Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Top Ten: Things I am Thankful For

Top Ten Things I am Thankful For
Top Ten is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

1. My Amazing Family who have helped me through all the stress of school, friends and the ever intense mock trial.

2. My Awesome Friends who stand by through whatever. It takes someone special to deal with all of my pointless drama.

3. Books, my life would be a dreary pit of despair without books.

4. Twilight has saved my life so many times by being that reliable friend during those difficult middle school years.

5. An Amazing School Community who, even though i complain a lot about all the work, teaches me a lot and has made me who I am today.

6. This Blog because all of you fellow readers are amazing.

7.  The Opportunities to Meet Super Awesome Authors. Dude, YA authors are the best.

8. For my Partner in Crime, I would never have been able to juggle school and maintaining this blog without him.

9. My Book Club, which is the coolest club evaaaaaaa!

10. Getting to Connect  with Readers Like You

Friday, November 15, 2013

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


Purchase at Amazon or Barnes and Noble


Characters 20/20

Plot 20/20

Style 20/20

Technique 19/20   

Ending 18/20

Overall 97/100


Summary: "Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart."

Review: So I am sitting in my room. I just finished another great book, and now think to myself “What should I read next”. I look to my bookshelf, and see Shadow and Bone, and I pick it up. I had bought it about 7 months earlier because my favorite author, Cinda Williams Chima, had reviewed and strongly recommended it. I started reading, and found the first chapter to be just terrible. It was a standard intro to the characters and the setting, but it wasn't very invigorating, and I almost gave up on it. THANK GOD I DIDN’T!!! After that first chapter, the story developed so fluently, with the action rising and the plot thickening, it is the pure form of perfection. But it really isn't the plot or the story that I so admire about this book, it is the narrator. Bardugo has created the perfect narrator in Alina, and it is because in the midst of reading, I can almost imagine sitting down at a table and actually talking to her. She becomes very real in a beautiful way. I have never seen this level of connection between the narrator and the reader, and it is truly an inspiration as writer. And Bardugo is able to create this character while the ongoing conflict between the forces of light and dark go head-to-head in this epic fight of love, willpower, and courage. If there is a book that you should read in your life, it is this one. It will be forever regarded by me as one of the best.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Meet My New Partner in Crime

   If you read one of my last posts about a big update, then you might remember that I mentioned that someone else is going to join It's a Book Thing. My blog is my baby, so I wouldn't give just anyone permission to regularly post on my blog. But that was before I found someone who, dare I say it,  loves books as much as me. If you visit It's a Book Thing often, you may have read that last year I started my own book club at my school. My new partner became a close friend of mine through my book club and through a mutual understanding that only I can touch my books. He is not even a stranger to this blog, being my guest reviewer for The Enchanted Heir. Nevertheless, let me formally introduce to you my new partner in crime, Andrew. 

   Andrew and I will be modifying the blog this month (because who am I kidding, the pick is a tad girly). We will also be working on a special new feature for the blog and posting tons and tons of reviews. Andrew will begin posting soon and I cannot wait until you get to partake in his colorful and detailed reviews.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Top Ten: Covers I Want Redesigned

Top Ten Covers I Want Redesigned
Top Ten is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters, #1)Delirium (Delirium, #1)Shade (Shade, #1)Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)
These books are some of my all-time favorites, but these covers surely missed a mark. And yes, I do hate covers that only have a girl on it because they are so not interesting. No matter what anyone says, they do judge by the cover somewhat. They're lying if they say they don't, because there has to be something that makes them buy the book.
  Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)Deadly Little Secret (Touch, #1)Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)The Summer My Life BeganDevoted: An Elixir NovelJust Listen

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Upcoming Changes

Hey guys!
   I know I haven't been posting much this month, but it is still early, and I have a really good excuse! My blog now has a new partner! I've been away ironing out the details and brainstorming a whole new background/look for It's a Book Thing. Luckily though, that is well under control, which means that I am back. My reviews will start tomorrow as well as a giveaway! Thank you for all your support. I cannot wait to unveil It's a Book Thing's new look and reviewer! 

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