50 Word Friday: Poison Princess

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles)
Title: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)
Author: Kresley Cole

Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can’t do either alone. With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him? Who can Evie trust? As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side.[1]

Review:

Likes: Post apocalyptic and dystopian. The idea that people are the Major Arcana is interesting. The quest to find Evie’s Grandmother makes for compelling forward movement. Dislikes: Jackson is supposed to be roguishly charming but is an ass. She plays a bit loose with the tarot. YA Escapism = Yes!

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Armchair BEA – Middle Grade/Young Adult

photo credit: APL_YA via photopin cc
photo credit: APL_YA via photopin cc

So I am totally going to cheat again with this one. Another of my Thoughts on a Thursday essays (and yes I will be returning to this feature as I return to my blogging roots this summer) was about why I read YA. Here are some excerpts:

Why are so many adults reading Young Adult? There are many theories out there. Some arguing that these adults know something that most people don’t; that YA is where some of the most inventive storytelling is happening these days. That today’s young adult readers are savvy and need savvy storytelling to keep them engaged (Authors Taking Risks Isn’t Kid Stuff). There are those who make the argument that Americans are emotionally and intellectually stunted in their development and never mature past the age of 17 (Adults Reading “Young Adult” Literature — An Observation). And then there are people like Joel Stein who will try to shame you into reading adult books with the sophisticated argument that reading YA is just embarrassing.

I can’t answer the question why other people read YA, but I can answer the question why I do. It started out with a child who was a reader, a voracious, reads years ahead of her age reader. At 7 she read The Hobbit. By 8 she was out of juvenile fiction and into the YA section.  At 10 I timed her and she could read about 200 pages an hour, AN HOUR! And yes, she retains it. So I needed to know what she was reading. I need to be sure that what she COULD read and what she SHOULD read coincided.

The other reason is that I love, and I mean LOVE, the fact that The Girl and I share books the way other moms and daughters might share clothes or shoes or makeup. There is nothing better than having her bounce into my room with a book and hand it to me with a smile and say “Mom, I really think you might love this one.” Or having her read over my shoulder and poke me and ask “Are you done yet? Can I read that one when you are done? Is it good? It looks good?” At an age when sometimes we scrape each other the wrong way, we have books. She values my opinion and I value hers.

YA has allowed us to talk about the fantastical. “What would you do in a zombie apocalypse?” It has allowed us to talk about the silly. “So why do to think she decided to make her vampires sparkle in the sun?” But it has also allowed me an opening into topics which are very adult. “You know that drinking and driving is dangerous?” “You know that you are loved and people will always help you and suicide should never be an option?” “You know that the choices you make now can have a lasting impact on your life?”

So yes I read YA but it has lead to some of the most adult conversations The Girl and I have had to date. So if nothing else, that is why I read Young Adult.

 

Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1): 50 Word Friday

[ { ENCHANTED (WOODCUTTER SISTERS #01) } ] by Kontis, Alethea (AUTHOR) May-28-2013 [ Paperback ]

Title: Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)

Author: Alethea Kontis

Summary:

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises. The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past – and hers?[1]

Review:

If you don’t like your fairy tale-ish stories jumbled up steer clear. I’m not always a purist. I enjoyed how Kontis picked, chose and weaved together bits and pieces of many different tales. A pinch of Frog Prince and a dash of Cinderella and I loved it.

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The Lost Boy: Fifty Word Friday

Apparently I still do not know how to manage my auto-post. So here it is better late than never.

 The Lost Boy

Title: The Lost Boy
Author: Greg Ruth

Summary:

Nate’s not happy about his family moving to a new house in a new town. After all, nobody asked him if he wanted to move in the first place. But when he discovers a tape recorder and note addressed to him under the floorboards of his bedroom, Nate is thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many, many years ago. Now, as strange happenings and weird creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local girl, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out, for a powerful force is gathering strength in the woods at the edge of town, and before long Nate and Tabitha will be forced to confront a terrifying foe, and uncover the truth about the Lost Boy.[1]

Review:

I liked the back and forth of the story and the creepiness of the mythic woods. I’m a sucker for under/otherworld journeys. Boys are not often lost so this is wonderful. Simple ink drawings make the story more important while still adding lovely dimension to the tale.

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2014 Challenges 6-10

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Set number two of challenges and, FYI, I am starting with a lot of books that are Chunksters this year.

1. While I did not complete this challenge last year I did come close and it did make me step outside my YA/ fantasy niche. So I will try it again.

eclecticchallenge2014_300 THE ECLECTIC READER 2014 CHALLENGE

CATEGORIES

Award Winning
True Crime (Non Fiction)
Romantic Comedy
Alternate History Fiction
Graphic Novel

2. Here is a new YA challenge, no levels but since I read a ton of YA one that I would like to keep up with.

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2014 EVERYTHING YA READING CHALLENGE

3. Gotta continue with the fairy tale love.

2014 FAIRY TALES RETOLD READING CHALLENGE

Poor Cobbler: 1-3 books

4. OK Once more with a love I neglect.  Lowest level but trying to do more.

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HISTORIC FICTION READING CHALLENGE 

1-5 books – Testing the bonds of time

5. I love horror and I am not sure I have ever done a horror challenge. So it is about time.

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2014 HORROR READING CHALLENGE

1-5 Horror Books – Running Scared.

 

 

I am 16 (Sometimes in my Reader Life): Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday
Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list that one or more of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

So I am sure that a lot of bloggers might pick this topic but as I have written before in my Thoughts on a Thursday, I read YA because first of all it is some great writing. But also because it is the place The Girl and I meet and talk. So here are just some of the books I would recommend to people who ask why I Read YA.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

The Girl Who Series … by Catherynne M. Valente

“When you are born,” the golem said softly, “your courage is new and clean. You are brave enough for anything: crawling off of staircases, saying your first words without fearing that someone will think you are foolish, putting strange things in your mouth. But as you get older, your courage attracts gunk, and crusty things, and dirt, and fear, and knowing how bad things can get and what pain feels like. By the time you’re half-grown, your courage barely moves at all, it’s so grunged up with living. So every once in awhile, you have to scrub it up and get the works going, or else you’ll never be brave again.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

“She did not know yet how sometimes people keep parts of themselves hidden and secret, sometimes wicked and unkind parts, but often brave or wild or colorful parts, cunning or powerful or even marvelous, beautiful parts, just locked up away at the bottom of their hearts. They do this because they are afraid of the world and of being stared at, or relied upon to do feats of bravery or boldness. And all of those brave and wild and cunning and marvelous and beautiful parts they hid away and left in the dark to grow strange mushrooms—and yes, sometimes those wicked and unkind parts, too—end up in their shadow.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a Bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Chime

Chime by Franny Billingsley

“I’ve confessed to everything and I’s liked to be hanged.
Now, if you please”
― Franny Billingsley, Chime

“Guess what it is that turns plants to coal.
Pressure.
Guess what it is that turns limestone to marble.
Pressure.
Guess what it is that turns Briony’s heart to stone.
Pressure.
Pressure is uncomfortable, but so are the gallows. Keep your secrets, wolfgirl. Dance your fists with Eldric’s, snatch lightning from the gods. Howl at the moon, at the blood-red moon. Let your mouth be a cavern of stars.”
― Franny Billingsley, Chime

Graceling

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Kristin Cashore

“How absurd it was that in all seven kingdoms, the weakest and most vulnerable of people – girls, women – went unarmed and were taught nothing of fighting, while the strong were trained to the highest reaches of their skill.”
― Kristin Cashore, Graceling

“Mercy was more frightening than murder, because it was harder.”
― Kristin Cashore, Graceling

Stardust Publisher: Harper Perennial

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

“He wondered how it could have taken him so long to realize he cared for her, and he told her so, and she called him an idiot, and he declared that it was the finest thing that ever a man had been called.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

“You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn’t true. I know a lot about love. I’ve seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate… It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves… You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and… What I’m trying to say, Tristan is… I think I love you. Is this love, Tristan? I never imagined I’d know it for myself. My heart… It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it’s trying to escape because it doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I’d wish for nothing in exchange – no gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

“That’s what i love about poetry. The more abstract, the better. The stuff were your not sure what the poets talking about. You may have an idea, but you cant be sure. Not a hundred percent. Each word, specifically chosen, could have a million different meanings. Is it a stand-in ―a symbol for another idea? Does it fit into a larger, more hidden, metaphor?
…I hated poetry until someone showed me how to appreciate it. He told me to see poetry as a puzzle. Its up to the reader to decipher the code, or the words, based on everything they know about life and emotions.”
― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

“I guess that’s the point of it all. No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same”
― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

Shine

Shine by Lauren Myracle

“It’s unfair how the kids who are starving for attention tended to be so annoying that people had no inclination to give it to them.”
― Lauren Myracle, Shine

“Even so, I was proud of myself for taking action at all. I didn’t hide or run away or pretend the ugliness didn’t happen. I stood up and said something that was true. I said it out loud, and by doing so, I was standing up for lots of people, not just me.”
― Lauren Myracle, Shine

Ask the Passengers

Ask The Passengers by A.S. King

“Look, this is a loan. I don’t know if love is something I will run out of one day. I don’t know if I should be giving it all to you guys or not. Today, I feel like maybe I should have kept some for myself for days when no one else loves me.”
― A.S. King, Ask The Passengers

“All those people who are chained here thinking that their reputations matter and this little shit matters are so freaking shortsighted. Dude, what matters is that you’re happy. What matters is your future. What matters is that we get out of here in one piece. What matters is finding the truth of our own lives, not caring about what other people think is the truth of us.”
― A.S. King, Ask The Passengers

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Edition Original) by Chbosky, Stephen [Paperback(1999£©]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“It’s much easier to not know things sometimes. Things change and friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody. I wanted to laugh. Or maybe get mad. Or maybe shrug at how strange everybody was, especially me. I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and than make the choice to share it with other people. You can’t just sit their and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things. I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. And I’m going to figure out what that is. And we could all sit around and wonder and feel bad about each other and blame a lot of people for what they did or didn’t do or what they didn’t know. I don’t know. I guess there could always be someone to blame. It’s just different. Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it’s okay to feel things. I was really there. And that was enough to make me feel infinite. I feel infinite.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Before I Fall

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”
― Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

“I wonder if it’s ever really possible to know the truth about someone else, or if the best we can do is just stumble into each other, heads down, hoping to avoid collision. I…wonder how many people are clutching secrets like little fists, little rocks sitting in the pits of their stomachs. All of them, maybe.”
― Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall