Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Harry Potter! 

Being such crazy Harry Potter fans we had to recognize his birthday on our blog!  Planning on watching the movies tonight and baking a cake! 

Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday to Harry Potter! 


Piper Reviewing:

Cross My Heart and Hope to SPY

After staking out, obtaining, and then being forced to give up her first boyfriend, Josh, all Cammie Morgan wants is a peaceful semester. But that's easier said than done when you're a CIA legacy and go to the premier school in the world . . . for spies.
Cammie may have a genius I.Q., but there are still a lot of things she doesn't know. Like, will her ex-boyfriend even remember she exists? And how much trouble is she really in after what happened last semester? And most of all, why is her mother acting so strangely?
Despite Cammie's best intentions to be a normal student, danger seems to follow her. She and her friends learn that their school is going to play host to some mysterious guests—code name: Blackthorne. Then she's blamed for a security breach that leaves the school's top secret status at risk.
Soon, Cammie and her friends are crawling through walls and surveilling the school to learn the truth about Blackthorne and clear Cammie's name. Even though they have confidence in their spy skills, this time the targets are tougher (and hotter), and the stakes for Cammie's heart—and her beloved school—are higher than ever.

Pipers Review:  First can I please just say BOYS!!!  But I guess if girls understood boys than we wouldn’t have so much problems with them and we wouldn’t constantly be saying BOYS!!!  On the more serious note I would like to let everyone know that…..The Gallagher Girl Series IS OFFICIALLY MY FAVORITE SERIES!!  I mean I LOVED the first one and I was thinking that it was going to be my favorite series but you never know.  Sometimes you get a really good first book and not so good second one!  But Cross My Heart and Hope to SPY definitely sits up at the top with the first book in the series!  It had exactly the same feeling of I-am-the-main-character-doing-everything-in-the-book-and-feeling-everything-the-actual-main-character-feels.  It is just BRILLIANT!  I’d like to personally say Thank You to the author for giving me these books!  I know, I know, I’m such a crazy, obsessive, teenage, fangirl!  But It’s how I roll ;) 

I hate to admit it, but my friend over at peaceloveandfangirl was right!  Zach is totally my type of guy!  I thought I would never get over Josh until Zach.  Yeah I hated him at first and was in total denial that I could ever like him and that he was my type of guy…….but then I realized….he is!  I thought I liked Josh, but believe me that must have been puppy love cause I LOVE Zach!  He is cocky, arrogant, sarcastic, smartass, sensitive, beautiful, real, well… boy.  The thing is that Josh is a dream boy.  Cause hello you come by maybe one of Josh type guys every few years and they usually don’t stay in your life for more then a few minutes.  But Zach….well yeah he is like most boys that stick around and you just realize you love after a while!  I might be saying this cause I know a real guy who acts just like Zach and I have had a total crush on him for like ever.  But uhh shhh ya’ll don’t need to go blabbing about that ;) 

I really enjoyed the stuff that Cammie was doing more in this book.  I liked the work that the girls had to do, I liked the boys coming to the school, I liked the missions they had more in this book.  Maybe because they were a bit more exciting and made my stomach twist, tighten, rise, and fall, with all the emotion and action that was going on!  I felt even more into it.  I am very interested in finding out more about Cams father and I hope the author reveals it to her readers in the next books (which I totally need to go buy!).  I hope we also see more of her mom and her friends in the next ones as well.  And yes of course I want to see more of Zach…lol!  Mr. Mosckowitz was great in this book and I hope his character stays in the whole series cause he brings a lot of laughter and smiles to the read!  All the teachers were great of course, except Mr. Solomon.  For some reason I’m just not sure about him……

Well that is all I have to say on this book I think.  I’m going to cry now since I don’t have the other books yet!  Whahhhh!  Lol. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Piper Reviewing:

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You (Gallagher Girls Series)

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it's really a school for spies.
Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real "pavement artist"-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?
Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

Pipers Review:  Yes, I am like Cammie Morgan in a LOT of ways, more ways than I have ever been like a book character before, yet I am ALSO not like her in so many ways.  And, the ways I am not like her, are ways I TOTALLY WISH I was!!  Cammie Morgan, also known as the Chameleon, is definitely everything I have EVER wanted to be.  Was I not just saying in the Ranger’s Apprentice review that there is a part in every person that wants to be a spy?  And, if most of you don’t know, I really meant there is a part in myself that would truly one day love to be a Covert Operative.  Yes I know probably not what you expected me to say at ALL!  However, I like to surprise people.  Anyways, I am totally getting off subject here…..the point is that if I could choose one book character that has a life I wish I could lead, I would easily choose Cammie Morgan’s life!  If they ever make these books into a movie or TV series, I would jump, crawl, fly, drive (though I’m not yet legal too), swim, fall, (ok I think you get the point now) at the chance to play her! 

Now putting my dramatic side away and start acting like a civilized person and stop fangirling over this book, I’m going to review it now. 
I think there are three types of books.  1. The type that you don’t like so it did nothing for you, 2. The type where if it is written good and descriptive you visualize the entire book in your head as if you were watching it on TV.  Then there is the third type.  (3.) The type where it is so extremely well written and good that instead of watching it in your head it’s more like you are living it.  Like you are the main character experiencing everything the actual main character is, and every emotion the character feels you feel it rushing through you penetrating your whole body.  Let me just tell you now, this book is number Three.  It is very rare that a book turns out to be number three.  Now of course it doesn’t mean that I don’t like books that are explanation number 2, but when you have a book that is so good and descriptive that it feels like you are the main character….well those are the books I prize most.  I think this is a lot on perspective too.  Books that I think were more of explanation 3 others might disagree.  That is just the way things are.  I just wanted everybody to sort of understand how brilliant I think I’d Tell You I love you, But Then I’d Have To Kill You, is. 

My favorite characters were definitely The Operatives (what Cam, Liz, Bex and Macey call themselves).  I think they represent exactly how groups of teenage girls go about things.  In fact, they rather remind me of me and my friends (not that my friends and I do those things…).  Honestly though, I loved every character!  Every character in the book is a person I could relate to in real life.  Besides The Operatives, I think my favorite characters are Mr. Mosckowitz and dreamy boy Josh.  Yes, I admit it, I am completely head over heals for Josh.  He is the teenage sweetheart that every girl wishes she were lucky enough to have!  IN ADDITION, HE IS A BOOK CHARACTER!  I think it speaks a lot about me that I have crushes on book boys and not real boys!  My life is so weird..haha!  However, that’s what happens when you read about boys like Josh.  Since I mentioned earlier that this is a book where it feels like I am the main character going through all this stuff you can probably guess that I was HEART BROKEN at the end of this book!  Nevertheless, I will not say any more on the subject.  I have another book to read from this series and my friend over at peaceloveandfangirl has already informed me that there is another boy in the second one that is actually my type of guy (not that I believe her).  At first going into the book, I didn’t like Macey even when girls started to like her.  I just felt a little uneasy about her and that might be because in real life my guard would also be up around that type of person.  However, I grew to love her and now I feel like we are best friends ;).  I like Rachel Morgan (Cams mom) but I felt that she could have been there for Cammie a bit more.  I wasn’t quite sure why she let things get so far so that in the end Cam was more hurt than she would have been if her mom had talked to her.  Though I think maybe over the series the relationship between them will grow and I will enjoy experiencing it.  On the other hand, I absolutely think  Mr. Solomon and Rachel Morgan’s relationship was TOTALLY INAPROPRIATE AND DISGUSTING, in a totally weirded out teenager way.  But hey I am a teenager so I can am aloud to think the relationship was just ugh.  Haha.  Now I would like to focus a little on Bex and Liz.  I LOVED them and I think they’re totally great friends!  Though I thought it was a little weird that they weren’t more mad at Cam for ditching them to hang with Josh.  Now I would have been mad at them if they were mad since they were the ones who got Cam into him.  But I think if it were real life I would have been concerned if they weren’t more mad.  If you think about it, you might get what I’m saying….and if not….oh well. 

I also want to point out that for the whole book I was a bit suspicious that Cammie’s mom and Mr. Solomon knew about Josh and about Cammie’s sneaking out.  Because every class Mr. Solomon taught seemed to revolve around what Cammie was going to do the next time she snuck out or did some “Mission”.  I’m not sure if that was on purpose or I just am crazy.  Lol.  Not that there was anything wrong with it I just wasn’t sure if I was supposed to notice that or not.  Now my review on this book has gotten to be about 6 long paragraphs I think I will say goodbye for now.  I have to go read the next one anyways!  

Sorry :(

So sorry we have not posted in so long!  Piper went to camp for a week and only came back Friday, then had a full weekend (mainly stuff that had to do with getting back from camp), and is fighting a cold.  Crimson has been working a lot and didn't have time to do posting by herself.  But we are back trying to get into our schedule!  Thank you for being patient with us!  

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sci-Fi Sunday

This weeks’ pick is Frank Herbert’s’

Arrakis-Dune-Desert Planet

  “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

Dune is THE Sci-Fi novel!  First, to create an epic, expansive, universal, extreme, saga, Dune, is the inspiration behind every Sci-fi adventure that has come after it.  This book is hard to describe because it is so complex and so dense, but it is told in such a perfect and brilliant way.  Winning the first ever Nebula Award, Dune is the greatest story in all of Science Fiction. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Shipping Saturday

Shipping Saturday

Shipping Saturday is a theme created here at Sapientia ex Libris.  We LOVE having a day devoted to our FAVORITE couples!

This weeks Ship is:

Wesley & Buttercup

“Mawidge is a dweam wiffin a dweam.  The dweam of wuv wapped wiffin the gweater dweam of ever wasting west.  Eternity is our fwiend wemember that, and wuv wiw fowwow you fowever.”

Wesley and Buttercup are the way to define what true love is.  They both accept each other’s faults and will love each other forever and truly.  Though the movie does have the same story as the book it does change stuff and does not express enough of the feelings and love that is between them.  You must read the book to fully appreciate what the couple shares and feel the emotion and affection between them.  With each passing second, minute, and hour of time Buttercup realizes she loves Wesley more and more, and when she believed him to be dead, she suffered more and more with every passing time.  Wesley’s love for Buttercup was so great everything he did was all for her.  “Do I love you?  My God if your love were a grain of sand mine would be a universe of beaches.” –Wesley
Wesley and Buttercup are THE ULTIMATE couple.   

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wise Words Wednesday

Wise Words Wednesday is theme we came up with here at Sapientia ex Libris. We love sharing our favorite quotes with people (Crimson is literally obsessed with quoting, she can think of one in any situation).

Today’s wise words:

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”-Benjamin Franklin.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. We love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Today’s top ten is Mark Twain stories:

10. The Innocents Abroad

9. Extracts from Adam’s Diary

8. The Prince and the Pauper

7. Personnel Recollections of Joan of Arc

6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

5. The Mysterious Stranger

4. Life on the Mississippi

3. Pudd’nhead Wilson

2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Shipping Saturday
Shipping Saturday is a theme created here at Sapientia ex Libris.  We LOVE having a day devoted to our FAVORITE couples! 

Today Shipping Saturday is a bit different then what we normally do.  Instead of a book couple, our OTP is from the hit TV series NCIS. 

Or as they’re known as to the fandom

For eight seasons we have watched Tony and Ziva’s relationship grow from at first a dislike, to mutual respect, and now a best friendship.  The chemistry between the two is terrific, at the end of each episode we are always yelling at the two to get together. The past season was full of Tiva moments that left us crying, dancing, gushing, and shouting our heads off. Unfortunately, just when it looked like things were going to heat up between them, we find out the worst news. The actress who plays our favorite ninja and the bears best friend will be leaving during the next season. All we can hope for now is that the writers do us justice and give us what we deserve, what Tony and Ziva deserve.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thank You

We are so blessed to have such wonderful followers!  We want to say thank you to all those who read our blog!  Especially the dedicated ones who stop by everyday to read what we've written!  You guys are awesome!!

A Special Thanks to Lauren @YABookSpot

Throwback Thursday!

Throwback Thursday is a theme we created here at Sapientia ex Libri to fit our book blog!  We love looking back and sharing with you our favorite children’s books!  We would love for you to share your favorite kid’s books with us too! 

Throwback Thursday pick:

Normally a farmer is not very scary, but if your name is Peter Rabbit and you are stealing from the farmer’s garden, than I’d watch out!  Mr. McGregor might just getcha!  This classic kid’s book includes a troublesome little bunny and lots of food!  Though during most of the book Peter is a naughty bunny, I think by the end of the book he learns his lesson.  Reading Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit was always fun!  There was never a boring moment!  Just remember kids, even though berry picking with your sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, might not be very fun……it will be worth it in the end!  Always listen to what mama says and don’t go wandering off.  What goes around comes around and will bite you in the butt; this book is a perfect example of those famous words! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Thank you!

Huge Shout Out and Thanks to Author Polly Holyoke

thank you so much for the SWAG I received!  You are awesome!!  I am currently reading your book and LOVE it so far! Talk to you soon ~Piper

Wise Words Wednesday

Wise Words Wednesday

Wise words Wednesday is a theme we do here at Sapientia ex Lbri.  We love to share our favorite quotes with our readers!  We pick funny ones, serious ones, life understanding ones, but mostly we love any quote that brings a smile to our face or keeps us thinking!  We would love for you to share your favorites with us too!   

This Weeks wise words:

I find television very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.  ~Groucho Marx

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ranger's Apprentice The Ruins of Gorlan Review


The Rangers, with their shadowy ways, have always made him nervous.
And now fifteen-year old Will has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice.  But what he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom who will fight the battles before the battles reach the people.  And there is a large battle brewing.  The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom.  This time he will not be denied….

Pipers Review: I really enjoyed this book all the way through.  I never had any questions about anything and everything was very descriptive.  The Ruins of Gorlan always captured my full attention and brought me deep into the book while I read.  I enjoyed the fact that I could really see everything that was going on in the book, in my own head.  Also, every feeling Will feels seemed to penetrate through me.  It was amazing at how vivid everything in the book was.  John Flanagan’s writing is very good, however, I was a little annoyed with the way he always used the word Kilometer to describe any distance somebody went in the book.  I do not think it would have been a bad idea for the author to use synonyms for distance traveled in the book.  Overall, it’s very well written and I could not say anything else bad about the writing. 

I think my favorite characters in the book are Will and Halt.  However, I did wish that there were a little more of the book focused on Will’s training.  The time in the book flew by quickly, but you never really knew what Will was doing during all that time.  Just that he was practicing with special Rangers weapons (which are pretty cool weapons by the way), cleaning Halts house, and getting to know his horse Tug.  I just wish there had been more to it.  I enjoyed reading about what was happening to Horace as well as Will.  Horace’s character really grew up during his time at Battleschool, and we find out that he is a natural at swordplay.  Horace also finds out at Battleschool that karma bites back.  He first picks on will and is then picked on at Battleschool.  Nevertheless, I think his character definitely needed  to grow up. I do hope the new friendship between Horace and Will remains, and I hope they have a few adventures together in the later books. 

I have decided that if I could be anything in the world, I might just pick being a Ranger.  They have a pretty legit job and are people with some major swag going on.  Haha!  But I think of it as like being a spy, and lets face it, there is a part of ourselves in us all that wish we could be spy’s!  Will has a future set for him that any kid/teen would dream to have!  Halt, Wills mentor, screams all kinds of cool.  I know if I were training to be a Ranger, I would want Halt as my trainer!  I cannot wait to enter their kingdom in the second book to the series and experience more thrilling adventures! 

I rate this book 8/10

Crimsons Review: John Flanagan has written a remarkably, brilliant adventure novel, that had me entranced from page one. Set in the kingdom of Araluen, the story follows the journey of Will. Will, a young teenager who at first is fearful that he will never be an apprentice, because he feels he is unskilled.  Will soon discovers he possesses the perfect talents to be trained as a Ranger.  A position that is both feared and respected throughout the kingdom.  As Wills’ training goes underway, he not only sharpens his Ranger skills but also builds up strength and courage. 

At first, I was not a fan of the character Horace. I think it was cowardly of Horace to pick on Will, who was much smaller than he was.  I actually enjoyed it when Horace goes off to Battleschool to become a knight, and is then picked on by the other knights there.  However, I grew to love Horace when he decided to stand up against his own bullies and defend Will when they tried to attack him. 

I really love Wills character.  I felt a lot for him throughout the whole book.  In the beginning, he was down on his luck because he wasn’t really good at anything and he wasn’t built like a knight, so I felt sorry for him.  Then he finds out that he has the skills to be a Ranger and he is chosen as a Ranger’s Apprentice.  At that point, I was happy and excited for him because he was finding out that he could become someone.  I think the character of Will is so brilliantly written, when he was afraid, I felt afraid, and when he triumphed, I felt like I did too! 

I was very impressed with the way the author executed the plot.  The book had its own adventure yet there is an even grander tale that is leading into the next book.  Therefore, while the book did not end on a cliffhanger, it did leave me with quite enough tension and excitement to go right into the next book.  The Ruins of Gorlan starts the Ranger’s Apprentice series with a bang that has me revved up to read the next ones. 

I rate this book 8.7/10

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

The Top Ten Tuesday Topic is Top Ten Wizards/Witches/Casters/Magicians. 

10. Wyrdrune from The Wizard of 4th Street by: Simon Hawke

9. Pug from the Riftwar Saga by: Raymond E. Feist

8. Matthew Mantrell from Her Majesty's Wizard by: Christopher Stashoff

7. Rachel Morgan from the Rachel Morgan's Novels by: Kim Harrison

6. Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter by: J. K. Rowling

5. Ged (Sparrowhawk) from The Earthsea Trilogy by: Ursula K. Leguin

4. Merlyn from The Once and Future King by: T. H. White

3. Ridley Duchannes from the Caster Chronicles by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

2. Rincewind from the Discworld novels: Terry Pratchett

1. Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files by: Jim Butcher

Monday, July 8, 2013

Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is coming to Dallas Texas!!

Here is a link to the website that will name all the places she will be stopping at on her Allegiant Tour

Monday, July 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

         Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish (and now at Sapientia ex Libri). We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Top Ten Tuesday Topic:














One Choice
Decides Your Friends

One Choice
Defines Your Beliefs

One Choice
Determines Your Loyalties Forever

One Choice Can Transform You

Piper Says:  Honestly one of the best books I've read this summer!  Divergent kept (and keeps) me wanting more and more.  I could barely put it down and when I did I was always thinking about it.  Though it resembles the Hunger Games I found Divergent more enjoyable and I liked the characters in Divergent better.  Tris at times could be a bit hard to understand because of her being Divergent and having a lot of changes in her thoughts and behavior, I still loved her though!  There was also a part of me that felt a lot like her, and I was always relating to her.  Four is TOTALLY MY NEW BOOK BF (bbf)!  Haha! I did really love Four (if you can't tell already).  Four was really amazing I think because he wasn't the perfect hottie that everyone loves because he is so perfect!  He was imperfect like a real person, and throughout the whole book felt like a real person.  Besides all that ^^^, I noticed in the book that I found myself able to figure things out before the reader was told about them.  I didn't mind it to much because I was more focused on living in the book, which seemed very easy to do because of how well Veronica Roth wrote the book.  I loved every character in the book and what Veronica Roth did with each one was perfect.  Veronica Roth never went to far with anything, yet she never under did anything.  All in all I think the book was amazing and can't wait to read the others!  I highly recommend these books to teens 13 and up as a 2013 summer read. 

Piper rates this book: 8/10

Crimson Says: Divergent is a dystopian novel that breaks away from the standards that other books of this genre follow. However, what it is that makes the story unique is also what weakens it. Usually dystopian novels feature a totalitarian government, and is set to the backdrop of either a war, famine, disease, or an overly-populated planet.  This works well for books of this genre because it explains how things have ended up the way they are. Divergent does not really offer an explanation, which leaves its setting confusing. Another problem I had was the lack of emotion the main character Tris had towards death. (Spoiler alert) characters close to Tris die in the book, and she never expresses the appropriate reactions. Some of the deaths occurred during very intense action sequences, usually when this happens the character does not react until things have settled and they have time to reflect. This simply does not happen with Tris. Despite my issues with the book, Divergent has a good and intriguing story that kept me interested,and I look forward to reading the next one. 

Crimson rates this book 6/10

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