Book Anticipation: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner Hardcover Edition

Let me begin by saying that Maggie Stiefvater (pronounced Steve-Otter) is pretty much responsible for my being here. Well, my blog being here. It was her Shiver series, aka The Wolves of Mercy Falls, that really got me hooked on YA lit.

Sure, I read Twilight…many times. I liked the story (until the end, but that’s another post for another day). I liked the movies. The writing was questionable. Maggie’s is not, so please don’t think it’s another Twilight.

It was really and truly though, the blue toned lettering in the beautiful blue-jacketed hardcover edition that I picked up in Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport that really sold me on contemporary YA. From page one, I was hooked. Her writing is fluid, like a liquid that could be bottled up, shaken, then sprayed into a fountain to open a portal to another dimension.

Since then, I’ve adored everything she’s written and in my opinion, she gets better and better with every new release. Also, she’s just a really cool author. With goats. Super cute goats.

Maggie's Goats (via her Facebook page)

Told you so.

AND she’s a pretty amazing artist. Check out this book jacket she drew!  It’s available if you pre-order from her favorite local bookstore, Fountain Bookstore. I’d really, really love to have one, but I’ve pre-ordered my copy from The Bookshelf (which just happens to be my favorite bookstore…so…you know…I have to support them). She also Sharpie’s the guitars in the background (which she plays…).

Sinner Book Jacket

Maggie has two new novels coming out this year.

Sinner, a much-anticipated spin-off of the Shiver series will be released July 1st. Because her books are really well-known, I was unable to get an ARC of this. That’s okay though, because it just means that I get to fangirl out with everyone else when it does come in! It’s going to feature former rock-star/drug addict, Cole, and the bitchiest sister ever written, Isabelle. Who is actually quite similar to our beloved Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments…minus snake whip. Just because you’re awesome and have read this far, here’s a link to the Jones Book Shop in Amazon where you can pick up a FREE preview (the first three chapters) of Sinner for Kindle devices and apps.

The covers of the first three are my favorites, but what makes the hardbound copies really stand apart is that the text is the same color as the book. Shiver‘s text is blue (previously mentioned), Linger’s is green, Forever’s is red. Really nice, readable tones.

The second book coming out this year is the third installment to her really amazing Raven Boys series called Blue Lilly, Lilly Blue. If you like paranormal, you MUST read this series. And don’t skip a word. It’s beautiful, captivating and above all, magical. Maggie writes the characters in this book so well that I swear I am part of the story, exploring the woods with them, sitting in the backseat of Gansey’s car….oh…Gansey. If Blue doesn’t figure out how to kiss Gansey without killing him in this next book, I’m going to have heart palpitations. I NEED them to be together.

So there it is: my next book crush! I’ll be picking it up the day it is released and letting you know what goes down with Cole and Isabelle. If you’d like to check out more of the fabulous Maggie’s work (of which there is a great collection), check out her Goodreads Author page here or her Amazon author page here.

As always, the books mentioned in this post are available over in the Jones’ Book Shop on Amazon or head over to The Bookshelf here in Tville to order your editions.

If you haven’t seen, there’s a pop-up shop going on in the Chloe & Isabel boutique! In honor of the namesake of Cole’s complicated love life, I think you should pop over there and grab a little something-something. Now through the 27th, you’ll get $25 off an order of $125 or more, plus, I’ll send a little Tresors charm as a thank-you gift for celebrating with me!

Summer Solstice Sale! Tresors Charm GiftWhich Tresors charm is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! If you place an order by tomorrow, you just might have it show up in your mailbox : )

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Shiver for Free

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One of my favorite books, Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater, is FREE today for downloads on both iBooks and from Barnes and Noble. From the author’s mouth (keyboard). Links to both can be found here! Enjoy!

The Summer Solstice needs more gold.

Which is where you come in. Head on over to the new pop-up shop this week starting today and ending Saturday night. There are some pretty sweet prizes for those RSVPing! If you received a Paperless Post invite, you can RSVP there or with the contact form here. Click on the invite to join the fun!

Summer Solstice Invite

Review: A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn

A Creature of Moonlight
A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had a lot of expectations going into A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn. Immediately after I finished the book, I was disappointed. The more I dwelled on it though, the happier I was with the story. Here’s how it breaks down:
My first impressions:
1) It was too fast-paced. A LOT happened in one paragraph. We get a ton of information that’s important to the story line in a few short words. If you’re skimming, you’ll miss it and then have to figure out who the lady in the forest without a face is because you’ll have been thinking about Marni’s lineage (that was just introduced in the last paragraph) and how that all figures in. Think The Holy Bible here. A bunch of info without much celebration. This one book could’ve been an entire series. More along the lines of “The Chronicles of Moonlight.”
2) Romance? Yes? No? Somewhere in the middle, I really wanted Marni to have a romantic relationship with her courtier, but she was stubborn, stubborn, stubborn. I’m not really sure how her future is going to play out or if there is going to be a sequel to this, but if this were real life, Marni would go on to live a lonely life just because she was too stubborn to give in. Now, don’t hate me for this. I know that he saying “No” a hundred times over was part of the “mighty-girl” plot to the book. But honestly, I got a little fed up with her. Is he after the crown? Maybe. Is he in love with her? Maybe! She’s a freakin’ princess, for crying out loud! ANYONE that wants to marry her is going to be after the crown! What she has to decide is: Will he make a good king? YES!
3) Dragons. I’ve loved dragons in stories since Eustace Scrubb turned into a dragon the very first times I read Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Then, I fell in love with dragons again in Seraphina. This dragon, I won’t spoil how he relates to our protagonist, Marni, is regal and beautiful and his world is beautiful. But because the writing was so incredibly fast-paced, even the vivid imagery in the writing didn’t keep me there as long as I would’ve liked to be. It was like driving past the Grand Canyon in a bullet train. A lot of beauty to be seen, but too fast for me to see it.
My impressions after dwelling on it for a while:
1) Rebecca Hahn has one extremely vivid imagination. I’ll be on the lookout for other things from her. I think she has a lot of beauty running around in the worlds in her head and she’s just so excited to share it with us that she crams it all onto one page. Or one book.
2) The story stood alone without the romance coming to fruition. But the romance reader in me really wanted something more.
3) I’m still wondering about this dragon. There’s more here, I know it.

Overall impression: three stars, because it really was beautiful prose and the lyrical quality of the writing really made me feel like I was flying through the clouds with the phoenix watching the world revolve. I really did like the book and the more I think about it, the more I like it. I feel like it’s a book that I’ll go back and read again and pick up on a lot that I missed the first time through. It’s an interesting exploration of fantasy and historical fiction. If you like those genres, I think you’ll enjoy this book. If you’re looking for an intense historical romance, though, this isn’t the one for you. Happy Reading up with the Joneses! Read Up to Keep Up! Visit our family of reviewers online at http://www.readingupwiththejoneses.com

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I was inspired by Home Depot. An earring display was born.

c+i gold paillette chandelier earrings on DIY displayW has been attending orchestra camp this week in Tallahassee (yes, she’s little, but the teachers take this very seriously…plus, she’s been having a ball). Upside: music education. Downside: it starts at 8 freakin’ am. For those of you not familiar with our geography, TVegas is an hour away (okay, really it’s only 45 minutes, but you never know about traffic…or how long the line at the Flash Foods will be when I run in to get my morning SF Red Bull… so I like to have that 15 minute buffer). I’d like to brag for a moment and say that we have been ten minutes EARLY every day this week (which means we’ll probably be late tomorrow, but whatever).

On day one, S and I dropped W and her cello at camp and then headed to shop. There was nothing opened. Or at least the stores I tried weren’t open. Day two, we drove just around the corner to check out Home Depot. Surely contractors start shopping before 8 am. BAM! I was right! Home Depot, my savior. The indoor lawn mower display was the perfect playground for S. I was inspired during the hour and half we shopped. I came out with three things: a hedge trimmer, a blower and a section of Moroccan tile-inspired stamped gold sheeting.

Do not laugh about the first two items. As a former cake decorator, I am phenomenal at hedge trimming. It’s like a big ‘ole spatula. Don’t hate. My hedges look good. As for the clippings all over the yard…I’m not really sure what to do about those.

Anyway, the gold sheeting was my best buy. I saw it on an end cap and grabbed it. No plans. It was just a gorgeous piece of material that had lots of potential.

On the way home, I figured out what to use it for: earring displays! Yay, me! So, here’s what happened when I got home so that you can recreate it (there were lots of other pretty designs in the sheeting:

1) GATHERED MATERIALS

  • out-of-use picture frame, any size
  • metal shears/clippers
  • Sharpie marker
  • metal sheeting

Materials for DIY display

2) DISASSEMBLE FRAME; TRACE FRAME INSERT ONTO METAL SHEETING

I moved it over about a 1/2″ to the side and bottom to allow for cutting room.

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3) TRIM SHEETING, THEN TRIM AGAIN, THEN TRIM AGAIN

I wanted it to fit just right, so I went back around the side and bottom and clipped off any little pieces that were causing it to bulge in the frame.

trimming metal sheeting

4) FIT THE METAL SHEETING INTO THE FRAME

You can leave it like this and tape the back with Gaff or Duct tape and use it as it. I wanted a little deeper texture (and less parts and pieces floating around my house), so I put the mat and glass behind the sheeting.

IMG_0589 Fitting pieces into frame

5) SECURE THE PIECES IN THE FRAME AND FLIP THAT BAD BOY OVER TO CHECK OUT YOUR HANDY WORK

front view of DIY display

6) HANG THOSE PRETTY EARRINGS!

I’m using this for hook style earrings, but you could leave the glass off of the back and use it for posts as well. I already have two other earring displays (I have A TON of earrings), so this was a non-issue for me.

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Yay! Now, if you love the earrings, most of them are available in my c+i shop and I’d love you and appreciate you forever and ever, amen, if you’d hop over and place an order. Even better, get in touch with me and lets schedule a book-themed pop-up shop and you can get some free jewelry. I really, really, really want to make a few more displays to use in a pop-up shop!

Okay, now that I’ve plugged my one (very small source) of income, I can tell, as always, that it’s time for you to

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Do you love gold? Pavè? Paillette? Good. I thought you might.

Because Chloe + Isabel just released a few new pieces in the Moroccan Summer Collection that happen to be all of the above.

There are some fantastic summer reads this year that you should be enjoying on the beach or in your backyard. Either place, I think the chandelier earrings would make you look and feel fantastic while turning those pages. Those characters in your romance novel would totally be wearing these while reading, so why not you too?

As with all of my pop-up shops, there’s a raffle! Comment on this blog post (see raffle for details and to link through) for 5 entries and Like our FB page (through the raffle thingy ma-bobber) if you haven’t already for an extra entry.

Click here for to enter my c+i raffle for $25 off $75+.

Good luck, goldies! Read Up!

 

Can you guess what these boys are dressed up for?

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I know that you’re thinking the same thing as me…little Abnegation kids!

Alsas, we are wrong. Apparently they’re dressed up as Biblical times kiddos for Vacation Bible School ; )

A friend of mine posted this photo of her two sweet boys heading out to VBS. I couldn’t resist sharing, but since I’m not fond of other people posting pics of my kid, I did a little crop crop.
Are these costumes not awesome?!
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I wasn’t kidding about the Week of Silence thing or Why I will not like you anymore if you post Spoilers for a huge, massively important book.

I really wasn’t. The Shadowhunters Week of Silence was foh real, ya’ll.

So much so that I am extending it for a few more days. You see, I had this thing called “theatre week” in which I thought I would be able to knock out CoHF in no time. I was wrong. In fact, I’ve barely gotten into the book. As such, I am having to avoid Twitter, Instagram and most of the extended blogosphere (because people just cannot keep their traps shut!). Sometimes I welcome spoilers (when I’m trying to decide whether or not to read a book). In this case however, the book can’t be bad and it’s a gigantour finale to a series that I absolutely adore. So, if you ruin it for me by POSTING A SPOILER REVIEW 5 HOURS AFTER THE BOOK IS RELEASED when I know you didn’t really read it but only skimmed it and didn’t read an ARC because they weren’t available to bloggers, I will send evil south Georgia summer death gnats to your home. I am not kidding.

For my few loyal readers, please, miss me. Miss me a lot in the next few days.

In the meantime, while you’re missing me and my wonderful posts, I’m going to finish CoHF, finish writing my review for the two books I read previously and then update you on all the reasons why I pretty much am not happy with summer (hint: no school).

Also in the meantime, you should be Reading Up!

I’ll be back soon, I promise. Cross my heart and hope to die (but not really…because I’m not 100% sure that my husband could raise the kids by himself…love you, Mr. J).