The Here. The Now. And the Books!: February 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Linger Valentines Joy!

I totally just put 3 non-related words for title. That’s how I roll!

So…I read Linger a few months ago and wrote the review a few months but saved it for this important event.

Looove Day. Also know as Valentines Day! I thought this was a suitable date for such a series of love.

And Loss…

and Longing…

Not only do I have a review for you…I made a trailer! I took all the pictures.

So…here’s the review:

I am not going to compare Linger with Shiver by saying it was better or worse because really, for me, that’s like comparing snowflakes: very different but the same. Linger still had Sam, Grace, Isabel, the cold air, the sad feeling. But it also was different. New character, new point of views, new realizations.

As a Shiver fan, I was worried that these two new point of views (Isabel and Cole) would just be painful chapters while waiting for Sam and Grace to talk, but this was not the case. Part of this is because Maggie’s writing creates a conversation in your head where ten pages feel like one, and when it’s over, you look up and realize that it’s gone, not real.
Another part was because of the characters. Maggie has created real human beings, people who you get to know, love, hate, and care for. A lot of people speculate about who Cole is. Cole is Cole. He is a new character that you have to care for because you get to know him so much. Cole is rather depressing, wanting to simply die or stay wolf forever.
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sabel sets her role in this book too. Isabel is one of the strongest characters I have ever read, dealing with tragedy in her own way, not letting people see through her, saying what needs to be said. Even though Isabel has a stone heart, she has an incredibly big one.

Grace and Sam have to deal with something both of them can’t stop. Parents.

Although Grace’s parents have never been around, they make her relationship with Sam more difficult, not understanding the circumstances. Linger was able to put me in a spot of pure hopelessness. It goes through dark holes, hits bottom, and you can’t get out.Linger’s last chapters gave a definition of hopelessness: no one able to make a move, no one able to fix things, to stop them.

I kept thinking: this is what it feels like when time slows down and you see a bullet come right at you, but you can’t move. Nothing to do. You keep waiting for Superman to come to the rescue but realize that he’s not exactly real.
Linger was not as…action packed as Shiver, but it was still full of everything it needed and more.
Maggie gave us a scientific view of werewolves, gave us 4 completely different humans, gave us love, sorrow, happiness.
She gave us Linger!I truly loved it.

Thank you Maggie!

Trailer:

(I know, the ending is cut off a little! Sorry bout’ that!)

Ok…now I will give away a copy of Shiver! 🙂
Most peeps have prolly read it but for those who haven’t here’s your chance!!! Plus, it’s a good present for any YA Romance Lover!
I want to know:
+1 For Email
+5 For telling me what YOU think will happen in Linger (no spoilers please, if read)
+2 for already follwing
+5 for new follower

Contest ends:
EDIT: I am adding on 2 more days. Don’t ask why just go with it. xD
ENTRIES MUST BE IN BY MARCH 3rd!!!!!! 😀

Edit:
Maggie’s having an EPIC Linger ARC Contest Here: http://bit.ly/aVWY5z

I got this ARC from a contest! 🙂

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Radiant Shadows


I was very fortunate to get my hands on Melissa Marr’s Radiant Shadows!

Hunger for nourishment.

Hunger for touch.

Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers. Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death. Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other? Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in Melissa Marr’s next volume of Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.

This book is part of the Wicked Lovely series. It’s not a sequel to Fragile Eternity, but fortunately, it does answer some pondering thoughts left behind.
Radiant Shadows introduces new characters and keeps the old ones too.
It goes deeper into the workings of this Faerie world, how certain courts work, how they started, and who controls what.
Although, I will admit there were some slow moments, it did keep up a quick pace, leaving the reader thinking from chapter to chapter.
After reading my fair share of faerie lit, I had this built up of image of faeries being these celestial beings, only caring about the greater good of themselves with the occasional fall-in-love-circumstances. But Marr was able to take that image away and replace it with a different kind of being: one that has feelings, one that knows a lot but is still facing what’s to come in the future.
I really enjoyed being able to learn the workings of Faerie and the other Courts, mainly the High and Dark Court, being able to see this set up mental image be replaced with something else.
It has love in all forms.
I was sad to read “The Penultimate Volume…”
Can’t wait for the next in the series!

I got this ARC from Harper Teen!

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