"Princes are not supposed to be handsome! They're sniveling, stupid, repulsive creatures! This one...this...How unfair of him to be rFull review here
"Princes are not supposed to be handsome! They're sniveling, stupid, repulsive creatures! This one...this...How unfair of him to be royal and beautiful."
Celaena is stuck in the middle of the dreaded love triangle. As much as I hate them, I actually found this one to be okay. There was a subtlety in the way the Captain of the Guard, Chaol, and Celaena feel for each other. Neither one is overt, neither gives much thought to it. Then we have Prince Dorian who is obvious; in fact many people around him suspect his feelings. And it seems that our assassin feels the same...
As far as the love interests go, I have nothing invested in Chaol as a character. But Dorian? Try as I might I am falling for him. And he is NOT my book crush type AT ALL! Typically it would be Chaol. As you can see, I am very confused by this turn of events!
The supporting cast for the most part was enjoyable. I wish we could have more about Nehemia. Nehemia is a visiting Princess, she and Celaena become friends and end up helping each other more than they realize. For me, she was the most interesting character. I truly hope we have more with her later on...maybe even her own book!
Overall, I enjoyed the story. My attention and curiosity were piqued throughout the entirety. Not once did I pick up another novel to read in between. (Yes, I have a bad habit of doubling up on books.) I love the initial premise. But there was something about the premise that bothered me. The King is looking for his Champion. So he devises a series of tests to weed out those not worthy, to end with a duel. Okay, that's all well and good. But, why is he testing criminals? There are assassins, thieves, brutes, etc. Not one single "good" person in the mix. That irritated me for some reason. Who knows, maybe the King has some nefarious purpose coming up that would require a criminal.
My biggest issue with Throne of Glass came at the end of the book. I am still puzzled over it two days later.
"All the clothing Celaena planned to buy when she was free to venture into Rifthold and do some shopping for herself..."
I'm sorry, but what the hell?! First off, Celaena never acted like a woman who was into shopping, or clothes in general. And there is the issue with the use of the word "shopping." While this is a fantasy book, it also has a historical feel to it. And in that sense, would a castle resident really go out to shop? Would they even use the word? Wouldn't there be a tailor that came by to personalize the clothing? This one phrase completely broke the aura of the novel for me.
Anyway, with the exception of those two issues, I highly enjoyed this book! And I am so ready for the sequel! ...more
Four mermaid siblings intent on revenge. Three with murderous appetites. OneDay 2 of Mermaids, Sirens, and Seafolk over at Random Acts of Books and More
Four mermaid siblings intent on revenge. Three with murderous appetites. One with a conscience.
I hadn't killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that.
Calder White is the sole male in his family. He is being called home from the Bahamas to the Great Lakes to help his sisters take revenge on the Hancock family who betrayed their mother. Specifically, Jason Hancock, who will pay his father's debt with his life.
Calder is supposed to lure Lily Hancock in and use her to get to Jason. The plan is going well, all according to his sister Maris' designs. Until Calder does something foolish. He begins to fall for Lily. Will he be able to control his murderous appetite and let her live? Or will he give in to what his sisters have been pushing him to do?
All in all, I enjoyed this book. It was not quite what I was expecting, but in a good way. I really liked having a male's point of view-especially a sole POV in a mermaid book. I was a little surprised by the ending-don't worry, no spoilers here :D But suffice it to say, I didn't see it coming!
If you have a chance to get your hands on this male-centered mermaid book, do so! It won't disappoint. The second book, Deep Betrayal is scheduled for 2013. ...more
I started Monument 14 around 10:45 pm Friday night. I was up until 1:30 am Saturday morning finisMore can be found here: Random Acts of Books and More
I started Monument 14 around 10:45 pm Friday night. I was up until 1:30 am Saturday morning finishing it. I could not stop reading! From page one I was hooked. The suspense did not let up. Granted, some of the plot points felt a little far-fetched to me. Five and six year olds knowing the difference in 48 inch and 24 inch curtains? A second grader who is not only a Bible thumper but the next Giada/Paula in the kitchen? Kindergarteners expected to get water, Gatorade, and cookies? Unless it is singles like 16-20 ounce bottles how are they going to carry them let alone push a buggy and put it all in there? Yes, it all could happen, but I had trouble accepting these ideas. That decreased some of my enjoyment. The story also reminded me of The Mist-the Stephen King book to movie. I never read the book, but the movie messed me up for days.
So other than a few personal pet peeves: "Here's what she sang." "Here was my poem." I can't stand that, something like "She sang" then move into the lyrics would have been a much smoother transition in my opinion. Again, other than those peeves, get your hands on this book! It is definitely worth it!...more
[While not quite Zombies, I felt Zombielicious was a fitting shelf]
Sherry and her family have been in a bunker for 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days[While not quite Zombies, I felt Zombielicious was a fitting shelf]
Sherry and her family have been in a bunker for 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days. And today, they are on their last can of food. Not nearly enough for six people.
Sherry and her father head out of the bunker to risk hunting for food. They are not prepared for the devastation that awaits them-ash everywhere, deserted streets, dead bodies. Unfortunately, they are not the ones out hunting. In fact they are being by the Weepers.
In a dystopian future, the U.S. is over-run by a rabies mutation. The military stopped broadcasting months ago. Is there hope for anyone left in the bunkers? Or will everyone die there?
I was hooked from page two. Starting off with the family being out of food jump started this thrilling tale of survival. In a short amount of time, we see Sherry's courage as she goes off to look for her father who went missing. The small, under-played romance was not overdone. Even in such a short amount of time, the character development felt like it should be in a survival situation. No one wants to lay all their cards on the table, there would still be secrets, personal walls, etc.
I liked the dystopia aspect of Glitch. An entire society is living underground because the surface is toxic. And each perTour and Giveaway on the blog
I liked the dystopia aspect of Glitch. An entire society is living underground because the surface is toxic. And each person is outfitted with a V-chip. I just wish we knew more about it. What exactly is the "V-chip?" The chips allow control by the Community. No one has emotion, or original thought. Instead they are worker bees for the community and once they become unproductive, they are decommissioned.
One thing that the Community didn't count on was the Glitchers. Essentially, it's when people are not Linked and begin to have thought and feelings. And Zoe is Glitching. And trying not to get noticed. But she does, and everything changes.
And now, let's look at the Love Triangle. (What would my reviews be without them!) This one takes the cake in the Top Ten Triangles that I Absolutely DETEST! Adrien & Max. Max & Adrien. Ugh. Adrien isn't too bad per se, but once Zoe meets him, it is insta-love. And they have already declared their 'feelings' for each other. Now Max. Max is...well...a pushy, possessive, obsessive, rapist-in-training dick. He seems to have it in his mind that Zoe is his and only his and that she should spread her legs IMMEDIATELY for him. Seriously? The way he treated Zoe made me nervous. I was afraid we would be forced to read something that I really did not want to!
So, with all of the emotions flying out left and right I was becoming more and more agitated and upset. So I was talking to my husband about the story. And then it hit me. These kids have no clue how to react and handle their emotions! "He's never been taught how to cope with it." And this completely changed my outlook on the book. They have no clue. So when you read this debut novel, keep this this in mind. They have to learn how to deal with emotions.
Okay. At one point in the novel, Zoe sees the sky for the first time. It was such a beautiful scene that I have to share part of it with you.
"The sky was right above me. It was beautiful and horrible all at the same time. It was just like in my nightmares."
Then the History girl in me loved this line, so share time! And it works for just about every dystopia novel!
"History isn't all fact-it's just the story the victors tell to keep themselves in power."
So there you go. Glitch took me much longer to read than I wanted. Simply put, it was just not my cup of tea, but I am glad I stuck with it. The last few chapters alone were worth it. So many shocks; it was amazing! ...more
When this book first came available on NetGalley, I wavered about getting it; but now I am glad I did. It was such a strong book for a debut. And someWhen this book first came available on NetGalley, I wavered about getting it; but now I am glad I did. It was such a strong book for a debut. And somehow I initially missed that there was abuse in the story, so when it showed up I was a bit taken back.
Allie and her boyfriend Tripp were in a car accident. She survived, but he didn't. Unfortunately, Allie has no recollection of the accident, or even the night of the accident.
As police re-open the investigation she is forced to try and remember more. And slowly, pieces begin coming back to her. But remembering (and telling) are hard, especially when the beloved dead golden boy was an abusive prick. His own friends turned a blind eye when Tripp would beat Allie in front of them.
Will Allie be able to remember what happened, and more importantly to tell what was really happening before someone else gets hurt? Someone else like her new friend/boyfriend. Apparently to Tripp's family and friends, Allie should still be in mourning and not making eyes at a new guy.
Even though Allie knows she doesn't still need to be, she is still afraid of Tripp. His memory, his presence are so strong that Allie cannot relax. She is also still getting notes from him, and everytime she lets go of something from him, it ends up back with her.
There was so much emotion in this book. Granted, many times throughout I got pissed at Allie-why didn't she just say he beat her?! But then again, that shows just how strong Tripp's hold of her was. Even in death she can't betray him. Looking at the book cover, it occurs to me that this is probably one of the most appropriate book covers ever. Having images of people would not have done justice. Instead, missing shoes, a guardrail, and a beach in the background speak volumes to what the book contains....more
Part kick-ass heroine, part love story, part mystery, and part political intrigue set the path for one hell of a story!
"I bear a deep red stain that rPart kick-ass heroine, part love story, part mystery, and part political intrigue set the path for one hell of a story!
"I bear a deep red stain that runs from my left shoulder down to my right hip, a trail left by the herbwitch's poison that my mother used to try to expel me from her womb. That I survived, according to the herbwitch, is no miracle but a sign I have been sired by the god of death himself."
Ismae is our kick-ass heroine. After years of neglect and abuse she is sent to a convent to train as Death's Handmaiden. In other words, she is trained to be an assassin. And Ismae is good at her calling. So she is sent to the palace to uncover the traitor to the young duchess. Will the traitor succeed in their plot to end the life of the duchess, or will Ismae keep her safe? For that matter, will Ismae keep her heart safe and secure?
Full of rich language, tense moments, and beautiful death scenes. The characters were well developed. You liked those you were supposed to like, disliked certain ones, were leery of others, and unsure about others. One of my stand out favorite characters was Vanth. :)
Oh, Dark Companion, how I love you. Let me count the ways!
The first sentence that instantly drew me in and began my reading frenzy of the book. Mary Violet The vocabulary (inchoate, vex, amok, susarration) Witty exchanges The suspense! Modern twist on a subject The ending!
The more I read, the more I had to know what exactly was going on. Early on, I had to train my brain to understand that this book was CONTEMPORARY and not one set in the past. That took a little doing, but in the end I left the past behind!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I got to say, I did not see it coming. I can't tell you what 'it' is because then that wold ruin the book...but wow. I thought I had it figured out early early on, but dismissed it because Marta informed me it was a contemporary novel and not a paranormal novel. So ... wow.
Jane was the lead character. You can tell she has been handed the world on a silver platter. Every so often, she can't let go of her behaviors and habits from living in foster systems. She hides her stash of money, etc. She is wary of cars driving slowly. Jane is street smart.She doesn't let anyone treat her like crap. Including Lucky. That pompous jerk named Lucky who thinks he can order her around. Pft. Jane is so much better than that, and she all but tells him. Yet, it doesn't stop her from being his. Then again, can you blame her? She spent all her life being alone; suddenly this gorgeous guy wants her to be his, to be his closest confidante. What else would she do?
One of my favorite exchanges in the book happens between Jane and her new friend Mary Violet.
"Why do the girls here say 'coitus' all the time?" "Because you can tell someone to 'coitus off' and you won't get detention."
Lol. That Mary Violet. She is just too much! MV is a fabulous girl who uses French in her everyday language, even though she can't speak any French.
So, what should you do for 4th of July? Well, you should be reading Dark Companion! And then go chit chat with Marta, she is an awesome woman! ...more
Junior year starts off with a plop for Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy. And by plop, I mean utter humiliation. That is, until the school counselor introJunior year starts off with a plop for Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy. And by plop, I mean utter humiliation. That is, until the school counselor introduces a new program available to the school: International Exchange Students. What a perfect way to put the horrible beginning behind them. So, with each girl heading off to four different countries, they decide to create the International Kissing Club and score points for kissing different guys. Bringing a bit of currency to the book, the girls use Facebook as their platform. So of course, being Facebook, the IKC takes on a life of its own. But, things do not go as smoothly as each girl hoped. In fact, it could spell disaster for them!
What can i say about a book that had a not so perfect ending? YAY! Seriously, I am a bit over the happy ending, all tied up with ribbons and bows books. Real life is not like that. Which is part of what made the International Kissing Club great. In reality, each girl had her own reason for running to another country, and those issues were not completely resolved. This made the book very realistic to me.
My only complaint from the book is Piper. There was something about her that just got my hackles all up in arms. Nonetheless, I'm also happy I did not like all of the characters.
All in all, an enjoyable book by the collective of Tracy Deebs, Emily McKay, and Shellee Roberts....more
Top 3 Reasons I was a goner for Something Strange and Deadly.
1. The first sentence 2. There was a "Dead Alarm" 3. Coffin beFor full review click here
Top 3 Reasons I was a goner for Something Strange and Deadly.
1. The first sentence 2. There was a "Dead Alarm" 3. Coffin bells. But instead of the bells alerting the public to accidental living persons being buried, they warn against the awakening of the dead!
And this was all on the first page of the digital ARC!
Okay, so the story picks up with Eleanor's brother, who was supposed to be on a train coming home to Philadelphia. But he never showed up. Instead, the Dead did. Now, enlisting the help of the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor is determined to find her brother, who must somehow be mixed up with a Necromancer. The Necromancer who is bringing all of these dead to life. And while we're at it, a mean spirit is chasing Eleanor!
On top of this, the year is 1876 and Eleanor is a woman. Unfortunately for her, she is expected to act a certain way. Her mother expects her to woo eligible bachelor Clarence Wilcox. Her friends expect her to have money and keep up with the latest fads. Eleanor knows that she doesn't want to rescue her family financially by marriage. Even the Spirit-Hunters treat her differently because she is a female in society. Everyone except Jie. Jie opens Eleanor's eyes to the fact that just because she is a woman, it doesn't mean she should act or be a certain way.
One key conversation between the two compares foot-binding to wearing a corset. Both confine and conform women into an acceptable standard. Both are, as Eleanor feels, barbaric. And thus, Eleanor begins to question her role.
Back to the main story plot! They mystery continues as young men turn up dead-decapitated in fact. Eleanor's nerves are on end because they are connected to her brother, who is STILL missing. Will he turn up as the next victim? And there is something going on with Clarence, who is constantly calling on her. And something is going on with Daniel-one of the Spirit-Hunters. (Daniel = dopey smiley faces)
Gah! I just loved this book! I did not want to stop reading, even when I had to. And the ending? Holy crap. I was blown away by it, as was Scott (the husband) who exclaimed to me, "The author did X at the end of the book? Who does that?!"...more
Is it possible to die of a broken heart? For Brie it happened. At dinner when her boyfriend told her that he didn't love her.
Now Brie is one of the DeIs it possible to die of a broken heart? For Brie it happened. At dinner when her boyfriend told her that he didn't love her.
Now Brie is one of the Dead and Gone trying to work her way through the five stages of grief. Along the way, she has a resident Lost Soul who is helping her with her afterlife- Patrick is trying to help Brie move on. Unfortunately, with her heart in pieces, moving on isn't exactly what Brie wants to do...but revenge sounds tasty!
Each chapter is given a title from song lyrics or titles. The songs range from the 80's up through present. The lyrics gave the book such a fun quality, and fear not, Rothenberg lists each song, artist, year, etc in the back of the book. To make lyrics even more awesome, they matched the chapter's insides.
Confession time: I came across one title and began belting it out, to which my husband was amused. Not by my singing, but by the fact that Bon Jovi was included! Not just one, but two songs: Shot Through the Heart and You're to Blame, and Living on a Prayer. You can guess which one it was I was belting out....more
The time is now 3:09 AM. Yes, AM. I should have been in bed hours ago, but I'm not. You want to know why? Three words for you: Demons at Deadnight
ReThe time is now 3:09 AM. Yes, AM. I should have been in bed hours ago, but I'm not. You want to know why? Three words for you: Demons at Deadnight
Review later in the day after I've slept. Suffice it say that this book frikking rocks!
I started this book and was instantly hooked. What in the world was going on?! By the time Aurora met up with two of the Hex Boys I was hooked. The writing was amazing. Each and every single character had their own voice, their own style, they were individuals. It was nice that the authors did this for the characters. Numerous times I was literally laughing out loud (Bubbles + one of the boys).
Aurora's siblings rocked-and their names did too. Luna, Lucian, Selena, Oron. Come on...how cool is that? And speaking of names-this is one thing I appreciate about the book-the names of the characters were not an attempt to be cool, or trying to hard. They fit-it worked-it rocked.
I am definitely ready for the next and do not want to wait for it to be published! I need a Hex Boy fix! Well, that and I want to find out a bit more about one of the boys in particular...
Lightning. A girl. An earthquake. A vision. A tower. A storm.
What does it all mean for Mia Price, who has survived countless lightning strikes? In the aftermath of a huge earthquake that destroyed Los Angeles as we know it, Mia is trying to get on with her life-and keep her mother and brother safe and fed. But that isn't always easy when life around you is in a free for all and everyone is out for themselves.
Mia goes back to school, but once there she becomes a pawn in the prophecies and visions of the Seekers and the Followers. But which side does she trust? The word of God's True Prophet? Or those who do not follow his word? Does she choose the side who wants her lightning to bring the storm or end the storm?
Mia doesn't know who to trust and it is only going to get more confusing for her as time goes on, and her emotions get in the way.
This book was not what I was expecting at all! But I enjoyed it, and loved the storyline and the characters. Bosworth does an excellent job of raising the question and lines between good and evil. Using a prophet/false prophet as the word of God was a stroke of brilliance. After life changing events, people do tend to flock to religion and what better way to create a flock than using Rance Ridley Prophet and his Followers who prey on the fears and uncertainty of people as they are told the apocalypse is only three days away....more
Araby lives surrounded by death and contagion. To help protect against contagion, masks are worn-but only A review copy was provided by the DAC Tours
Araby lives surrounded by death and contagion. To help protect against contagion, masks are worn-but only by those who can afford them. To show that you are not sick, people, but especially women, wear shorter dresses, trying to expose as much skin as possible.
Araby and her friend April are frequent visitors to the Debauchery Club. Yes, it is exactly as it sounds. Anything that is deemed debauchery is available there. Meanwhile, Prince Prospero sits in his castle waiting for his steamship construction to be complete.
Life goes on, even though Araby is depressed. Then April disappears and her brother comes to Araby for help. At this point in the story Araby enters the dreaded love triangle.
Anyway, that's pretty much the book in a nutshell. There is an underground revolution, betrayals, truths, etc. A new illness emerges, and begins its destruction: The Red Death. No one is immune.
So that is what we are left with. An escape and somewhat of a cliffhanger. So obviously there will be a sequel. A sequel that I will skip.
To be honest, I was excited to read this book. I love the cover, and I found the idea fascinating. However, I had trouble keeping my interest in the book. I forced myself to read it, and even skipped over a few pages to help. I also didn't feel it was very steampunk, even though that is one of the genres for it. With the exception of the steam carriages and the airship was there some steampunk I missed?...more
Emma is on vacation in Florida when she literally runs inKicking off Mermaids, Sirens, and Seafolk Week over at my blog: Random Acts of Books and More
Emma is on vacation in Florida when she literally runs into Galen. And then she keeps thinking about him. And ends up running into him again at school a few months later after tragedy strikes.
Why does he keep following her around? Oh just because he thinks she may be of a special line of Syrena-that is is Of Poseidon, with special gifts. But where are these gifts? When will they manifest, if he is even telling the truth-which she of course does not believe. In the meantime, Emma, Galen, his sister Rayna, and their friend work on her gifts while hunting for her water borne stalker.
Told from alternating points of view, we learn more about why Galen is actually there, and how both of them actually feel about it all. Meanwhile, what starts out as faux-dating turns into a relationship that heats up, then cools down, then heats up, etc. This brings up a subject that has appeared in other reviews I've read. It briefly crossed my mind, but honestly I didn't feel it was bad. And what is it you ask? For starters, during a 'cool down' period, Galen constantly texts and calls Emma, even when she ignores him. She tries to move on, but he is having none of it, going so far as to show up on her date and intimidating said guy before taking Emma with him. While Emma does say she is not in danger of becoming "that girl" who gives up everything for the guy, but only because Galen doesn't want her. But now that it is obvious he does, what will happen to her resolve? Personally I think Emma is too strong to allow that to happen. She knows it is a possibility because of her feelings for him, therefore she won't allow it.
The fact that Banks brings up the potential relationship problem is pro-active in helping to bring light to the subject.
So, all in all-VERY enjoyable debut! I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. Can't wait for the next book. Darn cliffhangers!...more
This has been one of the debut authors I have been most eagerly awaiting. I was not disappointed. I was so hooked on the airplane reading this book thThis has been one of the debut authors I have been most eagerly awaiting. I was not disappointed. I was so hooked on the airplane reading this book that when the flight attendent came by to offer a drink, I still had my tray table up and was curled into the window and the book. It felt like only a couple had gone by, but no, I was already on the plane for a bit of time. (ATL to Tampa flight)
My interest in the book never waned, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. At first, I was disappointed in a grr Love Triangle. But this one worked. I am also glad that this is a stand alone book. But, I am eager to read more from Megan Miranda!...more