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Choas Walking Week Conclusion

Well guys, this is it.
My last post for Chaos Walking Week. 

In case you missed any of the previous posts...

Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown. 

But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. 

Or are there? 

Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence. 

Which is impossible. 

Prentisstown has been lying to him. 

And now he's going to have to run...

Finally, my review of The Knife of Never Letting Go:

in a sentence or so: Todd is a mere month from ditching his status as the last boy to become a man in Prentisstown. Little does he know, everything he's known - his entire life and history - has been a lie intended to cover up a horrible history that will cause him to run for his life.

Todd's alternate-reality type world is unlike our own in many ways. For one thing, there's Noise. Noise is best described as hearing others thoughts and seeing the images in others minds. This includes animals. Which means Todd frequently hears the thoughts of his dog, Manchee...and those thoughts typically relate to pooping and eating. The worst part about the noise is that you can hear everyone's noise in the whole town all the time. Also - no women in Todd's world. None. So when Todd stumbles upon a space of total silence while in the swamp that turns out to be a girl his own age, he knows that his life is going to change.

I'm going to try and give as much of a review as i can without revealing the plot or throwing out spoilers. so much of this book is about slowly peeling back layers of Todd's origins and the mysteries of Prentisstown. essentially, Todd and Viola (the source of the silence he finds in the swamp) are on the run from the down-right evil men of Prentisstown. Todd and Viola quickly discover that people from Prentisstown are not welcome anywhere, and that the men from Prentisstown are relentless in their chase of Todd and have no qualms killing, burning, and destroying whatever and whomever may come in their way.

Again - to avoid spoilers - let me just say that this book rocked. the escape from the unknown through the unknown into the unknown was fascinating and absolutely frightening. Noise is emotive as well as a means of conversation, but is also expressed in colors, shapes, and feels almost tangible. this creates an intensity to the characters and overall emotional investment in the plot. at times gruesome, at times hopeful, this read is ALWAYS consuming. 

this book was thrilling, mysterious, exciting, scary, sad, and intense. mostly, the main characters - Todd, Viola, and Manchee - are so easy to relate to and care about that i was hooked from the first page and committed to reading about their discoveries of themselves and the world around them. the writing is excellent, the plot is creative and unexpected, and (yes i admit it) i cried while reading it. read this book, you'll love it.

fave quote: "The word was true. It's an army. A whole army. There's a whole army coming after me and Viola." (210)

fix er up: this is by far the most outrageous and nail-biting cliffhanger ending i've EVER read! good thing the next book is out already! i'll be getting my hands on that asap!

Thanks again to Loving Books for hosting this week! It's been a blast!

If YOU are picking up the book for the first time due to this week, please let me know! I'd love to discuss with you. 

Movie hopes

I'm cautiously optimistic about the news that there will be a movie franchise about these books. The good news is, Patrick Ness is stoked about it - so I will do my best to be excited too!

For the full deets of the movie deal, check this article. Basically, LionsGate has agreed to make the movies (which is awesome) and there are rumors swirling around about casting news.

If I were to pick the cast, it would be as follows:

Todd - Tony Oller

Viola Eade - Dakota Fanning

Cilian - Cillian Murphy (seriously, how could I not?)

Ben - Matthew Fox

The Mayor - Christian Bale (remember him in American Psycho? YEAH BOY)

What are your suggestions for the casting?

Listen to this.

And we continue on with Chaos Waklking week! HUZZAH!

Here's a collection of my favorite (and spoiler free) quotes for you so you can get a little taste of the beauty of the writing. 
They won't do it justice out of context, but it's something.

The word was true. It's an army. A whole army. There's a whole army coming after me and Viola.
The Knife of Never Letting Go

They treat me as if I'm a little dangerous. I'm slightly surprised to find I kind of like it.
The Ask and The Answer

And I see how black the eyes of the Mayor are, how echoey his voice is becoming - 'The world is eating me alive, Todd', he says. 'This world and the information in it. It's too much. Too much to control.
Monsters of Men

It's not that you should never love something so much that it can control you. 
It's that you need to love something that much so you can never be controlled. 
It's not a weakness. 
It's your best strength
The Ask and The Answer

We are the choices we make.
The Knife of Never Letting Go

And it feels like, finally.
Monsters of Men

Do you have any favorite quotes from the series? 
Do share!

This makes my heart warm

Chaos Walking Week Continues!

One of my favorite fan-related things I've found since finishing the series is the Chaos Walking Confessions Tumblr. It seriously warms my heart every time I read it. Take a look for yourself at some of my favorites.

Don't worry - I chose spoiler free ones. YOU'RE WELCOME. Be warned - the rest of the site is not spoiler free in the slightest.

Chaos Walking Week begins!


For those of you who missed my initial fangirling post about Chaos Walking Week presented by Loving Books, this whole week is dedicated to the glory that is the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Get some!

To kick off the week, allow me to give you 5 reasons why I LOVE this series. Narrowing it down to five is going to be ridiculously hard, mind you, as I could probably list 500 reasons.

Sci-Fi - These books take place in a planet not unlike our own in what I imagined to be a parallel universe. Everyone has Noise, which means you can hear what people are thinking, seeing, feeling, and experiencing all of the time. Kind of overwhelming, right? Yeah - Todd finds it CRAZY overwhelming but does his best. When Todd's people first settled on the planet, there was an alien race they called Spackle that they had to get rid of in order to inhabit the land. So take the Noise and the alien life form and the spaceship travel and you have yourself a sci-fi, y'all. LOVE SCI FI.

Moral Gray - Here's the deal - NONE of Todd's decisions are easy. Like, ever. I can't even tell you  how much I love and respect that about the writing and the character and the plot. Each decision he makes will have positive and negative repercussions and he has to make it anyway. So real.

Todd Hewitt - This guy is the business. He's not considered a man until he hits a certain age and after he's killed someone. Todd goes through so much of the story believing he's not a man and is still a boy and whatever but YOU GUYS he is 100% grown. He is brave and determined and kind and sensitive and just GOOD. Despite growing up in a town that did it's very best to pollute and corrupt him, Todd Hewitt is GOOD.

Emotion - To say this book made me cry is the understatement of my lifetime. Each book packed an emotional punch that kept me short of breath and angry. I love that Patrick Ness made me feel so intensely for characters in his world. I connected with Todd immediately and grew to love the secondary characters just as much. Not just because all of the characters are good, mind you, but I grew to love the baddies as well. THAT, my friends, is what I mean by emotion. I was emotionally invested in all of the things!

Redemption - Without being spoilery for those of you who haven't read the series, there is one character in particularly that I never EVER thought I would care about. He was a dick through and through and I loathed him. And then, quite without realizing it happened, I cared about him. A LOT. What the what, Patrick Ness?! The reason why my heart was strangely warmed by this character was the author's theme of redemption through the 2nd and 3rd novel. We are all worthy of love, though not all of us receive it like we should. My heart breaks just remembering this.

Stay tuned for the rest of Chaos Walking week, and be sure to swing by Loving Books to see what she's posting on the daily too!

And by all means, if you're reading the books for the first time, please let me know so I can fangirl with you!

Confession: How The Hunger Games movie changed my mind about the books.

When I read The Hunger Games series, I didn't love them. That's the truth. For evidence on my lack of love, you can check out my reviews here, here, and here.

My opinion has changed after seeing the movie. Before you start hating on me - let me explain.

My biggest complaint and frustration through the series was Katniss. I didn't find her likable, relatable, or enjoyable to read about. When most of the books are from within her own head and her own perspective on things, that was frustrating. It overshadowed the world building and the Big Questions for me. I can admit that.

The release of the movie led to some great articles about Katniss, the world building, The Capitol, and all of the things. And you know what, y'all? I started to see things differently.

This article at Tor convinced me that Katniss is indeed a feminist. And as soon as that little block was pulled out from my Jenga tower of frustration with Katniss, the rest of it came tumbling down. This article about the movie adding depth to the books struck all the right notes with me as well. Tor just gets me, you guys.

Anyway, after seeing the movie, I was talking to the hubs (who saw it with me and said it was "pretty good" which is HUGE coming from him) about Katniss and why I don't like her in the books at all - but admit that Jennifer Lawrence did a great job and seeing her on screen made a big difference. He said, "Yeah, but I think the point is that she's unlikeable, right?"


SEEING Katniss made me rethink Katniss. Reading others thoughts about Katniss made me rethink Katniss. All of the exposure of the books and coverage from a ton of sources, in addition to a spectacularly done movie, made me rethink The Hunger Games.

While I may not have been a hater, I certainly wasn't a lover. That has changed. I plan to reread the series with fresh eyes and an open heart to see what else changes. I think some things will still fall flat for me - the love triangle, the rough transitions in book three, the lack of sincere emotion displayed by Katniss towards anyone - but I am interested to see what things change upon my reread.

In conclusion, three things.
1. If you can somehow make a convincing argument for Gale, I will send you a cookie. Seriously. How ANYONE can choose Gale over Peeta is beyond me.
2. Go ahead. Say "I told you so." I'll still love you.
3. If you read an article that discusses the books or movies that you'll think I enjoy, please leave a link in the comments. Bear in mind I read all of them on Tor, but linking them for others benefit is legit.

More nerdy goodies, please!

It's no secret that I love ThinkGeek. They have such a fun variety of silly and sincerely useful things that are rooted in nerdery.

Here are four of their new (or at least new to me) items that I'm kind of obsessing over.

Keepin' it in the family, indeed!
Lannister 2012 Shirt

I actually have one of these already.
It's my crowning achievement in life and the best give ever from the hubs.

A d20 lollipop. Yeah, supreme nerdery here!
Basically, this is a 20 sided die you can eat. Nerdy noms!

This is a great example of quirky meets nerdy and functional.
A surrealist melting clock. Pretty wacky, no?

Head over to ThinkGeek for more goodies and awesomeness!

Bookish trends

TGIF is a bookish meme hosted by the fantastic Ginger at GReads! in which she asks a bookish question for us to discuss. Not only do I think Ginger is totally rad, but I happen to be a pretty big fan of this meme as well. That, my friends, is what we call a win-win. 

This week, the lovely Ginger asks:
Bookish Trends: What are some bookish trends you are noticing in the literature world today? Is there a particular trend you'd like to see more of?

Why Ginger, I'm so glad you asked! Three bookish trends I'm seeing right now:
1. Dystopian. While I am a huge fan of the genre, I do feel like the market is getting flooded with these. I've started to get dystopian fatigue and am actually holding off on reading any further dystopians for at least a few months.
2. Aquatic creatures. Sirens, mermaids, mermen, and the like. While I haven't gotten into the trend as of yet, it is one that I've noticed and been a little puzzled over. I'm open to suggestions on opening the door to the aquatic creature trend, so let me know what you like!
3. Series. Yeah, I love character development and series are a great way to accomplish this. I love being a part of an epic story that sweeps me away and encompasses my heart and soul. That doesn't mean EVERY BOOK needs to be a series. I need a good stand alone for some closure now and again, okay?

Three bookish trends I'd like to see more of:
1. Historical fiction. While I feel this is always on the back burner, I'd like to see some crazy awesome buzz and publicity going around for a historical fiction novel. It can even be a retelling for all I care - just share the love!
2. Science Fiction/Fantasy. Here's the deal - I will NEVER get enough SFF. That's partially because I love anything that has dragons and swords and wizards and stuff, and partially because SFF is so varied and creative and absorbing. The variety in characters and words provide endless possibilities and I am always wanting. MORE PLEASE.
3. Cowboys. Random? Yes. But how many YA books do you read that have to do with cowboys and the wild west? Yeah, this kind of fits into the historical fiction category but I'm being a bit more specific here. I'm looking for a Jesse James or a Wyatt Earp or Calamity Jane type character in a YA setting. If you've heard of one, please let me know!

What about you? What trends do you see? What are you over and what are you clamoring for? Let me know and link it up over at GReads! today.

The Book Seer

Have you guys seen The Book Seer before?

It's kind of the best evah.

Basically you put in a book you just lurved and it pops another one out for you.

I put in The Knife of Never Letting Go and it recommended the rest of the series (durrr) and Unwind and The Maze Runner. Both of which are sitting in Mount TBR.

I put in An Abundance of Katherines and it listed all of the John Green books, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

You have to be particular with the spelling, and basically its an Amazon recommendation tool in a cool package, but it's a pretty sweet time waster and a great way to expand your TBR.

Nerd away!

TBR Tuesday [17]

The following lovely ladies have inspired this new meme for me - inspired by "a peek at my TBR" by Jen at Makeshift Bookmark, "Waiting on Wednesday" by Jill at Breaking the Spine and "Books to Pine For" by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Here's a look at two books I have sitting in my To Be Read pile. I don't necessarily own these books, but they are books I want to read in the not too distant future.  

This week is all about the Middle Grade, you guys. MIDDLE GRADE FOREVAHHHH.

Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Summary from Goodreads"Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best thieves. As you can well imagine, blind children have incredible senses of smell, and they can tell what lies behind a locked door- be it fine cloth, gold, or peanut brittle- at fifty paces. Moreover, their fingers are so small and nimble that they can slip right through keyholes, and their ears so keen that they can hear the faint clicks and clacks of every moving part inside even the most complicated lock. Of course, the age of great thievery has long since passed;today there are few child-thieves left, blind or otherwise. At one time, however, the world was simply thick with them. This is the story of the greatest thief who ever lived. His name, as you've probably guessed, is Peter Nimble."

Why I want to read this: Aside from the awesome cover and ridiculously rad title? Aside from the fact that April at Good Books and Good Wine loved it? It's about a blind thief who's name is Peter Nimble. SERIOUSLY. If you have to ask me why I want to read this then you don't know me at all. For shame.

Seven Sorcerers by Caro King

Summary from GoodreadsNin had never liked Wednesdays, but this one took the biscuit. On this Wednesday she woke up to find that it was raining buckets and that her brother had ceased to exist. Ninevah realises she is the only person to remember Toby because whoever took him is about to make her disappear too. Enter Skerridge the Bogeyman, who steals kids for Mr. Strood. With his spindle, he draws all memories of Nin out of her mother's head. Nin escapes to the Drift, the world that her new friend Jonas and Mr. Strood inhabit. But the Drift is filled with the fabulous and the dreadful; tombfolk, mudmen, and the spirits of the seven sorcerers who once ruled the land. What is the secret of the Seven Sorcerers, and will Nin and Toby escape their fate at the House of Strood?

Why I want to read this: Read that opening sentence from the summary again. Took the biscuit? YES. That's all I need, really. But there's MORE. Like Bogeymen and sorcerers and the fabulous and the dreadful. It's a magical middle grade book with a kick ass cover. Yeah, I'm in. 

Do either of these Middle Grade - AND STAND ALONE - reads strike your fancy? Have you read either of them? Holla at me.

New venture

Great news, y'all!

I'm guest posting over at the new and exciting Bookalicious blog. I'm starting a YA 101 column and I'm pretty stoked about it. I hope you are too!

There are a ton of cool columns and sweet reviewers coming up, so you should definitely head over there.

Check it. And find a few new bloggers to love while you're at it, will ya?

Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

(Since this is the second in a series, spoilers for The Goddess Test will abound.)

In a sentence or so: Callilope goes bananas and decides to let Cronus out of his holding cell. Humanity's existence is threatened and it's up to the gods - and newly appointed Queen of the Underworld Kate - to stop them.

We left off in The Goddess Test with Kate successfully completing the tests and going on a Greek getaway with James before heading down under to reign with Henry for 6 months out of the year. She returns to the underworld and to her husband Henry (Hades) and expects to get swept away in his arms and showered with his kisses. She's wrong. Instead, Henry is distant and preoccupied with the world coming to an end and doesn't seem to be giving Kate any attention at all. What's the deal?

Aside from her marriage woes, there are some serious issues going down under the surface. Callilope is crazy as ever and decides if she can't be happy - NO ONE will be happy - and decides to really shake things up by releasing Cronus from his captivity. Cronus is a titan and one of the few that can harm the gods and destroy humanity with the flick of his wrist. To say everyone is scared to death is kind of an understatement.

Kate decides to risk it all to save the world and hopes beyond hope that things will work out with her and Henry in the end. She'll have to form alliances with some undesirable characters in order to make it happen...but will it be enough?

Dudes - I LOVE GREEK MYTHOLOGY. A whole helluva lot. If you haven't read my review of The Goddess Test in seven deadly sin form, I highly suggest you give it a peek before reading onward with this review. It will make some things a bit more clear.

My undying love for Greek Mythology is just about the only thing that kept me reading Goddess Interrupted. I had high hopes because the plot was stellar and titans vs. olympians is just the best. Unfortunately, a bulk of the book was dedicated to Kate whining and sobbing and otherwise being lame with her relationship with Henry. I am not exaggerating when I say at least - AT LEAST - half of the plot in Goddess Interrupted is centered around her woe that Henry loves Persephone more. For real.

On the plus side, the whole Cronus getting loose thing was awesome and I loved reading about the brothers and sisters and the alliances and the planning etc. Be warned that the book ends with a massive cliffhanger and a crazy twist to keep readers intrigued for book three.

I wanted to love Goddess Interrupted. I really did. It would have been possible if not for the ridiculousness of Kate and her whining and her hiccuping sobs. She hiccup sobs more than anyone has the right to, ever. She also shows crazy bouts of courage, so I'm not sure how those two balance out...but there you have it.

If you're a Greek Mythology junkie or if you've read The Goddess Test, I'd certainly recommend this your way. If you're looking for a heroine you can get behind and support and cheer on...I'm not sure you'll find it with Kate. At least, not in this installment.

Fave quote: "Another thing I wasn't crazy about hearing: how powerful the goddess who wanted me dead happened to be." (644 of 3030 on Kindle)

Fix er up: Super disappointed that so much of the plot centered around Kate feeling inadequate. It spoiled her as a character for me.

Title: Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2)
Author: Aimee Carter
Genre: Fantasy
Publishing Info: March 27th, 2012 by HarlequinTeen

[FTC Notice: I received a digital advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review. Thanks, HarlequinTeen!]

Review: Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis

In a sentence or so:  A plucky girl and a mysterious boy wake up naked together with no memory of how they got there are who they are. But the thing is, that's not too unusual for Summer Falls.

Elyse wakes up first. She's in bed with a boy who is crazy sexy...but has no idea who he is. Come to think of it, she's not sure who she is either. Then the boy stirs.

Marshall wakes up to find a ridiculously gorgeous girl laying in his bed. He'd be more excited about this fact if he knew who the hell she was or who's room they were in. It appears to be a boys room from the decor and overall smell of the place...but he doesn't recognize anything. It can't be his room, right?

Elyse and Marshall try and go about their daily lives, whatever the heck those are, which only yields distressing results. For example, no one seemed to miss either of them last night. Elyse's mother can't seem to remember if Marshall is staying at the family hotel or not. Marshall tries to talk to a couple at the hotel about their stay, and things get a little tense. Rather than share any information that might be helpful, the couple passes out. Right there, on the kitchen floor. Out cold. They wake up a few moments later from what Summer Falls refers to as heatnaps.

Yeah, heatnaps. Sure thing, boss.

Obviously, some weird and spooky stuff is going down in Summer Falls and Marshall and Elyse must rely on each other to figure it out. No one else seems to have any idea that anything's off. No one else seems to notice when people go missing - permanently. No one else seems to have any memories of anything bad at all, actually.

Together, Marshall and Elyse pool their resources to piece together the mystery. And you guys, this is a DOOZY. Summer Falls is like the YA equivalent of Twin Peaks and it was THE BEST. I loved the twists and turns and WTF moments. On top of the crazy plot, the characters are pretty rad themselves. Elyse and Marshall had unique voices with developed personalities and thought for themselves. They live in a world where adults don't always do the right thing, or don't do anything at all, which was refreshing and frustrating because that's how things really are.

For a read that combines spooky elements, a twisted mystery, two main characters you can totally get behind, with a touch of darkness and intensity, give this one a whirl. The best part about this book (other than it being awesome from cover to cover, obvs) is that it is a stand alone! HUZZAH!

Fave quote: "I love being shoehorned into the role of headstrong, surly teen when all I freaking did was get dressed and walk downstairs." (Elyse 121)

Fix er up: There were some loose ends that weren't tied up and some questions that remained unanswered. Since the copy I read was an arc, it's highly possible that will change. The ending is conclusive, don't get me wrong...but the more I thought about different elements, the more I wondered what that was about after all.

Also, Elyse has honey colored hair and crazy green eyes. Where are they, cover? Hm?

Title: Glimmer
Author: Phoebe Kitanidis
Publishing Info: April 2012, Balzer + Bray (Imprint of HarperCollins)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery

[FTC Notice: I received an arc of this book from the publisher through The {Teen} Book Scene blog tours. Thanks!]

Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

In a sentence or so: The world is broken and divided after the detonations. Two teens from opposite sides  of the conflict find themselves reluctantly relying on each other to change the future.

The detonations divided the people into the Pure and the fused. Either you were inside the dome and are living a perfectly controlled life, or you’re scarred and broken and mutated with pieces of whatever you were holding – or wherever you were – permanently fused to you.

Partridge was inside the dome. He’s not mutilated but he does have some serious emotional baggage. His dad was the one responsible for the whole detonation, his mother died in the detonations, and his brother died by suicide inside the dome. After a slip of the tongue from his father, Patridge thinks his mother might not be dead after all and decides to risk life outside the dome.

Pressia was outside the dome. She lives with her grandpa in an old barber shop where he repairs people the best he can and she trades her wire creatures for what they need to survive. She’s desperate to have memories of her parents, yet the ones her grandpa gives her don’t resonate for her. Why can’t she remember her life before the detonations?

Holy world building, Batman! Julianna Baggott creates a world filled with incredible detail, backstory, mystery, and conspiracy theories. Each of her characters had a unique history and specific purpose within the plot. Watching the characters come together throughout the read provided lots of twists and turns while also adding depth.

Ultimately, Pure by Julianna Baggott is a dystopian meets science-fiction with incredible depth and detail. The plot is always moving forward, even if you’re not always sure where you’re heading. Julianna Baggott doesn’t shy away from the horrors of war and what I imagine a dystopian society would include, which was spooky and refreshing. Lots of groundwork takes place in this one which means lots of action should follow in the series!

Does this book sound like it would be up your alley? LUCKY FOR YOU I have a copy to give away, thanks to the awesome peeps over at Grand Central Publishing.

Contest Closed.

Fave quote: "Partridge isn't so sure - to be in a cage or set loose into this world? This is a question that he should be able to answer." (Pg. 213)

Fix er up: While I enjoyed Pure, I did have some issues with the read. The chapters started with a character and a title. I assumed that the character would be the one narrating, but that was not always the case. Sometimes we would get the inner thoughts of the character and sometimes we wouldn’t. It was almost like the chapter was centered around that character…but not quite.

Title: Pure (Pure #1)
Author: Julianna Baggott
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Publishing Info: February 2012, Grand Central Publishing

[FTC Notice: I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Dana at Grand Central Publishing!]

I wish this were real

I'd kick so much ass at a Magic: The Gathering meets Downton Abbey game.

SERIOUSLY. I am envious of this creativity and radness. 

Author Recognition

TGIF is a bookish meme hosted by the fantastic Ginger at GReads! in which she asks a bookish question for us to discuss. Not only do I think Ginger is totally rad, but I happen to be a pretty big fan of this meme as well. That, my friends, is what we call a win-win. 

This week, Ginger asks:
Promote An Author: Is there a particular author you wish got more recognition? Pick one author & tell us why we should read their work. 

If you don't know my answer, you don't know me at all. 


He wrote my favorite dystopian series and arguably my favorite series (behind Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter) and is kind of a genius. You should read his work because his characters are realistic and complex and emotional and the stories are crazy original and make you think.

You can see my reviews of his books at the following links:

Find out more about the man, the myth, the legend Patrick Ness at his blog. 

Who is an author that you unabashedly fangirl over? 

Review: After the Snow by S. D. Crockett

Title: After the Snow
Author: S. D. Crockett
Pub Deets: March 2012, Feiwel & Friends
Series/Stand Alone: Series
Source: ARC for DAC Tours

After Willo's family goes missing from their secluded mountainside hideaway, he is thrust into wild with the ever falling snow and an unwilling companion on a search that's much greater than he knows.

Willo may not know much, but he knows how to survive. In a world that faces extreme cold most of the year, he knows how to trap animals and build fires and absorbs any and all the advice of his father.

One day when he's out trapping, his family disappears. All they left behind were their footprints and tire tracks. He is faced with living all alone in the wilderness or getting revenge on the man he knows turned his family in. He doesn't know how to find him, but he is determined to give him what he deserves.

That's before Willow meets a girl. A starving girl who is on the brink of starvation and death. He can't just leave her behind. This girl will end up leading him on a path that he doesn't expect, but it is the path he must follow to fulfill an unexpected destiny.

Willo is more than a little bit country. I mean, dude wears dog skulls on his head to help guide his conscience. He makes his own coats and gloves out of rabbit fur. He has a dialect that is challenging to read at times, but definitely unique and fitting for his character. So yeah, he's kind of a badass.

The book was slow to start, but once it picked up about 75 pages in or so, I was digging it. In fact, I'll even admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I started to get hooked into the story after the sluggish beginning. I was intrigued by the post-apocalyptic slums and the constant snow and how Willo struggled to survive. Slowly, the greater plot was revealed and Willo's greater purpose slowly comes to focus. And y'all know how this kid loves character development and coming-of-age.

While I loved where the book headed, I was supremely disappointed with the conclusion. Obviously, I won't discuss it because I am ardently anti-spoiler. I will tell you there was a ton of build up and suspense toward the end that I loved and I'm trying to hold on to that. Ultimately, the first 25% was slow build, the middle 70% was build up and world building and tension and awesomeness, and the final 5% was major let down.

"Even though she's just a pesky starving girl who gonna eat my food and get heavy on my back, she still gonna know where I am and what I been, so I aint quite alone. That's it - I ant alone now i got the girl here, and it feel better than before even though I don't know her or nothing." (77)


World Read Aloud Day

I am honored to be a social media advocate for World Read Aloud Day hosted by Lit World.

The purpose and belief of World Read Aloud Day is "By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world."

I agree. Completely and totally agree.

You can take part of the Global Literacy Movement by finding out more at the World Read Aloud Day page

If I haven't convinced you yet, maybe this sweet little video will!

Add it to the List [40]

Add it to the list is what I call In My Mailbox. IMM is hosted by
IMM is a chance for everyone to share their bookish goodness with everyone.
It's also a chance for you to meet some new bloggers. Happy networking!

March 2012, Random House 
It's a fictional account during the time of the Romanovs in Russia and Rasputin's death and mystery and love and other awesome things.
Thanks, Amazon Vine!

Reprint February 2012, Sourcebooks Fire
Romantic mystery + civil war ghost story + illustrations = LOTS of potential.
Thanks, Tara!

Have you read either of these? Let me know your thoughts!

Rewind and Review: March

Hey guys! It's that time again where we share our Rewind and Review books for the month!

If you have NO IDEA what I'm talking about - check it.

In a nutshell, GReads! and I host this little meme where you read books that are published in 2010 or older and review them on your blog. It's that easy!

For a recap on my February Rewind and Review - check it.


Rewind and Review books for February:

Rewind and Review books for March:

Bloggers mentioned:

First fave of 2012

TGIF is a bookish meme hosted by the fantastic Ginger at GReads! in which she asks a bookish question for us to discuss. Not only do I think Ginger is totally rad, but I happen to be a pretty big fan of this meme as well. That, my friends, is what we call a win-win.

This week Ginger asks:

Book Moments: What has been your favorite moment (scene) in a book that you've read so far in 2012? Please be kind & not include spoilers.

No spoilers here, friends. I promise.

My favorite moment from any book so far in 2012 is most assuredly from Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Picking one moment is difficult since the whole book is hilarious and insightful and touching and charming and difficult and the very best kind of coming-of-age.

I loooooved when Will Grayson (who likes Jane) showed up at her house to talk about Schrodinger's cat. Why I love this is best phrased by Jane when she says something along the lines of - there may be some girls who would be annoyed that you showed up close to midnight to talk about Schrodinger's cat...but I am CERTAINLY not that kind of girl. Yeah, our boy Will has moves and he doesn't even know it. What a bro.

Why I loved that scene is because Will is the type of boy who shuts himself down before he starts. He likes Jane but he doesn't know what it means to like her so he pretends not to. Of course, that's not effective at all. He finds they have TONS in common and they start discussing Schrodinger's cat. It kind of becomes their thing. It's so nerdy and dark and AWESOME that their thing is Schrodinger's cat. I just love it so.

What about you? Do you have a favorite scene so far? Do you know the scene I'm talking about in Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

Be sure to head over to GReads! to find all of the other linkish goodness!

Review: Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters

(Kiss of Life is the second book in the Generation Dead series. There will be some spoilers for book one)

In a sentence or so: Tensions are heating up to dangerous levels between the traditionally biotic (the living) and the differently biotic (the zombies).

Adam sacrificed himself to save Phoebe at the differently biotic (db) and returned almost immediately after dying. Despite his quick return to the land of the living, his return to a normal way of life has not been so quick. He can barely talk, move, or function – no matter how much time Phoebe spends with him. Phoebe wants Adam to return to as close of a version to his old self as possible and spends as much time as she can getting him to recover. Nothing seems to be working, however, and she feels as if she’s failing him. She knows he’s trying, but something is holding him back. Although she spends most of her waking time with Adam, she can’t help but feel Tommy creeping back into her thoughts.

Without Tommy there to rein them in, some of the other db kids in town start to unravel and get out of control. Between veiled threats against Phoebe and eating the neighborhood cats, the db are really widening the divide between the living and the dead.

Phoebe is faced with devoting her time to Adam’s recovery or taking on the db focused blog left behind by her ex-boyfriend Tommy. Both are incredibly important to her…but which will win out as the most important? Can she help Adam make a full recovery? Can she shoulder the responsibility left behind by Tommy? Can she reconcile her feelings for both db boys?

I really enjoyed Generation Dead and had high hopes for Kiss of Life. I was let down. Even after 200 pages into the book I was so bored I could barely make myself read onward to find out what happened next. I don’t know if this was a case of too many characters so the plot was spread too thin or if it is a case of middle book syndrome that essentially strings us along to a dramatic conclusion of the series. Regardless, I wanted so much to like this but I was too bored to enjoy any of it. I get that the author was posing some good questions about acceptance and discovering yourself and equality – but certainly that could have been done within a plot that moved along and held my interest.

If you’re looking for a fresh take on the zombie scene, this series may be for you. It presents the whole zombie issue in fresh light which I do enjoy. There were many peeps who enjoyed the book, if you’re looking for an alternate view.

Fave quote: "Speaking with the dead was always disconcerting, but speaking with Karen DeSonne was positively otherworldly." (pg 17)

Fix er up: Oh, I think you get it. I won’t rehash here.

Author: Daniel Waters
Publishing Info: May 2009, Hyperion
Genre: Zombie, Contemporary

[FTC Notice: I purchased a copy of this book. I was not compensated in any way for my review.]

I read this book as part of the Rewind and Review feature hosted by Ginger at GReads! and yours truly! Take that, TBR!