Saturday, September 28, 2013

Blog 141 - Review: Posion


Author: Bridget Zinn
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 276
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: March 12, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781423139935

About the Book
Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a talented potions master, is the only person who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction-which means she's the only one who can save it. With no other choice, Kyra decides to use her skills to poison the kingdom's future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king's army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she's not alone. She's armed with her vital potions, a too-cute piglet, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can't stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance, but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she's certainly no damsel-in-distress-she's the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic fairy tale that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

My Review
Cover: I absolutely loved this cover. The colors are gorgeous in the title of the books, and the colors towards the bottom of the cover with the potion in her hand, the pig, and the mushrooms. I really loved the cover design.

Things that I liked: I really enjoyed reading the plot of these story. The Cover and the synopsis definitely drew me into reading the book. A couple of people also recommended this book to me, so I had to read it. I loved the characters and their different personalities, even the pig and the dog had their own personalities poking out a little bit. I loved that this piece was able to just suck me into their world and the sense of adventure that went along with the main character, Kyra and her mission to save the kingdom.

Things that I didn't like: I really can't think of anything that I didn't like about this piece.

Overall: I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and would highly recommend to anyone who loves a sense of adventure and/or a mission to save the kingdom while having a piglet in your arsenal. 

Until next time, Happy Reading everyone!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Blog 140 - A Titan for Christmas

A Titan For Christmas

Author: Aria Kane
Format: Paperback
Pages: 82
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Publication Date: July 6, 2013
ISBN-13:  9781490929026

About the Book:
When Jenna's job as an engineer makes her miss her flight home from the mining colony pm Titan, she's heartbroken she won't be able to make it back to Earth in time for Christmas with her family. Until a coworker gives her another option: private cargo pilots sometimes take on passengers.

Grayson pilots they only ship leaving Titan in time to make it back to Earth before Christmas. He doesn't want any passengers, but Jenna convinces him to take her on the three-day trip. Neither of them planned for the passion that erupts on the tiny cargo ship.

Then Jenna realizes Grayson is transporting extremely dangerous cargo. When she discovers why a man like Grayson would take such a risk, she has to decide whether she'll turn him in or help him.

My Review
Cover: I love this cover. It is simple but at the same time it speaks volumes.

Things that I liked: I really liked that the story could be or is realistic, and Ms. Aria Kane did an awesome job describing the surrounding for the characters involved in this story. The descriptions of the characters were realistic as well. I really enjoyed reading about their obstacles and endeavors throughout the three-day trip from Titan to Earth. A scene or two was a little steamy but I didn't have a problem with it and it was well written in my opinion.

Things that I didn't like: There was only one section in the novella that I had a problem with and that was towards the beginning of the story. It seems to transition a little harder than I was expecting, but it wasn't too bad.

Overall: I would give this novella a 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this to anyone who would like a quick read with a little steamy scene in the middle.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Blog 139 - Maid of Secrets

Maid of Secrets

Author: Jennifer McGowan
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 406
Publisher: Simon and Schuster for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781442441385

About the book
In this breathtaking start to a series, a secret society of young women make up Elizabeth I’s most trusted royal guard. God Save the Queen—or the Maids will.

Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service, where shejoins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen’s secret society of protectors.

Meg’s natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives. As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can’t deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it’s hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth: Not everyone is who they appear to be. With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay alive—and protect the crown?

My Review
Cover: I really love the cover and how it lets the reader imagine what this story is going to be about. It made me wonder what secrets is this maid going to be keeping and from whom is she keeping?

Things that I like: I really enjoyed the beginning and the ending of the novel. At both the beginning of the novel and the ending there seemed to be action and surprises around every turn of the story. I really enjoyed the plan towards the end of the novel that the main character, Meg Fellowes, has in saving her fellow maids and the crown all at once.

Things that I didn’t like: However, I didn’t enjoy the pacing throughout the middle of the novel. I was expecting action every time I turned the page and for Meg or one of the other girls to be getting into something or getting into some kind of trouble and there was nothing. They seemed to be either sitting around chatting, going through their lessons on being special maids to the crown and or they were walking through the castle looking for passageways and how to get to certain areas of the castle faster it seemed.

Overall: I enjoyed reading the book, even though the pacing and the middle portion of the novel seemed a little off to me. I give this book a rating of 3 out of 5 stars. 

That is all for me this time, until next time Happy Reading!

Blog 138 - August Book Haul

Hey Everyone,

Today's post is going to be a book haul for the month of August. I ended up getting a lot of books that month, mostly ones that I bought and have been reading and will be posting reviews soon.

So for the month of August, I got the following books:

1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
2. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
3. Mystic by Alyson Noel
4. Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
5. Croak by Gina Damico
6. Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
7. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
9. Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike
10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
11. Elegy by Amanda Hocking
12. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
13. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
14. False Memory by Dan Krokos
15. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
16. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
17. The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene
18. The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene
19. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lisa McBride
20. The King Arthur Trilogy: Dragon’s Child (ARC) by M.K. Hume
21. (Signed) A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
22. (Signed) The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
23. (Signed) The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
24. (Signed) Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
25. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks
26. Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy
27. Juliet immortal by Stacey Jay
28. Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A.Marr
29. The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene
30. Legend by Marie Lu
31. Shadowhunters and Downworlders by Cassandra Clare
32. The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
33. Moonflower by E.D.C. Johnson (Signed)
34. Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead
35. Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
36.Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
37. City of Bones: Illustrated Movie Companion
38. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
39. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
40.Origin by jennifer L. Armentrout
41. Harry Potter paperback box set by JK Rowling

If you haven't seen these book yet here are the covers for each book:

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Collins Classics)  The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Collins Classics) Mystic (Soul Seekers Series #3) Shadow of the Mark Croak Goddess Interrupted City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Series #3) Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices Series #1) Earthbound Eleanor & Park Elegy (Watersong Series #4) The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam Series #1) Something Strange and Deadly False Memory (False Series #1) Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #10) Charlotte's Web The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew Series #4) The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew Series #3) Hold Me Closer, Necromancer The King Arthur Trilogy Book One: Dragon's Child A Touch Mortal The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth Series #2) The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands and Teeth Series #3) Struck At First Sight Being Friends with Boys Juliet Immortal Loki's Wolves The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew Series #5) Legend (Marie Lu's Legend Series #1) Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader The Ersatz Elevator: Book the Sixth (A Series of Unfortunate Events) Moonflower Succubus on Top (Georgina Kincaid Series #2) The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden Series #2) Bloodlines (Bloodlines Series #1) City of Bones: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion The Golden Lily (Bloodlines Series #2) Openly Straight Origin (Lux Series #4) 

and then there are the HARRY POTTER 15 Year Anniversary paperback covers:

 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) Harry Potter and the Prisoner Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)
Special Edition Harry Potter Box Set 

Aren't they gorgeous covers!! They have that velvety texture going on and the spines are awesome. I love that they make Hogwarts castle when put all together. 

That is all for me this time around, see you in my next post, Happy reading guys!