Archive for October, 2015

 

October 19, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

Tell The Story To Its End by Simon P. Clark • October 20, 2015 • St. Martin’s Griffin
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People are keeping secrets from Oli. His mum has brought him to stay with his aunt and uncle in the countryside, but nobody will tell him why his dad isn’t there, too. Why hasn’t he come with them? Has something happened? Why won’t anyone talk about it? Oli has a hundred questions, and only an old, empty house in the middle of an ancient forest for answers. But then he finds a secret of his own: there is a creature that lives in the attic…

Eren is not human.
Eren is hungry for stories.
Eren has been waiting for him.

With Eren to listen, Oli starts to make sense of what’s happening. But Eren is powerful, and though he’s willing to help Oli, he’s not willing to do it for free; he wants something in return. Oli must make a choice: he can learn the truth — but to do so he must abandon himself to Eren’s world, forever.

From striking new voice Simon P. Clark comes Tell the Story to Its End; richly atmospheric, moving, unsettling, and told in gorgeous prose, it is a modern classic in the making.

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I received this book for free from St. Martin’s Griffin for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: ‘Tell the story to its end,’ says Eren with a grin.

What’s in a story? What makes them so good and important? Tell The Story To Its Ends not only discusses that, but it spins a surreal web that will eventually confuse Oli where he won’t know up from down, or left from right, or reality or fantasy. He’ll only know stories.

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October 17, 2015 • Cee • Discussion

Tacoma, actually!

My sister’s boyfriend, who I call affectionately the bro-in-law, was in California for the past week for a wedding, and he came to visit my family. He threw out that I should come with him back to Tacoma to surprise my sister, who I hadn’t seen in person in three years. After a 24 hour whirlwind, or ordeal, of going in circles of the pros and cons of visiting, I decided, why not? I didn’t have plans for the next week (and I won’t be able to visit them around the holidays), so I decided to join him on the road trip back to Tacoma.

Because of this rather spontaneous trip, there may not be a lot of blog posts in the next week. I will definitely have a post about what happened on the road trip up soon because oh boy, such a surreal experience. I know it’s gonna be a pretty laid-back week in Tacoma.

(*City vector in the banner is designed by Freepik)

Have you ever decided to go to a different state or country spontaneously? Where did you go?




October 13, 2015 • Cee • Typography

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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. Add all of them to your font collection! Let it grow!

Want to add a little mayhem to your life? Or do you want carry a talisman that will bring you joy? You will get what I’m talking about when you check out these awesome fonts that needs to be in your font collection! If you don’t, it may be all gone. (I am full of dumb non-puns.)

Go forth and add these fonts to your font book!

(Remember, when you download the fonts, look at the license to see what you can and cannot do with it. Majority of it will be for personal use only, meaning you can’t use it on stuff you’re selling. The ones with an asterisk* next to the font names are free for personal and commercial use. )

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Mayhem is designed by Psd Town.

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October 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.)

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US versus UK: Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

What do I think about the cover design? Cute and simple.

Let’s talk about the use of silhouettes here. It’s done so well in the US cover of The Wolf Wilder. I love that the night sky and a forest serve as a background inside the big wolf silhouette. I like that the gold is the only color that won’t blend with the colors that are used; it makes the title stand out more that way. This cover portrays all it needs to in an image that isn’t cluttery. You’ve got the girl, her wolves, and the setting. That’s it.

Would I buy this book based on the cover? Yes.

What do I think about the cover design? Holy beautiful illustrations!

Okay, I admit I am blown away by the UK cover of The Wolf Wilder. I can’t stop staring. While the US cover keeps it simple, the UK cover has so much colors and details in the illustration. Look at the snow and the branches. The typography in this is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the way the title sits on the tree branches so naturally. There’s so much color in this, and it blends together beautifully. Love.

Would I buy this book based on the cover? YES, YES, YES.

Final Verdict: Yes to both covers because they have gorgeous illustrations on it! But if you really force me, the UK one.

Which cover design do you prefer? Would you buy the US or UK cover? 





October 8, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain • October 6, 2015 • St. Martin’s Press
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Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She and her husband live in San Diego, where they hope to soon adopt a baby. But the process terrifies her.

As the questions and background checks come one after another, Molly worries that the truth she’s kept hidden about her North Carolina childhood will rise to the surface and destroy not only her chance at adoption, but her marriage as well. She ran away from her family twenty years ago after a shocking event left her devastated and distrustful of those she loved: Her mother, the woman who raised her and who Molly says is dead but is very much alive. Her birth mother, whose mysterious presence raised so many issues. The father she adored, whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison Ridge.

Now, as she tries to find a way to make peace with her past and embrace a future filled with promise, she discovers that even she doesn’t know the truth of what happened in her family of pretenders.

Told with Diane Chamberlain’s compelling prose and gift for deft exploration of the human heart, Pretending to Dance is an exploration of family, lies, and the complexities of both.

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I received this book for free from St. Martin’s Press for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “I’m a good liar.”

My first venture into Diane Chamberlain’s writing: I like what I’m reading!

What you find in Pretending to Dance is a compelling story about the most difficult moments in Molly Arnette’s life alternating between different time periods.

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October 7, 2015 • Cee • Letters

Dear Emily Henry and The Love That Split the World,

Look at this beauty. Would you or somebody please send me this book right now?

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken. Goodreads

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