Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#3)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating."

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All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack
Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

I've read 'Losing It' by Cora Carmack and ended up being quite surprised of how much I liked it. I would like to venture more to the New Adult genre, and when I noticed this one being compared to 'Friday Night Lights', I was like 'I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. RIGHT NOW!'.  The cover is horrible, but the synopsis sounds really intriguing. 

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Written On Her Heart by Paige Rion 
(Callaway Cove #1) 
Publication date: April 23rd 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

"Never before had she felt this. As if she was soaring and falling at the same time. As if she was witnessing something exotic and rare. As if she could die right now and not care, as long as it was in his arms."


Andi Callaway has dreamed of becoming a published author her entire life. 

Ford Delaney has always wanted nothing more than to escape his past. 

An opportunity of a lifetime. This is what Andi finds when she returns home to Callaway Cove on summer break. A chance to work for her literary idol Ford Delaney is up for grabs, and she’s willing to risk everything—her boyfriend, her best friends, and her education—to get it. 

She’s positive this will be the key to reaching her dreams. But the moment she begins working for the reclusive author, Andi realizes there’s more to him than just a name. As attraction builds between Andi and Ford, she begins to discover consequences must come hand-in-hand with something great—which could loosen control over her tightly wound life. And once romantic sparks fly, Andi’s other relationships start to crumble, Ford’s fame comes back to haunt him, and the heat they generate will either forge a powerful, enduring love or threaten everything she holds dear. 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (#8)–YA Big Brother House

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YA Big Brother House - Top Ten YA Characters Who I would like to see in a Big Brother House

Big Brother is a reality TV show which follows a number of contestants, known as housemates, who are isolated from the outside world for an extended period of time in a custom built house. The contestants are continually monitored by in-house television cameras as well as personal audio microphones.


Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins)

Katniss is strong, independent, stubborn and just generally a super badass character. It would be interesting to see which characters she would trust and team up with. I feel like she would be one of those participants who would keep their eyes open all the time, trying to find the weaknesses of the other participants.

Alison DiLaurentis (Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard)

I haven’t read all the books in the series, but what I know from the books I’ve read + the TV show (I haven’t seen half of the most recent season), Alison would probably try to befriend a lot of the other participants, just to find their weaknesses in order to stab them in the back later for her own benefit. Alison would definitely come to the house with a plan.

Bianca Piper (The Duff by Kody Keplinger)

Bianca is cynical and sarcastic, but also extremely loyal. She is bit of a loner and does not go with the “mainstream”, She is pessimistic and usually tends to think of the worse from people. Her sense of humour and snarky remarks probably would not please everyone, but I feel like she could form a connection with for example Levi or Jace. I also feel like Bianca and Alison would probably end up hating each other.

Lihn Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)

Cinder is smart and resourceful, but also bit of an outsider. I feel like it could be difficult for the participants to get to know her, but that the ones that she would open herself up to would become really good friends with her. For some reason I really see a friendship forming between Cinder and Katniss.

Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)

Isabelle would probably stir up a lot of conversation with her wild outfits and behaviour. If there were to be a party, she would be there first. Isabelle and Alison would probably become BFFs, but at the same time they would plan how to destroy each other. Isabelle would probably be the one flirting with the male participants the most.


Jace Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)

Jace with his sense of humour and confidence would probably seem extremely desirable for some of the female participants, whereas some of his male counterparts could see him as competition. For some reason I really feel like if Jace was to hit on someone, it would be Katniss, just because she would probably be the one that does not fall to his charms, at least not instantly.

Carswell Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)

Thorne is funny, witty and extremely handsome (I saw Garrett Hedlund mentioned on several fan castings so I included him here) and I could totally see him engage in some flirtation with both Isabelle and Alison. For some reason I also kind of see him trying to hit on Bianca because of her sense of humor.

Matt Finch (Open Road Summer by Emery Lord)

Matt is so artistic and sweet, but also extremely handsome and funny. They could give him a guitar to the house and he could play his way into the hearts of both the female participants of the house as well as the female audience members.

(Matt Finch obviously has not been cast since the novel just came out, but I went with country singer Hunter Hayes because he’s super cute, has that boy-next-door look Matt is described to have and also is a super good singer).

Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

I have always had a place in my heart for Draco and I would love to see how he behaves in a closed environment like this. Would he trust anyone? Would he be himself or pretend to be someone he is not? Would he fall in love with one of the girls? I feel like he would either crush on Katniss or Isabelle. Or maybe Cinder because they’re both kind of underdogs in some sense.

Levi (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

Levi is just the sweetest guy ever, always smiling and being nice to everyone. It would be interesting to see how that works in an environment were you have to be somewhat cunning and calculating. I would totally root for Levi, but I don’t know how long he would last there in the house.

(I kept seeing Zach Roegic’s name on some mentioned in fan castings for Levi and decided to include his picture here. I totally get by some would think he would be the perfect Levi – he looks so nice and cute and handsome, and totally has that country boy look).

Which fictional characters would you like to see in a Big Brother house?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bout of Books 10

It's almost time for Bout of Books and I'm SUPER excited! I will be done with all of my assessments by that point and on my summer vacation, so I'll have plenty of time to just read and read and read a bit more.

So for those who might now know what Bout of Books is about, here you go:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
I will get back to you with a plan for what I want to read etc. later on, but for now, please join the fun!

Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

Expected publication: April 29th, 2014 (review copy received from Netgalley)
Info about author: Goodreads - Twitter - Facebook
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age Group: YA
Pages: 304 (hardcover)

Rating: 3/5

Description (from Goodreads):

A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter's town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn't at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

My thoughts:

If someone where to ask me what type of stories/people always get me, my list would look something like this: fictional guys who seem like assholes but who actually are sweet and somehow tormented, guys who like nerdy stuff, stories related to films and film-making, ice-hockey players with amazing butts, funny guys and fierce female characters... The list goes on, but already from the synopsis of Catch a Falling Star several of the items from my list can be spotted. Also, since I loved both This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith and The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, which kind of have a similar type of premises (small town girl, rich boy), I knew that I had to give this one a go. 

Carter lives in Little, California, a small town filled with Victorian houses and cute little cafes. She's enjoying her summer holiday before her senior year in high school, working in her family's cafe and spending nights stargazing with her best friends. She is content with her life in Little, enjoying the little things in life and envisioning her future in the town she had called her home for the whole life. 

Everything changes for Carter when Adam James, a Hollywood heart-throb with a messy past comes to Little to film a modern adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Parts of the town are covered with fake snow in the middle of the summer for  a Christmas shoot and suddenly Carter is pulled right into the center of the action. By making a deal with Adam and his agent to pretend to be Adam's sweet girl-next-door, small-town girlfriend to bump up Adam's public image, Carter becomes part of Adam's glamorous world of body guards and publicity stunts. But as she spends more time with Adam, she starts to wish that not all between then was just play for the photographers.

The relationship between Carter and Adam is one used in literature and film for ages. She's not interested in celebrities and glamorous lifestyle and makes the decision to pretend to be his girlfriend just to help her family. He is famous, handsome, and bit of a dick. But as they spend more time together, the opposites start to attract and we learn that these characters are not all what they first seemed to be. Yes, it is a bit of a cliche, but hey, when you pick up a book like this, what do you expect? Probably something sweet and romantic? That this book can deliver to you.

I think the major issue I had with this novel was the fact that though Carter is an interesting character, she occasionally seems almost too perfect. Everyone around the town loves her, she helps the poor and the elderly and just in general she seems to do no wrong. I guess there might be people out there who are actually like that, but I constantly kept waiting some type of flaw to appear. I had some issues with Adam as well, mainly just with the fact that though he is charming and all, I never really felt any type of connection to him - there was not really any swooning involved while reading this one. 

I really liked the stargazing scenes of the book and the little blog posts between the chapters. The book is generally well written and though the characters remain somewhat two dimensional at points, I still found myself enjoying most of it. I feel like this is the type of book you can bring with you to the beach or the pool and enjoy it there. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Post (#4)

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Weekly Recap:
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (Review)
Top Ten Tuesday - Bookish Related Wishes

Coming up:
Review for Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Characters Who X (you will the blank -- examples: piss me off, are the popular kids etc.)
Book Blitz with Xpresso Book Tours: Written On Her Heart by Paige Rion
Waiting on Wednesday
Stacking the Shelves
24 Hour Readathon posts

What I read this week:
City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

What I watched this week:
The Big Bang Theory (I caught up with 2 episodes I had missed)
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
The Mindy Project

Around the blogosphere:
Heather over at Bewitched Bookworms posted about six books that  she couldn't stop thinking about
Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner posted a great review for one of my favorite books of the year so far, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. 

Around the Internet:
New York Times obituary for Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Trailer for Gone Girl:

Trailer for If I Stay:

Bookish Kanye West parody:

In other news:
So it was my birthday on Monday - I had a good day at home, just eating cake, reading and watching hockey
My dissertation proposal went well and now I only have one more essay to write for the 2nd of May and I'm done with this semester and my 3rd year of university
The Stanley Cup playoffs have started !!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (#6)

"Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!"
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Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1) by Holly Smale

Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.
She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn't quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she's spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.
As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.
And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1) by Caragh M. O’Brien

In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife, Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia has always believed it is her duty, with her mother, to hand over a small quota of babies to the Enclave. But when Gaia's mother and father are arrested by the very people they so dutifully serve, Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught to believe. Gaia's choice is now simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

Through to You by Emily Hainsworth

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. He’d give anything to have just one more glimpse of her. But when Cam visits the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees an apparition. Her name is Nina, and she’s a girl from a parallel world. When Cam follows her there and makes an unbelievable discovery, it’s as if all his wildest dreams have come true. But things are very different in this other world. Nina is hiding a secret, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with the truth, he’s forced to make a choice that will change his life forever.


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?


To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.