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 City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

The City of Class (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.

Includes an exclusive sneak peek of the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series: City of Fallen Angels! And don’t miss the teaser from Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (August 3, 2010)

RATING 5 STARS

The City of Glass was awesome! Oh yeah!

In this book, Clary and the gang have returned. 🙂 This book takes place in the City of Glass, the home of the Shadowhunters. This book’s main conflict is….Clary has entered the City of Glass to find a way to get her mother out of a magical coma. A little weird I guess, but still a good conflict.

This book has action, romance, and lots of twists and turns. There were some pretty hilarious parts. Here’s an example:

Malachi scowled. “I don’t remember the Clave inviting you into the Glass City, Magnus Bane.”
“They didn’t,” Magnus said. “Your wards are down.”
“Really?” the Consul’s voice dripped sarcasm. “I hadn’t noticed.”
Magnus looked concerned. “That’s terrible. Someone should have told you.” He glanced at Luke. “Tell him the wards are down.”

I was laughing my head off at that. Magnus Bane is awesome! I enjoyed all of the twists in this book, but it did get a little confusing at times. :/

I enjoyed the action more than the romance in this book. The romance was confusing , sense it kept getting more complicated. Clary and Jace, Jace and someone else, Clary and Simon, then back to Clary and Jace. Honestly, romance shouldn’t be this confusing.

The ending was super cool and I liked it..A lot. 😀 All in all, this book was amazing, a must read, a five star book. 🙂

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I recommend to teens and adults. People who enjoy paranormal, romance, and paranormal/action/romance. If you’ve checked out The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1), you should enjoy this. 🙂

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Book Review: The City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

The City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)  by Cassandra Clare

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 24, 2009)

RATING 4 STARS!

The first time I saw this series, I didn’t want to read it……NOW I WANT TO READ IT AS FAST AS POSSIBLE!

Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray is back in this book, along with Jace, Isabelle, Alec, Simon, and Magnus. And of course our very much hated villain: Valentine. The book takes place in Brooklyn once again! The main conflict is cool in this book, to me at least. The Mortal Sword has been stolen and Jace is being accused.

I really liked this book a lot. The book had the right amount of action, funnies, romance, and feelings put together. It’s hard to accomplish that. Simon had a lot of problems in this book, but he was my favorite character, along with Alec. The middle was my favorite section of the book. I enjoyed it immensely, especially this: ‘Haha? That’s your comeback?’ 😛

The ending was awesome! Another action scene! Oh yeah baby! 😀 Simon…..Simon’s life stinks majorly. Again? Seriously Cassandra? You did it three times in the book. Three times! Clary’s love life stinks also. I personally think she should be with Alec is he weren’t….You know.

Above all, 4 stars! Keep up the good work Cassandra! 🙂

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I recommend to Cassandra Clare lovers, of course! YA, paranormal, magic, and romance lovers all alike will enjoy this action packed drama! Also, I recommend to ages Teen-Adult. If you’ve read The City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) or The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1), you’ll want to look at this. 🙂

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Book Review: The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

RATING 5 STARS! 

Not as creepy as the title makes it sound.

The main character in this book is Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray. The main conflict in this book….Is hard to explain, but I’ll do my best. Suddenly, Clary is seeing things: people disappearing into the floor for instance. When her mother goes missing, she’s taken in by the Shadowhunters, and one of them happens to be a boy named Jace.

The book takes place in Brooklyn! 😀 I thought that was cool, along with the conflict. The conflict in this book was good. It had thrills, awesome twists, and cool action scenes. Though I’m a little disappointed vampires don’t glitter. 🙁 The romance in this book……Was okay. Kinda creepy, kinda funny.

The ending. OMG, the ending. I found something in the ending hilarious! 😀 In the ending, we have questions answered, action scenes, but there was a scene that I thought was a little too dramatic. I can’t tell you because it would be a spoiler, but it had too much drama.

The book altogether, was good. Four stars! There was some stuff that gave me the creeps….But four stars! 😀

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I recommend to Teen through Adult, people who love magic and can handle some creeps and blood. If you’ve read Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1), you’ll want to take a look at this one. 🙂

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Book Review: Collide Vol. 1 (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott)

Collide Vol. 1 (The Secret life of Trystan Scott) by H.M.Ward

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

When Mari accidentally overhears that Trystan is in love, she can’t believe it. He’s pining over some girl that doesn’t know he’s alive. The confident swagger and endless stream of girls is a facade. It conceals his loneliness and hides how messed up he’s really become trying to flee from a life that’s battered him to his core.

Trystan tries to figure out how to make it clear how much he loves her. But every insincere kiss, every broken promise haunts him because she knows them all. Now Trystan has to prove to the one girl who thinks true love is real that she’s not just another conquest.

Mari keeps his secret, but quickly learns about an even bigger secret about Trystan Scott—one that is impossible to keep.

Vol. 2 will be released Fall 2012.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press (September 1, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS!

ARC BABY!

Awesome. Romance. I loved it. End of review.

Well, not THE end of the review, but still. Mari is a teen girl in high school. Trystan is a senior, soon to graduate. The main conflict is romance. Trystan Scott is in love with a girl who doesn’t know he’s alive. Collide takes place in a high school, so you can imagine it’s chaos.

Mari. Took me a few tries to be able to pronouce her name right. 😛 I thought she was great. I liked her very, very much. I like her attitude, the way she acts, and her best friend Katie. 😀 Especially the nicknames they give out. Hahaha! 😀

Trystan. What do I think of him? I think he’s cool. He’s funny and it was fun to read about him. I won’t tell you why though, because that will give out major spoilers.

I don’t usually read romance. They usually make me gag(*cough* *cough* Vampire romances stink. Thankfully, this one had no vampires *cough!*), but this one was great. Probably because it had awesome characters, a cool plot, and some AWESOME nicknames. Hahahaha! :D:D:D:D:D:D The ending was great. Did you know this book is the first in a series? I had absolutely no clue. Great start, I must have the next before I go crazy.

And, O.M.G. I. Freaking. LOVE. THE COVER! :D:D:D:D:D:D

Above all, 5 stars! 😀

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I recommened to people who LOVE romance, teens 14-Adult. I also recommend to people who like awesome covers. Do you see the cover! Awesomeness! 😀

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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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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.

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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: Valkyrie Rising by Eric C. Currie

Valkyrie Rising (Warriors Wings #2) by Eric C. Currie

Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: Two years after the initial invasion of Hayden’s World, the newly reinforced Hayden Militia is in a state of stalemate with the remaining enemy forces but neither side is content to leave things at that.

The alien alliance has dispatched their varsity to clean up the resistance on Hayden while the USF has officially activated Task Force V, the latest and most advanced combat ships built by humans.

In the end there are some things you decide in the skies, but some can only be settled in the mud.

Print Length: 255 pages
Age: Adult Sci-Fiction
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services

RATING – 4 STARS

This is the sequel to “On Silver Wings,” and from the author of “Into the Black: Odyssey One.” If you’ve read my reviews of those, you’ll know that I’m already a big fan.

With “Valkyrie Rising” we get the return of our protagonist. Sergeant Aida is back. But, this time she’s in her element as part of a larger force. And as readers, we’re no longer just focused on the conflict evolving on a lone world, but we’re also exposed to a much larger epic. So while keeping tabs on Aida, we’re also able to see the greater story unfold where she plays but a small role. It’s a great way to keep the comforting intimacy of the characters we know, while expanding the scope of the story into something bigger – bigger conflict, bigger stakes, bigger cast, bigger!

Somehow, Currie has managed to keep each book intense, and full of conflict – but still end on a really satisfying, fulfilling note. Instead of following the “Star Wars” formula (introduce the conflict, dark episode, vindication of the good guys), he’s made each book a complete story arc. Personally, I find that a much funner and more satisfying way to read a series.

Looking forward to the next book…

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Recommended to Sci-Fi readers.

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Book Review: Redshirts by John Scalzi

Redshirtsby John Scalzi

Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION:

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship “Intrepid,” flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy belowdecks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what thestarship “Intrepid” really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives

Print Length: 318 pages
Age: Adult Sci-Fiction
Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
Sold by: Macmillan

RATING: 2 STARS – WISHED IT WAS BETTER

I love John Scalzi… Android’s Dream, Agent to the Stars, Old Man’s War, Ghost Brigade, and more are all awesome reads.

That said, I was incredibly disappointed by Redshirts. The idea was brilliant – and it starts out with great potential. But, it quickly drifts from being a great parody into murky meta territory.

Maybe I was the problem… I couldn’t quite follow when I was supposed to be taking the story seriously. Maybe there were some transitions in there that I missed. But, I think it’s more likely that I just can’t bring myself to appreciate what Scalzi was trying to do.

If you’re just discovering Scalzi, pick up any of his older works first. You won’t be disappointed. Once you’re a fan, maybe you’ll want to give Redshirts a chance. Go into it with an open mind, no preconceived notions, and see what you think. It’s original. It’s fresh. It just wasn’t for me.

Recommended for: Sci-Fi fans, general adult fiction, and Scalzi fans.

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