Book Blogger Retreat | Books Read at One Time

29th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Follow Friday, TGIF

Book Blogger Retreat | Books Read at One Time

This week on Gone with the Words:
Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists {04}
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Play Hooky With
Waiting on Wednesday: Shine
Review: Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly
Review: Black Heart by Holly Black

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 Blogger Retreat: If you could gather up a handful of book blogger friends to spend a weekend away talking books, where would you go? Tell us about it.

Beach. Definitely a beach house. Or maybe a lake house or cabin! Somewhere serene with a nice deck where we could drink coffee and read in the mornings. Or if it’s cold, we could sit by a fire and drink hot chocolate!

Now I really want to make this happen! lol

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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: Do you read one book at a time or do you switch back and forth between two or more?

I used to be able to read more than one book at a time, but now I find I cannot. So it’s only one book at a time for me. :)

Update – I forgot something! I actually have an audiobook for the car and work! So that makes me a two-books-at-a-time gal! :D

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Review: Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly

29th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Angel Fire by L.A. WeatherlyAngel Fire by L.A. Weatherly
Series: Angel #2
Published by Candlewick Press
Pub Date: January 24th 2012
Pages: 636
Format: eBook | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

In Book Two of L. A. Weatherly’s wildly romantic, action-packed trilogy, the angels are back with a vengeance . . . and they don’t have heaven in mind.

In the wake of the Second Wave, the angel menace has exploded, and Alex and Willow are on the lam. Willow’s prophetic dream points them to Mexico City, where they connect with a fledgling group of angel killers led by the exotically beautiful Kara, an Angel Killer from Alex’s past. But the team remains suspicious of Willow, even after the more-experienced Alex takes over as leader, training them hard for a rush attack on the Seraphic Council, or “The Twelve.” This elite group of all-powerful angels is also under the scrutiny of Willow’s angel-father, Raziel, who has his own sinister plan to defeat them.

What Willow hasn’t told Alex is that there was also a mysterious boy in her dream, one she felt overpoweringly attracted to. When brooding, gorgeous Seb shows up in the flesh, he turns out to be another—possibly the world’s only other—half angel. He’s been searching for Willow all his life, and when Alex enlists this rival to help keep Willow safe, he can’t predict what chemistry will pass between them . . . or how far Willow might go to keep Alex safe. Will their love endure or spell doomsday for the human race?

Angel Fire kept me biting my nails throughout the whole thing!

One: the damn evil angels again!

Two: SEB!

To say Seb put some tension in this book would be an understatement. That boy knows what he wants and he wasn’t going to back down. I totally fell in love with him. He was beyond charming and good looking….but I’m Team Alex, now and forever. Sorry, Seb!!

Now, this isn’t to say Alex is perfect in this book. In fact, he goes a little overboard at some points and I was really worried he wouldn’t be able to fix things. Mind you, he’s under unbelievable pressure. Not only does he have to train the newfound group of AKs and figure out a way to take down a bunch of angels, he now has to worry about Seb and Seb’s feelings for Willow. So I forgave all of his wrong turns. I love you, Alex!!

I loved that Willow is less scared in this book. She’s learning to fight back as best as she can. And I was really proud of the way she handled the Alex/Seb situation. She was confused, but not because she wasn’t sure of who she truly loved. She mainly just needed to understand her feelings and their place for each boy. It certainly wasn’t what we normally see in love triangles and I really appreciated it.

Another interesting part of this book is the setting: Mexico. I don’t read many books set in my native country so I was completely excited about it! L.A. Weatherly brings it to life with her descriptive imagery. I felt like I was there.

Some new characters are introduced and while I liked some of them, I hated how they all treated Willow and Seb. I especially disliked Kara. Even if she just wanted what was best for the group and Alex, I found her way to abrasive for me to like.

L.A. Weatherly delivered a very worthy follow-up to Angel Burn in Angel Fire. It had tons of action and even more emotional rollercoasters! I am now eagerly anticipating the last installment in this series, Angel Fever.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Shine

28th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Shine

Waiting on Wednesday: ShineShine by Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #3
Published by Simon Pulse
Pub Date: May 1st 2012
Buy the book! | Goodreads

In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.

As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves...even if that means betraying her own heart.

 

Oh, man, do I need some Zachary in my life!! I just know I’m going to devour this the moment I get it. Love this series!

 

About Jeri Smith-Ready

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. She is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Play Hooky With

27th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Play Hooky With

I won’t lie to you, guys! I have done this very thing before! I just can’t think of which books right now… ANYWAY! Here are my picks:

theravenboys1. Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver (Pub. 2/2013) – After the ending in Pandemonium?! Who wouldn’t?!

2. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon (Pub. 2013) – Book 7 came out in 2009…OF COURSE I’d stay home for this book!! I’d probably need to be home sick for 2 days though because they’re typically so deliciously long! It’s one of my all time favorite series!!

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Pub. 2013) – C’mon, now! Why would I go to work when I could live in Isla’s Happily Ever After for a day instead?

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Pub. 9/2013) – I am DYING to read this book! I love Maggie, and I’ll be forever dying for her next books.

cityoflostsouls5. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare (Pub. 2012) – I would fake my own death to stay home and read this one! TEAM WILL!!

6. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare (Pub. 5/2012) – Because really…it’s Jace! Need I say more?

7. Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready (Pub. 5/2012) – Fine, I admit it! It’s because I love Zachary and his kilt. *sigh* I’m a hopeless fictional boy addict.enshadowed

8. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth (Pub. 5/2012) – Because Tris needs to kick some ass all around town in this book. Oh yeah, and FOUR! :)

9. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead (Pub. 6/2012) – I want to see my darling Adrian get to a happy place!!

10. Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Creagh (Pub. 8/2012) – I have been waiting for-ev-errrrr for this sequel!! It’s time…and I’d so call in sick to read it.

 

Oh! oh! Ooooooh! BONUS PICK!!

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi (Pub. 2/2013) – Tahereh’s beautiful writing is definitely worthy of me playing hooky for this book. :)

 

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Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – Beautiful Creatures | Beautiful Darkness

27th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Tune In Tuesday, Tunes for Books

Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – Beautiful Creatures | Beautiful Darkness

Tune in Tuesdays is a feature hosted by GReads! where we showcase some good tunes! :)

This week I give you one video for two books in the same series. Enjoy!!

beautifulcreatures

 

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”

 

 

 

beautifuldarkness

 

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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Review: Black Heart by Holly Black

26th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Black Heart by Holly BlackBlack Heart by Holly Black
Series: Curse Workers #3
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pub Date: April 3rd 2012
Pages: 296
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

In a world where Magic is illegal.

Cassel Sharpe has the most deadly ability of all. With one touch, he can transform any object - including a person - into something else entirely. And that makes him a wanted man. The Feds are willing to forgive all his past crimes if he'll only leave his con artist family behind and go straight. But why does going straight feel so crooked?

For one thing, it means being on the opposite side of the law from Lila, the girl he loves. She's the daughter of a mob boss and getting ready to join the family business herself. Though Cassel is pretty sure she can never love him back, he can't stop obsessing over her. Which would be bad enough, even if her father wasn't keeping Cassel's mother prisoner in a posh apartment and threatening not to let her leave until she returns the priceless diamond she scammed off him years ago. Too bad she can't remember where she put it.

The Feds say they need Cassel to get rid of a powerful man who is spinning dangerously out of control. But if they want Cassel to use his unique talent to hurt people, what separates the good guys from the bad ones? Or is everyone just out to con him?

Time is running out, and all Cassel's magic and cleverness might not be enough to save him. With no easy answers and no one he can trust, love might be the most dangerous gamble of all.

This series is genius. Genius, I tell you!! It has kept me guessing in every single installment. Never once have I had a correct guess at how things really are. I make a guess, and Holly Black proves me wrong. The results always exceed my expectations. It’s part of what I love about this series.

The other part is, of course, Cassel Sharpe. Cassel has become one of my favorite male protagonists. He’s tortured. We all love our tortured guys. He tries so hard to always do what’s right, but he struggles with it. He lives with such guilt that it makes him hate himself. I love how much he’s grown in the series. In this book he is more sure of himself and more sure of his power than ever. Cassel Sharpe is badassery personified.

The con in Black Heart had me on the edge of my seat until the very last moment. Mainly because it changed so much from beginning to end. I really didn’t know what would happen because there were several possibilities and outcomes.

I was extremely invested Cassel and Lila’s complicated relationship. They had so much distrust in each other’s feelings. Communication is key! Especially in relationships. So I was happy to see them finally breaking down and talking about everything honestly. I also enjoyed the moments when they weren’t talking, but being more…handsy. ;)

“I push her back against the wall, kissing her the way I’ve never let myself. I want to swallow her up. I want her to feel my regret in the slide of my mouth and taste devotion on my tongue.” – pg. 159

WOWZERS! I bow down to the intensity of that kissing scene, because there’s a lot more where that came from!

I have such conflicting feelings for one, Barron Sharpe. Half the time I want to kick his ass, the other half I want to cry for him. I want to believe that he has goodness in his heart! So he really surprised me in this book, and my heart broke for him in the end.

Sam, Cassel’s best friend and roommate, had some really classic moments. He always makes me laugh, but he also made me very worried this time. He and Daneca had a really rough time in this book. We get to see sides of them we’ve never known.

Black Heart finishes The Curse Workers series on a hopefully happily ever after note. I was really happy on how things turned out. Cassel needs to be selfish and make himself happy for as long as possible, and he takes the first steps toward that in the last page of Black Heart. Bravo, Holly Black. I am sad this series is over but am so happy to have experienced it.

 

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Bookish Trends | I Blame The Hunger Games Movie

22nd Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Follow Friday, TGIF

Bookish Trends | I Blame The Hunger Games Movie

This week on Gone with the Words:
Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists {03}
Waiting on Wednesday: Velveteen
Bloggiesta – I’m doing it!
Review: Populazzi by Elise Allen
Review: Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery

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: Bookish Trends: What are some bookish trends you are noticing in the literature world today? Is there a particular trend you’d like to see more of?

I can only think of a couple that are both welcome and obvious:

1. Fairytale retellings

2. Characters who are in or know someone in the military.

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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: Coming soon!

I will update this as soon as soon as I get a chance! (Due to the fact I’m at The Hunger Games midnight viewing) :)

*UPDATE – This was never updated. I blame The Hunger Games movie. Which was awesome. :)

 

 

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Review: Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery

22nd Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Barefoot Season by Susan MalleryBarefoot Season by Susan Mallery
Series: Blackberry Island #1
Published by Mira
Pub Date: March 27th 2012
Pages: 368
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4.5 Stars

Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see.

Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. And now Carly is implicated in the financial disaster lurking behind the inn’s cheerful veneer.

Single mother Carly has weathered rumors, lies and secrets for a lifetime, and is finally starting to move forward with love and life. But if the Blackberry Island Inn goes under, Carly and her daughter will go with it.

To save their livelihoods, Carly and Michelle will undertake a turbulent truce. It’ll take more than a successful season to move beyond their devastating past, but with a little luck and a beautiful summer, they may just rediscover the friendship of a lifetime.

When I was first approached to review this book, I turned it down. I didn’t think “Women’s Fiction” would be for me. I love Susan Mallery, but I just didn’t think I’d enjoy the genre. After thinking about it some more, I decided to give the genre a try after all. And if I was going to try, it would have to be this book, because I love Susan.

So I am here to tell you today that I am so absolutely happy I gave it a chance. Susan Mallery creates characters I love time and time again. Why did I ever doubt you, Susan?

Barefoot Season is a story about friendships and hardships, about letting go and moving forward. It’s about overcoming obstacles that seem unimaginable. And guess what? It even had some romance in it after all. :) It turned out to be more contemporary romance than I expected, which I was kind of really happy about.

I could see a lot of myself in Carly and Michelle, so it was easy to relate to them. I loved how funny and sassy Carly was, and how quick her retorts were anytime Michelle insulted her. I empathized with Michelle’s cynicism and was happy to see her get past so much of it and go back to living a happy life. Both Carly and Michelle carried so much guilt over things that weren’t their fault, all I really wanted to do was hug them and make them be friends again.

Susan Mallery always gives us the most realistic, yet sexy, guys. I could just picture Sam in his Sheriff’s uniform, and oh, man…that was a HOT image! And Jared! So intense and caring, yet laid-back. They were definitely the perfect match for Carly and Michelle.

And as with Fool’s Gold, Susan Mallery creates a picturesque place in Blackberry Island. I want to vacation there and stay at the Inn and eat everything with blackberries!

Barefoot Season touched my heart so completely. Once started, I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to see what else Susan Mallery has in store for us in Blackberry Island.

 

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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Waiting on Wednesday: Velveteen

21st Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Velveteen

Waiting on Wednesday: VelveteenVelveteen by Daniel Marks
Published by Delacorte Press
Pub Date: October 9th 2012
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.

Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

 

As Daniel Marks tells me on Twitter…

The cover models ARE calling me to my doom! They are!! This sounds so fantastically twisted and the cover only makes me want it more. Can’t wait!

 

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Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – Anna and the French Kiss | Lola and the Boy Next Door | We’ll Always Have Summer | Where She Went

20th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Tune In Tuesday, Tunes for Books

Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – Anna and the French Kiss | Lola and the Boy Next Door | We’ll Always Have Summer | Where She Went

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

This week I give you The Contemps. :) Possibly my favorite playlist yet.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins*sigh*Our dearest Anna & Etienne…this song is for them because they never could tell each other how they felt. They could only daydream about declaring their feelings to one another and be together. :)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins & If It Kills Me by Jason Mraz

Hello, tell me you know
Yeah, you figured me out
Something gave it away
It would be such a beautiful moment
To see the look on your face
To know that I know that you know now
And baby that’s a case of my wishful thinking
You know nothing
Well you and I
Why, we go carrying on for hours on end
We get along much better
Than you and your boyfriend

Well all I really wanna do is love you
A kind much closer than friends use
But I still can’t say it after all we’ve been through
And all I really want from you is to feel me
As the feeling inside keeps building
And I will find a way to you if it kills me
If it kills me

How long, can I go on like this,
Wishing to kiss you,
Before I rightly explode?
This double life I lead isn’t healthy for me
In fact it makes me nervous
If I get caught I could be risking it all
Cause maybe there’s a lot that I miss
In case I’m wrong

If I should be so bold
I’d ask you to hold my heart in your hand
I’d tell you from the start how I’ve longed to be your man
But I never said a word
I guess I’m gonna miss my chance again

 

 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsThere’s a scene near the end of the book where Cricket tells Lola a story about stars…instantly thought of this song :)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins & Yellow by Coldplay

“…and the stars would double into four. And four became eight, and eight became sixteen, and so on, in the greatest mathematical equation the universe had ever seen. And by the time an hour had passed, the sky would be filled with so many stars that it would wake his neighbors. People wondered who’d turned on the floodlights.”

“The boy did. By thinking about the girl.”

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah, they were all yellow.
[…]
Your skin,
Oh yeah your skin and bones,
Turn into something beautiful,
[…]
It’s true,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine.
Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And all the things that you do.

 

 

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny HanOh, man, did this book bring the tears!! Belly and Conrad…this is SO their song!! *runs away crying*

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han & Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy

I never want to see you unhappy
I thought you’d want the same for me
Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I’m trying not to think about you
Can’t you just let me be?
So long, my luckless romance
My back is turned on you
I should’ve known you’d bring me heartache
Almost lovers always do
[…]
I cannot go to the ocean
I cannot drive the streets at night
I cannot wake up in the morning
Without you on my mind

So you’re gone and I’m haunted
And I bet you are just fine
Did I make it that easy
To walk right in and out of my life?

 

 

SO much about this song is Adam…SO MUCH! From the way the music starts then rises when he hits the “RAAAAGE” part, then comes back down. And the lyrics! I can’t even…*sigh*

The part in the song “A white blank page and a swelling rage, rage” and the scene where Adam snaps and begins writing songs again?! Seriously! Just..whoa.

Where She Went by Gayle FormanThis song is the embodiment of Adam in Where She Went.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman & White Blank Page by Mumford & Sons

Can you lie next to her
And give her your heart, your heart
As well as your body
And can you lie next to her
And confess your love, your love
As well as your folly
And can you kneel before the king
And say I’m clean, I’m clean

But tell me now, where was my fault
In loving you with my whole heart
But tell me now, where was my fault
In loving you with my whole heart
A white blank page and a swelling rage, rage
You did not think when you sent me to the brink, the brink
You desired my attention but denied my affections, my affections

Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life
Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life

 

 

About Gayle Forman

My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Review: Populazzi by Elise Allen

19th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Populazzi by Elise AllenPopulazzi by Elise Allen
Published by Harcourt Children's Books
Pub Date: August 1st 2011
Pages: 400
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
3 Stars

Cara has never been one of those girls: confident, self-possessed, and always ready with the perfect thing to say. A girl at the very top of the popularity tower. One of the Populazzi.

Now, junior year could change everything. Cara’s moving to a new school, and her best friend urges her to seize the moment—with the help of the Ladder. Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms into the perfect girlfriend for guys ever-higher on the tower, she’ll reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi.

The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment, a straight climb up, but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted. And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.

I had to really think about my feelings for Populazzi upon finishing it because they were so mixed. I’ll start with what I really loved about it, which was the whole first half.

Right off the bat, I was really into this book. I loved Cara and her best friend, and her best friend’s wacky Ladder plan. I wanted to find out how this would turn out. My guess was that it would end badly before it turned itself around. My guess was pretty spot on.

The moment Cara meets Archer and they start hanging out, this book became unputdownable. They had such great chemistry and the banter between the two was just adorable. Things…don’t quite work out for them, which really made me sad, and soon after, Cara takes her Ladder plan a little more seriously. On to the next one, Cara goes. The next one turns out to be one interesting, sad character. I kept hoping Cara would just drop everything and go work things out with Archer!!

After that is when I started to lose the momentum in this book, because Cara starts hanging out with the Populazzi and that group is just so unbearable. I could hardly read about it. I just can’t stand those kind of characters. Evil, and selfish, and rich…ugh! I just kind of went on autopilot during that part.

I honestly feared this book would not have an ending I was happy with. As I read the last part of it, I had this feeling of foreboding I could not shake, which really upset me considering how much I had enjoyed the first half of this book! But, all the worrying was for nothing. Elise Allen wrote an ending I was happy to read. It definitely redeemed itself in the end.

 

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Bloggiesta – I’m doing it!

18th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Bloggiesta

blogiesta

 

Hi, everyone! This is my first ever Bloggiesta!

What is Bloggiesta, you ask? Read all about it HERE! Then, if like me, you decided to sign up, go HERE after you’ve created your post. :)

 

 

So what do I want to get accomplished this Bloggiesta?

  • Update my review listings on the blog.
  • Update my templates in Windows Live Writer.
  • Make sure all my reviews are posted to Goodreads.
  • Write up and schedule as many posts/reviews as possible for the upcoming weeks.
  • Update as many old posts to new format.
  • Chat and bloghop during this event with other participants.
  • Update all of my Categories and Tags!

I may add more if they come to me, but I think that’s really all I want to work on.

I can’t wait to get started! See you guys then!


Finish Line!

SO! Now that this VERY productive weekend is over, let me tell you what I got accomplished:

1. I updated my Reviews pages! I have my reviews listed by Author and by Book Title, and they were missing pretty much all of my reviews so far this year.

2. I updated my templates in WLW, which wasn’t a huge task because I had done most of them already.

3. It turns out I had mostly all of my reviews already cross-posted on Goodreads, so I didn’t have to do much on that front.

4. I scheduled posts for this week…that is better than nothing but still not what I had in mind, lol.

5. I updated most of my old reviews to the new blog theme/format on Saturday night and pretty much all of Sunday. They look way better! Am still missing a few though, and I still need to do the other posts that are not reviews.

6. I was able to participate in each of the Twitter chat parties! But since I was so focused on working on the blog I didn’t get a chance to do many challenges or visit blogs. I want to make sure this happens next Bloggiesta.

7. I updated all the Categories and Tags in all of my posts. I had all of them labeled when I was with Blogger, but when I switched to WP, they didn’t carry over, sadly. It took me about 3 hours on Friday night and 4 on Saturday morning to get them all updated. It feels good to have this done because now people will be able to sort my posts more easily and accurately.

I loved this event. I really loved the Twitter parties the best. I also did get to visit some challenges where I learned a few things, like line breaks in posts. :) Thanks, Jacinda (Reading Housewives)!!

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Social Networking | Best & Worst Reads of the Month

15th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Follow Friday, TGIF

Social Networking | Best & Worst Reads of the Month

This week on Gone with the Words:
Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists {02} + Giveaway!
Waiting on Wednesday: Unspoken
Do You Believe In Ghosts?: Guest Post by Simone St. James + Giveaway!
One Year Blogoversary Giveaway!
Review: Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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: Social Networking: Do you use Twitter or Facebook to promote your blog?  How has it benefited your book blogging experience? If not, how do you promote your blog? Share your twitter handle and/or Facebook link!

Do I?!

Twitter is my best friend. It should be everyone’s best friend! It has been the most effective tool in promoting my blog, for sure! Not only has it helped promote my blog, but I’ve connected with SO many other book lovers and bloggers. It really has been irreplaceable.

I also have a fan page for my blog on Facebook, which I probably don’t utilize its full potential, but it’s good to have. It’s attached to Networked Blogs, which is another app I use. It helps getting the word out on new posts.

I also use Goodreads, but not to send out event invites, just to post reviews that are on the blog. (I link the review and post the text on there.)

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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: What is the best book you’ve read in the last month? What is the worst book you’ve read in the last month?

The best – HANDS DOWN!

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

THAT ENDING!!! GAH!! (Read my review HERE!)

I haven’t read a bad book this month, but if I had to pick the one I could live without from this month, it would be:

It just wasn’t anything new. :/

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Review: Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

15th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Angel Burn by L.A. WeatherlyAngel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Series: Angel #1
Published by Candlewick Press
Pub Date: May 24th 2011
Pages: 449
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

In a world where angels are beyond redemption, Alex thinks he’s found one that might deserve mercy.

Alex is a ruthless assassin—of angels. Forget everything you’ve heard about them before. Angels are not benign celestial creatures, but fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans, draining them of their vitality until there is barely anything left. As far as Alex is concerned, the only good angel is a dead angel... until he meets Willow.

She may look like a normal teenager but Willow is no ordinary girl. Half-angel, half-human, Willow may hold the key to defeating the evil angels. But as the hunter and the hunted embark on an epic and dangerous journey and Willow learns the dark and terrifying secrets of her past, Alex finds himself drawn to Willow... with devastating consequences.

We all imagine angels as these heavenly creatures that come to earth to protect humanity. The few lucky ones who have encountered the angels in Angel Burn will attest to this belief. Then there’s the truth. The truth is that angels only make you believe this, but in reality, they are feeding from humans. They are stealing their life force, causing these humans to develop cancer, mental illness, and other sicknesses. Crazy! I know! But so original!!

Angels have always been the good guys! Well, no more. At least not in this story.

Luckily, there are people out there, Angel Killers, who know the truth and are trying hard to stop them. Alex is an AK. And Willow…well, Willow turns out to be something completely different than anything out there. For this reason, Alex has to basically keep Willow by his side and take her with him wherever he goes. Willow is not too keen on the idea, but she’s not stupid, she knows she has no other choice.

Alex and Willow are attracted to each other from the start, but they build great tension because they spend a lot of time trying to hate one another and stay at arms length. I like that kind of tension, because then the pay-off is so sweet and rewarding! Yes, I’m a romantic, ok! Their relationship had real depth, which I really appreciated.

I thought all of the characters in Angel Burn were so well fleshed out. It helped that we get to see a lot of the story from several perspectives, including the bad guys. The pacing was just perfect, too. Really the only lull was when Alex and Willow spend time hiding out in the mountains. I thought that could’ve probably been shorten.

By the end though, I was simply on the edge of my seat, biting my nails. I couldn’t put it down! I was expecting a different outcome but I liked the actual one even better. I will be reading Angel Fire very soon, because this is a story I want to jump back into soon.

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Waiting on Wednesday: Unspoken

14th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Unspoken

Waiting on Wednesday: UnspokenUnspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1
Pub Date: September 11th 2012
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Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met—a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. . . . The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets—and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.

 

I love Sarah Rees Brennan, and I’ll read anything she writes forever. Also, this sounds creepily fantastic. :D

 

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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