REVIEW: Atlantia by Ally Condie a.k.a ‘coz I have a lot of time to waste

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TITLE: Atlantia
AUTHOR: Ally Condie
PUBLICATION: Published October 28th 2014 by Dutton Children’s
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Sci-fi | Dystopia
PAGES: 368pages (kindle edition)
SOURCE: purchased
RATING: 

 

1 ★1/2

 

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BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?
For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced—she has nothing left to lose.
Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the corrupted system constructed to govern the Divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

The problem with Atlantia is that it’s so boring I’d rather eat nails than read it again. Or finish it. This is my first from Ally Condie. And probably my last if this is how she writes in all her books.

“He kisses me.. He is good at this. I am good at this. We are good at this”

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WELL U KNOW WAT? I AM NOT GOOD WITH ANY OF DIS!

“She’s going to tell me the story, and I’m going to listen. And I am afraid.”

The author needs to be informed that we are not toddlers anymore. She needs to know that. Anyway, I did my best to just ignore the writing even though it is so distracting. I tried to focus more on the plot that is so so so exciting.

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HA. I’m so good at sarcasm. Rio’s sister Bay left her to be in the Above. When we say ‘Above’ it means the land. So that left Rio all by herself because her Mother  just died and her Father was dead long time ago. But no worries, her Aunt Maire who is equally as boring as her is still Below. (Below is, obviously, the sea)Even though she is reluctant to ask for help, she was desperate to find out why her sister left her alone Below. Good thing she met this boy whose name is so stupid I CANNOT UNDERSATND WHY IS HE NAMED LIKE THIS. His name is True Beck. True Beck also wants to know why his friend went above that’s why he wants to help the boring and incredibly bland Rio.

Also, True Beck knows Rio’s secret.. AND WHAT SECRET IS THAT? Well, I don’t want to spoil you because I’m not mean. And besides, if you decided to read this book, it might be the only thing that keeps you going.

Peoples, ATLANTIA is so boring. There’s no BOOM. No FEELS. Nothing amazing or awesome or good about it. I’m so harsh, I’m sorry. But it’s the truth. The premise is really fascinating. I thought they were mermaids but they’re not and I was actually okay with that. But the execution was so MEH.

The only good thing here is that it’s not a series. YAY! We can save some money.

Paula

Monthly Rundown #004: OCTOBER 2014 – the quickie version, Stalking Inferno, one direction fan fic to be made a MOVIE!

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Why, hello there minions! Welcome to HBT’s 4th Monthly Rundown. Oh guys, October was pretty great for me. I wanna put all the reasons here on WHY it was good but I don’t wanna bore you. Maybe some other time? 😛 Now let’s see what this Monthly Rundown have for us:

 

  • Books I’ve read this October plus Reviews (well, of course)
  • My favorite reviews and posts around the Blogosphere
  • BOOKISH NEWS (HINT: stalking inferno)
  • as usual, this is not in a particular order

 

Guys, I’ve only read 16 books this past month. JUST 16! And some of them I DNF-ed. I don’t what I’ve been doing and why am I not reading.. I think I’m on a tad bit of reading slump. 🙁 HELP!!

 

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Warbreaker – 5  ★

A Murder of Magpies – 4 ★ – (review)

The Boogie Trapp – 3 ★ – (review)

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee – DNF

 

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Firebug – DNF – (review)

Blood Entwines – 3 ★ – (review)

Interview With a Hexboy – 3 ★

Two Faced (The Masks #2) – 4 ★ – (review)

 

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The Young Elites – 3  ★ – (review)

This Is Not A Test – 4 ★

Whatever Life Throws At You – 4 ★ – (review)

Following Zippy – DNF

 

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Finding Her Way Back – 3 ★ – (review)

The Lost Boys – 1 ★ – (review)

Trust Me, I’m Lying – 4 ★ – (review)

Lark Rising – DNF – (review)

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Damsel Distressed – 4.5 ★ – (review)

 

 AS USUAL, the upcoming tours are already posted on this side. And I must say, THEY’RE ALL VERY EXCITING. —>

 

There’s a lot of awesome reviews this past month by Bloggers I adore and if I can put them all here, I will. But here’s some that really helped and pushed me to read a particular book and some reviews that saved me from wasting time.

First let me and Marianne (@mariannelee_092) of Boricuan Bookworms convince you to read Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, okay? I didn’t review this book but this review by Marianne pretty much summed up my feelings. This book will make you ugly cry and you’ll love it! And I’m gonna put this in here because I love this feature of theirs. Clothes and books, two things that I love but have no money for! Lola (@hitormissbooks) has reviewed one of the books that everybody read but me. I watched the movie though, does that count? Lola is also one of the may reviewers who reviewed Snow Like Ashes. She’s pretty much in the middle.

How was your Halloween btw? Aimee (@AimeeReadscelebrated it by hosting a GIVEAWAY and a reading challenge! Have you seen the awesome post? Anyway, the Darlings already did their Monthly digest because unlike me, they’re not lazy. No one is as lazy as me, I guess.

IMPORTANT IMPORTANT! Joy just celebrated her birthday this past month and she celebrated by hosting a giveaway. And guess who won? Thats right baby! IT’S ME. (i am lucky like that) and this is actually the IMPORTANT part. Joy is looking for a co-blogger! She’s awesome and very friendly, so if you’re interested, you can just tweet her! –> (@akoposijoy)

>> A post made of awesome by Val (@InnocentSmileyx) Too much love for this one

>> HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY, Shannelle! (@dreamstains) This cutie pie is so awesomesauce! and welcome to the reads-it family!!

 

Let’s move on to some (depressing) BOOKISH NEWS!

 

I’m going to admit that I’m not much of a Fan Fic reader. And even though that’s the case, I have nothing against it. I really believe there are good ones out there. BUT. I think we have problems when a fan fiction GETS PUBLISHED (and it’s still bad after all the ‘editing’ and ‘revising’) then GETS A MOVIE DEAL.

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And it’s all about ONE DIRECTION, the worlds hottest (ugh) teen group sensation. Oh, and did I mention that the genre is EROTICA? wow. who wants to read that? NO, SERIOUSLY.. WHO WANTS TO READ THAT? Apparently these people do!

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Listen, I’ve read the ebook from WATTPAD and it was (i’m sorry) bad.. so so bad. Its’ an abusive relationship and all the ‘happy moments’ are just them having sex or thinking of having sex. Now, WHERE DID I HEARD THAT BEFORE??!

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There is something wrong with media, I tell you. And I don’t care what you say, I BLAME E.L JAMES on all of this.

I don’t wanna say anything anymore but I ‘ll leave you with this. This makes me sad. There’s a lot of books (ACTUAL LITERATURE) that needs to be seen and deserves the attention. This is a sad sad world we’re living in.

Look at how the main protagonist of AFTER is so original and awesome that the book needs a MOVIE.

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

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More depressing news I’m afraid. The Book Blogging community was hit by a huge earthquake when this AUTHOR STATED THAT STALKING IS OKAY. Okay, she did not exactly said that.. so READ IT! Is it wrong….. or IS IT WRONG? 

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SERIOUSLY. 

 

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There’s actually a good news this past month that *some* readers would be so happy about. GOOD NEWS SHADOWHUNTERS! I can hear the fangirls (and boys) screaming with joy. Because The Mortal Instruments (you know that movie where everyone is so freakin’ good-looking) will be back– but not as a sequel, BUT A TV SERIES! REJOICE REJOICE.

This might be a little awkward though because I’ve heard before that they were together.. then they broke up. Awwww (but honestly I don’t care) Anyaway, good for the TMI Fandom! Let’s see if they can turn this big screen disaster into television gold.

 

Whoops. No PAULA NEWS this time because as I said above, this monthly rundown will just be a quickie. I hope your October was good 🙂 any particular book or happening that you’re looking forward this November? Don’t hesitate to comment it or chat me up! Thank you for reading this monthly rundown. HELLO NOVEMBER!!

Paula

ARC REVIEW: The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher + Giveaway!!

 aaTITLE: The Last Changeling (Faerie Revolutions #1)
AUTHOR: Chelsea Pitcher 
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: November 8th 2014 by Flux
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
PAGES: 360 pages (paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (netgalley)
RATING:

3 ★★★1/2

 
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BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 
A Kingdom at War . . .
Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”
A Dark Princess In Disguise . . .
To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating a high school is surprisingly easy. When Elora meets Taylor, the seventeen-year-old who’s plotting to overthrow a ruthless bully, she thinks she’s found her offering . . . until she starts to fall in love. 

 

 

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REVIEW:

 

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You know why this is awesome? Because it’s a Fantasy book with a message that needs to be heard. And that is hard to come by these days. Okay, let me explain.

Lora is the daughter of the Dark Queen but unlike her Mother, she actually care for their people and kingdom. Now she’s planning to overthrow her own mother, the Dark Queen with the help of the Bright Queen. But the Bright Queen has one demand, and that is to get a mortal offering. Now, that should be easy for Lora.. but when she met Taylor, she didn’t expect to like him.. or fall in love with him.

First of all, the writing is just plain lovely. This is my first from Chelsea Pitcher and I have to say that I loved her writing. I will be checking out her other books. She did a wonderful job voicing out Lora. It was humorous and enchanting. And Taylor is such a sweetie pie. I just want o pick him up and put him in my pocket or just hug him all day. 

There’s a lot going on in this book, and that can be a good or bad thing. I’m pretty much in the middle. Though, yes, I love the whole equality part and having diverse characters, but I felt that it was too focused in that aspect. I just want to hear more of the Faerie World and not just from Lora’s story telling. But I want to experience it too. Though I agree with Taylor, every time Lora tells the story, you can’t help but be enchanted and feel tranced. Maybe the whole LGBT theme should’ve been mentioned in the blurb so that readers will know. Anyway, it was handled well.

“Equality doesn’t work if it’s only for some people”

The Romance in my opinion is pretty tame and I really loved it. It’s the kind of romance that you keep anticipating every chapter TO FINALLY HAPPEN and when it finally did, you just cry out of joy. It was slow burn and it was sweet and beautiful. 

The ending was great. It wasn’t that cliffy but it will really leave you wanting more. The scenes near the end was heart pumping and totally written well (the whole book, really) It also gave me the Faerie world that I really want to see. Hopefully, it will be more explored in the upcoming books. The Last Changeling is perfect for you if you’re looking for a fantasy read with diverse characters, sweet romance and brilliant writing. 

 

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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Chelsea Pitcher is a native of Portland, OR where she received her BA in English Literature. Fascinated by all things literary, she began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light.

 

 

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Happy Release Day: NOCTE by Courtney Cole + Giveaway!!

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TITLE: Nocte (The Nocte Trilogy #1)
AUTHOR: Courtney Cole
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: November 3rd 2014 by Lakehouse Press Inc (IT’S TODAYYYY)
GENRE: NA > Romance | Dark
PAGES: 277pages (kindle edition)
 
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BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 
Save me and I’ll save you…
My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole.
My other half– my twin brother, my Finn– is crazy. 
I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me
I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.
Dare DuBray.
He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.
He has the power to destroy me.
Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.
Why? Because of a secret.
A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.
You won’t either.

 

 

Hey peoples! Am I the only one going crazy for that cover?! Its so.. so.. pretty. Doesn’t it intrigue you? BECAUSE I AM. AND I AM SURE I’M GOING TO READ THIS. And because you are made of awesome, look what I have for you. Check ot this excerpt from Nocte! don’t forget to enter the Giveaway!

 

 

EXCERPT:

 

Glancing up, I suck my breath in when I find dark eyes connected to mine, eyes so dark they’re almost black, and the energy in them is enough to freeze me in place.

A boy is attached to the dark gaze.

A man. 

He’s probably no more than twenty or twenty-one, but everything about him screams man.  There’s noboy in him.  That part of him is very clearly gone.  I see it in his eyes, in the way he holds himself, in the perceptive way he takes in his surroundings, then stares at me with singular focus, like we’re somehow connected by a tether.  He’s got a million contradictions in his eyes….aloofness, warmth, mystery, charm, and something else I can’t define.

He’s muscular, tall, and wearing a tattered black sweatshirt that says Irony is lost on you in orange letters.  His dark jeans are belted with black leather, and a silver band encircles his middle finger.

Dark hair tumbles into his face and a hand with long fingers impatiently brushes it back, all the while his eyes are still connected with mine.  His jaw is strong and masculine, with the barest hint of stubble.

His gaze is still connected to mine, like a livewire, or a lightning bolt.  I can feel the charge of it racing along my skin, like a million tiny fingers, flushing my cheeks.  My lungs flutter and I swallow hard. 

And then, he smiles at me.

At me. 

Because I don’t know him and he doesn’t know better. 

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

 

 

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