Monday, December 15, 2014

North and South Read Along

Since I really enjoyed doing The Book Thief read along last year, it's time to sign up for another one. The lovely bloggers Suey, Kami, & Jenni are hosting a North and South read along and I'm in!

Here's the schedule:
**January 1 to 10: Chapter 1 to 28
(Discussion hosted by Jenni Elyse.)

**January 11 to 20: Chapter 29 to 35
(Discussion hosted by Kami's Library Thoughts.)

**January 21 to 31: Chapter 36 to end
(Discussion hosted by It's All About Books.)

I know absolutely nothing about the book (or the movie) so this should be fun. I'm guessing it's a Civil War book? Maybe? Also this book is in the public domain (meaning, free). Kindle link Google book link

If you'd like to join, sign up at either of the three blogs by clicking on the names above!

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Little Update

I've hardly been around the blogging world lately (as in most of 2014) but here's why:

She's all cheeks and puffy sleeves

I had a little girl! She's two months old today. There was a medical emergency during labor so I ended up in a very fast c-section. It was kinda scary. (I lost a lot of blood and they had to pump the baby's stomach right after she was born. But she didn't have to go to the NICU and although they thought I'd need a transfusion I ended up not) So the recovery was tough and I didn't feel like doing much.

Channeling a zombie, meeting the baby for the first time.
At least I didn't need to be turned into a vampire.

But! I'm slowly trying to get back into things so I'll hopefully be around the blog more. I've missed everyone!

In the mean time, have you guys seen PulseIt's 31 Days of Reading? There's a free book to read every day this month. One more thing to be excited for in December. What has everyone else been up to? How was your Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Read This: Blue Lily Lily Blue

Blue Lily Lily Blue
by Maggie Stiefvater

The Goodreads Summary Says:
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel

I Say:
5 stars
If you only read one October 2014 release, make it this one.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue was my most anticipated read of 2014 and it did not disappoint. Maggie Stiefvater is great at characters, and everyone here is interesting and well developed. From secondary characters like the ladies of 300 Fox Way, to The Gray Man and Gansey's old friend Mallory, the Raven Cycle is full of people I love to read about. Like the first book, this third one spends time with all of the characters, rather than focusing on one or two. After the way The Dream Thieves ended, there is a bit more focus on Blue and her family. But everyone is still present and problematic. There's so much less angst this time around but Blue and her boys struggle with problems supernatural (possibly evil magic caves) and mundane (college applications). Everyone can feel that the search for Glendower is coming closer to an end and no one knows what to do about it. Gansey especially struggles here and it was so interesting to see the cracks in his character coming out. Meanwhile Adam is more self-possessed than he's ever been and I really came to appreciate his character more.

The characters were enough to have me flying through the story but it also has an excellent plot. After finding the cave at the end of the last book, Blue and friends have to decide if/when to enter and what to do with what they find there. They're warned early on that there are three sleepers to be found, and only two should be woken. And then they have to figure out what that means and how to do it. The magic in the series gets more complex and dangerous. (and good) Add on the fact that our main 5 characters all have secrets they're keeping from each other and the tension and suspense go through the roof. Like the other books, this one has an ending that will leave you saying "Wait, what?" and then wanting the next book immediately.

Just So You Know:
I received a free review copy from Scholastic via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. Blue Lily Lily Blue will be available Tuesday, October 21! Preorder