Sunday, February 22, 2015

Category 9: A Book Based Entirely Off Its Cover

Annnnnd the 9th book: Tris & Izzie! I have adored this cover for all time. Ever since I first laid eyes on it. The book got quite a lot of negative reviews, but I will read it anyway. There is some chance I will enjoy it despite what people have said. I hope it's at least a 3 star!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Category 8: A Book With A One Word Title





Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

Forever Favorite

Today, this book made me feel a lot of feel.

Actually, it destroyed me.  Not just today, but yesterday, too, and the day before that, and the day before that, when I first started it. I opened it and breathed in the words and just had this feeling of, "This book is going to break my heart."

Guess what?

This book broke my heart.  And usually when I feel that much over a book, I end up buying it and putting it on my favorites shelf.  (I'm ordering this book as soon as I get paid, btw.  LET'S BE REAL.)

Basically, I was shocked.  I'd been wanting to read this book since I picked it off the shelf at the bookstore, but I didn't have money for it then and I kept seeing some "meh" reviews about it.  So I kept putting it off, for a couple of weeks, until I couldn't any longer.

From the moment I opened it (you guys I'm tearing up writing this - TEARING UP), I was completely spellbound.  That may sound cliche, but really.  So, anyway, I couldn't get over the writing.  I was dumbfounded that someone could write so well, so lyrically, so beautifully and soulfully.  The pace was unusual, but not choppy, so I was able to read steadily.  Every page something happened, or a paragraph struck me, or a character did something conflicting, or the story turned, or just...something.  And every time I worried that it would change or start to go sour or feel wrong or that I would suddenly dislike it because of...I don't know.  WHO KNOWS?!

But it only got better.  And better.  I cared for Avery instantly.  Her dilemma was unique and strong and, let's be honest, SCARY.  Who wants to have a dream about being murdered and know it's going to come true?  I sure don't.  That'd scare the hell out of me.  Avery is a brash and loud and beautiful human being.  Not what I expected, but despite her moments of immaturity or rash decisions, I loved her.  She grew throughout the book and made me love her even more.

I feel like, after reading a lot of reviews for Salt & Storm, that a lot of people were surprised by this book.  Either in a great way or a bad way.  I don't know if the synopsis gives enough...honestly, I was not expecting any of this.  But I feel like if people know a little bit more (like that this story is strange, and the magic is mystical, and the characters are very raw and real, and the plot turns and twists like a snake, and that it is just so strange) that they would be more accepting of it.

Honestly, reading this book was like looking through a kelaidescope.  Beautiful and raw in a way that feels unreal, but it is real. It's real and glorious and it changes the way you see things.

So, I'm telling you, give this book a chance.  Know what you're getting into, and pick it up, and try it.  Because it is so beautiful and delicious and incredibly well-told and a tale of finding love, and feeling the madness of magic, and the churning ocean.

I wept at the end.  I cried so hard my hands were shaking.  The books that make me cry....those are my favorite kinds of books.

Here, have some quotes, if you're not convinced enough:

"And underneath the mountain of grief and pain and confusion that threatened to crush me, I felt something: a cold, cruel realization that if there was nothing to be done, and nothing mattered anymore.  It was freeing, in the way that madness is freeing." 
-  Page 196

"The people on my island forgot that my grandmother was a real person.  They thought she arrived on the island fully formed, with no other intent than to make them charms.  They forgot that, aside from her magic, she was just like them.  She made herself dinner and slapped at biting flies and did her laundry.  Although she looked older than her years, she was still not quite as old as they thought.  And she had been young once.  She had a name (Jennie.  Jennie is her name, still)."
- Page 185

Okay.  I will leave you with that heartache-inducing writing.

Just.  Just go read this book. PLEASE I BEG OF YOU.

You don't know what you must give up to become a witch.

Avery Roe wants only to claim her birthright as the witch of Prince Island and to make the charms that have kept the island's sailors safe at sea for generations, but instead she is held prisoner by her mother in a magic-free life of proper manners and respectability.

Avery thinks escape is just a matter of time, but when she has a harrowing nightmare, she can see what it means: She will be killed. She will be murdered. And she's never been wrong before.

Desperate to change her future, Avery finds a surprising ally in Tane—a tattooed harpoon boy with magic of his own, who moves her in ways she never expected. But as time runs out to unlock her magic and save herself, Avery discovers that becoming a witch requires unimaginable sacrifice.

Avery walks the knife's edge between choice and destiny in Kendall Kulper's sweeping debut: the story of one girl's fight to survive the rising storm of first love and family secrets.

No language, no sex, just some kissing between a young couple.  Sex is definitely implied, however, when a few people talk about the process the Roe witches go through to conceive an heir.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Category 7, Part 1/3: A Trilogy

I am both excited and nervous to read this book.
More nervous than excited, actually.
I feel like it's been hyped so much (maybe it's worthy?) that now I'm scared I'll hate it.

Only time will tell.

I chose this as my trilogy brcause I own the first two, and obviously have heard amazing things, and I hope I will want to charge right through all 3 books.

Here's to hoping.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Category 6: A Book Set In High School

EEEEEEP!!! I am so excited about this, mainly because I'm finishing it up tonight.

I have about 100 pages left, and it is already one of my favorite books ever. I have preordered the second book, P.S. I Still Love You. I am a Han fan forever and ever and ever amen.

Review to come soon!!