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'm going to start off this review with the most positive thing I can say about the book. The cover is simply darling. *swoon*...moreConcoction of a Review: I'm going to start off this review with the most positive thing I can say about the book. The cover is simply darling. *swoon* Gothic meets dark & Twisted! I do believe the person who designed this cover really created a beautiful piece of work. The Mad Scientist is in love with the fact that I can go wild with facial images for Luce. Thanks for keeping her face hidden.
Lauren Kate's first in the Fallen series did not thrill the Mad Scientist into becoming fan by any means. I found the writing to be ok and the plot to also be just ok with nothing stand outish for me to latch onto. Many scenes were drawn out and repetitive which made about the first half of the book to be quite boring for me... until I found myself at page 182. Finally, some words that pulled me out of my must keep reading coma. Now I hope the story can move forward!
"All he was doing was shaking the water from his wet head, but a glare if droplets seemed to hover over him, outside him, defying gravity in a wide span across his arms. The way the water shimmered in the sunlight, it almost looked like he had wings." Page 182
Lucinda Price (AKA Luce) gets dropped off at Sword & Cross by her parents, a less than traditional boarding school located in Savannah, Georgia. After getting to know Luce, I found out that her protagonist character is even more annoying than Bella Swan from Twilight. If I was her parents I would drop her off too! Things seem bleak for her here. She tries to get herself settled among the other students and appear normal. Luce meets some interesting people while she is at Sword & Cross. I loved Arriane's character because she was a bit out there. It is always fun when you find a character that is NOT one dimensional.
Not only does Luce see shadows but she is internally battling with herself over her possible involvement of a mysterious death of a classmate/boyfriend. This I could understand but almost as soon as she walked into Sword & Cross she was swooning over two fellows. How badly could she feel bad about the loss of her old boyfriend? Magically, healed and ready for more action, it was seriously creepy how she was able to move on... Does she have no heart?
Her heart or lack thereof did help the story move. The love triangle was the most interesting part of the story. Daniel, Cam. Cam, Daniel. Now it would not be fair to you if I elaborated on their differences or let you know which one happens to be the one. But it is indeed intriguing. Just not nearly enough to have to book be what the Mad Scientist would consider good reading.
Perhaps, part of the problem lays in the book I read beforehand, Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Her book probably made the Mad Scientist like this book less than if I would have read it first. Either way it should not take 1/3 of the book to finally aim in the direction of going somewhere. The book was defiantly missing a whole lot for me. I really hope that Kate can provide more plot and dynamics to her characters in Torment. Character development would be the key for me, I just want to see more from Luce. (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)
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: Sarra Manning Publisher: Dutton Hardcover 217 Pages Book Art: I thought the book art was simple and fresh. Tags: Young Adult, Music, Coming of Age
Reas...moreBy: Sarra Manning Publisher: Dutton Hardcover 217 Pages Book Art: I thought the book art was simple and fresh. Tags: Young Adult, Music, Coming of Age
Reason Why The Mad Scientist Picked Up This Book: The book art peaked a interest while I was browsing the GoodReads swap.
First Line: There's a stack of folders piled up on the desk in front of me.
Concoction of a Review:
The first line was hardly what I would call gripping. *sigh* However, I did enjoy how Mistress Manning's prologue was what was going on to our young Rocker Molly Montgomery at the present moment, then the story proceeds as she tells us what her life was like through her year of fame.
My name is Molly Montgomery. I'm nineteen years old, and I'm being sued for £ 5,000,000 by my former record company... Easy Free Borders from TagBot Borders
*Gasps* Now my gloved hands are shaking in great anticipation. I simply could not image little ol' me being sued for such a grand amount. The premise has such great potential. Sadly the book fell a slight bit short for me.
Our narrator is Molly is a young lady of 17 along with two of her close friends, Tara and Jane, start a girl revolution band. At first this band was just for them. After their first unofficial gig bad boy Dean and quiet T help the girls smooth out some kinks and become apart of the band, "The Hormones". *Hmmm* Named after the emotional problems the youth pine their problems on.*tsk tsk*
"The Hormones" finds a manager, signs on with a record company, and tours very quickly. Molly and her band members are launched into fame full throttle. Molly is a force who is leading the band while trying to stay on task to empower other girls who are not noticed to started their own bands. Her parents are cautious, she has mixed up feelings for Dean *grins*, and ends up snogging the band's manager (Paul) *grins evilly*. Although, Molly is very immature in worldly manners. The details about the claim to fame (harsh truths) and essentially behind the scene details were pretty interesting.
Dean Dean Dean, *shakes head* I do not think your are a chap worthy of Miss Molly. However, I did find that the battle between the immature I like you but I should not because the manager said not to be a tad interesting. I felt the frustration over the odd attraction that Molly was going through. Swooning over a fellow is hardly easy. What is a girl to do?
"The Hormones" do hit fame but with most bands it too crashed and burned. Mistress Manning writes about a harsh novel about being a teenage rock star in a realistic manner with bold characters that do not fall into a cookie cutter backup. The book leads into a warning to the youth showing some consequences of becoming a rock star and showing that it is not what is all cracked up to be.
"I wrote about what I knew. And what I knew was that boys never fancied you back, and that working weekends in the Best Buys convenience store was slowly sucking the soul out of me, and that there wasn't a problem in the world that couldn't be helped with coprous amounts of choclate."
"I felt like I was about to go naked into battle."
I acutally had a theory that I'd sprung forth fully formed from teh froth of the ocean, but my birth certificate tended to discount that theory."
"I'm going to... actually, I don't know what I'm going to do, but it wont be pretty, and it will contain language that some people may find offensive."
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."