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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhondes


Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Expected Publication Date: December 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Page Count: 416 pages
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Love, power, and magic collide with war in the second book of the Falling Kingdoms series

Auranos has fallen and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now united as one country called Mytica. But still, magic beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world...

When the evil King Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of events that will forever change the face of this land, forcing Cleo the dethroned princess, Magnus the reluctant heir, Lucia the haunted sorceress, and Jonas the desperate rebel to take steps they never could have imagined.
Why I Can't Wait: I LOVED Falling Kingdoms last year and I'm so beyond excited to read this sequel! Good high fantasy is hard to come by in YA and I always pick up everything I can. I love this series so much, OMG, I can't wait!!!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Review: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen


The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Page Count: 435 pages
Format: ARC
Source: ALA Midwinter 2013
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Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.
This is the first Sarah Dessen book I've ever read and it was drastically different from what I expected. Emaline's struggles with finding herself outside of her long-term relationship is poignant and something I could easily relate to. Especially when driven, artistic Theo enters Emaline's life and things get out of hand, I felt like I couldn't understand Emaline any better. Sarah Dessen really captures the experience of moving from one stage of life to another without getting to heavy in content. The Moon and More is a great coming-of-age novel that touches on the universal theme of finding yourself. Whether you're a longtime Sarah Dessen fan or just starting to get yourself into her novels like I am, The Moon and More will blow you away with its wit and whimsy.


As someone who recently broke up with her boyfriend of almost six years, relating to Emaline's relationship struggles was easy for me. I understood what she was going through, moving away from her old life and moving toward another one. Emaline’s friends were also great side characters. I loved how Morris’s love for Emaline was unconditional and that no matter what happened he was always there for her. It was inspiring to see Morris grow as a character along with Emaline as well. The Moon and More really ended up being a great coming-of-age novel focusing on all the characters at once, not just Emaline. As my first Sarah Dessen novel, The Moon and More has me hooked on Sarah’s writing and I can’t wait to pick up every single one of her other books!

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