September 25, 2013

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore


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Author: Katherine Longshore
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Pages: 448
Review by: Tessa

This is Longshore's second book about the wives of Henry VII. This one focuses on Anne Boleyn, his second wife and most famous wife.

Just for background knowledge Anne will be the mother of Queen Elizabeth I, but this is the story of her life before being royal.
Anne has been banned from court after a horrible incident that disgraced herself and her family, but by some miracle her father calls her back to court. There is only one problem, no one wants her back, not even her own brother. But ambitious Anne wants to catch the eye of the king. To do that Anne must erase all memory of her mistakes, so she calls in help from the infamous Thomas Wyatt. He agrees to help Anne if she will do something for him. Anne's plan is perfect but at court people rarely forget and they never forgive.

September 20, 2013

Favorites Friday 9/20/13

Hey everybody! Can you believe it's almost been a year since we started this blog? We're still trying to make our blog better, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment! Alright, I don't know about Max, but I'm going to try to get Favorites Friday going again. So, here's what we've been reading for the past, um, I don't know how long...

Tessa's favorite book she read recently is White Cat by Holly Black. She says she loved it because Black tells the story from a criminal's point of view. This is definitely one I have to read. She also says that the plot was complicated and had enough mystery to keep her entertained. And she's promising a review!

My favorite book I read recently is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, as I've been reading it for more than two months. If you need reasons, please refer to the review that I posted yesterday.

Max hasn't had a whole lot of time to read, but currently, she's reading Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

Well, that's what we've been up to! Feel free to comment!
Goodbye for now,

September 19, 2013

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Hey everybody! Cassia here! I finally finished it! Now, I talk about a lot in this review, and with the uprising, I didn't talk about that a whole lot, but it's a HUGE part in the book. Like, climax. I didn't say everything, but I did say a lot, and I kind of regret not giving the uprising more attention, so I figured I'd put that here. Anyway, here it is.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Jean Valjean is a convict. Labeled for life as a “very dangerous man” with a yellow passport. He broke a window and stole a loaf of bread to save his sister and her seven children, and was sentenced to five years of hard labor in prison. Desperate to get out, he attempted escape four times, and even made it out, but was brought back and in total spent 19 years in prison. He worked every day of his life, and was never a bad man. But prison hardened him, made him horrible. When he breaks parole and a bishop saves his soul, he vows to dedicate his life to helping the poor. When policeman Javert, who knew him from the chain gangs in Toulon, learns of it, he dedicates his life to putting him behind bars. Now Valjean must live an honest life while dodging the law...

Alright, let me say this now: I literally just finished the book five minutes ago, so I may sound a little crazy. Fair warning, so here it goes.

September 17, 2013

Upcoming Book Releases: Maggie Stiefvater

Hey everybody! First of all, more reviews will come! You know, as soon as I finish the book, and all the other books I have to reread 'cause I totally forget what happened, and all the other books in the world that are waiting for me. And then I have to write the review! Could be awhile. ;)

Second of all, I got that email from Goodreads that keeps you up-to-date on blogs of the authors you follow. For me, one of those authors is Maggie Stiefvater. Before I get to the post, I just want you all to know that the second book of her series The Raven Cycle is now out! It's called The Dream Thieves, and here's the cover and the synopsis from Goodreads:

 The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...

 Alright. Now...to her blog post! So, you all know that her Shiver trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies ever, and that Cole St. Clair is my favorite character of the trilogy. Well guess what?!?!?! She wrote a companion novel about Cole and Isabel!!! It's called Sinner, to be published in July, 2014. Why does it have to be so far away???? I don't think there's a cover yet, but she has the synopsis on her blog. You can view the post here.

I'm really excited to read both of these! What do you all think?
Goodbye for now,

September 7, 2013

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Hey everybody! Cassia here! I've finally got another review! Yes, I know, I've promised you all a Les Mis review, but I've got a little less than 200 pages left. It's a long book, okay? But very very good. :D Anyway, here's a review of Just Listen by Sarah Dessen:

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Annabel’s got it all: a model at the local modeling agency, and two older sisters who have done the same. But there’s a lot more going on in her life that makes the modeling barely matter. Her “best friend” Sophie thinks she had sex with her boyfriend and turned against her, and her real best friend stopped talking to her because she ditched her for Sophie. And now the whole school’s against her, and she’s got nobody to turn to. Then she meets the Angriest Boy in School, Owen Armstrong. He’s music-obsessed and quiet, but soon he and Annabel start opening up to each other, when they can’t to anyone else…