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An avid reader who likes to mess around with various art mediums in her spare time.

Currently reading

Emma, Vol. 01
Kaoru Mori, 森 薫
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente
Jay Kristoff
Magic Rises
Ilona Andrews
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
Ilona Andrews


I'm still trying to get used to this. 

Brown-Eyed Girl (Travises, #4)

Brown-Eyed Girl (Travises, #4) - Lisa Kleypas YEEEES!

Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy, #2)

Shooting Scars - Karina Halle Whoosh, I finished this at long last! [b:Shooting Scars|17230559|Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy, #2)|Karina Halle|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1371224737s/17230559.jpg|23745834] was a strange book for me. Whenever I started reading it I wanted to simultaneously flip the pages faster AND throw the book across the room. Weird, I know. :PJavier is one scary man. *shivers*
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden) - Julie Kagawa 3.5 stars13/9 - After 4 months of on and off reading, I finally, finally finished this!!!! Replace the word people in the gif and this more or less describes my experience with reading [b:The Eternity Cure|13581990|The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2)|Julie Kagawa|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1362772965s/13581990.jpg|19167673] and by extension, [b:The Immortal Rules|10215349|The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)|Julie Kagawa|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1323357921s/10215349.jpg|15114912] last year.I don't know WHY, but I just couldn't connect with the books. I loved the dark dystopian world, I liked the characters, especially Allie a lot (which was more than what I could say for Meghan in IF) and I enjoyed the writing. I was anxious to find out what happened to Kanin after he was captured and read on until Allie and Jackal were surrounded by rabids. And I just stopped reading. For weeks. Then I would read a bit and put it down again. It mystifies me because I didn't stop because I felt bored or didn't like the story. That said, I'm glad I got to finish it at last. Hopefully [b:The Forever Song|17883441|The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)|Julie Kagawa|/assets/nocover/60x80.png|25046312] would be a better experience... ---------------------Hmmm...UK cover:Aussie (early take -> latest cover shown in Netgalley)I like the middle one, but with red author name and series title.
Paper Towns - John Green 3.5 starsOut of the three John Green books I've been reading this week, this is the one I enjoyed the most so far. (The other 2 being [b:Looking for Alaska|99561|Looking for Alaska|John Green|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1375127275s/99561.jpg|919292] and [b:An Abundance of Katherines|49750|An Abundance of Katherines|John Green|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1360206426s/49750.jpg|48658].)I've been trying to identify my feelings about John Green's books and I think I may have finally pinpointed why I couldn't really connect to them. No love/hate. It's just something I'm reading. It's like when I had to read books for my English class in high school. You read it, you analyze it and there's a whole ton of life lessons/moral values and meaningful quotes. Everything the character does seems to be important and so read into that I can't see them as regular people anymore. It's the same feeling I get after reading JG's books. (This applies more to LfA and AoK than PT.)That said, I really enjoyed the road trip part in this book. It made me laugh and I liked how it all led to the end.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green Book, I hate you so much. T___TFinished 2:24am.
An Abundance of Katherines - John Green Second JG book...and even more underwhelming than [b:Looking for Alaska|99561|Looking for Alaska|John Green|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1375127275s/99561.jpg|919292]. I like general math okay but I really don't like the math with lots of graphs, charts and formulas so that probably played a big part in my lack on enjoyment and boredom throughout the book. While I couldn't connect with [b:Looking for Alaska|99561|Looking for Alaska|John Green|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1375127275s/99561.jpg|919292], I wasn't bored by it. But this? Yeah, I had to put down this less than 250 pages book more times than I can count. I didn't care for the characters and almost none of Hassan's humor made me laugh.The reason why this isn't 2 stars instead of 3 is because, once again, I liked that bit towards the end (Collin's Eureka moment) that was quite profound. I also like some of the trivia like the myth about eight glasses of water + quotes.Some of the quotes I liked:“The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible.” “Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”“Do you ever wonder whether people would like you more or less if they could see inside you? … but I always wonder about that. If people could see me the way I see myself - if they could live in my memories - would anyone, anyone, love me?”And I loved this new word I learned. Abligurition - the spending of too much money on food.
Mortal Beauty (Mortal Beauty #1) - Ann Aguirre Kuroshitsuji-esque vibes. Can't wait!! :)

Charmed Thirds (Jessica Darling Novels)

Charmed Thirds - Megan McCafferty DNF. I just can't take it anymore. The Jessica that I found endearing, witty, snarky and funny in [b:Sloppy Firsts|138202|Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling, #1)|Megan McCafferty|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320531275s/138202.jpg|2975988] and [b:Second Helpings|199687|Second Helpings (Jessica Darling, #2)|Megan McCafferty|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320531276s/199687.jpg|2975812] just didn't work here. Her commentary seems to have taken a mean and judgmental turn and she was just so whiny. As I didn't even get to 50%, I'm not going to rate this. But if I did, it would have been 1 star.
Looking for Alaska - John Green My first John Green book!!! I've been greatly looking forward to reading his books since I heard so many good things about them. When the gorgeous box set was on sale about a year ago, I jumped at the chance to buy it.After reading this. Well, I came away not feeling disappointed or super-awed...but more along the lines of "eh...". This book wasn't boring, nor did I feel compelled to put it down. I read it straight up, only pausing to eat dinner. The problem (for me) was that I felt nothing while reading it. I couldn't relate to the characters, I couldn't empathize with them and I just wasn't emotionally invested. Not the way I was with Melina Marchetta's [b:On the Jellicoe Road|1162022|On the Jellicoe Road|Melina Marchetta|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1212708945s/1162022.jpg|6479100] and [b:Saving Francesca|82434|Saving Francesca|Melina Marchetta|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327865374s/82434.jpg|18042740] (both books which had a similar theme).Frankly, this book would have been 2 stars (it was okay) if not for the final 2 pages, which was my favorite part of the entire book.
Stung (Stung #1) - Bethany Wiggins "The Hunger Games with a sting" eh? Cover is similar enough. [bc:Stung|17855160|Stung (Stung #1)|Bethany Wiggins|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1367066826s/17855160.jpg|19075603][bc:Catching Fire|6148028|Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)|Suzanne Collins|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1358273780s/6148028.jpg|6171458]The US one creeps me out. BEES + NEEDLES... *shivers*

Second Helpings (Jessica Darling Series #2)

Second Helpings - Megan McCafferty 4.5 starsMARCUS FLUTIE, nuff said!!
Sloppy Firsts - Megan McCafferty Loved this book so, so, so, so much!Despite not being 16 anymore, a brainiac like Jessica, or a child from a different generation so practically all of the cultural references were lost on me, I could really relate to this book. Jessica's voice made me want to laugh and cry because of how profoundly it hit the mark at various parts.
Beneath the Surface - Lindsay Buroker Okay, so I made a mistake and read EE6 I and II before reading this. *head desk* By the time I realized my mistake I was already halfway into EE6 I and then THAT ending happened and I moved on to part II. Beneath the Surface is a meaty little novella and was a great read. It has the classic humor and funny banter between characters I've come to anticipate in the Emperor's Edge books. Of course, the gang made things explode and generally caused a ruckus as always. I'm very glad Sargent Yara, or better known as Evrial in this novella got her own POV. There wasn't much time to get to know her as I would like since the series was already hurtling towards the end but it was nice to get her take on things, short as they may be. I did find the use of Evrial a little distracting/confusing because she was referred to as just Yara in the other books. I've even come to think that was her first name. One of the other things that bothered me was the discrepancy between Amarenthe's portrayal in this and EE6. She was so...cheery and barely showed signs of the traumatic events she endured in EE5. Being tortured by Pike and the Forge baddies. In EE6 she had trouble sleeping and had nightmares and such. Perhaps it didn't really sink in yet? I don't know.

Warm Up

Warm Up - Victoria Schwab A tantalizing intro to the world of VICIOUS.The cover is GORGEOUS and it depicts an important scene in the story. :)

All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays - Cristin Terrill Note: Chapter 15, pg168 of the UK paperback. It's supposed to say "Marina" instead of "Em".----------------------------------------------4.5 stars!All Our Yesterdays was an excellent, gripping and surprisingly emotional read. The time travel aspect in this novel was well done without being too mind boggling or slapdash and most of all, it felt believable. The characters were the strong points of the story, the voices of Em and Marina distinct though I figured out their relation the moment Finn showed up and the narrative complementing each other until they finally fit together. The past and truth the doctor, James, Finn and of course Marina and Em shared was well developed and heart wrenching. I honestly can't imagine what I would have done if I were in their places.----------------------------------------------Book won from Kristie @ Lost in Ever After. Thanks!! :)