The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan (Manali's Review)

The Tragedy PaperThe Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*WARNING SPOILERS*

This was the second out of the three books I read last week...and this book literally brought me to tears. Not to many--one or two--but still.


Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep their love.

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (Manali's Review)

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*WARNING SPOILERS*

I'm not going to bother with my little commentary at the beginning. I'm just gonna get right to the review.

It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Manali's Review)

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*WARNING SPOILERS*

Hello again. I know I haven't posted a review in a while, and this is because I went on a two month reading break, during which I just couldn't pick up a book and read, because I couldn't focus and stay interested and so on. So I just stopped reading. But I'm glad to say, that I'm back into it. Now, this isn't one of the three books I read in this past week, I actually read this back in May. Actually, one of the books I read this week was the sequel to this book, Through the Ever Night, and I couldn't post the review without posting this one, this being the first book. I was feeling a bit OCD. So here's my review.

Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland--known as The Death Shop--are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild--a savage--and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile--everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Showcase Sunday #2




Showcase Sunday is a bookish meme started by Book, Biscuits, and Tea, where you list the new books or fandom merchandise you've received (from a bookstore, a library, as a gift, etc.) throughout the week. Since there will be a SS post every week, the amount of books and merch shown on each, will vary.

So...about the "...there will be a SS post every week", yeah...no. Not sure what happened, but no one ended up posting this for about three weeks. Now because of that, we've stuck all of the books that we've gotten over the past month into one post.

Cover Reveal - Vampire Down by Steven Montano!

Today, I am very excited to be able to help author Steven Montano reveal the cover for his final installment in the Blood Skies series, Vampire Down!!


Releases June 27, 2014

Voice of an Angel by Becky Lower (Jasper's Review)


5/5

*looks up from cellphone* "THE BOOK IS DONE?!"
OH. MY. GOD. This book was pretty darn awesome. But before I get ahead of myself, I just want to tell you the genre of this book. Its a romance. But even if you hate sappy romances, read on, please, you can thank me later ;D

Synopsis:
Who knew that being a hard news reporter in a war zone could be that bad. Running around with the army, wearing fatigues, hiding in bushes, getting shrapnel in your heart. Awesome right? Well it kind of is all worth it in the end when you wake up from your drug-induced sleep in the US, being tended upon by the sexiest nurse you've ever seen. That's the life of Max Bainbridge.

My Rant(ish) #1: CoHF, TFioS, Canadianisms, A French YouTuber and German. | Madness Mondays #1

OK I know I haven't been posting anything for the past while and I just want to tell y'all that I've been really busy reading so there should be a few reviews up soon.

To Cassandra Clare:


I EFFING LUVED IT!!!


To TFIOS Producers:

I EFFING LUVED THAT TOO. I BAWLED MY EYES OUT I TELL YOU. All of us here at the blog actually went together today. That was pretty awesome. YanLin and I just died halfway through. And... she kept on crying after we came out. We went into the Indigo pop-up store in Scarborough Town Centre and the cashiers gave her a box of tissues :P It was that good. All those feels.




Sorry, I couldn't help it :D

I've also recently discovered this awesome French YouTuber named Cyprien. So for all of you who speak French, I really suggest you to check him out. And for those of you who don't...Check him out anyways, he's hilarious.

En Français...

J'ai découvert un YouTuber qui s'appelle Cyprien, pour les personnes qui parlent Français je suggeste que vous allez regarder ses vidéos. Il est hilarant. Vraiment hilarant. Mais pas pour les enfants...

His/Son YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/user/MonsieurDream

Agent Ai by Michael Wreford - DNF (Brandon's Review)

Hi, my name is Brandon! (if you couldn't read in the title) I'd like to start by just saying that I've known these guys for a long time, and that this is going to be the first review that I have ever written. So have fun!

-Brandon

Synopsis


Journalist and SIS (MI6) contract agent George Quant arrives on the run in Beijing. Estranged from Karen, his Moscow-based handler, George is thrust into Asia's clandestine underworld of gentleman spies, nefarious business people, and murderous Party members. With his past catching up with him, George discovers that not everyone in China can be trusted.

At the centre of George Quant's dilemma lie two men: investor-adventurer Pierce de Havilland, and Karen's trusted contact known only as "Ho". Both successful in their own right, the rivals offer diverging perspectives on China's future. As their intentions grow clearer, George recognises that an important choice looms - adopting the life of a millionaire fugitive, or accepting the call of a higher moral imperative.


From his initial assignment in Cambodia in the late '90s - between the drinks, drugs and dangerous card games - George's high octane adventures spill across London, Moscow, and Beijing, before culminating in Hong Kong. Alarmed by Karen's increasing demands and damaged by her unrequited love, he begins to search for a way to disentangle himself from an expanding web of deception.


Review

So as I note in the title, this is a DNF review. Just a note, I read up to Chapter 2, Part 6. Honestly, I just didn't find the beginning of the book very interesting and easy to hook onto, and that's why I'm here writing this DNF review.

-Brandon

Fandom Friday: PERNICO!

Fandom Fridays


**SPOILERS**
Today is...

*drumroll*

FANDOM FRIDAY! 

I just wanna start this post off by saying I LOVE PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS. It's definitely on my list of best series ever written. But... it's not gonna be the first series I'll be talking about today. It's about the fact revealed in House of Hades. About Nico's secret love. All you Demigods reading this should know where I'm going with this. If you don't know, shame on you. So think a bit more. A little bit more. No? You don't know? OK fine, this post is about the awesome new fandom that sprouted up last October, PERNICO! P. E. R. N. I. C. O.