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)
Concoction of a Review: Legend, is an action packed book set in future Los Angeles. The United States is not longer United... or better known as the Re...moreConcoction of a Review: Legend, is an action packed book set in future Los Angeles. The United States is not longer United... or better known as the Republic. The commander is cruel, lethal, and I would like to see where she fits into the story more with book two. I believe that if a country and it's government thinks they are amazing and doing right by all of their people I would have to say, "what is the catch?" I mean who doesn't love blackmail and corruption?!? *shakes head*
When the Republic is not busy being corrupt they are off at war with the Colonies.
The inky goodness here alternates between June & Day. I admit the Mad Scientist loved the gold lettering.
A 15 year old prodigy who had a perfect score on her trial. (Futuristic SAT basically.) She is also a serious kick-butt chick. June is excellence at military activities such as expertly handling guns & scaling building in record time, nonetheless, she has a feminine wardrobe that made me envious of our little hero.
She was a rich thing but very humble about it. How could you not enjoy her?
Her life is tossed upside down when Metias, her brother was murdered. She was pulled out of university to fulfill her military duties... Including the capture of the Republics worse criminal ---> Day. She was happy to take this job knowing that she could not let Metias's killer walk around.
Day had the Mad Scientist from the very beginning. Poor, caring, blue eyes, and well, just too interesting to not enjoy reading about him. Darn my little heart swooned for him and felt sad when the worst was going on. Why Day? *tear*
He was from the poor area of the Republic where things just were not kind. Illegal fights, starvation and plague was to be had on these streets. Yet our handsome 15 year old endeared without carrying one of those ugly chips on his shoulders.
He was very found of his family even if they thought he wad dead. He tried to protect them in every way possible... one day it meant doing the most incredible thing!
Tess was a poor girl that he ended up befriending. She was a medical wonder as well strong yet vulnerable at the same time. I adored her greatly. Day protected her and she looked after him just the same.
June was wondering about in the poor sector doing undercover work, looking for the murderer. Just so happens everyone thinks it is Day. She ended up getting into an unfortunate predicament when protective Day swooped in and saved her even though she was a stranger. He fell for her and she.... You will just have to read to find out *wink wink*
From then on their lives are woven together. From opposite sides of society and trying to make it in the world. -----
Overall, *Pops parasol* let me be honest here. Legend has scandal, murder & adventure. However, I did set this book down half way through for a day or two. I did not feel the desperate need to get back to it. Although, Day did bring me back. Curiousity will kill the Mad Scientist one day.
I also admit that I loved the second half of the book!! I'm so glad I did not forget to finish this one.
*Free ARC from BEA 2011 which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book and the very persistent young man inside. *
Concoction of a Review: Once In A Full Moon has not received the most extraordinary reviews. The Mad Scientist pushed that aside to give this book a chance. After all, it has been sitting on my shelf for long enough. It was a short endeavor and it had promises of a werewolf. How could I ignore it any longer?
I ransacked the kitchen when the cook was not fluttering around. I have the perfect cookie cutter for our oh so prim and proper Celeste. She is a girl who lives on the right side of the city, who hangs out with the right people, and dates the quarterback, Nash. *shakes head* Jocks! Why is it a must to date the airhead male to be accepted in the Young Adult world? *Gross* Her bland life bored even me. However, I got more of a thrill when she is launched into a world wind of confusion when the mysterious bad boy, Brandon, shows up at their school. Thank goodness for transfers!
*Gasps* A bad boy? Yes! Brandon has a minor bad reputation that is fueled mostly by snarky classmates who live off of rumors. *evil grin amasses my face* Lucky for us they are based on a old town legend. Celeste might just find out how true the werewolf legend really is.
This Mad Scientist had just a few problems that would of really rumpled my skirts if I jumped into this book with high hopes.
First, I found Celeste to dote on Brandon more then a proper girl should. Honestly, it is just not becoming! All of the obsessive inner monologue was not even interesting. Obnoxious even.
Second, she had some crappy friends. They didn't care one bit for her happiness. Just status. *Grr...* No wonder we are a self people. We allow it.
Third, original as the werewolf lore was... it just did not make me a believer. The mythology was different, cute even, but a speaking non destructive werewolf that is basically a hairy person does not work for me.
Once In A Full Moon is just predictable.
What the Mad Scientist did like... *Pops parasol* Let us walk and chat.
Mr. Worthington. He was just an adorable loveable old man who made his home at the local nursing home. I would of baked him some fritters and brought over a basket of sweets. His manner made me wish I had a grandfather of his likeness.
Brandon!! The boy was adorable and he just made my cheeks flare with a redness. He made this book worth the time. I do wish they would of revealed more of him. Perhaps in the book two. Nonetheless, I was on edge when he let cook cutter treat him badly. Excuse me, I can be nicer! *crushworthy small swoon*
Once In A Full Moon is not a book I would readily recommend to my fellow book lovers. But if you pick it up and picture Marlon like I did then I would have to say it was worth the small amount of time I put into it.
*I purchased this book with my own money at a book signing. No... the author did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book and the very yummy men inside. *
3 Blasts ---> Desirable A thought crossed my mechanical brain... This might be a good book for Tweens and a cute read for fans of Werewolf lore. (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.
Concoction of a review: Oh, where do I begin with this one? Die For Me opens the story with a young girl so racked with grief over the loss of her pare...moreConcoction of a review: Oh, where do I begin with this one? Die For Me opens the story with a young girl so racked with grief over the loss of her parents that you could not help but to feel empathy for the dear. Her sister moves them both over to Paris to their grandparents to change the scenery and hopefully the Parisian air will help them heal.
I love how Plum has a mysterious dark stranger swoop into Kate's life. She may have noticed him but I was delighted at the fact that their first few encounters were less then wonderful, just awkward. Beyond that she believes he is not very virtuous assuming that this handsome soul is a criminal of all things. Unexplainable events unfolds around mystery boy and soon she finds out that Vincent is hardly normal, much less even alive.
We slowly learn about Vincent's supernatural state and that of his "family". Revenants are not exactly Zombies but they are walking dead. They pasted away saving others and are now chosen to reanimate so they can continue saving people, often by loosing their lives once again. Although, they do are unable to go to their afterlife destination due to regenerating in three days time. How interesting does this concept sound?! I was profoundly intrigued.
Now, so far this sound like a interesting but bland story. The Mad Scientist loves a good twist and Amy Plum does this by adding in the Numa. The offical bad boys of the Undead! Unlike the Revenants who died saving lives the Numa murdered and pilaged in the former life and they continue on this path. The war between Vincent and his kindred are at constant odds with the Numa, casualties are to be had.
The sweet romance between Kate and Vincent was lovely, there was no part where I felt it was forced. There was a connection between the two but I need to reinforce the fact that she does not jump into his arms immediately and fall so far in love that she races to him. Kate knows that her heart is not healed from her parents death. Due to this, she is a guarded soul who ends up leaving Vincent. The best part of Vincent that will make you swoon over him is when he decides to be a valiant and fight for their relationship. A true old soul.
Charlotte, a revenant, was a strong female who was about to do some series damage by kicking Numa butt but she was also a lone female in the house until Kate came along. Kate also bonded with most of Vincent's other kindred as well. However, there is one who did not approve of having a human of all things amongst them. It is chilling and spins the book in different directs when this character is in the scene.
Dislikes, of course I have a few minor issues. There are some elements that just make you want to sigh but then you realize it is found in nearly all YA. Melodramatic drama & a love that sounds like it will stand the test of time. Her grandparents are in the picture although, I was a tad upset that they let the girls do which ever they pleased. A bit more rules would of been more believable.
Overall, The Mad Scientist found this book to be a light reading with a few editing problems (it is an ARC afterall). It is not a profound piece of YA literature but it is a very entertaining story that does not completely follow closely down the same path as others.
I do believe that this book has laid out the groundwork and background for the idea of Revenants and the Numa. The next in the series has so much potenial to be amazing. The Mad Scientist is already waiting for it!(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)
Concoction of a Review: The day was gloomy at home. I looked at my shelves wanting to read something. *sigh* Nothing on one of my many shelves did not...moreConcoction of a Review: The day was gloomy at home. I looked at my shelves wanting to read something. *sigh* Nothing on one of my many shelves did not jump at me. I had the bulter ready the carriage to make a run to the libaray. Riding cloak in hand I was off. The library has the odd smell to it that only a book lover would enjoy. I took a deep breath and started to sally through the isles of inky wonders. I grabed Hush Hush off the shelf not thinking it would amount to much but I wanted it.
*Gasps!* This was much more than I expected… in a good way. I even managed to get my own hardcover copy for my favorite books of all times shelf. *sigh* It is the most beautiful sight! Now I have a lovely hardcover copy of Cresendo right along side of it. Which I hope to get to soon.
Nora Grey, a sophomore seemed to be living a pretty wonderful life. Which included a truly grand friend, Vee. Those types of friends are hard to come by. They even endured Biology together. I know many groan at the though to of science but this was just a plus for me *grin*. Now us readers get a bit lucky and well, our duo have a stroke of discomfort when the dear biology professor decided to do the unspeakable. He made everyone change their lab partners, breaking up the girls. However, now Nora is now partnered with the mysterious silend badboy, Patch Cipria. From that moment, that little change her normal life was soon to be less then that. Everything starts to change….
Weird events start to happening to her. Like a mysterious car crash. She freaks out and thinks she maybe loosing it. Maybe she is!
Patch is one of those dark and brooding types that knows exactly what to say or not say to drive Nora to the brink of… lets just say he gets her all flustered and mad. Albeit her frustration with him she can't seem to stay away from Patch. It's a scary weird attraction she does not understand yet she is compelled by him. Nora is afraid to lust after him and she is just simply afraid due to a few mysterious occurances. There has to be something blasphemous about the possiblitiy of that relationship. The Mad Scientist really wanted to love him but he comes out as being creepy in the beginning, creepier then I would care to admit. But must admit I love the innuendos that come out of his mouth. I can just picture Noras knickers getting all twisted with her face all up in a huff of anger and embarrassment. It truly made me laugh out loud… more than once.
Picture cloaks, magnification glasses, and proper pick locks because Nora and Vee do some investigation of their own which leads nowhere. Soon, her fear switches to Vee who gets herself into a scary situation without knowing it. Vee is alone with Elliot and Jules who are not exactly what they seem.
Nora races through the twists and turns in the edge if fear. So did I. Well, at least on the edge part!
This novel was Becca Fitzpatrick's debut book, that made the Mad Scientist an instant fan! She has easily wiggled her way onto my favorites list and I can hardly wait for Crescendo to come out! Hush Hush was a fast paced page flipper. I personally could barely put it down! The story was I tense with well thought out plot twists. What I mean is, the Mad Scientist was guessing throughout the book instead of being told what I already figured out. Tis true, it is hard to out whit this brain.
Overall, the Mad Scientist is more then pleasantly pleased. It was a wonderful read and a great debut novel! (less)
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)