Friday, October 30, 2015

The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

A huge thank you to Cindy at Stranger Things Has Happened for tagging me! This is the Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag.

Rules: pick five books at random. Open a random page and the first character you see will be the one who answers the assigned question. Our job is to put together a team to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


The first person to die: Daisy. I could not be happier. She can be torn apart by flesh eating zombies and I’ll sit at the sidelines taking pictures.

The first person you trip to get away from the zombies: Jordan. I like my team already. Not a big fan of Jordan either so this is completely okay. No regrets.



 The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan


The first person to turn into a zombie: Annabeth. Noo! The last thing we need is a overly intelligent zombie coming after us.

The first person who trips YOU to get away from the zombies: Chiron. What?! He would never! He wouldn’t right? Maybe his little centaur legs accidentally tripped me when he was running away from Annabeth.



Matilda by Roald Dahl


The idiot of the team: Miss Trunchbull. I’m surprised at how much this fits. Miss Trunchbull will definitely be the idiot of the team; here’s to hoping she gets eaten by Annabeth.

The “brains” of the team: Matilda. YES!! We’re getting somewhere people. I can see Matilda be the brains; I would not expect anything else.



Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


The team’s medic: Lady Catherine. Yeah… I don’t know how that would turn out. She would spend more time talking about herself than caring for the others.

The weapons’ expert: Elizabeth Bennett. As much as I adore Lizzie, I don’t know if weapons would be her thing. But hey, she is pretty smart so maybe…?




Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix  by J. K Rowling


The brawler: Umbridge. Hmm… mixed feelings. On the one hand, she is my most despised character. Ever. But then again, the woman is probably good at brawling.

The team captain: Harry Potter. Sure. I can live with that. Harry is a born leader.




You know what guys? I think we can make it. I got an okay team, could be better. This was great! Do the tag if you will it!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: “The Rose Society” by Marie Lu


Warning: This is the second book in the Young Elites series. The following contains spoilers for the first book, The Young Elites.

“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends.
Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all…”

With authors like Marie Lu, who has written one of my favorite Young Adult series (Legend trilogy), I tend to let my expectations soar. With one of their series on my I-will-recommend-this-book-to-everyone shelf, I don’t even consider that they might be letting me down. With Marie Lu at-least, that is not the case. The Rose Society is the perfect sequel. If you thought The Young Elites was dark, Rose Society is going to be a big (and hopefully pleasant) surprise. Adelina is no doubt the most morally ambiguous YA protagonist I have read about.

This book introduces some new characters and old characters reappear. The characters, old and new alike, are developed in a very believable way. Adelina’s personality deteriorates so quickly, it’s hard to root for her. Teren, who may or not be the book’s villain (I’m actually not quite sure), is definitely Adelina’s villain but even his character has a rich backstory. The Daggers, who are supposedly the “heroes”, are not always very heroic in what they do (but their intention is the most good out of the three sides). Basically, everyone’s evil and should die (yes, I’m joking).

As dark and disturbing as this was, it felt like a very quick read. (It’s always funny how I just make the time to read when I really like a book, shoving aside all schoolwork. Probably not the best idea…).

This book was great This review no where near describes how much I loved it. Go read it!


I was fully expecting Maeve to bring Enzo back after that little glimpse of her in the first book. I don’t know how I feel about that yet… I didn’t like Enzo in the first one but his character certainly got more interesting.

I wanted more Raffaelle in the book. He’s such a complicated and intriguing character; I was a little disappointed he didn’t have more chapters. Teren’s point of view was also very interesting. His “godly mission” to destroy all malfettos is completely delusional but fascinating.

In the end, I think it will be Violetta who takes away Adelina’s power. It’s clear she will never be satisfied. For the first time, I really want a main character dead.

I am VERY excited for the next book. But I have a feeling I’ll have to wait another year. Crying face

Sunday, October 11, 2015

"The Opposite Books" Tag

Hello, everyone! This is The Opposite Books tag created by minhaestante over on Youtube. I was tagged by Stellah in The Little Book Nerd's Life.

The first book in your collection and the last book you bought.

The earliest book I have in my collection right now would be Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary. I loved and still love the Ramona books to death. Those books are hilarious and heart-warming and the perfect series to hook a young mind to reading. The last book I bought would be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I found it at Goodwill and jumped in joy. Jane Eyre is fantastic and one of my absolute favorite classics.

A cheap book and an expensive book.

Let's see... I have bought A LOT of books from used book stores so I don't know which one the cheapest is. My copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was only $0.25. The most expensive book would be Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan; it was $19.99 dollars of pain and disbelief. I regret buying that book to this day; it was highly disappointing and I refuse to take it as a legitimate conclusion.

A book with a male protagonist and a book with a female protagonist.

For male protagonist, I will choose I Hunt Killers series by Barry Lyga. These books are about Jasper Dent, the son of the most notorious serial killer in the world. Jasper is set on clearing his name when murders, very similar to the works of his imprisoned father, starts again in their area. These books are intelligent, violent and downright scary at times. I see Jasper as almost a teenage version of Sherlock (from the BBC show, not the books). For a book with a female protagonist (which is more than 90 percent of YA books these days)... I'm just going to go with a childhood favorite, Junie B. Jones. I have read every Junie B. Jones book, and if Barbara Parks chose to write more, I would still read them.

A book you read fast and one that took you long to read. 

A book that I read fast... I think that would be the Twilight series which took me roughly a week and a half to read in the sixth grade. A book that took me a long time to read would be Game of Thrones; I love that book but it took me almost two months to get through that whole thing.

A book with a pretty cover and one with an ugly one. 

I love the cover of A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. It's a YA Sci-Fi, about Marguerite, whose physicist parents have made a machine that can take you to parallel universes.

Winger by Andrew Smith. I like this book, but the cover is awful. The boy has a bloody napkin stuffed in his nose!

A national book and an international book. 

By national, I'm assuming it means United States (since that's where I am). I guess I'll go with Hunger Games since it is supposed to be a future United States. For an international book, I would choose Written in Stars by Aisha Saeed. It's about a Pakistani-American teen names Naila whose very strict parents takes her back to Pakistan after they find out she has a boyfriend. I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did.

A thin book and a thick book.

Hmm... the thinnest book I have read would be The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson. It takes place during the post-Reconstruction era in America, and follows the journey of a biracial man having to choose between being black in a openly racist society or passing as white and betraying his heritage. The thickest book I own (as in the book with the most pages), would be A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin.

A fiction book and a non-fiction book.

Seeing that 98 percent of what I read is fiction, I'll go with my go to answer and say Harry Potter. One of my favorite non-fiction that I've read back in middle school is Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah. It's about her experience growing up in China during WWII, in a family that considers her bad luck because her mother died two weeks after giving birth to her.

A way too romantic book and an action book. 

I think, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi had too much cringe-worthy romance without needing to. Needless to say, I do not like those books. For an action book, I will say The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. It's sci-fi/Fantasy in a world that has been taken over by aliens who look like humans. It follows Cassie who for a long time believes she is the only human left on the planet.

A book that made you happy and a book that made you sad.

I think a lot of the times, the same book makes me both happy and sad. In the Afterlight, the conclusion to the Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken, made me feel both extremely happy and very sad. It was the perfect conclusion, but as with all my favorite book series, I never wanted it to end.

Want to do this tag? Go right ahead.