Wow, how incredibly disappointing! I've been looking forward to Truthwitch since I heard of it coming out, and, I must confess, since I saw the cover.Wow, how incredibly disappointing! I've been looking forward to Truthwitch since I heard of it coming out, and, I must confess, since I saw the cover.
My disappointment comes from being thrown into a world that I had absolutely no idea what was going on. Apparently, I'm supposed to know what a threadwitch is, a threadsister, all of the worlds politics, who/what the Cahr Awen is, etc ..... you get the point. These are just a very few things that were confusing, there's many more. Oh, and what in the heck are threadstones? I literally felt like I had missed about 5 chapters of this book. It's incredibly hard to become absorbed or invested in a book when you're constantly wondering wth the author is talking about.
How in the heck did this series slip by me? I have no idea! I love it! I've been devouring it non-stop since I got it! LOVE it!!!! Celaena is a bad asHow in the heck did this series slip by me? I have no idea! I love it! I've been devouring it non-stop since I got it! LOVE it!!!! Celaena is a bad ass with a heart, what's not to love! Add in a little magic, the Fey, Wyrd marks, and hey, I'm sold! The ending was a little sketch for me but since I am able to dive right in to book 2, I'm cool with it! If you haven't read this series yet, you should!...more
I absolutely adore this series. I must say though, Kestral and Arin's stubborness and misunderstandings are starting to irk me! With that being said,I absolutely adore this series. I must say though, Kestral and Arin's stubborness and misunderstandings are starting to irk me! With that being said, I can't wait for the next book!...more
The Fool is the first episode in the Virtual Arcana serial by Karen Amanda Hooper. It’s short but it’s supposed to be! It’s a YA sci-fi/dystopian thatThe Fool is the first episode in the Virtual Arcana serial by Karen Amanda Hooper. It’s short but it’s supposed to be! It’s a YA sci-fi/dystopian that sets up each book using a card from the Major Arcana for each of its preceding serials. Kelsey is the main character and extremely likeable, I mean, what’s not to like? She’s a caffeine addict and loves to read! Her twin plays video games, which, by the way, is illegal. Xander is introduced and there’s a bit of an insta-love connection but I can get past that. There’s a dystopian type controlling government that has a big brother type band that monitors everything its citizens do. If caught doing something you shouldn’t, well, let’s just say that the government ‘takes care of it’.
I liked this first book and will definitely read the next in the serials. ...more
It’s no secret that Julie Kagawa is one of my absolutely favorite authors; The Iron Fey series is one of my favorites and probably will for life. TaloIt’s no secret that Julie Kagawa is one of my absolutely favorite authors; The Iron Fey series is one of my favorites and probably will for life. Talon by Julie Kagawa is the first book in a new trilogy. This is a book about a set of twins, well, clutch mates really, who are dragons. Yep, fire-breathing, scaly beasts but luckily they are able to assume attractive human shapes. Ember and her brother, Dante have spent their entire life in a desert compound being raised by a group of dragons called Talon. Talon exists to ensure that the dragon line is not wiped out by the Order of St. George, which has been taking out dragons since forever. They are natural enemies and hate one another with undying passion. The story begins with Ember and Dante being placed with human hosts in a marvelous beach house in sunny California so they can learn to assimilate and act like humans. They have one whole summer of freedom, learning to walk the walk and talk the talk, and then it’s back to their Talon lives and duty. Garret is a member of the Order of St. George, his entire family was murdered by dragons, leaving him alone and owing his life to the Order. Garret is the perfect soldier, he has one mission in life and that is to destroy the things that destroyed his family.
Talon is told in three different perspectives, Embers, Garret’s, and later in the book, by Riley/Cobalt, a rogue dragon, who is intent on luring dragons away from Talon. Ember is spunky, gregarious and wants to experience all that life has to offer. Garret, is quiet, shy, and has trouble letting go. Riley/Cobalt, on the other hand, embodies all that is bad boy biker – with a tender side, of course. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a triangle and Lord knows, I hate THE TRIANGLE! So, we’ll have to see how it all pans out!
There was a bit of a problem with the plot line for me, Ember and Dante spent their entire lives in a compound in the desert. They spent absolutely no time with any other teens, etc … just grown dragons yet they managed to fit in with the popular kids within their first hour in California. There wasn’t any awkwardness or missteps, they just blended in seamlessly. That just doesn’t happen that quickly, I know, I live in a resort town. One girl, Lexi, even calls Ember her best friend after only a month. Call me a skeptic but it just seemed like maybe it should have taken a bit more time and there should have been a few fax pas.
Other than those things stated above, I enjoyed Talon, it has plenty of great action, fighting scenes and suspense. Enough so, that I can overlook THE TRIANGLE and the seamless clique fit in. I give this a 3.5 but round up to a 4. I’ll definitely read the next in the series. ...more
I have never read anything by Maggie Stiefvater that I didn't absolutely Love. The Raven Boys is no exception. Beautifully penned, the characters holdI have never read anything by Maggie Stiefvater that I didn't absolutely Love. The Raven Boys is no exception. Beautifully penned, the characters hold a special place in my heart. Can't wait to get started on The Dream Thieves....more
Frozen: Heart of Dread by Melissa De La Cruz is a mixture of futuristic dystopian, fantasy and romance. I really liked it. It was enterTHE FAERYS VIEW
Frozen: Heart of Dread by Melissa De La Cruz is a mixture of futuristic dystopian, fantasy and romance. I really liked it. It was entertaining enough to keep me turning pages and that’s all I ask for in a good book.
Set in New Vegas, an icy frost covered wasteland where resources are scarce, life is hard and everything is … you guessed it, FROZEN! Not only is the land frozen but the world is polluted and almost all once living things are now dead. There are two types of humans, those with grey eyes and brown hair and those with colored eyes. Those with colored eyes are to be feared. Why you ask? Because they are descended from the magical Sylph and have magical powers like telepathy. Those with colored eyes are sought by the government for confinement which leads to the main character, Natasha Kestal or Nat. Nat is living in fear of discovery but she lives right out in the open in New Vegas as a blackjack dealer. She has disguised herself to look normal until she can find the right moment to leave New Vegas and escape to ‘The Blue’, a legendary place where the sky is blue and the sun still shines warm. This is where Ryan Wesson comes in, he is a runner and runners take people where they need to go as long as they can pay the price. What comes next is a journey full of peril, adventure and romance!
I really liked the characters that Ms. De La Cruz and her husband created, Nat is full of life, despite all that she’s endured. She’s witty and snarky and doesn’t take any guff, I respect that! She’s someone that is both likeable and badass! Wes is a charmer, he’s cocky yet honorable and not without his own sad story. I think this is part of what draws them together and makes them such a believable couple. Their chemistry is palpable yet not instantaneous … I like it!
The story is told in Nat and Wes’s alternating point of views, as a rule, I generally don’t like this but in Frozen, it works. It actually helped me get to know Wes on a different level and in a weird way, Nat, too. So, in this case I have no complaints. The plot is fast moving and descriptive, adventurous and fun. It left me wanting more of the series and that’s a great thing. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
I would definitely recommend Frozen: Heart of Dread to friends!
Wow, as always, Maggie Stiefvater has left me speechless. Blue Lily, Lily Blue was all I had hoped for, and then some. As with all of her novels, I reWow, as always, Maggie Stiefvater has left me speechless. Blue Lily, Lily Blue was all I had hoped for, and then some. As with all of her novels, I read the last page with a sincere mix of pleasure and regret. I always hate when I finish one of her books because it’s over and I’ll have to wait at least a year to read more of her incredible work. Then, of course, there’s the pleasure of reading what Maggie pens! Ah, life’s dilemmas!
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (BLLB) starts off where The Dream Thieves left off, I would strongly suggest reading the preceding books before starting BLLB. I love all the Raven Boys but I have such a soft spot in my heart for Adam, something about him just touches me. He’s so vulnerable yet he’s finally finding himself in BLLB and I like this development. Gansey and Blue are still dancing around their relationship, to kiss could mean the end of him-yep, they’re struggling and pushing things. Ronan, too, is pushing things but there’s a huge development that we learn about him so, if you read BLLB, you’ll learn why. The ladies at 300 Fox Way aren’t without their own strife, as well. There’s a lot going on, outside of the hunt for Glendower, and it really kept the pace of the book moving quick.
There were some highly emotional areas in BLLB, and yes, I cried! Damn you, Maggie! How could you?! Although, there are some hugely funny scenes, too, that made me laugh out loud. I love the dry humor and sarcastic wit that Maggie writes so flawlessly. The characters are remarkable, they are made of substance and personality, each with such a distinctive voice, that I feel I know them, through and through. When I care about the characters in a book, I know that book will have forever touched me. There is the introduction of new characters, some I adored, and some not so much but the important thing is that they all brought a richness to this third installment.
I am going to abstain from talking too much about the plot line, except to say that Maura is still missing, the search for Glendower is on with a vengeance, Mr. Gray is a big part of this book and Greenmantle shows up in Henrietta with his wife, Piper, as the new Latin teacher. There’s a new cave that is found which introduces us to a new character, Jesse Dittley, whom I loved! I will say that finding the new cave is a coup because the Raven Boys are getting somewhere! And in the famous words of Forrest Gump, “That’s all I got to say ‘bout that!”
I have no idea how I’m going to make it until the next book, seriously! I imagine that you can tell from my review that I would not only highly recommend this book and series but think everyone should read it. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore or library! It’s just that amazing!
I have never ever been disappointed in anything JL Bryan writes and The Songs of Magic series is no exception! After finishing Fairy Blues - the seconI have never ever been disappointed in anything JL Bryan writes and The Songs of Magic series is no exception! After finishing Fairy Blues - the second book in The Songs of Magic series, it just enhanced my love of Jeff's one-of-a-kind originality with his supreme creativity and fantastic writing skills that forever enchant me!
Jeff's books are of the 'I can't put it down' quality-from their awesomely distinctive covers to the exceptional excellence inside-I am always held captive by his smooth narrative with it's pitch-perfect tempo, charming (and not so charming!) characters and the delicate balance he maintains so skillfully throughout the book.
Wake by Amanda Hocking was no surprise, I got exactly what I expected: pure imaginative brilliance! I’ve followed Amanda since the early days when ‘MyWake by Amanda Hocking was no surprise, I got exactly what I expected: pure imaginative brilliance! I’ve followed Amanda since the early days when ‘My Blood Approves’ series was full of grammatical errors and you know what? I didn’t care! The story line was just that good that I bought one after another on my Kindle and wanted to cry when the series was over. Then Hollowland came along and The Trylle Trilogy and a few others and things just kept getting better and better.
Amanda is a natural born story teller; I can imagine her in the days of old-spinning tales in front of a fire place or a camp fire and scaring the crap outta everyone or putting forth a tale of love that would have the maidens swooning. To me, this puts her in a rare category of authors, those that are remembered long after they’re gone and our great-great grandchildren will still be reading her works long after we’re gone.
Wake was no different and a trilogy that I’m highly anticipating, especially if the next 2 books follow in Wake’s footsteps. I really don’t want to rehash the book but let’s just say it’s like the movie Mean Girls on steroids but without the humor and something extremely weird about the clique.
Two sisters very close, the oldest one, Harper has basically given up everything so that the younger and gorgeous sister Gemma get’s to live a more ‘normal’ life after their mother dies when they are extremely young. Living in a tourist town they get their share of different strokes kind of folks but a group of drop dead beautiful girls come to stay for the summer and there is just something not quite right about them. When they start pulling Gemma into their clique, Harper starts to worry…and she should be, she should be very worried.
I cannot wait for the next addition as Amanda did leave us with a cliffy, I have a love/hate relationship with those! Wake is full of thrills, eerie suspense and mystery as I watch the spiders start to weave their evil nest and wonder just do these girls want with Gemma? There’s some seriously scary moments and some romance but not to heavy on that yet. Amanda just did a magnificent job making Wake a book that is incredibly difficult to put down.
THE FAERY SAYS ‘WAKE’ BY AMANDA HOCKING ROCKED MY WINGS! ...more
Masters of the Veil by Daniel Cohen was fantastic-I'm sorry I wasn't able to get it read by the pub. date since Spencer Hill Press kindly sent me an AMasters of the Veil by Daniel Cohen was fantastic-I'm sorry I wasn't able to get it read by the pub. date since Spencer Hill Press kindly sent me an ARC but I was just to sick at the time to read and review much.
I'll be doing a proper review about the story of Sam [who I'm secretly crushin' on]and his journey with 'the Veil' and the things he learns about himself. For Sam, things aren't always what they appear to be and people will stop at nothing to get what they want. Mr. Cohen has done a spectacular job on Masters of the Veil and I look forward to what comes next!...more