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.
 

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