Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Passenger - Book Looks and Feels

I have been in a bit of a reading slump as of late. Okay I'll be honest, it has been for over 6 months and I have been at my wits end. I hate that feeling, like I was letting myself down. I wanted to be on top of my reading, I had plans of posting weekly. Don't get me wrong, I have read a few books this past few months. I just haven't had the drive to write about it.

I am currently reading Passengers, by Alexandra Bracken. Now, unless you have been living under a rock and/or have no interest in YA, you know of this book. It's probably even on your TBR list. It may even be on your shelf, just waiting for you to open up the pages and delve in to this immersive story. I picked  up this book after seeing it on a booktubers channel. Now, normally I pick them up and just add them onto the shelf. When I am standing at the shelf contemplating my next big read, I rely on my ideas of what the book will be like. When I am feeling down, I run to the light reads that I know will lift me up. When I am happy, I turn to the books I am unsure about but have yet to give a try.

This book was a virtual unknown to me. I knew it had time travel. I knew there was a love story in there. That is about all I really knew. I started reading and was drawn in by the pure imagery of the story. I could litterly picture the scenes as they were described to me. Normally, I find that these types of books can get draining on me as I find that it can be a overload of descriptions and not enough movement of the story. I was pleasantly surprised by the speed of the story while keeping the picture, in my minds eye, of the surroundings and the details of the different time periods.

The way the author decided to portray the time travel aspect of the story was interesting. It reminded me of Stargate but with the difference of time periods rather than parallel worlds. The work the author must have gone to to create such a vivid imagery of the different time periods and locations throughout the book is amazing. I can just picture the flowing dresses from the seventeen hundreds, I felt the main character's discomfort in the corset and her general distaste for acting like a "lady" of the times.

I wont go into detail about the story line here, however, I will say that the love story did seem a little rushed and it screamed love at first sight, which I hate. However in this case, a woman whom behaved as she did, would seem to be a strong and interesting type to a man of that time. The characters are flawed which I can appreciate. They have issues that they need to work out. All in all I loved this book and I can't wait for the next installment.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Scarlet By Marissa Meyer -

I have just finished Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. This is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles. I started this book in the hopes of having the same type of feels as Cinder. While this book has the same style of writing as Cinder, there is definitely a difference as to my reaction. I felt that this story was a slight bit harder to get into. I had high hopes for this book.

I will say that I still enjoyed this story. I love the futuristic world that we are brought to while reading these amazing stories. I love the way that the main characters are more realistic in their reactions to the horrors that keep happening to them. Cinder with her anti-hero ways and now Scarlet with her mistrust of everyone...... in the beginning. What I think is my problem; Scarlet. I found that I don't have as much of a connection with Scarlet as I did with Cinder. I understand that in Little Red Riding Hood, the story is centred around the need to get to Grandmother...... but I really only found myself looking forward to reading about Cinder.

So I started this right after reading the story and I never finished it. It is now many many months later and I don't really remember any of the book. I am posting this and I plan to re-read the books in the coming month, I love getting a week and a half of time off from work...... I will redo my Books Looks and Feels and post that for you.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

The 5th Wave is coming No Spoilers

I have done it! I have read a new book that I want to talk about!

The 5th Wave was a book that I was trying to stay away from. I just thought that I didn't want to read another hyped up book about aliens. I admit that I have been trying to get away from the hyped up books as I found that I would get so far in and I just couldn't finish it. This is NOT one of those books!

I started to read this book late in the evening and found myself pissed that I had to stop to go to sleep. I bought the audio book and was listening to it at work the next day. Then low and behold I finished it in 2 days. I have not started the second book as I wanted to read, not listen, to the entire book.

I thought that the story over all was a fantastic take on the age old alien invasion story. I will say that I found it took some time to get into the present day as the story starts off at........ you guessed it, the 5th wave. I like that we got snippets of the different waves without actually having to spend books on them.

The characters are relatable while still being kick ass. each character has different things that motivate them and it is interesting to see how they each deal with the situation differently. While some of the reactions of the characters was predictable, I still found myself surprised with the actions at one part or another and it left me wanting more. There are 2 main characters to start off but by the end of the book there are multiple additional point of views. Some of which I was not a fan of and may also be another reason I am not jumping into the next book.

Over all I am so happy with this book and then to find out that it has been filmed and will be released next year is another plus. I will even say that the trailer gave my goosebumps. It seems like they have stayed close to the book and I have not been this excited since the first Hunger Games trailer!

Well that is all I have for now!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

This is What Happens When I Get Bored!!!! (Creative Writing)

I just started typing and this is what I ended up with. Please note I am not a writer and I was just bored.

I didn’t wake up this morning thinking this day would change my life. This day would be the end of my normal daily routine. This morning was like any other day. 5:00 a.m. alarm; 5:10 a.m. first snooze: 5:15 a.m. actually get out of bed; 5:30 a.m. finish coffee and jump in the shower. I know what you must be thinking, what reasonable person would wake up at 5:00 a.m.? Well my name is Tabitha and I wake up at 5:00 a.m.
The real reason I wake up so early is I am a foster child in a home of 6 other girls. The only time that I can get a shower in peace is before anyone else opens their eyes. Not to mention my foster “dad” (I use that term lightly) is kind of the creepiest person I have ever met.  I once saw him standing outside one of the girl’s room just staring in with a clip board and when I started to walk closer he turned and walked away from me. As the oldest, I have my own cubby area to myself. It is what a normal family would use as a den. There is no real door and it is just big enough to fit an old mattress, but it is mine.
Ok so back to my morning. After I had made all the lunches for the girls, who are mostly around the age of 10, I went to get myself ready. I brushed some large knots out of my boring straight brown hair. I used to wish I had thick wavy hair. As I aged I realized that it would then require a lot of extra work. I am ok with the color, I even have some red throughout my hair. I have never dyed my hair but I did once use a blue bingo dabber. That was when I learned that blue is really hard to see in brown hair.
I walked over to the basket that houses my clothes. I have exactly 3 outfits and one “nice” (another word I use loosely) dress. I pulled out my black tank top and the black leggings that seem like they were meant for someone 2 times my size. I pulled out my socks with the multi-colored stripes. I was just pulling on the pull-over sweater when I heard someone walking towards my room.
“Tabby, Mr. Seger said you are to stay home today” Mary walked up and peeked around the sheet I put up as a door.
“Ok, thanks Mary. I will figure out what’s going on. You better get going before you miss the bus” I say to the large eyed girl. She is one of my favourite of the girls. She is the only one that I would be truly sad to see get adopted. I know I know, I should be happy that they are able to find a happy family that will love her no matter what. But realistically, we are over the cute little girl age and the only people who come to look at us are only looking to get an older kid to either babysit their own children or keep their house clean for them. The worst part is that they think that we should do it and love it because they are giving use a roof over our head and food in our bellies.
I walked by the stairs and asked, into the air, if I was needed for anything. I waited a minute and the response was simple.
“Yes, you will stay home today”
CRAP….. I hate when I am asked to stay home. I throw my hair back in my signature pony tail and walk out to the living room to make sure everyone is out the door in time for the bus. What could they possibility want me home for? I called my school and left a message that I was sick….. cough cough. I went into my cubby to wait for whatever it was that was coming.
After about an hour I went into the kitchen because I could smell pancakes. Now if anyone really knows me, they know that other than cupcakes, pancakes are my favourite food. Really any cake is good with me and I still stand strong that cake should be its own food group.  I recently had to stop using my tips from work on cake as my middle was starting to show how much I really like cake. And if they knew I had spent even a dollar on junk food, I would have been punished is some new unimaginable way.
“What is all this?” I asked a bit shyly. I didn’t want to provoke either of them or have them laugh at me for assuming any of it was for me.
 “Oh, this is for you. It isn’t every day one of our girls is still here at 18, right dear?” Trish asked. Trish is the “mom” in our messed up family. She is ok, she isn’t creepy like Mr. Seger but she does like to remind us that we are not equals or even worth her time. The only reason we are here is to provide her monthly cheque from the government. This was one reason I didn’t tell anyone that it was my birthday. I was scared that I was going to get kicked out. I am no longer eligible for the Segers to receive the monthly amount for housing and food allowance.

I was whisked into the seat at the table and told that I would no longer be required to look after the younger children and now Mary would be in charge of this. As I was eating, I started to feel kind of funny. Not quite sick, but fogy. I looked at Mr. Seger and I saw a flash of…. What is that? Is it regret? Is it sadness? Omg what the hell is happening to me? 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I'm Back!!!! Whats new and other updates

I have been off doing this and that. I have slowed down my reading as there are some health issues that I am trying to deal with. I am going to post as much as I can.

I am currently reading Grey, by E.L. James. This is the 50 Shades of Grey story retold through the eyes of Christian Grey. I was very excited to see this book on the shelf as I feel that seeing the story from another character's point of view is a great way to keep the story going. People see things differently and I love when an author embraces this. Some people may see it as a cash grab, but either way, I truly enjoy this. I am currently on page 424 of 559. I have to say that I am enjoying the story more from Christian's view and I hope there are plans to continue.

I have also started to read Zoo, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. This was recommended to me from my boss. She read it in a weekend and said it was an easy read. Keep in mind I did start this book right before the release of Grey, and I attempted to read it right away. I bought this book over a month ago and I am only on page 57 of 419. This may seem bad, however I do like the idea of the book. I enjoyed the first 57 pages, it just happened that Grey came out. I will be getting back to this book in the near future.

I have purchased something like 20 to 30 new books in the past 6 months. That will not seem like a lot to most people however to me this is a good amount. I am more of a quality over quantity type book shopper and most of the time I get books that I have read via e-book. Out of the 20 to 30 books that I have bought, I have only read, in the past, about 10 of them.

I have also started a new venture in the last month. I have become an Independant Scentsy Consultant. I now sell wickless candles and their warmer among other things. I bought my first warmer and wax bar on a Saturday and I signed up on the Sunday. I just loved the product so much I figured why not. It also falls under reading enjoyment. One of the main factors that allow me to really get into reading is environment. Having a great smell in the air allows me to really enjoy my time reading!

Well that is all I have for now. I will try to get another post up soon.