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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Nameless- Lili St. Crow

When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

Nameless I fucking LOVED this book. It was one of the best Snow White retellings I have ever read.

I went home last night and couldn’t put it down I just wanted to gobble up the words as fast as I could.

Now it was not perfect. The first 80 or so pages are kind of confusing and slow going as you get used to all the weird terms and the fact that the world building isn’t great because the author doesn’t give you like, ANY information. After that the story gets going and it is fast paced and awesome.

The plot is good; the characters are well written and interesting.

Warning: Though it may not say so…this is kind of a vampire novel…. Just a unique take on them.

Camille- she is a good heroine, kind of a shy stuttering Mary Sue trying to find where she belongs and craving being a part of a real family. I liked her, she had strength when she needed to….She was a Mary Sue, but one I could get behind. She is Snow White after all, the ultimate Mary Sue. My only issue was that I found her a bit poor-pity-me. Her Family loves her and is protecting her and she seems not to see it for what it is and dwells on the fact she isn’t Blood and was found abandoned in the snow….

Nico- I enjoyed him; he is a love interest but not the normal kind. He was a bit controlling but I found it to be attractive and not creeper worthy. He has known Camille since they were children and the author wrote him so that he loves and deeply cares for the MC. Book, Candle, Nico sqqqueee.

Tor- Blech….. I know why he had to be in this book but honestly Camille is stupid about him and his character was very annoying. No he is not the third in a love triangle, far from it, thankfully.

Ruby- I hope Nameless is the first in a three part series because this character is Little Red Riding Hood, all ruby red and slutty… Though I find in interesting this is not the first time a writer has made their retelling of Red Riding Hood kind of a crazy rebellious slut. She was a good strong character, interesting, loyal, flirty and protective.

Ellen - Cinderella, her story and character really intrigued me and I cannot wait (hopefully) to read a book based on her. The author really gave her an interesting back story with the evil Strepmother (yes I spelled that correctly). She was soft spoken, kind, and sweet.

This book made me really happy actually. There were parts in it that surprised me and the darkness of the novel was a twisting twirling ride I very much enjoyed. You know me; I love darkness in my books. I very much recommend this if you like fairy tale retellings, vampires, YA and unique world building.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday!- The Towering by Alex Flinn

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we talk about releases we are super excited about!

This week I am awaiting The Towering by Alex Flinn. I am a HUGE fairy tale retelling fan and it has been ages since anyone has done Rupunzel. Hopefully I will enjoy it.

The Towering goes on sale from Harper Teen May 14th 2013. Hardcover, 304 pages.

High in my tower I sit. I watch the birds fly below, the clouds float above, and the tall, green forest stretch to places I might never see.
Mama, who isn't my mother, has kept me hidden away for many years. My only companions, besides Mama, are my books—great adventures, mysteries, and romances that I long to make my reality. But I know that no one will come to save me—my life is not a fairy tale after all.
Well, at least no one has come so far. Recently, my hair has started to grow rapidly and it's now long enough to reach the bottom of the tower from my window. I've also had the strangest dreams of a beautiful, green-eyed man. When Mama isn't around, I plan my escape, even if it's just for a little while. There's something—maybe someone—waiting for me out there and it won't find me if I'm trapped here towering above it all.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday!

Hosted by
The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Things That Make Me Want to Pick up a Book

1) The Cover- Yeah I know it's shallow...but if the cover is interesting I will read the back or inside cover flap automatically.

2) The review- again shallow, but I have a great bunch of gals and guys who write mag blogs and reviews... Sometimes I agree and something I do not...But the fact they took the time to review makes me think a bit.

3) The Genre- I am a YA, Sci-fi fantasy, romance whore...I don't tend to pick up a novel outside of those genre's unless they are recommended to me by someone I trust.

4) If it is a fairy tale retelling

5) If it involves Dracula, Elizabeth Bathory or Jack the Ripper

6) If it is Shakespeare from a different point of view, like Hamlet from Ophelia’s POV

7) If it is supposed to be scary, in that uncanny valley creepy haunted way

8) If it is dark and I mean seriously dark and evil…

9) If it involves mythology

10) If it is by an author I already love.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Game- Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jasper (Jazz) Dent, the son of the world's most infamous serial killer.

When a desperate New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help with a new case, Jazz can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple--and its police force running scared with no leads. So Jazz and his girlfriend Connie hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game.

Meanwhile, Jazz's dad Billy is watching...and waiting

Oh what can I say about the beautiful horrifying love I feel for Barry Lyga’s new novel Game

First off I Hunt Killers was far an away one of the best novels I read in 2012 and the sequel is almost just as good.

I enjoyed the serial killer details; one can tell that the author took the time to do research into serial killers, psychology and all the dirty horrible inner workings that make up the mind of a serial killer.

I have been fascinated with Serial Killers for years, in fact right now there is a person BTKing cats in Provo, and I KNOW it’s a baby serial killer in the making, and am a little excited about it… Yeah I’m twisted, I know it

Jazz’s inner struggle with whether or not he is a sociopath is one I can relate to. Am I saying I am sorry because I am? Or because I know people need to hear that I am sorry. Do I feel these things because I do or because I am supposed to?

I think the characters are very real; they are flushed out, and have detail, humor and lives outside of when you see them in the book.

There was a good plot, twists I didn’t see coming, an excellent attention to detail, dark humor, and some fairly sick and twisted death scenes.

I love Billy so much I almost don’t want him to get caught..

The only issues I had were that Jazz’s girlfriend Connie is pretty stupid and instead of going to the police she thinks she can handle a serial killer by herself. Which is just dumb, especially since her boyfriend is the son of a serial killer, they like games, you cannot win.

And no police or FBI or any kind of law enforcement is going to let a 17 years old boy into their investigation no matter who his daddy is. It’s just not going to happen. It’s a pretty big reality stretch for me to think of FBI showing case files and telling secrets to the son of a notorious serial killer, even if he helped catch another one.

In any case, five weeping angels for a kick ass novel.