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.
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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.
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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."
Think back to all of your old relationships or current one. I didn't say this to scare you but for you to envision the flaws of...moreConcoction of a Review:
Think back to all of your old relationships or current one. I didn't say this to scare you but for you to envision the flaws of the other person. There are always flaws or quirks that can twist and bunch your skirts! Just think of this... What if you were given the chance to create a perfect partner? I am curious about the outcome if nothing else. Daughter of a major bio-pharmaceutical mongol, Evening, is handed a program to do just that. Design a flawless mate. I want to give props to our little Eve for stopping to think about if she should create a male or female. I do love me some taboo even if it is for a split minute.
Right from the beginning of Eve & Adam the hustle and bustle made it to be a very fast and inviting read straight away. It was just so riveting that my tea got cold due to me being stuck within the plot. The seriousness was covered up lightly with fun, which was very much appreciated.
The Mad Scientist also very much loved Solo. What a name!? Makes you think of one & alone or beer pong. He is a boy of very few words but when he interacted or spoke he had me swooning. Oh, how very much does the Mad Scientist like to swoon! His parents died when he was young, ever since he has been livign at the Spiker research building under the wing of Terra "Terror" Spiker (Evening's mother). He is also a geeky computer genius. *swoon* Bonus!
Questionable motives, revenge, everyone is on Cloud (apple product marketing here), & the promises of future books oh my! Yes, indeed the Mad Scietist is in a good mood from this book. I might be overstepping my bounds but I do not recalling giving out bad advice before.
I do say that this book is a must read! It should be on your TBR never ending pile. Near the top!!
Overall, a fast paced inviting read with a complex concept of creating a perfect mate.
** Thanks to NetGalley for the ability to read & review this book which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in the right mind of a twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**(less)
3.5 STARS **I wrote my review and slept on it. Sorry, after I thought about it. I forgot about some elements that weren't so wonderful. Reviewing can...more3.5 STARS **I wrote my review and slept on it. Sorry, after I thought about it. I forgot about some elements that weren't so wonderful. Reviewing can just be so hard to at times.**
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This is the Mad Scientist's very first Shiloh Walker book. *Gasps* I know! The shame of it. I must say that this one was a good start, leaving me wanting to read some more by Shiloh Walker!
Now here is the hard part. Writing a review as to not give away all of the fun stuff of this Romantic Suspense novel. It gripped me so much that even though I was flipping the pages fast, the Mad Scientist was held in gripping rapture. The whole story was tense.
Our lovely lady of the novel, Shay, has been hiding from her inner dragons for most of her life. She even moved herself all the way to the frozen wasteland of Earth's End, Alaska. She has been abused, cut, raped and much more by her step father, oh the horror of her young life! Due to this, she has created a life where she can keep herself away from as much human contact as possible. Creating a pen name she writes thriller novels from the scenes of personal nightmares. (A job so many of us dream of!)
We must give our dear Shay a hand *claps*. My dear girl found herself a wonderful smexy man, Elliot. A smexy man who owns a bookstore! She didn't slay all of her inner dragons and had a very hard time opening up to him, creating sexual tension all over the pages. But just to overcome all of the nasties done to her enough to move on and find some is for a person with a strong inner self.
However, the story quickly messes with Shays life. A psychotic stalker starts to tear apart her life. That is really where all of the suspense was held. The focus on Shay is shown to make you understand why it is happening, yet, it is twisted beyond horrific proportions!
The beginning of the book started off strong for me. About 60% there was a lull for me. I was waiting for something drastic to happen or for the book to wrap up. Personally, I was thinking it could of been better by knocking off 50 pages. Here is my update while reading. "Ok... about page 298 (about 70% I'm guessing, reading off of NOOK and the page count is only showing 277) and I officially past up the twist that I was desperately hoping for. Not what I was expecting but it is a huge twist! Watch for it." Still the book was longer then really needed.
I have a two small dislikes... The word 'fuck' just way too many times. Elliot you are a naughty boy! Plus, she ran out on him after he took a bullet for him. *Poppycock* That boy loves you!
**Thanks to NetGalley & Ballantine Books of Random House Publishing Group for the ability to read & review this book which has which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in right mind by the twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**(less)
The Mad Scientist thought she should give Amanda Hocking a gander since I've heard so much about her other series, which I have not read yet....more2.5 Stars
The Mad Scientist thought she should give Amanda Hocking a gander since I've heard so much about her other series, which I have not read yet. Added to the good chatter is the promise of Mermaids. Sounds wonderful to me.
I fancy the idea of Siren's. In the beginning my curiosity was allowing the story to grab me, making me want to know more. Albeit, it didn't take long for my head to start shaking. The narration was just... What to say to explain it? Bizarre.
Gemma was enthralled by the water, aiming for the Olympics (which impressed me greatly) before the Sirens drew her away with their own enthralling magic. There is something wrong with these beautiful Sirens and the whole town feels it. Gemma fought as hard as she could but who could say no to the mythological creatures of the sea. Her practical overprotective older sister, Harper, also did in her own way... without knowing it. Oh, that just makes you wonder now doesn't it?
If you know anything about myths, I bet you are waiting to hear about the bad stuff that goes along with every immortals story. Sure enough, these Sirens bring darkness over the small city in Maryland. It is grim. (But I can't tell. *wink wink*
Throughout the book, the Mad Scientist did find herself saying, "could we just move along please". There were several areas where I felt a particular part was just drawn out a few more pages then necessary.
One more thing... (view spoiler)[the foreseen future in knowing this book has three more after it sort of killed the almost death of Gemma. There was no way she would die in the middle of the first book & I was bothered by it being make a option that was not an option. Anyone else? (hide spoiler)]
Overall, it was a quaint story of family and friendship with a side note of small romance & creepiness.
Mythology is something I have always enjoyed. However, I didn't feel the pull of the Siren's song from this book. I am pleased that I just picked this one up from the library instead of scrounging around for enough change for the purchase.
The Mad Scientist will not be running out for the next in the series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(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)
First Lines: I wait. They keep us in the dark for so long that we lose sense of our eyelids.
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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.
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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)
Caster Lena Duchannes and Ethan Wate survived Lena's sixteen birthday together in Beautiful Creatures, the decision of choosing...moreConcoction of a Review:
Caster Lena Duchannes and Ethan Wate survived Lena's sixteen birthday together in Beautiful Creatures, the decision of choosing to go light or dark now draws near. However, Ethan has a serious problem, his girlfriend is pulling away from him. What is even worse, he does not have the faintest idea how to keep Lena from leaving. She draws away from Ethan while she struggle with her internal self and fights to decide who she really is, is she going dark? While he is chasing after Lena, trying to save her, he finds himself delving farther into the Caster world even farther then he even imagined.
In Beautiful Darkness there is an array of new character arrivals to keep this book interesting. Olivia AKA Liv, is a brilliant girl who loves books and science finds herself not making things easier for our dear Ethan. Our lovely Caster Lena retreats farther into a world where Ethan does not belong. However, armed with the obsession of saving Lena he races head first deep into the hidden Caster tunnels beneath Gatlin and other southern cities with Link and Liv. This human trio is runs into scary magical creatures that can tear them apart, secrets of Ethan's mother and of other family members he has known for his whole life. I loved how Liv really stepped up throughout this adventure. It was refreshing to see the science girl out on an adventure instead of locked up in a laboratory playing with beakers all day.
Much of the plight of this books seems to stem from a newly occurring theme in YA books. Where one of the people in "love" completely abandons the other to save or protect the other. To me it makes no sense to leave the person you love with all your heart without talking and cutting them out of your life to to be a good thing to do. How does that solve the problem? Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl jumped into this new wave using the theme to drive the plot. This does put Ethan in a stupor and sends him after her in a non healthy obsessive rage to follower save her. Because of this I did not connect with Lena which made the presence of Liv all that more interesting. *grin*
I do have to mention our musically inclined or not so inclined Link was amazing with his I'm so buff and wont back down gutsy macho mantra. It made me laugh and feel sorry for him altogether. I also felt for him when they met up with Ridley throughout Beautiful Darkness. This siren seriously had a effect on him. I love reading and watching how these dynamic characters fight through tension, dislike, and attraction.
Saving Lena will not be a simple challenge for her champion. She is punishing herself due her feeling responsible for uncles death, Macon. Will our southern born lad be able to save the girl from his dreams?(less)
I received this one in the mail today. Randomly. Hmm... I don't think I've gotten one from Penguin before. I'm excited but why did I get the third boo...moreI received this one in the mail today. Randomly. Hmm... I don't think I've gotten one from Penguin before. I'm excited but why did I get the third book in the series? Hmmm... again.(less)