I'm SO proud to be a contributing author to this book! It's seriously a WONDERFUL compilation of authors at every stage in their career talking aboutI'm SO proud to be a contributing author to this book! It's seriously a WONDERFUL compilation of authors at every stage in their career talking about how they began writing, keep writing and giving their best advice. What's better is that it's FREE!!!
Thank you to Carrie Butler and P.K. Hrezo for the amazing work they did to get this put together. It's a great source of inspiration and motivation for writers and I LOVE that they wanted to give back to other authors with this. ...more
I don't think I could adequately call myself a book blogger if I did not read or at least WANT toOriginally posted at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
I don't think I could adequately call myself a book blogger if I did not read or at least WANT to read this book. It exploded the blogosphere last year and it was one of the most raved/talked about books of 2011. I was nervous to start to reading it because of all the hype. I hate hate hate being disappointed with books, especially ones that I have been looking forward to reading. Hype is great for books, but sometimes it leaves readers with too high expectations. However, I have to say that this novel deserved every bit of hype it received.
The Good: I'm trying to compose myself long enough to write a coherent review, but it's kind of difficult when I have a million things running through my head and several pieces of paper with chicken scratch notes about the novel. The one thing that I realized while reading is that it's impossible for me to describe to people what it's about. I've tried. I mean, essentially the book is about "angels" and "demons" but it seems that novel is so far removed from those two adjectives that it doesn't seem to do the book justice. It's SO much more than angels and demons. I've read plenty of angel/demon books and NONE of them have been like this book. It's not your typical biblical angels/demons thing. Taylor's world building is incredible in this novel. I mean, from Karou's blue hair and hamsas to Brimstone and his magical world to Akiva. It's honestly, so incredible to see how someone's mind created this entire world. I'm a huge fan of Karou's personality. I thought she was strong, badass and yet... maleable. She still has this innocence to her that makes her seem more multi-faceted than some other stock characters in YA lit these days. I, of course loved Akiva. I can just imagine him as sexy, brooding, mysterious angel. Yum. I also enjoyed Zuzanna, Karou's best friend. She was spunky and I like that. She had enough face time in the novel to make an impact and yet not enough to full form an entire opinion. I like that. Leaves me wanting more. I think the thing I loved most about this novel was the creativity and thought in the plot. I love this door to the other world idea and the whole teeth/resurrection idea. Lastly, the writing. Oh my god, the writing. It was superb. Laini Taylor is a master at the craft of writing. Her sentences were lovely without being overly poetic. I am a fan of the way she leaves some of her chapters off with that questionable last sentence. It sets up perfect tension for the next chapter. And of course the ending of the book totally left me wanting more and I can't wait for the second novel!
The Bad: I don't have to0 many negative things to say about this novel. I wasn't too fond of the fact that Akiva and Karou (even though they have a rich, romantic history together) seemed to fall in love so suddenly. It did seem very insta-love to me which usually turns me off in YA books. I didn't have AS much of an issue in this book as others, because there was that whole other life story line. That is just a minor thing though.
Overall, I really fell in love with this book. I find myself trying to figure out the correct way to describe it to someone and I can't. I just tell them they have to read it and find out for themselves. It's that good. I give it an A! ...more
I love the way Walker builds up the sexual tension between her characters. The anticipation for the "moment" is the best feeling and I love when we fiI love the way Walker builds up the sexual tension between her characters. The anticipation for the "moment" is the best feeling and I love when we finally get it. I don't normally read a lot of m/m but Walker is one author I will always read and anticipate. Her characters come to life for me and I think she's a very talented up and coming writer. I can't wait to see what she writes next!...more
MUAHAHAHAHAHA. I got to read this before everyone else and I FREAKING LOVED IT. Whitney Barbetti is a genius. I loved how she brought all the characteMUAHAHAHAHAHA. I got to read this before everyone else and I FREAKING LOVED IT. Whitney Barbetti is a genius. I loved how she brought all the characters together to create a cohesive and heartbreaking story. I love love love all the characters, but Mira - that woman just speaks to me. I love her. And Julian is so stupidly swoon-worthy it's annoying. I mean, can someone please send me my very own Julian?!?
Anyway - this is one book you do NOT want to miss. If you loved He Found Me and Ten Below Zero, you will totally love this one too!...more
Per the usual, Jodi Picoult strikes gold here. I think I may have loved this short story more than some of her novels. I can't WAIT to see Serenity agPer the usual, Jodi Picoult strikes gold here. I think I may have loved this short story more than some of her novels. I can't WAIT to see Serenity again in Jodi's next book. ...more
Eeek. It's official. I will read anything Rainbow Rowell puts out. I loved this one - not as much as Landline, but it was still pretty damn amazing. IEeek. It's official. I will read anything Rainbow Rowell puts out. I loved this one - not as much as Landline, but it was still pretty damn amazing. If you haven't read any of Rowell's work - you need to get on it! Her books are worth every minute spent reading them. ...more
As a fan of Emily's work, I knew Wynn In Doubt would be good -- I just didn't realize how much I'd fall in love with the book when I started it. See,As a fan of Emily's work, I knew Wynn In Doubt would be good -- I just didn't realize how much I'd fall in love with the book when I started it. See, the characters in this novel are so much more than characters -- they are you and me and everyone who has ever dreamed to say, "what about me?" Because that's the thing, right? In this society, we're so focused on keeping our dreams and passions silent if they seem even a little bit silly or out there or unachievable because as much as we'd like to believe that anything is possible, society often tells us otherwise. I love that Wynn Jeffries is a force to be reckoned with. She dances to the beat of her own drum and she has a long journey of figuring out that being under everyone else's thumb is not where she wants to be.
It's difficult for me to write this review without spoilers because there's SO much I want to talk about. But I do want to mention that an author that can weave a historical tale into her contemporary setting is impressive in my book. Emily was able to maintain two separate stories that mingle together in the most important ways and I find that incredible skillful for an author to do.
This book has so much goodness wrapped inside of it -- it's one that really needs to be experienced by everyone. I cannot recommend this book enough to those of you who want to be reminded what it's like to dream, to be caught up in the "what you're supposed to be doing," instead of the "what do you want to do?" It's about love and all the different variations of it.
If you want a book that will have you thinking and talking about it long after it's done -- please pick up Wynn In Doubt!...more
Oh, Divergent. How you've taunted me with your lovely cover and your writer's magnificent publishiOriginally posted at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
Oh, Divergent. How you've taunted me with your lovely cover and your writer's magnificent publishing story. You've made me lust after you for far too long until I could no longer wait. I just HAD to read you. And I did. And you did not disappoint Divergent. Not one bit.
Where do I start? With Tris? Four? The magnificent world building? I'm not sure where to start because almost everything in this book should be filed under the "good" status. Firstly though, I love this dystopian world Roth has built. The whole "faction" set up is a fresh take on the dystopian genre but what I love that this book is more psychological than anything else. These books all come down to the same thing: survival, but in this novel it's different. It's a psychological game that threatens to either destroy or enlighten. I've never thought of breaking people up into groups that are defined by our personality and that some of us who have diverse personalities can be thought as dangerous. I loved the slow, tender build up of the romance between Tris and Four and I loved the impending sense that everything was building up to a major life-changing-crash. The thing about Tris that I loved is that feels more like a run-of-the-mill turned bad-ass character. She's not immune to some failure and she's not perfect. But she has heart. And courage. And bravery. She's Dauntless. This was an incredible novel, very fast-paced and riveting.
The only thing I thought was lacking in this book is some more insight into how the world became what it is. I wanted to know what disaster, what colossal thing would create such a world like this. I don't want the excuse that it's coming in the second or third book either...I think there was a way to include some of that without giving it all away in this book too.
Overall, this book was magnificent and I highly recommend it for all kinds of readers especially for dystopian lovers. ...more
I know that I truly truly love a book when it comes time to write the review and my head is allOriginally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
I know that I truly truly love a book when it comes time to write the review and my head is all scrambly because there is just so much there I want to say and I can't get it written down fast enough or in a coherent way. So suffice it to say...I pretty much LOVED This Girl is Different by JJ Johnson. I am very cautious not to read any reviews of the books I receive to review because I want to be able to read the book without any external factors influencing what I think of it. After I finished reading this and checked out the GoodReads rating, I was completely shocked to see that people either absolutely hated it or loved it. But hopefully those negative reviews will not be enough to deter you from reading this book because really it is SO worth it.
The Good: Wow. There are so many good things to say about this novel. I loved that every chapter started with a famous quote that weaved itself nicely into the chapter. By the end of the chapter, you knew exactly why that quote was chosen and many of them happen to be my very favorite quotes. Very early on the main character, Evie says quite matter-of-factly to herself, "This girl is different," and she truly is. This is the YA adult novel that every teenager should read. Evie is type of girl that every young woman should aspire to be. She is insanely smart, well spoken, literate, interesting, witty, curvy, self-aware, confident, respectful yet rebellious. She is totally one of the coolest characters I've met. I want to be Evie Morningdew! I also thought the relationship between Evie and her mother, Martha was way awesome. Do many kids have a relationship like they do? No. Do most kids wish they did? Hell yeah. One of the BIGGEST reasons we read YA novels is to be reminded of both the things we can relate to AND the things that are abnormal. I love that this book mixes it up so nicely. The characters are in high school and the author does a great job of keeping the language, actions and culture of high schoolers in tact while maintaining the intelligence that many YA novelists seem to forget when writing about teenagers. I love that the author made it so cool to be different, to buck authority and to question everything. I think there are so many YA readers out there who view themselves as weird, misfits or outcasts and if they read this book they would see that embracing that part of yourself is SO MUCH BETTER than trying to hide it. The romance between the main characters was so real and palpable. I can remember feeling the exact same way about my first love that Evie does. I thought Rajas was a well rounded and pretty "real" male character. I would have dated him if I was in high school. I bounced back and forth with Evie's friend Jacinda. She definitely was the quintessential "High School Teenager" in this novel. What most people would view as a "normal" teenager. I liked her, but compared to Evie's sharp tongue and intelligence she just kind of seemed like she was jealous Evie was so cool. The book also highlights some of the scary things that happen in high school like teachers crossing boundaries...whether its verbal abuse, sexual harassment or intimidation. I read this book in one sitting because I absolutely could not get enough.
Bad: I really don't have anything bad to say about this novel. Again I'm shocked that it didn't receive as many great reviews because I loved it.
I don't even need to say it, but I'm giving this novel a A+. I would recommend this to any YA reader...especially those who are actually teenagers and want to feel like you can actually relate to the characters.
**I received this book free from the publisher through www.netgalley.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own....more
This book has been one of the biggest talked about books this year and I couldn't WAIT to get my hOriginally posted at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
This book has been one of the biggest talked about books this year and I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on it. I'm always nervous about reading a book with so much hype about it but this one did NOT disappoint!
The Good: Where to even start?! First of all if the concept, characters and plot wasn't enough the language. Oh my god, the language. One of the most beautifully written novels I've read in a VERY long time. You would think this is Morgenstern's tenth novel...not her first. I am usually the type of reader who flies through books, because I can. And I'm a fast reader. But with The Night Circus, I took my sweet time reading it because I was literally savoring the sentences. Some of the sentences were like delicious, moist steaks dripping with literary juice. Yum. The setting is tremendously amazing. We've all read books about the circus no? Well this setting is beyond the circus... the circus is EVERYTHING. It's a completely beautiful, crazy world for the characters. I love every stinking inch of that damn circus. Had I been a character in the novel, I would have been decked out in red and called a Rêveur. (In the book that is someone who adores the circus and follows it around like a groupie and then writes reviews on it. So basically a blogger in circus land.) I know that some people had a hard time becoming invested in Marco and Celia's love affair but it came easily to me. I found them delightfully lovely and completely in love. Their love for each other was splendid and I love the fact that their relationship is doomed from the very beginning, an inevitable escape. But they find a way to cheat the system. I love that. I also loved SO many of the other characters. Bailey, Poppet and Widget. I love Herr Theisen and so many others. Have I not convinced you yet? Luckily, I have more good things to say about the book. Not only is the writing beautiful, but the comedic timing is perfect. There are seriously some lines that I laughed out loud at. There is quite a bit of tongue-in-cheek references and I find it very sneaky and very craftily done. Also the dialogue in the book is some of the best dialogue I've seen in a novel. I felt like I was watching a movie of the characters interacting rather than reading it. It was so easy to imagine the scene right in front of my eyes...which is why I'm not surprised that the movie rights have already sold to Summit and it will be made in a movie. I have no doubt that it will translate beautifully to the big screen. Morgenstern did awesome with her villains. They were creepy in that I-can't-believe-they-are-acting-and-saying-that kind of way. Morgenstern was able to capture the essence of being evil without having to make her characters into literally monsters, ghosts etc. I nearly tore my hair out when I was only several pages from the ending because I just did NOT want it to end. I wanted to live in the circus forever. Perhaps that is why my dream the night I finished the book contained vivid images of a black and white themed circus.
The Bad: Really, I have nothing bad to say about this book!
Overall, this book has shot to the top of my favorites and I highly recommend it. I know it's not going to be a book for everyone and I'm sure there are many people who will disagree with my view of the book but I cannot contain my love of this novel! A+!!...more
The Good: There are so many things I loved about this novel. I adore the time period this novelOriginally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
The Good: There are so many things I loved about this novel. I adore the time period this novel is set in. I love the 60's era and the "Mad Men" esque type of lifestyle they led. This book does a great job of setting the scene of the 60's. Moyes did a brilliant job of creating the culture from the clothing the characters are wearing, the language they use down to the political events going on. It's like having a time machine and landing straight in 1960! I loved it! The two main characters are Jennifer Stirling and Anthony O'Hara. And I fell in love with both of them. Jennifer is strong willed, opinionated and knows true love when she sees it. Anthony is one of those male characters that you root for the entire time. He's the type of man you know so badly wants to change and when he finally meets the right woman, he will do ANYTHING for the love he feels for her. Moyes created characters I felt so strongly about that I cried, laughed and fell in love WITH them. Now, I don't want to offend anyone here and I'm not condoning cheating/infidelity of any kind, but sometimes its more complex than people think. It's not always black and white. I think this novel is a perfect example of that. I really liked that Moyes didn't take an accusatory stance against the affairs that happened in the novel and instead took the bad and showed readers that sometimes the outcome can turn out to be a beautiful thing instead, a blessing in disguise. I absolutely love the way love letters play a huge role in this novel. No one seems to write TRUE love letters anymore and it's so sad! The love letters in this novel are beyond beautiful and I would just die to get one like Jennifer does. Lastly, I LOVE endings like this one. Ambiguous endings rock, I hate endings that are tied up nicely for the reader. I want to be able to imagine how things ended on my own!
The Bad: While I loved this novel, I do have a few nit picky things to say. The first part of the book maintains this amazing time period, setting, culture, etc and then the second part of the book shifts to 2003 and we are introduced to Ellie and Rory. I think the shift kind of made the novel lose some of it's luster. But when the tangled web starts to weave together, it gets better. I enjoyed Ellie and Rory as characters but I felt they weren't as developed as Jennifer and Anthony and I didn't feel as connected to them. I wasn't invested in what happened with them as much as I was with the other two.
Overall, I really really enjoyed this novel. It was a great love story that was well written and had some really beautiful language. I give this book an A!
**I received this book free from the publisher through www.netgalley.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own....more
The most gorgeous book of poetry I've read since Pablo Neruda's. Gregson's words either surround your heart with warmth or slice through it with truthThe most gorgeous book of poetry I've read since Pablo Neruda's. Gregson's words either surround your heart with warmth or slice through it with truthful, honest words.
I love love love this book. I love Gregson's words - the social media presence he has continually impresses me. I love that a portion of his pre-sale orders are going to TWLOHA.
Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy. You will want to read it over and over again and then show it off!...more