Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Review: Love, Lucy by April Lindner
Release date: January 27th, 2015
Publisher: Poppy (Little, Brown)
Length: 304 pages
Source: ARC from ALAMW15
Rating: Though not wholly terrible, I, sadly, did not love Lucy


While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

A Room With a View is one of my favorite books of ALL TIME. I read it when I was fourteen and it's lived very happily in my heart ever since. Not long after, I saw the movie version of A Room With a View and fell in love with that too. So going into Love, Lucy I was half excited, half wary, because a great adaptation of my fave book could be great, but a bad one could make me crankypants.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Looking Forward: March

Sometimes it's really hard for me to keep track of what comes out what month, especially while juggling early reviews and publisher catalogues and all the other confusing bookish things bloggers deal with. It's just a LOT OF BOOKS ALL THE TIME. How do you ever keep them straight?! So on the last day of the month, I post a guide to what books I'm most looking forward to in the following month and that you should keep an eye on. So, since it's the last day in February, here are the March releases most tempting me:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blogging on Vacation (AKA How to Disconnect)

True fact: I'm an internet addict. Other true fact: I don't really see this as much of a problem. I like to think I'm not unhealthy about the amount of time I spend on the internet. Most of my favorite people live in it, and my community is on it, and TWITTER IS SUPER FUN, RIGHT? So really, i don't feel about about how much of my life centers around social media. Even beyond that, I'm ALWAYS connected. Need to Instagram a pic? I can do that. Need to Google something? I can do that. I'm always connected to the rest of the world somehow. I've always got my "Friends" and "Bloggers" Twitter lists open, keeping up to date with the happenings in the blogging world.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

Review: The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes
Release date: February 17th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 292 pages
Source: e-ARC via Edelweiss
Rating: Pleasantly surprised! Not feelsy, but I couldn't stop reading.


Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her … silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?

I have two disclosures to make upfront: one, this book is written in third person present, which normally doesn't really work for me; and two, this book is about three teenagers lost in the woods and forced to fend for themselves, which is my catnip. I have watched an indecent number of episodes of I Shouldn't Be Alive. I love stories like this and will read as many as I can find, even if they also deal with subjects that don't normally grab me, like--in the case of TDBLaF--faith and bullying.

So, with all those competing factors going in, how did I fare?

Friday, February 20, 2015

January/February DNFs


I've been WOEFULLY behind on reviewing this month (and, er, last month), but to say it's been busy over in Gillianville would be an understatement. But in an attempt to catch up, I'm going to partake in a revewing SPREE, knocking out as many books as I can in one fell swoop. BUCKLE UP, IT'S GOING TO BE A BUMPY POST.

ETA: So, that ended up being a pretty short spree. I GOT TIRED AND THERE WERE THIN MINTS TO BE EATEN Adult responsibilities took priority, as expected

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Blog Tour: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

I prefer to take part on blog tours only for books I really love, and I'll Meet You There is a book I love. Love seems like a weak word for how I feel about this book. It's almost like I'm mad at if for being so good and for making me cry and for being so beautiful. It's gutwrenchingly gorgeous. It's messy and perfect. It's swoony and traumatic. IT'S SO FREAKING GOOD I CAN'T STAND IT.

The main character, Skylar, is stuck in a small nowhere town in California's Central Valley, but she's on her way out with a ticket to art school in San Francisco. She keeps sane by making collages and worries about getting permanently stuck in Creek View more than anything, especially when her mother loses her job and can't get out of bed.

The other main character, Josh, is a wounded vet who's just come home from Afghanistan. He keeps it together on the outside, but inside, he's a total disaster. He's messy and traumatized and can't get back in the swing of things, into the swing of his old life, at all.

This is such a visual book, since Sky is an artist herself, that I thought it only appropriate to make I'll Meet You There collages of my own. First up, Sky's collage and quote:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Do Certain Buzzwords Make You Pick Up a Book?

Yesterday I was looking through Goodreads and checking out 2015 and 2016 releases and realized that I am a very predictable person when it comes to my fictional tastes. I definitely have TYPES when it comes to books, going so far as to label certain reads as "Gillian books" because they tick so many of my BOXES. I'm not a picky reader and often love things outside of the Gillian book parameters, but I've still definitely got a SWEET SPOT. Because there are certain buzzwords in synopses or premises that grab me every. single. time.