Book Review: Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown (The Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed—Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.

Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she’s falling in love.

Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (October 23, 2012)

RATING ~ FIVE AMAZING STARS!

Five freakin’ stars!

Han Alister and Raisa ana‘Marianna have returned in the conclusion to the Seven Realms series. The main conflicts in the Crimson Crown are, 1. Everyone is trying to steal the throne from Raisa and take it for themselves. 2. Everyone is also trying to keep Han and Raisa apart. The book takes place in the Fells, where Ragmarket, Southbridge, and Gray Lady are.

I enjoyed this book BIG TIME. It had bits of sarcasm and more humor than the other books did. Crow was awesome. I loved his remarks and statements. They were just either awesome or hilarious. The characters felt stronger, like Han’s and Crow’s and Willo’s. Raisa’s didn’t strengthen much, but it did grow stronger.

The Bayars….Well, I hate them. Duh. But I didn’t want that to happen to Fiona at the end. 🙁 I actually enjoyed seeing her and Han well at each other. Hehehe! Lord Bayar..Eh, his character did strengthen, but it just made me hate his guts more. Heck, why would I like him more? But, I liked his son Micah more. He wasn’t a complete jerk. Not completely, but he still was one.

I enjoyed the ending. There was a freaking awesome action scene that I looooooved! But I feel like the book and series could’ve kept going. There’s still a conflict at the end, I don’t know what happens to Micah, and I want to know more about Han and Raisa!

But. Above all of the downers and awkward moments…..5. FREAKIN’. STARS. Go Cinda Willaims Chima! Ye-ah!

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I recommend to people who have read the previous Seven Realms book. Also, people who enjoy Cinda Williams Chima’s book, magic lovers, and action lovers should pick up this book. 🙂 After reading the previous three of course.

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Book Review: Catalyst by H.M. Ward

Catalyst (Vampire Apocalypse #2) by H.M. Ward

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Blood is power. Since the world froze and the humans died off, blood has become scarce. There’s barely enough to sustain the vampire population, even though their masses have dwindled. Many vampires are reduced to the measly few drops of blood rationed to them by the Regent, which is enough to keep them alive, barely. It’s survival; an undesirable existence.

Before the world froze, before the humans slaughtered each other in their wars, blood was ample and rich. The odds of feeding from an infected human, one with weakened blood, was rare, but now it is normal. Every human within the palace walls is anemic. Though they tried, the Regent was not able to curb the severity of the disease. Their humans became sickly, growing weaker and weaker until they were so fragile that a single scrape could kill them.

The weakened blood means an unstable source of food, but there have been other repercussions—things no one saw coming. As time passed, fangs retreated, reflections appeared, and light was no longer destructive. Vampires can now walk in the full sunlight without turning to ash. Too many generations have passed. Many vampires cannot remember a time when blood flowed richly, when vampires did not have to abstain and endure a slow starvation.

One human can change everything. One human can restore the old ways and return vampires to their former glory—Kahli—but the girl escaped. Blood is power, and the vampire who finds Kahli first will have all the power.

2nd book in the Vampire Apocalypse Series by H.M. Ward”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Printed Version: 319 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press

RATING ~ 5 STARS OF AWESOMENESS!

A.R.C. I’m the queen of them. ;D

Kahli, the kick-butt redhead, returns in book #2 of the Vampire Apocalypse series by H.M. Ward. :)

The main conflict in this book is an amusing, dangerous one. Everyone either wants to kill Kahli or capture her. Sounds like fun right? ‘Yay! I get to run for my life! Later suckers!’

Kahli was kick-butt in this book. She ticked a lot of people off, gave awesome retorts, and -Well- was Kahli. ;D There were hilarious parts in this book, romance parts, and action scenes that I adored. :)

The ending was wicked cool. I can’t say much since it’s not out yet, but it was FREAKING AWESOME! Though now I’m a bit mad at one character. >:(  You’ll figure out who when you read it.

There was this one part..It. Was. FREAKING. HIL-AR-I-OUS! I was laughing so hard I started coughing and tearing up. You’ll LOVE it. If you don’t, you don’t have a sense of humor. -_- You know what? I’m going to give you a line from that scene. Why? Because I’m that nice. ;)

“The guards are going to be all sorts of pissed when they find out they’ve been following a bunny rabbit.”

:D :D :D Lol! :D That’s pretty much all I can give you from the book without going into ‘spoiler mode’. Overall, 5 stars! Amazing book! Can’t wait for the last book in this series. :)

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I recommend to pre-teens, teens, and girl and boys alike. Ages 11-19 will enjoy this action and humor packed vampire book. :) And, of course, people who have read the first book in this series: Bane (Vampire Apocalypse #1)

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Book Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six–who will complete the Prophecy of Seven? The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . . With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.”

Age Level: 10 and up
Print Length: 608 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (October 2, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

Omg, FREAKING AMAZING BOOK!

In The Mark of Athena, Percy, Hazel and Frank meet up with four others from Camp Half-Blood: Jason, Piper, Leo, and Annabeth. This book’s main conflict is pretty simple: Go to Rome and stay alive. Their goal is to make it to Rome, save Hazel’s brother, and find the Doors of Death.

This book takes place all over the world, but the main setting is on Leo’s warship: The ArgoII. They visit Kansas, Atlanta, and some more places. 😉

I loved, LOVED, that Annabeth’s was one of the narrators. It was fun to see from her point of view for the first time. Annabeth is such a kick-butt girl, it’s fun to see her point of view on things. Percy, of course, narrated some chapters too. The two of them together again was hilarious! 😀

The book was funny, had lots of action, problem solving, and Diet Pepsi(Don’t ask). I was laughing my head off at some things Coach Hedge did: One of which he’s on the boat yelling, ‘Bring it on lake! YEAH!‘ I thought that was hilarious.

The ending. -_- Oh. My. Freaking. Gosh. The ENDING. Rick did his first real cliffhanger. I admit though, I enjoy when something happens to the main characters because otherwise it seems like you’re favoring them too much. I’m glad Rick writes such amazing books for me to read. Five stars!

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I recommend to Rick Riordan fans, people who love mythology, and action lovers. If you’ve read The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief..You are bound to love this book. 🙂

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Book Review: The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

 

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacis #3) by Pittacus Lore

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I’d been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.

Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. . . .

I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we’re looking for the others—including John.

But so are they.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They caught me in New York—but I escaped.
I am Number Six.
They want to finish what they started.
But they’ll have to fight us first.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (August 21, 2012

RATING 5 STARS!

I LOVED this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Rise of Nine. Catchy title for an awesome book. The Rise of Nine’s main character is Number Four, also known as John Smith. This book takes place all around the world: West Virginia, New Mexico, India, England, and Chicago.

The main conflict of this book: It’s time to gather the rest of the Garde. Their enemy, the Mogs, are gathering and planning their death. They don’t plan to die without a fight.

Nine….is a meatcake. 😛 But he’s pretty cool. I loved his witty remarks, but he was frustrating at times. For one, he’s not very cooperative. He goes looking for trouble.

Four was amazing. As always! 😀 His visions were cool to read. He’s a good character to have in a book, even if he can be stubborn. But hey! Everyone’s stubborn once in a while!

Six. Six, six, six….YOU KICK BUTT GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! She’s. AWESOME.
Enough said.

I loved the action scenes. The ending was my favorite part of the book. Biggest. Action. Scene. EVER! LOVED IT! I also noticed something….The author put himself in the book! I would totally do that! Lol moment. BK(Bernie Kosar), was awesome. 😀 I love that beagle.

Parts I didn’t like were, well, when the book took place in India. It was cool I guess, but they weren’t my favorite. 🙁 I don’t know why, they just weren’t. Also, I thought this would be the last book in the series. But guess what? It’s not! It ending was a cliffhanger! Seriously?!?!? A cliffhanger!!!!!!! I was totally prepared for one of my favorite series to end in this book, but instead it was a cliffhanger. A real cliffhanger. Cut off in the middle of action! :O Grrrrr……

Above all, amazing book! Can’t wait to find out when the fourth comes out! Great work Pittacus Lore!

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I recommend to Middle School ages(12 & up) through adult. If you’ve read the first book of this series and or second, read this one too. If you’ve read The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, you might enjoy this book. Action/Adventure readers will LOVE this book.

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Book Review: The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan

 

The Demigod Diaries (Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn’t take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion…all in one hour or less?

With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and illustrated profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection that is sure to delight legions of loyal fans.”

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (August 14, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

LOOOOOOVED IT! <3! 😀 This book was amazing. Percy returned in one of the short stories in this book, along with Annabeth, Luke, Thalia, Leo, Jason, and Piper. Though, they weren’t all in the same story.

The Demigod Diaries has four short stories in it: Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes, The Diary of Luke Castellan, Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford, and Son of Magic.

In Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes, it’s Percy and Annabeth’s 1 month anniversary. It was hilarious!

‘I gave her a smile that I hoped conveyed something like: Hey, you know I’m on your side. Gods are suck jerks! But what can you do? Probably my expression actually conveyed: It’s not my fault! Please don’t kill me!

Lmho, right? 😉 I loved reading from Percy’s point of view again, and since it was a date with Annabeth, that made it more awesome. 🙂 I also learned that Hermes may not be the safest delivery god. Why? Here’s why:

‘Hermes and I sat in the back of the truck on a couple of boxes labeled TOXIC SERPENTS. THIS END UP. Maybe that wasn’t the best place to sit, but it was better than some of his other deliveries, which were labeled EXPLOSIVES, DO NOT SIT ON, and DRAKON EGGS, DO NOT STORE NEAR EXPLOSIVES.’

-_- Yeah……Hermes isn’t the safest UPS guy. Oh, and it has a fire-breathing giant. Did I forget to mention that?

In The Diary of Luke Castellan, Luke writes from his point of view, part of his adventure with Thalia before camp. Which involved a magic goat with udders that gave out Pepsi and Free Ice. We also learn Luke’s first weapon was destroyed. The one he uses in the story is…..Dun, dun, dun! A golf club. Lol! I loved the magic goat/soda machine. 😛 Thalia was cool, as always. Luke was funny. Funny where I had tears coming out of my eyes. I now love Luke in this story. 🙂 My favorite part was, you guessed it, the soda/magic goat! 😀

Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford. I was laughing so hard while I read it this one. It was awesome! Leo returns, along with Jason and Piper! You can tell this story is awesome because the first sentance in it is,

‘Leo blamed the Windex.’

😀 Awesome, right?! 😀 Buford is a walking table that, other than hates Windex, holds something important. Can’t tell you what because I you have to read it. 😛 Haha! It has insane chicks, a walking table named Buford, and of course, Leo Valdez! Also known as Repair Boy. Hehehe. There’s an awesome party too, and the Hokey Pokey.

The Son of Magic, the last short story in this book, was written by Rick’s son, Haley. It’s about a son of Hecate who fought for Kronos in the second titan war. We read the story from the point of view of Claymore, an author. The only thing I can tell you about this one without going into spoiler mode is Claymore is apparently really, really, aggnorant (And stubborn in my opinion). This one needed a bit more humor, other than that, cool-O!

The reading age says 10 & up, but I think 8, possibly 7-year-olds will be able to handle these stories. If you’re uncertain about it though, but you’re kid is a Percy Jackson fan, just make sure they don’t read The Diary of Luke Castellan if you buy it.

Altogether, five stars! Well done! I loved seeing my favorite characters again in this book of stories and games. Congrats to Rick Riordan and his son, Haley Riordan! 🙂

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I recommend to ages 8(Possibly 7)-Adult (Look at second to last paragraph if you’re concerned about age). If you’ve read his Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief series, or enjoyed Heroes of Olympus (Book #1), you will LOVE this.

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Book Review: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl #8) by Eoin Colfer

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION:

“Seemingly nothing in this world daunts the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. In the fairy world, however, there is a small thing that has gotten under his skin on more than one occasion: Opal Koboi. In The Last Guardian, the evil pixie is wreaking havoc yet again. This time his arch rival has reanimated dead fairy warriors who were buried in the grounds of Fowl Manor. Their spirits have possessed Artemis’s little brothers, making his siblings even more annoying than usual. The warriors don’t seem to realize that the battle they were fighting when they died is long over. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong. Can he count on a certain LEPrecon fairy to join him in what could well be his last stand?

New York Times best-selling author and comic genius Eoin Colfer will leave Artemis Fowl fans gasping up to the very end of this thrilling finale to the blockbuster series.”

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (July 10, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

:O That’s the first thing I’m gonna type in this review other than this sentence. :O

Eoin Colfer has worked his magic again in this book! Artemis, Holly, Mulch, Butler, and Foaly all return! Sadly, along with our most wanted super-crazy-villain.

This book takes place at the Fowl Estate most of the time, in Dublin(Pretty sure it’s Dublin….). If it’s not at the Fowl Estate,then it’s in the the Lower Elements under the earth’s crust. Opal Koboi is back and needs to be stopped.

The main conflict you ask? Opal has risen warriors from the earth, and Artemis and the gang have until sunrise to return them back to the earth unless they want Opal to succeed and take over. ‘That crazy pixie’.

I loved the laughs in this book. Mulch was awesome! I loved reading his parts because I giggling, and giggling. Most of the time I was reading, crazy giggling could be heard, or complete silence because I was sucked into the book. 🙂 Artemis was awesome, as always. Holly was Holly and naturally did what she thought. 🙂 Foaly is the best centaur I’ve read about(Actually is the only centaur I’ve read about besides the one in Narnia). The book had enough action to even out the laughs and sad spots.

I admit though, I expected the ending. I seriously did. I thought it would happen a different way, but still, I expected it. I feel like he might have left it a little unfinished. He made it so more adventures could happen, he didn’t say any of the characters’ futures. 🙁 I just hope a spin-off series will bring our famous Artemis Fowl back.

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I recommend to people who have read the previous Artemis Fowl books, like/love adventure and comedy books, and people who like a good twist in their books. If your child can take a little blood and near death too, they would like this. Altogether, ages 8-Adult, 8-year-old depending on if they can hadle blood and near death. If you’ve read Percy Jackson and The OlympainsMaximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, Son of Neptune, or The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones, you’ll LOVE this. 😉

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Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

*TOP 10 OF 2012*

Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 29, 2011)

RATING 4 STARS

I read Legend right after reading The Grey Wolf Throne.  The two books complimented each other.  It was really interesting, because I really like Han in the other series.  Day is a similar character. He’s poor with a tormented past.  He’s on his own and will do anything to survive.  One difference is that Han seems to be a bit of an egoist while Day is still trying to act within his own moral code.  Day hasn’t killed anyone.

And that’s what spurs this book.  Although he’s caused the Republic lots of problems, he hasn’t killed anyone.  Then one night things go horribly wrong and he’s accused of killing June’s brother.  The story unfolds beautifully, not too fast, not too slow.  We learn what happened to June’s family and the clues her brother left for her.  June hunts Day with the intention of killing him.  She’s the Republic’s golden child.  She’s smart, cunning, and merciless.  She’s the youngest solider and the smartest.

I LOVED this book.  It was dark and intense, with reasons that resonated with the reader.  You were routing for June and then hoping she’d fail, because you are routing for Day, too. Their two worlds collide and the story is just awesome!  I can’t say enough about this book.  It wasn’t on my short list of books because I hate the cover.  Yeah, I’m a girl and it’s an ugly cover.  Anyway, Legend is in my top 10 books read in 2012.  So why’d I give it 4 stars?

Lemme explain.  There is only one reason why I didn’t give it 5 fricken fab stars – the formatting.  Printing things in bold, weird colors was a gimmick that this book did NOT need.  Instead of lending to the book, these issues made Legend difficult to read from major headaches and eyestrain.  Publisher of Legend, I have one thing to say to you: I hope you print the next book normal so I can read it.  I completely hated the publisher’s guts while I was reading this book.  Doing anything that makes it more difficult for a reader to read a book is STUPID.  You might as well be shooting Chinese stars out of the pages at my eyeballs.  Majorly annoyed about that.

To the author: Your book was so good, I endured the migraines to finish it.

4 star book review

If you liked DIVERGENT, SHATTER ME, or 7 REALMS SERIES then you’ll like this.  Weird cross over on that last one, but I stand by it.  Han and Day are both awesome.  <3 <3 <3

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