*Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for this ARC. Of course, this does not influence my opinion of the book in any way.*
An enchanting, mesmerizing book, The Girl of Fire and Thorns is just as Tamora Pierce said:
The story was beautiful, the setting was exotic. Elisa's quest to seek the power within herself is not only a breathtaking experience, but executed with a firm hand as well. I loved so many things about this book. To start off with, the cover is captivating. It depicts the almost magical feel of the story and I love how it doesn't show Elisa's features in detail. This allows the reader to really delve into the book and come up eventually with their own heroic version of Elisa. There was also the twists. I had mixed feelings about the twists, but most of them are personal. There were somethings that deeply surprised me, and I congratulate Rae Carson for taking up such a risk and succeed--that is, executed it wonderfully. I'm still a little heartbroken over the loss, but now I look forward for the sequel, even though the first installment isn't publicly released yet. Another thing I loved was the struggle of the characters, not just with others but also themselves. We see things the way Elisa sees them, we learn truths and conspiracies along with her, and even though I didn't develop a tangible connection with Elisa, I still felt her emotions and understood her journey and its purpose. The one thing I had a little bit of trouble with was the pacing. Don't get me wrong, the story moved straight into action, and there were no unnecessary scenes interrupting the flow. But sometimes a chapter felt stretched too long, or at least an experience was slightly overwhelming. Elisa is a strong, brave heroine, but during certain times I found an action that seemed a bit out of character, and perhaps it is because I miss a connection with her. Other times a scene was depicted in such detail, it felt overly extravagant. Nonetheless, this is still a wonderful, definitely must-read story. I've heard thoughts about how there is a religious element in the novel, and it's true. But I would like to state here, loud and clear, that the religion is essential to the story. It enhances the story to make it what it is. I am not the most religious person, and I assure you that even if you are not religious, you should give this book a try. I did, and I really, really enjoyed it.
Romantic, beautiful, this follow up to Firelight is, unbelievably, even better than the first. I want to make clear here that I was actually a little reluctant to start reading this series. I'm not exactly sure why, but dragons have not always been my thing. I am so, so, so glad I gave it a try. I liked Firelight, and I was hooked enough to read Vanish, but Vanish... Oh my goodness, it was amazing. Sophie Jordan outdid herself.
The bumpy road of the plot started from the very first chapter. I remember reading Firelight and thinking repetitively, I can't believe how much Jacinda's life sucks! It was the same feeling in Vanish, except... it was bearable. I understood Jacinda's pain, her actions, and I could really relate to her. Yet despite all of the horrible things that happened in her life, her faith never truly dwindles, no matter how much she wants it to. I really enjoyed learning more about the Darki world and Jacinda's thoughts on them, and I'm glad Sophie Jordan added even more depth into the characters. None of the characters were one-dimensional. Even the most minor ones had a personality, a depth often missing in so many books nowadays, and not just YA.
The romantic tension rose to a whole new level, too, in Vanish. I couldn't leave my hotel room and had to keep reading it on my lap top even during vacation. It was that good. Sophie Jordan did an excellent job of portraying both boys of the love triangle. A good love triangle, to me, is often one where you can sway towards one side with a scene, and immediately recoil to the other in the next. This was how it was like for me. I actually started to sway towards Cassian, even if a little, but then Will came back and... Wooooooot. I won't spoil it for you, but that was pretty exciting.
Firelight exceeded my expectations, but perhaps that is because I wasn't expecting too much out of a dragon book (I will now! Thank you, Sophie Jordan, for showing me that dragons can be truly a wonderful YA read, too). Vanish will blow you out of your mind. I am definitely anticipating the third book now. Ah, that's the sad thing about ARCs. Now I have to wait even longer. But I'm happy with the ending Sophie Jordan chose for Vanish. It wasn't as big of a cliffhanger as Firelight (which would have driven me crazy if I didn't have Vanish), instead, it is the perfect mix of intrigue and contentment.
The reason this book is a 5 and not a 5+ really boils down to my own personal preferences. It's actually because of Severin. I wish we had an insight into why he did the things he did and why he chooses what he chooses. Hopefully, this will be explained in the third book. Nonetheless, I absolutely loved this book.(less)
Quick Reaction: HOLYCRAB. SO FREAKIN' GOOD. I was on the airplane ride to Chicago and was mesmerized by this incredible world. Woot! Gotta admit that...moreQuick Reaction: HOLYCRAB. SO FREAKIN' GOOD. I was on the airplane ride to Chicago and was mesmerized by this incredible world. Woot! Gotta admit that Eon did aggravate me slightly with the whole (view spoiler)[sun drug (hide spoiler)] thing, but any book that can make me buy its e-book partner when I accidentally forget its hardcopy at home is a WIN. In other words: I left the paperbook I bought at home, and I was so obsessed with it that I could not wait and bought the e-book copy so I could read it on my Nook on the plane. (Also, I'm totally Team Kygo!)
**Actual, full review**
Three things. 1) This is a review of both Eon AND Eona. 2) Original is here on my blog. 3) Due to copy-and-paste, SOME formatting and links MAY have been lost.
Too much is lost in our greed and ambition to be recovered.
Eon and Eona are different beasts coalescing in the same form, the same thoughts, the same ideals all slammed together until there’s just this giant wall of steel. These books are unbreakably vulnerable and cracked with dirt. They are not perfect; far from it. But they are entertaining and they make you think, and that’s all that really matters.
Eona is a frustrating character who I found incredibly aggravating in both books. But while she was just plainly—forgive me, but—stupid in Eon, in Eona she had every reason and pressure to make such choices. So, I hereby declare Alison Goodman the Queen of Conflict. Not because I have some sort of immense, evangelical power that creates an instant verdict of black and white, but because her characters suffer so much I cannot even fathom how she could possibly have the heart to write the stories. But then maybe that’s why I’m too soft for these things; the harder the journey, the sweeter the ending, as the saying goes.
I can’t help but think that while that’s true on the surface level, the sweetness is but a crumbling disguise beneath Eona’s words.
This series shudders with cruelty: there are harassments and there are threats; new lives lost and old lives gained; bursts of shallowness and too much selfishness; and disguise and lies and punches and wars and executions and death and it’s not even just a surface thing, not something that is happening but I cannot sense—the characters are so frustrating that they have etched their way into my skin, so that every time another bone snaps, I can only cringe.
Eon was entertaining; Eona was crushing. I’m not sure how I forced my way through Eon: it was certainly wonderful, but I hated the characters’ decisions so much I wanted to snap the book in half. But still I bought the Nook copy when I realized I left my paperback at home, and I was on a plane to Chicago. That must say something; I hate spending extra money I have no need to expend.
These books are obsessive and gripping, but as your grip slips they clench you again, harder each time until you are stuck in their prison but you do not realize it until the last word of Eona has breathed.
Eon and Eona are so convoluted and developed, I am in awe of Alison Goodman (despite my anger at previously mentioned predicaments). There are plots—numerous of them—and then subplots, then sub-subplots, then sub-sub-subplots, and so on and so on until the only one who can see light in this blinded rabbit hole is Alison herself. And what an epic she has written; I was completely emerged within the Empire of Celestial Dragons. The world swarmed with authenticity and was so real I sometimes was lost in the real world, wondering where I was. It is the details: every word, thought, action; they all pertain to the world, not a thread of modern Anglicized influence through it all, except a few curse words.
One last thing: High Fantasy is my favorite genre. Not because of its beauty and ability to transport the reader to worlds previously unfathomable, but because it is like a dream: too desirable to escape and much too burned to stay.
Variant was very much like a variable. There are a myriad of ways to calculate the answer, yet in this case, few actually work.
The beginning of Variant felt a bit like the beginning of The Maze Runner to me--not the plot, but the pacing. The first few chapters fell slow. Even though there was a sense of mystery in the air, I wasn't surprised at the behaviors of the school and its students--I've read similar plot before. However, Benson, the main character, has a semi-sarcastic voice that kept me reading on.
This book was an interesting read. There are definitely twists. However, not all the twists came as a shock to me, but that may just be because I tend to analyze plot carefully while reading, so few plot twists actually end up becoming "twists". The main characters were very well developed, and while the supporting characters held my attention, I felt like they could've been even more multidimensional.
Overall, I recommend this book to fans of The Maze Runner and a strong voice that will keep you captive through even slow chapters. This book was refreshing, and Mr. Wells crafts a unique spin on the answer behind traps and imprisonment. (less)
Eve captured my attention with its premise and it does not disappoint! Anna Carey writes with a strong, defined voice that shines through the narrative. Although the voice and the characters seem a bit precocious, considering the circumstances, it is believable.
Eve, the narrator of the story, is a character that tore me apart. Often times I found myself irritated with her, but admittedly her choices are mostly justified. She grew up in a world completely against men, took classes on the danger men poses, so it's only natural that she'd be more than a bit reluctant to find a boy who offers her protection.
One thing that I didn't care much for in this novel was its world-building. A disease has wiped out most of the population--in more accurate words, most of the females--yet we don't get much glimpse into its history and what it all meant. The twists that fall out from this book are interesting but not shocking, because the groundwork felt thin and I didn't get the impact. One thing I desperately wished for was the how does this exponentially impact the story? and all I got was barely a glimpse. But this is a trilogy, so I do have hopes for the sequel to answer my questions.
Overall, though, Eve is a wonderful novel that I would recommend to fans of Wither and Delirium, and someone who likes their dystopian heroine strong-headed with a distinctive voice. (less)
I'm not going to write a full review on this, but all I have to say is that this book fell way too short for me. I can see others liking it, but it de...moreI'm not going to write a full review on this, but all I have to say is that this book fell way too short for me. I can see others liking it, but it definitely wasn't for me.(less)
Quick reaction: I really enjoyed this one! Very fun and quick read--with lots of good stakes. There were a few parts I felt could've been smoothed out...moreQuick reaction: I really enjoyed this one! Very fun and quick read--with lots of good stakes. There were a few parts I felt could've been smoothed out, but overall, a definite page-turner.
Actual, full review: Original is here. (Note: Due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.)
With a fresh twist on the faery lore, Feyland: The Dark Realm will slowly find its way into your mind... and your heart.
Anthea Sharp proves that self-publishing does not equate poor quality. The prose of Feyland is wonderfully simplistic and to-the-point, the novel is entirely polished, and absolutely enjoyable. I loved the characters--Tam, Jennet, Marny, heck, even The Bug. Jennet and Tam felt a bit generic at first, but after a while, they sprang to life in a sudden yet subtle way that I hadn't realized until the stakes tumbled over themselves in a dangerous hurry. And that's another thing I loved--the stakes don't drop, and Jennet and Tam know it. They're not trying to ignore it or deny it. They're straightforward and fight against it.
The only thing that kept me from full-on loving this novel was its predictability. Again, I have to clarify that I can guess plot twists really, really easily, so this could very well apply to only me. But I thought that there were a few directions Anthea could have taken a few plot points that didn't happen, and I was a bit disappointed by that. I also wish the secondary characters were a bit more developed--they had personalities, but were quite predictable as well.
Overall, though, I truly enjoyed this book. It's a fun novel that will fight for your attention--and succeed. I read it in one sitting. The plot will push you forward on this crazy rollercoaster of a ride, the romance is adorable and realistic, and the characters will make you want to laugh and cry at the same time--in an infinitely good way.
Forget that this is a faery book. It's more than that. It's the story of a girl, a boy, and their brilliant strength.
Quick reaction: Huh. It was... good.. but... not great. A bit melodramatic. Some things didn't make sense. Overall, though, a refreshing and humorous...moreQuick reaction: Huh. It was... good.. but... not great. A bit melodramatic. Some things didn't make sense. Overall, though, a refreshing and humorous read.
Borrowing Abby Grace is a humorous and refreshing read that handles paranormal with grace (pun intended).
I enjoyed Abby Grace. These quick "episodes" have fulfilling, witty characters. The premise is killer as well... except it wasn't exactly what I expected.
I didn't expect this book to be so "light." It was a nice surprise... but not exactly what I was looking for. I have to admit that there were times the characters' reactions were quite melodramatic and difficult to relate to, and there were plot holes that could have been avoided but weren't. The story also carried us in a mysterious direction that, when over, made sense but just didn't seem plausible because there was no foundation/foreshadowing leading up to that point. (A good plot-twist book? The Demon's Lexicon). I understand that these are "episodes" so they are supposed to be quick, but that doesn't mean you can't expand on some important plot points to have an impact-ful result. Despite these downfalls, though, Abby Grace gracefully integrates the paranormal aspect into the protagonist's life, and I do appreciate that.
Overall, I did like Borrowing Abby Grace. This series is basically Nancy Drew meets Paranormalcy. So if you enjoy both, you might like these "episodes" more than I did. Do give them a try, though. This is one interesting ride.(less)
Quick reaction: Think TWILIGHT and EVERMORE combined, except with aliens, and way more awesome!
Long reaction: Original is here: http://thereviewsnews....moreQuick reaction: Think TWILIGHT and EVERMORE combined, except with aliens, and way more awesome!
Long reaction: Original is here: http://thereviewsnews.blogspot.com/20... (due to copy-and-paste, formatting has been lost, though I did label MINOR spoilers with the spoiler tags, but honestly, I don't feel like they're really, you know, spoilers.)
A witty, stunning ride, Obsidian will charm you with its realistic heroine and an extraterrestrial lore comprised of fascination and love.
The characters and voice were what I considered the best parts of this novel. It was refreshing and humorous, but gripping with tension. I loved the originality of Jennifer's take on aliens, and I, for one, wouldn't mind at all to be a Luxen. (view spoiler)[I was so happy to find Katy a book blogger! (hide spoiler)] I related to [Katy] almost instantly, and she delivers a fast-paced story that does not disappoint. Daemon frustrated me, but his soft and vulnerable side had this girl blushing! I look forward to the development of Katy and Daemon's relationship in Onyx, (view spoiler)[and while their romance isn't a sweet and swift ride, (hide spoiler)] I enjoyed the realistic depictions instead of insta-love.
Now I have to admit that I was at first a bit worried. You can tell from the summary that Daemon is an alien, but we don't actually find that out until more than 100 pages into the story. And while I do wish the fact was brought up earlier, honestly, I didn't have too much trouble holding on to the story because Katy's story was definitely engrossing. (view spoiler)[I found the hot-and-cold attitude of almost every Luxen a bit melodramatic, but then again, maybe the extraterrestrial just have a thing for emotions. (hide spoiler)] Alas, I'm not one to complain, for this book truly surpassed my expectations.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. I found it at times to be similar to Twilight or Evermore, and maybe even a bit I am Number Four, but this book, ultimately, is its own story that combines the angst and desire of Twilight and Evermore, the action and high-stakes of I am Number Four, and the originality and brilliant voice of Jennifer L. Armentrout. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Quick Reaction: So fantastic, so unexpected, and soooo many questions. To those who think this sounds way too much like Beautiful Creat...more starred review!
Quick Reaction: So fantastic, so unexpected, and soooo many questions. To those who think this sounds way too much like Beautiful Creatures: Perhaps so, but the humor in this book is unmatched and way too hilarious. Also, I have many, many questions for Sarah when I see her this Saturday.
Actual, full review: Original is here on my blog. I've met Sarah Rees Brennan a total two times, both times at the RT Teen Day event. The first time I met her was back in 2011 at the Los Angeles RT Convention. At the time, I didn't read a lot--I loved reading, I just wasn't obsessed with it--but I fell in love with Ally Carter's books and saw on her website that she was going to be at RT, so I went, with the sole intent of wowing Ally with my Supreme Coolness and Complete Un-awkwardness (hahahahaha I must've been way more ignorant than I thought I was), but of course, I ended up being both Supremely Uncool and Completely Awkward.
Which would have been really sad. EXCEPT SARAH REES BRENNAN WAS THERE.
And she made my day.
You know those people in your life who are just so full of this untamable energy that they seem to explode whenever they're by you? The type of people who make jokes that are so funny that you can't even breathe, and they're just smiling all crookedly at you 'cause they're just glad to have entertained but isn't really sure just how they so completely blew you away?
Well, Sarah is one of those people. In fact, if that type of person had a name, the name would be Sarah.
So you can imagine that I was absolutely freaking out when I got accepted for an e-galley (e-ARC, basically) of Unspoken. And there is one thing I will tell you:
SARAH REES BRENNAN IS LIKE TECHNOLOGY. She gets better and better and addictive-r and addictive-r.
Going into this book, I had the suspicion that most people did: this sounds awfully like Beautiful Creatures. I mean, even the main character's name is Kami! But oh, I couldn't have been more wrong.
Yes, Unspoken is gothic, it's got a mystery, it's got a Kami, it's got creepiness. But it's got the key component: originality. While its synopsis resounds crazily with Beautiful Creatures, it is its own novel, its own Sarah-esque humor, its own amazing characters, and its own story that is in no way a retelling of anything but the awesomeness of Sarah Rees Brennan.
The characters are just completely flail-worthy. Kami is so funny, I kind of exploded from laughter. (It's so nice that heaven has computers, isn't it?) I was reading this on the plane to Chicago for RT and I'm pretty sure my entire back got melted by the glares of trying-to-sleep businesspeople. But wow--if you've ever seen Sarah in person, you know she's extremely funny. Unspoken is like a sitcom where everything is humor magnified until you're bursting in this bubble of Ultimate Happiness.
But it's not just the characters. The romance, the creepiness, the mystery--they were all so thoroughly juxtaposed with the humor that, even though they are a sudden shift away from the wittiness that thrives in this book, they also lure the reader in even more with their full ambiance and complete chillingness.
Unspoken is the type of book that you crave for no matter how many bad/good/genre-specific books you've read. It's always a relief, it's always a suspense, and it's always, always, the type of awesome that is so completely awesome, if it was not unspoken, the universe may have had another Big Bang.
**Thank you to East India Press for sending me a complimentary copy of this novel. This does not, in anyway, influence my opinion.**
Original...more**Thank you to East India Press for sending me a complimentary copy of this novel. This does not, in anyway, influence my opinion.**
Original is here. (Note: Due to copy-and-paste, links and formatting has been lost.)
Nightingale will change your perspective on the reading world. Buried inside the pages of this enhanced novel is the story of a boy, a legend, a destiny, and plenty of secrets that will keep you addicted.
I enjoyed Nightingale. It's a story with tons of history that adds up to one big, shattering finale--and it's a story of a boy who has to find himself, a person lost years ago when his mother first abandoned him.
The characters were very eccentric, and though I can't say I loved everyone who I was supposed to love, their peculiar personalities did make them a very interesting read. I really liked Bron--he was such a strong character once he found his footing--and David Farland does a fantastic job of grounding in reality and fantasy simultaneously without overwhelming the reader.
The only thing I wish this engrossing story had was this: trimming. Many times, there were paragraphs of description that just never held my interest, and I often skipped over them. There were also info-dumps that I didn't necessarily need. Though the author notes enhanced the book and my knowledge, after a while, I wasn't very compelled to read all of those, either--I'm an action type of gal, what can I say?
Overall, though, I think readers of intense fantasy with a sinister history will really enjoy this novel. And, oh, do get the enhanced version. It'll blow your mind away.
P.S. I have a guest post with the author, David Farland, coming up. And a giveaway of Nightingale, too, so stay tuned!(less)
I'm not actually reviewing this book. I didn't finish it, so there you go. But I suppose you might want to know why I didn't finish it, and that reaso...moreI'm not actually reviewing this book. I didn't finish it, so there you go. But I suppose you might want to know why I didn't finish it, and that reason is this: I just never had a reason to. There wasn't anything wrong with this book. Analytically speaking, it had stakes that dealt with the very survival of humanity--intense, yeah? I must say, however, that no matter how high the stakes of a story are, I have to relate to the characters to feel their fear. And I didn't--couldn't--relate to the characters here, simply because I didn't feel a connection. The book is very passive, told in diary entries. As of so, there's very little showing and quite a lot of telling. Those who know me know that I'm an action-type of gal, so this book simply wasn't for me. But you might like it, so who knows?
^Obviously, the above wasn't very eloquent, but then again, it's not an actual review. Just reasons as to why this was a DNF for those wondering. (less)
Quick Reaction: Believable characters, unique situations, and edge-of-your-seat coincidences collide in this authentic novel of growing up in West Vir...moreQuick Reaction: Believable characters, unique situations, and edge-of-your-seat coincidences collide in this authentic novel of growing up in West Virginia. There were a few plot hole inconsistencies, and the overall story wasn't like, BAM!, I still really enjoyed it.
Actual, full review: Original is here. (Note: Due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.)
Ugly to Start With is a book about sexuality, racism, and abuse, among other things. It is not a light read--and it's not for everyone. What I can say about it is this: your perspective on several taboo subjects will change, and this book is just as thought-provoking as it is heart-wrenching.
Jason is this boy I never really could relate to, though that may be because of the things he goes through so early in life. He's a dreamer, but he's also afraid, and though that made me sympathize for him, it didn't make me entirely feel for him. I surmise I just never really recognized his voice. That's one of the reasons why this book didn't blow my mind away, but still, I was shocked and timorous about quite a number of the situations Jason faces in this book, and I feared for him as well as with him.
It's not easy being a teenager, Jason very well proves that. John is very bold in approaching several topics the way he did. But the thing is, the teenage voice is difficult to nail, and I felt like the lasciviousness and obscenity was superfluous and overwhelming. It distracted me for a while, and I can't say the excess content minimized as the story progressed.
Overall, though, this novel is sure to wreck your brain for answers you don't have, and astonish you with questions you never thought of. Despite its flaws, it offers you something you don't normally get--the truth. Brace yourself, because you're in for a whirlwind of emotions you won't be forgetting about very soon.(less)
I might pick this book up again later, but right now, it's agitating me too much. Kelsey's just too... shallow, meretricious of a character for me to...moreI might pick this book up again later, but right now, it's agitating me too much. Kelsey's just too... shallow, meretricious of a character for me to relate to. Her problems are just... nothing compared to many, many other people's. And though I do like her voice, she just talks too much like a five-year-old for me to truly understand. (Did I mention that all she has on her mind are boys, friends, an annoying archenemy--who I don't even know the motivation nor story behind--impossible parents, and, oh, yeah, annoying sister?) *sighs* I really wanted to like this book, but I'm close to Kelsey's age zone and, trust me, we. teenagers. do. not. talk. nor. act. nor. think. like. that. Sure, we fantasize about boys, but that and a sudden arch-nemesis who Kelsey instantly disregards as Satan are not all we ever think about!
Quick reaction: Kirsten Hubbard's books are so good they kill me.
Actual, full review: This review is scheduled to post on my blog on 2/29/12. It is h...moreQuick reaction: Kirsten Hubbard's books are so good they kill me.
Actual, full review: This review is scheduled to post on my blog on 2/29/12. It is here on Goodreads exclusively first. (Note: due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.)
There are two types of flutters in your chest. The first type is when you read something sensual, something evocative and you know you should stop reading it, but you can't help it, so something quick bursts out among the fragments of seconds as you devour every single letter of every single word, savoring the strange inappropriateness of the scene. The second type is full on cardiac arrest. Where every part of you is shaking, fluttering so badly you don't even realize you're doing it until all of a second, you stop, and your heart just drops like a pebble; when you are a butterfly slowly flying away, wings straining against the pounding wind, and you can no longer ignore the fact that this--this feeling of complete fulfillment, complete satisfaction--has almost never happened before, and you are so desperate to feel it again you can't help but try and capture the wordless depiction into actual words.
Wanderlove is both, but especially the latter. I gave it everything, and it hurt me too much, made me ache, and at the end, I cried tears of relentless joy. I was so happy--I can't remember the last time a book made me this happy. I need something strong to grip on to, so that I can take a deep breath and tell myself to calm the heck down, because this review is so, so hard to write, and I'm so, so tired of running away and not looking back.
I was worried about this book at first. The whole synopsis of traveling and backpacking? Eh. Not really what I'm looking for. But... it's Kirsten Hubbard, a small part of me had whispered, and so, even as I dug through the first few chapters where we didn't know Bria very well, when she was still a stranger, I gave it a try.
I should have known that it would enchant me to the end of the world and shatter me all at once.
This book is about so much more than just traveling. It's about love, about trust, about running away and not running away. About staying still and not staying still. About watching the world spin around like a merry-go-round ride while you're standing in the middle, and as it sweeps you away into a land of endless confusion, you learn to eventually grab on to a horse and climb on, fighting your way through the hurdles of life. But, at it's heart, it's also a beautiful love story. There is no such concept as insta-love here. It is a fascinating and eternal and aching journey of learning that, yes, it's alright to fall back into someone else's arms, even after everything you've lost. It's okay to be afraid. It's okay to be angry. But you have to learn to discover the when, so that when the time comes, you won't miss it.
Sometimes, Wanderlove is magical. Sometimes, Wanderlove is heartbreaking. Kirsten Hubbard's books are so good they kill me.
But always, always, Wanderlove will find the piece of your heart that wandered away, and return it to you, so that finally, you are whole and new.(less)