Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Five Goals/Resolutions for 2015!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Don't have a set amount of books to read as a goal. 
My first year of blogging, I somehow managed to read over 100 books and I was so amazed with myself because I absolutely loved reading and I never even got into a slump. That changed this year, I've barely read 50 books and I found some of my books boring and that lead to horrible slumps that lead to really slow reading that would last anywhere from a few days to a few months. I really don't want that to happen again.

2. Read only books I actually want to read.
Recently, I started clearing up my TBR pile by getting rid of books I wasn't really interested in reading anymore. It's just a waste of space that could be filled with books I actually want to read. I don't want to force myself to read something that I have no interest in reading. Plus, it's easier to look at a smaller amount of books to read rather than a large pile of books to read because it's much less intimidated.

3. Actually keep up with blogging!
I want to try to blog an entire year without any random breaks because of school or sports or anything. If that means scheduling ahead, then so be it. I want to try to keep up for once instead of lagging behind! I feel so bad when I disappear for a while because I'm so busy, and it's not fair to all my readers!

4. Maybe start a BookTube channel.
I've been wanting to start a BookTube channel for so long-maybe now's the time? Sometimes I think I may enjoy making videos more than writing, but I absolutely adore writing so I'm not sure!

5. Try to go outside more.
Being a book lover and also a video game-aholic leads to much time spent inside. I should really try to get outside more because I really do love going outside and going on hikes and adventures!

What are some of your goals for 2015?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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I've been following Zoella on YouTube for what feels like ages, so I can't wait to finally read this book! It just sounds so good and I've actually even heard that it surpassed sales of the Harry Potter books in the UK in the first week or something like that! That's really impressive.



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I've been waiting for so long for the final book in this trilogy to come out! I read the first two books so long ago it feels like, so I really need to get my hands on this book so I can try to stop my neverending worries that were caused by the major cliffhanger at the end of book two. 


Even in Paradise
I really haven't seen this book around much which really surprises me! I've been wanting to pick this one up since I first heard about it. It seems to have a kind of Gossip-Girl vibe!


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 I'm a huge fan of Scott Westerfeld, so I'd read absolutely anything he wrote. I definitely want to read this one-it's sci-fi!



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 I've been hearing so many great things about this one! Plus, the premise sounds so great. It's even told in two different perspectives in two different time intervals!



The Merciless
I've been hearing that this one is super duper creepy... I love reads like that! I'd love to read this one late at night. 





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 I haven't read anything by Nina Lacour, though I really want to read The Disenchantments as well. I've heard that this one has a lot to do with movies and I'm a movie junkie!




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I also haven't read anything by Morgan Matson, though I've never heard a bad thing about any one of her books. This one sounds like the perfect contemporary! 




Love Letters to the Dead
 I find this premise really unordinary and that really makes me want to give this one a shot! It sounds cool and interesting.



To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
I recently read Jenny Han's Summer series and I absolutely adored it! I've been recommended by many people to check this one out-so that's exactly what I'm going to try to do! 




What books would you not mind Santa bringing this year?










Book Review: Of Neptune by Anna Banks

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Title: Of Neptune
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Source: Won
Edition: Hardcover (330 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mermaids

Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma's grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.
Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn't sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean-living Syrena and the land-dwelling, freshwater counterparts. They didn't bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn't expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love, but their ocean kingdoms.

In the third installment of the Syrena Legacy, Emma is told by her grandfather about this town that she and Galen should really visit. So what do they do? They pack up and go on vacation there. Once they get to this town, they find that it's actually filled with tons of people just like Emma-they're all half-breeds who happen to live peacefully among other humans (their town is even a hot tourist spot that humans love to visit!).

Emma, of course, is quite happy to see that their are others like her out there and that she's not alone. Galen, on the other hand, is less excited. He's worried that Emma will find a guy that she believes is better for her since they have the same amount of years to spend with one another or they will have more in common. There's also this guy named Reed who they meet right after the bat, and Reed has a keen liking for Emma. Of course Emma doesn't feel the same for Reed (obviously), though jealousy can be cruel.

I loved this book even more than the first two installments in this fantastical series. I adore the relationship between Emma and Galen even more than I did before-they really are always going to be there for each other and always love one another. They've definitely grown as people and have learned to overcome many obstacles together. I did really like Reed a lot too. He was a really good guy and he respected that Galen and Emma were together enough to not do anything irrational though he did flirt with Emma quite often. The ending of this book was really amazing as well, and this is definitely going down as one of my all time favorite series. It's not often that I find a trilogy that I rate every book in the series 5 stars. I think the last time I did that was with The Hunger Games and that was over 2 years ago! I definitely suggest picking up this series because there's really something in it for everyone: there's romance, mythology, and even fantasy.

Notable Quotes:

"Emma, I will love you with every breath in my body and beyond my own death. I swear to be your shield, your protector, your worshiper. There is nothing I will deny you. I am yours."

Recommended for fans of:
Mythology
Percy Jackson

Rating:

Have you ever read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Book Review: Of Triton by Anna Banks

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Title: Of Triton
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Source: Won
Edition: Hardcover (246 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mermaids

Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she's a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half-Breeds should be put to death.
As if that's not bad enough, her mother's reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms-Poseidon and Triton- against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen's request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself-and her Gift-to save a people she's never known?
Of Triton is the second installment in Anna Banks' Syrena Legacy series. Let me just tell you-this book was even better than the first! I loved it so much. At the end of the first book, Emma found out that her mom was actually the princess of Poseidon and is the wife to Galen's older brother, Grom-which could be kind of creepy considering they both fell for people in the same family-but it's still pretty cool.

Emma, being the half-breed that she is, isn't really accepted under water even though she is part Syrena. It's not like she asked to be the way that she is. Another thing about half-breeds is that they do live longer than the average human but they only live about half as long as all the other Syrena, which makes Galen really upset because it means that he will have to lose the love of his life only halfway through his own.

In the beginning of this novel, Emma's mom has herself and her daughter on the run because she thinks that Galen is going to try to get her arrested for killing her brother Grom, even though he's really not dead. Of course, Grom and Emma's mother, Nalia, end up meeting up again and they're still deeply in love with one another which is absolutely lovely.

This series just keeps getting better, and I'm quite positive that I'll love the third book just as much as this one, if not even more. I love the characters-Emma and Galen-and the entire kingdom and world that Anna Banks has created. I have been drawn in since page one of Of Poseidon and I absolutely can't wait to read more. Plus, this book has the addition of reading through Galen's point of view, which was really cool! I loved reading Galen's thoughts and switching between Galen and Emma.

Notable Quotes:

"I wonder how many tears the ocean has swallowed, how much of the ocean is actually made of tears."



"It's one of those moments where life seems to pause, and the universe opens its mouth and vomits comprehension on you."

Recommended for fans of:
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Paranormal Romance
Mermaids

Rating:

Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Book Blogger Interviews Sign-Up!

So, on my blog I love doing interviews with other bloggers to showcase other really wonderful blogs out there in the blogosphere. I'm opening up the sign-ups again, so if you'd like to sign-up, just email me and answer the questions!

My e-mail: downrightdystopian@gmail.com

Anybody can sign up for these, as long as they are interested in books! You could be running a new blog or an old one, or you could even be an author!

Here are the questions:

1. Hardcover or paperback?
2. Book or e-copy?
3. Library or book store?
4. New books or used books?
5. If you were in a book, which type of character would you be?
6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you?
7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet and why?
9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?
10. Which character in a novel most resembles you and why?
11. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?
12. Besides reading, what are some of your other favorite hobbies?
13. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
14. What's your favorite book cover color?
15. How do you organize your books on your bookshelf?
16. What's your favorite genre of music? Your favorite bands?
17. What are some of your favorite bloggers or booktubers?
18. What's your least favorite genre and why?
19. Who's your favorite author?
20. Do you like to listen to music or snack on food  while you read, or do you like it really quiet?
21. How many books do you usually read at a time?
22. If you were allowed to have a party and you could invite any three book characters, which three book characters would you invite and why?

Also, feel free to write a little introduction about yourself or include any pictures that you'd like me to include in the interview! It's that simple! You also don't have to answer all of the questions, you could just pick a few of your choosing.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: September 30, 2008
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (312 pages)
Genre: Paranormal

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack-who has already killed Bod's family...

This book follows a child named Nobody Owens, whose family was murdered when he was just a wee toddler. He survives this murder and toddles on into the graveyard, where a ghost family decides to keep him and watch over him as he grows older. Bod only knows about this life in the graveyard, because he never really leaves the graveyard at all. He knows about the supernatural yet not about what the real world is actually like.

I really enjoyed this book because it was so different from anything I've ever read before. Neil Gaiman has this way of writing that just keeps you hooked on every little word, every little pause, every little sentence. It's just so amazing. I know for sure that I'll have to read more Neil Gaiman. Bod was such an awesome character too, and I loved learning about his family and the supernatural along with him, and the way that he was schooled, and the way that he had someone that was always looking over him in the Graveyard.

I feel like this book was just such a wonderful fantasy read, kind of along the lines of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter, both of which I grew up reading so it was kind of like a nice way to go back to then. I really need to read more books like this. This novel also has many illustrations strewn throughout, which is a really fun addition to the story. It helps you envision the world and characters that Gaiman is creating. Overall, it was just a really good book.

Notable Quotes:

"You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over. You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished."


"You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it."

"Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken."

"It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean."

Recommended for fans of:
Harry Potter
A Series of Unfortunate Events

Rating:
Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Book Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

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Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Source: Won
Edition: Hardcover (324 pages)
Genre: Paranormal, Mermaids

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen-literally, ouch!-both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...
Lucky for me, I won this entire series in a giveaway, which I was super excited about. When I won the books I put them on my shelves and couldn't help but pick them up to read soon after. Of Poseidon is the first book in this marvelous trilogy. The story tells the tale of Emma, who is on vacation with her friend on the beach, though her friend is killed in the water. Suddenly Emma finds that she can talk  to sea creatures, though she's sure she was imagining it, because the shark hurt her friend but not her.

This guy named Galen, after running into Emma, felt something special when he saw her. He's sure that she's a Syrena though he's not completely positive, though he also believes that she can talk to creatures of the water. Since he's so sure of this, he ends up going to her school which kind of freaks Emma out a bit.

You see, the thing is, Galen is the prince of the Syrena, which are mermaids. The Poseidon and Triton kingdoms had been trying to come together through marriage for the longest time, so Galen needs to see if Emma's powers are true so that those two kingdoms can finally unite instead of spreading war between one another. I don't want to say too much and end up spoiling the story!

I absolutely loved this novel. It was full of adventure and mythology and all-things-interesting. I loved Galen and Emma's love story and I was rooting for them the entire time. I just loved it so much. I've never really read a mermaid story that I loved, so I was quite surprised to find how blown away I was by this novel. The ending was such a horrible cliff hanger! I can't wait to pick up the next book and finally read it to see what happens next.

Recommended for fans of:
Mythology
Percy Jackson

Rating:
Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Feature & Follow (17)

It is #FF Time! Feature & Follow – Get Your Hop on!
Do you decide in advance what you read for the coming week or month? Why/why not?
I don't actually! I always just decide what I'm going to read in the spur of the moment. If I plan out what I'm going to read, I never decide to stick true to the plan!

I prefer GFC and Bloglovin', though Twitter, Linky, and Feedburner are okay too. Thanks for stopping by!

If you follow me, be sure to tell me in the comments and I will follow back!
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Review: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

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Author: Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Source: Won
Edition: ARC (316 pages)
Genre: Contemporary

For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray's goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now... not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn't even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart's desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie-at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie's souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them...

I picked up this book because I really wanted to read something contemporary, which is strange because I'm never in the mood to read something contemporary! I had heard quite good things about this book, and I've read and loved some of Lauren Myracle's past novels, so I thought this was the perfect pick.

The main character of this novel, Wren Gray, is the perfect child. She always does what her parents want her to and she does exceptionally well in school. She also hangs out with the more popular crowd. It's Wren's last year at school, and her parents really want her to go to this college, though Wren really wants to go internationally to help the world and volunteer with those less fortunate. She doesn't know how to possibly tell her parents this, because her parents are meant to be pleased by everything she does, and she knows this will do the exact opposite. Since it's her senior year, Wren finds that maybe she should branch out a bit, because she does always please her parents... maybe it's time for a bit of a change.

Charlie Parker, a guy who hangs out with the less popular crowd, is absolutely amazed by Wren. He says that he has loved her since he first saw her, which Wren feels the same about him. One day when he goes to the hospital, he meets Wren there, who works part time as a volunteer. They begin talking and find that they both really like each other, and a relationship begins to bloom.

The only problem really was Starrla. Starrla is Charlie's ex, though she seems to have just used him so that she could do whatever she wanted to him, though what Charlie felt for her was real, it seems as though she didn't really feel anything for him, she just liked having him and using him. This is extremely difficult because even once Wren and Charlie get together, she sees what's going on and tries to put a stop to it by getting in between them whenever she can. She was definitely my least favorite character, because she should've realized what she was doing to poor Charlie.

I really enjoyed this book, because I found it to be quite gripping for a contemporary. I thoroughly liked all of the characters and their backstories, so I'm glad that I decided to pick this book up for a read. Wren and Charlie's relationship was very beautiful, and I loved that Charlie and Wren could really help each other with their lives and just always be there for one another. I'll definitely be picking up more of Lauren Myracle's novels in the future.

Recommended for fans of:
Jenny Han
John Green
Rainbow Rowell
Sarah Dessen

Rating:
Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

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Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 16, 2011
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (291 pages)
Genre: Contemporary

It's been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseperable ever since, even attending the same college--only, their relationship hasn't exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It's time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.

Though I really didn't care much for the first book, the sequel left me eagerly waiting for more of this marvelous story. Therefore, I loved this conclusion to the trilogy even more than the prior books. In this third addition to the Summer series, Jeremiah and Belly are finally a couple. After helping Conrad study for his tests, they found that they actually like each other to be in a relationship, and Conrad's approval pushed Belly even more to go with Jeremiah.

Jeremiah is really kind to Belly and he knows that he wants to be with her forever. Belly seems to try convincing herself that Jeremiah is the one for her and that Conrad is in the past and always will be. It's got to be weird being with your ex's brother. Jeremiah and Belly go to the same college and spend many nights together, though Jeremiah begins to kind of be rude to Belly as he always is spending time with his friends partying and drinking; Belly just doesn't like that.

I found this book to be even more interesting than the first two books. I loved how they were finally in college and times had changed greatly. I also loved how Conrad finally came into the story and actually started talking to Belly again. It was really sweet of him. Obviously, I've always liked Conrad much better than Jeremiah, because I feel like Conrad just treats Belly more kindly and with more respect than Jeremiah ever will.

I thoroughly enjoyed this series, so I will definitely recommend it to people! It's a good summer read, or a good read if you're looking for something fun and light and fluffy. I also can't wait to read more by Jenny Han, because her books are really quite enthralling.

Recommended for fans of:
Rainbow Rowell
John Green

Rating:
Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Waiting on The Conspiracy Of Us!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
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To fight her destiny as the missing heir to a powerful and dangerous secret society, sixteen-year-old Avery West must solve an ancient puzzle in a deadly race across Europe. Forbidden love and code-breaking, masked balls and explosions, destiny and dark secrets collide in this romantic thriller, in the vein of a YA DaVinci Code.
Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada at the Champs-Elysees when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war.
They are part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle of Twelve, and Avery is their missing heir. If they discover who she is, some of them will want to use her as a pawn. Some will want her dead.
To thwart their plans, Avery must follow a trial of clues from the landmarks of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul and through a web of ancient legends and lies. And unless she can stay one step ahead of beautiful, volatile Stellan, who knows she's more than she seems, and can decide whether to trust mysterious, magnetic Jack, she may be doomed after all.

The Conspiracy of Us will be released on January 13, 2015 by Putnam Juvenile.