Monthly Archives: March 2013

WWW Wednesdays (Mar.27)

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Thanks to MizB for this weeks WWW!

What am I currently reading?

The Salt God’s Daughter by Ilie Ruby 

What did you recently finish reading?

Last week I finished Beautiful Creatures, which you can read my review of!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

What about you guys? What’s your WWW?

Cheers!

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures

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Author(s): Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Genre: YA

Summary: Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Review: I absolutely inhaled this book. I couldn’t put it down and I cannot wait to read the next one! I’m really hoping the film does it justice. (I have a bit of a nervous twitch when it comes to adaptions)

I didn’t know much about this book when I picked it up, so I was surprised by the male MC. Ethan Wate knocked it out of the ball park. I think he’s my favorite MC ever. Not whiny, not brooding. I know this book wasn’t just about him, but his development throughout the book was perfect.

The story was wonderful! I’m excited to dig deeper into the Caster world! Every character was unique and there were pages upon pages of beautiful description. I really liked the flashbacks, I thought they were uniquely done! This is a big book, but the pacing was perfect. I never felt like it was dragging or that certains part could have been left out.

Recommendation: I gave this a 5 star on Goodreads. GO READ IT!

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Cheers!

Top Ten Books I Had to Have…but still haven’t read

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Top Ten Tuesday by The Brooke and the Bookish! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I intend on doing it more regularly…like every week. So here we go! (Two are ebooks)

1. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson: I read the first few chapters when she had them posted on her website. I finally bought the book when the paperback came in.

2. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger: I went to her signing for this book in San Francisco before I even finished reading her first series! (Of course, I got it signed)

3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: It was on sale and I was in the mood for vampires.

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: A friend gave me her ARC for this! Though she warned me that she didn’t agree with all the good reviews.

5. On The Road by Jack Kerouac: I’ve always wanted to read this. Bought it for my birthday, tried a few pages, couldn’t get into it…

6. Stork by Wendy Delsol: Another ARC from my friend! Haven’t actually heard of this one.

7. Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst: Saw it on the shelf, hadn’t heard of it, read the first few pages, bought it.

8. Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky: Won this in an ARC contest, haven’t read the first book yet.

Now for the ebooks. I bought both when they were on sale!

9. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

10. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Cheers!

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Tea and Writing

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I have recently become obsessed with tea! Like, incredibly obsessed.
I finally got over this cold and it is beautiful day out in the city! So I’ve come to a new (for me) cafe which just so happens to have a massive selection of tea! I’m in heaven.

Here’s my book for the day (I’m plotting!) and Berry Black tea!

Hope everyone’s having a wonderful Wednesday! Any other tea fanatics out there?

Cheers!

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Book Review: Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3)

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Author: Gail Carriger

Genre: SF/F

Summary (goodreads): Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto.

Review: I loved this book, even more than the first two. You can tell that Gail hit her stride in this book. There’s more steampunk elements and somehow she has become more pithy. And it’s wonderful. I must say, I was sad that it ended the way it did. I know there are more books in this series, but come on, such a cliffhanger! I’m not a fan of spoilers so that’s all I’m going to say!

Gail has created a wonderfully strong, humorous female character in Alexia. I have read some of her blog posts about writing and she mentioned going to extremes when mapping out a world and the characters. It’s very evident that she took her time fleshing everything out. This is some amazing world-building, and it’s set in the past! Great accomplishment!

Recommendation: Obviously, I’d like you to read the first two in the series first. After that, definitely pick this one up!

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Cheers!

Book Review: Lament: The Faerie Queen”s Deception (Books of Faerie #1)

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Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: YA

Summary (goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey

Review: Well, if you’ve been here before you may have heard me mentioned that I absolutely love Maggie Stiefvater. I had been meaning to read this book for a while and finally have (first on my Nook, as well). I strongly believe that writers (every single one of us) gets better with every story. And she is not an exception to this rule.

Though I enjoyed the story, I seem differences in her writing from this book to the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy to The Scorpio Races and finally to The Raven Boys. Boy has she really developed an amazing talent to create such real worlds.

Lament was wonderful, I enjoyed the story. But the things that popped out at me were how underdeveloped certain aspects of her writing (the ones that I adore and admire) were. Which both bothered me and gave me hope that I will eventually be able to write better stories.

Anyway, to the review!

I liked the ending. I was very happy to see that her first published book had the same quality of ending, in that she doesn’t allow her characters to get away unscathed. No one ever lives 100% “happily ever after”. There may be silver linings laying around, however. She also had a very strong female character (which I expected and was given). The emotion built throughout the book and by the end I cared about the main character, which (as I’ve said before) is the whole point.

I disliked that there were so many “musical sessions”. i understand that the main character is awesome with the harp, but I had no idea how to imagine the songs she was playing. That being said, this aspect didn’t completely take me out of the story. I was still about to come up with something to imagine. This is due to the great description Maggie wrote. 

Recommendation: If you’re a Maggie fan, read it! If not, but you love faeries or harps, read it! If neither, maybe borrow it and see how the first few chapters treat you.

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Cheers!

 

Check In!

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s the 1st of March already! That means it’s time for another check in on those bookish goals for the year!

Goal #1: (Read 3 books I currently have before buying another.) I can check-off! That was The Raven Boys, The Hobbit, and Divergent!

Goal #2: (Read 3 books that have been on my TBR list for too long.) Almost done! The Hobbit was first and now on the second, Lament.

Goal #3: (Read 3 books that are out of my “normal” genre.) Down two! I’ve read my first steampunk (and not YA). Third is next up!

Goal #4: (Read 3 new authors.) I check this off too! J.R.R. Tolkien, Veronica Roth, and Gail Carriger!

Goal #5: (Read 3 books from NYT Bestseller list.) I can check this off as well! The Hobbit, Divergent, Soulless, Along for the Ride, and The Raven Boys!

Goal #6: (Read 3 debut authors.) I haven’t gotten anywhere with this one yet, but don’t fret it’s only March!

Goal #7: (Read at least ten books.) I know, I know. I totally low balled myself on this one. But this was my first year making solid reading goals. Anyway, let’s see. I’m currently on book number 7!

Goal #8: (Reread at least one book.) I’ve started rereading Forever by Maggie Stiefvater!

Goal #9: (Convince BF to read a book of my choosing.) Well, now it’s just friend, but I’m still working on it!

Goal #10: (Give thorough reviews of every book.) I’ll be working on this one throughout the year! 

Well, there we have it. As of March 1st, I have completed 3 goals! And I’m well on my way with the others! Woooo!

How’re your bookish goals coming along?

Cheers!