Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Zombified by Lyra McKen

5 Stars

This book has got to be one of the funniest, exciting, and suspenseful reads I've had in a while. A Zombie story told from the zombie's point of view. How fun! This is a book I'd recommend to anyone - it's just fun. McKen weaves a tale that has you eagerly turning pages with excitement and anticipation - even though you already know how it turns out. Very good book. I really want to know what happened to Cage. There's a story there, I just know it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Karli, or, A Princess with Dragons by L.V. MacLean

4 Stars

Totally not what I expected when I picked up this book. I have a habit of not reading synopsis when I pick up some books, and this was one of those times. I kept waiting to discover the dragons, and those mythical beasts never appeared. Dragons, however, can have other connotations - they can be people, situations, or even emotions. This was a very intriguing book that had situations that almost made you uncomfortable. The author was quick to point out - repeatedly - that the age of consent in this book is younger than in today's society. MacLean was very insistent that the reader understand this and be accepting of it as there are situations hinted at that would not be acceptable in today's society. It was an enjoyable read, although, I would have liked a better separation of the timeline - especially toward the end. The father was an excellent character - I don't want to give anything away - but I enjoyed the way things developed, even if they were slightly predictable. 
I think I may pick up the rest of the books in this series, just to see how everything works out. Very interesting science fiction/romance novel. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

3 Stars
First of all, I'm a bit annoyed that it's over $9 on Nook and $5 on Kindle. I have a nook. I shouldn't be punished for not being on the Kindle wagon. :/ This lovely fact didn't have anything to do with my review, but it does help solidify my decision to not pick up another one of this authors books.

I think if I'd read this book before ANY other YA novel, I'd have liked it. However, after reading this book, I've decided that I never want to read another YA book again. It wasn't that this was a bad book, just very predictable and followed the same formula that every other YA novel published in recent years follows.
Bones was a quick read with good character development, the story flowed in a consistent, timely manor and the "twist" at the end was well done, even if I saw it WAY earlier. I personally won't be picking up any other books in this series, but if you enjoy YA, Supernaturals and a well-written story, you should pick up this book.

So, my sister-in-law loves this shitty series so much, she gave me the next 4 books and insisted that they get better. That is the ONLY reason they are in my collection and have been reviewed at all. I would not waste money on this series. It's terrible. 

3 Stars
This was more interesting than the first book, which isn't saying much. I'm SO glad the relationship between Clary and Simon is where it is at the end of this book, and can't wait to have everyone finally realize that Clary and Jace are not related. This does not make for a good twist. It makes for a disgusting incest-ual (spell-check keeps changing this word to ancestral, so..) relationship that is so gross in its intensity that it turns you off of reading any part of their romance. You do not root for them. You are disgusted by them. Anyway, I'm still not a fan of this series, but I am interested in knowing how everyone will discover Jace and Clary aren't related - because it's blazingly obvious to anyone with half a brain, and I would like to see Jocelyn wake up. So while I feel as if I'm becoming dumber from reading this series, at least Clare has kept me reading.

2 Stars
OMG. Clary needs to die. She is such a stuck-up, spoiled rotten brat that ha no redeeming qualities at all. She is the epitome of what is wrong with society. You were told to stay put? You don't agree with that, even though history has proven over and OVER that listening to people is a good idea, and when you ignore them, bad things happen - so you do whatever the heck you want to do because bleep the world? Yah. I want her dead. She's a terrible main character and a terrible role model for girls. The only reason I'm trying to suffer through this series is because I told my sister-in-law I would finish it. And I like Magnus. This is a cruel form of torture. 

 2 Stars
Jesus God - there's more! Kill me now. I only gave this two stars because I made it through and I liked the amazingly predictable ending that everyone seems so shocked by. Of course he's not dead. There has to be someone to hate in this series - and heaven forbid it's Clary. Even though she's remarkably terrible. Simon is great and I'm glad there was more of a focus on him, otherwise, I wouldn't have finished and would've disappointed my sister-in-law. I don't understand how anyone can like these books.

2 Stars
This is probably the best one so far - especially since I only read the first, last, and epilog chapters. It probably would have gotten less stars if I'd read the whole thing. I feel as if I have wasted days of my life reading this series. Days I'll never get back. All I really have to say after reading this series is if another person comes to me and says, "this new young adult book is fantastic - you should read it!" I am going to punch them in the face. If I have to read another teenaged angst book again I'm going to snap. Grow the bleep up people. Doing your own thing, even when expressly stated that it's not a good thing by every other bleeping person on the bleeping planet is not cool. It makes you a dumbass. I wouldn't recommend this series to anyone. You want to read an actual good book, and are insistent that teens be the focal point? Read Katie Jennings' Dryad Quartet or A.D. Trosper's Dragon books. Those are good reads that have main characters that are decent role models for your kids. This series - total crap.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Zombie War Release Party

The party is today!!! Thank-you to everyone who pre-ordered. I can't wait to meet you at the party today! Pictures will be added ASAP! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Defect part 1&2 & Paragon by Autumn Kalquist

4 Stars

This book ended WAY too soon. Just sat you start to get into it - it's over. Really enjoyed it - except the end. It just stopped. Right in the middle of the climactic part. I really hope part two actually has an ending - a stopping point to where the reader isn't left wondering what the heck happened. Autumn is a captivating author and Selene is a wonderful main character - but that ending! ARGH!

5 Stars

SO good! I can't wait to read more - and not because the ending left me hanging like the first part. This one actually came to a proper end and left you craving more of the story. I have to know if I'm right about Scraggle being Anders' father or not and find out if Anders ever comes back for Selene. Also, how do they end up in Space for The Legacy Code to begin?!? This is such a fun, exciting read that keeps you on the edge of your seat in suspense.

4 Stars
Always leaves you wanting more. This is a very good story that has your heart pounding as you turn the pages. Intrigue, nefarious plots, twists and turns around every corner - great series, even if you're not a fan of science fiction. 

I received these books from the author in exchange for honest reviews. :)