Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Check Me Out on Pinterest & Tumblr!

I just wanted to update you guys that I'm also on Tumblr and Pinterest! Be sure to check my out there and see what I'm blogging and pinning! I'm currently loving Pinterest a lot! I actually undownloaded it from my phone, then just this month I downloaded it back and I'm hooked again on it! As for tumblr, I've been using it for quite a while and you'll definitely see lots of New York and beach pictures on my blog :)

Pinterest: @PatrickkCastro
Tumblr: http://youngsimbbaa.tumblr.com/
Twitter: @Patrickbookss
Instagram: @patrickk_castro 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Racing & Pounding: Bet Your Life - Jane Casey

Bet Your LifeBet Your Life by Jane Casey 
Date Released: February 3, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Pages: 336 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: For Review (Thanks!)
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: (Jess Tennant #2)

Goodreads Synopsis: Jess Tennant has now been living in a tiny town on the English seaside for three months, and is just beginning to relax and think of it as home after the traumatic events of last summer. But in the small hours of Halloween night, a teenage boy is left for dead by the side of the road. Seb Dawson has a serious head injury and may not survive. Jess might not have liked Seb much, but surely he didn’t deserve this. The police don’t seem to be taking the attack very seriously, but Jess can’t just let it go, and she takes matters into her own hands.

As she investigates, Jess discovers that Seb was involved in some very dangerous games. A secret predator around girls, he would do whatever it took to abuse them, from lying and blackmail to spiking drinks. Could a group of vengeful victims be behind his attack? Or is there someone else with a grudge against Seb, who will stop at nothing to silence him? Jane Casey returns with another edge-of-your-seat mystery in Bet Your Life.

From Goodreads

Bet Your Life by Jane Casey was such an unexpected book for me. I expected it to be kinda boring, but finishing it I loved the book a lot more! It was a great mystery novel with elements of a kick ass heroine, suspense, and lies. And it turned out to be a part of a series, which I did not know until writing this review, so I'll probably check out the first book.

In Bet Your Life, we meet Jess Tennant who's life is turned upside down when a boy, Seb Dawson suffers a head injury. The police take things into their own hands, but Jess decides to investigate it. I actually really got down who the characters are and who Jess is. Casey did a great job recapping the reader things from the first book, so it's good to say anyone could pick the book and easily distinguish the characters and plot. Jess was such a perfect protagonist for the story. I was easily able to relate to her and you could easily see yourself in her situation. She gave the book a voice and I found myself turning the pages faster seeing how she'll get herself out of a situation or get into a fight. Caset crafted great characters like Hugo, Ella, Jess and I liked them a lot.

The book overall did not really have a scary, creepy feel, but more of a thriller and suspenseful feel. I do wish that Casey added more creepy, eerie elements, but the book still came out strong. In addition, I also liked that the book did touch a bit on romance, but it did not completely overwhelm the book.

Overall, Bet Your Life was a great book, that anyone should pick up if their looking for a thriller kind of read. Jess was an amazing protagonist and anyone could easily relate to her. Pick up Bet Your Life right now!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (#72) - Magnolia by Maria Dahvana Headley

 Waiting on Wednesday is Hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine


Goodreads Summary: Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds…two races…and two destinies.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Why I'm Waiting For It: Ummm...first off, Stardust?! It's one of my favorite movies and since it's blurb with John Green's TFIOS, I have such big hope for this book!

The concept does sound a bit like Stardust, but I have a feeling Headley will take a different turn with the book and totally bring something unexpected. Plus, the cover looks amazing!

Magnolia will hit shelves on April 28, 2015 from HarperCollins

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Insurgent Movie!


Insurgent was hands down one of the best movies I watched this year! It was much more action packed and thrilling compared to the first movie. Amazing graphics and scenes, everyone NEEDS to watch it soon.

 Here's the trailer, if you have not watch it yet?

 Tris/Four Relationship:
As a fan of the books, I did feel like the relationship between Tris and Four in the movie was done really well. While there was some golden scenes between the two, it lacked more of Tris's rebellious spirit in the aftermath of Divergent. Also, I did like how the movie showed more intimate scenes between the two.

Action, Action, and more Action!
Insurgent was full on action packed with more violent scenes than the first. Honestly, there was sooo many shooting scenes with guns, little kids in my theater were watching them?! What?? It was much more intense, but it kept me awake and who doesn't love some good action? Tris and Four were kick ass, and Maggie Q was just as amazing as her role as Tori. 

The Acting/Actors
One thing that I believe makes the movie so well done and successful is the actors/actresses picked for the movie. In Insurgent we have Octavia Spencer (from the help) joining in the cast and Naomi Watts helped bring the movie together. It was get seeing both of them in the movie and acting from all the characters was on point. Shailene's acting was even better and I felt like she pushed herself much more than the first movie. 

The Ending
I might have been fuzzy on the details of the book, but the ending in the movie was crazy! Having read Insurgent wayyy back, I was no sure if that ending happened in the book. But it was soo shocking! Everyone at the theaters practically gasped at the end and I did too, such a big cliffhanger for the third movie. 

 Overall, Insurgent was an amazing and mind-blowing movie. It's definitely a movie you have to see yourself to watch to experience how amazing it is. Definitely watch it with friends or family soon, you will not regret it!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fresh Off The Press (#41): March 23 - April 5

 Welcome to Fresh Off The Press! It’s where I'll showcase all the great books hitting shelves in a week. These are all YA titles and hope you get to pick them up soon! These books are releasing from (March 30 - April 5)

 The Wicked Will Rise (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Dorothy Must Die Series #2)Instinct (Chronicles of Nick Series #6)The Start of Me and You
 The Cemetery BoysBlack Dove, White RavenAsh: A Destined Novel
 Sisters of Blood and Spirit

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die Series #1)The F- It ListGreensleeves
 Amazing books this week I've got to say! I really need to pick up the Dorothy Must Die series, there's so much hype over it, I'm probably the last one to pick it up. The cover for Ash looks amazing! Be sure you guys restock your shelves for this week's books!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fascinating & Mindblowing: Vanishing Girls - Lauren Oliver

Vanishing GirlsVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Date Released: March 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 368 pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher (Thanks!)
Rating: LOVED It (5 Stars out of 5 Stars)
Series: Standalone!

Goodreads Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on." --E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars

From Goodreads

Vanishing Girls was hands down one of the most poignant and powerful books I read year. Wow..I'm still blown away honestly.

Vanishing Girls may look like you typical YA/Contemporary book but beneath it all is an intricate story. Sisters, Nick and Dara, used to be so close to each other until Dara vanishes on her birthday. Nick thinks Dara is playing with her, but when Madeline Snow also vanishes, she knows something serious is going on. Oliver was able to effortlessly bring in suspenseful elements along with loss and love that ultimately created an amazing book. 

Nick and Dara were really intriguing right off the bat. The book was divided between the two sisters and the past and present. It may have gotten confusing at times, but I was actually able to distinguish the two. I really bonded with Nick while reading, because she had a strong perseverance not to give up to find Dara. She goes through so much trying to find out what really happens to Dara, you could easily feel all the emotions she went through. Dara on the other hand, was a big mess for me. She needed to get her whole act straightened out and needed to stop playing games. I kinda felt a "Boy Who Cried Wolf" vibe from her because she would start these games and end up safe and normal. Oliver created such dynamic characters that really contrasted with each other that worked well.

I loooveed the suspense part of the novel. It was heart-pounding when Nick was piecing all the clues about Dara. The ending had me on an emotional roller coaster, be prepared! As the whole book comes together, you feel for all the characters especially Nick and Dara!

 Be prepared!

I have a feeling this book would do great as a movie (wouldn't it?? Tell me below!)
Overall, Vanishing Girls was a refreshing addition to the every expanding world of YA books. Oliver hits a home run with her emotional characters, a suspenseful plot, and a deep message about family, relationships, and love. Pick this one up!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Feature: What's On My Night Stand?!

Welcome to "What's On my Night Stand?!" Feature! In this feature, usually done once or twice a month, is a way for me to show you guys the books I'm currently reading and play to tackle this month. Hope you guys enjoy it :)

For this month of March I'm pretty ambitious I think, lol. This usually isn't my normal pile but since I'm on Spring Break, let's see how much I get through!
 (From top to bottom):
    1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (I'm currently in the middle on this one and I'm liking it a lot. There's such a good message behind it and its short book. My type of read!)
    2.   Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead (Biggest shout out for my cousin for getting this for my 17th Birthday! I still have not pick it up yet, but will do soon! Pumped up for it :)
    3.  Bet Your Life by Jane Casey (I'm currently in the middle of this one and I'm obsessed with it. I didn't expect it to be this amazing.)
    4. Dreamfire by Kit Alloway (Still have not pick this one up, it's for review, but the books sounds unqiue and I never read any YA/dream-esque book before...)
    5. I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios  (This was one of my WoW's for this month or last month and my library finally sent it! So happy to check this one out)
    6. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Also from the library, I've been obsessed with this one since I found it while browsing BN. Love the cover also!) 
If you guys are also posting up your own TBR piles comment below and I'll hope over to your blog and comment!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fresh Off The Press (#40): March 17 - March 22

 Welcome to Fresh Off The Press! It’s where I'll showcase all the great books hitting shelves in a week. These are all YA titles and hope you get to pick them up soon! These books are releasing from (March 17 - March 22)
 The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book OneHalf WildWe All Looked Up
 The Walls Around UsCatalystFinding Mr. Brightside
 Written in the StarsThe Tightrope WalkersMe Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You

 The TreatmentThe Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die Series #2)Noggin
   Those are the amazing books releasing this week. Very excited for The Tightrope Walkers to finally be out and The Wall Around Us sounds so intriguing!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Update: I'm Finally BACK!


Finally I am back to blogging!

 It feels so great to be back and start enjoying Spring Break :) My Spring Break is actually longer this year and I'll finally have the chance to catch up on reading, blogging, and just enjoying a stress free week! I actually took my SAT last Saturday and it turned out really well, so glad that's done with :)

This month I'll have tons of posts up from reviews (I have tons!) to memes to Music Posts also. Finally catching up 0.0

BIG Thanks for all my 516 followers for sticking it through with me! I kinda feel a giveaway coming along.....


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