Thursday, June 30, 2011
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Page Count: 402
Series: Killer Unicorns
Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns...
Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.
Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.
However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student ... an attraction that could jeopardize everything
This book is beautifully written, which extremely long paragraphs describing things that to the avrage reader I would asume makes the story more realistic, Peterfreund makes you feel like your in the story right there with Astrid. This works well for the story, and I couldn't see the story any other way, but I do dislike paragraphs that could of been summed up in a sentence or two
When I heard about this book, I though the idea of unicorns being real was a little streaching it vampires yes I under stand, werewolves sure, I could even agree with mermaid but the mythical beast of a unicorn yea right you got to be pulling my chain here, and the fact that only virgin's can kill them pff. But I was as shocked as any that this book worked.
Now I am going to say this book is not the easist thing in the world to get into, but over all I gave it 3.5 stars, which I think is a very good book (it got 4 on goodreads always round up folks). It took me a little over two months of picking up and putting down this book, but I was determined I was 200pages in before the book got really good, I know why read 200 pages if the 200pages arn't that good. It wasn't that the book wasn't good, it was the fact that there was so much story in it, that it dragged on, because if you had gotten everything at once you would of been overwhelmed. after the 200pages the book was pretty great, and the last 70pages rocked! I can't believe I didn't read it sooner.
The Characters were great, I really love Phil and Astrid, I also like the boys Neil and Go. and there are a slur of other hunters who make great side characters who all have there own plot. I think if you like more character driven books this is a book for you.
Now I don't normally do this, but I think it's becoming more important to have a sexual content of a book. There is sexual parts of the book, and this book also touches on rape, so be warned.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
So I got this post late yesterday, and I was out of town yesterday. So here is Lesley Livngston's post:
I sometimes get asked about my inspiration for a particular book. With this one, it was a no-brainer. I simply wandered around a room, opened my eyes and let the story come to me.
You see, the kernel of the idea for ONCE EVERY NEVER came from the kind of a place that is, in my opinion, extremely fertile ground for stroytelling—a museum. The British Museum, to be exact. I visited this magnificent place several years ago and, found myself, as I always do when I go to places packed to the rafters with history, fascinated. Lost in the everyday and the extraordinary remnants of past lives.
There’s something eerie and thrilling about staring into glass cases full of objects that, for the most part, made up part of the inventory of anonymous lives of people long gone. There are the monumental things—the statues and the carvings and offerings to gods—to be found in these places, sure, but there are also the little things. Bits of jewelry, combs and pins and utensils and cooking pots, bits of chariots and horse harness and weapons, that were actually used on a daily basis by real live people. Those things fascinate me. They add color and detail to a story. Sometimes they are the story.
Because sometimes those things are extraordinary things. Like the enigmatic Battersea Shield. Or the great golden Snettisham Torc. Or the sad and spooky remains of Lindow Man, a sacrificial bog body. Those three things, specifically, came crashing together in my mind as I wandered around the British Museum and coalesced into a story, almost before I was out the door—Clare Reid’s story. Comorra’s story. I left the museum with a smile on my face, and voices whispering in my head.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Title: Once Every Never
Author: Lesley Livingston
Publisher: Puffin Canada (Penguin Group)
Page Count: 305
Discloser: Penguin Canada
Clarinet Reid is a pretty typical teenager. On the surface. She’s smart, but a bit of slacker; outgoing, but just a little insecure; not exactly a mischief-maker… but trouble tends to find her wherever she goes. Also? She unwittingly carries a centuries-old Druid Blood Curse running through her veins.
Now, with a single thoughtless act, what started off as the S...more
Lesley is an amazing author, Wondrous Strange I bought one Easter, and got in trouble for reading at the dinner-table, and finished it shortly after dinner. And this was before I started blogging but I emailed Lesley as soon as I finished because it was such an amazing story. So I jumped at the chance to read Once Every Never.
Once Every Never is slow to star up, there’s about one hundred and twenty pages of build up, but once you get hooked its hard to put down, this book is original its very unique to say the least. This book isn’t for everyone, I’ll tell you that, Lesley's first series was about fairies changeling Fairy Courts. I loved it but it wasn’t very unique, but Once Every Never is amazing. I know people who we not fans of Lesley's first books, and I can say that I think they will like this book.
The characters in this book I didn't connect with any of them, the way I did in Wondrous Strange, but I did LOVE the secondary characters of Allie and Milo I think they were great characters, I liked them a lot. Milo made me laugh so did Allie. But Milo was just *swoon* I don't know what to say hes every girls dream the older cousin of your best friend who hangs around and you never really knowest them, becasue they are totally geeky and what not turn over a year or two totally HWAT!
Clair was little hit and miss with me, she's like the friend you like half the time your around them and they are really good in small doses and in other times you can't stand them. For me the way she acted drove me nuts some times. But she's really smart and not sure what she wants to do with herself.
This book was good, but it was a slow passed book, if your looking for something to read on vacation that you can pick up and put down a lot this will be perfect for you. But be warned the last 100pages its really hard to put this book down. And also if your ever in a museum after reading this book you will think twice about touching the artifacts.
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Saturday, June 18, 2011
Title: Last Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperTeen /
Time: 7:17 minutes
Series: Little Blue Envelopes Book Two
Discloser: Bought from I-tunes
Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end.
Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.
Adventure book, fun, good from beginning to end. New characters and old, as much as this is a series, I am sure that you don’t need to read Thirteen Little Blue Envelope it is a really good prequel and it should be read, but if you happen not to pick it up.
In Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes Ginny gets 13 envelopes from her aunt, leading her on a wild goose chase and the last one goes missing before she can finish the quest that she’s been lead on, The Last Little Blue Envelope picks up about four months afterwards, and bumb-bumb-bumb someone finds the envelopes and a wild road trip takes place across Europe, well not a crazy as the first book because Gin is not alone in doing this, she has Keith from the last book and two new friends.
I don’t want to talk too much about the plot for those who hasn’t read the books, bit its great, it keeps you guessing and I for one would not be happy with having this book spoilled for me, I actually asked for spoillers at one point and I’m glad I didn’t get them. But the book is great, the characters are great, plot is good, and its totally funny.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Page Count: 352
Series: (I dont think so)
Discloser: Publisher (Thanks Penguin Canada)
ARC Release June 14th 2011
Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.
But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.
With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.
This book is haunting, beautifully written, and a realistic nightmare. four out of five stars.
First Line: Ruby said I'd never drown --- not in deep ocean, not by shipwreck, not even by falling drunk into someones bottomless backyard pool.
I don't normally put the first line in my reviews, I know some Bloggers who always do. But this line struck me. The entire story is told from the point of view of Chloe, and we see Ruby from Chloe's eyes her adoring little sister. Being a little sister myself, who is over protective, there's a defiently reality to both the over protectiveness of Ruby of Chloe and the "Do as I say not as I do" attitude. The relationship that Chloe and Ruby had really stuck me through out this book. Knowing what they are going through.
Though the relationship between the sister is a large part of the book it's not the only part of the book. Through out the entire thing you are wondering who or what Ruby is. There is always something about her that makes you wonder. Because Ruby is adored by all, she has a pile of ex's and a everyone in the town is afraid to date Chloe because that's Ruby's little sister (and boy do I know how that feels). Ruby is one of the rare characters that you don't ever quite find out who she really is, but that's part of the magic of this book. Don't get me wrong you find out a lot and it is fairly clear in the end of the book, but there still threads of the what if, for you to wonder about.
The characters are realistic, from Chloe's point of view, sometimes they seem flat, but you don't have a story for every person you meet. Some people you meet and you have no desire to know anything about them, and Chloe really did that for me, she meet people through out the book and really couldn't care about them besides her relations to them. (Maybe its where I am right now in my life, not caring about people beyond my means.) Every character doesn't need to show that they are there own person, truly in life, the sad reality of it is that we aren't all own people. Suma truly brought out the realty that people don't always intrest people enough for them to register there nervous ticks. I find that with some books every character has a back ground, and that's truly great, and it works for the book. Where as you could tell every character had a story in this, you didn't need it, because frankly Chloe is so wrapped up in herself to care. Maybe that's a character flaw that she doesn't care about anyone other then her and her sister...and the dead girl.
Now lets talk about the dead girl. London great part to the plot, the twists for this I didn't see coming, the winding road that is London Hayes had me guessing just as much as she had Chloe did. Hell if I had a dead girl give me her beer I would be a little crazy too.
And really this cover is beautiful.
Overall this book was really enjoyable and it comes out June 14th and you should pick up a copy I really liked it, and I know I will be getting a hard cover copy for myself.!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
So this summer I am going to take time out and spot like books that I think are perfect beach reads. Most of the time they will be paper back.
Title: The Au Pairs
Author: Melisa De La Cruz
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: 320
Series: The Au Pairs (Book 1 out of 4)
So I think we all know I am a HUGE fan of Melissa Blue Bloods Series. I go gaga over those books. I love them. I read each one in about a day. I cant wait for the next one. And to be honest I was a little bit scared to read another series of hers. I am glad I did. I am going to get the next book soon. I do have a pile of 30 some odd to get to, but I am really going to try and read these books this summer, because they are perfect.
This book is light and fluffy and just what I was in the mood for. After dark and depressing books for the last little while this was a perfect break. No supernatural which was great, I really need to step away from that. And Melissa's book did not disapoint, Her writing style though it has gotten better, it is still great in this. I really love the fact that the characters arn't overly relatiable to her blue bloods characters though some may seem like it, they arn't truly there's totally diffrent factors motivating them, and they arn't heartless like some of the blue bloods characters (sorry I really don't like Mimi)
Now lets talk boys for a second, Can I have Ryan please? or Jeromy or even Kit! There are some boys in this book that I seriously love. I can not wait to dive back into there drama. There's something to be said about a guilty pleaser book, this book is like gossip girl meets summer vacation. Which hey it is, I don't know why its Gossip Girl, I guess just because it got popular and its a term that we now use for stuck up rich kid drama just to show that they aren't heartless. Did i get that right? I've never read a gossip girl novel, but I've seen 2.5 seasons.
This book is great, it's love-able characters and yet its easy to put down, say for a dip into the lake, or pool, or hey even if you need to go watch a kid. Mainly I put this book down to date. Which hey if my mind was on the date and not the book, some of them might of gone better. All in all it took me two days to read this book, I read the last part of the book in 2hours of just laying in bed because it was too hot to sleep.
If your looking for a fast, easy no string attached read I'd go pick up this book, all four books are out in paper back now. Be warned though the threads are wrapped up, I'd not read the sneak peak into the next book unless you have Skinny Dipping beside you. And then Sun-Kiss and Crazy Hot not too far behind, Cause though my TBR pile is tumbling over I do think I am going to have to pick Skinny Dipping up pretty soon. Have a beach day.
Three girls with three agendas and the ultimate destination: the Hamptons.
Summer in the city? Way overrated. Everybody who's anybody in New York City summers in the Hamptons. Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui all want a piece of the action, all for different reasons.
So the girls answer a classified ad to become au pairs. How bad can it be, watching a couple of kids on the beach all day? They've got the swank address, the sweet ride, and an all-access pass to the hottest social scene on the East Coast. It's shaping up to be the summer of their lives