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Falling in Love With….I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (Sarah from What Sarah Read)

Falling in love with books finalWelcome to Day 2 of Falling in Love with Books! Today the fabulous Sarah from What Sarah Read is sharing her love of a new release by Heather Demetrios: I’ll Meet You There. I was so happy when Sarah signed up for the feature because she is so passionate about her favorite Young Adult titles and I had my fingers crossed that she would participate. Enjoy her inspiring post, and get a hold of this book!

When Katie put out the call for bloggers to contribute guest posts to her “Falling in Love with Books” holiday feature, I knew two things right away. I knew that I wanted to participate, and I also knew I wanted share my love for I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios.

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This book has become one of my all-time favorites and I’ve not been shy about shouting that fact from the rooftops. I LOVE THIS BOOK! It touched me like no other book has, and for that reason I wanted to share the love with all of you. My hope is that you grab yourself a copy and fall in love just as hard as I did.

I’m so excited to share some passages that touched my heart and caused me to fall in love with the story of Josh and Sky.

I highlighted around 75 passages while reading and I somehow narrowed down my list to seven favorites for today’s post.

It wasn’t easy, this whole book is so gorgeously written and I found it really difficult to narrow them down to a handful that I love. I thought it would be fun to pair these quotes with images that evoke the spirit of the book, resulting in some art of my very own. I think Sky, a true artist at heart, would be proud!

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I can almost feel that cool summer breeze while looking up at the stars. I love how Demetrios places you in the moment right there with her characters.

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I really connected with this passage in the book. I love that feeling of diving under the water and shutting every thing else out. I can totally understand why Sky would jump into the pool as a way to escape the troubles in her life.

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This quote was so intriguing because it really explains what Sky loves about collaging. Taking every day items and creating art. It’s another was for her to escape her troubles.

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OK…this quote took my breath away. I was right there in the car with Sky, hanging out of the window feeling that crazy rush of adrenaline!

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Who hasn’t been in this situation? Desperately searching for the right thing to say to someone who is hurting. Demetrios got it totally right, sometimes it feels like you’re speaking another language.

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I really felt for Sky when I read this passage. I just wanted to give her a hug for finding the beauty in the small things when everything else seems to be falling apart. Her optimism here broke my heart…in the best possible way.

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Out of all the passages in this book, this is one of my very favorites. You can really sense the connection Josh and Sky have with each other, the solace they find in the other. It made me swoon….HARD!

Hopefully these quotes give you a small glimpse into why I fell in love with “I’ll Meet You There”, it’s such an intensely moving story filled with beautiful moments and heart-wrenching emotion. The absolute perfect book to fill your heart with warm fuzzies during this season of love. I’d like to give a big hug filled with lots of love to Katie for allowing me to take part in this amazing blog series.

Sarah, (hugging back) thank you so much for this beautiful post about I’ll Meet You There!
I loved all these quotes and the images Sarah chose for them. The funny thing is that I’m reading this novel right now actually, so it’s perfect timing. I so appreciate Sarah’s enthusiasm for this New Contemporary YA–so excited that she shared it as a book she’s fallen in love with.
All you Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss tomorrow’s post by the lovely Jess from Such a Novel Idea. Jess is passionate about this series, and has some extra goodies to share with us! Be sure to stop by on Friday!

 

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Top Ten Books in the Historical Fiction Genre I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read Yet

TopTenTuesday5 BorderThis week we’re listing Ten Books we either can’t believe we haven’t read in a particular genre. I’ve gone with the latter. I do own many of these, so I really should aim to read them. Hopefully that will be remedied soon!

As usual, this weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Be sure to link up each week so we can visit your Top Ten!

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

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The Red Tent by Anita Diamantred tent BO1,204,203,200_

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

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Hood by Stephen Lawheadhood 250

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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Longbourn by Jo Baker

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What genres are on your Top Ten List this week? Do any of you have Historical Fiction you can’t believe you haven’t read yet??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fairest (2015) by Marissa Meyer [Lunar Chronicles 0.5)

Fairest (2015) by Marissa Meyer [Lunar Chronicles 0.5)Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Published by Macmillan on January 27th 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 272
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four-half-stars

Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who is the Fairest of them all? Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her "glamour" to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told . . . until now. New York Times –bestselling author Marissa Meyer reveals the story behind her fascinating villain in Fairest, an unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes a special full-color image of Levana’s castle and an excerpt from Winter, the exciting conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles.

“Love is a conquest! Love is war!”

Finally. We have the story of Queen Levana in Fairest!

Illuminations:

Since I’ve been on a long road trip across the country, I immediately downloaded Fairest from Audible the day it came out! Since reading the first three books in the Lunar Chronicles, I can safely say I am a HUGE fan of Marissa Meyer and will read anything she writes. Listening to the audiobook was a treat—I thought the narrator was FANTASTIC and I really couldn’t stop listening. The perfect scenario for a long day on the road.

Thank you, Marissa Meyer for writing this book!

First, a strong point in this book is gaining a deeper understanding of Queen Levana. I have to be honest. During many moments in the story, I felt bad for Levana. As a child, she is terribly burned, becomes disfigured, and because of that, she feels forced to take on a false appearance—and from a very young age. This was pretty sad.

She has the power to “glamour” others, and that means she can take on the appearance of a dazzingly beautiful woman. But the sad fact of it is that we don’t really get to “see” Levana. She’s not able to share who she really is, and this inevitably affects her relationships. Especially her relationship with Everett Hale. (Not sure if that’s the correct spelling–I’m going off of the audiobook!) If only Levana had been less manipulative and more secure in herself. How would things have turned out differently for her and the people in her life?

Well, unless there’s some fan fiction where Levana makes different choices, we won’t know that. I really appreciate how the Lunar Chronicles are books that appeal to younger readers, but illuminate characters that aren’t one-dimensional. They make choices–some good and some bad–and there are consequences for those choices. These characters are flawed and gifted. Levana obviously has power. She also possesses some positive attributes. For example, like all of us, she wants to be loved. But the choices she makes in response to the circumstances that surround her have consequences. And she has to deal with those consequences. It’s sad that she doesn’t make better choices, but no matter how you look at it, there are multiple points in the story where she can clearly make a different choice. But she doesn’t. And in this way, we see her fall into further decline. And the Queen Levana we meet in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress makes more sense.

I don’t know about you, but I thought Levana’s sister, Channery, was pretty twisted. Did that girl have issues! We talk about how “evil” Levana is, but what about Channery? I look forward to some interesting discussions with other readers about her character.

I appreciated the way that Everett tried to “help” Levana—at least in his own way. He definitely went through some difficult times, but with the arrival of his daughter, Winter, he rallied and showed himself to be an inspiring father. But Levana’s actions in the last part of the book….I won’t even talk about that.

Who Should Read This Book:

Obviously if you have read the other books in the Lunar Chronicles, you’ll want to read Fairest. I don’t know about you, but when I heard Marissa Meyer was writing a book giving us the backstory to Queen Levana’s character, I was intrigued. Even if you haven’t read the other books, Fairest is a fascinating glimpse into the life of the evil queen we think of as loosely based on the character of the witch in Snow White. Enjoy books that explore the perspective of the villain and show how that villain came to be who she/he is? You’ll love Fairest!

The Final Illumination:

Marissa Meyer does it again! In Fairest she’s created fascinating and complex characters with an exciting plot, and manages to weave in other Lunar Chronicle story lines. For example, I was excited to discover more about Winter and Selene’s relationship; I won’t say anymore about this though.

I thought I was impatient for Winter before, but I can tell you that I’m even more impatient now. In fact, I think some kind of party will have to coincide with Winter’s release.

Was Fairest all you thought it cracked up to be?? (No pun intended). What did you think?

Suggested Age Range: 13 and up

 

 

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