From 7:09AM to half way through 8:17AM I was confused as to why it felt all “white picket fence happy-go-lucky” it actually pissed me off (I almost stopped reading it, luckily I didn’t). Then when “the incident” happen i was like “OH MY GOD!! WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPEN” I couldn’t even like handle it at first. It felt like someone just pushed me off a cliff. The writing was impeccable. I felt like I was having an anxiety attack (which lemme tell you this book will be doing that to you a lot).
One of my favorite things about If I stay is how the timeline of the book is written. I loved going from present day to a past memory. I feel as though a lot of books or movies feel disorganized when there’s so much jumping but in this case it’s perfect. You really get a feel for the characters and the life they lived (which makes it oh so much harder). The other amazing part of that is you can really visualize it. The entire book was very clear in my mind. I almost felt like I was a part of what I was reading.
I can’t lie that at first I wasn’t so fond of Adam. He just seemed so selfish leaving Mia all the time because of his band. As the story progressed and you learn more about him and their relationship from the beginning I ended up completely falling in love with him. Which really just made it harder for my heart to deal with. You fall so in love with Adam and Mia’s relationship and you feel for the struggles they have. It’s first love at its best. It’s distance and the fears of the future. It’s sweet, romantic, silly and just honestly perfect. Everything a first love should be and more. Gayle Forman is a wiz at writting teenagers in love. She makes it hurt, but also makes it warm and fuzzy. Anyone who read Just One Day / Year knows this is true.
When I finished If I Stay I pretty much picked up Where She Went directly after as if it was one book. I had to know what happen. It was like I needed another hit of Adam and Mia.
If I stay is easily one of my favorite books along with its sequel Where She Went which actually is my favorite book (stay tuned for a follow up of Where she went)
Go watch the trailer for the upcoming movie. It is the most perfect trailer ever made. I actually cried so…
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: Feburary 4, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
The Lunar Chronicles gets better and better with the latest installment of the series, Cress. Cress is the retelling of Repunzel, but instead of a tower, she is stuck in a satellite at the mercy of her mistress and the Queen of Luna. She has made an appearance in the first book, Cinder, but now we get to explore her character a lot more.
Cinder and Thorne, still the galaxy’s most wanted criminals, are on board the Rampion, with Scarlet and Wolf, on a mission to stop Queen Levana and dethrone her. Meanwhile, Cress, stuck in total isolation in her satellite, is constantly ordered around by the Queen herself to be her personal hacker. Cress longs for escape and comes across the path of Cinder and her gang, but things don’t go exactly as planned.
I am not very familiar with the actual fairy tale of Rapunzel, aside from the knowledge taken from Disney’s Tangled. Meyer seems to have loosely based Cress’s story around what everyone should know about Repunzel: long hair, and unreachable tower, and a dashing hero that comes to save her. Since that was all I knew about Rapunzel I was pleasantly surprised to see how the story played out for Cress and how it still stuck to the general aspect of the fairy tale.
Marissa Meyer never fails to create characters I love. Not only did I miss all the old characters but I love the new ones as well. I can never seem to pick just one favorite because Meyer just has a way with characters that makes me adore all of them, no matter how crazy they are. The dynamics of the characters just continue to grow and I can wait to see where they will be at the end of the series.
Just like in Scarlet, an additional character point of view kept up the fast pace of the story. The whole story so far has been interconnected and definitely has an ending that leads up to a possibly epic finale in Winter, which I absolutely cannot wait for! The bar is set pretty high for the final installment of The Lunar Chronicles but I have no doubt that Meyer will give us a finale worth waiting for.
So I know its half way through April already and I am only now putting up my March wrap up. April has been a pretty busy month in terms of school over at Quality Fangirls. School is coming to an end and we are very busy trying to catch up with all the work we need to do to pass, or at least stay with in program/major we are in. But March was too much of an exciting month to pass up writing a wrap up so here is how my month went.
These are the books I manage to read this month. I’d say it was a good month. I read three eARCs for Netgalley: Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, Avatar The Rift Part 1, and Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. I also read Cress by Marissa Meyer, The Archived and The Unbound by Victoria Schwab, as well as Avatar The Search Part 3 (not shown).
I didn’t buy many books this month, and if I did they were each under $10 with the exception of a signed copy of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner at Books of Wonder. I bought Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins on Amazon, The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider at Barnes and Noble, and The Chronicles of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis on Groupon.
These are the books I received from giveaways: ARC ofThe Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu on Bookish; ARC of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge on Tricia’s Bookshelf; ARC of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and an ARC of The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler from woven_; A final copy of The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler from ; and a final copy of Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg from YA Crush.
The highlight of March was pretty much the NYC Teen Author Festival. We only went for a few days but it was awesome! Click here to see our coverage of the event!
In April I hope to finally start and finish The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I also plan to read and review the following eARCs from Netgally: One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva and The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu.
My reviews from March:
hi girls! just wanted to ask, where do you get book challenges? :)
Hi! I do the challenges that books-cupcakes puts up every month! Hope that answers your question!
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It is the final day for the NYCTAF 2014 and as always it ends with the mega signing at Books of Wonder! To see our coverage on the other days we attended click here! Now there wasn’t many people I was planning on seeing and it wasn’t a full on event where things really happened so we didn’t live blog. But we did get to meet some cool authors and talk to them for a bit, as well as give them our business card! Sophia met Lauren Myracle and the new edition of ttyl signed! I met Elizabeth Eulberg and Leila Sales but we both got to meet David (even though Sophia met him already) and Victoria Schwab! Kinda mad I didn’t bring my camera for this event because Books of Wonder is so beautiful, but we will probably go back again and do a full post on the bookstore itself in the future!
So. Meeting Victoria Schwab. Let me tell you. She is amazing. Am I being biased because I read the Archived before I met her and The Unbound after I met her and now I wish I finished The Unbound before I met her so I could talk about Wesley all day and never let her leave? Yes. Probably. But anyways she was super sweet, and Im so glad she was able to go (considering she was sick the day before) and I got to meet one of my favorite authors! And a side note, her signature is beautiful, isn’t it? It was so nice that Sophia had to tell her and then Victoria tried to demonstrate it for us on The Unbound and that is why it doesn’t have my name. Not that Im complaining! Meeting her was enough. OH and when we gave her our business card she asked if they were from Moo! She was the first person to ask us, we found that so crazy! I also was able to snag some signed bookmarks and bookplates which will be added to the giveaway pile!
Here are just some of the other books I got signed that weren’t from Victoria Schwab. All the other authors were so nice and I felt bad for the ones who didn’t have anyone at their table. Next time we are going to talk to all of them! (we were too distracted by the books this time, sorry!)
Oh and here are some of the swag I was able to get too!
Well thats it for the event! We had so much fun and we are already looking forward to next years event!
So this is way over due but I couldn’t pass up on posting it. Two/three weeks ago was the NYC Teen Author Festival and we went for some of the days during the festival. Sophia went on Wednesday and you can see her wrap up here. We both ended up going on Saturday and Sunday, which you can see the live blogs for Saturday (as well as Wednesday) here. Saturday was probably one of the biggest days of the whole festival, especially considering there was a whole panel full of the greatest authors ever, which you will see later.
The first panel was “What’s the Worst Thing That Could Happen?”. There were a few books I thought belonged on the panel but there were some that didn’t. The top that stood out are a few I’ve had my eye on for a while now which were: Unremembered by Jessica Brody, Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. I wasn’t too thrilled by who won the author with the worst scenario but I guess that is all opinion based. It was still an entertaining panel overall.
Next was the Summer Reading Panel. This was probably the only panel we didn’t live blog. I wasn’t really that interested in the books even though some did sound interesting, it just isn’t my thing. But things did get interesting when someone asked them about racial diversity in YA lit and in their own books. The responses were pretty good given that they were on the spot though I cannot exactly remember what they said.
This next one, “Walking the Tightrope: Finding the Way Through Secrets, Lies and Other Treachery,” was all discussion based. It was interesting to learn about their process of writing in secrets into their books. Not much more to it than that.
The panel that everyone was waiting for. “What We Write About When We Write About Teenagers in Love.” The room was PACKED. I was even getting dizzy and I had a seat in the front row (a good call on my part). This panel was everything you could imagine. I could write a whole post on this if I wanted but I wont, to save you all from reading. But it was just so interesting hearing them talk about writing about love and how their characters fall in love and all of that. They were also so funny with their side comments and Lauren’s immaturity.
Finally it’s time for Literary Matchmaking, Round Two. It was really funny to hear some of these characters have a profile, but the best was Wesley Ayers. Unfortunately Victoria Schwab was sick and couldn’t make it but I still loved Wesley’s profile and his “date”. Obviously i am biased but the others were great as well! Then it was over and we went outside the room to get signatures from Rainbow, Gayle and Stephen!
We met Rainbow Rowell first, and since she was the first author I met during the event I was a bit nervous so I didn’t really say anything. She was sweet though and really awesome and just ugh. I absolutely love what she wrote in my books!
Next was Gayle Forman. Sophia had already met her on Wednesday and she asked if I was the other fangirl! Ah. And we talked about Mia and Adam and the target years and how she was going to watch Divergent after this and how I really liked the movie and Sophia didn’t (at the time, though I am still quite skeptical).
Finally it was Stephen Chbosky’s turn and naturally he had a long line. Since I was the only one with his books (yes I have three editions of perks) and Sophia was injured I approached him with out her and sorta kinda talked to him. I don’t even know what I said. I brought up Love Letters to the Dead since I know that he’s been promoting it. Also that I loved perks and that I literally got everyone to read it, even my boyfriend who doesn’t read. He said it made his day, and I just couldn’t!