Sunday, 25 August 2013

Book Superlatives

Yes, another one from The Perpetual Page- Turner. I'm probably just going to copy these until she stops doing them, because they're really fun (for me at least). This one is about book characters, and who would have been who in high school, and also about which books made you feel what, etc.


Most likely to change the world

Angelino Sophia from The Theory of Everything.

Cutest couple

Anna and Etienne from Lola and the Boy Next Door. They're actually cuter in that than Anna and the French Kiss, I think.

Class clown

Alfie Anderson from Marshmallow Skye.

Most likely to become famous for their athletic/ musical/ artistic abilities

Calliope Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door.

All around good person

Anna Grazinsky from The Secret Countess.

Biggest flirt

Jace Wayland from City of Bones.

Most likely to be fought over

Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster. Probably also most likely to get in fights.

Most likely to be friends forever

Sophie and Finny from The Theory of Everything

Most likely to have their own reality show

Amanda Spitterton- Watts from Anna and the French Kiss. Probably a really tacky make-over show or something.

Most unique

Jeane Smith from Adorkable. I'd love to be like her, but, you know, effort. Lazy.

Most likely to survive an apocalypse

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass.

Most likely to be a villain

Housemaster Vaughn from Wither.

Biggest wallflower

Lena from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. Despite the whole beautiful thing.

Most likely to break your heart

Rachel Brazile from The Sky is Everywhere. It should be her profession.

Most changed

Hunter Kennedy from Unmaking Hunter Kennedy. The clue's in the title.

Most likely to get arrested

Sophie Price from Vain. Before Masego.

Self- proclaimed God/ Goddess

Sophie from Just Listen.

Best person to bring home to Mum and Dad  

Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door or Joe Fontaine from The Sky is Everywhere.


Most likely to make you cry

The Fault in Our Stars

Dares to be different (in world, plot, storytelling, etc.)

Black Heart Blue

Best dressed (pretty cover!)

Sisters Red

Most likely to make you swoon

The Sky is Everywhere

Loveliest prose

Why We Broke Up

Most likely to be a favorite of 2013


Most likely to change the world or your life


Book you are most likely to keep putting off


Most likely to end up as Christmas gifts for everyone you know

Jane Eyre

Most likely to be thrown


Most likely to be reread more than once

On The Road

Most likely to make you read through an earthquake because it's THAT engrossing

The Elite

Most likely to be passed on to your children

Wuthering Heights or Wild Swans

Most likely to break your heart into a million pieces

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Most likely to brighten up your day

Where Things Come Back



Sunday, 18 August 2013

My Life in Song/ Book Titles

Aaand, once again, a survey thingy from The Perpetual Page-Turner. I should probably find some other book blogs to fangirl over... Hmmm. Whatever, at the moment she's doing all these Friday Fun things, and they're really cool, so here's another one.
She did this just in book titles, but I wanted to do a mix of song and book titles to make it a bit more interesting. Her questions were all about when you were sixteen. I'm fourteen, so that would be pretty hard for me, so I changed it to 13. (Blue is for song titles, green is for book titles).


How would you describe your 13 year old self? Fortunate Fool
When you looked into the mirror what did you see? New Girl (When I was 13 I'd just started a new school and I was obsessed with fitting in and being like everyone else- it didn't work)
Your 13 year old outlook on life/ motto: High Hopes
How you think people would describe your personality: Same Old Same Old (I was just like every other girl, obsessed with clothes, boys and friends- yawwwn)
Describe an insecurity in high school: Walking Disaster (Basically just thinking I was terrible at everything. Still do that sometimes)
Describe your worst trait as a teen: Bigmouth Strikes Again
Describe the contents of your diary/ journal: My Family And Other Animals
Your biggest fear: Life is Elsewhere (I always worried that I was wasting my life, and I should be doing more important things)
You excelled at: (The Perks of) Being A Wallflower
You were always concerned about: Who You Are
You thought your life was: Beautiful Disaster (Unfair, just like every other teenager)

Love Life:

How would you sum up your high school love life? The Perfect Game (I'm sure it wasn't at the time, but looking back, it's so bad it's amusing)
Describe your most serious boyfriend from high school: Hopeless (I'm not kidding. We stayed friends for a while, until I couldn't put up with any more)
Describe your first real kiss: Forgotten (That makes me sound heartless. I'm not, it's just that we went through a massive Truth or Dare phase, and my first kiss is hidden somewhere in there)
Your philosophy on dating/ love: My Life (I LIVED for drama)
Describe your worst break up: You Against Me


Your relationship with your mum as a teen: Close To Me
Your relationship with your dad as a teen: Great Expectations (My dad was (and still is) under the mistaken impression that I am a genius who could rule the world if I wanted. He's awesome, though)
Your relationship with a sibling: The Giggler Treatment (Sometimes my dad would get so mad at us for laughing too much that he'd leave the table)
What you thought about your parents' rules/ parenting style: Love Love Love (Could probably be said for most parents. Overprotective though. I'm 14, not 4)


Describe you and your best friend at 13: Sugar And Spice (She was the sweet one)
Your "social status": Between (There was a lot of pointless drama, but generally people liked me (I think))
Describe your group of friends: The Wee Free Men (Me and my best friend were not very tall)


Your perception of high school upon entering: Everything Has Changed
Your relationship with academics: Just Listen (I hardly ever asked questions, but I was good at remembering stuff)
Your weekends were: The Moon And More
If your high school life was a movie it would be called: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
A class you wish high school would have offered: The Theory of Everything
Your last year was: Look To Tomorrow (We spent the whole time getting ready for our next schools)
When high school ended it was:  Rock And Roll High School (There were about ten parties in three weeks. That's a lot for a group of 13 year olds)

The Future:

How you feel about the prospect of university: A Thousand Splendid Suns (I am looking forward to university SO MUCH. I want to go to university in Paris (if I get in))
How you think your life will be like at 27: Great Expectations (Again. I can say what I hope it'll be like, but I have no idea, obviously)

Your Life Now:

Describe your love life now: Hopeless (Which is not entirely my fault. The boys I know are worse than monkeys)
Describe the state of your friendship with your high school BFF: Fade Out (Don't talk anymore)
Your relationship with your parents now: Same Old Same Old (Again. We're still very close)
Your thoughts on your high school reunion: Maybe (I doubt I'll go, but you never know)
Biggest lesson you learned in high school: We'll Always Have Summer (I will always have the memories, even if I don't see the people)
One thing you wish you had learned: Why We Broke Up (Maybe if I'd realised how unlike we were, I wouldn't have worked so hard at our friendship for so long)
Advice you wish you could have given your younger self: Love Love Love
Something you could learn from your younger self:  The Hard Way (To struggle through and ignore the stress)

Wow. That is longer than I thought it would be. Hope you enjoyed it! 

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Yes

Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, March 27th 2007

Other books by this author: City of Ashes/Glass/etc., The Infernal Devices

Blurb: Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City- and the dangers of forbidden love. Clary is pulled into the Shadowhunters' world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

What I thought: This is amazing. My friends had been trying to persuade my to read The Mortal Instruments for ages, and I am SO GLAD I finally listened to them. I loved the Shadowhunters' world, and all the different Downworlders. Clary, Jace and Simon were my favorites out of the characters, and I loved the setting of New York City. I've always wanted to go there, it sounds amazing.
There were certain parts of the book that were a bit too much like Harry Potter- The Mortal Instruments/ the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort/ Valentine. Also, there was a certain, er, revelation near the end of the book that I didn't really like. I'm not going to say what it is. I pretty sure it isn't true, because that would be weird, and just generally unfair to readers. I absolutely have to read the next one now.
Definitely one you should read. Despite the subject matter, and the rather large amount of fighting, it still made me laugh. It's one of those books that just draw you in, and have you thinking about them constantly until you finish them, sometimes even after you've finished. I think it'll be a good film- I love Lily Collins, although I find her prettiness annoying. No one should be allowed to be that attractive, it's not fair on the rest of us. Of course, I'd make an exception for Johnny Depp.

Rate: 8/10

If you liked: Unearthly, Blue Bloods, Harry Potter, Morganvilles, Beautiful Creatures.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Review: The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Genre: Sci-fi, fantasy, romance, war

Series: Stephanie Meyer has confirmed there will be two sequels

Published: Little Brown and Company, May 6th 2008

Other books by this author: The Twilight Saga

Blurb: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The Earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find it's former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

What I thought: I just could not get into this book. I always wanted to read it before watching the film, but then I was in a rush at the library when I was deciding what film to rent, and The Host was the first thing I saw. So, I watched the film first. This probably contributed to me not liking the book- I wasn't surprised by anything because I already knew the story, but because the book is so much more detailed it just felt drawn out and boring. The story is good, the idea is interesting and different, but I didn't even get a quarter of the way through the book. I know I probably shouldn't review a book I didn't finish, but I'm in a bad mood and I need to do something. I know. Not a good reason. Whatever.
I did skip to the end (I know, I'm terrible), and that was slightly more interesting. I didn't like the film very much, but it did make me want to read the book. The book was disappointing, and I didn't think it was written as well as The Twilight Saga. I definitely prefer Twilight to The Host, even with all the stereotypes and teenage hype that surround those books now. It's not often I give up on a book.

Rate: 4/10

Sunday, 11 August 2013

A to Z Survey from The Perpetual Page- Turner

I take a lot of stuff from TPPT, if you hadn't realised that yet. I should really stop, I know. But I just went on there, and Jamie's got this awesome A to Z book survey thing that I really really wanted to do. Basically, it's 26 questions each starting with a letter from the alphabet, all book related in some way. Here it is:

Author you've read the most books from:

Rachel Caine. The Morganville series just keeps on going... Or maybe J K Rowling.

Best sequel ever: 

The Elite by Kiera Cass. Read it in one sitting, took four hours.

 Currently reading:

Just finished The Theory of Everything, have yet to start something new, but next I'll probably read One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, because I've been meaning to for ages.

Drink of choice while reading:

In winter, hot chocolate or tea. In summer, probably elderflower or lemonade.

 E-Reader or physical book?

Physical book, any day. I did go through a phase of using my kindle all the time, but I don't like giving Amazon money, so I always try not to use it now. It is useful for going on holiday though.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:

This is hard because I'm only 14. So, you know, still in high school. Maybe Jack from Hollow Pike, Oliver from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, or Q from Paper Towns.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I had this book for ages, but for some reason I never read it. When I finally got around to it, it was SO GOOD.

Hidden gem book:

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley or Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Important moment in your reading life:

Discovering John Green. I found The Fault in Our Stars completely by accident, and then I read all his other books. That's what got me into Vlogbrothers, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, etc.

Just finished:

The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna (how cool is her name?).

Kind of books you won't read:

I tend to read quite a lot of genres, although mostly young adult, romance, and classics, but I don't think I will ever read comic books or graphic novels. That's just not really my thing.

Longest book you've read:

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I think that had around 1011 pages, and the type was really really tiny.

Major book hangover because of:

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto. I wish I could read her other books, but I'm broke. Although, it is my birthday soon...

Number of bookcases you own:

I have one in my room, which is majorly overflowing, then there's a massive family bookshelf in the corridor which is overflowing even more. Also, my kindle has about 150 books on it (not really a bookcase, but I thought I should mention it).

One book you have read multiple times:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I think I've read it fully about five times, and then I keep jumping around to my favorite parts.

Preferred place to read:

When I'm at school, normally at my desk or in bed. At home, probably on the sofa or at the bottom of the garden, on the sea wall.

Quote that inspires you/ gives you all the feels from a book you've read:

Either "How can a bird that is born for joy sit in a cage and sing?" from My Name Is Mina by David Almond or "So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be." from The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. 

Reading regret:

I went through a massive Twilight phase a couple of years ago, and I definitely regret that. The books are alright, I just hate the whole teen cult thing around them now.

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series):

The Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand. I loved the first one, but I have so much I need to read right now, and did I mention I'm broke?

Three of your all- time favorite books:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Unapologetic fangirl for:

John Green or J K Rowling, because how could you not?

Very excited for this release more than all the others:

Maybe the next book in The Selection series by Kiera Cass, or whatever John Green writes next, even if it's only a shopping list. Does a film count if it's based on a book? If so, then the film of The Fault in Our Stars.

Worst bookish habit:

Starting to read other books in the middle of reading one book, and then not getting back to the first book for ages. I did that with Frankenstein, although it was amazing.

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Anne Frank- The Diary of a Young Girl.

Your latest book purchase:

The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna. This has come up a lot in this survey.

ZZZ- snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Moon And More by Sarah Dessen. 

So, there's my A to Z book survey, a la Perpetual Page- Turner. I haven't done one of these before, but I really enjoyed it. If anyone else has done one, leave a link in the comments and I'll have a look. Also, any book recommendations?
Love, Freya