Saturday, June 28, 2014

“Just a rat, she repeated to herself. After all, there were rats in the palace. Human and otherwise. Could be worse.”

The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book was fun. I had read so many positive things about this series, so I decided to give it a go through my favourite medium, audiobooks. And boy was I right.

The book starts slow. At some points it dragged a bit and I took big listening hiatuses in between. However, there is a part on it's last quarter when you just want to listen all the way without any interruptions. This book obviously reminded me of Tolkien and Robert Jordan's worlds. I had a great time listening and better yet, i had a lovely read-along discussion time with my friend Kerry, who read it with me. Lots of details, nicknames, laughs and wonderings during our readalong.

The Seven Realms are a convoluted place. A thousand years ago there was this thing called the Breaking, where a very powerful wizard, the Demon King broke the world and all the Clans had to help to save it. A charismatic queen Hanalea had a prominent role in saving the world and making an allegiance with the Clans, making bargains to ensure wizards won't gain as much powers as they did and that no queens would be able to marry wizards. We start by having a quick introduction into this world by an unruly young wizard (Micah Bayar) who tries to herd some deers by burning the forest. Witnesses to this event, Dancer and Han (the later, one of our main characters) confront the young wizard and a chain reaction of events occurs, triggered by the decisions of this encounter. This carefully unfolds throughout this story.

This book is told from two main points of view, Princess Raisa ana'Marianna (alias Rebecca Morley) and Han Alister, with his aliases: street rat name - Cuffs, Clan name: - Hunts Alone. It also has an in between character, Amon Byrne, friend and guard of Raisa who occasionally adds his view.

We've got an I-haven't-done-anything (sure) kind of character in Lord Bayar, Micah's father and High Wizard.

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A magical scary amulet

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We also have the best (saddest) description of a possible romantic interest, Amon by Raisa's view:
"comfortable, like a pair of broken-in moccasins." *sad face*

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Also, secret secret meetings and night escapes!

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And good old bad-desisions-with-bad-consequences

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*fist-bump* you guessed it right. There is a part, when it gets obvious, that yes, you'll find both of our characters being awesome and outsmarting evil or learning what they can do.

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It was fun, entertaining and very very rich.

I'm ready for more!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"People Know me, but I don't know them. I've been sent far from home to recuperate. Why?"

Unwept (The Nightbirds, #1)Unwept by Tracy Hickman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is strange. It took me a while to finish and more to sit down and write this review. It haunts me and I am not entirely sure if it is in a good way...

Let me start by the setting. It is eerie as hell. Our main character, Ellis Harkington wakes up from a very creepy dream, where she is a skeleton inside a grave.... yup. With rattling bones and all. However, once she wakes up, she has no clue of 1) who she is, 2) where she is, 3) who are her companions (a nurse and a crying baby) 4) where she is headed, 5) why her hair is short, 6) why she is wearing a green skirt, a colour she is not very fond of... lots and lots of unknowns in her life. But strangely enough EVERYONE around her seems to KNOW what is going on, and who she is. This is set around the time of the first World War, as there are allusions of combatants across the atlantic and the time-period is well depicted.

The town where Ellis ends up after her train ride is in Maine, and is called Gamin. The narration of this book transported me to that time/location very vividly.
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It is a HUGE mystery that will carry you throughout this book regarding the most strange people and things that occur around Ellis.

The pace of this book is slow but steady. It is told from various points of view, all adding up to the puzzle Ellis wants to assemble in order to regain a bit of herself and her sanity. Logic sort of flies away in this town.
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The cover is GORGEOUS. I kept going back to it while I was reading just to stare at it.

I have to say that although the buildup is steady, the actual revelations felt a bit all over immediately after I read the book. However, it's been a few days since I finished it, and I've had moments when this book unexpectedly came back and haunted me. Lots of details, and character's behaviours will definitely linger.

My BIG complaint is that this book felt too short. I wished it did't finished as abruptly as it did and that it could explain things more clearly about Gamin. I am still very confused about a lot of things... it felt incomplete. Lets hope for Book #2 soon.


This book was kindly provided by its publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No solved mysteries where offered during this exchange. Thank you.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

"I've done horrible things in a previous life to deserve this. Kicked a cherub or spit on a cloud"

Rules of SurvivalRules of Survival by Jus Accardo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mhhhh this book was just perfect. From the cover to its contents you'll be fully engaged.

This book tells the story of Kayla, an 18 year old girl who is seriously in trouble. She has spent all of her life running away with her mother, a con artist , throughout different towns in the United States, hiding from authorities and bounty hunters. However, her life suddenly becomes more dangerous after she ends up wanted for the murder of her own mother. A crime she didn't commit. Closely chased down by a persistent bounty hunter, Patrick, and his very handsome partner, Shawn; Kayla experiences a very intense adventure and battle to unveil the mystery of her mother's death. This book had everything you'll ever wish in the sexy New Adult genre.

I simply couldn't put it down! I naïvely started this book just as I went to bed, hoping to read a chapter or two, but I was so very wrong. I finished it in one sitting, staying up all night. It was very addictive.

I laughed out loud, worried, and cheered for Kayla. She is independent, grounded and smart. The ending gave her extra points for her choices. Good job!

My heart also went to Shawn. What a lovely sexy bounty hunter. He is interesting and has more depth than meets the eyecandy.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in having a fun and mysterious time with Kayla, specially when she gets handcuffed to Shawn (which is pretty much the whole book).

A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Entangled through NetGally; in exchange for an honest review. No sexy bounty hunters were offered for expressing my true opinion.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

World Cup 2014 related reading hiatus

I'm not that big of a deal football fan. Nope. The husband is the die-hard-I-can't-miss-a-game-or-my-heart-will-hurt kind of guy. So, imagine what happens in our household during a World Cup...specially one, where our country's team classified.

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I slow but steadily gravitate into this crazy 3 matches per day schedule.... and guess what! My reading challenges/routines have bottom rocketed (is that a word?)....

I have two reviews to write, a book to read and very little time.... oh well, I guess I have to shut Twitter down, close Facebook and just start reading!

Or just stare into this gorgeous fellow that will keep me away from the football madness. Lol.

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But just in case you were wondering. I am still around. Just probably watching the next game.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

” I don’t care if I have to lie and report that Vlad likes finger painting with dolphin blood in his spare time."

Vampire CrushVampire Crush by A.M. Robinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I needed this book. As a lifelong friend of vampire stories, I rarely read funny ones. Thank you book for not taking itself too seriously :) I laughed out loud in various parts!

Funny thing, it reminded me a lot of Sarah Rees Brennan's main character, Kami Glass, of her book Unspoken.

Sophie wants to become the Editor in Chief of her school's newspaper. She has mad journalistic skills and is tasked with the job of interviewing half of the new students in her school: Vlad, Violet, Marisabel and Neville. Surprising enough, these kids have odd antics, making her mission an intriguing one, since they skimishly refuse to answer her questions...

Aren't they mysterious?

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It's a funny book focusing on a vampiric teen commonplace theme, but delivers an entertaining story. If you get too picky, there is a lot that needs to be explained which is left unanswered, but I just recomend it for those relaxing times when you want some light reads and laughable moments.

Great addition to my vampy collection!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"Though I lived in the human dwelling, I am a harpy and still long for a jungle nest and fruit."

Flight of the Golden HarpyFlight of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I'm kind of lost for words regarding this book.

This tells the story of a woman, Kari, who lives in a recently colonised planet, Dora, where strange creatures exist. It particularly focuses on the Harpies. These animal/human beings are feared and fiercly hunted by humans. However, when Kari was a child, a hot young harpy, Shail, saved her live. She got smitten by him and was devastated once her father sent her for 10 years to Earth, in a sort of exile. She returns with hope to find her harpy man bird, who she madly loves.

I must say that when reading this book, by its 8% mark I was silently hoping for the death of the main female character. Obviously my wish wasn't granted. But I persistently kept reading, hoping my secret 'kill the MC' desires evaporated. They never did :(

I read 300 or so pages and skimmed the remaining ones. So I have an informed opinion on this story. It really wasn't for me. It was full of stereotypes (gender, ethnic and class), cheesy one sided relationships and the most yucky romance I've read in a while. The only salvaging part, is its setting. It was full of imaginary creatures and had a Jurassic park taste. This was really original, as I don't recall frequently encountering such settings in the fantasy books I read. But beyond this, sadly, I did not like this book.

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For my Fictional Meals section, I want to highlight Kari's vegetarianism. She loves eating fruits, nuts and vegetables. It's infrequent to read about this food choice in books. Really, I've read about specific cravings, requests and preferences, but being fond of vegetarian meals, it baffles me how little I read about it. I will start a campaign that proclaims: "more vegetarians in our fiction!!"

I received this ARC copy from Tor/Forge through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you for providing this!

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