Friday, September 30, 2011

Passion- Lauren Kate

Yeah, I know, it came out in JUNE and I'm just now reading it.  #bookbloggerfail

And my Amazon thing still isn't working because of this new interface, but you know what?  I'm still going to review the book!

As the third in the Fallen series, this one was definitely different. Fallen started out with poor Luce stuck in a reform school which happened to be inhabited by quite a few angels, including the Amazing Sexy OMG LOVE! Daniel.  These would be Luce's opinions on Daniel, not mine.  I think I'm more into the demonic ones . .
And in Torment, she is lucky enough to go to a school in CALIFORNIA (I seriously love California, see) with a bunch of Nephilim kids.  Nephilim kids, you see, are part human part angel.  Because apparently angels and humans have similar enough DNA that they can produce fertile offspring.  #thingsididnotknow

But in Passion, she's . . . not in school. She is EVERYWHERE.
Since Luce is feeling unsure of her neverending doomed relationship with Daniel, yet Daniel, being immortal, kinda has oh, ALL the facts on their past fancies and frolics because he never had to burst into flames and die at 17, Luce decides to visit her past lives!

Doesn't that sound like the most fun EVER?  I would totally love to do that!  Star-crossed relationship or no, that is a damn cool holiday.

Of course, she has NO IDEA where she's going or when.  She just . .  goes.

Ending up in war zones isn't too fun, but fortunately, Luce manages to visit all kinds of past lives.  She even discovers that in one past life, she hates herself.  Or her past self.  Her past self is really nasty and bitchy in one life.

So sometimes, she's the princess, or the quality rich girl, and Daniel is the poor schmuck.  And in some, Daniel is the Person of Quality and she's the servant.  Some of them, they're pretty much equal ( I mean, come on, Soviet Russia?  Being equal is kind of the 'thing' there, despite the outcome).  There's one really fun one in which she's a Mayan Sacrifice so that they can have rain (because cutting off people's heads brings rain, you know). 

Her name is not always Lucinda.  She may be Luschka, Lucia, Ix Cuat, Lys, or Layla.  You never know.

Along the way, she picks up a guide who is a gargoyle or something and he teaches her things.  Even though he's gross.  And manipulative. And. . . oh must not spoil.

Daniel is trying desperately to track her down, but isn't really doing that great  a job.  You'd think this immortal angel from the dawn of time or before would be better at this.  But he's not.  Oh well.

My favorite part of this book is the setting(s).  I love time travel, and visiting yourself and your lover throughout time, well, that beats going into the future and dealing with Morlocks.

What I didn't like as much, and I should really expect from this type of book anyway, is the religious aspect.  I mean, he's a FALLEN ANGEL, so OBVIOUSLY there is the whole Judeo-Christian theology in there.

But the description of Heaven seemed so bland, and the Lucifer and The Other One (I'm thinking that one's also called GOD, but they never say it . .) are also very meh.  Lucifer is a jerk, and The Other One is a pretentious wanker who likes to boss people around (this is why I'm not into Christianity; He always comes off as an asshole in all the biblical thingies I've read or heard [no offense to anyone into that sort of thing]).

However, there is this message about how serving love is better than serving a deity.  Daniel doesn't want to choose a side because the most important thing to him is Luce; not eternal damnation, not faith, not anything like that.  He believes that love is the most important thing ever, and I guess when it comes to hot angel boyfriends, that's a pretty good one to get.

Now, the fourth and final book in this series is going to be called Rapture, and based on the ending of Passion . . .  I don't know about that one.  I'm not really on the edge of my seat for that.  If it had ended with Passion, I would have been okay with that.  But I suppose I shall have to wait and see.  And of course, if it's another freaking gorgeous cover, I'll have to buy it just for that.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Niederwald- Rachel Vincent

You know how I really like Soul Screamers and recommend it to everyone?  Well, there is this book called ENTHRALLED which has short stories quite a few authors wrote, and guess what?  ONE OF THEM IS A SOUL SCREAMERS STORY.
In this one, we get to see Sabine again. Or, well, we do see Sabine again, and see what she's thinking, but I still don't like her.  I don't think there is anything she can do to redeem herself in my eyes because I really hate her.  She's so mean to everyone except Nash.
Anyway, Sabine is hanging out with Kaylee's friend Emma and they end up driving to Niederwald, Texas, to visit a harpy oracle.  Emma didn't want to go, but you know how Sabine is (ie, we HATE her).  Sabine is all upset about Nash being with Kaylee, as usual, so she wants to find out if they will ever be together again. Sabine is a crap heroine, I think; all she really cares about is getting her man and when she doesn't get her way she's just a bitch.  It's like she can't think of ANYTHING ELSE to occupy herself with.  I mean, she has her special power which kind of makes her unpleasant by nature (feeding off people's nightmares= making everyone have nightmares = bitch), but all she cares about is having sex with Nash.  This is why we like Kaylee better.  She actually has a personality and interests outside of her boyfriend, and her boyfriend is NOT the most important thing in her life because she is NOT an annoying bitch (screaming to keep people from dying = trying to keep decent people alive= not bitch).
So here is Sabine, and these harpies, and they kind of want to eat Emma, and Sabine is really much more into NashNashNashNashNashNashNash than keeping decent people alive, but she doesn't really want to kill anyone who isn't Kaylee.  Therein lies the action sequence.
To me, Sabine is like an evil Bella Swan.  She's completely obsessed with this one guy and everything she does revolves around him.  But instead of being all 'boohoo, my boyfriend left me' she goes off on a mad hunt to reclaim him and along the way steps on as many people as possible.

Despite the fact that I hate Sabine, I still enjoyed reading the story.  I love how the characters develop and all the little things about the Netherworld that show up.  Vincent has crafted the Netherworld so well; she takes it slow so you can really absorb all the details and there's always something new showing up.  I also like that it's not just a dumb girl in love with one guy for all eternity and how people WILL date more than one person (except Sabine, of course).  I think Sabine is really one of those who the reader enjoys hating.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Forever- Maggie Stiefvater

Blogger is currently being stupid, so there are no pretty pictorial links.
However, this is a link to Forever on Amazon.
In case you were wondering, Forever is the third and final volume of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater.
I previously reviewed book one, Shiver ,and book two, Linger
I have decided that my favorite of the series is Linger.
When I met Maggie Stiefvater, she discussed the first draft of Forever and a pretty gruesome scene that didn't make it to the final version.  Apparently she decided to make drastic changes to the final book. 
The problem is that I really liked that gruesome scene.  So I was a bit disappointed with the final copy.
That is not to say that it wasn't good, because it was still a good story.  There was good character development, plenty of characters to hate on, a sense of hopelessness, romance, confused teenagers, and all that good stuff.
But for some reason I always want it to end badly.  I blame this on Philip Pullman.
See, since Pullman had two characters fall in love and then realize that they can never ever see each other ever again or the world will end, it just seems like it's too easy for the characters in love to be together in the end.  I mean, that's not how it always happens!  Sometimes people die and it sucks hardcore and you can't do anything about it.  That is something that happens in real life, and I get kind of tired of all these YA romances ending happily.
Forever did have one thing that made it a bit different.  The ending was open-ended (is that redundant?), so you don't know for sure it'll be happily ever after.  All you know is that the characters are alive, whether or not they're wolves or humans.
This final volume continued the narration of four characters as was in Linger.  We still have not only Grace and Sam, but Cole and Isabel too.  While Cole is someone I would probably dislike in real life, he's interesting to read.  Sometimes I forgot who was narrating, but I could pick it out within a few sentences in most cases.  I don't feel like I count against it for that; having four narrators is tough unless you use some sort of font or style trick to make them more different, like in Will Grayson,Will Grayson. This was a case of one Will Grayson written normally, while the other Will Grayson didn't capitalize.  Easy to tell apart.
Oh wait!  I forgot to reveal the plot!  See, in the final volume, Isabel's douchebag father wants to kill all the wolves.  Cole, in the meantime, is doing medical experiments on himself and the other wolves to try to figure out how to cure it and/or stimulate the shift.  Grace is 'missing,' Sam gets questioned by the police a lot, and Grace's parents get a cat. The cat isn't an important character, however.  I just like them.
Throw in some angst, death, and theft, and you've got Forever!
If you didn't like the first two, you probably would not like the final volume.  But if you did, then you probably would.  And I think that's about as well as I can describe it without spoilers.

Friday, September 9, 2011

100 Most Popular YA Books?

Stole this from Ashley @ What's Your Story?

These are supposedly the most popular YA books/series of late.
Bold means I've read it.
Italics means I own it, but have not read it yet.
Bold AND Italics means I own and read it.
Red means I couldn't finish it because I hated it.

  1. Alex Finn – Beastly
  2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
  3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
  4. Ally Condie – Matched
  5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
  7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
  9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
  10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
  12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
  13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
  16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
  17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)
  18. Christopher Paolini - Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
  19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
  20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
  21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
  22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
  23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
  26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
  27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
  28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
  29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
  31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
  33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
  34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
  37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
  38. John Green – Paper Towns
  39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
  40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
  41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
  42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
  43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
  44. Lemony Snicket - Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
  46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
  47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
  49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
  50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
  52. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
  53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
  54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
  56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
  57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
  58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
  61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
  63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
  64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
  67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
  68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
  69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
  70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
  71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
  72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 )
  73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
  74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
  79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
  80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
  81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
  82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
  83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
  84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  85. Scott Westerfeld - Leviathan (1, 2)
  86. Scott Westerfeld - Uglies (1, 2, 3, 4)
  87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
  88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
  89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
  90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
  92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
  93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
  94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
  95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
  96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
  97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
  99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
  100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Demonglass- Rachel Hawkins

Huzzah!  It's time to visit Hex Hall again!
Oh, except in this book, Sophie is on summer vacation in England. That's where her estranged father is, and he's trying to convince her to embrace her powers rather than shun them.
So she gets a lot of quality time with her father.  And of course she brings her vampire friend Jenna along, because what fun is a magical manor in England without your best friend?
Sophie and Dad get along pretty well for a parent and teenage child who've never met.  Sophie, with all her snarky smart ass ways, is still funny and doesn't really harbor any ill will towards her father.  She's pretty resilient, after all. And he is doing quite a lot for her in this book.
This gigantic manor, which for some reason Americans think are all over the damn place in England (they're not; most people live in tiny houses) also houses a few other magical types.
There's two demons, Nick and Daisy, an 'important' person--Lara, Sophie's betrothed who was also invited to stay, and various others.
Of course, Sophie is quite shocked to find she's betrothed to Cal, the groundskeeper at Hex Hall, as any modern young woman would be.  Not that there's anything wrong with him--it's just not exactly what she was expecting.
So everyone is in this fabulous setting where they're supposed to be learning and developing and having a jolly good summer, but of course, a bunch of crap happens.
Sorry to dampen the holiday, but those people from The Eye who like to kill magic types are quite busy doing the things they enjoy.  And we see someone who we weren't expecting to see again.  And there are also lots of things going on that don't make sense, and we can't always be sure who to trust and who to loathe.  So we don't put down the book until it's completely read like any normal person would do.
I was most definitely NOT disappointed in this sequel.  If you like Hex Hall, you'll probably like Demonglass, too. Unfortunately, however, the third book won't be out until March.
I know.
Total suck.
But you can preorder it!