Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mini Review: Also Known As by Robin Benway

It's been a while since I read this book, but I honestly keep thinking back to it and how cute it was!  I loved Maggie the whole time.  Her voice was so distinct and adorable and easy to relate to.  She was awkward and normal and I just adored that about her.  She was also smart....and smart girls in fiction are my kind of girls!

So there was mystery and intrigue, and it was all well done...but there was romance, too!  (And we all know I'm a romance lover.)  It was all so cute and happy and squeal-y.  I remember there was one scene were I kind of rolled my eyes (I don't even remember what it was at this point, so it must have been relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of things) but for the most part I was swooning!

I genuinely enjoyed this book and the spy action it brought to my life, so I will definitely be continuing on to the second book, GOING ROGUE.  I also adore Robin.  I met her at a Sarah J Maas event two years ago and she was such a dream to talk to!  Very encouraging and lovely.  I highly recommend reading her books if you want something light and funny and sweet.

Which is more dangerous: being an international spy... or surviving high school?

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world's premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it's three digits, why bother locking it at all?)

But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she's attending a private school with hundreds of "mean girl" wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school's elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat... all while trying not to blow her cover.

From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world's greatest spies don't have a mission plan for love.

Totally clean!

Monday, February 15, 2016









So of course because I love you guys so much, I want to host a giveaway.  There will be two winners, and each will get to choose a 2016 release from Amazon or TBD.  Giveaway is INT!

Two rules:
1. You must be 13+ to enter
2.  You must follow Yearning to Read via GFC or email.  I will be checking so make sure to choose one or both of the options in the Rafflecopter form below!

Ready for this, dudes??  Look at all these books that you could possibly win (and even more than this)!!!  (These are just some of my favorite covers of the year so far.  Aren't they delicious??)

So go on, my pretties, and enter the lovely giveaway!  I love you all!!

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Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This review isn't going to be very long (...I say as I start it; I might be lying) because I feel like that would be a waste of words.  This book is....everything.  So much of it is me.  The same way so much of TRC is me.  I feel like I have a certain soul connection with everything Maggie writes, in a way that breaks me into tiny little pieces.

THE SCORPIO RACES is melancholy.  It is slow-moving and tense.  (Like the Trojan War happening in a pool of molasses, okay?)  It's beautiful, in an aching, desperate sort of way.  In a way that shouts into the void, "I exist."  It reminds me of running in the rain, and daydreaming, and feeling like the world's going to end unless I do something right this second.

It is a weird book, too.  Horses that come out of the water and eat people -- yeah, basically unheard of.  Thanks, Welsh mythology, the thing I never knew I needed until Maggie's books existed.  It was right up my alley with its weird, making me so very happy that it exists.

It had the most delightful slow-burn romance that sat on the back-burner for almost the whole book (AND YET STILL MANAGED TO BE SO INTENSE AND EMOTIONAL???) and the characters were delightful. Sean was moody and passionate, and Puck was wild and passionate.  That passion, growing between them for the things they both loved, drew me in instantly and made me love them.  Good or bad characters make or break a book for me, and these made the book.  100%.

So, do I think you should read THE SCORPIO RACES?  I'm not entirely sure, actually.  It is weird, like I said.  And I don't think it's for everyone (whereas I would actually throw all of Maggie's other books at literally everyone).  But if for one second you think, based on the descriptions above, that you would enjoy this book in the it.  Do it right now.  Buy it this instant.  Go to your library and rent it.  Get an ebook.  DO THE THING.  Because it is a mighty book, and it deserves to be read by those who will love and appreciate it.  It's a soul-book, you know?  I hope it impacts you as powerfully as it impacted me.

So what about you?  Have you read THE SCORPIO RACES?  I can't wait to hear all your thoughts in the comments!

(And much for a short review. HA!)

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Mini Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

JUST LISTEN is my most recent Dessen read.  I've now read everything except for her two latest releases (so excited for both)!  I have LOVED Dessen since I read KEEPING THE MOON, probably 4 or 5 years ago.  Since then, she has given me warmth and laughter and tears and love, unconditionally. JUST LISTEN was no exception.

  • This book is written in Dessen's excellent style and with Annabel's distinct voice.
  • The characters are SO LOVELY in this book.  While I always love Dessen, I don't always love her characters. (Like, as friends.  I wouldn't always have sleepovers with her MCs, if you know what I mean?)  But Annabel was so sweet and even though she had a lot of issues to work through, I loved her.
  • OWEN.  HE WAS SO DELIGHTFUL AND WEIRD AND EXACTLY MY KIND OF BOOK BOY. If you read this book just for Owen, I will not blame you/shame you. Do it now.
  • MUSIC.  SO much talk of music it is unbelievably wonderful.
  • Car washes.  DID YOU KNOW THAT CAR WASHES ARE MAGICAL?!  I mean, I always loved car washes before this book, but then. THEN.  There is a moment in a car wash in this book and it is DIVINE.
In the end, this book is a totally fun and adorable read that everyone should pick up.

Have you read JUST LISTEN?  What were your favorite things about it?  What's your favorite Dessen novel?  Let's chat!

Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything" — at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf's Department Store.

This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen's help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

Clean! (Maybe some brief, minor cursing? Not enough to raise any flags.)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


SOOOO this book comes out in, like, a week, so I won't have to wsit long for it. BUT. I really am so so so so excited for it. Cait @ Paper Fury wrote this really excellent review for it and it me very excited. Persian and Chinese MCs! Pocket dragons! Adventure! Maps! Time travel! All things I want/need/desire.



It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times - although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix's father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix's existence rather dangerously in question...

Nix has grown used to her father's obsession, but only because she's convinced it can't work. But then a map falls into her father's lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it's that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.
What are YOU waiting for this fine Wednesday?!