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March 27, 2011

A Long, Long Sleep

imageTitle: A Long, Long Sleep
Author: Anna Sheehan
Publisher: Candlewick
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Received From: NetGalley

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for 62 years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically-induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose - hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire - is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes - or be left without any future at all.


This book was a blend of science fiction and dystopian. It was a pleasant combination that made this book unique.

Anna Sheehan created a book that combined mystery, romance, and intrigue. But even within that there was an underlying thread of abuse. It was a different kind of abuse that was not obvious at the beginning to anyone but it was totally there. It killed me to read about this abuse, especially because I know that there is similar types of abuse everyday and there is no way to prove it. Just like in this novel.

Even with the abuse this book was not completely sad and depressing it was a story about the path of reconstructing what happened in Rose’s past and learning to move past it no matter how hard it might be.

Rose was an interesting protagonist. She was down on herself like many other  main characters in YA literature today, but it was different. Once the story started to come out her self deprecation was understandable and she eventually developed into a strong character. I liked that because it made her seem more real, her having a reason for the way she felt about herself and the way she thought herself to be perceived.

There were many red herrings in this book. I never knew who the bad people were till the end and there is a surprise at the end of the book that I never expected in a million years. It brought me to tears a couple of times.

As you can tell I loved this book. It had strong characters, a strong message, and a strong plot that twisted and turned. While the ending may not be what you would love for it to be. I was satisfied with it, I think it was the perfect ending to a very diverse book. A must read!

5 maps




March 19, 2011


Title: Jane
Author: April Linder
Publisher:  Poppy
Release Date:  September 23, 2010
Received From: ATWT

Summary: Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, an iconic rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer, and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance. But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is tested by a torturous secret from his past.
Part irresistible romance and part darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers


Very enjoyable modern adaptation of Jane Austin’s time-tested classic is how I would describe this book.

I started reading this book less than a month after reading Jane Eyre. I was amazed by how similar the stories were. Of course Jane does not begin with Jane being a young child  and of course Mr. Rochester was not a rock star. But the major events and basic storyline were more similar than I expected.

I actually was not a huge fan of Jane Eyre *don’t hurt me* but I really enjoyed this fast paced version. But I have to say that I liked knowing Jane from a young age in Jane Eyre better because I could understand her motivations better.

I think this book will be enjoyed by both Jane Eyre lovers and haters.

P.S. Has anyone seen the new movie? Is it worth seeing?

4 ivy2