Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What Do You Want To Do Before You Die by The Buried Life BOOK REVIEW!

                                                       
                                                     



Title: What Do You Want To Do Before You Die

Author: Jonnie Penn, Duncan Penn, Dave Lingwood, and Ben Nemtin

Publisher: Artisan



This book is based off the MTV show The Buried Life...
Four college students from Canada wanted to accomplish all the things on their bucket list which has 100 things the four guys wished to do before they died. They created a company called The Buried Life which was named after a poem written in 1852 by Matthew Arnold which is also called The Buried Life. The first thing that came from this was a documentary titled The Buried Life: What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? The documentary follows the four guys as they travel across North America to accomplish everything on their bucket list. The documentary did so well that the four were contacted by MTV and were asked if they would like to create a show which would allow people to follow them throughout their journey. They said yes of course and the pilot episode aired on January 18,2010 and was well received by the viewers. Even though the show did well on October 25,2011 they boys pulled the plug on the show.


This is their first book and consists of quotes,letters that contain life changing moments in people's lives ,and post cards from viewers that chose to share one thing they wished to do before they died.
Below are some of my favorite post cards along with my favorite quote from the book and the list that started it all.




Rating:






Thoughts: I loved this book so much and I also loved the show. Because this is a coffee table type book it is a very quick read and worth every minute of your time. There are things in this book that will make you smile,laugh,and maybe even share a tear or two but one thing stands out more than the others and that is the fact that after reading this you will have a new look on life.





Saturday, October 19, 2013

Lullaby by Amanda Hocking BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: Lullaby

 Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin New York


Gemma is gone, leaving Harper at home trying to pick up the pieces that were left behind. There father is totally heart broken and is beginning to stumble through his days in a haze as to why? Why would Gemma just leave when everything was going so well for her? It's just not like her to up and leave without saying goodbye, something bad must have happened to make her do something like that.
Alex (Gemma's boyfriend) is doing everything he can to find Gemma. After the battle (in Wake by Amanda Hocking) Alex was left unconscious so he wasn't able to see Gemma off. Alex doesn't know what happened, but Harper (Gemma's sister) does.
Gemma never wanted to leave her home, but she was left without a choice. Gemma was told to leave or risk watching everyone she loves die by the hand of Penn. That night constantly plays out in Gemma's mind like a recording. What could she have done? Gemma doesn't know enough about Penn, Thea, and Lexi to fight them let alone kill them. She had to leave and now just making it through the night is a struggle with the watersong getting stronger each day sleep is nonexistent. Gemma knows that a swim in the ocean would make her feel so much better but she just can't see herself enjoying the curse that has caused everyone so much pain.
The three sisters go about their lives like nothing has happened. Gemma eventually becomes close to Thea and they begin to talk often. Thea assures Gemma that it does get easier and the victims can be chosen. Thea doesn't like having to feed on humans either but when you have to to live then you aren't left with much of a choice. Thea confides in Gemma and says that she likes to feed on the guilty rather than the innocent. Even if the human hurts others Gemma just doesn't feel like it's her place to play God with the lives of others guilty or not. Gemma not allowing herself to feed is taking a tole on her body and she is slowly losing control of herself, eventually she will have to feed.
Daniel can't believe what he witnessed the night of the battle, was it a Demon or an animal? It looked like an animal but it sounded like Penn. He didn't know what to do but he knew at the time that he had to protect Harper, he still has to protect Harper but now all he can do i keep his eyes open. Daniel begins to seek out Harper in the hopes of making her smile eve though with her sister gone times are hard. No matter how hard Harper tries she is falling for Daniel and he is falling for her. Then Daniel had to hunch that he should pick up a paper, while looking through it he finds some clues. While putting the pieces together he finally realizes that he knows where Gemma has been hiding...


Rating:






Thoughts: I loved this book even better than the first one! I liked how the book picked right up from where the first one stopped and I also love the romance between Harper and Daniel. I also felt that you get more a feel of the other characters in this book were as the first one was mostly just Gemma and Harper. Also I like the fact that there was a bit of mythology tied with story which involved the Gods and Goddesses. Also and this is very IMPORTANT make sure to read the short story Forgotten Lyrics by Amanda Hocking because it has key points that go along with the Watersong series.


Quote: "I never stopped believing in you when we were little, and I'll never stop fighting for you now

Songs I thought fit the story:







Sunday, October 6, 2013

Wake by Amanda Hocking BOOK REVIEW!!!

I was given this book the St. Martin's Griffin New York for review and this is a book series I will NEVER forget.


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Title: Wake

Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin New York



This is a story about Gemma and her sister Harper.
Gemma is a good swimmer,she can't really explain it but Gemma has always found being in the water relaxing and calming. On top of swim practice for her high school she also goes out late at night to swim at the Bay in the cover of darkness.
Harper has always been the most responsible of the two, even when she was younger she would always stay on top of her school work and watch her sister Gemma. Things changed for Harper after the accident which left her in the position of mother figure for Gemma while her father worked long hours on the docks.
Though this is a strange family setting things aren't so bad for Harper and Gemma but the Summer that Penn,Thea,Lexi, and Arista show up in the small town of Capri.

Penn,Thea,Lexi, and Arista followed the warm weather and the tourist to the little town of Capri. Everyone of course noticed them as soon as they showed up. All four of them are abnormally beautiful and have guys hanging on their every word and sometimes even girls. Rumors start to go around town about the girls and the rumors get worse when one of them vanishes. No one really knows much about the girls they have no clue where they came from or what they are there for and to make matters worse locals are starting to vanish without a trace.

Gemma and Harper continue on with their normal activities until the three strange girls start to show up everywhere they are. The leader of the girls Penn seems to have taken a liking to Gemma and tries several times to get Gemma to swim with them. Gemma is cautious of the girls so turns them down each time they ask. Gemma thought it was just a normal night for her late night swim in the ocean until she doesn't come home. Harper freaks out and forcing her father to go to work telling him she would find Gemma teams up with a male friend named Daniel in the hopes of finding her sister alive.
Harper and Daniel succeed in finding Gemma but she is hung over and covered in scratches and bruises with no memory of what happened to her. Little does Gemma and Harper know that life as they know it is about to change.
Gemma begins to show signs of supernatural powers. Gemma also begins to find green fish scales around the house. Memories start to surface of the night spent swimming and Gemma starts to remember being with Penn and the others. Could they have something to do with her new found powers? Things become even stranger when Penn tells Gemma that she must leave behind everything she knows including her family to join them or die...What will Gemma do? What are these new powers? Is this a blessing or a curse?




 Rating:






Thoughts: I have never read anything like this book before. I didn't really know much about it when I started to read it but by the second chapter I was hooked. I LOVED this book so much and I am very happy and willing to continue the Watersong series. There were times in the story when I would laugh out loud and the wonderful characters and the story line was Amazing! Amanda Hocking all I have to say to you girl is DAMN you can write!
My only problem with the book and this comes with a warning is the very detailed way in which the blood and gore is described. Though this book is a YA novel I would like to warn people now that if they are bothered by that sort of thing then read this book with caution!


Quote: " Come now,weary traveler, I'll lead you through the waves. worry not, poor voyager, for my voice is the way"