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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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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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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Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Have you ever considered to just stop talking?

How easy would it be? To just let the rest of the world do the talking, to stop worrying about others’ expectations in what your next words will be. You wouldn’t have to experience getting ignored, and you wouldn’t regret another word, or get embarrassed by saying the wrong thing.

But you also wouldn’t be able to express yourself the same way ever again. You would never sing along to your favourite songs on the radio. And, in all honesty, you would still be falling both up and down stairs, whether you could voice your opinion or not. I know, gravity’s a killer.

Of course, you don’t have to go though this horrific ride in real life, because a reader lives a thousand lives my friends, and now you’re about to live one more.

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My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ /5

Goodreads’ Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ /5

Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.

You probably remember me commenting on how I’d have to start reading more contemporary novels after absolutely loving Emmy and Oliver, so here I am, keeping my word!

Speechless is a book in which 15 year old Chelsea blurts out a secret, a secret that has major consequences for Noah, an innocent boy who just happened to be in the wrong room at the wrong time. Continue reading

Friday Favourites ~ Emmy and Oliver

Just before I left for Europe, I was raving about the book Emmy and Oliver, and how it had to be a book that I absolutely couldn’t wait to read.

Well friends, I’ve finally read it, and it is as phenomenal as I thought it would be!

Emmy and OliverEmmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

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?

Emmy and Oliver is an entrancing book that speaks of second chances and endings you never thought you’d have.

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Two Months. Emilie’s Reflection

So here it goes: My two month reflection on Meers.

From the day that the group decided to start a blog I was totally ready.

Until that day, starting a blog had seemed like a fantasy that I was never going to experience. Having people read, acknowledge, or even like my thoughts seemed absurd. Plus, I wasn’t a writer. I wished I could be, but I was never able to put a pen on paper and finish a story.

The thing was, I was so wrong before, about everything. Blogging is more than a fantasy, and it definitely isn’t just for famous people. Also, being a writer isn’t about writing a best selling YA book. All these things take is a will and a computer screen. (the actual hard drive of the computer as well as Wifi is also an essential)

These past two months have taught me that, and so much more.

Blogging is a way that I have continued to grow myself, a way that I can express myself.

Though I know that continuing to write with the coming school year is going to be difficult, I’m ready for that challenge

So in the end, when it comes to whether or not I’m going to stick with this, my answer is 100% yes.

Thank you so much for giving me the time of day to share my thoughts. I couldn’t have done it without you ❤

Love ya lots,

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A Journey to Europe: I’m back!

Well it’s been an adventurous three weeks, but I’m finally home again, typing on the blog.

I confess,

I missed you so much.

I hadn’t told you when I was leaving, and since I had scheduled plenty of posts before-hand, you all probably didn’t even notice that I was gone, but trust me, I did. I checked in repeatedly, reading the other’s posts and checking out your blogs, but it wasn’t the same. 😦

Luckily, that isn’t the case any more, so here is the big ‘I’m back post‘, and plenty of info on the posts you can be expecting about my trip.

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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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Back to School ~ Choosing the Planner

Back to school is here people, and that is hella exciting!

I swear I’m a kid waiting for Christmas when it comes to my first day back; I literally can’t wait! So to get you all into this joyful spirit, I’m here to present my first back to school post, something that will for sure help you whether it’s your freshman year, or well beyond.

Planning your planner

Ha! Isn’t that catchy 😉

Planners are a high school essential that are sometimes overlooked when doing BTS shopping. But I promise, you’ll quickly realize the importance of having one when the year gets into full swing and homework, sports, and volunteer events start to build up.

When shopping for planners I typically go for ones that both have a large calendar at the beginning of each month, as well as separate pages dedicated to each day of the week. This way I can see both the big and little picture of my schedule. I totally recommend checking out Staples or Chapters when on the search for one, since they have the best variety!

When it comes to actually writing in your planner, I’m afraid I can’t be much help. The reason is that I’ve quickly come to realize that everyone keeps track of there stuff differently.

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To the left are the super creative and fun people who keep life interesting. Oh, and to the right is me.

Some like writing in different colours for each subject, while others stick with the colour coded theme, but by using highlighters or sticky notes instead.

Personally, I’m the totally boring plain Jane who just likes to keep things one colour and neat 😉 .

My next recommendation when it comes to planners is to put it into a simple plastic folder.

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This was literally a life saver for me as I brought this folder with me everywhere and filled it with permission forms, schedules, and extra paper. I found that by doing this, I always had everything I could possibly needed with me. The folder also soon became a place for me to put my homework too, so I could avoid bringing huge binders home every night.

In the end this was what helped me to keep the stress minimized and the days maximized. I hope it helps you too!

Have any special requests for our back to school series? Leave them in the comments!

Love ya lots,

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