01/05/11



Book Review

Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston

Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston

Release Date: December 21, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: ARC from Publisher
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: Wondrous Strange & Darklight
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon

“I don’t love Sonny Flannery.”

That’s the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn’t know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreats—to a haven for Lost Fae that’s hidden deep underneath New York City.

But Kelley’s not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she’s got to find out who’s after his magick—and how to use her own. She’s got to uncover who’s recruiting Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie. She’s got to help rebuild the shattered theater company she called family. And she’s got to do it all without getting dangerously distracted by the Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to melt whenever he’s around Kelley.

I was really mad about the whole “I don’t love Sonny Flannery.” thing, because really I just wanted to read about Kelley and Sonny sharing some lip action. Luckily there is still some hot lip action going on… and Sonny isn’t the only one getting some, if you know what I mean…

This is such a marvelous series. Livingston is a brilliant writer… her stories really are a work of art, sometimes I get lost in her descriptions. And I mean that as a compliment.

I think this was probably my least favorite of the series, I still enjoyed reading it, but there was something missing that the other two novels had. Or maybe I just should have re-read the other two books first. Usually I’m great at remembering an entire series even with the gaps in between, but I was a little confused at times durning this novel. And I was a little confused at the build up of Sonny’s powers…. what happened with that, one minute he’s tied to a tree…. the next he’s riding Lucky…. does he still have his powers… did they just dissolve…? I think I was a little disappointed with the climax. The plot was a little slow in the beginning but the last hundred pages were hopping!

That being said, I delighted in this one last adventure with the characters that I had grown to love throughout the series. And even though I am Team Sonny all the way, I couldn’t help but develop this soft spot for Fennrys during the last two novels…. felt a little sorry for the guy.

 I’m going to miss this series.

And this doesn’t have anything to do with the literary merit of this book. But I LOVE the covers for this series! How GORGEOUS is that cover novel. I think she’s the perfect depiction of Kelley.

Tempestuous was an entertaining end to a beautifully written series. My advice, buy all three and read them one after the other! I’m very much anticipating Livingston’s next novel!

09/27/10



Book Review

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: The Iron King
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon|Barnes & Noble

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

Summary from GoodReads

I think I might have to move The Iron Daughter to the number one position over The Iron King. This series is one of those that just keeps getting better. I have big hopes for book number three!

The Iron Daughter leaves off right where the The Iron King stops. That being said… You might not want to read the rest of this review if you haven’t read book number one, because it might be a tad bit SPOILERY!

You’ve been warned.

I loved Meghan in the first novel…. but at the beginning of The Iron Daughter I seriously wanted to slap some sense into the girl. Where the heck was that girl at the end of the first book, the one that did what she had to do! The one that had grown more confident and wise! Because she was not there at first. I mean, come on Meghan, I know you are in love with Ash…. but all that stuff that he was telling you about guarding yourself because those fey in his court are viscous creatures and they will just use it against you. He wasn’t just telling you that to hear himself talk… I think old Meghan would have picked up on that. But no instead I got this weenie whiney Meghan.

Thank goodness someone hit her over the head and I got old Meghan back!

One of my favorite characters in this novel, was one that I didn’t like very much the first time around. And I’m not really going to say much more about that….. don’t want to ruin the surprise! I was totally NOT expecting that. Of course Grim was back and he was as charming as ever.

I loved watching Meghan and Ash’s relationship develop in this one…. despite the fact that they simply can not be together, I mean summer and winter just do not mix. It’s fun to see how they try to work above that. Will they end up together against all odds!?!?! Like I’m going to tell you.

I should have known that the leading novel would not be the last we saw of the Iron Fey… I totally didn’t predict any of what actually happened. It was much better than what I was anticipating. Although…. my idea of a Meghan and Ash running away together and living happily ever after was just as good!

But back to the actual book. The plot was action packed… people er fey dropping like flies… dragons, battles, betrayals… you are in for a ride my fellow reader. I picked it up and just could not put it down.

I cannot wait for book three! This series is so good.

07/12/10



Book Review

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker Book 1) by Jenna Black

Release Date: May 25, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Challenge: 2010 Debut Author Challenge
Interest: Debut Author
Buy the Book: Amazon|Indiebound|Powell’s|Barnes & Noble

It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…

Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn’t just an ordinary teenage girl—she’s a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone’s trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…

A great start to a new series!

I’d never read anything by Jenna Black before although I’ve heard of her other titles. Wasn’t exactly sure what to expect….. but I was impressed.

I enjoyed some aspects of the novel more than others, Dana for one had a great voice. She was easily likable and you could feel empathetic toward her without being annoyed.  She knows when she’s being stupid or whiny and she catches herself, but even though she sees herself making a stupid mistake, sometimes she just does it anyway…. that made Dana an even more realistic character. I for one, know that I’ve made multiple stupid mistakes in my lifetime and knew that they were stupid when I was doing them.

The Faeriewalker thing was a little confusing to me initially. I thought understood the basic concept but it still didn’t make complete sense, I didn’t understand what the big deal was…. yeah.. so what Dana is a Faeriewalker, she can bring technology from one place to another… but what does that mean!….until the scene with Dana and her aunt and the gun…. then it totally made sense! Then I was like… “OH, SNAP!” I don’t think that is spoilery to say that, but just know if you are having trouble fully grasping the concept like I did, Black doesn’t leave you hanging!

I think I was expecting a little more of a love story mixed in there as well, but I could see the possibility of a love triangle happening in future novels. And you know how much I love a love triangle… right now I think I am team Keane. Just something about that guy…. think there is a little something under the surface that we don’t know about yet, plus he is totally bad-ass… and I love a bad-ass!

The writing was awesome. I was sucked right into this story and hardly put the book down. I so can not wait until the next book! And I have a really bad craving for hot posset!

04/13/10



Book Review

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Release Date: April 20, 2010
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: Traveling to Teens
Interest: Series
Challenge: None
Other Titles in the Series: Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange & Fragile Eternity

Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

By far my favorite book of the series!

This fae series is one of a kind. Each novel could possibly stand alone, but the series is better savored if read in the order of release. The Wicked Lovely Books are not your average tale of twinkling fairies of hope and love. The fae in these stories are dangerous, destructive and lethal. Their world isn’t sunshine and rainbows, it’s despair and longing. It’s so richly layered, so stunningly crafted, I was just taken aback by the entire thing. I didn’t put it down.

I’m honestly amazed at the initially unseen connections within the entire series. The plot is just so intricately woven… just wow. I was impressed by the entire novel… writing, plot, characters. Everything was right on.

I loved both of the main characters in the novel, Ani and Devlin. In the previous novels I always wanted to see more of Seth and Ash, their minor roles were just never enough. With Radiant Shadows, I couldn’t get enough of Ani and Dev, I was completely engrossed in “their” story! Seth & Ash who?

I also give kudos to Marr for writing what she does. I love that she isn’t afraid to cross the “normal” relationship barriers. She stays so true to the limitations she has set, it’s refreshing to see an author stick to what they started with. Marr doesn’t write for a reader, she writes the story as it’s meant to be told.

I’m very much looking forward to where we are taken next.

01/28/10



Book Review

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: February 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher
Interest: Debut Author
Challenge: 2010 Debut Author Challenge

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.

Initially I was going to wait to post this review since it’s not officially released until February 1, but The Iron King has been spotted in the wild and it’s already shipping from Amazon, so why not!

This book was outstanding. I mean really… I was totally enthralled from page one to page three hundred and sixty eight. I am blown away at the sheer awesomeness that emits from this book.

First off, I’m a huge fan of “Fae” in general, especially love reading this type of story. But at the same time, when it comes to book about fae there are a lot of similarities. Many books share the same mythology, the Summer Court and Winter Court, references to Midsummer Night’s Dream… The Iron King has these elements, and yet… Kagawa totally makes it her own thing. She created this strangely unique world, with even stranger inhabitants…magical! There was no way to anticipate what Meghan would encounter next.

Absolutely loved Meghan’s character. Strong, independent, stubborn, selfless. This is the kind of character that you want to read about, the kind of character that you admire. Not to mention the absolutely compelling cast of supporting characters… Puck, Ash & Grimalkin. There aren’t many times, especially in a debut, that I find myself genuinely enjoying and being impressed with all the characters. There are usually one or two that really stand out, and the others fade in the background, that’s not the case with The Iron King.

This book has it all….. action, romance, humor, intrigue! Not to mention it’s exceptionally written.

This is part of a three book series, but the first book wraps up nicely and sets up perfectly for the next novel, The Iron Daughter. Absolutely recommend this book! Can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

Addicting!



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