Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: The Body at the Tower (The Agency #2) by Y.S. Lee

Overall Impression: 

Source: Library

Short synopsis (Goodreads):  This is another colourful, action-packed Victorian detective novel about the exploits of agent Mary Quinn. At a young age, Mary Quinn is rescued from the gallows and taken to Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. The school turns out to be a front for a private detective agency. At age 17, Mary takes on her first case (A Spy in the House). In this, the second book of the series, Mary Quinn sets out to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death at St. Stephen's Tower, better known as the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. The accident occurred after hours in a highly public part of town and despite the presence of night watchmen. Mary, disguised as Mark Quinn, becomes a builder's assistant to find out the truth about the body at the tower.

My Review: I actually checked this book out quite a while ago but didn’t end up reading more than a few pages because it didn’t seem like James was coming back (the love interest from the first book). A couple of weeks later I had the bright idea to quickly page through the book and look for his name. I’m pleased to say that I found it at least once and that was good enough news for me that he would be back and so I commenced reading.

Mary is a likable character. I’m able to relate to her, not as well as some characters, but well enough to want to continue reading. This story didn’t give enough away to truly be compelling in the mystery department. It was trying to be clever and complex, but wasn’t. I could pretty much guess what was going to happen but it took until the last 10 pages to get to it specifically.

I'll admit that there are some issues that Mary needs to deal with, especially concerning her ancestry,  but also in respect to coming to terms with how to deal with her relationship with James and working for the agency. She did not end it well. Actually, I’m a littler perturbed that she keeps trying to push James away after they are BOTH obviously attracted to each other. Yes, her confession of some things towards the end threw him for a loop, but he better be back again in the next book. Without him the book lacks depth (plus, I kind of get bored with books that don’t have a least a small element of a love story in I the one lacking depth?...).

Overall, decent enough, but not my most favorite book in the world. I am willing to continue the series though.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl in the Steel Corset

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This is where we talk about books that we simply will do almost anything to get our hands on.

My choice for this week is:

Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1)
Author: Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 24th, 2011
To get this on your TBR pile as well....: She thought there was something wrong with her. She was right. 
Finley Jayne has known for quite some time that she isn’t ‘normal,’ but when she beats up the son of her employer and is forced to flee, she stumbles into a world where there are bigger freaks than her. They take her in, treat her like family and demand her trust. How can Finley trust them when she can’t trust herself? And why is she drawn to the powerful Griffin as well as the dangerous Jack? She has to get herself under control before she gets into trouble she can’t get out of. 

Griffin King is one of the most powerful men in Britain but he couldn’t save his best friend from almost dying. He is determined to save Finley and help her become the person he knows she can be, but there’s evil afoot in London. Machines have attacked humans under the orders of a nefarious criminal called The Machinist. He has sworn to protect his country against such a threat, but he’s never faced any foe like this. However, when he discovers The Machinist’s connection to his past, Griffin vows to end the villain once and for all — but he’ll need the help of all his friends, including the beautiful Finley Jayne – the girl in the steel corset.

I've been pining after this book for quite a while. I mean, look at that cover! And the title is just too cool! It wasn't until recently that I figured out that it was on NetGalley! I just got it today!(THANK YOU!) SOOOO happy to start this one. Steampunk rocks my socks and this one looks amazing! Even though the file is on my computer, this doesn't officially come out until I haven't started reading it yet...which means I'm still waiting for it, right?

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Review: Angel Burn

 Overall Impression:

Source: NetGalley

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip — and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

My Review: What first attracted me to this book was its premise. Killer Angels? Haven’t heard of those before! That being said, getting to know the characters was interesting. I expected Willow to be ditsy, but she wasn’t. I expected Alex to be shallow, but he wasn’t either. The supporting cast didn’t have as much depth to them, but Willow and Alex were able to carry the story along just fine.

I actually liked the fact that Willow was first person narrative whilst Alex and others were more third person. The attraction between the two main characters was obvious, and got a little too syrupy sweet towards the end for my liking, but it was still adorable. I was expecting more action, and there was some, but I think/hope the second one in this series has more. Definitely willing to read the next one to see what happens. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Once Upon a Time Reading Challenge 2011

I heard about this really cute Challenge from Books and Other Thoughts. The contest was created and hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings (how awesome a name is that!). This is the 5th annual Once Upon a Time Challenge and runs from March 21st through June 20th.

Basically, if I understand things correctly, this challenge is mainly just about bringing us back to our roots and focuses on the 4 main book groups of fantasy, folklore, fairy tales or mythology. I mainly read these groups anyways so thought I would give this a shot.

The rules consist of the following:

Rule #1: Have fun.
Rule #2: Have fun.
Rule #3: Don’t keep the fun to yourself, share it with us, please!
Rule #4: Do not be put off by the word “challenge”.

There are different levels of participation and I have chose to go with:

This means that I will read at least 5 books that fit into the four different categories. Shouldn't be too hard with how voraciously I read. Plus, the art for this is just too cute! I love it so much and want to put it in my side bar!

I'm kind of category-challenged, so dividing the books into the different areas will be a little difficult for me. That's mainly why I chose the Quest I did because it can be a combination of any of the categories.

My first for this will probably be The Goddess Test. I think that fits under mythology pretty nicely. I received the ARC for this from the publisher through NetGalley and have been looking forward to reading it for quite a while. Yay!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (2)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the ever spectacular Story Siren. In IMM we post about the books that we received or bought or borrowed for that week! (Click on the picture to be taken to the Goodreads page.)


I've been waiting to read Shades of Milk and Honey for a very long time (how amazing of a book title is that?!?). My library has only like 2 copies and I had to wait my turn like a good little girl. SOOO excited to read this one. I've heard mixed things about it, so we'll see how it goes!
 I heard about Bachelor Boys first from Angieville. Sounded like a fun chick-lit, which I don't read that often, so I decided to give it a whirl.
This is one that I have heard about for quite a while now, but just haven't really picked up. It is now beside my bed, I've already started a few chapters and it's starting to suck me in. I hope it lives up to all of the hype!


I've been waiting for this one to come out for quite a while now. I LOVE BRANDON MULL! Well, his books at least....k, more like just the Fablehaven series, but that was phenomenomal, so I'm expecting quite a bit from this series. That scares me a little because I hate having really huge expectations and then being let down. I reallly want to like this book, so here's putting my bookish faith in you Brandon!

What are you going to be reading this week? Leave a comment below so I can come and check it out as well. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wow: The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted of at Breaking the Spine where we post about books that simply cannot come out soon enough!

This weeks post reveals just how deep into the fantasy genre I am willing to go....(and hopefully I am not alone)

Summary (Goodreads)Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds. 

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice. 

One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

HELLO!?! Who said that there was going to be a 4th book? I totally thought that everything was over in the series (and though it wasn't the most perfect ending, I was able to accept it) and what a wonderful series it was! Brandon Sanderson is such a creative storyteller! The things he comes up with in all of his series is just superb! And now...I come to find that take that amazing world that he created and add whats see,s to be an amazing steam punk element to it......PLEASE let time pass quickly with amazing books, good company and good food so that I do not dwell on the fact that this is soooooo many long months far away.....

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Review: River Marked (Mercedes Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs

Overall Impression: *****

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.
An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father's people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help...

My Review: So...I love Mercy, I love the world that Patricia Briggs created so seamlessly with our own (seriously, if I were to walk through the tri-cities area I would totally be keeping an eye out for Mercy, Adam, Warren, Jessie and the rest of the gang...probably find them too, but they wouldn't admit it I'm sure...) and I will re-read them at least every year when she comes out with a new installment. That said, this wasn't my most favorite. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED IT! I really, really did, but I think because I had re-read the series a few months ago and hadn't quite gotten around to re-reading the 5th one right before this, things kind of felt....disjointed. I was able to put myself back in the world, but because we learn about so many new things and don't interact with as many of the usual characters, it was a little harder for me. This doesn't mean I didn't enjoy immensely learning more about Mercy and her heritage, it just wasn't as seamless as other times. 

So yeah, I loved it, and can't wait for the next one, but will probably love it more when I re-read them all again in order and within a weeks time.

Also, the cover art (and I like this one as opposed to the other one that goodreads insists on showing instead) kind of reminds me of ...whats-her-face, the one from Stewart, yea. Not really a fan of her, and Mercy is about a bajillion times cooler, but just throwing that out there.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wow: Beyonders & Steel

Yay, it's Wednesday again! I can't believe that the weeks are going by so quickly! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can feature books that they are can't wait to get their hands on!

I'm going to be extravagant this week and post two books that I have had my eye on for quite a while and that are both coming out next week Tuesday!!!

(my internet is being weird right now, so this is below instead of beside the picture...)

Beyonders by Brandon Mull
Exp. publication: March 15th, 2011 (that's next TUESDAY!!!)

Let me just say right off the bat, I LOVE FABLEHAVEN!!! That series was such a surprise for me! I truly didn't start reading it until the last one had been released because I had assumed that it was for kids. NOT SO! Though it totally is appropriate for younger audiences the twists and turns and intriciacies of the story blew me away!!! I loved it!

That having been said, I couldn't get enough of Brandon Mull and wanted to read his other book, the Candy Shop Wars. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish that one because it was written for a younger audience. THIS NEW BOOK, HOWEVER,  looks like just what I want. SOOO excited!!

Steel by Carrie Vaughn
Exp. publication date: March 15th, 2011

What first caught be to this book was the cover. Super cool, right? Then I learn from reading the summary that it has time travel, sword fights, and piratical romance!!! EPIC!!! I'm really excited for this one as well. 

We all know where I will be spending $30 or more dollars this coming Tuesday ^__--

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Review: The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

Overall Impression: ****

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

My Review: This was an interesting read. Meghan was a character that was easy to relate to and not ditzy enough that I didn't care about her. She was able to handle the various random things that were thrown at her with enough grace to be likable. May I just point out though, the reason I am continuing this series, and the reason it got 4 stars, is two fold. The first is that the idea of there being iron fey is engaging and Julie does a good job of fleshing out the idea. The second reason is Ash...enough said. 

Book two is in my possession and once I finish another book it is on my beside to be read (or at least started) next.

Happy reading!


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