Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Trial by Fire Review

Trial by Fire
(The Worldwalker Trilogy #1)
Publication Date: November 2012
Hardcover, 384 pages, Feiwel & Friends
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the savior of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

My Review

Burn baby, burn! This book was definitely sizzling, and in so many different ways!

I had no idea what to expect from this book. I know that Josephine Angelini is a talented YA author. I loved her Starcrossed series, so I knew that this book would have me falling into a love-type relationship. While Trial by Fire isn’t quite as amazing as her first books, it’s still really good.

The plot of this story is incredibly unique. I’ve never heard of anything like it. There are not just paranormal creatures in this book, but alternate realities and weirdo science, too! It’s like some sort of dystopian-paranormal-fantasy-sci-fi mash-up. So basically, if you love any one of those four genres, you’re going to enjoy this story.

Lily isn’t the strongest female lead character, but she definitely isn’t anywhere close to being the worst. She’s a little hard to connect with at times. Her emotions always seemed a little too strong. However, I’m a fan of emotions in books; I don’t like it when authors don’t put enough of them in a storyline. Lily did come off a little strongly at times, though. Rowan, the love interest and Mr. Mysterious Hunk of Manflesh, definitely managed to perk my interests more than once. And I especially love the interaction between Lily and Rowan in the beginning. Rowan is most definitely a swoon-worthy lead, he’s got the brooding attitude, a tragic past, and the good looks to make me seriously want like 5 of him. The villains of the story were complete enigmas. I had no idea what to make of them. The lack of reasoning behind their actions, and sometimes the few reasons that were given, really had me second-guessing who was the real bad guy.

The only major downside I could see to this book was the world-building. Sure, it was an amazing concept with a fantastic layout, it just needed more explanation. It sometimes became hard to understand why the magic worked a certain way, or why Lily could do one thing but not the other. I think some firm rules could have been established in order to really let readers know why the events were panning out as they were.

Oh, and before I forget, that ending was most definitely not satisfying. A cliffhanger, really? Grr… I’ve got to stop reading books until the whole series is released. It would make my life so much simpler.

All in all, Trial by Fire is a good, almost great, read. The characters were fun and entertaining, the plot was quick and twisty, and the fantastic background was incredible! So, as long as book #2 continues to build on the magic and the dos and don’ts of Lily’s story, I’ll keep on reading.

3.5/5 stars

*Note: I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher via Netgalley. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Quick Thoughts on The Maze Runner

I just finished The Maze Runner. You know, that book that’s by James Dashner? The one that has the movie coming out soon? With the hot cuteness that is Dylan O’Brien? Yeah. I read the book. And to tell you the truth, I think the movie is going to be ten times better than the book.

While the book did entertain me, it just took too long to get into. I felt like I had to wade through a bunch of blah to get to the good stuff. And then, once I got pretty far in, there were some cliffhanger chapters that had me wanting to flip to the next page in a speed that would make Superman jealous.

But I just wanted to say, that the movie definitely looks better. However, I encourage everyone to read the book, otherwise I feel like people will be totally lost on what the heck is going on in the weird land of the Glade.

And for your viewing enjoyment, here’s the trailer for the movie, starring my Teen Wolf boyfriend, Stiles Stilinski, err… I mean Dylan.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

What Team Are You? : The Firelight Trilogy by Sophie Jordan

If this works out, I'll basically just post a book series every week and have people vote on what team they are. I know the YA Sisterhood does the YA Crush Tournament, but I just want to find out how much you guys like one love interest over another, in one series.

Last week's poll was over Team Shay or Team Ren from Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series. Team Ren won (by 1 vote)!

So for this edition of “What Team Are You?” I’m going to ask you who your pick of hunky man-flesh is from the Firelight trilogy by Sophie Jordan. 

You can choose from:

1)      Will

or 2) Cassian

I’m Team Will, basically because he’s a) sweet, b) hot, and c) just plain wonderful. If you had to choose one, who would it be, and why? If you haven’t read the series (and why haven’t you?), who do you think sounds more appealing from the Firelight summary below.

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away;if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

Which Team Are You?
Team Will
Team Cassian
Poll Maker

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dean Winchester Friday

Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) Fridays. These days make me really happy. You'll see why when you look at the picture. 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

How to Care For Your Books - Tea Time Video

I was going to post a book trailer today, but I saw this video in my feed and I realized it might be useful to some of my followers. So welcome, the lovely ladies of Tea Time!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Redeemed

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

(House of Night #12)
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Hardcover, 320 pages, St. Martin’s Griffin
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.

My Thoughts

This is book two hundred and twenty-five in the series, right? I still haven’t even read #11. I don’t even own it yet. Ugh. I need to finish this series. And then I will probably never pick up another book by P.C. Cast. I just don’t have enough money to keep buying her never-ending series.

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Fountain of the Earth Review

The Fountain of the Earth
Publication Date: November 2013
Paperback, 272 pages, Tranquille Press
Genres: YA, Dystopian

Terra Vonn is fighting to survive in a destroyed world,
surrounded by unspeakable horror . . .
and things are about to get much worse.

After witnessing the horrific murder of her mother, fifteen-year-old Terra Vonn has a singular focus—exacting revenge on the killers. But before she can complete her plan, savagery intervenes, and she is cast alone into a brutal post-apocalyptic world. As she trails the murderers south—through a land filled with cannibalistic criminals, slave traders, and lunatics—the hunter becomes the hunted. Terra quickly learns that she is not as tough or as brave as she thought she was. Worse, she may be the only one who stands between what little remains of civilization and destruction.

My Review

This book is girl power at its core. The Fountain of the Earth provides readers with an action-packed deliverance of justice in less than 300 pages.

I knew this book was going to be good going in. Why? Well, one, because I’d read the synopsis, and it sounded brutal, thrilling, and right up my alley all at the same time. And two, because of its super amazing cover art. Seriously, any book with a cover that cool has to have some sweet stuff located between its cover.

It starts out in a village run entirely by men, and Terra’s expected to be sold into marriage to one of them. And of course, since this is a YA book, Terra’s not going to let that happen. Let me tell you, this character has a lot of determination in her. She doesn’t let all of the threats and stupid people stop her from being self-sufficient. It was fantastic.

Later on in the story, things get a little repetitive, but still good. There’s a lot of information on how Terra’s journey is going, and how well she’s hunting. To me, some of those scenes could have been cut back a little bit. There could have also been a wee bit more detail throughout the book. It was still completely enjoyable, though. If I hadn’t have had class, I would have flown through this thing in a day. Stupid tech writing classes. Always ruining my fun.

The plot of the book was very action-packed. It also wasn’t a clear cut path. I had no idea what was going to happen to Terra and when. However, sometimes some things that happened to her and her friends were a little too convenient. But man, did she manage to seriously kick some booty.

The other characters in the book were just as enjoyable as Terra. Excluding the bad guys. Those idiots just needed to have happen what happened to them at the end of this book. Becca made me want to cry, but she stayed strong. Beth was like an Amazon warrior princess. And the boys of the story were all like, “Heck yes, that’s my woman saving my butt.” And I loved it.

All in all, The Fountain of the Earth is a solidly good read. It’s quick, fun and has some majorly kick-ass female characters. If you’re looking for a new Katniss or Tris, Terra might just be the girl for you. 

3.5/5 stars

*Note: I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What Team Are You? : Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer

If this works out, I'll basically just post a book series every week and have people vote on what team they are. I know the YA Sisterhood does the YA Crush Tournament, but I just want to find out how much you guys like one love interest over another, in one particular series.

Last week’s poll was over Team Tucker or Team Christian from the Unearthly trilogy. Team Tucker won by 12 votes!

So for this second edition of “What Team Are You?” I’m going to ask you who your pick of hunky man-flesh is from the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer.

You can choose from:

1)      Shay

or 2) Ren

I’m Team Ren because he’s a) brooding, b) dark, c) tortured, d) so very hawt. If you had to choose one, who would it be, and why? If you haven’t read the series, who do you think sounds more appealing from the Nightshade summary below.

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Which team are you?
Team Shay
Team Ren
Poll Maker