Ten Useful Italian Phrases In Case You Hitch a Ride with Gabi & Lia + Giveaway!

31st Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Blog Tours, Guest Posts

Ten Useful Italian Phrases In Case You Hitch a Ride with Gabi & Lia + Giveaway!

Thank you for stopping by Gone with the Words! I am super excited to be a part of Lisa Bergren’s River of Time Blog Tour hosted by Mundie Moms!

Today we are featuring a guest post, the very first here on the blog, by Lisa herself! (Read my reviews of WATERFALL, CASCADE, and TORRENT!) Without further ado, here’s Lisa:

So…maybe you’ve yet to dive into the , or maybe you’re already fully immersed. What would happen if you held on to Gabi and Lia and time-travelled back to medieval Italy with them? How would you communicate?

Fortunately, Gabi and Lia already spoke Italian, due to a lifetime of summers spent there, and the time tunnel somehow allowed them to speak Dante’s Italian, which is similar to what we hear today, but a bit different. But what about us? What would happen to those of us who don’t know Italian?

Just in case we don’t get the language gifts the Betarrini clan did in transit, I’ve prepared this cheat sheet for you. Please print and fold and place in your pocket. Proficiency with a sword or arrows is up to you.

1) Can you point me in the direction of the closest time tunnel?

Potreste indicarmi il tunnel del tempo più vicina?

2) Let’s not a little thing like 700 years get in the way of our relationship.

Non dovremmo permettere che una piccola cosa come 700 anni di essere un ostacolo nel nostro rapporto.

3) Why yes, that is how it’s done in my time.

Ma certo, è così che si fa nella mia epoca.

4) I’d kill for a decent hamburger.

Ucciderei per un hamburger decente.

5) Toothpaste, toothbrushes, mousse and hairspray. Let’s develop them and we’ll make millions.

Dentifricio, spazzolini da denti, mousse e spray per capelli. Diamo loro creazione e faremo milioni.

6) Access to a toilet and a decent sewage system is pretty darn close to bliss for me.

Servizi igienici e di un sistema fognario decente è maledettamente vicino alla felicità per me.

7) Kiss me before we’re separated by centuries.

Baciami prima che ci siamo separati da secoli.

8) I’m not so into you.

Non me ne friga niente di te.

9) I’m in love with you.

Sono innamorato di te.

10) This has literally been like a blast from the past.

Questo Practicamente è stato come un tuffo nel passato.

 

Thank you, Lisa for these awesomely useful phrases! Especially the Not Into You one…I think everyone should learn that one in every language! You know, just in case. LOL

Here’s a little bit about Lisa:

Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over thirty books, but some of her favorites are the River of Time Series (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent). She knows very little Italian, but luckily, her blogging buddy Christine Cantera (of WhyGoFrance) does (she lived in Italy before France). Christine has graciously done all of Lisa’s Italian translations for the River of Time books, in exchange for nothing more than some good will and a lousy iTunes card. Lisa owes her big.

Check out the rest of the stops! Here’s the schedule:

August 29: Lisa’s Favorite Scene/Quotes from WATERFALL & CASCADE (Page Turners)
August 30: Character Interview with Marcello–and surprise announcement (YA Bliss)
August 31: Ten Useful Italian Phrases In Case You Hitch a Ride w Gabi & Lia (Gone With the Words)
Sept. 1: How to Make Italian Pizza On Your Gas Grill (Reading Teen)*TORRENT’S Official Release Day!!!*
Sept. 2: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Lisa Bergren (Mundie Moms)
Sept. 3: An Itinerary for the Perfect, Dreamy Week in Tuscany (The Secret Life of a Bibliophile)
Sept. 4: Character Interview with Gabi–and semi-surprise announcement (Eve’s Fan Garden)
Sept. 5: Excerpt from a potential 4th novel (Lisa Bergren)

 

Giveaway Info:
Giveaway now closed.

 

 

About Lisa Tawn Bergren

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes a YA series called River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary), God Gave Us Easter, a devotional called Upside-Down Prayers for Parents and the Grand Tour Series (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises). She’s currently at work on a new YA series called Remnants, coming out in 2014.

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Review: Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren

30th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Torrent by Lisa T. BergrenTorrent by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Series: River of Time #3
Published by David C. Cook
Pub Date: September 1st 2011
Pages: 388
Format: eARC | Source: Author
Genres: Historical, Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
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5 Stars

When Gabi and Lia finally learn to surf the river of time, they realize they must make hard choices about life and love in the third and final book in the River of Time series.

Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times.

But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.

This review of Torrent is about to get spoilery. You have been warned. :)

Let’s start with the part of the story that pained me most. My dearest Fortino. Still captured and repeatedly tortured at the hands of the enemy…for 15 months! It just broke my heart. I wish things had turned out differently for him, but I understand why they didn’t. It’s still very sad and unfair that it would happen to him of all people. My heart broke for Marcello at the end, during the funeral. I cried a little myself, but was comforted by Father Tomas’s words.

Lord Greco. *sigh* Even though in Cascade he was revealed as an ally and old, loyal friend of Marcello, I could not get past the way he treated Gabi. Yes, she might have survived only because of him but it wasn’t enough for me to soften towards him. So naturally when he appeared in this book, as I knew he would, I started out hating him. My feelings of hate for him slowly simmered as he revealed more of himself, his feelings toward Gabi, and his dreams of peace. By the end I was just sad for him. I really hope he gets his happy ending someday.

You know who I’m sure will have a happy ending together? Luca and Lia. It’s just a matter of time before Lia finally falls completely in love with Luca. I’ll say it again, I honestly don’t know how she’s been able to not fall in love with him yet! I’d be a goner by now. Gabi and Lia’s parents, too, who have been reunited after they saved him from death by traveling back in time. I was so happy they were able to get Ben, the dad, back to ancient Italy. It was so fun seeing Marcello squirm, lol. It was also refreshing to see parents able to recognize when their daughter has grown up and is ready to take on things they may not be ready for.

Marcello really grew up in the time Gabi was gone. He become even more assertive and confident, but his love for Gabi was constant, unwavering. I love that about him. I’ve suspected since Waterfall where one of Gabi and Marcello’s paths would lead…and that is to the altar. However, I never imagined everything they would go through to get to that point. I thought the actual ceremony was lovely, and I really appreciated how Lisa T. Bergren approached the wedding night.

It would not have been a true ending to this series had these dear characters not gone through a couple major battles. Literally and figuratively speaking. Be it physically or emotionally, everyone battled someone or something and came through on the other side a better person.

This series will always be on my favorites list. You get so immersed in it, you forget you’re not actually living it, just reading it. Thank you, Lisa, for creating this for us.

 

About Lisa Tawn Bergren

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes a YA series called River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary), God Gave Us Easter, a devotional called Upside-Down Prayers for Parents and the Grand Tour Series (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises). She’s currently at work on a new YA series called Remnants, coming out in 2014.

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Tune in Tuesday: Gone Till November – Doo-Wop (That Thing)

30th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Tune In Tuesday

Tune in Tuesday: Gone Till November – Doo-Wop (That Thing)

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

These are two 90s artists that go hand in hand for me. Mainly because, together (along with Pras), they made The Fugees amazing.

Gone Till November by Wyclef Jean

 

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is still one of my favorite albums ever. This song is SO full of truth!!  Tell’em, Lauryn!

Doo-Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill

 

 

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Review: Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead

29th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Succubus Revealed by Richelle MeadSuccubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid #6
Published by Kensington
Pub Date: August 30th 2011
Pages: 277
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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5 Stars

In Georgina Kincaid, succubus and she-demon, #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead has created one of her most enticing characters. But with a shot at love, and maybe even redemption, is the ultimate seductress finally going soft? Like hell she is...

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations...to Las Vegas.

The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina's allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell's most valuable assets, but if there's any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it, no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won't include the one man she's risking everything for...

It’s here. Succubus Revealed, the last book in one of my all-time favorite series has come…and gone. My love affair with it began last year, when I read the first four books in a span of a ten days. I couldn’t believe how these books affected me SO much! I was devastated after book three and the fourth one was just as heartbreaking. Waiting for the fifth book was agony, but once it arrived and I read it, hope for that happy ending was rekindled.

If you’ve read them, that whole paragraph has made sense to you. If you haven’t, I’m sorry…and you should really move them up your TBR pile. I guarantee that they will shatter your expectations. This isn’t your typical Urban-Fantasy story. It’s deep! It’s about love and hope, and the way Richelle Mead tells it is bound to leave an impression on you. It did for me. I love this series more than Vampire Academy and the Dark Swan series! But anyway, lets get to it.

Finally discovering the truth behind the mystery surrounding Georgina and Seth’s connection was the number one thing I was looking forward to in this book. The events in the other books in the series have all led up to it. And, oh, I loved seeing even the smallest ones come into play. View Spoiler »

 

SO! Let the spoiler-fest begin!

 

Ever since I started reading about Georgina’s past personas and the men she loved in that particular time, I began to suspect they were Seth. I suspected it was her Kyriakos, the husband she cheated on and sold her soul for all those centuries ago, reborn over and over, always finding each other, never meant to be together. Well, my suspicions were certainly validated when they turned out to be right. I actually bounced off the bed and did a little dance while yelling, “Yes! Yes! I knew it! I freaking knew it!!” However, my giddiness was short lived. My heart broke for both Seth and Georgina when they discovered the truth about Seth. He had to relive all the hurt she caused him in all of his past lives, especially the first one, and she had to watch him suffer through it again. After the fourth or fifth book, I had also began to suspect it had been a deal he had made with Hell. The details of it, I could not have even began to guess. They made my heart ache for Seth.

One thing I did not see coming was that Roman would turn out to be the hero in this story. I mean…what a sacrifice he made for Georgina! To be able to giver her happiness and freedom was so selfless, but I guess being able to stick it to Hell was for just for him. If Richelle Mead ever wanted to write a spin-off of this series, it should be about Roman. Although, we don’t really know how it ended for him. He may not be available for a spin-off, which leaves me very sad, but since there was no definitive answer to his fate, I’m keeping my hopes up that he’s alive and well somewhere.

Another thing I will miss about this series besides Georgina and Seth? The gang. Hugh (who was also a hero in this book), Peter, Cody, Jerome (I loved his bitchy, no-nonsense attitude), and last but certainly not least, Carter. Where will I find another group of immortals that will make me laugh as you did, guys?! There’s no other like you. [SAD face] The Unholy Rollers will forever live in my heart.

And speaking of Carter…that scene where he goes sees the Mortensens as Santa was one of the best moments in this series. I laughed while crying because I was so touched by him. It’s easy to forget he’s an angel, what with his grungy appearance and love for alcohol and cigarettes, but that moment really made him shine. I just loved it.

 

END OF SPOILERS! Promise. :)

 

The end of the book is perfect. I can assure you I’ll reread it many, many times with a huge smile on my face. I just couldn’t be happier with how it all ended. If you’re worried it will let you down, don’t be. I just don’t know any other way to put it, I loved it.

 

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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Review: Only Yours by Susan Mallery

27th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Only Yours by Susan MalleryOnly Yours by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool's Gold #5
Published by HQN
Pub Date: August 30th 2011
Pages: 378
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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5 Stars

Montana Hendrix has found her calling—working with therapy dogs. With a career she loves in a hometown she adores, she's finally ready to look for her own happily ever after. Could one of her dogs help her find Mr. Right...or maybe Dr. Right?

Surgeon Simon Bradley prefers the sterility of the hospital to the messiness of real life, especially when real life includes an accident-prone mutt and a woman whose kisses make him want what he knows he can't have. Scarred since childhood, he avoids emotional entanglement by moving from place to place to heal children who need his skillful touch. Can his growing feelings for Montana lead him to find a home in Fool's Gold, or will he walk away, taking her broken heart with him?

I knew when I sat down to read Only Yours, I would love it from the start. After all, it stars my favorite triplet.

Montana has been my favorite Hendrix triple from the first moment she was introduced in the series. She has this endearing, innocent way she cares about everyone around her. She really is pure of heart, and for that, you can’t help but want to care for her and protect her…much like Simon does in this book. Simon was…complicated. He is guarded and quiet and closed off. He has his reasons. He suffered a very severe trauma at the hands of his mother when he was only a boy, which has made him close himself off emotionally. He isn’t cold, however. In fact, when he’s around his patients, he is funny, caring, and gentle. He also can’t help being this way toward Montana. She seems to bring out things about him that mostly just embarrass him. I thought their relationship was very sweet, but also very sexy. After everything Simon went through in his young life, I was really happy that everyone in the Hendrix family and in Fool’s Gold welcomed him with open, loving arms.

Speaking of the Hendrix family…can we give it up for Mama Hendrix or what?! I was so happy Denise was out there, trying to date. Trying being the operative word since a lot of these dates have been disasters, lol. The mystery Max is revealed in this book, though, and I cannot wait to see how that unravels. There are a couple of more Hendrixes in town right now that also need happy endings, too: Nevada and Kent. I really can’t wait to see what happens with them.

There are new people moving to Fool’s Gold all the time now. And not just men! We were introduced to Heidi…who raises goats…and lives with her grandfather. No joke. LOL I love Susan Mallery for that. She’s hilarious. We also met the new, cute veterinarian: Cameron.

The introduction of these characters and other new businesses going up around town leaves me to wonder if the series will continue on beyond book six, which is due out at the end of September. It would be awesome if there are plans for more! I just love this series, this town and the people that reside in it! Only Yours proved that just when I think I’ve read my favorite in the series, the new one comes out and tops it.

 

About Susan Mallery

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.

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Book Associations | Paranormals Coming Out of the Closet | Pet Owning

26th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday, TGIF

Book Associations | Paranormals Coming Out of the Closet | Pet Owning

This week on Gone with the Words:
Tune in Tuesday – 90s Edition: How’s It Going To Be
Waiting on Wednesday: Twisted by Gena Showalter
Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

TGIF!

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

Book Associations: Which genre, authors, or particular books do you think people associate with your reading style?

I don’t really know, to be honest! I read mostly paranormal and contemporary romance, in both adult and young adult. I talk a lot about Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series…maybe that? Sarah Dessen is also one I’ve talked a lot about. LOL I really don’t know…you guys tell me! :)

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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!

In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question “comes out of the closet” and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?

I like to think Angels are real…so if you’re out there, and you’re an Angel, come out of the closet!! I know you’re out there! :)

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Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy for Books where you have an awesome opportunity to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read!

Non-book-related this week!! Do you have pets?

I do not have any pets…yet. I have promised my daughter and my fiance to open up to the idea of a puppy once we move into a house, though. Soon. :)

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Twisted

24th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Twisted

Waiting on Wednesday: TwistedTwisted by Gena Showalter
Series: Intertwined #3
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: August 30th 2011
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Sixteen-year-old Aden Stone has had a hell of a week. He's been:

Tortured by angry witches. Hypnotized by a vengeful fairy. Spied on by the most powerful vampire in existence. And, oh, yeah, killed—twice.

His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he's never felt more out of control. There's a darkness within him, something taking over…changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last.

Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker—just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened.

Life couldn't get any worse. Could it?

 

I realllly enjoy this series and the characters in it! Can’t wait for another great installment. :)

 

 

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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Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

22nd Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnikEpic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: August 2nd 2011
Pages: 295
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?

At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.

As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.

Epic Fail was a complete WIN! Sometimes I need to read a light, cute story that will leave me smiling when real life is too much to deal with. This was the perfect book for that. I even stayed up way later than I needed to one night because I couldn’t put it away. Totally worth it.

I loved all of the characters and their unique personalities. Elise was so cute and funny, while Derek was this quiet, misunderstood, gorgeous guy. It was obvious why they wouldn’t get along at first, but the more time they spent together, the more they realized they were alike. I also really like all the secondary characters. Big families are always fun to read about, and Elise’s was no exception.

Another thing was how fun it was figuring out which characters where the parallels of the ones in Pride & Prejudice, the story of which this book is a modernization of. I thought the parts and characters that were like P&P; did it justice and the parts that were different made it a story that will be enjoyed by many today.

 

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Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

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

Review: Dark Eden by Patrick CarmanDark Eden by Patrick Carman
Series: Dark Eden #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Pub Date: November 1st 2011
Pages: 336
Format: ARC | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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3 Stars

Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night's experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . . . What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?

Patrick Carman's Dark Eden is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, memory, and— ultimately—immortality.

Although this book is about seven teens confronting their biggest phobias, it is all told from Will’s POV. I liked the creative way we see all of the teen’s stories through Will. Each one gets their own personalized cure. They reminded me of the Saw movies, where the person is alone in a room, except this book is nowhere near as sadistic. Not all of the teen’s phobias are revealed at first and Will’s certainly had a twist that we don’t discover until almost the end.

I was really curious to see where the immortality aspect would play into this story. I was definitely surprised. The unexpected ending and explanation to the kinks in each of the cures made this a unique story. I wouldn’t say it’s a happy ending, that’s for sure. It anything, I felt the teens, while cured of their phobias, were left unavenged for the things that were stolen from them. I was angry for them! We are left with the hope that justice will be served…some day.

Dark Eden was definitely an interesting read. It was a book that didn’t have me needing to read page after page in one seating, but it did leave me needing to find out how it all would play out. I was able to put it down…but it did not let me forget it. It would stew in my brain and leave me speculating about where it all would lead. It was mysterious, creepy, new, and even a little sad at the end.

 

 

Thanks to Yara from Once Upon a Twilight for the opportunity to read and review this book as part of her book tours. :)

 

 

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Reviews We Don’t Write | Write Myself Into Fave Book

19th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Follow Friday, TGIF

Reviews We Don’t Write | Write Myself Into Fave Book

This week on Gone with the Words:
Tune in Tuesday – 90s Edition: The One I Gave My Heart To – Barely Breathing
Waiting on Wednesday: Possess
Winner of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead!
Review: Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren

And most importantly:
A Quick Note…

TGIF!

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

The Reviews We Don’t Write: Have you ever read a book and not wanted to review it? Are some books too personal that we want to keep our thoughts our own?

Ooooh, yes. Sometimes a book leaves me with feelings of satisfaction so great, I don’t want to put it into words. Really, I don’t think I could even if I wanted to. Here are some examples:

  

With others, I wish I HADN’T written anything on them, because what I did write was SO inadequate in my eyes:

 

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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!

If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

I’ve recently been listening to the audiobooks of Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid (or Succubus) series. I wanted to reread them before I dove into the last book in the series, Succubus Revealed. That’s the series I would choose. I think I would love to be one of the paranormals that is friends with Georgina, Carter, Hugh, Peter and Cody. And I would take Roman if Seth still wants to stick with Georgina. ;) That group is HILARIOUS! I love them!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Possess

17th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Possess

Waiting on Wednesday: PossessPossess by Gretchen McNeil
Published by Balzer + Bray
Pub Date: August 23rd 2011
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Rule #1: Do not show fear.
Rule #2: Do not show pity.
Rule #3: Do not engage.
Rule #4: Do not let your guard down.
Rule #5: They lie.

Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.

 

This sounds awesomely dark and creepy!! Really excited to get my hands on it!

 

 

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Review: Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren

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

Review: Cascade by Lisa T. BergrenCascade by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Series: River of Time #2
Published by David C. Cook
Pub Date: June 1st 2011
Pages: 399
Format: Paperback | Source: Author
Genres: Historical, Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Mom touched my underdress—a gown made six hundred years before—and her eyes widened as she rubbed the raw silk between thumb and forefinger. She turned and touched Lia’s gown. “Where did you get these clothes?”

Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.

But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.

Once the Betarrinis make it back to medieval Italy, this time with their mother in tow, you hold your breath in anticipation of Gabi and Marcello’s reunion. And, oh, what a sweet reunion it was. [Deep sigh] He’s just so dreamy!! It turns out they’ve been gone a month in Marcello’s time, and while everything seems to have a sense of peace and order, danger still lurks close by. Especially for Gabi and Lia, who are pretty much superstars in Siena. This only makes their enemies salivate to get their hands on them. The biggest change though, came for two other characters: Fortino and Romana. I’ll let you find that one out on your own. ;)

Unfortunately, Gabi does end up in the hands of the enemies, and I admired her even more during that time. She stood up to them for as long as she could and only became vulnerable when everything seemed lost for good. However, her loyalty to the people she cares about was never unwavering. Love her! Lord Greco, the guy in charge of capturing her, is a puzzling mystery. A hot one though, hehe. He’ll keep you guessing until the end of the book.

Luca and Lia. Nothing will make me happier than seeing these two end up together. I love how openly and grandly he shows his affections for her and she tries her hardest to rebuff him. It’s really fun to read. Oh, but she’s crumbling! Soon she’ll admit she loves him. I wouldn’t have been able to resist him as long as she has, that’s for sure.

The action in this book was nonstop. Battle after battle. Definitely a nail-biter! I have to say, there really isn’t any other series out there like this one. Cascade, book two of The River of Time Series, was just as amazing as Waterfall. The ending is bittersweet and left me so anxious!! I’m dying to read Torrent and see how it all ends!

And check out the awesome trailer for CASCADE!!

 

About Lisa Tawn Bergren

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes a YA series called River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary), God Gave Us Easter, a devotional called Upside-Down Prayers for Parents and the Grand Tour Series (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises). She’s currently at work on a new YA series called Remnants, coming out in 2014.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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