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January 19, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

Andrew Smith - Grasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
February 11, 2014
Dutton Juvenile
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Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend, Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin’s hormones are totally oblivious; they don’t care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He’s stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it’s up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

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First Sentence: “I read somewhere that humans are genetically predisposed to record history.”

Words to describe Grasshopper Jungle: Fucked up, immensely funny, extremely crude, and weirdly entertaining.

Grasshopper Jungle essentially follows three stories that are woven into each other: 1. Austin Szerba and his best friend going about their day in regular, boring Ealing, Iowa (where the former tries to deal with his mounting horniness for his best friend and his girlfriend, Shann), unbeknownst that they brought about the end of humanity; 2. the history of Austin’s Polish ancestors and how they got to Ealing; and 3. the adventures of an army of six-foot praying mantises that have invaded Ealing with the intention of killing, eating, and procreating.

I loved it in the “oh god, what am I reading? Oh god, that’s disgusting. Why can’t I look away? Why can’t I  put this down?” It’s so unique both in content and the way it’s written. So so crude. I couldn’t stop devouring it. It was just so honest and an excellent change-up from the usually YA stories I’ve read, and I appreciated it.

Warning: This isn’t for the faint of hearts or people who don’t like crudeness. It’s disturbing, disgusting, and just plain awesome.

Six Reasons Why I Loved Grasshopper Jungle

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January 14, 2015 • Cee • Design

yabccawards

Before I talk about how you can vote, I shall talk about what the YA Book Cover Choice Awards is. Very simple. I love book covers, especially YA ones, and was sadden that there weren’t any posts celebrating the awesomeness of them. The YA Book Cover Choice Awards (aka YABCCAwards) aim to honor all the wonderful (and not-so wonderful) book covers that were published in the past year. It will be nominated and voted by readers (à la Goodreads Choice Awards and the *Book Shimmy* Awards).

Well, the results are in, and oh boy, there are some predictable winners and then there are surprising ones, at least to me. I’m excited to unveil all the winners.

Around 80+ people voted, and even though it’s not the amount I was looking for, I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who voted and promoted this. This little book cover awards is very close to my heart, since I’m such a book cover nerd at times, so it means the world to be that you took the time to partake in this.

Let’s get revealing and discussing!

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January 12, 2015 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover

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Inspired by What She ReadsPure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.

I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?

Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe) and discuss cover changes.

(A big special thanks to Georgie at What She Reads for bestowing me this fabulous name and to Charlotte at The Simple Tales for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)

I always find portrait silhouettes interesting to look at. It’s such a classic.

I always think of the classic silhouettes you see in the mid-18th century. They can be boring when it’s just simply a black head, but sometimes, there are ones that make great use of the silhouette by adding details and backgrounds to modernize it. It no longer looks exactly like the silhouettes you usually see. And that’s what I love.

THEME: Portrait Silhouettes!

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January 9, 2015 • Cee • Discussion

2014 music to my year

2014 has ended, and what else should we talk about besides book? MUSIC.

Like 2013’s music post, I wanted to take a look at all the albums and songs I listened to in 2014.

I tend to listen to music albums at a time. My go-to album for the first nine month of the year was Arctic Monkey’s AM, which is fucking amazing and is my absolutely favorite album of all time. I listened to it over and over and over again on repeat, never tiring of Alex Turner’s voice or the gorgeous lyrics. And when I transitioned away, it was sad, but I had the albums of my music queens (Jessie Ware + Leighton Meester).

Here are the albums I listened to a lot. (It is in order of when I listened to them, and the links go to Spotify.)

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January 6, 2015 • Cee • Recommendations

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* The lovely banner was created by Charlotte with the resources I bestowed onto her.

Epic Recs is hosted by the lovely Judith (Paper Riot) and Amber (Books of Amber). It is a feature where each month, you and your partner force a book onto each other, or to put it nicely, recommend one to read. My partner in crime will be the one-and-only Charlotte of The Simple Tales. Let the fun (*ahem* pain) begin!

Charlotte and I have decided to take part in Epic Recs! HOORAY! It makes sense for us because I recommend Charlotte A LOT of books, but I don’t think she has (well, maybe she has, but I don’t actually read her recommendations). I guess this is sort of our way to ensure that I actually read the stuff she’s recommending me.

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For the first Epic Recs, I am recommending The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart, which I absolutely adored, to Charlotte! What made this book awesome are two things: 1. the way it’s written is creative and fun (there’s footnotes and lists and awesomeness!), and 2. the main character is hilarious! Her voice is what kept me going because I’m pretty sure I would’ve wanted to DNF if I hated everything she said. When I finished this book, I was completely delighted by everything about it. The Boyfriend List has the perfect balance of lightness and heaviness that I want in contemporary YA that focuses on high school dramas. And Charlotte is gonna read this. Yesssssssss.

Charlotte recommended me Vicious by V.E. Schwab. You can read her reasons why she recommended me this book. I’m extremely excited since I’ve been wanting to read this book like forever, but it always seemed like I never had the time. How can I say no to supervillains? THEY ARE EVERYTHING. So January 2015 is the month when I’ll finally get to read it! YESSSSS. What an awesome book to kick off the start of my first Epic Recs!

What do you think about our recommendations? Can you believe I still haven’t read Vicious? 
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January 5, 2015 • Cee • Design

yabccawards

Before I talk about how you can vote, I shall talk about what the YA Book Cover Choice Awards is. Very simple. I love book covers, especially YA ones, and was sadden that there weren’t any posts celebrating the awesomeness of them. The YA Book Cover Choice Awards (aka YABCCAwards) aim to honor all the wonderful (and not-so wonderful) book covers that were published in the past year. It will be nominated and voted by readers (à la Goodreads Choice Awards and the *Book Shimmy* Awards).

And voila! We have the final voting round ever for the best 2014 YA book covers! Are you excited as I am? I am pumped that we reached this point!

After all the voting, you will see the top five covers for each category. The outcome of some categories were predictable, but others—well, I was extremely surprised and a bit disappointed that soo many awesome covers were knocked out of the running. It hurts my heart, but hey, that’s what you guys picked!

What You Need To Know

  • This is the final round.
  • These covers were all reader nominated.
  • Vote for the cover you believe should win each category because it’s superior and prettier than the others.
  • Judge base on the covers. Not what’s in the book.
  • You’re only allowed to vote for ONE covers. ONE.
  • If you click on the pictures, it will pop up a bigger image. If you want a bigger picture, click on the links in the Google Docs poll.
  • When you click on the category links below, it’ll take you directly to that category.
  • If you have questions or need clarifications, feel free to ask them and I will answer. :)
  • Voting starts Monday, January 5 and ends Sunday, January 11, 2015 10 PM PST.
  • Last but not least, have fun! Share this with friends and force them to vote!
Big Special Thanks To These Awesome People!
I want to thank Charlotte for everything she’s done to help me make this post; Georgie, Morgan, Jacquelyn, Sara, Audris, Jessica, and Stacee for taking pictures of the spine and interior design of the books; and everybody who nominated book covers. You are amazing. <3

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