Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Of Unicorns, Magic, & Romance

Warped by Maurissa Guibord 
"A story of magic and love and destiny...that gets all tangled up." 

Tessa Brody doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there is definitely something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry that she discovers in a box of old books. The wild, handsome creature woven within it draws Tessa, and frightens her too.

    Soon after the tapestry comes into her possession strange things begin to happen. Tessa experiences vivid dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible secret-one that has been contained for centuries. 
    She also meets William de Chaucy, a young sixteenth-century nobleman with gorgeous eyes, an odd accent and haughty attitude to spare. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. "His Lordship" is pretty hard to get along with but equally hard to resist.

    Together with Will, Tessa must correct the wrongs of the past to defeat a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.

But what is she willing to sacrifice in order to do it?

You would never believe that this is Maurissa's debut YA novel, it's just splendid. I mean there's a unicorn! Teenage girls will find themselves instantly connecting with Tessa. She lives a life many girls wish for...and I don't mean discovering  her soul mate is an English nobleman from another time period (although after reading Warped this is my new dream). I mean she lives on the second floor of a bookstore with endless books at her fingertips and a quirky, dependable best friend. Most importantly though an endless supply of reading material. {girlish squeal} William de Chaucy is quite the romantic interest though. You are given a few sections of Warped from his point of view*, which I enjoyed because it made him much more human. I felt I could understand why Will was so torn in trusting and loving Tessa, because I had seen what he had been through. Definitely enjoying the Will and Tessa dynamic.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Of War, Fey, & Romance

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
"New York Times bestseller..."

My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

No. No. No. Nope. Na Nuh. WHY?! *sob* Really Julie Kagawa? Really? *teary eyed look* Why did you do it? My heart is sad...and slightly bitter.

Of Restarting, Rekindling, & Reconnecting

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
“Forman follows up her bestselling If I Stay with a story that is equally if not more powerful...”

It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

Gayle Forman has done it again! The realism and conflict in this story reflects the drama from If I Stay. Reading it from Adam's perspective left me depressed and troubled. I felt extremely sorry for him, especially how he struggled to come to terms with losing Mia. He fell into a blackhole or vortex that he couldn't get out of until he and Mia reconnect and talk about what happened. I couldn't put the book down because I had so much hope for Adam and Mia. The little flashes of their relationship in If I Stay made me feel like they were ment to be together.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Breaking in the new Blog

Hi! I'm Enjoli, one half of the dynamic reading duo of Gilbert & Gomez. My fellow Senior and close friend, Hayley, and I decided to make a blog on all the books we have read for YALSA's Teens Top Ten Book Club, but we haven't had the time to elaborate yet. It's been so busy lately but we do have many many books to tell you about! We have been reading in our spare time and have found many interesting, and not so interesting books that are being released or about to be released and we can't wait to tell you about them! We hope you enjoy our blog!


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