Library Haul

Fall has to be my favourite season.

You start with warm, summery weather in which beaches and ice cream are an everyday occurrence. Next come the chill; the leaves begin to fall, their colours everywhere. Finally, the frost. The first snowflakes fall, and the world becomes white.

It’s a perfect harmony of every season in one, which is probably why indecisive people, like me, love it.

It also happens to be my favourite time to visit the library, as the crunch of leaves remind me of pages turning in a book.

Yeah, I’m poetic like that. 😉

DADove Arising By Karen Bao

Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar.

Then her mother is arrested.

The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth dwellers. Training is brutal, but it’s where Phaet forms an uneasy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider.

Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom:  that’s the plan. Until Phaet’s logically ordered world begins to crumble…

This was the first book I picked out at the library. The thing I loved about this was the strong female lead, as well as the astronomy theme thrown into the mix. There is no way it’s going to live up to Across the Universe, a favourite of mine, but who knows, this could very well be a close second.

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Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

mortal heartMortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3)
By Robin LaFevers

Hardcover, 444 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Average Rating: 4.13

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

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Review: The Heir by Keira Cass

the heirThe Heir (The Selection #4)
By Keira Cass

Hardcover, 346 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
Average Rating: 3.91

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

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Rant: Changes

ChangesChanges. Inevitable. Everywhere. Scary. Life. Changes will happen no matter what. They happen every second, in every thought, everyday, everywhere. You can’t escape change and when it happens, it’s freaking scary that something you’re probably extremely familiar with is not-so familiar anymore. Changes are a part of life. They’re like stepping stones, you’re going to give up that blanket you hulled around with you when you were a child, that high school relationship probably won’t last, and your choices and priorities will change. You’ll grow up. Change is part of growing up.

According to Buddhism, everything is changing, and nothing is permanent. Everything is subject to change. The me writing “this” is not the same me writing “now”. Buddhists call this law, anicca, which means impermanence.

This view on life is optimistic yet horrible. I don’t know if I accept change easily. Everyone is different. Some just go with the flow, and welcome change with open arms. Others succumb to the innate human survival response of fleeing at the sign of danger. Fight or Flight. They run at the idea of change. And then there are those, who are in the middle. Me. I’m one of those people.

I’m the type of person to embrace change…when I feel like it. I selectively embrace change. I don’t like when someone messes up the order of my notes, I don’t like changing my opinions, and I don’t change where my apps rest on my IPod. There are probably more situations where I refuse to embrace change but I can’t think of any at the moment, but you get what I’m saying.

Most of the time I do welcome change, like for example, I’m in this program at my school that pushes me up a level of learning, so I’m technically doing university-like courses at Grade 11. Because of this, I have to change the way I learn and change my habits as time management is key without falling behind in these courses. Accepting.

I’m on my school’s basketball team, but now I play as a senior girl. New coach, new drills, new plays. It’s kinda hard for me to keep up as I only started play basketball at Grade 8, while everyone else started earlier than that. Not like that’s an excuse for me playing bad or not being able to do a certain drill. More than anything, it makes me what to work extra hard to meet up to the level of my fellow teammates. Still, it’s hard and a huge change for me. But embracing.

Two years ago, I lost in touch with one of my childhood best friends. We were close. Told each other everything, kept each others’ secrets, had each others’ back. Or so I thought. This change was something I couldn’t quite accept for quite some time. I’ve accepted it now, but then, no way. I was loosing control of this friendship. I didn’t know what would happen next and I didn’t like that. At all. That change was so out of the blue to past-me, but now when I look back, it was inevitable. The way I saw that friendship then, was not what it actually was. I thought it was the end of the world when she and I drifted apart. It wasn’t. I made new friends. Better friends. And developed a closer bond with an existing one. And that friendship? Stronger and better than the one with my childhood best friend.

Absolutely no hard feelings.

So, what I’m trying to say is that changes will always happen. No matter who you are, what you do, and where you’re going, they’re going to happen. Some changes are easy to accept, others are not. Maybe overtime you’ll learn to accept them. Maybe you won’t. Change is freaking scary and everyone will sooner or later face changes that you just want to run away from instead of opening your arms and giving it a big hug.

All I’m saying is that it’s coming. It’s always coming. Be aware of it.


Friday Favourites ~ Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I am a total bio nerd.

I mean just yesterday I attended a fungi walk at a nearby provincial park and absolutely loved it. I literally stood there, listening to some guy talk about mushrooms for a couple of hours with hope in my heart that he would never stop.

Even I know how weird that is.

That being said, when it comes to astronomy, I’m the exact same, meaning Across the Universe, a book about love, new beginnings, and best of all outer space, was the perfect addition to my favourites shelf.

AcrossAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

I picked this book up a summer ago with a fascination for the cover. Please, you can’t tell me that it isn’t absolutely gorgeous! I was quickly surprised to find that the content of the book was the jelly to the doughnut.

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Rants: Standards and Expectations.

expectationsfishWhether you’re in a different country, state, city, school, or household, everyone will have expectations and standards that they will have to meet. And no matter what, you will feel the pressure. These expectations come from anyone and everyone around you. Your mother, your father, your siblings, your friends, your teachers, yourself. In my opinion, the expectations you give to yourself are the worst and hardest. Continue reading

Review: Abandon by Elana Johnson

abandonAbandon (Possession #3)
By Elana Johnson

Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Simon Pulse
Average Rating: 3.81

Vi has made her choice between Jag and Zenn, and the resistance may have suffered for it. But with the Thinkers as strong as ever, the rebels still have a job to do. Vi knows better than anyone that there’s more at stake than a few broken hearts.

But there is a traitor among them…and the choices he makes could lead to the total destruction of everything Vi has fought for.

Vi, Jag, and Zenn must set their problems aside for the resistance to have any hope of ending the Thinkers’ reign. Their success means everything…and their failure means death.

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Rant: Sexist Male Book Perspectives

I try and get my hands on every single piece of writing available when it comes to my favourite books.

This means prologues, epilogues, extra chapters, and even different perspectives on the same chapter.

Typically, in YA books I read, if the author is going to give you another prospective, it just so happens to be the male love interest, as the female is the first person narrator.

I absolutely love reading these excerpts, but there’s a problem that I seem to keep finding in every male perspective, especially if it’s written by a female author.

That problem is that the male’s focus is constantly on the female love interest.

Of course this makes sense, right? I mean they are in love… No, I think you misunderstood me, the male’s focus is constantly , 100%, totally captivated by the female.

It’s bad.

Pretty much John better back it up before he starts peeing on Jane to mark his territory.

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