06/15/12



Book Review

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseiden by Anna BanksRelease Date: May 22, 2012
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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet/Acquire
Pages: 336
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley
Interest: Debut
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon
Get the Audiobook: Audible

Maybe I enjoyed this one so much because I’m a sucker for a mermaid story. That being said, I wasn’t expecting much. The cover is gorgeous and that got my attention, but the plot didn’t get me excited. A girl that can talk to fish is going to save a kingdom? Seriously?

It starts with Emma going on vacation with her best friend. She literally runs into this guy, Galen. Of course he is absolutely gorgeous and he has these strange eyes. I know, I know! But stay with me here!

Emma and her friend Chloe go frolicking in the ocean, even though Emma has a bit of an aversion for the water. Then something happens. Something that makes Galen curious as to what Emma is. Could she possibly be a Syrena, like him. Oh, did I forget to mention that Galen was a Syrena! Not just any Syrena, he’s a Syrena PRINCE!

Of Poseidon was light, entertaining, cute and just plain fun! (Although there is one not so light moment.) It was just the sort of book I needed in that moment that I read it. Something that captured my attention so much it made the rest of the world fade away for a while.

I loved these characters. Emma, Galen, Rayna and Toraf. Even Galen’s pretend mom, her name is eluding me at the moment and I’m much to lazy to get up and find my kindle! But she was a riot! They are just a group of quirky and amusing characters. I loved Emma’s sarcastic and slightly neurotic voice. She reminded me a lot of myself at times! And the chemistry between Emma and Galen! Whew! It’s a wonder those two didn’t have the ocean boiling!

The story was told in duel perspectives, but in a different way than I am used to. Emma’s part of the story is told in first person, but for Galen’s part it was told in third person. While it threw me a bit initially it really worked well for the story that needed to be told.

While I was more than satisfied with Of Poseidon, I am beyond anxious for more!

This is definitely the perfect read to grab for a day at the beach!

06/05/12



Book Review

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoRelease Date: June 5, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet/Acquire
Pages: 368
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley
Interest: Debut
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge, YA/MG Fantasy Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

One of my favorite debuts of the year!

Leigh Bardugo transports her readers to the world of Ravka. Ravka while a fantasy world does have influences from 20th century Russia, though the world and the language is all the creation of Bardugo. And it’s fabulous! Wow, I was instantly drawn into this world, it was magical and mysterious and everything that I wanted and more!

Alina and her best friend Mal, orphaned at a young age, are now soldiers in the Second Army. Mal, unaware of Alina’s affections seems to draw the eye of every girl in his proximity. If only Alina had the self confidence of those girls, she might be able to tell Mal how she feels. Though she may never have the chance to tell him, as their regime is close to crossing into The Shadow Fold, which hold these flying flesh eating creatures called volcra. They are as creepy as they sound!

Well something happens when they are crossing into The Shadow Fold and suddenly Alina is in the middle of it all. She’s swept away to the palace and…. well you’ll just have to read the book to learn about all the rest. Don’t worry you won’t be disappointed!

Bardugo’s writing style is captivating and easy to read. I was instantly drawn into this story. I loved Alina and I loved the world of Ravka. And Mal! And dare I even say the Darkling! Though there hinted to be parts of a love triangle, there isn’t one. The love story we are given is simply beautiful! And don’t worry about the romance overshadowing the rest of the story, because it doesn’t! The majority of the story is Alina’s in discovering and mastering her abilities. In finding out who she can trust and what she should believe. There are several things that Alina and I both did not see coming!

And the ending. Wow the ending. That was one of those things that I did not see that coming!

I just loved everything about it, and I can’t recommend it enough! For fantasy lovers, you will devour this! And for readers wanting to try a fantasy novel, why not start with Shadow and Bone!

05/31/12



Book Review

Fated by Alyson Noel

Fated by Alyson NoelRelease Date: May 22, 2012
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Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire/Borrow
Pages: 352
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Interest: Author
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon
Get the Audiobook: Audible

Another captivating series from Alyson Noel!

Daire has the best life ever! She gets to travel all over the world and hang out with cute self indulged celebrities! Well it’s the best life every until she starts having crazy visions with severed heads and insane breakdown. They kind of put a damper on everything.

Unsure of what to do for her daughter, Daire’s mom sends her off to Enchantment, New Mexico to live with her estranged grandmother. In Enchantment, Daire meets two gorgeous brothers, discovers that she comes from a long line of Seekers, and that she has to save the world!

I didn’t like Daire so much at the beginning of the novel. Perhaps it wasn’t Daire so much that I didn’t like, but her relationship with her mother. Young mother or not, if I talked to my mom the way that she did, she would have slapped me silly! But once Daire was settled in Enchantment, she started growing on me.

I liked that the story was more about Daire and her developing her abilities than it was about the two boys. I was a little worried that part would overshadow everything, but it didn’t! It was a nice progression toward the end where the boys really come to play in the story.

I felt like this was a first in a series. And yes, I realize it was! There was just a lot of information that we are presented with. But that often happens with a first in a series. That being said, it didn’t make me enjoy it any less. If anything, it did an excellent job setting up everything for the next books in the series.

I really loved the Soul Seeker aspect of the novel, with the Spirit Guides and the portals to the different worlds. I’d love to hear about the research that Noel did for this series. I was able to hear a little bit about some she did, with taking Shaman classes, but I’m sure the entire thing was very complex!

I’m really looking forward to seeing where this series goes!

05/28/12



Book Review

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie Release Date: June 5, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire/Borrow
Pages: 245
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley
Interest: Debut
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge, The Completely Contemp Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

All These Lives isn’t just another “cancer” story. What makes All These Lives a little different is the narrator. Dani is our narrator and her twin sister has leukemia.

You will either love Dani or you will hate her. She’s sarcastic, she’s rude, mean, and deep down I think it’s all a facade. For some reason I found Dani to be a little refreshing. I wish I had a little piece of her in myself. She’s not afraid to say what she wants to say when she wants to say it. Despite what people may think about her. I so want to have the guts to do that. Maybe that is why I found myself liking Dani’s voice.

When Dani was younger she was in a car accident with her mother. They both should have died, but they both survived pretty much unscathed. Dani’s mom always brags that she has nine lives and Dani is just like her. Thus the irrational reasoning that Dani somehow think she had nine lives and that if she does stupid stuff to loose them, they’ll go to Jena and possibly be the one to save her.

The idea is stupid. I know that, deep down I think Dani does too. But wouldn’t you do anything to save the person you love. I think that’s what Dani is ultimately trying to do. She feels helpless. There isn’t anything that she can do for her sister, but this.

I was happy that Dani finally started seeing a person that she could talk to, because she really needed it. I only wish we would have gotten a bit more resolution. I felt like the story ended rather abruptly.

Overall All These Lives was a captivating and deep story. Can’t wait to see what Wylie comes up with next.

02/21/12



Book Review

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: January 3, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet
Pages: 387
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: NetGalley
Interest: Debut Author
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon
Get the Audiobook: Audible

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Cinder. I thought it sounded really cool, but at the same time I was like “cyborgs” seriously? Then I watched a video over at Interrobang YA, where I, when I actually remember to do a video, and several other bloggers talk about books, reading, YA, and really whatever we want. Well, Cat from Beyond Books did a video about how awesome Cinder was. Cat has really good taste in reading, so I decided to move this one up in my reading pile. And I’m SO GLAD that I did.

Cinder is a futuristic retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella. Cinder is obviously Cinderella. She lives in a world called New Beijing, inhabited by humans and the androids like Cinder. There is a bit of discrimination between the humans and androids, so Cinder tries to keep her mechanical side a secret.

Cinder is a kick-butt mechanic and runs a booth offering her services to the people of New Beijing. And who would happen to stop by one day than the Prince himself. He needs Cinder’s help fixing one of his droids and so their two worlds become intertwined.

There were so many plot twists in this one. I figured out a major one fairly early on, but I still really enjoyed reading this one. I remember being about four or five pages into the story and turning to J (my husband) and saying “wow, this is really good.” That doesn’t usually happen to me. I think it may be a curse of reading so many books, but it takes a awhile for a book to really suck me in. Cinder did that right away.

The one thing that impressed me the most was the story. I absolutely loved it. I loved the world that Meyer created and the characters, I loved how she took one of my favorite fairy tales and MADE IT BETTER! And after that ending, wow! I am dying for book two, literally dying!

This book has a little bit of everything and I think readers will truly enjoy it! I know that i did.



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