Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Captive Prince Volume Three by S.U.Pacat



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


Captive Prince Volume Three

The Captive Prince series is by S.U. Pacat (Supercat!) and I first discovered it randomly on Amazon. If I had to describe this series I would have to say it's very epic in the way that it's A Game of Thrones type tale with so many plot twists it will leave your head spinning. For the longest time you could find it free on her livejournal, but after being picked up by a publishing house, S.U. Pacat recently pulled it down. (I think) 


S.U. Pacat does a really great job with keeping us on our toes, and giving us just a glimpse inside the romance enough to make us want more. It's such a well rounded perfect story that I can't say I have anything wrong to say about it all. I've mentioned her stuff a few times, especially in my 100 Page Review Rule, but I just want to drive my point home. This series is amazing. 


Volume Three doesn't have a release date yet, heck I'm not even sure if it's finished or not. She's been working rather hard (or so her twitter says) about it, and I just can't simply wait. I'm very proud of this author, and see her having a very mighty career ahead of her. 

Again, I don't have any time. As you can see my posts are starting to be few and far between, BUT thank you for reading, and know that after 'Funtober' ends I should be less busy. I hope at least!

Go check out Captive Prince! 


Friday, September 20, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday


Hosted by: Parajunkee and Alison Can Read


Q: What were some of your favorite picture books as a kid? If you have kids, what are your favorites to read to them?



The Rainbabies by Laura Krauss Melmed

On a moonlit night. . .
In the magic of a moonshower, a childless couple finds a dozen tiny babies in a meadow. 
Written in classic folktale tradition, illustrated with astonishing paintings, 
The Rainbabies is woven from magic and moonbeams.

There are not enough words to even explain how much I love this story, and what it means to me. My daughter and I love it just as I loved it in the lap of my favorite Aunt who passed when Brenna was young. The story is of a couple who want children so badly that they follow an old wives tale about standing under the rain while the moon is out. And what happens next is a wonderful, heartwarming tale, and lots of ups and downs. 







Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wish List Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper


Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly Meme hosted at Pen to Paper!



Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Summary:
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose. 

Why?:
Lauren has become one of my favorite authors, simply because she seems so down to earth. Her twitter is always cracking me up, her books are always very well rounded, and despite my own hang ups with this book. I totally had a character named Judas who lives on a flying Steampunk island. (click that)
And I'm trying so hard to be the bigger person and not cry like a little bitch. Really I can't wait. 

I have to say I'm pretty excited to read this book. I haven't had the chance to read the third book in her first series yet, but I loved the first two so much I'm itching to get through the few ARCs I have to get to reading what I want again. Lauren seems like such a nice girl, and even put one of her 'poor' reviews as her twitter background, 


It just really says something about a person who can roll with the harsh things people say, and how much of a strong person she must be to just be able to brush off the ignorant things people say. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but like I said before--it just better be an educated one. Find that post here.

For more information about Lauren find her website here: http://www.laurendestefano.com

For more information about Clockwork RPG, a great place with some pretty awesome players check it out here: Clockworkrpg.com 

I'm trying so hard to not be a jealous bitch, this is not the first flying island in history, and Judas is the most common bad guy name right?? Right?? Emily?? Right?? Though if he sprouts bat wings put together by dicey science so help me bob, Imma go on a witch hunt. 

In all seriousness, role playing forums are one of the best way to build characters for your own stories. It's a great way to flesh out little kinks and faults in their story lines or personality. There is a thin line between right and wrong when taking them for your own books, but I scrapped my novel last year; moving forward with another. But check out Clockwork, it's a lot of fun!

Next time i'll probably do this meme, so catch that one here:

Hosted by: http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tune In Tuesday!


Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!


I love doing these, and this whole month is about covers! I have to brag about this next one because it really just puts a smile on my face. Todrick Hall and the very talented voices of Pentatonix put together a Wizard of Oz video that is composed of a few really great songs including, Cups by Anna Kendrick, Trouble by Taylor Swift, and Teeth by Lady Gaga. 



I first discovered Todrick Hall with his Beauty and the Beast parody song called Beaty and the Beat, and then I found another of his called Cinderfella which is an amazing little video about legalizing love and allowing ourselves to step forward with same sex marriage. It mixes some of Disney's best songs with some modern twists. 



I highly recommend going through his entire channel, he's very talented and any time I'm having a bad day I just go watch a few of his videos and sing along. 

Also, don't forget to check out the very talented voice talents of Pentatonix, especially this cover of Imagine Dragon's Radioactive:


Also, this one is for you Meag as it totally has violin legend Lindsey Stirling!






Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan


Summary:
Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him? (...more info)

My Review:

This book caught my eye when I picked it up, I was instantly drawn in by the cover. Other than it felt a little dusty and gross I was eager to get it home. This book was one of many purchased at Half Price Book's Labor Day Sale on the Columbus trip with my book club to meet Rae Carson. The Author has been in and out of my book circles for a good long while, especially since I'm a huge fan of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black who are always tweeting about Sarah. I even found a few things in Sarah's book that I thought was a friendly nod to her friends, like character names. So needless to say when I saw the author on the book their was no doubt that it was going home with me. 

With that being said, I gave this book 3 1/2 stars. The premiss of the story was absolutely breathtaking, but there were just a few little things that I myself would have done differently. With many imaginary friends of my own growing up, what I wouldn't have given to have them turn out to be real. Eventually they became characters in my books, but man this whole thing just spoke to my heart. However, when Kami and Jared finally meet I just...I guess I expected more than just an awkward elevator ride.

I really wasn't particularly drawn to any of the characters in this book, and I certainly didn't relate to too many of them; but that doesn't mean they were bad. I'm not a huge fan of the name Kami, but I think that is because of Cam's Ham down the street. And that isn't very fair of me to judge Sarah's choice in names, but Kami just sort of fell flat. All of the characters did, but not enough I was rolling my eyes the entire time or hated them. I just had a hard time connecting with them.

It was a good book really, the intrigue and plot behind it kept my attention and kept me guessing. It was eerie and very gothic in it's ideas. I really enjoyed that, and I'll be excited to see where the next book goes. I believe it is to be released this month? Will it be first on my list of novels to read--no, but it will be one of many that I have waiting for a good cold rainy day where I can snuggle close to my family and a good book. 

What about you? Have you read Sarah Rees Brennan's books? If so, which one was your favorite and why? 





Friday, September 13, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee


Hosted by: Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

Q: It is up to you to do a Kickstarter campaign for your favorite book!!! Who are you casting for the main characters?

This is a pretty interesting question, thanks guys! I agree with what Alison said about being afraid of movies about books, especially after watching The City of Bones. Though I did not hate the movie, I for sure left there scratching my head, and wanting more! (Thankfully they are delaying the film to finish the script, and do a little re-write.)

Anyway, a book that I wouldn't mind them giving a shot at only because it would be a huge challenge is one of my favorites The Giver by Lois Lowry

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

I can remember this book making such a huge huge huge impact on me growing up, and being so blown away by it. It shocked me and surprised me, and I think with the lack of 'inspirational' films out right now, this would be a great challenge. However...I'm not sure they could pull it off, but I certainly would help them raise money to give it a chance!

*edit* Holy cow they ARE making a film. I just realized I forgot my cast and did a search and BOOM there it is. 

My dream cast would be:

The Giver: Ian McKellen

Big surprise there right? He just rocks that beard so hard, and is such a great actor.

A few of you asked about Jonas and all I could think of was this little boy:

Jonas: Asa Butterfield


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: Thin Space by Jody Casella



Summary From Goodreads:
Ever since the car accident that killed his twin brother, Marshall Windsor has been consumed with guilt and crippled by secrets of that fateful night. He has only one chance to make amends, to right his wrongs and set things right. He must find a Thin Space—a mythical point where the barrier between this world and the next is thin enough for a person to step through to the other side.

But, when a new girl moves into the house next door, the same house Marsh is sure holds a thin space, she may be the key—or the unraveling of all his secrets.

As they get closer to finding a thin space—and closer to each other—Marsh must decide once and for all how far he’s willing to go to right the wrongs of the living…and the dead.

My Review:
You know, I sat down this evening expecting to get pulled into the first few chapters and go to bed, it’s now 1:30am and I’m now just trying to digest what just happened to me. I can’t say it was a bad book, very sure of that, but I don’t know...Guess I can’t tell you what I truly think without spoiling everything. I loved it, I really did, but man I...just...can't tell you. However, I can say this….

This is Jody Casella’s first novel, and though she has been writing for a very long time (according to the back sleeve) I can imagine how hard it must have been to write something like this. Jody does an incredible job with telling this rather eerie little tale. First of all the writing was fluid and very easy to read. I was able to follow the story rather well, and though the ending….ugh spoilers.

ALDSKFJAL;SDFKJA;SLKFJA;OIUALKJASD;FLJKASDFLJASDF

I recommend this book, especially for the little twist in the end that somewhere in the back of my mind I knew I saw coming, but flat out refused to believe. Why? I guess I’m a helpless ‘Happily Ever After’ sort of person, and though this wasn’t a bad ending at all...it’s left me rather speechless?

The characters in the book were so cute, especially Maddie whose ‘Pa’ (Pie), ‘Baa’ (Bye), and Ya’ll (You all) reminded me so very much of home. It’s funny how jarring a deep woods accent can sound after you’ve been away from it for so long, and though she had many other cute little quirks I really enjoyed how I could relate to her in this particular way.

I found myself laughing a few times in the beginning and crying nearly right away. The raw emotion and turmoil that poor...Au-Marsh, put himself through was really well conveyed. He was dealing with his grief in a very realistic way. His angry outbursts and over all ups and downs really broadcasted well into my own times going through those little rough patches, and Jody did a really great job with helping smooth out those thin lines between life and death. I really feel that Marsh was in his own purgatory, even without crossing through to the Thin Space, but I suppose that was what the book was truly about wasn’t it?

One thing that really stuck out to me was the lack of Faith and Religion, but not in a bad way. I love me some angel books don’t get me wrong, but man it sure was refreshing to read a book about the space between without having those religious strings pulled.

I actually had the privilege of sitting in an author question and answer a few weeks back (has it been that long, I swear I'll blog about it), and I can remember just based on her questions alone I was going to be picking that book up. I expect her to have a very healthy successful career as a novelist because I have to say I didn’t (and did in a small way) see that ending coming, I really enjoyed the ride.

Finally, today something rather strange happened that stuck out in my mind while reading this book. While making plans to get a friend's child today for a play date I was given an address that I put into Google Maps to get directions. Little background: Meag's great grandmother passed away leaving her this house, and while searching for the house I spotted the only human being I have ever seen on Google Maps. Like for realz, they photoshop the heck out of that, but there she is. I'm sure this picture was taken before her passing, but it was very haunting to see her sitting there as if waiting for us to return and find out, that porch is in fact a Thin Space.


Meag, don't let Wolf walk around barefoot alright?

~Lily


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tune In Tuesday: Cover Edition


Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Again I don't have a lot of time, but I really wanted the chance to promote this great little vintage style band who has some KILLER covers of popular songs. I mean really, who doesn't love to hear the word twerk like a classy swing singer from the 1940's.



And my personal favorite.


But let's not stop there. How about Thrift Shop?



Find more information on the group here.
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #2


Hosted by: Parajunkee and Alison Can Read



What type of books do you mainly blog about?

Mostly young adult and either classic or trending LGBT literature. As a teenager growing up I too was fascinated and admired by this secret little topic of being gay. I was unfortunately old enough to remember what happened to Matthew Shepard and so horrified by it that my group of friends started a Gay Straight Alliance at our high school. It helped raise awareness and tolerance for same sex love, and the best part it’s still going strong all these years (too many) later!

So ultimately I hope that a few of you who are in fact growing up feeling rather different in your life find my little blog and realize that you are not alone. (and never were)

I also encourage you to start your own GSA, it really made a huge difference in my little hometown.

~Lily

p.s. Sorry for the lack of updates. It's just been so wild!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Review: As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann


Summary:
In the seventeenth century, the English Revolution is under way. The nation, seething with religious and political discontent, has erupted into violence and terror. Jacob Cullen and his fellow soldiers dream of rebuilding their lives when the fighting is over. But the shattering events of war will overtake them.
A darkly erotic tale of passion and obsession, As Meat Loves Salt is a gripping portrait of England beset by war. It is also a moving portrait of a man on the brink of madness. Hailed as a masterpiece, this is a first novel by a most original new voice in fiction.


Review:
I'm not even sure what in the world just happened to me. I finished this book on Saturday and wanted to give myself a little time to digest it. As a large fan of both meat and salt I was curious to see the connection, and realized very quickly that it was just a simple term of endearment. (I wasn't really expecting much more I promise) However, as the book went on the endearment started to have a good deal of a bitter aftertaste.

This book, like many books of the ear started out with a very well to do pace, setting it kind of like you would imagine Jane Austin going about her every day life, but while our main character is sweeping the bottom of a pond for a dead body I realized very quickly that My Dear Mr. Bennett wasn't all there in the head. From then on the whole thing came at me fast, the romance a rather beautifully written one with enough space between to have me cheering for it to work out (despite the bit of failure that followed.)

Maria's characters were very well fleshed out, and I did have a good soft spot for them all. However, it was Jacob that took the lead, and though we learn he's a bit of a sadistic asshat (aren't we all?) I still found myself wanting him to succeed with Ferris. I suppose that is what caught me off guard. Without too many spoilers, my heart is broken...empty. I've left this book not on a high note, nor in the sort where even a character death (spoiler alert, no one dies) makes me feel. I think honestly that maybe I read it too fast, my heart pounding through the chapters just a little too quickly in hopes of finding that happily ever after...

I'm honestly without words, but not 100% in the good way. I truly have just thought about this book the entire past few days trying to put together my thoughts for a good well rounded review, but they are just not coming--and that finds me a little at odds.

I don't know how I feel about the book. And this...is perhaps what she was going for? Maria McCann really captured the time period really well, and for that I had to give her high marks. A lot of the phrases and descriptions that she used were spot on to some of the English Lit from that era, and I am really impressed with how well she made you care about both sides of Jacob.

I would recommend this book for sure, but would I put it on your highest list? No. But if it's out there and you want something that will have your heart hammering the entire way? Go for it.

3/5 Stars for As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann, and the highest recommendation of taking your time with it.

Much love,
Lily

Friday, August 30, 2013

Follow Friday: Your Local Librarian!

Hosted by: Parajunkee and Alison Can Read



So yesterday my book club and I trekked all the way up to Columbus, Ohio to meet Rae Carson and C.J. Redwine; more of this is to come, but one thing that I wanted to blog about super quick was a little bit of the Q&A that leads me into my point:


One of the questions yesterday was of the older generations and how they feel that young adult literature is 'too mature' or 'too influencing' for our young readers, and though both of the authors handled it like champs. (For real I got chills) I wanted to shout this so hard....

"You tell those assholes that they should be thankful their children
are reading books, period!"

I know reading keeps me out of trouble. 

There are not words enough in my mouth for how epic yesterday was, and so much more will come when I have more than five seconds to write...or two soccer games tomorrow...birthday parties...cookouts...and a photoshoot on my three day weekend. 

No matter what children are checking out in the library, don't think they can't find this shit on the internet too. Let them have free reign of their books, and have them build a relationship with their local librarians. I know for my friend KT, that she has one of the smallest libraries in our county, one of the poorest, trashy, high crime parts of our town, and for that I consider her our local hero. Because, she is putting books in the hands of children who would otherwise know only drugs, and yes reading to me is a drug; but the only people to die are on pages not on our local streets. 

I had a moment yesterday where all I could do was look over at Katie and Kayla and be so pleased, because while our firm might get their parents out of jail later--their children are being educated in the wonderful world of make belief where they can escape today by preparing for tomorrow. 

You can find KT here: Librarians Unexpected Discharge 
Twitter: @jusbeinkt

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Twerks, Tweets, and Teresa Medeiros

So this happened today.

The convo continued with "The Vampire Who Twerked Me" and "A Twerk To Remember."

Not my best photoshopping, but I couldn't help it; it just had to be done.



By the way, if you don't know who Teresa Medeiros is (and haven't read like every review I've ever had) She's the adult version of Rae Carson. Adult meaning she writes adult books, I think it's safe to say we are all still children. 

Check her out here, http://www.teresamedeiros.com She is an amazing author who will leave you wanting more. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tune In Tuesday


Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

I don't have a lot of time today, but I wanted to throw this song out as it's one I'm sad the world is missing out on. 

David Guetta is known for his catchy dance hits and partnering with some of the best artists out there, but did you know that he and Sia did this little number together? And that she is naked in it? I am blown away, and it's become one of my favorite songs of the summer. Searching and searching for new music I found her while listening to another great song. 

Wake Me Up by Avicii first caught my attention by the amazing video and the beautiful girls all dressed in Ralph Lauren. It reminds me of the book that I just read, Wither by Lauren Defranco in that very 'we don't belong here and our world is dying' sort of way. 

Please check out these latest songs on my list, I think you will like them!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano


Synopsis: 
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

Taken from Goodreads, more info and where to buy here: Wither

My Review:
I'm still trying to digest what just happened to me, but I can start with saying that though I am late to the game with this book, it certainly was something else. I've had it on my shelf now for a few years, having purchased it because it was beautiful and on the bargain shelf at the newly opened bookstore after my beloved Borders went out. I can remember seeing something about it on Ky's blog,  way back when and grabbing it for a few dollars. 

There on my shelf I saw a pretty girl in a pretty dress with what appeared to be some sort of crop field designs around her and a bird cage. Strange. Yes. But opening the book it all came together, and like a Florida hurricane--blew me away. 

Rhine is one of those characters who does have a much deeper inner monologue than you would expect. She is often asked a simple question, ponders a deep complex answer with memories flooding to the surface, but then turns and gives a quick two word answer that has that same sort of impact Han Solo did when the Princess confesses her love. 

[Leia and Han share a passionate kiss before Han is dragged towards the freezing chamber by the imperials
Princess Leia: I love you. 
Han Solo: I know.

However, you will need to insert more inner thoughts in between the two lines so it would read more like this.

[Leia and Han share a passionate kiss before Han is dragged towards the freezing chamber by the imperials
Princess Leia: I love you. 

The words left her lips long before the memory of their kiss had ended. He felt himself come to life beneath her touch, but with every single beat of his heart he could feel the ending of his life drawing closer. Han remembered a time when he was a child, long lost boy of the wilderness, where he too had known a kiss like this. His parents had told him stories of space princesses, long forgotten in a time where lasers ruled the world and big harry creatures were nothing better than helpless companions. He should have told her this, that perhaps it wasn't a memory that he recalled so fondly but more of a premonitions of the things to come. He had so much hope in her that he could have died a thousand times again just to see her smile, but while thinking about this gets lost at the thought of her lips one last time. He should confess to her of his love, but that would defeat the plan and spoil the plot. So instead he just parts his lips one last time to say...
Han Solo: I know.
So in this I had a few problems. I understand where the author was coming from, she wanted us to know Rhine's longing, but after a few thousand paragraphs of that I had about enough of it. I did want her to be with her brother again, and I wanted to know of the world she belonged to before she was stolen. However, the inner monologue stuff about did me in, couldn't she have just told Gabriel about it once and be done with it?

As the story went on, I found myself captivated by the different lives the wives all led before, how their stories were so tragically different yet flawlessly joined together for their common fate. Even as a few betrayals came up, I never hated any of the characters, because it was all they knew. I thought the darker undertones certainly didn't fit the genre, but in a good way! I would have loved to have read this for a more mature audience, though I certainly could fill in the blanks. It reminded me of what I loved so much about The Giver in ways you don't know what is going on behind those closed doors to those babies, but you know it can't be good!

I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the whole thing, read it in under 12 hours and am about to go force my husband out of bed to get the second one from the store, because I just can't wait for Amazon to deliver it.

Wither gets 5/5 stars in my opinion just for the pure pleasure it was to be captivated by a story so quickly and the desire to get my Gemini self up off the couch, and to the bookstore. Go check it out!

~Lily

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thursday Quotables: Hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies


Thursday Quotables is a weekly features hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies to share a quote from this week's reading! For more information check out Bookshelf Fantasies at the link above.

"In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.” ~Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles
So far I've not found too much about this book to be big and quotable. My review is to come later, but I for sure haven't hated what I've read--it's just not been very powerful or moving. Save for that line, and I haven't even gotten to it yet. Spoiler Alert: Achilles dies in the end. (History told us that) But in many ways I can already tell from that little line that Miller gives us a happy ending. That and it's just visually beautiful. I do love a good book that ends with shadows.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wish-list Wednesday: Hosted by Pen to Paper

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly Meme hosted at Pen to Paper


The Charioteer by Mary Renault



Summary from Goodreads:

After enduring an injury at Dunkirk during World War II, Laurie Odell is sent to a rural veterans’ hospital in England to convalesce. There he befriends the young, bright Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly. As they find solace and companionship together in the idyllic surroundings of the hospital, their friendship blooms into a discreet, chaste romance. Then one day, Ralph Lanyon, a mentor from Laurie’s schoolboy days, suddenly reappears in Laurie’s life, and draws him into a tight-knit social circle of world-weary gay men. Laurie is forced to choose between the sweet ideals of innocence and the distinct pleasures of experience. 

Originally published in the United States in 1959, The Charioteer is a bold, unapologetic portrayal of male homosexuality during World War II that stands with Gore Vidal’s The City and the Pillar and Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories as a monumental work in gay literature.

Why It's On My List:

I recently discovered Mary Renault while skimming through Amazon and after finding the book I'm currently reading on a link that was posted to my bookclub wall. I read The Persian Boy and was blown away. The story of Alexander the Great as told through his lover Bagoas was eye opening on many levels. As you can probably tell I'm a super huge activist when it comes to LGBT rights, and have been my entire life. After watching one of my best friends in high school tormented and the entire Matthew Shepherd murder unfold on TV it's something I've always stood for. 

For an author in the 1970's Mary Renault told the story of Alexander and the Roman Empire without even flinching at the homosexual side of it all. To me that is such a great pioneer of her time, and I've been fascinated with her work. 

I have a few of her books coming my way and this is one of them, and there will be a much bigger post about her. I'm just doing my research. 

Also, I want this edition but am having a hard time finding it. 

~Lily

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tune In Tuesday: Book Blog


Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! The feature was originally created and hosted by Ginger over at GReads! 

This summer has been a let down when it comes to great music. I've been searching high and low for new and exciting things. I listen to a little bit of everything, but when it comes to hot summer days all I want is something to roll my windows down and speed down the highway with! Well ladies and gentlemen, on my way to work I heard a familiar voice on the radio and praised the heavens above!



All hail, Mother Monster is back! After a bit of a medical emergency she's been taking it easy for a while, and if this song is anything to compare it to. Gaga has in fact returned, but here is to hoping that this album is better than the last. 

Must be a trend of mine right now to love on all things 80's, but Applause has a very 1980's feel--in a really great way. 

Check it out!