Monthly Archives: June 2014

Reading Goal Update

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This is a goal update, a bit like a 6-monthly check in to see that I’ve been getting on ok. And as far as reading is concerned, I have been incredibly successful for the most part.

I have surpassed my Goodreads Reading Goal of 40 books. I’m currently at 50, but I am quite close to the end of the book I’m currently reading. I have an idea of how it snuck up on me, I’ve read a wide variety of materials including graphic novels, comics, and a manga [my first one ever]. I know the pictures says 51 but that includes the failed attempt at Dirk Gently that we won’t talk about again.

Look at that number!

Look at that number!

If you’re interested in a list of exactly all the things that I’ve read, with links to reviews I may have written, then that follows… if not, you’ve had a short visit today haven’t you!

  1. The Singing by Alison Croggon
  2. The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriquez
  3. Gotham City Sirens #1
  4. Gotham City Sirens #2
  5. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer
  6. World War Z by Max Brooks
  7. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  8. Redshirts by John Scalzi
  9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  10. Ms. Marvel #1
  11. Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood
  12. Feed by Mira Grant
  13. Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  14. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  15. Raven’s Gate (Graphic Novel) by Anthony Horowitz
  16. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
  17. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  18. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  19. Howl’s Moving Castle
  20. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  21. The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke
  22. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  23. Hotel Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones
  24. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  25. Every Year by Cecelia Ahern
  26. Welcome to Rosie Hopkin’s Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan
  27. The Saturday Super Club by Amy Bratley
  28. Sunshine with a Chance of Snow by Carole Matthews
  29. Leftovers by Stella Newman
  30. Adventure Time Vol. 1
  31. A Game of Thrones by GRRM
  32. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  33. Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky by Marissa Meyer
  34. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  35. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  36. Marvel Girl #1
  37. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  38. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simision
  39. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  40. The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore
  41. The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
  42. The Last Days of Lorien by Pittacus Lore
  43. The Forgotten Ones by Pittacus Lore
  44. The Search for Sam by Pittacus Lore
  45. Black Widow and the Marvel Girls Vol. 1
  46. Free Four: Tobias Tells the Knife Scene by Veronica Roth
  47. Domino 1-4
  48. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
  49. Pretties by Scott Westerfield
  50. Attack on Titan Vol. 1

-girlinthenerdshop

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I Read – Lorien Legacies

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This isn’t just going to be about one book, oh no, it’s a series! The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore are probably my favourite Alien / Otherworld / Supernatural books ever. I read the first book when the film came out, and the second book shortly after it’s release a year later. They are lost in the background of my mind for their exact content, I just remember really liking the way that the legacies appeared uncontrolably and when the kids needed them the most.

This series starts with I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four

You may remember that this one was made into a film, I really enjoyed it. The general population, did not. So plans to continue the series in a film format got put on hold. I don’t think this is fair… not everything can be as successful as Harry Potter.

Some background for you now, in this setting there were 9 children sent to Earth from the planet Lorien. These children were sent with protectors to hide out on Earth whilst a massive battle raged on and destroyed their homeworld. This is a pretty terrible thing to have to face as a child.

They are protected by a charm that means they can only be killed in their numbered order… this book starts with the death of Number 3. And John Smith, or Four wakes up in pain as a new scar sears into his ankle. This means they have to go on the run again. Very challenging for a surly teenager that just wants to be normal.

As this series progresses we meet more of the Loric children as they develop their legacies [super powers essentially]. Bad things happen as is custom and handy for plot development. The aim is to gather the remaining numbers together so they can face the Big Bad Evil Man Setrakus Ra and then head home on their space ship to bring new life to the planet.

We first meet Number Six at the end of the first book, but we see a lot more of her in The Power of Six. She is a bad ass and a trained fighter who has had to rely on herself since her guardian wasn’t there to do it for her. She adds a much needed strong heroine to plot.

power of 6

I had left off reading these books at this point, so their details are a bit fuzzy. I wanted there to be a whole chunk of this series for me to read in one go so I could fully engage with the universe and finish it. Not the case, as I picked the 3rd and 4th book up from the library recently, and they follow:

The next book The Rise of Nine gives us more time to play with the ever so cheeky Nine [what, more out of order numbers, what could this mean!?] We also spend a lot of time with Marina [Seven, but she prefers Marina] who was emancipated from an orphange by Six when the Evil Men [Mogadorians] attack. This one is split into several different characters telling the story, so we get a lot of different perspectives. It is a good way to keep track of many different people and the two groups as they are split in this book. This one we hunt for Eight, and find him. He’s cool, and living in the mountains pretending to be Vishnu… which is a little bit naughty, but it does mean that people will do anything they can to protect him.

rise of 9

Finally having so many of these characters together really makes me want to carry on reading, they all have different strengths and are very distinct characters [which has been one of my complaints before, that identical main characters are no fun to read].

Nine has a super cool bachelor pad in Chicago that is hella cool, and I kinda wish that I had a penthouse floor apartment [apart from the fact I like my little end-terrace by the seaside. Stop looking at me like that]. It shows a big difference in how the pairs of Loric were living, with so many of them being constantly afraid and on the run. And Nine and his guardian were living it up with all mod-cons in the middle of a massive city and they were never detected. Having all the tech around helps to advance the plot whilst they go and find things and people and train in the super training centre.

Book number four in this series, The Fall of Five, is currently the most recently published of this sequence [barring the bonus novellas obviously]. This title should have been a massive hammer to the head, and I was very surprised with the sequence of events here.

fall of 5

Hurrah this novel brings together Numbers Four, Five, Six, Marina, Eight and Nine, and a bonus in Ella, the 10th but not really 10th. And a happy return of the humans that we loved from book one aswell. Happy occasions.

Five is portrayed as a very weird kid, who doesn’t interact very well with others. This is explained away by him having been on his own and living on tiny islands since they arrived on Earth. Everyone involved believes him, and why not. He’s been through traumatic things too. His character is very jarring, he always seems to play the devil’s advocate, and puts people on edge a lot. He also shows some reckless behaviours that should also have been a massive give away, but I still didn’t see it coming until Sam suspected his father was the traitor.

What! Holy guacamole Batman. Five was picked up by Mogs and [essentially] brainwashed into believing that the Mogs were the true heirs to their planet. It literally took a giant 3 headed winged alligator for this to sink into my brain. How evil!

I am super looking forward to the next book, Revenge of Seven to be printed. She deserves to get her revenge after what happened to Eight. [Spoilers – scars]. And her ice legacy was scary and beautiful.

I really want to see the development in Marina, she was the unsure one before this… she didn’t know how she fit in and her other legacy was a healing one so she felt helpless in fights. Now there are no guardians left, I wonder how they will figure it all out and make sense of the items they have from their home planet.

I really think you need to read this to get the full feel of the struggles of extra-terrestrials stuck on earth and the trials they have to go through to restore order and life to Lorien. Want to go to the perfect place.

I want to talk more about Legacies, but I will roll that over to another post as this one is getting kind of long. Look forward to that.

– girlinthenerdshop

I Read: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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In the backlog of books that you need to hear about is a cute book by Maureen Johnson by the name of 13 Little Blue Envelopes. After this point there may be spoilers, so you’ve been warned.

13 lbeFirstly; just look at that cover, it’s pretty damn cute looking. Just the kind of thing you want to see on an easy read to get you ready for the summer.

Secondly, I felt the need to suspend the belief that any teenager actually needs to have parents around, and that they are all super capable of functioning on their own on another continent. And that the parents would be totally fine with a 17 year old girl going off to Europe with no means of contacting her family and no money to speak of.

This story makes a good coming of age, travel kind of story. Ginny really develops as a person as we go through the events of this story. She starts out as a timid girl, who feels lost after the death of her Aunt.

Her love interest was adorkable, it added a nice extra dollop of good feels for me. I remember boys being awkward and not having a clue what to say to them, so for me that was the most believable part of the book.

I found it hard to believe that she was able to fly across the world, and trusted that the place she was supposed to go would have the right answers. She followed her letters just like she was told to, and she barely questioned the contents. Maybe it’s just me, but I know that I couldn’t have done that when I was in my teens, I bet I could hardly even manage to do that now.

If we put that aside, it was a really good summer read, that ended happily enough with Ginny finding the paintings and Richard. Losing the rucksack with the last letter in it was a real bummer, but I’m told that there is a second book, so there is hope for further closure in that regard. I want to know what happens after that romp around Europe.

It makes for a pretty good, summery, girl adventure romp. Quick and easy to read.

-girlinthenerdshop

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Absense Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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Hello folks,

I know that it’s been a while since I last posted anything, it got a little hectic here for a while and I was having a hard time keeping up with with stuff outside of the shop. I hated to neglect the blog, but I suffered some serious lack of inspiration, and a lack of time that I could make alsorts of excuses for, but I won’t.

However, I have read a whole bunch of books, played a ton of games and made a lot of different crafts so I’m hoping that I can get back on the ball with this.

I have a series of posts planned to update on the yearly goals, as I have made some serious progress in that area. I’ve been pretty proud of the amount of hobby stuff that I have managed in the tiny amounts of time that I have scrambled to myself. Also there will be a great many book reviews to come too, we like books here.

Right… off to write some more things now.

– girlinthenerdshop

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