Weekly Update

Hello!

I didn’t have a lot of time to read this week, but I did pick up Awaken by Natasha Preston and soon put it back down. I’ve read The Cellar and had mixed thoughts about it. However, her new book that is set to be released in August I found to be for the younger crowd of the YA spectrum. If you enjoy reading YA books that are a bit on the immature side, then Awaken may be perfect for you.
Glass-ArrowI picked up The Glass Arrow again and read a few pages. Every chapter since the first chapter she’s been in the same place and I am wanting things to change. I really want to get to where she starts kicking butt! I really want to finish this book, but I don’t know! It may take me longer than usual. I am still very interested in the main character and how she will develop throughout the story, but it’s taking forever! This book is probably going to take me longer than usual to read. I want to keep reading because I’m curious as to where the story is going.

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As promised, (I mentioned it in a previous post) I will be continuing Penryn and The End of Days trilogy by Susan Ee. World After is the second book. The first book ended with Penryn reuniting with her family and going back to her life with the humans. Penryn’s and Raffe’s fate as friends was left undetermined at the end of book one. I bought the ebook through my Kindle on yesterday. Not only is this trilogy well written, it’s also very affordable. Books 1-3 are $4.99; EVEN the third book released this year. I love when amazing books are not overpriced. Although, I think this trilogy should be priced a little higher because it’s that good!

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I also started reading Sabriel by Garth Nix. I’ve heard a lot about this book from fellow bibliophiles. I read about two chapters and intrigued! The story is set in a world where everyone has magical powers and are able to be taught how to use them in school. Sabriel, who’s father is a necromancer (she is also able to communicate with the dead and/or bring them back to life), soon graduates from school and thinks about whether to attend college or not. Before she’s able to decide, she gets word from a supernatural creature that something has happened to her father. Sabriel packs up her things and leaves the boarding school to begin a journey to find her father. I can’t wait to fully focus on reading this book, but I really want to finishing reading Penyrn and The End of Days trilogy first!

I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy books lately and I must say I don’t mind at all! If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to know what you think about them!

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Just Finished: Angelfall by Susan Ee

angelfallI want to first start by saying how saddened I am by recently finding Angelfall. *inserts sad face* Even though I got my hands on it a few years late, I’m glad I did eventually. I LOVE this book. I cannot tell you guys how much I love it. I’ve never been a fan of reading books with angel characters. What makes this book so surprisingly different? Susan Ee is an amazing storyteller. This is how books with angel characters should be written! It’s flawless! I can’t explain how much I love this book without jumping up and down from complete and utter….happiness.

The story begins with a teen named Penryn who lives with her mother and sister. Penryn feels as if she has to take on everything because her mother and sister are disabled. Her sister is paralyzed from the waist down and her mother suffers from schizophrenia. The three of them are escaping from their home due to angels taking over the world. They are in a time called the “world after,” referring to life after the apocalypse. There’s barely any food left and danger around every turn. Humans and angels are enemies. The humans see these angels as a threat to their wellbeing.

While escaping, Penryn comes across an angel, Raffe who is having a hard time with other angels. Things happen. As the angels are fighting Raffe, another angel takes her sister, Paige. Penryn sets on an adventure to get her sister back from the enemy angels. Raffe decides to help Penryn and she helps him along the way as well.  Soon, Penryn and Raffe get comfortable with each other and they begin a journey to help each other while disregarding they are on opposing sides. The two deal with this internal conflict  throughout the story.

As I mentioned above, I am in love with this story. The sequel to this book is called World After released in 2013 and the 2015 release, The End Days concludes the trilogy. I will be reading all three! The writing is amazing. The characters are interesting and fun. The story was not too long. It was the perfect length. I didn’t think the details were overdone or underdone. I got just enough background information to understand and really enjoy reading it. I recommend this book to everyone.

 

You Think You Know About Vampires? Think Again!

bookish-fledglingAfter picking this book up at the beginning of the month, I finally finished it. Finally. If you think you know all there is to know about vampires, think again, my dear. I had a bit of cognitive dissonance while reading this book because Ms. Butler took everything I knew about vampires and said it was all wrong! This is a work of fiction, but all of the other fictional books about vampires seem to run into each other. None are significantly different than the other until I read this book.

This the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted-and still wants-to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.

The story began really mysteriously and had my attention until I got done with more than half of the book. The story is very interesting. You will learn about things concerning the nature and makeup of vampires that will make you a little uncomfortable; especially if you love reading similar stories. Towards the end, the storytelling started to become repetitive and I lost interest. I think it’s great to keep refreshing the reader’s mind, but it can become annoying.

Also, I love when authors are descriptive in their storytelling. However, Ms. Butler was a VERY descriptive author. Every character in the story is fully developed. Background information is given about every character and family. Sometimes it can make a book longer than it should be.The human-vampire relationships took me off guard. You would never think humans would be welcoming to vampires (and vice versa) and they will actually live together in harmony.

I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. Race, politics, sexism, and poverty are common ground in this book. I recommend it if you love reading books with vampires and don’t mind getting a different perspective.

Merry Christmas To Me. More books!

I was just asked to pick what I want for Christmas and guess what I bought! Well, this shouldn’t be surprising, but I picked books I’ve been having my eye on for a while. I just received the pile of books I bought for my Christmas gift to myself. I got another opportunity to receive even more books, so I took it. Let’s get to the books I picked!

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I don’t know anything about this book, but I thought the cover was interesting.

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I’ve been hearing a lot about this book for a while. I’ve seen it hauled on YouTube plenty of times and there were only two copies left, so I grabbed quickly! From what I understand this book is about a girl who has special and deadly powers that would make her parents lock her in the garage and call the cops. That was all I needed to read!

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Looking For Alaska has to be the most… Misunderstood/misinterpreted book cover I’ve ever seen. I thought it was about the state of Alaska and someone documenting their journey on the way. That’s what I thought! But I couldn’t have been any more wrong. Unfortunately, being wrong led me to not read this book for a long time. I’m a fan of John Green’s writing style. I think it’s great. I loved The Fault in our Stars (hated the movie). I had An abundance of Katherine’s, but I put it down. Hopefully I read it soon.

Black Friday…Er, Thanksgiving Book Order!

So! Of course I had to get some books during all the black Friday craziness, but that’s not quite what happened! I didn’t buy anything on black Friday! Some online book stores began their sales on Thanksgiving day! On Thanksgiving morning, I ordered a few books from Book Outlet because I knew the books I wanted wouldn’t have been available if I waited longer! Every book was 30% off. Here’s what I bought:

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I have to say this is the best group of books I’ve ordered online so far. I’m very excited to receive them and I haven’t gotten a shipping confirmation yet. I’m too anxious! There are 5 hardcovers and 3 softcovers in this group. I paid $23 and some cents for 8 books in brand new condition. I normally don’t like reading books in hardcover form, but I couldn’t resist the sale, so I will just have to deal with it. I will talk more about them once they are read and I publish a review. If you have read any of these books, tell me your thoughts!

Book Review: Say Her Name by James Dawson

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Say Her Name

James Dawson

Length: 287 pages

My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear…But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Review

Drip, drip, drip…

When I started reading the first page of this book I loved how there was a description of what happened before the present day events. The whole book read like it was a movie and I was able to envision everything happening. My only gripe about this book was that it is a bit juvenile. I expect that from a YA author, but I’ve also read The Merciless, which was as gory as you could possibly imagine. I loved it! If you are a fan of the urban legend Bloody Mary, you’ll enjoy this story.

I read reviews about Say Her Name on Goodreads and most people were a bit freaked out about it, but I didn’t get it. I actually didn’t feel anything while reading this book. I was very interested in what happened next, though. The writing and timing of events were well organized. I didn’t like the wording and I felt the characters were a bit immature, but what else can I expect from YA? I’m not saying all YA literature is juvenile. I can only account for this book and future YA books I read.

A striking element to this novel is the author is male and he developed his female characters perfectly! I was so taken by how he was able to write about girly things… develop characters with girly humor and language. He’s quite a talented author in that respect. I haven’t stumbled upon many male authors who write novels with female lead characters and for it to be believable. Very interesting!

I definitely recommend this book for teens and young adults.

New Trilogies For The New Year!

Recently, I’ve started to get really into reading trilogies. Some are fairly new and others were written more than a few years ago. Here’s the trilogies I’ve started and plan to start reading which will spill over into the new year..

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Shadow and Bone! I’ve had this book on my bookshelf for a few months and never got around to it until Friday. I finished it yesterday and I must say this book is amazing! Very well written and the characters are well developed. It’s mainly about a girl named Alina who has special powers who is in love with her best friend. I bought the second book from Barnes & Noble yesterday, but I plan to read it next month. The genre is epic fantasy.

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Next trilogy is Throne of Glass! I ordered this book last week and waiting on its arrival. It is about the most powerful assassin in the land and its a woman! I love novels with female assassins as lead characters. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book. The genre is fantasy.

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Flowers In The Attic by V.C. Andrews was first published in 1976. I’m not completely sure what it is about. All I know is something happens to the father and there’s an inheritance involved. The children have the worst end of the stick. Evil happens and the children are locked in an attic. There’s a Lifetime movie adaptation. I just started reading it this morning and it’s interesting so far. The genre is horror.

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Fury is the first book in the paranormal/suspense Fury trilogy. A group of friends get traumatized by the paranormal who want to inflict revenge for an event that caused the death of one of their classmates. I am half way done with it and it’s not the best paranormal book I’ve ever read, but I will finish the trilogy. It has its good parts.

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The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy follows an art student that was raised by demons and is visited by an Angel who shows are a different way of being. I do not own this book yet or ordered it. I do plan to start reading it soon and unfortunately it won’t be this year! The genre is fantasy.

I don’t know what I’ve started, but I planned to finish it! My plan is to read the next book in a trilogy every month until I’m done, so I should be done with them by the end of February. All of them except Daughter of Smoke and Bone and probably Throne of Glass as well because I don’t think I’ll receive it and finish it in time to have it finished by February, so it will be March when I finish that trilogy.

If you’ve read any of these trilogies or currently reading, tell me what you think!

Just Picked: The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

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A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real…

I’ve been hearing a lot about Neil Gaiman’s work. I love horror books. Extremely crazy, mind bending, and dark books are my weakness and this author seems like he knows what he’s doing! The more I cringe while reading a book, the better. This just may be the perfect book for me to begin reading his work. I found the eBook on Amazon for $6.99 which I think is a mega steal. I can’t wait get into it!

Gaiman recently released, The Sleeper and The Spindle that seems even more amazing! I can’t wait to read it as well. It’s going to be a good November and December for books!

Review: Small Town Evil by Ken Berglund

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Small Town Evil

Ken Berglund

Publisher: Ken Berglund (February 4, 2013)

Length: 71 pages

Synopsis

A father and daughter are hunted by a girl they thought they had run over in their car while returning home from a weekend vacation. When the father realizes that his daughter’s condition is getting worse, and that the girl he hit may or may not even exist, he returns to the small town where he had the accident, hoping to find answers.

Review

I just bought my Kindle Fire HD on yesterday and of course I had to check everything out, so I looked at some books in the bookstore. Small Town Evil turned out to be a pleasant find. The ebook is written by an independent author who has also written several other books including more fiction and nonfiction. As you read in the synopsis, the book is about a father and daughter who hit a little girl as they were returning home from vacation and the father sets out to find out more about the victim. This book is filled with suspense and it keeps you asking questions. I won’t consider it horror because I find it hard for horror to be a hard genre for any author (unless you’re Stefan King). It has the typical country setting, but it also has surprising twists. I do not recommend young readers to read this book because it has a lot of profanity and sexuality. …it even deals with another serious subject that I do not want to say in this post. It is definitely geared towards adults.

Small Town Evil does not stand alone. There is a second book in the series called Small Town Evil 2. Unfortunately, if you want to know what happens next, you have no choice but to buy the second book because the first book ends with the father asking a question to his daughter and you won’t know the answer if you don’t get the second book. Amazingly, the first book is only 99 cents and the second one is 99 cents as well in the Amazon bookstore. I think these books are a steal. The chapters are short, which is good for someone like me who has a short attention span. I did not find any grammar errors and misspellings in this book that I would normally find in books from independent authors, so I will recommend this book to anyone! I will be buying the second book and I will post a review of that one, too.