Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars- I Cried A Lot

I recently read this. I thought Allegiant was sad. I thought The Book Thief was sad. Eh... maybe not anymore.

                      The Fault in Our Stars 

Description (From Goodreads):

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.

My Review, Originally Posted On Goodreads : 

I just finished this book. It is 10:16 P.M. My brother and Grandma were LAUGHING at me, because I was sobbing, and that just made me cry more. I am still crying. So I drank a whole water bottle quickly, as if that could wash away the tears. Then I ran to the freezer and grabbed a tub of chocolate ice cream, trying to box myself in, to forget. But if I forgot, I would lose something. This is not something you should forget, will forget or can forget. You might want to. But you absolutely will not. And somehow, that is a good thing.

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Please do not look at this book and say that it is a romance. I hear the word romance, and I freak out, read a billion reviews, trying to find out if this book is actually worth reading. It puts me on edge because of... certain things. But this is not a story about two kids falling hopelessly in love. This is a story about many teenagers, struggling with their life which is far from perfect. Each and everyone of them knowing that they could just die, ANY second. This is a story about love yes, but this is not a romance. This is a story about life, death, love hate and rejection. How we can keep living when our heart and mind stop. Is that even possible? Maybe, just maybe, it is.

When I started reading this book, I was SO happy. I had just got back from Barnes and Noble with many precious books. I was going to eat pizza, watch a movie, read, eat ice cream, read, read, read. And the book was plain hilarious. I read aloud practically the first thirty or so pages of the book. I had found a perfect book. Right? Right?
But then, as I read, became involved in these people's (NOT CHARACTERS) life's, something started to sink in. THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT CANCER AND DEATH AND WHY THE HECK AM I LAUGHING. Events unfolded and I was getting all teary eyed in the PIZZA PLACE.

"'Well I believe in true love,' Isaac said. 'And I love her. And she promised. She promised me always.'"

My heart shattered right there. Could you pick up the pieces? And I thought I wasn't particularly fond of Isaac...

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"As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep : slowly, and then all at once."

How can you not just love that? It just drips of raw emotion, pouring out and flooding me. Because THIS is how everything should be : HAPPY, DANGIT! But John Green hates me. He sure as heck does.

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Cancer Is Not A Joke

No way on earth that I will ever laugh at a joke about cancer. Because maybe I have been hiding myself away. Trying to forget. Oh no, lot's of people die from a disease.
But no, everyone has a life. Things they love, things they hate. Family, friends. Hobbies. And cancer, of all things, is NOT a joke.

I find myself thinking for one second that maybe this book was to much. I couldn't bear the cursed thing. What would it be like to know that you were going to die!? How could you live? No irony intended.
This book changed my life. I am still crying. Stop, Layla, stop. But no. People just died. This is no longer a joke.

And so I find that I have not actually talked about the book :( This book was well-written. The characters were brilliant.
John Green, I HATE YOU. But I love you too.

Anyone handing out free hugs? I think I need one.

Have You Read The Fault In Our Stars? What did you think? Did you cry? Excited for the movie coming in June? 

P.S. My next post will not be a book review :) Something much more exciting!  

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Partials Book Review, And My Problem

Hello bloglings! I am here with a book review! *claps hands wildly* I don't care that I read this book ages ago... and that I have already read numerous other books... this book just deserved a review!

Let us go!!!!!

Partials (Partials, #1)
Description (From Goodreads) :
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

My Review :
When I started this book, I wasn't sure what I thought of it to be honest. Intriguing premise, wide cast of characters and a unique writing style, but I... wasn't positive that this was going to be REALLY good. I felt a bit detached from the characters and the entire story, like my brain just wasn't melding with the book like I desired.

Then, I reached a certain point and suddenly I was screaming about how amazing this book was. Suddenly I would have cared if the characters died, I wanted them to succeed, I was officially attached.

Let's talk about...
The Characters :
Kira. Hm. Kira, Kira, Kira. I just can't decide what I think of you...
Okay, she was nice. She had a definite idea of what she wanted and she was determined to get that done. I can see how this could be transferred into a not-so-good type of stubbornness, but for this book at least it was an admirable trait. I loved how she didn't go with whatever the crowds did, was not afraid of standing up even if it meant that people thought of her as a lunatic.

Lets talk Marcus. He was the "necessary" love interest of almost any young adult novel nowadays. Luckily, they were not all kissy-wissy. YAY!
At first I was fond of his sarcasm and humor but it got to be a bit to much. OKAY, HAVE A SERIOUS SIDE PLEASE! He didn't have any particularly great or horrible traits, and I am hoping for some more character development in book 2.

Then... SAMM! Okay, he was THE BEST EVER. He was brave and kind and awesome... I don't care that he is *SPOILER ALERT a partial END SPOILER ALERT!*   I just plain loved him. But at least there was no love triangle, which I was afraid of at first. Nope. Kira loves Marcus. Good, because I love Samm so don't consider him for one teensy weensy second.

The World-Building :
Spectacular. I hated the world which. in this case equals love. I know, confusing, but if you have read it you will understand. I hope. Maybe I am just insane.

Anyways, neat book, though I can see some people getting lost in the LONG paragraphs, they drag the book on a lot. But I was fine with it.

One Issue : Kira was 16. LIKE EVERY YOUNG ADULT NOVEL ANYWHERE.  Bit it didn't make me not like the book or anything, it was just annoying.

4 out of 5 stars! 

end book review! 

Now, onto Layla's problem.
I HAVE SO MANY BOOKS I WANT TO BUY AND HARDLY ANY MONEY!!!!!!!!!!! I have posted a poll on the side of my blog concerning this, PLEASE GO VOTE. I will tell you what I end up buying, because even if some don't get a lot of votes, I have my eye on a few. So please just go vote!

Have you read Partials? What did you think? What books have you bought recently?

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Raven Boys Book Review and What Does The Cover Say link-up

Hello, bloglings! Good to see you again. I am back- and it has only been two days! I am currently reading Partials by Dan Wells and absolutely adoring it.
I am here to review The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)(I like that cover a lot more than my cover, by the way...)

Decription (from Goodreads)

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

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 the Shiver 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.

My Review: 

I was extremely excited to pick up this book, having adored another book by the author and hearing great things about it from my blogger/Goodreads friends.   And, let us just adore that description. *adores* It sounds great!

Then, I started reading. The first sentence drew me in. And I absolutely adore Maggie Stiefvater's writing. It is just so poetic and beautiful, how she brilliantly ties everything together.

The Good : 
 The whole book... oh wait...

The Characters: Oh, I love them!
Blue Sargent was the nicest thing on Earth. She just wanted everything and everyone to be okay, but you see, she also needed to understand why and how everything happened, which is just like me. In fact, she is a bit reminiscent of me. *big smiles*
Gansey... I LOVED HIM!!!!!!!!! Um, yes. He was just kinda rude and condescending but he really was nice deep down inside and he felt things.
Ronan annoyed me. To death, you hear? Ew. Hate him. (Sorry all ye Ronan lovers.)
Adam and Noah were perfect. They fit the story well and, well, NOAH *cries* Adam is not my favorite, obviously, Gansey is, but he was still quiet nice.

I have already talked about the astounding writing, so I will pass that one up.

The Plot : 
Psychics. Ghosts. Welsh Mythology. Those equal the best combination in the history of mankind. The plot moved along at a swift pace and I was like "WHATONEARTHISGOINGON" throughout the whole book which is a very good thing.
The psychic stuff was plain awesome. "I am a psychic, mwhahahaha." pretty much sums up Blue's family.  ;)
And welsh Mythology? I hardly even knew that that existed. But it is great. Times 1000000000000000000.

The Bad : 
Um..hmm... the bad...? Oh! I wish that there was not so much swearing. This was the main reason i disliked Ronan- I felt like the only words he knew were curses. But, it wasn't constant or anything, so that as good.

Rating : 5 billion out of 5 stars!

Part 2 of this post :   I am linking up!!!!!! right here

linkup rules:
1. Pick 5 to 10 book covers and give a funny/sarcastic/ingenious interpretation of what they could be saying. IMPORTANT: don't be mean! 
2. Add the blog button (above) to your post or leave a link to THIS post.
3. Add your direct URL to the linkup below (so we can all enjoy your funniness).
4. Be unconditionally awesome.

Being unconditionally awesome is so easy for me!  This will be fun!

Book #1 (try not to roll your eyes ;) )

                  Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2)   

"Help, I'm a holey doughnut!!!!"

Book #2 :
                     Code Name Verity

           "'Could you let go of my hand, freak?' 'No, I really can't!'"           

*oh dear, i am so bad this is embarrassing* 

Book #3 :

             The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)                  
               "And people used to think having 6 fingers was weird..."

 Book #4 :
                What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)
                "Why is it that people are always attracted to my nose?"

Book #5:

                    Pride and Prejudice
                     "' Get. Off. My. Dress. Or. You. Are. Dead.'"

Book #6 :

                Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3)
               "Your secrets aren't secret anymore *maniacal laugh*" 

And that would be it! I am SO EMBARASSED by my inability to come up with anything and actually considering not doing this!!!!!!!!! But.. I guess... maybe you can get a "that is so stupid" laugh out of it at least!

Please COMMENT! Talk to you later!

Which are your favorite? Least favorite? Have you read The Raven  Boys? Do any of you use BookSneeze?

Saturday, January 18, 2014


If you are my friend on  Goodreads (which you almost DEFINITELY are) you will know that I have been crying dying over a NEED FOR FICTION. And bloglings... I GOT SOME!!!!!!!! I went to the library and came back with an enormous amount of books. Absolutely enormous. only 10, but.... they are thick. Here goes nothing:

Yes, you may admire.

I got:
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Partials by Dan Wells
Fragments by Dan Wells
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken 
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

I am extremely proud of this.

Currently Reading:

Reading thanks to Meg's recommendation and Cait from The Notebook Sisters review here .  Go check out her blog, it is THE BEST, and check out her hilarious review!

Most Anticipating:

Partials by Dan Wells, and its sequel Fragments: 
I have  been recommended #1 three times exactly (smiles to my Goodreads friends) and naturally, I WANT TO READ!!!!!!!!

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken 
This is the sequel to The Darkest Minds, which i absolutely adored, and i just want to hold the book and devour it and try not to cry...

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
I have loved Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, and The Heroes of Olympus series, so I am highly anticipating his work on Egyptian mythology!   

Now, I most tell you a liiiitttllleee... about my non-fiction reads. I am very slowly working my way through

Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. *hits head on 900+ page book* OOOOWWWWW!!!!! Needless to say, I will not go around talking about this book *rubs head*

I also just finished these two non-fiction books:

AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!! I BURNT THE COOKIES!!!!!!!!! Um, yes...

Kon Tiki- 4.5 stars
Eats, Shoots & Leaves- 5 stars. 

On that strange note, and those burnt cookies, I will leave you. Have a good day!

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Which do you most want to read?