HERE. The first book kind of left off that there wasn't a sequel needed. You could tell that it was possible for the story to go on, many reasons for it to, but it didn't have to. This book however, yeah, cliffhanger in a way. It HAS to go on now! And so while I was excited to read Unhinged, I'm now very impatiently awaiting the 3rd book in the series. Which I know there must be.
Without spoiling too much, we still have the bit of a love triangle as in the first book, Alyssa with Jeb and Morpheus. Now, it is Morpheus on the beautiful cover of this book. But as wonderful as he is, and of course I haven't seen Jeb, I'm still Team Jeb. I've just never been into that type of "androgynous" guy, as he is described in the story. I'm more of the boy next door, although things about Jeb make him not quite that way, I have been into a little bit more of the tattooed "bad boy" that Jeb has kind of become. Jeb has come home from London, where he has been working on getting a place set up for himself and Alyssa to go after she graduates. He's come back in time to go to prom with her. His sister Jenara is so excited that she got Alyssa to go, mainly because Alyssa found a dress from a movie about zombies I think, that she wanted to wear. Of course Alyssa has been getting dreams from Morpheus again, about how horrible things are in Wonderland, and how Red is loose and wreaking havoc. And Alyssa's paintings come to life with just a drop of her blood, and it turns out that they are prophetic, predicting what is going to happen in this fight with Red to save Wonderland. Finally Morpheus comes back to try to convince Alyssa to return to Wonderland to help defeat Red.
We learn so many things about the past in this one though, really interesting things! Alyssa's mom Allison was able to come home at the end of the last book, and we learn what her life might have been like, and how she might have known Morpheus, and what her time in Wonderland did to affect Alyssa. We also learn that there is something about Alyssa's dad that makes him more than just another "human." There are also some mysterious characters around. Like Ivy, the art agent that is trying to help Jeb succeed. At first Alyssa is jealous of her, until she begins to have premonitions that something might not be quite right about this situation. And then in Alyssa's mosaics there is a shadowy unknown woman in them, and when they find out who it is, well let's just say it is one more dangerous obstacle in their way to not only save Wonderland, but to go on living.
The tension between Morpheus and Alyssa is there, but she knows she loves Jeb. To the point that she even sees how much she hurts Morpheus when she tells him that she is in love with Jeb. But she knows that her netherling side does want to be free, and does want Morpheus. And while I said that I didn't think I would find Morpheus "hot" right off the bat, he is very sarcastic, and can be quite amusing. So I can see the attraction in that way.
This book does not suffer from what I will call the "sophomore syndrome". Not sure if I heard that somewhere, or what, but 2nd books often are not that great, you can tell they are only a bridge in a way to get to the 3rd. This book is just as exciting as the first one, although we don't really spend any time in Wonderland proper. We do get many flashbacks to times in the world, as well as get to experience many of the creatures as they come over to our world.
So, yeah, lots of gushing on my part, but I feel this was kind of an all over the place review, I didn't want to spoil anything, but had to talk about some of the story! Now, if you still haven't read the first one, Splintered, or have, but would just like to own your own copy, I'm having a giveaway right HERE. I'm also having a giveaway for a book of your choice up to $18 from when I reached 1800 followers, so go enter that HERE if you are a follower.
Now, off to start harassing Ms. Howard for how long I'll have to wait to read what happens to Jeb and Alyssa and Morpheus and her mom, and her dad, etc.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly awaiting. This week I've chosen a book by an author that I feel is a really unique author. Her stories are different from other stories. In a way that while they may cover the same kind of topics, fairies, ghosts, the underworld, there is just a unique twist or the characters are fleshed out uniquely. I first read her book the first time I got to meet Maggie Stiefvater. This author, Brenna Yovanoff, is a good friend of Stiefvater, and since she was there at the event, I had to buy her book and get it autographed. Here is the information on this book from Goodreads.com:
Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.
Sounds kinda spooky, and definitely different! Have you read any of Yovanoff's books? You might give them a try. This comes out in August, so I'm kind of hoping I'll get an ARC at BEA this coming summer.
Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.
When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Monday, December 9, 2013
We were left at the end of the last book with Gideon's declaration of love to Gwyneth being questioned due to what both the Count said to her, as well as the way Gideon reacted to her questioning him about it. And there are more clues left in this book, helping Gwyneth and her friend Lesley to figure out why Paul and Lucy took off with the chronograph. And some of these clues will tell them just where the original chronograph is hidden. There is help from Gwyneth's grandfather, as well as their house servant, Mr. Bernard. Yet cousin Charlotte figures out something is going on, and leads the Guardians to supposedly discover what she says Gwyneth is hiding. But when it isn't found, Charlotte looks like a fool, and begins to rebel. We still have Raphael, Gideon's younger brother around, and he and Lesley seem to get along quite well, although she tries to be free of him, afraid he will break her heart like Gideon has done to Gwyneth. At the beginning that is. But now the Guardians know they must go back in time to try to help figure out who the traitor is. And when they do find out, it is a dangerous situation. Deadly, at least thought to be. But once Gideon and Gwyneth come back, they find it is not quite so deadly, and that what may help the count now, is if Gwyneth would give up her life for love. Kill herself to save Gideon.
I won't tell you much more, except to say that again I love the gargoyle ghost/demon, Xemerius, and the ending is a pretty happy one. The family issues get resolved, and even the school problems. Such a great story. I will for sure be buying it for my school library with my next budget. I will also be highly recommending it at the bookstore where I work, as well as with my friends. If you haven't read this series, I recommend it for the great story, the great romance, the laughs, all of it.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Checked out from the library:
The first I checked out at the school library where I work. The 2nd I had to check out from the public library because I have the 3rd book as an e-galley, and so I still needed to read the 2nd one.
Won from the author:
I won this book from the author earlier this year, but she had to get another copy ordered, so it took a bit for me to get it. I can't find the email to remember if it was through a blog tour, or maybe through Shelf Awareness.
Purchased from Scholastic Warehouse Sale:
The first one is a sequel to a Truman award nominee, and I need to read on. The 2nd one just sounds like a really good post-apocalyptic story. And I spent $1.50 on one of them, and $2 on the other. The Scholastic Warehouse sale is awesome.
E-galleys from Edelweiss:
E-galleys from Edelweiss:
Almost forgot the e-galleys I got from Edelweiss this week. I read on their website about an app called Bluefire Reader, and now I can download them directly to my Nook HD. So much easier than what I had been doing. I saw all of these on the Epic Reads video last week as well.
So that was my week. I also finally realized I needed to do something to celebrate reaching 1800 followers, and so I decided to give away $18 to one of my followers. While you're visiting, make sure you go enter the contest HERE.
Friday, December 6, 2013
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Thursday, December 5, 2013
"Gwyneth, I've fallen in love with you. I do realize we've known each other for less than a week, and at first I thought you were rather ... childish, and I probably behaved badly to you. But you're terribly complicated, I never know what you'll do next, and in some ways you really are terrifyingly ... er ... naive. Sometimes I just want to shake you. But then you're amusing, and clever, and amazingly sweet. And the worst of it is, you only have to be in the same room and I need to touch you and kiss you ..."
- Gideon to Gwyneth
(Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier)
And that sentence leaves off because of course at that point they have to kiss each other! This is such a wonderful scene. After all the whiplash Gideon has been giving Gwyneth, it's nice for her to get an answer about how he really feels. Although, of course, as this is only the 2nd book, there will have to be a wrench thrown into what seems to be finally going the way it should. You can read more about this book in my REVIEW.
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