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Review of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Words to describe Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick: Mysterious. Romantic. Unsettling. Sensual. FANTASTIC.

I wasn't really planning on buying and reading this book. It originally caught my attention because it was an urban-fantasy YA novel that was linked to from the Shiver (by Maggie Stiefvater) page on Chapters.indigo.com. I'd looked at it a couple times, but didn't really think I would enjoy it because it was about angels, which I didn't think would interest me. I eventually broke down and bought it since it kept catching my attention. I definitely have to stop underestimating what interests me.

I LOVED THIS BOOK. It is definitely going to the top of my "favourite books" pile. You know when you finish a book and then want to flip back to the beginning and start all over again because you loved it so much and want to experience it again? That's the way I was with Hush, Hush.

Becca Fitzpatrick did a really good job of developing Nora, the main character. She seems to attract danger anywhere she goes, and I found my heart beating with fear and adrenaline whenever she happened to find herself alone. I also found parts to be predictable in a sense, because I would have one idea in my head and I'd be right, but then there would be *another* twist on top of that which I wouldn't see coming.

And then there's Patch, who seems underdeveloped because we don't know anything about him, which is of course the idea. He's highly mysterious and pushy and sexy. It's no wonder Nora can't keep away from him.

This book was very well written in my opinion. I love Becca's writing style and characters and everything. Even the cover art seems so perfect after having read this book. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes books like Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures, and Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver and Linger.

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Review of Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It's about the only female werewolf in existence and her fight to live a normal life away from the Pack. She's called back to the Pack for help because they need her expertise. Elena loves her Pack family, but she'd still rather return home to Toronto and her boyfriend.

The thing that really pulled me towards this novel is the fact that it's urban fantasy, but also that it's an adult novel (as in not Young Adult). So it's not only an exciting new world with werewolves, but it's also sexy, smart and relate-able. Kelley Armstrong built a strong character in Elena by showing us not only her current view of the happenings around her, but also using flashbacks into Elena's and other character's lives. Throughout the novel you will find yourself afraid of, rooting with, or sympathizing for Elena and her Pack family; perhaps even the villains of the story. This book had my heart racing at times, and then breaking at others. It's quick paced and never boring and I found it hard to put down.

Anyone looking for a good urban-fantasy read that appeals to adults and that they may also be able to relate to, then this is the one for them. Highly recommended!

I can't wait to start the sequel, Stolen!

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Beautiful Creatures

"There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that''s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn''t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she''s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town''s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything."

Chapters Website

I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put it down. It was definitely long, but was not drawn out like I was worried it would be. Every chapter, every scene was relevant and gave you a little bit of insight to what was happening/going to happen. I think the length also made it hard to anticipate what would happen next, and for that I really enjoyed it. I like being surprised by what I read, not expecting the next move.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA urban-fantasy, especially those who enjoy Maggie Stiefvater's writing (I'm a big fan, hence being newly addicted to all YA urban-fantasy novels). Point being, I wasn't sure I'd enjoy Beautiful Creatures because it moved to a different type of supernatural (more demonic/witchy) but it still caught and held my attention and I sped through it.

Now I'm anxiously awaiting Beautiful Darkness, the sequel!!

Merry Fates Contest Entry!

So I've really been neglecting my livejournal over the past, what, 3-4 months. But the Merry Sisters of Fate are having a contest and giving away great stuff, so I decided that my livejournal could get some loving.

Princess Pea

The contest details can be found at merry_fates

Bear in mind that I don't write much and think of myself as a bad writer, hence not writing very much. But it can be fun. And I can win awesome stuff. So here's my entry:

The princess sat bolt upright on the bed of mattresses packed twenty high. She understood the concept in which the Prince's mother believed, but also thought that the the princess's fears should be considered.

She allowed herself another look over the edge of the bed. Bad idea. She quickly shut her eyes and scampered back to the centre of the mattress, holding her knees to her chest.

As she sat awake thinking, she laughed at the realization that, even though she couldn't feel the pea twenty mattress down (I mean really, who could?) she was so afraid that she was going to be exhausted the next day anyway. They'd probably believe her lack of sleep was because the pea caused her so much discomfort, and she didn't need to correct them.

Then she laughed again as she thought of what their faces would look like when she said no to the Prince's proposal and walked out of the castle.

Trailer for Linger! (Contest Entry)

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile! This placement stuff is keeping me really busy! I spend all day at school, then almost an hour in traffic, then after dinner I work on lessons for the next day. The weekend was busy too, it was my sister's birthday and, of course, Mother's Day. So no time for posting then.

But here we are now! A post! And this is a special post. It has the trailer that Maggie Stiefvater made for her new book, Linger, which comes out JULY 20, 2010. It's the second in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy (after Shiver) and I am beyond excited for it! So without further ado, here is Maggie's wonderfully done trailer!

P.S. Yes, this is to enter a contest, however I still believe you should all watch this trailer, whether you know of the books or not. Maggie does an amazing job and this video is just beautiful. She even composed and performed the music in the trailer. Hope you enjoyed it :)


So my placement starts tomorrow. I'm a little nervous again. Well, I'm excited to go back to the classroom and see the students and my Associate Teacher, but I'm supposed to be doing 50% of the teaching by Thursday or Friday, which is pretty crazy. I'm probably gonna get the same subject over the week and a half/ two weeks. That way it'll be me teaching that portion of the unit for the whole time or whatever. And, it'll probably also be that same thing for two or three different subjects. It's really nerve-wrecking!

I've gotta be up at 7am at the latest tomorrow and be to the school for 8:30. I really hope I can wake up on time and get out of bed. And then not yawn a lot at school lol. I hope there's another field trip this week or next ha ha. It'll make my job easier because I'll have less to plan. And because taking these kids on field trips is actually fun. they're really great kids. Maybe it's because they're older than the ones I'm used to being around. Either way I'm excited yet nervous to go back. I gotta go to bed soon, so I can get up easier. Goodnight!


Job Searching and Book Buying

I've been pretty busy throughout the week. Number one on the list of things to do is find a job. So I went out today as well as yesterday dropping off resume's and hoping for the best. I got lucky today and have an interview on Monday to work at Liz Claiborne. My dad keeps telling me not to stop looking though, because I may not get the job still. Steph had an interview with Home Sense last Monday and they said she was pretty much guaranteed the job, that they just had to finish other interviews and call references, but they still haven't called her back yet. She's called them twice I think since her interview, and nothing so far. Which is why my parents keep bugging me about not stopping yet because I should keep my options open in case it falls through. I guess it's a good idea, but I feel bad looking for other jobs, then potentially getting another one and having to say no to the first place that gave me an interview. Well I guess it's first come, first served, right?

In other news, I've been attempting to clean my room, without much avail. My bookcase looks good. I feel like that's pretty important because it holds all my wonderful books, of course. Speaking of books, I'm definitely going out to pick up another one (or two) tomorrow. The plan was to do so today, but I didn't have enough time, in the end. I can justify my book buying, though! I have a coupon! Haha I got it in my email from Chapters.com. It's buy one get the second 50% off ALL books. That's just not possible to give up. Although, I think I might pick only one for me and the other for my mom, considering Mother's Day is next weekend. I just wish Linger was out already so I could buy it right now! I'll probably go for another YA fantasy fiction book, though. Either Bitten: Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong, or Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. There's lots of other books on my list, of course, but I feel like I'm in a YA fantasy kinda phase, so that's probably where I'll buy.

Not much else going on in my world. I have my placement starting next week, so it's gonna be early mornings for me. Which will basically lead to a general lack of sleep. And lots of hard work, you know, with all the planning of lessons and whatnot. I mean, second week, I'm supposed to be teaching 50% of the day. FIFTY PERCENT. I'm sorry, but that's a lot and that's nerve-wrecking! Guess I should try to catch up on sleep now...


After finishing my exams and having an few fun nights with my friends, I am home in Ottawa for the summer. Today was a pretty big move out day, however all the actual big stuff (aka bed, dresser, desk, bookcases) stayed behind. Kiki's going to be using my bed since it's so much better than hers. And her futon is going to be the new couch.

In other news, the Sens played Pittsburgh in game 6 tonight and unfortunately lost, so they are out of the playoffs, which is very very sad. I was happy that I got to watch the game with my family, though, because Kiki sure as heck doesn't share the same enthusiasm for hockey as I do. I'm sad we won't get to see them play again until probably October (I don't really know when the season restarts).

So now that I'm home, I have a week until my placement. On the to-do list: unpack, look for a job, reorganize room (since it's become a storage area over the year), and meet with friends. Sounds like a pretty good to-do list to me. Besides the unpacking, looking for a job and reorganizing parts ha ha. Oh well, it's gotta be done. Especially the getting a job part if I want to live next year. And through the summer. It'll be a busy week, for sure. But good news for my placement! I'm not getting evaluated anymore! Apparently they reviewed the program so we don't have Faculty Advisors coming as part of third year. Woot! That makes me a lot less stressed about my placement. Now I don't have to worry about that until next year!

I should be off to bed now. It's getting late and I clearly have lots to do over the next few days. And to add to that, we have the whole family coming over tomorrow for my Daddy's birthday, which was on Thursday. I'm excited to see everyone. But it'll mean a lot of cleaning throughout the house tomorrow. I'm up for it. I think?

Done Third Year!

I had my last exam today: psychology of education. It was 75 multiple choice questions and it was actually pretty easy! I was definitely happy with it. I finished just at the one hour mark so I didn't even have to wait for it. I just finished, and got up and only had to wait a couple minutes to hand in my exam and pick up my paper. The paper that I did really well on, I must say.

And now I'm almost done third year! Well pretty much done my third year of my BA, because I still have my 2-week placement to complete in May. AND I'm getting evaluated on my teaching, but I don't want to think about that now ha ha.

I'm off to go over to Charlie now to hang out with Laura! We're planning on watching Season 4 of Psych :-). Of course she's already seen it all, probably more than once, but that's clearly not an issue. And then Kiki and Becca are coming home tomorrow, so I won't be lonely at home anymore and I'll have my bestie back! Until then, I'm definitely staying over at Charlie tonight. Ciao for now!

Psyc of Ed and Sens Game

Of course I should be studying, so don't ask.

Yes, I have my psychology of education exam tomorrow at 1:30pm. However, I know that I know the stuff already and it's only 75 multiple choice questions, non-cumulative. Plus, it's like I've already taken the course/am taking it twice. I also had my educational psychology and special education class this past semester. It's basically all the same concepts, such as different disabilities that my students may have and how to handle them. So I've been doing pretty well. I might do some more studying tonight, I haven't decided yet. And by the time I decide it'll probably be too late to study, so I'll choose not to study by default. But that's ok too. I promise myself I'm going to get up early and study tomorrow morning before my exam.

OMG I just realized that I'm almost done my third year! Ok well that's totally excluding my B.Ed. because I still have placement to do in May. And don't get me started on placement where I have 2 weeks instead of one and a faculty advisor coming... yeah we're not thinking about that yet.

I watched the Sens game tonight (obv) and that was probably the most stressful and nerve-wracking game I've ever watched. Lots of goals, it ended at 7-4 for the Pens. Not impressed. I was honestly having hardcore anxiety every time the puck went near our net, like increase heart rate and all. It was intense and I really wished I was watching it with my Daddy. I almost picked up the phone, like, 5 times at least to call him, but didn't want to disrupt his game watching. And all I really wanted to say was "WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON IN THIS GAME?!?!?" Oh well, hopefully we'll get the chance to watch the game on Saturday together. Which means the Sens have to win their game on Thursday. Cross your fingers!