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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Author: Leigh Fallon
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count:  342 pages, Paperback
Date Published: October 4th 2011
Find it on Goodreads: Forgive My Fins
Source: Traded

Their love was meant to be.
When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.
But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

Guys... I'm really getting sick of these female MCs that only think about their male love interest and basically nothing else.. It's getting really. really. old. 

I was pretty excited about this book. I absolutely love Ireland, so I was looking forward to reading a book set in it, but I was also a bit nervous, because of this line in the synopsis: "she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs." I mean, I know that's kind of the thing with these type of books, the 'instant love' but this... this was too much. It was like, the minute Megan and Adam got together, they refused to think of even the thought that they might be separated. It was one of those "I can't live without you, even though I've only known you for two weeks" and I just got really tired of it, really quickly. 

(I guess you could I say I don't really believe in that sort of thing)

I really wish I could say that I came out of this book pleased and ready to read the next one, but I found it to be so generic, with nothing much to it except a bunch of lore that seemed jumbled up together with not a lot of order and a love story that I've seen a hundred times. I ended up skimming most of the ending, as I found it to be fairly tedious and predictable. Sadly, this one wasn't a huge thumbs up for me.

(sorry about the blurry star, I'm trying to fix that)

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things You'd Like to Own

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.This week's topic  is: Top Ten Bookish Things (that aren't books) You'd Like to Own. I LOVE this topic! I always see bookish things that are so cool that I'd love to have in my life but just can't afford or find.... 

1. Bath tub reading tray- I love baths and how relaxing they can be, however I get so BORED! I'd love something like this so that I can read and not worry so much about getting the book wet in the tub!

2. Mr. Darcy Proposal Sweater- this is from one of my favourite Etsy shops! I absolutely love Pride & Prejudice and would LOVE to have Mr.Darcy's proposal on a shirt!

3. Book Candle - Okay, I don't know if this is true or not, but OMG can you imagine a candle that smells like the best smell in the world... books?? 

4. Floating Bookshelves - I would LOVE to have these in my room to put some of my classics and favourites on! They look so great!

5. Book Shaped Platter - Um, YEAH. I can totally see myself serving food in my future place to people with a BOOK. 

6. Library Embosser - For someone who lends out their books constantly, this would be so great for me! I am always trying to figure out who I lent books to and sometimes they forget as well and then it's just a huge mess if I didn't write it down. 

7. Treadmill Book Stand - I usually despise going on the treadmill because I feel like I could be doing something else, more useful... BOOM. I CAN READ AND WALK AT THE SAME TIME

8. Madeline Sweater - Outofprintclothing.com is filled with adorable bookish shirts and other stuff and I totally adore this Madeline sweater!

9. Poe Pouch - I like to keep my bags organized by putting everything in little pouches and Out of Print Clothing has these adorable bookish pouches that I totally love! Especially the Edgar Allan Poe one!

10. Tardis Bookshelf - Um... I. NEED. THIS. 

Leave me a link to your TTT this week and I'll check it out! I'd love to see what other awesome bookish things are out there for us book lovers to pine over!

Happy reading!

Friday, 11 April 2014

TGIF: Favourite Quotes About Books

Hey guys! Happy Friday! I've been feeling in need of some reading inspiration lately, so today I thought I'd share some of my favourite quotes about books and reading!

I just love going through these quotes when I'm feeling a little bummed or in a reading slump... They always just seem to strengthen my love and passion for reading when I need it the most.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose (ST – Trailer)

Hey guys! I was asked to be a part of the street team for Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose, and I am so excited to be a part of bringing attention to a book that is described as "raw," "gripping," and "authentic." Check out the synopsis below and some of the buttons and keep a lookout for more content about this incredible story in the upcoming month of April!

Fans of Go Ask Alice will devour Dear Nobody, a real teen’s diary, so raw and so edgy that it’s authenticity rings off every page.
They say that high school is supposed to be the best time of your life. But what if that’s just not true?
More than anything, Mary Rose wants to fit in. To be loved. And she’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Even if it costs her her life.
Told through the raw and unflinching diary entries of a real teen, Mary Rose struggles with addiction, bullying, and a deadly secret. Her compelling story will inspire readers--and remind them that they are not alone.

For more information and exclusive content on Dear Nobody, go to dearnobodydiary.com!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.This week's topic  is: Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read. 

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – I wouldn't say that the plot is the most unique one I've ever read, but the writing is what makes this first on my list. Mafi's prose is wonderfully different and poetic and absolutely lovely. 

2. Every Day by David Levithan – The whole concept of living in a different body every single day is completely fascinating to me and so unique. I've never read anything like this book.

3. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – This book is the definition of an odd book. But it is also surprisingly ok and not your typical cancer book, at all

4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – Again, not the most unique plot, albeit some of it is really not something you read every day, but mostly what I love so much about this book was how it was written and the entire concept of two boys with the same name and such different voices, yet written intertwined into each other's lives. 

5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – This is a book that I was not expecting to love as much as I did, but it really surprised me! It's a fantastic YA high fantasy that has so much more to it than just fantastical elements!

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – What I think is so unique about this book is that it kind of breaks down that fourth wall between our world and the fictional one. The main character is just like all of us, fangirling about fictional characters and completely obsessed. I love it. 

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – The narration alone makes this book one of the most unique novels I've ever read... I mean, a story in the perspective of death? Such an incredible concept. 


Ok so I couldn't think of ten, but that's my list for the week! Leave me a link to your TTT this week and I'll check it out!

Happy reading!
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