Friday, January 27, 2012

Cover Crazy (38)

Cover Crazy is a meme created by Tawni @ The Bookworms to share book covers that you are thrilled about.  Ever since I read Sister's Red I have fallen in love with Jackson Pearce's writing.  Sweetly is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read and I cannot wait for Purity! The cover is genius.  Truly it is.  Honestly I'm reminded of Robin Hood Men and Tights with the chastity belt, but still.  I think that's kind of the point.  Lol.  So simple and classy.  Love!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cover Crazy (37)

Cover Crazy is a meme created by Tawni @ The Bookworms to share book covers that you are thrilled about. This week it's The Girl in the Clockwork Collar! I still haven't read the Girl in the Steel Corset, but I still adore these covers! I'm actually pleased that they chose to focus on a different character for the cover! That's usually very uncommon.  Love it! The dress is stunning and the collar is just so cool! Can't wait for this one! And of course for me to have time to read the first one.  :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cover Crazy (36)

Cover Crazy is a meme created by Tawni @ The Bookworms to share book covers that you are thrilled about. This week it's Glitch by Heather Anastasiu! I have been waiting on the cover for this for forever! I looked at it a couple days ago and just happened to look again and BAM! It was there! This looks so amazing! I love the purple/pink of her skin tones.  So sweet! Can't wait for this one ^.^

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (20)

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
So New Year's resolution! Do posts besides my reviews.  I used to be very good at updating on a regular basis.  Needless to say college sucks.  But since my schedule allows for a 3 hr gap on Tuesday morning and I don't have classes Friday, hopefully weekly memes will become a reality.  So Teaser Tuesdays and Cover Crazy posts will now be regular.  *crosses my fingers* 
This week it's The Pledge by Kimberly Derting! I actually haven't started to read it yet.  I got distracted by the Bachelor and Castle last night.  But here are some teases from the first page! 
"The air crackled like a gathering thunderstorm the moment the girl entered the chamber.  She was just a child, but her presence changed everything."

"'Leave us,' she declared in a voice that had once been filled with authority but now came out hoarse and papery."

Monday, January 9, 2012

Review: Hallowed

Synopsis: For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning. 

My Review:  A lot of sequels of amazing debuts from last year are now coming out.  And as I read them I can't help but be slightly disappointed because they're mostly filler.  Yet, I expect this.  It's a major trend in books, so I can't get too upset over it.  I have to say though that Hallowed exceeded my expectations in this department.  There was a legitimate plot going on, not just added in drama for the sake of drama with nothing actually happening.  Even though it still had a good plot, I can't help but be horribly devastated with where it went.  

Clara has defied her purpose. She went against "God's plan" to save Tucker, the boy she loved.  Her mother still won't clue her in to what's really going on in her life.  She feels like she's being punished for not full-filling her Purpose.  Jefferey is steadily pulling away from their family, growing more withdrawn.  The mystery remains where he was the day of the fire, and the threat of Samjeeza is still hovering over them all. 

Now that all the angel bloods have been revealed to each other, Angela gets it in her head to start Angel Club.  Though their quest for more knowledge about themselves is stunted by the fact that Christian refuses to open up.  When Clara starts having another vision/dream it's clear that her purpose is not over, whatever it is.  

A lot of things happen.  I will say I was definitely thrown for a loop on a few of them.  Did not call some stuff AT ALL.  And yet, most of it wasn't all that surprising, amazingly enough.  I was actually pleased with some of the plot reveals.  

With Unearthly I really loved the fact that Clara went against her purpose for love.  I get so freakin sick and tired of "you're destined for each other" love stories.  Hate them with a fiery passion.  I adore Tucker.  So. Much.  He's probably one of my all time favorite love interests.  The main reason I loved Unearthly so much was that I was so ecstatic that Clara CHOSE him.  She didn't pursue Christian because of some destiny, she fell in love with TUCKER.  The whole happiness with that decision totally backfired in Hallowed though.  

I feel like readers naturally fell in love with Tucker because we got to know him very well.  Christian remained this huge mystery.  In this book, more of Christian is revealed and of course he's an amazing guy and of COURSE Clara starts falling for him.  She loves Tucker, she truly does and will do anything to protect him.  But when he becomes a target for Samjeeza she realizes that he deserves someone he can actually be with without all this shit happening.  She can't deny that she and Christian were "meant to be" and that they belong with each other.  And she doesn't fight it.  At all.  I was PISSED.  The whole point of the first book was that she FREELY CHOSE whom to love.  And it just ruined the whole idea for me.  I guess I really should have expected it, but I was really hoping that Clara and Christian could still work together to full-fill their purposes and have Clara still remain with Tucker.  It just sucks.  Don't get me wrong, I like Christian, but I LOVE Tucker.  

Kind of a side note here, but I feel that Jefferey totally got screwed over.  You never know what's going on with him.  It's like Clara totally forgot he was her brother.  Maybe it's because I'm an only child, but if I had a sibling I'd want to know what was going on with their lives.  Clara's so self-absorbed with her love life dilemma and her purpose that she can't even see that Jefferey is majorly struggling with his as well.  I hope that things work out okay for him, because well, I think he has it worse than Clara.  I kind of just want to hug him because literally NOBODY is concerned for him.  

I still really enjoy these books, but I have to say in the future books, if Tucker gets screwed over, these books will move from the "like" category, to "disdain" category very quickly.  Please, please, please, let me still like this series when it's complete.  It would be horrible otherwise.  Eagerly awaiting the next one.  Because I am dying to know what happens. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Review: Dragonswood

Synopsis:Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.

Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.

In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted.

My Review: It's been a good long while since I've read a good old fashioned fantasy novel.  I discovered I missed them greatly.  There really need to be more dragon's in books as far as I'm concerned.  I have to say though I was greatly confused about the setting of this book.  I thought this was AU until there was mention of England and King Richard the Lion Heart.  I had one of those O.O moments while reading.  But I rolled with it.  Didn't matter much in the end. 

Tess's story starts off with a good old fashioned witch-hunt.  Gotta love killing innocent girls right? What was even more disturbing was the fact that the witch hunts were being led by a woman.  I don't think I've ever come across that. Ever.  Definitely threw me for a loop, that's for sure.  When Tess is captured, she is tortured into giving up her "conspirators".  Not meaning to condemn her friends, she answer's a question that ends up implicating her friends in witch craft.  Tess is able to escape her captors and flees with her friends to the safety of Dragonswood. 

Though Tess saved them, they still cannot entirely forgive her for uprooting them from their lives.  She is guilt ridden for giving them up, and will do anything to get their lives back in order.  Tess was extremely protective of her two friends, to the point of severe distrust of anyone else.  She always expects someone to betray them, never believing in the kindness of others.  Tess has had a rough life, being physically beaten by her father and trying to protect her mother from the same fate.  She doesn't believe in the kindness of men, and expects a quick temper more than anything else. 

When they meet Garth, a Woodsman of Dragonswood, she recognizes him from the visions she's been having.  Mistaking him for someone that means them harm, Tess immediately does not trust him.  It is only out of sheer desperation that she allows him to take her and her friend's in.  However, as she spends more time in his company and gets to know him, the harder she falls. 

The pacing of this novel was just wonderfully done.  A lot happens, but none of it felt rushed.  It combined dragons, faeries, and humans all together in a great ratio.  Every species got it's own little spotlight.  I have to say, the plot was totally predictable up to a certain extent.  Whenever there is a prophecy involved it's always just a dead giveaway.  And Garth's whole secret identity. Dude, I knew from the first time they sang the little song.  Wish it hadn't been THAT obvious. Despite the predictability of the plot, I still really enjoyed it. 

One thing that I absolutely loved about this book was the love story. Hallelujah I found another perfectly paced "falling in love" scenario in a book that was totally realistic and wonderfully done.  They kissed once! On the very last page! Granted I have nothing against a good make out session, but it was just nice to see it done.  I loved both Garth and Tess.  They made an excellent couple.  Plus I loved how Tess wasn't super gorgeous.  She had her own little quirks, but she was a beautiful person and that's all that really matters.  ^.^

The epilogue just left me wanting more though! I was like "ah! now what's gonna happen!" I hope this story continues on in the form of Tess's son.  That would be cool.  Can't wait to see if there will be more to the story.