Oct 26, 2009

Kiss Me Deadly - Film Noir

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, October 26, 2009 6 comments
Lately I've been really into film noir so I think I might do a series of posts on some of my favorites.
Tonight I watched Kiss Me Deadly, released in 1955 and based on the novel of the same name.

Mike Hammer a PI (all the best noir films have Private Dictectives) is driving along at night and a woman steps in front of his car forcing him to stop. She is obviously in trouble, so he agrees to give her a lift to the bus stop. They aren't driving for too long when a car pulls out in front stopping them, Mike gets knocked out and the woman, Christina, gets tortured. They are then both pushed off a cliff in Mike's car to make it look like an accident. Mike survives the crash and is determined to find out who killed Christina and why. Mike then follows leads throughout the movie to catch her killer, along the way he meets a few women who can't resist him, who couldn't resist a Private Detective? It's all very mysterious and the epitomie of the noir genre. For all those classic movie fans out there this is a must see. Filled with awesome lines like:

"Do me a favor, will you? Keep away from the windows. Somebody might... blow you a kiss"

"you were out with some guy who thought "no" was a three-letter word"

Oct 16, 2009

New Books This Week

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, October 16, 2009 5 comments
Just picked up one this week..but I don't think I mentioned the new one I got last week so I'll post that as well. Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death

After the death of Zara’s father, her mother sends her to live in snowy Maine, where she’s thrown off balance by icy roads and people who aren’t what they appear to be. But even worse than the blustery snow is the mysterious man who shows up. He’s been following her everywhere, he leaves a trail of gold dust behind him, and Zara’s convinced he’s connected to the disappearance of some missing boys in town. When Zara discovers that the mystery man is a pixie, she’s forced to fight her fears and question some of her own ideas about nonviolence.

I am reading Need right now, I'm not very far into it because I've been watching Supernatural which came from my Ziplist (similar to Netflix). Hopefully I'll get back to it soon, although this weekend I probably won't get much reading done. I'm going home for Thanksgiving, which was actually last weekend but we are celebrating it this weekend (Thanksgiving is in October in Canada).

Happy Friday!

Oct 12, 2009

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, October 12, 2009 2 comments

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Released October 2008
374 pages
Received mine from: The library

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humaniy and life against love.

Things I liked:
-Katniss, I liked that she was the stronger out of the two (meaning Peeta)
-Rue, she and Foxface probably were my favorite of the tributes (other than the obvious)
-I am undecided if I am team Peeta or team Gale. I like them both but there wasn't much time spent on Gale, so maybe I will have to decide once I read the sequel.
-I liked that the action was spread out throughout the book. Often times I read something and it's just fluff up until the last 50 or so pages then it's just straight action.
-The book had a very Ancient Rome feel to it, which tied into the gladiator games they would have back then.
-The feel of this book kind of reminded me of Graceling by Kristin Cashore, could be because I just recently read it. But I liked the feel this book had and the world that was weaved.

Things I disliked
-It was a little slow to start, and I felt that there were some parts that were overly detailed and I got a little bored with them.
-Spoiler - I didn't like it that the rules of the games were changed after 70 odd years to allow two players to team up just to accommodate Peeta's survival and a love story. Now I love romance, and I in no way wanted him to die..but to me it's just too convenient. Not every book has to have a love story to be popular. The author could have just as easily created a way for the two of them to escape from the games. Throughout the whole time they are in the arena I kept wondering why no one hit a wall or something that the could escape over?
-I thought there were a lot of times where Katniss has flashbacks of times from her childhood, I liked a few, but I thought there were too many and it slowed the story for me.
-I kind of felt that Peeta's personality changed after Katniss and Peeta team up
- Spoiler - I thought that it was weird that no one seemed to mind that the other tributes were turned into some kind of dog at the end of the games. If I was watching that I would be like "What kind of world do we live in that this is ok?". It's one thing to make people fight to the death, but it's another to experiment with them and turn them into something other than human.
-I wanted to know more about what else is out there besides Panem. Maybe that is answered in the sequel.

Overall a really good read. Although it was quit violent. I am pretty squeamish and there were some parts I almost thought were too much, but that's just me. I'm interested to see what the sequel Catching Fire will hold. I give this 4 out of 5

Oct 8, 2009

Once Dead Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, October 08, 2009 3 comments
Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, Book 1) by Kim Harrison
Hardcover: 240 pages
Released: May 26, 2009
Got my copy from: The Library

Madison's prom was killer—literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away. Now she's stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course. With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her. Well, if she believed in that stuff.

Things I liked:
-I loved this whole book, it was a little confusing at times because it was a new concept and it's not all explained at once but I actually kind of liked that. It kept me guessing. It may have been less confusing had I read the intro short story in the 'Prom Dates From Hell' collection.
-Barnabas..lets just say he is my new literary crush..can we say hottie angel..I've always had a thing for wings. Reaper is another name for angel basically, in this book anyways. (I think he may win out over Patch from Hush, Hush for me, I'm half way through that and I still like Barnabas better)
-Nakita, while she is technically a "bad guy" she's hard not to like, I love a strong female character that kicks ass.
-The reapers use these colored swords, and the whole colored swords thing reminded me of star wars..and it did kind of have that kind of that feel to it minus being in space.
-Madison, I loved reading from her POV. Anyone who knows me well knows that I prefer reading in 3rd person, but reading from Madison's POV was quite enjoyable for me.
-I loved that this book was about choice vs. fate..I don't really want to say what this means in relation to the book because it will kind of give it away but it was a refreshing to read about something new.
-I read a few reviews that said the writing in this book was dumbed down, but I didn't feel like that at all, I liked the writing style and the dialog etc.


Things I Disliked:
-I was a little annoyed by the character Grace, but I kind of warmed up to her near the end.

Overall this was a really fun read, action, adventure, sword fights, martial arts, hot angels, a twist at the end..what more could you ask for? I've never really gotten into Kim Harrison adult novels, but this was a solid book for her break through into the YA genre and I look forward to a sequel.

I give this 5 out of 5

Oct 2, 2009

New Book Arrivals For Me

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, October 02, 2009 7 comments
Just picked up The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the plot isn't something I would normally be interested in, but I have heard too many good things about it to ignore it any longer. Got it from my neighborhood library.

Also got Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, she gets bonus points for having the name Becca as that is part of my name. Got it in the mail this week, I won it in a contest from the lovely Juju at The Tales Of Whimsy

Needless to say I'm super excited to start reading these! Happy Friday everyone!

Sep 30, 2009

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, September 30, 2009 6 comments
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
336 pages
Released Feb. 17, 2007

Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her hybrid-werewolf first love threatens to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. And just as she and her uncle are about to unveil Austin's red-hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform the new hire, Henry Johnson, into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Will he be able to wow the crowd in fake fangs, a cheap cape, and red contact lenses? Or is there more to this earnest fresh face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who's playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything?

Things I liked:
-Short chapters, that flowed nicely together. Clever chapter titles.
-Unique outlook on were-lore (there are pretty much every kind of were creature in this book). It's set in a world were the general population knows about were-animals, but done in a way were they aren't everywhere, people still don't see them every day.
-I did enjoy the writing/dialog style.
-I enjoyed how the author incorporated Italian food/menu in the novel, sections of the book had food course names, and she included newspaper help wanted ads for the restaurant.

Things I disliked:
-Quincie's drinking, ignoring her school work, brushing off her best friend all made me grow to dislike her. I really liked her at the beginning but the more I got into it the more things she did I just didn't like. It's hard to read a book that is written in first person from the pov of a character you don't like.
-Quincie's Uncle D, wasn't much of a parent, and it only grew worse worse through the book. I understand why (spoiler ahead) he is a vampire, but what I don't understand is why Quincie doesn't really question it.
-Quincie believes awfully quickly that her best friend she's know her entire life is the bad guy and the new chef she's known a few weeks is the good guy. I am sorry but this just doesn't jive with me.
-The premise implies that there will be a hot love triangle..I say 'what love triangle'?

Overall I really enjoyed the book until about page 250 and spoiler ahead, Quinice is made a vampire which to me made is seem very much like a vampire erotica novel, as soon as that happened I was just thinking that the book could have gone so many different directions why did it go this way? I did end up liking it more than I thought I would but I am thankful I got this one from the library. I give this a 2.75 out of 5

Whip It Movie Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, September 30, 2009 9 comments
Loved it! Go see it!

My husband managed to get tickets to the early screening for this movie, I believe it officially opens Oct. 2, 2009. Fox Searchlight has done it again, made a really good movie that is. Drew Barrymore directing skills I give two thumbs up. This movie is fun, funny, motivational and gives a whole new light to Roller Derby. Now I will have to read the book, Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, although I believe that they have renamed the book Whip It because of the movie. The best part about going to see this movie yesterday was that our own Roller Derby league was there promoting the movie, I didn't even know my city had a Roller Derby league! They were all dressed up in their costumes/team colours and had their skates on!

Sep 25, 2009

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, September 25, 2009 4 comments
Ink Exchange (sequel to Wicked Lovely)
Released April 29, 2008
352 pages

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils


Things I liked:
-I loved that this had three pov's, Niall, Leslie, and Irial.
-I was thinking before I read this that I would hate Irial, but he's actually a pretty good guy considering he is the King of the Dark Court, and not to mention really hot.
-Niall, I loved this character, he was so complex. I loved that he got to be a bit more independent from Keenan.
-I missed Seth but the parts he was in I loved, he was so sweet caring for Leslie when he was able.
-The plot always kept me interested, Melissa Marr has a way of showing the world of Faerie that just draws me in completely.
-This was one of my favorite lines from Irial 'Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter'.
-Melissa Marr sure can write, it's descriptive, beautiful, engaging and it just flows nicely.
-You really get to see inside the Dark Court in this one, which I loved the way it was described was beautifully done, especially the way Marr described the way emotions and feelings taste to the Dark Fae.
-I love Niall, he's everything a love interest should be, hot, scarred, knows how to fight, protective, broody etc

Things I disliked:
-Irial's smoking, he is already the ultimate bad boy, being the King of all things Dark, does he really need to smoke too?
-The Fae are bound to so many rules, it seems like faeries are always torturing each other. I think it would have been nice to have some justice within the courts, that fae could be held accountable for their actions.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, I still think I liked the first one, Wicked Lovely, better but this was definitely entertaining and I will be for sure reading the next one in the series. I give this a 4.75 out of 5

Sep 24, 2009

The Perfect First Kiss

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, September 24, 2009 6 comments
So I just watched my all time favorite episode of Veronica Mars, where Veronica and Logan have their first epic kiss. Now I'll give you a little run down of what happens just prior to the kiss. Veronica is on the phone with Logan when someone 'kidnaps' her (it turns out later that that the guy was a cop) anyways Logan overhears through the phone where they are going and meets them there, then proceeds to heroically rescue Veronica from said kidnapper (they are unaware that he is a cop)..then she kisses him as a thank you, which leads to something more. It is the sweetest thing ever. And if you haven't watched this show you are missing out! Enjoy the clip below.



Why does this stuff only happen in the movies?

Sep 23, 2009

Never A Book Like This

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7 comments

I am always on the look out for the next best thing in YA urban fantasy fiction, one of my favorite books just so happens to be unpublished. One of my really good friends started writing a book not too long ago and I have to say I am in love with it. She has recently posted her book on a site for up and coming authors, authonomy.com. If you have not heard of the site here is the basic rundown. People post their books and then people read them and decide to back them. The more backings you get the higher your rating, the 5 people with the highest ratings are read by the HarperCollins editors and they may end up publishing your book. So my friend, who goes by T L Tyson, is looking for feedback and she asked if I would post a bit from her book here to see what the YA bloggers think. So let me know what you think of the blurb I have posted below and if you want to read more you can go here.

Premise:
If the girl whose soul you're assigned to protect was the love of your immortal life, what would you do to keep her alive?

Tired with the life he's led, Devon Shepherd has decided to walk away from his post of protecting the souls of humans. With one last charge to keep safe, he finds himself face to face with someone who will have him questioning everything he’s held true for the last century.

Eleanor Bores, a quirky, sarcastic bookworm is looking forward to one thing - getting through high school unscathed. She bides her time babying her father, immersing herself in novels and writing in her journal. When a scruffy stranger claims to be her protector, everything changes. Eleanor is thrust into a world she never thought could exist.

Impending danger looms overhead, but there is an even greater danger. Devon and Eleanor have to confront the feelings they hold for one another. How can they be together when immortality tears them apart?


Here's the first few paragraphs:

Danger was coming. Devon could feel it filtering through the streets, hugging the cold wind whipping through the city. His back arched against the temper tantrum Mother Nature was in the midst of throwing. After all the years he had walked the Earth he still possessed idiosyncrasies from when he was mortal, like shielding himself from the elements. The chilliness of the evening didn’t affect him, the weather hadn’t affected him in years, yet still he was aware of how unnaturally nippy October had been.

He surveyed the landscape below, eyes narrowed in annoyance at what he wasn’t seeing. He hated not knowing. His mouth a grim line, his brow a map of agitated creases, his back hunched as he watched the buildings, cars and people below. The humans moved throughout the city, hustling to and fro, eager to get out of cold and into warmth.

If you want to know more about the book you can check out TL's blog here or read more of the book here.

Please comment below as the point of the post is to get as much feedback as possible weather it be good or bad, also if you want me to post more blurbs from Seeking Eleanor let me know.

Sep 16, 2009

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, September 16, 2009 10 comments
Book One in the Darkest Powers Series
Released July 1, 2008
400 Pages
Source: Public Library

She sees dead people--and they see her.Chloe Saunders used to have a pretty normal life. But that changed on the day she met her first ghost. Locked up in Lyle House, a group home for troubled teens, she finds out that there's more to the home's teen residents than meets the eye. Will Chloe be able to uncover the dangerous secrets of Lyle House... or will its skeletons come back to haunt her?

Things I liked:
-I like the characters, even the ones you're meant to hate.
-It was definitely engaging and I never felt bored reading it.
-Dialog and writing was well done.

-I liked watching Chloe learn to use her powers to talk to ghosts.

Things I Disliked:
-It felt like I only got the first half of a book, there was a ton leading up to the climax during the last few pages and then it abruptly ends. I like cliffhangers just as much as the next person, but this left waaaay too much unsaid.
-Personally mental health facilities give me the creeps and I didn't really like that it took place in one.
-While I did enjoy this book and I don't have a lot of points to make in this section, there weren't very many things that stood and grabbed my interest enough to make note of

Overall I did enjoy reading this, it just wasn't my kind of story. I probably will pick up the sequel The Awakening to see what happens though. I liked this book soo much more than I did Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, which was the first novel I had read by this author, I guess I just like her YA style better. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books that star supernatural beings, although I think this leans to more of a girls read than a guys.

I give this a 3.75 out of 5

Sep 15, 2009

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7 comments

Released Oct 1, 2008
480 Pages

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone


Things I liked:
-I loved Katsa, she was strong, independent and she just kicked ass.
-Katsa Grace of killing/survival was a really neat concept and I loved learning about it and about all the other graces people possessed.
-I liked that the author chose names for the countries that corresponded with directions, Nander, Sunder, (North, South) etc. It made it easy to follow where they were travelling so I didn't have to constantly look at the map in the front of the book.
-I loved Bitterblue, she was so strong for a 10 year old.
-This book was written in 3rd person which I tend to enjoy more than 1st
-The plot/characters strongly reminded me of the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce, which is a good thing because I love her books and I haven't found anything else that comes even close to her stuff.
-I loved that (spoiler) she didn't end up marrying Po, and that they were happy like that, I thought it fit right.
- I liked the dialog and writing, it was simplistic without being dumbed down overly descriptive, I hate it when authors dumb down stuff or explain things over and over because they are writing for a teen audience.

Things I disliked:
-I thought that the book could have been split into two, a lot was shoved into the last 150 pages or so, and I think I would have preferred it spread out a little more into a sequel.
-I actually hated Po at the beginning of the book and I wanted Katsa to marry Giddon because I liked him better, Po grew on me though, and I ended up enjoying the ending.

Overall I really liked this book, although I really didn't think I would when I picked it up, I'm glad I was pleasantly surprised. It had everything I enjoy in a story, princesses, damsels in distress, girls who kick ass, action, fist fights, hot men, need I go on? A really solid debut book and I look forward to more from Kristin. Although this book is marketed for YA 14 and up I believe, I think this is more suited for older teens/adults it is quite violent for a teen book.

I give this a 4.5 out of 5

Sep 10, 2009

Library Raid

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, September 10, 2009 7 comments

I went a little overboard at the library today but check out what I picked up




























And then when I got home, my order from Amazon finally came so I'm in book heaven

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Sep 8, 2009

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, September 08, 2009 3 comments

Released Sept 16,2008
400 Pages

From the book jacket: The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty's royal family--all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl's deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she taken under the wing of the Pharaoh's aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.
Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family's history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.
Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, The Heretic Queen is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption.

I know I never posted this book as one I was currently reading, I wasn't expecting to read it, but my request for it at the library had finally been filled so I read it as soon as I got it.

Things I liked:

-I found this book absolutely fascinating. The world of Egypt is described in a way that I can easily picture being there.
-It is written from the Princess Nefertari's view, I never got bored of her character and I found her enthralling
-I loved all the court intrigue, I found myself biting my nails, figuratively that is, when people where plotting against Nefertari.
-Even though I already knew the story of Nefartari and how it would end, I was still waiting and hoping that everything would turn out well in the end for her. It just shows how well the author created the world and how involved I was in it.
-It was extremely helpful to have a glossary at the back of the book, I referred to it often. There is also a little historical note from the author at the back which I found interesting as well.

Things I didn't like:
-It was a little long for me, and it didn't really have that "unputdownable" factor, but I pretty much liked everything else.

Overall a very fascinating read and very eye opening to the world of ancient Egypt. I give this a 4 out of 5

On a side note, the marriage between Ramesses ll and Nefertari really was a love match the author was kind enough to include some historical facts at the end and one of them was this. On the wall of her tomb Ramesses had written "My love is unique and none can rival her...just by passing, she has stolen away my heart". I find this so utterly romantic.

Sep 2, 2009

With Seduction In Mind by Laura Lee Guhrke

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, September 02, 2009 2 comments

Released Aug 25, 2009
360 pages
Historical Romance

A thoroughly modern woman…

Daisy Merrick has to earn her living, but she keeps getting the sack. When her rash tongue costs her yet another job, the feisty, outspoken girl-bachelor is undaunted, and she comes up with a plan that could give her a future beyond her wildest dreams. There’s only one problem. Her success depends on a man, the most infuriating, impossible, immovable man she’s ever met.

A most notorious man…

Sebastian Grant, Earl of Avermore, is England’s most famous author, but when writer’s block steals his creativity, Sebastian becomes more well-known for his notorious reputation than his work. When Daisy arrives on his doorstep, hired by his publisher to help him write his next book, Sebastian has no intention of cooperating. The provoking, fire-haired beauty stirs his senses beyond belief, and when collaboration forces them together at his country home, Sebastian knows he has only one way out. Seduction


Things I liked:

-I definitely enjoyed Sebastian, despite his many flaws.

-Most of the book takes place in the English country side, which is described beautifully.

-I loved they way it ended. Perfect for romance lovers.

-I like that it takes place around the turn of the century. 1896 I think is when it's set. A lot of historical romances take place during the regency era so I was glad for a little change.

Things I Disliked:

-I have come to expect from this author witty dialog and laugh out loud situations. I didn't laugh once.

-Sebastian spends a lot of time dwelling on his tortured (which isn't really that tortured) past, it got a little repetitive.

-I found Daisy a little boring, the past 4 books of Laura's I have read I absolutely loved both the hero and heroine, not not this time.

- I had a hard time getting into the book, nothing really happens for the first half. It was really slow to start.

Overall only ok, but I should say every other book I have read of Laura's I have loved so I will keep buying her books in the future. I think I was so hard on this book because of that, I had high expectations for this one and they just weren't met this time.

Overall rating 2.5 out of 5

Update my to Forgive My Fins post

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, September 02, 2009 6 comments

I was over at Bam Book Reviews and saw that the cover art and a more detailed synopsis is out for Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs so I thought I'd post an update. Also there is already a sequel in the works to Forgive My Fins.

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

Also I saw I couple of new covers on blogs I follow, I think it was Confessions of a Wondering Heart and The Hiding Spot, sorry if I got this wrong my memory is that of a gold fish. So I thought I would post those as well.




I'm not sure how the pictures I posted look, I can't see them when I'm at work, they have this filter thing that blocks them at our office so hopefully they turned out and there isn't like a million of them in here.

Aug 31, 2009

Another Coming Soon..

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, August 31, 2009 3 comments



I found another book I'm excited about, Green by Ted Dekker. I read the first 3 in The Circle series, Black, Red, and White, quite a while ago and I didn't think there was another one, but it's my own fault for not keeping up on things. Anyways, there aren't many books that I absolutely cannot put down, but these books are so full of action that I didn't ever want to stop reading them.


The premise for the first 3 books, which can now be purchased in one book:


Three novels. Two worlds. One Story.

Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide.

Black - An incredible story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, and a terrorist threat unlike anything the human race has ever known. A virulent evil has been unleashed upon the people of Earth. The only man who can stop it is Thomas Hunter, an unlikely hero whose life is stretched between two worlds. Every time he falls asleep in one reality, he awakes in the other. Soon Thomas no longer knows which reality is real. Yet it quickly becomes apparent that his choices in each world impact the other--and that the fates of both rest in his hands.

Red - In one world, Thomas Hunter is a battle-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he's racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos through an unstoppable virus. Thomas must find a way to change history--or face the destruction of two worlds.

White - Thomas Hunter has only days to survive two separate realms of danger, deceit, and destruction. The fates of both worlds now rest on his unique ability to shift realities through his dreams. Thomas and The Circle must quickly decide who they can trust--both with their own lives and the fate of millions. And neither the terror of Black nor the treachery of Red can prepare Thomas for the forces aligned against The Circle in White

Green -At Last . . . The Circle Reborn

The story of how Thomas Hunter first entered the Black Forest and forever changed our history began at a time when armies were gathered for a final battle in the valley of Migdon. Green is a story of love, betrayal, and sweeping reversals set within the apocalypse. It is the beginning: the truth behind a saga that has captured the imagination of more than a million readers with the Books of History Chronicles.

But even more, Green brings full meaning to the Circle Series as a whole, reading as both prequel to Black and sequel to White, completing a full circle. This is Book Zero, the Circle Reborn, both the beginning and the end. The preferred starting point for new readers . . . and the perfect climax for the countless fans who've experienced Black, Red, and White.


Green is released tomorrow, I don't know when I'll be picking this up, but it will definitely be on my amazon wish list.



Another good one by Ted Dekker is Blink of an Eye, it used to just be called Blink, but then they re-released it with the new cover and name, I kind of like the old name better. Definitely check this author out, he's got a lot of high adrenaline books.
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Aug 29, 2009

Julie & Julia Movie Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Saturday, August 29, 2009 4 comments

Julia Child and Julie Powell - both of whom wrote memoirs - find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible

Meryl Streep was amazing, absolutely amazing, in this movie. This movie was way funnier than I thought it would be, and way more entertaining than I thought. I really want to pick up Julia Child's My Life In France now.
Amy Adams was also cute, but Meryl Streep really out shined her so I don't really have much to say about her performance.
I would definitely say to go see this, and even guys probably wouldn't mind this movie either since it really is quite funny.
I give this a 4 out of 5.

Aug 27, 2009

Full Moon By Rachel Hawthorne

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, August 27, 2009 4 comments

Released June 30 2009
272 pages
2nd book in the Dark Guardian Series

Lindsey is wild and reckless, a natural rebel-maybe because her entire life was laid out for her even before she was born. Her parents are among the most powerful members of the Dark Guardians, an ancient tribe of werewolves, and they arranged Lindsey's betrothal to Connor long ago. The next full moon is coming all too soon, and then her commitment to Connor will be final-no turning back. She should be happy...so why can't she stop thinking about gorgeous, brooding Rafe?
When a dangerous threat on the pack escalates, so do tensions between Connor and Rafe. A fight over Lindsey is imminent, but will it be to the death?


I probably should have posted a review for the first book in the series, Moonlight, but I read it quite a while before I started the blog so I'm not going to bother, but I don't think it's terribly necessary to read the first one first since the 2nd one does recap the first.

So the covers of the Dark Guardian books have large faces on them that I find kind of creepy, especially when you leave the book on the floor then trip over it in the middle of the night and all you see is a face staring back at you..but that's all kind of moot since the cover doesn't affect weather I like a book or not. Now onto my thoughts

Things I liked:

-Nice, easy, short read. The language is not hard to decipher.

-Forbidden love *sigh* is there anything more romantic? The parts where Rafe & Lindsey are alone, and Lindsey is trying to ignore her feelings for Rafe I quite enjoyed.

-Props for the character names, I liked them all, they are different, but not so different that I can't pronounce them. I especially like the name Rafe, as one of my favorite novels (Once Upon A Dream by Katherine Kingsley) has the main character's name as Rafe.

-I never felt bored with the story, which I say is a plus, since it happens in books more than I would like.

-I thought the way Lindsey's feelings where described were accurate, when it came to truly caring about two guys at the same time, how she didn't want to hurt either one of them, trying to please both just ended up hurting herself. I thought it was well done.

Things I Disliked:

-There is a ton of recap, and a lot of explanation that I didn't think was needed since it was explained in the first book. Also some of the explanations of the wolves habits/abilities that was new didn't really need to be there either since you could probably figure out what was going on without it.

-I thought that Lindsey's best friend, Kayla, who is the main character in the first book, was a little annoying in this one, she came off like a mom. Giving Lindsey advice and opinions when it was obvious that Lindsey didn't need it. It's a shame since I really liked Kayla in the first book, and since she didn't grow up with the wolves everything was new to Kayla in the first book, where Lindsey knew pretty much everything about them.

Overall I liked it, I think about the same as I liked the first one but I can't say for sure since it's been awhile since I read it. I look forward to reading the 3rd book Dark Of The Moon, that was released Aug 25.

I give this a solid 3 out of 5, entertaining, but it didn't have anything to go crazy for. I would recommend this series for anyone looking for an easy read, especially if you don't have time to read a longer book.

Coming Soon..

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, August 27, 2009 8 comments

Why do all the books I want to read not come out for months and months!?!

Anyways I was over at Juju's blog and discovered author Tera Lynn Childs, I of course promptly added Oh My Gods to my amazon wish list, thanks to Juju's rave review but what I'm really excited about is her book Forgive My Fins that is due to come out next summer..*sigh* it's so long away!

Forgive My Fins is a story of a half-mermaid princess attending high school on the mainland.

I've loved mermaids since I laid eyes on The Little Mermaid, so many moons ago. I so wish that their was cover art for this, since I do so enjoy the covers for Oh My Gods, and Goddess Bootcamp, but I haven't been able to find any.
This post brings back memories of the movie Splash, with Tom Hanks..I do so enjoy that movie.

Aug 26, 2009

Feeding My Addiction

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2 comments
I bought another book yesterday..I probably shouldn't have, but I did anyways. It's not YA but I follow the Girl Bachelor series by Laura Lee Guhrke and they would probably be enjoyed by older teens. Anyways without further ado, the premise:

A thoroughly modern woman…

Daisy Merrick has to earn her living, but she keeps getting the sack. When her rash tongue costs her yet another job, the feisty, outspoken girl-bachelor is undaunted, and she comes up with a plan that could give her a future beyond her wildest dreams. There’s only one problem. Her success depends on a man, the most infuriating, impossible, immovable man she’s ever met.

A most notorious man…

Sebastian Grant, Earl of Avermore, is England’s most famous author, but when writer’s block steals his creativity, Sebastian becomes more well-known for his notorious reputation than his work. When Daisy arrives on his doorstep, hired by his publisher to help him write his next book, Sebastian has no intention of cooperating. The provoking, fire-haired beauty stirs his senses beyond belief, and when collaboration forces them together at his country home, Sebastian knows he has only one way out. Seduction.


I am super excited to read this, I have been waiting for what seems like forever for this to come out, Laura always delivers and I hope this is no exception.

Aug 24, 2009

Shiver By Maggie Stiefvater

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, August 24, 2009 9 comments
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever



Things I liked:

-I loved that it had both points of view in this book. Although I think there was more written from Grace's pov and I would have liked more from Sam's.

-Aside from the dialog the writing has a nice cadence. Almost musical.

-I liked how things like touch and smell was compared to the seasons, summer and winter.

-I liked how Sam came up with lyrics for songs, I especially liked the song he wrote of Grace. Although I would have liked him to play his guitar more.

-The whole concept of the temperature being what triggers the change was new and interesting. I love it when they put a new twist on an old idea.

-I thought Sam was super sweet and caring.


Things I Disliked:

-I thought that both Sam and Grace, but Grace especially, let Beck off way to easily for changing Sam.

-I didn't feel that a whole lot happened, and that the book could have been shorter. I had to fight to finish reading this one, because it just didn't hold my interest. Grace and Sam spend a good deal of time just being with each other and that didn't really drive the story for me.

-I couldn't stand most of the dialog. I would be reading along really enjoying the writing style then someone would say something and it just jerked me out of flow. The dialog felt forced to me. (I am very very picky about this so I am sure I am the only one who feels this way)

-The one thing I hated the most was, when Grace finds out that her Dad was one of the people who were out hunting the wolves, she doesn't really say or do anything. If that were me I would be giving my Dad a very large piece of my mind. That part just made me feel like she didn't love the wolves as much as was supposed to of. Had this part not been in the book I would have rated this higher.

I really really wanted to love this book, but it just didn't grab me in the way I had hoped. I still will probably pick up the sequeal to see what happens though.

Overall rating 2 out of 5
Feel free to disagree, comment below, I would love to hear what you think

Aug 21, 2009

Help Me Decide What Books I Should Order Next

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 21, 2009 8 comments
Within the next couple days I will be making an order to Amazon and this is what I have in my order so far:


As You Wish - Jackson Pearce
With Seduction In Mind - Laura L Guhrke
Give Up the Ghost - Megan Crewe
The Tear Collector - Patrick Jones
Another Faust - Daniel And Dina Nayeri
The Hollow - Jessica Verday
Intertwined - Gena Showalter
Coffeehouse Angel - Suzanne Selfors
Never Cry Werewolf - Heather Davis
My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent


I don't know if I will be able to buy these all at once since this will get expensive.

My question is, is there anything on this list I should remove, that isn't worth buying, or is there something missing from this list that I'm missing out on?

Any suggestions are welcome.

Quiz Answers And The Winner!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 21, 2009 4 comments


And the winner is JuJu!! You can check out her blog by clicking here.



Congrats on the win!



The answers are below, and everyone should check out these movies if they haven't already seen them.


1) Highlander

2) Casablanca

3) The Matrix

4) Clue (movie based on the bored game)

5) Back To The Future

6) Bad Boys

7) 10 Things I Hate About You

8) Office Space

9) Dude, Where's My Car?

10) Pretty Woman

11) Ferris Buller's Day Off

12) Legally Blonde

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Aug 18, 2009

Movie Quote Quiz

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, August 18, 2009 2 comments
So I decided to put together this quiz for fun..I'm not sure how hard these will be, since I have seen all the movies that these quotes are fun.

Hopefully not too hard. The person with the most correct answers will get a prize!! That prize is....wait for it...wait for it...a post congratulating their brilliance!!! If you have a blog I will also post a link to it as well.

So all you got to do is comment on this post with the title of the movie for each quote, I'll post the answers Friday. No cheating!

1)"There can be only one"

2) "Play it again Sam"

3) "I know Kung Fu"

4)"Maybe Mr Body killed the cook!"

5)"Where we're going we don't need roads"

6)"Now back up, put down the gun and give me a pack of Tropical Fruit Bubblicious. And some Skittles."

7)"Should you be drinking alcohol when you don't have a liver?"

8) "Yeah, I am going need you to go ahead and come in on Saturday"

9) "Dude" "Sweet" "Dude" "Sweet" "Dude" "Sweet"

10) "I appreciate this whole seduction thing you've got going on here, but let me give you a tip: I'm a sure thing"

11) "Life moves pretty fast sometimes. If you don't stop and look around, you just might miss it."

12) "Exercise makes endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don't shoot their husbands!"

Answers can be found here
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Aug 17, 2009

Post Grad Movie Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, August 17, 2009 2 comments
Released Aug 21, 2009

Plot: Ryden Malby had a plan. Do well in high school, thereby receiving a great college scholarship. Now that she's finally graduated, it's time for her to find a gorgeous loft apartment and land her dream job at the city's best publishing house. But when Jessica Bard, Ryden's college nemesis steals her perfect job, Ryden is forced to move back to her childhood home. Stuck with her eccentric family - a stubborn do-it-yourself dad, an overly thrifty mom, a politically incorrect grandma, a very odd little brother - and a growing stack of rejected job applications, Ryden starts to feel like she's going nowhere. The only upside is spending time with her best friend, Adam - and running into her hot next-door neighbor, David. But if Ryden's going to survive life as a post grad, it may be time to come up with a new plan...


My wonderful man managed to snag tickets to an early screening that was put out by Fox Searchlight. I have just come back from seeing the movie. I'm a big fan of Fox Searchlight, usually their movies are pretty good and this one is no exception.

This was definitely cute, and super fun. It was actually pretty funny, I was expecting a cute rom com with a few laughs, but it was more than that...lets just say there are at least two coffins in this movie and one of them is a pizza box. Hilarious!

Although I enjoy Alexis Bledel, I am a die hard Gilmore Girls fan, what made this movie great was her family, played by Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, and Carol Burnett. I do have to say, that if her family had not been so actively involved in the story I don't think I would have liked the movie nearly as much. Zach Gilford, who plays Ryden's best friend Adam, won me over and I was falling for him by the end. Although it was a toss up between him and the sexy neighbor played by Rodrigo Santoro . Overall I'd give this movie 3.75 out of 5, take the girlfriends to go see this one.

Going to see this movie puts me behind in my reading, again, my book and movie addictions are pretty equal so it's hard to decide what to fit into a day..hopefully I'll get through Shiver soon and on to my next book, which I am not sure what will be..maybe I'll just pick one randomly from a hat, or maybe not.

Aug 15, 2009

Some Random Post To Pass The Time

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Saturday, August 15, 2009 5 comments
I won't have a review to post for a while because I haven't been reading as much as usual this week, I have been getting distracted by movies and video games, I'm a geek I admit it, so I'm just posting this poem I really like for fun.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there's some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep

Robert Frost
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Aug 12, 2009

Prada & Prejudice By Mandy Hubbard

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 12, 2009 5 comments
Stand Alone Debut Book
Released Jun 16 2009
270 Pages

Fifteen-year-old Callie buys a pair of real Prada pumps to impress the cool crowd on a school trip to London. Goodbye, Callie the clumsy geek-girl, hello popularity! But before she knows what’s hit her, Callie wobbles, trips, conks her head… and wakes up in the year 1815!
She stumbles about until she meets the kind-hearted Emily, who takes Callie in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon fly between Callie and Emily’s cousin, Alex, the maddeningly handsome-though totally arrogant-Duke of Harksbury. Too bad he seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve…
From face-planting off velvet piano benches and hiding behind claw-foot couches to streaking through the estate halls wearing nothing but an itchy blanket, Callie’s curiosity about Alex creates all kinds of trouble.
But the grandfather clock is ticking on her 19th Century shenanigans. Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she’s more than just a loud-mouth klutz before her time there is up?


What can I say about this one..it was super CUTE!!! I loved it, I give this 4 cute buttons out of 5! It combines my two favorite genres, YA and historical romance. I did guess pretty early on what was going to happen in the end, but it didn't bother me that it was a little predicable because it ended exactly how I wanted it to end. It was pretty much like a fairy tale and it had me smiling and sighing in the end. The only problem I had with it, was that the main character Callie seemed a little naive about all things concerning the past. She seemed like such a smart girl at the beginning I figured she would have a little bit more knowledge of history. I know that I knew a bit more about that era when I was 15 just from classes at school and with popular movies like Pride & Prejudice, Ever After, Cinderella etc you'd think she would at least know what a Duke and Duchess are. But once I over looked that I really got into it and I ate it up quick! It's not terribly long and it was just the kind of read I was looking for. I can't wait for more from Mandy Hubbard.

Overall rating 4 out of 5

Aug 11, 2009

Blog Following

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, August 11, 2009 3 comments
Blogger gave me an error earlier today and when I managed to get back in all the blogs I was following disappeared!! Needless to say I was pretty upset, I can't remember everything I was following so if you notice that I was following your blog and now I am not let me know so I can add it back.

Update: Ok apparently it's a known issue, so if you're missing followers or the blogs you follow go here to fill out their report thing, hopefully they'll fix it soon!
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Aug 10, 2009

Who's Your Favorite Vampire? (Outside of Twilight) Tv, Book, or Movie

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, August 10, 2009 2 comments
Ok, I'm blogging when I should be working..! I am wondering what everyone's favorite vamp is outside of the twilight series..because we all love them so I thought it would be good to shine the light on some other vamps this time around.

My fav male would have to be Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he's sweet, with a tortured soul, and does a good brood, who doesn't love a man who can brood!

My fav female vamp would have to be Selene from Underworld, she just kicks major ass in that movie.
So what's yours?

Aug 9, 2009

Switch By Carol Snow

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, August 09, 2009 5 comments
Stand Alone Book
Released Sept 9 2008
215 Pages

Not much happens in Claire's sleepy beach town, but that's okay. All she wants is to hang out with her best friend, make the high school swim team, and convince Nate, the guy of her dreams, to stop calling her "dude". And oh, she'd really really like to stay in her own skin. Ever since Claire hit her teens electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she is back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she finds herself stuck as another girl. Not just any girl, but the icy beauty who has caught Nate's eye. Suddenly Clair goes from being Miss Average to Miss Gorgeous--the model-thin blonde that every girl wants to look like and every guy wants to date. Will she ever figure out how to get back to her old life? More importantly, will she want to?

I liked this one, I liked Claire and I liked reading from her pov. Claire isn't really happy with her self image so when she switches in to what she thinks is the perfect girl she decides to have a little fun. Most of the book Claire is in Larissa's body and she gets to see what life is like for someone "perfect" but she soon discovers things about Larissa life that suck compared to her own. She also can see the ghost of her grandmother, so when Claire gets switched to someone else body, her grandmother slips into Claire's body to fill in for her until she gets back. I didn't really like Claire's grandmother, Evelyn, that much. She is more concerned about eating and smoking while in Claire's body than with helping Claire get it back. I just thought it was odd because when Evelyn was alive she had the same body switching problem and she could actually relate to Claire's problems. But aside from that it's a pretty entertaining story, Claire learns and grows when she realizes the grass isn't always greener on the other side. It's a light short read, perfect for the summer.

Overall rating 3.5 out of 5

Sea Change By Aimee Friedmann - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, August 09, 2009 2 comments
Stand alone book
Released June 1 2009
290 Pages


When Miranda Merchant, sixteen and levelheaded, escapes her lonely, hot summer in New York City, little does she know what awaits her. She steps off the ferry onto an island rife with legend, lore, and a past her logical mind can't make sense of. She isn't expecting to feel a connection to this unusual place, so filled with languorous charm and strange history. And when she meets Leo, a mysterious local boy, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship, reality...and love. Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something she never could have imagined?







I was thoroughly disappointed in this one. Let me give you my version of what happens..she goes to the island, doesn't do much, reads a book, then meets a guy they make out. She reads the book some more, meets up with the guy again makes out, reads the book again, then meets up with the guy and they make out, then she leaves the island..the end. I found it boring and I almost couldn't finish the book.






Things I did like, it didn't take place at a high school, as much as I enjoy books that do take place in high school, I always find it refreshing when they take place somewhere else. Selkie Island sounds beautiful and was described well.






There was a character in the book named Macon..not a main character but I had never seen this name before, I am not sure if its pronounced like 'bacon' but with a 'M' or is the 'c' like an 's' and pronounced like Mason..maybe this is a common name in the south but I have never heard of it..it annoyed me a little.






I don't like how Miranda's mother goes through such drastic changes, it's from first person point of view so the reader sees Miranda's thoughts on her mother and it seems like she is a totally different person than Miranda has know for her whole life, Miranda doesn't seem to question this outright and I think that her character should have.






Miranda is described as being logical and scientific, but it's really her own thoughts that convince her that Leo is something other than human, when Miranda has absolutely no proof of this and it's never concretely revealed weather or not he is anything other than human. Why would someone think this at all if they believed in hard scientific facts?






Lastly the relationship between Miranda and Leo is described by Miranda as being "intense" I didn't feel this at all, I thought their relationship felt awkward and forced most of the time.






I hope I didn't give too much away for those who want to read this still, but I just had so many problems with this book I had to voice some of them.






Overall rating 2 out of 5


Aug 7, 2009

Book Cover Question, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 07, 2009 3 comments
I really want to buy this book, but I really want this cover. I like it a lot better than the one below. But my problem is I have never seen this book cover in stores, and I have only found it on one website. I am not sure if it's an old cover, a new cover, a different country's cover or what? Has anyone else seen this can anyone tell me where to find it in stores?


I have only ever seen this one in stores, so I am afraid that if I order the book online from the website I have seen it on I will end up getting this one. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
Also, I got my first follower yesterday and I want to say thanks!!! You're awesome!

Language In YA Novels..Thoughts?

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 07, 2009 0 comments
Ok, this is one thing that really bugs me to no end when reading YA novels. When the characters are of the age 15 + they refer to other people their age that they come into contact with as KIDS. Now I don't know about anyone else, but when I was that age (and it's not like it was that long ago for me) I never referred to my classmates as kids, or a guy as 'boy'...I would say people, or guys and I would never refer to another guy as a 'boy' unless of course they happened to be younger than me. Am I crazy? Does this bother anyone else? I kind of think it gets written like that so much because most often the authors are older than the characters they are writing about and since they are older they refer to them as kids...I don't know, it's just not a word I like in general, because "kids" never meant children back in the day..it use to be used to describe a baby goat, then it became slang to call children "kids"..so I just don't like it, because it's like calling people goats!!! I personally try to avoid using the word, and I like to use the proper word "child, or children" but that's just me...anyways does anyone have any thoughts? Feel free to disagree.
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Aug 6, 2009

Wings By Aprilynne Pike

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, August 06, 2009 3 comments
Stand Alone Debut Book
Released May 5, 2009
304 pages


Premise: Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.


Written in 3rd person which is always a nice change from the large amount of YA novels written in 1st. Overall I enjoyed this, although when I was only 50 pages in I didn't think I would. I thought her friend/boyfriend (not really clear on where they stand) David was a little boring at first. After reading so many books where the male is the one who is supernatural in some way I was a little disappointed that he was just a regular old human. However, after reading further he soon became my favorite character and I was rooting for him until the end. The other male lead Tamani, I didn't really like. I found him arrogant, pushy, a know it all and just a touch creepy. I don't like it when people influence other people against their will with a power they posses, especially when said person cares about the person they are manipulating. I don't think that is caring at all. Maybe I am little biased because since I fell in love with David. I cannot stand it when the best friend, that would do anything for the girl, who is head over heals for that girl, gets the short end of the stick. It's just so unfair! Laurel could have just as easliy had a female best friend that wouldn't feel so bad when she got a boyfriend.

Another little nitpick I had, which I overlooked in my rating of this book, is the underwater breathing thing David & Laurel do when they are throw in the river. I am not convinced that would have worked, for that long or at all. I would have given this book a 4/5 because I did like the story/adventure but at the last minute Laurel does something I don't really like, she cannot chose between David and Tamani (hmm, wonder where I have seen this before) and instead of figuring that out she kind of keeps both in her pocket..not cool in my opinion. I am sure there will be a sequel where she does eventually make up her mind, but I wasn't all that into the way this book ends. I'm undecided if I will read future books in this series.

Overall rating 3/5

Something semi-related: I have heard that Miley Cyrus is set to play Laurel in the movie based on Wings, although I seem to remember reading that the movie will not have the same title as the book, but things change fast in the movie world.

Aug 5, 2009

Fade By Lisa McMann

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 05, 2009 2 comments
Sequel to Wake
Released Feb 10, 2009
256 Pages

Premise: For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.
Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open -- but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability -- and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared....


She does it again, amaze me that is. It's not often I read an entire book in one sitting but I have with Wake and then again with Fade. I love the writing style in this book, it kind of reminds me of point form, it's very clear, concise and to the point. I had to get used to it at first, being that it was so long since I had read the first one I forgot what it was like, but once I got into it I just ate it up. I like the fact that Janie and Cabel don't have the easiest of relationships, it's more real that way, more like life. They seem to always be battling some inner demons that they need to conquer. There were certain things revealed in this book that I wasn't expecting, especially since most YA books now a days tend to have everything work out in a nice little package. This one had mentions of things that will eventually happen to Janie that isn't going to be all roses and butterflies and she takes it in stride. I can't wait to see how she handles it all in the final book to the series Gone. I say 'way to go Lisa!' for creating a female character that is strong, independent and a little feisty, (I especially enjoyed the part where Janie shows off her weight lifting skills in gym class). The book does deal with some darker subject matter, such as teacher/student relationships, so I would recommend this book 15, 16 plus.

Overall rating 5/5
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Bloodhound By Tamora Pierce

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 05, 2009 1 comments
#2 in the Beka Cooper Series
Released April 14, 2009
538 Pages


While the plot itself is new and could be read as a stand alone book I wouldn't recommend it, definitely pick up Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1) first.


Premise: Beka Cooper is no longer a puppy.
She's a Dog now--a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard, which keeps the peace in Corus's streets. Beka's natural skills of observation and tenacity are augmented by her unusual magical talents, which allow her to gather information both from pigeons and from the eddies of dirt and dust that swirl on street corners. But even her magic isn't very useful when unrest comes to Tortall's capital in the form of counterfeit coins, which turn up in shops all over the city. Merchants raise prices to cover their losses, and with winter coming on, hikes in food and fuel costs could spell disaster--most of all for the city's poor.
The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeits from Port Caynn--and that the Port Caynn Dogs don't seem to be doing anything about it. Beka and her mentor, Clary Goodwin, are chosen to go undercover in Port Caynn and find out what they can. And wherever Beka goes, so do some animals. Departing Corus with her are the scent hound Achoo, who has been newly assigned to Beka, and the pigeon Slapper, who carries the voices of the dead. In Port Caynn, Beka and Goodwin delve deep into the gambling world. There Beka meets a charming bank courier, who may be involved in the counterfeiting ring. Things come to a head just as Goodwin returns home to report to Corus. It won't be enough for Beka to be her usual "terrier" self. She'll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals--to be a bloodhound.


I love, love Tamora Pierce's books, her first book Alanna, is what first got me addicted to reading, well that and my Dad who is also an avid reader. Needless to say I was beyond excited that another book set in her Tortall universe was coming out! My favorite thing about the the Beka Cooper series is the slang that the common city and street folk use in this book, occasionally I would have to look up what a word meant but there is at trusty glossary at the back of the book that came in handy so I didn't have any troubles. I also sometimes found myself talking like Beka after reading because their language stuck in my head after putting it down. Also this book is written in a journal like format from Beka's point of view which is a refreshing take on books written from first person. Tamora Pierce is well know for her strong female characters and Bloodhound shows that again and again with Beka and her partner Goodwin. They are strong, they can take care of themselves and they know how to have a good time. Beka's unusual 'magic' gifts are different and I was glad to revisit them again. The story kept me interested and turning pages for more. I had taken this book on my family's annual camp out and I didn't hear the end of it, everyone was quite annoyed that I couldn't put it down! I cannot wait to read more about Beka Cooper & company and I hope that the next book does take too long to come out.


Overall rating 5/5
 

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