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Heir of Fire | Book Review

This book is the epitome of everything fantasy. It is perfect.

Heir of Fire

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Published September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 575

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased

Rating:1,000,000/5 stars

Buy it here: Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


 Summary from Goodreads:

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?


Sarah J Maas is a genius. Girl, your books are amazing so you deserve a high five.
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September in YA

What’s happening this month in YA?

Books

Click the book title for a link to the book’s Goodreads page.

Sorry for doing the post late! I’ve been super busy!

September 2nd

20613470 Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

YYYYEEESSSS! I just read the Throne of Glass series this summer and I was pleasantly surprised because I normally don’t like fantasy but I did really like this series. There was so much hype that it couldn’t really be bad. There was a mind blowing revelation at the end of this book so I’m excited to see what happens!

 

 

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The Jewel by Amy Ewig

This book sounds really creepy but so did Perfected and I loved that book! This sounds like an edge-of-your seat book that I am probably going to read.

 

 

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Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Meh. Fantasy. I’m not big on fantasy or witches or anything like that. If there is huge hype and great reviews then mmayyybe.

 

 

 

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Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

This book sounds really good. I think books based on physiological disorders are really sad but also really educational and intriguing. Wintergirls is one of my favorites and I liked Say What You Will. I really want to read this, so expect a review!

 

 

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Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Okay, all of the reviews say this book is really, really sad. But, I still want to read it. I love books with sarcasm (I’m looking at you, Kaise West) and this book seems poised to have some. I think I’ll read this even though I may die of sadness.

 

 

 

September 9th

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Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

This book sounds really interesting and I loveloveloved Before I Fall so this sounds very similar. Books about suicide are always very sad but still intriguing. I will read this so review will come!

 

 

 

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Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare?  Yes. I think. This will either be amazing or terrible. The reviews so far are good. I love Downton and I have neutral feelings about Cassandra Clare. We’ll see.

 

 

 

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Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

This sounds pretty good. I think the story line would be great but if the romance overpowers the story I think it will be stupid. This has a Cadet Kelly vibe and I was all about that movie a few years ago! Good prospects for this book.

 

 

 

September 16th

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The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy

YYYEEESSS! I am so excited for this book. The Fifth Wave was awesome and had such a frustrating ending! I am also very excited for The Fifth Wave movie coming out in January 2016!

 

 

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This book has super good reviews but I don’t know about this one.

 

 

 

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Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Sibohan Vivian

I loveloveloved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and I enjoyed The List so I’ve wanted to start the Burn for Burn series. I think I will soon.

 

 

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Falls the Shadow by Stephanie Gaither

Clones? What? I enjoyed Double Identity four years ago and that was about clones. I’m not sure. This isn’t a definite yes or no.

 

 

 

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The Vault of Dreams by Caragh M. O’Brien

Oooooo super cool premise! I love books about mysterious schools or camps because of my positive past with Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. The reviews are okay but I still might try this one because it sounds very unique.

 

 

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Made for You by Melissa Marr

It is in the south! North Carolina to be exact, and I live in South Carolina so we’re almost there! The premise is really, really interesting. I want to read this for sure.

 

 

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The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

This is the second book in a series. I am always very skeptical of fantasy, but this book has amazing reviews. We’ll see. I just love realistic fiction so it is hard for me to read fantasy.

 

 

September 23rd

 

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I kind of have no idea what this series is about but it sounds intriguing, I guess? The summary is confusing, even for the first book.

 

 

 

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Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

Meh. Sounds kind of like The Lovely Bones (which I have only seen the movie) but I did not completely enjoy that movie. I read Uglies but I struggled through it. I probably won’t read this.

 

 

September 30th

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Meh. I read Beautiful Creatures a few years ago and it wasn’t that good. I also read Idols and completely forgot that book ever existed. This sequel has very good review, though. If the reviews are astounding, I may read it.

 

 

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Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Doesn’t sound terrible, doesn’t sound great. I’ll probably forget about this book but I’m not opposed to reading it.

 

 

 

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The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

Hmm. I don’t really like zombie books, shows, or movies. This series does sound interesting, though. I’m open for discussion.

 

 

 

Movies

THE MAZE RUNNER COMES OUT SEPTEMBER 19TH AND I CANNOT CONTROL MYSELF!!! I read The Maze Runner four years ago and I have loved that series for a long time. I also watch Teen Wolf and have a severe Dylan O’Brien crush so I have been anticipating The Maze Runner movie even before there was talk about it. Y’all don’t understand, or at least I hope you do. I AM SO READY!

(I will review If I Stay and The Giver once I see them! I just haven’t had time yet.)

September is a busy month! What books are you most anticipating? Are you excited about The Maze Runner? Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below!

Your favorite fangirl,

Sarah!

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

 

The New Doctor: Yay or Nay?

Doctor Who.

It is the name of a show that you have most likely heard of if you have even tapped the surface of the dark abyss that is the internet. Even as I was a wee babe, just entering The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson fandoms, I heard the name of The Doctor echoed throughout the internet.

Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC between 1963 and the present day. The programme depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a time-travelling humanoid alien. He explores the universe in his TARDIS, a sentient time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.

Wikipedia

My reason for watching Doctor Who, when it boils down to it, was peer pressure. The first aspect was the pressure of basically the entire internet. Then two of my close friends started watching the show. I held out until November of last year when I watched The Day of the Doctor. I was thoroughly confused, obviously, but that made me begin the journey that is binge watching Doctor Who.
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Say What You Will | Review

 

Heartbreaking and enlightening novel.

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

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Published June 3rd 2014 by HarperTeen

Pages: 343

Format:Hardcover

Source: Purchased

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Buy it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Summary from Goodreads:

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern’s insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.


 

If one more book is compared to The Fault in Our Stars… (or The Hunger Games, for that matter)

I know every author wants to be John Green because he’s worth five million dollars at this point. But, just because a book is a teen romance, that does not mean it is The Fault in Our Stars. Also, if a book is dystopian, it is not automatically like The Hunger Games.

Okay?

NOT OKAY.

Now that we got through that, Say What You Will was a very different and enlightening read.

It follows Matthew and Amy as they deal with their OCD and cerebral palsy, respectively.

Amy has always been different. She cannot talk without a computer and she can hardly walk. It is her senior year of high school and Amy has just realized that she does not have any real friends. She decides to change that. Normally she has adults help her around but she decides to have different students help her. Matthew is one of them.

Matthew was just a normal kid but after the stress of his parents’ divorce a few years ago he started to do things. Things like washing his hands to his elbows exactly twelve times a day. Things like tapping every locker as he passed. Matthew has OCD. When he hears that Amy wants him to help her this year. he decides, what the heck, sure.

Amy was a really interesting character to read about because she was brilliant but she couldn’t even talk. She was really sweet with Matthew when she tried to help him conquer his OCD. Amy went about a lot of things wrong, though. She made many bad decisions regarding Matthew and also regarding her life. I felt bad for her because of her disease, but I forgot about it by the end. She just made many bad decisions.

I loved getting an insight into what cerebral palsy is. I had an idea, but I have never really known. It was kind of like Amy was just trapped in this incompetent body with an overcompensating mind. I know if I ever see anyone with cerebral palsy now, I will do my best to treat them no different than anyone else.

Matthew was an interesting character as well. he seems to be the opposite of Amy. He has a perfect body with an imperfect mind. A lot of the time, I felt worse for Matthew than I did for Amy. He couldn’t control his impulses and it cost him friends and a feeling of safety. I will definitely stop making jokes like, “Oh, I’m so OCD,” because it is a very serious disease.

The relationship was a bit lacking. You knew who you wanted to get together but things just kept popping up. Well, big problems. Huge problems. Amy and Matthew were very sweet, but their situations just didn’t mesh well a lot of the time.

There was a big part at the end of the book that was the main focus of the plot. It was something that made me go, “Oh, come on. Really?! REALLY?!”

It seemed kind of unnecessary (until it became the main plot). I just didn’t like the subject and I felt like it was pulling away from where the real focus should have been.

For those reasons, I give this book 3.5/5 starsIt wasn’t a bad book. It just wasn’t amazing. I would recommend this book for ages 14+ because of some mature content and older themes.

I loved learning about the two diseases. It really opened my eyes. I applaud you, Cammie, for bringing awareness to these two diseases.

Read this book if you’re looking for one you’ll read fast. Also, if diseases such as cerebral palsy and OCD interest you, you need to read this book.

Have you read any other books about mental or physical disorders? Tell me in the comments.

Your favorite fangirl,

Sarah!

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Of Scars and Stardust | Review

Most “OMIGOSH WHAT JUST HAPPENED” ending EVER!

Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah

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Expected publication: October 8th 2014 by Flux.

Pages: 336

Source: eARC from Netgalley

Format: eBook

Preorder it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she’s been dying to leave behind.

But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her “delusions,” Claire can’t seem to escape the wolf’s eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she’s ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella’s trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.

Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister’s disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella’s past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.


 

The thing that first attracted me to this book was the cover! It is beautiful! If a book has a bad cover, I don’t want to read it. I hate books with faces on the cover. I want to imagine what the character looks like, and this contaminates my imagination. I LOVE Stephanie Perkins but I hate her old covers!

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Of Scars and Stardust was very different. Having an unreliable narrator is always interesting but tough. We Were Liars and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer both had unreliable narrators. It is different to have to both focus on the plot and decide wether or not the narrator is crazy.

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Tore Divided Love | Blog Tour

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Tore Divided Love
by K.D. Ferguson
Release Date: 06/06/14

Summary from Goodreads:
A future set in stone.

For eighteen year old Krissa Channing a government ruled pairing with Braiden Connor and a move to Headquarters were her set fate. Until Braiden’s sudden disappearance threatens Krissa’s entire future.

After months of endless worry, Krissa has an unexpected meeting with Duke, a perfect suitor that could offer her the future she’s always dreamed of. Just when she begins to regain hope, Braiden returns.

Now, Krissa must find where her heart truly lies. Torn between two loves, she must decide which of their worlds she belongs in. But is such a decision even possible when the choice rests between freedom and love? Read the rest of this entry

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