Reason Why the Mad Scientist Picked Up This book: This book was recommended to me by Black Disaster Fairy.
First Line: There was no way in hell I was looking in the mirror.
Concoction of a Review:
I grabbed my futuristic Nook, *oh* yes this contraption is highly recommended by me. If you ever find yourself instead a time machine I think you should visit 2010. I brushed my velvet skirts flat and propped up for a comfortable read in the back garden. Honestly, I was unsure of what to except from either the book or author. From the first shocking sentence the author hooked me into Dulcie's world. The flow of the words tingled, transporting me out of the garden into a unique world of magical creatures who have integrated with humans over the last 50 years. *gasps*
Dulcie, our heroine, is a fairy. However, you can erase most images from your mind when you think of Dulcie. She works for the Association of Netherworld Creatures (ANC), which enforces polices that are created for otherworldy creatures who live among humans and is writing a book on the side. Dulcie is a hardcore, smart, funny, and entertaining fairy, with some magical gifts, who is determined to be the best Regulator in the area.
Even though this was a female who mastered the art of hardcoreness she went through a bad relationship. There are a few fellows, Quillan and Knight *swoon*, that make me furiously wave my fan over my flushed cheeks. Although, her broken heart makes the romance interesting it evokes a small self confidence issue, concerning her ears. Fairies should have cute pointed ears, but she does not think so.
Dulcie teams up with Knight (off the record), a steamy pile of hot bad boy man flesh *gasps*, who is a Relations Officer from the Netherworld. Together, the two heat the pages up as they take on a mystery of murder of a magical Warlock who is known for selling illegal potions. It just so happens that Dulcie is the last person to see him alive. *tsk tsk* She sets out on this captivating mission, the bodies pile up and she is in a race to find the killer before the killer finds her first.
*Opens Parasol* This book has everything a Mad Scientist likes in a book. A dark side, handsome men, mystery, a sadistic demon, romance, good twists, magical elements, and BETRAYAL.
This book has a dark serious side and a light humorous side. I do not think you will be disappointed.
"You, one of the strongest fairies around, turned your back on a known dark arts practitioner because he had a hot guy in his store?"
"If I was narcissistic about anything, it was my hair."
"I was back to myself, but still disgusting-covered in a layer of what looked like clear snot, like I'd just dropped out of God's nose."
I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It is not a literary masterpiece or a Halloween masterpiece for that fact. It is a fun, facetious take on the young adult genre. Selzer takes teen trends, pop culture and the vampire craze that swept the nation as of late and twisted it together with irony and funny prose. As a person who is intertwined with a different age, I do not see the cleverness behind the pop culture reference standing up to the test of time.
Algonquin, otherwise known as Alley or Ice Queen of the Vicious Circle, spends her days coming up with witty one liners and working on the high school newspaper (blog). She is a very negative goose when it comes to courting and love. The Ice Queen does not want to get emotionally tangled with anyone. To temper the loneliness she uses and tosses poor boys aside. *tsk tsk* She also has the pessimistic side to life, everything will be better once I move out of this forsaken city. *sigh* These young wiper snappers do not realize that the grass is hardly greener elsewhere.
Her eyes open up and take a new brightness when she meets Doug, a goth who makes an appearance singing for the towns crappiest band, the Sorry Marios. Ice Alley starts to melt along with her reputation, from the first note she hears come out of Doug's mouth. Everything who she is becomes insignificant. She soon becomes one of those doe eyed girls who changes their skeptical outlook a the sight of good man Zombie. Now she needs to figure out about interspecies dating. *Gasps*
There were a few parts where Alley was torn over the things she wanted in life and Doug. I found it rather interesting to watch her make tough decision about her love life. This book brought me back a few centuries to when I was young lady in waiting. We did not have these types of problems to face but those are the days that shape us into the people we will become.
Ah, the ending. *Holds hand to chest* Ladies and Gentleman... the ending was a bit surprising. Even though I was shocked, Selzer did some great tinkering and wrapped up the story beautifully. This book was a sweetly spun first love romance threaded with a number of paranormal allusions.
3.1 Blasts While being mildly fun, this was a quick book to read on a different Zombie spin. Can Zombies fall in love? Now that is the Question!(less)
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)
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: 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)
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)
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)