Friday, February 26, 2016

Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios Blog Tour + Giveaway

Blood Passage
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: March 1, 2016

A jinni who's lost everything.
A master with nothing to lose.
A revolutionary with everything to gain.
When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before.
Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.
Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second installment of the Dark Passage Cycle.


1. Virus (Bjork)

This one is a Malek song. He’s like a virus in Nalia’s life, totally in love and obsessed with her. He just won’t give up when it comes to her. I also like the fragility of this song, the gentle lullaby quality of it. Here are the lyrics because they are just perfect:

Like a virus needs a body 
As soft tissue feeds on blood 
Some day I'll find you, the urge is here 

Like a mushroom on a tree trunk 
As the protein transmutates 
I knock on your skin, and I am in 

The perfect match, you and me 
I adapt, contagious 
You open up, say welcome 

Like a flame that seeks explosives 
As gunpowder needs a war 
I feast inside you, my host is you 

The perfect match, you and I 
You fail to resist 
My crystalline charm 

Like a virus, patient hunter 
I'm waiting for you, I'm starving for you 

My sweet adversary 
My sweet adversary 
My sweet adversary 

2. I Choose You (Sara Bareilles) 
This is an expression Raif uses when professing his love for Nalia in all three books. This song is so sweet and joyful. It’s very Nalia and Raif. 

3. Shake It Out (Florence + The Machine) 
I put Nalia through the ringer in this book. This song is all about not dwelling on the past and getting up again. She uses the expression it’s always darkest before the dawn and that is very true for Nalia. Her happy endings are hard won. 

4. Green Eyes (Coldplay) 
I had to put this one on there for Raif and his emerald eyes. I feel like this song would make Nalia think of him. It’s a very romantic very sweet song. 

5. Lasya (Anoushka Shankar) 
This is a gorgeous sitar piece that brings to life the world of the book. It’s set in Morocco and when I hear this it just takes me back there with Nalia, Raif, and Malek on all their adventures.

About the Author 
When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. Find out more about Heather and her books and, or come hang out with her on Twitter (@HDemetrios) and any number of social media sites.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication Date: January 5, 2015

I began reading Passenger with such excitement. I’d heard rave reviews from other bloggers, and this was my first Alexandra Bracken book. I had high expectations but as the pages dragged on, and on, and on, I found myself getting decidedly less excited. I ended up finishing this book feeling let down.

This plot was slow. There were things that needed to happen to drive the plot and I could see them lurking in the shadows but the scenes dragged on. The only exciting part of this novel happened to be at the very end. I think I would have been able to slog through a slow plot had the characters been interesting, but I didn’t even like them.

The main character Etta is from present day New York and after her mother is captured and she is taken back in time to the 1700’s. Which doesn’t really seem to bother Etta. She adapts quickly and learns the political background of the ruling time travel family. The problem was Etta felt one dimensional she has a very specific goal and doesn’t really deviate. Nicholas is a mixed race son from the ruling traveling family. He is from the 1700’s but doesn’t hold any of the 1700’s ideals. This really bothered me because I just didn’t think it rang true.

The romantic relationship in this book was probably what I disliked the most. I wanted to like it. It’s not often authors write a diverse romance but I just thought it all moved too fast. I couldn’t believe the relationship between Etta and Nicholas. I didn’t see the spark and so everything that happened after felt rushed and unnatural.

Overall, this novel was just plain boring and when it wasn’t boring the romance was confusing. I still plan on giving The Darkest Minds a try, since I already have the book, but I’m not in a huge hurry to pick it up. And I will definitely be skipping the sequel to this novel.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Top 10 YA Ships

With Valentines Day on Sunday I thought it would be fun to share my Top 10 Favorite YA Ships! Some of these ships will never sail but a girl can always hope ^.~

1 Anna & Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
2 The Darkling & Alina from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
3 Ronan & Kavinsky from The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

4 Evie & Death from Endless Knight by Kresley Cole
5 June & Day from Legend by Marie Lu

6 Rose & Dimitri from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
7 Morpheus & Alyssa from Splintered by A.G. Howard
8 Arin & Kestrel from The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

9 Jem & Tessa from Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
10 Scarlet & Robin Hood from Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski Blog Tour

The Winner's Kiss
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publication Date: March 29th, 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
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My favorite literary kiss
There are so many great kisses throughout literary history but my absolute favorite kiss is a more recent one. It is when Jem kisses Tessa for the first time in Clockwork Prince.

I never thought my ship would sail and so when Jem pulled Tessa toward him and finally made a move I thought my heart would burst. I had never been a Will/Tessa person. Even though it was (sort of) justified I didn't like the way Will treated people. I definitely thought that Jem deserved some happiness with Tessa. 

Why is it your favorite?
This is my favorite kiss because I never thought it would happen! I thought Jem was just going to be relegated to side character status and that nothing would happen for him. Jem deserved so much more and I was so happy for him and Tessa.  

Bonus Question: what kiss do you hope will occur in Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Kiss?
I am in the middle of reading The Winner's Kiss right now and all I want is a happy ending for Arin and Kestrel! They have both been through so much that they're owed a little piece of happily ever after. It'll be a bonus if that happily ever after includes kisses =P
About the Author
Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - February Link Up

Welcome to the February Review Link Up for the 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. Before linking your reviews make sure you are signed up for the challenge here.
  • When submitting a review please do it in this format: Title of Reviewed Book (Name of Blog). Author names are not necessary. 
  • This link up will be open until February 29th
  • If you have and questions feel free to ask in the comments, email, or tweet me @FallingForYA
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