Stumbling upon this book was completely serendipitous. I'd just come off a bender of reading all twelve books in a series in about two weeks and I nee...moreStumbling upon this book was completely serendipitous. I'd just come off a bender of reading all twelve books in a series in about two weeks and I needed something new to clear my head. I found this book and didn't even read the description or other reviews before I downloaded it. In a way, I'm glad that I didn't because I don't know that I would have started reading this yesterday if I had. Not because the blurbs and reviews aren't good, but because I don't think I "felt" like reading something about a heavy subject matter. That's the thing about books, right? Sometimes we're taken on a journey that we didn't even realize that we wanted to take. And that's exactly what this book is... A journey.
It's emotional and well-done. I loved her voice and word choice. I loved the build and structure of the story. Simply put, I was pleasantly surprised and look forward to future works by this author.
I've decided that it's one of the best and most inspiring blogs I've found. I kept doing that teary-eyed, nose-tingling swallow thing where you're just on the cusp of crying. It's just so real and raw. This woman knows how to hold her heart outside of her body for all the world to see. Some people might not realize how difficult that is, but I see it and I applaud it.
I downloaded this book months ago but I think my Kindle went on the fritz and when Amazon sent the new one I got distracted and forgot that I had it. S...moreI downloaded this book months ago but I think my Kindle went on the fritz and when Amazon sent the new one I got distracted and forgot that I had it. SOOO glad that I revisited yesterday while I was on vacation. Not only is Rachel another Florida author (sunshine girls stick together), but she's also a fantastic writer. I've looked through some other reviews and I'm not sure what I can add that hasn't already been said... heart-wrenching, gripping, engaging... but I want to recommend it to all of my friends. Read it!!(less)
In the Shadows is the second installment in EMC’s Lark series. At the start of this book, Mia has already discovered her Elvish roots and is trying to...moreIn the Shadows is the second installment in EMC’s Lark series. At the start of this book, Mia has already discovered her Elvish roots and is trying to figure out a balance between her new life and her old life.
This book is classic YA Fantasy. I stress that because lately it seems like YA books have been morphing into Adult books—lots of heavy subject matter and plotlines that seem to be more interested in shocking a reader than in telling a story. This book takes me back to the reasons I fell in love with the genre in the first place. The main character, Mia, is a true teenage girl and her concerns (though vast and spanning two worlds) are in many ways, teen concerns. Cheerleading, what should I wear, boys, friendships, etc. It’s refreshing, it’s sweet… it’s fun.
Don’t get me wrong… there’s also Elvish adventure. And I don’t want to say what that is or I’ll give the plot away. You’ll just have to find out for yourselves ☺
The love story in this book isn’t so much a triangle as it is a circle… for me at least. Haha. I say that because every time I’ve read a YA story where the girl’s heart is being tugged in two directions, I ALWAYS have a strong opinion about at least one of the guys. In this case… not so much. I love them both for their differences and strengths and that’s one of the reasons that I love following this series.
Five enthusiastic stars! Loved so much about this story and can’t wait to read more. (less)
It's hard to get into the plot of STITCH without giving too much away, but I can tell you that this is the rare YA book that keeps you guessing and su...moreIt's hard to get into the plot of STITCH without giving too much away, but I can tell you that this is the rare YA book that keeps you guessing and successfully spans multiple genres. It's interesting an incredibly unique and, more than anything, well done.
Samantha Durante had me hooked from the beginning. By the time that I reached page four, I knew that I was going to love the story. It's smart and romantic without being sappy. Loved it! And book two is already out so I'm off to start it!!(less)
A couple weeks ago I was in Miami and got a chance to hear Brad Meltzer speak. He was awesome and said a lot of great things (about Neil Gaiman specif...moreA couple weeks ago I was in Miami and got a chance to hear Brad Meltzer speak. He was awesome and said a lot of great things (about Neil Gaiman specifically), but the thing that stuck with me the most was this: "there are books we read, books we want to own, and books we share." I knew exactly what he meant. I read a lot. A lot. And in addition to being an avid reader, I'm also a genre jumper: YA, NA, Contemporary, horror, mystery, erotica, classics, heavy fantasy... well, um, you get the idea.
In my jumping, I come across books that I like, love even, all of the time. But I've pretty much given up recommending books to the majority of my real life friends. They generally roll their eyes and say things like, "I don't have the time, Autumn."
Maybe that's true, maybe it's not. Either way, I stopped actively making suggestions about five years ago partly out of exasperation, partly out of embarrassment because I started to wonder: When they say that, are they implying that I'm lazy and all I do is sit around and read?
So there are books that I like.
Books that I love.
And the rare, and I mean very rare book that I share.
The sharing books are the kind that are so good, so beautiful and absorbing that I can actually feel the words in the pit of my stomach while I'm reading them. The genre doesn't matter. The intended age of the audience doesn't matter. What matters is this sensation that radiates all through your body. Hot and cold. Excited and subdued all at once. It's hard to put into words... The best way that I can describe it is as a connection. It's the way that I felt when I read Harry Potter for the first time, or The Book Thief. Others are: The Night Circus and The Shadow of the Wind, Slammed, The Once and Future King, The Sea of Tranquility, The Graveyard Book and the Fever books by KMM. (I hope that gives you an idea of the caliber of book I'm talking about.) As of today, I can add Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave to the list of books to shout about from a mountaintop... or hill... or second-story window, or computer screen. It was that good.
I thought about giving a brief synopsis of the story but there are tons of those that already exist and I'm honestly afraid that if I say too much someone is going to tell me, "but I don't really like sci-fi," or the inevitable, "I'm sort of over apocalyptic YA books." I hear ya and I'm right there with you but my answer remains: IT DOESN'T MATTER. READ THE DAMN BOOK! The 5th Wave transcends its genre. It's more than YA. It's more than sci-fi. It's certainly more than, "wow, that was a cool story about an alien invasion." This is a story about humanity. And not just the idea of humanity as a whole, but about what it means to be one person. It's about love and promises and trust and sacrifice. It's about everything that's bad in the world and everything that's good. It's about possibilities.
The 5th Wave is not an easy read. It's a sick-to-your-stomach, want-to-throw-the-book kind of read. But you will love every freaking minute of it. I promise.
To say I am excited about this book is a gross understatement. Neil Gaiman is my favorite author. Period. I love a lot of books and a lot of authors b...moreTo say I am excited about this book is a gross understatement. Neil Gaiman is my favorite author. Period. I love a lot of books and a lot of authors but no one comes close to touching on the way I feel about this particular human being. He's the guy I would invite to dinner if I could invite anyone. In the whole universe. From any time in history. So... yeah. I'm actually going to one of his book signings in June and I'm already mentally preparing myself. You know, so I don't pass out and totally miss the moment.
*** UPDATE 6/24 ***
I read this book while in line for the signing. Maybe it was the vibe in the room, maybe it was the fact that Neil was sitting a few feet away while I read, but I loved it. More of an review to follow, but in the meantime, I'll include the link to the BLOG POST that I wrote about the signing.(less)
This is one of those fantastic magical coming-of-age stories that works. I've been disappointed a lot in this genre lately (maybe I'm internally compa...moreThis is one of those fantastic magical coming-of-age stories that works. I've been disappointed a lot in this genre lately (maybe I'm internally comparing everything to Harry Potter or Wicked Lovely), but this one did not disappoint me. For once, we have a YA fantasy that is not a vampire/werewolf love story. I think Erica Cope should get extra stars for that alone!
Lark is the story of Mia, your *average* teenager and her journey as she discovers her elvish heritage. There's the perfect blend of angst and romance and actual plot development. Mia doesn't make all the right decisions or think clearly every step of the way, but isn't that sort of the point? Isn't that what it's like to be a teenager making sense of the world--especially, an uncharted world of elves? I loved the history of the elves and I thought it was well-planned and structured and I don't say that lightly. My motto for fantasy authors is "create whatever world you want, but stick to your own rules!" Lark succeeds in this. The bad news is that this is book 1 and book isn't out yet so I've been dying to know what happens. The good news? In the Shadows is coming soon and you won't have to wait an entire year!! This is the cover actually and I think it's breathtaking :)
It's hard to sound genuine on the computer but thank you all for the downloads and the reviews. Goodreaders are WONDERFUL! The book is currently in the top 100, which is amazeballs, and I know that's because of you guys. So if you need someone to come help you clean, or if your battery dies and you need a jump... I may need to take a plane to reach you but I'll be there :)
A big thank you to all the Goodreaders for reaching out to me, writing reviews, telling your friends, etc. You rock my world!!
**** August 12th is right around the corner! In honor of the release, we've made some collages to introduce you to Cole and Aimee. I'll be adding a new collage or photo every few days along with a line from the book. I can't wait for you guys to fall in love with these characters the way that I did!!
1. Allow me to present Aimee Spencer and Cole Everly
2. "I'll be the bottles on the beaches, You'll be the waves that wash them all ashore." That's a line from "No Nostalgia" by AgesandAges (a band I listened to quite a bit while writing IN THIS MOMENT). The book is about more than romantic love. It's about friendship--the kind that burrows inside of you and stays there forever.
3. A little more Aimee and Cole to celebrate the fact that the release is less than a month away!
4. 27 days to go!! "Every moment possesses its own kind of magic."
5. 22 days left... "Do you hear that sound? It's the sound of the world ripping apart."
I need awhile to gather my thoughts before I review this. I feel like...idk...I've just died a thousand deaths, had a dozen knives twisted in my gut, h...moreI need awhile to gather my thoughts before I review this. I feel like...idk...I've just died a thousand deaths, had a dozen knives twisted in my gut, had my heart eaten with a plastic spork. Something like that.(less)
This is my second book by Komal Kant and I loved the first, but I love this one even more. It's a beautiful story about love and loss. I know that lot...moreThis is my second book by Komal Kant and I loved the first, but I love this one even more. It's a beautiful story about love and loss. I know that lots of people have already gone into in depth reviews, so I'll just skip the summarizing and say: Read this book! Read it people! (less)
So I feel this strange affinity with Komal Kant. We've never met or spoken, but we both released our first books within weeks of each other, and now (...moreSo I feel this strange affinity with Komal Kant. We've never met or spoken, but we both released our first books within weeks of each other, and now (like we freaking planned it), we've released our new books within days of each other. So, I've had this in my to-read pile for awhile and I thought last night, "you need to do this shit, Autumn." And I did and I am so glad. Love the story. Love the characters. Love the writing. Now, I'm on to Kant's new book about Hadie and I am sure that I will love it just as much :)(less)
I think a few months back I wrote a review about The Night Circus and I said that if I could read it every day for the rest of my life as if it was th...moreI think a few months back I wrote a review about The Night Circus and I said that if I could read it every day for the rest of my life as if it was the first time, I would be incredibly happy. Well, I hate to be repetitive but this is exactly how I feel right now. I've been living one of those days where I just want everyone and everything to go the HELL away so that I can read! I would eat the words if I could. I would rather breathe them in than oxygen. This is one of those books. One of those rare finds that pushes all of your emotions up--so that they hover just under your skin waiting to come out of your pores. I didn't cry or laugh or even smile hardly at all. But I FELT all of that and so much more. The writing is engaging and beautiful The story is unnerving and beautiful. The characters are sad and beautiful. This book is beautiful. (less)
It feels weird to rate your own book... I was that kid in school elections that didn't vote for myself. What can I say other than that I've always bee...moreIt feels weird to rate your own book... I was that kid in school elections that didn't vote for myself. What can I say other than that I've always been wary of self-promoters? And now, here I am shamelessly self-promoting! Please read, enjoy, laugh a bit, and let me know what you think. I'm so grateful to everyone who has given me a little slice of their time and in return I'm giving you a little slice of my heart. Thanks XOXO(less)
You know how I know that this book is made of awesome? Because I was devastated by the ending (and I mean genuinely devastated. Like the way it felt t...moreYou know how I know that this book is made of awesome? Because I was devastated by the ending (and I mean genuinely devastated. Like the way it felt to find out that my parents were lying liars who lie and that Santa was not going to slip down the chimney and stuff my stocking with toys made tiny elf hands.) and I still wanted to give it five stars.
There's so much that I could tell you about the plot but honestly, so many other reviewers have done that already and I think they've done a pretty bang-up job of it. All I'll add is that from someone who reads A LOT and tends to gravitate towards both YA and paranormal books, this is one of the standouts. It is smart and witty and imaginative and so much more than a love story between angsty teens.
The only deduction I can think of is that now I have to wait for the next installment and that may actually kill me!
***UPDATE*** I just read an excerpt on SRB's blog from Untold (book 2) and now I'm freaking out even more. It's like my heart has sustained blunt force trauma. Oh, the betrayal!! God, I'm thinking about revoking all the stars, but that just seems juvenile, right?(less)
If I could read this book every day as if for the first time I think that I would be incredibly happy. The Night Circus is MAGICAL. This is a story ab...moreIf I could read this book every day as if for the first time I think that I would be incredibly happy. The Night Circus is MAGICAL. This is a story about the circus, but not the type that you are thinking of. This is not a Barnum and Bailey three-ring fiasco with garish clowns and rainbow tents filled with cheesy music and fake smiles. Le Cirque de Reves is a dark and mysterious place, both and enchanting and eerie. It a place of dreams and nightmares and of dark secret corners. And passion. This is a story about a game. A complex, impossibly cruel game with dangerous consequences. This is a story about timing. About the plays of fate both wonderful and wicked and how one movement of the second hand of a clock can change everything. This is a story about love. The kind of love that people willingly die for. The kind of love that cannot be forgotten or shuttered away with the closing of the eyes and the passage of days. the kind of love that burns and leaves only ash behind. This is a story about magic. (less)