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Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

Posted by Caitie F on September 16, 2014

Thanks to the wonderful readers over at The Broke and the Bookish for hosting! Today’s topic is pretty self-explanatory, so let’s just start!

1. Susanna Kearsley

I read and LOVED The Winter Sea, so now I want more!

2. Jandy Nelson

I just reviewed I’ll Give You the Sun yesterday, and it is one of my favorite books of the year. I need to read her debut!

3. Sarah J Mass

I just finished the first book in her series and need to read the rest because she is fantastic!

4. Catherynne Valente

I read one of her books and it was magical, Must read more!

5. Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind was an incredible book and I need to read more – he has a way of writing that takes the reader completely out of their own world and into his.

6. Margaret Atwood

I have only read Surfacing, and while it was just okay, I thought the writing was very good and I will read at least three or four more of her books

7. Jennifer E Smith

I have only read one of her books (no ida how that happened), but plan on reading more.

8. Karen Finneyfrock

Starbird Murphy and the World Outside was a book that was SO written for me to love, so I need to see what else she has done

9. Huntley Fitzpatrick

I absolutely adored What I Thought was True, and have heard others liked her first book even more, so I need to read it.

10. Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals is exactly what I have been looking for in YA, so obviously I need to read more!

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Posted by Caitie F on September 15, 2014

Title: I’ll Give You the Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Hardcover:  384 pages
Pub Date: Sept 16. 2014
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

Review:

I have not read Jandy Nelson’s first book and went in knowing nothing about her. Now i need to read everything she ever writes because this book was so fantastic.

I love that the reader sees two perspectives, but not two perspectives of the same story. You get to see Noah’s side of what happened years ago, and Jude’s side of what is happening now. It is a really creative way to split perspectives and it just worked, especially since the two of them are SO different three years later. The voices and times are so distinct that it was never jarring or confusing.

The details are slowly revealed, not it a way that anything is dragged out, but in a way that felt really natural, especially when the details and drama have to do with family. Some families are confrontational and loud, but many are like Noah and Jude, they keep things quiet and just let life go by so they don’t bring out the pain again.

Jude and Noah are both artists, which is something I am so jealous of. I am not an artsy person, but I love art.I especially loved the adult artist in the book. I felt like his wisdom on art applies to so much more than just art.  Readers will want to see the drawings and the sculptures. I hope talented fans do some fan art because it would be amazing. Nelson does an incredible job of making the reader feel like they can see the art through her descriptions, without the descriptions being too long or feel like they are taking over the entire book.

There are also a couple of great relationships in this book. They aren’t idealized and perfect, they are sometimes messy and a little raw, just like real relationships.

I absolutely adored this book and the only reason it didn’t get a perfect 5/5 is that the end wrapped up a little too nicely, but other than that, it is a really incredible book.

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Top Ten Book Characters That Would Sit at My Lunch Table

Posted by Caitie F on September 2, 2014

Sorry this post isn’t pretty – I am writing it on my phone in the car on the way home from visiting my parents in Ohio.

Thanks to the wonderful people over at The Broke and Bookish for hosting!

This week’s top ten list is back-to-school themed! I am making one rule- only one character per book series, or it would be ten Harry Potter characters. And I can pick adults too So if I could have ten character at my lunch table, they would be…

1. Hermione Granger

Do I even need to say why?

2. Lizzie Bennett from LBD

She would be so fun to hang out with and we could do reenactments of things.

3. Macallan from Better off Friends

She would bring the best lunches to share.

4. Atticus Finch

I know, weird match with everyone else, but he would give great life advice.

5. Arya Stark

I would NEVER get on her bad side, but she would make out table a little dangerous and would teach us all to use needle.

6. Thursday Next from The Eyre Affair

She can jump into the stories of books. That is just awesome.

7. Georgie from Landline

She is incredibly smart and clever. I think we would get along really well and I want to know more about her job.

8. Beth from Attachments

While I was reading this book, I wanted to spend time with her and I think the lunch table would be more interesting with her there!

9. Isaac from TFIOS

We would really get along and he would be a good friend to have around. He would also compliment the others well.

10. Mia from the Princess Diaries

She is sweet, smart, and really funny I bet she would be a great lunchtime companion!!

Who would be at your lunch table?

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The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer

Posted by Caitie F on August 28, 2014

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Author: Marissa Meyer
Hardcover: 390 pages
Pub Date: Jan 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future

Review:

I read all three of the books that are out in the series within about three weeks of each other, so I thought i would do small reviews of all three. Also, i don’t want to spoil things for people who haven’t read, so each review will get shorter than the last.

The first book has such great characterization. It is a retelling, but it is a very loose retelling. Cinder is a mechanic, which is so cool, is brave, and is the most loving friend anyone can find. The prince was such a better character than the usual boring prince charming. There is political tension and he has to make real decisions that affect his entire kingdom.

That political tension makes this entire series more complex and interesting than many other series or retellings. There is depth and layers at every turn. The book is also so exciting and fun to read as well. I knew I had to read more

 

Title: ScarletScarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Hardcover: 452 pages
Pub Date: Feb 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: +++

Summary from pub:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her.

As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner

Review:

Scarlet is my least favorite book in the series, but it was still good. I really liked Scarlet, – is smart, strong, and pretty fearless…but I wasn’t crazy about Wolf. I don’t really see the appeal of his character. He is interesting, especially when you learn more about his origin, but I didn’t see the spark.

Cinder’s story is really fascinating in this. She has to come to terms with what she learned in the first book and find out more about herself. There is also another really great character who is introduced early in the book.

 

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Author: Marissa Meyer
Hardcover: 550 pages
Pub Date: Feb 14, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Review:

This was by far my favorite in the series.

Cress is absolutely brilliant and I loved every moment i was reading about her. Cinder is increibly complex and interesting. She is being pushed so many different directions and situations and has to learn to navigate tricky moral questions. Thorne is incredible

Queen Levena is the perfect villain and the prince is the perfect hero to his kingdom. He is always torn on what to do and he doesn’t always do what everyone else might. But that is what makes him interesting and that is what makes him a great leader.

Read all three books in this series soon. You won’t be sorry!

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The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Posted by Caitie F on August 27, 2014

Title: The Winter Sea8495173
Author: Susanna Kearsley
Paperback: 527 pages
Pub Date: Jan 1, 2008
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her

Review:

A couple years ago, I was told that this is a time travel historical romance and was immediately interested. It just took me far too long to get it.

And now I have to read every other book this author has written because it is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. I loved the history. It is a time period I knew nothing about, but I was so interested with it the moment it was introduced. The time travel aspect was not what I expected, it was better. It was like it was two books – the present day and historical story overlap, but both have their own characters, storylines, and brilliance

Carrie was a fantastic main character. I loved reading about what it was like to write a book for this character and how strange she sometimes seemed to those around her. I also loved her agent and family, even if they were just side characters. All of the secondary characters added so much to the story and the setting. I felt like I was in that small Scottish town in both time periods as i was reading because it the scene and characters were so rich.

There is also romance in the story and it is realistic and swoon-worthy. The characters are well-matched together and it develops naturally – in the historical time period and the present dayy. I was rooting for the romance and it made me want more!

This is just a fantastic book and you should all read it!

 

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TSS: Big Update

Posted by Caitie F on August 24, 2014

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Happy Sunday evening everyone! I have had a very busy weekend, so I haven’t been abel to get this up until now.

You may have noticed I am posting even less than usual, and there is a reason for that. Almost two months ago, I started a new job. I am now the assistant at Liza Dawson Associates literary agency and I LOVE it. Everyone I work with is amazing. I have learned so much already and I know I will continue learning more and more each day. It is literally a dream job and I am just so happy.

I will never review any of our authors’ books on this blog, which is too bad because our authors are so incredible and you would love so many of their books. But I shouldn’t so I won’t.

This new job means a lot of reading for work and less reading for fun. It means a lot of reading our client’s backlist which I will not be reviewing. I am still reading for fun and have several book reviews scheduled, but I will be posting less. There are only so many hours in a day.

BUT I have rejoined goodreads, so I now have a libraything, which can be found at https://www.librarything.com/profile/caitief and a goodreads account which you can find at https://www.goodreads.com/caitief, so please add me on whichever you use! I am always looking for more books to add to my to-read list!

Other than that I have had a great summer of spending time with my amazing husband and our awesome friends. Next weekend we are heading for a quick weekend in Ohio where we get to see the whole family and I cannot wait!

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Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Posted by Caitie F on August 21, 2014

Title: Goldfinch17333223
Author: Donna Tartt
Hardcover: 771 pages
Pub Date: Oct 22, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle

Review:

I finally finished this monster of a book a month ago, and it has taken me that long to figure out how I feel enough to write a review.

I liked that book, and I liked it a lot. The writing had me reading sentences several times because they were just that good. The language was beautiful, while still moving the story and being clear.

Theo was a strong character, often really unlikable, but still interesting. Unlikable characters can be some of the most fascinating characters and I would put Theo in that group. There were plenty of times it became too much and I was just super frustrated with him and wanted him to just get his shit together, but it always made sense in the bigger picture.

It wasn’t a perfect book though. There were sections where it really dragged, especially in Vegas. Yes, he needed to befriend Boris for things to move forward, but I really hated Boris. He was not unlikable but interesting, he was just so unlikable. It took me over three weeks to get through the middle section that featured Boris.

This book is not one of my favorites of all time, but I did like it and think it is worth a read. You may often be frustrated. You may want to give up. The writing made it worth it, which is not something I often say.

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Posted by Caitie F on August 20, 2014

Title: Ruin and Rising14061957
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Hardcover: 417 pages
Pub Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for

Review:

Okay, to make this a spoiler free review is going to take some work because I have thoughts and they are very full of spoilers. So I will not share those thoughts.

Instead, I will say if you think Alina is complex, powerful, and a fantastic character, you are going to want to read this book. She grows even more. She is smart and strong, but vulnerable and at time too forgiving. You will find yourself thinking “Why did you DO that? Don’t you know it will have consequences?”. To me, that is a sign of a character that is not too perfect. Because humans do things against their own self interest a lot. And leaders make mistakes that have awful consequences, yet it doesn’t make them bad people.

Leigh Bardugo knows how to make readers keep going. I can sometimes read on the bus, but most of the time I start to feel a little queasy. I pushed through on this book because I needed to know what happened. Luckily, it was on a day where i had a fantastic driver on my commute who knew all the potholes to avoid, so I was okay. I just had to finish the book that much. It is exciting and nerve-wracking. I gasped a few times. I may have shed a tear or two.

Okay, this paragraph is about the end but I won’t say any direct spoilers. But if you don’t want to have any clue about how one may feel at the ending, please stop reading and let me know in the comments if you are going to read the series.

 

 

I feel like the end was a cop-out. I know readers don’t like bad things happening to characters they love, just look at the reactions to a certain series that ended last year that some people still are angry about, but sometimes, it just fits the story better.

So have you read this series? You really should, it is pretty fantastic and I am excited to read whatever Leigh Bardugo does next.

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Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me I Need to Read

Posted by Caitie F on August 19, 2014

Thanks as always to the lovelies over at The Broke and Bookish for hosting!

This week’s topic is books people have been telling me to read. This is going to be a MUCH different list than it would have been two months ago, because I have recently read five or six books that people have been telling me to read for a long time! So I have to dig a little deeper for this one and there is not much YA on here.

1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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It is my husband’s favorite book. It is one of my favorite musicals. But…it has, no joke, over forty pages on the Paris sewer systems. I want to read it…but how be it be a great book if you can skim hundreds of pages!

2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

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We bought this book the day it came out and I really love Stephen King. I just need to finish my library books! And not request anymore…

3. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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This is a newer book, but everyone I know who has read it has loved it.

4. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

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One of my best friends read this book a couple months ago and mentions it every time I see her! I have a feeling once I read it I will want to read ALL the books Mary Roach has written.Though I hate the cover.

5. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

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Another friend of mine LOVES Catherynna Valente. I have read some of her adult work and she is incredibly talented. I think I will love this series even more.

6. Night Owls by Lauren Roy

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A friend of mine is the editor of this book, so obviously I want to read it. But I also want to get into urban fantasy and several people said this is a great starting point!

7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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I know the retellings. I fangirled over Lizzie Bennet Diaries. But I still haven’t read the source and everyone says I must!

8. The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma

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All of my friends that like science fiction and fantasy have told me to read this book. It sounds right up my alley too!

9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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SO many friends have told me to read this. I know I will love it, so I should just get on it already!

10. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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Another book that has been recommended by a ton of IRL friends.

 

Do people constantly recommend any of these books to you? Do you recommend any of these books to me as well? Let me know in the comments!

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Posted by Caitie F on August 14, 2014

Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After9627755
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Hardcover: 352 pages
Pub Date: Aug 14, 2014
Publisher: Dutton
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new

Review:

I loved Anna. I adored Lola. I think Isla is just incredible. And, like the others she is sometimes frustrating and I just want her to realize how awesome she really is. But she is a teenager and I felt a lot of the things she felt as a teenager. She is so smart and caring, but insecure and imperfect just like all of us

 

Isla’s friendship with Kurt was fantastic. He has high-functioning autism. Sometimes he  doesn’t get sarcasm and he gets really excited about certain things. He is also an incredible friend and he and Isla watch out for each other.

I adored the characterization of Josh. I really like how readers gradually get to know him. At first, the reader just sees him as Isla does, good looking, talented, and mysterious, but not a full person. Reading her thoughts about Josh reminded me of how it felt to have a high school crush. Perkins really got that right. As readers get to know Josh, they will see he is a full and completed character and Isla needed to see him a little more complexly to really get who he was.

The relationship felt really realistic. We mainly got to see the infatuation stage, then things happened and everything started falling apart due to so many insecurities. Everyone feels insecure, but at that age, it is even more. The whole course of their relationship was realistic, but a little more romantic than what most of us have. But we don’t get to live at a Parisian boarding school.

This is a really good book and the end made me so freaking happy. Stephanie Perkins knows how to write fantastic characters and wonderful romances.

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