Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Immortal Rulers

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thankfully, one of the key questions to ask in life has a clear and natural response in me: which undead character you like the most? Between ghosts, vampires, zombies, mummies, etc. I am a vampire pop-culture fan. I really enjoy following and reading films and books of these dark, undead complicated and bloodsucking characters. The Blade films brought kick-ass vampires wilding a sword into my life.

Blade is a kick-ass vamp
These were  further developed in Underworld, with female strong awesome vampires. As such, I am naturally inclined to enjoy reading this book.

Selene is also kick-ass vamp

Julie Kagawa is a skillful author whose ways with words are formidable when adventure, fantasy and storytelling collide. I loved the Iron Fey series and I am now a devoted follower of her social media appearances (twitter and blog) making her stories and real life interactions more fun when she is combining them. I am happy to inform that all the hype around this new series is true! 

Allison Sakamoto is a new character who has become one of my favourite female leads. Her wits, drive to survive, sensibility, flaws and strength are great traits that make her a wonderful heroine. And of course, she is a vampire with amazing katana fighting skills, who is living in an epic dystopia! 

Oh, there are not enough words for me to describe how much I enjoyed this book. I cannot wait to read its sequels, which I am sure I will adore.  If you haven't read this book, do yourself a favour and start right now. 

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review: Magic Under Stone

Magic Under Stone
Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beautiful book. True to its name it's like a magical spell you have to uncover. The characters are so real that I was actually worring sick of Nimira's preoccupations. Lovely lovely fairy tale. It feels like a true homage of all the wonderful stories from fairies and princes but framed with a wonderful not too romanticized story full of true human emotions and feelings involving not too human characters.
The story starts where Magic Under Glass left out Nimira and Erris are trying to make sense of what it means for Erris to have a human+clockwork body. They go to another necromancer's home to try to make Erris human again. And we are acquainted with Ifra, a jinni who will show us what is happening in fairy territory. Its constant jump from each characters POV was very well crafted by the masterfully skilled Jaclyn Dolamore. I really enjoyed this book and will definately recommend this series to anyone who wants a dose of fairy tales with a hint of rawness. This is obviously a YA novel, so be prepared. I will warn you though... You could develop a liking of mushrooms after you finish this story.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

***finally ready for me!

Oh I've waited patiently for this book :) and I have just received the e-mail from my public library that is ready for me to check out :D JOY!!! Julie Kagawa, here I come

Review: The Space Between

The Space Between
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What a strange sad and lovely book. I was hesitant to read another story of fallen angels... But I was pleasantly surprised. This is a dark story of life, death, sorrow, love and redemption. All carefully crafted around a neatly constructed story of hell, demons, and the purpose of choices and humanity.

Oh I did not expect this book at all. Nowadays books on the YA genre are becoming less original and more plain, but in some rare moments you get one of these books that surprises you. The prose was good, calculated and direct. The story is told between two angles Daphne's and Truman's who intertwine magnificently. Daphne's life is strange and sad, she is the daughter of Lilith and Lucifer. Her half-brother Obi is missing on earth and she will go there to try to find him. She enlists the help of Truman and discovers much, much more than she imagined.

One of the things that moved me too much was the way we are introduced to Truman's pain and sadness. His suicide attempt is presented without any ribbons or cover-ups. His depression is so raw it kind of made me ache a bit reading his story. I understand this is a reason why many will find this book not as enjoyable, but I savored every bit, always finding strength when things seem lost is one of my personal views in life... Oh yes, a positive note has to be there somewhere.

This is not a book for everyone, but I do recommend it. Specially since it is a rare find these says to have a book that is not part of a series and is a standalone story.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Review: Bitterblue

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hi, my name is Lina and perhaps I am a book addict. I devoured in one sitting the +500 pages of Bitterblue. Sadly, I was not Impressed. I think that I didn't stop hoping, wishing and expecting it was going to get better and with that hope in my mind I kept on reading, and reading and then it ended. I can't say that the book was boring since I couldn't stop reading, I can't say it was dull, since it kept me glued, but what I can say it was not good. I closed the last page and I thought: I did not enjoy this. Graceling and Fire pushed the bar too high for me... And this book did not even come close to Fire, the one I least liked of the two. Even with the appearance of Katsa, and Po and other favourite characters from the Seven Kingdoms. The book itself is beautiful, with fancy inner jacket purple drawings and wonderful evocative images on each chapter.

I've been thinking all day: why was I not pleased with Bitterblue, and I might have the answer: I don't like the story and the pace. I understand that this is a story about the aftermath of a terrible man's rule, king Leck, and how people try to keep on living, but the mysteries, puzzles and secrets that are told could be solved with less words and more action. The plot did not convince me a bit, the storytelling was too stretched and the secondary characters, specially Sapphire are left without to much development. Only the final chapter, when things are revealed was fun to read.
The beauty that this series carries is the only reason I gave it 3 stars. I will treasure Graceling and try to forget about Bitterblue for a while.

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