Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Epically Wonderful Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

I first heard about this book on Twitter. It was mentioned in passing and I was obviously intrigued by the title. I mean come on, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore how awesome does that sound? I toyed around with the idea of buying it but settled on getting it from the library.

I was not disappointed. I wasn't exactly blown away either but overall I really rather enjoyed it. It has a great voice and pleasant cast of characters.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week it was ten authors on our auto-buy list.

1. Holly Black

2. Maggie Stiefvater

3. J.K. Rowling

4. Cassandra Clare

5. Cate Tiernan

6. Tamora Pierce

7. Stephanie Perkins

8. Veronica Roth

9. Michelle Hodkin

10. John Green

I didn't think I really needed descriptions this time around. Some of them are newer (to me) authors and others tried and true classics.

Who are your ten auto-buy authors?

-A.M.Y-A

The So Nearly Epic Wonder Show

I mentioned in my previous post that going into this I was a bit skeptical because I've heard it compared to The Night Circus, which I absolutely adored. I heard the same comparison just after I started it. I think I would have been better off if I hadn't heard that and/or had read Wonder Show before I read The Night Circus.

It's not that Wonder Show is a bad book but it doesn't have the depth that The Night Circus has. That almost works for it because it covers a different sort of theme than The Night Circus. Wonder Show is grounded in reality. If it weren't the book wouldn't work nearly as well.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Amazingly Epic Seraphina

Seraphina is a book that I've been keeping an eye on for a while but hadn't gotten around to yet. It was on the ever growing list...just not particularly high on that list.

And then it won the Morris award (congratulations!) and it was instantly bumped up the list. Partially because I felt like I had more of a reason to read it now, and partially being a bookseller I feel like I need to read as many of the winners as I can.

I have to say, after In Darkness, what I wanted was something quick and wonderful and completely engrossing immediately. Seraphina is not that book and that was a little bit of a hindrance for my enjoyment at first. My senseless entertainment craving brain expected there to be no set-up, which is ridiculous. A book like this one needs set-up. So I read like twenty pages and didn't pick it back up for a couple of days. (I got a lot of editing and writing done instead?)

I loved it so much more (after I got my senseless entertainment from TV). Loved it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Paranormal Romance Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week is ten favorite characters from whatever genre we choose. I chose Teen Paranormal Romance. Which is broad...and therefore easy.

1. Kami Glass (Unspoken)
She's feisty and awesome.

2. Jem Carstairs (Infernal Devices)
He's Jem...beautiful, lovely, devastating Jem.

3. Noah Shaw (Mara Dyer Trilogy)
Noah! He's broken and trying so hard not to be because Mara needs him,

4. Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy)
She is totally willing to do whatever she needs to. And I love that she's not perfect and struggles to do what's right.

5. Peregrine (Under the Never Sky)
I don't think this one counts under my category... I love how fierce and angry he is and totally and completely tenderhearted.

6. Gansey (The Raven Boys)
I'm not sure paranormal romance is really the right category for this one but yes. Gansey. Passionate driven and wonderful.

7. Ethan Wate (Beautiful Creatures)
I've always loved how real Ethan is. He gets frustrated and angry but loves her and tries so hard.

8. Kaye Fierch (Modern Faerie Tales)
She's just such a classic bad ass. She fights and fights until she succeeds. She's awesome.

9. Alec Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments)
He's so broken and so insecure. I always want to hug him. Also he's surly and that's just my kind of friend.

10. Rory Deveaux (Name of the Star)
Does this one count? Anyway she's absolutely hysterical. I love her.

And there you have it. I picked a really broad genre and am still not sure they all fit.

And which ten did you pick? Which genre?

-A.M.Y-A.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Mildly Epic In Darkness

I wanted to like this book. I wanted to like this book so much. Partially because it is this year's Printz winner. And partially because it is a really interesting idea. I just couldn't. It wasn't a bad a book and I can see why some people like it. Nick Lake is a fantastic writer but it just wasn't for me.

I like books that I get emotionally invested in and this was not one of them. I read everything with a calm that bordered on disinterest. I just couldn't bring myself to care as much about the characters as I wanted to.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wonderfully Epic Love-type Quotes

Okay, so I really dislike Valentine's Day. If I hadn't already two years in the chocolate business would have cured me of any affection I had for it.

Despite my dislike for this supposed holiday I do have a lot of love for swooning over literary characters. A lot of love. So I decided to make a list of some of my favorite quotes or moments.

The list got really really long really really quickly so I had to limit it to specific quotes. It helps that some of my favorites are in Cleveland so I don't have the books to look up the exact quotes.

Anyway, here are some of my favorites. Some of them are just obviously amazing. Some of them might not be immediately epic-seeming but sum up the relationship of the two characters so well. Others...I may have just really wanted a couple on here and couldn't do moments so I picked a quote.

Some of these have been saved in a word document forever.

It's my blog I can do what I want.

And here we go! In no particular order.

"There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then." (City of Glass, Cassandra Clare)


"After all this time?"
"Always," said Snape.” (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling)



" I say, "I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick."
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, "It's late for that, Puck."" (The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater)



"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago." (Persuasion, Jane Austen)


"I knew when I met you that you were the one for me.... I knew it when I disliked you, when I didn't trust you, when I feared your power and your inability to control it. I knew it when you learned Ciaran MacEwan was your father. I knew when you were in love with my bastard half-brother Cal. I've always known it: you are the one for me."...."You came here to break up with me forever....I won't stop you, if that's what you want. I want you to be happy. But if there's any way you think you can be happy with me, as opposed to without me, then I am asking you to try."...."Look the one constant in our lives is our love....it seems like we're squandering our most precious gift-having a soul mate. If we let that slip away, nothing else will make sense." (Sweep: Night's Child, Cate Tiernan) This one is heavily edited. The whole scene is way long.


"If I go to the Peaceful Realms tomorrow, or the day after I want to go with the taste of you on my lips." (Trickster's Queen, Tamora Pierce)



"I've tried," Marco says, cupping her face in his hands. "I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking about you. I cannot stop dreaming about you. Do you not feel the same for me?"
"I do," Celia says. "I have you here, all around me. I sit in the Ice Garden to get a hint of this, this way that you make me feel. I felt it even before I knew who you were, and every time I think it could not possibly get any stronger, it does." (The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern)



"And as for our betrothal, you may cry off if you insist, but I wish you won't. I like the idea of marrying you."
I came to a halt in the street. "Oh, do you?" I asked.
"Yes, I do. I think we shall deal extremely." (Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot, Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer)



"Anna?"
Our foreheads touch "Yes?"

"Will you please tell me you love me? I'm dying here." (Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins)


"I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I'd seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I'd realize that you weren't there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I've risked my life for you. I've walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I'd do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don't tell me we don't belong together." (Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo)


'I have never done you injustice. Please remember me,' said Dorothea, repressing a rising sob.
'Why should you say that?' said Will, with irritation. 'As if I were not in danger of forgetting everything else.' (Middlemarch, George Eliot) There has been some debate on whether this is actually a romantic quote or not. I think it is. 


"She might have to put up with me for a long time, you know?"
"How long?"
His smile was amazingly sweet. "The longest."

"Forever?"
Sam's lips smiled, but above his grin, his yellow eyes turned sad, as if he knew it was a lie. "Longer." (Shiver, Maggier Stiefvater)



"She is so beautiful. You don't get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices, I hope she likes hers." (The Fault in Our Stars, John Green)



"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen)


"I just--want you. I want you so bad, all the time. I know I shouldn't, I know I can't, I know it's wrong...but even when you're pissing me off, when you're reminding me of pain and despair and torture--it's there, the wanting. I am tired of fighting it. I fight so many things, all the time, every day. I don't want to fight this. Not anymore." (Immortal Beloved, Cate Tiernan)


And there you have it! Some of them are deep and emotional (who cried while typing up the T.F.i.O.S. one? This girl) and others are wonderful and just a little bit silly because those couples are like that. They are all fitting for the relationship.

Some were probably expected but come on! I mean Rowling can boil a lifetime's worth of actions into one word. And Jane Austen is...Jane Austen.

There are some of my favorites. I was going to toss a few TV show honorable mentions in there (Epic LoVe anyone?) but this took long enough since I kept getting distracted to read....whoops.

Do you ducks have any favorite quotes? Want to debate one of these? (That Middlemarch one is always a bit controversial.) I want to hear it!

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Romances

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week is: Ten Favorite Romances. In no order...

1. Lizzie and Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
How could I not? They're wonderful.

2. Anne and Wentworth (Persuasion)
Again...come on. It's Austen

3. Anna and St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss)
They're so cute and so sweet while still being realistic.

4. Celia and Marco (The Night Circus)

They fit together perfectly and make everything in their surroundings fit together too.

5. Hazel and Augustus (The Fault in Our Stars)
I mean...ow. They are so well suited it just...ow...

6. Morgan and Hunter (Sweep)
Oh how I love them. They have an almost Pride and Prejudice-y type relation thing. But they're wonderful. 



7. Tris and Four (Divergent)
They fight and struggle to understand each other and I love it.

8. Puck and Sean (The Scorpio Races)
They have that wonderful, discovering, understated love that Maggie Stiefvater is so wonderful at.

9. Lola and Cricket (Lola and the Boy Next Door)
They are so cute!

10. Grace and Sam (The Wolves of Mercy Falls)
The are so wonderful it makes me ache.

I have so many more. But there are ten of them and I love them. Who are ten of your favorites?

-A.M.Y-A

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Almost Epic The Future of Us

I read this one because this was this months pick for the reading group at work. I've been interested in picking it up for a while. It has such an awesome premise.

Though the premise is still awesome, I was disappointed with the book as a whole. It's not that it was bad, necessarily, more that it was just bland. It was a quick easy read but it felt like it was trying too hard.

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Epically Brilliant Black City

This is another of those books I bought because of the Breathless Reads Tour. So, it hasn't been sitting on my shelf forever or anything this time.

I really really liked this one. Although it occurred to me with the last three books I've read (all of them breathless books) that 1. the main character either almost gets raped or there is an implication of it and 2. it's startlingly political for me.

I'm not all that into politics. It's probably one of my great downfalls. So books involving a lot of politics aren't always my cup of tea. But I've actually enjoyed all three of these. Something about Black City reminds me very much of V for Vendetta. The controlling, church centered politics. All of the red and black.

Anyway, the elements of Black City come together really well. Everything sort of falls into place just right. Elizabeth Richards really pulls the whole thing together.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Top Ten...Not Tuesday: Bookish Memories

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week it was ten bookish memories...in no particular order

1.The release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
I went in costume and was so excited bordering on panic. I couldn't believe it was ending. Mum and I had gone early that day to get wrist bands and the entire shopping center celebrated with themed snacks and a scavenger hunt. I remember reading the flap copy and the dedication and bursting into tears in the magazine aisle.

2. The release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This is the first midnight release I went to. It was just my mum and me. It was amazing.

3. Meeting J.K. Rowling.
I don't think I need to explain.

4. Meeting Maggie Stiefvater
She's amazing.

5. Meeting Stephanie Meyer
This was my first big author event. It was so much fun. Some friends and I took a bus to Chicago (a tornado hit the city while we were there). She was so nice and sweet and took the moment to talk to everyone. Plus, Justin Furstenfeld was awesome.

6. Meeting Holly Black
This one was a long time coming. I picked up Tithe my sophomore year of high school and loved it. And she was so so wonderful when I met her. She's funny and sweet and talked to me about writing! It was amazing.

7. Lord of the Rings with my Dad
Totally counts. I've seen all but the first of the Tolkien movies with my dad. It's something he really loves and is really knowledgeable about but he would never just go. He gets so excited to talk about them afterward. When I was home for Christmas we went and saw The Hobbit and then went home and watched The Fellowship of the Ring. 


8. The first time someone listened to one of my recommendations.
I get so excited about people buying books. Especially if it's a book that I've read. They bring them up to the register and I have to say something. I remember the first time I did that at Barnes and Noble. The person had Divergent and I was so excited that she turned around the grabbed Insurgent too and brought that up. She said she could tell that I loved it.

9. The first time I read Harry Potter
There's something about Harry Potter. It's made this list so many times and I could have put it on more. I just get this indescribable feeling every time I start one. Its become such a big part of me. But the first time I read it I laid on the couch after school and read it straight through. I was in eighth grade.

10. The first time I read Tamora Pierce
I was always drawn to the Circle of Magic covers. And I remember picking up Tris' book over and over and over at our school library. I wanted to read it so badly but we didn't have Sandry's book. Eventually I gave in and read it anyway. And I fell immediately in love. I read it and knew that writing was what I wanted to do.

And there you have it, my Top Ten Bookish Memories....late....

I will try, I promise, to get my life in order again. But right now I have a stick figure to draw!

-A.M.Y-A

The Absolutely Epic Falling Kingdoms

I bought this as soon as it came out because it looked pretty cool and we got a whole bunch of copies in at work. Then I heard that a lot of people couldn't get into it. A lot of people. I got a little nervous. I wanted to like it.

Well, I am hoping to go to the Breathless Reads stop on Sunday so I'm working my way through some of the ones that I haven't read.

I loved it. It's teenage Game of Thrones. Seriously, it takes all of the common elements of YA and then puts them in this high fantasy setting and somehow it just works. So well. If I had to guess the people who couldn't get into it aren't big high fantasy readers. It takes a little while to get set up.

Lots of spoilers ahead!

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Epically Wonderful Across the Universe

Also, funny story...I just realized I never actually put up my Pride and Prejudice post so I'm going to do that...now...

Okay then...

I did it. I finally read Beth Revis' Across the Universe. I bought it ages ago, as per usual, and even "started" it once before. I didn't.

It is nothing like what I expected. Nothing. I can't tell you what exactly it was that I was expecting but this most certainly is not it. I think I expected it to be a little lighter, for some reason. I don't know why.

But I was not disappointed.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Epic The Disenchantments

I've heard from a number of people that Nina LaCour's Hold Still is bordering on the best book ever. I still haven't read that one but I did get The Disenchantments from the library. I had high...ish expectations based on the fact that it was Nina LaCour.

I was sort of disappointed. Through out reading The Disenchantments I kept thinking that it was like Paper Towns...only not as good.

The book definitely had it's own merits.