Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Book Review: Insatiable - Meg Cabot

Sick of hearing about vampires?  So is Meena Harper.

But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn't believe in them.

Not that Meena isn't familiar with the supernatural.  See, Meena Harper knows how you're going to die.  (Not that you're going to believe her; no one ever does.)

But not even Meena's precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets--then makes the mistake of falling in love with--Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side.  It's a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, Lucien's already dead.  Maybe that's why he's the first guy Meena's ever met that she could see herself having a future with.  See, while Meen'as always been able to see everyone else's future, she's never been able to look into her own.

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future...

If she even has one.

2/5 stars (it was OK)
Sadly I was expecting something different in a vampire book, instead I got the cliche of a woman instantly falling in love with a vampire.  A vampire with a temper who doesn't kill humans.  I actually didn't care too much for Lucien or Meena.  The characters I really liked were Alaric Wulf the vampire-hunter that works for the Palatine and Meena's brother John.  Who I was very sick of hearing about was Jack Bauer, the dog.  I felt like that's all we heard about was the dog.  Also did not like the chapter headings of time and exact locations.  If Alaric is in the next book more then I will definitely read it.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Book Review: Camanchaca - Diego Zuniga

A long drive across Chile's Atacama desert, traversing "the worn-out puzzle" of a broken family--a young man's corrosive intimacy with his mother, the obstructive cheer of his absentee father, his uncle's unexplained death--occupies the heart of this novel, Camanchaca is a low fog pushing in form the sea, its moisture sustaining a near-barren landscape, Camanchaca is the discretion that makes a lifelong grief possible.  Sometimes, the silences are what bind us.

2/5 stars (it was ok)
I couldn't really get into it.  Each page contained little snippets of thought and sometimes they really didn't mean much.  I think this would have been more enjoyable as a full novel.  I would have liked to have gotten more from the main character instead we don't get much.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Book Review: Another Day - David Levithan

Every day is the same for Rhiannon.  She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don't be too needy.  Avoid upsetting him.  Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes.  Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day--a perfect day Justin doesn't remember the next morning.  Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything.  Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person...wasn't Justin at all.

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan tells Rhiannon's side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book is the same book but different than the first book.  This book takes place in the same amount of time as Every Day except in Rhiannon's point of view.  I loved reading about how she views A and all that he reveals to her.  So sad how she had basically given up and was in a verbally and emotionally abusive relationship and she never questioned it until A came around.  I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book, especially with how things in the first two books ended.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review: Royal Wedding - Meg Cabot

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity: living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements.  And speaking of engagements, Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend, Michael, manged to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question!  Of course, Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal "oui."

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: her grandmother has leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom.  Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a stomach.  Can Mia prove to everyone--especially herself--that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

3/5 stars (liked it)
It was nice to read about Mia again.  Unfortunately it seems Mia still has not grown up.  She complains about being a Princess, her Grandmere and basically everything.  It feels like it took a long time to get to the proposal and then it was a wedding and over just like that.  I did enjoy reading about the characters and where they were in their grown up lives.  I feel like it was left open to another book.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Book Review: Symptoms of Being Human - Jeff Garvin

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock.  Snarky.  Rebellious.  And gender fluid.  Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl.  The thing is...Riley isn't exactly out yet.  And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection is uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure--media and otherwise--is building up in Riley's so-called "normal" life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it's REALLY like to be gender fluid teenager.  But just as Riley's starting to settle in at school--even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast--the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley's real identity, threatening exposure.  Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created--a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in--or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This story is just thought and events that happen to Riley in a period of a few months.  Although we don't find out if Riley was biologically born as a boy or a girl I feel like it really didn't matter and I like that we never find out.  Riley starts a new school and hasn't come out yet.  Throughout the books traumatic events happen and I love the ending.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Book Review: Labyrinth Lost - Zoraida Córdova

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic.  At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power.  But it backfires.  Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can't trust.  A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...

3/5 stars (like it)
I didn't really feel that Alex really disliked magic.  Sure she seemed like she wanted a normal teenage life but I didn't feel she hated magic so much she wanted to get rid of it.  I knew Nova was trouble the moment she met him.  She has a best friend, Rishi who doesn't know anything about Alex's family or the fact that she's a Bruja.  Most of the time is spent getting to know Alex and Novo as they travel through Los Lagos to save her family from the Devourer.  The Devourer was once a witch who was banished to Los Lagos and decided to take it over and make the place a horrible place.  The love interest for Alex was not who I was expecting and the ending left things open but gave closure.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Book Review: The Magician's Land - Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams.  With nothing left to lose, he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic, but he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him.

Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters.  But all roads lead back to Fillory, and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica, to to buried secrets and old friends he thought were lost forever.  He uncovers the key to a sorcery masterwork, a spell that could create magical utopia, and a new Fillory--but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory together.  To save them he will have to risk sacrificing everything.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I thought it was a little slow at the beginning.  We find out what Quentin has been up to and it's really not much.  He becomes a professor at Brakebills.  We also find out what has been going on in Fillory.  Overall I thought it was a good wrap up to Quentin's story and Fillory's story.  We got to reunite with some old characters and we got to say goodbye to some characters.

Book Review: Insatiable - Meg Cabot

Insatiable - Meg Cabot Sick of hearing about vampires?  So is Meena Harper. But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, ...