Friday, 17 April 2015

Dead Heat - Book Review

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4)
by Patricia Briggs

What is it about:
For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

What did I think of it:
Is it just me, or does anyone else think it's weird how often Charles runs into ex lovers as well?

I mean: He's constantly described as inspiring fear in others, being a lone wolf until he met Anna. Several times it's mentioned how he keeps a distance from others. Still, after 4 books and one novella I'm counting 3 old flames.

That being said: I loved this book.

The story is suspenseful and intriguing. I love how Anna and Charles both play to their strengths. There are some really intense scenes, both to do with their investigation and with their friends.

There was a bit too much horse stuff at times for those readers who aren't that much into horses, but only once did I catch myself skimming a horse scene, most were just short enough to get through without getting bored.

Luckily there were enough other things going on, and I very much enjoyed learning yet a bit more about Charles' past, and about the Fae.

The book ends with some things resolved, but leaves open a lot of things that will have consequences not just for Anna and Charles, but for everyone.

I'm looking forward to the next book to see how things will develop from here.

Why should you read it:
It's a compelling Urban Fantasy read.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

On McPig's Wishlist - Fallen

This sounds like a cool read, but it's too expensive for me at the moment.

Fallen (After Trilogy #1)
by Traci L. Slatton

When the world ends, all that is left is love...

As chaos descends on a crippled Earth, survivors are tormented by strange psychic gifts. In this time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test. One woman with mysterious healing power guides eight children to safety. Charismatic Arthur offers her a haven. Slowly Emma falls for him. But at the moment of their sweetest love, his devastating secret is revealed, and they are lost to each other.

The award-winning first book in the acclaimed After Series.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Not a Drop to Drink - Book Review

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink #1)
by Mindy McGinnis

What is it about:
Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it...

What did I think of it:
I will confess I was a bit unsure about this book at first.

The story starts out with Lynn and her mother guarding their pond, and to be honest: they sounded like a couple of loons. Lynn's mother was acting like a paranoid drill sergeant one moment, but totally letting her under aged (and unworldly) daughter calling the shots a moment later. And don't get me started on the world building. I couldn't make sense of it.

But then Lynn is suddenly on her own, gets confronted with other people, and the story got interesting.

The world building still didn't make much sense to me, but I liked the unfolding events enough that I didn't care about that anymore. There's suspense, danger, Lynn trying to learn how to deal with strangers, and making choices based on her own judgement.

I liked the changes Lynn underwent in this story. She starts out as a character I just couldn't care for, but at the end of the book I was rooting for her. There were some really cool other characters she meets as well.

All in all this is an enjoyable read once you ignore your questions about the world building and I might pick up the next book if I happen to find it.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining Dystopian read.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Teaser Tuesdays - Site Unseen

I watched as she scuttled, crablike, from he room, jamming that cigarette she had stashed behind her ear into her mouth before the door shut behind her. The sheriff went over and closed the door after her, then with a piece of paper picked up the gum and deposited it in the trash.

(page 147, Site Unseen by Dana Cameron)

This book is out of print, but available as ebook here


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Deadland Rising - Release Day Book Review

Deadland Rising (Deadland Saga, #3)
by Rachel Aukes

What is it about:
The conclusion of the critically acclaimed DEADLAND SAGA:

Winter has arrived.
It has been nearly one year since the zombie hordes claimed the world. As the plague eats away at its victims’ bodies, the Fox survivors search for a safe place to rebuild what they have lost. But a dangerous new threat has risen, hunting them from every direction. To survive, Cash, Clutch, and their small band of refugees must put their faith in a group of strangers and a new government with radical plans. It will take all of the Fox survivors’ strength and courage to endure in this barren, hostile world. Even that might not be enough.

(Deadland Rising is a journey through Dante Alighieri's “Paradiso”, the classic tale on the seven virtues… zombie apocalypse style!)

What did I think of it:
I loved the first two books in this trilogy so much, I've been stalking Rachel Aukes' website for news about the final book. So you can imagine my excitement when she sent me an early digital copy for review.

And this book was so worth the wait!

There's less zombies in this book than in the other books, but there's more than enough danger to make this a suspenseful and intense read.

The plague and the zombies have left the survivors robbed of the conveniences they were used to, and the lack of a structured society makes the world a dangerous place. Cash and Clutch face important decisions. Who should they trust? How do they deal with the problems thrown their way? And how are they going to rebuild their life?

I was totally captured by this book from the start and read it almost in one sitting (dinner is overrated).

The way Aukes writes this story makes it feel real, and Cash and Clutch are easy to root for. That doesn't mean they're perfect, they have their flaws and emotional scars, but they're trying to make the right choices, and they care for each other and their friends.

As in the previous books Aukes shows that zombies may be dangerous, but it's humans who can be more deadly and rotten. I like how Aukes shows how different people can react to stress, leadership and danger. How it makes some people fight to hold on to what they know is right, and how others turn to their base urges.

As for this book being a re-imagining of Dante Alighieri's Paradiso: for those familiar with this work, it will be fun to find all the comparisons and little Easter eggs, but you don't have to know anything about Paradiso to enjoy Deadland Rising.

All in all this book is a fitting and more than worthy conclusion to an awesome trilogy, and you bet I'll be getting the paperback, so I have all three books to hug and reread as often as I want.

Why should you read it:
Post Apocalyptic Awesomeness!

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Friday, 10 April 2015

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Book Review

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight #3.5)
by Stephenie Meyer

What is it about:
Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for before she became a vampire.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don't draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn't know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they only know as her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?

What did I think of it:
Even though I loathed Edward, and was very disappointed in the last book in the Twilight series, I liked the series enough that I was curious about this novella. So when Beanie offered to send it to me, I jumped at the chance.

And this is a really enjoyable novella.

I could relate to Bree and Diego much more than I could to Bella and Edward I will confess. I was intrigued about their life in the fledgling army, and how they both use different ways to stay out of trouble. After reading all about Edward and his family of saints, it was fun to read how other vampires react to things.

Even knowing how the story would end, I was rooting for Bree and Diego to figure things out, and to find a way deal with the truths they uncover. I felt myself wishing this book was more than a novella.

The ending (where Bree's story intersects with Bella's story) wasn't very strong, but still I enjoyed this novella a lot more than the last book in the series.

I might even give The Host a try one of these days.

Why should you read it:
It's a very enjoyable Paranormal YA Novella

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

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