InspirYAtion Board combines two of our favorite things: Books and Fashion
In Let the Sky Fall, Audra is hardcore – all black – most of the time. That’s why we picked those cool military-esque boots and that jacket. But she can also have a softer side, which is why we went with that cute dress. We were thinking of a particular scene when we picked that dress – if you’ve read Let the Sky Fall you probably know the one!
Also, the earrings are compasses! How neat!
Ever wonder what 27 year old man thinks of YA? Well, here you go.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: December 2nd, 2010
Penguin, 372 Pages
Source: Borrowed from Sash
Age Group: Young Adult
Why: It reminds S of him
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
His blurb: “No. Just No.”
What he read aloud to joke about it: The entire first chapter.
- “I don’t connect with the character.”
- “If you want me to even consider reading this book, take off the dust jacket.”
Oh, I can’t tell you how much it pains me that he couldn’t even get past the first chapter. I love this book so, so much and I wanted him to love it too but he wouldn’t even read to the part where we meet St. Clair!
Can he fairly assess the book by only reading one chapter?! I mean, I’ve done it for books before but for Anna and the French Kiss? Maybe it’s girly and lovey-dovey, but I wanted him to love it (okay, at least LIKE it), and he didn’t.
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Release Date: November 6th, 2012
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 517 Pages
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Follow up to: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
I was so excited to pick up this sequel to Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I was actually in an airport, waiting on a flight when I grabbed this book…I couldn’t resist. The cover was gorgeous and I so loved the first book, that I needed to know how Akiva and Karou’s story continued.
I don’t want to give a synopsis of the story, but I do want to highlight a characteristic of the book and Taylor’s writing that hit me like a brick wall: the emotion. There was so much pain, longing, guilt, and even hope (as the GR synopsis says). The storyline incorporates and explores so many new and old characters in ways that give the story more depth and breadth. The two worlds that co-exist are more expansive and encompassing than I ever thought. The lines between good and evil, light and dark, become so blurred and convoluted that it is difficult to manage the cognitive dissonance that rooting for the “monsters” creates.
Akiva struggles to redeem himself, while Karou struggles to find answers, protect herself, and figure out who is an ally or enemy. Even her mortal, human friends are caught in the crossfire when they decide to go looking for Karou when she falls off of the grid.
There are so many hard decisions that must be made, alliances that are forged out of necessity, and sins that the characters want and need to be absolved. This journey gives such a personal look into what makes up the characters of Akiva and Karou. The plot is riddled with twists, turns, betrayals, tragic losses, sacrifices, heroic deeds, and even, possibly, victorious beginnings to something new.
If you enjoyed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, then I urge and beg you to read the second installment of this series. I enjoyed it immensely, both the content and the quality of writing that Laini Taylor never fails to provide to her readers.
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Control by Lydia Kang
Release Date: December 26th, 2013
Dial Books for Young Readers, 400 Pages
Age Group: Young Adult
When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn’t even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.
A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.
“An un-putdownable thriller for fans of Uglies.”
“Control blew me away.” -James Dasher, author of The Maze Runner
If those two quotes don’t get you interested in this book, we’re not sure what will. We’re hoping this book is fast-paced, action-packed, and gritty. It says “romantic story” in the blurb, but we want more grit than anything else. Oh, and world building too – automatic cars aren’t something spectacularly in-the-future so Lydia Kang has got to make us BELIEVE it’s set in 2150. We’re looking forward to this one!
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Release Date: June 5th, 2012
Feiwel & Friends, 294 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Monument 14 #1
Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.
I finally got around to reading Monument 14 and I don’t regret it, but I was left wanting a bit. The opening scenes of the book, the first chapter, pulled me in immediately. I was riveted and had to know what was going on. I gave the book 3 ½ stars overall, but only because there was something lacking that was difficult to put my finger on. Perhaps, it was the static environment of the Greenway, the store the kids of Monument, Colorado, made into their refuge.
I would categorize this book as an apocalyptic, young adult book that should be read by teenagers and older. The language wasn’t ridiculously obscene, but the violence and gore could be disturbing to kids younger than 15. I consider this book to be an interesting mix of Lord of the Flies and various other (post)apocalyptic YA books that I have read.
Whenever you have a group of kids ranging from elementary to high school age that are stranded in an equivalent of Wal-Mart, with zero adult supervision, abundant resources, no contact with anyone on the outside, and hardly a clue as to what is happening to the world as they know it…things are bound to get interesting [read: chaotic & hostile]. I can’t even imagine dealing with adults during a time that feels like the end of the world…when it is everyone for themselves, much less, taking care of 8 year olds and preventing hysteria.
The end of the story leaves us wanting to know more. I wanted so badly to understand what was happening outside of the store, wanting to know who survived (if anyone), and how everyone was going to make it. I was okay with the ending of the book. The author made me want to know more…read more…wait expectantly for the next book (if there is one), but at the same time, I am okay if that is how the entire story ends. Laybourne did a fantastic job leaving the reader wondering what will happen next.
If you want a quick read, this is your book. It didn’t take me long to finish it, and that was just reading before I went to bed for a week or so. The characters are the kind that, even if they don’t stick with you afterwards, you care deeply for them while you’re reading and hope that they get a ‘happily ever after’.