Archive | November 2012

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by R.L. LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

Hardcover 1st Edition
549 pages
Published April 3rd 2012  
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

This Book Contain: Abuse, Murder, Violence, Sexual Content and Romance.

My Thoughts:

There is just so many aspects of this book that make it just an epic read for me.  I love the history behind this book and the way the author puts you in the time period.  The author adds so much detail that you really feel that you are there.  I was totally lost in this book because of all the details.  Another thing I loved about this story was that these women were the handmaidens of death which, translated means that they were deaths assassins.  So these were kick ass women with a mission to kill for the god of death.   I am a huge fan of women who can handle anything that comes their way and these women were definitely the cream of the crop.  I was just floored that the author  took true historical facts and entwined them with the paranormal.   Not only did this work for the story but it was very believable which, to me written any other way wouldn’t have worked.  She did this so beautifully that you never feel as though this is anything but the real deal.

Along with all these aspects, you have the actual storylines of the characters which are amazing.  You have this remarkable character In Ismae who has to over come years of neglect and abuse to become this very amazing heroine.  Then you have  Duval who has been apart of a world filled full of deceit and power moves his whole life.  When they come together it is not something either of them want  because neither is sure of the others motives.   They are both fearful that the other would stick a knife in the other one back literally speaking.  The progression of trust and love is slow between them which only builds the anticipation that as reader we love and makes us keep reading  until that defining moment that will make the journey so worth it.

Let me just say that there where times while reading this book I thought that this author had not intend this book for YA but, the fact that it is just so blew me away because, she didn’t water it down for the younger readers.  She wrote the story the way she want to write it.  Whether or not she intended it to be YA, I am not sure but the fact that she told it like it truly was in that century and did sugar coat things really impressed me.  I hate when authors water books down because someone younger may read it.  She didn’t shy away from the harsher truths of that time period such as sex, violence and they women were viewed as property instead of as equals.

This book is  so epic that it just delivers on so many levels.  I think that this book just covers so many genres that it has something for just about everyone.  I fell in love with this and it was so much more than I ever expected it to be.  I highly recommend this to anyone who is reading this review.

 

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Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)
Hardcover

392 pages
Published July 31st 2012
by Harlequin Teen

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

This Book Contain:  Sex, Drugs, Loss, Abuse, Mental Illness and Love.

My Thoughts: 

I was blown away at how good this book really was.  I am not a huge contemporary reader but this book may have just changed my mind on the genre.  I went in to this book thinking it was going to be depressing but it turns out it was actually very different.  Not to say that the book didn’t have sad moments because it did.  Although, over all I found this book to be full of life and hope.  I found a strength in the characters for the obstacles they have to deal with and over come in this book.

I love the romance between Echo and Noah.  I like how it builds over time and how they learn to find strength in themselves while drawing strength for each other.  The story unfolds slowly just like their relationship.  You get to see what drives Noah and watch him grow as a person.   The author did a great job on getting you to see thru his eyes and helping you to understand his need to keep things together.   With Echo the author takes you on a journey  through her past to find the missing pieces of her memory that she has lost.   Also, you get to see her come full circle and stand on her own two feet.

I was just so invested in these characters.  I felt as if I was there going thru the pain and trauma that these character had to deal with.  I found this story to be compelling and was not able to stop thinking about it even days after I had finished it.  I am certain that I will give more contemporaries a chance now that I have read this book.

Destined (House of Night #9) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Destined (House of Night, #9)

Hardcover
325 pages
Published October 25th 2011
by St. Martin’s Press
Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow…But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more – or possibly less – than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there’s something strangely familiar about him…

Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect him – and everyone – from his own fate? Find out what’s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.

This Book Contains: Death, Sex, Romance, Magic and Love.

My thoughts:

This book was so much better than the last few.  I really enjoyed seeing the progression of Stevie Rae and Rephaim.  I also, enjoyed the change in Kalona.  I really think that the book is starting to come full circle.  I think the story is finally back on track.  So I look forward to reading the next book, which before I more so thinking that I just want it to end.

On the other hand I am still not sure if I like Zoey as much any more.  She was better in this book but that  may have been because she wasn’t in it as much.   Also, there were a lot of new characters introduced and not a lot of detail given about them.  I don’t know if that is because the authors are trying to add more dimension to the story or just to milk out more books for the series.

Over all I like this book and am glad I didn’t stop reading the series.   I have invested so much time in this series that I must see it till the end.   So even thou this book wasn’t everything I hoped it was  it was still good.   So, if you are a fan or were one, I think you will be pleased with this book.

Kill Me Softly

Kill Me Softly

Hardcover
336 pages
Published April 10th 2012
by EgmontUSA
“Incorporating suspense and romance, this contemporary, edgy, Grimm-based novel is an entertaining and well-written entry in the crowded but popular genre.”—Booklist

Mirabelle’s past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents’ tragic deaths to her guardians’ half-truths about why she can’t return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who’s a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren’t pretty things, and they don’t always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own . . . brothers who share a dark secret. And she’ll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.

This Book Contains: Death, Violence, Curses, Secrecy, Magic and Romance. 

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book!  I am a huge fan of fairy tales and this was no exception.  These fairy tales are not your Disney versions.  These are dark and not all of them end in happily ever after.  I don’t think I have read any thing like this in a very long time, if ever.

I could say that I love Mira but she wasn’t my favorite.  I did however love many of the other characters.  Mira is one of those girls that think she needs to stay with a guy because she can change him.  I personally  do not like these types of girls because they just fool themselves into thinking that they can make a difference when no one before them ever could.

Many of the male character were just fabulous.  I found them to be strong and so full of life that they just seem to jump off the pages.  I just fell in love with so much of this book and I think it was because of the strong male leads.  Also, the back stories of the characters just gave this book so much depth.

This was just simple fantastic and I feel that any review that I could give this book is sort of doing it an injustice.  I think that until you read it you can’t fully understand how truly amazing this book really is.  So, I so recommend this book to anyone who like retellings or just want to take a very remarkable journey.