Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Genre: YA, Historical, Supernatural
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: The world knows Jack London as a writer who lived his own thrilling, real-life adventures. But there are parts of his life that have remained hidden for many years, things so horrifying even he couldn’t set them down in writing. These are the Secret Journeys of Jack London.
We meet Jack at age seventeen, following thousands of men and women into the Yukon Territory in search of gold. For Jack, the journey holds the promise of another kind of fortune: challenge and adventure. But what he finds in the wild north is something far more sinister than he could ever have imagined: kidnapping and slavery, the murderous nature of desperate men, and, amidst it all, supernatural beasts of the wilderness that prey upon the weakness in men’s hearts.
Acclaimed writers Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, along with illustrator Greg Ruth, have crafted a masterful tale both classic and contemporary, a gripping original story of the paranormal in the tradition of the great Jack London.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
|Thoughts on the Overall Book: While I didn't think this was quite as good as the first one, I still am really enjoying this series, and it was definitely action-packed and a great adventure.|
Cover--Yea or Nay: I love the covers for these books. Simple and pretty.
Characters: I do like Alina, she's a strong heroine, but doesn't have an attitude either. There were a couple parts that she started to annoy me in this one (get to that later) but for the most part, she continued to be an enjoyable character to read about. Not a favorite, but I like her. Mal is also a likable character (though again, annoyed me a little in this one) I do really like him, but he's not the kind of character I fall in love with. Nikolai on the other hand, is definitely my new fav. He's just awesome, and sarcastic, and I'm trying to think of who he reminds me of. In any case, definitely loved him. The Darkling continues to be majorly creepy, I love him as a baddie, and I hope he continues to be as evil and cool in the last book.
The Romance: This was the only problem I had with this book. I don't mind Alina and Mal's relationship...but the issues that came about because of it, were annoying. It turned Alina whiny and made me want to slap her, and it made Mal all huffy and acting kind of like a scorned girl. There's threats of love triangles, but I don't know if it will go anywhere, and I know it's not going to ruin my opinion of Nikolai.
Writing Style: The writing style is beautiful, and partly why I love these books so much. It reads kind of like a fantasy and kind of like a fairy tale, and it fits with the world and the story. The world is beautiful, and very unique and creative. There aren't many fantasies based around Russian folklore and culture and I think it fits really well, and is so awesome to read about.
Accuracy/ Believability: Not applicable.
Problems/What bothered me: Besides the romance, not much. I think the book could have been a little shorter, as it did drag on occasion as middle trilogy books are wont to do, but it was still overall an enjoyable read.
Conclusion: 4 stars. I am really looking forward to reading the final book. This one left off with a cliff-hanger so I'm eager to finish the story!
Recommended Audience: Girl read, ages 16 and up. Fans of action/adventure fantasy and Russian folklore would enjoy.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Title/Author: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.
But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.
Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.
When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.
In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I've been looking forward to reading this book since it came out and was not disappointed when I finally got around to doing so. It was a bit different than I thought it would be, but I had no complaints.
Cover--Yea or Nay: I actually love the cover, it's simple, yet cool, and definitely looks like a historical fantasy.
Characters: I really liked Kyra, she was an awesome heroine. I'm not always fond of female thief characters, but I really liked her. She didn't have an attitude, acted human, and actually acted like a real thief would. I liked the fact she was not originally a good fighter, thieves rarely are, they usually run, so she was an understandable character, and her sisterly relationship with Flick was awesome, as well as the fact she looked after the orphan children on the streets. I gotta love a character who looks after the orphans! Likewise, Tristam was a very likable character as well. He was an honorable gentleman, but he did what he had to do, and was smart, and simply an enjoyable character to read about. James was a nasty piece of work, I loved to hate him, and that's always a good thing, it means the author did the job right. The demon riders were cool characters and I thought an interesting concept. I won't say more about them, but I liked them.
The Romance: There is a little bit of romance, as is probably obvious, between Kyra and Tristam. But I didn't mind it, and while I'm not entirely sure yet whether I felt it was a little too soon for them to realize their feelings for each other by the end of this book, it definitely isn't insta-love, so I didn't hate it, and I do like them together. They didn't let it cloud their judgement too badly.
Writing Style: The writing style is really good. It's fast paced, and has good descriptions, I was easily able to picture the settings and characters, very vividly. I liked how it's told from a third person prospected but alternates between Krya and Tristam. I also liked the world, kind of maybe 17th century Europe feel to it, and it works.
Accuracy/ Believability: While this is a fantasy, I think that as far as story structure went, the believability worked out well. Kyra fought believably as a female, she had trouble going up against men larger than her which isn't saying anything against her abilities, it's just a fact of life. The politics of this world with the different classes of people was believable and also the fact that women weren't running things made it seem historically accurate, unlike most stories of this nature. I was very impressed with it over all.
Problems/What bothered me: No real problems here. It was an enjoyable book.
Conclusion: 4 stars. I really enjoyed this and I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with in the future. I would love to read more about Kyra and Tristam. Very good for a debut novel!
Recommended Audience: Girl read, ages 14 and up, I would say that even though it's not exactly like it, that Rangers Apprentice fans would probably enjoy this.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
2014 wasn't a bad year, I wrote one and a half novels, published another, and while I didn't read as many books this year as I did last year, I read some very good ones. And some bad, but that's the way it is. We got a new season of Sherlock, I got into a couple new fandoms, the last Hobbit movie came out and destroyed my feels, and a bunch of amazing books came out this year, several from debut authors! Overall the year was good, if a little boring in my personal life.
Next year, I hope to finish two more novels as usual, continuing with my Modern Tales of Na Fianna series (no longer a trilogy, I have thought of four books now). A lot of book releases to look forward to, no movies I'm currently waiting for yet, but lots of shows I follow coming back. I'm going to get a pet hedgehog! He's sort of a Christmas present, but I haven't gone to get him yet, but you will all know when I do. I am going to start a formatting business online, I'll have more about that later once I get it set up. I always promise to blog more, but that doesn't always happen, though this year I do plan to find a weekly feature to do, maybe staring with Top Ten Tuesday to give it a go. Most exciting, is that Mara (from the Reading Hedgehog) and I are planning on going to BookCon this year! If you too, are going, let me know! I also hope to start reading several series this year that I have been meaning to for a long time like The Dresden Files after I finish the Cal Leandros series, and yes, everyone, I plan to start watching Doctor Who this year. It's been long enough.
Now, onto my reads for the year!
Overall, I read 86 books this year. Not terrible, and I did meet my Goodreads goal, but not as great as the over 100 I read last year. Several were re-reads too, but oh well. I'm going to give you my Top 10 favorite reads of the year: First five are 2014 publications, and the others are just books I picked up for the first time. There were certainly other books that could have made this list, but I decided that I read so many good books this year, that I would just do ten otherwise this could go on for ever!
(You can click on the title for the link to my review)
Favorite 2014 Reads:
4. The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson This was a lovely book, and one of the best Tam Lin retellings I have ever read, and I've had a hard time finding good ones. I just love the way she writes, it's so visual and her characters are well crafted and enjoyable to read about. Definitely looking forward to what she has next.
5 The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp This was just a fun book, written in the classic adventure style with faeries and magic and daring do. I love to see classic swashbucklers come back, and was so excited to find this one. It had to make the list.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Anyway, I decided I should post something, so here is a character interview with Ciran Mac Cool, the hero of the story, so you can get to know him better. Thanks to my friend, Abigail, for writing the interview questions for me!
|Ciran Mac Cool|