Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Review: Blood Vow - J.R. Ward

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society.  Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter--and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy.  When and aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he's unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe's dangerous appeal is enticing--and possibly a distraction from her grief.  But as they delve deeper into her cousin's death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother will the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential.  But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary's new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe's past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep--and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

3/5 stars (liked it)
These books are very predictable.  Love story, it can't happen, then it does, then something comes between them and then things work out.  But even though these books are predictable I love reading them.  I love the characters and the writing.  This character contained several stories.  There is Rhage and Mary's story.  They love Bitty so much but a relative comes forward and threatens their perfect family.  I love the introduction of the uncle and look forward to learning more about him.  I have a feeling he will have his own love story.  There is also Peyton and his messed up idea of love and the tension between him and Novo.  I have a feeling something's going to happen with them.  There's also the story of Axe and Elise.  I felt like even though this book was supposed to be more about them, they were more of a background feature.  I didn't care too much about their love story.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review: Marked - Sara Fine

Marked - Sara Fine
In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city.  What most don't know--including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis--is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife.  Once humans are "Marked" by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.

Unaware of Cacy's other life, Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his fierce and beautiful partner as he is mistrustful of the influential Ferry clan led by the Charon--who happens to be Cacy's father.  Cacy, in turn, can no longer deny her intense attraction to the mysterious ex-Ranger with a haunted past.  But just as their relationship heats up, an apparent hit takes the Charon before his time.  Shaken to the core, Cacy pursues the rogue element who has seized the reins of Fate, only to discover that Eli has a devastating secret of his own. Not knowing whom to trust, what will Cacy have to sacrifice to protect Eli--and to make sure humanity's future is secure?  

3/5 stars (liked it)
I feel that this book could have just been a stand alone book rather than part of a series.  I know the ending is left open but not really.  I liked Cacy and I liked Eli but not necessarily together.  I felt like they were just thrown together for the sake of it.  I really liked Moros and I liked the epilogue.  Hopefully he is featured more in the next book.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Book Review: A Dance With Dragons - George R.R. Martin

A Dance With Dragons - George R.R. Martin
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance--beset by newly emerging threats from every direction.  In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death.  But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her.  As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys.  But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenery's claim to Westeros forever.

Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone--a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, will face his greatest challenge.  For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  Some will fail, others will grow in strength of darkness.  But in time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

3/5 stars (liked it)
These books are long and good.  But sometimes it feels like there are a lot of characters and a lot of points of views.  I think I would rather just pick less than 5 characters to closely follow and just focus on those.  My favorite character throughout the whole series is Tyrion an he is still my favorite.  I feel like some of the characters are whinny at times and need to be slapped.  Overall I will continue this series.

Book Review: Every Day - David Levithan

Every day a different body.  Every day a different life.  Every day in love with the same girl.  There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be.  A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached.  Avoid being noticed.  Do not interfere.

It's all fine until the morning A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.  From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply.  Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with--day in, day out, day after day.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I've had this book on my to-read list for a while.  I finally got around to reading it and I'm glad I finally did.  A is very likeable and honest and caring.  He switches bodies every day but respects the body he's in and tries not to interfere.  He falls in love with Rhiannon and tries very hard not to disrupt things.  I like the developing relationship between them and the ending was great.  I can't wait to read the next one from Rhiannon's perspective.

Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Reading Challenge

I decided to start this reading challenge for this year.  I know we're two weeks into the new year but I thought it would be fun to do.  It seems simple enough and I think I can do it!  Wish me luck.

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye - Tania del Rio

Warren the 13th is the lone bellhop, valet, waiter, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family's ancient hotel.  It's a strange, shadowy mansion full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles--and it just might be home to a magical object known as the All-Seeing Eye.  Can Warren decipher the clues and find the treasure before his sinister Aunt Annaconda (and a slew of greedy hotel guests) beats him to it?

This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

This book was so cute.  I loved all the illustrations and the story line.  I think this book would be perfect for middle-grade and up including adults.  I felt so bad for Warren and how his aunt and uncle treated him.  I fell in love with all the characters and hated the characters I was supposed to hate.  Warren especially is so likable.  I highly recommend this book and all sequels to this book.  There's a cute short story and activity book to go along with this book and can be found here.  I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Book Review: Wreckage - Emily Bleeker

Wreckage - Emily Bleeker
Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story—so they lie.

The public is fascinated by the castaways’ saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall—a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program—isn’t buying it. She suspects Lillian’s and Dave’s explanations about the other crash survivors aren’t true. And now, Genevieve’s determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.
In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart. 

3/5 stars (liked it)
I enjoyed the back in forth in time and the point of view change from David and Lillian.  I imagined when I started this book that something unforgivable had happened on the island.  But when I got done with the book, what I imagined was worse than what actually happened.  I think if I had been in Lillian's shoes I would have done the same as her.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Book Review: Castle in the Air - Diana Wynne Jones

Abdullah dreams of a castle with gardens and a princess, until a threadbare carpet flies him to the Sultan's clever lovely daughterl, Flower-in-the-Night and his dreams come true.  When a djinn kidnaps her, he sets out to find her, helped by a cranky genie, a clever ex-corporal, and magic black cat Midnight.

3/5 stars (liked it)
The same magic and story telling as the first book.  I love all the adventures and how at the end all the little peculiar things are explained.  I love the connection with Howl, Sophie and Calcifer!