Thursday, January 31, 2013

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I've been wanting to read this book ever since I finished Cinder, and it didn't disappoint! Scarlet's and Cinder's stories blend so well with each other. Looking back, there are little bits of Cinder that hint at things to come in Scarlet. And everything puzzles together so perfectly, I loved it.

The story starts right up after Cinder. The day after the coronation ball. And, it is action packed from the beginning. Scarlet's grandmother has been missing for a little over 2 weeks. Scarlet is very afraid that something really bad has happened to her grandmother, but the police have stopped looking for her so now Scarlet has to look for her on her own. On her quest to find her grandmother, she runs into wolf, the street fighter, who may just know where her grandmother is. (If you want to know more about Wolf, read the short story, The Queen's Army. Bits of that also ties into this book)

The story also whips back to Cinder and her quest to escape from prison and get out of the grasp of the Luna Queen Levana. On her way trying to escape, she runs in to Captain Carswell Thorne. And together they go on an adventure.

The new characters are great. Thorne is hilarious with his witty remarks. I found myself giggling at almost everything he said. And Wolf, even though you can never tell he is actually a good guy or a bad guy you feel for him. With his shy demeanor but his large physical appearance.

The novel does subtly tie into the little red riding hood tale. Scarlet going to see her grandmother. And other parts of little red riding hood, that I can't add because it might spoil the novel.

There are parts that left me on the edge of my seat. Nail biting scenes, parts where I just couldn't read anymore because I didn't want anything bad to happen to the characters but I had to keep reading to find out what really happened! Marissa Meyer does a great job blending the story with an old fairy tale but keeping it new and her own story.

Next book come out next year, Cress. Which is about Rapunzel, who had a small cameo in Cinder. And I just can't wait for that one!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Re read Cinder!

Just finished reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer to get ready for Scarlet!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Scent of Magic by Maria V Snyder

I have read all of Maria V. Snyder books, and if you have read the Study Series or the Glass Series you will enjoy this series. These three series all feel the same and almost have the same storyline with the exception of different characters almost playing the same thing. This one relates a lot to the Study Series...girl falls in love with captor. This is the second book in the series, the first being Touch of Power.

Scent of Magic goes back in forth from Avry narrative in 1st person, to Kerrick narrative in 3rd person. At the beginning of the book Avry and Kerrick part ways. Avry goes to spy on Estrid's army to find out what she can on what they are doing there, and to get closer to her sister. Kerrick goes up North past the nine mountains to reunite with Ryne, and more North to find out about the tribes invading the realms on a warpath.

A lot is happening in this book. Tohon and his dead army/ufas, Avry trying to stay in disguise, Avry trying to find out about the Death lilies and Peace lilies and their toxins. Kerrick and the tribes on a warpath to the North. People going missing, people dying, people coming back to life. So with everything going on, every chapter ends in a cliff hanger and then the next chapter goes to the other narrator. So something big happens with Avry and the chapter ends in a cliff hanger, then you have to read an entire chapter about Kerrick before you can read what is going on with Avry again and vice versa. Even the end is a complete cliff hanger!

There is plenty of fighting, strategizing, healing, humor, and cliff hangers. And what I like the most is there are no love triangles in this book :)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

Mind Games by Kiersten White

If you enjoyed Kiersten White other trilogy, Paranomalcy, you will like this one. It has the same feel to it. It is action packed and I had a hard time putting this book down! It is an easy fast read and I wish is was longer because I want to know more about Fia and Annie. It is a little bit like the tv show Alphas, and a little bit like the movie Push. So, if you like those you will like this book as well.

The books starts with Fia out to kill Adam Denting, she has been told to kill him. You start the book not knowing why she needs to kill Adam Denting but the story goes back and forth from past to present to show why Fia is in this predicament and why she is the way she is. But you don't get everything in this book, there is definitely more to come, much that has been left out of this book about Fia, Annie and the Keane school.

The story is told in two different point of views which are sisters Fia and Annie. The narrating is so different between the two characters. Annie is calm, cool and intelligent. Fia is crazy, impulsive and taps taps taps. The two sisters are in a special school, a school for readers, feelers, seers and psychics. Annie, who is blind, has visions of the future or present and that is the only time she can see when she is having a vision. Fia has perfect instincts, she is never wrong and the Keane Institute really needs her but she has never know why they are so invested in her.

There is really no boring parts in this book. The characters are great, you really feel for Annie and Fia. There is so much more to learn and know about them, so I can't wait for the next book in this series!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Reached by Ally Condie

I loved the first book in this series, Matched. It was so unique and really got your attention. You really felt for the characters and got to know them. But this final book in the trilogy didn't give me the same feeling. Right off the bat, at the beginning of the book I felt like I was missing something. It felt off, disconnected. You know the characters already in this third book but you don't really feel for them anymore.

Cassia has endured the carving and found Ky and found the rising. But know there is a plague on the lose. Cassia, the sorter must find a match in the people that have immunities to the plague in order to find a cure. Zander the Physic, helps the sick and tries to find a cure. Ky the pilot, flew the cure to the Providences, until the plague mutated and he became a body for them to cure.

The book is in five parts: Pilot, Poet, Physic, Plague and the Prisoner's Dilemma. It doesn't really get good until into Prisoner's Dilemma. Where things start to peak my interest. And there is a tiny bit of a twist that answers one of the questions in the first book Matched. A lot of questions from the first two books were answered but I did have some questions that were not.

In the first book, only Cassia was the narrator. In the third book, Crossed, it was narrated by Cassia and Ky. And now in the third book you not only get the voice of Cassia and Ky but Xander as well. Xander is my favorite character so, it was nice to hear from his point of view. But each point of view did feel the same they didn't have there one voice...Sometimes I had a hard time figuring out exactly who was narrating the chapter I was reading.

Overall I wished it was more character development. I didn't feel as attached to the characters as I did in the first book. I didn't feel sad when someone died. It just would happened and didn't really make you have any emotion. I just wish that was something more to this book. Something to make it pop. But it was isn't there so I gave 3 stars since it was just okay.