Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (4)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. So you pretty much do the week's topic of the top ten _______ and link back.

Well, this week the topic is Top Ten Posts that Gives You the Best Glimpse into Me. For once, I've actually bothered to check the topic before writing and posting a TTT. Unfortunately, I've been blogging for only approximately one and a half months, so there's nothing I could really put up . . . So instead, to make up for not being able to do the above topic, I'll post the . . .

Top Ten Things You should Know about Me and How it Relates to Reading or Something Book-Related

(Title's a bit long, but nevermind . . .) So here's the top ten things that molded me into the kind of reader I am today. Ugh, that sounded a bit cheesy, but whatever.

01. I'm a child prodigy.
Keyword: child. So right now, I'm quite an average teenager, destroying my parents' dreams of having a Nobel Prize winner in the future. And as a child prodigy, that made me quite prideful, never a very attractive trait. With that pride, I picked up a copy of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, thinking that, of course, I could read it. Needless, to say, I was quite disturbed by it, but at the same time it sparked my interest in slightly strange books.

02. I'm from Asia.
So I immigrated from Asia as a child, and in order to honour my heritage, my mother enrolled me in some extracurricular classes to learn Mandarin. I will not claim to have a great time doing that, but I did learn to communicate in Mandarin, and can read in Mandarin if needed.

03. I love sappy but practical stories.
I wouldn't cry if I watched Titanic or The Notebook, but I start sobbing whenever I read Ilsa J. Bick's Ashes or John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Truly, I don't get it when people fall hopelessly in love for no apparent reason. They have to have gone through something in order for me to really want to be them. Occasionally, I think it's kind of cute if they don't really have a reason, but it makes no sense at all to me.

04. Grace = least athletic person on earth.
Maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but I spend time reading on my bed than jogging.

05. My attention span sucks. At times.
I'm fine with reading non-fiction in my spare time, but I usually take a long time to finish, unless it's one of those books with a ton of miscellaneous trivia inside. So I might sprout something weird out of my mouth from time to time.

06. I'm an aspiring writer.
Alright, there's a ton of readers out there who wants to write, too, so I don't think I have much of a chance, but that makes me read author bios and the such just so I can see what driven them to begin their career. And which makes me quite obsessed with the works of Gordon Korman; I mean, he published his first book in seventh grade, and is now father to X number of books.

07. I don't have an allowance.
So therefore, I must borrow my books from the library and scrape up money once in a while to buy books. And that makes me quite familiar with the local librarians.

08. My guilty pleasure is paranormal/supernatural stories.
I try telling myself "It's unrealistic!" but that never works. If you look at number 3, you'll see that I try to be practical as much as possible. I actually managed to fool myself into thinking that I'm reading it only to pick apart the scientific mistakes and think up a solution, but I think I have to own up now. How cool is it to have some random power like making a fireball with only a few whispered words?

09. And . . . the Late Night Reader Award goes to Grace Lo!
Unfortunately for me, I'm obsessive with reading, so I end up staying up to the wee hours of the morn reading just so I won't stay up tossing and turning over the book's outcome. So it's like the lesser of two evils to me. It still doesn't work, especially if it's in a series. I'd stay up for who knows how long waiting for the next book to be released or at least available at the local library. I'm quite surprised I don't fall asleep in class more often.

10. I read quite fast.
I remember as a child I'd look at my sister reading and be like "I will read that fast one day." And I did. And surpassed it. I probably should add in something along the lines of "So children, reach for your goals, for you shall achieve it." But I won't. Because that's not Grace-ish. And quite frankly, it puts a strain on my shoulders whenever I go for a library book haul, which is possibly the only physical exercise I go through.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Title: Croak
Author: Gina Damico
Series: Croak #1
Publisher: Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: May 20, 201
ISBN: 9780547822563
Format: paperback
Genre: YA, mystery, urban fantasy
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 7.5/10

Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort's true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He's a Grim Reaper. And he's going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can't stop her desire for justice--or is it vengeance?--whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?

Croak is a great debut, hands down. It was hilarious, it was dark, and put a new spin onto one of the less-looked upon people of the supernatural sort. Although it was a bit tricky to get a hang of the story (Lex acted a bit juvenile), it is still an amazing weave of a story. Completely unreal, and something you’d love to take part in.

Firstly, the grim reaper thing. Gina Damico’s entire idea of reapers is completely originals. Usage of the Smacks, scything, Etceteras, and Killers and Cullers were something brand new. It’s SO COOL to have a town just for Grims and built around their occupation.

Then comes the characters. Lex, the representation of teenage emotions. She might be just a bit too hard-headed for her own good, but I find it hilarious. Her roof scene with Driggs after the pizza made me laugh so hard. And there’s Driggs, victim to teen angst, taking his issues out on his drumset. And he cries himself to sleep in the presence of countless black widow spiders. Creepy, but that takes guts. Another cool thing about him? His eyes are two different colours, brown and blue. So that makes him not only one among the people with possibly the most epic job, but also a genetic anomaly. Y’know how there’s always this one guy and girl at school constantly arguing/competing against each other and all you want to say is “Invite me to the wedding, alright?” Yep. Here’s a quote from Croak depicting just that.

“Driggs and Lex dug into their pockets and took out their scythes. And since Croak was no different from any other culture – and therefore contained its own equivalent of a pissing contest – the two partners immediately sized up each other’s scythes as they tore them through the air.

“Sapphire,” Drigs said, waving a gleaming blue weapon.


Uncle Mort smirked. “Adorable.”

The two rolled their eyes in unison, then disappeared into the ether.”

See what I’m getting at? Yeeup. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. You just know what’s going to happen to those two.

Oh, and let’s not forget the crazy Uncle Mort. He’s psychotic, absolutely psychotic. Uncle Mort’s that super cool uncle that a lot of people have, and whenever he’s over, you’d be like Oh, Uncle Mort’s here! What are we doing today? Hang-gliding? Bungee jumping? Swimming with Great Whites? I’m sure he told us last time, but I think my brain’s still fried from testing that BMX track. And Lex and Driggs’ dysfunctual group of friends, including that unbelievably bubbly chick, the mildly awkward nice jerk (an oxymoron right there), and the couple attached at the hip.

One thing I’m quite disappointed by is Lex’s internal conflict between joining the Crasher and staying with the Grims. It didn’t feel right, more like a weak diagnosis from someone else. But overall, I find Croak as a great read that you should definitely check out.

Musing Mondays (3)

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Every Monday a reading related question would be posted, and all you have to do is answer it, and link back.

This week's musing asks . . .

What attracts you to a book blog? What puts you off in a book blog? Do you share personal stuff on a book blog?

In a book blog, I like it to be neat but seem personable. It's a bit annoying if things aren't organized well and look like just a jumble of a mess. At the same time, I'd like to know a bit about the blogger without it seeming like the blog is based on the blogger's life instead of books.

I'm bound to stick something personal into the blog eventually. I mean, your life may attribute to a reason why you don't like something about a book or whatnot, but what I'd definitely not do is talk about my family member's private lives and what they did lately. That's more for a personal blog, and I'd feel like I'm intruding on their privacy if I did post something like that, although I might talk about them without adding things that can allow my readers to track them down. Which is frankly, quite freaky.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (4)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

What happened this week?

Okay, let's face it, I suck at keeping time. For the last week I haven't been posting reviews. At all. But I'll do my best to not let my contstantly-overheating-and-shutting-down-laptop get to me, or I'll feel like carp (typo intended).

Below are some books that I've read and re-read this past week, listed by date.


Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Enchanted by Althea Kontis
A Midsummer's Night by Kody Keplinger
Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

If you have a suggestion for, say, what I should read next, or what other memes I should participate in, shoot me a comment down below.


Friday, August 03, 2012

Booking Through Thursday (3)

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Deb at btt2. Every Thursday, a book-related question is posted and fellow bloggers answer them.

Overall, what factor most influences your choice of your next read?

I always read a synopsis before borrowing/buying a book. If my TBR pile at home is growing high, it has to sound really good before I get it; if my TBR pile is super low, even a moderately good synopsis would make me borrow it. If it's in a series, I almost finish the series just to know what happens because it just bothers me so much if I don't know the outcome. It also depends on my mood; if I'm feeling bubbly, I'd go for contemporary, if I feel slightly unstable I like reading horror.

What is it that makes you want to read a book by an author you have never read before?

Like my answer to the question above, it's the synopsis, although if another blogger or a friend thought it was good I'd read it. I also like new topics, which drew me towards Kimberly Derting and many dystopia authors.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (3)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. It shines a spotlight on upcoming releases that we are very, very excited for.

By Beth Revis
Release Date: January 15, 2013

The final book in the trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis!

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn't the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been meaningless.

WWW Wednesday (3)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading

Just to play along, answer the following three (3) questions . . .

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

My answers:
What are you currently reading?
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce.

What did you recently finish reading?
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. I know, I've been reading it for a while, but I was just so scared. Not because I get queasy at murder scenes, but because I was so scared of the outcome, what Jazz would choose and do.

What do you think you'll read next?
The Selection by Kiera Cass. I've heard so much great stuff about this one!
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