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Book Review – Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1) by Moira Young

Posted July 16, 2011 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Read in 2011, YA / 2 Comments

Book Review – Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1) by Moira YoungBlood Red Road by Moira Young
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 7th 2011
Pages: 480
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Rebel Heart, Raging Star

four-half-stars

Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

It took me a good 10% before my brain had finally adjusted to the writing style of Moira Young. Really makes me wonder how long it took the author to write this… if she had to stop and say to herself, “No, that sentence is much too proper. ‘They pretend it warn’t nuthin to do with ‘em.’ There! Perfect.” But really, I don’t think a lot of people will be able to put up with this book for that exact reason. I still recommend giving it a shot though, it may surprise you.

Blood Red Road tells the story of Saba who sets out to get her brother Lugh back after he is captured by a group of horsemen. Together, with her younger sister Emmi, they leave the only home they’ve ever known to travel into the unknown. Saba intends on leaving Emmi with a nearby neighbor (although not neighbor in the natural sense; they don’t exactly live in suburbia), however; Emmi is a stubborn little shit and insists on coming with Saba. At first, the relationship between Saba and Emmi drove me nuts because those two COULD NOT get along and Saba was downright awful to her. Saba had blamed Emmi for their mother’s death because she died giving birth to Emmi. The change in their relationship throughout the book was done in baby steps, but once they started to care for each other it was really touching.

I loved the Free Hawks… talk about one awesome group of kick-ass girls.

The relationship between Saba and Jack… cracked me up, at times. Talk about a love hate relationship. I kept slapping my forehead over and over saying, “MAN! Saba really needs to lighten up! She is way too uptight for her own good.” But, when it came down to it, that’s just who Saba was and it was nice to have a not so typical character for once.

Speaking of ‘not so typical’… hellwurms. They have giant worms in this novel… and they are called hellwurms. (Well, they’re really just big worms but I felt the need to use Saba-talk). I recommend that when you get to the part where they are first mentioned? That you continue only if you have not eaten recently. Don’t know about you but those worms FREAKED ME OUT.

I’ve said too much already. Suffice it to say, I highly recommend this book… give it a shot, don’t let the Beverly hillbilly language throw you off, it’s really a great story I swear.

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Short and Sweet Review – Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

Posted July 16, 2011 by Bonnie in Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011 / 0 Comments

Short and Sweet Review – Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene FrostHalfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 30, 2007
Pages: 384
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: At Grave's End

three-half-stars

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

I’ve been waiting to read this series for a while and I finally decided to just go for it. Halfway to the Grave is the first in the Night Huntress Series. It introduces Cat Crawfield, a 22 year old half-vampire half-human born after her mother was raped by a vampire. Cat has been seeking out vampires to kill them since she was 16 as her own way of avenging what happened to her mother and at the same time attempting to find out who her father is. She ends up making a deal with a vampire she meets, Bones, when he offers to train her to become better at what she does in return for her assistance in killing vampires that he needs dead.

I loved Cat, I loved Bones, the book made me laugh… it was great. I loved the relationship between the two as well. Cat’s mother irritated me… she didn’t exactly force Cat to go out and kill vampires to avenge her, but, it seemed like that was the only thing that made her happy and the only thing that she cared about. I think she could’ve cared about Cat’s well-being a little more. The ending didn’t leave off as much of a cliffhanger, but I’m definitely interested in continuing this series.

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Book Review – Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White

Posted July 16, 2011 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Read in 2011, YA / 0 Comments

Book Review – Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten WhiteParanormalcy by Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy #1
Published by HarperTeen on August 31, 2010
Pages: 368
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Format: eBook
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two-half-stars

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.

Okay so the main character Evie is like some Paranormal Agent for the International Paranormal Contaimment Agency (IPCA). Right off the bat this book reminded me of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series…just with a vampire here and a mermaid there. It’s an easy read but I have a hard time with YA novels that are extremely immature. For example, one of the intro lines about her taser is pink with rhinestones and named Tasey. That was almost too much for me.

The story continues with Evie doing her job to capture paranormals and bring them back to the agency for their protection or if they’re wreaking havoc on humans. All kinds of paranormals too; werewolves, vampires, mermaids, shapeshifters, banshees… hags? There’s also an underlying story about Evie and her kind of ex-boyfriend faerie. I found him extremely creepy and didn’t like him one bit. Or Raquel. That woman sighed way too damn much.

Once the story picked up around the halfway point, it actually got pretty interesting, but there was just something about this story that didn’t click with me. Not sure what exactly. Maybe it was the continued reference to Tasey and her pink knife.

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Short and Sweet Review – Deadline (Newsflesh #2) by Mira Grant

Posted July 16, 2011 by Bonnie in Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011 / 2 Comments

Short and Sweet Review – Deadline (Newsflesh #2) by Mira GrantDeadline by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #2
Published by Orbit on June 1st 2011
Pages: 570
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Horror
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Feed, Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella, Parasite

five-stars

Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.

 

 

The Newsflesh Series

I was really hoping that book 2 lived up to the expectations I set from reading Feed. I thought Feed was amazing… Deadline hit the mark as well. I’m not even sure how to write a proper review without giving anything away, because I’ve had that happen personally one too many times, so I will just say this… the danger and the excitement it doesn’t cease. It’s still a page turner. And the cliff-hanger ending (OMG-I was screaming and my eyes were enormous I’m sure) is huge and you’ll be dying to get your hands on book 3. When does book 3 come out? Way too far into the future. *sigh*

My first concern was when you read a book in a series and a lot of people are killed off, a whole new set of characters is introduced in the next book…and half the time I end up hating the series because I generally hate the newly introduced characters. I was happy to see that this was not the case… I loved the new characters in Deadline. Mira/Seanan didn’t even make the reiteration of the first book obnoxious. Usually authors go on and on about shit that already happened and it drives me nuts. But whatever, I’m just complaining. Haha

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Short and Sweet Review – Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant

Posted July 16, 2011 by Bonnie in Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011 / 1 Comment

Short and Sweet Review – Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira GrantFeed by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #1
Published by Orbit on May 1st 2010
Pages: 609
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Horror
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Also by this author: Deadline, Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella, Parasite

five-stars

 

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives - the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

 

 

Feed introduces Georgia Mason (George), Shaun Mason, and Georgette Meissonier (Buffy) – bloggers covering an upcoming Presidential Election 20 years after two viruses, that were meant to cure the common cold and cancer, combined and brought the dead to life.

I have to say right off the bat that this author does an amazing job with this book. Rather than your typical zombie book where it briefly explains why there are rotting corpses wandering the streets eating people and then proceeds to focus solely on said zombies; Feed delves into details of the world itself and explains it in near perfect detail. The story pulls you in from the very beginning and even though at times you think that the explanation could have been shortened, it was worth it. So worth it. When you reach the mid-point of the book, the excitement starts to pick up and it gets SO GOOD. Once you reach that point? Well, I was practically hyperventilating the entire time waiting to see what happened next… I couldn’t read fast enough.

And the ending? Wow. So completely and utterly heart breaking. I’m not quite sure how you could NOT cry, even a little bit. I don’t want to give a single thing away because those little shockers are what make the book. I just wanted to pass on my two cents and say that this book is amazing and well worth the time and effort to read.

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Book Review – Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Posted July 16, 2011 by Bonnie in Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011 / 0 Comments

Book Review – Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander #1) by Karen Marie MoningBeyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlander #1
Published by Dell on November 4, 2009
Pages: 388
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Iced, Burned, Feverborn

three-stars

He would sell his warrior soul to possess her. . . .

An alluring laird...

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.

A prisoner in time...

She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side. . . .

I started reading this novel after finishing KMM’s ‘Fever’ Series because I wanted to read more of her books so I figured I’d go ahead and start with the first one.

I’m not sure if I was in the ‘romance’ mood but it took me forever to get through this book, and not because it was boring but… It seemed like the longest damn book ever. Stuff kept happening but I kept thinking… was that really necessary? I think 50-100 pages could have easily been cut out. Plus, I kinda wanted to rip Adrienne’s head off. lol She’s thrown back in time from the 20th century and is soon married off to ‘the Hawk’. I was a little leery of the possible cheesiness involved with a man named ‘the Hawk’ but I let it slide. But this man turns out to be so wonderful! He’s good to her, cares for her, gives her everything she wants, loves her, etc. I’ll stop. Yet? She’s got man issues and refuses to love ‘beautiful men’ because she had a bad experience and can’t seem to get past it. I can understand having a situation impact you that harshly, but she took it to the point of ridiculous. They’d be spending some quality time together and she’s enjoying herself but then all of a sudden! Wait! NO! I hate beautiful men get away from me! It was just silly and irritating. I think if I read ‘I hate beautiful men’ one more time the book was going to be thrown out the window. Hypothetically speaking of course since that would have involved my kindle. 🙂

And Olivia… why didn’t someone just throw her off a cliff already? She should’ve been thrown out the front door the moment she set foot in that house. Apparently the ‘beautiful man’ is an idiot and didn’t see that problem coming from a mile away. There were some parts that were really funny though. One of my favorites was when the Hawk and Grimm were leaving and he crossed paths with Adam:

“And Grimm, you might tell her for me that I have coffee from the Rom for her.”
“You will not tell her that!” Hawk snapped. Her extreme love for coffee was already understood by her new husband. I imagine that’s exactly how I’d be if I traveled back in time to the 15th century without a Starbucks in sight.

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Short and Sweet Review – The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

Posted July 16, 2011 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Read in 2011, YA / 0 Comments

Short and Sweet Review – The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie KagawaThe Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on January 26th 2010
Pages: 368
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Winter's Passage, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Knight

two-stars

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny--one she could never have imagined...

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school...or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth-- that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face...and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

The story is about Meghan Chase, a normal girl living in a small town with poor parents and her 4 year-old brother. Meghan discovers that she’s the daughter of a mythical faery king and of course gets involved in a faery war.

For some reason I couldn’t get into The Iron King no matter how hard I tried. It took me almost a week to read and for me that’s pretty much unheard of. I had heard such great things about this entire series and I was really looking forward to it but the storyline was just so-so. I loved the parts about Ash. I had heard everybody rave about Ash so I couldn’t wait for him to be introduced… unfortunately that didn’t even happen till almost halfway through the book. The story just lacked originality for me and I would like to continue the series, I just won’t be doing it immediately.

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Book Review – The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

Posted July 16, 2011 by Bonnie in Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011 / 0 Comments

Book Review – The Violets of March by Sarah JioThe Violets of March by Sarah Jio
Published by Plume on April 26th 2011
Pages: 304
Genres: Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: The Bungalow, Blackberry Winter, The Last Camellia

five-stars

A heartbroken woman stumbled upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.

In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.

Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.

A mesmerizing debut with an idyllic setting and intriguing dual story line, The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.

I saw this book being offered as a giveaway months before its official release date and as soon as I read the summary I wanted to read it so bad. I did not win the giveaway unfortunately; however, once I got my hands on it I started it immediately.

The story’s main character Emily Wilson is trying to survive a broken heart as her husband has just left her for another woman. Trying to pick up the pieces of her life and feeling altogether lost, she decides to spend a month visiting her great-aunt Bee on Bainbridge Island in Washington State to try to get her life under control and to start researching her next book. While there, she discovers a red velvet diary dated 1943 written by an unknown individual. The story written in the diary has her intrigued and she doesn’t even realize that the story actually involves her and a decades old family mystery.

I couldn’t put this book down, it had me from the very beginning. The writing was flawless and the characters were described beautifully. After reading this I immediately went to try to find more of this author’s work-had no idea this was her debut novel! Highly recommended and will definitely be keeping an eye out for more by Sarah Jio.

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Short & Sweet – Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Posted July 16, 2011 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Read in 2011, Short & Sweet Reviews, YA / 1 Comment

Short & Sweet – Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) by Rachel HawkinsHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall #1
Published by Hyperion on May 28th 2010
Pages: 337
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Demonglass, Spell Bound, School Spirits

four-half-stars

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father-an elusive European warlock-only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus.

Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Okay, so I loved this book… even though it had a total ‘Harry Potter’ feel to it. Only exception was that the main character, Sophie Mercer, always knew she was a witch. She lived in the real world up until she tried to make a friend with a classmate by casting a love spell for her. The love spell went awry and because she made her powers known, she was shipped off to ‘Hex Hall’-Boarding School for the Gifted.

Not only did this book have very likable characters, an intriguing storyline, but it was hilarious. There were so many quotes I could have added as favorites; however, I stopped at 3…maybe 4. Lol

And the incident with Archer and Sophie in the cellar… Ahhhh! That had my mouth gaping. Even though I should have seen that one coming, it still threw me for a loop.

So now I must decide whether to jump right into Demonglass or wait… Decisions decisions. 🙂

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Short & Sweet – Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins

Posted July 16, 2011 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Read in 2011, Short & Sweet Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Short & Sweet – Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel HawkinsDemonglass by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on March 22nd 2011
Pages: 359
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Hex Hall, Spell Bound, School Spirits

four-half-stars

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth. Turns out, Sophie's a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father.

What's worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers. But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They're demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they're using Acher to do it. But it's not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Yet another great book.. I think I actually enjoyed it a teensy bit more than Hex Hall; however, I did not laugh as much.

This book continues where the first left off with Sophie deciding to go through the Removal after she finds out she’s not actually a witch, but a demon, and a very powerful one at that. She flies to England with Cal (Love Cal-Archer can go away) and Jenna to meet her dad and spend some quality time with her as he is determined to change her mind about going through the Removal. While in England she finds out she’s betrothed, she meets other demons, and she comes face to face with Archer again.

Once again, another cliff-hanger ending and I’m sitting here pulling my hair out. Can’t wait till the 3rd installment is published. 🙂

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