Wednesday, 31 October 2012

November Feature!

 
 
I declare November the month of Contemporary Young Adult and New Adult fiction on Above Average Below Special!

Why?

I've been on a slight contemporary book binge recently and I had a few contemporary blog tours scheduled for November so I thought why not devote a month  to contemporary reviews and features?
 
What will this month include?
 
Blog Tours!

Reviews!
 
 
Features
  • A discussion of genres in Young Adult/New Adult!-  The banner says Young Adult and New Adult but I will be discussing the boundaries and implications of these genres!
  • Cover discussion post!
  • *Possibility* A revamp of my Series vs Stand Alones Discussion post- Revamped to be solely related to contemporary books and will include related series.
  • Top Ten Contemporary Reads of 2012!
  • Friday Fab Five- Five older Contemporaries that remain firm favourites!
 
Are you excited for this feature?
Any Recommendations?
Much love!
Lettie
Xxx

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Challenge Update!





As much as I hate to wish this year away 2012 is closing in on it's finish line which means I should be winding up my challenges..... Whoops!
I seem to have lost momentum despite challenge progress being one of my October goals so I'm using this update post to see where I am and what I want to read!

Aim=12! So far 6....
So I'm actually halfway through this one!
Books I should of picked up!
To Read
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer and Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan.
Books sat on my shelf brought and unread!
To Read
Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott, Forest Born by Shannon Hale

Aim- Finish 2 series So far- *tumbleweed*
By far the least progress, even posting Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished didn't fire up progress like I hoped it would!
Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
To Read- ArchEnemy
Tales of Otori by Lian Hearn.
To Read Heaven's Net is Wide and Harsh Cry of the Heron

Dystopia 2012 Challenge
Aim=5 books *changed* 15 books. So far 8.... 
I achieved my original aim! But I set a new one so I'm hoping to reach it too!
To Read
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Crossed by Ally Condie
Reached by Ally Condie
Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Sad truth about my lack of progress is every single book in this post apart from Reached is currently in my possession whether I brought it , borrowed from a friend or the library! Just need to read them!

How are you doing with your challenges?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Monday, 29 October 2012

October Round Up!

Monthly Feature- rounds up all the books I've read, progress on challenges and reviews my blogging!
It is kind of an expansion (?) of my favourite memes hosted by the lovely Shelia over at Book Journey!
 
Quick update! I've been taken ill by some random flu as well as being a good daughter/granddaughter painting, decorating and taking apart kitchens so sorry for the lack of blogging!

October in numbers!
Total posts= 16
Books read= 6  
Reviews Posted= 4
Meme Posts= 4
Other Posts= 8
 
What I read in October!
 I think I've been busy decorating and reading non fiction books on careers etc to read as much as I would of liked!
 
What I Reviewed!
Thomas and January by Fisher Amelie.
Easy by Tammara Webber.
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
 
Not too bad on the reviewing front not as great as I'd hoped though! 

What I Posted!
Challenge Motivation!- This one should go live tomorrow!  
Top Ten Minor Characters!- If you've read my reviews you know I love minor characters so this Top Ten was hard to narrow down!
Bloggiesta Wrap Up!- Sums up my Bloggiesta experience and accomplishments!
Blog Tours
Forbidden Mind Blog Tour
Book Promo
6 Seconds of Life Blitz- Touring this blog next month!
Move by Brina Courtney 
Don't Panic by Lindsay Paige

 Did I achieve my goals?
To blog to a schedule.-
Almost! I kept to my planned schedule quite well for half of October however my blog plans for November and surprise real life schedule changes hindered me! I did find planning a schedule made me much more organised and aware of how I was blogging- scheduling is now my top blogging tool!
To make progress on my challenges.

I didn't make much progress on this one! I did only read five books though so I'm not too surprised! More on this on below!
To post two non meme/review posts.
I did post alot more book promo style posts and my challenge update post however my planned posts got moved to November... So this is half successful
To tweet every blog post.
Thanks to Tanya  who pointed out that I could link my Blog to my Twitter = goal achieved! Yay!

What I hope to achieve in November!
  • To successfully host my feature month!- I've got a contemporary themed month planned and a detailed schedule planned out so I want to keep to it better than I did in October.
  • To make progress on my challenges!- I'm posting a challenge update post tomorrow so I can layout exactly what I need to read to complete my challenges! Posting my goals and plans on this blog will make me feel more accountable!
  • To update my blog pages!- I want to put all the books I've rated under the relevant rating on the rating page. Update my about me page. Blogkeeping really!
How's your October/week been?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Monday, 22 October 2012

Monday Round Up!



One of my favourite memes hosted by the lovely Shelia over at Book Journey!

What do you think of the new header? I've been playing around with doing my own recently! :)
 
My week has been kind of fractured. I went to a Graduate Careers fair which was actually really helpful and caught up with my friend who's still at University! I worked 3 days and went shopping for my Godson's first birthday!
 
Reviews!
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi- 5 Hearts!
 
Read!
 
I was so pleased I got approved on Netgalley for this one! I read it on the train to and from the careers fair. It wasn't what I expected but I enjoyed it! No review for awhile though as it doesn't get released until next year!
 
Reading!

This will be touring my blog next month! I've wanted to read it for awhile and so far I'm liking it :)
 
What's Next!

Again this one! It wont sync properly with my kindle app so I have to read it on my computer and with my travelling working week my phone was my reading device!

Upcoming Posts!
Cover post- Needs a catchy title! But this will be a showcase of international covers of a favourite book and their first look impressions!
 
Upcoming Reviews!
The Hangman in the Mirror by Kate Cayley or The Lost Son By Tamra Torero and Preston Norton!

How's your week been?
Any catchy titles for my Cover post?

Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Cover Reveal! Don't Panic by Lindsay Paige




Samantha Branson is having severe anxiety attacks. Her heart beats unusually fast, her breath quickens and her hands sweat. Every detail screams in her head that she is the centre of unwanted attention. Everyone can hear her thoughts, her heart and her breathing. The silence of the classroom is so loud that focus is impossible.
After an attack lands her in the wrong bathroom, Sam meets Eli who offers to provide help. Faced with the return of her possessive ex-boyfriend and the blossoming of a new romance, Sam must find the strength inside herself to face her anxieties head on.


What a beautifully symbolic cover- I love how the waves are almost taking over the girl!
This intriguing beautiful book will be available to buy in January 2013!

In the mean time check out author Lindsay Paige and add Don't Panic on Goodreads!

Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.
DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers

This was the first YA dystopia book I picked up by myself without hearing anything about it or seeing it everywhere! I clearly know how to pick them- I loved this book! It was intriguing, well crafted and left me wanting more! At least I'll have Roar and Liv's novellla to tided me over! 

What I loved:
  • Realms- Loved this concept! The idea of virtual reality being an actual future possibility was popular in the 90s so I loved to see it 'resurrected' in this book. It seemed like such a perfect idea to keep people 'safe' while allowing them to 'experience' life. I also loved the issues that arose from living and experiencing life in a virtual reality.
  • Senses- I liked that the Outsiders had a sort of evolutionary advantage. I loved how they were described and depicted. I was so intrigued by the different types and keeping to your own type. Can't wait to learn more! 
  • Aria- Aria initially annoyed me but I grew to love her. I enjoyed how she grew and accepted the changes in her life with maturity. It was so interesting to see her adjust to the real world and real experiences outside of her cushioned life. I also respected how she dealt with all the 'random' events that happened to her without completely going crazy!
  • Relationships- The relationships in this book were well written and developed. I loved how Aria and Perry developed. I liked how Aria and her mother were portrayed through Aria's eyes. Perry and Talon had such a sweet relationship and interesting bond  and I enjoyed the banter between Perry and Roar.  
  • Perry- Like Aria I wasn't his biggest fan- he was quite rough and harsh but at least he had his reasons! I liked how mysterious he seemed to Aria with his heightened senses and different values. I loved how he crafted Aria shoes as gesture of apology as well as how sweet he tried to be about her starting her periods. He was also so self assured and impressive trekking across ground- I'd love to have him guide me somewhere!
  • Roar- Roar provided a sort of foil to Perry. He was fun loyal and more relaxed. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy. I liked the bromance and acceptance between him and Perry. I loved how he treated Aria so nicely and looked out for her as well as connecting with her.. I loved his parallel forbidden love story with Liv. I'm excited to read more about him in the upcoming short novella!
What I didn't love as much
  • Vale- I didn't really connect or feel much sympathy for him to begin with and the more I learnt about the less I liked! How can he be related to Perry, Talon and Liv? They all seem like decent people!
  • Consul Hess- Typical power crazed high authority figure! How could he dump Aria outside while his son was the instigator and killer of the incident? He was very callous and selfish about the issues everyone was facing. He was also ruthless and devious with the way he blackmail Aria and dealt with Outsiders.
  • Ward- He seem so weak willed and a bit pathetic. I'm sure he was aware of Hess' deceit/inappropriate experiments but he continued to happily work for him! He essentially betrayed Aria and her mother as Aria was so sure she could trust him....
 

I think I loved this book so much because it was unexpected! I'd never heard anything about Veronia Rossi or the book so it took me by surprise with it's brilliant and unique world building and fantastic characters!
 
Let me know if you loved Under The Never Sky too!
10 days to Roar and Liv!
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Monday, 15 October 2012

Monday Round Up!



 One of my favourite memes hosted by the lovely Shelia over at Book Journey!

What do you think of the new header? I've been playing around with doing my own recently! :)
I've had a great week! Caught up with a couple of old friends and went to the Circus- who doesn't love the circus? Not even working four days with little notice could ruin my week!
However my surprise work did affect my blogging schedule and Seeing Redd got sidelined!
 
 
Reviews!
Easy by Tammara Webber- 4 Hearts! Cannot stop re-reading this one!

Other posts!
Top Ten Minor Characters- Check out my favourite minor characters!
Move by Brina Courtney- Book Blast for this new book!

Read!
 Really enjoyed one and I'm writing my review notes all ready for my blog tour stop on 9th November!
 
Reading!
 
Seeing Redd got sidelined with work last week, but I am enjoying it!
 
What's Next!
6 Seconds as it's the next on my TBR blog tour list!

Upcoming Reviews!
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi- Loved this one!
The Lost Son By Tamra Torero and Preston Norton- This one got sidelines last week as it wasn't prewritten!

How has your week been?
Let me know!
Much love!
Lettie
Xxx

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Easy by Tammara Webber

A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her saviour, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy


Another book I've seen all over blogs and just had to pick up! The hype was right again I really enjoyed reading this!

What I loved:
  • Emails- I really loved  the way the emails between Landon and Jacqueline were included in the book! They were witty and flirty in a realistic way. They really added to the college feel of the book.
  • University setting- I loved how this was set at University! University based books are becoming more and more prevalent but I loved how this one incorporated friends from home, breaks from college and the Greek system.
  • Erin- I loved her so much she made it in to my Top Ten Minor Characters!She is the best kind of friend, loyal, funny and reliable.  I love her attitude towards what Buck did to Jacqueline- how supportive she was! I also loved her approach to self defence class- so much fun!
  • Realism- Jacqueline's reaction to the attack was so realistic, even though I was desperate for her to report Buck I could understand why she didn't want to.           I liked how the girls banded together, with the Sorority President making an emotive speech about supporting victims and standing up to would be rapists. I also found the fraternity reaction sadly realistic, no one likes to think they know a rapist. I loved the reiteration of it not being the victims fault. Despite the prominence of sexual abuse in the book it wasn't preachy and it didn't take away from the story.
  • Romance- I don't want to spoil the romance aspect but I loved it! It was sweet and passionate! I loved how they supported each other and how Lucas encourage Jacqueline to face up to her attack and learn to protect herself.
  • Side Characters- This book had so many well developed characters it's hard to pick out my favourites! I liked Benji, how he came out of nowhere and made a brilliant addition to Jacqueline's life. I loved his dismissal of the other students and the class banter he had with Jacqueline. I loved Dr. Heller, from his thoughtful decision to allow Jacqueline to make up her grade to his connection to Landon, such a generally good man! I liked Kennedy's brother, Carter, shame Kennedy wasn't more like him! I even liked Ray Maxfield despite the small glimpse we got of him. I could go on but I don't want to name every character!

What I didn't love as much:
  • Kennedy- He had a few redeeming qualities but he crossed a line! I disliked him after hearing how he let Jacqueline follow him to  College and then dumped her essentially to mess around in college before his anticipated political career! He redeemed himself a little at Thanksgiving and the way he believed Jacqueline no questions and went after Buck. However the fact he tried to prevent Jacqueline reporting it to the police is just awful! Typical politician :P
 


I have a lot of love for this book! Such a good message, great relationships between well written characters- deserves the hype!

 
What do you think of Easy?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

*increased rating due to the fact I can not stop reading this one!*

Thursday, 11 October 2012

BOOK BLAST! Move by Brina Courtney

 
Sometimes Dallas gets drunk and doesn’t remember what she did last night. Sometimes she loses friends. Sometimes her mom’s boyfriend beats her until she can’t walk. Sometimes her life sucks, but sometimes it’s beautiful. When Dallas dances her world is her own and she can make it what she wants it to be, she can escape her otherwise horrible life. Dallas now must overcome her past to give herself a future at the Allenwood Academy of Dance in Cape Haven, CT. When her feet are bleeding and her heart is breaking, Dallas must find the strength to go on.
This new release is a YA contemporary novella which sounds like a good read full of drama, ambition and courage!
 
Check out these quotes and make your own decision!
“You only get one shot in the dance world and you have to be strong enough to take it.”
“If I don’t dance, I will die.”

 
Links
Goodreads!
Amazon

Let me know if you've read it!
Much Love
Lettie
Xxx
 
 

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Minor Characters

 
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by: The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is: Top Ten Minor Characters

Check out my new header! What do you think of it? It's my very first homemade one :)

I love a well written cast of side characters so this topic is perfect for me! I've tried to vary my favourites between recent and older reads but it was hard as recent reads stick in my mind longer!
In no particular order as always!

 Xander from Matched and Erin from Easy by Tammara Webber
Erin
I loved her character, she was both stereotypical and surprising. As a sorority girl whose dating a frat boy you expect to read either a clever but shallow girl or an airhead with an inflated sense of self- Erin was none of these stereotypes! I liked her defence and encouragement of Jacqueline even in the face of harming her own relationships. I loved how she instantly signed them for self-defence classes and her enthusiastic engagement in them!  I would love to room with her at University, she'd be so much fun!
Xander
I named him as one of the things I loved most about Matched and if I'm honest I think I loved him more than Cassia! There was so much more to him than met the eye. He was perceptive, competitive, loyal but also observant enough to know who or what to be loyal to! Don't know if my opinion will change on reading Crossed and Reached but as it stands I find him to be a good solid male character with value and flaws!

Briony from Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and Jeremy from While It Lasts
 
Briony
She barely had any 'screen' time but she really impacted me! I loved her sunshine attitude and I feel her and Amy could have been best friends judging from the way she changed up Amy's suitcase. I loved her family slogan of Get up Dress up Show up.

Jeremy.
I loved this guy! He was such a good brother and a fantastic support to Eva. I admired how his sacrificed a year of his life to be with her and grieve with her even when he was ready to move on. I really hope we see more of him!
Roar from Under the Never Sky and Finnick Odair from Catching Fire!
Roar
I loved Roar! He is such a genuinely nice guy. I liked the bromance and acceptance between him and Perry. I loved how he treated Aria so nicely and looked out for her. I loved his parallel forbidden love story with Liv. I'm excited to read more about him in the short story.
Finnick
I defy any one who's read The Hunger Games series to dislike Finnick! He was such a conflicted yet intriguing character. I loved him in Catching Fire with his bravado and teasing coupled with his genuine devotion to (name). I liked the development of his character in Mockingjay although it was harsh in ways. I loved his relationship with Katniss and Peeta, he seemed to get them as individuals and as a couple. His own relationship with Annie was so sweet I couldn't;t help but love them.

 
Jonathan from the Song of the Lioness Quartet and Rosto from Terrier
Jonathan.
Who doesn't love a prince? Especially a clever, heroic one! I loved how he grew from an arrogant boy to a mature balanced ruler who could approach situations level headed. He was probably the only character who was liked by almost everyone! I love his bromance with George who was his complete opposite! I
Rosto
I initially liked how much he reminded me of George, a witty thief! I loved how he treated his role as King as caregiver and did his best to keep his people feed. I loved how open he was especially as it annoyed Beka! I loved his affection for Beka- I really missed him in Bloodhound and Mastiff

Genie from Castle in the Air, Howl created by Diana Wynne Jones
 
Genie/Howl
I love his attitude and snarky replies. He really adds to the book and leads  to his goal. The twist in the end is actually why I love him the most because it was glaringly obvious once you read it!
Howl was the quintessential useless wizard! He was a lady's man but incapable of looking after himself. Vain and cowardly but proved himself to be clever and heroic when necessary. The man gave his heart to a fallen star- how can you not admire and love that!

Missing from this post!

Ron and Hermione
Let's be honest they were never minor characters past chapter of the Philosopher's Stone

George Cooper, Neal, Raoul, Nawat, Kaddar etc by Tamora Pierce
I could probably do a top ten minor characters featuring just her books! So I tried to vary my two TP representatives :)


Let me know your favourite minor characters!
Much love!
Lettie!
Xxxx

Monday, 8 October 2012

Monday Round Up!

 
One of my favourite memes hosted by the lovely Shelia over at Book Journey!
 
This is my first round up post since August!
I've had a good week! I manged to fit in a Freshers week visit to my old Uni to see my friends and took my Godson to the museum! I've been a bit slower with reading- no idea why! But I have been keeping up my scheduling and getting posts scheduled!

Reviews!
Thomas and January by Fisher Amelie. 4 Hearts!
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan 4 Hearts!

Other posts!
Bloggiesta Wrap Up- Check out how I did with my blog goals!
Forbidden Mind Tour- Check out an exclusive extract of the book!
6 Seconds of Life Promo post- Got me excited to read the book asap!
 
Read!
Lengths
 
I finished off my Steph Campbell binge with her latest release- loved it! I'll be doing one giant review post for all her books next month :)
 
Reading!
 
Two books at once is a old habit of mine!
I'm currently reading Seeing Redd in a bid to finish up The Looking Glass Wars trilogy- enjoying it so far! Swell is for a blog tour next month and so far so good!
 
What's Next!
 
 As I mentioned in the promo blitz this one is for a blog tour- I'm so intrigued by the concept! 
 

Upcoming Reviews!
The Lost Son By Tamra Torero and Preston Norton-This is published tomorrow and my review will be up this week!
Easy by Tamara Webber- Loved this one! Review will be up Sunday!
 
Upcoming Posts!
Top Ten Minor Characters- Check back tomorrow to see who my Top Ten minor characters are!
 
The perks of a schedule is I know exactly what I'm posting and when!

How has your week been?
Let me know!
Much love!
Lettie
Xxx

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

I've left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don't, put the book back on the shelf, please.

Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favourite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.
 
I've wanted to read one of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's collaborations for ages so I was excited when I got my request on Netgalley.  I loved the simple fun and witty air to this book!
 
What I loved:
  • Concept- I love the idea of two strangers exchanging a notebook of dares- such a unique and clever concept. It wasn't completely realistic but that's what made it so readable and fun. Setting it during Christmas
  • Dash and Lily- I loved how both their character were exaggerated but relatable. I loved how Lily learnt how to transition from shrilly to lily all by herself and branched out to make new friends.
  • Sofia- I was surprised how much I loved Dash's ex girlfriend. She was a refreshingly nice and realistic ex instead of the cliche crazy exes that always seem to pop up!
  • Lily's family- So amazing! From her quirky Aunt Ida who worked at the waxworks and offered out great advice to her Grandpa with his mini mafia of retired shop owners to her typical bored employee cousin Mark! They were all brilliantly written and cleverly inserted into the plot :)
  • Ending- I actually loved how it end with everything not completely resolved or clear but enough resolution to satisfy!
  • Dares- The central plot- loved them! They were inventive, fun and clever. I think make-a-monster was my favourite- mainly because it was cute and lasted throughout the book as a memento.
What I didn't love as much:
  • Ernest- He was sort of interesting but I didn't really see the point of him!
  • Lily's brother- Lily viewed him as her closest friend and had supported him through his break up but he was just so insensitive to her! He pretty much abandoned her despite her obvious loneliness.
 This was such a feel good read! It leaves you a smile on your face!
 
 
Which collab should I read next?
Nick and Norah or Naomi and Ely?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Friday, 5 October 2012

6 Seconds of Life: Promo Blitz




 
Maura has just jumped.
Now she has precisely six seconds until she hits the water below her—just six more seconds until she is finally freed from her mundane and aimless existence. Freed of all of the regrets and disappointments that have haunted her throughout her nineteen years.
She just needs to be free.
But as she falls, the most pivotal points of her life start to replay like a movie in her head: her family falling apart, her first love, her first heartbreak, her first true friends, and her first betrayal. As she remembers these moments that brought her to this point, will she feel a sense of peace? Or will her death be her greatest regret?
 
6 Seconds of Life is a 'New Adult' book which will be touring this blog next month!
I think it sounds like an intriguing read in the same vein as Before I Fall by lauren Oliver and If I Stay by  Gayle Foreman!

Sneak Peek!
I think deep down, I’ve always known it was going to end this way. I was never
meant to live a long life. I accepted this fate a long time ago. I was just waiting for the
right moment.
I wanted to fall in love first.
I wanted to experience what it was like to have a real family first.
I wanted to know what it was like to be sincerely happy, even if it was short-lived.
I got all of those firsts.
And now I’m ready to move forward.
I inch my feet closer to the open sky. And closer. Until my naked toes are peeking
over the edge. The water cracks violently below me, begging for me to join in on all of
the fun.
Just a few more seconds before it’s all over.
Until I’m free.
I’m totally relaxed. This moment, it’s all mine. No one can take it away from me.
I close my eyes. The sounds of high heels clicking on the walkway and cameras
snapping and preserving memories and street musicians begging for spare change
surround me. I breathe in their music and let it be the soundtrack to the closing credits of
my life.
I raise my arms up to my side, reaching for the skies that surround me.
And I step into the air.
I’m flying now.
 
Will you be picking it up?
Let me know!
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxxx

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Thomas and January by Fisher Amelie

 Thomas Eriksson thinks he has it all figured out.


"People crossed the street when they saw me. I’m not really sure why that was. I mean, okay, I might have looked a bit intimidating if I was being truthful with you. I’d changed since New York. New York represented a life that wasn’t real, not truthfully, anyway. No, New York was the “young, immature, in love, idiot" side of Tom. The “Tie-Dye Tom of New York City” didn’t exist anymore. Tie-Dye Tom was dead."
January Mac Lochlainn thinks she’s her own worst enemy.
"I quit Berkeley. Threw away a full scholarship. Plans, you ask? What plans?"
But they’re both wrong.
***
Tom approached me slowly and met me under the light on the stone walkway. He leaned over me so closely, my neck craned to see his face. His expression was one of confusion as he studied my own.
“What is it about you?” he asked me.
I gulped. “What do you mean?” I whispered, closing my eyes and swallowing again, my breaths becoming laboured.
He lifted his hand and dragged the backs of his fingers across my jaw so lightly I barely felt them, but they made me feel dizzy all the same.
“How can you be this extraordinary, January MacLochlainn?” He leaned closer, a look of pure frustration and anger lit his eyes and pressed his lips. “And why couldn’t I have met you before I realised I didn’t want anyone...ever?”
Life for Thomas and January will never be the same again...whether they like it or not.

Beautiful cover, beautiful book! I did get a little confused as I haven't read Callum and Harper but it was still a great read!

What I loved:
  • Thomas- If I had been a good reader and book blogger I would have read Callum and Harper first and known Thomas' back story.... It was explained well but the changes in his personality would have been more meaningful! I appreciated his self deprecation, he obviously couldn't see what everyone else did!
  • January- I loved how spunky she was! She was devoted to her dreams and made a successful career out of it!
  • January's family- Children named for the months? Brilliant idea. Protesting over dramatic lawyer parents? So fun! Grandma Betty was a great character who welcomed January's future plan with open arms- perfect grandma!
  • Ending- Loved the ending! It resolved Thomas and January, everyone was happy and it felt like it showed a bit of Callum and Harper too!
  • Music and Plot- I loved how music was interwoven with the plot. I actually felt like I would of listened to a playlist and enjoyed it with this book- it was such a part of the story and the journey.
What I didn't love as much:
  • Jonah- So sneaky and underhanded! If you aren't good at scouting music than don't be a scout!
  • Length- I would have loved to read more about January's family, the music business or all of it! I just wanted it to be longer!

Once I finish up all my current reads I will be buying Callum and Harper asap- Thomas and January was such a quick good read with very few faults!

Have you read Callum and Harper? Did I make a book blogger error in not reading it first?
Much Love!
Lettie
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