Love/Hate Tag

Thank you #LoveBooks for nominating me for the Love/Hate tag. This tag will include a list of five things I love and five things I hate!

Love

1. Getting good grades!
One of the best feelings is when I’ve worked so hard on an assignment or studied hard for a test and it pays off! I love doing well in school and achieving my academic goals!

2. Romance
I love romance whether it’s in books or in my personal life. I love when someone is willing to show how much they care. Love is just so sweet!

3. Books
I love books! They’re such an amazing method of escapism and they inspire creativity, imagination, and can have very deep themes and meanings!

4. Glitter!
I’ve loved glitter since I was very young it just encourages my positivity & puts me in a good mood! I always wear something sparkly everyday. Anything that sparkles, I love! 🙂

5. Animals
I love almost every species of animals (except reptiles because they scare me) & I contemplate getting a different pet almost everyday! Currently I have two dogs and two rabbits that I love soo much!!

Hate

1. Mornings
I am definitely a night owl and I despise the mornings. I’m always in such a bad mood when I have to wake up early and go to school.

2. Not having enough time to read
I hate having such a busy schedule and endless amounts of homework because I can’t do what I really love which is read! Reading is one of my favourite aspects of the day!

3. When I’m really excited to read a book and it’s a disappointment
This happens to me all of the time and I really hate it! I’ll be so excited to read a new book and then once I start it, I hate it. It’s such a disappointment.

4. When books are first released only in hardcover
Though I love hardcover books because they’re much more durable, they are also more expensive. I’ve noticed that many new releases are only sold in hardcover at first so if I want to read it and not wait a year until the paper back version is in stores, I have to pay way more!

5. I hate how people compare almost every book to Twilight
I’ve noticed that so many contemporary romance novels or books that include vampires, aliens, or anything other than humans, is compared to the Twilight series…not every contemporary romance involving characters that aren’t human is just like Twilight!!

My Bookish Pet Peeves

1. Book Cover Changes 

In a series or trilogy, it is SO annoying when the publisher changes the book cover of the second or third book! I like consistency on my bookshelf. I hate when the book cover designs are completely changed to the point when at first glance, you can’t easily recognize that the books are even in the same series!

2. Paper Back Books

I tend to purchase paper backs the most often because they are usually a little bit less expensive, but I get so disappointed when the spine breaks or the cover begins to crease or isn’t flat anymore! I love to bring my books with me everywhere, but sometimes I refrain from bringing my books certain places out of fear that they will be damaged! I love my books to be in perfect condition! I don’t know how it happens, but every time I put a paper back in my schoolbag, something happens to it! Either the corners of the cover crease or the front cover is bent!!

3. When I’m Reading and I get Interrupted 

There is nothing more annoying than being really into a good book and then someone walks over and starts having a conversation with you, while they can clearly see that you are busy reading! Then I lose my spot on the page and I try not to be rude so I acknowledge them but then it takes a little while to get back into the book… I really hate that.

4. Completely Obvious Love Interests 

I really get frustrated when two characters like each other and the whole book is about their denial of their interest or the denial that the other person likes them back. There are so many novels like this (at least that I’ve read) and it becomes really boring!

5. Having to Pause my Reading to Read a Book for School 

Usually I like to read one book at a time, when I start to read three or four books at once, I don’t feel as if I put enough thought into them because I don’t have the time to reflect or really analyze the plot or characters thoroughly. What I really dislike is when I’m reading a really good book for fun, and then I have to read a book for school because then I have to stop reading the really good book, to read a book that is super boring and uninteresting (because all books mandatory to read for school are) … for example I’ve been trying to finish the Lux series for almost two months now but I keep having to read other books about the Canadian East Coast which really wouldn’t be my first preference in reading material.

6. When Authors use way too much Slang in their Writing 

I find it so distracting when authors use extensive amounts of slang! I also really don’t like when authors make up words for their books! I had this issue with Maze Runner, I enjoyed the general premise of the story line but I couldn’t continue with the rest of the series because the made up words and the writing style was so distracting I didn’t like it at all! I understand that the authors are trying to appeal to younger adults and teenagers who commonly use slang, but I’m a supporter of preserving the beauty of the English language (which is probably why I tend to enjoy classics).

7. Library Books

I hate library books. I used to use the library when I was younger, but once I began high school I became more particular about my books. I hate when you open a library book and there’s someone’s left over spaghetti sauce or some other unidentifiable food stuck between the pages…that is so disgusting to me. Library books are never taken care of the way they should. I also wanted to own my own books so I don’t need to deal with due dates and fines and also it’s so much more convenient owning your own copy, you can reference it whenever you need to!

8. When my Bookshelf is Unorganized

If I just recently bought a large amount of books and am running out of time, I often will quickly place them on the shelf, but I hate when the books in the same series are not in order, or some books are turned on their sides! I love rearranging my bookshelf and making sure my bookshelf always looks neat!

9. When the First Book in the Series is the Best

I am a huge fan of series because they’re so much better than stand-alone books. There’s usually more character development and more depth to the plot. However, I hate when I purchase a whole series at a time and am so excited to read it and after I finish the first book it’s amazing, but I get a false hope for the rest of the books. This happened in the Matched Series and somewhat with the Lunar Chronicles. I loved Matched it was really good, I enjoyed the idea of the dystopian society and their customs but as the books went on I started to dislike each one more and more. I desperately tried to finish Reached but I still haven’t and I don’t know if I ever will! Sometimes I feel that series shouldn’t be series, and should only be stand-alone books, because the plot becomes way too far-fetched and characters from the first book are replaced with new ones!

10. When I’m reading in Public and People Try and See What I’m Reading

I really hate when I’m at school or somewhere else where I’m in close proximity with others while I’m reading, and someone will literally adjust themselves so they can read the page that I’m reading… I really don’t understand this, I find it quite unusual, because if they want to read the book, I would assume they would ask the title so they can read it for themselves…starting at the beginning.

#tenreasonswhy You Should Be Reading Lux Right Now!!

Hey!! If you didn’t know already from the hundred million times I’ve said this, Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout is my all time favorite series. If you haven’t read this I don’t know what you are doing but if you are hesitant to read this amazing series here are ten spoiler-free reasons to read lux:

  1. One Name: DAEMONNNNNNNN!! Oh My God. This guy is will be one of the hottest and amazing fictional characters you will ever read. Daemon is lovable, good-looking and funny.

    “Daemon Black could be as prickly as a hedgehog having a really bad day, but underneath all that spindly armor, he was sweet, protective, and incredibly selfless.”

  2. This book is filled to the brim with hilarious jokes and witty comebacks. I have never laughed out loud as much as I did with this book. I was laughing every single day and people around me were staring…

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Summer Reads!

I am so excited to put together my summer TBR. I’ll have so much more time to dedicate to reading than I have so far during this hectic school year! Last summer I nearly read every Nicholas Sparks novel that he published! I remember reading a whole novel in one or two days and I would read them back to back making for a very romantic and sappy summer reading list! This year however I have incorporated more diversity within my TBRs though I still absolutely adore romance and probably always will, I now enjoy the romance to be an aspect of the plot (even if it’s the predominant theme) but also include other elements within the plot as well such as mystery, sci-fi, or fantasy! So this summer I do plan to read some sappy romantic novels however I’m attempting to ensure my reading list incorporates variety! So now for my tentative summer TBR:

1. Finish the Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout
I am currently three quarters finished Opal which is the third book in this five book series. I had originally hoped to be finished the series by now but of course school doesn’t allow for as much spare time as I want to be able to dedicate to reading. However I am very determined to finish it by the beginning of summer because I absolutely loveee this series it’s one of my favourites so far! 🙂

2. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
I have heard so much about this book and the series the majority being positive feedback, I know a lot of people have read this series awhile ago but I’ve had it in mind for the better part of six months so I’m determined to actually buy it and read as soon as I’m finished the Lux series!

3. Just One Day & Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Early this year, I read and watched If I Stay by Gayle Forman and I actually cried while reading and watching the movie, it was so emotional and I really enjoyed the novel and I’m excited to read more of her writing! I’ve also heard lots of positive comments regarding these novels! I know everyone says not to judge a book by its cover…but the covers of these novels are wonderful which makes me very excited to add to my bookshelf!

4. The Heir by Kiera Cass
I’ve read the other novels in the series and absolutely loved them!! I’m so excited to read this one as well especially as it continues the storyline in a different perspective as the previous novels I’m interested to see how The Heir compares to The One which I really really enjoyed!

5. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
I’ve also read the three novels in the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, & Cress) though Cinder remains my favourite of the series and Cress being my least favourite, I’m willing to continue reading the other novels that Marissa Meyer publishes as a part of this series because I do find the books somewhat entertaining and I think it’ll be a fun summer read. I’m really interested in finding out more about the queen and also following the storyline of Cinder and Kai’s developing relationship/romance

6. First Love by James Patterson
To be honest I haven’t done much research on this novel but from the back of the book description it sounds so amazing as a summer read (and yes, incredibly romantic) the main character seems to be one I can somewhat identify with as they are described to be what one would consider the ideal student and child (a “good” girl) I’ve heard such amazing things about James Patterson as a writer though this will be the first novel of his I will read! I definitely have high expectations for this novel!

7. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I purchased this novel a few months ago but haven’t had time to read it yet but the premise of it seems very intriguing. As a future law student, taking various justice courses, this seems very appealing as there remains prejudices and inequality even within modern society. This is a classic I have to read this summer!

This is only a tentative list so far, I’m sure I’ll add so many more and I would also really appreciate suggestions and recommendations! 🙂

Fictional Book Boyfriends #1 Daemon Black

My last blog post included a small rant about how romance is declining in society, and how guys in particular seem to believe that romance found in novels is often “unrealistic.” So, I decided to outline the positive attributes of various fictional male characters, that I believe are definitely date-worthy. The first character I wish existed in real life is the one and only Daemon Black. He is by far, the most imperfectly perfect being ever created. It’s undeniable that he has his jerk moments, and I’ve discussed some of them in my recent posts regarding the Lux Series, but now I’m on the third book, Opal, and his relationship with Katy has significantly improved and become stronger. I think Daemon is sometimes misunderstood, and that’s why he get’s labeled as being a “jerk”. A specific example of this is when his brother Dawson returns and they disagree. Daemon tells Katy to stay out of it, but Katy refuses. She makes a comment about how if she isn’t a part of every aspect of his life, it somehow diminishes her ability to be with him. I got the impression that Daemon was being portrayed as being a jerk by not allowing Katy to help, but I thought that it was Katy that was actually being a little bit insensitive. Katy was aware that Dawson had been through traumatic experiences and encounters with the DOD, and Daemon is his family, his twin-like brother, she should have just stayed out of their relationship in my opinion. Following that fight between Daemon and Katy, he brought her lattes to class! He even apologized to her and thanked her for getting involved, even though in my opinion, Daemon had the right to have a private relationship with Dawson without her interference.

1. He gives the cutest nicknames ever!! He calls Katy Kat and Kitten which is totally adorable!

2. He is extremely protective over Katy and always has her best interests in mind.

3. He brings Katy lattes and flowers to class for no specific reason except to show his affection toward her (which I think is one of the most important qualities in a guy)

4. He’s completely good looking and extremely handsome.

5. His rough/aggressive persona is only on the exterior because he is a sweetheart and can be very romantic!

6. He thoroughly thinks through how his actions may affect Katy either negatively or positively before he makes a decision.

7. He actually makes references to reading her blog! Every girl wants her crush to give her attention and share in the things that mean the most to her.

8. He’s so funny! He makes so many witty comments and jokes that are just so sarcastic making him even more lovable!

9. He tries to impress Katy’s mom (it’s important that your mom likes your boyfriend!)

10. The fact that he’s an alien who has super powers and can turn into light!!! I would totally date a Luxen! After reading the first two and some of the third novel of the Lux series, I think aliens make waaayy better boyfriends than any human could!

Fictional Book Characters I Wish Existed

Often times I read a book and think “Wow I really wish guys like that existed!” The saying, “Boys in books are better” has become my motto lately because honeslty there’s just no one comparable to the characters that authors create. Especially this past year I’ve been reading an extensive amount of fictional romance novels that include these guys that are completely in their entirety the epitome of my ideal boyfriend. Unfortunately, I haven’t met anyone that has met any of these expectations. Many individuals (that happen to be males) even tell me that it’s not realistic to apply male characters in fictional romance novels to real life experiences. I find it somewhat sad that romance has become “unrealistic”.  However, I am glad that romance at least lives on in books! So, now I will list the totally dateable and romantic fictional male characters that I totally wish existed in real life! I will later expand on why I believe they are date-worthy!

1. Daemon Black (Lux Series)
2. Maxon Schreave (The Selection Series)
3. Luke (The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks)
4. Augustus Waters (The Fault in our Stars)
5. Ky (The Matched Series)

These guys all have incredible romantic characteristics and are my top five  most dateable fictional characters! ♥

Perhaps if romance in novels wasn’t believed to be “unrealistic” guys would have a stronger motivation to do small romantic gestures that just aren’t common anymore.

Onyx – The Second Book in the Lux Series By: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Warning: Spoilers!

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So, I finished Onyx yesterday and I’ve had a lot of homework so I haven’t been able to blog about it until now. But…I have to say, this book was amazing! I absolutely loved it, many reviewers say it’s better than Obsidian but I think it’s equally good, I loved both of them. However, one of the major differences between the first and second books is the change in relationships. Dee and Katy don’t seem to be as close as they did in the first book, but instead Katy has developed a new closeness with Daemon.

Katy and Daemon’s relationship has become more serious in the sense that they have a permanent bond through their connection because of Katy’s mutation. If Daemon dies, Katy dies, and vice versa. This adds a more serious element to their relationship as previously they would joke around with each other but now they have to accomplish tasks together such as defending themselves from the watchful eye of the DOD.

The mystery in this book is much better than Obsidian. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the reader knew almost immediately what Daemon and his sister were but Katy didn’t. In Onyx, the reader is left wondering the same questions as Katy, which I think was a positive change!

Blake as a new character was very well integrated into the story. Maybe I’m too trusting of people, but I thought Daemon’s reaction to Blake was pure jealousy but his suspiciousness and feeling of something being “off” was right which really surprised me! I felt like Katy was completely betrayed. Though I did start to question his motives when he willingly decided to train Katy. I think one of the moments I hated Blake the most was when he threw the knife at her. How was he so certain she would be able to stop it?! My feelings about Blake have been completely all over the place. When he was first introduced I really liked that he gave Katy attention, and he seemed to be someone Katy could relate to, as they both were mutated humans. Then once the training began and he threw the knife at her and exposed her to the Arum I really disliked him. Though, near the conclusion of the novel, it’s clear that Blake’s betrayal isn’t personal against Katy, but because he’s trying to protect Chris, his friend who mutated him. His connection with Chris is his motivation. Which made me feel rather sympathetic toward him in the end.

Though Blake’s betrayal came as a surprise to me, Will’s did not. I knew from the beginning that he didn’t have good intentions. I wasn’t overly surprised when he told Katy he was related to Bethany because I thought he had some involvement and knowledge that surpassed that of the general human. The ending of this book, was so full of action! Will masterminds a plan to ensure that his cancer doesn’t worsen by capturing Katy with the hopes of Daemon healing him, ultimately causing him to become mutated and possess the powers and abilities that the mutated have, including the ability to not become sick. However, mutations don’t always take full effect if the alien healer isn’t 100% willing to heal them. Therefore, Daemon’s lack of willingness to heal Will, with the objective of freeing Katy, may have undermined Will’s original plan. The reader at this point is unsure what will happen next in regards to Will’s mutation. Possibly, the mutation will be successful and a connection will be formed between Daemon and Will or the mutation will fail and Will could become enraged and a possible conflict could occur. Or there’s always the possibility that a new form will emerge since these are aliens after all…anything is possible!

And now for the romance! The romance between Daemon and Katy is just so perfect in an imperfect way. Daemon is a little more caring and sympathetic towards Katy than in Obsidian however he still has his jerk moments. The romance in this book has really taken a new direction from the first book, as FINALLY Katy has determined that Daemon’s affection for her is not solely due to their alien-mutant connection!

By far, my ultimate favorite quote in this entire book is…

“Say it.”
“Say what?”
“Tell me what you told me earlier.”
“I love you.”
“That’s all I ever need to hear.”
“Those three words?”
“Always those three words”

Daemon in this conversation with Katy really shows another contrasting aspect to his personality from an arrogant and sarcastic individual, to a deep, emotional, and loving one.

This book was completely amazing! I loved it just as much as I loved Obsidian, and I cannot wait to read Opal (which I’ll probably start tonight) to find out what happens with Will and the DOD, and what the relationship between Daemon and his brother Dawson will be like, since the reader was given the impression at the end of the book that perhaps Dawson has changed. Maybe he won’t be as reciprocating to Daemon and Dee’s love and excitement that he’s back. Dawson has a past untold and I’m very curious of his story!

Here’s more of my favorite quotes!
“If there’s anything, there is us. You and me and no one else.”

“That’s the funny thing about trying to escape. You never really can. Maybe temporarily, but not completely.”

“Dogeared pages were the Antichrist of book lovers everywhere.”