Monday, January 28, 2013

(W)REC(K) A SERIES: Witchling Trilogy

I found a great YA series, which makes me so happy because it's been a while since I've read a good YA! So I saw this-
-and loved the cover Then I read this:

A girl with a broken past and a dark secret. A boy with a twisted future and no second chances. When they meet, it just might cost them their souls.

Sixteen-year-old Summer doesn't expect the new boarding school to be any different than the rest: a temporary stay where everyone will turn against her after a few weeks. Until she meets the rest of the students at this special school and realizes she's not the only one with magic in her blood. Accustomed to the concrete jungle of LA, she gets lost one night in the forests of the Rocky Mountains and meets Decker, the boy who will become the Master of Night and Fire on his eighteenth birthday. Their connection is instant and dangerous, for both will be forced to choose between Light and Dark, life and death, love- and their souls.

One choice. One soul. Once price.
-> :) <-

Delicious, isn't it? But I was sold at the "school" part. Hex Hall and Vampire Academy have spoiled me with the whole boarding-school-filled-with-magical-kids thing. Then once I started reading it, I realized that there were hot twins in this mix! And they've got Native-American and Egyptian blood running through them!
*A picture, pretty please, Lizzy Ford? Several pictures?*
So Summer is an orphan with magic that gets her into trouble, which always results in her having to go somewhere else. This puts her on the path leading to Priest Lake, Idaho. When she goes there, she immediately meets the Turner Twins; Beck and Decker. Soon she's introduced to a new world, one where kids like her find their place either with the Lights or the Darks. The Turner Twins are more than popular hot twins-
*Oh my, aren't we shallow?*
Shut it.

-like I was saying, not only are they HOT and TWINS, they're also the future "leaders" of this world; Decker will be the Master of Night and Fire, and Beck will be the Master of Light. Summer's soul belongs to the Light, but she feels something whenever she's with Decker.

I feel like the generations nowadays are desensitized but I would recommend this to teens who are mature enough to read about a certain character getting jiggy with some girls and receiving hea-er, yeah... in other words, if you can handle Marked by PC and Kristen Cast, you can read this.

Totally check this out here: it's wattpad, a website apparently dedicated to authors who want to share their work. Pretty groovy :)

And now, for the major spoiler version of this book!

I LOVED this book so much. It flowed so nicely, the pace was great, and I was either laughing or thinking "Oh crap!", for both good and bad reasons. I loved Summer, she was so sweet the whole time, even when Dawn, the b*tch in this book, was totally fake! She's a psycho that one, and poor Summer hadn't caught on to the deceiving little witch until it was too late :( But thankfully Decker was there to make everything okay. ^_^

Now I love spoilers because it helps me decide on whether or not to read a book I'm on the fence for. So the book starts with Summer arriving at Priest Lake, and after she meets the Turner Twins, things are looking good! Throughout the first half of the book, there's the "music in the background" with Dawn secretly plotting to humiliate Summer by pretending to be Beck (Dawn's bf) and signing love letters asking her to the dance. Everyone is telling Summer how bad Dawn is even if the girl is Light but Summer likes to see the good in people, and Dawn has been good at being nice to her face. Then Summer shows up and Beck tells her he loves Dawn and that although her love letters and the video of her stripping for him was great, he can't be her date.

What the hell, Mr. Future Master of Light?!

I wanted to tweak the little bugger's- *cough* I couldn't believe him. The book switches to two-three of the characters' POV, and Decker's POV shows him and Beck talking at the dance, and Beck telling him about 'Stalker Summer', which doesn't sit well with Decker, because unlike his idiot brother, there's a part of him that is suspicious about that. Turns out, the video was sent to everyone at the school, and Summer is humiliated. The Queen Bee with an Itch had put a camera in Summer's room to catch her undressing for bed. What a- UGH! I was seething while trying to calm down enough to read on! But thankfully, Decker came and made it all better by confessing his feelings for her.
*Sighs dreamily*
Yeah. :)
From there everything is better. This is a really cute book with the bad boy and the good girl. Cliche, but it's great! It was delivered perfectly. If it makes me squeal, it's gold haha.

There're lots of little things that makes this great big masterpiece, but towards the end? Whhoooooo!! Beck breaks up with Dawn after realizing what a crazy lady she is, but what's more? She's pregnant. Most likely with his baby. Yeah. And then Summer is temporarily suspended from the school after Dawn attacks her and they fight. Apparently, because Dawn is rich with lawyers and family to defend her, she is allowed to stay at the school while Summer is forced to go back to the orphanage to keep the girls separated. And all because she has no one to defend her.
*That's just fickled up. That ain't right."
She feels like everything is being taken from her. First Dawn attacks her, then she's forced to leave the only place she felt comfortable in, and then when she goes to tell Decker, he's not at home. He's 'out with Alexa', according to the help.

UGH! Alexa. She's this girl who spreads a little too much Aloha, if you catch my drift. She's also the girl Decker allowed to distract him before he confessed his love to Summer. (This was when he was freaked out about his lure to Summer and didn't want to taint her, so he'd distract his body with Alexa).

But back to the ending. Summer goes back to her room, can't find the precious deer she saved from the forest, and looks for him. He was her test for the Light, and she'd passed.... However, she finds the deer dying, and tries to save him. He dies, and she feels like she's now lost everything. Out of despair, she brings him back to life- and breaks a rule of Light and a rule of the Dark, damning her soul to the Darkness.

Decker is already the Master of Night and Fire, and when he feels his first soul to take, he and his mother go there- and he freezes at the sight of Summer being consumed by dark mist.

There's more after this but it's too juicy for me to share- my face would forever feel like I sucked lemons if I did :)

This little novelette is the bridge between the first and second book. If you're easily confused, this will help you. Wouldn't want you flabbergasted when you read Autumn Storm!

The second book also has a great cover. 

A girl with no memory, hidden in plain sight. A boy with no hope, free-falling into Darkness.

Autumn doesn't know why she remembers a boarding school she's never visited or why her reflection isn't always... hers. There's another girl in the mirror, a dark-haired ghost that emerges one night to guide her to a cliff near the school. Only Autumn can't remember what happened there and why it's so important. Beck's gentle touch soothes her distress while Decker's every look sets her body on fire. Caught between the twins, she struggles to understand her instincts and magick while working through the pain caused by a mysterious car accident that left her disabled, barely able to walk.

Unable to recover from Summer's death, Decker slowly surrenders to the Dark. He can't live with the pain, and those around him keep Autumn's secret too well. The guilt he feels when he falls for her - and betrays Summer's memory - drives him farther from the Light, until he loses control and begins taking the souls of Light witchlings. As the protector of Light, Beck must choose between confronting his twin and watching more witchlings suffer. Decker realizes Beck has come between more than him and the witchlings. With neither of them willing to let Autumn go, they turn on each other.

Only one of them knows the truth. Only one of them will walk away, unless Autumn can find a way to save them both.

This follows three months after the "incident". Summer is Autumn, a girl with no memory of her past and injuries from a car accident.
*gives you the look*
Decker is... hmm, well.... Alleycat, let's just say that this book is very dark and sad for him. And I wanted to kill him for what he's done! Not about the over-killing thing, but the fact that he would - ughhhh. I understand he's grieving, but seriously dude. With- with her? Ugh. No. NO.
You'll understand why everything happens the way it does, and don't worry! Even though this thing is sad and kinda depressing, it's also really good because Autumn and Decker still run into each other :) And the ending is good. Of course, it helps that there's a little novelette quickly following it, so you get a happy ending!

The novelette following Autumn Storm with the good ending ;)
It's 0.99 on Amazon, and so is Dark Summer!
*Seriously Alleycat, get a fricken' amazon account. That's where the deals are.*

Happy Reading!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Touch of the Demon

Finished this last night. I enjoyed it!
This took place in the demon world, because the summoner, Kara Gillian, was summoned by the demonic lord Mzatal. It was a lot of info, finally revealing everything we've been wondering about. Now, I know a few didn't enjoy this UF-now-Fantasy novel, but it was a nice step in Kara's life. And yes, she's different, but I think it was necessary, because it's toughened her up and taught her a lesson in trusting blindly ( blindly as a detective can trust).

I was completely shocked at what happened, and it kind of hit me out of nowhere- I hadn't seen any foreshadowing that would warn me of this!!!

So this follows Sins of the Demon, and she's much powerful now. All the characters I knew are now looked at from a different perspective. I don't think you'll be disappointed with this one :) But first start at the beginning, of course!

Friday, January 25, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Sins of the Demon

Oh my GOD! I love this book, this series- hell, everything! This is the fourth installment of this awesomely awesome series, but I just finished this, and it's my favorite out of all the other ones so far! XD

   Sins of the Demon is about Kara Gillian, a summoner of demons who is also a detective. So far in the series, she's befriended FBI agent Ryan Kristoff despite her reputation as a slight 'weirdo' and is able to tell him everything about what she does concerning anything arcane (the magic stuff) because he sees it, too. I won't go into too much detail because I feel like I'll be spoiling it, but I'm totally going to rant about the adorable CAT THEY HAVE IN THIS BOOK!!!!!

Oh my gosh I love the kitty and her huge contribution to this....even if she can't stand Ryan and Kara...haha. And this book was hilarious! Oh gosh, there wasn't a page where I wasn't laughing out loud. The previous books were just as great (and steamy- goddamn, Rhyzkahl!) but this book gets a little place in my fan-girl heart simply because of the cat. Yes. From intro to ending for the cat, I loved it all.

I also love this book because we find out more as to what the hell is going on between her, Ryan and Rhyzkahl. I totally knew something was different about Ryan when she started noticing the same 'anger' she sees on the demonic lord's face. And then there's the cat!
Fuzzykins is just freakin' adorable. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E.

*which probably shouldn't be ranted about because now I feel like an 'ah ha, so that's how I'll get her down the dark and creepy alleyway' moment just popped up in some weirdo's head*
Well I'm sure it is now.
*It was bound to happen when you started talking. Just accept it.*
So like I was saying, I love everything about this book. But I absolutely love Kara. She clicks with me! With all the other series I've read, Anita Blake is the first "magic woman" (in her case, a necromancer) who works with cops and is flocked by gorgeous guys to visit me in the form of books. Later on I found the assassin Spider, Gin Blanco, who technically also helped cops. From the Spider I ran into Kara Gillian. All three women are awesome, but they're also different. Anita was a hard ass with certain morals and a mind set that was shattered when she realized she didn't know anything anymore. The Spider was a cold bit... er, person (though she's not as evil as she claims to be cause she doesn't hurt kids and pets) whose self-esteem totally tanked when her goody good cop crush just smashed her into the floor (figuratively of course... otherwise he'd be dead). But she gets it all back with more confidence of knowing who and what she is when she meets her new guy.

Kara is different. She's a hard ass with a wit to keep the other cops in place (woo! you go girl) but she's also kind of a "weirdo" where she has secrets, and did I mention her lack of confidence in herself? She's the perfect rep for insecure women everywhere, and it's nice reading about a character who's slowly realizing her worth while simultaneously going through all this crap and totally owning it.
* ;)*
Diana Rowland is a great author- everything she writes is brilliant! I certainly got a taste of how fond cops are of swearing... don't know if it's a stereotype, but that's how they all are in the other series, I swear! Curses and inappropriate "oh-no-you-didn't-imma-tell-your-wife" jokes....

So yeah. It's a great read. Humor, se-*cough* romance, steamy stuff, mystery, development, and full on entertainment is in this thing. Seriously, check it out. Like, now.

Happy reading :)

Friday, January 18, 2013

RANT: Elemental Assassin series

So I just finished this:

and for some reason, I wasn't as satisfied, but at the same time, I was excited for what would happen next. I was glad that things were heating up between her and a guy she actually deserves (and vice versa) and she's also decided to go after Mab, the fire elemental bad guy [girl, woman?] in the series.

Some of the scenes were really good...

So I just deleted this long thing I wrote about my thoughts on the book... let's just say I don't like negative reviews that much, especially because I believe this series has high potential
to being beyond awesome.
*Not to mention that we're rather distracted with other things.*
*Could explain our reason for needing a spider rune, too.*
 So, here's to the fourth one:

So I just couldn't leave this post with a negative review, and it didn't help that I was distracted with things. I almost have no patience, and because I was so into this series, the duel with Mab was LONG overdue for me. I'm sad to say I skipped Tangled Threads to relieve the tension in my head by reading Spider's Revenge.

I wasn't irritated with Venom. More like I was antsy about hearing more of the story. But instead of that happening, there was a slight detour to the going-ons of the other side characters. I wanted to know about Gin's thing with Mab, so that's why I skipped to book 5 before returning to book 4.

Book 5
I was satisfied with this book, mostly because she finally fights Mab. And it was awesome. I've learned to really just ignore the small things that bug me, like her retelling everything that's happened in the past books. As someone following the series, it's almost irking, but to others who stumble upon it, it's great, because it fills them in on what they're reading.
*Which was another reason why I skipped 4 for 5. I knew I wouldn't miss anything. Snort.*

Book 4
I think this would be my least favorite only because it centers around other people in her life, not Gin herself. I'm not too happy- or maybe I'm just downright confused, but I didn't like how insecure she was with her sister and Bria (the sister) finding out what she does. It just threw me off, because I'm so used to this 'heartless' strong woman, but I guess even assassins have hard times dealing with things like family.
I'm glad she has Owen in this, he's a really good partner to keep her steady.

Book 5.6
This lil novella is very short, but it's a nice little treat. It takes place in Mab's funeral with an attempt at Gin- and maybe the other power sharks who are trying to take as much areas in Ashland now that Mab is dead. We're treated to three minds throughout the thing; Gin's, Phillip's and Jonah's. We see a little bit of history between Phillip and Owen. I wonder what's there?

Book 6
So I just finished this. It's my favorite, just beating Spider's Bite by this- "_" -much. It's about Gin and Bria taking a vacation and attempting to get away from all the murders and bad guys who are now wanting to kill Gin because she's Mab's murderer. In their minds, killing her is proving that they're the strongest. Gin so needs a break when she starts killing more in a week than she usually does in a year.
They go to Blue Marsh, Bria's hometown, and meet Callie, her best friend who's now engaged. This is a bit of a foreshadow, because Gin notices that on top of Callie being a restaurant owner and cook, she's wearing a blue apron similar to hers with even similar grease stains. On top of that, the woman's got dark hair and light eyes (which Gin doesn't notice).
The best part? Guess who her fiance is. Just guess.
Donovan Caine.
*You forgot the detective part.*
Right. Detective Donovan Caine.
*Ugh. The dic-*
In this book, we continue to see Bria struggling with accepting Gin for what she is, and it's sad. However, I loved this book because Gin finally faced what was: Bria being ashamed of what she is. It's sad, yes, but I'm glad Gin finally saw what was bugging Bria so much, because now she can face it and accept it. Anyway, a pair of idiots are harassing Callie when Gin and Bria meet up with her in her restaurant, and Gin does her usual thing, though she holds back from killing them because she's on vacation.
So Callie's fiance comes, in walks Donovan, and then all this old stuff-
*You mean bullsh-*
-stuff goes on with him being high and mighty and basically grossed out with her presence. It's a pain to have him in her life again, but again, I'm glad she has to face it, because it shows her what kind of good thing she has going on with Owen. It also shows her that she's much better than he treats her. He makes her feel like she's worthless and bad and undeserving of any love, which is not not not true.
Things go on with the good guy/bad guy. 
That's all I'm gonna say about it. The rest is awesome. The ending is AMAZING. And seriously, Donovan is the only "good guy" who makes me want to say out loud while alone in my room:
"Kill him, Gin. Just do it. Killhimkillhimkillhim-"
*Snort. And people think I'm bloodthirsty?*
I liked this book because it had a nice balance. It didn't linger on one thing for too long, and Finn is just hilarious. He's like the comedic relief in her life. Ha.

So take a look at the series. There's one book still out before you have to wait for the eighth one, which comes out March 26th.
I honestly don't know if I should read the seventh book now or wait for the eighth to come out.
Alas, Happy Reading!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Spider's Bite

They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

Now that a ruthless Air elemental has killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction... especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

So I understand that this came out almost three years ago, since it was published January 26th, 2010. I found this on goodreads as another series Jennifer Estep had written. Let me just say, it certainly is different from the Mythos Academy, ho ho! Let me tell you.

Not even the first page, and already you're introduced to a world of crazy. Not that her life is boring, but it starts out with her in an asylum. Why is she in there? Well she's not crazy, she's working. As a  hired assassin currently working this case pro bono, we see into her usual routine: she enters the "victim's" world and gets into their head, liking their likes, understanding their environment. This hit is due to the parents of a teen who'd hung himself after being released from the asylum and the slimy clutches of his seductress who worked there.
*Naughty, naughty.*
Gin Blanco, our friendly neighborhood 'Spider' as she's called, explains the reason to the woman as to why she's going to die (per clients' wishes) and then nails her (pun intended...yup. That's how she died), before escaping the asylum and meeting up with her handler, Fletcher. He's also the man who found her after her family died and raised her to be what she is now. He's the person who goes to the clients and handles the money, then goes to her to discuss it. In this scene we see how he wants her to retire, to live in the daylight because there's more to life than killing. It's a nice scene, because here we see two assassins who are really just people like us. He wants her, whom he's been like a father to, to have something better than her current line of work, and she cares for him enough to 'maybe' take up the vacation advice.

After she takes on another case with a hefty price that could just grant Fletcher's wish to see her retired, she's set up, and Fletcher dies. Now she's out for revenge, and the only one to help her is the goody-good detective who refuses to believe without proof that cops are corrupt.
This book was interesting. A little gory in the beginning but I really got into it. I think I was just surprised at how detailed a lot of the killing was (or the presence of so much, really), considering that this is also the writer of the Mythos Academy series. But I give it a thumbs up! Gin is a tough woman with confidence and a stone heart big enough to take in only people like Fletcher and his son, Finn, and other people who work with her. But what would this bloody book be without something to spice it up, like a sexy detective who is all about good?

So while she's doing her big hit, in walks Donovan Caine, the cop whose partner she murdered because he'd raped one of the vampire hooker's daughters-
*Tsk tsk.*
-and from there he's introduced into her life. They're polar opposites, but really, they're the same. He wants justice just as much as she does, only he follows the law to do it. They also have a general moral compass: no kids and pets; anyone else is up for grabs. While he helps her and Finn to find out who'd killed Fletcher and set them up, there's a constant spark between them. She's intrigued by him just as much as he is, but he feels guilt afterward because she's labeled 'the bad guy' in his righteous little head. She doesn't get too close to him except for sexual reasons because she knows that they'll have to part ways in the end, and an assassin can't fall for the guy who'd see a bullet in her back the minute their truce is over.

There was nothing in this book that I disliked Can't think of any. The bad guys are awful in their ways, but the Spider's always there to take care of them. ^_^

I was happy with the ending. It made me want to buy the second book. :)

Go check it out!
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Sweet Evil

I just finished Sweet Evil... and GOD do I wish I could do those frickin' GIFs to explain my reactions and the feelings coursing through me right now! But alas, I'm special like that, so I'll just go on with my review that may/may not be filled with spoilers (which I usually love, unless it's about a really great book that shouldn't have its secrets revealed, [like this one] in which case 'discreet and deceit' are the best hands to play).

So I just finished this:

And let me just say, Kaidan Rowe (pronounced Ky-den) is one seriously hot bloke. Seriously. He literally is the boy your daddies warned you about. Hell, my daddy, too! He is the ultimate nightmare for all fathers across the globe. Even the 'bad guys' have a hard time with the thought of their daughters with him! But I'm getting off track here, though my thoughts weren't exactly going to a horrible place-
*You're doing it again.*
Right. So as you know, Anna is the ultimate good girl with a heritage that makes it harder for her to choose between good and evil, something she shouldn't have to go through considering the seemingly human life she's had so far. Then she meets Kaidan after allowing her friend to coerce (I use the word loosely) her into going with him to see his favorite band, whom happen to have Mr. Rowe himself as their drummer. They meet, not-very-nice-but-downright-hot sparks fly, and the stuff get good from then on out. I was squealing at almost every chapter! Who am I kidding, I squealed the whole time! I laughed out loud at some parts, and just when I thought things were starting to tone down to borderline boring, things would pick up or something unexpected would happen likeeeeee-
Kaidan demonstrating how the ultra sense of 'touch' can be really addicting. XD *squeal!* Let's just say we'll never look at rest stops the same way anytime soon. Woo!
*End of Spoiler Alert. You're welcome.*
Mmm. The bloke isn't even real and he'd already ruined me by the first chapter that didn't have much of him in it. The chapters that didn't include him were beginning to leave me unsatisfied with the lack of his and Anna's interactions.

Where to start with Wendy Higgins' writing?! She described Good Anna perfectly! She was believable, and at times I could even relate to her, like with her decision-making on things that would be bad for her, and the things that made her cringe but not others? I'm sure a lot of girls can relate....hopefully.

And Kaidan! Gosh, how does she know these people?! That boy could set pages on fire! Which is a good thing I bought the thing on my kindle, but still. I'm pretty sure he's ruined me for other bad boys still wandering the pages not yet seen by me. But he's not just the perfect bad boy, he's also something more; ironically, he's human. He's a teenage boy who wasn't raised with love, knows nothing about love, and has never had love influence him and his actions- until he met Anna. He finds himself questioning his random good deeds towards her and her adopted mom now, and he doesn't understand the things he feels for her. Or if he does, he cringes away from it, for nothing good could come out of their 'joining', in every sense of the word. He's struggling against things he knows nothing about and things he was raised with. It's familiar versus risk, for him. But if he does risk it, is it him or her who will get hurt?
*Snort. You sound so cheesy right now.*
(Oh shut it.) This is the perfect bad boy meets good girl. Opposites attract and all that jazz and rock and roll.

It's a reallllly goood booookk that you should check out. Seriously. Like, now.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Susan Dennard's Blog: Sweet Evil


Oh my Goddess, how did I not hear of this book until now????
*guess you really do live under a rock-*
Be quiet.

Thank you, Susan Dennard, for mentioning it in your blog. I would've definitely missed this awesome thing, or at least not have read it sooner (I just bought it).

This made me squeal and get it via Amazon:

Embrace the Forbidden
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test.
He's the boy your daddy warned you about.
If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

I'll be saying that bit in red for a while XD It's just so funny and alluring and oh-my-gosh...
Well, I'm off to enjoying it!
Happy reading ^~^

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Amy Plum's Die For Her


I just love blogs- they let you know the BEST NEWS. Like Amy Plum's wee novella starring Jules from the Die For Me series. You know, the one with hot revenant guys in France?? Yes. That one. EEKKKK!!!! I can't wait. I. SO. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

My friend, the Ironic Alleycat that she is, told me about this series. So far two books have come out of it, and the final comes out in May !!!!!

Aren't the covers awesome????? 

The third and final installment of this très magnifique trilogy is

I know, right?
All these covers are so beautiful! And for once, the 'don't judge a book by its cover' advice takes on a whole new meaning. Kate Mercier and her sister are orphans, but live with their grandparents in Paris. The death of her parents still depresses her, so she usually holes up in her room to read. However, the day she decides to go out to a cafe and enjoy the fresh air with a book for company, she notices a table in her sight holding three young and beautiful guys, and one of them is staring.
[I totally squealed at this, and I don't do that often]

I won't go into anymore details because I'll end up telling you everything, but it isn't for a few more weeks until they actually talk- and boy, do they hit it off! *snicker* Something strange happens that couldn't have been better for either of them, because from that point on, their fates are forced together. *squeal*

I guarantee you will be squealing with 'oh-my-gosh!' and 'I-don't-believe-that-happened' moments.
I dare you to click this.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Moon Called

 I came across this series' fifth installment in a school's library. The fact that high school libraries would have such awesome books makes me realize that I haven't really been to a school's library since elementary. Moon Called is the first book in the Mercy Thompson Series. Mercedes Thompson is a mechanic extraordinaire who lives in a world where the fae have come out of hiding from the humans, per the Gray Lords' orders (mages who rule the fae). But this wasn't news to Mercy. She already knew about the fae, and she knows about werewolves, vampires, witches, and the works; races who are still in hiding and waiting for the right time to expose their existence to the human race. Her neighbor, Adam Hauptman, is Alpha of the werewolf pack in the Tri-Cities. The Volkswagen van she's working on belongs to a vampire. Her boss, the previous owner of the shop she now owns, is a gremlin. The reason she knows everything- or at least more than the average human -is because she isn't human. She's a Walker. A shapeshifter. A coyote.

Mercy was raised by the Marrok, a wolf pack in Montana, taken in by Bran, the Alpha of North America. As a shifter not tied to the moon, she is a very prime candidate as a mate, for unlike other females, she can have successful childbirths. It was one of the reasons why her childhood love, Samuel Cornick, attempted to run away with her when she was sixteen, until Bran interceded and sent her away to live in the Tri-Cities. Mercy doesn't do dating, and the only company she keeps in her home is Medea, her free-loving cat who apparently didn't get the memo about hating werewolves, as she often visits Adam on the other side of the fence.

One day at the shop, a new werewolf who goes by Mac comes in and asks for work. Trouble soon follows, as the teenager is later confronted by two men, a human and a werewolf, one of whom Mercy kills in defense. This then introduces the cleaning crew, the pack's witch, and Adam himself. Mac is taken into Adam's care, but the next morning, a body is left on Mercy's porch and her Alpha neighbor is badly hurt. Worse yet, his teenage daughter, Jesse, is missing, and an unfamiliar human scent trails from her room to the front door. Fearing that Adam's pack can no longer be trusted, Mercy takes him to Montana, back to the place she once called home, and to Bran and the others for help, in hopes of getting Jesse back and her not-Alpha some proper aid. Samuel, who is going to school again to be a doctor, returns to the Tri-Cities with Mercy and Adam to figure out how to get Jesse back and understand just what is going on.

I thoroughly enjoyed the fifth book years ago, and so when I came across the series on Amazon, I decided to start the series from the beginning. Moon Called was great because it kept me interested the entire time while simultaneously telling me about the world. Usually when authors start telling me about the world and laws and whatnot, I'll find myself skipping lines to get to the story. Patricia wrote it out in a way that gave me history lessons through the character's knowledge, instead of overgrown quotes from a text book. The story seemed to have a constant flow, and the characters are cool. Especially Mercy.

Mercy is an awesome, independent, sometimes, sometimes not bad-arse shifter who holds her own against the other domineering races. The fact that she isn't drooling over any of the hot guys in this book makes me like her all the more; I was getting tired of the love struck heroines, and needed a break for some more-common-real-life interactions with the opposite sex like the mechanic and the werewolf. (Yes, I did notice that I just used 'real life' and werewolf in the same sentence). She's easy-going, intelligent, but still "human" in the sense that she can make mistakes and have freezing moments when things go wrong or are unexpected.

I don't know if it's because I love Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Series, but that's what this series sort of reminded me of. Not necessarily plot for plot, but more of an atmospheric thing. Mercy is tough, nothing at all like a girly girl who's afraid to kill, and lives in a world where humans are no longer the only things walking the streets.

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Happy Reading!

Friday, January 4, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Vessel

This book gave me mixed feelings, but most of it were good ones, I swear! I started it out with interest, and from there I drove down Wow Lane, OMG Avenue and passed the Do Not Enter sign to Awesome Manor. It was really interesting, what with the gods and 'vessels'. I had a feeling this was slow paced compared to the other books for YA, but it was quite nice. The battle did liven things up, and what got to me most was the love triangles tangled in this thing.

Vessel is about a girl who comes from a tribe in the desert who believe that a perfect human is chosen for their God or Goddess (whoever takes care of them in the desert) to take over. In other words, because of the God's protection, they give them a perfect body to use so that the God or Goddess can 'live' among them for a little while. So her whole life, she's been brought up believing that once the God or Goddess comes, her life will end, and she will have served her purpose. Skip Skip Skip something goes terribly wrong as their God does not show up to take her body over, and then she is abandoned, believed to be cursed in a way. The only God who comes to her aid is the Jokester. They go on an adventure to find the missing Gods, for as it turns out, her God had not abandoned her and her people; She had been taken, like the other gods.


What got me feeling NOT a hundred percent was how the Jokester, who goes on this mission to find his love (another Goddess and NOT the main character) slowly falls for her, and yet at the same time, she is crushing on him, but is constantly telling herself that he is for her Goddess, not her. And then she later falls for the 'bad guy', while still having some kind of feelings for J... it's just all jangled up in the end, and I'm crying and trying to figure out if I want him him with her, or her with him, or the other him with her- I could go on.

This particular part ESPECIALLY messed with me:

When her and the 'bad guy's' bodies are empty (they be dead) and the Jokester and his Goddess arrive.... Jokester goes into the 'bad guy's' body to preserve it, but the Goddess is like:

"Are you choosing her over me? ('cause you know, the bad guy likes the main character too?) Do you love her?"
And he's like, "I think I do."
Then she goes, "How could you do this to me? I thought you loved me?"
And he says, "I know I love you."

Basically he just admitted he loves the human girl for what and who she is, but that he'll always love her (the Goddess) because they've been together for so long... I don't know, it just seemed bittersweet to me. I mean, the humans end up together and the gods end up together, I should be happy, right? So why was that ending so heartbreaking to me....?

Happy Reading *tear*