Friday, November 26, 2010

Ereader VS Physical Copies

I have begun to learn while reading Nightshade that if you want to go back and forth from an ereader to the actual book your pages not all line that well. Nightshade book is over 500 pages or so long the ebook is only 290 pages long. So I have had to go from chapter to chapter in order to switch.

Thus making me take a bit more time to finish it.

Friday, November 12, 2010

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Books are Fun(7)

Today I went out and bought myself an ereader. I got myself the Libre ereader. I then got a little book happy and got the following ebooks:
Siren by Tricia Rayburn
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Monster High by Lisi Harrison
Got Fangs by Katie Maxwell
Circus of the Damned by Katie Maxwell
Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Torment by Lauren Kate
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hardcover, 427 pages
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
October 2010

Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever (if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's archenemy, Marcie Millar.
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him--despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.
If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything--and everyone--she trusts.
Let me tell you if you loved Patch in Hush, Hush you are bound to love him in Crescendo.
This review may end up being short because I am trying to find ways to write it without giving away to big of spoilers or any spoilers for that matter. So for the contents of this review what I will consider a spoiler is something that is crucial to the storyline.

I loved the way that throughout the book when Patch was being intimate with Nora, trying to show her his affection or so to her, he called her Angel. I loved that the irony in it but also the intimacy you felt from it. I absolutely could not put this book down. I literally read it in 15 hours. I got so angry at Nora so much but I still loved Patch. Everytime Patch came into play I was always getting a bit giddy so to speak. Whenever Nora started being stupid or acting like an idiot with Patch I would get pissed off at her. I have to say that for me I loved this one alot more than Hush, Hush then again in Hush, Hush I really did fall Patch until about halfway through so for Crescendo I was already in love with him. Patch does still has his jackass, jerk, bad boy moments which I love.

I absolutely can not wait until the third installment comes out next year. Unfortunately I can not write much more without giving any crucial away. But I have created a chat box that should (if it works right) act as a pop up in which case if you are someone who wants to talk about in depth feel free to join in however, if you have not read it and wish to have no spoilers simply ignore the chatbox below.

Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer

Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer
Paperback, 510 pages
Obsidian Mountain Publishing

Gabriella's past is a mystery, but that never stopped her from achieving her goals. As a supernatural specialist, and far more intelligent than anyone her age, she has always been ignored by her peers. Because of the isolation she has always felt, she put her life and soul into her job. Being a supernatural specialist hasn't given her the divine intervention she always longed for, until one day a shipment arrives from Italy containing three dead bodies with an uncanny ability to regenerate. Gabriella is frightened and intrigued, but not as scared as she becomes when a dark creature attacks her.

As the bodies come back to life, the plot takes an unexpected twist that you won't see coming. The supernatural world only begins to unfold before her as angels appear, her dreams start to haunt her, and the very past she has forgotten comes back with startling clarity. Romance blooms, escape plans are made, an assassin is out to kill her, and death is only around the corner. But what is more terrifying than all of it is the fact she is the chosen one, the Illuminator, the one who will save them all.

I was sent this book from the publishing company asking me to read and review it. So after reading the information on what the book was about I thought "It seems like a book I would enjoy." Boy, do I know myself. After the first chapter, or rather first few pages, I was hooked. I was reading another book at the same time as this and bouncing between the two often. They both had my attention and were complete opposites when it came to genre. Once I finished the other book this one got all my attention. I work full-time and go to college full-time but I still found ways to fit this book into my schedule.

Gabriella is one of the few female leads in a paranormal book that hasn't annoyed me. Yes, she did give me the impression of being a big bitch at times but I still loved her character. I loved how she did things just to piss off her assistant to send a message to her as to who is in charge. Let me tell you too, I loved Aiden. I felt Gabriella's emotions to him just as much as she did. At the same time I found myself falling for Andrew. If I had to chose between the two guys I couldn't I'd want them both.

This is as much as I can say without giving away spoilers. If you are someone who likes paranormal books, particularly ones about angels you should definitely stop by Barnes & Noble or go to Laura Kreitzer's website and purchase the book. Keep in mind there is a sequel to it as well. Which I can not wait to start. Unfortunately, Borders does not sell any of her books so the two methods I have listed are the only ways to obtain her book.

So......about Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

I just finished it this morning. In fact I read it in 15 hours. However, none of my friends have read it yet so I have no one to discuss certain things with. So before I post a review I would like to know how many of you have read it?
Just leave a comment saying you read it and whatever BUT don't leave spoilers. I am going to be starting up something but want to see how many people have read it as well.

PS THE REVIEW WILL COME SOON. Trying to figure out how to write it spoiler free and what not.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Hardcover, 400 pages
Scholastic Incorporated
August 2010

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss'sfamily is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by designs that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans --- except Katniss.
The success of the rebellions hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay-- no matter what the personal cost.
First thing first I do not know how to write this with giving slight spoilers away so if you wish to not have spoilers do not continue reading.

What I love about all these books is that they pick up right were they left off from the last book. Unlike so many other books in series. You can't possibly top the Hunger Games but I think this one really gets you active in it. Between finding out District 13 exist to seeing Prim dying (which pisses me off but more on that later). You see more of Gale's personality in this book and you may even love Finnick (which I did). So since I already said this won't be spoiler free I am going to continue the review with each part being on a character.

Gale- Being that Peeta was captured by the Capitol you get more Gale in this book. You see how his mind is always working as if he is hunting. I see the connections between Katniss and Gale as brotherly and sisterly. Yes, they kissed sometimes but I think that was because Katniss wanted the physical attention. When Peeta and Gale were in the cellar of Tigris' show talking I liked that they were bonding and agreeing in the end it was up to Katniss who she would chose. I could really see that when Gale said "Katniss will pick whoever she thinks she can't survive without" he was suggesting that he knew Katniss would pick Peeta. I think Gale was seeing that everything Katniss did was for Peeta's safety and he was being a man and helping her.

Finnick- I didn't care much for Finnick in Catching Fire but I grew to love him so much that when the lizard-human mutts killed I was mad. He had just got married to Annie and then didn't even get to know he was a father. Ultimately, Katniss and Peeta owe their lives to Finnick. He was the best character. He was serious when necessary but yet still have his humorous moments. Finnick went through such a struggle back in 13 that when he got to marry Annie all you wanted was him to have a happy ending but instead he gets killed.

Prim- I fully believe that this series would not be the same if Prim's name wasn't drawn back in the Hunger Games at the reaping. To kill her off was the stupidest thing ever. Even though, you don't see much of Prim til Mockingjay you can sense her closeness with Katniss throughout it all. I was looking forward to reading the end and finding out everyone lived happily and Prim becoming a doctor. Her death shocked and pissed me off so much I had to take breaks from reading the rest of the book because I was so distracted I wasn't really reading the words. Because you know if her name was never drawn and they killed her it would not have been that big of deal but instead it was.

Peeta- Finding out Peeta wasn't rescued in the arena because Katniss was their main focus really shocked me but in the end I saw how it was necessary. Before they rescue Peeta from the Capitol hearing about torture and seeing how it tore up Katniss really made you believe all they were maybe doing was beating him or stuff. When you find out they "hijacked" him into hating and wanting to kill Katniss really irritated me. I was sitting there reading thinking "Nooo, he loves Katniss and even though she won't admit she loves him too." In the end, seeing him struggle a bit with the urges after he realized it was false, his hatred toward Katniss, was realistic and something you could see in real life but the quickness in which he got over the "hijacking" seems a bit unreal. I think something like that would take years. In the epilogue, seeing him be the strong one and reading that Katniss isn't over everything made really think that maybe deep down he was still struggling but putting on the strong for Katniss and his children's sake.

and finally the last character I will address is the main star, the Mockingjay....
Katniss- The fact that she was in denial the whole, pretty much, of her love for Peeta really bugged me. When I say of her love for Peeta I don't necessarily just mean the love he has for her. I mean like a best friend or brotherly type of love. I fully believe she loved him the whole time otherwise I don't see her protecting him or wanting to save him. Alot of her actions wouldn't make sense if she didn't love him. So I truly, loved it when in the end Peeta says "You love me. Real or not real?" and she replies "Real." I ultimately, fully, believe that her love for Gale was strictly a family type of love. I didn't like how easily Katniss into essentially being "the puppet" for the rebellion. But if she didn't then Peeta might as well be dead. After, having Peeta try and kill her for Katniss to still want to save him shows how she is not selfish. Then when you think about everything she does is not just for her safety but for everyone else's, like her mother, Gale, Peeta, and Prim's safety or even just the people she meets in each district. I think the only selfish thing she ever did was deny her feelings to Peeta and when she killed Coin but even then killing Coin could easily be justified as a selfless act.

All in all this book was amazing. Not as good as the rest but still worth reading. I loved it. Of course I really love Peeta the most.