Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cover Crazy (33)

Cover Crazy is a meme created by Tawni @ The Bookworms to share book covers that you are thrilled about. This week it's Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin.  Maybe I just have a thing for dark and gritty covers that just have an overly creepy feeling to them, but I LOVE this cover! Sounds really interesting too.  (Yes I know it's Saturday but yesterday was crazy)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Cover Crazy (32)

Cover Crazy is a meme created by Tawni @ The Bookworms to share book covers that you are thrilled about. *screams* OMG! I can't believe the cover for Girl of Nightmares is already out!!! I absolutely loved Anna Dressed in Blood and I am PSYCHED for the sequel.  I love just how bloody this looks! I also love the fact that Anna never looks like a photographed person. I love the artistic feel to it.  (well I'm an artist so I'm biased) it's just soooo awesome! *jumps up and down*

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cover Crazy (31)

Cover Crazy is a meme created by Tawni @ The Bookworms to share book covers that you are thrilled about.  So this week is The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison.  It is just beautifully creepy.  The blood splatters with the butterfly is just a startling contrast.  Simple yet striking. I'm really excited to read this. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Review: In the Forests of the Night

Synopsis: Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have rescued Tea's and Aiden's father and have made it out of Mag Mell alive, bringing a few new friends with them. But The Dark Man's forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Teagan soon realizes that she is not the target of the goblins. In fact, the goblins call her princess, and call her to come out and play. Something is happening to her, and she suspects it’s an infection she picked up in Mag Mell. An infected cat-sídhe becomes her test subject, and Teagan is determined to cure it of the sickness that seems to rot its flesh. If she can find a cure for the cat-sídhe, then maybe there is hope for her. Meanwhile, Kyle and Isabeau, Teagan’s goblin cousins, show up in her school, disguised as a substitute teacher and a foreign exchange student. They are sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive. Once awoken, it will burn away every other aspect of her being, leaving her pure and solely goblin. When the process is complete, she will belong to Fear Doirich, the Dark Man. It is just a matter of time. In the meantime, Kyle and Isabeau are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Teagan’s family and friends. Tea knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn to be hunted to the death or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her, but as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich. And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.

My Review: So that synopsis is a little off.  First off not one goblin calls Teagan "Princess".  Second, she doesn't pick up anything from Mag Mell, someone GIVES her it more than halfway through the book.  And then Kyle doesn't show up till over half way through either.  Sorry, I just had to clear that up.  I read the synopsis and kinda just went "that is not how it happened." Now that that's settled...

I absolutely loved this! It has been ages since I read Tyger Tyger and I really just forgot how laugh out loud hysterical the writing is.  I was laughing through 2/3 of the book.  (The end was a bit more serious) Aiden and Abby are probably my two favorite characters.  They just make me laugh SO MUCH! I totally forgot about Aiden's hatred of Elvis Impersonators too.  My room mate looked at me really funny when I suddenly burst out laughing hysterically.  That kid is just too adorable for his own good.  And I probably will never look at garlic the same way every again. It will bring unbidden thoughts of Silvester Stalone and testosterone to my mind.  *twitches*

I really liked that Teagan and Finn are thinking their relationship through.  With Finn being the Mac Cumhail he's cursed to fight goblins until he perishes.  Teagan just wants a normal life and to fulfill her dreams.  It was just really nice that they weren't living in a fantasy world where everything just worked out perfect.  They're still taking things pretty slow, even though they've both said the L word.  It's just refreshing to see a slow romance. 

At first everyone is just trying to settle back into their normal lives, but Fear Doirich won't let that happen so easily.  I was pleasantly surprised where the plot led.  I didn't call that AT ALL.  I'm glad that Teagan is still remaining true to herself, despite her changes.  When they go back to into Mag Mell things get interesting pretty fast.  They run into phookas, giant Irish wolfhounds, and Fear and Mab themselves.  I absolutely loved the ending.  I was truly surprised that Mab inserted herself into the game.  Tricky little bugger to be sure.  And gah, the last line?! Basically Teagan's a badass.  "Then let there be war," *throws knife*. EPIC! Sorry, slight fangirl moment.  I want to know how to throw a knife now...

Anywho, just a few last things that I loved.  Uh, Jing?! Jing was freakin awesome.  Jing Khan= the Mighty Khan! And the fact that his full first name is actually an alternate spelling for Ghangis made me laugh SO HARD.  Parents in this book really have an awful habit of naming their kids after infamous/famous people/characters.  Abby's cousins' just make me laugh every time their names come.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... hehehe. 

So it's pretty safe to say that I really loved this.  It was a wonderful sequel to Tyger Tyger.  I cannot wait for the third book.  I have a feeling Zoe (the dance therapist) will be playing a major part.  And Thomas too for some reason.  I just have this awful feeling that he's going to sacrifice himself for the others.  I like Thomas :( Hopefully that doesn't happen. Can't wait for more! And be looking for any updates, because I'm going to be doing something with Kersten soon to celebrate the paperback release of Tyger Tyger! So stay tuned! ^.^


Monday, October 10, 2011

Review: Tris and Izzie

Synopsis: A modern retelling of the German fairytale "Tristan and Isolde", Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until -- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.

My Review: I have to say that I was drawn to this book solely by the amazing cover.  I've never read the original Tristan and Isolde or seen the movie, but from what I knew of it, it seemed like a classic love story.  Ya know the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover?" that none of us actually take to heart because lets face it, a pretty cover is what makes you want to read a book? Ya.  We should listen to those words of wisdom, because I have never been so horribly disappointed with a book as I have been with Tris and Izzie. 

In a word...awful.  I literally cannot find one redeeming quality to this book that would make it worth reading.   If you know me at all, you know how rare this is for me.  In the past two years there have been two books that I absolutely hated.  That's it.  I'm not hard to please, but dear god, this was just horrible on so many levels.

There was no characterization at all.  Izzie was so wish-washy to begin with, but add in the fact that the rest of the characters were horribly two dimensional, it becomes a blaring assault to the story.  Izzie was probably the dumbest MC I've ever come across.  For starters, what kind of friend would meddle with a love potion that is IRREVERSIBLE just to hook her best friend up with someone so she won't be alone? WHAT KIND OF FRIEND DOES THAT?! Not only that, but what kind of person thinks it is okay to make decisions for someone else without their consent?  And what kind of self absorbed idiot can't notice that her BEST FRIEND is in love with her boyfriend? Not to mention the fact that she treats Mark, (the nicest, sweetest, most timid boyfriend ever) like shit over a new hot guy?  She blames the love philtre the entire time, and just drags Mark along acting like she still loves him.  It's even worse when it's revealed that she didn't even drink a love philtre! Her awfulness was real and she has no one to blame but herself.  She was a self absorbed biotch who was made out to be an angel.

And dear lord, Tristan.  Meets Izzie, five seconds later "I love you!" Proclamations of undying love within the first five minutes? Really? There was no foundation for a relationship! It was just ridiculous.  I'll admit his magical sword was cool, but that was about it.  As for Branna, just gah.  I think she suffered from multiple personality disorder.  First she's sweet and shy, then she's a backstabbing bitch, then she's jealous to the point of revealing a huge secret of Izzie's, and then she's the loyal self sacrificing best friend.  What. The.  Hell? You confused? Ya, so am I. 

The story had potential.  Really, it did.  It was just executed so poorly that I can't even say the plot was okay.  It was overly dramatic, really random at times, and the end.  Gah! Oooh, we're only 18, will you marry me?  Huh?! I had trouble not just throwing down the book at that point.  The only reason I even finished this was because I had to read and review it and I didn't want any strikes against me for not reviewing this awful excuse of a novel.  It was literally almost painful reading this at times. 

So in conclusion, don't read this.  Don't be deceived by the pretty cover, because it will literally be a waste of a couple hours of your life. This is probably the most scathing review I have ever written.  Admittedly this is unfair to the author and any prospective reader, but I just can't help it.  If you go to Goodreads I guarantee you'll see harsher reviews than this.  I apologize for the non-objective review, truly I do.  I just really did not like this book. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Cover Crazy (30)

Cover Crazy is a meme created by Tawni @ The Bookworms to share book covers that you are thrilled about.  So this week it's Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore! I have literally been waiting YEARS for this book to come out! And finally, the cover!!!!! I'm sooo excited! Thus all the exclamation marks... but yes.  I'm very intrigued by the keys.  And of course I had to include the British cover too because I always think they're so much better! Bitterblue looks totally badass, I have to say.  :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (19)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Mizb @Should Be Reading
-Grab your current book
-Open to a random page
-Share (2) teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
-no spoilers!
-Share title and author
It must be the end of the world, because I'm actually doing teasers.  Shocker.  Actually have some down time between classes, yay! So I have two books currently in my possession that I need to have done by next Thursday...blarg.  So you get teasers from both of them! Well, the first sentence to each of them because I haven't actually started them...

First up is the Unbecoming of Mara Dryer by Michelle Hodkin
"The ornate script on the board twisted in the candlelight, making the letters and numbers dance in m head."

Then it's In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

"Tears were spilling down Teagan Wyllston's heeks as she went up the stairs."