Monday, 28 April 2014

Starting the Week Right(write)# 19

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 dear readers I hope everything is well with you,

What's going on in my life:
 The posts on the blog have been popping up more infrequently I know but I have a valuable reason trust me,im not going to dump them all on you right now because it isn't the happiest of reasons and this post is here to start the week write. Apart from that reason there is also school coming to a close soon which means all the unorganized teachers are dumping a big load of work on us so they have enough things to evaluate and it also mean lots of studying and work for finals and this year it is really important that I get good grades for universities and such. Not only the mystery thing and school but I'm also into the editing stage of my novel and I want to finish the second draft in time for a 2 week writing course I'm going to this summer so I can ask the opinion of some people who have already had novels published. So those are my reasons just letting you know and once all that work and other stuff is over you can expect a lot more reviews and other blog stuff.

Quotes:

"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."
Every Other Day - Jennifer Lynn Barnes


"Mom lies down next to me and we both stare at the ceiling in complete silence. “Boys are like candy,” she suddenly says. I grin. “Really, Mom? That’s your advice? Boys are like candy. What is that? Forrest Gump on teens?"
  - Rucy Ban


"She could ask for anything, she thought dizzily, anything--an end to pain or world hunger or disease, or for peace on earth. But then again, perhaps these things weren't in the power of angels to grant, or they would already have been granted. And perhaps people were supposed to find these things for themselves."
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare

"Percy, meet Gladiola. Gladiola, Percy."
I stared at Annabeth, figuring she'd crack up at this practical joke they were playing on me, but she looked deadly serious.
"I'm not saying hello to a pink poodle," I said. "Forget it."
"Percy," Annabeth said. "I said hello to the poodle. You say hello to the poodle."
The poodle growled.
I said hello to the poodle."

Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief- Rick Riordan


Pictures:
 







Writing prompt:

"Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade,” wrote Charles Dickens. As we prepare for a long-awaited spring, it’s interesting to reflect on the role that spring plays in literature. This week, try to write a scene that incorporates a spring tradition. It can be something as ancient as a maypole festival, as commonplace as “spring cleaning,” or it can be a new tradition, made up for the purpose of your story. If you need some inspiration, research how different cultures welcome the spring months.
http://www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises 


Thanks for reading


Aurelia<3

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo



Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 358
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance


Description from Goodreads.com

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I've been hearing a lot about this series and also a lot of cryptic things about the Darkling. Especially since the last books cover was revealed not too long ago and twitter was all like: OMG! such a nice cover .... something something...Darkling things... So after my birthday last week all my friends know me too well and all got me Chapters gift cards (For people who don't have Chapters where they live it's our big chain bookstore here in Canada) So I decided it is time.... to buy and read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and so I did and let me say that I know understand the hype about this series,it is indeed very good and very well written.

The book is set in a Russia but it's not really Russia it just looks a lot like it and has some similar customs and stuff. This brings me to my first point I was surprised how much the book evoked the feeling of Russia and it seems weird for a book to evoke a feeling of a place but it did even though they never really mentioned Russia of anything like that and the fact that i've never to Russia throughout the whole book I felt the Russian(ness) of this fantasy world. It gave this book a little extra brownie points for me since it was set in a setting that I haven't seen very othen in YA books and it even though it was Russia it wasn't and the whole setting thing complemented the story really well.

The story centers on an orphan, who is know in the army with her best friend. In there world there is this big black curtain called the shadow fold that is inhabited by many creatures that aren't too friendly(understatement). The shadow fold also makes it so this part of there country is completely cut off from the rest of the world for most part(there is some exceptions). That's the premesis of the story but it's also more because in it there's magic, romance,fighting, rivals,assasins all the good things you need in a great fantasy novel.

It's hard to explain this book without giving away any spoilers the book is complex and has a well built world and plot,I admit that some plot twists really surprised me and I had no idea the story was going to go in that direction.The writing style and the story just pulled me right into the world with it's good characters and seing the action unfolding. I honestly don't know what else to say about this book it's more of a read it and get what the fuss is all about book. It was an enchanting and great fantasy novel and I really recommend you read it.

 Rating: 4 stars


Quotes:

 “I've been waiting for you a long time, Alina" He said. "You and I are going to change the world.”
  Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

“You're shaking."
"I'm not used to people trying to kill me."
"Really? I hardly notice anymore.”  

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

“You're very welcome," she said, giving my hair a hard tug. "You should be used to being gawked at by now."
"And yet I'm not."
"Well, if it gets too bad, give me a signal, and I'll get up on the banquet table, toss my skirt over my head, and do a little dance. That way no one will be looking at you.” 

 Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

“So I'm the Darkling's prisoner?"
"You're under his protection."
"What's the difference?"
"Pray you never find out.” 

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo


Thanks for reading


Aurelia<3

Monday, 14 April 2014

Starting the week write (right) #18

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:

Who was the guy who first looked at a cow and said 'I think I’ll drink whatever comes out of these when I squeeze ’em?”
- Bill Watterson

 
So what? All writers are lunatics!”
Inkspell - Cornelia Funke

Can you be a girl for a few seconds?"
"I'm always a girl" I frown.
"You know what I mean. Like a silly, annoying girl"
I twirl my hair around my finger. "Kay.”
Divergent - Veronica Roth


Pictures: taken from Pinterest








Writing prompt:




Thanks for reading


Aurelia<3

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Review: The darkest minds by Alexandra Bracken


Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Braken
Pages: 488
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

 When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living


Description from Goodreads.com

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I loved this book the story was very good it was less of a squeal excitment book and more of being emmerced in the story so much so that all my close friends and family have heard of it (your welcome family and friends ;) because i NEEDED to talk to someone about it because the concept was very cool and the story was also very good.

The story is set in a not too far off distopian world where all children are either dead or changed from this disease it is contained to the United States and everyone is now avoiding the area because there scared it's contagious or just don't want to get involved.I won't say more as to not spoil the book.But I absolutely loved the concept it was a well built world and it also had a cast of charcathers that I grew to really like.The characters where really believable and the main character Ruby was not perfect (but who is) but a great person to see all aspects of the story. She is a strong lead, she's also kind of shy at the start at least but you see her come out of her shell as the story progress.And even if for most of the story she was a bit shy and weak and didn't believe in herself she was also totally fearless and kickass
How you may ask those that work they are complete opposites? Yes, yes they are but it was done and well pulled off and it was one of Ruby's most endearing qualities I found. Because lests be honest where all a little like that. I at least can understand being uncertain but needing to do whats right anyways.

At the beginning I wasn't sure about the book it starts off pretty dark and the story is sad and a bit depressing but for some reason instead of not wanting to continue the book that aspect just made me want to know all the more. It was sad but also unique and intriguing and I couldn't help myself to just continue to read to see what would happen next.

Another aspect I enjoyed is that though there's some supernatural aspects in a way in the story. But it's still a believable future if what sparked everything to start in the book did happen in real life, because of that it made me ask myself some questions on society and such.(it might also have to do with the class's I was taking at school while I was reading the book). Whatever the reason I enjoyed that since I like it when books have some kind of second meaning or deeper message. No matter even if it was or was not purposely placed there by the author.

Last thing to say on this book it was overall really good, with a good plot, a good dystopian setting,great characters,and well written with no particularly slow or boring moments. And I recommend you pick it up.

Just a side note ( Depending on the person it might be spoiler(y) you have been warned.)
The ending was crushing it induced blurry eyes and the inability to decipher the words on the page.I had to stop  blink a couple of times and get back to the book.
I just needed to know what happens next and the only reason I didn't full out sob is because I knew there was a sequel and I had to hope that it would end well. It might have been me lying to myself because I needed for it to be true. But I think I saw some things that might be foreshadowing to the next book and maybe some resolution to the problem... please let it be foreshadowing!
Also I found this picture on Pinterest it fairly accurately demonstrates what you might feel at the end of the book. In fact it has been the image most repinned image from from my Pinterest account and I re-pinned it from someone else so basically many people are feeling this.I won't be showing it in this post because it is spoilery but I will be posting soon a thoughts on The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Braken post with it and some other pictures and sketches I did.

Rating:  4 stars



Quotes:


“We'll just have to try to make better mistakes tomorrow.”
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Braken

“He's so busy looking inside people to find the good that he misses the knife they're holding in their hand.” 
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Braken

“It feels like we should do something," he said. "Like, send her off on a barge out to sea and set her on fire. Let her go out in a blaze of glory."
Chubs raised an eyebrow. "It's a minivan, not a Viking.”

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Braken

“That was not like riding a bike, you asshole!” 
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Braken

“They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us-the ones who lived.” 
 The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Braken

“Where in the world did you get that dress?"
"Present from Zu."
"You look like you want to throw it in a fire."
"I can't promise there won't be an unfortunate accident later on.” 

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Braken


Thanks for reading.
 
Aurelia <3


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Waiting on Wenesday # 3

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post created by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this weeks Waiting on Wednesday:


Aqua 
By M.A. George
Genre: YA Paranormal 
Expected Publication Date: April 16th, 2014

 Meet Layla McKelland:
Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),
Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let’s be honest…there’s no “slightly” about it),
International Woman of Mystery, and…
Okay, just scratch the bio.

The only real “mystery” in Layla’s life is why her father has never been on the scene. Or why her mother drags Layla to a new coastal home every year.

Nothing about the latest hometown seems too newsworthy…until a routine day at the beach leaves Layla questioning whether she’s read one too many paranormal fantasy novels. The plot thickens when a random guy claims to know things about her father—a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt. And Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning…on her own kitchen floor.

When all is done, Layla will attest that fact is far stranger than fiction. And nothing in real life is ever as transparent as it seems…Not even water.


Especially not water.


Why am I excited for this book: What made me really want to read this book is the description or blurb however you want to call it.I just think it's awesome and funny and if the whole book is written the way the description is,it looks like it would be a great read.Also there's paranormal things going on always a fan of that and the main person seems to be an aspiring writer and likes to read.Both things I can completely relate to. All reasons why I'm excited to read this book.
If you need more convincing here is the authors Bio it's pretty clever too. (taken from Goodreads)
M. A. George is part happily-married mother of two adorable children, part super top secret agent…Oops, probably just lost that job.
    Writing is what keeps her up into the wee hours of the night. Fortunately, she has a lot of energy (Read: caffeine is her friend). She has a bit of an obsession with music (It does a fantastic job of tuning out rambunctious children while she attempts to focus).
      She sincerely hopes people out there enjoy reading her work as much as she enjoys writing it. And if anyone hears of work for a super top secret agent, she’s now available (Discretion guaranteed…)


So that's my Waiting on Wednesday


Thanks for Reading  



 Aurelia<3

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Ottawa book blogger meet up 2014

So this weekend I went to a book blogger meet up. I wasn't sure what to expect and was a bit nervous going and meeting a bunch of people that all I knew about them was that they where also book bloggers but now that I went I'm really happy I did. It was basically talking about books and Caroline Pignat author of Greener Grass,Timber Wolf, Egghead etc.. was there and she talked about her new book Unspeakable coming out  in May 6th just in time for the anniversary of the sinking of Empress of Ireland that is what the book is based off and actually was written so it would come out for the ships 100th anniversary. (completely unrelated but I was just thinking how anniversary is such a happy title for such a sad event). Anyways I will be posting a review closer to the release date for the book. The premise sounds interesting and the fact that the boats sinking cost almost as many lives as the Titanic(a Google search says 1024 people passed away) and yet no ones really heard of it or at least not as many people.Makes me interested in where the story is going to go and unlike the Titanic where it happened in the middle of the ocean this disaster happened close to Quebec where I have been. It also brings questions on how it all went and what happened. Here's a little maybe useless but interesting story (found on Wikipedia) The Ship's cat on Empress of Ireland was named Emmy. She was said to have been a loyal orange tabby who had never once missed a voyage. But shortly before the liner's final voyage, the cat repeatedly tried to leave the ship before its departure on 28 May 1914. The crew could not coax her aboard and Empress departed without her. It was reported that Emmy watched the ship sail away from Quebec City sitting on the roof of the shed at Pier 27, which would later become a place for the dead pulled from the river after Empress went down. Ship's cats were believed to bring luck to the ship and keep it from sinking.I wonder if any real and interesting facts like that one will be in the book? So here is my signed Advanced Readers Copy of Unspeakable


and here is the synopsis of the book: 
A heart-wrenching, beautifully written account of a maritime tragedy that rivals the Titanic disaster.

Working as a stewardess aboard the Empress of Ireland allows Ellie Ryan to forget about why she has been banished from the family home, why her great aunt ultimately had to find her this job. On her second voyage, Ellie finds herself drawn to the solitary fire stoker who stands by the ship's rail late at night, often writing in a journal.
Jim. Ellie finds it hard to think of him now, after that awful night. She tries to tell herself that he survived, but it's hard to believe when so many didn't.
So when Wyatt Steele, journalist for The New York Times shows up at her door in Liverpool, England, and asks for her story, Ellie refuses. But when he shows her Jim's journal, she jumps at the chance to be able to read it herself, to find some clue of the man she had fallen in love with, perhaps a clue to what happened to him. There's only one catch: she will have to tell her story to Steele and he'll "pay" her by giving her the journal. One page at a time. 
Guided by Steele, Ellie slowly opens up. But more lies at the heart of her story than even Ellie knows, and as she spends more time with Steele and Jim's journal, she discovers what was one unspeakable -- for both her and Jim.
Based on the true story of the sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland in May 1914, a disaster that lost more passengers' lives than Titanic, Unspeakable will be published in time to mark the 100th anniversary of this tragedy.

Now onto the rest of the meet up. It was great to talk to other book lovers and most of them or all (I didn't get to ask everyone) where very experienced in blogging and they made me realize with the conversations people where having. That I need to get a lot more organized in my blog posts especially when or if I get ARC's (advance reader copy's) since I need to read and post the review by certain dates.

Also we got a goody bags or maybe a ton of awesome books and swag in a bag is more accurate. So thank you very much to everyone who helped put those bags together. And thank you to Kathy from A Glass of Wine for organizing everything and anyone else who organized it that I don't know about.

As for what we got in the bags of awesomeness:

 Here is everything toghether.

(do you see what it say's in the top right corner... It's signed!)
(release date July 29th 2014)
(release date May 27th 2014)

(release date May 6th 2014)

(release date July 29th 2014)

(release date May 6th 2014)
(release date May 6th 2014)


I know so awesome! Some very awesome stuff and also numerous ARC' so as I said earlier in this post time to get organized and plan  my posts better for the future.There's no time like the present.
To conclude it was great to meet other book bloggers and talk about all things books.Another thank you to the respectable people for all the books.And some reviews will be following in the near and for certain books not so near future.

thanks for reading


Aurelia<3