Up All Night Reading

I just finished reading Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I just can’t even put into words what I’m feeling. I really want to run into my office and grab Opposition and continue binge-reading until I’ve finished this series. But I also don’t want the series to end. Ever feel this way about a book series? You want to know what happens but at the same time you really don’t because you know that will be the end? This isn’t going to be a long post at all. I just wanted to share the fact that it’s 3:30AM and I just finished Origin and my feelings are all out of whack. I can’t wait to re-read this post when I actually wake up later today.

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Obsidian, Onyx & Opal Quotes

Since I’m not doing reviews for these books (if you don’t know why, my last blog states the main reason), I decided to do a post with my favorite quotes from the infamous duo, Kat and Daemon. These are quotes/scenes that I marked while reading these amazing books. So let’s get started with BOOK ONE!

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“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”

“Why are you such an ass?” The words came out before I could think twice.
“Everyone has to excel at something, right?”
“Well, you’re doing a great job.”

Personal Favorite —> “I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect.” His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. “The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.”

“Will you show me what you look like? You don’t sparkle, do you?”

“The day my internet was hooked up was better than having a hot guy check out my butt and ask for my phone number.” This is true on SO many levels.

“If she was mine, I’d cherish every inch of her. And I wanted to. Now.”

“I was always able to lose myself in reading. Books were a necessary escape I always gladly jumped into headfirst.”

On to BOOK TWO!

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“People who didn’t heart books didn’t understand.”

“I grabbed a bookmark off the coffee table and shoved it in the book. Dog-eared pages were Antichrist of book lovers everywhere.”

“I always liked you. From the moment you flipped me off.”

“If there is anything, there is us. You and me. No one else.”

“Oh holy alien babies everywhere!”

“I understood books. I did not understand boys – especially alien boys.”

“Memories, even bittersweet ones, are better than nothing.”

“That kind of love should’ve been able to beat sickness. That kind of love should’ve conquered anything.”

“I’m not going to do anything stupid. And even if what I plan is risky and insane, it’s a well-thought-out level of stupidity.”

Personal Favorite —> “It had insta-love, the bane of my existence. Girl sees boy and falls in love. Immediately. Soul mate, breath stealing, toes curling, love after one conversation. Boy pushes girl away for some paranormal reason or another. Girl still loves boy. Boy finally admits love.”

Lastly, BOOK THREE!

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“I know you’re upset because you worry about me, but I’m not going to be the girl who sits at home and waits for the hero to wipe out the villains.”

“He…he kisses like he’s dying of thirst, and I’m water.”

“This isn’t a book, Kat.”
I yanked on my other boot. “No, really? Crap. I was hoping you skipped to the end and would tell me what happens. I actually love spoilers.”

“Um, no. He’d kill you.”
Blake laughed.
I frowned. “I’m being serious.”
“Oh.”

“Her death and her life was a mystery. I’d known her for six months, but I hadn’t known her at all.”

“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.”

“There is nothing you can say or do that will change that. So grieve what you had to do. Mourn it, but never, ever blame yourself for things that are beyond your control.”

“It sucked – sucked worse than people who pirated books, sucked more than waiting a year for the next book in a beloved series, and sucked more than a brutal cliffhanger ending.”

“He’s like a suicidal Energizer bunny.”

“He was such an asshole, and I loved him.”

“Folding my arms, I refused to back down. Andrew never liked me. Or puppies. Or bacon.”

DONE!

I swear, typing up all of these quotes makes me want to re-read the first three books, even though I JUST read them! I hope you enjoyed reading through some of the brilliantly written dialogue between the characters of the Lux series. If you haven’t read these books, hopefully these quotes will spark your interest. I will probably be doing another one of these when I finish the fourth and fifth book in the series. Ever get that feeling where you just don’t want to finish a series because you’re going to miss the characters so much? Totally what I’m feeling right now.

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My Absence – COLLEGE

I apologize for my short absence! Unfortunately college classwork has overtaken my life. I am currently in the process of writing a 10 page research paper amid regularly scheduled weekly work. Have I said how much I love my professors? I just finished a midterm a few days ago as well, so busy doesn’t really begin to describe my current state very well. As soon as I finish writing this paper, I will look and feel just like Squidward:

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In the midst of trying to keep up with my studies, I have managed to find SOME reading time. For those of you who are interested in this, I am currently reading Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I am about halfway through it. It is the third book in the Lux series. Can we just take a moment to appreciate Daemon? Yes, I think we should. For those of you who don’t know who Daemon is, let me enlighten you! Daemon is an alien & he looks like this…

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Moving on…
I finally finished reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban the other day. This is the first time that i have ever read the Harry Potter series and I’m kind of wishing I had read the books before I watched the movies. Regardless of that, the books are still amazing and I have plans to pick up Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire soon!

I do plan to continue with my reviews but I didn’t really see the point of reviewing the Harry Potter book that I read because, let’s face it, I’m probably the last person to read that book. I won’t be doing a written review of Opal either due to the fact that it is the third book in a series. One word, SPOILERS. However, I will probably make a post with my favorite quotes from the first three books as soon as I’ve finished Opal. Devoid of spoilers. YAY!

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So, bear with me my friends! More reviews and book related things to come.

…As soon as I finish this blasted paper.

In the mean time, happy reading lovelies!

Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

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Title: Mary Hades
Author: Sarah Dalton
E-book: 286 Pages
Published: April 2014

My Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis:

Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager.

Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite…

Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement.

Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?

The first in a series of dark YA novels, Mary Hades follows on from the bestselling Kindle Single ‘My Daylight Monsters’. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure.

With some scenes of horror and some strong language, this book is best suited for readers aged fifteen and up.

My Thoughts:

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book is about a teenage girl named Mary Hades who has the ability to see ghosts and her best friend happens to be one of them. It takes place in England where Mary’s parents decide to take her on holiday after she has been released from a psychiatric hospital. During her holiday she meets a boy, Seth, and strange things begin to happen wherever she goes.  Death seems to follow Mary despite her best efforts to avoid it.

I found this book to be beautifully written. Having never read anything by Sarah Dalton before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The synopsis itself sounded appealing enough and it certainly lived up to my expectations; maybe even slightly surpassing them. It was nice to see Mary grow as a character and I really enjoyed the connection that was developed between her and Seth.  Seeing Mary develop friendships that she never thought were possible was also a great addition to the story. I’ll admit, there was a lot more death than I expected but this book would not have become as good as it is without it (That sounds a bit morbid). Dalton’s descriptive nature in her writing definitely shined in this book. I will admit that I was a bit spooked by some of the scenes that played out.

Now to explain my rating. I decided to give this book 4 stars due to the fact that when I started reading the book, I was unaware of the prequel novella, My Daylight Monsters (#0.5), that explains Mary’s past. While reading Mary Hades, I sometimes found myself to be a little lost when there were references to things that happened to her while she was in the psychiatric hospital. We don’t get a whole of detail about it, but enough to kind of develop your own ideas as to what happened, generally speaking. I would have liked to have had a little bit more insight into Mary’s past without actually having to read the novella, mainly because I wasn’t aware of the novella until I was almost done reading this book. I don’t really see a reason to go back and read the prequel novella just because I’m way past that point now and I don’t feel it necessary to learn more about what happened to her, but that’s just my own opinion.  I do, however, hope to continue on with the next book in this series as soon as possible.

Favorite Quotes:

“Death seems to trail me like the train of a wedding dress. I am the corpse bride and my loyal funeral procession nips at my ankles.”

“I wish I could ignore the worst things humans do to each other. But if we all ignored them, the victims would never have anyone to hear them.”

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

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Title: Everlost
Author: Neal Shusterman
Paperback: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1416997498
Publisher: Simon Pulse

My Rating: ★★★ (3 1/2 Stars)

Synopsis:

Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident…but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to get either. Instead, they’re caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It’s a magical yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like he’s found a home. But Allie isn’t satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the “Criminal Art” of haunting and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.

In this imaginative novel, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between.

My Thoughts:

I have read other books by Neal Shusterman before and I noticed a big difference in his writing style in this book. At least, it seemed that way to me. While I believe that this book is categorized as a young adult book, it read like a middle grade book. Despite that, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a fast read, and that probably had a lot to do with the simplicity in the writing. The story in and of itself was very original in my opinion. I don’t think that I have ever read anything quite like this before.

This story is about a girl named Allie and a boy named Nick who are unfortunately in a car accident that takes both of their lives. They end up in a type of “limbo” known as Everlost.  We follow both of these characters on their journeys: Allie’s, to find her family. Nick’s journey takes an interesting turn that I will not mention due to spoilers. I found both of these characters to be very heartwarming and I grew to absolutely love them throughout the book. Other characters that were introduced in the book, especially Lief, became some of my favorite characters because of their amazing uniqueness.

I think that this book is intended for a much younger audience, but I still found it be a very enjoyable, fast paced read. If you like middle grade books, no matter your age, I highly recommend this book. I do plan to continue on with the trilogy so that I can follow the stories of the characters that I grew to love so much in this book.

Ascend by Amanda Hocking

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Title: Ascend
Author:
Amanda Hocking
Paperback: 326 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin, Reprint Edition (Apr. 24, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-1250006332
Reading Level: YA (12 – 17 Years)

My Rating: ★★

Synopsis:

Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe.  But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it’s the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn’t the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice…who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end.

Everything has been leading to this moment.  The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it.

My Thoughts:
***CONTAINS SPOILERS***

          I prefer the first two books in this series to the last one. There was all of this built up anticipation for the so-called “war” that was supposed to happen and it ended so abruptly that I was left, mouth agape, trying to figure out why I read over 250 pages to get to, “I swung the sword down, slicing through his neck. I turned away so I didn’t have to see it, but I heard his head fall to the floor.” It was like I was on a rollercoaster looking forward to the huge drop in front of me, but instead the ride completely stopped. There was no excitement in that “war,” and I was disappointed. Where did the Amanda Hocking that I love go?

         There were a few other quotes that stuck out to me as being poorly written and left me screaming, “WHAT?!” in my head. For example, “”I don’t know Wendy.” Tove shook his head. “I don’t want you to die, but I don’t know what else to tell you.”” Huh? That lacks so much compassion that I literally wanted to punch Tove in the face. Who cares if he’s gay? I still think he should have been more upset about the fact that Wendy, at that point in the story, was most likely facing death. Don’t get me wrong, I do recommend this series and I do plan on reading more of her books but this one was just a letdown in more ways than one and to me it seems that Hocking may have rushed the ending to this series without putting as much thought into it as she did the first two books.

So many books, so little time!

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by books? Almost to the point where you don’t even know what book to pick up? I feel like this a lot because of the amount of books that I purchase, books that are sent to me for review, books that are gifted to me, books that I check out of the library, etc. Sometimes it can feel like your whole entire world is surrounded by books and there is so much pressure to read them in an allotted amount of time.

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Right now, I think I’m reading about three, maybe four, different books and I’m not even close to finishing any of them. And yet I find myself searching my libraries website for ebooks to check out. And I can’t seem to get off of Barnes & Noble’s website. Randomly, while I should be doing college classwork, I somehow end up browsing BookOutlet.com.

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So, is there such a thing as being a book “addict?” I find myself wondering this quite often because my office/library seems to be proof of it. However, the mind works in mysterious ways. For instance, I look at my shelves and almost have a panic attack, but when I enter a bookstore, I can’t hesitate to buy a book despite the knowledge of my overflowing shelves and lack of shelf space, because there is just some satisfaction in purchasing a book and knowing that it’s mine. That I can read it, cherish it, and give it a good home (as if it were a living, breathing thing). But in all honesty, for book lovers, books are just that: living, breathing things. In our minds, these books offer us something that nothing else ever possibly could — an escape. Not just from society, but from ourselves. They give us a place to turn to when we don’t want to think about how bad our day was and how we walked around all day with toilet paper stuck to our shoe and no one told us (um, for example). They are outlets. Dreams that we can experience while we’re awake.

With that I say to you book lovers out there – don’t be discouraged! You WILL get those books read one day and even if you don’t, they’ll still get the love that they deserve from other book lovers like YOU. Don’t sweat it and just enjoy the books that you have the time to read. Soak them up and let them permeate your mind. Dive into their worlds and allow yourself the privilege to appreciate what the author created just for you. It’s an amazing feeling. One that can get you through just about anything.

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