October 30, 2012

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Jenny Han: Twitter | Website | Goodreads
Siobhan Vivian: Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 356
Series: Burn for Burn #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: September 18, 2012
Source: School Library

October 28, 2012


If you've been here for a while, you'll know why I post Sunday Updates. The name is quite self-explanatory, but just in case you're new and you need me to explain... This post is just for you and it links up the past week's posts, books I borrowed or bought, and also news for the next week.


Books Borrowed

Heaven (Halo, #3)    Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)

Books Bought

The Fault in Our Stars    Finale (Hush, Hush, #4)


I did a lot of the ranting I needed to do in my Random Thoughts post, so there isn't much to say this week. Except for the fact that THE FAULT IN OUR STARS ARRIVED IN MY MAILBOX AND I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT. I will read Finale first, just in case it's disappointing, so that The Fault in Our Stars will lift my spirits.

Also, I'm going to meet up with the Edmonton Bloggers this weekend, totally looking forward to that!! :D

I think that's pretty much it! Oh yea, I'm finally ahead of my 2012 Reading Challenge on Goodreads, and I'm hoping it stays that way!

Happy reading! Also, Happy Halloween!

October 27, 2012

Random Thoughts...

I'm sorry, but you guys are going to have to deal with me having random thoughts at 12 AM and needing a place to rant about it. My thoughts probably won't be organized as well as they usually are, I'm just putting out what I can think of, haha.

I posted my review of Heaven yesterday, if you've read it, you would know that I loved the first two books of the series, but hated Heaven, the last one. And then just now, Rola from xo'reads was tweeting about Finale, the final book of the Hush Hush Saga. She said the plot was good, however, the characters were annoying.

That is how I came to this post, about how I start of a series, and it's great... but when I finally get the book after waiting for like, a year, it disappoints me.

Now, I haven't read Finale yet, it's still being shipped from Ontario, so I'm still waiting for it. But Rola tweeted this picture of Nora saying "Oh, Patch" and then some weird thing were she "flung herself onto him", which I totally just rolled my eyes and gagged at. To which Rola said: "Was the writing always this bad?"

I proceeded to tell my other friend about this because she loves this series as well. If you guys have heard of the short story The Most Dangerous Game, there's a movie and it has horrible acting. Can't really blame anyone because it's an old movie and "good acting" was different from what it is now. Anyways, there was a female lead who said "You killed him!" in a high pitch dramatic voice. That's what my friend said it sounded like in her head when Nora said "Oh, Patch."

Don't worry, I'll make this short. I have a few reasons as to why I think I didn't like Heaven, and why I may not like Finale as well (which is really sad):

1. I've moved on from that YA Paranormal insta-love creepy stalking that is mistaken for romance type of books. (There's more, but it'd take to long to name)

2. The writing really IS getting worse. No, I am NOT trying to bash authors or anything, but maybe, just MAYBE, the writing changed.

3. (Also the most likely one) Many YA books are the same and I'm getting bored of the "star-crossed lovers"

Notice that I'm speaking for myself, I'm not sure about you, but I'd love to hear your thoughts anyways. This should be a regular feature: "Leanne's Random Thoughts... at 12 AM".. I really do think of the weirdest things.

More randomness: my brother is currently gaming and is screaming like a girl. And swearing. A lot.


October 26, 2012

Review: Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

Author: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 417
Series: Halo #3
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publisher: August 21, 2012
Source: School Library

October 23, 2012

Review: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Author: Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 339
Series: Graceling Realm #3
Publisher: Dial
Published: May 1, 2012
Source: School Library

October 21, 2012

Sunday Update: E-book?!

Hi everyone!! Here's my weekly Sunday Update, in which I link up last week's posts, books received, and also a small part informing you of upcoming events.


Books Borrowed

Books Gifted


I know right, an E-BOOK? For those who know me (Edmontonian bloggers), I prefer physical books that I can hold in my hand and actually flip the page. Princess was actually a gift that just popped up in my e-mail, and I saw that the only format it came in was an e-book. So I thought, why not give it a try?! Anyways, I was confused because it only let me download into Kindle Cloud Reader, and I didn't have a Kindle. Luckily, it was an easy process and I just downloaded the app onto my computer. I still find it weird that I can read a book from my computer!

Anyways, I freaked out so much when I got Bitterblue. I have a couple of other books held at my school library: Burn For Burn by Jenny Han, Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto, and Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I LOVED Jenny Han's Summer Trilogy, Heaven is the third book in Alexandra's Halo series, and I've heard great things about Tiger Lily. It's an adaptation of Peter Pan!!

One more piece of news, I asked my best friends if they wanted to occasionally post guest reviews on my blog, and they said yes! Look forward to those! :D

That's all I have for this week, happy reading everyone!

October 19, 2012

Review: Virals by Kathy Reichs

Virals by Kathy Reichs

Author: Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Series: Virals #1
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: November 2, 2010
Source: Indigo

October 18, 2012

Q&A with Jody Gehrman

Today, I have a special interview with Jody Gehrman, the author of Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft. Which is an awesome book! It is also my FIRST Q&A, so thank you to Jody for fulfilling that! Also, thanks to her, now I have something Halloween related on my blog. I hadn't exactly planned anything special for Halloween...Without further ado, here's the interview. And if you want to see my review, click here.

1. Have you always wanted to become an author? Or did someone/something inspire you to do so?

I attempted my first "novel" when I was eight. My family moved to Canada that year, and I really missed my best friend who still lived in California. We used to play all kinds of imaginary games together, and I totally suffered from withdrawals when we moved away. So my first attempt at a book was actually a very long letter to her, a fantasy about us riding around on our flying dogs. I think I actually typed it on a real typewriter! Ever since then, writing fiction has been all about visiting imaginary worlds for me. I still tend to think of every novel as a long love letter, and I still tend to write some of my best stuff when I'm pining for a person or place. 

2. I hear that some authors write during the night, and some during the day. What time of the day do you feel is the best time of day to write or be inspired?

I'm a morning writer, though when I've got a deadline I've been known to write morning, noon and night.

3. I loved Harry Potter, therefore I love witchcraft as well. Where did you get your inspiration to write a book about witchcraft?

I wanted to explore what I knew about real witches but also create a world where their power could be even more amazing. That's part of why I set it in my hometown, Healdsburg; I loved the idea of adding paranormal elements to a place I know so well. I've always been in love with the idea of nature-based magic. I'm a pagan at heart; even as a kid, I sensed a mysterious power running through the natural world. Witches have an ability to interact with that power, which I think is pretty fantastic. Growing up here in Northern California, I was lucky enough to meet some people who practiced witchcraft, so it wasn't that foreign to me, and I decided I'd like to try writing about it.

4. Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft was absolutely hilarious. I'm wondering if it's from your own personality, someone you know, or if all the characters personalities or snarkieness were just made up.

I don't really think I'm that funny as a person; I mean, I'd like to be, but I'm not the girl who tells stories at parties and has everyone in stitches. When people first told me my writing was funny, it caught me off guard. Maybe that's what writers do though: we express our secret selves on the page. I do draw a lot of inspiration from young people I know, especially my students (many of whom are hilarious and snarky) but Audrey's personality isn't based on any particular person. 

5. While reading your book, I had trouble picking my favourite characters, did you have the same problem while writing it?

Sadie was my favorite character to create in many ways, though I don't know if I can pinpoint exactly why. I love her sense of style, her relationship with nature, and her willingness to mentor Audrey even though she doesn't really understand Audrey's power. I also felt a connection with Megan from the very beginning. She's a natural rock star, which has always been a fantasy of mine. (Random side note: My husband Dave and I just got back from a two week tour of open mics across six states; we played our music for different audiences in part to get a little of that rock star feeling. I've blogged about it here if you feel like checking it out.) Audrey was the trickiest character for me to understand. It took me quite a few years before I found the right protagonist to tell this story.

6. The recipes. Oh wow, the recipes. Are they your own, and are they actually real? I'd really like to try one of them!! 

Sure! You should definitely give them a try. They're real recipes, and while I'm not much of a cook myself, people tell me they've been turning out great. The magical chocolate cake recipe is included in a new cookbook called Passionate Cooks. It's full of recipes contributed by romance writers, and it's free!

7. Are you planning on writing more about Audrey?

Yes! I'm hoping to get the sequel out sometime in 2013, hopefully late spring or summer. If all goes well there will be three books the Audrey's Guide series.

Lightning Round
- Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate.
- Coke or Pepsi? Coke.
- Favourite colour? Sea green.
- Favourite author? I can't choose! I love too many. Nabokov is high on my list, though, and so are Dr. Suess and Helen Fielding.
- Favourite book? Again, I'm too moody to commit forever, but I really admire Lolita.
- Country you'd love to visit. Bali!

Jody Gehrman is the author of seven novels and numerous plays. Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is her most recent Young Adult novel. Her other Young Adult novels include Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love, (Penguin's Dial Books). Babe in Boyland won the International Reading Association Teen Choice Award and has recently been optioned by the Disney Channel. Her adult novels areNotes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin (Red Dress Ink). Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English at Mendocino College.

October 14, 2012

Sunday Update: If I Stay and Where She Went

Sunday Updates are posted every week on.. Sundays! They're a rundown of things that happened on the blog the past week, and news from my life, and what to look forward to!



Hmm... no new books?! Wow. Anyways, I'm currently reading Virals by Kathy Reichs -- the review should be up within the next few days. After Virals, I'll be reading either Across the Universe by Beth Revis, or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbovsky.

Um.. I got new glasses! As you can tell, not much happened, and nothing extremely exciting is going to happen.. that I know of.

This week was short and simple! Happy reading, everyone!

October 13, 2012

Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Author: Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Format: Paperback
Pages: 260
Series: If I Stay #2
Publisher: Speak
Published: April 17, 2012
Source: My friend

October 08, 2012

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Author: Twitter | WebsiteGoodreads

Format: Paperback
Pages: 234
Series: If I Stay #1
Publisher: Speak
Published: April 6, 2010
Source: Borrowed from a friend

October 07, 2012

[Sunday Update] October!!

Hello blog readers/followers! This post is solely for you and guides you to the events of the previous week.


Books Borrowed (from my friend Taya)


Wow, I can't believe it's already October! I was going to start an "October Photo Challenge" but I only found out about it on Friday. This is basically inspiration to take pictures, I might not do some of them, for instance: Jeans, I don't own them. Magazines, don't own those either. I going to cheat a bit by posting a few old photos, because I hate taking pictures of myself.

Anyways, to all the Canadians out there, Happy Thanksgiving!

October 04, 2012

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Author: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 375
Series: Delirium #2
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: February 28, 2012
Source: School Library

October 01, 2012

Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Format: Paperback
Pages: 351
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2006 (First published 1937)
Source: School Library