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1. You constantly allow people (well, um, authors) to manipulate your emotions. 

Can we just think about how stupid this is of us for a second?! You know how the old saying goes, "Don't hang out with people who bring you down...blah blah". Well, I sure finish every Throne of Glass book a) hyperventilating and b) wailing. Yet I CONTINUE to read the books. Is this an abusive relationship?

2. Worst of all: you're not even sorry you're in an abusive relationship with a book. 

You talk about it. Blog about it. Tweet about it. Tell your friends about it. Buy the book for all your friends for Christmas/Birthday/Hanukkah. Break up and move on? Not likely.

3. You become fixated on people who aren't even real.

It's not even healthy. It's imaginary. But you can't help it, because you know these unreal people so much they're like your BFF. They understand you, you understand them, it's wedding bells basically.

4. You get fixated to the point that you sacrifice sleep to read about these unreal people. 

5.  And you plot their futures. Aggressive shipper? Yes, yes you are.

6. Shipping is a very dangerous hobby to get started on because the really mean authors (that you continually read their books, shame on you) like to ruin ships.

Authors are never even sorry and occasionally, oh gosh, SOMETIMES it does happen. Your happy ship will sink. The wrong people get together. All goes to the dogs. And you're left in a mess of anguish and gnashing of teeth. Why?! Why do you do this to yourself?!

7. Then there's the times when authors don't finish their series.

And you literally sit there for years waiting for the next book.

8. Your non-reader friends have no idea what you're talking about half the time.

You make this awesome fandom reference or quote and they're all, "Excuse me?"

9. And then a book BREAKS YOUR SOUL and you go crying to your friends, but they have no sympathy. 

It's not like you asked to be this way. IT'S THE AUTHOR'S FAULT. The least they could do is offer you tissues and ice cream and perhaps pat your back, right?

10. Because, let's face it, books don't always end how we want them too. Bookworms have to put up with sucky finales.

I'm pretty sure the authors just sit in their evil lairs and laugh.

11. You joke about big deal, right? You didn't need your heart anyway.

Sometimes you just smile on the outside to keep from crying.

12. What is it with nice characters dying??

13. You go through grieving processes when your favourite characters die. REAL grief. And all you can do is tell yourself:

Pfft. Like that even helps.

14. At least you can live in denial of their devastating deaths, right?

15. Also buying books. DO NOT underestimate how much it sucks to be slaves to buying new books. They're so shiny. 

Books are like air. You need them to live. And it's not just a, "Yeah, books are cool, I like to own the occasional good one." It's more like "I NEED BOOKS LIKE I NEED TO BREATHE."

16. Then you develop this awesome to move house.

Lifting those boxes of, no no no.

17. Because you have an awesome collection, people think they can borrow from you.

Ha ha ha. No.

18. What if they rip your books? What if they lose your book? WHAT IF THEY BEND THE SPINE??!

19. Also: you worry and fret about so many things non-readers don't.

Trust me, the list is HUGE.

20. Do your book covers for the complete series match?

21. Should you start a series now and ride the fandom wave OR do you wait until the books are all out?

22. Do you admit you don't like a popular book?

23. What do you do when you run out of bookshelf room?

24. Hardcover or paperback?

25. Ebook or physical?!

See? Impossibly stressful list.

26. And let's not get started on watching book-to-movie adaptations. They're either AWESOME or AWFUL. There is no in between. 

27. And if they make a really awfully horrific adaption???

28. But at the end of the day? It all comes back to the plain and simple reason: your emotional stability is often compromised by mere paperbacks.

300 or so pages of trees' souls and ink. THAT is what manipulates you. You have zero control and...and you can't get out. There is no escape.

Please let no one say that being a bookworm is the most glorious thing in the world. It is like battle. And there will be no end.

Cait is not usually dramatic. Ha! Why would she be? She's a perfectly logical and sane person and thinks Vulcanish thoughts all the time. But occasionally her fingers slip and these kind of posts come out. But she's aware bookworms must rally together and give each other emotional support! Huzzah! Currently, she's being tortured crying over HEIR OF FIRE.

I...I have a little confession: I usually only read 1 book from an author.

I DON'T INTENTIONALLY MEAN TO. It's just I have a very Dougish brand of bookish distraction. I call it Squirrel Syndrome. So I often fall in love with a book/series/author/antelope and I just never get round to reading more from them. One day this will change. But probably not this day.

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.

This week's prompt is: Top 10 Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More

1. Laini Taylor

Remember when Daughter of Smoke and Bone was on my list of books I'm too scared to read because of the hype? Well. I READ IT. I fell face-first in love with it. And now I really, absolutely, honestly need Days of Blood and Starlight. There are pretty much NO WORDS for how much I'm desperate for it.

2. Markus Zusak

I LOVE THE BOOK THIEF OH SO MUCH. I regularly obsess about it in the form of pinning things on Pinterest, liking all the book quotes on Goodreads, and wondering if my library would know if it went missing. (I'm kidding. I'm a nice honest citizen. But I do think it'd be hilarious ironic if someone [not me] DID steal The Book THIEF. What?! Irony!)

3. Terry Pratchett AND Neil Gaiman

I demand them together. I'd read Coraline by Neil Gaiman previously, but I only just got introduced to Terry Pratchett when I read Good Omens. I've googled, but it appears to be the only book they wrote together?! WHY.

4. Josephine Angelini

I read Trial By Fire and woah, her writing is impressive. She actually focuses on developing characters instead of just sending them on magical quests of fighting-beasts-and-not-much-else. Is her Starcrossed series good? is my next question. (My first is: Where do I get another-dimension-twin?)

5. Leigh Bardugo

It's pretty shameful to admit I have only read one book of hers. Shadow And Bone was good! I just...get distracted.

6. Pierce Brown

Because Golden Son is taking a despicably long time to come out. It's doing this just to spite me, I know it. AGH! See, sometimes I get mildly obsessed with a book to the point that I so desperately need the next one I psych myself to levels of fandom beyond belief. This is dangerous. Someday my head will explode. But I really, really need Golden Son.

But it comes out in January the day after my birthday, so haaaapy birthday to me.

7. Harper Lee

Well we know another To Kill a Mockingbird isn't going to happen...but that book was amazing and delicious and kind of stuck with me. I remember every detail of it! And that's something that never happens! (I could plan my own surprise party, basically.) I'm permanently sad she only wrote one book.

8. Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

TOGETHER. I'm aware Meagan Spooner has many books out I could read if I was pining dreadfully. But I forget. And I want them BOTH. I want This Shattered World! I want mentions of Tarver and Lilac although the chances of that are small in cameo! I want sparky wit and freaky sci-fi inventions! I WANT IT ALL.

9. Stephan Chbosky

Now I'm just being silly. But what is it with insanely talented authors only writing one book and then disappearing into a world of darkness and sadness? (Just kidding. I'm pretty sure these authors went onto rule planets of orangutans. Hence no more books.)

10. Elizabeth Wein 

Technically I'm reading my 2nd Wein book now. But a) I want a reason to screech about it, and b) since I haven't finished it yet I need more of it in my life. 

I am such a beggar for punishment to read the sequel to Code Name Verity. I'm listening to Rose Under Fire on audio right now and -- peoples: pain. PAIN, I TELL YOU. So far it's even better than the first and I'm deep into the danger zone now. I will probably cry presently. Just so you've been warned. 

So, my bookish abettors, it is your turn.

Which authors do you need to revisit and read EVERYTHING THEY PENNED because of their intense goodness? And which authors on my list do I need to get to ASAP? Help me! Also: link me to your TTT posts so I can spy on your failings see which authors you want more of.

Cait is typing this post at the last minute. It's highly unusual for her...she's at least 24hours (if not 2 weeks) ahead with her bloggish planning. She'd apologise, but right now her mouth is full of chocolate chip biscuits. Also: her package containing a very beautiful HUGE copy of HEIR OF FIRE ARRIVED. There was much hyperventilating and squeaking. She is now 55% through. Everyone is making bad decisions, dangit.

I admit, I was nervous about reading this one because a) lots of bloggers I know didn't like it, and b) I didn't want Let It Go stuck in my head forever. Bad news: I did get Let It Go stuck in my head.

I CAN'T HOLD IT BACK ANYMOOOOOOORE. You better get it stuck in your head too is all I can say.

Thank you Hachette on NetGalley for the eARC! Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston hit shelves on September 17th, 2014.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.
At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.
But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.
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I began this book basically flailing with excitement! It was perfection. And then....and about NO. I'm still absolutely torn because I love what it set out to be, just not what it ended up with. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO REVIEW THIS?!

Obviously with a list.

And also obviously, considering the title, with Frozen gifs.

1. The entire premise is fabulous. 

A completely iced over dystopian world with magic and supernatural powers?!

Give it to me NOW. I'm such a fan of dystopian, and (I won't lie) I do like a good dash of people blasting each other with telekinesis or fire balls or something. The combination of dystopian AND magical powers was nearly too much...but it was unique. I like it.

2. The writing is crispy and delicious.

I'm a busy person. I don't enjoy hours of description and bothersome details. Pfft. Details? Who needs 'em? Don't answer. Frozen used the basics of description, but that was it. NO FLUFF.

3. Wes and Nat are mildly adorable together...and separately. 

They take turns narrating (in 3rd person, which is not usually my favourite, but I really liked here). Although I do think Wes was portrayed really cockily in Nat's POV...but in his? Not so much. He almost seemed withdrawn and shy. So when Nat talked about him before she knew his name, I actually didn't know it was Wes. My bad.

They're both strong characters and a little funny and ginormously endearing. Although...their romance seemed a bit awkward in places. But they're only kids so I'll forgive them. I'm totally lenient like that, aren't I?


1. Back to Nat and Wes...they're kind, young. A little TOO young?

They're 16. Wes is ex-army. EX-ARMY. How the heck has he had time to be militarily trained and then served and then quit and then become a mercenary and then get connections to do dirty jobs AS WELL AS being able to sail a ship and know how to navigate the treacherous frozen ocean??? Dude. You need a holiday. Plus the book never mentioned the army was built on child soldiers, has Wes done all this?

They seemed like old souls. I honestly think they should've been older. Even, they needed to be older. They sure acted it.

2. Icy plot holes. Icy holes everywhere.

The world building wasn't ever fully explained. Sure we have a frozen world, but why? And how? Is it magical? The civilians apparently all have guns...where are they getting guns from? Is there a government? You have to have a license for everything, but how is this being controlled? With an army made up of 16 year olds??? I HAVE QUESTIONS AND NO ANSWERS AND THIS IS UN-OKAY.

There's all this law and rules one to enforce it? And the world is rife with pirates and mercenaries and slave traders....but but but what about all the rules and laws? If you have to have a license to even have a one-night-stand, where are the slavers even selling their human cargo?!

Okay. I'm done. But that's just the tip of my iceberg. Ha, get it?! Iceberg?! Frozen...iceberg...okay I'll stop.

3. Also...inconsistencies. 

Maybe I'm missing something! Maybe I read it wrong! But at the beginning, Wes has a team of soldiers who he leads on their mercenary smuggling trips. Wes says these boys are like his family, his brothers.
Wes nodded. Daran would follow orders like a soldier. Wes had taken the brothers on his team when no one else would -- he'd heard of their reputation as burnouts but he thought he could rehabilitate them into better stuff -- and so far, as surly as they were, they hadn't failed him. (19% into kindle ebook)
Later, Wes says this:
[Wes talking about Daran] "I could toss them overboard now, but they're the only crew I've got," he said.
He has absolutely zero love for his crew...apparently. And later [highlight to read spoiler] when one of them falls into the water, no one even cares remotely that the dude is begin eaten and drowning to death. It's a shrug moment! I'm not even kidding!! [end of spoiler] I was more than a little frustrated that facts didn't match up.

4. When you're starving to death, don't you think you'd have trouble functioning?!!

I was continually told they were starving. BUT the only side affect of that was Nat begin dizzy once. Hello. Hunger does more than that. They were literally eating their clothes. I'm not sure about you, but I nearly die if I don't have breakfast. Blood-sugar drops and all that. This is a dystopian society, and health would have declined further in the future. THEY JUST DIDN'T ACT HUNGRY ENOUGH.

5. They seriously called it Frozen?! WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT?

The Disney movie, Frozen, took the world by blizzard (har, har) and nearly everyone either a) heard of it or b) knows all the words to every song and can sing both bart simultaneously. Probably not a good book title anymore because the title "Frozen" is so deeply connected to a Disney movie.

6. All the cool factors (like supernatural powers and mythical magic creatures) all were kind of lost in favour of a sea voyage. WHAT?!

It just go boring fast. I loved it up until they got onto a boat to sail to the Blue. Let me yawn. Sailing is fine and there were a few interesting quips of dialogue. But WHAT ABOUT THE COOL WORLD WE'RE IN?! Can't we have more of that?! Nat has a "monster" in her head giving her instructions. Well, she did. That soon dropped off. We barely talk about the world or the politics. There's not even enough banter and basically ZERO character development. 

By 70% I felt like just ditching my kindle and singing:

But I always finish the books I read so there was no stopping this snowball.

I loved this book in the beginning. WHAT HAPPENED?!!

With an amazing beginning and only the best premise eveeeeer, Frozen kind of flopped at the end. It conglomerated (seriously cool word that) too much awesome when maybe focusing on one or two awesome things would've been better? I started with huge flails and ended doing what frozen things do in summer.

do you ever feel hugely immensely impossibly torn when a book starts awesome and then...flops?? ever had that? also: thoughts on Frozen? are you singing Let it Go now?

Cait is one of those people who know, um, like all the words to EVERY SONG IN FROZEN. Except the He's A Bit of a Fixer-Upper. Honestly, what are those stone trolls even saying?! Does anyone know? But Cait has a 3yrs nephew who's obsessed with the movie so honestly HE'S to blame for her knowing it so well. Of course. Obviously. Don't question that. 

Welcome back to Honest YA!

If you're new here, Honest YA is basically a Notebook Sisters grown feature where we talk about Young Adult books in the most honest way possible. This may mean sass. This may mean gently poking fun of things. But we promise we love the things. We're just teasing

We're going to remodel more book covers!

You can stalk Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 if you wish it.

NOTE: I don't claim to own the covers. They belong to people in cyber space. Duh.

[Click the covers to go to Goodreads and see the originals.]

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Followers by Anna Davies
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
Matched by Ally Condie
Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Cait is neck-deep in the arduous task of picking which drawing-project to attempt next. She's new to drawing. It's exciting! Although, she should probably actually edit one of her books or, you know, clean her room. But whatever. Currently she's taking literary-personality tests with Mime and discovering that Mime is Watson and Cait is...Moriarty. Oh.