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Peach Blossoms, Spring 2014.

  #peaches    #peach blossom    #pink    #flowers    #pretty    #monarch photos  

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible
 
It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s? via goodreads

WHAT THE FRICK. 

Ok, on one hand, that was a pretty good book. I like Colleen, Spence, etc. The plot was good, at first. The author managed to give me a truly stupendous sense of impending doom. 

But that ending. 
Oh, that ending. 
Yo, here be spoilers 
I honestly don’t know where to start. I could start with Anjali. Or- wait, no, I’ll start with the texts. I only have one issue with them, like WHO THE FUCK SENT THEM. It was never addressed. She asked the teacher if she sent those, the teacher said no, and after that it was never mentioned again. Maybe I’m stupid, or I skipped it, but. 
Now I’ll talk about Anjali. I liked her character, but the pins. The pins were weird. The whole time the officials are saying that no, it’s stress, the one thought I had was, what about Anjali’s pins? And then it turns out she has pica, or whatever, and she pulls a two year old every now and then and eats random shit, and that apparently she eats pins, but she doesn’t remember eating them, but I want to know, where the heck did she get the pins. If they thought this was a plausible explanation, why didn’t they take away the pins. Make sure there were no pins for her to swallow. I feel like that was too easily disproved for them to just accept it. 
And Emma. That was just ambiguous, which is the word I’ve been using to describe it. It may not be the right word, but the best one I’ve come up with. 
I really wish there was a descent explaination for Emma. The reader is basically told that she is a witch, that her powers are basically out of control, but it would have been nice for it to be more expanded on. 
There’s also a thing, when Colleen is trying to persuade people that it’s all Emma’s doing, when the reader- or, at least, I was- is thrown into total confusion. I had no idea what the think about this. Were they faking it, or is it Emma, or stress, or what. One part of me is annoyed, because no one likes feeling confused, and there’s some second hand embarrassment issues I have, but I admire Katherine Howe for being able to put me in that state. It’s why I’m rating this a 3.75 out of 5 stars, instead of just three for that clusterfuck of an ending. I also finished this like two seconds ago, so, yeah, i’m kinda crazy.

  #conversion    #katherine howe    #books    #book review    #ya    #its based on    #the salem witch trials    #monarch reviews  

cielrouge:

As promised, here’s a giveaway for any Sarah J. Maas fans out there! I was lucky enough to obtain an ARC of HEIR OF FIRE (Throne of Glass #3) recently, which will be out on September 2nd, 2014. 

Summary: Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed? The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

How to Enter/Rules:

  • This is International
  • Simply reblog or like this post to enter (though try not to spam your followers too much ahaha…) 
  • You don’t have to be following me to enter, but you must be willing to give me your address and have your ask box open
  • This giveaway ends on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 at midnight EST
  • If you win, your ask box must be open so that I can contact you. You will then have 48 hours to reply, or I will pick another winner
  • A winner will be chosen at random 

Good Luck! And feel free to drop me an ask if you have further questions!

epicreads:

thelunarchroniclesbooks:

Announcing FAIREST by Marissa Meyer—book four in The Lunar Chronicles. 
On sale January 27, 2015. 
Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told … until now.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from WINTER, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Marissa Meyer will be answering YOUR questions about FAIREST, WINTER, and the Lunar Chronicles in a special Google Hangout this Wednesday at 9pm EST / 6pm PST. 

Pre-order FAIREST Today! 

Love love love this animated cover!

epicreads:

thelunarchroniclesbooks:

Announcing FAIREST by Marissa Meyer—book four in The Lunar Chronicles. 

On sale January 27, 2015.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall,

Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told … until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from WINTER, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Marissa Meyer will be answering YOUR questions about FAIREST, WINTER, and the Lunar Chronicles in a special Google Hangout this Wednesday at 9pm EST / 6pm PST. 

Pre-order FAIREST Today! 

Love love love this animated cover!

vasirasart:

Since I finished reading the Percy Jackson books I’ve fallen into a pit of friendship headcanons and now things are happening with my art so have some Silena and Clarisse friendship. I imagine they’d hang out and talk about boys and quests while they did random things that made them happy.

vasirasart:

Since I finished reading the Percy Jackson books I’ve fallen into a pit of friendship headcanons and now things are happening with my art so have some Silena and Clarisse friendship. I imagine they’d hang out and talk about boys and quests while they did random things that made them happy.

For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed.
Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.
But powerful men have powerful enemies—and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed.
Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.
But powerful men have powerful enemies—and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

  #books    #retellings    #the goose girl    #fairy tale    #cover love  
rrriordan:

So remember this cool fan-created art that appeared online as a mock cover for Blood of Olympus? Thrilled to learn Disney has licensed the art for a poster to appear in the exclusive Wal-Mart edition of the book. More details soon, plus info. about other exclusives for other booksellers.

rrriordan:

So remember this cool fan-created art that appeared online as a mock cover for Blood of Olympus? Thrilled to learn Disney has licensed the art for a poster to appear in the exclusive Wal-Mart edition of the book. More details soon, plus info. about other exclusives for other booksellers.

Purple.

  #purple    #flowers    #purple flowers    #i took the one with the bamboo stand at    #hampton court palace    #which was cool    #i like Hampton court    #and the Tudors    #the rest are somewhere on my property    #pansies    #or maybe peonies    #I'm not sure    #monarch photos  

March, 2014.

  #yellow    #flowers    #pictures    #i took these pictures a while ago    #but I'm just getting around to posting this    #and I'm on mobile    #so autocorrect is doing weird things    #but this is my first post!    #on this blog    #pretty    #beautiful    #i want this to get notes    #monarch photos