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This Lullaby

Line: The name of the song is "This Lullaby".

About: When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about? (goodreads)

Author: Sarah Dessen

Pages: 345

Publisher: Speak

Review: I know what you are thinking... Why in the world would Hannah read this!? And, I'll agree with you, this is most definitely not one the usual books Hannah likes to read. So, why did she read it? Several reasons. 

First of all, it was around Valentine's Day when I picked it up, and that holiday just puts you in the romance-y book mood somthin' awful. Secondly, it has been on my TBR forever and a day, and I just can't will myself to take books off of my TBR, even if I know I'll never read certain books in a million years (what if I decide I do want to read it in the future and can't remember the title!?). Third and lastly, Stephanie Morrill has raved about this book more than once at GTW... so I just had to read it.

I was actually kind of excited for it, which is not my usual reaction when I have to read a romance. But, truth be told I thought it was going to be one of those books about someone with cancor or something that would make me cry... nope. This book was exactly like a chick-flick in book form. Complete with strange character names (Remy, Dexter... seriously?), parents with not-normal jobs (okay, being an author isn't entirey odd, but having a best selling adult romance author as a mom is pretty rare), and many romantical things that would most definitely not happen in real life. And, after doing some research on Goodreads, I think all of Sarah Dessen's books are like that.

Despite this book being targeted at teenage girls who are forever alone, I was actually kind of impressed with it. Sarah Dessen can write! Really well, actually. And there was at least one day while I was reading this that I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what would happen to Dexter and Remy, and find out if they would just finally get together already! 

As I was reading This Lullaby, I couldn't help but think that Remy was a lot like my sister... I don't know why, so don't ask me. I just kept compairing the two of them. 

And I actually really liked Dexter, after I got over him being sort of a creeper, of course. 

I actually do think this book would've been deserving of 5 stars, but there were just waaaay too many bad words, and far too much talk of icky stuff for my personal taste. Thank heavens there were no icky scenes, though, that probably would've made my rating plummet to 3. 

For my first hard-core teen romance book, it was okay... but I doubt I'll go looking for books in that section of the library again. It was an experience, but it's just not my kind of read. But if you do like that stuff, go ahead and give it a whack. :)

Romance: You know, I really should take this thing off of this review, because this is a romance... so romance in this book is a given.

Violence: Just teenagers expertly throwing giant cups of diet coke and stuff at each other. I need to learn how to do that! 

Recommended Age: 14-15+

Rating:

Guest Post | She Will Not Fall


Have you ever been given a task or thought of an idea that seems impossible, even crazy?

I like to assume that most people have. My immediate response to possible failure is to not even try. I can also assume that i'm not the only person to do that as well. When you fail, it's not a good feeling, am I right?


Sometimes however, we have to try or do something that probably won't succeed. That's when we get scared and try to run away. We are so afraid of failing we don't even try.


Two months ago I had a decision I had to make. Turn away to avoid failure and disappointment, or take a step of faith and possibly fail but maybe reap a very rewarding experience. I took that step of faith. Was it scary? Yes. Did I doubt myself? At times. But did I succeed? Kinda.


Kinda?


Two months ago I was given the chance to travel to Luoyang, China on a mission trip. But I applied months later than everyone else, and the cost of the trip blew my mind. So, did I accept without knowing where I would find money to pay for the expensive trip. Or say, no thanks, and avoid failure.




Well, of course I decided to go on the trip. And guess what!? I got all the money for my 1st payment way before I needed it! I still have one more payment, and I'm not sure where that money is coming from.


The point is, not everything is black and white. You can't fear failure.


God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. {Psalm 46:5}


If you feel you're being called to something don't turn away because you are afraid. The reward is so great when you step out in faith. If everything was easy, there would be no fulfillment in the accomplishment.




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About the Author:

My name is Emma, I am 16 years old and live in Virginia. I have six sibling. Two are adopted from China and have medical needs. I am home-schooled in the 10th grade. My hobbies consist of, ballet, singing, photography, and of course, blogging.

I blog over at Rescue the Orphaned


Lady Thief

First Line: The fire breathed, the dying embers flaring and cooling in a hot pulse.

About: Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again. (goodreads)

Author: A.C. Gaughen

Pages: 304 (all too short) pages

Publisher: Walker Children's

Review: If you'll flash back a couple years ago, back to when I had sort of just joined the bookish blogging community, I reviewed Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. That book might have been a bit too intense for me back then, since I was only thirteen at the time, and had just barely stuck my big toe out of the safe middle grade genre, but I did love it. It surprised me in the bestest of ways. And that ending killed me. Whatever you do, don't go back and read my old review for Scarlet, it is in desperate need of fixing up (It's just a bit of a fixer upper!), but you might remember me saying that I wanted a sequel. BADLY

I had honestly sort of forgotten about the book, but then it just randomly crossed my mind one day, and I went to check the author's website to see if she had listened to me and finally wrote a sequel. Well, she did not just give me a sequel, but a whole trilogy! Tank you ever so much! :)

I put it on hold the minute my library announced that they would get it, and I was the first person ever to get my hands on it. It's so cool to be the first to read a book at the library. :) And I seriously gobbled this thing down! It took me a day and a half to read. Tops.

I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob.

I didn't remember much about Scarlet, you know, since it had been two years *re-read time!*, but as I was reading Lady Thief most of it did kind of flood back to me. It was great.

I adore Scarlet. She is probably one of the best female protagonists I have ever read. Her personality is always at it's peak, which is hard to do when you're writing a character like her, some authors can have trouble sometimes, keeping their characters in character, but Scar was great the whole ride, and her voice was very fun to read.

I love Robin Hood, in any way shape or form. He is probably the only book character that I have ever fallen head over heels for. He is like my only fictional crush. This version of Robin in Scaret and Lady Thief is by far one of my favorites. I don't know why, but he just seems so much more real in these books than he does in some other retellings, and since I've been researching Robin Hood for a speech thingy, I noticed many details that were snuck in there very well.

I also love, love, loved the new characters. Alan-A-Dale was my favorite, I also loved Eleanor, and hated Prince John and Gisborne with a fiery passion! They were just the meanest bad-guys in the world!

The whole plot in this book was like a maze, full of twists and winding turns. I couldn't even guess the ending, and I can guess everything! Just like the first book, I was left with a broken heart, begging for more.

Even though I loved Scarlet, I think this one is slightly better. I was plesantly surprised with it, actually. After I had read several negative reviews on Goodreads, I was scared that this wouldn't live up to my expectations. But I'm happy to say that it did and more!

In my opinion, this book and this series does not get enough hype! Everyone, read them! I swear you won't be dissapointed. :)

Other Fun Stuff: 

Your power, your great gift, is that you never give up. When something fails you make a new plan, and another, and another. You never accept defeat. You never give up.” 

― A.C. Gaughen, Lady Thief

“He taught me so much about strength and power. That the man who is truly powerful has the option to forgive, to pardon, to forgo vengeance and violence. It's the weak man that must prove himself such.” 

― A.C. Gaughen, Lady Thief


Romance: All I wanted was for Scarlet and Rob to be together! Ugh, the ending! Excuse me while I go weep.

Violent: Those who go faint at the sight of blood shouldn't read this, since there is a lot of it in the book.

Recommended Age: 14+ for very slight cursing and violence and other stuff

Rating:



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Bookish Prom | 2014 Collection

Lately I have been finding myself dreaming more and more about prom. Of course, I'm a girl, so dreaming of prom is inevitable. All the dancing and pretty dresses, curly hair and sparkly jewelry.

I missed the deadline this year, so I'm not going. :( sad face.) But that hasn't stopped me from scrolling through the beautiful dresses on the internet, sighing over the pretty pink silks, and fluffy tulles. I love big, pretty, princess dresses, the ones that have the huge poofy skirts... yeah. (Honestly, I'm very doubtful that my dream prom dress exists, I have such a vision for it that it seems like I'm going to have quite the search when the time comes for me to actually get a dress.)

I'm sure I speak for a lot of book lovers when I say that some of the dresses on book covers are the most beautiful dresses in the world! I wish that they were actual real dresses that I could spin and twirl around in at prom. (This post was spontaniously inspired by me happy sighing over the gorgeous dresses)

I have done a ton of research, and have looked through all the books with dresses on the covers, (lies, I really just scrolled through the 'Pretty Dresses' list on Goodreads and picked my favorites) and I am ready to present to you the prom worthy dresses found on the covers of books.
Disclaimer: I have not read most of these books, I am simply examining the dresses on the covers. I also know nothing about fashion, so excuse my terrible way of describing the parts of the dresses.

First up in the 2014 Bookish Prom collection is Elizabeth Holland's pink dress from The Luxe by Anna Godberson. All of the dresses in this series are uber pretty, but this one  is probably my personal favorite. It's so big and pink! You better believe that my prom dress will definitely be pink. It also has some lacy details on the bodice. You can read my review for The Luxe here, and can hear more about my obsession with this dress.

The second dress I've selected (haha) is this pretty blue one worn by America Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass. In my opinion this dress would be perfect for prom, with it's feathery blue skirt. Gah isn't it to die for?

But if you'd rather be more vibrant in Red I'd go for this stunning red dress like Finley Jayne in The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross.  Besides the dark red, awesome color, this dress also has a hint of Steampunk (which I love!) with the steel corset. This dress looks nice and silky, and red. I love red. Almost as much as I love pink... almost.

Everyone likes to look whimsical every once in a while, and in this next dress you'll feel just like Alice exploring your wonderland of a prom... or you'll feel like Alice Bell, ready to kill some zombies in Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. Even though this dress isn't as noticeable on the cover as the others, I adore it! It's like the classic Alice dress from the Disney Alice in Wonderland, but with a prom worthy twist.

Fifth on the list is this lush, green number from the cover of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman. When you get lost in outer space like Lilac LaRoux, you're going to want to be wearing this. Even if you aren't floating around in space with no gravity, this dress is sure to sway and spin beautifully and puff up beautifully.



If you want to look more dark and mysterious, or like something strange and deadly, I'd go for this long, dark, black one worn by Eleanor Fitt from Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. It has the coolest layered skirt, a corset-looking bodice, and black, lacy gloves to complete the look.

I'm personally more of a light and friendly type, not really all dark, so I would probably go more for this dress on Jenny from The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long. This is a very simple, yet extremely pretty white dress with a tulle skirt and a nice, green ribbon around the waist to give it some color. If this was in pink, I'd scoop it up right now! It is absolutely perefect for running around in the forest, don't you think?

I really like this next one, worn by Sunday in Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. This is a nice, simple, white dress, with some seriously awesome black lace, which contrasts nicely. If I was to be going around kissing frogs, I don't know about you, but I would want to be wearing this, most definitely. I don't know, it just looks like something a frog would be drawn to. (even frogs at the prom, beware!)

You will surely be the jewel of your prom (I am just all about the puns today, aren't I? I'm so punny!) just like Violet from The Jewel by Amy Ewing. This one starts  off super sparkley on the top, but slowly fades into a silvery silk bottom. Don't you just love sparkles? It makes you feel all jewel-y.

The final dress in our 2014 collection is this elegant dress with loads of character as seen worn by Rhine Ellery in Wither by Lauren DiStefano. It also has a sparkely top, but in a cool, goldy color, but the bottom is this great, feathery, tulle-y, weird stuff that looks super fun to dance and twirl in. You can read my review for Wither here, or you can just stay here and admire the pretty cover... I think I'll do that.

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There you are! The top ten book dresses I would most defintely wear to prom (if I ever go).

To see all these gorgeous dresses up close, or to put the books on your TBR, just follow the links below.


Out of all of these, which one is your favorite? What are some dresses on book covers that you would definitely wear to prom?

Top Ten Tuesday | Most Unique Books


It's that time again... Top Ten Tuesday! (Get in on this memely action by linking up with The Broke and the Bookish)

Today's topic: Top ten most unique books I've read

This one might be a bit tricksy... but okay. I don't really think I have read too many unique books, but I can try. (this is when I am glad I have all the books I've ever read organized on Goodreads.)
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(in no particuar order)

1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I read this one like two years ago, and it is still at the top of my 'strange books' shelf. It is just so much different and creepier than any other book I've ever read, and... I actually really, really liked it. I can't really say much about it without spoiling it, so you should definitely read it. I got a copy of it for Christmas, and it's kind of due for a re-read since the sequel came out.

2. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I got this one on my e-reader when my family took a trip to Florida, and ever since I've been wanting a real paperback copy. I adored it so much, and it is so very much unique and beautiful... I should re-read this one too! (oh yes, that would be lovely)

3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

I was in forth grade when I first read this, and it was easily my favorite book for several years afterward. I'm sure that anyone who's read this will agree that it is unique.

4. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

I wasn't excited about this when I first started reading it. I thought it would be a cliche book about talking animals... boy was I wrong! This was surprisingly dark for a children's story about dogs and cats, but I love, love, loved it to pieces and have read it at least twice. (and I only re-read the specialest of books)

5. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (or any book by Kate Dicamillo)

Kate DiCamillo is probably, most definitely, the most genius author of children's books. Each of her books are so unique and beautiful. My sister owns almost all of her books, but I think The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is my favorite. (I was the child who loved stuffed animals and dolls, so this story touched my soul)

6. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

I actually just read this a couple weeks ago. Besides The Lord of the Rings, I'm not a huge fan of the fantasy genre. They all seem to be the same rip off of LOTR and I get tired of them easily. The whole genre seems used up, and there is nothing much you can do to make it different. But Leigh Bardugo did it! She gave me a fresh, new book that is totally different than any other fantasy I've read. And I loved it so much. I'm reading the sequel now because I just couldn't wait!

7. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

I have been in love with fairytale retellings ever since I read Ella Enchanted when I was ten, but Marissa Meyer has done such a unique and interesting twist on them that is awesome. Sci-fi fairytales? Yes, please. (Ugh! I still need to read Cress, it is killing me!)

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This was one of the first WWII books I read last year, and it killed my very soul (literally!). Everyone in the world should read this. But I'm putting it on my unique book list because of the narration. It is breathtaking, and heartbreaking. Read it to find out why. ;)

9. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

I really wish I would've read this book earlier in my life. This could've possibly been my absolute favorite book if I had read it when I was younger... I didn't, but I still loved it, and it is definietely on of my favorite books. It was different than I expected, in a good way, and definitely unique.

10. Delirium (The Delirium Trilogy) by Lauren Oliver

This one is most definitely one of the most unique YA books I have ever read, which is a hard thing to do in YA Dystopian. Lauren Oliver did it perfectly with a unique world that broke my heart.
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Wow that was easier than I thought it was going to be...

What are some unique books you have read? Have you read some of the books I listed? What did you think of them?

Requiem

First Line: I've started dreaming of Portland again.

About: They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge. (goodreads)


Author: Lauren Oliver

Pages: 391

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review: (warning, there may be minor spoilers to Delirium and Pandemonium... so read at your own discretion) It's always a bit painful when you finish a series that you love. You just always want to stay in the world, watching the precious characters grow up... but you can't. 

I have learned to absolutely adore the Delirium series. I was a bit weary of the first book, since I wasn't used to the bad words and stuff, but Pandemonium really grabbed on to me, and I have been in love with the whole story ever since. 

Discaimer: It has been awhile since I read Requiem (cough, cough, I read it in November, cough, cough), so this might not be the best review in the world, but this story has stuck with me for a long time, so maybe my thoughts will come flooding back to me.

This book left me with a broken heart. When I turned the final page I just sat there on my bed wishing I could just sob my eyes out. (wishing. Yes, I can't make myself cry very easily) The ending was not what I expected at all, but I loved it. I have been seeing loads of people on Goodreads with mixed feelings about the ending, but don't listen to them, the ending is pure perfectness! It was the kind of ending that leaves it to the readers imagination to form what happens to them all. It was beautiful.

It was just as beautiful as the characters... Lena, Julian, Alex, and Hana... she was by far my favorite, and I loved how she narrated half of the book. I love, love, loved her!(and not just because of her name ;) And I liked the new characters who were introduced as well. (Those of you who have read the book will probably hate me, but I actually liked Coral.)

The whole of the story was just painfully heartbreaking, and was written in such a beautiful way. I am absolutely jealous of Lauren Oliver's writing! It's so poetic and drop dead gorgeous!

This whole book is drop dead gorgeous! I highly recommend the Dilirium trilogy (as long as you are okay with bad words in books). 

That's all I got.

Other Fun Stuff: 
“And you can't love, not fully, unless you are loved in return.” 

― Lauren Oliver, Requiem

“How can someone have the power to shatter you to dust--and also to make you feel so whole?” 

― Lauren Oliver, Requiem

“This is what amazes me: that people are new every day. That they are never the same. You must always invent them, and they must always invent themselves, too.” 

― Lauren Oliver, Requiem

Romance: Lots of kissing, but nothing much more that I remember, but after all, this is a story about love.

Violence: A whole lot. 

Recommended age: 14-15+

Rating: 
I rate the whole Delirium trilogy five stars!

A Trip to the Future (of books)

 Let's take a little trip to the future... shall we?

Okay, now close your eyes... Open up. What do you see? A flying car or two? Maybe super intelligent robots who can fry bacon to perfection in less than ten seconds? (That would be awesome!) I guess people don't really live underwater like they said in the Jonas Brothers song.

The future... it's pretty great. But you know what you don't see?

Bookstores.

There are all sorts of other crazy stores and things to buy in the future, (like pillows with sleeves. You thought the blankets with sleeves was a great idea, wait until you see the pillows!) but no bookstores... or, really any real books. The thick, beautiful kind that give you paper cuts, because they are made out of genuine paper!

Okay, I must admit, I can't guarantee that my version of the future will turn out to be acurate... (but,hey, you never know)  but there is one thing that I'm 99.9% sure will come to pass: The lack of books.

Some of you might have heard about how Barnes and Nobles is going out of business. (For those of you who might not know what Barnes and Nobles is, it's basically a chain of bookstores... it's like the McDonalds of bookstores) I was in utter shock when I found out, however when I told my friends about it they didn't seem surprised. Was I just too wrapped up in my happy book world to realize it's ultamite demise? I don't know. But I was super depressed all day the day I found out.

I decided to do a ton of research, because I love informing you with the facts of a situation (disclaimer: I actually just read one article to make sure that I was right about B&N going under... because I didn't want to tell a lie. I don't actually know all the facts), and it is true. They are going bankrupt, and will be closing either all or many of their stores.

But, this whole thing got me thinking about the future of books in general.

B&N is the biggest, and only bookstore chain left, since Borders (another bookstore) went belly-up a couple years ago. (Side note: the old Borders where I live has been turned into an electronics store. If that's not prophecy, I don't know what is) So, if B&N is now going out, what hope is there for any bookstores these days?

I'll tell you: NONE!

There are easier ways to get books. Amazon can ship you your book in a day, or you can even get it instantly on a Kindle or other reading device. You hardly have to move a finger, and you don't have to leave the comfort of your home (for the Introverts out there who love books). Plus the ereaders have made real, physical books kind of uncool... I mean, really, who wants to hull around a big, giant, thick book around when you can just carry fifty books (not to mention Flappy Bird) easier on an iPad?

I honestly think that once bookstores are all gone, the physical books are next to go. It costs more money to print a real book, and all the weird hippies in the world are going to protest book making to save the trees, which will give the publishers a reason to stop book manufacturing. That is just dumb, right? But it's happening. I can see it.

It's sad, and scary, but I really believe that this is the future.

Doesn't it just sound so uber depressing that our children or grandchildren might not be able to buy a real book, even if they wanted to. That they won't have the joy of running to the children's book section of the bookstore to pick out a new book in a series they love...

There's nothing we can do really but watch it happen, and by as many books as we can before the world of books ends.
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This ends our little trip to the future. I hope it didn't boggle your brain too much...