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neverwhere

4-stars

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

Synopsis:

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

Review:

I had a hard time with this book only because it is VERY odd.  It is very much like a grown-up dark version of Alice in Wonderland.  But it is about so much more than just the fantastical…it’s about love, friendship, homelessness, sacrifice, murder and community.This book was banned in a New Mexico school last year because of one parent deciding that ONE paragraph was too risque. That was a horrible move in my opinion.  This urban fantasy if a great read for anyone who loves Neil Gaiman, who loves urban fantasies or who just loves great storytelling.  Gaiman is a master storyteller.  The humor is right on, the characters are believable and the world is imaginative. Gaiman is very descriptive in his writing which makes his worlds very easy to picture and also get sucked into.

The villains of Neverwhere are decidedly creepy and have no morals or sympathy.  They are fantastic “bad guys”, the ones you would absolutely fear because there is no remorse or care there.

After reading this I can tell you that every time I look down a dark hallway or alley-way, into the shadows, I will be thinking and wondering if there is a portal or passage there, leading to a world that is beyond our own.  A world that is dark and dangerous and magical.

I would recommend this for teenagers and up who like urban fantasy, dark and gritty fantasy and lovers of great storytelling!  Like I said before there is one scene that is slightly risque but it serves a purpose.  There is also a couple f-bombs and other minor language (not a lot) but it is definitely worth the read!

wicked lovely 1

4-stars

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) – Melissa Marr

Synopsis:

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty – especially if they learn of her Sight – and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

Review:

I want to start off by saying…I love Melissa Marr.  I had previously read Graveminder and Carnival of Souls, that was how I was introduced to her.  I decided to purchase Wicked Lovely  because I love Melissa Marr’s style.  I am so glad I did.  This book was fantastic.  I read this in 1 day.  The pace is fantastic, the characters are colorful and the story is well developed with a lot of faery lore.   This is not your typical love story either which was refreshing.  I don’t want to give away anything but it was a very satisfying result.

There were some editing/grammatical errors but nothing that would detract from the book.  I wish I would have read this one sooner.  I am glad I went ahead and purchased the 2nd book although the first book could stand alone if need be.

I am very interested to see who decided to pick up the series as a movie.  Universal had it optioned but dropped it (very disappointing).  Vince Vaughn’s production company is the one attached to the project and they keep renewing the option so right now they are shopping studios.  They have the script, director, producers and someother’s whose names are not yet public (which I took to mean there are some actors involved now).  Fingers crossed it won’t be too much longer!

Recommended for teens and young adults…I believe there were 2 “f bombs” and some hints at sex.  Nothing overly done.

List of Books in Order:

Wicked Lovely

Ink Exchange

Fragile Eternity

Radiant Shadows

Darkest Mercy

kiss 6 kiss 7

4-stars

A Lick of Frost (Meredith Gentry #6)

Swallowing Darkenss (Meredith Gentry #7)

By Laurell K. Hamilton

 

 

Synopsis of A Lick of Frost:

I am Meredith Gentry, princess and heir apparent to the throne in the realm of faerie, onetime private investigator in the mortal world. To be crowned queen, I must first continue the royal bloodline and give birth to an heir of my own. If I fail, my aunt, Queen Andais, will be free to do what she most desires: install her twisted son, Cel, as monarch?and kill me. My royal guards surround me, and my best loved – my Darkness and my Killing Frost – are always beside me, sworn to protect and make love to me. But still the threat grows greater. For despite all my carnal efforts I remain childless, while the machinations of my sinister, sadistic Queen and her confederates remain tireless. So my bodyguards and I have slipped back into Los Angeles, hoping to outrun the gathering shadows of court intrigue. But even exile isn’t enough to escape the grasp of those with dark designs. Now King Taranis, powerful and vain-glorious ruler of faerie’s Seelie Court, has leveled accusations against my noble guards of a heinous crime – and has gone so far as to ask the mortal authorities to prosecute. If he succeeds, my men face extradition to faerie and the hideous penalties that await them there. But I know that Taranis’s charges are baseless, and I sense that his true target is me. He tried to kill me when I was a child. Now I fear his intentions are far more terrifying.

Synopsis of Swallowing Darkness:

I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child–twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed, and defiled me. And now he has branded my guards as a threat to my unborn children.

Bearing an heir has placed me halfway to my aunt’s throne, that much closer to my reign over the Unseelie Court–and well ahead of her son, my cousin Cel, in this race. Now I must stay alive to see my children born and claim my place as queen.

But not all in faerie are pleased with the news, and conspirators from every court in the realm plot against me and mine. They seek to strip my guards, my lovers, from me by poisoned word or cold steel. But I still have supporters, and even friends, among the goblins and the sluagh, who will stand by me.

I am Meredith Nic Essus, and those who would defy and destroy me are destined to pay a terrible price–for I am truly my father’s daughter. To protect what is mine, I will sacrifice anything–even if it means waging a great battle against my darkest enemies and making the most momentous decision ever made as princess of faerie.

 

Reviews:

I love this series.  I love that the female lead is very strong but she doesn’t mind asking others for help or their opinions when needed. There is a lot of real world Celtic history that has gone into this series and it is very interesting to read and research on my own.  The pace of the series has been very steady throughout all books which has made it very easy to continue to read.  My favorite of these two in this post has to be “Swallowing Darkness”…everything comes to a head in that one and it is super exciting.  I think I could have been satisfied if that were the last book in the series…but alas, there is another, “Divine Misdemeanors”…I am waiting on it to be delivered as we speak.

I would recommend this to adults.  Pervasive sex, some language and lots of violence.

 

List of Books in Order:

A Kiss of Shadows

A Caress of Twilight

Seduced By Moonlight

A Stroke of Midnight

Mistral’s Kiss

A Lick of Frost

Swallowing Darkenss

Divine Misdemeanors

matched 3

3 stars

Reached (Matched 3) – Ally Condie

Synopsis:

After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again. 

Review:

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I enjoyed this book.  It was a great way to finish the series.  I do wish there was a little more of what happens after but it still ended well for me.  I am still a little hesitant on this becoming a movie (at least the first book).  Disney optioned it but I just can’t see it translating very well.  I think it would have been a better twist had the “Pilot” turned out to be someone you already knew and never would have guessed.  There was never really any “holy crap” moments.

The pace of this book was much better and it kept my attention.  I finished it in 4 days.  Normally I finish a book every 2-3 days so it wasn’t bad.  The characters are much better developed and I cared for them more in this book.  There probably should have been a little more “meant to be” emotions between “Cassia” and “Ky”, they never came across to me as star-crossed lovers.

I did like how every chapter was a different characters POV.  It really made you feel like you got every side of the story as it went.  That was one driving factor for me.  I kept reading to get back to certain character’s chapters and what they were going through.

Overall the story of this series is original (at least to me and what I have read in the past).  The pace is somewhat slow in some places.

I would recommend this for pre-teen and teen.  There was no language I can remember and no sex.  It is an easy read.

List of Book in Order:

Matched

Crossed

Reached

four sworn

Four Sworn: Spring Equinox – Lenore Sagaskie

Synopsis:

One drawn to fire.
One drawn to air.
One drawn to water.
One drawn to earth.
Brought together by ancient forces woven long ago, The Four must come together to fulfill their destiny. They will change forever as they prepare to face the biggest challenge of their lives– fighting to prevent two worlds from tearing each other apart.

Review:

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I was excited to read it.  I have had it on my currently reading list since November.  I CAN NOT get into it.  I have found it a little boring.  I checked other reviews on Goodreads as well as Amazon and it was the same people on both sites so it wasn’t very helpful.  I think the premise of the story is great, it is just not executed very well.  The format of the book was hard to get used to.  The words started at the veerrrry top of the page (like right at the edge) and went all the way to the bottom, it was very strange.

I think I could only get through something like 4 chapters and I just couldn’t do it anymore.  I really hate that it didn’t capture my attention because the story sounded great.

Maybe I will give this another chance sometime in the future but as of right now, I just can’t.

I didn’t read enough to be able to recommend it to anyone.