Monday, 28 October 2013

Starting the week write (right) # 3





Hello readers im not sure about you but ive been super busy this last week so much to do including getting ready for Na No Wri Mo that starts in 4 days!!! Another things to get excited about if youre a fan of shadowhunters and cassandra clares writting the shadowhunters codex comes out tommorow I Can't Wait! For more information on The Shadowhunter Codex and why Im so excited check out the previous post I made on it. Now lets start the week write.


Fact:
www.wheredobookscomefrom.com
On this site Lauren Oliver author of Delerium,Liesel and Po,The spindlers, Before i Fall describes the process of publishing a book from the idea to the cover art to the printing of the books. Its pretty interesting.


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Quotes

"Cross my heart and hope to die.'
''Although technically you don't have a heart. And technically you are already dead."

Derek Landy - Skulduggery Pleasant.

"Tomorrow will be better."
"But what if it's not?" I asked.
"Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better." 

Morgan Matson - Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

 “Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection." He paused to reconsider that. "Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try." (Adrian)”
Richelle Mead - Bloodlines



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Images:


 I had to, with The Shadowhunter Codex coming out tommorow the image is adorable.Though I would have liked if they added Will from The Infernal Devices to the picture. So who likes Jace and Will ?

I love this so much.<3




In honour of Halloween This week. :)









Thanks for reading





Aurelia <3

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush

 Title: Altered
Author: Jennifer Rush
Pages: 323
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers


When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away


 Description from Goodreads.com
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When I read the synopsis for altered I knew I wanted to read it. The plot seemed really interesting. And I was right this book was great all the characters where great and well developed. They all had there own personality. The boys where all adorable in their own way making it a joy to read and the romance was also present and really sweet.



Spoiler
The fact that Sam was in love with Annas sister I though was a bit weird at first but by the end it got used to it since Sam doesn't really remember her and im not sure if it will cause some differences in the future if he remembers so we will have to see. It could get more awkward.



The plot was interesting but not what I expected instead of a paranormal romance centered on those aspects and running away which was still a large aspect of the book. It also gave a very mystery novel feel and I loved that Jennifer Rush added that not only are the boys trying to find there identities but there are more secrets around like the corporation that altered them what are they planning what are they really all about and some other mysteries too it really kept you guessing throughout the whole book and the ending really surprised me I should of seen it coming but I didnt and totally fell for that thing that happened at the end I know im really vague but I don't want to spoil it for you so you will have  to discover that thing yourself :).  All I can say is pay attention to some of the smaller things they might be important.

Other than that I felt that the book progressed really smoothly not too many slow parts or action scenes as goldilocks would say just right. I was thinking that this book would fall more under the paranormal aspect but its really more focused on the genetically engineered thing which is also an interesting thing that I personally haven't seen a lot of in Ya literature the only other one I can think of is the Denazen series by Jus Accardo see my review here. But it think its a really cool concept and would like to read more of those types of novels after liking altered and the Denazen series so much.

The next book in this series also looks so very good and im excited to read it seems like Jennifer Rush has brought a whole new interesting plot to the sequel though it is not released yet and will not be until January of 2014. Why must authors do this to us?

To summarize this book was great I loved the concept and the mystery aspect to it and the great characters. I would recommend it if you like books about paranormal or genetic alterations.



 Quick review:

- Great excited for the next books
- Characters where good was not expecting the end
- Cool mystery
- Less paranormal and more genetically engineered
- Cool twists
- Lovable characters
- well paced

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And like always here are some quotes from the books:

“You lost your shirt, Sam?”
“Anna was looking over the tattoo.”
“Yeah.” Nick grunted. “It looked like it.

Jeniffer Rush- Altered


“I think he’s delirious,” Cas said.
“Don’t die on me,” I ordered.
“I wouldn’t dream of it,” he said right before he passed out.”  

Jeniffer Rush- Altered

 
“That's what hope was. Clinging to something you weren't sure would ever be yours. But you had to hold on anyway, because without it, what was the point?”
Jeniffer Rush- Altered



“We’re here to see Connor,” Dad said.
The woman nodded and hit a button on the control panel. “You’re set to go down.”
“Thank you, Marshie,” Dad said. He motioned us over to a door beneath the staircase.
Nick leaned in. “ ‘You’re set to go down’?” he echoed. “That’s comforting.” 
Jeniffer Rush- Altered

“You found anything?" Nick said.
"I found a twig.”
Jeniffer Rush- Altered


Thanks for reading



Aurelia <3 

Monday, 14 October 2013

Starting the week write (right) #2


Starting the week right is a feature on this blog meant to fight off the Monday blues and start off the week right with a smile. For more information check out the first Starting the week write post.



Hello and welcome to another starting the week right post. For everyone celebrating thanksgiving today happy thanksgiving !


Today's fun fact :

 Did anyone notice that The Mona  Lisa painting by Leornado da vinci doesnt have any eyebrows? I didn't for a long while. I wonder why ?








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Quotes:



She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.
Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell



“I guess that's what saying good-bye is always like--like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you're in the air, there's nothing you can do but let go.”
Lauren Oliver - Before I Fall

Oh my god. Regret cake? whatever was about to happen must be truly evil .
-Rachel hawkins hex hall


“Saying ‘I notice you’re a nerd’ is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?’ In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even ‘lame’ is kind of lame. Saying ‘You’re lame’ is like saying ‘You walk with a limp.’ Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he’s done all right for himself.”
― John Green

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Pictures:







 You see grammar is important in some cases.






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Aurelia <3






 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Waiting on Wenesday # 1


 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill At Breaking the spine. In which Readers share there most anticipated reads.(image for waiting on Wednesday found on google images all credit for image to the image owner. )

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 Hello Reader this is my first waiting on Wednesday post. I'm probably not going to do this every week but this week I heard about Julie Kagawa's new novel on dragons and I could not contain myself I had to share it.


 If you had not read The Iron King the first book in The Iron Fey series By Julie Kagawa your missing out it was such a good book I loved it and my friends who read it loved it too. That's why I'm so excited for this book it sound really cool this book is a dragon book it kind of makes me think of the book slayers by C.J Hill from the description. ( synopsis of slayer: link here on Goodreads.com  ) and I really loved that book. I read it before starting the book blog and the book stayed with me for days.
                      So to summarize all that a book by Julie Kagawa ,about Dragons,Synopsis reminding me of Slayer by C.J Hill a book I loved.With what seems to be romance. Count me in! I can't wait.
Here's the description.


Title: Talon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 28 2014
dragons battling an ancient order of dragon slayers in a contemporary setting. TALON, the first book in the similarly named series, will be published on October 28, 2014.


The series revolves around dragons with the ability to disguise themselves as humans and an order of warriors sworn to eradicate them. The dragons of TALON and the Order of St. George have been at war with each other for centuries. The fabled creatures, whose existence is unknown by the general public, are determined to rule the world. Their foes, a legendary society of dragon slayers, are equally bent on driving the fabled beasts into extinction. However, when a young dragon and a hardened slayer unknowingly befriend each other, it has severe repercussions for both organizations.

Description from Julie Kagawa's site



It seems so far away and the cover is not even released yet, but that doesn't stop me from being excited.
If you want to see the original post on Julie Kagawa's site and I sugest it she talks about some more things regarding the book. Here is the link

Also I had to put this picture since where talking about dragons. It just makes me smile.




Thanks for reading



Aurelia <3

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Review- Half blood by Jennifer.L. Armitrout



Title: Half blood
Author: Jennifer.L. Armitrout
Pages: 281
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press


The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals--well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Description from Goodreads.com

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I loved this book...For some reason that's all that's coming out when I try to write this review it might be because I don't know where to start. And I still don't so I will just start with a random point. Inside this book there was a great world built and unlike most paranormal fiction (thought its becoming more frequent ) where the story starts with the main character not knowing anything and then someone mysterious comes and explains it all to them ,that there part of some mythical world. Which is a good way to present the world and introduce the reader to the unique world of the book the rules of the paranormal  world and other important things.This book started with the main character already in the know, already a veteran of the supernatural world of half bloods and pure's. I personally really enjoy it when books start the way I mentioned previously where the character gets introduced to the new world as the same time as you even though Ive seen it presented that way very often. So I was not sure when this book started with the girl already in the world already knowing the rules and already having a bit of her story passed when the first book starts not knowing if I could immerse myself into the world well. But the author did a fantastic job of still making you feel part of the world and making you feel like you knew what was going in the book world. And the other fact that some events had happened before the start of the book actually made it more interesting instead of just having puzzles(as in mysteries) in the present there where the mystery of what happened in the past and the author just picked you up and dropped you right in the middle, where the action was really starting to escalate. She did that without making the reader feel overwhelmed, which I consider a success. That events had already passed before only added deapht to it.

The community setting created between the half's and pure's was really cool. And Jennifer.L. Armitrout went deeper adding characters such as the half blood that could bring judgement to the pure's and the  history of the book worlds past.It makes it a strong and believable world. There was also the whole political setting  with government, committees, people in charge ect... and again that helps you get really into the world that Jennifer.L. Armitrout created.
 Character wise they where great and you really could really connect with them I know I say this in many of my reviews but that's one thing that I find pretty important in a book it's what makes you emerse yourself more into a story when you feel that you know the characters like a friend and if the narrator is good the you can really get into the story. And that good characther aspect was present in this book. If I had to rate the characther building I would give it an 8 out of 10.
The romance in the book was also good. The training scenes where cool the main character was strong and spunky an aspect I like in a book.

But honestly I don't know what else to say about this book I don't know how to describe why I liked it. Yes the stuff said above was true but there was a unnameable thing added to it that I cant explain and it has appeared though a number of book I read.When I finished it I had a smile on my face and you don't really always need to know what aspects made you like a book sometimes its okay to just like a book because you do. My philosophy teacher would say I'm not saying anything right now and to look deeper into the subject to see what is the thing that makes me like it. And I agree most time its good to look deeper into a thing not accept what is normal and what your told and make a theories for yourself but I also think that sometimes its okay to like somethings just because you do just because it made you smile. So that's my opinion I went a bit off the topic of the book but I wanted to back up my point a bit.

Rating: 4 stars




Quick review
- I liked it
- Good characters
- Great world building

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And here are some quotes from the book taken from Goodreads.com :



“Okay. I’m ready to move onto something else, like practicing with knives or defense against the dark arts. Cool things.”
“Did you just quote Harry Potter?”  

 Jennifer.L. Armitrout - Half blood

“Seth glanced back over his shoulder at the door. “Alex, you’re starting to worry me. Insult me… or something.” 

 Jennifer.L. Armitrout - Half blood 

“You need to know about love. The things people will do for love. All truths come down to love, do they not? One way or another, they do. See, there is a difference between love and need. Sometimes, what you feel is immediate and without rhyme or reason.” She sat up a little straighter. “Two people see each across a room or their skin brushes. Their souls recognize the person as their own. It doesn’t need time to figure it. The soul always knows… whether it’s right or wrong.” 
Jennifer.L. Armitrout - Half blood



“Need covers itself with love, but need… need is never love. Always beware of the one who needs you. There is always a want behind a need, you see.” 
 Jennifer.L. Armitrout - Half blood 


“Did you think he was just some lazy pure-blood who needed protection?” His voice dripped sarcasm.
“Well he looks like one! How was I supposed to know he was secretly Rambo in Dockers?” 

 Jennifer.L. Armitrout - Half blood



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Aurelia <3

NaNoWriMo 2013 #1:






Hello blog readers this is a post letting you all know that I have decided to participate in NaNaWriMo this year. For anyone who does not know what NaNoWriMo is its an acronym for National Novel Writing Month basically the goal is to right a novel in the month of November more specifically 50,000 words. I know it might sound to some people like "what? that's crazy" and to other people like me it sounds like "that's so cool I want to try". But like I said I'm one of those people who think it would be awesome to give it a shot.It sounds very interesting and a good challenge and through out the month there's some inspirational texts from authors and other things to motivate you. If you want more information go to the NanoWriMo site the link is here.

So why am I saying all this? Well its because it means that during November I will not be posting as much. I'm still going to post things but what I do post will probably be on my NanoWriMo experience my word count, my story, my goals ect...

If your doing NanoWriMo good luck to you too  :)  it's still a month away but I'm already working on my plan for the novel. Its my first year doing it so I'm not sure what to expect but I'm going to do my best. Like I said I will be posting on my progress so if your interested definitely come by the blog to check it out and if you want let me know how your word count is going if your participating feel free to comment.



Thanks for reading



Aurelia <3

Monday, 7 October 2013

Starting the week write (right) # 1

 
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Hello readers,nice of you to stop by.I have decided to start a new feature here on the blog called starting the week write(right) get it starting the week write.(pun intended)Im not sure about you but I know that every Monday I feel kinda sad and I dread going back to another week of school and work.Im a person who gets affected with the monday blues and I'm sure I'm not the only one.And thats where my idea for starting the week write came from ,something that people reading the blog can look forward too on Mondays and hoppefully fight off some of those Monday blues.The goal is to make the reader smile and or laugh.So they can start the week right.

This post will be posted every Monday or Thats my goal anyways.
If it interests you to put this feature on your blog please do it would be great to spread the fighting of the Monday blues.All I ask is that you please give credit to my blog in your own post.Thank you.Also it would be great to know if I succeeded in brightening someones day so if you want please leave a comment telling me if it did.

So here it goes my plan is to every-week have a interesting fact,some funny quotes, and some pictures I found most entertaining.And sometimes a link to a article or something that I found interesting.Of course the format may change depending on the amount of work I have that week (since im still a student) and what I'm able to find.OK Enough talking.Let's jump in.


Interesting fact: The word Monday comes from old English Mōnandæg and middle english Monenday and it means moon day.Why moon day? Well according to a site i found the days of the week where named after the sun the moon and the five know planets(which where in turn named after the gods Ares, Hermes, Zeus, Aphrodite, and Cronus.)that was for the Greeks.They called the days of the week the days of the gods. Pretty cool right. So you can maybe guess Sunday is sun day and Monday is moon.
Not only that but it seems that Monday is moon day(or the day of the moon god) in many cultures such as in Japan,Korea,India ,Germany and Thailand.

Here a list of the meaning of all the days in the week you don't need to read it Em just a history nerd and I find it pretty cool. I got this list off http://www.crowl.org/lawrence/time/days.html I'm not sure if its a reliable site for information I just found it on google but I have checked numerous other sites and they all seem to be saying the same thing.Saying that I have tweaked the list a bit so it would not be as long.And taking off the information I was not sure was true.

Sunday -- Sun's day

Middle English sone(n)day or sun(nen)day
Old English sunnandæg "day of the sun"
Germanic sunnon-dagaz "day of the sun"
Latin dies solis "day of the sun"
Ancient Greek hemera heli(o)u, "day of the sun"

Monday -- Moon's day

Middle English monday or mone(n)day
Old English mon(an)dæg "day of the moon"
Latin dies lunae "day of the moon"
Ancient Greek hemera selenes "day of the moon"

Tuesday -- Tiu's day

Middle English tiwesday or tewesday
Old English tiwesdæg "Tiw's (Tiu's) day"
Latin dies Martis "day of Mars"
Ancient Greek hemera Areos "day of Ares"

Tiu (Twia) is the English/Germanic god of war and the sky. He is identified with the Norse god Tyr,
Mars is the Roman god of war.
  Ares is the Greek god of war.

Wednesday -- Woden's day

Middle English wodnesday, wednesday, or wednesdai
Old English wodnesdæg "Woden's day"
Latin dies Mercurii "day of Mercury"
Ancient Greek hemera Hermu "day of Hermes"
 Woden is the leader of the Wild Hunt. He is identified with the Norse Odin.
Mercury is the Roman god of commerce, travel, theivery, eloquence and science. He is the messenger of the other gods.
  Hermes is the Greek god of commerce, invention, cunning, and theft. He is the messenger and herald of the other gods. He serves as patron of travelers and rogues, and as the conductor of the dead to Hades.

Thursday -- Thor's day

Middle English thur(e)sday
Old English thursdæg
Old Norse thorsdagr "Thor's day"
Old English thunresdæg "thunder's day"
Latin dies Jovis "day of Jupiter"
Ancient Greek hemera Dios "day of Zeus". Thor is the Norse god of thunder. He is represented as riding a chariot and wielding the hammer Miölnir. He is the defender of the Aesir,Jupiter (Jove) is the supreme Roman god and patron of the Roman state. He is noted for creating thunder and lightning.
  Zeus is Greek god of the heavens and the supreme Greek god.

Friday -- Freya's day

Middle English fridai
Old English frigedæg "Freya's day"
composed of Frige (genetive singular of Freo) + dæg "day" (most likely)
or composed of Frig "Frigg" + dæg "day" (least likely)
Germanic frije-dagaz "Freya's (or Frigg's) day"
Latin dies Veneris "Venus's day"
Ancient Greek hemera Aphrodites "day of Aphrodite"
Freo is identical with freo, meaning free. It is from the Germanic frijaz meaning "beloved, belonging to the loved ones, not in bondage, free".
Freya (Fria) is the Teutonic goddess of love, beauty. She is identified with the Norse god Freya. She is leader of the Valkyries.
Frigg (Frigga) is the Teutonic goddess of clouds, the sky, and conjugal (married) love. She is identified with Frigg, the Norse goddess of love and the heavens and the wife of Odin. 
Venus is the Roman goddess of love and beauty.
Aphrodite (Cytherea) is the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

Saturday -- Saturn's day

Middle English saterday
Old English sæter(nes)dæg "Saturn's day"
Latin dies Saturni "day of Saturn"
Ancient Greek hemera Khronu "day of Cronus"
Saturn is the Roman and Italic god of agriculture. He is believed to have ruled the earth during an age of happiness and virtue.
Cronus (Kronos, Cronos) is the Greek god (Titan) who ruled the universe until dethroned by his son Zeus,

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And now some Funny quotes:

These are not all from books Ive read but they are all YA fiction and those I haven't read I want to read now after reading the quotes. I found these ones on another blog but im not sure which one anymore oops.Anyways all credit goes to the authors.


“I’ll be back soon” – Michael
“Better be, I could totally date somebody else you know” – Eve
“And I could rent out your room” – Michael
“And I could put your game console on ebay” – Eve
“Hey. Now your just being mean.” – Shane
 Morganville vampires by Rachel Caine

“…Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’
Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”
Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

“Ever had a flying burrito hit you? Well, it’s a deadly projectile, right up there with cannonballs and grenades.” 
Percy from the Percy Jackson and the Olypians series

He cleared his throat and held up one hand dramatcailly.
“Green grass breaks through snow.
Artemis pleads for my help.
I am so cool.”
He grinned at us, waiting for applause.
“That last line was four syllables.” Artemis said.
Apollo frowned. “Was it?”
“Yes. What about I am so bigheaded?”
“No, no, that’s six syllable, hhhm.” He started muttering to himself.
Zoe Nightshade turned to us. “Lord Apollo has been going through this haiku phase ever since he visited Japan. Tis not as bad as the time he visited Limerick. If I’d had to hear one more poem that started with, There once was a godess from Sparta-”
“I’ve got it!” Apollo announced. “I am so awesome. That’s five syllables!” He bowed, looking very pleased with himself.”
Percy Jackson and the Olypians series


“Yes, I have a driver’s license.” – Lend
I leaned back against the wall, sighing. “Man, that must be so cool.” – Evie
“It ranks right up there with lockers. In fact, sometimes I put my license inside my locker, and it’s so cool I worry that the whole thing might explode with the sheer coolness of it all.” – Lend
Paranormalcy By Kiersten White

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Next here are 3 images that made me laugh or smile:

There faces are priceless they both look like there not really there.





And to finish off this starting the week right post a link to an article of 25 famous people rocking at reading.Here is the link.


Hope you smiled. Here's to an awesome week.


Btw if you where wondering the picture for Starting the week right was made by me.


Thanks for reading


Aurelia <3