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Jan 28 2015

Waiting on Wednesday {55}

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Waiting On Wednesday is originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, but we just love this meme so much we had to tag along! Each Wednesday, one of the Lit Up Review writers will post a book she is looking forward to, along with the summary and cover. You can find all of these posts by clicking on the category button and selecting “Waiting on Wednesday”, and fill up your Goodreads shelves with great books to get excited about!

21806353Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas | Goodreads
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I AM STILL NOT OVER THIS BECAUSE I NEED ANOTHER BOOK RIGHT NOW.

okay I’m over the all caps.

JUST KIDDING. BUT. THRONE OF GLASS #4 PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

(and I know there’s no cover let’s all just cry a lot together.)

Jan 25 2015

The Weekly Blaze {73}: January 19-25

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Hey everyone! Sorry for another slow week – Jessica and Grace both had exams to worry about. We plan to start posting more frequently as soon as we select our new contributors. If you’re a teenager who is interested, you can click here to apply to be one of those contributors – it’s a pretty low commitment, and you’d get to be part of the super-fun Lit Up Review team.

In other announcements, I (Emily) am hosting a giveaway sponsored by Candlewick Press over on my blog. Six YA titles are up for grabs, and you can enter here. It ends on Wednesday, so be sure to get your entries in!

Anyway, in case you missed it, here is our one post from this week:

Friday, January 23: Willa’s Story Gazing post about Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: “If you liked Throne of Glass, you may like…”

Emily
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Jan 23 2015

Story Gazing {26}: Throne of Glass

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Story Gazing is a bi-weekly feature we started here at Lit Up Review and is a fun way to recommend new books to our readers through an “if you like blank, then you should try blank” format. This week, I’m recommending some exciting books about strong female heroines in high fantasy for fans of the Throne of Glass series.

7896527Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | Goodreads

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

If you liked Throne of Glass, you may like…

10194157Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo | Goodreads

In Bardugo’s The Grisha trilogy, Alina, a girl with a power more powerful than she realizes, is drawn into the world of Ravka’s inner circle… and the danger, secrets, and darkness of the Grisha, and its mysterious leader, the Darkling. This series is one of my absolute favorites and I highly recommend it for someone looking for a unique and incredible story in the high fantasy genre.

9565548Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers | Goodreads

As one of my best blogger friends Aneeqah said in her review of this book – “Nun assassins? Yes please!” And oh is it awesome. Set in the 1400s in Brittany, Grave Mercy follows Ismae, a member of the convent that serves Mortain, the god of death. Her mission? To kill whom Mortain deems necessary of the blade. Filled with danger, deception, and some romance, Grave Mercy is one of my favorite historical/fantasy books, and the series is one I always recommend.

11410430Defiance by C.J Redwine | Goodreads

Not exactly high fantasy, but I felt far enough removed from the world we know to count it as such. In Defiance, Rachel Adams is the new heroine I adore – who is out in the dangerous Wasteland outside of Baalboden to find her father who has gone missing. This book is fast-paced with just enough romance, and totally awesome.

Do you have any recommendations for Throne of Glass fans?

Willa
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Jan 18 2015

The Weekly Blaze {72}: January 12-18

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Welcome back to another edition of The Weekly Blaze! We didn’t have anything too out of the ordinary to share with you this week, but we are still offering a very exciting opportunity – the chance to become a Lit Up Review contributor. If you’re a middle or high school student who would like to have your reviews featured on our site, we’d love it if you applied before the January 31 deadline.

As for this week:

Monday, January 12: Emily’s review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children snatched my words away, leaving behind only a string of insufficient adjectives: strange, engrossing, eerie, and most of all peculiar.”

Thursday, January 15: Ten Illuminations on unique books: Find out our favorite books with unique concepts or original narration styles.

Saturday, January 17: Willa’s review of Allegiant by Veronica Roth: “I enjoyed Allegiant, and think it was a great way to end the series, despite some of my issues with it.”

Emily
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Jan 17 2015

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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17383918Novel: Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth | Goodreads
Release Date: October 22nd, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: E-book
Source: Library

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered–fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature–and of herself–while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

I still can’t decide if I’m happy that I finished this series. I put off reading this book for so long for a reason – Insurgent and Divergent killed me. I was in this comatose state for a day or two, just trying to figure out my emotions. And I wasn’t quite ready to leave those characters or that world behind. Also, I had heard spoilers of the ending and didn’t know if I could read about that.

But, I gave in. I decided it was time, and I admit, this was definitely not my favorite of the series. From a fangirl standpoint, it was torturous. From a literary standpoint, it’s incredible. Veronica Roth did these characters justice. She stayed true to them and what they would do, and didn’t change them to make it easier on the reader, which is something I admire. But it also made it so hard to read sometimes. Mainly because I wanted to shake every character by their shoulders (except for Christina, because let’s face it, I adore Christina) and knock some sense into them.

Tris and Tobias were both insufferable and inspirational in this book. They’re both such headstrong characters that sometimes they are so hard to read about because they seem so one track minded. But that’s why they work together. That’s why they’re TobiasandTris. And in Allegiant, their relationship is tested to a new extreme as everything they both believe is torn apart and they question everything they’ve known, and what it means to be Divergent.

Much of this book centers around family, which I adored. Tobias’s mother is leading the city now, with the Factionless in charge, and many people begin to realize she’s no better than Jeannine ever was. Marcus is a psycho maniac as ever, and Tobias hates them both. When Tris and Tobias venture into the fringe with their friends, Tris uncovers details about her mother and father she never knew. Both Tobias and Tris have to learn to love people in spite of what they’ve done, which I think is the best character arc of the entire series. These two characters begin to understand forgiveness and sacrifice in a new way.

As for the ending, I’m in the middle about it. It tore me apart as a reader, but when I think about what Roth did, it makes complete sense. If this were all real life, what would have happened would’ve happened. And so, in that sense, props to Roth. It was just heart breaking to read.

I enjoyed Allegiant, and think it was a great way to end the series, despite some of my issues with it. I think Veronica Roth has built one heck of a series, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Willa
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