Friday, May 8, 2015

Snow White Sorrow

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Sixteen-year-old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that sings to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like a jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.

Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.

When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.

The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.

What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.

Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever.
- Goodreads

Before the book:

Hmm, are the words "It's you?" or "Fuck you"? Haha. idk. And dude, I made the mistake of looking at the goodreads reviews before reading past the prologue and... some really are rude, and they didn't even read the book. O.o Idk how people can do that. They should totally withhold judgment until they've actually read a bloody thing.

After the book:

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Hmm.... SO first of all, the cover is just beautiful. Amazig job, on that! I also loved the opening, it was like The Nutcracker decided to take me to see his kingdom. Every single detail, be it menial or crucial, was deliciously sprinkled with 'fairy tale' and it just completely sucked me in.

The story itself was awesome with the creativity, but the references to other books started to annoy me. I didn't see the reason to add in other authors' works when your own was already so good. The idea of fairy tale creatures living ordinary lives that aren't really theirs is brilliant, but I've already seen that idea from another source, and it's a little like....

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There's only one or two similarities, however, so if anything I enjoyed this book all the more. Loki wants to go back to heaven, and the way to do that is to kill Snow White. But when he enters the dreamworld to do so, he ends up falling for her in the time they spend together. One of things he finds out is that she's not the monster everyone makes her out to be. Yes, she's covered in more blood than Carrie but is she really wanting to do those acts, or is she cursed?

Now, the time spent together? I wasn't sold on this part. It didn't seem like enough for him to feel so much for her, especially when they don't do much with each other, other than watch her memories. There was a scene where he mentions being kissed by a girl and claiming that the girl was Snow White. She confirms this by saying they were just kids.

Ummm I thought they'd never met? Why is he now having these memories of them together and why isn't he freaking out? He's acting like it's normal or it was an always-known thing. They went from not knowing each other to "Oh, remember this! Yeah!"

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Now, Loki Blackstar was a little iffy for me. On some pages he was a major hunk with maturity, and in the next instant, he was this scared little kid. I was confused. I get that you can be both, but with the way it was executed, it seemed more like it was just all over the place, rather than it being intended. The same went with a few of the other characters, but perhaps it was a way to show that they have more depth to themselves than just one type of emotion or action....? idk

One of the things that bugged me were the names. I get the fairy tale theme but many of the names seemed silly, as if there wasn't much effort put into them. Otherwise, the story line was pretty rad. I had a feeling Loki was connected to Snow White but I didn't know how, and the fact that he was actually The Hunter who saved her?! Whoa.

It ends with the Evil Queen getting Loki back under her control, and I'd like to see more. I recommend this because of the massive creativity in this, but a few things personally annoyed me enough to not gush about this.

Happy Reading :)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Unclaimed (Soul Seer #3)

This is a love story between an innocent girl and a jaded man, a pet and her
Master, a soul seer who has yet to realize she's meant to save the world...
and a powerful vampire who has yet to understand his heart still beats.
18-year-old Zari Baltimore's worst nightmare has come true.
She's become part of a love triangle, and she may likely be the one to have
her heart broken. Again.

Her rival: Katarina, the new doctor at La Scala Legaturia, a training ground
for strengthening bonds between pets like Zari and their Masters.
Katarina- her Master's one true love, and the reason why he's
unable to give Zari his heart.

Now, she has a choice to make: finish her schooling as a pet, knowing she
can't ever own her Master's heart... or take her friend Rhapsody's offer to
move to Chalys, permanently, and learn about becoming a soul seer

She tells her Master about it, hoping he will stop her from leaving... but he doesn't.
- Goodreads

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The Soul Seer series comes to an end with Unclaimed, and I totally forgot how short these stories were! T_T The first two seemed longer, or maybe it was just very brief with this one. True short story fashion and that sort of thing. And thanks a lot, Marian, you had me scared with the synopsis. 

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I just hate when such goodness is so short

Zari has had it with Katarina constantly trying to get her Master's attention and feeling- knowing -that he only stays at her side out of honor. On a field trip for another case study, she falls in the abandoned hospital and has a vision: the school, on fire, with Katarina burning. And it's all her fault.

The weight of murder on her hands terrifies her, and when her Master comes to her aid after feeling her pain, she can't tell him what she saw. If she did, he'd hate her forever, and that is something she could never have happen. However, the weight of the knowledge pulls an awful guilt deep within her soul, and unfortunately, no one besides the hunters (like Alexandru and Katarina) know about the demon running around, feeding on the severe guilt of its victims. And it may already have Zari in its claws.

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I was a little (happily) surprised at the promise that we'd finally see Zari tear Katarina a new one, but the guilt only worsens for Zari until she ends up snapping at her own Master, wishing she could just kill Katarina and be rid of all her problems. She tells Katarina about her vision, and when the doctor hears of her fate, she asks Zari to let her have Alexandru while she's still alive.

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Talk about guilt tripping

Katarina makes a huge scene later that has Alexandru running after her, but it's not out of love. He finally tells her, shortly after realizing it himself, that his love for her died when she left him. Zari has his heart now, and he won't let her go THANK FUCK. Meanwhile, Zari's struggling to keep her evil thoughts in check, and it isn't until she realizes how dark she's turned that she decides to take herself out of the equation, mostly by throwing herself at another vampire (poor guy) in the hopes of ridding herself of Alexandru, but her Master will have none of it. He tackles Zari to the floor and begins ripping her clothes off, making it clear that she'll never leave him, and he'll never let her go.

Soooooo sidenote: this scene is mostly him having sex with her while she struggles to get away until it feels too good. This personally turns me on, but I feel like a few would be put off by it. For those who do read it or see reviews pertaining to it, keep in mind that she isn't being raped. Her saying no and struggling so she doesn't fall deeper in love with him is a far cry from someone saying no and struggling because they just don't want that dick or dick. And if you're just squirmish to begin with, what the hell are you doing reading this? Go away.

Otherwise, this scene had me like:
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They reconnect, but when she kisses him, she has another vision, and this time it's Katarina and her Master burning with the rest of the school. She now knows of the demon inside of her with her Master's help, but, not wanting to be the cause of the man she loves' death, she goes out to get rid of the thing all by herself. Her solution through all the soul-tearing suffering is a little comedic relief by telling Katarina how she's sorry for all the mean things she thought of her, like the woman being too tall or muscularly manish for her Master.

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But the comedic relief ended with Katarina's own apologies, because when Alexandru comes in to save them, he gets badly burned, and their only escape route is a flimsy board kept intact solely by Katarina's strength- on the other side of freedom. She dies getting Alexandru and Zari out.

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It ends with Master and pet hearing that the school was burned to the ground but that all the students were safely evacuated thanks to their early warning. Katarina's body was taken back to Chalys, and Zari decides to go to ANEX, another school also in Chalys. She won't be seeing her Master for two years because of its location, but she promises to always be his as she grows to be an able-bodied woman who can protect the ones she loves. <3


So, there was more to the story with the demon who ate at Zari's guilt. The Red Witch was the real culprit behind it all, the one who summoned the demon and wrecked havoc on the people whose murders Alexandru them were investigating. However, the reveal of the Red Witch and her slight background story seemed a little out of place. It was all too short for me, as if this was tying things up for another series, which there will be.

Alexandru finally realizes that he loves Zari and not Katarina, but there wasn't much of that in here. Katarina started off as the bad guy, but when she died, I saw her more as a woman who just loved a man she made a mistake with. The story started off well but the ending felt a little rushed. The haunted doll and the Red Witch were interesting but again, just not enough pages to elaborate on their stories.The reveal of Rhapsody's Master (Alexandru's brother, Mihail!) was pretty exciting but it got lost in the rest of what was going on.

I so do look forward to Zari and Alexandru's next series in Chalys, where The Demon Duke and I takes place.

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This short story was a nice treat but I think some scenes for Alexandru and Zari could have been more. Zari had a very huge character development when dealing with the guilt she felt for a woman she once hated, and I think that's why I feel like Alexandru's revelation seemed vague. Otherwise this series is amazing and it's something I highly recommend. :)

SOOOOOOOOO when do we get to see Chalys??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Happy Reading!