Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review: Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker #1) by Paolo Bacigalupi

Overall Impression: ***

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Set initially in a future shanty town in America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being dissembled for parts by a rag tag group of workers, we meet Nailer, a teenage boy working the light crew, searching for copper wiring to make quota and live another day. The harsh realities of this life, from his abusive father, to his hand to mouth existence, echo the worst poverty in the present day third world. When an accident leads Nailer to discover an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, and the lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl, Nailer finds himself at a crossroads. Should he strip the ship and live a life of relative wealth, or rescue the girl, Nita, at great risk to himself and hope she'll lead him to a better life. This is a novel that illuminates a world where oil has been replaced by necessity, and where the gap between the haves and have-nots is now an abyss. Yet amidst the shadows of degradation, hope lies ahead.

My Review: To be honest, I liked this book. But I had been expecting more. It was decent, but since I was looking forward to something epic, I was a little disappointed. It had good world building, interesting characters, and the storyline drove me to the end (though it's not really, there will be more in the series, but the main threads ended nicely in this book). I liked it, I really did and am looking forward to the rest of the series. I may even pick up Paolo's other book, The Windup Girl (really like the cover). 

What I didn't like about this book was all of the building up that everyone gave. I was expecting something really complicated, and I'm not saying that it doesn't have complicated elements, it just wasn't as complex as I thought it be. You should still read it, but measure your expections, just a wee bit. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Review: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) & Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

 I'm going to cheat a little this time and post two reviews at once. I read these one after the other, so their kind of combined in my head anyways.

Overall Impression: *** 1/2

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Salvation has its price. 
The words stunned Adrian for a moment, but he kept going. "You're lying. What you're describing is impossible. There's no way to save a Strigoi. When they're gone, they're gone. They're dead. Undead. Forever." 

Robert's next words weren't directed at Adrian. They were spoken to me. "That which is dead doesn't always stay dead...." 

Overall Impression: *** 1/2

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. 

She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come. 

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir. 

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?

My Review: First off, Spirit Bound: Took me a while to get a hold of this book. Silly library took so long getting it to me! I know I've said this before, but this series is really addicting. Nothing exceptional stood out about this book for me though. I was expecting things to have more to do with the name, but hey, maybe I was just too caught up to really pay attention. I love Adrien. He’s trying. Wasn’t really expecting what happened.... to be able to happen, but I’m glad it did (confused, probably, unless you’ve read it. It’s such a big spoiler though that I daren’t even HINT at it because you’ll just be too happy when you read it and I don’t want to ruin that for you. Goodness knows I hate it when it happens to me.Your welcome).

Last Sacrifice: Hmmmm, good stuff. however, I was expecting more action. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of stuff happened, but I felt more on the edge of my seat with Frostbite than I did with this one. OBVIOUSLY this is not the end of the series. Definetly enough material for more. Like I read someone else saying, there were some things that weren’t resolved. Everything that needed to be resolved was, but I want to find out what happens with some of the minor characters that aren’t Rose, Lissa, and Dimitri. Yum…Dimitri….oops, got a little distracted, sorry. Guess that’s the end of my review ; ) 

In related news, I just found out that there is an official spin-off series, with a webpage countdown! gah! I’m looking forward to this release, but not in a Harry Potter kind of way. That was insane. This one, I’m excited for, but not obsessed. I'm telling myself this, and you should too, because there is a long wait. 213 days, 10 hours and 10 minutes as of this post. Don't worry, lots of other books to distract ourselves with! 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I shall wear midnight by Terry Pratchett

Overall Impression: **** 1/2

Who/What decided me: Continuing series

Short synopsis (Goodreads): It starts with whispers. 
Then someone picks up a stone. 
Finally, the fires begin. 
When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . . 
Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren t sparkly, aren t fun, don t involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. 
But someone or something is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her. 
Chilling drama combines with laughout-loud humor and searing insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between good and evil.

My Review: PERFECT ending to the series (though I wish there could be more, but it looks like Terry Pratchett wont be continuing it). I was wondering how things were going to end up, and I wanted them to go one way, but it was much better having them go the way they did. I can’t help but smile with how things turned out. Tiffany found her perfect match and it makes me smile.  The Nac Mac Feegle, really, were quite hilarious. Pratchett has such a way for catching their personalities and transferring them onto paper. Were I ever to find myself face-to-face with a blue pictsie in a tartan I would know immediately what they were and to not make any sudden movements.

Again I found myself just marveling at how astute Terry Prachett was able to identify human nature. He does a superb job of making characters real and putting them in real situations. This is a series that I will want to collect and read again and again and share with others. In closing I ask you, “What sound does love make?”

Friday, January 21, 2011

Jane by April Linder

Overall Impression: *** 1/2

Who/What decided me: forget, sorry awesome person who helped convince me....

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, an iconic rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer, and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance. But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is tested by a torturous secret from his past.

Part irresistible romance and part darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.

My Review: The cover of this caught me more than anything. LOVE mist and moors and surprisingly, the hot pink works with this. This book was better than I was expecting. Doing a modernization of such a classic, I would think, is a very daunting thing. April Linder did a commendable job. Not as complex as the original Jane Eyre, but I still really liked it. 

I really liked that Jane was able to find herself before committing. Obviously, it's kind of a major thing if the guy you are about to marry is already married to someone else. I'm glad things all worked out in the end (NOT a spoiler, come one, you knew they would) but it's interesting how they eventually get there.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Well, lookie here, it's me again! Sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything. Not that anyone really cares, but I had wanted to be consistent, just for the sake of things. I've been really busy, so haven't had time to analyze the books I've been reading, but believe me, I've been reading. When I get stressed I read all the more, and the last few days have been kind of stressful. Basically I have 5 glorious books to catch up on, so I'll probably be posting multiples today, tomorrow, and saturday, just to get my thoughts out there and to silence my conscience. So,without further adieu....

 Overall Impression: ****

Who/What decided me: The Allure of books convinced me. I'll be honest, the title didn't really make me want to read this, but Allison helped me see past that.

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

My Review: One word comes to mind when I think of this book now....tension! Ok, maybe two, the second would be ADORABLE. I really, truly liked it how Anna and St. Clair built up a friendship first. Personally, I find it so unbelievable and ridiculous when characters are just immediately attracted to each other and there isn't really any foundation for them spending time together, except just to make out. This book was not like that at all. Sure, there was some kissing, but it was cute kissing. But mainly there was a lot of tension as you could tell that Anna really  liked St. Clair, and that he liked her, but how and when was it going to happen!?!

I also really liked how both characters progressed throughout the book. They were normal flawed people, but each helped to make the other a better person. A little sappy, but really, Stephanie Perkins did a great job! I can't wait to read more of her stuff. Also, you should check out her blog, she seems like a really cool person, and the fact that she loves reading just as much as writing makes her all the cooler!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Review: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

Overall Impression: ****

Who/What decided me: Just continuing the series. I'll admit it, I'm addicted until I finish this ; )

Short synopsis (Goodreads): After the massacre at Vampire Academy, Rose Hathaway faces the most task of her life and she knows that she must do it alone. With Mason departed for the other world, Rose must hunt down and kill Dimitri Belikov, the man she most loves. The fourth nail-biting episode of Richelle Mead's popular vampire series dramatically shows the fatal power of a promise.

My Review: I really liked having Rose on her own in this book. I also really liked that there were new characters. I didn’t realize that I wanted some variety in who we were introduced to until things started getting even more switched up with Rose by herself, but we even get some also at St. Vlad’s.

Short review, I know, but  honestly I stayed up until 4:30 AM reading this book, and that is some of the highest praise I can give. Though it wasn’t the most enthralling book ever, it still had me turning the pages and now I am obsessed with finishing the series. I’ll say it again, I am SOOO glad that I am starting this when everything is already out like this. Not really a patient person…

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead

Overall Impression: ****

Who/What decided me: Hmm, just about everyone else in the whole YA world

Short synopsis (Goodreads): For Rose Hathaway, everything seems out of kilter. Ever since she made her first Strigoi kills, a dark shadow has been creeping over her. Looming in the background, too, is another realization: If she follows her forbidden love for guardian Dimitri Belikov, she might lose her best friend forever. And these sleep-shaking worries couldn't have come at a worse time. The immortal unloving are prowling everywhere, famished for vengeance against her. An adrenaline-laced episode of the teen pop favorite Vampire Academy.

My Review: Another GREAT installment in the VA series. If you’ve gotten this far, there really is no turning back. With the cliff hanger ending on this one, you HAVE to keep reading. And believe me, I will not view that as a hardship. As a matter of fact, once I am done writing this review, I shall go and do just that!

In all seriousness, I am SO glad that I am getting into this series when all of the books are already published. I would’ve been in agony had I had to wait after the ending of this one. As stated earlier, due to my over-curiosity (of which I assure you, I am working on curing. As I order the next books, I shall not even peek at what their summary’s are. I promise!) I kind of knew what was going to happen towards the end. Thus, it was kind of ruined things because I was reading it and thinking to myself “okay, I only have 10 more pages left, when’s it going to happen…any second now…” so I was a little annoyed with myself for that. But otherwise, I REALLY liked reading it (did so in just over 24 hours, and I still did other things too!) so it’s a clincher for sure.

Rose is still a really great heroine. I love that she isn’t perfect but that she tries really hard to do what is right. I also like that as the novel progresses, she realizes that she has needs as well, and that the Moroi/Dhampir system isn’t perfect. Go Rose!

I was glad things didn’t get too explicit with the romantic scene. Clean romance is what I like best. It will be VERY interesting to see how things turn out. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that I am open to seeing what happens!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wintersmith (Tiffany Aching #3) by Terry Pratchett

Overall Impression: ****

Who/What decided me: Continuation of series

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch — now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance — the crossover from summer to winter — she does what no one has ever done before and leaps into the dance. Into the oldest story there ever is. And draws the attention of the wintersmith himself.

As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down on the land, can Tiffany deal with the consequences of her actions? Even with the help of Granny Weatherwax and the Nac Mac Feegle — the fightin’, thievin’ pictsies who are prepared to lay down their lives for their “big wee hag.”

Wintersmith is the third title in an exuberant series crackling with energy and humour. It follows The Wee Free Men and Hat Full of Sky.

My Review: This series continues to astound me. I love how Terry Prachett combines deep insight with laugh-out loud humor (The Nac Mac Feegle are uproarious!). I truly enjoyed reading this book and getting to know Tiffany and her world a little better. She truly is a remarkable girl. It was nice though, in this book, to find out that she's not completely infallible. She does have feelings, but she knows what is right and does it, no matter how hard it is. 

I also really liked that Roland was in this book as well. I've wanted to get to know him better, and, judging by the synopsis, the  next book (I shall wear midnight) will have even more! So excited to read the final installment of Tiffany Aching (or is it? I've heard that Terry Pratchett has had some health problems, not sure if that's just rumor though; for his sake, I hope not).

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Review: Moonlight (Dark Guardian #1) by Rachel Hawthorne

Overall Impression: ***

Who/What decided me: The Story Siren (ever amazing)

Short synopsis (Goodreads): I see him and knows what this turmoil inside of me means: He's the one. My forever. 

KAYLA is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying-and thrilling-gene that will change her life forever. 

LUCAS is dangerous, gorgeous ... and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way. 

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.

My Review:  I didn’t go into this novel expecting a whole lot, and in that respect I was fulfilled. The Story Siren said that this would be a fluff read and it was just that. The story line wasn’t overly complex, though you could see it was trying to be. There was a twist that I hadn’t seen coming, but things resolved themselves a little too easily. It’s not all over yet, and I have the rest of the series to read and I will read them, which is saying something.

Overall, not too bad of a book. Not high literature, but not something that you won’t want to finish either (make sense?). Worth the few hours it took me to read it. 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Review: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead

Overall Impression: ****

Who/What decided me: With the latest and last in the series having just come out, a lot of blogs have been raving about all of the books and I wanted to be a part of the action. If so many people liked it, it couldn’t be that bad, right?

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Rose Hathaway's got serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian. 

Then a massive Strigoi attack puts St. Vladmir's on high alert, and the Academy crawls with Guardians-including the legendary Janine Hathaway...Rose's formidable, long-absent mother. The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks. This year, St. Vladmir's holiday ski trip is mandatory. 

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose-and her heat-are in more danger than she ever could have imagined.

My Review:  Confession: I really liked this book. The first one was okay, diverting, but this one blew me away! It wasn’t even so much the plot (although that was still good) but the characters, more particularly Rose.I thought that I would be annoyed by Rose as a character. She was okay in the first book, but reading this next one has really given me a chance to get to know her better. Sure, she does some stupid things, is petty, but what makes her so awesome is she knows it. She’s flawed and she knows it. In my book , recognition is more than half the battle and if someone is being a dork, but they have an inner dialogue and they realize that they need to improve, that is 50 points in their favor of being better the next time.

I hate it in a book when the main character is so clueless and ridiculous that you just can’t stand them. Rose would be that way too, if you didn’t see her more responsible inner thoughts. Thus I like her and am able to relate to her A LOT more than if she was all just surface foolishness. This made the book spectacular for me and I am really looking forward to continuing with the series.

AHHH, curse me and my stupid curiosity! Something I just learned--NEVER, EVER! if you are interested in a series, read the summary’s for the following books. Just flow with it. I was eager to get the next two in line so I went on to my library’s website to order. Harmless, right? WRONG! In just one quick skimmed sentence a HUGE plot piece was revealed and I cursed the website for giving too much away! How could they? Now I’ll just have to read the series really quick so that I don’t dwell on it too long and instead find out what really happens. *still fuming*

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Review: Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

Yes, I do realize that this is yet another post, all within 60 minutes or so, too. I have a lot of reviewing to catch up on, and lots of reading (which I am looking forward to even more!) so I thought I might as well post the review when I have it finished as opposed to waiting and doing it another day.

Overall Impression: *** 1/2

Who/What decided me:  I honestly can’t remember. I’d like to think I made the decision on my own, it could have just been the alluring cover and title, if forget though.

Short synopsis (Goodreads): THE TRANSFORMATION
Beth has always been “The Beast”—that's what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth's only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she's selected to be her choir's soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.
When Beth's choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek's untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek's eyes? She's not The Beast, she's The Beauty.
When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?
The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek's been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.

My Review: I went in to this book a little skeptical. My cup of tea normally consists of paranormalicy, historical fiction, action and romance, or a heavy dose of all. This one still pleased me, no matter that it was set in present day times and that there were no werewolves. This book has a sweetness all its own. (Plus, I really, really, really like the cover; it makes me smile every time I see it...and say 'awww,' with little doe eyes, I like it that much).

Add to that the fact that I was able to relate to Beth, A LOT. Pimples suck, and being tall doesn’t make finding guys that easy. The development of her character and her relationships were very well described.
I will admit, this book made me cry. I was tired at the time (it was the holiday’s so I’ve been staying up late) but all the same it was a very touching book. I still think about it, even though I’m reading several other books right now as well.

The book wasn’t perfect, but I can’t really think about anything that stuck out to me as something I didn’t like. Overall, well worth the read (and just so you know, it doesn’t get sad until the very end…that way you can start it, even if you’re not in the mood to cry).

Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Overall Impression: ****

Who/What decided me: The title grabbed me when I saw it online in a list of books, how could it not?

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.
Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.  
With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

My Review: I first learned about necromancy in the Sabriel series and have been looking for something just as good. While this does not have as much world building elements as the Garth Nix trilogy does (this is set in Seattle, present time, but that just makes it all the cooler. LOVE Seattle!), it holds its own quite well.

I went in really wanting to like this book, and I did, once it got going. I was just as confused as Sam when things started happening, and truth be told, it was a little annoying that I couldn't figure out where everyone’s motivations where coming from. THEN, Sam has a talk with….someone (probably shouldn't say who for fear of being a small spoiler)….and then the action really kicks up and I couldn't put it down! (3am bed time, hasn't happened in a while…what can I say? My blog name is very apropos).

I liked how a few chapters were from other people's perspectives; it added more depth to things. There is DEFINITELY enough material at the end for another book. I really hop that there is more. I want to see Sam grow more as a necromancer and the other characters to progress as well. It's a fun plot line and was well worth the read.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010: 365 days that felt like 365 seconds

I’ll pretend like I’m really a part of the blogging scene and do what everyone else seems to be doing, a review of 2010. Can you friggin believe that a year has already past?!? I seriously cannot. It usually takes me a few weeks to get writing a new year number down, and even then, randomly, I’ll embarrass myself by doing it again a few months later. Oh well, people already assume I’m weird, so what’s one more little thing like a wrong year going to do?

Anywho, on to the categories:

Best End to  Series (YA/ MG): Fablehaven- Keys to the Demon Prison. HOLY COW! This was another series that I started this year. I’d been putting it off a long time. I thought that it would be too little kid-ish, kind of like The Spiderwick Chronicles. Not that that was a bad series, but I wanted something with action, romance, strong characters, etc. The Fablehaven series has these in SPADES! I really hope that this is not the last we hear about this world from Brandon Mull, but I am really looking forward to what he has in store for us with the Beyonders. Please let it be just as good as the Fablehaven series! Runner up: Gregor the Overlander series. This one had another really great ending. Love Suzanne Collins!

Best series discovery: the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Oh My GOODNESS! Love these books to death! They have everything! A strong female lead, hot werewolves, vampires, the fey, sweet love stories, action….I just can’t get enough! My friend Emily introduced me to these and I will never go back. Reviews to be posted in a little while as I re-read everything to gear up for the new release.

Biggest Surprise: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This one I had heard a lot of people liked, but I didn’t want to give it a try because it seemed outside of my interest zone. I love England, so that made me at least consider it, but it was about war and seemed a little too literal for my tastes, I prefer the fantasy genre. A roommate of mine REALLY loved this book and so I decided to give it a try. THE most ADORABLE book ever! Seriously! I just couldn’t get enough of it! The letter writing style worked perfectly! I didn’t know if it would, but it really adds a nice depth to the story and the characters are so deep! I simply cannot use enough exclamations points when talking about this book! A must read!

Book that made me cry: Sing Me to Sleep. It still makes me sad and happy just thinking about it. A hauntingly sweet tale. I didn't even cry when Sirius died (if you didn't know that already, sorry, you deserve the spoiler. When that happened, I was too stunned, didn't want it to be real.) This book however is very realistic, I was able to really relate to Beth (but more on that in the review, lots to catch up on!) Plus, look at that COVER! Can I say adorable again? It's adorable!

Best 2010 release: Incarceron. I realize that this was published in the UK a few years ago, but it didn’t make it to the US until the beginning of this year. SO glad it did, I seriously can’t wait to read the next in this series! (It’s already out, I’ve been waiting so long! Hopefully my library gets it soon or I’ll have to start saving up some Washingtons)

Biggest Disappointment: I really didn’t think I would need this category. I usually start a book and if I can’t finish it, oh well, move on. However, as I thought about it some more I realized that there was one book that I actually finished and was completely disappointed with. This unfortunate book happens to be the second in the Leland sister chronicles, Betraying Season. This had too much, I don't know, too much hocus pocus. The first in this series wasn't over the top, but this one came up with The Goddess out of nowhere and it didn't add to the story at all. Runner up: Only the Good Spy Young. I really liked this series in the beginning. Kick butt secret agent chicks, what’s not to like? However, this one had too much drama in it and not enough explaining. The end for me was way to diva-ish and just made me not want to continue with the series.

And that about finishes off the list. What can you tell about me from this list? My reading varies fairly widely and erratically. There are SO many good books out there, though! Hopefully this year I’ll keep better track and have some more amusing categories to share with you. I am, after all, participating in the 2011 Debut Author challenge, so that should provide some excellent fodder for review!

Wishing you all the best!


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