This band is probably one of my top three favorites of all time. I'll be honest, it's mainly because Amy Lee is stunning, talented, and my first female celebrity crush. She is still a huge crush of mine.
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
Okay so because everyone kept telling to me read the series as it gets much better. I caved. I don't usually do this kind of thing. Once I make up my own mind about something I stick with it. But for some reason I caved and read Scarlet even though I wasn't that taken with Cinder. I'm so glad I decided to read this one.
I'm not the biggest fan of sci-fi, I've said this before. So I do have to push through that. Which is probably why I rated this book 4 stars instead of 5. I only like... 2 series I think that are sci-fi. I guess now 3 series. I loved Scarlet! She was freaking awesome. I love all her sass, I love how willing she is to give up her own life to save her grandmama. I love how she isn't helpless, she had her own person little gun. She is self sufficient. Love her.
I even love Wolf, he is awesome. I love how he fights his nature to help her. How Scarlet is kind of turning him into a big teddy bear. I like their developing relationship. They are cute.
I enjoyed Cinder in this one. I felt she was much better in this one than the last. Also I liked that the heavy handed foreshadowing wasn't here. In Cinder I honestly felt like maybe the author thought her readers were stupid and needed all these hints. Well, not hints but pretty much telling the readers that Cinder is the princess. Scarlet had none of this and that made it so much better to me.
I do think we left off in a pretty sad place, Scarlet's grandmama is dead and Kai is set to marry evil bitch face. Not a good thing. So I can't wait to read Cress and see where this goes. I'm hoping it stays on this level so I will enjoy the rest of the series.
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.
Topic for the Week
Place You Buy the Most/Least Books
Barnes & Noble
Books A Million
Half Price Books - This one makes me sad
So I buy most of my books online as the nearest book store is about 40 minutes away with good traffic. Anytime I get to go that way I spend all my money at Half Price Books and sometimes Barnes & Noble. But these will have to be my least places I've bought books. Also there is no Books A Million near me which is sad because back before I moved I went there all the time, had a membership card and everything.
I have found a lot of whole series on Ebay for cheap which is nice. Mostly, I just use Amazon and Bookoutlet. There are pretty cheap which is good for me.
Breaking Benjamin is one of my favorites bands ever. I have loved them for so long I can't even remember. So I wanted to share a few of my favorite songs. I have way more than two favorites but here is two of my favorites.
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.
Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.
As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.
His life depends on it.
I am so happy that Wren (thank you Wren! You were so right! Also check out their blog if you haven't yet because it's awesome!) finally got me to read this one! It's great! What I love the most is how dark and gritty the world felt. It was so cool because most of this book takes place in our world and yet it still feels darker. The author does a great job at world building. One of the best examples of world building that I've ever seen.
The characters are all great. I do think a few fell just a little into the "I'm just here for plot reasons", but only a few. Most of the side characters were actually very flushed out in my opinion. Our main character Isobel is very well rounded and I loved her. I also like that it showed that not all cheerleaders are bitchy. One of my best friends was a cheerleader and she was so sweet and awesome (most of her friends were your typical cheerleader type but she wasn't.) I like that Isobel wasn't scared to stand up for herself. She did what she thought was right, even if it meant losing her friends. I love people like that.
Varen... I have a soft spot for any alternative person. I usually fall for them in any book they are in. Varen was no different. I fell for him right along with Isobel. He's so perfectly dark and such a lonely soul. I can see why he did the things he did and I can't fault him. I understand him.
The plot is top notch, it does take a while to get started but I'm glad for that, it gives you time to get the characters set up and the feelings between the two to start. I can't wait to dive into the next one which I recently got.
Jessica has always been my bias in SNSD and when she was kicked out... well my love for certain members in the group went way down. I thought I Jessica would quit music and just focus on her fashion line. I'm so glad that I was wrong! Her voice is just too good. Enjoy the songs below. They are both in English and one is a cover of a song you might know.
The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
First off, this book is just about two people falling in love. There isn't much a plot otherwise. Which is totally fine, I like romance books but this was marketed to be more than just a romance. So to me, it failed on that level. But again, my full rating is not because it's just a romance. I love romance. Something about this book I loved: all the kissing. I often wish more books had kissing and this one actually gave me a lot of it. Only all the kiss scenes got old after awhile because they were all described the same. They began to blur together. Which wasn't a good thing.
Something else I loved about this book was seeing the Indian culture. I love reading about other cultures because it's like I'm getting to travel to all the places I want to go but will never have the money to actually go.
Rishi, I actually did like him. He could be whiney at times but I still liked him. He was sweet, cute as could be and I just love him. I felt his struggle, wanting to make his parents proud of him but also wanting to do his own thing.
Dimple.... she is the real reason for my rating. She made me want to rip my book into pieces and burn it with fire. She's so mean to her parents when they only want what they think is best for her. I get it, she doesn't want what they want for her but they aren't coming from a mean place. So her attitude towards them in the beginning bothered me. I hated how she looked down on her friend because she had money and didn't have to go through.... Dimple assumed that she had the harder life. Ugh.
She was so judgy about others who wanted to wear makeup and cared about their clothes. It came off to me that she thought she was better because she didn't. News flash, you're not better than anyone else just because they wear makeup and you don't. Then how she treated her roommates friends.... nope. Just couldn't take her anymore.
I loved parts of her character, how she took crap from no one. How she was going hard for her dreams. Those were wonderful parts of her character I loved but it didn't excuse her other actions.
I've only read ten books this month. I don't know why but I seem to be slowing down in my reading. Last year in June I read sixteen. I will try harder this month to read more books! I can do it. I hope...
I also just noticed that my ratings seem to be everywhere for the reads this month. Hopefully I have more 4-5 star reads this month.