Thursday, July 31, 2014

"The bus was old and smelled a bit like feet and desperation - and yes, desperation has a smell. It's not pleasant."

Firebug (Firebug, #1)Firebug by Lish McBride
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was really fun, I read it a few weeks ago, but the story still sparks inside me (see what I did there?)

Anyways, this was the first book I've read from Lish McBride and though I've read somewhere that it is somehow related or happens in the same world as her previous Necromancer series, you won't really get confused at all if you haven't read it (like me).

This book tells the story of Ava, a cool temperamental girl who happens to be a firebug, basically, she controls fire and makes flames spark at her will. She is forced to work for an evil sort of all mob-like organization for supernatural beings called Coterie, whose head is a power hungry vampire woman called Venus. The job is dirty, as she is the designated unwilling killer for the Coterie.

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However, she has the best two sidekicks: Ezra vain hot guy who shifts into a fox and Locke well centred and no longer wearing a hipster moustache half dryad -tree empath-. The chemistry between these three was just amazing. I savoured every single moment of their adventures.

I loved McBride's writing style! Particularly how she makes her character's intentions and dialogues funny and witty. I had lots and lots of laugh-out-loud moments (my husband worried there for a little while). Even though the book starts a little info-dumpy, it grew on me! It was smart, addictive and ohhhhh... what an ending!!!

Here are some of my favourite lines:

"He always had this sort of hand-in-the-cookie-jar look about him, just bad enough to be fun."

"The bus was old and smelled a bit like feet and desperation - and yes, desperation has a smell. It's not pleasant."

"How on earth did other people manage double lives? Batman must be tired all the time. Of course, Batman also had Alfred to keep his shit straight for him."

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...well, this is why you always need sidekicks when battling the underworld ;)

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For my Fictional Meals section, I want to talk about Maple Syrup. This book starts with this sweet-sticky-concoction, one of my favourite spreadable. Ava's firebug skills help out in the process of Maple Sugaring. She basically describes the process and uses her fire to keep it boiling.

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Yummmmm I was fortunate enough to try the real Canadian deal and let me tell you mhhhhh. Unforgettable! Also, I visited a Maple farm and it was a great experience to see the trees and check out the extraction process.

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I received an ARC of this book from its publishers, Henry Holt and Co. (BYB)/Macmillan through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No maple syrup or any other tasty bribe was offered during this exchange.





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Friday, July 11, 2014

Mortal Danger & the Infinity Symbol Scavenger Hunt

Ann Aguirre is one of my favourite writers. She writes fantasy for young adults, adults and has a new series in the new adult genre. Also, with her husband, they have written an amazing steampunk series I am madly in love with, The Apparatus Infernum series.  

She has the best sense of humour, superb writing skills and is never a dull moment to follow her on Twitter

For her upcoming YA book, Mortal Danger (available August 5, 2014), she has made the most awesome Scavenger Hunt.  The task: spread the word & find infinity symbols all around you! Fun, right?

You can read the first 5 chapters of this book HERE

Synopsis:
Revenge is a dish best served cold. 
Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…

Well, so far I've found one Infinity Symbol and I am crossing my fingers that my "growing" attempt works out ;)


Here is the first one, from one of my tarot decks:


And here is a sneak peek of my growing attempt:


Now is your turn!! Spread the word and find those INFINITY SYMBOLS that surround you!