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Saturday, April 30, 2011

What's your status? (30/4/2011)

Since Marcie is without power, and can't host this week, I will quick-host. Please leave your links in the comments! There's some important info at the bottom, so please read it :)!

Reviews This Week:

~Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare
~Heist Society, by Ally Carter (BuddyRead w/Destiny)
~Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by JK Rowling

Memes This Week:

~In My Mailbox
~Music/ Movie Monday
~Teaser Tuesday
~Waiting on Wednesday
~Thursday Interpretation & Library Unveiled
~Fun Friday

Finished This Week:

~Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick. Finished on 25/4/2011. Really enjoyed this novel! Now I see what I was missing out on :).

~The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires, #2) by Rachel Caine. Finished on 29/4/2011. Another great book! Am going to start on the third in the series in the next day or two.

Currently Reading:

~Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. On page 105. I haven't really read any in the last week, but I am def going to work on that! (That's verbatim of last week's update, but it's honestly the same thing.)

~Kea's Flight by Erika Hammerschmidt & John C. Ricker. On page 12. This is pretty good so far! I am easily drawn to the plot line. It will be spotlighted this upcoming Friday in a book tour! :D

~Hate List by Jennifer Brown. On page 53. It's pretty interesting so far. I'm excited to get further along in the pages :)

To Be Read Next:

~The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman

What To Buy Next:

~Divergent by Veronica Roth

**IMPORTANT INFO: The WYS participants of this week, and next week will be asked to participate in the following:

I will hold a contest of sorts, and each WYS participant from this week and next will be given a chance to host What's Your Status? on their blog. Then, after everyone has had a week to host, I will hold a poll for about a week and a half for viewers to vote on their favorite WYS posting format. (This is NOT the blog's format. It's the way that person posts What's Your Status?.) The winner of this poll will be hosting WYS for a few weeks. I might even have some swag that I can send them!

Feel free to get as creative as you want. Dont worry yourself about it too much, though. We want you to be functioning afterwards!

If you are a WYS participant, and you would like to be part of this contest, you can leave your email address in the comments with your link; if you don't feel comfortable with that, please feel free to email me at massiekurhatesu [at] gmail [dot] com.

Happy Reading everyone! :D

Friday, April 29, 2011

Fun Friday #2

This is a meme that one of my really good blogging friends, Destiny @ Green Lillipads, started, and I thought it was a really awesome idea! You just post a book, CD, song, movie, etc. that you think is really cool for that week :). This week's cool-spotlight is on:

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1)
By Becca Fitzpatrick
Publishing year: 2009
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Coming of Age, Romance
Themes: Fallen Angels, Nephilium

Synopsis: For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

Happy Reading!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling

This book counts toward the following challenges:


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
By JK Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic, 1997
309 pages, hardcover
Date Finished: 17/4/2011
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Coming of Age, Action, Historical Fiction
Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley--a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all of that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry--and anyone who reads about him--will find unforgettable.

For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.

~First Line: "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."
~Last Line: " 'I'm going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer. . . .' "

Review: This was a reread for me. I probably wouldn't have read the thrilling series-beginner if it hadn't been for Marcie hosting her Harry Potter Reading Challenge.

The well-known Harry Potter begins his years at Hogwarts hoping not to disappoint. However, even if he isn't as good as one of his best friends, Hermione Granger, who can make any teacher proud, he makes people (especially us readers) proud because of his definite bravery.

My favorite character in this book . . . I'm not really sure. I love Dumbledore for sure, and Fred and George always make me laugh. But I don't think I have a favorite character for this series. Maybe I'll have one after I read Chamber of Secrets!

I think my favorite scene, however, was when Ron, Harry, Hermione were trying to save the Stone from ending up in the wrong hands. Let's just say that those very brave first years definitely had some challenges to solve :).

This really was an awesome start to an awesome series. I will have to start rereading Chamber of Secrets sometime soon!

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Quotes from the Book:

" 'We'll send you a Hogwarts toilet seat.' "

" 'Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here.' "

"There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot troll is one of them."

" 'But we're not stupid -- we know we're called Gred and Forge.' "

" 'What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrel is a complete secret, so, naturally, the whole school knows.' "

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thursday Interpretation #10 & Library Unveiled #1

Thursday Interpretations is a "meme," which means that you may participate in this on your blog, but I won't be advertising it nor adding a Linky for links to your post/s.

Anyway, Thursday Interpretation will be a weekly post where I post a motivational quote (and/or a book quote) and tell you my feelings about it. You are more than welcome to post a comment telling how you feel about the quote.

*Remember that these are only my opinions. They are not influenced by anyone else.*

This week's motivational quote:

"No one can make you feel inferior without your permission." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

My Thoughts: Eleanor was completely right! If you let people's words get to you and make you feel bad, then you're letting them talk down to you.

This meme was started by my good 'ole blogging friend, The Mad Scientist @ Steampunkery & Book Reviews; every Thursday, you are supposed to post 5 books from your shelf and maybe give a snippet of your thoughts about the book. You can use physical books, ebooks, audios, whatever you have that makes up your library :). This week I'm unveiling:

The first four books in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine:
I have already finished the first, Glass Houses, and I loved it; The Dead Girls' Dance is leading me to believe that this will be a very wonderful series. I'm glad I bought the books!

The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman:
I just got this one for review last week, and I am really excited to read it! :D I'm glad that it's a series book; I have something to look forward to afterwards if I enjoy it.

What's in your library?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Read It With A Buddy #6 - Heist Society

This book counts toward the following challenges:


Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)
By Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion Books, 2010
287 pages, PDF file
Date Finished: 12/4/2011
Genres: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Some Action, Romance, Realistic Fiction
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s (very crooked) history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

~First Line: "No one knew for certain when the trouble started at the Calgan School.""
~Last Line: "And yet, she knew she could be."

Review: This novel was marvelous! I have been writing to read it for a while, but my recent motivation was when a fellow blogger (Destiny @ Green Lillipads) asked me to BuddyRead with it. I read it in 2 days, give or take.

The main character, Katarina Bishop, belongs to a family whose profession is thievery; not a very good one to fall into, but hey: You do whatcha gotta do, right?

Anyway, Katarina's good friend Hale was definitely my favorite character. The first thing that interested me about him? His name: W.W. Hale the fifth. Katarina has known him for years and still never succeeded in correctly guessing his name.

Hale's also caring, smart in his own way, and apparently super-handsome. Even if Kat doesn't want to admit it, she has absolutely no idea whatsoever what she would do without Hale :). That's what we call good 'ole romance.

This really was a good book. I am glad that the sequel, Uncommon Criminals, is coming out later this year. Can't remember exactly, but I think it comes out in August. Lookin' forward to its release!

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**Click HERE to read Destiny's review of this novel!!**

Waiting on Wednesday #3: Divergent

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over @ Breaking the Spine; we are to give a book that we are anxiously anticipating the release of. I probably won't be participating every week, but I will try to post every so often.

This week's spotlight novel:

Divergent (Divergent, #1)
By Veronica Roth
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2011


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

What book are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

This book counts toward the following challenges:


Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices, #1)
By Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry Books, 2010
541 pages, Kindle Edition
Date Finished: 30/3/2011
Genres: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Romance, Action
Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

~First Line: "The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts."
~Last Line: " 'Why don't you tell me what the problem is?' "

Review: Ah-mazing! Cassandra Clare has done it once again! Even though there was a long pause in my reading the book, Clockwork Angel's pages passed quicker than I'd realized during my reading.

Our main character, Theresa Gray, better known as Tessa, opens the novel by getting off a ship in dreary London. The Dark Sisters, Miss Dark and Mrs. Black, play a big part in the plot of the book, even if they aren't exactly nice to Tessa when they meet her in London.

Anyhoo, on to my favorite character: Jem. Jem is super-caring. I think he was such the perfect friend; the perfect guy period, really. Will has been his best friend since the age of about twelve; even though Will can be a true *female dog* sometimes, Jem never gets angry with him. Jem's nice to Tessa, helps out whenever he possibly can, and has a wonderful sense of humour that reminds me of Jace :). He made me wish that I actually knew a (or some) guys like him in real life.

Anywho, Clare really did impress me once again. I'm now anxiously awaiting Clockwork Prince's release in September! :D

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Quotes from the Book:

" 'Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal.' "

" '...Cleverness that comes too late is hardly cleverness at all...' "

Teaser Tuesday #24

This meme is hosted weekly by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Anyone can participate, even if you don't have a blog (you can post back in MizB's comments).

*Grab your current read.

*Open to a random page.

*Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page. You can share more if you want!

*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much information. You don't want to ruin the book for others!)

*Share the title and autor as well, so that Teaser participants may add to their TBR list/s if they enjoy your teasers!

*Leave a link in the comment section of MizB's blog so that others can check out your teasers! You may leave your teasers here with the book title and author if you do not have a blog. (MizB's Blog)

This week's teasers come from page 113 of The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine (GoodReads, Amazon):

"Meaning that he will come to us, Oliver, as you very well know. In order to save the boy from the consequences of his actions."

"So you withdraw your Protection from the boy?"

The preceding book, Glass Houses, was ahmazing! This one is really good so far :)

Happy Reading!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Music/ Movie Monday #12

Music/ Movie Monday is a "meme"* that I will try to post every week or biweekly. In these posts, I will provide you with what song, artist, CD, etc. I am currently into the most. Also, I will be informing you on the latest movie/s I have seen and absolutely loved (or not-loved).

* Meme is quoted because I will not be providing a Linky for you to add you links to, nor will I be advertising these posts. However, if you would like to participate and leave a link or your movie and music info in a comment, I have no problem with that.



1) All I Ever Wanted by Kelly Clarkson. I heard this song for the first time years ago, however, I stumbled across it sometime last week and haven't been able to shake it since. I can relate really amazingly to the lyrics, so I guess that's another reason why I love it so much :).

Song Rating: 4.5 Wings
Lyrics Video:


I know... Getting to be a really bad habit don'tcha think?

Happy Reading!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Week Ahead... (Apr 25-May 1)

Every Sunday, I will let you all know what to look forward to in the upcoming week: reviews, guest posts, memes, whatever I think/know I will be putting up for your viewing. The things I post will not always be followed out, but I'll try. Vice versa, I might end up posting something that isn't mentioned in this post.

For the week of April 25th - May 1st...

~ Music/ Movie Monday

~ Teaser Tuesday
~ Review of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

~ Waiting on Wednesday
~ Review of Heist Society by Ally Carter

~ Thursday Interpretation
~ Library Unveiled

~ Book Blogger Hop & Friday Follow
~ Review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
~ What's your status? (quick post)
~ In My Mailbox & Sunday Confessions
~ Review of Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Have a marvelous week up! :P

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Book Blogger Hop #12 & Follow Friday #6

As always, the Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jen over @ Crazy-for-Books.

This week's question:

"If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"

My answer: For me, "hunt" isn't really the correct word. If I happen to see something by the same author, I immediately take the time to figure out what it's about. I don't necessarily go looking and searching for another of their books, though.

Do you hunt down a wonderful author's other books?

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee over @ Parajunkee's Views.

This week's question:

"What is your current playlist right now?"

My answer: Right now my playlist consists of Kelly Clarkson, anything Pop, and a few rock songs. I am also still sing-songing to the music we used Thursday in my dance team's annual recital. All of that, plus just a tad bit of R&B, keeps me going. It's not all the same stuff, but I love listening to some of the songs repetitively :).

What's your current playlist?

Happy weekend, everyone!!

WYS Has Moved (Temporarily)

WHATS YOUR STATUS is currently being moved to a new blog; it's only temporary, so don't freak out or anything!

I am trying to find my true self again, which is why I haven't been on in what seems like forever. I will be back; this is definitely not permanent.

Marcie over at To Read or Not To Read will be hosting What's Your Status for a few weeks. It will, at least be a couple weeks, hopefully no more than a month. You will just need to link up your posts in her comments.

There will be occasional book reviews and blog tours posted, so still check by every now and then here at Butterfly Feet. :)

Love y'all!,
~Zakiya LadyWings

What's your status? (23/4/2011)

For the next few weeks, Marcie (To Read or Not To Read) is going to kindly host WYS for me. If you are participating and have a link, please post it in her comments! Thanks!

The following will just be a quick post so that I can still update without all the hassle and formal-ness:

Memes This Week:

~Sunday Confessions

Finished This Week:

~Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by JK Rowling. Finished on 17/4/2011. This was really fun to reread. On to the next in the series!

~The Ravening (Blood Moon, #3) by Dawn Thompson. Finished on 18/4/2011. Was pretty good, if you skipped over the "scenes" in it.

~Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, #1) by Rachel Caine. Finished on 22/4/2011. LOVED this novel! I have already started the sequel :)

~The Night My Life Changed Forever by Sara Lisowski. Finished 23/4/2011. This novel was ahmazing! Super-short, so a good quick read between a bunch of paranormal!

Currently Reading:

~Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. On page 105. I haven't really read any in the last week, but I am def going to work on that!

~Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. On page 146. Haven't read this a lot in the last week either, but I am def going to try to get it done in the next couple of days!

~Hate List by Jennifer Brown. On page 1. Technically, I'm not CR-ing this one, but after the next book I finish, I shall read the first word :)

~The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine. On page 55. This series, like I said earlier, is ahmazing! I am already addicted to it, the characters, the plot -- everything. :D

To Be Read Next:

~The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
~Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

What To Buy Next:


**Click HERE to go to Marcie's post for this week's Status update.**

Happy Reading everyone! :D

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Confessions #13

This meme was started by Marcie @ To Read or Not To Read. She started it as a way to share a little about herself, but to learn about the rest of us as well. She says, "Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate."

This week's question is

"Have you ever been to a book signing?"

I, unfortunately, have never been to a book signing. Maybe one day when I'm older, however, I will have many chances to be able to go. I have so many authors that I would LOVE to meet.. It's impossible to name them all. Well, maybe not impossible, but it'd take a long while. Just to name a few: L.J. Smith, Suzanne Collins, Lisi Harrison, Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer, Nicholas Sparks, Cassandra Clare, Alyson Noel ..... See what I mean? It wasn't supposed to be that many, but I got carried away :)

Have you ever been to a book signing?

Leave a link to your IMM &/or SC and I will be sure to come by! :)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This book counts toward the following challenges:


Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen
Publisher: BrillianceAudio, 2008
0 pages, audiobook
Date Finished:
Genres: Historical Fiction, Classics, Young Adult, Romance, Coming of Age, Realistic Fiction
So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the "most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works," and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as "irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be."
~First Line: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
~Last Line: "Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them."

Review: I had been wanting to read this classic novel for years; I finally got the chance. In my opinion, the fact that I listened to it on audiobook made it even better. (Although I think it was just the British accent in which it was read.)

The main character, Elizabeth Bennett, is the second eldest of five girls, preceded by Jane, and followed by Mary, Kitty (is her real name Katherine??), and Lydia. She is very down-to-earth, and her opinions are more different than other people's; however, they aren't necessarily wrong or ignorant, just more thought out that others.

I would think that my favorite characters were Jane and Mr. Darcy. Jane, for one, was very compassionate, and, even when she most definitely disagreed with someone, she let them finish talking before stating her opinion.

Mr. Darcy was, at first, someone that I thought was just a truly terrible person, but as the story progressed, you saw other sides to him. He, too, was compassionate and cared for Elizabeth like no other. He was touchy on some subjects, and had certain peoploe that he just most definitely despised, but at least he wasn't two-faced about it; they knew that he had no means of liking them whatsoever.

Pride and Prejudice was a fantastic novel. The romance over the whole tale was what made it so interesting. The characters never really ended up with who you thought they would. Or at least that's how it happened for me.

I think everyone should unquestionably read this novel before death :).

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