quotes Elisquared likes


"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green

2.09.2016

Top Ten Tuesday (43)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists there at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love us to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of their bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on their post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share.  If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. 
The topic this week is:
Top Ten Romantic Quotes from YA Books

In honor of Valentine's Day, this week is a freebie, but with a romantic (or anti-romantic) twist.

I love a good quote, so I am rounding up 10 of my favorite romantic/beautiful YA quotes for you!
  1. “The words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesl would hold them in her hands like clouds, and she would ring them out like the rain.” —Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

  2. “On that cold night in January it all slipped into place for me and she became my everything and my everyone. My music, my sun, my words, my logic, my confusion, my flaw.” —Julie Murphy, Side Effects May Vary

  3. “There's only one of him, she thought, and he's right here.  He knows I'll like a song before I've heard it. He laughs before I even get to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes me want to let him open doors for me.  There's only one of him." ―Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

  4. “And I guess I realized at that moment that I really did love her. Because there was nothing to gain, and that didn’t matter.–Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  5. “This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.” –David Levithan, Every Day

  6. “She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” –Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

  7. “It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.” –Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

  8.  "I hated him more than anything. I loved him more than anything. Because, he was everything. And I hated that, too." –Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You

  9.  "In the end, it’s not the changes that break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity." –Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

    Finally, I have to end with one of my favorite quotes from one of the most beautiful written books I've read:

  10.  "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”–Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I know there was some doubling of books, but when the book's got good prose, whatta ya gonna do?

What are some of your favorite romantic/beautiful quotes?  Leave a comment below, or do your own post and link me!!



2.05.2016

BURNING MIDNIGHT by Will McIntosh (Review + Giveaway)




Title: Burning Midnight
Author(s): Will McIntosh
Edition: ARC, 320 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Source: Rockstar Book Tours 
Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble - Book Depository

















The Summary

For fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave, this debut YA novel from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.

Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.

There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.

My Opinion

When I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down!  I loved everything about it except for the length!  I wanted more of this engaging world that Will McIntosh had built within Burning Midnight!  A must read YA scifi, it has everything that a good scifi story needs: action, mystery, danger, and romance!

I felt like this story was seamless.  Typically, I prefer one aspect of a book to the other, like the characters over the plot, or the narration over the characterization. But with Burning Midnight, all the aspects moved together in such a way, that it was either going to fall flat or harmonize.  And, boy, did this book sing.  I loved each character, as each one, both the heroes and the villains, add to the overall book.  The world the action is set in, is just different enough from our Earth to make it interesting, and, of course, the addition of the mysterious spheres is the driving force of the action!

Sully and his group of friends all bring something to the table.  I found Sully to be a great narrator for the events that were happening.  He has a distinct moral code, and is a good guy without a hidden agenda.  I really liked that about him.  Hunter, the biggest supporting character, works as a juxtaposition to Sully, because she isn't what you'd call a "good" girl, but definitely has her own set of morals, which lend more towards helping herself.  And there is a reason for that.  Add in Sully's best friend, Dom, the muscle, and Mandy, one of the few true protestors to the industry in the book, then you have a complete group.  While none of the characters are not fleshed out enough to make them complete dynamic characters, I don't think it was necessary.  Each character adds something to the group dynamic and move the plot along.  So even though we don't get to see each and every facet of a round character individually, I think the ensemble manages to make a "round character".

I think McIntosh makes an interesting commentary on ownership and the reality of how far humans will go to be better, faster, stronger.  But then the question is, at what cost?  With the spheres all around the world, it has given rise to an industry built on who has/who can afford the best?  If you were able to give yourself the ability to have resistance to the common cold or to move faster than an average human, what would you give up to get it?  Of course there are even bigger and better abilities out there to find, and that is what drives the plot.

I don't want to give a lot away because this is definitely an action mystery.  With two big twists that I didn't see coming, you have to read the book in order to fully appreciate the story.  I feel that Will McIntosh's debut in young adult literature was a splash!  With an interesting plot, fun characters, twists around every corner, and an epic mission, Burning Midnight is a must read for everyone this year!


Final Rating


About the Author

Will McIntosh’s debut novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for both a Locus award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He is a frequent contributor to Asimov’s, where his story “Bridesicle” won the 2010 Reader’s Award, as well as the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. His third novel, Love Minus Eighty (based on “Bridesicle”) was published by Orbit books in June, 2013, and was named best Science Fiction novel of the year by the American Library Association. His upcoming novel, Defenders has been optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film. Will recently moved to Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife Alison and twins Hannah and Miles. He left his position as a psychology professor in Southeast Georgia to write full time, and still teaches as an adjunct, at the College of William and Mary. Will is represented by Seth Fishman at The Gernert Company. Follow him on Twitter @WillMcIntoshSF

Giveaway

3 winners will receive a finished copy of BURNING MIDNIGHT

Giveaway is open to US ONLY
Tour Schedule


Week One:
1/18/2016 - Swoony Boys Podcast - Interview
1/19/2016 - Fangirlish - Guest Post
1/20/2016 - A Dream Within A Dream - Review
1/21/2016 - Such a Novel Idea - Interview
1/22/2016 - Seeing Double In Neverland - Guest Post

Week Two:
1/25/2016 - Once Upon a Twilight - Review
1/26/2016 - The Young Folks - Interview
1/27/2016 - Falling For YA - Guest Post
1/28/2016 - Just Commonly - Review
1/29/2016 - Paranormal Book Club - Interview

Week Three:
2/1/2016 - Curling Up With A Good Book - Guest Post
2/2/2016 - Wandering Bark Books - Review
2/3/2016 - The Cover Contessa - Interview
2/4/2016 - Two Chicks on Books - Guest Post
2/5/2016 - Eli to the nth - Review



1.30.2016

Backlist Books Reading Challenge - Masterpost


As I posted previously, I am participating in some book challenges in the new year!  This particular one, Backlist Books Reading Challengehosted at Pretty Deadly Reviews, is a majorly needed challenge for me!  I have a TON of older books that I haven't gotten to that I want/need to read!  With this challenge, it gives me an excuse to focus on those older books!

There isn't a level element with this challenge, unlike Pretty Deadly's LGBTQIA Reading Challenge.  But there will be a review requirement so you can be entered into the giveaway at the end of June and end of December.  There will be a link-up post over at Pretty Deadly's blog to link your reviews up.

While there isn't minimum or maximum to how many books I read, I once again am going to shoot for 12.  Some of those are going to be ones I read for the other two reading challenges, but others will be just because!  Once I'm done reading a book, they will be listed below, along with the review!

Hopefully I get to 12, but I'm not going to say I will for sure, the amount could go up or down depending on my other obligations. But even if I read one backlist book, that will be one less I have on my TBR pile!


Books I've Read
  1. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Lauire Halse Anderson (Review/Goodreads)
  2. Throne of Glass by Sarah. J. Maas (Review/Goodreads)
  3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater (Review/Goodreads)

I'm really excited for this, and the two other challenges I signed up for!  You can check out more info and sign up yourself at the link above!

Happy reading!



1.29.2016

LGBTQIA 2016 Reading Challenge - Master Post


As I posted previously, I am participating in some book challenges in the new year!  This particular one, LGBTQIA 2016 Reading Challenge hosted at Pretty Deadly Reviews, is near and dear to my heart because I love LGBTQIA+ books!  There needs to be EVEN more of them out there, and I'm going to make sure to read quite a few this year!

For this challenge there are different levels that correspond to the colors of the rainbow:

  • Red = 5 books
  • Orange = 6-12 books
  • Yellow = 13-20 books
  • Green = 21- 30 books
  • Blue = 31- 40 books
  • Purple = 41- 50 books

My level I'm going to aim for is the Orange Level (6-12 books) because I am also doing two other book challenges, plus wanting to read ALL the other things out there (ARCs, new releases, book tours, etc....so many books).  

What's great about this one is that backlist books are able to be read, which is perfect because one of the other challenges I'm doing is specifically for backlist books (two birds, one stone YAS!).  Another requirement for this challenge is that the book needs to be reviewed.  This allows you to be eligible to enter the giveaway at the end of the year for a LGBTQIA book!  Wooh!

Here are the books I'm planning on reading (these may change...I'm unpredictable like that LOL), and when I post the review I'll link it here too:
  1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (Review/Goodreads)
  2. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Review/Goodreads)
  3. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (Review/Goodreads)
  4. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio (Review/Goodreads)
  5. The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon (Review/Goodreads)
  6. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (Review/Goodreads)
  7. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson (Review/Goodreads)
  8. Ash by Malinda Lo (Review/Goodreads)
  9. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Review/Goodreads)
  10. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (Review/Goodreads
  11. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (Review/Goodreads)
  12. Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey (Review/Goodreads)
Hopefully I get to all of these, but I'm not going to say this is a concrete list.  I may switch some out for new releases or old release I learn about through the year.  I also may lessen the amount or increase the amount

I'm really excited for this, and the two other challenges I signed up for!  You can check out more info and sign up yourself at the link above!

Happy reading!


1.27.2016

IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT by Paul Rudnick (Review + Giveaway)




Title: It's All Your Fault
Author(s): Paul Rudnick
Edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Books
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Source: Rockstar Book Tours  (As part of book tour for an honest review)
Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble - Book Depository














The Summary

One last chance. One wild weekend.

My name is Caitlin and up until forty-eight hours ago I had never: Tasted alcohol, kissed a boy, sang in public at the top of my lungs, kidnapped anyone or--WHAT? STOLEN A CONVERTIBLE?

Now I'm in jail and I have no idea what I'm going to tell: The police, my parents, the mayor, all of those camera crews and everyone on Twitter.

I have just noticed that: My nose is pierced and I have-WAIT? IS THAT A TATTOO?

I blame one person for this entire insane weekend: My famous cousin.

Who is also my former best friend.

Who I have HATED for the past four years.

Who I miss like crazy. NO I DON'T!!!!

IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT, HELLER HARRIGAN!!!!

My Opinion

When I first read the description for It's All Your Fault, I thought it would be a funny contemporary; something light to breeze right through.  I was right that it was a funny--no hilarious contemporary, but it wasn't always a light read, and I think that is what Paul Rudnick did the best when crafting the story of ultra-conservative Caitlin and her ultra-rebellious cousin Heller.

Let's talk writing really quick, because this is where I both loved and hated the book.  Rudnick is the king of one-liners and rapid exchange.  The dialogue that comes out of Heller's, and Caitlin's, mouth had me laughing out loud.  Of course with this intense back and forth, the quips just keep coming and it's great.  I feel like I'm on a non-stop rollercoaster, which is needed because the things that happen is this book are somewhat stretching reality.  But at the same time, there is A LOT OF CAPS USED TO EXPRESS THINGS.  Both Caitlin and Heller, at one point or multiple points, yell throughout the book.  I hate when ALL CAPS are used in books, because while I understand the want to really emphasize the crazy, I don't need someone to shove it down my throat.

But that is completely a personal thing of mine, and I can see how it works well in the context of this crazy story.  Heller is the resident crazy famous girl, who did a stint in rehab and is now being baby-sat by her uptight Jesus loving cousin, Caitlin.  Obviously these two girls consistently bash heads because their lives couldn't be more different.  Throw in all the crazy promo stuff that Heller has to do for her new movie, think a Twilight/The Hunger Games level franchise for the movies, and shenanigans happen.  The plot and the dynamic between the two are really what makes this book so fun.  While sometimes you have to suspend disbelief, it works.

I feel like this book is in a way Rudnick's commentary on pop culture and how crazy both the conservative side and liberal side of people can be when it comes to celebrity or being a "good Christian".  Also, the additions to the book that highlight pop culture are really the best.  There's a particular scene that really captures all the feels us book lovers go through when reading a particularly heart-wrenching book that just had me laughing so much.  Then, of course, there are other things like the three little girls named Katniss, Hermione, and Bella, and the clear reference to the "cancer book"; we all know what book that is.

But even with all the crazy that happens, underneath it all is really a story of cousins, and how they deal with their issues with each other and with themselves.  There are some heavy themes in the book, like drinking, drugs, OCD, anxiety attacks, that are prevalent but never lingered on for very long.  This helps keep the story light, but also helps ground it in reality amidst the circus that Caitlin and Heller's three days become.  I think without this aspect I wouldn't have liked the book at all because it would have been just too crazy.

Overall, this was a very fun book, full of madcap hijinks.  The fast-pacing makes you fly through the book and the humor never lets up, even in the more serious times which I really loved.  I think this is a must needed addition to any humor collection, whether it be YA or Adult because it is so funny and current.  With It's All Your Fault in hand, you won't have a dull moment.

Final Rating




About the Author

Paul Rudnick is a critically acclaimed novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. His screenplays include In&Out and Addams Family Values, and he’s written for Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker. His plays, including I Hate Hamlet and Jeffrey, have been produced both on and off Broadway and around the world. His first young adult novel, Gorgeous, was called a “wicked good time” by the New York Times Book Review. Under the pen name Libby Gelman-Waxner, he is also the world’s most beloved and irresponsible film critic. Paul lives in New York City. 


Giveaway

5 winners will receive a finished copy of IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT

Giveaway is open to US ONLY

Giveaway ends on February 1st


Tour Schedule


Week One:
1/18/2016 - The Cover Contessa - Interview
1/19/2016 - Zach's YA Reviews - Review
1/20/2016 - Swoony Boys Podcast - Guest Post
1/21/2016 - Book Briefs - Review
1/22/2016 - In Wonderland - Interview

Week Two:
1/25/2016 - The Best Books Ever - Review
1/26/2016 - Avid Reader - Guest Post
1/27/2016 - Eli to the nth - Review
1/28/2016 - BookHounds YA - Interview
1/29/2016 - A Dream Within A Dream - Review



1.26.2016

Past. Present. Future. January Edition


This feature hightlights the books I've read, the books I'm reading, and the books I'm going to read for each month! 

I'd love for you all to join in if you want! Leave me a comment to your post or just let me know in the comment what's your Past. Present. Furture. in books!


PAST:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - Why did I wait so long to start this series?!  I LOVED IT SO SO SO MUCH!  Definitely one of my top books I've read so far, and I don't imagine that changing.  If you're looking for a great fantasy read with a strong female protagonist and an interesting mythos, then you have to go pick this one up!




Built by Jay Crownover - Oooooh this was a very sexy but sweet book!  I'm not one for romance novels, but Jay has a talent to ground her stories in the real world.  Of course each of her men are deliciously tall, dark (or light), and handsome!  Zeb is no exception to this; good with his hands, both with building and with seducing.  Not a book for kids/teens, but a nice romp for ladies (and gents) if you're so inclined!
PRESENT:
It's All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick - I am currently reading this for the blog tour for the book through Rockstar Book Tours (< Click for the tour schedule), and it is cute.  I'm a little on the fence on whether or not I really love it or just like it, but I haven't finished quite yet (gotta speed up!!!), so I'm waiting to formulate my complete opinion until then.




The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - I am currently listening to this on audiobook, and I adore it! Will Patton is the narrator, and his southern drawl just adds to the atmosphere of the story set in Henrietta, Virginia.  I love love love all the characters: Gansey, Noah, Ronan, Adam, and especially Blue, are my baes!  I don't know why I waited so long to dive into this series, but as you can see below, I am all ready for Book 2 when this one is done!

FUTURE:
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - Can't wait to start this audiobook as soon as I wrap up The Raven Boys!  I am really enjoying listening to this story on audio, and can't get enough of these Raven Boys!  They are my baes!  Also, this book goes more in depth on the mythos surrounding Ronan, supposedly, who is my favorite bad boy!
Leveled by Jay Crownover - This is the novella that connects Jay's two series, the Marked Men series and the Saints of Denver series.  It is also divergent in that it is a M/M romance, which I think need to be out there even more.  I'm excited to read this book and then start in on the MArked Men series.







If  you've read any of these books, let me know what you thought (but NO spoilers) down below in the comments!


1.15.2016

Visual Inspiration - Dumplin' by Julie Murphy




Pictures/Art/Photographs all help me see the books I'm reading.  Often, while I'm online, I stumble upon images that remind me of the book.  These visuals add layers to the stories, and can be used to offer hints to the plot.  So I've decided to put out "Visual Inspirations" in order to spark readers' interests in those books that I love.  Please feel free to join in; hopefully you'll get some new books to read in the process!

This is one of my favorite books of 2015.  When I read it, I fell instantly in love.  So without further ado, I give you inspiration this week from:


Dumplin' by Julie Murphy


Oh, what could all of this mean!?


Check the book out at your local bookstore or local library.  You will fall in love with Willowdean, I guarantee!  If you want a chance to win your very own copy Dumplin', I am holding a giveaway which you can check out here!

If you liked this, keep an eye out for more posts and check out my other Visual Inspirations!



1.13.2016

Waiting on Wednesday (93)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming/recent releases that we seriously can’t wait to read

Here's my pick for the week, that I seriously can't wait to read:



Girl in the Blue Coat
Publication Date: April 5, 2016


The missing girl is Jewish. I need you to find her before the Nazis do. 

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person--a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Meticulously researched, intricately plotted, and beautifully written, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel from a bright new voice in historical fiction.

(Summary from Goodreads)



One of the most interesting parts of history to me is WWII and the Holocaust.  There are a lot of different aspects of humanity, both good and evil, that come out while studying this time period.  And books focusing on the horrible atrocities that were done to the Jewish people, and also the moments of incandescent kindness, bravery, and selflessness that were accomplished in the face of these atrocities are the books I like to read.  Often a heart-wrenching reminder of what humans can do to other humans and also as a platform for all the voices that were lost, books like Girl in the Blue Coat are necessary.

The Jewish Book Council is full of great resources to learn and teach about this period, including a Young Adult book list, where you can find other texts set during the Holocaust.

What book are you waiting for?

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