*Review* Kiss of Broken Glass – Madeleine Kuderick

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Madeleine Kuderick

224 pages

Read 10-16-14

Source: Library

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 Madeleine Kuderick’s gripping debut is a darkly beautiful and lyrical novel in verse, perfect for fans of Sonya Sones and Laurie Halse Anderson. Kiss of Broken Glass pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page.

In the next seventy-two hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for seventy-two hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.

When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for mandatory psychiatric watch. There, Kenna meets other kids like her—her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems . . . for a moment.

I have read only two other books written in verse, but I have found I do enjoy the ones  have read and look forward to reading more.

Kiss of Broken Glass deals with a hard topic – cutting – and what could drive a person to do it.  I found Kenna to be very realistic and tortured, even if she didn’t want to admit it to herself.  Through Kenna we learn about the drive and ache of her addiction to self harm and the author does a great job of making us feel that need right along with Kenna.  The book spans only 72 hours, but in that short period, things become very eye opening.  The book was an incredibly fast read, but it was also powerful.

The few characters we meet during the commitment weren’t around very long, but they each had their own special impact on Kenna.  I especially liked Skylar and her honesty.  She was very open about everything and I think that helped Kenna be more honest with herself.  Donia was ok, but she was also someone who wanted to help Kenna keep cutting and didn’t seem like someone much into quitting self harm.  I didn’t get to know Jag too well, but the little bit I did see of him I did like him.

I definitely enjoyed this book and look forward to more work from this author!

Well written, powerful, fast read, really puts you in the main character’s shoes.

4.5 bookmark

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Updates and Such

Hey guys!  Long time no posting, sorry about that.  As I mentioned before in one of my last posts, I started school back, which is very exciting (I’m one of those dorks who love school!) and I’ve had to do some adjusting with being so busy in life, work and now back to school.  All I have been able to read for the past couple of months is Shakespeare since that was my first class and it has been fun and I should finish with a 98!!  My next two classes are going to be Humanities and World Mythology (which I’m super excited about) and I have definitely been enjoying the online classes so far and it works great with my schedule.  I am going to try to start posting reviews again and though I won’t be able to post as much stuff as before I started school back, I still will be doing some!  I’ve also taken on a lot at the house, and by a lot I mean people.  Due to some bad circumstances, I have 4 extra bodies at my house, my mother in law, her mother, my brother in law and his cousin.  So needless to say, it is a bit cramped (we already had 4 bodies to begin with so now it is up to 8)!!  Thanks to those of you who have still been checking my blog and being patient while I got settled into my new routine.  I look forward to discussing more bookish things with you all!

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P.S. Are any of you going to be attending YALLFEST?  I will be there for my 3rd straight year and CAN’T WAIT!!!

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My Cover:

Fairest Animated Cover

Mirror, mirror, on the wall,

Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told … until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from WINTER, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Why I’m Crushing:

How awesome is this cover??!!  I love love love animated covers!  I already thought it was pretty great when I first saw it, but the animation really puts it over the top.  The way she moves slightly is pretty creepy, especially with that skeletal looking crown.  I also really like the beautiful burning frame and how it says “Queen” like it is showing the destruction to come.  At first, I wanted the cover to match the first 3 with the red and blue, but then I thought about the fact that it is Levana and she is pure evil, so she really doesn’t deserve the same kind of covers as our heroines.  I am so very excited about another Lunar Chronicles book and I can’t wait to read it!  What do you guys think of this cover and the new addition to the Lunar Chronicles?

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My Cover:

Plus One Cover

Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

Why I’m Crushing:

This is just such a perfect and beautiful representation of this story!  Both sides are incredibly gorgeous and I love the soft color scheme.  There is a lot of detail that went into this cover and I love love love the night side with the lovely stars.  I also like how the title is the reverse of the night and day.  This story sounds incredible and I really want to read it and I’m glad this gorgeous cover drew me to it!  What do you guys think?  Feel free to share any covers you might be crushing on!

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My Last Kiss Review and Giveaway Blog Tour

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Bethany Neal

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Release Date: June 10th 2014

Read 5-29-14

Format: E-book

Source: Blog Tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club

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What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy? 
Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss–the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died–is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend. 
If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made–good and bad–that led to her last kiss.
I like mystery stories and this book sounded like it could be really good.  Cassidy we only see alive for the very first chapter and for the rest of the book she is following others around trying to solve the questions behind her own death and falling into memories as she recovers them.  One part I did enjoy was seeing how people reacted to her death, like her family and closest friends.   Aimee and Ethan were the characters I liked the most.  They were very devoted to Cassidy and great people to her.  Madison I never really liked from the beginning because she was so back and forth.
There were a bunch of time jumps since there are so many flashbacks as Cassidy gains memories and we fall into them with her.  At several points it confused me when we went into the past because there wasn’t a clear transition all the time, but it becomes easier the more you read.  For me, there weren’t any characters that were super amazing, but most of them were likeable.  Others could be hard to keep up with because we didn’t really see them enough to care to really remember their names.
Several points of the book were predictable, aside from one that I can think of.  And though there was a lot of predictability, I still enjoyed following Cassidy’s story as she unraveled what happened to her and what happens between her and Ethan.  Though this book isn’t amazing, it is still an enjoyable read and I recommend it to those who enjoy mysteries and ghost type stories.
3.5 bookmark
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Bethany Neal writes young-adult novels with a little dark side and a lot of kissing! She is obsessed with (but not limited to): nail polish, ginormous rings, pigs, pickles, and dessert.
You can find her locked in her Writertorium for insane amounts of time. But, hey, insanity is fun! My Last Kiss is her first novel.

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News & Updates

So, some of you may have noticed I’ve been missing for a bit.  Well, it isn’t without good reason.  It has been hard to keep up with everything lately with how busy I have been and how crazy everything was for the past little bit.  I had three of my family end up in the hospital and I have also been dealing with my own health issues.  I almost lost my nanny to a stroke, which I posted about earlier and thankfully she is doing much better, but sometimes it can still be hard for her.

As for my own health issues, I have a couple different things going on, luckily none are life threatening, but can be tough to deal with and depressing, so I haven’t felt like doing a whole lot lately, including reading, so it has been hard recently to feel up to some things.  I even debated on ending the blog, which I genuinely do not want to do, but it is getting so so hard to keep up with it lately with everything that is going on and life in general.  But I REALLY REALLY do not want to end it because I do love it and the people that are in the blogosphere.

I also made a really important decision two weeks ago, and that was to apply to go back to school to get a bachelor’s in creative writing.  I know it isn’t necessary to have a degree to become a writer, but I feel like it is something I need to do for myself because I love school and I love writing and I really want to embed myself in it.  This will make me busier as well, along with work since some big things may be changing for me at work, though nothing is finalized yet so I can’t say with certainty right now.

With all of this stuff keeping me busy, it is going to make it hard to keep up with updating regularly on here, but for now, I am not going to stop blogging, but I will post when I can, which probably is not going to be near as often as I’d like.  And thank you so much to those who kept posting for my meme Cover Crush, even when I couldn’t get myself going to do it.  So that is what has been going on in my life and I hope everybody is doing well!

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My Cover:

Tiger's Promise Cover

Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.

Why I’m Crushing:

Oh, you guys, this cover!!  This is probably my second favorite cover for this series and I especially love the gorgeous lotus blossom and her purple eyes.  I like how they went with seeing her only in reflection and all the detail that went in to this beautiful work.  It follows nicely with the rest of the series and fits right in.  I’m definitely going to have to have the physical copy of this book!

I know I’ve been missing for a bit, but there is good reason.  I’ll post an update very soon!

Hope y’all like my Cover Crush for this week and Goodreads wasn’t working for me at all, so there is no link with the image this time.  If it works for me tomorrow, I’ll add it in.  Have a fantastic weekend!

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Cover Crush Logo Cover Crush is my meme here at On The Shelf where beautiful and eye-catching covers are spotlighted!  Any cover can be showcased whether it be old or new, read or still sitting in your TBR stack.  Please join in, link up and enjoy some beautiful covers!

My Cover:

Incarnation Cover

In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . . 

If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme. 

Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.

Why I’m Crushing:

I really like covers that are more subdued with a pop of bold like this one.  The greys are so soft and it makes it look snowy, then there is the reds of her dress and hair that just screams for attention.  The dress is very beautiful and I love the steampunk elements of the clock gears and how crisp they are.  The cover art is fantastic and well done.  Very beautiful!  What do you guys think of this Cover Crush?  Feel free to link up in the comments if you have a Crush of your own!

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My Cover:

Burning Sky Cover

It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

Why I’m Crushing:

I love animated covers!  This one is really wonderful to look at with the hypnotizing firebird.  I also really like the way they were able to make the firebird shine.  The font is a good choice and is very strong but not overpowering from the rest of the cover.  The colors work well together and I like the accent of the feather in the bottom right corner.  This is definitely one of my favorite animated covers!  What do you guys think?  Feel free to link and share Cover Crushes you may have :-)

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My Cover:

Imposter Alt Cover

Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a killer before it’s too late? 

Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again. 

Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.

Why I’m Crushing:

I had the original cover for this book as a CC a while back, then I came across this one, and I love it so much more!  There is little details to this cover that are on the story, such as the necklace and the eye color that goes with the story better than the original story did.  Plus, I liked the washed out feel to it.  I just like it so much more than the first :-)  What do you guys think of this one?  Feel free to share your own Cover Crush!

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