Fangirl Friday: Penryn and the End of Days – Round 3!

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Here at SorceryInTheBookshelves we love our graphics. And by we I mean me, Sondra. I love making fun backgrounds for my favorite series and without farther preamble here’s the Fangirl Friday download for Penryn and the End of Days!

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Probably one of my favorite quotes from the series. And I really love the colors I was able to pull from the cover of Angelfall, what do you think?

Fangirl Friday: Penryn and the End of Days – Round 2! How Would YOU handle the Apocalypse?

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Angelfall for me is probably one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read. It doesn’t really help that my main fears are drowning and being burried alive. But that’s beside the point. One of the main things it really got me thinking about was what if the apocolypse happened tomorrow? What would I do to keep my family safe? What would I go through just trying to keep food on our table? It kept me up a few nights after reading just thinking about it.

So I thought lets talk about it for a bit? (What’s loosing a bit more sleep for a blog post eh?)

For me? I’d head to either Costco or the mall. Whichever was closer to me. Living in Costco would be great, there’s a lot of food, not to mention books and clothes. There’s a lot of great things there that would help you survive for quite a while. At the mall? Well again there’s a food (Although not as much as Costco) but there’s a lot of supplies that could be made into anything you need to survive.

So what would you do if the apocolypse started tomorrow? How would you deal with it? Where would you rather go? I want to hear! Sound off in the comments!

Fangirl Friday: Penryn and the End of Days – Round 1!

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Hello, friends! This month we’re going to be fangirling about the Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee, an action-packed occasionally terrifying series about a girl, her sword, her sister, and the angels that have invaded her world (including a certain de-winged angel named Raffe who ends up becoming her traveling partner and ally, complete with amazing slow-burn romance). The final book in the series, End of Days, comes out in May. In the meantime, Sondra and I are going to do our best to convince you to read the series. Come fangirl with us!

Top Five Things I LOVE About Penryn and the End of Days

5) The Action

I normally don’t get very excited about action sequences, but the ones in this series are amazing. Penryn and Raffe are both extremely skilled fighters, and watching them (especially when they’re working as a team) makes my heart race. Add in Susan Ee’s shudder-inducing ideas for creatures, and the fight scenes become even more thrilling and terrifying.

4) The World

Susan Ee combines paranormal and dystopia in the best way possible. She has some very unique ideas, and never shies away from showing how terrible life in such a world would be, but I also never feel like she’s going in the darkness-without-purpose direction. As a bonus for me, a good portion of the series takes place in my own Bay Area. (Alcatraz is used as an angel prison for humans. It’s all very horrifying.)

3) The Romance

Penryn and Raffe have this wonderful slow-burn, enemies-to-allies, pages-and-pages-of-banter, amazing-team-of-kickassery, will-you-just-freaking-kiss-already thing going and it. is. beautiful.

2) The Heroine

This may sound strange, but I first knew I love Penryn when she decided to torture information about someone to find her sister within the first fifty pages of book one. This girl will do absolutely anything to protect the people she loves, and she can more than handle herself in a dangerous situation. Plus, she disguised her angel sword as a teddy bear with a long skirt and named it Pookie Bear, and if that kind of creativity and humor doesn’t make you love her I don’t even know what to say.

1) The Surprises

The books are fairly short–around 250 pages each–but within that short span, everything happens so much. There are constant surprises and game-changers that made me want to drop the book and scream and sometimes throw up a little. At one point I foolishly decided to listen to fifteen minutes of the audiobook before going to sleep; fifteen minutes later I was absolutely positive that I would never sleep again. I don’t know what’s in store for me when End of Days is released, but I look forward to being surprised and horrified and in tears.

If you’d like to join me in my future state of emotional distress, read the first two books!
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Fangirl Friday: The Lynburn Legacy – Round 3

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Whew, we’re back again. This isn’t exactly about the Lynburn Legacy, but this is something I really love relating to it: the author and the fandom. Sarah Rees Brennan is fabulous on twitter and you should follow her. Her tweets range from livetweeting of television shows to spot-on commentary about feminism to enjoyment of her readers’ pain to general hilarity. Her Livejournal and Tumblr are equally amazing. Sarah Rees Brennan has written several long posts about what she wanted to do with her books and why she made the writing choices she did and I always find them very intriguing to read. Her love for playing with and subverting tropes makes her books great. She really cares about representation in books, and makes an effort to include it in her work and to talk about its importance and promote other diverse works when she can. She’s generally willing to interact with her fans, answer questions, and retweet their pain and laugh evilly. She’s the reason for the teardrops on our collective guitars, and she knows it. I have so much admiration for Sarah Rees Brennan as an author and as a person. She’s written other books, about demons and sibling love and friendship and vampire jokes and magic schools and misandrist elves, and all of them are amazing. I’m very happy to have her books in my life, and I’m looking forward to what she does next.

And in addition the the fact that she’ll respond back to your pain with pure laughter and excitement, or the way that she treats you like a friend, I simply love the fact that I actually met people through The Lynburn Legacy, including Sarah herself. You see, there was a little thing called #LynburnRead (Or #JaredHasAFineAss if you ask others) where we counted down the days to Unmade with twitter chats and rereads of the first two Lynburn Legacy books.

Through that little read along a small group of girls wound up meeting and talking and becoming friends. Through that read along, this blog was born, Polina and I met through that chat (which is why our blog is called Sorcery in the Bookshelves. Sorcery-In-The-Vale anyone?) (Polina would like to comment that she did not actually realize this until just now, and that she will be over in that corner facepalming at herself). That read-along lead to the kick off of #YAReadAlong. We had so much fun that we just didn’t want to stop chatting about books that we all loved.

Now, I know this is short and sappy and isn’t exactly about Lynburn Legacy, but for me, at least, it’s one of the reasons that this book will always hold a special place in my heart. Because it’s not just an amazing series with characters that I love – even though it absolutely is that too. It’s a series that spawned some great times together, and some amazing friendships.

Fangirl Friday: The Lynburn Legacy – Round 2

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Welcome back to the second Fangirl Friday!! This time is is your loving host Sondra! Also known as the girl who rambles, and probably more so known as the girl who makes the graphics. Since we’re spending this month talking about the ever so amazing Lynburn Legacy I figured it was time that a post was dedicated to my [Sometimes second] favorite part of pretty much any novel, characters. Yes sometimes characters are second to world building, but since the Lynburn Legacy takes place in modern age? That’s when the characters really have to shine. And boy do they ever. Let’s have a little chat about our cast of characters shall we?

Kami

Kami Glass is the main character of The Lynburn Legacy. She’s not a super strong fighter like some of characters that earn my love. However,she is smart and witty, even if she does sometimes hide feelings behind her sarcastic nature. She cares deeply, and once you are one of her people? Watch out. Because now you’re protected for life. Her family always comes first, which is a nice change in a lot of YA books the boyfriend tends to override the family. Kami never lets that happen, in fact all she really wants is for the two sides of her life to merge together, so she can have her brothers and have her boyfriend and sve the town. When she needs to get something done, no amount of terrifying sorcerers can stand in her way.

Favorite Quote: “What do you need the ducks for?”
“I´m going to put a whole bunch of them in a giant catapult and launch them over Aurimere,” Kami said. “This will create a distraction. My message will be: Look at all the ducks I give.”

 

Jared

Jared Lynburn. Also known as the resident jerk-with-a-heart-of-gold trope. Yes, I know I’ve complained about guys like this being all the same, but Jared isn’t. Or at least, if he is, he’s wormed his way into my heart and has refused to leave. Out of all my book boyfriends, and all my book OTPs, Jared just holds a special place in my heart. More likely than not, it’s because Sarah is one of the most amazing authors when it comes to her characters; they’re all really realistic, which is something I just love. I think probably my favorite thing about Jared however is the fact that since he’s had this connection to Kami for his entire life, you can actually watch his rough edges smooth over when she’s around. He stops hiding who he is because Kami already knows who he is.

Favorite Quote: “Aren’t you trying a little too hard to play into certain bad boy clichés?”
“Nah”, said Jared. “You’re thinking of black leather. Black leather’s for bad boys. It’s all in the color. You wouldn’t think I was a bad boy if I was wearing a pink leather jacket.”

Ash

Ash is the spoiled heir of Aurimere and most times he acts like it. Throughout the series, Ash probably makes the most mistakes; however, he also makes the most attempts to fix it. He’s torn between being the person he was quite literally raised to be and actually being a good guy, between who the people around him want him to be and who he wants to be. But over the series he grows and he changes. He becomes a character that… well you’ll, have to read it for yourself. 😛

Favorite Quote: “He punched me in the face,” Ash said, who understandably did not seem to find the situation humorous at all. “And then he yelled at me for sleeping with our personal trainer!”
“I was told breakup scenes were a good way to distract people.”

Angela

Angela is loved by so many of the readers of Lynburn Legacy, and I completely get why. She’s a great secondary character who doesn’t feel secondary. Angela has her own problems, her own love interest, her own motives and life. This is what always makes for a strong character, but often times the secondary character’s development is ignored in favor of the main character.. Despite her love, almost worship, of being lazy, Angela kicks butt and takes names without any pause. If she doesn’t like you, she will let you know in no uncertain terms, and she hardly ever likes anyone. However, she is wonderfully, fiercely loyal, and her friendship with Kami will melt your heart.

Favorite Quote: Angela spared a glare for Kami, and then resumed her marathon glaring session at Jared. ‘It’s too weird. I’m going to call you Carl.’
Jared scowled. ‘I don’t want you to call me Carl.’
‘That’s interesting, Carl,’ said Angela, cheering up.

Holly

Holly grows so much through the series. She’s a great loving character. Everything she knows about herself, about her life, about her family, is thrown on it’s head at some point or another. She stands up for what she believes in and she fights back for everything she loves.  Holly is also bisexual, and part of her arc (but not all of it) has to do with her coming to terms with her bisexuality and feelings for another girl. I adore that Sarah Rees Brennan wrote a character like Holly for so many people out there. The series also explores the flirty-attractive-blonde-girl stereotype; because Holly fits the stereotype, a lot of people, including Holly herself, initially assume there isn’t much more to her than that; by the end of the serious, they are proven wrong. Holly is brave and smart and more than capable of holding her own. Watching her grow in confidence and realize her own worth is amazing.

Favorite Quote: “I can try to wheedle information out of people,” Holly offered. “For which I’ll need a lower-cut top.”

Rusty

Rusty. Ahh Rusty. (Polina would like to interject that Rusty is currently her #1 book boyfriend). Rusty is Angela’s older brother, and just as wonderfully lazy as she is. He’d much rather take a nap than join in any fight or argument, or pretty much life truthfully. But when the situation concerns people he loves (specifically Angela and Kami), Rusty does things. Things I won’t speak about, things you have to read about to understand, things that will hurt very much. But Rusty works his lazy way into your heart and pretty much stays there for the entire series. Trust me, it happens with all of the characters. You don’t know how or why you love them so much, but you do. You just do. But Rusty will always hold a special little nook in my heart because of the choices he makes in the third book. Ones that make perfect sense when you look back at them, but ones I also can’t speak about because spoilers, sweetie.

Favorite Quote: “Where are the others? The Prescott girl and the good-looking one?”
“Baby,” said Rusty, “I’m right here.”

Jon

In so many YA books the parents are just simply ignored, or the kids run away from home, or the parents are mind-numbingly oblivious to their children’s actions. The Lynburn Legacy isn’t like that. Kami’s father Jon is involved in his kids lives, and as much as he wants to stop his daughter from running into danger, he knows he can’t,  so instead he supports her. He gives her anything and everything she needs. He tries to stop her from getting herself killed, and he tries protects her, but he still trust her to be able to handle herself and helps her in any way he can. Also, he is freaking hilarious, particularly in his interactions with a certain blonde lady… (Forever and always, though I have a ship for Jon and I’ve spoken to Sarah about this. I won’t spoil but I’m putting it here in writing: it’s totally canon, Sarah.)

Favorite Quote: “Is this true, Kami? Are you going out on a date?” Dad asked tragically. “Wearing that? Wouldn’t you fancy a shapeless cardigan instead? You rock a shapeless cardigan, honey.”

Lilian

Now when you first pick up these books thanks to our glowing recommendations, you’re gonna wonder why Lillian is here. Wait. That’s what I really have to say. Because Lillian edges out quite a few characters here on this list in my battle of the favorites. But there’s also a reason why her icon is half in color, half in black and white. Lillian struggles with what she knows to be true, what she wants to be true, and what she can make true. I should also point out here that she is another parent that is involved in the world, and the story, and she realizes so much about herself and about the Lynburns. And I just love Lillian.

Favorite Quote: “What do any of us want power for?” Lillian demanded, “To rule and be feared, so your rule will be long.”
“Now there’s a campaign slogan.”

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Fangirl Friday: The Lynburn Legacy

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Hello, friends! Sondra and I have decided to add a new feature to our blog: Fangirl Friday, in which we pick a book or series to fangirl over every month, and devote our Fridays to our limitless enthusiasm. This month, we’ve chosen the Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan, and Sondra asked me to say a few words about why I love it so much.

As you may have gathered from some of my previous posts, Sarah Rees Brennan is one of my favorite authors of all time. Her voice and dialogue always feel very distinct, her characters are fun, memorable, and human, and she clearly takes a lot of delight in subverting and playing with common literary tropes. In addition, her interactions with fandom (particularly her tendency to laugh at her readers’ pain on Twitter and her hilarious livetweeting of television shows) always brings a smile to my face. The Lynburn Legacy wasn’t the first thing by Sarah Rees Brennan that I read, but it was the start of my investment in her writing, and it continues to be deeply important to me.

The Lynburn Legacy has three books: Unspoken, Untold, and Unmade. (Sarah Rees Brennan has mentioned that her original plan for the series was nine books…fingers crossed!) The story focuses on a teenage girl reporter named Kami Glass, who is brave and hilarious and determined to learn the truth. All her life, Kami has heard a voice in her head, belonging to a boy named Jared. Meanwhile, The Lynburns, who have for all intents and purposes ruled the town where Kami lives, return to their creepy gothic mansion. Soon afterward, things get very strange, and Kami and her friends must try to figure out what’s been going on.

Even though Sarah Rees Brennan describes the Lynburn Legacy as her more romance-focused series, family and friend relationships get a lot of page time as well. Kami’s friendship with Angela, a grumpy, nap-loving, people-hating teenage girl who is seemingly Kami’s polar opposite but will still do unspeakable things like [gasp] wake up early for her best friend’s sake, is a thing of beauty. And no one writes family relationships quite like Sarah Rees Brennan–in The Lynburn Legacy, the parents are mostly flawed and human and complex and actively trying to take a role in their children’s lives.

  • Other things to be found in the Lynburn legacy include:
  • subverted tropes, and lots of them
  • wonderful outfit descriptions courtesy of our heroine
  • (sidenote: Kami, Angela, and Holly, the main ladies, all take very different and complex attitudes to their appearance, a detail which I love)
  • a romance between two girls
  • a scene where a guy makes a joke-y comment about how ‘hot’ girl/girl romance is, and Kami proceeds to tell him off by describing a sex scene between him and his half-brother. Naked. Entwined.
  • writing that flawlessly alternates between snappy one-liners and absolutely beautiful descriptions
  • Kami is part Japanese, and it is always portrayed as an important part of who she is
  • all the characters and dynamics are a gift, but I can’t talk about them too much here because we have a whole other post planned for that

Basically, the Lynburn Legacy is the kind of series that lures you in with fun and adventures and lines like “It is the east, and Juliet is a jerk!” and “I hear girls like bad boys. I hope that’s true, because baby, I’m bad at practically everything,” and “Anyone who jogs should be shot at midday, [because] there is no need to ever get up at dawn, not even to shoot joggers,” and then before you know it, all the characters are your children and there are tears running down your face. Good times.

Sondra: Another fun thing we want to do these Fangirl Fridays is bring you an awesome Wallpaper for your desktop! Then you can celebrate with us all month! We’ll see if I can get one done every week or just once per series we choose. But enough of my rambling, here’s the first Lynburn Legacy wallpaper!

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