"Or what, you're gonna tickle me with your little tickle machine again? Oh please doThis review can be found on my blog as well Review: The Weavemaker
"Or what, you're gonna tickle me with your little tickle machine again? Oh please don't do that...it hurts my sides to laugh so much." -Saul, The Weavemaker
I recieved an ARC of "The Weavemaker" by Paul Wigmore, in exchange for an honest review.
I have been among those desperately awaiting this book, and when Paul started posting teasers on Facebook, I was more than completely hooked and anxiously awaiting the release of this book. Or apparently an advanced reader copy, placed in my hot little hands! You can find links to pre-order "The Weavemaker", which releases THIS SATURDAY 10/31, and to purchase "The Tapestry" at the end of this post, and I HIGHLY recommend that you do get your hands on both of them!
I've diverged from my usual format of writing reviews, simply because I'm still struggling to find the words to express my love for this whirlwind nightmarish novel. This book has provided me with the reasons I absolutely love reading the horror/thriller genre. For those who have read Wigmore's first publication, "The Tapestry," you will not be disappointed with the return to this particular universe. No, you won't be disappointed at all.
There are moments in this book that have had me laughing out loud, and many that have once more reminded me why I do not read this particular genre once the sun has gone down and the moon has risen into the sky. Some books are best left for daylight reads only, and this definitely fits the bill.
This story takes place where "The Tapestry" left off, bringing us right back into the action as Saul attempts to heal himself and fully regain his power and ultimately take control of the between. This book, much like "The Tapestry," is not for the faint of heart or those who cannot handle a bit of gore in their horror stories.
I think one of my favorite relationships and interactions in this book is that of Seb, Sophia and Clara. The three of them interacting together, as well as with the rest of the universe is something that I absolutely adore. Sophia, Seb's daughter and his princess, is smart and absolutely spot on to help through the chaos that her world has become.
When Sprite comes into the picture, I can't help but laugh a bit at him and his interaction with Seb, Clara, and Sophia. Sprite dresses as he's perceived, and is quite snarky but in a polite, matter of fact way at least in my opinion.
Saul...well, how do you describe Saul. Pardon my language, but the best way to describe Saul is this. A twisted fuck. Then again, what does one expect from a demon hell bent on controlling the between and getting a hold of the Tapestry? Nothing short of absolute mass chaos and murder. The things that Saul can make a person do...to want to do. That he brings out in others will send chills down your spine.
Many of the fantasy novels I've read have used vastly different creation techniques, however, I have found my favorite creation device in Wigmore's stories. The tapestry is a unique world creation device, and the fact that it allows for so much more to be added into the story is all the more a delightful device to use. The way that the threads align to create each and every person, good or bad - the relationships that spark among the living threads of the tapestry. It is enough to make one truly wonder if our world is a Tapestry.
Once again, I am left singing Paul Wigmore's praises. He has crafted a novel that has floored me and once again left me thankful that Saul is safely contained within the pages of the novels and not roaming the real world.
Thank you again Paul for allowing me to be among the first to read this fantastic story and I very much look forward to reading more of your work. ...more
Title: Death Eater (The Complete Collection) Author: Catherine Stovall Format: E-book PaReview can also be found at my blog: Confessions of a Bibliophile
Title: Death Eater (The Complete Collection) Author: Catherine Stovall Format: E-book Pages: Date(s) Read: November 25-28, 2015 Rating: 4.5/5
Summary: A story about a girl, a boy and the devil himself. Thirteen lives are lived. Twelve deaths mourned. They have one chance left. 19 year old Vega Williams struggles against the pull and promise of death. Her protector and guardian Zane strains against the chains of hell. Both are cursed by Eurynome to live and love and die by their own demons. Can they save each other and prove that love can survive anything, even death?
Review: I was given this collection by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Catherine for the opportunity to once again delve into this world.
Story 1: Condemned to Die - 4 stars This is our introduction to Vera Williams and her guardian Zane. This is the story that made me fall in love with them. Hands down. This is by far a fantastic story of revenge for love, and I continue to re-read it as often as I can because I adore the relationship between Vera and Zane. There is a lot more I could say about this one, but I'm not for one to give away spoilers. I would highly recommend delving into this world and falling in love with this couple.
Story 2: Destined to Live - 4 Stars This story is Vera's last life. There has to be a loophole. There has to be something that can be done. Zane finds a loophole. However, the demon does what he does best and proceeds to torment Vera, making her relive each time she'd taken her life...all twelve times. Then as he is in control, ensures that she wants to end her life thus wasting her last life. I am all the more in love with Zane and Vera.
Story 3: Fated to Return - 4.5 Stars OH. EM. GEE. I did not expect that conclusion. Deceptive blurb concerning Vera and Zane's hunt for answers only added to the wonderfulness of this story. The groundskeeper...interesting little thing that turned into a surprise. The battle that happened, perhaps could have been a touch grander - but was still awesome none the less. Despite a couple of things that came up that made me briefly go huh, this book ended up getting the highest rating of the three. I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants a first glimpse into the work of Catherine Stovall.
Thank you again for the opportunity to read and review this series! Absolutely loved every moment of it! ...more
Most people that know me, know that I'm a sucker for a good horror story...and more importantly I'm terrified of clowns...my roommate caught this bookMost people that know me, know that I'm a sucker for a good horror story...and more importantly I'm terrified of clowns...my roommate caught this book for free on Amazon and sent it to me. I absolutely loved it! It definitely goes on my list of books NOT to read before bedtime :D ...more
Read during the Read-a-thon at my local library. This was cute! I will probably find more, then again I've always been a fan of Emily the Strange...juRead during the Read-a-thon at my local library. This was cute! I will probably find more, then again I've always been a fan of Emily the Strange...just never read the books before today. ...more
Alexia Tarabotti has no sitle: Soulless Author: Gail Carriger Format: Paperback Pages: 373 Date(s) Read: July 29-30, 2015 (re-read date) Rating: 4
Alexia Tarabotti has no soul. She is a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. She was rudely attacked by a vampire - standards of social etiquette broken! Things apparently go from bad to worse for Miss Tarabotti, especially when it is she who accidentally kills the vampire. Lord Maccon is soon sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. London's high society is a mess, and many people believe that Alexia is to blame. Can she figure out what is going on?
This one had definitely required a re-read because honestly I hadn't remembered much of it when I'd first read it. This series is absolutely fantastic! Seriously! I have always been a fan of anything Steampunk and this book heartily delivers, as does most of anything that Gail Carriger writes. Yes, I've read more, and there will be more books of her reviewed here...because well...STEAMPUNK.
It is refreshing to read a story with dark fantasy creatures (werewolves, vampires, ghosts) are living among humans knowingly. 1800 Victorian London is such a place where this could happen. This series has very much a Jane Austin meets Supernatural feel to it with the propriety and social standards that are of course rigorously upheld even by the creatures that walk among the human population.
Miss Alexia Tarabotti is quite the sassy, independent, strong-minded woman and her soullessness does not even dim her brightness. She will be a source of laughter and delight throughout the entire story. Lord Maccon - the loud, messy, gorgeous werewolf - sent by Queen Victoria to investigate a murder committed by one Miss Alexia Tarabotti. The pair of them together adds a level to the story that makes it all the more enjoyable.
I absolutely love the back and forth between them, and the constant sense of everything that is going on. Gail Carriger has a knack it seems for throwing you right into the middle of the action in Victorian London, and the language only enhanced it and I absolutely loved each and every page and I will be reading the remainder of this series, as well as the subsequent series set in the same world. ...more
Title: Unravel Me Author: Tahereh Mafi Format: Hardback Pages: 461 Date(s) ReThis review will go live tomorrow 3/1 on my blog Confessions of a Bibliophile
Title: Unravel Me Author: Tahereh Mafi Format: Hardback Pages: 461 Date(s) Read: July 25-27, 2015 Rating: 5
Summary: Juliette has escaped Omega Point, which is at the same time a place for people like her. People with gifts, and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. She can be free to love Adam...but she will never, ever be free of her lethal touch...or Warner who wants her more than she ever thought possible.
Okay, I still love this series. Even though Mafi's particular writing style does take some getting used to, however, that does not mean that it detracts from the actual story. There is a beautiful flow to the story, and the world building is wonderful. The emotional ties between her characters are something that are tangible and gut-wrenching when things do not ultimately work out the way we hope they do.
This particular story will, be like the first, and the twists and turns will keep you completely enthralled from beginning to end. Things will definitely not turn out as you hope, and Warner will break your heart just a little bit. That will be the extent of the spoilers I share with you about this particular book. I am greatly looking forward to getting my greedy little hands. I just have to wait for it to be available for either kindle or physical copy from the library!
Yes, I know this review is kinda short. However, it's about as much that I want to give for it because to give away much more will require many more spoilers that I don't intend on giving! ...more
Book the First in The Custard Protocol series. We follow Lord and Lady Maccon's daughter, Prudence and her best friend Primrose on a trip from London to India. The trip taken of course by dirigable, given to Prudence by her adopted father, Dama. However, when you are a metanatural (having the ability to take another supernatural's abilities with the merest touch) things very rarely go as smoothly as one would hope.
Okay, so I have read this one without reading all of The Parasol Protectorate series. I will remedy that eventually, the books are on my TBR pile and will be gotten to eventually. However, even with the minimal background I had about the individuals in this story, I truly did enjoy it.
It was within the first thirty or so pages that I realized that I was getting quite a few spoilers from the PP series, however, there has been enough time between reading this and the time that I ultimately get to the rest of the PP series that I will have likely forgotten them. Don't judge me. Yes, it is also killing my book OCD that I read a spin-off without finishing the ACTUAL first series.
This story did get a bit ditsy for me, and the focus on proper fashion and reputation and things like that was not entirely unexpected for the time period that this is set in. Steampunk, Victorian, etc it is quite expected for propriety and proper dress. Prim tended to annoy the absolute crap out of me, but I did enjoy the character and how she interacts with Rue as well as her brother.
The entire cast of characters were absolutely wonderful and entertaining. I love the wit and snark between the quad on "The Spotted Custard," on their time in the air and even when they stop in various places along the way from London to England.
I can understand some of the negativity that this book received, however, I can think that some of it might be around the hype for this particular book. I went into it without all of that. To be honest, the only reason I'd actually picked up the book initially from the library was the fact that I absolutely LOVED the cover, and to be honest I am a sucker for an awesome cover. I was pleasantly surprised with the story, and definitely believe that this book is so much more than an interesting cover....more