Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

Top Ten Tuesday-It is a meme created by Jaime at The Broke and the Bookish where you create a list of your top ten favorite of any given category.

1.Divergent (Divergent, #1)
This ending was just so unsuspecting...so many deaths

2.The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

3.Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
I have no idea why I didn't see this ending coming, but I was just so pissed it ended there. The author is plain cruel. Seriously, everyone else was like the ending is so predictable and I'm just like:

4.The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)
Adrian, why do you do this to me? I knew, I KNEW it was coming, but why did it have to end?

5.Unraveling (Unraveling, #1)
The ending. Was such. A cliffhanger. And I have had the 2nd book for the last 4 months...

6.The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)
God, everything about this book. Especially how it ended. It just leaves me way to curious. And too excited.

7.Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
I know I use this book way too much in Top Ten Tuesday, but Chaol! I have to find out how everything goes down!

8.The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)
The ending actually wasn't bad, but there are so many unanswered questions that I must find out. Now.

9.Another Little Piece
This is my first beginning one, weirdly. It just really gripped me from page one, which is hard for that to happen to me. Usually it starts getting good around the middle.

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
If you read this, you understand my pain.

What about you?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Taste Test

Taste TestIf you can grill it, smoke it, or fry it, Nora Henderson knows all about it. She’s been basting baby back ribs and pulling pork at her father’s barbeque joint since she was tall enough to reach the counter. When she’s accepted to Taste Test, a reality-television teen cooking competition, Nora can’t wait to leave her humble hometown behind, even if it means saying good-bye to her dad and her best friend, Billy. Once she’s on set, run-ins with her high-society roommate and the maddeningly handsome—not to mention talented—son of a famous chef, Christian Van Lorten, mean Nora must work even harder to prove herself. But as mysterious accidents plague the kitchen arena, protecting her heart from one annoyingly charming fellow contestant in particular becomes the least of her concerns. Someone is conducting real-life eliminations, and if Nora doesn’t figure out who, she could be next to get chopped for good. 
With romance and intrigue as delectable as the winning recipes included in the story, this debut novel will be devoured by all.

After first hearing of this book, I was extremely excited to read it, because it's focused on food, people. And a competition for teens! It sounded like the perfect summer read! And then, after hearing from a person that it was a huge let down, I kind of deflated. Finally, I decided to pick it up, and it went really well! Maybe because my expectations had decreased or maybe Nora was just that hilarious. Either way, I would recommend this book highly if you were looking for a light read.

We first have our main character, Nora. When I met her, I immediately liked her, because she was really brave and mostly smart. And she had to work to where she got. Sarcastic is another word that I think of. She was a perfect combination of funny and witty! There were parts where I just wanted to smack her, because she was so stupid, but otherwise, I liked her alot!

The love interest, Christian, made me oh so mad. Really, he was highly annoying at first. He seemed bipolar(though I can admit Nora seemed bipolar alot too). Sometimes really sweet, other times...not so much. By the end, I sort of liked him, but I wouldn't go so far to say that I loved him as a character.

The plot was really simple. You know from about page 10 where this story is going to go. But something about how the author wrote just made me love (mostly) the characters. There were a few instances where is was really cheesy. Overall, though, the cooking and competition made me really enjoy it.

A very quick and light read, so pretty much a perfect beach read! The characters were easy to like, and the competition keeps you on your toes! I think if you love cooking, too, this one is especially for you to enjoy.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Interesting Thing About Being Interesting

In my time blogging, I've learned and noticed alot of things. One of those things is being....well, interesting.

I would never call myself a popular blog, but I do like to think it has it's good days. I put time into it, like almost every other blogger I know. But, throughout it all, I've noticed that being interesting is really, really hard.

I mean, you could write a bajillion amazing posts that deserves showering love and comments.(No, I'm not saying I deserve this myself.) Writing an interesting post will not make you famous however. Well, a few times that happens, but don't try to fool yourself that it might happen to you.

Not only do you have to write amazingly, but you also have to be patient. I think patience is the most important thing. Time is also a huge factor. Communicating with other people and getting to know about them may help, but don't just do to help your blog. Do it for the fun of talking to people about what you love most. Speaking of talking to people, comments also are a huge help. Some people comment back( I do it most of the time.), so therefore people may start liking your posts when you let them discover your posts. Even if you do all these things, this does not mean that you will become worldwide famous, but you probably will have people who actually like what you write and take your thoughts and opinions seriously.

The most important thing to remember when writing posts, is just being yourself. But also make it enjoyable to read and easy to relate to. I myself sometimes have trouble balancing all these things, but it mainly just depends upon practice and just being friendly. Even if you aren't good with words, just do videos, or gifs to express yourself. Just try something different! Don't follow the rules of other blogs.(Just don't do something crazy.)

(This gif kinda contradicts everything I just said.)

There is my wise wisdom for you today.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Antigoddess Giveaway

As promised on twitter, I'm going to be giving away my dear copy of Antigoddess. I'm not going to be posting my review today, because my review is going to be closer to publication date, but for now, I've decided to do something else.

Today, I'm creating 2 outfits I think Athena would wear.

First one:

Second one:

Okay, there are my two selected ones! The first one is a more casual one, and I decided for the second a more bold and dressy. As you probably can tell, Athena likes black.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mind Games: Review

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

I didn't have particularly high expectations for this book, because White's Paranormalcy series were just eh(Well, I only read the first 2 books.). But, wow, this book disappointed even my low expectations.

This book is told in alternating perspectives in different time periods, which mainly resulted in me being bored throughout the book. The perspectives are told by Annie, the helpless sister, and Fia, the crazy sister. I'm not trying to be rude, but that is how I saw the sisters. If you need any help understanding that Fia is crazy, though, I'll tell you she killed a person with a chair, just because that person "might" kill Annie in the future. I sort of get that she was trying to prevent Annie from getting killed, but what the fuck? Just. Really.

The most annoying thing to me in a book is when the writing repeats things multiple times just for it to sound cool. It does not. sound cool. It just sounds stupid and crazy. Never mind, it fits Fia's character.

Annie was okay at first. Then after 10 pages of her view I just could not stand how annoying and unassuming she was.

The only thing that kept me from completely and totally hating this book was the ending. It took me slightly surprised, and I'm probably going to read the sequel just to see what happens. I would not call it a cliffhanger though.

Overall, this book was just a waste of potential. I mean, you could have made this book so good, but instead this author somehow made me hate pretty much everything in this book. By everything, I mean the plot, characters, how stupid all of them are, the romance(I'm not even going there today), so everything besides the ending.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worse Movie Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday-It is a meme created by Jaime at The Broke and the Bookish where you create a list of your top ten favorite of any given category. This week is about the worse and the best movie adaptations. "rubs hands" This is going to be fun!

1.The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
Everyone probably knows why I love this movie. Jennifer Lawrence, guys! Though, I admit I didn't like the ending.

2.Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)
I adore the movie, and I'm currently reading the book. Seriously, best anime movie of all time.

3.The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Such an amazing movie. The book was ok, though. The feels in the movie...

4.Cloud Atlas
Ok, I admit I haven't read this book, but the MOVIE. And I've heard that it is very common with the book.

5.The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)
It's a classic. How could I refuse?

6.The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
This was the WORSE adaption of all time. You have no idea how mad I was at this movie.

7.The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
Loved the movie, but didn't really go along with the book.

8.Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

9.The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)
This was one of the worse adaptions. It was so loosely based off the books. I was pissed even more to find out the supposedly hot guy was fugly.

10.Blood and Chocolate
Ok movie. I just didn't like how it turned out.

What about you?

Monday, July 8, 2013

All About YA Novels is Gone

But don't worry! It has just been replaced by The Word Mineur. You're probably wondering right now what the heck does that name mean. A quick exclamation of why I changed my name and what does the name mean:
Basically, my old name bothered me, because it never really felt unique to me. I mean, All About YA Novels was okay, but I always felt that it was...lame and un-unique. So, I changed it.(And my blog design, which you probably noticed. More on that later.)
The name pretty much means Word Digger. Except Digger is in French. You're now possibly wondering why would I do an English word mixed with a French word. Well, I liked the way it sounded. It makes it sound more unique too. And I love the French language.
Onto the blog design. Isn't it just so perty??

I just simply adore it.(I'm speaking the old fashioned way.) It's a very cute and simple template, yet pops of color are here and there.
I'm slightly scared what the outcome of me changing my name will be, but I'm glad I finally did it! I hope everyone adores it as much as me!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Indelible: Review

Indelible (The Twixt, #1)Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…


Utterly original and complex, Indelible will with undeniably leave you turning pages faster than saying OMG.

I debated giving Indelible a full 4 stars, because I did really like the plot and the originality. However, some parts bored me for some reason, so I stuck with giving it a 3.5 stars.

The first thing that comes to mind when I was reading Indelible was this:

Reading this book made me feel like I was losing my mind, hence The Pixies song. It was just so crazy and good thrown together.

Joy, our main character, is your average girl, but you will soon realize that she has the Sight, which allows her to see things normal people wouldn't see. For example, she can see Scribes(, which you will learn about that later) and other crazy things.

I really liked Joy. She was reasonably smart, caring, and she was written like a real girl. She had your normal teenage problems. She had family problems. She was real. At times, she seemed a bit too reckless, but I find that most characters are way to reckless, so I'm letting that go.

Ink, our love interest, was definitely interesting. He is a Scribe, someone who gives tattoos in a way. He is not human by any means. He was pretty much crafted and made by his sister Inq, who I probably will talk about later. Okay, moving on to Ink. You first meet him at the carousel, and he pretty much tries to cut out Joy's eyes. Yeah, not off to a good start. I don't quite know what to say about Ink's character itself. I never really liked him or hated him in the book. I think that is mainly because how the author writes. I just kind of felt disconnected from most of the characters.( It is told in third-person, I think.)

Inq, Ink's sister, is not someone I trusted in this book. She felt waayyy to reckless, and even if she liked humans, she only liked them as toys it seemed. Hence, the reason why I don't like her. The only thing/person she seemed to actually care for was Ink. Inq just didn't seem to care for Joy any more you would care for a doll.

The originality is what I loved. It was very intriguing how different this book was than most other books. However, at times I just could not keep up with some of the insane things. But otherwise, I loved it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It bored me at times, even with the great plot. The characters seemed a bit disconnected to me, mainly because it was told in third-person. The romance was okay, just not something memorable.

You will enjoy this book if you enjoy any type of action book with a side of cute romance.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Day 1: Summer Lovin' Readathon

This is my first day of the summer lovin' readathon, starting today until July 7th! I usually don't participate in readathons, because sometimes it stresses me out, but since it is summer, I'm not going to be stressed at all! Just read until my eyes hurt!

Today's post is going to be a little bit about be or a class orientation post, in other words.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I'm just your average teenage reader. I love reading, obviously. I also prefer reading ya books, hence the name of All About YA Novels. I generally also like novels over novellas or such like that. Novels have more depth that I enjoy.

I've been reading ever since about age 11-12. My big sister gave me a book for Christmas, and I've been addicted ever since. Ok, maybe not this addicted, but whatever.

I love baking occasionally, cute animals, clothes but without the shopping, writing, swimming, and the season fall!

My goals for the week are to read these books:

Indelible (The Twixt, #1) This Song Will Save Your Life Wild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)

Insomnia (The Night Walkers, #1) Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1) Canary

Jellicoe Road Anna and the French Kiss Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)

What about you? Are you participating in the Summer Lovin' Readathon?