Posts Tagged ‘Reading’

It has been awhile since I have posted anything…like 2 years.  A lot has happened in the last two years that have taken me away from my reviews.  I have divorced and found my forever love and continued to raise a 9 year old (Piper) and created a brand new life (1 year old Zelda).  I have worked and slacked and created art.  I have purchased a new home and lost loved ones and made new friends.

It has been a very busy couple of years.  I wouldn’t trade it for mithril.

I NEVER stopped reading, no matter what has gone on in my life.  For me, to stop reading would be to stop breathing.

I have read so many things and I hope that I can get the reviews up here for you to enjoy!  It may take awhile but I’m not going anywhere… unless it’s to Middle Earth or The Scorch or traveling the galaxy with Rho.

Stay Tuned!!

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3 stars

The Fallen and Leviathan (#1-2) – Thomas Sniegoski

Synopsis:

On his eighteenth birthday, Aaron begins to hear strange voices and is convinced he is going insane. But having moved from foster home to foster home, Aaron doesn’t know whom he can trust. He wants to confide in the cute girl from class, but fears she’ll confirm he’s crazy.

Then a mysterious man begins following Aaron. He knows about Aaron’s troubled past and his new powers. And he has a message for Aaron: As the son of a mortal and an angel, Aaron has been chosen to redeem the Fallen.

Aaron tries to dismiss the news and resists his supernatural abilities. But he must accept his newfound heritage — and quickly. For the dark powers are gaining strength, and are hell-bent on destroying him….

Review:

Ok, so it took me awhile to read all of this book.  I am not sure why, I just couldn’t get into it.  First off, it is written in the third person (which I really have a hard time with).  Although the use of this mode of narration is very handy because you get to feel ALL characters feelings and hear their thoughts but that also cause the book to jump around A LOT.  It didn’t just jump around at each chapter, it jumps at random points and it makes it a little hard to follow.

The way it jumps around makes it hard for me to convey the pace of the book as well because some of the jumps happen in the past and some jump to another character who has some “down time”.

Another thing that bothered me was how the angels/nephilim could talk to animals.  I know that seems like such a small thing but it really felt like I was reading Dr. Doolittle, maybe that was just me but it kind of felt cheesy.  I really wanted this to be fantastic, the cover is what grabbed my attention.

Even after reading the first book I am still not sure what the arc of the story is.

I love fallen angel stories but this one just did not grab me.  I will try to continue the series but I make no promises.  I hate not finishing a series but reading one that takes me days and days to complete each book is like torture.

List of Books in Order:

The Fallen (Fallen and Leviathan #1-2)

End of Days (Fallen #3)

Forsaken (Fallen #4)

Armageddon (Fallen #5)

 

 

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4-stars

Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) – Josephine Angelini

Synopsis:

Dreamless continues the story of Helen Hamilton, a shy girl living on Nantucket Island whose desire for an ordinary life was thwarted when she discovered she is a Scion, a descendant of a Greek god and a mortal. Each Scion has a power, and Helen’s is the ability to travel to Hades.

Helen is determined to use her talent to stop a war amongst the gods and change her destiny, which is to live a life patterned after that of the tragic Helen of Troy. But her quest may cost her Lucas Delios, the boy she loves.

Review:

I had a hard time starting this one.  It took me 3 days just to get past chapter 1.  I can’t say if it was because the story started slow or if I am just stuck in the last series I finished (The River of Time)…the dreaded book “hangover”.  Once I got past that though the story did pick up and kept my attention.

I did have a hard time at the beginning because “Helen” kept switching from the real world to the Underworld and the way that it’s written is really hard to read…for me anyway.  Since she is the only one who can descend there is no one there she can talk to so it’s a lot of reading adjectives and feelings.  It does eventually change so if you are reading it, don’t give up.

I really wish the truth about “Helen” and “Lucas” would come out already…it’s making me mad. 🙂

I am still enjoying this series and can’t wait to read the next.  Hopefully the library will get it back soon!

List of Books in Order:

Starcrossed City (Starcrossed #.05 – Where Daphne meets AJax in NYC for the first time, where it all begins)…This is only a 9 pg. ebook

Starcrossed

Dreamless

Goddess

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4-stars

A Caress of Twilight (Meredith Gentry #2) – Laurell K. Hamilton

Synopsis:

After eluding relentless assassination attempts by Prince Cel, her cousin and rival for the Faerie crown, Meredith Gentry, Los Angeles private eye, has a whole new set of problems. To become queen, she must bear a child before Cel can father one of his own. But havoc lies on the horizon: people are dying in mysterious, frightening ways, and suddenly the very existence of the place known as Faerie is at grave risk. So now, while she enjoys the greatest pleasures of her life attempting to conceive a baby with the warriors of her royal guard, she must fend off an ancient evil that could destroy the very fabric of reality. And that’s just her day job. . . .

Review:

This is a great continuation of “Merry’s” story.  It is still a little hard to follow, for me at least, because there are so many people involved and there are a lot of politics that go with being heir to the throne.

The author is fantastic at describing things but it can get a little long winded.  She is very imaginative and the world she has created get bigger with each book.  It’s fascinating to read it as it unfolds.  I still feel like it is taking awhile for the story to have any kind of climax and I realize that this series is 8 books as of right now but I still look for some kind of build up and there really hasn’t been anything yet.  I look forward to continuing the series.

There were a few typos and grammar errors that got through the editors but nothing to distract the reader from the story.

Recommended for adult readers who like romance.  There is graphic sex situations and some language.

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 Darkness

Divine Misdemeanors

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3 stars

Die For Me (Revenants #1) – Amy Plum

**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**

I have to say that I am enjoying this series.  It is a very easy read at a steady pace. I finished book #1 in one night.  It is not overly exciting but it is a great story line.

I only have a couple of complaints but they are not deal breakers.

First…the main character “Kate” is not your typical strong heroine.  She is a human who has fallen for a “Revenant” named “Vincent”.  She is a little more demure than I like my main characters to be.

A “Revenant” is kind of like the undead/zombie/ghost but not really.  It’s kind of difficult to explain.  They are immortal beings that have a compulsion to die in place of humans.  They save their lives.  In return, they live forever.  If their original death occurs at the age of 17 then everytime they die afterward, they revert to that age.

Second…there is SOME conflict in the story with an opposite faction. “Revenants” save lives, “Numa” takes lives.  The “Numa” leader is named “Lucien” and he has apparently been “Vincent’s” nemesis for a VERY long time.  It just seemed to me that if this hatred between them has been going on for a LONG time and if it was as bad as “Vincent” made it out to be then it would be an extremely hard battle.  It just seemed to be way to easy and it made me wonder why it had taken decades to overcome the threat.  I think the author could have fleshed out the conflicts better and made them more epic.

The story is far more about the romantic relationship problems and how “Kate” and “Vincent” can overcome the issues of immortal and mortal.  It is very well thought out and you can identify with them easily.  It’s easy to put yourself in “Kate’s” shoes because I think everyone has, at some point, been interested in someone who might not be good for them.

It does remind me a little of Twilight (I never read the books and I probably never will, I just saw the movies)

If you are looking for an easy read or are looking for something for your teens then give this a try.  I don’t remember any bad words (at least in this first book) and there is only light kissing.

Books In Order:

Die For Me

Until I Die

If I Should Die

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3 stars

Ephemeral – Countenance Trilogy #1 (Addison Moore)

Ok, I am still reading this first book but I felt like I needed to put my thoughts up here now so I don’t forget.

First, there is no way for me to relay when things happen in this book…I bought the Nook addition and according to the Nook there is 2564 pages and I’m on page 624.  I have no gauge of where I am LOL.  Everytime I turn the page it jumps up by 3-6 pages.

Second, I am having a really hard time with this book.  I don’t understand anything that is going on but neither does the main character “Laken”.  It takes FOREVER (at least that what my internal gauge is telling me) to get anywhere…there are no answers and it’s irritating that “Laken” doesn’t ask more questions.  She doesn’t have memories of dying but she does know that she was hit by a car.  She keeps seeing people that had previously died but are now flesh and bone but with slightly different names and memories.  I am only able to read a chapter or two before I have to put it up so I don’t get frustrated.

I will finished the book and update this review once I’m done.

**UPDATED 05-19-2013**

I finished reading this book…I don’t know if I can give a review.  I still don’t understand what is going on and there is really only 1 character that I have any feeling toward and it’s not the main character “Laken.”  It’s not necessarily bad…I mean the author does a wonderful job describing things (except that I cannot picture what anyone looks like) and putting across feelings.  I just have no words.  It’s a very dark series, it comes across a little schizo and it almost makes me a little uncomfortable being in that world (which maybe what the author was aiming for since that’s the way “Laken” feels).

I will finish the trilogy because I cannot leave off in the middle and I WANT MY QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

Who would you cast in your favorite books if they were to make a movie?  Make sure to put the name of the book(s)…so I know what to read next LOL