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Sparkling water fanatic. Lover of random crap. Goodreads member curious to see if the grass really is greener on the other side.

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Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Laini Taylor
Still Life with Strings
L.H. Cosway
Rated YA-MA : Adults Who Read Young Adult Fiction
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Vampire Academy Vampire Academy
by Richelle Mead
Start date: September 1, 2013

Eve and Adam Eve and Adam
by Michael Grant
Start date: August 1, 2013

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Through the Ever Night

Through the Ever Night - Give it to me, she wanted to scream. Give me the pain. Let me take it from you.4.5 stars. Why you hurt me, book? Please forgive me for being stuck in kittah speak, but for the love of all that's good, WHY?!?You are toying with my emotions, Ms. Rossi. I don't know whether to be impressed or angry over the gut punch that I just felt. Of course, the part of me which questions everything is not going to take this lying down. I will get back up and seek out answers. I am not convinced that what just happened is something that actually happened. At least not yet. I'd already gone into my reasons for liking this author's writing style in my review of book 1, but a lot of my initial impressions have stayed pretty much the same. If you're looking for heavily detailed sci-fi and explicit world building, you're not going to find it in this series. These books are completely character driven.Needless to say, I did find myself somewhat surprised at how little of a part the 'realms' played into TTEN. By this point, I'm not sure how much description we're ever going to get on that side of the coin. Should this bother me? I don't know. Maybe? For whatever reason that makes no sense to me, I'm somehow happy with the world outside of the realms and the stories and interactions happening on the side of the coin we're staring at.My poor heart was overwhelmed for most of this book. This isn't to say that everything was going wrong. In fact, I had so many warm fuzzies when it came to the bond between Aria and Roar. How often do you see a strong friendship portrayed between a male and female in which the reward is simply the friendship itself? (Yes, but this feels intimate. Don't you think it does? Roar, sometimes it's hard to get used to this.)Roar flashed a grin, "Aria, this isn't intimate. If I were being intimate with you, trust me, you'd know."They fell into silence, and she realized how comforting it felt being connected to someone this way.The romances in the story are absolutely rewarding in and of themselves (Aria and Perry are still flipping adorable), but in this particular installment, I was surprised to find myself caught up in Aria and Roar's journey as friends who were there for each other through their darkest nights. Their friendly, teasing banter and shared commonality evolved into something deeper, something pure.Roar slept with a soft smile on his lips. His skin was a shade too pale. She memorized the way he looked. Aria wasn't sure when she'd see him smile again.He was beautiful, and it wasn't fair.Perry was different in this book, but in a good way. He'd matured, now that he has more responsibility on his shoulders. I still love him to pieces, and am looking forward to his place in the bigger picture of this story. Even with the subtle and sparse world building, the writing style is still lush and descriptive. I am not sure how to get an explanation across clearly, since the previous sentence sort of contradicts itself. The characters are still shining, the relationships continue to make me feel, the adventures are fun, and the wording managed to make me tear up a few times. This author writes in such a way that I find myself stopping to re-read certain paragraphs just because I love what was written.Aria smiled at what he'd said. He didn't know why, but it didn't matter. She was smiling.Perry brushed her hair away from her shoulder and breathed her in, letting the strength of her temper bring him back. One breath at a time, his anger faded into desire.She sang a song he knew this time - one she'd sung to him when they'd been at Marron's together. It was a message from her. A reminder - here among hundreds of people - of a moment that had been theirs alone.Yes, the story is one I enjoy. Yes, there is an interesting virtual reality aspect happening. Yes, there are adventures and danger to be had. Yes, there is more to all of this world than just emotions and lovely characters. But I can only write about what the book meant to me. And for me, every shining moment came from character interaction. It was not the fight scenes, nor the chasing after people, nor the mystery of what isn't being told. What works for me is what is peeking out from the layers of story...it's those little flashes of light which have me transfixed and longing for the next book.This book provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Are you an adult who is still young at heart? Come share your passion for YA fic with us! Rated YA-MA