It’s Almost Time!

I wanted to write something that described this year with fluffy sentiment and adventures tales, but words -like always- eluded me! Since I don’t have anything important to say, I’ll just illustrate it:

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Die Hard [Movie]

 

Based on the series Die Hard by Roderick Thorp. “Yippee ki yay” Yes, this is a serious throwback -which seems fitting for throwback Thursday – and is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I’m only going to leave a link for the best movie because doing so for all five would be…excessive.

Chocolat [movie]

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Johnny Depp has been the love of my life forever, not really, but that’s how I felt when I watched this movie, which should explain my love for it. Movies about food just do something to me, maybe it’s because I love to cook but it’s serious with movies like this, Le Chef, Waitress, Ratatouille, etc. This movie has a timeless charm and takes you to the beautiful scenery of France. Based on the novel Chocolat by Joanne Harris, which is actually a series, check out the trailer below:

ARC Review: Angelfall (The Angelborn Cycle #2) by L. Penelope

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3 out of 5 stars
★ ★ ★

Lyrix, the first new angel to emerge in a millennium, brings hope for her endangered race. But the weight of duty is heavy. As the newest and strongest, she is expected to become a Seraph, one of the stoic angel kings and queens. She dreads the prospect of losing all her emotions in the transformation, but avoiding her destiny may lead to extinction for her kind.

Wren is half-human and a second-class citizen among angels. A chance meeting with Lyrix leaves them both yearning for a life lived on their own terms. A relationship between an angel and an angelborn is unprecedented, and powerful forces oppose their union. On a journey to the human world, tragedy strikes, and Wren and Lyrix realize their love may destroy both worlds.


The Good:

The novel begins very intense. Our female lead, Lyrix, is about to give birth while her lover, Wren, is being vaporized by an angel. After this we’re taken back to the beginning to witness their relationship develop and how they arrived in their current predicament. We’re then transported to a whole new world where the angels live. It’s an interesting world, full of rules and lacking passion because these angels don’t feel anything except loathing for half-breed angels (half angel, half human). The angels don’t have any physical features and they communicate their feelings with colors, however the two main characters are Asian.

Wren, works in a specific division that deals with the lives people live before they pass away and are reborn. I found this very interesting. The idea that each life we live is viewed and cataloged by angels is different, just like the idea Ms. Penelope has about the purpose of the angel and how humans and people are linked in this quote:

It is how the Destinies learn who needs their counsel, how the Deaths know who is to die. How the Peaces know who to soothe and the Warriors know who to inflame. Each human soul needs something different in order to grow. The stream of aether connects us to them and connects our actions to their souls, which we protect and honor until they are ready to join the Flame.

The idea that angels and the half-angels are soulless and need to find a human to share their souls in order to not be banished to the wastelands, aka Hell. It’s intriguing, especially since angels don’t have souls in the biblical sense either, however these angels aren’t the same as angels described in the bible. But I enjoyed this quote because it reminded me of the movie Comet with Justin Long:

Humans who fall in love deeply enough to link their souls together find one another again and again throughout their lifetimes

I’m a big fan of forbidden love, so Wren and Lyrix being in a relationship deemed unacceptable made me very excited. There was also another component to this story, but I can’t tell without giving it away!

The Bad:

There wasn’t much to seriously complain about in this novel, but I did have some serious issues with a couple of things. My first issue began with Lyrix. She’s supposed to be a full angel, yet she’s overly emotional and curious – two things these angels aren’t. Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with this, however it’s supposed to be impossible. Regardless of this, my real problem lies in the the fact that Wren knew some seriously sexual stuff to have never had any previous knowledge on Earth or with sex. Being half-human doesn’t mean that stuff comes naturally. Which also brings me to Lyrix and Wren perving on a “couple”. This is really uncool, angels or not. This isn’t angelic behavior; it’s not even regular behavior, it’s just weird and creepy. My last issue would be that I felt disconnected with everything on a certain level. I know this book is a standalone, but there is another book before it, and reading that first might’ve been a good idea.

The Ugly:

Page length is the curse many novels are plagued with. If a novel is too long without a purpose, it becomes boring. If it’s too short and feels rushed, we’re left unsatisfied. This particular novel was way too short! We’re placed into the world of Angels rather smoothly, however once we’re  formerly introduced to Lyrix everything just escalates so quickly. I found myself swiping back (it’s an ebook) to see if I missed something. Sadly, the length of this novel left a lot to be desired and learned about the engrossing world that the angels are in.

Source: I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review

 

I Formally Challenge You!

That’s a very cryptic title isn’t it? I know. Now that you’re thoroughly intrigued I reckon it’s appropriate for me to explain what the heck I’m babbling about.

2016 is two blocks away and it’s imperative that I challenge myself or I’ll read a bunch of smut…that’s not the right word. Nonetheless, one day I was bored and decided to create a challenge for myself, and all my wonderful blog followers!

A) If you’re not interested that’s okay.

B) If you’re not to sure about certain challenges, you can pick and choose the ones you’d like to complete and begin anytime you’d like.

C) If you’re interested in the entire challenge then I hope you enjoy and tag me on here or twitter @book_addicts55. You’re impatient, I can feel it, therefore I’ll show you the challenge.

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That’s not it.

This is it:

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I know these are pretty easy (*uncontrollable snicker*), but it’s just to get the year started! It might be corny, but I would love for you guys to join me on this challenge. Although it’s unlikely I’ll complete the last one – my French is terrible and my Spanish leaves a lot to be desired – so don’t expect ME to complete 100% of it.

It’s past time that I wrap this post up and leave you to decipher if you’ll accept this challenge

 

 

 

 

Orange Is the New Black [TV Series]

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I should’ve know that the creator of Weeds would pick up the book Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman–  it’s only fitting. I loved Weeds, mainly because Silas, but I haven’t started this series yet. I know it’s terrible since this show has been trending for like four years, I’ve just been busy (not really), but the main reason is because I haven’t read the book yet. So, check out the trailer below:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

4.5 out of 5

★ ★ ★ ★

First there were ten–a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal–and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.


Originally published as Ten Little Niggers, then re-released with the title Ten Little Indians, but that was still offensive, so they finally abandoned racially charged words totally and chose the title above, And Then There Were None. I have to be honest and say that I’ve put off reading this book for about a year. I bought it, placed it on “my bookshelf” (aka my pantry) and left it there in the dark. It wasn’t purposeful and it had nothing to do with the double title change, because I knew it was supposed to be like a child rhyme or something, but it was just that I lacked the drive that gravitates me to books, to be frank it appeared dull. Boy was I wrong!

The first 30 or so pages are literally just characterization. We get an intro to all ten “victims” and see how different they all are. Ones an old religious nutcracker, another is a young reckless Adonis, then there’s a doctor and judge, not to mention a mysterious governess, an ex-cop, a criminal, a general, and a sweet servant couple. Why would they be going to the same location for the same event? What do all of these people have in common? Well that’s the question Ms. Christie answers in this novel. How people from all different backgrounds and settings and privilege could possibly have anything connecting them to each other.

For me the most intriguing element to this novel was the fact that we know the end. The death of each individual follows the children’s poem Ten Little Indians, and Christie tells us the poem so that us reading knows everyone will die. I also enjoyed the psychological viewpoint of having all these people turning on each other because they believe you were involved in some elaborate revenge scheme. Which brings me to how well the murders were planned! Having each person die like they do in the poem was genius and it just made guessing who’d go next and who the killer was that much more suspenseful.

Although, the book was marvelous I didn’t enjoy who the villain was. I’m pretty crafty when it comes to solving mysteries but with a novel like this it’s impossible to guess the culprit. Personally, I don’t find that appealing but that’s just me.

Does this review do this book justice?

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But hopefully you’ve been tantalized enough to give it a chance. This was my first Christie novel, however it won’t be my last.

 

 

 

Ruined (Untitled #1) by Amy Tintera

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Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.


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Nicholas Sparks [Movie]

Geeez!! It seems like all of Nicholas Sparks books are, or are becoming movies. Not to be negative but there isn’t much depth to most of Sparks books and they don’t translate to the big screen very well, or they transfer so well that it shows how cheesy his books actually are, although I did enjoy The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. I’ve read 3 or 4 of Sparks books, The Wedding, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, A Bend in the Road, and The Lucky OnePutting up all of these trailers would take me forever and I just don’t feel like it, so maybe you can look it up the rest.

Book Fangirling Award!

I have been nominated for the Book Fangirling Award by Charleigh’s Book Nook ! Thank you so much, Charleigh!

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This is my first blog award, but hopefully it won’t be my last.

Rules

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

Questions

What is your favourite fictional character?

I don’t honestly know if I have one. Each book I read and character I’m in the company of holds a special place in my heart. So, favorite isn’t really possible, but I can give you one of my favorites, which would be Katsa from Graceling.

What’s your top book of 2015?

This year has been terrible for me when it came to reading, but I’m gonna say And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – I know it’s super old but I just read it. However, the year isn’t up and I’m hoping to be done a couple of novels before then, so we’ll see.

How many books do you generally read a week?

It depends. The most I’ve ever read in a week was 5 (during a blizzard) and the least was none, but I think an average of  2-3 books would be accurate.

What’s your favourite book series of all time?

I’m not sure if I have a favorite book series. I did enjoy The Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You series by Meg Cabot. I also obsess over Harry Potter and the Saga series too. But The Percy Jackson series is also a winner, so I really don’t know. Good question.

What’s your favourite book of all time?

Is is too cliche to say Jane Eyre? Well, even if it is my answer is unwavering: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

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I nominate…

the orang-utan librarian

Literary Hellion

LibroLiv

Books and Messy Buns

my reading nook

Jess’ Reading Nook

My Questions

  1. LEAST favorite book read in 2015?
  2. Being a book addict, are there any new releases you’re excited about?
  3. I know you have a lot, but who’s your favorite character of 2015?
  4. A genre that you enjoy, yet don’t read enough of?
  5. We all have them, so what’s your LEAST favorite genre, and why?