23. svi 2015.

Bookish Problems #24 - Recap

Hiya! Well usually people do recaps for some special numbers, like 50 or 100, but me - I like number 24 so why not make it a recap post. Unusual I know, but I do what I want. 

Anyhow this is where I'll list all our bookish problems till now, just to remind you of some topics that we covered. Of course we also plan much more, and maybe celebrate properly some magical number. We shall see. Till them here is what you maybe missed:

Bookish Problems in order:

  1. Sequels I'm Afraid to Read 
  2. Should I Request that ARC?
  3. Recommendations and Hyped Books
  4. What to do When Suffering from a Reading Slump?
  5. New Adult Cliches 
  6. I Have Nothing to Read 
  7. Why Translations are Never Good Enough
  8. No Awkwardness Found (Tanja's fave but don't tell that to others, they're jealous creatures)
  9. It's Saturday? Already? 
  10. Reading and Music
  11. Where to Order that Book? 
  12. Reading Lists
  13. Negative Reviews and One Star Ratings 
  14. Having a Co-Blogger
  15. NetGalley vs Edelweiss
  16. All About DNFs  
  17. Reading Schedule: Yes? No? Maybe? 
  18. Do we have to Love Every Book?
  19. Spread Love, Not War 
  20. Review Requests 
  21. Memes
  22. Burnouts 
  23. Inspiration
  24. Recap 
This is also a chance to thank you all for being part of this meme with your comments! You're what makes this all work. We love reading your comments and wonderful suggestions and ideas! Keep them coming! 

That's it for now, but expect more posts in future. As matter of fact some are already ready and scheduled. Stay tuned! 

Until the next time, 

22. svi 2015.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Book summary:
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
         For me, personally the second book you write might me the hardest one. In case of Jandy Nelson we can say that The Sky Is Everywhere left pretty big shoes to be filled. It could be tricky, but now after reading I'll Give You the Sun I believe that there are no shoes big enough that Jandy cannot fill.

        There are books that you simply cannot just read without stopping every now and then to bookmark or highlight something. I'll Give You the Sun is one of those books. It's beautifully written where you just stop and think and cannot believe that someone created that metaphor. It's sublime.

         But this book is also much more than lovely quotes and beautiful writing. This is a story about life, coming of age and finding oneself in this cruel world of ours. It's a story about Noah, who has a dream and enough innocence that you just believe that if you were his age you'd be his friend for sure. It's about Jude, who tells you things differently and opens new doors and new truths for you to see.

        It shifts from past or Noah's to present or Jude's POV. Each twin gets to tell the story and give you details that the other couldn't do. It's not only about them, it's also about art and what it means to the world. We might underestimate art all the time, but it's what makes this world around it. By making art you in a way remake the world. It's your super power. Beware of labels that might be put on this book, as they might and probably are misleading. This is book for everyone to read, as this is story about humanity and life.

         This story also has emotions and feelings that Jandy brings with her. It's something that will probably be part of all her books, which I cannot wait to read.

         If you still aren't sure about this book, here is little something to push you towards it:
Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you've been in before - you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall,the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.
Rating: 5 stars.

Remake the world,

20. svi 2015.

Waiting on Wednesday (#144)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass' pick

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Expected publication: July 7th, 2015

Tanja's pick

Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie? 

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

Expected publication: September 1st, 2015

We'd love to see your picks so feel free to link them up.

Until the next time,

19. svi 2015.

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

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Book summary:
For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she's never had ... until she's betrayed.
Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family's cruelty and the court's contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.
But powerful men have powerful enemies--and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman's, giving Alyrra the first choice she's ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she's never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.
          I have had a deja vu moment when I recently saw this one on NetGalley. This book was quite popular some time ago, but I have forgotten about it till recently. I rarely ever miss second chances so I decided to give this one a try. I'm still no sure if it was a right move or not.

         Anyhow, let's start with this story. Set in a world of kingdoms and courts I knew that I'd be intrigued by it (I was born at the wrong time after all). Alyrra, our main character here is the princess of a small kingdom in the realm. But her life isn't always as royal as it might seem. Up until one day they get a visit from a mighty king from one of the strongest kingdoms. He is looking for a bride for his son, and he found one in Alyrra. Only, it's not as easy. Their journey and after all union is far from easily achieved.

       While the whole setting and idea of this story was really appealing to me, I sadly cannot say the same for the characters. Alyrra was a really interesting girl and all, but there is nothing that will make me remember her in the future. I couldn't connect with her, even though I understood her actions and behavior. Another thing is that this story was full of fairytale moments, or deus ex machina if you wish. Things happened out of a sudden, without prior building to them.

       Despite that, I have to admit that it was a pleasant read, with some interesting twist and turn and probably something that younger readers will enjoy much more.

Rating: 3 stars.

Until the next time,
*NOTE: Copy of this book was kindly provided via NetGalley. Thank you! All opinions are personal.

18. svi 2015.

#CoverLust: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Welcome to #CoverLust - where we talk about all those books we picked up because of the beautiful covers. 



      I fell in love with this cover as soon as I saw it, but unfortunately, what was between the covers wasn't nearly as good. Overly melodramatic and cliche, characters who make so many stupid choices, annoying female character and writing style... None of those worked out for me. I thought that I'd never read anything  written by J.A. Redmerski, but I was wrong. I loved Killing Sarai novels - they are completely different from her other books.

Until the next time,

17. svi 2015.

The Sunday Post (#52)

Hello all. Well, as some of you know Sundays are always reserved for Sunday Post which is a meme created by lovely Kim @Caffeinated Book Reviews!

Morning all! How are you today? Hopefully you're enjoying some sunny days. Glass and I aren't that happy as we've got plenty of rain this weekend. Still it meant more time for reading, it's not like we want to do anything else on rainy days. However, midterms are coming closer and for Tanja that means studying while Glass has to prepare test. It's hard to say how is having harder task. But we shall manage.
But, back to our blog. Let's see what we have for you.
  • #CoverLust: The Edge of Nowhere 
  • Thorn by Intisar Khanini
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#144)
  • Series Review - Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs
  • I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 
  • Bookish Problem #24: Recap
Tanja's haul 
Thank you: Disney Hyperion

Until the next time, 

16. svi 2015.

5 Young Adult Books You Should Read

Looking trough my shelves on Goodreads, I stumbled upon few great young adult books that I had read and absolutely loved. That is why today I'm sharing some of my favorites with you. If you haven't read them already, you should definitely hurry up and find them. 

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys 


 "It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test."




Frost by Marianna Baer

  "Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school starts with a cruel shock: Frost House, the cozy Victorian dorm where she and her best friends live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate—eccentric Celeste Lazar.

As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House: frames falling off walls, doors locking themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And although Leena strives to be the peacekeeper, soon the eerie happenings in the dorm, an intense romance between Leena and Celeste’s brother, David, and the reawakening of childhood fears all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. But does the threat lie with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind…or in Frost House itself?"




Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

 
"Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.

As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?"





Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

  "Amy Goodnight knows that the world isn't as simple as it seems—she grew up surrounded by household spells and benevolent ghosts. But she also understands that "normal" doesn't mix with magic, and she's worked hard to build a wall between the two worlds. Not only to protect any hope of ever having a normal life.

Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that. Good old ordinary, uneventful hard work. Only, Amy and her sister, Phin, aren't alone. There's someone in the house with them—and it's not the living, breathing, amazingly hot cowboy from the ranch next door.

It's a ghost, and it's more powerful than the Goodnights and all their protective spells combined. It wants something from Amy, and none of her carefully built defenses can hold it back."


  
Notes from the Blender by Trish Cook


   "Declan loves death metal--particularly from Finland.  And video games--violent ones.  And internet porn--any kind, really.  He goes to school with Neilly Foster and spends most of his classroom time wondering what it might be like to know her, to talk to her, maybe even to graze against her sweater in the hallway.  Neilly is an accomplished gymnast, naturally beautiful, and a constant presence at all the best parties (to which Declan is never invited).  She's the queen of cool, the princess of poker face, and her rule is uncontested-- or it was until today, when she's dumped by her boyfriend, betrayed by her former BFF Lulu, and then informed she's getting a new brother--of the freaky fellow classmate variety.  Declan's dad is marrying Neilly's mom.  Soon.  Which means they'll be moving in together."  




Until the next time,

15. svi 2015.

#CoverLust: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Welcome to #CoverLust - where we talk about all those books we picked up because of the beautiful covers. 

Even though the cover for the first book in this series took my breath away, I can say that this one didn't do anything less. I just cannot wait to get my hands on this one! 

It was kinda of tricky to get to read the first book as I really wanted it to be awesome. Even though at the end A Thousand Pieces of You was really good and I highly enjoyed it, I cannot say that it was awesome. So my hopes are with this one as this series truly has potential to do great things. Let's hope we get to see them. 

Until the next time, 

14. svi 2015.

Series Review: Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs


My rating: 4 stars


Book summary:

"Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water..."

http://www.goodreads.com/series/40932-mercy-thompson


       Don't you just love it when great series keep coming your way? And when little something extra comes in a form of two great girls who are buddy reading it with you? After finishing Kate Daniels, I realized that I am not ready to part ways with urban fantasy, so picked up Moon Called and the rest is history.

What I liked?

  • Mythology. Patricia Briggs gave us this weird, but little bit closer to the roots, mash up of different paranormal creatures. Vampires are not sparkling, alluring creatures who are fighting for their humanity (even if some of them are more likeable than the others). Werewolves are beasts who need every ounce of self-control and rigid pack rules to keep their wilder half at bay. And fae... You know how Karen Marie Moning portrayed them in Fever series? You'll find something like that here. But the best part for me way all bits and pieces of Native American mythology mixed into everything. 
  • Coyote and the walking stick. Speaking about mythology and weird things happening all around, I have to mention my two absolute favorite - Coyote, Native American deity, and the walking stick - not actual living creature, but fae object of power that follows Mercy around. 
  • Pack hierarchy. I felt like it would be the closest thing if something like this would actually exist in real world.  
  • Secondary characters. They are so well developed. Asil, Honey, Warren, Kyle, Samuel, Stefan, Darryl... and of course, Coyote.

What I didn't like that much?

  • In the first two or three books I couldn't really feel connection between Adam and Mercy. I needed a time to accept them as a power couple of this fictional world, but once I did, I absolutely loved their interactions.
  • Some of the sequels dragged a little bit, not even mystery managed to make up for it because it was predictable. That is why I am happy that I waited this long to read Mercy Thompson - otherwise I'd probably postpone reading new books after the latest one disappointed me. 

Happy reading,

13. svi 2015.

Waiting on Wednesday (#143)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass' pick

Aubrey Duncan has loved…and lost. Should she follow a heart that’s betrayed her or a head that tells her to let go?

Maxx Demelo’s addiction almost destroyed him. It ruined his life and, most importantly, his relationship with the only girl he ever loved.

He has vowed to become the man Aubrey Duncan deserves. Even if he has to tear himself apart to do it. So he enters rehab, trying to fix the parts of him that are shattered as he longs to be healthy and whole.

Aubrey lost everything because she chose to listen to her heart. Now she has sworn to put herself first, to heal in the only way that she can…far away from Maxx and his demons.

But just as Aubrey is starting over, Maxx is released from rehab and thrust back into her world, determined to prove how much they still need each other. And the chaos that had defined them threatens to unleash once again…

But a heart, no matter how broken, is impossible to ignore. 

Expected publication: June 2nd, 2015

Tanja's pick

Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies.

But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected.

This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.

Expected publication: August 5th, 2015

We'd love to see your picks so feel free to link them up.

Until the next time,

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