07/23/13



Book Review

The Savage Blue by Zoraida Córdova

13092528Release Date: May 7, 2013
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Publisher: Sourebooks Fire
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet/Acquire
Pages: 416
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley/Publisher
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: The Vicious Deep
Buy the Book: Amazon

This is such a fun and fabulous series! I love it! The first book is called The Vicious Deep. The series is about a boy named Tristan who finds out that he’s a merman. And not your ordinary merman, he is royalty!

I felt a little bit disconnected from Tristan this time around. I think perhaps it was because this installment is more focused on Tristan on his quest for the Sea Throne and finding the trident pieces. I also missed that cocky, self confident Tristan from book one. With this new world and new role thrown at him he’s a bit unsure of himself, I’m hoping he gets some of his attitude back.

I was hoping to see more of Tristan and Layla’s relationship, but the development of that sort of went on the back burner this time around. Not to say that there wasn’t any kissing action between the two, but I just wanted more!

There was a lot of action in this one! Sea dragons, shady oracles, and fighting! Lots going on! And so many twists that I did not see coming. Plus there were some new characters that I think readers will really enjoy! I know I did.

The ending was insane, I need the next book, like now! Can’t wait for it!

06/06/13



Book Review

Of Triton by Anna Banks

15513156Release Date: May 28, 2013
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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet/Acquire
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: Of Poseidon
Buy the Book: Amazon

One word: Love!

This is such a fun and fabulous series and they both would make wonderful additions to your summer reading piles! So, get on that!

Of Triton picks up right where Of Poseidon left off, and thank goodness because the ending of Of Poseidon was “like woah!” It killed me to wait for the sequel! But it was so worth the wait, Of Triton exceeded my expectations! I was all to ready to be taken back into the world that Banks had created.

I loved the story! There was enough action and drama to keep me engaged the entire time, but not so much that I felt overwhelmed. These books are so fun to read! I don’t want to call them fluff, because they’re not, but they are more on the lighter side. Although now that I say that, there are some deaths in both, so that is kind of serious!

My only complaint is that I wanted more of Emma and Galen time!

If you’re looking for something faced paced and fun this summer, look no further than Of Triton! Just make sure you read Of Poseidon first! I can’t wait for the next one!

08/03/12



Book Review

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Release Date: June 12, 2012
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Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 303
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley
Interest: Debut
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon
Get the Audiobook: Audible

Yay! Another mermaid story!

Calder is a merman. As are his three sisters. (If you can even call them sisters.) They’ve been searching for the man responsible for the death of their mother and they’ve finally found him. Now it’s time to take their revenge. Preferably watching the spark leaves his eyes as they drown him. It should be easy for Calder to use his charms on one of the man’s daughters and learn their trust so he can betray them by killing their father, right? But there is a little more than meets the eye on the waters of Lake Superior.

I didn’t really know what Lies Beneath was about, beyond the fact that there was some mermaid action going on. I almost like going into the book that way. I did have readers mention how much they didn’t like this book, or did like this book to me. So, going in I didn’t have any expectations. I wanted to like it, but I wasn’t sure that was going to happen. It did. Maybe I am just a sucker for mermaid stories, but I really like this one!

I loved the mythology that Anne created. Her mermaids aren’t blood thirsty, but emotionally thirsty. (You’ll know what I mean if you end up reading it.) The bottom line, they are killers. And for some unexplainable reason, I thought that was awesome. I would have liked the mythology to be a little bit more developed, but it was an interesting intro.

Calder’s internal battle was intriguing. Not only with his relationship with Lily, but his relationship with his sisters. And speaking of the sisters. I so wanted more from them! They were so mean and manipulative. I loved it! I just wish they would have been a bit more developed.

I didn’t really care for Lily’s character at all, nor did I get into her relationship with Calder. She started growing on me by the end, but I just didn’t get “her.” Perhaps with book two, which I believe will be in her POV, I might come to appreciate her a bit more.

Overall the things that I enjoyed about the novel, overshadowed the bits that I didn’t.

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!

05/15/12



Book Review

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova Release Date: May 1, 2012
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Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 384
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Interest: Debut
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

I love books about mythological beings and mermaids, er mermen, are one of my favorites! Something I’d yet to encounter with this type of story was one told from a boys perspective, and with The Vicious Deep we get that perspective!

The story starts off with a whirlwind! Almost literally! Tristan is lifeguarding and get’s caught up in a massive storm while trying to rescue a drowning swimmer. Three days later with no recollection of what happened, Tristan washes up on the beach. And something just isn’t right.

One thing leads to another and we discover that Tristan is no ordinary human. He’s a merman. And not just any merman. He’s a part of the royal family and the Sea King wants a word with him!

I loved Cordova’s take on the mermaid lore. It was brilliant how she contrasted the somewhat darker world below the sea with the whimsical and entertaining Coney Island. I don’t know why I feel in love with the setting like I did, but it just worked so well!

Tristan is a boys, boy. He is too hot for his good, he is charismatic and athletic. He can be the biggest a-hole one second and then have you feeling sorry for him the next! But you want to root for him. You want to see him become Sea King and at the same time you want him to be with Layla. Speaking of Layla. I wanted so much more of her! And this relationship with Tristan! What is going on with those two! It is driving me crazy!

This book is fun. Don’t let the darker tone of the title sway you. You will be laughing out loud at points! There are a few serious and dangerous moments, don’t get me wrong it’s not all fun and games. But it’s mostly just a fun ride! You get the front row seat on an epic adventure with Tristan and his friends. You’ll get off and want to get right back on!

I was so not ready for this book to end. WHY DID IT HAVE TO END!?! There is so much more that can happen! And I can’t wait to see what does!

If you are looking for a read that is fast paced, fun and just a little bit different. You need The Vicious Deep!



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