Ink Exchange, Revisited

24th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Ink Exchange, RevisitedInk Exchange by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #2
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: April 24th 2008
Pages: 325
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Court has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils...

To me, Ink Exchange is a story about 3 people trying to find themselves and happiness in the situations they are in. Leslie is dealing with a broken home and a family who doesn’t keep her safe. In fact, her own brother puts her in the most vile situation, all for drugs. Niall has been trying to find redemption ever since leaving the Dark Court for things that were happening to mortals that he didn’t know about. He thinks himself dangerous and not good enough for Leslie. Irial is trying to find a way to maintain his court’s strength. He thinks he finds the perfect solution with Leslie, but he doesn’t anticipate what she’ll do to him. These three are in a complicated “relationship” because they all care for each other and this book’s ending doesn’t resolve it. It does leave all them in a new place in their lives though. Some happier than others.

I love Melissa Marr’s writing. It’s so poetic! This is probably my favorite book in the series so far. I really can’t wait for Darkest Mercy.

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

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Saturday Snapshot

22nd Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is a weekly event previously hosted by Alyce @ At Home With Books, and currently hosted by Melinda @ West Metro Mommy Reads. Photos can be old or new, taken by you, or family/friends. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

 

 

Here’s is my lovely daughter, Abigail, who would rather use an Elephant as a pillow. Who wouldn’t though? That Elephant is huge and soft!! I bet it’s warmer than an actual pillow, too.

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Review: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

21st Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Water for Elephants by Sara GruenWater for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Published by Algonquin Books
Pub Date: March 1st 2011
Pages: 350
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
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5 Stars

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.

 

It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

The book begins with ninety year old Jacob remembering a very intense and disturbing event from his time with the circus that will leave you wanting to find out how it got to that point. The chapters then alternate between old Jacob and his very depressed state at the Assisted Living Facility and him remembering his journey with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

The circumstances on how he came to join the circus as the show Veterinarian were very sad. He went from being a young man about to graduate from Cornell, his whole future ahead of him and the possibility of FINALLY losing his virginity, to having no one and nowhere to go. Once on the show, he meets August, the show’s equestrian director and superintendent of animals. August is one very questionable character. He can be the most charming man around and moments later he can turn into the most terrifying creature you’ve ever encountered.

He also meets Marlena, August’s wife, and falls in love with her on the spot. At a later point, the show acquires an elephant named Rosie who is thought to be stupid because she won’t learn to do anything the trainers try to make her do. Rosie plays a huge part in this story, and she gave me the biggest surprise in this book. This story also takes you on an eye opening journey through the sad conditions circus employees and animals were under in 1931.

Water for Elephants was a completely different read for me. It was Adult, and it was realistic, and I loved it. I was a little skeptical about the circus theme. Can’t say I’ve ever been curious enough about its workings to read a book revolving around one, but I am so glad I did because it was sooo much more than that! It made me laugh, cry and gasp in astonishment sometimes. It was a huge plus knowing this will be a movie (coming out in April) starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon as the main characters. I just pictured both of them the whole time! :D

 

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What’s Your Favorite??

16th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Newsletter

What’s Your Favorite??

Here it is!!

Help me choose the name for this Blog!

Thanks to everyone who sent me suggestions. I did Google the names and some were unfortunately already taken. These caught my eye and were thankfully not taken yet, so please help me by voting below!

Name this Blog!!

Poll is now closed! Thank you for your votes!

 

 

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Wicked Lovely, Revisited

13th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Wicked Lovely, RevisitedWicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan, Nick Landrum
Series: Wicked Lovely #1
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: June 12th 2007
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

I read Wicked Lovely last year and thought it was so different from everything else out there. I really like the tone of this series…dark, mysterious and seductive..I just love it. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Darkest Mercy, the last book in the Wicked Lovely series.

While I wait, I’m going to listen to the audiobook versions of the books. The the audio version of books I’ve read sometimes end up giving me a different perspective and a new appreciation for the details in the story. A good narrator will sometimes also make you feel more deeply for the characters. They give them life in a way. That is what’s happening while listening to this series right now. It may also be that it’s been a year since I’ve read them and experiencing them from the beginning again is making me nostalgic.

Wicked Lovely‘s world is rich and absorbing. It makes me want to be IN the book right along with these amazing characters. The characters..le sigh. Aislinn is the perfect blend of vulnerability and strength. Seth is perfect for Ash..I don’t think he would be that perfect with just any other girl, but interestingly enough, he wouldn’t treat these other girls bad either, even if they were just one night stands. Keenan..you want to dislike him, but he’s so honest that it is very difficult to do so. You feel for him and the centuries old quest he’s been on. I actually found myself rooting for him and wanting to comfort him when he was down. Keenan and Donia’s relationship is so heartbreaking. We meet Donia in the very beginning of the book, where Keenan is wishing and hoping beyond hope that she is the one. She is the Winter Girl…the one who chose Keenan hoping she would be it but wasn’t and is now paying for it. Her job is to warn and dissuade any of Keenan’s latest prospects from taking the risk she took and becoming what she became, even though them choosing this risk would free her. I felt sad for Donia, well, until the end, that is. We also met Irial, King of the Dark Court, and Niall, adviser to Keenan. These two are in a league of their own…but more on them when I tell you about my feelings on Ink Exchange, which I’m almost done listening to.

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

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Dark Days of Supernatural Tour – Texas wants you!!

13th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Dark Days

Dark Days of Supernatural Tour – Texas wants you!!

The Dark Days of Supernatural Tour begins today with stops in California, Washington, Minnesota, Illinois and Florida…but unfortunately not Texas. The tour will feature authors Ellen Schreiber (Once in a Full Moon), Cynthia Hand (Unearthly), Courtney Allison Moulton (Angelfire), Kimberly Derting (Desires of the Dead), and Claudia Gray (Afterlife).

We know we shouldn’t beg, but this author line-up is too great not to! Texas is a huge state and we love our YA book events. A few of my fellow TX book bloggers have even heard that the lovely ladies of Blue Willow Book Shop here in Houston are willing to host the event.

Last year, I got to attend the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour in Houston hosted by Blue Willow Bookshop and LOVED it!! As a book lover and new book blogger, I’m hoping to attend more events such as those whenever possible.

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A Year Ago Today, I Read: Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

13th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

A Year Ago Today, I Read: Lament by Maggie StiefvaterLament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Books of Faerie #1
Published by Flux
Pub Date: October 8th 2008
Pages: 325
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.

This was my first time reading a book about fairies and I really liked it!

I loved Maggie’s style of writing, it flows so smoothly. I thought Deirdre handled herself remarkably well after discovering she can see faeries and that they’re after her. She did seem a little naive about James though, but don’t they always. Helllllo! Of course your best friend is in love with you! Luke was very intriguing and at times scary. I never knew what he was going to do or what his intentions were, but I guess that was part of his mysterious persona. Whatever the reason, I liked Luke in a I-know-he’s-bad-for-me-but-I-just-can’t-help-myself kind of way.

Now…James…James, James, lovely, lovely James…I LOVED James!! His sarcastic personality had me eating out of the palm of his hand. Gimme more James! Oh, and I liked that Dee and James were musical prodigies of unconventional instruments. No guitar or piano for these two, oh no, harp and pipes. :D

Overall the story is romantic and suspenseful and the ending is bittersweet.

 

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the Books of Faerie (Lament and Ballad); the bestselling Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever), as well as The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys. Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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Help Me Name My Blog!

12th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Newsletter

Help Me Name My Blog!

Hi everyone!! Welcome to my Blog!

I’ve gotten a few posts/reviews posted and am loving it so far! Definitely still getting the hang of it, though. One thing I know for sure is…I want a better name for my Blog.

When the new year started, I was very eager to begin blogging about my current reads and what I thought of them, so I gave the Blog the first (or second, or third) name that popped in my head. Something that said, “Hey! I read books! See??” :)

This is where you come in. I want something permanent, unique, catchy…a play on words maybe, short and sweet and memorable. And of course relevant to reading and reviewing books. So, I need your help coming up with this oh-so-special name. Think up as many as you want and leave the suggestions in the comments. Only serious suggestions please, as I am serious about this Blog. :) Once I have enough suggestions, I’ll do another post where everyone can vote on their favorite!!

Thanks for your help!!

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Review: The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

10th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Water Wars by Cameron StracherThe Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: January 1st 2011
Pages: 247
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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3 Stars

Would you risk everything for someone you just met?

What if he had a secret worth killing for?

Welcome to a future where water is more precious than oil or gold... Hundreds of millions of people have already died, and millions more will soon fall—victims of disease, hunger, and dehydration. It is a time of drought and war. The rivers have dried up, the polar caps have melted, and drinkable water is now in the hands of the powerful few. There are fines for wasting it and prison sentences for exceeding the quotas.

But Kai didn’t seem to care about any of this. He stood in the open road drinking water from a plastic cup, then spilled the remaining drops into the dirt. He didn’t go to school, and he traveled with armed guards. Kai claimed he knew a secret—something the government is keeping from us...

And then he was gone. Vanished in the middle of the night. Was he kidnapped? Did he flee? Is he alive or dead? There are no clues, only questions. And no one can guess the lengths to which they will go to keep him silent. We have to find him—and the truth—before it is too late for all of us.

I have mixed feelings about The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher. I LOVED the cover! Isn’t it gorgeous!? Yeah.

I found myself skimming or speed reading through the pages, which automatically tells me that I’m just trying to get to the bottom of it and not hanging on its every word, like I would a book I’m loving. I really wanted more from the characters. I agree with other reviews that say they fell kind of flat. Somehow, Ulysses ended up being my favorite character.

The story is action packed but I guess it just really wasn’t what I wanted from it. If this turns into more books, I’ll probably read them to see if the story and characters grow and get better.

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Review: Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

9th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn KenyonKiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter #4
Published by St. Martin's
Pub Date: April 19th 2004
Pages: 361
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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5 Stars

Wulf is an ancient Viking warrior with a useful but extremely aggravating power—amnesia. No one who meets him in person can remember him 5 minutes later. It makes it easy to have one-night stands, but hard to have a meaningful relationship, and without true love he can never regain his soul.

When he finally meets Cassandra, the one woman who can remember him, she turns out to be the princess of the cursed race he's sworn to hunt—and forbidden to him. The two of them must face ancient curses, prophecies, and the direct meddling of the Greek gods to find true happiness at last.

Kiss of the Night is book number 4 in the Dark-Hunter series, and it was a great installment!

Wulf and Cassandra are definitely not meant to be. What with him being a Dark-Hunter and her being an Apollite on the verge of death, yet thanks to some butting in by the Goddess Artemis, they become entangled in ways they never imagined. Now with Wulf having to keep Cassandra safe, and them not be able to keep their hands of each other, they unavoidably fall in love, but not without having to go through some difficult and sometimes painful obstacles.

I really liked Wulf and Cassandra’s characters, but I LOVED Chris. He is by far the best comic relief in this series to date. I also loved how Cassandra could find the humor in any situation, even while being hunted down. Wulf wasn’t a jerk to Cassandra, which was different, I liked that. He was thoughtful and sweet and funny. :) I found the overprotective way Wulf cares for Chris very endearing, and thought Chris could be a little more sympathetic to Wulf’s position. I mean, come on, if you knew the only way for your ancestor not to live a sad lonely life was by you procreating, wouldn’t you be getting to it already?! lol Maybe then would Wulf have left him alone about it. haha In any case, they’re relationship is sweet.

We got to meet the evil Stryker and Apollymi, aka The Destroyer, and they are E-V-I-L! We also met Urian, Stryker’s son, who is instantly intriguing and for good reason, he isn’t all he appears to be. My Acheron also makes an appearance. :D I really can’t wait to learn the entirety of his mysterious self!! We get to see cameos from past Dark-Hunters too, which is always cool.

 

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Gone with her Thoughts: Let the Awesome Begin!

3rd Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Gone with her Thoughts, Newsletter

Gone with her Thoughts: Let the Awesome Begin!

Soooo…this is my Blog. :D

I REALLY want to make this happen this year. No more slacking. I want to talk and talk mucho-mucho mostly about books but also other things that go through my head. I used to read a lot when I was in middle school, then other things, like boys, got in my way. I would occasionally pick up a book every now and then throughout the years…until 2009.

In 2009, I decided I wanted to buy the Twilight DVD, but for some reason I got it in my head that I wanted to read the book first. And so in this post I tell the story of how yours truly got into reading again.

These are my stats from Goodreads:
read-2008 (6)
read-2009 (28)
read-2010 (202)

2010 was a GREAT year of reading and discovery for me. Also, I turned 30, which I thought would be devastating but instead made me think about what I’d like to be like. I came to the conclusion that I want to be a person who does what she likes and doesn’t care what others think of that.

So let the Awesome begin… :)

 

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Gone with her Thoughts: What (Re)Started It All

21st Mar 2010 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2010, Gone with her Thoughts, Newsletter

Gone with her Thoughts: What (Re)Started It All

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MYSPACE

March 22, 2009 – obsessed much??
Current mood: bummed
Category: Writing and Poetry

So Friday morning I went to Barnes & Noble to pick up a copy of Twilight and New Moon. I have to admit that it took me this long to finally give in and read it because of all the hype and because I thought it was something for teenagers…so for a long time I didn’t give it a second thought. I hadn’t even heard of Twilight until the movie was coming out but I wasn’t going to go see that before I read the book. So I’ve been off all week and have been seeing the ads for the Twilight DVD and my curiosity was sparked again, and on top of that Barnes & Noble sent me a 15% off coupon that would be taken off the already 10% off I get for being a member, so I thought “what the heck!”

I started reading Twilight around 7/7:30 on Friday….I was hooked!! I finally had to put it down because Tom and I had plans like at 9, but trust me, I didn’t want to! It was crazy!

Yesterday I was able to do everything I had to do and not give in to reading the book…so I started reading again around 7 and stopped when Tom got home. We went to bed around 12 but I wasn’t sleepy yet so I decided to read till I got sleepy. Well I didn’t get sleepy, instead I couldn’t stop reading. I finally let out a yawn and looked at my phone…it was freaking 4:45 in the morning!!! Lol I forced myself to put it down and forced myself to sleep at that point.

This morning I finished it.

It was sooo good! Incredible! I LOVED it!! I would describe my personal thoughts and feelings but I find that to be impossible…I want to keep them all to myself. Although, I don’t think I could really put it into words. It would take me a while to come up with all the RIGHT words to describe it. Just trust me on this one girls (and maybe some guys but I doubt it would have the same effect), YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!! Especially before seeing the movie. And you will DEFINITELY be tempted to just put down the book and just seeing the movie because you’ll feel like you’re not reading fast enough….DON’T DO IT.

I’m glad I didn’t, because I just saw the movie right now and omg…it made me mad!! I don’t think there could’ve been a better person to play Edward…o-m-g he’s a freakin’ hot vampire! Not as hot as Brad in Interview with a Vampire though…and not as hot and tortured as describe in the book either, that was a big disappointment :( It was an ok movie, but it didn’t do the writing any justice! It just didn’t translate the feeling of the book to me. I understand that when writing a screenplay/making a movie from a book a lot of things have to get condensed and cut…BUT COME ON! Lol

So I’m off to start reading new moon now…laters taters!!

Currently reading:
New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
By Stephenie Meyer
Release date: 2008-05-31

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