Posted in Book Reviews, Dragons, Random House, Read in 2011

Quick Review | Seraphina (#1) by Rachel Hartman

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[amazon_link id=”0375866566″ target=”_blank” ]Seraphina[/amazon_link] by Rachel Hartman

July 10, 2012 | Random House Children’s Books | 467 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they’ve turned the final page

Quick Review

This book was very interesting. Full of exquisite details. In a very good way.

This was my first dragon book and I was fully engrossed; probably because of the historical elements and the back story we get introduced to.  Seraphina is a strong female lead character and her journey through this book is fulfilling and will leave you wanting to know more about her and her species.

A strong debut fantasy author and a promising new series. I await book 2!

Book #2, Dracomachia, will probably be published next year.

Posted in Book Reviews, Books To Read, Highly Recommend, Must Read, Read in 2011

Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley


Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

272 pages, Knopf Books for Young Readers, (2012-02-14)

$11.46 (Amazon.com)

Procurement

eARC from publisher via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30 So swoon-worthy it’ll burst your heart!

Title/Cover Bonus: 3

Overall

So much swoon I nearly died by heart bursting! An epic tale of finding love, acceptance, painting, and broken noses.

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Posted in 2012 Debut Author, Best of 2011, Book Reviews, HarperCollins, NetGalley, Read in 2011

Review: Under the Never Sky (#1) by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (#1) by Veronica Rossi

HarperCollins (January 03, 2012 ), 384 pages

$11.98 (Amazon)

Procurement

eARC via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! Totally engrossing!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An epic journey to find a mother, save a child, and bond one barbarian of a male to one strongwilled girl.

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Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Feiwel & Friends (January 3, 2012) 400 pages

$12.09 (Amazon)

First 5 Chapters FREE via Amazon Kindle!

Procurement

ARC received from publisher and eARC via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! Astonishing!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

Brilliant retelling of the Cinderella fairytale with a new cultural setting, sci-fi elements and a cyborg of a girl and one level headed handsome Prince.

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Posted in Best of 2011, Highly Recommend, Read in 2011

2011 Favorite Reads

Just a quick post to highlight some of my favorite reads this past year.

If you’ve done a post too please link me to it in the comments!

In no particular order here are a few of my favorite books this year. I’ll link to my review, if I’ve written one and I’ll take my “Overall” thought from each review so you don’t “have” to read the whole review if you don’t want to! 🙂

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

352 pages, Candlewick Press, (2011-08-09)

$12.40 (Amazon.com)

My Review

Overall

An emotionally charged sci-fi of a young girl traumatized by her unfit parents who left her in stasis for 62 years; awoken to a new, unknown world full of technology and unending traumatic stress.

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

272 pages, Knopf Books for Young Readers, (2012-02-14)

(Amazon.com)

My Review: Coming 02/13/2012

Overall

So much swoon I nearly died by heart bursting! An epic tale of finding love, acceptance, painting, and broken noses.

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

501 pages, HarperTeen, (2011-05-31)

(Amazon.com)

My Review

Overall

Action packed romance with teenaged, flying Greek demigods trying to cheat the Gods of their prophecy.

Legend by Marie Lu

pages, Putnam Juvenile, (2011-11-29)

(Amazon.com)

My Review

Overall

Action packed dystopia of a corrupted government uncovered by two strong willed teens who overcome it all together in both body and soul.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

357 pages, HarperCollins, (2011-11-15)

(Amazon.com)

I’m a bad blogger and haven’t reviewed this yet!

Overall

A beautifully written story of one strong willed girl and a boy who gives her the only helping hand she can accept.

Birthmarked

(2010-04-01)and Prized

(2011-11-08)   by Caragh M. O’Brien

No review yet!

Overall

One of the best dystopias I’ve read! Gaia and Leon make one hell of a pair. The premise of turning over babies to the government was shocking. I loved the second book just as much as the first and can’t wait for the next book!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

384 pages, HarperCollins, (2012-01-03)

$11.98 (Amazon.com)

My review is to come!

Overall

Another great dystopia. I LOVED these characters so much! Perry was  hunk of a male and Aria was thrust into his world with no life jacket to keep her afloat but she is super strong willed. The setting of this book was just amazing.

Touch of Power (Healer) by Maria V. Snyder

396 pages, Mira, (2012-01-01)

(Amazon.com)

My Review

Overall

An amazing epic journey of one girl and several young men, all with the intent to save one King’s life, by Kerrick’s forceful hand at least.

Stats

Books Read: 60 (2010: 61 | 2009: 58)

Pages Read: 19,655 (2010: 21,420 | 2009: 20,265)

These are according to Goodreads. I’m wondering if I have some editions set as Kindle and if they convert into pages. Not sure.

148 posts (including this one!)

I hope 2011 was a good reading year for you! I’m looking forward to many more great reads in 2012!

Posted in Book Reviews, Fantasy, Highly Recommend, Mira, NetGalley, Read in 2011

Review: Touch of Power (Healer, #1) by Maria V. Snyder


Touch of Power (Healer, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Mira (December 20, 2011)

$10.17 (Amazon)

Procurement

eARC via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! AMAZING!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An amazing epic journey of one girl and several young men, all with the intent to save one King’s life, by Kerrick’s forceful hand at least.

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Posted in 2011 Debut Author, Book Reviews, Read in 2011

Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies


A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

400 pages — HarperTeen (Sep 27, 2011)

$10.98 (Amazon.com)

Procurement

eARC from NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 4

Writing: 4

Originality: 3

Characters: 3

Romance: 3

Overall: 20/30 = 66% D 😦

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

A subpar love triangle with the light and dark forces represented by two teenaged boys and one special girl.

Shelfability  – NEW Category!

(Thanks to Kristi at The Story Siren)

Borrow.

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Posted in Awesome Authors, Book Reviews, Books To Read, Highly Recommend, Must Read, NetGalley, Read in 2011

A Must Read Preview: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

So, I started this book last night and finished it this afternoon. I’ve written my full review for it already. (Aren’t you proud!?)

The problem I’m having is that IT WAS SO FREAKING GOOD! I have to share it with you now. A little bit any way. The other problem is that it doesn’t come out until Valentine’s Day 2012!

It’s available on NetGalley so if you’re a member go grab this now and read it!

So, read this little bit of my review that’ll post in full on Feb. 13, 2012. You will love this book if you love YA Romance at all. Think Simone Elkeles.

Graffiti Moonby Cath Crowley272 pages, Knopf Books for Young Readers, (2012-02-14)

$11.46 (Amazon.com)

Overall

So much swoon I nearly died by heart bursting! An epic tale of finding love, acceptance, painting, and broken noses.

Summary (Goodreads)

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He’s out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy’s stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they’re suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

Most Memorable Scene

Goodness me! There are way too many. The scene where Malcolm finds Ed and Lucy in the park is one of the best! Lucy sure knows how to handle herself.

“Why don’t you give it to Leo? Wait, I know, it’s because you’re scared of him, you cockroach-eating-coward motherfucker.”

I look at her. “Motherfucker?”

“Motherfucker,” she says.

“The next one to call me a motherfucker takes the message,” Malcolm says.

Motherfucker“, Lucy and I say together.

Romance

Gah! This book is so packed with so much swoon it’s not even funny! I thought for sure my heart was going to burst a few times with the amount of “Awwww” that came pouring out of some of these scenes! I was a giddy teenaged girl all afternoon! Yes, I read this in only one afternoon! It’s amazing and you have to know what happens and it’s so easy to read the words just flow into you and fill you with pure joy.

Preorder this book. I promise you won’t regret it!