Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review: The Fault in Our Stars


Author: John Green

Release Date: January 10th, 2012

Pages: 313

Synopsis: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. 

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.


Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction/Romance/Contemporary 

My Review: First of all, wow. This book was absolutely stunning, brilliant, amazing (I'm going to run out of describing words!). Well done, John Green. Once again, you have created another awesome book that kept me hanging on until the very end. I finished this book in exactly four hours without putting it down at all. It was one of those types of books that you just get hooked on and it becomes addicting. 

The characters, Augustus, Hazel, and even Isaac were some of the most in depth characters I've ever read about. Once I finished the book, I felt like they were my best friends and when something happened to any of them, it hit me right in the heart. I'm not going to tell you what happens, but for those of you who have read the book, you know what I'm talking about when I say that this book is one of the biggest emotional roller-coasters I've ever ridden on. 

I'm not much of a cryer when it comes to books. It depends on the book, but if the characters mean a lot to me and something happens to any of them, chances are I will cry. This was the case with TFIOS. I basically bawled my eyes out the last 100 pages, I'm not even joking. The ending is a total tear-jerker that I did not see coming.

So, if you are contemplating reading this book, READ IT. You won't regret it. But, first things first, make sure you have a box of tissues on handy, especially when you're reading the ending. This book won't disappoint, but it is pretty depressing.

Rating: ★ (This is definitely my new favorite book.)

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

(Once again, I apologize for the lack of posts. School and extra-curricular activities have gotten in the way lately.)

Monday, October 1, 2012

October TBR Pile!

I have quite a stack of books I hope to read/finish this month, so let's get to it!

1. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

2. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

3. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Release Date: October 23rd.)

4. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick 
(Release Date: October 23rd.)

5. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

Beautiful Darkness Beautiful Chaos   City of Lost Souls 

Hopefully, I will be able to finish all of these books since most of them are pretty thick: Around 500 pages.

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Musing Mondays (5)

Musing Mondays are hosted by MizB of Should be Reading
This week’s musing asks...

What distracts you when you really should be reading?

My answer: Well, I like my reading environment to be quiet, quiet, quiet, so if it's not quiet, then that distracts me. Even though I can usually pick up a book and read practically anywhere, if the place around me isn't particularly silent, then I start to get frustrated. 

What about you? Post the link to your Musing Mondays in the comments!

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

(P.S. I'm baaaaack! :) 


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Beautiful Creatures Teaser Trailer Premiere!





















I just wanted to let you all know that the Beautiful Creatures teaser trailer just came out today. From what I've seen so far, the movie looks like it will be amazing! I loved the book and am so excited to see this book come to life on the big screen. Here's a link to the trailer if you want to check it out!

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/beautifulcreatures/

Happy Reading,
Kiersten


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Update

I just wanted to make a brief post apologizing about my lack of posts and reviews lately. School and volleyball has taken up a lot of my time, so I don't have much more time to post things. For the next couple of weeks, you may see a lack of posts, but I should be back to my regular posting schedule by the end of the month or at least mid-October. Anyways, thanks for following my blog, it really means a lot! :)

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review: Clockwork Angel

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: August 31st, 2010

Pages: 479

Synopsis: Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. 

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.


Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Steampunk 

My Review:

This book was amazing, I loved everything about it! Once again, Cassandra Clare, you didn't disappoint. Everything about this book intrigued me, from it's characters to it's twists and turns. The character development was phenomenal and kept me interested until the very last page.

The story starts off with one of the main characters, Tessa Gray being introduced and what happens when the Dark Sisters have her captured. After staying so long with the Dark Sisters, Tessa becomes accustomed to their ways until one day, mysterious shadowhunters, Will and Jem save her and bring her back to the Institute. Before I go any further, I just wanted to put it out there that I am team Will, not team Jem.

Let's talk about Will Herondale for a moment. First of all, he reminds me a lot of Jace from Cassandra's other books, The Mortal Instruments. Jace is cocky, arrogant, and has a soft side that doesn't shine through often. Will has a lot of those same characteristics, which I love about him, since I also love Jace's character.

Also, the ending was SUCH a cliffhanger. Darn you, Cassandra Clare! But oh well, it's okay since I have Clockwork Prince right here with me and ready to read. I can't wait to see what is in store for some of my new favorite characters. I know this review was pretty short, but there isn't much to say about this book except for that I loved it. 

You should definitely check out this series and Cassandra's other series, The Mortal Instruments, if you have not already. 

Rating: 







Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (4)



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted MizB of Should be Reading



My Teaser: 

"This wasn't something Lena needed to see, not right now. Two months until her birthday. I didn't need the picture to know we were running out of time."

-Page 386, Beautiful Creatures by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


Happy Reading,
Kiersten

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