Monthly Archives: February 2013

Book Review: Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2)

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Author: Gail Carriger

Genre: SF-Steampunk

Summary (Goodreads): In the delightfully wicked follow-up to Soulless, Alexia Tarabotti is entangled once more in Victorian London’s supernatural mysteries. 

Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears – leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. 

She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

Review: I love this series. I cannot get enough of Gail’s wit and charming characters. This book did not disappoint and I look forward to reading the next in the series. There’s a great deal of intrigue in this book as in the first and has also added more steampunk. Though at times I felt the descriptions were a bit lengthy in certain parts, the double twist at the end entirely made up for it! I don’t want any spoilers here, so I’ll leave it at that!

Recommendation: Great read! If you liked the first in the series then you will not be disappointed in this one!Image

Cheers!

Finally have a Nook!

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I finally have an ereader! And better yet, it was gifted to me! I’m sure all you broke and bookish nerds out there can relate to the utter happiness I feel!
So what’s the first book I will read on my Nook?
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater!
I’ve been meaning to read this for a while. Pretty much ever since I was interludes to her books and became a huge fan. Sooo excited!
What’re your thoughts on ereaders? Positive or negative, I’d like to know! I’m trying it out, but I’m still on the fence.
Cheers!

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PW Webcast and new TBR titles!

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I just finished listening in on the Publishers Weekly Webcast: Building the Next Generation of YA Stars. It had some great insight and some great tips for authors, new and seasoned.

But I must say my favorite part was the list of upcoming titles! (Some of them are sequels so I have added the first book) Here are some that I have now added to my TBR list:

At Somerton: Cinders & Sapphires by Lelia Rasheed –For those Downton Abbey fans!

INK by Amanda Sun –Set in Japan!

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter –Because zombie slayer!

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland –For summer love!

The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa –For epicness, duh!

The Goddess Test  by Aimee Carter –Because I love books based on mythology!

Another great thing about adding these books, they are ALL new authors for me! And I love finding new authors to read!

Anyone read any of these or on your TBR list?

Cheers!

Book Review: Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1)

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Author: Gail Carriger

Genre: SF-Steampunk

Summary (Goodreads): First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire – and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

Review: First of all, this is not only a new author for me but also a new genre! My first ever steampunk. All I can say is that I’m hooked! I was given the first three books of the Parasol Protectorate series (there’s five) by a close, bookish friend. I trust her bookish opinion completely. And I’m glad I tried this series! It is wonderful.

Of course it’s set in a different time, but the world back then is also a bit different. It’s full of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and preternaturals. And they’re all in high society and have rules of etiquette. The main character is funny, witty, and charmingly smart. I am completely in love with Gail’s pithiness throughout the book. I can only hope she continues throughout the series with the same tone and humor.

I was also very lucky to meet her in person! I went with said bookish friend to Gail’s book signing for her new YA steampunk series. It was wonderful to see her in person. And I must say she is just as charming as she wrote Alexia to be!

Recommendation: Pick it up! It’s a wonderfully fun read!

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Book Review: Divergent

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Author: Veronica Roth 

Genre: YA

Summary (from Goodreads!): In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Review: I have had Divergent on my TBR list since last year. I really don’t have a reason for not reading it until now. I had only heard great things. Anyway, I’m glad I finally read it! It is amazing! Veronica Roth did a superb job with the world building. I was completely into it from the first few pages.

I also loved loved loved the character development. This is the type of development that I always go for. It may be long, but it is not boring or slow. It is a process. And because she took her time for the reader (me) to get to know the MC and come to understand the decision and thought process, I was able to connect with her and to care about her. (This is what I was talking about when I explained why I didn’t enjoy The Hobbit). 

Fast paced, great writing, amazing world building. I can’t wait to read the other books!

Recommendation: If you’ve been on the fence about reading this book, jump off and go read! Now!

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Book Review: Along for the Ride

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Author: Sarah Dessen (a favorite of mine)

Genre: YA

Summary (from Goodreads, of course): It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

Review: I hesitated to read this book. Yes, Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors but I hadn’t connected with the last one I had read as much as all of the others. I was afraid that I had out grown her work, so I just didn’t try. Boy am I glad I gave in! I loved this book from the beginning. Sarah brings her characters to life within the first few pages. She has a way of letting you get to know them, seemingly intimately, within the first chapters. I also experience the feeling of growing as I read her books and this one did not disappoint. She is an amazing writer, and after ten books, she still knows how girls feel at a certain age and has a wonderful grasp on the family dynamic. 

Recommendation: A must read! 

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Cheers!

Check In!

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Today is the first of February! So, let’s see how everyone is doing with their Bookish New Years Goals!

I have read 1 book so far that I already had and am currently on the 2nd. That means I’m only one away from checking off #1 on my list! (Which was to read 3 I already had). I just finished The Hobbit, which has been on my TBR list for sometime, so a second goal there of going through my TBR list. And it was my first Tolkien, so there’s another goal of reading a new author! And I’m working on the last goal through the year (giving thorough reviews of each)!

So 1 book down, 9 to go (according to my Bookish goals, let’s see how far I can beat it)!

How’re you all doing?

Happy Friday! Cheers!