Monday, July 30, 2012

Princess in Love by Meg Cabot

Title: Princess in Love

Author: Meg Cabot

Published: HarperTrophy, 2003

Pages: 229

Series: Princess Diaries, Book 3

Summary: *May Contain Spoilers* Mia discovers yet another branch on the royal side of her family tree when she meets her cousin, Sebastiano, an up-and-coming fashion designer. Mia worries that Sebastiano might want her dead, since he's next in line to inherit the throne, she's not yet willing to toss him aside -- his dress creations are not only exquisite, they are perfectly tailored to bring out the best in Mia's flat-chested, big-footed physique. Life is looking better on other fronts as well, for Mia finally has a boyfriend. Unfortunately, it's Kenny, her study partner, good friend, and fellow classmate, whereas the real love of her life is Michael, the brother of Mia's best friend, Lilly. But not only does Michael seem clueless about Mia's affections; it looks like he has a girlfriend. 

While bemoaning her inability to compete for Michael's affections, Mia spends her time trying to avoid Kenny's kisses, pondering the best way to break up with him even as she wonders why he hasn't asked her to the big Christmas dance. Adding to Mia's stresses are her upcoming final exams, her mother's incessant morning sickness, the usual unwanted media attention, and the ongoing torments of her fellow classmate and nemesis, Lana.   
(Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: The third instalment of the Princess Diaries series was just as good as the previous two.  I find that Meg Cabot’s books are good to read if you’re wanting something light and fun.

As always I got quite a few laughs out of Princess in Love.  There were a couple of events that occurred that had me laughing quite a bit.  It was just kind of outrageous that some of the characters thought some of the things that they had.

Once again Mia’s Grandmere did some things that were so annoying but as always she meant well and it she made things right in the end.

Also, in this one, the huge event happened.  Ahhh finally!  Not going to spoil it but yay finally, it’s about time.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Princess in Love and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Source: Library

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Safe Harbour by Moira Rogers

Title: A Safe Harbour

Author: Moira Rogers

Published: Samhain Publishing, 2010

Pages: 84

Summary: During the bite of the Great Depression, sole female dominant Joan Fuller struggles against the rise of cruelty among her alpha counterparts. The men tolerate her interference--until she breaks from the pack and allies with a witch and a vampire. Now the Boston alpha intends to bring them all forcibly back into the fold--and teach her a lesson she may not survive.

Seamus Whelan and his werewolf bootleggers intend to retire from smuggling and savor their fortune, but first they must do a favor for an old friend: escort some female wolves to safety. An easy job, if their leader wasn't a prim ex-debutante with enough power to challenge Seamus himself. Chance makes them allies; powerful need makes them lovers.
Together, they have the opportunity to build a sanctuary for their kind, but first they must free themselves from Joan's past, and the powerful man who would see her destroyed.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I’m not always the biggest werewolf fan but I have had this sitting around on my computer for a really long time and I decided that I should just read it.  My feelings on A Safe Harbour are pretty neutral really.  I didn’t love it but I didn’t completely hate it either.

I thought that the story was quite interesting.  It was quite different to what I’d usually read.  It was set in the time of the Depression and it had a female leader werewolf, which is very unique I might add.

The characters were alright, they didn’t stand out really but I’m never really a person who pays attention to the characters too much anyway.  I thought that Joan and Seamus had an interesting relationship however.

Overall, I thought that A Safe Harbor was a short, interesting read and fans of werewolves would enjoy.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot

Title: Princess in the Spotlight

Author: Meg Cabot

Published: HarperTrophy, 2002

Pages: 263

Series: Princess Diaries, Book 2

Summary: *May Contain Spoilers* No one ever said being a princess was easy.

Just when Mia thought she had the whole princess thing under control, things get out of hand, fast. First there's an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmère arranges a national primetime interview for the brand-new crown princess of Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer begin to arrive.
Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from, Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn't been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: It’s been a while since I had read the first Princess diaries book but lately I have been looking for more books to read that are light and fun so I decided it was time to continue on with the Princess Diaries series again.

I enjoyed reading Princess in the Spotlight.  It didn’t take me very long to read through the book either.  They’re the kind of book that you can pick up and read in no time because they’re fun reads.  While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it was fluffy because it does have its underlying meanings and I always find that Meg’s books have this extra level of depth that surprises me.

I got quite a few laughs out of Princess in the Spotlight which was really awesome.  I always love to laugh so I was glad I could get some laughs out of this book.

As well as everything going on in Mia’s life there was a little bit of mystery.  Who is this secret admirer of Mia’s?  I was really curious about who it was and so when it was revealed I laughed out loud because I had kind of guessed who it was.  I did however, feel that at times it was sort of forgotten about and I found myself a little frustrated because you don’t find out until the very end of the book.

Once again Mia’s Grandmere was being a pest!  Ugh, I know that she means well but seriously, there were times I wished she would just listen to what other people wanted and not organise things all herself.

Overall, I really enjoyed Princess in the Spotlight and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Source: Library

Friday, July 20, 2012

At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost

Title: At Grave's End

Author: Jeaniene Frost

Published: Avon, 2009

Pages: 342

Series: Night Huntress, Book 3

Summary: *May Contain Spoilers* It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger. 

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: As soon as I read the first book in this series I got hooked.  I’m really into urban fantasy stories at the moment and the Night Huntress series is one of those series that I’m really loving.  I feel like every time I finish a book I just need to read the next one.  Needless to say after finishing the third book I was putting the fourth one on hold at my library.

I find that Cat’s stubbornness is starting not to bother me much anymore.  I really like her.  I also like Cat’s best friend Denise.  Denise seems really interesting and I’m curious to know more about her.  Luckily, there is a book spin-off with Denise as a main character.

The story line was pretty interesting.  Some parts were predictable, some were a little surprising but good nonetheless.  There was one part that shocked me a little however, I knew that it wasn’t a permanent event as I had read about what was to happen in further books.

There was one thing that I did find a little weird.  At some parts I felt that one of the characters was missing for most of the book as though he had been forgotten and then he turned up all of a sudden when it was convenient.

I was also excited to be introduced to new character, Vlad who I notice has his own series coming up.  I’m definitely curious about that one.

Overall, I’m really loving the Night Huntress series and intend to continue to carry on until I’m all caught up on the series.

Source: Library

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Title: One Foot in the Grave

Author: Jeaniene Frost

Published: Avon, 2008

Pages: 357

Series: Night Huntress, Book 2

Summary: *May Contain Spoilers* You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head – wanted: dead or half-alive – means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever … and Bones won’t let her get away again.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Bones and Cat are back!  Yay.  I really loved the first book so I just could not wait to read the next book in the series.  Luckily for me One Foot in the Grave was just as amazing as the first book.  Cat and Bones are fast becoming one of my favourite couples in fiction.

I must say that it surprised me how much time had passed from the first book to the second book.  It was four years and to be honest I didn’t really notice it but it worked in with the story quite nicely.

As far as story goes, I really loved One Foot in the Grave.  It had a mysterious element for quite a lot of the book and I always love mysteries.  I enjoyed the little twists during parts of the books.  They were tiny but definitely unexpected.

There were a couple of parts in the book that shocked me not in one of those pleasant surprise kind of ways but in an ugh did that really just happen?  However, I got over those parts and the rest of the story stood out far more.

I also enjoyed being introduced to some new characters, i.e. Denise and I’m curious as to know more about her.  Not to mention the return of some old characters.

Overall, I absolutely adored One Foot in the Grave and am moving on to the next book in the series right away!

Source: Library

Monday, July 16, 2012

Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding

Title: Three Days to Dead

Author: Kelly Meding

Published: Dell, 2009

Pages: 405

Series: Dreg City, Book 1

Summary: They’ll never see her coming. . . .

When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue—in a stranger’s body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there—her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night she and the two other members of her Triad were the city’s star bounty hunters, mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor—and she can’t even remember what it was.
Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice—and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days Evy will die again—but this time there’s no second chance. . .  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I’ve been on an urban fantasy kick lately and so I thought that Three Days to Dead sounded really awesome.  I must say however, that while I enjoyed parts of Three Days to Dead I didn't think it was spectacular.

I thought that the idea of Three Days to Dead was really interesting.  I also enjoyed the world building and the way that the different creatures/dregs were presented.

There was a romance element to Three Days to Dead but to me it felt forced and it wasn’t one of those romances where you hope the characters will get together or one where you think the couple are great together.  Instead it was kind of weird.  It felt sort of icky and awkward.

Overall, I thought that Three Days to Dead was unique and interesting but I didn’t think the writing or the characters were amazing.  This book wasn’t too bad but in a world where there are so many books and so little time, I’m not going to continue on with this series as I just don’t care enough about the characters or the Dregs to carry on.

Source: Library

Friday, July 13, 2012

Immortal by Gillian Shields

Title: Immortal

Author: Gillian Shields

Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 2009

Pages: 368

Series: Immortal, Book 1

Summary: Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, housed in a Gothic mansion on the bleak northern moors, is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn away from her home by the sea to become the newest scholarship student, she is more isolated than she could have dreamed. Strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave Evie drowning in loneliness.

Evie’s only lifeline is Sebastian, a rebellious, mocking, dangerously attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie’s feelings for Sebastian grow with each secret meeting, she starts to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie, she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. And as the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Immortal just wasn’t really my kind of book.  It was interesting enough but I just didn’t think it was incredibly exciting.

I felt that Immortal was quite slow going and took a while to get into.  I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters either.

One of the biggest gripes I had with the book is that I had no idea what time period it was set.  To me it read like the whole book was set in the early 1900s but later on in the book Evie mentions that she was living over 100 years beyond the 1880’s so it was a little confusing.

However, the premise was fairly interesting and the mystery of what happened to Lady Agnes intrigued me.  Unfortunately, it just wasn’t my cup of tea and I won’t be continuing this series.

Avid fans of the paranormal romance genre might enjoy this one though.

Source: Borrowed

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Scar Night by Alan Campbell

Title: Scar Night

Author: Alan Campbell

Published: Tor Books, 2006

Pages: 550

Series: Deepgate Codex, Book 1

Summary: For nine hundred generations, the city of Deepgate has hung suspended by giant chains over a bottomless abyss. In the unfathomable darkness below is said to reside the dread god Ulcis, with his army of ghosts. At the hub of the city itself rises the Temple, in one of whose many crumbling spires resides a youthful angel, Dill, the last of his line.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I was a little apprehensive about reading Scar Night but I thought that it sounded pretty good.  When I started reading it I felt that it was a little slow but quite interesting.  As the story progressed however, I got really sucked into the story and it had a sort of exponential curve of interest.

I absolutely loved Scar Night.  It’s really original and while it has quite a lot going on, it’s really easy to follow and I didn’t get lost trying to follow one individuals story as they all managed to be unique and easy to distinguish.

I liked Dill, Rachel and Carnival.  I thought it was awesome that Rachel was a kick-ass female, she was strong and independent and I always enjoy reading about female characters like that.  My favourite character would have to be Carnival.  At first, she comes off as really scary and the bad guy but then you actually get to know more about her and I started really feeling like she was a good character, just misunderstood.

I think the overall plot of the book was really good and I found it to be highly intriguing.  It’s so different to most books I read and it was just fantastic.  I felt that the ending was really good too.  It finished the story but also left a little opening for the next book in the series.  I like series’ that tie up their main stories and allow you the option to read it as a standalone.

I feel like I could talk about how I really enjoyed this book for a really long time but all I have to say really is that Scar Night is an amazing fantasy novel and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.

Source: Own copy

Monday, July 9, 2012

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

Title: Goliath

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Published: Simon and Schuster, 2011

Pages: 543

Series: Leviathan, Book 3

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Summary: *May Contain Spoilers* Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek's throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the "Leviathan," continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they weren't technically enemies.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: The third and final book in the trilogy and I’m excited to say that it was pretty awesome.

One of the main plot points was revealed quite early in the story which surprised me a lot because I was expecting it to be revealed at the end.  It was quite a pleasant surprise though, so that was good.

I loved this one just as much as I loved the other two books in the series.  I might even say that I think Goliath was my favourite one.

The story line is really interesting.  It continues on from the other two books but also introduces a couple of new characters who have some interesting agendas.  There was also the return of a couple of characters from previous books that had some odd agendas of their own.

I felt that some of the characters were just doing things to try and frustrate things and so many things kept going wrong due to what other people were doing that I was getting really frustrated.

The ending was really awesome in Goliath.  It was cute and fun and definitely not what I had expected.
Also, as always the illustrations were fantastic.  I really love the illustrations in these books because they just add this amazing extra layer to the story to make it even better than it already is.

Overall, I loved Goliath and thought it was a really great ending to the series.  The Leviathan series is such an awesome series that I know I’ll be recommending it to a lot of people.  It’s well worth reading.

Source: S&S Galley Grab

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens

Title: The Kingdom

Author: Amanda Stevens

Published: Mira, March 2012

Pages: 376

Series: The Graveyard Queen, Book 2

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Summary: My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I've been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I'm coming to think I have another purpose here.Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I've discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town—this withering kingdom—and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After reading The Restorer and absolutely loving it I was so excited to start reading The Kingdom.  I have to say that there were parts of The Kingdom I thought were way better than The Restorer and some that I thought weren’t as good as The Restorer but that I still absolutely adored this book.

The entire book has this sense of something not being quite right.  I found there to be this really creepy and chilling air of mystery surrounding the events in the book and even as I was reading this in broad daylight I found myself looking over my shoulder.  That is one thing that this book does so well and I absolutely loved The Kingdom for that.

In The Kingdom Amelia leaves behind Charleston and all the people within it, including John Devlin but we are introduced to Thane Asher who is an interesting man and I liked that we got to know him a little better than we did Devlin in The Restorer.  I thought he seemed like a genuinely awesome guy to be honest.

One thing I wasn’t so keen on was that it was really predictable.  I guessed pretty much everything except for one minor thing.  I did enjoy the book I just would have liked to have been kept guessing a little bit more than I actually did.

There’s not a lot else I have to say about The Kingdom really, it was a really awesome book and I am so excited to start the next one.  If you love ghost stories with an air of creepiness to them then definitely check out The Graveyard Queen series.

Source: NetGalley

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sixtus by Tim Kizer

Title: Sixtus

Author: Tim Kizer

Published: June 2012

Pages: 27

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Summary: Zack, a skinny fifteen-year-old nerd suffering from polydactyly, butchers his parents, a schoolmate, and a cop after becoming friends with a mysterious entity named Jeremy. 

Who--or what--is Jeremy? And what are the reasons behind this killing spree? If you think you know the answers, chances are you are wrong.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Tim Kizer’s stories are always creepy and as someone who wants to read more horror stories lately, I enjoy reading his stories.  Sixtus was no exception, it had this creepy element with a bit of gory descriptions which just made it a really interesting story.

One thing I notice about Tim Kizer’s stories is that the majority of them have these subtle little twists that add this extra piece to the story to make it all that more awesome.

I enjoyed Sixtus, it has the gore, the creepiness and there is a twist that I didn’t guess at all.  The story is really short and you don’t get the full picture of all that is happening but it’s enough to leave you guessing at the end which I really enjoyed.

While I didn’t connect with the character Zack but I didn’t feel it detracting from the story any.  As this is a short story you kind of just go with the flow of what’s going on and so while I didn’t think Zack was an interesting character I still enjoyed reading about him.

Overall, I really enjoyed Sixtus, if you’re really into horror stories then I would highly suggest you check out Tim Kizer’s work because he is brilliant at crafting horror stories.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Emerald City Dreamer by Luna Lindsey

Title: Emerald City Dreamer

Author: Luna Lindsey

Published: Luna Lindsey, March 2012

Pages: 398

Series: Dreams by Streetlight, Book 1

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Summary: Jina and Sandy survived the unthinkable. Now they've set up a secret Order in Seattle to fight the impossible — fairytale creatures born of human nightmares and nourished on dreams. Their tools: iron, lore, science, glamour, and support groups. As beginners, without access to the ancient societies of faerie hunters, they must rediscover how to protect themselves. And in order to fight the feinds of the world, Sandy must take control her inner ghosts.

As a dreamer in a rock band, Jina unknowingly feeds the fae and attracts unseen enemies at every turn. Now, they're finally on the tail of at least one dark monster bent on evil. She is a dreamer, so she must follow her heart — but which way does it lead?

Jett is an elf who only wants to protect her hodge-podge clan of faeries from the encroaching world of science and religion — which have systematically slaughtered her kind and the beliefs that gave birth to her people. True dreamers are rare beings, and when she finds them, she does everything she can to protect them and claim them as her own.

Ezra is a teenager who never feels comfortable in his own skin. Most people like him well enough, but when he looks in the mirror, he sees a demon. He has been taken in by the Garbage Eaters, who expect obedience and purity. Before long, he suffers a crisis of faith that may lead him into real danger.
When prey hunts, who will lead the chase, and who will run?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:   I've been on an urban fantasy kick lately and so I've been reading as many urban fantasy books as I can so I was really interested in reading Emerald City Dreamer.

I think that Emerald City Dreamer has a unique and very interesting plot line.  I enjoyed  the story itself as it definitely held my interest throughout the book.

I feel that I didn't really connect to any of the characters that much, like you only really get a few glimpses into who they are and what they're really like.

The ending had a cliffhanger that made me interested in reading the next book as it just stopped in a place that has made me very curious.  I don't want to give anything away, but if you like cliffhangers then you will definitely like this one.

One thing that I didn't realise was that this book deals with the aftermath of rape and it gives the book a darker angle.  It isn't gone into great detail with but if you are not someone who likes to read about these sorts of topics then this wouldn't be ideal for you.

Overall, I enjoyed Emerald City Dreamer's unique storyline and would have enjoyed to get to know the characters a bit more.  I thought that it was an entertaining read and I look forward to checking out the next book.