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Waiting on Wednesday: Gods and Monsters

Hiya!

It’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday.

I have no idea how this series has snuck up on me. I wasn’t a big fan of the first book (Daughter of Smoke & Bone) but only listened to the second book (Days of Blood & Starlight) because I needed an audiobook. It turns out I really, really, really liked book two, so now I’m officially waiting on Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor.

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylorsteering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

I admit, the cover kinda freaks me out, but I need to know what happens next in Karou’s story!

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YALL Fest Author Interview: Jocelyn Davies

Hi!

I hope everyone had a fab weekend!

GUYS! This year’s YALL Fest is only two weeks away! Two weeks!

I’m getting really pumped to join up with all my fellow book nerds to celebrate reading and the awesomeness that is YA fiction!

Today’s author interview is with one of the 50 great authors who will be at YALL Fest, Jocelyn Davies author Jocelyn Daviesof the A Beautiful Dark trilogy. I haven’t read any of these books yet, but I have to admit the covers of her books intrigue me!

What one thing do you need to have when you write?

COFFEE! And a cocoon of silence.

Describe your book in 5 words

Girl has angel blood, torn.

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

It differs from book to book–really, it’s anyone’s guess! Sometimes, the first line is hardest, because I’m just getting started and I’m not warmed up yet, and by the time I get to the end, I’ve got the momentum of an entire book to propel me into that last line. Then again, sometimes a first line just pops into my head, and the whole idea unfolds from there. Theres usually no way to know what is going to happen until it’s happening, which is often the approach I take to writing.

Best writing tip you ever received?

“Create interesting characters, give them an excuse to meet, and the story will write itself.”

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

I’m a dog person–cats kind of freak me out.

I was a theater kid in high school. I used to dream of being an Oscar-winning actress.

I love everything about autumn.

I live a few blocks away from my best friend from high school.

In my day job, I’m also a children’s book editor.

What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

I love magical realism—a novel that’s set in the real world, but ever-so-slightly different.

At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?

I usually have a pretty strong sense right from the moment the idea comes to me. I start writing knowing I’m embarking on a novel.

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies A Fractured Ligth by Jocelyn Davies

Like I said I’m intrigued by the covers to Jocelyn Davies books, you know because they feature girls in pretty dresses which is of course a thing of mine! Haha

Well, if you’re a fan of Jocelyn Davies’ books and you’re in the southeast, you should join us at YALL Fest in Charleston on Saturday, November 9th!

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I Can’t Help It: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hi guys!

I’ve been doing a TON of reading recently which, in my opinion,  is completely lovely! But that also means that I’m falling behind in reviews. I finished Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick back in July.  Things just got so busy with school starting that I never wrote a review for it until now.

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told Silence by Becca Fitzpatrickthat she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows. And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again

I’ve confessed this before but this series is seriously a major guilty pleasure for me. It’s not that I’m embarrassed that others will know I read this series. If that was the case I wouldn’t be sharing it online. Personally, it’s just not the most well written series ever.  These books are simply fun reads that allow me an escape.

Silence was my least favorite book in the series. The first book Hush, Hush was interesting and I liked the banter between Nora and Vee.  In the second book, Crescendo, my favorite thing was the tension between Nora and Marcie, plus the introduction of new characters. Silence had none of these things. I think that was one of the problems I had with it. The whole time, Vee, who is supposed to be Nora’s best friend just isn’t helping her out at all. And there was only one measly little scene with the awesome Marcie and I just wanted more of her.

Oh and let’s talk about Nora. Nora is normally kind of cool, in her own way, but her memory loss was pretty annoying. I was frustrated because Nora spend a good chunk of the book trying to remember things that the reader already knows. There was no interest in it for me because the suspense was taken away. This, by far, was my biggest complaint about Silence. I just felt like nothing really happened until the VERY end.

I can’t help it. I just need to go ahead and read the whole thing because there is only one book left. I really do want to read Finale, but I’m serious, it had better have more Marcie and a lot less memory loss!

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (Oct. 4, 2011)

Format: audiobook

Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes

Narrator(s): Caitlin Greer

Series: Book three in the Hush, Hush series

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book:  Silence (Hush Hush)

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Too Many Chances: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Hi!

I try to give every book I read a fair chance even if it’s just not doing it for me. Sometimes, you give a book so many chances that you end up reading the whole Fallen by Lauren Katething even though every minute is painful. Unfortunately that’s what happened with Fallen by Lauren Kate. So, this review will be short because I just don’t have much to say.

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move. Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

Fallen has been out for a while, and I kept hearing incredibly mixed reviews on it. After passing it up a few times at my library, I finally decided it was time to give it a try for myself. I usually like to read the book myself and decide if I liked it or not.

I really wanted to like this one, but throughout the whole book I kept telling myself things like “Maybe it gets better” and “It must get better” “Surely it’ll get better!”.

Nope.  It didn’t.
The story itself had potential to be interesting. It really did…if only the poor writing wasn’t so distracting! Seriously, there were times were I found myself laughing out loud at some of the clichés!  I wish I had written some of them down… but that’s really besides the point.

My main complaint deals with how things are done.  When I read a book I want to be shown how the characters are feeling, not told how they feel.  There is a difference and it’s hard to explain but I know it when I read it. Throughout Fallen I kept being told that Luce feels a specific way, but her actions and words illustrated something completely different.

The audiobook narrator wasn’t horrible.  She did a decent job for what she was given.  Oh well, you can’t win them all.

Just because I didn’t like this book doesn’t mean others wont enjoy it. I have a group of 8th grade girls at school who are love this series and are made that I actually only have one copy of each book in my media center! So, the moral of the story is don’t take someone’s word for it. It is okay to try it for yourself.  The problem comes when you know it’s just not for you but you’re so afraid to DNF that you end up reading the whole thing hating it as you do.

Author: Lauren Kate

Publisher: Delacorte Press (Dec. 8, 2009)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins

Narrator(s): Justine Eyre

Series: First in the Fallen series

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: Fallen

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Waiting on Wednesday: Days of Blood and Starlight

Howdy and Happy Wednesday!

Every week I participate in Breaking the Spine’s Waiting on Wednesday event.  Each week book bloggers all over the interwebs :) post about an upcoming new release that they’re waiting for.  Days of Blood and Starlight by Lani Taylor

This week I’m spotlighting Lani Taylor’s much anticipated sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

I’m smack in the middle of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone audiobook and it is completely engrossing. I’m seriously loving it, although it also creeps me out a little at times.  So, by the time Little, Brown Books for Young Readers releases Days of Blood and Starlight on November 6 , I’ll be ready to start it!

Are you waiting on any books this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Finale

Howdy!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book blogger meme focused on sharing titles that we’re eagerly waiting for and is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.   This week I’ve decided that my Waiting on Wednesday title is Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick!

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickNora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean that they will always be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. But now they face their biggest challenge. Can their love survive a seemingly insurmountable divide. And in the end, will there be enough trust left to rebuild what has been broken? The lines are drawn – but which sides are they on?

I’ve read the first two books in this series, Hush, Hush and Crescendo, but haven’t  yet had a chance to pick up the third book, Silence. These are kind of guilty pleasure reads for me, as they’re your basic supernatural teen fiction with fallen angels (and nephilim!!). But I love the characters and am so caught up in the story that I can’t wait to see what happens next!

I do have a little bit of a wait since Finale is scheduled for release by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on October 23, 2012. That gives me plenty of time to finish book number three before number four comes out!

What books are you eagerly anticipating today?

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Not My Cup of Tea: Halflings by Heather Burch

I read Halflings by Heather Burch as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.

After being inexplicaHalflings by Heather Burchbly targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with.

A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.

When it comes to supernatural fiction I’m finding that I’m more interested in angels instead of vampires. I have nothing against vampires or the vampire trend in YA fiction, but I just never got that excited about it (except for Vladimir Tod; he’s pretty cool!). I just think that angels are infinitely more intriguing. That being said, I think this book had a lot of potential.

Anyways, Halflings by Heather Burch is centered around three halfling angels and Nikki, the girl they’re sent to protect. Nikki is a confusing character, sometimes she’s incredibly vulnerable and embracing the whole damsel-in-distress persona and the next minute she’s a stubborn, prideful girl who just can’t let herself be seen as weak. I didn’t dislike Nikki, I just didn’t get a good grasp on who she was as a character. She does however have her own interests (i.e. painting, karate, motorcycles) which is so refreshing to see, even if we only catch glimpses of these other sides to Nikki.

So, there is a love triangle and its very simplified. One boy is the good angel on Nikki’s shoulder and the other is the devil on her other shoulder; one halfling is moral, the other is edgier. Mace and Raven are much too stereotyped to be interesting, although I wanted to be as mystified by them as Nikki was.

The only two characters who I was actually interested in were Vine, the third halfling, and Vessler the sketchy friend of Nikki’s parents. Vine seems like a side character who would actually make a more interesting main character. I was disappointed when he wasn’t in a scene; he was the only one of the halflings who had any real life to him. Also, Vessler. Who is he? What is his story and is he good or bad; you’re still not too sure even at the end of Halflings.

I really wanted to like Halflings but I didn’t. I just wasn’t impressed. But if you’ve been wanting to read this one you should give it a try, just because I’m not a fan of a particular book, doesn’t mean everyone will feel the same way. I just felt like The conversation was a little clichéd and the story ends pretty anticlimactically. However, I do think some of my students would enjoy this book, as they love supernatural fiction. So, all in all I think middle school aged readers would enjoy Halflings, even though it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Author: Heather Burch

Publisher: Zonderkids (January 17, 2012)

Format: E-book (ARC from NetGalley)

Length: 288 pages

Series: First in a series

YA/MG: Middle Grades

Buy the Book: Halflings (A Halflings Novel)