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Glass Sword Official Blog Tour Review

Note: Originally written for Thursday, February 11, 2016.

 

Synopsis:

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
 

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In Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard’s newest installment of the Red Queen series, Mare finds herself struggling with the realization that no one is who she thought they were and her trust and loyalties will be put to the ultimate test.
 

After Maven, once an ally and beloved Prince, is now an infamous ruler whose sole purpose is to get rid of those who represent a threat to his rule.  Unfortunately for Mare, that means herself, Prince Cal, The Scarlet Guard, and any other red with unusual abilities out there.  Those who are now being called Newbloods pose as a danger to Maven’s rule, but also to themselves if caught.
 

CWNtYMdUEAA-XWWThe plan is to find all the newbloods, to protect them and teach them how to harness their abilities, to try to get there before Maven finds them and kills them all.  But the plan might be harder to achieve than expected, and they will all have to give anything and everything to make it happen, even if it means losing themselves in the process.
 

If I may be honest, this is one of the books I’ve been waiting for the most out of the 2016 releases.  Luckily enough, it was one of the earliest releases of the year and even luckier, I was asked to join the official blog tour.  I have to say, the book did not disappoint.
 

The story begins right at the end of the previous book, so you get the feel of the last one right away.  Although at times it felt slow, during training sessions for example (I’m not too big on those),  all the action packed scenes that were spread throughout the story made up for it. Aveyard’s background on screenwriting is an incredible asset when it comes to her world building and storytelling process, you really get the feel of how Norta is geographically designed, you feel like if you are actually there with everyone.
 

My favorite scenes from the book were all involving a certain newblood speedster and his very intriguing… let’s call it “missions” for the sake of a spoiler-free review.  Getting to know more about this character up close, rather than in not-so-random mentions, was both refreshing and well adapted into the story.
 

The ending left me breathless.
This is not the first time this happens to me with this series.
I can’t talk about it.
So please… just read it so you understand my pain!
 

No, seriously, the ending was that good, it left me crushed but also wanting more, from one book junkie to another, I will be not-so-patiently awaiting for the next installment until it’s finally on my hands.
 

Happy Reading!

 

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99 Reasons to Love 99 Days

 By Mónica González

 (@TheLiteraryMomo)

 

99Days99 Days is the story of how Molly Barlow’s life got turned upside down after her mother published a book about the real life love triangle between her and brothers Patrick and Gabe Donnelly. Forced to run away to Bristol Academy for her senior year after the social persecution lead by Patrick’s twin sister Julia, Molly is back home for the summer. Ninety-nine more days of summer until she can leave again for vacation, and nothing has changed in town; Julia still wants her head, Molly is still trying to hide in her room with popcorn and Netflix; nothing has changed except for her newfound affection towards Gabe.

Molly knows that getting involved with the Donellys again is just asking for trouble, but her connection to Gabe, who seems to be the only human being on the planet happy to see her again, is not something she can just ignore. Will their relationship survive the ninety-nine days of car-keying, egging and drink tossing, or will it fall to the ground along with her reputation? Only one way to find out!

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Before I go on, I have to admit, this novel was my second attempt at reading Katie Cotugno. My opinion of her writing has turned upside down in a completely opposite way from how Molly’s life got turned after Driftwood (a.k.a. the Molly-inspired novel). I didn’t really like her other book, How To Love, but 99 Days was simply magical.

I loved how her emotional struggles between the how boys was displayed in a very realistic way. Most people will say that Molly’s behavior was unreasonable and unacceptable, but the truth is that it might not be morally correct, but let’s face it, she grew up with these guys! She couldn’t have been more emotionally attached to them, even if she had lived to them under the same roof! You can’t get rid of that sort of attachment and love, even. She might have dated Patrick first, got involved with Gabe after, but that never meant she ever stopped caring about either one of them.

Which brings me to the boys. I felt a dislike towards Patrick from the start; partly from his irrationally controlling behavior, partly for his indecisiveness and impulsiveness. I don’t want to make it sound like Gabe was any better, but he didn’t try to control the situation to his favor, or it didn’t feel like it at least. Tess, Patrick’s girlfriend, had some very open-minded reactions from the start and I feel that her final reactions were very understandable.

I gave this book five solid and bright stars, on account that it exceeded my expectations, it didn’t end up having a “…we all lived happily ever after…” cliché ending, and because it had a reasonable approach to the events at hand.

And before I head out, let’s see if you’re up for this challenge. Below this article you will find the Emojireads summary of 99 days by our friends at Epic Reads.  See if you can figure it out and then read the book to see if you were right. Remember you can get this and many more titles, as always, at The Bookmark.

Happy Reading!

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Let your obsession loose in Danielle Paige’s Heart of Tin

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

91y3vITteZLHappy HalloWicked Book nerds!

I hope you’re having a great time tonight dressed as your favorite lit-folk! I for one would like to talk about my favorite man-machine hybrid, Oz’s very own Tin Woodman and his adventure throughout Danielle Paige’s prequel novella Heart of Tin.

In Heart of Tin, we meet our favorite man of steel (pun absolutely intended, but hey, it’s Halloween, it wouldn’t surprise me if Tin put on a red cape and drew an T on his silver chest just for fun tonight) as he’s spent what seems like decades as the King of the Winkie country after Dorothy and the Wizard’s departure. He’s been relatively happy, the Winkies aren’t troublesome people and they seem to get along with everyone despite their oddness, but he’s always felt as something has been missing.  You see, after Dorothy won him a heart, Tin fell head over heels for Dorothy and has thought about her with every heartbeat of his plush heart.

7d64eac8b9f8702ec7f3a80adea3e9d6After Dorothy’s arrival, she and Glinda the “good” Witch of the North, tell Tin, the Scarecrow and the Lion a tale about how Queen Ozma was abusing her power and how Dorothy stopped her and is now a temporary ruler of Oz until a suitable replacement is found, and they assign each of them a series of tasks within Dorothy’s government.  Tin is appointed as head of security so he decides to form an army as his gift to Dorothy.

Of course he’d be ecstatic about her return, despite how long it’s been, he’s never found someone to love in his kingdom, what he didn’t count on, was the rage and jealousy that would suddenly grow within himself because of his love for her, and her sudden rise to power.

11169168_489176714571894_1681841265564999651_nTin isn’t the friendly character that wanted nothing more than a heart anymore.  This is the Tin Woodman that you would find if there was a horror movie adaptation from L. Frank Baum’s classic.  He’ll do anything for love, to win her heart, even harm the innocent and he’ll justify it saying he did it out of love. In a way, his devotion is understandable, he’s very gullible when it comes to Dorothy, he’ll choose to believe she loves him even when she’ll treat him like a piece of garbage, and that’s what people usually do when they’re in love, but that doesn’t mean that he should act the way he does.  Either way, with Tin’s story, Paige has shown once again what a master she is at morphing a classic “happily ever after tale” into a nightmare that not even Michael Myers himself would like to dream about.

With the most horrific and spooktacular of the Dorothy Must Die Novellas to the date, the HalloWicked series has come to an end! Remember to stay tuned on November 10th, when her next novella, The Straw King, will be released and to catch up with all the Dorothy goodness before Yellow Brick War hits shelves next spring. Thank you so much for reading and have a great time!

Happy Reading!

“Somewhere in the back of my mind, I had the vaguest notion that I was the one being wicked. But I found that I didn’t care. In fact, I almost enjoyed it.”
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Upcoming November Books!

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

Hello fellow book junkies! This November we will be having one fierce lineup of new releases, some of them actual favorites of mine that I’m really looking forward to finally get my hands on.  So, in case you didn’t know, here are 8 books that will be released in November that you cannot miss:

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This is the sequel to Gray’s thrilling sci-fi novel, A Thousand Pieces of You. On Sale on November 3rd by Harper Teen.

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A girl struggling to move forward after a tragic accident that still holds a mystery, begins to fall for the brother of her friend who died in the accident. On sale on November 3rd by HarperTeen.

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In a society where the person you become is determined by a vision of your future, Callie is tormented by the fact that she’ll become the criminal that murders her talented younger sister and gets sent to prison for a crime she has not committed… yet.  On sale on November 3rd by Entangled: Teen.

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This is the fourth installment of the Lunar Chronicles series. On sale on November 10th by Feiwel and Friends.

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When Ben, an aspiring novelist, meets Fallon and spends the entire day with her on the day she’s moving away, she becomes the inspiration for his newest novel, until he realizes she might be lying the entire time and becomes the ultimate plot twist. On Sale on November 10th by Atria Books.

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The lead singer from an indie band struggles with her bandmember’s dislike of her on their immediate rise to fame and its repercussions. On sale on November 10th by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.

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Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey where Fei and the inhabitants of her village are on the brink of starvation.  This will force her to travel from from the peak of her jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever…  On sale on November 10th by Razorbill.

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This is the sequel to Zink’s Lies I Told. On Sale on November 24th by HarperTeen.

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So, which are you planning on reading? Let us know in the comments section below.  Remember you can get these and many more titles at The Bookmark!

Happy Reading!

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Goodreads, What is it and Why You Need To Have One

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

Has it ever happened that you suddenly find yourself on a really bad reading slump and you can’t seem to shake it off? I know it might sound unlikely with so many wonderful books out there, but sometimes it just happens.  Admit it, we’ve all been there.  I’ve certainly been there before.  Once, it got so bad that it lasted around three years.  Can you imagine that? Three years without a single story drawing you in, filling your soul? Madness!

Luckily, I had my good friend Meg to snap me out of it.  She gave me a 42 book long list of must reads for every taste and genre, and that was it! I was back in the game when I discovered the stories created by authors like Libba Bray, Erin Morgenstern and, of course, Susan Dennard herself!  Yes folks, if not for her, I might not be the girl constantly harassing  you to indulge in the delight that is Something Strange and Deadly.

goodreads-home-235x300I know that, while I have some amazing, book-loving friends out there, not everyone is so lucky.  Sometimes we can’t help to be surrounded by people with a more “technical” brain or just don’t appreciate the written word as much as we do.  That’s when we have to take advantage of the technological resources out there, and by that, I mean you need to get on Goodreads!

Goodreads is a platform that works as a literary database where you can track what you’re reading, rate books and get recommendations based on your favorites. Basically, what you do is “shelve” the books you’ve read, are currently reading, and want to read.  You can also add custom shelves, such as the ones on my account, where I’ve added my wish list, what I haven’t read yet from my friend Meg’s list, and a list for books that haven’t been released yet.

screen322x572Tracking your currently reading shelf works as a digital bookmark where you write down what page you’re on.  In addition to page count, you can also do a reading challenge, where you set a goal of books you want to read before the year ends and it’ll tell you how many books ahead or behind you are, as well as how many books you have to read per month to stay on track.

Their rating system works on a 1-to-5 stars range, and each book shows you the individual ratings as well as the overall score.  You can also add reviews and link them to your blog so it’ll post automatically on both.

Based on your shelves and rating, Goodreads will send you a monthly newsletter so you can stay up to date on your favorite authors!  Since it’s a database, you can browse through genres, authors and lists.  You can also get quotes from your favorite books or even get inspired to pick a new one.

You may also join Book Clubs, answer polls, participate in giveaways, and let your voice be heard by voting on the Goodreads Choice Awards!  If you needed any more reasons to get one, know that there’s even a section where you can find ebooks that are public domain or if you enjoy fan fiction you can find a decent stock there. As an added bonus, you can also link your account to not just your blog, but your Facebook and twitter accounts as well.  So, What are you waiting for? Go get yourself a Goodreads account!

Happy Reading!

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Find out What The Wizard is Really Made of in The Wizard Returns!

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

23507358Three tests await the infamous -yet wonderful- Wizard of Oz.  The tests will prove if his levels of wisdom, courage and love are fit for the one true savior this land needs, now that Dorothy has returned and become a tyrant.

In Liam Frank Baum’s classic, the wizard was sort of a quirky guy who took advantage of the Ozian’s innocence by tricking them into building him a palace and making him ruler.  It’s been a long time since then and after Dorothy, with all of her initial childlike innocence, exposed him to all of Oz, he chose to return to the other place… But did he really?

It’s been twenty-five Oz years since his balloon went up in the sky and into the storm, twenty-five years of crashing into the poppy field and into a blissful sleep. Now, after being rescued by a mysterious boy with bright emerald eyes, the Wizard has lost his memory and, the only way to retrieve it is by submitting himself to the Fairies’ test and prove himself worthy of Oz.

This is a story about redemption, about finding your true self and figuring out who you truly are. Was the Wizard truly evil, or was he just making the best out of a complicated situation? Will he remain oblivious to all the damage he’s caused, or will he remember what he’s done?

Danielle Paige has managed to give a fresh spin on a classic, and all of these novellas complement the story in an exquisite way, it wouldn’t be fair for you if I went into detail about the story.  If I did, there wouldn’t be much point in reading it, and that’s not the objective of this piece.  The Wizard’s choices are what make the story what it is, the story’s development helps tie some confusing loose ends from the full novels and the story in general makes you think about who the true villain of the series could actually be.  All I’m going to say is that, after rereading this novella a second time, I feel very strongly about the Wizard, whether it’s in a positive or negative way, the only way you’ll find out is by reading The Wizard Returns!

Remember that this novella, along with No Place Like Oz and The Witch Must Burn in the compilation of stories included in Dorothy Must Die: Stories Volume 1.  Also, don’t forget to follow Amy’s quest to free Oz in Dorothy Must Die, The Wicked Will Rise, and Yellow Brick War, coming soon from Harper.

You can get these, along with many other titles, as always, at The Bookmark!

Happy HalloWicked Everyone!

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Nonstop Travels Await in The Geography of You and Me.

by Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

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Third edition cover.

Lucy and Owen met in an elevator, during a statewide blackout, in the middle of New York. She lives on the 24th floor, he lives on the basement.  They are two very different people that will soon learn the true meaning of love and how it may change you, no matter how many miles apart you may be.

After a magical night of mischief, melting ice cream and shining stars over the Manhattan sky, the two go off on separate journeys, with the promise of staying in touch.  When Lucy moves to Europe and Owen goes on a cross-country job search with his father, that’s when the postcards start flooding in.  As a joke, they started corresponding with beautifully cliché postcards of national landmarks with short messages that told how they truly felt for one another.  Soon enough, when they both find themselves settled in a steady place, they see no point on sending postcards that they’ve already sent, so they choose to move on.  But will that determination to move on be enough against their true feelings or will they find a way to meet again?

5c9421558807a9bf31df50c6c817218eThis story is one of those classic “boy meets girl, girl has to go far away, destiny will make them find each other, then they live happily ever after… or so you think.”  It was a pretty enjoyable novel with simple, yet, deep enough characters that you never got tired of getting to know.  Each of them multi-layered, with each layer more complex than the one before.

Lucy had felt an orphan from the start, but never had she felt truly alone, unlike in the starting point of the novel. Owen, who had always known just one place his entire life, who had grown up with his parents right behind him, feels like half his soul has been torn apart after his mother died.  You can see her pain, and his grief, throughout the book, but you also watch them heal with time.

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Jennifer E. Smith

I feel like Jennifer E. Smith managed to portray perfectly the levels of commitment, uncertainty, and even pain, that usually comes with loving someone an ocean away. It’s not necessarily tragic, but it’s not a breeze either.  Lucy and Owen were the perfect balance between keeping it together and losing it under their circumstances.

In the end, I chose to give this story a 4 out of 5 stars because of how it handled the topics, the relatable characters, the realistic execution and because I enjoyed it very much.

Happy reading!

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Liar, Liar… This Book is on Fire!

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

liars-inc-678x1024Liars, Inc. Paula Stokes’ most recent novel, was one that kept me glued to the story from beginning to end. It was a fast paced, follow the clues, try to guess what’s gonna happen next, then fail at it, just my kind of book!

This young adult psychological thriller follows the story of Max Cantrell, how he and his friends, football star and ladies man Preston DeWitt, and martial arts expert and half-Indian badass Parvati Amos, create an alibi company for extra cash plus the thrill of danger.  Unfortunately, as you may probably guess, nothing good can ever come from a lie, so when Preston goes missing and all clues lead to Max, the race is on to find out who the real killer is, before an innocent has to pay.

PaulaStokes1-332x500I have to admit something, even though I shouldn’t, I totally judge books by their covers… When I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. During last week’s book club, which you can read about here, author Paula Stokes revealed that the cover art was actually a photo that the editors at Harper found online and they had to wait for the photographer’s approval to use it.  I am really glad he did because that is one intriguing cover!

I loved the characters, they were very well developed.  I loved how Preston/Adam was such a conflicted soul with many layers to unfold, how Parvati was breaking almost every stereotype of what an Indian girl is supposed to be, and how Max, how has had sort of a rough life, would try to stay distant with everyone while, at the same time, would feel so much. Even while I did like most of the characters, I have to admit that, at some point, officer Gonzalez made me want to run to the nearest courthouse and change my last name.

My only concern regarding the story, was that I felt like the company had been running for a time too short to have such a large significance within the story, but then again, it might’ve been me not paying attention to actual dates and reading too fast because the book was that good. As for my Goodreads rating? I gave this book five well deserved stars.

This definitely won’t be my last Stokes book, although, I honestly don’t know what to expect since all of her books are so different from one another. But hey, there’s only one way to find out!

Happy Reading!

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Attachments, It Broke Me Apart And Glued Me Back

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

71ZlxOeCx4LMy first thought after I finished Attachments was that the book had broken me apart and glued me back together; the second one was this: “If all contemporary fiction books were like this one, I’d read more contemporary fiction books.”

When I was recommended Attachments, I wasn’t too excited about reading Rowell again. You see, I’d been exposed to all the Rainbow Rowell hype before actually reading her and, when I read Fangirl, I wasn’t really too impressed by her style.

Before I get an angry mob at my doorstep, allow me to explain. Each person has their own preferences when reading, some like more sci-fi, some like more fantasy, some like contemporary and, also, some like fan fiction. I’m not a big fan of it, I’ve never really gotten into it because I feel like I’m cheating on the author with someone else.

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Rainbow Rowell

Also, in order to read any kind of fan fiction, I need to have read the original story beforehand. So, when I started Fangirl, I found myself skipping all of Cath and Wren’s FanFixx.net posts, especially every time Cath would read to Levi. The rest of the book, including the “Gemma T. Leslie non fan fiction” pages, were actually very enjoyable and believe me when I say I am eagerly awaiting Carry On, Rowell’s “fan fiction” companion to Fangirl, which should be coming out sometime in October.

Now, since I wasn’t planning on talking of Fangirl anyway, let’s get to the good stuff. Lincoln is the new guy working at The Courier, a local newspaper. He’s the new Information Technology (IT) security officer, which is a fancy name for “the guy who reads your naughty work emails.” Beth is a Film Critic and Journalist, while Jennifer is a Copy Editor. The two are constantly sending each other personal emails that keep getting flagged in the system and fall into Lincoln’s hands. He should report them, He knows he should, but he likes them too much to get them into trouble, even when he’s never seen them in person. When he starts to fall in love with Beth, he knows he has to stop reading their emails, she’s with someone else and starting a conversation with “Hey, you don’t know me but I’m the creep who reads your emails and I’m in love with you,” sounds more fit for a psychological thriller than a budding romance.

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Lincoln & Beth

When Beth sees him and Nicknames him “My Cute Guy,” hope blooms within Lincoln; especially after realizing she’s probably just as much of a stalker as he is. The problem is, she’s still with her rock star boyfriend and he’s still the email peeping tom. Only time will tell if the two are meant to be, specially with the new millennium just around the corner; did I mention the book is set in 1999? Well, it is, and I loved every minute of it.

What a book! It’s actually a hilarious read, both Lincoln’s misadventures, as well as Beth and Jennifer’s emails cracked me up the whole time. It tackles all kinds of day-to-day situations as well as serious topics. Has very likable characters and it’s one of those stories you won’t be able to put down. Five, well deserved, stars to Rowell this time around.