W..W..W.. Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what we have been up to for the past week.  W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

 

What are you currently reading?

Kristy - Being a school night, I haven’t picked up anything as yet.

Melissa - I have had a really quiet week and haven’t been reading anything either!

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Kristy – Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins. I won’t be reviewing this book, as we have already posted Jocie’s review. I also read Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer and Talon by Julie Kagawa.

Melissa – I finished reading Batman: Streets of Gotham Volume 3  and that was it!!

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Kristy - I have so many to choose from, I am not quite sure. Probably Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch or Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Melissa – Still on my list is Batgirl: Year One or maybe Gotham Central Volume 1.

 

What is everyone out there reading at the moment, and more importantly is it a good read? Share your links below!

Review: Falling Into Place – Amy Zhang

Release Date: September 9th 2014
Published By: HarperCollins Australia/Greenwillow Books
Pages: 304
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis: On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. 

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

 

 

Review: Remember how, about a month back, I reviewed ‘Take Back The Skies,’ and was like, ‘Well, I definitely feel like an underachiever,’ because the author was my age and she’d published something? And not just any something, but a novel-something? Yes? Well, this is another case of that. But, the feeling is even worse because I adore this book.

‘Falling into Place,’ written by (18-year old)Amy Zhang, is the story of Liz Emerson. She is the most popular girl in school, and she has decided to commit suicide. One day after class, she crashes her car, and the next, she’s fighting for life. Told from a non-linear and fascinating perspective, this book absolutely stunned me.

I’ll try and refrain from gushing too much, but I can’t promise you anything.

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Laini Taylor came to Australia! YA Bloggers Event and Melbourne Event Recap

Laini Taylor was recently in Australia – I am sure you have heard all about it. There were copious amounts of tweets, excited Facebook status updates, and afterwards, some amazing blog posts and photos popping up all over the interwebs. And I was not only lucky enough to attend one of her events, but I had to opportunity to interview her and attend an event in Sydney, and then another event in Melbourne.

So here is my experience with this amazing lady!

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Review: Illusions of Fate – Kiersten White

Release Date: September 9th 2014
Published By: HarperTeen
Pages: 288
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray

Review: Illusions of Fate may well be my favourite Kiersten White book to date. This beautifully written story is captivating, thrilling and intriguing. Coupled with a lush setting, and brilliant characters this is one book not to be missed! (more…)

Top 10 Books That Have Stayed with Us in Some Way

 

We have been tagged by Arra at Style Reader to list 10 books that have stayed with us. We are going to cheat a little and do 5 each (I know, cheating isn’t fair, but we do things as a team).

The rules are you can’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be right and great works of literature.  You don’t have to do a blog post,  you can do this and tag others via social media and you then have to tag 10 other people to do the same.

So, here are our Top 10 Books That Have Stayed with Me in Some Way:

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Review: The Rapunzel Dilemma – Jennifer Kloester

Release Date: August 27th 2014
Published By: Penguin Australia
Pages: 336
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Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 2 out of 5

Synopsis: Lily’s had a charmed life so far, and now she’s off to London to pursue her dream of becoming a great actor. But life at the London Drama Academy is full of surprises – and for the first time, Lily finds that things don’t always go her way.

It’s not just the other students who are making life difficult. Lily’s got a secret she’s not sure how to handle, but she finds that a room in one of the Academy’s deserted towers makes a perfect refuge. Lily can’t stay locked in the tower forever, though. And when she meets the mysterious Ronan Carver, everything starts to change . . .

A fast-paced modern fairytale and companion novel to The Cinderella Moment, from talented YA author Jennifer Kloester.

 

Review: The Rapunzel Dilemma. A companion novel to The Cinderella Moment, and my first Jennifer Kloester book. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed.

I found the novel to just be ok. There was nothing to really scream home about.

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Giveaway Winner of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Hello everyone! Thanks to the lovely team at Allen & Unwin, we hosted an Australian giveaway for three lucky winners for a copy of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. The giveaway is now closed, and the winners are announced below!

For those of you who missed my review of We Were Liars, you can find it here. We also posted a Q&A with E. Lockhart, where you can find out more about this amazing book!

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Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) – Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 11th 2014
Published By: Bloomsbury Childrens
Pages: 562
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Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Review: I love the Throne of Glass series. I really do. But with series’ that I love, the longer they go on, I start to get nervous that they might lose “something”. Maybe it will start to drag out, maybe the character development will lack, maybe the world will start to become a little bland. If you are afraid of the same thing, do not worry – Heir of Fire is an amazing instalment to the Throne of Glass series! This series just keeps on getting better and better, and I am in awe of Sarah J. Maas’ ability to continue to bring even more tension, development, twists, power, pain, fierceness and hope to this amazing series. Heir of Fire does not just “move the story along”, it throws some more pieces into this amazingly detailed and complex storyline, and the world will expand and every character will be tested.

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August in Review

Hi everyone! Is it September already? How did that happen? This year is just flying by! It has been a pretty busy month for both Melissa and myself. I was especially busy at the end of August and the first few days of September (the reason why this recap is a little late). Technically all the exciting stuff has happened for me in September, so you I won’t give you a recap on all the awesomeness that was the first few days of September until the next recap – by then I might be able to process it all as well :)

So, here is our August recap!

 

Book Reviews

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) – Maggie Stiefvater
We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
Let’s Get Lost – Adi Alsaid

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Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) – Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: August 14 2014 (or, if you’re from Australia, sometime in September)
Published By: Usborne
Pages: 339
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list

Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: “The cafe is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”

His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me.

And then…he blinks. “Isla?”

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

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Cooper Bartholomew is Dead Australian Blog Tour

 

Hello! And welcome to the first stop on the Australian Cooper Bartholomew is Dead Blog Tour! Thanks to the lovely people at Allen & Unwin, we have a special treat for you today – a first chapter extract of Cooper Bartholomew is Dead!

 

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead

Synopsis: Cooper Bartholomew’s body is found at the foot of a cliff. 

Suicide.

That’s the official finding, that’s what everyone believes. 
Cooper’s girlfriend, Libby, has her doubts. They’d been 
happy, in love. Why would he take his own life?

As Libby searches for answers, and probes more deeply
into what really happened the day Cooper died, she and
her friends unravel a web of deception and betrayal. 
Are those friends – and enemies – what they seem? 
Who is hiding a dangerous secret? And will the truth set them all free? 

A gripping new novel from the author of Beautiful Malice and Sweet Damage.

 

Goodreads: Add it to your reading list

 

Author Bio

Rebecca James was born in Sydney in 1970. She spent her early twenties working as a waitress, her late twenties teaching English in Indonesia and Japan, and most of her thirties having babies and working as a kitchen designer. Her first novel, Beautiful Malice, was an international publishing sensation, selling in 52 countries. This was followed by Sweet Damage, published in Australia in 2013.

Published in October, Cooper Bartholomew is Dead is a thrilling novel that delves into the psychology of a group of friends and old enemies.

Rebecca now lives in Canberra with her partner and their four sons.

Visit Rebecca online at her website and follow @Rebecca_James_ on Twitter.  You can also find out more about Rebecca and Cooper Bartholomew is Dead at Allen & Unwin’s website.

 

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead Excerpt

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I never imagined I would die like this.

The fall from the cliff is sudden and shocking, the plunge towards the earth terrifying. There’s no pain when I hit the ground. Pain is there to warn you when something is wrong, there’s no point to it when nothing is right.

I’m briefly aware of certain things – the impossible twisted angles of my arms and legs. Blood pooling beneath my head.

I think of Mum.

And Libby . . . Her warmth, her eyes, her body. Thoughts that would make me smile if I was able, memories that would make me fight for life if I could.

It hurts like hell to imagine her pain and confusion.

Then I remember how I got here in the first place, the combination of events that led to this. The secrets and the lies.

I’m filled with a futile desire to do something. Find Libby. Tell her the truth.

 

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Libby

I’m asleep, dreaming, when someone knocks on my bedroom door. In my drowsy confusion I assume that it’s Cooper, but it’s my mother who pushes the door open and comes to sit on the edge of my bed. I blink, rub my eyes, and notice with a shock that Mum’s eyes are full of tears.

I sit up, immediately awake.

‘What is it? What’s wrong?’

‘Oh, Libby, darling,’ she says.

I wait, heart pounding. I can’t imagine what has made her look so devastated.

‘Oh, sweetheart, I’m so sorry,’ she says, taking my hand. ‘It’s Cooper. He’s gone. He’s gone. Last night he . . . He’s dead.’

Cooper? Dead?

I push my blankets off and stand up. I find my phone and check the screen. There are two new messages from Cooper. I was so exhausted last night I went to bed early and must have fallen asleep immediately. I hadn’t heard a thing

He sent the first message at eleven.

Still awake? Can I come over? x

The second came an hour later, just before midnight.

Libs? You there?

I try to call him but it goes straight to voicemail. I toss my phone on the bed.

‘I’m going to see him,’ I say. ‘Find out what’s going on.’

Mum stands up and puts her hands on my shoulders. She speaks slowly, her voice breaking. I watch her with a fascinated detachment.

‘You can’t. Cooper is gone. He’s dead, sweetheart. You can’t speak to him.’

‘Let me go,’ I say, pulling away. I go to the mirror and pull my hair back from my face and lift it into a ponytail. I’m about to take my pyjamas off when I see my mother’s reflection in the mirror. I notice the very careful way she’s watching me, the sad look in her eyes, and the meaning of her words finally sinks in.

‘No,’ I say. Just that. My legs feel suddenly boneless, too weak to keep me up. I sink to the floor and put my head in my hands. It takes a few moments before I understand that the noise I can hear – a low animal moan, a dreadful wail of despair – is coming from me.

Mum sits on the floor beside me, wraps her arm around my back, pulls my head against her shoulder. We sit there, rocking, for a very long time.

 

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2

Sebastian

He’s eating breakfast when the landline rings. In the quiet of the kitchen the noise seems harsh, overly loud, insistent, and he knows that it’s going to be bad news. It’s too early for social calls. His father is at work and his mother’s in the shower, so he puts his spoon down, walks reluctantly to the side table.

He picks up the phone. Toby Richardson tells him in a broken voice that Cooper is dead.

‘Some surfer found him this morning down on the rocks. They’re saying it was suicide. My mum was working up at the hospital when they brought him in. They’re actually saying he jumped off Bradley’s Edge.’ Toby sounds suddenly outraged, angry. ‘Like, deliberately.’

Sebastian leans against the wall for a moment, covers his mouth with the back of his hand. He looks out towards Mount Timbi and Bradley’s Edge and an image of Cooper’s shattered body flashes into his mind: blood and bone, sharp rocks, torn flesh. Cooper’s broken, still face. He shivers, wrapping his arms around himself. For a moment he feels as though all the oxygen has been sucked from the atmosphere and replaced with something toxic. He swallows, chokes on nothing, gasps for air.

‘You okay? Seb? Mate?’

He takes a breath, straightens up, pulls himself together.

‘I’m fine,’ he says. His voice is controlled, formal. ‘Thanks for letting me know.’

‘Hold on a minute. Don’t hang up. Seb . . .?’

It’s clear that Toby wants to stay on the line, expects something from him. He’s assuming that they might comfort each other. Cry together. Talk it through.

But Sebastian can’t, won’t. All he can do is say thank you again before he disconnects and drops the handset back into its base. In the safety of his bedroom, he closes the door, pulls the blinds down and lets himself cry. He feels broken, hollow, as though someone has blown a hole through his middle where his soul used to be.

 

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3

Claire

Claire is barely out of bed when Sebastian calls. His voice is thick – she can tell he’s been crying. She wonders if he’s taken something.

Then he tells her – he says that Cooper was found at the bottom of Bradley’s Edge. Shock grips her in a vicious fist. Squeezes tight, making her stomach heave and her head spin. She collapses to the floor, dropping her phone and cracking her elbow on the coffee table. Bree rushes over to help. Tells Seb to call back later.

‘He’s dead,’ Claire says. ‘I can’t believe it. I can’t fucking believe it.’

‘Who?’ Bree crouches down beside her. ‘Claire? Who’s dead?’

Claire tells her what she knows, and they sit for a while in shock. They hold hands and cry, stare at each other with wide, horrified eyes. After a while Bree gets up and makes coffee, and they drink in silence. The coffee tastes like mud, and if Claire had the energy she’d get up and make them something stronger, more soothing. But she’s too shattered to move.

‘You should go back to bed,’ Bree says. ‘You look like absolute shit.’

Claire’s happy to be told what to do. She lets Bree lead her to her bedroom and waits passively as Bree pulls back the bedclothes. It’s a relief to sink into the musky comfort of doona, sheets and pillows.

It’s only when Bree has left the room and she’s alone that Claire dares to let herself think, to allow her memories of last night to surface.

She was so wasted that her mental images are hazy and unclear. She remembers the first part of the night – drinking vodka in the afternoon, listening to music, dancing drunkenly around the lounge room – but everything else is a blur.

She looks across at the pile of discarded clothes in the corner of her room. Black boots, skinny jeans, her favourite sequinned top. She must have gone somewhere. Done something. She wouldn’t wear that top around the house. She closes her eyes, strains to remember, and is rewarded with a sudden clear flashback: at some stage of the night she’d called a cab, staggered down the staircase, waited outside.

Where had she gone? Where?

Sebastian’s. She sees herself knocking on his door. Going inside. The two of them drinking straight whisky. Claire hates whisky, but that didn’t stop her – she can taste the sour fire of it, recall the way it made her gasp. They shared a line of speed. Maybe two. They both got wasted.

But there’s more. Something bad happened. Something that left her miserable and crying.

She lies back and gazes at the ceiling as the next memory starts to form. It emerges slowly, fragmented and disjointed, like an old film cut up and reassembled out of order. But it’s enough to create a vague picture, more than enough to make her heart beat faster and her body sweat.

She was in the car with Cooper. Both of them angry. A nasty fight. Tears and shouting. She remembers pushing him. Pushing him again. Pushing him hard.

She starts crying, letting the tears slide down her temples, into her hairline.

They fought. She pushed him.

And now Cooper is dead.

 

 

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead Australian Blog Tour

There are some more special treats in store for you during the Australian Blog Tour of Cooper Bartholomew is Dead, including a review, Q&A, sneak peak under the cover and maybe even a giveaway :) Be sure to check out all the stops.

The next stop is tomorrow (Tuesday 2 September) at  Happy Indulgence!

 

Thanks to Allen & Unwin for providing this excerpt for Cooper Bartholomew is Dead!

Please remember to have a look at the other stops for the Australian Cooper Bartholomew is Dead Blog Tour.

Comic Crossover #6

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Comic Crossover.

What is Comic Crossover you ask?
Comic Crossover is where we take a YA book and compare it to a comic book up close. Comics sometimes get a bad wrap, and so this feature is designed to shine a light on some amazing comic reads.

Sometimes you may not see straight away why I have matched up books and comics the way I have, but rest assured that there is always method to my madness! Sometimes it’s because of the characters alone, the storyline, the genre or another feature about the YA book that I have found that draws parallel to a comic.

For those of you who are new to comics, the titles that I select to talk about are always comics that you can pick straight up off the shelf without knowing anything prior about them and enjoy. So if comics have made you feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable in the past, you don’t need to feel that way about the comics that feature in Comic Crossover.

In all cases, I have read both the YA books and the comics, so if you have any questions you can comment on this post!

This weeks Comic Crossover:
If you enjoyed Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, then you might enjoy Harley Quinn Volume 1: Hot In The City by Amanda Conner

YA Book Breakdown: Beauty Queens if you’ve not read it is HILARIOUS!! It’s one of the funniest YA books I have read. A whole bunch of pageant queens who’s plane crashes and leaves them deserted on an island! Antics ensue. There’s some really silly and fun moments.

Comic Book Breakdown: Harley Quinn is one of those characters who doesn’t take anything much seriously, and as a result she is amazing and funny. If you’ve never read Harley Quinn before, you can pick this up and enjoy it and understand it just fine. Harley Quinn is the ex girlfriend of the Joker and so technically she’s not a good girl. But she’s very slapstick and you can’t help but find her likeable.

Why the comparison? Both books are a light and enjoyable read. The sense of humour throughout is sarcastic and slapstick and very enjoyable but at the same time the stories remain with you for ages after because they’re memorable and well written. I highly recommend both reads!!

Want to grab yourself a copy? Volume 1 isn’t actually released in a book until 4 November but you can pre order it here.

 

Review: Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) – Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: July 1st 2014
Published By: Scholastic Press
Pages: 357
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis: Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

Review: Maggie Stiefvater never fails to disappoint me, and she certainly did not with this ‘The Wolves of Mercy Falls’ companion novel!

In Sinner, we see Cole re-entering Isabel’s life. After leaving Mercy Falls, Isabel had tried to forget about Cole; tried to forget about the boy she may have loved, tried to forget that she knew the real boy behind the fallen rock-star, and tried to forget that the boy who may have stolen her heart was also a wolf. But now that Cole has arrived in LA, can Isabel stop herself from falling for this bad-boy rock-star once again? And can Cole really return to stardom without turning into the person he was before his fall?

Maggie’s ability to write in a way that makes us feel is extraordinary – with her poignant prose and beautifully poetic storytelling, her writing does not encourage visualisation, it demands it. Maggie pulls you in the scene with her amazing ability evoke all of your senses. We also get to see Maggie’s undeniable magical gift when it comes to writing a book involving music once again. Maggie doesn’t stop with “Cole is rockstar” – we are actually taken on a journey on what it is like to be inside a musician’s mind, the process of creating music. I love these additional qualities that Maggie brings to a story, it is interesting and effortless, and creates a whole new experience for the reader. Oh, and her other magical gift – cars. Yes, we get some great car action in Sinner too!

Cole has made many mistakes in his past. And ‘Cole St. Clair’ has certainly made an amazing amount of mistakes. And in Sinner, we get to see the difference between these two personalities. We get to see more of the real Cole – not the face that he puts on for the public. Sure, he has a rock-star attitude, he knows what the crowd wants and how to give it to them… but that is ‘Cole St. Clair’. Cole is a different person, who has his own demons and desires. It is heartbreaking to watch Cole struggle throughout Sinner, but yet it is also amazingly enchanting and heart-warming as we watch him try to overcome his past, and present.

I absolutely loved being inside Cole’s head in Sinner – as we get to explore both his past and current addictions in a way that we never did in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, the tragedies in his past that haunt him still, the highs and lows of fame, the allure and power of the inner wolf, and of course, the struggle of being in love with the ice-queen, Isabel. I have always had faith in Cole. He proved that he can step up and do what he to do, even if he didn’t like it. But, this is his journey – can he stand up and be the hero, or will his personal demons get the better of him?

Isabel is such a complex character, filled with contradictions such being extremely self-aware and yet completely oblivious. In many ways, she is more messed up than Cole is. She doesn’t want to get hurt, yet to stop that from happening she in turn hurts herself. She runs from herself, pushes others away and puts on her own public face of ice queen. Isabel goes on a huge journey throughout Sinner, and while she retained all of the characteristics that I love about her, there were a few moments where I really didn’t like her. Really, really didn’t like her.

What I loved about Cole and Isabel in The Wolves of Mercy Falls was not only them as characters, but how they interacted together. Banter, honesty (mostly), desire, hostility, ego, charisma, humour, attraction, Their interactions were filled with sin and innocence, and it was the start of a beautiful, heartbreaking and turbulent relationship. And this is explored even further in Sinner. I think that Cole and Isabel are a truly fascinating couple. Their relationship is tumultuous, messy, filled with love and ice, banter and desire, fear and yearning… but at the end of the day, they truly know each other. Both are sinner and sin, but can Cole and Isabel save each other?

Sinner is a standalone novel, and it can be read as just that. I loved that Sinner was a whole new world, a completely different setting and feeling to that of The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. It was harder, faster, with more sassy and angst and it is definitely more adult than Sinner, Linger and Forever. You do not need to know the whole backstory of what happened in Mercy Falls as what you need to know is covered within Sinner, but I would recommend reading The Wolves of Mercy Falls series first, so that you understand the backstory of Cole and Isabel, their relationship, and why they are the way they are (to everyone, and to each other).

Sinner is captivating and wrought with emotion. Full of pain, angst, heartache, addiction, anguish and desire, Sinner will capture you from the very beginning right up until very end.

 

Quotes:

I’m a werewolf in L.A.

“Oh, ugly has hurt some things. It’s just that pretty hurts more.”

“My feet have taken me to some pretty rough places.”
“That was your dick, dragging your feet along with”

“It was the first time I’d really realized I’d lost my soul and that the beauty of not having a soul was that you couldn’t seem to care that you no longer had one.”

“I gave so many damns at once that it actually hurt.”

“I came here for you.”

“I can’t change the way I’m made. I’m a performer, a singer, a werewolf, a sinner.”

 

W..W..W.. Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what we have been up to for the past week.  W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

 

What are you currently reading?

Kristy - It’s a school night, so nothing. Plus I am getting ready to go away, so this will keep me busy for the next few nights.

Melissa – Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom still! It’s been a quiet week for me in reading because I’ve had a promotion at work this last week which means I am snowed under even more! Great news but not great for my books.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Kristy – My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins. This is a fantastic anthology. Review to come soon.

Melissa – I finished reading Batman: Streets of Gotham Volume 3  and that was it!! Super quiet week for me. I had a lot going on at work and so I didn’t get to read much this week.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Kristy - To be honest, I don’t know. I am too super-pumped about my upcoming trip, and the people I will be seeing to decide on anything. If I actually get time to read, it will be a off-the-cuff decision.

Melissa – Still on my list is Batgirl: Year One or maybe Gotham Central Volume 1.

 

What is everyone out there reading at the moment, and more importantly is it a good read? Share your links below!

Bookshelf Bliss #15

Hi everyone. Here are some more amazing bookshelves to create a feeling of awe and jealousy :)