Sunshine Blogger Award & A Pancake vs Waffle Showdown

 

Yay, my first banner! (And I took the photo :3) Any thoughts? ~Faith

Hey there fellow bloggers, how’s it going?  ‘Tis I, Faith, and I have been nominated by Margot from Lectito for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you very much! 🙂 Today, it’s not only an award post, but there’s also a bit of a WAFFLES VS PANCAKES SHOWDOWN. Oh yes, it’s happening. * grins maliciously * Continue reading

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me

 

Have you ever wanted to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s in the middle of March?! Never fear, here’s the closest thing you’ll get to do just that!

Note: Faith is the only person who posts a holiday book review in springtime. Feel free to take plenty of screenshots because this is probably an exclusive absurdity that you’ll never see anywhere else.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Seriously, winter is now non-existent and THIS is the kind of book review you’re bringing us? You betcha. (Unless you live in the southern hemisphere in which winter is actually ARRIVING – geography is so weird it makes my brain spin every time I try to think about it… but it’s simultaneously awesome. I just can’t imagine having Christmas while becoming fried into a crisp under the sun!) Welcome to a slightly shameless couple-month-old book review. Let’s go! 😀 Continue reading

5 Books, 5 Looks

Happy mid-March!

For us, this means that we have March break. Which means that we no longer have a minotaur, Medusa, school, and well GAEA on our heels for a week; all of which are all trying to crush our guts into smithereens. If you did not know, we are now not-so-secretly demigods. As bloggers, this also means one week of hardcore post workouts. Not as in stretches after you workout, but a workout in writing all the posts that we never found the time to do. As per usual. 

Since my demigod powers unfortunately don’t extend to reviewing most books I read, this is me trying to make up the difference. So, these posts are going to simply be some of my short-and-straight-to-the-point bookish thoughts. (Although, I’m the least straight to the point kind of person when I talk. Or at least I do a lot of this thing called rambling).  Anyways, for this first one, I chose a variety of YA that I’ve finished in fall. Basically from last year. So, let’s commence the mini book review marathon!

[Click the covers for the book’s Goodreads page and summaries.]




Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider (3.5/5 stars)

 

UK cover

The summary sounded cliched and I will waste no time saying that… it was. It’s a blend of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, but sometimes we can’t help but like cliches. If you find yourself turning enough pages to realize that you’re wanting to find out the obvious, then it’s a winner because it was good, cliche or not. If anything, I think some parts of the book actually tried to counter the cliche of trying to be weird and different and I really liked the humour: it was teen-like and it actually got me laughing out loud. I just felt somewhat satisfied reading this and sometimes a dose of quirky characters is what you need.

 

Cover thoughts: I love the UK one. It’s cool with the whole tree/lung thing… and I love the colours. The “normal” one is nice too but… it’s a bit too normal.

Possibly the best quote in the book:

“‘Hey, Nick, do you know what it would say under your photo in a high school yearbook?’ I asked. ‘Most likely to be friend zoned.’

 ‘Funny,’ Nick grumbled. ‘Sharpen that wit of yours any more and someone might think you actually have a point.’”

This exchange is basically me.

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More Cuteness Overload (#2): Donut Wisdom

Feeling tired, stressed, or a bit bored? :iconbigsissucatplz:

Need some cheering up?

DONUT worry, we’ve got you covered – in sprinkles!

Hello and welcome! It is I, Faith, and I have returned with another dose of cuteness! This time, I am featuring these little Donut Wisdom drawings… They’re encouraging, adorable, and punny and I am pretty sure that you’ll love them as much as I do!

They’re illustrated by Mimi Chao and if you’re finding yourself falling in love with them within seconds, as I did, I’d definitely suggest that you visit her Instagram and Donut Wisdom site for more! While you’re at it, you might as well check out her shop and her WordPress blog for her other über cute prints and to support an indie creator/illustrator! (Whoo, links galore! But I’m sure you’ll be very tempted to click all of them by the end.)

If you’re not familiar with my Cuteness Overload posts, you could drop by my first one right here if you’re feeling up for it! No pressure though, I’m sure the Earth’s atmosphere already offers you enough.

Anyways, let’s cut to the chase. If you are feeling a bit blue, allow these cute little donuts to share some wisdom and smiles. 🙂


Donut! It’s not worth your time. Or the frown lines.

Oh look, we’ve stumbled across… ah, what is that? AHA! A wild Sarah in Egypt denying the heat!

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Which Wednesday: Fairy Tale Edition

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(WARNING- In this week’s Which Wednesday, you will find: plenty of casual intergalactic bickering between Sarah and Faith. If you are not a fan, I would steer clear from those parts. Get ready for a journey through space. Blog space. It’s going to get brutal. But I assure you, it’s all friendly things.)


Fairy-tale retellings are all the rage: from Cinderella to Beauty and the Beast, every reader has (literally) read them all. The original ‘clichés’, the only thing that save these retellings are the originality of the characters and the world-building. As easy as it sounds, it’s harder than you think… how do you keep a reader’s interest if they already know the plot? In this week’s duo edition of Which Wednesday, we’re going to be comparing Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis. When we first read about these two books, we couldn’t NOT compare them: they’re so similar, they’re almost twins… but not quite. Soon, you’ll find out why.

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A Fangirling Friday in February

Hey there! 🙂

What you are about to witness are two average teenage girls doing what they do best: fangirling.

Sarah: It was a cold and windy Wednesday, here in Canada. It was snowing outside, a bio lab was due the next day, and I was stressed. To blow away some time, I checked my Indigo subscription. Under the ‘Books you may like’ tab, I saw the book that would kill my motivation, shatter my drive and utterly wreck the last question of that bio lab. (RIP #8). So I decided to share the great news…

Faith: Basically, I was sitting at the computer when Sarah sent me something along the lines of “HEY GUESS WHAT?”. So naturally, I went to check it out to read the excerpt and… BAM. I was done. It was all over. I couldn’t concentrate on anything for the rest of my life.  THE END.

It snuck up on me without my noticing. It was a sly shadow in the night. All I could ever hope for. My life’s need. It’s The Hidden Oracle (Book 1 of The Apollo Trials) by Rick Riordan. If you aren’t up to speed with what these books are going to be about, we’re here to keep you updated! (You might’ve read about a hint of this in our Book Fangirling Award post but here’s the real deal.)


I feel as if I’m in a trial more than Apollo because all this waiting is testing my patience. (That was a Faith pun, guys. Sarah is on trial for attack Faith after a few hidden puns. Don’t need no oracle to tell you that Sarah is a repeat offender 😉 ).

The Hidden Oracle is the start of another series that reveals yet another angle to the on-going story at Camp Half-blood. Last time, we were blown away at the idea that there could be… TWO camps. This time, however, we are facing something a little different: Apollo has been punished and he is visiting Camp Half-Blood… as a teenager.  WHAT?! AHH, the awkwardness and the angst! You know, just all the good times we cherish. So Apollo is going to be a powerless human? He’s going to be working side-by-side with the crew of the Argo 2? He’s going to be meeting his own teen children? That’s right… Uh, probably. We think. We mean, what’s a Rick Riordan book without a few extremely (and possible fatal excited eyes family reunions?)

This book is everything that we’ve ever wanted. We’re going to get reunited with characters that we know and love and we get to see how Camp Half Blood and Camp Jupiter are doing in the aftermath of the Battle of Olympus. I (Sarah) am personally hoping for a Caleo moment (since, you know, we were cheated out of the last one) and extremely adorable Percabeth moments. It never gets old ;). Best of all, there will be more lame, I mean great, jokes and lines via Leo and Percy!! Rick Riordan humour is magnificent… I (Faith) love that they’re sandwiched between even the most intense of scenes. That’s WHY I love them… it’s amazing comic relief but the bizarrity of actually making a JOKE when you’re about it DIE is almost like a joke within itself. They’re cheating death with puns. (It’s unfair how much they get to cheat on their tests while I’m struggling fair and square through my test of waiting ever so patiently for this book.)

Basically, we are EXCITED for this book. But excited just does not draw the line. We are uncharacteristically hysterically enthusiastic for the release of this book. We are massively, crazily obsessed. This post, if you have read thus far, is the culmination of all the feelings we have exhausted with each other. Strangely, it doesn’t get old, but that’s just us.

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Expected Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

If you feel intrigued, then get excited with us and make sure you mark it down on your Goodreads too! Get ready, because on May 3rd, The Hidden Oracle will be coming out of hiding! 😀

~ Sarah & Faith

Which Wednesdays: Sherlock Retellings!

Hello, fellow book-eaters! Welcome to the latest Which Wednesdays, where our topic of the week is Sherlock retellings!

Now, I may have fangirled once, or twice on this blog, and you may have noticed the increase in Sherlock (the BBC show, obviously) gifs around this blog. So, no, this week’s theme isn’t a coincidence. Ahem.

The two books I have chosen this week are Lock and Mori as well as Every Breath. Both books are retellings of Arthur Conan Doyle’s the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle’s story has become one of the most famous stories worldwide, and he unknowingly created a character archetype. “No shit, Sherlock” has become an iconic phrase, and there have been many retellings over the years, whether it be Robert Downey Jr. movie, to Elementary and BBC’s Sherlock (yes, everything returns to that one point 😉 ). The man that discerns everything with his eyes, forensic sciences and the art of deduction has become an icon. And like many icons, he has been imitated. I have chosen these two stories to compare as they have many similar elements ~ but different executions. Continue reading