Showcase Sunday: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

October 9, 2012 § 4 Comments

Hello and welcome to Showcase Sunday. Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.


I know I’m late, and technically it’s Tuesday night, but I thought I’d share what I’ve recently bought and what I plan to read for the next week.

So, I’ve finally hopped onto the Jennifer L. Armentrout bandwagon! Late, I know, I know – but better late than never. I bought Half-Blood a few days ago and haven’t had the time to do much more than read the first handful of chapters but wowzah! It’s darn great so far and I’m yearning to find some quiet down time for me to really get stuck into the book.

The premise of Half-Blood (the basics that I know, that is) kind of reminds me of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which I loved. I really enjoy fantasy stories that include mythology about gods and legends. I’ve also bought Armentrout’s first installment of the Lux series and so I have Obsidian waiting for me as well. Wish life would give me some slack sometime so I can hole up in my room to read! *Shakes fist*

I tried to get back into reading American Gods which has been on my TBR list for so long, but the story just isn’t sucking me in. I tried to read Flat-Out Love because I’d heard such great things about it, but the first few chapters are crucial for me. I guess I really have to push myself to hit my 100-page barrier, huh?


TBR… But not really.

October 8, 2012 § 1 Comment

So, I was looking through my To Be Read list on Goodreads and realized I had a lost of books that I’d begun, put down, and never looked at it again.

This is my list:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Prince by Nicolo Macchiavelli
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

At the time of purchase, or when I started reading, I’m pretty sure I was determined to have these books under my proverbial belt, but I usually found them too hard to get through – like I was slogging through mud.

I’ll get back to you darlings some day! … Probably not.

Booking Through Thursday

September 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

Found on Carabosse’s blog:

Do you bring the book(s) you’re reading with you when you go out? How? Physically, or in an e-reader of some kind? Have your habits in this regard changed?

In the past it was always the tangible, touchable, smellable book to hold and cuddle with.

Now, with the idea of recycling, deforestation, space-maximising and money-saving, I’ve had to resort to an eReader. In the long run, I know it’ll pay off. I read off three devices: my Kindle, my iPhone and my iPad, in this order. I only just got the Kindle recently, and I’m so in love with it!

WWW Wednesday

September 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

In the spirit of WWW Wednesday from the Should Be Reading blog:

To play along, just 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?

1. What are you currently reading?

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. I’m enjoying it so far, but I’m only about 20% in. I decided to pick it up because I’d heard a lot of hype over it and really (really) needed a light-hearted, feel-good romance book to calm my traitorous heart after reading Sempre.


2. What did you recently finish reading?

Sempre by J.M. Darhower. And oh what a ride it was! Deeply emotional, riveting plot, charming characters that are relatable – it was a high-rate book for me. I personally loved the tender relationship between Carmine and Haven and loved the DeMarco family.


3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Probably Love Unscripted by Tina Reber. Heard so many good things about this book particularly after the release of the sequel! I’m not usually into contemporary romances, but this one looks promising.

So many books, not enough time to read (or review!)

September 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

So apparently I’m 11% behind! I’m so close, I can taste it.

ALoL: The Almost-Loss-of-Life Moment

September 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

So I’m adding another term in the “My Ratings” page. I dubbed it the Almost-Loss-of-Life moment, or the ALoL.

This is a plot device written by the author, in my eyes, to instigate drastic action from our hero or heroine. Think of this scene:

Heroine is shockingly involved in a life-or-death situation and ends up closer to death than life. She is teetering on the edge of existence and oblivion, and our Hero is agonized and in denial. He fights for her, terribly afraid to lose her, and in that particular moment realizes he is head over heels in love. When our Heroine wakes up, Hero declares his undying and unconditional love and Hero and Heroine waltz into their HEA into the sunset.

Sound familiar?

I’m not saying it’s completely cliche because I’ve read of some absolutely fantastic, well written and craftily placed and paced ALoL moments (read: Point of Retreat review). Most of the ALoL moments I’ve read, sadly, seem like the Hero or Heroine need to make cognitive leaps into their emotions and usually skip out most of the falling-in-love process.

Badly written ALoL moments are when our hero/heroine leapfrog from panting in lust to staring deeply into one another’s eyes and whispering “I love you, I adore you, I am yours”.

When these ALoL moments aren’t written well, it’s obvious and cringe-worthy.

Hence the ALoL… or “a LOL moment”.

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