Thursday, September 30, 2010

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White - A Book Review

Title: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy No.1)
Author:
Kiersten White
Pages:
352
Published:
August 31st, 2010
Read:
September 29, 2010
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Synopsis:Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.(from goodreads.com)

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First off, I'd like to say this book was freaking awesome! I feel like I can't even get out exactly what I want to say about it. I don't know if that is because of it's awesomeness or because I've had a seriously lack of sleep lately. I'm hoping for the latter. Anyhow, It really was a fun and exciting read. Evie the main character was such a lovable character and to top it off she was hilarious!

Now, since I can't put any coherent thoughts into this review (sleep deprivation is dragging me down) I'm going give some small ones and call it a day.

First off, Evie, as I said. Wonderful character, totally funny.

Lend, the main male lead was adorable and a shape shifter so he really had me wrapped around his little finger.

Reth, the psycho faery, sounded super hot, but totally out of his freaking mind. Like in the sense that he belongs in is very own sealed off room in a very secure loony ward. Now, given that he's a fairy it's not really that odd.

Lish, Evie's best friend and also a mermaid was fun and really an amazing character. I mean who thinks to give the main character a best friend who lives in an aquarium and talks through a computer. Genius I tell you. A bleeping genius!

So all those who haven't had a chance to read this book, you really should. It was a refreshing take on vampires, werewolves, faeries and entire melodic group of fantastical creatures that will not leave you bored. Because, with a pink taser, faery paths, a boy made of water and a crazy killer on the loose what is there to be bored for?!!

"Lend.”
“Lend?” Raquel asked.
“Yes, as in, lend me your self.” He shimmered into Raquel again.
“Why not Borrow?” I asked. “Better yet, Steal?"
"Yes, I have a driver's license"
I leaned back against the wall, sighing. "Man, that must be so cool."
"It ranks right up there with lockers. In fact, sometimes I put my license inside my locker, and it's so cool I worry that the whole thing might explode with the sheer coolness of it all."
Lish tried to swear--which is always funny, because the computer won't translate it. It went something like this: "Bleep stupid bleep bleep faeries and their bleep bleep bleep obsessions. He had better stop bleep bleep bleep the bleep bleep rules or I will bleep bleep bleep the little bleeeeeeeeeeep."

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Tag! You're it!

So Ms. Black disaster Fairy chased me down with all she was worth, and let me tell you, it was quite a chase. It ended with me tangled up in a thorn bush *don't ask* whilst the Fairy zip tied my hands behind my back. So, I'm now it so here we go:

4 Things That Are In My Handbag
1. 2 writers journals (Because you know....one is just not enough)
2. A Book (More specifically Ill Wind by Rachel Caine)
3. A book light (never know when you will need to read in the dark)
4. AAA batteries (That's right, you never know when you will need batteries for your book light so you can read in the dark)

4 Things In/On My Desk
1. A Gingered Peaches Candle from mother's day
2. Change jar half full of change (It used to have more in it, but I swiped it for secret purchases *grins*)
3. A white shirt that needs to be returned to the store from which it was purchased! (*memo to self - take back shirt*)
4. Everything else on the planet including, but not limited to - calculator, binder clips, staple remover, discman (don't own an i-pod *gasp*) checks for clients, bookmark, 2 hole punch, blah blah blah *evil grin*

4 Favorite Things In My Bedroom
1. My closet. Does that count? I absolutely love my closet *grins*
2. My cat - She is a black and white and a permanent fixture on my bed.
3. My books. *No explanation needed*
4. My phone for which receives endless text messages from Black Disaster Fairy!

4 Things I've Always Wanted To Do (but haven't yet)
1. Finish my book and get it published
2. Get braces - That's right, I said GET BRACES! I hate my teeth...one day they will be strait! Don't get me wrong, they aren't crazy bad, I just am not their biggest fan.
3. Visit Australia, the south island of New Zealand(already been to the north), South Africa, most of Europe and go on an Alaskan cruise of sorts.
4. Get my friggin' degree in English!

4 Things I Enjoy Very Much At The Moment
1. Buying, Reading, and Blogging about books!!
2. My current book - Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
3. Working for my clients
4. Writing

4 Songs I Can't Get Out Of My Head
1. Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
2. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
3. Life After You - Daughtry
4. Uprising - Muse

4 Things You Don't Know About Me
1. I am the seventh child of eleven children - Same parents no multiple births (and before you ask, YES my parents knew what birth control was and YES they wanted us all and YES, I've heard every joke on the matter known to mankind)
2. I'm loud and say what I think and when I get exited I talk really really fast.
3. I talk too much
4. I have a secret desire to own a parasol and thigh high boots both of which I'd like to pair with a mini skirt and fingerless gloves and take them all out for a night on the town. But, being that I'm 27 with 2 kids and nowhere near having a body for a mini skirt (and my Hubby would be on the divorce train) it will prolly never happen.

Ok, the 4 bloggers I'm tagging are:
Bella @ Obsessed
Godlybandgeek07 @ Books Are My Best Friends
Alex @ Geek on the Brink
Lu @ Lu's Bloody Book Blog

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Awakened (The Guardian Legacy No.1) by Ednah Walters

Title: Awakened (The Guardian Legacy No.1)
Author:
Ednah Walters
Pages:
272 Pages
Published:
September 2nd, 2010
Read: September 27th, 2010
Rating:
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Synopsis: Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons, but no one told her she is not supposed to fall in love with one.

Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware she's a Guardian—a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. But when she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers.

But Bran has a secret that can destroy their growing relationship. He's part demon. But in her heart, Lil knows Bran is not evil. So when her grandfather is kidnapped by a powerful nature-bender and Bran is the only one who knows where he's being kept, Lil convinces the other Guardians to trust him, not knowing her grandfather is just the bait. And the truth that she discovers in the demonic enclave may just destroy everything she believes in, unless she makes the right choice—love and sacrifice.(from goodreads.com)
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I've actually been very excited to start this book. It's funny how on Goodreads, the book word can spread like wild fire just by adding a book to your TBR list (now I know for future use). So, you can imagine my joy when Ednah Walters sent me a copy of her debut novel.

The book is set in the Utah valley. Now, although nobody knows this about me, I have family in several parts of the valley there so I'm pretty familiar with its layout. Plus, visiting the place at least twice a year for most of my life didn't hurt (My mom is a native....what can a girl do?). So to me, it was exciting to see a story unfold in a place that sits so close to me. You should see me when I read books that have to do with Arizona... It's like I've won the lottery.

Anyway, our main character is Lil. Now, I'm not really going to give you plot details and such because the synopsis does it's own job of that. What I will tell you however is that Lil is a 16 year old who just wants to fit in. I suppose that is the story with most 16 year olds. She also happens to have some pretty sweet powers and belongs to a super secret world of Guardians here to protect us from the evil demons that want our souls.

Sweet. (*my thoughts*)

The very beginning of the book is motivationally delicious - it grabbed my attention fabulously. Immediately we (the readers) are introduced to Bran, the seriously sexy male love icon. It took me quite some time to try and figure out his character, but I still don't think I did. I would have liked to have seen some more Bran, definitely more development of his character. He didn't seem to really fit in the world that Lil had carved for herself. He was just kind of there, like he was forced into the story. I think that some of the smaller characters were a bit more developed than he was. I felt like Lil would have been better placed with Sykes rather than Bran.

Lucky for me, there were several other characters to love. I had an all out crush on one of the guy guardian trainees - Sykes. He was adorable in the I'm-hot-and-sexy-and-I-know-it-so-I'm-going-to-flirt-with-you kind of way. I really liked his sense of humor and his wit. Plus, there was Izzy who seemed like she could kick ass but was still nice and kind. Kim, the other female guardian trainee, was kinda an evil bitch mean, but I understood her. I could totally get why she was the way she was....maybe that says something about me (food for thought).

The demon part of the book was a bit tricky and I didn't quite get how the whole thing worked with them until the end. I did think the concept of how they functioned and their purpose for being in existence was pretty cool. I loved the explanation Walters gave for the nature problems on Earth and the demons hands in all that. Excellent!

Still, I do think the general storyline was fun and interesting. Plus, there were quite a few fight scenes which I adored and girl fights always add to the drama in a book.
...They were sweating, swords colliding, lifting and connecting again. Remy knocked the sword out of Sykes' hand. Sykes teleported, snatched his sword before it hit the ground then disappeared again. His laughter drew my attention upward. He was on one of the beams above the floor, grinning. Ah, so that was the purpose of those babies.

"Didn't expect that, did you?" Sykes mocked Remy.

"You want to play hardball?" Remy asked, grinning back.

"Bring it on." Sykes teleported to another beam, looked down at me and winked.

I shook my head. he was such a show-off. My gaze returned to Remy.

He wrapped a hand around the blade of his sword, and the glistening steel changed its color to a dull brown. The sharp edge rounded, shimmered like a mirage and stretched until it became a long, cylindrical shaft, the end dangling to the floor. In mere seconds, he'd transformed his sword into a scythe with a long chain at its end...
Walters' debut novel of Guardians, Nephilium, demons, souls, swords and crazy teenage hormones makes for an interesting and entertaining read.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

So, the day has finally come, the last book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy cover has finally been released. *trumpets sound* That's right people, it is time to celebrate! Remember to bring your first born to the celebration for an offering....okay, maybe not. But still, I am very excited. So, without further ado, here it is:


Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

I do love the theme that the designer has come up with for the covers of this trilogy. And, after how Linger ended, I'm pretty excited to see what Forever will hold.

All those who are interested can pre-order signed copies of Forever over at the Indie Fountain Bookstore by clicking the link. I actually have signed copies of both Shiver and Linger from the store and they seriously rock! My copy of Linger has a wolf doodled in it. So, everyone get ready and order your copy of Forever. Cause, come on, the cover is FREAKING awesome!
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Book Blogger Hop (September 24-26)

Book Blogger Hop
Its the weekend again! Yeah for the weekend! That means that even though I'm super late, it's still time for the book blogger hop.

This weeks question is:
When you write reviews, do you write them as you are reading or wait until you have read the entire book?

For me, I definitely wait until I finish the book. Besides the obvious reason that I do not have the time with 2 kids hanging off me to write a review in the middle of a book, there is the other reason. That reason is that my feelings could totally change by the end of the book. I definitely feel that I need the whole book to discover if an author is a good author and has the ability to make me fall for their characters. It's one of the reasons I try to finish books I read, because I may end up really liking a book that I originally did not.

Welcome all new bloggers and have fun hopping!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Georgina Kincaid Series by Richelle Mead - A Series Review













Title: Georgina Kincaid Series
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: 2007-2010
Read:
September 14-23 2010
Series Rating:
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Note: These books contain adult content including swearing and scenes of sensuality)

To see a synopsis for each book, click the cover and it will take you to it's page on Goodreads.com

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So, I'd really like to apologize for my lack of reviews this past week. It seems that I keep getting wrapped up in these excellent series and I just keep putting off my reviews. Again I'm sorry, but at least some good book reading comes out of it *grins*.

My most recent series was the wonderful Georgina Kincaid Series by Richelle Mead. The basic story line is about a succubus who doesn't really want to be a succubus. Now if any of you are wondering what a succubus is, this happens to be my favorite part of this tale....its a paranormal female (the male version is an incubus) who gets it's life energy by stealing that of human's. But, it's how they steal it that I love. They steal it through sex.

Okay, so I might be a demented soul, but still it's kind of funny to me in a totally jacked up sort of way.

Our main character Georgina Kincaid lives in Seattle and is surrounded with all sorts of other immortals including a couple vampires, an imp, an angel and a demon. Now, she also happens to have some high affection for humans which I guess isn't the norm for immortals. But Georgina isn't normal for a succubus.

Longing surged up within me. I wanted it. Oh God, I wanted it. I didn't want to hear Jerome chastise me for my "all lowlifes, all the time" seduction policy. I wanted to come home and tell someone about my day. I wanted to go out dancing on the weekends. I wanted to take vacations together. I wanted someone to hold me when I was upset, when the ups and downs of the world pushed me too far.
I wanted someone to love. (Georgina)

Now, I don't want to give too much about this series away, but I would say besides Georgina, who is like this strong, smart, sexy woman/immortal/sex goddess, my favorite characters are going to be Seth and Carter.

Now Seth is a mortal and happens to also be an author. Carter is an angel and although I didn't like him that much in the first book, I really ended up loving him in all the rest.

But, Seth, he is just such an amazing character if you think about it for awhile. I mean, his character is so wonderfully developed and he is so flawed that you can't help but love him for it. I mean, he just brings this reality to the books that makes the reader feel like they are really there experiencing everything with the characters. And Seth, I just love him. He seems super shmexy and at the same time smart and shy and kind. I love that about him.

"Well, that depends, I suppose. I heard someone once say that men dance the same way they have sex. So, if you want everyone here to think you're the kind of guy who just sits around and—"(Georgina)

He stood up. 'Let's dance." (Seth)

"I hope I redeemed myself with the whole dancing-sex comparison.” (Seth)

“I suppose there were a couple of notable similarities,” I observed, holding a straight face.

“A couple? What about attention to detail, heavy exertion, lots of sweat, and single-minded determinedness to get the job done and done well?”

“Mostly I was thinking you just don’t talk during sex.” Mean perhaps, but I couldn’t resist.

“Well, my mouth has better things to do.”

I swallowed, my own mouth dry. “Are we still talking about dancing?"

Heehee! Gotta love the man!

Anyway though, these books are just....FANTASTIC! I loved them and I just couldn't get enough of them. Mead has such a way with her characters and her story line. I just love the way it flows and how she makes me feel glorious things about her characters. I love how she can describe a scene perfectly without too many words and still get me to know exactly what I'm seeing. Anyone who hasn't read this series should give it a try, because with arch demons who look like John Cusack, hilarious games of Pictionary involving an angel, a metrosexual vampire and a story that crosses over centuries you will love it as much as I did!
"Wait,” he said. “That’s not a word.” (Seth)

I looked down to where, in a moment of desperation, I’d played zixic on a triple-word-score space.

“Uh, sure it is.”

“What’s it mean?”

“It’s sort of like…quixotic, but with more…”

“Bullshit?”

I laughed out loud. I’d never heard him swear before.

“More zeal. Hence the z.”

“Uh-huh. Use it in a sentence.”

“Um…’You are a zixic writer.’“

“I don’t believe this.”

“That you’re zixic?”

“That you’re trying to cheat at Scrabble.” He leaned back against my couch, shaking his head. “I mean, I was ready to accept the whole evil thing, but this is kind of extreme."

The last book in this series Succubus Revealed will be released September 2011 so add it to your calendars!

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