The Glass Sentence

That is almost always the way with stories. True to their very core, even when the events and the people in them are different.

Title: The Glass Sentence

Author: S.E Grove

Series: The Mapmakers Trilogy # 1

Publication: June 12th 2014 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Pages: 493

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.
 
Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.  Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.


A Listical of Thoughts:

  • I don’t think the book was able to decide if it was supposed to be Middle Grade or Young Adult – made for a very confusing set of standards.
  • THE BOOK IS A GIANT TEASE! You can’t say things and then not go into detail about them. Where is the why? The how? The who? We need to know these things or else you lose all credibility of your story. Follow the rules of the magic you lay out.
  • The characters are impossible to distinguish from their stereotype behaviors – but at the same time, they are super contradictory. It’s very… strange. Nothing about them was consistent. You can be a stereotype (nooo.. don’t do it) as long as you, once again, follow your own rules and groundwork. Making characters say one thing and do another or not know something and still magically know the answer doesn’t work!
  • I will say, the plot and the world itself is unbelievably original and unique. I am one-hundred percent certain that this is the only reason I finished the book. Maps… I will never be able to look at maps the same way again. The world building is brilliant, so props on that.
  • BUT! Yes, that is a big but there. While the idea of the world is brilliant, the actual execution suffers from a lack of knowledge about itself. If that makes sense. As I have said over and over again, if you are going to create a completely new world, you must set your own rules and follow them. There is none of that here! It makes it unbelievable if nothing is explained and it all works out anyway. We, as readers, need some sort of concrete evidence proving to us that this could actually happen in the circumstances you created.
  • Theo is the highlight of this book (besides the idea itself). I love Theo. He is both the hero of the story and the literal hero of the story – he saved the book for me. YAY THEO.
  • It takes a long while for things to get rolling. If you’re okay with drawing things out unnecessarily, then you can overlook it. However, I quite like getting to the conflict – or at least the hint of the conflict, before the first hundred pages are done, yeah?
  • It would benefit from a Pride & Prejudice & and Zombies-eque ending. Actually, it would just benefit from zombies to make it more interesting.
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Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week’s Waiting On Wednesday is Never Ever by Sara Saedi!

Publication: June 21st 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Summary from Goodreads:

Wylie Dalton didn’t believe in fairy tales or love at first sight.

Then she met a real-life Peter Pan.

When Wylie encounters Phinn—confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome—at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.

Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond seventeen and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities—permanently.

But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover has been kept from her and her brothers. Somebody on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.

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Coming Soon: June 2016

It’s that time of the month my lovelies, more books are coming out soon. I have no idea what to do with myself, THERE ARE SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS COMING OUT! Argh, I need them all. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these beauties.

1.738 Days by Stacey Kade

Summary from Goodreads:

At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.

Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.

Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he’s sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.

To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?

June 7th 2016 by Forge Books

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Rebel of the Sands

“Haven’t you ever wanted something so bad that it becomes more than a want? I need to get out of this town. I need it like I need to breathe.”

Title: Rebel of the Sands

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Series: Rebel of the Sands # 1

Publication:  March 8th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Pages: 314

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.


My Thoughts:

IT TOOK ME LONG ENOUGH TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS THING AND FINISH IT! Holy crap. Finals week is killing me, I’m telling ya. I’ve been slowly devouring this book, and trust me, it was a pace that was not fast enough. I was hooked from the first page and I wanted to let myself drown in the gloriousness of this book. Rebel of the Sands is a vivid, in-depth, original fantasy that has completely taken over my life.

I love, love, love, love Amani, and Jin, and Shazad, and every single character in this book. They were all so complex, driven, and passionate. They were hilarious, they were easy to relate to even in circumstances you can never plausibly relate to yet imagine so clearly it was like you were there with them. Amani… oh my goodness how I loved Amani – and don’t get me started on her relationship with Jin. FRIENDS, THAT SHIP HAS FUCKING SAILED. Woohooo! Back to the regularly scheduled programming up in here, Amani is wonderfulicious. She is headstrong, vicious, and unafraid. I loved her, I really did. She was so different than other protagonists. For a majority of this book, she pretty much only cared about herself and getting what she wanted (though she did have all the feels for Jin). She wasn’t afraid to leave, to take chances, or do something completely idiotic with only the faintest hope of survival. She was reckless, and it fucking worked. The world she lives in is no cake walk, I mean, it’s a shit show. Girls have  nothing, they are nothing in the eyes of this society – and Amani is not having it. One of my favorite scenes of her’s is also connected to a favorite Jin moment, but anyways, a guard is looking for him and he walks in all “I’m looking for a man.” And Amani goes “Usually men who come to this part of town are looking for a woman”, and I died. I literally died.

Then we have Jin… and HOLY MOTHER FUCKING BATCRAP. I am in love with Jin. By the midway point of this book, I was yelling at Amani that if she didn’t get her shit together he was gonna be all mine. He was sarcastic, witty, and caring. There was this one part, actually, there were lots of parts where he had me in tears because I was cracking up so hard. But, I digress, there was this one part early on where Amani is hiding him and whatnot and after it’s all over he stands up and he’s bleeding all over the place. When he realizes he’s been shot, he says “Ah, I had almost forgotten about that” with a completely straight face. Just… words cannot express how much I love my little rebel man. And yes, HE’S MINE.

Everything in this book was sheer perfection. The writing was sublime, it wasn’t too much and it wasn’t too little. You knew things when you were meant to know them, not a moment sooner. My predictions were all wrong and it made me do a happy little jig, it’s a rare thing when that happens. Everything is so carefully crafted. It all felt so real, so utterly vivid. I could picture the sand, I could feel it in my toes and taste in my mouth.

Overall, Rebel of the Sands has not only carved out a name of the stunning Alwyn Hamilton, it has also dug it’s claws deep into my being and it will never let go. Filled with action, intrigue, romance, politics, and badass women – Rebel of the Sands is one of the most deserving books to ever have a place on my bookshelf. I need the sequel and I need it now.


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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Books and A Beat

This week’s Teaser Tuesday is for Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton!

“The world makes things for each place. Fish for the sea, Rocs for the mountain skies, and girls with sun in their skin and perfect aim for a desert that doesn’t let weakness live.”

“Haven’t you ever wanted something so bad that it becomes more than a want? I need to get out of this town. I need it like I need to breathe.”

“I don’t mean to worry you and all,” I said, trying to keep my voice calm, “but have you noticed that you’ve been shot?”
“Ah.” Looking at him closer now, I could see he was clutching the counter to stay upright. “I’d almost forgotten about that.”

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