Monday, 21 December 2015

ARC Review: See How They Run by Ally Carter



Author: Ally Carter
Expected Publication Date: December 21st, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Received from: publisher

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Inside every secret, there's a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions--from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter. 

Grace's past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down. 

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row.

***

WOW! This book comes out tomorrow, and I can tell you-- it's better than the last one! Ally Carter has done it again!

We saw how they fell, and now we see them run...

Grace's life has been in turmoil ever since her mother died three years before, but after learning the truth about her mother's death she realizes that she's barely scratched the surface of the woman she loved. Now Grace's on a path of new self discovery- one deadlier than before. And this time, she can't turn back and forget.

Honestly, the first one was good- the plot line was unique, her character development was phenomenal. Carter really has come a long way from her Gallagher Girl days (but I'm not hating- I LOVE those books till this day). However, after the emotionally driven first book, this book gives way for a whole new level of amazingness. 

Grace's story started off trying to figure out who killed her mom, and she realizes that finding the killer isn't the hardest part after all- it's the fall out. What I love about this book is that it delves into all the secrets hinted in the first book, and executes it wonderfully. We are fully enwrapped in Grace's psyche, and are taken on a journey in search for the truth- and this time, a bigger truth than she ever expected.

I got a bit of Maggie Hall, Conspiracy of Us vibe after this book, but I can't help but think of a better way to drive it into this cliff hanger at the end of this book. I'm a little upset, knowing that I have to wait a LONG, LONG TIME for the next book, but seriously, the feels fest at the end of the novel is worth EVERYTHING.

EVERYTHING! 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

#TBTBSanta Opening


OH YEAH! So I just got my #TBTBSanta gift from Kathy from A Glass of Wine, and I am loving it!

What I got:
  • Never, Never by Brianna R. Shrum
  • A Starbucks giftcard
  • A cute, Frankenstein bookmark
  • Chocolateeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Honestly, this package made my day. I totally recommend joining The Broke and Bookish's Secret Santa next year! Check out the blog here.

Tuesday Talks (#9): What to do When You're Out of the Loop


Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday! If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@missyallydums97), you'll know I received my #TBTBSanta present recently. I'd like to thank Kathy from A Glass of Wine for the present, and please check out her blog here. She reviews books from all genres and categories, so go check her out. 

Also, for #TBTBSanta, I got Emilie from Emilie Book World, and you can check out her blog here. She's a fan of contemporary and romance, so if you have any recs, please tell her! I don't read much in that genre, and felt bad I had nothing to recommend. 

Alrighty, so back to the actual blog post...

It's Christmas break, and I bet a lot of you guys are just settling back into life, and realizing hey, I should probably catch up on reading and/or blogging. And the minute you do, you realize that months have passed, and all the things that you were excited to start reading or blogging about have passed, and that there's a new book/trend that everyone's blogging/talking about.

And it sucks. And now you don't know what to do to get back in the loop.

I totally understand that problem. I'm experiencing it right now, but I do have a couple tricks to get back into that loop:

1. Firstly, I would recommend reading once again: both books and other blogs. Make a dent in your TBR pile, and check out some other bloggers' blogs to get a feel as to what everyone's been up to, and also, leave a nice comment- because reading someone's blog and leaving nice comments are always an easy thing to do, and an easy gift to give this holiday season

2. Another thing I would recommend is go back on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram- all that jazz. It can be a little overwhelming at times, seeing everything being posted at once (well, in Twitter's case), but its a faster way to learn what's going on- but, regardless, #1 is a nice thing to do. However, going on social media is an easier way to reach out to not only your fellow bloggers, but authors as well.

3. Just log in every day. Just once everyday, log in for at least 30 minutes, see what's going on in the blogosphere, and then proceed with the rest of your day.

Okay, so that's it for me this Tuesday. I'm going to go do some practice driving tests before reading for the rest of the night!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Monday Musings (#6): Looking Back


It has been a really long time since I was last able to just sit down, read, write, and of course blog

I was able to post one review up that is late, and now I'm catching up to post the reviews of ARCs I received awhile back. I'm not joking you: university ruins everything- from your sleeping schedule, social life, and your priorities.

ANYWAYS, as I posted my review for today, I found a couple of old posts from last year- including my fan cast for a WiP that I haven't touched in a VERY, VERY, VERY long time (you can check out the post here if you're curious).

Looking back at the post not only made me remember my love for the concept/story, but inspired me to get back into writing. Of course, I was cringing a bit when I read the post, because I can remember some of the terrible plot points I came up with, but at the same time, it's also given me some inspiration.

See? Sometimes, looking back, no matter how much it makes us cringe, can inspire and motivate us to do something with our lives. And in this case, it reminded me how much I loved writing and coming up with stories, and now I'm really motivated to go back and write this story.

Review: A Gift of Poison by Kate Avery Ellison



Author: Kate Avery Ellison
Publication date: October 12th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Received from: Xpresso Book Tours

Synopsis:
As the orphaned niece of a cruel lord, Briand is the scapegoat of the castle. She has few friends and even fewer options, and every day is a struggle to stay ahead of trouble caused by malicious guards and irritable castle servants.

Briand is set to be banished to the wildlands, a death sentence, when she accidentally unlocks a hidden power and involves herself in a rebel plot and her life abruptly changes.

Imprisoned in the company of a band of rebels, Briand must do what seems impossible: call up sleeping dragons in the north. But the fearsome Prince’s assassins called Seekers are looking for her, Briand doesn’t know if she can trust the mysterious, enigmatic rebel leader Kael, and there might be a traitor in the rebels’ midst.

*****

I was supposed to have this review up by December 4th... it's the 14th- OOPS. In my defence, I finished the book before that, but finals and exams ruined my entire sleeping, reading and eating schedule indefinitely, and I'm just getting my life together.

The story was good for the most part. I think the highlight for me was Briand's character. She was likeable,  but wasn't entirely terrible. At times, she was a bit annoying for me (but I think I was more annoyed with her situation more than anything), but in the end she wasn't a terrible protagonist.

I have never read any stories by Ellison, and in all honesty, this book was okay, but not AMAZING. The synopsis sounds intriguing, but I felt like the characters just hated her for no reason. Like the ending seemed rushed to me, and even in the end, they didn't seem to appreciate Briand's character and her perseverance. 

Overall, the book was okay. It mostly hit all the points it needed too, despite it's rushed ending. I don't really know if I'll read any of Ellison's books after this, but I might. Despite everything, I still finished the book, which is a good sign, and I kept going to see how everything would play out.


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

RTA 103: Final Motion Graphics Assignment

Alas, I have come to the end of the semester, and I do admit that I am going to miss this class very much. I never thought I'd find myself enjoying Digital Media (despite the stress), and I am contemplating on taking some Digital Media courses in the future.

For my final motion graphics assignment, I decided to do a small trailer for the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The symbolism behind the trailer is explained on my artist statement here, and you can also check out my book review for it here as well.

Enjoy!


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