20 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (34)

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to--one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder--a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

16 August 2014

Saturday Spotlight: A Kernel of Nonsense

What is Saturday Spotlight? It's where I drag bloggers onto my blog for an interview. It's not part of a hop or any organized event. It's merely a way to feature bloggers and get inside their heads a bit. Like a psych session, but fun.

15 August 2014

Reading Adventures with Nora Oliver: The Dream Thieves

About Nora Oliver
Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed. G.K. Chesterton

Hi and Hello! Name's Nora Oliver. Born in the great Year of the Pig! I was sorted into Ravenclaw, and have the personality of an Earthbender. It takes vast amounts of energy to be boring. "What's the point of language if you don't say what you mean?"
New things are exciting. As creatures of habit, we come to find ourselves craving anything that goes against our routine. We can all attest to this excitement of newness whenever a new author plops down into our lives. Like a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade on a hot summer’s day, new things are also refreshing.  We all have that one book that no matter what we’re doing or where we are in our lives that book just “hits the spot”. This basically sums up how I felt while The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater- it was something new that tossed me into this paradigm of infatuation with Stiefvater as a writer and the characters she created. So, coming off this buzz of The Raven Boys, I dove into The Dream Thieves expecting the same thing. This is not to say that Stiefvater disappointed, I am still impatiently waiting for the release of the third book in The Raven Cycle series this October. But with that being said, The Dream Thieves is the transition from awe soaked infatuation to a clearer understanding of how life is-and this is an understatement- stressful in Henrietta, Virginia.  

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...” (Thanks goodreads.com) 

The Dream Thieves begins and ends with a chilling assertion; “A secret is a strange thing.” Generally, The Dream Thieves focuses on Ronan Lynch, which I thought I would enjoy more than I actually did. I’ve got a soft spot for the archetype of the bad boy. Leather jackets, deep scowls, and general dark cynicism make me all gooey.  The only way I know how to thoroughly express how I felt while reading this adventure is to react to characters as a whole and how my perspectives have changed in accordance. (There will be some spoilers!) 

14 August 2014

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

The champion must not waver.
The champion must not fear.
The gate of darkness closes.

Elisa is a fugitive.

Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa né Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy's kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.

Even of those who hate her most.

12 August 2014

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough... Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises... Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.