International Swag Giveaway

I think you probably know this- but I absolutely adore Susan Ee and her books, Angelfall and World After. If you’ve not read these books you must do so now. Today I’ve got some temporary tattoos (courtesy of Feral Dream) to give to one lucky reader. This is an international giveaway and the winner will receive three of each tattoo.

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The Best Books of 2013

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, trying to determine how I would narrow all the books I’ve read this year into my favorites. I’m going to challenge myself and limit the number to five, otherwise this list would go on forever.

My Favorite Books Published in 2013

This is not by order of my affection

 World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)Siege and StormIn the Shadow of Blackbirds

World After by Susan Ee-I loved this book so much because Ee’s writing is evocative, lush and just heartbreaking. Every scene between Raffe and Penryn was absolutely perfect. This book impacted me to my core as did Angelfall.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo-Bardugo knows how to weave a story that is gripping and rich in world-building without any information dump. I love her cast of characters.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters- Winters about broke my heart with this story. I was nearly traumatized but I loved it so deeply. I had to sit my husband down to tell him in detail about the characters and story. Not only that it gave me an interest in this time period.

 In the AfterThese Broken StarsThe Bone Season

In the After by Demitria Lunetta- While reading this I actually had a few nightmares. This rarely happens to me but Lunetta’s writing and depiction of how it would feel to be alone and in fear really crept into my mind.

These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman– I immediately knew I wanted to read this based on the cover. I feared that the cover would betray me as so many of the lovely ones do. Turns out the content of the book was able to exceed the beautiful cover. I loved this story start to finish.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon- Shannon created such an in-depth world that quickly mesmerized me. Warden’s character was incredibly interesting and I needed to read more to find out about him. Paige was a main character I could stand behind.

Ok, that’s 6 books. I couldn’t narrow it down any further than that.

Favorites that don’t release until early 2014:

 The Winner's Curse Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski- This book. I instantly fell in love with Rutkoski’s writing style, characters and this story swept me off my feet. It was everything and more I wanted it to be. So. Much. Love.

Cress by Marissa Meyer- Meyer’s story gets better with each book. I absolutely adore her characters and she is capable of creating unique personalities and dialog.

Closer to the new year I’ll be posting my Blogger Resolutions.

Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop-International

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December 18 marks my one year anniversary of book blogging. I’d say I jumped in on an amazing year of books with some of my favorites releasing. I had to join this giveaway hop to share with you, my readers, some of my favorites along with the chance to win one. This is an international giveaway and you can request and earlier book in the series if you would like to. I’ve selected all of my 5 star reviews for books that released in 2013. Click on the title to read my review.

  World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)These Broken StarsThe Bone SeasonScarlet by Marissa Meyer
World After by Susan Ee, These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

 In the Shadow of BlackbirdsCrown of MidnightNot a Drop to DrinkThe Burning Sky
In the Shadow of Catbirds by Cat Winters, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis, The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

 The Dream ThievesSiege and Storm
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Review of World After by Susan Ee

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2)
By: Susan Ee
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: November 19, 2013
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A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:
star

NOTE: There are spoilers from book 1, Angelfall.

Summary:
When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

The Story:
World After picks up Penyrn’s story right where Angelfall left her and us (heart broken and aching for more). I  must admit going into this book I couldn’t fathom that Ee would be able to keep the pace, energy, horror and absolute perfection of her first novel. Never fear, Ee does it yet again here, taking the reader on an emotional journey that is as painful as it is beautiful.

I struggle with expressing how I feel about this series because it is by far one of the best series I’ve ever read. I find myself completely captivated and entranced with each twist and turn of the story and nearly breathless with how far past the obvious Ee pushes the story and characters.

The Characters:
Susan Ee has created some of my favorite literary characters of all time. Penyrn continues to be stubborn, bold and loyal yet we see more of her insecurities and struggles with the amount of pressure she has heaped on her small shoulders. Through out she is still the same Penyrn with amazing boldness and guts. I adore every aspect of her from the broken sad parts to the incredibly fierce.

Raffe. Raffe is hands down the best angel written and I don’t see that ever changing for me. He isn’t as present in this book as some might like but I wasn’t even disappointed because when he shows up it is beyond perfection in every way.

In World After, we see into Paige’s transformation and even get glimpses into how she became that way. The descriptions were as captivating as heartbreaking. Again their mother has a significant role in this book. She is expertly crafted and so crazy but with a touch of sanity that, to me, is more disturbing than her crazy antics.

Final Thoughts:
This review is nearly impossible for me to articulate because of the vast love I have for this series and Ee’s writing (notice the repeat of certain adjectives- perfection being the most frequent). These are some of my very favorite books and I really have no words for the impact they have on me. The story is beyond engaging, the characters heartbreaking, bold and unique, nothing about this book is not amazing.

Extras:
Angelfall is in the works to become a major motion picture. Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Good Universe are set to produce the movie adaptation.

Visit Susan Ee’s website for all the latest news and updates about this series.

Showcase Sunday/Stacking the Shelves

This post is Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review:

 Prisoner of Night and FogWorld After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)The Taking (The Taking, #1)

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman, World After by Susan Ee and The Taking by Kimberly Derting. I’ve read World After and it was beyond amazing. I’ll be posting my review this week so keep an eye out for it.