Archive | November 2011

The Exiled Queen(Seven Realms #2)by Cinda Williams Chima

The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms, #2)Hardcover

586 pages

Published September 28th 2010

by Hyperion Book CH

You can’t always run from danger…
Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden’s Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.
The Exiled Queen is an epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.

I am absolutely in love with this series.  I know many people say that this series is epic but it is so beyond that.  I really don’t know what the right word for this series is. 

 I am so torn by the Amon and Han love triangle that I am now at a loss to say as to whom or if I want Raisa with either of them.  Then there is Micah who I know cares for Raisa but I am not sure what he is up to.  Then there is his sister who is so just annoying and I know she wants Han even though she pretends different.

There is so much going on behind the scenes in this book that it keeps you guessing on where plot is headed.  I love this about the series.  I feel that this book is a journey that no one should miss.  I just know that once we get to the end of the series we will be happy that we went along for the ride.

The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates

The Sleepwalkers

Paperback
 360 pages
Published
October 3rd 2011
by HCI Teens
 A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader’s bedside table on long after midnight.

Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb’s childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine’s long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an a.m. radio. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.     

Forget King and Koontz because now there is Gates.  Gates can give any of the great horror writers a run for their money.   This book had me on the edge of my seat.  I actually do not do a lot of horror or suspense because I can’t finish it in one setting.    This book was the same, I had to read it in spurts because I think I would have had nightmares if I read it straight through, although I still might!   This book was so well written, that just when you thought you had things figured out you didn’t.   I was left with my mouth hanging open so many times throughout this book.   I can only describe this book as a carnival ride.  It reminds me of the tilt-a-whirl.  You feel like your spinning faster and faster and then a sudden stop with the nausea and then you are spinning again.   It just left me spinning and try to hold on till the next page!
Although there is a lot of horror in this book, surprisingly it had a very humors side.  This is due to a character named Bean who is best friends with our main character.  I loved the scene with Bean because he lightened up what was really a very dark book.   I would have liked to have more of him through out the book just to lighten the mood.   Bean I will miss you the most!
Over all this was a fantastic ride.  I don’t know if I will ever want to read another one of his horror books again because this one scared the crap out of me!  I do however have a copy of his book Dark Territory and I am looking forward to reading that as soon as my schedule will allow.  I have very high hopes for this author and will be keeping an eye out for more of his works.

The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)by Cinda Williams Chima

The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)

Hardcover
506 pages
Published
November 19th 2009
by HYPERION (first published September 6th 2009)

This novel marks the first giant step in a momentous fantasy journey orchestrated by Cinda Williams Chima, the author of the popular Warrior Heir series. Its two chief protagonists are ex-thief Han Alister, an impoverished commoner, and Raisa ana’Marianna, the headstrong Princess Heir of the Fells. The Demon King brings them together, creating part of a volatile mix of action, magic, and danger. Empathetic characters; wizardly attacks.

I have always loved fantasy and this book just proves why I love it.  The world is just so well done that it is just pure genius on the authors part.  She takes several different characters that have very different lives and brings them together in such away that you know that their connections run far deeper.  There is a feeling of a story with in a story that just is ready to be told just yet.   As you are reading this story you can see the thread coming together but the author only gives you enough to keep you craving even more.

The chapters are told mostly in Raisas and Hans points of view.  I find that I really like this style of writing because you get to know the characters on a more personal level.  I tend to find myself caring more about the characters this way.  

The story has so much going on and there is never a dull moment or a feeling that this it doesn’t make sense.  This story makes you want to know where did the silver cuffs come from, who is Dancers father, what are the Bayars after and when will Raisa get what she wants.

I am so glad that I don’t have to wait for the next book because I don’t think I could bare it.  I have the second book right here and plan to start it today!   If you havent read this book than you should because you are missing out on an absolutely beautiful story.

Bad Taste in Boys (Kate Grable #1) by Carrie Harris

Bad Taste in BoysHardcover

201 pages

Published

July 12th 2011

by Delacorte Press

Someone’s been a very bad zombie.
Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steriods are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe–not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate! She’s got to find an antidote–before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town  . . . and stay hormonally human.

 

First off let me start by saying I am not a huge zombie fan.  So when I say a book like this one is good I mean it.  I found this to be a very entertaining read.   This book is just one of those books you read when you need a change of pace.  I found this book to be one of those books that just make you smile while you read it.

I liked Kate she was smart and very witty.   I also liked the fact that she was the nerdy girl that everyone went to for answers or help.   Aaron was a good character because of the whole crush thing and his feelings for Kate made this book that much more interesting.   My favorite character was probably Jonah just because of the way he was with Kate.  He is the brother I think every girl wishes she had.

This was just pure fun from beginning to end.   I also like the fact that this is the first book is a series of story  about Kate.  I cant wait to see what trouble will find Kate next.   I highly recommend this book for those who just want to relax and have a little fun.

 

Hades (Olympians)by George O’Connor

Hades (Olympians)

Paperback
80 pages
Expected publication:
January 31st 2012
by First Second
Volume 4 of the highly acclaimed Olympians series!

 

Hades: Lord of the Dead tells the story of the great God of the Underworld and one of the most famous of all Greek myths: Hades’ abduction of Persephone and her mother’s revenge. Be prepared to see a new side of Persephone in this dynamic adaptation of the story of the creation of the seasons.

 

In Olympians, O’Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O’Connor’s vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.

 

 I am a huge fan of greek mythology.  I also am an art lover in pretty much all its forms.  So when I received this book from Netgalley I was extremely excited.    I downloaded it right away so that I could read it that day.   I have to say I was not disappointed.   My daughter also read it because she is a huge fan of the whole Persephone story and she loved this one and wants me to buy her a copy once it hits the stores. 

I enjoyed the authors unique take on the story.  The art was really good but at times I felt that the character look a little unrealistic.   Over all this was a very well done graphic novel and one that I will soon be displaying in my home  once it is released.

Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2)by Andrea Cremer

Wolfsbane (Nightshade, #2)

Hardcover
390 pages
Published
July 26th 2011
by Penguin Young Readers Group
When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer—one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack—and the man—she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.
I thought Nightshade was amazing and then I read Wolfsbane.  Wow, this one introduces a whole new cast of characters.  These characters are just as fabulous as the wolves are in Nightshade.   The group dynamics between the different characters is just amazing.  There are several surprises in this book that you never see coming.   Which is one of my favorite things in a book because I hate things to be predictable. 
Shay and Calla still have very intense moments together which, to tell you the truth are probably my favorite parts of the book.   Calla is of course still very conflicted over Ren.   She also wants to help her pack and feels very guilty for leaving them.  Shay of course is dealing with his new-found role that he has to play in this war.  He also has to deal with the changes going on in his own body.  
There is a lot of history and insight going on in this book.   I feel that it just takes this book to another level.   Finding out the true story about the battle that caused Rens’ mothers death was really good.   Meeting characters that played a part in that battle and the connections that they have to the wolf pack is a real eye opener and makes you wish you could read the third book to see how all these thread meet up.
Cremer is a fantastic story writer that not only can she weave a tale that is so full of magic that it actually makes your skin feel all prickly.  You can also picture what is going on because her descriptions are so just so vivid.  I have been throughly swept away into this world and I can’t wait to revisit it again.

Insatiable (Insatiable #1) by Meg Cabot

Insatiable (Insatiable, #1)

Hardcover
451 pages
Published
June 8th 2010
by William Morrow

Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper.

But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them.

Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).

But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own.

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . .

If she even has one.

Meg Cabot has to be one of my top ten favorite authors and I love every thing she writes.  Insatiable is of course no exception.   Insatiable is a new take on an old classic that seems to captivate just about everyone.   I find it almost as intriguing as the original story by Mr. Stoker.  I think that Meg Cabot has captured the very essence that made Dracula such a great book in her own very amazing book. 

In this book you have Meena the writer who also can see when people are going to die.  This seems to get her into all kinds of trouble through out the book.  You than have a vampire slayer who seems to have the hots for her.  He also wants revenge against all vampires because of what they did to his partner.  Last you have Lucien Antonescu who of course is our prince of darkness.  is here to find out who is killing girls and risking possible exposure of the vampire race.

This book has a slow kind of build up but that just makes it all the better. You really get to know Meena and figure out what type of person she is. You get to know a lot about many of the supporting characters that make this book very humorous. I love Meena’s neighbors and her dog Jack Bauer.

I am looking forward to reading her next book to this series. I am hoping that the next book has a more satisfactory ending. I was very sadden by the ending in Stokers version lets hope that Meg takes mercy on those of us who were hoping for a different outcome.