Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Of Triton

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Of Triton
by Anna Banks
256 pages
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Expected Publication: May 28, 2013
Series: Of Poseidon #2
 


In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?
- Goodreads.com description

I am really looking forward to Of Triton. Since Of Poseidon had such a huge cliffhanger, I can't wait to find out what is going to happen next.

What's your Waiting on Wednesday pick this week?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:


 "I had stopped crying, but my lungs felt sticky, heavy, and getting in even an ounce of air was too much effort. I don't know why my brain was still as it was, but I was trying not to think about it."

Pg. 305, "The Darkest Minds" by Alexandra Bracken







So far, this is one of the best books I've read in a while. I can't wait to read more and see what happens.

That's my teaser for the week. What book or books did you feature in your post?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Musing Monday

Musing Mondays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.


Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week...
  • Describe one of your reading habits.
  • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
  • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

My Musing:

Right now I am reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. At the moment, I've read about 20%. So far, I am loving it. The story is wonderful. Alexandra Bracken does an amazing job with world building and character development. I haven't been drawn into a so fast in a long time. Being that I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately, this novel is a refreshing change. I chose this novel because of all of the good things I've heard about it. I received it as a Christmas present and decided it was time to finally read it. 

What's your musing for this week?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (04)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we highlight the books we receive each week.

 

Bought


I loved the movie, so when I saw the book I decided to buy it.

Won



That's all for me this week. I have some books coming in the mail, but I haven't gotten them yet.

What did you get this week?

*All book links are to Goodreads.*

 

 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr

Page Count: 306
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series: N/A
Source: Library

Read the synopsis here on Goodreads.

 

My Review:

Unfortunately this was another book that ended up on my DNF list. I had hoped I would enjoy Carnival of Souls. I had heard many good things about it and thought I would enjoy it. In the beginning, I was enjoying it, but as I read on it became less enjoyable for me. I made it about 100 pages through this book before I decided that I just couldn't read it anymore.

The plot just wasn't there for me. It started off okay, but then kind of dropped off. There was no action or spunk in this novel, at least in the part I read. Also there was a lot of information, some of which I don't think was necessary.

Seeing as how I didn't finish this novel, I have no idea how it ends. Maybe it has a good ending; I don't know.

On a good note, I did like the cover. It is intriguing and is what made me had me interested in the novel in the first place.

Overall, this novel just wasn't for me.

Rating: DNF

Review also posted on Goodreads.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

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


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
by April Genevieve Tucholke
 
368 pages
Published by: Dial
Expected Publication: August 20, 2013
Series: Between #1
 
 

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.
 
- Goodreads.com description
 
 
This novel sound very interesting and I look forward to reading it. 
 
What's your Waiting on Wednesday pick this week?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Shatter Me

Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Page Count: 338
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Harper
Series: Shatter Me #1
Source: Won a copy from a giveaway on Libby Blog. 
Read the synopsis here on Goodreads. 

My Review:

 I really enjoyed this book. I love dystopian novels, so this was one I had to read. The cover was really cool, even though the picture really didn't have anything to do with the story line. I felt that the author did a great job with this book. The characters were very well written and the story flowed well. It didn't randomly skip around. I liked that.

I absolutely despised Warner. He infuriated me. I know this is going to sound rude, but his character was the most conceited and arrogant character I've read about in a long time. I guess the novel needed a bad guy, but I still don't like him. He had Juliette torture a baby, for goodness sake. Other than Warner, I liked the other characters.

I would have given Shatter Me 5 stars, but I honestly didn't understand the repeated words and some of the crossed out words and phrases. I know that they had something to do with the story line, but sometimes they left me confused. Also, while you got some background about Juliette's life, I kind of felt like her "power" was never really explained. I understand what she is able to do, but I'm still a bit confused. Other than that, I had absolutely no problems with the book.

I look forward to reading Unravel Me. The ending was definitely a cliffhanger and leaves you wondering what is going to happen next.

Disclaimer: I received a this book for free from a giveaway at Libby Blog. This in no way influenced my opinions about this book.
 


Rating: 4/5
Review also posted on Goodreads.  
   

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:
 
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:


"The aversion to the human world confused him, but he watched her tense. Her kind lived there: people lived there without fighting to simply survive; entire buildings were filled with books."

Pg. 243, "Carnival of Souls" by Melissa Marr 






This is the first Melissa Marr book I've read. So far, I am enjoying it.

That's my teaser for the week. What book or books did you feature in your post?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Musing Monday

Musing Mondays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week...
  • Describe one of your reading habits.
  • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
  • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

My Musing:

I recently bought Eragon and Eldest by Christopher Paolini for myself. I have heard many good things about these books over the years, but never got around to reading them. Last week I was at a local Goodwill store and I was browsing through the book section. There were a lot of YA novels there, but unfortunately I already had most of them. Then I happened to see a box set that had Eragon and Eldest in it. It was priced at $2.50. I thought "Well, it's cheap, so I'll get it.". I have not yet read them, seeing as how I have a lot of books in my to-read stack already, but I look forward to reading them.


What's your musing for this week?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (03)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we highlight the books we receive each week.

 

Bought

I found all of these at a local Goodwill. I got all four for less than $5.

 

Netgalley


 

Won

What did you get this week?
*All links are to Goodreads.*

 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Try Not to Breathe

Try Not to Breathe
Author: Jennifer R. Hubbard
Page Count: 233
Release Date: January 19, 2012
Publisher: Viking
Series: N/A
Source: Library

Read the summary here on Goodreads.

My Review:

This was a very inspiring novel. While I didn't especially enjoy this novel, I still felt like it was a good book.

I was unable to relate to the subject matter in Try Not to Breathe. I know very little about suicide. What I do know, I learned in nursing school. Even so, I still felt a pull to get to know the protagonist more.

This novel does focus on a subject that is all to real. The author did a great job tackling this issue. Nothing about the novel feels fake or forced. It shows you that everything won't be fine in the blink of an eye, but does give you a positive outlook.

Ryan, the protagonist, is sixteen and has just recently gotten out of a mental hospital after a suicide attempt. He feels as if he is invisible. After his release, his parents constantly watch him, afraid that he will try again. During his summer vacation from school, he meets Nikki, a girl who has her own issues. Ryan begins to trust Nikki and little by little his walls come down.

The characters in this novel are so real. They display real emotions and experiences. It did not feel as if the author had to force herself to write a teenage character.

I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I felt as if it ended to soon and it left me with a lot of questions.

As for the cover, I liked it. At first, I didn't really understand how it pertained to the novel, but after I finished reading, it made more sense to me.

In the end, I give this novel a 3/5. I liked the novel but a wasn't not completely satisfied by it. Even so, I will still recommend it.

Rating: 3/5

Review also posted on Goodreads. 
     

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Elegy




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


Elegy
by Tara Hudson

400 pages
Published by: Harper Teen
Expected Publication: June 4, 2013
Series: Hereafter #3





A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again.

Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands—and fight back.

-Goodreads.com description


I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, so I am eagerly awaiting this one. I want to read more about Amelia and Joshua.

What's your Waiting on Wednesday pick this week?

Dearly, Beloved

Dearly, Beloved
Author: Lia Habel
Page Count: 496
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Del Ray
Series: Gone With the Respiration #2
Source: Purchased
Read the summary here on Goodreads.

My Review:

This was a good book and I enjoyed reading it; however, I did not enjoy it quite as much as I enjoyed Dearly, Departed. To me, there just wasn't as much action and suspense as the previous novel and it left it a bit lacking for me.

The pace is also a bit slow at times. There were some times throughout the book where I had to push through to be able to continue reading. The reader is given a lot of information in a short period of time and it becomes a tad bit overwhelming. The pace does eventually pick up and reading becomes more enjoyable.

Even with the flaws, there was plenty that I enjoyed about this novel. You get to read more about Nora and Bram and you learn more about the zombies. They are some new topics introduced that keep you on your toes.

The plot, while it was slow going at first, does draw you into the novel. Once the action begins in the novel, it does make up some for the slow start. While it is not as action packed as Dearly, Departed was, there is enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen to the characters next. The romantic factor of the novel was still there; however not as pronounced as in the previous novel.

Nora and Bram's relationship is still going strong in Dearly, Beloved. Being that their relationship is already established, it was a bit slow and uneventful at times. Even so, I enjoyed learning more about them. Bram is still his brave, heroic self. He'll do anything to protect Nora and his friends. Nora seems a just a bit different to me. While she is still a strong female character and willing to stand up for herself, she's different. In my opinion, in Dearly, Departed she came across as an innocent girl, even though she didn't exactly go along with the society's standards. In Dearly, Beloved most of that innocence is gone. She make some very rash decisions and shockingly enough, most of those decision have good outcomes. I appreciated how their relationship stayed strong throughout the novel. I have read so many sequels where the couples break up for the stupidest reasons, so I was extremely glad that did not happen in this one.

The supporting characters in this novel really help make the novel what it is. Pamela, Nora's best friend, is there for Nora, even though she doesn't agree with everything Nora is doing. I didn't particularly like Vespertine all that much, but in the end she was an important part of the story. As for Micheal, I wish I had been in the novel so I could have gotten rid of him myself. Laura, a new character who is introduced in this novel, made the story a bit more interesting. I enjoyed being able to read from another zombie's point-of-view.

I like the multiple POVs, but I felt as if the novel could have done with out a few of them. Some of them just didn't feel necessary.

The author does a wonderful job with world building. Her details really make you feel like you are there. The way the characters are written is amazing. You are able to get to know the characters so personally, even the one's you don't like.

The ending. WOW. I have to say the ending is what saved my rating on this novel. Originally, I was going to give Dearly, Beloved a 3/5 rating, but the ending helped to bump it up a notch. The ending was amazing! When I read it, I honestly didn't believe what I had just read, so I re-read it. I was so shocked and happy. I was just sitting there, hold the book in my hand and thinking "Did that really just happen?". It is not really much of a cliffhanger, but it does leave the door wide open for more. No word yet if there will be another book, but I am most certainly hoping for one. I need to know what happens next.

All-in-all, a good book. Even though I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book, I still had a good time reading it. There were some flaws in the novel, but most of them are able to be overcome. I would definitely recommend it. 


Rating: 4/5

Review also posted on Goodreads.   
  

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following: 

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

My Teasers:

  
"I held the loose wire, wanting to lean over the edge. I did lean forward, then pulled myself back."

Pg. 91, "Try Not to Breathe" by Jennifer R. Hubbard









I just started reading Try Not to Breathe and I am really interested in seeing how it turns out.

That's my teaser for the week. Which book or books did you feature in your post?








Monday, January 14, 2013

Musing Monday

Musing Mondays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week...
  • Describe one of your reading habits.
  • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
  • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

My Musing:

One of my reading habits is that I can not close a book in the middle of a chapter. If I have something I need to do while I am reading, I try my best to get to the end of the chapter before I close the book. Something about stopping in the middle of a chapter just drives me crazy.  If I absolutely have to put a book down in the middle of a chapter, I will, but I don't like to.


What's your musing for this week?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (02)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we highlight the books we receive each week. 

Bought


E-books (bought)


What did you get this week?


All links are to Goodreads. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Tiger's Curse

Tiger's Curse
Author: Colleen Houck
Page Count: 456 (Paperback)
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Splinter
Series: The Tiger Saga #1
Source: Purchased
*Paperback Info*

Read the synopsis here on Goodreads.

 

My Review:

I enjoyed this book. I was a little hesitant to read it at first, but it turned out to be a good book. The last few books I've read have no background story about what is happening in the book, but this one did. You get plenty of background about the curse, Ren's life, and other things. You are not left wondering what in the world is going on. I liked that. Tiger's Curse also has a lot of details about the Indian culture and their history. I felt as though I was in India while I was reading this book. The author created a fabulous world in this book. It seemed so real; it was like you were right beside Ren and Kelsey.

Speaking of Kelsey, I liked her character throughout most of the book until she decided to suddenly do a complete 360 with her feelings. For the first 300 pages of the novel so was all lovey-dovey with Ren and then in the course of like 2 pages, she has turned her feelings around and doesn't want to be with him. I understand that she was trying to be a realist and realized that a relationship may not work out between them, but she could at least give Ren a chance. I certainly hope they work things out in the following books. I was also stunned by the fact that she was basically all over Ren's brother, Kishan, when he showed up at the end of the book, considering how much she was doing to stay way from Ren.

All in all, I thought this was a great book. The character's were well written, despite Kelsey's attitude for the last 100 pages. I will be reading Tiger's Quest as soon as I can get my hands on a copy of it or can download it on my NOOK. Would definitely recommend this one to anyone who has read it yet.


Rating: 4/5 
Review also posted on Goodreads 
 
 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Demon Catchers of Milan

The Demon Catchers of Milan 
Author: Kat Beyer 
Page Count: 288 
Release Date: August 28, 2012 
Publisher: EgmontUSA 
Series: N/A 
Source: Won an ARC copy from Oodles of Books

Read the synopsis here on Goodreads.

My Review:

DNF - Honestly, I had high hopes for this book to begin with. The synopsis was very intriguing and made me want to read this book. Unfortunately, this book just did not live up to my expectations. I was able to make in through just over 100 pages before I gave up. There was not as much action as I thought there would have been and the descriptions, while they did give me some sense of Milan, were just too much. It seemed to me in the part that I read that there were more descriptions that anything else. I was confused as to what was supposed to be happening.

Maybe one day I will try to read this book again, but for now I'm done.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this book from a giveaway at Oodles of Books blog. This in no way influenced my opinions about this book.

Rating - DNF  

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Delirium

Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Page Count: 441
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: Delirium #1
Source: Library

Read the summary here on Goodreads.

My Review

I really enjoyed this book. I had been wanting to read it for a while, so when I found it at my local library, I grabbed it up.

The plot of this book was interesting. The government and society sees love as a disease. Everyone is to be cured when they turn eighteen. People who are accused of being sympathizers are locked up. Lena is counting down the days to her procedure because she very strongly believes that it is a good thing. She lives with her aunt and uncle, as her parents are deceased. She meets Alex and her beliefs change drastically. She finds out some truths about some thing and does what she believes is the right thing for her to do.

Very good characterization in this novel. While I thought Lena was a bit whinny at time, all together she was an interesting character. She has several struggles throughout the novel with her beliefs and her duty. Alex is a strong male character. His way of life is totally opposite of Lena's and I believe that made him a perfect match for her. As for Hana, she was an awesome supporting character. As Lena best friend, she is the person that Lena is closest to and she covers for Lena while Lena is with Alex.

The romance in this novel was a bit like those in other YA/Dystopian novels, but with a twist. Since love is considered a disease and is forbidden, Lena and Alex have to be extremely careful.

I liked how each chapter had an excerpt from the guidelines of Delirium's society. It gave you a feeling of actually being a part of the society and help with some of the confusion when Lena would make a reference to it.

The ending, oh what can I say about it? I was somewhat happy with some of what happened but other parts of the ending had me screaming WHAT!?! Then there is a cliffhanger. You are definitely left wondering what is going to happen next.

All in all, a great book. I look forward to reading Pandemonium.

Rating: 4/5

Review also posted on Goodreads.
   
 

Waiting on Wednesday: Siege and Storm

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


Siege and Storm
by Leigh Bardugo

448 page
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
Expected Publication: June 4, 2013
Series: The Grisha #2




 Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

-Goodreads.com description. 


I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone. I am very eager to see what happens in Siege and Storm.

What's your Waiting on Wednesday pick this week?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Falling Kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Page Count: 412
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill 
Series: Falling Kingdoms #1
Source:  Library
Read the summary here on Goodreads.

My Review:

Awesome book! I was once a person who wouldn't even pick up a book that had anything to do with fantasy; now I enjoy fantasy books. This wasn't the best fantasy novel I've read, but it was definitely an amazing book.

The title of this book is very appropriate. The kingdoms of Mythica are actually falling because of poverty and war.

The novel is written in third person from several characters' point-of-view. You are able to get to know Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus. Cleo is the princess of Auranos. She kind of comes across as a spoiled brat, but in my opinion she is anything but. Sure, she has been raised in royalty and is used to being pampered, but she genuinely cares for people and is willing to do what she has to do to save them. Jonas is a wine seller's son who is out to avenge his brothers death. He wants Cloe to suffer. Magnus is the prince of Limeros. He's a bit different from the other characters. While I liked him, I felt that his dark side greatly overshadowed the good side. Lucia is the princess of Limeros and is a sorceress. She cares for her brother very deeply. However, she is not really who she think she is. I felt that we didn't get to learn as much about Lucia as we did about the other characters in the novel.

The plot was full of energy. There is struggle for control of the kingdoms and even a bit of a love story thrown in. The novel was extremely well paced. For me, there wasn't a single part were it was slow and unbearable. I had a good time reading Falling Kingdoms, aside from the emotional turmoil that you go through when some of the supporting characters are killed. However, you are left with a cliffhanger. A huge cliffhanger. I am very eager to find out what happens.

While I found the cover of the book cool and intriguing, it really had nothing to do with the book. If anything, it is kind of misleading.

I quite liked how Falling Kingdoms had a Cast of Characters listed in the front of the book. It definitely help me with the confusion when I would forget who was who. Great reference tool.

All in all, a great book and one that I would definitely recommend. I look forward to reading the next book.  


Rating: 4/5

Review also posted on Goodreads. 


Teaser Tuesday

 
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:


• Grab your current read.
• Open to a random page.
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

"Leaning my head back against Dad's gun cabinet, I did my best to tune it out. Kept in the house, sitting on the floor, surrounded by boxes and stacks of paper - I felt positively claustrophobic."

Pg. 117, "Dearly Beloved" by Lia Habel 

I am 20% done with Dearly Beloved. Can't wait to finish reading it and see what happens. 

That's my teaser for the week! What books did you feature in your post?

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Iron Thorn

The Iron Thorn
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Page Count: 492
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers 
Series: Iron Codex #1 
Source: Purchased

Read the summary here on Goodreads.

 

My Review:

I've heard a lot of different opinions about this book; some good and some bad. In my opinion, it was an excellent book.

There were a couple of times were the pacing was slow and a little draw out, but other than that, The Iron Thorn was a very well paced novel.

The characters were amazing. You think you know who they really are, but as the novel progresses, you learn that the characters are not really who you thought they were. They all have their secrets, but those secrets eventually come to the surface. Aoife is a strong female character who sticks up for herself and doesn't listen when others try to tell her what to do. While I didn't agree with her attitude all the time, I still like her as a character and thought she grew throughout the novel. Dean starts out as her guide, but eventually becomes much more. He is also not who he seems to be. Cal got on my nerves a bit during the novel, but all-in-all, he's a good guy and Aoife's best friend. No one's secret shocked me more than his.

The storyline of this novel was very intriguing. The novel takes place in an alternate version of the 1950s in Massachusetts. Aoife lives in a world where belief in magic and such are forbidden and condemnable by death. Her family suffers from an illness that causes them to go mad. Her mother is locked in a madhouse and her brother disappeared. Aoife attends the School of Engineers and is a ward of the state. After she receives a strange letter from her brother, she and Cal escape from the school and set off to save him and enlist the help of Dean, who becomes their guide. There is a lot the happens in this book from the time the set off to the end. There is hardly ever a dull moment.

You definitely get the steampunk aspect in this novel. It takes a little getting used to. I had some trouble with the lingo that it used in this novel because I had no idea how to pronounce some of it. Other than that, a great steampunk novel.

My only really big problem with this book was that I could not figure out how to pronounce Aoife's name. I finally just pronounced it the way I thought it was supposed to sound and went on. I found out once I finished the book that it is pronounced "EE-fah". Maybe I should have looked it up before I read the book.

The end is most certainly a cliffhanger and leaves you eager to read the next book.

While The Iron Thorn is about 500 pages long, I thought every page was worth the time I put into reading it. I look forward to reading The Nightmare Garden.

Rating: 5/5

Review also posted on Goodreads. 


 

Dearly, Departed

Dearly Departed
Author: Lia Habel
Page Count: 470
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Del Rey
Series: Gone With the Respiration #1
Source: Won from Lisa Loves Literature blog. Thanks!


Read the summary here on Goodreads. 

My Review

I thought I'd never enjoy about book about a zombie romance, but I was wrong! This book was amazing. Also, a perfect read for Halloween.

The characters are very well written. You get a strong female character, which doesn't happen in a lot of books. Nora wasn't afraid to stand up for herself when she needed to. Yes, she was kind of scared at first when it came to the zombies, or the undead as they prefer to be called, but seriously, what person in their right mind wouldn't be a little scared when surrounded by dozen of people who could quite literally eat you at any moment. She does break down a couple of times throughout the book, but she had very good reasons for it. Nora is also interested in war and politics, unlike the other girls her age, who are interested in making their debut. I can relate to that; I am the kind of person who was never really interested in what everyone else my age was interested in. Then you have Bram, who is very intriguing and later in the book, Nora's love interest. He is also dead. He is one of the zombies who has managed to maintain his mind, thanks to science.

The descriptions were very vivid. You don't find many books that are able to draw you into the character's world as if you were really there.

Dearly, Departed, in my opinion, had a very original and somewhat unique plot. While there are plenty of zombie stories out there, this one has a spin to it. You experience many different genres in the book. There's a horror and a dystopian aspect to it and there is even some steampunk aspects in the story. You also have romance and action and suspense. Honestly, what more can you ask for in one book. The romance between Nora and Bram is one of the focuses of the novel. Even though their relationship develops in a short span of time, it didn't feel like it was rushed.

Now, about the multiple POVs. Some people have liked them, others not so much. While I am not usually a fan of multiple POVs, I actually liked them in this novel. While most of story is told by Nora and Bram, the POVs from the other characters help to develop the story and to build the suspense of the story. In my opinion, if there had not been the multiple POVs, the story just would not have developed the way it did.

The novel is very well paced. Even though it is 470 pages long, it is not long and drawn out. So often, you find novels of this length that you could have cut out at least a hundred pages and still would have had the same story. That was not the case with Dearly, Departed. I felt that every page was necessary.

The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger. While the book wraps up nicely, you are most definitely left wondering what will happen in the next book. What will happen with Bram and Nora and the other characters?

Lastly, the cover. While I felt that I didn't really relate to the story all that much, I still liked it.

All-in-all, this was an absolutely amazing book. I honestly wasn't able to find anything in the book to criticize. At times, I had to force myself to put the book down so I could turn my attention to other things. I would recommend this book to people who are fans of THE WALKING DEAD or zombies in general.

I look forward to reading Dearly, Beloved. 


Rating: 5/5 

Review is also posted on Goodreads.