Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Mini(BkRv) :: 71 - 72

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BOOK REVIEW ::
Legacy
Cayla Kluver
@CaylaKL :: website




YA | Fantasy | Series Book 1

FIRST LINE :: eARC :: The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon that ruled the sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, the same night the Empire of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack.
Princess Alera is too young to recall a time when her kingdom had not been at peace, but when a Cokyrian breaches the castle grounds with questionable motives, she gets a quick history lesson about the horrific war 16 years ago that ended with the death of newborns. No sooner was the Cokyrian captured, however, did the enemy manage to escape! Alera wants to find more about it, but her father feels that she should focus her pretty, little head on deciding which suitor to marry and leave all the war concerns to him. Too bad all the suitors are either boring or full of themselves – and the only boy that Alera finds remotely interesting is the Narian who had been kidnapped by the Cokyrians during the war and recently escaped from their clutches.
REVIEW :: I have mixed feelings on Legacy – on the one hand, the story has much potential and piqued my curiosity for the world that Carla Kluver created; on the other hand, I did not particularly care for the characters themselves. Told from Princess Alera’s perspective, I did not connect with her and she came across as a little immature to expect herself able to run a kingdom, despite her father’s misgivings. If she had demonstrated more efforts to prove her worth as a ruler instead of simply resisting her father’s approved suitor, I would have seen more reason to her reluctance. I wish that we had more of Narian - the enemy who challenges Alera to fight against the norm of thinking women as the weaker sex. The ending for Legacy is quite abrupt – I thought it was a rather awkward point of the story to end on - just when Alera's heart begins to break! I hope the characters kick it up a notch or two in time for the sequel because, if not, I don’t know if the story will be enough for me to continue on.

DISCLAIMER :: NETGALLEY
RELEASED JUNE 2011 BY HARLEQUIN TEEN (HARLEQUIN)
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES :: ALLEGIANCE, SACRIFICE

:: 72 ::
BOOK REVIEW ::
PIES & PREJUDICE
Heather Vogel Frederick
@NONE :: website




MG | Series Book 4

FIRST LINE :: Jess stares at me in disbelief. “What do you mean, you’re moving to England?”
The mother-daughter book club goes international with one of its duo goes across the pond for a year. What better book to discuss than Pride & Prejudice – and what better way to hold weekly discussion than webcams? In the States, Jess, Cassidy, and Megan must face freshman year with a pining heart, figure skates instead of hockey sticks, and an anonymous Austen-esque fashion blog, respectively. The 2 British boys who replace their friend are NOT making high school any easier. Emma, on the other hand, is making the best of her last-minute move to England, but the queen bee Annabelle is set on making it memorable in the worst possible way. Will the book club survive the distance – or will they crumble like pies topped with shaving cream?
REVIEW :: PIES & PREJUDICE sounds cute and it IS cute, but if you are expected a modern-day P&P this is not that sort of book. It is actually a 4th book in a series, although I felt that it could stand on its own merits. Previous books would simply serve to build relationships with these girls and their family. What threw me off was that PIES & PREJUDICE was told in 4 different voices. They didn’t seem very distinctive from each other, so I had to go back to the chapter heading to double-check the narrator every once in a while. I also found myself favoring certain storylines over others, which doesn’t allow for a smooth reading in case you are wondering. PIES & PREJUDICE definitely works to stimulate discussion between mothers and young daughters, especially in a book club, and I think this series is a neat idea!

DISCLAIMER :: BOUGHT
RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2010 BY SIMON & SCHUSTER BFYR (SIMON & SCHUSTER)
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES :: THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB, MUCH ADO ABOUT ANNE, DEAR PEN PAL

6 comments:

  1. i didn't like legacy at all. i tortured myself by reading it until the very end, but really, my biggest problem was alera. she's suppose to be a princess, yet she's so immature at times.

    pies and prejudice sounds cute! i'm definitely going to have to check out that series. thanks!

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  2. I was thinking about reading Legacy but not I don't think I will because if I can't connect with the characters there's no point.

    Pies and Prejudice sounds nice. I might have to check out the series.

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  3. I love the first line of LEGACY. Pulled me right in even though I'm not sure if it's the kind of book I would enjoy. I might give it a second thought now before dismissing it.

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  4. oh no! Legacy looks so good! Sad to hear that it's not that great. And it sounds like it has a bad ending, just so abrupt.

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  5. I haven't read Legacy yet, but I gotta say, the paperback edition is a big improvement over the AmazonEncore hardcver. I didn't even know it was the same book!

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  6. @ Ashelynn : Alera drove me nuts! I kept hoping she would have that "lightbulb" moment where she matures, but it didn't happen. I hope she grows up better in the sequel!

    @ Rebel : Connecting even with a character whom you have nothing in common with is such a important requisite to sinking into a story! When I was more interested in the supporting characters than the main one, that is a problem. :/

    @ Llehn : That first line is mysterious in all the right ways! The world for LEGACY has a lot of potential, for sure, but if I can't connect with the characters, it is going to be hard to dive back into the story.

    @ Nina : I hate abrupt endings! If you do decide to pick LEGACY up, I would wait until the next book comes out! I wish I had known in advance!

    @ Melanie : I only know a smidge on how this book/author got picked up by HarlequinTeen - but wow, those covers are totally different! I think AmazonEncore's version probably didn't attract too much interest - it certainly wouldn't mine!

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