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All Graylee’s ever wanted is to be a normal high school student. To forget about dating a magically inclined members of the male species and for life to go on without interference. But it’s hard to do these things when you have an identical twin sister. Graylee accepted long time ago that her sister is nothing like her. Charlene is vain, selfish and manipulative. Good thing all witches and warlocks took the Vow of Honor at the age of twelve, or else Charlene would be using black magic…
Graylee might comfort herself with these thoughts but as soon as we start reading, we can see that her sister is mentally unstable. And soon also to suspect that she has murderous tendencies. And you know what they say…
Death was final. Even the death of a witch.
In Entangled, Graylee learns that this is not true. Although…
Gray was stuck inside Charlene’s own sleazy high school soap opera. Maybe this was hell.
And she will soon start to ask herself questions she never thought that she will ask. Like:
What did one bring to her own gravesite? Flowers? Trinkets… A shovel?
Ok, I am done teasing you with quotes. If you want to know what is happening in a book – read it. At first glance it sounds like every other ya novel set in high school with love triangle romance and spiced up with witches. But Entangled is much more. It’s perfect light reading for the summer. With good characterisation, magic and a lot of surprising twists in the story. Be warned – summary spoils one of the biggest ones.
Entangled is a cute paranormal romance story set in high school with witches and warlocks in contemporary setting. Main characters are twins and they are identical only in looks. Romance is light love triangle, because heroine quickly makes her pick. If you like these kind of novels – read Entangled. I think you will not be dissapointed.
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Wings of Arian was a surprise to me on so many levels. I expected very different kind of story than the one I got and although it was not without some flaws, learning the responsibility of the Solus along with Kiora was very exciting adventure.
The biggest surprise was amount of magical creatures we will meet in the story. Wizards, fairies, dragons (yes dragons!)… And with shapes-shifters we got everything else covered. Even flying pink dog-iguanas. And they do not just appear as part of the scenery. Each of these magical beings had enchanting back story that will make you cheer for them.
The only downside is – our heroine Kiora seemed rather flat compared to them. I wish the novel does not begin with Kiora who already started her training to be the Solus, protector of good. I think if I have met her as an ordinary girl, the connection between me and Kiora would have been deeper. And the fact that she reads all the instructions about spells to us did not make her more dear to me. I felt like I was at school and forced to listen to a lecture.
The spark in Kiora’s personality only appears when prince Emane is near. Their relationship is so cute. From the first look you can see they will be more than annoyed acquaintances. The banter between them was fun, the romance was even better. It was swoony and had so many great moments worth highlighting. And I did highlight like crazy. I would share them all here, but it would take too much space. So here is just one:
“You are the only girl I have met that I would wait for.” A smile played across his lips as he ran his finger across her cheek. “And I would wait a lifetime.”
The only person that felt flatter and more bland than Kira was the main villain, Dralazar. He was so boring, I was surprised how intense battle scenes turned out to be. Having magic did not make winning easy and the winners always had to have some extra tricks in their sleeve.
If you can look past some boring parts and small lack of depth for main characters and villain, the Wings of Arian offers enchanting world full of magical creatures, intense battles and some surprising twists in the plot. It has dragons too! I am looking forward to the next part of Kiora’s adventures.
Disclaimer: I received this ebook from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Traitor’s Blade is about Greatcoats. Greatcoats were law-enforcers who ensured that King’s Law was obeyed by everyone. (Kinda like gunslingers in The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, just with swords.) But now there is no king anymore and greatcoats are mocked and called trattari.
We had been heroes for a little while and now we were just traitors with useless pardons, no allies and no purpose.
Narrator of Traitor’s Blade is greatcoat Falcio val Mond, and what a story it is – mix of flashbacks and his current adventures. It’s always exciting, sometimes sad, but never boring. And all spiced up with Falcio’s dry sense of humor, even when he is explaining ordinary things in life. To get this kind of snark from narrator I usually have to read urban fantasy novels.
How they can transcribe the events of a man’s life from afar, I do not know. Some say they read the threads of fate, or they bond with a man’s mind and capture his thoughts to put down on paper. Others say they just make this shit up, since by the time anyone gets to read it the person it’s about is almost certainly dead.
And it gets even better if you are into fencing. Because Falcio has good advises from his long experience of sword-fights:
Once you get hit with the ball from a pistol, you really only have a few seconds to get the pointy bit into someone’s mouth before you fall down and die.
If you are not lover of things with pointy ends, but still like to fight. Do not despair. There are tips for you too:
When you’re fighting a crowd, it’s good to shout potentially threatening things like “Crossbows!” or “Fire!” or “Giant Flying Cat!” every once in a while.
But I am getting side-tracked. I almost told you The First Rule of the Sword. But I am not telling. Nope. For that you will have to read the book.
Warmth and humor in Traitor’s Blade is only increased with banter of Falcio and his friends. A lot of people compare them to The Three Musketeers, but I found them more down-to-Earth. Like they are real and not just characters in a book. Their interactions reminded me of Cazio & his sword-fighting instructor z’Acatto from The Briar King by Greg Keyes (especially when they gossip about knights).
Another thing that I LOVED is Monster. I adore when a book features mythical creatures or animals with attitude and Monster had that in abundance. And again I am not telling more. My lips are sealed. Also, if I start I could not stop and would spoil half the book – so you really should appreciate my perseverance.
I think that was enough praise and fangirling. If you didn’t figure out until now, Traitor’s Blade is definitely getting a place on my Favorites shelf.
Now, what was bad? Nothing! Haha, just kidding. (Not really.) There are some descriptions of torture scenes and brutal behavior that might be tough to read if you are too sensitive and squeamish. Also, Falcio is so slow sometimes. I would call him stupid but I loved him as character so I am being gentle. But some facts were obvious to everyone, except to him.
Traitor’s Blade will definitely be on a list of my favorite fantasy novels in 2014. I would recommend it to old fantasy readers who like sword-fights and conspiracies and to urban fantasy fans who would like to try fantasy genre. There is enough snark and action to make Traitor’s Blade a fun summer read.
Disclaimer: I received this ebook from Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The start of Prophecy of the Most Beautiful sounded too familiar for my taste. Chloe, a girl with ordinary looks who is unpopular, notices a handsome new guy at school. And - surprise, surprise – he is looking at her too! He offers:
Freedom from the life you are about to become entrapped in. I can save you from the clutches of your great destiny.
Yeah, right? *eye roll* Tell me you didn’t read at least five young adult novels who started the same way? I thought I already knew what will happen. Chloe and mysterious handsome new guy aka. creepy stalker will fall madly (and of course instantly) in love while they run away from mysterious bad guys.
If you have imagined the plot similar to the one I described above then you have gravely mistaken, because Prophecy of the Most Beautiful turned out to have one of the most original and complex worlds of Greek mythology in contemporary setting I have read so far. There are even special websites, like DemiBoook, a social network for demigods. Attention to detail Diantha Jones had while she transferred Greek gods to urban environment is astounding.
The only complaint I have about Prophecy of the Most Beautiful is Chloe. She was such a typical teenager. One of Chloe’s obsession is what everyone is wearing. We get detailed descriptions every time. It’s interesting at first but after some time, it’s just boring. I don’t care about brand or color of his sneakers, just get to the point!
Also, how the gods and buildings looked was described like teenage girl’s wet dream. Everything was just the way Chloe liked it. I would not be surprised if it turned out that she was dreaming the whole time (at the end of the series).
If you read young adult novels and love Greek Mythology, I recommend that you read Prophecy of the Most Beautiful. The world only is worth the effort even if you find characters too teenage-y for your taste.
Disclaimer: I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I read 30% of book so i think i grasped the basics of the plot: FBI agent Ty Duncan is turned into a vampire against his will. Ty and his colleagues with similar fate still work for the government as part of The Belladonna Agency. Ty’s first task is to recruit Ana Martin for Belladonna.
When you read a book with as much passion as when you eat broccoli, I think its time to call it quits. Or as we bookworms like to say DNF. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against broccoli. They are healthy and nutritious and I eat them from time to time when I cannot avoid it. But they leave a bad taste in my mouth and eating them is a task not an enjoyment like meals should be. Similar things I can say about Turned by Virna DePaul.
Why did I stop reading?
His sheathed fangs ached the way his dick did, longing to penetrate and take everything from her: her sweet blood and her complete surrender.
Turned is paranormal romance flirting with erotica about FBI agent/vampire Ty, ex-gang-member Ana and their work in Belladonna Agency. The start promises creepy villains, complex back-story and a lot of mystery and action. It’a a typical pnr plot. If you are not bored with this genre, like me, Turned might be enjoyable for you.
Disclaimer: I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Mention of fire in the title of Going Down in Flames got my dragon detection sense tingling. Reading the summary confirmed my hunch – there will be dragons in this book. In fact heroine Bryn is a dragon-shifter.Urban fantasy with dragons? You know I had to read it!
Going Down in Flames start with an usual young adult novel plot: Bryn is stalked by some creepy (but handsome) guy and then she discovers that she is special and has hidden powers. I must admit, I was a little bit turned down in the beginning because it all sounded familiar. But soon I forgot to complain about the cliches because I got immersed into the interesting world of dragon-shifters.
Being a dragon-shifter has a lot of advantages:
BUT, there are downsides too:
Acid surged from her stomach and shot up her throat, burning her esophagus. Pressure built in her chest. She coughed. Her lungs constricted. She cleared her throat and opened her mouth to speak. Flames exploded out of her mouth and shot across the room, setting the kitchen curtains on fire.
Blowing fire does not sound like a pleasant experience. More like a bad case of heartburn.
Chris Cannon invented a world of modern dragons that is intriguing and very complex. Dragon-shifters have different powers based on their color, are divided in clans and have strict rules for everything (even dating and marriage). And since our heroine is new to the dragon world, we get to be acquainted with it along with her. I know it’s a cliche, but this is still one of the best ways to do world-building. Something new appears and Bryn and you will exclaim together: “Wow, what’s that?”
Another aspect of Going Down in Flames I liked is Bryn’s friendship with Clint and Ivy. Clint was especially funny and full of puns. It reminded me of my high school buddies, friendly teasing and adventures we had together. Happy times! *sigh* I’m not saying that being married and having a baby is not fun. Especially my loving husband – he’s the best. (Bear with me, he’s probably the only person who reads all of my blog posts. I gotta keep my audience.)
One big flaw of Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon that I must point out is that it’s not a standalone novel. I’m guessing it’s a first book in a series, because it ends in a big cliffhanger. I wish there was an info about this on cover or book title page, I would have been a little bit less surprised.
If you like young adult urban fantasy novels set in boarding school with dragons then you should check out Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon. It’s fun and easy to read – perfect for the summer. There might be a couple of usual cliches in the plot and heroine is sometimes too hot-tempered to think rationally, but it’s still quick and entertaining read.
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After reading Gameboard of the Gods you could say I was looking for a way off an Age of X series ship. But before jumping overboard I decided to give it another chance and read the sequel The Immortal Crown.
Religious sect inspector Dr. Justin March and his bodyguard super-soldier Mae Koskinen are now working well as a team. But RUNA has new challenges for them - an assignment to be part of diplomatic mission to Arcadia, super-religious neighboring country, which is described with words: “Sit back, get comfortable, and forget everything you know about civility.”
Meanwhile, back home in RUNA, Tessa is trying to adapt to school and find an internship in some newspaper…
First question that anyone will ask you when you read a sequel to a series, maybe even before did you like it, is: Was it better? Worse? I’ll divide my comments into section similar to those in my review of Gameboard of the Gods.
The Characters: The situation is the same. There are “surprising streaks of nobility in Justin that popped out in what was otherwise a sea of selfishness”, but despite the facts that he was sober and surprisingly chaste I still didn’t like him. Good new is that ravens Horatio and Magnus are still there and full of ‘helpful’ statements.Mae and I still do not click. And chapters from Tessa‘s POV, as always, just add to the chunk-ability of this book. I guess it’s all going to tie together in the end but for now events that happen to Tessa do not influence Justin or Mae. Hey, at least this time it was interesting and I was intrigued to find out how her internship is going to pan out.
The Romance: Going two steps backward and one step forward. There was little progress. And big plus is that finally Justin and Mae stopped sleeping with other people and are really trying to understand their feelings.
The World Building: While some facts about history of RUNA are still unclear to me, new elements of the future Earth Richelle Mead imagined are introduced to us much better in The Immortal Crown. Maybe I didn’t like nothing about Arcadia, but I understood what happened there and how the society turned up that way.
Mythology: Something is cooking, but there are no more obvious paranormal events here than inGameboard of the Gods. But I didn’t expect much, so I was not disappointed (it’s easier for a book to satisfy us when our expectations are low lol).
So, in the end, I definitely enjoyed The Immortal Crown more than Gameboard of the Gods. Imagine my surprise.
What did I like?
They were few and far between, but in moments like these, there was no animosity. A fierce solidarity burned between them, one that united them in a single purpose and understanding.
Lucian gave him a long, scrutinizing look. “How do you do that? How can you talk people into anything? Do you think of this stuff in advance, or does it happen on the spot?”
“Are you impressed?” asked Justin.
“Kind of terrified, actually. But glad you’re not in politics.”
Perhaps now would be a good time to ask if he’d like to learn about Odin, said Horatio. You’re on a roll.
What rubbed me the wrong way?
Gameboard of the Gods was cybersome start to a new series by Richelle Mead. There was hope that it will be better but… Should you waste your precious time and read The Immortal Crown? My answer is yes. If you were on a fence like me, there is a big chance that you will join Age of X team. The Immortal Crown is full of suspense & human drama and with shocking ending – it will leave you yearning for a sequel.
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