January 13, 2014

The Lies of Locke Lamora

Well first of all, there is the fantastic cover art and title. I mean just LOOK!

Then there was the first chapter, and I was sold. Locke is delicious fun. The fact that he is called the Gentleman Bastard should be enough to make this book amazing, but add in the alarming (and silly) threats to people’s manhoods, the wonderful and fantastical world building, the brilliance of the crimes, and the witty banter? Five star book, ladies and gentlemen.

I very much enjoyed this five star book, and I definitely will be purchasing it for my collection.

January 12, 2014


I was actually rather surprised how this book developed. It started off as a very dark fairytale, very Grimm-esque, but then it transformed and grew beyond what I expected. And I LOVED it.

I love how Poison’s relationship with Bram grows, each unexpected twist and turn of the plot, and the way Poison grew into a resourceful, strong heroine at the end. The only complaint I have is the cover doesn’t do the book justice. The cover portrays a violet-eyed girl, which Poison is, but the cover seems to portray a level of flighty YA fiction filled with stupid love triangles and an excess of angst. This book is nothing like that. It is high quality young adult fiction filled with mystery, magic, things that go bump in the night, and best of all- zero romance.

Poison gets 5 stars.

January 11, 2014


This book was slightly more exciting than Supernaturally. Slightly. Evie was still whiny, but in this book things happened! That automatically makes it better than the last book.

Things I didn’t like:

Carlee ends up being kidnapped at one point, and Evie knows that she has been taken by the fairies. How? Seriously. We didn’t receive any ransom notes from fairies. No hint of logical reasoning that a fairy would have taken Carlee. It made no sense, and seemed to me to be a device to simply push the plot along.

The ending. One of the most Deus Ex Machina endings EVER. Vivian wakes up just in time so she can close the fairy gate so Evie doesn’t have to. So ridiculous. And I hated it.

Things I liked:

Reth. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Reth is my favorite character. He is interesting, dimensional, and one of the only characters, no wait. THE only character I like at the end. I loved how he couldn’t understand Evie’s decision to stay behind. And his love for what he thought she could become was wonderful (in terms of characterization). It’s realistic, and what some people tend to do when they are in love.

The Seelie and Unseelie queens were the second saving grace of this book. I enjoyed the scenes where they made appearances. The queens being sisters, their past together, their interactions and their struggle, all made for very interesting reading. Then Evie had to ruin it all by being so annoying.

This book only deserves two stars because no character should outshine the main character. It’s hard to respect or like a whiny, annoying, irresponsible girl.

January 10, 2014


What do Evie and this book have in common? Nothing. Nothing happened in this book, and Evie’s new favorite whiny word became ‘nothing’, mostly to describe what she was or how she was feeling. I would go back and count how many times she uses this word, except I really don’t want to reread this terribly boring book.

Supernaturally lost so much of what made Paranormalcy awesome.

Why do people praise this book?

It’s not for the main character. She isn’t relatable or awesome like she was in the first book. Evie is whiny and lost and she runs away from her problems like it’s her job. Her kick assery basically disappears into the vast nothing of this book and her sarcastic, witty banter is reduced to lots and lots of monotonous whining.

It wasn’t for the love story. There are three men all giving Evie oodles of attention, and two of them are just as boring as she is. Jack is the new character and is a random, kinda weird love connection. He’s unstable, and rather crazy, and yet she keeps going on adventures with him. For no reason. And then he becomes randomly evil for absolutely no reason at all! I still do not understand why Evie chose Lend. He’s boring, and his whining rivals that of Evie. Wait…maybe they ARE meant for each other…

But then there is Reth…thank goodness. Reth continues to be one of the only interesting characters. He leads Evie to the only thing of exciting-ish substance in this book: finding her father. The realization of who her father was should have been this monumental thing, the way it was laid out, but it wasn’t. It just sort of disappeared from the plot. There was no point in revealing the info because there was no follow through or impact Evie in the least. Unless you count having a three page inner dialogue about being nothing because she was made by a fairy and a human. Get. A. Grip.

I really wanted to like this book. But sadly, this disappointing sequel only deserves 1.5 stars.

January 9, 2014

Words of Radiance (excerpt)

Today is going to be a bit of a deviation from a full book because I am excited, and want to share it. The first two chapters of Words of Radiance came out yesterday. Today I took the plunge and read them. And because I am so moved and excited by what I read, I want to count it as a book and blog about it.

Firstly, Brandon Sanderson is my favorite author. I have read a lot of books, by a lot of different authors. Each book, no, each paragraph Sanderson crafts is exact, beautiful, a work of art. The way he can forges characters and worlds is unprecedented. The way he drops the tiniest of hints along the way of the story, tiny little gems for you to pick up, pocket, and they dazzle you when finally revealed again. Sanderson is a genius. And I have ADORED everything I have read by him. Admittedly, I have not read every book he has written, but I am slowly buying each of his books so I can read them all. I have even rethought my refusal to read any more of the Wheel of Time series…just because he has written the last few for deceased Robert Jordan.

Take this segment from the Prologue:

“Jasnah wanted to speak with them, but her appointment would not wait. She’d intentionally scheduled the meeting for the middle of the feast, as so many would be distracted and drunken. Jasnah headed toward the doors but then stopped in place.

Her shadow was pointing in the wrong direction.

The stuffy, shuffling, chattering room seemed to grow distant. High-prince Sadeas walked right through the shadow, which quite distinctly pointed toward the sphere lamp on the wall nearby. Engaged in conversation with his companion, Sadeas didn’t notice. Jasnah stared at that shadow—skin growing clammy, stomach clenched, the way she felt when she was about to vomit. Not again.”

Now, for those of you who have not read the first book, Jasnah and Sadeas are both characters we know well. And this prologue is Jasnah’s view of the event that already happened at the beginning of book one. So. Much. Revealed. I can’t even…

And then there is the artwork. Brilliant, gorgeous, and captures the intensity and fantasy of the world we slip into.

Look at that cover! (which features Kaladin)

And this gorgeous painting which features Shallan. Shallan is, at the moment, my very favorite of characters.

And then there is the length. The Way of Kings was 1,007. My mother laughed at me when I asked her to pick it up from the library on her way home one day. Laughed. Because I was crazy to read such a giant book. Mom, this is book one. Of many. THANK GOODNESS. Know how book lovers never want their books to end? Well these books are huge, there will be many of them, and Brandon Sanderson is young- so hopefully will complete the series before passing from the world as some other fantasy epic authors have done…and George R.R. Martin is feared to do. Anyway, Words of Radiance is 1,088 pages.

Ooch! Look at the beauty of that tall, tall manuscript!

This blog post is summed up by these three words:




Period. Exclamation point.

January 8, 2014

Tombs of Atuan

The Tombs of Atuan is an amazing story. The plot, the writing, the character development is all wonderful and original. Ursula le Guin is an amazing writer.

The atmosphere of this book is the greatest part. Le Guin creates this dark, overwhelming tone in the beginning of this novel which follows Tenar as we learn more about her and the Nameless Ones.

I also love how she restricts Ged’s powers. There is nothing more boring than a wizard who is all powerful. Readers like reading about characters who struggle. And boy do Tenar and Ged struggle.

The last thing I’d like to mention is the cover of this book. Isn’t it beautiful? I’m terrible, and judge books by their covers. Thank goodness this cover called to me, because it is one of the best, most interesting books I have ever read.

This is a solid 5 star book.

January 7, 2014


This is my favorite of Jane Austen’s novels, which is saying a bunch, because I love Jane Austen. The development of her characters alone is something to be praised, but then her writing is beautiful, her characters are awesome and jump off the page, she is awesome.

Persuasion is a story of love gone wrong, and the couple’s chance to make it right years later. Captain Wentworth is one of my absolute literary crushes; he could sweep me off to sea any day. I always identify with Anne, though I am more selfish than her, certainly. Anne is far too selfless, she becomes a rug for half the book.

I think my favorite part about Persuasion is how Anne and Wentworth change. Anne gets a back bone, but in the best way. She is still quiet, still kind, soft spoken, but she allows herself to make decisions that others may not agree with. I love when she quietly disagrees with people near the end of the book. Wentworth realizes how resentful he has been, and how it has blinded him to the fact that he is still in love with her.

His speech near the end (in the form of a letter) is one of the most beautiful things ever written:

”I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes?”

Just gorgeous. It makes my soul sigh. *Applaud the genius of Austen*

As I sing this book’s praises, obviously it receives 5 stars.

January 6, 2014

Wolf Wing

In Wolf Wing all the questions are answered in a great, wonderful, explosion of awesomeness.

Unfortunately, all the stuff that happens in this book is rather spoiler material…and I can’t spoil this wonderful series for anyone.

But I will say happy ending, exciting story, wonderful series. Five star book.

January 5, 2014

Wolf Queen

Because Tanith Lee is a queen of twisting plots, we get more unexpected awesomeness in this book. And learn more about Cladi’s past, and her heritage.

This quote is just so awesome, I had to share: “Whatever the hell I am, I am Me.”

I feel like life would be so much easier if people could just accept that as fact. So lovely <3

Another 5 star book for this series.

January 4, 2014

Wolf Star

In this book Cladi is getting married. Everything is going well until…she is kidnapped during her wedding. WHAT?! Cladi is taken to a jungle where she finds Prince Venn.

Venn is a very interesting character. And his home is a quite interesting place, where Cladi gets into quite a bit of trouble. As she struggles to find a way to leave and get back to her fiancé, our story develops.

I love the way Lee leaves little bread crumbs for the reader to pick up and at the end she reveals everything. In that manner she is very like Sanderson, who anyone who reads my blog knows I adore, only Lee’s version of clue dropping is less covert, and more Middle School. What can I say? She writes to her audience!

Wolf Star also gets 5 stars.

January 3, 2014

Wolf Tower

I cannot even express how much I love this book. So original. Pure genius. I have lost count of the amount of times I have re-read them. Less than Ella Enchanted, I know that, but more than any other book I have re-read. This is the opening segment, and captures perfectly the tone of the book.

“Yes. I stole this book. I don't know why. It looked…nice I suppose, and nothing has been nice for years. It was in her stationary chest, out of which she sometimes makes us - mostly me - get her a piece of silk paper or thick parchment. Then she doodles a few stupid lines of awful poetry. Or a foul painting. And then we all have to applaud. "Oh, how clever Lady Jade Leaf. What bright-shining genius." Because she's royalty. And we are not. Oh no. We couldn't ever do anything wonderful like that. Frankly, I think I could spit in more interesting patterns. And as for the poetry, well, here's the latest example: I drift like a petal all upon the air and the roses bow Drift like a petal…she's more like a hippopotamus in the river. I don't mean she's fat, Lady Iris is fat - but she's also graceful and glamorous. Jade Leaf is slim, but the way that she moves… If the roses bowed, they did it because they fainted with fright, screaming "don't let that great thing bash into me!" (Having said this, I feel I should add that hippopotami are graceful, too, underwater. Besides, a hippopotamus has never picked up its ornamental cane and cracked me across the palms of my hands so they bled. Which Jade Leaf has done so many times I can't remember the number). If you found this, and are reading it, need I ask you not to tell anyone? There's someone banging on the door - and I must go do more important things - like wait on Lady Jade Leaf. But let me sign my name here so you'll know it's me next time: Claidi.”

Grabbed. There is no way I could not love Cladi! She is cheeky, witty, and later she becomes quite the bad ass!

Then there is her love story. Unconventional, well developed, love story. I shan’t say any more because there are a few stray…wrinkles and crinkles, and they are just too good to spoil!

If…oh gosh…this is a large claim, but if only one of my blogs inspires someone to read a book, I hope it is this book. Tanith Lee is an amazing author, and this is an amazing, 5 star book, and it deserves to be read and enjoyed by all who love Middle School fantasy.

January 2, 2014

The Silver Metal Lover

I have been meaning to read this book for forever. I adore Tanith Lee. I think she is a phenomenal writer, and her Cladi Journals series is one of my very favorites. This book did not disappoint me.

Our heroine doesn’t fall in love with a vampire, werewolf, dwarf, elf, human, or zombie! She falls in love with a robot. One she is sure is more than a robot. One she thinks might be able to love her back. She feels his emotion in his music.

Lee explores the humanity and meaning of life in inhuman things, as well as the concept of love. This story is deep, beautiful, and one that I will need to add to my bookshelf.

This five star book has inspired me to re-read her Cladi series. I’m in a Tanith mood!

January 1, 2014

The Decoy Princess

The first thing I should mention is that Dawn Cook is Kim Harrison. The one who writes the kick ass witch series The Hallows. While I enjoyed this book, and another kick ass heroine, the realization that Kim and Dawn are the same kind of paled this book.

The idea that a princess was actually not a princess, and was just being used to keep the real one safe is really great! The prose was okay, nothing special. Tess is fun, but no Rachael.

This book gets 3 stars for being good, but not amazing.