On the Same Page: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

10866624Title: Unspoken

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Publishing Information: September 11th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy

Series Information: Book one in The Lynburn Legacy

Format: Hardcover, 370 pages

Source: Bought for my personal library

Recommended For: Those of you who are looking for a novel filled with layered and unforgettable characters, intense relationships, and intriguing mysteries.

Related Reviews: The Lynburn Legacy novellas by Sarah Reese Brennan

Right, first things first…I absolutely loved Unspoken. In fact, I loved it so much that I immediately read the rest of the series upon completing book one. Unspoken is filled with wonderful and intricate characters, fantastic relationships (of all kinds), and some dashes of mystery that kept me guessing. If you haven’t read this series yet, I suggest you do so immediately.

That being said, you know for our On the Same Page feature we usually do something a little different in lieu of a traditional review. Some of you may know that there is a big emphasis on Jared and Kami’s relationship, that is, they have been in each other’s minds for as long as they can remember, never meeting in real life. They put this off as having an “imaginary friend” since there seems to be no other logical explanation. Well, this got me thinking about imaginary friends (I had one named Elvis), and other imaginary friends from my childhood. So, with hopes that this doesn’t diminish anyone’s opinion of the novel, since the novel is so much more than “imaginary friends,” and because Rik Mayall recently passed away, I thought it would be fun to look at my favorite childhood film, Drop Dead Fred. Continue reading

Review: The Lynburn Legacy Novellas by Sarah Rees Brennan

Since the gals and I are reading Unspoken for our On the Same Page feature this month, I thought I would read and review the novellas to see what I am in for! It is safe to say that I am pretty excited for this series after what these novellas contained!


Title: The Spring Before I Met You

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Publishing Information: September 11, 2012

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Series Information: Novella 0.25 in The Lynburn Legacy

Format: ebook, 18 pages

Source: Available for free here

For readers who are looking for a novella that will only add mystery and pique your interest of the series more, read these novellas! This novellas gives the reader more insight into Jared’s character, and even though we haven’t met Kami yet, we are able to see her through is eyes and it is rather beautiful. We are also able to see Jared’s family dynamic, which was really rather sad but still so mysterious. Honestly after finishing this novella all I could think of was how quickly I needed to read this series. I had held off because I heard that the first two books had crazy cliffhangers, but thankfully the end is near so I can pick them up and binge read!

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Review: Sabriel by Garth Nix

Title: Sabriel

Author: Garth Nix

Publishing Information: Published September 30th 1995 by Harper Collins 

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Adventure

Series Information: Book 1 in the Abhorsen series

Format: Hardcover, 292 pages

Source: Received as a gift for my personal library

Recommended For: Readers looking for an adventure story with a likable heroine, a powerful and less than harmless feline creature, and a young man haunted by his past.

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won’t stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into the nine Gates and Precincts of Death. Though her journey begins alone, she soon finds companions: Mogget, whose seemingly harmless feline form hides a powerful-and perhaps malevolent-spirit, and Touchstone, a younger Charter Mage imprisoned two centuries in a wooden ship-head, still trapped by painful memories. With threats on all sides and only each other to trust, the three must travel deep into the Old Kingdom, toward a battle against vicious Hands, Mordicants, and the evil Kerrigor.

Confession time, my friends! My grandmother bought this book for me over ten years ago and you know what? I didn’t read it because the cover looked boring. SHAME ON ME! It wasn’t until I moved into my new apartment and was putting it on the shelves that I remembered that Garth Nix was writing a fourth book (and that it would be available at BEA) that I decided to maybe try it out. I was still a little put off by it for some reason and then I found out that Tim Curry narrates the audiobook! Well, I love Tim Curry in all things and I immediately started listening to Sabriel on audio. It took some time for me to fall into the story but once I decided to read the book in print and listen to it I really fell for the storyline. Continue reading

On the Same Page: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Landline

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publishing Information: July 8, 2014 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Series Information: Standalone

Format: Hardcover, 308 pages

Source: Received an ARC from the publisher at BEA 2014

Recommended For: Those of you who sometimes feel the pressures of a long time relationship, the good and the bad.

Related Reviews: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


Wow, friends, have I been struggling with this review. As you know, for our On the Same Page feature we usually do something a little out of the ordinary to showcase the unique things that we loved about the novel we just read together. The bottom line is, I don’t know how to do that for this book. So I decided I would write a quick and open letter to Rainbow Rowell trying to convey what I felt when I read her novels… Continue reading

Review: Night of Cake & Puppets and Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

Title: Night of Cake & Puppets

Author: Laini Taylor

Publishing Information: November 26th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Series Information: novella 2.5 in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy

Format: ebook, 89 pages

Source: Purchased for my personal library

Recommended For: Readers looking for a deeper look into Zuzana and Mik’s relationship as well as the closeness between Zuzana and Karou in Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Related Reviews: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone 1), Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone 2)

In lieu of a traditional review, I am going to write a mini review for Night of Cake & Puppets and Dreams of Gods & Monsters because at this point I almost think it is silly to go in depth about the conclusion to a well known series. Bottom line is, if you haven’t read this series yet – get on it. Immediately.

“I want to do mysterious and improbable things alongside a fierce and beautiful girl who looks like a doll brought to life by a sorcerer.”

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On the Same Page: Fairytales for Wilde Girls

Title: Fairytales for Wilde Girls

Author: Allyse Near

Publishing Information: June 3, 2013 by Random House Australia

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Gothic, Fairy Tales, Romance, Paranormal, Mental Illness

Series Information: Standalone

Format: Paperback, 432 pages

Source: Purchased for my personal library

Recommended For: Fans of darker fairy tales filled with descriptive imagery, fans of Neil Gaiman, and fans of books that are much more than what they seem.

Fairytales for Wilde Girls was unlike anything I have ever read before. It was dark, and deep, and sad while simultaneously maintaining ribbons of hope and stolen moments of happiness. It was a novel of self discovery and it was the dark overtone of the novel that really assisted the snippets of light to shine through. One of the most outstanding things about Fairytales of Wilde Girls was the language and use of metaphor by the author. Allyse Near has such a gift in the way in which she conveys every moment with lyrical and descriptive language, it really heightens the novel and sets it apart from other pieces of literature. That being said, some of the quotes throughout the novel really stuck with me and I wanted to share their beauty with you guys! I made up some nifty little images to go along with a few quotes that I really loved, take a peek! Continue reading

C’mon Get Happy!



Hey, friends!

You guys may have heard of this pretty fantastic thing taking over social media called #100happydays and maybe you haven’t. As it stands, I only heard about it a short time ago though it has been going on for quite a while. Here is the gist:


100 happy days

Sounds simple, right? You’e be surprised! Why would you want to do this? Well…

100 happy days 2

You might be wondering why I chose to do this…well, I am trying to see the beauty in every day. Trying to remain optimistic despite the things that may try to interfere with my happiness. There is much to live for. So, head on over to 100happydays and see what it is all about, and please, PLEASE follow my journey on Instagram!!

Review: Cruel Beauty of Rosamund Hodge

Title: Cruel Beauty

Author: Rosamund Hodge

Publishing Information: January 28, 2014, by Balzer & Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Retellings

Series Information: Standalone

Format: Hardcover, 346 pages

Source: Obtained an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss

Recommended For: Fans of vibrant fantasy novels with strong heroines, tall, dark and handsome male leads, and beautiful imagery

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him. But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

What a synopsis, am I right?  One thing I have to add is that there really should be some mention of Mythology in the synopsis for this book. The first part of the book is so completely wrapped in Mythology that I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how all of the gods fit together in this world. Then it tapers off a little bit, not in a bad way, but enough that this really could have been a retelling of Cupid and Psyche, it even has Hades and Persephone elements, and it definitely directly circled around Pandora. That isn’t to say that there aren’t elements from fairytales, Cruel Beauty also had some strong emphasis on Beauty and the Beast and Bluebeard. This might seem like an array of randomness thrown together but I promise that it all falls together nicely. Continue reading

Love-A-Thon: Interview Swap

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon 2014
Hello fellow Love a Thon participants! Today we are kicking off with a fun interview swap! I had the pleasure of interviewing Regina from The Sunflower Pages! Regina is an English Creative Writing major and she loves teas and cats, sounds like I found a new friend!! Let’s get into the interview, share some love for Regina in the comments and go check out my answers to Regina’s questions here!

I read your “About Me” on your blog and I have some questions:

I have my Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in Elizabethan Literature (YAY, Shakespeare!) how are you enjoying your Creative Writing major and what do you want to do with it after college? Sounds like you are on the path to be an author!

I’m really enjoying my major! I’m so glad I get to learn more about subjects I already love. You are correct, I am hoping to one day be a published author. It’s been my dream since I was a little girl and I’m working hard to make that dream a reality!

Tea and cats are two of my favorite things IN THE WORLD, please tell me more about your love of tea and your crazy cat!

Yay for having favorite things in common! My love of tea runs deep. I drink tea in the morning to wake up, I drink it during the day, and sometimes before I go to sleep. Honestly, I drink tea whenever I feel the need to. Luckily my boyfriend shares my love of tea! We own two teapot sets, a teacart, and a huge selection of tea. I even tried to make green tea ice cream before, but sadly that didn’t work out very well.

Ok, so my cat is pretty hilarious and crazy. When I got her she was super hyper. I ended up naming her after my favorite wake boarder, Danny Harf (a guy). She’s a girl, so it’s spelled Dani. It turns out it was the perfect name for her because she started running up trees and doing back flips off of them. Then she would climb up the fence and just jump off. Since she’s gotten a little older she’s not as acrobatic, but she still runs around and does silly little things. No matter how old she gets she’s always going to be my baby!

Let’s move on to the book related questions!!

Do you have a literary boyfriend? (Mine changes weekly)

I do have a literary boyfriend! He’s kind of my main one that only gets pushed to the background when a new one comes along. He doesn’t go away, he just waits for my new boyfriend to go away. lol Ok, so who is this mystery literary boyfriend? It’s Marcus Flutie from the Sloppy Firsts series by Megan McCafferty. Every time I re-read those books, I fall in love all over again. Especially when he says the things he does. Example: “You. Yes. You.” I could gush forever, but there it is. My literary boyfriend who may never go away.

If you could have dinner with any three people (real or fictitious, dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?

1.) Ron Weasley, because he’s Ron Weasley! Seriously though, he was the first character I ever truly had a crush on. Then, when Rupert Grint made him come to life I just fell in love with him even more. I also love that he hates spiders (I hate spiders), has an accent, is sweet, and I just loved watching his character grow throughout the series.

2.) Eminem because I’ve been a huge fan of his since middle school. I used to have the biggest crush on him, which led to me fantasizing that we’d meet and instantly connect. I love how raw his music is; it’s honest and it got me through a lot of hard times (as cliché as that might sound). To have dinner with him would be pretty amazing.

3.) Amelia Earhart because she was the first female to fly over the Atlantic Ocean, which is pretty amazing. She was such a courageous woman and a great role model. She wanted to prove that men and women were equal in “jobs requiring intelligence, coordination, speed, coolness and willpower.” I think she did a very good job at proving that point. I would love to have a conversation with her so I could hear all of her stories and words of wisdom.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I could tell you the craziest thing I’ve ever done, but then I’d have to…just kidding. I honestly can’t think of the craziest thing I’ve ever done. My brain is having a moment. How about I share one of the craziest things that has ever happened to me? I have a lot of those stories.

I was driving my ex-best friend home when I saw flashing lights far away in my review mirror. I thought they were going in the opposite direction, so I didn’t pay much attention to them. A few minuets later I saw a cop on the side of the road throwing something down onto the opposite lane from me. Once it was rolled out I realized it was a spike strip. At the same time I came to that conclusion my ex-best friend grabbed my arm and said, “Regina pull over!” I quickly looked up and saw a van flying down the road right at me with about a dozen cops tailing him. He saw the cop throw down the strips so he veered into my lane and we were basically playing chicken.

I had enough time to look up, see him, and then yank myself into the ditch to avoid a head on collision. As I steadied my car in the ditch, I saw my life pass before my eyes. The van and the cops flew by us, while the lights that were behind me had caught up and joined the chase. I still can’t believe I was caught in the middle of a car chase, especially in the small town I live in. I feel extremely lucky I did not get in a crash that day because my car was a Chrysler Sebring Convertible that did not have a roll bar. If we had gotten hit, I don’t think we would have been ok. There was definitely someone watching over me that day.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

I would really like to be present at the Olympics while they are happening. Whenever they are on, like now, I am always glued to the TV. Watching the Olympics shows you first hand where hard work and dedication can get you. It’s the same for writing. If you discipline yourself in the art, steadily working at it, you can go far. Seeing all of these people living out their dreams pumps me up! I have a lot of respect and admiration for every one of them.

I have yet to read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, but it is on my definite TBR for this year! What is your “spirit animal,” OR if you could be best friends with a mythological creature, what would it be?

I haven’t read that one either. I would without a doubt, be best friends with a Unicorn! They are just so majestic and beautiful.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?

I’d love to spend some time as Veronica Mars. Veronica Mars is one of my favorite shows and I just love her character. How fun would it be to investigate and bust some people? Not to mention, Logan Eccles being my love interest. I’d be ok with that. Plus I love how witty she is. I’d love to be able to come up with witty remarks on the spot like she does.

Up until last year I have had a hard time naming a favorite author and I’m still not sure that I can say with conviction that I have one favorite book. Can you name a favorite author and title? Why are they your favorites?

I think for any book lover that is an extremely difficult question to answer. Although I don’t have one particular favorite book or author, there are a few books I can re-read over and over again. One of these books is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book is beautifully written and one that has touched my heart. It deals with a difficult topic while also adding some humor in as well.

What is one of your favorite quotes? Is it literary? Why is it your favorite?

One of my favorite quotes is “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail” by Edwind Land. It’s not necessarily literary, but I definitely use it towards my writing. This is such an important thing to remember because it’s easy to get frustrated at what you’re creating. Especially when you read an amazing book then look at what you wrote. Suddenly your work feels insignificant. It’s a good reminder that author’s started out in the same place as you did and it takes a ton of editing/re-writing to get to that final published victory.

I love your choices for who you would take to dinner! Such an interesting bunch, I would like to talk to Amelia and find out about that whole “Bermuda Triangle” business! Readers: don’t forget to check back here later today for some other Love a Thon related posts and if you are tweeting, use the #loveathon to chat with us!

On the Same Page: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor


On the Same Page is a new feature here on Books Take You Places that I am hosting along with two of my very dear friends, Amy (Tripping Over Books) and Brittany (The Book Addict’s Guide). Essentially, we will be reading one book a month together and then doing a non-traditional review such as a playlist, character analysis, or like my post below, a dedication to some beautiful quotes found in the book. To find out more about this new feature, head on over to its dedication page!

The quotes in Days of Blood and Starlight really stood out for me, I can’t tell you how many pictures I took on my phone of different quotes throughout the book. With that in mind, I went forth and made some images that feature some of my favorite quotes through the novel. Enjoy!

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight

Author: Laini Taylor

Publishing Information: November 6, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Angels, Magic, Romance

Series Information: Book 2 in The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

Format: Hardcover, 513 pages

Recommended For: Fans of intricate and vibrant novels that tear your heart out a little bit.

A new way of living

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.”

It was rare

“It was brave,” countered Issa. “It was rare. It was love, and it was beautiful.”

Daughter of my heart

“Daughter of my heart,’ was the message Brimstone sent just for Karou. She wanted to cry again right here in the court, thinking of it. ‘Twice-daughter, my joy. Your dream is my dream, and your name is true. You are all of our hope.”

More than magic

“The man had lifted Madrigal up, cloaked in her living shawl, and brought her back down again, and even a boy could see that there was magic between them, and more than magic.”

Dead souls

“Dead souls dream only of death. Small dreams for small men. It is life that expands to fill worlds. Life is your master, or death is.”

Shimmer and shadow

“Light coursed through Karou and darkness chased it-burning through her,

chilling her, shimmer and shadow, ice and fire, blood and starlight, rushing, roaring, filling her.”

Be sure to check out Amy and Brittany’s similar posts:
Amy: Review of Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, and Visualize Days of Blood and Starlight
Brittany: Branching Out Into Fantasy