Seeking Saturday's Read #30: Binge-Reading, Teen Con 2015 and Meeting Marchetta

Sunday, 31 May 2015

(I know this is the oddest composition ever. I was about to make lime juice.) 
Homegirl’s back, in my typically late fashion, of course. So what’s been happening round these neck of the woods? As of current, I am now in the midst of exam preparations. If you flash it back a couple of weeks, there’s been quite of bit of binge reading, eating, light shows and cinemas. In between that, there’s been the sad, sad days of school. 

Rook by Sharon Cameron

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Publication Date: April 28th 2015 
Publisher: Scholastic 
Purchase: Book Depository - Amazon - Booktopia 
Goodreads Summary: History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
(Jess likes it when you play into history + bonus points for tension and banter.)

Politically Prim and Proper: Have I Forgotten How To Free My Speech?

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Neutrality. The pH of 7. Inoffensive. 

What do those three things have in common? I’ll tell you what. A Jess, who attempts neutrality with every damn thing she writes. Have you noticed how sensitive our modern day and age is? Look, I’m not a stagnant old man longing for the past (look at that, I nearly backspaced that in order to write person instead—I wanted to be “gender neutral"). I’m not shunning progressiveness. All hail equality is what I say. But I digress. The thing is, what with all the shitstorms that are raised wherever progressiveness goes, there’s been this increasing prominence when it comes to the need for remaining politically correct. You get shit for being "conservative", as you do for being progressive or uneducated on whatever society currently picks and chooses to promote. 

An Ember In the Ashes #1: An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Publication Date: April 28th 2015 
Publisher: Razorbill (North America) - Harper Voyager (UK/ANZ) 
Purchase: Book Depository - Amazon - Bookworld 
Goodreads Summary: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

(There's a chance Jess may sell her soul for book two. Just a small one.) 

Seeking Saturday's Read #29: A Contemporary To Thaw My Cold Heart, the Secret To Juicing Green and Quiet Before the Storm

Sunday, 10 May 2015

For the first time in a mighty while, I've had a quieter week on my hands. Which honestly feels so foreign that I've actually forgotten what to do with this newfound time. That being said, time has slipped from my fingers and I struggle to count my accomplishments this week (a refreshing change from the week before where I bathed in assessments). But hey, let's see what happened in the past two weeks. 

A Court Of Thorns and Roses #1: A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Friday, 8 May 2015

Publication Date: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury 
Purchase: Book Depository - Amazon - Bookworld 
Goodreads Summary: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

(Jess has been won over by a retelling. Finally.)

32 Hours With Jess: "Save The Blog" Weekend

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Last friday night, I had a shower thought. For those who remember that time I raised the issue of shower inspiration and my inability to contain ideas, I have good news: I have officially won the battle to install a waterproof notepad. All thanks to my new snazzy gadget, this post has come to life (though while fun to create, it was full of pain and tears to compile.)