First & Last of 2011 | Blogging Resolutions for 2012

29th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Follow Friday, TGIF

First & Last of 2011 | Blogging Resolutions for 2012

This week on Gone with the Words:
Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I Read in 2011
Waiting on Wednesday: Chopsticks
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – Goodreads Updates Edition

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: First & Last: What was the first book you read in 2011 and the last you finished in 2011? How do you feel about these books? Would you recommend them to other readers?

The first book I read this year, from January 1st to January 2nd, was Kelley Armstrong’s Tales of the Otherworld, which is a collection of short stories from her widely known adult series, Women of the Otherworld. This is one of my most favorite series out there. I love it the same now as I did when I read it a year ago, and I will push this series on anyone who wants to dabble into and adult genre. It’s still paranormal mystery, but not overly sexual if it’s something that scares you.

The last book I will be reading in 2011 is Divergent, which I started today and will be done with by Saturday. I promised lots of bookish friends I’d read it before the year was over and I’m cutting it close, but I’m doing it!! :D

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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: The New Year is here – and everyone wants to know your New Years Blogging Resolution! What are you going to try to revise, revamp and redo for 2012 on your blog?

The most important for me is to continue to keep blogging fun, which I was able to do this whole year.

Second would be to get better organized..schedule more reviews ahead of time, as in weeks, instead of days.

Third, comment more. Comments are nice to receive, so I want to give more of my blogging friends that nice feeling. :)

Fourth, hang out with my local bookish friends more, be out at signings, book events, or just lunch.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Chopsticks

28th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Blog Tours, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Chopsticks

Waiting on Wednesday: ChopsticksChopsticks by Jessica Anthony, Rodrigo Corral
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: February 2nd 2012
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Glory is a young piano prodigy. Frank is the boy who moves in next door. Over the years, their friendship blossoms into an undeniable romance. As Glory descends from stunning piano prodigy into a kind of madness, Frank's love becomes more and more unshakable. They both become hopelessly fixated on the song "Chopsticks".

Part love story, part mystery, part visual collage, this novel is told through images as much as it's told through words. Ultimately the reader must decipher what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along.

Richly imagined by author Jessica Anthony and hauntingly designed by Rodrigo Corral, Chopsticks will rivet teens and adults alike on numerous platforms, including a gorgeous book and paid app for the iPhone and iPad, with many additional features.

 

I was a big fan of how images were used to tell the story in Every You, Every Me by David Levithan (Photographs by Jonathan Farmer) so I am extremely curious to see how this will look!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I Read in 2011

27th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I Read in 2011

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare
This could possibly be my favorite Cassandra Clare book…for serious! The heartbreak is Jane Austen good… *sigh*

Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver
Oh, my sweet, dear Alex…I need Pandemonium NOW!!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
I mean…it’s Cricket Bell, ya’ll!! How can he not make my top 10?!

Shade/Shift (Shade Series) by Jeri Smith-Ready (Cheated on this one…)
These characters are ones I continue to follow…on twitter, nonetheless, hehe.

Zachary and Logan are not to be passed up!

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
Tahereh’s writing in this book completely blew me away…and oh my hotness…this book had some steamy scenes!!

Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6) by Richelle Mead
My dearest Seth…I had to say goodbye to you in this last installment of Georgina Kincaid’s story. But it was brilliantly told, in only the way Richelle Mead can tell a story, heart-wrenchingly amazing. I will miss the whole lot of characters from this series. I loved it.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
So you think you know how beautifully an author can write…and then you read their latest and are blown away in a completely new way. So absolutely loved it…

We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) by Jenny Han
Oh, man…this story completely stole my heart. I read all three books in one weekend and automatically became a favorite of mine. CONRAD FOREVER!

Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman
The intensity of emotions in these pages enraptured me. It held my heart, and squeezed until I thought I would explode…then came this release, and I felt I could breathe again. It was…whoa. Just…so much…everything!

You Against Me by Jenny Downham
This is another one of those books that got into my bones…I loved the writing, which made the story so unbelievable great. You MUST read this book soon if you haven’t yet!

 

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Santa List | Living In Fiction

22nd Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Follow Friday, TGIF

Santa List | Living In Fiction

This week on Gone with the Words:
Tune in Tuesday – Concert Edition: fun.
Waiting on Wednesday: A Rogue By Any Other Name
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – Goodreads Updates Edition

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: Dear Santa: Which books made it to your Christmas wish list this year?

Actually, I never ask for specific books…just gift cards to buy books, from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. :D This year I specifically asked for gift cards to Barnes & Noble because I want to buy a Nook Color! Maybe even the Nook Tablet! Depending on how much I get. Between my birthday and what I’ve gotten so far for Christmas from coworkers, I’m about halfway there already!! Very exciting! :)

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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: If you had to spend eternity inside the pages of a book which book would you choose and why?

I would live in the town of Fool’s Gold (by Susan Mallery). Think Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls, except set in California, where the spring and summers are wonderful and the fall and winters are picturesque. Also, let us not forget the town residents, who are always there for you. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?! :)

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Rogue By Any Other Name

21st Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: A Rogue By Any Other Name

Waiting on Wednesday: A Rogue By Any Other NameA Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #1
Published by Avon Books
Pub Date: February 28th 2012
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What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets...

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them... even her heart.

 

I LOVE Sarah MacLean’s other Historical Romance series, Love by Numbers, so I absolutely cannot wait to read this one. If you’re looking for an awesome Historical Romance series, you should definitely pick the following up!

 

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Tune in Tuesday – Concert Edition: fun.

19th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Tune In Tuesday

Tune in Tuesday – Concert Edition: fun.

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

As you know by now, The Format is a significant band in my life…that is no longer together. BUT! The singer, whose voice is just so unique and incredible, did form a new band: fun.

The fiancé and I have seen them one time, in Dallas, Wednesday 02/17/2010. The show was Jack’s Mannequin with Fun and Vedera. It was the day my fiancé became my fiancé. :)

The amount of planning he did so that he could propose then take me on this trip was seriously impressive to me. He talked to my supervisor to get me those days off, for goodness sake! I thought it was perfect, that I believed it couldn’t get any better.

AND THEN IT DID!!! After seeing fun.’s set that night, we ventured out into the House of Blues store and ran smack into Nate Ruess!! That’s right! The singer of The Format, and now fun.!! We tell him he was great tonight and that we were HUGE fans of The Format…that we in fact met at his show with The Format six years prior and that today we got engaged and came to see him perform. I showed him my ring and we took a picture with him (which I cannot find!)…WE TOLD HIM OUR STORY! Though I think I stumbled through most of it…I was SO NERVOUS!!

So there you have it…another one of my significant concert experiences. And without further ado, I give you fun.

“All The Pretty Girls”

“We Are Young” ACOUSTIC!

I love the original (listen below this one) but this one…*sigh* it showcases his voice SO wonderfully!

“We Are Young” (ft. Janelle Monáe)

 

 

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – Goodreads Updates Edition

19th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – Goodreads Updates EditionClockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pub Date: December 6th 2011
Pages: 502
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Buy the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition! It's worth it. :)

Since there is no possible way I can give you a comprehensive review on the amazingness of this book…I give you this instead.

And so it begins…

It’s no secret that Will Herondale holds the key to my heart. On the outside, he acts selfish and hateful, but I’ve always thought he has his reasons for acting the way he does…that he cares more about everyone and everything than anyone else in this book.

Now, I now some of us on #TeamWill won’t be thrilled about certain scenes in this book *cough*Ginger*cough* but I thought the steamy scenes in this book were SO well done. Also, it was a little thrilling seeing always calm and collected Jem loose control a little bit! Go Jem!

Oh, man…these two. *sigh* One thing that I really love about this story is the close relationship between Will and Jem. I think it’s admirable what these two will do for one another. Sometimes even heartbreaking…

Haha, oh yes! This is something else I love about Will…he’s sexy and he knows it!!

Oh, Miss Tessa…I certainly do envy you in this scene. What I wouldn’t give to take your place in that specific moment.

Henry and Charlotte’s relationship has always intrigued me. What’s the real story?! Is there any truth to the rumors about the circumstances of their marriage. We find out here.

Nooooo, Tessa! This was not her best decision…admirable, maybe, but not wise. This will only end it heartache. :(

Aaaaand there it is…the heartache!! Only I doubt it will end here, this is probably only the beginning! Since I knew this would happen, I thought I was prepared, but I so was not. My heart was shredded!

I hope you have enjoyed this rather unconventional way of “reviewing” Clockwork Prince. If you haven’t yet picked it up, you are SO missing out!

 

 

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Most Popular Posts To Date | Read Books.. Now What?

15th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Follow Friday, TGIF

Most Popular Posts To Date | Read Books.. Now What?

This week on Gone with the Words:
Tune in Tuesday – Concert Edition: Dashboard Confessional/Augustana
Waiting on: 25 Days of Jubilation…and more! (Giveaway!)

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: Most Popular: What blog post has gotten the most comments/activity on your blog this year?

The honor goes to…

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins!! (Click title to read it!) It is one of my favorite books of the year and so it makes me very happy that it is my overall most viewed post. :)

The ones that follow it, in order, are:
2. Waiting on Wednesday: Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
3. The Boys of Dessen (Intro post)
4. Review: Tempest by Julie Cross
5. Teaser Tuesday: City of Fallen Angels

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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: When you’ve read a book, what do you do with it? (Keep it, give it away, donate it, sell it, swap it..?)

I keep them. Since I buy most of my books, and I’m working towards one day having a library in my future home, they stay on my shelves. Now, if I have an extra ARC, or if I obtain a finished copy of a book I have an ARC of, I like to host giveaways for them with my reviews.

 

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Waiting on: 25 Days of Jubilation…and more!

14th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, 25 Days of Jubilation, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on: 25 Days of Jubilation…and more!

Today I give you a special Waiting on Wednesday post.

I’m participating in the 25 Days of Jubilation, hosted by Cyndi at Dog-Eared & Bookmarked, Jacinda at The Reading Housewives, and Yani at The Secret Life of an Avid Reader, where for 25 days, a different blog will post something holiday related along with a giveaway! It is a great way to find new bloggers and just have fun!

All year we wait for the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s…it’s a wonderful build-up. Well, I wait for that too….AND MORE!

I’ve waited for this particular Wednesday all year. What would make me wait all year for this Wednesday specifically, you ask? Oh, no particular reason really, other than the fun fact that today is MY BIRTHDAY!

*dances around to Last Christmas by Wham! because it’s one of my favorite Christmas song, and like me, it was born in the 80s*

And how do I plan to make it a special Waiting on Wednesday? By showcasing some of the books I’ve featured for this meme throughout the year that I’ve read and loved!

 

Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler Graveminder by Melissa Marr Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis Last Breath by Rachel Caine Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward Paradise by Jill S. Alexander Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

 

Oh, and also by giving away some books. :)

So to celebrate these two fantastic events, I will be giving away ANY 2 books you’ve waited on to a lucky winner!

Why specifically 2 books, you ask? Well, let’s just say that having your birthday 11 days before Christmas is not always ideal. Sometimes you end up with one present for both occasions. Now, don’t you go feeling bad for me! That hasn’t really happened since I was a kid (which is probably worse, lol). I have people in my life who have become my family and they always make my birthday special. So one book to celebrate my birthday and one to celebrate the holidays!

The Fine Print: The books just have to be ones you’ve pined for that you don’t yet have, they don’t have to be from your past WoW posts or anything like that. And since I want to include my INTERNATIONAL friends, as long as The Book Depository ships to you, you may enter too!! Also, because I’m on a budget, they can’t add up to more than $25 for both.

Giveaway Closed

 

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Tune in Tuesday – Concert Edition: Dashboard Confessional/Augustana

13th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Tune In Tuesday

Tune in Tuesday – Concert Edition: Dashboard Confessional/Augustana

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

This was one of those shows where the crowd sang the songs to the band…it was amazinnnnng. Augustana opened for Dashboard Confessional and it couldn’t have been a better pairing. I’ll post the actual videos to the songs, but the titles will be linked to videos of the actual show from 2007! They’re pretty good, so if you want to hear what I’m talking about you should check those out too! :)

Boston by Augustana

I used to listen to this song when I felt no one got me.

“I think I’ll go to Boston,
I think I’ll start a new life,
I think I’ll start it over,
where no one knows my name”

Live

Recorded Version

 

Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional

This is, hands down, my FAVORITE Dashboard song EVER!! I will forever love it…

“My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me, so won’t you kill me, so I die happy.
My heart is yours to fill or burst, to break or bury, or wear as jewelry, which ever you prefer.”

Live

Recorded Version

 

 

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Books to Movies | Recent Read I’d Buy You

9th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Follow Friday, TGIF

Books to Movies | Recent Read I’d Buy You

This week on Gone with the Words:
Subscription Alternatives for Gone with the Words
Tune in Tuesday – Concert Edition: 2005 Vans Warped Tour
Waiting on Wednesday: The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Reviews:
Wintertown by Stephen Emond + Giveaway!
Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

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: Book to Movie: Which book turn movie do you feel did the best adaptation? What about the worst?

Oh, books to movies…sometimes they get it right, but most times it’s underwhelming. So I went through my Read books to see which I’ve read/seen.

I’m not even going to talk about the Twilight movies…much. At this point, if you haven’t learned to love the good parts and leave the bad behind, then why are you still watching them? They’re never going to be perfect.

He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo – I saw the movie before the book, but I thought it was a good interpretation, considering the way the book is written.

How to Deal: That Summer/Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen – This is another one where I saw the movie waaaay before I read the books…it’s a cute rendition, but it doesn’t capture Someone Like You quite right.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan – I LOVE both the book and the movie!! There are some differences but it captures its essence really well in my opinion. :)

Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs – The book is waaaay more candid than the movie, but I liked the movie just fine. :)

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin – I don’t think a lot of people like this one very much, but I liked it. And I thought the movie was well done. ALSO! Colin Egglesfield, who plays Dex, is GORGEOUS!

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – This book is really great, and I thought the movie was very well done. I thought Kristen Stewart did a great job.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – I loved what they did with this movie! This is my favorite performance by Robert Pattinson, by far. And it stays pretty faithful to the book.

And that’s my list, friends!

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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: Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?

Ooooh! One book?! You kill me!!

Ok…

’Nough said.

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Review: Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

8th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Shadow Heir by Richelle MeadShadow Heir by Richelle Mead
Series: Dark Swan #4
Published by Zebra
Pub Date: December 27th 2011
Pages: 390
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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4 Stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead returns to the Otherworld, a mystic land inextricably linked to our own – and balanced precariously on one woman's desperate courage…

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham strives to keep the mortal realm safe from trespassing entities. But as the Thorn Land's prophecy-haunted queen, there's no refuge for her and her soon-to-be-born-children when a mysterious blight begins to devastate the Otherworld…

The spell-driven source of the blight isn't the only challenge to Eugenie's instincts. Fairy king Dorian is sacrificing everything to help, but Eugenie can't trust the synergy drawing them back together. The uneasy truce between her and her shape shifter ex-lover Kiyo is endangered by secrets he can't – or won't – reveal. And as a formidable force rises to also threaten the human world, Eugenie must use her own cursed fate as a weapon – and risk the ultimate sacrifice.

Shadow Heir picks up a few months after the ending of Iron Crowned. I was relieved to see that pregnancy hadn’t changed Eugenie’s sarcastic personality.

One of my biggest issues with Eugenie from past books is how she goes back and forth between Kiyo and Dorian. She fights and breaks up with Kiyo and goes to Dorian. She fights and breaks up with Dorian and goes to Kiyo. I wanted her to make up her mind! Or at least not go between the two so easily. Thankfully, after Kiyo’s reaction at the end of Iron Crowned, we no longer have to worry about him being a love interest…but my biggest concern was, would Dorian and Eugenie ever work things out and finally be together for good?

There were so many things that happened in this book. I thought the book would mostly center on Eugenie’s pregnancy and children, and a lot of it did, but there was also a last big quest; one that involves having to work with certain enemies. It always amazes me how many new elements and characters Richelle Mead can put into one book and not make it seem like anything important was left out.

I always love to read about Dorian, because…well, because he’s Dorian! He’s sexy, charming, deadly, and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for Eugenie. The problem has always been whether Dorian loves Eugenie or his ambition more. I, for one, have always believed in Dorian, and in this book, he proves to be everything I knew he was and more. I also hate Kiyo with the same passion I love Dorian. The more Kiyo tries to be “reasonable” or a team-player (for the greater good, and all that jazz), the more I wanted to kick his ass. Him and Meiwenn both!! Oh, how I hate her too!!

Richelle Mead also throws some huge curveballs that I certainly did not see coming! HUGE! You may think you know how this will all play out, but let me tell you…I was not prepared. And let me also tell you that right after finishing the last paragraph, I threw the book across the room. I was SO upset! It took me a few minutes of fuming over it, some venting on Twitter, and a reread of the last two chapters after I’d calmed down, to finally appreciate the ending. I wish this one thing would have been different, but I understand why Eugenie does it.

The ending is the definition of bittersweet. I am really sad that it has come to an end. Though, Richelle Mead leaves it open-ended enough for us to imagine the future of these characters, however ideal we wish to make that future, and I know in my mind everyone lives happily ever after together.

Also! I wouldn’t be opposed to a spin-off YA series featuring the twins…just saying. :)

 

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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Waiting on Wednesday: The Flight of Gemma Hardy

7th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Waiting on Wednesday: The Flight of Gemma HardyThe Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: January 24th 2012
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When her widower father drowns at sea, Gemma Hardy is taken from her native Iceland to Scotland to live with her kind uncle and his family. But the death of her doting guardian leaves Gemma under the care of her resentful aunt, and it soon becomes clear that she is nothing more than an unwelcome guest at Yew House. When she receives a scholarship to a private school, ten-year-old Gemma believes she's found the perfect solution and eagerly sets out again to a new home. However, at Claypoole she finds herself treated as an unpaid servant.

To Gemma's delight, the school goes bankrupt, and she takes a job as an au pair on the Orkney Islands. The remote Blackbird Hall belongs to Mr. Sinclair, a London businessman; his eight-year-old niece is Gemma's charge. Even before their first meeting, Gemma is, like everyone on the island, intrigued by Mr. Sinclair. Rich (by Gemma's standards), single, flying in from London when he pleases, Hugh Sinclair fills the house with life. An unlikely couple, the two are drawn to each other, but Gemma's biggest trial is about to begin: a journey of passion and betrayal, redemption and discovery, that will lead her to a life of which she's never dreamed.

Set in Scotland and Iceland in the 1950s and '60s, The Flight of Gemma Hardy--a captivating homage to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre--is a sweeping saga that resurrects the timeless themes of the original but is destined to become a classic all its own.

 

I think this one will definitely have me in tears…

 

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Tune in Tuesday – Concert Edition: 2005 Vans Warped Tour

6th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Tune In Tuesday

Tune in Tuesday – Concert Edition: 2005 Vans Warped Tour

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

I had one of the most AMAZING times at this festival…serious. rockin’. time!! I saw some bands that are still favorites today, even if they’re not around any more. What I love most about these bands is how much feeling they’ve put into these lyrics! And yes, they are very ANGSTY!! LOVE IT!! I like it in my YA and I like it in my music! I will now showcase some of them…. :) Prepare to take a trip back to 2005!

 

Make Out Kids by Motion City Soundtrack

Still one of my favorite bands today!! I’ve seen them 3 or 4 times in concert.

“They carved a message deep within
our broken hearts that failed to mend:
Make out kids never had a chance to be best friends.”

 

Take Me Away by Plain White T’s

Probably one of the most angsty bands on this list…I love these boys. *sigh*

“You know who just walked in and she didn’t come alone…
I can’t stand to see this, get me home.”

 

For Fiona by No Use For A Name

I’ve always loved this song…but I’ve always wondered if it was written for a daughter or little sister more than for a girlfriend or ex. Regardless, I love it lots. :)

“I can’t even think of words to match the way I’m feeling
I don’t even think a book could say enough for you
I can only try my best, to put it in a song I guess”

 

Ohio Is For Lovers by Hawthorne Heights

This song was such a huge hit that year! I was certainly into it. :)

“Spare me just three last words
“I love you” is all she heard
I’ll wait for you, but I can’t wait forever”

 

My Girl’s Ex-boyfriend by Relient K

This album…*sigh* This was one of the albums that got me through some things! “Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet?” was pivotal!! But I wanted showcase this song, which my fiance used to sing to me. :)

“He’s a guy that you should feel sorry for
He had the world but he thought that he wanted more
I owe it all to the mistake he made back then
I owe it all to my girl’s ex-boyfriend”

 

Swing, Swing by The All-American Rejects

This band writes some of my favorite lyrics ever. Look their self-titled album and just listen to the words…so sad!! And, c’mon…Tyson Ritter’s eyes are to die for! Though he’s not looking quite as hot these days. :(

“Days swiftly come and go, I’m dreaming of her
She’s seeing other guys, Emotions they stir”

 

Grand Theft Autumn by Fall Out Boy

This is another album that I listened to on repeat and got me through those same things…I love it. (The third album that helped me is Snow Patrol’s Final Straw, in case you were wondering) I can listen to this forever, no lie! :) And I love this lyric below…

“I’m willing to take my chances on the hope I forget that you hate him more than you notice I wrote this for you”

 

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Review: Winter Town by Stephen Emond

5th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Winter Town by Stephen EmondWinter Town by Stephen Emond
Published by Little, Brown BfYR
Pub Date: December 5th 2011
Pages: 331
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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3.5 Stars

Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent's divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she's changed. The former "girl next door" now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, "Old Lucy" still exists, and he's determined to find her... even if it means pissing her off.

Garden State meets Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist in this funny and poignant illustrated novel about opposites who fall in love.

Evan is a kid who believes he knows what he wants from life. He has a close-knit family, with supportive, if not slightly over-bearing parents. Lucy’s family life is the complete opposite, but it has never really affected her as much as this past year. The mystery behind her change isn’t revealed until halfway through, at which point the perspective changes from Evan’s to Lucy’s. I loved the times when they would just get lost in their banter, and also hearing about all the mischievous things they did as kids.

Throughout Winter Town there are comic strips created by Evan’s character where he tells an adventure, alternate reality world with Evan and Lucy as the main characters. It is sweet and the art is really great.

I completely fell in love with Evan’s family and friends. I mean, his Gram?! LOVED her!! And I wish his friends, Tim and Marshall, were my friends. Even his mom and dad, as intense as he is, were great together.

It did take me a little while to connect with the characters and the story though, but once I did, I read it without stopping. While Evan and Lucy’s story is told lightheartedly, I felt it had many layers. It was a story about changing and growing up, about discovering what is going to make you happy in your life, even if it means letting everyone down, about taking charge of your life and wanting to make it better, about knowing who you want to be with but recognizing when the timing is just not right. Really, everything you want in a coming of age story.

Now! Here’s your chance to win my ARC copy of this awesome book!

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Jess @ Gone with the Words

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