The A-Z Survey

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I saw Novel Sounds do this, which brought me to Perpetual Page-Turner. It was too cool for me to pass up!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Cassandra Clare

Best Sequel Ever:

I’m torn between: Clockwork Prince and Crown of Midnight

Currently Reading:

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Tea, coffee, or ice cold water

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book all the way, but I do have an e-reader for eARCs

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Wishful thinking, mindless dreaming: William Herondale. Since I am very much like Tessa.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton… I am so glad

Hidden Gem Book:

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Hmm… does having dinner with Cassandra Clare count?

Just Finished:

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

It’s not like I won’t ever get into these genres, I just won’t be reading from them anytime soon: not much of contemporary, steampunk (even though TID is my absolute favorite series FOREVER), adult, and erotica

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

** easy way to find this out. Go to your Goodreads “read” list, don’t scroll down but where you are on the screen there will be this little tab on the bottom that lets you choose how you want to scroll or how many books you want display. There is also a sort option with a drop down and you can sort by page.

Major book hangover because of:

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Number of Bookcases You Own:

I don’t have any. All my books are scattered and stacked around the house.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Preferred Place To Read:

Mostly the floor… then the bed or balcony. Or a nice bench at the park.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.” – Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me.

*This can be my biography

Reading Regret:

I regret not giving some books a chance, like Cinder, which I ended up loving.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Clockwork Prince, Crown of Midnight and Unravel Me

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Currently, Cristin Terrill “All Our Yesterdays”

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Since Clockwork Princess is out, I’d say A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas or The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare

Worst Bookish Habit:

Book hoarding, eating & drinking while eating, and no matter how much I take care of my books as I read, there’s always that bend on the cover or tear at the spine.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

No bookshelf but I’ll just count from the stacks: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Your latest book purchase:

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Just last night, started reading Unbreakable by Kami Garcia from 3AM, ended up sleeping at 7AM and I’ve got 2 chapters left to read.

 

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Review: PERFECT RUIN by Lauren DeStefano

PerfectRuinOn Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 15-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil. Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

Release date: OCTOBER 1, 2013 | Add to your TBR |

Format: ARC, thank you Simon & Schuster Canada!

This is the first Lauren DeStefano book I’ve read so I can’t compare it to her Chemical Garden series. What I do know is that PERFECT RUIN is so unbelievably great that the story still lingers in my mind, even hours after I have finished reading the book. PERFECT RUIN takes “unique plot and amazing premise” to a whole new level. From start to finish, it is impossible to not be drawn into the story and its complex, wonderful characters. The little quotes at the beginning of each chapter, which came from Daphne Leander’s essay, are my favourite. They are thought-provoking, and although, yes the idea has been presented out there, somewhere, somehow by someone else, DeStefano was still able to render the idea in her own way.

ROMANCE.

Each of us has a betrothed so that we won’t have to spend our lives alone. It leads me to wonder to whom the gods are married. The elements, perhaps. Or do they know something that we don’t about soltitude? (168)

This may be the first book I’ve read where the lover of the main lead had been established from the beginning. In Perfect Ruin, everyone has a “betrothed” – also known as a fiance. In the world of Internment, everyone born are immediately paired with someone – and everyone has a partner. Unless your partner died then you’re forever alone (sucks). I really liked this new take on romance. I’ve read countless of books so I’m not too sure but this really stands out as the very first book I’ve read that had the romance established. Initially, I had thought that this will be the main issue of the story: having people assigned to you for eternity. I kept thinking, what if Morgan falls for someone else? what if Morgan just doesn’t feel anything for him? What if? Despite my questioning, Morgan never proved any of these. Although all I can say without spoiling is that the little other fragments of the story – in other words, other characters, may or may not shed light on this aspect.

This book, like many other books, is NOT finding who you are while finding who you love. Instead, this book is about finding out the mysteries of your world, understanding who you are, while having someone at your side – and there is nothing better than having someone there for you, supporting you all the way.

Absolutely loved this take on romance!

CHARACTERS.

Morgan Stockhour – I initially disliked her, but then I gradually realized my annoyance for her naive-ness was the problem. Around halfway the book, the growth of Morgan’s character made sense and in the end, I’m so proud of her as she finally opens her eyes to see that her world is everything but perfect, thus inevitably making me love her.

Basil Crowl – He’s not your typical YA hottie – and that makes me all the more drool-worth. I love Basil’s character, at first, my theories made myself skeptic about him but that still didn’t prevent me from loving him and his personality.

Alexander “Lex” Stockhour – I love this character the most because I could relate to his curious mind, always questioning, very skeptic of things and knowing that the world isn’t perfect, nor will it ever be. I love how he’s blind, I love the risks he has taken to find the answers he seek, even though it had caused him. I love his relationship with his wife, Alice. Each time they interact, I just fan girl so much. I can’t help it! Falling in love with Alexander Stockhour’s character is as inevitable and vital as breathing.

Daphne Leander – I LOVED all the beginning quotes from each chapter from her essay, “Intangible Gods” – love, love, love it! I hope DeStefano includes the entire full length essay as a bonus on the final copy or something.

THE WORLD OF INTERNMENT.

I am fascinated with the whole Internment world. I love the mention of “the ground” what life must be like there. The world building of Internment took this book to a whole new level. I absolutely love it!

THE UNFORESEEABLE OCCURRENCE OF EVENTS THAT MADE THIS BOOK SO PERFECT. 

It’s Chapter Twenty (I’m not sure what chapter it would be in for the final copy). I think that this event, this unfortunate happening of event was essential to the plot. That was so good! I usually see these kind of events coming but obviously not this. Kudos to DeStefano for making me tear-up.

If you want to read a book that has the right amount of everything that equated to imperfect perfections, complex characters that will stay with you forever, a world filling your mind with fascination and wonder then this is your book and although nothing is perfect, PERFECT RUIN surely comes close to it.

Some favorite quotes of mine: 

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Reading: PERFECT RUIN by Lauren Destefano

Hello Readers! I’m currently reading PERFECT RUIN and I am loving it! (just look at all the post its and I’m just halfway) – Also, my previous Reading post was: CINDER

 Love the beautiful, descriptive writing. Not too much that it becomes overbearing but enough to aid you build the world with your imagination.

Really, really liked this passage/quote. It had my heart racing. So much. You’ll understand when you read it (which you definitely should)

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POST ITS 🙂

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And here is where I’m currently at. Also love that quote highlighted with an orange post it.

Ghosts aren’t terrible, they aren’t real. They’re a fantasy we’ve concocted to tell ourselves this life isn’t the only one we get. Even at their worst, ghosts are doing us some good.”

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Here’s a little, (really bad), edit of this passage I like.

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That’s all for now – be sure to add PERFECT RUIN to your TBR list on GoodReads.

How about you? What are you currently reading? 🙂 Sound off at the comments!

IN MY MAILBOX: THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, UNBREAKABLE & COLD SPELL

Caught the mailman while walking my dog – totally made my morning. Thank you Hatchette Book Group for a finished copy of THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN and ARC copies of COLD SPELL and UNBREAKABLE!

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Can’t wait to read all these books! Also, I finished reading the first eight chapters of THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN (click on link to see how)

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Happy Reading! 😀

Trailer + Free 8 Chapters: COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black

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Hey Readers! So there’s this awesome book coming out SEPTEMBER 3 2013 called THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN (An ARC copy is on its merry way to me so I’ll definitely post a review on it) – and I’m about to confess: although I’ve heard nothing but great things about Holly Black: I have yet to read one of her novels, but still I’m excited to read this one. Just read the premise and you’ll see! (head to the bottom of this post to see link to access the free eight chapters)

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

NOW WATCH THE AMAZING BOOK TRAILER:

What do you guys think? Will you be adding this to your TBR list? Sound off in the comments!

THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN’s first eight chapters are free for preview to EVERYONE! Now, if you google: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black free preview – several links should appear for you to access this sweet preview. Here are a few links I’ve gathered:

  1. Amazon Canada
  2. Amazon
  3. Google

Happy Reading!

NOTE: HOLLY BLACK SAYS THAT IF YOU WANT TO READ THE FIRST EIGHT CHAPTERS READ IT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 3rd! Or else it will disappear *sad face*