Friday, February 27, 2015

The Ghost of You Blog Tour and Review

Title: The Ghost of You
Author: Amanda Burckhard
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release Date: February 24th, 2015!
*eARC provided for the tour*

From Goodreads...
Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family.

But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town. 

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

Buy Link:

My Review!
Books like these are always so hard for me to read and review. They hit closer to home than any other stories. I knew The Ghost of You would be emotional, and although it was, it didn't impact me as much as I thought it would.

I think a lot of it had to do with the main character. Although I liked Emmy, I wasn't completely connected to her story. She's not bad or anything, and I know a lot of her actions have to do with her grief and her brother and not wanting to lose him again. I understand. So. Much. I could not imagine losing one of my brothers, and I would probably want to do everything possible to see them again. She had a low of growth to go through; she made mistakes, hurt people she loved, couldn't move on from Derek's death. She didn't even want to try, because she thought living without him would destroy her. But with the arrival of Logan King, Emmy starts to live again. And she had to decide between letting go and looking forward to a bright future or holding onto Derek and losing the people she cared about. The people who were still alive and who loved her so much, even if they couldn't show it.

I thought the romance was sweet, though I wish it'd been just a *bit* more developed. Logan helped her find the will to live again, but Emmy couldn't let go of Derek. She didn't want to lose them both, so it ends up creating a rift in their relationship. One that makes them stronger together, after everything they go through.

There were quite a few secondary characters, and I'm glad they were all fleshed out well (though, I think I would have liked a less perfect reunion with her and her parents because it didn't feel that believable to me). I really loved Skye, and how she was always there for Emmy, even when she wasn't being a good friend. There was a bit of drama with other people, but it never felt irrelevant. Everyone was grieving in their own way, and it leads to fights and arguments and broken relationships.

This was very much a character-driven novel, so sometimes not much was happening. But I was never bored with the story-line. It was a book about tragedy and grief and healing. It was about moving on from the past and looking toward the future. But most of all, it gave the message that you should never stop living. The Ghost of You was about one character's journey of losing her brother, realizing she was hurting herself and others, and finding what it means to really live again.

4 Paw Prints!


About the Author
Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that.

Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she's been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.

She currently lives in North Sioux City, South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.

Author Links:

Book Tour Organized by:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Alice in Wonderland Retelling: The Collectors' Society Review

Title: The Collectors' Society (The Collectors' Society)
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Release Date: October 23rd, 2014!
*eARC kindly provided by InkSlinger PR*

From Goodreads...
From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

*This is the first book in the Collectors' Society series. 

My Review!
I adore Alice in Wonderland retellings; it's always been one of my favorite stories. "Curioser and curioser." And I LOVED this book! The Collectors' Society was a wonderful and crazy twisted ride, perfect for the inspiration behind this novel. :)

Alice is crazy. Or so everyone says. Living in an insane asylum, Alice lives out her days taking pills and staring at ceilings. Until a stranger shows up, asking her to take a giant leap of trust and faith. Asking her to save the world she left behind and had made herself forget the last couple years.

Alice was such a strong character, a little crazy, a little tainted, a little cool on the outside. She's hiding a lot in that busy brain of hers, even when she becomes part of the society and the world as she knew it is turned upside down. It's a lot to take in, but I think she handled it really well. And she's clearly more than she seems at first. She may have seemed a little off, and she may be guarded about her past, but she's determined to do whatever is necessary for the people she loves. But she's not alone; she has the rest of the society. And Finn.

I loved the romance in this book! It's very slow-burning, and though they fell in love quickly (I'm pretty sure that whole line is a contradiction in and of itself), I believed it. I especially believed it when other characters show up and Alice's past starts to unravel. I was not as bothered by it as I thought I would be, because the way the author handled it was extremely well done.

There were plenty of other characters, though! And they all had their own personalities, and they all played huge roles in this story. They were all wonderfully developed. I loved the camaraderie that they shared with each other, and how they were such a close-knit group of people. You have to be, in a place like this. And you have to trust each other, although it took Alice a long time to learn that (understandably so).

Man, it's so hard for me to tell you about this book without giving anything away. There is just A LOT going on and you'll just have to experience it for yourself. Just know this: It's a retelling, so it's different from the Alice in Wonderland story you've heard, but the twists are awesome! I'm kind of dying for the sequel right now, especially after that ending. Not that it was a cliffhanger, but it just left me wanting MORE.

Out of the ones I've read, I think this is my favorite Alice in Wonderland retelling! It kept a lot of the same elements from the original and yet the author made it uniquely hers with the twists and plot that I can't tell you about. The Collectors' Society was a wonderful beginning to an intriguing new series!

4.5 Paw Prints!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snark from the Ark: Episode 2.13 "Resurrection"

Welcome to Snark From the Ark, a feature in which myself and Shannon from It Starts At Midnight fangirl and flail and snark over The 100. 

Previous recaps: Episode 4Episode 5Episode 6, Episode 7, Episode 8Episode 9, and Episode 10This particular recap is from season two, episode nine: Remember MeTHERE WILL BE SPOILERS!

So what did you think of the episode?
I LOVED this episode!
Oh, I did too! I just think the main point of it was that holy shit, things are about to get INSANE!

Is it just me or are the episodes getting better and better?

Oh absolutely!
When you think there will HAVE to be a lull, there simply is not.

These writers sure know how to destroy all our expectations.
I agree though. It was setting up for next week! holy shit, things are gonna get intense. And I'M SCARED, Shannon.

THAT SONG! In the preview?! SCARED ME.

Like, I have nightmares.


IT'S SO CREEPY because they are showing everything going to hell, and then this weird ass sunshine song.


oh, oh yeah! THAT IS SO CREEPY. 
And that last part? What the hell is in the sand? Are those PEOPLE?

Is it Jaha and company?

It might be the ones who turned back!

OOOOH I bet it is! I think you are right.
It won't be Murphy. I think he has a bigger purpose, based on his scenes lately

He definitely has a bigger purpose! but what?

Finding Fake Vegas!

of course, how did I not think of that?

Well, it's easy to forget about Fake Vegas. On account of it being fake.
And I just don't care about that story-line yet.
I'm more interested in what is happening with Mount Weather and everyone else.
I don't either, to be honest. BUT I think it is going to be the next "big thing" after Mount Weather is over.

And it will probably bring even more obstacles and evil people with it!
but not this season! I'll bet the finale will end with a Mount Weather showdown with the Grounders and Arkians.

I think that it'll be deceiving- we will see a resolution with Mount Weather, and then BAM, all hell breaks loose in Fake Vegas.

The finale will probably end with Jaha finding the City of Light and his whole "for my people" speech.
Cut to the showdown, everyone's either dying or close to it, and then BAM! Jaha's back to end it all. End of season 2. And no Bellarke kissing.

I am going to cry. For real. We need some kind of Bellarke moment!
Maybe a brief one when they reunite?

Maybe, but after that promo of Clarke and Lexa about to kiss, I'm not so sure.

HOLD UP. Clarke and LEXA?!

Lemme find it for you.

Poof, I has it:
(Cue major flailing and trying to decide how we feel about it).

Poor Bellamy! He needs a hug.
Or a nap ;)

Speaking of napping, you think Raven and Wick will finally do some since he's back?
They'd better! Raven needs some lovin'.

She needs someone to take away her grief. ;)
She wasn't really in this episode. BUT OCTAVIA WAS. 
My warrior princess is so damn amazing.

YES! Octavia was AMAZING!
Clarke is so useless, and Octavia saves the day!

What did Clarke do this episode, besides killing that guy?

That is IT! She finally was nice to Lincoln, and then offed that dude.

dude, do you think Lincoln's gonna say something about finding Lexa and Clarke outside of the camp? He was suspicious!

I don't know! I think he is going to keep his mouth shut because Octavia will want him to
But sooner than later, it is going to all come out.

Oh, he's most definitely going to tell Octavia. After she gets done being amazing, of course.

OH and don't forget Cage trying to kill off Maya!

Dude, that was INTENSE. And Monty was there, saving the day like always!
And Bellamy!

Yep! Bellamy, holy crap, he came through in the nick of time!
I thought she and Jasper were kind of cute for once too.

blah. ew, Shannon.

No, it was! With the whole: Jasper: I won't let you die.
Maya: I won't let you surrender.

Fine, okay, it was CUTE.
I thought for sure Jasper would do something stupid to save her.

Me too! But he was actually reasonable. This is progress for him.

Very true, maybe he'll get some more character development!
omg but can we talk about Abby and Kane sharing a conversation underneath the collapsed building?

YES! I love how Kane put her in her place, even though I don't think Abby is completely wrong.
She loooooves him.

They've both done terrible things, but they're not terrible people. Just like Clarke. And Bellamy. And Murphy. ...oh, wait.

Hahahha! Yes, exactly. I mean, I am not condoning Abby OR Kane's decisions on the Ark... but, how does Clarke doing the same exact shit help anyone? Isn't the goal PROGRESS? Repeating the same mistakes is not doing them any good!

It's not. And aren't they supposed to be better than the Mount Weather people?

Exactly! But what Lexa and Clarke did... it was almost WORSE. Because they knew how wrong it was.

And yet they did it anyway. I can't. I just cannot see how that was a good decision.

Nope. There could have been other options. I mean, if I was Mount Weather, I'd have assumed they saw my missile guy, NOT that there was an inside spy!

But, I mean, I guess they didn't have much time to make a decision.

No, they didn't, but a real leader wouldn't have run away, leaving all the people closest to them to DIE.

Not to mention, Bellamy would never have wanted Clarke to do that for his sake.

Nope. Never. Especially because he could have hid, he could have done something himself!

gah, that episode killed me.
and this new one is going to do the same!
what are your predictions for it?

I don't even KNOW! What the hell is happening, anyway!? I am so confused (and freaked out) by the promo, that I haven't a clue what to expect!


*Someone is going to die, and neither of us want it to be a favorite!
*Maybe Bellamy will stop the fog with the help of Maya.
*Lexa and Clarke are gonna be off somewhere by themselves. (Curious, how do you guys feel about these two becoming a couple?)

Award tiiiiime! 
This was clearly LEXA this week. She basically did nothing this whole episode. She was just along for the ride. (Don't get us wrong, we like Lexa. We just don't know how to feel about her yet mostly).

We love our warriors, but we thought the princess of the week was EVERYONE. Like not even kidding. We couldn't decide on ONE person. (Mostly) everyone played a hand in helping out. Jasper with his hacking skills, Bellamy coming for the rescue in the nick of time, Monty saving Maya's ass, Abby not giving up on finding Kane. So many warriors this week!

We gave this one to OCTAVIA. She was so damn amazing in this episode! I fucking love her.