Monday, February 15, 2016

CELEBRATE 500 GIVEAWAY (INT)

GUYS GUESS WHAT

YEARNING TO READ NOW HAS 500 GFC FOLLOWERS

AND 1,000 TWITTER FOLLOWERS

THIS IS SUCH EXCEPTIONAL NEWS AND I JUST

*FLAILS*

*RUNS AROUND*

*FLAILS SOME MORE*

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
and
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!!
XOXO

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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 slightest.....do 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 yeah...so much for a short review. HA!)
SYNOPSIS

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.
CONTENT

Clean!

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!
SYNOPSIS

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.
CONTENT

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday - THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE


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 just...got me very excited. Persian and Chinese MCs! Pocket dragons! Adventure! Maps! Time travel! All things I want/need/desire.

So GIVE IT HERE. COME AT ME. I'M READY.


SUMMARY

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?!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: ALL THE OTPs



Today, in honor of Valentine's Day, I'm here to talk to you about the top ten couples I've shipped while reading some of my favorite romances.  Get ready - lots of feels ahead!  These are not in a particular order, except the bottom three are my favorites.

Me right now thinking about all the people I'm going to mention in this post.  HERE GOES.

(Click on the couples' names to go to their Goodreads pages.)


~ Jemma and Ryder ~
These two soooo surprised me.  I was really sure I would love their wonderful amazing book, but I wasn't sure how in love with them I'd fall.  BUT I HAD NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT BECAUSE THEY LITERALLY BLEW MY MIND WITH THEIR CHEMISTRY.

KILL ME NOW.  These two ruined me for eternity.  Their love was so mighty amidst INSANITY and I just....they give me all the feels.  Tarrrrveeeerrrrrrrr.

Didn't think you'd get away from me yelling about these two, did you?  THEY ARE SO FREAKING AMAZING.

HHHNNNNGGG THESE TWO.  Their romance is epic and steamy and angsty and passionate and makes me weak in the knees.  I am actually overdue for a trilogy reread.  Anyone want to join me before The Shaw Confessions start coming out next year?

ACK OKAY. NO ONE TOLD ME IT WOULD BE LIKE THIS.  I hated Warner so so so so freakin' much until Ignite Me, and then suddenly he and Juliette were the world to me.  Read the series.  You won't regret it.


If you know anything about me, it's that I LOVE THE TIGER SAGA.  Colleen Houck made me forget everything except her series existed.  The romance was the stuff of legends.  THE DRAGONS!  THE STARS!  THE CASTLES!  EVERYTHING!  but the romance oh gosh my heart my poor mini muffin heart. HALP!

Is it Throwback Thursday?  Because we're going way way back with these two.  They are still one of my favorite literary couples to date.  Alex still blows my mind, and Lena's growth as a character still makes me so so emotional.  AND THE ENDING OF DELIRIUM.  I still read this book every year.  I've read it 5 times now.  No regrets.  Their romance is exceptional and perfect.

I'm going to say two things here.
1. Lola is 100% me in almost every way possible.
2. Cricket is the conglomeration of everything I find attractive in a man.
Basically Stephanie Perkins wrote me into a romance with my dream man in my favorite city, and so, basically, just, yes. SO MUCH YES.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES trilogy ruins me daily.  Like, it melts me into a puddle of mush and goo every time I so much as think about it, or the books happen to cross my vision as I pass by my bookshelf.  TESSA AND WILL'S RELATIONSHIP IS SO SO SO SO SO SO EMOTIONAL AND WONDERFUL.  They gave me every feel imaginable.  The only couple so far that's been able to top them is.....

And all I've got to say about them is #nope.  I will be ruined forever, come April.  There is no hope for me.  I'm planning my funeral and making sure all my loved ones can make it.  They're going to have a special book burning afterward, too: Everyone brings a copy of all 4 books of The Raven Cycle and throws them into the burning abyss.  (Yes, this is how my favorite OTP makes me feel.  No, I totally don't need therapy.  No, you shouldn't be worried for your safety.  Yes, you should probably warn Maggie that I am coming for her.)
Also these are my favorite books in the world, so if you haven't read them yet and for some strange reason you want to make me happy, read them.  Read them now.



That's it this week!  What OTPs are you guys shipping right now?  Link me up or leave a comment!

XOXO

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry


Okay, confession time: I really despise McGarry's covers. I don't say this lightly, either. To me, they are not appealing in any way, just cheesy and overdone. I still researched her books because people were in love with them, but the hype...the covers...I was just turned off to them.

So when I picked up PUSHING THE LIMITS a few months ago, finally ready to give it a go, I was certain I was going to either love it or hate it. I even told my reading buddy Cassie this, and she just laughed at me. "Just watch, your opinions are going to be right in the middle," she said.

I swear she jinxed me.

It's hard, because most of the time, 3 star books are the ones I forget about.  I almost want to say I "dislike" them more than 2 star books because at least 2 star books made me feel something.  3 star books are usually the ones that lose me, make me feel literally no emotions at all, and that pisses me off.  I WANT TO FEEL SOMETHING, OKAY?!


So, while I did give this book a 3 star rating, I also did enjoy it, and it did make me feel emotions.  When I was caught up in the moment, I felt a lot for these characters and their situations.

But that's exactly the problem - I wasn't always caught up in the moment.  This book was sometimes very cheesy for me.  (ME?! THINKING SOMETHING'S CHEESY AND NOT LIKING IT?!  I know, it was weird, okay?  I love cheese for the most part, but this was too much.)  It was also choppy.  Very choppy.  The characters swung back and forth on a trapeze of development.  One second they were making progress, working toward a goal, and then suddenly they'd swing the other way and I was left, like, "Hey, wait, this goes against everything we just uncovered/talked about in the last chapter!"

It's one thing for a character to have a relapse, okay.  I get that.  I actually like that and think it's realistic.  But it's something else entirely for it to feel like the author forgot about the progress her characters were making and write the next chapter oblivious to it.  (Editors, why aren't you catching this stuff?!?!)  For those of us born in the 90's, who watched shows on VHS:  Imagine that you're rewatching your favorite TV episode (Buffy???!) that you taped on VHS, when suddenly - GASP!  Halfway through, at your favorite scene, you discover your dad taped over it with a news story he wanted to watch later.  RUDE! you think, and then you cry, and feel confused, and angry, and write your dad a 1,000 word letter about checking the VHS tapes before taping over them.


Hurts, doesn't it?  Well, this is what reading PUSHING THE LIMITS felt like to me.  One second I was in the groove and the next...wait, what?!

Now, I'm not sure how popular this opinion is, because I know these books are wildly loved and fangirled over and that's awesome.  I'm just not sure I completely understand?  Because if all of McGarry's books are like that, I will be sorely disappointed in the people who read and love this genre.  Come on, you guys.  We can do better than this.  Romance can be fulfilling and shmexy and lovely and angsty and have a reasonably smooth plot/development/etc.

Also, I was really disappointed that Noah wasn't really actually a bad boy.  Like, he had this persona....but again with the choppiness: one second he was trying to be all badass and smokin' hot and using and etc etc, but then the next he was a sweet little angel butterfly.  I just wish this had been presented differently?  I really don't mind the sweet little angel butterfly hiding behind a bad boy persona....but you need to make sure readers know this is what's happening, and not try to force the bad boy persona into eternity.


In the end, however, I did enjoy PTL.  It wasn't anything special to me, or shocking, or new, or amazing, or WOW HOLY MAMA.  But it was enjoyable, and I will hopefully get to DARE YOU TO and NOWHERE BUT HERE this year.  Maybe I'll have better luck then?

Anyway, what did my amazing fellow readers think of PTL??  Did anyone else have the same experience I did?  I want to hear all your thoughts in the comments!
SYNOPSIS

So wrong for each other …and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. 

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. 

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again,
CONTENT

Kissing and touching, but Echo wants to wait to have sex, so it goes no further.  There's a decent of drinking/smoking/drugs.  Some brief cursing.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Reading Rally (3)

All right, all right.  I know I slacked off last week and didn't post an RR.  I wasn't getting much done due to my insane work schedule so I didn't bother posting the same thing over and over again.

This week, however, we have something different.  Last week I finally finished Iced by Moning, and THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD BY EMILY HENRY WHICH YOU SHOULD GO BUY RIGHT NOW THIS VERY SECOND GO GO GO WHAT ARE YOU STILL DOING HERE?!  (Review to come, okay.)

This week, I'm hoping to be equally successful in my readings.

I still need to finish rereading the series so I can get to Feverborn.  (That will probably happen next week.  Considering it only takes me a day to read these books, I should be able to make some progress.  Hopefully.)

Truthwitch!!!  Finally reading it, and so far (25 pages in) I'm so so charmed and intrigued and just...yes.  This is what I've been needing.  I'm sure I'll be posting a review for this one soon as well!  And I'm so so excited to meet Susan on the 19th at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego.  She told me she expects a hug from me and, like, OKAY YES I'M FANGIRLING.  I've been dying to meet her for years, since I've met Sarah Maas so many times and you know how she raves about her love for Susan.  *insert heart eyes over writer friends*  (But basically, if you live near the area, you should totally come!  It's been a long time since I was at an event, so...Yay!)

I might possibly read something else, too, but what...I have no idea.  I'm leaving that up to my mood.  Although, I can say I've been in the mood for awesome romance lately.  I'm thinking Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren might do the trick?  I've never read any of their books and this one looks like something I'd totally be into...and I bought it for super cheap last month...so....we shall see!

What are you guys reading this week?  Any awesome book dates planned?  Any days off to lay around in bed/on the couch/in a hammock and just read?

XOXOXO