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?

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, June 22, 2010 3 comments


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
 

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