Archive for January, 2014

 

January 22, 2014 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Kasie West - Split SecondSplit Second by Kasie West
February 11, 2014
HarperTeen
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Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

Why I’m waiting?

I adore Kasie West.

Yeeesss, more paranormal powers! I was so fascinated by the concept of this world, so any focus on the paranormal powers in this series is a win! I’m excited to see how the characters’ powers evolve. And also, I am so happy this book will focus on Laila too! I am all for more Addie-Laila scenes! Female friendships ftw!

What books are you waiting for?





January 21, 2014 • Cee • Typography

I love fonts. You can say I’m obsessed with collecting them all. It’s no secret to those who know me. You’re Just My Type is a new feature where I showcase the fonts I absolutely adore and use. And hopefully, you will love the fonts I pick. 

Designed by One by Four Studio.

Need a match? Forget those handy lighters. It’s all about striking a match against a coarse surface to get that fire going! I give you a Matchbook!

What it makes me think of: matches (obviously) and futuristic-ness (whatever that means). I can make a long list of what I associate with it, but I think that’s mainly because of the name. I like the narrowness of the letters. It’s very modern. Everything about it remind me of matches. Ha!

Designed by Lee Batchelor.

Two things Mathilde remind me of: A Very Long Engagement film and how much I wish I remembered the French I learned in high school. Ooh la la!

There is something awfully familiar about this particular font. I swear I’ve seen it actually written out on paper. It sort of looks like my handwriting when I was in fifth/sixth grade or maybe even middle school, but then again, it doesn’t? Maybe?

Designed by David Rakowski.

Chalk is an excellent writing medium. Eraser makes me incredibly nostalgic about chalkboards.

When I was little, I begged my mom for one because I loved writing on it. I loved hearing the clacking of the chalk against the board, feeling the chalk cover your fingers and trying not to get it all over my overalls, and feeling like you’re the teacher in a bedroom full of stuffed animals.

Designed by Dan Gneiding.

Ribbon makes me want to find some and wrap everything in sight. That desk light, ribboned. That book, ribboned. Need a hair-tied? Ribboned.

Much like the Metropolis font I showcased last week, this is perfect for titles (not sentences). I love the details— from the forked-tongue ends to the white line in the letters. For some reason, I’m expecting a surprise when I look at it. If I stare at it, a present wrapped up in ribbons will appear, right? ;D

Which font do you like? What about the commentary? Is four a good number of fonts to showcase? Or should I go back to five?

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January 19, 2014 • Cee • Blog News

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I have decided to do a weekly recap! I will probably be changing its name, but in the mean time, let’s get started!

Books Read (or Currently Reading)

January 6-10

January 13-17

In the blogosphere

I know that’s two weeks, but I had to include the previous week since I had intended to start the weekly recap then (but I didn’t). I will try to keep this up. I prefer doing this than doing a monthly recap. We shall see how it goes.





January 17, 2014 • Cee • Letters

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Dear Agnes,

What is going on with your life? It’s an absolute circus (and I’m sure you’d agree with me on this one).

Your life is totally unappealing to me. I would’ve taken the first bus out of your life (if y’know there was one). Instead, I had my hand hovering over the “fast forward” button because when I was one-fourth into the book, I found myself annoyed with everything — the characters, the plot, the characters, the plot. (Can you see a pattern?) I wanted to speed through your life, and maybe that wasn’t a good idea since your life was already like a treadmill, getting increasingly faster as it went on.

I don’t understand how you put up with everything that happened to you and to everyone around you. You’re dealing with people who are trying to kill you because they want your dog; ex-mobsters and a hitman trying to take care of you; your temper which makes you a little frying pan-crazy; a really shitty ex-fiancee who has an alternate reason why he’s with you; batshit crazy Brenda (your best friend’s mother) who sabotages everything in your life so she can get back Two Rivers (her former house) even though she agreed to sell it to you; a wedding that you’re helping to plan (which is on the verge of collapsing); flamingos that are running amuck; and a whole lot of other problems that continue to pile up.

Everything that could go wrong did. I just couldn’t keep up with it all. I was so stressed for you. It baffled me and it was fucking absurd. Did I believe everything that happened to you? Not really. I get that you’re the main character of a romantic comedy, but goddamnit, everything is a ~messsss.

Imagine this: a chicken with its head chopped over, running aimlessly and trying to figure out where it is. That’s me. I would’ve enjoyed you and your life if I hadn’t been totally lost, trying to figure out what the hell was going on.

But hey, I did like all the food talk. It made me quite famish.

Sincerely,

cee





January 16, 2014 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover

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Inspired by Pure Imagination Blog and Stacked.

Let’s be honest, nobody follows the age-old cliché that tells us not to judge a book by its covers. If you say you do, I am side-eying you. Book covers are the first thing that attracts any of us readers to a book. Before you pick up a book, the cover can essentially make or break a book. If I don’t like a cover design, I won’t pick it up. Lucky for us, publishing companies publish different cover designs, especially when a paperback book comes out. Sometimes we like it, sometimes we don’t. Let’s discuss these cover changes, shall we?

Today, we look at the cover of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi!

I am a bit creeped out by both covers (in sort of a bad and a good way). Hands and eye. Keep that in mind. ;D

Covers of girls in dresses make me yawn, and Shatter Me is one of them. I do like covers with girls in dresses, but only if the dress is gorgeous. Unfortunately, the white dress on this cover is not because of the weird puffs at her hips. Is the dress designed to have puffs? Or is she holding the front of her dress up???  I am mildly creeped out that you can’t see her hands. WHERE ARE HER HANDS?? I keep entertaining the thought that the puffs are pom poms (but obviously, cheerleaders aren’t a thing in this book).

I do like the background. It looks like a million broken pieces of a mirror shooting at her. It’s kind of awesome. I also like that the title is shattered (pun totally intended). It’s almost like a strike across the words (similar to the tagline at the top).

Now, the paperback cover of Shatter Me intrigues me. Eyes are generally creepy and awesome if it’s created beautifully. And guess what, the eye on this cover is insanely gorgeous. (I’m secretly glad that the eye isn’t staring straight at me because hello, nightmares!) I love the way that the eyelashes are shaped into tree branches. It’s quite eerie and pretty. And that waterfall coming from her eye, ahhhh. Beautttiiffuuulllll. I love it when you can see a reflection in the eyes. Here, you can see a bird here. (I don’t quite know the significance of it since I never finished the book, but it should be important, right?) I just really appreciate the detail that the designer put into the eye.

Which cover design do you prefer? Is there anything you would change in it?





January 15, 2014 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Marissa Meyer - CressCress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
February 4, 2014
Feiwel & Friends
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Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Why I’m waiting?

I AM DESPERATE FOR THIS BOOK BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW IF MY BABIES ARE OKAY.

After Kelly told me something not happy happening to Scarlet and Wolf, I’m sooo on edge. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT’S UP. Like nooooooow. Also, we get to meet Cress! I already love her from the snippets we saw of her in Scarlet. I can’t wait to see the interactions between her and the rest of the crew. I hope I love her as much as I love Scarlet.

What books are you waiting for?