2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Michael has read 1 book toward his goal of 50 books.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Ways To View Your Blog

Hey guys so I'm typing this up on my computer which is pretty elderly but I still love her. So if the font is different or it looks wonky, I'm sorry. But I just wanted to make a very quick post about these new dynamic views Blogger is offering us. All you have to do is;


then after view add one of the following words; flipcard, mosaic, sidebar, snapshot, timeslide

I was checking them out and it's pretty awesome, a new way to view blogger. So if you want check out my blog to see the formats. The links will be below. =D


So check that out! I will put up another post today, an Authors Spotlight one with a beloved author who passed away last week. So yea, have fun viewing the new blogger things. >.> Can't remember the name =P

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (24)

Hello my fellow followers! It is I, The Subtle Chronicler, also known as Mike! Anyway today's book is actually the one I talked about yesterday. I'm almost done with the book and I'm actually going to go out and buy myself a copy when it's released which is April 05, 2011. Next week! So Pre-Order your copy here and let's get this rolling!

One thing about this is that I've seen the cover so many times but just glances. I never actually took the time to sit down and stare at it all and I must say it's pretty cool. My current ARC copy is all green with gold lettering saying the title and authors name. It is the same font though which is pretty cool.

Oh and Ky if you're reading this, I was going to send you the second copy but my godfather wanted to borrow a book and my OCD craziness kicked in and after much saying of "oh I haven't read that one yet. Nope not that one either. Nope I was going to read that one next." He saw that I had two copies and took one. -headdesk-

But anyway on to the book!

Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.

Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.

Until now.

Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And-if an ancient prophesy is correct-what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.

The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.

As I said before, the novel started out eh, but it's getting really good so check it out when it comes out! And I leave you all for now! Until tomorrow.

I also want to start a Reading Challenge. To read a number of male authors this year and try to get other people to join. I just have to see some stuff to make it official. >.> Should have started but I had the idea not long ago. Haha. Byeee =D

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday's Novel Talk (33)

Seven A.M. waking up in the morning
Gotta be fresh gotta go downstairs...

I love this song. Haha so hello people! Today is Monday and it has been very amazing. I have witnessed the Charlie Sheen of literature and she was a train-wreck and I loved watching it! But it's time to talk books. This might be short because I'm tired and don't feel like thinking on what to type.

So I am reading an ARC of The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens. In the beginning I wasn't very fond of it. For some reason, the way it was written just wasn't catching my interest and the characters were a bit bland. But around 40 pages it started to pick up and now I'm fully interested. I'm on page 143, chapter 9 so far and I'm trying to get to 300 by tonight.

The story goes, and this might be a bit spoilerish, that these 3 orphans find this book with magic powers. Whenever they place a picture in one of the blank pages, it takes them to the time of the picture. They can only get back if they have a picture of their time. If they don't have a picture then they're out of luck and stuck in that time period. It's basically time-traveling with pictures which is pretty awesome.

The kids go to this time in the past and end up losing the book and getting stuck there so now they have to go on this adventure and find the book so that they can go back home.

The novel comes out April 5, 2011 and I'm not going to say GO BUY IT WHEN IT COMES OUT! I'll have to finish the novel first. But so far it is getting interesting.

Now I'm going to go. My mind is all jumbled and I don't even know what I'm writing. So I'll save you all and just stop here. =D

Friday, March 25, 2011

Book Review: Incarceron

Title: Incarceron
Author: Catherine Fisher
Pages: 442 Pages
Rating: E for Exceeds Expectations
Review: It will always watch you with its red beaded eye. Hear every word you speak and whisper, feel every move you make. It knows every single thought you think inside your very own head. There is no sanctuary from this vile beast. No where to hide or to find comfort. Not even in your own body. There is no way to escape from the clutches of this monster. Incarceron controls you. You are Incarceron.

Imagine a prison, like many states put together controlled by itself. Imagine being trapped inside the prison for your whole life and wanting to see what is out there. If there is an outside. You are now Finn, a young boy who wants all of this. He has heard stories of one man, Sapphique, leaving the prison, but he does not know if they are true. He would do anything to leave and he’s finally gotten his chance.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher is a captivating tale about escaping something that is part of you. When Finn finds a key that allows him to communicate with the outside world, he starts to learn the truth that he was never told. With the help of Keiro; his oath brother, Attia; a slave girl, and Claudia; the mysterious girl from outside, they’ll discover secrets that were better left uncovered.

To say that Incarceron was beautifully written will not cover it all. Even though the story was wonderfully written out, the way the words formed did not exactly flow well together. There were parts where I had to go back and re-read it, just to understand what I had read. Now this may be because I was tired when I read it, but either way I still had to go back every few pages. But when I say the story was beautifully written, I mean the general idea. A prison that controls you and gives you life is something that we can all learn to fear. But without spoiling, there were certain parts that made me hesitate to liking it even more.

For some very odd reason I really hated the fact that they saw little animals. Now for everyone who has read this, you will understand what I mean. I am talking about Claudia and Jared, when they see the little animals in the field. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, go read the book. But that part really bugged me because for some reason it did not fit with the story. I mean if you were able to see the animals, should you not be able to see the others?

The characters are well written out, full of life and emotions that make you want to get to know them more. Catherine Fisher plays with your own emotions, making you feel pity for certain characters and then despise them a second later. Every character you meet has a pivotal role to setting the story forward, so it was impressive that they were all third dimensional.

The novel is action-packed and full of thought provoking incidents that make you wonder if everything is happening by accident, or if it was all planned out. Both the world outside and the world inside the prison mesh well together as they both fight to see what is real and what is an illusion. And it all leads up to the final moment where everything they learned is thrown away and one question pops up. Will they ever be able to escape Incarceron?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hottest Female Characters (7)

So this one will be a bit short. Only because I haven't read the book so I don't really know. I'm just going off of looks. The book is Wither that was released yesterday and in the post from yesterday I said that the girl on the cover looks like a cross between

Mila Kunis &

Which is weird because they kind of look similar in these photos. Ok not as much but I see a bit of Mila Kunis in Miley in this photo. But yea, if the book were ever to become a movie, they should put these two together and create a little baby who would miraculously grow into an 18 year old girl and look like the cross. What do you guys think? Who you guys cast as Rhine? Leave your thoughts down below in the comments.

Both are very beautiful women with talent. And no bashing Miley Cyrus! I will find you and make you watch every single episode of Hannah Montana with me! =D

Told you this would be short =P

Cover Reveal: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Today I have received an email from Barnes & Noble, letting me know that a book today was announced. A book that a lot of people have been waiting for. This book is the final book in a Cycle that started a couple of years ago. And it's about to end.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. The cover as we see is green, the dragon is facing towards the right like the one from Brisingr. But anyway! The novel is set to be released November 08, 2011. I'll be buying it when it comes even though I still have to read Eldest and Brisingr. And even though I didn't like it the first time I started reading Eldest I still feel like something big is about to end. I was there since basically the beginning of the series and just seeing that end, it just reminds me of a lot. This synopsis was taken from RandomHouse;

Not so very long ago, Eragon-Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider-was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

So there you go!
Or if you haven't read them yet
Click her to pre-order the 4 book box-set. It will be Hardcover and it's from Barnes & Noble and it's really cheap! I remember when I bought the first two in a box-set, it cost me about $32 if I remember correctly. But then again, this was years ago when they first came out.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (23)

-is looking at the television- Oh hello! I didn't see you there. I was too busy looking at the television waiting for No Ordinary Family which returns today and the best person in the world guest stars in it. Shay Carl from the Shaytards! On YouTube!!!! But yes, today I've been working out in the backyard, got paid with a book which I ordered a while ago. But today a book has been released that I really want to read. And I know a couple of people have read it so you have to let me know how it is! The book is;

Wither by Lauren DeStefano. It is book 1 of The Chemical Garden Trilogy and the cover looks amazing. The girl looks like a cross between Miley Cyrus and Mila Kunis. O.o Anyway here's the synopsis for the novel which I got from BarnesAndNoble.com

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it impossible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape-before her time runs out?

It definitely sounds different than most Dystopian novels so I'll have to check it out for sure. But if you have or if you also want to leave your opinions down below! =D

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday's Novel Talk (32)

Yo yo! What's up?! So it's Monday and I feel like crap. Not only am I sick but I have pink eye! I have no idea how I got it. All I know is that I woke up to feed the fishes, went back to sleep and woke up an hour later with pink eye. So I'm thinking it must've been the fish food or something.

Anyway, before I start, if you haven't noticed there are some tabish-like things up top. They used to be on the side over there -> where you could access reviews, author interviews, and stuff like that. They are now above where it'll be viewed easier and have this cool highlighted thing to them.

So, it's Monday! I've finished 3 books since last Monday and am currently on my 4th. The 3rd book and the one I'm reading now are what I want to talk about really. But let's see what I read first.

Matched by Ally Condie was the first I finished. I actually have a review which you can see by clicking here.
Fat Vampire by Adam Rex which was hilarious and possibly the only vampire novel that I really like.

And now for the other two. On the 20th which was yesterday at 3 in the morning I started reading The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong. Now I had previously read a book by her called Bitten which is an adult book and I wasn't to fond of it even though it was good. But this one was amazing! By 6:39 A.M. I was about 100 pages away from finishing the book and had to force myself to stop reading and go to sleep. I fell asleep and woke up after and I was sick and didn't read until night time. I finally finished and today I started the second one, The Awakening.

Both books are amazing. I'm super glad that Kelley Armstrong decided to write Young Adult novels because they are simply amazing. The first one was mainly about ghosts and stuff and how the main character was scared. And because I was reading it in the dead of night with no light, just my book light, and am terrified of ghosts, there were parts where I was like >.>
staring into the corners, ears straining to hear what the hell is making all those noises in my head.

The reason I was so jumpy is because believe it or not, my house is haunted. With the shaking of the rooms, to hand-prints on my ceiling, to statues of saints crying. You name it, I got it. And I have friends who can vouch that all these things are real. So reading ghost stories really scares the crap out of me. Lucky for me though, the sun was coming up as I decided to go to bed.

But the whole idea of the novel is one of the best I've read so far this year. I love the whole idea about the teenagers in the house, and how there's other people outside that are like them. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go read the series! I'm currently on Chapter 6, page 42 of the second novel, but I'm already in love with it. Armstrong has a way of writing for young adults that makes it truly amazing.

Now I'm gonna go and get ready to watch some Season Finales today. Pretty Little Liars anyone? Skins US? Which by the way, I hate, but I'm hoping they make it good by having Tony get hit by the truck. If that doesn't happen, I'm going to fight someone.

Now before I go I have some links for you guys to click and do as it says. It's nothing hard. Just a twitter and facebook. =P So I'll see you all later eh?

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Book Review: Matched

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Pages: 366
Rating: E for Exceeds Expectations
Review: The future holds many things. We never exactly know what it will bring us next. Only that it will help us. And destroy us. Matched by Ally Condie is a world set in the future where the government chooses who you marry, where you live, what you eat, what you do and when you die. You have no control over your life and they will not take no for an answer. Cassia, the main character, has finally gotten matched with her best friend Xander, but when she sees another person’s face on the screen for a split second, she learns that perhaps the government is wrong. That they should not have total control.

With a novel like this, anything is possible. Ally Condie could have made the fiercest main character that ranked up with many others of her age. Cassia could have been the one who would have fought for what was right. She could have been the one who brought the whole system down and destroyed everything, leading everyone into a revolution and chaos. She could have been the one where she would fight to the death for her love. But she does not.

When Cassia sees Ky’s face in the screen for that split second, it is as if she just realized that one of her friends is actually there. An interest sparks up inside of her and in no time she is in love. Most of the novel is generally about her feelings towards Ky and towards Xander. There are certain events thrown into the mix but nothing that goes BOOM! Everything is masked by these feelings she has for Ky that were only brought up because of curiosity. While her best friend, who she has loved for years and years, is thrown to the side.

Between the lovey-dovey scenes with Ky, the government seems to threaten her from staying away from him. But she never takes any actions to fight against them. She just goes behind their backs and does it all over again. It is as if she does not really want it, but the curiosity she has for him drives her forward. With the way she explains her love for him, you would figure that she would do anything to get it. But that is all she does. Speak of her love for him. It could have been so much more.

The words and plot were powerful enough to show the threat that the government had against the people. But with only a few instances, it fell flat by having a forced love cover it. The emotions I felt as a certain mother screamed for her son as they took him away were wild. To see her need reassurance, reaching for her husbands hand one last time, and failing, set me on a ride of loss, panic and pity. This event was the most powerful scene in the novel and it was in the last thirty pages. It was also between two minor characters. Only in these last thirty pages do we see the government take control over everyone and use it to destroy them.

It is sad that the most hardcore scene came from a minor character. But Cassia promised some hopeful events that would happen in the second book that might make up for the lovey-dovey scenes. And of course, I have no problem with the lovey-dovey scenes and I’m not saying that it is wrong. I just thought this would be a novel where fighting for what you wanted would be more visible instead of just standing there like a waiting duck.

I am also not saying that Ally Condie is not a good writer. It is quite the opposite. For an author to make me feel what I felt by using minor characters, shows how much of an amazing talent they had. Even if it was mostly about the love, I still felt the words and took everything and ate it down and kept it there. I just wished that Cassia had a couple of scenes where she was just as raw and powerful as those other characters.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (22)

What it do, shawty in the hood?! I don't know. My gangsterness is coming out today for some odd reason. Anyway, today it is Tuesday. You are welcome for me pointing that out to you. It's actually March 15th which means another book has been welcomed into our world today. This time it is a book about fencing, time-traveling, and pirates. I have never read a novel about pirates so I think I'm going to go pick this one up to be my first. Which book is it?

Steel by Carrie Vaughn! A couple of people have read it because of ARC last year but not many have and so for that, I shall tell you what it is. *description was taken from Barnesandnoble.com*

It was a slender length of rusted steel, tapered to a point at one end and jagged at the other, as if it had been broken. A thousand people would step over it and think it trash, but not her.

This was the tip of a rapier.

Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.

The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate's life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home-one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.

It sounds really interesting and now that I think about it, I'll buy it as soon as I can. I really like pirates but never read anything about them which is beyond weird to me. If you read an ARC tell us how it is in the comments below. If you haven't read it, are you going to buy it?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday's Novel Talk (31)

Ola malta! Aqui fala o Michael, autor do The Subtle Chronicler. Provavelmente estarão a tentar adivinhar porque é que estou a escrever em português. Isto é, se não estiverem a tentar adivinhar que lingua é esta! Pronto, está bem, está bem, eu volto ao inglês.

Translation provided by Leonor! =D I can write Portuguese but not very well and I don't have the tools to do the accents on top of some words.

So there's some Portuguese for you all. I would challenge you all by trying to translate this on google but you would just get some butchered version of what I was trying to say and think that I was horrible. So I'll translate it for you.

Hello people! This is Michael, author of The Subtle Chronicler. You're probably wondering why I'm writing in Portuguese. If you're not trying to wonder what language this is anyway. Fine, okay, okay, I'll go back to English.

So there we go. You have learned some Portuguese. Cool points for those of you who can pronounce the words.

Anyway, today is Monday and I'm just finishing up on The Last Song. The movie not the book, with Miley Cyrus. My little Miley Cyrus whom I love so much. We're getting married and she knows it! She just won't say it. I'm a few minutes away from the end and it's just sad. No I am not shedding a tear but I am all sad like. This movie is awesome.

But, I should be talking about what I am reading. And that is....

Matched by Ally Condie. So far I'm on Chapter 17, Page 186 of 366. So far, the book is good. I love the type of books set in the future where the government controls everything and everything is planned out for you. Like Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I think it's called Dystopian but it could not be Dystopian, since their world feels perfect. How can a perfect world be bad, eh?
But I think that the Dystopian type is one of my favorite type of novels. I just like seeing how this perfect world is truly bad and watching people rebel against it.

Oh hold up the movie. Her father ='(

./` Cuz there is no guarantee that this life is easy! Yea when my world is falling apart and there's no light to break up the dark that's when I, I, I look at you. ./`

Sorry, that song is just awesome. So, I'm back from watching the movie, so back to the book talk. I like the world that Ally created. How the government truly controls your life from who you marry, to what you do and eat, to when you die. It's crazy just how much control they have over you. And while it seems like bliss and all nice and pretty on the outside, it's really diabolic and evil. You have absolutely no choice in what you do.

There's not really much action so far. It's more about her feelings towards what is going on and while that is good because some interesting stuff happens, I would like to see something explode. But I might get that because I'm sure the novel picks up.

Now, I don't want to give much away so I'm going to end this post and get back to reading before my shows start. I hope you all check this book out and if you have, tell me what you thought about it in the comments below! =D

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cover Change: Nightshade & Wolfsbane

I know that I am a bit late on the news. But if you haven't heard well here you go.
We all know Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. We all know about the amazing cover and how the story is also amazing as the cover is. We also know that we had been waiting for the second novel, Wolfsbane that is set to be released July 26, 2010. And how that cover is also amazing and how we can't wait to have it in our hands. Well yea, not anymore because the covers have changed.

These two covers are the original. The second is what was supposed to be. But now that they've changed it;

These two are the new covers. The first one will only be available for Paperback from what I've read. While the second one will be available both in Paperback and Hardcover. N

SERIOUSLY?! The first one won't even be in Hardcover?!

Here's what I think. I know how everyone says "don't judge a book by its cover." but who doesn't? I mean yea, I won't not get a book because of the cover but I won't exactly look at it unless I read about it online. The cover of Nightshade is what drew me into the story. I bought it without knowing what it was because it was beautiful art. Most people see books as art so you can't blame us.

I also have OCD. Serious OCD. So of course it's going to kick in with books. I figured, I'll buy the first one in Hardcover also so that it'll match. BUT IT WON'T EVEN BE IN HARDCOVER?!?!?! WTF.

I just don't understand how they went from the art that was and made it into something that looks overdone already and so cliché. Seriously the black covers with a girl on it and a different colored theme. It's been used so many times and it seriously is. The original covers, they were original, they popped out of any bookcase. Our eyes were drawn to it but now they're not.

The story is, the new ones were going to be the paperback ones, which is okay because they look like paperback copies. Can you seriously imagine the second cover as a flap? Won't work out. But Penguin, the publishing company, liked it so much they decided to just change it all.

... seriously Penguin? Are you guys blind or something? What makes you think those plain covers are going to outsell the original? People will just look over it because it's like everything else. It doesn't pop out.

I'm just sad and seriously hoping this is an early ass April Fool's joke. I mean they can still make the cover the original since they have the artwork already. But people are already fighting for it. Aside from sending the company many emails asking for the originals, there is a twitter petition going on.

With over 100 votes, http://twitition.com/o2xln we're hoping that it'll work. I was also thinking of one person gathering many posts from different blogs about how they don't like it and sending it to the company. I mean after all, it is us, the readers, who will be buying the novels.

I also say this with no offense and nothing towards Andrea Cremer. Her work will always be beautiful and amazing. This just goes to the company who decided to change it.

I'm seriously hoping they change it back to the original but if not, -sigh- I'll possibly print the old cover out and glue it to the new one. Or just rock back and forth in a corner.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Book Review: Behind Green Glass

Title: Behind Green Glass
Author: Amanda Von Hoffmann
Pages: 184
Rating: O for Outstanding
Review: Whenever you see a Fairy novel and read the synopsis, there always seems to be one thing in common. A human girl meets a fairy boy and falls in love for his beauty and his perfection and something happens where they cannot be together and they meet the fairy world and they live happily ever after. The End. You never hear about fairies that are not perfect and the girls who do not fall in love with them. Until one novel came along.

Behind Green Glass changed that all. The story centers around a girl by the name of Isolde who moved into a new house with her mother. The house, which is in fact very old, is rumored to be haunted. And finding fingerprint smudges on one of your paintings just does not help that rumor go away. But when Isolde finds a green glass, suddenly her perspective of the house is different. Literally.

Through the said green glass, Isolde sees a figure of a boy who she believes is a ghost. She learns of his story, how he fell in love with a human girl who lived a miserable life and ended up killing herself to be with the boy, who she also believed was a ghost and saw through the same green glass. It is not until this boy, Lyric, shows Isolde his family that she discovers that he is not a ghost but a fairy. Isolde wonders why there are only four and why they all looks so different. And that is when she discovers the truth.

These fairies were cast out of their realm because of their imperfections. What we find common troubles, they find something vile and so cruel and an abomination to their perfection. We are talking about stutters, bipolar disorders, deceased wings and even no wings. It is not a surprise when Isolde wants to help these fairies in any way possible. And so their adventure begins.

Behind Green Glass is not just about the adventure though. It is about lessons. Amanda Von Hoffmann does an amazing job at making these two different creatures learn from each other. Isolde, who is shy and non-risk taking, soon learns that she must live for herself when she meets a boy in her new town. And Lyric, who lived life full of sadness and loneliness, must learn that he can make everything around him alive including himself.

The novel is not a huge monster of a novel. It's close to 200 pages which makes displaying your story perfectly a challenge. In just those 200 pages, Amanda Von Hoffmann gave us exactly what we wanted. Forget about the fairy world; this is about the fairies themselves. She gives enough insight into all the characters to make us want to dig deeper into their story. She gives the characters life by giving them troubles that many people experience every day. No, I'm not talking about dating troubles, although they are in the novel, but real troubles. Troubles that people suffer from an cannot escape at all. Another example of why her writing is spectacular is that while she is giving us a novel of fairies, how do we know that it is not about something else?

By now we know this is a book about mental illness-about a girl who just moved to a new house and is starting to see these mythical creatures. At times I wonder if Isolde herself was mentally ill and if all this was just in her head. How she couldn't see anything except if she had the green glass. How the previous owner of the green glass was always kept in her house because her father was "horrible" to her and she later killed herself. When I clearly think about it, I do see that these two girls, the only owners of the glass and the only ones who we know saw the creatures, were in fact mentally ill. Yet, Amanda Von Hoffman did a wonderful job of adding a thick layer of fantasy on top and beautifully written words so that we have to dig deep for this meaning.

It is like a dollar bill. In our hands we have a piece of paper that is green with some stuff on it. But when we think about it, that dollar bill is much more than a piece of paper. That dollar bill brings us a whole new world to our fingertips.

All in all, Behind Green Glass is an amazing novel that makes one think and think again. The ending leaves us at a bit of a cliffhanger that makes us create our own ending in our head. However, whether you go with the outer layer of fairies or if you go with the inner layer of Isolde's supposed mental illness, this novel will not disappoint you.

Cover Reveal: Crossed by Ally Condie

It seems like this week has been the week of releasing epic covers! (I'll provide links below if you don't know which covers I'm talking about.) But today, Ally Condie revealed to us the amazing cover to the sequel of Matched, Crossed! I really love these covers. They are simple yet they say a lot. In the first one we see a girl trapped inside a bubble. We learn that it's Cassia in her Banquet dress, I think. She is trapped in society. Yet in this one, we see her breaking out! Which I absolutely love. I can only imagine what the third cover will be like. We can only assume that the third novel and the last one will be red. On Ally Condie's Site she said that the first two colors represent the green and blue tablets. So since there's a red one, it's safe to say book 3 is red.

I seriously can't wait to have this book. Even if I just started Matched and am only on page 36. I love these type of novels; dystopian, where everything is controlling you. So look at the cover, love the cover, want the cover. I think! And don't quote me on this, that the novel is released November 1, 2011. On Ally's site it says she can't wait for November 1. Such a long way off but I can just stare at this all day =D

For other covers released this week, click the links below.

Let's see what other covers are coming our way. xD

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cover Reveal: Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

I would like to present to you, the final cover for The Leviathan Trilogy, Goliath! The cover looks awesome and it follows the new cover trend and not the old cover. The new and old cover is a debate that has been going on where the old cover was mostly abstract and the new one shows people on it. I think the cover looks epic and all three would look amazing together on a bookshelf. Scott Westerfeld tweeted this cover not long ago and here I am spreading the word. So tell me, are you guys excited for the conclusion?! Leave your comments down below!

The novel will be out September 20, 2011.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hottest Female Characters (6)

Hello all! It is Wednesday as you all know. Or at least I hope you all know. Unless you've lost your memory. You're welcome.

Anyway! This week I want to talk about this girl, not really talk but yea, this girl who has grown up like no tomorrow.
Who is this girl? This girl played Lyra Belacqua in The Golden Compass movie. She was young and looked extremely different.

A while ago I saw a commercial for Skins, Series 5 and this girl was on there and I'm all like, "Whoa, she looks familiar." BAM! It's the same person!

That's crazy. It's crazy how she was playing this sweet little girl and then out of nowhere she plays this badass character who smokes weed and goes to parties and likes to go crazy. But I love the show so I'm not complaining. It's one of the best shows out there EVER MADE!

But's it's amazing how this girl turned out to be so beautiful. In the show she's sort of a red-head but in the picture, which is the most recent one, they made her blonde.

They only made one movie for The Golden Compass because the company is a duck and didn't let them do the sequel. Even though they made the director save the ending from the first movie for the sequel. Makes no sense but that's why they suck.

But I don't think Dakota would be able to be in it anymore since she's all tall and grown.

But like I said, this isn't really much of a post just an OMG moment. I'm still amazed at how grown she is. It's like Lucy from Narnia who I will also have to post up. I thought I did but I'm not sure anymore.

So I'll see you all later if I have anything else to post. I know Friday I'll have a review to put up. YAY reviews. So yea, I'll see you all later. =D

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City of Fallen Angels Trailer #1 of 3

Hey guys so I present to you, the new trailer, the first of three for City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. She just put it up on her twitter and here I am putting it up on my blog so everyone can check it out. =D

This one is a recap of what happened in the first three novels. Just to catch you up.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cover Reveal: The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

Introducing the third novel in the Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima! The Gray Wolf Throne! Cinda revealed her cover just a few minutes ago on her new facebook page and I have got to say it is AMAZING! I love the crown and the purple matches perfectly well. I seriously can not wait to have it in my hands. The novel is set to be released September 20, 2011 so be sure to check it out. And if you haven't go buy her books now!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday's Novel Talk (30) + Announcement

Yo yo! What's up followers?! It's yo boy Mike a.k.a. The Subtle Chronicler! What it do!?

I have no idea why I'm talking like that but anyway! If you are reading this, CONGRATULATIONS! You have survived another week by not being attacked by aliens. But if you have been attacked by aliens, I am deeply sorry. But it's too late for you now. But the ones who are reading this, give yourself a pat on the back for surviving.

Moving along, it is Monday which means I get to tell you all what I'm reading. Currently, I am reading, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. I am on chapter 4 and page 33 of 454. First off let me just say something about the book itself. The cover is amazing. Viewing it online is nothing compared to having it in your hands. The book is pretty tall which is epic and it's heavy which means it's full of epicness. The cover has this shiny glimmer to it and feels nice to the touch. And I know you all know about the pages but the side of the pages are ruffled like rugged edges. I don't remember the actual term for them but I bet you I'll remember after I post this up.

So I'm not that far in but the story is interesting already. It kind of reminds me of Romeo & Juliet except without the love part and with people forcing you to be together. It's just that it's two families about to join together and they're two top dog families so you probably understand what I mean.

Calla seems like a well-thought out character and I like her brother Ansel. If they ever decide to release a movie for this novel I want to be Ansel. And you will all love me. You will all love me, Ansel. LOVE ME!

Let me step away from the creep factor.

I'm not that far in like I said but it's enough to let me know that I want to finish this! I just love the feel of the book and the ruffled edges of the paper. It's just epic and different. And the second novel Wolfsbane is being released in July, I believe, of this year! The cover looks awesome online but just imagine it in your hands. I can't wait to get it!

So right now I'm going to go and read some since I have nothing else to do. But before I do go let me just give you a small announcement.

I will be doing In My Mailbox at the end of each month from here on out. I might be able to do it each week later on but I don't get that many books a week for it to be a weekly thing. Sometimes I don't get books in the week at all. The reason is because I have 40+ books to read right now and really can't buy new ones otherwise I'll never finish them. I mean yea, I'll be buying books once in a while and there are sequels coming out that I need to buy. But I won't be buying a lot of them at a time. I also haven't been receiving any ARC's or getting any books for reviews but it's okay because, again I say, I have so many other books to read it's crazy.

So around the first few days of the following months I'll be doing IMM of the previous month's books.

That is all I have to say so I shall see you all later!

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Follow New Twitter Page + Book Update

Hey guys I have a new twitter page for The Subtle Chronicler. I'm trying to broaden my fan-base. Aside from the facebook page and this blog, you can now follow me on twitter. Hopefully those two will lead everyone to here so that they can follow me here.

So check out and follow my twitter here and follow my facebook here. And follow me on this blog here. =D So yea just a little update.

I'm planning on buying The Iron King and The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa this weekend. The thing is, yes I already have them, BUT! all three of the novels including Queen are different heights. And it's really bothering me so I found them all the same height at Walmart so I'll just buy the first matching two since I already have the third. And then I don't know what I'll do with the unread two I have now. Probably give them away. So stick around for that. I am now going to go and read and I will see you all later! =D

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hottest Female Characters (5)

Welcome all to another edition of Hottest Female Characters! Like I've mentioned before, Hottest Female Characters isn't only about female characters and how hot they are. It's about female characters in general, from shows to movies to books. This week we'll be talking about Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. This is the most talked about role that I have seen this year because everyone wants to know, who will play her. It's crazy because it became this battle for many actress'. They're throwing their names out there, taking pictures of themselves dressed as Katniss and performing moves like climbing trees and walls. Filming themselves acting her part. It's just unbelievable how so many actress' have come out to fight for this one role. With the many names that have been thrown around, I've chosen two people who I would like to see play her. The first one is;

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee officially became big in her movie True Grit, where she plays Mattie Ross. You can tell she has the spunk, she has the willpower and the energy to play Katniss. She kind of looks like her and would be a great person to play her. It's what everyone basically wants. But we've only really seen her in one role. Can she really take it? She has said before that she would love to get the part and she loves the books. Every other actress who wants the part has said the same thing.

The next person who is my first and most favorite choice is;

I LOVE Kaya. She is brilliant and such an amazing actress. Most people know her Skins where she plays Effy for four series. It's crazy how she played such a trouble teen so very well and was able to keep her sanity in check. She's also been in other movies that I had not known about even though I had seen them. One of them being Clash of the Titans. She is like a chameleon, able to change characters and play anything given in front of them. It may be that I choose her over everyone else because of favoritism. I mean is it my fault that she's fluent in Portuguese? Which by the way is amazing hearing her speak Portuguese... -sigh- I just feel like she can change her accent so she sounds like us Americans and would be the best Katniss there can be.

Now it's been going around that Jennifer Lawrence might get casted because she's read, they loved her and I think they called her back to read again. I just hope she doesn't get casted though. I mean, she's only turning 21 in August but she just looks a lot older. Katniss has to be young and fresh. I mean, we'll probably end up loving her but like I said I just need someone young and fresh to play our beloved Katniss.

So what are your thoughts on my choices? Leave a comment down below with your thoughts on who you would like to see play Katniss in the movie, which is scheduled to be released next year in the month of March.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (21)

Hello everyone! It is Tuesday which means a book has been released today! It's weird if you think about it how they chose Tuesday's for most book releases. It's as if Tuesday is the equivalence of Friday to readers. Which it basically is when epic books are released! Today's book release is...

Clarity by Kim Harrington! Let me start off by saying that the cover looks amazing. Just the way it all blends in together and how everything is bright, including her eyes, it's awesome.

When you see thing others can't, where do you look for the truth?

This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenager girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case--but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother--who has supernatural gifts of his own--becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her when she needs it most?

So the novel sounds pretty awesome and it's only about 200+ pages, 256 to be exact, so it should be a fast light read. I know some people have already read this so if you have, what are your thoughts on it? Is it worth getting? Will the ones who have not read it be getting the novel? Leave your thoughts on the comments below! =D

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