Thursday, December 31, 2009

My New Years Resolutions

So book blogging this year is something that I'm very glad I started. It's fun, and a good wayy to relax and chill out when my personal life gets too crazy. But I also get a little stressed about the blog when I feel that I'm not doing good enough, so I'm going to keep it fun but next year there are a ton of ways I could improve. So these are my New Years Resolutions for this blog!:)

1) Make at least 3-4 posts PER WEEK on the blog.
2)Read at least 80 books next year.
3) Comment more on other people's blogs and hopefully get more comments on my posts as well as more subscribers.(I really wanna hit 50. Please you guys?)
4) I also want to keep up with the challenges I start -_-'
5) More discussion posts!
6)More author interviews and other extras such as contests.
7)And overall just being the best blogger I can be.

*As for a couple of my personal ones they include...being more patient, having confidence in myself, putting my best foot forward, going to church more, and NOT QUITTING.

Thanks for an awesome year guys!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

XOXO

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Review:City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass(The Mortal Instruments Series #3) by Cassandra Clare
Pub. Date: March 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages:560

My overall rating:




Quote from the novel I love:
"There is no pretending, I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there's a life after that, I'll love you then."
pg.331
*And I couldn't just choose one, so here's another:
"She looked as the fireworks exploded in a shower of sparks--sparks that painted the clouds overhead as they fell, one by one, in streaking lines of golden fire, like angels falling from the sky."
pg.541
B & N Synopsis:
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?
My Review:
Three words: Glorious ending: Beautiful!
My goodeness, I love the Mortal Instruments series! Almost more than I love Twilight(and that's big coming from me).
Gorgeous cover as always. I noticed some of the smaller details about it this time, like the golden outline of angel wings in the background, I smiled a bit to myself when I noticed that. So pretty.
The writing as always is phenomenal. I adore Clare's style. It's so vivid, and descriptive, rich and decadent and absolutely delicious! She maps out an amazing world for us with a legion of fighters with mixed angel blood, of a forbidden romance with passion stronger than the pull of gravity and the power of friendship , family and coming together.
The plot/characters I of course loved. JACE!*swoons* lol.And I love heroins like Clary, she's strong and knows what she wants, and no matter if she doesn't know exactly what she's doing she goes after it. The plot was completely unpredictable. I was so happy at the suprise in the end/middle, but I won't spoil what that is. I'm also very glad to know that Clare is adding a fourth book to the series called City of Fallen Angels, so YAY it's not the end!
Altough if that had been the ending, it couldn't have been more perfect. I was left thinking about it for days after I finished reading!
If you have not read the Mortal Instruments Series yet, get up and RUN to the nearest bookstore!You will fall in love.
XOXO













Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.Anyone can do it! ;-)
Just do the following:
*Grab your current read
*Open to a random page
*Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
*Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.
"Penelope nodded and gave her the smile of a confidante. She no longer minded the idea that Henry's enduring meloncholia might have something to do with the fact that Elizabeth was dead, because if that were so--Henry was too depressed over Elizabeth's "death" to see that Penelope was the girl for him--it was based on a misconception that she herself could easily dispel."

XOXO

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

AVATAR:A movie Review

AVATAR

Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date:December 18th, 2009
Rated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking.
Running Time:160 min.
Directed by:James Cameron
Studio: 20th Century Fox

My overall rating:



Quote from the movie I love:
"I see you."
Synopsis(written by the Massie Twins):When his brother is killed in battle, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.
visually astounding
My Review:

Three words: Must-see movie.
First of let me start by saying this was one of the most visually epic movies I have ever seen in my entire life. The 3D adds such a realness to this...world that's so well thought-out,otherwordly and gorgeous. There are these weird looking creatures everywhere, sparkling little things glistening in the air like miniature jellyfish, plants of all sorts of shapes and indescribable colors. This whole movie is like a five-star meal to your senses!
Second, the plot is simply amazing!It's original, action-packed and so interesting! I've never seen nor read anything like it. I don't want to give the whole story away but I'll just say I could not predict anything in this movie, literally. And I had many favorite characters. I found the culture of the Na'vi people especially beautiful/intruiging.
Last I'd just like to say that this was one of the best movies of 2009. Because of it's message, and it's creative aspect. It's a ture work of art. The way the director captured the sin of the greed people have in their hearts, and how that can blow up into a monstrous evil. Hats off to him.
If you don't see this movie, you'll regret it!
Happy Watching,
XOXO

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Review:Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Pub. Date: September 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages: 304
My overall rating:


Quote from the novel I love:
"Whatever happens--just don't stop."
p.243
Good Reads Synopsis
Megan’s twin sister Remy died in an accident nine years ago, and she’s been haunting her ever since. Knowing how crazy that sounds, Megan keeps this secret to herself and tries to lead a normal life. But when she takes a summer job at Land of Enchantment to keep an eye on her new boyfriend and his lovesick best friend, Samantha, she meets fellow employee Luke who can see Remy, too. Things get even twistier because Megan’s new friend Ari is sporting a massive crush on Luke, who seems to be developing a massive crush on Megan…making for a love triangle that’s positively possessed. Megan wants to keep her distance from Luke, but when Remy’s visions get crazy violent; she knows she needs his help. Because someone’s definitely in danger...the only question is who?
My Review
Three words: Edgy, modern and romantic
The cover of this book originally drew me in because it's simple yet complex. I love the girl standing in a gorgeous royal blue dress, and the apple relates directly to the whole Snow White theme.
The writing is easy to follow. It's fast-paced and ngrosses the reader. Marrone does a good job in directing it towards teens.
The plot/characters were a little dissapointing. I found many of the characters flat and seemingly undeveloped. I thought Luke and Megan were good--but their relationship wasn't well represented and seemed to come out of nowhere. Remy the ghost was honestly the best character in the whole story; she was eerie yet clever and adorable. The concept of a modern twist on Snow White, with a murder mystery, teen love story as well as ghost story thrown in adds some juiciness to this book.
All in all, the ending seemed a bit rushed and confusing. It was also corny in my opinion.
I devoured this book in two sittings. It was a nice read to pass in between more powerful, thought-provoking books but really nothing more. It was an edgy take on fairytales and I recommend it only if you have nothing else to read.
XOXO





Saturday, December 19, 2009

I'm Back(For now...)

Guess who's back, back again
Haley's back, tell a friend!

Everybody I'm finally back!
I haven't made a post for this blog in exactly nine days...NINE DAYS!
I'm not going to bore you guys with a super long post full of excuses, however I'd just like to say I am so, so very sorry for the delay! I have some reviews coming up that are very long overdue, and I really need to pick back up on my reading. The reason I've been M.I.A. lately is because of course I'm still in high school, and this week we were having finals. I had to stay away from the blog so that I could focus on my studies, and now that all that's over I'm back for now.
But I'm also going through the process of making a decision that's tearing at my heart, thus the 'back for now'.
I might stop blogging, not forever, but maybe until I get older because I'm not sure if I'm professional enough, if I update regularly enough, if I am able to keep this blog up to where I want it to be. I want an awesome blog, not a mediocre one...and thinking that I'm not doing good enough since I'm so young makes me very sad(and also stresses me out). But I need all of your opinions! Because letting you down is even worse than letting myself down. Let me know in the comments if I should contiue blogging to the best of my abilities for now, or come back in a few years when I know I'll be on TOP of things!
Until I get responses, I'm here to stay. So stay tuned and thanks for the love and patience.
I love my readers as much as I love reading.

Haley,
XOXO

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Friday 56

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
*Post a link along with your post back to Storytime with Tonya and Friends.* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Although Lina was not shy of being seen in public with naked fingers--she had lived most of her life with bare, working hands-- she did feel a tinge of emberrassment as Tristan pulled off her gloves and began to draw the new pair own. She had immediately noticed how superior in quality the hand-stitched-dove-colored pair were to her own.


XOXO