Archive | February 2013

The Hunt (The Hunt #1) by Andrew Fukuda

The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)

Hardcover
304 pages
Published May 8th 2012
by St. Martin’s Griffin
Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?This Book Contains:  Vampires, Blood, Violence, Death and Romance.My Thoughts:

I thought that this book sounded amazing when I first heard about.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  I  so could have waited.  I am not saying the book wasn’t good, I am just saying that it wasn’t as good as I was lead to believe.  Now,  I am a huge vampire fan and this should have been a no brainer for me but instead it was kinda of flat. I pushed a lot of other books to the side to read this and I really didn’t have to.   I will be reading the next book in the series I just don’t know if I will buy the book.  I guess I will just have to see how I feel when the book comes out  because it did end on a cliff hanger..

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

Hardcover
374 pages
Published January 3rd 2012
by Harper Collins
Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland – known as The Death Shop – are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild – a savage – and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile – everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

This Book Contain: Extreme Violence, Death, Romance and Sexual Content.

My Thoughts:

This one is dystopian but it has a lot of science fiction in it.  Which if you don’t know sci-fi is one of my favorite genres.  I love how science fiction takes the things that we imagine and makes it possible like in this book. I think this world is very believable and it is something I could picture in my head.   I was getting tired of dystopian as a whole but with this book I have found a new passion for it.

My Review:

Under the Never Sky is told in alternating perspectives between Aria and Perry.  This helps the reader see into the minds of both main character which is becoming very popular now.  I think it adds something to the book because you can see where both of the characters are coming from.   I like being able to see inside their heads, like knowing what Perry was thinking and feeling about Aria.  It made it more intense to see what they were both thinking and feeling.  I also, like that even though they were different they both were strong and stubborn.  They were able to come together and help each other even though they didn’t trust each other in the beginning.  I like the slow romance that builds as the story progresses.  This just added so much more to the story but of course most good books have an epic romance in it.

The world that the author builds is very well done.  I could picture the domes and the smart eyes in my head.  The author is so descriptive that you never feel that you can’t connect to this world.   I love how the people in the dome perceive the people on the outside.  They think them to be diseased savages.  Which maybe true for some but not all.   I love how you can almost feel the fear that Aria has when she is tossed outside but this starts the adventure that she never would have expected.

This book really made me remember why I love to read.  Stories like these just take you on a journey that you never want to end.   I was thrilled at how the author ended this book but it just made my craving for the next one even stronger.

Return (Lady of Toryn, #1) by Charity Santiago

Return (Lady of Toryn, #1)

Kindle Edition
 272 pages
Published May 2011

For the last three years, eighteen-year-old Ashlyn Li has been running from her destiny. A free-spirited ninja, Ashlyn would rather loot an abandoned city or challenge a fiend to battle than assume leadership of Toryn, her father’s kingdom. However, when a series of attacks reunite Ashlyn with the friends who helped her save the sun three years ago, she discovers that her kingdom is at war and her father has presumed her dead.

Suddenly Ashlyn is faced with not only fulfilling her birthright, but also making sense of her feelings towards two very different men- Drake Lockhart, the enigmatic vampire who captured her heart three years ago, and Vargo, the charismatic assassin who was once Ashlyn’s sworn enemy.

Will Ashlyn ascend the pagoda and become Lady of Toryn?

Don’t miss the exciting first installment in the Lady of Toryn trilogy, which also includes Regret (book 2), and Redemption (book 3), both available on Amazon Kindle now.

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

I had to go back and reread this book in order to give it my full attention because there was so much action in it.  I felt that I had missed something the first read through.  I was right because I really liked it the first time but after reading it through again I am in complete  awe!    I read it over a few days this time and I have to say it was even better..  I missed some key plot points because I was also reading a book for a book club, that I wasn’t really into.    I was trying to get it done for the club meeting and I wasn’t focused on Return like I should have been.  So needless to say I reread it and now am dying to get the next one.

This book is so full of none stop action.  I thought it was headed one way and then bam! there was a huge plot twist around the middle of the book.  Which I have to say totally through me.  This author did an amazing job of twisting the plot not only once but she twisted again towards the end.   My jaw was hanging open after the second epic twist and I never saw any of it coming.  That rarely happens to me while I am reading and that just add to my reading experience.

The characters are amazing.  This book covers a lot of ground and it really explains what happened in the past seamlessly.   You never feel like you don’t understand the characters.   The author gives you a lot of insight into their pasts without spending chapters on it.  Which as a reader I think was a great way to do it.   She did it small moments of memories and conversations which helped the story to just flow.  I really like Ashlyn and found her to be everything a female lead to be.  She was very strong but unsure of her abilities to lead.  This just made me love her even more because she wasn’t this perfect know it all.  Vargo and Drake were both awesome love interest for me.   Vargo was very out there with his feelings and Drake was very closed off.  With Drake you’re not sure how he feels so it less of a love triangle so far than most books.   I have my favorite but I guess I will have to see how the story progresses.  I am hoping to get the second book soon!

I could go on and on about all the characters.   I good sing the authors praise because of her writing style but I won’t.  I think what I will say is that you should get yourself a copy of this book as soon as possible because once you read this book you will be saying why did I wait so long to read this!   I will leave the info on how to get the book at the bottom of this review along with the authors information.

Genre: young adult fantasy (some paranormal elements)

Book Availability: Kindle ebook

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/L9nqfxGbuOY

Author’s Website Link: http://charitysantiago.blogspot.com

Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4733058.Charity_Santiago

Up Date on my challenge so far!!!

series started before 2013 series started in 2013 series rereads (not sure if I will do)
Semi-Serious 1-6 series  2 books so far 1-6   2 so far 1-6
Seriously Serious 7-12 Goal 7-12  Goal 7-12
Super Seriously Serious 13-18 13-18 13-18
Seriously Spectacular Series Star 18+ 18+ 18+

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1) by Issac Marion

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)

Hardcover
USA Edition
239 pages
Published  April 26th 2011
by Atria (first published October 14th 2010)

R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between.

This Book Contains:  Violence, Death, Dismemberment, Flesh Eating and Romance.

My Thoughts:

Wow this book was, well wow!  I am very conflicted by this book. On one hand I am not a fan of Zombie books but this one was so original that it had me completely intrigued.  I usually find this subject to be on the gross side.   Dead people being reanimated is just really creepy  and the romance factor was just nasty to me because ewe he is dead!   Although Julie’s spirit and hope gave this book a whole new feel to me.  Even with the devastation surrounding these people there was still hope that they could find a cure.  I have to say that not all the people in this book had that hope because some were just kind of resigned to this as the end of the world so life was basically over.   None more so than Julie’s father.    Who I have to say was less likeable than the zombies.  I felt that Julie’s father was the disease that had infected the people at least he had become part of it.  He was the symbol of what we as humans had become, basically we were the monsters just with heart beats and flesh.  Every thing he was fighting against he became in the end and there is so much meaning behind that.  This book was so much more than a typical zombie book.

This book had me thinking about what it means to be human and the fight that is in us to survive at all costs.   Even the dead in this book wanted to be different and they wanted their humanity back.   I just found this to be almost amazing in the simplicity of it all, that even something that we think has no emotions possible just might.  Also, what it is to become the monster you are fighting.  Are you so blinded by you beliefs that you can’t see the truth when it is right in front of you.  That when confronted with that truth you just become defeated or do you stand up and fight for what is right.   I love that about this book it is just so much bigger than a zombie movie.

I also, saw the movie which I thought was even better than the book.  Although the disgusting factor is still there  in both the book and the movie I thought they were actually both good and that was a shock to me.  The things that were cut from the book weren’t missed at all, at least that is my opinion.  Also, the things they changed actually help to move the movie along and made it really good.  I do think you lose some of that underline meaning in the movie because of what wasn’t included in it.  Although, I personally wouldn’t have change a thing about the movie.  I think even if you read the book and didn’t like it give the movie a chance because I think it will surprise you.