March Wrap-Up!

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Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers ——————————— 4.5
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentout———————————  3.5

In Life

I have received my high school diploma in the mail! I can just stop attending school now! I can’t actually. I wish. I just have credits from extra curricular activities and finished the required courses to graduate, but I need the courses I am currently taking for university. My little bro turned 15, so that was a fun time.

I GOT ACCEPTED INTO UNIVERSITY FOR NURSING!!! (conditionally) STILL AH! SO EXCITED!

There really is nothing for me to say. My life is pretty much school, dance, school, work, school, ski with random punctuation of time when I can be with friends/my boyfriend which isn’t nearly as much as I would like it to be.  Pretty much limited lunch dates and occasionally a random couple hours on Wednesday or Thursday after school. Ces’t la vie. I’ll take what I can get!

My ballet costume is gorgeous! It’s purple romantic tutu with sparkles and short peasant sleeves. I think our song is by Mozart, but I can’t remember. New York, New York by Frank Sinatra is our tap song  and I can’t for the life of me recall what Beth and my’s contemporary dance is called. It’s cool though, super creepy marionette dolls. I love it!

Book Rant: Origin

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GENRE: YA, Paranormal-Romance

SERIES: Lux, #4

Hello my dearest darlings! Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout! This is a very fluffy, entertaining series. Hot aliens, bit of mystery and a funny main character. Kat, our protagonist, has been kidnapped by the government organization Daedalus and want to use her as their experiment/weapon becasue of her mutated DNA from being healed by Daemon. And Daemon will stop at nothing to get her back safe. If you don’t know what I’m talking about I know it sounds insane, but it’s a really great, fun series! Go read it and then all will be clear! Spoilers past here.

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AHHHHHHHH! CAN PEOPLE STOP BETRAYING THEM! I AM SO SICK OF THIS PLOT “TWIST!” This is the ONLY thing that pisses me off about this book! We did the whole betrayal thing already. We don’t need it another million times! And Daemon just kills the only father figure he’s even know without blinking an eye. Alright then. Solid. That is believable. Look I know its love, but that is messed up. The whole thing with him selling out Dawson and Bethany was super poorly done in my opinion, it was unnecessary and out of the blue and didn’t fit with anything we have learned over the past 4 books.

I foresee mutant babies! That was really interesting to see that kid and how they are treated and this whole creepy breeding program. I didn’t see that coming. At all. It’s really messed up and clearly the people doing it don’t even really know what they are doing.  They escapes twice (three times if we count the planned one) in a week. Obviously something isn’t working! And then Dawson tells us that Bethany is pregnant! Just shit. Poor timing! So bad.

This ending! I’m so sad that so many people died! What the hell? Did that need to happen? Honestly that plan was stupid! I would have gotten out of the car and run like hell. Those who can’t run like hell can be carried. The “ooh lets expose ourselves!” plan was so stupid! What did they think was going to happen? Ok the government killing humans to keep it quiet I didn’t see coming. But otherwise, freaking obviously! What were they going to do? Not shoot? Think people, aliens, whatever!

Katy and Blake, I hated that scene. It was amazingly written and so perfect for the novel and character development, but seeing Katy like that and afterwards was so hard becasue she tried so hard not to be this “monster” and then they broke her and she felt so guilty. I don’t know if Blake deserved to die but it’s understandable what Katy did but it’s also heartbreaking that she did. And just the way it happened was so bad. And then the cutting her open so Daemon could heal her, I don’t understand these Deadlus people! It’s so inhuman. They have to all be psychopathic. Except Archer. I like him. Him and Dee, oh my gracious, beautiful comedic relief! “He can read minds?” I was picturing him naked that whole time!”

Oh AND THEY’RE MARRIED! That little tid bit I almost forgot somehow! I liked that I guess, but didn’t at the same time. It seemed…cheesy for lack of a better word.

That’s it, I’m sorry this is so short, I have to do chemistry and it’s, oh, 10:30 at night already. Procrastination for the win! Bye lovelies! Kisses!

 

 

OCBD (Obsessive Compulsive Book Disorder)

Hi and welcome to storytime with Lizzie! Ok so this happened to me…last weekend? Yes. Last Saturday. Ok so we (as in my family) just got a new bookshelf in the hallway outside of my room. For family books and whatever. I come home from work, it’s like quarter to 11 at night and no one is up. They’re sleeping like normal human beings. When I left for work, this bookshelf was empty, the books still waiting in boxes to be put up and admired. I stare at it admiring the beauty of this giant bookshelf for a few moments. And what my mom (i’m assuming it was my mom) decided to do was have the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Narnia, etc. books be public domain so they are on these shelves and not in anyone’s room. Which is a good idea. It just means books I will need to buy when I move out, which i was going to have to anyway. A couple of these books are out of order. (the one that bugged me the most, Golden Compass beside  Amber Spyglass and The Subtle Knife was on a whole other bookcase. Sigh) But I’m really tired. I just worked a 6.5 hour shift, and it’s all standing and it’s now 11 becasue I’ve showered and all that and although it annoys me I decide I’ll fix it in the morning. So I go into my room, DA DA DA!!! My bookshelf has been attacked!

Books are just everywhere and there are spaces with no books becasue they have been taken out to be put on the giant shelves outside. I’m so OCD about my books, it’s almost unhealthy. But I’m still really freaking tired. My legs are shaking. So I tell myself that it isn’t a huge deal and go shut off the light and lie in bed. But my bookshelf is on the wall opposite of my bed so I’m staring at this mess! After a few minutes I just get up and start rearranging my books from this jumbled mess! It’s after midnight when I finally get to bed. And then, because it Sunday the next day (or technically the same one) I go skiing. So I have to wake up at 6 AND there was a time change. *Random angry tangent ahead* Which ever idiot decided we needed daylight savings in a NORTHERN COUNTRY, I just hate you. So much! Ok let me illustrate winter where I live, which isn’t even that far north in Canada!  Oh the sun rises at 8am and oh it’s setting now! Must be 5pm! As we get into March, just before the stupid time change, I get all excited because when I leave the house for school at 7:25, I can actually see! Because the sun has just come up! And then daylight savings happens and I am again leave my house in total darkness. But THANK GOODNESS it light until 7pm now! Not like we have some kind of device that converts electrical energy into light! And people are all like “it saves energy” um, no! I  have to use my f***ing lights in the morning for an hour longer now! You just shifted when I use my lights! And in the summer, the sun doesn’t set until 11pm and it rises at 5am so I almost never use my lights anyway!!!! I spend most of my time trying to think of ways to hide the sun so I can sleep! You just shifted things and confused the f*** out of my body, you didn’t change anything! *Angry tangent over* So 6am, which is really 5am rolls around and as you can probably imagine I’m just like

I totally didn’t intend those both to be from Pooh Bear, but these things happen. In the morning I wasn’t bad becasue I had coffee and I was at the “I’m so tired I have energy” stage. In the afternoon though my legs started giving out. I mean that literally. I would be turning and they would stop supporting my weight and I’d just fall. I almost fell off a 10 foot cliff. And I just started crying and it was terrible. Fun fact about me: I HATE crying around people. I hate doing it. And I have cried in public more this year then the last 5 years combined! Before this year (but in past 5 years) I cried once at school and two or three times around friends. This year I’ve have had break downs twice at school, once at work and now twice while skiing. I hate it so much! But anyway more to the point of my story, I have turned into a crazy book lady who re-arranges her books instead of sleeping!

That is all! Bye lovelies!

Book Rant: Grave Mercy

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GENRE: YA, Historical-fantasy

SERIES: His Fair Assassin, #1

Hi guys! I have finally gotten around to finishing! Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Oh man! I really loved this book! There were so many great things about it! If you are not aware, it takes place in an early Christian time period where paganism still is playing a role in society but for the most part it has been phased out. And we are to understand that these pagan gods really exist have powers over us and can grant abilities to their children. I went into this totally blind and thinking it was a historical-fiction and was a tiny bit confused when magical things started happening. But it is a fantasy, although it isn’t played up a whole lot. The magical element was very nicely woven in.

Our main girl is Ismae and we meet her when she is 14 years old on her wedding day and obviously this is an arranged marriage because it’s like the 15th century. Ismae is said to be the daughter of Death because she was born with a huge red scar that runs along her side and when her new husband discovers this he attempts to beat her to death. But she is taken by an old pagan priest to the convent of St. Mortain (God of Death), where the sisters still serve the gods of old. It is here that the sisters teat her to use the deadly gifts He has given her and to dedicate her life to His work. An assassin, a handmaiden of Death. Three years later, Ismae is lethal but her her next assignment is one she finds herself woefully unprepared for. It takes her into the heart of her countries politics as she poses as a mistress of the court. A deadly game of treason has started and Mortain’s own has been charged to deal out vengeance, but on who?

That is all for the non-spoilery section! Bye if you haven’t read the book!

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The only reason this book didn’t get 5/5 was because I wanted more of it! And its already 550 pages. But it was so fast paced and well written I found. There were no chapters where I was feeling weren’t  really necessary because they didn’t add anything or nothing happened. Almost every little thing that happened ended up holding some relevance because it told us about some character or helped with the world building or moved the plot. But the ended felt rushed. It needed another 30 pages or so and normally when that happens you can just be “well they should have cut out the stupid chapter in the middle and taken the time to write a well paced ending!” but there was no useless chapter in the middle! Just needed to be 580 pages. It wasn’t a bad ending by any means and it wasn’t like some endings that make no sense, but a little more would have been nice. I didn’t get how she just sucked out the poison from Duval. She kind of neutralized it but how? By sleeping with him? Or is it a proximity thing becasue he kinda got better when she was just beside him for the night? Little of column A, little of column B?

What was amazing about the mystery in this book was that I felt like I was on the same page as Ismae for the entire time. Some mystery novels – even though they are in first person – you figure out exactly what is going on miles ahead of the main character. Or their conclusions seem out of the blue. But in this book I started suspecting Chancellor Crunard pretty much at the same time Ismae did. And when she was suspicious of someone I knew where she was coming from based on what we were seeing, it was just really well done! Most books are pretty good for this but some are terrible, *cough* Bitterblue *cough* Stands of Bronze and Gold *cough* but this one was exceptional so it deserved acknowledgment. And Ismae

 

herself is just a kick-ass character! Beast too, I wish we had been able to see more of him. I loved the part when they were going on the fake picnic! Just so perfect! Duval’s and Ismae’s relationship in general was just wonderful. They had that push and pull element about them that is just so great!

The Duchess, Anne. It took me a long time t clue in that she was STILL 13. When they said it I assumed that her fathering had starting bidding her off at 13 and that had been a few years ago. That was a lot to wrap my mind around, becasue when I was 13, I was playing grounders and not at all thinking about love or marriage accept for maybe they occasional fantasy of the wedding I wanted with a faceless groom and the crush I had for one of my classmates or celebrity that was subject to change at the drop of a hat. My next door neighbor is  a 13 year old girl an her name is Anna and she’s still a child in my mind so putting Anne in that setting in the book was weird sometimes. Especially with the old men hitting on her, it was down right creepy.

In the middle of this book I was just so worries that they weren’t going to wrap this mystery up in this book because it is a series. And I was getting frustrated with that becasue I wanted to know! It’s ok though! Mystery was solved and everything was wrapped up. My understanding of the next book Dark Triumph is that it is not a sequel but a companion novel and it is about Sybella, Ismae’s friend from the convent. I love this type of series! I don’t think enough authors write like this, but  love it. You get to have an adventure, see it to the end and then go on a totally new one without having to make it seem like the main character has a ridiculous, unbelievably terrible life. In the words of my drama teacher: only so many bad things can happen to a character. After awhile so many crazy things just gets implausible. BUT with each book being about a different character in the same world you get to stay in this amazing world and see different sides of it.

Anyway, that is all I can think of for this review. Loved the book! Tell me your thoughts! Bye! Kisses!

New Rating System!

Hi my darlings! Ok I was reading a blog, I want to say it was by Jess of What Comes Next, sometime over a month ago-ish I believe, and she was talking about rating system and if they were necessary and how accurate they are because of interpretation. And that got me thinking about the way I rate books as a percent  and the more I thought about it the more I realized  that I was kind of inconsistent with what I thought of the book and how it rated. Just because of the way I view percentile marks at this point in my life being a high school student trying to get into university. For me 70-75% is “eh it was just ok. Average book” and 60% is “I dislike this book. I was so disappointed” and anything less was “I really dislike/I hated this.”  And, maybe I’m wrong, but my feelings towards a book that I rate 60% is probably not how most people interpret 60%. That’s 3/5 stars, that’s a fairly average mark. So I am changing my rating system! To 5 flowers instead of stars (because I’m a rule breaker like that 😉 actually I’m not that badass. I just really like flowers) and in the side bar I will it have all written out what each level means so it is (hopefully) more accurate!

5  LOVED IT!!!!

4 This book was really good!

3 Eh, it was decent. Average.

1 Didn’t really do it for me

really 1 I hated this book!

No flowers          I WANT TO LIGHT THIS ON FIRE! (Translation: I probably didn’t even finish.)

Anyone else see the flowers getting bigger as you go down or am I just insane? Anyway, that is that! I will use this system for the foreseeable future and you can refer to the side bar if you forget what a rating means, Bye lovelies!