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Willa’s Ramblings in going on hiatus

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Hello, my faithful Willa’s Ramblings followers!

Due to a crazy schedule coming up in the next month, I’m going to be taking some time off from blogging for the month of March. I need some time to catch up on reading, get reviews together, and have some time to breathe while I get responses from colleges. There will a couple posts here and there for blog tours, but other than that there won’t be anything new.

I’ll see you guys in April!

Book Review: Catacomb

20522640Novel: Catacomb (Asylum, #3) by Madeline Roux | Goodreads
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Source: BookPeople Teen Press Corps

Sometimes the past is better off buried.

Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed.. And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.

As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Now, Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

In this finale to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, found photographs help tell the story of three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.


(also I don’t know what that gif is other than completely awesome)

Asylum is one of those series I started, loved, and is seriously lacking in appreciation. It’s incredibly written, and quite honestly, isn’t that scary. It’s just creepy. I read it before bed and was a-okay. So, if the scary was holding you back, GO FORTH AND READ.

The first two books in this series focus on Brookline, the creepy asylum where Dan, Abby, and Jordan all meet in the first book. Sanctum is, for the most part, a complete departure from that storyline. It’s set in New Orleans, where Jordan is moving for college, and focuses on the creepy history of the city. I think this is partly what makes it less scary than the previous two books – it’s not focusing on a creepy old asylum. Rather, it’s focusing on bones! I don’t know if that’s any better though…

Either way, I enjoyed Catacomb. Not as much as I liked Sanctum, but it was still a solid horror book. (By the way, you can read my review of Sanctum here.Catacomb focuses on the trio’s separation due to college (!!!) and Dan’s family history, a thread that weaves through all three books. Abby, Jordan, and Dan are on a road trip to New Orleans and all is well until they get a flat tire and a weird guys helps them out, they figure out they’re being followed, and Dan uncovers new information about his parents.

Once they arrive in New Orleans, more questions are asked, some are answered, and everything gets more intense. Their lives are endangered multiple times, they meet some really creepy people who you would never want to meet in an alley, and experience a series of strange occurrences. Slowly, they piece together what’s going on, and with it, Dan understands the truth about who his parents are and what happened to them. It’s an incredible storyline that incorporates history, horror, and character development flawlessly.

Catacomb was a solid finish to this series, and I’m a bit sad to see it go, to be honest. However, I’m pumped to see what Roux has in store next! I love her approach to horror as well as her writing style. Four stars for Catacomb! (I wanted more asylum fun.)

Willa’s Ramblings got a makeover!

Willa’s Ramblings got a new design, you guys!

The ever so incredible Hazel of Stay Bookish was my designer and she was a joy to work with. She took my ideas (basically a Pinterest board and a hazy idea) and made it real and beautiful. She tweaked all the little things I wanted tweaked and made this design that I’m head over heels in love with.

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For me, this marks a new chapter in Willa’s Ramblings.

I feel like I’ve grown up with this blog and it’s evolving into something I’m incredibly proud of. I have a consistent schedule (and a schedule at that), I’m loving blogging, and I’m back into the community I adore so much. This design takes my love of literature, music, and design and puts into a blog design and I’m in love with it.

Here’s to more years of Willa’s Ramblings!

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!


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:


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.