"I'll have it's babies." "The awful it BURNS." Haha. Get it? GET IT?
I am just. so. clever.
In all seriousness, I did not expect to like this as much a"I'll have it's babies." "The awful it BURNS." Haha. Get it? GET IT?
I am just. so. clever.
In all seriousness, I did not expect to like this as much as I did. "Boohoo. Scarred girl. Midwife like her mama. Boohoo, corrupt government. Walls and shady arrests and lots of babies." What can I say? I've been in a weird mood lately.
I was so caught off guard by the awesome of Gaia. She's not out there kicking asses or bringing down governments in a blaze of glory and flames, but she's so quietly amazing, with her determination and her commitment to The Right Thing and her loyalty to her parents, you can't help but love her and fangirl her. And the fact that she is 16 and can deliver babies like nobody's business? All of this adds up to a heroine who's earned her spot on my bookshelf....more
Okay, truth be told, I didn't want to kill Spark with fire but the awful did kind of burn but really, how could I resist shelving this book on those sOkay, truth be told, I didn't want to kill Spark with fire but the awful did kind of burn but really, how could I resist shelving this book on those shelves? BECAUSE HE CONTROLS FIRE. GET IT?
Oh, God. I'm so clever.
1am thoughts after finishing: the girls in these stories are all about their tears, aren't they? Just crybabying it up all over the place. I don't like criers, and yet, I didn't feel the need to burn down villages and Kleenex warehouses. I don't know. It worked. BARELY.
Also, the whole lot of them are blushers, are they not? Everyone in the Elemental universe just runs around red faced. Lot of fair skin, I'm guessing. Not a lot of time spent out in the sun. They should work on that.
OH GOD WHY DO I LOVE THESE BOOKS LIKE I DO?
It has this Outsider appeal somehow. What with the older brother raising the younger ones (STAY GOLDEN, PONYBOY!) Things keep happening. I LOVE when things happen. Almost as much as I love boys with an edge. If they happen to CONTROL FIRE? Oh, hey. I'll just be over here. FANGIRLING....more
The Moon Dwellers has been on my to-read list for awhile, after popping up all over my recs. So when David Estes offered free copies in exchange for hThe Moon Dwellers has been on my to-read list for awhile, after popping up all over my recs. So when David Estes offered free copies in exchange for honest reviews, I jumped all over it. Dwellers? ON THE MOON? I want to live on the moon! Maybe on THE DARK SIDE. With an alien for a pet! Or at least a really cool moon rock.
They don't really live on the moon. :( Bummer.
But they do live underground, which is ALMOST as cool.
Right off the bat, we meet Adele and I had a feeling she and I would get along swimmingly. Because her name is Adele. Seriously. The only Adele I "know" sets fire to rain and has fabulous hair, so I felt pretty good about this Adele. And I was right. No, she didn't set fire to rain or watch it burn as she touched my face, but she kicked ass and that's even better. I like my girls to be tough. I like for them to hold their own against the boys. Give me Katnisses and Penryns and Sabas and Deuces! Give me girls like Adele who can take on gang leaders and homicidal maniacs. Who can break out of prisons and roundhouse kick guys in the jaw.
Then we meet Tristan, and Tristan is a sun dweller, who does not actually live on the sun. Which is probably a good thing because I can't imagine that would be very comfortable. Tristan is a nice guy and a bit of a rebel, who just so happens to be the king/president/lord and master's eldest son. But Tristan is not like his daddy! He is not like his younger brother! Tristan has MORALS and VALUES and he basically thinks this whole class system is a load of horse shit. He is DIFFERENT. His best friend is his personal servant and that just proves he's different, dammit. And also, he is PAINFULLY DRAWN TO ADELE after spotting her behind the fence of the prison she's being held in for treason. Or something. Hell, who knows, really? Not the government. They're just over there making up shit as they go, throwing people all willy-nilly into death camps and juvie pens and dismal orphanages. Not very nice people, this Tri-Realm government. Not very nice at all. And our Tristan? He is BUSTING OUT OF HIS CHARMED LIFE to find this mysterious girl with green eyes that he shouldn't even know about but he totally does and he's going to find answers about her weird mind bullets that gave him an insta-headache when they made eye contact.
Oh yeah. That just happened. We got insta-loved.
But it's okay, guys! Seriously. Because even though Adele is also PAINFULLY DRAWN TO TRISTAN, there is other things going on and they don't come over all, "I WILL DIE FOR YOU. NAY. I WILL DIE FOR YOU." Instead, shit gets real all over the place and Adele spends majority of the book on the run with her newly acquired friends, Tawni and Cole, she broke out of the pen with, on a Quest to find her sister and father and maybe even mother, if she's even still alive. Tristan is always a couple of steps behind her, fighting his own battles with his Best Servant Friend, Roc, while wondering WTF is up with this Adele girl and her crazy mind bullets, while she's busy wondering WTF is up with this Sun Prince Tristan and his freaky laser eyes and what does this all MEEEEEEANNNN?
There's action and roundhouse kicks and bows and arrows and this crazy dude named Rivet that is just a jackass and it's light on the romance, and heavy on the ass-kicking and at the end, our star crossed lovers are forced to go their separate ways with more questions than answers about their weird pain-connection. Until the next book, The Star Dwellers, presumably.
I'd say this is more like 3.5 stars, for the record.
I was sent a copy of this book by Law Reigns in exchange for a review. And I gotta be honest here,I'd say this is more like 3.5 stars, for the record.
I was sent a copy of this book by Law Reigns in exchange for a review. And I gotta be honest here, I was terrified of it. I left it sitting in my Kindle library for weeks, afraid to start. Then I started reading, only to keep stopping. "OMG, what if I hate it? What do I say? MY BAD REVIEWS ARE SO MEAN! Do I pretty it up? Do I take the honesty route? What do I dooooo?"
Finally I decided to put on my big girl panties and just do the damn thing. If I hated it? Well, I'd cross that bridge when I came to it. If nothing else, I could gush about the title, right? Because, let's face it, that's a freaking fun title. And the cover is a little magical. Those are some nice jeans. I wonder if I could borrow those jeans?
The beginning was hard to get into. We get to know both Blissany and Don, and there's a lot of world building and backstory that has to be established while still moving forward. Reigns manages this, but only just. At times, it feels like a massive info dump and if there's anything I hate more than Insta-Luv, it's info dumps. So I struggled to stay involved, trying to get everyone straight. Okay. Here's Don. Childhood was kinda a mess. He's Asian. Here's Wanikiya. He's the redeemer? And maybe a sorta preacher? And a prodigy? And maybe at least part Native American? Ah, and there's Demi, who's a bitch but I think we're supposed to overlook that for now because she's Blissany's best friend. And Blissany. Homegirl has some issues and fruit colored hair and fleshy legs? And...now there's all these fairy/angel types? It got a little overwhelming, basically. Between the characters, their backgrounds, the realms and the war, I felt like I was chasing my tail trying to keep up for awhile.
The story itself was original and fun, pretty heavy on the romance and a little...bland? on the action. BUT! This is a paranormal romance (& good Lord, was there a lot of romance. Practically a love hexagon going on up in hurr!) but it does have enough action to appeal to the dirty action junkie in me.
My only complaint was that I felt like a good 30-40% of this book could have been cut and the end result would have been a tighter story. There was a lot of extras and it made the book pretty bloated. But all in all? A pretty damn fun read....more
Dammit, Twilight fandom. Y'all are just pumping out the repackaged fanfiction.
I have bitched before about the unethicalness of publishing your fanfictDammit, Twilight fandom. Y'all are just pumping out the repackaged fanfiction.
I have bitched before about the unethicalness of publishing your fanfiction after playing a quick round of Find & Replace. I don't hide the fact that I believe it's lazy. Maybe you don't think it's lazy. Maybe you think that the author clearly put time and energy into creating a story so it still counts. I don't. When you create a story, using another author's characters and settings, this is not your original work. Create something original and publish that. If you want to take ideas from your fanfiction and apply them to your original fiction, with original characters and settings, fine. By all means, go right on ahead. But to pull your fanfiction and publish it as is, with only name changes, that's lazy. It's unethical. Try harder.
That being said, I was excited when I saw that the author of Sempre was publishing hers. Because hot damn, the original was a thing of beauty. And it was original. The names were familiar, yes. Some of the traits were the same, sure, but she took Edward and Bella to a place that SMeyer never did. They were new. And I wondered, the entire time I read it, why she wasn't publishing it. Why she was wasting her time with fanfiction when clearly she had the chops to do it professionally.
And Sempre is so far from Twilight and it's original form that it's now even newer. But this is where she messed up.
Somewhere in the rewrites, Sempre lost its edge. What was once sharp and clear is now flat. Characters that shined are dull. In the crossover, Haven and Carmine lost something that Edward and Bella had. They lost the magic that made their fragile star crossed love and the intensity behind the mob life that was in the background. Sections that had so much punch in the original were cut and compressed and the story suffers as a result. Haven and Carmine are muddled, hazy characters who have little chemistry and evoke zero sympathy.
In the original, Edward's character was this mafia prince with so much grit and so many demons, who still managed to be charming and charismatic. Bella's character was this tragic, mess of a slave girl who struggled with every day normal things and we were able to watch her adapt and continue to survive. Them coming together was slow and painful and awkward and a thing of beauty to watch as they developed. Darhower lost all of that. Carmine and Haven recite their lines but they're only shadows of the characters they used to be.
She combined Jasper and Emmett's character into one and it didn't work. Scenes where it was Emmett still have his voice and scenes that was Jasper still has his, so the result is Dominic having this kind of Sybil effect, where he's literally two different characters in one. It's a mess, is what I'm saying here. And I'm bummed about it. I'm bummed to see it fall apart when it had so much before....more
I need to organize my thoughts. Must organize my thoughts. Okay. Alright.
First off: JACKSON.
Jackson, the raging cajun, that hot piece of Bayou ass. Jackson, I love you. Dear God, do I love you, with your french cajun talk and your constant flask drinking and your love for that soft girl who you want to protect, yet infuriates you so much. Jackson, let's have babies. Sweet, foul mouthed, dirty cajun babies.
Evie? Evangeline? LET'S BE BEST FRIENDS. With your crazy Arcana powers and your crazy claws and the plants that you can just make pop out of a barren earth with your blood. You are a bad ass. You are a bad ass, who I believed, despite this crazy world Cole created. You made it believable and even if you are a little soft at times, I'd be your best friend and follow you around in this new world and be careful not to touch your poison claws.
Finn, Selena, Matthew..
Cole drew him so well. Him being Autistic, this boy on the verge of a man, but still so very childlike, his humming, his cryptic answers, his exasperation with Evie for not understanding, him saying what he's thinking however he's thinking it but yet clamming up when Evie needs answers, everyone thinking he's simple. So very true to life as far as Autism goes. I could see my son in Matthew and it can be so rare to actually see an Autistic character being Autistic. Bravo, Cole. Brav-fucking-o.
This whole story, Before the flash, after the flash, the supernatural aspects of it, the attraction between Jack and Evie, Selena and her doubt casting, it was all done just...hot damn. So well. I'm excited about this series. EXCITED....more
Humanity has all but been wiped out by the deadly RM virus, which may have been released by the Partials, a group of manufactured, human-like killingHumanity has all but been wiped out by the deadly RM virus, which may have been released by the Partials, a group of manufactured, human-like killing machines the government once created to fight wars for them. Until they turned on the ones who created them. There's a lot of guesswork as to where RM came from, but the small percentage of people left are immune. Their babies, however, have not. They're so not, in fact, there hasn't been a baby that's lived past 4 days in eleven years. So, the government decides the only solution to this, since a cure hasn't been found, is The Hope Act. Forced impregnation. Everyone 18 and up has to be pregnant as often as possible, in the hopes that a baby will one day live. Basically, they're throwing shit at a wall, hoping eventually it will stick. Females can pick between pairing off on their own or being artificially inseminated. So, while no actual rape-rape takes place, their bodies are not their own and control is stripped from them. They are walking uteruses (uterusi?)
Have you ever been hungry, starving really, and desperately craving something, but yet you couldn't put your finger on exactly what it is you're craviHave you ever been hungry, starving really, and desperately craving something, but yet you couldn't put your finger on exactly what it is you're craving? Then, you make or order something out of desperation, just to quiet that gnawing in your stomach and as soon as that something hits your tastebuds, your eyes close and you sigh, and it's like a hundred little mouth orgasms firing off in your mouth at the same time? It's the pure bliss of finding that one thing that not only killed your hunger but satisfied your craving.
This was Angelfall.
I skipped over it many times in my quest to find something to devour. I stumbled on other books that were good but they just didn't hit the spot. I was missing that something. I couldn't find it. I couldn't even put my finger on what it was, anything that would aid in my search for it. All along it was there, showing up on my Goodreads lists and recommendations. Yelling for me to pay attention, to try this post-apocalyptic story about a girl out to find her sister and this wounded angel she blackmails into helping her.
Penryn is everything, everything, I like in my heroines. This girl is tough. This girl can kick your ass. This girl is battle scarred and resourceful and a fighter and a survivor. She takes care of her family, her crazy mom who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and her handicapped little sister, and she will do anything to keep them together and safe. Even if that means teaming up with the enemy. When the End Days are knocking on your door, this is the girl you want on your team, having your back. She's full of dry humor and self aware and so painfully loyal it's enough to squeeze your guts. AND SHE GROWS. As a character, right in front of our eyes, Penryn grows and hot damn, I realized how much I miss that. Seeing character growth. It's a rare, but beautiful, thing.
Raffe is a fucking dream. I will refrain from saying what kind of dream he is, because the walls have ears and the children might be listening.
He's cocky and a smartass and arrogant and a freaking angel and even when his wings have been ripped off his back, he will take you the eff out. He's noble and rough and rude and devastingly pretty. He is no Daniel from Fallen. Not our Raffe. Our Raffe is a certified BAD ASS. No purple eyes or downy wings for this piece of heavenly manmeat! (Okay, so his wings are downy but they're not attached and Penryn does cut some of the feathers off, because she's awesome) Raffe starts off as an ass and stays an ass, but it works so bloody well here, this full of himself angel who you can see falling for the human girl, The Daughter of Man. And beautifully, thankfully, fuck yes, it's a gorgeous thing, his unwilling attraction for her, or her him, does not drive the story. It's not the whole plot. Hot damn. It's fabulous.
The whole story was just...effing a. Top notch. It had a little of everything, and just enough underhanded attraction between Penryn and Raffe to make the fangirl in me squeal. There's angel fights and human resistance and buildings being blown sky high. There's a precarious, desperate relationship between the healthy daughter and the mentally unstable mother, children who are being taken and turned into something dangerous and unpredictable, and heavenly politics that are both confusing and exciting, because they hint at so. much. more. awesomeness to come. I'm excited. No. I'm more than excited. I'm completely bloody stoked about this series, about this broken world and this girl trying to navigate it, who tracked her sister down, with her crazy mom shadowing somewhere in the night behind her, only to find the sister is not what she once was. Who might be falling for an angel who might also be falling for her.
My inner fangirl has been engaged. Bring on Book 2. Let's do this....more