Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Bittersweet Moment...

Oh, hey y'all! I hope that 2013 is treating you well, and that you all had an awesome holiday break. Ever since August, life has been absolutely crazy. With school starting, I spend nights doing homework and weekends finishing huge projects, as well as trying to make time for extracurricular activities and also trying to have time to hang out with friends and spend time with family. And through all this craziness, Reading Writing Breathing has been neglected greatly. I have for so, so long about this decision, and I am so sad to make it, but I think that RWB is going to be coming to a close.

 Since last summer when I started this blog, I have some amazing friends. I mean really, this community is full of people who love to read, and love to share their passion of reading. But the stress of keeping up with this blog and juggling life has become too much, and I just can't handle all these responsibilities at once. I am sad that I'm having to end my blogging, but I wouldn't trade all the memories from my blog for the world.

 I just want to thank a few individuals who have become so close to my heart and made my blogging journey worthwhile.

 Sasha and Em from Sash and Em - Ah, I don't even know where to start. When I found y'all's blog, I fell in love with you guys and your reviews, and when I met y'all at the ALA Midwinter blog dinner, I was freaking out. Sasha, we have had some awesome times at Midwinter AND Annual, especially seeing John Green speak. You are so, so sweet and so hilarious, and I hope we stay in touch. Em, I am so sad you could not make Annual over summer, but I am SO glad I got to meet you at Midwinter. You are so kind and so sweet.

 Cambria, Cristin, and Sara from YA Confidential - All three of y'all are too hilarious to handle! I think it was just fate that we were by each other at the Midwinter blogger dinner, because since then we have had some awesome times at Midwinter and Annual. I am so glad that we got to hang out and discuss books and just life in general, I will never forget it! And Cristin - I will be picking up a copy of your book when it hits shelves and recommending it to ALL my friends at school!

 Kari from A Good Addiction - From the start, you were always so welcoming of me into the blogging community. You sent me emails of all the blogger meet-ups and you even share books with me when I was starting out. Your kindness really made me fall in love with the blogging world, and you're HILARIOUS too. I know I'll be seeing your name on the bookshelves one day. :)

 Katie from Katie's Book Blog - I have always been a follower of your amazing blog, and getting the chance to meet and hang out with you at Midwinter and Annual was just amazing. You have one of those genuine personalities that is so awesome, and it's so much fun being around you. I will always read your blog, even though my blogging has stopped.

 Hafsah from Icey Books - I don't know what to say! You are one of my best blogging friends, no doubt, even if we haven't talked in a while. You are so strong, and even though your life hasn't always been so easy for you, but you are always so positive and so happy, and it just makes me feel so strong, because YOU are so strong. We NEED to stay in touch, no question!

 Melina from Reading Vacation - I'm not even going to TRY to begin with you. We have had so many times since we first starting talking, it's just crazy that we live so close! You are such a great friend, and you are probably one of THE kindest people I know, in blogging and in life in general. You are always there for me no matter what, and always looking at the positives in life. We WILL stay in touch.

 I'd also like to thank Magan from Rather Be Reading, Pam from Bookalicious, Katie from Mundie Moms, and Andye and Amy from ReadingTeen. Also, thanks so much to Jodi Meadows, Julie Cross, Michelle Hodkin, and so many other authors for being so kind and doing interviews with me.

 And lastly, I just want to thank you. You, reading this post. You, who's been such a supporter of Reading Writing Breathing. I could never have gotten HERE without y'all, I never thought my blog would get so big, and I wouldn't trade my book blogging for the world. Thank you for supporting me through everything. You guys are the best.

 This may be the end for Reading Writing Breathing, but be sure to find me on Twitter (@rwbofficial) and Instagram (hd_t!)

 I love y'all.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Discussion Time: City of Bones Trailer!

Unless you live under a rock in the YA world, you didn't miss the unveiling of City of Bones first official movie trailer. In this peek at the world of Clary Fray and the Shadowhunters, we are shown snippets of our favorite characters from the beloved series. Simon, Jace, Alec, the whole gang is in there. Haven't seen it? Take a look!

After watching this trailer multiple times, I have to say I'm...underwhelmed.

 I feel like City of Bones is going to have the same atmosphere as the (finally) concluded Twilight movies. From the trailer, the characters seem to be overplayed, emotional, and static. I mean, The Mortal Instruments series is not a series to read if you're looking for deep, meaningful journeys of life and life-altering views on the world. I know that the audience for Clare's series is one that wants the romance like Twilight and the vampires and the werewolves. But from the trailer, I feel like Lily Collins is portraying Clary as some helpless little puppy. I mean, really, we already see her crying in the trailer! The action scenes also seem a bit dull, likewise with Twilight's. There doesn't seem to be that passion in the characters that were portrayed in the books.

 But this is all from 2 minutes, right?

Discussion Time!
What's your opinion on the trailer?
What characters (that you saw) did you think were cast correctly?
What characters (that you saw) did you think we cast incorrectly?
How do you feel the movie is going to turn out?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer, Book #2
Release Date: October 23rd, 2012
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 544 Pages
Genre: Paranormal YA
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
"Didn't think Michelle could top Unbecoming? You couldn't be more wrong! Full of non-stop thrill, heart-breaking revelations, and the signature mind-twists, The Evolution of Mara Dyer not only meets Unbecoming, but raises the stakes!"

 It's been one of the longest, if not THE longest, wait I've ever experienced before. It's been painful, having the ending of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer sitting in my brain for over a year. That ending left me a total mess, full of so many questions. If you haven't seen my review of Michelle's debut, be sure to check that out HERE. If you followed me on Twitter back in September of 2011, all you saw was my all caps tweets about how amazing the Unbecoming was! The next few months, all that I talked about to people was Mara Dyer - and her big mystery.

 So on October 23rd, bright and early, I forced my dad to drive me down to the bookstore and I picked up my copy of The Evolution of Mara Dyer. Finally, the wait was over.

 Was I the only one that was a tad worried there was no way Evolution could be anything close to the mind-blowing awesomeness of The Unbecoming? Well, I dove in with this thought lingering in the back of my mind. But within 50 pages, which I read within ten minutes, I knew that this thought was nowhere near true! Not only does this one start off with tons of action, jaw-dropping revelations, and that signature romance is alive and better than ever!

 There was one thing about this second installment that was the one and only improvement upon the Unbecoming, because you can't really improve upon a masterpiece such as that debut! If there was one thing I had to complain about, it would have been that Mara's fixation with Noah became a bit extreme and seemed to almost make all other events take the backseat for a good portion of the book. With The Evolution of Mara Dyer, Michelle balances the sizzling romance and the jaw-dropping action perfectly! I was racing through each page because there seemed to be something happening all the time!

 I have to say, my favorite thing about this installment was the characters! There is no doubt that Hodkin is the master of creating deep, emotional, sometimes psychotic characters that you can't help but be interested in and invested in. The new characters of Mara's mental facility are creepy and they kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! There are some insane ones this time around, I couldn't even wrap my head around the actions of this cast.

 Think Michelle couldn't top her debut? I'm happy to say you couldn't be more wrong! Full of twists and turns you will literally never see coming, sizzling romance that is put on the line, and a cast of characters that make Mara Dyer who she truly is, The Evolution of Mara Dyer no doubt tops The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. 

 But really, don't get me started on the ending.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Exciting Things are Happening at Reading Writing Breathing!

Well hey there!

It's been a month since I last posted on here, and since then I've created a new direction for Reading Writing Breathing. Still books, still authors, still readers, but more interactive, more blog visitor friendly. I'm still working out the kinks in these ideas, so it'll be a week or two more. But hang with me, I promise the outcome will be worth the time :)

Thanks for y'all's support of my blog and sticking with me even after a month of no posting!

 While I get RWB organized, tell me what you've been reading, you're top five best recent reads, and your top five most anticipated Fall releases in the comments!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Book Review: Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
Series: Standalone
Release Date: April 19th, 2011
Simon Pulse (Simon and Schuster), 269 Pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Bought
Format: eBook
Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive....

Not your typical beach read.
"Invinicble Summer is an emotionally draining contemporary that leaves you in pieces."

I know that every review has said this as a preface, and I will say it one more time: do not be deceived by the cover of Invincible Summer, which is an intense, utterly heartbreaking contemporary that broke my heart in a thousand different ways. The cover does nothing to reflect upon the contents of this read. Do I like the cover? I actually can't complain about it. But I wish that the designers had done a better job of showing that this book isn't some sexy, watered down teen book but an emotionally drilling contemporary that will hit home no matter what!

 What I really loved about Invincible Summer is that the whole book is told from the point of view of a guy. I found this book was easier to dive into because I was reading it from a guy's point of view. I couldn't necessarily relate to Noah's situation, but the way that Moskowitz told the story through his eyes made it so anyone could find themselves enraptured in Noah's story, his summers, his struggles, and his happiness. Noah's voice was so real, so fluent, and so steady that you can't help but feel for him and his family!

 Along with the voice, the writing style of Invincible Summer also contributes to it's ease of reading. The crisp, simple, blunt prose delivers heavy messages without sugar coating everything too much. I like all different kinds of prose, but I think with certain plots there are only a few ways that the story can be told. With Invincible Summer, the sharp prose that perfectly matched the tone of a boy Noah's age was the exact type of way that a story like this should have been told!

 The romance of Invincible Summer is quite devastating, but the family aspect of this novel is the bigger issue, and I loved the way the two plots contrasted against one another and evolved over the course of four summers. I felt the slow movement of the friendships, relationships, and family was heartbreaking, yet also heartwarming, at the same time, and that is an amazing, tricky thing to do!

 Invincible is an emotionally draining contemporary that will rip you to pieces, but leave you on a note that will help you mend that broken heart!