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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Awaken (Abandon, #3)
Meg Cabot
Publisher: Point
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Source: Publisher
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.
Death has her in his clutches. She doesn't want him to let her go. Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she'd be forced to live forever in the one place she's always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.
But now her happiness—and safety—are threatened, all because of the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: Never revive a human soul.
If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce's home back on earth will be wiped away. But there's only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.


CATCHALL
Awaken is without a doubt my favorite Meg Cabot book thus far, and a true jewel. I absolutely devoured it. From start to finish, it was a ride I was happy to be on. I simply couldn’t get enough of it. When I read the last page, I flipped back to the first. It was that amazing.

THE HEROINE
PIERCE
Pierce is my girl. I adore her. She’s strong and smart, and though she doesn’t always make the smartest decisions she does what she does for a reason and isn’t stupid about it. She’s a real person, and she makes real mistakes and has to fix them. But she also has a good heart, and though it’s gotten her in trouble, it’s also gotten her out of it, too.

THE LOVE INTEREST
JOHN
John is one of the sexiest characters I’ve ever read about. and I have very much appreciation for that. But he’s more than a gorgeous face. He wants to do the right thing, but sometimes he needs help figuring out what that is. Moreover, he genuinely care about Pierce and he’s so, so sweet to her. I think I actually melted at some points in the book.

THE PLOT
I love the way Meg handles the retelling of the Persephone myth. It’s not so much a retelling as a reimagining, and it’s done with absolutely beauty and a bit of humor. I love the way the story unfolds, and though there’s not a much retelling in this last book, what is there is gorgeous.

Pierce is a string heroine, and though she doesn’t always make the right decisions, she tries her best to. This book strongly deals with the consequences of her actions, and she’s strong enough to face up to them. She doesn’t shrink away, and in fact often tries to take more blame upon herself than is strictly necessary.

There’s also the secondary plot in this book, which is a really interesting one. Almost as interesting as the main plot. I liked watching Pierce and her friends fight for what was right.

THE ROMANCE
The romance is tastefully written, and it’s sweet and intoxicating at the same time. Pierce and John are good together, and in some ways balance each other out. They really complement each other. Where Pierce is impulsive, John thinks things through more, and so forth. They’re so good together, and I loved watching them grow as a couple. The secondary romance was also so, so cute.

THE WRITING
Meg’s writing has improved a lot since her earlier series, and that growth is apparent in this book. The descriptions could use some work, but the world-building is awesome. It’s set partially in a fantasy place in our world and partially in the Underworld, and Meg does an awesome job of differentiating the two.

THE ENDING
This book ended on a perfect note. It’s absolutely beautiful. I love the way everything pulled together, neatly but not too neatly, if you catch my drift. It’s like everything happened for a reason so that everything could lead up to this perfect ending, and I loved every minute of it.

WRAPUP
Awaken is one of my favorite ever books, and the absolute best Meg Cabot I’ve ever read. I seriously only have good things to say about it. Pierce and John are unforgettable characters, and I’ll probably think of them often. I definitely recommend this series to fans of romance, and fans of mythology. It’s a gorgeous retelling.

fine

*****FINAL RATING: 4.65 RED ROSES*****
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Lovelovelove,

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hello and welcome to my edition of Waiting on Wednesdays hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)
Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: November 10, 2015

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?


To be honest, I like this cover, but it isn't my favorite in the series (that would be Cress). It is pretty, though, if a bit different looking than the other covers. Now that I've got that out of the way, do I even have to say why I'm waiting on this one? It seems almost everyone is, and for good reason! I can't wait to see the surely spectacular conclusion this series draws to.

Lovelovelove,








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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Hi, everyone!

I thought every once in a while I should ask about you all. This blog is obviously very me, and I think in its rebirth I want to reflect that more. So, every once in a while I'll these posts for discussion, where I reflect on my reading, things that have been going on in my life, that kind of thing, and ask you to do the same.

For the first post, I haven't really thought about what to say, since this is a very new idea of mine. With school over, my life is relatively uneventful these days. I've definitely been reading. Currently, it's A Court of Thorns and Roses, and tis is probably blasphemy, but I can't seem to get into it. I wish that could, because everyone seems to adore it, but it's just not doing it for me, much as I like Tamlin.

That's all for today, I think. Just a short little post, to say hi.

Lovelovelove,








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