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Swept Away by Splintered

Splintered (Splintered, #1)

Splintered #1
A.G. Howard
YA Fantasy/Fiction
Rating: 5

Splintered was incredibly unique, a bit bizarre, but overall the result was amazing. I’m in love with re-tellings of fairy tales right now and this story took Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and gave it a completely new twist in the modern day.  Wonderland is darker and more twisted with the plot line involving a curse, a love triangle, talking bugs, and the need to save a mother from cruel treatments at a mental institution.

Alyssa, our lovely heroine, is the descendant of the Alice Liddell from Alice in Wonderland, however, this comes with a price; a family curse which has led past descendants to mental institutions, but Alyssa knows her relatives aren’t crazy. When she is told that her mother will start shock treatments, Alyssa decides to take it upon herself to break the family curse and head down the rabbit hole.

Wonderland and the characters within Splintered are amazingly described and vividly come to life. The romance in the story is maddeningly good too. There is the perfect guy or the dark mysterious one…decisions, decisions. Plus, it’s filled with twists and turns I never saw coming (which I suppose is right since it’s Wonderland…).

Overall, I loved it. About halfway through the book I ordered the second one and I would be reading it now if Cress by Marissa Meyer hadn’t arrived….

Top Ten 2014 Book Releases I’m Uber Excited For!

Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

Well I will be off in library school all of 2014, well mentally anyway as it’s an all online program, but I will need fictional worlds to keep my sanity.  So these are the books I am looking forward to the most this upcoming year:

513AaGSa1lL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare- May, 27

Mixed emotions..this is the final book in the series right? So my fictional boyfriend is just leaving me…not fair! But I can’t wait to read it! And it’s released the day before my birthday!!

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer-Feb. 4

I should probably take the day off work when this comes out…

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (Pink Carnation, #11)The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla: A Pink Carnation Novel by Lauren Willig- Aug. 5

Every time a book by the lovely Lauren Willig comes out, I feel like I’m getting an early Christmas gift 🙂

That Summer by Lauren Willig

….and I get two by her again this year!!! Lucky me !

Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures, #1)Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl-May 20

I didn’t even know this was coming out until today…and now I don’t know what to do with myself. I. Love. Casters.

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan-Oct. 7

OMG!!!!!!!!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo-June 3

Again…I may need to use some PTO…or become mysteriously ill…when this arrives.

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2)Hollow City by Ransom Riggs-Today!

Great first book, excited for this one.

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness-July 15

So I despised the 2nd book. Ugh, so much, I was just bored out of my mind. But I’m hoping this conclusion can redeem itself.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor-April 8

Again, I couldn’t stand the second book in this series, but I hope this one is much better.

Thoughts, feelings, additions???

A Great Escape Story: Fearless by Cornelia Funke

Fearless

Fearless
Cornelia Funke
YA Fantasy
Rating: 4.5

When the heart craved something so forcefully, then reason  became nothing but helpless observer. The heart, the soul, whatever it was…

So at some point I will have oodles of wonderful programming posts for you regarding the Summer Reading Program.  It’s going spectacularly…however, that also means I’m exhausted and, in turn, do not want to think about it outside of work at the moment. But I will share the experiences about Dinosaurs, Worms, Bike
Rodeos, Tie-Dying, and a couple really great Magic Tree House Book Clubs in the near future : ) So to take my mind off all the programming madness, I’ve kept up my reading and therefore have a book review for you!

Fearless was a great read. Pretty sure I liked it more than Reckless the first book in the series (I read that one quite a while and don’t remember it being a “great” read, more of an “ok” read).  This story had romance, adventure, magic, a different fairy tale-ish world, amazing characters, and a fast paced, thoroughly engrossing (if not at times very frustrating) plot.

Jacob Reckless is in a race against time (and an adversary) to find a way to save himself before the curse he is under claims his life. Reckless finds himself on the treasure hunt of his life with his best friend Fox, a lovely vixen shape-shifter. They must put all the pieces together and find the only possible cure to Reckless’ life before time runs out. (And it’s not even a 100% sure the cure will work!) Of course, their hunt won’t be easy as they find themselves racing against another who is searching for the same treasure while also running into many interesting foes along the way.

My only quam with this book was that it didn’t give enough of a background of the first novel for me.  Generally I get annoyed at all the background stuff in series, but I really missed it in this one because I honestly couldn’t remember what had happened! I would have found more info. beneficial, but that’s just me. 

Cornelia Funke is amazing and hands down one of my favorite authors.  She weaves wonderful stories that I love to get lost in (although I’d rather live in the Inkheart series as this one is a bit gruesome at times).  I can NOT wait for the next book in this series…or anything else she happens to write in the meantime.

Another Addicting Teen Dystopian Fiction Story: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

DeliriumLauren OliverYA Dystopian FictionRating: 4

Delirium
Lauren Oliver
YA Dystopian Fiction
Rating: 4

This was another addicting teen dystopian fiction story.  I found it to be closest in relation to Matched because it focused on a government’s complete control over the citizen’s choices. And I liked the main character, Lena, more than Cassia from Matched because she seemed to be stronger and much less whiny. It wasn’t as violent as the Hunger Games (thank goodness) or Divergent although there was some violence throughout the story, I felt it did serve a purpose.

In Delirium love is considered a disease and at the age of 18 all citizens are “cured” with a neural surgery so that they are incapable of loving others.  To prevent this disease boys and girls aren’t allowed to converse or touch and music, literature, and all information is censored by the government.  Lena has been looking forward to being cured so she can be just like everyone else; normal and safe with a husband she is paired with by the government.  However, Lena’s boundary pushing BFF (or at least until the cure when she will no longer feel) and a mysterious boy by the name of Alex threaten to change everything in her almost normal life.

Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That’s what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two.  Before and after. The rest of world falls away on either side.

~Delirium, Lauren Oliver

Lena is a strong heroine I really enjoyed reading about.  Yes, there were times when I wanted to shout at her, but Oliver does a good job at showing her transformation from weak-minded to strong-willed throughout the book.  I admire Lena and would hope I could show her courage and bravery in similar situations.  The ideas touched on throughout this book are very important, and even though they are in an extreme setting, relate to many goings on in our nation and throughout the world today.  Freedom.  How much control should the government have? Is it up to them to tell us something is wrong if it isn’t actually hurting someone? I’m not a very political person, but I do have opinions and this definitely made me look at the news with a different perspective.

And according to Oliver’s blog, Delirium is going to be made into TV series on Fox next year! I’m pretty excited about that, as there aren’t many TV shows I enjoy, but I will make time for this one!  The only other book-to-TV show I’ve watched has been Gossip Girl, but I feel this will be completely different from that.

One recommendation though; have the second book on hand before you finish this.  I’m still in a little bit of shock as I write this from the ending…

One of the strangest things about life is that it will chug on, blind and oblivious, even as your private world – your little carved-out sphere – is twisting and morphing, even breaking apart.

~Delirium, Lauren Oliver

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