Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday # 1

Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Oath Bound (Unbound # 3) by Rachel Vincent

Summary from Goodreads:

The secret daughter of the head of an infamous Skilled crime family, Sera Brandt has hidden her past, her potential and especially her powers. But when a tragedy strikes her other family, Sera needs justice. And the only way to get it is to reveal her heritage–including a rare Skill–and take the reins of the Tower Syndicate from her cunning and malicious aunt. 

If he can figure out how... 

Kristopher Daniels might have the answer. He's fought the syndicate to protect his sisters, but he'd never realized just how close to the new heir he needed to get.... 

And if they can survive 

Neither is used to trusting. But there's something between them that can't be ignored. And so Sera is on the run with a man she can't figure out, a target on her back and the new knowledge of just how powerful she really is...
My Notes: 
This book has been on my wishlist and to-read list for months. I've read The Shifter series and the Soul Screamer series by Vincent, and this is the only book I need to read of hers. However, it is really hard to find because my library does not have her adult books and I'm broke at the moment.

Review: Once (Eve # 2) by Anna Carey

Summary from Goodreads

When you're being hunted, who can you trust?

For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She's living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past--and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together--but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.

My Review:

I read the first book, Eve, a few months ago because a friend in class lent me a copy and I really liked it, it was a little morbid but the plot was interesting. I was dying to get my hands on the second book, and thanks to my library I was able to get it in ebook form, and it took me only a few hours to read it.

The world in Eve and Once is kind of horrible, certainly if you're young (labor and breeding camps, yuck), and the King and the people in the City of Sand don't want to change things. 

Eve is a great main character, she is willing to sarifice herself for those she loves and stands up for herself, plus she did not get swept away by the whole 'Princess' thing instead she stood by Caleb and her friends at the 'School'.

The end was heartbreaking and I hope that the next book does not leave my emotions in such turmoil! 

And now I cannot wait to get my hands on the last book, Rise. I recommend this book to those who like futuristic government controlled stories, but be warned there are some heavy themes in the book. 

Favorite Quotes:

"Our bodies fitted together perfectly, as though we were never meant to be apart." p.135

My Rating:

Four out of Five Stars

Waiting on Wednesday # 1

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

I was going to pick Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, but I won't because I've done it already, and sadly the release date for the book has been moved all the way until March of 2015! I'm really getting frustrated with all of the release date changes, they have done it about four or more times.

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass # 3) by Sarah J. Maas.

Summary from Goodreads:

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien's only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan's Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. 

Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King's Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan's biggest threat - and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love? 

My Notes: It took me about a week to read both the first and second novel in the series after I finally picked up the first novel that was siting on my shelf for about a year (I know shameful). The only thing left I need to do is read the short stories and wait for this book to finally come out!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday; Top Characters You Hate # 4

I'm not really the type of person that hates but there are some characters that I could do without in books.

1. To All the Boys I've Loved by Jenny Han. Genevieve, the ex-girlfriend of Peter who is pretty vicious trying to keep Peter all to herself even if she has another boyfriend. I disliked her a lot because she made life for Lara Jean really hard for no good reason at all.

2. Written in Red by Anne Bishop. The main villain was the Controller, who is trying to get Meg back because her skin is worth a lot of money (basically a slaver), but I hated Asia Crane. Bishop wrote from her POV every so often showing her plotting to hurt Meg, and all of it was just for a stupid acting career, such a shallow reason!

3. Legend by Marie Lu. Commander Jameson, she was one of the main villains of the three books and like a lot of other people I just hated her so much. She used June and ordered soldiers to kill innocent people.

4. The Harry Potter Series. I hated Bellatrix for a big reason that I'm going to spoil.

5. Fruits Basket. My first ever Manga series, and the character I hated was Akito, the head of the family who is both creepy and ruthless.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Read if you Like These TV Shows or Movies # 4

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this weeks theme is picking ten books that you will like if you enjoyed a movie or a TV show.

1. If you like Supernatural pick up Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow, which has daughter and father who are paranormal hunters.

2. If you like Teen Wolf or other paranormal shows pick up Written in Red and Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop.

3. If you like Crime shows pick up The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen.

4. If you like Marvel or DC movies pick up Vicious by Victoria Schwab.

5.  If you like Sleepy Hollow pick up The Hollow series by Jessica Verday.

6. If you like Justified pick up Pronto, Riding the Rap, and Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard.

7. If you like Dexter, pick up the Dexter books by Jeff Lindsay.

8. If you like Robin Hood (BBC) pick up Scarlet by A.C Gaughen.

9. If you like Vampire Diaries or The Originals pick up any young adult book by Richelle Mead.

10. If you enjoy Once Upon a Time then pick up the Lunar Chronicle Series, Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, each are fairy tale retellings that flow together as one main plot.

Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Summary from Goodreads:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them... all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

My Review:
This book was a fun and cute read. :) I was expecting to enjoy it because I really enjoyed The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han, and I liked it even more than that series.

The plot was very interesting, and all of the characters were pretty funny, and Han did a great job bringing them to life. It was hard to pick who I would have liked to see Lara Jean end up with. But as the novel went on my favorite character was Peter, he was just so funny and sweet! :D

You get a look at Korean foods and other things because the dad in the book wants to keep their culture alive and I think that was a really nice gesture. 

I was worried that I would not like it because one of the crushes Lara Jean has happens to be her sister's boyfriend, but in the end I think Han did a great job handling the whole situation. And people can have feelings and not act on them, and Lara Jean did not try and steal him away from her sister which showed that she understood how wrong it was.

My Rating:

Five out of Five Stars.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Book to Movie Review: Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas premiered at the River Bend Film Festival, and did not come out on DVD in US until February. And right now the movie is available on Netflix, which is where I watched it.

The book it was based on was Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz which came out in 2003, and I read the book last year and loved it.

No book to movie adaptation is perfect but this one does a great job trying to stick to the original source, and only a few things are left out of the movie. The film pulls of the funny/scary feel of the novel and I really enjoyed it.

All of the actors in the film did an amazing job, and it had me crying my eyes out by the end even though I knew what was going to happen. 

I recommend checking out the book and the movie, you won't be disappointed. And I give it Five Stars! 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? # 1

This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.

I read one book for review:  Tablua Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin.
I read four library books reviewing all but one of them: 

 What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow, Written in Red by Anne Bishop, and Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.

Book to Movie That I Watched: Odd Thomas.

What I Plan On and What I Am Reading This Week:
Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
To All the Boys I've Loved by Jenny Han
Daughter of Blood by Anne Bishop

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Top 5 Sunday: Favorite Gothic/Horror Books

Weekly Blog Meme hosted by Larissa's Bookish Life. And this weeks theme is my top five favorite books in my favorite genre, which is Gothic literature. 

1. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd. Her father is mad scientist.

2. The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore. She by far my favorite present Gothic author.
3. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Her novels have just the right amount of creepiness. 

4. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. No horror list is complete without at least one King novel, and this sequel to The Shining is my favorite. 

5. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. This is kind of a humorous horror story, and it is awesome.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Summary from Goodreads:

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow

My Review:

I don't tend to read books that are really heavy fantasy so it was hard to get into this book because of that, but in the end I got past that and I really enjoyed this novel. 
The book follows five or so POVS so you get to see what every character is thinking about and I doubt there was a single character I did not enjoy reading, expect maybe the villains in the story but that is pretty much a given. 
This was me through out most of the novel, and during the Sam scenes:

If you cry easily get ready to cry buckets during this book, I did. 

I recommend this book to those who enjoy both fantasy and paranormal, werewolfs, vampires, elementals this book has it all, and also love great characters that you are rooting for and hating by the end of the book.

And I already have the next book on hold, yay! :D Plus expect a whole lot more Anne Bishop in the future, because I love her writing so much.

My Rating:

Five out Five Stars

Friday, April 25, 2014

In My Mailbox/Wrap Up # 4

Putting this up early since I will be gone this weekend! :D
What I Thought Was True: Review
Tabula Rasa: Review
Strange Angels: Review

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
Above by Isla Morley
The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors
Written in Red by Anne Bishop (ebook)

Goddess of the Sea by PC Cast
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

For Review: