A Love for the Ages

A Love for the Ages

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Passenger

by Alexandra Bracken

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

I don’t often read time-travel books but the cover and the synopsis were just too irresistible. Plus who doesn’t like adventure, romance, and cool ships?

Speaking of romance, this was much more of a love story than I’d anticipated. I mean it makes sense but the synopsis isn’t super mushy or anything, so I thought it be more of a time-travel adventure with a dash or devastating romance. Really it was more equal parts adventure and love, which was fine by me once I got into that mindset.

The characters and the storyline were fabulous. I loved them. The cast was wonderfully diverse. The supporting characters didn’t grab me as much as I’d hoped, but the main characters did not disappoint.

The plot was action packed and extremely engaging. It was well paced and I really had no complaints until I reached the end. Towards the end the plot lost a little bit of its energy and its grip on me. Despite having almost 500 pages to go through the beginning, climax, and reach the resolution, the ending gave hardly any solutions or answers and created a lot of questions. I wanted some loose ends to get me excited about the sequel and build some suspense, but unfortunately I felt like there was too much of that and not enough resolution so I was more disappointed than interested. What did I read all that for if I don’t even get to know how some of the main points worked out?

It was beautifully written though, the style was elegant and seemed to be made for telling fantastical tales. It built up an enchanting air of magic that resonated deeply with me. Without such amazing, dimensional writing, this story would not have been nearly as rich and riveting as it was. Alexandra Bracken sets a fantastic example for fantasy authors everywhere.

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March Love Stacks Giveaway

March Love Stacks Giveaway

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The fantastic Love Stacks giveaway is back! Get excited and get entering!

Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies provided by Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different months’ prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE U.S. RESIDENTS.

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Winnings Include:

-One ARC copy of Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas
-One ARC copy of Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
-One ARC copy of Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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January Love Stacks Giveaway

January Love Stacks Giveaway

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What better way to start off the new year than with a giveaway and some of my favorite books? I loved them so much that one of them even made it onto my top 5 reads of 2015 list.

If you’re new to my Love Stacks giveaways, here is a little bit about them: Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies provided by Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different months’ prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE U.S. RESIDENTS.

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October Love Stacks

October Love Stacks

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You can still enter to win the September Love Stacks Giveaway, all the way through October 20th, so don’t forget to enter to win those creeptastic prizes. Meanwhile, you can also enter to win this month’s stack!

If you’re new to my Love Stacks giveaways, here is a little bit about them: Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies that are courtesy of Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different month’s prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE U.S. RESIDENTS.

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One of a Kind Reads 

-One ARC copy of The Letter for The King by Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson (Translator)

-One ARC copy of The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

-One ARC copy of Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

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Late September Giveaway

Late September Giveaway

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Life has been crazy, as usual, these past few weeks and it seems I’ve fallen behind on everything. Among said things, is the September Love Stacks giveaway, but I’m getting it up now, while it’s still September. I will make sure it runs until October 20th so that everyone still gets a month to enter.

If you’re new to my Love Stacks giveaways, here is a little bit about them: Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies that are courtesy of Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different month’s prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE US RESIDENTS.

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Creeptastic Prize Pack

-One ARC copy of The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

-One ARC copy of Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel

-One ARC copy of Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli

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Love Hurts, Accidents Happen, and Dolls are Creepy

Love Hurts, Accidents Happen, and Dolls are Creepy

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by Moira Fowley-Doyle

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

I still can’t quite figure out how I feel about this book. It is unique for sure and sent shivers up my spine, but for some inexplicable reason, I didn’t quite connect with it as deeply as one would hope.

The storyline was truly one of a kind, I haven’t even heard of any other book like this. It is a wonderfully fantastical concept, and I’d love to know what inspired it. This book turned out to have so many more dimensions to it than I thought it would after reading the synopsis. It was so eerie. I had no idea it was going to go so far in that direction, but I was very happy it took that turn for the better.

The creep factor was very well done. The Accident Season was full of magic and mystery and intrigue, all of my favorite things. The entire book was spine tingling and filled with beautiful yet haunting scenes that had me checking over my shoulder everywhere I went.

The characters were kind of impossible not to love as a group. They were all really well written for each other and their closeness was really sweet and refreshing to read about. You have the sisters Cara and Alice and their “ex-step brother” Sam, and then their best friend Bea. I loved how this book and this set of characters really showed some amazing messages about family not always being by blood.

The romance was sweet, but not really a favorite of mine. It was done realistically and was well founded and such, but there were moments of it that kind of annoyed me for some reason. Maybe because of the predictability and all the moments where you figure something out before the characters do and are left sitting there rolling your eyes. There wasn’t enough of these incidents to ruin the book for me or anything, but the romance plot held quite a few of them, enough to get on my nerves and keep me from totally and completely loving it.

Unfortunately, the plot occasionally fell pray to the same predictability problems. Thankfully, it was never in too big of a way. It never ruined any big moments, so I guess I’ll have to forgive and forget.

The writing was sweepingly beautiful, and did a great job of weaving together deep emotions and messages with fin, magic, and mystery. Like the book, the writing was both stunning and one of a kind. It was full of absolutely amazing imagery and passion that tugs at your heartstrings.

Last Words: This book is brimming with magic, mystery, and thrill. It is a truly fantastical tale written with deeply impassioned writing that will whisk you away into a unique and eldritch world, that unfortunately I still don’t completely understand. Maybe that is why I didn’t quite connect with it as solidly as I would have liked to, there were still a few holes for me and I prefer a complete pictured. Other than that and the predictability I found this book to be absolutely stunning and a veritable powerhouse. I’d definitely recommend it because it is so one of a kind and pretty much indescribable, it is definitely one have to read for yourself, and with an open mind. I gave it a solid four out of five stars.

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Attack of The Surprise Genre

Attack of The Surprise Genre

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The Scorpion Rules

by Erin Bow

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Format: Paperback ARC

Source: Liberty Bay Books

Expected Date of Publication: September 22, 2015

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A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace – sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals – are raised together in small, isolated schools called Prefectures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war.

Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, is the pride of the North American Prefecture. Learned and disciplined, Greta is proud of her role in keeping the global peace — even though, with her country controlling two-thirds of the world’s most war-worthy resource — water — she has little chance of reaching adulthood alive.

Enter Elián Palnik, the Prefecture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Prefecture’s insidious surveillance, its small punishments and rewards, can make no dent in Elián, who is not interested in dignity and tradition, and doesn’t even accept the right of the UN to keep hostages.

What will happen to Elián and Greta as their two nations inch closer to war?

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I read this one a while ago so this review is going to be a shorter, less detailed one compared to some of my others

I was no where near prepared for what this book had in store. The synopsis did not prepare me for the surprise genre. I won’t spoil it for you guys, all I will say is that I didn’t realize that was what genre the book was going to be, but in the end I found myself liking it.

There is a love triangle and I really hated it. That was because one of them began rather suddenly and although it was rooted in their pasts together, since we never got to read about any of that time, it felt very out-of-the-blue to the reader. However I grew to like that relationship almost more than the other. For the sake of making this easy without spoiling it all let’s call the relationship I just went into detail about Relationship A, and the other one, Relationship B. I was totally team B, just because I loved the love interest in B. However, Relationship B never really got developed. At all. There were maybe two short scenes that made their feelings clear, but you never got to see how Greta felt, if she reciprocated the feelings ect. Also nothing ever really happened, it never went anywhere. It kind of made me feel like “Why is this even a love interest/ relationship? Why is this something I need to read about? This isn’t even a real (love) relationship!” It was just unnecessary and poorly done in my opinion.

However, all the characters were exquisite. They had detailed personalities, depth, and were well developed, unlike their relationships.

The book was actually pretty diverse in many ways. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll leave it at that. I thought it was really cool that it was such a diverse book without touting the fact. It felt natural and didn’t make a big deal out of the fact that there was diversity, it didn’t dwell on it or try to make any of it into a preach-y lesson. It was done very well.

The plot was pretty darn well done too, until we started to get towards the ending. Then it just all went downhill and straight into the land of overly predictable. That was when I started to get cranky, I tried to stay optimistic and tell myself that there could still be a big plot twist at the end that will turn this all around and stun me. Unfortunately it went exactly how I expected and exactly how it sounded like it was going to go.

The ending was as flat as flat can be and a major disappointment.

The whole concept of this book was absolutely amazing. It was incredibly unique and I haven’t read anything like it. It was a whole new approach to the art of war that made SO MUCH SENSE. Not that I condone taking hostages, but the whole premise of the book was so well rooted in history and logic that I could totally imagine it happening someday in real life or at least some parts.

The world building was fairly good. There weren’t long huge info dumps all in one dialog. The way the information was incorporated worked quite well. It did have a big section of setup/background history before the book started, but it was actually really engaging and not at all boring and hard to follow, so I didn’t mind.

The book was surprisingly humorous for being such a intense story with all the tension and talk of life or death and war or peace. It wasn’t like it was funny all the time, if it had been that would have been distasteful, rather there were just little comedic notes thrown in periodically to shake things up.

Last words: Despite me utter disappointment in the ending and the vexing love triangle, I found this book to be absolutely enthralling. Like no other and beautifully diverse, The Scorpion Rules takes on major life topics with an unheard of ease and poise. Intense yet tastefully humorous, this book is a thought provoking and beautifully diverse tale.

Unfortunately the two major problems I had were, well major, so much so that I was forced to lower my rating to 4 out of 5 stars.

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