Hi all! Tune in Tuesday is a GReads meme currently being hosted over at Kate's
Tales of Books and Bands. I really love this band called Daughter. The lead singer has such an airy, ethereal quality about her voice. Discovered them a while back, but their song "Youth" was why I decided to feature :-). Enjoy!!
We are the reckless. We are the wild youth... Love that lyric! Have a great one!
Things to ask yourself when looking for POW: Does the book draw me in from the
first page? Does it have that certain something that makes it unputdownable?
Does it make me pay attention?
I'm going to post a few lines
from the first page of a book (current or past read), and say whether or not I
think it has Page One Wow. As always, feel free to chime in!
"I've been collecting bugs since I was ten; it's the only way I can stop their whispers. Sticking a pin through the gut of an insect shuts it up pretty quick.
Some of my victims line the walls in shadow boxes, while others get sorted into mason jars and placed on a bookshelf for later use. Crickets, beetles, spiders...bees and butterflies. I'm not picky. Once they get chatty, they're fair game."--page 1, Splintered
So, does it have POW? It did for me. Alyssa's voice was immediately there, and even though I hate bugs, the idea of them whispering/"getting chatty" drew me in. Great start imo, sets this creepy, edgy tone for the Alice in Wonderland retelling perfectly. Review to come soon!
Any thoughts? As always, I'd love to hear them :-).
book had such a creepy, dangerous atmosphere to it.The tone and writing kept me enthralled
throughout.There was a menace running
around Ludlow killing innocent girls, and I couldn't wait for Hannah to solve
the mystery.Paper Valentine was addictive, and I sped through the pages.
really got me, though, were the well-drawn characters: Hannah, Finny Boone,
Lillian, Ariel and Pinky, Angelie, Hannah's protective mother. By the end of the book, I knew them all.
could see each of them in my head.I saw Hannah in her beautiful, crafty dresses that hid a complex girl
with complex problems--not the least of which is a dead best friend/ghost who
follows her around, offering snarky remarks.Lillian, the ghost BFF, was one of my favorite parts.She was Hannah's friend and yet…she was also
a manipulative mean girl.It was
interesting how likable and unlikable she could be.Another complex
character--which made her all the more real.
if you want a hero with real problems and hang-ups and real heart, let me
introduce you to Finny Boone J.
can't believe I've never read anything by Yovanoff before.She introduced me to a new type of love
interest.Before I go on about how much
I loved Finny, let me say that I know there've been delinquents in YA books.I know there have been bad boys with hearts
of gold.But Yovanoff broke the mold
with this one.
why: Finny Boone--besides having an AWESOME name--was the exact opposite of what we girls are supposed
looks are big and thuggish, kinda scary.He almost always wears a threadbare white tank and has do-it-yourself
peroxide blond hair.He's missing a
pinky finger on one hand.He steals
lighters from the gas station.He's in the
"slow classes."By all
appearances, he's big, mean, and stupid.
here's the thing: Finny Boone is a contradiction.When Hannah's bracelet is stolen by one of
his friends, Finny gets it back for her.When Hannah's having a bad day, he grabs the
guy teasing her by the neck and tells him to back off. When Hannah scrapes her knee, Finny picks out
the glass and cleans the wound himself.He's thoughtful, kind, and protective. Finny Boone is actually everything a girl could want.
times in the book, other characters call him names like "retard," one
even openly accuses him of being the serial killer.Lillian is constantly warning Hannah off,
but, thankfully, she doesn't listen.You've got to love a main character who can think for herself.
recommend this book for sure and not just b/c of Hannah or Finny. (But seriously, you should read it just for him)I've included the summary below.If you want a heart-pounding mystery with creepy
clues, a heroine with a spine of steel, and a hero who's as unique as his name, read Paper Valentine.
summary: The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The
asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and
someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.
friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back
to normal. But how can it when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing
her to investigate the mysterious string of murders linked only by a paper
valentine? Hannah can hardly begin to understand why her friend
self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place
among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big,
enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and
surprising acts of kindness.
With the entire
city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls
and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine
Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put
together the pieces before he strikes again.
Hi all! Tune in Tuesday is a GReads meme currently being hosted over at Kate's
Tales of Books and Bands. So there's this new show on TV called Nashville, and it features some pretty great music. In truth, I only watch it to see if Scarlett and Bartender will end up together :D Hope you enjoy the tunes as much as I do!!
1) Fade Into You
2) Call Your Girlfriend
(A cover of Robyn's song. This isn't really from the show, but these girls are part of the cast. Just watch the awesome :D)
Can't wait to check out everyone else's picks! Have a great week!!
put this book on my Christmas list b/c of a comment someone made.Can't remember the exact words or who it
was--but they basically said: if you want a great YA romance, you NEED to read
wish I did remember so I could thank them.
trip books are pretty big in YA.Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was my
first, but it won't be my last.There is
a certain draw to that plot device (the road trip) that I never really
considered before: The main characters
are stuck together.There's no
escape.Romance--or some kind of emotional
connection (but hopefully romance J)--is almost sure to bloom.
it didn't feature the writing style I typically go for (snappy one-liners, fast
pace), the book sucked me in.Morgan
Matson is such a terrific writer I didn't even realize it.I loved how Amy and Roger had their own
motivations for going on this trip.And
I also loved how they threw out all of Amy's mom's careful planning.They mapped their own route and encountered
so many wonderful things along the way. What teenager doesn't want to do that?
thought the format of the book would annoy me, but it so didn't.There are these pages littered throughout the
book: actual receipts from diners, hotel receipts, brochures, pictures,
playlists (which were awesome!).Those little extras were so integral to the
story.They really made me feel like I
I was on this trip with Amy and
took me about a week to read.And I
didn't even mind that I had a ton of books in my TBR.I was able to lose myself, to go on this epic
road trip with the main characters.And
it was totally worth it.
loved seeing Amy discover herself and make peace with the loss of her
father.I loved how Roger couldn't get
over Hadley--and then did at exactly the right time J.I loved watching the two of them fall hesitantly, slowly for each other.
side characters were terrific.I wish I
could meet a friend like Bronwyn, who'd accept me immediately and do away with
all my crappy clothes without me knowing it.Leonard, the gamer, was hilarious.I loved Drew and Derek, and how the most mundane things could remind Amy
of her dad.I really adored Lucien and
his grass animals.
are so many reasons I enjoyed this book.The playlists were like an unexpected gift, little musical gems
hidden in the pages.Great story, great
characters, The Lucksmiths.If you could hear me now,
I'd be saying Morgan Matson's name like it contains only the good letters J.Go ahead and read it.You won't
I read through all the summaries, and I've got to say, the one that sticks out to me the most is:
The story/plot really intrigued me. Though, I did also love the name Finny Boone :) I'm thinking I will really love this one. Slammed has been everywhere, so I kinda gave into the peer pressure on that one lol. Hope it lives up to the hype. Splintered is going to be my first read for the DAC challenge!
Hi there! Tune in Tuesday is a GReads meme currently being hosted over at Kate's
Tales of Books and Bands. I just finished this amazing book called Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (review to come :D). Like Amy, I can't believe I went so long without knowing this band. Their sound soothes my soul lol. But really, it does :-) I give you: The Lucksmiths.
Shadow and Bonewent above and
beyond my expectations.I'd seen it all
over the blog-o-sphere.Sparkling
reviews, beautiful cover, nice title.But for some reason, I didn't pick it up.I'm thinking it might've had something to do
with the book summary
the jacket and Goodreads summaries talk about: a land at war, a nasty piece of
shadowy evil called the Fold, an orphan with a dormant power, and a magical
race called Grisha.Sounds great,
right?But I felt like I'd heard it
before.The thing that finally got me
was the brief mention of Mal and Alina's relationship.
man am I glad I gave it a shot J.
debut may be a YA fantasy with adventure and magic.But at its heart, the book is a story about
one girl, one boy, and the love they share for each other.
The two became best friends as children, forming a deep,
unshakable bond. Bardugo
does a great job of putting that friendship in jeopardy from the start. First
orphans together, now army refugees, Alina and Mal have never been separated
and are about to embark on a mission into the Fold--a place of complete
darkness filled with flying monsters.I
loved the scene where their ship was attacked.The descriptions of the volcra
were on point and scary as hell.The
writing really shined here.
I was amazed at the connection I already felt to Alina and Mal.Her thoughts of him were honest and
endearing--and sometimes humorous.When
Alina is taken from camp to learn the ways of the Grisha, we get a nice dose of Alina's
probably for the best, I told myself.How would I have said goodbye to Mal anyway?Thanks for
being my best friend and making my life bearable.Oh, and sorry I fell in love with you for a
while there.Make sure to write!"--pg. 76
loved that J.Later, we find out why Alina's been hiding
her power all this time.The Grisha test
everyone as children to see if they are capable of magic.Alina's test came up negative, and her
reasons for this were so incredibly sweet I literally teared up.
course, the Darkling turns out to have ulterior motives for wanting Alina and
her power.When she finds out about his
plans, Alina makes a run for it--and as always, even after a long absence (too
long imo), Mal is there for her.
whispered into the night.
I wasn't sure if
I was dreaming, but somewhere in the dark, I thought I heard him whisper, 'Always.'"--pg.
one more line that I'm kinda desperate to include, but I won't.It comes near the end of the book (page 299)
and is semi-spoiler-ish, yet completely swoonworthy J.Shadow and Bonewas mind-blowing.The
adventure and danger, betrayals and romance all well done.But I'd recommend it for the unique
relationship it explores.Best friends
in love who find a way to be together.Always <3.