Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Burn For Me - Book Review

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1)
by Ilona Andrews

What is it about:
Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

What did I think of it:
Although I wasn't impressed by the first Kate Daniels book, I really liked the Edge series by Andrews. I've been told to try the second book in the Kate Daniels series, as it does seem to get better after the first book, but I've not been that brave just yet. Still I was curious when I heard about this new series, so I was very happy when I got Burn For Me as a present from Melliane.

And this is a really cool read.

I very much enjoyed the setting. It's an alternate world setting: very much like our world, but at some point magic was introduced. And this magic shaped society. The Andrews duo sure thought about how magic would change the world and what influence it would have on those who have magic, and those who have little to no magic. The world that was created felt real and logical.

I also really loved Nevada and her family. They were fun and it was clear they cared about each other. I especially liked Nevada's grandmother, who sounds like someone who deserves her own story to be honest.

Rogan is a really cool character. I liked how his magic shaped his personality and his morals. He's almost not human anymore, and that made it interesting to see how he would react to things.

The romantic tension between Rogan and Nevada was slow and a bit frustrating at times for me. I'm glad this series will most probably be a trilogy, because if the romantic tension and its conclusion is spread out even further than that I might not be able to cope.

The story overall is really cool and suspenseful. There are some things that seemed pretty obvious to me, but others left me wondering and guessing. The ending gave enough closure for now that I'm not frustrated, but you can bet I'm going to get my trotters on the next book, because I want more.

Why should you read it:
It's a really cool Paranormal Romance.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Teaser Tuesdays - The Shape Of My Heart

Both his brows shot up, and for, like, thirty seconds, he seemed as if he wasn't sure if he should laugh or run. "You're a freak, you know that, right?"

(page 119, The Shape Of My Heart by Ann Aguirre)

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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, 15 December 2014

The Night Itself - Book Review

The Night Itself (The Name of the Blade #1)
by Zoë Marriott

What is it about:
When fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana - an ancestral Japanese sword - out of its hiding place in her parent's attic to help liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness she is about to unleash on modern day London, or the family secrets that she is going to uncover.

The paralysing paranoia that descends on her before she gets to her friend's party is her first clue. The vivid and terrifying visions that nearly get her killed are a pretty good warning too.

The giant nine-tailed cat demon that comes after the sword and tries to rip her throat out? Overkill.

Seconds away from becoming kitty-food, Mio is saved by Shinobu, a mysterious warrior boy. But it's already too late. Mio has ruptured the veil between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and now the gods and monsters of ancient Japan stalk the streets of London, searching for her and the sword.

With the help of her best friend Jack, a fox spirit named Hikaru - and the devoted protection of the betwitchingly familiar Shinobu - Mio attempts to discover the true nature of the sword and its connection to the Yamato family. Because if she doesn't learn how to control the katana's incredible powers, she's in danger of being overwhelmed by them. And if she can't keep the sword safe from the terrible creatures who want it for their own, she'll lose not only her own life... but the love of a lifetime.

What did I think of it:
This is a really cool read.

I really liked the use of Japanese mythology combined with the London setting. The creature that's after Mio is creepy and fascinating at the same time. The story was suspenseful and full of action. Mio and her friends do get out of sticky situations a bit easy at times, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment.

The adults in Mio's life were all conveniently out of the picture, and apart from one scene at the start Mio and Jack are separated from the 'normal world' they usually interact with, but that didn't bother me too much either. I will confess I had wanted to know a bit more about why Mio and her father don't get along though.

I really liked Mio's best friend Jack, she is quirky and fun, although I wondered why she's introduced as only liking girls, but seems to be set up to end up with a boyfriend in later books. I seriously hope I'm reading this wrong, but am afraid to find out.

All in all this is a fun and action-packed YA read with an original use of setting and mythology. I will most probably pick up the next book in this trilogy somewhere in the future.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun Paronormal YA read.

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Project 17 - Book Review

Project 17
by Eliza Victoria

What is it about:
Lillian is merely looking for a babysitting job for the summer, but a desperate man named Paul Dolores hires her to look after his 28-year-old brother, Caleb.

Caleb is suffering from schizoaffective disorder, and Paul, who is about to start on his first office job in a long while, wants to make sure his brother takes his medication on time.

Lillian, at first hesitant, accepts the job for the pay and the perks, but soon starts to wonder about the brothers she is working for. How come she can’t find any information online about the drugs Caleb is taking? And how come the national central database lists them as dead?

What did I think of it:
This should have been a novel instead of a novella.

The story is intriguing and suspenseful, but because of the length it is resolved too quickly.

While reading it I found myself thinking how this story could easily have been stretched into a longer one. I found myself plotting where I would have added scenes and events to build up even more tension before things happened or were discovered.

Maybe this makes it sound as if I didn't enjoy the story. I did! I just really wanted there to be more of it.

The characters were very interesting. I especially had wanted to find out even more about Caleb. The story is set in a near future and the world building was really good as well, but again: I wanted so much more than I got.

All in all this is a really enjoyable story that I finished much too soon. I would try other books by this author if I could easily get hold of them.

Why should you read it:
It's a really cool Futuristic read.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

On Voodoo Bride's Wishlist

Both Voodoo Bride and I don't care much for most Contemporary Young Adult books, but this book has been named by several people as a book that brought them joy. Voodoo Bride thinks it might be worth giving a try.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)
by Stephanie Perkins

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Gotita de Dragon - Book Review

Gotita de Dragon and Other Stories
by Nick Joaquín and illustrations by Beth Parrocha

What is it about:
Here, in this collection of five short stories for both young and old, the great master uses both his whimsy and his sense of the gothic to re-imagine Philippine folktales.

The stories:
- "Lechonito the Holy Innocent"
- "The Mystery Sleeper of Balite Drive"
- "The Traveling Salesman and the Split Woman"
- "Balikbayan"
- "Gotita de Dragon"

What did I think of it:
Overall this is a beautiful collection of stories, but I will give my thoughts about each of them.

Lechonito the Holy Innocent
This is a Christmas story about self sacrifice.
It features a pig, so you can understand I very much enjoyed this story.
The one point of critique I have on this story, is that it seems to promote self sacrifice for the sake of self sacrifice, instead of letting the self sacrifice actually have meaning. But that might be my inner cynic speaking up.

The Mystery Sleeper of Balite Drive
This is a modern retelling of Snow White.
I thought it was really well written, and had some original spins on the original fairytale.

The Traveling Salesman and the Split Woman
Another retelling of a fairytale.
It had some elements I wasn't familiar with, and some that are used in several of the fairytales I know. I must say it intrigues me how universal some story elements are. It was interesting to compare this story to the stories I know.

A boy talks about there being another room inside his room, and his mother tries to figure out where this fantasy comes from.
This is a really suspenseful and creepy story.

Gotita de Dragon
A story about a tiny lizard wanting to become a dragon.
This is a fun story, and I very much enjoyed the lizard's attempts at doing good deeds, so his wish will be granted.

All in all I very much enjoyed this book and it makes me want to find out more about Philippine folktales, and their connection to European tales. I can advice this book to anyone who likes folktales and fairytales.

Why should you read it:
It's a wonderful collection of short stories.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Teaser Tuesdays - Burn For Me

So far, I'm really enjoying this book.

The demonic, inhuman thing that was Mad Rogan tilted his head, watching me. He sat cross-legged.

(page 94, Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews)


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!