Sunday, August 9, 2015

News!

Everyonnnneeee -

I have a lot of new things coming!  I'm finally starting an author/writing blog!  HUZZAH FOR ME!  I figured it would be good to have everything together and awesome and wonderful sooooo I linked this blog to my author domain.  www.yearningtoread.com is now yearningtoread.sierraabrams.com!

I will be back with more updates and reviews and pictures from China soon.  Thanks for bearing with me while I fix everything up!  I might be getting a new design for YTR, too, because I want everything to match with the theme I'm going with.  We shall see!!

XOXO

Monday, August 3, 2015

I'll be back soon....

.....because I was in CHINA! My parents just adopted a sweeeeet little blind boy from Beijing and we all got to go pick him up! The trip was incredible and we are all just IN LOVE with our little brother/son, Ming Tian (Timmy). 

I'm recovering now, and have 3 long days of work ahead of me, but next week hopefully I will have some new reviews for you all!!

I will post pictures soon....until then... ❤️❤️❤️

Monday, June 22, 2015

Review: Magnolia by Kristi Cook


Soooooooooo let me tell you something about this book.  IT WAS AMAZING.  IT WAS ROMANTIC.  IT WAS FABULOUSLY STUBBORN.  IT WAS INTENSE.  IT HAD ME SWOONING.  IT HAD ME SCARED.  IT MADE ME FEEL ALL THE FEELINGS.

I don't think you understand.  Sometimes, every once in a while, I'll read about a book that just clicks with my brain.  I'll see the blurb and think, Yes, yes this.  I must have this.  And then I buy it and read it and it's as glorious as I imagined it would be.  This book was exaaaaaaaaactly that for me.  100%.  Hands down one of my favorite books and favorite romances.


This was basically my face when I saw the blurb.  Just FYI.  Except I can never be as fab as RDJ, but that's another post entirely.

Anyway.  When I saw it was Romeo and Juliet in reverse, I flipped.  I don't like Romeo and Juliet at ALL (unless it's presented as a cautionary tale, and not a romance, because it is NOT A ROMANCE - *ahem*).  But somehow this made sense.  This is the way to go, obviously.  The Bard got it wrong; Cook got it right.  (Sorry, again, I'm off track.)  I ordered it immediately, and when it came in the mail I started it the next day.

I read it in 3 hours.


LET'S TALK CHARACTERS.  You all know I'm a character driven reader/writer.  I can't stand books that lack great characters, even if the plot is awesome.  If I don't have a reason to root for the people I'm reading about, that's a bad thing.

In any case, our heroine, Jemma, is fabulous.  She rocks.  She spunky and fun and totally her own person.  She doesn't do things right all the time but she knows what she wants: to break the mold and go to film school in New York.  I feel like a lot of times authors make their level-headed girl characters emotionally constipated - but not Kristi Cook!  Jemma loves her family and feels deeply, while still keeping her head.  I loved that about her; she inspired me.

And Ryder.  RYYYYYYYYYYDDDDDDEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRR.



Someone please get me a Ryder.  PLEASE.  I need him in my life.  He was as equally dimensional as Jemma, totally his own person, and SO SO good for Jemma.  I loved how he related to her, even when they were arguing.  I mean, what can I say - especially when they were arguing!  The tension!  The friction!  THE BUILDUP!  It was all so intense.


Now, let's get to the story now.  I was sooooo surprised - this book had a lot more to it than I was expecting.  I thought maybe the hurricane would be a small portion of the book, but noooo.  It was a huge part and was actually freakin' scary to read about.  (I live on the west coast and have never experienced any sort of storms like that.)


And then there was the actual romance.  Oh my gosh, it had me falling hard.  I was soooo surprised.  I mean, I love romance soooooooooo much but even this one had me falling harder than I usually do.  It was stunning.  The connection between them was raw and real and based things other than physical attraction...although there was that, too.  Gosh darn it, Ryder was gorgeous, how could there not be?!


Okay, creepy eyebrow-waggle gifs aside.....I loved this book.  I loved Ryder and Jemma and the beautiful southern setting.  I loved the hurricane (*shudders*) and the way their relationship built on itself and the way they fell in love so beautifully and seamlessly.  I JUST LOVED IT OKAY?!  I'm actually surprised it has 3.79 average star rating on Goodreads?  I don't know...I feel like it should be higher.  I highly recommend it to romance junkies and also to people who just like a good story - I sincerely hope you all love it as much as I did!
SYNOPSIS
In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.
CONTENT
Some brief strong cussing and some heavy making out.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab (#1)

          
This.  Book.  Was.  Insane.

I loved it.  It didn't quite make 5 stars for me (you'll see why below) but it was an incredible read, and one I can't wait to dive into again.

The characters.  GUYS.  I'm 100% a character driven reader, and these characters were mineminemineMINE from the start.  Kell is sexy as hell a gorgeous example of a well-written male MC.  Totally three dimensional, completely lovable, and still human.  He doesn't do everything "perfect" and "heroic" at every turn, and it worked only to make me love him more.  And can we just talk about that coat?  YES PLEASE.  I want it.

And let's talk about my favorite character, Rhy.  RHY.  RHYYYYYYY.  Let me love you, Rhy.  This young man is just....a delightful person to read about.  I love the characters who give off a frivolous air but actually feel really deeply and passionately underneath.  Rhy was so fun and flirtatious and hilarious....and yet his bond with Kell was so incredible and immediately made me yell out BROOOMMMAAANNNNCCE!!!!  I couldn't control my love for him the entire book.  Plus, my favorite twist in the story revolves around their brotherhood, soooo....I am one happy chica.

Lila is awesome as well, although my least favorite of the three characters.  I typically don't fall in love with her type of character (think Dani O'Malley from the Fever series, but older).  However, I did enjoy her POV and everything she brought to the table.

My favorite aspect of the story (aside from Rhy and Kell and their bromance) was the Dane twins.  Scary. As. Hell.  I was in love with the atmosphere they gave to the story, and the conflict they brought, and *screeches in agony*.

BUT.  They also presented some problems for me.

Let's talk about climaxes, and deux ex machina.  I DO NOT WANT CONTRIVED ENDINGS, PLEASE.  I HATE THEM.  I DESPISE THEM.  I also hate when characters I loooooove (whether villains or heroes) are terminated (whether killed or removed from the equation) way earlier than I would like.  Something like this happened with the Dane twins (I'm trying to be discreet and non-spoilery here) at the end and I was left...just....so unsatisfied.  Like, what?!  That's it?!  I wanted SO MUCH MORE from these incredibly powerful magicians, and I felt like their potential was wasted.  I was actually so confused and disappointed that I missed something important that happened right after the climax, and had to have another reader explain it to me.

Also (although this is a minor complaint) I would have liked a little bit more clarity on the magic system and how everything works.  BUT.  I have hope more of that will come with the next book.

So, that's my beef.  While I was really disappointed with that one aspect of the ending, I have hope that the rest of the series will be as epic as the first 90% of ADSOM.  A Gathering of Shadows really cannot come out fast enough!

What about you?  Have you read ADSOM?  What did you think of the characters, and of that ending?
SYNOPSIS
Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.
CONTENT
Actually, fairly clean.  Some sexual references (Rhy is bisexual) but it's all handled tactfully and I would recommend this book to older teens.  It is rather dark, however, so that is something to be considered.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

A meme hosted by the lovely Broke and Bookish!



Oh my goodness.  SUMMER TBR!  YESSSS!  Click on each picture to go to the book's Goodreads page.
                
       
            



  



What about you guys?  Have you read any of these books?  Leave me your links in the comments!