Thursday, April 24, 2014

Words Have the Power to Change Us--The Sea of Tranquility

Welcome to Day 4 of the Sea of Tranquility Book Pushin' Extravaganza...I love that word. Extravaganza. Anyways. Ok, y'all know how much I love quotes. I always put my favorite quote from the book at the top of every review AND I'll even add extras at the end if it was THAT kind of book for me. Emotional. Impactful. Deep. Soul-love. The Sea of Tranquility is obviously one of those books for me so to continue my week-long love, here are my favorite quotes!

'I live in a world without magic or miracles.
A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you.
A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck.
I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.'
'You know I meant it. I am human. And male. And not remotely blind. 
Do you want me to say it again? 
You are distractingly, even if-that-is-not-a-real-word pretty. 
You are so pretty that I bullied Clay Whitaker into drawing me a picture of you so I could look at you when you aren't around. 
You are so pretty that one of these days I'm going to lose a finger in my garage because I can't concentrate with you so close to me. 
You are so pretty that I wish you weren't so I wouldn't want to hit every guy at school who looks at you, especially my best friend.'
'I didn't belong in this world anymore.
It's not that I wanted to be dead,
I just felt like I should be...
It left me a lot of time to think,
lots of time to get angry and feel sorry for myself.
To ask, Why me?
To ask, Why? period.
I have a black belf in self-pity.
I was an expert in the field.
Still am.
It's a skill you never forget.'
'Josh. Fucking. Bennett.'
'I never gave two shits about normal. I wanted extraordinary.
I'm haunted by music, music I can hear, but never play again.
Melodies that taunt me note by note, mocking me with the simple fact that they exist.'
'It gave me lots of time to think, lots of time to get angry and feel sorry for myself.
To ask, Why me? To ask, Why? period.
I have a black belt in self-pity.
I was an expert in the field.
Still am.
It's a skill you never forget.'
'They tell you it was random to make you feel blameless. But all I hear them telling me is that I have no control, and if I have no control, then I'm powerless.
I would have preferred being blamed.'
'I'm trying to see the magic in everyday miracles now; 
the fact that my heart still beats, that I can lift my feet off the earth to walk 
and that there is something in me worthy of love.
I know that bad things still happen.
And sometimes I ask myself why I am alive; but now, when I ask, I have an answer.'
'Call me Sunshine again, and I will murder you, cocksucker'
'We get done with dinner, but we all ate so much pizza that no one can even think about cake yet.
Except maybe me.
I can always think about cake.'
'Last night's dinner, the charred remains of my dignity, and apparently, now, my undergarments, too.
What else did I leave on Josh Bennett's bathroom floor?
I have to admit that, 
even in the midst of such utter degradation, 
think it's funny that he can't seem to say the word bra.'
'It wasn’t so much that I wanted to see her again,' he says, looking at me with the depth of more than seventeen years in his eyes. 
I wanted her to see you.'
“I know at that moment what he's given me and it isn't a chair.
It's an invitation, a welcome, the knowledge that I am accepted here. 
He hasn't given me a place to sit. 
He's given me a place to belong.” 
“There are so many things that can break you if there's nothing to hold you together.” 
“Good morning, Sunshine.”
And those are just SOME of my absolute favorites. There are so many more lines and situations I would have loved to included and one particular quote that is probably my FAVORITE OF THE ENTIRE BOOK but it'll ruin the ending so I left it out.

So...Have you picked up this book yet?...
No?...that's okay, I've got 1 more days and 1 more post to convince you :)
Just in case you missed the other posts...
Book Pushin'
Character Coutour
Lit in Lyrics

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lit in Lyrics--The Sea of Tranquility

Like I've said in my other Lit in Lyrics, I'm not struck super often when I hear songs but sometimes it just SCREAMS certain books or relationships or stories. I love this book, obviously, so a lot of these songs just stuck out to me as totally representing this book or Josh and Nastya. I seriously have so much fun putting together these posts because when I do find songs that represent a book or character, I freak my shit. 

Behind These Hazel Eyes by Kelly Clarkson (YouTube)--Nastya's feelings about her life

I used to stand so tall
I used to be so strong
Everything, it felt so right
Unbreakable, like nothin' could go wrong
Now I can't breathe
No, I can't sleep
I'm barely hanging on

Then You Look at Me by Celine Dion (YouTube)--So totally Josh and Nastya's journey...*sigh*...

Laugh and cry
Live and die
Life is a dream we're dreaming

Day by day
I find my way
Look for the soul and the meaning

Then you look at me
And I always see
What I have been searching for
I'm lost as can be
Then you look at me
And I am not lost anymore

Hate That I Love You by Rihanna ft Ne-Yo (YouTube)--Josh and Nastya, again. I think these lyrics are pretty clutch and hilarious actually.

That's how much I love you
That's how much I need you

And I can't stand you
Must everything you do make me wanna smile
Can I not like you for awhile? (No....)

But you won't let me
You upset me girl
And then you kiss my lips
All of a sudden I forget (that I was upset)
Can't remember what you did

I Can’t Stay Away by The Veronicas (YouTube)--Read the book. You'll know.

I'm conflicted
I inhale now I'm addicted

To this place
To you babe
I can't stay away
Can't stay away

Sparks Fly by Taylor Swift (YouTube)--More Josh and Nastya...Sorry I couldn't help myself!! So many songs fit!!
And you stood there in front of me
Just close enough to touch

Close enough to hope you couldn't see
What I was thinking of

Drop everything now
Meet me in the pouring rain
Kiss me on the sidewalk
Take away the pain
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile
Get me with those blue eyes, baby, as the lights go down
Give me something that'll haunt me when you're not around
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile

Happily Ever After by He Is We (YouTube)--Josh and Nastya's journey to their own happy this. 

About a boy and a girl, trying to take on the world one kiss at a time.
Now the funny thing about, ain’t a story without it, but the story is mine.
And I wish you could say, that it ended just fine.

We all want to know, how it ends.

Oh, happily ever after, wouldn’t you know, wouldn’t you know.
Oh, skip to the ending, who’d like to know, I’d like to know.
Author of the moment, can you tell me, do I end up, do I end up happy?

Have you guys read the book, yet?! 
Do these songs fit what you think represents the book?

Don't forget to check out my Character Coutoure
My original Book Pushin' post including shenanigans with Katja!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Character Couture--The Sea of Tranquilty

So I love clothes. To an unhealthy amount. I love fashion. Bags. Shoes. Jackets. Boots. Anything and everything having to do with clothes. So I thought it would be fun to include a fashion portion to Book Pushin'! The Sea of Tranquility is the name of this game. I LOVED picking out what I think Nastya would wear. And I couldn't leave Josh out, either! Alright, let's take a peek inside their closets, shall we?

Nastya Daytime

Nastya loves black...we all know this...well you SHOULD know this because you NEED to read this book! Anyways. because I love leather, I like to assume Nastya does, too. It's comfortable. It's sexy. And the most important part about's so totally badass. You see a chick in leather pants or a black leather jacket, you might wanna stay away from her. I love these looks and I think Nastya would totally rock the leather.

Nastya Nightime

We have the timeless and classic LBD (Little Black Dress) for school and scaring off people. The second dress is date night with Josh. I LOVE this dress when I saw it for Nastya because it's black--DUH--but the small floral pattern keeps it feminine and not 100% Nastya badass. 

Nastya Make-Up

While this girl does not have her token red lipstick, I see this as a total win shit.

Nastya All The Time

The infamous stilettos. I love heels. I love a girl who loves heels. Nastya rockin these shoes every day made me love her even more. And I know this is totally impractical as a middle class teenager but in my head...Nastya only wears Louboutins...*sigh*...

Josh Daytime

The infamous work boots. I picked these because they weren't 100% ugly but still badass and work approriate. 

Josh Date Night/Sunday Dinners

Swoon. I think Josh would fill this out nicely with a pair of belted work books with this attire...just no.

What do you guys think?
Did I do their wardrobes justice?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Pushin'...The Sea of Tranquility

As I explain in my video below, let's be serious here. If you know me. If you've been on my blog. If you've ever asked me what book to read...You KNOW this book. If you've been to any specific person's blog and you get to know them you know there are certain books you associate with them. For example...

Betty? I think of The Vampire Academy
Hannah? Totally Pride and Prejudice
Cass? The Official Fangirl of Nowhere But Home
Alexa? Lover and Pusher of Chaol Westfall, I mean, Throne of Glass
Me?....Well you can ask any one of these ladies above or anybody that knows me and the answer you will probably get is this book...

The Sea of Tranquility
By Katja Millay

I know that The Bronze Horseman was my "inspiration" for this feature (and I hope people come to also associate me with that book because it's f'ing amazing) because I don't usually push books. But honestly, I've been pushing The Sea of Tranquility to any and everyone I know since I read it. People ask for a book rec? I'm telling them this one. Also, when I read this it was early in my blogging when I had ZERO creativity or thoughts on features. We were lucky I knew how to format a review let alone think about how to spice things up. Ok, now I'm rambling. Without further flailing video that TRIES to convey ALL my love for The Sea of Tranquility...and fail miserably because no amount of intelligent articulation will do this book justice and what it means to me. 

Well...if that wasn't awkward and weird enough for you. I hope you get some idea of how much I love this book and how amazing it is. JUST IN CASE YOU DIDN'T GET THE MEMO, here's my 10 (ish) word breakdown of the amazing...
Force Fields
Russian Names
Bras on Bathroom Floors
True Stories
Coffee Tables

And just in case that didn't do if for you, Katja Millay, the obvious author of this masterpiece of literature, stopped by to play a little game. We didn't want to do another interview or anything that has been done before SO I decided to be a mean, mean person and make Katja answer these very personal, very hard-hitting, and very difficult questions.

Ok Katja, thank you SO much first and foremost for stopping by the blog and digging deep into your soul and answering these questions! 
So here we go!
Would You Rather?...
(Katja's answers are in pink and italicized below FYI)

Walk in only stilettos for a week OR go on one of Nastya’s death runs? 

Not speak for a month OR have to play Truth or Dare? 
Not speak for a month

Be called distractingly pretty OR sexy as fuck? (I’m sure I know the answer but I couldn’t resist asking) 
Distractingly pretty

Go to a party with Drew OR spend the day antique shopping with Josh OR sitting for a sketch with Clay? 
Antique shopping with Josh

Have the nickname Sunshine OR Nastypants? 

Wear black shit as makeup OR post-workout zero makeup? 
Black shit

Have a coffee table made by Josh OR a sketch drawn by Clay? 
Coffee table

That was fun! Fantastic answers! Ok, now I want to do a little word association. 
Tell me...
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear this word or phrase?
(Again, Katja's answers are after the -- and in pink)

Coffee Table--Wood

True Story--Drew


General Hospital--College


Voldemort--No nose


Force Field--Josh

(I LOVE this answer!!!)

Ok, those answers are hilarious and I love love LOVE them! Especially that drew was the answer to True Story!

As I've said before, Nastya's nuances and likes and dislikes so closely relate to my own that I have to include the next part. I never thought I would find anyone, real or fictional, who loves cake as much as I did. It is actually a joke in my family how much I love cake. So just for fun, here are my three favorite types of cake...of ALL TIME...

Funfetti...Red Velvet...Tiramisu...drool and drool some more...

And stay tuned the rest of the week for Words Have the Power to Change Us, Lit in Lyrics post with my playlist, a Character Couture for Nastya and Josh, and testimonials from people I have pushed to read this book alread!!

Until then...
Keep Calm
and Read
The Sea of Tranquility
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Long Live the King

"Because I love you more than anything else."
--JR Ward, The King

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: NAL
Pages: 573
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Source: Bought
Goodreads Description

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle--with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything--and everyone--at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response--or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?
Wrath and Beth OBVIOUSLY!!!! OMG can we just stop with how much I love them!?! And it's not all perfect so don't go thinking they are living in a fairy tale happily ever after. But that's why I love them, too! They are real. They have real issues they need to talk and work through and at the end of they love each other so incredibly much that is just breaks your heart in the best way. Beth is smart and capable and independent and fierce and she is just awesome! She loves her mate and she stands up to him in a way nobody else EVER could and I love it. He defers to her on a lot and it is beautiful. Long live the King and Queen.

The Flashbacks We get flashbacks of Wrath's father and mother and they are amazing! I loved reading about his rule and what he went through. And how he fell in love with Wrath's mother! *sigh* We also get a glimpse at a few Brothers from way back when. Loved it. And the lengths Wrath senior goes to to protect his shellan is amazing and heart-wrenching and beautiful. Breaks my heart how little time they had together...*sniff*

Assail Holy surprise, Batman. Assail stole this story for me...CRAZY, I KNOW! I could not get enough of him and Sola. I looked forward to their chapters most of all because of how much he loves this female human. It is just so adorable. This makes me sound crazy and like a neanderthal but I don't care. I love that a man wants to get violent in order to protect his female. There is something very primal and base in me that makes me love this. Sorry to all the feminists out there that may have a problem with this. I am all about independence and female worth but fucking hell if I don't love a man to assert his physical dominance. Hot.

Xcor ...eeep! Sorry! I'm sorry! I need him to have redemption! I want it! Just be a better person Xcor! Please! There is a scene with him shopping for clothes that just GUTS me because he is so vulnerable and awkward and holy hell I just want to hug him. I hate myself a little for this...really I do but I cannot help it.

The Politics Loooove the Saxton and the Rehv and how they help Wrath (and Beth, too obviously!). The Council are a bunch of dickheads and I love how this storyline plays out and what happens in the book.

The Language I only really noticed this in the beginning, but the first 70 pages or so of the novel was so heavy with abbreviations and "bro talk" if you will, it felt really over the top for me. It felt like a parody of slang of the 2000s and had me eye rolling a little bit. The rest of the book was totally fine in terms of this so I'm unsure why it was so heavy handed in the beginning but it was just something I noticed that bothered me.  OH and JR Ward...I love you and I am OBSESSED with your books but for the love of Jesus WOMEN IN 2014 DO NOT WEAR TURTLENECKS. I can forgive you this transgression when you started these books almost 10 years ago when they were cool but not now, not anymore.

OH! It ended...I'm pretty pissed about that. Where's the next book?

Yes!! Long live the Black Dagger Brotherhood. If you haven't started these books, get to it!! They are amazing and I love each and every one of them! WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK?!!?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Life in Books {21}

Hey ya'll! Look! I didn't wait 2 months to post another My Life in Books! Yay! So proud of myself, haha! Enjoy guys!

Slammed by Colleen Hoover (Review)
Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
This Girl by Colleen Hoover

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Review)
Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
The King by JR Ward
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

For Review
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa (Review)
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Bloggers Mentioned
Alexa from Alexa Loves Books
Betty from Book Rock Betty
Hannah from So Obsessed With
Cass from Books with Cass

What books did you guys borrow, gift, bought, or get for review?!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Listen To Your Heart {And Giveaway}

"I'm convinced that people come across others in life 
whose souls are completely compatible with their own."
--Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday

Genre: NA Contemporary
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 384
Publication Date: March 18th, 2014
Source: Bought
Previous Books by Author: Hopeless & Losing Hope
Goodreads Description

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She's in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her--and she's forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there's something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney's tumultuous world from the very first page.
The Writing Colleen Hoover. Oh my, heart, where do I begin. I'm not going to lie to you. I was hesitant and also eagerly anticipating reading this. I haven't read the Slammed series yet (I'm going to right after this review don't you worry) because I LOVE Hopeless so freakin' much, it is hard to wrap my head around loving anything as hard and as much as that series. Oh, why do I doubt you Colleen Hoover. You destroy my heart and manipulate my emotions in the best way possible. The way Colleen writes is some kind of incredible. The voices of her characters are so distinct. So honest. So real. I completely felt immersed in Sydney and Ridge's world and had that moment of confusion looking up after reading. Where am I?...You feel so completely with these characters that my heart was just aching with them.

Sydney It is not a spoiler to say the first page of the book opens with her legit punching her ex-BFF and cheating boyfriend in the face. Right hook for the win. I was in bookish friendship love with this girl immediately. Sydney is reactionary but when she talks through some very COMPLICATED situations, she is so understanding and rational. While I think to the extent of how understanding she is at times is a little far-fetched for a 22 year old, I deeply appreciated how mature she was. Sydney loves so deeply and so truly that her main concern will always be for that person she loves well-being. Rarely does she think of herself in the matter. And isn't that what true love is all about? Putting another person's needs and feelings before your own? *sigh*

The Characters Colleen, again, fails to give me a character in one of her books that isn't fleshed out and that I haven't loved. Even her secondary characters have their own complexities. Even characters you WANT to dislike have you rooting for them. These characters are not perfect, nobody is, but what I love is the maturity she gives them as well as ALL the emotions. This is one of her many strengths as a writer and it makes her books that much better for wanting to know more about every person that graces her pages.

The Connection How Colleen writes her romances and lost stories is one of a kind. She builds up the tension and you're falling in love with the characters as they fall in love with each other. She does this SO WELL. I loved inner dialogue of what they were thinking. It felt very honest and real. The emotions were raw. The turmoil was real. Nothing yet everything went right. I loved the juxtaposition and warring emotions about what was right and what was...right.

The Betrayal I need to confess something that isn't really a confession. I HATE reading about infidelity in books. After a few recent book in particular has me not wanting to read anything having to do with cheating of any kind. Never would I be able to read and empathize with a character who cheats. Colleen, again, has opened up my eyes a little bit. OBVIOUSLY nobody agrees with cheating, however I have come to be not so judgmental in my bookish picks. There is most definitely a gray area involved with matters of the heart. Far be it from me to judge others for their choices and this book helped me to not feel so black and white about a very complicated subject. I feel like the way Colleen writes this story is one of compassion, understanding, and so well done that it has even me re-thinking how I viewed things. I loved that she explored a situation of changing feelings, differing opinions on the direction one's life should go, the fact that we change as people over time, our needs for what we need in partners changes.  Obviously I am NOT an advocate for cheating AT ALL, but I have come to realize that people's emotions are not something to be pigeon-holed in any way, shape, or form. I believe I was doing this previously and I don't even want to be judgmental on any topic because reading in general has changed my views on so many different subjects and I'm just adding this to the list.

The...There is a part of the story that comes to light and deals with something I know a lot about. But I cannot talk about it because it is a MAJOR SPOILER so I will not. Just know there was a certain issue that I think could have gone down very differently and still have the intended effect.

Yes I'm about to binge read the Slammed series because Colleen Hoover can do no wrong in my book right now. If you love complex characters, complicated emotional situations, and characters you can fall in love with, this is a book for you.

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