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: 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: Lauren Oliver wrote this book in such away that it makes you think about your life and how you should cherish life. You may just never know when the plague will come through and take you away.
Samantha Kingston is an high school girl who has everything she could want, besides a parasol. She is popular, has friends, a boyfriend whom she liked for years. On cupid day, February 12th, everything changes for her.
She wakes up and finds herself repeating the day. Odd is what the Mad Scientist was thinking, intriguing even. Sam was thinking Deja Vu. However, throughout the book she slowly learns that the repeat of the day is not just fate playing a twisted game with her. After some time, the purpose of it all becomes more clear to her.
In the beginning Sam Kingston was not a very likable character and the Mad Scientist did not connect with her. This would draw many people away just for that. Except in this case, as Sam goes through the repeat of the day we get to watch her change and grow into a person we all enjoy seeing at that beginning of our books. Throughout these repeat days she learns how a girl was tortured by her & a friend, kisses a teacher, ditches school, spends time with a sibling, watches a friend die, dumps her boyfriend and many other things.
The story was bold, the emotion was powerful, & above all the character's development was impressive. Oliver creates a teenager that attaches to you because you do watch her grow so wonderfully while adding in a shocking end. More traumatic and startling then the beginning. Emotions are piled up at the end and you cannot help but shed a tear or too into your handkerchief.
Dislikes? The Mad Scientist was completely caught off guard on this one. Here is a time that I wish I would of known a bit more about the book. I think I would of read this book at a different time that better fit my mood. I also think that I was getting a bit tired of reading about the same day throughout the whole book. Yes, there were changes, yes she changed, yes it was an emotional ride... Just a day or two less would of been perfect.
Overall, Before I Fall did not have me falling in love.
3.1 Blasts I enjoyed the bold contemporary story of a young girl and how she grows throughout several repeats of the day she died ending in a bought of emotion.(less)
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!(less)
Concoction of a Review: I picked up this book not knowing what to expect in the least. Ok, the wonderful cover and first lines gives a huge...moreRating 2.75
Concoction of a Review: I picked up this book not knowing what to expect in the least. Ok, the wonderful cover and first lines gives a huge part of the book away. Sheridan is a young awkward 15 year old known as Cake Girl, much to the obvious but she loves to decorate elaborate cakes. The cakes you can only dream up or see in articles. The premise was very intriguing…
Sheridan, blundering through adolescents and her trifling selfish decisions that she made throughout the story made it a tad bit of a long story. She spends much of her time working and decorating cakes in the bakery that her Nanny owned. She lives with her father, chef and owner of a splendid restaurant.
Sheridan was abandoned by her mother and it has been years since she has heard from her mother besides from a few birthday cards and broken promises. For some reason she can't let her mother go thinking that she knows that her mother still loves her. She spends much of her time looking for her mother with the help of a best friend, Jack.
The relationship between her and her father is not strong at all. It seems like just coexistence instead of a family relationship. She moans about her father not acting fatherly & lovey at all but to me I didn't see her reach out to him any way as well. Now that her father is on his way to getting his own TV show on a food network channel that would take them to New York City. She feels hurt and like she would be abandoning her hometown, her life & friends, and would most likely miss her mother coming to find her if she left. Everyone in town is so happy and proud that her father is about to become famous. Except… Sheridan.
What would this little tryst of a young adult novel be without a romance? It seems that she was never seen before but all of a sudden the "hottest" guy at school, Ethan, now has eyes for her. Sheridan turns into melted piles of goo when he kisses her and it seems like most of her common sense also is lacking. The Mad Scientist seen right through his motivation. Grr… I wanted to climb into the book and shake that girl out of her knee shaken boy coma. Of course, the new common occurrence including a twist of having to choose between another has not passed up this book. Her beloved best friend Jack has a crush on her which has just recently come to her attention. She is completely confused in this department. Her friend of all friends now wants more & the most popular guy is now her boyfriend.
Overall, the book was cute in a sweet kind of way. Sheridan didn't develop much throughout the book but towards the end you could see the life light bulb turn on in her head. It will take some time to warm up to Sheridan. I only wish that I could have seen some of those cakes that Sheridan spent so much time decorating. The imagery was good on that part but I'm not a cake person so my images are probably way off.
Rating: 2.75 The selfish decisions and narcissist attitude made for a longer read then needed.(less)
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: 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)
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)
First Lines: Gazing out at the quiet lake, I know the risk is worth it. Concoction of a Review: Firelight is built around the idea of beings that are decedent of dragons known as Draki. What an intriguing idea... supernatural Dragon Shifters!! There secret needs to be kept otherwise dire consequences will result. *gasps*
Draki's can shift into human form, however, depending on what type of Draki you are you may have other powers. Like creating mist. Jacinda is the first Fire Breather to be born in centuries. She has no control of her life. The pride has plans for her. Jacinda is young woman, Draki, who is stuck between who she is and who she should be.
Chapter one does its job. I was drawn in and could not let go. Jacinda was being hunted after risking the exposure of the Draki's secret. Which leads up to her mother panics and take her and her twin Tamra and moves them to the desert. Her Draki starts to wither, she risks more to keep that from happening.
Not another love triangle...
Except I sort of liked this one. Cassian, also a Draki is the prince of the pride. With the exception of the pride's plan of her mating with Cassian to make more fire breathers, I do believe that there is a small flame of lust between them.
The other match, Will, hunts & kills Draki's with his extended family. Forbidden love just makes it that much more interesting. *grin* Smoldering at best Will awakens Jacinda's Draki which is dangerous. She needs to learn how to control herself around him.
That is one wild range but I love both sides! The Mad Scientist is beyond curious about who will be chosen. *waggles eyebrow*
I can hardly smirk at the idea of Dragons any longer. I thought the world Sophie Jordan created was diverse. The ending was grand and the descriptions were vivid.
Not for everyone but the internal conflict of personal identity and purpose is something all young adults go through.
*Purchased this book for myself which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. *(less)
First Lines: I wait. They keep us in the dark for so long that we lose sense of our eyelids.
Concoction of a Review:
A dystopian novel like nothing the...moreFirst Lines: I wait. They keep us in the dark for so long that we lose sense of our eyelids.
Concoction of a Review:
A dystopian novel like nothing the Mad Scientist has encountered. Admittedly, I had to think about this book for a bit before I could sit down and write about it. Ok... I started the review and forgot about it. So.... now I finish in a vain attempt at reviewing such a wonderful book.
Rhine lives in a world where genetic engineering has made the offspring of the "first generation" live until 25 for males and 20 for females. It is a scary time to be alive and for such a short period of time. Not only were smart enough to make a perfect being they managed to blow up the whole world. Of course, excluding North America. How original? Blah. America is so much better and humans are stupid. Not a seller for me as you can tell.
In this world young girls look over their shoulder in fear of being abducted for prostiution or to be sold off as a bride. Any reader should shiver at this idea. I did.
Rhine is a spirited soul who was tricked and captured. Waking up states away from her brother she starts to search for a way to free herself. She did not want her last four years to go by being stuck as one of a series of wives to Linden. Yes, polygamy! She is even willing to risk everything to be free. To be with her twin once again.
What would you risk to save yourself???
"Eventually I realize that I am holding him just as tight as he holds on to me. And here we are: two small dying things, as the world ends around us like falling autumn leaves."
*Free ARC from NetGalley which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. *
4 Blasts ---> Most Desirable A novel that makes you think and fear what the future may bring. (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)
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: 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: 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)
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. *(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)
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: 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)
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: 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)