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

Musing Mondays (4)


Musing Mondays are hosted by MizB of Should be Reading
This week’s musing — courtesy of http://abookandashortlatte.wordpress.com – asks…

Do you take notes while you read? 

My answer: It depends. I sometimes use sticky notes or write in a notebook when I need to, but I don't really do it a lot. I probably should start noting things more, since it would help out my reviews a bit.

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

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post that highlights books we are excited to read hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.


Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Synopsis:
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of theShiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Why am I excited?: 
I loved Maggie's Shiver Trilogy, so hopefully this new series will be just as, or even more awesome.

What book are you waiting for?

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (3)


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted MizB of Should be Reading



My Teaser: 

"His eyes, when he raised them to Tessa's, nearly made her lose her composure: They were gold-green with slit pupils, the eyes of a cat set in a distinctly human face. They were full of shimmering amusement."

-Page 234, Clockwork Angel by: Cassandra Clare


Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Monday, September 3, 2012

Beautiful Blogger Award


I've been nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by Erika Anderson over at Living for the Books. I just want to say a big thank you to her for nominating me, it really means a lot. You should definitely check out Erika's blog if you haven't already, you won't regret it!

Rules: 
1. Write a little something about the Beautiful Blogger who nominated you with the award. See above. Don't forget to visit her blog!

2. Share seven things about yourself.


Here are seven random things you probably didn't know about me:

1. Aside from reading, I love music. I play percussion, the drum set, piano, cello, and sing.

2. I am a total neat freak/ perfectionist. 

3. I want to write a novel sometime in my life.

4. My favorite actors are Josh Hutcherson and Robert Sheehan. Everybody says I'm a tad bit obsessed with them. I kind of agree...

5. When I grow up, I'm interested in becoming either a lawyer, FBI agent, or a publisher.

6. I'm known for reading a bunch of books at one time and only finishing a couple of them.

7.  I'm a ginger. And yes, gingers do have souls. :D


Here are the blogs I am nominating: 

1. Lectus




I can only think of four right now, but there are definitely more than that. Anyways, don't forget to visit the nominees! 

Happy Reading,
Kiersten


Musing Mondays (3)


Musing Mondays are hosted by MizB of Should be Reading

This week’s musing –courtesy of http://bookshelf.shotgunopera.net– asks…

Have you ever considered writing a book before? What genre would you write?

My answer: Yes, I have considered writing a book before, many times. I think it's a big goal of mine to write at least one novel since I love to write. I think the genre I would probably write would be YA Contemporary or Dystopian since those are what I find most fun to read about. However, I like anything YA, so it would be a difficult decision. 


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

Happy Reading,
Kiersten

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Feature & Follow (2)


Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community.

Q: Best cover? What is the best cover of a book that you've read and didn't like?

A:

I loved this cover, it's really different and natural looking. It's too bad I wasn't a big fan of the book. Hopefully I will be able to re-read this sometime and enjoy it, but now is not that time. The story line really bored me.

Happy Reading,
Kiersten


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Third Sentence Thursday (2)

       
 Third Sentence Thursday is Hosted by Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books


"The color of his hair gave midnight a run for its money, with eyes to match." -Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick 

I'm not going to give away who Nora is talking about, but I think you could take a guess...


Happy Reading, 
Kiersten

Waiting on Wednesday (5)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post that highlights books we are excited to read hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine

Title: The Casual Vacancy
Author: J.K Rowling
Synopsis:
When Barry Fairweather dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Why am I excited?:
Um, duh. Another book from J.K Rowling, enough said.

What book are you waiting for?

Happy Reading,
Kiersten




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