Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Mini(BkRv) :: 9 - 11

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BOOK REVIEW ::
CINDER
Marissa Meyer
@marissa_meyer :: website




YA | Sci-Fi | Series Book 1

FIRST LINE :: The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.

SUMMARY :: from the B&N website
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
REVIEW :: I know I am late coming to the debut ball, but I am here now and I will join the masses who say that CINDER will rock you to the moon – and no, I am not saying this because the Lunar queen has brainwashed me. I envy Marissa Meyer for dreaming up such a wonderful Cinderella re-telling and creating a breathtaking world with a cast of characters that you will fall in love with. I love a heroine who does not mind getting her hands dirty and can talk shop, not to mention a prince who slums it among the commoners for a little slice of freedom. I am still curious to see how Cinder’s cyborg-ness will factor into things; currently Marissa Meyer has used it to present some minor drawbacks which make Cinder all the more adorable when she interacts with Prince Kai. The story ends right before trouble can fully unfurl its nasty head, but CINDER leaves readers in a rock-solid happy place with a sense of satisfaction for how the fairy tale pans out. Of course, you will want MORE, but trust me when I say that CINDER will not leave you barely hanging on the cliff – you will hang for certain, you will ask for seconds, but you will feel safe in knowing that Book 2 will be SO worth the wait!

DISCLAIMER :: NETGALLEY
RELEASED JANUARY 2012 BY FEIWEL & FRIENDS (MACMILLAN)
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES :: SCARLET

::  10 ::
BOOK REVIEW ::
The Gathering Storm
Robin Bridges
@robinbridges :: website




YA | Historical | Paranormal | Series Book 1

FIRST LINE :: An afternoon spent solving quadratic equations would have been infinitely more pleasant. I smelled like a salad.

SUMMARY :: from the B&N website
Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1888.

As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.

An evil presence is growing within Europe’s royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina’s strength as a necromancer attracts unwanted attention . . . including from two young men.

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?
REVIEW :: When I think of Russia, I think of White Russians and the reason why fire engines are red, but most importantly I recall quite fondly the movie ANASTASIA. So when I heard about The Gathering Storm and saw its gorgeous cover, color me red when I say that I was more than excited for its debut! The story starts off interesting enough and Katerina’s mysterious necromancing powers seem to bring more problems to the table that turn the pages faster, but I had a hard time with falling in love with the characters. The love triangle between Katerina, Danilo, and George needed a little more electricity for me to get on board, and I got a little lost among the many players within the web of political intrigue. Robin Bridges wove together a stunning world of Russian delights with a dash of supernatural that I think will appeal to readers who like a bit of history in their stories, but I need a little bit more convincing with Book 2.

DISCLAIMER :: NETGALLEY
RELEASED JANUARY 2012 BY DELACORTE PRESS (RANDOM HOUSE)
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES :: TBA


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BOOK REVIEW ::
A Temptation Of Angels
Michelle Zink
@MichelleZink :: website




YA | Angels | Series Book 1

FIRST LINE :: ARC :: Though it was late, it was not the sound of arguing that woke Helen in the dead of night.

SUMMARY :: from the B&N website
Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.
REVIEW :: It seems like angel-themed books are either hit or miss. There are books like Angelfire and Angel Burn that I will sell my first-born child for; and then there is Halo and hush, hush where I am left unimpressed. I am sad to say that A Temptation Of Angels falls in the latter category. Helen frustrated me to no end. I think it was mostly because her voice sounded younger than what I normally find in other YA titles, so she seemed far from ready to shoulder the responsibilities of saving the world. While the love triangle showed potential, it lacked the tension to suck me into Helen’s dilemma of choosing between two boys. I hope that A Temptation Of Angels is only the beginning of a series, but the next book better bring on more kicking of demonic butt and turn up the heat in the romance department – otherwise, I do not think this series is for me.

DISCLAIMER :: LIBRARYTHING
RELEASED MARCH 2012 BY DIAL BOOKS (PENGUIN)
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES :: TBA

9 comments:

  1. I heard a lot of good things about cinder, it sound like an awesome re-telling of cinderella. I can't wait to read it

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    1. Yes, I have not seen a bad review of Cinder (and also I refuse to acknowledge one might exist), but I loved it! Fairy tale retellings are tricky business, and Cinder may be the first in a LONG while that actually kicks butt and takes names!

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  2. ooh, love your review of Temptation of Angels. Dying to read that one. And Cinder is on my nightstand, just waiting for me to read it! I didn't really like The Gathering Storm, overall just a "meh" type of book for me. Definitely won't be reading the sequel(s) for TGS. But do you know that Cinder is the first book out of FOUR? OH YEAH. I'm rather excited that there's four, even though I haven't read it yet, ha ha.

    excellent reviews! also, I love your new layout. :)

    Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book Reviews.

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    1. I wish I had better things to say on Temptation of Angels, but I don't think I've met a more frustrating girl! I don't know if we got on the wrong foot or what.

      The Gathering Storm sounded interesting, but I agree "meh" is about right. I may or may not pick up the sequel. We will see when it comes out!

      FOUR BOOKS of Cinder? I wonder how crazy things will continue to get! :) I can't wait either!

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  3. Oh, Cinder. How I want that book!!! I'm so excited to read it, though I'm a little worried that it can't possibly live up to all the hype. But still, the premise sounds fantastic!

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    1. I know there has been A LOT of hype on Cinder, and I am the type of reader who shies away from hyped-up books until a few months have passed - but Cinder has earned every bit of hype, and I am glad that it lived up to my expectations!

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  4. Cinder is one of the most highly anticipated books of the year and I can certainly see why!!

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    1. I am so glad that it was as awesome as I had hoped it to be! Can't wait for the sequel!

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  5. Cinder is already on my wishlist. I'm just so curious about Prince Kai is not even funny :)
    But for some reason I don't like the cover at all.

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