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: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.”

Paperback: 320 pages
Recommended Age: Older Teen
Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (July 3, 2012)

RATING 4 STARS 

I almost walked away from this one a few times… But, I kept picking it up anyway and, eventually, it was worth it.

Anna Dressed in Blood has a great premise – and that’s what kept me from giving up on it. It’s not vampires, love triangles, and teenage angst (at least not entirely.) It’s a ghost story. A really creepy ghost story at times.

The problem, at least for me, was how slow it was to take full advantage of the premise. I was almost half-way through the book before the plot itself was gripping enough to keep me turning the pages. In and of itself, that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker. But, during that down time there wasn’t anything to balance out the lack of excitement. Every time it felt like it was about to kick into gear, it still managed to meander of pretty quickly.

I would really have liked to see more character depth from the beginning. More relationships. More conflict. More to keep me reading, and building the suspense, while waiting for the “ghosty” parts. Heck, I really wouldn’t have been upset to see any of the characters suffer a horrible death for the better part of half the book. That’s a problem.

As the story goes on, I never really fell for the protagonist, Cas, but there was still enough there to keep me hooked. Maybe that was the problem – the bulk of the beginning was supposed to be introducing Cas… and I just never really grew to like him during that time. At times I actually disliked him. If nothing else, how do you have a “ghost hunter” who seems so weak at times.

I normally would have rated this around three stars. But, my rule is that if I’ll pick up the next book in the series it’s worth 4. And, I just may grab the next one. Maybe. This book actually ended on a note that strongly reminded me of Demon Kissed – and that’s a great series.

***Although YA, my twelve year old will have to wait for this one… Otherwise I foresee a lot of nightmares in the near future. Just an FYI – maybe your kid is made of stronger stuff. But, I was creeped out at times, and I’m old enough to know the bogeyman isn’t under the bed.

4 star book review

Recommended for people who read YA Horror, Ghost Stories, and like a good creep-out.  Need a spooky read for Halloween?  This is it.  Anna Dressed in Blood is followed by Girl of Nightmares (release date Aug 7, 2012).

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Book Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

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Marie’s Review

Description: “One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 1, 2012)

4 STARS – YOU GOTTA READ THIS!

Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent triology by Veronica Roth.  You know how middle books can feel like a bridge to get to the final showdown at the end of the third book in a triology?  Insurgent wasn’t like that.  It stood on it’s own, offering the reader more insight into Tris’ world.

This wasn’t a light happy read.  There was a lot of Tris grappling with her parent’s sacrifice that lead her to be suicidal for a good chunk of the book.  It wasn’t just that she was moving through life as a fearless Dauntless/ Divergent, and the author made that very clear.  For a good portion of the book Tris had a death wish.

There is more death, deciete, and trust issues in Insurgent.  Tris’ problems are growing, partly because she can’t let go of what happened to her in the previous book (and honestly, I wouldn’t expect her to).  Her past is haunting her, altering her actions.  That compenent of the book was well executed.

I have mixed feelings about the bad guy and am interested to see what happens in the next book.  It’ll be a kick in the teeth if Jeanine was really a good guy, and no one could tell because she was heartless.  That’s my prediction.  We’ll see what happens.

I’m a little bipolar when it comes to Four and Tris’ relationship.  I don’t want to like it, but I do.  It seems like she’s screwing it up on purpose, but both of them seem to have trust issues.  While it’s annoying, it’s also more believable.  They’ve both been through a lot and I don’t think we know as much about Tobias to really get a good glimpse into his head.  I was surprised Tris allowed him to kiss her at the end.  I think I would have punched him, if he did that to me.  Major Tobias points lost.  And oddly, I’m starting to route for Peter.  I know I’m not supposed to, and I totally hated him in Divergent, but now he’s all rogue and unpredictable.  But Tobias… Tobias, you poor bastard. Tris is becoming a nutcase, and it seems like you already are.

The reason why I gave Insurgent 4 stars was because it felt like the book didn’t have a powerful climax.  We went through a lot to get to the ending, and that scene felt about as intense as the rest.  It was only the last few pages that really started to build, but the book ends.  Major shocker at the end.

Yes, Insurgent ended on a cliffhanger.  Yes, I like cliffhangers and this one was well done.  It made me a Veronica Roth fan and I can’t wait for the next book.

4 star book review

Recommended for: Hunger Games fans, dystopian fans, Shatter Me fans, readers of dystopian lit, YA survival stories.

The kindle edition of INSURGENT (Divergent #2) is on sale for $9.99 right now, which is great.  Go get it!

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Book Review: Kingdom Keepers V-Shell Game by Ridley Pearson

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A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “As the five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack by the Overtakers, a group determined to change Disneyforever. Relationships between the Keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. In fact, nothing is as simple as it once was.
An after-hours visit to Typhoon Lagoon is a game changer. The Keepers lose one of their most valuable supporters. But there’s work to do . . .

The Disney Dream leaves Port Canaveral on an historic cruise to Los Angeles with a special treat in store for guests: the Disney Host Interactive guides are on board. Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby join guests as the DHI experience moves to one of the most advanced cruise ships in the world.

But all is not right below decks. Strange things are happening. Only the Kingdom Keepers know the truth behind their invitation to be in attendance: nearly every Disney villain is aboard the ship, including Maleficent. The Overtakers have infiltrated the cast and crew. And no oneknows what they have planned.

The Dream sets sail filled with enthusiastic guests and crew. But not for long. Maleficent takes over a video screen and warns the guests of trouble to come. With the ship arriving to the beaches of Castaway Cay–its first of many exotic ports of call–the Kingdom Keepers are under attack; back home the Base is threatened and about to fall. The Overtakers have expanded in ways never foreseen, and it’s clear they intend to use this element of surprise to accomplish what has eluded them so far: victory.

But not if Finn Whitman and friends have anything to say about it.”

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (April 3, 2012)

REVIEW 5 STARS-NOT TO BE MISSED!

Two words(Well four if you count the two before). Awesome. Cliffhanger.

This book is the fourth in the Kingdom Keepers series, written by Ridley Pearson. It takes place on the Disney cruise ship, The Dream and The Fantasy. Kingdom Keepers are now traveling from Orlando, Florida and across the Panama Canal to California.

The Keepers, Finn, Willa, Maybeck, Philby, and Charlene along with their two friend Jes and Amanda, have a new adventure on their hands.

The book had amazing conflict and twists that I didn’t see coming. I couldn’t figure it out except for when the author told me(Haha!) and I can usually see who the culprit or what’s going to happen before the end of the book. The main conflict in this book is hard to place, but you’ll see when you read it it’s this. Why do the Overtakers want a certain item and why are they on the ship? Finn has the most conflict in this book, and you’ll see why.

I’ll compare the first book of this amazing series to this one. I think I like this one better. There’s more conflict, more problems the Keepers have to face, and it has an awesome ending, but the ending also made me go into shock.

Speaking of the ending, I have to say I did enjoy it. True, I did go into shock when I read it and re-read it to make sure I got it right…But it was still good. I thought the series was over then and there, but then I heard two more books are coming and I was jumping up and down like a crazy person(No! I am not crazy!).

I liked the characters in the books, but I found I didn’t like two of them as much any more, and they are not Overtakers. Finn, as always, is awesome, but I found some of his personality changed. Amanda…..Is amazing. That’s all I can say. New characters are introduced in this book to, but I won’t say who.

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I would definitely recommend this book to around 10-Adult. People who enjoyed the previous books of this series should read this one. Tweens and teens will lie it to. Heck! Adults will LOVE it!!!

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FREE Book: Valefar Vol. 1 (Demon Kissed #0.5) by H.M. Ward

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Description: “It’s 369 days before Ivy loses her soul to a demon kiss. And, Collin Smith, the most powerful Valefar this side of Hell, wants his soul back. He thinks he’ll get it too, until a bargain with a powerful demon proves to be more costly than he hoped. As his world shifts, Collin tries to protect Ivy, but he knows he can’t be with her. Torn between his affection for the girl and his loyalty, Collin is forced to be the evil creature he tries so hard to deny – a Valefar.

VALEFAR is the novella prequel to the bestselling YA Paranormal Romance DEMON KISSED. Each VALEFAR volume is meant to read in one sitting. VALEFAR Vol. 1 is a YA Paranormal Romance and has 12,500 words, or 85 pages.”

Ages: 14 & up
Print Length: 85 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press; 2 edition (November 26, 2011)

I haven’t posted my review of this little book yet, but it was awesome!  I read the series in order and so, Valefar Vol. 1 was read after Demon Kissed.  It was like looking at a behind the scenes production.  I got to see exactly what Collin was doing and thinking.  There was lots of action, as well as romantic tension.  This is the Collin that we know and love in Demon Kissed #1, but even more so!  If you love Demon Kissed #1 and the dangerously beautiful Collin Smith, grab this!

The fact that Valefar Vol. 1 is free is icing!

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Book Review: Stone Prison (Twisted Tales #1) by H.M. Ward

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Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Bestselling author of the DEMON KISSED series presents TWISTED TALES.

The Stone Prison is a macabre tale told in the spirit of Grimm. An evil enchantress, a stone tower, and a girl whose fate hangs in the balance as the clock approaches midnight make for a bone-chilling fairy tale.

Recommended for ages 15 & older. This series may be too gruesome for younger Demon Kissed fans. STONE PRISON is a novella (a short novel) and is meant to be read in one sitting. The print edition is 78 pages or 12,285 words.”

REVIEW: 5 STARS–NOT TO BE MISSED!

I picked STONE PRISON up after finishing the author’s Demon Kissed series without really knowing what to expect… Short stories can be hit or miss, and here the author was starting from scratch with a new world and new characters – and it worked beautifully.

As a short story, I’m reluctant to give much away. The author does a lot within the 10,000 words she’s given us, and it seems silly to write just as many in order to say how much I enjoyed it. This is a fairy tale. Not in the spirit of Disney, but of Grimm. And that’s probably the best comparison, since I can’t think of any other contemporary writer doing anything similar. In Grimm’s Cinderella there’s bloodshed and self-mutilation before you get to the happily ever after. Ward is easily as dark and twisted. And the reader will take a perverse pleasure in exploring the twists and turns that lead into the darkness.

A must read, but not for the light of heart and not before bed. I’ll look forward to the next “Twisted Tale.”

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I recommend this book for people who enjoy Grimm’s fairy tales, Once Upon A Time (the TV show on ABC), older teens, and adults who enjoy a hauntingly good tale.

Grab STONE PRISON (Twisted Tales #1) by H.M. Ward on Amazon now for $2.99.  This short story also comes in paperback.

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Happy Release Day to THE 13th PROPHECY (Demon Kissed #5)

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Happy release day to H.M. Ward and her final book in the DEMON KISSED series – THE 13th PROPHECY!!!

I can’t wait to post my review!  I grabbed the book and read it the 1st night it came out.  Today is the official release date, but the Kindle edition was up early, so I grabbed it.  LOVED the ending!  This series is one of the best I’ve read in a long time.  I’ll post more specifics in my review.  Gotta get caught up on all the other reviews I’ve written first.  We’ve been busy!

To read my review of DEMON KISSED, the 1st book in this series, click here.

Happy release day!

Book Review: Demon Kissed (Demon Kissed #1) by H.M. Ward


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by H.M. Ward

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “The Valefar boy tricked Ivy Taylor into kissing him, but he took much more than a kiss – he stole her soul and left her within inches of death. By surviving, Ivy is drawn into the conflict between the Martis and the Valefar. The war between these two immortal forces has raged for millennia without distraction. Until now.

Ivy is an anomaly-she is the only person who has ever walked away from a demon kiss alive. Her survival gives her unique and deadly abilities. Too powerful to ignore, Ivy is a threat to both armies. These two ancient enemies will stop at nothing to kill the seventeen-year-old.

Surviving is nothing new for headstrong Ivy, but her survival has never depended on another person before. This time it does. And if she misplaces her trust, she’s dead. To her horror, she starts falling in love at the worst possible time-with the enemy. He appears to be protecting her. But she can’t be certain if he is trying to help her, or help himself to her power. For Ivy, trusting the right person is the difference between love and survival, or a deadly demon kiss.”

Reading level: Ages 14 & up
Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press (March 27, 2011)
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/demonkissed

REVIEW: 5 STARS–NOT TO BE MISSED!

Demon Kissed = the best book EVER!!!!!!! It is more than a exiting thriller, this book is so good you won’t know how to describe it!!!!  When Ivy’s hair was in purple flames that was so good. I felt like I there watching it happen like I was in the book–seeing and feeling it all. It was the most amazing super duper exciting wild book I’ve ever read.

The bad people/ villains in DEMON KISSED are called Valefars.  They were humans that had their souls sucked out by demons.  They are immortal and super bad.  Martis are humans that were given angel blood to help them kill off all the Valefar.  Ivy gets into a weird spot because she’s both.  That makes everyone want to kill her.  She doesn’t know who to trust.

It was a great story that had a fast pace. It was like a thriller, adventure, & romance mix. It’s a good combination. I can relate to Ivy in some ways.  She’s like a real person.  GO H.M. WARD!!!! U ROCK!!!!!!!! I WANT MY BEDROOM TO BE THEMED DEMON KISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is the first book in the Ivy Taylor/ Demon Kissed series.  DEMON KISSED is followed by CURSED, TORN, SATAN’S STONE, and THE 13th PROPHECY (release date March 6, 2012.  Companion DEMON KISSED novellas are THE VALEFAR VOLUMES: VOL. 1.  I also heard that there is gonna be a spin off series called ASSASSIN: FALL OF THE GOLDEN VALEFAR that will be out later this summer!

Recommended for people who like dystopian, paranormal romance, fast pacing, dark YA.  If you liked UNEARTHLY, HOUSE OF NIGHT, and FEVER SERIES, I think you’ll really enjoy the DEMON KISSED series, too.

Get DEMON KISSED now on Amazon.  The Kindle edition is on sale for only $4.99!

Book Review: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.”

Reading level: Ages 12 & up
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (June 1, 2010)

REVIEW: 5 STARS – NOT TO BE MISSED!

O.M.G! I rarely read a werewolf books, but I’m sooo into them now!

Grace is a girl who survived a wolf attack when she was young. When she finds out the secret the wolves hid, her world changes.

I loved the conflict in this book and how Grace acted. Isabel was snobby, but sarcastic, making her lovable (and funny!). SHIVER went at a steady pace, and the personalities of the characters were awesome!

SHIVER has a love story where the couple can’t be together. They can’t be together because a problem separates them.  SHIVER is the first of a series (I’m reading the second one now!) and I think that so far, this one is better. Loved it!!! The main conflict in this book was Grace trying to find a cure to keep Sam a human and not a wolf (Cute!).

Ending. Was. FANTASTIC!

I loved that it was a happy and a perfectly paced ending.  It was suspenseful and awesome!

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I would recommend this book to YA paranormal romance lovers, mystery, action, and YA suspense readers.

SHIVER is part of a trilogy and is followed by LINGER and FOREVER.

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