Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Morgan Matson
Narrator(s): Brittany Pressley
Series: n/a
Length: 10 hrs 37 mins
Publisher: Audible Studios, Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 11, 2013; May 8, 2012
Source: purchased
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From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

Second Chance Summer has been on my to read list since it came out. I know that it’s been on Jen's for a while too and we both made goals to get this one done this summer. (Summer TBR List) While we didn’t quite buddy read this one, we both listened to the audio within days of each other so we decided a joint review was in order! Also, even if you can't read this whole long review to the end... be sure to scroll down to the bottom because I made a little something!!

What made us finally read this:

April: Jamie (The Perpetual Page Turner) reviewed it over on her blog and mentioned that it takes place right here in the Pocono Mountains. That is the main reason I wanted to read it. It’s my home! Also, Second Chance Summer has one of the prettiest covers I’ve ever seen. I mean, look at those colors! I’ve seen so many friends/bloggers read this one and love it, so I figured it was about time.

Jen: I had already listened to and loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, so I was already a fan of Morgan Matson's writing. I think as soon as I finished Amy & Roger, I went and added all of her books to my TBR. I kept putting off Second Chance Summer because of all the feels I knew it had solicited in other readers and bloggers, but when I caught it on sale on audio, I knew it was finally time. I mean, I survived the TFiOS feels, right? How much worse could it be in Second Chance Summer?

The Story:

April: *sigh* What can I say about this story? It’s sad, but it’s also fun, if that makes sense. Taylor and her family have been given the worst kind of news. Her father is dying, and only has a few months left. So the family packs up everything and heads to their lake house in the Poconos to spend one last summer together. That’s ominous, I know, but it’s not all depressing. There is some summer love and teenage drama to mix it all up. The Edward’s haven’t visited house in quite some time, so things have changed. It’s a great story about family, friendships, and growing up.

Jen: I think that above all else, this was a story about redemption. It was about Taylor writing the wrongs of the past, getting second chances with friends and family alike, and not squandering the opportunity, no matter how much easier it was to run from her problems. Yes, it's sad. Yes, there's heartbreak. But the story encompasses so much more than that.

The Characters:

April: I adored every character in this book. Taylor, I felt for this girl. I didn’t always agree with how she reacted to situations, but at the same time you just know she’s hurting. The prospect of losing your dad is a tough pill to take, and I think she does the best she can. Mr. Edward’s, he was awesome. I loved the relationship he had with each of his kids. Taylors mom, brother and younger sister, were great too. I just loved every freaking body!

Jen: It's not surprising to me that I pretty much adored all of the characters in this book, even when they were catty or mean. Everyone's dealing with something, but it's how they all handle their issues that shows what kind of people they are. The same is true of the characters in Second Chance Summer.

This is an ice cream place close to me 
The Friendships:

April: When Taylor left the Poconos years ago, she left with a bit of a mess behind her. I won’t get into too much detail but she had a best friend, Lucy, and a first boyfriend, Henry. Through-out the story, we get to look back and see what all goes down. These flashbacks seem to be a staple in the books I’ve read so far of Matson, and she does them perfectly. I enjoyed seeing what happened, and how they all work it out slowly in the present.

Jen: April makes an excellent point about Matson's use of flashbacks. I think this method is genuinely useful in showing the reader how the characters came to find themselves in their current predicaments, rather than just telling us what happened all those years ago. And in Second Chance Summer, it really helped me understand why Taylor was so hesitant to return to the summer house in the Poconos and chance running into her former best friends. But I'm also glad that in remembering what happened, Taylor is pretty much forced to confront her past and attempt to redeem herself and reconnect with her friends.

The Romance:

April: The romance was cute and complicated. Going with what I mentioned above, things aren’t exactly peachy between Taylor and Henry when she shows up at the lake house this year. There are a ton of misunderstandings that need to be worked out, and still a whole lot that Taylor is dealing with right now with her father. There are some really sweet moments though, and I liked how it all played out between them.

Jen: Friends to something more romances are my absolute favorite kind. Even when the people involved are twelve. ;) But even at that tender age, things can get complicated. I liked seeing Taylor and Henry reconnect and attempt to salvage what they might have been that summer all those years ago. Even if Taylor is still running scared. I hate when characters let their fears get in the way of what they really want, even when the rational side of my brain is telling me that this character in particular is going through a lot of stuff with her family and could use a break.

The Setting:

It's not lake Phoenix, but it's my lake and it's what I pictured

April: I added this category because I wanted to stress with you all, how obvious it is that Matson has spent a ton of time in the Pocono’s. Her setting details are extremely accurate. It’s kind of surreal reading a book that takes place so close to home. There is mention of the Pocono Record, a local paper that I’ve grown up with. The Stroud Mall was referenced, guys it’s a shitty little mall, but it’s the closet thing we have. Well, had, the area has built up like crazy over the years. The hospital that Taylors Dad goes to, my husband works there. I gave birth to my daughter there. It’s just so neat! Please forgive me while I gush in my nerdy self. I know that I’m not the first person to have a connection to a books setting, but I don’t live in a big city. Lol Lake Phoenix, there isn’t one, but there are dozens of lake communities around me. All of them similar, and happen to live in one. I laughed at the mention of gravel driveways and high peeked roofs. So very true. About half of the houses in my development are vacation rentals. Now that it’s summertime, there are tourists everywhere. The Author mentions in her bio that she used to spend the summers with her family in the Pocono’s. She told me which Community they used to go to on twitter, and it’s really close to me. There were a few things off, like the college name is actually East Stroudsburg University, but perhaps some of the names were changed for a reason. Other than that, *high five* to Matson for getting the area right!

Jen: I'm just going to assume that April knows what she's talking about. Hahaha...just kidding. Seriously, though, Matson is very good with details. Like, "transport you there from your comfy spot on the couch" good. April shares pictures with me a lot, and yeah, Matson nailed it. Thanks to the two of them, I feel like I've already been to the Poconos. Though this will absolutely NOT keep me from inviting myself to April's next summer, lol.

The Sads :(

April: The sad’s, you knew we had to talk about them. It’s the one thing that kept me from reading this sooner. I was really afraid it would tear my heart apart and drag it through the mud. It did, a little, but maybe because I went into it knowing what the outcome would probably me, that helped me? I knew I would cry based on what others have said, but it wasn’t so bad. At least not as bad as I thought it would be. A little tears won’t kill ya!

Jen: April's lying, y'all. It's not, like, consistently sad, but when it gets to the sad part, beware. I bawled like a baby at my desk, my sister making fun of me the whole time. You see, we have this running joke between us about how I'm an unfeeling monster...or an alien, depending on her mood that day. Not true, though...I just care about different things than she does. Anyway, yeah, total blubbering mess at the end of the day when I finished this audio. So, basically, Second Chance Summer made a monster cry. I hope you're happy, Matson.

The Narrator:

April: I really liked the narrator. I wasn’t sure at first whether I would. I get a little anxious each time I start a new audio book, but I slipped right into it with no problem. She did a great job giving Taylor a voice.

Jen: This is the first book I've listened to that was narrated by Brittany Pressley, but after enjoying the audio for Second Chance Summer and after checking out the other books she's narrated, I've added a few more to my wishlist. So, yeah, she's good. She brought Taylor and her issues to life and it's probably her fault I cried as much as I did because her performance was just so heartbreaking and real.


April: Hmmm, overall, I would have to say Second Chance Summer is an all time favorite. I think I liked Since You’ve been Gone more, as far as a fun summer read, but SCS holds a special place in my heart just because of where it takes place. I’m becoming a huge fan of Morgan Matson, and I will be stalking all of her future books. I highly recommend this one if you haven’t read it already.

Jen: I wouldn't go so far as to say this book is a favorite. Stories like this, full of the feels and the lessons, usually just don't make that cut for me. Maybe if I felt as close to the setting as April does or if I felt some fellowship with Taylor over a shared experience, I'd have loved this story that much more. As it is, I really enjoyed the story and I will keep reading everything Morgan Matson writes from now till the end of time, even as her alter-ego who writes stories of revenge. April's giving this book a full-out five stars, but for my own personal shelves, I'm giving it four well-earned stars.

GIF it to me straight:

April: Some of you know I like to make book trailers with my Sims 3 game. I haven't made one in so long. I just had to make one for Second Chance Summer though, because I loved it so much. Here it is!! Enjoy and feel free to share it around! :) 

About the author:

Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize. It has since been published in five different languages and six different countries.

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. She is currently writing another book, to be published in 2014.

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's WoW selections are...

's Pick:

Title: The Start of Me and You
Author: Emery Lord
Series: n/a
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: March 31st, 2015

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Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances

Jen and I read Open Road Summer around the same time and we reviewed it HERE. In a nutshell, we both loved it and can't wait for her next one. We plan on reading this one together for sure!

's Pick:

Title: The Secrets We Keep
Author: Trisha Leaver
Series: n/a at this time
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

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Seventeen-year-old Ella Lawton spent her entire life living in the shadows of her identical twin sister's popularity, but she never dreamed of having Maddy’s life; never wanted it. In fact, she’s spent the last three years trying to separate herself from the group at school Maddy has chosen, preferring the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook and the company of her best friend, Josh, to the constant battle for attention and popularity that has defined her sister’s life.

When a heated argument and a tragic accident leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by friends and loved ones who believe she is Maddy. She is overwhelmed by their joy when they realize she will live - a joy Ella is sure she would not see if they knew the truth, that it is Ella who survived, not her lovable, popular sister. After what she has done, she cannot bring herself to cause even more heartache and in that moment she makes the gut wrenching decision to assume her sister’s life. Navigating her sister’s popularity and boyfriend are hard enough, but Ella soon realizes that Maddy’s life is full of secrets that have kept her popularity intact while slowly destroying her from the inside out. Caught in a web of lies and with no escape in sight, Ella is faced with two options - confess her deception and risk the hatred and betrayal of those around her, or give up all of her own dreams and continue down the destructive path her sister's life has mapped out for her.

I remember reading a Caroline B. Cooney novel that had a very similar plot back when I was in middle school, and while I liked that one back then, I think The Secrets We Keep sounds even better...and even creepier. :) Also, someone was talking about Point Horror novels from Scholastic the other day, and I was clueless as to what they were referring to...until I just looked up Twins and discovered that I was already familiar with Point Horror. I just didn't know it. :P Oh, well...c'est la vie.

What are you desperately waiting for on this fine Wednesday? Let us know in the comments or share a link to your own WoW post!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Title: Alias Hook
Author: Lisa Jensen
Narrator(s): Ralph Lister
Series: n/a
Length: 13 hrs 43 mins
Publisher: Macmillan/Blackstone Audio
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Source: galley & audio received from publisher
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"Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It's my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy."

Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale.

After the mediocre Second Star earlier this year, I've been on the lookout for a really standout retelling of Peter Pan. Alias Hook isn't strictly a retelling; it's more of a continuation of the story from Hook's perspective. I like Hook. I like him even more now that the gorgeous Colin O'Donaghue is bringing him to life on Once Upon a Time. However, I quickly had to give up on any preconceived notions that I'd be able to visualize him as this Hook. :(

I never expected the pirate captain to be so poetic or so well-spoken, though. This Hook, who is actually James Hookbridge, a privateer-turned-pirate who has been cursed to remain in Neverland for the last 200 years or so, is quite eloquent. Because of his plight and the bit of his history we see through flashbacks, he's a right sympathetic villain. (The story of how he came by his hook is also quite different from what we've been led to believe, but that's for you to discover on your own.) And when Stella arrives in Neverland, Hook becomes an entirely reformed villain.

I went into this book fully intent on shipping Hook and Stella. Mission accomplished. However, it wasn't really their romance that I was a proponent of. Instead, I liked how their relationship affected Hook...for the most part. I don't place the responsibility fully with Stella, but he did become a better man once she was in his life. I just wish their relationship hadn't gone from zero to sixty in 3.5 seconds. It wasn't insta-love but the transition from possible friend/foe to love progressed rather quickly. Maybe it was Stella's fervent wish to belong in Neverland or simply Hook's desire for something, anything different from the constant battles with Pan, but they fell into each other pretty hard and pretty quickly.

I liked how the curse and Stella and the faeries were all linked, how it all came full circle and yet none of it felt contrived. I liked that Hook was the narrator and that Peter Pan seemed like he was the true villain in all of this business, even if that's not the entire truth. This is the second retelling I've read where Hook was the love interest and the third where Peter was portrayed in a not-so-favorable light, but Alias Hook made it so much easier to believe that this might have been how the tale really should have gone.

I don't believe I've ever listened to a novel narrated by Ralph Lister before, but he was very well cast as James "Captain Hook" Hookbridge. He very much sounded the part of a forty-year-old pirate who's tired of his existence but doomed to continue it for another 200 years or so. However, he also voiced the rest of the characters with efficiency and without making any of the female characters too high-pitched or otherwise annoying. If you have the opportunity to listen to this story, I highly recommend it over reading the text. I had a print version for review that I was having trouble getting into, but I had no such issues with the audio.

I feel I should also mention that the ending of this novel is fairly open-ended, with the resolution of the main story arc complete but the future of select characters open to interpretation. (I didn't mind where the book left off, but I know some who need an obvious HEA and like to know that one exists prior to starting a novel.) Alias Hook is an adult novel, and while the story itself might appeal to a younger generation, the prose is so lush and the narrative so verbose -- and some of the situations rather adult in nature -- that it is better suited to the young-at-heart who wish to revisit Neverland, not those visiting for only the first or second time.

GIF it to me straight:

The audiobook has a different cover from the finished hardcover. Which do you prefer?

Alias Hook versus Alias Hook

I think both are pretty awesome and have their merits. But I'm kind of partial to the audio cover. :)

About the author:

I might have been a pirate in a previous life, or else I watched too many old Errol Flynn movies on TV in my formative years. My historical/fantasy Alias Hook presents the flip side of the Neverland from the caustic perspective of its prisoner, Captain Hook. It will be published by Thomas Dunne Books in July, 2014.

In real life, I'm a film critic for an alternative weekly in Santa Cruz, CA, a position I've held since dinosaurs roamed the earth. I also reviewed books for the San Francisco Chronicle for 13 years, where my specialty was (surprise!) historical fiction, and women's fiction.

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Title: Wild Cards
Author: Simone Elkeles
Narrator(s): Amy Rubinate, Kirby Heyborne
Series: Wild Cards, book #1
Length: 8 hrs 53 mins
Publisher: Bloomsbury/Dreamscape Media, LLC
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Source: from publisher via Netgalley, audio borrowed from library
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After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

Until Wild Cards, I'd never read a Simone Elkeles book. I have the How to Ruin series on my shelf thanks to ALA one year, but I've never actually read it. And I've heard great things about her Perfect Chemistry books, so those books were added to my TBR list ages ago. Basically, this all this adds up to is a lot of build-up to a story that was a bit of a let-down.

Honestly, I borrowed this audiobook from the library because I needed a bit of a palate-cleanser after all the Heir of Fire feels last week. And it worked fine for that purpose. I originally requested to read it for review because of all the Simone Elkeles fangirl hype, but I just never got around to it. Waiting on the audio may or may not have been a good decision. I am familiar with and like both of the narrators, nothing against them. But Amy Rubinate made Ashtyn sound so breathy and whiney and just plain annoying. In this audiobook, her technique reminded me a lot of Justine Eyre's narration style, which is not a good thing. I'm not sure if I would have read the character so whiney, hence why listening instead of reading may have been a detriment to my experience with the story, at least for Ashtyn's point-of-view. On the plus side, Kirby's narration as Derek was perfect. Either I really prefer the way Elkeles writes her male characters, or Kirby just nailed it because Derek oozes the Southern charm. And I didn't find his darlin's and sugar pies nearly as annoying as I probably should have.

The story was fine, nothing that hasn't been done before. But I found myself wanting to read other iterations in hopes that I'd discover a heroine I could actually root for. In fact, I think I have Catching Jordan on my Kindle already, and I've been told that Dairy Queen is even better than that one. The girl who plays football on the boys' team is always an interesting story, to say the least. There are a lot of stereotypes and a certain amount of stigma to overcome with this type of story. Some do it well where others only try to. 

I had a friend in junior high who fully planned on playing on our school's football team when we entered high school the following year. She was a total jock, not girly in the least, and even so, the guys wouldn't accept her and she quit before ever playing a game. Every girl may not run into this, especially if she's already been playing with the boys for awhile or she's got an in with the coach or something, but I doubt it's very easy for most girls. Probably nearly impossible. I'd like more stories to showcase that aspect instead of having the players be completely accepting from the onset. And I admit that one of the characters in Wild Cards mentions that the team had a problem with Ashtyn in the beginning, so kudos for that, but I'd like to have seen it rather than being told about it.

I liked Wild Cards and I think I'll probably pick up the subsequent books in the series, even after that lame ending. But would I recommend the audio over the print version? I couldn't honestly tell you. However, if you're looking for a light contemporary read about two teens who find themselves in a weird family situation and with a light focus on football, this might be just the book you're looking for.

GIF it to me straight:

About the author:

Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists, and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry. Simone is especially proud of the fact that the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named her Author of the Year.

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. Apparently, they are overly fond of list-making and love to share their bookish lists with the rest of us book nerds.  =) We're game.

This week's topic is the Top Ten Characters We Would Want With Us On A Deserted Island:

April's Picks:

Jen added her's first so I had to go ahead and be fancy too! I used a shot from our vacation in Bermuda this year. So those are my picks.. and here is why. :)

Katniss - She has mad skills and will catch me dinner
TJ - He's been there, done that. He knows what he's doing and he's pretty to look at.
Lynn - That woman knows a thing about sanitizing water. Who wants the shits? Not this girl.
Ash - He's all cold and shit! I want ice cubes in my fruity drink I plan on concocting out there.
Darla -  That woman can make anything out of nothing. I need a bitching shelter.
Harry Potter - He's full of magic. I need entertainment.
Tinkerbell - She can fly and check out the island for me while I sit on my ass and catch a tan
Juliette - She is strong. No climbing trees for coconuts here. She can punch it and presto!
Sean Kendrick - Okay, maybe not him per say but his narrator. I could listen to him forever
Grimalkin - A pet to keep me company. He's a bit cocky, but he's a cat. #catperson

Clearly I gave this a lot of thought and I probably need a life. lol. :)

Jen's Picks:

I'm not gonna lie, I seriously thought about loading up my deserted island with just my favorite leading men, but I know me, and I'd get pretty bored with all that testosterone...after awhile, anyway. ;0) So, I included some of my favorite heroines, too, to keep me company. In no particular order:

Anna, Lola & Isla (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After) I figure are kind of like a package deal. They're all just too cute and funny and adorable not to have along on this adventure, though I'm sure they'll all miss their own leading men. Veronica Mars (The Million Dollar Tan Line) is a given. She's quirky and the girl I'm most likely to be besties with on the island. Josh Bennett (The Sea of Tranquilitywill be able to make us all furniture. :) Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) can magic us anything to the island, but I won't let her Apparate us back to civilization until I've had my fun. :P Wesley Ayers (The Archivedand his guy-liner are purely for my own enjoyment. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) can scout out the island for us and help keep us all safe.  I'll admit that Noah Shaw (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer) is here for the eye candy and the accent, but also for the beautiful words: “You can’t hurt me the way you think you can. But even if you could? I would rather die with the taste of you on my tongue than live and never touch you again. I’m in love with you, Mara. I love you. No matter what you do.” I regret nothing. Joe Fontaine (The Sky is Everywhere) will keep us entertained with his musical genius, as well as the bat bat bat of his eyelashes. (I have a thing for eyes...I'm an eye-girl. It should be noted that my hubby has fantastic blue-gray eyes and long, beautiful lashes.) Nikolai Lantsov (Siege and Storm) will keep everyone on their toes with his antics and will provide much-needed levity. And Captain Chaol Westfall (Throne of Glass) and his handsome yet serious demeanor is here to keep everyone in line, and above all else, to keep me company. :D

Which fictional characters would you prefer to be marooned on a desert island with? Be sure to share a link to your TTT post so we can visit!

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