Friday, 9 June 2017

Everything Everything - Book Review


Started: May 30, 2017 | Ended: June 5, 2017

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Books on September 1, 2015
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 310
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1

Synopsis: 
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
 
Rating: 4/5

My Review: 

Such a good book, and a very easy read. Could've easily read this in one sitting. I like when chapters aren't long  because it makes you feel like you can keep going, and next thing you know you're half way through the book. I also liked the little added bits in the book, like the little drawings Maddy would do. Or seeing the online conversations in a different format since Maddy and Olly's relationship is built online at first since Maddy can't go outside. I also like when books add a little something extra.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Maddy and Olly, I thought they were really great together and I like that he made her want to take a chance and live more. But at the same time you're constantly worried for her because of this disease that she has. I found that interesting that throughout the book you wanted her to be with Olly but at the same time you don't know how they could be together, so I liked seeing how that was all handled. Of course there's a twist in the end, which I'm not going to share, you'll just have to read it, but I will say that I liked it and how it was handled.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Book Review (SPOILER ALERT)


Started: May 2, 2017 | Finished: May 27, 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury on May 2, 2017
Genre: YA, Fantasy 
Pages: 288
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis: 
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
Rating: 5/5

My Review:

This book was again epic!! A Court of Mist and Fury is still my favourite in the series, but this book is not far behind! This is easily my favourite series that I've read so far. It took me a little longer than I would've liked to finish this one, but that was due to personal issues. But when I did get the time to read this book, I was immersed in this world and loving every moment of it.

**SPOILER ALERT! I feel like throwing that out there since I'll be talking about spoilers from here on out, but I also think that if you haven't read the series yet and are planning to, then you're probably not going to want to read a review on the third book until you've read the series yourself. But it's out there anyways.**

We pick up right where we left off with Feyre going back to the Spring Court with Tamlin to destroy it from within, and I loved it! Of course there are consequences to that which you see later on, but in the moment it was all very great and well done on Feyre's part. When she eventually leaves, she takes Lucien with her, not by choice, but it works out that way and I was so happy! I always loved Lucien, and I was hoping that he'd somehow get to go with Feyre especially with Elain (Feyre's sister) being his mate and all.

Once they're back at the Night Court, it's mainly about the upcoming war with Hybern that really drives this book and I love seeing their progress and plans as well as getting to see all the characters we love, and get to learn more about them and their relationships, particularly more about Feyre's sisters and how they are handling becoming Fae. I mainly want to talk about Nesta for a second. I was never a fan of hers, especially not in the first book. But in this one, I loved her! I love that she learned to adjust and was willingly to learn about her powers so that she could help in anyway she could. I also loved her relationship with Cassian! I wanted more of it (and I'm hoping we get to see more of it in the future. More on that later). It was wonderful, I loved her development throughout this book. As for Elain, she's very withdrawn since she was engaged to a human who despised Fae, and now she's Fae. She's also become a Seer as her newfound ability which I thought was very cool, and I think what might have played a part in her stepping up in the battle at the end. There's also her relationships with Lucien and Azriel that never really had a conclusion that again I'm hoping to see more of in the future.

Feyre and Rhysand!!! Can we just for a moment talk about the epicness that is this couple. I love everything about them as a couple and as individuals. I love the respect and love they have for each other. They will make choices that maybe the other doesn't agree with, but they will respect that choice and love each other no matter what. They are so perfect for each other, and they are by far one of my all-time favourite book couples! I'm not going to talk about what happens in the end, but if you know then just know that I was in TEARS! It was all too much, and the feels were next level!

All the action in this book was nothing short of epic and I loved every moment of it. I also enjoyed getting to see former "villains" from previous books come to join forces with Feyre and the Night Court to help in the battle against Hybern. Also loved that Tamlin got to redeem himself in the end which was a nice touch. I can't say this enough, this series was/is EPIC! I will recommend it to anyone who wants to listen, such a good series! It's my understanding that this is the end of Feyre's perspective in the books, but their will be more told in other characters perspectives. I'm not to sure on the details, but I just know that I'm excited this world isn't over. I would love, like I said, to hear more from Nesta and Elain's perspectives, among others of course. There was a lot that this book left unsaid that I feel we'll learn more of in the future and I for one can't wait!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Before I Fall - Book Review


Started: Mar 10, 2017 | Finished: April 10, 2017

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins on Feb 7, 2017 (movie tie-in version)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 496
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
Rating: 4/5

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book! It was very different in that the main character dies in the beginning, and spends the next 7 days repeating the same day over. So you get to see her try to do things differently, learn more about herself and what she really values in life. I love that she gets theses second chances to really appreciate things that she kind of took for granted. You never know what's going to happen, and it's a good reminder to really just take a moment to appreciate what you have in life and the people you surround yourself with.

I did like Sam as the main character, I like that she's not perfect and she can be a bitch, but that you get to see her emotions change throughout the book as she comes to terms with what's happened to her. The supporting characters in this were great, I think my favourite was Kent! Loved him!! I also felt for Juliet and just wanted to give her a hug.

I can't wait to see the movie adaption, and to see how they did with bringing this book to life. I was hoping to be able to finish in time to see it in theaters, but unfortunately I'm in a bit of a reading slump so that didn't happen but I'll be sure to see it as soon as it's available on DVD then I might do a Book vs Movie post in the future on it. But for now, as far as the book goes, I would definitely recommend this one!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Dad


It's been 2 weeks to the day since he left us, and I haven't stopped thinking about him since and I don't think there will be a day where I won't think about him. My dad passed away on February 26th around 10:30pm, and I feel like a part of me went with him and I don't feel whole because a part of my heart is missing. I wanted to make this post to explain why I've been away, what happened and why I always thought that my dad was the best and coolest dad ever!


My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago this month, but I didn't find out about it until last June. Reason being, my dad didn't want me to know until he had more information and answers for me before I knew. Always trying to protect me, can't say I blame him for that. I'll never forget the day he came to my work to tell me because I didn't recognize him, my own father! In the 6 months since I'd last seen him, which was Christmas, he was so skinny and had no hair and he had looked like he'd aged 10 years, it was shocking to say the least. But at that time the news seemed to be good, he was on the mend and on his way to being cancer free as he was responding well to the treatments. By September he was declared as such, and it was such a relief or so we thought. Little did we know, he still had it and by the time it was discovered (which was late November, I think) it had spread pretty badly throughout his body. Again, I didn't know about it until Jan 10th, the day after his birthday. But I remember throughout December, every time I texted him, I would have this feeling that the cancer was back, but I never asked because I wanted to stay blissfully ignorant for a little while which to this day I don't know if that was a good or bad thing. 

After I found out, I went to visit him as much as I could. He was staying with my Uncle David at this point, and was still optimistic about the treatments. But at the end of January, the 25th to be exact, he told me that he was stopping the treatments because he found out that they wouldn't prolong his life by that much. Not long after that he got admitted into St. Peter's hospital which is a hospice care unit. Before I continue, I can't say enough good things about the care and compassion the staff there has. I'm so thankful to everyone there for all that they do, it's truly amazing! He was in there for a nearly a month, and it was hard to go and see him slowly get worse and to see him in pain. So when it came time, I was thankful he didn't have to go through that anymore, but at the same time I wasn't ready to not be able to see him anymore, I'm still not and that's when I have a hard time.


I was always proud and happy that he was my dad because I always thought that I had the coolest dad, and I was so lucky. I'll always think that! I hate that I have to talk in past tense now. But he always tried to make things fun. Like when I was younger and my cousin would come over to our house, he had just got a new big screen TV, and he would move the couches to look like rows in a movie theater. I would make the tickets, and rip them for us and then we'd go to watch the movie and my dad would put a blanket over the screen, so he'd have to slowly raise it for us before we'd watch the movie. We'd always watch movies together, we loved our stupid humour movies like Austin Powers, Night at the Roxbury, The Hangover and so many more. We always loved to do movie line impressions to each other any chance we got! Also loved getting to go to the race track with my dad, Uncle David and cousin Stephanie. So many fun times getting to watch the horses, and because they were friends with some of the racers, we'd even get to go into the back and see the horses!

As I got older, we used to go to the tanning salon all the time but especially in the winter. We could walk out in t-shirts in the winter because we were pros who could go at the max time they would allow. After each session the first thing we'd ask each other was if we fell asleep, and how we'd have the best naps in those things! Also loved anytime my dad came to pick me and my friends up from the movies in his cool Trans-Am car. Everyone thought my dad was so cool, and I loved that because I thought that too and I loved when others got to see how cool and fun he was. I have so many more memories, but these are the ones that have been standing out to me in the past 2 weeks.

I regret that later on when I was out of highschool and working, and when he had moved away to Cambridge, we didn't get to see each other as much as we usually did. We both let work get in the way, and at the time I'd think I have my whole life to spend time with my dad, but then something like this comes in and takes that all away from us. It's taught me a lesson to not put things off because you never know when your life is about to drastically change.


Now that everything is all said and done, and I just feel lost sometimes because suddenly I'm just meant to move on, and I just can't grasp the fact that my dad's not here anymore. I feel like everything was just a really horrible nightmare, and now it's over and everything is back to normal until I look over to my dad's urn (which is staying with me for the rest of my life because that's what he wanted and what I needed). I feel like I'm teetering between rising from the pain of it all and being strong like him because it's what he would've wanted and what others need, but then wanting to shut everything off and just lay in my grief. But I know I have to go the strong route, not only because it's the healthier option but because I feel like my dad really is watching over me and I can't let him see me upset. My whole life I never wanted my dad to see me upset, and so I feel like I can't start now. In all this, it's been pointed out to me the traits I got from him like how we don't like to be a burden on others, we're independent, we don't ask for help but we'll give help to anyone who asks, among other things I'm sure.


Here's two TV quotes that are stuck in my mind at the moment.

First is from One Tree Hill, my favourite character, Haley (see the above picture), her mom had died from cancer and she was struggling with the aftermath.
 “Oh, I was thinking about the finality of it all. How somebody can leave your world in the blink of an eye and be gone forever. It’s…it’s too enormous to think about. It’s too hard. And then we’re just supposed to go on, right? Like, just…Deal with it. I mean, really you’re supposed to be sad for about as long as the flowers last, and then, oh, time to go back to telling jokes and reminiscing about the old days. I don’t have any jokes to tell. As a matter of fact, I hope I never hear another joke as long as I live. And the old days are just… that. They’re old days that are… gone.”
The other is a recent quote from last week's This Is Us episode where Randall says this after losing his biological dad to cancer.
"For days, I’ve been plagued by this question: how do I honour my father’s legacy? Then I realized I honour it by taking what I’ve learned from how he lived his life, and having it shape the way I go on living mine."
As much as I was thinking more like the first one a lot, I'm leaning more towards the second quote now. I want to be able to now carry on my dad's legacy which was to care for others especially those who can't really speak up for themselves, like pets and children. My dad loved both! He loved to take care of kids especially, he always would find a special connection with them and make sure they were having a happy childhood. He would also stand up for people. He didn't like bullies, and he didn't hesitate to stand up to a bully to protect others. He was also quick to bring humour into any situation, just make things fun and not so serious. Life is too short for things to be serious all the time, so make time to have fun and laugh and be happy for as long as you can.


I miss my dad so much that it physically hurts! I miss him coming to visit me when I was working at Tim Hortons and I'd get him his medium 2 cream, 1 sugar. I miss texting him, and him constantly texting back "cool". I miss going to all you can eat buffets with him and seeing how many times we could go up to get more food. Or trying new food, like tofu, and seeing him nearly cry from how much he didn't like it but he had to try it because "anything you can eat, I can" he'd say. I miss getting lobster or crab, and not being able to crack it so getting my dad to do it for me and he'd sneak some for having to do the work. I miss laughing with him, talking to him, being around him. I miss everything!


I had/have the greatest and coolest dad ever, and I'm so thankful for that. I'm thankful that I got to call him my dad! I love you dad so much!! As much as a human heart can love another person. You'll always be the strongest, funniest, greatest man I know. My hero. I'll always love you, and I'll always miss you!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Scarlet - Book Review


Started: Jan 19, 2017 | Finished: March 9, 2017

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Published by Square Fish on Feb 4, 2014
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 452
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. 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.
Rating: 4.5/5

My Review:

Another amazing book in the Lunar Chronicles series!! I love Scarlet so much, both character and book. Scarlet picks up right where Cinder left off, and it's just as thrilling and exciting. The book is mainly told from Scarlet's perspective, and I really liked her as a character. She's strong, determined and fierce in her search for her grandmother. Just as Cinder was a fairytale retelling of Cinderella, Scarlet was a fairytale retelling as well, this time it was Little Red Riding Hood which was so amazing!!

You meet some new characters as well like Wolf and Throne, both characters that are very different but I loved them both. Wolf is very complex and mysterious, whereas Throne is very sarcastic and funny. You also got to see more of Cinder's story and how it all leads to all these characters meeting and coming together. I love the way Marissa Meyer connected things, and it just flowed and made the story continue to be this exciting adventure. I love the different kinds of relationships in this story. From a begrudging friendship between Cinder and Throne, to the love story of Scarlet and Wolf. All of which I loved.

I'm loving this series so much so far, I can't wait until I read the next book in the series, Cress. I'm trying to pace myself with this series, and try to read some books in between. But I don't know if I'm going to be able to wait too long, the series is that good!

Friday, 10 March 2017

3 Year Blogiversary! | Buffy the Vampire Slayer's 20th Anniversary


Here's to another year of blogging!! First off I want to apologize for the lack of content on this blog. If you know me personally then you know why, but if not then I'll be making a blog post very soon to explain why I've been away from this blog for so long.

In keeping with tradition, I'm going to highlight the top 5 posts starting after I made last year's post.
1 year blogiversary highlights
2 year blogiversary highlights











I can't wait to start getting back to blogging and find out what posts will make the Top 5 next year!!

Before I go, I also wanted to point out that one of my all-time favourite shows turns 20 today! Happy 20th Anniversary to Buffy the Vampire Slayer!




Thanks for all the love and support these past 3 years!! Here's to many more!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A Monster Calls - Book Review


Started: Dec 31, 2016 | Finished: Jan 10, 2017

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Published by Candlewick on August 2, 2016 *movie tie-in* (first published in 2011)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 240
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1

Synopsis:
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. 
From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
Rating: 5/5

My Review:

This book was absolutely amazing!! It was so emotional, and raw, and real. I don't know where to start because I just put it down, and I'm still in that after book feeling of amazement. Whether you've experienced it personally or can imagine what it's like, having someone close to you with a severe illness is never an easy thing to grasp. I feel like this book captured it so well, and Patrick Ness did an excellent job bringing this book to life.

I didn't read the book with the pictures, although I wish I had now that I've read it. But what I am excited for is to see the movie, and I'm hoping to see it very soon! I'll insert the trailer for the movie below because it looks incredible. I'm so glad that I've read the book before I go to see the movie, I feel that's always best.

I will highly recommend this book to anyone!! If you've been thinking about reading it, please do. It's an easy read and it's so beautifully written that you won't regret it.



Monday, 2 January 2017

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares - Book Review



Started:
 Dec 1, 2016 | Finished: Dec 30, 2016

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Published by Mira Ink on Oct 26, 2010
Genre: YA, Holiday
Pages: 356
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please. 
At the urge of her lucky-in-love brother, sixteen-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of dares on her favourite bookshop shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept. Curious, snarky Dash isn’t one to back down from a challenge – and the Book of Dares is the perfect distraction he’s been looking for. 

As they send each other on a scavenger hunt across Manhattan, they’re falling for each other on paper. But finding out if their real selves share their on-page chemistry could be their biggest dare yet….
Rating: 4/5

My Review:

This book was so sweet, and perfect to read around Christmas time! I wanted to read this, along with The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily but I just got too busy this year with work and Christmas. But when I finally found time to set aside for reading I powered through it, and loved it! I plan to now save The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily for next Christmas so I have that too look forward to!

I love that this was a pen pal story where they would share the notebook back and fourth without meeting for most of the book. We live in a digital age, so it was nice to read a story where they took pen to paper and bonded over that. I love the contrast between the two characters where when is light and optimistic, and the other is more pessimistic and sarcastic. Lily was a very whimsical and quirky character, and Dash was her complete opposite but yet they seem so perfect for each other.

The few things I didn't like so much was how immature Lily could be at times, but luckily it wasn't too bad where I disliked her character. Also I started to get impatient about how long it took them to meet, but luckily just as I started to get impatient, they met not long after that. So that's why the few things I didn't like weren't so bad, and why this book was just so sweet and a wonderful holiday book.


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