Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review x]. Updates.

BloodmaidenBloodmaiden by Christine E. Schulze

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zale. Gauthier. Varden. These three dynasties... They all sound like something out of an ancient, oriental myth or fairy tale. The concept of humans and dragons helping and living in harmony with one another, without fear. To me, that's exactly what they are. A distant dream only read of, whispered secretly, quietly yearned for. For, you see, I am the new Quelda of Tynan. These words echo the mystery, horror, and romance found within Schulze's fantasy novel. Along with her new husband, Chalom, Crislin must choose to embrace cruel tradition, run from it, or stand against it. The young couple's only hope is to rally the help of the three peaceful dragon dynasties of Sulaimon-but tradition is not on their side, even outside the realm of Tynan. The dragons outside Tynan's borders have been rumored as too stubborn and proud to believe their Tynanian brothers would commit such horrors as inflicted upon the Quelda. Gaining their aid is not a likely hope. Yet, any hope at all is valued in Tynan... If they are to stand a chance of bringing cruel tradition to a permanent end, Crisilin and Chalom must brave the constant, consuming blizzards of the Ever-white. They must brave the three dynasties and the challenges awaiting there. Together, they must convince the dragon emperors to allow them access to the shrines which house the sacred Aria - protective strands of music which may be able to disperse the evil from Tynan and unite the four dynasties of Sulaimon as a whole once again. Their only aid stems from a sprite whose moods are as unstable as her magic, a young minstrel, and a mysterious fox. Despite the odds, such plans are daring, dangerous, unprecedented, but fully possible - if they can escape the Wall first.- amazon/goodreads

Actual star rating is 4.5

This book was fantastic. A lot of fantasy novels leave you wishing there was more to them. This was not the case with Bloodmaiden. I was hooked on this book within the first page; which for me is very hard to do. I have read my fair share of novels including a fantasy but this was on a whole other level. Within this book is a magical world where let's face it...I'd kill to live there. Dragons and magic galore this book had it all. The world itself was very well thought out as well as the interactions in each area. You could easily see the differences of how everyone lived and no where was I left confused when they moved from place to place. I do however feel that it would have been better to see a little more of this world and the areas within it. It was a little rushed through but even though it was rushed the storyline wasn't hindered. It just would have been nice to see a little more.

The characters in this book were very unique and I absolutely loved them. They each had their own personalities that were very different from each other and the interactions between them were great. This goes along with the same idea of the world. I felt the character interactions were a bit rushed. I would have liked to know more about each character especially Crislin. There should have been a little more background to her character which would have made her a lot more likable (Not that she wasn't already). The same goes with the other characters. We learn bits and pieces about them, just enough to satisfy the story and keep it flowing but it would have been nice to know more.

The plot was very unique indeed. Different areas protected by dragons, where humans and dragons live in peace. One area with cruel traditions that shouldn't be there. These traditions are what drives the whole story and boy does it make for an interesting tale. A young girl and her friends there to save it all. How could it get any better? Oh I know! Throw in a few life lessons and riddles. (I just love a book with riddles in it). The ending of this novel really makes you think and actually apply it to how you as a person lives life. Which is very hard to throw into a fantasy novel and make it work. I felt that during the whole novel I was thinking "They should get what they deserve", and then Bam! The ending reminded me that I have a conscience. And then I sat there and thought about how many times I was quick to throw out such harsh judgement. Wow did I want to kick myself. But that's part of what makes this book as great as it was.

Okay, okay now you wonder why I gave this book 4.5 rather than the 5 stars that I technically gave it on goodreads? Well as I have mentioned before I felt like the story was rushed even though it did work for the book I just felt there could have been more. But!!! There was one thing that really bugged me. There was a few times that my attention was snapped out of this wonderful story because of things mentioned...Or shall I rather say places?.. What I mean is there's this beautiful world that I fell in love with then...It gets compared to china and russia is mentioned and places like that. So I end up reading that part over and I'm like "Whoa! is this place connected to our world somehow or was it just a couple of mistakes the author made while being so glued into writing this wonderful story?" So there we have it. The reason for my mind wandering during the story a bit. But seriously, I can excuse those mistakes just because to me this book was just that good. So if you don't mind those few mistakes and you seriously like fantasy novels then I suggest you read this because frankly... You won't be disappointed.



Okay I have a couple of books to read before I am caught up with this months book list. This month I have had others books to review that I didn't know I was going to review at the time of making the list. So because those books had to be done by a certain date I did them first. Hunger games review will be up sometime later today (After I get some sleep). I still have to read Matched and that horrid mystery book. *Le Sigh* I am hoping Matched is a lot better than people are claiming it to be.*Crosses fingers* I should be starting both books this weeks. Other news. I made an account on netgalley and requested some books. I hope that I will be able to review some of them and I have no clue when I will be able to find out. Hopefully soon. I will keep you guys updated. Also later today I will make a book list for March. This time I am going to plan ahead and do less books just in case I have unexpected reviews like I did this month. So that's about it Oh let me leave you with a pic of my darling cat.
Her name is Drusilla. She will be 1 years old this summer. Isn't she just adorable? And yes she's just as evil as her name.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Reviews. Stopping some things for now.

My Enchanted LifeMy Enchanted Life by Laura Eno

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An American teen finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed in England's magical community of Wode Gate. While dealing with gnomes, a cranky dragon, murder and mayhem, Emma tries to cope with her unwanted duties as Sentinel and fights to get back home again. She finds that things aren't always what they seem, people aren't who they pretend to be, and someone wants her dead. The king of the underworld wants her too, but he may be the least of her problems as Emma struggles to control her powers—while losing her heart to a demon.- Amazon

My Enchanted life by Laura Eno was a fantastic read. Eno did a good job taking creatures and things that others have written about and made a whole new world within the modern world. Her main character Emma is the typical teenage girl whose life gets turned upside down by the death of a family member she has never met. Some of the situation at first seems unreal like how quickly she just up and leaves things behind and how she fast she takes to living in such a magical area. Also she seems to fall in love pretty fast which is becoming a habit within the YA book community. Emma however, is a strong, loving, and fun character. She goes through every obstacle just how you would imagine someone in her situation would. She isn't over the top like some characters in other books can be. She is a truly believable character. And I throughly enjoyed reading about her.

The other characters in the book make for a good spin on this magical world. One of the characters was hard to dislike even though he was highly prejudiced. He was a great character to have in the book because it made the story seem more realistic and showed major points that actually happen in the world. Like people being mistreated or judged based on what they are. There was a lesson to be learned from this and it is a great lesson. Now back to this character; I actually liked him. I think he sincerely believed he was doing the right thing. He may have been misguided in his beliefs but he was hard not to like (Even if he was a jerk).

Emma's love interest to me was kind of rushed. Their relationship seemed to happen instantly and I felt like it was almost thrown in as a way to continue the story to the next step. I mean it flowed I just felt that her relationship could have been lengthened. Also I liked the other characters in the book over the guy that Emma falls for. I feel like we don't know enough about him to really like or dislike him.

This book was a fun read. I enjoyed myself and felt like I was reading a modern day fairytale. I recommend it for people who like to read YA and like books that have a fairytale vibe to it.

So I was doing quotes and introductions. But it turns out that I just don't have the time for it right now. Things have been hectic and it's been getting hard to stay on track. I will of course continue the reviews but the other two things will be postponed till a time I can actually get them done. Sorry about that.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bloodlines Review

BloodlinesBloodlines by Richelle Mead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.- goodreads

I'd like to begin with explaining how much I dreaded reading this book. I am a Vampire Academy fan and i was scared that this book would ruin my ideas of the VA world and the people in it. Also I was afraid that I would be highly disappointed and would regret reading the book altogether. This ultimately made me postpone reading this book.

While reading this book I really didn't like the idea of Sydney being the main character. I really didn't take a liking to her in the VA series so I was skeptical. However I was proved wrong about her. Sydney grew on me and I like her better than Rose. I like that Sydney is strong but has normal everyday issues. She struggles constantly with things that are different from Rose who basically was a badass killing machine. Sydney is smart and she takes the time to think before she acts which is refreshing when reading a book like this. It's hard to have a character that is strong and smart without being too much of either. Sydney has her flaws and that makes her character appealing. I really enjoyed reading about her world that is connected to vampires but different. It gives you an idea how others think and view things.

The story line to this book was fantastic. It started off where The Last Sacrifice left off. In this spinoff series we are able to see how everything is after the initial series left off. The minor characters from the VA series are changed into Major characters and vise versa. This changes the perspective of everything that has happened and about how it changed other people's lives not just Rose's and Dimitri's. It was nice to learn about other people for a change.

This book was definitely worth reading and was just as good as the books from VA. If you like books about vampires and other paranormal things then I suggest you read this book. It even takes a new spin on the VA series and leaves you wanting more.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Meeting Destiny review/ Update.

Meeting Destiny (Destiny #1)Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret . . .someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth sense. A mysterious clairvoyant seeks Lauren out and tells her not only of her life now but what the future may hold. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Law enforcement, friends and family are concerned for Lauren but unfortunately they are unaware of the true danger . . .Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren’s abilities. -Amazon

I really wanted to give this book five stars but really I could barely bring myself to give it the four star rating. It starts off exciting yet it gets to be quite confusing. It starts to become clearer as the book goes along but I felt like the author sort of just jumped right in and I was trying to puzzle out what was happening. Looking past that, I had an issue with the main character. I felt like the character had too much common sense to pursue her relationship the way she did. I get that you either have a connection with a person or you don't but this felt rushed. Despite these things I pushed through the book. There's just something about this book that made me keep reading even if it was only out of curiosity of what would happen next. Boy am I glad I continued to read. Lauren despite her leaping head first into relationships actually kept this book flowing. Usually I get bored with characters like her but somehow...It just worked. This book really surprised me. It seems to be centered around her and her destiny but right towards the end of the book the author puts a twist you would never believe and oh man did I have mixed feelings about it. One moment I was like "Gah! Right when I was starting to get a hang of this book you had to throw this at me!" Then the next I was thinking "I really want the next book just so I can find out what happens!". Then I was trying to decide how I accidently fell in love with a book that I hated at first. My reason for being iffy about giving it even the four star rating was...I hated this book from the start..But! When I finished the book I was able to go from hating it into loving it. This book has it's minor problems for me to where the characters and the relationships between them annoyed me to no end. I am not disappointed that I have read this book in the least. It just goes to show that some books, despite disliking them in the beginning, can turn into little gems. As a warning this book does take a little bit of patience to read but it is worth dragging through.

So I have been slacking on my blogging. I didn't do a quote on friday or my tuesday introductions. Tuesday intros will start this week and I will be posting a quote along with it to make up for friday. I have been swamped with things to do and book reading and I am catching up slowly. I should be back on track this week. Another book review will be posted tomorrow or monday.

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Culling by J.C. Andrijeski

This book was not on my list for this month but I was given the opportunity by the author to review it. And boy I am I glad I was able to. :].

The Culling (The Slave Girl Chronicles, #1)The Culling by J.C. Andrijeski

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Jet is a 19-year-old skag, one of the humans still living free on Earth following an invasion of creatures called the Nirreth. Squatting in the ruins of Vancouver, Jet and her family eke out an existence underground, hiding from the culler ships. No one knows where the ships take the people they take, but they never return. When a culler finds Jet, she may discover the truth the hard way...and end up living among the very creatures that have enslaved her." Amazon Description

This book is just...Amazing. Andrijeski takes a new spin on dystopian by throwing aliens into the mix and boy does it work. This book does have a hunger games vibe going on but!!! It is definitely different. The only thing remotely like hunger games is the fighting arena and from the looks of it that's not even close. Now I mention this because I feel that author had a similar idea but went about it in a whole different manner. The idea of the whole book actually reminds me of ancient Greece more than anything. Sort of like the whole gladiator fights and how they were practically second class citizens. I know I'm using two different descriptions but thats the only way to describe the amazing thought put into this book. The character Jet... She's strong and determined and could basically look anything in the face if she had to. She also has her weaknesses but she's the type of character that don't let others see it. This just makes her character more interesting. The plot twists with the other characters of this book was just... Unexpected. Now just because they were unexpected doesn't mean they weren't good. They were great and made me keep turning the pages to find out more. The author basically made earth seem like a whole other world. Like one moment you picture how cities would look once abandoned and then the next you get this whole new place that was like another world on earth. The Alien invaders were also well thought out. The way they look, how they act, the depth of some of them that you don't expect. It made me go from disliking the Aliens to actually loving them. This book was great and I suggest if you like strong female characters, dystopian novels,aliens, and even young adult books in general; then you should read this book. I honestly can't wait for the sequel.

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Favorite quotes fridays #1

Divergent by Veronica Roth

"...I think it’s important to protect people. To stand up for people. Like you did for me. That’s what the Dauntless are supposed to do right? That’s what courage is. Not...hurting people for no reason." ~Al p. 190

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Grey eyes by B. Alston

Grey Eyes (The Forever Trilogy, #1)Grey Eyes by B. Alston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

15 year old Anastasia Adams has spent her entire life on run. She and her mother have never spent more than 18 months in any one location, often times leaving with just the clothes on their backs. Despite the havoc that this is wreaking on Ana's social and academic life, her mother offers no explanation as to why it is they're constantly moving, or even what it is they're running from. But that all changes one night in the woods of Pelion, SC--the night the terror catches up with them.

Fearing her mother dead, and having barely escaped with her own life, Ana is whisked away to world of privilege and tradition. It's a fairytale come to life. The poor girl used to living out of a suitcase is now a resident of one of the most exclusive addresses in the world. The people there adore her and she catches the eye of a young guardian who sees her as a refreshing change to the girls he's grown up with.

If only they could find her mother. If only she knew the consequences of being born a "conjurer." If only she knew who that green eyed stranger was, the stranger who'll tell her about a past too romantic, and too tragic to be real. In the end, she'll have to choose between the boy who has captured her heart and the stranger she can feel down in her soul, assuring at least one of them an almost certain death.

B. Alston's Grey Eyes is a one of a kind book. She takes a new and different spin on vampires and it's fantastic. The plot was something new altogether and it is more creative than a lot of Vampire books that are published today. Anastasia gets tossed into a world where she is treated a royalty and I believe her reaction to her situation would be the normal reaction of a normal person. It's hard to make characters realistic in novels with Vampires or other paranormal things. The author did a good job in doing this. However I did have an issues with the character's relationships with her two love interests. I felt like she was thrown into romance without knowing either of them and that she fell too fast for them. It reminded me slightly of Twilight. The romance was just way too fast to be normal or taken seriously. One of the romantic situations makes a little sense but I still feel like she leapt into it too fast. Other than the extremely fast romantic relationships I honestly thought the book was great. Her relationships with the other characters kept the story flowing and interesting. There was issues with grammar and spelling but that was easy to look over once I was immersed into the book. As a warning I must tell you that the book was hard to get into at first but after a few pages it started to grab my attention. This book overall was a good read despite a few problems. If you don't mind quick "twilight" relationships and some issues with the writing then I suggest you go read this book. This is the first book of a trilogy and is also free on amazon. However the other two books are not free but they are worth the buy.