Category: Contemporary


November Book Haul | Books, books, all the books.

Posted 29 November, 2015 by katheryn13 in Audiobooks, Book Promo, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Steampunk, YA / 0 Comments

 

Usually I’d do a video for this, but iMovie has been acting up and I don’t have the patience to keep trying. Sigh. So here we go, a list of the books I got throughout November. 

 

13 DAYS OF MIDNIGHT by Leo Hunt

I liked the look of this, mostly because, yes, it was in the buy one get one half price offer at Waterstones. I have tried it already, but it reads a bit…basic? I don’t know. That’s not always a bad thing,  but I guess I need to be in the right mood for it. The cover is interesting, though. 

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FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

I don’t know what pulled me to this. Was it the cover? Probably. The premise? Yeah, of course. I mean, both things are attractive. Mostly the cover, though. Sigh. David Iserson is one of the writers for New Girl. You’d think this would mean it’d be hilarious. I really hope so. I have read mixed reviews, but who knows. 

 

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A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray

I’ve been following Libba on twitter for a while and I’ve heard such good things about her work, I felt I needed to try and read some. The cover drew me in, and then the premise sounds like…The Infernal Devices in terms of setting. I like the sound of it. 🙂

 

 

 

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ALL WRAPPED UP (Geek Girl 1.5) by Holly Smale

I have loved the other Geek Girl books and so when I found out this was going to be published, I mean PRINTED published, I was all over it. It’s not often a novella gets PRINTED! And in HARDBACK! DUDE! I needed more Christmassy books and this is great! I will read this nearer Christmas time. Definitely. (Though I objected to being charged £10 when everywhere else was £5. -.- Damn you Waterstones! lol though at least I got a stamp. ^_^ )

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And last but not least, I got a couple of adult colouring books. Not that it really matters, I mean, why call them adult ones? You’re still colouring in…like a child. lol. In any case, the ones I got are BEAUTIFUL!

Don’t these look gorgeous? The pictures inside are even better. Personally my favourite is the Alice in Wonderland one, because OH MY GOD, I just can’t handle the beauty of those illustrations. Now, if I did a video, I’d be showing you the inside, but since that would involve taking pictures now, I just can’t be bothered. Sorry. I’m such a bad blogger. lol. 

So that’s it for the BOUGHT section, I’ll now tell you about what I got from the library.

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

Unforgiven by Lauren Kate

Soundless by Richelle Mead

and two that I’ve had out multiple times and still haven’t been able to get into them but am reluctant to give up:

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare/Sarah Rees Brennan/Maureen Johnson -It’s the cover of this that always puts me off. WHY PUT THE ACTOR WHO PLAYED MAGNUS IN THE MOVIE ON THE COVER WHEN UGHHHHHHHH NO HE WASN’T ONE I LIKED AND IT’S SO OFF PUTTING! But I’ll keep trying.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. – This one has been driving me CRAZY! I have tried this like…5 times. I just can’t get into it, and the idea of androids, not to mention she’s in some part of Asia…I know that sounds weird, but we all have our preferences. And this isn’t one of mine. BUT, because so MANY of you keep going on about how good Winter (the final in the series) and how big it is and (i have a fondness for big books) it’s just making me want to read it, but I can’t read Winter (apparently) unless I’ve read the others. Sigh. So here I go again. I gave away the free copy I got at SDCC this year. Typical. Maybe I’ll skip chapter one this time. Some books start off in the middle of a scene and that’s something that often hinders me. 

So there ya have it. My very bulky collection of books that I don’t know WHERE I’m going to find the time to read them. 

Oh, currently reading:

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

and trying for the second (maybe third?) time, Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch, this time by audiobook. Which is actually a lot  better than I expected. I dug around for a good narrator, which helps. 

I hope you’ve liked my vast array of choices and let me know if there’s anything on this list that you’ve read (and if you did or didn’t like it) or that you’d like to read. 

As for my NaNo progress: I’m 27k in and 2 days left. I’m just hoping I’ll reach 30k by end of Monday (tomorrow!) and call it quits (hahah no!) mostly I’ll keep going until December 24th and HOPEFULLY I’ll have found an ending. 🙂

Edit: I also got on audible: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion, and The Diviners by Libba Bray,

-Kat

 

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#Review: 4 stars to The Heir (The Selection series #4) by Kiera Cass #YA #Dystopian @HarperChildrens @kieracass

Posted 2 September, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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Eighteen years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought. A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

 

 

 

 

Might be some spoilers if you haven’t read the Selection series/or don’t want total fangirlisms 😛

Review:

Having loved the Selection series (1-3) I was sad it ended….

Until it didn’t.

What’s that, you say? A 4th book?

 

Yeah, so that was my reaction. But it took me some time to come to terms that it wasn’t from America’s pov. Damn! I left it some time after getting the book before delving in.

I’ll admit, it didn’t hook me right away. I had to put it down and take a break. Read something else. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to read contemporary dystopian, you know? Anyway, then I got the audio book from Scribd just to see if that would help me get through it. I managed a chapter. Oh boy, was the narrator annoying! What is it with female narrators for YA books sounding like they should be reading erotica instead?

In the end, I picked up the book once more and stuck to it. And I was not disappointed. Though there were times Eadlyn pissed me off. I mean, when it first said she was 18. I was like “What? You’re 18?!” Because, you have to admit (if you’ve read it) that she behaved more like a 14/15 year old spoilt brat! And  okay, she’s a princess, about to be Queen, but fml.

I got over that.

When her parents (squeeee! MAXON AND AMERICA FOREVAAAA) decide Eadlyn should have a Selection to help settle down disturbance among the force. HAHA. I mean, land. Eady baby is not pleased. She doesn’t want to get married (reminds me of Katsa in Graceling, which I’d just read) and is determined to be in control (again…familiar) but is quickly shaken when the boys in question begin to get close to her. 

It’s a fascinating concept, and fun, seeing the whole process from the other side of the situation. I mean, we all know what it’s like for the Selected, but never from the Selectee, so to speak. Eadlyn’s behaviour changed somewhat, from wanting to sabotage to actually considering her choices. Not that that particularly surprised me. It was obvious that would happen.

I love Kile. Can I say that? He was not so much the dark horse but also a complete non-cliche. He wasn’t fawning over her, he wasn’t obsessive (Uh…hello Aspen!) and was cool. But then you have others, like Hale and Ean. But call me crazy, but they didn’t have much of an effect on me. I just like Kile. 

I do hope she chooses him. 

The ending had be hyperventilating and crying. Seriously. I mean, it was completely thrown out of nowhere and I was like “where the hell did that come from?!”. I’m glad it shook Eadlyn as well, because she needed a wake up call. 

Over all, definitely can’t wait for the next book. Though it is sad Maxon’s all aged now, and a father, and damn my dream bubble has been burst! lol

-Kat

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly #YA #Mystery @authortarakelly @entangledteen

Posted 1 September, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Mystery, Release Day Blitz, YA / 0 Comments

 

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The Foxglove Killings
Release Date: 09/01/15
Entangled Teen
Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.
I work at Gramps’s diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He’s almost like a stranger now. I can’t figure it out…or why I’m having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn’t be having.
Then one of the cakes disappears.
When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it’s up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I’ve ever known about myself—and Alex.
 To most people around here, even before the rumors started, I was what Amber called me—Diner Skank. The cheap kind of pretty. Boobs too big for my frame, skinny legs, and what Josh Byers called blow me lips. He’d sit behind me in Trig every day, whispering it over and over. I could still feel his hot breath on the back of my neck, his chewed-up pencil eraser poking at my spine. I was that cliché girl destined to grow old waiting tables, hoping to catch some Sugar Daddy’s eye. Fuck that and fuck them. I was the girl destined to prove them all wrong.

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About the Author
Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She’s an author, one-girl-band, graphic designer, editor, and photographer. She lives in Sin City with her beloved guitars, sound design master husband, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.
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#Review: 4.5 Stars to P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han #YA #Contemporary @jennyhan @scholasticuk

Posted 18 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing

 

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 337

Review:

Since ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Lara Jean has fallen for Peter Kavinsky and is happy. Though she doesn’t really understand how Peter feels.

I loved how simple this story was, even when there was things going on, it didn’t feel too complicated or hard to understand. Some stories can make me feel dizzy with concentration.

Lara and Peter’s relationships is so sweet, but with Gen (Peter’s ex) always on the scene, I couldn’t blame Lara for being paranoid/upset/worried about whether Peter was still into Gen. What with him always seeming to talk to Gen and Lara would see them hugging, you wonder what is going on!

There’s nothing like a good old contemporary teen romance to make you glad you’re not having to deal with that yourself. Ha Ha. But all in all, I really enjoyed this story. It seemed quite bittersweet, especially when one of Lara’s old crushes comes back to town after replying to her letter. Remember the letters’ her sister sent out without Lara’s permission? Yeah. Kitty annoyed me more than the first book, mostly because she kept on being judging and trying to keep Lara with Peter together even when things were his fault, but she did come around for me in the end. For a ten year old, she’s really quite wise.

One thing that disappointed me was the lack of Josh. I mean, for a next door neighbour, he was awfully non existent. I know that was because he and Margot had split, but you know…I like Josh.

But John Ambrose McClaren.

What a hottie. *swoon* And that’s where the drama really gets started.

I wish there was a third book because I’d love to know more, what happens next in Lara Jean’s world. I just…it’s so easy to get lost in it, and imagine being there. I found myself not wanting the book to end, and I love (and hate) when that happens.

This summer seems to me to be another contemporary filled season. Bring it on!

-Kat

 

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My USA trip + San Diego Comic Con #BookHaul

Posted 21 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Mystery, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

 

Welcome, welcome. So it’s been a few weeks. Can’t believe it’s gone so quickly. Bah! Feels like just last week I was posting about going away. Anyway, here I am. I have LOTS of new books I can’t wait to show you. For this, I decided to do a video as writing it all would kill my hands. 

Enjoy 😀

p.s. Still getting the hang of editing so please excuse any hiccups along the way. 

 

 

Funnily enough, as soon as I’d finished all the recording, my mum came home with more packages and two books I’d forgotten I’d ordered. Those were:

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by  Laini Taylor.

So there you have it, I am officially bogged down with books. HA. As if that’s even a bad thing. As I said in the video, I’d love to know what books you’re looking forward to reading or have read, whether I mentioned it or not. 

The giveaway will be announced officially on Thursday so keep an eye out because there are more than just 2 books going.  Why yes, I am feeling generous.

And have a good Tuesday, wherever you are. 🙂

Kat

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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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#Review: 5 stars to Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella #Contemporary #YA

Posted 5 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, YA / 1 Comment

*Received a copy in exchange for a review via Netgalley,Thank you Doubleday Childrens. :)*

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Review:

Oh how I’ve missed Sophie’s words. I haven’t read her work for years, and those were the Shopaholic series when I was MUCH younger. Probably the years when I should have been reading YA, I was reading Adult Contemporary. So…yes.

Finding Audrey was one I’d been looking forward to for a while. I hadn’t always been into contemporary. After my adult contemp streak, I read ONLY YA for decades. Now I’m all for everything.

I can’t say I related much to the characters or the story in itself, but I guess there was a part of me that did? I don’t know. Maybe to Audrey in the sense that I have anxiety in certain areas of my life, but definitely not to the extreme that Audrey does. I genuinely felt so sad for her, but also proud that she was strong enough and determined enough to pull through. I don’t think I’d ever had the courage. I can already tell that I’m becoming more insular and while, a few years ago, I’d love shopping, I can’t stand it now. I don’t like going in busy shops because it all gets too much. I prefer a quiet book shop over anything. I’m definitely not trying to compare my life to Audrey’s, but in retrospect, I can see a similarity in her.

I was surprised at first that she was only 14. I guess because most of the YA I read is based around 16/17 year olds. It was nice to have a different age’s opinion on life, though.

Linus…oh…Linus. For ages I was saying his name in my head like Lyn-us. Haha. No. Line-us. I guess. I don’t know how old he was? 16? I think same age as Frank. But oh how I loved how carefree he was and so fun. He didn’t try too hard with Audrey, though he pushed her to the limits she could no doubt manage.

I really liked her family, though her mum got on my nerves a bit. Then again, I’m sure she irritated her family, too. Ha ha. Some times in books I don’t feel much attachment to any of the family, but I appreciated every member this time around. Even Felix. That adorable boy. My favourite was Frank, though. No matter what he did, his mum was never happy with him, and in a way that made me laugh. Chris, Audrey’s dad, was always so oblivious to what was going on, and that was so adorable because that’s what most dad’s are like. Let the mother deal with trouble.

One thing that did bother me though was that we never really found out what had happened to Audrey, to make her the way she was. I mean, sure, we know it was bad, but it would have been nice to know what. Though it didn’t take away the message in the story.

I hope Sophie Kinsella writes more YA books because she’s so good. Write more of any kind of book, actually. I’d read her shopping list.

-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

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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 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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Mini Reviews: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson // The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead #contemporary #romance #supernatural #YA

Posted 20 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

5 stars!

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’d tried reading it last year, but something about my mood wasn’t letting me like it. I know. Weird, right? In any case, I finally decided to get this from the library instead, y’know, just in case it didn’t work out. I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve read books involving road trips before, and have always liked them, but that doesn’t always mean I like everything about them. But this…Amy’s journey, mentally (and physically) is both heartwarming and fascinating. Maybe a part of me could relate in terms of what she’s had to go through (though I didn’t have to move across the country because of it), in that she lost her father. Something about it stuck with me, about how you need to move on, etc etc. I liked that this wasn’t instant love at first sight, and it built over time, which I prefer. Always. Roger was sweet, and completely hooked on her ex-girlfriend and he only has one goal, initially, and that’s to find her and figure out why she dumped him.

What he doesn’t plan on is how the road trip (that was meant to be simple, a to b, instead turned out to be a wild discovery of awesomeness) would cause him to realise that plans change. Him and Amy’s situation, going from barely knowing each other, to a full out…well, love story, is so utterly romantic I wanna cry. And boy, do I want to go on a road trip now. SO BADLY. Anyway, if you couldn’t tell, I loved this! I wish I’d bought the book now. I might do that, so I can reread it. Also, the doodles and pictures in this were adorable, and it actually informed me on stuff I hadn’t a clue about. Okay, enough rambles. A solid 5 stars from me!

 

4 stars!

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

It took me quite some times to really get into this, I think because the pacing felt a bit off. There were slow moments, and then BAM things were off like a race. It definitely took longer to read compared to Silver Shadows; that kept me on my toes and I wanted to know what happened next. Where as with this…I still enjoyed it, but I kept on putting the book down. And I don’t do that with books I love.

There were real moments of potential, where it could have been…tighter, I guess. I liked the magical aspect, as usual, and also how they were trying to find out where Jill was* but a lot of the clues were pretty basic. They could have been so much better, more complicated maybe. There’s not much else I can say without spoiling too much. But I did like Ruby Circle, I just wish I could say I loved it. Maybe 4 stars is high, but I can’t rate it lower, given that this is one of my favourite series. ♥

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#CoverReveal: The Best Kept Secret by Wendi Nunnery #YA

Posted 5 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Cover Reveals, YA / 1 Comment

 

There’s a cover reveal you don’t want to miss! Check it ouuuuuut…

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In high school, everyone has secrets. Even well-brought-up Emma Fraser.

Emma’s sophomore year started out all wrong. First, her best friend Andy confessed to losing his virginity leaving Emma all alone in the V-Club. Then the rest of her friends got weird and suddenly Emma finds herself feeling like the people she knows best have become total strangers. And total strangers are becoming friends.

When Deegan Burke, a rich, gorgeous senior, asks Emma to be his date for the prom, Emma thinks her luck has begun to change. But rather than being able to bask in this newfound glory, her whole world starts to unravel. And when secrets that once seemed so innocent start to take a very dangerous turn, Emma discovers that true friends are friends no matter what…and some secrets aren’t worth keeping.

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Released: June 2015

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Wendi Nunnery is the author of The Mayfield Family Story. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and The Simply Beloved, a lifestyle website for women of faith. She is a proud alumna of Georgia Southern University and, at any given time, you can find her with a cup of coffee and a book. She lives, loves, and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia. The Best Kept Secret is her first novel.

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