Monthly Archives: Jul 2014

Delirium (Delirium #1)

Read in April, 2014

Author: Lauren Oliver

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5 Stars 🙂

I loved this book. It brought forth great concepts and ideas; it was very thought-provoking; brilliantly written; had great character development; made me fall in love with the characters; made me laugh; made me cry; and made me realise just how much I take for granted. – It was just a beautiful story! Not to mention, it left on a HUGE cliff hanger which, as much as I hate reading them, I love them too.

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WWW Wednesday #4

WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MzB of Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

This is the easiest WWWW yet! Because, sadly, it hasn’t changed from last week… 😦 The holidays are over, I have homework and a French exchange student… It doesn’t make for much reading…

Share a link to your own WWW Wednesday in the Comments and I’ll be checking it out! 🙂

Teaser Tuesday #3

Teaser Tuesdays (TT) is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read.

Randomly open a page.

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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I realised that I was trembling. “If I believed…”

Share a link to your own Teaser Tuesday in the Comments and I’ll be checking it out! 🙂

Musing Monday #2

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme posted by MzB of Should Be Reading that asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing…

Yesterday I went shopping with a couple of my friends and came home with seven books – ironically, we were there for over three hours yet those books were purchased in the last ten to fifteen minutes… So, anyway, I LOVE this bookhaul!! I bought…

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I have read six out of the seven books I bought and I have to return one of them because it’s already been bought for me but that’s okay because I got a refund. 🙂

I also really want to go buy The Eternity Cure and The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa because I saw them at Big W and the covers on Book Depository are bad… (Which I just did – so excited!!)

As to why I bought them? I’ve got two words that say it all: Cassandra Clare. And, you know, I like John Flannagan too (I’ve met him!) though not enough to realise he had another book out… So I bought it! What else could I do? I have ALL his other books and this one’s got a Ranger in it! I really hope it’s someone we know… It would be SO awesome if it was Maddy!!

I could also technically include Looking For Alaska by John Green because my friend bought a second copy of hers so the covers would match and justified buying it by giving her original copy to me – awesome, right? ^_^

I’m going to stop talking right now because my writing is steadily deteriorating the more I write this… I apologise for the badly written post – at least I updated though! Hi-Five for that ;).

Let me know your Monday Musings! I’d love to hear them :).

Take Me Tomorrow

Read on 11th July, 2014

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

I would like to thank Shannon A. Thompson for providing me with an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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4.5 Stars 🙂

Two years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising.

But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems.

Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy.

He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.

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While I loved this book, I do admit that it was confusing at times (hence the .5). It took me a while to fully grasp the concept of how the drug tomo was the symbol of hope for the oppressed. I came to the conclusion that it was because it made you see that tomorrow would come. There was a line in the book that said the tomo showed peace after the war – which got me slightly confused because I thought that it only showed what tomorrow would bring – not any farther into the future. However, tomo is based largely on interpretation – so that could be part of it.

A very unique story, Take Me Tomorrow had great characters that you couldn’t help but love (aside from those such as Phelps and Anthony/Tony which are the obvious enemies).

Sophia isn’t one to mess with and, even when she was in the dark, you could count on her to stick up for her friends and put up a fight. I loved her knives and how she wasn’t afraid to use them – I’ve always been partial to knife-throwing. In the opening scene, we really see her relationship with her dog, Argos, and how she finds freedom in the forest behind her house. I love how her nickname isn’t just “Sophie” but “Soph E”. Sophia’s such a pretty name ;).

Noah was an intriguing character. At first I, like Sophia, thought that he was a bad guy (government propaganda and all that). Luckily for us Noah fans out there, he’s not the one at fault here. However, the fact remains that he’s a tomo addict and I’m not quite sure how I feel about that other than gladness that here we have an obviously imperfect lead guy in fiction – which is surprisingly hard to find. I do believe though, his addiction isn’t that hard to believe and is perhaps even expected considering who his parents are. Despite his addiction, I do love Noah and it was rather amusing how he interacted with all the characters on an individual level.

Lily was the awesome best friend that I wish I had! (Ironically, one of my best friends is called Lily and she’s blonde and really smart – do with that what you will). As I was journeying throughout this book, I actually thought that Lily wouldn’t be much help but, as it turns out, she had a really big influence on how things turned out – and ended up “saving the day” more than once. I feel really bad for her about what happened at prom (and still don’t quite understand precisely why it had to happen but you know, I’m rolling with it). Even at a young age, Lily was amazing – she deciphered the boys’ codes and times without them suspecting a thing! Which brings me onto a side note…

I love those watches!! At first, when we’re introduced to Broden in the hospital, we learn about his watch and his strange habits – constantly checking the time even though the face is broken and the time’s completely wrong, etc. Sophia then makes the remark that Noah was the same watch, but black. I think nothing of it. However, as we go deeper into the story we learn just how cool these watches are – Broden, Miles and Noah each have one and it’s how they communicate (it acts like a walkie talkie kind of thing), the watches are in sync at the “wrong time” so they can meet at times unknown to others and the last epic thing that we see these watches do is unlock Noah’s house – pretty awesome, huh? The latter quality leads me to wonder – how many are there? Is it a family thing? A rebellion item for key members? Are they hand-me-downs? What else can these watches do?

Back to the characters now, Miles and Brody were really cool (I know what you’re thinking – if they’re so cool then why did you group them together? The real question however, is why not group them together?) Miles turned out to be super smart – after all, he stole a train as a pre-teen, how awesome is that?! I feel really sorry for Brody. First, he gets in a fight for which there’s word that he has to go back to military school (after only two years of freedom). Then, he gets himself arrested. Poor thing… In the beginning, he also tries really hard not to get Sophia involved in the whole tomo/illegal activity they’re got going on. Which, as you know by the synopsis, doesn’t work out too well.

Let’s talk about Dwayne Grey (otherwise known as Sophia’s father). I loved his character so much! While he was out of town a lot, when he appeared he was just the best! Teaching his daughter to throw knives, hiding a forgery in his basement and – this one’s the best – being hired to work for Phelps (the evil dictator dude) on the account of being caught crossing illegally – in other words, for being a criminal. Yep, doesn’t this dude sound like the best dad? Well, he was despite and probably because of hiding a huge part of his life that was only unearthed when Noah came to town.

Lyn was really cool. With her tattoos, nursing skills, baby bump and three-year-old son, she was the backbone to this odd group. Easy going despite her tough exterior, Lyn was the one to go to in a crisis – particularly if you needed something to aid in illegal activity. She was the getaway driver, nurse and motherly figure that kept them all in line.

All in all, a great story with awesome characters who had each other’s backs in a unique dystopian world. I highly recommend Take Me Tomorrow to those seeking an interesting read with characters that you can love and a plot line that twists and turns.

WWW Wednesday #3

Sorry I haven’t posted my Musing Monday and Teaser Tuesday this week! I’m now officially off my break so while I’ll try to keep up the weekly memes, there’ll be times when I won’t be able to. 😦

WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MzB of Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

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I am currently reading The Stone Key by Isabelle Carmody which is the fifth instalment of the Obernewtyn Chronicles.

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Yesterday, I finished The Keeping Place by Isabelle Carmody which is the forth instalment of the Obernewtyn Chronicles as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare.

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Next, I plan on reading The Sending by Isabelle Carmody which is the sixth instalment of the Obernewtyn Chronicles but I also have My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult and Prayer: A Personal Testimony by Alfred Stanway to read.

There’s my WWW Wednesday! Please leave the link to your WWW Wednesday in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂