WWW Wednesday 12/23/15

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WWW Wednesday 12/23/15

This is my weekly WWW Wednesday post in which I answer three simple questions.  It is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Go check her out, her blog is great!  Each week I will answer the following three questions about what is happening in my book world.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you are going to read next?

So, here we go.

What are you currently reading?hello, goodbye

Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith

I’m still working my way through Girl of Myth and Legend and To Kill a Mockingbird.  I’m enjoying Girl of Myth and Legend. It’s interesting, so far.  We’re almost done with To Kill A Mockingbird in class, and we’ll be moving on to poetry after that.  I’m almost done with Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between.  

ice like fireWhat did you recently finish reading?

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

My full review is here. I could tell that Sara Raasch is really using this book to set up for the third book, so this book was rather political making it a little slow m
oving.  That being said, I still really liked it, but it did take a bit longer to read.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

Still looking forward to reading these:

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Graya thousan pices

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

This book has been on my TBR and sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. Since Ten Thousand Skies Above You, the sequel, came out in November this year, I thought I’d read this one.

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggettblood and salt

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

I can’t wait to hear what the rest of you are reading!! Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading!
Erin

Book Review: Ice Like Fire

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Ice Like Fire

Synopsis

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

Review

First of all, let me start with saying that I really enjoyed Snow Like Ashes, the first book in the series.  I know quite a few people that thought it was just ok. That being said, sequels are hard. Much of the book is written to build plot and to do a lot of explaining in order to build the story for the third book. This is a lot of what Sara Raasch does in Ice Like Fire. Due to the fact that Snow Like Ashes ends with the fight between Spring, Winter, and Cordell, there is a lot of political upheaval and some rebuilding that has to be done in Primoria.  

We begin in Winter with Meira doing the best she can to rebuild Winter while being assisted by Cordell, who she really doesn’t want there. Her relationship with Theron is kind of on hold, and she is trying to figure out who she is as queen.  Much of the rest of the book is very political, with Meira and Theron trying to build alliances with the other kingdoms of Primoria while also being at odds with each other. Theron wanting everyone to have magic and Meira wanting to find a way to save Winter, and help it be completely independent.   Because of the politics of the book, it is a little slow going, but, trust me, it is so worth it. The last 100 pages pick up to a pulse pounding rate and you won’t want to stop reading.

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Characters

Meira-She is really coming into her own.  She spends much of the book not knowing how to control her own magic, and trying to live up to other people’s expectations as to who she she should be as Queen of Winter.  By the end she comes into her own, and realizes that she can be both the warrior and the queen at the same time. That she does not need to meet other people’s expectations about who she SHOULD be, but rather who she NEEDS to be and wants to be, in order to save her kingdom.

Thetheronron – Unfortunately, I can’t say that I never trusted Theron because I really did like him as a character in Snow Like Ashes, but in Ice Like Fire, I didn’t trust him from the very beginning.  I don’t know what it was about him.  I wanted to trust, but something was always off.

 

Mather – Oh, Mather. I have always liked you. Mather spends much of Ice Like Fire trying to figure out who he is after getting some surprising news at the end of Snow Like Ashes. He goes through a couple different phases in this book. Pushing Meira away, yet helping her in the end because they have always been friends, and how do you not help a friend when they’re in danger?

 

Ceridwen – Ceridwen is a new character, the ceridwenprincess of Summer, and I love her. She is strong, she stands up for what she believes in, and defies even the most powerful people when they are doing things that she believes are wrong.  I feel a kinship to her, and yet she has qualities that I wish I had myself. Maybe that’s part of the reason I like her so much.

 

Secondary Characters – Nessa, Conall, Garrigan – We met these three toward the end of Snow Like Ashes.  They are the siblings that Meira met in the camp. Meira has brought them into her inner group, and cares for them deeply. Getting to know them more has been fun.  They each have their own very distinct personalities despite the fact they are small secondary characters, but they are important to Meira, so I found it important to mention them here as well.

Rating

As I mentioned before and as Sara Raasch mentions on her Acknowledgements page, sequels are hard.  Yet, with this sequel Sara Raasch does a beautiful job combining the necessity of plot building with the epic storytelling that was present in Snow Like Ashes.  Overall rating is a B!!   

B Rating

Happy Reading!
Erin

WWW Wednesday 12/16/15

WWW Wednesday 12/16/15

This is my weekly WWW Wednesday post in which I answer three simple questions.  It is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Go check her out, her blog is great!  Each week I will answer the following three questions about what is happening in my book world.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you are going to read next?

So, here we go.

What are you currently reading?girl of myth and legend

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I’m still working my way through Ice Like Fire and To Kill a Mockingbird.  Girl of Myth and Legend is something I picked off of Netgalley.  Here’s the synopsis:

**Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.

And things only get weirder…

Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.

Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren, who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.

But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.

Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.

What did you recently finish reading?crystallum

Crystallum by Laney McMann

You can find my review for it here! I enjoyed it. It was a fun, relaxing, and somewhat mindless read.

 

 

blood and saltWhat do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

Still looking forward to reading these:

Blood and Salt

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

I came across this one around Halloween time, and have been looking forward to it ever since it showed up on my doorstep.  

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smithhello, goodbye

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions

I’ve heard so many great things about this book and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (which I also want to read) that I thought I would pick this one up soon.

I can’t wait to hear what the rest of you are reading!! Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading!
Erin

WWW Wednesday 12/9/15

WWW Wed

WWW Wednesday 12/9/15

This is my weekly WWW Wednesday post in which I answer three simple questions.  It is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Go check her out, her blog is great!  Each week I will answer the following three questions about what is happening in my book world.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you are going to read next?

So, here we go.crystallum

What are you currently reading?

Crystallum by Laney McCann

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Still reading all the same things.  I’m so annoyed with how busy life has been, with the holidays coming up and going shopping for Secret Santas and Christmas.  Don’t get me wrong, I love gift giving and the holidays, but it is annoying that it cuts into my reading time

What did you recently finish reading?

“I didn’t finish anything this week. Sad day. Definitely hoping to have a couple books done by the time I see you for WWW Wednesday next week.”

Up there is what I wrote in for this question last week. Still didn’t finish anything, but I will finish both books this coming week, so you guys can hear all about them.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

Still looking forward to reading these:

blood and saltBlood and Salt

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.


“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

I came across this one around Halloween time, and have been looking forward to it ever since it showed up on my doorstep.  

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith

hello, goodbyeOn the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions

I’ve heard so many great things about this book and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (which I also want to read) that I thought I would pick this one up soon.

I can’t wait to hear what the rest of you are reading!! Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading!
Erin

WWW Wednesday 12/2/15

WWW Wed

WWW Wednesday 12/2/15

This is my weekly WWW Wednesday post in which I answer three simple questions.  It is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Go check her out, her blog is great!  Each week I will answer the following three questions about what is happening in my book world.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you are going to read next?

So, here we go.

What are you currently reading?

Crystallum by Laney McCann

crystallum

Still working on this one, but it’s getting good. I like it a lot, hoping to finish it this week.

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

ice like fire

Working on this one still, too. The beginning is super political, which I enjoy, but that makes it a little slow going.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

TKAM

We are starting Part 2 of the book this week, so I’m pretty sure my students will start liking it more, which I am looking forward to seeing and hearing.

What did you recently finish reading?

 

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I didn’t finish anything this week. Sad day. Definitely hoping to have a couple books done by the time I see you for WWW Wednesday next week.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

Blood and Salt

blood and salt

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

**I came across this one around Halloween time, and have been looking forward to it ever since it showed up on my doorstep.  

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith

hello, goodbye

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.

**I’ve heard so many great things about this book and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (which I also want to read) that I thought I would pick this one up soon.

I can’t wait to hear what the rest of you are reading!! Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading!
Erin

December TBR

December TBR

winter

So, since it’s December, I thought I’d post some snow pictures. It doesn’t look like this outside my window anymore, but it definitely did about ten days ago when we had 17, yes, 17 inches of snow dumped on us in northern Illinois.

Made some progress in November getting through my list of books I made in October, but, yes, I am still working on it. I’m hoping to get through this list, so I can start fresh for the beginning of the new year. I rebooted my Netgalley account. I’m hoping to get a chance to read more ARCs this month as well as get through these others that I have lying around my house. I’m feeling a little TBR pressure, but with winter break coming at the end of the month, I’m excited to get a chance to read more.  Now I just have to get ready for all the book reviews I’m going to end up writing.

December Books:

Ice Like Fire by Sarah Raasch – I’ in the middle of it right now. It’s ok. I’ll be done with it soon.

Crystallum by Laney McCann- I’m in the middle of this one too. It is an Advanced Reader Copy off of Netgalley.  I’m really liking it so far.  It reminds me a bit of Fallen by Lauren Kate.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

There aren’t any new additions to the list this month like there were last month. With the holidays coming up and a whole list of books to focus on already I am just going to read the ones I have already.  Don’t worry, come January there will be a whole new list due to the bunches of books I am hoping to get for Christmas and with a brand new 2016 Book Challenge that I am hoping to actually accomplish for next year.

Can’t wait to hear what you’re reading this month. I always love new book suggestions!

Happy Reading!

Erin

WWW Wednesday 11/25/15

WWW Wed

WWW Wednesday 11/25/15

This is my weekly WWW Wednesday post in which I answer three simple questions.  It is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Go check her out, her blog is great!  Each week I will answer the following three questions about what is happening in my book world.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you are going to read next?

So, here we go.

What are you currently reading?

Crystallum by Laney McCann

crystallum

Not much progress here. . . I read this one mostly at work on much lunch break and it’s easy to get distracted, so that’s why.  It’s interesting, though.  Right now, it’s reminding me a lot of the Fallen series.

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

ice like fire

It’s starting to pick up a bit, so I’m hoping to finish this one over my long Thanksgiving weekend.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

TKAM

It is pretty slow moving through this one since I am reading it at the pace my students are reading it, but I am appreciating this more than I ever did when I read it in high school.  I’m so glad I’m getting the chance to reread it.

What did you recently finish reading?

Fire Falling

Fire-Falling-Cover

It was SO, SO good!! I stayed up until 1:00am two nights in a row, and on work nights no less, because I didn’t want to put it down!!  I’ll have my book review up as soon as I get over my book hangover.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

Blood and Salt

blood and salt

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

**I came across this one around Halloween time, and have been looking forward to it ever since it showed up on my doorstep.  

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith

hello, goodbye

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions

**I’ve heard so many great things about this book and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (which I also want to read) that I thought I would pick this one up soon.

I can’t wait to hear what the rest of you are reading!! Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading!
Erin