Monday, September 16, 2013

Review- The Binding Stone by Lisa Gail Green

The Binding Stone (Djinn, #1)The Binding Stone by Lisa Gail Green
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book by the author for an honest review.

My likes:
Some of the supporting characters- Sophie was an cute and innocent addition to the cast. And even though I didn't like Gabe at the beginning of the book, he became a good character by the end (and then man...why do you have to do that was there any point)

The story concept about a Djinn isn't one commonly used. I really think the author did some research into some of the legends.

I really liked how Jered wasn't one of those power-hunger kind of characters, he didn't like hurting other people and really cared for others. (But way to trusting and naive, even with a friend like Gabe)

My In-betweens

Leela- She was a character that I maybe I could like, but maybe I could hate, I am still up in there air about her.

My Dislikes

The flashback sequences: They became to distracting, and I know they were there for the back story, but I think there might have been one to many.

I was kinda wondering why she brought back Cepheaus in the end, what exact purpose did it serve other then to torture her main character.

And speaking of torture...I think it went on a little to long, and well it seemed to be a gap filler.

And then the big one of the person she killed at the end of the book, I mean why what point was there in doing that...

I am all for giving a new series a second chance, so if there is another one, I would probably read it. However as a recommendation it would depend on the person, but there is potential here I think.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Review- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So this was pretty much an easy read, I knew how much I loved Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) and didn't expect any less from this one by Marissa Meyer.

I really thought she integrated the new characters well into the story of what had already happen to Cinder in the first book. And lucky me I actually read about Wolf in the story entitled The Queen's Army (Lunar Chronicles, #1.5) it gives a little more insight into his character.

Now to get down to the story, Scarlet's grandma is missing and Scarlet thinks she has been kidnapped, while others think she just ran away. Some think that Grandma is a little loopy in the first place (I don't think she is loopy, maybe just eccentric). After a interesting scene in a bar, she meets Wolf, a true Alpha, I think its really hard to tell if Wolf is a trustworthy person or not, and this takes a few twists and turns in the book.

We also find the return of Cinder and Kai from the first book, and while I feel really conflicted about their relationship because if Kai really understood Cinder from the beginning then how could he believe anything bad about her. She lied about being a cyborg, but I think he looked past that, but the other thing...please how could you compare Cinder to the Lunar Queen. I hope all turns out well for them in the end.

I can't wait to read the third book in this series, and what an amazing cover Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Review- Streaks of Blue by Jack Chaucer

Streaks of Blue: How the Angels of Newtown Inspired One Girl to Save Her SchoolStreaks of Blue: How the Angels of Newtown Inspired One Girl to Save Her School by Jack Chaucer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book on NetGalley,

I have to be honest, this book was amazing, it touched my heart and yes even made me tear up at the end. Nikki is one of the characters that is a true gem, a person who sees the good in all people.

It is a little hard to read a book like this remembering the incident at Newtown, I remember that day and truly awful it was to watch the news and think about the children and teachers who lost their lives. It especially hit home with me because I work in a school. I wonder from time to time if something like this could happen. I loved Nikki's courage that took her across the cafeteria to befriend someone who was different then her.

As a girl who was always different, I am glad for the friends I did have and still do have. They are truly a blessing. I would encourage not only adults to read this book but students as well. I think middle schoolers especially could get encouragement from this one. I hope somewhere, someone reads this and thinks about making a new friend, a boy or girl that needed that friend at that moment.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Free Book read-a-thon

I have a free book addiction I think, and I need to purge my Kindle of some books. So I am doing a free book read-a-thon for the rest of September (not including what I am currently reading or other wise need for a challenge). I will be posting details later on, and hopefully have a good time discovering new authors and good books along the way.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review - Fire Country by David Estes

Fire Country (The Country Saga, #1)Fire Country by David Estes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was given to me by the author for an honest review.

Fire country takes places in a futuristic setting, we are introduced to The Heaters, who live and survive in the desert. Siena is the main character and even though I liked her, I really thought she was lacking in the self confidence. I know this changes as the story goes on, but still wished it happened sooner, she grows, but it is agonizing slow. We do see hints of her inner strength, as well as her rebellious nature.

The laws and Heater society seem really twisted from the beginning of the book. Girls of sixteen get sent to a Call, where their leaders chose a man from them to sleep with and bear children, forget about falling in love.

Circ is Siena's good friend, their relationship develops slowly, but I thought this was at a good pace, and very believable.

The supporting characters were good as well, and it even turns out Siena had a "Wilson" but this one wasn't a soccer ball but a prickly plant. Pretty much every character had a Wooloo moment or two, not going to mention my favorite though. Lara was very likeable, kinda wonder if we are going to see her more in later books.

I liked how the author even made up the swear words for his imaginary world.

I don't really think I have anything bad to say about this book, if you like books like The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) or even Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) (which I am also currently reading), then this one is a good one for you too.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: Greta and The Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles, #1)Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So have you watched the movie Labyrinth...

(If you haven't...go out and watch it, its the only time that anyone would think that David Bowie is sexy)

Greta and Goblin King is nothing like the movie, but I mean who thinks that a goblin king can be sexy...its a weird concept, but geeze I absolutely loved the character of Isaac, he is hot. Greta is pretty bad ass herself, and she is fighting her feelings for this hot guy. I can hear Isaac saying Jareth's line at the end of the movie "I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave." Its one of those lines that makes your heart skip a beat.

So should you read the book, I liked the story, even though I really thought we started in the middle of Greta's story for some reason. She is a human hiding her humanity in the middle of a world of supernatural creatures that hate humans. There is this eclipse that turns these creatures even crazier, and she has to survive it, but not alone. She has found a group of human boys, of which I couldn't help love little Jacob, he is so sweet. I really think this book needs a prequel, I would love to learn more about Greta.

There is enough going on to keep a reader interested, and I am not telling you the whole story, it may get confusing at a couple of points in the book. And even though I kinda got the end, I just felt it just stopped all of a sudden.

Aside from these little problems, I think its a good book.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday---Scorched by Mari Mancusi

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Ok this is only my second Waiting on Wednesday

Here it is...Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Synospis from Goodreads:

Trinity Don’t leave me here... It starts with a whisper. At first Trinity thinks she’s going crazy. It wouldn’t be a big surprise—her grandpa firmly believes there’s a genuine dragon egg in their dusty little West Texas town. But this voice is real, and it’s begging for her protection. Even if no one else can hear it...

Connor He’s come from a future scorched by dragonfire. His mission: Find the girl. Destroy the egg. Save the world.

Caleb He’s everything his twin brother Connor hates: cocky, undisciplined, and obsessed with saving dragons.

Trinity has no idea which brother to believe. All she has to go by is the voice in her head—a dragon that won’t be tamed.

I got to say, I love this cover, the dragon and the girl great job. But the story sounds very interesting, and I can't wait to read it. I actually have tried finding an arc copy, but I am going to wait because it will be out in less then a week.

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought City of Bones was a good story, however my only argument is that it took me so very long to finish it. It just didn't keep my attention enough to finish it quickly, but I wanted to read it before thinking about going to see the movie.

Now I am kinda wondering if I want to see the movie, just by watching the previews I get the feeling that its totally different.

I liked the characters, Clary and Jace...(I am just not going there right now, that stab in the heart is just to fresh, even though I get the feeling deep down that it isn't true) And poor Simon, even though, I just don't see Simon and Clary together, I really want to continue on with the rest of the books, just to see what happens.

Its a good read, I would probably recommend it to others.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ink (Paper Gods, #1)Ink by Amanda Sun
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I almost read this in one sitting, but I fell asleep almost at the end.

I really liked the concept and the lore the author added into this book. It was unique as well as a bit strange. And I loved the characters, Katie especially, she was a strong-minded female despite the fact all that she was going through.

Yuu...well he was a bit hard to like at first, but he grows on you. (And on a side note, I do have a thing for Asians...haha)

I am very curious about where this story is heading, it gets really complicated and unexpected toward the end of the first book, and the one guy who I thought was going to be good, turned bad in his own way. I hate to say it though, I still like him, and wonder if he going to cause more trouble later on. And if Katie doesn't want him, can I have him.

Better yet, just buy me a ticket to Japan, I will find him myself.

I received as a Netgalley copy, formatting was horrible, but I kinda expected that.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sky's End

Sharing a new book and review today that I received at Netgalley

And here is my review: Sky's EndSky's End by Lesley Young
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmm, I did like this book, lots of good things going for it.

Cassiel is a likeable heroine, maybe a little to whiny and perhaps way to stubborn. I had a hard time with her some of her choices, but that is beside the point.

I liked Prime Ori'ic, but of course I am a sucker for sexy alpha males, but I liked that he was about to try to make it work between him and Cassie before Cassiel decided to be stupid again.

Why I thought it was a good book, the beginning was somewhat slow, and her briefings before mission were slightly jumbled and went to fast.

The story kinda reminded me of Evangeline Anderson's Brides of the Kindred series (of which I have read 3 of her 8 books), except dialed way down on the sex. The series is meant for adults though, so take that in consideration before making your own comparison.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cover Love

We all do this as reader's. We fall in love with the covers we see, and forget the age-old adage of never judging a book by its cover.

I think with me this has become a new obsession, but I am not quite positive. Here is the cover I love:

Description on Amazon- How do you live with the gut clenching truth that the one you love will die if you meet them? Twenty year old sorcerer Scott Tabors is learning how. After seeing seventeen year old Olivia Whitehead outside of a coffee shop, his heart will never be the same. He longs for her, he wants her, and he knows she will be his. They are heart mates. …but due to a curse on his family, he can’t meet her. Not yet. So for now, he visits her in her dreams. Her dreams where he can tell her everything but his name. Olivia Whitehead is a typical junior in high school. She and her best friend are having the time of their lives, but she can’t help but notice the changes happening to her. Especially the changes in her heart after she begins dreaming about a mysterious dark haired young man. But what will happen when the school heartthrob decides he wants Olivia? Will she realize the dream man is real or will she move on?

Why I love the cover, maybe its the yellow rose contrasting with the pale skin. I don't know, but hopefully the story is just as intriguing as the cover.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Review--Everblue by Brenda Pandos

Everblue (Mer Tales, #1)Everblue by Brenda Pandos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This mermaid pun intended, was a good read. All around good characters, and well keep me interested enough to finish it.

I had some issues and maybe they are small but it made the rating go down in my opinion.

This line for one "I just don't like when she expects me to do stuff without asking me first." I had a what the heck moment with that one. I don't think Ash and her Mom are as close as she is with her Dad, but what kind of 16 year old thinks like this. Maybe its because my Mom still expects me to do stuff without asking me first. I mean if Ash was like 25 or something maybe this would have made sense. It bugged me I guess

I didn't like Tatiana, I really thought she was kind of annoying, and I really didn't like Georgia...she was even more annoying. Callahan was still a bit of a mystery to me, I really didn't even know if he actually liked Ash or not, or just using her to get back at the ex kind of thing.

Fin and Ash at the end of the book kind of got to a gagging point to me. I tried to leave this to some sort of magically hormonal thing, but still gag worthy.

I didn't hate this book, I have read worse, but it just didn't reach that four-star level for me.

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By the way this is a freebie on Amazon

Waiting on Wednesday.

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Since this is my first Waiting on Wednesday blog spot I suppose that it should be for something that I really can't wait for.

Synopis from Goodreads~Becoming a winter queen will make Ilyenna as cold and cruel and deadly as winter itself, but it might be the only way to save her people from a war they have no hope of winning.~

Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: become one of them and share their power over winter. But that power comes with a price. If she accepts, she will become a force of nature, lose her humanity, and abandon her family.

Unwilling to pay such a high price, Ilyenna is enslaved by one of the invaders, Darrien. While in captivity, she learns the attack wasn’t just a simple raid but part of a larger plot to overthrow her entire nation.

With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power—forever.

What I love about this one besides the cover is that fact that is just sounds really cool. I came across this book while doing the YA Scavenger hunt and well it intrigues me enough to honor it in my first WOW post. Amber Argyle has also written another series of books starting with Witch Song

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Turning in on Tueday...

Ok title aside, I mean really I couldn't think of anything better. I am posting a couple of reviews on here as soon as I get them done. Including: Wander Dust by Michelle Warren, Raksha by Frankie Rose, Everblue by Brenda Pandos

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Graceling (my first book review from Goodreads)

Book description from Goodreads His eyes, Katsa had never seen such eyes. One was silver, and the other, gold. They glowed in his sun-darkened face, uneven, and strange. She was surprised that they hadn't shone in the darkness of their first meeting. They didn't seem human.... Then he raised his eyebrows a hair, and his mouth shifted into the hint of a smirk. He nodded at her, just barely, and it released her from her spell. Cocky, she thought. Cocky and arrogant, this one, and that was all there was to make of him. Whatever game he was playing, if he expected her to join him he would be disappointed.

In a world where people born with an extreme skill - called a Grace - are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graces with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)Graceling by Kristin Cashore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book, it was a great fantasy read.

The characters were written well, and I hope to see more of them in the next books. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy, or a good adventure story. I am happy I finally read it because I have had it on my TBR pile for awhile.

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