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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (56)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring Second Chance by Heather Brewer.
The stakes are life or death

The summer after Joss failed to kill the vampire Vladimir Tod, he gets a second chance to prove himself as a Slayer. He is sent to New York City to hunt down a serial killer that the Slayer Society believes is a vampire. It is up to Joss to lead his Slayer team, and through their detective work, they discover that there are actually four vampire brothers who are on the killing rampage. Joss must use all his skill to save the innocent people of New York City from the murderers. Joss's status as a Slayer depends on it.

The Slayer Chronicles can be read alongside The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod or entirely on their own. This second installment gives readers even more insight into the nightmares that drive Joss the Slayer.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

REVIEW: The Clone Republic by Steven L. Kent

PFC Wayson Harris is just another clone born and bred to fight humanity's battles for them. But when he learns that his fellow Marines are being slaughtered to make room for the newer model of clone soldier, he goes AWOL--and plans revenge.
Book: The Clone Republic by Steven L. Kent
Release Date: March 20, 2006
Format: Mass market paperback
Genre: Science fiction
Series: Rogue Clone, #1
Obtained: Bought
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)

I really liked how this book wasn't afraid to move around a lot, location wise, and it covered a large span of time without being too epic fantasy-esque. It was one of the best sci-fi books I've read in a long time!

The main character, Wayson Harris, was awesome, although somewhat thick at times, and really entertaining throughout the entire book. More than anything else, he was the factor that hooked me and kept me reading long past when I should have been sleeping.

My only problem with The Clone Republic (other than the fact that my favorite character died) was that most of the secondary characters, while not having terrible characterization, came off as somewhat expendable to the author. I like being able to be invested in the characters who surround the main character without feeling like any of them could be killed off over nothing a few pages from now.

If you're a fan of sci-fi and military books, then I would definitely recommend The Clone Republic!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Reading Update

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Reading Update

Last week in books:
  • Not much reading this past week, since I had a few tests and some particularly hard Japanese concepts to master. Didn't finish any books.
This week in books:
  • I'm part of the way into Blood Rites by Jim Butcher. Kind iffy, so far, but I'm only a few chapters in, so I'm sure it'll pick up soon.
Wishful thinking:
  • Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (still)
  • A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton (still)
  • Rogue Clone by Steven L. Kent (still)
As you can see, not a huge change since my last update. Sigh.

That's all for this week. What are you planning on reading? Any good books you've read lately?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Initiation by Imogen Rose

Set in the foothills of the alpine mountains in St.Moritz, this exclusive private school caters to a special kind of student. Enter at your own risk... but if you are human, you may not want to enter at all.

WARNING: This YA story is set in a school for paranormals who are very different from normal human teens. Thus, the language and some scenes might not be appropriate for younger YA readers. Recommended for those sixteen and above.

Check out what the reviewers have to say:

Let me lay it out for you. This is a five star book. Period. Heck, I think nearly all of Imogen Rose’s books are five stars in my eyes so far. It’s kind of crazy. Did the author make a deal with the devil or something to get this level of pure talent or what? Or maybe one of these demons from this book? Hmmm…  Candy Beuchamp (Candy’s Raves)

‘It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." - Herman Melville

That one phrase changed my life, AND my perception of what people expected.  So I wrote it down, in a little black book, and put it in my purse. Now, I can't tell you exactly how many times I have read that 1 phrase since I wrote it down, but every time I read a book, and then bask in the brilliance of it's originality I think of Herman and his wise advice. THEN...I think of the authors that exude this quality more than most. Imogen Rose is one of these authors.- KindleObsessed

A Red Adept Select book (voted "Outstanding in Genre"-YA)

Meet Imogen Rose

Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling YA series, the Portal Chronicles. She was born in a small town in Sweden and moved to London in her twenties. After obtaining a PhD in immunology from Imperial College, she moved with her family to New Jersey, where she’s been based for the past ten years.

For as long as she can remember, Imogen has dreamt stories. Stories that continued from night to night, from dream to dream. So, even as a child, going to bed was never an issue, just an anticipation of the story to come.

PORTAL, Imogen’s first novel, would have remained in her imagination, to be shared only with her daughter, Lauren, had her eight-year-old not insisted that she write it down. In the course of a month, Imogen typed while Lauren waited eagerly by the printer for the pages to appear, and a novel took shape.

The warm reception PORTAL received encouraged her to continue with the story and the Portal Chronicles. The Bonfire Chronicles is Imogen’s new YA paranormal series.

Imogen is a self-confessed Herm├Ęs addict who enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies and playing with her dog, Tallulah.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Reading Update

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Reading Update

Last week in books:
  • I don't really know if it counts as last week, but I finished River Marked by Patricia Briggs today and now I have to wait a year before the next book comes out and I think I might die. Five zombies.
  • A few days ago I finished Silver Borne, the previous Mercy Thompson book, also five zombies.
This week in books:
  • Starting Grimspace by Ann Aguirre as soon as I finish writing this post. I've been meaning to read it for a while, but never got around to it.
  • I'll probably read Blood Rites by Jim Butcher once I finish Grimspace, since I'm trying to get caught up on a bunch of series that I've neglected, and I'm approximately 3847892387570987362628 books behind on the Dresden Files series, which is a really good one so far. So, yeah. I suck at life.
Wishful thinking:
  • Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (still)
  • A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
  • Rogue Clone by Steven L. Kent

That's all for this week. What are you planning on reading? Any good books you've read lately?

Monday, March 5, 2012

REVIEW: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam's life forfeit. All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live...

Book: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
Release Date: March 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Mercedes Thompson, #5 
Obtained: Bought
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)

I don't know why I stopped reading this series for so long, but I'm kind of glad that I did, because I'm still one book behind and the next book doesn't come out for another year, so I don't have to wait the entire two years between books, but I know that I won't be able to wait next time around, because Silver Borne has thoroughly re-hooked me.

I bought Silver Borne a few weeks after it came out, way back in 2010, but never got around to reading it until last week, and the reason why is pretty strange. So, here I was, perusing my local comic book shop (I <3<3<3 comic books so much it's not even funny) and I saw a graphic novel with some pretty cool looking art on the cover. I picked it up, and, lo-and-behold, in big white letters across the front, it read MERCY THOMPSON. I was like, "Hey, I read some of those books a while back, and that's one cool looking cover," so I shelled out the outrageous price typical of graphic novels (seriously, what part of that 50 page book costs 20 bucks to make?) and took it home with me. It sat on my shelves with some other graphic novels for about a week and a half until I got reallllly bored and decided to read it. So, it is the exact same thing as the first Mercy Thompson book, but with pictures, and I kind of loved it, so as soon as I finished the book I was already reading, I decided that the Mercy book gathering dust on my shelf deserved a chance, two years after I'd purchased it.

Now, on to my thoughts on the actual book that I'm reviewing. BTW, I think that that might have been the longest, most ramble-y paragraph I've ever written in my entire life, and I'm kind of insanely proud of it. So. The book.

Silver Borne was, if possible, even better than the graphic novel, and definitely just as much fun as I remember the previous Mercy Thompson books being, and I read it in only a few loooong sessions. I couldn't put it down, and, as a result, slept in way too late and was almost late to class a few times. Oops. But it was a serious page-turner, so it wasn't really my fault, and I was never actually late anyways.

The characterization was a lot stronger in Silver Borne than in previous books, as far as I can remember, and I loved that Ben was a more prominent character than he had been before, because he is totes my favorite. (Unfortunately, I've heard he isn't in the next book as much.) I like that Mercy and Adam have kind of settled into their relationship at this point, so there isn't as much will-she-or-won't-she this late in the game, which is what I hate about most beginning urban fantasy series.

As I've already said, the plot was filled with suspense and I couldn't put the book down, no matter how hard I tried. It was literary super glue. You should get some literary super glue and your hands and get stuck on the Mercy Thompson series, because these are some books that no one should miss.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

REVIEW: Doubletake by Rob Thurman

Half-human/half-monster Cal Leandros knows that family is a pain. But now that pain belongs to his half-brother, Niko. Niko's shady father is in town, and he needs a big favor. Even worse is the reunion being held by the devious Puck race--including Leandros' friend Robin--featuring a lottery that no Puck wants to win. Original.

Book: Doubletake by Rob Thurman
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Format: Mass market paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Cal Leandros, #7
Obtained: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)

 Around this time every year I'm always wild with anticipation for the next Cal Leandros book, and this year was no different. If you've been reading my blog consistently, then you know that I don't really like to choose favorites, but Cal Leandros is definitely my favorite Urban Fantasy. Period. No ifs, ands, or buts.

It had been a while (a year) since I read a Cal book before this, but I got into it easily and anything I didn't remember was covered within the first few chapters. It was definitely easy to follow and probably not a terrible place for people who haven't been reading the series to hop on, although it definitely includes a few references to the previous books, especially Roadkill.

I never realize how much I miss Cal in between books until the cover is released for the next book in the series and the OMG I can't wait starts all over again. I love sending in my review requests to the publisher in January and waiting eagerly to see if an advanced copy comes in the mail. Last year it was an ARC, this year it was a finished copy, but still a month early. Either way, I love getting the next Cal book in the mail and immediately diving in to see what happens next.

The action in this book definitely lived up to that of the previous titles, and then surpassed it, and the character development was amazing! And we finally get to find out how Pucks procreate! Yes, this is the detail that sticks out the most to me. I love me some Goodfellow.

Anyone who isn't caught up, or, God forbid, hasn't read any of the Cal Leandros books yet, needs to immediately get your ass to the library and get as many as you haven't read, because they are all definitely worth reading. Thurman is the Shakespeare of our time, if Shakespeare liked lots of guns and violence and horror and the best sarcasm around.