Friday, October 31, 2014

Creatures of the Night Book Tag!

So this tag has been going around Booktube, and I wanted to join in on the fun. There are different catagories that go along with a Halloween theme, and what you do is pick your favorite book or character to fit the category. I'm really excited about doing this one since Halloween is TODAY! So let's get started!

1. Vampire

I haven't read a whole lot of vampire books, but the ones I have read have sucked after reading Twilight. So. Twilight is definitely my kind of vampire book. (And before you ask, Team Edward ;)

2. Werewolf

I actually don't like werewolves at all. I've only read three werewolves books. Twilight, Shiver, and The Mortal Instruments series. Shiver is the most boring and pointless book I've read in my life, and The Mortal Instruments isn't really focused on werewolves, so again the Twilight series it is! But for the sake of not picking the same book over and over, I'm going to go with New Moon.

3. Zombie

I haven't read one zombie book, and I don't really want to. Zombie's aren't my thing, but I guess if I had to pick one, I would pick Alice in Zombieland because I like the idea of retelling Alice in Wonderland.

4. Ghost

By far the best ghost book I've read has been the Mediater series by Meg Cabot. I read the series when I was younger, so they really had a spooky factor to them, but nothing could make me stop reading because of the hot ghost Jesse. *Swoons*

5. Witch/Wizard

I don't read witch or wizard books, so I don't have a favorite. But for the sake of the tag, I'm going to switch witch to alchemist and say the Bloodlines seires.

6. Demigod

Of course, my favorite demigod is Percy, but because he's everyone's favorite, I'm going to name my second favorite demigod and that is Leo from the Heroes of Olympus series. He's funny and sarcastic, and I really love his character.

7. Fairies

I loooooove books on fairies, and by far my favorite series is The Iron King series by Julie Kagawa.

8. Demons

I do not read books with demons, but I do read the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series, so I'm going to go with that. (I don't consider the "demons" in the books as demons demons. They seem more like monsters to me.)

9. Angels

I don't read a whole lot of books with angels, but I do really like the A Fractured Light series. I didn't like how the series ended, but it's still a good read and series overall.

10. Boyfriend

We all know boyfriends can be creatures of the night, and this category was made for Calvin from the new book Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. I don't want to give much away, but once you read the book you'll see what I mean.

11. Aliens


12. Human with Superpower

This is kind of a hard category because most humans with a superpower were really a supernatural that just didn't know it. So instead of picking someone that turned out to be a werewolf or fairie or shadowhunter, I'm going to pick someone that was able to face their fears... Tris from the Divergent series! Facing your fears is a superpower, right?

13. Dinosaur

To be honest, I don't know why this is in the tag, but I'm just gonna run with it. So here. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff. This was a book I had as I child, but I didn't like it much. I don't recommend it.

And there you have it! The Creatures of the Night Book Tag! I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween. Don't get into any trouble, and eat all the candy you can!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

What a crazy ride!

I first want to start off this review with a few comments about my opinion before reading.

When this book was first announced, I didn't want to read it. I thought it sounded creepy and scary and I am very much a scardy cat, so I wasn't interested. But this whole year I just kept rembering this book in the back of my mind. I had read the Hush Hush series and I loved it, so I wanted to read this book until I found out how creepy is sounded. Since it was the month of October and all things scary, and since some BookTubers I love were reading it for the book of the month, I decided to give it a try. Before I bought the book, I read and heard of a lot of people loving it. Then when I bought the book, I read and heard of a lot of people hating it.

The second thing I want everyone to know, is that while reading this book, I kept a very open mind. Now onto my review!

I looooooooved this book. And I loved it so much I put eight o's in it. I really really liked it. I'm not sure if it's just because I usually root for the underdogs, and I felt like this book was getting a lot of hate, or if it's really as good as I say it is. But anyway, I thought this book was well written with good characters and good development. Is this book creepy and scary? Not really. Is it something that I would recommend as a good Halloween read? Possibly. If you're dying for a book that will scare the crap out of you, this isn't it. But that doesn't mean the book isn't good. It's really good. It's just not a psychological read. I also think that this book would be a great movie, and I know a lot of people will hate on that comment, but I could totally see it on Lifetime.

So now there are a few main points I want to address.

1. Britt

A lot of people are saying Britt is a spoiled brat, etc. I didn't really see her as that. I don't think she acted like a brat at all. She did talk about how she depended on the men in her life a lot, but I don't think that's really all out of the ordinary. And she wasn't annoying to me either like a lot of people are saying.

2. Britt and Koribe's friendship:
Their friendship was terrible and it sucked. The writing didn't suck. It's their relationship that did. In every single book I've read, it's always the girl and her best friend that are so close it makes you want a friend like that, and then something happens and the two hate each other and have a fight before becoming friends again in the end. This book wasn't like that. The two were friends, and considered each other as their best friend, but they didn't act like they were. I liked how the book showed a broken friendship. It was something I could relate to and I have a feeling a lot of girls can too.

3. Britt and Calvin
This section may be a spoiler depending on how you look at it. So if you don't want to know anything, then you might want to skip to point four. If you're still here, then let me just say that Britt and Calvin's relationship is exactly how a relationship shouldn't be. It was false and manipulative, and made me sick, but I am glad that Becca Fitzpatrick wrote about it. I hope that some girls will be able to relate and realize that they are so much more and worth so much more and deserve so much more.

4. Character Development
I legit saw some great character development. Sometimes when I'm reading books, I don't always catch the development happen because it's so subtle, but with this book it was greatly obvious and it was like I felt myself changing along with the characters.

5. Other Reader's Reviews:
A lot of the quotes taken from the book and put into reviews are taken out of context. I would just like everyone to know that. I read a review that took a quote out of the book, and was like 'wow okay. that's why everyone is upset.' but when I read it for myself in the book, I felt like that's not the way it should be interpreted at all. Just keep that in mind while you're reading reviews.

Overall, I thought the book was amazing with twists on every page. I definitely recommend it and think the author deserves some recognition. It's completely different from her other books, and different from what's on the market right now. A lot of people are complaining about it being slow in the middle, but I don't know what any of them are talking about. I didn't feel like it was slow at all. It had a good pace and I felt like every chapter deserved to be in there. Give it a chance, and I think you'd like it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

15 Book Confessions Part Two!

1. I'm currently in what I think is my worst reading slump ever.
2. Percy Jackson is the main reason why I like Greek Mythology.
3. I love travel abroad books.
4. If there isn't a hot guy in the book, it's hard for me to read it and really get into it.
5. I think that's why I'm in a reading slump. I need more fictional hot guys.
6. I really want to rainbow coordinate my books, but that means I'd have to split books up in a series and I just can't do that.
7.  Sometimes I read middle school books because I like some of their concepts.
8. I want to write a children's book, but I don't know how to get started.
9. Even though I have a nook, I still buy physical copies of books because I like them better. Also, if an ebook is $9.99 and the physical copy of the book is $9.99, then it's just better, in my opinion, to buy a physical copy.
10. I really love winter/Christmas anthologies.
11. Even though I have about twenty or so books I own but haven't read, last night I just bought two more.
12. I first read the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout on my nook, but when they were re-released in print, I bought them again.
13. I've always wanted to go to a coffee shop in winter and curl up in a fluffy, warm jacket and read a book, but I haven't done it yet.
14. I really want the Kingdom Keepers books to be re-written or a spin off series for teens.
15. Even though I'm no longer a teenager, I still read young adult books, and haven't read one adult book yet.