Review: In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane

31st Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan DaneIn the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: March 22nd 2011
Pages: 320
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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3.5 Stars

Two years ago, Brenna did the unthinkable. She witnessed the aftermath of a murder and accused her only true friend--the first boy she ever loved--of being a killer.

Now sixteen, Brenna returns to Oklahoma only to discover that Isaac "White Bird" Henry isn't in juvie. The half-breed outcast is in a mental hospital, frozen in time, locked in his mind at the worst moment of his life. And when Brenna touches him, she's pulled into his hellish vision quest, seeing terrifying demons and illusions she doesn't understand.

Feeling isolated and alone, she's up against the whole town, targeted by bullying former classmates, a bigoted small town sheriff, and a tribe who refuses to help one of their own. But when Brenna realizes she's as trapped by the past as White Bird is, this time she won't turn her back on him. She's the only one who can free them both.

Even if she has to expose her secret--a "gift" she's kept hidden her whole life.

I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book. In the Arms of Stone Angels is a murder mystery with some paranormal/fantasy elements and Native American folklore thrown in.

When I started reading this book I was a little put off by Brenna, the main character. She was just so angry, but the more I read about her the more I understood her. Her voice rang true, though at times I felt she sounded too old for her age. Maybe part of that is due to having grown up so quickly and deal with so much in the years after turning in her friend. Ultimately, I felt Brenna was just a girl who is lost, who likes to spend her nights at the cemetery among the dead. Very much a loner. After a horrific incident involving her and the town bullies soon after arriving in Shawano, she decides to take control of her life. She realizes that she needs to finally let her mom in. Brenna sees that she’s able to find help in others so that in turn she can help her friend out of the situation she’s put him in.

That was one thing I really liked about this book. The adults have a voice and are actually open in wanting to hear what Brenna has to say and are genuinely interested in helping her and White Bird. Well, some of them anyway. And not at first either, but after realizing just how much Brenna needs help. So often we see the main characters in YA having to deal with everything on their own. Solving their own mysteries and issues but in this book they step in.

If there is one thing that gets my blood boiling is bullies. In any form. If you are picking on someone because of their race, color of their skin, religion, social class status, the way they look, dress, talk…it puts me in a rage! That happens in this book. Shawano, Oklahoma is a very small town where the town Sheriff’s word goes and no one questions it. In turn, the sheriff’s nephew, Derek, is the town’s biggest bully along with Jade, his bitchy girlfriend. Together, at a party, they incite the other townies to terrorize Brenna in such an awful way to try to scare her out of town. The things they do to her are seriously criminal. They’re worried she’s going to unravel the mystery of what really happened that night Heather died. I’m telling you, the way that sheriff treats Brenna and her mom after that incident…I was SO angry. So yes, small town closed mindedness really ticks me off.

Although this was a different book from what I’ve read recently, I truly did enjoy it. In the Arms of Stone Angels was dark but the ending is uplifting. You won’t finish it and feel depressed or moody, it will make you smile because it truly leaves off on a happy note. So if you’re looking for something good that is different, pick this up!

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide

30th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide

Waiting on Wednesday: Vampire Academy: The Ultimate GuideVampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide by Michelle Rowen, Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #0
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: December 22nd 2011
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The official guide to the #1 international bestselling Vampire Academy series

Sink your teeth into the perfect holiday gift and must-have collector's item for every fan of Richelle Mead's totally addicting Vampire Academy series.

Discover the history of St. Vladimir's Academy, explore the dark psychology behind Rose and Lissa's spirit bond, and find out even more illicit secrets about Moroi society. This ultimate guide will feature everything readers want and need to go even deeper into the world of Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice . . . every heartache, every betrayal, every sacrifice, and so much more!

What do you get an ultimate Vampire Academy fan, like myself? The Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide, of course!! :D That’s really all I need to say about this, LOL. So if you’re a fan, go out and get this! I actually like these guides. I have one for the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (that one is MASSIVE!) and for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. What are you waiting on?? Do tell! :)

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Teaser Tuesday: The Dark and Hollow Places

29th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: The Dark and Hollow Places

Teaser Tuesday: The Dark and Hollow PlacesThe Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #3
Published by Delacorte Press
Pub Date: March 22nd 2011
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
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There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.

Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.

But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?

 

 

I run to [****] and thrust my arm in front of him.
“Is there a bite?” I demand, breathless.
“Annah, what’s–“
“Is. There. A. Bite!”

 

 

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Music Monday: Beautiful Creatures/Darkness + A Mess to be Made

28th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: Beautiful Creatures/Darkness + A Mess to be Made

Music Monday: Beautiful Creatures/Darkness + A Mess to be MadeBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
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Is falling in love the beginning . . . or the end?

In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .

There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.

Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

Music Monday is a feature where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read…anything that relates to it in my mind.

What songs remind you of certain books or character?? Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments. I’d love to know!!

When I heard A Mess to be Made by The Format, not for the first time mind you, there was one couple that came to mind: Lena & Ethan of Beautiful Creatures/Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Here is why…

In the first book, Ethan dreams about Lena and as these being the first words in the song, you can see how I thought of this couple as soon as heard it:

“In a dream that I can’t seem to shake she is,
she is standing alone
by the fence I see tears in her eyes
why she cries, I just don’t know”


Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2) by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Publication Date: October 12th 2010 by Little, Brown BfYR

In the second book, Lena spends most of the book leaving or gone and poor Ethan is so confused and sad! This made me think of him:

“So you’re leaving for months at a time
I’ll help you out the door
But once you’re gone I just stare out the window
Won’t you please come back home?”

And because Lena loves Ravenwood and Ethan loves Lena:

“I’d hate this place if it weren’t for the waves
if it weren’t for the fact that you love it.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Negative Reviews | 5 Bookish Facts About Me | Bookish World I Want to Be In

25th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday, TGIF

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This week on Gone with the Words:
Music Monday: Wither + Wedding Dress *TEARS*
Tune In Tuesday: If Work Permits by The Format
Waiting on Wednesday: The Darkest Secret & Eternal Rider
Richelle Mead’s DARK SWAN Graphic Novel Series Debuts!

Reviews:
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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TGIF!

TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that re-caps the week’s posts and has different question each week.

This week’s question: Writing Negative Reviews: Are you guilty of it?

I’m a fairly new blogger/reviewer so I haven’t had to come across this situation yet. I do believe in freely expressing my feelings about whatever book I’ve read though, whether they were good or bad ones. I do however refuse to trash talk it or the author. I hate seeing that.

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Follow Friday

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read where we all get together and say HI!

This week’s question: Inspired by the inane twitter trend of #100factsaboutme, give us five BOOK RELATED silly facts about you.

1. I have to read equal parts YA and Adult books. I just gotta….it’s about balance! LOL
2. If it’s a series, there’s NO WAY I’m going to start it in the middle or end. I…just…can’t.
3. I like to reread books before the new one in the series comes out…but through audiobooks. I only do it for YA, though.
4. Speaking of audiobooks..I’m obsessed with Audible.com. I can’t stop buying them!!
5. My Goodreads “own-to-read” shelf has 168 books. These are books that are physically at my house…unread. It’s true, I’m a bookaholic. I just can’t help myself. Le sigh.

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Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy for Books.

This week’s question is from Mina at Mina Burrows: If you could physically put yourself into a book or series…which one would it be and why?

Anna and the French Kiss – If there’s any chance I might find an Etienne St. Clair for myself while living in Paris, I’ll take it!! Also..it’s PARIS! Stephanie Perkins painted an amazing setting in the City of Love, and I wistfully longed to be there while reading this book. (Disclaimer: I should mention that I have a lovely fiance who loves me and puts up with my drooling over fictional boys. So technically, I’ve already found my Etienne. *smile*)

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Darkest Secret & Eternal Rider

23rd Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Darkest Secret & Eternal RiderThe Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld #7
Published by HQN
Pub Date: March 29th 2011
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In this sexy new installment of Showalter's bestselling Lords of the Underworld series, the haunted Amun meets a woman who tempts him like no other...

Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortal warrior is chained and isolated to protect those he loves, death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty.

Haidee is a demon-assassin, raised to despise Amun's kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul...and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.

This has been a favorite series of mine for a while. This is the 7th book in the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena and I feel like I know them rather well. I love them all, and I love them getting their HEA.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Darkest Secret & Eternal RiderEternal Rider by Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Pub Date: April 1st 2011
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They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.

This is a new Lords series, Lords of Deliverance, and I’m extremely excited about it! I loooooved her Demonica series…seriously, LOVED!

 

About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.

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Richelle Mead’s DARK SWAN Graphic Novel Series Debuts!

22nd Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Press Releases

Dark Swan Storm Born Vol 1I received the most exciting announcement today! The Storm Born Graphic Novel will be released May 18th!! Below is the official press release, given by Sea Lion Books. Also, go to the Sea Lion Books Forum where they will be uploading free things for fans like mini posters and desktop wallpapers!

ATLANTA, GA – March 22, 2011– In the novel Storm Born, first in the popular Dark Swan urban fantasy series, Richelle Mead—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Vampire Academy and the Georgia Kincaid Series—introduced fans of paranormal romance to Eugenie Markham, a freelance shaman who battles the ghosts and fey that sneak into our world from the Otherworld.

Today, Sea Lion Books is proud to announce scripter Grant Alter and artist Dave Hamann as the multitalented creative team behind the graphic novel adaptation of Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born. When an alarming prophecy suddenly makes her every Otherwordly creature’s object of desire, Eugenie must dodge their advances while also fighting a dark power rising within her.

Grant Alter was the co-writer (with Derek Ruiz) on Dean Koontz’ Fear Nothing, a graphic novel adaptation by the New York Times bestselling author. His other scripting projects include an adaptation of the Jim Butcher short story “Restoration of Faith,” which appeared in the graphic novel Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front.

“Richelle has written a book with a really nice mix of action, romance, the otherworldly, and even a good amount of humor,” Alters said. “It’s just a fun book to read. The quality of her work pushes me to write what I think are some of the best scripts I have ever written.”

Graphic artist Dave Hamann’s projects include Amory Wars for Evil Ink Comics, Gauze for Arcana Comics, and Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales. As a fan of the Dark Swan series, he wants to remain faithful to Mead’s story, and to her lead character, Eugenie. “I’m hard-pressed to think of too many urban comics starring a strong, butt-kicking, female shamanic mercenary.”

“Grant and Dave have done a really amazing job in capturing Eugenie’s story. It’s been wonderful working with them, and I can’t wait to see what fans think of the final product. I hope they love it as much as I do,” said Richelle Mead.

Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 will be released May 18th in comic book stores nationwide. Comic book stores can be found by going to the Comic Book Shop Locator: http://www.comicshoplocator.com/or by calling 1-888-COMIC-BOOK.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Her adult series are published by Kensington Books. The Georgina Kincaid Series (Succubus Blues, Succubus on Top, Succubus Dreams, and Succubus Heat), Dark Swan Series (Storm Born and Thorn Queen) and YA series, Vampire Academy, (Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, and Spirit Bound). You can visit Richelle Mead on the Internet at http://www.richellemead.com/

ABOUT SEA LION BOOKS: Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Sea Lion Books LLC is a newly established publishing house which specializes in all formats—hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market and in urban fantasy and young adult genres. Sea Lion Books LLC recent roster of authors include: International Bestselling author, Paulo Coelho, New York Times Bestselling authors, Richelle Mead and Richard A. Knaak plus more to be announced in the upcoming months. Contact David Dabel at 770-696-3452 or [email protected] . You can visit Sea Lion Books on the Internet at http://www.sealionbooks.com/

Check out this DELICIOUS image of *MY* Dorian and Eugenie. I have this print, and let me tell you..it’s gorgeous on paper!

Dark Swan Eugenie and Dorian

 

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Tune In Tuesday: If Work Permits

22nd Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday: If Work Permits

A weekly feature hosted by GReads! where we showcase some good tunes! :)

If Work Permits by The Format

My relationship with The Format goes back to 2004 and they will forever be part of my history. I met my fiancé at that show. Sadly, they’re on an indefinite break. I love so much about this song…actually, I love every word in this song. I’ve always connected to these lines in particular:

Sometimes, when sailors are sailing
They think twice, about where they’re anchoring
And I think, I could make better use of my time on land.

Who hasn’t felt like they could be doing something different with their lives at some point?

THEN! This piece of the song is heartbreaking and beautiful, especially when he’s describing what love is:

It’s a shame what your father did to your brother’s head when he smashed it with a telephone
Your mother got scared and locked the door
You were only four, but lord you remember it
So now you’re scared of love
I’m here to tell you love ain’t just some blood on the receiver
Love is speaking in code
It’s an inside joke
Love is coming home

 

 

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Music Monday: Wither + Wedding Dress

21st Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: Wither + Wedding Dress

Music Monday: Wither + Wedding DressWither by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden #1
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By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

Music Monday is a feature where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read…anything that relates to it in my mind.

What songs remind you of certain books or character?? Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments. I’d love to know!!

This past week I read Wither by Lauren DeStefano…and haven’t been able to get it out of my head. This book is being released tomorrow, March 22,  and I recommend you go out and read it!

This song, Wedding Dress by Matt Nathanson, is for Rhine & Linden. Here’s an outtake from my review in which I talk about their relationship:

“Rhine and Linden’s relationship was interesting. He favors her and opens up to her and maybe that’s the reason he doesn’t push her to do anything with him that she doesn’t want to do. I do think that after almost a year of being married to her he would have tried harder to make it happen. Especially if he truly loves her as he says. I truly believe he’s really a good person. Naive maybe, but a good person none the less. Rhine stays on his good side to try and earn his trust, but I think she really cares for him, unbeknownst to herself.”

Read my full review here: Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

 

 

 

 

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Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

20th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: October 18th 2007
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

How many of you have known someone who’s committed suicide? A classmate, friend, relative? I can think of 3. Two classmates and a friend’s younger sister. I wasn’t close to any of them, I was friendly with them, said hello or goodbye when I passed them in the halls, maybe had a drink with them at a party, but I wouldn’t have called them my friends. And unlike Hannah’s situation, theirs were all made in haste with a gunshot, over break-ups. There were no signs, no hints. The fact they weren’t your friends doesn’t take away the feeling of wishing to have been able to say something…do something, anything. To tell them it’s not worth it, that although their heart is exploding with pain at this moment, it will get better.

This book brought out a lot of emotions from me. Obviously it made think of the people I just talked about, but also, while reading about Hannah’s reasons it made me remember how quickly and thoroughly rumors can change a person’s life. Reading them triggered some of my own long-buried memories from high school that I would rather not rehash. I think that’s why I connected so completely with this book. While my own experiences never escalated to Hannah’s point, I still understood her feelings a little too clearly at times.

The unique style this book is written added to how affected I was by it. It’s not Hannah’s chapter, then Clay’s chapter with his reaction. It’s Clay listening to Hannah and reacting to her words in real-time, per say. The fact that Clay is reacting as he’s listening to the tapes made me feel like I was the one with the headphones on.

Hannah’s revelations are all heart-wrenching, but it didn’t stop me from needing to know the whole story. This book is definitely a page-turner. I was up until 4AM reading and started it back up as soon as I could the next day.

What I’ll be taking away from it, as Clay does, is to not ignore any possible signs. To try harder and push past our comfort zones and reach out to those who we think may be going through difficult times. To watch my words and actions to others. You never know what that person may be going through and how you could unknowingly be adding to their distress.

I strongly recommend for everyone to read this book. To share with their students, children, nieces, nephews, friends…everyone. We can all learn something from this book.

 

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How I Came Up with Blog Name | Number of Books I Read at a Time

18th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday

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This week on Gone with the Words:
Music Monday: The Forest of Hands and Teeth + Hear You Me…A song for Travis
Teaser Tuesday: Afterlife
Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl Who Was on Fire

Reviews:
Eden Close by Anita Shreve
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Afterlife by Claudia Gray + Evernight & Stargazer Giveaway!

Follow Friday

This week’s question: How did you come up with the name of your blog?

At that time I began this blog, it was called “Read? Don’t Mind if I Do…” but I wasn’t in love with that name. So I held a poll that included names suggested by other bloggers and Twitter friends, and the winner was “Gone with the Words”! I loved that name before it even won, LOL, so I’m glad it did.

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Book Blogger Hop

This week’s question: Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?

I will usually start 2 books then go primarily with the one that grabs me, and I’m always listening to an audiobook.

 

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Review: Afterlife by Claudia Gray

17th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Giveaways, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Afterlife by Claudia GrayAfterlife by Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight #4
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: March 8th 2011
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Destiny awaits Bianca and Lucas...

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help…Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her ghostly transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They've overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?

The Evernight series by Claudia Gray has come to an end. Sad, sad day.

I remember when I first read Evernight and got thrown with that excellent twist. Gray got me gooood! I just fell for Lucas…and Balthazar!! This is one pair of guys I had a hard time choosing between. I’m really excited that Balthazar is getting his own book! Cannot wait to read it!

After that I could not get my hands on Stargazer fast enough. I was reading it on Christmas Eve because I recall not wanting to go to our family dinner, I wanted to stay home and keep reading! When Hourglass was released I couldn’t read it fast enough, wanting to know what happened next. Hourglass made me cry.

Now Afterlife. It was the most perfect ending to this series. It didn’t even really feel like it was a final book, which surprised me. It didn’t have a tone of finality throughout it like other series conclusions. It kept the romance, comedy and action that the other books have. I was really happy with all the character’s fates and outcomes.

Bianca and Lucas have one of my favorites relationships and I am glad they get their HEA, as unconventional as it is. This is one of the most satisfying finales I’ve read.

Now…GIVEAWAY!!

I have the first two books in this series, Evernight and Stargazer, to give away!
I bought them in hardback to match the rest of the series and decided to give the paperback copies away to someone who maybe’s been interested in reading this series.

Rules:

* You must be at least 13 years old to enter.
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Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl Who Was on Fire

16th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl Who Was on Fire

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl Who Was on FireThe Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy by Bree Despain, Carrie Ryan, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Sarah Darer Littman, Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by Smart Pop
Pub Date: April 5th 2011
Pages: 210
Format: eBook | Buy the book! | Goodreads

Katniss Everdeen's adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.

In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss' world really is.

• How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch's drinking, Annie's distraction, and Wiress' speech problems?
• What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
• Why isn't the answer to "Peeta or Gale?" as interesting as the question itself?
• What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history and what can we?

The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.

I’m really excited about this book! I want to see what some of my favorite authors have to say about our girl Katniss. I still can’t believe that series is over. And I love the name of this book!!

 

About Sarah Rees Brennan

Sarah Rees Brennan was born and raised in Ireland by the sea, where her teachers valiantly tried to make her fluent in Irish (she wants you to know it’s not called Gaelic) but she chose to read books under her desk in class instead. The books most often found under her desk were Jane Austen, Margaret Mahy, Anthony Trollope, Robin McKinley and Diana Wynne Jones, and she still loves them all today.

After college she lived briefly in New York and somehow survived in spite of her habit of hitching lifts in fire engines. She began working on The Demon’s Lexicon while doing a Creative Writing MA and library work in Surrey, England. Since then she has returned to Ireland to write and use as a home base for future adventures. Her Irish is still woeful, but she feels the books under the desk were worth it.

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Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

15th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefanoWither by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden #1
Published by Simon & Schuster
Pub Date: March 22nd 2011
Pages: 358
Format: eARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

Wither is a very unique dystopian story. Because Rhine is confined to House Governor Linden’s mansion since her abduction we only get glimpses of the actual state of the world through her memories. Rhine paints a depressing picture of it, where men die at twenty-five years old and women at twenty. Where girls as young as thirteen are abducted to be sold as brides, into prostitution or murdered if not wanted. North America is the only continent left in the world and the majority of the population is poor and orphaned.

Rhine is not the type of girl to be caged. She wants freedom, even if it means returning to a world where everyday there’s a risk she might be abducted again. Linden might be kind and give her and her sister-wives everything they want but at the end of the day, she’s still caged. And that is why she wants out. I understand why others would be content with this life, I even hoped at different times in the book that she would give up her quest to leave and just be content, but as Rhine points out, it’s a lie…and illusion of a happy life. None of it is real.

The only person this situation is possibly real for is Linden, who has been sheltered and lied to all of his life by his father, Housemaster Vaugh, the villain in the story. The fact that he’s so clueless made me angry with him and broke my heart for him at the same time. I wanted so badly for someone to tell him how it really was, but I also know that it would destroy him.I do have faith that he is stronger than he is perceived though.

Like Rhine, I became very attached to her sister-wives. Cecily for instance, at thirteen, is so eager to grow up and bear Linden’s children. It made me really sad and angry that Linden didn’t even hesitate to bed her, but it’s what she thinks she wants. Then there’s Jenna, who at eighteen is just waiting to die. She hates Linden until she realizes that he isn’t really the bad guy, but even then she refuses to let him in emotionally so their relationship is purely physical. I do believe Linden wanted more than that though, with all of his wives actually. Jenna gives nothing of who she really is except to Rhine and the way she looked after her really made me love Jenna.

Rhine and Linden’s relationship was interesting. He favors her and opens up to her and maybe that’s the reason he doesn’t push her to do anything with him that she doesn’t want to do. I do think that after almost a year of being married to her he would have tried harder to make it happen. Especially if he truly loves her as he says. I truly believe he’s really a good person. Naive maybe, but a good person none the less. Rhine stays on his good side to try and earn his trust, but I think she really cares for him, unbeknownst to herself. I actually think she cares more about Linden than Gabriel (or maybe its just because I do) but doesn’t realize it. I didn’t really get to know Gabriel like I did Linden, and maybe that’s the reason I favor Linden.

Overall, Lauren DeStefano brought numerous emotions out of me with Wither. It gripped me. I felt anger, despair, love and loss. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking book that will stay with you for days after reading, go pick this up! I’d also like to point out that Wither made me realize that, while the dynamic between the sister-wives was powerful, I could never be in a polygamous relationship. I am far too jealous to share my man with anybody else. Haha.

 

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