Dying to Devour: The Raven Boys

Going through the books on my bookshelf, in search of a book for my teen to read for ARP. Just saying that makes me want to rant and rave about how absolutely ridiculous it is to make middle school kids read books and take tests on them. Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of.

Okay, I’m going to take a deep breath and step off my soapbox now.

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Anyway, as I was looking through my books I found an ARC (advance reading copy) of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys. With the release of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I feel like I’ve been missing out on something wonderful. I have decided that I’ll be reading The Raven Boys next. No matter what, I’m getting to this series.

Come. Here. My. Pretty.

 

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Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.

Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.

Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?

Monday Musings: NANOWRIMO

To NaNo or not to NaNo, that is the question.

I thought I’d stay far, far away from NaNoWriMo this year. I just cannot write that fast…50,000 words in 30 days is ABSOLUTELY INSANE!

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But, I think I may just be crazy enough to try this year. Why? About 6 months ago I started writing a story I call–A FIFTH OF A SECOND. At first, this story was coming out New Adult (NA). This is not a bad thing, I just never really saw myself writing in this arena. I tend to shy away from writing explicit sex scenes, although I do like to write smexy scenes. Mine are more PG-13 than R, if you know what I mean.

On Thursday, I got inspiration from out of nowhere on how to translate the beginning I’d already written from NA to YA. And in under 2 hours, I had a new 1900 words. That progress got me thinking. If I can just write 1,000 words a day in November, I’d have a great start to a new story–hence thinking about NaNo. Maybe I won’t “win” by completing 50,000 words, but 30,000 isn’t anything to be sneezed at.

For now, I am going to write my heart out. As for NaNo, you may or may not see me lurking around as I add to my word count.

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Five Minute Friday: CONJURED

One of my students came into class and was reading CONJURED. As I always do, I asked her what she was reading and if it was good. After talking to her and reading the summary, I knew I had to get my hands on this book. As soon as my student was finished reading, she handed me the book to borrow. I just started, but already I’m drawn in by the character’s voice and can’t wait to find out just what her memories are trying to tell Eve.

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Eve has a new home, a new face, and a new name—but no memories of her past. She’s been told that she’s in a witness protection program. That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access—and there is nothing they won’t say—or do—to her to get her to remember.

At night she dreams of a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. But during the day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do things—things like change the color of her eyes or walk through walls. When she does use her strange powers, she blacks out and is drawn into terrifying visions, returning to find that days or weeks have passed—and she’s lost all short-term memories. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her—but the truth may be more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.

Dying to Devour: TALON

 

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At BEA I received a signed copy of TALON. It has been sitting on my shelf–staring at me–since June. I soooo want to read this, but each time I goto the shelf I choose another book. It’s about time I read!!

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Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

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