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April 5, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

Tell the Wind and Fire

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan • April 5, 2016 • Clarion Books (HMH)
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In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?


I received this book for free from HMH Books for Young Readers for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “It was the best of times until it was the worst of times.”

Was A Tale of Two Cities as convoluted as Tell the Wind and Fire? (Probably, because it is a Dickens’ book.)

What you get in Tell the Wind and Fire are the following: a city divided into the Light and the Dark; a story inspired by A Tale of Two Cities but with magic; a complicated relationship between Light and Dark that sparks unrest on both sides; a girl born in the Dark, but escaped by manipulating the system; doppelgängers born from death; revolutionaries, and so much more.

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September 23, 2015 • Cee • Letters

Dear Sarah Rees Brennan and Tell the Wind and Fire,

Would you or somebody please send me this book right now?

Tell the Wind and Fire is about a young girl called Lucie who lives in a New York very different from the New York we know: the city is torn between two very different kinds of magic, and Lucie’s own family was torn apart years ago by that conflict. Lucie wears magic rings and carries a burden of guilt she can’t share with anyone.

The light in her life is her sweetheart boyfriend Ethan, but it turns out Ethan has a secret too: a soulless doppelganger created by dark magic, who has to conceal the face identical to Ethan’s with a hood fastened by a collar nobody but a Light magician with magical rings can take off… and who introduces himself to both of them by, for reasons nobody can understand, saving Ethan’s life… Goodreads

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December 12, 2013 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover


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 Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan!

I adoooorrreeee the hardcover design of Unspoken. I love silhouettes a lot. I don’t know why exactly, but I think it’s because silhouettes give that kind of gothic creepiness I like. I love the way the silhouettes of the branches frame the top of the cover and the gates with the silhouettes of the heads in it. The rose red color background with the light yellow (gold?) font color is incredibly gorgeous together. The cover design evokes that romanticism and mysteriousness that’s in the story, and it instantly enhances the story even more. It’s absolutely perfect.

That paperback cover, holy boobs! That was my reaction when I first saw this cover. (It still is.)  The model (who I’m assuming is acting as Kami Glass) has a very ample chest. It distracts me when it really shouldn’t, which I am 95% sure that Sarah Rees Brennan approved of it for that exact reaction. Props to you, Sarah! ;D I’m trying to recall if there were any references to Kami’s bust and I vaguely remember she didn’t have any? (I could just be lying through my teeth.)

Anyways, back to that paperback cover, I do like it. It utilizes shadows and dark colors that certainly evoke that gothic atmosphere. I especially love the font and the font color. It’s so gorgeous. I love that the title pops out (pink against dark anything does that). I do appreciate that the book designer and Sarah Rees Brennan kept the gothicness for the paperback. It adds the right feel to the story.

I like both of them, but I do prefer the hardcover design because c’mon, silhouettes are frickin’ lovely. I’m pretty sure if the hardcover didn’t have that silhouette cover design, I wouldn’t have liked Unspoken as much as I do. That cover just fits with Kami and that entire world.

What cover design do you prefer? Do you like silhouettes? What books have you seen that uses silhouettes gorgeously? What was your first thought when you saw the paperback cover of Unspoken? Also, if anybody knows the font of the title on the paperback cover, tell me. I need to know.

August 14, 2013 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday


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

srb-ll2Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan
September 24, 2013
Random House Books for Young Readers
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In this second book in the Lynburn Legacy, the sorcerous roots of Sorry-in-the-Vale have been exposed. No one in the town is safe, and a decision must be made: pay the sorcerers’ blood sacrifice, or fight. Will the townspeople (magical and not) become “owned” by the sorcerers who believe it is their right to rule? If Kami Glass has anything to say about it, evil will not win. Despite having given up her own piece of magic, she is determined to do everything she can to make a difference. And whether they want to or not, her circle of friends (and potential boyfriends) will not be able to help but go along with her unusual tactics.

(And here’s another synopsis that is a bit spoilery.)

Free from bonds, but not each other.

It’s time to choose sides… On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

Why I’m waiting?

The Lynburn Legacy world exudes that gothic feel that I love in books.  Gothic-type books are always a “yes please.” More so for this series because I adored the first book, Unspoken. I became so attached to the characters that I didn’t want anything bad to happen. I was heartbroken by the ending cliffhanger. I need to know what happens with Kami!  I can’t wait to see what Untold brings us. 

What books are you waiting on?