Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue

 

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they’re using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival–he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

**WARNING: SPOILER ALERT**

 

THE FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELSSS

 

Skies, I felt this so hard.

 

Let me tell you something, I’ve been in love with Perry and Aria’s love from the moment I read Under the Never Sky. This is one young adult series that proves that there doesn’t have to be a love triangle–Perry and Aria were it for each other, always! 

 

I absolutely love them.

 

And yeah, there is a third member that sort of creates a triangle, but it’s not even close to that kind of a love triangle. Roar and Perry are like brothers, more so than Perry and his actual brother Vale were. As far as Roar and Aria–there’s a male and female platonic relationship done right! Their friendship is pure and true friendship and it is SO FREAKING ADORABLE.

 

Their relationships are strained in this book, which made me sad . . . but really, there’s no way things could have happened differently considering everything that happened in Through the Ever Night. Some things you can’t come out of without hardships and struggles, and the death of Liv coupled with Aria/Roar’s disappearing on Perry happen to be situations that have to be worked through. Point is, this story didn’t start with sunshine and daisies.

 

There were Aether storms and bloodshed and brooding.

 

And it was fantastic.

 

And this book kept me on my toes! Every time I thought Perry, Aria, Roar, and Soren were finally getting somewhere–finally, freedom!–my hopes were dashed as they were continually set back. 

 

Over and over and over and over again.

 

And the feels? Yeah, I was a bawling mess. An absolute, complete mess! Skies, the losses! Things were looking pretty grim and depressing as the story was coming to a close, and you can be sure that I felt it. 

 

Deep.

 

Now once it came down to the final moment between Sable and Perry, I have to admit I thought it was over too soon, that it came too easily. Which seems silly because of all the struggles you can tally against Sable throughout the series, but the moment itself was over in the blink of an eye. Then again, the satisfaction of precisely how things came to a close was magnificent. After all the cruelty Sable imposed as Blood Lord of the Horns, to see him strangled by his own title raised a twisted satisfaction in me.

 

Veronica Rossi, you have done right by your readers! Though I’m morose at the thought of never hearing from Perry and Roar and Aria again, I am overjoyed by the time I’ve had with them, and that you’ve shared their stories with us. 

 

 

 

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Rating: 5

 

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After

 

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

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I   L  O  V  E   T  H  I  S

 

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKK!!!!!

 

I could not physically put this book down from the moment I started it–no bathroom breaks, no food breaks (and that’s saying a lot coming from me), nothing.

 

I read Anna and fell in love with Étienne. Then I read Lola and Cricket swept me off my feet. But you guys, as much as I loved these two male leads, they do not compare to Josh.

 

Jooooooooooooossshhhhhhh

 

He is the most swoony out of them all! I’m getting all starry-eyed just thinking about him . . . What’s more attractive than someone with passion? As he’s lost in his art he’s stealing my heart! Not to mention the passion he has for Isla. I felt them in the most visceral part of my heart–I ached for them, I laughed with them, I hurt with them and I loved with them.

 

And Isla? I connected with her on a level that I didn’t with the other two ladies. As fantastic as the first two books were–and I LOVED them–Isla just got me, and I got her. I’ve never been one to have supreme confidence and I understood where she was coming from and how she was feeling. As much as I wanted to shake sense into her because–as an outside viewer–I could see how wrong she was about herself, I knew the journey she’d have to take because I’ve been there myself.

 

Isla, let’s be besties, kay?

 

Stephanie Perkins is a YA Master! She understands the teenage psyche and uses that little teenage spirit inside us all to draw us completely into her stories. I ended this book wanting to paint everything and learn French! And wanting Josh to be more than fictional, because HOLY ATTRACTIVE MALE.

 

I fell in love with every facet of this novel, and I recommend it WHOLEHEARTEDLY to EVERY HUMAN!

 

 

 

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Rating: 5

Stacking the Shelves (23)

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I know, it’s been a while. A long, looooooong while. But I’m back! And because it’s been so long since I’ve posted a STS and you know I was still purchasing and borrowing books like nobody’s business, I’ve got quite a few booklings to share with you all. 

 

From Book Outlet, Amazon, Half Price Books, LibraryThing and borrowing from friends–bear with me!

 

 

The Face on the Milk Carton Whatever Happened to Janie The Voice on the Radio What Janie Found What Janie Saw Janie Face to Face Just Like the Movies Aces Up If You Find Me The Beginning of After The Faerie Ring The Iron Knight Landry Park Pawn This is Not a Test Summer State of Mind Slammed Ugly Love 

 

 

This is going to sound terribly embarrassing, but I remember reading the first four books in the Janie Johnson series and thinking, “That’s not the closure I was expecting,” upon finishing What Janie Found. Come to find out two weeks ago that the fourth book was not the end of the story! So I’m going to reread the first four and finish out the series. 

 

I also own The Iron Knight in kindle form, but the other three books I own physical copies of, and I felt like I needed TIK in physical form to round out the series right;) 

 

And if you haven’t read anything by Colleen Hoover, you are missing out! I read Ugly Love the other day and was fighting off tears with all of my might–she is extraordinary at connecting readers to her characters. 

 

Feeeeeeels.

 

Welp, that’s all I’ve got for you as a catch-up this week!

 

Happy Reading;)

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Unmarked

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My Pick:

 

Unmarked

Unmarked (The Legion #2)
By Kami Garcia
Publication Date: September 30

 

He is here… and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free.

Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?

 

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I happen to LOVE paranormal creepfests. I haven’t been that freaked out reading a book in possibly forever. That cliffhanger? I am dying to get my hands on this book! AND when I finished Unbreakable and went to put it back on the shelf, I saw movement to my left and no joke my basement door was opening ON ITS OWN! 

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

 

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B O O K   O U T L E T .

 

That place is DANGEROUS for me! Their scratch & dent books? Yeah, I went through all 100+ PAGES of books. They’re such fantastic deals that I can’t help myself! And these were the books that I argued with myself over until they were whittled down to just ten lovelies. Yes, you heard me right–this is about half the size of the haul I originally wanted.

 

*Yoda voice* Impressive deals they have, yes.

 

Now if I can direct your eyes below, you’ll see the wonderful stories I’ve added to the Land of Danica’s Library:)

 

 

Article 5 Breaking Point Angelfire Deadly Cool Something Strange and Deadly Blackout Cracked Up to Be Incarnate The Body Finder The Distance Between Us

 

 

And THEN I got together with my friends and we swapped books, so these little guys are borrowed from them:

 

Fragments The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove Hex Hall

 

 

 

I made out like a bandit, yeah?

 

Happy Reading!