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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Sometimes you come across a book that is just special. That will make you feel all kinds of things that is just memorable. I’ll Give You the Sun is such a book and every buzz about this book is so true!
Noah and Jude are Twins, that when they were kids were inseparable, close and so similar. But when teenage hormones hit, they start to change and grow slowly apart. Both are unique kids, both heavily artistic each in their own way and supported by a quirky just as artistic mother.
Then something happened when they were 14 that completely broke them apart, and I’ll Give You the Sun tells their story.
And Jandy Nelson decided to tell this story in such a unique and brilliant way! Noah tells the story leading up to what happened when he’s still 14 and Jude tells the story following the big outbreak when she’s 16. And it’s written so brilliantly, it feels like the timeline is moving on constantly even though more than 2 years are in between. I didn’t expect this to work so wonderful, but it did!
I absolutely adore both Noah and Jude for both for their different reasons. It#s been amazing to get to know these two better. Yet, the kids at 14 are not same kids with 16 anymore, and it’s actually a little painful to see theta they have changed so much.
Noah with 14 is so closed up and so looked up in his world where he brings all his emotions into drawings and sketches. He has not many friends, he’s afraid to make friends and he’s just discovering something about himself that got him all confused. I guess it’s not much of a secret that Noah is gay, and just is discovering what this means for him. It makes it even worse that Jude completely develops into a different direction. Being all kinds of having out with the cool crowd.
So while Noah is closed off with 14, with 16 he’s what Jude is with 14 and vice verse. Yet, it feels so wrong that they both have changed – it’s quite heartbreaking to see!
The writing was so captivating and moving and I could never put this story down. There are so many feelings between these pages and the story is just amazingly touching! Jandy Nelson also bring the artistic talents of Jude and Noah onto the pages that everything just feels even more real!!
Noah and Jude share such an incredible bond that it made me tear up seeing them apart, and I was hoping so desperately that they grew back together!
.”. I threw my hands over Noah’s ears to protect him from what I was hearing. My first reaction. Not over my own ears but over Noah’s.”
“Our eyes meet and hold, and the whole world starts to fall away, time does, years rolling up like rugs until everything that happens unhappens,…”
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is a moving story about love, loss and an incredible moving bond between twins, that were once so close and now need to find their way to find the other half again. The writing is lyrical and beautiful and the way the story#s been told so unique and brilliant. I’ll Give You the Sun is a must read this year!
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Sunday with the Bookworms 13 … with Illusions of Fate, The Hexed, and
Welcome Friends! Do you have a Coffee 0r a Tea? Then sit down and chat a little bit about your week with us!
Like every week, Heather, Pushy and Danny are sharing what they read this week and what other exciting things happened in their lives!
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Lately, I’ve been a little slow with reading. But I’m these past weeks, I’ve been been watching some of my favorite shows on TV. But as usual, I have one audiobook running and one eBook. I started finally Lola and The Boy Next Door as an audio . I don’t know why I’ve been holding of reading this, and it’s cute but not as much as I expected… ! Then, I started reading Illusions of Fate by Kirsten White , and even though the beginning was a little slow, it picked up at the 25% mark and now, I am pretty hooked!
And…. as I said, I’m binge watching lots of TV shows and … one of my favorite books EVER – Outlander just came out as a TV show! How much I loved this book, it’s one of these books that I’ve been reading over and over! Needless to say I was a little afraid, but I shouldn’t be! Have you seen it ?????
It’s phenomenal! It’s fantastic and it’s freaking perfect!
I want to hang this poster on my wall… it’s beautiful, romantic and heartbreaking and perfect!
I’ve been reading so much lately, so I took a few days off between books at the beginning of the week–mainly so I could nap on the train. While it was nice to catch up on my sleep, I hated to lose that valuable reading time, so I picked up The Hexed by Heather Graham. While this is the 13th book in the Krewe of Hunters featuring a part of the FBI whose members can see ghosts and solve murders, it didn’t read like part of the a series so it was easy to get into. This one was set in Salem, Massachusetts, and it was perfect getting me in the mood for Fall. I really loved it, and I’m a bit envious that this author is so prolific. The funny thing is, I just realized that I got a signed hardcover of the first book in this series, Phantom Evil, when I met the author at BEA back in 2011! She’s written 14 books since then! As I think back longingly about the two novels that I haven’t worked on since last year, I only wish I had the time and skill to write that much…
I also started listening to the audiobook for the second installment in Margaret Stohl’s Icons series, Idols. The narrator is the same as the first book and I really loved listening to Icons, so I jumped at the chance when Idols was offered by Hachette last month. I’m enjoying the story so far, but we had an inspection at work this week so I couldn’t listen to it until all was back to normal on Friday.
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LitRate | An online community for book lovers - Help Support this!
I have something special to share with you and also something special to ask you! I have Ashley here today, who is join got talk about her amazing project to create a new site for Book Lovers. It will be similar like Goodreads, but better! Developed from someone who loves books so much that she created this idea. However, they need money for this, which is why they started a “kickstarter” project and need YOUR help!
But for now, Let Ashley tell you why LitRate will rock so badly and why she needs all our support!
Exclusive for Bewitched Bookworms from Ashley, Nose Graze
Have you heard of LitRate yet? LitRate is mine and my husband’s idea for an awesome new book review/cataloging site. It will be like Goodreads—but better! We’re working really hard to talk to book lovers and get a sense of what you want that Goodreads doesn’t have.
Today we’re going to share with you five ideas that were made by book lovers just like you! These ideas were presented to us during a #LitRate Twitter chat and we think they’re so awesome that we’re going to work super hard to incorporate them into the site.
It’s really nice being able to select your specific edition of a book on Goodreads. But sometimes it can be inconvenient or annoying to look through all the editions until you finally find yours. And sometimes it’s the right edition but the wrong cover.
During the #LitRate Twitter chat on Sunday, we came up with a few possible solutions. None of this is set in stone, but so far we love the idea!
On LitRate, there will be one listing for each book, as opposted to separate listings for separate editions. When you decide to add a book to your shelf, you can choose the format from a dropdown and select your cover image. We might even be able to allow you to specify a “default format” so that “Kindle Edition” gets automatically selected for you every time. How cool would that be?
And since you’ll be able to customize your book covers, you can even mix and match if you want. Do you have the Kindle edition of a book but LOVE the look of the UK cover? Assign that to your book so that you see the pretty UK cover on your shelf every time.
Some people love the recommendations feature on Goodreads, where you can recommend a book to a friend. Others hate it and never utilize it. But the problem is that there’s no way to turn this feature off! So even if you don’t use this system, you can still get bombarded with recommendations. (And there’s nothing worse than an author recommending their own book to you… yikes.)
We hope to have three choices for you on LitRate: allow recommendations from everyone, allow them from no one, or only allow them from certain friends. So if you have the feature turned off, you’ll never get those recommendations!
One person brought up a terrific point during the #LitRate Twitter chat: there’s a huge difference between reading 30 picture books and reading 30 500-page novels. And yet, on the Goodreads Reading Challenge, they’re represented completely the same.
On LitRte, we want you to be able to set two different kinds of goals: to read a certain amount of books, or to read a certain amount of pages.
Have you ever wanted to easily see all the books published by one company? Or all the illustrations made by one cover artist? Or all the books narrated by one person? On LitRate you’ll be able to!
If you’ve ever seen or used the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin you may have noticed that author names and publisher names are clickable. When you click them you get taken to an archive of all posts tagged with that author/publisher’s name. We plan on bringing this feature to LitRate! You’ll be able to easily view publisher, author, cover artist, and narrator archives.
When you see the name of an imprint, sometimes it can be sooo annoying and difficult to find out who the parent publisher is. Sometimes a quick Google search will do the trick, but other times it’s a lot more difficult than that.
We’d love to maintain some kind of master publisher/imprint list on LitRate to make it even easier for you. This is no small task, but we’re hoping that the LitRate community can help us out with this one!
In order for LitRate to get up off the ground, we have to raise $16,000 to license book data from a company. That’s a huge amount of money and we don’t have a lot of time left! If you want to see this site go live, please help us out by backing the project. We even have a few rewards for our backers!
Let us know in the comments if you have a feature that you’d love to see on LitRate.
There is only today left for us all to come together and help Ashley- So guys, even with $1 you can help! so spread the word, and if you have some money, then help by backing it up! I already backed it up, because I want to see this coming to life!
So what do you think? Any
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Review: Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal
Pushy: Can I just start this review out with a WOW!?! I didn’t think we could get down to a deeper level with Vincent and Jane after Without A Summer and then BAM! Valour and Vanity just floored me! After the last book, where the focus was shifted onto the dynamic of Jane and Vincent’s work and Jane’s relationship with Melody, it was nice to have this book be focused just on Jane and Vincent. And, like with Glamour In Glass, the added element of the intrigue tested their marital dynamic in ways I couldn’t have expected! What did you think, Heather?
Heather: I’m just amazed at the depths that Mary Robinette Kowal gives us with Jane and Vincent’s relationship. Their relationship has always been on more of an equal footing than most marriages for this time period, and for the first time in this book, the power skews more towards Jane.
Pushy: Agreed! And what’s more amazing is that she balances this pivotal part of the series against the varied and amazing backdrop of this particular books story.
Heather: Jane and Vincent have been invited to stay with Lord Byron while they try a new technique with glassblowers in Murano. But on the ship voyage over, they are hit by Pirates and left paperless and pennyless in Venice. Taken in by a seemingly generous and nice banker, things don’t go their way and they have to stay in Venice for many weeks as they try to straighten out their situation. Jane was able to find work at a local convent teaching music and glamour, but Vincent has a much harder time trying to scrape together a living.
Pushy: It was heartbreaking the way their situation affected Vincent so deeply!! I felt incredibly sad for him, knowing how this was tied up with his father’s treatment of him and his gift during his childhood, but at the same time, it was hard for me to accept just how low these months in Venice brought Vincent. I kept thinking, “COME ON, VINCENT!!! You guys can DO THIS!!!”
Heather: As the months ticked by, Jane flourished but Vincent grew more distant as they barely scraped by. It was so touch and go there for a while, I totally thought that they might not make it. I was almost cursing and saying “You can’t do this to me!”
Pushy: I know!!! For the first time since the first book, I couldn’t tell if they were going to make it through this with their marriage in tact!
Heather: But what did you think about Jane and Vincent gathering together the nuns from the convent along with his puppeteer friend to track down who really stole all of their money and spheres? It was quite the twisting and turning adventure!
Pushy: The mystery aspect of the story really had me going!! I admit that there were several moments when I couldn’t distinguish friend from foe! And there were many instances I thought Jane and Vincent would be done for! Mary Robinette Kowal did an amazing job of keeping the tension ratcheted up throughout!!
Heather: There were so many times that I thought Vincent and Jane were clearly up a creek and the bad guys had them cornered, but then someone turned out to not be bad and saved them. Whew! What a ride! I loved every single word.
Pushy: And what’s next for our fair couple? The final book in the series, Of Noble Family, has a cover (GORGEOUS) and a synopsis which tells that Jane and Vincent’s long unfulfilled wish for a child may be satisfied at last! That in itself, the fact that Jane’s work is partially behind her inability to have a child, is a tension that I as a working mother have been fascinated by. In today’s world we’re told we can have it all: perfect families, professional success, deeply fulfilling personal lives, but the reality is many times we feel like we’re doing too many things poorly. But in Jane’s age, the ideal was for a woman to subjugate her personal wants and desires entirely to the needs of her family. Neither seems perfect, but it’s interesting that it’s a tension that resonates today. I’m very much looking forward to how Jane and Vincent handle this in their upcoming, and final??, adventure!
Heather: I can’t wait for this final book too! The struggle between career and motherhood is something that I’ve experienced too, and I can’t wait to see how this will be handled in the final installment.
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The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson - Blog Tour
Oh, dear reader! I’m so excited to be sharing this book with you today! When I learned this book was on tour with TLC book tours I asked to be on the tour straight away! A strong woman, the matriarch of the Tudor dynasty, who must weather the storms of her times? Oh HELLZ YES!!!!! So who is this woman, you ask, dear reader? Allow me to introduce you to Catherine de Valois, The Agincourt Bride…..
by Joanna Hickson
Pub. Date: January 3rd 2013 by HarperCollins
The epic story of the queen who founded the Tudor dynasty, told through the eyes of her loyal nursemaid. Perfect for fans of Philipa Gregory.
When her own first child is tragically still-born, the young Mette is pressed into service as a wet-nurse at the court of the mad king, Charles VI of France. Her young charge is the princess, Catherine de Valois, caught up in the turbulence and chaos of life at court.
Mette and the child forge a bond, one that transcends Mette’s lowly position.
But as Catherine approaches womanhood, her unique position seals her fate as a pawn between two powerful dynasties. Her brother, The Dauphin and the dark and sinister, Duke of Burgundy will both use Catherine to further the cause of France.
Catherine is powerless to stop them, but with the French defeat at the Battle of Agincourt, the tables turn and suddenly her currency has never been higher. But can Mette protect Catherine from forces at court who seek to harm her or will her loyalty to Catherine place her in even greater danger?
Joanna Hickson became fascinated with history when she studied Shakespeare’s history plays at school. However, having taken a degree in Politics and English she took up a career in broadcast journalism with the BBC, presenting and producing news, current affairs and arts programmes on both television and radio. Now she writes full time and has a contract with Harper Collins for three historical novels. The Agincourt Bride is the first. She lives in Scotland in a 200 year old farmhouse and is married with a large extended family and a wayward Irish terrier.
As I expected, this book was a tour de force of historical fiction. Told from the view point of Catherine’s nursemaid and closest ally, Guillamette, we see Catherine grow from a lovely, but severely neglected princess in the French court to beautiful yet tightly controlled pawn of those who seek to control the court in her father’s illness. Caught between the machinations of her mother, her brother, the Duke of Burgundy and Henry V, her fortunes sail precariously among them all.
I loved the detail with which Joanna Hickson’s tale is told, pulling the reader instantly into the era in a lush and vibrant way. I felt like I walked next to Guillamette and Catherine through this story. Experiencing the highs and lows of their lives, the reader is swept into history. It makes the time period come to life in very real way.
Also, the story is so universal. Catherine is a young girl facing serious challenges. A severely neglected childhood with a party girl mother and a crazy father. She longs for a connection with her family, particularly her youngest brother but is continually isolated because of how it serves those who seek to use her as a pawn in their petty squabbles. And then she finds she has a suitor: the gallant, powerful, relentless Henry V. He’s gorgeous and fierce and he’s enthralled by Catherine’s grace and beauty. They’re a power couple in the making. If only Catherine’s family would get out of the way and let them be a couple.
Bottom line, this book was completely engrossing. When it ended I was surprised, because there was so much more I wanted to learn about Catherine’s life. Fortunately, there’s a second book, The Tutor Bride, which was previously released and will be re-released by HarperCollins next year! Keep your fingers crossed for another audiobook!!
This book is utterly engrossing and absolutely enthralling! You’ll be rooting for Catherine all the way and dying to find out what happens next!
As I mentioned above, The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson is on tour right now! Check out the other stops on the tour!
You can find out all about the tour on Joanna’s TLC page too!
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Pre-Squee about… I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Welcome to the Pre-Squee, a new weekly feature here at the Bookworms and at The Book Swarm. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.
So today we Squee about
February 3rd 2015 by Henry Holt Books For Young Readers
Another Book from my favorite Author Heather Demetrios!! I adore her so so so soo much!
Yes, I am a total fangirl, in case you were wondering… :))
Gritty, romantic, and ultimately hopeful, I’ll MEET YOU THERE explores the complicated lives of an unforgettable cast of characters. This is the story of teens outside the picket fence. It doesn’t soften the edges of adolescence or the individual consequences of war; it’s life on the fringes—maddening, weirdly endearing…and completely screwed up.
Read full Synopsis at goodreads
Heather Demetrios is author of “Something Real”, which completely blew me away this year and totally took me by surprise and she’s the author of the upcoming wonderment “Exquisite Captive” which I already talked about it quite a few times!
So, this new book from her? I can’t wait to get my fingers on a copy! I know I will just love it so much!
This is why I’ll Meet You There most definitely deserves and needs and early Squee!
What books are you excited about?? Share with me:)
5 Survival Tips From Drill Sergeant Stamm & Giveaway - Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Today I have something super special for you. Did you read my post yesterday about how freaking much I loved Rites of Passage? This book was so amazing, that I’m so thrilled to have Joy here today with a very special post!
She actually got Drill – the one good boy in Sam’s life, and the one we all will swoon over to share some of his Survival Tips for Girls enrolling the Military Academy!
If I’d known commanding the first ever company of female cadets at the DMA was going to come with all this extra paperwork I would have said no. Scratch that—that’s a lie. I would have said yes to this if they’d made me wear a dress all year to give orders. I just don’t like all the extra paperwork.
Over this school year you’ll average 5 hours of sleep a night, 100 push-ups a day, and more yelling than you can stand. You’ll cry. You’ll want to yell back. No doubt you’ll consider quitting. But if you can survive the year, you’ll be among a small, proud group of cadets who will do anything for each other. You survive this year—you’ll be family.
I know we’ll face things this year that we can’t predict, especially with the first five female cadets ever. We’ll deal with those things as they come because there’s no way to plan for them. But for now, here are the things that have gotten me through. Hopefully it’ll help you, too.
Good luck, Alpha Company females! Let’s show them how it’s done!
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley Published by HarperCollins on 2014-09-09
Genres: Bullying, Family, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, School & Education, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.
So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.
As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.
Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences
Open Interantional – One Pre-Order of Rites of Passage and one package of Swag including Dog Tags, Bookmarks and more! Entries via the Rafflecopter below!
SO Ladies! Are YOU Prepared? I guess I am not… even though I would very much meet this one swoon worthy hot Drill !
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Incredible Emotional - Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
This is one of these books that I would have dismissed if not for Jenny who told me this book was so phenomenal. And since Jenny is definitely my Book Soulmate, I listened and got a copy. And Oh My Goodness - I read this book on sitting on a Saturday, I could not put it down, I could not stop! It was THAT good!
Sam grew up in a military household. Her Dad a big Officer or General (you know, someone very huge up the chain) and her two brothers also in the military, Sam desperately wanted to love up to them, be one of them and enrolled at a military school where for the first time ever girls were allowed.
Sam grew up with military standards, rules and rites so for her it was a natural decision and a decision in hope of final acceptance and approval from her father. So imagine a rough, tough environment where kids are shaped to enrol and survive a military career. And now imagine a girl among these hard-asses. And now, go one step further and image that these boys do not like having girls around! This is a male domain, where girls are not welcomes and in the middle of this hatred Sam wants to prove herself.
Most of the boys don’t want the girls there. There are 4 besides Sam who enrol in the school. The boys think girls have nothing to do in the military and they think girls are too weak to survive, that they will slow them down in their progress to be the best.
What Sam is going to endure in terms of bullying left me often speechless! I was gaping in horror about what these boys did to break her, to make her leave. And especially Sam has to endure even worse than the other girls, since everyone knows her Dad and brother, which makes her their prime target.
But they didn’t expect the Sam that came to this school, a girl so determined to succeed that she endured endless bullying, physical abuse and emotional abuse to show everyone that she would never give up! Gosh, this girl was so so damn strong!
And if you’d think that Sam is a tomboy you’d also be wrong – Sam is still very much a girl and I admired this girl so so much! You won’t imagine what’s been thrown at her, it will most definitely bring you to tears!
You would think her family stands behind her, makes her strong enough to go through with this. But no. Her brother is a high-ranking Officer (again, no idea about the ranks..) at her school, but .. her ignores her! He even ignores when the boys start to really badly and horribly bully her! Her father is found missing on a military operation and her mom is desperate over her missing husband and no use for her girl. She let her girl alone at christmas! My heart broke so so much!
Sam also finds friendship and even love, though its a forbidden one she cannot act upon. But at least she find some boys who admire her strength, who admire her willpower and who admire her endurance. Without them, she would be completely lost. But they give her strength, they support her and this is what helps her get trough all of this.
This story made me feel so much. I could have never endured what Sam went through, I would have crumpled. Sam was an outstanding heroine – I just admire this girl so much! The romance was quite and cute and just perfectly genuine even though I wished for more, I understand I couldn’t get more. Throughout the book I was constantly on edge, constantly on the edge of tears, constantly hoping for them to stop hurting her or for Sam to back done.
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley was an outstandingly brilliant story of a strong heroine who’s being bullying, hurt and emotionally abused. It’s an incredible debut and a story which is set in such a unique environment that it most definitely stands out among other YA books. It’s book that you open and can’t put down unless you finish the last page, it’s gripping and compelling, filled with so much emotion and strength – I can’t stop praising this book!
You know when books surprise you? This one completely surprised me! Did you expect this book to be so emotional, so amazing just from the synopsis? And finally, I hope I made you put this book on your pile even if you’d have dismissed it before. Rites of Passage is definitely a book NOT to be dismissed!
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Sunday with the Bookworms 10 … with Virgin, a Birthday and School Preparations
Welcome Friends! Do you have a Coffee or a Tea? Then sit down and chat a little bit about your week with us!
Like every week, Heather, Pushy and Danny are sharing what they read and other exciting things happened in their lives!
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This week has TOTALLY KICKED MY BUTT! The little foxes came back from vacation, I’m in the process of transferring them from their old school to their new one, the construction on the house completed (most of it) in earnest and I got a new project at work that is going to have me insane through the end of the year. So, what’s a foxy girl to do but escape into some books?
I mentioned last week that I’m rereading The Selection series for my book club meeting next week, so I’ve moved onto The Elite. I’ve also been sneaking off to read Virgin on my phone when I have a few spare moments at work. Don’t tell on me! I just need to focus on something other than liquidity ratios once and a while! :)
My home life is completely insane just like Pushy’s with preparations for my son’s start at kindergarten next week. We had a picnic at his school on Thursday where we got to meet his teacher and his classmates, which was really fun. With the school supplies bought, his meals all planned out, and my day off approved from work, we’re all set for his new beginning. Plus, my husband’s nephew has been visiting since Wednesday, so having an extra boy in the house has meant more video games. It’s been crazy.
And also like Pushy, I’ve been reading stuff on my phone on my lunch breaks and whenever I get a chance at work to break up the relentless flow of work that’s never ending. But in my case, I’ve read two complete fan fictions this week along with the updates of the works in progress that I keep up on. Like I said last week, I finished up Lexa Cain’s Soul Cutter. I really enjoyed this YA horror novel. I started listening to the audiobook of Megan Abbott’s The Fever. This story of a contagion that makes a few girls fall ill, focusing on one family and a high school has me really interested so far.I also started reading J.L. Bryan’s new YA horror novel, Inferno Park. There’s a contest on Goodreads to win a copy of Inferno Park going on through October 1, 2014.
It’s been my B-Day week so I truly had a wonderful week and have been spoiled by my parents and my husband! Especially my hubs always know what makes me happy and got beautiful Orchid, an amazing and wonderful Trollbeads Braceletes (People who know me, know how insane in love I am with Trollbeads!!) and.. because I love treating my skin with luxurious products, e got me this super new Phillips Face Cleanser. Ladies this is so awesome! If you ever though about getting something like this, do it! My Skin is so smooth after using this!
And since we got to spend last weekend at my parents I had lots of reading time in the train and I go to read some amazing books this week!
I finished Silver Shadows and OMG it was so fanatic!!! Then, I read the latest book in the Kate Daniels series and .. Holy Freaking Amazing, this one was the best book yet! Read a Review from Mary at The BookSwarm , she definitely hit the mark in her review! and then finally, I started reading The Perilous Sea the sequel to The Burning Sky - a book I fell so so much in love with!
So how was your week? Anything Exciting happened in your life? Which books are you reading right now?
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Bewitching Words And Whispers 2 with Heir of Fire and Valour and Vanity!
As we already promised before, we wanted to spice things up a little and add a few different Features to make our blog more fun and interesting! One of these features is Picture This, then we have a new Wednesday Feature called Pre-Squee and today, we have the second installment of Bewitching Words and Whispers.
In Bewitching Words and Whispers, we are going to share some of our favorite quotes that we’ve selected from the books we’ve read lately! Here we go!
I actually pick two quotes that belong together and are one of the most emotional parts of Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas !
“I don’t care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend” – Caleana, Heir of Fire
He nodded, and she joined hands with him, blood to blood and soul to soul, his other arm coming around to grip her tightly. Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, ” I claim you, too, Aelin Galanthynius” - Rowan, Heir of Fire
I picked these quotes because I fell so deeply in love with Rowan and I loved the connection Caleana and Rowan formed. It’s not love in a romantic way but it goes just as deeply!! I’m still swooning thinking about this!
I picked a passage from book four of the Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal, Valour and Vanity.
“Perhaps. It might require some exploration.” Jane rose on her toes and whispered to Vincent one of the phrases that she had heard the two men use when discussing their adventures with the fairer sex. Pressed as she was against her husband, the effect of her suggestion was immediately felt. “Is that language salty enough?”
I just love how Jane and Vincent’s marriage and relationship has evolved over the course of the series. Even though they go through some really hard times in this book, they come out with an even stronger and bolder relationship in the end.
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Dear Celaena - Yours, Danny | Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
The Throne of Glass series is one of my favorite series and Celaena one of my favorite female kick ass heroines! Today, instead of a classic review, I wrote a letter to Celaena!
I’ve meet you first in Throne of Glass and fell in love with you. I totally mean that in a platonic way of admiration, so don’t get me wrong here. You were an assassin, considered a criminal, yet there was something about you that made me stop and question my morality.
I don’t want to repeat what you went through in Throne of Glass, then in …. but you did grow so so much!
Then, the BIG revelation at the end of Crown if Midnight??
Holy freaking Awesomeness, I think we all didn’t expect this – you totally hid this very well Celaena, but now we know who you really are!
Now, I’ve waited for a year to meet you again and follow your story in Heir of Fire and gosh girl, you were nearly broken and so heartbreakingly lost! Where was all your spirit? The happenings at the end of Crown if Midnight completely crushed you and my heart was aching for you. You wanted to flee from everything run away and only have one thing in mind: Revenge! But they didn’t let you run away from yourself and from the person you are supposed to become.
In the beginning you were so different than the strong and kick ass girl we’ve got to appreciate. And it needed some hard words, some hard work and some wonderful secondary characters like Rowan to bring you back on track and to lift your spirit, and make you fight again!
And it needed Rowan to bring back your fighting instincts and bring you, as the kick ass character we fell so madly in love with back to us full forth! Gosh, it was such an amazing and tough journey for you, he made you question yourself, but you needed this! And yes, I agree sometimes he also was a rude ass and not very nice to you.
Rowan is such an amazing character!!! I’m completely in love with him and since you are still pretty much in love with Chaol.
Hear that Celaena?? (and all you other readers, Rowan is mine!)
Rowan is mine! This wonderful Faery Prince with the super tough and hard shell, with all his tattoos and who completely won me over. I’m a little stunned you didn’t fell for him.. but *shrugs* more for me!
Again Celaena, you surprised me in Heir of Fire – I went through all kind of emotions with you, from anger over heart ache and then the joy over your victory! You grew so much, it was incredible to follow. You were at the bottom, you felt you were beaten – but you came back, stronger, wiser and ready to meet your destiny!
I can’t wait to hear what’s next for you!
P.S. : I think you would be stunned to know what else was going while you were so broken and training with Rowan. Thankfully, we as the readers of your stories got quite a few side stories and parts from other characters that added to the intense richness of your story! I could however have done it without learning so much about the witches… but Celaena, be prepared! They are coming for you!
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas was epic! With each new instalment Sarah J Maass outdoes herself and makes us fall even more in love with this epic fantasy series that is so unique among the Young Adult fantasies. She creates the most amazing characters and proves yet again with the introduction of Rowan that there is so much more to come!
Most definitely, this is one of my favorite series where I am always eagerly and impatiently awaiting the next book!
Did you read the previous books of the Throne of Glass series? Do you love this series as much as I do? and if not, are you now finally ready to get started?
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Pre-Squee about… If I Stay - The Movie
Welcome to the Pre-Squee, a new weekly feature here at the Bookworms and at The Book Swarm. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.
So today we Squee about
based on the novel by Gale Forman
coming August 22nd in all big Theatres!
Find The Book:
*right now the Kindle Book it’s on sale for 4.99 and if you haven’t already read it , then DO IT!! Seriously, Go and Get a Copy!!
I can’t tell you how much I love this book – well, I guess pretty much like so many of you guys also loved this book! I remember I was constantly, constantly crying – it was so wonderful, and so so so touching and moving and hard and heart breaking and everything! It made me feel so so much!
And of course, with all these recent book-to-movie adaptations that failed, I was scared about this moved and avoided every info. But now, I finally watched the trailers and I need to see this movie Right.fucking.now!
And .. yes I even already cried over the trailers!!
Here they are!
…and don’t forget some tissues…
And the 2nd one!
*sniffles* and *wipes away some tears*
I am so dying for this movie -but of course I have to consider with whom I’m going to see it.. Probably my hubs is not the best, so I have to convince a girlfriend to take my crying mess to see this movie!
Gosh.. I cannnot freaking wait! This is going to be an epic heartbreak and a pure wonderment!
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So Freaking Amazing!! Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini - The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
There are authors you love so much, that you’re going to read anything. With Josephine Angelini’s new release it was exactly like this. I loved her Starcrossed series, but when I read the synopsis to TRIAL BY FIRE I knew this was going to be “my” book!
The set up of the world was as fantastic as it could be. Our heroine, is weak in her world (which is our world…) she’s plagued by allergies and can’t eat or go where she wants to be and only her best friend Tristan is truly by her side and takes care of her. When she’s pulled in a parallel universe suddenly her weakened boy makes sense! But more on this later.
This new world is absolutely amazingly portrayed and throughout the whole time I was trying to envision this world as Josephine Angelini explained it to us.
Seriously. I want to see this world captured in a movie, coming to love on the big screen. It’s enormous, gigantic and completely fantastic! A mix of Tolkien like Elfen City and a Sci-Fi version of our world, there are no words I could bring to capture this wonderment.The magic! Damn, the magic was so amazing! Not just the simple basics and rules, but there is also much about relationships between magic users and bonds that are formed that were beautiful and fascinatingly developed!
Oh how much I adore this girl! I was feeling so baldy for her when she was still in our world – so weak and dependent. But in this new, parallel world her body changes and she understands why her body was so weak and the explanations for this were so perfect that even the scientist in me was at awe. It holds wonderful mixture of magic and science and I was so freaking excited learning all these explanations for the creation of this world, that I’m still so excited when just thinking about it.
So finally Lily is in an enviroment where she’s not just the weak anymore but finally can develop and become someone else, someone stronger, someone she was always meant to be! YEAH LILY! And there is the girl, who is loyal and learns to use magic, and learns how to be strong! Loved loved loved to see this girl grow and change!
There is so much love to be found within these pages that it made my heart ache and swell so much. First, the relationship between Lily and her sister, which is so strong that it even, transpires between worlds.
Then, there is the love between her and her best friend Tristan – which is such a complicated relationship that I’m so excited and eager t explores more. They are friends foremost, but the “old” lily was in love with Tristan, who trashes this love so badly that it broke my heart and brought me to tears! But then, there is more to Tristan – which I found remarkable from Josephine to develop such a complex relationship and such a complex character.
Now coming to the swoon worthy romance that is so wonderful and perfect and beautiful as it should be!
First, there is mistrust – then there is misunderstanding and then there is so much love that it will bring you to your knees!
Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini was just so incredible amazing! Full of wonderment with a swoon worthy romance, that will make your heart melt. The outstanding mix of Contemporary with Sci-Fi and Fantasy delivers a tale of epic proportions! No words can describe how much I loved this book!!!
As much as I loved your Starcrossed Series, I think you outdid yourself with Trial by Fire. The characters you created went deep into my heart and the relationships you developed were so wonderful and beautiful and heartbreaking. This is the book I wish I could have written as it exactly hold everything I always long for in a story! Excitement, Wonderment an incredible story and such outstanding characters that I want to meet all of these!
Thank you so much for this story!
What was the latest book that owned you so completely? I must say that I never excepted to love this one so much, but I do! So now, all I can tell you is to go and freaking read this book as soon as it comes out!
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Chat with the awesome Nikki Kelly, Author of Lailah by Nikki Kelly & giveaway
Happy Friday!! You remember a few weeks ago, I had Nikki Kelly here on the blog with an amazing inspirational post about her upcoming Young Adult debut LAILAH. It’s been a phenomenal post, I urge you to check out.
And I couldn’t be more excited to have Nikki here today for a fantastic Interview, and I have another fantastic Giveaway for you at the end!
Nikki, I am so excited to have you here at the Bookworms again. You know I’m a big fan of you and Lailah so I’m so thrilled to chat with you!
Thank you so much for having me Danny! I am a huge fan of the Bookworms!!
This totally made my day Nikki!
OK, I know this will be a question you’ve probably been asked before, but I am such a big fan of vampires that we need to chat about them a little. So Nikki, tell me: why vampires? What makes them so exciting for you? What is so fascinating?
I am also a big fan of all things vampire! They come in all different shapes, sizes and varying levels of shininess these days, don’t they?!
I guess I just find something extremely fascinating about the idea of these immortal beings, which are immensely strong and powerful, using those traits for good or evil or both! It all depends on the vampire in question; take Jonah, for example – I find him extremely compelling because he’s in a constant state of inner conflict, simply because of ‘the what’ he is. Then you go and throw in ‘the who’ he once was, ‘the who’ he is now and ‘the who’ he is becoming and you have the beginnings of a lovely layered character full of inner turmoil—the best kind to write!
I also personally find something – dare I say it? – incredibly sexy and dangerous about a being that oozes such deadly charm! I don’t write about werewolves, for example, because I don’t find anything appealing about a person who transitions into a large dog and back again – though I have a feeling that might stem from the fact that I have a Pug…
Do you have a favourite vampire story? (Mine are Twilight – YES Twilight and the Night Huntress series, just to name my absolute favourites!)
Yes of course! For me it would be Twilight, with The Sookie Stackhouse Novels as a close second! I love what Twilight has to offer: I adore the romance and, while I like my heroines to be a bit kick-ass (something Lailah is growing into as the Saga progresses!), I am a sucker for the damsel in distress routine now and again!
I think perhaps what I like most about Twilight is the idea of coming through a series of impossible struggles and that the reward at the end of the fight is forever. And what I like most about The Sookie Stackhouse Novels is the raw edginess of the characters and the interesting setting.
So, to summarize all of the above waffle…
Twilight – for lovely high-shine, knee-wobbling romance.
The Sookie Stackhouse Novels – for gritty, flawed and riveting characters.
How did you go and develop your own vampire lore, (which I think has some very unique features beside the classic ones)?
I wanted to ensure that all my supernaturals were as original – and as different – as possible. For me, that stemmed from asking various questions: Where did they come from in the first place? When, and how, did they come to be here? And then the two most important questions (you might notice a theme here!): ‘the what’ and ‘the who’ are they? The final questions, which needed answering, were of course: What motivates them all? What do they want?
In answering all of the above, and borrowing a little here and there from my own belief system, I was able to create new worlds and beings, but utilize existing belief or myth on which to base them. For example, the two worlds the beings emerged from were based on the concept of Heaven and Hell. I then spun that into something else entirely.
I took the myths about vampires and angels etc. and tried to demonstrate how, through storytelling and game of telephone, the idea of what they are has become quite different from the truth – the truth of course being the reality of things in my books!
I think, with all things, it’s ultimately an evolution of story telling. Meyer’s Twilight was an evolution from Stoker’s Dracula. Meyer took the notion of vampires – creatures that are known for being dark and demon-like – and made them attractive and gave them a moral fiber. The vampires in Styclar are, yet again, another evolution of the beings we have come to know as vampires. They exist in a different way, and they play by a different set of rules.
Lailah is quite a mystery. Did you know exactly when you created her what she was, or was it something that developed while you were writing?
When I first brought Lailah to the page, I had spent some time asking myself what she was, and then I ended up realizing that the far more important question was who she was. I therefore knew her history, and her beginnings, on the ‘what she was’ front from the outset, but the real journey for me was discovering who she was and that only came with writing her.
Lailah also doesn’t have much of an idea of who she really is, but it’s obvious that she has already lived a few lives (so to speak. We can’t reveal more; otherwise we would spoil it too much!). Nikki, if you had the chance to live another life during another time, who/where/when would you like to choose? It can be a famous historical figure, or just a time period :) (I would love to be Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster, as I have a big fascination with English history)
Great question! If we were talking factually, then Amelia Earhart – she was an aviation pioneer and an author! And though the end of her story was a tragic one, I really want to know what happened! So much so that I would like to be her on the day she disappeared simply to find out! Now, if you were talking fictionally… Doctor Who. So I could fly around in my Tardis and experience all that time and space has to offer!
Let’s talk a little about the boys we are going to meet. Nikki: Team Gabriel or Team Jonah?
Ha! Nice try, Danny!! I am Team Fence! For two reasons; the first because I genuinely love both ‘guys’ equally, but for very different reasons; the second because, if I did sway more to one Team and I revealed it, readers would likely assume that’s whom Lailah would end up with!
If Gabriel would have to describe Jonah in a tweet, what would he say?
#Jonah—An unfathomable complication
And now, if Jonah would have to describe Gabriel in a tweet?
I am going to quote Crystal from @Crystalbookland here who I think said it best, and Jonah would probably agree:
#Gabriel—Causing trouble since 1839!
Anything else you’d love to add?
As I have the stage… I’d love to say a massive thank you to every blogger and every reader who is getting behind the Saga and showing so much love already, before the book is even in stores!! You guys are quite simply awesome; I’m sending many hugs down my wi-fi right now!!
Thank you so much for stopping by today Nikki!
Thank you for having me! xox
“I was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. So it will probably come as no surprise that when I’m not dreaming in Vampires & Angels, I dream in chocolate! For the past ten years I have lived in West London with my hubby and two dogs, Alfie – the Pug & Goose – the Chihuahua.
LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.
Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.
These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.”
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.
On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.
In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?
Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is
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I so so love Nikki! Really, I do!
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Interview with Rinda Elliott - Author of The Sisters of Fate Trilogy
It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world’s destiny. But only if they survive…
The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can’t believe it’s really happening. She’s the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? When it starts snowing in summer in Florida, the sisters fear the worst has come to pass. Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world, has begun.
Raven finds herself the secret protector of Vanir, a boy with two wolves, a knowledge of Norse magic and a sense of destiny he can’t quite explain. He’s intense, sexy and equally determined to save her when it becomes clear someone is endangering them. Raven doesn’t know if getting closer to him will make a difference in the coming battle, but her heart isn’t giving her a choice.
Ahead of the sisters is the possibility of death at the hand of a warrior, death by snow, death by water or death by fire.Or even from something else…
Sisters of FateThe prophecy doesn’t lie: one is doomed to die.
Foretold by Rinda Elliott was a heart pounding paranormal adventure with fierce, passionate heroes and an thrilling, action packed story! Norse myths were wonderfully entwined with our modern day setting in a delightful and mesmerising way! I most definitely can’t wait for the next Sisters story!
I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children.
I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency
SO guys are you excited now? Do you have any questions for Rinda?