The Turning Point (2)

Hey y'all, as I tried before a few weeks ago, when I'm in a reviewing slump, I do The Turning Point which is essentially saying how I feel about a book when I'm halfway through it. Later, I'll do a full review for it, but right now I'm in a slump. For that, I'm sorry. I feel like my recent reviews haven't been as eloquent or thorough as I usually prefer to be. For now, I'm going to do this.The Probability of Miracles

Dry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine - a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it's undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingoes in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies. As Cam checks each item off the list, she finally learns to believe - in love, in herself, and even in miracles.

A debut novel from an immensely talented new writer, The Probability of Miracles crackles with wit, romance and humor and will leave readers laughing and crying with each turn of the page.

I'm in love with this book. Bittersweet, funny, and tearjerking, it explores life and the way we choose to live it. Cam is such an endearing character. She's almost crafted a defense against the world. She's dry and witty and lovable all at once. She says really wise things, and still tries to enjoy things when she knows that nothing good can come afterwards.

No person should have to go through this, but Cam is so strong. She spends a huge chunk of her time consoling the people around her, even though she's the one that's going through everything. At first I found myself frustrated with her mom, but the desperation of their situation came through to her and she would do anything to hang onto Cam.

I thought this book would be heavier, and there are parts of it so far, but there's also a light whimsicality of it. It was almost reminiscent of Dreamland Social Club. This book explores hope, life, and love. So far I've been laughing and crying almost every page. This book makes you want to go out and live your life to the fullest. I came across this quote today and I thought it was perfect, "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

So far, expect an extremely positive review.

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)

Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.Unless he can earn a soul.To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought. Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive. With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side. To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale. And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Wow. This book has already thrown me twists and turns, the relishing feel of fantasy and romance, and a strong sense of adventure. It has danger, chilling faeries, and explorations beyond what you could ever imagine. Julie Kagawa has created a masterpiece, and I'm only on the first hundred pages.I also love the format. The ruffled pages are so great, and it's like the style of the Anna and the French Kiss paperback. I absolutely adore the character development. I love Ash and Puck, so their tension and strange relationship is a great thing to read more about! Many myths creep into the story so far and it's highly enjoyable.It's started to delve into Ash's history again, so we learn more about him. What makes a cold exterior makes him a bit of a sweetheart on the inside. Such is the effect on him of falling in love. This explores the meaning of love and sacrifice. There are already plenty of sword fights, near-forgotten characters brought up again, and hints that keep me itching to finish it.There's an ominous sense of danger that keeps creeping up at the strangest moments and I know it will be an insane book to read. I do love reading about Meghan, but it'll be nice to read the story from a different point of view!Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires, #4)

The wait is over. dig into the feast...In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though —especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’'s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It’'s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he'’s set for Morganville.

I finished Midnight Alley two nights ago and then immediately raced home to download the next one off my library's database. This is the audiobook, and it's one of the best I've heard. I love the narrator; she's perfect and I will definitely listen to whatever else she has narrated so far.One of the best parts of this book is the complexity. The world-building of the town is so utterly impeccable that I can't help but want to devour the parts that talk about it. It's perfectly paced, which makes this such a great transition to audio.Claire, Shane, Eve, Michael, Jason, Oliver, Amelie...all the characters interact in such interesting ways. Their actions and their thoughts only become clear partway through the book and all somehow manage to knit together in the end. Throughout the book, there are incredible twists and discoveries that truly make it an incredible read.I love love love this series and I can't wait to finish it on audio!Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

I got an audiobook of this to review and I really love the story. It doesn't translate incredibly well to audio, but it's okay. You could really read it in either print or audio.The great part about the audio is that I hadn't realized how amazing of a writer that Becca Fitzpatrick was! Her syntax and description is phenomenal. The action and twists in her plot tend to overshadow her skills as a writer simply with words. I hadn't noticed it before because I was rushing to finish the book and find out what happens! The audio is definitely the way to go if you want to have the experience or truly notice the writing.The bad part about the audio is that the narrator (Nora) isn't the voice I would have chosen. It's higher and not as clear as I imagined. I imagined Nora's voice as deeper and a bit throatier. When the narrator pronounces certain syllables and letters, it sounds like her tongue tends to press against the front of her teeth and doesn't make certain words clear. It gets muffled a few times, but at other times, she is great at articulation.The narrator is excellent with the emphasis of sound. While it will be frustrating to listen to the end simply because of the incredible, suspenseful plot and because I read much faster than I listen, I'm going to enjoy the experience of savoring the writing. It's excellent for me so far!

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