Monthly Archives:: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book Girls Don’t Cry… They Go See Divergent!

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Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.

Hello there!  A few weekends ago Stella (It’s Too Late To Apologize) and I ventured out of our reading caves to go and see the Divergent movie.  Once it ended we went back to her place and filmed a joint review of it. Now, what is a little unique about this vlog review is that Stella has read the Divergent series and I haven’t read any of the books.  You get the perspectives from each camp and see how it worked without having read the book.  It ran a bit long because we had a lot to say but please let us know what you thought! Oh yeah, YAY FOR BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATIONS!


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Review: The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis

Review: The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis

Posted by on 04/29/2014 • 10 Comments

I went into The End or Something Like That expecting to read a YA contemporary novel.  Having this mindset left me very annoyed at the repetitive writing and juvenile attitudes presented.  Once I started easing into the story I switched my perception of the novel and starting looking at is as a middle grade one which helped with my enjoyment of it greatly.  Don’t get me wrong, lots still annoyed me about it but I was much more forgiving of its quirkiness than I was initially.

In this story we are Emmy, a grade 9 student who lost her very best friend the year before.  She grew up with her best friend Kim from as early as one can because their mothers were also best friends.  From birth Kim had…

Review: Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

Review: Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

Posted by on 04/28/2014 • 21 Comments

Well poo! Where do I even start?

I guess at Lane. Her characterization felt as if it was based on a bullet point list. Let’s build a serial killer, shall we? -She has to be quiet. Check. -She should show a lack of emotion, especially uncaring of romance and sex. Check. -She should have a dark passenger an internal “kill” itch. Check. -She should be awkward, blunt, and kind of an outsider. Check. -She should have a hidden dark past. Check.

So ok, that’s all things we “know” about her, but only because she tells us. Several times. In reality, she comes off as a flat, one dimensional character with a lot of inconsistencies in her personality. For instance she keeps saying how much she dislikes her sister…

Jenni’s Stacking the Shelves [April 27]

Jenni’s Stacking the Shelves [April 27]

Posted by on 04/27/2014 • 15 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews featuring new additions to our bookshelves.

This week I managed to find some really good deals on books while randomly out and about so I am pretty excited about that.  The only thing better than buying books in general is getting great books for cheap, right?


I bought Ready Player One and The Story Of Us at this little random used book store I found one afternoon when I was at the hospital with my mom.  Who can say no to hardcovers for $5?  I got Triangles on the sale table at Chapters and I’m excited to read something adult from Ellen Hopkins.


Fresh Batch (New Releases April 27th – May 3rd)

Fresh Batch (New Releases April 27th – May 3rd)

Posted by on 04/26/2014 • 10 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Scan Sarah Fine, Walter Jury Series: Scan #1 Publication date: May 1st 2014 by Putnam Children’s

Goodreads Purchase

Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best—at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans.

All Tate knows–like how to make weapons out of oranges and lighter fluid–may not be enough to…

Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Posted by on 04/25/2014 • 17 Comments

This is another of those books that are fun and entertaining, but just don’t have that spark that could have made them truly memorable. At least I have plenty of fun during the ride.

With an engaging start, The Taking pulls you right into its plot full of mystery and wonderment. Imagine being blinded by a light, and the next thing you know your world and everyone you know is 5 years older… except you. You’re still sporting a bruise left from a game just that week, your phone is still fully charged, your clothes and appearance are exactly the same, yet 5 years have apparently passed. This is what happened to Kyra as she brings us along into her baffling story that leaves you dying for answers on every…

Book Girls Don’t Cry: A Day of Reading and Things

Book Girls Don’t Cry: A Day of Reading and Things

Posted by on 04/24/2014 • 22 Comments

Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.


A Day in the Life of Yours Truly

What is it like to be me? Since my life is super duper interesting I thought I’d make this week’s BGDC a bit more personal and give you a sneak peek into my daily life.

Starting usually around 7-8am, I’m awoken by a little 3 year old devil who doesn’t understand the concept of quiet mornings. Then after an hour of coaxing him to eat, get dressed, put his boots and coat on, then pick 10 toys until he decides which one to bring to daycare, I’m left all by my lonesome for a…

Review: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Review: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Posted by on 04/23/2014 • 10 Comments

Upon finishing Life By Committee all I can think of is that I am… indifferent to it. I breezed through the novel and did enjoy reading it, but I failed to connect to it in any way so it was a very passive experience. This is a bit of a disappointment to me because I was such a huge fan of Haydu’s OCD Love Story, but at least I did manage to enjoy the reading a bit.

I think my inability to really connect with the story was mostly due to the fact that I never felt like I got a real understanding for our MC Tabitha. Tabby was a very cold, closed off character. This attitude is really understandable in her story because of what she had been through….