Sunday, May 16, 2010

Trailer: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

The is the trailer for Linger that Maggie Stiefvater has made. Truly a piece of art. It is so pretty and I've forgotten how many times I have watched it. I absolutely cannot wait to read the book!

Check it out and fall in love!



Be sure to click on over to Maggie's blog and read all about the epic amount of work and love that went in to making this! This lady is one of my favourites...she's kind of magical, you know? Music, writing, art...and funny to boot!

Review: By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters


23 DAYS AND COUNTING

Dear

- Mother
- Father
- Other

There was nothing you could to stop me because:

- I'd already made up my mind
- I have been suffering my whole life
- you were too slow to notice

I offed myself because:

- my life sucks
- the world sucks
- you suck

Good-bye,
Daelyn

Daelyn has tried to commit suicide a few times, and failed. But she wants to die, and this time she's determined to see it through. She finds a website for 'completers' called Through The Light, and through it she reveals the bullying she has endured practically all of her life. Now she has a date she is determined to die by, and she knows how she's going to do it. All she has to do is get through these last days. Then she meets Santana, a boy who sits with her every afternoon while she waits for her parents to pick her up after school. No matter how she tries to ignore him or make him go away, Santana does not give up. Daelyn doesn't want to form any new relationships however, so is it too late?

I'm still trying to come up with the right words for this book. It is heart-breaking and amazingly well done. I read this in one sitting, and it has stayed with me long after the final page was turned. I couldn't sleep the night I read it because it was playing so much on my mind. Part of me wishes I'd been able to put it down every once in a while, just to catch my breath, but I simply couldn't - I ignored the whole world, I was so lost in this.

I felt for Daelyn, I truly did, but it never felt like it was enough. Knowing her the way Peters reveals her through the story, I felt ineffectual, like her parents. I couldn't relate to her, really, and so in all honesty, she terrified me. She was so sure and accepting, even though sometimes it was a front. Still, I had hope. I loved Santana, he is such a charater - certainly I could not ignore him as long as Daelyn was able! I had an inkling of his story, but I still wasn't prepared. Their relationship is what kept the pages turning for me more than my need to know how it would end. They were so connected, and yet so different.

Peters threw some heavy punches with this book, more than once to the gut. The truth behind Daelyn's suicide attempts left me gasping...that someone could not only want to, but actually be able to do the things she did to herself. The suicide information at the end of the book brings home just how real it is, and it is that that stayed with me after I'd finished reading...as I hope it does for everyone who has read or will read By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead.

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I found the cover beautiful when I first saw it. I suppose I still do, but it means a lot more once you've read the book.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Review: Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore


Nimira's life takes an unexpected turn when she's hired by the mysterious Mr Hollin Parry to accompany an exquisite piano-playing automaton. But Nimira's happiness is short-lived. She soon discovers that the spirit of a handsome young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the machine's stiff limbs. As they gradually fall in love, they become enmeshed in a plot to save the fairy realm from a ruthless gang of sorcerers - a battle that risks their very lives.

I was deperate to read this book! A couple of months ago I put an order through the Book Depository for a whopping huge amount of books, and this was one of the first I just had to read when it arrived. It's been a while now, and I still think fondly of it.

I had read mixed reviews, and of course there was the cover fiasco (and quite rightly!!), so I was unsure going in, but it just sounded so beautiful - and it was! I was pulled in from the first page, and didn't stop until I'd finished. This is the kind of book that leaves me sighing. Gorgeous descriptions, wonderful characters, a romantic love story. I feel like sighing again!

Nimira is a strong character, and I liked that she never gave up. Her world was turned upside down, but still she fights. I felt for her, especially as she faced making a choice about her feelings. I truly liked Hollis, he had such innocence about him, so of course her choice was hard. And Erris, the fairy trapped in the automaton. I adored him from the start, it's true. Jaclyn Dolamore really brought him to life, even when he could only talk through the piano keys!

The story is well paced, and I was desperate to put it all together. The scenes between Erris and Nimira are heartfelt and made me feel like a schoolgirl with her first crush! I never felt like it was too quick, but just right. And the scene, finally, in the garden. Oh, here comes another sigh! Certainly there were some light moments, but where there's light there is dark, and it was so well done there were times I was biting my lip in anticipation and worry! The magic throughout the novel sometimes had me wanting to take cover it felt so real!

I've said it before, but it's the characters that make a story for me, and Dolamore has them. Linza, Nimira's maid, is loyal and funny, and both Smolling and Rashten annoyed and creeped me out, equally. Smolling is a true villain, the man gave me goosebumps. And finally, Annalie - she is wild, and I so look forward to more of her!

I look forward to more all round! I can only begin to imagine the journey Nimira is on, and I can't wait for the next part. Magic Under Glass is a beautiful and breathless read, truly enjoyable.

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I know there was a real stir over the covers of this book, and I see why. They're certainly not a true representation of Nimira. I have yet to see the new cover, but this is the one I have, and it is still very pretty. I'm a little taken with it!

Long time...

It's been a long time since I've posted...and truly, it's been a long couple of months. But I'm back, and I'm determined to make this all I want it to be. Here's hoping.