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Tiger’s Destiny (The Tiger Saga, #4) by Colleen Houck

 

Tiger's Destiny (The Tiger Saga, #4)

Hardcover
1st Edition, 464 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Splinter

With three of the goddess Durga’s quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger’s curse. But the trio’s greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga’s final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.  It’s a race against time–and the evil sorcerer Lokesh–in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume in the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tigers’ true destinies once and for all. A smart  phone tag code on the back cover links readers to the series website.

 This Book Contains:  A love triangle, Gods, Goddess, Violence, Death and Romance.

I am so,so sad that this series is over. I loved the whole journey. I am a huge fan of these books and I can’t sing their praises high enough! Colleen Houck is a master story-teller. The world she builds and settings are just absolutely amazing. The culture, the food, and even the mythology just comes to life in theses books.  I am astounded that these are her first novels.

This final installment rounds up the series nicely and without the huge disappointments that I have encounter in recent series that I have read.  There were a few points that I would have liked to see different but that is just for my own personal selfishness.  The things that I would love to see different don’t affect the story they just would have made me happy.

I will forever treasure these books and the magic it has brought into my life.  I plan to pass these book to my children to read and I am sure they will get as much enjoyment as I have.  This will be a series that will be read and reread in the years to come.  I recommend this series to everyone.  It is just that good and I hope that everyone gets to experience this magical journey.  I know that once you do you will love it as much as I do.

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Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)

Hardcover
375 pages
Published  February 28th 2012
by Harper Teen (first published February 1st 2012)
I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

THIS BOOK CONTAINS: Violence, Death, Romance and Heart Break!

MY THOUGHTS:

I did not go into this book with very high expectations because of the mixed reviews it has had.  I read several reviews that were not impressed by this book at all.  I on the other hand found this book to be even better than the first.  

The book is told from now and then point of views.  Which at times, I have to say can make the book feel a little slow but not that much as in some stories.  Although, I loved the look back to see what happened between the then and now.  The now part kept the book moving  along with its fast paced plot, but the then helped fill in the blanks and explain things without making you feel like the story was dragging.   I know that this kind of writing style can be a little hard for some people to get into but l thought if fit the book perfectly.

 If you have reservation about reading this book don’t because I found it to be a refreshing sequel  that more than fits with this series.  This book to me was just as thrilling as the first if not more and that cliff hanger at the end was purely maddening.  I am on the edge of my seat to see what Mrs. Oliver has in store for us in the next book. 

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

A Long, Long Sleep

 
Hardcover
342 pages
Published August 9th 2011
by Candlewick(first published August 1st 2011)
 
It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone— and her future full of peril.

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose— hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire— is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes— or be left without any future at all.

 

This book contains:  Abuse, Death, Futuristic Retelling with Sci-fi Eliminates  and Violence.

PLOT:

A young girl has been awakened after sixty years in a stasis tube to find her world turned upside down because everyone and everything she knew is gone.  She has to learn to function in a world that is no longer like the one she knew before.  On top of all this she has to defend herself against someone or something that is out to do her harm. 

 CHARACTERS:

Rosalinda is a girl who is confused by the damaged done to her from her childhood and situation she now finds herself in.  She seems very weak and scared by the things going on with her. You have Bren who is a young man who removes Rosalinda from the chamber.  He is a kind of prince among his peers.  You have Otto who shares Rosalinda’s pain in away that no one else can.  Then you have Xavier who is Rosalindas boyfriend that is dead and gone but seen through flashbacks.  

MY THOUGHTS:

I really enjoyed this book !  I loved that it is a futuristic Retelling of Sleeping Beauty.  I love how the story slowly unfolds with all the various flash backs of her life with Xavier and her parents.   Many of the reviews I saw thought that she was a weak character and that she should have stood up for herself more.  I saw her as a survivor that developed coping skills in order to survive the abuse that she was suffering from her own family.  I can’t wait until the next book comes out because the story left off at a point that just leaves you wanting more even without the big cliffhanger.

 

The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex #1) by Caitlin Kittredge

The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex, #1)

Hardcover
493 pages
Published February 22nd 2011
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
 In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.      Aoife Grayson’s family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.     
This book contains: Mental Illness, Violence, Death, Otherworldly Creatures, Romance and Magic.  This is Listed as a Steampunk Novel.
My Thoughts On The Plot:
I enjoyed the plot very much because it is very different from other books I have read before.  It has a very complex world of magic, machines, and otherworldly creatures.  The plot of the book left you wondering what could possible be thrown at these characters next.   There seemed to always be an eliminate of surprise or a twist that you didn’t see coming.  Kittredge is a very talented author with a very vivid imagination.   The plot is very complex and creative and it just blew me away.
The Characters:
Aoife Grayson is a strong female lead protagonist.  She is willing to do whatever it takes to save her brother even after mental illness takes over and makes him try to kill her.  Then we have Cal who is Aoife’s best friend with a lot of issues.  I found him to be a loyal  but some what annoying character in the beginning.   I liked him a lot better later in the book.  Last you have Dean,  well what can I say about Dean?  Dean is a very strong male lead and he has his own set of secrets.  Although, I have to say I love the fierce connection he has to Aoife.    With these character you get a really good connection that is sometimes lacking in books of this type.
My Thought:
I found the book to be very slow to get into but once I did I really enjoyed it.  There was a lot of world and character building in this story.  I think all the building helped you feel connected to this story and with out it I don’t think there would have been that connection.  I enjoyed this story a lot and I look forward to reading the next book in this series, because I have high hopes that this will be one of those epic type stories that you talk about for years after it has ended.

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 Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Hardcover
432 pages
Epected publication:
September 20th 2011
by Greenwillow Books

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior, and he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

 

THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS is truly one of the most uniquely written fantasies that I have read a chance to read this year.   The world is so well imagined even down to the most smallest detail such as the color of the clothes and the many different people who Elisa meets.  Everything makes you feel like you are there and you almost can smell and taste even the food in this novel.

I love how Elisa is full of flaws and you see right from the beginning that she is just a girl who has been given a great responsiblity and doesn’t know if she is the right one to have been given it.  Elisa seems to turn to food for comfort as many of us do.   She is over weight and is frightened of her destiny.   Thru out the book you see the struggles that Elisa faces and the transformations that takes place not only on the inside but also the outside.   She not only figures out that she can and will make the hard decision but that she is capable of living with those decisions.

I love how this book is takes you on an emotional journey of highs and lows.  I also love how it doesn’t give you the typical happy ending such as they live happily ever after.  Life is hard and  this book truly displays just how hard life can be but also, how you can over come even the worst that life has to throw at you.

I am glad that there are two other books planed for this series.  Although this book ended at a place where if there wasnt another book I would be sad but at least it has closure to it unlike so many other books.  I hate when a book leaves you hanging on the edge and you have to wait months even a year for the next one.

This book was just a fantastic read and I am so recommending this book to anyone who loves fantasy.  Also, anyone looking for a realistic hero or heroine.  I would just like to thank Net Galley and the publisher for allowing me to read a truly remarkable book.