Monday, 31 December 2012

Thumped by Megan McCafferty

Thumped (Bumped, #2)

Goodreads Summary: It's been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. Since then, their story has become irresistible to legions of girls: twins separated at birth and living different lives, each due to deliver sets of twins . . . on the same day! In a future where only teens can "bump," or give birth, babies mean money, status, and freedom.

Married to Ram and living in religious Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once loved and believed in. But she can't seem to forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell in love with under the strangest of circumstances.

To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything she always wanted: a big, fat contract and a coupling with Jondoe, the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.

Cursed by their own popularity, the girls are obsessively tracked by their millions of fans, who have been eagerly counting down the days to their "Double Double Due Date." Without a doubt, they are two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and there's only one thing they could do that would make them more famous than they already are:

Tell the truth.

Why I Read This Book: I read the first book in this 2 book series, so of course I was going to get this one too! You can find my review for book 1, Bumped, here.

Review: I didn't like this book as much as I had liked Bumped. Bumped wasn't the best book ever or anything, but the concept of the story is really great, and I even liked that the characters in Otherside were kind of superficial and thought it was really creative that McCafferty created a language basically of future teens. What got to me was how unrealistic Harmony and Jondoe were. I found it really annoying, and even the way Melody and Harmony interacted got on my nerves. The saving grace of this book was Zen, he was definitely my favorite character.

The most redeeming quality of the book, was I know that McCafferty's description of how humans would behave if a virus like this did truly exist, seems scarily accurate. I mean, pregging from profit? I can pretty much already picture it. Terrifying.


Friday, 28 December 2012

2013 Challenges

Hello! Hope everyone had (or is still having!) a fabulous holiday! I know I did. I had my parents come visit for a few days, and the BF's fam was in town too! We had a lovely time, and I even got a few fantastic prezzies to show off to! Now the holidays are normally a great time to get down to reading and blogging without a pesky job getting in the way, but I didn't get any of either done! I have just been too busy! But, as I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to set up some reading challenges for myself. I'll write a post with them now, but I'm still on the look for more! If you are doing any or know of ones I haven't picked, let me know!

I will add these to my challenges tab once I know that I'm done adding them. Also, in the next few days I'm going to pre-write a ton of posts, so hopefully I will have tons of new content in January! Warning: This is a really, really, long post!

Challenge #1:  2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

I did the 2012 one, and even though I totally dropped the ball on it around August or September (with the monthly wrap-ups, etc.) I still thought it was awesomely fun! I will definitely be creating a new list this year, and I'm going to choose more realistic books so I might complete it! Super excited about this one! Check out the challenge hosted by some amazing bloggers here!
The books I'm adding to my 'official' list (I will surely read others though) are:
1) Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
2) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
3) Matched - Ally Condie
4) Life of Pi - Yann Martel
5) Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella
6) Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
7) The Constant Princess - Phillipa Gregory
8) Something Borrowed - Emily Giffin
9) Gone - Michael Grant
10) The Maze Runner - James Dashner
11) Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor
12) Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella
13) Forever - Judy Blume
14) Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
15) Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
16) The Nanny Diaries - Emma McLaughlin
17) The Guernsey Literacy and Potato Peel Society - Annie Barrows
18) One For the Money - Janet Evanovich
19) On the Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta
20) Learning to Fly - Victoria Beckhan
I'm only picking 20 this year for the official list, but like I said, I will have more. I'm shortening it because I know other challenges will have books that I could have put here. (Not to say you won't see the same book on more than one list, but I'm trying to avoid a lot of that happening).

Challenge #2: A-Z Book Challenge
This challenge is fun, last year I did it with character names, but this year I found one with book titles, which I prefer because I want to make my reading list in advance! Check out the rules and sign up over here!

My list is:

A: The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson
B: Blue Bloods - Melissa de la Cruz (double points!..Scattergories, anyone??)
C: City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
D: The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
E: Eragon - Christopher Paolini
F: Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
G: Girls in White Dresses - Jennifer Close
H: Hourglass - Myra McEntire
I: I am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
J: Juliet, Naked - Nick Hornby
K: The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
L: The Luxe - Anna Godberson
M: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
N: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
O: Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
P: The Princess Bride - William Goldman
Q: Quidditch Through the Ages - J. K. Rowling
R: Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven #2) - Brandon Mull
S: Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi
T: A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
U: Under The Never Sky - Veronica Rossi
V: The Virgin Sucides - Jeffrey Eugenides
W: Wanderlove - Kristen Hubbard
X: Elixir - Hilary Duff
Y: Yearbook - Ally Condie
Z: Zombie Queen of Newbury High - Amanda Ashby

This is a hefty list, but I'm feeling pretty optimistic! There is a lot here that I have really wanted to get to!

Challenge #3 - 2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge

Details here, but basically they have set out a topic for each month, and these are the books I'm going to read :)

January - Vampires - Marked by P.C. Cast 

February - Angels/Nephilim - Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare 
March - Fey - The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa 
April - Demons - I'm going to have to come back to this one... 
May - Aliens - I am Number Four by Pitticus Lore 
June - Zombies - Feed by Mira Grant 
July - Witches and Wizards - Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia 
August - Mermaids - Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman 
September - Dragons - Eragon Christpoher Paolini 
October - Ghosts - Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake 
November - Werewolves/Shape-shifters - Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 
December - Time Travel - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I can't find a good one for Demons, so I'm going to wait and peruse other peoples lists to see if something draws me.

Challenge #4 - 2013 Sequel Challenge

This is another challenge hosted by Auntie Spinelli, with the details here. I'm only going to officially declare 10 books, but I read a lot of sequels, so I'm betting I will get more than that! The 10 are:

1) City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
2) Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare
3) Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead
4) A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin
5) Glory In Death - J.D. Robb
6) The Last Little Blue Envelope - Maureen Johnson
7) Shadow Souls - L.J. Smith
8) Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers - Louise Rennieson
9) Rise of the Evening Star - Brandon Mull
10) Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins

Challenge #5 - 2013 Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge

I have been reading these books for a little while, and I have the first 3 reads. I'm going to participate in this to get a few more done. I'm declaring a Level 1, as I;m hoping to get through books 4, 5 & 6 this year.

Challenge #6 - Monthly Key Word Challenge

This sounded too fun not to try, check it out here.

My books are:

January: Shiver - Maggie Steifvater
February: PS I Love You - Cecelia Ahern
March: Be Careful What You Wish For - Alexandra Potter
April: Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead
May: Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi
June: Under The Never Sky - Veronica Rossi
July: Shadow Souls - L.J Smith
August: A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
September: Blue Bloods - Melissa de la Cruz
October: Glory In Death - J.D. Robb
November: Forever - Judy Blume
December: The Princess Bride - William Goldman

Challenge #7 - Goodreads

Last, but not least... I;m going to declare 75 books on my Goodreads reading challenge this year :)

Happy reading in 2013 to you all, and may you have great luck with all challenges you chose to participate in!! Happy New Year!!

Friday, 21 December 2012

2012 Challenges Wrap-Up

Hello there everyone! I know I said that I was going to get back at the blog once we got the internetzz, but I have still been totally MIA. Sorry about that. I have been crazy busy working extra shifts at my part time job, and trying to get the house ready for my parents who are staying with us over Christmas, and I have been crafting like a lunatic! Not much time for reading, and even less for blogging!

My mom and dad just got in last night, and they are here until December 30th so I feel like I won't be posting at all for the rest of 2012! So, I'm going to wrap up the three challenges I participated in this year today. Only one of which I actually finished... (shame shame on me!) But, this was the first year I tried to do any, and I think I'm going to sign up for even more this year, because as much as I strayed from them, I do sort of like having the organization and the goals to work towards, even if I may not complete them.

The first, and only challenge I finished, is the one from Goodreads! I signed up to read 50 books this year, and I am currently at 58! So, obviously I'm going to up the anti for 2013 and try and hit 75!


2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Jessica has completed her goal of reading 50 books in 2012!

The second challenge I signed up for, and I hope someone does this one again for 2013 is the '2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge' I had wrote an initial challenge list when I signed up (it's below) with 40 books on it. Throughout the challenge, I deviated from this list A LOT and ended up having blogged about 43 books that fell into this challenge, which is great! But, from this list I only managed to read 17/40.. which is pretty terrible. It's extra terrible because a lot of these books I REALLY Want to read! Some I ended up skipping with good reason - such as number 3, I didn't know this was sort of a second series to Vampire Academy, so I did read the first 2 VA books instead, and am not going to start Bloodlines until I'm done those. If this challenge gets done again, you will definitely see some of these turn up on my list for next year!

You can get all the reading challenge details here:

My (un-official) Challenge List

1) Love The One You're With - Emily Giffin
2) The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen (I started this a few days ago, but I'm only about 25 pages in)
3) Bloodline - Richelle Mead
4) Marked - P.C. Cast
5) The Struggle - L.J. Smith
6) Divergent - Veronica Roth
7) Under the Dome - Stephen King (I will be done this book before the end of December, so I'm counting it. I'm on page 900 of 1062).
8) Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins
9) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer
10) Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
11) Matched - Ally Condie
12) Bumped - Megan McCafferty
13) Chasing Harry Winston - Lauren Weisburger
14) Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
15) Bitter is the New Black - Jen Lancaster
16) A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
17) Club Dead - Charlaine Harris
18) The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
19) Slash - Slash
20) The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell
21) Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella
22) Beauty Queens - Libba Bray
23) Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
24) Forever - Judy Blume
25) Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
26) Something Borrowed - Emily Giffin
27) Bad Taste in Boys - Carrie Harris
28) The Nannie Diaries - Emma McLaughlin
29) The Debutante Divorcee - Plum Sykes
30) Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
31) The Life of Pi - Yann Martel
32) A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
33) The Guernsey Literacy and Potato Peel Society - Annie Barrows
34) The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
35) The Color Purple - Alice Walker
36) The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
37) Let The Great World Spin - Colum McCann
38) Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen
39) Bossypants - Tina Fey
40) Then He Ate My Boy Enhancers - Louise Rennison

The final challenge I was participating in I don't really know where it came from, but I saw it on someone elses blog and made a list too :) It was based on the characters in books and the alphabet. I missed 8 letters: I, K, N, O, Q, U, X, and Y. I had made a list with books with these characters, but I never got around to them :( But I had fun with this challenge, and hope to find something similar next year :) 

2012 A-Z Character Challenge

Duration: January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
Read 26 different books having the main character begin with a letter of the alphabet. (if the story goes around more than one character you can pick only one of them for the challenge)
You can sign up anytime, and you can backdate books if you know when you finished them, as long as it was done in the year 2012.
A- Adina
Beauty Queens
B- Bree
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5)
C- Carrie
Summer and the City (The Carrie Diaries #2)
D- Damon
The Fury and Dark Reunion (The Vampire Diaries, #3-4)
E- Eve
Naked in Death (In Death, #1)
F- Four
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
G- Ginny
13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
H- Hana
Hana (Delirium, #1.5)
J- Jessica
Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling, #1)
L- Lola
Lola and the Boy Next Door
M- Magdelena (Lena)
Delirium (Delirium, #1)
P- Puck
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
R- Rose
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
S- Stefan
The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #2)
T- Tessa
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
V- Vasilisa
Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)
W- Wanderer
The Host (The Host, #1)
Z- Zen
Bumped (Bumped, #1)
Anyway, That's my challenges in a wrap for the year! I;m on the hunt for some new ones to sign up for for 2013 that I can pick away at for the year! So, if you knwo of any, leave me a comment!

I hope that everyone has a fantastic holiday season, and I will get back to you in the New Year!!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012


Hallelujah! I'm told we are now a connected household!!! I'm currently away for work, so I don't get to enjoy it, but I have internet at the hotel :) I have to grip a bit about what went down with the internet providers though, so bear with me!

So, we moved into our house on November 9th, and we had a service appointment with Bell that same day! (What luck!) So the guy shows up to connect it, and he isn't able to because the building hasn't been connected yet. Why would Bell send a technician, shouldn't they know they haven't set the building up yet?! But, OK, fine. When ARE you going to connect the building? The tech guy didn't know, and told me I would have to give Bell a call. Mildly irritating, but fine. So the next day I called Bell and they said the building was ready to be serviced, and did I want to make an appointment? I was like- Lady, are you listening to me at all?? Someone was here yesterday and couldn't. She didn't seem to comprehend this, but said she would get an answer and call me back. Two days go by, and nothing. BF calls Bell again, and at least gets someone who can tell our building isn't hooked up. He asks her how long, she was like "I don't know, could be a week, could be a month". WTF kind of answer is that. So, we played the waiting game for awhile. We had tons of painting, unpacking, organizing, and everything else to do anyway, so we didn't mind much. After another 9 days of hearing nothing, we started to get concerned. Neighbours were starting to get Rogers service, but Bell wasn't yet available. On November 23rd (2 weeks after we moved in) we decided to switch to Rogers. We wanted to keep our same phone number, and Rogers said that wouldn't be a problem. So, we had a service appointment set up, and we just had to call and get Bell to transfer our phone number to Rogers. When BF called to do that, Bell told us that it would cost $50.00 to reconnect the number. We were like, Why did you disconnect it?? You were supposed to hook it back up!! Argh!! But whatever, not that many people use our home number, its not that much trouble to get a new one. So BF calls Rogers back and gets a new number for us. They are coming the following Wednesday, Nov. 27! Yay! So at this point, we love Rogers and hate Bell. SO, Wednesday comes, and BF is home waiting for the guy to come... and he never shows up! WTFFFFF dude! So BF calls Rogers and is like... um, where were you today? And they were like, what are you talking about? I guess what happened was because the girl he set the appointment up with reopened it to add in a new phone number, something went wrong, and the service appointment never got saved. So, we got some sort of credit for the inconvenience and rebooked for the next Wednesday, December 5th. And begins another week without TV/phone/internet. December 5th comes, and the guy shows up (victory!!) now we are relieved that everything is OK. But, guess what! Something else is wrong. So dude gets up on the pole to feed some wire in, and the tech that was there before him left the cap off some pipe, and water got in it, and froze. He can't feed the wire into it, and he leaves... So, no hookup for us.

Finally, today, one month and two days after we moved into the house, we have internet. I hope this means its a Merry Christmas to come!

While we had no connections, we started watching Star Wars (both of our first times), so we have two more episodes to go, and you can be sure there will be a post about that coming soon. Also, in all my downtime, I didn't do too much reading, but I have a few new reviews to write, so I will get to those soon. As well, I will be back to participating in the weekly FF and TTT starting Friday!

It's good to be back!!