Thursday, September 18, 2014

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: ebook (galley) // 416 pages

Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown, for allowing me to read this before it's released!

Goodreads summaryA sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder — and the one boy who can help change her future.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.

Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane — a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.



THOUGHTS
Salt & Storm is about a young girl named Avery who was born into a family where the women become witches. Avery wants to become the next witch of Prince Island, but her mom refuses to let her learn from her grandma (the current witch) and has even put a curse on her to keep her away. Avery is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her destiny in becoming a witch, even if it means sacrificing certain things.

To be honest, I'm not really sure how I feel about Salt & Storm. It took me AGES to get through the first half because the development of characters and the "feel" of Prince Island happened very slowly. There were also a lot of repetitive things happening (for example, Avery's multiple attempts to break her mom's curse) that kept me away from continuing the story.

Luckily, I'm someone who HAS to finish a book she starts. Am I glad I finished this one? YES! I was glued to the screen during the last half — it was packed with action, which I wished was evenly distributed throughout the whole book, and I (surprisingly) ended up caring about a character that I initially had no feelings for.

OVERALL RATING
    

As a debut novel, I liked it. If you enjoy stories about witches and magic, I think you'd enjoy the story.

In Salt & Storm, Avery is able to interpret dreams. What is the weirdest dream you've ever had (and would you wish for someone to interpret it so you could find out what it means?)

Monday, September 1, 2014

September 2014 Happenings

I really can't believe that it's practically FALL. It definitely doesn't feel or look like fall (no air conditioning in my apartment + not being able to open any windows = death), so I am desperately awaiting the day that I can start wearing combat boots again.

I like the idea of sharing my plans for September, so here are some books I'm hoping to read, books I'm looking forward to seeing in its physical form, and goals for the month!


books i'm planning to read

I don't want to call this a September TBR because I KNOW for a fact that once I do, I'm going to read everything that is not on this list. So instead of that, I'll just give you a general idea of what I'm planning to read. That way I won't feel as guilty if I end up reading something else :p ("TBR" just sounds too final to me and I'm terrible at commitment.)


Eric from Quirk Books was asking for bloggers to review Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix, so I immediately tweeted back and this came in the mail! I love Ikea, so this being similar to their catalogs sent a signal to my brain that I must read this. I'm not a fan of horror/scary books, but I decided to give this a chance because IKEA.

Booksplosion, a book club on YouTube, is planning to read Rumble by Ellen Hopkins so I decided to jump in. I haven't read anything by Ellen yet, but I read the description and thought it would be quite interesting. I've only tuned in to one liveshow (for We Were Liars) but I like hearing what other people think of something I've read.

I stopped by my school library this past week and immediately picked up Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg because 1) I recognized her name and 2) I liked the cover. I have no idea what it's about (although it looks like the main character may be a singer!) but sometimes you just need a girly book.

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (thank you, Fierce Reads!) so I'll be reading and reviewing this in the near future. And YES, this is the same Ann M. Martin who wrote the Baby-Sitter's Club series!

ANTICIPATED RELEASES




I think my only goal for September is to finish Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper. It's not a terrible book, but I've been reading the thing for ages and I just need to move on!

What are you hoping to read this month? Which new releases are you most excited for? What are your plans for September?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August 2014 Rewind

Hi guys! (Well, mostly gals ... but I never say "gals" in real life so it just looks strange.) I hope you read a lot of books in August, because I sure didn't ...

books i read in august

Yes, your eyes do not deceive you. I only finished two books in August. It's quite embarrassing because I didn't start school until the 25th, which means I had plenty of time to read. I got through most of Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, but I had to return it to the library. I'm in a bit of a reading slump right now, so hopefully I come across some good books in September.

2 books i need to hurry up and read
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry — my family has had this book for ages and I still haven't gotten around to reading it. The movie is already out and I won't watch it unless I've finished the book.
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver — one of my reading goals for this year is to finish the Delirium trilogy, which I was planning to do this month but ... as you can tell, that didn't turn out well.
3 of the coolest things that happened
At the beginning of August, I met Gayle Forman, Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson at a book signing! It was my first time at a book-related event, so I was really excited to finally meet some authors :p I got to the bookstore two hours early (just in case) and bought The Sky is Everywhere and Everything Leads to You.

The day after that, I attended a pre-screening of If I Stay (thank you, Refinery29!) It was a beautiful movie, and I'll definitely be watching it again in theaters. Gayle Forman, Chloe Moretz and Liana Liberato also stopped by to introduce the movie, so that was pretty cool.

I don't normally attend concerts, but Ed Sheeran was going to be around so I had to buy tickets. Seeing and listening to him LIVE was a ton of fun. It was just him, his guitar and a loop pedal — crazy how good it still sounds!

5 things I BLOGGED/FILMED

Because I only read two books this month and did not complete any of my reading goals, I'm going to save myself from humiliation and refrain from posting a reading challenge update :p

Out of all the books you read in August, which one did you enjoy the most? Did you watch If I Stay? What is something cool you did in August?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Top 10 Books I Want To Read But Don't Own Yet


There are a million and one books I'd love to read but don't own yet. My TBR pile is already something I never want to think about or look at, but add all the books I want to read and it's trouble. What's even worse is that I'm terrible at prioritizing the books I'd like to read vs. books I borrow from the library — I tend to save all the books I really want to read, which basically means I don't read the books I REALLY want to read. But that's all a different story ... SO, here are the books I'd like to own and read someday (but not before I finish the books I already have!):


1. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I went through a (very short) phase where I would not read a book if I didn't own it, even if I REALLY wanted to. Thankfully I realized that I was being dumb, but I still haven't made time to pick this up yet! This would have been a perfect summer read.

2. Alienated by Melissa Landers
I borrowed this from my school's library last semester but I didn't get a chance to finish it. The concept is really strange but cool, so I'm hoping to pick it up again and continue onward.

3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
This book (and entire trilogy) has been out for such a long time, but I'm having a difficult time choosing the covers I want ... yeah, #firstworldproblems.

4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
All I know is that I need to hurry up and read this already.


5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Yes, I STILL haven't read this after I talked about it in my "Top 5 Most Embarrassing Unread Books" post. I really want the B&N collector's edition, but I'm also trying to hold back on buying too many books.

6. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
There was so much buzz after a bunch of booktubers got together and read this one. The cover is very girly and I heard it was funny. Funny's my kind of thing. So me and this book should have a pretty fun time.

7. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Another book I haven't read but really need to. I haven't heard a single bad thing about this one and I really love Jenny Han.

8. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
I don't think I've read a single new adult romance novel, but I really want to read this specific one after hearing how much Kassidy and Riley loved it.


9. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
This one is a recent release so I'm not too mad at myself about this one, but I love everything that Rainbow Rowell writes and need to read everything she has ever written. If she wrote an essay on physics, I'd like to read it right now please.

10. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
This one makes me so sad ... I don't know what else to say because I sound like a recording machine but I NEED THIS ONE SO BAD.

I feel overwhelmed after looking over the books I'd like to own and read. There are way too many and I know I could never finish all the books. Can publishers please stop publishing books for like one year and let me catch up?! That would be kinda nice.

Which book would you recommend I read first? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What is on your list of "books I want to read but don't own yet"?

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