Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Book 45-Linger By Maggie Stiefvater

Linger is the second book of Maggie Stiefvaters series dealing with teen life and werewolves. This book was an intriguing read with a slow and steady pace in the writing. The writing was enough to keep you interested, but not overwhelm you. I actually found myself wanting to read this book...I just had to know what was happening with Sam and Grace, the two main characters in the story.

I really can't tell you to much about this story as it is a series, and if I say to much it will not only spoil this book, but the first one as well! All I can tell you is Grace is getting sick, and only Sam can help her, but everyone is against the relationship they have created.

I am not a lover of teen urban fantasy, but I do find I am becoming a slight fan (who doesn't love a vampire or a werewolf, when they're portrayed as amazingly hot males??). It's nice to break away from the usual blood and guts I wallow in, to sit back and take it easy with a simple read that can really pull at your heartstrings (almost cried at the end of this one).

I am now reading Beautiful Creatures, which was recommended by the authors of the Reading Teen blog (which I follow as I have teens and young readers in the house. Plus it gives me some good reads for the future).

Till next time!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Book 44-Wicked Lovely Melissa Marr

Wicked Lovely was a suggestion from my BF Dawn who absolutely loved the book. Me, I enjoyed the book, but I am not a faery fanatic so it took quite a while to give me the push to continue to read.

Wicked Lovely introduces you to Aislinn who sees faeries. Not the pretty kind you see in artwork but dark, and sometimes nasty faeries. She lives with the rules provided by her Grams (who also sees faerys) #3 Don't stare at invisible faeries #2 Don't speak to invisible faeries and #1 Don't ever attract their attention. Aislinn follows these rules to the letter, until Keenan shows up.

Keenan is the future Summer King, who is looking for his Queen. Keenan has been searching for centuries for the one girl who will break the Winter Queen, Beira's curse over faerykind and humanity. Beira is also Keenan's mother....who is fighting against Keenan to keep her "throne".

When Keenan finds Aislinn, he is determined to make her his Queen, and take his rightful place as Summer King, but Aislinn is fighting him at every turn. Aislinn fears the faeries, and refuses to have anything to do with them.

Now, I need to reiterate that I am not a faery lover, nor do I enjoy stories of unicorns, and happy fluffy bunnies...I am more of a vampire, zombie and all out gore girl...but honestly I enjoyed this book once it got over Aislinn pissing and moaning about how every faery seemed to be around her and her friend Seth (who I must admit, I grew to love quite a bit).

When Aislinn finally gets a backbone and is able to stand up to the faerys things seem to pick up and run much smoother. Now is when you can actually start to enjoy the book and have that desire to not put it down, because you WANT to know what happens.

All in all, it was a good story, and I most likely will read the second book, (like I said it does eventually grab you). Honestly I do want to know what happens in the story!

The book I am reading now is Linger, the second in the Shiver series.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Books 42 & 43

Well after a weekend of family fun in Calgary Ab I was able to finish off Serial Uncut by J.A Konrath, Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch along with Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

I can`t say to much about was an interesting ebook, with lots of gore and violence, but it felt like it went nowhere. There were moments of the Holy Crap! feeling, not because of the gore, but of the twists and turns in the novel. Most of the time I had to go back and double check that I was following the story. The story eventually winds up fairly nicely with a sort of cliffhanger.

It wasn`t the best novel by Konrath andor Kilborn, but who wouldn't be impressed with a quote in the foreword like this one:

Warning: This horror novella begins where others end, and leaves nothing to the imagination. You probably can't handle it. Go read Twilight instead...

Book 43 was The Hunger Games. I was a little unsure of reading this book, as it is not my usual reading material. But after being told by my BF that the book was amazing and well written I decided to grab it for my Kobo. I am not disappointed.

Hunger Games is a story about Katniss Everdeen a 16 year old girl living in what is regarded as District 12. And area of her home country Panem, where people fight for survival everyday. Katniss is accustomed to sneaking under "the fence" and hunting to feed her mother and younger sister.

Once a year The Reaping takes place, where one boy and one girl from each district 1-12. No one is safe from The Reaping, anyone between the ages of 12-18, rich or poor are thrown into a large glass ball and one name is picked from the boys and one from the girls. These two are called tributes, and are forced to play The Hunger Games...where only one of the 24 tributes (total from all districts) can survive and win.

Katniss is forced into the games, when her younger sister is picked. She runs to the front of the crowd and volunteers to take her sister Prims place, even though the thought of never coming home scares Katniss to death. Katniss is forced to play The Hunger Gamea, and fight to survive.

This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down. The story pulls you in and takes one hell of a hold on your mind, and heart. You want to see Katniss win, and struggle with her through the book. Go and pick it up if you haven't yet! Yes it's a young adult novel, but it reads just like many adult novels I have read. There is no teen angst or froofy poofy little girls running around who are boy crazy. It's an all out fight to survive.

Still deciding what my next novel will be...I'll keep you posted. :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Book 41-Disturb by J.A Konrath

Hello everyone! Today I am here to introduce you to a new drug called N-Som! This drug will allow you to stay up for days on end! It will increase your endurance in many ways, and allow you to rarely sleep, while still maintaining your normal life. Sounds like a dream come true doesn't it?!

So is the setting for Disturb, it's a story about Manny & David, two test subjects for the new drug N-Som. They feel great, look great and are doing better than ever on the tests...until people start dieing. Not just dieing, but being shot, butchered, hung from trees...and so on and so forth. The nice little "non drowsy" world the makers of N-Som are hoping to produce is slowly falling through the cracks.

Seriously, this book didn't really do much for me. It seemed kind of hollow...I guess is the best was shiny and pretty on the outside, but really there was nothing deep down in the middle. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it, kind of like a person would enjoy a Robin Cook novel (which I am REALLY not a fan of). You have the medical aspect, with the scientific aspect, and throw in some blood and guts, a chivalrous man hero, and sort of fragile female, and of course the big bad guy.

I love Konraths work, but this one just seemed kind of "un-konrathlike". Maybe I'm just so used to reading his other persona, Jack Kilborn....who is all about the gore and blood...Yup...thats what I like!

So the next book is Serial by J.A. Konrath, Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch. I am about half way through this book and am LOVING it!! If anything please pick up this book ( in e book format only) for the foreword. I have never laughed so hard in my life!

Till next time!