March 2, 2015

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading
Burning Kingdoms is the second book in The Internment Chronicles, and it really bored me most of the time, is very slow paced, almost nothing relevant happens to the story and I'm annoyed about the love triangle, as said boy has very few interactions with the main character and suddenly they´re attracted to each other .... I did not like the love triangle.

I really enjoyed Vanishing Girls, it´s a story where the main plot are two sisters that used to be very close, but due to a car accident that only caused minor injuries to Nick, meanwhile Dara ends with scars in her face and reconstructed arms and legs, so throughout the book they avoid each other, because Nick was driving the day they had the accident. But while the beginning it feels like a sort f typical contemporary book, as it progresses it turns into a thriller where a nine years girl disappears and all the people are looking for her and this disappearance is constantly mentioned during the book and it is not until the end that we see why. It also has a twist that may or may not be predictable.

And I also read Audition, a short story and prequel of Seraphina, it´s very short history but is about Seraphina´s audition to become Viridius's assistant. My favorite part is the interaction between Seraphina and her teacher Orma.

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February 27, 2015

Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Title: A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing #1)
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: February 24th 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 3/5

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Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

A Wicked Thing is the retelling of Sleeping Beauty or at least is based on it, but the plot takes place in the "happily ever after" and the story begins with the kiss that awakens Princess Aurora, who has been asleep for 100 years and upon waking she learns that all those she knew are gone and now she is expected to have her happy ending, with a prince she does not know, nor is attracted to. It is also expected that now that she awakened, better times will come for her impoverished kingdom.

What I liked the story is how Princess Aurora reacts once she´s kissed by her "true love", which is a complete stranger, her reaction was very real and also when she finds out that several princes have kissed her for the past 100 years .... it gives me the creeps.

But beyond that the plot is very predictable, with a very slow pace and there are times when almost nothing happens and it felt very dull romance. Prince Rodric of Alyssinia, is whom awakens Aurora with a kiss, he is nice guy but does everything that his parents tell him to do, so he knows he must marry her, for the good of the kingdom. Prince Finnigan of Vanhelm is interested in Aurora, but only because is convenience for him. And finally we have a boy Tristan working in a tavern/inn that becomes friend of Aurora. Of all of I liked Prince Finnegan because he´s the most honest.

A Wicked Thing is very slow paced and almost everything interesting happens in the later chapters, but overall it´s an okay book, but I felt that something was missing.

February 26, 2015

Review: Red Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Title: Red Blooded (Jessica McClain #4)
Author: Amanda Carlson
Publisher: Orbit
Release date: September 9th 2014
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Reading level: Ages 18 and up

Rating: 3.5/5

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You can read my review of Full Blooded hereHot Blooded here & Cold Blooded - here
Jessica is going to Hell.

After settling a fragile truce between the vampires, werewolves and witches, the last thing Jessica wants to do is face the demons head on. But when the Prince of Hell kidnapped her brother, he set into motion a chain of events that even Jessica doesn't have the power to stop.

Now, Jessica must go into battle again. But Hell is a whole new beast -- new rules, more dangerous demons, and an entirely foreign realm. And when Jessica is dropped into the Underworld too soon, without protection or the help of her friends, she must figure out just how powerful she can be... or she will never make it out alive.

I really like the Jessica McClain series, is a good choice for those interested in urban fantasy for adults.

This is the fourth book in the series, Jessica does not rest because her brother was kidnapped by the prince of hell, in order to force her to descend to the underworld and all because of the prophecy that supposedly says she will caused chaos in the underworld.

So Jessica prepares to go to hell along with Ray and the Vampire Queen, but something goes wrong and Jessica ends up alone in hell, without help and tools she expected and with  all the demons and other creatures from hell hunting her, as she tries to rescue her brother.

The story so far is really good, but the four books have happened in less than a month (Jessica´s time), because due that the time in the underworld and our world runs differently, at the end of this book several months have passed on earth, while for Jessica it was only a few days. And because of this I felt that it lacked of interaction between Jessica with the other characters, as in this book we saw little of Naomi, Danny, James and Marcy ... and even Ray, Tyler and Rourke didn´t appear much in the story. Plus it´s necessary to develop a little bit more the romance between Jessica and Rourke, so they can finally have quality time together, since all the time they´re always running from one place to another, fighting against threats that are always present.

But overall, I enjoyed reading Red Blooded which still has a lot of action from the first chapter, the universe where the story takes place is still expanding, it has suspense, romance and several surprises and with an ending that leaves us hooked for the next book.

February 25, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday(161): Six of Crows

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

The book I´m waiting this week is

Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Release date: October 6th 2015
Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in this brand-book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

Why I'm Waiting?
Okay...confession time ..I still haven´t read the Grisha trilogy and the Dregs duology is set in the same universe, so I know(think) that I need to read them before I read this. I already own the first two books in the Grisha trilogy so I just need to buy one more book and read them back to problem. I can do it. 

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February 24, 2015

Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created bThe Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books
(in no particular order)

Darla from Sunrise (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin : Darla is a resourceful girl that its doing everything he can to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
Wren from Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera : Is a kick-butt heroine, she´s the strongest and fastest of the reboots.
Allison from The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa : She´s a vampire with human feelings in a world where vampires are the bad guys, she can kick-butt and I like that her weapon of choice is a katana.

Iolanthe from The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas : Iolanthe is a powerful elemental mage she can control fire, water, air and earth,
Elisa from The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson : Elisa is the bearer of the Godstone (a magic stone) and can do defensive magic with it, but she doesn´t rely only on the magic of the stone, she also learns to fight with daggers and self-defense.

There are a lot of great kick-butt heroines in YA dystopian, urban fantasy and epic fantasy novels but these are my favorites from the recent years. I also like Katniss from the Hunger Games and Rose from Vampire Academy, but I read those books ages ago.

Kate from Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews : She´s a mercenary and can kick-butt, her weapon of choice is a sword.
Merit from Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill : Another great heroine, she´s a vampire and her weapon of choice is some kind of sword.
Jessica from Full Blooded (Jessica McClain #1) by Amanda Carlson : She´s the only female werewolf in the world, she´s powerful but she´s still learning her powers.

Elena from Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong : Elena is also the only female werewolf, she´s strong, smart and fast.
Savannah from Spell Bound (Women of the Otherworld #12) by Kelley Armstrong : Savannah is a powerful witch that relies a lot on her magic, but she´s a relly good character.

There are also awesome heroines in Adult novels but I haven´t read a lot of them recently. I need to read more Adult books. I also like Mac from the Fever series.

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February 23, 2015

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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February 22, 2015

Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 1st 2013

Rating: 3.5/5

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On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream, unless you approach the edge. Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close can lead to madness, like her older brother Lex, a Jumper. She takes solace in her best friend Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry. When she investigates the first murder in a generation, she meets Judas. The suspect was betrothed to the victim, but Morgan believes he is innocent. Nothing can prepare Morgan for the secrets she will find – or whom she will lose.

Perfect Ruin is another dystopian book (I still don´t get tired of them) and takes place on Internment, a city floating in the sky, where citizens live the "perfect" life, because there anyone can study or work in what they want, the births and departures (deaths) are controlled by the government, people are engaged from birth and everyone is free to do whatever they want as long as they stay away from the edge of town which for some reason incapacitates those who approach it and the persons that approach the edge are called Jumpers.

Morgan is a young woman who dreams of the world below, but because his brother Lex is a jumper and due his experience, she tries to keep to a minimum her curiosity about the unknown and tries to settle for life in city of Internment and accept her life, which to some extent she´s happy with her family, her best friend Pen and her fiance Basil, that is until a classmate is found dead, which is the first violent act that her generation has faced.

This murder creates panic among residents of the quiet city of Internment and when is suspected that the murder is Judas, the victim´s betrothed, something that Morgan is not so sure, she doesn´t believe him to be guilty, so she slowly begins to discover that her idyllic world, it is not really perfect.

Internment is a mixture of old and new, as there are some technology, because they have a train around the city and it can be seen other type technology in the city, but at least for me, it feels like it takes place in the first half of the last century, it gave me that idea for their by customs and manners.

What I liked the most of the story is the friendship between Pen and Morgan, they had known each other since childhood and you can feel their affection for each other and I also like friendship-romance between Morgan and her betrothed Basil, they also have known each other all their life and you can feel the love-friendship between them and although is not a great romance, they´re both happy with being betrothed to each other.

Overall, Perfect Ruin is a good first book in a trilogy, because it takes its time to describe the world where it develops, how society works, why it is believed that the floating city is in the sky and how the government works. The plot has its elements of mystery, intrigue, romance with a dose of friendship and some interesting twists, plus it has lovable characters. I recommend this book for dystopian fans.

February 18, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday(160): Undertow

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

The book I´m waiting this week is

Undertow (Undertow #1) by Michael Buckley
Release date: May 5th 2015
Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders. 

Why I'm Waiting?
I´m intrigued by this book, it sounds good and I want to know what kind of "creatures" are the Alphas. 

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February 13, 2015

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release date: February 10th 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4/5

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Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

I have mixed feelings about this book, as there were aspects of the story that I liked a lot, especially the ending and the last chapters are really good but later on go into the plot, but I was not engrossed from the start, it took me a while to get hooked, plus there were some details that I made me some noise, but at the end I really enjoyed Red Queen.

I´ve read that this book is compared to The Selection, Graceling and even Red Rising, but as I have not read any of them, I started my reading without any preconceived idea and I just started to enjoy it.

In Red Queen the society is literally divided by the color of blood, the Silvers and the Reds. The Silver are the privileged class, the royalty and all of them have powers like the X-MEN, while the Reds are the servants and those that don´t have a job or apprenticeship upon turning 18 years old are sent to war.

Mare is a 17 year old girl, she´s a Red and has no job, so at her eighteen birthday she´ll be conscripted, but due fate or luck she ends up getting a job as a maid in the summer home of the royal family, it seems that at last her luck is changing, but due to an accident people discover that she also has a power, that had never seen before and the fact that she´s Red makes it impossible, but to cover up such rarity, the King decides of passing her off as a Silver, until they know more about her and her power. So in the blink of an eye her life is completely changed and she´s in prime location.

For those who like me like their books with romance in them, I can only comment that there is some romance, just not very intense, but the good news is that there isn´t insta-love, no love triangle ..... but there is a love square (¿?), because there are three young men romantically "interested" in Mare.

A secondary plot are the rebels - Scarlet Guard - which are making several violent acts in order to achieve freedom and equality of the Reds.

I liked the world where the story unfolds and I have some theories about it, as it is a mixture of old world with some sort of technology.

I really enjoyed Red Queen, because it has a lot of action, I liked the X-MEN style fights, the romance not so much, but I liked the intrigue and uncertainty, the pace of the story is a bit slow and there is predictability in the plot, but I liked a lot the ending and the last chapters are really good.

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February 11, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday (159): The Witch Hunter

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

The book I´m waiting this week is

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Release date: June 2nd 2015
The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. When she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can track down the person who laid a deadly curse on him.

As she's thrust into the world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and all-too-handsome healers, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

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