Monday, April 28, 2014
Hello there! I've been trying to come up with new ideas for things to post here on my book blog, and I think I may have come up with something great. I just thought of the idea to make a bracelet inspired by every book I read this year. (Edit: I will probably only make bracelets for books I enjoyed.) Since making bracelets is something I love to do, but haven’t done in a while, I think this would be a great idea to get me to start doing it again, especially because I’ve been reading a lot lately.
The bracelets will range from simple stretchy ones to friendship bracelets. They will either showcase something said in the book, or colors from the book cover, or even character names. I'll be making a minimum of one for each book I read, but obviously I can make more than that if I so desire. I also might make some for books I read before this year. It depends on what I feel like doing, really. I will post pictures of each bracelet and possibly sell them in my etsy shop.
Either way, I think this will be super fun! I’m pretty darn excited!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
(Somehow I forgot to post this review on here after I put it on Goodreads. Anyway, here it is.)
She tilted her head, looking at me. “That’s one bit about Blythewood you’ll have to get used to-- all the bells. They can drive you mad sometimes. They say there was a girl a few years back who fell from the belfry while trying to muffle the bells.” Then she smiled and hurried away, leaving me with the thought that the bells inside my head were already driving me mad.
“There are other ways to disappear here than to go missing in the woods.”
Monday, April 21, 2014
*I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Following Gabby, an angel-like creature called a Sary, this story is a decent YA read. Although it ended up being not quite my cup of tea, I was able to get through it pretty quickly. On personal opinion, I am giving it 2 stars because it didn’t capture me the way I had hoped. I felt no emotional connection toward the characters. However, as a light, paranormal teen read, I am giving it 3 stars. I think a different reader would appreciate this story a lot more than me.
I love the idea of the Sary. Essentially, these winged people’s sole purpose is to save suicidal humans from killing themselves. It’s very unique, and I really enjoyed how the positives and negatives of being a Sary are explained throughout the story. However, the rules of being a Sary were not very clear, especially the rules about love, which took away from the impact of the story.
The writing was quite good, especially when Gabby’s blunt way of thinking didn’t interfere. It has a really great combination of description and dialogue, not over or under doing it at any point. The beginning was very quick and exciting, a great way to start the story. The first few lines drew me in instantly.
Gabby is very much like a teenager, despite actually being decades old. Her way of thinking is very frank and sarcastic, which hurt the narration, in my opinion. She is also, at times, quite childish and bratty. There wasn’t much character development throughout the story with any of the characters, but especially with Gabby. She remains confused about what to do most of the time. Also, in the beginning, it doesn’t seem like she makes much of an effort to save Chad, which is her sole job.
As expected, there was a bit of insta-love between Gabby and Jassen, as well as Nathan and Bree. However, it was bearable. The relationship Gabby and Jassen have, seems more like an unrequited crush at first, and it takes a while for anything serious to happen, which was good, at least.
Overall, this was a nice story. Being a YA book, it is definitely meant for teens, in my opinion. There wasn’t much depth to the characters, but the plot was enjoyable, and the writing was very good.