Title: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction/Time Travel, Romance
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.
What I Thought
Wow! What an adventure!! I feel like Passenger is one of the most talked about books of 2016 so far! Honestly, I was a little intimidated to read this one, because everybody seems to just love it, and I was afraid that I wouldn’t like it as much. Because I had heard so many good things about this book, I was a bit skeptical on whether or not it would actually live up to the hype. For the most part though, it actually did! While, I admit, it felt a bit slow at parts, this book was so worth the read!
Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is:
Books I Picked Up On A Whim
The Summer of Cotton Candy
This entire series is so fun! There are 4 books in the series – one for each season – and it chronicles 17 year old Candace’s life, starting with the summer before her senior year of high school.
I discovered The Summer of Cotton Candy actually the summer before my senior year, and basically, that was enough to pull me in and read it. I, personally, recommend reading each book with its corresponding season.
The City of Ember
I bought this book from Borders shortly before it closed (RIP, lovely bookstore), so this is a bit of an oldie, but I’m including this book on the list, because I truly bought it on a whim. I had a gift card with not a lot of money left on it, and I really wanted to buy a book that day. I discovered a 3-in-1 bind up of the first 3 The City of Ember books, and was intrigued. The synopsis was super interesting, and the price was great, so I bought it. I’ve loved dystopian novels ever since!
I really enjoy dystopian novels. I discovered this book through an ad on, I think, Goodreads. Nobody, however, was talking about this book, like The Hunger Games, Delirium, Divergent, etc. I saw it at the library one day, and just decided to give it a shot.
Don’t Turn Around
I had heard of Don’t Turn Around, but I didn’t really know much about it. I knew it was an action book, and had something to do with computer hacking, but that was it. I bought it because it was on sale for $0.99 at the Nook Store.
The Photo Traveler
This book featured a very unique from of time travel – through pictures. I discovered this book by an ad on Goodreads as well, and like Starters, nobody was talking about it. I checked out on the Nook Store, and it was only $0.99, so I just had to buy it. I have not read the sequel, but I intend to soon!
Code name: Dancer
This was another ebook deal I discovered. The fact that it had a dance and mystery aspect was enough for me! I’ve read the second book to the series as well, and both are a lot of fun.
I was looking to fill my Nook with some new books, and stumbled across this one. I hadn’t heard of it, but I had heard of Carolyn Mackler, and it was on sale, so I decided to get it. This one wasn’t quite what I expected, but I did enjoy it nonetheless.
Sometimes, usually when I should be doing school or something else productive, I like to just scroll through different bookseller sites and dig around for new and upcoming books. That’s how I discovered Marvelous. It had such an intriguing premise, that I just knew I had to read it!
Where I Belong
I bought this book the same day I bought Tangled. This may not have been a super deep, intellectual read, but it was a lot of fun, and a perfect book to read in the summer!
The Chronicle of Three: Bloodline
I just recently got a NetGalley account, so I was looking at all the amazing books I could request, and stumbled across this one. I had never heard of the book or the author, but it sounded quite interesting, so I thought I’d request it. This was my first NetGalley book I was approved for, and I ended up really enjoying it! If interested, you can check out my review for it here.
That’s it for this week! Share your Top Ten Tuesday with me in the comments! 🙂
Well, I’m late posting April’s classic, but it’s only the 15th! I’m still 5 whole days ahead from last month’s classic! 😉
Originally Published: 1988
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Synopsis: Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.
She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.
WHEN I Discovered This Classic
When I was little, I was OBSESSED with this movie (honestly, I still am)! So, naturally, knowing how much I loved the movie, my grandparents bought me the book when I was probably 8 or 9.
WHY I Chose To Read It
Like I said, I received this book when I was 8 or 9, and that was the last time I read it. I remember absolutely loving it then, and being that it had been over 10 years since I read it last, I decided it was definitely time for a re-read!
WHAT Makes It A Classic
Roald Dahl is a very prolific and well-loved children’s author. Matilda is just one of his very popular books, and it has been made into a movie (one of my absolute favorites, actually!), as well as a successful Broadway musical!
WHAT I Thought Of This Classic
I absolutely loved it! In fact, I think I enjoyed reading Matilda more now than I did when I was little. This book is just so clever!
Matilda is the perfect example for why I love children’s literature so much. Unlike adult books, or even YA, children’s books don’t try to impress with fancy language and unnecessary drama, in order to be “complex” or “worthy” of being literature. They simply are what they are. Even though it’s not filled with complex language, Matilda is so beautifully written. It is one of those books that make you appreciate books and reading all the more.
I just had so much fun reading this book! The characters are so creative, The Wormwoods are awful and crazy, Miss Honey is just lovely, the Trunchbull is terrifying, and Matilda is so clever, and just a little naughty.
One thing I found interesting though, was Matilda’s powers. If you have seen the movie, and I know many of you probably have, you know how large a part Matilda’s powers come into play. That is not the case with the book. In fact, I was over halfway through the book before they were even mentioned or discovered.
WILL It Stay A Classic
Absolutely! Matilda is one of those books that make you remember why you love books and reading so much. It has such a magical quality to the story and its writing, that as long as there are bibliophiles out there, this book will thrive.
WHO I’d Recommend It To
I would recommend this book to fans of the movie, children who are tired of reading the same old books and are looking for clever and unique reads, and adults who are tired of reading the same old books and are looking for clever and unique reads. I would also recommend this book to anyone who loves books, reading, and the library.
Title: Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black
Genres: YA, Fantasy/Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Published by: Bloomsbury Children’s USA
Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts …
Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames …
Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed …
What I Thought
Being a dancer myself, I was instantly intrigued by Dance of Shadows. Plus, that gorgeous cover helped draw me in even more. That being said, this book is not exactly what I expected. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing. Just so you’re aware, this book is a paranormal mystery. I wasn’t aware of that right away. I thought it was just a mystery novel, and so I was a little startled at a certain event that happened in the beginning of the book!
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature started by Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases!
Today’s pick is:
Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories
Releasing May 17th, 2016!
Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.
Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.
I absolutely adored My True Love Gave To Me, so when I found out another anthology in the same style, just with a summer setting, was going to be released, I was super excited. With so many amazing authors contributing to this book, I just know that I will enjoy this one. This book is going to be such a perfect book to read poolside, or just out in the grass on a lazy summer day. I have been waiting a long time for this book, and I am so excited that it is almost here!
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
What I Thought
I want to start off by saying that Room is the best book I’ve read this year so far. It may only be May, but I know with certainty that this book is definitely going to be in my top ten favorite reads of 2016. Room was intense, cruel, complex, and beautiful. It is one of those books that, once you start, you do not want to come back up for air until it is over. I absolutely devoured this book.
April was a much better reading month than March. I think it’s safe to say that I’m finally out of my dreadful reading slump!
Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is:
Childhood Characters I’d Like to Revisit as Adults
I’m only doing a top 5 today, because, to be honest, I haven’t had a whole lot of time to blog these past couple of days, but I still really wanted to participate. So, here they are!
- Nancy Drew
I know there’s a Nancy Drew TV show in the works that features a 30-something Nancy, but from what I’ve read about that show, it’s going to be a hot mess. So…it doesn’t count. However, I’d love to see a more faithful adaptation of a grown up Nancy (but only if she’s happily married to Ned)!
- The children from The Mysterious Benedict Society
How are their lives as grown ups? Are they still especially gifted and clever? I’d love to read a little about their adult lives, just to see how they turned out.
- Miss Penelope Lumley, and the incorrigible children
I’d love to see how a governess as young as 15 turns out, after raising children who were initially raised by wolves, as well as how the wolf-like children turned out!
- Junie B. Jones
If she is as sassy as she was in kindergarten and first grade, I’d love to read about a sassy Junie B. Jones as an adult, or even just a teenager.
- Pippi Longstocking
I would imagine that, as an adult, Pippi travels the world a lot, and goes on all sorts of adventures. I would love to read about an adult Pippi’s travels!
That’s it for this week! Let me know about your Top Ten Tuesdays in the comments! 🙂