Saturday, June 23, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Hello, my lovely readers! Today I discovered that Bookworm from Bookworm in Love (check out her blog: Bookworm in Love) tagged mefor the Liebster Blog Award. Honestly, I was completely shocked because, HELLO!, I have less than 20 followers. Then I went an read her post. According to Bookworm, "The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers and Liebster is a German word which means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome. Again, MADE MY MORNING." 
Before I get started on the little inerview thing I have to do, I want to thank Bookworm for tagging me! It's an honor! Thank you!

Here's How it Works:
1. Each person must post 10 facts about themselves
2. Answer 10 questions the tagger has given you and give 10 questions for the people you’ve tagged.
3. Choose 10 people and link them in your post.
4. Tell them you’ve tagged them.
5. Remember, no tag backs.

10 Facts About Me:
1. I am going to be a freshman in high school this year.
2. I love reading, reviewing, and writing (obviously)
3. I have a cat named Max.
4. I am bilingual (Romanian and English)
5. I am OBSESSED with Cassidy Tucker's YouTube videos. (CassJayTuck)
6. My favorite color is blue.
7. My favorite disney princess is Belle. :)
8. I have been playing the piano since I was eight.
9. I love listening to music, and one of my favorite songs is "Sparks Fly" by Taylor Swift.
10. I've been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Parisa, France before.

My Questions from Bookworm:
1. How long have you been blogging?
I've been blogging for about 2 years and a half. I really should pinpoint the date and have an "anniversary".
2. What's your favorite book?
That's a really tough question, but I would have to say Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I recently read it and loved it!
3. Do you have any ARCs right now? If so, what?
I wish, haha. My blog is pretty new and undiscovered, but I hope to get some in the future!
4. Who's your favorite author?
I have so many, so I can't give you a single answer, but here are a few: Ally Carter, Meg Cabot, J.K. Rowling, Beth Revis, Veronica Roth, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Sarah Dessen, Jane Austen, Cassandra Clare, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, James Dashner, Libba Bray, etc... (Wow, that was NOT a few!)
5. What's your favorite band?
I LOVE One Republic, Honor Society, All American Rejects, and Allstar Weekend.
6. Why did you start a book blog?
I want to be a writer and the best way to expand my knowledge about writing is to read. I wanted to get my word out there and come into contact with more writers and reviewers - you know, getting familiar with the writing and publishing and reviewing process. I started it especially because no one I know really wants to hear me ramble on and on about books. They kinda just stare at me like, "Shut up. I don't care."
7. What type of books do you like to review?
I typically like to review YA books but I will review pretty much any book.
8. Where are you from?
I don't really know how to answer this question, but here goes. My whole family originates from Romania. Literally, there was pretty much no moving around from other countries. My parents moved to Buffalo, New York (where I was born) in their early twenties. We lived there for a year and a half until we moved to Montgomery, Alabama. When I was eight we moved to California (I don't want to disclose my current city location) where I have lived ever since. (I'm fourteen.)
9. What is your favorite food?
I love fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits, and corn OFF of the cob.
10. Do you think this is fun?
Why, yes, I do :)

My Ten Blogs:

My Questions:
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. Why did you start a book blog?
3. Do you have any ARCs right now? If so, what?
4. Who are five of your favorite authors?
5. Where do you like to read?
6. What is your favorite pastime other than reading and blogging?
7. What book(s) are you currently reading?
8. What is your favorite TV show? Movie?
9. Would you ever be willing to review books for money?
10. Why do you like to read?

I hope you guys have as much fun as I did! :) Talk to you y'all later!

"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E.L. Doctrow

Thursday, June 14, 2012

LA Candy by Lauren Conrad - Casual Read

It's book review time: LA Candy by Lauren Conrad. I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I've actually seen LA Candy and it's counterparts on shelves in several book stores but it never appealed to me, so I didn't buy it. However, the other day I was cleaning my room and I grabbed my Kindle to find a book (since Kindles can read to you) that could play as background noise while I cleaned. I found LA Candy and I figured that I wouldn't get interested in it - that it would just be a buzz in the back of my head. I was extremely wrong. Normally when I clean a room I make noise, which is why I did not want to have a book that I actually liked play in the background - I would just sit there and listen so that I would not miss any of the sentences. Plus, when a Kindle reads to you? You have to listen intently to understand.
It started reading to me and I was hooked by the second sentence. Moral of the story? DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.
Now, on to the book review.
LA Candy mainly follows the two best friends Jane Roberts and Scarlett Harp who recently moved to LA. Scarlett is a gorgeous braniac who is attending USC, and Jane is generally classified as "the girl next door". Jane moves to LA to work for one of the most prestigious party planners, Fiona Chen, hoping to build her way up in the party planning business. Scarlett and Jane get asked to star in a reality show with two other girls that is to be called LA Candy The other two main characters are Gabby Garcia, sweet but not the sharpest tool in the shed, and Maddison Parker, a rich, self-centered and plotting brat. Gabby and Maddision are also asked to star in the show.
Jane develops feelings for a boy who is in a on-again, off-again relationship, then starts dating the boy's best friend - who also happens to be a well-known celebrity and heartbreaker. The show also seems to be centered around her rather than the others. Scarlett feels as if her relationship with her BFF Jane is becoming distant and she doesn't like the show. Gabby is just... Gabby. Maddison wants the spotlight on her, so she (SPOILER) leaks some inappropriate pictures of Jane to a magazine. I'll stop there, you'll just have to read the book for yourself!
As I said before, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book! I do read some books that aren't fantasy-fiction but only a few. I really liked the writing style because normally I am a bigger fan of first person POV, but Lauren Conrad pulled of the third person omniscient POV. There is some cussing in the book as well as drinking, visits to clubs, and hints that people slept with each other. These are some things I don't particularly enjoy. However, I could tell that the author put it there for a reason, so I can't say that it took away from the storyline. Hollywood is Hollywood - and what are the most common tabloid topics about Hollywood's stars? Exactly those themes. Other than that the plot was great, the writing style was great, the character development was pretty great.
Now, characters. Scarlett was pretty much the ONLY one who didn't annoy me. I loved her sarcastic humor and her brains. Jane got up in the fame, Maddison was a conniving, egocentric weasel, and Gabby was just stupid. I didn't like pretty much any of the other chracters except: Hannah, Jesse, Braden, Diego, and Liam. The only problem was that a lot of those people were not in the story a lot, so basically my favorite character was Scarlett. I can't wait to read the other two books in the series, Sweet Little Lies and Sugar and Spice. I also want to read the Fame Game series by Lauren Conrad: The Fame Game and Starstruck (only ones that are out so far).
I recommend this series has a casual read. It's a "Throw in my bag and head out to the pool or the beach or just outside" type of read. It doesn't require you to do an deep thinking, so it's a relaxed read.
I'm sorry that this was so long, but I hope that y'all enjoyed! Remember to comment and subscribe to the blog! Talk to you later!

"Joy is the best makeup." ~Anne Lamott

Graduation, Europe Travelling, and It's Summer!

So, it has been summer for me for the past three weeks! I finally graduated from eighth grade which was actually sadder than I thought it was going to be - especially since one of my classmates (and extremely close friend and fellow blogger/book reviewer) is moving to Europe over summer. I'm really going to miss her. I'll still be seeing some of my other close friends, though.
I am currently in Europe - Romania, to be exact. My parents were born and raised in Romania and they came to America in their early twenties. That's why I'm bilingual. I am also going to Hungary for about ten days.
So, I just realized how few reviews I've done since last summer and I am not happy about it. I have quite a few books to read over summer for high school and I am determined to do book reviews on them (and a few other books of my choice).
I just finished reading LA Candy by Lauren Conrad so my next post will be about that book.
Catch ya later!

"The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination." ~Marion Zimmer Bradley