Sunday, April 20, 2014

Retribuion by TG Ayer



Title: RetributionAuthor: TG Ayer
Series:Chronicles of the Irin #1
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: 14th March 2014
Publisher: Infinite Ink
Pages: 220


RATING: 5 STARS


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Her name is Evangeline and she is Nephilim.

Evie belongs to the Brotherhood Irin and together with all the other Nephilim of the world she is protector to humanity, protector against evil. But evil has found its way into the Brotherhood. Someone has murdered her guardian and Marcellus, the New Master makes demands of the warriors that go against all they stand for. Demands Evie just can’t carry out.

Evie uncovers Marcellus’ plan to collect a set of special seals, but when a high-level demon reveals the truth behind the Seals of Hades, Evie know there is no way she can allow the Master of the Irin to get his hands on them. But will keeping the Seals from Marcellus cause her to sacrifice more that she should? Will vengeance for her guardian’s death be enough or will she need more to satisfy her Immortal soul?


~MY THOUGHTS~

I had super high hopes for this book, because I have read a previous book by this author and absolutely loved it...and I am sad to say...wait, no, I am thrilled to say that this book lived up to that hype and then some!

I am not a huge fan of angel books. I don't know what it is, but I have never really been drawn to pick up angel books. But since this was buy Tee, I was didn't even hesitate. And I don't regret it! Because these angels are kick butt! No, seriously! They are assassins!! I mean, what more can a person want in a book. 

This was an excellent start to a series that I see myself eagerly anticipating each new installment. Tee did a wonderful job at setting up this world for us, and it's so easily visualized that at some points during my reading I lost track of where I was actually sitting down reading.

In addition to the awesome world building, and writing (that kind of goes without saying, but I thought I would mention it), were the characters! I love great character development, above anything else in a book. Because you can still have an awesome book with a crappy world and great characters, that's called real life. But none of that was an issue in this book. Because Evie was great! Very strong willed and a great person to narrate the story!

I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series! And I highly recommend this series, and this author! FABULOUS!! :)


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The hand at her throat didn't allow her to defend herself. Or speak in her defense. So drastic action was required or she would be dead before she got any information from her captor.
Evie shut her eyes and concentrated.

A fullness spread along her back. Her shoulder-blades rose and pressed against the skin of her back as her wings poked through the glamored slits in her upper back. In an instant, both Evie and Baa'ruk were enveloped by a pair of shimmering white and silver wings. Foot-long feathers sent wisps of silvery white dust floating around them.

She had hoped for a strong reaction. Perhaps the fear of God? Or maybe shocked, awed reverence. Certainly not an ear-shattering fit of sneezing.

The Head Demon now stood, hands over his nose, mouth slightly open, eyes scrunched up in silent expectation of the next bout of ground-shaking sneezes. Little blades of grass peeked out from between the flagstones, shivering in the wake of the thunderous sneezes.

Evie flapped her wings, which was unavoidable when folding them up behind her, and in a blink, both magnificent silver-tipped wings were gone.

Of course, she felt bad that she'd now started another fit of sneezes with a second breeze of wing dust. And of course, the whole thing wasn't really that funny especially when she'd so recently almost met her maker. But Evie couldn't help it. The first giggle that escaped her was tentative, mild. The next second she was having a full-blown giggle-fest.



I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

 

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Genre: Fantasy-Mythology
Source: Bought

RATING: 5 STARS
*****

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Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


 ~REVIEW~

Okay, I will admit that I went into this book thinking I wouldn't enjoy it. I thought that the main character, Percy, was too young for me to relate to or enjoy reading about. I was so wrong! This book has landed in my favorites, and I am sure that once I read the rest in the series, they will be there also! This book was so much more than what I had expected it to be!


The synopsis does a great job of giving you a basis of what the story is about (kind of the synopsis' job...) but what it doesn't do is tell you how awesome of a main character Percy Jackson is! I think that is one of the reasons I enjoyed this story so much! He was just a riot to read about. I found myself many times laughing out loud at something he had said or thought. It's one of those books where the main character doesn't really hold anything back. On top of being funny, I think he is witty, and just an awesome character. He has so much depth, that he just kind of jumped off the page at you as you read the story. 

Another great thing about this story is another aspect of Percy. Well, it can b true for all three of the main characters: Percy, Grover, and Annabeth. They react to each situation, well like I would imagine I would if I had been put in the same situations. They were just the right amount of brave, scared, and smart. I felt that the author did a great job of putting the right amount of emotions into each of the characters as events unfolded. Sometimes, in stories, especially those with younger MCs, the character is unbelievable in the things they do or say. Not so in this book. Percy is scared as he faces the different challenges in this book, and rightly so. I mean, who enjoys a nice stroll through the Underworld?

The action in this book kept me reading! This was one of those times that I would read whenever I got the chance...and I mean whenever. Even walking from my campus to the parking lot (not the safest) because I couldn't get enough of this book! And the author knows how to put in loads of twists! I didn't see the last bit coming, and after thinking about it for a bit, I so should have! Signs of great writing, that's what that is!

I believe the best part of this book, though, was the writing! Rick Riordan is able to take mythology and put a new twist to it. He sets something ancient and old in the modern day, and doesn't it so well! I found myself getting lost in this world, and the writing is what did that! I look forward to reading the next in the series, and more of Rick Riordan's work! I think that even though this is a middle-grade book, that all kinds will enjoy! It's one of those books that has a little something for everyone, even if it's just pulling out the inner kid in you!

So, without giving any of the plot points away, or going into the plot of the story in detail (I hate spoiling people!), I hope I have convinced you to read this wonderful book! If not, that's alright too! :)

Hope you are all having wonderful days! 

HAPPY READING!! :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Source: Bought

RATING: 4 STARS!!!

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Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.


Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.




~MY THOUGHTS!~

This book is everywhere, and honestly, almost everybody has either heard of it or read it. So, not a lot of insight can be added my me, but I figured I would share my thoughts on the book anyway. :)

This book took me a bit to get into. It was all in the beginning. It read slow for me. I know that is the case in most series, because the author has to kind of introduce the world an the characters and all that. And in the beginning you aren't really attached to the characters, at least in the first book. But in the case with this book, it wasn't the plot or introductions that I found slow. I'm sad to say it was the writing style that detracted from the story for me, at least in the beginning. I did however grow to really love the writing style, and believe that Tahereh Mafi is a fantastic author, it was just something that I had to get used to. And I say that in a sort of warning type message for anybody who hasn't read the book, because at a point I wanted to give up because I wasn't liking it, but kept going. And I am so glad I didn't give up on this book! Another aspect of the writing style that took a bit getting used to was the use of the strike through. I was, honestly in the beginning, confused by it. And had to keep reminding myself that it was used to show her conflicting emotions and thoughts. It did grow on me, and I enjoyed the way they added to my reading experience and overall love of the book. That brings me to the repetition of words. 

Now on to more positive things, because I really did love this book. I enjoyed the overall premise of the book. Juliette's touch is lethal, and she sort of learns to deal with not being able to touch anybody. Until she finds Adam. And that is the part of the book that I enjoyed the most. The sense that there is somebody out there for everybody was made very clear in this story, and I liked that. The world was introduced in this book, but I felt like we weren't shown very much. And I want to find out more about the Reestablishment and why and how and all that fun stuff that probably won't be answered until the next book. :)

I did really enjoy this book, and will continue on with the series. The ending wasn't my favorite, and honestly that is why it lost a star for me. I just kind of felt like it was way too similar to X-Men, but hopefully that feeling goes away in the next book. I look forward to reading Warner's novella next, as I am interested in seeing why everybody jumped ship and fell for him. I am still team Adam, as I have only seen Warner in a negative light, but we shall see! :)


Hope everybody is having a wonderful week and enjoying all this nice weather! :)

Take Care,

Kari

 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mortal Gods Cover Share!!!

Hello everybody! I am here again with another cover share! Today it's for Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake. This is book 2 in the Goddess War series, and I am absolutely excited! I read Antigoddess a few months back and it rekindled my love of following a series as they are released. I had previously been in a funk and didn't really read many new releases. But with this one, it had sounded interesting and my library happened to have it, so I gave it a go. And I am so glad that I did! I fell in love with the series, and have been enjoying the building excitement for the release of Mortal Gods. The series did undergo a cover change, but honestly these days what series hasn't?  I did enjoy the simplicity and visual appeal that the previous cover had, but I understand that this might attract a wider audience. The story underneath will still be great nonetheless!! :) So, if you haven't read book 1, Antigoddess, I highly suggest that you do! It is a great take on mythology and very interesting!



Hope you all have a great day!!! :)





Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Beast Cover Reveal!!!


Good afternoon all! I am extremely excited to be bringing you this post! It is a cover reveal of a book that I have been looking forward to for quite a while! It's The Beast by Lindsay Mead!

I am sure that most of you have heard of her before. I have been watching her YouTube videos for a while now, years, ever since I was first introduced into the BookTubing community in 2008 I believe. I'm not too great with dates, but the bottom line is that I've been following her channel for a while now. And with that channel she had talked about books that she was working on. And at different times she would go into a little detail, and I would follow her word count on her website. I was excited to read something by her because she seemed so passionate about the books she read, I knew the books she wrote would be just as passionate and great! 

So, after all that, the conclusion is that the time is finally here! She is getting ready to publish her debut book, and I can't wait! And I hope that you all get just as excited! The information for the book, and the absolutely gorgeous cover, are to follow. Along with a video that Lindsay has done for you all to watch! :) I won't keep you any longer in anticipation, because trust me, this cover is beautiful!!




Title: The Beast
Series:The Hunter Legends #1
Author: Lindsay Mead 
Release Date: THIS SPRING!!! :)

Synopsis:

Demon possession has swept through Glace's neighboring kingdom, turning humans into Hellhounds. These great, fanged wolves are wild, desperate, and hungry. Only the sworn Hunters have kept them back for five long, bloody years.

At the young age of fifteen, Belle LeClair became a Hunter. She no longer remembers how many hounds she's killed, or how many friends she's buried. Still, Belle leads the hunt till a tragedy forces her deep into the dark kingdom. Her heart will be turned, her loyalty tested— and fate will intervene.

Amid a backdrop of Steampunk inventions and a harsh winter landscape, The Beast is a re-imagining of the infamous love between a beauty and a beast.

 

AUTHOR INFO:

Lindsay Mead lives in her home state, Michigan, with a small demon-dog named Suzie Q. She has obsessively made videos for YouTube since 2007 and can't seem to stop. THE BEAST is her debut into the world of writing.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Discussion: Book Buying Bans! :)

Good afternoon everybody! I just wanted to come on here and write up my first discussion type post. I realized I have never done one of these, and I felt like it was about time to change that! :)

My first discussion post is going to be about book buying bans! I know, those dreaded words for all book lovers. I have decided to give up buying books for lent this year, and have some goals I'd like to reach before Easter rolls around. And I wanted to share them with you. And maybe here about your experiences with book buying bans, and what works and what didn't for different people.

So, without anymore rambling, let us get started. So my decision to give up buying books for lent came with a lot of thought and planning. This is because for me, I have chosen to take on this challenge for a religious reason, and what to succeed. With choosing this time to go on a book buying ban, it also came at some realizations about my reading habits.

 I find myself most happy when at a bookstore getting new books, or just looking at all the new books, and as well as when I receive packages of books that I have bought at different online booksellers. Now, you are probably wondering why I would choose to give up something that makes me so happy. Well, this is because I have found that I haven't been reading ANY of the new or old books. I haven't been reading at all really. I will start a book, and then buy a few new ones, put the book I was reading down, and pick up another. I have seen this trend going on for sometime, and I don't see it stopping unless I change a few things. And putting myself on a ban will hopefully be the first step.

I am hoping that by not allowing myself to buy new books that I will force myself to read and finish a few that have been sitting on my shelf for a long time. And since it is over a fairly long stretch of time, I hope to form a new habit of reading more before I choose to buy more.

With that said, I also would like to curb my acquiring of books. And for me, that's different from buying. Because I am talking about review books and free kindle books. I have seen in last few days since Ash Wednesday, I have increased my browsing of the free books section on Amazon, as well as requesting a ton of books on Netgally and similar reviewing websites. This isn't the trend I want to pick up, so I am amending my lent goal to include all increase of books into my life. I hope to see a more selective habit form, and be able to see my own books that I haven't read pile decrease dramatically over time.

So, I guess that with this lent season, I have given up my vice in hopes of picking up a few good habits along the way. I want to not only enjoy getting new books, but enjoy the stories that are waiting inside of those books. I hope to come out of this challenge on the other side feeling successful on many different aspects, and rekindle my relationship with books and reading.

I wish you all the best of luck on any challenges and goals you have set for yourself! Feel free to email me (info is in the contact me tab) and talk further about bans and goals and just anything! I love to talk to others, and sometimes just talking about a challenge with somebody else can help you achieve your goal!

Happy reading!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

See Me by Zoe York

Title: See Me
Author: Zoe York
Series: Ember & Gage #1
Genre: New Adult
Source: Free On Amazon

Rating: 5 STARS!!!

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Best friends Ember and Gage are on the cusp of big life changes. She's graduating from college, and his band is about to get their big break. When he shows with champagne and tequila, their celebration takes an unexpected turn. But is satisfying a lingering high school crush worth putting their friendship on the line?

This sweet coming of age short story about a first kiss and a bit more was first published as part of the Shades of Pink Charity Anthology



~MY THOUGHTS~

Another great success in the short story department! I have been discovering these gems left and right lately! It is such a great way to introduce yourself to a new authors writing, and get you hooked for future works by them! 

I picked this up on Amazon for free, and devoured it! Granted, the short story clocked in under 30 pages, but you get the idea. It was a great story!

It introduced us to Gage and Ember, two best friends. And as the summary on Goodreads (posted above) gives a great overview of this story,  I will skip that part.

I will say this, pick this up! You have absolutely nothing to lose, it's free and it's short! That is what I was thinking when  I read this, and I ended up gaining another author to watch out for! I enjoyed the writing, and fell for the characters. I hope to see more about Gage and Ember, because we don't really get to see much into their relationship! I noticed on Goodreads that there is a sequel planned, and hopefully the author doesn't just stop with two! :)

Overall, I think this was a great short story. It was cute, quick, and fun! Definitely recommend! :)


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