Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mini-Reviews

I've not had good luck recently with my reading list. It's just...not jiving or something. So, I'm going to give some mini-reviews - one a book I didn't finish and a graphic novel because I've really dropped off with the comic reviews lately.

I just couldn't force myself through this one. If it were on audio and I was working out to it then maybe but reading, not happening. I keep avoiding reading it so I'm just done. Maybe I'll revisit this because it's a cool idea but I don't know. Sagara's writing bugs me. It feels overworked. Her characters don't feel like real teenagers either, they feel like an adult trying to make them teenagers. 

There is an autistic character who I rather liked and he kept me reading longer than I might have otherwise. I mean, true, I don't like not finishing books but I'm in a strange mood and if I don't like it I'm not forcing it...there are too many books to read for me to try so hard on a book that isn't a nonfiction piece that will leave me more informed. 

Beautiful cover, cool concepts, sexy guys, and interesting nicknames but writing that makes me grind my teeth. A no go for me.



The ladies are in charge! Can I get a big ol' HELL YES for this?! This is an awesome collection of
the reboot of the X-Men. The team is made up of women (yes, I said, ALL WOMEN!!) and they kick ass. Storm is the leader and she keeps making questionable choices that are interesting and I have to say, most of the time I don't think are that bad. Rouge is on the team in this book and she's so great. I'm always a little sad when I read about her without her strength and flying but they do a great job in this book of making that not depressing. Rachel Gray is cool but I have to admit I didn't know her before so while I like her I have no idea who she is. Pyslock is great as always too, she kicks some ass and doesn't bother with names - her powers are soo great. I saved the best for last - Jubilee!!!!! Yes, I said, the amazing Jubilee is in this book and she is amazing. There is a baby and rouge alien and battles and the women rockin' it. Wolverine even makes an appearance at the end of the book and there is a whiff of the Jubes and Wolvie romance and it made me so happy. I love the idea of them being together.

A great graphic novel worth reading. It's a great re-boot to a series that really lost it for a while. It's great because I think they are actually giving the women what they deserve and writing a book that recognizes their female readership. LOVE. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Females Who Rock

I have admit, lists have always been a bit of a weak spot for me - I love them! So, here's another Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish
It's all about my favorite things - bookish lists!


This week's list is...drum roll please...
Top Ten Females Who Rock

1. Patricia Briggs' little coyote Mercy Thompson  

2. Morgaine from The Mists of Avalon 

3. Anne Sherley or as she is better known - Anne of Green Gables 

4. Kate Daniels from The Magic Series 

5. Ayls from Dragon's Bait 

6. Khalidah from Sand Daughter 

7. Tula from Tin Star 

8. Lucy Pevensie from Narnia 

9. The Luidaeg from the October Daye series 

10. Bramble from The Castings trilogy 



Saturday, April 19, 2014

So great I had to share


This is an odd blog post but I'm sharing another person's blog because I love it so much. She goes through and gives a "where are they now" run down of the Baby- Sitter's Club. When I was younger I adored these books and loved the movie - I still think the soundtrack to that movie was good and every now and then it plays when I have my iPod on shuffle. Reading through made me crackup and I just wanted to share for a Saturday smile.

Where Are They Now? The Baby-Sitter's Club

As and added bonus, I looked around on YouTube and found a little video of the actors and what they look like now. Of course, the stories/backgrounds Renee did are more fun but I thought I would share this as well.


What characters did you love from childhood that you would like to see a "Where Are They Now" for? My wheels are already spinning but I'm not telling who you might see soon.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Siege and Storm Book Review

Title: Siege and Storm
Author:  Leigh Bardugo
Rating: 4/5
Age Group: YA

GoodReads Run Down: 

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.



Review: As much as I hate to admit it, I had a total dingbat moment. After reading Jessica's review of Shadow and Bone on Rabid Reads I decided to read this book. Well, here is the dingbat moment - when I went to the library I was a bit distracted and grabbed this book, book two, instead of getting Shadow and Bone. The covers are similar and I wasn't all that focused. So I get home and start reading. It's a very fast, easy read and I was about 100 pages in before I figured out that this is the second book.

How could be so silly you ask? Well, in part I wasn't paying attention and in part, Bardugo does such a great job of flowing into the new book that I didn't feel like I was missing much explanation about the world. Yes, I did miss some and there were moments between Alina and Mal that I didn't understand but overall I didn't miss book one. When I figured out that this was book two I did stop and try get book one but it was checkout until the end of the month so I just finished Storm and Siege  instead.

This is such a plot driven book I'm unsure if I'll go back and read book one. Especially as I saw a review on GoodReads from Wendy Darling and she was talking about the love triangle and how in the last book there will be a fourth potential lover introduced. I don't really care for numerous lover drama. In this book I was conflicted between the two love interest, Mal who is sweet and loyal and Alina's first love, and a handsome, rouge with enough charm to make ships fly. I'm inclined to root for Mal because he was there first (at least in this book) and he was Alina's first love. Then again, she gets on my nerves a bit and it seems like Mal could have someone who wasn't so tied up in the world and who could focus on him more. Mal deserves someone who is more focused on the relationship than everything else that Alina is wrapped up with because he's a nice guy who would be better if not so threatened all the time. If this were real life I would tell them to break up because if you feel that insecure about your relationship then it's time to calls it quits.

I've skipped ahead a bit so let me back up and start at the beginning. This is a great book. It's a fast read with loads of magic, mystery, love, and adventure. There are pirates who made me curl my toes with excitement - a pair of siblings in particular make me sooo happy. Not to mention Strumhound, the sexy, charming, brilliant captain who resembles a fox (which with my obsession with foxes, just makes me love him even more).

Skipping the first book caused me to lose out on some drama and understanding of some issues but not for long as the recaps are quick but well done. This is an interesting world that reminds me of Russia meets Avatar The Last Air Bender. (*It should be noted that I LOVE Avatar and that world so I liked this world right off the bat.)

I'm not a huge fan of the main character, Alina but she doesn't bother me enough to not enjoy the book. She's a bit...I don't know, annoying? No, that's not right. It's hard to explain but she just doesn't gel with me. Despite that, the other characters are interesting and the story is gripping. I think I'm going to read the first book at some point but most likely after I've read the third so I don't get whiplash. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Waiting, waiting, there's nothing like waiting...

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-have" selection is: The Immortal Crown: An Age of X Novel by Richelle Mead
 to released on May 29, 2014 (or so, there are a few different dates on the web at the moment). 

From GoodReads: 


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodline series returns with the second installment in her acclaimed Age of X series.

Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.

Their mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.

Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.


Why I'm waiting: I enjoyed the Vampire Academy books but didn't like the Succubus books as much. When I started read Gameboard of the Gods I wasn't sure about the new series but it was soo good! I can't wait for the next installment. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Title: Tin Star
Author: Cecil Castellucci
Rating: 5/5
Age Group: YA

GoodReads Run Down: On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on
the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist's leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.

When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula's desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind. 


Review: To say I love this book is an understatement - I adore this book (no simply about it). This was a book that popped up in my life. Goodreads sent me an email letting me know that Tin Star was now available. This was strange as I've never received such an email from Goodreads before and I don't remember ever putting this book on my to read list. Anyway, I decided to check my local library and it was on order. Two days later I had the book in my hands but wasn't all that interested in reading it...but then I cracked the spine and it was so amazing I couldn't put it down. 

This isn't my typical book. There's little to action. The protagonists is a female, a strong one that at, but she's very closed and I tend to like the emotional powerhouses who fight and freak out all the time. Tula is a brilliant character though. She's wise and a true scraper. She misses an obvious issue that I saw miles away BUT it made sense that she missed it. It also distracted me from a couple of things that were wonderful surprises later. 

While the story takes place in the middle of nowhere, literally the middle of long forgotten space, the characters are so alive, so endearing it's odd to think of life outside. As I've said, there is very little action, the start of the story with Tula getting beaten by Brother Blue (don't worry, it's not a spoiler because it happens in the first couple of pages) there isn't much other action. This is more of a slow burn I guess...but it's not a typical slow burn. Normally I think of slow burn as dull but this book is anything but dull. 

We ride along as Tula negotiates her survival and success in an array of alien cultures. It's such an interesting journey to watch her weave through the culture of the station and her emotional baggage. What is also interesting is how economical Castellucci's telling of the story is. There are no wasted words, no scenes that don't fit perfectly into the larger puzzle of the story. I was really impressed and had to go back and re-read parts to really revel in the glory of her work. 

The ending of the book is different. Typically I won't like this type of ending but I found it fulfilling none the less. When I closed this book I was so happy and sad and fulfilled. I didn't feel cheated, I didn't feel like I needed more. Sure, I would love more but if there isn't more I'm ok with that. 

Go read this book. It'll take you a day or so - I suggest giving it a few days so you can really savor it's beauty but if you need to rush though I get that too. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #3: Top Ten "Gateway" Books/Authors In My Reading Journey

I have admit, lists have always been a bit of a weak spot for me - I love them! So, here's another Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish
It's all about my favorite things - bookish lists!


Share your lists and remember to stop by where it all began The Broke and Bookish.


Top Ten "Gateway" Books

1. Number The Stars by Lowis Lowry - the book that started it all, the first book I finished, the first book I loved. 

2. Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde. I still read this once every couple of years. LOVE this book, it led me to the paranormal. She also stared my author followingness. I've followed her books ever since this first adventure with Carrie. 

3. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. First urban fantasy book. Need I say more? 


4. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. This was major in how I think, live, and love. 

5. The Collected Stories of Colettee by Colettee. My first French love. I was obsessed in high school and college. 


6. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis opened the world of series and fantasy. Here began my love of fauns and Pan and everything else fantasy. 


7. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. I can't even begin to say what world this book opened for me but it helped inspire some of my degrees 

8. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen - my first contemporary romance. I don't read a ton still but I love Allen follow her like a love sick puppy. 

9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - my first contemporary YA. It was love at first listen. 

10. Harry Potter and... by J.K. Rowling - these got me into audio books. I loved them when I read them but then when I listened to them...oh, it was love all over again. I've been an audio book listener ever since. 



What are your gateways?