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Top Ten Tuesday – Great Beach Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

This is supposed to be a list of things I shall be reading this summer, but since its winter here right now I shall not be doing that and chose to go with the second option.

1. Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori.

2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

3. Losing it by Cora Carmack.

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4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

5. A Whisper of Eternity by Amanda Ashley

6. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino.

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7. Beautiful Mess by Lucy V. Morgan.

8.  A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

9. Kissing In America by Margo Rabb.

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I cannot think of anymore. I think of contemporary books when it comes to beach reading, and then they have to be happy and so few of the ones I have read are. You don’t want to be crying at the beach.

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Book Review – Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreamings

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Title: Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams

Author: Matsuri Hino, Ayuna Fujisaki

Genre: Supernatural, Manga, Romance, Action

Length: 263

Rating: 4 Star

Related Manga Series: Vampire Knight

Related Books: Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin

Related Anime Series: Vampire Knight

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Description/Synopsis:

A collection of short stories based on Vampire Knight

Deranged Love
A dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri.

Gifts for Yuki
Kaname wants to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido.

Hidden Love
This is the story of Sara’s first love.

Queen of the Abyss
After Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Because these are just random little short stories that really have nothing to do with the actual series other than having the same characters in them, I am going to keep this review short and sweet. Unlike the other collection of short stories involving Vampire Knight Characters, Ice Blue Sin, I actually liked this one. I found the overall stories to be fun and actually reflect the characters they were about.

Deranged Love

While this was not one of my favourites of the collections, I did find it interesting to be inside Rido’s head and to experience things from his point of view for awhile. Get to know what on earth actually makes him tick because we didn’t really get to see much outside of him being totally crazy in the series.

Gifts For Yuki

I loved this story. Yuki has really always been a terrible student since she generally has always put things she considers to be more important than school ahead of her studies. Like protecting her Day Classmates from vampires, or doing something special for someone she cares about. Aido has always been very gifted when it comes to learning so Kaname brings him in to tutor her. Everyone is very excited when Yuki finally gets a perfect score. For about half a moment. I loved watching Aido freak out about how Kaname will react if Yuki does badly on her next test. I also loved how Kaname just showers Yuki with heaps of extravagant gifts for ages for the accomplishment, that is such a thing he would do. I also loved how Yuki once again buts her health and studies to the side to make them both a present. I thought this was a very cute and true representation to how these events would have gone down.

Hidden Love

I just adored this little story and I actually found it very beneficial to how I viewed Sara in the actual series. It added a little more depth where it was needed.

Queen of the Abyss

This story was fine I suppose but I found it really boring. It was another one where I don’t really understand why we were being told it. When I picture that time that Yuki and Zero were apart, a story a boring as this really didn’t come up. Zero creates much more interesting or feel worthy situations than this.

A Maiden’s Melancholy

This might have been my least favourite of the lot. I really have no idea why it was in there. I liked the fact that the only person White Lily got along with was Zero (I think it was because he raised her or something). But this story just took it too far. This took that really nice relationship and made it a bit twisted. The horse cannot possibly be in love with him and want to be with him. This story actually made me a bit uncomfortable.

In a Thousand Years

Though I found this to be a bit pointless, this story is still nice. It gave some of the Day Class students an ending, I didn’t really understand why the night class people were there. I think they would have better things to do with their time.

 

Now the overall book I found was not written the very best. The style tried to be that of a manga since thats where all its ideas came from, but what I think the author of the book failed to understand was that does not translate well into a novel. The writing technique is different, and because of this and the sometimes very bland writing it did take me awhile to get into this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has finished and like the Vampire Knight Series, but not to anyone who hasn’t. The last story is a bit of a spoiler for those not up to date.

 

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Book Review – Kissing In America

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Title: Kissing In America

Author: Margo Rabb

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Length: 390

Rating: 3 Star

Publication: 26/05/2015

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Description/Synopsis:

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.

In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I went into this book with pretty low expectations. I wasn’t even planning on reading it because I thought it would be silly but since the people at Penguin (THANK YOU!) were lovely enough to send me an advance copy I decided I might as well pick it up.

It was about as silly as I thought it would be though. At no point was I surprised by any of the actions or events that took place.

This book is about a girl called Eva who shares a kiss with a boy and now thinks they are both madly in love. Then the boy must move across the country. How will Eva survive without him when they were so madly in love? Well she will go visit him of course! But how will she do that? She has a mother that doesn’t public transport or the world in general and neither of them ever plan on getting on a plane again. I know! She will see some competition where said boy lives and then drags her best friend into it, making her join up so that Eva may get a kiss again. Will the boy still be there by the time they arrive? The answer: Nope.

I didn’t really like any characters of the characters. They were all just so one sided, had horrible personalities and have no development whats so ever. Eva is annoying and stupid and oozes teen angst the entire book. Its pretty much about Eva crying about loss, obsessing on the couple of kisses she had with this guy and how in love they are, and drama she creates herself. She is also just a terrible friend. Her mother is just a horrible mother, forever thinking about herself. She does one thing I liked in the book and it didn’t happen till the end. So I will give her one point of growth. Eva’s aunt Janet is just plain wrong. The only reason she is in this book is for shock value. Annie (best friend) and LuLu (stupid name) and Eva’s father are the only ones I liked two of which you don’t really focus on because Eva is too busy with herself and the other is dead.

I read in a review that this book is just filled with strong female characters. WHERE. Yes there are lots of female characters but they are in no way strong besides being strongly annoying.

I feel like this book was trying to be way more deep and meaningful than it actually turned out to be. At the moment the bookworld is filled with books about loss and love and the struggles of just being a teenager, and being written in a time when there are so many other and better ones this book fails to stand out in the crowd.

After all my b****ing and moaning I did enjoy some parts of this book I enjoyed or I would not have rated it 3 star. It did have some laugh out loud moments and some very cute moments here and there. These fluffy moments were enough to bump it up from a 2 star, but in no way good enough to carry it higher.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy the self destructive drama of teenagers. Anyone else I would suggest giving this book a miss because there are much better ones of this nature out there and there is not enough time in our lives for all the books we must read.

 

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Bout Of Books 13 – Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 3

Pages Read: 306

Books Finished: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Started:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Day 4

Pages Read: 314

Books Finished: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Books Started: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 5

Pages Read: 298

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert
  3. Half Bad by Sally Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 289

Books Finished: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Started: Half Wild by Sally Green

Books Read: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Day 7

Pages Read: 92

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Half Wild by Sally Green

 

So while I still have a nearly an hour left before my final day in this read-a-thon draws to a close, I am going to rest it here I think and call the end for me. While sometimes I can handle doing two weeks of read-a-thons, apparently this is not one of those times. I feel extremely sleep deprived, always having to be up with the sun and staying up late so I can actually get some reading done in the day. This plus the stress of hating my job and family issues that have been happening its taken a toll on me and I feel just destroyed and unwell. Having pushed through Half Bad must not have helped, because it made me feel like stopping earlier.

So today, day 7, I call a bust because I decided to go have a bit of fun and take my best friend, her little sister and her little friend to Dreamworld for the day. It was awesome, so I don’t feel bad about not spending the day reading. I finished 3 out of the 4 books I planned on reading, and I got half way and more through a couple of other books as well which adds up. So yay me! I also really liked taking part in all the challenges <3

So here are my end results:

Total Books Read

(Completed)

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(Not Completed)

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Total Pages Read: 1702

I hope you all had a wonderful Bout of Books 13, as I know I did!

 

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Bout Of Books 13 – Day 6 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 3

Pages Read: 306

Books Finished: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Started:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Day 4

Pages Read: 314

Books Finished: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Books Started: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 5

Pages Read: 298

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert
  3. Half Bad by Sally Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 289

Books Finished: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Started: Half Wild by Sally Green

Books Read: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Once Upon A Chapter Challenge

My challenge is fairly simple: take a photo of your favorite read so far in Bout of Books 13 and share that link with me in the Rafflecopter below. That’s it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, amirite?

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Book Review – Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin

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Title: Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin

Author: Matsuri Hino, Ayuna Fujisaki

Genre: Supernatural, Manga, Romance, Action

Length: 177

Rating: 2 Star

Related Manga Series: Vampire Knight

Related Books: Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams

Related Anime Series: Vampire Knight

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Description/Synopsis:

Cross Academy: Behind its gates, humans and vampires share the same halls, separated by Day and Night – a testament to the efforts of one man to promote their peaceful co-existence. Very soon, it will bear witness to a dramatic change in dynasty centuries old in the making. But Before that, stories from the past shall set future events in stone…

Ice Blue Sin
In the hours of twilight, an intreprid Day Class girl sneaks into the most forbidden place on campus – the Moon Dormitory of te Night Class students. While these scions of vampire aristocracy do not usually take note of humans, Fuka was warmly received and even invited back among them. Something about her has got the Night Class talking, and when one becomes bewitched by the darkness, there can be no turning back…

Season of Transience
Born into a distinguished vampire hunter family, young Zero is destined to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. Used to the safety and security of training with his master, the arrival of a senior disciple soon opens his eyes to the harsh reality that is the life of a vampire hunter. Before Cross Academy beckons, this one event shall forever reshape the boy’s childhood and turn his eyes jaded to the world.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I went into this book with such high hopes because Vampire Knight is one of my all time favourite things since I accidentally discovered it on youtube one lunchtime at school.

All of them were shattered.

HATED this book. The only reason it is not in the negatives is because it had a few fleeting moments where I thought I was enjoying myself.

I am going to chalk most of my dislike about the book to the fact that it was not written by Matsuri Hino, the author of the VK series. Most of the time I felt like I was reading bad fan fiction which I guess I was.

The start of the book was very rushed and everything kept jumping all over the place and just really didn’t make much sense at all. The dialogue between the different characters at no point felt natural to me and was all very forced and was anything any of those characters I know so well would do or say.

I think the thing I disliked the most however was that I didn’t like characters which I loved in the series when they were in this book. They were not themselves.

The second story about Zero was a little bit better. I found the story of that one much more interesting and I actually thought that the characters were pretty true to themselves. However, this story was not enough to bring the book up more than just the one star because there simply was not enough of it. This story was only about 30 pages of the book.

I find it very hard to recommend this book to anyone. I can see on goodreads that I am but one of a few who have felt this strongly about the book. I would suggest VK lovers read it just so I can know if anyone actually agrees with me.

 

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Bout Of Books 13 – Day 5 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 3

Pages Read: 306

Books Finished: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Started:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Day 4

Pages Read: 314

Books Finished: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Books Started: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 5

Pages Read: 298

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert
  3. Half Bad by Sally Green

Cover Colour Challenge

Pick a colour(s). Find four books with covers almost completely in that colour/those colours (they need to be at least 2/3 similar – basically they need to match or be the same colour – i.e. all green’s, all yellow’s, or match like the black and purple ones below).
List the books somewhere (blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) or paste the pictures of the books online in a post on your blog or on another site.
If you would like to know more check out the host blog.
I love love love this challenge. So simple but really lets you see what kind of colours are on your shelf.For this I chose green and I thought I had four perfect books but then it turned out that the spine of the last book I was thinking of was green while the cover was actually black (damn you half wild), so I had to find something close to perfect. As an added bonus they all have plant life on them!
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Bout Of Books 13 – Day 4 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 3

Pages Read: 306

Books Finished: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Started:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Day 4

Pages Read: 314

Books Finished: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Books Started: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Modern To Classic Challenge

Share one book that you believe will be considered a classic in 100 years time. Simple? I do have a few caveats, the book must have been published in or after 2005 and you need to provide two reasons for why this book will be a classic.

For me details check out the host blog.

When thinking of a bool for this challenge, only one jumped into my mind. But I thought I should at least consider others so I looked briefly at my other 4-5 star rated books. And I mean briefly. I scanned about 5 titles before I gave up because there was no point, I was going to choose this book anyway. Anyone who has been reading my blogs for awhile should be able to tell which book it is already. I choose:

On The Jellicoe Road By Melina Marchetta

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Reasons:

  1. This book contains many many lessons. While life can be unbelievably sad and unfair this is so much joy that can be found in the simple things, which can turn into big things. Things you think you know, you may be completely wrong about and this can be the best thing ever. Friendship and love can come from the most unexpected places. Its never too late to start living, and so many more. All of which are things we as human beings are going to need to keep reminding ourselves and learning till the end of time.
  2. The story is told at an age and through a girl who needs to learn and come to understand all these things herself, just like many of its possible readers will be if they are willing to sit a moment, read the book, and absorb all the lessons and the meanings that its pages just drips with. Not to mention that it does it in a way where you are not bored to death and is a remarkably sad but still touching and heart warming story.

 

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Bout Of Books 13 – Day 3 Challenges + Update

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 3

Pages Read: 306

Books Finished: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Started:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Book Haiku

Write a haiku about whatever book you’re reading right now.

For more information check out the host blog.

Wow aren’t I glad that I held off doing this challenge until I switched books, because having to write a haiku about Kissing In America would have just been painful. The book I am choosing to go with is Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda:

Oh to think of Blue,

Forever wondering who,

I’m just left with socks.

Only people who have at least started the book will understand this haiku but I don’t care. It gives me a giggle.

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AYearAThon – May (Wrap Up)

Yearathon

I didn’t do great but considering I did better than the last one I feel I accomplished something. I also didn’t completely follow my TBR because I didn’t feel like reading them when the time came so I chose some other books to read.

Day 1

Pages Read: 377

Books Finished: Losing You by Nicci French

Books Started: Newes From The Dead by Mary Hooper

Day 2

Pages Read: 305

Books Finished: Newes From The Dead by Mary Hooper

Books Started: Midnight Embrace by Amanda Ashley

Day 3

Pages Read: 0

Books Read: Midnight Embrace by Amanda Ashley

Day 4

Pages Read: 291

Books Finished: Midnight Embrace by Amanda Ashley

Day 5

Pages Read: 227

Books Started: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Day 6

Pages Read: 180

Books Finished: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Books Started: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 7

Pages Read: 173

Books Read: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Total Books Finished

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Total Pages Read: 1619

So I beat my goal this time! I may have only completed four which I planned, but I also got a good chunk of a way through another one! Yay me! Now to charge on with the next challenge. Be sure to link me your progress so that I may see how everyone did!

 

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