Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Before the Fairytale: The Girl with No Name (Seventh Night) by Iscah

Banished from her village, a young shape shifter sets out on a journey to find her place in the world...

The first of four "Before the Fairytale" stories, "The Girl With No Name" is told in a deceptively simple storybook style with the flavor of an original Grimm's fable, but don't expect your typical "once upon a time.."once upon a time scenario. This is a coming of age tale, humorously interwoven with social commentary.

This story is recommended for older children to adult readers (9 & up) but may not be suitable for younger children.GOODREADS

Who doesn't like fairy-tales? And even if you don't ,you've probably been introduced to some in your youth. Hansel and Gretel,  Snow White, Red Riding Hood  Mulan...wait, Mulan is a Disney movie...

The Goodreads description of the book is fairly accurate. "Before the Fairytale", is indeed written in a storybook way and very easy to read.  I, being a fan of the Brothers Grimm, could find some of that in this book. 

Like most fairy tales there isn't much characterization .

Except for The nameless girl and Leifhound: The main character referrred to as The Girl , changes a lot and learns a lot about the world and its people. Leifhound turns out to be a very wise prince. I think as far as secondary characters go, Leifhound might be the one I liked the most, because for a prince he's something different. He wants to be a good king and does everything possible so Uritz can have a good future.

Other memorable characters are the bookshop owner that helps the girl and when the girl meets the witch. When she meets the witch, this scene is very well depicted as frightening and different from the other places the girl has visited.

The girl at first starts off on her journey wanting to find her father. She comes back to the town she was born in after years without having found her dad. This is kind of disappointing though for an ending. It's not what I expected but endings are never to a person's expectations.

Although this is a fairy tale and a fantasy novel. The pegasus and unicorns took me off guard.
It's not a bad thing and it worked in the book but it was surprising and unexpected.

I enjoyed reading this book just like I enjoy reading any fairy tale book. It's amusing and simple. Plus there's a wonderfully wise prince.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Think Out Loud #12

Think Out Loud.
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This day, I shall recite my own haiku......*ehummm*

Grazing cow
In the meadow
A Bic Mac

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Soul of the World (Legends of Amun Ra #2) by Joshua Silverman

The ancient powers lost to Potara have returned. The Brotherhood of the Black Rose rises to bring Thoth into disorder. And, while the Brotherhood reclaims their power, chaos reigns among the survivors. Six individuals have emerged from the aftermath struggling for control over their lives and a divided land. Kem and Shirin, who abolished the five thousand year reign of the Amun Priests, rule from the golden throne of the Oracle’s Chair in the Hall of the Nine. Dio and Axios struggle to piece together a resistance worthy to challenge the ancient magic which resides in the Great Temple of Amun, and Leoros and Atlantia try to remain true to their hearts and their cause despite tragedy.

But when the Book of Breathings is discovered, the path to immortality is revealed. Leoros and Kem race to capture the Soul of the World unaware of the challenges awaiting them. This time, the gods themselves will intervene.

In a tale where boys become men and girls become women, where treachery and deception are around every corner, and where primeval mysticism finds its way back from the grave, victory is reserved for neither the good nor the evil, but the powerful.GOODREADS
I didn't like this cover at first but looking at it now, it actually works. I've read the previous book in this series a long time ago and only remember bits an pieces. Not that the book isn't memorable, I just have really bad memory.

There were a lot of things that bothered me, but as a whole this is an awesome book and sequel.  I like mythology and this one doesn't only focus on popular Greek mythology but Egyptian as well. There's also a futuristic element to the world Silverman has created. The use of exo-skeletons in battle and holograms and other advanced technology. I didn't touch on this in my first review, but these three things: Greek, Egyptian and futuristic technology all in ancient Egypt ( or a version of Egypt) . The Greek and Egyptian mythology mixing them together and creating the story works and is believable even the advanced stuff works. However, I found it to be distracting at times and contradicting in  way. I would sometimes be so engrossed in the story that I would forget that they had such technology in Potara and  it would surprise me. Then there's the the Am-ra (energy), these abilities some of the characters have and the presence of mythological creatures. It's just a lot to take in and isn't always believable. But it works!

The narration bothered me as well. The story is told from multiple POV's but at times it feels really static and drags. It picks up in the last chapters.  Some of the dialogue as well sound really textbook-like. Especially when Leoros talks about energy and life. At times it seems like almost every person in this world has a sarcastic bone in their body...even the freaking Griffin and Sphinx can be sarcastic. It's like every thing or person has a default sarcastic punk as an alter ego. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it's also not very dynamic. 

I didn't connect with any of the characters. The  story picks up two years after the events in The Emerald Tablet, Leoros is stuck on earth and wants to get back to Potara. Leoros is suppose to be the chosen one; He's the hero and I don't like him. I don't sympathize with this kid at all. The way he just  accepts his fate and jumps into the role of the savior is unbelievable. The characters that I even remotely liked were probably Dio and ( hate to admit it ) Shirin; Shirin reminded me of Artemesia from Rise of Empire. The way she took control of things and the way she encouraged Kem ( that arrogant bastard) to become a god. I can totally see Kem as the new God king......pharaoh?. Dio is an alcoholic now and eventually gets her *&%$ together. Her relationship with Axios has progressed and they've become closer. Even though Dio has fallen off the wagon they stick together; Dio even tries to commit suicide at one point. I mention this scene, because Axios catches her in the act. The way this event took place was interesting. They just calmly talked it out...even though she pulled the trigger and the gun was empty. The characters don't always react the way you think they will.

The book is called Soul of the World because Kem has to go looking for the Soul of the world to become a god. The soul of the world is a freaking dragon ( I am going with that). There is more to it then just a dragon, but seriously you do not want me to even try to explain it. In the end this dragon is defeated by Leoros with a magic sword. This happens in the end when Leoros , Atlantia and a new character Kevin show up in Ankar. They practically walk into the Resistance fight led by  Axios and Dio in the frey and the city being attacked by Kem's soldiers and ah.... ..did I mention the dragon?. Leoros and company enter the city on a flying griffin and spinx. 

I liked the last chapters because they were exciting and actually funny; Atlantia hits Leoros upside the head because the Sword of Thoth, which he had, could kill the dragon. I also hated that Axios, a supposedly awesome general didn't realize that Shirin was trying to capture Dio or that Dio was an important weapon in the war and sending her off on her own to fight the Brothers of the Rose was an idiotic move. These scenes where Shirin gives orders during the battle again reminded me of Artemesia, especially when she tells her general not to disappoint her. 

I don't know how to categorize this book. It could be sci-fi, it could be supernatural/spiritual. I definitely don't think it's Young Adult, because although some of the main characters are teenagers there's a lot of violence and some sex in this book. Shirin's past is riddled with violence and rape; this surprised me because I didn't really expect that. At times even though Leoros and Atlantia are suppose to be kids they sound really mature and being reminded of this fact, instead of being amazed by this it sounded unbelievable. 

The ending sucks and in a  bad way. I like it when the last line in a book lingers in your mind, it should be memorable. The chapter itself isn't bad it's just the last line ...Leoros after reading a prophecy off of a pyramid miniature literally says " I've heard that before"....that's the ending line...I'm not impressed.

Grade :

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Think Out Loud #11

Think Out Loud.
This is a weekly meme used for bloggers
to post something they would normally not post.
So, post whatever YOU want!
MadauG and ClarA's 
 Friendship pandas

MadauG: I saw these awesome stuffed pandas at a store one day and I thought it would be fun if my best friend and I bought them. Like a couple thing.  The idea was we would both buy one and they'd be twin pandas with their own unique personality (which we would invent). For some reason she assumed we were gonna buy porcelain pandas.....Not complaining but I think it was pretty clear I meant stuffed ones and who buys porcelain pandas. I mean really..?

ClarA: I assumed they were porcelain or something, because you don't like stuffed animals. And no, you were not clear, you meant STUFFED pandas. The thought of you buying stuffed pandas never crossed my mind. And there are people who buy porcelain stuff. I've been to a house that had like an entire cupboard full of porcelain things. I liked the idea of doing something together. To strengthen our bond or something like that. 

MadauG:.....Yes, there are people who collect porcelain dolls. I saw some in an episode of SUPERNATURAL and you know what that show is about? DEMONS !  I thought you'd like the idea that's why I asked you, so we could have our own thing together. The shop we went had a lot of cool and affordable stuff didn't it? And the pandas were affordable too. What did you think when you saw them?

ClarA: I've never actually watched an entire episode of Supernatural. I wouldn't say cool. Although I'd love one of the gigantic teddy bears they have. Yeah they were affordable, considering stuffed animals can be expensive. I thought they were cute. With the big head and small body.

MadauG: I wouldn't describe them as cute; more like "majestic" and 'laid back".  We decided to give them names. I named my panda Haru after a Korean pop singer's daughter (TABLO). I like Korean dramas and music so I had already decided on a Korean name. I also decided to give them their own sounds, because we weren't sure what sounds pandas made. So following this reasoning my panda makes an "ehehehehe" sound. This is the sound Tom Hiddleston makes when he laughs. I am not kidding you people.

ClarA: Yeah she really thought about the name beforehand. However I could not decide on a name yet for my little cutie. I actually went online to look up some cool names. I actually wanted to give my panda a gender neutral name, but I didn't find a name that suited her. I was considering naming my panda Ethan or Khaleesi. But then I looked at my panda long and hard and the name came to me.... She was a Sofia. The sound Sofia makes is "cacaw". Why, you ask? I was thinking about this really funny part in the movie "Evolution" where they were trying to call the dragon in the mall. Sean William Scott made the sounds: "cacaw" and "tookie tookie". And I just loved it.

MadauG: Dude, seriously you're making it sounds like you're naming a baby. It's a panda, a stuffed panda. And again you cannot name any one "Khaleesi" it's a title not a name, woman. I knew that's why you gave her the "cawcaw" sound. I love it too. 

ClarA: Well, she is one of my many babies now. It can be a name too. If people can name their daughters "Princess", why can't I have the possibility of naming her "Khaleesi".

Alright guys, introducing Haru and Sofia !

Lkes: : sleeping, eating and reading with MadauG. 
Dislikes: when Sofia gets all huggy and when MadauG won't share food with her. 
Biggest Dream: developing pyrokinetic  powers.
Fears: getting her white fur dirty and ...bamboo. 
DOB: July 17th 
Identification mark: bow earring right ear.
Identification: Bow earring on right ear

                                                                                          Sofia ---->
Likes: hanging out with her friends, keeping ClarA company while she studies. 
Dislikes: Being ignored, "flying" with "The Dude". 
Biggest Dream: to be played with when "Muffinhead" makes her appearance. 
Fears: Getting lost and never finding a way back, getting drooled on. 
DOB: July 17th  
Identification: red polka dot scarf, earring on the left ear, sometimes with a pink hair clip on the right side.

Thanx for stopping by and welcoming our new mascots !

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

A Collection of Ten Short Stories centred around Magnus Bane. Each short story is going to be published as an ebook followed by a Full Single Print Coming 2014

Ever wondered about the enigmatic, mysterious warlock Magnus Bane? The only character to appear in every Shadowhunter book, Magnus has a past even more shrouded in mystery than his present. I’ve teamed up with acclaimed YA writers Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to create the Bane Chronicles, the back (and front) story of Magnus told in ten linked tales.

Look for short stories like Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale; The Rise and Fall of the Hotel Dumort; Saving Raphael Santiago and What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway). Each story will be available as an ebook on a monthly basis starting April 16 with the tale of What Happened In Peru. 

Each story will be released monthly online for the next ten months — and then for those who don’t read e-books, the full print collection will be available in bookstores and wherever else books are sold after the Chronicles have been finished.Goodreads

Hardcover528 pages
Expected publication: November 11th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Recently read The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I really enjoyed the book and especially the humor. I also kept noticing similarities with the HP series, I thought this was curios and interesting. Apparently, I'm not the only one and there are a lot of fans out there bashing the book because it was originally fanfiction. I, however like the character of Magnus Bane and I'm interested in knowing more about him. The fanficiton claim does annoy me and puts me of from reading the rest of the series. 

Dark Skye, 
it's next week Tuesday!!!


What are you waiting on

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday # 4

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

I'm sorry but.....I'm still waiting on Dark Skye 

It's almost out! 57 days till Dark Skye is out. 

Eternal Obsession 

As a boy, Thronos, Lord of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body - and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

Endless Yearning 

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance? 

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts? GOODREADS

Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Gallery Books

What are you waiting on?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #3

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

I'm waiting on, Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It's the 13th Dark-hunter book! I've read them all except for Time Untime (Ren's Book). If you're familiar with Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series ! This book follows new characters Cadegan and Jo (cousin to the  Devereaux's). I'm kind of bummed it's not Jaden's book or Savitar but let's face it ...we're not gonna get their books anytime soon. On the bright side since these are kind of new characters maybe this will be a better book than Styxx.

My favorite thing about this author is that she has a website dedicated to her characters with character profiles and  everything else; curious? go here -> Sanctuary 
Further more that cover is sweet!

Expected publication : September 2nd 2014

What are you waiting on? 
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