Sunday Street Team: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle Excerpt + Giveaway

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Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I was provided an excerpt of this book. I hope you enjoy!

 

Title: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
Author:
Laura Creedle
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
December 26, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn’t hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.

 

When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

 

This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

 

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Down at the office, kindly Mrs. Treviño eyed my yel- low Skrellnetch form with visible regret.

“Lily, what happened?” she said, as though I’d twisted an ankle in gym, or had some other not-my-fault kind of accident.

“I broke the sliding wall between Coach Neuwirth’s and Ms. Cardeña’s rooms.”

Mrs. Treviño sighed deeply. I looked away as my lips started to quiver. A gray cloud of shame descended on me with remorseless speed. I’d like to be the good, thoughtful person Mrs. Treviño had mis- taken me for. A person who doesn’t break stuff.

“Well, you’re not the only one,” she said. “Come on back.”

She escorted me to the inner chamber. There, by the vice principal’s office, were two ugly orange chairs. On one chair sat Abelard Mitchell. I took one look at him and knew he’d been on the other side of the wall pulling up on the handle while I pushed down.

Mrs. Treviño gestured to the empty chair and left us alone in the waiting area.

I’d known Abelard since kindergarten. Since my last name was Michaels-Ryan and his was Mitchell, we stood next to each other at every elementary school function. Abelard was tall and slim but broad-shouldered, with a mop of sable brown hair and dark blue eyes. He was gorgeous, but he had some sort of processing delay, mild autism or Asperger’s syndrome or something. He didn’t interact like everyone else.

But sure. Neither did I. When I was seven, I acciden- tally smacked Abelard with my metal lunchbox because I couldn’t stop swinging my arms. I cut his cheek, but he didn’t cry, and no one noticed until later, so now he had this little scar, which was weirdly sexy. Abelard never said anything. He had to have noticed that I was standing there in front of him swinging my Hello Kitty lunchbox with happy, maniacal abandon.

I liked to believe that he could have cashed me in to the teacher and he didn’t.

I dropped into the chair next to him, feeling suddenly nervous to be sitting on a chair that was actually bolted to his chair — as though even the furniture was there to be punished.

“Hey,” I said, a little too loudly. “So you were on the other side of the wall? Who knew it would break like that? You’d think a handle roughly the same age as the Titanic would be sturdier. Although I guess that’s a bad compari- son.”

He said nothing. He was probably thinking about com- puter games, or quantum physics, or the novels of Hermann Hesse. From all available information, which I’ll admit was limited, Abelard was pretty brilliant.

“You were on the other side of the wall.” Abelard glanced at me and looked away.

“Yes.” I felt a strange thrill of complicity. “Usually, I’m here by myself. Why did you …”

I stopped before I asked him the stupidest of questions: Why did you break that? My least favorite question in the history of questions.

“The mechanism was squeaking. One of the gears is rusted. They need to oil it.”

I nodded. I didn’t know what to say, or if there was anything to say. I thought of Abelard, under the same anx- ious impulse to touch everything in the world of the here and now that we could feel with our hands. But unlike me, he was thinking about the hidden gears in the box, years of neglect and humidity, gears rusting away unused. He wanted to fix things, not destroy them. A more evolved monster, Abelard.

He leaned over and peered at me from under his shaggy fringe of hair. I caught a hint of his warm scent. Nice.

“Lily Michaels-Ryan,” he said. “You were in my English class last year. You hit me with a lunchbox in first grade.”

“Yeah, sorry about that,” I said. “I hope it didn’t hurt too much. On the plus side, I really do like the scar. It makes you look like a pirate, a little disreputable, you know?”

Abelard brought his hand to his cheek and traced the edges of the scar as though checking to see if it was still there. Suddenly, I wanted to run my hand along his cheek- bone to feel for that slightly raised skin, proof of my earlier bad act.

The sight of his hand on his cheek made me conscious of where my hand was on the arm of the chair, touching the sleeve of his shirt. A phone rang in the office around the corner. Mrs. Treviño’s voice came from the outer office, but it felt like she was on the other side of the world. We were alone.

“Abelard, why didn’t you tell anyone that I hit you with my lunchbox?” I said. “I never got in trouble for that.”

Abelard frowned in slow motion. He seemed slightly offended, like I’d accused his seven-year-old self of being a tattletale and a snitch. I’d been right. He had protected me, one freak to another. I felt a swell of something more than gratitude, more than surprise.

Abelard’s lips parted slightly, like he had something to say that he didn’t want anyone else to hear. I wanted to know what he was thinking. Suddenly, what Abelard had to say seemed like the most important thing in the world.

I turned my head and put my arm down on the chair to lean in so he could whisper in my ear. My arm slipped on the ancient vinyl, and I accidentally moved too close to Abelard, which is a thing that I do. I’m not good with per- sonal space.

Abelard didn’t say anything. I felt his warm breath on the side of my face, a thousand little hairs on my cheek moving in the soft breeze, and I thought of his cheek and how I’d wanted to run my finger along the edge of his scar. And still it seemed like Abelard had something to say, but it wasn’t coming, and maybe he was too anxious to speak. I didn’t know what to say either. My brain was not forming thoughts in English.

I lifted my face and he looked away. But his lips were there, centimeters from mine.

I kissed him. The kiss was over before I really knew what I was doing, just a momentary soft press of my lips against his. A stray impulse that didn’t make sense, my wires crossed by the randomness of the day.

What was I thinking?

“Well, it was nice of you not to tell on me, even though you were only seven.” I went on talking as though I hadn’t just kissed him. I do this a lot. When you live at the mercy of your impulses like I do, you pretty much have to.

“Maybe you should have told someone? You probably needed stitches. Not that I don’t like the scar — it’s a great scar.”

Abelard brought his index finger to his lips and frowned. He had one of those serious, symmetrical faces that a slight frown only improves.

“Lily,” he said slowly, “I — ”

I braced myself for a quick, awkward rejection, but before Abelard could finish his sentence, Vice Principal Krenwelge rounded the corner. I didn’t know whether to be disappointed or relieved.

 


 

about the author

 

Laura Creedle lives in Austin, TX, and writes about her experiences as an ADHD writer at www.lauracreedle.com. The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily is her debut novel.

 


 

 

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Audiobook Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Listening Library
Publication date: November 1, 2016
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads):  Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

 

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

 

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

 

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I enjoyed the narrators, although it took a little while to get used to them. I liked the story, so giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

So this book is pretty much told over the course of one single day. I don’t want to say it featured insta-love, but given that fact, it kind of does. But honestly, the progression of Natasha and Daniel’s connection felt natural. The universe parts were a little off-putting to listen to, but it was nice seeing background, thoughts, histories, etc. for some secondary characters.

 

The ending was kind of disappointing, but then the epilogue made me happier. It was kind of open ended, but given what had already happened, I’d like to think these two individuals finally got their happy ending after all. I liked the mixed race aspect of it, and the touching upon the subject when they were out in public together.

 

Overall, I enjoyed this one. I’d highly recommend it. I just wished I’d loved it a little more to give it that final .5 stars. I think all the different characters maybe overwhelmed me a little too much while listening, and I wanted more focus on the two teens. I can’t wait for Nicola’s next book! You can check out my review of her debut book here.

 

Audiobook Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: August 1, 2010
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He’s out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy’s stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they’re suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

 

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I’ve heard amazing things about this book, so I gave it a go during #ContemporaryAThon. I’m so glad I did. At the beginning I wasn’t too sure, but I ended up really enjoying this one. I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

The narrators were good, although I didn’t like one as much as the others (Poet). I enjoyed the different POVs on this one, although some of the book was just repeating the same things from the next person’s perspective. Regardless, I still liked it a lot.

 

There’s not a ton of it out in the world, but graffiti artists in books are becoming more common lately. I think this is the third, or fourth, book I’ve read in a few years about them. I definitely can’t wait to try out this author’s other books, especially Words in Deep Blue. I’ve heard amazing things about that book as well!

 

I pretty much liked all the characters who we focused on throughout the book. They all felt real to me…like I could be friends with them. There’s not a ton of romance in this one, but it’s a great read nevertheless. And it’s not long, so you could easily finish it in a day if you wanted to/had the time.

 

ARC Review: You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Title: You’re Welcome, Universe
Author: Whitney Gardner
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

 

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

 

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

 

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This one is a little hard for me to rate. I love the message, and the culture, of the book. I just didn’t like the main character as much as I wanted to. Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

I don’t think there’s enough out there focusing on Deaf culture. I haven’t had much exposure to the community, as I only have one Deaf cousin who I haven’t seen in like 20+ years, and I only learned the ASL alphabet (and some other random signs) years ago. But I enjoy reading other people’s experiences, and this book is a sneak peek into a snippet of the Deaf culture.

 

Overall I enjoyed the story, and definitely the art. I wish I could make something half as beautiful as the illustrations scattered throughout this novel. I just didn’t like Julia, the main character, as much as I should have; she was kind of over-dramatic and some of the things she said/did rubbed me the wrong way. I liked YP quite a bit, and Julia’s parents as well. That’s about it though. Most of the other people were meh or annoying, but that seemed purposeful on the author’s part to sell the ending we got.

 

I didn’t find a book boyfriend, but I wouldn’t mind a friend like YP. To close this out, I wish I could make art like what was shown in this book. My kind of art is written only. I know this book was highly recommended, so others might enjoy this more than me. It wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t love at first read.

 

ARC Review: It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

Title: It Started with Goodbye
Author: Christina June
Publisher: Blink
Publication date: May 9, 2017
Pages: 272
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

 

A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.

 

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This was a super cute read. Predictable, but still very enjoyable. Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

I obviously enjoyed this one to finish it in two nights. It was a quick read, and I adored the characters. I think a lot of girls can relate to Tatum, and her situation. Maybe not the severity of it, but we all have falling outs with our parents as teens. I really enjoyed virtual Prince Charming, Tatum’s step-abuela slash fairy godmother, and some of the other characters like Abby.

 

Nothing really surprised me while reading this book, but I don’t think books always need to do that. And since it’s a spin on Cinderella, you kind of already know what’s going to happen. Prince Charming was just that…super charming. He’s going on my book boyfriend list for sure. I get swoony just thinking about him. *sigh*

 

I liked the growth Tatum reaches by the end of the story, and how she–and everyone around her–is better for it. I guess I wanted a little more romance, but I know the focus was more on the family dynamics, and Tatum’s journey of discovery. Props for making me a little emotional towards the end. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes a cute contemporary read with heart.

 

4 stars

Audiobook Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

 

An awesome group of girls decided to do a Haunted Halloween Hop. Jessica–thanks for coming up with the idea, and the cute graphic! We’re posting things related to Halloween in some way. See the full list of bloggers after my review. Enjoy!

 

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication date: September 27, 2011
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

 

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

 

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

 

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

 

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

 

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Pretty good overall. It was different than I was expecting in many ways. I did enjoy the storyline, and the narrator, who did some fun voices. I’d recommend the audiobook. I’m giving this 4 out of 5 stars.

 

So I really don’t want to give anything away, but the way this story went back and forth sometimes between present and past was a little off-putting, especially when you’re listening. I think reading a physical copy might have been a better idea for that reason alone, or at least make sure you’re focusing all your attention on the story, and not multitasking. I thought the writing was beautiful though. It’s kind of a dark book, obviously, given the summary.

 

I really liked Karou and Zuzana. I also liked Karou’s makeshift family, who you’ll learn about if you read the book. I’ve never read anything like this before, so major points for uniqueness. I always wanted blue hair like Karou. Maybe I’ll dye it someday…As for Akiva, I’m torn. I adore some aspects, and others not so much. I guess I have to keep reading to see what my final decision is regarding him.

 

The pacing was good, although some parts felt a little long to me (the last quarter of the book mostly). I was entertained while listening though. I’m definitely going to read the rest of the series. I need to know what happens after that ending. It was a cliffhanger, leaving things unresolved. But it just made me more excited to keep reading, to see what happens next. I kept changing my theory of what was happening, but I was correct with one of them.

 

I’d recommend this one for people who don’t mind something that’s a little dark, fantastical, and supernatural.

 

 

Haunted Halloween Hop Schedule:
October 22nd – Paige from Books and Belle
October 23rd – Linda from Linda’s Little Library
October 24th – Danielle from The Introverted Book Nerd
October 25th – Jessica from Reading with Jessica
October 26th – Kris from Boston Book Reader
October 27th – Fernanda from The Wanderlust Reader
October 28th – Diana from The Bookish Sisters
October 29th – Sarah from Book Hooked Nook
October 30th – Nicole from Boundless Bookaholic (Me)
October 31st – Maggie from The Caramel Files

Book Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Title: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #2
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Publication date: July 25, 2016
Pages: 370
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads):  From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself. 

 

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

 

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

 

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

 

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

 

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

 

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

 

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I liked this one a lot better than book 1. It was nice being able to see inside Reed’s head, to get his perspective. It endeared him to me even more. I finished this book in pretty much 2 days, because I couldn’t put it down. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

So once again there’s D-R-A-M-A, but for the most part, it felt mostly less dramatic than book 1 to me. Some people might find this one a little boring compared to book 1, but I enjoyed it. The ending was over the top what the heck is going on though. Like I can’t even with the twists and turns. It made me want book 3 right away though, so that’s good. Unfortunately my library doesn’t have this series, so I had to get them with an interlibrary loan. So I’m not sure if I should request book 3 as an interlibrary loan, or just buy the books eventually. A decision for another time.

 

Reed is amazing, although Easton is still my favorite Royal. I liked Callum a lot more in this book. There were some cute lines, but I didn’t keep track because I didn’t want to give any spoilers. Overall, this was a fast, enjoyable read. But I really don’t know how I feel about the last couple surprises at the end of the book, especially the last one. Guess I have to read the next book before I can make a final conclusion.

 

Audiobook Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: May 30, 2017
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

 

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

 

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

 

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

 

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Another great contemporary romance for the books! I’d heard the narrators were good, so I gave the audiobook a try. I did like the narrators for the most part, although the guy doing a female’s voice isn’t the greatest. The story was interesting, and I found myself waiting to see what happened next. I’m giving this one 4.5 stars.

 

I really adored Rishi, except for like one thing he did. It’s pretty early into the book, so if you’ve read it, you’ll probably know what I’m talking about. He was pretty cute, and he was genuinely an overall good guy. He tried to support Dimple, he was actually chasing after her–wanting to woo her–which I liked. Not enough guys chase after girls! He’s definitely an addition to my book boyfriend list. I’d love to have a boyfriend like his thoughtful self.

 

Dimple, Dimple, Dimple…I liked her quite a bit. Some of her logic made me want to shake her, asking her what the heck. But besides that, I felt a kinship with her. She’s strong, opinionated, and smart. Yes to main characters like that! And as for the controversy, if you can call it that, surrounding this book, I think it’s blown out of proportion. And that’s all I’m saying about that.

 

The romance was cute, swoony, and made me smile. I loved some of the secondary characters. Mainly Ashish, although I did like both sets of parents to a certain extent. Celia kind of drive me nuts through at least half the book, along with some of the other coding contestants. It was nice to see a bit of the Indian culture scattered throughout the book, so props for that. Overall, I can’t wait to read more from this author!

 

Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

Title: Roar
Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Stormheart #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication date: June 13, 2017
Pages: 380
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

 

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

 

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

 

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

 

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

 

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

 

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First off, what did I just read? It wasn’t terrible (okay maybe the last 50 pages were), but this book was pretty boring. I’m sorry, but I’m just being honest. The writing style was good, but I felt like I read almost 400 pages of nothing. It was just world-building, traveling, some twisted stuff, and quite a bit back and forth between POVs. I can only give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

 

One major disappointment was that there was only a teeny, tiny bit of romance, and it was pretty late into the book. And honestly it felt like it was put there just because the author figured the readers would want some kissing. Like hey, I guess they should kiss now. It didn’t feel organic to me. It felt forced, and honestly the affection in this book kind of made me uneasy. I’m not going to go into details, but the romance I was expecting did NOT happen.

 

Aurora/Rora/Roar was not my favorite character. She was okay sometimes, but I honestly felt like her mind frame was kind of childlike. She’s supposed to be getting married, and ruling her lands, and I just don’t feel like she was anywhere near the preparedness that her situation required. Her behavior reminded me more of a younger teen in many ways. The beginning of this book was probably my favorite…even though it was kind of an info dump. I liked Locke for the most part, but I wouldn’t say he’s a book boyfriend. Maybe someone I’d try dating, and decide from there if he’s a yay or a nay.

 

As the story progressed, there were a lot of people that got left behind and only randomly got thrown a few pages here and there of their POVs. It was kind of off-putting, because I’d almost forgotten all about them, and then we were in their minds again. I felt like nothing really interesting happened; nothing that shocked me and made me want to applaud the cleverness of the writing. And then the last 50 pages (yes, I’m talking about them again) were beyond bizarre. It was like the author felt the need to completely change the story, that she veered off the path that the previous 300+ pages had set up. I was reading it, and was like what the heck just happened? The last 50 pages were the worst of all the pages. I rolled my eyes quite a bit. Sorry, not sorry.

 

On top of all the above, the font is pretty dang small, and it gave me a headache if I tried reading more than 50-100 pages a day. Honestly, I should have just marked this one as DNF long ago, but I thought maybe there’d be more romance, action, and adventure. Plus I was buddy reading with Jessica, so that motivated me to read more as well. I’m not continuing this series, because I have a ton of books on my TBR, and I need to find things I love. Maybe I’m the black sheep with this book, because I see lots of 4-5 star reviews, but I just can’t. Baaaaa.

 

Audiobook Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: February 9, 2016
Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

 

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

 

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

 

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

 

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Book 2 picked up right where the previous one left off. It was the same narrator, which I really like. I absolutely hate when they change who reads the series. This was pretty interesting, although I found the beginning a little slow again. I’ll give this book 4 stars overall.

 

I had to do a re-read of book 1’s summary. Frankly it’s been a while since I listened to that audiobook, and I’d forgotten most of the finer details. Book 2 is a lot more “war” focused than book 1, for obvious reasons. Cal and Mare escaped and have to fight to maintain their freedom. Maven is pretty much constantly chasing them, or in the back of their minds. I’m still not 100% sure of my stance on Maven.

 

There’s some sad parts in this, particularly in the last couple hours of the audiobook. I won’t spoil anything by saying who, but one of my favorite characters dies. I know casualties are to be expected, but noooooo! Not this person. I was heartbroken. Can I also just say that the ending was twisted? As weird as it sounds, I kind of dug it though…it made me want to read book 3 really badly.

 

I’m still wishy-washy about my feelings for Cal. The reader loves him, the reader loves him not. Kilorn drove me nuts several times, and I seriously wanted to smack him at least once. I liked seeing newer characters, particularly the Red-and-Silver army Mare’s determined to recruit, determined to fight Maven with. There were definitely moments I pretty much held my breath (cliché, I know), wondering if everything would turn out okay. No comment on if that’s a yay, or a nay, outcome wise.

 

I can’t say much else without being spoilery, but I liked book 2 and can’t wait to dive into book 3 whenever I’m so inclined.