Ever is consumed with guilt over the death of her entire family after she is the only survivor from a car accident. She also can hear people's thought...moreEver is consumed with guilt over the death of her entire family after she is the only survivor from a car accident. She also can hear people's thoughts and see their aura's after the accident, so her knew life is a bit weird... especially when a handsome new boy comes to school and sweeps her off her feet. It was a pretty decent read, for an overblown romantic story. I'm still deciding if I want to read the second book when it comes out in August, but I guess I'll decide if I need to when it shows up in my bin at work.(less)
I loved this. It was so much fun, and so Gaiman-y. I've always adored the Jungle Book, and when I heard that it was the structure for the story here I...moreI loved this. It was so much fun, and so Gaiman-y. I've always adored the Jungle Book, and when I heard that it was the structure for the story here I got really excited. Leave it to Gaiman to take on a classic and triumph. The one bit I was less enthused with was the chapter about the Ghoul Gates. I thought it a tad overlong. But other than that this book is perfect. I'm so happy that Gaiman wrote it, and that he keeps receiving accolages for it. Truly deserved.(less)
I tried to read Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters on a long road trip. I got to about page 90 before realizing that I was not enjoying the book...more I tried to read Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters on a long road trip. I got to about page 90 before realizing that I was not enjoying the book at all… so much so that I cannot even recall what was going on in the book to explain it in the review. That’s how little of an impression it made upon me.
I didn’t finish it, clearly. I abandoned in favour of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Infinity, which I am infinitely liking better. I had to, the pun was there for the taking.
To be fair, this is the second time I tried to pick up Sisters. Granted, I did get about 50 pages further, but the fact that twice it did not compel me is too much to ignore. I rarely struggle through books a second time if it didn’t grab me the first try, and certainly never attempt a third read. I think we can safely call this one not great.
...and so ends the great Melissa Marr reread of 2010, or in this book's case "first read". Le sigh. Darkest Mercy was the whole reason I decided the r...more ...and so ends the great Melissa Marr reread of 2010, or in this book's case "first read". Le sigh. Darkest Mercy was the whole reason I decided the reread was in order in the first place. Now that they are over.
Sigh... where do we go now?
I'll miss the feel of these books; the jumping around within the world, the game of "tag-you're-it" that comes into play within the character dynamic. Reading these books all in a row is a little challenging. Marr is dark. Really dark. And each book falls into this world in a completely different relation to each other. It becomes a little hard whilst reading them piled on top of one another. These books are really emotionally demanding of the reader. I think I would almost rather do it spaced out (hey, that's what release dates are for!). However, overall, the series is wonderful, and this book makes a perfect ending.
All of the Courts are in chaos. Bananach's discord is stirring up something wicked. One of the leaders has been killed and everyone is reeling from the impact of this action. Bananach must pay and the war has been joined. However, war is precisely what Bananach is after.
I cannot say much more than that or the entire book will be spoiled for everyone. Rest assured that things fall into place in typical Marr finesse and with typical Marr plot twists. Seriously. Don't expect anything from the ending of this book. You're going to be surprised. I was. I still am.
Darkest Mercy will be in stores Feb. 22nd 2011. Until then you just have to trust me that it well deserves a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it. I'm sad it's done, but I cannot wait to see what Marr conjures up next time around.
Well, it only took five years of working in the Young Adult section in a book store and I finally got to Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire series. So...more Well, it only took five years of working in the Young Adult section in a book store and I finally got to Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire series. So what if book nine is coming out this year. I was never one to jump headlong onto the “Oh my god, you have to read this!!!” bandwagon. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t read Rachel Caine before (I have), and it’s not like I don’t totally adore her Weather Warden books (I do!). Seriously, waiting that much time to read something. Me? Never.
However, I did. And I’m an idiot. T’is true.
Claire Danvers is 16, a total book nerdling genius who has chosen to attend college early, much to her parents reluctance. A lot can happen to a young girl with no parental supervision. For instance take Claire’s dorm mate Monica, who beats her up and throw her down the stairs in the first few pages of the book. Claire made Monica look stupid. Well, Monica made Monica look stupid. Claire was just the catalyst. Now, threats have been made, and Claire is frightened to return to the dorm. So she does what any intrepid young ingenue would in her situation; she packs a few belongings, answers a newspaper ad, and finds a new place to live in - the Glass House, belonging to one shut in night owl, Michael Glass.
In Glass House Claire finds a peaceful surrounding unfamiliar to her. She bonds almost instantly with goth princess Eve and has her attention sparked by devil-may-care playboy Shane, who regards her as the little sister he lost. All is fine and good except for one thing – in Morganville if you piss off the protected you piss off the protection… and in this case Monica is the former and the Vampires running the show are the latter.
Poor Claire. All she wanted to do was attend several advanced placement classes, study all hours, and lug around a small metric ton of books… and now she’s got Vampires after her. What’s a plain and nerdy girl to do?
Like I said, I adore Rachel Caine. She’s fun in all the right ways. I immediately felt kinship with Claire and company, found myself wanting to bond with Eve over dark, angsty poetry, and longing to challenge Shane to an all night video game battle. The book is fun, and yet it explores many complex theme; displacement, yearning, bullying, learning to stand up for yourself, friendship, fear… I could go on. Caine is usually good about structuring very fun, very different books. This book is no exception to that rule. I will definitely read more of these. They remind me that Vampire books don’t all have to be riddled with drama and dripping in sexual angst. They can be quirky and campy too.
I’m giving this a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Not perfect, but who cares. I’m reading the next one, so there. That says something.
It's been a while since I've read Jocelynn Drake and this book proves it. Pray for Dawn is a great story that suffered from a bit of catch-up from the...more It's been a while since I've read Jocelynn Drake and this book proves it. Pray for Dawn is a great story that suffered from a bit of catch-up from the last three books, which I read over a year ago. That and the fact that the POV suddenly shifts from Mira to Danaus can possibly account for the confusion, but I digress.
A daughter of a high-ranking senator is found dead, and Mira and Danaus have to find out why. Tied up in all of this is an age-old war between Mira's people, Danaus' past, and the Naturi. There's a lot going on here. But, when you're a badass Vampire, and Vampire Hunter, you can pretty much move mountains.
It took a while to warm up because, like I said, we are finally reading Danaus' perspective which is a bit... stoic. And cold. And meticulous. I mostly enjoyed the scenes with Mira. I miss her. A lot, even though she is present. I miss her mind and her wit. I want to get back to it. Danaus is just too robotic and martinet for me.
That said, I am very much looking forward to Wait for Dusk, which I have in my greedy little hands and am very ready to dive in to. As for Pray for Dawn 4 out of 5 stars. Not bad, but on to Mira. I hope.
So, this means I am caught up in the world of the Hollows, with the exception of "Black Magic Sanction", and that comes out in two weeks. There were t...moreSo, this means I am caught up in the world of the Hollows, with the exception of "Black Magic Sanction", and that comes out in two weeks. There were things I liked about this book, but overall I found the "Mystery" in this story to fall flat.
First off, there's an introduction of two new elements in this book, which shows the first time these elements have ever been mentioned in the existing mythos - banshees and ghosts. That they were both introduced in tandem almost felt like Harrison had to stretch a plot a tad thinner. The banshee plot I was fine with, but as the pages came to a conclusion I found myself skimming through it more than previous books. Same with Pierce... started ok...plummeted quickly. I grew bored with him.
Overall, I wanted this book to be about, oh, 65 pages shorter than it was. But, that said, I still adore these books. There was alot of interesting character developments in this book.. particularly when Rachel finds herself shunned. It's fun to see who rallies behind her, and who does not.
One more book. When I am done with these I don't know what I am going to do with myself...Rachel...withdrawal....:((less)
The coven of moral and ethical standards has targeted Rachel Morgan as a black magic using witch, who may or may not be a demon as well. While dodging...moreThe coven of moral and ethical standards has targeted Rachel Morgan as a black magic using witch, who may or may not be a demon as well. While dodging attempts on her life Rachel's kessons with Al increase, though she still doesn't know how to jump a ley line. Meanwhile Pierce has been made flesh owing to a borrowed body, Ivy has started seeing someone knew, and Jenks is. more or less, the same. But all of the coven's harrassments stir up questions within Rachel about her own identity. Clearly she is not merely a witch...but a demon? Is that possible?
I feel fortunate to have read this early. It's a great read... particularly one part in the middle that would spoil the book for you were I to explain it. Suffice it to say... oh...my...god.... if you have been following (and loving) the Hollows series this is one of the best turning points for one of the best characters in the series. This book made me cry, it was that compelling. And the writing surrounding that plot point...brilliant, and sad.
So, an end to my gushing. A five stars to Ms. Harrison, and happy reading to all of you who will purchase this when it comes out next Tuesday. You will love it.
...and I just caught up on Kim Harrison! Whee!!!...Cue withdrawal....sigh. (less)
Wow. I’m just…wow. I loved this. It’s one of my favourite reads this year. Wow… can that be my review? Well, where to start then?
Aura has been fightin...more Wow. I’m just…wow. I loved this. It’s one of my favourite reads this year. Wow… can that be my review? Well, where to start then?
Aura has been fighting with her boyfriend, Logan, since almost losing her virginity to him. She hopes to rectify things with him soon. His band, The Keeley Brothers, is scheduled to perform a show soon where two record execs from rival companies are rumoured to show. Aura plans to smooth things over with him that night and give herself to him. Everything seems perfect, until Logan accidentally overdoses and dies….and reappears before Aura’s eyes as a ghost.
In Shade there are what is known as the pre-shifters and the post-shifters; one can see the dead, and one cannot. Aura is young enough to see the dead. She has helped in her Aunt’s law firm for those that wish to testify in trials that will help them move on from our world to the next. She is not afraid of them like the adults are. However, none of that prepares her for the sight of her one true love begging and pleading for forgiveness over the fact that he accidentally killed himself.
I can go on, but I will end up giving away the rest of the book. Rest assured, it’s pretty bloody wonderful. How can you go wrong with ghosts, and interrupted love, and old diaries, and star watching, and Irish punk bands, and dreamy Scottish boys, and not letting go, and impossible love triangles, and and and. I loved it. I lapped it all up and held the spoon in my mouth to savour the taste afterwards.
It’s pretty much the best thing that has happened to me all day, and I saw a show I’ve been wanting to see live (for over a decade) for the first time today. The book is better than that. Wow. And that says what?
I think the strength lies with Jeri Smith-Ready. She’s so cheeky and very good at structuring intense plots with some pretty fabulous ideas. I’ve been a fan of her since reading the WVMP books a while back. This is a sublime effort on her part. A wonderful young adult treat. I fell so in love with all the characters but mostly the three main principles. Aura is the kind of girl I want to drop everything for to go have coffee. Logan, ego and all, had me at hello. But most of all Zachary, the beautiful Scottish boy… patient, but not a saint. I’m mad for Zachary. He’s a perfect counterpoint to this whole idea. No matter what Aura gives he gives back with a flourish. I loved the dialogue between them. I loved this book. I have very little to complain about. It was pretty damn wonderful.
Well, I’m through number two of the Morganville Vampires series. I think it’s safe to say that I like them. Of course it’s Rachel Caine, and she’s übe...more
Well, I’m through number two of the Morganville Vampires series. I think it’s safe to say that I like them. Of course it’s Rachel Caine, and she’s über wonderful most of the time. So there’s that.
In The Dead Girl’s Dance Claire Danvers faces new foes in the secluded college town of Morganville Texas… besides the Vampires that run the whole town, of course. The newest blight on the town comes in the form of a vigilante group of bigoted human vampire slayers, headed up by none other than Shane’s father. Things are well and good (except for the crazy tension) until a vampire gets staked and Shane gets blamed for it. Claire will do anything to protect her friend, but is it enough?
I still really like these books. I’m only two in though, let’s see how I feel about book seven (there are eight currently and one on the way). Something about this one annoyed me though. In the last one Claire’s parents ordered her home, no-nonsense. Well, that was a worry for about the first three pages, and then nothing. Now, I know that Caine set up the mythos to allow for this, people tend to forget the events and goings on in Morganville once they are outside of it. However, in the case of parental throwing down the gauntlet I must protest! They give Claire an ultimatum about living in the glass house, and then they just forget all about it? Annoying. I’m waiting to see how many books it takes for the parental units to storm back to remove their daughter from the influence of 18+ year olds…18 year olds who keep beer in the house no less. The nerve!
It reminds me of my least favourite ending in any book; the “It was all a dream!” ending. So it works for The Wizard of Oz, but that’s the only allowance. It opens the door for weak writing. “I’m not sure how to get them out of this conundrum, so I’ll just do this” scribble scribble scribble. I wonder how many times this ploy will be utilized in this series, because I’ll likely become quickly irritated with it.
Still, not bad after that point. Characters are great and the story flows strong. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Once again.
The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle was meant to be a throw-away book... what I mean by that was it was meant to be a book to get my mind off t...moreThe House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle was meant to be a throw-away book... what I mean by that was it was meant to be a book to get my mind off the Stieg Larsson books... something to cleanse the palette, as it were. I wanted something short, spooky, and out of my pile. I thought this would suffice.
It was short.. it was spooky, but not enough to keep my attention. I blame Stieg Larsson.
It was a neat premise, a prequel retelling of Heathcliff's past... that would be the Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights infamy. This dispels part of the mysterious past of Heathcliff's youth, a part of his life that most Bronte fans may or may not want to know. The writing is gothic and moody, chock full of many $2 words like eldritch and churlish and virulent. However, it didn't do the trick. I did not finish it, I wanted to, but I ran out of attention span. Much to my dismay.
Overall, 2 out of 5 stars. I wanted it to be better than it was.
Sophie Mercer has always had magical abilities. The problem is when you display magic of any kind you get sent to Hecate Hall, or Hex Hall, as the stu...more Sophie Mercer has always had magical abilities. The problem is when you display magic of any kind you get sent to Hecate Hall, or Hex Hall, as the students call it. Sophie has suffered this exact fate when a love spell for a fellow student goes horribly wrong. Now Sophie is co-mingling with supernatural folks of all types – Werewolves, Shapeshifters, Witches and Warlocks, Faeries, and Vampires. The first day she meets the dashing Archer Cross, who saves her from a Werewolf charge. This sets up a dynamic between the two that will flourish throughout the book.
Sophie encounters ghosts, secret covens, and much more within the pages of this book. I was very amused. It’s soft supernatural humour, and I adored it. True, it focuses a lot on the romance, but Sophie is a great character and reminds one of a young Sookie Stackhouse; out of her element but dealing. This will be a series I will follow, read the newest addition overnight, and be annoyed waiting a year for the next one. I’m charmed, pun intended.
Well, I've had to abandon several books this week. At best, this is totally my fault. My brain has been reduced to mush due to some goings-on in my pe...more Well, I've had to abandon several books this week. At best, this is totally my fault. My brain has been reduced to mush due to some goings-on in my personal life. Very few books are sticking just now, nothing over-complicated, conceptualized, or long-winded.
I want to say it's because I needed light-hearted fluff, but I'm reluctant to call this book fluff. It was really...damn...good.
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh was exactly what I wanted to read this week. It had it all. It starts out as a high school teen book with a burgeoning romance between two people completely ill-suited for each other. Throw in a project about Edgar Allan Poe and the book takes on a Gothic overtone that pleases this cryptic girl to the hilt.
Added to this mix is bad/goth boy... Varen... Oh, Varen.Varen, Varen... Varen makes this whole book insanely readable, especially when paired with good girl cheerleader, Isobel, as a potential love interest. Varen is the new Patch (and Patch is the new Jace, soo...). Varen and his black clothing and his elegant hands and his green-eyed gaze... Varen is so sensual to read. That. It. Hurts. Varen is the character you read because you need to read a sexy delightful scamp. Besides the physical description of this gorgeous goth there is a plus side... he has a brain. Good goth this beautiful man has a brain!
He's sublime to read. Especially if you are in the mood to fall in love with a new character.
But, Varen aside, there is much more to this book. There is a creepy, mysterious plot that builds up for a large chunk of the book. In truth, I loved and hated that the reveal to this world took sooo long to get to. It was frustrating that I didn't know through a large chunk of the book what was going on, but I didn't completely hate that either. What did get to me was the large portion of the book spent in the dreamworld. It was convoluted and disjointed, exactly what I don't want to be reading right now. That said, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. I suppose dreamworld is supposed to be weird and confusing. In that case it works. Well.
I am in love with this book. Fervently. But, I have to give it a 4.5 of 5 stars because of the confusing dreamworld bits. I'm sure that part of the reading is just me.