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
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: Where The Wild Things Are Author: Maurce Sendak Read: Recently – May 16th, 2013 Rating: 5/5 Recommend: Most definitely
Summary: One night Max puts oTitle: Where The Wild Things Are Author: Maurce Sendak Read: Recently – May 16th, 2013 Rating: 5/5 Recommend: Most definitely
Summary: One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins. But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all. (Taken from Goodreads)
Review: This book here is by far one of my favorite books, ever. I loved the story, the delight in it. The fear that was held within those pages. I always wanted to be Max, I'd always wanted to be able to sail away on my own ship and become King, well in my case Queen, of the Wild Things. However, I would always remember that I was loved, cherished and belonged with my family, just like the Wild Things belonged on their island.
It was one of those books that got me hooked on the 'scary' things, that opened my eyes to the fact that I could love the things that scared me. That I could find enjoyment in that thrill, find an enduring friendship with those fiendish characters that fill the pages of books. Occasionally I re-read this book, to return to my roots and the first book that 'scared' me when I was a kid. That let me know what fear was. ...more
This one is actually my favorite in the series, because of the focus on Fionnaghal (Finn). Finn the Cat is most definitely one of my favorite membersThis one is actually my favorite in the series, because of the focus on Fionnaghal (Finn). Finn the Cat is most definitely one of my favorite members of League of the Healing Hand. Also, gotta LOVE her little elven cat Goblin. ...more
Title: Angel Evolution Author: David Estes Rating: 5
Summary: Taylor meets a cute boy when she goes off to college, however, she seems to be the only oneTitle: Angel Evolution Author: David Estes Rating: 5
Summary: Taylor meets a cute boy when she goes off to college, however, she seems to be the only one that sees the subtle glow that surrounds here. There is also something about him that scares her. However, she is also unknown to her, the key to ending a century old war centered on evolution.
Review: Okay, this was another free from the author book for an unbiased and honest review. I have to say this, for his first book David Estes has officially gotten me hooked on this delightful series. The ending of this book has me ready to tear my hair out with worry over Gabriel’s fate, no I am not telling you what happens you will have to read this book and find out…I’m not joking. This is David’s first book and truth be told I could find very little fault with this book, there was occasional missing words or little things like that, but not enough to throw me off or turn me away from the book. The concept of evolution of angels and demons is something that intrigued me and I liked the fact that he created a mythos concerning them that has little or nothing to do with the religious aspects that we tend to uses as a focal point for these beings. The fact that they are essentially human beings who have evolved into something above and beyond what we are is fantastic, and the origin story for it is as unique as the mythos he has created. Dionysius, one of my favorite Greek Gods plays a pivotal role in this book, but he isn’t the good guy that many think that he is, nor is he anything like the Greek God persona that he often has. I adore it, and will get my hands on the last two books in this series as well.
Recommendations: Paranormal lovers, urban fantasy lovers, young adult lovers, supernatural lovers, and those who are looking for a unique and innovative take on angels and demons....more
This is the first book that I’ve read written by John Green and I do not think that it will be the last. This book is absolutely amongst my favoritesThis is the first book that I’ve read written by John Green and I do not think that it will be the last. This book is absolutely amongst my favorites and it is by far a tear jerker, but it isn’t your average cancer book, because cancer books suck.
I love the story within a story, the friendship between Isaac, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. All three have some various type of cancer: Isaac’s is in his eyes, Hazel Grace has stage IV thyroid cancer (with masses in her lungs), and Augustus Waters has Osteosarcoma and has already lost a leg. They meet through a support group, and there is friendship and true love that is formed in this rag-tag trio of cancer survivors.
Isaac got a piece of my heart because his heart was broken, because no one wants to break up with someone when they become even more disabled than they already were to begin with – thanks to the cancer.
Augustus Waters, got a huge place in my heart for his razor sharp wit and his undeniable charm. He is the guy you simply have to love because he just is. Romantic at heart, I love the fact that he uses his wish to benefit Hazel Grace, taking her to Amsterdam to meet the author of her favorite book An Imperial Affliction, which ends abruptly and she wants to know why, and know what happens to the characters within the book.
Hazel Grace, not your average cancer kid, she’s smart, honest, tough chick, and I adore her. Her personality is absolutely catching (well, it is after she meets Augustus Waters and goes from being Hazel to Hazel Grace). The way she interacts with the world, is not something you’d expect given her situation, constantly on oxygen, and her body essentially turning against her at every turn.
The ups and downs of life of children with cancer is given a unique view, because it is told from those children who are living it, surviving it, or ultimately succumbing to it. To say that I made it through this book without crying would be a lie, I sobbed at several points through this book, I laughed at several points through this book, and truth be told, I cursed at the author of An Imperial Affliction (whose name escapes me at the moment), however, these are characters that will stick with me for quite some time. Not your average young adult romance or your average cancer book, and these are not normal teenagers, not normal children at all. They are a far cry from normal and their biggest worries are not which celebrities are getting together with who, or what outfit they will be wearing to school to attract the attention of the cute member of the opposite sex – instead they are worrying if they will live to see another birthday, if things will continue to go up hill, or if they will suddenly be tumbling headlong in to areas where medicines no longer work.
By far one of my favorite books of this year, and I will be reading more John Green in the future....more
Title: Across the Universe Author: Beth Revis Format: Hardcover Pages: 398 Date(s) RThis review can also be found on my blog: Confessions of a Bibliophile
Title: Across the Universe Author: Beth Revis Format: Hardcover Pages: 398 Date(s) Read: July 7-9, 2015 (re-read) Rating: 3
17-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the spaceship, Godspeed and expects to wake up 300 years in the future. However, she is woken up fifty years too early. Her awakening wasn't a computer error, but an intentional thing. Someone, among the thousands on the ship, was trying to kill her. Her parents will be next if she can't find out who it is. She must race to find the ship's hidden secrets, however, there is only one name on her list of murder suspects that matters: Elder. The future leader of the ship and the love she never saw coming.
Okay, so I've now read this book twice. Yes, twice. Before actually sitting down and formulating this review. Note, there was also eight months between my last read and this review. Yeah, I've been sitting on this one for a little while and for reasons that I will get to momentarily.
I did not love this book. I also did not hate this book. Thus the somewhere in the middle three that it has received. It is a good book, however, for me there were a few issues. The characters for one, I couldn't really find a true connection with either of them.
Amy came off as a Mary Sue, and the point of her Mary Sue-ness was stressed even more with the biggest cliche to describe her red hair "flaming red hair," is something that drives me absolutely crazy. She honestly doesn't even have that great a personality, and it is like she is stuck in two modes: running or complaining about her left behind boyfriend. I get it, you're a teenager and you were forced to leave your boyfriend....a boyfriend and a relationship that I really had no connection with, no understanding of, or scope of aside from the few seconds of flashback that we were given. Jason - ask me about him and honestly, I would have absolutely nothing to tell you. I have no idea what his personality is, or even what to tell you made him so great to Amy.
Elder. Seriously, I do not like him at all. I mean, I'd probably like him if he wasn't a jerk, or seriously shallow. His only thoughts about Amy are objectifying. He wants to make out with her. He wants to have sex with her. Seriously dude, get a grip. Then, what we learn about Elder makes me really, really angry. It also further proves just how absolutely shallow and self-serving this guy really is. Why would you do that? Why would you freaking RISK her life, just for that?! Oh, right, you also just want to make out with her and have sex with her. I got it. Elder is a douche.
Right, I've officially gotten that out of my system. For now. I think. At least until I get to book two and I might have to hop back on the "I really don't like Elder" train.
The ending, however left me feeling kinda meh. Everything was pretty much tied up just a little bit too neatly, too easily. The reasons for the murders did not make a whole lot of sense. Also, seriously? Are we arriving on Centauri-Earth in this book? Is Amy going to be living out her life without her parents? Is she going to end up having a relationship with said objectifying douche? Please someone give me the answers, because they are simply NOT in this book.
I think it is worth the read, despite the fact that there were things that drove me quite batty about this book. YAY I managed to actually write this review without having to use the spoiler tag. A feat that I wasn't certain was going to happen. Win. For. Me....more
I absolutely adore this book. I'm not usually a fan of Civil-War themed books, but this one more focuses on the life of Lincoln. To think of him as aI absolutely adore this book. I'm not usually a fan of Civil-War themed books, but this one more focuses on the life of Lincoln. To think of him as a Vampire Hunter, and the roles that Vampires play in the initiation of the Civil War and their dependency on slavery to feed their need for blood.
Its a unique concept, and is also the first book that I've read by this author. However, I will now be hunting for Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and see if I can get into that one (never mind I have to be in a mood to read even a modicum of Austen's books).
Title: Game of Thrones Author: George R.R. Martin Rating: 5/5
Summary: Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balaTitle: Game of Thrones Author: George R.R. Martin Rating: 5/5
Summary: Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective wall. To the south, the King's powers are failing, and his enemies are emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the King's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but also the kingdom itself. A heroic fantasy of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and evildoers who come together in a time of grim omens.
Review: Why did I initially pick up this book? Truthfully, because it was being turned into a television show on HBO, which I’ve yet to see, but in my desire to see it, wanted to familiarize myself with the world that Martin created. Truth be told, I am glad I did. I am completely and totally sucked into this world that he has created, even with its gory aspects and the twisted politicking of the high ranking individuals in the book. Am I placing this book on the level that I would place Lord of the Rings, absolutely not, because they are two very different stories and thus should not be compared in the realm of epic fantasies.
A Game of Thrones, is essentially a boy’s soap opera. Dark, twisted, sinister and nasty; filled with violence and sex and even the slightest touches of magic and supernatural. The characters are big, brash and they engage in incest, hide their secrets, make dirty deals, and manage to completely screw up themselves, their families and their friends. It is your average soap opera with plate mail armor and bloody battles. All in all it is very, very good. If Days of Our Lives was like this, I would most definitely watch it more often.
Even with its overarching soapiness, I was impressed with this book and the way that it sucked me into the world that martin created. The stark brutality of it, the drive to vengeance, and the fact that no character - no matter how heroic – is safe from anything. The overwhelming pathos in every action and reaction, the textures and smells and sounds of our world transplated in Martin’s made me believe that all of it, even the two punch denouement of the final Catelyn and Daenerys chapters, was possible.
I have read the second and third books in this series, and their reviews will be coming soon.