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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Upcoming Reviews

ARC:
Covet by Melissa Darnell

Bought:
The Kill Order by James Dashner
Defiance by C. J. Redwine
Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nook Releases Two New E-readers

Nook HD+
Nook HD
Barnes and Noble continue to expand on their popular Nook series of tablets and e-readers by introducing two new tablets to their roster. Sporting a 9-inch HD display, the Nook HD+ is Nook's biggest tablet/e-reader yet. The Nook HD is the usual 7-inch display with the upgraded HD version. The Nook HD comes in 8GB and 16GB while the Nook HD+ comes in 16GB and 32GB. As usual both tablets have the ability to be used as an e-reader with books you purchase through Barnes and Noble or place via USB. The Nook HD comes in two colors, Slate and Snow while the Nook HD+ only comes in Slate. You can purchase them both through Barnes and Noble's website. I have to say I'm considering that Nook HD+ even though I still love my Nook Color!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Shadows Review

528 pages

The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive. Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love. But she was wrong. Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive.

Review (ARC):
First thing I would recommend is that you review the first book again if you read it a while ago or you'll probably be lost. I have to say that this book was pretty confusing at times. But the action was so good that I didn't even mind. There is so much going on in this novel and a lot of changing points of view. Although Alex is the main character we are able to see what is going on in other areas besides the one she is currently in. I couldn't believe the amount of gore in this one. The characters are unpredictable and may not necessarily survive until the end. You learn a lot more about The Changed than in the previous novel and just when you think you have things figured out another curveball is thrown your way. There was a lot of violence and excitement and everything finally culminates into an amazing ending that will leave you breathless and anxious to read the next one. I definitely recommend this novel if you've read the first, Ashes, and like zombie type novels.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

New Releases This Week

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Sphinx Project Review

254 pages

Not many people can say their entire existence has been one big lab experiment: poked and prodded by scientists, genetically modified to be the best and endure the worst, subjected to daily tests and trials that would kill a normal human. All Michaela wants is her own life, to be able to go to school, flirt with boys, maybe eat ice cream now and then. So when the chance to escape finally comes, Michaela and her sister grab it, taking their friends with them. But they weren’t the only ones to find their way out of those labs. Following close behind are another breed of creature, one that doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong, who exist only to feed their own hunger. The appearance of a strange boy who seems too much like them to be a coincidence makes things even more confusing. But as the world begins to literally fall apart around them, Michaela must accept his help, especially when she could lose the very thing she holds dearest: her sister.

Review:
This is such an awesome book. The action scenes are extremely well written and exciting. I  loved Michaela because she was such a strong character and not only because she was created that way. Michaela also has something about her that sets her apart from the other girls but she doesn't know what it is or why it makes her valuable. All of the girls being experimented on are amazing examples of scientific ingenuity but also cruelty as well. I admired the fact that this book featured mostly strong and intelligent female characters who also have strength of character as well. Michaela does have a bit of a romantic interest but it isn't a romance that overshadows the action in this book. There were quite a few surprises in this book that left me wanting to know more. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book! I definitely recommend this to those who love sci-fi type novels and female heroines kicking ass!

Monday, September 17, 2012

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Embers and Echoes Review

480 pages
Ashline Wilde may have needed school to learn that she is actually a reincarnated goddess, but she’s ready to move beyond books. She leaves her California boarding school behind and makes for Miami, where she meets a new group of deities and desperately seeks her sister Rose, the goddess of war. But she’s also looking for love—because even though her romance with Cole had to be snuffed, Ash is a volcano goddess—and she doesn’t get burned.

Review:
As you may well know, I love a good book stuffed with mythology. As the second book in the Wildefire trilogy, this doesn't disappoint. This series pulls from different mythological lore and melds it together in one awesome storyline. Ashline returns as the main character and she is her usual strong and determined self. After everything that happened in California, Ashline only wants to protect her friends from the terrible things that seems to happen around her. Tragedy seems to follow Ashline wherever she goes and Miami is no exception. We see some old faces and some new ones and there is the usual romantic edge as well as betrayals to be had. I really loved that the characters aren't predictable in the slightest, they always do the unexpected. This novel is exceptionally action-packed without a dull moment to spare. There are a lot of new revelations and interesting unexpected twists. I definitely recommend this novel but only after reading Wildefire.

Monday, September 10, 2012

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tiger Lily Review

304 pages

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . . Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell. Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter. With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

Review:
I LOVE Peter Pan so I've always been interested in seeing retellings of the classic tale. This story is told from Tinkerbell's point of view and it is made known that the Neverland in this book is a different place from what we're used to. This Neverland is a darker place where everything is steeped in both reality and the supernatural at the same time. The characters in this novel are more complex and through Tinkerbell's eyes we can see all the characters individual characteristics and come to understand them more. Tiger Lily is the main focus and we quickly see that she is a strong yet lonely person. I loved seeing Tiger Lily's strength of character and physicality despite the way she was treated by others in her tribe. Peter Pan is of a darker and wild nature but he still has his vulnerable side. The relationship between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan is one of passion and also full of heartbreak. Wendy is seen less as a likable character but its interesting to see the difference between her effect on Peter and Tiger Lily's. This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel that I would recommend for those who are interested in seeing a different perspective on Peter Pan and Neverland as a whole.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Onyx Review

376 pages

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks… Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. Something worse than the Arum has come to town… The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard. But then everything changes… I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

Review:
This novel is one of those that you just can't put down because it just keeps getting better and you want to know what will happen next. As the second book in the series, it definitely improved story-wise. I feel like Katy grew up a lot since the last book, despite the fact that her emotions were all over the place. Sometimes I found myself getting annoyed because Katy is so amazingly gullible and tends to make bad decisions. However, Katy has to deal with way more developments this time around so you see a lot of changes in her as she handles it. Katy and Daemon still haven't gotten it together and their relationship is both entertaining and hot! New characters are introduced that have major impacts on the story and the original character's lives. There are a lot of new things that you discover about the Luxen and their mysterious powers and plenty of twists that keep everything fresh and amazing. The last few chapters of the book were the best action-wise and with new revelations that leaves you excited and hungry for more. I'm definitely excited to read the next novel especially with where this one left off. I recommend you read this only after reading the first in the series, Obsidian

Sunday, September 2, 2012

New Releases This Week