Monthly Archives:: September 2013

Sep 29

Sundays In Bed With… The Dream Thieves, Again

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SIBSunday’s in Bed is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed Sunday morning before getting to the days activities.

Maggie Stiefvater Dream ThievesI’ve had a super busy week and I’m still working on The Dream Thieves. Unfortunately I probably won’t finish today because I have to grade a bunch of projects.

Adorable Student of the Week

Fourth block on Friday is difficult. It doesn’t matter if it’s an A or B day, the kids are antsy and anxious for the weekend to start (as am I). When the students get chatty I stop talking and wait for them to stop talking before I continue. I was trying to give them homework instructions and talk about their quiz and quite a few students were oblivious to the fact that I was waiting for them to stop talking before giving instructions. Then the quietest girl in the back yells super loud “Guys, SHUT UP!” I seriously had no idea she could talk above a whisper :)

Kimberly


Sep 26

Review * Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Reviews 9 ★★★★

Review * Through the Ever Night by Veronica RossiThrough the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #2
Published by HarperCollins on January 8, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Under the Never Sky
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first. Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night? In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

This is the second book in the series, there will be small spoilers for Under the Never Sky, but it is spoiler free for Through the Ever Night.

What I Thought…

  • Before I even get into the characters or plot I need to discuss how awesome Rossi’s world building is. One of the things I loved in Under the Never Sky was the world building and Rossi carried that right over into Through the Ever Night (TTEN). I find the aether to be fascinating and I love how she wove it into the story without letting it completely overwhelm the story. The aether has a more prominent presence in TTEN and I absolutely love how it impacted the story.
  • TTEN is dual narrative which over the past two years of blogging has quickly become one of my favorite types of narration. It works especially well here because Aria and Perry are apart for a good portion of the book and you are able to get both sides of the story, and how they come together.
  • Aria is much stronger in TTEN. She was a little whiny in Under the Never Sky, but in TTEN she is full of strength and (mostly) good decision making. Aria wants to be selfish and just be with Perry and leave all the other troubles behind, but that’s not who she is. All of her decisions are about helping other people and some of them hurt her more than help her.
  • Perry is now the leader of the Tides and is having a hard time adjusting, or rather his people are having a hard time adjusting to him. There is a lot of dissension amongst the tribe, they are not fond of Perry’s leadership, and bringing Aria into the mix doesn’t do him any favors. Despite all the dissension Perry stays true to his decisions to protect the tribe, even if it’s the unpopular opinion.
  • Aria and Perry’s relationship isn’t so smooth in TTEN. While they both want the same thing, they have very different ideas on how to get it, and their ideas are definitely counterproductive to each other. I liked that they had a lot of struggles in their relationship and how they dealt with their feelings for each other.
  • There is a whole lot more Roar in TTEN and he is as amazing as you expect him to be. He is much more involved in things and I wish I could say more but, spoilers.
  • Aria and Perry are both trying to locate the Still Blue, a place where there are no aether storms to contend with. Their reasons for looking for the Still Blue are different, as Perry is not aware of Aria’s motives at first. After learning about why she needs to locate the Still Blue it is even more imperative that they do so. Locating the Still Blue isn’t easy though as they contend with other tribes and aether storms that are standing in their way.
  • There is an occurrence in TTEN that made me all kinds of sad and I hope it’s a hoax of some kind. Normally I do not approve of such things being hoaxes because it’s one of my least liked plot devices, however in this case I am willing to make an exception because I cannot believe that it is true! I do not accept this as fact!

Overall if you enjoyed Under the Never Sky you will certainly enjoy Through the Ever Night.

Notable Quotes

“There was nothing more painful than hurting someone you loved.”

Kimberly


Sep 24

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels Ever

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

I am very loosely defining sequels here, basically it’s any book in a series that is not the first.

Brodi Ashton Everbound Elizabeth Norris Unbreakable Michelle Hodkin Evolution of Mara Dyer Myra McEntire Timepiece

 

 

 

 

1. Everbound by Brodi Ashton

I loved Everneath but Everbound completely blew me away. That ending… woah!

2. Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

Unravelling was really good, but Unbreakable was amazing. It was a page turner and while I was kind of hoping for a different ending I can’t argue with how Norris ended it either.

3. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Creepier. Mysteriouser. More questions.

4. Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Kaleb. Enough said.

Miranda Kenneally Stealing Parker  Emily Giffin Something Blue Jill Shalvis It Had to Be You

 

 

 

 

5. Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

I love all of Kenneally’s books, but this one is by far my favorite.

6. Something Blue by Emily Giffin

I thought Something Borrowed was ok and frankly if I was blogging when I read it I never would have continued on to read Something Blue, which would have been a mistake because Something Blue is soooo much better.

7. It Had To Be You by Jill Shalvis

I love all the Lucky Harbor books, but this one is by far my favorite.

Holly Black Black Heart Molly Harper Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men Sophie Kinsella Ties the Knot

 

 

 

 

8. Black Heart by Holly Black

I wasn’t 100% sold on White Cat, mostly because I felt confused about the world (which was completely my fault). Black Heart however started off right where White Cat left off and honestly, this world is amazing.

9. Nice Girls Don’t Dead Dead Men by Molly Harper

If you are looking for funny Molly Harper is your girl. She doesn’t disappoint in her Jane Jameson series.

10. Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella

Love this series so much! It’s light, fun and ridiculous!

Kimberly


Sep 22

Sundays In Bed With… The Dream Thieves

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SIBSunday’s in Bed is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed Sunday morning before getting to the days activities.

Maggie Stiefvater Dream ThievesSo I have survived the first 3 weeks of school. So far it’s going good, though I am still a little overwhelmed with all the work and all the other things I have to do that have nothing to do with actual teaching. But I have been reading and I am taking this weekend to get caught up on all things blogging!

I am also hoping to finish The Dream Thieves. I started this last week and so far I am really enjoying it. The only reason why I haven’t finished it yet is because I kind of misplaced it. Thankfully though I finally found it and all is well again!

Kimberly


Sep 20

I’m back… with some Bloggiesta!

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Well I’ve survived the first three weeks of school and I seem to have settled into a pattern of normalcy and now its time to catch up on the blog! I won’t have much time Saturday but I have all day Sunday to get things done.

Bloggiesta is a blogging event started several years ago by Natasha from Maw Books. We’ve been holding these blogging marathons twice a year where we have a blast working together with other participants on all the blogging things that seem to accumulate. Since that blogging stuff seems to accumulate so fast, it was decided to have little mini Bloggiestas in between the main ones! Read more about it at the Bloggiesta website.

Here’s my list:

Write reviews for:

Through the Ever Night
Awkward
Paper Valentine
Racing Savannah
Beautiful Creatures
The Perfect Match

Write a few TTT/WoW

Catch up on commenting

 

Kimberly


Sep 07

Update!

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It’s only been two weeks, but it feels like forever! I miss blogging and my blogging peeps but I am still adjusting to my new schedule, which consists mostly of work.

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That pretty much sums up how I feel! My first week went great despite the fact that I A: Had to participate in the pep rally and B: Rushed doing the answer key on my first homework assignment and got 4 of the problems wrong. Thankfully I was awesome enough to use it as a teaching moment (“Students this is why we do not rush through our work and also why we double check!”) rather than it being a freak out moment. Still, it was rather embarrassing!

Anyway, I am still reading (sadly, not as much) and I plan on sneaking back into the blogosphere near the end of September. I also hope to have some kind of commenting routine down by then since my old one of doing it while I was at work no longer applies ;)

Kimberly