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: THAT Teacher

Okay, so let’s face it, no matter what in high school, there’s going to be teachers you like, some you don’t and others are meh. But there is always going to be one that you just cannot stand. Or at the very least that’s how it works for me. If that isn’t how it is/was for others then…put bluntly, screw you.  Continue reading

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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Friday Favourites: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I know, I know! Em and I have been lacking with our Friday Favourites! It’s been a busy first couple weeks of school and it’s going to get busier. Bare with us. 😛 We’ll try our best to continue to keep posting Friday Favs. (And for me, my book reviews… It’s going to be a challenge to balance school, extra-curriculars, sleep and this blog.)

Now, this week my Friday Fav is a lot of people’s Fav. It’s now a movie, a wonderful, beautiful movie at that. It’s about this young girl who plays the cello, who must choose whether to stay or go. We follow flashbacks from her past about the beginning of her romantic relationship with a certain musician, and her growing into a confident young woman.

If you haven’t guessed already, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, If I Stay by Gayle Forman

if i stayIf I Stay
By Gayle Forman

Paperback, 261 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Speak (first published 2009)
Average Rating: 3.96
The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and Just One Year.
Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Chloe Moretz!
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family.
Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

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Sorry Internet People

Hey guys, this is Shayla, yeah remember me, I kind of disappeared from the site for the past few weeks. I could come up with a whole truck load of excuses, but I really don’t see the point. I haven’t had enough time to put away working on the blog because I’m still personally working on time management skills. It’s an ongoing work in progress.
I have a lot going on, but I plan on coming back with some more reviews and other random posts in no time. Already I’m getting a few planned out that I’ll get up here as soon as possible. So I’m sorry for running off, I already know I missed blogging even if I wasn’t really missed all that much haha.

Later and my apologies, ShaylaSig

My Most Anticipated October 2015 Releases

Hello October! What books do you have in store for me?

thewhiteroseThe White Rose
By Amy Ewing


Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

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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.

SpeechlessSpeechless By Hannah Harrington

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

Review: The Girl In The Steel Corset by Kady Cross

girl in the steel corsetThe Girl In The Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1)
By Kady Cross

Hardcover, 473 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Average Rating: 3.83

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one… except the “thing” inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch…

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on even if it seems no one believes her.

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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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Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

darktriumphDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2)
By Robin LaFevers

Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Average Rating: 4.17

The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her home to the life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of death himself, he must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

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