Let’s Chat: How I Don’t Read Long Books

 

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“Let’s Chat” is my Discussion series on Willa’s Ramblings, where I talk about things on all topics – life, books, music, and pretty music anything under the sun! Please let me know in comments or on Twitter what you think and let’s chat!

Today on “Let’s Chat”: How I Don’t Read Long Books

Sometimes, this is me.

I look at a book and just think, “NOPE.” Too long. I just don’t have that much time/dedication/motivation. I think of all the other books I could read while I read that REALLY long one. Then I just shove the long book aside and read all the nice little short books.

But, I simultaneously feel bad about it.

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But then! I do it again. It’s an endless cycle for me. I think a lot of people can relate to it too – it’s that same feeling you got when you were in elementary school and you picked up the long and heavy book and thought, “NO WAY BRO” and set it back down. Except now it’s YA and we’re thinking, “HOMEWORK! SHORT BOOKS!”

The problem is though, that those long books are also awesome. Sometimes, they’re even better. But if we never give them a chance, we’ll never experience their total and complete awesomeness. I never would’ve gotten to Heir of Fire if I hadn’t just taken the plunge and had the encouragement of friends who loved it.

So if you’re struggling to get to that long book on your TBR, find some 5 star reviews, convince yourself that you MUST read this book before you die, find a nice weekend day when you have little to do, and sit down and just read. (Trust me, this is the method for success.)


 

Do you read long books? Do you have any methods for success to share? Share your two-cents in comments!

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NaNoWriMo: Blogger Style

When my beloved friend Anneqah asked me if I was doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April, I immediately thought YES! Then I realized I did simply have enough time to write a novel in April. That’s when Aneeqah came up with the idea to keep the idea behind NaNo, but give it a blogging spin – and NaNoWriMo: Blogger Style was born. We thought we’d share our plan with all of you, and if you want to participate, feel free!

What is NaNoWriMo: Blogger Style?

During the month of April, you set a goal to write a certain amount of blog posts (ideally thirty) and try to get them all done. Aneeqah and I will aspire to write thirty blog posts. Ideally this is one post per day, but the overall goal is to hit thirty posts.

Do they have to be all reviews?

No! Not at all. I’m planning to catch up on memes for Lit Up Review, write discussion posts, reviews, and get as ahead as possible. If you don’t run a book blog, you can still do NaNoWriMo: Blogger Style, just customize it to fit whatever it is that you blog about.

Why would I want to participate?

All bloggers know it’s easy to fall behind, and scheduling posts in a savior. During this month you can get ahead on posts for one, two, or even THREE months depending on how often you post. I’m hoping to plan posts through May and maybe into June! It’s a great way to reinvigorate your desire to blog as well. If you’re in a slump, give it a shot and see if you can pull yourself out!

How will this work?

Set a goal. Mine is thirty posts. Yours can be whatever you want depending on your schedule.
Get an idea of what kind of posts you want to make – if you’re a serious planner, even plan them out ahead of time.
Write, write, write!


I’m incredibly excited about doing this, and hope to get ahead and feel even better about my blog. Let me know if you’re planning to participate too – I’d love to hear what all of you are planning!

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Book Review: After Hours

20522640Novel: After Hours by Claire Kennedy | Goodreads
Release Date: June 16th, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: E-book
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn’t just about waiting tables. It’s about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it’s about Tips.

Tips–the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember.

Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she stays on top of her game, she sees no reason why anyone could ever find out.

Xavi will do anything for the money…absolutely anything.

Peter, Xavi’s stepbrother, has been in love with her for years, and he thinks the game is the perfect time to confess his feelings.

Finn is in the game just for the thrill. He has enough tips coming in to keep him happy…even if those tips come with some conditions.

From seduction to stealing to threats, the dares are a complete free-for-all, and only the best can win.

The sophisticated Waterside Cafe is anything but classy behind the scenes…and things are about to get dirty.

I love a good drama, and oh boy is After Hours more than your daily dose of drama. From the creepy boss to Tips to some side jobs these kids are working, there’s enough scandal to give this plot its own reality TV show.

The book starts out with the hiring of Isa, a former pageant girl who needs the money from waitressing. From here, the crew at Waterside takes her in, befriends her, and her boss inducts her into Tips – the high stakes Truth or Dare that can make you have one lucrative summer. The plot of this book is incredible – there’s never a low point. There’s always one more scandal, one more secret, one more lie.

Also, I adored these characters. Finn was hand-down my favorite – from his guilt about his side job to his desire for something more, I was always surprised by what Finn was willing to do. Xavi was a close second, with her kind heart and want to always do the right thing, she won sweetest character. Claire Kennedy does an incredible job of bringing these characters to life, and giving them each a complex character arc that makes the book even better.

The only issue I had with this book was its ending. It was just a bit too perfect – it seemed like one of those wrapped up in a bow endings. But I think the way Kennedy ended the book also resolved a lot of the loose threads in the book, which I appreciated.

Overall, After Hours was a fun, carefree read that I’d recommend to those scandal and drama loving readers!

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Book Review: Sinner

20522640Novel: Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #4) by Maggie Stiefvater | Goodreads
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: ARC
Source: BookPeople Teen Reviewing

A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

Emotions right now:

(are we paying attention to that gif because it’s making me dissolve into laughing fits repeatedly) A NEW MAGGIE STIEFVATER PEOPLE! AS IN A NEW MERCY FALLS BOOK! A BOOK WHICH I’M READING SIX/SEVEN MONTHS PAST RELEASE DATE! A BOOK WHICH I’M CRYING OVER BECAUSE I’M EMOTIONAL LIKE THAT!

On a more serious note though, this book made me feel a lot of things, including (but not limited to):

  1. Anger @ Cole St. Clair and Isabel repeatedly
  2. Love @ Cole St. Clair and Isabel repeatedly
  3. The desire to hug Leon repeatedly
  4. The desire to comfort Sofia repeatedly
  5. The desire to bash Baby’s face into a wall repeatedly
  6. The desire to shake Isabel by the shoulders repeatedly
  7. The desire to put Cole and Isabel in a room together and tell them to just work it out and kiss already
  8. The desire to cry. repeatedly.

How does Maggie Stiefvater do this? How does she force me to sit down and read a book in a matter of hours and feel this weird mixture of empty and full at the same time? How am I currently ALIVE?! This book is all kinds of amazing.

We’re thrown back into the world of Cole and Isabel, but what I love about this book specifically is that we see them in a new environment: LA. Here, we see the extremes both of these characters live at, and the extremes Cole will go to to get Isabel back. Basically, Isabel is stupid for like 90% of the book (what’s new) and refuses to understand that Cole is in love with her and isn’t going anywhere.

She, per usual, pretends like he’s going to leave and pushes him away. Bit rude, don’t you think?

Cole, on the other hand, is all kinds of crazy, just like we like him. He’s making music again, on his own TV show (???????) and in rapid pursuit of Isabel’s adoration. We see in Sinner how much he loves Isabel, and how he’s not going to let her go. And this broke my heart so many times.

The sole issue I had with this book was the introduction of Isabel’s life. Like. what? I was confused on why a lot of the things in this book were happening, but that’s possibly because I’ve forgotten most of Cole and Isabel’s story (so this issue might just be my problem). Let me know in comments what your opinion on this topic is!

Overall, I just fell head over heels for this book. Sinner is poetic, beautiful, touching, and heartbreaking. It teaches us about love and the lengths we will go to keep people in our lives, and how important it is to follow our hearts and trust ourselves. I want more, please. That epilogue did NOT cure me of anything, Stiefvater.

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Book Review: No Place to Fall

20522640Novel: No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown | Goodreads
Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardback
Source: Library

Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

Let me start out by saying: I’m not a fan of the good girl turned bad books. Or the stereotypical good girl. Because let’s be real – there is no such thing. (But that’s an entirely different topic so let’s stay on track here.) So I went into this book with some decent expectations. I was hoping for something fun, and a book that was worthy of the KILLER cover.

And I was pleasantly surprised. I do have some issues with the book, but overall I think that Brown did a great job with this plot and keeping it unique. I’m going to do The Good/The Bad/The Fab for this (a new invention I just created for this book) because it will help to decipher my confused thoughts about this book.

The Good:

The music. I L-O-V-E loved the music element of this book, especially because it was done so well. I loved Amber’s passion for music, her tenacity to achieve her goals, and the unique spin she put on her audition. Also – the plot! Fast-paced and easy to read, I read this book in a matter of two hours. So two thumbs up on pacing from me!

The Bad:

Some of the characters I was not hot to trot on. Devon (as much as I adored him) felt a bit all over the place with his emotions and personality I couldn’t really tell what was up. And his encouragement of the possibility of a relationship between Amber and his brother Will felt a bit… weird. Like I think if your best friend and older brother started dating you’d be a little angry at first, right? Idk. Maybe that’s just me. Another character I was not too fond of: Kush. And this was not because of his dislikeable personality – this was because of the, yet again, weird development of his character.

The FAB:

AMBER. AND AMBER-CHEERLEADER (AC). AND WILL. AND AMBER’S MOM WHO I ADORE WITH ALL OF MY HEART.  These characters are so loveable and kind and hilarious that I just want to hug them all for hours. AC is quite possibly one of the best best friend characters in YA this year – she never leaves Amber alone and knows the right amount of support. I love her. A lot. And Will. Can we just take a hot minute?!

No, actually, we can’t. Because I have no words. W i l l is all I have to say.

This book was surprisingly enjoyable, despite some of my issues, and I would recommend it, but definitely for someone needing a fun read, and not someone looking for a deep, life-changing book.

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Book Review: Heir of Fire

20522640Novel: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas | Goodreads
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

OH HOW MY HEART HAS BEEN BROKEN.

See, I went into this book thinking there was only three in this series. But then PLOT TWIST! I found out there are MORE books (as in three more). My heartbreak must keep on going into book #4, 5, and 6.

In Heir of Fire, Celaena has traveled to Wendlyn (thanks to our bestie Chaol) and ends up training with her psycho aunt Maeve’s huge group of fae. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, am I right? Well, it’s a disaster to a certain point. The highlight of this (as her training ends up being like 80% of the book) is that Celaena grows up. She learns to feel confident in her own skin, understand her powers, and grow to love herself. And these character developments made me absolutely adore this book.

One of the things I was not a fan of in this book was the insane amount of perspectives it’s set from. There’s Celaena, Chaol, Dorian, Manon (a psycho witch who I kind of adore), and sometimes Celaena’s cousin Aedion. I did enjoy knowing what was happening in the castle back in Adarlan (and, let’s be real, to hear about Chaol) but Celaena’s point of view was by far the best. The multitude of perspectives also made the book a slower read for me, and I ended up actually putting this book down at the beginning because I knew it was going to take me a while to read and needed a solid day to sit down and just read. I never ended up getting that day, so I ended up just taking it to school with me for two days in a row and just reading in all my classes. Probably not the best, but hey, it worked. The minute this book had my undivided attention, I was a goner – swept up into the world all over again and tumbling head over heels for all of these characters once again.

The plot of this book is, as I mentioned, slower, but it’s built a pre-war book. The elements of this book are all for Queen of Shadows (book #4 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)) and the insane battle that will have to happen in that book. (I’m basing all of this purely off of Heir of Fire, so don’t quote me on that detail.) But, despite this book’s slow pace, it was nonetheless absolutely incredible. Sarah J Maas is a jem in YA and I absolutely adore both her and this series.

I don’t know if I can wait for Book #4, guys.

THAT’S SO FAR AWAY. (aka September 2015)

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Book Review: All The Bright Places

20522640Novel: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | Goodreads
Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: Knopf
Format: ARC
Source: BookPeople Teen Reviewing

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
 
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

All. The. Freaking. Feels. 

All The Bright Places has gotten rave reviews from the book blogging community, so I obviously couldn’t wait to get started on this book. It mixes some of my favorite elements of a novel – a unique twist on a simple premise, quirky characters, a bit of road-tripping, friendship, and romance.

First off, the plot is incredibly engaging. This is one of those books that you have to read all at once – it’s meant to be consumed. Niven pulls you into Finch and Violet’s world of wandering and sarcasm and when the book is over, you’re reeling from it. (At least, I was.) I wish I could stay in their world for forever.

Theodore Finch is in the running for my favorite male protagonists of 2015. He’s witty, kind, sarcastic and even though he’s dealing with his own issues he looks out for Violet. His love for his family – although he may try to mask it – is strong, and he is trying to navigate the struggles of teenagedom in his own ways. But Finch is also in mandatory counseling sessions for his suicidal thoughts and he has been labeled a “freak” in his high school. He can’t sleep – or doesn’t want to – and runs for hours to avoid falling asleep. But then he meets Violet at a bell tower and everything changes, for him and for Violet.

Violet Markey is still reeling from her sister’s death and her own guilt surrounding it, avoiding schoolwork and her former friends as much as humanly possible. When she meets Finch on the bell tower, she sees him in a way no one else does – not as a freak but as a guy who cares in his own way. Violet is one incredible companion to Finch, as Finch is to Violet. They’re different but the same, and they push each other to confront their demons – Violet’s inability to be in a car or write, and Finch’s feelings surrounding his father and his struggle to tell the truth.

These characters are some of the most well-developed, heartbreakingly beautiful and unique ones I’ve ever encountered in young adult literature. Jennifer Niven has crafted characters and a plot that are unforgettable, and I wish the story of Finch and Violet never ended – because that ending smashed my heart into pieces.

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Let’s Chat: Re-reading Books

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“Let’s Chat” is my Discussion series on Willa’s Ramblings, where I talk about things on all topics – life, books, music, and pretty music anything under the sun! Please let me know in comments or on Twitter what you think and let’s chat!

Today on “Let’s Chat”: Re-reading

Oh, the tales of re-reading. Some people LOVE re-reading books. I’m not one of them. It has to be a crazy good book for me to consider re-reading it again. And that’s mainly because of one word that plagues all avid readers: TBR.

So when it comes to me and the books I re-read, there have been a select few. Some I’ve reread school and some I’ve re-read for pleasure.

  1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – oh, this book. IT KILLS ME EVERYTIME. Arrow straight through the heart. If you somehow have missed my avid Melina Marchetta book recommending, this is the time for me to make up for it. This book is my favorite book. Ever. Nothing will ever compare to it. I’ve read this book six times (and am in for another re-read) over five years, and one time I even read it and then reread immediately. Like finished it and then just started again. Every time I read it I learn something new, pick up some new caveat I missed during my past reads, or notice another little thread that Melina Marchetta has left for us to pick up on. Oh, I adore this book. Taylor + Jonah = FOREVER
  2. Paper Towns by John Green – I re-read this book in eighth grade for an English project, and it was just as good the second time. Possibly even more amusic. I just love this book. It’ll always be my favorite John Green. (The cow scene? The peeing in the bottle? YES)
  3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman – I just re-read this book about a week ago, and oh god, right in the feels. I recently rewatched If I Stay and was left with a sinking feeling of “I know shit went down in Where She Went but I don’t remember ANYTHING.” This obviously prompted my checking it out from the library and consuming it in an hour and a half. Where She Went, guys. My poor little heart was crushed and glued back together. Adam Wilde. Just. Yes yesyesyesyes

Other re-reads have included To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Great Gastby (just no). I’ve learned from my re-reading past that I’m a feels re-reader. I’ll only re-read a book if I was incredibly moved by it, and it just destroyed my feelings. I’m a very emotional reader as well, so books that bring me near tears are also good signs of possible re-reads. (Jellicoe Road has a cry count of twelve. You do the math on cries per read.)

I really want to start re-reading books though, especially ones I adored, but haven’t read for years. I’ve grown so much as a reader and a person since I was, thirteen, for example, and I want to keep the plots of the books I adore alive in my head. But, this becomes hard when my TBR is already miles long and I’m only human and can only read so much.

But I’m going to try. Maybe set a goal for five re-reads this year? Including Where She Went?

Hmm… maybe so.


 

Do you re-read? Let me know in comments!

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Let’s Chat: Being an “Entrepreneur” as a Teenager

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“Let’s Chat” is my Discussion series on Willa’s Ramblings, where I talk about things on all topics – life, books, music, and pretty music anything under the sun! Please let me know in comments or on Twitter what you think and let’s chat!

Today on “Let’s Chat”: Being an “Entrepreneur” as a Teenager

I started blogging at twelve. I was in seventh grade. When I was twelve, I didn’t realize that what I was doing was essentially starting a business – there was just no money involved. I was creating a brand name, a social media presence, unique content, and building a group of followers. That’s a business. 

Five years later, I’m still on that first blog I started at twelve, plus another one (Lit Up Review) that’s grown beyond what I could ever imagine. Lit Up Review currently “employs” twelve writers, has over a thousand Twitter followers, and the amount of people who read it continues to astonish me. I have business emails to reply to everyday, a schedule to stay on top of, and people to mentor. And I’m throwing around a new idea that’s incredibly cool, but also absolutely frightening because I have no idea how to do it.

I recently realized that I’ve learned more about the professional world and myself as a person through blogging than I have in school. Whether it be through learning how to politely ask for things (advance reader copies or ARCs) or sending professional emails to people I admire (authors, publicists, bands and their managers, etc) or managing people, I’ve been practicing skills that I’ll use as an adult from an incredibly young age. Which is super freaking cool.

But the thing is, I didn’t do all of this for my college applications or to get ARCs. I did it because I wanted to share my love for books. I wanted to gush about what I loved reading and for people to read my gushing. The most important part of blogging always has been, and always will be, the thrill of reading a book and writing a review for it. Sure, it’s super cool to get approved for ARCs and emails with the word “YES” in them, but talking about what I love trumps all of it.

If I’ve learned anything about being an “entrepreneur” as a young age, it’s to not care about how old you are. Find a way to do what you love, no matter how old you are, and throw yourself into it. Own it. Shoot for the top – apply for stuff you think you’ll never get just to see. Try things you have no idea how to do – if you’re scared, that means it’s a good idea. Be professional. Learn everything you can. Think big. And most importantly, have fun.


 

Are you an “entrepreneur”? Share what you do, what you’ve learned, or any advice you have in the comments below! I’d love to hear about it.
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Book Review: The Dickens Mirror

20522640Novel: The Dickens Mirror (Dark Passages #2) by Ilsa J. Bick | Goodreads
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Egmont USA
Format: E-book
Source: Publisher/Edelweiss

Critically acclaimed author of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick takes her new Dark Passages series to an alternative Victorian London where Emma Lindsay continues to wade through blurred realities now that she has lost everything: her way, her reality, her friends. In this London, Emma will find alternative versions of her friends from the White Space and even Arthur Conan Doyle.

Emma Lindsay finds herself with nowhere to go, no place to call home. Her friends are dead. Eric, the perfect boy she wrote into being, and his brother, Casey, are lost to the Dark Passages. With no way of knowing where she belongs, she commands the cynosure, a beacon and lens that allows for safe passage between the Many Worlds, to put her where she might find her friends—find Eric—again. What she never anticipated was waking up in the body of Little Lizzie, all grown up—or that, in this alternative London, Elizabeth McDermott is mad.

In this London, Tony and Rima are “rats,” teens who gather the dead to be used for fuel. Their friend, Bode, is an attendant at Bedlam, where Elizabeth has been committed after being rescued by Arthur Conan Doyle, a drug-addicted constable.

Tormented by the voices of all the many characters based on her, all Elizabeth wants is to get rid of the pieces under her skin once and for all. While professing to treat Elizabeth, her physician, Dr. Kramer, has actually drugged her to allow Emma—who’s blinked to this London before—to emerge as the dominant personality…because Kramer has plans. Elizabeth is the key to finding and accessing the Dickens Mirror.

But Elizabeth is dying, and if Emma can’t find a way out, everyone as they exist in this London, as well as the twelve-year-old version of herself and the shadows—what remains of Eric, Casey, and Rima that she pulled with her from the Dark Passages—will die with her.

Ilsa J. Bick is one of my favorite authors ever, and I will continue to read her Dark Passages series, but it just doesn’t trump the Ashes trilogy. Dark Passages has some seriously complex plot lines, and you have to pay a lot of attention while reading – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t seriously awesome.

In The Dickens Mirror, Emma is thrown into Victorian London- kind of. It’s Victorian London but there’s a fog threatening to engulf the city, and the society has turned into a completely new one, with things called squirmers (you don’t want to know) and rats (not the animal kind) and it’s a bit frightening. Here, there’s basically doppelgangers for Emma, Tony, Rima, and Bode, and Emma from White Space comes hurtling through the fog and into the Victorian London – but into the body of Little Lizzie. #plot-twist

I loved seeing the alternate versions of Tony, Rima, Bode, and Elizabeth McDermott (who in The Dickens Mirror is considered mad), and Bick’s writing proved its incredible nature once again, as she juggled the perspectives of countless characters. The story deals with the Passages, the questions of what happens when too many Emmas are in one place, and how to get home, and it’s one heck of a ride.

This series is a great one, and The Dickens Mirror was a fantastic second book – I’m not sure if there will be a #3, but I hope there is, because I WANT MORE. (I’m thinking not, considering the incredible ending to this book, but a girl can hope.) I just love Ilsa J. Bick and will read anything she writes. I would read an instructional manual by Ilsa J. Bick. I just love Ilsa J. Bick okay.

GET EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK GUYS. And if you haven’t read White Spacedo it.

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