WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, dosage hosted by Should Be Reading.

The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

What are you currently reading? 

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I keep hearing great things about it, patient and I’m ready to finally jump into it.

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This is another author that I’ve heard SUCH good things about. She’s an author recommending by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Tammara Webber, two of my favorites, so I definitely want to read her books.

What did you recently finish reading? 

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This book comes out November 19th, this coming Tuesday and is a fitting sequel to the first novel, Angelfall. Check out my spoiler free review here.

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This is the debut novel of a great Twitter friend of mine, being released THIS Friday. It will be featured as the Book of the Week tomorrow, AND I’ll have an exclusive interview with the author on Friday! SO much excitement.

What do you think you’ll be reading next? 

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I’ve had this book, and I’ve started it, I just need to finish it! I keep getting distracted by new releases and ARCs that I need to review, but I really want to finish it!

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I’m really looking forward to reading this. It releases November 26th, and I was gifted with an e-ARC through NetGalley, so I must read it soon!

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What about you? Share in the comments! 

 

World After Book Review

World After by Susan Ee

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This review is based on an advanced reader’s copy, nurse acquired through Susan Ee’s publicity, in exchange for an honest review. This in no way, shape or form had any effect on my  review.  

This book is set to release on November 19th, and November 21st in some countries. 

You Can Find the Book At: 

GoodReads

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Author Website

 

GoodReads Summary:

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

My Review:

Please keep in mind that while this review will be completely spoiler free for World After, keep in mind that there WILL be spoilers for Angelfall. To read my review of Angelfall, please click here, or click here for Kat’s review! 

Angelfall leaves us off with a lot of unanswered questions, so getting my hands on an early copy of World After, to hopefully get some answers to those questions, was SO exciting. Thank you so much to Susan Ee and her publicity team for extending me the courtesy of an early copy. It is the actual print, not an ARC so I was very excited to dive in.

Susan Ee creates such a complex world, inside a world that seems familiar to us. It takes place in the Northern California area, in San Francisco, where I have been before. When Penryn talks about the area, I’ll recognize places. But the world is turned upside, and there are vengeful, violent angels everywhere.

It is such a unique and new idea to the YA genre. We see such a different twist to the idea of fallen angels. While we do have a close encounter with a particular angel, Raffe, and we do find ourselves reluctantly attracted to him, much the same as Penryn, most other angels we meet, we meet them with fear and apprehension. From the beginning, they are a vicious race, that came down to earth for reasons unknown and wreaked havoc on the world. I applaud Susan immensely for this. It’s hard to present new ideas in the ever growing spectrum of YA lit, and she has definitely done this. And just when you think she cannot possibly introduce anything more, she does.

We leave the end of Angelfall in so many different ways: Penryn is paralyzed, stuck in her body while everyone around her thinks she’s dead. Her sister, Paige, has been experimented on, modified into something unrecognizable. Raffe is still missing his own angel wings, and has bat-like, terrifying demon wings instead. The human resistance is faltering against the powerful angels.

The story that continues in this novel continues the drama, and the utter mystery that is the angels. Penryn gets herself into this situations in order to find out answers and to protect her mother and sister, and as soon as she feels like she gets answers to one question, it opens up the door to about five more. Susan builds a great story that way. She has a way of giving the readers a little of what they want but dangling so much more.

One thing that I had an issue with it was that there seemed to be a lot of build up, to a ton of action and then the end, leaving us waiting for the third book, which presumably will be full of a ton of action. I kept waiting for something to HAPPEN. I think that was the point though, to build up the tension and the questions that we need to keep us interested in reading that third book.

I really love the continuation of Penryn as a character though. She’s strong and stubborn and determined to get where she needs to go, to find her sister or her mother or to find safety and all of that. But she also has weaknesses, she has reluctances and worries and fears, which makes her so real and familiar. Even while she’s fighting, you can feel her fear or panic and it makes her feel so much closer to you. A character like that, who can portray both strengths and weaknesses, are my favorite. They have all the best of us, and they can have the bad things of us as well, and that’s what makes them a hero. We see them struggle before they win, and that’s exactly what Penryn is.

For fans of the first book, you will definitely NOT be disappointed by this book. Susan takes us deeper into the world she has created, answering burning questions while unfolding even more at the same time. She creates beautiful moments, moments full of action and the chemistry between Penryn and Raffe is just too hard to deny. There is so much coming in these books and I know I can’t wait to see it how it unfolds!

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

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WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature from Should Be Reading. I saw it on my friend Erin’s blog, sales That One Geek Girl, check and decided to join in.

To play along:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

So here are my answers:

What are you currently reading? 

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My good friend Shaina, treat over at The Urge to Write, just debuted her first, self-published novel. Its FREE all day today, and then goes up to 2.99. I can’t wait to dive in and read her book!

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I couldn’t wait for this book to come out, and asked Susan Ee if she’d be interested in doing an interview for the blog. Not only is she interested BUT she sent me an ARC of World After :)

What did you recently finish reading?

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The last and final book of the Legend trilogy was released Tuesday and I finished this in less than three hours, and it’ll have a spoiler-free review tomorrow for the Book of the Week.

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The finale book for the Covenant series, you can read the spoiler free review here.

What do you you think you’ll be reading next? 

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I started this, I just need to go back and finish it. Its really great, and really informative but there’s no story so its hard to get through. But I want to dive back into it and find out more about Shadowhunters and their history.

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I was gifted this by a friend, and I’ve heard many many many good things about this, so I hope to get into that soon too!

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What about you guys? Share what you’re reading, what you plan to read, and all of that fun book jazz in the comments below!

September Book Wrap Up!

Okay, viagra approved I totally copied this from my fangirl best friend, Sylvia, from FanGirlFeeels, so I want to show her much credit. Check out her own September Book Wrap Up here!

I think I want to start doing this every month because I read a LOT of books in a month and I want to be able to share at the end of the month, all the books I’ve read and reviewed in one spot. Click on each book title to read my review of it!

So here we go!

Books Pledged to Read in 2013: 200 Books

Read so Far: 150

On Track?: For once, yes!

The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

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The Transfer by Veronica Roth

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

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Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian 

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 

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Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

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Saving Raphael Santiago by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

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3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

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Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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What books did you read in September? What were some of your favorites, and which ones fell flat? As always, share in the comments! 

AngelFall Book Review

Angelfall by Susan Ee

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You Can Find the Book At:

GoodReads

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Author Website

GoodReads Summary:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, sales her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

My Review:

I was absolutely blown away by this book. I’m not sure what I had expected but this definitely was not it. I have this thing about books that have fallen angels with it…and that thing is that I just tend not to read them. Vampires and fallen angels. I just don’t do it. But just as I was proven wrong with Vampire Academy, I was proven wrong in this book as well.

I have a couple followers, including our Kat (who reviewed it in my Book of the Week about a month ago), who kept bugging me to read this book. Like, they kept asking, “Sara, have you read this book yet? Have you read this book yet?”

I think I got the message a little bit. So when I had a little extra money on my Amazon account after I purchased all of my textbooks, I saw how inexpensive this book was (5 dollars for the paperback or the Kindle version!) and I thought, okay I have to give this book a try.

I started it this morning when I got to school, read it on my two hour break, came home from school and pretty much zipped through it and finished it a couple hours ago. That’s how good it was. I kept turning the pages, not even realizing how fast that I was going through the book. The characters were so addicting, the story was so fast paced and so enticing and I was falling madly in love with Raffe, no lie.

I’ll start with the characters. I adored Penryn. One, there is just her name. I had to Google her name to see if I could find out anything about it and really the only thing I found was the town of Penryn, California, which I think she actually references in the book. However, I think its just beautiful. Its unusual but its not weird. I’m not a fan of weird names. And it really fits Penryn. She’s a very headstrong, capable and brave character. I know that this doesn’t seem to be a new concept in young adult literature but it still is. Because there are a lot of these brave, strong female characters, it becomes a challenge to make them different than the ones that were made before. I think that Susan really captures this with Penryn. Some people would compare her to others but I really think that she stands apart from them. She’s just not brave and ready, but she’s whip smart and prepared as well. A lot of these characters tend to have the bravery but then end up getting themselves into situations that they can’t handle and the boy has to come to the rescue.

Not Penryn. Penryn has grown up with a mother who has some serious mental health problems, and who would have thought that this would have lead her to become proficient in various types of martial arts. She’s also learned survival skills and first aid skills. This gives Penryn every right to do the things she does. Sure, she throws herself into crazy situations but at least she has the confidence in her skills and her ability to accomplish what she sets out to do.

I also absolutely loved, loved, loved Raffe. I loved that he was an Angel but he was so real. I loved that Susan was able to make him this real, and relatable characters with his human like mannerisms and her quick smirks and humor, and all that but just as Penryn starts to forget and you start to forget that he is an angel, she brings in that reality and you’re floored, wondering how on earth this is going to work the way you want it to. I love that he seems conflicted, and that he’s mysterious. The mysterious isn’t that normal “mysterious boy” sort of thing, but its more that…he wants tell Penryn, and he wants to answer her questions but he doesn’t have his answers to himself, so he’s unable to answer her. But I just love his personality in general; his inability to trust anyone, his quick smiles, his cockiness, his bravery, his confusion, his beauty. I was addicted to Raffe right away, as soon as those angels ripped his wings out of his back. I FELT that pain.

I also really loved the story. I think the idea of these fallen angels, these avenging angels…its not a new thing but Susan finds a way to make it so new and unpredictable. You’re so unaware of why the angels came down and became attacking the earth and tearing it apart and there’s a huge part of you that is tearing through the pages to find out why on earth this has happened, especially when you’re falling so hard for an angel like Raffe. Then when you get to the part where you are amongst the angels and you see the world they’re living in and you see what they kind of wanted Paige, Penryn’s sister, and the other children for, you’re literally sick to your stomach. Its so sick. But this is so new to me; its not at all what I expected and I found myself bringing the pages closer and closer to my face.

I’ve already written too much, so I basically want to leave you with this: read this book. Don’t wait, like I did. You don’t want to miss out on this truly beautiful book, that you’ll literally race your way through, fighting alongside both Penryn and Raffe.

I can’t WAIT for November and the sequel!

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars