1. What’s your name? My name is Sarah (like half of the blogging community!)
2. Where in the world are you blogging from? I am blogging from COLD COLD Michigan.
3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? Twitter. I really got into reading over the last couple of years and wanted to be able to join the amazing book community where I can flail about books.
4. How did you come up with your blog name? It’s pretty straight forward. I was deciding on a name and all I could think about was that reading takes you on an adventure. So, The YA Book Traveler was born!
5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? I read and review mostly fantasy and dystopian. There are an occasional contemporary or NA in there as well.
6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? I’m new to blogging and have very limited time to do it. I’ve done a few Top Ten Tuesdays and a Stacking the Shelves.
7. Best blogging experience so far? I would say meeting other bloggers. They’re SOOOO wonderful!
8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? To be honest, I probably tweet my Twitter blogging community more than I do real life friends. I love books and this is the place where we can be excited together. Everyone is so amazing and sweet.
9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015! The Orphan Queen, ACOTAR, Ice Like Fire, The Wrath and the Dawn, and An Ember in Ashes. (Only 5??? There are so many more)
10. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? I love Starters by Lissa Price. It’s a great duology. I’m not sure if it qualifies as underrated but I love it.
11. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Roar from Under the Never Sky! They’re both so fun!
12. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? I work for my church and I love leading children’s ministry. It’s super fun and I love my church family.
13. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? I’m a mom of 3, I never get to go shopping! lol Um…clothes?
14.At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song
would be playing? I’m actually at a loss on this one…sad!
15.Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV
show you want turned into a book. I WANT FROSTBITE! (cries). I was so sad the Vampire Academy movies won’t keep being made…
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1. Time! Like all of you there’s always a lack of time for reading. I work full time, am married with 3 kids. Time gets very limited when I’m running around packing lunches going to work to not only read but to blog. Blogging is a hobby for me that I try to do when I can. Unfortunately I cannot give it as much time as I’d like.
2. Twitter! Yes Twitter. Twitter is a good AND bad book nerd problem. I LOOOOOOVE the YA book community where I’ve made tons of friends. But I’ve had days when I spent hours on Twitter TALKING about books but then not having time for actually READING books.
3. It’s all about the Benjamins baby! Money. I wish I had more money to buy books but alas I have to pay bills, food for the family, etc. So I do utilize my library quite frequently.
4. Real Life Book Friends. I’m finding more but having lack of actual people I know in real life who loves books like I do is a bit of a bummer. But I’m happy for Twitter and the couple of people I do know. I love talking books!
5. Book Envy. Yes it’s real my friends and I’ve suffered from it many times. I am new to the blogging world and have not gotten to the place where I would be approved for ARCs.
6. Book Events. I would LOVE to go to book events. But having a family makes it tough and an impossibility to go to book events. I have been fortunate to go to one book signing where I got to meet Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard. That was an amazing night!
7.Too Many Books! Sometimes I get overwhelmed with how many books are in the world and it’s depressing thinking about the fact that there is NO WAY that I could read them all before I die. Anyone ever depressed about this? Also, I wish the publishing community would take 1 year off so I could catch up!
8. Bookstagram. I love taking pictures of books and looking at pictures of books. However, I’m sad because I don’t have many great spot to take pictures of my books! Especially with it being winter right now I’m limited to my house which doesn’t have any great places to take pics.
9. Reading new books and not the books on my shelf. I have books on my shelf I bought a while ago but still haven’t read them. Why? Because new books come out and I want to read them first. My goal this year is to read books that I already own (intermixed with new of course, I can’t go cold turkey!)
10. Saying goodbye to characters I love. It’s so hard when a series ends. Some books I love so much that I know I’ll reread but there are books that I really loved but may never reread. This makes me sad because they were a part of my life for a while and now they’re not. It’s sad to say goodbye but it’s great meeting new book friends.
This book was gifted to me from Veronica Rossi. She is the author of the Under the Never Sky series which I love for many reasons. But the thing I love most about her books is the richness of characters. Boomerang and Rebound (Boomerang #2) are no exception. The characters in these books (main and minor) are all rich in their descriptions and personalities. To me, that’s what makes these books a success (plus all the steamy tension!)
I really enjoyed Rebound and I recommend the Boomerang series ALL the time! Sure the steamy scenes are great fun but to me great characters are always what’s most important. AND the book has many funny moments. I love being able to laugh out loud at a book.
This book didn’t disappoint! 4.5 Stars!
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.
Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.
Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?
Sadly, for me, this book didn’t live up to my expectations. I gave it 3 stars because even though there were things I found interesting about Exquisite Captive, I also had many problems with it.
Probably the toughest thing to work through was the explanations of the different kinds of jinni and the world building in general. They each have different colored eyes and smoke when they use magic (chiaan). I understand that when someone introduces new worlds to the reader things need to be explained. However, I thought the constant “Ghan Asouri jinni” this, and “Djan jinni” that so repetitive that I actually felt insulted. And something that really got on my nerves was the constant reference to “human” things. How they loved the
“human food” or they didn’t understand the “human jokes”.
Also I found the lack of explanation on how the jinni got from Arjinna to earth in the first place unsatisifying. There was a portal that they came through but this came with no deeper explanation beyond that. I didn’t really like that there wasn’t more to how traveling became possible, who discovered it, how they traveled through it was something I found lacking.
Nalia – Nalia is the only surviving Ghan Asouri jinni, which is the highest ranking kind. She gets sold into the Dark Caravan in which humans buy jinnis to grant them 3 wishes. The Ghan Asouri jinni were power hungry and almost evil, but Nalia is different. I found her character ok. There was some growth along the way.
Malek – Malek I found confusing. But the story does help explain why he’s evil one moment, nice the other.
Raif – I liked Raif. He was likable and the chemistry between him and Nalia was good.
Overall the book was slow. I actually contemplated DNFing a few times but I was determined to finish. The last 20% of the book got really action packed and exciting. But the rest leading up to it was interesting but slow.
Will I read the next book? I may. I hope that it will be more satisfying then book 1.
I do LOVE the cover because it’s great to see a POC on the cover of a YA book. It’s actually hard to come by.
Did you read it, what are your thoughts?
I had an amazing thing happen this year. I won the most exciting and interesting giveaway contest ever of a huge lot of Starters and Enders book. Most of them are foreign editions and they’re beautiful. In order to win, I had to pre-order the Enders paperback that released on January 7, 2015. I did, and I won!
In the box: 24 Books, 1 Audio Book, Bookmarks, Book Plate, Samplers and a note from Lissa Price.
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2. Tarver from These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. In TBS, I found Tarver’s character to be refreshing. He seemed like a guy, a real guy. Sometimes books make male characters out to be more of the idealized man seen through a woman’s eye. I actually liked his character better than Lilac.
3. Robin from Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. Oh Robin…he’s so swoony in this book. Just READ IT! That’s all I really need to say.
4. Thorne from Cress by Marissa Meyer. Thorne is another funny character that always fills the room with his presence. He’s bold, egotistical, and very likable.
5. Perry (Peregrine) from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. There are many things I love about Perry. I love that he’s described as having a deep voice, a tattoo of peregrine falcon on his back, a Scire (enhanced sense of smell) and seer (ability to see in the dark).
6. Dimitri from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Dimitri….he’s a dhampir and he is super swoony. He’s Russian and fights bad vampires for a living.
7. Magnus from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. Magnus was a character that for me one moment I liked him, then I didn’t, then I loved him! He’s more than what he tries to make other think about him. He has a scar on his face, is sarcastic, and is such a great character.
8. Hector from The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson. He has a great heart, is super smart and very brave. He sees people for who they are on the inside.
9. Sam (Dossam) from Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. HE’S A COMPOSER! Yes, he writes music and plays practically every instrument. Sam is very romantic, a great friend, and has a noble heart.
10. Rowan from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. Rowan is fey. His trust has to be earned. He loves hard and fights hard.