Monday, 30 June 2014

The Fault In Our Stars - John Green

The Fault In Our Stars
By John Green
Reviewed by Jeff
Published: January 10th 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books
Pages: 318
ISBN: 0525478817

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. (Goodreads) it is folks, I finally read it. Some people will be like "5 stars Jeff? Whattttt" others, like Jamie, have already been all in my grill with "I told ya so's / YOU LOVE ROMANCE." However, I would have to be some horrible monster to have disliked this book, I mean...come on how could you? The romance I'm all like "yeah ok I get it, enough with the mushy junk." I'm more of a Max Mayhem kind of guy. BUT I might have a man crush on Augustus Waters, mainly because that name just radiates of Man and all things man, like old mahogany, Cuban cigars and aged scotch. When I think of Augustus I think of climbing Mt.Everest bare chested with nothing but a Swiss Army knife. I want to be his best friend and hope his wit rubs off on me. More seriously, huge fan of this writing style, and greatly appreciative that Mr.Green actually made these teenagers so far ahead intellectually of what is the norm of that age group. The witty banter was fabulous and did I mention Augustus? Well done Jamie, you win this round.

5/5 Carls

Jamie's reaction to my review

Champion - Marie Lu

Champion (Legend #3)
By Marie Lu
Reviewed by Jamie
Published: November 5th 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 369
ISBN: 0399256776

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion? 

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position. 

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything. 

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion. (Goodreads)
 This was a fantastic conclusion to the Legend trilogy!

These books are action packed and full of twists and turns! I really love how fast paced these books are, your always rooting for Day and June and I love that! I don't want to go into too much detail since this is the conclusion of the series, but I do need to say that I thought the ending was perfect! The only issue I have with these books is the romance, I just don't find it to be all that believable, the chemistry just isn't there. However, that is only a small part of these books and everything else is really great! 

I would for sure recommend this series if you like dystopians and if you are in the mood for an action filled read!

Commander Jameson

Every time anyone had to make a decision... which was all the time!

The ending!!
4/5 Albi Cats

Sunday, 29 June 2014

This Week Wrapped Up - June 23-29!

This Week 
Wrapped Up!

Hello everyone!

This is our week wrapped up! Just to give you a bit of an insight on our lives and what we've gotten up to, what we've read and things we loved!

Life Recap

This week I made a DIY Harry Potter themed mug and Butterbeer Cupcakes for Summer of Spells! I will have videos posted soon!

In animal news, Caia and Carl had another cute cuddle session and Albi showed his Canadian pride in anticipation for Canada Day! Albi also read Landline, spoiler alert, he LOVED it :)

This week went between freeing cold and super hot! I was in a winter jacket one day and the next we were enjoying the sunshine at Jeff's parents house/farm! Here are a few pictures from our weekend in the sun in Sackville :)

Reading Recap

Jamie's Reading Wrap Up

Champion - Marie Lu
Cinderella, Vol. 1 - Chris Roberson
Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover
Landline - Rainbow Rowell

Jeff's Reading Wrap Up

The Walking Dead, Vol. 4 - Robert Kirkman
Naming te Antichrist - Robert Fuller
The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Video Recap

Things I Loved

And thats about all for this week! Hope you had a wonderful week too!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Child Thief - Brom

The Child Thief
By Brom
Reviewed by Jeff
Published: August 25th 2009
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 481
ISBN: 0061671339

Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief—and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his friend for life, but his promised land is not Neverland.

Fourteen-year-old Nick would have been murdered by the drug dealers preying on his family had Peter not saved him. Now the irresistibly charismatic wild boy wants Nick to follow him to a secret place of great adventure, where magic is alive and you never grow old. Even though he is wary of Peter's crazy talk of faeries and monsters, Nick agrees. After all, New York City is no longer safe for him, and what more could he possibly lose?

There is always more to lose.

Accompanying Peter to a gray and ravished island that was once a lush, enchanted paradise, Nick finds himself unwittingly recruited for a war that has raged for centuries—one where he must learn to fight or die among the "Devils," Peter's savage tribe of lost and stolen children.

There, Peter's dark past is revealed: left to wolves as an infant, despised and hunted, Peter moves restlessly between the worlds of faerie and man. The Child Thief is a leader of bloodthirsty children, a brave friend, and a creature driven to do whatever he must to stop the "Flesh-eaters" and save the last, wild magic in this dying land. (Goodreads)
 First off, this book was the first time I've ever read a dark/gothic fantasy. Secondly it was awesome. This is a re-telling of Peter Pan / The Lost Boys and it was super intriguing! I loved the ability for Brom to stick to a lot of the major plot themes that exist in the original, but changed it enough to make it his own. The characters were very dark and very vulgar, but it was an intoxicating read. Brom is well known for his character creation and artwork, and this novel is a master re-telling of a children' novel (or adult depending on the themes you draw from it) that does not disappoint. Highly recommended.
5/5 Carls

Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday
By Colleen Hoover
Reviewed by Jamie
Published: March 18th 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 367
ISBN: 1476753164

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favourite. (Goodreads)

This book was a bit of a roller coaster! It was very captivating and it sucked me right in, that being said, it wasn't perfect and I did have a few issues with the overall story.

Things I loved about this book:

  • The writing style was fantastic, Colleen Hoover has a way with words for sure, I found myself getting lost in the story and had a hard time putting the book down at points.
  • I loved that it was told from duel perspectives. I always enjoy hearing from both the male and female leads when reading, it really gives you a fuller experience.
  • The characters, kind of.. what I mean by kind of is that I really liked the characters, I loved how different they all were and I thought that they were very relatable, I also enjoyed how they were in their 20's. I didn't however like all of their actions.
  • I loved the range of emotions that this book makes you experience, when something happy happens, you feel it, when something bad happens, you feel it even more.

Things I didn't enjoy about this book:
  • I found there was some repetitiveness in certain parts, which I felt could have just been left out.
  • The pacing did drag on a little during the middle and end of the book, and nearing the end I thought there were some very cheesy parts that I couldn't get into
  • The characters were a bunch of cheaters! ha I really can't let myself feel for these characters when I know they are doing something so wrong. I couldn't fall for Ridge, he came off as such a nice guy but when it comes down to it, he was an ass. Sydney included, for someone who had just been cheated on she sure didn't let that stop her. I understand the characters felt guilt and all that, but really in the end it comes down to being respectful to yourself and to your relationships and I just thought that was lost. 

However, overall, the book was really good and I would for sure recommend it. Even though I had some issues with the book, I still rate it 4/5 because its written so well and was very enjoyable!

The first Kiss..... 

When Maggie see the FB chat...

The ending
4/5 Albi Cats

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Waiting On Wednesday... The Infinite Sea - Rick Yancy

                      Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine highlighting upcoming releases that your SO EXCITE for!

The Infinite Sea
By Rick Yancy
Release Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 480


The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Why I'm Excited

The 5th Wave was one of my favourite books of 2013, I was completely captivated by the story and the characters. I have been waiting for this book since I put down the first book, which left off with quite the cliff hanger! The Infinite Sea couldn't come soon enough! 

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson - GIVEAWAY!

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Through to You - Lauren Barnholdt

Through to You
By Lauren Barnholdt
Reviewed by Jamie
Published: July 8th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 256
ISBN: 1442434635

Opposites attract—and then complicate—in this romantic, relatable novel from the author of Two-way Street and Sometimes It Happens.

It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And okay, smolderingly sexy.

Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything.

Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings.

Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride… (Goodreads)
 This book was sent to me for review from Simon and Schuster.

I hate giving books bad reviews, I respect the amount of work put into writing a book, but I also need to be honest in my reviews. 

When going into this book I was expecting a really cute contemporary, something light and fun. Unfortunately this is probably the biggest disappointment of a book that I have read so far this year. I couldn't get into the story at all, it felt very plain and boring and the characters were horrible. I felt like the romance had zero chemistry, I'm not even sure how the main characters fell for each other, all they ever did was fight, then they wouldn't speak for weeks, then they were back together as if nothing happened. I read this book in one day, and this happens to be an instance where I just kept reading so I could finish it. :(

I unfortunately would not recommend this book.

2/5 Albi Cats

Monday, 23 June 2014

Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3)
By Brandon Sanderson
Reviewed by Jeff
Published: October 14th 2008
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 572
ISBN: 0765316897

Who is the Hero of Ages?

To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness---the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists---is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.

Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She can’t even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans!

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave readers rubbing their eyes in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream. (Goodreads)

Holy Santa Claus shit that was perfect. DAMN YOU BRANDON FOR BEING SO IMMACULATE! (yes the capitalization was necessary). I just can't even coherently express how good and justifiable that ending was, it was perfect...and to be honest somewhat unexpected. Sanderson is seriously a brilliant storyteller, and his innate ability to sum up this trilogy is proof of that. This series is a masterpiece, and this moment so bittersweet. So utterly appreciative that I got to enjoy Mistborn, but so sad that the main plot line is over. I understand that he has more novels coming out within the Mistborn world, and I will obviously read them, but It just won't be the same.....nothing will, it was too perfect. It just continues to amaze me that Sanderson has so many of these unique and breathtaking worlds that are filled with intricate and complex characters. His ability to engulf the individual and make them feel like not just a reader, but a spectator within his world is inspiring to say the least. You honestly have not lived if you haven't read this trilogy, GET INTO IT! NOW! are and forever will be my "Hero of Ages." (see what I did there?)

5/5 Carls