The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was just a utterly beautiful read. I do believe it rivals my blood red silver tipped parasol and that is something!
I admit that it is going to be rather hard to review this twisted tale without revealing too much of the goodness. I LOVED the book so I have to gush about it. Just a tad.
The best thing about this book... It is full of Crazy!!
Mara is a dark haired beauty who has hallucinations, hears voices of her dead friends, and unexpected things are happening to her. *Sips tea* Mara? What can the Mad Scientist say? She is just a little on the psychotic side. Why? Her best friend, boyfriend and a friend all went to the great beyond when the abandoned asylum collapsed on them while they were searching for paranormal activity.
How did the building just collapse? What if she is the only one who knows what happened? What if she cannot remember what really happened?
Would you want to remember?
Mara's family moves to Florida to get away from what happened. Attempting at at normal life did not work out so well for her. She becomes the new target for the snotty prep queen of the school, Anna. *Grr...* Leave Mara alone! Psychotic episodes start to happen. She does not know what is real or not. Neither did I! I LOVED it!
Time to swoon! *Fans self* Yes, even deeply troubled girls deserve some European tousled hair hunk to look at. Noah Shaw is just the lad for this! He is an arrogant ASS who happens to just be about the most sexy thing described lately. He is a rumpled sight who just rolls out of bed. Gorgeous tousled messy hair. His contemptuous presumptuous ASS did not turn me away.
Lucky for the reader there is NO love at first sight! The romance builds up very slowly. The sexual tension even had me on edge! I loved how Mara brushed him off like he was NOT a swoonworthy mess! I must say... it is strong of her to be cautious instead of flouncing to his side like a ninny.
Michelle Hodkin's story had the Mad Scientist at every page. What an amazing debut and I am trying not to be torn because I want book two now! The story had me sending mental hugs to Mara and dreaming of dear Noah. Plus all of the other characters were so well developed that I truly enjoyed them all. Even her overprotective brother. The story was sprinkled with Mara's snark which broke up the seriousness of this suspense novel.
Overall, it is safe to say that The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is easily going to be my favorite read of the year. Best Suspense Novel of 2011!!
5 Blasts This book is out now. Go buy it because the Mad Scientist could sum them book up with three letters. WOW!...more
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!! ...more
The concept of The Mephisto Covenant was intriguing to me, mythology that was built around biblical stories, mainly Adam & Eve. Which is what I loved about it! I would not be so bold to say that it might not offend Christians, alas, it my push on the boundaries. Naturally when I seen it on NetGalley I did not hesitate to request it. Mad Scientist found it to be just riveting. I could hardly put it down.
Our young innocent star of the book, Sasha, is obsessed with finding out who killed her father. She is a pure angel in human form, known as an Anabo. One of a very small number.
Jax was a treat within the inky goodness. He was not perfect by any means. Shockingly we find out that he is a tortured Son of Hell. *gasps* He meets Sasha, who can be his salvation. Literally, she may be his only chance at redeeming himself.
Twists and turns were around almost every page. Eryx, our evil doer in this lore, needs her. He has gathers devote followers by offering and giving them anything they desire. Sadly, they do not know in taking what they so desire they give up the most valuable thing they have, their soul.
I also really enjoyed the characters that played on the sidelines of the story. Chris, her cousin was a typical teen but he had a cute side to him. Jax's brother, Phoenix, was complicated, grieving, and full of fun snark. We know how I enjoy a bit of snark in my books! *grin* He moved his head so that his lips were close to her ear. "Run, Sasha. If you can do it, run like hell and don't look back." Overall, I believe that Trinity Faegen has an exciting new twisted series. The ever there instant attraction was there like in many young adult books, however, the entwined history of The Mephisto Covenant warranted the quick pace. The passion was intense and descriptive, surprisingly so that I was shocked to find it in a young adult book...
I'm sorry to see that so many people did not care for this book. Oddly, sometimes that is the way it goes. So many loved Fallen by Lauren Kate and I hated it. Now it is opposite.
*Free ARC from NetGalley 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. *...more
Concoction of a Review: Nicole Peeler's Jane True Series has me on edge. I reaPosted at Mad Steampunkery & Book Reviews! http://madsteampunkery.com
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. *...more
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 ReConcoction 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. *