Monday, June 30, 2014

Musing Mondays - A Free Catch


Ah, Musing Mondays. A lovely chance to think about all the lovely bookish things I've dealt with recently.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Book Review 6. Cinder

Book: Cinder
Series: The Lunar Chronicles (#1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Science Fiction/ Romance/ Dystopian
Pages: 387
Published: January 3rd, 2012

Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

★ ★  ★ 

"Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time."

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Book Review 5. Halo

22023638Book: Halo (formerly named Raksha)
Series: Blood and Fire (#1)
Author: Frankie Rose
Genre: Dystopian
Pages: 354
Published: January 21st, 2014

Summary: She has no name. She has her knives. Her training. Her halo.
The first and second give her the ability to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…
Fear… Pain… Anger… Happiness… Desire… Guilt…
When a newly named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blond boy, whom she refuses to let save her. The sights and sounds of Freetown are new, yet one thing is familiar: the matches. The only difference? Where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the Colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets.
Without her halo, the inhabitants of Kit’s new home consider her saved, but is that really the case? The reality of her old life is paralyzing. Would she be better off free of the guilt associated with all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?
Raksha is the call of the dead. It is the rumbling chant for fresh blood from the other side, the demand for sacrifice. The Colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

¨Just because you don't want to feel something- its not convenient, or you just want to ignore it- doesn't mean its going to go away.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Review 4. And Then There Were None

Book: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 256
Published: November 6th, 1939

Summary: Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a lonely mansion on Indian Island by a host who fails to appear but leaves a recording accusing all of undetected murder. Cut off by his orders, one by one each die according to a nursery rhyme Ten Little Indians. A confession in a bottle solves how nobody remains alive.

★ ★ ★ ★ 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Review 3. Grim

Book: Grim
Author: Various Authors
Genre: Fairy Tales
Pages: 480
Published: February 15th, 2014

Summary: Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today.

★ ★  ☆ 

"Blessings. Curses. Who was to say which was which?"

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Review 2. Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Book: Shadow and Bone
Series: The Grisha (#1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy- adventure
Pages: 356
Published: June 5, 2012

Summary: The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him? Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

★ ★  ★ 

Book Review 1. A Clash of Kings

Book: A Clash of Kings
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire (#2)
Author: George R.R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 784
Published: November 1998

Summary: Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead...victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and wartime. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.

★ ★  ★ 

"Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them."