Notice:


As of June 9, 2012 I will no longer be accepting e-books for review. This is due to the overwhelming
demand of reviews, work and night classes taking up a lot of my spare time. It
is taking me several months to read and post reviews therefore until “my to be
reviewed list” is smaller I will no longer accept any more e-books for review.
I am extremely sorry.


July 18, 2013

Review: Life's A Witch by Brittany Geragotelis

Life's a Witch
Details:

Published: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC From S&S Canada. Thanks to Michelle!

The Rating:

3 out of 5


The book that started it all-with more than 18 million reads on Wattpad-revamped and rebooted!

This witch lives a charmed life.
Hadley’s the envy of every girl-and the desire of every guy. But being at the top of the social pyramid has its drawbacks. Hadley’s always kept her frenemies close and her secrets closer-one big secret in particular. Her key to magically having it all is that she’s an actual witch.
As a descendant of the first woman executed in the Salem Witch Trials, Hadley understands the consequences if her secret gets out. The only ones who know about her powers are members of her coven-other kids and parents who, like Hadley’s own family, have magic in their blood. But there’s no way to cover up an attack that causes every adult in the coven to vanish. All the evidence points to an age-old rival coven as the culprit. Now it’s up to Hadley to lead the young witches against the Parrishables and to rescue their missing parents. At the same time, she’s caught up in her feelings for a mysterious guy named Asher, who has plenty of secrets of his own. With everything at stake, can Hadley trust her magic-and her heart?
Excerpt and book cover from Chapters

Life’s a Witch is a bit better than What the Spell. I would suggest reading LAW before WTS as I found out that WTS is actually the prequel (not to be confused with the 1st book of the series) ruins Asher in LAW for me anyways. Asher seems like 2 completely different people in each of the novels and it confused me. LAW has more paranormal aspects in it over WTS which I liked. I did enjoy it more but it took about 150 pages for me to get really into it. The author really likes the popular girls I don’t really get it but Hadley in this case is the popular and always talks about being in control. I also didn’t get the love story line throughout the story how does seeing each twice and making out make you boyfriend-girlfriend and how does making out twice within a few days mean you love that person?? This was extremely unrealistic. Overall, this series wasn’t my favorite and I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone unless they enjoy the on goings of a popular girl teen drama. I personally don’t think I will be reading the final book is the series because it sounds like it will be the battle of “Who is the more popular girl that deserves the guy” and I am just too old to get enjoyment out of that sadly.

Cassay Sig

July 17, 2013

Review: What the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis

What the Spell


Details:

Published: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought e-book

The Rating:

3 out of 5


A teenage witch juggles popularity and romance while keeping her powers a secret in this spellbinding debut.

Almost-sixteen-year-old Brooklyn feels invisible, but she desperately wants to be pretty, to be popular, to be adored by a cute guy. Luckily for her, she’s a witch about to come of age-so she’s only a few spells away from making it all happen.
On her milestone birthday, Brooklyn’s conservative parents finally unbind her powers, which include the ability to magically match couples with a love spell. Brooklyn uses her special skills to get a makeover, new friends, and the attention of her crush, Asher. But the popular clique Brooklyn wants to infiltrate puts her in the same precarious position as her Salem ancestors: If she’s found out, she could be vilified-and lose Asher in the process. Can she make the most of her magic, or will she be luckless and loveless? Be careful what you witch for! Excerpt from
Chapters

****MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS****

I gave What the Spell a 3 instead of a 2 because I feel that a 2 would be too harsh for the novel because it wasn’t a book for me but I know that others would like it, for example my sister. The main reason I didn’t care for this book was because I found Brooklyn to be extremely annoying, self-centered and childish. She has this super-hot boyfriend and treats him like crap all because she wants to be in the popular group. They are horrible awful people that make her do things that any good hearted person wouldn’t do. I feel that Brooklyn is good-hearted deep down but her NEED for popularity is a bit much. I found this to be more of a teen drama novel than paranormal. I’m not for teen dramas or the popular kids so I found it to be really annoying but I know my sister would have enjoyed it because she likes novels like that. The writing was well done in the fact that Brittany made me hate Brooklyn though I’m sure that wasn’t her intended purpose but she made me have feelings which is a good thing in my books. I would suggest this novel to teens/adults that like teen drama type books and don’t mind childish behavior.

Cassay Sig

July 15, 2013

3 year Blogoversary!

Holy Cow! I started this blog in 2010! I can’t freaking believe it! I also can’t believe its been 3 years.

I know when I first started I posted a lot more then I do now but that is mostly do to the fact that real life has gotten extremely busy with school, work and an upcoming wedding and sacrifices need to be made.

With the accounting designations merging in Alberta (and Canada I believe) that means I need to finish my schooling by June 2015 so I have been focusing on that and going double time with school. Work seems to always be busy so that’s nothing new. I did go on hiatus for a bit because my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer this past fall. I am happy to say that her treatment officially ended in May/June and she is cancer free!!! Yay! She goes back to work in August. So all is good on that front. I’m sure helping on planning a wedding help keep her strong and fighting.

And then there is this whole wedding business. It is seriously stressing me out! It’s at the point where I feel like all weekends are booked with things to do and when I look at the calendar and its all free.

But next summer I should have some free time to blog and such.

But because its my blogoversary I will do something small.

So thanks to Kaitlyn at Penguin USA I have 1 paperback copy of Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong to giveaway to one lucky US or Canadian Resident!

Thirteen

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck to Everyone!

Cassay Sig

July 3, 2013

Review: The Walking Dead: Book One (Issues 1 – 12) by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn

The Walking Dead Book 1


Details:

Published: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought Hardcover

The Rating:

5 out of 5


Book One of The Walking Dead Includes Volume 1: Days Go Bye

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. Excerpt from Goodreads.

And Volume 2: Miles Behind Us

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. This volume follows our band of survivors on their tragic journey in search of shelter. Characters live and die as they brave a treacherous landscape littered with packs of the walking dead. Excerpt from Goodreads.


The Walking Dead was the first graphic novel that I have ever read. It took a bit of time understanding and getting used to how graphic novels are read but once I got use to it I really enjoyed it. So much so that I had to convince the fiancé now to open up book 2 so I could start reading it. I did watch Season 1 and Season 2 before I read the novels. (We will talk about my thoughts on the novel vs. the show later)

I enjoyed the story and the artwork in the first two volumes. I liked that fact that with graphic novels its feels more about the story than the descriptions of looks and landscape because you get to see it! It’s a wonderful concept that I like.

Graphic Novel vs. TV Show (Note: May Contain Spoilers)

It looks to me that Book 1 and Season 1 are roughly the same. There are some changes such as Daryl isn’t in the novels, but that’s okay because who doesn’t love Daryl?? I know I do! I also don’t mind that they kept Shane longer in the TV Series. I found that I liked him better in the TV show over the novel anyways. He was just an overall ass in the book at least in the TV show he was at least nice at the beginning. Andrea pisses me off in the book and in the TV show….can the writers seriously kill her off already? I do wish that the novel would have had the CDA scenes in it. It gave that mystery of suspense on how everyone started to turn into zombies and that everyone was infected. It gave a much bigger shock in the TV Show when Rick says “WE ARE THE WALKING DEAD”. In the novel I just found it kinda random but I do wish that the TV show would have had him yelling it. Overall, I am extremely happy with the adaption the TV show writers are doing.

Pretty much I need more now!

Cassay Sig