Thursday, March 31, 2011

Library Unveiled (1)

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Every Thursday stop by and share 5 books & perhaps a snippet of your thoughts or link to a review.


My dearest Mad, I'm definitely down with you on this one. I actually had to go into my Closet and check out my shelf that is currently stacked to the ceiling to figure out this post. So, here we go!

This book has been sitting on my shelf for who knows how long. I've wanted to read the book for years as I love all the movies/plays I've seen about it. However, I've yet to pull it off my shelf and finish it. Slacker!








This book is on my shelf because I borrowed from one of my sister's friends. Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite series and this is the beginning of the lovelyness so I just had to add it to this post. (review HERE and HERE)







This has been on my mind for sometime because the name, I think, is hilarious. I've got no idea what it is about, but the lovely Mad gave it to me for Christmas/Valentines so I've been dying to read it.








I've seen the movie, but never read the book. I actually picked this one up from a garage sale my mom was having (no worries, she didn't make me pay for it). I really would like to read it. I've only read one other book by Weiner and I really enjoyed it.






So, I'm one of those creepy Jane True fans. Okay, I'm not really creepy as much as I'm in love with the series. I don't own the 1st or 2nd book (although I have purchased them and given them away as gifts), but I do own the 3rd on my Kindle, courtesy of NetGalley. I must say, I adored this book so much. If you want to know how much, you can check out my review HERE.








How 'bout you? What's in your library waiting to get out?


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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Matched, The False Princess and Prom & Prejudice: Mini Book Reviews

Title: Matched (Matched No. 1)
Author: Ally Condie
Pages: 366
Published: November 30th, 2010
Rating: 3.5/530PX30PX30PX30PX

I really did enjoy this book, but it moved so slowly. It seemed that with all the feelings going on with the characters being so serious and somewhat fierce, I would have felt it a little more than I did. I still really liked Cassia, the main character and of course Ky, her love interest, but I felt for Xander the whole time even though he wasn't in the book excessively (he is Cassia's best friend). The love story between Cassia and Ky was actually good and well developed which was really nice, but I really would have liked a little more speed in the book and to feel more of the feelings Cassia was feeling instead of them being so 2-dimensional. I am excited for the next book, though!


Title: The False Princess
Author: Ellis O'Neal
Pages: 336
Published: January 25th, 2011
Rating: 4/5 30PX30PX30PX30PX

This was a surprisingly, fabulous read. I had heard good things about it, but I really liked it. The writing was good and the story line was amusing and engaging. I loved the story of the false princess and how she tries to figure out her true life. I also loved her best friend and as all of you know, I'm definitely a fan of best friend from childhood who end up in a romance. I think I also enjoyed this book because it had a surprising twist concerning the princess that I definitely wasn't expecting. I actually read this whole book in one sitting starting at 10:00 p.m. one night (I was mad at the hubster, LOL!). Anyway, if you are looking for a light read that is different and fun that still makes you feel something (I cried a bit), you should pick this up!

Title: Prom & Prejudice
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Pages: 231
Published: January 1st, 2011
Rating: 3/5 30PX30PX30PX

First off, I'd like to say that I really loved Eulberg's first book, The Lonely Hearts Club, so I was expecting something similar in this book. However, I didn't get exactly what I'd hoped. Don't get me wrong, it was still pretty good and I was very glad that the story line wasn't exactly like the original Pride & Prejudice book, BUT the language it was written in kind of sucked, in my personal opinion. It is supposed to be contemporary fiction that takes place in today's day and age in New York, no less. So, being that it sounded like super proper form of English really turned me off. I kept reading thinking, no one talks like that, especially at the age of 17! That is really my highest complaint. Also, I would have hoped for a little more Darcy and some of the actual conversations that took place, to help develop the relationship, but I didn't get it. I really do enjoy dialogue in books(random sidenote here people). But, overall, I liked the story and the characters were fun, in their own way and I love that cover!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair No.1) by Allison Pang

Title: A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair No.1)
Author: Allison Pang
Pages: 343
Published: January 25th, 2011
Read: March 23, 2011
Synopsis: The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.

Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her.

I originally heard about this book from one of Nicole Peeler's pimpin' it posts on her blog and I simply couldn't resist its taunts. I mean, come on, what could be better than a horny miniature unicorn living in her lingerie drawer. Given, that kind of thing may not be for everyone, but I absolutely loved it, being that I've always wanted a unicorn. Now that I'm grown, it would be so much more fun if said unicorn was a smart a$$ who could hack it in the real world with the best of 'em.


So, anyway, I was lucky enough to have won my very own copy from Angela over at Dark Faerie Tales. Thanks Angela!


On with the review:

Our lovely story of Angels, Demons, Fey and humanity is a fun twist on what would have been the Same Old Story. Abby is a Touchstone for The Protectorate, what exactly that means, Abby has no freakin' clue. Doesn't stop her from truckin' along and trying to keep up appearances. At the beginning of our story, she meets Brystion, the uber sexy incubus with the "8th wonder of the world for an a$$". It's not love at first sight, but there is a definite lust attraction and even though for quite a bit of the book Abby can't decide whether to beat him or hump him, she figures it out by the end.


I absolutely enjoyed this book. I'm sure it had something to do with Abby's ability to say the, flat out, best things she was thinking. I always enjoy a girl who doesn't mind spitting out the truth hell to the consequences. And even though Abby is totally lost in this world of Touchstones, Doors and the Crossroads, she tries to figure it out. I really liked her, she was pained in horrible ways and it didn't miraculously just heal, and that made me like her more. She was delicious in all her eccentricities...and...I wouldn't mind having her hair.


Brystion was a yummy sort of male, brought into the book as a lovely display of man flesh that deserved to be spanked, I tell yah that much. He was a delectable addition to the book who in the end, I thought to be a perfect fit as a character. He was kind of a jerk off at times, but it was a perfect fit. Maybe because he wasn't always that way, but still, I'd lick him from head to toe (even with horns and hooves *prrrrrrr*). I think at the top of the list was that Brystion, the incubus, is what he is and he was fine with it - mostly. At least he was fine with being an incubus, he wasn't going to pretend he was anything else other than a sex/dream fiend who could give all sorts of metaphysical pleasures. It was fun for me, to say the least. *grins maniacally*


Pang's debut novel was fun and sarcastic and a lovely twist to the urban fantasy genre. I think the kicker was our miniature unicorn, because seriously, what is better than a unicorn. Anyone who says there is, is lying and should be cornered and shot by the Fantasy Mafia (if you disagree, that's okay, but beware the Fantasy Mafia).


The plot itself was a lovely, turning, twisting thing that lead me on all sorts of roads of well paced craziness. With violin playing Touchstones who open Doorways and sword wielding angels who deserve a kick to the crotch, there was lots of goodies to go around. If you are looking for something fun and different and don't mind a bit of bacon, go, NOW, and get your own copy.


Rating: 4/5 1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus

Quotes:

The woman in the painting was soft and pale and naked. There was a proud thrust to her jaw as she stared down at me, her dark eyes half-lidded and smoky with kohl. I would have had to slaughter a horde of Avon ladies in ritual sacrifice to have skin that luminous and milky white.

"It's not your fault," the incubus said softly. (Brystion)


"No, it's not," I snarled. "You were the one that had to try to get all up on my lady softness."(Abby)


"Didn't see you fighting it." His eyes flared for a moment and then he looked away.

I had a naked incubus in my bedroom. With a frying pan of half-cooked bacon and a hard-on. And a unicorn bite on his ass. Christ, this was turning out to be a weird morning.

"I'm not sure they've got much of a choice," I sighed. "But speaking of that, I suppose we ought to get this thing started. All I need now is a master plan."


"Got anything in mind?(Melanie - Violin playing Touchstone)

"Sit back and wait for my new special power to show up? Seems to work that way in all the Faery tales, doesn't it?" I crossed my arms. "What do you think? Will I be able to shoot fire out my ass or just control all the werewolves in the neighborhood through the awesomeness of my Sex-Fu?"


The ghost of a smile crossed her face. "I'll be sure to pick up a bag of marshmallows. I'd really dig an ass-fire s'more right about now."

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep - a Series Review


Spider's Bite
Web of Lies
Venom


I actually read this series a couple weeks ago, but with everything going on I haven't been able to get up a review. So, now, I've decided on a series review as the first three have already been released and the fourth, Tangled Threads, is scheduled to be released April 26th, 2011.

I really and truly loved this series. Gin, our lead character is a tough assassin in a city gone to hell where the cops are as corrupt as they come and if you want something done right, you'd better have the money to pay someone or the balls to do it yourself. This city, ran by the e-vil Mab Monroe aka fire elemental extraordinaire, is not for the weak of heart.

Gin, our double wheeling elemental, kills for a living, it's not a big deal, it's just what must be done and she happens to make a lot of money doing it.

I didn't really know what to expect when I started this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. Estep's writing, was page turning and exciting. I could understand her characters and get into their heads enough to understand the paths they followed. Gin, was one of my favorites because she could look at things from a logical point of view and take them at face value. If she wanted a guy, she wanted a guy and she went for it. If someone needed to die, Gin would do it because it needed to be done and the blood didn't bother her. C'est la vie.

Finn, her adoptive big brother and lady shmoozer, was a fun sidekick in all the adventures and I couldn't help loving him despite his love of sex. He really did take it to an all new art form.

I think one of my favorite things about this series was the nonchalant attitude of the things they had to do like killing and fraud. It cracked me up because they had to do the dirty to get the city clean and even though they weren't necessarily in it just to be the good guys, they were still in the fight (and were still pretty much the good guys). I've always appreciated a character who is written truly human. Gin, while although supernatural in essence, still was human at heart. She was heartless for a good reason and although she could construct all kinds of walls around her, she could never get rid of the pain altogether. She just pushed through all of it the best she could. I'd say she is definitely an ingenious character with being tough hearted and still loving in many aspects.

The other thing I loved about this book was the difference in supernatural creatures and gifts. We get the elemental side of things which was pretty freaking awesome. Then, we get the usual vampires, but in excess to this there are giants and dwarfs. What is more brilliant than an 8 foot giant who needs no weapons because he can beat you to death in a couple punches?! Or dwarfs who while tall at 5 feet can pack more of a punch in their fist than a giant and whose skin doesn't need a rock elemental's gift to harden it, it's thicker than a bullet can penetrate.

All of these things wrapped up together with unique personalities and traits make for a crazy twisted plot that drags the reader through dirty streets and molested people and whips, with a frenzy, down deranged plot roads with alleys full of insane elementals who want power and will do anything to get it. If you are looking for a new array of characters and a fun and witty narrator who doesn't mind letting you know when men are looking delicious, go and pick up the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep and you won't be disappointed.

(NOTE: This book is ADULT FICTION and may contain things that are not appropriate for younger audiences including scenes of sensuality.)


Tangled Threads (Elemental Assasin No. 4)
by
Jennifer Estep (visit Jennifer Estep's blog HERE)
Release Date: April 26th, 2011
Find it at:
Goodreads.com
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Borders
Book Depository


Series Rating: 4/5 1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus

Quotes:
"My name is Gin, and I kill people."

Normally, my confession would have elicited gasps of surprise. Pale faces. Nervous sweat. Stifled screams. An overturned chair or two as people scrambled to get away before i buried a knife in their heart--or back. A sucking wound was a sucking wound. I wasn't picky about where I caused it.

"Hi, Gin," four people chorused back to me in perfect, dull, monotone unison.

But not in this place. Within the walled confines of Ashland Asylum, my confession, true though it might be, didn't even merit a raised eyebrow, much less shock and frightened awe. I was relatively normal compared to the freaks of nature and magic who populated the grounds. Like Jackson, the seven-foot-tall albino giant seated to my left who drooled worse than a mastiff and gurgled like a three-month-old-child. (Spider's Bite)

I felt like I was on fire--from the inside out.

Hot needles stabbed up and down my body in a slow, relentless, agonizing path. My raw face, my broken jaw, my cracked ribs. The needles swept over everything, like I was some sort of warped voodoo doll come to life. The hot tingles made everything hurt even worse than it had before. (Venom)


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Book Review & Overview

Okay, this post is going to cover a slew of books I read recently and how I felt. if I feel the need to expound on any, later on I'll do a separate post.


Title: Desires of the Dead (Body Finder No.2)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Pages: 368
Published: February 15th, 2011 by HarperCollins
Synopsis (click link for summary)

I really did love this book. However, I didn't think it was as good as the first one. Maybe it's because the newness of it is over, but I don't think that was it. I still loved Violet and Jay, but I thought Jay was obsessively protective and that annoyed. Don't get me wrong, still love him, still love the book, but obsessive protectiveness, I DID NOT LIKE at all. The story was still fun though and definitely worth reading.
Rating: 4/5 30PX30PX30PX30PX



Title
: XVI
Author: Julie Karr
Pages: 325
Published: January 6th, 2011 by Puffin/Speak
Synopsis (click link for summary)

This book wasn't exactly like I expected it to be. I was telling one of my good GR friends that I probably would have liked it better had it not been for the hype. However, I still felt that the writing wasn't that great, although I've definitely seen worse. I did like the characters and what they brought to the book. I'd like to see more character development for Nina and Sal as well as relationship development, but maybe in the next book. Some of the events seemed funky, but I liked the twist on dystopian and felt like I was reading something new rather than something retold in a different way. Overall, I'd say I liked it.
Rating: 3/5 30PX30PX30PX


Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
Pages: 304
Published: July 20th, 2010 by MTV
Synopsis (click link for summary)

I'm a fan of Jennifer Echols, so it's not crazy to say that I loved this book. It's basically the story of a girl who ends up with amnesia and then tries to find out the part of her memory that is missing. As the reader we get to follow along in her search. My only complaint is I wish the ending would have been a little longer, meaning I would have liked to have seen the actual display of her relationship. I thought it was cut short too soon. Other than that, I loved the book and the subject matter and I recommend it to YA contemporary fans.

Rating: 4/5 30PX30PX30PX30PX


Title: It's Not Summer Without You (Summer No.2)
Author: Jenny Han
Pages: 288
Published: April 27th, 2010 by Simon & Schuster
Synopsis (click link for summary)

I don't know who's read this series, but I love it. Jenny Han does an awesome job of bringing love and life into her contemporary fiction novels. Her writing is simple and prosaic and gets to the point without too much hoopla. This second book hits the spot with some tears and laughter. We get to see so much personality behind Belly and we get to see another side to Jeremiah. I loved the twisted events that occur and I can't wait for the third in the series to be released. This book was amazing and I recommend the series to anyone who enjoys YA contemporary fiction. I love Belly, Conrad and Jeremiah. Beach reads really are the best!

Rating: 5/5 (with chocolate ice cream on top)
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