Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

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By Julie Kagawa

Paperback, 359 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Average Rating: 4.16

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.


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Back-To-School: Note-Taking Tips, Tricks & Strategies

Top-10-Best-Evernote-Alternatives-2015This post is definitely aimed at high school and post-secondary students. Being a high school student myself, I had to learn how to write notes in a way that suited me. For the past two years of high school, I’ve been experimenting with different techniques, styles and writing utensils that work best with how I learn and understand information.

I quickly realized that my notes are my life-saver when it comes to tests and exam time. Your notes will be your most important tool when it comes to school. Every student must learn how to write notes, because if they don’t, in my opinion they’re screwed.

I still have loads of time to change and adapt my note-taking skills but I do have some tips and tricks that will hopefully help you guys in future classes.

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Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy and Oliver

Emmy & Oliver
By Robin Benway

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by HarperTeen
Average Rating: 3.91

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.


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Back To School – How To Cope

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Those three words kill me a little bit inside. I don’t enjoy this time of year at all. The summer is suddenly slipping through my fingers far too quickly. It doesn’t help that literally everyone I know constantly asks the question “Are you excited to go back to school?” No. A big fat no. The answer would be no, it will always be no. Yet, of course every year it comes around and I find ways to deal with it. So now I’ll give you guys an explanation on how I cope with back to school. Continue reading

Rant: Children’s Movies

c1c6c-rant-warningIt is no joke when I say that in my mind, children’s movies are extremely important and some of them are truly wonderful things I will cherish for the rest of my life. Re-watching them now, I almost always find some meanings hidden within different parts of it, that as a child I either didn’t catch on to, or most likely, I noticed subconsciously more than anything else. And I love it.  Continue reading

Friday Favourites: The Summer series by Jenny Han

This week’s Friday Favourite is a book I love love love love. I can’t explain how much I adore these books and the trilogy its a part of. It’s how I would imagine how I would love my future kids. And as a book nerd, my books are my children. I have so many books that make me feel this way and The Summer series by Jenny Han is up there on that list.

There’s a total of 3 books in the series and I can’t isolate one of them because I love them all and as a whole, it’s a never-ending love. So my Friday Fav is not one but three books. Sorta cheating but who cares?

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Book #1)

5821978Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

It’s Not Summer Without You (Book #2)

8709406It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come. But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started at Cousins Beach.

We’ll Always Have Summer (Book #3)

8680278It’s been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college– only, their relationship hasn’t exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It’s time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.


Now this is definitely one of my girlier books. (I know girlier isn’t a word, just roll with it ok?) I know these books definitely won’t be some people’s cup of tea but I’m proud to love this trilogy. Because back-to-school is here for some people and are fast-approaching for others, what book should I choose for this week’s Friday Fav other than a book based on summer and love?

Book nerds, this is my last opportunity to cling onto summer and The Summer I Turned Pretty will do just that.

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Armentrout Month ~ Review: Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Deity (Covenant #3)
By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Paperback, 330 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Spencer Hill Press
Average Rating: 4.44

“History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time. ”

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…”History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time. ”

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…


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Review ~ Inescapable

The thing about books, is that sometimes they are better before you read them.

Yeah, I’m talking about that book that you waited months to get your hands on. The one that you read the summery over and over to try and satisfy your craving. The book that clouded your thoughts while you ate breakfast, and later during diner.

The problem with those books, is that they rarely live up to your expectations. Those books that you thought would be a fantastic five star, turn out to be a deppressing three star

Hate to burst your book bubble my fellow nerds, but Inescapable is one of those books.

Inescapable by Amy A. Bartol

InescapableMy Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ /5

Goodreads’ Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ /5

My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I’d been hoping that once I’d arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.
I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. I look for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he’s near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would be…if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that has ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.
What is the secret that he’s keeping from me? I’m hoping that it’s anything but what I suspect: that he’s not exactly normal…and neither am I. So, maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I’ve been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable

Inescapable is a book about Evie’s first year in university, as she meets Russel, a boy she can’t help but love, Reed, a boy she can’t help but want, along with a whole crew of friends, like Freddie, Buns, and Brownie.

Yes, even I have to admit that the plot of Inescapable is great. From page one, each event fell seamlessly into place as Evie was introduced to a world different from the one she thought she knew. Each Character was introduced without flaw, and they all provide important pieces to the overall story. Even when a possible love triangle was introduced, Bartol efficiently assures the reader that Russel will cause no unneeded drama and will only help Evie develop as a character. If I were to approve of anything from this book, it would be the plot.

Now lets move on to the characters…

We’ll start with Evie, an innocent girl that anyone could relate to, probably because there is very little to her. My best definition of Evie is that she is: a stubborn girl that will do anything for the ones she loves. She has also recently started playing field hockey, and cares about her studies. That’s it, no quirky hobbies, no future dreams, nothing! It was that reason that I didn’t grow attached to, or even admire, Evie. And that alone, was a huge negative to the book.

Now Evie’s character was acceptable to say the least, Russel was not.

Russel was exactly what you’d picture when I say a ‘stereotypical farmer/jock’. Trust me, it was bad. Russel was one of the main secondary characters in the book, so I expected a lot from him, but in the end, he had absolutely no character development. Worse of all was his accent. Don’t get me wrong, the whole southern thing was hot, but writing his accent into the book was a horrible mistake, because the whole “Red and me will”, and then “talk ’bout it,” and later “I just worry about ya,” and even the  “Y’all could…” was not working for me.

Next up is Reed. Now Reed’s accent wasn’t so bad, but still, could we please turn that “You. are. freezing” crap to ‘you’re freezing’. I mean you’re an angel, not a rusty robot; loosen up. Also, I was not feeling any romantic chemistry from him. Thinking back, Reed kind of reminds me of a cold ice block, or a vampire.

In fact, the whole story reminded me of a messed angel version of twilight.

Another problem that drove me insane was how awful the gramar was. I mean it was always “Zee and me,” “Evie and me,” ect. IT’S ZEE AND I, EVIE AND I. I could barely take it. And then they just had to have it so that the one french sentence in the whole entire book completely ignored the feminine/masculine rule. It was a she!!! You cannot say “Mon cher!!!”

In the end, like I mean last two chapters end, the story actually became quite bearable. So bearable, that I’m now considering giving the second book a try. I know, I’m just way too painfully optimistic…

Moment of truth: Do I recommend this book!?

To put it simply, no.

Howeverbecause there is always a butI wouldn’t say it’s not worth giving a try, especially if the second book is good… Just do yourself a favor and find Inescapable at the library, this book is not worth adding to your collection.

See you at the bookstore (just not for this book 😉 ),

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