Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Follow


Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –

Question of the Week: Do you post your reviews anywhere besides your blog? Where else do you post reviews? - Suggested byA Great Read
I used to try and post my reviews on Goodreads, NetGalley, Amazon and the Chapters Indigo review area but after awhile it gets too hard to track.  Plus I forget where I've posted.  I have a tough enough time updating the blog with a busy schedule sometimes. 

- Christinabean


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia


Published: October 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 305
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:

Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia. 

I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.


When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

Review:
Kami Garcia is one half of the super-team who wrote Beautiful Creatures.  While the movie did not do this series justice, it remains on my top 10 most beloved YA series.  So Kami and her co-author Margaret Stohl parted ways to write their own titles.  Unbreakable is book #1 in The Legion series.

The initial feeling of Supernatural meets Da Vinci Code is the precise interpretation that I have of The Legion series.  A couple of the main characters - Jared and Lucas remind me of a younger version of Sam and Dean...although perhaps just a wee bit less rugged and good looking in my mind .  :D  But the references to certain secretive organizations is fascinating to me.

Although I am enjoying the main character, Kennedy, I feel like the love relationships starting to form are not convincing as a reader.  I understand where Ms. Garcia is heading but there was a lack of electricity between Kennedy and Jared for me. It did not feel believable (Sorry Kami).  I just didn't feel the chemistry as I did with Lena and Ethan in Beautiful Creatures.  

There was one scene in particular which was a little disturbing to me.  The well scene...it brought back images of The Ring.  If you have a good imagination and like adventure and some horror books, this might be a good title for you.  Once this Scooby Doo team unites and begins their quest, there are quite a few obstacles they face in order to complete their mission.

Action, adventure, mystery, secret organizations and an ending that I was not anticipating....all a fantastic start to a new series.  Oh, and there is not enough romance to make it icky for boys.  ;)  Bring on Book #2!!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:





In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.


Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. 

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series

Eeeekkkk!!!  I am SO EXCITED to read this one!!!!
- Christinabean

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Let's Hear it for the Boys - The Prey by Tom Isbell


Published: January 20th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 416
Copy: Edelweiss
Summary: Goodreads

A hot debut trilogy and a riveting story of survival, courage, and romance in a future where creating a master civilization is the only thing prized, no matter the method. After the Omega (the end of the end), 16 year old guys known as LTs discover their overseers are raising them not to be soldiers (lieutenants) as promised, but to be sold as bait because of their Less Than status and hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with a girls’ camp, the Sisters, who have been imprisoned and experimented on for the "good of the Republic," by a government eager to use twins in their dark research. In their plight for freedom, these heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.

Review

This is going to be a difficult one for me to review.  It was one of the ones I finished, but couldn't really find anything about it that stood out for me.  The premise is ok - Kids in camps being trained for, something.  Suspicion that things are not as simple as they seem.  Main characters find out what is really happening and have some rough times trying to get out of camps.

In this case I felt the lack of some back story.  I was never really sure what had happened to get to this point and I never really connected with the characters.  In all honesty other than some rather impetuous moves I don't think there was anything that I truly disliked, but 2 weeks after reading, I'm having trouble remembering any details of the story.

Having said this, I can see the appeal of The Prey for younger readers who are fans of stories of the  'after the apocalypse' type.  I know of a couple of my kids at work who will enjoy the story, so I will be recommending it, but I won't personally be continuing with this series.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received

This week I got: 



I remember Special K reading and doing a review of The Selection. She gushed about how much she loved it.  I FINALLY started reading it last week and am enjoying it so much that I snagged the other two books.  Look for my review shortly. 
- Christinabean




Sunday, January 18, 2015

Shout Out for Indies - Seabound by Jordan Rivet


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SEABOUND by Jordan Rivet

When an apocalyptic catastrophe decimates the land, a lucky few escape to sea. 1,003 survivors make their home on a souped-up cruise ship called the Catalina. After sixteen years, the strain begins to show in a floating world of distrust and shifting allegiances. 

Esther is a young mechanic who wants to prove herself, and she’s willing to take risks in the name of progress. But when the fresh water tanks explode, endangering the lives of everyone aboard the Catalina – it’s all Esther’s fault. 
With only a little water left, the crew of the Catalina must use its last fuel to sail for help. They head to an unknown seabound metropolis called the Galaxy Flotilla. The inhabitants of the Galaxy are keen to parade their lives of luxury, but what do the saviors really want in return for their warm welcome? And what is really going on below decks? 

When disaster strikes again, Esther must fight to save the lives of her friends aboard the Catalina before it’s too late. 

Find out how far Esther is willing to go to save her home in Seabound, the fast-paced first novel of the Seabound Chronicles. Available as a paperback and e-book from the following retailers: 

On why I write crossover novels:

I write fiction for adults who love YA. There are so many terrific YA books with immersive world-building and riveting characters. They are fast-paced, heartfelt, and unpretentious. Adults (myself included) read YA just as much as teenagers do because we want to get completely lost in a fictional world. I wanted to write something for these readers, but I also wanted to explore the possibilities for a slightly older character in a YA-like dystopian setting.

The main character of Seabound, a ship's mechanic named Esther, is 22 years old. She has more responsibility on the ship than she would as a teenager and her skills are more advanced. However, she is still trying to prove herself and figure out her place in the world. YA fiction is often about coming of age, and Esther strives to do that in the midst of extraordinary (and often life-threatening) circumstances. I hope her story will resonate with YA readers of any age. 

Jordan Rivet is an American author of post-apocalyptic fiction. She lives in Hong Kong.

Website: JordanRivet.com
Twitter: @Jordan_Rivet
Booktrack (two sample chapters with a movie-style soundtrack)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Written in Red by Anne Bishop


Published: March 2013
Publisher: NAL Hardcovers
Pages: 433
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads


No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.


 My thoughts:

Why haven't I read anything by Anne Bishop before now?  I really don't know!  I've seen her books at work and thought 'Hmm, looks interesting' but never got around to reading any of them.  I think I even took this one home on one occasion and took it back unread.  Why now? Well I was reading some of the blogs I follow regularly and in one of them the virtues of Anne Bishop were being extolled - yep you're right, I can't remember which blog I was reading, sorry, but this person was waxing lyrically about how much of a fan she is of Anne Bishop and I thought to myself, 'self, maybe it's time to try her books?  Then I happened to notice that the third book in this series is due out soon and  I have an advanced copy to read, so I just had to start the series. The rest is history.

Written in Red was so much fun.   It's Urban Fantasy at it's best.  A more or less contemporary world that is peopled with supernatural monsters.  But these are not quite the same werewolves and vampires as we are used to.  In Ms Bishop's world the 'supes' are very much in charge and merely tolerate humans instead of the other way around.  

Meg, the main protagonist,  had just the right blend of knowledge and naivety to make her seem very plausible and I loved the way that she so quickly tried to fit in, without being pushy or presumptive.  At heart, this novel is about accepting people for who, or in this case what, they are and the message comes across clearly without being in any way preachy.

I've already downloaded the second book 'Murder of Crows' - ok, I've not just downloaded it, I've read it and it is just as good as this one, so I feel I can do justice to number three 'Vision in Silver' which is due out March 3rd.  Btw, these are adult books, and there are some gruesome parts, so I definitely would not recommend them to younger teens, but they would be fine as New Adult if you enjoy Urban Fantasy.

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