Top 5 Tuesday: Covers with Green, Blue, Purple

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Bionic Book Worm

Today’s topic: Top 5 Covers with Green, Blue, and Purple

Click on the my photographs to be linked to my review or the book’s Goodreads page.

IMG_7439Greens and Blues: I adore Emery Lord’s books, especially The Names They Gave Us. Plus look at this cover. The picture doesn’t do the green and blue sunset justice. Also, the stars in the trees are silver foiled and sparkle, which I love. 

IMG_7444Blue: Christina Rosetti’s poem “Goblin Market” is one of my favorite Victorian poems, and when I found out Wintersong was a slight retelling of the poem, I knew I had to read it. And you guys, this book is so good.

IMG_7495Green and Purple: Love and Other Alien Experiences is such an adorable rom-com story. The story focuses on some mental health issues and I loved the “you’ve got mail” feels of the book too.

IMG_7496Blue: I am a collector of Leigh Bardugo’s books, especially her first series, so when I found The Gathering Dark, the alternate UK title for Shadow and Bone, I knew I had to own it. I really love the blue tones on this cover. 

IMG_7497When I first saw the cover of Black Bird of the Gallows, I knew I had to have it before I even bought it. I love the black bird and all the purple hues. 

What are some of your favorite books that are green, blue, purple?

 

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If It’s Not a Rant, It’s a Rave: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

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Title:
The Names They Gave Us

Author: Emery Lord
Publication date: May 16, 2017
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: e-ARC from Netgalley; physical ARC blogger exchange

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N |  The Book Depository


My Rants and Raves of Emery Lord

When summer hits, my “READ ALL THE CONTEMPORARY BOOKS” alarm goes off. From there I’m in the world of swoons, tears, laughter, and sometimes heartache. And when I want to read the most realistic and heart-fulfilling contemporary book, I always turn to the QUEEN OF CONTEMPORARY WRITERS, Emery Lord. Emery Lord is one of my favorite contemporary authors, at least in my top three, so suck it (Pam Beasley quote there, sorry, I had to do it). And once again Emery’s words have made my eyes water, my heart ache, and my soul feel like it needs a giant hug. So friends and fellow book lovers, I’m going to tell you this now, Emery Lord’s The Names They Gave Us is going to put you on an emotional, reading roller coaster but luckily there is the comfort of campfires and s’mores to warm up the pages. 

One of my favorite parts about reading Emery’s books are how relatable her characters are. Once again she has created a main character, Lucy, who is realistically flawed and easy to connect with.  Throughout The Names They Gave Us, Lucy questions her motives and choices when it comes to awkward, stressful, and guarded social situations. As the daughter of a preacher, she questions God but at the same feels shameful with her intentions. Although it’s heartbreaking to a see Lucy struggle throughout the pages, it is also reassuring to see a character encounter and confront the unfair realities of life. 

I don’t want to give too much away from this book’s plot, because I honestly think, everyone will come into this book with differing world views and then leave this book with a different emotional contemplation. The Names They Gave Us is not a “cancer” book, but the novel does bring in the emotional charge that comes with cancer: a brutal black hole that inevitably swallows up happiness and light. The solidity of cancer tests the main character’s willpower, her faith, her family, her friends, and her future. In The Names They Gave Us, cancer is the driving force that sets the main character on a new path: a path that brings her to a summer camp which helps her meet a diverse group of people, adapt to new beginnings, and a new perspective on life.

At camp, Lucy is able to “people watch,” ponder and observe past lives and choices, and contemplate her own future. Overall, this novel is an emotional package about self-discovery, forming meaningful friendships, and finding ways to emotionally cope and face difficult situations. In The Names They Gave Us, Emery writes with such raw passion and puts so much courage and sincerity in her characters; in the end, she has created a story about honesty, compassion, forgiveness, and fully living. 

In The Names They Gave Us, there’s a part where the young camp counselors gather around a campfire and discuss their highs and lows of the week. So I thought I would break the rest of my review down into the high and lows of the book. The highs are my most beloved topics that the Emery Lord touches on and lows are self-explanatory.  

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Biracial relationships.
Teen pregnancy.
Lucy and Henry Morris Jones IV
Stories within stories.
“Posy and the Dreaming Tree”

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cancer sucks
Cancer Sucks!
CANCER SUCKS!
CANCER REALLY SUCKS!
CANCER REALLY, REALLY SUCKS!!!

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NOTE: Thank you to Netgalley and Bloomsbury  for providing me an e-galley/e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own.

W…W…W…Wednesday: 03/29/2017

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W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

(Click on the book cover to be linked to its Goodreads page)

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

32596222I just started this book today. I’m part of the blog tour, and I have a strong feeling I’m going to love this book. 

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

30038906I really liked this book, and I’m currently putting a blog review together. I hope to have it up a few weeks before its release date in May.

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OH MY GOD, YOU GUYS!!! A Million Junes is probably my new favorite book of the year. I loved every word and every chapter. I’m in the process of putting all my thoughts together, but overall the story is beautiful, the characters are sarcastic and funny, and throughout the work I just felt so enchanted by the words. Full review will be posted soon. 

12952710Read this book for book club. I liked it but didn’t love it. Ugh, Catherine Howard just annoyed and infuriated me during the entire book. Kitty was the only character that I liked and kept me interested in finishing the book.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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How cute is this cover? I bought the UK edition (pictured above) and I cannot wait to read it.

How does your week of reading look?

W…W…W…Wednesday: 03/22/2017

W…W…W…Wednesday

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W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

(Click on the book cover to be linked to its Goodreads page)

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

30038906Emery Lord is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and so far I am really enjoying this book. 

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would, but it was still a good read. My full review will be up on Thursday.

29739361I have heard mix reviews for Traitor to the Throne. I, however, loved it. I should have a review up soon.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I won a copy of The Beast Is An Animal from SimonTeen on Goodreads. The cover is so beautiful and creepy. I cannot wait to read it.

How does your week of reading look?