11/13/12



Book Review

The Torn Wing by Kiki Hamilton

Release Date: October 2, 2012
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Publisher: Fair Wind Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 318
Format: Paperback
Source: Author
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: The Faerie Ring
Challenge: YA/MG Fantasy Challenge

This series if just fabulous!

In The Torn Wing we are transported back to London in the 1800′s. Tiki and Rieker are trying to protect the human world from a faerie invasion. New foes are introduced as well as allies, and old foes seem to be changing their ways. Or are they?

The plot thickens! Wow, did the plot thicken! Though we had some resolution in book one, there were several unanswered questions. Like, what the heck is going on with Tiki’s birthmark! I am happy to say that question is answered and a few other bombs are dropped as well.

I was glad to see the family dynamic between Tiki and her gang of orphans was still present in this installment. That was one of the things that I really enjoyed in book one and I had hoped to see it again! There was some progression with the relationship between Tiki and Rieker, but could it have happened any slower! Goodness the tension between those two! I don’t know how a person could stand to be in the same room as them!

I love the historical elements of this story. Sure, it’s fantasy at heart, but there are some factual snippets in there.

It’s action packed and full of surprises. I know the story will keep you flipping the pages like it did me! I sat down to read a bit and didn’t get up till I was done! And I was still wanting more!

I can’t WAIT to read what happens in book three! More Dain, please. :) And feel free to kill off Larkin anytime….

10/25/11



Book Review

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet
Pages: 386
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Interest: Series
Challenge: None
Buy the Book:Amazon

My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn.

I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.

My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

Whew.

I love this series. Just love it. The characters, the story, their adventures. It’s addicting!

What was so great about this book? We finally got to peek inside the mind of the Winter Prince himself. That aspect alone was enough to get me to read this book. I’ve always been an Ash fan, and reading this book was like being a kid in a candy store!

I missed Meghan. In the beginning of the book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book. I was craving that Ash/Meghan interaction. That tension that’s between them, watching them fall in love, I needed that again. I will say that even though Meghan is not on this adventure with Ash, my Ash/Megan dynamic was indeed fulfilled, and then some!

We witness the history of the Winter Prince. The things that shaped and made him the cold and heartless hero that we’ve all grown to love. Well, that I grew to love anyway. Not to worry Puck fans, there is ample Puck in this installment and you might even learn a few things about him as well. Plus some VERY unexpected twists.

If you have not read this series, I HIGHLY recommend that you do!

A perfectly executed story, that I will not soon forget.

You might The Iron Knight if you like books by: Cynthia Hand, Rachel Vincent & Andrea Cremer.

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10/06/11



Book Review

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Release Date: October 1, 2011
Publisher: Tor
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet/Acquire
Pages: 352
Source: Author
Interest: Debut Author
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

London, December 1871

Orphaned and picking pockets in London’s Charing Cross station to support not only herself, but her ‘family’ of orphans, sixteen year-old Tiki steals the Queen’s ring and thinks she’s solved their problems. That is, until Rieker, a pickpocket from the North End, suspects her in the theft and tells her that the ring is really a reservoir that holds a truce between the British and Faerie courts.

When he warns her that the fey will do anything, including murder, to recover the ring, Tiki is unsure whether to believe him or not. To complicate matters, Rieker seems to know something about the unusual birthmark on Tiki’s wrist. But when Tiki and her family are threatened the game changes.

In a dazzling debut that takes you from the gritty slums of Victorian London to the glittering ballrooms of the Royal Palace to the menacing Otherworld, you won’t want to miss this thrilling tale of mystery, adventure and romance.

The Faerie Ring is an enchanting novel, woven with dramatic adventure, intriguing faerie lore and a charming love story! I couldn’t stop turning the pages even though I didn’t want the story to end!

There is a little bit of everything in this novel. There’s the historical aspect which is beautifully depicted! The not to glamorous streets of Victorian London and the oh-so-glamorous Royal Palace…. you feel like you’re right there with Tiki. So, magnificent descriptions… check. Kiki did a great job at depicting the time period accurately. The dress, the dialect, it was perfect. There is a scene in the novel, where Tiki crashes a party at the palace…. I was a little skeptical because here’s this orphan dressing up in this borrowed dress…. will anyone really believe that she belongs there. But there is a comment that one of the characters makes about her attire later on and I couldn’t help but spout out giggles, and that comment made that scene realistic enough that my skeptical mind was at bay.

What about the characters? I loved Tiki. And I especially loved the interactions with her ‘family’ and all that she did to take care them. She’s such a compassionate character, you can’t help but have a fondness for her. Then of course there is the mysterious and alluring Rieker. I have to say that I had Rieker pegged from the beginning… well I didn’t exactly know what was going on initially, but I knew there was something more under that cool exterior. All the characters were very well developed, even the band of orphans that compose Tiki’s family.

This story will definitely keep you on your toes, who can Tiki trust? What exactly is the Faerie ring and what the heck is the story behind Tiki’s birthmark! I think it took me all of a day to read this novel, because I HAD to know! And I wasn’t disappointed in the adventure that ensued.

What a fabulous debut novel!

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02/25/11



Book Review

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group:
Pages: 336
Source: ARC
Other Titles in the Series: Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity & Radiant Shadows
Interest: Series
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.

Darkest Mercy was more than a just satisfying ending to an unforgettable series…. it was brilliant. Epic even. I shall miss it.

Let me just get this out of the way right now. That whole thing with Keenan… how painfully obvious was that! I mean seriously…. did you give yourself the duh slap with that one, or what!?!? And for those of you that haven’t read it yet, that won’t probably mean anything, sorry about that.

I love this story and I love the characters. I’m going to miss them so much! Usually I enjoy a certain character because I can relate to them, honestly there wasn’t any character that I felt I could relate to in these novels. I mean they’re bad-ass… tattoos, piercings… dangerous fae…. but they are FASCINATING! I couldn’t help but come to love each and every one of them.

Marr did an excellent job creating threads in each novel and finally weaving them together to make this stunning ending a masterpiece….. loved it. There are so many story lines one might find it easy to become confused but somehow Marr makes it work, and makes it work wonderfully well. Did I mention I loved it? I was actually hesitant to start this one because I didn’t want it to end, but once I started I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t put it down until the last page was turned.

If you haven’t read this series I recommend that you do! Can’t wait to see what Marr has for us next!

02/09/11



Book Review

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

Release Date: February 8, 2011
Publisher: Flux
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 289
Source: Arc
Interest: 2011 Debut
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

Freak. That’s what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna’s own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.

How GORGEOUS is this cover, people!!! I love it! I just want to pet the pretty…..

The Iron Witch is a wonderfully crafted novel, with an original depiction of the fey, an unexpected incorporation of alchemy and incredibly awesome characters.

I’d like some more, please!

This novel is quick… it’s fun and it’s engaging. With just enough intrigue to keep me turning the pages and get me salivating for the next novel. There wasn’t a lot of emotional investment for me.. I liked the characters and cared what happened to them, but I didn’t feel like I know them enough yet. Which is something I am expecting to change within the second book.

There were a lot of aspects in this novel that were just merely scratched on the surface… but I think it worked nicely in this story, because it felt as though as the reader we are just as naive as Donna. What does she really know about the Order? Not very much… and I’m thinking as she continues to delve into the inner workings we are going to discover a whole can of worms right along with her.

Do I hint the possible workings of a love triangle… I sure hope so! I know there are the haters of the love triangle… but this reader, for one, cannot get enough of them!

If you’re looking for a different kind of paranormal, you might want to start with The Iron Witch.



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