Sep 23, 2010

Where Does The Time Go

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, September 23, 2010 2 comments
I know I know, it's been awhile. And I actually hate it when I read posts that I am about to make, but it's my blog and I can do what I want haha

I haven't read anything, in a while, I don't really have any interest in reading right now..so I'm going to post all the things I have been doing that have kept me from reading and posting reviews.

1. I didn't have the Internet for two weeks thanks to the brilliant minds at the phone company who thought it would be fun to shut it off even though we didn't ask them to.

2. Baking...scones, biscuits, bread, cookies...ever been to allrecipes.com? Every recipe I have ever tried from there always turns out!

3. Horseback riding. Something I always wanted to do. This year I'm some of things I always talk about doing but never got around to it.

4. Which brings me to sewing. I got a sewing machine for a birthday or Christmas a few years back, and barely used it. Now I'm making a dress. This yellow dress specifically. Except I'm making mine in red poka dot, trying to be a little more vintage. I love all things vintage. I don't know if it will turn out, I'm about half way through sewing it. We'll see.

5. Fall TV, with all the new shows and all the old ones, I find it hard to keep up. I want to check out Boardwalk Empire, and I can't wait to watch Supernatural again. Also I'm starting to get into a new show called Lost Girl, it may only air in Canada so I don't think many of you will know what I'm talking about, but for all those Urban Fantasy lovers out there, you'd love it!.

Hopefully I'll get back to reading soon, with the cool fall evenings coming in, I'll probably spend more time reading, but for now, I don't know.

Aug 11, 2010

Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 11, 2010 1 comments
Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff
Genre: Adult Sci-Fi
Released: (2000)
Rating: 5 out of 5

My Cover Blurb: "Action Packed Adventure, I Couldn't Turn The Pages Fast Enough!"

Summary:In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation--at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war....

Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr was a battle-hardened professional. So when she and her platoon were yanked from a well-deserved leave for what was supposed to be "easy" duty as the honour guard for a diplomatic mission to the non-Confederation world of the Silsviss, she was ready for anything. Sure, there'd been rumours of the Others - the sworn enemies of the Confederation - being spotted in this sector of space. But there were always rumours. The key thing was to recruit the Silsviss into the Confederation before the Others attacked or claimed these lizardlike warriors for their side. And everything seemed to be going perfectly. Maybe too perfectly..


Pros:
-I love strong female characters and Torin Kerr is just that. How could she not be? After all she is a Staff Sargent in the marines! Which is so bad ass!
-Every character was fantastic, although me being who I am had trouble keeping them all straight, I can never remember which species which person was, I always seem to find that with Sci-Fi novels. I have the worst memory!
-World building was awesome, enough to figure out what's going on through out the book, but without all that info dumping we readers hate
-Tanya Huff gets extra props for being Canadian, and manages to make a reference to poutine in the novel even though doesn't take place on Earth!

Cons:
-hmm, I find Tanya Huff novels difficult to find fault with..I haven't read one that I didn't like.
-The only negative I have is I'm not a fan of the cover..Sci-Fi covers don't really seem to be the greatest it seems, but that doesn't have anything to do with the author.

Overall: I really enjoyed this book, I probably wouldn't have picked this up had it been written by someone else, as I don't generally read Sci-Fi, but I love Tanya Huff's Blood Books, so I decided to give this one a go. It did not disappoint. Action, adventure, and just a touch of sexual innuendo makes for a great read. I'd highly recommend for any Sci-Fi lover, especially for people who love strong female characters. Would be ok for older teens, there isn't much in the way of sex, there is some violence, they are fighting a war after all, but nothing overly gruesome. I will definitely be picking up more in this series!

I give this 5 out of 5

Valor Confederation Series

Book #1 Valor's Choice

Book #2 The Better Part of Valor

Book #3 The Heart Of Valor

Book #4 Valor's Trial

Book #4 The Truth of Valor (Aug 24 2010)

Aug 6, 2010

Randoms - You Know You Want To Be..Canadian

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 06, 2010 0 comments
I know I'm a bit behind on reviews..I've read books, I have just been too lazy to write a review lately..it's just to hot to sit on the computer with the sun streaming in! Anyways came across this today and I love it!


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Jul 30, 2010

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Jul 26, 2010

My Love Lies Bleeding (Hearts At Stake) by Alyxandra Harvey

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, July 26, 2010 2 comments
My Love Lies Bleeding
(Hearts At Stake) by Alyxandra Harvey
Release: December 2009
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Genre: YA Fantasy

My Cover Blurb: "Witty Good Vampire Fun"

My Summary:
Told from two POV's. First, Solange, daughter of the Drake vampire clan, meant to full fill a prophecy and rule the Vampire Clans. Solange would rather hang out at home with her family and has no desire to pursue the crown. Lady Natasha the current ruler thinks Solange is a threat and will stop at nothing until Solange is dead. Second, Lucy, Solange's human best friend, is a feisty girl and wants to help protect Solange. Both Lucy and Solange find love interests amongst all the action, Solange, a vampire hunter, and Lucy, Nicholas, Solange's older brother. Lucy and the Drakes must find a way to stop the vampires from trying to kill Solange and keep them safe while figuring out how to deal with their blooming relationships.

Pros:
-I absolutely loved Lucy, and I feel that the book could have been written entirely from her point of view. I found the chapters that were from Solange's point of view a little boring and Solange herself was a little flat for me.
-Nicholas, the ever overprotective brother has always had a thing for Lucy but never showed it until Lucy and Nicholas are thrown together. Their relationship makes sense, where I found Solange and Kierin's (the vampire hunter) relationship created just because there had to be a love interest for her.
-The mythology was well formed and the back story for the history of the Drake clan brought to light at a good pace.
-Lots of action in this book kept me reading.
-No complaints about writing style.
-The author get's props for being Canadian!


Cons:
-I couldn't get behind the relationship between Solange and Kierin. One minute he hates vampires, the next he's cutting open his wrist to save Solange. It just didn't seem like a likely pairing.

Overall an enjoyable read. I will most likely pick up the second one and I'm hoping there will be lots more Lucy as she is really the reason I would keep reading the series.

I give this a 3.75 out of 5

Drake Chronicles

Book #1 Hearts at Stake / My Love Lies Bleeding

Book #2 Blood Feud

Book #3 Out for Blood (Dec 2010)

Jul 23, 2010

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Jul 21, 2010

Cover Loving

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2 comments
Just an FYI you can now follow me on Twitter if you want, or if you're bored because I'm pretty much on the computer all day! Click here to find me. Now onto the new covers I found. I particularly love the first two.

Tutored by Allison Whittenberg
Release Dec 2010

Wendy Anderson and Hakiam Powell are at opposite ends of the spectrum—the social spectrum, the financial spectrum, the opportunity spectrum, you name it. Wendy lives in an all-white suburb of Philadelphia, where she’s always felt like the only chip in the cookie. Her dad, who fought his way out of the ghetto, doesn’t want her mingling with “those people.” In fact, all Wendy’s life, her father has told her how terrible “those people” are. He even objects to Wendy’s plan to attend a historically black college. But Wendy feels that her race is more than just the color of her skin, and she takes a job tutoring at an inner-city community center to get a more diverse perspective on life.

Hakiam has never lived in one place for more than a couple of years. When he aged out of foster care in Ohio, he hopped a bus to Philly to start over, but now he’s broke, stuck taking care of his cousin’s premature baby for no pay, and finding it harder than ever to stay out of trouble. When he meets Wendy at the tutoring center, he thinks she’s an uppity snob—she can’t possibly understand his life. But as he gets to know her better, he sees a softer side. And eventually—much to the chagrin of Wendy’s father and Hakiam’s cousin—they begin a rocky, but ultimately enlightening, romance.

This edgy story about a star-crossed couple features strong African American characters and sparkles with smart, quirky dialogue and fresh observations on social pressures and black-on-black prejudice

Throat by R A Nelson
Release: Jan 2011

A modern-day vampire story set on a NASA base and filled with space-and-science intrigue. Seventeen-year-old Emma feels cursed by her epilepsy—until the lost night. She's shocked to wake up in the hospital one morning, weak from blood loss. When her memories begin to return, she pieces together that it was a man—a monster—who attacked her: a vampire named Wirtz. And it was her very condition that saved her: a grand mal seizure interrupted Wirtz and left Emma with all the amazing powers of a vampire—heightened senses, rapid speed—but no need to drink blood. Is Emma now a half-vampire girl? One thing soon becomes clear: the vampire Wirtz is fierce and merciless, feared even by his own kind, and won't leave a job undone













The Book of Spells by Kate Brian
Release: Dec 2010

A Private prequel that tells the true origins of Billings House!

Jul 18, 2010

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, July 18, 2010 5 comments
My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking
Genre: YA Fantasy
Released: March 2010 (Kindle), May 2010(Paperback)
Rating: 4 out of 5

My Cover Blurb: "Absolutely Addicting"

Author Summary (Amazon):
Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's ever met.

Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him.

But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood...


Pros:
-The characters are really what make you want to read this story. I loved them all.
-The plot centers around the triangle of Peter, Jack & Alice. The emotions where well described and at times heart breaking to read.
-The vampire lore was realistic. I know that sounds silly, but basically I mean if vampires were real I kind of imagine they would be something like they are in this story.
-I love the character of Alice, she was very real and believable.
-Loved this beginning middle and end.
-The author gets props for all of her awesome pop culture references. A lot of books don't have those, keeping things generic. I'm glad specific songs and clothing was described it gave a clear picture in my mind.

Cons:
-It's not the most well written novel I've ever read. But I believe that would improve over time as this is a debut novel.

Overall I give this a 4 out of 5, and I would highly recommend to any Twilight fan.


My Blood Approves Series

Book #1 My Blood Approves

Book #2 Fate

Book #3 Flutter

Book #4 Wisdom (not yet released)

Jul 16, 2010

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Jul 15, 2010

Cover Loving

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Dead Beautiful by Yvone Woon
Release: Sept 2010

A haunting love story about desire, danger, and destiny.

After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life.

Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own… Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul


Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney
Release: Oct 2010

Fifteen-year-old Finbar Frame seriously missed out in the gene-pool stakes as his twin brother Luke got the good looks, athletic ability and pigmentation. Finbar is tall, skinny, pale and pretty much allergic to the sun - and sadly, teenage girls don′t appreciate Finbar′s sensitive skin or his sensitive soul. But when a move to a new school converges with a cultural trend romanticising vampires, Finbar seizes the opportunity. He′ll become a vampire! Or at least fake it ... to get a date.

Wickedly smart and laugh-out-loud funny, Bloodthirsty heralds a brilliant career for this new young author.



Rosebush by Michele Jaffe
Release: Dec 2010

See Jane run. See Jane die.

Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit and run.

Everyone thinks it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane's boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface--not just from the party, but from deeper in her past...including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she is forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller

Jul 7, 2010

Fallen by Lauren Kate - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, July 07, 2010 5 comments
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Released Dec 2009
Genre: YA
Rating 3 out of 5

My cover blurb: "A dark, emotional tale"

Summary:

Fallen

Some Angels are Destined to Fall

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.


Pros:
-Written in 3rd person, which I prefer.
-The cover is amazing, I may just have to buy book 2 for the cover alone.
-I really enjoyed the supporting characters, Gabbe, Penn, Arriane.
-Angels are dead sexy these days. I've always had a fascination with them. But sadly there was not enough winged action in this book.
- Cam & Daniel were well thought out and were enjoyable to read.
- Well written, flowed nicely.

Favorite Quote "Her heart was pounding impossibly fast. Then she realized She was feeling both of their hearts, racing each other. A kind of desperate conversation, one they couldn't have with words."

Cons:
-While there was nothing really overly wrong with this book, it felt like I have read it before, like it's the same old thing out there.
-I was so completely frustrated that Luce learned nothing, so we, the reader, learned nothing. Anytime that Daniel would attempt to explain anything it was all very vague. And any explanation was already 2/3 through the book. Not a lot happened near the beginning. I was hoping for a more "fantasy" type book. You would not even know that the book had anything to do with angels until around page 400, other than it being written on the back of the book.

After reading two books I really enjoyed that had a lot of action, this seemed like a let down for me. But I do think this was a well written book and many would enjoy, especially for those of you who liked Twilight and Hush Hush.

I give this 3 out of 5

Book #1 Fallen

Book #2 Torment (Sept 2010)

Jul 5, 2010

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, July 05, 2010 2 comments
Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch
Released April 2010
Genre: Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5

My Cover Blurb "After reading this you'll want to be touched by an alien too."

My Summary:
Katherine "Kitty" Katt was just finishing jury duty when a man in front of the courthouse raged and turned into a hideous beast. Kitty reacts instinctively and stops the monster. When what she assume are government officials show up.. all very attractive government officials, she's gets involved more than she's bargained for. They are aliens from another planet trying to stop a parasitic race from turning humans into monsters. Kitty and alien agent Jeff Martini must team up to save the world.



Pros:
-I'm not generally a fan of books with aliens, but I'm definitely glad I gave this one a try. It had similar vibes to a lot of urban fantasy books
-This was a fast paced, hilarious good fun, girls kick ass adventure. Loved every minute of it. Could not put it down.
-Gini Koch can write, everything flowed together nicely and she clearly has a great eye for detail. While there were some parts that I think went over my head I was still impressed by the imagination of this author.
-The characters were great, every one of them from the hero and heroine, Jeff Martini and Kitty Katt, to the side characters, Christopher, Paul, Reader, Mr and Mrs Katt and so on. I don't think there was a character I didn't like. Well, except the ones you're supposed to hate, i.e Yates, Beverly.
-I loved the Christopher, Jeff, Kitty triangle. I almost kind of wish Christopher ended up with Kitty, but I know it never would have worked out between them, but I hope that Christoper gets a happy ending one of these days.
-Love this cover art done by Dan Dos Santos, you may recognize it as he has done the covers to the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs


Cons:
-Felt that Kitty and Jeff had sex too quickly after meeting. I would have liked Jeff to have to work for it a little more. I mean if I just met a man from an alien planet I'd probably put a little more thought into it, especially if during the first few days our meeting we were fighting for our lives. I think sex would be the last thing on my mind. Not to mention you wouldn't be aware of any species issues, like does human birth control even work with an alien man?
-Too much sex for me, I like some but only to the point where you got to use your own imagination to fill in the rest. I guess I'm just a prude that way.
-Jeff calls Kitty "baby" as an endearment, let me tell you this one of my biggest pet peeves, I find it kind of derogatory and if anyone called me that I would smack them upside the head

Other than the few mentioned cons, this book was great and I will definitely be picking up the sequel. I would recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of Patricia Briggs or Linda Robertson. I give this 4 out of 5

Book #1 Touched by an Alien

Book #2 Alien Tango (Dec 2010)

Jul 2, 2010

Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, July 02, 2010 2 comments
Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson
Released: June 2009
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Rated: 4 out of 5

My Cover Blurb: "A Supernatural Emotional Rollercoster, with Oreos on Top"

My Summary: Persephone 'Seph' Alcmedi is just your average witch, she owns her own home, which she now shares with her Nana, and makes her money writing a newspaper column about the supernatural world. In this book the general public are aware of the supernatural. She also makes a little money on the side kenneling werewolves on the full moon in her old cellar. Seph's good friend who is also a werewolf is murdered and a fellow witch pays Seph to take out the so called murderer. It's not like Seph is a killer for hire but she feels it's her duty to stop the murderer from getting away with it. Since the police don't care much when it's a werewolf that get's killed, they aren't well liked by the public. She asks her friends Theo and Johnny, also weres, to help out. Theo runs a background check service and looks into the murderer's background for Seph. Theo almost gets killed looking into the murderer's past and Johnny, Seph, Nana and other were friends need to get to the bottom of the murder and Theo's "accident" and find a way out of the mess fast, without anymore deaths.

Pros:
-I loved Persephone, she was an awesome heroine. She knew when to fight and when not to fight. She was strong and soft at the same time and she was one bad ass witch.
-Johnny was also excellent, he was bad ass too, but he could also cook and was in a band. I wasn't a huge fan of his look, covered in tattoos, piercings, and long hair, some of that is great, but it was too much for me. He also had to make more dirty innuendos than was necessary. Again some is great, but it was bordering on too much. But I'm glad Persephone didn't just give in to his charms right away, she stood up to him and only slowly let him into her life.
-The plot was good, there were parts I totally didn't expect which was good.
-Definitely ended well enough that I will pick up the sequel.
-This book is classified as Adult, but other than the innuendos and some kissing the sexual content was minimal. Which is exactly what I like in my books, enough to get the imagination going, but the book isn't centered around getting the heroine into bed.

Cons:
-There was one story thread I didn't think was necessary, Persephone's relationship with her old high school friend, with all the supernatural action that was going on in the book it seemed weird that the heroine would go rushing off to hang out with a friend she hasn't seen in years. I understood why the author put it in but I felt it caused the story to drag a little. Which is the only reason this book is getting a 4 rating instead of a 5.
- I wasn't the hugest fan of Persephone's Nana. She got a little annoying, but she did seem to get less annoying near the end of the book.

This book gets a 4 out of 5

The Persephone Alcmedi Series

Book 1: Vicious Circle
Book 2: Hallowed Circle
Book 3: Fatal Circle
Book 4: Arcane Circle (Dec 2010)

Jul 1, 2010

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Happy Canada Day!

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Hope all you Canadians enjoy the holiday, and while I'm at it I hope all the Americans enjoy their Independence day that's coming up!

Jun 30, 2010

Guest Reviewer Wanted

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, June 30, 2010 2 comments
If anyone out there would like to post reviews but doesn't feel like starting their own blog I would be happy to post them here. Or if you would like to post any book discussions etc.

Send me an email at chocolaterebs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jun 22, 2010

What's Your Favorite Book Nook?

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This is my favorite book store. It's a used book shop about an hour out of my way, but it has one of the biggest collections of used books in my area that is super organized.

The people there are also so helpful and they know where everything is!

They even have a store cat (see below) which is named Nietzsche!




So what's your favorite book store, library or place to read?

Jun 21, 2010

The Agency, Spy In The House by Y S Lee - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, June 21, 2010 5 comments
Be Warned there are spoilers!

The Agency: Spy In The House
Author: Y S Lee
Released March 2010
352 Pages

Summary: Mary Lang, had a hard childhood. Forced in to thievery on the streets of London in the 1800's she is caught and is about to be hanged. Anne Treleaven runs a school for girls and rescues Mary from the noose. Fast forward a few years and she is now 17 and doesn't quite fit in to the quiet life of needlepoint and embroidery. Anne then revels the true purpose behind the school. They are a secret private investigation firm know as The Agency. Mary jumps at the chance to become an agent and is fast given her first assignment. She is to pose as a paid companion to the daughter of a wealthy business man. Mr Thorold is suspected of smuggling and fraud and Mary is placed within the household to find out anything she can about this so he can be brought to justice. Along the way she meets James Easton. James' brother George is in love with Angelica Thorold and wants to marry her. James has heard rumors of Mr Thorold's shady business dealings and has begun his own investigation as he does not want his brother George to marry Angelica if it's true. James and Mary soon team up to find what they can. Will Mary be able to solve the case?

Pros:
- I loved everything about this book. It has a little romance, mystery, suspense, pirates, a prince in disguise! Ok, there was no prince, but this book had a lot and it was all woven together quite nicely.
-I LOVED Quigley, I was sooo upset when he died, and the murderer got off scott free..even though he died, I still put him in the Pro column because I just loved the character. He reminded me a bit of Short Round from Indiana Jones.
- The chemistry between James and Mary was fantastic. And I liked that they did not end up together in the end. It was way more realistic that way and it would have been too neat had they ended together. In fact I loved they way the book ended the last scene was perfect.
-Mary was such a strong character, she didn't let men walk all over her and she was smart and independent. She did make mistakes but it was her first mission after all and she is still learning so it did make sense.
-I like that the author showed a side of London not normally written about in these kinds of books. I read a lot of historical romance and I don't think I have ever read one that show the underside of London like Lee did. I was glad to see something new and another side of London in the 1800's.
-Lee gets props for being Canadian! I love finding new Canadian authors.
- Oh I almost forgot, the twist near half way through, at least that's when I figured it out, I had no idea that Mary was half Chinese, I did not see that coming and it was an interesting development.

Cons
-I can't really think of any cons, except that Quigley won't be in the next book!

I give this book 5 out of 5
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical mystery/romance or anyone who enjoyed Heist Society by Ally Carter

Book 1
The Agency: Spy In The House

Book 2
The Agency: The Body At The Tower (Out Aug 2010)

Jun 17, 2010

Just Received and Other Randoms

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, June 17, 2010 3 comments
I went a little overboard with book purchases this week but here's what I got:

My Love Lies Bleeding (aka: Hearts At Stake) by Alyxandra Harvey

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Under My Skin by Judith Graves


Early to Death Early To Rise by Kim Harrison

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Fallen by Lauren Kate

The Agency by Y S Lee which I'm reading now and loving

oh and Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia which I forgot to include in the first picture because I finished reading it..all in one sitting, the same day I got the books, so I took another pic here hehe










And while I'm posting I have Nine the musical movie on in the background..needless to say it's not interesting enough to hold my undivided attention, although the costumes in the movie are FAN-TAS-TIC!

And for fun..the Dr Suess collection, which is mostly my husbands actually, but I like them too. The Star Wars books next to them are definitely his though.













And here's a few pics from my recent trip to Ireland in May




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Jun 15, 2010

Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, June 15, 2010 4 comments
Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia
Released May 2010
Young Adult

Summary:
Teagan meets her guardian angel, Garreth, who she knows has always been around but never really thought about it until he's standing in front of her. He only has 8 days to spend with her and in that time he wants to show her how much she means to him. He also comes to warn her of Hadrian. Hadrian used to be a guardian angel but was corrupted and is taking over good guardian angels. Hadrian is after Teagan (I'm not really sure why, something to do with her father, I was a little unclear on this..am I the only one?)Garreth and Teagan need to find a way to stop Hadrian before Garreth's 8 days are up.

My thoughts:
Pros- This was a fast paced book with lots of action, suspense, mystery. It was quite dark, so if you're looking for a book that's light with comedy you won't find it here. The book takes place over a period of 8 days so only the essential info is there which I like, no spots where I felt it dragged.
-The main female character Teagan is definitely a pro, she's strong and soft at the same time.
-The main male character, Garreth, was my favorite. He had some really good lines.
-This book was well written and well paced.

Cons-I was left with quite a few questions. Not of the plot, but more of what the angels in Murgia's world are and their relationship to their charges, how the good angels became bad, how her father was connected to Hadrian, and what Teagan became, why she was special etc. I would have liked a little more details on that.
-Hadrian, the dark angel bad guy. He was a really good bad guy and I liked his character, but the author made Teagan have some feelings for him. This makes me wonder why can't a bad guy just be a bad guy? Why do we have to have Team Garreth and Team Hadrian, can't we just defeat evil and move on to the next step instead of going back and forth with a love triangle. I'm not really saying that this particular book had a love triangle..a little, but not really..it just feels like it might go that way in the sequel and it seems like a lot of books go that way lately and it's getting a little boring for me.

I give this book 4 out of 5
I would recommend this book to anyone who liked Twilight but is looking for something that is better written and has a female protagonist that you'll actually like.

Jun 9, 2010

oOo New Books Coming

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, June 09, 2010 1 comments
Ok, before I get to the new books I have a little rant I need to get off my chest. I live on the west coast of Canada, close to the US's Pacific Northwest coast and I love it here, I love the ocean, the forests and I love the fact that it rains.. a lot. It's raining today and I think rain is one of the most beautiful things in the world, always have, it makes the world seem quieter, more peaceful, it makes everything smell fresh and clean. Now onto the people in my office and every time it rains they complain..NON-STOP!! "When is the weather going to get better", "when will it stop", "why does it have to rain all the time" etc etc
It drives me up the wall, I cannot stand people who complain about the rain, here anyways. I could understand if I lived in say LA or Miami where it doesn't rain so often, but come on people, I just want to say to them "you are well aware of what the weather is like here, if you don't like it then move!!"...ok, rant over. Now onto some fun new books I found.

Infinite Days (Vampire Queen)by Rebecca Maizel
Release Aug 2010
She longs to be like everybody else. But her history is written in blood... Lenah Beaudonte is in many ways your average sixteen-year-old: the new girl,” she struggles to fit in enough to survive at school, and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy captain of the lacrosse team. But her challenges are beyond what anyone could have expected. Lenah just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire turned human… She’s just awakened from a century-long hibernation and each passing hour hears another tick of the time-bomb, counting down to the moment when her abandoned vampire coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping, and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as the passing moments allow. But, to do so, she must first answer the ominous questions at hand: Can an ex-vampire survive in a time and place so alien to her? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm

Dark Song by Gail Giles
Release Sept 2010
Mark said he heard the dark song when he creeped houses. The song the predator's heart sings when it hears the heart of the prey. I heard it now. Mark said it had always been in me. Lurking. Waiting for me to hear.

Ames is not the person she was a few months ago. Her father lost his job, and her family is crumbling apart. Now, all she has is Marc. Marc, who loves her more than anything. Marc, who owns a gun collection. And he'll stop at nothing--even using his guns--to get what he wants. Ames feels her parents have betrayed her with their lies and self-absorption, but is she prepared to make the ultimate betrayal against them?


The Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block
Release Oct 2010
When she was thirteen, something terrifying and mysterious happened to Liv that she still does not understand, and now, four years later, her dark secret threatens to tear her apart from her family and her true love.

Jun 4, 2010

Voices Of Dragons - Carrie Vaughn

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, June 04, 2010 3 comments
On one side of the border lies the modern world: the internet, homecoming dances, cell phones. On the other side dwell the ancient monsters who spark humanity's deepest fears: dragons.

Seventeen-year-old Kay Wyatt knows she's breaking the law by rock climbing near the border, but she'd rather have an adventure than follow the rules. When the dragon Artegal unexpectedly saves her life, the rules are abruptly shattered, and a secret friendship grows between them.

But suspicion and terror are the legacy of human and dragon inter­actions, and the fragile truce that has maintained peace between the species is unraveling. As tensions mount and battles begin, Kay and Artegal are caught in the middle. Can their friendship change the course of a war?

My Thoughts: First off I have to say to Carrie Vaughn, I know you're a better writer than this. I've read one of your Kitty books and the writing in that was just fine.
Why do some authors think that just because they are writing for a YA audience they have to dumb it down some?
Anyways aside from the writing, I had a lot of problems with the story..I don't really want to go into too much detail because most of the problems I have with the story are a personal preference thing.
I loved Artegal the dragon. He was, in my opinion, the only character worth mentioning. Kay the MC of the book was forgettable. So I don't have much to say about her. Really I can't remember anything specific and I am writing this literally just minutes after finishing the book. I would say however if you have been looking for a modern day book about dragons then this one would be for you.
I give this book 2.5 out of 5

May 16, 2010

Lets Try This Again

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, May 16, 2010 1 comments
So I'm going to Europe, well I was supposed to go a month ago but because of the volcanic ash my flights were cancelled and it's possible they'll get cancelled again tomorrow. but who knows. Anyways I'll be taking a bit of a break for the next two weeks. Hopefully I'll be back with tons of photos to post!

May 2, 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting -- Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, May 02, 2010 2 comments
The Body Finder
Author Kimberly Derting
Young Adult

Summary:
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. It had everything a book should have, romance, suspense, mystery, a supernatural ability to find dead bodies...
I was actually really impressed by this story. It was well thought out, it had a nice pace, it was written in third person (which I so prefer). The characters were easy to relate to, Violet reminded me a lot of myself at that age and the scenery was described perfectly (being from the pacific northwest myself I always love a good story that takes place in the forest here). And let me tell you the kissing scenes were hot! I had to fan myself with the book a couple of times! I can't tell you how much in love with Jay I am right now. I was really not expecting there to be a lot of romantic interaction in this book since it was about a serial killer but it had just the right amount to keep me turning those pages fast and furiously.
This book was so refreshingly different from a lot of what's out there right now. It was nice to see a book about a girl that was strong, had a good relationship with her parents, and she fell in love with her best friend. How many YA books now a days has the main character have only one parent, or divorced parents? Or how the best guy friend is in love with the main girl but she is in love with the new guy, and she just leaves her best friend high and dry? Too many to me it seems. Anyways I definitely it would recommend this book to any YA fantasy lover looking for a romantic/suspenseful read.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5

May 1, 2010

9 Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Saturday, May 01, 2010 3 comments


9 Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake

Adult Historical Romance
Author: Sarah MacLean

Summary: A lady does not smoke cheroot.

She does not ride astride.

She does not fence or attend duels.

She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing. But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she's not careful, she'll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love . .

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this novel. I liked the characters and the plot. However, there were quite a few things I didn't like. I'm very picky when it comes to historical romance novels, I've been reading this genre since I was 14 and so I know what I want when it comes to a romance book. What I look for is more romance less sex. To me sex scenes do not equal romance and this book had far to many sexual scenes for my taste. I thought the hero and heroine didn't spend enough time just talking to one another, instead every time they were together it was about something sexual. Personally I don't know how he fell in love with her based on their time together, but I've learned to accept that that is how it works in the world of romance novels. Anyways, this is just mostly my opinion, the writing itself was excellent and I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of this genre. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments and quite a few lines that were just perfectly delivered at the right time. I most likely will read another by MacLean and I give this book 3 out of 5. I should probably say I rate historical romance novels a little more harshly than others because this is my favorite genre and I expect a lot of the books I read in it, so maybe if this book had been a different genre it would have gotten a higher rating.

Apr 21, 2010

Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, April 21, 2010 5 comments
Source: Purchased

Summary:

Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe, and now the leader of the werewolf pack - who's maybe-more-than-just-a-friend - has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they're all about to find out how implacable - and dangerous - the fae can be

My Thoughts:

Since this is the 5th in a series I won't say too much, but I will say that this book was amazing. Briggs has to be one of my favourite urban fantasy authors. It's pretty rare that I read a book and then while I'm at work all I can think about is getting home to finish it. The books in the Mercy Thompson series do that to me every time. She manages to weave in mystery, lore, and a little romance into every book and always leaves me wanting more. I can't really say which one is my favourite, I like them all, although I was missing Stefan in this book, and it's been so long since I read the previous one that I honestly don't remember what happened to him in the last one. It's a good thing I have an entire year before the next book comes out to re-read this series. What?! Do I really have to wait a whole year?! Write faster!! hehe..anyways.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not the biggest fan of novels written in first person, these books are an exception. I think it's because I like Mercy so much, she is such a kick-ass female. And as a bonus, these books don't have any porno sex scenes that seem to find their way into so many urban fantasy books these days. The only thing I don't really like about these books is that Adam & Mercy seem to be together permanently, which is all fine and good, but I'm a huge fan of when men have to woo women in books, once they get together they don't have to do that anymore then I find myself searching for a new series. I love these books too much to ever stop reading them though, so hopefully down the road there will at least be some side characters that get together so I can have my romance :)
If you have been a fan of this series I would highly recommend picking this one up. If you haven't then I'd start with Moon Called.

I give this book 5 out of 5

Mercy Thompson Series

1 Moon Called
2 Blood Bound
3 Iron Kissed
4 Bone Crossed
5 Silver Borne

There is also the Alpha & Omega series that features characters from the Mercy Thompson series

1. Cry Wolf
2. Hunting Ground

Apr 18, 2010

Bye Bye For Now

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, April 18, 2010 1 comments

I'm off to Europe, that is if my flights haven't been cancelled due to the volcanic ash cloud, fingers crossed. So long to my fellow bloggers and I'll be back with you soon.


Well, my flights have been officially cancelled, so maybe I'll be around to post more reviews. I'm still holding out hope that some miracle will happen and we can still go....someplace

Apr 17, 2010

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Saturday, April 17, 2010 1 comments
Kat was born into a family of professional thieves, but after spending her first 15 years learning the tricks of the trade, she decides to leave it all behind to try to lead a normal life. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to walk away from the family business…

When 5 priceless paintings are stolen from Taccone, an internationally recognized Total Bad Guy, Kat gets pulled right back into her old life. Taccone thinks her father stole his paintings, and he gives Kat an ultimatum: She must either find and return the paintings to him within 14 days, or he’ll hurt or kill everyone she loves. Kat and her team are on the job, but will they be able to pull off the heist of a lifetime?

My Thoughts: I really liked the idea of this story, it had a very Thomas Crown Affair vibe to it. I had a few issues with this book though, for starters I found myself saying things like "who is talking now?", "what are they even talking about", "that doesn't make sense" a lot. I don't know if it was just me but it felt like sentences were missing and I was lost half of the time.
The characters were likable for the most part. I had a little problem with the main character Kat. I found that she didn't have much of a back bone and she was a little flat to me. I think that is mostly my personal preference though and another reader would probably love her.
I did appreciate that this book was written in 3rd person, I'm not sure I would have made it though it if it had been written in 1st, but again that it my own personal preference.
In the end I'm on the fence with this one, I'm not sure if I will read any more by Ally Carter.

I give this book 3 out of 5

Apr 8, 2010

Another Coming Soon

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, April 08, 2010 1 comments
Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia
Released May 2010

Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.
But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.
Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower

I love the idea of angels, and so far I have only come across one book that has angels that I absolutely love (Once Dead Twice Shy by Kim Harrison) so hopefully I can find another so if anyone know of any other angel books let me know

The Time Weaver by Shana Abe
Released June 2010

The drákon, a supersensual race of shapeshifters whose world exists side by side with our own. In The Time Weaver, a young drákon woman discovers she possesses a unique gift, one that brings her closer to her destined love—at the cost of their very lives.

Honor Carlisle may have been born into the drákon clan but she’s always felt like a stranger to her kin. It’s an intuition that proves true when she receives a mysterious letter—a letter sent by her future self. Honor learns she is a Time Weaver: a creature with the extraordinary ability to transport herself into the past or future.

But the letter contains a dire warning. If Honor remains in her home at Darkfrith, she is certain to be killed. Fleeing for sanctuary among old friends in Spain, she practices her Weaving and unknowingly draws closer to an even more immediate danger. For on one of her Weaves into the future, Honor encounters the very man she should most avoid: the prince of a rival tribe of drákon.

Drawn to Prince Alexandru of Zaharen, Honor is unable to resist the temptation of Weaving to him again and again across time. As they surrender to a desire that brings the present and future ever closer, they realize they are true soulmates. But they also risk fulfilling a terrible prophecy—for their union is destined to wreak havoc. Now Honor and Sandu must place their trust—and their lives—in each other’s hands, and their faith in a magical love that could restore order to the drákon universe—or destroy it forever.

I've never read anything by this author but I love this cover and the plot sounds interesting I might just have to pick this up.

Apr 4, 2010

Gone By Lisa McMann

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, April 04, 2010 1 comments
Summary:
Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she'd made her peace with it. But she can't handle dragging Cabel down with her.
She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He's amazing. And she's a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves--she has to disappear. And it's going to kill them both.
Then a stranger enters her life--and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she'd ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out...

My Thoughts: I bought this book pretty much as soon as it came out, but I didn't read it until now. Knowing it was the last in the series I didn't want to read it because I knew it would be the end. But I'm glad I finally got to it. It was excellent, just as good as book 1 & 2.
I don't think I have read any other books that are written in first person present tense. It's different and I don't know if everyone would enjoy this writing style, but I love it.
I really got into this story and I read it all in one sitting, which is rare for me. Where the first books had plots revolving around Janie's work with the cops this one was more about Janie finding about about her ability and the choices she would need to make about her future. Janie has to deal with some tough issues and I found myself crying throughout the last half of the book. As always, I found Janie and Cabel's relationship to be very real, it's not all lovely dovey and roses, it's based on communication and trust. I think their relationship is one of my favorite things in this series. I highly recommend this series to anyone who is looking for something a bit different than the typical YA fantasy novel.

I give this 5 out of 5
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Apr 1, 2010

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, April 01, 2010 1 comments
Source: Purchased

Summary:

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced! Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

My Thoughts:

This book was unlike anything I have ever read before. My first steampunk novel. It was quite refreshing and it made me want to drink lots of tea! It combines two of my favorite genres, historical romance and fantasy. I love the fashion and etiquette during this era and extremely enjoyed reading about it as well. On to the characters, Alexia is spunky, strong willed, and courageous. Lord Maccon is your typical historical romance hero with a little werewolf mixed in. Some of my favorites were the side characters, the trusty butler, Floote. Lord Maccon's second in command Professor Lyall and Alexia's best friend, Ivy, that has a habit of wearing extremely ugly hats. The story kept me guessing and I couldn't put the book down. I can't wait to pick up the sequel, Changless.

I would recommend this to older teens and adults who enjoy historical romance and urban fantasy books.

4.5 out of 5

Parasol Protectorate Series

Book #1 Soulless

Book #2 Changeless

Book #3 Blameless

Book #4 Heartless (June 2011)

Book #5 Timeless (March 2012)

Mar 25, 2010

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, March 25, 2010 1 comments
Summary: With summer approaching, Aislinn finds herself increasingly attracted to Keenan, the Summer King. Yet Aislinn clings to her love for Seth, refusing to release her connection to the mortal world. A paragon of patience, Seth knows that Aislinn’s immortality will eventually separate them, and he pursues a dangerous remedy as tensions within Faerie increase and allegiances shift

My Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 and book 2 in the series, and I was quite excited when this came out. For whatever reason I had no desire what so ever to pick this book up. And I didn't, I ended up trying out the audio book instead. I've tried audio books in the past and I don't really enjoy them. I've never found one that was read with a voice I enjoyed. This was no different. But aside from the voice of the guy that read the audio book, I do like Marr's prose.
My interest in Aislinn/Seth/Keenan waned in this book. I thought the plot fairly slim. It seems to happen to me a lot. I think it's because the male and female heroes get together in the first book and then there isn't much in the way of wooing going on in the sequels. There wasn't really anything wrong with the story or the writing, other than it just wasn't for me. I could see this still rating very high with others who enjoyed the first two books, I guess I'm just a little faeried out. Anyways I'll probably keep up on what happens in the next one but I'll probably just hear about it from my co-worker who loves these books rather than read it myself.

Mar 23, 2010

Coming Soon....

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6 comments

Came across these September releases today:

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor's daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself - and others - in order to be set free. And love may be the key...






Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She's angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she's about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights' most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn't want - and couldn't escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine's diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There's comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal's antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine's words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.




Contagion by Joanne Dahme
Not really sure what this one is about but I really liked the cover so I thought I would post it anyways.














Firelight by Sophie Jordan
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.

Mar 22, 2010

Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, March 22, 2010 3 comments
Summary: Ever since Cass' sister died she has been able to see ghosts. Around the same time she was ostracized from her group of friends. It's now four years later and she is still a loner, only now no one picks on her because she has the dirt on everyone. The ghosts that haunt the school hear all and spill all to Cass which she uses to keep everyone in line. One of the most popular boys in school, Tim, figures out that she's got something going on with the other side and after his mother passes he asks Cass to help him find her. Cass realizes along the way that maybe living people aren't so bad.

My Thoughts: I really, really enjoyed this book. I ate it up and read it in one day. I could easily identify with the characters, especially Cass. She reminded me a little of myself. I liked the fact that she didn't just fall all over Tim the moment he talked to her. They're relationship was never easy, and it made it seem real. In real life people mess up and make mistakes and relationships are hard. This book got that. I thought the story moved along well and I was satisfied with the ending. I'm looking forward to more from Megan Crewe. And bonus points go to her since she's Canadian :)
I give this 4.5 out of 5

Mar 15, 2010

Tithe by Holly Black

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, March 15, 2010 3 comments
Source: Purchased

Summary:

Kaye, a rebel teenager, moves back to her old home town with her mother. Kaye has memories from her childhood of fairies that she is not quite sure are real. It turns out later that Kaye is actually a faerie herself, and was hidden with a glamour so she looked human. It's all part of a plot of the Unseelie Court. It doesn't go as planned and the courts are plagued by political espionage and Kaye tries to save herself and her friends from danger. Meanwhile Kaye meets a knight of the courts, Roiben, and of course they have a bit of a romance.

My thoughts: I enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the story was paced well. However, it's fairly similar to most other books that revolve around the fey. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I'm kind of a on the look out for a book about the fey that has a unique twist. If anyone knows of any let me know.
This book would be enjoyed by anyone who liked Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr or Need by Carrie Jones.

3.75 out of 5
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Mar 10, 2010

Randoms

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, March 10, 2010 4 comments
So my husband, who is not a reader, unless you count comic books, yes my husband still reads comics and collects action figures and watches cartoons...anyways he made a new years resolution to read more novels. Which I thought was great because I love reading as well. He came up with a number, which I can't remember, of how many books he's going to finish before the end of the year. Now my husband likes lists, and schedules, for example every October he makes a chart of all the horror movies he'll watch that month, because of Halloween, and the dates he's going to watch them. Same with the month of December only for Christmas movies. So he's made a list of the books he'll read and how many pages a day he'll do. If you ask me, I kind of think that takes the fun out of fun activities, but to each their own... Now if only he could be so organized about other things around the house, like the dishes or taking out the garbage..
I'm getting a little side tracked...he started off reading the Star Wars novels and then out of blue is like "honey, I'm going to read Twilight" and I respond and say "what?, really? Why?"..he says "I want to know what all the fuss is about this Edward and Jacob."
So he's almost finish the book now and every day I ask him how's he's liking it and what part he's at.
So far he's told me "Edward is a jerk and Bella is pretty whiny and I don't know why she likes him. I think I have a feeling I'm going to be Team Jacob"
I thought this was pretty funny so I'd thought I'd share.
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