Dress Up That Cover #24 - Clipped Wings

  Dress Up That Cover is a new feature where I create an outfit based merely on the cover, not the story nor what the characters would wear. Colors of the outfit will all be taken from the cover design, so the books may be ones that I haven't read yet. All sets will be created via Polyvore.

  This week's featured book is Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting, which I've been wanting to read for a long time already, but I'm still hesitating. So tell me if you guys liked it so I can go ahead and read it! :D


Review: All the Bright Places


Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Nieven
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Buy Links: Amazon || The Book Depository
  Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!

  Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

  Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

  When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

  This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

  All the Bright Places is a book that definitely took me by surprise! When I first read the synopsis of this book, I really, really didn't want to read it because it sounded cliche and dramatic and whiny to me. But after seeing all the hype and not reading any negative reviews, I picked this up with a sigh. Which is why I was really, really surprised by how much I loved this one, and how I now think that everyone should read this book!

  This book follows Finch and Violet, how the two meet in the Bell Tower in school when they were both thinking about suicide and how they saved each other other and started a weird new friendship, yadda yadda. It sounds very cliche and all, but let me tell you, it's anything but.

  When I started reading the book, I felt like it was kind of slow and I wasn't really fully engaged with the book. As the book went on, I realized that the pacing was just different. For the first half of the book, I was prepared to give this book only about 3.5 stars. But as the book went on, I realized that its purpose was not to make the readers swoon or feel the feels, although there were parts that did that too. The purpose of this book was really to make people aware about mental illnesses. It also helps that the writing was beautiful, albeit being different.

  As shown in this book, people with metal illnesses don't often get diagnosed because "That's just the way he is." People with mental illnesses often get labeled as freaks, weirdos and get called other names, which just really worsens their conditions. As said in Jennifer Nieven's author note, someone dies from suicide every 40 seconds, and that's such a high rate. Through this book, people would become aware of this, and maybe that would help in preventing this rate to go any higher or maybe even lower it.

  Nieven's author note made me understand how important this book is. I loved how this was close to the author's heart and how it was based on a personal experience, and it contributed to how realistic the novel was.

  This novels was raw, beautiful, unique and full of truths. It showed me both the bright and dark side of life, and I really appreciated that. As early as now, I can say that this one is going to be one of my favorite books of the year, and I urge everyone to read this. The hype surrounding this book isn't for nothing.

Buy Links: Amazon || The Book Depository

“It's my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.” 
“The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it's the small things that count.”

“The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.” 

What's Next? #1 - Throne of Glass, Steelheart, 99 Days

 

  What's Next? is a meme hosted by IceyBooks to help readers pick out what they read next!
  Hi guys! Please help me decide which book to read first and which book to read next. It would be really helpful if you can rank these books and tell me what you think about them if you have read them already. Thanks!

  Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

  Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

  Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

  After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

  Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

  Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

  Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

  Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

  Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

  And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

  He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Which one should I read first?


Puzzle Cover Reveal: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry!


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  Katie McGarry's newest novel, NOWHERE BUT HERE, has a cover and we are thrilled to get to help reveal it to you today. The first novel in her upcoming The Thunder Road Series, NOWHERE BUT HERE is a young adult contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. We have no doubt that when you get done, you're going to wish you were on a motorcycle and had your own cut of leather across your back! Follow along today as pieces of the cover are revealed, and then stop by the HarlequinTeen Page to see the full cover at 7pm EST! And that's not all, of course! We have a few Behind-The-Scenes pictures from the photo shoot itself for you to enjoy as well! Check out the Behind-The-Scenes pictures and then scroll down for our puzzle piece!
   


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NOWHERE BUT HERE Synopsis:  
  An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

ARC Review: Stray



Title: Stray
Author: Elissa Sussman
Series: Four Sisters #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

  I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.

  Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

  When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

  But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

  After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

  When I got a copy of Stray from Harper Collins for review, I was immediately excited because it sounded like a fairytale story, what with being from a royal family and the fairy godmothers and all. But boy was I wrong! Clearly, Stray is different and definitely much darker in a sense.

  When I started reading the book, it seemed so interesting and full of potential, yet as I read on, I slowly became more and more disappointed. There was not enough world building. For the main character, everything was an every day occurrence, but it seemed like the author forgot that the readers know nothing about that world. I was confused numerous times, and I had a hard time figuring out what was happening. It's like the plot was not clearly thought of and the ideas were scattered. I found myself going back a number of times to check if there was anything indication of a particular thing, only to look back and find out that there really wasn't.

  Mainly, those were the only problems I had. Despite those though, I couldn't help but want to find out more because I was interested in the story. The concept is amazing, and I believe that it has the potential to become an amazing series. I just hope that the next book would be better, because the story is truly unique and I do believe that it has potential.


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