Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We Were Liars

  Title: We Are Liars
Author: E.Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE

* sniffles and curses e.lockhart*

Wow what an incredible, heartbreaking read that really messes with your mind until the very end. The writing, while not for everyone I'm sure, had me mesmerized. I'm a fan of verse novel or of books written in a similar fashion so I enjoyed We Are Liars.With that said be prepared while reading We A Liars it's written in a different and poetic way and it's full of carefully crafted imagery.  

We Were Liars is narrated by Cadence Sinclair Eastman who is  from a very wealthy, very perfect Sinclair family who summer on the privately owned Beechwood Island. Cadence shares memories about  happy summers spent on the island with her cousins Johnny, Merrin, and family friend Gat. The four call themselves The Liars. There's really not mush else to say about this book without giving away any spoilers. Seriously if you haven't read We Are Liars yet stop reading reviews and just go read it.

If you liked Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta then you'll love this book & if you haven't read Jelicoe Road yet go out and read it as well.* Warning don't read both books at the same time or back to back you may sob and then explode of feels*

 The book is filled with whimsy,heartbreak, more secrets to count and a story that will crush your soul while also leaving you a bit confused about what just happened. If all that sounds like your cup of tea check out We Are Liars.5/5

Waiting On Wednesday (39)

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...

 Title: Heir Of Fire
Publisher:Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: September 14,2014

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love??

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Armchaie BEA Day 2:Author Interaction/More Than Just Words

 Armchair BEA is for those people who cannot visit Book Expo America but still want to join in the fun.

Author Interaction 
Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger. 

Sadly I haven't had the chance to meet any of my favorite authors but when I do I'll probably freak out and fangirl. I feel like more book tours need to come swing by Chicago.
So far all my author interaction have happened online mostly on twitter.My favorite author was when i sent a tweet to Mindy McGinnis the tweet had my review about her book Not A Drop To Drink.In the review I mention how i didn't really want to read the book because there was so much hype about it.So replied back stating that she did that a lot with books and even wrote a blog post about it and how she was a LitBitch.(i recommend you check it out) I loved the post and that brief interaction made me like her more especially for the fact that she actually engaged in conversation. 

My interactions changed because I actually make and effort to connect to the authors and fellow bloggers.For a while i would stick to just posting reviews and commenting here and there on other blogs.Then I started following authors on twitter and their blogs.I did the same with fellow bloggers and i regular comment on other blogs not just my own when i have time.What I found out is that the bookish world is for the most part friendly and welcoming. It may seem daunting or awkward to email an author asking for an interview or even just to saying hi on twitter and commenting on their books but it's not that crazy to do authors are just normal people who a lot of the time enjoy the feed back.

More Than Just Words 
There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats? 

I'm not really a comic or graphic novel type of person. Audiobooks seem great but I haven't listed to many honestly. Multimedia books are pretty are pretty great unlike my experience with audiobook,comics,and graphic novels which is very little I actually have a bit of experience with them. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthoy is told though photos,pictures and a page or two of words and it lovely.At first I scoffed and was like this is weid but after I started reading and took a chance I loved it.I like that  each picture and photo was breath taking and helped shap the story.Theres a few other book like Sarahs book*  and a few others but I can't remeber the exact titles.

Comment with any graphic novel suggestion for a newbie or any multimedia books I always like to read new things. :)

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie:Top Ten Authors I Can't Get Enough Of (22)

Check out how Top Ten Tuesday works & the future schedule of topics HERE.The Top Ten Tuesday, is hosted by the ever-fabulous The Broke and the Bookish   This  meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie 

So since this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie I decided to do....
 Top Ten Authors I Can't Get Enough Of

  1. David Levithan-I will literately devour any book he writes
  2. John Green-Any Life Question can be answered by reading one of his books...ohkay maybe that's a bit much but seriously they're pretty awesome.His videos with his brother Hank are a great watch as well.
  3. Sarah Dessen -Her books liter my book shelf.
  4. Mareen Johnson-I've read a couple of her books but I'm a huge fan of her on twitter.She seem sawesomly quirky.
  5. Sarah Bres Brenana -Her Lyborn series breaks my heart everytime and I love it.
  6. Julie Kawaka- Be it about Vampires,Fey or now Dragons I'm reading her books.
  7. Melissa Marr- Her Wicked Lovely Series has a special place in my heart.Her other books are perfectly creepy.
  8. Jenny Han- Her contemps make me smile,her most recent book especially. 
  9. J.K Rowling- Harry Potter..Need I say more.
  10. Cassandra Clare-Shadow Hunters are pretty badass.

Steel Lily

Title:Steel Lily
Author:Megan Curd

AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.

She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Four: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life. Or so she thinks.

That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Four. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued. But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.…Which means digging deeper.

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, she learns that while some secrets are better left concealed, humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.

 The dystopian genre is one of my favorite genres that I normally like to read but sometimes i feel like it's over done and lately the genre leaves me feeling meh about it in general So when I was sent an email asking if I'd check out Steel Lily I was wary but when I saw it was a steampunk/dystopian mix I was all for it cause Steampunk isn't a genre i normal check out but on occasion when i do I enjoy it.

Steel Lily is a dystopian young adult novel, set in the future. Avery Pike, a water elementalist is required to produce steam in dome three to support life inside the dome. We quickly learn that everyone knows what she's capable of and because of her ability, everyone wants a piece of it for themselves. The stories filled with pretty likable characters from Avery the main character who's  snarky and bit annoying but overall a feisty character that just trying to figure out the good guys from the bad guys. Then there's Avery’s best friend Alice she is just as adorable and a friend till the end Then there's Jaxon who's behavior gives me whip lash but overall he i loved his sarcastic and charismatic personality. The bad guys are just perfect,that's all i'm going to say about them..

There are so many awesome things going on in this book, from corrupted governments, seedy experiments, resistance movements, and so much more but to be honest Steel Lily was a bit of a let down. The synopsis had me intrigued then as I read the book so did the world Avery lives in, the various mysteries and plots but overall the book fell flat and kinda cramped and rushed, with no flow and no build up to, well, anything.It's not like I didn't enjoy the book it is just that I was expecting more,Ill probably check out the sequel to see what happens next though.Don't just take my word on Steel Lily though give it a read and form your own opinion. 2/5

Monday, May 26, 2014

Armchair BEA

Armchair BEA is for those people who cannot visit Book Expo America but still want to join in the fun. I really wish I was in NYC with my fellow bloggers who are attending BEA (Book Expo America), but sadly I can't. It all good though I’m more than happy to be a part of Armchair BEA!

1.Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 
Hey fellow bloggers I'm Melissa and i've been blogging since 2011. I started  blogging with a personal blog about poetry and a bunch of random stuff then i decided to  move onto book blogging after checking out a blog call The Book Butterfly it was one of my favorites but sadly is no longer active.I'm blogging from Chicago while my labordor Chicgo is freaking out because it is currently raining.

2.Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details -- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. -- so we can connect more online.

My blog has post sporadically and it's somewhere I can rant about books I enjoy/ slighty enjoy.
Find me on Twitter at @talamelis then Follow me. :)

3.Share your favorite book or reading related quote. 

“You get close to people.You get farther from them.You learn how much you love them, and then you say good-bye believing that you will be together again, someday, when your lives curve back into one another’s." -The Disenchantments,Nina Lacour

 4.What book would you love to see as a movie? 
The standalone book i would love to see as a movie is The Messenger and the series would be The Iron Fey series by Julie Kawanga
5.If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why?

This questions tricky it's hard to deiced which 3 books to bring to a deserted island.. I would bring How they Met and Other Stories and The Realm Of Possibilities by David Levition because both have  a mixture of different stories and I love David Levithan's books. Also the last harry potter book it's one of my favorites from the series my other favorite is The Prison of Azkaban

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