[Music Monday] – #1 – Ellie Goulding – Beating Heart (Divergent)

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by the Total Book Geek. The purpose of this bookish variant is to match a book with a particular song; whether it is character defining, a narrative element, or just an overall book defining track.

So why am I doing this? Well if I had to choose to only have one of the five traditional senses, it would be sound perception above all else. And hey I think it’d be neat to share music I listen to on a daily basis!

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This Week’s Song:
Ellie Goulding – Beating Heart

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Initial Thoughts:

Okay so this was actually released today and its been on repeat. Legit. I don’t like to hype myself up for movies – especially Divergent –because I still have reservations about the movie adaptation translation, but I have plenty of Goulding’s tracks on my playlist. So regardless of this being in the movie or not, I would have probably included it in my listings.

Here’s the lyric video courtesy of Ellie Goulding’s VEVO on Youtube:

Alternatively, here’s the Soundcloud Track (courtesy of Interscope Geffen A&M Promotion):



My initial song choice for this first entry was actually going to be Zedd’s “Find You” (feat. Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant) that’s also been on repeat and also part of the Divergent soundtrack. But then this came along today… guh.



[Review] Where You’ll Find Me – Erin Fletcher

Book Title:                     Where You’ll Find Me (Standalone)
Erin Fletcher
Number of pages:    
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When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods (vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn’t happen) are more traditional, but who is she to judge?

Nate doesn’t tell her why he’s in her garage, and she doesn’t tell him what she’s running from. Soon, Hanley’s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate’s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn’t sure which is worse: that she’s harboring a fugitive, or that she’s in love with one.

(re: Goodreads @ Where You’ll Find Me by Erin Fletcher)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less review:

– Provides different perspectives in coping with guilt although it is likely that Nate’s story is of greater intrigue than Hanley’s.
– Considers sensitive issues relevant to young adults without extreme depth.
– Written with good pacing but with some skepticism, the plotting twists are underwhelming.

Initial Thoughts

Okay so I picked this up and read it in a few hours while watching the Olympics. The thought train goes like this: Roswell (T.V. series) relating to CW’s Star Crossed (T.V. series) relating to the idea of discovering a kid in your shed/garage (per this books synopsis) minus the alien antics. Perplexing, I know.

I’ll be upfront in saying that this book may be for you and it just wasn’t for me.

Engage the rant mode:

Disclaimer: Potential spoilers inherent to this review from here onward.

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[Review] Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson

Book Title:                     Steelheart (Reckoners Series #01)
Author:                            Brandon Sanderson
Number of pages:     386

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There are no heroes.

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge,

(re: Goodreads @ Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less review:

– Reads like a comic-book-turned-novel with a cinematic feel in the writing.
– An information treasure-hunt in discovering an Epic’s kryptonite (a weakness, if you will).
– Lot’s of quirky metaphors/similes which readers will either love or hate.
– World building is materialized impeccably even during fast-paced action sequences.


Initial Thoughts

Basically the “what-if?” situation if superheroes of the Marvel franchise turned baddie and there was a underground organisation of ragtag misfits banding together with dreams bigger than themselves. I gleefully ate this book and it was delectable for the most part – it wasn’t always perfect, nor was it an extremely refreshing idea (when you read and watch enough comics/mangas anyways…) but the writing and pacing drew me in and never let go.

Time to ramble:

Disclaimer: Potential spoilers inherent to this review from here onward.

Continue reading [Review] Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson

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