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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cover Reveal: Entice by Jessica Shirvington

Entice by Jessica Shirvington
(The Violet Eden Chapters #2)
Publication Date: September 4, 2012

Violet Eden is Grigori - part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels. 

Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix's hold over her is more dangerous than ever. 

The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (14)

The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Publication Date: 2013

Humans will be the hunted. Love will be tested. Vengeance will be had.
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

18-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron was destined to a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s society events — until a faery killed her mother. 

Now, between the seeming endless parties and boring dances, Aileana has a new hobby: she secretly slaughters the fae who prey on humans in the city’s dark alleyways. 
Determined to find the faery who murdered her mother, vengeance has become Aileana's life. . . so she never anticipated her growing attraction to the magnetic Kiaran MacKay, the faery who trained her to kill his own kind. Or that there was a world beyond hers, filled with secrets that affect her past and have the potential to destroy her present.
But when her own world is about revenge, and when she holds Kiaran’s fate in her hands, how far is Aileana prepared to go for retribution?

Sounds so good! And even for a cover filler as of now, I do enjoy the font and wisps. Very nice! A big anticipation and such a long wait from 2013 whenever it decides to date itself. What do you think everyone? Also, leave a link to your WoW so I can see what your waiting for! 
Happy hump day! 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review: The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

Publication Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 325
Genre: Historical Fiction

Cecily’s father has ruined her life. He’s moving them to occupied Wales, where the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.

*Galley provided by publisher for honest review*

After taking my AP European History class I figured that I only like learning about history when I'm not getting tested on it. It's like reading a book that's assigned to me, I can't do it and I learn to hate the book with a passion because of it. So, historical fiction happens to be a nice walk in the park because I get two things in one: history and an intersting story in a novel to read on my downtime.

The Wicked and the Just does a wonderful job with the setting in 13th century England--the home life that the main characters struggle with and sort of define them and even the backgrounds, family, and social status. You also get a taste of the high and low social class: Cecily the nobility and Gwenhwyfar, her servent. The alternating point of views gives a conflicting and dueling narrative between the two and gives insight between the thoughts, feelings, and coralation between the two in the English setting.

I respsect the mindset to keep the history strong when dictating to the reader and keep the historical nature prominant in the novel but The Wicked and the Just gives a deary and slow start, I found myself skimming at some parts until things start to pick up later into the novel. Not only that but the attitiude and irritability, the immaturity and spoiled nature of Cecily agitated me while reading. I constantly abhored her narrative whenever it was her turn in the novel. She was one character that I could have lived without reading.

For those who enjoy history, definitely take time to pick up this novel becuase it will not disappoint, but do be wary of snobby, abhorrent Cecily because she can only really be taken in small doses.

First Line: Tonight at supper, over capon and relish, my father ruined my life.
Story: B
Cover: B

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review: Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Publication Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Random House
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 262
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Venice, 1585.

When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura's father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice's fiancé, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura's prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister's death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.
*Galley provided by publisher for honest review*

I have an overwhelming love for Assassins' Creed II, I am overly Italian, my dream is to go to Italy. How could I give up an opportunity to read Cross My Heart? Answer: I couldn't. So I read it, and I read it in a three hour span of a long car ride down to North Carolina for my Spring Break vacation. It was a slow beginning, but after the first few chapters, I was enchanted with the elegant and vengeful world of Venice that Sasha Gould had created.

Being the sister sent to a convent in order to give herself to God, while her older sister Beatrice is sentenced to an arranged marriage, Laura is surprised to be stripped from her compound and brought back home. Truth be told, it's not the family reunion she'd been expecting after years of being locked. Beatrice had drowned and it was Laura's turn to bring the glory of her family's name back from the six foot grave it propelled itself into and by doing that: marrying her sister's betrothed. Repulsed by her old and vile suitor, Laura exchanged her loyalty and a secret to the most powerful man of the city in order to call off her wedding, but doesn't understand the situation she'd gotten herself into. Because skeletons in the closet are ones worst nightmare and Laura can't shake Venice's most powerful secret.

Beautifully written. Elegant and vivid, I adored Laura and the wonderfully enchanting painter her emotions become adorned to. The high life of 1500s Venice was gorgeous, the dances, the dresses, the Italian men. I was swooning right out of the car at 70 mph! How I wished to partake in the royalties that Laura had been invited too, even to meet a gorgeous painter boy. Oh, a girl can dream. 

The realistic aspect of Laura, the submissive woman within a male society and the growth of her character, the elevated secondary characters, how, even though Beatrice was taken out of the novel from the get-go, you learn about her throughout as if she'd never left the novel. It was just a wonderful concoction of characters that made the story come to life, a beautifully told tale with mystery and suspicion weaved in.

Cross My Heart is a novel that you shouldn't have to look twice upon. The writing vividly paints the time period as it should, the characters are in their height and glory, and the dark element of secrets brings out the elements needed to progress the novel further and further. Ms. Gould leaves you stunned as one piece fits with another until the whole puzzle finally comes together.

First Line: This gondola slips through the water like a knife cutting into dark silk.
Story: S
Cover: B

Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: Interrupted: A Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker

Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Zondervan
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 247
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn't shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie's heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved.
*Galley provided by publisher for honest review*

When the only parent you have left leaves you, the one you love so dear, the one that holds all your memories, what is there left to hold onto? 

Allie Everly is a character who grows stronger and stronger in my eyes and Rachel Coker gives her breathtaking debut novel a outstandingly remarkable and memerable character to watch grow over the years from the cracks of heartbreak and bloom in the hands of a mother she never wanted, a mother who took her in as her own after the one Allie loved passed away. The historical significance of World War Two really does bring the lifestyle and setting of this novel into light and makes the characters seem timeless within their words. This was another novel that I was able to finish in a day because I was truly and wholeheartedly captivated by the voice of beautiful Allie Everly and the worlds she was taken from and placed into.

-- “I tried to smile back. Now, don't get me wrong. Sam Carroll wasn't a creep or a bully or anything. It's just that he was... well, he was Sam Carroll, for goodness' sake. I'd only known him for forever and he'd only followed me around for even longer.” --

Relations between Allie and Sam Carroll happened to be my favorite part of the whole novel. They are just so lovely and the honesty between the two. They're best friends, they have the love that I always hope to see with young adult novels. There's just too much insta-love, or new-girl/popular boy love, or underminded-hidden-potential/super-hot-unobtainable-boy love. Basically everything but the pure and underrated best friend bond that grows up towards the sun. Because of that, I believe this novel grew on me more that I ever thought it would. That trinket that Ms. Coker sprinkles between Allie and Sam, that hinkering tug of the heart strings, the unrequitted and the oblivious love interests that have me swooning and wishing for Allie to get her head out of the Dickenson book and into the eyes that that sweet, caring, beautiful boy called your best friend and me careening over the cliffs screaming "FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY LOVE THAT BOY!" has me love their story.

The message of this story truly is a beautiful one, of growing up, love, loss, finding oneself when the one you thought made you whole left you for good. Definitely give this book the benefit of the doubt and pick it up when you get the chance. You won't regret it.

First Line: I stared at the ceiling in silence.
Story: S
Cover: S

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 447
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retelling, Romance

Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to re-create herself in any form - a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother's new husband, Lord Terayama? Or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama's kitchens? Or is she Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to use her skills to steal the heart of a prince in a revenge plot to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even the one true aspect of her life- her love for a fellow shadow-weaver.
*Galley provided by publisher for honest review*

The cover does not do this story justice. I know that you, insert reader's name here, are one to judge a book by it's cover, we all do. So let me give you this piece of advice here and now. Do not judge Shadows on the Moon by it's cover because the story emits a much more powerful, drawing sensation than the artwork. The power of imagination will always do justice over the outer layer given to you.

--"A powerful tale of magic, love, and revenge set in fairy-tale Japan."--

This happens to be my second or maybe third, no I lie it's second, Cinderella retelling this year so far. The first being Cinder taking place in China which worked a wonder on me in a positive way mixing the Asian culture with futuresque details of such a diverse universe within the novel. Sorry! I am wandering down a review path that I'd already taken eariler this year! But the setting of Japan will always be my favorite thing to read about it. No, I'm not obsessed, and no I'm not an otaku for those who are reading and know what that term means, you do not need to fret. I enjoy Japanese culture and traditions so this novel piqued my interest very nicely and did not fail to keep me entertained. Even with a slowpaced start, I was able to wrap myself in this story like a warm blanket on a snowy evening by the fire.

Those who have never read much about Japanese culture there is one thing that I do warn you to adjust to and take in as it's given to you and that is the names: Suzume, Run, Yue, Terayama, Akira, Otieno; you just have to take them as they are, maybe say them a few times in your head to diferentiate and remember because looking at them you might think: "Oh, good Lord. There is no way I can even pronounce or even remember those names, they just sound or look so incredibly awkward." And they're not! Just take a breath and work with it. 

--"On my fourteenth birthday when the sakura was in full bloom, the men came to kill us. We saw them come, Aimi and me. We were excited, because we did not know how to be frightened. We had never seen soldiers before."--

Okay! I don't know how I'll be able to regugitate my feelings towards this novel but I'm going to try. Suzume, the girl of many names throughout the duration of this novel, she grew on me more than I would have thought. Broken, distrought, alone, in the beginning ends up being a brave soul that grows in strengh emotionally. Everything about her kept me reading. Tragedy after tragedy sparks in Suzume's life and though things seem unbearable she pulls though and soars beyond. The emotions and romance that spark from her story, the journey and the incorperation of Cinderella in such a setting facinated me to no end.

A tirade of emotions, romance, action and culture to pull you in makes Shadows on the Moon a fantastic novel to pick up and read!

First Line: On my fourteenth birthday, when the sakura was in full bloom, the men came to kill us.
Story: S
Cover: C

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Series: Of Poseidon #1
Young Adult
Pages: 324
Genre: Fantasy, Mermaids, Romance

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.
 *Galley provided by publisher for honest review*

Mermaids seem to be the next big thing in Young Adult fiction. It's either that, assassins, or zombies. But I really think it's a three way tie for Top Trend with Vampires still being that of the Indie Authors. I'd heard about Of Poseidon months ago and it was the cover that truly drew me in and what a fabulous cover it is, so mysterious and captivating. Definitely gives away what it could be about before even reading the synopsis. But as covers go, they're just the outside skin to hook us, the readers, in. For me, Of Poseidon didn't entrall me that much for the whole duration especially since some of my pet peeves snapped and sparked and sirened when spotted within the novel. 

The beginning had such promise, such voice from Emma. She had me laughing, smiling, and I could relate to her clutziness-wise but not so much physically seeing as I'm an Italian-American brunette seventeen-year-old senior and she is Pale-as-a-bleached-sheet-of-computer-paper with platinium blond hair that matches her paper bleached skin and she has violet eyes that sounds so cool. Mine are only fudgey colored. I would love some violet colored contacts though, how cool would that be? Yeah, I know. Pretty darn SWEET! But anyway, the likey of this book stops there for me really because after the shark attack on her friend Chloe. I honestly expected more than just crying after seeing bloody flesh and white bone right in her face as they lifted the cadavar out of the water. I expected some nightmares, vivid memory strips speeding across her vision, some more raw emotion from her experience rather than staying up through the nights crying. Not only that, but she goes to school and all thoughts of Chloe become almost nonexistent for the rest of the novel, only popping up scarcely. I also couldn't seem to pinpoint her voice or personality anymore after that. She is labed the sweetest girl and such, but the fact that she go from docile, klutzy, sincere and sweet Emma to gonna-throw-you-through-a-storm-window-and-beat-the-ever-living-shit-out-of-you-until-you-die-bitch mode towards Rayna. I was completely shocked, no, I was befuddled with such a quick moon change.

Rayna is another character that baffles me as to her characterization and personality. She hates humans but likes Rachel and cries over Chloe's death, someone she didn't know, didn't want to know. She plays hard to get with Toraf, and gets upset when she pulls the wool from under Emma's eyes about the truth, about what could happen with her and their brother Grom, the future King, she breaks into tears about how she only wanted to have a girls night and not ruin things, but let her digress. 

I also don't like the mom. She'd hadn't been on my nice list since the beginning. She agitated me, irked me to no end when Emma would talk to her. She is too protective, to empowering to know things and tries to get her nose deep into the nooks and crannies of the relationship. She just seemed too overpowering and I could not stand it one bit.

I did enjoy the cliffhanger but I can honestly say that I could vaugely see it coming.

I'm hoping in the sequel Ms. Banks gives more to the society of the Syrena's because I would definitely like to hear more about them, especially more about the Half Breeds. The history behind the Great War, more depth to the surroundings, a deeper extraction of the areas where the Syrenan water areas.

First Line: I smack into him as if shoved from behind.
Story: B
Cover: S

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cover Reveal: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
Publication Date: September 11, 2012

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze. 

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. 

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Blog Tour: Night Sky by Jolene Perry

Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Tribute Books
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 247
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance

After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.

As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums - she's way more than distraction. Jameson's falling for her fast.

But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year
*Copy provided by publisher for blog tour*

The one thing that really makes a contemporary novel dead sexy is when realism takes hold of it's characters. The realistic qualities within the characters themselves made the novel mean much more, made it more than just a novel. And I must say that within the Young Adult universe, the appearance  of the male narrator is a wild one, something that should be placed in a museum or even a zoo. Having Jameson as the narrator brought the reader into the light of the inner workings of the boy mind.

--"Girl I’ve loved, girl I’m falling for. Now that they’re both in view, the problem is clear."--

The insight to Jameson's mind, the way he wraps himself around things, around tendencies, around the unknown that becomes knowledge; it's interesting and intriguing. Reading a book narrated by a guy is a difficult thing to do for a female author because how does one know the inner working of the male mind if not witnessing it first hand? Jolene Perry does a fantastic job with her rendition of Jameson, his feelings and thought process.

Now I'm not a very mushy person. I don't oogle and fall in love with characters so easily. The more I get to know the characters, the easier for me it is to grow attached to them, learn to enjoy their appearances within the novel, and grow warmhearted towards them. The more I learned about Jameson and Sky, the faster I wanted to know more and more and ultimately, by the end of the book, where I couldn't learn anymore, there was a moment of silence followed by a warm smile emitted from me. I truly enjoyed the story, the writing, the descriptions, the narration, the emotions; the whole shebang.

First Line: I push m way through the masses of dancing couples, out the heavy doors of the school, and stop.
Story: S
Cover: S

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman

Publication: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 208
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

It's the summer before senior year and the alluring Angel is ready to have fun. She's not like her best friend, Inggy, who has a steady boyfriend, good grades, and college plans. Angel isn't sure what she wants to do yet, but she has confidence and experience beyond her years. Still, her summer doesn't start out as planned. Her good friend Joey doesn't want to fool around anymore, he wants to be her boyfriend, while Angel doesn't want to be tied down. As Joey pulls away, and Inggy tours colleges, Angel finds herself  spending more time with Inggy's boyfriend, Cork. With its cast of vivid and memorable characters, this tale from the Jersey shore is sure to make some waves.
*Galley provided by publisher for a honest review*

Out of all the reviews I've read the concept that Angel is a kind and generous character truly blew my mind. Kind? Generous? How does a main character with absolutely no morals, no diction for herself be a kind girl? How is cheating on your best friend with her boyfriend time and time and time again, know its wrong but still doing it anyway a kind and generous character? As maturity levels go with this main character, the concept of a relationship should have been chastised because throwing yourself around like she did, the raunchy persona she threw around just sent my stomach reeling from discomfort and disgust.

I understand the realistic standards of teenager nowadays with the priority of sexual activity decreasing in age groups but I cannot stand a character whose morals are below what they should be. Not even that, the flatness installed within the characters made relating to them in any way shape or form difficult and ultimately unresponsive. I'm probably the minority with this review seeing as the reviews I've read coveted the book. I was expecting more from this story. Maybe for Angel to own up to her acts, not lie to her best friend, and become more of a decent person. But no. And the disappointment towards her skyrocketed leaving the book to end with her as the scumbag slut of a character she was. Derogatory names for a deragtory character. The truth is the truth.

First Line: A whiff of seaweed blows in the window from across the bay, and the bed fills with sunlight.
Story: C
Cover: B

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Family I Never Expected To Band Together

When I finally entered high school, all I wanted to do was go home and take a nap. I’d get my homework done, watch TV, gorge myself with whatever was in the pantry or take routine trips to the fridge, thinking that something new would pop up every time I opened the door.  My friends were always busy with sports or their jobs or with their boyfriends/girlfriends. And then there were the ones that were going to marching band or practicing their NYSSMA solos. The quirk to pick up my flute every now and again, just to relieve my boredom became automatic over several days, and after the chaotic mess that was my ninth period art class, I ended up joining band again just for the heck of it.

Fast-forward to the middle of January of my sophomore year. Pit Orchestra for Anything Goes! Was starting up and after careful planning the articulated, well-educated, suck up speech a fifteen-year-old child who wishes to throw away the key to her social life for a month and a half stuck in a hole in the ground (literally), I began playing the flute music (which, alternately, was violin music due to the fact the flue wasn’t really called for in the jazzy pit Anything Goes! offered.) From them on in, I spent my after school sessions with the band kids, going on Slurpee runs with the seniors, getting help on homework from the upperclassmen, and eating with the cast, crew, and pit in the tech room transformed into a dining room, for the most part.

I’ve been in the pit orchestra for the remainder of my high school career playing the flute for Beauty and the Beast, my junior year, and West Side Story, as principle flute for my senior year. Alumni from each year tend to come back and visit and it’s like seeing an older brother or sister, a sibling I never had since I’m the eldest in my family, visit from college. The ones that had impacted me through ever spring show, the ones that left, and the ones that I will leave, all made a huge impression on my during not just my high school career but my musical career.

On the last show, when we huddle up for Poo-Wa-Bah’s, our good luck chant, we gave a round of applause to our Director, our Conductor, and the Stage Hands. It was an emotional time for us seniors but I didn’t feel the tears break me, at least not yet. When my friend, Brittany, turned to me, while hugs were being issued by cast, crew, and pit, and said, with tears in her eyes, “I’m glad you came back to music, Court.” That was when everything flooded. Because if I never took up music, never came back to the flute, I’d have never understood what kind of family I’d been a part of for all these years.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Small Hiatus

Hey everyone. Just letting you know that I will be on a small hiatus from posts with the blog and reviews until after my final AP test. So I'll see you all again on Monday May 14th. You'll probably find me around facebook and twitter, but I won't be able to post many reviews since I'll be studying my ass off. Enjoy your week and I'll see you around when I have some free time! 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Follow Hops (5/4/12)

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Follow Friday (#17)
Q: What is one thing you wish you could tell your favorite author?

Dear John Green, Could I borrow a piece of your genius? Literally, I'd give it back after catching a glimpse of the pure gorgeousness that is your inner workings.

 TGIF (#16)

Literary Vacations: If you could take a trip this summer to any place within a fictional book, where would you go? Tell us about your summer dream vacation!

I'd go to Hogwarts. I don't care if school is out for summer, I'd make it work damnit! I would fly my broom around the whole mofo school and back again! I'd learn my spells and talk to the paintings and speak with the ghosts and be nearly-headless Nick's best friend. I'd eat all the food, like there is no joke about that.