Thursday, June 27, 2013
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
Rating Scale (1-10): 8.5
My Review: This book made me love historical fiction even more! At first, I was a little iffy about this genre, but now I'm completely sold! I loved the concept of a convent of nuns being assassins. It just sounds so badass! And believe me, this book did not disappoint. It had everything I loved in a book! Romance, action, and a twist I didn't see coming.
Okay, that was a lie. I kinda sorta had a suspicion about who the traitor was, but that didn't make it any less shocking (maybe just a little).
The cover is absolutely breathtaking so it's wonderful eye candy. The title is amazing and it fit so perfectly with the story that you can't help but love it! The crossbow is my favorite part about the cover.
Ismae was such a strong character and I loved being there for her journey of becoming an assassin. This was another story where the girl breaks free and becomes her own. Whenever that head lady at the convent (sorry, I forgot her name or title) told her to do something, Ismae did the opposite and did what she thought was right. Which happened to be the right call. So, of course, being me, I was like, "You go, girl!"
Duval was an interesting character. I didn't know how to feel about him at first; I honestly didn't even know that he was the love interest until a little later on. But of course, he grew on me and I fell in love with him! He was a little infuriating at times, but I loved him anyways.
No randomness! Sowwy!
Did I like this book? Very much, yes.
Would I reread it? I'm sure I would.
Would I recommend it? If you're a fan of historical fiction, then you should definitely pick this one up!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).
Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders.
Rating Scale (1-10): 8.5
My (Mini!) Review: I loved the take on the zombies! This book was completely amazing and action-packed. If you didn't know this already, I am a sucker for action and romance mixed together. Reboot didn't disappoint in either area. I was kind of in a reading slump for a while. I didn't feel like reading but I felt like I should be reading. I wanted a fast-paced action-packed novel that would take me out of my lazy slump! Reboot was the perfect cure! The cover is awesome and different and I love it. The plot was interesting; I loved the girl-breaking-free-and-becoming-her-own thing.
Wren was an awesome character and I loved being in her head. I thought it was cool how she was a lot more human than she thought she was. Anyways, she was a fantastic character and I look forward to reading more about her in the sequel! Callum---oh, I think I just swooned!---was so freaking cute! And not in the He-could-be-my-brother-cute kind of way, but Aw-he-is-the-best-boyfriend way! I loved how he saw the human in Wren and how he wasn't scared of her. Amazing job on the characters, Amy! Mad props!
Did I like this book? Very much, yes!
Would I reread it? I'm sure I would.
Would I recommend it? If you're a fan of Divergent (because, seriously? Who isn't?) then I definitely would recommend this book.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
Rating Scale (1-10): 10
My Review: Wow. Why did it take me so damn long to start this series? Seriously someone needs to hit me over the head with a book---only with a bad book that no ones likes. This book was fantastic! I loved every aspect! The protagonist was funny and knew when to pick her fights. I just absolutely love this author's writing style and the world she's set up. So let's get into it!
The cover is gorgeous! I could only guess that that's Sophie on the cover. I love the reflection in the water, she looks so pretty in the dress. It's awesome how she looks so innocent and afraid in the top half of the cover and on the bottom she's all confident and fearless and she looks all, "Come at me, bro." Oh, and I love the way the cat looks all surprised. It just makes me laugh!
The plot and action! I didn't think the plot could get so interesting, but, lucky me, it did! Someone---or something---is attacking students at Hex Hall and the only suspect people could come up with is Sophie's best friend. Sophie tries to learn how she can control her magic and learn even more spells to make her be a better witch. It was pretty cool being able to be with her as she tried to expand her powers. And I totally didn't expect this, but there was actually some fighting, which was pretty awesome. I'm not gonna tell you who Sophie was fighting, but I was impressed with her.
The romance! Okay, I thought the romance was frustrating and cute all at once. So, the love interest's name is Archer Cross. His girlfriend is Elodie, a girl who dislikes Sophie and vice versa. Archer and Sophie tease each other a lot and I absolutely loved that. I'm not sure why but I've always been a fan of the romances where they start off being snarky to one another and then they grow to love each other. The snarky-ness just makes me laugh and it makes for a fantastic story.
Sophie Mercer: She is my favorite type of protagonist. She was funny, sarcastic, loyal, and she always fights for her friends. At the end of the book, she surprised by doing the right thing. I'm excited to see more of her in the next two books in the series.
Archer Cross: The bad boy every girl in Hex Hall is in love with. I'll admit, I wasn't his biggest fan at first, but he grew on me. I'm not giving out any spoilers here, but I'm just gonna say that Archer has a big secret, and Sophie isn't the only one who felt betrayed. I wanted to grab Archer by the shoulders, shake him, and yell, "Why?!" That's all I say now.
Jenna: Jenna is Sophie's roommate, best friend, and a vampire. She was an awesome character that I enjoyed reading about. I loved that she was obsessed with all different shades of pink!
Elodie: I really didn't like her in the beginning, or the middle, but at the end I warmed up to her because she didn't mean to do any harm (kind of) and what she did at the end, made up for everything.
Cal: He's 19 and the groundskeeper of Hex Hall. I know. I expected a stuffy old man as a groundskeeper, but no. He's 19. And hot. And a healer. I'm expecting to see more of him in the next book.
My Random Statement: My favorite scene in the entire book was when she yelled, "BAD DOG!" Lol if you're going to start this book, don't worry. This scene comes early on in the book.
My Favorite Quotes:
"Thanks to the humidity, my hair felt like it had tripled in size. I could feel it trying to devour mu sunglasses like some sort of carnivorous jungle plant."
"For one thing, I didn't get to fly around on a broomstick. (I asked my mom about that when I first came into my powers, and she said no, I had to keep riding the bus like everyone else.)"
"I tugged at the hem of my brand-new Hecate Hall-issue blue plaid skirt (kilt? Some sort of bizarre skirt/kilt hybrid? A skilt?)"
"I know, a council that callas themselves "the Council." So original."
"As we made our way toward the school, I could feel sweat pooling up in weird places where I was pretty sure I had never sweat before. How can your ears sweat?"
"Or maybe they were staring at me as I tried to discreetly wipe sweat from between my breast without appearing to get to second base with myself. Hard to say."
"No matter how many times you read about werewolves, seeing one right in front of you is a whole new experience."
"Of course the only words I actually managed to yell at the werewolf as he ran at me were, "BAD DOG!""
"Good luck explaining to God that you used to spank one of his heavenly beings."
"Never has encouragement sounded so much like a threat."
"I expected her to tell me that in the event of an emergency, my brand-new Hecate blazer could be used a flotation device."
"I don't know shay I was expecting a vampire's room to look like. Maybe lots of black, a bunch of books by Camus . . . oh, and a sensitive portrait of the only human the vamp had ever loved, who had no doubt died of something beautiful and tragic, thus dooming the vamp to an eternity of moping and sighing romantically."
"But this room looked like it had been decorated by the unholy love child of Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake."
"I bet she woke up with her hair looking like something out of a Pantene commercial while little bluebirds circled around her head, and raccoons brought her breakfast or something."
"I also couldn't help but notice that she didn't have any freckles, which was enough to make me hate her instantly."
"Dark and white? What, are we like chicken meat?"
"When someone tells you somebody's been murdered, laughing is probably not the best response. You know, for future reference.
But laughing is exactly what I did."
"I stared at them. Had that been their sales pitch? Look! We're really scary! Come be scary too!"
"Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil."
""Cross!" I called. I just couldn't bring myself to say "Arched" out loud. I'd have felt like I was in an episode of Masterpiece Theatre: "Archer! Let us fetch a spot of tea, old boy!"
"I said, even though all I could think was, Slobber! Werewolf slobber! On my skin!"
"Hey, werewolves gotta drool, vampires gotta eat . . ."
"Being manipulated has always been one of my least favorite things. Right up there with snakes. And Britney Spears."
""So how was cellar duty tonight?"
"I answered way too brightly. I sounded like a cheerleader on a Kool-Aid high."
"A Star Wars thing? I was supposed to 'sense a disturbance in the Force'?"
"I could have kissed her.
Well, on second thought, no. Maybe a firm handshake."
""You people are more prepared than the Girl Scouts," I'd muttered. Then I'd fainted."
Did I like this book? Absolutely LOVED!
Would I reread it? Of course!
Would I recommend it? Buy this now! What are you waiting for?!
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Friday, June 7, 2013
1. Never trust anyone.
2. Remember they are always searching.
3. Don’t get involved.
4. Keep your head down.
5. Don’t fall in love.
Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”
But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…
Rating Scale (1-10): 7
My Review: I've read Stacey Kade's entire The Ghost and the Goth series and I loved it so I figured I would read The Rules. It wasn't bad, but it didn't wow me either. Don't get me wrong, this was a really interesting read, but.....eh. I really liked that this book was a dual POV though because it was refreshing to be able to inside the love interest's head and know what they feel towards the other main character. That was actually the main thing that impressed me throughout everything. And no, this will not be a negative review, I did like this book, but not as much as I hoped I would.
The cover is really pretty. I loved the fact that they showed Ariane's fake blue eye with her real nearly black ones. I thought it was a nice touch. I also love that you can faintly see Zane in the top left corner. So pretty!
So, action and plot. I finished this book about a couple of days ago so I really don't recall anyone fighting. Aside from Ariane flickering some lights and doing . . . other things, there really wasn't any kick-butt action. The plot was interesting though. Ariane's been in hiding every since her "father" smuggled her out of the genetics lab she was living in. He comes up with those rules for her so they can stay safe and not draw the attention of the company looking for them. So I guess from the synopsis you already know that Ariane is half human and have extraterrestrial. And no, she is not like little (or tall and skinny) green men. She never says "Phone home." Which is just a plus.
The romance was pretty cute and I loved every scene with both Ariane and Zane in it. At first, the romance begins with Zane's evil witch of a friend Rachel having Zane ask Ariane to some school event so they could humiliate her. Zane agrees but he doesn't know why he does. He says its because he's curious about Ariane and wants to know more about her. At first, Ariane and Zane agree to just out on a show, but then of course, like every other romance, feelings of love develop. I loved them together!
Ariane Tucker: She is the main character, the one the story starts off with. For as long as she's been in the human world, she's kept her head down and she's stayed out of the way. Ariane was a strong character and I really admired her. I already talked about her above so there isn't much more to say.
Zane Bradshaw: Oh, this guy was a hottie with some serious daddy issues. He definitely was my favorite character in the entire book. Zane was sweet, and sometimes funny, I'd would love him as my boyfriend. He was a pretty complex character and like I just said, his family situation is pretty messed up. His mother left him because his father is a real dickhead and he was pretty torn up about it. I loved the way cared about Ariane and eventually developed more intense feelings for her. Oh. Is it bad that whenever I read his full name, I think of Carrie from Sex and the City? No? Okay, good.
Jenna: This chick does not knowing the meaning of a "true friend." The entire time she only thought about herself. Would not want to be her friend.
Rachel: Bitch. But she was kinda sorta okay at the end. Almost. Not quite.
My Favorite Quotes:
"And once you break one, the rest seem like so much broken glass. The damage is already done."
"Other children had nightmares about clowns, monsters, and--in my friend Jenna's case--the Hamburger Helper hand from the commercials."
", unless I stood next to someone who's fake-baked to a Cheeto orange . . . Or if you knew what you were looking for."
"Twitchy was my middle name today."
"I always forget--is hammered shit better or worse than non-hammered shit?"
"And screaming every time a stranger tried to talk to me . . . well, that was definitely different."
That took stranger danger to a whole new level.
"It means I don't want to talk to you for a minute, thirty seconds, or any other standard or nonstandard measure of time. Got it?"
"We weren't the freaking Mafia."
"But those emotions, while lacking the detail and the shades of gray found in conscious thought, can give you beeline on a person's state of mind, albeit more as an internal scream of rage than, say, someone articulating, "Gee, I am angry.""
"Someone, somewhere, should put her in charge of an army."
"Outside, in the much cooler air, she was glowing in the harsh white parking lot lights. Not literally. That would have been weird."
"Now, that's an interesting mental image. Rachel as a grenade,"
"You know those first few moments after waking from a bad dream, when you're convinced that your nightmare is real, and there's an impossibly large coil of dread in your stomach? But then slowly, details from the dream slip away and reality slides into place. You didn't miss your bio final, you didn't walk into school naked, the evil corporation that created you didn't recapture you . . ."
Did I like this book? Liked, not loved.
Would I reread it? Probably not.
Would I recommend it? No, but I would recommend her Stacey's other series.
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