Thursday, July 17, 2014

Shadow Scale has a cover!

Rachel Hartman, author of Seraphina (which I LOVED), posted the cover for Shadow Scale on her blog today. I really like the style of this cover and Seraphina's. Hartman also mentioned in her post that SC will be the second and final book. I had it in my mind that this would be a trilogy but I was mistaken. Oh well. Sometimes two well-written books are better than a trilogy with a middle book that suffers "second book syndrome." I have no doubt SC will be amazing and I can't wait for it to be released!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Reread: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

I have been meaning to mention this but I enjoy rereading books I've already reviewed previously and thought that maybe it'd be fun to revisit these books and re-post about them. I don't know if this will turn into a feature or anything--I'm only doing this for fun and because I'd still like to share my thoughts after a reread. So here I go. Side note: I may or may not accidentally write spoilers. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED >:O

Synopsis: After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck here in spirit form with no sign of the big, bright light coming to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser/outcast type who hates the social elite. He alone can see and hear her, but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High. 

Can they get over their mutual distrust—and this weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?

Thoughts after the second time around: 
  • I mentioned this the first time I reviewed Kade's debut but I love the dual narration between these two! You know whenever it's Alona or Will telling the story; their voices are so distinctive. This is how dual POV should be! 
  • Alona. She's kind of bitchy, but she's not MEAN. Or at least not intentionally. She's just a hard nut to crack. I like how the author managed to craft Alona's personality like this--Alona could have easily slided into mean girl territory (she has a sharp tongue and when she's mad, she's MAD) but she realizes that sometimes her words carried more weight than she intended. 
  • Will. I freaking loved him as a character. I liked that his relationship with Alona changed his perspective on how he viewed his gift. Also thanks to Alona, he realizes that he doesn't have to run away every time he sees a ghost in his midst--he can still have a life, he just needs to learn how to adjust in a way that's more positive for himself and the ghosts that he may encounter. P.S. Yay for Alona being his spirit guide! 
  • The story. I read this before but I enjoyed falling back into Will and Alona's world. I knew how this first book was going to end so I could focus more on other things like seeing Alona and Will's character development, the great banter these two had, the humorous moments the author managed to weave into this tale and how the secondary characters helped move the plot along. This is why rereading is fun--the details you may have missed the first time float up to the surface and become more apparent.  
  • The topic of ghosts and the afterlife. Ghosts in a story always attract me and I enjoyed how the author dealt with it and didn't bring religion into it. I'd be okay if she had brought some sort of element of religion into it but the story would've completed changed in tone. I think if she had gone that route, it would've actually taken away from the story. I still need to read the next two books to see where she goes however. 
  • The feel of the story. Despite the story being about spirits and someone who can see them, it didn't feel dark and gloomy. I mean, look at that cover.
  • Also that cover? I get why these two are on a bench now! Why didn't I realize this the first time I read the book? *facepalm* I was probably still in my OMG THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME stage. ;)
Overall, this was a solid good read that has me ready to get to the next two books left in the series. I'm appalled that I let FOUR YEARS go by and I never finished the series? Granted, the second and third book needed to be released but STILL. It's 2014. I read this book for the first time in 2010. I WAS A COLLEGE FRESHMAN O_O I know, I know. Judge away. I'm judging me too xD 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I'm taking questions :)

Um, I hope that doesn't sound odd. It's like I'm on stage and tapping on a microphone. *taps* Can anyone hear me?

For those of you that kindly answered my survey, I noticed that a HUGE majority of you wanted more "get to know me" posts. Of course, I have no idea what to talk about xD So if you have any questions you'd like to ask me, go ahead! I haven't really talked about myself on the blog before but I've done that on purpose because I had it in my head that I should be "professional" as a blogger and keep it strictly about books. Silly, right? I also admit that I was hesitant to talk about myself because the idea of the internet knowing who I am and having that kind of info scared me a little. It's ironic for me to think that and yet for me to keep on blogging and to be posting my personal opinions for all the virtual world to see.

I know. I don't get it either.

BUT I realized that it's okay to open up a little. :) Besides, the blogs that I love best are usually the ones that are bursting with the blogger's personality as well as their content. I always enjoyed reading the posts where people give us a glimpse of who they are and my readers are no different, I suspect. So ask away in the comments, my lovelies. What would you like to know about me? Besides the fact that I'm a fan of books. I think we all know that by this point ;)

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 28th, 2014 

Synopsis: Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons. [goodreads link]

My feelings summed up in this GIF: 

UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. But I will have to be patient. What title are you waiting for, my friends?