Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.
I actually loved putting together this list! I managed to find friends, hotties, and survival pros so that we can live in a bookish wonderland without ever suffering. Something tells me this "stranded on a deserted island" will turn into a "vacation of a lifetime with no bothersome people ever again" type situation. I did it by book/series because I needed more than one from some of the faves, you know?

In no particular order, the top 11 (maybe more) characters I would want with me on a deserted island...

1. Ismae, Duval, and Beast from the His Fair Assassins Trilogy by Robin LaFevers - I feel as if Ismae would be an amazing friend on top of her ability to kick butt. Duval is just Duval and Beast is there for endless laughs and protection.

2. Ruby from Body In The Woods by April Henry - I hated this book, but this girl knows everything. She must know how to survive and can tell us what foods are good to eat, etc.

3. Chaol and Caelena from the Throne of Glass Series - We need some hotness so that there's something fun to look at, on top of the fact that he's a great strategist and can work with the island. Caelena is kickass and good at everything, plus she loves books. So these two were easy picks.

4. Hector from the Fire & Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson - I want Hector for pretty much the same exact reasons I want Chaol.

5. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling - Hello, magic! It can help us! A lot! Plus, she likes books! And I grew up idolizing her! All of the exclamation points!

6. Katsa from the Graceling Realm Series by Kristen Cashore - Girls got mad skills, don't even deny it.

7. Malachi from The Guards of the Shadowlands Series by Sarah Fine - His job is to fight beasts, so he can fight any beasts trying to kill us on the island and look hot while doing it. Plus, he's Jewish. ;)

8. Tarver from These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner - He knows a lot about survival because of his military training, so he'd be essential to surviving. And, hello, hotness!

9. Lainey, Bianca, and Micah from The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes - If a girl is stranded on a desert island, she needs friends to help her through and these friends are awesome. Plus, Micah is a baker and we're just going to give him magical powers so he can bake us yummy food throughout our entire stay on said island. Yup. Logic.

10. Liesel from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  - If I'm stranded for my entire life, I need someone to talk books with. And I don't just need her, but I need the combined force of both of our expansive libraries to keep me busy for eternity because if this were to ever happen to me, I would obviously be conveniently transporting every single book known to humanity on the plane with me.

11. Sand from The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell - He has magical powers when it comes to fixing things. Need I say more?

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Christmas in July International Giveaway & Blog Hop

The Christmas in July Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader and Laurie Here.

I am so excited to participate in my very first giveaway hop! I mean, look at that cute banner over there! I chose to participate in this hop because everyone needs some presents every now and then. ;)

Giveaway Rules:
1. This contest is open to the US and internationally!
2. Must be 13 years or older to enter
3. Do not cheat, I check all entries!
4. The winner has 48 hours to respond to my e-mail before I pick another winner.
5. The giveaway ends at midnight on the last day of the month!

One (1) winner will get a copy of a Dash & Lily's Book of Dares!

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

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Review: One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Source: From Publisher For Review
Name of overseas edition of Between The Lives.

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is...

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted... But just what - and who - is she really risking?
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

Previously published overseas under the title Between The Lives.

This book was great. While the analytical reader in me had a few issues, I have to say that I was addicted to the plot and the attention grabbing tone of this story. While such a thing requires throwing all questions out of the window (like why does Sabine experience alternate lives but nobody else does?), it's very easy to stand behind this strong heroine.

Sabine lives two very different lives. Every twenty-four hours, she wakes up in a different world and her previous world pauses, only for her to pick up exactly where it left off when she shifts the next day. Both of her worlds are extremely different, though both have their drawbacks. In one world, she's Harvard-bound and incredibly rich. While she doesn't have the best relationship with either of her older brothers, she has a strong relationship with her mother and great friends as well as a boyfriend that makes her the envy of the school because they are the epitome of the perfect couple...even if she can't bring herself to love him and not be repulsed by his attempted sexual advances after dating for two years. In her other life, she dresses like a delinquent and has only one real friend. Her little sister is her entire world and her parents are rather detached and emotionless because they're so focused on their financial struggles and the demanding life of managing a drug store. While her situation may not be pleasant in this life, there's a boy...and he may be THE boy. His very existence turns her entire world and future plans upside down.

There is a weird kind of love triangle in this one, but because this is about alternate lives, it's sold in a really unique form that I enjoyed. Sabine didn't bring herself to consider one guy until things were over with the other, though she was constantly thinking about whichever guy she wasn't with because she felt as if she was hurting him despite the fact that she never had two boyfriends. Even she admitted that having two boyfriends in her separate lives would be wrong. She shuddered at the thought of eventually having two families. Going through high school twice was a challenge within itself in her eyes. Back to the boys, though. It's incredibly clear from the beginning that one of these boys was meant to be with her and the other wasn't. The process of getting there was rather surprising at times, but I have to say that I'm really happy with the way this romantic sub-plot progressed. Both potential love interests were incredibly different, which causes readers to lean towards one or the other immediately.

With that in mind, I have two small issues with the plot progression of this book. The first is that I guessed the huge twist at the end almost immediately. While this diminished my reading experience slightly, it also made me super excited because it was something I desperately wanted to happen. I figured that such a minor detail had to have been important if emphasis was placed on it for seemingly no reason. Boy, was my hunch correct. My other issue was the fact that there was a small case of insta-love here. The declaration of love came rather quickly timeline wise. But when I sat down and thought about it, I realized these two characters had been put through the wringer together and if literary soul mates existed, these two would be a perfect example so I can't even find it in myself to be mad. Neither issue ruins the book for me when such a thing typically would, and I think that this can attest to the fact that the tone of this book is absolutely addicting even though I know this is a case where I liked the book a lot more than my analytical brain thinks I should have.

All in all, this is a book where you temporarily suspend reality to allow it to be real. However, if you do that, Shirvington is about to take you on a wild ride. It's hard to find anyone who would believe you when you say you live two alternate lives, but Sabine is such a strong heroine that I loved her story, how she handled herself, and her struggles. For someone with such an insane life, this is a girl that, in the end, can be respected. Part of me almost wishes this was a duology because I don't want to let her go just yet, but at the same time I understand why Shirvington chose to end it where she did.

This is the perfect book to read if you want something unique that makes you question fate.

4 stars


FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any form in exchange for my honest review.

College Blogging 101: Let Your Mind Go

College Blogging 101 is a weekly meme hosted by Lili's Reflections where a variety of hosts answer questions and give advice in regards to blogging in college. The purpose of this is to help upcoming college students and to create an open discussion forum. If you would like to write a guest post, please fill out this form. If you have a question you want answered, please fill out this form.

This week, Jessica from the Crazy Red Pen stopped by to tell us how she has learned to balance blogging with college. The best possible way to do this? Let your mind go! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by the blog today, Jessica! I totally agree with the post below. If you can't get a post up, you simply can't get a post up. You can't let blogging rule college or allow college to rule blogging. If you just be you, eventually things will balance out and you'll find a happy medium!


Balancing blogging with college? No problem. Or at least that’s what I naively thought going into college. I had been blogging all throughout high school and college didn’t seem like a big hurdle. How wrong I was.

College is different in so many ways from high school. There are random, spontaneous trips, and so many other things that pop out of no where. Despite all of that, I tried to stay on top of blogging. After all, I like to blog about things that make my life easier, whether it’s mobile apps orproductivity tips in general. So how did I fall so far?

I was blogging on weekends, occasionally skipping out on random spontaneous trips to make sure that I was staying on top of my schedule. However, what I forgot was that going into these blogging sessions, I didn’t plan all too well what I was going to be blogging about and I had lost a good part of my love for blogging. Since I was perpetually crunched for time, I was blogging about the same old things. It felt stale, much like the food that was in the fridge down the hall (Note: don’t put your food in shared fridges! Put it in your friend’s fridge if you have to.)

 I decided to stop forcing myself to blog. I like schedules, don’t get me wrong. They’re what makes me wake up in the morning but I was pushing myself for something that I had lost passion for. I knew that I didn’t dislike blogging enough to quit so I decided that I was going to stop stressing myself out. I went out. I agreed to 10pm coffee runs to Starbucks. I stayed up until 4am in the morning. It is college after all. I read random articles on the internet. I forwarded my magazine subscriptions to my dorm.

Those things were so therapeutic. I found inspiration in the strangest things—something someone said at midnight, an article that I read on the internet, a blurb in a fashion magazine and so much more. The thing is, let your mind go. I was limiting myself to my blog and the little space that it occupies in the book blog world but at the end of the day, it’s still a very, very small piece of the world. Let your mind go. Don’t be stressed out by trying to juggle blogging with college. There are so many new opportunities and experiences at college that will make you a better person and inspire you to blog. You may not be posting everyday but the posts that you do post will be new.

These days, I don’t stress that much about blogging. I try to post regularly but if it doesn’t happen, I’m okay. When I cared, I was pigeonholing myself, stressed because I couldn’t find an original idea to blog about and anxious because I was wasting time just thinking about what to post so I always blogged about what I knew and was familiar with. I was rehashing the same things over and over again. I was letting blogging tell me what to do, not the other way around.

Go to the museums. Say yes to the spontaneous trips to places (but probably say no to 2am trips to sketch downtown places). You might be taking time away from blogging but who knows? Maybe you’ll come back with a new, brilliant idea where you’ll be pouring words out. Isn’t that what we all aim for?

Stacking the Shelves #76

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Montana from The Book Belles made this week awesome! Thank you so much, girl! <3

Gifted from Montana from ALA (Thank you so much!)
Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts
Winterspell by Claire LeGrand
Invaded by Melissa Landers
A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris
Althea & Oliver by Christina Morano

For Review from Kensington (Thank you!)
Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer
Trade (Thank you, Alexia!)
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
What did YOU add to your shelves this week?

Waiting on Wednesday #49

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

My pick of the week is...

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
~*~Why I Am Waiting~*~

It's been three years! Plus, this book is supposed to be the best of the three. I need it now! Stephanie Perkins is the queen of contemporary. Seriously.

Top Ten TV Shows I Want To Watch

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

I don't watch a lot of TV...when I thought of my top ten favorite shows I could really only think of Once Upon A Time, Veronica Mars, Big Brother, and Giants football. Come the Fall semester beginning, I promise some of these shows will begin because I live on Netflix during the school year.

1. Breaking Bad- The ending was terribly spoiled for me, but that doesn't make me any less curious or excited,

2. How I Met Your Mother- This is Neil Patrick Harris and a comedy. Need I say more?

3. House of Cards- I feel like I'm one of the few people in my family who doesn't want this show, so I need to give it a chance!

4. Orange is the New Black- I tried watching episode one last year and couldn't stand it, but I'm going to give it another chance because of all the hype surrounding it this year.


6. Doctor Who- I have been watching this show! Slowly...I need to finish it! I'm still in the second season.

7. Teen Wolf- I got bored after season one, but I feel like everyone is obsessed with this one.

8. Orphan Black- Christianna is constantly yelling at me to watch this one. haha

9. Game of Thrones- I have to read the books first, though!

10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer- I really have no excuse for this indescretion.

Do you have any thoughts on the shows that I am determined to watch and obsess over forever? Tell me below!