Monday, 9 April 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? + In My Mailbox COMBINED!!

Hello people!!

Today I have combined "It's Monday, What Are You Reading?" and "In My Mailbox" because I couldn't do it yesterday because it was Easter Sunday!! Happy Easter!!

In My Mailbox
There is nothing here because I cycled down to the library on Friday and wasn't I an idiot? It was Good Friday so it was closed. Will have to go tomorrow!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?
Finished!

I finished all published chapters of Naruto!! All 5 stars!!!


Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder (Insider #1) 4.5 stars


Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling (Benedict #2) 4 stars


The Medusa Project: Hit Squad by Sophie McKenzie (The Medusa Project #6) 4 stars


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor 5 stars


Currently-Reading
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen


To-Read
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins


The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter


Lots finished this week thanks to holidays!! Expect a review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone soon!! I loved it!!

Clíodhna
xxx

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Tell Me Another

Hey, I've had a brilliant idea!

Most of you may not know but I want to be an author and have tried to write books and stories before. My first, Cain, became so complicated that even I, the author, didn't understand it.  So that was a failure, but it gave me some good experience, there are some of my notes on it in my early blog posts. The second one, that I actually wrote some scenes for, is undecided as I only wrote one scene and it doesn't feel dead yet, I'll see where it goes.  My current one I only got the idea about an hour ago. So that's why I'm writing this. I enjoy writing and while I'm better at poems, I want to write a book. I love paranormal but whenever I try to write one it ends up like Cain, complicated and confusing. So I thought I would write a YA novel, just plain ordinary fiction. But I'll be using heavy themes that will make you laugh and cry and the one I'm working on now is kinda dark and should make readers cry. I know how big this dream is and how impossible it is but who said I can't hope? I like hoping, it makes things feel less dull and makes me even more determined. If any of you out there share my dream, please tell me. I'd love to have writing buddies to bounce ideas off!! Also I love stories so, as the title says, tell me another!

Clíodhna
xxxx

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey everybody!

Sorry for being quite absent this week!! Got my holidays!!!

My Waiting on Wednesday for the 4th of April is:

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Deity (Covenant, #3)

Woo!! Can't wait for November!!

Clíodhna
xxx

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

I'm on a computer in school doing this!! Fun!

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is:

Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs (Forgive my Fins #2)

I know this is already released in America but it's not released in ireland yet so I can't get it!!

Fins Are Forever (Fins, #2)

Pretty Cover, huh?

Clíodhna
xxx

Saturday, 24 March 2012

The Hunger Games Movie!

Hey guys!!

I SAW THE HUGER GAMES LAST NIGHT. It was so awesome!!!! All HG fans should see this! It was seriously like the best book to film adaptation I have ever seen!! And Josh Hutcherson was, as was expected, brilliant as Peeta but Jennifer Lawrence outshined him as Katniss! She was the Katniss I imagined! Strong and tough but still cared for Prim, Gale, Peeta and Rue. The scene with Rue was so sad!!! Prim was great too! When Katniss and Peeta kissed they went back to District 12 and showed Gale watching it and the entire cinema just went "Oooooooooooooooohh!!" and then we all laughed! It was a great experience! It was as if everyone in the cinema was connected and we were one person! The cheers when it started after sitting through all the ads had the cinema workers laughing! \they only changed two things and one wasn't significant but the other was the ending and that bugged me a little! but only a little!It was that they left it a bit vague whereas the book was definite!

Great night! Really enjoyed it! Go see it now, HG fans!!
Clíodhna
xxx

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Page Number (in UK cover version) : 323
Series: Hecate #1
UK Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Ltd.
Published: 2nd of March 2010
Format: Paperback
Source: Library + Recommended by Goodreads
Rating: 3/5
Cover:

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Thoughts:
At first when this book came into my hands I thought, "What is wrong with the cover?! Oh, stupid UK version!" I set out to read it with a bad attitude towards it and it surprised me. The beginning of this book was very "Now, what's going on here?"  This book was not good in the beginning, I didn't like it. Sophie was a pain in the neck and I could almost hear her snarky voice and it gave me a headache! Archer I liked at first because I was thinking "Finally! Someone who can probably shut her up!! He's gotta be the villain!" Then things got better, the history of the Prodigium was interesting enough and had me a bit interested. 
Then it got worse and it was named Elodie and Archer. Oh God, not another "less beautiful girl but who secretly might be the saviour or have superpowers steals the hot boyfriend of bitchy beautiful girl!!" minus the saviour/superpower part but seriously?!? My headache was back. I liked Jenna, a pink-loving vampire? Now that's original!! (Hint: There actually wasn't any sarcasm in that sentence!!) She was funny but wasn't Sophie's sidekick or anything either. It was different. She was the only vampire, thank God! Sorry but I'm a little sick of vampires at the moment! 
The last 'bout 70 pages were great though! Up until now it was 1.5 or 2 stars. Now it was 3 or possibly 3.5!! Since it is the ending of the novel I can't reveal much without spoiling the ending but just it went up a star and a half! That tells you how much better it gets!! Sophie is no longer quite so annoying and the other characters, weeelllllll let's just say there are some interesting developments..... 

That's about it!
Clíodhna

Monday, 19 March 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hey everybody!!

I am still reading Hex Hall because I've been so amazed and captured by  Naruto!! It's absolutely brilliant and almost made me cry several times and I do not cry easily! I didn't even cry at Titanic even though I felt so sad!! Read Naruto if you can!! Two other mangas that I loved were "Bleach" and "Dengeki Daisy" !!!

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (gonna use the nice cover this time!!)



NARUTO VS SASUKE!!!!!!!!!!!



This week is the same as last week as I haven't gotten through any of them due to Naruto!! Of which I've read about 300 chapters this week!! And they're roughly 25 pages each!!

Have fun reading and happy Monday (if that's possible...)!!!!!!
Clíodhna
xxx


Sunday, 18 March 2012

In My Mailbox #4

Hey!

All I got this week was:

The End of the World (Skulduggery Pleasant Short) by Derek Landy


This book's events take place between the sixth and seventh Skulduggery Pleasant books. It's a short story and was printed specially for World Book Day on the 1st of March.

That's all I got this week but got a text saying that this book was waiting for me at the library:

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins



Thanks!!
Clíodhna x

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey people!!

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is:

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3) by Pittacus Lore

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, #3)

It is released on the 21st of August 2012!!!!!!!!

Clíodhna
xxx

P.S: Check back here tomorrow for a review of Switched by Amanda Hocking!!

Monday, 12 March 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hey people!!

This week will be fun got lots of lovely books that I'm planning to read!!

Finished This Week:
Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter


Currently-Reading:
Torn by Amanda Hocking


Plus I'm reading some Naruto!! It's awesome!!

Will Read:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder


Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

STILL DON'T LIKE THIS COVER!!

Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling


Might get some others in this week but I'll see how it goes!! Have fun reading!!

Clíodhna
xxx

Sunday, 11 March 2012

In My Mailbox #3

Hello people of the planet where blogs exist!

This week I was very happy and this was why:


Awake at Dawn by C. C. Hunter (Shadow Falls #2)


Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Don't like the UK cover!)


Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling (Benedict #2)


The Medusa Project: Hit Squad by Sophie McKenzie (The Medusa Project #6)


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Torn by Amanda Hocking (Trylle #2)

Got loads of lovely books this week and can't wait to read them all!!
Plus, still have plenty to read at home!

Clíodhna
xxx

Saturday, 10 March 2012

In My Mailbox #2 : Recap

Hello humans,

I am kind of starting a new meme type thing and it's to do with In My Mailbox which is hosted by The Story Siren. The one thing I don't like about the In My Mailbox posts is that, with any blogger, you don't find out how they got on with those books unless they do a review and they can't do that with every book! They'd have no time to read! So I propose that on Saturdays, the day before the new In My Mailbox goes up, bloggers put up recaps on how the reading went that week! This is mine for last week!

Blood Ties by Gabriella Poole (Darke Academy #2)

Read it!! About 3/3.5 stars! Pretty good but not great! Would recommend the series though!

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Wood

Oh God this book annoyed me! 1/1.5 stars! It was sounding like a Twilight copy until


******SPOILER****** found out Dante was a soul sucking zombie and I have nothing against zombies but just zombies aren't necessarily the best supernatural creature to make a girl swoon and Renée pretty much acted as though nothing happened and then, I could see it coming, she had his soul and only one could live. The ending also left me in a way that I was thinking "Ok so- um no wait- THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE!! What the hell?? Not a cliffhanger but it felt like there were no loose ends but if that was the end and it was a standalone then it was still really bad. But if it was a series then how could you continue????********************* END SPOILER!


Sorry for the rant!
Clíodhna
xxx

Friday, 9 March 2012

Need more views and followers!!

Hey everybody!!

This blog has grown considerably in the last month or so, nearly doubling in monthly views and tripling in followers but I would like to let everybody know that once I get to 5000 total views (now on 1261) or get 50 followers there will be a giveaway!! So let everybody know and spread the word!!!!! Contest will be open internationally so it doesn't matter where you're from! I know how annoying it is when it is "UK only" or "USA only"!! I would really love to have more followers and to generally influence more people! Thanks for the increase guys!! I really appreciate it!! I love you guys and girls!!

Love,
Clíodhna xxx

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Hello peoples!!


My Waiting on Wednesday today is Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles, #1)

Realease Date: August 8th 2012
Blurb ( From Goodreads) : Wish. Love. Desire. Live. 

Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock's hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer's eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.

Really looking forward to this, recently got into the Steampunk genre and I also LOVE pretty much anything with faeries!

C xxx

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (Not really Monday)

Hey, so sorry I didn't have time yesterday to do this!!

Currently-Reading


Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Wood



Finished


Blood Ties by Gabriella Poole



Ballad by Maggie Steifvater




Will Read This Week


Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder



Sister Missing by Sophie McKenzie





Thanks!!

C xxx

Sunday, 4 March 2012

In My Mailbox #2

Hello people of the blogosphere!!

This week I only got two books but still have plenty to read at home!!

This week:



Blood Ties (Darke Academy #2) by Gabriella Poole

AND



Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Wood


That's all I've gotten this week unfortunetly!!

C xxx

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: UK: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 393  (of the actual story, there are extras at the back)
Series: Delirium #1 (Pandemonium #2)



Blurb: (From Goodreads)

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. 

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.




I really loved this book. It wasn't particularly fast-paced or had a lot of action but, damn, the setting and the plot were good!! Lauren really wrote the setting very well and slowly revealed the horrors of the society that Lena was in. It is scary in a way that's not, "monsters jumping out everywhere!!" but in, "these people are not people, they would do unthinkable things if they were told to. They are basically herds of cattle (wink, wink for those who've read it!!). " 


I really liked Lena, she reminded me a bit of myself, knowing she should do the right thing and partially wanting to do the right thing but the wanting the wrong thing wholly. One thing that bugged me was the UK cover because the author went to so much trouble describing Lena and especially her eyes and then they use a model that looks absolutely nothing like her!! Look at the eyes!! Lena did surprise me and I loved her in the evaluation. I knew it was wrong when she said the word, "Grey" but then her explanation made me wonder how I'd never noticed it before.


Alex. Just Alex. He sounds like every sane girl's dream (including mine despite the fact that I'm unsane, no  , wait, insane). One thing I would have liked from him would be a bit more humour. That is the one thing. I'm a Jace Wayland/Herondale/Lightwood/Morgenstern girl myself, ooh and a Daemon Black kinda girl so I like quite a lot of humour and sarcasm and Alex just needed a little bit more. He was gorgeous, in my mind, of course!! 


Hana, I loved Hana. Even if I was disappointed in her near the end I still loved her. I loved her spirit and how she acted, like she didn't have a care in the world and never would. I'm really looking forward to reading Hana too. That's all, I think,  but overall Delirium would be a 4.5 or 5 star book. Absolutely brilliant. I hated the ending though. In a, it's such a cliffhanger and why does that have to happen????, way but still brilliant.




C xxx

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey people!!

It's Wednesday and that means I'm waiting for a book!! This week it is:

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

I thought I'd get my review of Delirium done today but sadly, you'll have to wait until tomorrow! Still digesting the awesomeness of it!!


C xxx

Monday, 27 February 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hey!!

"It's Monday, What Are You Reading?" is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey!! What I am reading at this moment in time and what I will read this week!!

Right Now:

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

















And this week I am going to read:

Blood Ties by Gabriella Poole

Blood Ties (Darke Academy, #2)

Thief Eyes by Janni Lee Simner

Thief Eyes


That's all (as far as I know)!!
Let me know what you're reading!!
Love,
C xxx

Sunday, 26 February 2012

In My Mailbox #1

Hello people!!

This is my first ever "In My Mailbox" but sadly, it is not a video as I have problems with the web cam and my -ahem- appearance today (have been a slob today, blogging and reading). But here are the pictures!!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver, I don't know why I haven't read this yet... I feel sorta ashamed...




Thief Eyes by Janni Lee Simner



Switched by Amanda Hocking



That's all for today!!

Love,
C xxx

A Big Thank You!

Hello people of the blogging world!

Since I started this blog in May 2011 it hasn't been all that good but recently I applied to receive an ARC of Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Brilliant Author) and I was received a few emails which, I think, looked hopeful but most importantly, I got an email from Caitlin of The Cait Files who gave me many tips on how to make my blog better and they have really helped and I am prepared to start book blogging completely from the 1st of March which is World Book Day! I will reblog all of my reviews and post more reviews and join in with "In My Mailbox", "Waiting On Wednesday", "Feature & Follow", "TGIF at GReads" and some bloghops hosted by "I Am a Reader Not a Writer". I have to thank her so much and direct all of you to her blog using the button on my sidebar!! I promise you you better blogging from here on out!!

Love,
C xxxxx

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Telling a Musical Story

Hello people who are alive and awake,

My sister, Aoife, recently showed me this band, Bright Eyes. I have listened to several of their songs and they are really, really good!! It takes a few songs to get used to the singer's voice, in my opinion, but once you do it's great. One of my favourites is Bowl of Oranges.


Love,
C xxx

Friday, 17 February 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Sorry that this is late guys!!!

Waiting on Wednesday for 15/02/12

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa, author of The Iron Fey


Blurb:

You will kill. The only question is when. 

In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive. 

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire. 

Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.


I'm really looking forward to this book as it is by one of my favourite authors, Julie Kagawa. She wrote The Iron Fey Series. They were brilliant!!

Love,
C xxx

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Mid-Term

Hello old chaps!

Dreadfully sorry that I haven't written in a while! My group won a dance competition today! With Thriller, LOTS of fun!! Well away from that average everyday stuff! Have any of you seen the new Hunger Games Trailer?? It's absolutely brilliant. Well done to Jennifer Laurence for playing Katniss so well!! Well, in my opinion! Here it is:


Brilliantly done. I think this might end up being one of the best book to film adaptation in a long time. A few other good book to film adaptation would be I Am Number Four (the book is by Pittacus Lore).

In other news I am hoping to start a new blog. A book blog. I haven't a clue what to call it yet. Let me know your suggestions in the comment section below. Thanks a lot guys!! And I  know that I haven't got that many readers but I still talk as if there are millions of you! I'm not strange I just think that no matter what the audience, the performance or writing should be the same. Also I have a week off school (Mid-Term) and therefore I will be posting more!! Have fun! And please let me know what you think of the new blog! It still needs a name!! My sister should also be helping, she is extremely witty so she should be a big help!! Thanks Aoife!!!!!


C xxx

Thursday, 2 February 2012

OVER 1000 PAGE VIEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

People of earth, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am a teenage, Irish girl who lives in a town of 20000 people. But over this blog I have reached 1000 people! That's 5% of my town!! That's a lot if you don't think anyone would even think to read your writing. It means a lot. My sister has been a big support to me. Thank you to all who have read this, told someone about it or just thought "Hey, that makes a little bit of sense! She's not insane!" when they read it (This is for people who know me personally and had no idea why I started this.) I will post a post that will tell you all and hopefully more exactly why I did start this blog. What could of possessed me? Demons, ghosts, evil spirits, computers overtaking the world? I have no idea so when you read it next week you'll only know about 5 minutes after I will. Again thank you so much!!!!!!!!!! I actually can't believe it!!!!! I'm gonna stop now. After this: YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love,
Clíodhna
xxx

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is....

DESTINED by Aprilynne Pike!!
(I SO love the cover!!)



Cannot wait for this one, it's the final and fourth book in the Wings Series!!

Love,
Clíodhna

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Sorry!!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while lots of crazy stuff happened and happening:

1) I have a cold, which is NOT FUN!

2) My sister is studying for her Leaving Certificate mocks!! (A-Levels, SATs, etc.)

3) I got my braces off!! But have a (stupid) retainer.

4) Lots of computer stuff going on.

5) Got results!!! For Christmas Tests!! Really Happy but still need to get grades up in places!

6) Reading manga like crazy! My friend introduced me to a couple of manga series and can't stop reading them! have read 10 and a half manga books in a few days!!

7) I thought my cat was in the fridge but it turned out that the my fridge is just weird....

8) Going to see The Darkest Hour on Saturday!!

9) Got tons of English homework!

10) Now because mocks are on for 3rd and 6th years I'm going to be moved all over the place and have tons of frees!

So, yeah, that's a lot! I'll post properly soon!!!!!!

Love,
Clíodhna
xxx

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Hello people,

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout!! Seriously cannot wait for this, she keeps posting teasers that just are too teasery for words!!!! But that doesn't mean I want her to stop, more teasers!!


Love, 
Clíodhna
xxxxx
(extra kisses for Daemon!)

Monday, 23 January 2012

Braces

Hey guys,

Everything's a little crazy at the moment but I'M GETTING MY BRACES OFF ON THURSDAY!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy!

Love,
Clíodhna
xxx

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Nightmares, Dreams and Summer

Hey everybody,

If you have noticed the new quote at the top of the blog then well done, you are observant. To those who didn't you were probably too fascinated by the brilliant content of my posts to notice the background, congrats to you too, you know a good thing when you see it. Every month, week or well whenever I feel like it I will change the quote but it will always have something to do with nightmares, dreams or summer. This is not a quote about any of those things but I like it a lot, I think it says something, something wonderful. Here it is:

“I've always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect." His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. "The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It's just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.” 
- Daemon Black, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Pretty, isn't it?
Clíodhna
xxx

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey, this is my very first Waiting on Wednesday!! I kinda forgot who first hosted it but credits to them.

Today my Waiting on Wednesday is.......Insurgent by Veronica Roth


I will not post the blurb for this because it is the second book in a series and I don't want to spoil it.

<3,
Clíodhna
xxx

Monday, 16 January 2012

Book Blogging

Hello all,

I have decided to do a bit more book blogging than a random review here and there. Don't worry I'll still do my regularly irregular random posts but will have book blogging features such as cover reviews, book reviews, Waiting on Wednesday and In My Mailbox (though I haven't figured out the webcam properly, still can barely hear me maybe I'll just shout....). Hope you guys will like it and hopefully attract more readers. If you think it is a very bad idea as in you've hated my reviews or you want more of my "normal" posts instead then comment and let me know. You guys can decide! The fate of this blog rests in your powerful hands. I also notice that I'm getting more and more views from America! That's great and I found it mind boggling that some random girl in Ireland could reach 935 people as of today. I started on the 31st of May 2011 and look at me now. Not much with one follower but still, I reach people in Australia, India, Latvia, (a lot of) Ireland and an increasing number in America!! I'm extremely happy with this but if you guys like this blog then please (PLEASE!) tell your friends about it! Get more readers and if you find yourself coming back here thinking "What the hell could she have written next?!?" then follow! You can follow publicly or privately and do it using gmail or google, facebook, twitter and plenty of other things that I haven't really heard of. So tell people! Follow! I also have buttons at the bottom of the page for sharing this on facebook and for tweeting about it on Twitter!! I would like to be up to 1150 by March at the latest and you guys can help! Thanks so much for all your support and I do my best to write regular enough posts and to reply to any comments I get. Though mostly they're my sister! And one I didn't reply to was Dee Larry on Lurgan because to be quite honest, I wasn't sure how to! Giant Teddy Bears was kind of a figure of speech but thanks anyway (I loved that site, very cute bears). Also I have my Goodreads challenge for this year which is......160 books!! If I can get on track I'll increase it to 180 or more!! GOODBYE EVERYBODY AND THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love,
Clíodhna
xxx 

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Name: Obsidian
Series: Lux (#1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Other Books by this author: Half-Blood, Daimon, Onyx (Lux #2 15/5/12)
Release Date: 6th December 2011
Rating:5/5


Blurb:
Starting over sucks. 

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. 

And then he opened his mouth. 

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me. 

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don’t kill him first, that is. 


Wow. Just wow. This is really a brilliant book. The author really planned out the history of Daemon and Dees' race. She explained the fact that they were aliens very well and put her own twist on alien myth, no more giant, man-eating insects from outer space any more!! This definitely earned a place on my favourites shelf. 
                                                                                     I really liked Katy. She was unlike most heroines I know. She probably couldn't throw a successful punch but, damn, did she have a mouth on her. She could easily respond to anyone taunt, jibe, remark or any thing said to her in a matter of seconds. Daemon being an ass (as he tends to be)? Sends him an insult right back and makes sure it stings but, unfortunetly for her, it never really seems to bother him all that much, at least from what we see.  Jennifer also really succeeding in letting all of us bookish, nerdy girls relate to her. Katy has a book blog and does all of the regular blog things like "Waiting on Wednesday" and "In My Mailbox". I will be the tiniest bit spoilery here (but not all that much it's just a quick thing and not really important) ******* I think it's really cute when Daemon sees one of Katy's "In My Mailbox" videos!!************ Anyway I found Katy to be a brilliant heroine who relates really well to anyone who actually reads. Katy is in awe of authors and says that she remembers asking for an interview with an author who she would give her firstborn to them just to have lunch with them. 

What I really loved was the banter between Daemon and Dee and the especially the banter between Katy and Daemon. I also think that daemon now tops the list of my "Oh why aren't you real so I could go out with you instead of what's-her-face from the book???" Not that I don't love Katy but I just love Daemon. Did you see the cover?? That's him!!!! Isn't he gorgeous??? 

Jennifer's writing was enticing. It pulled right into the book and whenever I needed to get out to, well, eat or shower she would pull me back in with the mysterious writing like it was saying "This next bit is important, you can't leave now, don't you want to know what happens next??" Yeah I read it every spare moment I had and loved it to pieces. You know when you see the hero's name on the page of a book when he's first come into the scene? Like with Jace in TMI or just the guy you want the heroine to end up with? You giggle and smile and get asked by anyone around you "Good book?" or "What are you laughing at?" and to the first question you reply "OF COURSE" and to the second you quickly say "Nothing!". Yeah that. 




Buy this book. Get from a library. Whatever, just read it!! 5/5 Brilliant book Jennifer! Or Ms. or Mrs. Armentrout, whatever you want to be called!


Here is a song that the author posted on her blog to go with Daemon's POV on a certain scene in the book:






Bye,
Clíodhna
xxx

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Love

Hello brilliant people who have stumbled purposely (unlikely) or accidentally (likely) onto my own piece of heaven to do with what I please,

I read. Do you read? I like to read but it worries me at times like will the real world ever be good enough for me after I've lived in my imagination?? One thing I worry about when it comes to worrying about this subject on my worrying timetable is love. In books the love is perfect, sweet, a thing so perfect and delicate that one touch might shatter it into a million pieces that will take a lifetime to put back together but you would try because that love is worth it.
                       I want a love like that. I want a guy to do sweet things like writing poetry or proposing in a hot air balloon. I think that this says it all (read it all especially if you are a girl who reads or a guy who loves a girl who reads):


“Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
"
—  Rosemarie Urquico 



Those are my hopes for love." Hopelessly hopeful and just hopeful enough" (Fall Out Boy).

Love,
Clíodhna
xxx