Mark Your Calendars #3

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

I can’t wait to read debut novel by Estelle Laure. The plot sounds like it’s going to be thought-provoking but also cute at the same time. The adorable cover helps too.

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Release Date: December 22, 2015

Synopsis:

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother.

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Synopsis:

The world is broken up into five factions:

  • Candor – the honest ones
  • Abnegation – the selfless ones
  • Dauntless – the brave ones
  • Amnity – the peaceful ones
  • Erudite – the smart ones

In the year that teenagers turn 16, they get to decide which faction they want to live in based on a simulation test that they completed. Once they decide their fate in a ceremony they will have to live in the faction for the rest of their lives. Sounds easy, right? It isn’t that easy for our protagonist, Beatrice. The results for her simulation ended up inconclusive, she doesn’t belong to a particular faction. She’s considered divergent. But shhh, no one can know that, as it usually is associated with death. As a result, her choosing of a faction is much more harder than her peers or even her twin brother. She doesn’t know whether to stay with the faction of her parents, Amnity, or to branch off and become someone that she could be proud of.

Review: 

That was amazing! I went into this book not knowing much except that Tris is pretty cool, Four is many people’s book boyfriend and that there were similarities between Divergent and the Hunger Games books. I’m happy that I didn’t know much despite the fact that this book is seriously hyped up and turned into a movie.

In the beginning chapter of the book I will agree with others that there was an uncanny resemblance between the Hunger Games and Divergent, with the different factions and the fact that our protagonist Beatrice, comes from the one that isn’t full of luxury and riches. However, as the plot continued on the book went on it’s own path and I’m so happy it did. I loved that there was a ton of action, a little romance (except in that one scene knowing that other people were watching), and no love triangle. *gasp* no love triangle in a popular dystopian novel? Yup.

I also loved the characters. Tris is such a kick-ass, bad-ass character and once she fully supports a cause, there’s no looking back. She loves her family to death and would do anything for them. Four…I liked but I’m not head over heels with him as others are. Yeah, he’s hot, does some cute gestures every once in a while and has a past that no one should have. Meh. Maybe he’ll grow on me more with the continuation of the series.

Listening to the audiobook, narrated by Emma Galvin was an experience and highly recommended to everyone; even if you’ve already read the book before. She truly personified Tris. For example, when Tris could barely breathe and talk in a volume just higher than a whisper, so did Emma. When Tris was being strangled and the air was escaping her lungs and tried to gulp in breaths, so did Emma. She has an incredible ability to alter her voice in ways that distinguish characters and no two ever sounded the same. I will definitely look out for books specifically narrated by her, she is one of the best narrators I’ve heard so far.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Mark Your Calendars #2

The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey

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Release Date: November 3, 2015

Synopsis:

Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide – and not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they’d always be together, in life, and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why.

Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief.

But the more she clings to Leah, the more secretes surface. Allie’s not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister’s death or facing her new reality without her.

*Synopsis and cover image are credited to Goodreads

Bookish Scenarios Tag

Hello readers!

Today will be a book tag that I found on Youtube created by the lovely Lindsayheartbooks. As the title would suggest, this tag consists of 7 not so easy scenarios all involving books. Let’s hope I can do this.

1. You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres – contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction and one other genre of your choosing. What books do you keep?

  • Contemporary: Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I loved that book when I first read it, and it instilled the travel bug in me.
  • Fantasy: Harry Potter. Classic.
  • Non-Fiction: Show Me a Hero by Lisa Belkin, only because I have to write a paper on it. (Practical right?)
  • Romance: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. I haven’t read it yet but it seems to be well-received on the Internet.

2. You’re at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don’t like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it?

This one is really hard because it all depends on what people are interested in…so I guess I’ll go with Divergent by Veronica Roth. The book is good for beginners because it has a little bit of everything in it…a ton of action, a little bit of romance but not too much that it dominates the plot, good family and friendships ties. Would definitely recommend.

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick-me-up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a better mood?

If we’re going the published route, then it’s the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series by Ann Brashares. Except the very last book in the series that is marketed as an adult book, Sisterhood Everlasting. That’s not a very happy book.

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?

In my early teenage years I was very much into reading the Marked series by P.C. & Kristin Cast and pretty much loved every book.

I was also really into fanfiction for the latter half of my teenage years. One Direction fanfiction of course. There was a year or two where I would be staying up all night to read them and saved hundreds of them on my Wattpad account to read at a later time. There’s a few fanfics that I still read now when I have time to go onto Wattpad.

5. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins only because I have to read it for my book club and I haven’t started it yet…shh don’t tell anyone.

6. Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?

Hunted by P.C. and Kristin Cast…I got it signed with a bunch of friends and that book is attached to so many memories of my time back then. For example, the thing with the vampires in this series is that they have markings all over their faces indicating that they are vampires. The look of these markings depend on the personality of the person. It just so happened P.C. and Kristin came to a book signing in my town and a lot of my friends who read and enjoyed the series were going. Therefore, at the end of the day at school, we all drew markings on our foreheads and wore them to the book signing. I wish I had a picture of it to show you guys.

7. Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs.

I would probably say A “just pretend you haven’t noticed” but then mentally think that I would probably never let them borrow a book from me again. Then throw out the book and purchase a new copy if it was one of my all-time favourites.

Mark Your Calendars #1

With the start of a new blogging platform, today will be the unveiling of a new (hopefully weekly) series on It’s a Booksession called “Mark Your Calendars”. The premise is simple. This series will highlight a new book release within a few weeks or months of the post. There isn’t really a rhyme or reason for choosing these books, except that I would like to read them, eventually, and to expose you to these new books.

So, for the inaugural post, I will be showcasing an author that I love and have raved about in the past.

The Syndicate by Sophie Davis

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Release Date: November 10, 2015

Synopsis:

In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past…

As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 2446-89 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Stassi’s job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate’s clientele.

Stassi’s next assignment takes her to Paris in the 1920’s, in search of a lost manuscript by one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. She and her partner, Gaige, are swept up in the City of Light during the height of fashion and culture—as alluring a locale as they’ve ever visited. But a seedier side of life lurks beneath the glamorous façade, and the pair quickly discovers that this run is more dangerous than any of their previous missions. Stassi and Gaige must ultimately decide how far they’re willing to go to ensure the future as they know it.

Hey…

Hey everyone,

Welcome to the new It’s a Booksession website! Woohoo!

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Long story short, I was deeply unsatisifed with the blogging platform that I was using on the previous website, so I decided to take the leap and finally create a new website. Fingers and toes are crossed that the issues occuring on the old website won’t be happening on the new one.

Anyway, with the start of a new blog I thought it would be a good idea to re-introduce myself to you, regardless if you’re a repeat reader or a person who stumbled over.

Hi, I’m Samantha. I am an university student who loves to read. Most times throughout the year, if my head isn’t watching random Youtube videos or studying for an exam, it can be found in a book. Or it can also be found with headphones in my ears listening to whatever audiobook is playing at the time. I usually buy my books from franchise stores, independents or they are borrowed from my local library.

I try to read from a variety of genres but the ones that I am currently loving are:

  • Young Adult
  • Romance
  • Dystopian
  • FanFiction (yes, I consider that a genre)

Welcome to my corner of the Internet.

Samantha