Sunday, December 29, 2013
Anita Blake is an animator. In other words, she raises the dead for a living. She is also the supernatural expert of the police, or the RPIT. Other than being the very face of Animators Inc. and supe specialist, Anita is also known as "The Executioner". She is a vampire hunter, killing vampires who doesn't abide by the law.
Anita is being drag into a vampire murder case by the Master of the city. Anita needs to find the murderer of the powerful vampires of the city while keeping herself intact. The Master is playing with her and there is no other way but to fight back when someone is messing with you.
I didn't really have much ground on this series because Goodreads doesn't have any synopsis on its books; I just know it's quite popular. Despite this lack of insight, I'm still excited to start on a new series.
Alexia Maccon managed to escape the attempts of the vampires on her life but she needs to give up her child to the vampires to stop the attacks. This isn't really the only problem in her hands. A ghost has warned them of an attempt on the queen's life. It is up to Alexia to solve this problem, even if she is 8 months pregnant. She may have to reopen her husband's past to solve this case and find the assassin.
With the addition of her sister's new activity and Madame Lefoux's invention, her pregnancy gets better and better.
I didn't really enjoy this book that much. I think I'm getting sick of the plot or something. I mean Alexia being pregnant is really fun when she is trying to solve cases but nothing really happened. A bit of revelation from here to there but not much. The author is lacking the excitement factors in her books. Also, I didn't really like where this book ended.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Cast out by her husband & pack, Alexia Maccon needs to prove her husband of her innocence. However, life just can't get easier for Alexia. The vampires are out for her head. She has been relieved of her duties for the queen. Her family has thrown her out. Lord Akeldama, the only person willing to help her, is missing. Alexia and her small group needs to get out of England and go to Italy to find out whatever they could of her baby.
Life is just not easy for a fine lady, when you are on the run and taken prison by a church. It is up to Alexia and her parasol to get away from this little mess
I didn't really like this book that much because seriously I pity Alexia. I wanna punch Conall in the face for what he did and didn't do. For, like, one third of the book, he was drunk senseless which makes him a useless character. I pity the Professor for he is the one handling everything for his Alpha. I just couldn't believe Alexia is pregnant. She is not even showing signs of her pregnancy. I sure hoped she did to make the story far more interesting.
Alexia Maccon found herself waking up to the yelling of her husband and his quick disappearance, without knowing what is occurring. Alexia later found out the there is a wide spread of momentary lost of supernatural powers in the heart of the city and it is Alexia's task to look for the cause of this problem, most especially when people are pointing fingers at her nature.
Alexia deciphered that the cause of their problems are heading toward Scotland, where her husband ran to fix family problems. Equipped with her new parasol and tiny entourage, Alexia makes her way for her husband's homeland, where she finds that someone is out to kill her and she doesn't really know which one of her entourage is behind it.
I believe my feelings for this book is fifty fifty. I love it because of the excitement of the story and I hate it because of the extras. I really enjoyed this story. I was quite intrigued as to how Alexia would solve this problem. However, her sister & friend ruined it a bit for me. I just couldn't stand both of their stupidity. They simply insult Alexia. If I was Alexia, I would have murdered them both already.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Excerpt from chapter 1
The writing on the wall says it's January 14th. I am not sure what year. I haven't been sure of many things lately, but I’m wondering if it’s my handwriting I’m looking at.
There is an strange key drawn underneath the date. It's carved with a sharp object, probably a broken mirror. I couldn’t have written this. I'm terrified of mirrors. They love to call it Catoptrophobia around here.
“I know you don’t do dancefloors, but would you make an exception and dance with me?”
His question came as a shock and her reaction to it was an even bigger one. Aside from being close to giddy, her stomach was weirdly fluttering with butterflies. Emily looked him straight in the eye. “You’ll have my back?” she asked.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Alexia Tarabotti is a sophisticated spinster living in England and she has no soul. She can negate all supernatural powers of Vampires and Werewolves, leaving them human when in contact. However, a vampire doesn't know what Alexia is and attacked her, which is truly rude. Alexia accidentally killed the vampire and Lord Conall Maccon, a werewolf, came to investigate. Alexia managed to not get into trouble for Lord Maccon didn't bring up her name in the report. Or so she thought.
The queen of the hive asked for an audience from Alexia. Everybody knows no one comes out of the hive unharmed. Also, vampires & werewolves are disappearing and Alexia is also in danger of getting kidnapped.
I really had fun with this book. It combined 2 of my favorite genres: historical & supernatural. I was really excited to read this book. I mean a sophisticated lady killing vampires in her tea time? How fun is that? I can't really say if the story is using authentic manners or language based on the timeline but I find how they speak really endearing. Though, I had a little trouble with vocabularies. I think most of that is my lack of exploration in the English language.
Kara is still having a hard time accepting her mother's death. She spends most of her time alone doing hikes, when she stumble upon a lichgate. She found a book called the Grimoire that contains information of a world that she didn't know exists - Ourea. The book gave Kara powers beyond her wildest imagination. However, there is a price to pay.
Every being in Ourea is out to get her to wield the power of the book, that only Kara could read. She needs to learn fast and not trust anyone in order to survive but she can't seem to separate herself from the Stelian prince, Braeden. Braeden has been keeping a secret all his life and he wants the book to give himself another chance.
The two of them could only trust and help each other to survive.
I didn't expect to actually like this book. First of all, I have an allergy with faery books. Second, it's young adult. Don't get me wrong I don't have any problem with young adult. It's just I've been avoiding young adult books lately because of the naivety and lack of originality of some but this book is a different story. I needed to finish this book for a book tour and it isn't anything what I mentioned. Moreover, this is my first time reading an indie book, which is actually a good experience.
S.M. Boyce created a wonderful world for us to enjoy, where everything is a sight to see and is full of wonder. Everything is vividly describe that you could really envision everything. I seriously want to live in this world. This is really much like Julie Kagawa's Iron Fae. If you liked that series, I'm sure you'd like this one. I've missed these kinds of story where the character travels around the world. It contains so much excitement that you couldn't sit still.
This is also actually my first time reading a story that revolves around a grimoire. I mean I know about it but I haven't encountered it in a book yet. It's really interesting because you could find all sorts of things in the book which is so cool and it contains magical stuff in it. I mean who doesn't want that? The only sad part is that Kara should have used it more. I hoped Kara could master her magic and kick her enemies' asses, like Gavin's.
Though, the narration is a bit confusing because it uses the third person point of view, it's still a great experience. I'm actually continuing the series which I didn't really expect to do.
I would like to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Sookie Stackhouse is a barmaid & a telepath. She has just recently broken up with Bill, her vampire ex-boyfriend, who is going to Peru for a few weeks. Now that Sookie is all alone again, she is feeling how lonely her life really is ever since her Gran was gone. However, she didn't expect to have the company of a certain vampire to remedy this problem.
Eric has lost all his memories. Sookie saw him running on the road terrified and she just couldn't leave him like that. She found out the Eric has been having some problems with the witches and they retaliated. Now, she needs to keep Eric away from public eyes and stop the witches that are taking over the city. She also needs to look for her missing brother. It seems that Sookie won't be able to follow up to her New Year's resolution of not getting beaten up.
I'm very much pissed by this book. At first, it was super fine. I mean it's quite exciting seeing Eric & Sookie get together but everything that happened doesn't even have a point. The only thing that this book contains is that witches, whom you won't really get to know more about, & fairies, who are equally as vague. Also, some stuff that happened to Jason by the end that would be a bit problematic or life changing. I seriously don't know where this author is going. Even if she is on her third book the story ain't getting better. I still couldn't see the pattern of it. It's like she is still trying out her characters and plots.
Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic bar waitress and the girlfriend of a vampire, Bill. What used to be her great love life ain't that great these days. Bill has always been working on his computer the past few days. He's also been keeping things from Sookie. Bill left her some instructions concerning his work while he went to "Seattle". Sookie doesn't believe what he said one bit but she couldn't really stop him from doing a mission for the Queen of Louisiana.
Later, Sookie found out from Pam & Eric that Bill was missing. Also, Bill is planning on leaving Sookie with a big sum of money and run off with his past lover. Sookie can't believe what she is hearing. However, she needs to suck it up and at least try and save Bill from danger, even if he crushed her heart.
Now, she is out to find the vampire who has Bill but life keeps getting better and better for Sookie because now she has someone trying to kidnap her. With the help of Alcide, Bubba & Eric, Sookie would put herself in danger again for the person who doesn't really deserve her love.
So, I did a really really bad thing. I read all the synopsis of the books and I think I know the main structure of the series. No more surprises for me. Also, I didn't really like what I read. I've been contemplating whether to actually continue the series or not. I'm still trying to think about it but for now, I'll try to review what book I read from the series.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Misha, or really known as Christy, is an 18 year old spy for the Division. Her first real mission is to stop a kidnapping and prove to the Division that she is as good as they say she is. She needs to get herself kidnapped by posing as an adrenaline junkie high schooler and get information on the operation of the kidnapper before being extracted. However, how could she complete her mission when her own team, except Jeremy, her handler, doesn't believe in her?
This may be Christy's first big break but this could also be her last mission ever. She needs to save both adrenaline junkie groups whom may be the next target. However, would she be able to save herself first before saving her friends?
I fell in love with this book the very first time I read the first chapter. I didn't read the synopsis before reading and I was honestly surprised by the plot. I was expecting slice-of-life kind of genre again but it's not. I missed reading these kinds of story, where the main character is an innocent looking spy. This book seriously gave me life and I remembered what I'm missing out for reading too much paranormal books.
What makes this book so great is that it's young adult but it's not so naive, which is usually the case. I paused my young adult reading because of the naivety of most of them. This book is not that naive at all and the plot and ending is really good. At first, I got put out because of the clown-initiation part that was super weird. I thought this would be those books with super corny plots. However, I was wrong.
I think the only thing wrong in this book is the lack of planning for the assassination and escape which is a bit understandable considering the length of the book.
As for the characters, I think Christy is a bit too trusting for my taste. I mean anyone could be a spy for Sterling but she suddenly trusts everyone even Dakota, who is seriously suspicious. By the way, I love Christy's super photographic memory. I wish I have that skill so I don't need to study that much. Also, the background story is not present! What makes a book good is a good background story and Christy doesn't have one. *sniff* I really wanted to know more about Christy. (I just researched a bit on this book. I didn't know it has a series before Christy becomes a spy, the Watched series so I think that's where we're going to get the background story.)
I wished the author made a series out of this.
PS: I would like to thank the author for giving me a copy of the book.