April 24, 2014

Review: Poison Princess

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, book 1) by Kresley Cole

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Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Poison Princess

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can't do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side.


Review:

The few adult authors that I love who venture into YA have really been hit or miss for me, mostly misses. However, within the first few pages I knew Cole was delivering! What I had no idea, after all I had been faithfully ignoring the book blurbs, reviews, and anything else that might spoil this read. Going in all I knew it was dystopian.

Peeling back the layers each page was so intense. First the book starts off in the future where the apocalypse (AKA Flash) has happened and Evie has wandered into a trap, where she might find herself tied up in a basement as a lab rat. Then the book jumps to the past 6 days BF (Before Flash) and Evie is just getting back home after spending some time in the loony bin. She just wants to be normal and avoid getting sent back to that medicated hell. What she finds is that her hallucinations are coming back, but maybe some of it isn't as crazy as she thought. Then boy from the wrong side of the bayou shows up at school and things get heated.

What I loved about this book the most wasn't the thrill of the past mixing with the future and present, but that Cole finally gets to show off a bit more of her stuff. Don't get me wrong I love her Immortal After Dark books. It's one of the highlight releases of each year for me! Sure she's mixed some of her favorite tropes into the book. Romance where the two keep getting hung up in what they think the other is thinking, check. Miscommunications, checked. Misunderstandings, check. However, this is a series where Evie remains the lead. That means the romance doesn't just get resolved right away.

Jackson, or Jack, is some yummy Cajun man candy. Something that I've always been drawn to. The fact that he's a bad boy with a motorcycle just added to the temptation! He's a hot head, and at times I was actually disgusted with him, but i think Cole has tempered me to that kind of male attitude. There's a love triangle here. Instead of being Evie and two other guys, it's Jack and two girls. Evie and one of her . . . apocalyptic rivals. Though I think Evie will be getting some options soon.

The desert apocalypse is . . . well never explained. This huge thing has happened before and what I think is reincarnations throughout time facing off for some type of end of the world battles. But why is it like this now? And what does it all mean!? Know idea. Evie is trying to find her crazy Aunt who actually knows, and that’s part of the adventure. The dystopian landscape is awesome and the beauty of Cole’s writing leaps out and memorizes readers. The cast of characters as they’re introduced amps up the universe and makes things feel more real. And of course more drama!

Cole brings parts of why I love her books to this new young adult dystopian. The fire of the romances that Cole always leaves her readers on fire with. Sure I’d like it if she changed up the formula, but hey I—and readers—always bite. The world is amazing and the mystery of what is truly going on makes my head spin with glee! A bunch of kids pitted against each other to determine the strange arcane power play that is going on as the world is left in ruin and humanity does what it does best. Turns everyone against each other. Unlike many adult authors who have tried to make the jump before Cole, she isn’t afraid to bring the controversy. Women haven’t made it through the Flash and now are treasures. Cannibalism, the fight for food and water, serial killers now able to live out their evil. Ah. Chaos. Mwah-ha-ha.

Sexual Content: Making out, talks of losing virginity, talk of sex, and sexual humor. This is a mature young adult.

 
5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession!


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

Poison Princess (1)
Endless Knight (2)
Dead of Winter (3)

Poison Princess (1)
Endless Knight (2)
Dead of Winter (3)

Poison Princess (1)
Endless Knight (2)
Dead of Winter (3)

April 23, 2014

Cover Coveting(12)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

More lovely, lovely covers!! Boom!


To Love a Kingtorn

To Love a King by Shona Husk Goodreads | Amazon
Torn by Laney McMann Goodreads | Amazon

trailbyfiretrue-colors

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini Goodreads | Amazon
True Colors by Melissa Pearl Goodreads | Amazon

unbindingundeadandunwary

Unbinding by Eileen Wilks Goodreads | Amazon
Undead and Unwary by Mary Janice Davidson Goodreads | Amazon

under-the-final-moonunmade

Under the Final Moon by Hannah Jayne Goodreads | Amazon
Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan Goodreads | Amazon

unmarkedunraveled

Unmarked by Kami Garcia Goodreads | Amazon
Unraveled by Gennifer Albin Goodreads | Amazon

Wisheswitch-hunt

Wishes by Molly Cochran Goodreads | Amazon
Witch Hunt by Ruth Warburton Goodreads | Amazon

April 22, 2014

Review: The Host

The Host (The Host, book 1) by Stephanie Meyer

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Genre: Young Adult Sci/Fi
(Yeah, I know it’s supposed to be adult, but it ain’t.)
Edition Reviewed: Paperback
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: The Host (1)

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.


Review:

All right, I'll say this up front so that it's out in the open and then we can move on. Me. No. Likey. Twilight. With that said, I loved Meyer's writing. That wonderful, and sometimes beautiful style, is what kept me hanging on to the Twilight series long after I should of ran away screaming. So when I heard she had s new book (now looking like series) I was intrigued. Especially after reading the description! Alien's who take over our minds and bodies. Peaceful ones too, that actually seem better than the humans currently living on earth. Oh, I'm in. Then I put it off, until the movie came out and forced my hand.

Doubt would have probably kept me from ever reading The Host, but I'm so glad that I finally HAD to read it. The whole journey was amazing from the plot, concept, and the romance. I will admit I felt like I was reading a Young Adult title, but I can see how it fits the adult group as well. (But I will never call this an adult title. Never.) Meyer's writing is probably even better then what she produces in her previous books. Every page evoked emotions and my heart raced. Melanie is the human that has a Soul—the beings that are transplanted into humans—but she's not truly the main character. Wanderer is, she's the Soul. At first I wasn't interested in her, but soon I found myself captivated by her and by the end was actually cheering for her. Through her we get to know Melanie and it's such a beautiful feeling when there's no true black and white, it's all shades of grey.

As humans we sympathize immediately with our species. The aliens should be the enemies, so eradicating them should be a no brainer. But what if there's no more killing, world hunger has ended, there's no need for money because everyone pitches in? How is that evil? Going from a society where a headlines of murder and death are replaced by peaceful and dull news. Sure they're taking over the minds of sentient beings, but it doesn't seem that bad right?

Love is another interesting aspect of The Host. This is Wanderer's first time experiencing it, through Melanie. Melanie’s love for her brother, for her boyfriend Jared, and Wanderer finally developing her own emotions. The Host is a book of emotions dealing with all the types and kinds. The conflict of how we think as humans and he alien thoughts of Wanderer will get readers' minds thinking. Especially as one character tries to kill Wanderer to eventually falling in love with her. It shows the crazy side of how humans think and process emotions. Fear, hate, love, hope, envy, jealousy, sadness, grief, happiness and so on.

The Souls and the universe they live in has been masterfully created. The backstory of how they've developed, and all the worlds and the species out there are awesome! Meyer has put a lot of thought and time into the universe of The Host! I won't say that this book is perfect. Wanderer's self sacrificing ways . . . almost seem like she doesn't care about herself at times. Which comes off a little weird. I know she's part of a species that thinks and cares about the masses, but I think they still realize self value.

The Host is a rich and complex world. It's wonderful and despite my absolute loathing of the Twilight love triangle of stupidity. The love square found here is freaking awesome!!! The tension. The realness of it. Feeds the drama monster with in. I love agreeing with the human, but completely agreeing with where the Souls are coming from. The Host is a romance, but it’s more then that. It will make readers think. The gray shadows of humanity make for a wonderful playground.

Sexual Content: Making out, hints of sex, but honestly this a clean read.

 
5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession! (Trust me I am beyond shocked as well. So shocked.)


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

The Host (1)
The Seeker (2)
The Soul (3)

The Host (1)
The Seeker (2)
The Soul (3)

The Host (1)
The Seeker (2)
The Soul (3)

April 21, 2014

Cover Coveting(18)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

Lots of goodies to kick off the week! Some big name authors here.

Frost’s cover for her YA is both awesome, yet tacky. I was hoping for something with the art style of her Adult books.


archangelsshadowsashestoashes

Archangel's Shadows by Nalini Singh Goodreads | Amazon
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han & Siobahn Vivian Goodreads | Amazon

gathering-darknesshunter'strail

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes Goodreads | Amazon
Hunter’s Trail by Melissa F. Olson Goodreads | Amazon

invadedmortalheart

Invaded by Melissa Landers Goodreads | Amazon
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers Goodreads | Amazon

otherworldnightsreckoning

Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong Goodreads | Amazon
Reckoning by S.J. Harper Goodreads | Amazon

ruinandrsingsalvage

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo Goodreads | Amazon
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan Goodreads | Amazon

seventhgraveandnobodysilverblind

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones Goodreads | Amazon
Silverblind by Tina Connolly Goodreads | Amazon

thebeautifulashesthegirlwiththewindupheart

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost Goodreads | Amazon
The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross Goodreads | Amazon

thehellsbloodbridethequeenofzombiehearts

The Hellsblood Bride by Chuck Wendig Goodreads | Amazon
The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter Goodreads | Amazon

The-Vast-and-Brutal-Seatheshadows

The Vast and Brutal Sea by Zoraida Córdova Goodreads | Amazon
The Shadows by Megan Chance Goodreads | Amazon

April 18, 2014

Cover Coveting(22)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

Talon. Julie Kagawa. Talon by Julie Kagawa. She’s done the faye, vampires, and now dragons. What a cover, it makes me go into give-me-now-book convulsions of joy. Sigh.

Some great covers! Thurman’s Downfall cover doesn’t feel as slick as previous ones, something about the typography. But The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire looks A-mazing. The shirt, it’s like a blood shirt!

Next week I’ll start doing the usual format so no one can miss out on what I think of each cover. Because I can’t stand not praising or hating the cover art.


Another One Bites the Dustdownfall

Another One Bites the Dust by Chris Marie Green Goodreads | Amazon
Downfall by Rob Thurman Goodreads | Amazon

Dreamer's Poolpriestessdreaming

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier Goodreads | Amazon
Priestess Dreaming by Yasmine Galenorn Goodreads | Amazon

Sparrow Hill Roadstardawn

Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire Goodreads | Amazon
Stardawn by Phoebe North Goodreads | Amazon

stone-cold-loverstorm_bound

Stone Cold Lover by Christine Warren Goodreads | Amazon
Storm Bound by Dani Harper Goodreads | Amazon

super-villianSuspicion

Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain by Richard Roberts Goodreads | Amazon
Suspicion by Alexandra Monir Goodreads | Amazon

sweet-unrisetake-back-the-skies

Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell Goodreads | Amazon
Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon Goodreads | Amazon

TalonThe Spiritglass Charade

Talon by Julie Kagawa Goodreads | Amazon
The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason Goodreads | Amazon

The Turning Season,The Winter Long

The Turning Season by Sharon Shinn Goodreads | Amazon
The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire Goodreads | Amazon

The Young Elitesthegirlwhoneverwas

The Young Elites by Marie Lu Goodreads | Amazon
The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset Goodreads | Amazon

theinfiniteseaThe-Kiss-of-Deception

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey Goodreads | Amazon
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson Goodreads | Amazon

themimeorderthe-rules

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon Goodreads | Amazon
The Rules by Stacey Kade Goodreads | Amazon

 

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