Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

Well. When I first heard about this book I knew I had to read it. But I did not imagine that I would love it like I did. And gosh, did I love it. This book was all kinds of perfect. I had some issues in the beginning, but that is all forgotten. This book was stunning. Mysterious. Funny. Sweet. A bit creepy. So perfect.

It is unfair, really, how amazing this book was. Because now I regret not reading it sooner. But I'm glad I decided to read it today. As I could not put it down. Not even for a moment. This book just had it all. I was unsure in the beginning, but then it only got better and better. It was so good I'm going with 5 stars.

There is so much I could say about this stunning book. But I do not want to give away all the secrets. So I will just say a few things. Which may turn out to be much. We'll see. First. I'm not sure how to decide which age group this book belongs. I would say young adult. But it could also be middle grade. So I'm saying it is in between. And that you all need to read it, no matter what you read. The youngest girl is twelve. But the others are older. It is never said how old, but I'm guessing late in their teens. And oh. There is so much to love in this book. It is told from many different point of views. I think its third person. But I have no idea how to tell these things, lol, so I'm not sure. I just know I got to know a lot from the different girls and I know that I loved the writing in this book. It took me a little while in the beginning to get to love it, but I got there. And I'm so glad I loved it all. The writing. The characters. The plot. The 1890 time setting.

This book begins with a murder. Well, with two murders. And it is the most awesome murders. I loved reading about it. It's a bit creepy yet it is also so much fun. And I couldn't help but love it. The seven girls are attending a small private school just for them. Their headmistress and her brother has just died in front of them. And oh, so much of this book focus on that. On what the girls do next. And it is all so wonderful. I loved every moment of it. Sure, it's a bit extreme what they do, but I loved it to pieces.

There are so many girls to love in this book. Sure, it might have taken me a while to remember them. As I'm not so good with this many characters. But I'm glad there were seven girls. Because they were all adorable and I loved reading about them all. Mary Jane was just so much fun and flirty and I adored her. Elinor was a bit creepy yet I loved her too. Louise was so young and innocent yet so clever too. Alice was so cute. Martha too. And Roberta as well. My favorite was Kitty, though. She was so perfect for me.

There is so much happening in this book. There are cute boys. And they all made me smile. This isn't a romance book, but the boys are there a little bit, and it's just so cute. My favorite was Julius for Kitty. Though Henry for Martha was cute too. Ack. Then there is the very old Admiral. He was a charmer. I loved reading about them all. Though some characters were a bit creepy. But most of the time I loved reading about all the different characters. Because they were all very exciting to get to know better.

Most of this book is a murder mystery. Who killed the headmistress. And a lot of the book is covering it up. The girls dressing up as her. And oh, it was all so fun. But a bit scary for them. And I just loved every moment of it. Sigh. I don't want to say much more. Just that it is very mysterious. And the murderer came as a surprise to me. Which was quite fun. This whole book was just fun and it has left me with a smile on my face. And I love this book for doing that. Yeah. I really enjoyed reading this book.

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place was a fun book. It made me laugh. And then it almost made me cry as well. It is fun and sad and scary and mysterious. I never wanted this book to end. I loved the mystery. I loved the relationship between the seven girls. I even adored the dog. I could not have been happier about this book. Well, there was this one thing that I was not happy about. There is no sequel. And I want one so much. I want more about the girls. And Julius. Hih. I'm hoping for one.

Huge thank you to Ksenia at Macmillan Kids for sending me this gorgeous print ARC. <3 I'm so glad I read it. And I cannot wait to get it in hardcover as well. Also, this cover? Isn't it just stunning? I adore it. All the girls look so adorable and ack. I cannot wait to see the finished version with the art of the girls inside as well. I know this will be a book that I can read again and again. And I will. You all need to read this book. Seriously. It is so good. And you must all read it when it comes out in September. <3

Jellicoe Road: Norwegian Edition + Giveaway

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing with you the Norwegian edition of Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. <3 I got my stunning hardcover in the mail today from the Norwegian publisher, Heinesen Forlag :) As you know, this is a favorite book of mine. I just read it for the third time, and blogged more about it here. I cannot wait to try reading it in Norwegian. I'm sure it will be awesome. But anyway. The cover for this book is beyond beautiful. As you can see in some pictures below. The Norwegian publisher kindly offered to give away 3 copies of this edition to readers of my blog. Anyone, from anywhere, can enter to win. Just be aware that the language in the book in Norwegian. Which is beautiful. And I know that if I lived in a different country, I would want this book so much. As I need all the editions, hih. <3 And this is just so gorgeous. I hope you will all enter to win this beautiful book :) What do you think of this edition? <3


Rules.
It's international.
There will be three winners.
They must respond within 48 hours.
The giveaway ends three weeks from today.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #149

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

EVERBLAZE (Keeper of the Lost Cities #3) 
BY SHANNON MESSENGER

Goodreads Description:

Sophie Foster is ready to fight back.

Her talents are getting stronger, and with the elusive Black Swan group ignoring her calls for help, she’s determined to find her kidnappers—before they come after her again.

But a daring mistake leaves her world teetering on the edge of war, and causes many to fear that she has finally gone too far. And the deeper Sophie searches, the farther the conspiracy stretches, proving that her most dangerous enemy might be closer than she realizes.

In this nail-biting third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must fight the flames of rebellion, before they destroy everyone and everything she loves.


Hardcover, 576 pages
Expected publication: November 4th 2014 by Aladdin
Pre-Order here.

You know. I'm DYING for Everblaze. Really, truly dying. I need this book. And I need it now. Because oh. It is a stunning middle grade series. Exciting. Fun. Sad. I love it. And I love Shannon too. She is just so kind and sweet. And ack! This cover! My cover reveal post here. It is Fitz and Sophie. And it is killing me a bit. Sigh. I just need this book already. I can't wait to read it. <3 Very, very excited for this.
What are you waiting for on this blazing wednesday?    

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


Why I love Jellicoe Road: It is full of heartbreak and love and it's one hundred percent real. I'm so glad I finally decided to read this book again. This was my third time reading it; though I hadn't read it since last April. Which was too far away. I had forgotten just how much I loved this book. And now I love it even more. I had forgotten how sad it is. So sad that it made me cry a few times. Which doesn't usually happen. I had forgotten how much it would make me feel. How much I would love Taylor and Jonah. <3 

Because being part of him isn't just anything. It's kind of everything.

I'm trying to think of what I'm going to share about this book with you all. I want to share all of it. And I want to share none of it. Mostly I just want you all to go read this book. To go read it and love it and then come back and tell me. Which you now must do. But I will share a few things about Jellicoe Road today. I won't talk too much about the plot. Will just mention some of my love for it. My love for the characters. And there are a lot of characters to love in this book. First, the writing is simply gorgeous.

Jellicoe Road is told from the point of view of Taylor Markham. Whom I adored. She is such an amazing character. And we get to know her so well yet I always wanted to know more about her. I loved reading about her past. Because it is heartbreaking and mean and so real and honest. I loved reading about her mother who left her when she was eleven. I know that I didn't like her. But I still couldn't fully hate her or totally blame her. But that does not mean that I approved of the things she did. Which I did not. Sigh.

Though the book is from Taylor's point of view, we also get to read some stories about five other teenagers, many years back. Narnie, Tate, Webb, Fitz and Jude. I will not say much about them. Just that they are all adorable and I loved reading about their friendship and their lives and I could not get enough of them. Would have loved to know more. Their story is heartbreaking. And so real. It is just so sad and beautiful and it's done so well. Sigh. I think Narnie was my favorite of them all. Most likely.

There are so many characters in this book. So many that I loved to pieces. There is Taylor's best friend, Raffy. Though at first they aren't really hanging out that much. But it changes. And I adored Raffy. I loved seeing her kind of relationship with Chaz. And I adored reading about him too. And ack. I just want them together, hih. Then there is also Ben. Whom is just this adorable guy. One of the best things about this book is that there is no love triangle. Not at all. No kisses with other people. Thank god, hah.

But there is romance. Oh, how there is romance in Jellicoe Road. Because there is this boy. Jonah Griggs. And he is kind of everything. I loved reading about him. So so much. His past is just the saddest. Well, he and Taylor both have the saddest pasts. But his killed me a little. Like what almost happened three years ago. Sniffs. Anyway. I adore Jonah. I adore him to pieces. I loved reading about him. And the slow romance between him and Taylor. It was everything. It was perfect. It was beautiful.

"No," I say, looking up at Griggs. "It's actually because my heart belongs to someone else."
And if I could bottle the look on his face, I'd keep it by my bedside for the rest of my life.

There is so much I love in this book. I love getting to know Taylor. I love getting to know the school she goes to. And all the kids there. Like small Jessa. She was kind of annoying most of the time, but I also ended up adoring her. She was pretty cute. And I loved how Taylor didn't truly like any of them in the beginning. How she kept her distance. And then getting to see her open up and become more for them all. I loved how much Taylor grows in this book. Because it is beautiful to watch. And I loved it so much.

I'm trying not to say too much about this book. But I think I'm failing in that. I know I have said a lot of this before, and that I'm not saying everything that I said before, but that's okay. I don't feel like sharing the entire plot. But I do feel like saying that the story in Jellicoe Road is stunning. It is interesting and fun and just all kinds of awesome. I loved reading about the territory wars. About the gorgeous friendships. I loved reading about all of it. Okay, I loved reading about Jonah and Taylor the most. <3

I take deep breaths, looking at the town stretched in front of me.
When I turn around, he cups my face in his hands and kisses me so deeply that
I don't know who is breathing for who, but his mouth and tongue taste like warm honey. 
I don't know how long it lasts, but when I let go of him, I miss it instantly.

I have so many favorite parts in this book. Okay, the entire book is my favorite. But I loved the times we get to know about Taylor's past. About when she used to live with her mom. How broken her mom was. How she didn't fully take care of Taylor. What happened when she was eleven, to her and Sam. It was heartbreaking. And yet so perfect too and so real and honest. I loved reading those moments. And I would love to know more about her past. Though I'm sure it would break my heart that much more.

The ending for this book is perfect. Okay, it is beyond heartbreaking in some ways. Yet it is also the perfect ending. Though I really want to know what happens next. I'm so curious about it all. Mostly I just want to read more about Jonah and Taylor. <3 I need more of their gorgeous romance. Sigh. It's just so beautiful. And omg. There will be a Jellicoe Road movie. And I am dying for more news about it. I think it will be perfect. Sure, I'm worried about how they will make it. But I'm also so excited about it.

I am done talking about this book now. Hopefully this post made sense at all. I just loved this book so, so much. It means so much to me. And it made my heart to funny things. I'm so glad I finally read it again. <3 And I cannot wait to read it even more times. It is the kind of book you can read again and again and never tire of it. Which is why you all need to read it if you have yet to do so. It's worth it. Also, I'm sharing a bunch of quotes in this post of mine. I love them all. And I hope you do too. <3

These people have history and I crave history. I crave someone knowing me 
so well that they can tell what I'm thinking. Jonah Griggs takes my hand under 
the table and links my fingers with his and I know that I would sacrifice almost 
anything just to keep this state of mind, for the rest of the week at least.

Cress Tuesday #43

I love sharing these Cress Tuesday teasers with you all each week. Because it makes me remember my love for this book. And my love is huge. Sigh. Cress is just such a perfect book. Now I'm just waiting for Winter to come out. And it kills me a little that it isn't out until November 2015. The wait will be long. But also worth it. Going to continue with these teasers for ages, most likely, lol. As I love doing them. Hope you do too. It makes me even more excited to be re-reading the three books in the near future. Hopefully I'll have the time for that soon, as I need to re-read more about Cinder and Kai, hih. <3 Anyway. If you haven't yet had the chance to read Cress, I'm hoping these teasers will convince you to do that :) If you have read it, I hope these teasers reminds you about how amazing this book was. Sigh. See previous Cress Tuesdays here. <3 Hope you are enjoying these (mostly) non-spoilery teasers :)


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Another long, heartbreaking howl shook the hotel, 
and Cinder steadied herself as well as she could. "I'll get Wolf."

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Sob. My poor Wolf.

Was allowed to do this by Marissa and Macmillan; Thank you. <3 Marissa is the best. Check out her amazing website :D I'm also very much in love with the Lunar Chronicles facebook. So pretty. I hope you enjoy the teasers :) There will be one teaser each Tuesday. Can't wait for you all to read Cress :) Also, the teasers are now from my finished hardcover copy of Cress :D And oh, how it is gorgeous. <3