Thursday, March 27, 2014

Book Talk: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Morgan Matson
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Genre/Age Group: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Page Count: 468 pages
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. 

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve. 

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc (and each week is probably more fun than the last). This week's topic is top ten things on my bookish bucket list! 

Now, I'm not very much a, what you would call, a "risk taker" (okay, that's exactly what you'd call them). I'm more of a "I'll sit here and watch the world go buy and hate myself afterwards,' regrettably (okay that's a bit of an over-exaggeration, but you see where I"m going, right?) but there are some things I want to do eventually! Aka, my "bucket list," which is relatively short. And my bookish bucket list? An even shorter one.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Knight
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 26, 2011
Genre/Age Group: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Page Count: 361 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

My name - my True Name - is Ashallayn’ darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl… To cold 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 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. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Title: How to Love
Author: Katie Cotugno
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Genre/Age Group: Contemporary, Young Adult
Add it: Goodreads / The Book Depositry
Page Count: 359 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated-and pregnant-Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Queen
Series: The Iron Fey #3
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Genre/Age Group: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Page Count: 358 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

"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."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in X Genre

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc. This week's topic is top ten all time favorite books in (x) genre!

Now, I couldn't exactly choose one genre and pick ten books in that specific genre, because my favorites vary from each and every genre, so I chose my top ten favorite books (as of right now) and put them on my list! (Although, I think I did my list right. Right?)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Daughter
Series: The Iron Fey #2
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Genre/Age Group: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Page Count: 359 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

(Review under the cut)