Review: Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin

16th Jan 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey MartinAnother Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: December 1st 2013
Pages: 184
Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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4 Stars

What if your devastating break-up became this summer's hit single? In this rock-and-roll retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, music can either bring you together or tear you apart.

At her dying mother's request, Claire dumps Jared, the only boy she's ever loved. Left with a broken family and a broken heart, Claire is furious when she discovers that her biggest regret became Jared's big break. While Jared is catapulted into rock-star status, another piece of Claire's heart crumbles every time his song plays on the radio.

The summer after her senior year, it's been months since the big break-up, and Claire is just trying to keep her head down and make it through a tense trip to the beach with her family. But when Jared shows up, and old feelings reignite, can Claire and Jared let go of the past? Or will they be stuck singing the same old refrain?

 

The moment I read the synopsis I knew this would be a book for me. I love anything music related, especially when it directly involves the characters.

After getting to know Claire and reading more into the relationship she had with Jared and the reasons behind her breaking up with him, I felt just as hurt at his reaction and the song he wrote about her. I was like, “WTF, Jared! Maybe if you’d stuck around and listened to her reasons! GAH!” Anyway, I was totally Team Claire. I didn’t much like her parents. They loved her, but they weren’t the best. But I think they reacted like many parents would when your daughter, who’s been perfection in their eyes, starts dating a guy who they feel is not up to par.

Claire came out of all that trauma in pretty good shape though. While the song devastated her, then angered her, it didn’t break her. She started a band that was actually really cool and her own songwriting was coming along great. Now spending the summer in a small beach town, the last person she ever expects to run into is Jared, but there he is!

Things between the two don’t start off great. There’s a lot of old pain that seems to only cause new pain. And it doesn’t help that Claire doesn’t want it known that she is Jared’s ex. Especially since he starts sort of dating her cousin. Jerk! I didn’t really warm up to Jared until he and Claire finally started talking in a civilized manner. I began to understand him and in the end, I ended up liking him. I loved the parts where they would write music, together or separately.

Another Little Piece of My Heart was a fun romance. It was a perfect weekend read if you’re looking for something light and fun and a quick read. I look forward to more from Tracey Martin soon!

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Blog Tour: Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin – Dream Cast + Giveaway!

8th Dec 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Blog Tours, Giveaways

Blog Tour: Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin – Dream Cast + Giveaway!

Blog Tour: Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin – Dream Cast + Giveaway!Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: December 1st 2013
Pages: 184
Format: eBook | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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What if your devastating break-up became this summer’s hit single? In this rock-and-roll retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, music can either bring you together or tear you apart.

At her dying mother’s request, Claire dumps Jared, the only boy she’s ever loved. Left with a broken family and a broken heart, Claire is furious when she discovers that her biggest regret became Jared’s big break. While Jared is catapulted into rock-star status, another piece of Claire’s heart crumbles every time his song plays on the radio.

The summer after her senior year, it’s been months since the big break-up, and Claire is just trying to keep her head down and make it through a tense trip to the beach with her family. But when Jared shows up, and old feelings reignite, can Claire and Jared let go of the past? Or will they be stuck singing the same old refrain?

 

I read this book last week and let me tell you, it’s really fun! (Look for my full review soon!) And it’s always fun to see who the author would cast, especially when it’s not what you imagined.  Check it out below and let me know what you think!

Dream Cast

Sky Ferreira as Claire

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Thanks to Kell Andrews for the suggestion. For Claire, I need a musician who can act, or an actress who can music, either one.

Drew Roy as Jared

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Supposedly he can play guitar, and he’s got the look. Just imagine him with longer hair.

Chloë Grace Moretz as April

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Anna Popplewell as Hannah

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Michael Trevino as Zach

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Alexandra Daddario as Lisa

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Zach Roerig as Mike

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About the Author

Tracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.

She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.

Visit Tracey online: Website | Twitter

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Review: Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins

17th Oct 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Stir Me Up by Sabrina ElkinsStir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: October 1st 2013
Pages: 268
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated…

You guys…THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! I have no hesitation calling Stir Me Up one of my favorites of the year. That’s right! It is!

Here is just a list of the things I loved about this book, in no particular order:

1. Cami was so likable. She wasn’t perfect, but she was real and completely adorable. I loved that even though she was confused about what to do once she graduated high school, being a chef was non negotiable. She just had to convince her French chef father of this. I loved that we get to see her experience a lot of firsts with her first boyfriend that did not involve going all the way. I think it should be ok for girls to want to explore without having the pressure of having sex.

2. I loved the restaurant/chef life. Cami’s father owns a French restaurant. This is practically where Cami grew up and it’s now where she works. Top Chef is one of my favorite tv shows, and I’ve always been in awe at how these chefs create unique and beautiful dishes. I loved the parts where Cami was coming up with new recipes. She just put so much love into all her dishes. It was awesome.

3. I was glad to see a stepparent in such a positive light. We get a lot of no parents, single parents, or both parents, but we don’t often get to see how amazing a stepparent can be to a kid. Sarah Dessen did this very well in The Moon and More, and I was happy to see it in Stir Me Up. Not all stepparents are evil, but sadly we only get to see or hear or read about the ones who have done awful things. Here’s to amazing stepparents!

4. OMG…I LOVED THE BFF, TARYN! She constantly cracked me up with her texts. This book overall was really funny which I always appreciate. :)

5. Julian. Oh, mother of all things holy, this guy! Ok, so he starts of as such a jerk! So freaking surly, and understandably so, but geez! Buy, guys. Once he starts softening and getting back to his old self? He was amazing. Such an amazing, caring, and wonderful guy. AND HE WAS HOT! I loved how he took such care with Cami and how he wanted to make sure they didn’t hold each other back in any way.

6. The ending was so perfect in my opinion. It was the best way for both Julian and Cami to have a happily ever after, and I do believe these two have a forever kind of love. I can clearly see their future played out in my mind and I love what I see.

Those are the main reasons I loved this book, but really so many small details also contributed. I hope you guys will pick up Stir Me Up and give it a shot. It’s actually on sale for $1.99 right now for both Kindle and Nook. I’m so glad my friend Estelle (from Rather Be Reading) said “You need to read this!” Thank you, Estelle! And thank you Sabrina, for writing such a great romance. :)

 

 

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Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

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

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie KagawaThe Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: October 23rd 2012
Pages: 377
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

It was very exciting for me to find out that Julie Kagawa would be continuing to write the world of the Iron Fey in The Lost Prince, this time with Ethan, Meghan’s little brother, as the main character. Ethan stole our hearts as the sweet little boy with the brown, curly hair and blue eyes. It broke our hearts every time he would be left behind. Well, Ethan Chase is a baby no more…and his heartache over Meghan has turned into anger.

Having to reconcile little Ethan with the brooding, good-looking guy he turned into was only difficult for merely a moment. And even though he outwardly displays this persona, one of a tough, brooding loner, I could immediately tell that his heart was still the same: big and golden. It gets really difficult for him to keep up that disinterested façade when Mackenzie, or Kenzie for short, strolls into his life. Kenzie has got to be one of the easiest characters to like. Her personality is easy and friendly, and she is quick-witted, which is an attribute I love in my heroines.

The quest that Ethan is thrust into is not something he ever wanted to deal with. Having to rescue a friend from the Fey he hates, and having to accept their help in the process, was the last thing he ever imagined doing. But our Ethan has a heart of gold and would not let this go without a fight. And here is where things start to get really adventurous…in the Nevernever.

I was most excited to see how the Nevernever had changed since we last saw it in The Iron Knight. Julie Kagawa paints such a pretty picture of the progressive Iron Kingdom! The rest of the Nevernever is as it always was. And if we see the Iron Kingdom it means we see the Iron Court, right? YES! We pretty much see all our favorite and some not-so-favorite characters in this book. But the best surprise is the inclusion of a new character, one with silver hair that appears in The Iron Knight not as a real character…yet. I was not expecting this character to be in this series..had not even considered it! I think I was more excited to have him in this series than I am of Ethan! I won’t say the name, but if you know who I mean just vaguely tell me in the comments so we don’t ruin the surprise for others. :)

Overall, The Lost Prince has all the elements of adventure that I loved from the Iron Fey series. The only thing I felt was missing was that epic love story element…at least from Ethan, because we kind of do get it from our new character. It kind of made me hope that we maybe get a book from his point-of- view. Maybe? Hopefully? Pretty please, Julie!! :D In any case, Iron Fey fans will not be disappointed with this new spin-off.

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About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

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Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

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

Review: The Iron Knight by Julie KagawaThe Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: October 26th 2011
Pages: 361
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing gentler feelings the Winter Prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase- a half-human, half-fey slip of a girl- smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer faery can survive,

With the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through its end- a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan's side.

To survive the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way, Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

I was ecstatic when I found out the next book in the Iron Fey series would be told from Ash’s perspective. After The Iron Queen there was really no other way the next book could be told but through his eyes.

What I really love about this series is that it transports me into this magical world, where things I never could have dreamed up happen. The first three books have nothing on this one in that respect. You know the expression “I’d go to the end of the world for you”, well Ash is doing that for Meghan. Literally. Ash, Puck, and Grimalkin set off on a journey to The End of the World, where Ash will have to go through several tests or trials to earn his soul and mortal body. The places and tests were highly imaginative and I found myself pausing just to perfectly capture the image in my mind. Ash gains two more companions on his journey, one of which was a total shocker…yet, not. When this character made themselves known, I had one of those “I KNEW IT!!” moments. And no, I’m not telling you who I’m talking about, you’ll have to read it to find out. :)

I will tell you that some of these test or trials Ash goes through are really heart-wrenching. I will admit I cried, but then again, Julie Kagawa always does this to me, so it came as no surprise. In the end, I cried happy tears though. I was over the moon happy with how every thing played out. That Epilogue! It was really everything I wanted in an ending for Ash and Meghan. Even though their story has come to a close, we get a glimpse into their future…sort of. You’ll know what I mean when you read it.

The Iron Knight was a wonderful ending to such a magical, romantic series. You will not be disappointed.

 

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Twisted

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

Waiting on Wednesday: Twisted

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

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

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

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

Life couldn't get any worse. Could it?

 

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

 

 

About Gena Showalter

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

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Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

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

Review: The Iron Queen by Julie KagawaThe Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #3
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: January 25th 2011
Pages: 358
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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5 Stars

My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

So at this point, it’s safe to say now that this has become one of my favorite Fey series. The Iron Queen is the by far my favorite of the three books out right now. There were some heart wrenching moments before in the previous two books, but this one slayed me in the end. Deep breaths, in and out. That was me while listening to the last couple of chapters of this audiobook. Of which, by the way, the narrator is AMAZING!

Meghan Chase. I never would have imagined the growth of this character. Her transformation into this fierce warrior was so great to experience. She is brave, yet vulnerable, and her inner strength is fueled by her selflessness. Yes, I have a total girl crush on Meghan Chase. This is something I could not say at the beginning of the series. And Ash…oh, fierce but sweet, sensitive Ash. If I were a poet, I’d…well, I’d write you a poem. Something that said how you make me swoon…how you make my heart soar. I’ve loved him from the start. Puck on the other hand? Haven’t always been a fan of his but he totally shined in this book. I think this line from the book best describes my feelings for these two fairies as it did for Meghan:

“I wanted to laugh with Puck and love with Ash.”

If you’ve read the book, you know where that line comes in. I’ll give you a moment to shed your tears. Go on… *wipes tears*

This book had so much story. It tied up all of Meghan’s loose ends. Some more neatly than others. Some were right out painful. I was really surprised at the turn of events at the very end. It was unexpected and unique. I don’t think there’s a series out there that has gone in this direction after three books, but I am INSANELY excited about The Iron Knight, which will be told from Ash’s POV. Maybe even Puck, too?! That would be even more amazing. (I’m just speculating about the Puck thing, I haven’t heard anything.)

So, good friends, if you have not yet picked up this series, what in the world are you waiting for?! Also, for people wanting to try audiobooks, I recommend this one! :)

 

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

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Music Monday: The Goddess Test + 23

2nd May 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: The Goddess Test + 23

Music Monday: The Goddess Test + 23The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #1
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Every girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.

It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

If she fails...

Happy Music Monday! This is a weekly feature hosted here at Gone with the Words where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read, anything that relates to it in my mind. I’d love to know what songs remind you of certain books or character. Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments!!

If you haven’t read The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter yet, you should totally go out and get it. It was SO good! The relationship between the main characters, Kate and Henry, was unique and I completely loved it. Read my review HERE to get more (spoiler-free) details on the story and Kate & Henry!Jimmy Eat World is one of my most favorite bands ever. 23 is one of those songs that you find yourself taking in with your eyes closed, headphones on.

This song is for Henry…from Kate. :)

Henry has been alone for a very long time, and before he wasn’t, the woman he loved didn’t love him back, she resented him. But then along comes Kate…

No one else will know these lonely dreams
No one else will know that part of me

It was my turn to decide
I knew this was our time
No one else will have me like you do
No one else will have me, only you

You’ll sit alone forever
If you wait for the right time
What are you hoping for?
I’m here and now I’m ready
Holding on tight
Don’t give away the end
The one thing that stays mine

 

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Teaser Tuesday: The Goddess Test

26th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: The Goddess Test

Teaser Tuesday: The Goddess TestThe Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: April 19th 2011
Pages: 293
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
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Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn.

It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

If she fails...

 

 

I do not expect you to love me, Kate. I do not dare hope that you would think of me in any way other than as a friend, and I know I must earn even that much.

 

I know this isn’t actually the book I’m currently reading, but I did read it over the weekend and I just had to share a snippet of the swooniness (<–made up word, lol) that is Henry. Read my thoughts on this awesome book HERE (spoiler-free).

 

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Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

23rd Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee CarterThe Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: April 19th 2011
Pages: 293
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn.

It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

If she fails...

It’s interesting that there aren’t more YA books based on Greek Mythology, because there is so much there to draw from. The crazy part about The Goddess Test is that I never would have thought to make Hades the love interest of any story because Hades has always been a bad guy in Greek Myth. If you aren’t familiar with the myth of Hades and Persephone and how he abducted her, don’t worry, you get to learn about it in the book. However, Aimée Carter tells us a version of that story that will break your heart…but not for Persephone, as it’s always been.

Kate has to be one of the most kind characters I’ve read in a while. She is incredibly unselfish and always puts other people’s welfare and feelings before her own. She is also strong, but at times, she lets things slide for too long or she’s too forgiving before she’s had it and decides to stand up for herself.

Henry, our Hades, is in fact “dark, tortured and mesmerizing”. He’s ruled the Underworld an eternity and he isn’t able to do it alone anymore. He’s tried for the last century to find a girl who could rule with him, but they have either not been strong enough or have tragically died before the tests. He’s ready to give up, but agrees to one more try. If this doesn’t work out, he will relinquish the Underworld to another God, and he will eventually fade into nothingness.

This is where it gets interesting for me. In this story, the guy isn’t trying to woe the girl because he’s fallen in love with her from first sight, and it’s not the other way around either…at first. Henry chooses Kate to be the next potential Goddess because he senses she’s different, and Kate only goes with Henry because he promises to keep her mother alive as long as she remains with him. Once they’re in Henry’s home and they begin to spend time together, they become friends, and Kate begins to fall for him. Unfortunately for Kate, Henry does not seem interested in taking their relationship anywhere beyond the realm of friendship. Trust me though, he has his reasons. I loved and suffered watching this relationship blossom. When they finally got there, I just about squealed I was so happy!

I was pleasantly surprised by the way the tests, and the ones who administered these tests, were unveiled. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll say that what surprised me was the fact that there was only one person working against Kate. For some reason, I thought more people were rooting against her than for her.

The Goddess Test ended on a bittersweet note, and I’m so sad that I have to wait soooo long for Goddess Interrupted. If you’re looking for something different to read, maybe a little magical, go pick up this book. I KNOW you’ll like it! :)

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Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

14th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie KagawaThe Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: August 1st 2010
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

I wish I could say Meghan didn’t frustrate me again at first, but, oh my gawd, did she ever! If someone tells you they have to act like they don’t care in front of people who would use your feelings against you, why would you believe he means it when it happens? I wanted to shake her and make her realize this SO many times! In reality, I like Meghan! I think she’s kind and loyal and brave, but sometimes she’s a bit childish.

In The Iron King, I thought the romance between Ash and Meghan, while exciting, was a bit sudden and unexplained. It felt like it blossomed, on his part, out of nowhere. Well, my question was definitely answered in this book, and it left me sah-wooning! Although, I was often bothered by how much his first love was brought up. It made me sad and hurt for Meghan.

While I suspected Puck had feelings for Meghan, in The Iron King, he never tells her outright. Well, after surprising Meghan with his return at a crucial time, he totally lays it on her! I love Puck…but he’s not Ash. And I think that’s what Meghan struggles with the most when it comes to them. She would never stop yearning for Ash if she were to stay with Puck, though.

I gotta tell you, Iron Horse wormed his way into my heart with his unwavering loyalty and I cried a little in the end for him. Another person who devastated me was Charles. I suspected what the deal with him was and it broke my heart that neither he nor Meghan could remember anything.

The villains in this book were almost unexpected but not surprising. I don’t think I hate anyone more in this series than Rowan. He is heartless. The things he agrees to do for the enemy, against his own family, were so wrong.

I loved how this book ended. I never thought Ash would actually go through with that and it left me elated, but now I’m so worried about what’s going to happen to him!! :( Because of that, I’m terrified to read The Iron Queen. I’ve heard how many people it has brought to tears! I’m sucking it up though, because this series is too good not to read.

 

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

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Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa + Bonus Winter’s Passage Review!

3rd Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa + Bonus Winter’s Passage Review!The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: February 1st 2010
Pages: 363
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined. Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

I really enjoyed the world Julie Kagawa has created. The Summer/Seelie Court and the Winter/Unseelie Court are what I’ve always imagined fairies to be like. They’re unearthly beautiful with elven features and unattainable grace.

Meghan Chase has been kept in the dark her whole life about her origins. Her best friend, Robbie, is actually a faery. He has been protecting her and keeping her blind to all things fey. See, Meghan’s father is the Summer King and that makes her a target. I found Meghan to be a little infuriating sometimes. She wouldn’t take anyone’s advice and always made rash decisions that mostly made matters worse for everyone and herself. But what I will give her is that she is courages and strong. For being thrust into this world she adjusted rather well and didn’t cower at all the unknown. Her loyalty was also admirable.

One very intriguing character was Prince Ash of the Winter Court. I think his cold, mysterious demeanor is something he uses to keep himself closed off. I think he is definitely hero material. That whole “always want what you can’t(or shouldn’t) have” was SO happening in this book between Meghan and Ash, and I loved it!

Puck, a.k.a. Robbie, was also there to help Meghan on her quest to save her brother. I love his humor and sarcastic comments. I do wonder if he has feelings for Meghan that go deeper than friendship though. I hope we find out in the next book!

I can’t believe I hadn’t read this book sooner! Talk about being taken to another world! It was definitely a unique take on faeries. This story was action packed, it had heart and it left me wanting the next book the moment I finished.

 

BONUS QUICK REVIEW!

Winter’s Passage (Iron Fey #1.5) by Julie Kagawa
3 out of 5 Stars!
Publication Date: May 20th 2010 by Harlequin Teen

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl…until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck–Meghan’s best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon–who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

Yet Meghan and Ash’s detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter–a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat….

An eBook exclusive story from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.

This story takes place between book 1, The Iron King, and book 2, The Iron Daughter. It’s a great short adventure and a nice addition to the series. I think if it hadn’t been written we might’ve always wondered how it had gone down. I love the moments where Ash opens up to Meghan and doesn’t try to act like he doesn’t care for her. If you enjoyed The Iron King you’ll like this story as well. :)

 

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

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Review: In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Review: Outside In by Maria V. Snyder

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

Review: Outside In by Maria V. SnyderOutside In by Maria V. Snyder
Series: Insiders #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: March 1st 2011
Pages: 328
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Me? A Leader? Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion - between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again - while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside. And something from Outside wants In.

Outside In picks up soon after the end of Inside Out. Trella kind of takes a backseat to the committee, and wants to just explore more of Inside and spend more time with Riley. She feels she doesn’t have the expertise to make decisions that will impact the citizens of Inside. She doesn’t realize that the citizens of Inside see her as a leader, one who has abandoned them. There hasn’t been much progress and everyone is still being segregated, Uppers from Scrubs. The Scrubs are losing hope that changes will soon be made because hardly any are being implemented as fast as everyone had hoped. All these things soon lead to huge problems; bombs are being set off and someone has taken over the computer systems. Trella has to figure out who she can trust in her quest to finding out who’s responsible for these attacks. People she thought she could trust will let her down and she will find allies in very unexpected places.

Trella and Riley’s relationship is beyond cute! Riley is very funny and adorable, I wish I could materialize him from the pages of this book!! (Wishful thinking…sigh) They have this mocking, sarcastic way of joking around with each other that makes me laugh. I just love it! He loves her so much but she can’t seem to brave that step towards the idea of a future with him, which will bite her in the butt! There is a lot more sexy scenes between these two than in the previous book, which I shamelessly enjoyed…A LOT!

Trella also has her new found mother to deal with. I feel bad for Dr. Lamont. She has made some bad choices out of desperation, and Trella doesn’t feel she deserves a second chance for betraying all of them. I really enjoyed seeing their relationship evolve chapter after chapter.

Maria V. Snyder leaves me in awe once more with her amazing world building and characters. She created a very vivid picture in my mind! This book was a nail biter, page after page, with a whole lot more action and fighting than the last book. Aside from that, you take away a feeling of hope for the lives of these characters she has so thoughtfully created. I highly recommend this series. And if you haven’t read her Poison Study series, I suggest you run out and buy that as well! It is a must for anyone who loves to read fantasy.

 

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Teaser Tuesday: Outside In

25th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Outside In

Teaser Tuesday: Outside InOutside In by Maria V. Snyder
Series: Insiders #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: March 1st 2011
Pages: 328
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
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Me?

A leader?

Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew.

That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion—between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again—while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside.

And something from Outside wants In.

 

 

“Because you loosened the vent’s screws.”

“Best. Decision. Ever.” He combed his fingers through my hair and laced them behind my neck, pulling me in for a kiss.

 

 

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