Booktube Made Me Do It (2)


The second challenge for the BookTubeAThon video/blog challenges was to find 3 items from 3 covers. I decided to choose Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and a pair of blue jeans, Cinder and a high heel, and Paper Towns and thumbtacks. I know I was supposed to post this yesterday but I was a bad blogger and I hung out with friends who ended up staying the night. Oops, well it happened. :)
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Review: The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) – Lemony Snicket


The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) – Lemony Snicket

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Title: The Reptile Room

Author: Lemony Snicket

Release Date: September 30, 1999

Publisher: Scholastic

Format: Hardback

Page Number: 192

Source: Bookstore

Dear Reader,

If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I’m afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don’t be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.

In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the appearance of a person they’d hoped never to see again.

I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire have had many unfortunate events happen to them. First their parents die in a fire, their house is burned down, and then they are forced to live with a horrible distant relative, Count Olaf. The children are taken from Count Olaf and brought to a nicer family member, Uncle Monty. Uncle Monty lives in a huge house with a lot of bedrooms and a reptile room filled with snakes and toads and frogs from all over the world. There are poisonous snakes and snakes who move half an inch an hour. Uncle Monty is planning to go explore the world and decides to go to Peru. The children are supposed to go on this trip with Uncle Monty and his new assistant, Stephano. The children are suspicious of Stephano and try to tell Uncle Monty what they think about him, but it soon becomes too late. I am enjoying this series. These are the books I imagine myself reading to my future children. These books are fun, easy, and quick reads. I wish I would have read them when I was younger, but I’m still enjoying them.

Characters:

I honestly love Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. I feel bad that their lives have been so unfortunate, but I still like them and enjoy reading about them. When I read this book I imagined reading it when I was younger, and found I liked it and enjoyed it more than the first book. Klaus loves reading, so it isn’t hard to choose my favorite of the Baudelaire siblings. Violet loves inventing and Sunny likes biting things. Some weird hobbies, but I don’t judge.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Klaus. He loves reading and gets to read all the time. He’s also the middle sibling. I would love to have both an older and younger sibling. He is also the one who thinks everything through. Violet just jumps into everything, which isn’t a bad thing, but Klaus always thinks of the possible outcomes.

Series:

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3)

The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

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Booktube Made Me Do It (1)


Today is the first day of BookTubeAThon 2014 and the first video/blog challenge is 3 Books I Read Because of Booktube. I honestly haven’t read a lot of books because of Booktube… I’ve bought a lot, but that doesn’t mean I’ve gotten around to reading them :)

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The only reason I picked up Vampire Academy was because of a bunch of people on Booktube raving about them. I don’t like vampires that much, but I do like these books. I’ve only read Vampire Academy and Frostbite, but I do plan on reading the rest soon. I also read The Shadowhunter’s Codex (mostly because of WhittyNovels). I love The Mortal Instruments series, but I didn’t like this book. It was extremely boring to me. But this concludes this post. Woo for a kind of lame post.

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Review: The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) – Lois Lowry


The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) – Lois Lowry

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Title: The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

Release Date: January 24, 1993

Publisher: Ember

Format: Hardback

Page Number: 179

Source: Walmart

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Jonas is eleven and lives in a futuristic world. He lives in a place where when you’re born you are grouped with everyone born in that year and they become the people in your grade. At the age of One they are put with a family. Each year in December they have a ceremony. In this ceremony the whole grade/group of kids gets something new or gets a small thing changed. For one of the years they get their first bike, for another they get a button down shirt with buttons in the front instead of the back, but for the twelfth year they get told their occupation. After they get told what they will do for the rest of their lives, whether it be a laborer or someone who takes care of the Old, they begin training for their job. Every day after school they head to their job training. While everyone else is planning their future, Jonas is receiving memories from his instructor, The Giver. Jonas is the new Receiver. He takes some of the burden of the memories that have been passed down from all the Givers. He is gifted some of the good memories and is put through the pain of the bad memories in preparation to be the newest Giver. I loved this book. It was so beautifully written and wonderfully told. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book, but I was hooked by chapter two. I think that this should be a book that is read by everyone. Read in schools for required reading. Read to children by parents. Read by everybody. It was amazing and cannot wait to read the other three in the quartet.

Characters:

Jonas was an awesome main character to follow and read about. I never got bored or irritated with anything he did at all. He was always so brave and courageous. The Giver was my favorite character, though. He was so wise and so smart because of all the memories he had. He got to read all the books to get more information. The books weren’t allowed in society because knowledge was kind of like a weapon. He knew all the stories. He knew everything.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be The Giver. He knew more than anyone and everyone combined in the quarantined utopia. He was so smart and so extremely wise, but he was also burdened with all the horrible memories. Sure he had nice and fun memories, but not enough to outweigh the bad. Because of Jonas he had an easier time with dealing with the harsh memories, but that would be so much to handle.

Series:

Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) – Lois Lowry

Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3) – Lois Lowry

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BookTubeAThon 2014 TBR


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My TBR for the 2014 BookTubeAThon! I have books picked out for all the seven challenges. *more info on BookTube page tab*

  1. Book with pictures – The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) – Lemony Snicket
  2. Start and finish a series – The Giver Quartet Omnibus – Lois Lowry
  3. A book with red on the cover – The Giver Quartet Omnibus – Lois Lowry, Reboot (Reboot #1) – Amy Tintera
  4. A book someone else picked for you – Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas
  5. A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year – The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. A book to movie adaptation (and watch the movie) – The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. Read 7 books/300 pages a day – The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) – Lemony Snicket, The Giver Quartet Omnibus – Lois Lowry, Reboot (Reboot #1) – Amy Tintera, Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas, The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Review: Rich Kids of Instagram: A Novel – Maya Sloan


Rich Kids of Instagram: A Novel – Maya Sloan

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Title: Rich Kids of Instagram: A Novel

Author: Maya Sloan

Release Date: July 8, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

Format: eBook

Page Number: 336

Source: NetGalley

Based on the wildly popular blog “Rich Kids of Instagram,” a dishy and hilarious novel about the intersecting lives of the world’s most extravagant, unapologetically uber-rich teenagers.

The “Rich Kids of Instagram” are not your typical well-to-do brats. These “kids” drive Ferraris, fly to their weekend getaways in private jets, and post self-indulgent photos of themselves online as frequently—and as wantonly—as they blow wads of cash. Not to mention that they’re more involved in sex, drugs, and power plays than most people twice their age.

Drawing from the ten most frequent contributors to the popular blog of the same name—which receives an average of 850,000 unique visitors a month and has been featured on 20/20, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, Gawker, and others—Rich Kids of Instagram revolves around a core group of spoiled young people, from a Southern Belle poultry-empire heiress to a media mogul’s driven daughter and an old-money rifle heir with a Mayflower legacy; to a nouveau riche outsider who is thrust into the members-only universe of the .1%, with scandalous results.

In a world that is smaller, more connected, and more competitive than ever, where nothing is off limits, some kids are just trying to make a buck—or ten thousand. Prepare to be wowed by this saucy, compulsively readable book about the hilarious display of extravagant wealth and the teenagers who have fallen into it.

1 out 5 stars

Plot:

This book starts out with Annalise Hoff. She has the job of planning a party for her dad. The one rule? Todd Evergreen needs to be there. Todd grew up with his mom and he had never seen a computer before the age of fifteen, but ended up creating a huge music label. this story is about the party that Annalise plans and a couple things after that. There was no storyline. It was the weirdest book I’ve ever read, it followed six “main” characters. It was like a diary that went back and forth in time. It only went through their stupid back stories. It was really dumb, honestly. Anyway, the characters meet each other 75-80% of the way through. Miller, or M.C. is dating both Desy and Annalise. Desy, or Desdemona Goldberd is a singer/dancer/actress. Cordelia Derby is a southern girl who works for a new fashion magazine. She’s Mr. Hoff’s assistant, and is a good-two-shoes. Phillip Atwater is a surfer who grew up with his adopted siblings, and Christian Rixen is from Denmark. Christian makes jewelry and comes to the United States to launch his business. I hated this book. I don’t hate that many books, but I almost didn’t finish it. This one was so bad. All this book talked about was sex and getting high from a numerous amount of drugs. I didn’t relate to any of the characters and was so uncomfortable while reading this.

Characters:

The least horrible character was Cordelia Derby. She was preppy and cute, and I liked her until she had sex with a stranger that she claimed she loved. There was no reason for the sluttiness of the people in this book. Annalise Hoff wasn’t horrible except that the first chapter was about her rolling around naked with her boyfriend on an expensive Persian rug.

Who Would I Be?:

Ugh, okay. If I have to choose I supposed I’d choose Cordelia because she was the least offensive of the bunch. She edits a fashion magazine and she’s from some unknown southern state, and she always wears Lilly Pulitzer.

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Review: Hummingbird (Shadow Weavers #1) – Kay Causer


Hummingbird (Shadow Weavers #1) – Kay Causer

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Title: Hummingbird (Shadow Weavers #1)

Author: Kay Causer

Release Date: April 7, 2014

Publisher: Createspace

Format: eBook

Page Number: 257

Source: Author

The shadows are moving…

For fifty years the gateways to the dark places have been closed. No dark spirits have escaped and no shadow weavers have been called upon to fight them. But things are changing.

Naomi keeps seeing a hummingbird in her dreams but she has no idea what it means. She also doesn’t know who the mysterious boy is that seems to be able to turn invisible, or why the Korean exchange student, Minhyun, is suddenly showing her so much interest. Worst of all, she doesn’t know what is lurking in the darkness, waiting for her.

But she is about to find out.

She is the first shadow weaver in fifty years…

2 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Naomi lives with her dad and her cat in California. She goes to a party with her friends one night and meets the new foreign exchange student from Korea, Minhyun. She goes shopping before the party with her friends at a small jewelry shop on the coast, and finds a necklace with a hummingbird charm on it. She decides to buy it, then at the party Minhyun asks about it saying he likes it. She walks home from the party in the dark, and suddenly feels the hummingbird charm vibrate. She has no idea why until a Shadow comes up behind her and attacks her. A boy named Jesse comes and fights the Shadow and kills it. He introduces himself and agrees to answer her questions the next day. He finds her the next day and she asks her questions and he explains to her that she is the newest Shadow Weaver in five decades. She asks even more questions and he tells her that his grandfather has been training him to hunt these Shadows. Why was she chosen as the next Shadow Weaver? Why has Jesse been training? I was contacted by Kay Causer to read this book. I didn’t hate this book, but some things definitely bothered me. There wasn’t much development with characters. I thought it was laughable and somewhat awkward when Naomi and Jesse first kissed. It was really random timing, and she had been training for literally weeks before she killed her first Shadow. But overall this book wasn’t bad, just not really my thing. I’m glad I got the opportunity to read this though. I’m excited to see what happens in the next book.

Characters:

Naomi was our main character and her love interest/other main character was Jesse. Jesse was my favorite character, but it was ridiculous that Naomi’s dad said it would be okay for him to go on vacation with Naomi. Like what? That would totally not happen. Her dad JUST met him. Even if Jesse was the nicest guy on the entire planet, no dad in their right mind would let his daughter go on a trip with a boy both she and he had just met.

Who Would I Be?:

I would definitely choose to be Jesse because he was my favorite character. I didn’t really like Naomi, but Jesse was pretty cool. He trained to be a Shadow Guide his whole life. He’s been hunting Shadows for almost forever, and he lives with his super cool grandma and grandpa. His grandpa owns the jewelry store, and both his grandparents are super nice. Again, I wouldn’t want to be Naomi because it would first of all be a lot to take in that you can now see the Shadow World, but that you’re a huge part of it. That would be so scary. And I would be a total wimp when it came to fighting. I mean come on, really if someone had just cut me with a sword I would start balling my eyes out. I get a little teary when I get a paper cut. Okay, maybe not teary, but I do feel the pain. I mean honestly I would probably die the first time I went out hunting.

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