Month: July 2014

Review 94: The Battle of the L..

Posted July 31, 2014 by Ana in Reviews | 2 Comments
Review 94: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Rick Riordan)

This book made me emotional. The previous books felt like “Yeah, action! Yeah, slaying monsters! Woohoo, adventure!” but this book. This book made me tear up just a little bit. It really feels like the little band of Percy and his friends are growing up, mainly because they have to if they value their lives. I’ve praised Riordan’s character development in my reviews of his previous books, and last book I said that I didn’t feel Annabeth’s or Grover’s development as much as Percy’s. This book changed that, especially in Grover’s case. In the previous books, I guess I didn’t […]

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Talk To Me 31: Reading Habits ..

Posted July 30, 2014 by Ana in Talk To Me! | 21 Comments
Talk To Me 31: Reading Habits & Early Influences

When I was a wee Ana, my grandparents would love to give me books of faerie tales as gifts. I remember having big Disney picture books, or books with different tales, all with my grandmother’s neat script on the first page as a dedication. I think this is why I really love fantasy books now. My earliest reading memories were fantasy books, mostly gifts from people, and I’ve always found fantasy worlds so fascinating. My friends and I grew up playing make-believe, crawling on our knees under the bushes in the backyard, pretending we were exploring a world of magic. […]

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Review 93: The Titan’s C..

Posted July 28, 2014 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Review 93: The Titan’s Curse (Rick Riordan)

I love character development. In most of (if not all) of my raving reviews, I will end up talking about how much I loved the character development in a book. In this book, I really felt that Percy was becoming more mature. The last book had him starting off as kind of bratty, but this book really show that he’s learned from his previous experiences. The pacing, action, and adventure were solid. This was one of those books that I couldn’t put down, just like my previous review (should’ve been Sabriel, barring any weird review-shuffling). I’ve already talked about how […]

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Weekly Digest 20: Being “..

Posted July 27, 2014 by Ana in Weekly Digest | 9 Comments
Weekly Digest 20: Being “too tired” to read

It sounds impossible, right? Being “too tired” to read. That’s what I thought before, but after this week, I know that it happens to me when my mind is focused on other things. Things that are pretty new to me, and it’s taking me a while to get back into the swing of these things. When I get home, I’m pretty tired, so all I really want to do is watch videos and sleep. I’ve been too tired to read before, but it’s only now that I’m trying to figure out why I’m too tired to read. Maybe it’s because […]

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Review 92: Sabriel (Garth Nix)

Posted July 25, 2014 by Ana in Reviews | 10 Comments
Review 92: Sabriel (Garth Nix)

I underestimated how much I would like this book. I started it in bed, hoping to read a few chapters before I dropped off into sleep. To my surprise, I couldn’t put it down. I had to keep reading, I had to keep going until I reached the end. The world that Nix crafted was so rich and interesting, the characters were so likeable and felt realistic, and I just wanted to stay until the story drew to a close. It’s been a while since a book has captured my interest to make me stay up past midnight to finish it, […]

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Talk To Me 30: Books with Dual..

Posted July 23, 2014 by Ana in Talk To Me! | 10 Comments
Talk To Me 30: Books with Dual Plotlines

Sometimes I’ll pick up a book that has dual plotlines. These are the books where there are two main characters of their own stories, and the book features both of them. For me, this style can be a hit or miss, depending on how the author is able to switch between them. But, I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s start by examining the dual plotline. Components of Dual Plotlines: Main characters:  There are usually two, possibly connected or not. They might be related, or friends, or acquaintances. Sometimes, they have zero connection to each other, but this usually changes as […]

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Review 91: Princess Academy (S..

Posted July 21, 2014 by Ana in Reviews | 8 Comments
Review 91: Princess Academy (Shannon Hale)

I picked this book out on a whim, but I’m glad I did. It was a really cute book, with great relationships (friends, family, a whole village, and even some romance), great character development, and showing how groups of different people can get along if they just try. That blurb takes away some of the mystery though, so I put the possible spoiler behind a cut. This book had more action and depth than I expected, and I’m grateful that I picked this book out. I really like the main character, Miri. Her story is one of growing up and coming […]

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Weekly Digest 19: The new vide..

Posted July 20, 2014 by Ana in Weekly Digest | 6 Comments
Weekly Digest 19: The new video game feature!

Hello there, dear readers! This week, I launched my new feature: Read Play Blog! I’m co-hosting it with the wonderful Jeann of Happy Indulgence, and I’m excited! If you like video games, please check it out. Even if you don’t, I have a video game recommendation for fans of Contemporary YA books that feature high school life. :) If you’ve never played video games but love that kind of story, that little game should pique your interest. ;) And if you do love video games, I encourage you to join us! Doesn’t matter how many games you own or how […]

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Review 90: The Sea of Monsters..

Posted July 18, 2014 by Ana in Reviews | 8 Comments
Review 90: The Sea of Monsters (Rick Riordan)

This book and I got off to a rocky start: I wasn’t so sure about Percy’s attitude, I didn’t quite like the new character (Tyson) at first, and I just couldn’t seem to get into the groove of the book. The opening is set in Percy’s new school, and he has to contend with the usual bullies that just get me so angry. The teachers seem so gullible! “Oh, what’s that, kid? Percy did a bad thing? Well, let me believe you 100% . What’s that, other kid? This kid’s a bully? No, he’s the perfect angel!” It just makes […]

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Talk To Me 29: Information Dum..

Posted July 17, 2014 by Ana in Talk To Me! | 22 Comments
Talk To Me 29: Information Dumps in Books

One of the things I really like seeing in fantasy books is world-building. I love it when a writer is able to weave a whole new world, or an alternative universe of our world, and make it seem like a place of exploration of adventure. However, this can fall flat sometimes. There are many reasons, like the world being rather unoriginal or the author actually not fleshing out their fantasy world. Today, I’ll be discussing one of the things that makes this fail for me: information dumps. Characteristics of an information dump: A really long explanation of something in the […]

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