Saturday, July 28, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday #9

Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by ParaJunkee & Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community.
Follow Friday question this week:

Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?

Tomorrow When The War Began by James Marsden in Year 11 (I think that might be 10th grade...?)! I read it in two days and ended up reading the rest of the series (: I think everyone in my class actually went onto the next book in the series, even though some of them weren't even into reading.

I know I haven't been posting much lately, but so much has been going on. July - August is probably going to be the busiest time of the year... for my social life.... hahah. But I'm reading when I can and I hope to have a review of Wither up next week (:

Monday, July 23, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? #5

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is a meme hosted by Book Journey where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.

What read last week:

I finished Wither! And I really liked it. I gave it a 4/5 stars (: I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series :P

What I plan to read next:
I am currently reading the second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy, simply because I read the first few chapters from a friend and decided I might as well finish it. Briar Rose is a book I'm reading for school -__-. I really hate reading books for school (even though this one is short). hahah. We do get some good books sometimes but it takes me so long to get started!

What I plan to read next:
Well, I have no idea what I want to read next. It depends on what I feel like when it comes around to it. And let's be honest, I never stick to the books I say I'm going to read next. hahah.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday #8

Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by ParaJunkee & Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community.
Follow Friday question this week:

Q: Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?

This is a hard one! I've decided to go for a book released this year and a book that is a bit pricier (:

Revived and Grimm's Complete Fairytale in Leather Binding (:

EDIT: hahahah. I just noticed it's 'Christmas in July. Woops! I changed one of my picks...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

GIVEAWAY: Vacation Reads Hop!

This giveaway hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Rex Robot Reviews.

This is an international giveaway! The winner will get to choose from the following books:

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+ You must be a follower to enter this giveaway. Extra entries are available.
+ The winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond.
+ The winner will get to choose any ONE of the books shown above.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Title: The Unwritten Rule
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Release Date: March 16th 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Links: GoodReads / The Book Depository
NZ Retailers: Paper Plus / Whitcoulls 

Snyopsis (from GoodReads)

Sarah and Brianna have always been friends, and it's always gone like this: guys talk to Sarah in order to get closer to Brianna. So even though Sarah met Ryan first, she's not surprised that he ends up with Brianna (even though Sarah has a massive crush on him).

The three of them hang out, and Sarah and Ryan's friendship grows until one night an innocent exchange between them leads to a moment that makes Sarah realize that Ryan might be interested in her after all. But if there's one unwritten rule, it's this: you don't mess around with a friend's boyfriend.

So Sarah tries to resist temptation. But with the three of them thrown together more and more, tension builds between Sarah and Ryan, and when they find themselves alone together at one point, they realize they just can't fight how they feel anymore....

My Thoughts

This story has a very simple story-line. Sarah likes her best friend's boyfriend. As you read more of the story it is very clear that... Sarah likes her best friend's boyfriend. What I'm saying here, is that this story is super basic. Sarah has had a crush on a boy named Ryan for years but before anything manages to happen between them, Ryan becomes the boyfriend of Sarah's best friend Briana. In the beginning I sympathize with Sarah. She seems like a real nice girl and I really want everything to work out for her. What her and Ryan has is nice. Through flash backs we get to see a lot about how Ryan and Sarah's relationship developed, how Ryan and Briana's relationship came together and also how Sarah and Briana became friends. This helped me to get to know the characters a bit better and it made me feel like I had known the characters for much longer than I really had, which made the story more enjoyable to follow. As the story goes on though it becomes obvious that all it's really going to be about is how much Sarah wants Ryan and how she cannot have him! Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend and 'you don't kiss your best friends boyfriend'. This is pretty much the basis of most of the story. You see Sarah struggling with her feelings for Ryan. Deciding that she doesn't want anything with him because he's with Briana, and then changing her mind again. This is pretty much all that happens... and then there are some small events leading to the ending. When we come to the ending, I am fine with the outcome. I just have one major problem that makes me want to punch one of the characters in the gut... *MINI SPOILER - Skim ahead if you don't want to know* There is one part where Briana is simply being a complete bitc cow and saying horrible things to Sarah. It was sort of like the author was like, Hmmm okay now let's make everyone hate Briana! Anyways, despite all this... Sarah feels bad about making Briana angry! She misses her! She feels bad and goes to Brianna to apologize and ask her forgiveness and I though, WH-WHAT?? She says all that stuff about you and you act like you're the only big bad guy?? *shakes head* But that's just the way Sarah is... *SPOILER END*

The protagonist, Sarah, who is quite likable and relatable at first has one major flaw... she is a complete push-over! Sorry if I'm being harsh, but I don't know if the author realized how much off a pansy she made Sarah appear to be. I totally understand that Briana 'saved' Sarah from a girl she was friends with when they were younger, but that is no reason for her to continuously accept crap from Briana. Her 'friend' is constantly telling her what to do, putting her down, making her do things she doesn't want and she just accepts it! She never ever stands up for herself and it's so frustrating to read it happening over and over again. Then there is Briana the 'best friend'. I'm a bit confused about what the author was trying to do with her character. She is annoying in many ways, yet there are times when the author talks her up and tries to make her look like a good person. I know she has issues with her family, but she's really is not a nice person. Apart from being a mean person and bad friend in general, something that annoys me about Briana also is how she can never be alone with Ryan. Whenever her or Ryan had plans, Sarah gets dragged along... I understand she needs to be there for us to follow what's going on but I wish the author had found a less obnoxious way to do it. As for Ryan, there's not much to say about him. Even though we don't learn a lot about him, he is somewhat likable... Oh except for when he's being stupid and tries to kiss Sarah at his girlfriend's house, when she is in the next room and will probably come walking in soon. Oh and also when him and Sarah always talk about their relationship when Briana is around and only about 10 meters away... The only characters in this book who are completely likable are Sarah's parents. They're just good people (:

So I pretty much just told you guys the cast are annoying as heck. For once though, it sort of adds to the story. I suppose it gives all the characters a personality in a way and with so much lacking in the story, the annoying characters give you something to be passionate about. hahah. I think this is a book I would have enjoyed when I was younger. I think the characters are supposed to be around my age but the way they act sort of put me off. While the story is pretty basic, the author did a pretty good job writing a book with such little to write about. I mean, it wasn't slow at all so that's always a plus! It isn't a bad book, but I definitely expected more. It sounded interesting when I read the synopsis little did I know, it was just that. I would recommend this book if you're bored and looking for something to pass time. While I may be wrong (as I know a few older people who enjoyed this), I think this book would be more enjoyable for slightly younger audiences. My sister really wants to read it so once she's done I'll let you guys know what she thinks!

3 Stars!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stacking The Shelves #8

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's review where we showcase our new books for the week.


Watch Me (aka Reality Chick) by Lauren Barnholdt
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Beach Blondes by Katherine Applegate

Feed by M.T. Anderson
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Ya know how I'm supposed to be slowing down on the book buying? Yeah... as you can see I am not doing so well. Apart from Divergent, these were all either $5 or $2 though (and that's in NZD too!) so it's not like I spent a whole lot on them! hahah. The sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go was also there for $5 but I put it back last minute and I sort of regret it now "/ To any New Zealand readers, go to Whitcoulls for cheap books (; 

Oh and as you can see I got Divergent... again. I already have a copy but the website I ordered it from accidentally sent me a second copy! Once again it's damaged but what can I do... at least it was free. haha. I'm actually glad to have a second copy now because that means I have a copy to lend after I recommend it to everyone :D

What did you get this week?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday #7

Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by ParaJunkee & Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community.
Follow Friday question this week:

Q: Q: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?

I've always been someone who has had an interest in the blogging community. The first time I started it was in the design community. I had a good run there for a couple of years and ended up with quite a lot of loyal followers. The thing was, I was really young when I started that and so were a lot of my fellow bloggers, and over time people moved on and it just got lonely. I closed it down and just started posting designs on websites live LiveJournal and design forums instead. And now... I barely do it anymore and I really wish I hadn't stopped because even though I was younger back then... I was SO much better. Anyways... I tried so many times to find new blogging communities. I gave the whole personal blog thing a try but I don't know, I think I started on the wrong side of the web and didn't find people who I could relate with and make it worth while. I gave beauty a try but found that even though I do like makeup and fashion... I wasn't truly passionate about it. I came across a fitness and health community on tumblr (which I am actually apart of now), but until I am happier with my lifestyle and body, I can't make it what I'd like it to be... yet...

[Skip to this if you don't like reading my ramble... hahah]
Then one day... I found a series called The Hunger Games... I read it, fell in love with it and went on a search for as many books that were thought to be similar. That's when I stumbled across the book blogging community. This is when I got back into reading. I found a whole lot of books that I wanted to read and I loved some and hated some. I found myself giving verbal reviews of the books to so many real life people but frankly, no one cared... it was easy to find people to talk about TV shows or movies with, but I wanted people who I could talk about books with! Then I remembered the book blogging community I had come across... and I guess that's where it all started :D