Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#33 - Sweet Reckoning)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What is this blogger highly anticipating?

SWEET RECKONING
Final book of the Sweet Evil trilogy
by Wendy Higgins

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Released Date:
It’s time.
Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.
The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.
In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.


Why the Anticipation, Monica?
     Let us a take a moment and fall in love with this trilogy's book covers. I think this one may be favorite. After reading Sweet Peril, the second book, I was left with a sense of hope for Anna and Kaiden. Not just them, but for all of the Nephilim. When reading this trilogy I get a sense of the bigger picture and with Sweet Reckoning, we finally get to the action and see how Anna's struggle with her goodness and darkness finally help her. Love is her strength and there is nothing more powerful.



Monica

Friday, January 3, 2014

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Release Date:
January 31st, 2012

Grade:
B


Summary/Synopsis
Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)
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NEWSOUL  Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
NOSOUL  Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
HEART  Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

     Incarnate was everything I didn't expect. I thought it'd be a dsyotpia but I was wrong. I'd thought the world building would suck and it didn't. I expected the main character to be sulky and pitiful but she wasn't. Jodi Meadows blew my expectations away. In the end, I fell in love with her writing, characters, and Incarnate's beautiful world. 


      Ana's thoughts and love for music makes for beautiful writing that didn't leave a moment of dullness. Ana is amazing. She isn't what you would expect her to be. She's been shunned as the "nosoul", verbally abused by her mother and the absence of  kindness and love in her life made me expect her to be sulky and dark but she wasn't. Sure, she's protective but it's understandable, it's never unwarranted. She's smart, impulsive (Sam thought so too), and hilarious. 


     Being in a complete new world I didn't know what to expect. With dystopias it's easy because you automatically compare the world within the book to ours. I was thrown off my game when I found out that in Ana's world there's civilizations of amazing creatures we only encounter in fairy tales like centaurs and dragons. Even the sunset is different! The world building didn't feel like the information was being thrown at me but slowly slipping through the cracks of my vision and making it whole. 


     Among those things, Ana's world is centered around it's human life is reincarnation. It was hard concept to wrap my head around. It was hard knowing that everyone else was so much much older than Ana that it was easy to identify myself with her. In all honestly the thing that made this such a thought-provoking novel was that Ana doesn't know what'll happen when she dies. It's a universal truth that one day you and I will die, there is no getting around that. Ana is scared, I'm scared. Where do I go when I die? Who will I be with? Will any part of me be remembered? 


   She's scared about not being reincarnated, about dying with her one and only life, but will she? I have so many questions and I have no doubt Jodi Meadows will deliver in the sequel. I feel that there's so much more left for Ana, and us, to find out.



Monica

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! Old reviews *cringe*

     Helllloooooooo. It's 2014! I feel inspired to do things, be productive. I'm pretty sure that feeling goes away in a couple of days. To commerate the new year and vow to work on better reviews I present to you some "reviews" I had posted 4 years ago on my Facebook page. May the cringe attack begin.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Blog Tour + Review: Empath by Becca J. Campbell



Release Date:
August 20th, 2013

Grade:
B

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Summary/Synopsis
Supernatural empathy isn’t a gift, it’s a curse. Anywhere she goes, Jade’s emotions are replaced by those of the people around her.
Jade grew up in a suburb of Colorado Springs, protected from other people by her parents. Now she faces college—and the world—with nothing to shield her from unwanted feelings.
When Cam, a classmate with a major crush on her, unintentionally hijacks her emotions, Jade struggles to keep from being carried away in feelings of attraction. When Ethan, a psychopath with a thirst for fear, fixates on her, the emotional impact could be lethal.
Caught in a deadly trap, Jade must untangle the emotions and find a way to use her empathic curse to overcome this killer or be overcome by him.

Empath was simply great. 

     What drew me in to review this book was the idea of someone having empathy. I never imagined it would be something someone considered as a curse, being able to have access to one's feelings is a great way to do anything. It wasn't until Jade showed all the negatives of being an empath that I realized maybe it's not a great thing after all. How she deals with it and how it affects her when she's around others like ahem, Cam, was completely shocking.  How she learns to deal with it and trust those with her secret was great to see for her development as a character but not having control on your own emotions is scary. I admired how Jade dealt with it all her life and now.

     Ethan, the other side of who this book focuses on, was outright creepy and terrifying. It was so great to see how Campbell could conjure this sadistic, twisted guy and make his chapters flow so perfectly. I loved reading his chapters the most because his thoughts and purpose of doing things pulled me in to see how this would incorporate Jade and her friends. The ending, I felt, was a bit anticlimatic. I expected this book to be more focused on their abilities. I found it a bit too coincidental that Cam, Logan, Jade, and Ethan had these special "qualities". In the end, they did make for a great suspenseful last of couple chapters.

     All in all, Empath was the perfect mix of romance, creepiness and even a bit of action. I can't wait to see where this story goes and meanwhile you can check the rest of the Empath blog tour!


Monica

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#32 - House of Hades)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What is this blogger highly anticipating?

HOUSE OF HADES
4th book in the Heroes of Olympus series.
by Rick Riordan

Released Date:
October 8th, 2013
The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, #4)
PERCABETH. *clears throat*
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At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.


Why the Anticipation, Monica?
You're kidding, right? How can anyone after reading The Mark of Athena not want to kidnap Rick's laptop to read this? After binge reading the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books it's hard to go back to the routine for series ergo, waiting a year for the next one. I am so excited to see Percy and Annabeth together (yes, even in Taratus) and to see how the other heroes are doing. I feel like this will be something that'll be great for the development of everyone. I just have this inking for Leo. Leo, I know will play such a huge part along with Nico. I want to see how everything is going to be set in motion for the culmination of this story and knowing this, it's doing to be bittersweet to read.


Monica