Roadtrip & Reading :)

For the next week, I’ll be driving a car across the United States. My little brother and dad and some of their friends are on Week Two (a week each year) of their seven year bike trip across the United States. Me? Nah. I’m just going to be their driver this year.

During this week-long driving experience, I’ll be catching up on a lot of reading!

Here is a peek at some books I’m really excited about devouring… There’s quite a bit of literary diversity here. 🙂 Continue reading

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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A mysterious island.


 
An abandoned orphanage.


 
A strange collection of very curious photographs.


 
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
 

PUBLISHER: Quirk Books

PAGES: 382

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There are some books that I do not read for absolutely no reason at all. Usually, when I finally do pick these certain books up and read them, I curse myself for not reading them. This book is one of my I-Should-Have-Read-This-Ages-Ago-Why-Am-I-So-Stupid books.

This novel follows a young man, Jacob, as he puzzles through the sudden loss of his grandfather and the fantastical stories his grandfather told him throughout his childhood about a house on a faraway island filled with Continue reading

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assasin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

WILL BE AVAILABLE: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Pages: 496

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The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

Okay, so when I saw that there was a book from Mary E. Pearson on Netgalley, man, I requested this book so quickly. I absolutely loved Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox when I was younger. I don’t really remember what it was about, but I remember absolutely loving it. So, I just guessed that I would love this one, too. I was right!!!

Some of her other works have been more sci-fi, so I was delightfully surprised when I found out that Continue reading

Book Blitz: VALENTINE BELL Release

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In this enthralling debut, one young girl learns that getting the best revenge takes more than a little luck.
Valentine Bell spends her days aboard the luxury cruise ship “The Heart of Io,” traveling back and forth
between earth and beautiful, mysterious Vala, a planet where the jungle holds a universe-altering secret.
The young orphan is unaware of her powers, only knows that she has been born with a scar, and seeks
greater adventures than what life has provided for her.
She finds it in the form of Orion Sides. Orion uses Valentine’s fascination to entangle her in his father’s
gang of thugs and thieves, who run the ship’s underworld.
But Orion knows something Valentine doesn’t— that her scar gives her a special ability to bestow luck
upon anyone who touches it. Aided by her de-facto dad, Tycho, and her best friend, Luke, Valentine
realizes that Orion’s been using her luck to pull off a heist, and when a set of priceless jewels goes
missing from the cabin of a powerful Ambassador, Valentine is sure she knows who’s taken them.
Out for revenge, Valentine embarks upon a dangerous journey that takes her into the Valan jungle,
spurred on by a strange connection to the precious jewels. As she learns about her own tangled history,
and forges a path to her future, Valentine discovers that she has a role to play in setting things right,
talents beyond her imagination, and a thirst for justice that takes her down perilous paths.
Rowan Maness’s stunning first novel invites readers into a dizzying world unlike any they’ve ever seen,
and introduces a character whose journey will enchant anyone who has ever questioned their place in
this world or any other.

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I’m really excited to read Valentine Bell: The Golden Year by Rowan Maness as soon as my classes end for the summer and… guess what? It’s being released today! It’s an imaginative tale that intertwines fantasy, romance, and adventure.  Check it out 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

From the window seat in the bedroom of Elizabeth’s house, I looked up at the sweet blue moon. The sun’s going to go supernova someday, but the moon would never turn on us. The tides roll in and out reliably, bringing a little order to this shabby rock. My best friend, Luke, told me once that Continue reading