Oh Twilight!


So I’m not a fan of Twilight or Fifty Shades or The Hunger Games books (funny enough I didn’t mind the movies – mostly due to my unoriginal girl-crush on Jennifer Lawrence – the books were just “meh”) but I’ve been kind of trying to be a better person lately and actually just “be nice” or “be quiet” and try to distinguish between “utter trash” and “not for me”. But….then I came across these videos and they made me laugh so now I’m probably just going to share a few.

I would like to note that I do not hate Kristen Stewart. I’m not nuts about Bella (or whatever) but I’m cool with KS. When I read the first Twilight book I was kind of disappointed because the hype made my expectations really high and I was dying for something to replace my Harry Potter obsession (I read it after it was popular but before people started admitting it was crap) but I kind of just shrugged and went “Meh, this is just not for me” and moved on. Then I read the second book and, being in a more empowered sort of state myself, kind of had to stop before I tore the thing to shreds. I kind of even liked Edward in the first book. By the second book I loathed them both. Too much ridiculous!

So yeah….

I thought I’d share this because it’s funny…

Open Heart (Farsighted #2) ~ Emlyn Chand


Open Heart (Farsighted, #2)Open Heart by Emlyn Chand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gosh I don’t know where to begin! I usually start by mentioning that I never read YA books and therefore never feel particularly qualified to offer an opinion on them, but considering the amount of YA books that I have read in the last six months I think it is safe to assume that this is no longer true.

I read Farsighted #1 last year and liked it just fine…but you know what I love about THIS particular book? I just can’t stop thinking “Damn Ms Chand – you’ve outdone yourself!” Simmi’s character is so well-rounded (and no I don’t mean fat!), so acutely observant and so brutally honest that you cannot help but applaud Emlyn Chand’s efforts. There is no shying away from tough subjects like bulemia or betrayal – it all just hangs out. And I think the best part is that all the insecurity is presented in such a way that instead of relating to it you recognize it. I don’t know how else to put it. Simmi does things and thinks things that make you go “oh you silly little girl stop being so hard on yourself!” but then you have to admit that you – another silly little girl! – like to be just as hard on yourself.

I know Simmi has gotten a lot of flak from others for her weaknesses, but I truly do love her. It’s so refreshing to be presented with a non-perfect character who isn’t prancing around in her blonde ambitious glory trying to convince you that she is too thin…

Thanks Emlyn! Looking forward to the next one :)



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Hallowed ~ Cynthia Hand


Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok I must immediately say that I love that both books completely surprised me at the end (and in the middle….lol!) There”s not much else to say really. I liked these books. I love that they’re about God and Angels without being preachy or religious or pushing any sort of agenda. I love that the main character is someone who you can look up to and who is emotional without being pathetic and strong without being cold. I would happily allow my daughter to read this series without worrying about her being influenced in any sort of negative way. I am just bummed that the third isn’t out yet because I would like to get to the end of the story now…



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Unearthly ~ Cynthia Hand


Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Um…. I enjoyed this book! So much of yay!! Yeah yeah it has some typical teen read cliches in it but I dunno… I really liked this one which is quite a change for me. Also I may have spent the whole day reading this book…which I suppose is something I do often but obviously it’s not something I do unless I’m enjoying myself. And the best part? I got this book (and the next one) FOR FREE after entering a Penguin Books giveaway so feeling all smug now.

Now – I didn’t enjoy it right from the beginning, I must admit! I felt very ho-hum about it at first and almost gave up after the first 40 pages or so. The only reason I didn’t was because I was too lazy to go and find something I DID want to read.

Of course this leads me to question: why? Why enjoy THIS book so much and not Twilight or The Hunger Games or other YA books that everyone seems to be so enamored with? And I think the reason is that I didn’t spend this book going “oh please whatever!” in my head. It’s like that illusive indescribable but completely recognizable X-factor. Some books – no matter how far fetched – are truthful. And you believe them. I think that’s the difference. I can get on board with what’s happening here. I don’t feel like the author is being disingenuous. Maybe it’s not like that for everyone, but it definitely is for me.

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Harmony ~ Rita Murphy


HarmonyHarmony by Rita Murphy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet story about a girl who was brought to earth by a star. After she turns fifteen she discovers that she has magical powers. I liked that her adoptive mother was a Cherokee Indian – I’ve always found them so quietly fascinating. It’s not the greatest story you will ever read but definitely far less whiny and annoying than a lot of other YA fiction out there. At least the main character is a respectable girl with a good head on her shoulders instead of an emotional mess.

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Her Fearful Symmetry ~ Audrey Niffenegger


Her Fearful SymmetryHer Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do definitely like the way Audrey Niffenegger writes. I’ve had The time Traveler’s wife on my shelf for AGES just haven’t had the chance to get to it yet. This book I found in the library on the cruise ship that my new husband and I sailed with last week. I did enjoy the book – even though i thought the ending was predictable I didn’t actually predict it! I must be off my game. But I will always remember this as the book I read while sitting on the deck of a ship and watching the water… *sigh*

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Shaman’s Blood ~ Anne C. Petty


Title: Shaman’s Blood

Author: Anne C. Petty

Publisher: JournalStone

Pages: 272

Where I got it: Library Thing Early Reviewers

Rating: 3

Goodreads Blurb: A spell gone wrong in a Queensland burial cave accidentally bonds a Quinkan, a shadow demon from the Australian Dreamtime, to a wicked mixed-blood shaman named Cadjer Harrow. Through his carelessness, the half-aboriginal conjure man has unwittingly cursed his entire family for centuries to come, and now there will be hell to pay.

My Thoughts: Well…. This was a review book from “Library Thing” which I only requested to see if I would get it and not because I actually paid any attention to what it was. I kind of had to groan a little when I saw the cover. I don’t do snakes. I have a rather pathological fear of them. As in I have snake nightmares at least once or twice a month. But… I enjoyed this book. It was kind of cool to read something different for a change, something I never would have picked out myself. The Australian mythology was especially cool. Aus is one of those places I have absolutely no interest in whatsoever, but reading this book made the place a little more interesting for me. I still won’t go there – too many snakes – but I like that it has a rich culture that I never actually considered before.