited to be reading this book o.O I have no idea what's in store in this book but hopefully no one I like (Percy, Annabeth, Nico, Jason, Hazel, Piper, Leo, Blackjack...) dies... It'll probably happen anyways but a fangirl can dream right?
   On that note, wish me luck on this mythology adventure! And good luck to the people who are currently reading it, too! When you finish maybe we can just cry together:D
 

The Maze Runner Movie

   So you guys all might hate me, but I just watched The Maze Runner for the first time last night with my group of friends. Now, I actually have an excuse! Might be stupid, but my leg is still healing so I never had the time to watch If I Stay or What If or The Maze Runner or any other huge movie that came out that I can't think of right now. But we all did a triple date at the movies last night and can I just say how annoying some people can be? I mean seriously you don't talk when theres an intense part in the movie and you don't laugh obnoxiously when someone dies. This is why I don't socialize and I stay holed up with my books.
   Other than those people, the movie was amazing. For the people who haven't read the book or seen the movie, it was a pretty good adaptation. I mean, it wasn't as good as Catching Fire or The Fault In Our Stars but it was pretty amazing! They changed some stuff, but the things that they did change, wasn't a big deal to fuss over about. I really think that you should read the book whether it's before or after you see the movie because there's two other books in the series and it is just so good!
   Don't get me wrong I love The Maze Runner, but the beginning of the book was kind of boring to me and it didn't get better until the middle of the book. But in the movie, it is so much better! I think it's just that James Dashner took his time creating the life of the Maze (which is amazing) so it seemed really slow.
   Anyway, read the books, watch the movie, and enjoy the ride because they both were pretty epic;)
SPOILERS:
   Please do not continue reading until you have seen the movie:)
   Okay so can we just all fangirl for a minute for Dylan O'Brien?! AHH!
   *1 minute later*
   Okay so like omg that movie was pretty good! I was actually really scared that it would be just another terrible book to movie adaptation and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't! The Thomas and Teresa thing was kind of really switched around but I am curious how they will play that out in The Scorch Trials. And I think I liked Newt better in this one than in the book to be honest xD But if you asked the one thing I was most curious about, you can probably guess that I would say the Grievers. And wow they looked a lot like what I pictured in my head! They didn't roll as much as I thought they would from the book, but they poked a lot like how I imagined in my head.
   When we meet Teresa, and she's throwing random things at the boys, everyone in the theater was cracking up xD and there was that one Glader that was like "Are all girls like this?" haha!... Yes... Yes we are. And then there was that time when Mino takes the tracker out of the Griever, that was so nasty like ugh. And speaking of Mino, I swear I've seen him in some other movie before but I can't put a name on it. And it's been bugging me since forever! So if you know where he's from, let me know!
   Okay, back to the book, I think what was really great about it was how they portrayed each character. I love how they just emphasized the people well and they all went along with the book. Sometimes, they don't make someone as bad as they were in the book (like Jeanine Matthews) or the protagonist isn't that great. But in this movie, they did an excellent job!
   I seriously think the movie was great, but can I just say how much they changed the ending?! Sure, of course Chuck and Galley die but W.C.K.D and their whole plan was just so different than the book. I mean I'm pretty sure it was... It's been a while since I've read the book so correct me if I'm wrong, but I am pretty sure the lady was there in front of them and not on a screen. And the people in the room were all alive at the time. And the Gladers left in a bus instead of a plane...? I don't know, but I know that that is what they changed the most.
   Other than that, the movie was definitely watch worthy! I would rate it a 4 out of 5 just because I read the book and I think they could have explained things a little but better. But I cannot wait for The Scorch Trials to come out!!! AH! So good job directors and producers and scriptwriters, etc.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

   So I just wanted to say how amazing and special these books are to me. When I broke my leg about a month ago, I was stuck in the hospital with nothing to do. You guys might think that it was awesome to just lay in bed all day but no. No, it was terrible. I couldn't move around and someone had to be there every second of the day. And the room felt like it was getting smaller each day. But, thanks to Sasha Aslberg, I opened up my kindle and started reading Doon. When I started reading it, I literallu couldn't stop. And although the nurses were fantastic, I was so happy to escape the little room I stayed in and travel to Scotland! And I want to take this time to say: Thank you so much Carey and Lorie! I don't think you know how much it has helped me<3 Reading Doon helped me go through all the sitting and overthinking I did while at the hospital. I stopped thinking how stupid I was and how much money it would be. I let go and let the book take me into a far away place called Doon...
   So for the people who haven't yet read this series, the first book is called Doon (I suggest you read that one first;)). In the first book, the POV is mostly on Veronica, who has dark brown hair and is super smart and dances. She starts having these 'visions' about a specific boy in a kilt;) but tries to assume she's crazy while she flies off to Scotland with her best friend Kenna. But when she gets there, she realizes that he's not so imaginary after all. 
   In THIS book, the POV is mostly with Kenna. Reading this book, it was just as great as the first one. With the perfect amount of romance and an amazing plot, I couldn't put this book down. The only thing I want to say about it is in the beginning, when Kenna talks about her different plays and musicals, it was a tad bit annoying. But once I got used to it, then it was fine:) Other thank that, the book was flawless. The ending left at a huge freaking cliff-hanger like omg! I NEED the third book NOW!!! But I guess I have to wait just like everyone else... Anyways, if you haven't already, you should read this series so we can fangirl/boy about it together!<3
SPOILERS:
   Please do not continue reading until you have read the book:)
   Okay, so Doon left off when Kenna goes back to Chicago and leave Duncan at the bridge. While in Chicago, she finds out the Finn was Duncan the whole time and she's had a Calling ever since she was little. Now, Duncan surprises Kenna in her dressing-room and tells her that Veronica needs her to return to Doon. When Duncan first arrived, I knew he wasn't going to be all warm and snuggly. And when Weston walked in and interrupted their conversation, I was like oh sh*t things are about to go down. I was so annoyed at Kenna when she didn't say anything about him not being her actual boyfriend because if she's going to Doon, it was highly likely she would lose her job anyway, so whats the point?? Or when they were traveling to Doon, every time Duncan mentioned her 'boyfriend' and she's about to tell him it wasn't true, but she stops I'm like COME ONNNNN! But of course, there just has to be that chasm between them. I was also annoyed at Duncan because can't you just let her talk for just ONE minute?! *sigh* 
   When they finally come to Doon and Kenna is trying to get past the guards, I somehow found that totally hilarious. And Duncan is just standing there observing everything, silently laughing. Even then, I could tell that he was still in love with Kenna. 
   A couple days later, the whole team has a meeting and thinks that a good way to cover up why Kenna is back in Doon at the same as Duncan, they would tell everyone that they had a Calling and they would 'pretend' to be in love. And I say 'pretend' because of course they still actually love each other. They just have to stop denying it. Meanwhile with Veronica, she is really stressed with ruling and the mysterious disappearances and how she feels that Jamie is controlling everything for her. I kind of agree with Veronica because even though he will co-rule with her one day, he isn't ruling yet and she's trying to get the people of Doon to respect her, but she can't do that with Jamie telling her how she should do things and protecting her over every turn in the road. But, I also know that Jamie is madly in love with Vee and that he feels like he's doing what he can to protect her because he can't imagine life without her. 
   Eventually, Kenna and Veronica have a plan to seek the underground tunnels to find a weapon that can destroy the black things that are destroying not only Doon, but also the land outside of it. When they go down, they find it. But, the princes are down there with them so they couldn't pick it up without them wondering why they are taking it. When Veronica touches it, she has a vision of Kenna striking a slab of stone (the source of the magic) with the sword and she knows that it was the right weapon. When Vee decides not to tell Jamie or Duncan about their plan, I thought that was wrong because of course, no good can come out of hiding the truth. They weren't doing anything wrong, they just didn't want the boys to worry. But of course they will worry! I think Vee just needed to have a little more fait in Jamie and give him creds that at least he compromised. And if they didn't succeed, he will never know what went down and wonder for years. 
   When Fiona and Fergus' wedding day comes, they know it's time to leave. And they are about to, but Vee and Kenna get captured by the people that resent Vee. They are brought back to the castle and everyone witnesses the scene and how Duncan and Kenna were just pretending and there is magic out there destroying the lands. They confess that they are trying to save them but are running out of time. So the captivators bring Duncan and Jamie with them to where Kenna and Vee need to go to kill the magic. 
   On their journey they see and smell things terrible. But when they finally get there, they find Addie. The witch that they fought last time. She runs away and in her place, there is an exact replica of Vee. Telling her that she shouldn't have left. Then her grandma, blaming her for not fulfilling her dying wish. And then.. Duncan. Saying he left her and broke his heart. While she goes through her fears, Vee is telling to overcome them. And Kenna does. When she went through all of the three people, I felt so bad for her. Knowing that's what she thought on the inside, it wasn't her fault. Yes, she left Duncan, but with everything going on, she thought that that was the right thing to do at the time and she knows that it was obviously wrong. So she does overcome her thoughts and destroys whatever the shapeshifting thing was. And lastly, she slices the stone. 
   When they get back, the captivators are terribly sorry for what they did. And the Kenna and leaving, Duncan escorting her away. At first, I thought she was actually leaving or that Duncan was coming the real world with her. But no!:) He stops her and confesses his love to her. And what he says is just the sweetest thing ever! And finally, when Kenna says Weston wasn't really her boyfriend, Duncan grabs her and kisses her like his life depended on it. And I was totally fangirling by that point. 
   Kenna decides to stay in Doon with Duncan. Coming back, Veronica rushes down to meet her, and when she does, she faints. And then the book ends. LIKE WHAT JUST FREAKING HAPPENED?! AHHHHH I NEED THE NEXT BOOK LORIE AND CAREY!!!!! That was just a steep cliff-hanger (Get it? Steep cliff... steep cliff-hanger...yeah, never mind). I had to read the last paragraph like twenty times before it hit me that that was the end of the book. AHHhHH! Like what happened to Veronica?! Omg. 
  Haha, besides that huge cliff-hanger, the book was sooooooo good! I didn't expect anything less of the book and I was so happy to have Duncan and Kenna finally together! Lorie and Carey did another excellent job with this series and I am so freaking excited for the next one as you can imagine;D I am so glad I found my way to Doon<3

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

   So it took me a long while to finish this book not because it was a bad book, but because of school and all of the homework. It actually ticked me off a great deal because I just wanted to keep reading this amazing book, but I have finally finished it! Okay don't laugh at me, but for some reason I thought this was a trilogy series... It wasn't until around one hundred pages left when I was like 'okay, this book cannot end like this'. But, I am so happy that this book wasn't the last one because that means the story keeps going!
   Anyway, to the people who haven't read this series or book yet, I highly suggest you read it if you like the fantasy genre that has a hint of mystery in it. The mystery was more in the first and second book and this one had more of an emotional twist to it. And can I just say: THE FEELS. I just love how Sarah J. Maas writes her books and how she formats everything and just everything she does(don't judge). The Throne of Glass novels are so original from all of the other books I have read. Not to be stereotypical or anything, but there are few books that have a strong female character from the beginning of the book to the end. But Celaena Sardothian is a freaking assassin! Of course, Jennifer L. Armentrout's female character in the Covenant series is a strong woman, too. Or Max from James Patterson's Maximum Ride series. Both have very strong female characters that are kick-ass, but having an actual girl assassin is just something new. There are so many things that I just want to give away but it will totally ruin the whole series for you and everyone will hate me... so it's a lose-lose situation.
   I don't know how Sarah does it, but this series just catches you from the moment you open the book and it never lets go. You don't want it to let go. I love how all of the characters have just a huge role in everything whether its direct or indirectly. Everything just circles together and like the City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, you end up sitting back in your chair thinking "Mind F!" So if you haven't read this series, read it! There are a little gruesome scenes in the series (she's an assassin so what can you expect?) for anyone who isn't a fan of blood. It's just written so well its like you right there with Celaena and company.
SPOILERS:
   Please do not continue reading until you have read the book:)
   Okay, so can I just say how much I love Rowan??? Of course, I am team Chaol for Celaena... and Rowan is practically family, but Rowan is just such a perfect mach for her to control her powers! In the beginning, I didn't like him that much but I knew he would eventually warm up to Celaena;) When he told Celaena/ Aelin about his lover who died, I immediately took back every mean thing I thought about him and I cannot even explain how sad I was when he was telling her the story. But even though they had a special moment, Rowan still makes her work hard and doesn't make it any easier in her training.
   Meanwhile, Dorian is trying to control his magic and is still wondering why he has it. Aedion comes from a journey and stays in the castle. Chaol and Dorian don't particularly like him, but Chaol notices how alike his eyes are to Celaena and realizes that they are cousins. At first, Chaol thinks that Aedion is under control of the king because he's wearing the black ring that lets the king control his people, but when Chaol and Aedion cross paths in an alleyway, Aedion explains that it's a fake. Okay, when the POV changed to Aedion at that point and he figured out that Aelin was alive I'm like YAYYYYYYYY! I was so glad that after all this time, he is still loyal to Aelin/ Celaena and still loves her so much.
   Dorian meets Sorscha in the medical area of the castle and he notices how pretty and sweet she is so he makes excuses to keep seeing her. I was really happy that Dorian found someone because I felt really bad for being a Team Chaol and he had no one. But now he does! And when he kissed him, I'm like OMG FINALLY GIRL!
   While all of that is going on, Aelin/ Celaena is still with Rowan and she's trying to control her fire at the festival when she suddenly gets sucked into the magic. Rowan tries to get her to snap out of it but it doesn't work. He carries her WHILE SHES BURNING HIM and never lets her go until she's in cold water. She keeps burning it up and he keeps freezing it. When they strip her clothes and he sees the scars on her back and she explains everything I like cried. Just the way she explains it and how Rowan never let her go and how he stormed out because he was so mad at Maeve and how he thought no one should've treated her like that. It was so sad I just couldn't hold back the tears.
   So back in Adarlan, Aedion, Chaol, Dorian and Sorscha all get caught and are brought to the king. When they get there, Aedion takes the blame for everyone and goes to the chambers because the king want Aelin to be there when he kills Aedion. But the king knows who the real traitor is. And that who is Sorscha. She was sending letters to the rebels about the kings whereabouts and so the king orders his men to slice her head off. And picturing the look of devastation on Dorian's face was heartbreaking! He just found someone that he really cared about that wasn't Celaena! So of course, in Dorian fashion, he uses his magic to push the king onto the floor while he orders Chaol to leave so at least someone can leave alive. Chaol leaves.
   And Dorian. Oh. My. Effing. God. The king gets the upper hand and his guards hold him while the king puts a collar around Dorian made out of the same black stuff that let shim control people. AND DORIAN IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!! My brain couldn't even process that. I kept re-reading that part thinking I miss the part when Aedion or Chaol came rushing back to save him. But it never came and I just sat there for a moment like what just happened?!
   And that's not all. Rowan and Celaena are fighting the big monster things. Celaena walks past the force field and tries to fight the monsters while Rowan helps defend the castle. Celaena holds her own for a good while and Rowans 'friends' come rushing. They all surge forward to help the castle. Celaena is growing week and by the time Rowan comes back out to help her, she's already on the ground and the big monsters that eat on fear is carrying her up. They were orders to just take 'little sips' so she doesn't die automatically. Instead, she's going through her life and living the worst of her memories. Here, we truly see in great detail how she got to being an assassin and what exactly happened after her parents' death. And this is the point when I am bawling my eyes out. Okay, maybe not that much but you get the point. All of the sacrifices that people made for her. Her babysitter/ maid. That was truly heartbreaking. But she realizes that she has to embrace the hard times. And she does.
   Rowan is still out there being held by his friends so he won't run to help Celaena and while they are telling him that she's dead, they see golden light shooting out and then Celaena is standing there fighting again. And Rowan runs so her and they share their powers with one another that makes them stronger and they defeat the monsters. I think that was the most emotional battle I have ever read about in my life. That legit made me cry and my mom was staring at me like I was crazy. Psh... noo...
   After the huge battle, Celaena and Rowan have to go see Maeve. This is like the oh shit moment for Rowan because he knows that nothing good can come out of this for him. When they meet her, Celaena demands her information before she shows Maeve what she has learned. Celaena, being the smart girl that she is, puts pieces together. But Maeve learns that Celaena knows where the third wyrdkey is, unwilling to tell her. So Maeve sends her people to whip Chaol until Celaena complies. And instead of obliging to tell her the secret, Celaena instead shows Maeve how well she's trained.
   And let me tell you how badd-ass it is. She heats up the room but doesn't burn anyone. The water is boiling along with Chaol's blood that dripped on the floor. And she took away all of the light in the city. Celaena tells Maeve the real truth. That instead of helping with the wyrdkeys, she was trying to steal them. And when Maeve's lover found out, he went against her and she killed him. But he kept the ring that he had and Maeve was trying to find it. And Celaena did. In the cave with the red-eyed monster, the sword and the ring was found there and Celaena used that to her advantage by making a a trade with Maeve. For the ring, Maeve has to release Rowan from his blood-oath to her and set him free or she will melt the ring right in front of her. After contemplating it for a few minutes, Maeve agrees. And Rowan. OMG ROWAN. He stalks up to Celaena and wants to swear a blood-oath to her!!!! I am like HOLY CRAP YES! Celaena doesn't want him to be a slave but he insists to do it and they do. And I am like IN YOUR FACE MAEVE!
   After the battle, Celaena goes on a boat back to Adarlan without Roland since he can't use magic there. And thats the end<3 So there's this other POV with the witch of Manon but throughout the book- besides the parts when she goes against her grandmother- it wasn't significant to the plot. I am positive that Manon and the witches will be huge part in the future, but in this book it wasn't all that much. So I decided not to put that in for the fact that it would take me for.ever!
   This book was truly amazing. I have been waiting since last year for this book to come out and it totally didn't disappoint my expectations! I was so happy that it wasn't one of those books where Chaol dated another girl just to see if he could get over Celaena. And that this book stayed true to the fantasy and action and didn't get too much into the romance part (there was a perfect about of romance in the book to make me swoon a little). Is it bad that I am trying so hard to find something to criticize about this book? I just cannot find anything. The writing was fantastic and the storyline was flawless<3 So all we gotta do is wait for the fourth book to come out! Hope its not too far along!

Monday, September 8, 2014

BBF Cancelled:'( and I got my Instagram back!

Good Evening Book Lovers,
   So since I broke my leg this summer (...or last summer?...) I unfortunately cannot walk until October. Which means I have to cancel my Baltimore Book Festival signing! I've been seriously crying on the inside ever since I found out about a week ago.
   Jennifer L. Armentrout, Diana Peterfreund, and Marrisa Meyer are all going to be there and I seriously wanted to meet Jennifer again and meet the others for the first time. But if any of you want to meet them on the Eastern side of the US, then September 26th is the time to go!
   Hopefully, I can make it to other signings that I wanted to go to during the year, though.

   Also, I got my Instagram back! I had an Instagram about two years ago but I never used it so I got rid of it XD Now that I have a blog and a twitter, I have decided to get it back (and because my lovely boyfriend really wanted me to have one)! My Instagram is my personal account so if any of you care about what is going on in my everyday life (which you probably don't), go check it out!

Instagram: @caitlin_luong

Alright, night guys<3

Monday, August 25, 2014

Trip to the Hospital

   So apparently, running after your longboard down a hill isn't the most brilliant idea. After six days at the hospital, I am finally home to share with you the story of how I broke my femur.
   Tuesday night and hanging out with my brother, we were rolling down a hill long boarding. The hill wasn't that steep but it was long and curved and felt really awesome. I'm not the best skateboarder ever and my brother was trying to teach me for a few weeks before he said I have the hang of it and just need more practice. So that tuesday, seeing the hill made me kind of wary to skate on it because even though it wasn't steep, it was big. 
   My brother, taking no for an answer, rode down the hill without any troubles to show me that it was fine. And it was. When it was my turn, there were cars coming back and forth so it took me a while to actually go down it. But eventually I did and it felt amazing. About halfway down the hill, there is a three-way intersection in the little mall area we were at so I turned in there and slowed down.
   After a few minutes, my brother decided to take a break and relax with my mom and her frined at the part of the hill with the intersection. Riding on my own, I wanted to skate down the whole hill starting at the intersection area. Strike one. It felt amazing but a car was coming so i decided to jump off to the side. Unfortunately, longboards (or any boards for that matter) don't know how to stop on a hill. My board kept going and I was afraid it would hit the incoming car and the driving would get mad at me. So with my very stupid brain, I thought to run after it and catch it. Strike two. Of course, the speed gets faster the longer you go. I was running and leaning down to catch it but kept missing. One time, I felt like I was close enough to catch it so I leaned in closer. Strike three.
   All at once, I tumbled over and landed someone on the side of the street with my right leg bent over my left leg that was straight. It looked like I was doing one of those stretching exercises, but my right thigh looked really weird and so instinct was to not move it. Siting, the car that was coming up parked next to me while I was there trying to scream and get my mom. The guy got out and asked if I needed any help (no duh) and asked if I wanted my mom (did you not just here me screaming for her?). After telling him my name and where my mom was, he walked up the hill and got her. When my brother and her finally reached me, I told them I probably dislocated my leg or tore some muscle since I wasn't crying. They didn't know what to do and my mom's friend finally came saying she thinks I dislocated my leg. Thinking it wasn't that big of an injury, the picked me up and put me in the car... It was more painful than my leg.
   The car ride to the INOVA Hospital wasn't too bad but getting me into the wheel chair when I got there. It took two nurses and the security officer to help me in it:P When they took me to the ER, they gave me meds to help with the pain (who remembers all of those medical names?) and told us it was a torn muscle or a dislocation. They didn't want to move me to the bed unless I was better because they didn't want to put me in more pain. But I could tell that they were impatient so they can give me X-rays so after I thought I was okay enough I told them I could try. They were really surprised but they helped and I got on.
   When I meet the girls doing my X-rays, I knew I liked them. They were so funny (even though it's probably to keep my mind off the pain) and nice that I just wanted to hug them... obviously I couldn't.
   After a long fifteen minutes, they rolled me back to the ER and I waited- with my still bent leg- until they came back with the pictures. And damn, they almost made me cry. Apparently, I broke my femur clean right in the middle.
   Putting me to sleep, I wake up with a straight leg and a huge nauseating headache. They rode me up the elevator and into pediatrics (since I am still a minor) and all of the nurses there almost made me pee my pants because I was laughing so hard but maybe that was the medicine.
   After a long night, I finally go to sleep for a couple hours.
   I swear the pediatric nurses are the best. Amy, Melissa, Jennifer, Henry, Debby, Bazu and so many more were the greatest nurses ever. My doctor and surgeon, Shah and Khan were so helpful too when they took me to surgery two days later to put a rod in me.
   After leg pains, bathroom breaks, and medication, I finally broke down on the fifth day. I felt like I wasn't doing any better with Physical Therapy and what I did that tuesday evening was so stupid. Who runs after a skateboard while a car is coming at you? Who cares if the driver is mad at you, at least your leg didn't break. I told my mom I just needed time alone so she slipped out of the room while I cried. After a while, my nurses started trickling in and they noticed my puffy eyes. They told me I was doing great and they couldn't handle their leg breaking if it was them. Well of course they would, I was in shock so I didn't cry.
   At the end of the day, I was able to move all the way across my room to the couch without feeling dizzy or throwing up. I cried again, but this time in tears of joy. I think I just needed a huge cry that day because it felt so good after and I got myself to move more than I thought I was before. I hate crying- but you know... books- and I hate being so useless but I made work that day and I was truly happy.
   On the last day of being at the hospital, I was worried that they were going to tell me to stay but they said I could go home! I was going to miss the nurses and doctors so much! I didn't get to see all of them, but I got a picture will Bazu, Henry and Melissa<3 They led me down to the back side of the hospital where my mom parked the car. Seeing them for the last time honestly made me sad. Melissa gave me a spa treatment and they were all there right when I needed them. Debby used to be in the army and I don't know if it's from being in the Armed Forces but she has a rod in from her neck to her shoulder and she has a metal cage on her back. And she was one of the funniest people I know. Henry had his own kind of humor and taught me so many cool things about the equipment they used on me. He was very kind too. At first I thought that it would be awkward having a male nurse but it was actually not as different as I thought it would be.
   All of them were a big part of my recovery and I seriously don't think I would be here at home without their humor and care.
   Going home was fun and I met my brother at the front door. Now, I am sitting on the couch the next day giving you a story that you may or may not read. This has absolutely nothing to do with books but I felt the need to share this story with you guys and show how grateful I am for the staff- the janitors and chefs too- because I have no other way to show the gratitude I want to.
   So thank you for taking the time to read this very weird story if you decided to read. One of the few things I learned, don't run after your skateboard down a hill.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

   It has been roughly two weeks since Opposition and I finally get to write my review. I would've done this right after I finished this amazing book (which was two days prior to the release date) but I figured very few people have the book much less finished it. So after a long two weeks, here I am typing!
   As you my or may not know, Jennifer L. Armentrout is my favorite author ever so I expected this book to be amazing. And she didn't disappoint. Opposition was action-packed from beginning to end. Starting from chapter 2 and throughout the whole book, there was one major event to the next. I felt so bad for Daemon and Katy because they never got a break from fighting against the world.... Well, Daemon made time if you know what I mean;) The book was amazing because even though they were in the middle of a war against the Luxen and some of the government, there was still a good amount of romance for Daemon and Katy (my OTP<3) and nothing stopped Daemon from getting what he wants. 
   On one hand, I was so sad to read the book, knowing that this will be the last of Daemon and Katy and Dee and Dawson and all of the amazing characters that have been a big part of me throughout the years. Sometimes it would just hit me that I was reading the very last book, and I would get so sad. But on the other hand, I was so excited for what came next after each chapter and be happy that at least this book is a good ending to the series.
   I can't say all the things I want to say for those of you who haven't read the book yet, but if you haven't read the Lux series yet, you MUST pick them up! I wasn't a fan of science fiction until I kept seeing Obsidian popping up on Instagram and finally decided to pick it up (so thank you Instagram).
   If you have read the series but not Opposition yet, well finish the series! Oppostition is a great ending to the Lux series and I am 99% sure you won't be disappointed. With so many mind- blowing discoveries, it's hard not to get excited and fangirl/boy about it. 
   Jennifer L. Armentrout did an amazing job ending the series and I am so glad that this wasn't a disappointment. I am so glad that whenever I miss Daemon and Katy, I can just pick up Obsidian and re-read the stories that have been a part of my life for so long. 
SPOILERS:
   Please do not continue reading until you have read the book:)
   As I have said, I love how much action this book had. It was insane that it just kept going from one fight to the next. So action-packed and yet so much one on one time with Daemon and Katy;) 
   In the beginning, Katy is stuck in a house with Archer and Luc and Beth. When Katy goes upstairs and finds out that Beth is pregnant, I thought that was so funny how everyone knew (even us readers) but her. I was reading it and I was like "I'm pretty sure I already knew that." and when Katy found out that Archer and Luc already knew, I literally laughed out loud. I could picture the expression on Katy's face and it was hilarious.
   That, of course, led Katy and Archer to the grocery store to get some meds for Beth since she wasn't feeling well. And this is where all of the action came in. The one thing I love about Katy is that she will do what she thinks is right even if it seems stupid or will definitely put her in danger. So when she tries to get the little kid away from the Luxen, I thought that was stupid, yet verrry brave of her to do. And these Luxen aren't like that ones that we know. They are more violent and arrogant and can do some nasty things to these humans. Saving the kid put Katy and Archer surrounded by a bunch of these new Luxen that came down to Earth and they fought their way through it until they found an opening. And once they got free, Katy saw Daemon. And then Dawson knocks her out.
   At first, I could've sworn that the brothers were turned and will kill Katy. But when Daemon heals her, I was like "Oh thank goodness." because now we know that he still has his feelings for Katy. I just love how strong their love is. But apparently, Dee is the only one of the triplets to have turned. 
   After Katy finds out that Sadie is an Origin and Luc takes them in, Daemon and Katy soon find out that they aren't really connected like they thought they were. That was seriously the most mind-blowing statements throughout this whole series. The whole time, they thought they were connected and if one died, the other would too. But that wasn't true and I had to read that sentence a million times before it sunk in. Katy spent a good amount of time pushing Daemon away because she thought it was only the connection and not actual love that he was feeling. And now they find out they aren't and it's just like... WHAT JUST HAPPENED! I felt so bad for the two of them and just hearing that would've put me in a daze. On the bright side, the other won't die.. but then they have to live life without the other:/ 
   They also find out the the government is bombing the big cities, wiping out all of the electricity. Which means phones and computers go dead. Cars, busses, trucks, etc. stop moving. No warmth or coolness. No lights. And all because the bombs send these frequencies that kill all of the Luxen... even the innocent ones. But Daemon gets an idea that won't involve killing innocent Luxen or harming the humans. And that is to work with the Arum.
   The Arum hate the Luxen and feed off of them. So Daemon's plan is to talk to them and ask to help in this war. Fortunately, Luc knows an Arum that can get them in to see the leader of the Arum;) Fortunately, that Arum is Hunter!!!! And unfortunately, Lotho- the Arum leader- likes playing games. For some odd reason, this part of this book is one of the funniest parts even though I highly dislike Lotho and seeing Daemo struggle is never a good experience. When Hunter gets Daemon, Archer and Katy in, they find Lotho sitting on a throne of bones... Luxen bones. When Daemon first proposes the idea, he is surprisingly polite... until he finishes it with a snarky remark. Lotho originally says hell no. But then Katy, being the strong-headed, brave person she is, speaks up and tells the Arum and Luxen how stupid they are being because they keep blaming each other for whatever reason. Her speech surprised everyone. So Lotho agrees to help... on one condition. He wants to feed off of Katy. One or three times. Daemon immediately says no but Katy eventually convinced him that this would be the only way to help. So Lotho takes them to his bedroom... and changes into a ridiculous outfit with no shirt on. Obviously, this sends Daemon over the edge but he manages to hold it in... for two minutes. Right before Lotho goes to feed off of Katy, Daemon stops everything and says he can't let this happen. And being Lotho, he laughed and said that he was seeing how far they were willing to go to have his help. So in the end, Daemon and Katy passed the test and they got the Arum to help. 
   After that whole fiasco, Hunter lets the three of them stay at his brother's house for a while. While the Arum are out, Dee and a few other Luxen pay a visit to her siblings and Katy. Katy fights Dee, not wanting Daemon to have to (maybe) kill her. While the brothers are fighting the other Luxen there is a huge cat fight going on with the two who used to be best friends (get it? Cat fight... Katy...Kiteen...). Obviously not wanting to kill Dee, Katy tries to talk to her about what the two did together as best friends. As sisters. Trying to get her humanity back (or whatever you want to call it), Katy still doesn't back down from Dee who is trying to kill her. After a bit of flinging Katy through a wall, Dee finally sees Katy. As a friend. Mentioning Ash and Andrew did something to Dee and it brought her back<3 I was so glad that Dee was back. Even if she was acting like a bitch, it wasn't really her. I definitely didn't want her to die. She was such a good friend to Katy and without her, there wouldn't have been a Daemon and Katy. 
   When the Arum come back, they are very surprised about the new house decor but they aren't as upset as I thought they would be. Leaving, Daemon, Dawson and Dee plan on going back to West Virginia to find the leader of the Luxen and pretending to have turned again. This gives Katy the idea of seeing her mother one more time to make sure she is all right. What they find is a Luxen that has taken over her mothers body. Daemon quickly kills her, their plan forgotten. Honestly, I kind of figured that Katy's mom would die eventually. I mean, she wasn't that big of a character throughout the series and if Katy lived to go on, she would either tell her mom but have her in danger, or not tell her mom and keep this huge secret from her mother. It was so sad seeing her mom die, because who wants to see that? But it's the last book in the series and someone has to die, and I a guiltily grateful it wasn't someone else.
   And to top it all off, Ethan Smith walks into the room. To be honest, I don't recall hearing his name in any of the other books but it did sound vaguely familiar. Anyway, Ethan Smith walks into the room, the leader of all of the Luxen. And he explains why he hates the humans so much. Ethan was part of the first batch of Origins, the ones that have no real power. He grew up in a lab run my humans. And the humans killed his parents when they didn't need him anymore. I know that sucks for him (like Daemon said) but that doesn't give him a good reason to fight tooth and nail against the humans and any other species that isn't a Luxen or Origin. I mean, like Katy said, that's insane. After trying the use Katy as hostage and fails, Ethan runs. But Katy uses her gun and shoots him. Kills him.
   The bad Luxen and the Black's fight against each other while Katy runs and tries to get a runaway. But that runaway leads her toward a while community of evil Luxen. They are all staring at her and she knows this is the end. Thankfully, Daemon is right behind her and at least they go down together. Except that's not the case. The Arum come just in time to attack the Luxen and it is like a huge flock of birds coming in.
   After the Arum defeat the Luxen and leave, Katy goes out to get some fresh air. Archer gets a call from Luc saying that Nacey has been missing but not anywhere near her Origin babies. Daemon realizes that she is probably trying to search for them and that Katy is outside and not safe. He runs outside and sees Nacey holding a gun and aiming it at Katy. And because he would give his life for Katy, he rushes to her and takes the hit. At this moment, I cannot breathe. Out of everyone in this book, Jennifer cannot kill off Daemon. She just can't... It's Daemon Black we are talking about. After everything the two went through, he can't just die because of Nancy
   Katy looks at Daemon, begging him to stay. But when he goes unconscious, she also blacks out. Waking up in the hospital, she sees that Dee is with her and everything comes rushing back to her. She looks to her side and finds Daemon laying in to bed next to her, still unconscious. Katy walks over to him and he opens his eyes and I swear it made me cry all over again. I knew that he couldn't have died! But how he wakes but and the love you feel between the two, it is just so emotional (...to me at least).
   Both alive and well, Daemon and Katy both decided to go to college. Archer and Dee come over and go over to Dawson and Beth's house and spend time with them and Ashley, their baby girl. Luc comes in and the whole gang is together in one happy house<3 
   I loved this book so much, it was a really great way to end the series. The only thing I am going to say is that I wish the ending was more... emotional. It was very happy but nothing really happened. But knowing Jennifer, I know she typically likes her endings to be happy because she doesn't like the cry tests even though we always do anyway;) Other than that, I don't have any other criticism to this book and I thank her soooo so much for giving us a great story. Of sharing Daemon and Katy with all of us. This series is what got me interested in book blogging and liking cats and science fiction books. So thank you. Thank you Jennifer for writing this amazing book. It was truly a ten out of five stars<3

Friday, August 8, 2014

Baltimore Book Festival

Hi Book Lovers!!!
   This morning I found out that I will get to be at the Baltimore Book Festival!!! I cannot WAIT to go! Jennifer L. Armentrout, Marissa Meyer, and Diana Peterfreund are going to be attending as well as countless others:) The festival starts on Friday, September 26 and ends Sunday, September 28. It is going to be such an amazing time! I already know it<3
   I am looking forward to the festival so much! If you're going to be there, let me know!:)
   For more information on the Baltimore Book Festival click Here

Monday, August 4, 2014

Daemon and Katy Are Back!

Hey book lovers!
   I am so happy to announce that Opposition will be released tomorrow! If you guys don't know, Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my all time favorite authors and Oppostion is the last book in the Lux Series. I am so sad to see the series end because this series was what got me falling in love with science-fiction and it is just such a great read. But I am also very excited to read more about the Luxen and how Daemon and Katy will handle everything! As long as they're together, I'm sure everything will be fine... I hope.
   I can talk on and on forever about the Lux series but I wouldn't want to bore you or spoil anything if you haven't read it! If you are not a fan of science-fiction, these books will get you to love them more than Mom's spaghetti! So if you haven't picked these books up yet, I highly suggest you do!:)
   And on that note I will end this short post here:) Byeee<3

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Alienated by Melissa Landers

   
   The day before yesterday, I went to the mall with my best friends to celebrate one of their birthdays. The great thing about them is that they all love reading. Well, one of them is just a fan of Harry Potter and Divergent but I still count that. Towards the end of our shopping time, we went to the book store- because we would be crazy to leave without visiting. Walking around, my Harry Potter fanatic friend bought the Harry Potter Film Wizerdry book. The birthday girl got Champion- the last book in the Legend trilogy- and I jumped around like a girl meeting her favorite celebrity when I saw Alienated on the shelves. Of course I would get another copy of it... Aelyx and Cara were just begging me to pick the book up! So I thought it would only be fitting to write a book review for this amazing, loving, and suspenseful science fiction novel.
   Alienated is one of my favorite sci-fi books about a girl, Cara, who has a L'eihr living in her home. Having Aelyx in her home will be a perfect opportunity for her to find out how the L'eihr live. But what she doesn't know is how hard she will fall for him... or the secret that he's keeping from her that may or may not destroy Earth. And on top of that, Cara is getting nasty and threatening notes in her locker from the kids at school that aren't so pro-L'eihr and the two of them have to be escorted to school by a police officer.  Tough choices have to be made and it seems to all rest on Cara and Aelyx.
   If you are a fan of sci-fi and have never read this book, I highly suggest you do! From all of the books I have read so far, I have never read a book about an exchange student from another planet. Alienated is so original with a star-crossed love and a lot of suspense. It makes you want to keep on reading and leaves you begging for more. 
SPOILERS:
   Please do not continue reading until you have read the book:)
   The thing I love about Cara is that she isn't afraid to have a passion about something and doesn't care if almost everyone else hates it. Cara is a strong girl and very smart. She is actually the smartest girl in school. With her whole life planned out, she's ready to have the first ever L'eihr coming down to Earth and sharing a house together. But she doesn't expect how attractive he is. And Aelyx definitely doesn't expect to start liking Earth.
   Thinking that Earth was a terrible place, he and his friends plan on destroying it. But when he finds out he loves Cara and the Earth, it's too late to take everything back. 
   In Aelyx's planted, everything is dull. The same clothes, color, and hair. So when he comes to Earth, he sees everything as vibrant and intense. And tasting the food makes him want to throw up. Almost everything about culture is different. Even kissing. 
   The kissing scene in Aelyx's room is probably going to be my favorite part of the book. Cara and Aelyx are just starting to talk to each other more and realize that maybe they have feelings for each other. When they start talking about relationships. Aelyx shows Cara how the L'eihr show their affection and Cara shows Aelyx how to kiss. And when they do, it's like fireworks going off on the Fourth of July. Reading it just gave me butterflies because finally they realize they have feelings for each other! 
   But then Aelyx feels guilty about the secret he's been hiding. And when Cara finds out about what he did and that he kept it from her all this time, she feels so angry and disappointed. And I don't blame her. Loving someone that has started to destroy the world is mind-shattering. But since the book is two perspective, I can sort of see where Aelyx was coming from and I feel bad for him for losing Cara and trying to destroy the human race.
   When Aelyx sacrifices himself to save Cara and the people on Earth, Cara realizes that she still loves Aelyx and doesn't want him to die. In the end though, Aelyx has to return to Earth to fix the alliance while Cara stays on L'eihr until he gets back. And it won't be until the next book, Invaded, comes out before we find out what happens to Aelyx and Cara. 
   To me. this book showed that no matter who you are, people make mistakes and if you fight hard enough, it's not too late to make it right. And it also showed that we humans are scared of something we have no knowledge of. We are afraid of the unknown and that's okay, but it makes most of us do things we might regret and sometimes the unknown isn't so bad as long as you give it the chance to be known.
   Reading this book gave me a rollar coaster of feels. Love, confusion, suspense, sadness. And that is what makes a good book. When you feel something, it means the author did such an amazing job writing that you feel like you are with the characters, feeling the same things they are or just connecting with them. To me, knowing that you cry or the feeling of wanting to punch a wall is a good thing because that means a great character development. 
   Melissa did an amazing job with all of characters in Alienated and I cannot wait for Invaded to come out in February! I know it will be just as good:)
   

Saturday, July 19, 2014

TTP Book Singing Experience

   Today was the day. Waking up at 6:30 to go to Maryland and meet my favorite author in the entire world! I decided to wear my obsidian necklace in honor of the Lux series. I couldn't sleep last night and this morning I felt like jumping off the walls in excitement. Shiloh Walker was also there and I wanted to meet her, too!
   My friend came with us to get Jennifer's signature and we talked about books the whole hour to Boonsboro, MD. The ride there was not long considering I was with a friend. There were lots of views of farms and mountains and rivers that were beautiful. The closer we got, the more jumpy I was. I was about to meet the person that wrote the books that made me fall in love with sci-fi. The one that wrote the Covenant series and currently writing The Dark Elements series along with Don't Look Back. All amazing books.
   When we got to Boonsboro, the first thing I thought was a cute little town where everyone knew everyone else. Everyone we meet was so nice and sweet there. The line for the Turn The Page bookstore was already long so my mom and brother stood in line while my friend and I went into a vintage store that sold so many cute things. There was a really pretty mirror and a cute lace dress. Princess tiaras and rings with huge jeweled flowers on top. Mini bird baths. Tea sets. I honestly don't think I would buy anything I need in a vintage store but I wish we had more vintage stores where I lived so just so I can walk about and look at things.
   Back in line, we went into the book store to get our books. It was so crowded in that little book store! It turns out there were a lot more adults and a lot less teenagers than I thought. All of the adults were there mostly for the Nora Roberts books and some for Jennifer L. Armentrout. While getting the Lux Beginnings and Consequences, a woman asked if it was worth buying the Lux series since she heard it was really amazing. Of course I told her it was more than worth it. I just got someone to be a Daemon Black fan!!!
   While in line to check out (it was a line that literally weaved throughout the whole store) we met another girl that loves Jennifer L. Armentrout almost as much as we do. She noticed I was wearing an obsidian necklace and we talked about the Lux series and the Wait For You series.
   After we checked out our books, we went to eat Subway for lunch and went back to the vintage store so my mom could check it out. Then we got back in line to wait until we could go back in and get our signatures and pictures. In line, I spotted Jennifer and that was probably the moment it sunk in that I was meeting Jennifer for the first time. Moving closer, Shiloh Walker signed my two books and my bag. Shiloh is really nice and friendly it made me smile:) And right next to her was Jennifer L. Armentrout.
   She signed the three books I bought and talked about complimented my necklace I was wearing. When I told her it was obsidian, she said "See, I thought so." and showed me her obsidian ring she was wearing. Then, she told us about the Baltimore Book Festival she was attending. Marissa Meyer would also be attending so hopefully I can go! She took a picture with me and signed and complimented my bag.
   The whole time I couldn't stop smiling. I just met Jennifer L. Armentrout. It was like I just met a celebrity. Well, she is a celebrity to me. I knew she is a great writer but Jennifer is also so nice and so down to earth. It's amazing she wrote a character like Daemon Black.
   Going home, I read what Shiloh and Jennifer said and smiled when I saw just what they said.
   I had such a great time going and meeting everyone there and I can't wait to meet them again! Waiting in the heat for more than an hour was so worth it!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Turn The Page Book Signing

Hello Book Lovers!
   I am so happy to announce that five days from now, my friend and I are going to be at Jennifer L. Armentrout's Turn The Page book signing! Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my all-time favorite authors and this will be my first event to see her. I can't even express how excited I am to be going to one of Jennifer's singings and signed copies of the Lux series! Nora Roberts, Lynne Branard, Shiloh Walker and many more will also be present at this event and I cannot wait to get some of their signatures, too! I am so ready to buy about $90 worth of books! Click Here for more information.
   If you are going to this event, please let me know! I'd be happy to meet and chat:)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Chameleon by Kelly Oram

   Today starts my first book review:) Reading the beginnings of the Supernaturals series has so far been fantastic fantasy novel with a perfect dash of romance. Chameleon, the first book of the series, is a well written novel that makes you want to keep on reading and not stop until it is over. Dani finds out that she is more than just human. More than just any other supernatural. And instead of being almost invisible at school, she has two boys falling for her: her best friend and a boy who is destined to be with her. Kelly Oram has a way of writing that makes you see and feel the indecision in Dani's mind. The love. The hurt. The loss. The anger. You can picture what's happening in the book like you're watching a movie. Chameleon has a great storyline and a perfect group of characteristics in every person Kelly writes. If you haven't read this book, I highly suggest it to anyone that loves a great fantasy novel:)
SPOILERS:
   Please do not continue reading until you have read the book:)
   Dani is a strong girl for someone that has lived her whole life thinking she was normal. Learning that she isn't human and that the whole supernatural race wants her either dead or alive is life changing... literally. Choosing between her best friend and a guy she just meet but it supposed to be her true love is one tough decision, too. Dani must find a way to be what she was destined to be and find out who she can't live without. The things Dani goes through, all the lies and new discoveries she uncovers, is a huge weight to put on someone. Having to deal with all the betrayal and having to be strong at the same time is really hard and I admire her for being able to pull it off. I understand her hesitant feelings towards the council after everything that they have done to her. It might have been meant to serve a greater purpose, but severing her bond with Russ was such a cruel thing to do.
   I honestly love Russ, but I am Team Gabriel one hundred percent. Russ is such an arrogant smart- aleck but so lovable, kind of like Jace Wayland but not as intense;) I feel bad for him because his connection with Dani gets severed and he can't love anyone else besides her. On top of that, his father has lied to him his whole life, but I feel like he doesn't have to take everything out on Dani. I get that he wants and needs Dani but you shouldn't hurt someone you love. When he doesn't get his way, he flips out. And that's a lot.
   Gabriel is a really put together guy that makes you automatically respect him and want his respect. I think it's endearing how Gabriel talks so formally and how he doesn't know anything about the internet or dating. He is very straight forward with what he thinks. He's handsome yet so very gentle. How much he loves Dani is astonishing. Whenever he looks so surprised when Dani defends him, I always smile because I think it's funny how clueless he can be about how Dani feels about him. Reading about Gabriel made me fall in love with him right when Dani walked in the room and found him sitting in a corner. 
   The three of them have to work together to stop Russ' dad, Alex, from waking up the demon of Death. It takes a lot for the boys to work together but they somehow find a way. The resistance and the council are all looking for Dani and the boys and they have no idea who is in the visions that Dani is having. Finding out that Alex was behind the hood was a total plot twist to me. I didn't know who it was but I never thought that it would be Alex.
   Everything happens so fast and yet you suck the story up like a sponge. The story takes a new and original twist on fantasy using cool abilities for the vampires, werewolves, fey, and the witches and warlocks. I cannot wait for the next few books to come out, Kelly! I'm sure that all of them will be just as great as this one:)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Authors

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars Movie

 
   I just watched TFIOS with my friend last night (because I couldn't watch it last week) and I thought that it was a fantastic adaptation to the book. There were so many lines and quotes from John Green's novel and I smiled every time I heard it:) For the first half of the movie, I was laughing so hard but for the second part, I was bawling! I really liked the chemistry between both Augustus and Hazel and how you can see that they both really love each other. Everything in the movie was spot on and the events that they left out were so little it didn't even matter. There was nothing I did not like and there wasn't anything I wished they had added in because I was just happy they adapted the movie so well (and all of the producers and directors and script writers need to realize that if it is really close to the book, then it will succeed)! If you haven't watched the movie yet, I suggest you do because it was so heart stopping and worth going to the movies for.
SPOILERS:
   Please do not continue reading until you have seen the movie:)
   I really loved the part when they were throwing eggs at Monica's car and Hazel was worried of getting in trouble. She says, "Hey Gus, maybe we should do this when it gets darker." and Augustus says, "No, its fine. It's always dark to Isaac." I laughed so hard when he said that:D I thought it was really great how humorous Augustus can be when he knows he's dying and it broke my heart when he called Hazel to come get him at the gas station. He was retching, begging her not to call anyone.
   The eulogy scene is what got me the most (my friend was laughing at me for crying so hard). Both Isaac and Hazel's eulogy were so sad:( Augustus was sitting there listening while they talk about him like he was already gone:( It was so like the book I felt like they were taking the words and putting it on a screen (which was what they were actually doing...).
   Overall, I loved the movie. It portrayed the importance of love and making moments while you can.  To make the most out of everything because you never know what life if going to throw at you.
   Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff were amazing actors, they couldn't have chosen any better:)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Beginning of Everything...

   Hi, my name is Caitlin and I just started this blog today. I have wanted to make one for a while because reading has become a big part of my life- a huge part, actually- and I enjoy talking about books to anyone who likes to listen and fangirl/boy about them with me. So why not start a blog, where I can talk about books forever?
   I am sure things are going to change in the future, but just to get started and see where to go from here, I am going to post a book review on a book that I have read on the first day of each month. Which means that my first book review will be up on July 1st, my second on August 1st and so on.
   If you have any book or review recommendations, please let me know and I will see what I can do :)

Let us see how this turns out! :)

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