6.30.2011

Book Review: Solid by Shelley Workinger

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they forge new friendships, find love, develop "super-abilities," and even unearth a conspiracy.

My Review: *I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.* Alright, so I've had my eye on this book for some time now and when the author, Shelley Workinger, emailed me and asked me if I'd accept a Kindle copy of this book to review in preparation for the next book in the series, Settling (coming out July 4th). Obviously I said yes with some expectations of a good book and let me tell you, it didn't disappoint. It had me hooked right off the bat on the first page, the first sentence even. The great part about that was, it didn't let go. I was into the book the entire time. There were no dry or slow parts.

The characters were great, especially the main ones. It was fun to see how they interacted. A few of them were really funny. I liked how you didn't know who the real bad guy was until the very end. Speaking of the end, it was pretty rounded out. Not really a cliffhanger, but enough to make you want to read more. Good thing the second book comes out so soon, huh? So I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes genetically altered people with superpowers. Oh and conspiracies. Can't forget those.  



Alright, if anyone is interested in learning more about the series and/or the author, here are some links:


In other news, a humming bird landed on my finger today. It was super cool! I'll post a picture soon. Up next for review is Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Thanks for reading!

6.23.2011

Book Review: The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):

Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

My Review: I loved it! It was a million times better than the first one. The characters were way more likeable and the book was way more unputdownable. There were a lot of similar points, like the trek through the forest and the whole love triangle thing, but it almost didn't matter. Almost. It was annoying because it was obvious which one Gabry prefered and it was too drawn out. Mary, Gabry's mom and the main character of the Forest of Hands and Teeth got on my nerves, same as last book. She was a horrible person. Other than those two points, I really enjoyed this book and recomend it to anyone who liked the first on.



Alright, so I'm about to leave for camping (hence the short review). I'm pretty sure there won't be internet where I'm going camping so I probably won't be posting anything. Just so you know. Well until next time, thanks for reading!

6.19.2011

I'm In Kansas, And It's Still Hot.

After waking up around four in the morning and driving for seven hours, I've finally made it to Kansas. It's still hot. Dang it. Unfortunately, we're not done driving for the day, but we get to rest tomorrow. Somewhat. And then it's off to Utah for camping and fishing and golfing and swimming and visiting, and riding of ATVs. Yay! That's all for now! I'll try and post again when I have a chance, but until then, thanks for reading!

6.13.2011

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): 

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.
Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics.

My Review: I wasn't all that impressed with this, the latest instalment of Shadowhunter tales. The first three in the series were great, each getting better as they went a long, but this one sort of fell flat on it's face.

The plot was lame. It kept going in circles, never quite getting to the point. There was nothing really driving the plot. Where the other three had Valentine, a notorious white-haired big-armed man with a history of doing things that were bad to keep the story moving and interesting, this one had comparatively nothing. It was struggling to keep chugging forward. The climax was rather weak. It wasn't well written, it was predictable, and it was too sudden and forced.

Overall I can't say that I enjoyed this book all that much. The first three books definitely don't need this one, and this one adds nothing to them, it only takes away. If you're planning on reading these, I would say stop at the third one.



Thanks for reading! Up next for review: The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan followed by Solid by Kelley Workinger.

6.07.2011

Heads Up...

Alright, so I am moving next week. To Kansas. Sounds super, doesn't it? Anyway, while I am in the process of moving, I won't have any internet. No internet = no new posts. Right after I get to Kansas, I am going on vacation. I'm going camping. No internet while I'm camping, either. I'm going to try and post at least once a week, twice if I can manage, but I won't make any promises.

In other news, I played golf with a little eight-year-old today. She kicked my butt. Her twelve-year-old friend also kicked my butt. Isn't that lovely? Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, especially since I had to get up at six to play with them.

That's all I got for now. Look for a review of City of Fallen Angels tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

6.06.2011

Entice by Carrie Jones

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):

Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever.
But that's not quite how things have worked out.


For starters, well, Nick is dead.
Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it's taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?


And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn't just turned...she's Astley's queen.

My Review: This is definitely the best book in the series so far. I still found all the Norse mythology to be a little weird, but it didn't take away from the book. The characters haven't changed much from book to book. The book was still awfully similar to all the vampire books I've read (not a lot, actually. Just Twilight and Blue Bloods). It did have a killer cliff hanger at the end. I'm not sure when the next book comes out but I hope it's soon.

I didn't like the book enough to want to buy it and read it again, but I liked it enough to keep reading and look forward to the next one. I would suggest getting this book from a library or borrowing from a friend.



Short review. Thanks for reading it. Up next for review is City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. Yes, I know, it's about time ;).

6.05.2011

On the Fringe

Hey everyone! A while back I posted the cover of a book called On th Fringe by Courtney K. Walker. Here it is again:
Isn't it gorgeous? Anyway, Courtney emailed me the other day and sent me a link to the book trailer and I thought I'd share it with you:


I am super excited to read this book! If you want to learn more about the book, here is the author's website. The book comes out on October 19th, so keep an eye out for it!

Thanks for reading!

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