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When all your ideas die.


I've had several posts when I've completely lost my inspiration. Like the day I posted random pictures from Pinterest for no real reason, and who could forget my "unscheduled' post. The truth is, I like to plan my posts, which is kind of weird 'cause I don't really like to plan anything else. Like I'll say, I'm going to post this on this day, and then tomorrow I'm going to post this, this, and this... blah, blah, blah.

i'll admit, my unscheduled, weird, obnoxious posts do tend to be funny, but... I don't know I don't want to be embarrassing,  if you know what I mean.

I know I've said this before, but I should keep a notebook. Something to store all of my lovely post ideas. Then maybe I'll post more.

I honestly don't know where I'm going with this, but whatever.

My goal this month, and the rest? to post more. I have been abandoning you all to much.

So there's my ramble.

Have a fantabulous rest-of-the-day. :)

P.S. Oh and here's some good news, I'm caught up in school! :D That is a celebration worthy of a party!

I learned how to knit!

I sort of knew that when I put knitting needles on my Christmas list someone would get them for me. It seems that whenever either of my sisters or I put anything crafty on our Christmas lists someone always seems to get it for us. I don't know why, but all of our relatives think that we need to be crafty. oh well, I don't mind. I really needed wanted to learn how to knit. you guys might remember me ranting about needing a hobby a while back, and have suggested knitting to myself several times.

So when I was making my Christmas list I just stuck knitting needles somewhere on their, knowing that I would get some.

Actually two people got me knitting needles. My parents got me two pairs, some yarn, and a very helpful tutorial DVD, but then a couple days later, my Grandparents got me another kit with yet another pair of needles.

I actually didn't know that my sister took this one. I don't look that great, but just ignore my ugliness.

It was pretty obvious that I had to learn, so I did!.. well, sort of.

i'm learning.

While the DVD was helpful, I still just know the basics. And let me just say, knitting is easy, purling is not, especially for a right handed person.

So, I guess I have a hobby now! :)

P.S. I guest posted over at Emma's blog, Rescue the Orphaned. Her blog is fantabulous, if you want to check it out!

*Surprise Review!* Eve and Adam

Yep another surprise review! :) I was debating whether or not to post this one, but, as you can see, I finally decided to just post it.

First Line: I am thinking of an apple when the streetcar hits and my leg severs and my ribs crumble and my arm is no longer an arm but something unrecognizable, wet and red.

About: In the beginning, there was an apple—

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?


Pages: 291

Author(s):  
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Review: What was it that attracted me to this book, I wonder??? was is the cool cover? The neat blurb? Or just the idea of a story about a futuristic Adam and Eve that appealed to me? I don't know what it was, or how I came to read this book, all I know is that I did.

I found this book on Goodreads awhile back, and for whatever reason found it interesting enough to put on my to-read list.

A couple weeks later, I find out that my library has it and viola, i have it in my hands.

I'll admit, I was excited for this book. It looked very promising. It wasn't until I finished the first chapter when I realized... yeah, this isn't going to be what I thought...

First of all, this IS NOT sci-fi. I am a complete sci-fi nut, and that did confuse me a bit. I kept asking myself if this was sci-fi, or modern day... I didn't know. But after reading through other reviews, I think I have decided that this is modern day.

I don't know much about Iron Man, but the Spiker's seemed sort of like the Stark's, futuristic for their time. I don't know, again, I haven't seen the Iron Man movies.

Okay, so now that that's out of the way, I can get to the story.

Yay.

The book read like a moderately to horribly written fan-fic. If you've ever read a bad fan-fic, you know what I mean. 

It had no depth. It seemed like they (the authors) were trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator possible. It just made me go, "ugh".

There was zero difference between the Eve chapters and the Solo chapters. (though I liked Solo's chapters slightly better than Eve's) 

They were both really annoying actually. 

The plot was also very inconsistent. The car crash was squeezed into three pages as the first chapter, and the whole apple thing was just unnecessary to me.

It was very fast in some places and very slow in others.

I honestly couldn't stand the characters, they were either like Eve and Solo, completely... well... them. Or they were overly exaggerated.

Like Aislin, an overly exaggerated, drunk best friend of Eve. I disliked this girl with a passion.

Terra Spiker, Eve's mom who is another example of the over exaggerating, she is described time and time again as the worst person who ever walked the planet. But really you never got to really meet her, and honestly, the little bit that you see of her, she really isn't THAT bad. 

Maddox, seriously, i don't know why they had to have him, you don't even meet the guy at all. he's just Aislin's loser boyfriend, and honestly, I don't know why she doesn't just break up with him.

Then there's Adam... Oh Adam. He was literally only in the book to make this an Adam and Eve story. he is so clueless, and really, we all knew what would happen with him. but really he is only in like the last five chapters. They could've totally taken him out and there would be no difference.

And on top of all of that, there was cursing, inappropriate talk, and a whole mess of things i didn't care for.

The romance was also desperately predictable, and the characters kiss in the most random times.

... And the sorry excuse for a love triangle between Adam, Eve and Solo. Come on, we all knew who she was going to end up with!

the ending was utterly confusing for me too. okay, so you just fought those crazy scientists, and you leave to shower together? Another thing I didn't care for.

I guess you get it. I didn't like this book.

The only thing keeping me from giving it one star is literally only about two or three sentences of good writing, and that's not much.

No matter how much I wanted to like this book, I just couldn't. Nice try, Eve and Adam, you just aren't for me. 


Romance: Oh, there was so much, I shouldn't even go there.

Violence: Yep, lot's of violence too. :P

Recommended Age: 14+

Rating:
I'm not even sorry.

Matched

First Line: Now that I've found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night?

About: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


Pages: 369

Author: Ally Condie

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Review: I have been hearing of Matched for a good long while, and was always curious about it (I mean, seriously! look at the cover, a girl in a green bubble, how could I not be curious?) but never curious to actually look into it.

I was on Goodreads once and stumbled across it again, and thought, what the heck? and put it on my 'to-be-read' list.

And when I finally decided to read it, I still barely knew anything about it. I didn't even know the main character's name (I now know her name is Cassia). Which is weird, because I usually take great care in researching the books I review before I read them. (You know, to make sure it's appropriate.) But this one I didn't.

Diving into it I had no clue what to expect. People have said that it is like The Hunger Games, but really people are going to say that every futuristic dystopian novel is like The Hunger Games now! honestly, I thought it wasn't that much like The Hunger Games. Sure they live in a world that is completely controlled by the government (maybe even more controlled than The Hunger Games), but they aren't living in a horrible place like District 12, really, their life is quite wonderful, but, again, controlled. AND, here's a biggy, there is no (well, not that much) killing. No Hunger Games. 

I don't want this review to turn into a big comparison of The Hunger Games vs. Matched, so that's all I have to say about that.

Matched really surprised me to be honest. I was totally enthralled. I seriously finished it in like three days. Everyone in my family was really shocked. I guess that's my record for finishing a thick book like this. That should tell you something.

I LOVED IT! :D

Yeah, I shan't be sober about this. I really, really, really loved this book! Maybe even more than The Hunger Games! (there I go with The Hunger Games again.)

The whole thing just fit together for me, and I really liked it. 

Cassia. I actually liked Cassia. She has been the first dystopian heroine that I've actually really loved for a while. She was strong, but not as closed as Katniss in The Hunger Games (okay... enough, Hannah). She was very lovable. You felt for her, and really cared about her. But maybe I just felt that way because she was like me. 

You feel her confusion about Xander and Ky too. At first I didn't even know who she would chose, but it became pretty obvious tword the end who she would end up with. But of course, I haven't read any of the other books yet, so I can't be sure. She might surprise us.

I was also torn between them. There wasn't really a huge difference between the two guys, Xander and Ky. Except their backgrounds. Ky is a bit mysterious, but you see him get more vulnerable as his love for Cassia grows. But Xander... he doesn't really change. Though you do get to fall in love with him too.

The writing, the characters, everything. It was beautiful

Romance: Lots. But I was impressed at how clean it was. There was nothing inappropriate. Just three kisses, I counted.

Violence: for a dystopian novel, I was surpised that there wasn't really that much violence.But the society is cruel anyway.

Recommended Age: 13+

Rating: When I first started this book, I thought it would be a 4, but I am really excited to give it...

5 apples!


*My review for Crossed*

Guest Blogger: City Girl

**I want to give a really big thank-you to Hannah for letting me post on her blog. She is great friend and I love her blog. Thank-you Hannah!**

Today I am honored to be blogging for you. My name is Emma and I blog over at Rescue the Orphaned.
Feel free to stop by and read a bit!

Do you ever see a bus and want to be on it. A city sidewalk you wish you were walking. Exotic food you wish you could taste? I am a traveler. I love to travel. I adore buses, taxis, trains, planes, and hotels. The thought of an adventure excites me to my core.


Source: 500px.com via Emma on Pinterest

I know that some people hate traveling. Leaving home, and being in uncertain places. However I know their are people who adore it as well. 

I especially love big busy cities. Looking into shops, smelling street food, stopping at a cute little coffee shop. I am not much for the country, I like action and people. Big fields and fresh air are nice, it's just not a 'love' thing. 

I get tired of being young and unable to do the things I want. I can't just pack a bag and go an adventure. I honestly would love to travel the world. See the Eiffel Tower, taste real Italian pizza, see the Colosseum. 

I have been to China twice. It is my dream land. I want to live there SO bad. I've walked on the Great Wall of China, and gone to street markets, and huge cities. 

Most of all, I love Chinese people. It's something about them. They touch me deep down.

In a few days my family is going to Chicago! Exciting right? I'll get to pass through the city, and maybe get a deep-dish pizza! The thought of traveling is such a welcomed feeling. Before long I'll be packing my suitcase.

What about you? Are you a traveler at heart?
Source: flickr.com via Emma on Pinterest

~~Emma
Rescue the Orphaned
(I hope you'll stop by and say hello!)

The Story That Needs to be Told.

One of my favorite things about writing is the characters. I love the idea of making them as outrageous as I can imagine them. Put them in uncomfortable situations, and imagine what they will do.

Sometimes i can imagine a character clearly, but sometimes there is so much mystery surrounding them that I need to search them to find their story.

Yesterday, while I was doing extra (and I mean a lot of extra) school work, I felt this strange feeling.

I kept thinking of this character from a story I have long since forgotten of, and for some reason, I just couldn't get her out of my mind.

I hadn't even figured out her whole life story when I gave up on the book, but she was tugging at my heart.

She was one of my more favorite characters from the book, but really because she was so mysterious. So secretive of her past.

Do you ever feel that way? When you try to give up on a character, and they refuse to be forgotten? That they're practically on their hands and knees, begging you to write their story.

And you're practically pulling your hair out because you don't really know their story.

I don't know if you've ever felt this way, but I sure did yesterday, and today.

I'm kind of excited. Maybe I'll find something new about her, maybe I'll understand her more. Maybe we'll become friends... (Homeschooler moment: making friends with your imaginary book character... but wait, she is not imaginary, she is real!.. to me...)

We'll see.

I'll try to keep you updated on how this goes.

I'm a Teen Blogger

A couple weeks ago (or was it a month ago) I was reading this post on a blog I have been following, A String of Purls. it's a fantastic blog, if you haven't read it, but this post caught my eye because of the title. "Is Blogging the new Pastime for Kids?"

I read through the post with interest, probably because I am a teen blogger, and this post would tell me what adults think of my kind.

  The post literally shocked me!

Not that it was a bad post, it was really well written, and Megan (the blogger) gave a good point. But I didn't really agree with it.

I don't think it was the post more than it was the comments that bothered me.

One person said; Sometimes I wonder what they could possibly write about?


I would totally disagree with the idea that teens don't have anything to write about. Look at all of the incredible teen blogs out there! 

Yes, in my time I have read some really shallow, pointless blogs, but not all of them are written by teens. Adults can have inspiration blocks too!

And really teen bloggers are out there because they want to be heard. Blogging because, maybe, someone will actually care about what they have to say. Or, if they're like me, love to write, but find keeping a journal or diary very boring. 

Being a teen is hard, and sometimes we just want someone to hear us out.
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In the post, and the comments, I think they were bashing technology more than teen bloggers. They were all talking about how they had more family time, and did important stuff instead of going on the internet when they were teens, because well, they didn't have the internet when they were young.

Some people talked about how when they have kids they are going to forbid the use of technology, unless it's unnecessary. 

But it all goes back to one thing, you all didn't have the internet when you were teens! You will never know what it's like for us, the world just a click away. 

Adults can say what they want to say. That they are better people because they spent less time in front of a screen then this generation does. But really they will never know what it's like!

And yes, even I think I need a little more off-screen time, but I'm in High School, and need the computer for school and stuff, so completely banning it isn't exactly an option for me.
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I'm pretty sure that I'm kicking a hornet's nest with this post, because I do have some older followers. But I just had to get that off my chest, and let you all know what I think of teen blogging.

Of course, I am a teen blogger. 

What do you guys think?

Uncommon Criminals

First Line: Moscow can be a cold, hard place in winter.

About: Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners. 

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.


Pages: 298

Author: Ally Carter

Publisher: Hyperion

Review: Ally Carter never ceases to amaze me! I first started reading her when I read Heist Society last year (The first book of the Heist Society trilogy) and have simple fallen in love with her books!

Since this is the second book in the Heist Society trilogy, I don't know why it took be almost a whole year before reading it. I don't see how I lived! but I had other things to read, other things to do, and I have finally gotten to read it! 

Ally Carter is awesome! Thank you Sarah (though you probably don't know it) for introducing me to her books. 

Again, Heist Society was my first Ally Carter book, and I thought it was pure genius!  This book did lead up to my expectations, it was different than Heist Society, but yet still good, and exciting. But somehow, I feel like Heist Society was a bit better. 

Don't get me wrong, this book was UH-MAY-ZING, but I personally liked Heist Society just the tiniest bit more.

The only thing that really burst my bubble was that it was a tad bit confusing for me, but I bet if I read it again, and paid more attention to the first couple chapters, it would make more sense. So I guess that was my fault.

But overall I loved it!!!

Thank you Ally Carter for giving us another chance to love your writing! <3

Romance: Just two kisses, I counted, that's it. And they weren't even serious kisses, just little pecks. Oh and there's a fight between two guys over a girl, but I'm not sure if that counts.

Violence: The previous mentioned fight, but really there isn't really that much violence in the book, more outsmarting and sneaking, not blood and gore.

Recommended age: I'd say 13+.

Rating: I give this book, 



Hello School.

When you're behind in school -almost to the point that it would be impossible to catch up- breaks are the most amazing things ever. Because it just stops. You don't feel like you have to worry about it, because it's break.

I have no clue how I got this behind.

You always start the school year full of excitement. You feel like you can do anything. This is the year I won't miss a single day of school. This is the year I'll start the summer when I'm suppose to.

But then actually sticking to it is impossible.
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Keeping up is hard for me, especially.

I'm what you would call a procrastinator.

*Gasp!*

I have this horrible habit of putting off school, at one time for several weeks, until I want to do it. But the problem is, I never want to do it.

I mean, seriously, who would want to do school when they're home all day with all these other fun things to do?

I only just realized how behind I actually am. It's really bad.

So, I had my planner expert Mom get me organized. And to even have any hope of finishing my Freshman year, I have to do like double French, double English (but I really should triple that), and triple math (though I learned on Tuesday that I only have to do one math a day now! I can't tell you how relived I was), and on top of all that, I have co-op and drama stuff to do.

So that's what I've been doing.

I barely have any time to even look at my blog, because I've been knee deep and swimming in school.

The lesson in all this? Don't be like me. Don't procrastinate. It will come back to haunt you later.

To Celebrate the New Year

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3, 2, 1, Happy New Year!!!!

Unexpectedly having friends over for New Years really screwed up my posting schedule, but man it was fun. This was the first New Years I've ever spent with my Besties, so I'm not complaining. And the shopping trip on New Years Day was F-U-N!

So, yeah, I've been busy. We had friends over for New Years, so I've been resting, shopping, talking, and waiting for 2013.

But since it's here I should probably post.
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I've never been good at keep New Years Resolutions. I have a hard time choosing them, and sticking to them.

I don't know what is going to happen in the coming year. 

It's a mystery. But I expect big things, big changes, and wonderful times. For this blog and in real life. 

God is in control. There's a reason why he didn't just end the world in 2012. 2013 has happened. I'm sure it's going to be spectacular.

Do you guys have any New Years resolutions?

Top Ten Books of 2012

two days ago, we finally said farewell to 2012. It was a fun year. Well, the stuff I remember was fun. But most importantly for me, it was a year I really tried to read more.

This was the first year I actually kept track of how many books I read, and while I highly doubt I've read as much as some people, I think I did okay.

I have read a total of 24 books this year. It's a very sad number, but whatever, I'll try to do better next year.

This year I have found a love for Sci-fi, and I've opened myself to newer book titles I haven't heard of. So really, this has been a big reading year for me, even though I didn't read as much as I wanted to.

And to celebrate me reading more than 10 books, I'm going to post my top 10 favorite books of 2012.
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Despite the fact I found this book extremely creepy. I must admit it was pretty good. Just a couple bumps here and there, but all in all a pretty great read. 



















9) Wither
I was a bit scared to read Wither. I didn't know what it was about. But by the time I finished it, I was in love. <3












The only thing I really didn't like was the demons, but besides that it was a fantabulous book, and I can't wait to read the sequel.













Despite this being a children's book, I really did enjoy it. it was creative, and fun, and all around a good read.














The Help was a great read. It was funny, and easy to understand, and it had a great message. 














I almost forgot to put Scarlet on the list, but no one should ever forget a great book. Scarlet was a very creative story of Robin Hood and now one of my favorite fairytale retellings.











Who hasn't read and loved The Hunger Games!? With the movie, I'm sure that almost everyone has. And I'm no exception. I joined The Hunger Games fandom.














This book really does deserve a higher rank, but this was the highest I could get it. Just read it, you'll see why I love it so much.













This book was my first try with Ally Carter, and now, she has to be one of my favorite authors. The was that she writes is so... I don't know how to describe it. I just love it. and this story is just... ugh, UH-MAY-ZING!
















1) Cinder
When I was trying to decide which book to make my #1, there was no doubt in my mind, it had to be Cinder. It is, by far my absolute favorite fairy tale re-telling, and it was probably the book that really got me into reading Sci-fi. Cinder will always remain in my heart as one of my all time favorite books.

Other Honorable Mentions

Thank you all for following me, and making 2012 a great year. :)