I wrote this book thinking the entire time how much I would have enjoyed reading something like it when I was a teen. And that's the best way I know hI wrote this book thinking the entire time how much I would have enjoyed reading something like it when I was a teen. And that's the best way I know how to write because then, the rest just follows. ...more
I can think of only three books that have ever made me cry, one of which is Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. If you haven’t gotten this one on preI can think of only three books that have ever made me cry, one of which is Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. If you haven’t gotten this one on pre-order yet, go ye forth and do so. This is a 2012 must read.
Since I write paranormal, I don’t often get a chance to pick up YA contemporary. But obviously I’m missing out. Especially if the other titles out there right now are half as engrossing as Katie McGarry’s debut.
After finishing this novel, I wanted to start it again. Because I missed the characters. They were THAT real to me. The relationships in this book are so tangible and heartrending and gut wrenchingly spot on.
There are several threads running through this book at once, which is just one of the reasons that I loved this story so much. It’s told from alternating points of view. So our two main characters, Echo and Noah, begin with their own agendas in mind, their own separate problems and struggles. Then, against their wills, they are brought together by their circumstances. As the story progresses, the lives of these two young people (and consequently their struggles) begin to intertwine. They become enmeshed with one another and I became enmeshed with them, snared by the aestheticism of their voices and their world and their all-too-real dilemmas.
And I haven’t even gotten to the romance in this novel, which is one of the major themes.
Echo and Noah = HELLO CHEMISTRY.
The sexual tension between the two is just about unbearable—and that’s delicious when that happens in a novel, isn’t it? Sweet torture is what I’ll call it.
More than the tension, though, there is also a gradual build to the relationship between them. And I’m a sucker for a romance that is layered by one moment or encounter at a time, and then another. I know I started this review by saying that this novel made me cry, but it also made me laugh. A lot. Ms. McGarry had a true gift for voice, and many of Echo’s internal moments sent me over the edge with giggles. At one point, I had to put the book down because I was laughing so hard. And as for Noah, I can say that the male voice feels startlingly accurate--I think I gained many insights to the male brain!
So I have a “favorites” shelf in my house. And this one has a special place there, because I’m going to be reading it again, and then again. ...more
We’ve all read the Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. But have you ever wondered what kind of state the world would have to be in for such aWe’ve all read the Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. But have you ever wondered what kind of state the world would have to be in for such a tale to take place? In Bethany Griffin’s gripping novel (which shares its title with Poe’s story) we are swept into the inner-workings of a bleak realm. The world has been devestated by a fierce contagion. Everyone must wear masks. Everyone is at risk. I adored this novel and I’m still reeling from the last few chapters especially. Part Steampunk, part dystopian and part romantic intrigue, it’s the absolute best of all three worlds. And despite the presence of two SUPREMELY hot guys, I think my most favorite aspect of Masque is its wonderfully complex, heartrending and compelling heroine—Araby. Shift this one to the top of your to-read stack when it hits the shelf YA readers and Poe fans. It is not to be missed. ...more
What can I say? It's the master! Check out this e-book collection while you're waiting for Enshadowed. Remember, Poe's works are full of clues regardiWhat can I say? It's the master! Check out this e-book collection while you're waiting for Enshadowed. Remember, Poe's works are full of clues regarding what's to come for Varen and Isobel! ...more
This was a great read! It took me a little while to get into this one, but once all of the dominos started falling, I was hooked. The prose were greatThis was a great read! It took me a little while to get into this one, but once all of the dominos started falling, I was hooked. The prose were great, the dialouge dead-on and Miss Frankie--a top-notch heroine. ...more
Like a long cool sip of sparkling water. I loved this book so much. It was such a refreshing read. The language is rich and beautiful and the story isLike a long cool sip of sparkling water. I loved this book so much. It was such a refreshing read. The language is rich and beautiful and the story is filled with surprise and intrigue around every corner. My favorite aspect about Magic Under Glass was the clockwork man. Ohmigosh, the scenes in which Nimira interacts with the automaton are so fun and so fascinating and beautiful and romantic and gut-wrenching and I know this is going to be one of those books that I’m going to have to resist dog-earing my favorite pages. I thought the aspect of the fairy-world was very well done and I found Nimira, our protagonist, delightful and plucky and so smart(yay!). I believed in her the whole way. Ms. Dolamroe’s wonderfully imagined world was one I was so reluctant to leave. I hope there will be another and, if so, then all I can say is that I can’t wait. ...more
I have read where this has been poo-pooed by some Poe scholars on the grounds that Ackroyd did not properly cite his sources (or didn't cite them at aI have read where this has been poo-pooed by some Poe scholars on the grounds that Ackroyd did not properly cite his sources (or didn't cite them at all.) For what it was, though--a kind of snapshot view of a life--I thought it was great. I thought this biography of Poe offered something that other biographies have not. There is no way we can truly know the kind of man Poe was personally, not without having known him personally. But after reading this account, I felt I at least had a better idea and understanding about Poe the man vs. Poe the writer and literary critic. I loved the little snippets about things that he'd (supposedly) said, such as the carriage ride past the cemetery, when a young Poe expressed fear toward the bodies buried there. Also, I loved the detail of Poe being a prankster while at West Point, especially the gruesome detail about the prank he played with the dead goose. Later, this biography explores some interaction between Poe and his wife, Virginia, that I’d never read elsewhere. The image of Poe and Virginia picking cherries, and then the red blood stain (from coughing) on her dress and how Edgar promptly carried her inside will stick with me for a long time. I thought this was a great read. In this biography, you learn things about Poe that are filtered through the quotes/letters and alleged accounts of the people who knew and interacted with him. I finished it so fast. I have read how some have disliked this biography because it wasn’t more analytical about his work. Honestly, though, don’t we have enough of that in our Poe biographies? This was a refreshing (if short) portrait of Poe. I would especially recommend it to the teen reader. This is one I would be gland to revisit again.