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Top Ten Tuesday — Bookish Things (that aren’t books) That I Would Like To Own

Top ten tuesdayHey, guys!  Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday.  This week’s theme is top ten bookish items we’d like to own.  I have a feeling this is going to be fun!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Let’s begin!

bookshelf

I KNOW, I’M SO HORRIBLE *cries*  I don’t have a bookshelf.  My books currently reside in my drawers.  No, I’m not kidding.  However, I know that when I do end up getting a bookshelf, I’ll be rearranging it every day, giving anyone who’s listening a commentary on the books I own, what I’ve read and haven’t read, and what I thought of the books I did read.  I’m weird like that :D

fandom lifeLook at those!  If you can’t read that, the shirts say, “I didn’t choose the fandom life, the fandom life chose me.”  I WANT ONE!!!  OMG!!!

braceletIsn’t that, like, the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?  Am I right or am I right?  If I got this for my birthday or Christmas, I would be perfectly content with this being my only gift.  IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL!

book junkieI would put this on my sofa and show it off to everyone who walked into my house.  That’s what I’d do with an amazing pillow such as this.

go awayEl oh el, dudes.  I could totally do this myself!  This is actually probably really easy.  I’m going on a mission to make these happen…

pocket watchGood gods!  It’s a pocket watch, right?  A Harry Potter pocket watch.  *fangirls* Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had an odd obsession with pocket watches.  This item above is like, my dream come true.

multi fandom necklaceA multi-fandom necklace!  Omg.  Let’s see.  There’s Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games, and I think I see Divergent in there, too.  Sweeeeeet :D

keep calm and readI’m sure lots of people have cups and mugs like this.  Nope, not me.  But I really, really want one!  Maybe not in red, though.  I’m not a red person.  Ooh, maybe in black.  Y’know.  Black is for Shadowhunters and Dauntless.  I’m a Shauntless Dadowhunter.  XD

jkrIt was probably obvious since I’m a big Potterhead, but I really want J.K. Rowling’s signature on my copy of DH.  That would just be so incredible.  Do y’all have JKR’s signature?  If so, that’s awesome :D  And I’m immensely jealous.

dauntlessEver since seeing Divergent in the theaters, I’ve been dying for a pair of these pants Tris is wearing.  Just AWESOMESAUCE.

That is my Top Ten Tuesday, dudes!  What do you think?  Anything on my list that’s on your list?  Hmm?  If you participate in Top Ten Tuesday, leave your link down below!  I’d love to read it :D  And if you don’t, what are some bookish things that you’d like to own?

Book Review: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1) by Alexandra Bracken

The darkest mindsTitle: The Darkest Minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Summary: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living. -Goodreads

Review:

**Warning: Spoilers!**

**Warning #2: Contains ranting about this awesome book, gifs, a lot of caps lock, ridiculously long paragraphs.  Feels.  Lots of feels.**

I pulled out The Darkest Minds about fifteen minutes after finishing The Fault in Our Stars.  I needed to get my mind off of the sadness I felt after I finished it. I seriously didn’t think I could handle any more feels.  So, you can imagine my reaction when I read the review on the top of The Darkest Minds that said, “A riveting, emotional read that kept me on the edge.”

Emotional.

Emotional.

Emotional.

nope

I CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE EMOTIONAL.

Ahem.  Anywho.

The beginning of The Darkest Minds seemed very vague to me.  Maybe I was a bit sidetracked and wasn’t paying close attention to what was on the page.  Dunno.  Also, I wish the parts where Ruby was going into someone else’s mind were italicized or something, just so I wouldn’t have to go back.

BUT IT WAS AWESOME!  Aside from that stuff, everything was so much fun!  I was having such a great time with The Darkest Minds that I was barely taking any notes (until things got super intense.  Then the note taking commenced).

About halfway through the book, I realized that this is, I believe, the first dystopian book I’ve read that was written in the past tense.

It was kind of funny that Ruby knew what a Walmart was, though, lol.

Let’s talk about Ruby.  I think Ruby is a very unique character.  We got to see MASSIVE character building and development for her.  It’s really great when an author makes their character’s weaknesses obvious and isn’t afraid to show that their character has weaknesses.  In the beginning of this book, she was so scared and timid, and she couldn’t even stand up for herself, and then BA-BAYUM!  Ruby got backbone.  She was so awesome.  I didn’t know how I felt about her in the beginning, but after all that… Cheesus.  Oh, I’m not happy with her at all after that ending, but you’ll get a rant about that in a minute.

LIAM!  GOOD GAWD.  THAT BOY.  HIM.  HIM.  I LOVE HIM.  OMG.  DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED (too late…).

Liam was just… *le sigh*.  So sweet.  I was already kind of spoiled about something happening to him.  I didn’t know what happened to him (*glares at Ruby*), but I knew that they were going to try to find him or something.  But anyway.  He’s such a good person, y’know?  He genuinely wanted to help people (UNLIKE THAT CLANCY *insert choice of word*).  I love how Liam called Ruby “Ruby Tuesday” or “darlin’.”  For me, it was like *INNER FANGIRL SQUEALING MOMENT*  Like, dude, STOP MELTING MY HEART.  THAT IS NOT ALLOWED (I’m in love…).  I was hoping for some more character development for him because I felt a little distanced from him (though, maybe that’s how we were supposed to feel).  But I think I’m almost satisfied with that aspect.  I assume we’ll get more of that in Never Fade, which is the first book I’ve ordered from the library in more than a month.  I kid you not.

But, seriously.  Liam.  Who do you think would be the perfect Liam in a movie?

I loved how Ruby and Liam were having their little moment in the car, and then Chubs starts talking in his sleep like, “… crackers… yessss…”  I died.  I also died on pages 302-303.  You know that part where Ruby woke up and realized everyone knew about her being an Orange?  And Chubs was all, “We need to consider getting rid of her,” and Ruby thought he was talking about her when he was actually talking about Betty (the car), and Ruby was all, “Okay, I’ll leave.”  And Chubs was like, “Ruby!  Oh, for the love of… we were talking about Black Betty, not your Orange ass.”  I.  Died.  (Obviously I died a lot during this book XD.)

I love how Ruby and Liam bonded over music.  The music aspect of the book was really cool because they actually listened to old music like Elton John, The Rolling Stones, which is kind of ironic, considering this is a futuristic book.  But, still, it’s cool.  I want to know now how far into the future this is set.

Chubs is, by far, one of my favorites.  I imagine him differently than how he was described in the book, but oh, well.  He was still awesome, even though he was mean to Ruby in the beginning.  When Chubs told off Clancy, I was like, “YOU GO, DUDE!”  And when he got shot… gahh my feels.

snape

Now… *tries to calm down*  Let’s talk about that you-know-what, Clancy.  First of all, I didn’t expect him to be the Slip Kid.  Awesome plot twist, Ms. Bracken.  I should have expected it, since “Clance” was mentioned a lot in the beginning.  And then when he was helping Ruby, I semi-trusted him.  I was actually wondering if there was going to be a Liam/Ruby/Clancy love triangle.  I was like, DON’T YOU DARE BREAK UP RIAM.  DON’T.  YOU.  DARE.

But then that jerk face Clancy wanted to see how Ruby had erased her parents’ memories and Ruby was hesitant, but she was all, “He wouldn’t overstep his boundaries.”  THAT’S when I stopped trusting him.  I.  Did.  Not.  Trust.  Clancy.  Stupid idiot ._.

AND THEN WHAT HE DID TO RUBY?!  NO—JUST NO.  I HATE CLANCY, UGHHHHHH!

Page 426 is when I began to frantically pace/read.

When Hayes was beating up Liam—good gods.  I was a mess.  I think I actually whimpered O_o

I feel like this is the first book in ages that didn’t make me cry.  No, in fact, it made me angry.  I was rooting for Ruby and the others to get through and I HATED CLANCY SO MUCH (if I hadn’t made that obvious up there ^)

**SPOILERS FOR EVERMORE BY ALYSON NOEL AND UGLIES BY SCOTT WESTERFELD**

Oh!  So I was reading this review of Evermore by Alyson Noel, and I remembered that Ever had the power to see people’s thoughts just by touching them, like Ruby.  I’d actually forgotten Ever had that power.

I also realized that the panic button Ruby had reminded me of that thing Tally from Uglies to find the Smoke.  And Cate reminded me of that Special from Uglies .  Remember her?  I can’t remember her name…

**END OF SPOILERS**

Now I’m going to rant about Ruby.  And spoil Champion by Marie Lu.  I know, I’m talking about a lot of books in here.  I must…

WHY THE HECK DID YOU PRESS THAT STUPID PANIC BUTTON?  WHY?  WHYYYYY???  I’M JUST LIKE… I CAN’T EVEN DESCRIBE ANYTHING.  JUST… don’t talk to me…

EXPLAIN TO ME, RUBY, WHAT YOU WERE THINKING WHEN YOU ERASED LIAM’S MEMORY??!?!  YOU PULLED A JUNE IPARIS!!!  WHY, WOMAN, WHY?!?  YOU AND LIAM NEEDED TO BE TOGETHER FOREVER AND THEN YOU PULL THIS?!  I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU AND LIAM AND CHUBS AND ZU AND NOW YOU’RE ALL SEPARATED!!!

we were all rooting for you

Favorite Lines:

Chubs groaned.  “Why are you so weird?”

“Because my weird has to be able to cancel out your weird, Lady Cross-stitch.”

“At least what I do is considered an art form,” Chubs said.

~

“We want you,” he said, his hand slipping through my hair to cup the back of my neck.  “We wanted you yesterday, we want you today, and we’ll want you tomorrow.  There’s nothing you could do to chance that.  If you’re scared and you don’t understand your crazy abilities, then we’ll help you understand—but don’t think, not for one second, that we would ever just leave you.” ~Liam

Me while reading that: *hysterical fangirl giggling*

5/5 stars.  I am angry.  I am mad.  I must read Never Fade.

Beautiful Blogger Award!

Recently I was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award, and it makes me so happy every time I’m nominated for an award.  It’s great to know that others enjoy my posts and visit back to read more :D  Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!Thank you to Eileen @ Bookwormstothemax for nominating me for this award!  Her blog is amazing, so go check her out!

The Beautiful Blogger Award is an honor bestowed by fellow bloggers to show how much they love reading your blog and appreciate the beauty in your words.

Here is my shiny new award:

beautiful-blogger-awardRules:

  • Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.
  • Nominate 7 (yes, only seven) other bloggers and say a little something about them.

My Nominees:

Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity — I love, love, love Chiara’s blog!  Everything about it—the title, the theme, the content—is 100% awesome.  Of course, all of you guys are awesome :D  I discovered the 2013 End of Year Book Survey through her blog at the end of last year, and I participated in it, and it was so much fun!

Nirvana @ Nirvana’s Pocketful — Nirvana has a great blog, and I enjoy reading her crafts posts, as well as her stories.  I think she has a fantastic imagination—go check her out!

Marianne and Jennifer @ Boricuan Bookworms — Marianne and Jennifer’s blog is a new discovery of mine, but I’ve been visiting their blog a lot lately.  I love their reviews, and their Fashion by the Book memes.  I’d never thought of putting together book-themed outfits until I started reading their posts.  Now I think about book-themed fashion quite a lot, lol.

Cook’s Reviews — Another new favorite blogger!  I particularly enjoy her book hauls.  I love reading people’s book hauls and recognizing a book and saying, “YOU MUST READ!!!”  And, of course, I love it when others do the same to me, haha!

Bella @ Ciao Bella! — One of the things I really enjoy about Bella’s blog is the variety.  She’s got book reviews, and recipes (some of which I’m dying to try, by the way), and other fun stuff ^.^

LilaJune @ lilajune’s book saloon — LilaJune is one of the people who got me super excited for Champion, which I was putting off reading for a loooong time.  That book.  Was.  An emotional.  Roller coaster.  As many ends of trilogies are, but seriously.

Laurel @ The Caffeinated Bibliophile — First of all, awesome title!  I think that describes many of us bookish people :D  I love her reviews and am always enthusiastic to read them.

That’s all for now, dudes!  Go check out all of these fantastic bloggers!  You’re going to love them :D

Thanks again to Eileen, who has presented me with this award!

 

Book Review: Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves, #1) by Quinn Loftis

Prince of wolvesTitle: Prince of Wolves

Author: Quinn Loftis

Format: eBook

Summary: Jacque Pierce was just an ordinary 17-year-old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don’t realize the last two weeks of their summer are going to get a lot more interesting.

From the moment Jacque sets eyes on Fane she feels an instant connection, a pull like a moth to a flame. Little does she know that the flame she is drawn to is actually a Canis lupis, werewolf, and she just happens to be his mate; the other half of his soul.

The problem is Fane is not the only wolf in Coldspring, Texas.

Just as Fane and Jacque are getting to know each other, another wolf steps out to try and claim Jacque as his mate. Fane will now have to fight for the right to complete the mating bond, something that is his right by birth but is being denied him by a crazed Alpha. Will the love Fane has for Jacque be enough to give him the strength to defeat his enemy, will Jacque accept that she is Fane’s mate and complete the bond between them? -Goodreads

Review:

*Warning: Spoilers!*

Prince of Wolves is the first eBook I ever read, and I decided to reread it.  I was wary going into this book, because despite the my enjoyment of the book when I first read it, I knew there were some problems with it.  This would actually be my third time reading it.

Anyway, you can find this book for free on iTunes or on Amazon!

I didn’t take notes on this book because it is an eBook (I think I started to take notes, but I lost them somewhere in my bag . . . ).  I’m going by memory here, so bear with me!

There were several things I liked in this book, but there were also things that I was disappointed with.

Pros:

  • Feisty main character, Jacque.  I really liked her, even though she got annoying at times.  I loved that she didn’t put up with Fane’s possessiveness (which I’ll touch on in a sec).  She had a mind of her own . . . well, actually, she didn’t.  You know what I mean if you’ve read this, lol.
  • The dialogue was awesome at times, but sometimes the awesomeness of it seemed forced, and it didn’t flow well, if you know what I mean.  I think dialogue is pretty much make it or break it.
  • Great BFFs.  Jacque had amazing besties, I think.  They were very protective, and cared about her dearly.  Jen got annoying, as well.  She had some pretty wacky dialogue, which sometimes made me laugh hysterically, but other times had me thinking, “That didn’t come out smoothly.”  A lot of times the sarcasm was overbearing, though, and I didn’t appreciate it as much.
  • The plot was great!  I loved the idea for this book, and it had me hooked from the start, though that may have been because I’d read the book other times before . . . but even so, I was hooked when I first read the book, obviously, or I wouldn’t have read it three times.
  • PARENTAL PRESENCE!!!  Yes!  There were actually parents and adults in this book!  Wahoo!  I liked Jacque’s mom, and Fane’s mom.  They were awe-ee-sum.

Cons:

  • Fane.  I really didn’t like him.  He was like the werewolf Edward Cullen.  Maybe a tad too possessive.  I get that it was a character trait of wolves, but the book was dripping in over-possessiveness.  I found nothing romantic about him (nor did I find anything romantic about Edward).  Actually, there was a Twilight reference in here, I believe, which made me laugh.  I think Jacque had a Team Edward shirt, and she wore it to spite Lucas . . . heheh.  Anyway, the word “submission” was overused.
  • I got the feeling that this book wasn’t really edited, and wasn’t too happy when I found some errors.  I acknowledge that this was a free book, but I really expect more, regardless the price of a book.  Also, there was quite a creative way of writing swear words.  Instead of writing the curse, it was like, “Oh S@#t!” Jen hollered.
  • Some of the more realistic things in this book didn’t really seem realistic.  Like, aren’t humans supposed to be oblivious to the supernatural?  Because Jen and Sally were right in on everything, and they accepted everything so easily.  Just like that.  Heck, Fane’s father even requested that they be there while he explained to Jacque what was going on!  Half of me thinks that’s a nice twist on the usual “keep humans out of the loop,” but I guess another half of me is so used to that, what with Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lux, all that fun stuff.
  • The Romanian translations were kinda getting to me after a while.
  • INSTALOVE.

Even though there were many eye-roll-y points for me as I read this, I did enjoy many parts of the book.  I really liked that Jacque didn’t let people walk all over her and that she was defiant and all—that wins this book major points, especially because of Fane’s possessive side.

Favorite Lines:

“Okay, kids let’s play nice, we have plans to make, so let’s not waste time playing who can be the snottiest sista,” Sally said in her best motherly voice. 

~

“Luna, I’m going to lay this out plainly for you.  There will be no lies, half-truths, or bush beating.  I’m going to say it bluntly,” Fane told her firmly. 

~

“Alright then, I guess that’s settled,” Lilly said, then she turned to Fane, “Lay a paw on my little girl and you will be a three legged Lassie, got it?”  Fane winced and then asked, “You both do realize I’m a wolf not a dog right?”

Anyway!  I’m giving this book 2/5 stars.  There were definitely some enjoyable parts, but there were other obstacles that I had a hard time wrapping my head around.

Nashville: Crazy

Hey, y’all!  Today we are going to talk about Nashville, the ABC TV show that I am in love with.  Yesterday night, I watched season 2, episode 19, Crazy, which you can find here if you have yet to watch it.

OKAY!  LET’S BEGIN!  This will be very spoilery, so watch out!  (WordPress is being weird, so if the formatting is off, sorry!)

So, in the last episode, Rayna’s daughter Maddie posted a video with her singing a song she wrote with Deacon, because she was mad at her dad, Teddy.  And she used Deacon’s last name (’cause she’s really his daughter).  And that video blew up, man.  And then Rayna’s boyfriend, whose name I can’t remember, got all weird because he didn’t know that Deacon and Rayna had a kid together… cray…

maddie

And then we’re introduced to Scarlett’s crazy mom, Deacon’s sister.  O. M. G. THAT WOMAN.  She’s like Juliette’s mom, except she might be worse.  What do you think, if you watch the show?  Is Beverly like Jolene?  And I was so scared for Scarlett because she kept taking her pills, and then Scarlett asked Juliette for the night off, and I was like, “Something’s going to happen to Scarlett during tonight’s performance.  And then this happened:

scarlett

And the end of the episode was like… just, wow.  I was so scared for Scarlett D:

And those flashbacks from Scarlett’s childhood were so scary.  I’m starting to wonder how Deacon and Beverly grew up… Hmm…

So Juliette went to see Charlie Wentworth, that guy she was with in the beginning of this season, to ask him for help.  But she’s with Avery (the actor who played him actually played Elizabeth’s husband Lucky in General Hospital), and Charlie Wentworth kissed Juliette and I’m like, “Nooooo, don’t break up Javery!!!”

juliette two

OMG so Megan cheated on Deacon with Teddy, right?  That was crazy.  Anyway, we didn’t see her in this episode, and we also didn’t see Will and Layla… I really don’t like Layla.  She’s just annoying.  Love Will, though!  He’s awesome.  I wish he would come out.  I thought Gunnar was totally going to tell that Jeff guy about Will being gay, but I think Jeff has pretty much already figured it out.

Anyway!  That’s all!  I just needed to get that out of my system, haha!  Thanks for reading!

-littleonion

Star-Crossed

Hey, dudes!  So, when I was writing my 200+ Followers/Updates Post, I had a feeling I was leaving something out.  Well, I forgot to talk about a new show I’m semi-into: Star-Crossed.

Star-Crossed

Image from IMDb

 

Y’all probably know about this show, which is on the CW, along with many other shows such as Hart of Dixie, another show which I’ve gotten semi-into.  It’s actually hard for me to get into shows that are actually still airing on TV.  Anyway, I heard about Star-Crossed, and people were saying that there were parallels to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series.  You KNOW how I feel about that series, so I really, really, reeeeeaaaaallly wanted to see Star-Crossed to see what the big fuss was about.

I finally started watching it, about six episodes after it aired, and I caught up with the help of Hulu and the CW’s website, which updates shows the day after they’ve aired (which is amazing.  ABC and ABC Family used to do that, but now they don’t D: ).  I spent many late nights catching up to the show, only to realize that there wasn’t really anything special about the show.  But… it’s kind of addictive.

*Disclaimer: This is just my opinion of the show.  I’m not dissing anyone who likes it!!!

Summary: About an completely flat and typical epic romance between a very boring human girl and an alien boy when he and others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp. -IMDb (except for my, ahem, minor revisions.)

*Warning: Spoilers for the show!

So, the show is based in 2024, I believe, after aliens landed on Earth ten years prior.  The show is pretty futuristic for a year that’s pretty close by, but I really like the technology introduced.  We’re on episode eight right now, and it does have me hooked, but I have some complaints about some certain aspects of the show.

Emery is the main female protagonist in Star-Crossed.  She’s in a love triangle.  Of course.  I just… I can’t.

My biggest problem is the acting.  The acting is—just, no.

shaking headEmery doesn’t seem well-developed at all.  Her character is flat, boring.  She’s too agreeable in my opinion.  She has absolutely no personality or attitude!  I don’t see what Grayson or Roman see in her.  Maybe Roman likes her because she’s one of the few humans who isn’t against the Atrians (the alien kind).  Because she helped him when they were kids.  Okay.  I get that.  But is that the only reason he likes her?  And Grayson—I don’t even know why he likes her.

All of the characters, now that I think about it, are pretty one-dimensional.  The ones I really like are Drake, Teri, and Taylor… that’s about it.  (OMG Drake and Taylor?!  I want more of them!!!)

I wish I could understand them more, and I wish I could relate to them more.  If it makes any sense, they all seem first draft-y to me.  Like they needed some major revisions to their personalities.  Or something.

I did like the last episode, because it ended with a cliffhanger, which was awesome because now I’m going to go run back to see the next episode.  But I just wish Emery was different.  My main problem is with her.  I want to like her, I really want to, but she doesn’t have it.  She doesn’t have BAM, let alone BAYUM.  She needs to get some BAM.  Then she needs to step it up to BAYUM.

Some stuff is really cliché… like, Emery and Roman snuck into a janitor’s closet at their school to secretly make out.

katniss

Katniss does not approve.

I’m very excited about the next episode, despite my annoying whining!  :D

What do you guys think of Star-Crossed?  Do you feel the same way about it as I do?  Do you think it’s amazing?  Maybe it’s just not the show for me.  *shrugs*

-littleonion

200+ Followers!/Updates Post

Hey, everyone!  A couple of weeks ago, I hit 200 followers!!!  That’s so amazing!  Thank you, readers and fellow bloggers, for reading my posts.  Thank you for every single like, comment, and follow—each one is greatly appreciated, and I love responding to your comments :D  I love hearing your thoughts!  And even if you’re not a follower, thanks for reading!  Y’all are awesome :D

When I went to see Divergent, I really wanted to save my ticket.  Because I was handling a huge cup of Coke and bucket of popcorn, I decided I’d put my ticket in the pocket of my jeans for safekeeping rather than in my bag (that was dumb -.-).  Well, when I put up my Divergent movie review, I realized that I’d never pulled the ticket out of my pocket.  So I frantically dug through my bag to see if the ticket was in there, but no such luck.  Then I found the jeans I’d worn to the movie when I realized that… I’d washed them.  With the ticket.  In my pocket.  So I pulled the pockets out and discovered a bunch of white stuff in one pocket.  I was so upset.

Which is why on Saturday, I went to see Divergent again.  No, I’m not crazy.  Just an extreme fangirl :D

Because I went to a later showing (when I first saw Divergent, I went at around 10 a.m.), the theater was more packed than it was last week.  I was actually kind of surprised to see what looked like young children at this movie.  I saw some pretty young kids seeing TMI last summer, and I was like, whaaaat?  But, yeah.

**Divergent spoilers down below if you’ve not read the book or seen the movie!**

Anyway, there was this guy sitting behind me who was amusing me at first/getting on my nerves.  When Caleb switched factions, the guy was all, “Ohh!  Oh, no!  Ohh, that’s not good.”  And throughout the movie, he was making remarks like this, and stuff similar to that.  At first, I thought it was funny, because obviously he hadn’t read the book.  But for the entire movie.  It was just putting me on edge for some reason.

**End of Divergent spoilers** IMG_2288[1]Meet my Kindle, Mr. Kindle (I call it a Kind-lee).  I finally got him a case and a screen saver from Amazon.  It actually was delivered really, really fast.  Like, a day after I ordered it, which pleased me to no end.  The only thing that bugged me is the screen saver.  You know how there are two tabs to peel, the one you peel before application and the one you peel after application?  Well, for the after application tab, I tried to peel it, but it didn’t come off cleanly, leaving adhesive with the potential to collect dirt and hair and stuff >.<  I tried scrubbing off the adhesive, but no such luck.  To prevent it from collecting yucky stuff, I just put a piece of tape over it.  Luckily it’s in the corner and not smack dab in the center of the screen or something.

Right now, I’m reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (y’all will never believe how long I’ve been reading this.  It’ll knock your socks off.)  The Darkest Minds is really good so far.  I read the first 134 pages in one sitting, at night, which is awesome.  I’m now somewhere in the two hundreds with this book, and I’m lovin’ it.  Half of me LOVES Liam, but the other half is wondering if there will be more character development for him.

My new favorite songs at the moment are:

I don’t know why.  I’m just super obsessed with these songs.

Oh!  Another thing—what do you think of this:

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Yeah. You’re staring at a boom box.

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Do you SEE that thing?!

We’ve had this thing for such a long time.  I’d actually forgotten about it, and when I pulled it out, I was like, OMG.

It’s not mine, but it used to belong to a family member.  Unfortunately, it’s broken (it broke years ago.  It’s so old, I found an old Paula Abdul CASSETTE in it.  I’m not even kidding), so we threw it out.  But, it was like taking a dip into the past before everyone had iPods and mp3 players and stuff.

Actually, I probably prefer the time when people listened to music with their CD players and with cassettes.  Don’t get me wrong—I love iPods, but I think it’d be cool to go back to that time.  What’s your opinion?

Speaking of iPods, a few days ago, my apps started crashing consistently.  I’d open YouTube, and a few minutes later, it would crash.  Or, I’d open the WordPress app, and a few seconds later, it would crash.  Pandora crashes whenever I try to skip a song, and the Goodreads app crashes so much, too.  It’s still happening.  Any suggestions?  Or is my iPod just dying?

That’s all for now!!!  Oh!  I’m almost done rereading the first ebook I ever read, which shall be revealed soon.

-littleonion

Quote #17

“There’s so much left in the air
So much to tell from a stare
There’s so much left to defend
But I am no fun.”
~Seether, “Walk Away From The Sun”

*Lyrics from metrolyrics.com*

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The fault in our starsTitle: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Summary: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. -Goodreads

 

Review:

**Warning: Spoilers!  I have a feeling no one has to worry about this, though, because I’m probably, like, the last person to read this.  So yeah.  Spoilers for Allegiant by Veronica Roth, as well…**

“Everything’s been so depressing lately,” I said five minutes after finishing The Fault in Our Stars.

During my second trip to the wonderful Barnes & Noble, I finally purchased The Fault in Our Stars.  I couldn’t decide whether I wanted the collector’s edition or the regular edition.  I just got the regular.

I wasn’t sure how to go into this book—I was pretty scared, because all people talk about (or at least, what stood out to me when people spoke about TFIOS) is the sadness the book rained upon them.  I thought that this book was going to be just a downpour of sadness and depression.

But when I actually started TFIOS, it was funny.  Like, hysterically.  I was laughing so much throughout this book.  In fact, it was only towards the end that was sad.

It was pretty fast-paced in the beginning, but the rest of it was a nice, steady pace.

I already knew someone died, but I didn’t know who died, which surprised me.  I actually thought Hazel was going to die, because the cancer was gone from Augustus.  I THOUGHT HE WAS SAFE.  Lies… D:  I’m actually glad we didn’t get to see Hazel die because a) I don’t think I can take anymore main character deaths, even though Augustus was also a main character, and b) Shailene Woodley plays both Hazel and Tris… *weeps*  I actually was afraid that John Green was going to end the story, like, in mid-sentence like Anna’s story ended in An Imperial Affliction.  I was so scared that he’d do that, because the ending of AIA was mentioned throughout TFIOS several times throughout the book, and everything happens for a reason.  So I thought, there must be a reason as to why John Green keeps mentioning how Anna’s story ended.  I was very relieved when the story did not end like that.  However, the way the story did end pretty much killed me.

TFIOS was actually very addictive.  I’d put it down for a while, because I’d gone into a reading slump, but when I picked it up again (yesterday night), I stayed up till 11:30 p.m. to finish it!  I haven’t read at night in a LOOOONG time, so I must’ve really liked this book.  (There was this security thing in the middle of one of the pages.  It was something to keep people from stealing.  Anyway, it was this security sticker that was slapped right smack dab in the center of a page, and I was thinking, “What the (choice of word)?!”  I was freaking out because the thing wouldn’t come off.  Finally, I managed to get the sticker off the page, without any damage whatsoever.  It was easier than I thought.)

I didn’t cry when we were told Augustus died, but I cried during his funeral.  I’m glad we weren’t shown how he died and when he died, and that we were just told, because, like I said, I can’t take anymore character deaths right now, even though there are character deaths in lots of books.

And when Hazel put the pack of cigarettes in Augustus’ coffin?  Good gods, that was so sad, because she promised she’d get him more, and… *sadness*

And I got all teary when Hazel found out her mom was going to become a Patrick (dude amused me).

TFIOS isn’t my FAVORITE BOOK EVER, okay?  But it definitely deserves a high rating (see rating below).  I really enjoyed this read.

Favorite Lines:

Mom: “Hazel, you’re a teenager.  You’re not a little kid anymore.  You need to make friends, get out of the house, and live your life.”

Me: “If you want me to be a teenager, don’t send me to Support Group.  Buy me a fake ID so I can go to clubs, drink vodka, and take pot.”

Mom: “You don’t take pot, for starters.” 

Me: “See, that’s the kind of thing I’d know if you got me a fake ID.”

~

“God, you’re the best,” I told him.

“I bet you say that to all the boys who finance your international travel,” he answered.

~

“That’s the thing about pain,” Augustus said, and then glanced back at me.  “It demands to be felt.”

I felt even sadder when I finished TFIOS.  I was listening to music as I read.  I was rereading the last few lines, and then Lana del Rey’s “Born To Die” came on, literally right when I read, “I do, Augustus.

“I do.”

5/5 stars.


Post-The Fault in Our Stars Actions

  • Find my tissues.
  • Watch The Fault in Our Stars movie trailer for the first time.
  • Watch a TFIOS booktalk on YouTube.
  • Catch up on a bunch of other YouTube channels I follow.
  • Dig out The Darkest Minds from this abyss:

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Just kidding. I don’t actually have my books set up like this! This is just a picture of how messy it gets when I rearrange them… It ain’t pretty.

And now, I suppose I shall read The Darkest Minds.

Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway Books/Authors

Top ten tuesdayHey, y’all!  I just realized that today was Tuesday, and I completely forgot to do Top Ten Tuesday earlier in the day!  It’s been kind of hectic today.  Anyway, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about our top ten gateway books and authors—books and authors that introduced us to more books and authors, basically.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme run by The Broke and the Bookish.  This post might be kind of repetitive, because y’all have heard me (read me?) talk about these books and authors before.  But, oh, well!  Let’s get started :D

1. The Baby-Sitters Club and The Baby-Sitter’s Little Sister series by Ann M. Martin.  I started reading these when I was pretty young, and I really devoured them.  I had this friend who I shared a locker with, and I’d bring a stack of these BSC books and store them in our locker, and the two of us would take turns reading them!  Here’s (a small portion of) my collection:

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I used to buy these books from the discount bookstore I love :D

Without knowing it when I was younger, this was my first introduction to realistic fiction.  But when I was younger, I didn’t get into specifics with genres and stuff—I just wanted to read.

2. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine.  I don’t own a single Goosebumps book, but I loved these stories.  One of my favorite ones I can recall (this was a long time ago) are The Ghost Next Door and The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight.  These books <3

3. The Winnie Years by Lauren Myracle.  The first book I read from this series was Twelve, and it was a gift, and I love, love, loved it!  This led me to read several other Lauren Myracle books.

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I’ll always cherish these books :D

In fact, I just recommended this series to my younger cousin… maybe she’ll read them!

4. Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez is the first YA title I ever read.  I really credit this book, because I read it shortly before I started going to the library regularly, and going to the library introduced me to all of the authors I’m reading now.  I vaguely remember choosing it off the shelf (from the very same discount bookstore ;D) and I was just… amazed at this new world.  This book was also my first introduction to the YA paranormal genre.

5. Remember Me series by Christopher Pike.  I.  Will.  Never.  Forget.  These.  Books.  Ever.  I remember “sneak reading” these books because when I read them, they weren’t “age appropriate.”  I was so intrigued by the whole story, though, I just wanted to read them.  It’s been a while since I read these books, and they were the creepiest books ever.  They were awesome, but creepy.  At least, that’s what I remember.  I could be making a huge deal out of nothing, but when I was younger, that’s what I thought of them.

So I think these were the first books I read that made me venture out of my comfort zone, content-wise.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.  This book is what got me into the HP series.  I read this so many times before I read the rest of the books.  I loved it that much.  Y’all have seen my copy of this book (if you haven’t, a picture can be found in this post)—it’s horrible.

Anyway, I remember, after finishing this series, going online and Googling “books similar to harry potter,” and then I’d make lists of these books because I’d wanted to cling to HP for so long.

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  I stayed away from these books for a LONG LONG LONG time because of all the hype they were getting around the time the movie came out.  Every person on Earth would ask me, “Have you read The Hunger Games,” and I was all, “Um, what’s it about?”  And people would go on to explaining it to me.  I should have just picked up the book rather than asking for others’ summaries, because they all made the book sound really… weird…

But I’m pretty sure THG was the book that introduced me to the wonderful dystopian genre.  I finally read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire on my iPod, via PDF file.  And I was hooked, man.  I didn’t even care that it was inconvenient to read because I had to zoom in on every page >.<

8. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.  I read the first book and a tiny bit of the second one, but lost interest (I KNOW, I WAS CRAZY BACK THEN D: ).  I don’t know what was wrong with me.  Anywho!  When I started going back to the library again, I picked up The Lightning Thief and gave it another go.  I think I read PJO and The Kane Chronicles simultaneously.  Then, when I finished both, I was so bummed that I’d get to read no more demigod tales.  And then BA-BAM, I find out about The Heroes of Olympus, and I swear, I was literally jumping for joy :D

9. Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer.  This is the first book in a trilogy, which I didn’t know when I first read it because, apparently, there was a COVER CHANGE and a TITLE CHANGE for the first book and the following books!  UGH I WAS SO UPSET BECAUSE LOOK:

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This is one of the best covers I’ve ever seen! And the spine is all gold and faded to make it look old and it’s just… the prettiest thing ever. WHY OH WHY DID THEY GO AND RUIN EVERYTHING?!

I remember seeing this in the “young teens” section at my library, across from the children’s section, where PJO and HP are located, and I was always so interested in this cover.  I never picked it up, until one day I did, and it was like, wow.  This book introduced me to the idea of time travel, and I’ve loved the idea ever since.  The other books in this series were great, too, but they didn’t have awesomesauce covers like this.

*yawn* I’ve been doing this for more than an hour, now, and I can’t think of book/author #10.  I think I’ll just leave it at this: Top Nine Tuesday (that does not have a ring to it).  Oh, well!

Until next time!

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