Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Halflings by Heather Burch

3/5 Stars

            Halflings by Heather Burch jumps right into the action of the story. Our heroine Nicki is being chased through the forest by Hell Hounds and after putting up a decent fight she is losing. Then in swoops our hunky hero’s Raven, Mace, and Vine who are halflings men who are half angel, half man. And the action does not let up until the book is finished!
            The downside to this book is while there is a ton of action I didn’t really feel like anything happened. It is clear this book will be the first in the series and that its purpose was to get to know the characters. While there was a ton of things going on nothing furthered the big storyline about what was going on with Omega Corporation. That really bummed me out!
            Halflings also has a love triangle that I wasn’t thrilled with. For most of the book I didn’t even really think it was a love triangle! I thought that Nicki had no interest in Raven, it wasn’t until the end of the book that she really admitted to having any feelings for him. To me it was obvious she wanted to be with Mace, but knew it would was not worth the cost. Overall I really didn’t like the “love” in this book, I wasn’t particularly interested in either of the guys and when I finally started liking someone it never went anywhere.
            I was intrigued by all of the supporting characters in this book and that made up for the love triangle mess. Will, the Angel who takes care of the Halflings, was a nice father figure. I also really liked the relationship Nicki has with her parents, all too often in YA the heroines are from unhappy homes. It was nice to see a heroine who got along with her folks and had a semi trusting relationship with them. I also despite my better instinct liked the maybe “bad” guy Damon Vessler he was smooth, rich, and I could not figure out his motives which made me even more interested! I was really disappointed though when half way through the book Nicki’s “Best Friend” totally dropped off the radar and wasn’t brought up again, it felt like suddenly Nicki’s world revolved around the Halflings and she forgot school and bestie. I hope that Burch does a better job of incorporating her friend into the storyline in the sequel.
            The storyline was very original and the writing was nice, albeit a little jumpy at times. In all honesty I did enjoy Halflings and will probably pick up the sequel but there were too many problems for me to give it any more then 3 stars. I look forward to seeing where Heather Burch goes with the sequel and what happens with Omega Corp and the Halflings!

Thank you and Zondervan publishers for allowing me to review an ARC copy of Halflings

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

4/5 Stars


Silence is the third book in the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. Silence picks up where Crescendo leaves off. Nora has been kidnapped by the Black Hand and has been missing for 11 weeks. She wakes up on a gravesite with no memory whatsoever.

I felt that this book was much better than Crescendo, which left a bad taste in my mouth. Even with Patch trying to explain that he was only hanging with Marcie because he was her guardian angel I was left disliking Patch which hurt because I like him so much! In Silence we see how much he loves Nora and he redeems himself in my eyes.

I really liked the relationship between Nora and Patch in Silence. There wasn’t so much of the lusty “ooohhh I can’t live with you!!” that is very popular in YA. In this one Nora seems more grown up about her relationship and for once I can tell how much Patch cares for her.

The one big thing that I disliked about Silence was that for a good half of the book Nora had no memory at all. The Black Hand had erased everything. Nora had no memory of the kidnapping, nephilim, or even Patch! It was horrific and I felt that Fitzpatrick only did this to repeat everything she had said in Hush Hush and Crescendo and stretch the series into 4 books. I was really disappointed in this point. This series has such an interesting idea and storyline that Nora losing her memory actually took away from the story not added to it.

Overall I really did enjoy Silence and would definitely encourage anyone who has read the other two books in the Hush Hush series to pick it up. As an added bonus there is a short story at the end (at least there was in the e-book) about Patch’s first meeting with Nora from Patch’s perspective which was really fun!

Blogs First Giveaway! Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

You can read my review HERE

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Epic Reads Epic Deals

Epic Reads is having an amazing deal 10 of their YA e-books are on sale all for 99 cents! 

I bought Entwined, Bumped, and The Poison Diaries for my nook and I can already say it is the best $3 bucks I've spent all year. 

If you are interested in picking up Hereafter by Tara Hudson you can read my review HERE

And although I don't have a review for it I highly recommend Unearthly by Cynthia Hand it is a fun angel story with an interesting twist! The sequel Hallowed comes out January 17th and I could not be more excited!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Remembrance by Michelle Madow

3/5 Stars


Remembrance by Michelle Madow was a quick sweet read. The story line revolves around Elizabeth and a mysterious boy Drew who shared a past life together, and there struggle to have a relationship. The story is based on Taylor Swift's song and music video "Love story".

I thought the concept of Remembrance was different, and I really enjoyed the premise of past lives and reincarnation. After reading so much supernatural lately it was a nice change of pace to not have the romantic interest be a vampire, werewolf, or fey for once.

I also really enjoyed all the Jane Austen references and parallels. Austen is one of my favorite authors so it was fun to see a modern day re-telling of her famous work, Pride and Prejudice. Although I was a little upset that Madow insisted on pointing out these parallels to readers, I mean, we know that there is a parallel no need to say so repeatedly. This type of thing detracted from the reading.

My other criticism is that Remembrance was a little slow for my tastes. At many points I could tell the author is young, the High School scenes were very realistic and it made me think back to a few years ago when I was still at that point in my life. It also reminded me how boring and monotonous high school can be. I found myself wishing Madow had skipped over entire days the characters were at school just because I'm not interested in Elizabeth, Drew, or Chelsea's daily life. If you are going to write a book about a reincarnation love that spans time make the book about that not about the daily life of high schoolers.

All in all Remembrance was a cute story, and a nice book chaser after I had finished Clockwork Prince. I'm not sure if I will pick up the sequel right away but if there is another .99 cent e-book deal it will be hard to turn down reading Vengeance.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
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I loved loved loved this book no joke! When I say 5 stars I really mean it. The relationship between Tessa and Will, Will and Jem, and Jem and Tessa was the first love triangle that I have not gagged and rolled my eyes at. Cassie Clare really outdid herself with this one! I am not joking when I say that this is her best book yet and that I love Infernal Devices more then The Mortal Instruments.

Clockwork Prince begins where Clockwork Angel left off, the clave no closer to finding Mortmain then when they found out about Nate’s betrayal and De Quincy was killed. The story focuses on finding Mortmain and learning more about his extensive web of clockwork creatures, and people doing his bidding.

Let me just start off my saying I LOVE JEM. There is pretty much nothing else that needs to be said. I enjoy reading about his struggles with his disease, how he is coming to terms with the fact that his addiction is killing him slowly. It is so real and powerful that I just want to jump through the pages and hug him! I’m excited that we get to see a different side of Jem in Clockwork Prince to, the side that actually takes what he wants, gets upset, and gets excited. Don’t get me wrong I like that Jem is a perfect gentlemen but occasionally I like to see a little rougher around the edges ^.~

Will in this book also make a drastic change from the person we knew. He is still the same snarky shadowhunter but we find out why he has been pushing everyone away. Why he is purposefully mean to everyone who tries to care about him and more importantly why he said the things he did to Tessa on the roof at the end of Clockwork Angel. In the first book I must admit, I hated Will. He got on my nerves, was a jerk, and I had no idea why anyone in there right mind would like a person like that. In Clockwork Prince I really began to like Will Herondale and my heart broke for him, there may have even been a small tear (I will not admit to any more then that!).

Now on to our other Clockwork Prince stars, Magnus is all his amazing magical glory makes enough appearances to keep me happy but not enough to leave me satisfied. To be fair the entire book could be only about Magnus and I would still not be satisfied! We get to see a little bit of Camille, Ragnor Fell, and a few new characters.

I must say this book left a lot of unanswered questions. I still want to know what Tessa is, what Mortmain is up to, what is going on with all those clockwork devices, and a whole host of other spoiler-y questions which I will leave to myself!

Oh by the way did I mention...TEAM JEM!! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

3/5 Stars

I really thought I would enjoy this book more then The Iron King. I tend to like sequels better just because I know the characters and feel like I have a vested interest in what happens to them. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed this book I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as The Iron King.

In this book I really expected Meghan to kick ass, take names, and become more independent. After all she defeated The Iron King, Machina, in the last book! Instead Meghan seemed to go backward instead of forward. She was whiney and continuously pining over Ash. Meghan at certain parts actually got on my nerves! And that says something because I liked her so much in the first book.

Now for some spoilers:

In The Iron Daughter Ash basically breaks things off with Meghan. Although it is clear he still has feelings for her Ash does what he believes is right for both of them and tells Meghan “No”. I feel like this girl has never heard those words in her life! She keeps putting Ash into situations that force them together instead of respecting his wishes. I guess this bothered me because it seemed unrealistic. In the real world if the guy tells you its over, then it is time for a good girl cry, maybe some friend bonding, and then some stolen looks across the room until the boy realizes he is being an idiot.

I found myself actually disliking Ash in The Iron Daughter because of how much Meghan talked about him, thought about him, and threw herself at him. All of this Ash attention had me liking Puck more and more. Puck was a good friend to Meghan throughout this whole adventure. He gave Meghan space when she wanted it, ignored her wishes when he thought it was her best interest, and was overall just a great guy! I found myself constantly wishing Meghan would get over Ash and give Puck a real chance.

My favorite thing about this book was Iron Horse. I loved the change in his character from enemy to friend. His devotion to Meghan and the sacrifice’s he was willing to make for her. Iron Horse actually made the book for me. With all the boy drama going on it was so nice to see a genuine character with no ulterior motives who was willing to give everything for the cause.

-Spoilers ended-

Overall I did enjoy The Iron Daughter and I will be picking up The Iron Queen. I was just disappointed with Meghan and hope that she does some growing up between books 2 and 3! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

4/5 Stars


I feel like I'm late for a party and I'm upset that I missed the first half, but I am determined to make the second half count! 

I regret not picking this book up earlier. I had heard such wonderful things about it, but I kept passing it up at the store. It was not until an e-book basically fell into my lap that I started it.

First off I have to say that I don't particularly like "Fae" this is one of the first Fae stories I have read. Usually I roll my eyes when a book mentions a Faery and stick it right back on the shelf but I am now a converted girl and the next Faery story I will not be glossing over!

The Iron King centers around Meghan Chase at first glance normal girl who is anything but. Meghan is really the illegitimate daughter of the Summer Court's King Oberon. And Meghan has been forced into the Never Never to find her younger half brother. Meghan's journey morphs into so much more then just finding her brother. She makes deals she probably shouldn't have made, meets a cunning cat, and falls for the Winter Prince Ash.

Now on to confession time, I defiantly liked Ash but I'm not completely sold on him. I'm not positive that he liked Meghan or that he is over the other girl that was once in his life. I'm not sure if his loyalties still lie with his Mother, the Winter Queen, or if he really has changed and he loves Meghan. Either way every time he entered the story my heart skipped a beat so we are on the right track to YA crush material. Hopefully in the next book we get a little more Ash action =)

Needless to say I really enjoyed this book and have already started The Iron Daughter. I have high hopes that it will be just as good as The Iron King!