DNF Mini Book Reviews: Unite, The Park Bench Test, Heartbeat

DNF: Did-not-finish

I’m not really sure how to do a DNF review because this is the first time I’ve done this, but I will mostly talk about why I couldn’t finish these books. I’m sure others loved them, but they just couldn’t work for me. I included the percentage of what I read based on what my Kindle App told me so the percentages include covers, acknowledgments, etc.

Unite the park bench test heartbeat

Look at those gorgeous covers. It’s such a waste that the content didn’t deliver. Just thinking about them and writing the reviews put me in a sour mood, but I had to trudge through because they were all review copies and I needed to produce an output.

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ARC Book Review: Ungifted by Kelly Oram

Please Note: This is a review for a second book in a series. There may or may not be spoilers as much as I try to avoid it. You can find my review on the first book, Chameleon, here. But I think this one is worth reading because I liked this sequel better than the first book.

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Title: Ungifted
Author: Kelly Oram
Publication Date: February 20, 2014
Publisher: Bluefields
Series: Supernaturals #2
Format: eARC
Acquisition: Free from the Author

Even though her father is running for President of the United States, Grace St. Claire is as normal a girl as they come. She’s clumsy, shy, and an outcast among her peers. She even manages to nearly die in a freak accident in front of the entire school. But when Grace survives a vampire attack she quickly learns that she is anything but ordinary.
There’s something about human Grace that has all the supernaturals around her going crazy. Her best friend’s brother suddenly wants to date her. Her worst enemy has sworn to protect her even against her wishes. Someone with very powerful magic wants her dead, and the vampire that attacked her has developed an obsession with making her his eternal mate.
In order to survive—and not as Count Dracula’s undead bride—Grace dives head first into the terrifying world of the supernatural. She teams up with a charming but mysterious warlock who strolled into town causing trouble and spouting stories of a Prophesy and Chosen One that looks exactly like Grace. Together they must figure out why Grace is different, who wants her dead, how she’s connected to the Chosen One, and who they can really trust.

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“Don’t date a girl who reads”

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Love comes in all forms. – Francine

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Before you start throwing rocks at me, you should first find out what this is about! A few weeks ago, my best friend showed me this article:

Don’t date a girl who reads — Charles Warnke

You can go ahead and read it because I think it has a lot of good points. But I shall be discussing my thoughts on it too. And of course I’d love to know what others think. I can’t remember what the term for this type of article is. But it’s something like he’s telling you not to do it (date a girl who reads), but actually showing good points about it (the pros of dating a girl who reads). Does that make sense? Well, if you read the article, I think it just might. If you happen to know what the term is, please do share. I’m not sure if it’s irony or reverse psychology or whatever. Anyway, moving on.

I don’t think that everything about the article should be believed as true. People are all different after all. So I will only be talking about my side of the spectrum. And if it isn’t obvious enough, I’m a girl who reads. With a passion (I think). The article talks about how girls who read (I’m not limiting this to girls though) have a different understanding in life. They have a wide set of vocabulary that explains the ups and downs of life. People who read understand them and learn to accept them. They understand and embrace imperfections. They love stories and dream of their owns. Most of them will write about their relationship in full detail and maybe more. They see things differently. There’s so much to say about them. This may be you or this may not be you, but I think I can say that this is mostly me.

The reason that I decided to write about this was because the article hit a couple of buttons. About 8 months ago, my 20-month relationship ended with this guy who never seemed to understand me. Yes, I’m glad that’s over. We’re still friends though. Anyway, he would always tell me “I’m not like the guy in your books. And you can’t expect me to be.” And I was insulted. I never told him to be the guy in my books. All I asked was common decency. Let’s just say he wasn’t being so nice to me. It felt like a one-sided relationship at some points.

But of all things, the girl who reads knows most the ineluctable significance of an end. She is comfortable with them. She has bid farewell to a thousand heroes with only a twinge of sadness.

I particularly like this line in the article. Because I did understand the end. I knew that things weren’t working out, and I shouldn’t fight for it anymore. I allowed the relationship to run its course. My ex-boyfriend, who regretted ending it, asked me why I allowed it. I simply told him that I knew when he gave up on me, and I din’t think it was mine to salvage but his. The thing is he didn’t care enough until I was gone. And I don’t really care about it much anymore. I learned a lot, but I found it so easy to be strong for myself. I found it so easy to let go that I was quite surprised about it myself. I don’t even feel much for him anymore whenever I talk to him post-breakup.

You, the girl who reads, …have dreamed, properly, of someone who is better…. You will accept nothing less than passion, and perfection, and a life worthy of being storied.

I don’t particularly believe in true perfection. I think we make things perfect with our own perception on things. I dream of a lot of good things in life, but I also learn to embrace what I have and what is around me. Love can be really tricky, and it’s quite hard to tell whether a relationship would work out. But there’s nothing wrong with trying. Buy I must say this one thing.

I say, don’t date a person who doesn’t understand your need/desire to read. He/She doesn’t need to have the same passion as you do, but that person must learn to understand you or simply accept you for you and who you are (even if your passion is not reading). Find someone who won’t throw back your beliefs in your face, but would rather believe in you. No matter how crazy you can be.

P.S. This girl who reads is going to be dated later by a guy who reads. I’ve been on dates before, but I’ve never been formally ASKED on a date. I don’t meet a lot of gentlemen. 😛 Also, it helps that he has read a couple of books that I have. I’m quite nervous, but I hope it goes well. Wish me luck.

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ARC Book Review: Falling From The Sky by Nikki Godwin

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Fall for the Basketball Player and the Carousel Guy

Love comes in all forms. – Francine

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recommendedTitle: Falling From the Sky
Author: Nikki Godwin
Publication Date: February 21, 2014
Publisher: Nikki Godwin
Series: N/A
Format: eARC
Acquisition: Free from the Author

All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy’s life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys’ heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes.
Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can’t decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn’t felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for Micah.


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Tragedy Turnout

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Love comes in all forms. – Francine

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Don’t you  just hate it when authors build you up just to bring you down? What can I say? I love happy ever afters. I need to know that I will get the perfect ending after each and every book. But it doesn’t always happen that way. It’s either the characters break up or one of them dies (I think we see more of this).

I’m not sure if anybody really knows what I’m talking about here, but I’m talking about those relationships that let us down. Let’s face it. We fall in love with characters and their relationships. We want them to end up together (or maybe you want the girl or guy to end up with you), but most often than not, we hope that they reach that happy place, especially after all kinds of trials, arguments, romantic moments, swoony moments, or whatever we may go through. It’s so easy to assume that the characters would have their happy ending. For books that talk about cancer, I think it’s easier to predict that they won’t end up together, but it’s still a slam in the face and you just want to cry NO NO NO NO NO! I think the harder ones to accept are the ones you don’t expect. I’ve seen myself flip through blank pages or acknowledgment pages wanting for more.

Recently, I was surprised to meet someone who actually liked tragic endings. He likes it when the hero doesn’t get the girl. I’m not really sure what the reason is behind this, but I didn’t know people like this even exist. But then again, there are those who crave tragedies or destruction. As for me, I love the happy endings. I will always take the happy endings. Even if the book ends in a cliche or if it’s predictable, I like me some happy endings.

But I have also learned to love a lot of books that have these tragic endings. I think these are the ones that hurt the most. It’s like the author has been feeding you with all these wonderful and sweet moments, and then rips it all away. I know it shows a lot about reality, but it doesn’t make it suck less. But then after contemplating (with attempts to destroy the book, which never happens), I start to understand. It still gives me a twinge of pain, but I manage. Maybe I can put them together again in my dreams. 😛

I can’t really give examples because that would spoil a lot of books. But if you want a list, feel free to send me a message. XD

To anyone interested to answer, what do you think about those relationships where they give each other so much yet they don’t even end up in the end? Do you like it or dislike it? Do you crave it or are you afraid of these kinds of books? Do you know any good books that portrays this kind of relationship well? Tell me anything related to this topic. 🙂

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#LoveAThon Mini Challenge 5: Letter to Yourself

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There are two ways to do this challenge. 1) Write a letter to your younger blogging/writing self: What would you change? What would you keep the same? What are your favorite parts? In what ways has blogging/writing changed you? What advice would you give yourself? Or 2) Write a letter to your future blogging/writing self: What goals do you want to set? What do you want to accomplish with your blog/writing? What do you want to start doing and what do you want to stop doing?

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#LoveAThon Mini Challenge 4: Mash-Up

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For this challenge we are asked to mash-up our bookish life with a non-bookish hobby/passion/talent we have in real life.

This challenge made me regret not starting earlier. XD When I read this, I knew I had to sketch a book character’s clothing. I had to look up descriptions in a book. Of course start drawing and rendering and whatnot. I only used my phone camera for the picture though. I hope the quality’s not that bad.

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Battle of the Book Boyfriends: #TeamRyan and #TeamGrayson

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Kelly Oram writes some of the best swoony boys and I LOVE all of them. So it was really really really hard for me to choose a team. So what did I do? I chose two of course. I honestly don’t know how I’m supposed to pimp out these guys, but I shall try my hardest. What’s important to know is that I simply ADORE them. I actually want all the book boyfriends to win so that we can all get extras for all of them. 😛

Let me just start by saying that I stupidly procrastinated doing this post. I wanted to do this the day before, but then I found out that the highlights I were counting on disappeared. I’m talking about my Kindle App. I changed devices and when I checked, the highlights weren’t there! So what did I do? I re-read The Avery Shaw Experiment to get some quotes. I also wanted to re-read Being Jamie Baker, but I didn’t have enough time so I won’t have as much quotes for Ryan. Sorry! It’s better if you read the books anyway since their better within context. Continue reading