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.

Book Review: Blood Fury - JR Ward

Blood Fury - JR Ward A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his cl...