Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Afterworlds

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)


“But traveling alone made me nervous even before I could see ghosts.”

“Hiding from the truth was worse than being lied to.”

“Somehow reducing her book to a single phrase made talking about it less paralyzing. It gave Darcy a feeling of control, like knowing Rumpelstiltskin’s name.”

“But books don’t happen by accident.”

“They were small people with a small worldview, and I was learning how to enter a whole new reality. Forget them.”

“Terrorists with machine guns frighten me. You’re just pissing me off. I was trying to sleep.”

“Maybe his lips cured everything.”

“Just remember, the things we write, they aren’t always really us.”

“Everything changes when you take a life.”

“Just consider this, Darcy—real life doesn’t have many happy endings. Why shouldn’t books make up the difference?

“But everything that sucked about life also proved that it was priceless, because otherwise all of that wouldn’t hurt so bad.”

Monday, September 29, 2014

P.R.R.(Pre Review Ravings) - Afterworlds

These are my P.R.R.(Pre Review Ravings) aka what I think before I write my review.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld


- What a complicated yet truly awesome concept.

- A mixture of both contemporary and paranormal YA this book pretty much has everything.

- This book is hard to explain but it's different in a very meta/interesting kind of way.

- You’re reading the story about an author of a book, the publishing process pretty much what the author goes through, and the book that author’s writing. Along with the author's relationship and how she changes the book.

- I liked Darcy and Imogen's relationship because it's messy/definitely not perfect. They really have to work for their goals.


- Seeing the different points of view of the author and the character well characters from the stories was really interesting.


- Both of these mashed together stories are so good that I would read them over and over together or separately.

- I'm really interested in seeing more of Imogen's book because that bit you get to read is really good.

- The endings of the book and the book within a book just work so well.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Top 5 Sundays - Favorite Female Book Characters! (Part 2)

This feature was thought up by the awesome Larissa & Friends’ Bookish Life
Rules:

1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 - Feel free to use the Features image
4 - After you've finished your post, add your link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)  
 
 

Favorite Female Book Characters!


I love Maddie's character in all the books I've read so far of this series. Her wonderland weirdness is a lot of fun.


Darcy and Lizzie from Afterworlds because you can't have one without the other. I love how much both these characters change over the course of the book and the endings that they both have.

 
Angel is a zombie with plenty of attitude. This series is crazy but in a good way, can't wait to see what happens to Angel next.
 

Celaena is such a complicated character yet so very interesting I never know what's going to happen next in this series to her or anybody else.



Juliette especially by the end of the series is such an awesome character. Her growth over the entire series is really a great read.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weekend Read - Afterworlds

Oh this book, this book, this book, you have to read this book. So far it’s a stupendous mixture of YA fantasy along with Contemporary YA. As of where I’ve read so far it’s been three books in one very interesting space. You’re reading the story about an author of a book, the publishing process pretty much what the author goes through, and the book that author’s writing.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review - Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All

Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale

5 out of 5 gnomes

This series is just so much fun. The characters and settings will make you smile and wonder what’s going to happen next.

This story gets into the repercussions of Raven’s choice from the last book. Everything is on shaky ground because people just don’t know what will happen if people don’t follow their stories.

I love getting to find out more about Cerise and her complicated family.  It was awesome to see exactly what she can do.

Maddie’s character continues to be my favorite and her chats with the Narrator are pretty darn funny. It was cool getting to see more of the other Wonderlandians too.

It’s great that Raven and Apple try to see both sides of the situation. The Rebels and the Royals both have good points even though I definitely side with the Rebels. It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes from here especially if more and more people decide to rebel.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sentence Sneak Peek - Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All



The first sentence from each chapter of One, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“IF THE EVIL QUEEN HAD ONE WORD TO describe her living conditions, it would be cramped.”


“MORNING ONCE-UPONED ALL OVER EVER AFTER.”


“RAVEN LAID HER HEAD ON THE DESK AND tried to ignore the hole inside her gaping with the uncertain future.”


“Hey, Narrator!”


“OLD KING COLE WAS EVERY BIT THE MERRY old soul Apple was expecting.”


“THE MORNING WAS DIM, WOLF-GRAY CLOUDS pouncing on the sun.”


“Narrator?”


“APPLE WALKED AWAY FROM HER MOST recent castle while scrolling through the Yester Day app.”


“BANISH HER!”


“APPLE!”


“NARRATOR!”


“RAVEN GLARED.”


“THE NEXT MORNING, TALKING FROGS AWOKE the school.”


“APPLE LED RAVEN TO A DORM ROOM WITH a hand-lettered sign on the door identifying it as the home of DUMP-T STUDIOS.”


WILLOW TREE
AND WHISPERS THREE
TOGETHER MAKE A TASTY TEA
IN FORESTS THEY DO GLOW
WHENCE WE DO NOT KNOW
BUT IN THE TEAPOT THEY WILL GO


APPPLE READ THE FIRST RIDDLE ALOUD over and over as she and Raven left the school, crossed the Troll Bridge, and entered the Village of Book End.”


“MADDIE SAT ALONE IN THE TEA SHOP kitchen, feeding tiny pieces of cheese to her dormouse, Earl Grey.”


THE CROWN OF TERROR PAST
THE SHELL INSIDE STILL LASTS
THE ITEM YOU SEEK, A TOY OF THE WEAK
MAJESTY DOWNED, RUN AGROUND IN TOWN
TO ECHO NOW NAUGHT BUT HAPPY SOUNDS


RAVEN WALKED ALL OVER BOOK END.”


BIG TO THE SMALL
IT GROWS ON ALL
SMALL TO THE BIG
ONE THREAD OF A WIG
UNWANTED AND PLUCKED
IT DROPS IN THE MUCK


THE BEANSTALK WAS A COLOR OF GREEN that made Apple wish for sunglasses, so green it almost sparkled.”


SEEK THE SPAWN OF THE PAWN
OF THE CRONE OF BONES
THAT COTTAGE OF DOOM
THE ROOM NOT A ROOM
THE BEAST NOT A BEAST
THAT MOVES SOUTH AND WEST AND NORTH AND EAST
SEARCH IN NEST, COOP, OR DEN
OF THE COBBLED TRUSSED HEN


RAVEN WAS CATAPULTING THROUGH THE AIR.”


“APPLE TRUDGED THROUGH THE DOOR OF their dorm room, dropped something long and stick-like on the floor, edged around the dragon skull, and flopped onto her bed.”


“THERE WERE NO WINDOWS IN THE Treasury, but the great gaping hole in the wall let in dawn’s light.”


“RAVEN’S FINGERTIPS WERE BLISTERED, HER shoulder ached, and her throat was as dry as Milton Grimm’s attempts at jokes.”


“Narrator!”


“APPLE KEPT CLINGING TO THE HUTLING.”

“NESTLED BETWEEN THE EPIC PEAKS, the jabberwocky flexed its wings.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday - The Iron Druid Chronicles 6-Book Bundle

"Waiting On"  Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on...  


The Iron Druid Chronicles 6-Book Bundle by Kevin Hearne

* Book will be released September 30, 2014

Check out the description from Goodreads:

"With a sly blend of fantasy, humor, and paranormal adventure, Kevin Hearne has established a reputation as the trickster god of action-packed mash-ups. His signature creation, Atticus O'Sullivan, is a folk hero for the twenty-first century, battling legendary beasts, shadowy mystics, and demonic demigods from around the world. Now this addictive eBook bundle brings together the first six novels of The Iron Druid Chronicles (with bonus novellas and short stories) in one supersized dose of genre-smashing mayhem:  
HOUNDED
HEXED
HAMMERED
TRICKED
TWO RAVENS AND ONE CROW (NOVELLA)
TRAPPED
HUNTED
GRIMOIRE OF THE LAMB (NOVELLA)
Also includes the short stories "Clan Rathskeller" and "Kaibab Unbound," as well as an excerpt from the seventh novel in The Iron Druid Chronicles, "Shattered"! "

This is one of those series I just kind of lost track of. I adored the first two, especially the dog Oberon and his point of view. I can’t wait to catch up on the series and see what I’ve been missing.