Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Book Review: The Bane Chronicles - Cassandra Clare

The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles)
This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I loved reading about how Magnus got to know Camille and their relationship.  Also his relationship with Santiago when he was first made a vampire.  Loved seeing all the people and Shadowhunters that Magnus got to know over time.  Especially the end stories with his first date with Alec and how he begins to help Clary.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Book Review: Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.  Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything.  But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life--a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free.  Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems.  With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha...and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.


3/5 stars (liked it)
I thought this book started out a little confusing.  But once Alina saves Mal things really picked up.  I really enjoyed that Alina was clueless on Grisha history and how things worked so we were able to learn about that world along with her.  I also really liked watching her struggle with her new found power and how she was not able to harness it well.  The book ended in a way that made me want to read the next one.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Book Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye - Cynthia Hand

The Last Time We Say Goodbye
There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before.  When she had a family that was whole.  A boyfriend she loved.  Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself.  And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died.  But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone.  But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

3/5 stars (liked it)
What a sad subject to read about but so well written.  Lex is dealing with losing her brother and not understanding why he did what he did,  a father that is no longer around and really doesn't communicate, a mother that is dealing with the same loss and an ex-boyfriend that she couldn't deal with.  You see how Lex is by reading from her perspective in first person as well as journal entries she has written.  I thought it has a great ending.  I would love to read where things are with Lex 5 years from now.


Book Review: A Feast For Crows - George R.R. Martin

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce.  But it's not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters of the Seven Kingdoms gather.  Now, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed while surprising faces--some familiar, others only just appearing--emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenge of the terrible times ahead.  Nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes...and their lives.  For at a feast for crows, many are guests--but only a few are the survivors.


2/5 stars (it was Ok)
Not my favorite book in the series.  I thought it moved slowly and had characters that I did not care too much about.  Although I really liked Arya in this one.  Also I love how some characters under different names will run into each other and not even know it.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Review: The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires.  They protect vampire secrets--and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times best selling Bloodlines series.  When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis.  Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

4/5 stars (really like it)
I LOVE Adrian and Sydney together, they are absolutely cute.  They are both living in at court with Adrian's mother.  It was so sad to see this series come to an end.  It was great to see some old characters from the Vampire Academy series such as Rose and Dmitri.  Of course the shocking thing that happens between Adrian and Dmitri is great.  Also love how Sydney kicked butt and used her magic skills.  I really liked the ending and it was even more great to see the epilogue that happened months later.

Book Review: Reached - Ally Condie

Reached (Matched, #3)
After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again.  Cassia is assigned undercover in Central City, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie.  Xander is a medic, with a secret.  All too soon, everything shifts again.

3/5 stars (like it)
It was a great conclusion to the trilogy.  There is a Plague that is causing people to get sick and although The Rising has a cure, it mutates and kills many people.  Xander is right in the middle of all this since he is a medic and is seeing all this first hand.  Ky is separated from Cassia and they are desperately trying to get back to eachother.

Book Review: Crossed - Ally Condie

Crossed (Matched, #2)
In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.  Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border.  But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again.  Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book starts off right where the last one left off.  Cassia is working in a camp and her family is safe.  She takes that job in order to find out where Ky has gone.  Also Ky is in a dangerous place and he escapes.  I loved how Ky left clues for Cassia to follow and how she was able to decipher them to get to him.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Book Review: Matched - Ally Condie

Matched (Matched, #1)
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe.  So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate...until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander.  But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

3/5 stars (liked it)
It is a perfect society in which people are matched in order to achieve children that are genetically strong.  People live to be 80 years old, choices in what they read, what they watch and what they do are no longer an issue since these are decided for them.  No one is overweight because meals are catered to each individual as well as physical activity.  Although it sound like a perfect society it really isn't and Cassia begins to see the flaws in it.  When she starts spending more time with Ky and learns that there is more out there beyond the Society.