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In My Mailbox (29).

Apr
14

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In my mailbox

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter.

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland.

 

Still haven’t gotten The Immortal Rules, but I did manage to get these.

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In My Mailbox (28).

Apr
07

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In my mailbox

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen.

 

Excited for this one, but I recently requested The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa on NetGalley and still haven’t heard back. WANT!

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Top Ten Tuesday is brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish.

TOP TEN BOOKS TO READ IN ONE DAY!


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When I opened this book, I literally could not stop reading. It demands reading in one sitting. IT’S THAT GOOD.

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa. I understand that this is the last in the Iron Fey series, but it was my absolute favorite in an It-All-Leads-Up-to-This! way. I tore through this book. So good, and Ash is just so swoon-worthy.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. This one gets overlooked a lot, but I consider it a treasure. It’s ridiculously cute, and ridiculously short, so there’s no way you CAN’T finish this in one sitting.

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan. I’m sorry, but I love this man’s writing, and this is another overlooked gem of his. It was one of the first verse novels I ever tried and ended up falling in love with it.

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. Um, hello? Marcus Flutie. ‘Nuff said.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. I’m sorry, but there’s just something so wonderful and magical and youthful that keeps me coming back to this tale!

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund. You probably know her for her killer unicorn stories, like Rampant, but did you know she has this other incredible series? About people IN COLLEGE? I bet you didn’t, or haven’t given it a shot. It’s humorous and just makes me feel good all-around. It takes me to another school and makes me want to be in a secret society for a day, too.

All American Girl by Meg Cabot. This book completely won me over, way back when. It’s just full of good vibes and teen angst, and would be perfect for a day-long reading marathon.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. It’s not a perfect day if you’re not at Hogwarts.  Granted, this would be a more lengthy challenge for one day, if you’re also trying to tackle nine other books, but. Totally worth revisiting again and again.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. This is just a wonderful, summery, day-brightening book. I would love to go traveling with these girls again, even if only for a day.

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Waiting On Wednesday (15)

Jul
13

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Waiting On Wednesday is from Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.


To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her
irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Okay. If you read my raving review at all, you’d know how excited/thrilled/antsy/ECSTATIC I am to read this book. Seriously. Couldn’t be more excited. This is one series where my interest skyrocketed (The Iron King was a bit shaky for me, then The Iron Daughter had me hooked.). So now I’m as loyal a fan as ever; I love to see a story progress as much as this one has.

….Oh, and have I mentioned they put it up on NetGalley?!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Authors I’d Die to Meet.

Jul
12

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Top Ten Tuesday is brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish.
TOP TEN AUTHORS I’D DIE TO MEET?
1. J.K. Rowling

2. Charles de Lint

3. Melissa Marr

4. Lisa Schroeder

5. Vladimir Nabokov

6. Laurie Halse Anderson

7. Natalie Babbitt

8. Julie Kagawa

9. William Shakespeare*

10. J.M. Barrie

*He’ll probably always be my favorite.

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TGIF! (9)

Jul
08

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TGIF is brought to us by Ginger at GReads!

It’s a way for bloggers to celebrate the end of the week with a nice re-cap of their weekly posts and to answer a random question.

Blogger Confession: What’s the last book you could not finish? (or had a hard time finishing?)
Going Bovine by Libba Bray. I know, I know. It’s an amazing book. It won the Printz award, after all. Plus the writing is catchy. And a kid with mad cow disease? What’s not interesting about that? I was hooked until I got about halfway through, and then everything just quickly fell flat for me. I like creepy, crazy, funny, strange. But not the kind that Going Bovine offers. For lack of a better way to say it, the story basically unraveled, along with my interest.
I haven’t completely abandoned it, though. I hope to return to it sometime in the future, because it is in no way a “bad” book. I’m just not feeling it at the moment.
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Vlogging: This is How We Roll

REVIEW! The Iron Queen – You must read this; it’s fabulous! **

Coming up this week:
Review of Stay by Deb Caletti!

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REVIEW! The Iron Queen.

Jul
04

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THE IRON QUEEN
Julie Kagawa
My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
My rating: 5 stars.
MY THOUGHTS:
HOLY COW. WOW. WOWZA. STUPENDOUS!
The Iron Queen does not disappoint in any regards. Sure, there are a few overly repeated phrases used to convey character personalities. But otherwise, the drama gets you right in the gut, the action keeps you hanging on every word, and the romance just might bring you to tears. (Word of advice: keep tissues handy!)
This third part to the Iron Fey series is simply a knockout; it takes the loose ends from the previous two (Iron King and Iron Daughter) and weaves them together into a complete picture. Granted, this does not take away from the suspense or mystery Kagawa creates. If anything, it justifies the two. Just when you begin to doubt the plot and characters, something comes along to reel you right back in. The Iron Queen is a constant tug of war on your emotions. It comes off frantic, but in the end, it all makes sense.

It’s in this installment that the characters steal the show.  They don’t just grow, they build off of one another, working cohesively. It’s an interesting mix for sure, when the plot in the previous two is what took precedence. Getting to the core of Meghan, Puck and Ash shapes the story; while at times they seem one dimensional or cookie cutter in the previous books, they show their true selves in The Iron Queen and it’s a refreshing surprise. You won’t be able to stay unattached to any of them.

Really, I could go on, but I think my opening sentiments sum up my feelings enough.

** You all need to read this book!
And be on the lookout for the upcoming book, The Iron Knight, being released 10/25/11!
I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten so worked up about a book before. I mean, I have. But not recently. This is easily my favorite read of 2011 so far. How I’m possibly going to wait for The Iron Knight, I have no idea. I’m already dying to know what happens and have been bragging about this to friends. I think I may be in love with this book. (And Ash!)

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