Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Discussion: The Starting Line

As all of you know, I read many books. Many, many books. And as you also know, I quite enjoy reading those novels. But the thing about reading a book is you have to start it. Now, I may be the only one who feels this way but I'm just going to say it: I don't like starting novels. Nope. Never. Not at all.

I can see why people would like starting a novel. The mystery of what's to come and falling in love with the characters and just the newness of it all. But the truth is I would much rather read when I already like the characters and I have already gotten used to the author's writing style. I've discovered that I am way more likely to read when I have some down time if I'm in the middle of a book rather than starting a new one. And since I mostly read books in one sitting this has become a problem.

I don't know about you, but I put a lot of emotional investment into the novels I read. And I don't just develop that attachment on the first page right of the bat. It takes a lot of energy for me to develop that emotion. Again, I just like books so much more when I'm already invested in it. I also find the beginning of books to be boring more often than not. I probably shouldn't, but I do.

I know most of you probably haven't thought about this much, but I would love to know that you think about this topic!


Monday, April 15, 2013

Review: The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3)The Rising (Darkness Rising #3)
Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: April 2, 2013

Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help.

All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.

But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she'll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can't keep running forever.

Old secrets are revealed and unexpected characters make a surprising return in this stunning conclusion to Kelley Armstrong's New York Timesbestselling Darkness Rising trilogy

Nineteen. That's how many books I've read in this world. And it's over. All the series have ended. I was not ready to let go yet.

Okay. This isn't my favorite trilogy but I have quite grown to like it. Despite the length, I flew through this book, which I regret doing considering it's the last book I will ever read in this world (possibly). Anyway, it was very fast-paced and addicting. 

There is quite a collective crew in these books. Up until this book Maya and Daniel have been my favorite characters. However, in this book I realized just how entertaining the rest of the group is. They were pretty funny actually. And I loved a certain new character that joins the crew (can't say who because it  would be a spoiler).

If you've been following my reviews of this trilogy, you'll know why I've been looking forward to this particular book for three years: because we finally see more of Chloe and the gang from The Darkest Powers trilogy. All I can say on that topic is I was quite satisfied.

I did find this book anti-climatic. I was fine with the way it ended, but it didn't feel like there was one big epic scene. I mean, there was a final battle scene, I guess, but it was no more epic than any other fight scene. However, it didn't exactly end like I was expecting, but I was fine with it. 

So, to sum it, The Rising was not the conclusion I was looking for, but I did enjoy the ride. 


Sunday, April 14, 2013


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What I've Been Up to Recently (Why I haven't been blogging)

Hey ya'll! As you've probably noticed I haven't posted much these last couple of months. I've been really busy and just haven't been reading much. I've started to get back into reading again and I need to start blogging more again. Anyway I just thought I'd share what exactly has been going on in my life lately and what is going.

  • A week ago, over spring break, I went to New York City. It was tons of fun and I, of course, did a lot of shopping.
  • My Academic Decathlon team won state back in February and we are going to Nationals in Minneapolis, Minnesota, so I've been preparing for this a lot. And, while we are there we are also going to go to Mall of America, which I'm most excited about. More shopping!
  • After months of deciding and stressing, I've chosen the college I'll be attending next year: Baylor University. 
  • My Prom was last night. I of course have been preparing for it for months.
  • I've got AP exams coming up. Oh boy.
  • In a few weeks I'll have my school's Senior Dinner and Casino Night. I'm hoping to win lots of cool stuff for my dorm next year!
  • On May 25, I will be graduating high school!
I'm going to try to get back into blogging. From now on I will try to post at least two times a week (one of which will be a review). Hopefully over the summer it will pick back up again but I can't promise anything. 

I'd like to thank everyone who has stuck around! I really appreciate it! I promise more content is coming