I've been meaning to read Enclave by Ann Aguirre ever since it came out, being a big fan of dystopian and apocalyptic books, I couldn't hold out forev...moreI've been meaning to read Enclave by Ann Aguirre ever since it came out, being a big fan of dystopian and apocalyptic books, I couldn't hold out forever and finally purchased it.
I really love the cover, it's so shiny! I love the design of the knives over the manhole and the creepy freak fingers!
You'll probably read the synopsis and think Deuce may be a guys name, then when you discover its a girl, you'll take a step back and think 'huh?' if not, maybe it was just me. But don't worry, because if you did that, you'll come to understand why and it will grow on you like it did on Deuce.
Ann Aguirre sure did her research well, and lets just say that if we have any problems with Apocalypse in the future, I would sure love to have her around.
Aguirre will have the hair standing up on the back of your neck with how chillingly realistic she creates her world and the state of it's inhabitants. She did extremely well with describing everyday things that are so natural to us and are so foreign to Deuce, and her reactions to simple things were very well done.
Also I will say that the opinions of the different societies and some of the language within Aguirre's world can seem somewhat vulgar and barbaric. I cringed every time someone said 'sire' or 'breeding' but that's the way that things work in Deuce's world, and would be the same as me saying 'father' or 'sex' in ours, so I think even though strangely disturbing it was very well done.
At one point in the book, you may think that it will be obvious what Deuce and the intriguing, mysterious, yummy Fade will do, but no, Aguirre surprised me with not only one twist but two! I obviously can't say what those were, because it will spoil it for you, so you'll have to go pick up this great book if you haven't yet!
I can't wait till book two comes out next year in September to find out what will happen to the character's that I've come to love, but will have to wait impatiently in the meantime, devouring other fantastic books until then.
Okay, let me start off by saying I loved Clockwork Angel, It got a lot of bad reviews saying 'u...moreMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Okay, let me start off by saying I loved Clockwork Angel, It got a lot of bad reviews saying 'urgh this is just a copy of The Mortal Instruments in Historical England with Steampunk thrown in for good measure.' and I was it's biggest defendant, arguing that there is a ton of potential for Cassandra Clare to take the book in a different area... that Jem didn't seem to be infatuated with Tessa like Simon was with Clary and he would be a great friend, and yes he did seem to have feelings for her at the end of Clockwork Angel but he could clearly see that Will loved her and Jem wouldn't be the type to interfere.
Then I read Clockwork Prince... (it took me a good while to plough through it too)
And thought, 'what the fuckity fuck? Are these the same characters from book one? Is this the same plot?'
I was so excited to read it also because of all the amazing reviews I've read. I have only seen one two star review and one three star, so I thought 'Holy Shit this is going to be good!' now I'm more like, 'seriously? Why!?' - But each to their own! (Plus I'm a bit weird anyways!)
So I will say that this review is my honest opinion and thoughts of Clockwork Prince, if I offend you in any way I apologise but everyone has a right to their own opinions and I respect yours so please respect mine! Also if you have not read this book, do not read any further as I will have spoilers and sorry... as you may have noticed already.. I have a potty mouth.
For me, Tessa was such a strong-willed and extremely intelligent character in book one who made me think 'yay we need more heroines like her in young adult literature' and while I was reading Clockwork Prince I couldn't believe how someone so smart could flip a switch and suddenly be so stupid! I just didn't get it.
I think that book two does not do justice to the character Tessa was previously and that her intelligence was severely hacked at with a blunt axe and the result wasn't pretty! I was thoroughly disappointed to a point were I went from raging mad to really sad... I still am pretty sad actually. I just thought that she was brought down to such a low, where all she worried about was boys this and boys that and everything else just didn't matter anymore, sure she wasn't always like this but her character was like a ghost of how strong she was in book one.
Now don't get me wrong I love romance, hell I tend not to read books without it present, but I think Miss Clare is going a bit too far with her love triangles, I mean she's been there and done that with The Mortal Instruments, I was expecting a love triangle - who wasn't? but I wasn't expecting it along the same lines as it was in The Mortal Instruments, I was expecting something different and not the same forbidden-tortured-soul-love-triangle.
Jem is another great character that I love who was brought down low, he's smart and I swear the hints were there with him knowing about Will's feelings for Tessa, I mean sure Will hides his true self, but Jem should have known him better and I thought he did! But who knows... maybe he does know and is being a little selfish and pretending not to so he can get Tessa (god knows the guy deserves to be a little selfish!), but if Clare goes with that angle she will be giving blatant injustice to Jem's character and honestly who knows what she'll do!
I love Clare's writing, her world and yes her characters, but after The Infernal Devices series is over, I doubt I'll be reading anymore of her books until I read reviews and see if she's using a different angle.
Anyways, I'll mention some positive things now!
Yes, I did like some parts in Clockwork Prince! Shocking I know! The side characters were the best part of the book for me! Magnus, Sophie, Gideon, Charlotte and Henry. Sophie is such a strong, lovable character and I was so happy that she found Gideon, I especially can't wait to see what happens with them in book three!
Also I loved how Clare finished off the book with Will's sister walking in, that was great and I can't wait to see how everything will turn out in book three with that as well.
Another thing I didn't like was how so much was going on and happened plot wise in Clockwork Angel, in Clockwork Prince however, although the plot did progress I thought it was mostly focused on the love-triangle and there wasn't enough action.
And honestly Tessa treated Will like shit (even before he confessed)... sure he was a bastard at times, and wishy washy, but I just thought she was a lot smarter and would be able to see through Will - sure everyone could say she has her reasons, but later when she confesses and breaks his heart she kind of contradicts herself with this line:
"you cannot hide what is good about yourself, however hard you try." I call BULLSHIT!! I would have actually believed this statement if she didn't go all throughout the book going 'oh Will doesn't care about me, he doesn't care about anyone because he's a heartless bastard' and goes all shocked when he shows emotion... and then she says this!
Also Jem deserves so much better than a woman that does not love him! Tessa pretty much said in her internal dialogue that although she loves them both she doesn't want to break them up and she doesn't think that Jem could cope or find someone else even though she swears she'll find a cure for his disease. I'm sorry but that is such an insult to Jem and belittling him which he totally doesn't deserve, sure I think he will be hurt, but he is just so much stronger than that, I'm just hoping that he himself will realise this in book three!
I've talked to a lot of people about the plot, everyone's terrified that the only way to solve the problem is for Jem to die and for Tessa and Will to end up together that way, but I have another theory.
In CA I had the strong feeling that Jem only felt about Tessa as a friend until the end of the book (which I found very refreshing) and thought because of something Jem said himself to Tessa about not loving her straight away and it slowly grew and later to Will about sensing their bonds and whatnot. I then thought, perhaps Jem's feelings for Tessa are actually Will's strong feelings for her felt through their bond.
But hey that's just a crazy theory that could resolve in not everyone hating each other in the end, but Casandra Clare likes to torture and to shock, so who knows what will really happen! At this point I wouldn't actually mind for Tessa to turn evil and die haha, and who knows after she burned herself she may turn to more drastic measures and I'll keep Will.. and Jem (hmm I'm so evil).
So yes i had a lot of issues with this book and I think I've covered them all. No I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either, I hope that I'll enjoy Clockwork Princess a lot more than I've enjoyed this one and that Tessa will grow some balls and redeem herself in my eyes! (less)
You can tell from my last two reviews that I have been in a Historical mood, Dark Mirror was no exception from the previous two, I thoroughly enjoyed...moreYou can tell from my last two reviews that I have been in a Historical mood, Dark Mirror was no exception from the previous two, I thoroughly enjoyed this one also!
Lady Victoria Mansfield has grown up believing that magic is bad and is shocked to discover that she is quite powerful, but she knows that if she is discovered she will be exiled from her friends and family and be shunned by society, but when push comes to shove she decides that her nephew's life is worth being outed and saves him, then is quickly sent to Lackland Abbey with other privileged children of England society with magical gifts like her, hoping by themselves and their family to be 'fixed'.
She eventually gets a choice, to hone her gifts and serve England in the upcoming war, or to work on suppressing and eventually getting rid of her magic so she can rejoin society, although, her social status will be lowered to that of the working class as she is now known to be tainted by magic. She chooses magic.
Although it's not the upcoming war that her friends and herself face, in this book, but the war in the future with the Nazi's, after they discover Merlin's mirror and travel to the future.
I really enjoyed M.J's concept of the 18th century mage's fighting in the future that is still the distant past for us, and thought, wow this is really good, I hope in book two we will get more history in the 1800's, but have now discovered they are going to the future again. Don't get my wrong, I loved Dark Mirror and can't wait to read book two, but I would love some more history of their own time! Although, I may be surprised and they wont spend that much time in the future in book two... or maybe we will get enough of both worlds, I'll just have to wait and see!
Being a big fan of the Strange Angel's series I was beyond excited to get my hands on Reckoning...moreMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Being a big fan of the Strange Angel's series I was beyond excited to get my hands on Reckoning, the final book in the series to find out what would happen to Dru and her companions... then the book came out and not being able to wait patiently for it to get to my mailbox I started reading reviews zealously and became terrified.
That's right, reviews... made me terrified to read the end of one of my favourite series!
After I read some people's negative comments that the ending was 'shit' and other not so nice words I started to question and pick apart all the bad things that could happen at the end, that she could end up with the wrong guy, that everyone was going to DIE... so when Reckoning finally showed up in the mail I placed it wearily on the shelf next to the others in the series and backed away to a safe distance in case it exploded.
Not really.. I'm just being melodramatic, cause I'm awesome like that!
But no, I really did leave it on the shelf for too long, but putting my big girl pants on (an no not Bridget Jone's granny pants version) I finally picked up Reckoning, thinking 'Meh, what could be so bad?'
...Nothing really. After all my melodrama I found myself quite enjoying it, even the "horrible" ending wasn't as bad as people made it out to be. Sure I can see why everyone was chucking a hissy, but I thought that it was a satisfying ending for the book and for what Dru had been through, the conclusion reflected the person she was at that exact moment.
Was it a good ending for the end of a series? Hell no! It felt too much like an ending you would have knowing that there was another book coming, or a new series coming out shortly after... I would like to see more development more of a conclusion, a lot of the new problems that came out from the end of Reckoning deserve to be solved... So is Dru's story finished? I bloody well hope not! But hey who knows! (further investigation is needed on my part)
I'm satisfied, yet unsatisfied and it's possible that I wasn't raging mad because I expected the apocalypse of all endings.
So now that my little confession and rant is over I should probably talk about the rest of the book! Reckoning had what all the other Strange Angel books had...
* Dru being an idiot at times and me wanting to kill her. * Dru being her normal hilarious, kick-ass and snarky self. * Graves... being kick-ass, yet still hot and nerdy. * Christophe being douchey and hot at the same time. * Ash being adorable! * Running away from bad guy, being caught by bad guy, escaping again and kicking ass. * Oh and of course the standard... Dru not being able to decide on which boy awesome guy or creepy yet hot old dude to choose.
Okay so you get the drift, I'm not mocking or anything, I actually like all these things... I must admit though I wanted more action, more romance and I found some things were just a repeat of all the other books rolled up to the bad guy actually dying this time. It was good yet I just wanted MORE!
I really really really really hope that Lili St. Crow isn't finished telling Dru's story because although I didn't mind the ending, there is just so much left unsaid, new mysteries to solve and definitely a lot of room for her to grow into the awesome leader she should be. (not to mention other character's development after what happens!)
Reckoning By Lili St. Crow Gets: 3 and a half nomalicious nomnom noms(less)
Being a HUGE fan of Maria V. Snyder I was jumping at the chance to get my hands on Touch of Pow...moreMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Being a HUGE fan of Maria V. Snyder I was jumping at the chance to get my hands on Touch of Power as soon as I heard that it was coming out! & luckily thanks to NetGalley and Mira I got the chance to read the eARC!
Maria never disappoints me with her writing, her worlds are always fantastic and blow me away with all the amazing detail, and not to mention the plot and the amazing characters that always manage to suck me in, capturing me in their grasp and making me not want to let go when I arrive at the last page.
A lot of people have been telling me that Kerrick was a lot like Valek from Maria's Study series, but I think that I have to disagree with them there, of course Kerrick had the massive yummy value that Valek had, and even though they were both awesome kick ass characters, that would protect the people they cared about with everything in their power, they are both very different and complex individual's in their own right and I love them both to pieces because of it!
Avry was a brilliant character, she was kind, smart and very funny, her witty lines and sarcasm had me giggling for the entire duration of the book. Especially her conflict with Kerrick and the scenes they had together....wow (so much tension). I really loved how she hated him so much at the start of the book and we all get to witness with each page as her feelings for Kerrick slowly grow into something much more.
I've already mention that Maria has amazing characters, and I'll clarify that doesn't only apply to the main characters, Maria manages to make you fall in love with the side characters also, even if they don't play such a huge role in the book they manage to take a piece of your heart with them, especially Papa Bear and Flea... loved them so much, but once again I loved them all!
I loved the idea with the Death and Peace Lillie's (man eating flowers!), I thought that the idea was nice and original and can't wait to find out more about them in book two!
I love a well written bad guy, and Tohon had the right amount of creepy mixed with freaky, he's really smart and has hidden secrets and crazy evil plots up to his eyeballs, I can't wait to find out more about him and his evil doings in future books!
Maria V. Snyder is one of my favourite authors of all time, I love her books and will continue to read them obsessively, I hope that I've convinced you to give her amazing talent a try if you haven't already! (Was so hard to keep this review spoiler free as I want to gush and discuss theories with everyone!) (less)
I was beyond excited when I saw Beyond the Grave on Netgalley, and very happy that I was lucky enough to be accepted to read it; since I've been eagerly waiting for this third installment in Mara Purnhagen's Past Midnight series.
"I never should have sent my boyfriend to the electric chair"
Is the very first line that had my mouth opening in shock thinking 'what the?' and then eagerly flipping the pages to find out what was going on.
After reading the final page, I'm still not quite sure how I feel about Beyond the Grave, it was good, but I found it somewhat lacking, I'm not quite sure what it was for me, maybe it was the amount of time that had passed since the second book, or possibly Charlotte's constant denial of the paranormal after everything she had been through (that irked me something horrid).
Or maybe it was just me being weird.
All up, it ended nicely, most of the questions were answered, Charlotte grew as a character and I think she most likely wont be in denial again... (if so I will chase her around with a sharp object!)
I'm pretty sure that this is the last book since the ends were all tied up nicely, but a fourth book could possibly be made.
I thouroughly enjoyed reading Mara's books, and if this series is completed I will be waiting for her next, secretly hoping that it will be another haunting tale!
I, like a lot of other people, have heard a LOT about Half-Blood, so naturally I was dy...moreMore reviews can be found over at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
I, like a lot of other people, have heard a LOT about Half-Blood, so naturally I was dying to get my hands on it. A fact which I kept mentioning to my friends... and a lot of other people in the blogging world.
Then my two blogger friends Tammy and Lisa mentioned how they had both got a hold of an eARC and that I should send a request in.
After a couple of days of sucking up the courage, I wrote out an e-mail to the lovely people over at Spencer Hill Press. I hovered my hand over the send button, quickly closed my eyes, held my breath, and pressed the button.
Yeah, I'm a big wuss.
Since my blog is only new, I was a bit worried about sending out a request so soon... But I'm very, very glad I did.
A couple of days, maybe weeks later, when I had pretty much given up all hope into receiving a reply, I got one! I had to contain my squeals of joy, because it was early in the morning and didn't want to wake everyone up.
After my silent happy dance, I quickly opened the document and devoured the yummy goodness of Jennifer L. Armentrout's fascinating world.
It was BLOODY FANTASTIC!
I want more!
So many people have and will be comparing this with Vampire Academy. I wont say much on this because I think that everyone should judge for themselves; however, both series are kick-ass and awesome in their own distinctive ways.
The mythology in it was great, I can't wait for more on that aspect, and I hope that the gods will be playing more of an active roll in the future books.
Alex, Aiden and Seth... woooo boy, that is just going to be a whole bundle of yummy, dangerous fun in the next book! I can't wait!
Aiden and Seth are both so sexy.
In love triangles, I always usually HATE one of the males, so I'm pleasantly surprised that in this little triangle, I love them both. However Aiden wins my vote for Alex; lets just say that I'm a sucker for forbidden romance and Aiden is just so... delectable.
Alex wont disappoint anyone in the kick-ass heroine department, she does it so well. Her smart ass comments and bravado ('I spent the next couple of hours on my back, and not in the good way.') kept me giggling and excited, wondering what she would say next.
There are so many great side characters also, I can't wait to find out more about them, and hope to do so in the upcoming books.
I can't wait to find out what Lucian is planning, because how can that evil bastard not be up to something?
Half Blood has the right amount of: action, mystery, intrigue and romance.
Jennifer L. Armentrout, will definitely make a big splash with her debut novel, the story is so intriguing and I'm bursting with the need to read more.
I give Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout:
A BIG thank you to Kate at Spencer Hill press, and Jennifer for writing this fantastic book! You both really made my day, week, month... and year!
Everyone lookout, for my next giveaway of a pre-order copy of Half Blood soon! (less)
I love mythology and when I heard about Sweet Venom I thought it might be the first time I've r...moreMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
I love mythology and when I heard about Sweet Venom I thought it might be the first time I've read this kind of spin on the snakey Medusa... where she wasn't being depicted as the bad guy.
Tera Lynn Childs did a magical job, I really enjoyed reading it and will be waiting for book two, impatiently!
Grace, Gretchen and Greer are three girls with not only G and R at the start of their names in common, but also the fact they look exactly like each other. which leads to not being a tough discovery, that they are triplets separated at birth.
I loved them all, although I will admit that Grace annoyed me a little at the start, but by the end, she may have been promoted to my favourite sister, because she not only pushed aside her inner doormat and started to fill in her big girl shoes, but started to speak up and kick ass!
I also think that Grace is the glue that will stick the sisters together, not only now but in future books, because lets face it, Greer and Gretchen would probably kill each other... sorry Gretchen would kill Greer if Grace wasn't around to be the voice of reason. I'm very interested to see how the relationship between our three heroines will not only improve with friendship, but sisterhood as well.
So many things are going on in Sweet Venom for our heroines: finding out that you have not only one but two identical sisters, mysterious powers, mythological beasts on the loose that only you can see and defeat... all while juggling school and cute boys. The girl's certainly have things tough and my mind was reeling with all the different possibilities.
Then it ended.
I must say I was expecting certain things to be resolved, yes I know that not everything could be resolved in book one, because honestly what would be the fun in that? But I was kind of shocked with where it ended. Although I was a bit unsatisfied, the ending still managed to fulfill me somewhat with the knowledge that the sisters are together now, and will fight whatever is coming to them, fists and fangs out.
I recommend this to anyone who loves mythology and a good tale with kick-ass heroines! It will not disappoint... just make you want to read the next book even more than you may already want to read the first!
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs gets:
P.S For everyone who has read Sweet Venom I have a question click to see spoiler: (view spoiler)[I can't wait to see what some of those boys are up to, because they can't be as innocent as they seem! Not only talking about Nick here either, I'm certain that Thane is involved in some bigger picture. Okay shameful secret time: was I the only person that wanted Grace to kick Milo to the curb (for some reason I don't trust him) and move onto Thane? Haha - they aren't related, and he's so gorgeous and I think he has some unbrotherly feeling for her.. maybe. So was I the only one who had this line of thought? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is the first ARC that I've read and owned that isn't an ebook, so I was very excited when I...moreMore reviews can be found at my blog Nomalicious Reads
This is the first ARC that I've read and owned that isn't an ebook, so I was very excited when I won it from Leah Cliffords BlogTV show with Victoria Schwab.
I wasn't too sure what I would think of it to be honest, I'd seen it around of course; who could forget that amazing cover!?
But I still wasn't sure, I've been mislead by pretty covers before!
Last night however, I decided to read something different, so I picked it up and re-read the synopsis on the back of the book and was instantly hooked.
Then I read the first page, and couldn't put it down.
Murder. Mystery. Questioning of ones sanity, or insanity. Woe's of high school bitchiness. A very very very sexy boy, and all with a plot so nicely woven together!
Do you want to read it yet?
Although I do have to say something to the future readers out there: when you pick this up, DO NOT miss the little letter from Mara before chapter one! It will keep you thinking (Michelle, that was an ingenious little hint you put there, I was looking out for it on every page!).
I don't really know what else I can say about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer without letting loose some spoilers.
So, what I will say is keep your mind open to the possibilities of what could be, as you read this, hell, I've finished the book and my mind is still whirling with many different possibilities of what could come next... and I'm dying to know!
Another thing is, I honestly didn't know there could be so many creative ways to add to the word 'ass' and now, thanks to Michelle and Mara I have been thoroughly educated on the matter.
Michelle Hodkin, you did and excellent job, and I would like some more now, please?
I started reading Ward Against Death in utter excitement and couldn't put it down.
I knew it would be good, but it was just so much more than I thought it would be!
Melanie Card, you astound me with your writing prowess.
Astounding, surprising, stunning, awe-inspiring, sensational, remarkable, spectacular, stupendous, phenomenal, extraordinary and incredible; are a few words to sum up my thoughts on this book.
First I'll say that Ward is a great nickname for Edward, I've never heard it as a name before, I think its a great step away from the norm and defines Ward as the unique character that he is.
I agree with Celia's amusement of 'Ward, warding' I thought the same thing before it happened, and thought it amusing when she mentioned it.
The only way to describe Celia is to go with how Ward aptly describes her as: Annoying, arrogant, beautiful, deadly, dead, Celia. (I only think she is annoying with her trust issues, but its understandable, and part of why I love her) and 'He suspected Celia’s version of solving a problem was stabbing it in the heart.'
Celia is just so kick-ass and I loved how she was the dominant character to Wards submissive self, and not the other way around.
Ward is just so cute, don't get me wrong he has his sexy moments! But he has this nerdy cuteness going on for him that you just can't help but fall in love with him.
Celia and Ward's interactions... ooh boy; Ward just touching her hand was sexy! I almost melted into a puddle of goo by just reading it!
Watching them both grow throughout the book is an experience worth reading.
The one thing I would like to know more about is: the world that they are in; Melanie isn't too forthcoming on the details, and even though it didn't ruin the reading experience, I would like more info to understand the world better, and hopefully will do so in the second book. (Which I can hardly wait for!)
I'd also like to find out how old Celia and Ward actually are, I'm pretty sure it isn't mentioned - but I could have missed that? (I don't think I would classify this as YA, but who knows?!)
I wont say much else, as I don't want to ruin the experience for you, except Ward Against Death by Melanie Card is definitely a must read for paranormal lovers!
I give Ward Against Death by Melanie Card: 5 stars.
(wow, I didn't think that it was out until tomorrow but you can buy it already on Amazon and the Bookdepo) Go put your orders in book lovers before you miss out!(less)