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Divergent (Photo #1) – Veronica Roth

The famous knife throwing scene of divergent now has an official photo.

AND I AM TORN.

On the one hand, I should have faith in the movie and apparently Shailene Woodley is a great Tris and it hasn’t even come out yet and I can’t judge it. But on the other hand…

She’s still not Tris to me.

It’s not even the fact that her hair is brown, I could care less about that, it’s just that I can’t see her as Tris. Granted, I’ve never seen her in anything, so she could be completely perfect, but when I look at that expression, I do not see Tris. Quite honestly, it has been a very long time since I read Divergent, but from what I remember, Tris had this unbreakable spirit and this cold demeanour and tried not to show fear and she was seemingly confident and blunt and unshakeable.

But I don’t see that here. It may just be me, but that expression does not sell me on Shailene Woodley playing Tris. I could be completely absolutely wrong, since it’s only one shot from a (what I’m presuming will be) hour and something movie.

I know I’m being a harsh judge from one picture, and I do have faith in the movie, and from what I’ve heard lots of people love the entire casting, so maybe I’m just being too sceptical.

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Allegiant (Title) – Veronica Roth

allegiantIT HAS A NAME.

A NAME.

al·le·giant

adjective:
1. loyal; faithful.

noun:

2. a faithful follower; adherent: allegiants of religious cults.

172 Hours on the Moon- Johan Harstad

172 Hours on the MoonI don’t remember the last time I read a book that scared me so much that I had dreams/ nightmares (sorry, can’t really tell them apart; some of the dreams that I dream involve dying, and getting eaten by evil monsters, etc… but I enjoy them!) about them.
For example I read this book about almost a week ago, and it’s only now that I decided that I am forcing myself to type up the review.
It literally scared the heebie-jeebies out of me. (I love that word)
For days as soon as it became dark I drew my curtains to block out the moon.
It didn’t help that once I finished the book and walked out of my room it was just pitch black, and I kept hearing noises- like you do when you’re at home alone.

But hey ho, I can’t deal with horror and suspense movies.
Yeah, it was probably the suspense that scared me more than the actual plot, because I’ve read loads of books with plots similar-ish to this.

I need to stop blabbering

Summary
3 “Lucky” teenagers go to the moon because of some secret NASA plot to “get funding” and “a top secret plot”.
Mia: goes unwillingly (her parents signed her up) to try to give her band fame and glory
Midori: wants to escape from Japan, her home country (I don’t really think the moon was her idea though…)
Antoine: wants to get as far away from his girlfriend as possible- partly to make her want him more, you know, reverse psychology etc.
Then they all end up on the moon. Except it is not what they expected. They can’t trust anyone. And it is so fricking terrifying.

Spoiler to follow
There are aliens on the moon, as you’ve probably guessed. But these aren’t real aliens in the way that we imagine them. They’re just pure evil and take the shape of the humans who arrived then take their place… So you never really know who’s an alien…

Cons
Suspense
It’s also a good thing. But to me, seriously .. bad nights sleeping with exams right around the corner… Not really my cup of tea. Not that I drink tea. Anyway back to the point… the suspense kept me up both reading and hiding under my bedcovers, but I guess that’s my own fault for being scared of ink and paper.

The corridor outside my room
After I finished reading this book, I went out of my room and it was pitch black. I was terrified. There could be anything hiding round the corner, my doppelganger.

It’s one of those books that you need to read more than once to properly understand what happens
But I was too freaked out to reread it.

Pros
The Cover172 Hours on the Moon
It’s just really pretty… I love the eye and the moon on the eye and stuff… But this wasn’t the copy that I had- I had the one here rather than the one at the top. I guess I also like this one, but it just kinda scares me 😛 I do wonder who the girl is though- probably Mia, but its a probably.

Not the typical moon story
But a typical outer-space story, apart from the ending.

SPACE!!!
I love space stories- space as in the universe, not as in like there is no space on the floor of my room because it is covered in junk.

Unexpected ending (spoilers to follow)
So yeah I actually read this spoiler on one of the reviews on Goodreads, but I basically just dismissed it, thinking that they author would never do that because I’ve never seen it done before…
*Spoiler*
Everyone. Dies.
Everyone.
Not just the people who go to the moon.
Everyone.
I’m not going to say any more to keep some of the mystery of what happens

Favourite Quotes

  • “Her reflection did not disappear.”
  • “It’s the trip of a lifetime. If they made it back alive”

Overall
It was wonderfully written because I think it is written to scare, and well, if it isn’t… then it shouldn’t be a cup of tea. I personally would give it 2.5 stars, but that’s definitely biased, because 1. it’s my opinion. and 2. IT SCARED ME SO MUCH. So if it didn’t freak me out loads it would probably be 4.

More Than This- Patrick Ness

THERE’S A NEW PATRICK NESS YA NOVEL COMING OUT!!!

YAYAYAYAYAY!!

Okay now that that is done, here’s the post

It’s called “More Than This” and is going to be released in September 2013, and I’m so excited!!!! His writing style is just so so awesome and flawless and I would say that I hope this book won’t disappoint, but I am sure it won’t…

At first after hearing the title I didn’t really know what to think because it could be anything: from zombies (e.g. there could never be more zombies than this) to a lovey-dovey book (e.g. ahem. I don’t think I really need an example in words- *insert whatever your imagination thinks of*).

But no! It’s something even more awesome! (Well… maybe bordering on zombie awesomeness, because well… zombies are just awesome!): Apocalypse. Alone. Memory loss. Confusion. etc.

From Goodreads (and the cover!- at least I think it is the cover):

More Than ThisFrom two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .

The only thing that annoys me about the goodreads page is that some annoying idiot went and gave the book one star. WHY? (And yes. I did my research and that person did not read the book) Don’t you just hate it when you look at books that haven’t come out and people have already rated it. I guess it’s better if it’s a good rating because then it at least expresses their excitement… but a bad rating from someone who hasn’t even read the book is just sad… sad that they would go looking for books and giving it one star just to spite whoever..
But anyway… that’s a different matter 😛

Anyway…

So I’m kinda curious what’s going to happen now:

  • Who is this Seth?
  • Why doesn’t he die?
  • What part of the story is real?
  • What was the “unthinkable tragedy”?
  • Why is the planet ruined?
  • How is Patrick Ness going to make it all fit together? The only plausible ending that I can think of at the moment is “and it was all a dream” but those endings are… ahem, what’s a nice way to put it?
  • Is this going to be a series?
  • Please please let there be a book tour of this with opportunities for book signings and meetings.

All I can say now is that I can’t wait for this book to finally come out! September really needs to come faster…

Unsouled (Cover) – Neal Shusterman

UnSouled (Unwind, #3)I have no idea how long this cover has been out, I just saw it on goodreads while I was scrolling through and just decided that I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THIS.

BECAUSE SERIOUSLY.

OH MY GOD.

This is kind of giving me Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood deja vu because you know that bit where SPOILERS they walk into the room full of those weird white soldiers that they made for the military, and they’re all just hanging from the walls and they’re mega creepy and like bleed green blood (I can’t really remember it exactly but I do remember that it was so damn creepy)?

Well yeah, that’s what this reminded me of.

If you don’t get that reference, then let’s just say I’m kind of terrified by this cover.

That, plus the title UNSOULED is just so awesome.

And so creepy.

Seriously, I don’t know if I would be able to sleep at night knowing that cover was right there (on a side note, I love the american covers. The new UK covers are really ugly in comparison).

So I’m intrigued to know what it means, the sleeping heads on the wall and the one awake one that’s just staring out all creepy, and oh my god the more I look at it the more I get creeped out.

By the way, I love the font they use for the title.

So yeah! Creepy ass cover! It’s going to be amazing, I hope, and good job designer for being better than the UK designer!

If you want a comparison:

Here is the new UK cover for Unwind:

And here is the american cover for Unwind:

Sure, the UK one is striking and bold and probably attracts a different audience’s attention and stuff but COME ON! THE AMERICAN ONE IS SO MUCH PRETTIER.

Girl of Nightmares – Kendare Blake

Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)There are MEGA spoilers to both books. I wish there was a way for me to keep this spoiler free but it’s not possible. It’s really not possible. LEAVE! GO READ IT! I BEG YOU TO READ IT PLEASE READ IT!

A while ago, I posted this rant about what I hate in a lot of YA Fiction, though honestly it was mostly about the Paranormal Romance section of YA fiction, where I can barely ever find a book without these problems.

But I have found it.

I have found the paranormal romance which I absolutely adore and love and makes me want to cry because it’s over and why would you do this to me Kendare Blake how did you make me have so many feelings over paranormal romance, the one section of YA fiction that consistently continues to disappoint me and I can’t get over how much I love this series.

So a few months ago, I did a review of Anna Dressed in Blood, and while I was gushing (and having withdrawal from FMA:B, which I then got Yanni addicted to, and now she sings the theme tune to torment me because somehow she has gotten over the ending and yet it still haunts me to the brink of wanting to curl up in a ball and die because it’s over), it was the first book in a duology, and I was being pretty brief, as I have learned that the first book can go very downhill very easily. A lot of the first book was set up, so it was hard to review without knowing if all these questions would be resolved and if these characters would develop further.

So this review is going to be me just constantly ecstatic over why this is the best paranormal romance I’ve read and why you should all go and read it and why I spent about ten minutes rocking back and forth on the floor, staring into nothing, trying to get over the fact that I was never going to read about Cas’ pure sass again.

Plot

For those of you who are still here even though you haven’t read either of these books, then here’s a quick summary. Cas (the most awesome protagonist to exist in paranormal romance) falls in love with a murderous ghost (the most awesome love interest to exist in paranormal romance), and then loads of stuff goes down and it’s really awesome.

NOW PLEASE LEAVE BEFORE I RUIN THIS BOOK FOR YOU PLEASE JUST GO AND READ AND EXCERPT AND IF YOU LIKE IT THEN BUY IT OR BORROW IT OR SOMETHING I DON’T WANT TO RUIN AN AMAZING SERIES FOR YOU.

For all of you still left, hi, I’m guessing you’ve read Girl of Nightmares (OR GET OUT AND GO READ IT PLEASE I’M BEGGING YOU NOT TO READ ON WITH THIS REVIEW), so you don’t need a plot summary, but there are probably a few left who still haven’t read it (PLEASE READ IT), so let’s give a summary anyway.

Cas is having nightmares and visions of Anna, and what looks like her committing suicide and getting tortured over and over again, and then goes to try to save her from it.

Cons

I would like to say the ending but I can’t because the ending was amazing even if it broke my heart.

And I may have teared up because I love these characters so damn much and Cas why do you have to go and be so noble and awesome but of course you would because you’re Cas Lowood and damnit. (on a side note, apparently it’s spelled dammit, but I really hate that spelling, so I’m going to ignore it.)

Oh yeah!

Did it remind anyone else of Doctor Who? Like the suicide forest scene was kind of like the weeping angels, and the bit with Anna at the end reminded me of when Ten leaves Rose but there’s like other Ten in Journey’s End (I can’t remember which episode it is), but whatever, it might just be me watching too much Doctor Who.

Pros

I am saving characters for last, because that is a mega big gush over how much I loved them, so instead I’m going to try and cover all the ways bad books fail and how Girl of Nightmares prevails to kick their asses.

1. Likeable Main Character

I’m not going to go into this, since this is an entire list on it’s own, but Cas is pure sass. My favourite thing about the Anna series is that we get to spend all this time in Cas’ head, listening to his dry, funny comments about the stupid people around him and yet does not come off as obnoxious or annoying. But more on that later.

And he’s not a creepy abusive stalker, so that’s always a plus in YA fiction.

2. Likeable Love Interest

Anna, unlike most seemingly bad but actually nice and reformable paranormal love interests, is actually both terrifying and loveable. First, she kills. She’s not all talk and no action, she actually rips people apart and has a basement full of dead bodies of her victims. She’s gruesome with blood coming all off her and it’s bloody creepy, seriously, it’s gross and haunting and vivid. She’s pretty, but Cas isn’t in love with her just because he’s lusting after her  body, he actually loves her. You can tell how much he loves her, because even when she’s in her creepy goddess mode with black veins and bloody eyes, he still loves her (that and how can you not be truly in love with someone if you do THAT at the end).

3. The Romance

You actually root for Cas. It’s genuinely sweet and funny yet not perfect (come on, first she tries to murder him and then she’s also dead and he accuses her of murdering a jogger), but it’s also pretty interesting to see whether Cas loves her because she’s her, or because he’s got this weird fascination with ghosts, and she’s like the epitome of weird ghost stuff. He even says how boring living people are, this boy who’s entire life has basically been bombarded with ghost hunting and ghost killing and this gruesome interest in ghosts.

Also, come on, I don’t know how you can argue that their romance is not adorable. When Cas finds Anna, it’s not mushy or overbearing or whatever, it’s just adorable. They don’t have delusions that this love will defeat anything and is stronger than anything in the world and no one is as in love as they are (cough twilight cough), AND THEN THE END AND I CAN’T EVEN TALK ABOUT IT WITHOUT FEELING PHYSICAL PAIN.

And it’s not driven by lust, it’s not insta-love (I think it was more a fascination for Cas that became love once he got to know her, it started with his fascination because he’s so in love with his ghost hunting life. At least that’s what I think it is), and Cas acts how an actual teenage guy would act if he was in love (at least I’m presuming, I don’t know, guys of the world please tell me if I’m wrong).

4. The  Scary Stuff is Actually Freaking Creepy

Oh my god. Some of this stuff is freaking messed up. Cas’ constant nightmares of Anna commiting “suicide” over and over again and when she had half a face and she was bleeding and cuts were appearing on her arms… that’s real creepy stuff.

5. The Writing Style

Not only is it perfectly suited to Cas’ voice, but it’s this perfect mixture of dry humour and gruesome images that are described gorgeously. For example:

  • “His skin is black as a struck match, cracked and oozing liquid metal heat, like he’s covered by a cooling layer of lava. The eyes stand out bright white. I can’t make out from this distance if they have corneas. God I hope they have corneas. I hate that creepy weird-eye sh*t.” (censored because we need to be at least slightly PG)

Also, Kendare Blake does not shy away from swearing (like we try to), because that’s realistic. We’re inside a seventeen year old boy’s head, I really doubt he doesn’t swear inside his head or out loud. But she doesn’t overuse it like a trope that’s trying to make Cas sound young, he uses it when average people would actually swear. AND he makes pop culture references, which add to his believability as a character (unlike some authors who you can tragically tell can remember what it’s like to be a teenager, but like twenty years ago so everything comes off as so damn dated)

6. The Covers

Unrelated, but oh my god the covers are gorgeous, I mean just look at them:

They are absolutely gorgeous. They never have to make second editions of this series ever, because these covers are absolutely perfect. The writing and the imagery and the colour scheme and the girl and the continuity, it’s all just perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect. And guess what, it actually relates to the content of the book. It’s not a girl holding a flower and a strawberry and looking longingly out to the reader, then actually about freaking badass fairy-zombie detectives (NB, this book does not exist, if it does then I MUST READ IT).

7. The Ending

God freaking damn the ending was simultaneously the best and the worst ending.

The best, because it was a damn good ending and the best scenario that could have come out of their situation. If Anna stayed, then she would just watch Cas grow old and die and their relationship would never last. The only other way would be for Cas to die and join Anna, and as much as he loves her, he’s not going to sacrifice everything he has for her because he actually (GASP) has common sense!

8. The Minor Characters

It is rare to have minor characters that are actually likeable and are there with their own story instead of just as a plot device.

Truth be told the books could have been told from Carmel, Thomas or Anna’s point of view (though they would not be nearly as good without Cas’ sass), because they each have their own opinion and own thing going on at that point. And, get this, they’re all likeable.

Even though Carmel deserts Cas and Thomas, you understand why. She never asked for a life in ghost hunting, she’s not suddenly going to give up her perfect grades and her set out future and stable career just to chase down adventure, she’s had her own life planned out and she actually has a choice of leaving it. She’s being selfish, sure, but she’s allowed to be selfish. No one in real life is completely selfless, because being that selfless is dangerous, because throwing your life away for someone else is unfair to you. Carmel is believable and likeable (and damn awesome in the end against the stupid Order of the Black Dagger). And she’s also not a stereotype (Marcie Miller you could have been this, look at what potential you had), she’s the most popular girl in school and she’s beautiful and blonde, but she’s also a badass and extremely smart and not a sandwich (which is my word for a different word that I’m not allowed to say on this blog).

And do I need to even cover Thomas? He’s awesome. He’s a nerd and awkward and still badass and awesome.

Even Jestine (who nearly became the third point of the love triangle from when I first met her, but then transitioned into something way more awesome instead) was a great character. She’s basically a girl version of Cas, except in a very different situation, and you see Cas’ rivalry and distrust of her and you don’t like her because of it, but at the same time you can see the exact same events panning out if Cas and Jestine swapped places, Cas would act exactly as Jestine does, and that’s what makes it really interesting. That and this constant paranoia I had over Jestine whether she was good or bad, whether she was going to back stab them or save them.

9. Parent(s)

Cas’ mum is actually nice.

I know, it shocked me too.

Most parents in these books are either dead or always absent leaving the house conveniently free for lots of making out sessions. But Cas’ mum is actually relevant, and though she doesn’t want Cas to do all this stuff, you understand why, I mean he’s her teenage son. She’s lost her husband to the same ghost that her own son wants to up against, but at the same time she knows that he needs to do this. She’s also funny and embarrassing and a badass. It’s nice to see a parent who isn’t this bland plank of wood that most of them are in YA Fiction.

10. Plot

There is a plot in the books. A plot exists. It’s not this random, thrown together thing just to add to the tension in the make out sessions, and the guy isn’t all seemingly heroic and saves the girl whenever she’s in danger (Anna kicks Cas’ ass easily), it’s both sad and intriguing and interesting and not overshadowed by the romance. Round of a freaking applause.

Theseus Cassio Lowood

He is officially one of my favourite characters to exist in YA Fiction.

I don’t have a list of favourite characters in YA Fiction, (I started to list some of my favourite characters, but I just can’t because the list is way too long and then I have about 10 from skulduggery pleasant and the book thief and it just gets too damn long, and then obviously Hayden and Leo and Todd and Viola and Zin and Tyson and no, stop, I can’t do this, it’s going to take forever), but Cas would definitely be somewhere on it if it existed.

If I could think of anyway to describe him, it would be like the best possible cross of Leo Valdez and Jace. Like he is a bit of a smartass, really kickass, angsty at times and arrogant at other times, but he’s also awkward and feels like the third wheel and is likeable and smart. The funny thing is, usually my favourite characters are the secondary ones (with a few exceptions) but it might be because Cas really isn’t the protagonist of this story, it’s Anna. The whole story is Anna’s story, it starts with her curse, and ends with her freedom. It’s all about  Anna, the entire plot, Cas is just a part of it (a pivotal point, but still a point), so maybe that’s why I love him so much. But without further ado:

Reasons why Theseus Cassio Lowood Is The Best Male Lead in Paranormal Romance

1. Even though he’s a self-admitted smartass, he doesn’t come off as obnoxious (at least, not unbelievably so).

2. He’s arrogant, and he has a right to be. He’s a freaking teenage ghost hunter. And he’s stubborn yet determined, which can sometimes make him irrational, but altogether the fact that he actually has faults make him a great character. LISTEN. CHARACTERS NEED FAULTS, AUTHORS. READ THIS BOOK AND LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES.

3. He’s not selfish. He loves Anna enough to let her go (even though I wish he was selfish BECAUSE WHY CAS WHY JUST BECAUSE ANNA’S HAPPY DOESN’T MEAN YOU’LL BE FINE AS WELL DAMN YOU FOR BEING SO DAMN NOBLE), because we see that even though he can be annoying and arrogant and cold on the outside, he’s really got this heart of gold on the inside. He’s willing to let her go and he can actually live without he, unlike some people. He’s not some crazed suicidal teenager just because his love is gone, he accepts it and he tries to move on, even though he loves her, because the thought of her being happy is all that he needs (Read New Moon if you don’t understand what I’m talking about. Bella and Edward are insane and way too suicidal over people they’ve only known a few months).

4. He’s not this over-angsty guy, and doesn’t just sit around all depressed about his dad dying. He has his moments, but those moments are believable and do not take up entire chapters of him just sitting around moping about how hard his life is. Instead, he deals with it by throwing himself into ghost hunting, not realising that he’s only doing so because he’s trying to fill this gap his dad made, by trying to live up to what he thinks he should be. And he angsts over something legitimate, come on, his dad got eaten by a freaking ghost.

5. He is not a creep. Thank you, YA Fiction gods, for giving me a character that’s not a goddamn creep, he isn’t a stalker or a weirdo (you know, apart from trying to murder his would-be girlfriend), he’s just a normal guy with a not so normal hobby.

6. He doesn’t over romanticise stuff, which is such a nice relief. His love for Anna does not make him this crazed-obsessed guy. He even hates how much he loves her, because he realises how soft he’s becoming and how it’s getting in the way of his ghost hunting.

7. He is a sarcastic, witty person who makes pop culture references. How can you not love him? He compares Anna to Neo from the Matrix, he’s compared to the ghostbusters and Buffy and he thinks superheroes are ridiculous in their spandex.

8. He somehow still remains the underdog, which makes me root for him. In the first book, we see that Cas is pretty awesome, he’s pretty exceptional, whereas in this book, we see more and more that he’s completely out of his depth. Everyone thinks he’s crazy for trying to go to hell just to save his girlfriend, and we see Jestine show him up more than once. He’s the third wheel, he’s not trusted by his friends, he’s seeing visions of his girlfriend murdering herself, he’s an outcast at school who doesn’t give a damn what other people think, he has no idea what to do, and we want him to win against all odds. Which just makes the ending make me want to cry more.

9. He’s smart and has common sense. We’re not told he’s smart, we just know he is because he acts smart. Unlike characters we are constantly told are smart with perfect grades and ivy-league schools but have no working brain cells, Cas actually thinks things through instead of jumping to idiotic conclusions (cough Nora cough).

10. His sass is like the best thing in the entire world. I don’t know if sass is even the right word to describe it but I don’t care because The Sass of Cas just sounds way too good. His inner commentary is what makes the book, which is why I’m kind of worried about the movie, since we’re not going to be inside Cas’ awesome head and that’s what made me love it so much. I want to see a sass-off between Cas, Jace and Valkyrie. Someone please write a fanfic and make it happen (the only reason I don’t include Skulduggery Pleasant is because come on, we know he’s like the king of sass in YA/Children’s Fiction).

11. It’s the most damn heartwarming thing that Cas finally finds friends. We see that even though he loves this lifestyle, it can be damn lonely, and you can kind of tell that Thomas and Carmel might be the first real friends he’s ever had, the first genuine friends that he can trust, because he’s let himself become cut off from the world, and he’s finally finding a place where he fits in.

Quotes

  • “Every time I question him about the feasibility, he smiles at me like he’s Yoda and I’m just a dumbass without the Force.”
  • “I don’t care what your name is,” she hisses. “And I don’t care who you are. If you don’t get him some help, I will burn your f*cking place down.”
  • “All this faux flattery. It’s not enough to make me forget he’s a dick. Admittedly, though, he’s sort of a charismatic dick.”
  • “He almost killed my friends. F*ck that guy.”
  • “Chef?” Carmel exclaims. “I could give a sh*t about a chef. I’m going to find the most expensive thing in that kitchen, eat one bite, and throw the rest on the floor. Then I’m going to break some plates.”
  • “Jestine and I lock eyes. She’s going to look away first. Even if my eyeballs have to completely dry out.”
  • “You’d better eat that,” she says.
    “I’m taking it easy on my stomach,” I protest. “Come on. It just had a knife in it.”
  • “I want to cross my arms and say things like, “Don’t come back if you’re not going to stay!” and “If you think that nothing’s changed, you’re wrong.” But she probably heard all this stuff from Thomas already. I wasn’t the boyfriend. I don’t know why I feel like I should get the chance to yell at her too.
    Jesus. I have become the thing they call the third wheel.”
  • “Without a word, we start to walk together down the long hall. I’m so pent up and irritated with this place; I want to kick down the closed doors and break up a prayer circle, maybe juggle the athame with a couple of candles just to see the horrified looks on their faces and hear their screams of “Sacrilege!”

Damnit I need to stop adding quotes before this gets out of hand. It’s just a really damn quotable book. I could give you a hundred more, (better yet just make you read the entire thing if you’ve stayed this long and still haven’t read it), but let’s just add one more so my heart can shatter:

  • “What?” she asks, but I don’t answer. Instead I kiss her, one time, and try to tell her in that single gesture everything that she’ll forget as soon as she turns away. I tell her I love her. I tell her I’ll miss her. And then I let her go.”

And with that, I can feel something inside of me crying.

Overall

It was pretty obvious from the beginning, wasn’t it? 5 shuriken stars. Please read this. Not only one of my favourite book covers to exist, but one of my favourite YA books to exist. It blows away all other Paranormal Romances. It is a completely brilliant series and I love it so much but at the same time please, Kendare Blake, please. Please write something else about Cas. I beg of you. Maybe a third book in the series would not make sense, but a short story or a spin-off or something, anything, would be amazing.

I beg of you.

Or an alternate ending so Anna comes back to life and her and Cas get married and have kids and everything’s happy again because there are tears in my soul. There are entire rivers of them running through my heart. Freaking hell, I did not realise this ending would traumatise me so much but it did, guys, it really did.

Sea of Monsters – Trailer

The only link so far that I can find to this in good quality is on tumblr, so here. Let’s hope it doesn’t get taken down and we don’t have to watch the terrible quality ones instead.

Can you get copyright claim on tumblr? I have no idea.

[EDIT: Haha! There’s now a youtube one!]

For some reason, this trailer looks… accurate…

Then again the lightning thief trailer looked accurate, and we all saw how that turned out.

But Annabeth is blonde! And Thalia and Tyson both look great! And Hippocampi! So I can keeping that hope that it will be good.

I don’t know what else to say about it. My brain is kind of dead right now; I really should leave this review to a time when I can think coherently, but you know what, I’m going to publish it anyway, because I’m a rebel and I publish two blog posts within a few minutes of each other, even if the Sea of Monsters trailer has been out for a while, I just completely forgot to review it.

And this isn’t really a review, more like a GO WATCH THE TRAILER, type of thing, so yeah, you should go watch the trailer, and raising awareness that it exists because if you haven’t got a tumblr, there is a high chance that you don’t know about it.

I’ll come back and edit this with some coherent thoughts later, when I can actually think straight.