Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review; I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak


Meet Ed Kennedy — underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . . 

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?


After having read The Book Thief , it's safe to say that Markus Zusak is on my list of awesome writers. That being said I had to check out some of his other works . I Am The Messenger is different from The Book Thief but it's just as brilliant. It's great, it's amusing, it makes you feel . It makes you care.

A lot of bad things happen in the world, your city, your town, your street. What can I possibly do to stop it? change it? It's a hopeless case. I'm too small and insignificant to really do anything. To really change anything? so why care. I've always thought this. I think we've all felt like this, but we still care . We still try. 

"If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did, then maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of."

Ace of Diamond

Ed Kennedy is the epitome of ordinary. The story starts with him, a cabdriver, and how he saves the day when he catches a bankrobber. That's where it all begins. After the robbery Ed gets the ace of diamonds in his mail with 3 addresses on it. He goes to these addresses. One belongs to an old woman who's lonely, one to a girl who runs barefoot, and the third belongs to a guy who comes home drunk everyday and rapes his wife. The drunk was the first address Ed went to. He's shocked and scared but what can he possibly do? He's a coward and he knows it. Because he can't save the woman, he can't save the daughter who hears what's happening in the other room. He can't do shit. So he goes to the other addresses. He finds a way to help those people. The people who sent him the card later send him a gun too. Ed uses it on the drunk. He's scared, he doesn't want to hurt anybody, not even the drunk who rapes his wife each night. In the end it all works out. Ed helps these people.

Ace of Cloves

"Say a prayer at the stones of home"

Ed gets another card. Ace of cloves. This time there are no addresses just a sentence"say a prayer at the stones of time". Ed's a cab driver so when a guy tries to run off without paying the fair, he goes after him. He ends up at the river near his home where he and his brother use to fish. He finds a stone with the next 3 people on it. A priest, whose church nobody visits. The rose brothers who always fight. A young mother with 3 kids.  Ed helps these people with free beer, by getting beat up and by simply buying someone an ice cream.

Ace of Spades

I like this part because I recognized one of the names on the card. Graham Greene. This card had 3 names on it of writers. After having a dream Ed figures it out too. This time he has to help a family with lights, a theater owner and his mom. Ed's mom sure is a character. She curses like it's a hobby and treats Ed badly. Ed confronts her. She thinks Ed's just like his father and useless. I felt for Ed."It takes a lot of love to hate you like this" his mom says.

Ace of Hearts

Ed was afraid of the ace of hearts the most. Although it's the last card and means it's almost the end.

"People die of broken hearts .They have heart attacks.And it's the heart that hurts the most when things go wrong and fall apart"

Ed was right to fear the ace of hearts. On this card there are 3 movie titles on it. It turns out to be 3 people who are important to him. His best friends. Ritchie, the laziest, Marv the smart ass and Audrey who doesn't want to love and who Ed's in love with.

I can relate to Ritchie. Ritchie is always the laid back one of the group. At first Ed didn't know or couldn't imagine what problem Ritchie could possibly have. Ritchie wants to want. He doesn't have ambition. He doesn't know what to do with his life. He sits in his kitchen each night listening to the radio. Ed helps him aswell. Simply by telling him what a useless bastard he is.

Then there's Marv. The cheapskate ,smart ass Marv with the crappiest car ever. Marv has been saving up money for years . He has almost 40k in the bank. In the end it turns out Marv loved a girl with all his heart. The girl's family moved when she got pregnant . Marv didn't know his girl was pregnant till it was too late. Everyday he makes it through but in the end he breaks down. and he can hear his heart crying. Hurting. For the little girl/boy out there. 

Then there's Audrey. He just dances with her. So simple? but it was more than that. Ed loves the girl. She loves Ed, but wants somebody else. Why is love so complicated. He just dances with her. 3 minutes . Just for 3 minutes they love each other.

You'd think that was the end but no Ed gets another card . The joker. The address on the card is his. Ed spends weeks worrying  about what's gonna happen. Who's coming. Who sent the cards? It was a shocker. Throughout the book I was wondering the same thing. and I went for the obvious people. Audry, his ma, in the end I even thought it was his dad. The shocking thing is when it turns out to be  the robber.

At the end of a good book when things are clearing up. It's the best and saddest part. Best because now you get to know who's behind everything , sad because the book's ending. The person behind everything. I think is Markus Zusak in the book. I think he wrote himself in. At first I thought it was the big guy. I loved the ending chapters. I'm telling you this is a great book. Ed Kennedy wasn't the messenger. He is the message. We can't just live for the sake of living. We have to live, feel, want. Be alive.

Ed's a very kind and caring guy. He's also a ordinary guy. If he can do what he did then anybody can.




Grade : O

Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 10 Books Looking Forward To 2012

Top 10 books I'm looking forward to 2012. I sadly only have 6 books i'm looking forward to next year.

Here they are:




2012 Book#1 Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon


I can't wait  to read more about Renegade. I love saying his name"Renegade".

Expected publication: August 2nd 2012 (the horror!)

















2012 Book#2 Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon




Expected publication: March 13th 2012















2012 Book#3 Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I've only read the first book in the League serie but that was enough to make me love Darling's character.
Expected publication: April 15th 2012

2012 Book#4 Lover Reborn by J R Ward


I need more Lassiter!!
Expected publication: March 27th 2012
2012 Book#5 The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

Sienna has grown since her introduction into the serie and I'm curious. I want to know more about this mousy little woman who now has wings and a deeper understanding for the lords plight.
Expected publication: February 28th 2010

2012 Book#6 Lothaire by Kresley Cole


I don't really understand this guy. I have mix feelings about him. I'd have rather Lanthe's or Nix's book to read. This guy's just too arrogant and is he evil or good?!.
Expected publication: January 10th 2012 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 10 Characters 2011

My top 10 characters 2011. This was easy . I just started writing them down and stopped at 10.

Character#1 Lisbeth Salander ( Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson)




Lisbeth Salander is everything but a victim. She's a strong, badass, intelligent female character. She has her own standards,her own sense of justice and doesn't give a crap about what people think about her. She has attitude and the intelligence to survive.  She's built small but has the will power and strength to fight the world 
and anybody who dares to mess with her. 


Character#2 Jaden ( Dark Hunter serie by Sherrilyn Kenyon)


Troubled and the king of sarcasm. Jaden's enslaved by Noir and Azura. How or why ,nobody knows but we're all dying to know. Also what's up with him and Jared? Jaden caught my attention when he tried to give Acheron some "advise " about women. He sounded so jaded. I just want to know more about him. He intrigues me I guess. And his mismatched eyes mesmerize me.

Character#3 Savitar (Dark Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon)


Who wouldn't like this badass surfer dude? Just like Jaden there's a lot of unanswered questions surrounding his character. like: whats the deal between him and Appolymi? why does Zebulon hate him? who are the 2 people he loves the most?. I'm just very curious and attracted to his character.

Character#4 Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games by Suzanne  Collins)


I guess what I liked about Peeta is that in the Games he didn't want to lose himself. He didn't want to kill anybody. He wanted to tell the Capitol to stick it. I respect that.

Character#5 Katniss Everdeen ( The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins )

I guess she's the opposite of Peeta. She's going in to survive or do her best to stay alive as she promised her sister. I like strong female characters and Katniss falls into that category. 

Character#6 Jane Rizzoli ( Rizzoli&Isle serie by Tess Gerritsen)


Jane is one of my favorite female characters. She's a cop and a fighter. Like I said: I love strong female characters. She's a detective for the Boston PD. One of the few female cops . I liked how even though she was the only female cop she didn't take crap from the other cops (males).


Character#7 Nix the Ever-knowing (Immortals After Dark serie by Kresley Cole)

Nix is funny and her attitude knows no bounds. She's a strong female character and she knows it. For most of the time she's not really all there, I find myself loving the moments when she's not lucid. I love her antics. And how she brings everything together. She's a very entertaining character.

Character#8 Max Vanderberg ( The Book Thief by Markus Zusak)

Oh Max, the raven haired boxer. I loved his story about the stand over man. I love his character because I like Max. He grew and he felt and I went with him.

Character#9 Zarek of Moesia (Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon)


Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?  Zarek's a great character . why : Hair of the Dog, that's why.

Character#10 Lassiter ( Black Dagger Brotherhood by J R Ward)


I love this badass angel. He's hilarious, handsome and falls in the category of Jaden and Savitar. He's a character I want to know more about and his banter with the brothers is just funny as hell. I can't wait to hear more about him.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 10 Book Boyfriends 2011

This task wasn't so easy because i don't really understand what is meant by "book boyfriend". A character who's in an actual relationship in the book? a character who's boyfriend material? or the girl characters love/crush interest?

Anyways here are my top 10 book boyfriends. If they don't  actually fit the "book boyfriend"(whatever exactly that means)  catagory in the book then i wish they were my boyfriend :)

BookBoyfriend#1 Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games)

I know technically in the book he's a pretend boyfriend. But he's had a crush on Katniss since she was 5 and there's just something about The Boy with the Bread that's attractive. A kind of guy character who's hand you want to hold, who's shoulder you want to lay your head on. A comfortable and funny book boyfriend

BookBoyfriend#2 Edward Cullen (Twilight)

Eddy,Eddy ,Eddy. He's the ideal boyfriend. isn't he?. He's handsome and fine. Reads, knows shakespeare and his love is unconditional and irrevocable. The prince from all the fairy tales only diffrence is . He bites.

BookBoyfriend#3  Alex Fuentes( Perfect Chemistry)

He's the bad boy all the good girls secretly desire. He's got the bike ,the jacket, the tattoo's and the attitude. I loved Alex . Perfect chemistry was a wonderful read. I enjoyed it a lot and at the end i was wishing i had some fine chicano calling me "mamacita"

BookBoyfriend#4  Simone Evans (SBC Fighters 2)

Who doesn't like fighters?? I love guys that fight(sport). or can fight. I love action. Simone's character was bossy, loyal . He's a fighter but he's also a good guy who gets betrayed by his wife. This was one of my favorites from the SBC serie.

BookBoyfriend#5 Vane Kattalakis ( Night Embrace)

A guy who would judge you not by your looks but by what's inside. Isn't that what every chicks looking for, a Vane Kattalakis. A Hot, Sexy were-hunter :D

BookBoyfriend#6 Ronald Weasly (Harry Potter)

He's cute, he really is. and funny.

BookBoyfriend#7  Christian Ozera ( Vampire Accademy)

I love Christian . He's dark and mysterious and i liked that at first he and Lissa hated each other but when they started liking each other. He was supportive and protective.

BookBoyfriend#8 Declan Chase (Dreams of a Dark Warrior)

I really don't know if he counts as a book boyfriend but i'm adding him anyway because his irish and he can be the warden of my prison anyday while saying things to me in that irish brogue :D

BookBoyfriend#9 Jasper Hale (Twilight)

I guess what i like about Jasper is that his quiet and would do anything for Alice. He reminds me of a character from Fullmetal Alchemist(anime). This might be odd but he reminds me of the big guy who follows and protects his wife. No matter what he's always there.

BookBoyfriend#10 Carlos Fuentes (Perfect Chemistry2)

Little borther to Alex Fuentes. Everything i like about Alex and more in Carlos. He pretends to be this badass kid but he's actually a really nice guy. A good ,honorable guy.

Well i tried and that was my top 10 "book boyfriends" 2011.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 10 Covers 2011

Book covers! when browsing books the first thing you see is the cover. Some books have horrible covers but the book itself is awesome and vice versa. So I guess, what I'm saying is that the covers aren't that important but we all like pretty things . I personally like steamy covers and interesting/mysterious covers.

With that said, here are my top 10 covers 2011.

My top 10 covers 2011

Cover#1 Lover Avenged (BDB Novel#7) by J.R Ward

I loved his one!  I even made a bookmark with this cover. This cover just fits with the main character. This is how I pictured Rehvenged throughout the story.
















Cover#2 The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld#2) by Gena Showalter

Um do I really have to explain why I love this cover?
The book is awesome. Lucien is one of my favorite characters from Lords of the Underworld. He has one blue eye and one brown one. I think I'm starting to develop some kind of fetish towards men with mismatched  eyes.













Cover#3 Dream Warrior (Dream Hunter#4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Now if I say "Jericho" does it not fit the guy on the cover? I've said it before I love Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love the dream hunters series. Dream warrior is one of me favorites! Jericho was really one of does badass characters and this cover suits him and his story!













Cover#4 The Guardian (Dream Hunter#5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

"First time in print" I OWN one of these! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I bought this one, most of the other DH novel I've read online. I like this cover because it reminds me of Seth for some reason. And the colour works for me. That's saying a lot because I'm a very picky person.














Cover#5 Infinity 9 (Chronicles of Nick #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon                
                                                                                                                       
I love this cover! and the other covers of the other books. And I love that Nick's symbol is used on the other covers as well. This was a great book , can't wait to read the others.

Cover#6 Deep Kiss of Winter by Kreseley Cole


Yeah............you know........that's why.


Cover#7 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is a really awesome  book. Although the cover of the version I read was the one with the dominoes. I like this cover better because it depicts The Book Thief and Death dancing.


I thought it might be easy picking 10 covers but it wasn't. I couldn't choose the last 3 from books I've read so here are 3 covers of books I haven't read but want to because the covers are awesome.

Cover#8 Slow Burns by E.B Walters

                                                                  While browsing I came across this cover and then immediately  
looked up the book. Unfortunately, I can't find the eBook anywhere and I can't afford to buy it.
So it's on my TBR list.
 Cover#9 Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


Same story as Slow Burns . Saw the cover and want to read it. I like the cover because of the pile of books on it. A pile of books that you might find in an old stuffy bookstore.


Cover#10 The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld ) by Gena Showalter


I've never been interested in Paris's story. As for Sienna, at first she was a  weak character but as the story continued to develop, so did my interest in Paris & Sienna's story. I really can't wait for this book to come out. The cover is just an appetizer for what's to come and I'm starving!

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Demon from the Dark & Dreams of a Dark warrior by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark 10 &11)

So it's Christmas vacation and what I should be doing is getting some studying and school stuff done. Yet this weekend I ended up going on a (book)bender. I'm reading books I shouldn't be reading instead of books I should be reading for school. It's my fault I should have resisted more but I couldn't.  This weekend I read the last 2 books from the Immortals After Dark series: A Demon from the Dark and  Dreams of a Dark Warrior. Both books run parallel with each other so fair warning: if you read  Demon from the Dark you're going to want to read Dreams of a Dark Warrior. The temptation is irresistible.

Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole
 
A DANGEROUS DEMON SHE CAN’T RESIST . . .
 
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.
 
A MADDENING WITCH HE ACHES TO CLAIM . . .
 
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.
 
TRAPPED TOGETHER IN A SAVAGE PRISON . . .

In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

In Pleasure of a Dark Prince many creatures from the Lore were kidnapped . Carrow Graie and Regin the Radiant being among the ones taken. They're kidnapped by an organisation called The Oder: this organisation thinks the creatures from the Lore are abominations ,who want to destroy mankind . So they go around kidnapping creatures from the Lore to interrogate and study them.

Carrow is taken because the order wants to use her. They want to send her into another plane called Oblivione(hell,dessert like realm) to get a venom( vampire/demon creature) named Malkom  Slain. Carrow is blackmailed into doing this by her captures. If she refuses they will kill her and her niece Ruby and if she does they'll let her and Ruby go free(which they don't do). So carrow has no choice but to accept. She goes to get Malkom, who turns out to be some kind of barbaric caveman because he's been  alone and surviving in the dessert for a very long time. Being a vampire and a demon he recognizes Carrow as his bride and mate,so he can't kill Carrow. At first it was annoying because Malkom and Carrow couldn't communicate with each other . Malkom didn't understand what she said although there is a scene where Carrow explains to Malkom using her hands and a twig that they can't have sex which was very  amusing. Malkom eventually remembers some of the language and his speech improves. It was cute when  he said 'carrow is malkom"s". with little words the venom wins you over. Although Malkom's character is haunting because well his introduction was very barbaric. you'd think he was something from predator vs aliens. but his character develops and you learn to like him. Carrow was right when she said "Malkom is noble".

Just like the other novels in the series the book is told from the hero and the heroins pov. Carrow betrays Malkom and Malkom at first wants to kill her (naturally) but later when they escape the Orders prison he finds out why she betrayed him. Although he understands he still can't trust her.

This was an amusing ,sad and one of the best books in the series. I felt for Malkom. He's had it rough but he's really understanding but not very forgiving , "Those who betray me, only do it once'. When I read that line ,it sent chills down my spine.That was annoying tho, even I thought he wasn't going to forgive Carrow. I thought he was being a really mean jerk but at the same time I understood why. Although Carrow was hurting she wasn't going to give up on him. I liked that about her. 

I loved this book . It leaves you with so many questions . Uileam Magrieve, Lante, Thanatos, Lothaire, and Regin were among the other prisoners. When they escape Lante gets taken by Thanatos. Uileam escapes. but what about Lothaire and Regin??. There was even a centaur in this book!

Carrow and Ruby escape with Malkoms help. They're on some kind of island. It was kind of a dreary setting tho lots of rain and fog. But Malkoms able to find a cabin for them to stay in ( found it by throwing the original occupants out).

This was a great read and  it made me curious about the other characters aswell. We know Milanth, Sabins sister , is being pursued by Thanatos . He gets himself captured aswell, so he can get to Lante. During the escape Lante gets captured by him . Also the warden Declan Chase. he's described as  cold and insane. And something's going on between him and Regin the Radiant. So many unanswered questions I just had to read Dreams of a Dark Warrior!

Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

This starts off with the narrator telling the tale of
Regin the Radiant and Aidan the Fierce and their curse. Aidan is a beserker who recognizes his mate in the young valkyre  Regin. He then promises to wed her when she's older. Regin is immortal so Aidan tries to achieve ohalla( if he fights 200 battles in the name of Woden he will be immortal too) but he dies before he could achieve that but promises that he will always come for Regin. That's where the curse comes in. Aidan keeps getting reincarnated but with no memory and when he and Regin cross paths, when they kiss Aidan remembers everything and later dies .

In Dreams of a Dark Warrior Aidan comes back as Declan Chase , the warden of The Order . And boy is this book the best I've read from the series! I loved it. Declan is so damaged it's scary. Regin soon finds out it's Aidan's reincarnation and plans to escape by making Declan remember the past but in the end she can't do it.

This was the steamiest, most action packed one ever. Regin is so bad ass and arrogant . You can't help but love her.As  for Declan I was screaming inside for the guy to not be so evil, not to do something he'd regret. As his character develops you feel for the guy.

Then there's Lothaire. My god, the guy is arrogant and evil. and what's the deal between him and Nix?! I don't know if I'm happy his books coming out next year or not. I have mix feelings about him. and I didn't find out what happened to Lanthe.

This was an awesome book I give it 5 stars!

Top 10 Books I've Read 2011

While I was browsing on my friends blog I came across this event to celebrate the books we've read in 2011. The event is hosted by A Lifebound Bound by Books,Confessions of a Bookaholic,Two Chicks on Books and Fikshun. I think it's a great, fantastic idea and that's why I'm participating (eventhough I'm kind of confused about the whole "linky" thing they kept mentioning). This year I challenged myself to read 100 books and I'm going to choose my top 10 books from that hundred. It was easy choosing 10 books, well not so easy the 10th book was  difficult . I had to choose between 3. Anyways here are the top 10 books I've read in 2011.


Book#1 Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I love the dark-hunter novels by Sherrilyn kenyon. Seize the Night was wonderful but also sad because of all the bad stuff that happened with nick and ash . Tabitha losing her sister and everybody dying and then coming back to life. That sucked and all but I love Tabitha she's awesome , pinerolli,come one?! As for Valeruis, you can't help but like the guy, at least that's just me. This book is my number one favorite because the title won't leave my head. Seize the night, Carpe Noctum. 

Book#2 Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Yeah, so I think I've mentioned that I LOVE the dark-hunters. They are mad,bad and immortal after all.
So if you've read this one,  then you already know it's a favorite because of Wren.

Book#3 Dance with the Devil By Sherrilyn Kenyon
Alright, Zarek of Moesia. This guy should be the definition of "psycho". I loved Zareks book. It was awesome. But what makes it great  is that both Zarek and Astrid love "The Little Prince". They quoted from that book, and that just touched me somehow. After reading Dance with the Devil, I went on to read The Little Prince.


Book#4 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
Come on, did you not see that coming? It's a story about a boy who has a rose, he loves very much. He then goes out to the other planets looking for something to protect his planet from  the growing baobab. It's actually a very beautiful story. My favorite part is when the fox asks the boy to tame him. The boy doesn't know what tamed is so the fox tells him: tamed means "to create ties" For some reason I was sold.

Book#5 Infinity(chronicles of nick1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
So, I've kind of lost interest in Young Adult novels. Well the ones like Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Academy, yuck. I'm not saying they suck because I haven't read them yet. Never judge a book by it's cover after all. It was never my intention to read Infinity but I had already gone through all the dark-hunter novels and impatiently waiting for The Guardian to come out. So I read Infinity just to pass time. And it was AWESOME. It was funny, it was action packed, it left you with questions. It was Nick Gautier , the young little cajun  from page one to the end leaving you wanting more. Maybe my interest in YA novels hasn't dissipated yet. To Infinity!!!

Book#6 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A brilliant story narrated by death himself. I read this book because I liked the title "The Book Thief" not that I like stealing or anything. I just sometimes burrow things and forget to give them back. It's an issue I'm working on. I can't wait to read more of Markus Zusak's books. I intend to buy The Book Thief ( I read the eBook). I loved the  characters Liesel and Max and the story of the stand-over man and the drawings had a great affect.  

Book#7 The Hunger Games by Suzzane Collins
This had to be in the top 10. I still don't know how I feel about this book. I only know one things clear, this book is brilliant and deserves a place in the top 10. I don't know why but this book left me with a feeling of , I don't know. fear. That's irrational right? but I just don't know. This book was sad, frigtening, but great. 


Book#8 Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Another awesome conspiracy woven by Dan Brown! I love conspiracies and Angels and Demons did not dissapoint.  Science vs Religion. This book was THE anti-mater .

Book#9 Lover Awakened by J R Ward
"I was dead until you found me though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came and I was awakened". Man, Z was so broken . He still is but he has Bella now. Black Dagger Brotherhood is another one of my favorites.
  


Number 10 was a difficult decision between 1. Ice Cole (Tess Gerritsen), 2. The Guardian (Sherrilyn Kenyon),3. The Keepsake (Tess Gerritsen), so I let my mom pick a number between 1 and 3. She picked 2!

Book#10 The Guardian by Sherrilyn Kenyon
I loved this book because I got to read more about Jaden! mesmerizing eyes, tortured soul, smart mouth Jaden.



Friday, December 23, 2011

Review: Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . . .

Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League—and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him or stop him from completing his current mission: to protect Kiara Zamir, a woman whose father’s political alliance has made her a target.  
As her world becomes even deadlier, Kiara must entrust her life to the same kind of beast who once killed her mother and left her for dead. Old enemies and new threaten them both and the only way they can survive is to overcome their suspicions and learn to trust in the very ones who threaten them the most: each other.

After reading the dark-hunter books I needed more Kenyon,so I decided to check out her League series. At first I wasn't really interested because it was science fiction and I was looking for more paranormal and more of the dark-hunters. But people kept talking about how great her other books are so I had to check them out and The League really is worth it. It's action packed, funny and gruesome.

The  first cover I saw of Born of Night was pink and not very attractive but the new one is better and thank god when I bought the book I got the new one and not the pink one.

Nykyrian has had a really rough life. He was abandoned in an orphanage by his grandmother because he was half andarion half human. He grew up hating his mother and his adoptive father who made his life a living hell. But his redemption shows up in the form of a little dancer named Kiara,who shows him that life isn't as ugly as he sees it.


The other characters are just amazing and I love their names. Dancer Hawk and Darling Cruel. You can't but love their never-ending banter, they act as if they hate each other but they're quite loyal friends. Hawk is always threatening to eat Darling. Before I read Born of Night, I thought it was stupid to name a character Darling but after reading this book I realized the guy makes the name work. I eagerly anticipate their stories.

Then there's Syn , best friend and brother of Nykyrian and a drunk. All the guy ever wanted was to have a normal life I think and he had it all. A wife and a son but then his past came back to bite him in the ass and he lost everything he ever loved. So he found his solace in drinking. It was funny how throughout the book Nyk was always trying to get Syn to drink orange juice and how Syn was almost always drunk .

I couldn't help but look for things to link Born of Nigh to the dark-hunter series. I was always reading Kyrian instead of Nykyrian and Thinking of Sin from DH. I'm not saying Dark-Hunter and The League are the same ,they're not obviously. Dark-hunter has more of a fate/destiny theme while the league has a justice kind of theme (my opinion).

The book has a happy ending, yeah Nykyrian almost died and has kind of a limp now. But he also has a little dancer for a wife and a daughter and a son. And he found out he's family didn't really abandon him, they really did love him and never forgot him .

I give this book 4 stars and I'm happy I bought it because it enables me to visit the Ichidian Universe whenever I want.

<- this is the old cover. See it's PINK!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Review: Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

I love Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli&Isle serie!. A boy from from school lent me one of her books (from the series) that's when I got hooked. I wanted to read them all and  I did cuz the guy had them all. A couple of months ago I found out there was a tv serie!! I havn't seen it yet but really want to. Unfortunatly it doesn't air in my country yet. But that doesn't bother me as much as finding out there were 2 more books out from the serie and I HAD NO CLUE!. Ice Cold and The Silent Girl. So when I found it in a bookstore I had to buy it (I'm broke now btw) and it was worth  the money. and worth being broke now.



Ice cold starts off with Maura Isle going to wyoming for a conference. Father Brophy( Father in the literal sense(guy is a PRIEST)) drops her off at the airport. There affaire has reached the point where it's not about the hot sex anymore and more about Daniel (priest) choosing between Maura and the priesthood. Anyways Maura meets a guy, Dough at the conference  who she went to school with, who invites her to go skiing with him and his friends. Maura, who's always the levelheaded one, agrees and that's how the worst weekend of Maura Isle's life happenes.

I really liked this book and it took me back to why  I love this series. I got to reacquaint myself with my favorite characters Maura Isle and Jane Rizzoli.

What I liked about this book was the horror story kind of feeling it gave. The abandoned houses, the dead animals, the footprints in the snow. And when the owner of the supermarket warns then about a place called  "Kingdom Come" and they end up on an abandoned road and find a sign that says "welcome to kingdom come". and then continue to find strange things. It really made you wonder What DID  happen to the people.
When Jane comes looking for Maura and they end up finding a body that matches a woman of Maura isles height and weight they all think she's dead. I didn't , although while I was reading, I didn't really believe she was dead, so I skimmed through a couple of pages just to make sure she was still alive.

I liked Rats character and old characters like Sansone and Lucy ( the mephisto club) are also in this book.
Daniel and Sansone have  a moment where (when they're returning to Boston with "Maura's" body) they kind of have an argument about who loved her more. Although I think having an affair with a priest is wack (bad) . I like Daniels character. and how Maura is with the guy. And I feel sorry that she breaks up with em, well maybe I feel bad for the priest .  Maura loves him but he is also the cause of her unhappiness.

The book ends with a twist. At first everything kind of led to it being a case of mass murder but it was actually just an accident .

I can't wait to read The Silent Girl .
Ice Cold is another awesome book by Tess Gerritsen ****

Friday, December 9, 2011

Review: The Guardian by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I finally got to read The Guardian by Sherrilyn Kenyon after having to wait for 3 long weeks.
Of course because  I couldn't wait and I was going crazy , I went looking for spiolers and other news and found a sneak preview of the first 4 chapters online ( at heroes and heartbreakers.com) well it made me even more impatient. Then I found the extra scene on the same site which made me even more gaga, because my book was delayed by a whole week!!


But of course the book!
What I expected from The Guardian.
1. What Kenyon was gonna do with the Egyptian mythology
2. Who's Seth
3. Getting to learn more about Solin and Jaden
 4. Just the enjoyment of reading another Dark-Hunter (dream hunter novel)

So the guardian wasn't as great as the other DH novels, it is also not one of my favorites but I do like it. I'd give it 4 stars.

The books is about the key of Olympus. Seth is charged with the task of finding the key for Noir. The only person known to be in possession of the key is Solin. Seth kidnaps Solin and tortures him,  but gets nothing out of him. That's when Lydia comes in. She, a dream/werehunter (jackal), somehow finds a way into Azmodea to save Solin, who of course when he sees Lydia tells her what an idiot she is and to leave. But does she listen "of course not". So she ends up getting caught as well  by the guardian (Seth). Who then uses her as leverage against Solin. Solin has to give Seth the key in exchange for Lydia.

Seth is the son of  the Egyptian god Set which makes him a demigod.  We  also find out later that he's Menyara's nephew. We also meet Maahes another Egyptian god, who has hair like a "lions mane". Kenyon didn't really get into the Egyptian mythology, other then the mention of other Egyptian gods (my opinion at first))
After reading the book again (when I should have been studying for exams). I realized I forgot about the swallow and it's significance in Egyptian mythology and how the author incorporated that into the book.Seth has a tattoo of a swallow on his chest. The swallow (according to Egyptian mythology) is associated with death and sorrow. And if you read the book you'll really like what it is to Seth and how he got it.

Seth has a really tortured character. He's suffered a lot, actually too much . I mean come on?!
Although he's suffered so much and tries to be all bad and evil, he's still retained some goodness in him. A lot of goodness in him. Noir and Azura are indeed assholes and like Lydia I can't wait for them to get theirs.

As for Solin, I've learned a lot. He was in love with a were-hunter, who after she finds out what Solin is. Shuns him. Here's the catch. They have a daughter together. Who's the daughter . LYDIA (the heroin).
I can't say if I like her character or not. I can say I find it annoying all the random endearments she used for Seth, but I generally hate that, so maybe that's not an argument.

And Jaden! Lydia did some of us fans a favor and asked him what he was . To which he answered "fubar".
I read that and was like "whats a fubar". If you've read Acheron and know what "BPD' is, then you won't be disappointed. Since I've come across Jaden's character I've been trying to learn more about him. His mismatched eyes intrigue me. And that's one of the mayor reasons I so desperately wanted to read The Guardian. *somebody betrayed him that's why his a slave to Nior? and he can leave, he can kill Noir and Azura but then somebody he cares for will suffer? who damn it?! who?! and this other guy Verilyn, who has the same eyes as Jaden but in reverse. Whats going on??

Overall impression of the book. I liked it. I don't think there are bad/good books. There are stories. and stories are just stories. You either enjoy them or not.   I enjoyed this story with the new characters and the old ones. When Seth and Lydia found some iota of trust between them at the last 50 so pages that did bug me, was the story going to end so fast?! I guess, I now understand what some readers mean by the "rushed ending" thing. and all this time I was thinking they were "annoying crazy people". My apologies.

* if I spelled anything wrong, or bad grammar My bad

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Review: Kiss of a demon king

This is my first real try at a book review.

'Kiss of a Demon King" is the 7th book in the Immortals After Dark series and man is it a page turner, well actually you'll burn your fingers turning the pages as you go or possibly suffer a paper cut because it's so damn steamy and hot. and umph.

This is saying A LOT because I just read the ebook .
Anyways "Kiss of a Demon King' runs parallel with the 6th book "Dark Desires After Dusk".
Rydstorm (hero) gets captured by the Queen of Illusions, Sabin. The sister of his mortal enemy Omort.
All Rydstorm wants is to defeat Omort and get his kingdom back. But then he is being held captive by this "wicked female" who torments him every night. Stoking his desire to a certain point and then leaving him dry.
He vows revenge and eventually gets it and some.

I loved Rydstorm he is just so "royally hot" and when he's pissed and loses control, did I mention the page burns?
And Sabin (heroin) was just a badass chick, she knows what she wants, no inhibitions. She has her own idea of justice and her own standard of measuring things you have to respect.
Trust was a major issue between Rydstorm and Sabin but they eventually got over that hurdle.
In the end the guy gets the girl and the kingdom. Happily ever after.

One of my favorites characters, the crazy one ,Nix the all-knowing.
I just love her. She's awesome and I'm always wondering what her shirts gonna say.
And whose bones she wants to jump next. Nix said something about "going down to Budapest" to "investigate" a group of demons who call themselves "The Lords of the Underworld".
Now seeing as I'm also a fan of Gena Showalter's "Lords of the Underworld" series. It just makes me wonder....

The next book is "Pleasure of a Dark Prince" .
Another thing besides the demons with the sensitive horns to like ,are the Lykae. I just love them . They stoke the READERS desire and leave THEM dry.

On a personal note I should probably stop reading' these books. My mind is turning to mush and my heart just depressed. Because there's no chance of it all being real. I don't mean the Lore but the love.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The GOodreads 2011 reading challenge

I challenged myself to reading 100 books this year.
At first i didn't think i was gonna make it. Ofcourse that was at first but then the summer vacation hit and i was going through books like chocolate cake, and i love cake.

I'm currently 14 books ahead of schedule it seems, cuz there are still 2 months left to go.
Somehow i ended up reading a lot of paranormal romance novels, which are awesome, but i still wanted to mix it up. I don't wanna stay in one genre, but the PR genre ain't boring, it doesn't seem to get boring at all.

Even tho schools started and i'm currently in an exam class i find it easy to escape from the stress . I really wanna graduate and finesh school. It's become important and havin' to possibly do the whole year over again is the most depressin' thing ever.

So although my mind wanders .and i zone out a lot during maths and economy period( i hate numbers). I'm determined to graduate and get this over with  and THEN i'll worry about university. going or not?

Anyways if you like to read and love books please check out goodreads.com . It's an awesome site and i love it. Also please like the page "the Su Bookclub(x)'' on facebook
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