Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Book Drinks: Night in Manhattan

Welcome to Friday Book Drinks, where I pair up a drink with a featured book for the week! This feature rotates every other week with Topics Time.

I've been reading Starry Night by Isabel Gillies this week, and the book opens with an incredibly fancy party. The character's father is the curator at the Museum of Natural History, and he hosts an incredibly upscale party at the museum. All these fancy people are invited, and the main girl wears an incredible red Oscar de la Renta ball gown.

The perfect drink for the occasion is the French 75, recipe courtesy of Foodie Crush. It's basically a souped-up champagne with a shot of vodka and some fancy garnishes. I thought it would be the exact drink served at such an upscale party like the one in the beginning of this book.
To make it you'll need:
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 oz. vodka 
1 teaspoon fine sugar
maraschino cherry
All you do is mix the lemon juice, vodka, and sugar with ice and shake in a cocktail shaker, pour it in the glass and top with champagne. A cherry amps up the flavor a bit as well. :)

So make a French 75 and host a fancy dinner party or just curl up with a good book about fancy dinner parties instead, like I'm doing :)
(Review will come shortly, probably on release day which is in the beginning of September.)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Time Travel Shakespeare: Juliet Immortal Review

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 306
Keywords: romance, time travel, supernatural
Format Read: hardcover from publisher (thank you!)
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Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.
This cover was striking, and I've had this on my TBR shelf for eons. Probably since it was first published. So I finally decided to pick it up, and even after I've finished it, I'm torn.

The whole idea behind the book was extremely interesting — Romeo wasn't actually the love of Juliet's life. Instead, he wanted to be a part of this immortal group that promised him glory and fame and fortune, and to do that, he had to kill Juliet. So she fell in love, and he sacrificed her, and he ran off to this group. Well, the Nurse found Juliet and brought her back to life (sort of) to be on the other side of this immortal group, the kind that saves lovers and brings them together for eternity. And each of them keeps coming back to life to inhabit lovers bodies to try and break people up or keep them together.

My main issue was that the story line was confusing. It seemed intriguing at first, but then Juliet was looking for mirrors to call Nurse, and I didn't know how that worked. Then she talked about the council or Ambassadors in charge. And I didn't know how that worked. And then Romeo couldn't decide what side he was on, and then more people from their time showed up in other bodies, and I couldn't keep track of who was who or who was on what side, or even if the main characters knew that these other guys were here.

I really liked Ben and Gemma, characters that popped up when Juliet inherited Ariel's body. They were dynamic and funny, and they grew along with Ariel/Juliet (see what I mean about confusing?) throughout the story. They had great personalities and seemed to care a lot about their friends, and I loved both of their different approaches to how they handled situations.

Ultimately, though, I didn't feel invested in the story because I didn't even fully understand what was happening. I found myself pushing to finish it not because I truly wanted to, but there was one part of the storyline that I vaguely wanted to see how it would play out. Sadly, I will not be looking for book two. It just was not my style.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Arrivederci, Bruno: Wish You Were Italian Review

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 352
Keywords: travel, adventure, romance
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
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The summer before senior year of high school. It's supposed to be one of the biggest summers of her life, but Pippa is headed to an art program she has no interest in. The one saving grace is it's in Italy. And when the opportunity strikes, she decides to ditch the program and travel Italy accomplishing her own list of goals. Things like swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, eating a whole pizza in one sitting…and falling in love with an Italian boy!
As she explores the famous cities of Rome and Pompeii, Pippa finds herself falling for two boys: a local guy she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student who keeps disappearing and reappearing at the strangest moments. Will Pippa find her true love before her parents find out the truth about her summer program?
This book scared me a little bit — and I know people may yell at me — but I totally judged the cover. To me, it looked super juvenile, cheesy, and really REALLY not like something I would enjoy. But I've never been happier to say I WAS SO WRONG.

This traveling story had it all — scary moments alone, big decisions, cool friends and cafes, and most of all, wonderful wonderful boys. Which, as we all know, is one of the most fun parts of a cute romance like this one.

So Pippa's by herself in Italy, and she decides she's not going to this art program her parents signed her up for. Which, kind of made me mad. Okay, a lot made me mad. I loved my art history courses and studying them in Italy would have been such a wonderful opportunity. I get that she was trying to get back at her parents, but she could have done it in a less expensive, smarter way. And she claimed she liked photography, not art. However, I feel like to like one and be good at one, it's important to understand composition and light, and to do that, studying classics makes sense. Urgh. But she stayed in Rome because plot. I did love that she was following her best friend Morgan's journal she made, which gave her tasks to do and suggestions for her next adventure. So that's what drove most of her decision-making, which was a super cool plot point. The book was pretty predictable as far as the plot goes, but it's always kind of that way in books like these. There was a bit at the end that I wasn't expecting, but it didn't blow me away of make me audibly gasp.

What made this book good was the characters she met along the way. Chiara was this crazy interesting local she met in a cafe after having decided to forego her art class, and she kind of helps lead her along the way, and ends up helping her find some places in Italy that were on her to-visit list, but she really wouldn't have had any clue how to get or stay there without a local. Bruno was her cousin (I wanted to call him Fabio the whole time, in my head, that's what his name was), who was a smooth-talking, sexy Italian rockstar. Okay, he wasn't really a rockstar, but to the women in the book, he may as well have been. Darren was an American she met her first day and kept running into, and he was actually participating in an archaeology program. He was very cute and very funny (totally pictured Darren Criss while reading), and you can definitely tell where my alliances are. I mean, the book's pretty obvious, but that doesn't mean I didn't swoon over the boys.

And this really has nothing to do with anything, but the fact that Darren hated cats made me love him so much more, and he perfectly sums up why:
"Because of the creep factor. They're unpredictable and always have the same facial expression so you can never tell what they're thinking. Are they going to rub against your leg or slash your face open?"

This book is perfect as a last-hurrah to the summer that is rapidly leaving us. It's light, it's fun, and if you want a book with lovable boys and beautiful sights, this one is it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The History of Happy Book Lovers

I realized today that my blog has been around since 2009 (WOAH), but it started long before that, and I wanted to share the brief biography of Happy Book Lovers. Here we go.

My freshman year of high school was a little scary at first. I went to a private elementary school and moved over to the public high school, resulting in me knowing exactly ONE girl. We were both attending public instead of private, so I asked her what electives she was taking so we could at least have a few classes together. One of which was theatre, which is what I ended up becoming super involved in throughout high school. (Side note, my little school in southern Indiana? We were ranked #2 in the nation while I was there. We were very serious about our performances)

I spent a lot of time with these people (rehearsals from 3 p.m. until midnight does that, plus classes during the school day), and as a result, met my best friends there. One of my friends and I decided (still freshman year, 2007) to start a MYSPACE page talking about books we love. That's how the social media worked then. We called it "Happy Book Lovers" because, at the time, it was basically Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen books. Which made us extremely happy.
The page was bright orange with little red and yellow stars all over the background, and I'm 100% sure it was positively hideous. But we loved it. We passed books around all the time, got 3 or 4 more girls to join, and we made a little book club. My Mediator series has all kinds of cute notes penciled in and hearts by passages with Jesse de Silva (my first ever book love) and reminders to finish the math homework. I treasure those paperbacks.

My sophomore year (I was 16 at this point) I flew to NYC ALONE (I still have no idea what my parents were thinking) to attend a journalism conference. There, I met someone who blogged. On an actual blog. And he told me all about book blogging and reviewing and what ARCs were, and he introduced me to this really cool site Harper Teen ran at the time (I think it was called Harper FirstLooks?), who just shipped out pounds of ARCs to pretty much anyone who wanted them. Because blogging was still so new, hardly anyone had started doing it, so I was getting tons of books early on without very many readers.

I'm aware that I don't have a giant following, and that's always been a mystery to me, but I think it's because I got started so much earlier than a lot of people. I'm pretty sure Blogger was still in a beta-tester when I started. The screen was all weird and blocky, and when I switched to blogger, my background was purple and my words were pastel green. Yikes.
Because I started so early, I was already in kind of a rut when this whole community really took off, I was starting college and trying to juggle class work and this, and I missed a lot of the building that the community did. I was extremely sad to see Harper's program go because I felt like I had to start from scratch with publishers. But for those of you who've been around from the get go, and to the new followers--YOU GUYS ARE WONDERFUL AND I LOVE YOU.

This community is wonderful to be a part of, and there's not a day that goes by that I regret joining the book blogging community. So thanks, y'all, for helping Happy Book Lovers grow--and eventually become not so ugly and orange.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Topics Time: Sports

Welcome to Topics Time, where I give you a few recommendations based on a particular topic for the week, including new releases and some older backlisted books you can find for cheap or at your library if you're on a budget. This week's discussion? Sports!

*Important Update* Okay, it's not that important. I'm not one who usually stresses about blog posts. Which makes no sense considering my personality. But, I've decided doing two features weekly is a LOT, and I've just started two new part-time jobs, so I'm going to switch every other week between Topics Time and Friday Book Drinks. Next week, there will be a drink post!

Eventually, I'll probably want to break some up into specific sports, but I haven't read that many of one single athletic activity yet, so for now, here's a generic suggestion for the reader who's looking for high school athletes or a lot of people involved with a sport in their town.

1. On the Fence by Kasie West
This was one of my favorite reads earlier this year, and it still holds up. This is about a girl (super similar to me and how my family is) raised by a single dad and a lot of brothers and all their friends. So she grew up a major tomboy, but when she gets another speeding ticket, she's forced to get a job, which happens to be at a rather girly boutique. On top of all this, she's getting closer to one of the guys (who happens to live next door) she's been friends with for years. Oh, and they all play sports all the time. Soccer, football, track, you name it. They're all involved with different things, and it plays a prominent role in the book. I've got a longer review of it if you want more detail.

2. Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
This was one I adored, and it still sticks with me even though I read it more than a year ago! Hudson makes seriously awesome cupcakes at her mom's diner, but that's not all. She used to be a figure skater, too. So one day, she's out on the ice and literally is mauled over by Josh, one of the stars of the school's hockey team. He invites her to practice with them to help them work on their skating (because they kind of suck), and she ends up befriending the team. It's a somewhat predictable storyline, but there are so many interesting factors that it doesn't matter. I feel like I could perfectly picture this world in my head, and these are the kind of people I would want to be friends with.

3. Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Okay, so I haven't actually read this one, but a ton of people I totally trust when it comes to reviews have raved about it, which is why it makes the list and why it's on top of my must-buy-next list. I already relate to this book before I've even read it because Annie hates running. She hates everything about it. But she's doing it because she can't stop thinking of the "what-ifs" about her ex-boyfriend who died suddenly in a car crash. So she's trying to train for the marathon he planned to run, setting out on a physically and mentally straining course. This sounds wonderful and like everything I need to get the motivation to get running again, even though it's the worst ever. Ann Perkins sums it up best.

4. Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
This is the most "manly" of all the books if you're looking for something a little less focused on the fluffy stuff. It's a contemporary mystery sort of book, following Josh, who's had something happen in the past that leaves the reader literally screaming at the book to know what it is. He's preparing for college and dealing with his baseball career and his agonizingly tough coach who won't let up. Of course, there are some girls that get in the way and muss things up (one from the past who's really irritating him and one who brings all the memories of what happened with her). Lyga's also got a knack for having really interesting, strange, and quirky characters show up and exist in his story, which are always fun to read about.

Have you read any of these, or are you new to the world of YA sports? Are there any topics you'd like to see featured? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hear the Bells Ring: The Chapel Wars Review

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 300
Keywords: weddings, family, rivalry
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
Other books reviewed: Going Vintage
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Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she'd rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance? 
And then there's Grandpa's letter. Not only is Holly running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money--fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family's mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and... Dax. No wait, not Dax. 
Holly's chapel represents everything she's ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there's a wedding chapel to save.
Vegas, wedding chapels, and a family feud? Count me in. I was excited about this book from (virtual) page 1, and Leavitt definitely delivered a smart, cute, and quirky book about first love and what it truly means to get married.

Holly is left in charge of her grandfather's chapel, and basically, she has no clue what to do. I mean, she has some semblance, but because PLOT, she's got to figure a lot of things out for herself. Fortunately, she's a numbers girl. Which I thought was super cool. Since I'm an English and art person, it was really interesting to read about a character who functioned largely off of equations and formulas. She even calculates percentages of the likelihood that people who are married in Vegas will stay together. You know, just for fun.

On top of handling a close family member's death, she's also coping with her parents' divorce, an angsty middle-school brother, a distant college sister, and a long-standing family fight with a neighboring chapel, all while trying to actually run the chapel and earn enough money to keep it open. Oh, and school was a thing, too. I was so impressed with Holly's involvement in everything, and Leavitt's story didn't make the whole thing unrealistic. Holly struggled with keeping everything straight and on track, as she should, but she was still a teenager, and she still became emotional and reckless at times. I love that she was flawed, but trying so hard not to be.
This romance thing that happened with Dax wasn't her first go at boys, which I also appreciated. She had been on dates, done some stuff with boys, and had moved on. Like high school girls do. It wasn't the end of the world for her when something didn't work out, which isn't written about enough. Dating was a normal thing, and it wasn't glorified or made to be something it wasn't.

Of course, one of the main plot points was Dax and his stance on the family fight. I liked him okay. He wasn't one of my favorite guys that's ever appeared in books, but I didn't loathe him. But maybe that's what made him such a good character, now that I think about it. He was a realistic teenage boy. He made mistakes, he made gestures too soon and too late, and he wasn't always right (but he was sometimes, I'll give him that. I promise I'm not picking on teenage guys). Together, Holly and Dax were perfect representations of stupid, smart, funny, weird teenagers while having a really cool city and business to run around in.

Holly's friend group (all guys, plus her best friend's girl friend) was equally awesome, and the situation between her best friend and his girlfriend is one I LOVE and will talk about a lot with anyone who's read the book. I don't want to give anything away because reasons, but man, I adored Leavitt for spinning the story the way she did. Super realistic and a lot of what I think about certain things. (Okay, that's really vague, but you'll know what I mean if you've read it. I think)

Overall, this was such a fun light-hearted read for being a book about a girl dealing with her grandfather's death. I could not get enough of the Vegas wedding chapel plot, and it made me seriously consider impulsively looking up more things about Vegas wedding chapels because they all sound so incredibly interesting. You never really think about the people who run them when you think of them.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Royal Competition: The One Review

*Public Service Announcement*
This is a review of the third book, so some of the summary stuff and my review will contain spoilers of the first two. It won't contain spoilers for this book, but I wanted to warn you in case you had never read the first books.

The One by Kiera Cass
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 323
Keywords: royalty, dystopia, love
Format Read: library book
Books Reviewed by Author: The Selection & The Elite
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The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of IllĂ©a, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.
For any of you that were following my updates on Twitter, you were well aware that I was having a hard time with this one. Basically I just didn't want to start it because I didn't want the series to be over. I was so insanely attached to everything that was happening in these books that I desperately wanted to cling to this last book. I tried to read it slowly. I tried to take breaks. But the inevitable happened. I finished it in one night.

What struck me most about the first book was the world Cass set up. It was so insanely detailed and believable, and I had no trouble understanding what had happened to this society. By this book, what was focused on most were the characters. Everyone had their own lives going on, and Cass didn't forget about minor characters when it came to the plot. It felt so real because she didn't neglect the side people, and she realized they would still have things going on, too. America's maids had their own problems that were held back for a while, making those super compelling, and I was dying to know what happened. America's other competitors (coughcoughCELESTE) became so much more interesting, even more so than they already were.

And this book is where the plot really picks up. The second book revolved mostly around the Selection process, and this one, being that there were only four girls left, was all about the rebels and what was going on outside the castle walls. So there was a lot more action and suspense and the right amount of me going "WHAT" to keep it moving at such a quick pace, obviously I was not able to resist and put the book down.

Basically I have nothing more to say other than that, described by the lovely Andi @ Andi's ABCs, as her book crack. That's really what this is. I can't think of a series more perfect for binge-reading (and a little crying) than this one.

*Update* Kiera Cass announced recently that two more full-length Selection Series novels will be following, set in a different character's point of view. Who's excited? THIS GIRL.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Serve the Punch, Y'all: Rebel Belle

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 345
Keywords: paranormal, high school, popularity
Format Read: library book
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Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.
Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I really steer clear of paranormal stuff. Namely, the whole vampire/werewolf craze. So I knew this was coming out, and the knife automatically made me think it was something along those lines (though now as I'm thinking about it, I have NO IDEA why). And you'll also know I don't read a book's summary before I dive right in. But I heard so so many good things about this one, I knew I was going to end up reading it.

Turns out, I loved it. I had only a few problems that I moved past pretty quickly, which I'll talk about toward the end of this review.

The dialogue was so fresh and witty and funny — Harper was such a real teen, and I found myself laughing at a lot of her narration and responses to other people's questions and statements. There was a point in the book when she first learns about her powers when she's thinking to herself, "Seriously? I got superpowers and I can't even fly or be invisible?" Okay, so that's not a direct quote, but the whole passage was so funny when she was trying to figure out exactly what she could and couldn't do.

I also loved the set in general. It was set at a traditional-type school (that's what we call them here, they're private but not associated with any religion, so they're like preparatory schools) in the South, and there were mansions and stuck-up families and dresses and a Cotillion, which the whole story sort of was based around. It's a coming-out party, which is old-fashioned, but the South is still about them. At least in some areas. There was so much detail and care taken to make sure the world was established and so the reader had a very clear idea of what the neighborhood looks like and who the people in it were.

What I was (only a little) sad about was the relationship level. I feel like Harper doesn't have enough reason in the beginning to hate David as much as she does. I mean, once he does this mean thing, then it makes more sense, but before that I cannot understand her hatred, especially when her friends and other people start talking about their past school days. I also really liked Ryan, and I was confused at his relationship with Harper. They've been dating for forever, but at the very start of the book, all of the sudden, they start having problems. I just wanted it to be a little more gradual to be believable.

But all in all, I was so hooked with this one and could not get enough. I loved the plot — the ideas, thankfully, were more original than vampire or werewolf — and ended up being so interesting and so funny that I just couldn't put the book down. And, I discovered once I got to the end, there will (or better be, otherwise I'm raising hell) be a second one, so I can't wait!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Flash Giveaway: Get Them Now

That's right. I just posted over on Twitter that I was giving away books to followers. I've had these ARCs for a while, and I never know what to do with ARCs except give them to people. So I've decided to thank my followers by giving them to you! Here's how it works:

1. You must have a US address. I'll be mailing out a lot of books and just don't have the funding to do international. I'm super sorry, but I still love you guys a lot! (Maybe I'll do an everywhere-but-America SWAG giveaway or something soon :) )

2. Comment below with one or two (to keep it fair. I don't want to mail them all to one person) books you would like and an email address so I can get your shipping info, and leave in the comments how you follow the blog. You must be a follower to be eligible. You can be a new or old follower. Doesn't matter :)

3. Whoever comments first has it, so once it's in the comments somewhere, that book is gone. I know I don't have a ton of followers, so this will last until all the books are gone!

And here are the books you can get! Go! Follow! Comment! YAY!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Topics Time: Boarding School

Welcome to Topics Time, where I give you a few recommendations based on a particular topic for the week, including new releases and some older backlisted books you can find for cheap or at your library if you're on a budget. This week's discussion? Boarding School!

Thanks to Sarah, who wanted to know about some books set in boarding schools that I would give to people to read!

I could give you something really obvious like Anna and the French Kiss, but I'm hoping by now most people have read that (and if not PLEASE GO NOW READ IT). So I'm going to pick some great ones that are maybe a little less high profile.

1. A Really Awesome Mess by Brendan Halpin and Trish Cook
What I was most impressed with about this book is how it dealt with serious topics and real issues teens have without being preachy or hitting you over the head that it's about kids dealing with depression and anger and anxiety (among other things). It takes place at a "reform" school where teens deal with issues they've been having along with attending classes so as not to fall behind in their school work. There's also a lot of humor woven into the story, including a really awesome pig-kidnapping scene at a fair. I've got a full review of it if you want to read more about this one.

2. Winger by Andrew Smith
I know I said I would try and get less high profile books, but this one is so phenomenal, I had to put it on the list. This is without a doubt one of my favorite books I've read. It follows Ryan Dean West (I still can't get over how much I love his name) and his quests at his private boarding school. He's on the rugby team, he has some kick ass friends, and he pees in a gatorade bottle and gives it to his nemesis. Enough said, right? To add on, it's got some really awesome illustrations and comics periodically in the book, and they are so funny. I felt so many emotions and experienced hysterical laughter crying (that was one emotion happening all at once). I've got a longer review of it, and I highly recommend you purchase this one because I love having it sit on my shelf.

3. Taste Test by Kelly Fiore
I've recommended this one a few times via Twitter or Tumblr, but here's me saying again that this book was extremely cute. I reviewed it a while ago, but even though I read it more than a year ago, it still sticks out in my mind as such a fun book. This one is a cooking reality competition for teens, and it's a yearlong (? I think?) program where the kids stay in deluxe apartments while attending cooking classes and other seminars in between televised competitions. And obviously there's some spicy (see what I did there?) romance scenes which make the book that much more lovable.

4. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
This is one of those "I read this before I blogged" series in that I don't have any posts for them, but they will forever be one of my favorites, and I hold a special place for the characters (one, in particular) in my heart. This is for the historical fiction, magical realism lover, and this trilogy is beautiful. It's full of complex characters, emotions, and fantastical elements. I don't really want to give much about the plot away, but it revolves around Gemma, the main character, attending a Victorian boarding school and coping with the prophetic visions she's having. These books are beautiful, and be prepared for emotions to be unleashed. I actually read the third one in high school, and my best friend warned me not to read the last half in class, and of course I ignored her, which led to me openly sobbing in my honors english class. My (extremely hot) teacher had to come to my desk and ask if I was going to be okay. Oops. :)