Waiting on Wednesday: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

June 9, 2015

When seventeen-year-old Minnow stumbles out of the woods one winter morning, she is haunted and handless and covered in someone else’s blood. She has just escaped the strict religious commune run by a cruel man named the Prophet. In exchange for freedom, she leaves behind her family, her home, and Jude–an outsider boy who changed everything.

But the real world isn’t the sanctuary Minnow imagined. Soon, she gets arrested and placed in juvenile detention. Now, Minnow is being questioned by an FBI psychiatrist about the night she escaped, the same night the Prophet was burned to death in his own home—a murder Minnow may be responsible for.

A modern retelling of the Grimm fairy tale, “The Handless Maiden,” in which the Devil orders a girl’s hands cut off, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is the story of a girl growing out of the wreckage of corrupted faith.

 

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Audiobook Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

 

Release Date: July 8, 2014
Read by: Rebecca Lowman
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Bought
IBSN: 9781250049377)
Blurb:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

pireviewRainbow Rowell could make the phone book funny and compelling. Seriously, I’ve adored every one of her books. She swept me off my feet with Attachments. It was a warm fuzzy, slow burn story. Landline isn’t so happy but it was just as compelling.

Landline throws you into the middle of an unhappy marriage. Just like in real life there’s many, many things that lead Georgie and Neal to this point in their lives. Relationships are complicated and Rainbow Rowell captures that flawlessly. I think anyone who’s been in a relationship can relate to Georgie and Neal. I really liked that Georgie wasn’t some innocent heartbroken wife. She wasn’t a completely likeable character in the beginning, but it was easy to warm up to her once you started to understand what got them to this point.

The magic phone aspect could’ve been strange in another authors hands, but I think it was done wonderfully. I really enjoyed the conversations. The flashbacks added a warm fuzzy feeling of first love. I loved seeing how Georgie and Neal fell for each other. Those scenes are what made me like them and root for them.

Landline was a really entertaining read. I listened to it on audio and the performance by Rebecca Lowman was superb. I certainly recommend this for any fans of Rainbow Rowell’s YA books.

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Saturday Situation: Link up your reviews & giveaways

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Cover Changes

Cover changes happen. I’ve come to terms with that. Sometimes I don’t always understand them but I assume that the publishing industry knows a lot more than me. That doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion and a preference. So I want to point out some of the cover changes I adore…and the ones I do not. Whether it be repackaging or new covers for paperback. Feel free to state your opinion as well. This is Part 10 of what is turning out to be a very ongoing post. (There’s just so many changes) Click for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and the Omnibus editionPart 7Part 8,  Part 9 Part 10, Part 11Part 12Part 13,  Part 14.

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn SchneiderThe Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Not a huge change but a dramatic one. I adore the bright colors of the original, but if the new one appeals to boys more then I’m okay with it. I’m not really a fan of the font on the new cover, though.

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan VivianNot That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

I know some people HATE kissing covers. I’m not one of them, but I still think the original is only meh…but I really don’t like the new one. I don’t think it fits the tone of the story well and I wouldn’t give it a second glance in the bookstore. Which is too bad because I loved the book.

 Burn for Burn by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han Burn for Burn by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

Burn for Burn by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

This one isn’t a drastic change either, but I noticed it right away. I must say I like the hardback cover a lot, I always have. I love the filter and transparent font. But maybe that’s why they changed it. Maybe they felt like it didn’t stand out enough? I donn’t really care for the new cover. That green is out of place and all the different fonts! Too many!

Wild Cards by Simone ElkelesBetter Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles

Wild Cards/Better Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles

Not only a cover change but a name change! I haven’t read this book but I like the changes.

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah OcklerThe Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

I really adore the original cover. It’s so different than other covers out there. The purple and orange colors are so striking, and the book! You can’t go wrong with a book on the cover. The paperback version isn’t horrible, but it looks like everything else out there.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy NelsonThe Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

I never really liked the original cover, but I love, love, love this new one! It’s so unique and just…gorgeous! I also love that it matches I’ll Give You the Sun.

 

What do you think of all these changes?

 

 

Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

 

Release Date: November 4, 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Amazon
IBSN:9781442484238)
Blurb:

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

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I’m going to say it, I’m the Mara Dyer trilogy’s biggest fan. That’s quite a statement, I know. I’ve been singing its praises from the rooftops since before The Unbecoming came out. What an incredible, unique, mind-bind-y series. And now it’s over. No more crazy Mara or creepy alligators. It’s done. Thankfully, it ended with a bang and I enjoyed every single word of it.

It’s been over a year since I read The Evolution of Mara Dyer so the details were a little fuzzy but it didn’t take me long to get caught back up in the story. The Retribution of Mara Dyer was probably the darkest story yet. Mara has changed. She’s given up on that normal, ideal life. So now she’s not afraid to do what it takes to find the answers she and her friends so desperately need.

Honestly, Mara made me a bit uncomfortable in this one. She’s scary and dark and I loved every second of it. Even the uncomfortable bits. There wasn’t as much swooning in this one but I think chapter 73 makes up for it, yes? Sigh…

Throughout the series we’ve had more questions than answers. Many, many more. They all get answered in the conclusion in a slow completely addicting fashion. I’m so thrilled with the way the story came together. I was on the edge of my seat for at least 98% of the book. I might need a massage from all the tension!

Really, you guys, what and incredibly well written series. Michelle Hodkin is a genius. I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion. There were a few things left open. I’ll be really interested to see if there’s a spin-off book/series (pleasepleaseplease). If you haven’t started the series yet we can’t be friends. Read it!

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

 

Saturday Situation: Link up your reviews & giveaways

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Black Ice & Sublime Giveaway

I’m trying to get back into the swing of blogging and what better way to celebrate than a giveaway?

 Black Ice by Becca FitzpatrickSublime by Christina Lauren

About the giveaway:

One winner will receive a copy of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick and Sublime by Christina Lauren
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