Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride Review

Title: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Author: Lish McBride
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: I loved, loved, loved this novel! It was hilarious, powerful, and full of action.

Samhain LaCroix has a problem: some creepy weird dude comes after him, spouting nonsense about registering with the Council and power that Sam has no idea he has. What makes this worse? This nonsense is actually true! With a week left to make a choice: side with Douglas or die, Sam is thrust into a supernatural world he had no idea existed, along the way meeting a beautiful were girl, and several other creatures.

What I liked:
-Sam, his cynical voice and his strange, eccentric family
-The mythology of it, and the way the supernatural hides in plain sight
-Brid and her were family
-I can't wait for the sequel, Necromancing The Stone!
-The constant humor--I couldn't stop laughing!

What I didn't like:
-I would've liked more insight on how The Council worked

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. If you guys are looking for a modern fantasy with a ton of humor, pick up Hold Me Closer, Necromancer! Next on deck: The Diviners by Libba Bray!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers Review

Title: Dark Triumph
Author: Robin LaFevers
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Series: His Fair Assassin, book two
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Even better than Grave Mercy, the sequel to it had me crying, laughing, and loving, especially the main character, Sybella.

Sybella is a handmaiden of Death, born as a noblewoman to a rich family. But when she is sent back into the dark hole that is her family and childhood, she fears she will go mad from the ghosts of the past haunting her. Her abbess gives her an assignment: free a knight from her father's dungeons and kill her father. On this quest, she finds love, acceptance, faith, and purpose, and it was a wonderful journey to travel with her.

What I loved:
-Sybella and her tortured past
-Beast, and the men who follow him
-Ismae's small role in the second novel
-Julian, for the most part
-The continuing explanation in the mythology of the series--I can't wait for Mortal Heart!
-The abbess of Saint Mer

What I didn't like:
-The abbess
-Madame Dinan
-Most of Sybella's family
-The horrible, tortured scene that traumatized Sybella so completely

I loved Dark Triumph--it was a beautiful book! If any of you love girl power novels or historical fiction, I'd recommend the His Fair Assassin series. (The third and last novel, Mortal Heart, comes out in Spring 2014.) Next on deck: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Review

Title: Starcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Series: Starcrossed, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Despite some slight similarities to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Angelini creates a new Greek mythology-based trilogy with plenty of action and romance.

Helen Hamilton is different, and she's known that all her life. But she doesn't know just how different until the mysterious Delos family comes to Nantucket. Once she meets the huge, loving Greek family, she realizes that she and one of the boys are doomed to love and lose one another.

What I enjoyed:
-The Delos family
-The use of Greek mythology to establish part of the story
-The forbidden love--it just killed me!
-The villains of the novel--Can't wait to see more of them in Dreamless and Goddess
-The powers that were tied into the mythology

What I didn't like much:
-The similarities to Percy Jackson and the Olympians--that was instinctively what I thought of when I first starting reading it
-Zach and Gretchen

If you guys are looking for a romance novel with a fantasy tied into it and are willing to overlook the flaws, Starcrossed will be perfect for you! Next on deck: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers! (Note: Many of the books that come in line next are on loan for the library, so it may change: Sorry for the inconvenience!)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Collector by Victoria Scott Review

Title: The Collector
Author: Victoria Scott
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: Dante Walker, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The first book in a new series, I loved the trip into Dante's world, especially his journey from badass demon playboy to someone who's found a heart again. Despite being slightly predictable, I really enjoyed the novel.

Dante Walker is the ultimate badass: all good looks, seductive charm, and confidence to make Jeremy Piven look like a pussy in comparison--add all this to the fact that he's a demon. His next assignment seems like a cakewalk: collect Charlie Cooper's soul in ten days and get a ticket to walk earth forever. But Dante soon realizes that there is so much more to the girl than an assignment, and finds himself changing in dangerous ways.

What I enjoyed:
-Dante--even when he was making me cringe, I was laughing my head off, or wishing that he could collect me--his voice was so unique and amusing, even through his evolution
-Charlie, with her sweet innocence and purity and yet still falling for Dante
-Annabelle and Blue, Blue especially
-The mythology of the novel--though demon and angel stories are a dime a dozen these days, Scott breaks the mold with the new spin on it

What could've been better:
-The novel was slightly predictable
-The constant logo dropping

Overall, I really loved this novel--it was different and romantic without being overly sappy or sexual. I'd definitely recommend it for those looking for a confident protagonist and a new spin on demon and angel stories! I cannot wait for The Liberator in September! Next on deck: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini! (By the way, sorry it took me so long to get a review up--I have finals coming up, so I might be a little bit slower in the coming weeks. Thanks for your support, guys!)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare Review

Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Infernal Devices, book three
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The final installment in the thrilling, beautiful Infernal Devices, I loved every moment of Clockwork Princess, even through the tears!

Tessa Gray is thrust into a showdown of celestial proportions in Clockwork Princess--she is faced with a terrifying choice, and to save those she loves, she must first save herself.

What I enjoyed:
-There isn't a book this year that measures up to Clockwork Princess yet, in the way that it constantly had me crying, laughing, or screaming
-Sophie--I love how she was given a bigger role in the novel!
-Gideon and Gabriel
-Cecily, though she annoyed me at first
-The epilogue!
-The way Tessa's origins were revealed
-The villains

What I didn't enjoy:
-I was promised Emma in the epilogue and she wasn't mentioned at all!

I loved Clockwork Princess and the Infernal Devices as a whole. I loved it just as much as The Mortal Instruments. I'm not sure what's on deck next, but I'll let you know! Also, if any of you have requests for reviews, please let me know here or on Tumblr.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare Review

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Infernal Devices, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Just as beautiful as The Mortal Instruments, I loved Clockwork Angel, a steampunk fantasy--Jem and Tessa, especially!

Tessa Gray is trapped--being trained by a pair of warlocks--for a mysterious man named The Magister. She is rescued by the dark, angry Will Herondale, and is taken to the Institute, where she must find the answers to her existence, as well as help a group of Shadowhunters--who later become her friends--stop a power-hungry man from taking over the city of London.

What I enjoyed:
-Will, for the most part
-Charlotte and Henry
-The mystery of Tessa's existence--I can't wait to read Clockwork Princess!
-The way that though the Infernal Devices is different from The Mortal Instruments, it still does Clare's worldbuilding great justice
-The steampunk feel of it all

What I didn't enjoy:

I loved Clockwork Angel and can't wait to read Clockwork Princess! Definitely recommended for fans of steampunk, fantasy, and of course, The Mortal Instruments. Beautiful! Next on deck: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Defiance by C.J. Redwine Review

Title: Defiance
Author: C.J. Redwine
Age Group: Teen./Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Series: Defiance, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Defiance is a chilling, breathtaking dystopian tale that sucked me in and wouldn't let me go until the final page: It is easily one of my favorite dystopian novels yet. More please!
Note: I could not finish Brides of Rockroll Island, and felt that it would be unfair to review it unfinished.

Rachel Adams is a girl living in the society of Baalboden, ruled by the arrogant Commander. In Baalboden, women are seen and not heard, the only power they have are through their male Protectors. But this is where Rachel is different. Her father, Jared, taught her to be a warrior. When he disappears on a mission for the Commander, Rachel steals out of the city to find him with her childhood friend, Logan McEntire.

What I enjoyed:
-the chilling world that Redwine creates, where women have no power and people can die at the change of mood in the Commander
-Rachel, a fierce, brave heroine who I loved throughout the novel
-The Commander
-The Cursed One
-Rachel and Logan's journey into the Wasteland to find her father
-The shocking ending--I cannot wait for the sequel!

There was nothing I didn't love about this novel. I recommend it for fans of Matched by Ally Condie, and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Next on deck: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare!