July 28, 2014

Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

After the initial hype over Eleanor and Park, I was still afraid that it wouldn't actually live up to it. When I finished the book, I sort of wanted to kiss it because it was just such a beautiful story.

July 25, 2014

Road Trip: Going to Vancouver {Day 2}

We woke up around 7AM today, ready for a long 10 hour drive to Richmond. My intention was to wake up early and get a picture of the sunrise, but I ended falling asleep really late and couldn't bring myself to wake up. We arrived in Richmond around 7PM, it took longer because we got lost on the Vancouver roads, and then we went out for dinner with my parent's friend.

The morning view of my hotel!

July 18, 2014

Road Trip: Glacier Skywalk and Columbia Icefields {Day 1}

Today, we woke up at 7AM and left the house around 8AM headed to the Columbia Icefields. On our way there, we stopped many times to take pictures of the beautiful scenery. I absolutely love the mountains and I am so grateful that they are only a few hours drive away. When we arrived at the Columbia Icefield Centre, we got our tickets for the Icefield Excursion that took us up to the Columbia Icefields, and the Glacier Skywalk. Click here for a video of me completely flipping out because I'm scared of heights. We then returned to our hotel, which was in the same building as the Columbia Icefield Centre, and was a really cute room with a loft!

The Columbia Icefields are so beautiful!

The vehicle we took to the Columbia Icefields!

July 14, 2014

Book Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

This book caught me by surprise as I actually liked it a lot more than I expected. When the whole romance came up, I actually rolled my eyes at how stupid it was, how it would just turn out like every other book. However, the author was able to make this relationship distinct, and add a bit of a twist to the romance. For that reason, I actually ended up really liking the romantic relationship between Araby and "ahem". Besides the romance, I felt that each relationship was well developed and supported, with enough evidence and time for these relationships to really bloom between all the characters.

On that note, Araby is a really cool name and I'd probably butcher it if I said it out loud, so I'm glad I'm just typing this. At first, I found myself annoyed at her tendencies to shun other people who had the disease. Although it was understandable why she looked down upon them, I just found that she started off as a very narrow-minded character. However, what I absolutely loved was the fact that I could just see how she progressed from that narrow mindedness, and how much her character had changed by the end of the book.

The setting also really hooked me in, a dystopian society suffering from an ongoing epidemic. From the moment I started the book, I just wanted to find out more about the society, the city, and I loved that my need for that was fulfilled. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the genre of Dystopia, or YA in general. It's just a nice read with lots of literary techniques that served as symbols. If you've already read Masque of the Red Death, by all means, please comment! I would highly enjoy discussing the contents of this book! :)

July 07, 2014

ARC Review: Rogue by Gina Damico

Going into the final book of this trilogy I was sort of afraid as to what would happen, especially after having read Allegiant (which I actually started slamming against my desk because I was SO INFURIATED) I hate it when trilogies or series end up being a huge let-down, or if the series is evidently going downhill (The Mortal Instruments ahem).

It had been a while since I read the last two books, and being me, I was too lazy to re-read them. However, it wasn't hard to get back into the world of the Grimsphere simply because Gina Damico put in little reminders here and there that eased me back in.

I was glad to see that the same sarcastic humour was still there, along with the highly entertaining and diverse characters. It is clear that each of the characters have evolved from the first book. They have a deeper understanding of the events occurring around them, and make attempts to try and fix things. I really liked the blossoming of new relationships, and also how the old ones continued to be developed as well. And of course the romance was still there, with all of its awkwardness that made it even more adorable.

The plot of this book was enjoyable, mainly because the other two books were leading up to the bigger moments of Rogue, but they were a lot freer and relaxed. Rogue was different, and I actually liked it because there was action, but occasionally there would be humour that would make me chuckle. I absolutely loved the fact that it would be all serious, full of tension, and then someone would just crack a joke.

There isn't much I can say about this without actually spoiling the book, but I highly recommend reading this series. It's funny, amusing, but at the same time, an extremely well written and crafted story.

July 04, 2014

Summer Is Here!

Hey guys! So this summer, we tore down our deck in the backyard and built a new one. My parents then went crazy a planted a bunch of flowers in the front of our house. Might not look the best, but it's the first time we have ever done. Here are a few pictures I took, click on them for a larger picture, hope you like them! :)