Reason Why the Mad Scientist Picked Up This book: This book was recommended to me by Black Disaster Fairy.
First Line: There was no way in hell I was looking in the mirror.
Concoction of a Review:
I grabbed my futuristic Nook, *oh* yes this contraption is highly recommended by me. If you ever find yourself instead a time machine I think you should visit 2010. I brushed my velvet skirts flat and propped up for a comfortable read in the back garden. Honestly, I was unsure of what to except from either the book or author. From the first shocking sentence the author hooked me into Dulcie's world. The flow of the words tingled, transporting me out of the garden into a unique world of magical creatures who have integrated with humans over the last 50 years. *gasps*
Dulcie, our heroine, is a fairy. However, you can erase most images from your mind when you think of Dulcie. She works for the Association of Netherworld Creatures (ANC), which enforces polices that are created for otherworldy creatures who live among humans and is writing a book on the side. Dulcie is a hardcore, smart, funny, and entertaining fairy, with some magical gifts, who is determined to be the best Regulator in the area.
Even though this was a female who mastered the art of hardcoreness she went through a bad relationship. There are a few fellows, Quillan and Knight *swoon*, that make me furiously wave my fan over my flushed cheeks. Although, her broken heart makes the romance interesting it evokes a small self confidence issue, concerning her ears. Fairies should have cute pointed ears, but she does not think so.
Dulcie teams up with Knight (off the record), a steamy pile of hot bad boy man flesh *gasps*, who is a Relations Officer from the Netherworld. Together, the two heat the pages up as they take on a mystery of murder of a magical Warlock who is known for selling illegal potions. It just so happens that Dulcie is the last person to see him alive. *tsk tsk* She sets out on this captivating mission, the bodies pile up and she is in a race to find the killer before the killer finds her first.
*Opens Parasol* This book has everything a Mad Scientist likes in a book. A dark side, handsome men, mystery, a sadistic demon, romance, good twists, magical elements, and BETRAYAL.
This book has a dark serious side and a light humorous side. I do not think you will be disappointed.
"You, one of the strongest fairies around, turned your back on a known dark arts practitioner because he had a hot guy in his store?"
"If I was narcissistic about anything, it was my hair."
"I was back to myself, but still disgusting-covered in a layer of what looked like clear snot, like I'd just dropped out of God's nose."
I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It is not a literary masterpiece or a Halloween masterpiece for that fact. It is a fun, facetious take on the young adult genre. Selzer takes teen trends, pop culture and the vampire craze that swept the nation as of late and twisted it together with irony and funny prose. As a person who is intertwined with a different age, I do not see the cleverness behind the pop culture reference standing up to the test of time.
Algonquin, otherwise known as Alley or Ice Queen of the Vicious Circle, spends her days coming up with witty one liners and working on the high school newspaper (blog). She is a very negative goose when it comes to courting and love. The Ice Queen does not want to get emotionally tangled with anyone. To temper the loneliness she uses and tosses poor boys aside. *tsk tsk* She also has the pessimistic side to life, everything will be better once I move out of this forsaken city. *sigh* These young wiper snappers do not realize that the grass is hardly greener elsewhere.
Her eyes open up and take a new brightness when she meets Doug, a goth who makes an appearance singing for the towns crappiest band, the Sorry Marios. Ice Alley starts to melt along with her reputation, from the first note she hears come out of Doug's mouth. Everything who she is becomes insignificant. She soon becomes one of those doe eyed girls who changes their skeptical outlook a the sight of good man Zombie. Now she needs to figure out about interspecies dating. *Gasps*
There were a few parts where Alley was torn over the things she wanted in life and Doug. I found it rather interesting to watch her make tough decision about her love life. This book brought me back a few centuries to when I was young lady in waiting. We did not have these types of problems to face but those are the days that shape us into the people we will become.
Ah, the ending. *Holds hand to chest* Ladies and Gentleman... the ending was a bit surprising. Even though I was shocked, Selzer did some great tinkering and wrapped up the story beautifully. This book was a sweetly spun first love romance threaded with a number of paranormal allusions.
3.1 Blasts While being mildly fun, this was a quick book to read on a different Zombie spin. Can Zombies fall in love? Now that is the Question!(less)
By: Bonnie Rozanski Published: August 29th, 2010 E-Book 231 Pages Book Art: The cover makes compelte sense once you read the book. Tags: Adult, Science...moreY
By: Bonnie Rozanski Published: August 29th, 2010 E-Book 231 Pages Book Art: The cover makes compelte sense once you read the book. Tags: Adult, Science, Genetic Engineering, Dystopia
First Line: New York City wakes up.
Why the Mad Scientist Read this Book: I'm reading this book by request of the author. I'm so honored and simply glad she asked!
Concoction of a Review:
The Mad Scientist stayed true to herself and did not dare to read the synopsis of Y. I jumped right into this E-Book not knowing a single thing about it. But I will let you in on the wonders behind this delightful book, in a science sort of way . Ok, in a epic proportion sort of way. Epic is really not drastic, we almost lost the male species in Y. Now, I am a independent woman who is in love with science, but even I admit that would be utterly devastating. Who would I swoon over?
*Puts hand on chin* I do say... what would happen if we did loose the male species? *shrugs* Luckily, we do have authors who have a special knack for creating the most drool worthy fictional boyfriends for those of us who do not have a wonderful fellow. The Mad Scientist devoured this book. The science aspect of this book was like a text book on a hookah for me. I do love science and my wheels were turning around every problem that presented itself in the book. No worries... My dear Bonnie breaks down the science quit nicely. So, no need to know anything about science to enjoy this book.
I must admit that I was not too fond of the prologue. I was shaking my head and almost wanted to put the book down and knit. If it was a darling book it probably would of been launched over the shoulder. Ok... that is drastic. However, even after finishing the book I still do not get the prologue. Skip it and you will have a 5 Blasts Rating.
Skipping the prologue we enter into a beautiful story with most wonderful characters that had this way of making the twists wrap up and intertwine into beautiful circles, following several different families throughout the catastrophic events of probably male species extinction. Sometimes I knew where the story was headed but most of the time Bonnie shocked me right out of my trousers. Dare I say, I just loved it! The science unfolded over time and the action of it all held your nose in the book, dying to know what happens next.
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Of course with many characters the Mad Scientist was bound to love and dislike a plenty of them. Deborah is an OBGYN, a wonderful character, although that is my mothers name so no matter how she wrote her I pictured my dear old mommy. (Surprise, I did not come from a test tube.) Surprisingly, this did not turn me off in anyway but made me like her even more, especially with the idea that my mom knows anything about science. Yeah, right! *smirk* She is a tax person. She is married to Larry, a database smartie with some amazing digital gadgets. (Futuristic Steampunk gadgets?) He was a bit too ideal of a man for me. Then there was Sam who was a character bordered on the edge of like and not sure. But I Loved him! He was interesting and well *gasp* he shocked me tremendously. It was just wonderful to get that jolt of excitement... too many books that you can guess what happens out there. Not this one. However, The Mad Scientist is cannot say if she agrees with what happened to him.
Then there was Bill, what an donkey butt!! He is a man that will make you barf all over John, the other donkey butt of the book. Beware of these two. They are the reason females dislike the male species, sexist much?
Where would we be without the characters we love and love to hate? They work so well together making the story work in that crazy wonderful way that we crave.
The Mad Scientist loved the book so much, minus that darn prologue. Bonnie Rozanski's book has a wonderful array of personalities, rape, bombing, so many scientific plots, cloning, science research, females running CEO & government positions, domestic abuse, a few small romances. This book is a different sort of book and it was something I needed right now to spark and fuel me for this coming month. If you want to read about a world going to the female population & the people in it then this book has it all.
Really a Scientific Fiction novel smashed into a dystopian book makes the Mad Scientist really happy!
She looked around her at the pulsing, coursing flow of people, and thought, it's like one giant bloodstream, all of us feeding the same organism, New York City. - pg 5
Anyway, figure out how many females the average male can reproduce with, - let's say 40 times... "40?" Steven repeated incredulously. - pg 214(less)
Concoction of a Review: If you skipped straight to the review, this novella had to be full of steampunkery wonders. How could the Mad Sc...moreRating 4.5...
Concoction of a Review: If you skipped straight to the review, this novella had to be full of steampunkery wonders. How could the Mad Scientist pass this one up?
Clockworks & Corsets was very fun romp through the Steampunkery genre. Right from the start she tosses you into a unique world where an airship is crewed by the damned... Wait, *shakes out all images of Depp out of her head.* The airship is manned by women. Regina Riley tosses out the set images of an androcentric world.
Rose Madigan is the captain of an steampowered airship, The Merry Widow, which is used for a small parcel pick up and drop off service around the world. However, she has been looking for a job for quiet sometimes. When she is hired by Madame Ruby of the Red House Bordello the crew is tisking over working for a whore or what problems will arise if they do not get a paid job soon. They obvious wins. The crew is off to a mysterious island in the South Pacific to find a unknown object located in a missing Mad Scientist's, Doctor Laquacious, laboratory. The crew finds themselves the island entering into the long lost laboratory, meeting the son of the crazy Doctor Atom Laquacious, and caged up by the hands of the indigenous population.
The captain and some of the other crew members also find themselves in the arms of Click the cabin boy, the only male aboard the ship. The love making was steamy and sexy. Many of the scenes were explicit. BDSM and Masturbation can be found in Clockworks & Corsets.
Meanwhile, the sex continues we find out that Madame Ruby has an intent of taking over the world with this secret weapon that Rose's crew is to be bringing back to her. She is willing to use all of her charm to get what she needs to acquire it. One wealthy man at a time. The Mad Scientist is not a person who really enjoys a read with some sort of political agenda. Frankly it makes me search around looking for some gunpowder so I can blow something up. Nonetheless... I can hardly wait to see what our dear Madame Ruby has up her power hungry sleeve.
However, I must say that even though I greatly enjoyed Clockworks & Corsets it could of used more detail. Yes, I understand the purpose of novella is to have a short read. But if there was anything that could make this novella a bit better it would be details. So, simple. More details. I wanted to know more about the fashion, moreover more about corsets. It was in the title after all. Also, more details about the ship. I was happy to think of the Black Pearl the whole time but I think a bit more would help others see a airship more clearly.
Overall, I really enjoyed all of the Steampunkery elements that were to be had in such a short amount of pages including Jayne and her infinity for creating devices and scientist brain. There were plenty of fantastic characters. All of which, I will be waiting to read more of. (less)
Michelle Moran's historical novel does not disappoint in bringing the history of the French Revolution to your imagination. She did a splendid job doi...moreMichelle Moran's historical novel does not disappoint in bringing the history of the French Revolution to your imagination. She did a splendid job doing research to show us the wonders of the 18th century France with all of its beauty which is twisted into a blood thirsty era without making the political aspect too stuffy.
Madame Tussaud should bring images of impressible wonders of actors, diplomats, & newly beloved singers. Madame Tussaud's may have been a talented artist, however, her life was much more then a wax exhibit.
We walk the streets of Boulevard du Temple through the eyes of Madame Marie Grosholtz (maiden name). She is a successful independent woman who helps her uncle, Philippe Curtis, run the Salon de Cire. Madame Grosholtz not only was graced by meeting the royal Family, King Louis the XVI and Marie Antoinette, when they came to visit the Salon de Cire, but she was also requested to be the wax tutor of King Louis's sister, Madame Elizabeth.
As events unfold it is revealed that weekly visitors of the Salon, friends of Curtis, in the after hours became major figures of the Anarchy, which was soon known as the Reign of Terror. This is hardly an understatement. Mobs killed many innocent, including women & children, commoners & nobles alike. Soon quick justice came the guillotine was introduced.
During this turbulent time Madame Grosholtz walks a fine line treading that of the royal aristocratic old ways and that of which this revolution is supposed to store to the common people of France. The mob holds power over her. If she denies their request she will be sent to prison or worse, find her head tumbling around after the guillotine slices through the creamy flesh of her neck. Yet, Madame Elizabeth has found a spot in Madame Grosholtz heart where she hopes that she will have mercy on her and her family if Austria armies comes to aid King Louis.
Henri Charles was a beautiful addition to the book. His tender relationship and non too subtle hints directed towards Madame Grosholtz had me giggle and blush for the poor woman myself. She was so driven in financial and business gain that she did not see how much this man adored her before it was announced. Dear Henri was also a man who had a solid head on his shoulders and broke up the comprehensive political battle nestled in the pages.
Overall, Madame Tussaud was a story that had me enthralled until the end. This book was extremely well written and researched!(less)
Concoction of a Review: First of all, I'd like to say Deb was really brave to write about such a taboo subject, terror to healing. In this novel she takes the obsessive boyfriend that has been glorified in many YA books and shows the truth of the matter. Obsessive relationships are not loving, actually they are the opposite. However intense this book is, the writing is detailed and easy to read. Your heart might pump a bit from the suspense of this scary situation but that is a good thing. For the Mad Scientist at least!
This book has a rotating chapter setup; past and present.
Past: Instant attraction! Christian is pretty much literally crazy for Clara. Sure he was a wonderful charming guy in the beginning... until he became co-dependent on her. He does not have an assured self esteem which leads him to text, call, and follow Clara to no ends. She moved and reacted in a way to prevent hurting his feelings or to cause a problem she knew would arise. When you are put onto a pedestal you are slowly blinded because of the power "love". This so called love started to smother Clara into noticing how much she actually walked on egg shells for Christian, instead of being herself. Christian is inclined to different acts of desperation to get Clara to... Stay.
Present: The obsession became an escalated scary possible life threatening situation. Her father said enough was enough, he moved them away to a small coastal city where no one knew who they were. You could see their witty adorable banter and friendship. We follow Clara through her healing process as she works through what has happened to her.
In the cute coastal town Clara edged around mending her heart and creating a friendship with a local sailor, Finn. He was a wonderful cheerful lad who made me swoon for him just a bit. Yes, I admit it. However, I was surprised that the friendship started to blossom that had me shocked. Such little time did Clara have from coming out of a destructive relationship where she still feared Christian to entering unrealistically fast into a new one with Finn. I did enjoy Finn so. Nonetheless, I felt the message being relayed said a new guy helps take care of the old one. Hmm... I wholeheartedly disagree, I woman can be strong and amazing all on her own. Trust me! *wink wink*
Although, this story is tense and pulls on the heartstrings the footnotes that you find at the bottom are clearly quirky fun that are more then often going to make you laugh! The Mad Scientist oh so enjoyed them!
Overall, Deb Caletti has a very well written story that has the past and present interwoven perfectly so that they are soon one in the same at the end.
4.67 Blasts Truthful, intense & amazing! Engrossing & well written! Why wouldn't you want to pick up this novel? (less)
Concoction of a review: Alex Sanchez is the author. Suburbia is the place. Lance, Allie, Sergio and Kimiko are the teens. Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender is the genre. Mad Scientist is the reader.
This small group are maneuvering through high school while trying to figure out their sexual identities. The story starts to move along with best friend duos. Lance is on the swim team and very proud of being gay. Yes, he is way out of the closet. His best friend, Allie, has been in a long term relationship with her boyfriend and is starting to question their bond. Bisexual Sergio, just got out of a relationship with a girl and Kimiko is our part Japanese lesbian who hasn't had a real relationship. Oh la la...
Our first odd couple is Lance and Sergio. The relationship is on the edge of a rocky cliff from the start due to odd relationship baggage and different sexuality views. Lance believes that bisexuality is a cop out, yet he finds himself attracted to Sergio and learns more of the this type of sexuality.
Allie is a working out a way to talk to her intended on how she feels their relationship is lacking. Meanwhile, she meets Kimiko when she goes with Lance to meet Sergio on a mall date. The girls become friends immediately. However, Allie gets that weird feeling that maybe there is something deeper going on with her.
Alex Sanchez is not a writer for all. He hits a very hard subject which some will have a hard time digesting. His style of writing is unlike anything else. He has a rotating POV that changes within chapters and sometimes even within a conversation. If you do not pay attention reading this book I do believe you will look up and say "who just said that" to yourself. However, the Mad Scientist found herself liking this style. It proved to keep my wandering mind engaged on a heavy topic in a light way.
4.01 Blasts There was a great multi cultural cast of characters who were exploring their sexuality in a cute awkward believable way. (less)
Thirteen Reasons Why is a book that I highly recommend to everyone. It has been sitting on the Mad Scientist's Nook for farther...moreConcoction of a Review
Thirteen Reasons Why is a book that I highly recommend to everyone. It has been sitting on the Mad Scientist's Nook for farther longer then it should have! Shame on the Mad Scientist! If you have also left this book hanging I suggest you do not leave it too much longer. Get to this one. I don't think you will regret it!
Thirteen Reasons Why...
I'm unsure of where to start & with that thought I believe it will be hard to write this review in the manner it deserves. Bare with me.
Let us begin in with the package. Who doesn't enjoy receiving mail, as long as it is not a hospital bill? One Clay Jensen gets a box of tapes. Of course, curiosity and the happiness of getting mail lead to a change he was not expecting. Perhaps even closure.
The mysterious tapes hold a record of Hanna Baker's last words before she killed herself. Each side of the tapes tells a story of who and why they were apart of her decision of suicide. Nobody wants to know they had to do with the death of someone. Yet, Clay received these tapes. Why? Oh, why?
Some of the stories really had me agape with the horror of how cruel life can be in high school. (If you are there.... please know that life gets better!) The story through the tapes that Clay was listening to had me angry, frustrated, and wanting Hanna to fight. Except... you realize that she was already gone and saddened by knowing that these thirteen stories were her last words.
Yes, Thirteen Reasons Why was a sad book but the writing and story had me flipping those electronic pages in a hurry. It was unbelievable straight forward writing for an issue that needs to addressed. Jay Asher's debut novel did not let me down and I will be looking forward to more of his books.(less)