Thursday, February 28, 2013

Review: Notes From Ghost Town by Kate Ellison


Notes From Ghost Town by Kate Ellison
Release Date: February 12th, 2013
Number of Pages: 336
Publisher: Egmont USA
Source: ARC from MM Publicity
They say first love never dies... From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.
 There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there? With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself. 
If there’s one thing I can say about Notes from Ghost Town, it is that it is full of emotions. There is something beautiful and addicting in this book. From the summary, I didn’t it would be the kind of book that would keep me hooked enough to read it in one sitting, but I just couldn’t put it down once I started. Writing a novel revolving around someone’s murder and the emotions that comes with losing a loved one, and having her mother accused of the murder isn’t a easy thing, but Kate Ellison managed it. She created a beautiful and heartbreaking novel, balancing the mystery and the pain of the loss.

Olivia sure doesn’t have it easy in this book. She’s an artist who just lost the ability to see colors, and she ends up dropping out of art school. She just lost her best friend, Stern, who she also loved. And on top of that, Olivia’s mother is the one accused of his murder. Yes, Olivia doesn’t have it easy. Kate Ellison gives us the roller coaster of emotions that comes with all that drama, without ever making it feel over the top. We get a main character broken, but still strong. She’s the average girl trying to survive her grief, trying to make sense of something that never really makes sense.

Stern’s appearance as a ghost only she can see brings another wave of dilemmas and questions Olivia has to face. All of this made me fall in love with her as a character, simply because you can’t help but feel something for all she has been through, and all she has to go through. Stern is the kind of character you can’t help but like. He appears like such a great guy, and he is after all the best friend, before being the guy Olivia falls for. The mix of Olivia’s memories and Stern’s ghost creates this character that you wish you could have had a chance to know more about, to see more.

Other than this entire emotional overload she has to live, Olivia also ends up having to solve the mystery of Stern’s death. With Stern ghost proclaiming her mother’s innocence, she now needs to find who really killed him. She needs to prove her mother’s innocence before she is convicted of his murder.

I was a little scare, seeing as the book isn’t that big, that those two elements would feel like too much in the novel. Yet, Kate Ellison created a well-balanced story that will captivate your mind and heart. I fell in love with her writing, and I enjoyed every pages of this book.

About the Author:
From NetGalley

Kate Ellison is the critically acclaimed author of The Butterfly Clues. She spent a lot of time as a child, in Baltimore, pretending to be things she wasn't: a twin, a telekinetic, a benevolent witch with a box full of magical stones, a spy, a soccer player. She trained as an actor in Chicago and has walked across the entire country of Spain. She is a painter and jewelry-maker, and has at least one artist friend who really does keep his true name a secret from the world. He told her, but don't ask her to tell you—she's not gonna do it. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York.



Giveaway! Notes From Ghost Town & The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

Thanks to Egmont USA and Media Master Publicity, I have two great books to giveaway to one lucky winner!

About the Books:
Notes From Ghost Town 
They say first love never dies...When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it's only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death. There's a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there's a good chance she's losing her mind completely--just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn't really there?With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It's the only way she can save herself.





The Butterfly Clues:

Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.

But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind.

As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death.



About the Author:

Kate Ellison is the critically acclaimed author of The Butterfly Clues. She spent a lot of time as a child, in Baltimore, pretending to be things she wasn't: a twin, a telekinetic, a benevolent witch with a box full of magical stones, a spy, a soccer player. She trained as an actor in Chicago and has walked across the entire country of Spain. She is a painter and jewelry-maker, and has at least one artist friend who really does keep his true name a secret from the world. He told her, but don't ask her to tell you—she's not gonna do it. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at www.kateellison.com. 








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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly Meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It is an opportunity for us to show books we can't wait to get our hands on.

This week, my pick is:


Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
His Fair Assassin #2
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.
But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?
This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.
Loved Grave Mercy, and now that I've read the first book, I finally can start getting excited for the sequel. I'm really curious to see what will happen to Sybella.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard


Splintered by A.G. Howard
Release Date: January 1st, 2013
Number of Pages: 371
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: ARC from NetGalley

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. 

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

I have to say; this is strangely not the weirdest version of Alice in Wonderland I’ve ever read. Well, it is the weirdest YA version of Alice in Wonderland I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I was warned before starting it of how weird the world could get, which I think made it easier for me to love this novel. One thing is for sure, there were really high moments, and there were moments when you wondered if the writer was high. It was that weird. I liked that A.G. Howard wasn’t afraid to go deeper with the Underland, creating a darker version of the Wonderland.

The characters were interesting. Alyssa was a really interesting and independent main character. She is strong, and she is more than determined to do what she think is right. You root for her to succeed; to save her mother from the “curse” her family is under. We see many sides of her personality as she goes true the various tests she has to take.

The one thing that really bugged me with the characters was the love triangle. I liked Jeb, but I didn’t love him. He just didn’t impress me, if you’re giving me a love triangle, at least give me a swoon worthy characters. We have Jeb, who isn’t the best love interest I’ve seen, and we have a moth. Okay, he isn’t just a moth, but he is still part bug. Morpheus was interesting, but I just didn’t find him to be an interesting love interest. He kept us guessing, always unsure of his true motivation and his real feeling toward Alyssa.

The writing in Splintered was addicting. A.G. Howard kept me hooked from page one, and the world she created kept me captivated. The plot was well build and interesting, keeping me in the story until the end. There were a few twits that I didn’t see coming, making the story that much interesting. Splintered was an interesting take on Alice in Wonderland. It is a version that will give you a new sense of the classic story we all know.

About the Author
From NetGalley
A.G. Howard is most at home when weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.    
A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors That I'd Put On My Auto-Buy List


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and Bookish


1. John Green

Do I really need to explain this one? I've loved everything I've read from him. He could publish a cookbook and I would still buy it....


2. Stephanie Perkins

Anna and Lola made me swoon. There is something about her characters that make it so easy for me to love them. I just want more. It doesn't matter what kind of book it is.



3. Gayle Forman


She wrote some of my favorite contemporary. I would buy anything she writes.


4. Ruta Sepetys



I think that if an author can write something like Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy, they can write about everything...


5. Victoria Schwab
Her writing is simply gorgeous. That's enough for me to put her on my Auto-Buy list.




6. Michelle Hodkin
If what she writes next is half as good as Mara Dyer, I'll love it.



7. Julie Kagawa
She is a master in her genre. Seeing Julie Kagawa's name on a book makes it a must-buy for me.



8. Leigh Bardugo
Read Shadow and Bone and you will understand why she is on my list.



9. Richelle Mead
I've loved all her YA books, and I've enjoyed her adult books. I think I will love about everything she writes next.



10. Courtney Summers
Her books make me feel all the things, and she's Canadian! One of my favorite authors.





What is your Top Ten this week? 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: Goddess Inheritance by Aimée Carter


Goddess Inheritance by Aimée Carter
Goddess Test #3
Release Date: February 26th, 2013
Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC from NetGalley
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Love or life.Henry or their child.The end of her family or the end of the world.Kate must choose. During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal. In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead. With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything. Even if it costs her eternity. 
Because the ending of Goddess Interupted, I had been dying to get my hands on this book. I needed to find out what would happen next to Kate, Henry and company. On thing is for sure, Goddess Inheritance is an amazing ending to his series, being packed with action and twists. This is one series that is sure full of emotions: love, betrayal, heartbreak, revenge and more. This book, like the entire series, won’t leave you bored. Aimée Carter gives us everything we could have asked for this final book, giving us the perfect ending.

I love the characters created by Aimée Carter. Kate is full of layers, and we get to see more of those in this book. She has new reasons to fight, a new person to fight for, and she comes out as a kick-ass heroine in Goddess Inheritance. She wants and needs to prove to those who doubt her how strong she can be. She’s ready to die for those she loves. That’s one of the reasons why I loved her in this. Their romance, and their love for each other really made me swoon. I adore those two together and also Henry. He shows us a different side of him too in this book, and he proves us once again why we root for those two together.

This book also shows us different sides of the characters we have already met and loved. I really wish we could get more from those secondary characters in the future. They seem like the kind of characters that would have interesting back-story that would be really worth reading. Of course, I can forget Chronus, the creepy and crazy villain who we can’t help but sympathize with once in a while. The way he sometimes acts toward Kate shows us a human side of him we wouldn’t have seen otherwise. I liked him as a villain because he was more complex than simply being mean and cruel.

Aimée Carter created an amazing world with characters you can’t help but love. This is a series I have loved from the first book to the last, and I’m sad to see it end. I’m excited to see where Aimée Carter will take us next, with her future projects.

About the Author:
From her Website

I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received a degree in Screen Arts and Cultures (a fancy way of saying I was forced to watch a lot of old movies) with a subconcentration in Screenwriting. I write. I watch a lot of new movies. Read a lot of books. Tweet too much. Love dogs and have two spoiled Papillons.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Review: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons
Article 5 #2
Release Date: February 12th, 2013
Number of Pages: 400
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: ARC from Raincoast Books
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The second installment in Kristen Simmons's fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.  
After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.  
Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government.  
At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion…. Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself. Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. 
Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways. 
 With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

When I got my hands on Breaking Point, I was really excited to be able to sink back into the world Kristen Simmons had created. I have to say, it was extremely easy to get back into the story started in Article 5. I felt like I had read Article 5 minutes before starting Breaking Point, even if I had actually read it last year. The way it is written, it is easy to be reminded of what happened before.

One of my favorite things about this series was seriously the world in which the story takes place. In Article 5, we learned a lot about the world, about the past, and about the articles controlling the life of the characters. In Breaking Point, we learn more about what really happens in the world, and this is something I really appreciated, especially since it was well included in the story. I never felt like the information was forced on us. It was always nicely included in the story. Dystopian novels are one of kind of novels you can never have enough background information.

In Breaking Point, we follow once again Ember and Chase. The relationship between those two isn’t getting easier, and have to say there is little romance in this one, which I liked, despite loving those two together. After all, romance isn’t the priority when you’re fighting for your life. Ember is getting stronger each novel, and she isn’t afraid to fight for herself and those she cares about. She wants to do her part, even if Chase is often overprotective and would rather have her stay safe behind. We also see Chase under a different light in this book, as he is haunted by his past. This showed how much those two need each other. Their interaction was really one of my favorite parts of the novel, with the world.

Article 5 and Breaking Point are books I definitely would recommend to fans of dystopian. It’s a series I think deserve a lot more love than it has received. Those who have read and loved Article 5 will be more than please with its sequel. Breaking Point was a strong sequel that will leave you wanting more. I already can’t wait to read what will happen next.


About The Author
From NetGalley

Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She loves Jazzercise, her husband, and her precious greyhound, Rudy. Also chocolate. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida.








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Friday, February 22, 2013

Blah Blah Blah: Foreign Languages in Books


One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes down to books is the misuse of foreign language in books. To be honest, it’s mostly the misuse of French that bothers me. I speak French, which means those mistakes are pretty hard to miss.

Many authors use different languages in their novel. Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, French…. I’ve seen all of these and more. When it comes to those languages, the mistakes won’t bother me that much, even though I’ve studied them all at least one year in college. Since my knowledge of those languages is not as extensive as my knowledge of French, I don’t really see the mistakes as easily. Most often, I will simply think I’m the one mistake, because I do want to believe those authors ask someone who speaks fluently to correct those passages.

Sometimes, I also give the author the benefit of the doubt. Maybe it’s a dialect I haven’t heard yet.

Still, I can be put off a book that I was REALLY excited for, simply for those mistakes, especially if those mistakes are obvious.

Let me share some examples:

“Excusez-moi, mademoiselle, mais peux j’ayez s’il vous plaît votre attention”
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon p.12

This sentence here is one of the main reason I never reviewed Carrier of the Mark. It’s the only thing I could remember, when came the time to write the review. This sentence makes me cringe so badly. I hate it. This made me mad, and I can’t understand why no French speaker was asked to correct it before it was published. Maybe it has been corrected in later editions of the book, but the one I have has this sentence.








If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me tweet about this sentence:

“Était-ce tout vaut la peine?”
Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel p.140

This sounds like a sentence translated with Google Translator. Sigh.










The last book I want to talk about is one that almost everyone raved about. I was one of the only ones who didn’t love it, and this might have been one of the reasons why.

“en français pour que la résistance malheureuse puisse me comprendre”
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein p. 189

The unhappy resistance? Wait, what?

“Résistance idiots sales, vous nous MASSACREZ TOUS”
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein p. 286

The “Résistance idiots sales” doesn’t work together. It should have been “Sales idiots de la Résistance”, or something like that…

There were also words that were simply written in a way I had never seen…

“ ésprit de vérité”
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein p. 131

Since when does “esprit’ needs a “é”

“la famille de grandmère”
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein p. 174

It’s “grand-mère”, not “grandmère”

I get it. People can make mistakes, especially when they are writing in language that is not their own. I make a ton of mistakes in English. It’s normal. English is my second language, and I often don’t see my own mistakes. That’s why there are probably many mistakes on my blog. Yet, when a book is published, I don’t get why they don’t simply find someone who speaks fluently that language to correct it. It is so easy to find someone online willing to check them for you. There are entire websites dedicated to that, as long as you are open to correct some sentences in your own language….

What do you guys think? Do these mistakes annoy you too?

What are some of YOUR biggest pet peeves?


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Bloodlines #3
Release Date: February 12th, 2013
Number of Pages: 432
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Bought
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In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.  
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series 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.
I had really enjoyed Bloodlines when I first read it. Golden Lily, on the other end, had disappointed me. I was still pretty excited to read The Indigo Spell, because I absolutely love the world Richelle Mead had created in the Vampire Academy. I have to say, I’m really glad not to have wait to long to get my hands on this book, because it was ten times better than Golden Lily. The Indigo Spell blew my mind. It was addicting, and it had about everything I could have hoped for.

I have to admit, I loved Sidney in this book. I always liked her, but in the Indigo Spell, I fell in love with her. I love that she is challenging what she was taught to believe all her life. She grew in this book, becoming a girl so different from the one we first met in Russia. Of course, I can’t forget about the feelings between Sydney and Adrian. This brought some pretty hot scene in this book (I seriously did a happy dance everytime something good happened between those two.) And Adrian. What can I say about him? He is funny. He is sweet. He challenges Sydney on so many levels. Their romance was really a highlight of the novel for me.

We are also introduced to some new characters. We finally meet the infamous Marcus Flinch. After the many clues we have seen about him online, I was expecting someone a little more epic. He was a nice addition, but after hearing about him for weeks, I thought there would be more. He was actually really different from what I would have pictured with the clues.

Now, there isn’t only Sydney and Adrian in this book. Jill, Eddie and Angeline are all fun to read about too. They might not play the biggest part in this book, but their appearances are always appreciated, as they bring a little something to the story.

I think the fans of the Bloodlines series will be more than happy with this third book. The Indigo Spell is seriously the best of the series yet. I’m already dying for the fourth book!

About the Author:

Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.



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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: The Program by Suzanne Young


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly Meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It is an opportunity for us to show books we can't wait to get our hands on.

This week, my pick is:


The Program by Suzanne Young
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. 
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories. 
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
This sounds really intriguing and creppy. I'm really curious to read about this program that leaves teenager blank, and this suicide epidemic. I'm really curious about it.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel


Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel
Vampire Queen #2
Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Number of Pages: 320
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: NetGalley + Bought finished copy
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Lenah Beaudonte should be dead. But having sacrificed herself to save another, she finds herself awakening with strange powers that are neither vampire nor human—and a new enemy on her trail. In her vampire life, Lenah had thought that being human was all she ever wanted; but the human heart suffers pain, heartbreak and loss.
 With her new powers growing and the dark force of the Nex after her soul, Lenah faces a choice: between the mortal love of gorgeous Justin, whose passion fed her human soul, and taking a different path to become the mistress of her own destiny, wherever that may lead...
Stolen Nights didn’t live up to my expectations. I devoured Infinite Days, but I found it hard to get into the story this time. Maybe it was that it had been so long since I had read the previous book. Maybe it was only the story. All I know is that it wasn’t love. I do have say though that I loved the ending. It gives a nice closure to the two novels, and that part of Stolen Nights did satisfied me.

In Stolen Nights, I ended up disliking Lenah. One of the main reasons why is the way she treated Justin and her friends. She kept jumping back and forth between Justin and Rhode, making this love triangle just annoying. More than that, Lenah kept complaining about how she couldn’t be with Rhode, while a vampire she created before her hibernation was killing off her friends. That made her seem shallow, and it didn’t help her cause. The two characters I did like in the novel were Tracy and Vicken. Tracy’s life is getting worse thanks to Lenah, and she stays pretty strong through the novel. Vicken, who is never presented as a love interest in this book, brings a witty and fun side to the novel. He is the one character I really liked.

One of the things that really bothered me in this novel was the French. I ranted a little on twitter over that, and maybe this stopped me from loving the novel as much as I wanted to. There’s this one sentence “Était-ce tout vaut la peine?” that made me mad, because it doesn’t work grammatically. And maybe this made it harder for me to love this novel, as this sentence is on page 140.

Overall, the highlights of this novel didn’t made up for the little things that bothered me. It just didn’t completely work for me. Still, I do think many will be more than satisfied with this sequel. It just didn’t work for me on too many levels.

About the Author
From her Website

Rebecca Maizel received her B.S. from Boston University and has masters degrees from RIC and VCFA. She teaches literature in her home state of RI. She talks to her Bichon Frise George like he’s a real person.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles #2
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Number of Pages: 452
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARC from Raincoast Books
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Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own. As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner. 
When I received a copy of Scarlet, I was over the moon to be able to sink my teeth back into the world Marissa Meyer had created. I loved Cinder so much, and the world she had created in the first installment was simply so original and unique. In Scarlet, we are brought back into a world where fairy tales and science fiction collided, creating an amazing story. Where the first book focused mainly on Cinder, the sequel introduces to us Scarlet, a fierce and kick-ass girl inspired by the Red Riding Hood. Yet, fan of Cinder, do not fear, we do get to follow her, and we even get to see what Kai is up to, once in a while.

When I heard that this book was about Scarlet, my biggest concern was about how much we would see Cinder. In the first book, I adored her. How could I not want her back? We do get to see follow her, but the one thing missing for me in this book was the interaction between Kai and Cinder. I love those two together; love the dynamic between them, and not really seeing them together was disappointing.

We do get an interesting relationship between Scarlet and Wolf, but it isn’t as great as the one we had between Cinder and Kai. Still, Scarlet and Wolf we both really interesting characters. Scarlet was this strong and kind of deadly girl, a girl ready to do about everything to save her grandmother. She was in some way so different from Cinder, and this made her really interesting to me. Wolf, on the other end, left me wondering for most of the novel. He is a character full of secrets, making him both interesting and uncertain. Wolf left me interested, but not entirely in love with his character.

Marissa Meyer gives us a strong sequel, which will please the readers of Cinder. She takes us back into the world she created, showing us of it through the eyes of the new characters she has introduced to us. She gives us more information about Cinder’s past through the new characters, which was more than welcome. Overall, an interesting sequel to an amazing novel.




About the Author:
From Macmillan’s Website

Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.










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