It means he goes after dark souls that, eventually, will feed his hungry father, Sutekh, Lord of Chaos in the Underworld. That’s what you need to know to begin with, and that’s exactly what the first pages of “Sins of the Heart” show you: Dagan hunting one dark soul, an evil excuse of man that is plotting to rape and murder a young woman, Roxy Tam. And even if she got a little crazy, day dreaming about Dagan all the time, she was left unharmed by him at the end.
If you think that is the book’s plot, be pleased to know that this is just the introduction. Sins of the Heart gets a much more complicated plot when some years after Krayl rescueing Roxy, their paths cross when Dagan’s little brother is murdered. And that’s when we start asking: who the Hell would have the power to murder a son of Sutekh?
All the tips point out to the fact that the Daughters of Aset, enemies of Sutekh, are deep involved in this mess. What could be more unfortunate than the fact that Roxy has joined them, going against the only request Dagan made when he saved her live?
Sins of the Heart present us a great heroine, strong in her beliefs and actions, but a little confused by the fact that her body (and heart) are too involved with her supposed to be enemy. Dagan is a sarcastic and dominant man, but very loyal. Together, they made one of the best paranormal couples I’ve ever read.
It’s amazing how they need to trust in each other to understand what’s really going on and where are the body parts of Dagan’s dead brother. The narrative is amazing and the way all characters have a chance to present themselves and give us a piece of this puzzle with they perspective is genial.
Sins of the Heart is a fast read, and I believe it will be difficult to find a person who didn’t curse it when read the last page, asking out loud: Where’s the next?
The book is the first of the Otherkin series. The second one, Sins of the Soul, is already available, and the third will be on October 1st. Enjoy this ride, I will!(less)
Aislinn wishes she could be blind sometimes. One of the things she learned even before knowing how to write her own name was to keep your head down and your mouth closed. She was taught since her first years of life to ignore what she sees: an entire and different world, where faeries walk among humans—and are not always well-intentioned. Her grandmother has been telling her since ever to pretend they’re not there, to not run, otherwise they would chase her. She shouldn’t let them know she can see them, in any kind of situation.
Her life was as normal as it could be until one of them comes to talk to her in a store. She was used seeing them playing with the humans around, but they were always invisible to everyone but her, so when she sees one of them, visible to everyone, walking inside a Comix Books store, she knows there’s something wrong. Something’s really wrong. Ash was chose by the Summer King—and she has no idea what the hell that means, except that from now and on, faeries started to follow her everywhere. Wherever she goes, there they are, watching her. She can’t tell Grams, afraid her already watched freedom will be gone in the minute she does, and she struggles to decide if her best friend, Seth, is reliable. Would he believe on her?
This is the first book of a series that will bring you into the fey world, where there are Courts and Kings and Queens, where Summer fights against Winter and a King is trying to overcome a terrible curse. All Kennan wants is to find his lost Summer Queen and ends with the curse his own mother put on him centuries ago. Would Ash be the girl destined to end of the Winter Queen’s era? Once chosen by the Summer King, she has to decide if she’s going to try to break the spell—and be bonded to the cold forever if she’s not the girl meant to be the Summer Queen—or become a Winter Girl—a group of faeries who one day were girls just like her and were chosen by the King but didn’t want to take the risk, and now follow him everywhere. When Ash asks if there’s any other alternative, all she gets as answer is that once a girl tried to escape, to not make that decision, and she ended up dead.
As predictable as it could be—which one do you think Ash chooses?—, Wicked Lovely has some turns and little surprises. It’s an easy reading and may make you want to read more about this new world and its characters.
Wild West Picture Show Prods bought the rights to make a movie from this book. Directed by Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry” and “Stop-Loss”), screenplay by Caroline Thompson, the release date is still to be announced.(less)
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On the second chapter of Wicked Lovely’s series, Melissa Marr decided to introduced us to characters that didn’t have a big spotlight on the first book. If you’re waiting to see more of Kennan, Aislinn and Seth, well, maybe you should skip this book and go for Fragile Eternity then.
Leslie’s life sucks. Her family is broken—in more than one sense—, she’s barely surviving. All she wants is a change, something to help her be strong and keep going on. When she sees the opportunity of getting a tattoo, she doesn’t give up until she finds out the perfect drawing. It has to be perfect, after all, something must be good on her life, right?
But Leslie has no idea that faeries are walking around her—and two of them are especially interested on her. Irial, the King of the Dark Court, finds in Leslie the opportunity he needs to feed his court, while Niall, the Summer King’s adviser, is struggling again all his own instincts, trying not to let himself go by his desires. Aislinn is worried about her friend, trying to avoid her mortal friends get involved in the fey world—having Seth already deeply involved it’s already enough, isn’t it?
As expected, Leslie’s life changes once her tattoo is finished, but she would never imagine how much things would to change… Now she’s bonded to the Dark King—someone she doesn’t know, but that promises to take care of her and never let her feel sad again. That should be good, shouldn’t? The problem is Leslie can’t feel anything real anymore. She can’t be angry. She can’t be sad. She can’t be excited. Nothing’s real anymore.
Melissa Marr keeps introducing us to her fey world on this book—and we still get to see how things are going on with Ash and her new life. While on Wicked Lovely we were introduced to the Summer and the Winter Courts, in Ink Exchange we get to know the Dark Court—and the past of some characters that we would never imagine. The cliche “be careful what you wish for cause you just might get it all” couldn’t fit better than on Ink Exchange.(less)
Luce Price is living in hell. She has been seen the shadows since ever, and now she’s locked at a new school—a Reform School, actually—, the place where she was forced to go after a terrible accident that happened on her last school. She doesn’t want to tell people at the new school what happened before, and it looks like she’s the less dangerous student there.
Sword & Cross Reform School is full of interesting cases. The rules are clear: no cellphones allowed, and all students must wear black clothes. And watch out for the students wearing a metal bracelets: they’re the worse. But for Luce, Daniel Grigori is the most unconvenient student at all: he’s rude and cruel to her, while Cam is all kind, flirtatious and charming. She also makes some friends, but her life there is totally different from what she could ever expect.
When another misterious accident happens, Luce’s life is about to change again. Would you risk the life of the person you love the most just to try to stay with this person?(less)
Lauren Kate, I hate you. I remember when I finished reading Fallen I went online on the next minute and I hated her because the sequel was not out yet. Torment came out on September 28th—and I think I finish reading Fallen on May—and I bought it on that morning. I couldn’t start reading it right away, though, because I was reading another book, and I know how confused I get when I’m reading more than a book at once, so I waited to finish the other book and then I jumped in Torment.
And for the next 40 hours I was hating Lauren Kate again, because I wanted to know more and more, I wanted to find out what makes Lucinda Price so special. And I still hate her, because now I’ll have to wait until Summer 2011 to find out how this story will continue.
Torment starts right where we were left on Fallen: Luce’s life is upside down. She’s curious to know more about her past life, she truly believes Daniel is her soulmate, and they’re meant to be together this time—things are different now, she has been told. However, she’s surprised by Daniel’s news: she’s going to a different school, and he’s not going with her. She’ll be by her own “for a few weeks”, he says. Luce couldn’t be happier to leave Sword & Cross, but she couldn’t be sadder for doing it alone.
Daniel takes Luce to the Shoreline School, where she’s forced into the adaptation progress one more time, right now that she thought she was used with Sword & Cross. He tells her just a few things: she’ll be able to develop there, no harm will come to her, and to stay in the campus. It’s not about Cam or Molly anymore, but he can’t give her more details, anytime she tries to make him speak, he doesn’t.
No one can replace her dear friend Penn, but Luce gets to know new people and she makes some friends—she meets new angels and demons, and what they call the Nephilim, which means people with angel in their DNA. They’re her classmates, so if you were curious to know more about the shadows Luce sees, that’s your chance. And she still needs to learn how to handle her new found celebrity status: it seems every Nephilim already heard about her, which is kinda creepy.
I had some “Harry Potter Feelings” at some point, but can’t explain it without giving spoilers, so if you read JK Rowling series and read Torment, you’ll probably see what I’m talking about. Besides that—and the fact that I wanted to smash Daniel’s head a few times—, I liked the story. However, keep in mind this is suppose to be a four book series, so if you think you’ll have all the answers with Torment, you may ended up hating Lauren Kate as much as I hate her right now. Is it Summer 2011 yet?(less)
When I first started this book—just four hours before I finished it—, I thought that maybe, just maybe, Alice Hoffman wouldn’t made me love something she wrote this time. I was wrong. The book started with thoughts of a girl who never had the chance to be a girl, instead she was being a woman with a brain that wouldn’t ever be adult. Never.
Arlyn has just lost her father, a ferryboat captain that had his life turned down by a disease, and it was logical to her that if she had to lose the only man that mattered to her, she needed to gain another one to be forever happy. Arlyn scares us with her simple logic and innocent thoughts. She truly believes that it’s destiny what makes a man stops by her house, hours after her father’s funeral, and ask for directions to a party. And Arlyn truly believes the right thing to do after the man escapes her—scared by the intensity of their bond—is selling everything she has and going after him. Arlyn never imagined that she could end unhappy.
Skylight Confessions is truly a book about destiny. But not about a destiny that is forced upon us, but about the choice we can always make. Arlyn makes a lot of bad choices, and John—the man that she once thought was her future—show us he isn’t the best for her. We pity Arlyn. We wish she would just escape, but in each page we read, we understand she can’t. Arlyn is deep inside her imaginary fairtale, and even when she starts to run after her wishes, it’s understandable that she will never win in the end. And Arlyn is just part one. She give us her son and daughter to do wrong and right by her mistakes. It’s a great responsability.
After this and until the end, we read about family. About how much Arlyn and her bad choices affected the ones she left behind her. We see Sam, her special son, losing himself in his art and mind, showing his pain through his paintings and tales about people that have wings. He does drugs. He is always drunk. But he loves his sister Blanca even if the only contact with love that he ever had was with his lost mother. With Blanca, we learn about undying affection. We learn about care. And that we can change the path our family is following and be different. Be better. It’s not necessary search for our destiny, it will come to us.
The destiny, in the end, will always be there, because there’s only one way for life to end. Doesn’t matter how or when, the end is the same for everyone.(less)
Ever is a freak. She’s pretty sure about that, since she survived a near-death experience after an accident that killed her family. She feels guilty—not just because she survived, but also because she believes she was the reason why the accident happened—and the best moment of her day is when she gets home and talks to her sister. Nothing would be weird about that if it wasn’t the fact that her sister also died on the accident.
Since the near-death experience, Ever hears people’s thoughts, sees their auras and knows all about their lives—past and future—with just a simple touch. For that reason, she decided to hide herself behind a shelf after she moved to her aunt’s house (the only family she still has): she used to be popular on school, had a popular boyfriend and popular friends, now she listens to her iPod all the time, wears hoodies to hide her face and hangs out with the less popular students on her new school, all to try to avoid the attention and filter the noise inside her head.
For Ever’s surprise, however, there’s a new guy in town, his name is Damen and he’s dragging everybody’s attention. He’s sexy, handsome, exotic, and wealthy—but what scaries Ever the most is the fact that he doesn’t have an aura. And everybody has an aura, right? Those who doesn’t… Are, well, not alive. But the guy is there, in front of her, breathing and talking, so he’s alive, right?
Evermore is full of those clichés that we love on this kind of stories—it isn’t an amazing book, but it will keep you occupied for a few hours, and maybe you’ll be curious to read Blue Moon, the following book of The Immortal series.(less)
On the second chapter of The Immortal series, we see Ever trying to ajust herself into her new life as an Immortal. Damen is teaching her how to control her habilities and use them, and everything goes well with the couple. There’s a new guy at school, Roman, and everyone seems to love him—except Ever. She’s constantly worried and intrigued about the guy, just like she was about Damen when he came to the school, but at least he has an aura.
Things start to get worse when Damen’s powers start to fade. It seems he’s getting sick—but, wait, can Immortals get sick?—and he starts to act oddly: he disappears on the night they have big plans, without a single note. After that, it looks like Damen isn’t himself anymore, he’s hanging out with Stacia and… Wait, is that an aura around him? Desperate with the situation, Ever ends up in Summerland, meets the twins Romy and Rayne, and seeks for help on the Great Halls of Learning, but she’s running out of time.
If you liked Evermore, you’ll probably like Blue Moon as well. We get to see more about Damen’s past and Ever faces a dilemma about her love and life. New important characters of the series are introduced on this book—like the twins, at the beginning you may think they’re there just to fill up the space, but they play an important role later—and we see a little more about the others.
Just like Evermore, I don’t think this is an amazing book—but it’s something to keep you occupied for a little while. I liked Blue Moon more than Evermore, and was really curious to see how Noël was going to develop the following book, Shadowland.(less)
On the third chapter of the Immortal series, we see Ever and Damen struggling against their new obstacle: any small exchange of DNA between them and Damen will be dead. For someone who has been waiting for centuries to have the love of his life on his arms, Damen seems to be kinda okay with that: they have all the time in the world to fix this. However, Ever has not the same patience and she’s getting upset because Damen is sure everything happens for a reason—and everyone has their karma to pay for—, and now he’s trying to simplify his life (like an Immortal life could be simply, right?). Ever thinks he can pay back for his karma helping the twins while they figure out how to take Romy and Rayne back to Summerland.
Meanwhile, Ever’s aunt Sabine is pressing her to find a job and try to have a normal life. Ever meets Jude Knight, one of the Mystics and Moonbeams owners, and there’s something different about him, something she can’t explain. When he tells her they’re looking for a new psychic to replace Ava, Ever sees this is the perfect opportunity to make Sabine stop asking her to work at her aunt’s law company. There’s only one problem: how can she explain she’s working giving readings to people when her aunt has no idea she’s a psychic?
Ever wants to make Roman give the antidote to her so she and Damen can really be together again, and she’s up to almost everything in order to get it. She’s going to get in real trouble because of that…
I remember I read Shadowland in just a few hours. Not because I was loving the reading, but because I wanted it to end soon. I found myself wanting to smash Ever’s head against the wall a lot of times—which’s not that surprise for me, once I usually feel that way about the most part of the main characters of the books I read…(less)
Ever is in trouble. She knows things are going to get worse and worse from the moment she realizes her best friend Haven will never believe if she tells her all the things Roman has been doing against Ever and Damen. Besides that, she has to make sure Haven won’t expose the immortals to the rest of the world—which seems to be her smallest problem, if you thing on the big cenario—after facing Haven’s hurt feelings for hidding everything from her.
Ever is still trying to figure out a way to make Roman surrender himself and deliver to her the antidote—and she decides to resort to magick in order to get it, despite the fact that everybody already warned her to not use it without knowing exactly what she’s doing. But she’s desperate and, well, you can predict what comes after, right? Of course, she gets in trouble.
Dark Flame talks about the dark side that everybody has inside—well, some people not that inside. Ever fights against what she calls “the monster”, a powerfull will to run into Roman every time she sees him, just because of a spell that went all wrong. This is the lastest released book of this series, the fifth book, Night Star, is not coming out until November 16, 2010.(less)
Nora Grey’s life is about to change when a new student joins Coldwater High School. Patch is a misterious boy who seems to always be on the right place on the right moment—or should I say on the wrong place on the wrong moment? She’s intrigued by this guy, who seems to know more about her than any of her friends. It has to be a stalker, don’t you think?
She feels drawn to him, and she never felt way this before for any boy. It’s strange to her that Patch seems to notice every reaction she has with him, and what scares her the most is that he makes it clear to Nora that he wants something with her. And there’s nothing she can’t do about it. I need to say that I love Patch. I like the fact he is an antihero. We have a dark feeling about him, but we can help—neither Nora can—the fact that we want to know him better.
Things start to get really strange when Nora in fact starts to be stalked. She doesn’t know if it is Patch—even though her friend, Vee, who suffers an attack when someone thinks she is Nora, swears to God that it can only be him! She saw!—and she has a strange feeling about the other boy who seems to want her attention: Elliott. But how can Nora know who the hell is after her? Can everything be just her imagination?
Hush Hush is a book that give you a lot of information and a little of action. The majority of the action is at the end, when everything seems to be resolved and explained. It was a little strange to me, ’cause I like intrincated stories, but I couldn’t say the book was a waste of time or that I didn’t enjoy it. It’s a good pass time, and I sure want to know how things will progress with Crescendo now that I know the end of Hush Hush. But I would tell Becca Fitzpatrick to right her balance between information and action. The two can run together—and it will make the book better to read—without turning it in a heavy read.(less)
I put my alarm clock to wake me up one hour earlier today so I would have some time to start reading the book before I had to start working—but, well, sorry, Patch, it didn’t work. I was looking forward to reading Crescendo since I read Hush Hush, months ago, and these months made me forget how annyoing I think Nora is.
If I had to describre Crescendo’s prologue in just one word I would use “tense”. Right at the beginning of the book we find out how Nora’s father died—and, of course, that’s going to be important for the plot. Then we see Nora and Patch 2 months after the end of Hush Hush. They are a happy ordinary couple—I mean, as much as they can, considering the fact that Patch is her guardian angel. And as any other couple, they have their problems…
Things get complicated after they have their first fight. Nora is absolutely stubborn and I wish I could shake her a lot of times on this book. It would save her a lot of trouble and time, I’m sure about it. And Patch… Yeah, I wished I could shake him too. But every single story needs its own conflicts, or it wouldn’t have a story to be told, so I kept reading and reading and reading. Yes, the book was released today and I already finished. For those who just started reading our reviews, it may be strange, but not for me or Guta.
We get to know more about Nora’s family: a big secret is revealed and there’s a lot of drama. We’re also introduced to a new character, Scott—and sorry but I won’t give you a candy if you already figured out Patch’s gonna be jealous about him someway, that was too easy!—, a mysterious boy from Nora’s childhood. And, of course, we see Vee and Nora a lot. And Marcie—oh, Marcie, I fell so much pity on you! By the way, if you were curious to find out Patch’s real name, you’ll be happy to know the answer is on this book.
I’d say Becca used some well known artifices on Crescendo. If you pay attention on the plot and read a lot of books already, you’ll know who’s the bad guy half way through, but, well, wasn’t it just the same with Hush Hush? However, the way the book ends… I’m not going to ruin your reading, just make sure you’re ready to wait for a year or so to find out how the story goes after that. It’s freaking frustrating! When is Tempest coming out? Soon, I hope so!
If you haven’t bought your copy yet and are dying to start reading it, you can listen to the prologue at Becca Fitzpatrick’s website now!(less)
The Shadow of the Wind is a book about another book and its author, but could be a book about a lot of books; about the soul that every story have even if we can’t see it.
Daniel Sempere, son of a bookstore owner, goes with his father to a magical place where forgotten books reside: the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a secret place that just a few people know about. The first pages of the story gave me the sensation that Daniel’s father was giving him something forgotten in exchange of the empty place inside of him caused by his mother death, a little lesson so Daniel could understand that forgotten or lost things can be rescued too.
Fulfilling the Cemetery of Forgotten Books’ tradition, Daniel adopts a book called “The Shadow of the Wind”, a story that even his father hasn’t heard about. He wants to know everything he can about Julián Carax, this book’s author, so he meets some people while trying to find the story of this man, and even falls in love. But Sempere only starts to understand a little about Julián’s life after meeting a man that’s after the last exemplar of The Shadow of the Wind—a strange man with the same name of The Shadow of the Wind’s devil. The man burned every book he could, dedicating his life to find and destroy every copy he could put his hands on.
That’s when Daniel goes after Julián Carax story, rescueing in the process buried characters of the man’s past and making a new story just with the author of the book’s life. It’s a story about secrets, and souls, and books. It’s a story to everyone that likes to hold a book, loves its smell or just likes to feel the pages between fingertips. An amazing story that surely will touch your heart.(less)
Jackson Swift—best known as Jack—was a fairly normal boy, with the difference that some people took too much care for him, but he didn’t know that there was anything too much caring at his age. The only strange thing in his life is that he needs to take medicine everyday. He needs, it’s his only responsability!
That’s where we begin your story, on the day Jack forgot to take it. This seems to unleash something that was inside Jack, an anormal force that he never knew he had—at least he didn’t know until he sent his rival flying away in a fight. After that, we really got to the main story when Jack’s aunt pays him a visit and take him to a road trip that unleashes the rest of this something else that was inside Jack, especially when he got in his hands a sword, and not any sword, but one that was mean to be his.
Jack then discovers about the White Rose and the Red Rose and his heritage is part of it all, with his being a Weirlind and his aunt a Enchanter. He is ruled by one of the wizarding house—the White and Red Rose thing—and maybe he is seriously in trouble, ’cause this new world he discovered has a tournament that is a little too dangerous.
The Warrior Heir is a good book, but I think it could have a better setup. The story have little bumps, times when I needed to stop and reread ’cause it got a littlle confusing. Jack is a good main character, but a little annoying, maybe because of his age.
Overall, it was a book that gave me reasons to read the second one in the trilogy, and that always a good thing.(less)
The sequel of The Warrior Heir isn’t exactly a sequel. Even though we hear from Jack and company, and it takes place after the events of the first book, continuing the story in a point, on this book we are introduced to new characters that are not in the main plot of The Wizard Heir. The universe is just about the same, and we discover a little more about it in this book too. It’s good to see the same universe from another perspective, but I thought it was a little repetitive. That was my main problem with this book.
The story is about Seth, a orphan guy that lost his parents in an accident he doesn’t remember. He has no one and never stays in the same place for too long. The only certain thing in his life is that he isn’t a normal boy, and it has something to do with magic. When he got to a school on the coast of Maine, Seth really starts to discover a little more about his magic, and while he is being trained by the headmaster himself, he can’t fully trust the man.
His only chance may be escape, but where will he go and what he will do?
Seems like an exciting story, but could be a a little shorter. If I started with The Wizard Heir instead of The Warrior Heir, I would probably like it better than Jack’s story. I thought it was more fascinating and more interesting, but the repeats of little details that are already long explained in The Warrior Heir got to me and made me a little impatient.
Overall, it’s a good book. Didn’t let me really excited to read The Dragon’s Heir, because I fear to read more repetition, but didn’t make me want to quit the trilogy completely. I will still read the third book in the series when I find it in a bookstore again—sort like a ritual, since the first two books where bought in actual bookstores—, but I’m not antecipating this like I did with The Wizard Heir after finished reading The Warrior Heir.(less)
Sin’s Daughter is a short prequel of the Otherkin series—but you can read it before, during or after reading the series, it doesn’t make any difference, once there’s no big spoilers of the series on this 8 chapters story (reason why I didn’t post the ‘attention’ warning at the beginning of this post). We get to see a little bit of Kai on Sins of the Flesh, but we would never ever imagine what happened to him if it wasn’t for Sin’s Daughter.
On this book we meet Kai and Amber. They were a couple until Kai was murdered. He believes Amber was the one who sent him to death—and she believes he was the one who sent her right to the hands of her enemy. Years later, what happens when they see each other again?
Since I read Sins of the Heart, I was curious to see the point of view from someone who isn’t a Sutekh son but is a Soul Reaper, so I really enjoyed reading this book. Silver’s writing hooked me up with the action scenes and the alternate points of view. She knows how to balance the story and how to make us curious about what’s coming up.(less)
We finished Sins of the Heart with the death of a traitor, and we start Sins of the Soul the same way, just in a different perspective.
Alastor, Dagan’s brother, is determined like his brothers to find Lokan’s parts to put him together and find out who the hell is his murderer or is plotting everything. They still suspect the Setnakhts have not only a finger, but a whole hand in this story, and the fact that they keep bumping into people from the cult while trying to find tips is just too suspect to ignore.
This books show us a little bit about Dagan and Roxy, we have a very fast idea of what’s going on in their side in just a chapter, but the center of this story is Alastor and his mate: Naphré. Naphré is a mix, literary speaking. She was a Daughter of Aset, has a blood heritage because of what she was promised to another Underworld god and made a bargain with another one. How messy can this get? Well… Can get messier when she ends up involved with the handsome man she saw at a strip club—just before she ended up killing her mentor—, a son of Sutekh, Alastor.
From this on, the story shows little about the main problem of the series: the death of Lokan. The problem the main couple have is a little different, but meanwhile a lot of important details were shown to us. It’s a intermediary book, but can open your eyes to what’s going on if you are really smart.
Alastor is absolutely amazing, and, like I told Maeva just yesterday, I would love to be his pet any time. He has an awesome humor and is a sarcastic man, so, yeah, I think I finished Sins of the Soul crushing just a little on him. Shame on me!(less)
The third book of the Otherkin series is about the last—alive—son of Sutekh: Mal. We get a little glimpse of Mal in the first too books, and I—and Maeva too—was crazy to read about him and discover who would be his mate. After Dagan and Alastor mating process with two Daughters of Aset, I already had an idea that Mal would mate with one of them too. It seems Sutekh’s sons have a soft side for those girls.
However, I didn’t think Mal would mate exactly with Calliope! Of all the people! It was, without a doubt, the most complicated mating process of the three brothers, ‘cause Calliope lived in such a denial that neither Roxy or Naphré had lived. They both took they time accepting the atraction and love, but Calliope almost enraged me with how against it she was.
In this book we finally discover more about Lokan’s death, and get closer and closer each page of the reasons for his attack and which God is behind everything according to the proximity of Sutekh’s great reunion at Underworld. I think this is the book with more action and that let more uptight of the three. The last fifty pages are all about tensions, and we end it with wide eyes and wanting the next book, Body of Sin, right now. Unfortunately it will come just on June 2011.
I’d loved the story so far, and thought this book gave us more than Sins of the Soul, but my favorite Soul Reaper is a tight competition between Dagan and Alastor, as Mal didn’t get me to fall in love with him like the other too. I think the first two books gave us more romantic interaction, while Sins of the Flesh gave us more action. It’s a great book, and gave a balance that the whole series plot was needing. I can’t wait to read more and will read the prequel, Sin’s Daughter, as soon as possible.(less)
I’m the first person to say The Crescent made me love werewolf stories. I was never the kind of person who likes books with these criatures, but The Crescent just made me bite my tongue.
Lacey is a teenager—and her 18th birthday can’t come fast enough—who is right in the middle of an endless fight between her mom and dad. She wants out, and she wants out fast. Everything seems to be going in this direction till two (hot) new guys made an apparence in her life: Alex and Brandon.
Seems like our normal type of love triangle, right? I don’t think so. Jordan Deen knew how to write their interactions to a point that it isn’t cliché, like triangles normally are. I loved how she portrayed Lacey’s emotions—you could almost feel everything that she was feeling. The connection that she has with Brandon can’t be denied even if she really love Alex, and you start to ask yourself what will happen when fate and love collide—sometimes fate and love can’t be together, right? Or can it change?
This book is really short, and for so little pages can do a large impression on the reader. It is a good thing that soon we will have more to read, with the release of Half Moon coming. I can’t wait for more.
The only down side? The editors let some grammatical errors pass the revision. Luckly this doesn’t outshine the story.(less)
Angela Cooper’s always dreamed about becoming a renowned archeologist. She fells like she owns it to her father—and to herself. But things didn’t work out as she expected when she announced an important discovery, and her career was ruined. Nobody stood by her side, except for her dear friend Digger. He was the only one who didn’t judge her, who didn’t turn his back to her.
And years later, when Digger comes to ask for her help, she doesn’t think twice. Digger is her friend—her only friend—and she owns him. However, she couldn’t imagine how much trouble she was getting into when she took the flight to go to DC to talk to him: Digger was murdered in front of her, and whoever did this to him, is now coming after her.
Now she’s desperate to find out why her friend was killed—and it seems he left clues and she’s the only one who can understand. Clues that are going to lead her to an important discovery, something that many people have their own reasons to try and avoid it being brought to light.
With a lot of suspense, action and an intelligent plot, Keefe’s work is promising—and will probably bother some religious people. Digger’s Bones isn’t the kind of book that catchs my attention by its cover, but it did catch me by its title and summary. We get to see a lot of Jerusalem, DC and Zugspitze in Germany throughout the story. If you like suspenses with some history on it, this book is for you. It has a lot of details—result of an extensive research, I assume—that make the story believable, gripping.
The book could use some editing and revising—some parts of the story seemed a little bit confusing to me, and there’s also typos and some errors that a revision would fix—, but considering the fact that this is Keefe’s first work, I’m looking forward to reading more about Angie Cooper Series in the future.(less)
If you like mythology and fantasy, Percy Jackson may be perfect for you. I found out about Percy because of two of my friends—who I met because of Harry Potter—were freaking out about these books. One of them had already read the entire series, and the other one was still reading it. We spent a whole afternoon hanging out and they couldn’t stop talking about it, so once I got home, I started reading right away. And, guest what? I only stopped when I finished the entire series.
Percy is an ordinary boy—except for the fact that he gets expelled from every single school he ever studied at and was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. But if you think about 12 years old boys, that’s not a big deal, isn’t it? Well, he finds out that things aren’t as ordinary as he thought once his math teacher, Ms. Dodds, attacks him while he was on a school field trip.
Once his mom finds out about what happened, she takes him to the Camp Half-Blood, so Percy will be safe and trained. There, he finds out he’s a demigod—those who are descendent of the Gods—and his dad is… Poseidon, the God of the Sea. But, guess what? Poseidon had done an oath with Hades and Zeus and agreed that none of the three of them would ever have children with mortals again. So Percy finds himself in situation a little complicated…
If that wasn’t enough to him to cope with, he also finds out that everybody believes he’s a thief: Zeus’ masterbolt has been missed. Now, Percy has only ten days to bring the lightning back to Zeus, or the chaos is going to rule the world. With his best friend Grover and his not-really-friend Annabeth, one of Athena’s daughters, he’s going to seek the lightning and try to prove he’s not a thief—and tons of surprises are waiting on his path.
I had a great time reading this series. I wouldn’t say this is something brilliant, but it certanly entertained me for hours. And I believe this is the only case, so far, when I would recommend you to watch the movie before reading the book. Probably because the movie has almost nothing to do with the book…(less)
Poor Grover! That’s the first thought that crosses my mind whenever I remember about The Sea of Monsters.
Things have changed on the Camp Half-Blood since Percy left: something terrible is happening. The magical borders that once protected the Camp aren’t keeping the monsters outside anymore, it seems Thalia’s tree has been poisoned. The only thing that could be able to cure the tree is the Golden Fleece, that is located on the island of Polyphemus, in the Sea of Monsters (curiously known as the Bermuda Triangle for a while now). Besides that, Grover has been missing—and it seems he’s been trapped on Polyphemus’ cave.
Of course, Percy and Annabeth decide to rescue his dear friend, and Tyson is going with them. Once again, Percy’s life is about to change when he finds out about a prophecy that says he’s gonna have to make an important choice once he turns 16.
I liked The Lightning Thief more than The Sea of Monsters, but I laughed a lot with Grover on this book…(less)
Percy reminds me Harry Potter a lot. He’s the guy who didn’t ask to be a hero. He never wanted to be the center of the attentions, but it happens all the time… Oh, Percy!
On the third book of Percy Jackson & The Olympians series, Percy and his friends must help the siblings Bianca and Nico Di Angelo, who have a mysterious story and easily get involved in a lot of trouble. Besides that, Percy must rescue the missing Goddess Artemis, before the winter solstice meeting of the Olympian council.
I liked this book because we get to see Thalia, Annabeth’s father and a bunch of creatures—but honestly, that’s all I can remember about it…(less)
When I started reading this book I felt like watching a movie with Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie playing the main character. The first chapter gave the story a great basis, a thing that most action books don’t have. Normally an action book starts confusing as hell, but this one gives us a—even if limited and not to the center plot—good knowledge of what was going on.
I like Fox. Differently from some action’s main characters, he was given a little humanity. Authors tend to make the mistake of writing main action characters as people with no soul, with abusing trainees programs where they learned to never think that other people matter. The fact that Fox lost someone in his past had the contrary effect on him, and he thinks of others too.
It is amazing how the author gets to do a great job with the side characters, as we never know what to make of them. We don’t know which side they took if it isn’t open chosen, and the author made believable the fact that every intelligence and anti terrorism agency in US and UK—even in the world—has informants inside them.
We met important characters all the time, and some come and go very fast. All the time we want to know who isn’t trustworthy, creating lots of theories about who is the traitor who wants to make money using a mass killer weapon that Ares—an organization that makes money with deadly weapons—is trying to sell: the pre-historical bacteria Pandora.
After those introductions, we start to really get to the main plot and meet more vital characters to this story, understanding the co-relations between them. The pharmaceutical companies and their endless battle for power and money rule the story, but it is also a interesting story about fanatics and cults that can with use the technology to take the world.
After we get to know Dr. Nita Parris and the plot starts rolling, mixing Parris and Fox interests and past history, the thriller is really exciting, with lots of thing happening at once and never a time to take a breath. It’s an intricate and well-done plot, and I found myself fascinated by ever turn the book took. It is also good that the book has many points of view, what help us to know the real side of the characters while we watch how they can’t trust in each other. This give us a adrenaline rush that is amazing.
A time or two I found myself having to reread some paragraphs, though, and I think some of the descriptions could be cut a little short, being there for nothing, but overall it was as a great read, very entertaining and well plotted. Brooks should be congratulated by the excellent work he did, and I would really recommend this book to everyone who like a good thriller.(less)
Aidan, Kathy and Diana could be your neighbors. The character’s construction is so real that for some moments I caught myself wondering if Sionna was inspired by real people when writing them. They live in Claiborne, a small country town, and meet at Texas Bob’s, a local mexican restaurant, frequently, and together they’re The Committee of the Disaffected. Each one has their own life story, but they’re kinda at the same page. They tried book club and yoga, but none of them worked out, so they decided for… witchcraft.
Of course, they end up finding much more than just a few Wicca books. It was funny, though, that I was reading this book when I went to Salem—the famous city of the witches!—for a short trip last weekend. Couldn’t help myself but wonder the three of them walking on those streets. However, it took me a while to really get into this book, but once it looks like this is Cailey’s first novel, overall I think she did a good job.(less)
I had lots of problems reading this book. And, yes, this is the main thing I have to say about it.
When I first wanted to read The Hunger Games it was because I fell in love with the plot and wanted it in my bookshelf in the same moment I read about it. I bought the book without anyone I know reading before me and thought that the fact my bookaholic friends haven’t heard about it was straaange.
I don’t know if you guys notice that I’m a very fast reader. I read 5-7 books a week. It took me two weeks and a half to make my way through The Hunger Game pages. Why?
The problem isn’t the plot. The central plot is absolutely amazing, a wonderful idea. The storyline of boys and girls in a battle for surviving where just one of them can stay alive is like a modern Gladiator tale, showing in a way a lot of actual world problems. The characteres are well constructed and even when I couldn’t stand one of them they were acting like they should, true to themselves. I liked part of descriptions, but that was the first point that got to me… It was way too long in my opinion. Or way too short. Some things are long while other things that I wanted to know more about had just a plain citation.
I loved, however, the interaction and dialogues, but every single time I saw a long paragraph on my way I had to put the book down in the middle of it and do something else. Sometimes a book just doesn’t do it for you. For the first half of The Hunger Games, that was the case. After that, I saw a book well done.
I liked it in the end, and I will read the sequel and the final book without a doubt, but I sure hope the other two books start better than this one, ’cause the first half was a pain in my ass.
PS: I know this time I didn’t made points at the story, just about my feeling with it, but this book was troubled for me because of the feeling, not the story. ;) (less)
Ever and Damen are still trying to figure out how to solve their little problem—and, damn it, they’re on this same page since Blue Moon, this is kind of getting old! On the other hand, they need to deal with the Haven situation—Ever knows Haven coming after her, it’s just a matter of time.
Haven is a pain in the neck, I must say. I’ve never really liked her character, she was never a really good friend, and apparently Ever can’t see it. Miles is back—thank God, because he’s the most reasonable character on this series—and Damen knows they have some “unfinished business” to work on. Talking about unfinished business, Ever finds out some stuff about Damen on this book that I was expecting to come out since the beginning. I mean, there’s no way the guy is perfect all the time, right?
Some things on this book seem odd to me, more than others, though. Ever ditches her classes for an entire week and Sabine never finds out about it—she’s dating one of Ever’s teachers, Munoz never ever mentions it to her! Sabine, by the way, is left completely out of sign most part of the time, how come Ever escapes from her for so long? I mean, they live together, I just didn’t buy it.
I’m kinda tired of this series, I’ll read Everlasting when it comes out—next summer—, but I don’t intend to put this book as priority on my To Read List, as I’ve just done with Night Star.(less)
If you have read the Murphy’s favorite books #3: Inkheart, Cornelia Funke, you know I gave up on reading the book after watching the movie. With The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook — A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, the story was kinda similar—and before all the fans of this book start to yell at me, I said kinda. And, before you keep reading, I’d like to warn you that this is the longest review I’ve written to Murphy’s Library so far. Sorry for those who like my short and objective reviews ;)
I found out about this book through the movie, just like with Inkeart. I saw the trailer before another movie and it caught my attention right away. I knew from that minute that I was going to watch The Social Network on the weekend after its release—and that’s what I did. I was so curious to see the story of how the Facebook was founded—but I was also dying to see more of Harvard from the POV of a student. I’ve been on Hardard—the Yard, the Square, the statue of the Three Lies, the Coop—for a lot of times since I moved to Boston, 10 months ago, and I always wondered how it is to be part of that. Also, I was curious to see it because one of the guys who was part of it is Brazilian. So I watched the movie, and after that I found myself thinking why I’ve never had any great idea like Mark Zuckerberg had—reaction that probably all geeks/nerds/whatever have after watching this movie.
For those who haven’t read the book or watched the movie yet, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook — A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal tells the story of how Zuckerberg had the idea and started the nowadays worldwide known Facebook. It all started on a dormitory of the Kirkland house on the Harvad Campus—yes, for those who don’t know, Harvard‘s students are divided in houses, just like on Harry Potter, and this was the most comparison the Harvard student who was our guide on my first tour through the Campus used, he was always comparing Harvard with Hogwarts‘ system.
As you can imagine, Zuckerberg was a geek student who hadn’t have a lot of friends, an awkard genius—aren’t all of them awkard, after all?—, who became famous after creating a website called Facemash, where the visitors—essencially Harvard students—could choose the “hotter” person between the pictures of two girls (he hacked all the pictures from the Harvard houses’ websites). Of course, he got in trouble because of that website, and his reputation on the Campus was really bad. Right after that, he was contacted by three students, the twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, who had an idea: the HarvardConnection, a website that would allow Harvard students to have an online profiles, a social network, but they weren’t programmers, so they couldn’t build the website’s code. And that was how Mark Zuckerberg had the idea for Facebook and asked his friend Eduardo Saverin to be his partner—Eduardo would put some money on the business and Mark would work on the code.
I’ve read some reviews about this book on the past few weeks, especially because the book has just been released in Brazil, so all the bloggers who don’t speak English are having the opportunity to read it before the movie is released—yes, what a shame, the movie is almost out of the theaters here in the US and it hasn’t even been released in Brazil! One of the things that people most talk about this book is that they can’t put it down until they’ve finished reading. In my case, though, it wasn’t really like that. It took me longer than usual to read this book—but, again, I blame myself, I’ve been through some of the crazier weeks I’ve ever had, so I haven’t had too much time for reading—, the narrative was too slow for me. But, well, maybe it was because I already knew how the story ends, once I saw it on The Social Network…
By the way, speaking of the movie, I saw just slight changes from the facts on the book, and as much as I understand that movie language and book language are different, I found myself wishing the book was told as the same way the movie was—while on the book we get to know the story in chronological order, on the movie we get to know it through the testimonials of Zuckerberg, Saverin, the Winklevoss twins and Narendra on the court. Yeah, sorry if you haven’t seen the trailer or the poster of this movie, but I thought it wasn’t such a big spoiler, once the movie’s marketing is clear: “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”
Anyway, I’d recommend this book for those who haven’t watched the movie yet—but only if you really like reading and has nothing more important to do. Unlike with Inkeart, I did finish reading this book, and somehow I enjoyed the reading, only reasons why this book is not on the next Murphy’s favorite books.(less)