Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Diviners

Finally trying to get back into the rhythm of blogging consistently. I took a break to just read for pleasure. Checked out like 20 books from the library and am almost done with all of them. I also spent a scary amount of time on Goodreads recently and added like 40 new books to my to-read shelf! I shall share some of these through "Waiting on Wednesday" which is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at BreakingTheSpine. It is mostly meant for books that haven't been published yet. Here is this week's pick:

Author: Libba Bray

Release Day: September 18th, 2012

Summary: (goodreadsEvie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.
My Thoughts: This was already released apparently and will be the first in a series, BUT I wanted to share because I am really, really, really looking forward to picking this up, (*scribbles note to self to go to B&N tmrw*), sometime soon. So why am I so happy? Because I absolutely loved The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Bray, but was disappointed with Going Bovine. I'm hoping that with The Diviners, Libba Bray will be channeling more of the deep mystery and awesomeness present in the series I loved. I think I may be biased toward Historical Fiction anyway.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which encourages book-related talk among bloggers. You can find more information and future discussion topics here. Today's topic is on the top ten series that you haven't finished for any reason whatsoever.

1) Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead: I reluctantly began the series on a recommendation and loved it. Until I got the the third book. Then I just forgot about it waiting super excitedly for the fourth book to come out. Now that all six are available, I may decide to finish it. Maybe. Feels like I don't remember quite enough of the third book to go into the fourth. But I do remember LOVING this series.

2) Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: Probably my favorite Dramalicious books ever! I have read up to book 9...but there are 12 in total. I want to know the end, but at the same time it feels like it is dragging on and on. It was clearly meant to end on book 8, but they keep squeezing the life out of the characters. The misery is getting to me...and the fact that my time may be better spent elsewhere. If I see the 10th next time I'm in the library, I may or may not pick it up. We shall see!

3) The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa: Saw the first book at the library one time, so the rave reviews I'd already seen convinced me to check it out. It was love at first chapter, but the rest of the books are never, ever in! I keep procrastinating on actually placing a hold, because I'm usually horrible at scheduling a time to actually pick up books, but I really do want to finish this series before I start on Kagawa's latest.

4) Wings by Aprilynne Pike: The covers are positively gorgeous. My favorite is probably the one for Illusions because it exudes magic and exotic-ness and it is so, so pretty! Unfortunately, I only barely got through the first book. I just couldn't connect to the characters. It was like a stranger was telling, not showing, me Laurel's story in attempt to keep me from falling asleep. But failed. Those covers are so enticing that maybe I will decide to give Spells a chance, but for now, I am not that desperate.

5) Inheritance Cycle Series by Christopher Paolini: Seems like a whole lot of people absolutely loved this, but it wasn't for me. Eragon was amazing. There is no denying the greatness of this series, but then halfway through Eldest, I asked myself, "I don't even like epic fantasy. Why am I still torturing myself with the lengthiness of this book?". And I put it down. I feel discouraged when I see how big each book is and I just don't care enough about the main character to put up with all the walking and fighting and epic-ness present. I consider getting through Eragon an accomplishment.

6) Bartimaeus by Jonathan Stroud: I had a slightly similar issue with this series as with The Inheritance Cycle. Each book is huge and there are so many others I could read in the space of time it would take me to read the second in this series. I really liked The Amulet of Samarkand because it was easy to get through, had lots of magic and action, fast-plot, but again, I didn't connect deeply with the characters to want to follow them in the second installment. Nathaniel just started to really creep me out. He is psycho. Really.

7) The Body Finder Series by Kimberly Derting: This is one that I just haven't had time to get to. The first book wasn't fantastic, but the premise keeps me want to keep reading. Mostly because I want to see the romance develop...and read about more creepy mysteries. I do plan to read the second, third and fourth books. Soon.

8) The Chemical Garden Series by Lauren DeStefano: Wither...left something to be desired. Vivid imagery of dresses and glitz and glam were not enough to keep me happy about the fact that the world-building didn't make much sense. I just couldn't see the setting! I really did like how the descriptions were written, but they were omitted when I wanted to know more about what kind of place Rhine lived in. Whenever she wasn't at the house, I only saw her and the characters. Not much of anything else. I don't think I can go through suspending my belief or another two books.

9) Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix: There are seven novels and I've read about five or six which means I must have liked it a lot. I stopped before the last book came out and it was another one of those series where I couldn't find the next book when I wanted it and then I just forgot about it. I'm not sure that they would hold the same appeal to me now. Six years later. I'd probably miss some really important stuff, so I think I will just remember that once upon a time, I was in love Luke.

10) Matched Series by Ally Condie: Awesome story, but slow. Matched was a tad long for my taste without needing to be, but I really liked the storyline that I know I will end up reading the other books. Although I usually prefer character-driven novels, the MC in this isn't as powerful as the plot and the action and the restrictions put on by her government. Good dystopian read. But the reason I haven't continued is mostly because I keep forgetting to buy them. These covers are gorgeous and I definitely want to read copies I own. Unfortunately, my money leaves before I remember my priorities!

There it is! These posts are pretty fun since I haven't really thought about how many series I've left unread. Leave a link to your Top Ten and I will be sure to stop by!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Book Moments I Cannot Get Over

This is going to be a place where I can rant about a specific thing pertaining to a book. I'm sure there is such a meme out there somewhere, so if you know about one then let me know. Anyway, this will probably always contain major spoilers. Continue to read only if you have read the book or if knowing the plot won't impede you from reading the novel!


Series: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

Author: Libba Bray

Goodreads: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3

Summary/Review: Gemma is an English girl, brought up in India, but she is sent to a boarding school when her mother dies. The weird thing is that Gemma forsaw her mother's death, but that is just the beginning of her new supernatural powers.

Simply put, this series is amazing. Chock full of India and England. Set in "olden" times, this story is inexplicably timeless. There are plenty of strong and unique characters, but the love interest is amazingly swoon-worthy.

Rant/Gush: This is definitely a rant. I absolutely, positively LOVED this series. I've read one other book by Libba Bray and cannot say I was impressed, but the Gemma Doyle Trilogy is something that will be hard to surpass. My problem lies with the third and final book entitled The Sweet Far Thing. Even the titles are gorgeous! Is this turning into a Gush? The moment I am still confused by, even though I read this series about two years ago, is that Kartik....ends up stuck in the tree. There is no happy end! Kartik ends up having to sacrifice his life for Gemma, but there is no happy end! I do admit to appreciating the real-ness of the situation. They were under terrible circumstances and it was clear someone was  going to suffer. But why the lead couple?! WHY?! Why didn't Felicity get thrown away instead? Why Kartik?! *breathes deeply*

There it is. I had to get it out there. Write down my emotions and that I can move on or whatever. This has become a Book Diary entry. Signing out!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Song: That XX by G-Dragon

Song: That XX

Language: Korean

About: G-Dragon is finally back with a solo mini album. The songs range in style and meaning, showing off many of G-Dragon's vocal abilities with high and low notes. His talent as a lyricist is apparent and hopefully it can still be enjoyed by those who won't understand a word of Korean. The few English lines that are in That XX are perfectly placed to enhance meaning.

His voice is beautifully controlled to fit a conflicted, but resigned mood. The entire song isn't sung the same way, but does stick to a certain emotion. The soft music with the clear guitar is a wonderful accompaniment in order to not clog up G-Dragon's voice. I don't think I could count the number of times I have listened to this song.

The music video is also one of my favorites because it intends to follow the song meaning. K-pop videos usually consist of colorful lights and the artist dancing like their life depends on it. But usually the music videos don't seem to have much to do with the actual song. This one though uses camera angles to create tension within G-Dragon himself for wanting to treat his girl better, but continuing to hurt her. It goes from sharp to soft shots that relay a certain atmosphere and feel.

Oh! The beep is for "sekki", which apparently translates to "bastard".

Official MV:

With Romanization and English: