Monday, October 24, 2011

Cover Love: Until I Die by Amy Plum


Are you seeing what I'm seeing?! I'm really loving this cover. I loved Die for Me's cover and I'm loving this one just as much! Seriously!

The colors are amazing andI love the swirly things as well. Can't wait for a chance to read this book!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

October is Netgalley month UPDATE!

Guys, I've decided that trying to fight my Netgalley TBR pile is a loosing battle.

Let me explain:

So far this month I have read 4 Netgalley books, 4! Seriously, this is a record of epic proportions and I am very proud of myself. In case you were wondering what they were:

Blood Rights (review here)
Grave Mercy (will post review closer to release... totally 5 mustaches though folks!)
Midnight in Austenland (will post review closer to release... this was a 4, liked better than original)
Misfit (review here)


HOWEVER, 5 books have just been recently approved in my requests....and believe me, I'm estatic! but....like I said at the beginning... it's a loosing battle. oh well, I know I'm not alone though, right!?

Review Misfit by Jon Skovron



Overall Impression:  1/2

Source: Netgalley

Publication Date: Aug 1, 2011

Short Synopsis (Goodreads): Jael has always felt like a freak. She’s never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad’s always been superstrict—but that’s probably because her mom was a demon, which makes Jael half demon and most definitely not a normal sophomore girl. On her sixteenth birthday, a mysterious present unlocks her family’s dangerous history and Jael’s untapped potential. What was merely an embarrassing secret before becomes a terrifying reality. Jael must learn to master her demon side in order to take on a vindictive Duke of Hell while also dealing with a twisted priest, best-friend drama, and a spacey blond skater boy who may have hidden depths.
Author Jon Skovron takes on the dark side of human nature with his signature funny, heartfelt prose.
My Review: I'm actually kind of surprised by how much I ended up liking this book. The premise is what first caught my attention and caused me to request it from Netgalley. It took me a while to get into it though. I can get pretty picky about books sometimes...and though I'll want to read them and be interested in them, sometimes I'm just not in the mood.

So basically, I felt guilty for not reading Misfit and finally gave it another chance this past week. I'm glad I did. While I don't necessarily agree with how amorphous Mr. Skovron's ideas of religion and stuff were, for a book about demons it's not stuffing any type of ideology down your throat and I thought that that was well done. Someone could end up going over the edge and being preachy, but I didn't feel like this book went there.

My favorite part in the whole book would have to be when they talk about how magic is simply science we don't understand yet and how easy it is for Jael, the half demon, half human (ok, in the book she's actually all demon, all human, but that's more a self-talk thing) to play with the elements. I like how we get to look into how the elements feel about working with her and what they can end up doing. It doesn't take up a huge part of the book, but I liked the parts that it is described because of the prose but also due to the fact that it's so simple and fun that I wish I could do things in a similar way!

And while I didn't dislike Jael at the beginning, it did take me a while to understand her and really cheer for her, but that is what I ended up doing.

Overall, while it may sound a little weird, reading about demons was a nice break from the norm and Misfit was a well contained book. It ends, which I really appreciated in a world of continues series (don't get me wrong, I LOVE my series, I just get kind of tired for waiting for them to all get written and published!), and while there is room for more to happen as Jael continues to understand herself and her capabilities, it's not something that has to happen for you to feel closure. All in all, I'm glad I finished this book and if your looking for something different, give Misfit a try!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Are you participating in All Hallow's Read?

We all know that Neil Gaiman is basically a genius, but he proves it once again with
 ALL HALLOW'S READ

What is All Hallow's Read you may ask? Well, Neil explains it best himself in the video posted below, but basically you give someone a scary book the week of or the night of Halloween. Sound simple? It is!


Just a little while ago I bought the book the book A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobahn Dowd. I've heard really great things about it and will most likely read it very, very soon. I'm thinking for the All Hallows Read that I'll pass this as-yet-unknown treasure onto one of my younger siblings....who are easily scared I might add.



Which book are you thinking of sharing 
with someone this All Hallow's Eve?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: Toby Daye Series (#1-5) by Seanan McGuire awesomeawesomeawesome















Overall Impression:




this is not a typo of making the mustaches ridiculously big...
I'm simply trying to emphasis HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! 

Source: Purchased (again....I really need to do a book ban for a bit. Kindle one-click's are horrible!! in a feed my addiction kind of way *sigh*)

Publication Dates: 2009- now (and beyond...still two more in the series!)

Short Synopsis (Goodreads): (for first in the series, Rosemary and Rue) October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas...

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening-s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening's killer.

My Review: (for your ease and convenience I have bolded the important bits of this review as I want you to understand how awesome it really is at a glance so you can add it to your TBR pile Right. Now.)

Guys and gals, I finally found it....and I know those of you who are fans of urban fantasy and paranormal kick-butt and romance have been looking for it too....ANOTHER SERIES LIKE MERCY THOMPSON!!

Seriously!! It's just too perfect! I doubt Ms. McGuire fashioned her world and heroine after Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson....but this series is as similar to a book as you can get without being the exact thing...as a matter of fact, being almost the opposite!

I hope I'm explaining myself so you can understand....it's kind of hard because I really, really like this series and hope that you will give it a shot as well.

Instead of a series being focused on shape shifters, this one is on the Fae (or however you want to spell it).  And may I just say that I have never felt more sympathetic towards the fae and their world has never been more easier to understand than when reading this series. I know that the fae are always painted as being bloodthirsty (um...k, there is quite a bit of blood and killing...but when is there not?), taciturn (yeah, you have some of that too here), and perpetually changing their minds (ok ok, this series has that too....but if they didn't do this type of stuff they would cease to be faye!) BUT we see what it's like to deal with the fae from a fae's perspective.

It's not going to be all lollipops and rainbows, even for their own kind (maybe especially), and in fact there is quite a bit of murder and mayhem that goes on (but then Toby Daye is a detective/PI type) but there are real friendships, real triumphs and growth, and real romantic tension. These are the exact things that I love so much about the Mercy Thompson books!

Toby Daye is amazingly relatable, she's a changeling (half far half human) and is constantly being pushed around by those that thing they are stronger than her...but they have nothing on Toby's tenacity and she will win with a broken arm, a bloody nose, and a burning car and even if it takes her a decade to solve it. She's not perfect, but she tries and it was so enjoyable and engrossing to read about her.

And it's not just all about Toby! What some of my favorite series have (*coughMercyThomsponcough*) are a strong supporting cast of characters that honestly could have books written about themselves and who add so much depth and color (and romantic tension and adorableness galore!) to the world that the author has created. And wow what a world! It's so easy to understand and to believe that it's real. Not overly complex and fantastical enough that you're able to escape from the mundane for at least a few hours.

Seriously guys, if I haven't convinced you to try this series...I'm an epic failure as a blogger and friend...but at the very least I'm so glad chance (honestly...it was just a random click on amazon that brought this series into my life) lead me to another series loose myself in. LOVED IT!!! (and really can't wait for what comes next!!!!)


that is all.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: Blood Rights (House of Comarré #1) by Kristen Painter


Overall Impression

Source: Netgalley

Publication Date: October 1, 2011

Short Synopsis (Goodreads): The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely-wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers. 

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarrĂ©—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks. 

Now Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.

My Review: I wasn't too sure what to expect when I started this book. The concept sounded interesting, but like some of you, I've been getting a little tired of vampires. 

I am pleased, however, to report, that this book took me for a spin that I wasn't entirely expecting. Ms. Painter's creation of the comarre was something new and interesting that spiced up the regular world of vampires.

What really kept my attention throughout the book was the tension between Chyrsabelle and Mal. I can't go into how they meet, etc. without giving things away but there are sparks between these two that I hope hope hope reach some sort of climax soon....as in the next book....because it has been chanting in my head for them to just put aside their inhibitions and go for it! *gah*

That being said, this book was not perfect. It was highly readable, but there were some things that detracted from it and brought the rating down to only 4 stars ('brought the rating down'? 4 stars is still pretty dang good!)

The world building fell a little flat for me in this book. Supposedly it's slightly futuristic and obviously there are some additions to how the vampires are organized, but I felt it could have been executed a little more fully. While it didn't really detract from the reading experience, it certainly could have enhanced it. However, this is only the first book in a series (the second coming out in Nov. the third in Dec. THANK YOU Ms. Painter for not making us wait so long!!!! I believe the author is working on the fourth book as we speak as well) so filling out of the world will probably come more with time.

Also, it took me a little while to get into my reading stride with this book. We are thrown into the middle of things and it takes a while (until the end of the book, actually) to figure out most of the picture of what is going on. While that helps to keep a story going sometimes, I felt a few steps behind in the beginning and would have preferred more information.

Another little pet peeve of mine was Chrysabelle. She was kind of hot and cold for me in that one second she's all righteously indignant and ready to kick some butt and then she makes a stupid decision and doesn't know how to get herself out of it. Yeah...that happens to all of us sometimes, but I feel that with all of her training she should better understand what having her blood dripping around a overly hungry vampire would do (and the answer is not just distract him a little as she was hoping).

Overall this was a fun read that has me uber glad this series is coming out so close to each other. Comarre are an interesting addition to the general vampire myth and I am excited to see what secrets are revealed next. I'm also anxious to see what happens between Chrysabelle and Mal (insert fan girl squeal)!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review: Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson


Overall Impression:  1/2

Source: Bought

Publication Date: Sept. 20th 2011

Short Synopsis (Goodreads): Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. 

Elisa is the chosen one. 

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will. 

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. 

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake. 

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. 

Most of the chosen do. 

My Review: So, I liked this book, I did, but I didn't love it.

To start off, the pre-released cover of a girl in a purple dress with some space scene behind her had me thinking this was going to be kind of sci-fi, and then the newer covers had me confused because they had nothing to do with my original impression, which is fine, but I just didn't know which direction it was all going to head. As many have said before me, the newer covers match the book better! 

It's set in a kind of desert, Arabian world and I actually found myself wishing to ride a camel and smell exotic spices. This has been a long dream of mine, but I abhor intense sunlight. Moving on...

What I found most interesting about this book was that it was descriptive, yet direct. Ms. Carson doesn't waste words going into long winded details about things. Actually, she's a little abrupt and that took me some getting used to at first, but she was still able to convey the beauty of the world and the people in it.

Another thing I liked about this book was that the protagonist isn't a skinny waif. I myself have some meat on my bones so the fact that Elisa liked to eat (though a little too much sometimes) helped me relate to her more.

I love transformational books where the main character learns to become stronger and finds more about themselves. This book had that for sure. However, towards the end... I don't know, it just worked a little too easily.

Religion is a big part of this book, but it wasn't overbearing or preachy. Bravo Ms. Carson!

So, why 3 1/2 stars as opposed to higher? I don't know... it's kind of hard to put into words but I didn't find myself sitting on the edge of my seat. I wanted to know what happened, and I knew not everyone would survive but....I was ok with that. I wish I could have been little bit more heartbroken about what happened towards the end, but I wasn't *spoiler down below*.

Overall, a good read and I'll continue the series, but not as intense as I was hoping for.




*spoiler coming up!*








*spoiler spoiler spoiler*








*spoiler- so, I read somewhere, I think an author interview, where she said that after she decided to kill someone everything started to work out better. This was before I had read the book so when I started it I was looking for who would die. Enter Humberto. I liked the kid, and I was glad he appreciated Elisa for who she was, but I didn't feel he was going to be able to grow with her as the leader she would need to be and so....I knew he was going to die. Thus, I wasn't totally as into him and I think the author wanted us to be and so when he died I was kind of like...yup, saw that coming. I wasn't expecting Alejandro to die as well so now I'm left looking for a new romance aspect (I HAVE to have me some romance in the books I read) so my thoughts are straying towards the captain of the guards...forgot his name.....what are your thoughts? spoiler*

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Your Thoughts: Do you see the trend towards turning book series into Mangas?

I might just be a little slow on the uptake, but has anyone else noticed the trend toward turning books series into mangas? (haha, spell checker just tried to fix 'mangas' to 'mangos'....silly spell checker)

Anywho, practically everywhere I look lately a series is having a manga, or graphic novel, published. Below are some examples, and I'll admit I like the covers and have read my fair share of manga's, but I don't think I'm really a fan of this new trend. Not that it hurts me or anything! I just don't think I'll look at these as additions to the books and read them.

My reasoning behind this is I usually end up picturing characters differently than they are described. Having an imposed vision of this person kind of ruins it for me. Movies sometimes do this, but not to the same extent for some reason. Not only that, but yeah, the cover may look nice, but inside the drawings could be a bit ridiculous and elementary (this has happened to me before with a graphic novel of a book, the drawings weren't even drawings but a mix of computer graphics and backgrounds. *gag* it was awful!)

On the other hand it is sometimes nice to see how a person pictured a specific gun, or to have more ideas on clothing designs, etc. etc. Even though I'd like to think it is, my imagination is not all powerful and it's nice to get fresh ideas on how to picture different things and circumstances.

What are your thoughts? Have you read some manga's of books you liked and liked the graphic novels in turn? or was it a poor representation? I'd love to hear what you think!


Here are just a few that I have seen floating around:

Vampire Academy


City of Bones 
Twilight 
Tantalize
    
Soulless

Review: The Native Star (Native Star #1) by M. K. Hobson


Overall Impression:  1/2

Source: Bought

Publication Date: Aug 2010

Short Synopsis (Goodreads): In the tradition of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, this brilliant first novel fuses history, fantasy, and romance. Prepare to be enchanted by M. K. Hobson’s captivating take on the Wild, Wild West.

The year is 1876. In the small Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine, the town witch, Emily Edwards, is being run out of business by an influx of mail-order patent magics. Attempting to solve her problem with a love spell, Emily only makes things worse. But before she can undo the damage, an enchanted artifact falls into her possession—and suddenly Emily must flee for her life, pursued by evil warlocks who want the object for themselves.
Dreadnought Stanton, a warlock from New York City whose personality is as pompous and abrasive as his name, has been exiled to Lost Pine for mysterious reasons. Now he finds himself involuntarily allied with Emily in a race against time—and across the United States by horse, train, and biomechanical flying machine—in quest of the great Professor Mirabilis, who alone can unlock the secret of the coveted artifact. But along the way, Emily and Stanton will be forced to contend with the most powerful and unpredictable magic of all—the magic of the human heart.

My Review: I know, another 3 1/2 mustaches. I guess I've been in that kind of mood lately (although some really great ones will be coming up soon!)

I was excited to read this book (actually, a series, with the second being out already) and had heard lots of really great things about it. When a book contains both magic and romance you can bet I will be reading it!

However, The Native Star didn't deliver up to the par I was expecting. Not to say it was over-hyped, but I kind of built up an image of what I was expecting from this book, and while it was interesting, and diverting, it wasn't engrossing. It was good, not great.

The characters are fun. They have personality, though all can be a bit dense at times. 

The romance took a while, and there is a cute part towards the end, and a kind of intense part in the middle, but I didn't really feel it, it just kind of was a nice thing that was happening and that I had expected to happen.

It's a good book just not my favorite. Not sure if I'll read the next one as I didn't like the direction it headed at the very very end, I actually skipped that part because it ruined the good part that was the end end (as opposed to the very end). Might be your cup of tea but had a watered down feeling for me!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday and Born Wicked Swag Giveaway!

(This adorable button is from Lindsay at the Violet Hour)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here bloggers share
with others what releases they are most eagerly anticipating. 
This week I have chosen:

Title: Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood

Release Date: February 7th, 2012

Reason Chosen: Um, look at the cover! I love dark colors and contrasts with dark and light and this cover is so intriguing!! Plus, it's about witches, and I don't know about you but the work 'wicked' has so much potential!! So long to wait, but I'm going to try my hardest to finagle a copy!


Now, for the swag giveaway. A little bit a go the amazing Jessica Spotswood posted on her blog the offer to send bookmarks and stickers to those who wanted them. I jumped on that like a flea! When the post arrived it was chock full of goodness, and it was SIGNED! SO wasn't expecting that. AND, since there was so much I just wanted to share so here's the deal:

2 lucky people will get 2 signed bookmarks and 1 sticker each. Here's a look see



We're keeping this simple so just follow the guidelines below and thanks for stopping by!

*must 13 years or older to enter
*open internationally (a little letter won't cost too much, right?)
*fill in the form below




Monday, October 3, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (5): Book endings that Left me with my mouth hanging open

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the Broke and the Bookish.

Let me preface this post with the fact that I have a horrible memory. Odd things stick, but
for the most part I only have vague inclinations. TTT is kind of like a memory game for me.
Before Goodreads helped me keep track of books all I had were random pieces of paper
with lists on them that I would tuck places and add to when I had a chance...
SO glad things have changed!

  1. The Princess Curse by Marrie Haskell- great ending, but I literally gasped when it was over. I had been reading my kindle so just flipping through the pages (with real books you can tell when you only have a few pages left) but then it was done flipping! and I couldn't believe it!! PLEASE MS. HASKELL, WRITE MORE!!!
  2. The Hero of Ages (end of Mistborn trilogy) by Brandon Sanderson- dang this one had me kind of furious, I was like "It simply can't end like that!!!!" Though it's a couple hundred years later I'm really looking forward to the Alloy of Law!
  3. Princess at Sea by Dawn Cook- it finally happened what I wanted to happen between the two people that I wanted it to happen to....and then it was done!! I want more development!!! not just a knowledge that things are hunky dory or headed that way! More TENSION!
  4. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Prachett- for Hermione Granger fans, this is the series for you. Tiffany Aching is a no nonsense witch who isn't perfect, but pretty darn close! This was the end of the series and my mouth was open in a sense that I was grinning from ear to ear. Such an adorable, perfect perfect ending. If a book was about me I would want an adorable ending like this one!
  5. Gone by Michael Grant- As I just posted in my review, this book was exhausting! I was expecting more closure but no, the poor kids have to suffer more. Great start to a series but one I won't be picking back up for a while.
  6. The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare- big confession time, I got the most of the way through this story and then with only 1/4 left there was this confession thing (that may or may not be true, I haven't read it again to find out) but it totally weirded me out so I just stopped reading it.
  7. Perfume: The Story of a Murder by Patrick Suskind- this was one crazy book. I actually felt for the main character even though he had absolutely no morals. What happens to him in the end totally had my mind reeling, it was insane!
  8. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier- while I was ok with the ending in this book, I have to put this down in memory of a friend who I gave this to for her birthday. She read it but wanted Sorcha to end up with someone else so she threw the book across the room. Her little sister saw this and said "Don't be mad, I'm sure she wanted to give you a nice present." So cute!
  9. Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls #4) by Ally Carter- so this was a nice quick fun read series but with the ending of this one I just got fed up. So over dramatic! You only have the skills of super spies yet you act like immature little girls! Grr, I like my characters to think things through and not make sure rash decisions.
  10. The Maze Runner by James Dashner- So, I was excited for this book and was totally expecting it to be a stand alone. The ending was a total set up for things to come and that annoyed me. 
How about you?

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Overall Impression:  1/2

Source: Bought

Short Synopsis (Goodreads): A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography,Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

My Review: Not gonna lie but I was kind of expecting/ looking forward to peeing my pants with this one...k, not the peeing part but the being scared part...you know what I mean!

While this book was good, and the story interesting, having gone in with the expectation of being totally creeped out and not being able to turn the light off to sleep for fear of little creepy kids dragging me off... the actual story was a little bit of a let down. Maybe it was the word 'spine-tingling' that they use in the description that lead me down this path, or the blank stare of the levitating child on the front cover. All the same I went in with one expectation and upon finding another was not completely satisfied.

The pictures were interesting, and creepy, but once you get what is going on, it's not as creepy as it could be. I just find it amazing that such pictures exist and that Mr. Riggs put together this kind of story with them. 

One wonders which came first to the author, the pictures or the stories? Mr. Riggs might explain this somewhere (because some of the pictures are actually his, which I thought was cool). I'm sure parts of the stories are based on the pictures that he wanted to use because if you came up with a plot line and then had to sort through billions of old pictures....well, that would just be a bit ridiculous. 

Overall this book was good, not great due to it being a bit of a let down. Word is that there is a second one in the works (there would kind of have to be with the way the book ended) and I'll read it, but not at the top of my list.

Completely off topic but doesn't Ransome Riggs sound like an awesome pirate name?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Review: Gone (Gone #1) by Michael Grant


Overall Impression: 

Source: Library

Challenges: Support your library

Publication Date: July 2008

Short Synopsis (Goodreads): In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

My Review: I've been meaning to read this series for a while. It seems that total there will be 6 and the 5th one comes out early next year. I'm glad I started it, and it was a quick read for all of being about 500 pages long. That being said, this was kind of an exhausting read. I'm not sure if I read this somewhere or if I came up with it on my own (going with the former) but this was kind of a 'Lord of the Flies' modern day-ish scifi twist.

At first I thought that it was all going to be from Sam's point of view and was a little annoyed that other people's POV were described, but then I got used to it and realized how much it added to the fullness of the story.

That being said, the characters are definitely very strong in this series. All of them were so varied with their backgrounds, their reactions to different circumstances, the powers that eventually manifest, it was crazy! The world is ours but with a twist but Grant does an amazing job of creating complex characters that you can't help but root for or hate, but even then, you really can't hate them because they are all still kids!

As for the story, I just couldn't help but feel bad for these kids. Bad thing after bad thing after bad thing kept happening. They dealt with it, as they could only do that or just give up, but man, talk about a rough life! It was pretty fast paced but not uplifting really. There are some good things that happen, and I enjoyed seeing the kids triumph, in the small instances where they did, but overall the book kind of tired me out. The writing was so good that I was emotionally invested in the characters, but so much happens that I just have to give myself a break before I continue on with the series. Plus, not all of the series are out yet so I may just wait until then to pick this one up again. Because believe me, though there is a teensy bit of closure in this book, it's not over!

Recommended, but only if you like your roller coasters with nothing but whirls and no chance for breath!

October is Netgalley month!

Yay! October has been declared Netgalley Month over at Red House Books.

I don't know about you guys but it is ABSURD how far behind I am
in reading the books I have been granted access to (thankyouthankyou).

So, to show my appreciation and fulfill the commitments I pledged to
in accepting those titles I am going to read as many of those books this month
as is humanly possible...starting...NOW!

(you should too!)

because remember,



and, in an attempt to embarrass myself
with the amount of books I am behind in reading,
I am posting a list of them here and will be updating
which ones I finish reading (list is from most recent to oldest, some titles have even already expired!!)
 Wish me luck!

1. The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
2. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
3. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
4. Slayers by C.J. Hill
5. Blood Rights by Kristen Painter (reviewed here)
6. Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac
7. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
8. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
9. Blood by K.J. Wignall
10. Sweet Invention by Michael Krondl
11. Stories for the Nighttime and some for the day by Ben Loory
12. Napier's Bones by Derryle Murphy
13. Misfit by Jon Skovron
14. Legacy by Cayla Kluver
15. Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter
16. Bite Me, Try Me, Fang Me by Parker Blue
17. Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter

(I'll come back and post Goodreads links, and as reviews are written, those as well!)

I'm horrendous, I know.  In my defense, reading actual books is so much easier for me, 
however, I'm so happy that they accept my requests...I just get a little carried away sometimes!

How about you?

In My Mailbox (14) part 1


(this adorable picture is borrowed from Anna @ Anna Reads)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the epic Story Siren. Here bloggers can share with others the awesome books that they received for review, bought, or borrowed.

These past two weeks I've gone a little crazy. I'm not going to post everything as I need
to find a better way with my new computer of doing the pictures...for the sake of my sanity and time.
Part Duex to be revealed next week!



Cold Fire by Kate Elliot- I've been waiting ages for this one (since I finished the first one a few months ago). I was so impatient, in fact, that even though I had pre-ordered a signed copy once it hit midnight on the 26th I ordered a kindle copy as well. I'm ridiculous like that sometimes. Already finished with it, review coming soon! (and boy, was it fabulous!)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- this is another one I've been waiting for for a while and when I saw it at Target last night, couldn't help but purchase it! I've heard some very very good things about this one so very excited to give it a try! Plus, it's going to be made into a movie....what are your thoughts on that?

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss- funny story, I totally posted about this one in a few weeks ago Top Ten Tuesday and then that very same week came across this in paperback at the thrift store! SCORE!

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock- Another thrift store find. I've read this one before and liked it quite a bit, glad to have found a copy. Right now I'm in the process of reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns and am seeing some similarities between the two as in princess's who are sheltered, then need to fend for themselves and grow stronger and more useful. Good stuff!

Deathwish (Cal Leandros #4) & Roadkill (#5, not pictured) by Rob Thurman- this is an urban paranormal series that I only just recently became aware of from reading the blog A Book and a Short Latte and so when I saw these two books sitting at the thrift store, and even though they are halfway through the series, I simply HAD to get them. SCORE!




The Merchants Daughter by Melanie Dickerson- While I haven't read Ms. Dickerson's other novel, the Healers Apprentice, it is on my TBR and when I saw this Beauty and the Beast redo on Netgalley I just had to request it!



What was in your Mailbox?



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