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Feb. 24th, 2010

wolvesarehot

The result of too little sleep and one too many annoying sisters

Well, about 10 mminutes ago I was planning on posting something. Then I got distracted by book stuff. So you know what, I'm not gonna post anything other than this. Why? Cuz I'm tired and cranky and distracted by books. I think it would be best for me and by bitchiness to just go to bed.

Robyn.

Jan. 25th, 2010

wolvesarehot

Because I've been gone for a while...

... I have a review for you. Copied and pasted from Robolobolyn's Universe, but it still counts, right? Oh, and I have some news for you, but I'm busy studying for exams right now, so I'll tell you about it later. Hopefully.


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

(576 pages)

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.


Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything. 

Wow, what can I say? Beautiful Creatures completely blew me away. I mean, I heard so many great things about it and was expecting it to be good, but not that good! I was thinking it might have a bit of a Twilight feel to it that might make me only like this book. I'm happy to say that there was nothing Twilight about this one!  There was a bit of a "I-love-you-but-we-can't-be-together" type of thing going on, but not because the male lead was being an idiot, but because it pretty much seemed impossible at times.

Lena was a strong, independent character who really knew what she wanted. She just wasn't exactly sure how to get it. She wanted to be a "light" Caster. She was absolutely terrified of being anything but. Thing was, after her cousin, Ridley became a dark Caster, she just gave up, maybe? Was assuming that she'd be one too. Maybe that's not the case, but it sure seemed like it. She pretty much gave up all hope of being a light Caster about 1/4 through the book. The only thing that kept her going was Ethan, the main character of this book and who's  POV tells this story. 

(Luckily, by the end of the novel Lena begins to realize that she is a little more in control of what's happening around her than what she thought, and becomes a better person. She shows Ethan, and everyone else, how much he really means to her by a great sacrifice that costs her dearly, but will make her stronger.)

Ethan I have no complaints about. Not one single thing. He was an all around great guy. a great guy who just happens to be in love - with the "bad girl". The girl people assumed was trouble from the moment she got into town. And, yes, she has her troubles. But Ethan, being the great guy he is, sees through that. Maybe it was the fact that he'd been dreaming about her that made him see the true Lena, or maybe it had something to do with his mother's recent death, I don't know. Ethan was relatable, funny, determined, and sweet. A well written character with a big heart.

Other characters, such as Amma, Link, Macon, and Ridley were also pretty well written. I hated to see some of them go - in one way or another. Amma was always making me laugh. Link, though his intentions seemed good, bugged me because he was always running away from his mother. Luckily, he too learned to stand up for himself and what he believed in. Macon was the character I loved and hated. I loved the fact that you never knew what you'd find out about him next. I loved the mystery in him. I didn't, however, like the fact that he was a bit of a control freak. Seemed like he was always bossing Lena around. Yes, yes, I know. Lena was being hunted down by Ridley and Sarafine, but he could have at least been completely honest with her about why she couldn't go out alone. It kind of bugged me. If I was in that situation I'd certainly want the chance to know ahead of time what might or might not happen to me. What choices I had. And by ahead of time I don't mean giving me a two minute warning and telling me to chose right now. 

The cover... Hmm, what can I say about the cover? Well, I like the idea of the cover. Like, I like the fact that there are trees in the background and it's "spooky". I just think that more detail and spookiness could have been added to make it better. It didn't really live up to the content of the book. Good thing I don't judge a book by it's cover! (:

My Rating:

Plot: 9.5/10
Characters: 9.5/10
Cover: 6.5/10
Romance: 10/10
Creativity/Originality: 10/10

Total: 45.5/50 = A :)

Robolobolyn (:

Dec. 22nd, 2009

lemonspartdeux

Hell on Earth

Christmas... a time of peace, love, and hell.

Yes, I am Christmas decorating today. Was it that easy to figure out?  My mom is upstairs cleaning the bathroom, which she has decided is a mess that can no longer be ignored. My grandmother is home from the hospital (all was okay, she was only there for a few hours, though she does need to go back soon for tests) and most likely sitting around doing nothing. My sister, Bug, is babysitting today, and my dad's at work. Which leaves me to finish up the Christmas decorating. For the third day in a row.  My sister has been no help whatsoever with helping. On Sunday, she decided it was "too cold" to come outside with mom and me and help put the Christmas lights up. Or to help us put lawn furniture away. (It takes the weatherman calling for a storm for mom to decided to finally do this kind of stuff). So mom and I were outside for over 2 hours freezing out butt's off while Bug sat in the nice warm house, talking to her friends on MSN.

Not to mention she was no help with decorating the Christmas tree yesterday. I did about 90% of it. She, of course, sat on her ass talking on MSN. Again. Cause it's not like she hasn't just talked to them mere hours ago.

Yesterday, while dad was at work and mom was at the hospital with my grandmother, Bug did help with the non- Christmas related chores mom left with us. Again, the Christmas decorating was left to me. I did some before I got sick of it and went to read. Turns out I should have just done it yesterday, cause now mom's making me decorate, instead of asking. *Ugh*  This is not fair.

And the dog is not helping. She keeps getting under my feet and after a while I just stopped moving around her and started moving through her. And yelling. She also is what I call "a false alarm waiting to happen". She starts barking randomly, day or night, over nothing. Nothing at all. She's crazy! And annoying.

Okay, enough complaints. I'd better go finish decorating before mom comes down and sees me online.

Robolobolyn                 

     xox

Dec. 21st, 2009

stolenquote

Not so fun excitement

So this morning I awoke to my mom yelling for me. My grandmother had fallen and was dizzy and weak. Mom ended up calling an ambulance.  My grandmother ended up feeling a bit better by the time they got there, but was still feeling a bit weak and dizzy. We convinced her to go with them, even though she didn't want to at first.

It got pretty scary there at first. I mean, my grandmother's pretty old, and I could pretty much see this coming eventually, but it kinda just came out of nowhere. Anyways, mom is at the hospital with nana, and my sister and I are home. I'm online because we finally finished the fifty mile long list of chores mom left with us. Okay, so it wasn't fifty miles long, but it was close! ;p

So, yeah, I'll try to keep yah updated more often, because I haven't been blogging all that much. Okay, well I haven't been blogging much here. Robolobolyn's Universe hasn't been feeling all that ignored. Maybe I'll tie a string to my finger to help me remember to blog here more.

Robolobolyn                     xox

Dec. 14th, 2009

alwaysopen

GROWL

Wow, so, uh, I haven't posted in a while. Since November 30th. Oops. Slipped my mind. :D Forgive me?

So, yeah, the main reason I'm posting today is to vent. Wanna know why I need to vent? Yes, I'm sure you do. I need to vent because I can't find Rachel Vincent's PRIDE anywhere I look. My dumbass local library doesn't have it. Neither does Chapters or Coles. I haven't been able to find any contests featuring it on the blogs, since it has been out for a while now. GRRRRRR! I want this book! I can't believe that it's nowhere to be found!!! It's a sad thing when you can find fifty thousand copies of Twilight around but not a single copy of Pride. It's just not fair, seeing as Rachel Vincent's books are ten times better than anything Stephenie Meyer has ever written. Not. Fair. :@

Another book I've been searching for desperately and still haven't managed to find, no matter where I look? Richelle Mead's SUCCUBUS HEAT. Which is another tragedy. What the hell kind of bookstore DOESN'T have Succubus Heat?!?! What the hell kind of LIBRARY doesn't have Succubus Heat?!?! This is CRAZY!!!! Two of the book's I've been most anxiously awaiting since I started reading the series this summer has been PRIDE and SH. And can I find them? Noooooo. Of course not.


GROWL!!!! :@

But, hey, if anyone has either or both of these books and would be nice enough to let me borrow them, I PROMISE that I'll treat them like royalty and will send them back as soon as I'm finished them. Pleeeeeeease????? I'm desperate here!!!!


Robolobolyn

xox

Nov. 30th, 2009

princecharming

Because I haven't posted in a while...

...here's my review of Chris Tusa's Dirty Little Secrets, copied and pasted directly from my alter blog, Robolobolyn's Universe of Books. (Yes, Robolobolyn's Books is no more. It suffered a little... incident... and is lo longer alive.)

Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses’s lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses’s twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.

Earlier this month I was asked by author Chris Tusa to read and review his book, Dirty Little Angels, which has just recently came out. I read the summary, thought it sounded like something that I'd like, and emailed Chris back telling him, yes. I didn't regret it. Though it took me a little while to finish it (I got pretty busy shortly after I started this book, and didn't get to finish it until last night) I have got to say, parts of this book took my breath away, others made me want to yell at certain characters (ex, Mama, Meridian, and Hailey) and there was even a time or two when I felt like crying. (Okay, there was maybe a time where I actually did cry, but let's not spread that around, 'kay?)

Dirty Little Secrets isn't a extremely long book, only 170 pages, but it was full of twists and turns that I would have never expected in a million years. For example, the ending. Because I don't want tot give too much away, all I'll say about the ending is that, wow, that sure wasn't what I was expecting. The ending just came out of nowhere, surprising me and probably a lot of it's other readers as well.

And although the writing was a little rough, and the ending left a few things open, the content was amazing. Everything written in this book could happen. Has happened. Is happening right now. People are being cheated on, friends are getting pregnant, people are being killed, raped. People are poor. They don't use proper grammar. They start smoking at an early age... The list goes on and on. This novel gives us a look into the life of a not-so-well-off teenager who's going through these problems and more.

Hailey's mama suffers from depression, the daddy has been layed off, and her brother is getting in with the wrong people. As Hailey struggles to deal with their problems, she begins a downward spiral that leads to some pretty serious issues for Hailey herself. Will she get help or hit the very bottom? Read Dirty Little Angels to find out!

And who couldn't love the cover? It drew me in completely! I'd have probably read the book based on the cover and title alone! :)

Plot: 9.5/10
Characters: 9/10
Cover: 10/10
Romance/Sex: 6.5/10
Creativity/Originality: 10/10
Total: 45/50 = A :)

I give this book ...


Robolobolyn (:

Nov. 18th, 2009

wolvesarehot

Writer's Block: Book review

What (if any) books would you ban from a high school library? Are there certain subjects that you feel are inappropriate for teenagers regardless of literary merit?



I wouldn't ban a single book. Not one. Banning books is just wrong. Kids/teens have a right to read about whatever subject they want to and shouldbe allowed to decide what they do or don't believe in. Yes, I can see not putting a adult romance in a elementary school library, but why should anyone have the right to ban wonderful authors such as Lauren Myracle or Alez Sanchez or whoever else? It's not fair to the authors or to the readers. Yes, some kids might not me emotionally mature enough to read certain books, but others may be. And it's not fair to the kids who are to ban them. Cause then they can't read them, and that's just not fun. It should be up to the teens themselves or their parents to say, "Yes, I/you can read this book," or "No, I don't think I/you should read this book". But instead the People Who Think They Know It All decide to decide for us. One thing about that: They don't know any of us personally, so HOW THE HELL can they decide for us?!?

Okay, enough of my rant. You're probably getting bored.

Just one thing before I leave, and that is that I posted the winner of my The Awakening giveaway, and the winner is Brodie! You should head over to my
blog and say congrats! ;p

Robolobolyn

xox

Nov. 13th, 2009

boysinbooks

Writer's Block: Super-human

If you could choose one super-power, what would it be and why?


Flying. No question. I was only in a plane twice, but once was enough to tell me that I love flying and that I couldn't wait so I could get on that plane again! I'd love to be able to just up and fly to the nearest bookstore in minutes, as opposed to the hour it takes to drive. And a weekend trip to Paris? Hawaii? Australia? Not a problem if I could fly. I could also sleep in on school mornings cause I could fly to school super quick, instead of spending 45-50 minutes on a bus every morning. And then every afternoon. *Ugh*

Flying's a lot of fun. You get to look down at everyone and everything. You get to see a lot more. Annnnnd, you can throw water balloons at your sister's head! :) Tehe.

Robolobolyn

xox

Nov. 10th, 2009

alwaysopen

Endless Summer and In My Mailbox


Once again. this has been copied from my other blog, Robolobolyn's Books because I was too lazy to post multiple blogs today. And, hey, I figure a recycled post is better than none at all! :)    


Ever read Jennifer Echols' "The Boys Next Door"? Well I have and I was ecstatic to find out that she was writing a sequel to it, Endless Summer, which will be coming out in August. The cover wasn't posted until recently, but it was well worth the wait! Just look at it! >>>

Isn't it just the bestest cover ever!?!? I love love LOVE it! I absolutely can't wait to read it!!!

Here's the description, just so you can know why exactly I'm so excited.

"Lori should have known better than to date a pirate.

After finally getting together and going out on their first real date, only Lori and Adam could manage to fall asleep—and wake up seven hours past Lori’s curfew. Their parents forbid them to see each other. So Lori takes it upon herself to date boys scarier than Adam until her dad gives in.

But Adam won’t play along. He’s afraid Lori might fall for these scary boys. And when she goes out with the scariest boy of all—Adam’s own brother and her ex-crush—even the threat of being sent away to military school can’t keep Adam from swashbuckling his way back into Lori’s heart.

Can this forbidden love stay afloat, or will it sink in the watery deep?"


*Eeeeeeeeee!!!!*


Now, on to my In My Mailbox (2). IMM was created by
The Story Siren, so let's send on a round of applause! I was planning on doing this once a week, and I was aiming for posting it every Sunday. But this is me were talking about, so I'm just going to post whenever I can remember to! ;p

In my mailbox this week was:

-
Seize the Story by Victoria Hanley. (Which Victoria offered to me to help me with my writing issues).
-
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (won from my school book fair).
-
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (Which I also won from my school book fair).
-
Nowhere To Turn and Change of Heart by Norah McClintock (Which I bought from my school book fair and will be reviewing soon!)

Also from the book fair I bought/won...




7 bookmarks! The one on the bottom right I bought, but the other 6 I won. Some of them are a little hard to read, but they're all adorable! :)

Well, that's my IMM post for the week. Hope you enjoyed it! Maybe you'll go out and buy one or two of the books I mentioned! ;p

Robolobolyn

                        xox

 

PS: Just a reminder to check out my The Awakening giveaway, which ends on the 17th! I'm currently holding another quick 50 follower celebration swag giveaway, which ends on Friday the 13th! So head on over and check 'em out! :)

Nov. 6th, 2009

stolenquote

I have no excuses...

So, guess who I abandoned once again? Yes, that is right. I abandoned YOU, Live Journal. Will you ever forgive me? Hm, probably not. I keep forgetting about my first blog now that I've got a new one. I MUST try to post here more often. Just a few months ago I would post daily, now I'm lucky if I post weekly. *guilty smile* Oops.

So, news? Um, well, I've currently got two contests running on my blog, Robolobolyn's Books. My contest for The Awakening, which I've blogged about before, and my new contest. This one is a 50 follower contest, and I'm giving away a whole bunch of swag items. Check it out here! Yay, right? Me thinks yes.

Other than that, what have I been doing? Well, nothing really. For the past three days I've stayed home sick cause of a bad cold, which is only finally starting to get better.And, guess what! We got our first snow day today! (Okay, well, rain/snow mix). On my mom's __th birthday! (I wont say how old she is, I'm scared that I might get disowned or something, but let's just say that she's getting up there!)

Robolobolyn

                     xox

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