Monday, 31 March 2014

Starting the week write(right) #17

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).



Hello everyone I don't know about you but I have had a hectic week and weekend last week so I think A starting the week right post is due.So without further ado....

What to expect on the blog this week: A Waiting on Wednesday  post, A sum up of the book blogger meet up I went to.(which was pretty great). And of course a book review.

Quotes:
People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff.”
Steven Moffat - Doctor Who(TV Series)

I told them this story:
In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, "Look at me...I'm tall, and I'm straight, and I'm handsome. Look at you...you're all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you." And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, "Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest." So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.”
- Tom Waits

The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they've found it.” 
Terry Prachett - Monstrous Regiment:The Play


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Monday, 24 March 2014

Review: Starling by Lesley Livingston



Title: Starling
Author: Lesley Livingston
Pages: 341
Publisher: Harper Teen

 Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she's never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason's world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn's identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason's family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.

Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston's epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.


 Description from Goodreads.com

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To start off I think I should point out that I'm a fan of stories that are adaptation from mythology and this book definitely had a lot of that.The really cool part is that Lesley Livingston managed to put multiple cultures mythologies`s in one story. There`s Greek,Egyptian,Norse,Roman ect...  all crammed in to one story and the awesome part is that it works.And it makes the story very interesting for people who like history and for people who aren't fond of it. I feel that Lesley Livingston found a really good just middle between history and action and romance ect.. and was able to weave a very interesting story through that.

The story is centered on Mason Starling she is the main character and wrapped around in Norse mythology so even though many cultures beliefs are tied in the story it is slightly more focused on the Norse aspect which was interesting since it is less seen I find in YA literature than say Greek mythology. I enjoyed how Lesley Livingston mixed perfectly the place where the story is set (New York) with the story integrating some actual architecture and real world places to her story world. Bringing new meaning to what was before just plain things like for example ''the bridge'' . Much like she did in her other series Wondrous Strange also set in New York city  and that particular series also has a tie in to this series. Since a characther briefly shown in the Wondrous Strange series is one of the main characters in this one(Fenrys). I enjoyed seeing more of Fenrys, however if you're worried that you wont get this series if you haven't read Wondrous Strange don't fret because it really is a completely different story and all the references to the events of the other series are well explained.

There where some good plot twists that I did not see coming at all and that;s always something good in a book. Where the author completely surprises you and the story takes an unsuspected direction. Honeslty the story evoked a lot of different feelings while reading at one moment it was sweet the next it was a battle scene and intense then it went to sad and then BAM! Then ending came and perfectly demonstrated what a climax is. Because I can tell you I was at the top of that metaphorical mountain they show you on graphs at school to demonstrate the concept.(I don't know if that was just my school but either way I hope you get the picture)

As for characters there where a lot of them just like in Lesley Livingston previous series but I didn't mind because they where all well developed and believable and it was easy to me anyways of keeping track of who was who.There is some slight foreshadowing to some characters that might be more developed or that we will see more of in the future.As they have a very small part in this book but there's obviously much more to them. If I remember correctly(since it's been a while) as the Wondrous Strange series progressed some characters that where only mentioned in the first books got bigger and bigger roles( like say the Fenrys wolf who is know a main character in this new series) so I have a feeling more of  character development for certain people is to come in the sequel.
For the main character Mason I had mixed feelings at some points I liked her and some other points she got a bit on my nerves but overall she was good main character. Mason suffers from claustrophobia and I found it was really well written what she was going through and it almost had me feeling claustrophobic even if I don't have it.

And now for your reading enjoyment what I wrote after I just finished the book:

Warning what follows in the next paragraph might be incomprehensible and includes a high amount or freaking out and fangirling and one... ok two mild swear words.(and not corrected for the real/authentic experience)
The ending man i stopped like five time going crap crap crap crap CRAP crapity crap ahhhh it induced of of those not being able to form a sentence syptomes.Where you go: But.. they can't... she can't.... and then... but why!?....
Followed by you got to be fudging kidding me hell no everything gone wrong whaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttt the hell! feels... just so many feels.... everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.why why why... but how why.... GGAAAAAHHHHH
Then that moment is done and i was still a bit stunned by the epic action that went but i was like well the book is done i'll have to read the next one but no Lesley Livingston decided why not just dump a whole lot of plot twist in the last 3 pages of the book. ehgamafigicatjdihienef.I honestly don't remember the last time i read such a great ending it was the most fudging epic ending honestly I cant get over it. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH even expressing my feels in written format is not helping.oh my god that was intense heart wrenching and plot twist just wow. I don't know if the reason if it hit me so hard was that i was sleep deprived because I wanted to finish the book but either way soo good.


With all the plot twist made it seem like a frigging Shakespeare play maybe I'm making the association because her first series that I read (wondrous strange) was full of mention of Shakespeare but anyways.MAJOR SPOILERS Her dad is willing to trade his daughter s soul he loves her but he also secretly hates her and is also kind of crazy. Her other brother feels like the black sheep so he steals and sneaks and is in my opinion very much so crazy. He killed his sister once when she was a kid locking her in a garden shed for more that 2 days and even though it's his fault she now has claustrophobia he prays on her fear whenever he can and makes jerk comments. The other brother I'm not so sure of yet but he is not completely evil and he doesn't want the end of the world. He loves a fortune seer. Mason enemies become her friend and her former enemies ex-boyfriend loves Mason but Mason no longer loves him but this other stranger. So her enemies ex becomes a bit cookoo and he starts hanging out with possibly evil fish meanwhile her enemie now turned friend might be Aphrodite or her descendent and is actually nice. Like wow talk about complicated but also awesome.The end was especially complicated I tried describing it to a friend and this is what came out: Ok so the main character Mason is on top of a train and her brother is trying to kill her after torturing her while her boyfriend is trying to make it to the roof of the moving train to get Mason off because if she crosses the bridge she'll start the end of the world(long story) meanwhile her friends being held hostage while her ex is on a motorcycle following the train to save her friend and he has Masons other brother with him that most likely wants to save her and running beside them is a wolf who is actually an Egyptian god Anubis helping out because he was cast out of his realm 50000 years ago so ya that's about whats happening now pretty simple not at all intense (I'm really really really being sarcastic and totally lying but trying to act normally smile) End of spoiler


The beginning of the book started off with a bang, then the middle was a bit slow mostly Mason and the Fenrys wolf trying to solve the mysteries of who they are and whats happening and then the ending well need I say more just look at that that piece of embarrassment up there.There was 2 small flaws in the otherwise fantastic book I found that the middle part at some point was dragging on a bit too long and that in that middle part there where some scenes that didn't seem to flow well into one another.For example at one point they are battling something ( I won't tell what as to now spoiler anything) and the next there discussing what just happened but some of the things there discussing where not mentioned in the actual battle scene.With that same scene it goes on to another scene that is pretty heavy and they seem to completely forget that they just did a pretty epic battle earlier in the day. I Just thought that those two parts where slightly ''off ''.

But overall it was a good example of great storytelling.And I really enjoyed it.


SPOLER Only read if you have finished the book or if you love spoilers that can ruin the book. The last 4 lines of the book just what!? I have so many questions.
1. Is it really her mom, if yes then she brought both her and Fen back to life but why did she do it? is That why they have a connection? Does her mom like or hate her? Whats her game plan? Did she have a game plan? Did she plan everything? Is she more that she looks?..... probably. Will she want Ragnarok or want mankind to stay or just to get her daughter away?Was her father and her mothers meeting a coincidence ... or maybe not? Will she use her daughter ? What does she know? Whats her motives? What did Fen promise her? Was it to bring Mason to hel? If yes,Did he do it unconsciously? Why did he end up in the tree when he came back why not somewhere else? Did Mason`s mom send him there? And why make him forget what was the point of that so he would fall for Mason? AAHHH so many questions.


Rating: 3 and a half - four stars

Quotes:


“Death holds no fear for me. I shall conquer it as I conquer all things.”
Starling - Lesley Livingston

“Don't ever say that, Fennrys," she said. "I don't ever want to hear you say that you don't deserve or you aren't worthy. You do. You are.”

 Starling - Lesley Livingston

 “Love isn't blind. It's blinding.”  

 Starling - Lesley Livingston

“That hallmark image of cupid as a fat cherub with arrows? I think the real cupid is some kind of psycho juvie with a taser.”  
Starling - Lesley Livingston


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Aurelia <3






Monday, 17 March 2014

Starting the week write(right) #16

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:

We only came close to dying six or seven times, which I thought was pretty good. Once, I lost my grip and found myself dangling by one hand from a ledge fifty feet above the rocky surf. But I found another handhold and kept climbing. A minute later Annabeth hit a slippery patch of moss and her foot slipped. Fortunately, she found something else to put it against. Unfortunately, that something was my face.
"Sorry," she murrmured.
"S'okay," I grunted, though I'd never really wanted to know what Annabeth's sneaker tasted like.”
Rick Riordan - The Sea of Monsters


Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.”
- George Carlin

"Sometimes, there aren't any good choices. Sometimes, making the right one is hard... It's funny, but when you think about it, we're all broken. That's what life does. It knocks you down and breaks you and you either get back up again, or you don't. You either do things on your terms, or you don't. You let the bad things win, or you don't."
"You either let it break you, or you don't."
Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Every Other Day


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 I'm sorry I just found this too funny.
 Indeed Haymich doesn't seem bothered at all





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Aurelia <3 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Review: False Memory by Dan krokos


Title: False Memory
Author: Dan Krokos
Pages: 336
Publisher: Hyperion

 Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.

Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving.

Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter... when there may not be a future.

Dan Krokos’ debut is a tour-de-force of non-stop action that will leave readers begging for the next book in this bold and powerful new series.


Description from Goodreads.com

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If I had to describe this book in one phrase it would be wonderfully confusing. This book was heavy on the science fiction aspect and I really enjoyed it.That being said if you are not a fan of science fiction and the whole time travel alternate universes and different versions of one self, if all that stuff makes your brain hurt or you juts dislike it this is not the book for you. If you like that kind of thing and having to think and wrap your brain around a complex plot and characters with it being worth it in the end then this book is most definitely for you. Saying that there is no time travel or alternate universes in this book but there is genetic mutations and different yet same versions of one person. And somehow it's even more confusing to me than time travel and wormholes and alternate universes. For example I don't want to ruin anything but there's one character who has 6 versions of him or herself presented in the book three of the versions having the same name as him or her though it's not really him or her....I know complex. Some moments I was just like ok... ok wait a second let me figure this out.You know what here's a picture that's pretty accurate to describe this.





Now saying this I want to make it clear that the book made sens it was just complicates in a good way.At some points so much so that I was impressed by how the author managed to keep everything in order and not slip up. But for me the complexity of the book was one of it's best qualities it made the book interesting, complex (sorry I know I'm using that word a lot and that you get it),suspenseful, and you never knew if you where right or wrong or what was going to happen. At some points I was sure I got it figured out and then something happens and it's like ok... maybe not so much.

I enjoyed the charcathers but my feelings for them is just not something I can explain. I think it's just too complicated to explain if you havent read the book and if I try to explain it it would definetly be too spoilery. At some points I would like a characther the next minute I hated them then I liked them again and then I was supicious of them then I felt bad for them then I felt happy for them because of the plot and the complexity surrouding the characthers it was hard to say simply I liked said character I was always not sure if one was really who she or he said he was or if they where lying or simply didnt know they where lying. But one thing I can say that was constant threw in the whole book for me characther wise was me wanting Peter and Miranda toghether more than the other person she was supposedly in love with. I did care for the characters though even if you weren't always sure who they where.

The beginning is evenly paced but at the ending all the information you discover is a lot and I turned pages fast trying to find the answers. It's really was like a big puzzle, thankfully after the roller-coaster journey of the novel Dan Krokos ends it with not all but enough questions answered that I didn't feel overwhelmed or frustrated that I had read the whole book and didn't get enough information or questions answered from it if that makes any sense.The unanswered question are enough to make the ending a cliffhanger of sorts especially since something pretty big is revealed at the before last page that poses some new questions.

So to summarize the plot was full of action but also like I have already said who knows how many times already it also has many many puzzles and mysteries,but they both fitted well togheter. And though at some at times it was confusing it was confusing in a good way. At some moments I couldnt tell what was real, what was not, what was the right thing to do, what was the wrong thing to do, which made it interesting.

Rating: 3 and 1/2



Quotes: Looking through these I realized there where some awesome quotes in this book especially the comic relief moments.And the quotes I could find don't do those moments justice.

 “I don't know who I am, but I might be a badass.”
Dan Krokos - False Memory

 “Why are you so good to me Peter?"
My head tilts back against the tree. My eyes are too heavy to keep open. I feel the vague sensation of his hands sliding under me, weightlessness as he lifts me up and settles me against his broad chest.
On the edge of sleep, I hear him whisper,"That's for me to know and you to never find out.”

Dan Krokos - False Memory

“He stops pacing. 'I know, Miranda, I did it because I—'
'Stop! Don't say it. I don't want to hear you say it.'
'I have to say it,' Noah says.
'No, you don't.' If I hear him say the word love, I don't know what I'll do. I still have my gun. Maybe one day I can forgive him, but all chance of that goes out the window if he claims he did it for love. If you love someone, the idea is respect them enough to trust them. Not to take away their freedom. Their life.”

Dan Krokos - False Memory




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Aurelia <3


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Title: Under the never sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 374
Publisher: Harper Collins

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

 
Description from Goodreads.com

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Firstly I quickly want to talk about the 2 covers for this book. The one above is the one that is mostly seen and I find that the girl in front is not at all how I saw Aria in the book and is kind of deceiving to how the story really is.However I find the backround is pretty accurate for the mood and scenery of the story.
The second cover ( I think it's the UK one) is more like I imagined both characters and the jumping in the sky is also how I imagined Perry in the story traveling though the embrace is kind of cheesy and not very accurate to the story. So I'm not sure which one i like most both have their pros and cons I just thought I would share my thoughts on them.


I wasn't so sure about this book the concept seemed interesting and everyone was buzzing about the last book on social media and other blogs. So when I saw it on sale I picked it up and I wasn't so sure about it at the start but as it went on I found myself falling for the characters and the world. My thoughts now that I'm done the book? I really enjoyed it. The book is set in a very interesting world. Veronica Rossi built up this world with an interesting history and an interesting future that's sure to bring much action.
The book made me ponder a bit on our current society and where it's headed with all the progress being made at a rapid pace in the current world.In the world of Under the Never Sky society is split in two some people live in these giant domes living their life mostly in a computer program the rest are living in the real world confronted with giant storms made of a curious substance and some societies in the real world are living like people did in the middle ages. And mixed in with all of this there's some kind of magical abilities weird creatures conspiracies, danger and the possibility of an escape to all their problems.

Like I said I enjoyed the book it takes a bit to get into it but by the end I was fully into the story. The book is not a light book most of it is pretty dark and theres not much humor but it's not so dark that it's hard to read. Just don't expect it to be light and funny but do expect a thought provoking very interesting and exciting journey.

The main character Aria really got on my nerves at the start she was very immature and lacked some good sens though that was probably intended I'm guessing since she was very sheltered all her life she does grow through the book and at the end becomes a more rounded and intelligent/mature person which I enjoyed reading about much more than how she was at the beginning though she still has some of the same childish attitude she had at the start and I'm hopping she will grow more in the next books. Perry as a character was pretty different that most YA boys though he is in age he acts much older most of the time and gives of a feeling that he is kind of more animalistic (if that's a word) in the nicest sens of the way possible hes smart but acts a bit like animal in his moves and some actions.It was an interesting change. All the characters where interesting and unique like a real people and it was cool that they grew on me kind of like real people at first I wasn't sure about them but by the end I loved who they all where.

I don't want to spoil anything so ill be really vague but there might be some minor spoilers so if you rather be safe and not know anything about the story than feel free to stop reading here and skip to the next paragraph. Aria decides to keep a secret later on in the story and that piss's me off.Honestly that can only end horribly it's a fight, a disaster waiting to happen and there's no reason to not tell him that particular secret. No offense but really (excuse my language) bullshit that he has too much to deal with and keeping it from him is better. It will cause more problems keeping it a secret from him than it will telling him and adding to his problems I'm pretty sure he can handle it in fact it might give him leverage or an advantage eventually.Its infuriates me when main characters do this keeping secrets from your ally or in this case someone you love and completely trust is not smart.If you didn't trust the person or if there was a consequence if you told them I get it. But not telling him just because your scared it will upset him is not very smart not at all. It was one of the instances where the old Aria showed up like I said above she mostly grew up but still makes some childish decisions at times.

Quotes:

“She looked up. “A world of nevers under a never sky.”
She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up.”

Veronica Rossi - Under the Never Sky

“She absorbed the terror and beauty of him and his world. Of every moment over the past days. All of it, filling her up like the first breath she'd ever taken. And never had she loved life more.”
Veronica Rossi - Under the Never Sky

“If there was no fear, how could there be comfort? Or courage?”
Veronica Rossi - Under the Never Sky

“Aria... everyone feels lost and low. It's how a person acts that makes them different”
Veronica Rossi - Under the Never Sky

“You drink from a rabbit and you think i smell?”
Veronica Rossi - Under the Never Sky

“Can you believe I have a favorite cave?” 
Veronica Rossi - Under the Never Sky




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Aurelia <3 

Monday, 3 March 2014

Starting the week write (right) # 15


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).


Update: Hello all you lovely and wonderful readers you might have noticed the missing of this post for the last two weeks and I am sorry I am wearing the hat of shame. 2 weeks ago it was a holiday so I was lazy and didn't do it last week I have no valuable excuse except I was busy.... ya I know not good enough. But today I hope to make it up you by adding a new aspect to starting the week write.What is it you may ask well I have decided to add some writing prompts to this post every week since it is after all starting the week write and lately I've been writing more lately and would like to write every day writing prompts help if there is a particular day when you don't know what to write. That's another reason I didn't post this last week I was working on my novel..... ok ok not a good excuse I got it. If anyone shows any interest and if I find the time to type up and correct what I wrote for the writing prompt I might include in the next starting the week write what I wrote for the previous weeks writing prompt.Now to start the week write!



Quotes:

Harry, don't go picking a row with Malfoy, don't forget, he's a prefect now, he could make life difficult for you..."
"Wow, I wonder what it'd be like to have a difficult life?" said Harry sarcastically.”
J.K Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Dreams like a podcast,
Downloading truth in my ears.
They tell me cool stuff."
"Apollo?" I guess, because I figured nobody else could make a haiku that bad.
He put his finger to his lips. "I'm incognito. Call me Fred."
"A god named Fred?”
- Rick Riordan

No! Please! I'll tell you whatever you want to know!" the man yelled.
"Really?" said Vimes. "What's the orbital velocity of the moon?"
"What?"
"Oh, you'd like something simpler?” 
Terry Pratchett - Night Watch

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