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Monday, December 31, 2012

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions, #1)
Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…

1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?

2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)

(Sorry. That was rude.)

This book was written amazingly. It was as if I had been forced to relive my high school days. I both shudder at the memories and thoroughly enjoyed the book because of everything that happened in it.

Rose is dealing with the unexpected and recent death of her father, and it seems that with his death her family is falling a part in their grief.

So like any teenager does she lashes out, both inward and outward.

Rose is so quiet and with drawn it is only when she becomes odd friends with Angelo and Jamie, both of which are not high on the totem pole of popularity, that her life seems to resume pace. Even with the fights with her best friend and one situation after another.

Rose learns how to deal with everything and everyone on her own and grows right before our eyes.

This is a book I would recommend to anyone that has a teenager in their lives because of how vivid it is and how real the author made the events and  situations.

5 out of 5 Raven's!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder. ARC Review

Hunted, Killed—Survived?

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible ... again

 I think one of the best thing about this book was the action that always seemed right around the corner. 

As Avry and Kerrick part ways on separate missions, despite finding out about their new love, it was one thing after another for these two. Avry always seemed to be getting in trouble and it seemed like she remained the single most obsession of Tohon, our main villain of the story.

In this book there is surprise after surprise that if you are not paying attention will completely throw you, it made the book interesting.

It was nice watching Avry grow and mature into a woman through the book, not many author's can do that with their character's , so it was a refreshing change to watch the metamorphosis.

I loved the twist towards the last fourth of the book. I definitely did not see it coming and I was cheering and chanting inside of my head as I devoured that last part.

I hated the ending, it was such a cliffhanger that I wanted to pull my hair out, especially with having to wait for the next installment to the series being so far away.

It is definitely one I will buy just to see how everything turns out.

The only problem I had with this ARC Was the formatting for the Kindle Fire, perhaps it was just mine, but it was hard to tell when the point of views where changing. Between Kerrick and Avry I had to pull myself back from the story to discern whose story I was stepping into.

It definitely took away from it.

4 Raven's out of 5.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Teaser Tuesday!! 12.25.2012

 Merry Christmas Everyone! As most of you will have noticed, the blog has been home for the tumbleweeds and crickets, and for that I do sincerely apologize. The computer's crashed after a power surge and we only had the money to fix one. Anyone dating a gamer knows getting said gamer off of a computer and balancing jobs at hte same time is not an easy thing. Luckily for me I was good this year and Santa brought me a brand new labtop. 

I hope everyone had a great holiday, whatever you celebrate, and I hope you were able to feel the love that I expect to come around this time of year. 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I am currently in between books so I chose to pick a teaser from the book I just finished reading: 
  •   "Tarot: n. a specialized deck of illustrated cards, now used mainly for fortune-telling, often associated with the occult. The Twenty-two trump cards of the deck, the Major Arcana, are distinctly symbolic, depicting scenes and characters from ancient times."

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

 Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life..

This book crossed my radar after I accidentally came across it's sequel on netgalley. And while Scent of Magic is fine as a stand alone book I found myself wondering how it all began and how the friendships and relationships started.

So I made my way over to Amazon and purchased the book so I can start from the beginning without trying to piece together the holes on my own.

I was transported into a world full of magic and intrigue and the aftermath of a plague that wiped out many of their worlds population. With a war brewing and two sides fighting for the control of the population, with Healer's considered the founders of the plague, I was immediately hooked as a hidden healer decided to help a child on the brink of death.

The twist on healer's powers was that they took the sickness or injury into themselves and with their rapid healing they were able to either survive or perish to the disease if they could not heal it in time. 

So as Avry is waiting in prison for her execution she is taken by a group of men on their own journey to save a prince thought to be dead, having perished along with countless others to the plague.

I loved the twist and the friendships that were created in the book, it was fun getting to be there for the inside jokes and moments that will transcend into the second book.

 There is a certain standard that I expect when I start reading a Maria V. Snyder book, and I was not disappointed with the magical creation she shared with all of us.

4 Raven's out of 5.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem by Melissa Lemon

 Stuck in her family's apple orchards, Kat's got plenty of work to do and only pesky Jeremy to help. But when Jeremy convinces her to run away, Kat will discover that nothing---and no one---in her life is quite what it seems. Wonderfully reimagined, this is the magical tale of Snow White as you've never read it before!
It seems this is the year to do remakes on the classic tales we all grew up on, especially Snow White. There have been two movies both of which I own, being the fairy tale fanatic that I am and who knows how many other books and shows I have read or watched.

In this tale, the Queen is not the wicked step mother but instead Snow Whites real mother whose real name is the meaning of Evil.

This story is narrated by the magic mirror with a twist just waiting around the corner at the end. 

Snow's name comes from a protection spell cast on the girl as a babe by the mirror when trying to aid in her escape. A spell is cast that offers the snow as a warning/protection against those that would do her harm.  A spell that acts up in one man in particular when he comes around.

I liked that so many aspects of this story where the same but there were also so many different twists and details that kept the story close to home but gave it an all new life of it's own.

It seemed like I had finished this tale in no time, becoming so immersed in the tale and invested that it took me barely a day to finish the book.

4 Ravens' out of 5

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Volcanoes by Nicole Hamlett Tour Stop

Be careful what you ask of Fate - sometimes she gives it to you.

When we last saw our heroine, she'd watched her faithful pet rip off her new best friend's head to save her son's life and Atlantis was rising from the depths. Now, Grace Murphy is back in the third installment of the Huntress series, but this time she's facing an all-out war. It's critical that Nyx (and Atlantis) stay buried, but her psychotic brats will do most anything to get her back.

With Hypnos invading her dreams, Dylan caught up in the throes of his "change" and juggling her relationships with Drew and Heph, to say Grace's hands are full would be an understatement.

You didn't think that was all, did you? Of course there's more!

Grace wished her life would just go back to the way it was before, and that she wouldn't have her powers or responsibilities anymore. Unfortunately, it looks like Fate answered this time. The results aren't pretty.

I chose to read this book without reading the other two due to a busy schedule, and since I was assured it was a stand alone book I didn't worry about trying to fit the first two of the series in.

It was, I admit, a slow starter for me. It didn't really pick up to the point that I found myself gripping the kindle as I devoured the pages, until the last probably half of the book, and by that time I found myself hooked.

I loved the way it was written, the description fit beautifully with each setting. I also enjoyed that being a part of the Sci Fi/ Fantasy setting's there can be major hit or misses and N.H. nailed it all within this book.

The only down side of the book was how much seemed packed into the story, I found myself having to re-read sections to make sure I got everything and I still felt like I had missed parts. It is definitely going to be a re-read once I have time to get the other two read so I am more invested in the series.

I love how down to earth Grace was however, you really fall in love with the characters N.H. invests so much time in.

4 out of 5 Raven's.


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