20 December 2015

Is anyone out there?

Soooo I took a slightly longer than anticipated hiatus.

Heh, welcome to college life!

Anyway, I recently learned about Netgalley and I'm thinking about starting this back up again. I love to read, I love talking about what I read, and Netgalley is exactly what that's for! It's a completely free service and a way to read advanced copies in exchange for honest reviews.

If anyone's still out there, be on the lookout. We might have something new to talk about!

Happy Holidays!

27 October 2013

Willow Reads: The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kristy Moseley

Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years.

Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair.

Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer? Find out in The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window.

Title: The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window
Author: Kristy Moseley
Page Count: 256 pages
Book website: Doesn't seem to be one, but you can check out the Goodreads page.  
Published: April 30, 2012
Source: Goodreads

Spoilers aheaddddd.

I just finished this book about an hour ago as of starting this post, I came straight to my blog and had to make an update post so people didn't die of shock seeing me back here. Anyway, I just finished this book in one sitting (it's small enough to do so). Hardly anything can take me away from my homework for that long... I found myself not wanting to leave my phone. I read it via ebook on my phone, so that's why I couldn't leave that behind. I just had to talk about this book. I knew where to come. 

Wow. That's like.. the only word I have. 

So, in this book, there's a family. They're introduced as happy, until the father comes home.. He thinks his kids are a nuisance, even though you can tell by the voice of our main character, Amber, and the dialogue she's describing... They're not bad kids at all. Eventually we find that the father is abusive, not only physically and mentally... but, to Amber, sexually as well. One night, Amber's older brother's friend, Liam, hears her crying from his house next door. He sneaks into her window, ends up falling asleep with her in bed (nothing happened, she was 8 and he was like 12), and eventually this happens nightly. It's a huge risk, with Liam almost getting caught a few times, but it turns out ok.

Cut to a few years later, where Liam and Amber's brother, Jake, beat the father and kick him out, telling him to never come back otherwise they'd kill him. They had found him about to rape Amber, after beating her up. 

Skip to three years later. Amber's now sixteen years old. Her father left, and her mom got an amazing job, even though it travels a lot. The siblings look after one another, but are pretty independent. The relationship between her and Liam is hilarious. He's a man-whore, and she's not afraid to tell him. He sleeps around, he's never had a girlfriend... He's annoying, stealing her cereal, calling her Angel, and constantly teasing her.. Pulling her hair, hitting on her (much to her brother's annoyance).. Then, at night, sneaking into her bedroom window and being a total sweetheart. I'd be confused if I were her. 

Because of her abusive past, though, Amber can't stand to be touched by anyone besides Liam. He had comforted her through everything, and even though they didn't get along well during the day he made her feel safe. So, it's pretty easy to guess that all walls break down and they eventually get together in a romantic relationship.

Of course, because Liam normally sleeps around.. When he becomes exclusive and says that the girl he's with doesn't want to have sex right away, a bet comes along. Pretty much every girl in that school bets $20 that they'll be the next to have sex with him, because they think he's a sex-crazed party boy that can't live without. The bets reach to like $4,200, which is insane; it also makes Liam insane because every single girl within a 50-mile radius is trying to get in his pants. It eventually leads to Amber having sex with him a week into the relationship...

Before you start thinking she's a whore, read the book. She was a virgin who had known him since she was like 4 years old. They slept in bed together, doing nothing but sleeping, from the time she was 8 until the time she was 16 and finally decided to have sex. A few days before that, she had gone to a clinic to be put on birth control and they had given her condoms. And in this day and age, that's actually really responsible, she was doing it on her own.

From there, the relationship just starts getting really cute. They skip school to go on dates (as a future teacher, I can't condone that, but as a fangirl I can.. shhhh...), eventually everyone finds out about the relationship... And then all hell breaks loose.

We find out that Amber and Jake's father has another family, a wife who had a kid from a previous marriage and then together they had another baby. We also find out that he moved back into the same town as Amber, Jake, and company. This leads to Amber having a huge panic attack, because... Think about it. She was abused in every way possible by him, she fears him more than she fears anything else. The kid from a previous marriage, Johnny, is 17 and starts to go to school in the same place as everyone else. Eventually, Amber and her father meet face-to-face... She sees he hasn't changed and freaks out.

On top of that, she finds out that she didn't wait long enough to have unprotected sex with the birth control and that she's pregnant. She and Liam agree to keep the baby, but to wait for things to settle down first before sharing with everyone.

Well they never really get much of a chance, because Amber's father punches her in the stomach, causing her to miscarry. Liam goes batshit insane and starts attacking her father, and I agree that that man needs it so much. Eventually Jake gets him away from the guy who deserves to be killed because Amber's hurt and is calling for him. She gets to the hospital and has to have surgery... The next day, the police come to arrest Liam because Amber's father decided to press charges. This leads to Amber discharging herself out of the hospital, but eventually getting her father to drop the charges and leave. Jake eventually gets her and takes her home, and everything's alright.

Let's make one more leap to five years later. It's the day of Amber's graduation from college. Liam's almost late to her graduation, but he's not. By the end of the night, she has her own dance studio (since her degree is in something to do with dance), and she has a fiancee.

And that's the end of the book.

So I gave this book 5 stars on goodreads. I wish they'd have half stars because I'd give it 4.5 stars instead. xD It's not the most perfectly written book, but I did some research into it. The author had it on Wattpad for two years before publishing it... It's great because most Wattpad authors aren't the best. I loved the story, I just want more. But overall, a good lazy Sunday read. xD

Gonna go fix the theme and do homework now. xx
Have a good day! Happy reading!


Hey, everyone... Well, if anyone's still out there anyway. xD

I'm backkk. I haven't been here since my Vampire Academy movie update in May. There's so much stuff going on with that, but you can check google. There's a bunch of stuff happening with it, and the release date is still Valentine's day 2014. xD

So what have I been up to since May? A lot of things have happened, and I don't care to talk about many of them. But, I did get into Supernatural. I really love that show and MOOSE IS FINE... uh... er.. I.. I mean... mine. :look:

Anyway, I haven't actually read that much over the past few months. Mostly I've been focused on watching more than reading, which is out of character for me.. But I have two books I've read recently that I'm going to review. One I just finished reading, the other was finished last week.

So, just wanted to let everyone know that I'm alive. And I'll fix the theme, too. But after the review and that, I have to get to homework because I've been in school, too. xD Gotta play the bassoon later, 'cause I get graded on the F major scale on Tuesday. I've only touched the bassoon once before, so it's pretty clear that I need to practice. xD

Hope you're all well. I mean, the four followers I do have... I've barely talked to any of you all semester, so feel free to owl me, tweet me, or whatever... And we can talk. xD

12 May 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

If you're a mom, or a mom-to-be, I wish you a happy mother's day. Thank you for all you do for your kids, and the kids of others. Have a nice day. :)

Willow Reads: Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires #14) by Rachel Caine

Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble...

Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane. 

Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires. 

But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make.

Title: Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires #14)
Author: Rachel Caine
Page Count: 352 Pages
Book website: http://morganvilletexas.com
Published: May 7, 2013

Spoilers Ahead

No matter what mood I'm in, I can always settle for a new Morganville book. I'm sad that we're almost to the end of the series. This is probably one of my top five favorite series- in a list that includes Harry Potter (my top favorite) and Vampire Academy (probably my second favorite tied with Morganville). But this one was different than the previous 13. This book really challenged whether my favorite couple- Claire and Shane- would ever be back together again. So of course it made me sad, but the book didn't lack anything any other book in this series promised. 

The book starts out with Claire leaving the Glass house before anyone wakes up- she's going to MIT to study and her parents are meeting her at the outskirts of the town. Myrnin is there and he says goodbye, but eventually Shane and crew show up. Admittedly this part made me cry because Shane's trying to convince Claire not to go and I'm reading the book... Just wishing with all my heart that he would just go with her or she'd just decide not to go. But, after the last book, I can understand why she wants to go. Not only does she want to study and grow, Shane honestly believed that Claire and Michael were doing stuff behind his and Eve's backs. Honestly? So Claire wants to show Shane that this was serious and that he can't just lack that faith in her and in their relationship.

I am happy that she promised that she'll keep her promise to marry him someday. THAT BETTER HAPPEN, RACHEL CAINE! We need some wedding happening, and some married life. So you better be planning that, yo. But anyway, this book was mostly sad for me as a huge Claire/Shane shipper. 

When she moves away from Morganville, Claire moves in with Elizabeth, a character that hasn't been mentioned since the first few books of the series. Liz doesn't go to MIT, but she goes to a school somewhere around there, so they decide to become housemates. Surprisingly, Liz has changed a lot since Claire left her hometown, and is nothing like she used to be in high school. Claire quickly grows to hate living under the same roof, but doesn't want to leave Liz short on rent money... So she just decides to stay and wait it out. 

Well then a whole bunch of stuff happens. Shane follows Claire to MIT, but doesn't let her know that she's there. He ends up getting a job at a bar, and the entire time I was dreading when she'd find out. He couldn't stay a few towns over? I guess it's a good thing later, but when someone's mad at you and just needs space... You don't get a job close to where that person lives. And let's see.. Liz has a stalker ex boyfriend. And there were some other times when I was reduced to tears- having to do with Myrnin mostly. But in the end... The ending was the worst part. If you do not want to know how this book ends- stop reading. Now. After this paragraph break, there's going to be a huge spoiler. And I'm still not sure what to make of it. Ready?

There's a bit in the book where Eve and Michael also travel, Oliver and Myrnin make their way in, and then there's a new character who comes back to Morganville. So Claire and crew get back to Morganville, with Hannah Moses waiting on them. For some reason, she has the humans handcuffed and... All of a sudden... They shoot the vampires with wooden arrows. 

Morganville has been completely taken over by humans. 

Yeah, I'm not sure what to make of that one either. Guess we get to wait until the next book, which is due out in November. Which, to remind some of you... is also the final book of the series. This has me sad, this book better be as big as four of the regular ones. And then I'll still want more. Hopefully Rachel Caine writes this one and is like "NO. It's not done! 20 MORE BOOKS!" 

I doubt that though. Maybe another 10? ;) Oh well.

Happy Reading!

Willow Reads: Gone by Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents--unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers--that grow stronger by the day.

It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else.

Title: Gone (Gone #1)
Author: Michael Grant
Page Count: 558 pages
Book Website: http://themichaelgrant.com/gone/
Published: June 24, 2008
Source: Re-read

Spoilers Ahead- Beware. :)

I first picked this book up when I was 16 years old and couldn't put it down. At the time, this book was a stand-alone, and I remember finishing it and being so mad that there wasn't a new one out. Then I moved on to other books and later found out it had been turned into a six-book series. So, I'm reading  it all and I had to re-establish the beginning of the story. I had to remember everything before I could move on, right?

Gone is set in Perdido Beach, California. One day in this fictional town, everyone over the age of 15 just disappears... Teachers, parents, grandparents. And right along with them, phone reception, internet access, and television broadcast is cut off. So, of course, kids are scared and all literal hell breaks loose. Kids are scared, hungry, and looking for someone to ensure that they'll be ok.. And that their parents will be back soon. Because they have to come back, right?

Enter Sam Temple, also known as School Bus Sam after he saved an entire bus full of classmates when the driver went into a heart attack- by taking control of the bus and calling the police on the driver's phone. After the event cooled down, Sam backed away from the attention, because he really didn't like it. After the adults disappear, though, kids naturally flock to him with their questions... Obviously he's just as confused as they are and doesn't know what to do.

Eventually bullies take over Perdido Beach... Which they have now nicknamed as the FAYZ- Fallout Valley Youth Zone- and there's a general struggle throughout the book about who should lead and who does what. Obviously, something has to be done- food perishes, and what are they going to do? Especially after they find a glass wall surrounding the town that burns at the smallest touch and won't break when someone throws something at it. And, like any other book that I like reading, there's a little romance in there.

I find this book so interesting because it's an idea of what would happen in this situation. Did I enjoy this book as much as the first time around? No, I think that I've read better written books. But I still want to know what's happening, and I'm well into the second book by this point. :) It's not much of a read if you like the classics, but if you like bigger books that don't require much thought... This is a good read for you.

Happy Reading!

30 March 2013

RIP Richard Griffiths

Rest in Peace, Mr. Richard Griffiths

As a Harry Potter fanatic, I had to make a post about the passing of Richard Griffiths. If you do not know him, he played Uncle Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, but did a lot of work before that as well. He passed due to complications from heart surgery. 

Sir, you will be missed. Rest in peace. 

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