Category: Mature


Review: 4 stars to Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Posted 18 October, 2016 by katheryn13 in Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Mature, Reviews, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

 

(DISCLAIMER: CONTAINS SWEARING BECAUSE I’M IN ONE OF THOSE MOODS. SORRY.)
Review:
Who would have thought I’d make it this far? I mean, I loved Throne of Glass (by the way, if I accidentally put ‘game of thrones’ instead, I’m sorry. It happens. lol) but it took me forever to finally get through Crown of Midnight. Sorry I didn’t do a review for that one, by the way. I just couldn’t.
Heir of Fire started out really well and I loved where Celeana was at (well, not LOVED per-se, but it was more interesting, I suppose). But then there were new characters introduced and I wasn’t sure how I felt. I mean, Manon? Nuh-uh. Sorry. I guess I’ve warmed up to her a bit by the end but her chapters were so boring for me, I was stuck around page 90-100 ready to give up.

It was very yo-yoing how many POV’s there were, to be honest, but it definitely kept me on my toes.
I think part of the problem was this book was just too long and I wasn’t in the right head space to put up with it. So, though there wasn’t anything that I could pin point as the culprit to my struggle, it just wasn’t going according to plan. The pacing definitely wasn’t that fast, which could have contributed. Fantasy tends to be hit or miss with me in terms of how we get along. Like, if I’m not 100% in it, the descriptions alone could make me want to hurl the book across the room. I have to be in the right mindset, you know? It’s not automatic acceptance. 
So I got to the point where I didn’t give a shit what colour the buildings were, I just wanted to get to the POINT! Haha. 

Then you have Rowan, and I heard so much about him (yeah, thanks Twitter. You like to ruin stuff, don’t you?) but I guess I was expecting someone different? A bit like Rhys in ACOTAR, I thought I was going to meet someone with a personality I’d love instantly (judging by how many people love him). This was not the case, but since I knew roughly things changed, I dunno…I was skeptical. One thing that put me off him, though, and call me judgemental, but I think I’m allowed to be when it comes to fictional characters (as it’s all personal preferences and NOT real people, so yeah), but when his description mentions TATTOOS? ON HIS FACE? I’m instantly nope. Not happening. I’m out.

I just don’t dig tattoos. Especially on the face.

(I mean, people are free to do what they like, but when it comes to fiction, I reserve the right to outright not like that character for doing so, yknow?)

But in the end I realised as long as they didn’t MENTION said tattoo, I could deal. I could pretend he didn’t have one. I mean, his face is a no no place for me. lol  His ‘bond’ with Celeana was weird, and I was shaking my head like “NO NO NO PLEASE NO’ because honestly those kinds of things are so cheesy and make me want to stab something. It’s the ‘mate’ thing all over again. Bah! So I’m hoping it’s just a friendship thing. *fingers crossed*
Celeana’s character development was….intriguing. I guess I’m a weird one because I actually felt more for her when she was weak and pathetic. LOL. I know, I know. You don’t need to say it. 
I felt for her past, her self-pity, I just…she made me want to CRY. 
However when she got all kick-assery and fierce with fire, I dunno…it kind of irritated me. I  wonder if it’s because I’m not fierce or strong and I get envious of characters that can change so easily (because damn, it sure seemed that way) and I can’t. Call me emotionally stilted.
Dorian. My precious prince. What have they done to you? I will forever be Team Dorian.  His growth through this series so far has made my heart GROW WITH HIM. I just love him so much. He’s so precious to me. I can’t deal. The last scenes in this book with him were terrifying and I was SO anxious.

 

And thankfully Chaol wasn’t much of import in this book. Can I get a hell yeah?

Oh, alright then. xD

Chaol utterly fucked up his own life when he decided to sit on that fucking fence like the sad mofo he really is. Honestly, I don’t know how people still LOVE him? 
Over all – I did ENJOY most of this book. There obviously were moments that bored me, and the pacing could have been better, but to be honest, it wasn’t as awful as I suppose I’ve made it out to be. It was an automatic 4 stars for me. The last quarter moved faster and I was more invested. I’m taking a break from the series for a bit, though, because this was exhausting.
-Kat
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Review: 3 stars to Paperweight by Meg Haston #BookBloggers #thegirlgang

Posted 2 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Struggling to deal with her brother’s death and a past she refuses to confront, Stevie knows she has problems. But she’s still furious about the fact that she’s been packed off to a health clinic, in the middle of nowhere, where mobile phones are banned and communication with the outside world is strictly by permission only. The regimented and obtrusive nature of the clinic and its staff is torture to the deeply private, obstinate Stevie – and don’t even get her started on the other ‘inmates’. All she wants is to be left alone…
But as Stevie is about to find out, life is full of surprises. And she will prove herself stronger than she knows – even when her past finally catches her up in the most shocking and brutal way possible.
Review:
I’ll start off by saying that if I’d known, when I got this, that the story was about a girl suffering from anorexia…I probably wouldn’t have bought it. That being said, I did find this rather interesting. I, unfortunately, being a lover of food and not anywhere near that state of mind, couldn’t relate at all with Stevie, who is our main character. Her voice was full of angst and, I want to say, obnoxious know-it-allness, as well as her illness. I mean, there were a lot of moments where I found myself ready to yell at the book because of how annoying she was being.
Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that many people go through this problem, but because I can’t relate, I try to think of this more on the fiction side of things, so whiny characters who don’t listen to reason just bug me. 
The back of the book says about how Stevie wants to disappear and in 27 days she’d do just that. Now, to me, not knowing the full extent to the story, I thought this would be about a girl in rehab or somewhere, and in 27 days she planned to run away or something. Get the hell out of there. That sort of thing. 
Not disappear as in…yknow…die. 
I generally like stories about characters being in therapy, etc. I like the whole psychological aspect.
I found myself liking Ashley, who is Stevie’s roommate, a lot more than Stevie, and she made me laugh / and worry, when there was a moment of pure hyperness during the night. I honestly thought they were going to diagnose her with bipolar. So when things kinda went south, I was crossing my fingers for things to turn out well. Well, not really, because I literally can’t cross them, but you know what I mean.  The other characters were okay, but no one really stuck out to me as much as Ashley, and I really felt sorry for her when she told her backstory.
Stevie’s flashbacks to how she ended up in rehab, and the whole incident with her brother, were a fun tool to show rather than tell. I wanna say more but then it goes into spoilers and that’s bad. Bad spoilers!
It wasn’t until the last quarter of this very-short-story (but actually didn’t feel short at all) that I began to like Stevie more and there was hope and light at the end of the tunnel. I was glad I didn’t give up half way and skip to the end because it would have killed the effect. Though it would have been nice to get maybe a view of how things went after the end of the book…and I usually hate epilogues, but this could have done with one.
As a story, 3 star rating is valid. As an insight into what real people deal with, I’d have said this was 5 stars.There’s a part of me that can’t really understand it, personally, but that’s me. I mean, I knew bits and pieces, but not to the extent described – if most of it was indeed correct, or similar – so it really opened my eyes. Though the descriptions that Stevie gives is almost stomach turning at points.
I suppose I should say that if you do suffer or have suffered from any of these illnesses, there should be a ‘trigger’ warning. Well, I just did. Either way, it’s still worth a read if you’re so inclined. 🙂
-Kat
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#Review: 4 stars to In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken #BookBloggers #YA

Posted 24 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Dystopian, Mature, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

four-stars
Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.
When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.
But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.
Review:
Alrighty. I started this book in April? I finished it in June. Well, alright then. No biggy. I’ll explain.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like the story, but I felt that…535 pages could have been narrowed down to 400. When I felt I’d read several  hundred pages, it turned out to be just 120 (that was when I went back to reading it 2 months later). It took a good chunk of time before I felt anything was really happening and then when it did…boy did it HAPPEN!
I think shit started hitting the fan around the 350 mark, and then the hits just kept on coming. It was unreal. With this being the final in the series, I wanted things to wrap up, but I didn’t expect certain things to happen. I don’t wanna spoil but…OH MY GOD. 
And then Ruby with all her secrets and determination to FUCK UP HER OWN RELATIONSHIPS?! WHY? What is her problem? If she was only HONEST with them, maybe things wouldn’t turn out so badly. Anyway, good things did happen, like ZU! Also, Ruby’s on/off/on/off/on again/sort of off phases with Liam. I was seriously dizzy. Also, confused because it looked like Cole really fancied her, and then she’d make and break and make up again with Liam. and Then CLANCY! I honestly thought him and Ruby had a connection…ya know? Despite him being a stone cold bastard. Karma bites, don’t it? 
The massive shit show that was Ruby doing her whole heroic thing was terrifying and the whole time I thought for sure she wouldn’t survive. I mean, I knew evidently she would, but you never know? It wouldn’t be the first time a main character had been killed off in YA. (Ehem) Anyway. PHEW!
By the time everything calmed down and I wasn’t biting my nails down to the core any more, I actually didn’t want the series to end. I know, it’s annoying when that happens. Basically, the pacing in this book wasn’t brilliant and I would have probably rated it lower if it weren’t for the last quarter that just made up for it all. Especially considering how I wasn’t the biggest fan of Never Fade. But hey ho, no worries. I’m now considering buying the collection of novellas ( called Through The Dark) but it’s expencive and I’m on a restricted book buying diet. Sigh.
SO there you have it. I tell you what, when I moved on to my next book, I couldn’t stop thinking about this series and being all book hangover-y and wishing I could rewind the clock to read it fresh again. UGH. I need a time turner!
If you haven’t already picked up this series, you really need to! it’s beyond brilliant (yeah yeah I know, but my thoughts don’t mean it isn’t so) and Alexandra Bracken is a goddess.
🙂
-Kat

 

four-stars
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Review: 4 stars to Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine #bookbloggers #Morganville

Posted 15 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Funny, Mature, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 1 Comment

MIDNIGHT BITES, the new Morganville Vampires short story anthology! It will bring together almost everything that I’ve written in short form about Morganville … though I did leave out some of the original “diary” entries that appeared on an earlier version of the Morganville website, simply because they were just scenes and not stories, and were generally really short snippets. This is all short fiction, and it’s been carefully organized into the timeline, so you can read from the earliest adventures (some of which belong to vampires) all the way through some post-Daylighters goodies.

MIDNIGHT BITES includes a total of more than 50,000 words of brand new content, which makes me very happy indeed (and I hope will also make you happy, too). From stories featuring our favorite bunny-slipper-wearing mad scientist to a mystery solved by police chief Hannah Moses, I think you’ll find this is a diverse group of stories that will shine a little more light in the murkiest corners of Morganville.

Review:
As a fan of Morganville Vampires from the beginning, I was so so happy when this collection of short stories was announced. I can’t say I read short stories often, mostly because they’re usually in ebook form. SO this was lovely!
I’ll admit, I didn’t read every single story in this, but I only missed about 3, maybe 4, and that was because they were from character’s pov’s I’m not too keen on. The rest, however, I scoffed up and indulged. I love Myrnin and Shane. I’d missed them so much, and to have them back in my life again, even for such a short amount of time was pure bliss. 
I won’t spoil what these are about, but there also one story about Michael where he gets…what one can only describe as one hell of a buzz from canned blood. It made me cackle so hard! 
The stories from Eve’s POV were fun, as she was a great character we didn’t see quite as much of in the novels. 
Now, if I had one complaint about this book, it’s minimal, but it’s this: I realise this was edited for the UK audience, BUT, It is weird to have words like ‘mom’ changed to ‘mum’. It’s fair enough changing words to have a ‘u’ in them, like ‘favourite’, because that often happens, but in my opinion, if the character is American, have them use American words. I mean, there were words like ‘petrol station’ which I KNOW would never be used in the novels. I don’t know what happened in editing, but this just kinda bugged me. 
Anyway, besides that, I loved how many stories were included, as it was far more than I expected. Having them so short was helpful in me finishing it faster, too, so yay! I will always love Morganville, and I hope, maybe someday, that Rachel goes back to it for something else. Perhaps a Myrnin spin off? Who knows. 
Thank you for giving us this treat, anyway! 🙂
-Kat
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Review: 4 stars to Vicious by V.E. Schwab #Adult #Superpowers

Posted 28 May, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Espionage, Mature, Mystery, Paranormal, Reviews, Supernatural / 0 Comments

four-stars
A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers. Victor and Eli started out as college roommates?brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognised the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find?aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge?but who will be left alive at the end? In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
Review:
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I’ll admit, I’d not read anything of V.E. Schwab’s before Vicious and I had heard wonderful things about it. I knew it was an adult book, but I didn’t expect the back and forth “flashbacks” as it were, with the characters Victor and Eli. It helped me, because I think if it had been purely “adult” I might have struggled. I don’t know. It usually has nothing to do with the writing style, but more because I generally PREFER YA. 
In any case, Vicious was a great tale of super heroes gone rogue. Or something like that. Eli and Victor didn’t always start out as enemies, but something happened when they both took on an experiment. How were EO’s (ExtraOrdinaries) created? Were they born or made to become through death? It was truly fascinating the research that went into this on the characters behalf. Please humour me, it felt like Victor and Eli were REAL. It’s such a thrill to find a book that does that to me. To make me so invested in the characters lives. I don’t usually like superhero stories, either. Not like this, anyway. It had an element of ‘Steelheart’ by Brandon Sanderson to me, but at the same time, the story was SO much better than that. 
I had liked Eli and first, but then after a while he started getting a bit too…I wanna say preachy? I think my non-religious mind was getting too “eye-rolly” of his attitude. The whole “He made me like this for a reason.” nonsense. Um…no. Sorry but that got annoying. He did nothing. YOU did this. Anyway, my ranting apart, it was nice to have a bad character have their reasons, as opposed to just being ‘evil’. He thought HE was the hero of his own story, and he really wasn’t. Neither, admittedly, was Victor. They both had their reasons for doing what they did, and it intrigued me. At one point I was getting restless, I just wanted to know what was going to happen. But I didn’t want to skip any pages. I was HOOKED!
Sydney and Serena were like opposite ends of the pole. I instantly became attached to Sydney. I felt for her on every level, I understood her (though not from personal experience, but because she was so well written) and I stuck by her when her sister, Serena, became someone to be feared.
Serena irritated me. She seemed to think she was the exception and though she apparently hated her power, and wanted people to fight back, she still continued to do bad things. It bugged me to no end. 
Every other character was so…well done. Mitch was a person I didn’t expect to like so much, but like with the others, he made a mark. Same with the investigators. They all became important to this story. I was left stunned at the ending. I was like “What? That’s it? No!” Because of how it ended, I thought there might be a sequel. I thought this WAS a series, or something. 
Anyway, I am so glad I gave this book a shot. I think it’ll be one to reread in the future. I give this 4 stars. 1 star knocked off because of the irritating Eli and Serena. Everything else was perfect. 🙂
-Kat
four-stars
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#Reviews & Update: Are You Going To Kiss Me Now? by Sloane Tanen & If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Posted 22 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Mature, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Just a quick update first:  I’m going to be away for 3weeks so may not be able to post anything during that time.

Also, as in true pre-trip fashion, I’ve lost something. My new glasses. Good thing I still wear my old ones now and then, other wise I’d be stuck. I mean, my new ones were lowered in prescription, and they’re better for me, but the lens never cleaned properly. So…anyway.

On to the reviews, yes?

 


Being marooned on an island somewhere off the coast of Madagascar with five celebrities sounds romantic and glamorous, right?
Wrong.

You couldn’t find people with fewer survival skills if you tried. Seriously. Cisco may have centerfold abs, but he can’t even spell SOS. At least super-sexy Jonah seems to have a clue (too bad about the purity ring). If I’m stuck here much longer, these self-involved head cases might drive me crazy-assuming they don’t insult each other to death first. It’s like a group therapy edition of Survivor.
At this point, I’m pretty convinced that all celebrities should be caged in Hollywood and confined to the pages of US magazine. And, btw, if you’re there, God, it’s me, Francesca, and I really want to go home.

Review:

So, I was looking for some funky contemps that weren’t too expencive, and lo-and-behold I found this for under £2 on Amazon! Bargain if I do say so myself.

The story starts off fair cute, Francesca’s humour is just so…fresh. Though she does act older in some aspects than 16. At first I thought she was 18 or so. But, no. She’s very into celebrities, she reads gossip mags like they’re literally growing on trees, and constantly worries about what others think of her. She has a good relationship with her dad who lives with a new girl (younger than her mum) and everything’s great, until he announces he’s having another child. Well, Fran is angry, and in a rush, enters a competition from a Seventeen magazine where she’s to write a non fiction story about loss. Except she doesn’t, she says her dad is dead. Which…isn’t true.

So she wins the competition and is jetted off to a secluded island off the coast of Madagascar. Except… the pilot is hollywood legend Joe (surname has been forgotten, but it’s made up so no worries) and he’s not exactly famous for flying, if you catch my drift. They crash somewhere NOT where they’re supposed to be, and it reminded me of Lost but without all the supernatural stuff and a lot more complaining.

I can’t say I disliked this book, but I did find it wasn’t as funny after a while and it just got a bit irritating. There seemed to be a lot of oneupmanship with each of the characters, but given that there were like…6 celebrities (more like B list celebs) and one normal and one Perez Hilton like guy, that was to be expected. The amount of swearing, however, was a little unneeded. I don’t mind it but when it’s just thrown out there for no reason other than, clearly, to shock, it’s just a bit weird.

This was a quick read and I didn’t struggle to get in to it, which was a relief. If you like the sound of it, I’d definitely recommend a read.

I rate this 3 and a half stars.


‘Just listen,’ Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.’ I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.

‘Stay,’ he says.

Everybody has to make choices.
Some might break you.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope.
But life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one.
As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.
Haunting, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve lost – and all that might be.

 

Review:

I saw the movie of If I Stay first. I’ll admit that, and so we can get that out of the way. *sighs*

I loved the film and cried, and just…it was so beautiful. So when I came across the book in the library, I had to read it. Granted, I was months/years overdue, but who cares?

And basically, I fell for this book just as I did for the movie, and then some. Because obviously there were bits that weren’t put in the film, but were just as lovely to read.

Mia is a strong willed character who is then thrown in the deep end with a challenge that I don’t think I could complete. A car crash is one thing, but then to lose everyone in your family? That is just crippling. So I didn’t blame her if she didn’t want to wake up from her coma. As I’d seen the movie first ,I knew what the characters were like and I knew roughly what to expect, but the words on page still struck me hard. I need to read the sequel.

I thought the romance was sweet and gentle, but still held meaning, and Adam was everything you’d want in a guy.

I’m a little stuck for words, to be honest. I loved the book so much, I don’t know how to do it justice. So I’ll leave you with my rating, which should explain everything.

5 stars!

 

-Kat

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#BlogTour & #Giveaway: The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman @jodygehrman @entangledteen

Posted 24 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Contemporary, Fun, Giveaways, Mature, Romance, YA / 1 Comment

the truth about jackThe Truth About Jack

by Jody Gehrman

Release Date: 04/14/15

Entangled Crush

Summary from Goodreads:

Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she’ll leave behind the artists’ colony where she grew up―hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt―and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back.

Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn’t quite go where she expects…

Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota’s letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life…without revealing his deception.

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Dear Alejandro,
You have no idea how happy your letter made me. I got it at a time when all the magic in the universe seemed to have drained away, leaving only darkness in its wake. For starters, it’s just the most dazzling coincidence, you being from Barcelona! I’m obsessed with that city! I swear I have an image file on my laptop with like four million

Barcelona photos in it! Not to sound all Northern Californian or anything, but seriously, what a twist of fate! I’m using too many exclamation points. Sorry about that.

I’m embarrassed to admit I had to look up more than one of the words on your list. Sprezzatura for one. Thanks for teaching me such a great new concept. Leave it to the Italians to come up with a word for “making difficult things look easy.” Its closest match in English is probably “insouciance,” which would be on my top seven list for sure.

Speaking of sprezzatura, I’m impressed with how fluent you are in English! Not just your overall ease with the language, but your apparently effortless comfort with American pop culture. Debby Boone and Justin Bieber? Not bad. Did you grow up in Spain, or have you been here a long time? You said you’re traveling. I’m thinking of traveling myself, so I’d love to know more details about your trip. What are your impressions of this country? Where have you been, and where are you going?

A little about me: I live in a place called Luna Cove. It’s an artist colony. My dad’s a musician. We also have a writer named Fran who lives in a tree house, a Japanese guy named Tomo who’s a tattoo artist, and a couple named Neville and Jane who are potters. Neville and Jane have a bunch of kids who are just…kids. We all live in our own little spaces. I live in a yurt, which is a round house created by Mongolians and revised by white people who like camping. If a circus tent and a Native American round house had a fling, the yurt would be their love child. Here, it’s probably easier to draw a picture.

Anyway, I think I’m starting to ramble, so I guess I’ll sign off. Please write me back! Tell me the three things you love best about Barcelona, what sort of weather you’d like to be if you could be any weather, and the most memorable thing that’s happened to you on this trip.

Oh! And I almost forgot to answer your question. If I could be anything in nature for ten minutes I’d want to try life as a passionflower. They’re so whimsical and outlandish, I just know they have a lot going on inside.

Also, here’s my email in case you ever need to tell me something in a hurry. I don’t know if you have internet access, but I figured I’d include it just in case. Please don’t stop writing letters, though. Who even does this anymore? It’s a lost art, so retro, like wearing pillbox hats or winding a Victrola.

Yours, Dakota

I hold the letter closer to my face to study the adorable picture of what must be a yurt. It’s no bigger than a postage stamp, but impossibly detailed. There’s a tiny skylight at the center of the sloping roof. She’s right; it does look a little like a circus tent.
“Well?” Attila’s impatient voice startles me.
“Well, what?” I can’t hide my smile.
“What does she say?”
I fold the letter carefully and put it back into the envelope. “Oh, you know, this and that.” He is so not going to read my precious letter! I hope he knows that.

“‘This and that’?” His face twists into a look of such scorn I can’t help but laugh. My chuckle cuts off abruptly when I hear a chair scrape against the floor in the next room.

“Jack?” Mom calls.

Attila silently rushes to the stereo. Showing an agility I never knew he possessed, he stops the recording and cues me all at the same time, then he conceals himself behind the sofa with lightning speed. I manage to continue “Nocturne in D Flat Major” seamlessly. When Mom opens the conservatory door, nothing is amiss.

I glance over my shoulder at her, still playing. “What is it, Mom?”

“Oh, I’m sorry. It sounded like there was someone in here with you.”

“Nope. Just me.” I dive into the second strophe, furrowing my brow with concentration.

“My mistake,” she murmurs before closing the door.

After a moment, Attila pops up from behind the couch and scurries over to the table. He finds a notepad and scribbles something in big, sloppy letters, then holds it up to me. I have to suppress another laugh when I see what he’s written.

SEBASTOPOL. TOMORROW.

 

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jody gehrmanAbout the Author

Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey’s Guide to Black Magic, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love. Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association’s Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communication Studies at Mendocino College.

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#BOOKHAUL #1 – March 2015 edition #YA #Fantasy #Contemporary #Dystopian

Posted 28 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Mature, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

BOOK HAUL #1

March 2015

I’ve not done a book haul in….oh god, years? I’m pretty sure this is either the second or third post I’ve ever done on it. I keep meaning to, but you know how it goes…

Now, I know the end of the month is a weird time to put one up, but granted, I don’t get books all the time, so it might not be every month, and when in the month I don’t know. I’m confusing myself. Right…On with it.

This month I seem to have accumulated quite a few books, from either the library or buying, or even as freebies ( Who doesn’t like a freebie, huh?)

Bought books:

Legend/Prodigy/Champion by Marie Lu – Last year sometime, I got Legend from the library. It took me ages to track it down, but once I did, I read it and loved it and I guess I got a bit sidetracked because I kept meaning to get the next two but didn’t. And the book shop would always have one without the others, so I couldn’t buy them in order. Until now, that is. FINALLY. I saw the Legend series in Waterstones and I was like “Those are MINE!” kinda like Gollum except not quite as creepy. I can’t wait to continue reading the series, but as you’ll find out, I have many more to get one with.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton – What feels like a long time ago now (but was only actually a few months) I requested and was accepted a copy of Seeker from Netgalley. Now, for those of you new to reading my blog, I’m TERRIBLE at reading ebooks.  I don’t have a kindle so I read off my laptop. I prefer print copies, therefore when I saw this in shop, I had to get it. Now I can flit through it like a…very fast reader? I dunno, I’m not fast at anything. But I’m excited to try this. It’s got a fantasy element with lots of action and adventure. 🙂

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve had this book a good month or more, which I guess doesn’t count as a march haul, but it will do for now. I had heard such big things about it, and also…some not. So I’m a bit unsure about how I’m going to get on with it. Still, it will be interesting. Sometimes I’ll hear bad things and then read it, only to find I love it. Everyone’s different.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I had pre ordered this way back in November, and finally managed to pick it up in February (the warehouse had issues, and apparently didn’t want to email me to tell me that Waterstones had the book delivered already -.-) so again, not technically a March book, but you get the picture. I’m catching up. I am currently half way through this beast of a book, and let me tell you…it’s a good one. However, I’ve hit a bit of a…rut, as it were, with reading and so have come to a halt. I want to finish it, but it might be a while. I blame Netflix. Then again, I was the one that signed up for a month…*sigh*

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – I’ve waited for EVER to get this. I’ve seen reviews and also, I loved Hex Hall (though the sequel…not as much…) so I was looking forward to this. When the paperback was finally up on Amazon, I grabbed it. Unfortunately, I have tried to read a bit of it, and I just can’t seem to get into it. Maybe once I’m fully out of my rut, I’ll have a fresher head to deal with complex descriptions, but for now it’s going on the back burner.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – Another one I’ve heard endless praise for and when I saw it, I thought oh what the hell? I haven’t started it yet, but I’ll let you all know when I do.

 

Library Books:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Not necessarily a book I’ll read twice, but people have talked about it and it’s got me intrigued. I think it’s a horror kind of story so I’m unsure. But hey…the name caught my interest.

Tape by Steven Camden – The name, the cover, the blurb on the back…It’s not my usual kind of book, but it sounds good.

Riot by Sarah Mussi – Again, the cover caught my attention. I think I’ve seen this advertised before, but wasn’t sure about it. So that’s why I get from the library the ones I’m on the edge about. 

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira – I’ve seen this around for ages, but now I finally bit the bullet and got it. 🙂

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – I was meant to get this last summer. I’d entered a contemporary kick and was all over them like a crazy person. But what bit I had read of this, I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it. So now I can read it without the added commitment…squeee! 

 

Freebies!!!

As I said before, who doesn’t like free books?! I recently got invited to a book blogger event for Maria V Snyder, promoting her new book Shadow Seeker. Though I’m shy and awkward and socially inept, I did have a good time. It was lovely to meet Maria and the many other book bloggers. I don’t usually get involved in the community like others do, so it was a bit daunting. I hadn’t known what to expect as it was my first ever blogger event, so I was surprised when they gave out goody bags at the end.

Inside these were:

Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry – I loved Pushing The Limits, but didn’t necessarily like the others in that series, so I’m so happy to finally have more of Echo and Noah. 

Monster by C. J. Skuse – I’ve not heard of this before, but I guess that makes sense as it’s an advanced copy. Anyway, it looks great and I can’t wait to dig in.

I also got given a copy of Shadow Seeker by Maria V Snyder. It was funny because I’d only rushed out that day to get it to get signed…only to be handed one at the event. Sods law, really. I’m a few chapters in to it now and loving it! FYI the UK cover is so much better. 😛

 

I would mention what I got from Netgalley as well but I’m afraid that might make me sound worse than I feel. HaHa.

What are you reading? Any books you’re looking forward to that are out in April? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

xxKatxx

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