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May 30, 2012

PRE-BEA BUZZ TOUR: Crewel by Gennifer Albin


BEA is almost upon us - in a week (I think, not too familiar with the date[s]) - and if you guys haven't heard, Crewel is a chosen BEA Buzz Book which is like...totally awesome! So, if you're going to be there, definitely keep an eye out for Crewel and make sure you stop by to meet the insanely awesome, Gennifer Albin!

I found out about Crewel some time in December of 2011, I believe, and the second I found out about it, I wanted to read it right then and there because it just sounded uber amazing!

Crewel (The Crewel World, #1)Title: Crewel
Author: Gennifer Albin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young
Release Date: October 16th, 2012

Crewel (The Crewel World, #1)

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Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.
I've had the honor of reading Crewel and let me tell you it certainly does not disappoint! The thing that hooked me super hard about Crewel was the fact that they could weave time with matter! That idea was so intriguing to me that I just couldn't wrap my head around it.


May 26, 2012

No Goodbyes, Only See-You-Laters


I can't believe that after thirteen years of school, I have finally reached this milestone. To be walking across that stage with my diploma in hand makes all those nights stressing over assignments and tears wept all-so-very worth it. To sum up this whole graduating-done-with-high-school-forever experience in one word, I would definitely have to label it as bittersweet. Bittersweet because for thirteen years, this is the one goal you aim for and thirteen years is no joke; that's a whole lot of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months dedicated to your education so of course, you can't help but look forward to that one special moment when you finally have your diploma in hand but the one thing you don't realize until the last few days leading up to graduation is that you're going to miss the eff out of high school. Okay, I shouldn't make such a generalized assumption because maybe that's just me.

May 4, 2012

Author Interview with Colleen Hoover + a Giveaway!


Hello everyone! I have a very special guest here with us today! Like...very speshal! Recently, I just finished her two novels, Slammed and Point of Retreat, and guuuuys, they're BEmazing! I want all of you to read them! No joke! Okay, before I get carried away, please help me in welcoming Colleen Hoover! Hi Colleen! Thank you so very much for joining us here today!

May 3, 2012

Book Review: Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

Point of RetreatTitle: Point of Retreat
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: February 25th, 2012

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A follow-up novel to Slammed, by Colleen Hoover.

Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart.

Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’

My $0.02

I’ve seriously been mulling over this review all day.  I honestly don’t know what else to say besides it was amazing and if you don’t read it, you’ll be missing out on a breathtaking, one of a kind read.  But then I don’t feel like that would do the book any justice, whatsoever, so bear with me as I try my best to gather coherent thoughts and express why Point of Retreat is a book that will be hard to forget.

May 2, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (15): Defiance and Falling Kingdoms

 

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
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Title: Defiance
Author: C.J. Redwine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: August 28th, 2012

Defiance (Defiance, #1)
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
Why I'm waiting: First of all, I just really want that gorgeous cover to be sitting on my shelf. If you look at it really closely, it's like...super, super, super EPIC! It shouts "READ ME BECAUSE I'M EPIC AND EVERYONE LOVES EPIC!" So, that's exactly what I'll be doing. Also, assassins out for blood - omg, SOLD! You know which other book contained assassins that I fell heavily for!? Grave Mercy! I think this will be another one of those that I just won't be able to assist!



Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

Title: Falling Kingdoms
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: December 11th, 2012

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)
Sixteen-year-old Cleo has grown up in luxury, the royal heiress to a prosperous kingdom. But beneath her nation’s seemingly peaceful surface lies dangerous unrest. Whispers of war are growing ever louder—intensified by a murderous incident for which Cleo’s betrothed, Aron, is accused.

Amidst the ongoing intrigue, Cleo has a more desperate mission. She defies her father’s orders and sets off on a secret and perilous journey into a neighboring country, seeking a magic long thought to be mythical. If it’s real, it could be the cure that heals her ailing sister. If it’s only legend, Cleo will be stranded in a kingdom that has just declared war on her own.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with unforgettable characters and vibrantly imagined magic. Falling Kingdoms is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Cinda Williams Chima, and George R.R. Martin.
Why I'm waiting: OMG! I am dying to read this one! It sounds like something right down my alley - seriously! I cannot wait for it! And the cover - SQUEEEEE! It's gorgeous and it's totally inviting and I WANT! AAAHHH! If you couldn't tell, I'm slightly going berserk over here because I'm just that excited! So...all of you should click that button up there and get excited with me! EEP!

Overall, these two debuts have me going crazy! Something sorta like this:

Old guy going crazy




#SOSTOKED
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Well bookworms, what are you all waiting for on this fine Wednesday!? Leave 'em below and I'll pop by to check 'em out! Happy Wednesday and happy reading!

May 1, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (20): Slammed by Colleen Hoover


This meme is brought to you weekly by MizB over at Should Be Reading!

Anyone can play along, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and the author too so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR List if they like your teaser!
My Teaser
I used to love the ocean,
Everything about her.

Her coral reefs, her white caps, her roaring waves, the rocks they lap, her pirate legends and mermaid tales, treasures lost and treasures held.

And ALL
Of her fish
In the sea.

Well, if you've ever tried navigating your sailboat through her stormy seas, you would realize that her white caps are your enemies. If you've ever tried swimming ashore when your leg gets a cramp and you just had a huge meal of In-n-Out burgers that's weighing you down, and her roaring waves are knocking the wind out of you, filling your lungs with water as you flail your arms, trying to get someone's attention, but your friends

just
wave
back at you?

And if you've ever grown up with dreams in your head about life, and how one of these days you would pirate your own ship and have your own crew and that all of the mermaids

would love
only
you?

Well, you would realize...
Like I eventually realized...
That all the good things about her?

All the beautiful?
It's not real.
It's fake.

So, you keep your ocean,
I'll take the Lake.
- ebook: 81-82%, Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Slammed
I know, I know, I know, I know! You're probably looking at me like, "Damn, she's stupid! It clearly says two lines! TWO! And here she goes, posting a whole freaking chapter!" I'm sorry but I really couldn't help myself. I'm so captivated and in love with Hoover's writing and the way how I get so lost in it that I really, really, really just had to share this chapter with all of you! Before I read Slammed, I was curious as to why it was titled that and I was curious about the cover but within a few pages, you find out what and why the cover and title are the way they are.

Slammed has to do with a lot of poetry-I know, you're probably like, "Poetry!? GAG!" But Hoover made me fall heavily in love with poetry. And this chapter I shared with you guys is a part of that poetry thingy. This scene was definitely, hands down, one of my favorite scenes! I didn't post the whole chapter because that would have gotten really long but I posted enough to get my point across. When I started reading the poem, I was quite confused (as I usually am when I read poetry) but when those last two lines hit, I was blown away! Sigh. You probably won't understand unless you've read it but omg, such a frickin' sweet moment! And if you want, you could check out my review here.

UPDATE

Colleen just tweeted me a link to check out this amazing video of a guy performing this poem and...wow! You must watch it because, seriously, you won't be the same afterwards! NO JOKE!


Aaah, I'm so in love with this that I'll probably watch it at least once a day! It's butterflying BEMAZING guys! And you guys have to read this book because...oh man, it's just woooooow!

Slammed

If you've got a Teaser Tuesday this week, link me below and I will come by and check it out...when I get released from the hellhole that is school. UGH.

Happy Tuesday and happy reading to all you lovely bookish people!