Sneak Peek: Crimson Crown (7 Realms Series) by Cinda Chima

OMG.  I cannot wait for this book!  <3 Han!

The chapter 1 sneak peek went up yesterday.  Click here to read.

Eeep!  Can’t wait!!!!

 

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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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: Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

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A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together.

Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1St Edition edition (July 12, 2011)

REVIEW–5 STARS MUST READ!

O.M.G! MAGGIE STIEFVSTER, MAKE MORE!!!

This book is the last of the series called, “The Wolves of Mercy Falls,” and it totally. Rocks! The book takes place in Mercy Falls, Minnesota.

I’ll compare this book to the the first one. THIS ONE WAS THE BEST OUT OF THE WHOLE ENTIRE STINKIN’ SERIES!!!!!!! You know why? I can’t tell you because it spoil the ending, so, READ THE BOOK THEN I’LL SAY! Sorry, but I don’t wanna spoil it 😀

I liked that the conflict was big and that the book had more than one. I liked the characters (Especially Sam ;D). Cole was sarcastic, as usual. I.  I can’t find anything wrong with it. Well, Isabelle was still snobby, but, eh? You can’t change someone who doesn’t want to change.

The main struggle in this book is Sam trying to back Grace, well, sort of. The main, main conflict is trying to get the wolves out of Mercy Falls before a big hunt goes down.
I liked the ending, it was a happy one :). That’s all I can say without a spoiler.

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I recommend this book for adult and teen werewolf lovers, Mercy Fall lovers, romance lovers, mystery and action lovers.

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Book Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

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A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.”

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (July 13, 2010)

REVIEW: 5 STARS–NOT TO BE MISSED!

Werewolves come again!!!

This book is the second in the trilogy of The Wolves of Mercy Falls. It takes place in Mercy Falls, Minnesota. Compared to the first one, this was better, in my opinion. It has a lot of excitement, romance, and some new people, making me like it even more.

I liked that Linger had Sam in it, as a human and not a wolf. I liked the excitement and the mystery solving. The main struggle in this book was Grace and herself, trying to keep from turning wolf. The ending was a GREAT one and I enjoyed it. It was my kind of ending with romance and adventure that said, “This isn’t over yet!”

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I recommend this book to fans of the series, YA addicts, romance lovers, and werewolf lovers.

Series order: Shiver, Linger, & Forever

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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