You know what they say about hypes: either they live up to what’s being said or they disappoint you with the reality.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding CARAVAL. When you read the reviews in Amazon, there are lots of positive reviews. I agree with most of them–the magic, the fantasy, the beautiful scenery and stuff in Caraval (the game)–it’s hard not to get swept away. The twists and turns are compelling; with each new layer peeled away, each new revelation, you’ll go “wow”, “oh!” and the truth–or what you know as truth–is turned upside-down and you get to see things differently.
I loved Brigid Kemmerer’s LETTERS TO THE LOST (click on link to read the review), and when I saw that she has a new book coming on March 2018, I can’t help but squee! The hero, Rev Fletcher, is Declan’s (hero of Letters to the Lost) friend.
Here’s the cover, featured in HEA USA Today:
And there’s also an excerpt that made me wish March 2018 is here now!! Read it here.
LETTERS TO THE LOST is a compelling, emotion-filled read, maybe better read by more mature YA. However, even while the letters started because Juliet lost her mother, this book doesn’t only deal with death and the resulting grief, but also the wider themes of fate and choice.
The first few chapters were raw with emotion, especially the letters, and especially where Juliet used photographs to convey certain thoughts or feelings. The main characters are not your usual teens; having lost people important to them, they’re deeper, weightier, sounding almost like mature grown ups (because there are immature ones), especially in their letters where they’d discuss fate and choosing paths. I thought there was a bit of disparity in their real selves and the selves in their letters, but I suppose that’s only to be expected because somehow it’s easier to let a stranger see your real self without the barriers and prejudices of a lot of things that come with knowing who the other person is. (You’ll understand what I’m talking about when you read the book)
NEW BOOK RELEASE!
A Starr gone. A team betrayed.
Cover from Bustle
Yes, I think it’s beautiful. S. Jae-Jones’ covers sure are pretty. She’s so lucky! Wintersong (the first book) initially caught my eye because of the cover, I have to admit.
SHADOWSONG is the second book and it follows Wintersong, 6 months after Liesl left the Underground. For new readers, I would advise you to read Wintersong now! I’m not sure if you’ll understand Shadowsong without reading the first book–maybe you will, maybe you won’t–but why would you deprive yourself of one of the most epic reads I’ve had the fortune to enjoy? Go get it now!
Here’s where you can check out the excerpt for Shadowsong: https://www.bustle.com/p/s-jae-jones-returns-to-the-world-of-the-goblin-king-in-shadowsong-cover-excerpt-reveal-63280
Oooh, can’t wait, can’t wait for January 2018!!! I hope Liesl and the Goblin King have a happy ending… Too much to hope?
If you’re a fan like me for Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, here’s the scoop!
There’s a title for Wintersong #2! And it’s called….
And it’s coming January 30, 2018. Can’t wait! Hope we’ll see more of the Goblin King!
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ROMEO AND WHAT’S HER NAME is unexpectedly funny and sweet contemporary young adult romance.
Emily Stein is crushing on Wes Rosenthal, and what better way to be close to him than to be the understudy of Juliet to his Romeo? However, she didn’t think she’d have the chance to actually play Juliet, plus she was kept busy by Amanda–who was playing Juliet–doing errands, and so she didn’t have a chance to really learn her lines. On the fateful day, Amanda wasn’t able to go on stage, so guess who had to take her place?