October 8, 2015

Shadowhunters Teaser!

Hi guys! I'm back from my hiatus, if only for a bit, because I really wanted to dicuss the Shadowhunters Teaser Trailer that just dropped! If you don't know much about Shadowhunters as a show, I'm going to refer you to my post from a while back. I talk all about the cast and stuff, so if you're confused, check that out! Okay, now if you haven't see the teaser yet, here it is:

Some things I would like to comment on/noticed with screenshots! (in chronological order):
  • I'm glad the the age difference isn't too significant (Clary's age is 17 in the books, but 18 on the show) 
  • The angelic runes on the birthday cake (0:01) and in the smoke (0:07)!
  • Among all the glitter and fabulousness of Magnus, we get a really quick glimpse of Clary, looking extremely lost (0:09)
  • Also, the key that Magnus has- will it help Clary with her memories or does it symbolize something? (You can also see that it is in the shape of an M at 0:13)
    • At 0:17 I'm 97.99% sure that the rune that appears is fearless, which is not unexpected since it's Jace. I'm also curious about what those three birds represent (are they pulling a Divergent?!)
    • If you pause around 0:25 you can see Alec with his bow and Magnus and Jace in the shadows on either side of him. The rune is the neon lights is love, but it is split in half. Very fitting. I also spotted the deflect, angelic, and agility runes on Alec.
    • Izzy is a badass with her whip and the precision rune
    • From 0:34-0:41, we see Simon! First, we see Simon in the room with two other people (possibly Camille on the chase?), but then the people disappear (symbolism?) and then the room crumbles to black and white. The chandelier is also dripping blood.
    • At precisely 0:42, we see Luke with a gun in front of a backdrop of graffiti. The precision, love, angelic, and fearless runes are all there together. We also see some wolves, bones and two women with red hair (one of them has an angelic rune on her forehead), possibly Clary and Jocelyn? 
    • At 0:44 we see Clary for a flash, in what looks like the same place as she was earlier (during the Magnus sparkles), except now there's FLAMES
    • Then she's running down the hall the we saw Alec in earlier, also with the split love rune
    • And then she's twirling around in what appears to be some of her drawings, maybe of demons and runes (you can see an iratze or heal rune in the picture below), ALSO ON FIRE. It appears to be inside the Fray household, which you see at the beginning when Clary blows out the birthday candles.
    • Then she's wielding a seraph blade like a pro in the alley where Jace first appeared
    • Clary prancing through the dark
    • Malec with a hint of glitter, as it should be
    • Izzy looking flawless, even when she's running
    • Again, that split second shot of Clary with all the artsy lens flares-
    • MORE PAPERS BURING (probably more of Clary's sketches). I spotted an angelic rune and an iratze, as well as what could be soundless, agility, and deflect runes
    • And then the end shot, with Jace, Clary, Alec and Izzy in front of the New York skyline! (WHY NO SIMON?!?)

    Overall, I was really happy with the teaser! It didn't really give us any clips from the actual show, but instead hinted about what was to happen in the plot. My favorite part is either the part with Alec or Luke because hidden symbols! I loved the representations of everything and the use of runes, as well. I think what I'm most curious about are those quick shots of Clary with the lens flares that kept on reoccurring. Maybe they were just thrown in there for dramatics, but I think that it might be important later on, especially since each of those shots were so brief.

    Shadowhunters premieres January 2016, on ABC Family (soon to be Freeform)! You can also keep up to date on Shadowhunters news here.

    Okay, that's it for this post! Let me know what you thought about this teaser and if there was anything else I didn't catch! I'll try to post again soon,
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    August 17, 2015

    Summer Recap + A Hiatus

    Hi guys! Since the end of summer is almost upon us, I thought I would recap all that's happened on the blog and in my life this summer!

    In June, we didn't get a whole lot of posts put up because that was around the end of school year when everyone gets swamped with finals and essays and last minute assessments. But, Soumya posted her May wrap up and when school was let out, Alyssa and I got the chance to attend the Bay Area Book Festival. It was such a fun way to start the summer.

    In July, I joined my first book subscription box and I wrote an unboxing post. Alyssa also posted her first review on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali. Um, the blog kind of turned one and I hosted my first giveaway... I also wrote another Top Ten Tuesday post on my favorite book nerds in YA. And then last but not least, Soumya posted her review on The Wrath and the Dawn.

    Okay, so now onto the hiatus part. I'm going to be going to be starting high school next week. I'm going to be a freshman and gonna get my self hopelessly lost. I'm honestly rather terrified because I have no clue what to expect. All I know of it is the hopefully exaggerated version of it where lower classmen are stuffed into lockers, the teachers eat children, and the cafeteria food has a mind of its own (Eek). So because of this first year anxiety, I'm planning to take a hiatus once I start school. That way I'll have time to adjust and focus on studying. I'm not sure how long I'll be gone, but I hope I can post again soon.

    Until next time,
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    July 31, 2015

    Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

    Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
    Author: Renée Ahdieh
    Pages: 388
    Published: May 12th 2015 by Putnam
    Series: StandaloneBuy on the Book Depository
    A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

    Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

    She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
    Hey guys!
    Sorry for not posting in a month or so, but I've been busy on vacation and have had limited computer access. I found out the hard way that it's WAY difficult writing a blog post on a phone, so I decided to just wait it out. When I haven't been catching up on beauty sleep (school definitely takes that away from you) I've been happily guzzling up some new reads. Today I'm here to talk about a book I was really skeptical about reading but ended up falling in love with. The reason I was so skeptical about reading this book is because I've read a few retellings of A Thousand and One Nights, as well as the original, and I didn't enjoy them very much. However, this book has been crazy hyped up and a lot of people loved it, so I figured I might as well give it a try.

    There were so many brilliant things about this book. The writing was BEAUTIFUL, I was lost in descriptions of gorgeous ethnic wear and on more than one occasion my stomach grumbled at the way the food was portrayed. But more than that, the romance was tastefully done. A lot of times, romance is given too much spotlight, and at other times there is too little of it, but in this story it was well balanced with themes of revenge, friendship and family, honor, etc. Another thing I really liked about this novel was that it portrayed themes of feminism. Shazi is a strong female character who holds her own with a man who is known for murdering his wives. She is realistically fearless and she doesn't give a damn about what Khalid thinks of her when she thinks little of him. She doesn't let him own her and she definitely does not give up on what she wants.It was also a lot of fun to get to read the story Shazi told, as it was immensely captivating.

    As for things I didn't like, there were few. All I can say without spoiling the story is that I found a few things to be unrealistic. For instance, Shazi barely told any of her story before it became dawn. That doesn't seem possible even if she was talking at the pace a sloth moves. But other than that, five stars!

    ~ the SPOILERY bit~

    One thing that bothered me about this book was that there was a bit too much of a typical love triangle, with the boy back home and then the boy the girl meets and ultimately likes better. How many series has that happened in? While I ship Khalid and Shazi, I do wish that the author had done something better with the love triangle. It lacked the oomph that the rest of the story had, but ultimately wasn't too big of a deal. Also, it seemed unrealistic that it would only take two nights to convince Khalid to keep Shazi alive. Overall, though, this book was fantastic.


    Okay, that's it for this post! Definitely check out this book as it's a masterpiece, and let me know what you think down in the comments!
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    July 28, 2015

    Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

    Hi guys! Today I'm back with another Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish. Today's prompt is top ten characters who are fellow book nerds! One of my favorite things in books is when there are characters who love to read because it's something that I can relate to. So, without further ado, here are my favorite characters who are literature lovers.

    1. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter 
    Um duh. She always looks to books for help and spends as much time as possible in the library at Hogwarts. Hermione was one of the first characters who showed readers that readers could be heroes too.

    2. Cath from Fangirl
    Cath is pretty much the embodiment of Book Nerd. Her life revolves around Simon Snow (the equivalent of Harry Potter in Fangirl), she collects all the Simon Snow merch (from posters to figurines), and she also writes fanfiction.

    3. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass
    One thing I love about Celaena is that she loves to read. I would necessarily call her a nerd (she'd probably slit your throat), but she has a great love for literature. Although she is a notorious assassin, she stays up till dawn reading.

    4. Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices
    Tessa is most definitely a classical book nerd. She loves to read classics (especially a Tale of Two Cities). She always compares her life to that of those in stories, which is something I love about her.

    5. William Herondale from the Infernal Devices
    Okay, had to throw Will in here too. He and Tessa bond a lot over reading. I don't think I can say much us without spoiling, but books helped him though a dark time and if you read Clockwork Prince, you understand how much they mean to him.

    6. Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson books
    Annabeth, much like Hermione is a kick butt reader. Despite being dyslexic, she loves books and always references them. Quite fitting for a daughter of Athena, don't you think?

    7. Chubs from The Darkest Minds
    Chubs is infamous for his terrible eyesight from constantly reading books. Sad thing is, when it's the middle of the apocalypse, you don't have much time to read and you can only take a few precious books with you.

    8. Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars
    Hazel represents the more civilized side of book nerdom. She reads and rereads her favorite book and analyzes it. But still, she as much a book nerd as us. She fangirls when her favorite author responds to her email, and even travels across the world to met him.

    9. Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska
    Alaska has a "Life Library". A collection of books she's found from all over the place, so she always has something to read. I'm pretty sure that's something all of us can relate to...

    10. Okay, I actually got stuck on a tenth characters, so I'll leave this one to you guys. Can you think of some other characters who love to read?

    Okay, that's it for this post! Thanks for reading and I'll try to have another post up soon.
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    July 23, 2015

    One Year Blogoversary + Giveaway

    Hi guys! One year ago, during Summer vacation, a teenaged bibliophile with way too much time on her hands decided she wanted to start a blog. She loved to read and to go on the internet, so it was the logical thing to do. She spent months trying to create the right blog template and figuring who to co-blog with and coming up with the right name. Then finally, on July 23rd, the first post on When the Words End was posted and the adventure began.

    IT'S BEEN ONE YEAR OF BLOGGING. Okay, we haven't been doing a very good job of blogging lately, but nevertheless, it's been a year since I wrote my first post on When the Words End.

    WHEN THE WORDS END IS ONE YEAR OLD. The year flew by... at the speed of light... on a horse... carried by a jet plane... Yeah I don't know where I'm going with this, BUT WHEN DID THIS EVEN HAPPEN?!?! *deep, rattling banshee breaths*

    To celebrate the occasion, I'm going to talk a little about the process of creating the blog and what this past year has been like! Stay tuned till the end for a giveaway ;)

    So I will admit that one of the hardest things about starting a blog is coming up with a name. You need to think of something that relates to your blog and it needs to be original and catchy, but not too long. I think I went through a few blog names including:
    • Books, Blogs, and Other Whimsical Things (Bet you can't guess what the blog was about)
    • Books and Whimsy (pretty sure this was taken)
    • The Side Effects of Reading (I actually kind of liked this one, but my friends disagreed)
    And then we finally settled on When the Words End! The name of the blog refers to when you finish a book and "the words end". Which leads to all the crazy things we do for books, including our  rambling that happen on the blog. For a while we had a cute slogan in our header that said When the Words End, the World Ends. There's a few different ways to look at that, so I'll leave interpretation to you guys.

    Next, onto the blog design. Also quite difficult to do, but for other reasons. I actually designed the blog's template, but it took quite a long time! Special thanks to Stephanie at These Paper Hearts, whose amazing coding tips and tutorials helped me so much with the design.

    Here you can see how much the design of WTWE has developed, which kind of insane:

    Okay, now things are going to get a bit cheesy, but thanks so much to everyone who follows our blog and comments and actually reads what we write. Books mean so much to us and the fact that there are humans out there who will actually read our blog about them blows my mind.

    AND ONTO WHAT I KNOW YOU HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR. To celebrate this glorious day, I'm giving away two ARCs (advanced reader copies): A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson (publishes October 6th) and Untwine by Edwidge Danticat (publishes September 29th). Unfortunately I don't have the money for international shipping, so this giveaway is U.S. only. The giveaway will run from the 23rd of July to 8/14/2015. The winning entry will be verified and the Winner must respond within 72 hours or the prize will go to another person.

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    Thanks again to everyone who reads and visits our blog :)
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    July 22, 2015

    Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
    Author: Becky Albertalli
    Pages: 303
    Published: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
    Series: Standalone
    Buy on the Book Depository
    Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

    With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
    Hi everyone! The other day I just finished Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AIlbertalli.When I first heard about this book, I wasn't very interested. However, people were saying AMAZING things about it. So when I saw it in ARC form at a local bookstore, I immediately picked it up and started reading. And despite my high expectations, I LOVED IT. I finished it in less than a day- which is saying something, as it usually takes me about three days to read a book. And yeah, I know, I'm kind of late to the Simon bandwagon, but I totally understand the hype now.

    Where to begin? This book was so cute, funny, adorable, and realistic- I actually laughed out loud at some parts. Despite the fact that there is blackmail and lots of bad feelings between certain characters, it's a light- hearted, cute read. Simon was a great narrator/character - funny, relatable, honest, sweet, cynical, and awkward. Not to mention realistic. A lot of characters in YA contemporary nowadays are unrealistically profound and eloquent. While Simon had deep stuff to say, it wasn't to the point where he sounded wise beyond his years. Another thing I really liked was that it also explored Simon's other aspects of his life, besides the romance. Nowadays, most YA books make the main focus the romance, but Simon was not the case. While this book was mostly funny and cute, it could get deep and emotional, and I think Becky Albertalli did a great job of balancing it out so that it wasn't too sad (cough cough TFIOS).  

    My only complaints would be that the beginning was a bit confusing for me. A lot of characters were introduced at once and I could barely keep them straight. But as the book continued on, it was easier to remember who was who. And yeah, I did kinda guess who Blue was, but it wasn't annoying me that Simon didn't figure him out sooner. Plus Simon and Blue are sososo adorable.

    If you still need reasons to be loving this book already, here are some more:
    1. TONS of Harry Potter references
    2. Good music (Passion Pit for life)
    3. OREOS
    4. Waffles
    5. Reese's 

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporaries- or anyone, really. Overall, a fantastic debut novel! Can't wait to read more of Becky Albertalli's books in the future.

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    July 8, 2015

    My First Owlcrate!

    Hi guys! Last month I received my first Owlcrate box! For those of you who don't know, Owlcrate is a monthly subscription than sends you a new YA release and other bookish goodies! It costs $29.99 plus shipping each month, but you can also prepay for three or six months with a discount. Each month, there's a different theme and the theme for the June box was diversity!

    Here's what was in the box:

    • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera ($17.99)
    • More Happy Than Not Temporary Tattoo and Poster
    • "Dumbledore Supports Marriage Equality" Banner made by Appraising Pages
    • "Read More Diverse Books" Earrings made by Snark Factory ($10.00)
    • Pride Flag Shoe Wings from Shwings ($8.95)

    I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with this months' box. I think it was because it was centered more on diversity than bookishness. I don't plan on wearimg the shoe wings- they're cute but a little childish. I liked the earrings, but unfortunately I don't have pierced ears. However, I am excited to read More Happy Than Not because it's been getting pretty good reviews and who doesn't love some diversity in YA? I think my favorite thing from the box was the banner. It's super adorable and will be finding a place on my bookshelf or wall very soon.

    I still plan to stick to my subscription for July (the theme is Friendship, so I'm excited!), but with the shipping every month, it's a little pricey and I may cancel soon.  But if you enjoy the surprise of something like this and you have the money, I highly recommend that you subscribe to Owlcrate. Spots fill up fast, so make sure to put your name on the waiting list and check out their website!

    Have you joined any book subscriptions? I'd love to hear what you think of them or what other subscriptions you recommend.
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    June 22, 2015

    Bay Book Fest Haul

    Hi guys! At the beginning of June, I had the opportunity to attend the Bay Area Book Festival. It took place in Berkley. It was so much fun, especially since I got to go with Alyssa and another one of my friends.

    There were lots of cool exhibitors with tents set up, with things from Italian licorice to Harry Potter jewelry to free books! They were so much fun to explore. I think my favorite part of the festival was a book installation that was set up called Lacuna. It was made of donated books and you could take as many books as you wanted from it for free. Another highlight was I got the chance to meet several YA authors, like Suzanne Young, Jenny Han, Lauren Oliver, Morgan Matson, and Tamara Ireland Stone. 

    The Haul:
    Okay, so I may or may not have managed to accumulate eleven books over the course of two days. Before you start hyperventilating, let me tell you that more than half of the books were free or discounted.

    The first book I got was a Manga Sampler. They were being given out at a comic/manga booth set up near the teen stage, so I picked one up. 

    I already had a copy of The Program, so I bought the sequel and prequel as well. I didn't plan on getting them, but The Treatment was 20% off at Half Price Books and got The Remedy as well. I can't wait to marathon them all!

    Every Last Word was officially published on June 16th, but it was being sold early at the festival because Tamara Ireland Stone was speaking there. I bought a copy and got it signed because it has been getting so many good reviews and I want to see what all the hype's about. 

    I don't really have a good reason for buying Roomies, other than I liked the cover, I've heard some good things about it, and it was nine dollars at Half Price Books.

    I also bought Catching Fire for nine dollars at Half Price Books. It was in good condition and I didn't already own a physical copy, so I went ahead and bought it.

    I also got My Life Next Door from Half Price Books and I found it in the bargain books section. Try to guess how much is was? TWO DOLLARS. TWO DOLLARS FOR A BEAUTIFUL HARDCOVER. #WINNING

    There was a tent giving out free used books, so of course I swung by. I ended up getting Spirit Bound by Rachelle Mead. Even thought it's like, the fifth book in the series, I got it because I really want to read Vampire Academy and it was free.

    From Lacuna, I got A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. I've heard so many good things about A Monster Calls and Stormdancer has a gorgeous cover, so of course I snatched them up.

    Okay, that's it for this post! I'll try my best to get another blog more soon!
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    June 5, 2015

    Soumya's May Wrap-Up

    Hi guys!
    So I basically read nothing during May :( I was really busy studying for finals, preparing for orchestra concerts, and whatnot, and I've been in a huge slump all month long. This post is going to be a bit ranty and maybe even depressing, so just bear with me.

    I've kind of run out of books to read from our small school library and also the public library. I don't know whether it's spring fever (now summer fever!) or just plain old laziness, but I just haven't been feeling it this month. I read only fifteen books this month, which is an all-time-low, and it's probably not going to increase over the summer since I'll be travelling and can't buy/borrow/carry books around. Let's move onto the books!

    So, Bright Young Things is my most recent read and Geek Girl is the oldest. That's about all for this category.

    I've abandoned this challenge since I'm not really having fun with it, and that was the whole point. Maybe next year?


    MY FAVORITE: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutoski
    This book was phenomenal! I loved everything about it- the plot, the characters, the setting, the cover. OMG the cover. I really really recommend you read this if you haven't yet, I devoured it all in one sitting. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel! I also really loved A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. Read my mini review about it here!

    MY LEAST FAVORITE: Geek Girl by Holly Smale
    This book really bothered me. I hated a lot of it and barely tolerated the rest. The characters annoyed me, the Britishness annoyed me (a first) and the plot especially annoyed me. I thought that this book would actually have something to do with intelligence and how smartness is beautifulness, but it was mostly just complaining about modelling. I really wanted to enjoy this book but I found that it was extremely difficult to even finish this. Unless you're a British geek-turned-model who loves to read bad writing, I don't suggest picking this one up.

    It's haul time! Only, I don't have any books to share with you this month. 
    Um, I did swap my copy of I Am The Messenger for a copy of Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend. Does that count?

    V. LIFE
    Life was really boring this month. I finished up a load of projects, studied (and aced!) finals, played in a nerve-racking concert and a stressful tournament, etcetera etcetera. Hopefully the summer will be more eventful and filled with lots of fun in the sun and ice cream! I might disappear off the blog due to spotty internet during my travelling, but I'll be back soon, never fear :) Have a great summer, guys!
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