Friday, October 02, 2015

Book Review: The Fate of Ten - Pittacus Lore

The Fate of Ten (I am Number Four #6)
The sixth book in the thrilling, action-packed, New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series!  For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret.  Now all of that has changed.  The invasion has begun.  If the Garde can't find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien:  annihilation.

There is still hope.  When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan--one which the Garde are finally starting to understand.  In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary.  There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations.  Now this poer can save the world...or destroy it.  It will all depend on who wields it.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
Not enough of Nine and not enough of Lexa!  Other than that this book was great.  I love how we see John a little more vulnerable.  Also meet new characters such as Daniella.  I love that Adam is so accepted by the Lorien and that he helps out so much.  I like that we saw a little of Setrakus Ra's past and how he came to be the bad person he is.  I can't wait to read the next one because the ending of this book left me screaming "NO!".

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Book Review: I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Rebel Allies - Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Rebel Allies (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files, #10-12)
I Am Number Four:  The Lost Files:  Rebel Allies is a collection of three thrilling stories by Pittacus Lore.  Originally published as the e-novellas The Fugitive, The Navigator, and The Guard, now, for the first time ever, they are together in one print volume.

The Fugitive follows Mark James as he tries to track down Sarah Hart, evade the Mogadorians and the FBI, and discover the identity of the mysterious blogger he knows only as GUARD.

The Navigator reveals the truth about the crew of the two Loric spaceships who escaped to Earth and shows what happened to the pilots after they arrived and parted ways with the Garde.

The Guard tells the story of the hacker who has been aiding the Lorien survivors from the shadows for years.  She's determined to defeat the Mogs--and she just found her secret weapon.

You know the truth about the Mogadorians' invasion of Earth and the Garde who will do anything to defeat them--yet there is still so much to learn.  The stories in Rebel Allies will help you get the answers you seek, but they will not help you stop the coming war.  Only the Garde can save our planet.  But they are not alone...

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I love how these short stories give us a back story on characters we don't get to know in the books.  I also like getting a glimpse of what life was like in Lorien before the Mogadorians destroyed Lorien.  I feel like this book made me understand things a little better for the next book in the series.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Book Review: Shadow of Night - Deborah Harkness

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2)
Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures.  When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew.  Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590.  But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven.  Reclaiming his former identity as a poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night.  Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers...

4/5 stars (really like it)
This is a great follow-up to the first book.  I love seeing Matthew and especially Diane out of their element.  Seeing and learning about Matthew's past and his family was great.  Also seeing Diane experience the past and live it rather than just reading about it.  I love all the members in the School of Night and how they treat Diane.  Also love new characters and the witches that eventually help Diane learn what her power is and how to control it.  I can't wait to see how this trilogy will end.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Book Review: Big Red Tequila - Rick Riordan

Big Red Tequila - Rick Riordan
Big Red Tequila (Tres Navarre, #1)
Everything in Texas is bigger...even murder.  Meet Tres Navarre...tequila drinker, Tai Chi master, unlicensed P.I., with a penchant for Texas-size trouble.

Jackson "Tres" Navarre and his enchilada-eating cat, Robert Johnson, pull into San Antonio and find nothing waiting but trouble.  Ten years ago Navarre left town and the memory of his father's murder behind him.  Now he's back, looking for answers.  Yet the more Tres digs, trying to put his suspicions to rest, the fresher the decade-old crim looks:  Mafia connections, construction site payoffs, and slick politicians' games all conspire to ruin his homecoming.  It's obvious Tres has stirred up a hornet's nest of trouble.  He gets attacked, shot at, run over by a blue Thunderbird--and his old girlfriend, the one he wants back, turns up missing.  Tres has to rescue the woman, nail his father's murderer, and get the hell out of Dodge before mob-style Texas justice catches up to him.  The chances of staying alive looked better for the defenders of the Alamo...

3/5 stars (liked it)
I liked Tres and especially loves his cat and wish Robert Johnson was in the book more.  Although I found it a little hard to keep track of some of the characters as it seemed like there was a lot of people from his past that came back.  Overall a good story and I think I would read more books in this series.

Book Review: Paper Towns - John Green

Paper Towns
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar.  So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life--dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge--he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school and discovers that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery.  But Q soon learns that there are clues--and they're for him.  Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

2/5 stars (it was OK)
I did not like Margo at all, not the idealized version that Quentin had of her or the actual version of her.  So because of that it was really hard for me to care when she disappeared.  Quentin drops his life to find her along with his friends.  Then at the end I feel like it was just wasted.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Book Review: Ink & Bone - Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses.  Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly--but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market.  Jess has been sent to be his family's spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library's service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life--and soon both heretics and books will burn...

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I thought it was a little confusing at first in terms of what kind of world this was set in.  But once I figured things out I really liked it.  I like that the main character whose mind we are in is a male.  Also there is no great love story here although there are love interests.  All the students, even the ones I didn't like I enjoyed reading about.  The last 100 pages of the book really kept me reading and now I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Book Review: Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Life of Pi
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbling on the wild, blue Pacific.  The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan...and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary works of fiction in recent years.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I thought this book was well written and very thought provoking.  Pi shows incredible strength and compassion.  Even when things look so bleak he tried his best to survive and provide for Richard Parker.  He goes through and incredible journey, not just physically but emotionally.  I like how we get glimpses of him as an adult living in Canada and as a boy trying to survive on a lifeboat.

Book Review: Until the Beginning - Amy Plum

Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)
When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family.  She soon discovered everything she though she knew about her life was a lie.  Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico.  Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them.  But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything.  To rescue her people - and herself - Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I like Miles even more in this book.  I also really like that we finally got to see Juneau's clan and her father.  I thought it was a great conclusion to this two book series.  Miles has become more confident and deals with his past, which includes his mother.  Juneau also deals with her past, and the past of the clan.