Currently Reading; Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.

-every day by David Levithan

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Currently Reading: Every Dat by David Levithan

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Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

Currently Reading; Mind Games by Kiersten White

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Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heart-stoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

Bestseller’s YA list

Went into the bookstore with my mom today and saw that they had list of best seller books. This is what I saw in the YA part of the list.

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Is it weird to feel proud of these authors?

I’ve read ALL of John Green’s and Veronica Roth’s books. I’m still waiting for ‘The Elite’ by Kiera Cass to hit our shelves and I still have to get a new copy of ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak. ( I don’t what to talk about what happened to my first copy v_v ) and of course, who hasn’t read ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky.

Yep, I’m a proud reader ^w^

-Ellie Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

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Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions (A book review)

A journey may take hundreds of miles, or it may cover the distance between duty and desire.

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions

Sixteen of today’s hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying.

Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new land-scapes and characters.

But whether they’re writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart.

Suspenseful, funny, or romantic, the stories in Enthralled will leave you moved.

Enthralled reminded me of going on a mini-adventure with best friends, who also happened to bestselling YA paranormal authors, where you sit around a camp fire and tell your scariest story. While some stories were really captivating, others fell flat.

A lot of the stories in “Enthralled” were paranormal romances and since I am not a huge fan of romances, I found some of the short stories tedious to read. I mean, when you hear the word paranormal, you think ghosts, ghouls, witches, strange, and/or weird. You think ‘Supernatural’ (I love Supernatural!) not lovey- dovey stuff.

But, like I said, love story or not, some stories were really captivating while others fell flat. Here are the stories in order of appearances and what I rate them.

Giovanni’s Farewell by Claudia Gray; A short story about fraternal twins, a ghost in Rome and psychic powers. Sister, Ravenna, doesn’t quite understand when her twin brother, Cairo, can hear the thoughts of people around him. She calls him crazy and distance herself from him, that is until she developed a psychic ability of her own.

I’ve never read anything by Claudia Grey before, but after reading this short, I can safely say that her style of writing has peaked my interested. Giovanni’s Farewell was simple, yet strong. I wish it wasn’t just a short story. I give it 4/5

Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan; Sisters, Margie and Sally, trying to survive the zombie apocalypse by sticking to together, trusting no one and travelling around the country. But guards drop when and wills break when it’s you against the world.

Now, Carrie Ryan is an author that I am familiar with. I gathered that she has a love for zombies in a non-warm-bodies way. I liked this short, which is funny because earlier on I was complaining about her boring one of her books was. Maybe because it’s a short and not an entire novel. I especially liked the way Carrie portrayed Margie and show us how much the end of the world has changed this young girl. It’s sad and makes you wanna reach out and protect them. I suppose, that’s why it ended the way it did. I give it 4/5

Red Run by Kami Garcia: Red Run is a narrow stretch of dirt for a road haunted by a blonde hair, blue eyed killer ghost. When big sister, Edie, discovers her brother on the brink in a pool of his own blood and on the brink of death, she sets out to kill the killer ghost.

This was a short that started off well. It was dark, haunting and creepy. It had a nice twist to it, but I thought the ending of it lacked a bit. It was good but not great. I give it 3/5
Things About Love by Jackson Pearce: What is love? What makes us love? How does love feel? These are questions that a young jinn seeks the answers to. When one of her own falls in love with a mere mortal, Juliette becomes curious about love. She sets out to find out more about love from the mortal’s best friend, Lawrence.

This story was so cute and very unique. I’ve never read anything from Jackson Pearce until now. I enjoyed it a lot, makes me want to read more from Jackson. I give it 5/5

Niederwald [Soul Screamers] by Rachel Vincent: Nightmare –mara– Sabina takes a detour to the Niederwald with her not-so-close friend Emma and comes across something not of this world.

I’m not familiar with Rachel Vincent. I found this story confusing, like I was missing pieces to it. I don’t know if it was part of her series or an entire different story altogether. However, I quite liked it. I’ve been meaning to read ‘Soul Screamers’ by Rachel Vincent and after reading this short, I know I’ll definitely get to that. I give it 4/5

Merely Mortal [Wicked Lovely] by Melissa Marr: Winter Queen Donia and now mortal and former Summer King, Keenan, goes on vacation for the first time, but things don’t go as planed.

I’ve read ‘Graveminder’ by Melissa Mar and didn’t like it too much. Pretty much like this short. Plus, I didn’t read the ‘Wicked Lovely’ series, and I don’t think I will? Maybe? We’ll see. I give it 2/5

Facing Facts [Darkest Powers] by Kelley Armstrong: This short is related to the “Darkest Powers” Trilogy, which I didn’t read. So, this short didn’t impact on me much because I didn’t really know what was going… :/ Well, at least now I wanna read the trilogy to find out more about the story behind the short. I give it 3/5

Let’s Get this Undead Show on the Road by Sarah Rees Brennan: British boy band with a vampire as a bandmate? Easily one of the better shorts from this book. This short was a fun and quirky read. I enjoyed it a lot. First time reading something from Sarah Rees Brennan. Might consider looking at her other work. I give it a 5/5

Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready: Again, this short is related to the ‘Shade’ Series written by Jeri Smith-Ready. I didn’t know that until just now. It sort of all make sense… somewhat. Still, written in verse, it was a good short. I give it 4/5

Skin Contact by Kimberly Derting: By far my favorite short in the entire book. Even though it’s related to the ‘Body Finder’ series, (which I’ve read the first book to and loved it) it was fantastic. It had all the elements to a good paranormal story. I really like it. I give it a 5/5

Leaving by Ally Condie: A dystopian short about…bullying? With Sora’s father gone to search for the rumoured ‘Beautiful People’ , she is left behind to deal with the aftermath. Feeling alone and frustrated, Sora contemplates leaving her home as well to join her father in his search for the ‘Beautiful People’ who came before them. But sometimes plans change.

That’s basically what I gathered from this short… Not exactly sure how this counts as a paranormal, but it was okay. Not one of her best work. I mean, I own the ‘Matched’ Trilogy. I give it a 2/5

At The Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show by Jessica Verday: Cannibal girl scouts? Singing defanged vampires on their way to watch the “Rocky Horror Show”? Resurrectionstist? Nothing young hunter Jane can’t handle. Well, maybe not so much the singing vamps, but still a pretty good hunter.

This was a funny short. I mean, who comes up with singing defanged vampires, in costume and cannibal girl scouts? Jessica Verday, that’s who. It was very unique in a out-of-the-box-and-beyond-the-border sort of way. It was fun and interesting read. I’m totally gonna check out some of her other work. I give it a 5/5

IV League by Margaret Stohl: Wren Lola Lafayette is a vampire. Or a Drinker. She wants to get out of the hell hole she was born into and lives a semi-normal life at a university where she can better herself and have unlimited supply of blood. And she does.

Not much of a story here. I mean, she gets want she wants by forcibly taking it. What was the point? That a vamp in the slums can achieve her dreams by feeding on the principal at campus? I don’t think so, I give it 2/5

Gargouille by Mary E. Pearson: When a Gargouille loses its wings, it loses its memories of being a Gargouille and become human. This is what happens to Giselle when she is captured and her wings torn off. With her wings gone, she slowly begins to lose her memories of who she was and worst, of who she was in love with.

This was a romatic short about true love always finding a way. It was a cute story, I actually liked it a lot. And that’s saying something coming from someone who doesn’t like romance stories. So yeah, I give it a 4/5

The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: We’re not alone in this world. And no, I’m not talking about aliens, although that was my first guess when I was reading this short. (I just realized that no one wrote about aliens in book. Don’t aliens count as paranormal??)

It was an interesting idea, but the story left room for a lot of questions. It felt rushed and disconnected in the end. I didn’t understand why certain things happened the way it did. In the end, I give it 2/5

Automatic by Rachel Caine: Based on Caine’s Morganville Vampires series, which I didn’t know until now and haven’t read. Still it was a good story. I might even consider reading the Morganville series. I give it 3/5

 

And that brings us to the end of the book. A lot of the shorts within the book were follow ups to some of the authors previous work. So, if you know and have read most of the works by these authors, than by all means read away.

If not, you may be lost and confused by what’s going on in the short, like I was. Still, overall, “Enthralled” was a good read.

-Ellie  Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Feeling guilty?

Have you ever come across a book that you just couldn’t get into? Maybe it’s not what you expected, maybe it’s not your cup of tea or maybe, dare I say, it’s boring?

And you try your best to get into it, you tell yourself that maybe it gets better the more you read, but something in your mind is begging you to stop reading because it’s just not captivating. There is no omph you usually get with other books. There is nothing grabbing your attention and keeping it there.

So you stop reading it for a while. A break from the book.

“It’s probably because I’m still in the last book I read.” You tell your. But hours turn into days, and days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months before you pick it up again!! And you still can’t get into it!!

Okay, I was being really dramatic there, but you get the idea.

See, I’m supposed to be reading “The Dead-Tossed Waves” by Carrie Ryan, but I just can’t seem to make it any further than fifty pages. I have to admit it’s a bit boring. But I made this promise to myself that no matter how terrible, or how boring, or how tedious the book may be, I will read it till the end.

And I’ve read worst books than this one, trust me. So why can’t I read this one?

And what bothers me the most is the guilt I feel for not making the effort to read it out. I know how silly and possibly insane it sounds but it’s the truth. I feel guilty if I don’t finish a book that I’ve started.

I swear, it taunts me! Like it knows the promise I’ve made to read any book from cover to cover!

Ridiculous, right?

So I pick up another book, “Enthralled” a collection of short paranormal stories by various authors, and I’m totally into it, but at the back of my mind I feel like I’m cheating on Carrie Ryan with another author!

Have I mentioned that I am possibly insane? No?
Well, now you know. (I’m not really. I just have an over active imagination…lol…)

So, yeah. Does anyone feel like that? Or am I the only one? (I’m probably the only one…. Oh well)

-Ellie Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

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