P.S. I liked it…

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Summary:

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters — sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

Kasie West brings irresistible wit, warmth, and sparkle to this swoon-worthy story of love showing up when you least expect it

My Thoughts:

First…PS I Like You released YESTERDAY! So….GO get it!

This book was exactly what I needed a couple months ago when I read it.

It’s so cute and was just the right romance at the time!

I’d never read another Kasie West book, but I definitely plan to after this. I started this and didn’t put it down.

I also plan to order it for my library ASAP because I know that tons of teens will be able to relate to Lily. She’s entirely realistic, especially with how much she loves her music. Loving music is such a huge thing for many teenagers, so they will love that in Lily and was my favorite part of the book. She reminded me so much of myself at that age!


However, one of my favorite things was writing notes in my ARC and then passing it on to a friend. She then wrote her own notes in it as I’d said in another post.

It gets better…my cousin, who is 16, just borrowed the same copy. I’m hoping she’ll also add notes, but if not she’ll at least get a laugh out of what my friend and I wrote in it.

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Finally found a cure…

So I finally finished a book.

It took me longer than I would normally liked, but I finally got engrossed in a story enough to finish.

It’s felt like this has been my longest reading slump in awhile and I hate to be wasting valuable reading time in the summer, but it is what it is.

With that said….I finally read A Darker Shade of Magic.

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Summary:

STEP INTO A UNIVERSE OF DARING ADVENTURE, THRILLING POWER, AND MULTIPLE LONDONS.

Kell is one of the last Travelers-magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes, connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad king-George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered-and where Kell was raised alongside Rhys Maresh, the rougish heir to a flourishing empire. White London-a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

My Thoughts:

I was hooked. That’s all I can really say.

In the beginning, I wasn’t really sure where the book was going, but once it got started then I was completely IN.

I loved the writing style and the world was unique.

I’d easily suggest ADSOM to other adults who loved Harry Potter growing up and need a dose of magic in their reading lives.

However, the interesting thing to me about the book is that although it is going to be a trilogy (book 2 is already out and #3 is out next year), the book wraps itself up. Sure, there is still open ended things, but it could have stood alone if it needed. Granted, I’m sure the next book will have a cliffhanger, but I loved how this book wrapped the story up enough to not have a huge cliffhanger.

I’ve already started A Gathering of Shadows and look forward to more from Kell and Lila.

Funny story, I bought AGoS in HC earlier this week while on vacation in Pigeon Forge. Yesterday I realized I’d bought a signed copy even though the book did not have an “autographed” sticker on it. Little “win” of the week, I suppose.

Monday Musings: True Sadness track-by-track

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Happy Independence Day!

I know, I know… I said I’d do this Friday…but…it didn’t happen.

It’s no secret that I’m a big Avett Brothers fan and I’ve been eagerly awaiting this album. Most of the songs have been in rotation at live shows for awhile, but there’s something about having a version to play anytime…especially if it’s really different.

So without further delay, here a quick track-by-track review…

“Aint No Man”

This song has been getting tons of airplay recently and deserves it! When it first started getting played at shows, I thought it was good, but I knew it was going to be huge when I heard the studio version.

It’s fun…it’s summer…it’s Avett.

“Mama”

“are we pretending or is this the real you and me?”

I hadn’t heard “Mama” before the album release and I’m kind of glad that I hadn’t. This is a typical Avett track to me, but still shows growth because I LOVE the string arrangements in it! Beautiful lyrics and storytelling!

“No Hard Feelings”

I cried the first time I listened to this one…it hits me every time to be honest.

“when my body won’t hold me anymore and it finally sets me free…will I be ready?”

The lyrics in this one…good lord. I’m hoping and praying that I’ll get this one at my next show even though I know that I’ll cry. It’ll be like the first time I got “november blue” live all over again.

“Smithsonian”

This may actually be my favorite track on the album.

“…loved ones will break your heart with or without you…turns out we don’t get to know everything.”

It’s upbeat and catchy, but yet the lyrics…man, the lyrics.

Also…again with the awesome string arrangements!!

“You are Mine”

Not going to lie…I’m still waiting for this one to grow on me.

I like it lyrically, but I just wish there was something else to it musically.

I’m thinking that it may click for me if and when I see them perform it. That’s usually when happens with songs of theres that I didn’t previously “get.”

“Satan Pulls the Strings”

I love this song.

This is SO incredibly different from the live version thanks to an added beat, but I like it and it’s perfect for blasting with the windows down on back roads!

That said, there is absolutely NOTHING on this earth like this song live.

NOTHING.

“True Sadness”

Don’t let the name fool you.

True Sadness is upbeat, but it also has a good message.

Look beneath the surface!

Also…this song makes me more thankful for Tania because it’s easier to harmonize when there’s a female in the mix. Thanks, lady!

“I Wish I Was”

New goal…this is the song that I want a man to learn to play and sing to me.

Or dance to…I could settle for that.

So sweet and romantic!

Take notes, men!

“Fisher Road to Hollywood”

“Regret for every step I took on Fisher road to Hollywood…”

This has the gorgeous brother harmonies that I love.

There’s nothing better than sibling harmonies in music!

“Victims of Life”

Fun fun fun!

More than that…the lyrics are great!

“If you’re rich you hunger for money. If you’re broke you hunger for bread. If you’re wild you bound to die young. If you live in fear you’re already dead.”

It’s almost so fun and catchy that it’s possible to miss the clever lyrics that are happening.

“Divorce Separation Blues”

There aren’t enough honest divorce songs in the world.

I’ve never been married, let alone divorced, but you can feel that this is raw and honest.

Plus…yodeling. I never thought I’d enjoy yodeling, but it’s great and perfect in the song.

“May It Last”

This is hard to explain, but it’s easily one of my favorite Avett songs ever.

It has a Beatles and Pink Floyd vibe that is crazily different for them.

If I didn’t know it was them then I would’ve been surprised, but…man. It’s just so good. Not everyone has liked it from what I’ve seen, but it’s such a stretch of talent in my book.


Now…if you haven’t listened to True Sadness…what are you still doing here?

Go get a copy or stream it on Spotify…something!

Get some good, new music in your life!

-Melanie