Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Starting the week write(right) #24

Starting the week write is a weekly post started here on living through pages by me where I post some quotes images and a cool fact every Monday in a matter to start the week off right and fight off the Monday blues. Feel free to join in on this weekly post just mention where the idea comes from in your post and please leave the link to your starting the week right post in the comments (though the link is not mandatory just appreciated).   


Quotes:


I'm a godmother, that's a great thing to be, a godmother. She calls me god for short, that's cute, I taught her that.” 
- Ellen DeGeneres 

 Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!”
- Audrey Hepburn

The real trouble with reality is that there's no background music
- Unknown.


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Aurelia<3

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Die for me by Amy Plum

Title: Die for me
Author: Amy Plum
Pages: 341
Publisher: Harper Teen
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again

Description taken from Goodreads.com
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Die for me by Amy Plum where to start I've been wanting to read this book for a while. I was postponing it because from the description it seemed like it was about two sisters and I assumed it would be one of those books where the big sister did everything to protect her younger sister (which isn't bad just not my favorite kind of book).
But I was wrong it is not one of those books in fact the main character is the younger sister.The second misconception I had and I'm not sure where it came from was that this book was about how the guy was destined to die for those he loved or the girl was something like that.And again that's completely not what it is. So I finally decided to start it and then I read the prologue and for some reason that just turned me off completely from this book the prologue made me not want to read the book so I once again put it aside. A week later I picked it up again determined to forget about the prologue and give it a try .And for me that was exactly the right thing to do. Personally I suggest you just skip the prologue because you aren't missing anything the same passage is repeated in the story at the appropriate time.

So after all this I have to say I really enjoyed this book it was great.It was not what I was expecting at all in a good way.It is a new kind of paranormal being that I have not seen before in YA books. And there really awesome.

The first thing I want to mention is the one thing I didn't particularly like. The world of the Revenants is very well built and the description of Paris is also very well done the only thing that is not well done in my opinion is the use of the french language.
I am completely bilingual and have gone to a french school for all my education,I don't live in France but Canada. So the the french is slightly different here In Canada than in France. But not much A bit like U.S English and Australia English. Some slight word differences and an accent that is all. So I can confidently say that the use of french is flawed on more than one place the biggest oops the author did on my opinion was the word, (which basically is what the story is centered around) Revenants.
The Main character Kate is supposedly completely fluent in french but when she hears the word Revenant she automatically says. " I know the word it means Ghost in french" Um no it doesn't. It really doesn't. Ghost in french is Fantôme definitely not revenants.
The character number two in the room with her who is supposed to be from France says "If you actually go back to the root of the word, it actually means 'one who returns' or 'one who comes back'"  Uh no not the root of the word that's just what it means.
That really frustrated me because it is completely false. I told my friend the other day at school. And we both laughed well at it.
Here is me using what Amy Plum thought meant Ghost in phrases with direct translations.(I'm not doing this to mock the author only to show my point)
 Oh mon Dieu tu est aussi pâle que un revenants (OH my god you are as pale as coming back). Crois tu au revenants.(Do you believe in coming back) Jais vue un revenants!( I saw a coming back!). Here are phrases me and my aforementioned friend who doesn't even speak English just french might actually use it on. Ok, alors en revenant du supermarcher. ( Ok, so coming back from from the super market.) Revient ici s'il vous plait (Come back here please (use of the present tense of the verb revenir )). So ghost do "come back" but here in Canada at least it certainly doesn't mean ghost. That was only example one there was more. Because this book is in first person and that the main character supposedly has perfect french than why those she get those things wrong?

Ok apart from that though the book was really good. The characters where all endearing the plot was interesting and well placed and the romance was soooo sweet. Also the paranormal aspect was also really cool and I want to know more about them in the sequel!
Kate the main character was good she had a good head on her shoulders even though two decisions she made in the book got on my nerves (which I won't tell you as not to spoil it). That's only 2 decisions for the rest of the book she is smart and likable.

Rating:  4.5 stars



Quotes:


“Stop flaunting your impeccable language skills, Vincent, help the girl to her feet and let her take her leave”
Die for me - Amy Plum

“So is this a habit of yours, leaving your bag behind in order te strike up a conversation?" He grinned and nodded at the bench where I had been sitting. Lying beneath it was my book bag. "Wouldn't it be easier to just walk up to a guy and say hello?”  
Die for me - Amy Plum


 “I had feared that love would make me vulnerable. Instead I felt empowered.”  
Die for me - Amy Plum

“You've heard of vampires?"
I nodded.
"You've heard of werewolves?"
"Of course."
"Had you ever heard of us?"
I shook my head.
"That's called 'staying under the radar,' dear Kate. It's what we're good at.”  

Die for me - Amy Plum 
 












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Aurelia <3

Monday, 22 September 2014

Starting the week write #23

Starting the week write is a weekly post started here on living through pages by me where I post some quotes images and a cool fact every Monday in a matter to start the week off right and fight off the Monday blues. Feel free to join in on this weekly post just mention where the idea comes from in your post and please leave the link to your starting the week right post in the comments (though the link is not mandatory just appreciated).   
Quotes:


  “Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.”
 Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

“Yes. Reyn is our resident horse master. He has an excellent seat."
I grinned. "I've noticed."
Reyn's face tightened and Nell flushed, looking embarrassed. "It's an equestrian term."
"Really? I thought you were talking about his ass.”
Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan



“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
- Marilyn Monroe

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Aurelia<3

Saturday, 20 September 2014

University life

So this year is my first year of university and I'm shocked by how much this changes my reading,blogging and vlogging habits. I'm so used to having a decent amount of time on my hands and now it seems like that time has flown away. I'm trying my best to read, write my book, do homework,stay in shape, work to pay off student fees and not be anti social but it's taking me an honest to goodness schedule to be able to do all these things.

             So why am I telling you this? Well it's because I'm planning on trying to post more often on the blog. I'm working out a schedule and hopefully I will post twice a week. One for the starting the week write post that will be coming back and two a review of a book and or something about writing. So now you know and if you have been reading my blog or asking yourself why has she not been posting? The answer is I wasn't managing my time well and now hopefully I will.

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The second part of this post is about books for people aged18 and up. I find there so hard to find. Yes there is YA and adult books but how often do you find a book with a protagonist of 18 or mid twentys. The answer rarely. Ya seems to be centered around younger teens and adult books seem to be centered around older people like mid thirthies. So where's the middle? That's my question. I want to make it clear that I think anyone can read any types of books if you read YA and your 50 good for you I have no problem with that. But the 18 to 20's years are years that have a lot of change, it's the transition into adult hood and I would like to have some books that touch that subject. That follow someone going through similar things to me right now.


 I've been not too satisfied with some of the YA books I've read lately. Don't get me wrong I still love them and I'm still a YA reader all the way but I felt like I needed to try something different just for a little while. So I went in search of the mystical hard to find books that I've been talking about and what do I find... not much. There's some out there not much but some maybe one of two that are not contemporary (so not much variety). Then there's many articles like this one from other bloggers looking for the same thing. There's also a decent amount of self published books with the criteria of older protagonist in between 18 and mid 20's. The last option there is if your not into self published books(which are hard to get and usually only on amazon and usually only for e-readers which I personally can't stand) is NA books New adult but the problem with these books is that they seem to be mostly centered around sex. They seem to be centered around physical attraction and less on storys. Now I've never read any NA books but I've read some synopsis's and that's what they seem like. Romance is good I love a good romance but I want a book that more than that and touches on more subjects and maybe different genres than contemporary.

So basically all this to say it would be nice to have more largely available books with protagonist's over the age of 17 but not as old as 35 something in the middle. Like Goldilocks not too hot and not too cold.

Do you reading this right now know of some books with the criteria I've been blabbing about? If s please do comment because I would love to know.

I'm currently reading the Morganville vampire series. The main charterer is 16 but she is also in college. I read it a while back loved it and so I'm reading it again. Up to know it's really good and most characters are 18 and up.Which is a nice change.



So to sum all this up. I still love YA but want to know where are these mystical books. Why are they not a thing? And if anyone is felling the way I'm felling. 


Thanks for reading

Aurelia<3

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray


Title: Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray
Pages: 328

Publisher: HarperCollins

A tragic tale about falling in love on the world’s most infamous ill-fated sea voyage as heroine, Tess, discovers darker secrets that lie beneath the doomed crossing… and a hidden brotherhood that threaten to tear her lover from her forever.

The RMS Titanic is the most luxurious ship ever built, but for eighteen-year-old Tess Davies it’s a prison. Travelling as a maid for the family she has served for years, Tess is trapped in their employ amid painful memories and family secrets.

When she meets Alec, a handsome upper class passenger, Tess falls helplessly in love. But Alec has secrets of his own… and soon Tess is entangled in a dangerous game. A sinister brotherhood that will do anything to induct Alec into their mystical order has followed him onboard. And Tess is now their most powerful pawn.

Tess and Alec fight the dark forces threatening to tear them apart, never realising that they will have to face an even greater peril before the journey is over…

New York Times best-selling author Claudia Gray delivers adventure, dark paranormal suspense, alluring romance, and a truly surprise ending, set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic's first — and last — voyage


Description from Goodreads.com
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*Note this review is based off the advanced readers copy of the book

A long time ago someone was getting rid of one of there ARC's (advanced reading copy) Naturally I jumped at the chance to get another book not only a book but an ARC which to me is just that extra special even if it's someones left overs. After my initial excitement I put it on my shelf and forgot about it for the longest time and this week I finally picked it up.

Claudia Gray's other series named Evernight. That I have read an enjoyed so I was excited to see how this one would be. I mean werewolves on the Titanic come on that screams awesome to me. I was so excited to see how she would make it work. And she nailed it! It totally worked werewolves now seem to belong on the Titanic not some two obscure subjects combined.

The setting is the Titanic and is wonderfully described a rich setting. The werewolves in the book are also well thought out and the author also adds the element of a brotherhood as a threat which I found really cool. I'll say no more on it as to not spoil anything.

The characters where also very well built and had a lot of depth to them.  I got attached to them but not as much as I could have. The main character started off as someone I wasn't sure I liked she was quiet followed the rules and got stepped on. But as the story moved on she grew on me and she grew some balls which was hugely satisfying when some certain people got what they deserved.

 When the story reaches its eventual conclusion and we all know what that is or at least a part of it. It is heartbreaking and yet all okay in then end. I say this yes just to make more suspense and encourage you to read the book. It was really a great book and with a great setting,characters and story.

Rating: 3 1/2 - 4 stars



Quotes:

“Nobody else will ever be able to save me if I’m not fighting as hard as I can to save myself.”
Fateful- Claudia Gray


“You’re strong enough to stand up to anyone. Smart enough to do anything you want. Don’t sell yourself
short; don’t be afraid of what your new life is going to offer. Because I know—if there’s any justice in this
world, good things are going to come to you. Better things than you ever dreamed.”

Fateful- Claudia Gray

“I wonder how much of the rest of his clothes I could convince him to take off, then wonder where that thought came from.
Well I guess I know.”  

Fateful- Claudia Gray

“Beauty is no guarantee of goodness.” 
Fateful- Claudia Gray
 

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Aurelia<3

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 377
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

 Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

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People have people have been telling me to read this book for a long while. I'm glad I finally did it lived up to its hype and my expectations of it.

When I first picked up this books I wasn't sure if I would like I knew everyone was raving about it  saying to just give it a try. But I held off from reading it for the longest of times because I wasn't sure I would like a book with a main character being a 12 year old boy. I can tell you after reading this books that it is not an issue. The book is fun and engaging and a overall quick read.

I love Greek mythology and that is a very present theme in this book. Rick Riordan puts more shape and story to the Greek myths. And I could see for one who does not like Greek myths that this could be a great way to get to like them or to learn about them.

One thing that I think really makes this books is Percy Jackson the main character. He is surprisingly mature for someone his age and he has the best sarcasm and wit in what he does and says. He is a strong character but also gives some comic relief in the more stressing times of the books.

One thing that I wasn't too sure about in the book was the relationship between Annabeth, Grover and Percy I found it was lacking a bit of depth there supposed to be best friends but sometimes I just didn't see it. They where more like 3 strangers that got along well. Which I guess is kind of the case at the beginning. That's just one thing that I thought. It did improve by the end of the book and I'm hoping the next books will make them closer as friends.

The adventure of the book and its characters kept me thoroughly entertained and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a light yet action packed read with lots of depth to it yet still some comedy.

Rating: 3 and 1/2 or 4 stars.



Quotes:
“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

“How did you die?"
"We er....drowned in a bathtub."
"All three of you?"
"It was a big bathtub.”


The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
 
“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

I gave her my deluxe I'll-Kill-You-Later stare.” 
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
 
“I said hello to the poodle.”
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan


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Aurelia<3

Friday, 27 June 2014

Update

Hello lovely readers,
I mentioned previously that I would be going to a writers camp for 2 weeks with no internet. Well that time has arrived I leave tomorrow early and won't be posting for a bit over 2 weeks. Good news I will have time to read and there should be a fair amount of reviews to write and post when I get back. This is just to let people know. I haven't given up on my blog I am forced to 2 weeks or more of no internet. I will be back!

Thanks for reading

Aurelia<3