I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Darynda Jones has brought it again with her fifth installment of the Charley DavidI received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Darynda Jones has brought it again with her fifth installment of the Charley Davidson series. It's the same sass and snark as the previous books, but this time Charley and Reyes get to "play house." It has taken five books to get these two to some sense of normalcy. Now they both have physical forms, both have homes, and both have jobs. All seems right in Jones' world. Only, it's Charley and Reyes and nothing ever goes right--except for a certain kitchen utensil scene in the book. That apparently went very right!
This book moves the main story line along by answering some questions readers have had for the past four books. Readers discover more about why Reyes was sent to this world and what his ultimate goal was (that changed when he met Charley). They find that Reyes' dad has a particular interest in Charley. There are even prophecies written about Charley. So much juicy info! This is my favorite book in the series.
I really enjoyed Cookie in this book. From the opening scene to her unexpected "gift" from Reyes, Cookie had me laughing. This time Cookie was made to go to a gun safety class, and I loved the texts that she and Charley sent to each other. Then, of course, there is the sexual tension between her and Charley's Uncle Bob (or Ubie!). Oh, Darynda Jones, please let them go on a date in the sixth book!
This book (as with the rest of the series) had me literally laughing out loud. Jones mixes drama and comedy together to create pure awesomeness. There are serious scenes to move the story along and comedic scenes to help lighten the mood and tone of the story.
This is the first time that Charley has had to truly defend herself from a life threatening situation by herself. No supernatural beings pop in to help her out--ahem, Reyes--and no sidekick or backup. Things should have gone terribly wrong, but thankfully Charley's abilities help her out.
Even though this is the fifth book, you don't have to read any of the previous books in the series to enjoy this one. Jones fills in the blanks if she references events in the previous books. Although I don't recommend reading the series out of order, Jones has written it so new readers won't be lost.
I'd be a bad reviewer if I didn't mention that the ending is a bit unresolved. Yes, Jones has left readers hanging when one character asks another a particular question. It will definitely have you wanting to pick up the sixth book as soon as it is released!...more
The False Prince is the first book in the Ascendance trilogy. I picked up the audiobook to listen to as I traveled for work. Narrators can help or hurThe False Prince is the first book in the Ascendance trilogy. I picked up the audiobook to listen to as I traveled for work. Narrators can help or hurt an author’s story, and luckily this narrator did a wonderful job bringing Jennifer Nielsen’s characters to life. He enhanced an already great story.
After the royal family is killed, a nobleman, Connor, creates a plan to find the king’s long lost son to prevent civil war in the kingdom. Instead of finding the real prince who everyone assumes is dead, he recruits four orphan boys who are trained and who must compete for the chance to impersonate the prince. One boy, Sage, is defiant and constantly rebels against Connor’s wishes. He knows that Connor only wants to control the fake prince. Sage doesn’t want to be a puppet, but his other option is to be killed. In Connor’s world everyone has secrets, but one secret will change everything Connor has worked toward.
Nielsen does a wonderful job setting up Connor’s false prince plan. She does an even better job using Sage to point out any flaws in the plan. It seems Sage is always one move ahead in every aspect of the story. He’s a character that knows the rules of the game, but chooses to play by his own rules.
The storyline isn’t exactly sequential. Nielsen leaves gaps in the storyline and later goes back and fills them in. At first it was a little jarring. I wondered why she didn’t let readers in on information while it was occurring (examples: sword, knife, rock), but later in the story Neilsen reveals more background information about certain characters and her reasoning falls into place.
Neilsen’s writing is both simple and complex at the same time. Her style is very natural and easy, but her plot line is more intricate. She peels back the layers of Sage’s personality and life a little at a time and allows readers to better understand Sage. She also patiently sets up the story for her plot twist. Will some readers figure it out, yes, but others will be caught way off guard.
At times I loved and hated Sage. His arrogance and indifference were a bit off putting. Thankfully he has several redeeming qualities. He has a compassionate heart and honors his promises. He doesn’t take kindly to cruelty. Readers will be rooting for him to win and become the prince.
The False Prince is a wonderful family story that kids and adult can enjoy. It is a brilliantly written story filled with deceit, action, and danger. Readers who liked The Beyonders series by Brandon Mull will definitely want to read The False Prince.
I definitely want to check out the sequel, The Runaway King, when it comes out March 2013....more
This is an absolute Must Read! I loved the original concept with a new species of paranormal creatures. Plum has defiSee full review on Mind-Ventures
This is an absolute Must Read! I loved the original concept with a new species of paranormal creatures. Plum has definitely done the prep work to answer all the questions readers have when introduced to a paranormal creature. She has answered the important questions of "how they are created," "what special abilities do they have," "how do they die," "how come society has never heard of revenants," and many others. This story touches many different types of genres and readers. There is action, mystery, paranormal (of course), and even a little romance.
I am eager to read the sequel, UNTIL I DIE. This book reminds me of Lauren Kate's FALLEN series, so if you enjoyed that, then you will probably enjoy DIE FOR ME....more