loving >> week 158

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The Love ListHere’s what I’m loving…

Tony Awards 20151 ♥ The Tony Awards Theater fan I am, and I still forgot to mention the Tony Awards in last week’s Love List! The Tony Awards broadcast is a clear sign summer is on its way – the awards are usually presented in early June – and it is one awards ceremony I don’t tire of only an hour into watching. For those who are non-theater fans, the Tony Awards were created to honor the casts and crews of shows in the most recent Broadway season. The always hilarious Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming hosted this year’s ceremony, and productions Fun Home and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time were among this year’s winners {The show I want to see most? An American in Paris sounds absolutely amazing}. Did you watch the Tony’s this year?

May Reads May Reads Briefly mentioning and reviewing a book in a Love List may become a monthly occurrence, given there are so many novels I want to review with such little time! :) Wendy Mass’s Graceful and Jen Calonita’s Flunked are two recent middle grade releases that I devoured in a single weekend last month. Graceful is the last installment in Mass’s popular series of Willow Falls books; the ending was bittersweet, but the final chapter made this longtime fan happy. I really enjoyed Calonita’s Belles books, so I was excited to try her middle grade work; I’m glad to say she didn’t disappoint with an adorable tale set at Fairy Tale Reform School. I would happily recommend both if you’re in need of a cute, light novel for your summer reading pile!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl3 ♥ Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is not only an entertaining and well-written novel, but also a hit indie film coming out in theaters today! I only just recently discovered the movie version of Jesse Andrews’ first and only novel, but the endless stream of positive praise has me excited to see it. With a cast of talented actors {Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann, and RJ Cyler are starring as the trio of teens} and an equally well-done script, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a coming-of-age movie with uncommon charm and insight,” to quote the Rotten Tomatoes critics. Before I head to the theaters, however, I think I will give the novel a re-read. Do you plan to see the movie?

Her Story Header4 ♥ Her Story: Ladies in Literature I love reading Jen’s blog, Pop! Goes the Reader; her posts are written with such thought, her graphics are always bright and well designed, and she has such a good taste in books! :) Furthermore, Jen can run a good post series, as evident by the month-long feature on her site, Her Story: Ladies in Literature. Throughout the month of June, Jen has invited multiple authors to share the female literary heroines that have shaped their life, whether that character is Elizabeth Bennet or Hermione Granger. I like nothing better than supporting book bloggers and authors, and I’m sure you feel the same; read through this fabulous series HERE!

Scooby-Doo-Mystery-Incorporated5 ♥ Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated Finally, can you ever go wrong with a good Netflix binge?! My sister and I are using the two seasons of Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated available on Netflix to count down the days left of school. We have been having fun re-watching a childhood favorite, and with that, I wish you the loveliest of weekends!

Pros & Cons / Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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Pros and ConsDespite my best efforts, it can be hard to avoid the “hype monster.” Goodreads, Twitter, and book blogs are all frequent sources for early reviews, and I’m regularly reading up on new novels to add to my TBR list. Bone Gap, a recent young adult release from Laura Ruby, was a much different case. I started it knowing only the information from the synopsis, and I had little expectation, much less an idea, of what was in store. Upon finishing? I was captivated, refreshed {I believe reading “blind” is the cure for a reading slump}, and most importantly, in love. I share my full thoughts below!

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps — gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures — acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness — a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are. {Goodreads}

Slide19Need more convincing? Here’s what other reviewers had to say.
“Overall, Bone Gap was a great read with quirky characters and weird elements… The story can definitely be interpreted in different ways, though, which makes this book even better. I highly recommend reading this one if you’re up for something weird and interesting” {read the rest of the review at Reading is My Treasure HERE}.

Bone Gap is a book about perspective. About the difference between looking and seeing. About fairytales, self-image, the heavy burden that beauty can be and the pernicious ways we look at and treat women. It’s awfully tense and there is this feeling of anxious momentum that runs through this novel. It’s also very romantic where it matters, empowering where it counts and beautiful in its telling” {read the rest of the review at The Book Smugglers HERE}.

“I adored Bone Gap. That’s a testament both to Ruby’s beautifully lyrical prose and her world-building; at its heart, Bone Gap is a novel about the limits of our perception, and the vague, disorienting setting perfectly encapsulated the essence of Finn and Roza’s story” {read the rest of the review at Melinda Belle Harrison HERE}.

Let’s discuss! Have you read Bone Gap yet? Do you have any other strong stories of magical realism to recommend? We’re almost at the halfway point of 2015, which means I’ll be listing my favorite reads of the year so far quite soon {Hint: Bone Gap will be making an appearance :)}.

Have a wonderful day!
Bella

Making the Grade / Cress

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Making the Grade“Too many books, so little time” is a problem avid readers encounter all too often. Even with my best efforts and fast reading pace, I still find myself overwhelmed by the number of novels unread on my shelves. Cress, one of my most anticipated reads last year, fell victim to this bookworm predicament, sitting in my reading pile for months on end. When Fairest was released earlier in January, however, I knew it was time to catch up on the Lunar Chronicles; I’m happy to say that the winter afternoon I used to fly through the novel was time well spent. I discuss everything Cress in my full review below!

Summary: In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had 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 of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. {Goodreads}

Cress Making the GradeAround the Web: “The Lunar Chronicles is one of the most interesting series I’ve ever read. New information, twists, and characters are added with every book, and I feel like it just intensifies everything” {read the rest of the review at Nose Graze HERE}.

“Deftly twining series plot threads with those introduced in Cress, Marissa Meyer has managed to create another thrilling blend of science fantasy, romance, and fairy tale adventure” {read the rest of the review at Christina Reads YA HERE}.

“Meyer knows so well how to write a good series. Focusing on a different character for each book is such a brilliant way to tell a larger story. I feel like we get all the benefits of a series without sacrificing the good things about a standalone” {read the rest of the review at Stacked HERE}.

Let’s discuss! Are you a fan of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles? If so, which is your favorite read of the series? {I’m most partial to Scarlet, but Winter is looking promising!}. Although I felt like I was the last one on Earth to read Cress, is there anyone else that still needs to catch up? And finally, can we talk about having way too many good books to read, but not enough time?!

Have a lovely day!