Thursday, 17 September 2015

Update!

For some unknown reason I always title these posts as update.... I'm just not good at titles okay? :P

Anyway....
This week will be super busy. My cousin has come over and I'll probably be out all week....

I'm making decent progress on the Reading Challenges.. The other day I found some Scooby-Doo Team-Up Comics!!! *squeeeeeee*
So I'll probably catch up to the challenge real soon! ;)

I also got an audio book of The Invisible Man by Ray Bradbury. This will be my first audio book ever! I'll keep you guys updated...

I wanted to post another review for today... But I have no time!

I'm rushing out soon as I post this!

Stay Safe
Keep Reading!

Love you all!
oxox

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Review for Songs of the Wind by Diana Nixon - For Diana Nixon's Book Blog Tour



Songs of the Wind by Diana Nixon
(#2 in the Love Lines Series)

Blurb:

Losing Christian hasn’t been easy for Eileen. But she’s not going to give up. Now she has to find a way to bring him back from the magical dream, where he was taken by Eric Lanster. Together with her friend Evan, Eileen goes to France – Meridin’s motherland, where she hopes to find out the mysteries of the dream’s magic. In a small town named Fontainbleau they meet a wizard, who turns out to know a lot of their secrets… 
Determined to help Eileen, Evan agrees to complete some special dream piercing training. But he can’t even imagine what he has put himself into. The magic of dreams keeps a lot of secrets. The spells are dangerous and their consequences no one is able to predict. 
Friends can become enemies…
The ones they used to call their family can become traitors…
But the ones they love will always be there to help…


Review:

I read Love Lines the first book in the series last year, and the cliffhanger almost put me in a MAJOR book-hangover. Then we know how easily distracted I get. But I was super excited to get back into the world of magic and wonder of Dever!
I honestly have come to adore Diana Nixon's writing style. Its simple and yet engaging. Songs of the Wind adds more to the amazing book world the author has created and I loved getting back into it. It picks up right where Love Lines ended and it kept me hooked right to the end. In this installment you can really see the characters grow and you get to know more about their story.

Time for some AWESOME news! In the book review for Love Lines (Check HERE) I mentioned, that I'd love to see this as a movie because of all the awesome effects that this would have and guess what lovelies!?!?!??! ITS BEING MADE INTO A MOVIE!!!! Diana Nixon along with Nevermore Press have been working on a screenplay for book one!!!
Keep up with all the details on the Facebook Page!
I'm honestly SO EXCITED!!!


The BEST part of this book was Evan's POV. What can I say I'm Team Evan! ;)

Can't wait to read the rest of the series! I've got all the books and I'm going to be binge reading it next week!

PS: Update post coming tomorrow! 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Happy Release Day: Review + Giveaway for 17 Marigold Lane by RM Gilmore

New from RM Gilmore, creator of the bestselling Dylan Hart series.
17 Marigold Lane (a Prudence Penderhaus novel)
Prudence Penderhaus was just an ordinary weirdo until the day one word changed the course of her life forever.
Giving up on life, a risky move turns her world upside down and uncovers an odd boy no one knew existed. 
Trying to cope with her life at it stands, Prudence juggles her own emotions as she peels back layers of small-town secrecy that have been hiding right under her nose.
With a newfound purpose, she and her odd boy turn the town of Flintlock on its butt in the pursuit of truth. Uncovering more than she bargained for. Murder.
"My name is Prudence Penderhaus. I've never done anything remarkable. Never even bothered to look up. Until the day I realized I was dying."

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An excerpt from the story:
“You mean… she might have to lose her arm?” Mom’s voice was shrill with tears on the verge of spilling.
“We’re not even considering that at this point, so please don’t worry.” She looked at me and changed the subject. “How’s your pain? I see you’re guarding that arm.”
“Your nurse wrenched it and damn near killed me.” I had no patience for anything at that moment and wanted nothing more than to be at school with Cassius. “I’ll be fine. I just want to go to school. Can we go now?”
“You’re still in school? Excellent. That’s what we like to hear. Just be sure you take it easy, get plenty of sleep and don’t forget to eat. You’d be surprised how quickly your body can turn against you when you’re neglectful to it.” She smiled, charming and radiant; it was no wonder she went into medicine, she certainly had excellent bedside manner. “Have a boyfriend waiting to hear the good news?”
“He’s not my boyfriend.” I said too quickly. “I mean, he’s a boy and he’s my friend, but he’s not my boyfriend. He’s just a good friend that needs me.”
“That’s good you’ve got someone you’re close to. Just make sure he’s giving back what he’s taking. You’ll be needing him soon too. Someone has to grab you frappuccinos and hold your books open for you.” Her smile practically lit up the room.
“He’s not really the take-care-of-others type.”
She pulled her eyebrows in. “That’s too bad. You’ll have to show him how it’s done.”
“He’s a boy with Asperger’s. He’s not a boyfriend and he’s not a caretaker.”
She sat quiet for a long minute. Tilting her head to one side, she looked at me sympathetically. “That boy has all the potential in the world to be both of those things, and better than most boys out there, if you give him a chance.”

I hadn’t considered Cassius a boyfriend because in my head, he didn’t have the capacity. In my head, he was innocent like a child and would never have those types of needs or wants. He could hardly take care of himself, let alone me.


Review:

"Normal was boring and highly overrated."

I've been excited for this book since I read the blurb; and it did not disappoint!
This book is such a fantastic YA read. 17 Marigold Lane is a perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, loss, acceptance, and fandom references!

The thing that I loved most was probably the fandom references, from Doctor Who to The Hunger Games, and everything in between. It made the book that much more relatable and enjoyable. (#Geek #FandomForever)

I loved the characters and the storyline. It kept me hooked right from the dedications right to the end.
Sidenote - I could not believe it ended there!!! WHEN IS THE NEXT PART COMING?!

I loved the stubbornness of Pru and Cass' adorable innocence. (Also did Cassius' behavior remind anyone of Castiel from Supernatural? Am I alone in this?)

I really liked the writing style as well. It was wonderfully written, descriptive but not too descriptive.

Overall an amazing read!
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"If you love a smartass, caring, take no crap, odd teenager, you will love this book. " - Tonya, Abibliophobia Anonymous
"Loved the characters, the plot. Loved everything about it."Nicki Scalice, author Revenants in Pergatory
"I don't usually do young adult novels, but this one was amazing!." - Tara Dawn, author Sojourn
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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Back To School Haul + Tips

First off apologies my lovelies… This was supposed to be up last week… But I’ve been in the weirdest mood/funk ever and had a super busy week… I'm so behind on my reading!!

Lets get back to the post! It’s back to school season #BTS2015 and I’ve been seeing all these amazing Back to School videos and posts everywhere… So I thought I’d share my BTS Haul with you guys!

First I have to show you guys this paper cutter (I think... It could double up as a bone folder too though... :P)



I found this cute little thing while I was re-arranging some stuff to make space for my college books and generally re-organize my shelves... Isn't it cute?? I love the little elephant on the top of it!!! ♥

(PS LOVING the DSLR... Look how detailed the pic is!! Squeeee!)

Now that I've got that out of my system...
Lets get to the supplies!

I got these three folders to keep all my papers and notes tidy and neat.


I always get one of these expandable folders to keep all the loose papers, receipts and any other document or notes I might need for each semester. These come with tabs which is really convenient to sort things out and find things quickly when you need them! I found this pretty blue and black one at my local store.
I also go these document cases, which is like a box, so its sturdy and does not let the papers fold or get crumpled. Its pretty neat to carry the projects and papers that you need to submit.
In case you were wondering, the tip was to get some folders or anything that works for you to keep all those loose papers and notes sorted. Personally I sort them according to the subjects.

Next I bought some notebooks...
I got this set of six books that has different musical instruments on each of them. I thought they were really nice and pretty.

Then I decided that I did not want to lug around six books with me and instead got this..

Its a Five-In-One subject book, which was what I should have bought originally... so.....

But I have 7 Subjects so maybe I'll use the notebooks after all....

Anyway... Moving on...

I already have a bunch of pencils lying around but I got these two really nice metallic ones that I just had to get...


I got some pens.. Most of them are blue and black except for the three colored ones that you guys see there.
TIP: I find it really useful if I use different colored inks to either write like headings/pointers or even underline some important terms with them. Its easier if you have the headings/pointers in different ink when you go back to revise.


I love this set of pens, if you guys can't see, it has musical notes all over the pen, which I love! ♥



 I got this blue gel pen which had this cool scalloped topper which had me like -  gimme, gimme, gimme!!

I got these fancy-shmancy pens from dad... He wasn't using them anyway... Hehe :P



 Okay, these ones are so cool... they have a regular ball-point pen on one end and on the other they have this changeable pencil nibs, I think that's what they're called.And this has been super helpful during class when I need to jot down stuff on the notebook and then switch to write or mark something in the text. (I don't like to use pens on text books... Its just wrong to me....)


Then I got some markers for my whiteboard....
I find it useful to write stuff down a couple times like formulas and to-do lists. Its handy to have a whiteboard marker to kind of jot stuff down, and you can just erase it when you're done!


 I bought some Post-Its.. Because its handy to mark off the pages that I need to revisit or if I need to make some notes there.
I'm totally going and getting more soon!
I also got myself a new pouch because the one I had before this one was getting kinda frayed...
I absolutely love this one! It has so many pockets and is perfect to fit everything!

Finally, the planner!

I'd recommend getting a planner because it just helps you keep organized and on point for the whole year.
You can buy one or DIY like mine!
It doesn't have to be anything fancy, it just has to work for you. ☺
Can you guys see the little heart paper clip poking out from the page there?
I made a bunch of those too... I thought they looked so cute!


Lemme know if you guys want to see any BTS DIY or any DIY in general. Always there if you guys need to talk.

PS: Comment and let me know if you would be interested in getting a custom bookmark maybe? I would love to do a giveaway for that!

Have a great school year my lovelies! I love you guys! ♥