Sneak Peek Sunday: Everless by Sara Holland

Hi guys! I’m here to wrap up the year with one last review. Be sure to check this one out right as the new year begins 🙂

Everless (Untitled #1)
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Title: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Publisher: HarperTeen

Expected Release: January 2nd, 2018

My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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I finished this book last Wednesday, and OMG!!! I can’t get this story out of my head. I love it so much. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE SECOND BOOK OMG SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME DETAILS ABOUT IT I’M DYING OVER HERE!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are a few things I had to say on Goodreads in my initial review:

BUCKLE UP KIDS BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE HECK OF A YEAR! I absolutely loved this book; it was unputdownable. I can’t get over the lush world that Holland creates between these covers, and I am DYING to know what happens in book two already!! (Seriously, if you know anything pls send them to me!!!)

There are a lot of characters, but that doesn’t make it confusing. Jules was an awesome character. She was strong, confident, and strong willed sometimes to her disadvantage. However I don’t think this takes away from her, it just adds to it.

I can’t wait to see what becomes of Ina in the second book! We don’t see much development of her character, but toward the end of the book we get to understand more of who she is. I want to know more. I also want to know how Caro develops too. I like the way Holland left them at the end of the book, but I’m excited for the direction she may take them in.

Something that confused me a little bit was the whole concept of blood = time and how it worked within the world. I wasn’t sure how the whole system worked, but I feel that it worked itself out as the book went on. I wish there was a more articulate way to express my exact confusion, but this will have to do.

The fairy tale elements within the book worked well. I like the different fragments that were included and how Holland created it. This isn’t a huge part of the story, but it gives a lot of back story and is one of the key details.

Overall I highly recommend this one. This gave me a lot of Red Queen and Strange the Dreamer vibes so if any of those are what you’re into, you may like this one!

Happy reading and Happy New Year!

Sophie 🙂

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Well, it has been quite the year, hasn’t it? Hi there! If you’re new to the blog, welcome, and if you’ve been with us here for a while then thanks for sticking around.

A lot of major changes happened not only in my life, but in the lives of many this year. With the new administration being ushered in during January to the recent wave of women raising their voices together, it was a time of social change and upheaval. This is the time in which we make a difference. I am so excited (and nervous!) to be part of this.

A few things that changed for me…

Well one of them is that I graduated from high school! It was exhilarating and quite the whirlwind. I can’t believe it happened. Senior year was something for sure. It was a whole year full of lasts — last band camp, last band concert, last Model UN conference… I can’t believe all of that happened within the span of nine months. I mean, WHAT?! Mind = blown

Something else new? College! Here are some snapshots

I’m so lucky to have met all of these wonderful people this year, pictured and not. I can’t thank them enough for bringing such happiness to my life. Thank you to those who have stuck by me all of these years. They have been there for me in truly some of the worst times, and I can’t wait for many more years of friendship.

This has been a hard year with a lot of growing pains. I am in disbelief of the turn of world events. It is something that I couldn’t fathom happening in 2016, but I have hope that it will bring better change. It has certainly brought louder voices and more awareness to the injustices of today’s society. I can’t help but appreciate all that has been done thus far.

Book-wise…

I read almost 105 books this year! My goal was to read 80, but I finished that in late October, and one does not simply stop reading. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have books to get me through some things. I unfortunately fell really behind on my reviews here, but I am hoping to change that in the new year!

And in 2018…?

I am really looking forward to the change in the calendar year. It will bring the end of my freshman year of college and the start of my sophomore year. I hope to meet so many more new people, and I hope to keep a lot of my old friends.

My reading goal will be set at 100 this time, and I really hope to reach it (again). I want to blog more, and I want to make more time for writing. I feel that it’s something I want to improve upon and sharpen. Who knows, maybe I’ll start writing my own book at some point.

With that, I bid you farewell 2017. Thank you, dear readers, for your continued support. ❤

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

2017 Wrap Up: Graduation, College, and Books (Of Course!)

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Book Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Let’s talk about the last book by one of my all-time favorite authors. Jenny Han is a freaking goddess, and I had the pleasure of meeting her this past May when her book released. It was a phenomenal experience that I will never forget.

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)
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Author: Jenny Han

Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

Edition: Hardcover, US

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

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Oh Lara Jean, I have missed you dearly. I am Team #JohnAmbroseMcClaren, but I understand why people are Team #Kavinsky. I just feel that John Ambrose was so much kinder to Lara Jean, but that’s not really the point of this review right now, right? 😉

If you haven’t read the first two books in this series, I’m going to redirect you to my review of those right here. This will be spoiler free of the third book, but I can’t review this without making references to the previous two in the series.

I read this right at the tail end of my own senior year of high school, and all of the stress that Lara Jean goes through I had just been through. It was like reading about my own college application process from afar, which was a bit weird and meta. One thing that irks me with books is that they still include paper applications in their application process. This isn’t very realistic because most, if not all, applications are done online now. There are no longer paper applications that you have to reach out to certain schools to request that I’m aware of.

That small complaint aside, the emotions are all the same. The stress, the worry, the panic — it’s all the same whether you’re applying on paper or digitally. Han captures the thoughts and feelings of the application process well, and I’m sad to have a conclusion for Lara Jean and the gang.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Blog Tour: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber Review, Playlist, + Giveaway

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well this holiday season. I’m so excited to share this book with you.book cover.png

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1)

by Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Synopsis:
Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi’s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth’s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi’s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she’s convinced he’s been taken to the ice-planet.
Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.
For Miguel, Earth’s charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight’s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

About the Author

MaryMary Weber is the multiple-award-winning author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series (all by HarperCollins). An avid high school, middle school, and conference speaker, Mary’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she’s not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Comic-Con, and the ocean.

Mary’s debut, Storm Siren, was featured in the Scholastic School Book Fairs, and her novels have been endorsed by bestselling authors Marissa Meyer, Jay Asher, Wendy Higgins, CJ Redwine, and Jonathan Maberry.

You can also find Mary’s fun interviews in the paperback of Marissa Meyer’s NYT bestselling, CRESS, and in Jay Asher’s 13 REASONS WHY movie tie-in edition. Most recently, you can see her and her family as extras in the NETFLIX Original Series, 13 REASONS WHY.

She gets nerdy at @maryweber.com, FACEBOOK @MaryWeberAuthor, INSTAGRAM @MaryWeberAuthor, TWITTER @mchristineweber, and GOODREADS. Come say hi!!

Review

This was an interesting read. It’s told in alternative perspectives, and I liked both narrators. Miguel and Sofi (NAME TWINS) were generally good story tellers, but I preferred Sofi to Miguel.

Something that I liked most was the development of the Delonese and their relationship with Earth. It was an interesting dynamic of one where a planet (somewhat) peacefully while advancing Earth technologically and environmentally (wrt climate change and global warming — it’s an ice planet).

A main focus of the book is the sibling relationship between Sofi and Shilo. I absolutely loved it, and as someone with 4 siblings, it reminded me a lot of my own. It was great to see that this was at the forefront of Sofi’s mind and her main motivation — not a love interest. This made the book refreshing and even more relatable.

Miguel is bilingual and I love the way it’s portrayed through his perspective. It gives you a look into what it’s like to think in two languages. I don’t have much personal experience with it (I am somewhat conversational in Spanish), but I felt that I could understand someone who does. It isn’t something that is often seen in novels in general, and I think the way Weber did it was very well done.

Let’s just say the ending was out of left field! I can’t wait for the second book!!!

Favorite Quotes

I didn’t have many notes on the quotes of the book, but I think this one says it all:

“We are one,” Danya translated. “In soul. In beliefs. In harmony. In favour.”

Follow the Tour

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December 12th

Bibliobibuli YA – Guest Post
JusticeReads – Review + Playlist
Hauntedbybooks13 – Promotional Post

December 13th

T’s Stuff – Interview
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

December 14th

Marrok Macintyre – Guest Post
Wishful Endings – Review
Literary Meanderings – Promotional Post

December 15th

A Bookish Abode– Review

December 16th

postcards for ariel – Interview
Lisa’s Loves(Books of Course) – Promotional Post

December 17th

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes
Library of a Book Witch – Review + Playlist

Giveaway

Sofi Snow prize pack

Prize: Everything in the picture — Backpack, earbuds, hardcover copy of the book

US/Canada only

Starts: 12/11

Ends: 12/29

Here’s the link: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86274/

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Sneak Peek Sunday: Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Hi guys! How is your holiday season going for you so far? I’ve been focusing on finals and then I can really get into the holiday spirit. I can’t wait to go home and be with my family and my cats 🙂 Today I’m here to talk about a cute contemporary that’s perfect for the holidays!

Title: Prince in Disguise

Prince in Disguise
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Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Expected Release: December 19, 2017

My rating: 3.5/5 Goodreads stars

Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.

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This book was like watching a Hallmark movie, but better because it was significantly less cheesy and still gave you the same gooey feelings. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the plot twists within it.

Dylan is such a fun character. Her distrust of TRC affects her relationship with her sister greatly, but you see that no matter what she will stick her neck out for family. Her loyalty is something that is hard to come by, but once you have it she will defend you to the death.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Jamie until the last third of the book. I was suspicious of him the whole time, and I was ready for him to be someone he wasn’t. However, I loved his bookish nature and incessant need to reference literature. (THE WHOLE DISCUSSION ON JANE AUSTEN MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD!!)

The story was interesting and unique. The only book I can think of that is also about reality T. V. is Royce Rolls by Magaret Stohl, but that has a very different tone. It was smart and the literary references were sprinkled throughout which made me really happy to see. It didn’t feel forced, and everything was well placed.

I liked the plot twists in this book. They moved the story forward and weren’t too trite. I predicted something different would happen with Jamie than what actually happened, but I’m glad I was wrong. All in all, I highly recommend this one for your winter reading list!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂