Concoction of a Review: I've never read a Fablehaven book. *Gasps* Sorry, it is true but that might have to change. Brandon Mull's A World Without Heroes: Beyonders is the first installment of his next series. If you decide to skip down to the rating... All you should know is that I will be picking up the rest of the series as it comes out!
Our young hero, Jason, started off as just a average boy trying to be suave for a girl he was pining for. Then during a fateful but uniquely odd event involving a hippo (Yes, I said Hippo!) where he landed in another world. Ever so quickly he manages to get himself in as much trouble as possible. I mean his face was about to be plastered all over wanted signs through out the lands of Maldor, an evil tyrant of wizard. *tsk tsk* The Mad Scientist doesn't even think she could of managed such a great feat!
The beginning seemed a tad bit slow, at least for me. Quickly, there was action on nearly every page... so keep flipping if you get discouraged. You warm up to Jason as he starts out on this quest for a magic word. He wants to go home because he doesn't think he is a hero or nearly the type of person who could pull of a quest of this magnitude. However, the Mad Scientist was secretly cheering him on through the dangerous tasks that such a perilous quest demands of him.
I think I may be leading you down the wrong path. Jason did have some help, major help. There were a few tasks that he couldn't of completed without the help of Rachel. Another, Beyounder who also found herself stuck in such an unusual world. Just goes to show that Men no matter how much you think you can... you just can't do everything by yourselves. Women are just too amazing! You need us! There were so many fun fantasy elements that came with this world. A talking head, a race who was able to remove and reattach body parts, huge killer frogs, an evil wizard. Brandon Mull did not use an element more then once it seemed like. There was something new around every corner for our hero to encounter. Finding humor scattered between the risky parts had me giggling to myself. (Yes, I said Giggle!)
Overall, I didn't expect this book to be wonderful. With that being said Brandon Mull blew me away and I loved to hit a good book so expectantly. It is a book that will be loved by young and old, male or female! Although, I would have to step back and say not too young. Some vocab is challenging for my 8 year old and just a few for my 10 year old. I encourage them looking up words. Also, the violence was pretty detailed. I would not allow my boys to read this until at least 12 due to the description of death and killing.
*I received this free eGalley via from publisher Aladdin via Simon and Schuster Galley Grab in exchange for my honest review. * (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)
Concoction of a Review: My dears, I do not think I will mislead you when I say I adore Clare's writing in City of Bones! This prequel was more within my bounds since it does include mass amounts of Steampunkery. Mad Scientist had to give this wonder a whirl!! Shamed I am though, due to leaving it wait for so long.
Without fare ado...
My dear Tessa Grey, as ghastly as she was dressed, she is no damsel in distress if you will. From the start she leaves America head over to the more stylish part of the world at the time. London meets her with a crazy duo (who were given the appropriate naming) the Dark Sisters. This doesn't seem out of sorts, however, she was supposed to be meeting her older brother, Nate. Needless to say our Tessa was kidnapped. These gruesome ladies push her to do painful tasks that reveal to us and Tessa of her true nature.... she is not as human and normal as she thought. *gasps*
Let us sit for a moment and process that. *sips some tea* Not human... How interesting! Even though I would have to say, it was a bit over dramatic. Don't tsk me. I assure you that this bit of information is a meant to fool you. For me this novel just galloped along at the slow pace matching my steed, Molasses.
Skip 50 pages... Ah, now here is where I think Clare finally switch from that awful bitter coffee to the distinguished taste of tea.
Too the dashing parts that makes my cheeks blush and my heart pitter patter in my chest. The fictional dashing fellows. Silver haired Jem made my heart swoon for him. Suffering and diseased as he may be. I will fight you off with my parasol for him! Mind you it is silver tipped!! The mouthy bad boy Will, was one that I wanted to slap and kiss and slap again. He got under my skin but not in a disturbing way. These boys did make the pages flip quickly away from these gloved finger in hop of more!
That's my girl Clare ;)
Now please do not fret my loves. If you did not pick up the City of Bones or the rest of the series it is very much ok. At least I would presume to think so. You would have a bit more of an understanding but who needs that when you have Jem and Will admist the pages!
Tessa does a good job at bring the Shadowhunter world to the reader since she too struggles to find out more of the world and of how her origins fit into it. Tessa is also a wonderfully strong and confident woman who doesn't make you cringe. Even more so since it was based back in the historical day where women were meant to be seen and not heard. I was expecting a daffodil who had to have matching parasols and shoes but this was just not the case!
This is a prequel I remind myself *sips more tea* however, it does make me on edge. There were just too many similarities between the characters of this series and the Mortal Instruments for this Mad Scientist to ignore. Tessa resembles Clary. As Will does Jace and Jem is like Alec. I could even say that dear Jessamine is like Isabelle. I was really hoping for Clare to make more of jump. I wanted new amazing characters that were unique and just as lovable. Not the same ones with new names.
For this reason I was a bit disappointed.
Overall, Clockwork Angel will give you Steampunk on many of its pages. Victorian London is a place that will dazzle you and make you think of nasty work conditions of the time. (Dickens) Clockwork automons are wonderful and the mysterious twist was enough to have my bloomers twisted as well. It was a dark Steampunkery read but not my favorite.
*I purchased this hardcover book with my own monies. The review is honest and is of my own Steampunkery mind. *
3.57 Blasts It was a dark Steampunkery read but not my favorite. (less)
This book really had the premise to be a good book. However, I found myself really bored. I would fall asleep after reading a few pages. Not a book fo...moreThis book really had the premise to be a good book. However, I found myself really bored. I would fall asleep after reading a few pages. Not a book for me.
I just completed a book review of Bite Me which had a Vampire Hunter/Slayer now I venture not far to Demon Hunter/Slayer. Contemporary, pft we can through that out the carriage and stomp on that right away!
Slayer books need something new. This books offers up the idea of demons and such creatures as being endangered species. Just like the bald eagle they are protected by the government. What is one called when they are against government rule? Terrorist. Kali D'Angelo is just that... Every Other Day.
Every Other Day she switches between a crude demon killer and young girl who attends high school and tries to cope with living with only her father who is not... a mom. Kali does not understand where and why she has power to kick supernatural derriere. When she is human we get to see how shrewd and intelligence during dangerous circumstances.
As one would expect our protagonist to be a misfit at school. Yet, she is faced with a decision to save one of her school mates. Wait, she is not power vixen at the moment. Will she do the right thing and risk her life?
One of the turn offs is her down and out attitude. Sympathy was to be had at first but it would not stop. However, I admit she did end up with a great band of misfits.
Overall, fast paced nonstop heroine action was packed around a complex scheme.
*Free ARC from NetGalley which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. * (less)
Vampire Hunter/Slayer is not a new concept. However, I have not watched or read any of Buffy so I will not be comparing at all.
The young Val Shapiro is the vampire hunter within Bite Me who is girl who is trying to find herself among a world she does not feel apart of. One thing stands in the way... she is part demon. Lola is the other side of Val, who has to feed and she loves lust from men.
Val found a way to dampen her powers from the demon blood in slaying vampires. Using her unique status to keep her city safer. Meanwhile, it is enough to keep the sassy Lola in check. Yet, Val was still scorned by her family.
She was used as a escape goat for things that went wrong. Continually being blamed for anything that goes wrong. Finally, she was told to stay away from her family.
What was my favorite part of the book you may ask? The Hellhound!! *gasps* Fang has his own personality who really brings some humor to the book. Their interactions cut the seriousness at times and brought a smile to my face more then once and laughing out loud.
Overall, nonstop heroine action. Great fight scenes!! Intertwine that with fun sideline characters makes it a fun book. The Mad Scientist will be looking forward to book two and three! Try Me & Fang Me!! (less)