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)
Concoction of a Review: This was a great ride – not your average ordinary bland bandwagon vampire novel. I wanted to read it fast because it was so good and slow because I didn’t want it to end. When Greyfrair finally did come to an end I was full of emotion for this book that once I read the last word I literally hugged the book. For the Mad Scientist this book was that good. No, it was an amazing string of words that needs to be put on a silver platter!
Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar is quite a book that is made by twisting and welding together Steampunkery, a dash of horror, whipped with major action and adventure, if that were not enough lets top it off with slight romance with a side of politics and of course some bloody war. Really, what in the world is this book missing. Not a thing!
However, this book was not good just because it was the ultimate at combining genres. Clay and Susan Griffith have a gift for providing the most wonderful words together to bring you right into the book. The images that were tossing about in my head were bold and full which had me thinking I was really along for the ride. Not only did the imagery of the world blow me away but the fight scenes had me all up in a huff of excitement! I wanted to grab a sword and a hero and jump into the fight!
The Northern Hemisphere was attacked in 1870, nearly killing and destroying what we know to be the Western Civilization. The Great Killing.
Princess Adele, the heir of Equatoria is due to wed a renowned vampire killer, Senator Clark, and united her Empire with America. This arrangement now poses a threat to the vampires that live in the northern areas of the world. Adele and her younger brother Simon are on their way to northern territories for political matters in Marseilles when their dirigible is intercepted by a larger than normal ban of vampires lead by Flay. She is warrior vampress that follows orders from her master, Cesare the youngest son of King Dimitry. He is known for mass killing of humans. Now the heir of Equatoria, Adele, is running from… Flay. These vampires are parasitic with very powerful physical characteristics whom roam freely in the colder areas, feedlot humans for dinner, and terrorize others so they are afraid of being enslaved by them.
*Damsel in distress announces the entrance of said hero.*
The Greyfriar swoops in to save her. I fell in love with him as soon as he pulled out all of these weapons and started hacking up the vampires on top of him in a gory morbid way. *sigh* It is also quite a shock because The Greyfriar is a man whose stories of heroism and acts of battle are all thought to be fables. He ended up being this strong yet mysterious man who drew in not only me but our lovely Adele as well. (I should mention that she is crafty with a weapon as well!) Ultimately is kidnapped… ah, heiress-napped albeit her best efforts of flight and the efforts of her masked mystery fighter, by Flay who brings her to England for Cesare.
Enter… Gareth, the oldest son and heir to the Vampire Empire once King Dimitry leaves this world. He lives in Scotland away from his role of heir to the supposed throne. He pulls the heir card and takes Adele away from Cesare’s hand. He starts to learn more about “human” culture through Adele. I found myself chuckling when he was learning to write.
There is one huge shocking twist to this tale that had me and probably most of the readers a bit shocked when it was revealed. It is something that makes this story just that more incredible. I urge you to read this one because if you don’t you are missing out, *wink*.
The growth and development between Adele and Greyfriar was utterly touching, it had me dabbing a small tear away. Their emotions gradual grew to make it all that more believable. She was strong and held herself up to her values. He showed her that not all things you are taught are always right. She learned to trust another. The tender relationship between these two was very pleasing.
Overall, Loved Loved Loved Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar. Tis was truly a grand tale of vampires and humans that was packed full of action right from chapter 1! I am going to be waiting for Book Two... Wait! I am already waiting for Book Two, from the minute this book ended!
*Thanks to the wonderful people behind PYR I received a copy of this fabulous Steampunkery novel. However, this has not affected my actions, feelings, or review of this book.* (less)
Concoction of a Review: Nicole Peeler's Jane True Series has me on edge. I read one book one earlier this year. Jen the Bibliophile sent me book 2 & 3 because she knows my infinity for starting a series but never continuing with it. After completing Tracking the Tempest a book full of snark and supernatural hunks I quickly decided that this series would not be left unread.
**Note to self: Go buy book 4, Eye of the Tempest, soon!!!**
Tempest's Legacy jumps in shortly after Tracking the Tempest ended. Jane continues to train her offensive and defensive magical technique. Her relationship is still a ball of tension from the end of the last book. Which leads us to seeing more of Anyan. Jane's eyes start to wonder toward the Barghest. *waggles eyebrow*
Nonetheless, there is a surprising bout of news that ruffles Jane's feathers. Someone found out that supernatural females were being taken. Not kindly I might add. This horrid news includes information about someone who she most would love to meet and know more about. Dying to know who?? *grin*
The mystery takes Jane out of little ol' Rockabill, her hometown in Maine, as she tags along to figure out what exactly is going on and how to stop it. We have a mix of characters from the first book, from Ryu's Boston team & even a few brand new characters! Interactions are hilarious at best!! We are even pulled into a new area... The Borderlands!! (Many exclamation points but it truly is exciting!)
This book has little to no nookie in it so I was a bit disappointed in that but I'm looking forward to Anyan. *blushes*
It truly is a great series!!! Peeler's snark is completely sprinkled throughout this novel like the others, however, the demeanor is a lot darker. The events that unfold are a bit harsh and force Jane to grow even more, powerfully and emotionally. Jane True is Truly Bad A$$ in this book!
*I received this book free of charge from my sassy friend Jen! My Mad review is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book and the very yummy men inside. *(less)
Concoction of a Review: There is snark and laughter from page one. I read the first, Tempest Rising, a while back... Mad Scientist thinks in Jan/Feb and just loved it. Thus far the second in the series is following in suit quit nicely. *rubs hand together* Yes! Quit nicely. I can also let you know that this book full of Jane antics did not let the Mad Scientist down. Nicole Peeler has a way with writing. Fun yet complex. I wonder if that is how she likes her men? *Waggles eyebrow*
*Gasps* Nicole you have my little old mind on Vampires & Barghest oh my!!
Our naughty little half-selkie Jane True was meeting up with her over protect hot "vampire" boyfriend Ryu for little Valentine's Day body intertwinement. I am most certainly not the only naughty one here! However, her sexy weekend with her buff controlling, overprotective Ry fizzled when she got caught up in the middle of one of his paranormal detective cases. My dear Jane your weekend was scorched but I promise I can take care of him! *evil grin amasses my face*
Jane attempts to stay out of harms way and sadly away from the arms of her lover by heading back to her cozy town, Rockabill. Silly name but it grows on you. She went back to her boring routine of a life. Working at the bookstore, taking care of her father, & training to create mage balls. Ladies! I said MAGE balls... let us stay on track here. At any rate, with her pitiful attempts at hiding Conleth the psycho serial killer found her!
This dangerous fact ends up to be wonderful for the reader. Jane is thrust into Boston out of her comfort zone. Slapped right in the middle where all the supernatural nonsense is hitting the paranormal fan I just imagined in my mind. Thus we get to meet new wonderful characters!! It was especially fun to meet Ryu's deputies... lackeys you call them now a days? *smirks & blushes* Do not find yourself surprised when you read about the "man" who does not wear any pants!
Ryu can be delicious in a certain way. I did twitch a few times at those certain moments where he is tainted with selfishness. Makes me cringe when the overprotective self righteous men spring out at you from under the ultra hotness. Ladies there is a reason he is sooo old and single!!
Oddly enough the Barghest had me drooling. *wink wink* Oh, that was a horrid pun to use on behalf of my dear Anyan. This paranormal species is a shape shifting dog that knows how to cook and has more power then he knows what to do with. Now I would like to help him use some of that pent up power in the bedroom!! *blushes profusely* Ah, that would be wondrous. *gaps* Mad Scientist would just like to quote a certain fellow bookie as she would call this character, "Sex on a Stick!!"
The Mad Scientist admits she fell in love with this boy when she first watched Troy but with his long hair and scruffy face makes him the perfect Anyan!!
Overall, Tracking the Tempest was a great read. I got to picture this man for well over 300 pages! Crazy one liners had me laughing out to myself, insane plot twists kept my brain busy & there were sexy romps to be had! I never wanted to put this book down!
*I received this book free of charge from my sassy friend Jen! My Mad review is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book and the very yummy men inside. *
5 Blasts A whole new fantasy world that you are sure to enjoy! New races, huge killer frogs, & a hero on a quest for a magic word!(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)
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)