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: On Silver Wings by Evan C. Currie

On Silver Wings by Evan C. Currie

Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION “In the future, mankind has colonized other worlds, mined asteroid belts, and sent ships so far into the blackness of space that light from their drives won’t reach Earth for centuries. Through it all, life has been found in almost every system we visited and yet we’ve never encountered another intelligent species.

Until now. When the Colony on the planet known as Hayden’s World stops transmitting on their CASIMIR FTL system, a Solari Fleet Task Force is sent to investigate. When they arrive there are enough oddities in the situation that they in turn send in a special operations unit to contact the colonists and determine what happened. Only one of those operators survives to make planet fall. Sergeant Sorilla Aida finds herself against an alien force of unknown power and capability. Her only assets?

A depleted suit of power armor, her rifle, basic kit, and a few hundred Hayden born civilians looking to take back their home. Just what she was trained for.”

RATING 4 STARS

I picked this up after reading Currie’s “Into the Black: Odyssey One.” That was a great read, and I was anxious to see what else he’d done. I wasn’t disappointed.

As opposed to a lot of science fiction, here we’re given a great female protagonist. And instead of a utopian future and amazing tech, you’ll find a universe that you can easily relate to. Humanity is still the same. And so, when the protagonist is dropped into truly alien experiences, you’re along for a great ride.

The pace is quick. But character development and relationships aren’t sacrificed for plot. I wish my daughter read more action/adventure and sci-fi, because there are so few great female characters out there. Here’s one where the fact that the story centers on a female marine is simply taken for granted. It’s a non-issue, there’s no pandering, and the story tears along dragging the reader with it.

Since this isn’t a space epic, the scale is much more local – and it works. That alone would be a nice change of pace, but the fullness of the story and the great characters make it a 5-star book.

4 star book review

Recommended for Sci-fi readers and anyone who likes a solid cheap kindle book.

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Book Review: Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (September 20, 2011)

RATING – 3 STARS – I ENJOYED THIS BOOK

This book was a good one. It’s dystopian and I still liked it. I don’t usually like dystopian books….at all.  (If you are looking for dystopian reads, check out Marie’s reviews.  She <3s that kinda thing).

Matched takes place in a province that part of something bigger. The Society. Cassia, Ky, and Xander are all main characters in this book, but the main main one is Cassia, a 16-year-old girl.

The main conflict in this book is something like this: Should Cassia trust the Society? Was it really a glitch was happened when she saw Ky’s face flash across the screen for a moment?(Yes, I know that’s two questions, but they’re to give you an idea of what the book is driven by.)

This book is relationship driven and it’s not fully dystopian. It’s like a dystopian/romance. Never read one of those before. The book was good enough for me to keep reading it. The ending was something of a cliffhanger. Not a real one, but it made you want more.

The book itself was good. Good job Ally! I liked Ky, I think he’s my favorite character in this book. I thought that at some parts is slow, but Ally made up for that. At the end there was some action brewing and I love action (I mostly read plot/action driven books.). However, I’m not sure it’s good enough for me to buy the next book. I bought this book because of the cover, which is AMAZING btw, but it’s still not exactly my type of book.

The last book I read was also a romance, but not fully dystopian. It’s called The Selection. I think the two books are very similar, but The Selection is more exciting and fun because of it’s main character, America (Not the country. The main character is actually called America.). In Matched there wasn’t a lot of laughs….Barely any. That made me sad. 🙁 It had some action, which was okay with me! The Selection had similar action-not exactly the same, but similar-but more of it.

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Recommended for dystopian fans of books like HUNGER GAMES, MAZE RUNNER, and DIVERGENT.  MATCHED is the first book in the trilogy, followed by CROSSED, and then REACHED.

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Book Review: Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica Rules the Dark Side, Jessica #2, middle grade vampire storiesJessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica #2) by Beth Fantaskey

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION:

“The highly anticipated sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.

It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books; 1 edition (January 10, 2012)

REVIEW: 5 STARS–NOT TO BE MISSED!

In this book Jessica and Lucius are married and living in his family’s castle.  Then stuff goes wrong.  Lucius is accused of murdering one of his uncles, and is put on trial for his life.  Jessica has to figure out things fast, including who to trust, so she can save him.

In Jessica Rules the Dark Side, I liked that she became more powerful and took her place as princess.  When the crisis had arisen, Jessica took charge. I loved the conflict with her and her family.

Go Antanasia!! Or Jessica!! Whatever her name is, go her!!!

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This book is proceeded by Jessica’s Guide to Dating the Dark Side.  You can read my review of that book over here.

I recommend this book to middle school readers, to people who like vampire stories, love stories, and fans of the first book!

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Book Review: Shadowland (The Immortals, #3) by Alyson Noel

shadowland book review, book review, pirate princess book reviews 3 starsShadowland (The Immortals, #3) by Alyson Noel

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “Ever and Damen have gone through countless lives and fought off the world’s darkest enemies so they could be together.  But just when an everlasting future is finally within their reach, Damen is struck down by a curse—a dark spell separating him and Ever for eternity.  Now sharing so much as a single touch could bring about Damen’s death…and send him plummeting into the Shadowland, an eternal abyss for lost souls.   Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses her herself in magick.  And in her quest, she gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar.  Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past.  She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true.  But as Damen pulls away to save them from the darkness inhabiting his soul, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…”

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; Reprint edition (September 14, 2010)

REVIEW: 3 STARS

Shadowland was good, but not as strong as the previous books in this paranormal series. The villain is once again Roman (who was introduced in the 2nd book), but for some reason it wasn’t as good.  I gave this book three stars because, it just wasn’t…..strong. The plot line is good, but the drama and action I saw in the first two books is gone. There is still some action, but….eh.

Ever is Ever. She has a strong sense of being stubborn in this book (Eh) which also led her to some bad choices.

Damen wasn’t the best character in the book. He was very distant and not his dangerous self. I found this change another reason to give the book three stars.

The ending was okay, but Ever screwed up, HUGE. It wasn’t a favorite ending, but it ended strong.

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Shadowland took place in California, in a nice town. It has a beach and houses, and some weird shops. This book is part of the Immortals series by Alyson Noel.  It is preceded by Evermore and Blue Moon.

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Book Review: Jessica’s Guide to Dating the Dark Side By Beth Fantaskey

jessica's guide to dating on the dark side book review, vampire book reviewJESSICA’S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE by Beth Fantaskey

A Pirate Princess Review

Description: “The undead can really screw up your senior year…

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.”

Reading level: Ages 14 & up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2009)

REVIEW: 5 STARS NOT TO BE MISSED!

Omg, three words. Crazy. Vampire. Love.  You can tell this will be a good review if it starts off like this, LoL!

This book this about a girl named Jessica who’s world was changed completely when a vampire named Lucius shows up on her doorstep claiming she’s a vampire princess, and his bride.

I liked the character’s personalities and how they acted. It was like I was watching. Like I could walk up and slap them and they’d reply.  At one point Jessica slapped Lucius across the face when he pissed her off. I loved that! LoL! Jessica got pissed and instead of storming off, she slapped a vampire prince across the face, go Jess!  Honestly, at the beginning, I thought that it was slow and I wouldn’t like it, but it sped up and I started LOVING it.  Give it time to get going if you like fast pace books.

If you like the VAMPIRE DIARIES, you’ll like this series. It has similar components, like the love triangle, but forms a different story.   Jake loves Jessica, Lucius loves Jessica, and Jessica is torn.  It adds an interesting romance to the story…..and some comedy.

This book is the first in a series that I have now finished ((*bows to the crowd*)) and I honestly can’t decide which was better. First or second? How to choose? Flip a coin? Nah, I’ll just say why they tied. JESSICA’S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE was fun and it tied because of the comedy and that I couldn’t put it down((Seriously, I only put it down when I REALLY had too)). The second book, JESSICA RULES THE DARK SIDE (review to appear shortly), tied with the first because it was awesome and had good plot like the first one. The first book takes place in a small town in Pennsylvania.  Jess is a bit of a farm girl, which makes the scenes with her and Lucius funny. Farm tools are good weapons, btw. 😉

I would and will recommend for teen readers and people who like vampires.  Lucius is the showstopper in this book.  Grab it.  Read it.  You’ll like it!

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PS – the Kindle edition is on sale for only $5.39!  Bargain!