May 26, 2015

The Ultimate Top Ten Tuesday

Hi guys, so I haven't done a Top Ten Tuesday post in so long! I was just going to do this week's prompt, but then I came up with an idea. It was born from the fact that it's usually pretty hard for me to come up with ten books for each list, and I haven't done a TTT post in twelve thousand centuries. Today, my dear children, I am going to take ten TTT prompts I haven't done yet and choose one answer for each prompt. Brace yourselves for the mayhem that's about to ensue.


January 28th: One Character I Would NEVER Want To Trade Places With.
I'm going to go with a super obvious character- Tris Prior from the Divergent trilogy. There are a lot of characters who I wouldn't wanna trade places with (pretty much any character has some sort of tragedy), but I think Tris had it the worst. Although I can't say much without spoiling the series, some pretty awful things happen to Tris.

February 4: One Book That Will Make You Cry.
The first book to make me bawl in a long time was All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. It's about a girl named Violet and a boy called Finch and how they fall in love, but it also deals with metal health. I'm going to leave it at that, because I think the book is better when you go in not knowing much. It was so beautifully written and I pretty much cried all throughout the last 100 pages.

February 18: The Top Reason Why I love being a Blogger.
I love blogging for so many different reasons. However, I think the main reason why is because I love sharing my thoughts and talking about books with other people. The book blogging community is so welcoming and I love that there are so many people who are as passionate for reading as I am.

March 4: One Popular Author I've Never Read.
Michelle Hodkin, author of the Mara Dyer trilogy. Everyone raves about her books and how amazing Noah Shaw is. It's not that I don't want to read her books, I do! But, I want to wait until I can buy the entire trilogy so I can marathon them. Which won't be for a while cause I am completely and utterly broke.

March 25: The Top Thing on my Bookish Bucket List.
Okay, there are enough things on my Bookish Bucket List that I might do an entire post on it later. But, I think one of the biggest things I want to do one day is to attend BEA, or Book Expo America. First of all, it's in New York. I've never been there and it seems like it would be such a fun place to visit. Plus, THE STRAND. Secondly, it would be a great chance to be able to meet other book lovers and authors and really feel like part of the book community. ARCs, swag, and books in general are also bonuses.

April 4: The Most Unique Book I've Read
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. In short, this book is about twins Noah and Jude and how they used to be super close. But, three years later, they became distance and barely talked to each other.

The writing style that Jandy uses is so unique. It's metaphorical and beautiful and what I can only describe as vibrant. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it's super interesting. The book has a dual POV and switches between time periods. For example, the present day is told in Jude's perspective and the past (three years ago) is told in Noah's perspective. They characters have completely different point of views and see things so differently as well. If you want to try reading something that has I unique characters and writing style, I highly recommend I'll Give You the Sun.

April 7: The First Character I'd Like To Check In With.
Eleanor from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. If you've read the book, you know full why I chose Eleanor. Again, I can't say much without spoilers, but the ending of the book is rather open ended so we never really find out what happens to Eleanor.

April 14: One Bookish Thing (That Isn't Books) That I'd Like To Own
Shadowhunter Tarot Cards: Deluxe Edition. Realistically, I will never buy this because it is extremely expensive, but I can hope. These are tarots cards designed by Cassanda Jean, inspired by Cassandra Clare's many books set in the Shadowhunter world (this includes books that are going to be published, like The Dark Artifices). The deluxe edition has a cool box that looks like a book with the angelic power rune on it to hold the cards. I'll most likely buy the normal Tarot Cards at some point, though.

  

May 12: One Author I REALLY Want To Meet.
The most obvious answer would be JK Rowling. I mean, who DOESN'T want to meet JK Rowling? But I think I'm gonna go with Alexandra Bracken. First of all, I absolutely love the Darkest Minds trilogy. Alex also seems like such a nice person and I would love to meet her some day.

May 27: May 26: One Books Series I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer.
I changed the prompt from book to series because I know that I will be rereading The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare for sure. I'm currently on City of Bones. I think I'm rereading it mostly because TMI is being turned into a TV show called The Shadowhunters on ABC Family! I'm super excited about it and if you're curious, you can read more about here.

Okay, that's it for this post! What are your opinions on this post? Do you think I should I do more TTT mash ups in the future? 

P.S. I'm almost done with school (just two more weeks!), so I should be able to post a lot more soon! Until then-
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May 20, 2015

Announcement: New Blogger!

Hi everyone, I'm Alyssa, and I'll be joining the WTWE team! I'm friends with the other member of WTWE through school. I joined this blog because I wanted to use it as a platform to share my thoughts about books, connect with more bookish people, and learn more about computer/ tech design.

I love reading because I believe books are a great way to dive into other people's worlds, escape reality, and gain new perspectives on the world. I will pretty much read anything YA (sometimes middle grade or new adult), and almost every genre. Some of my favorite series include The Darkest Minds, Harry Potter, The Lunar Chronicles, Throne of Glass, and The Grisha Trilogy. While reading is my favorite hobby, some of my other interests include dancing, music, and photography.

I will try to contribute reviews, book events, and any other bookishness that I can think of. I'm excited to join the WTWE community and look forward to writing more posts soon!

I also have a bookstagram (an Instagram all about books) where I post bookish photos, reviews, and more. So if you have an Insta, feel free to check it out at @bookishpages. Thanks!


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May 16, 2015

Mini Reviews

Hi guys!
I'm feeling a bit lazy again, so I've decided to do a few mini reviews instead of one full length one. I personally like mini reviews a lot because they get the point across without tons and tons of text, but there's still enough room for a bit of fangirling or ranting. The mini reviews featured below are Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Firefight. The first book is about a year old, the second one really new, and the third one is pretty new as well.

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn
I just got my hands on this book after swapping with a friend, and I really enjoyed it. It was a fun contemporary read and put me in a very summer-ready mood. The book wasn't perfect, though. The main character annoyed me a little bit because I felt like she was stupid, and the plot was kind of predictable. It was also annoying because she kept comparing her ex-boyfriend to Josh. In my mind, I was screaming at Gemma very often. The plot did manage to twist and turn a bit though, so I wasn't bored. I liked the romance in the story, and I also liked the fact that the story was about friendship and family problems too. This book is a perfect read to get ready for summertime, and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. Four stars!

A Court of Thorns and Roses  by Sarah J Maas
Sarah J Maas did it again! I fell heads-over-heels in love with this book. It was really different from Throne of Glass and the rest of the books in that series, but that was definitely a great thing. The fantasy was awesome, the plot was twisty and intriguing, and I really liked the romance. It was a bit borderline New Adult typeish, but I think it fit the personality of the book. In general, I liked the writing style, and I thought the characters were very well-crafted. This book was super enjoyable to read even though it was a bit intense at times. I really liked the main character, which made it a lot easier to read, but in general I thought everything meshed well together. Five stars!

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
I was just introduced into the world of Brandon Sanderson a little while back with Steelheart, and about a week ago I finally got to read the sequel. This book wasn't as awesome as Steelheart was, but I liked it nonetheless. The plot confused me a bit and the main character started to get on my nerves, which is why this book wasn't as great as the first, but otherwise I liked the writing, most of the plot, all the other characters, and the overall idea of the story. This isn't one of my favorites, but if you're a dystopian-fantasy-adventure fan or a Brandon Sanderson fan, you should definitely check this out. Three point five stars!

That's it for these mini reviews! Tell me what you think in the comments and also if there are any books you'd like me to review.
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May 15, 2015

Shadowhunters Casting!

Hi guys! So if you didn't already know, Cassandra Clare's City of Bones was turned into a movie. It also horribly failed. But luckily enough, The Mortal Instruments is being remade into a television show with an entirely new cast on ABC family called The Shadowhunters. The show is set to start filming May 25th in Toronto. The first season is going to be thirteen episodes long, and the first episode being called "The Mortal Cup".  A lot of people have been casted recently, so I thought I would share my thoughts and opinions on them! Warning, there may be minor spoilers for The Mortal Instruments.

I haven't actually see anything he's in, but I think appearance wise, he could be a good Jace! You can't see very well in this picture, but his eyes are two different colors- one is blue and the other is brown. I think it's a good alternative to Jace's gold eyes in the books. He's also blonde and I think he matches Jace's description pretty well.Jace is being played Dominic Sheerword, who is arguably best known from Taylor Swift's Style music video. He was also in the movie adaptation of Vampire Academy, so he's at least sort of familiar with the world of book to film adaptations.

Clary Fray is being portrayed by Katherine McNamara. She was in a bunch of Disney Channel movies and TV shows that I admit to watching. She's also going to be in The Scorch Trials movie! I don't know how her acting skills are going to be in a show like The Shadowhunters, which I expect will be much more action-paced and intense than some other things she's been in, but I like her as Clary! She fits the character description pretty well with her natural red hair and has greenish-brown eyes. I can't wait to see her play our lead!

Simon Lewis is being played by Alberto Rosende. I'm kind of sad about Simon being re-casted because I actually really liked Robert Sheehan! I still think that Alberto could play a good Simon, though. He definitely looks the part with his glasses. He hasn't been in a lot of movies or films, so I don't know what to think about his acting yet, but I'm keeping an open mind!

Emeraude Toubia is playing Isabelle Lightwood. She's been in a bunch of Spanish TV shows that I have never heard of. Emeraude doesn't quite fit my visualization of Izzy. She does have the black hair and eyes, but I was expecting Izzy to be a bit more pale. I'm more worried, however, about if she'll look related to the actor playing Alec. I can't really tell from pictures, so I'm curious about how they're going to look together on the show.

And then the other Lightwood is being played by Matthew Daddario. Yes, he is related to Alexandra Daddario. So inadvertently, Annabeth Chase is Alec Lightwood's sister... Anyways, I like him as Alec! I didn't really Kevin Zegers (City of Bones Alec) as Alec because he looked much older than eighteen. I haven't seen anything that Matthew is in either, so I don't have much to comment. He doesn't quite have the blue eyes but I still think he'll work nicely as Alec.

Luke Garroway is being played by Isaiah Mustafa. He's been in quite a few TV shows and movies that I haven't watched. Apparently he's also been in some Old Spice commercials,  which I vaguely recall watching, but there's not a lot for me to judge yet. He definitely isn't how I imagined Luke, but in this case, I think a bit of diversity will be fine.

Valentine Morgenstern is being played by Alan Van Sprang. He's been in a bunch of horror movies, which I believe is sufficient preparation for playing our villain. He definitely seems to have that brooding, dark demeanor. Physically, he has pretty angular features, which I think will work for Valentine. However, he is also supposed to have white-blonde hair, which I don't think will look to good on dear ol' Alan.

Our favorite warlock ever, Magnus Bane, is being portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. He's been in quite a few movies and shows including Glee and Step Up Two and Three. I'm super excited to see him as Magnus! He has the brown skin and spiky hair. He seems like he has the charisma and charm, so all we need  now is glitter!

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the cast! I like that they're having younger and newer actors on the show. I can't wait to see the pilot and to see the show come together. Are you excited for The Shadowhunters? What are your thoughts and opinions on the cast?

If you would like to keep up with the latest casting and news for The Shadowhunters, you can follow them on Twitter or Instagram.

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May 9, 2015

Soumya's April Wrap-Up

Hi guys!
Sorry this post is so late. These past few weeks have been mayhem (get it? Mayhem?) er, anyways, I had family visiting, tests going on, and the internet was down for a bit too. So, because of all of that and plenty of other reasons I won't bore you with, this post is quite overdue. Let's get right into April!

I. READING IN GENERAL
I read 43 books this month! That's seven more books than last month, so I'm really impressed. I think that's probably because I had a whole week of Spring Break to read. Oh, and also 5 days of May. So in the May wrap-up, there'll probably be less books. Like around 30-ish. This month, I started a lot of new series and trilogies - started meaning I just read the first book. I read one trilogy, one fashion nonfiction book, one set of novellas, two graphic novels, one memoir, one companion novel, and lots more. I did two really exciting book-related things this month, which is a lot more than March. First off, I went to Yallwest, which is a young adult book festival in Santa Monica. Check out my post on it here! I also got to meet the awesome Leila Sales at a bookstore and won the very first ARC of Tonight The Streets Are Ours given to a teenager!!! That's definitely an experience I won't forget.

Here are all the pics of what I read last month! There are only 42 pics because one of the Mara Dyer books I featured in the last post because Goodreads was being glitchy. As of May 8th, Stitching Snow is the most recent read of mine and Bittersweet is the oldest.




II. THE 2015 READING CHALLENGE
Um...I made zero progress on this challenge this month. I feel really bad, but I just didn't feel like it. I promised you guys last month I would do better in April, but I lied. Sorry. Maybe next month? Finals are coming up and stuff, so I'm really not sure how much time I'll get to read.

III. MY FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE BOOKS
I will now choose the books. Eeeet will beee amazing. Okay, that's kind of weird. Anyways, read on!

MY FAVORITE: The Queen Of Bright And Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre 

I fell heads-over-sneakers in love with this book. I got an ARC of it a while back and I dove right into the book the day after I got it. The cover is beautiful. Like OMG beautiful. The story is beautiful. The characters are beautiful. I fell into a pool of beautifulness reading this book. I liked the love story, but even more than that I liked the themes of family and friendship, the somewhat-realistic portrayal of high school. It's gotten some mixed reviews, but I really liked it. And maybe it was just too many feels, maybe I wouldn't like it so much the next time around, maybe, maybe, maybe. All I know was that it was good and you should read it. Read it now. Actually, finish reading this post and then go read it. :D

MY LEAST FAVORITE: The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson

To start off, I should say that I have nothing against Kevin Emerson. I really liked The Fellowship For Alien Detection and while I haven't read Exile yet, it seems good. I even got to meet him at a book event and I really liked his personality. But I really really really did not like this book. Getting to the end was like trying to climb out of a pit of quicksand. Slippery, difficult, and not enjoyable. The ending wasn't redeemable either. It just kind of sucked.  I didn't like any of the characters, I hated the setting, I had a strong dislike for the plot, and the book was just plain boring. Stay away from this book because it pained me to give it even one star.


IV. BOOK HAUL
It's haul time! I got a lot of books this month - 7. I bought The 100 by Kass Morgan, Popular by Maya Van Wagenen, Panic by Lauren Oliver, and Noggin by John Corey Whaley. I received ARCs of 99 Days by Katie Cotugno, The Queen Of Bright And Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre, and Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales. They were all in the decent to amazing range, so that was nice. I also got two bookish t-shirts, which really shouldn't count but I'll add them anyways. One is a Yallwest shirt and the other is a shirt I got that has a really cool quote from All The Bright Places on it. So that was pretty cool.

V. LIFE
April has been an exciting month, to say the least. There were a lot of birthdays and visitors this month, which was nice, but there were also lots of tests, which were decidedly not nice. I watched a lot of TV this month and became kinda sorta addicted to Trivia Crack. There's been a lot of drama lately, but it's been okay. I got rubber bands in addition to my braces, because apparently my teeth are really terrible. But, I finally got a chance to go shopping for summery clothes, which I've been dying to do for a really long time. May and the first few days of June are going to be crazy, with end-of-year projects due and finals coming up but also fun things to look forward to like amusement park trips...I guess you have to take the good with the bad.

That's it for this wrap-up! Hope you enjoyed!
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