Random Things in Motion #6: Would you hold important information from someone… if it’s for their own good?

Random Things in Motion #6: Would you hold important information from someone… if it’s for their own good?

If you’re thinking this premise sounds familiar, it probably is.

How many times have we seen in the books we read important information being held secret by the main character? Instead of telling their comrades whatever they have learned, they rather keep it to themselves, and they usually have the lamest reasons for doing so:

1.) “It’s probably just my imagination.”
2.) “It’s just a coincidence.”
3.) “It’s for their own good.”

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ARC Review: Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

ARC Review: Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

Of Metal and WishesSeries: Of Metal and Wishes #1
Genres: Paranormal, Ghosts, Gothic, Young Adult
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source:  Edelweiss
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There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

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When I first found out that Sarah Fine had a new book coming out, I was over the moon. My expectations soared as I read the blurb, and I knew I needed this book in my life. It was only a couple weeks before reading this that I found out that this book was actually a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. I don’t remember much from the movie (and I’ve never read the book) but I remembered the haunting atmosphere and the chills and how absolutely scared I was at some points (I was also 8 when I watched the movie, so there is that) and I was definitely curious to see how Fine would incorporate all the elements of the tale into this retelling. She aced. While this was not a 5 star read for me, it was definitely a memorable one.

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Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas – “GOOD. TOO GOOD.”

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas – “GOOD. TOO GOOD.”

17167166Genre: Young Adult, Action, Fantasy
Release Date: April 27, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Number of Pages: 420
Source: Bought
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From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie…and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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In my younger years, I was a gamer. Like I would play all these awesome role-playing games from morning ’til night, only stopping to eat and sleep (yeah, I pretty much had little to no life, then. BUT ONLY WHEN IT WAS SUMMER TIME, OKAY?! No judging!), and I guess the occasional shower (shh!). During that phase, I played a few gems, notably the following:

 

You know why I mainly play these games? Because of the stories the characters go through. They start small and trivial, but later, after a few twists and turns, they turn into these grand, epic adventures that involve other realms and powers beyond their imagination and hidden histories that blow your mind away. It may have taken me around 60-100 hours (I did need to do all the sidequests, y’know?) from start to finish, but I swear, those awesome, adventurous feelings the plots give me, as if there were whole new worlds to uncover and explore, were worth every centimeter of eyebags I’ve accumulated then.

I rarely play games now. I’m still waiting for that kind of RPG that was popular then to come back with retribution in today’s more advanced gaming platforms. I don’t mind waiting, though, because for now, I have the Throne of Glass series to keep me accompanied. I just finished Crown of Midnight the other night, and man, the nostalgia is coming back to me in waves.

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Mini Reviews: Romantic Suspense Edition

Mini Reviews: Romantic Suspense Edition

Deadly SecretsRelease Date: June 1st, 2014
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Source:  eARC from Netgalley
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Born and bred on the land, Jordan Windcroft is tough. She’s had to be. Her life revolves around running her property almost single-handedly on next to no money, and waiting out her four years of probation — a rap that she took for one of her closest friends.

But there’s an end to her problems in sight. Jordan’s probation period is almost up, and if she can just make the cattle sale, there’s a chance she can pull herself out of more than ten years of serious debt and keep her precious farm. The last thing she needs is for Reid Easton to walk into town.

Detective Senior Sergeant Reid Easton drives into Whitewater Creek on a mission to wrap up a three-year drug investigation; his only lead, Jordan Windcroft. The attraction between the two is immediate, but Reid is undercover and Jordan has a secret she can’t risk him discovering. Neither will jeopardise their cause, not for something as transitory as love.

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This book has everything going for it yet the main reason I cannot rate it higher is that it seems to missing the ‘oomph’ factor. I adored this book, yet at the same time, I never fell in love. I rooted for the couple; I adored the main characters; I swooned at the romance; and I was at the edge of my seat because of the intensity of the plot. Yet, after I finished this book, that was it.

Jordan and Reid both suffer from what I’d like to call “the-pretty-people-syndrome” and while their attractiveness is brought up several times in the book, there is so much more to them than that. Both of these characters are well developed and you cannot help but enjoy reading about them.
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Faye Reads 50 Shades of Grey ~ Chapter 1 ~

Faye Reads 50 Shades of Grey ~ Chapter 1 ~

Hello, guys! Let me tell you a story.

A few weeks ago, I found out that 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James was going to become a movie. Unfortunately, I’m one of those people who haven’t bothered with the trilogy yet, so my only knowledge of it was only limited to a few things: that it was previously a Twilight fanfiction, it features an abusive relationship, aaaand that it has copious amounts of sex… and… other forms of sex. If you know what I mean.

So, I decided to finally read it before the movie comes out. And that’s when I had this grand idea of recording myself read all of the twenty-six chapters, and when I asked people on Twitter, they happily (and laughingly…) supported my silly idea. So… here it is. A video of myself reading the first chapter of 50 Shades of Grey.

*cue cringe*

In any case, I’m not sure I enjoyed it. In a nutshell, the recording itself was fine, the reading… not so much. One thing I noticed was that there was such a strong emphasis on unnecessary details, like one long paragraph dedicated to Ana brushing her hair, one full page of Grey’s interns and assistants (oh, did I mention that they were blondes?) getting her a nice glass of iced water, what everyone is wearing, etc. etc. It was tiring. And I didn’t like it.

Enough about that, though. Want to see the video itself? Here it is! Please don’t judge me.

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What do you think? Did you enjoy the first chapter? Have you read the book? Did you like it? NO SPOILERS!

Special thanks to:

HappyCrab for the music “Alternative”

 

ARC mini reviews: The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni and The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham

ARC mini reviews: The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni and The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham

The Eighth DayRating: 4/5
Series: 
Eighth Day #1
Genres
: Science Fiction, Adventure, Middle grade
Release Date: April 22nd, 2014
Publisher HarperCollins
Source:  eARC from Edelweiss
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In this riveting fantasy adventure, thirteen-year-old Jax Aubrey discovers a secret eighth day with roots tracing back to Arthurian legend. Fans of Percy Jackson will devour this first book in a new series that combines exciting magic and pulse-pounding suspense.

When Jax wakes up to a world without any people in it, he assumes it’s the zombie apocalypse. But when he runs into his eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, he learns that he’s really in the eighth day—an extra day sandwiched between Wednesday and Thursday. Some people—like Jax and Riley—are Transitioners, able to live in all eight days, while others, including Evangeline, the elusive teenage girl who’s been hiding in the house next door, exist only on this special day.

And there’s a reason Evangeline’s hiding. She is a descendant of the powerful wizard Merlin, and there is a group of people who wish to use her in order to destroy the normal seven-day world and all who live in it. Torn between protecting his new friend and saving the entire human race from complete destruction, Jax is faced with an impossible choice. Even with an eighth day, time is running out.

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I had no idea how I would feel about The Eighth Day when I started it, but a couple pages in and I knew this book and I were meant to be.

A secret eighth day that only certain people experience? MERLIN? COUNT ME IN! This was the kind of book the pre-teen me would have loved and she was doing cartwheels in my mind as I read this.

Personally, I don’t think middle grade gets the credit it deserves, and I’ll admit to be one of those people that definitely need to pay more attention to it, because otherwise I wouldn’t encounter gems like this book.

Jax’s father recently died and he now lives with a guardian his father chose 3 weeks prior to his death who is barely out of high school. To say Jax is not happy would be an understatement.  Jax cannot quite understand why his father would choose Riley to be his guardian when his mother’s cousin was family and would have been HAPPY to have him.
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Potato Podcast #3: The Art of Commenting

Potato Podcast #3: The Art of Commenting

Hey, again! Welcome to our third episode of the Potato Podcast, in which we finally have our cute co-blogger, Aimee, in the mix! The last time we had our podcast, only Rashika and I were present, so I’m so excited to let you guys hear Aimee’s voice AND opinions. And not just her, but we also have Larissa @ YA Midnight Reads present, too! I shit you not that this was such an enlightening and awesome episode for all four of us, so we hope you enjoy it, too.

So what did we tackle today? Our topic, as the title of this post suggests, is about commenting back. We all know that the blogging is composed of so many individuals, and we believe that it is through continuous interaction with each other that we experience the most out of it. And not just that, we also discuss what makes a meaningful comment? How do we handle generic ones? Is Goodreads a place we should be active in, too, as book bloggers? What are our tips to people who are struggling with commenting? We cover all of these in this 20 minute episode, so listen and share your opinions with us!

Is it not appearing? Listen to it HERE.

What do you think about commenting back?Do you agree with our views? Do you also believe it’s something one should invest in when it comes to blogging? Do you have any tips and other feedback to share?

Thanks to:
Larissa @ YA Midnight Reads
HappyCrab for the music “Alternative”

ARC Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

ARC Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Let's Get LostGenres: Road Trip, Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: July 29th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source:  ARC from Edelweiss
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Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

There’s HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.

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Let’s Get Lost was a book I was looking forward to reading and I am really glad I wasn’t let down. I wouldn’t say it blew my mind away, but I definitely had the feels. I think the best way to think of this book is to allude it to one of those you read when you’re not having a great day. It’s far from perfect as when I look back, I can think of so many things that could have been better, but in spite of this I’m not even tempted to lower the rating, because I still remember this book with fondness (although it hasn’t been all that long since I’ve read it).

This won’t be for everyone, though. There are an awful lot of conveniences and problems that are solved quite easily, but, if you, like me, love happy endings then this book is  for you. If you get warm cuddly feelings when everything works out for someone then you’ll love this. Just like I did.

And no, saying that isn’t really a spoiler. This book consists of 5 short stories, and personally, I think it was a very interesting way to develop the plot. We get the stories of each of the 4 people whose lives Leila has made a difference and then we finally get hers.

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Random Things in Motion #5: Would You Sacrifice a Loved One for the Greater Good?

Random Things in Motion #5: Would You Sacrifice a Loved One for the Greater Good?

Okay, before you all panic, this is a hypothetical question. I am not in any situation where I have to make a decision like this, and hopefully, I will never get there in my lifetime.

But, I’ve seen this theme happen so many times in the books I read, in which our main character is in the middle of a battle against the government, or the world, or another world, and find themselves in a situation where someone close to them is the “needed” sacrifice. Like for example, the sister is the cure for the zombie and fungal disease. The brother is the needed exchange in order for a treaty to happen between two warring countries. Or the love interest has to be given to the bad guy for the release of dozens of children.

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