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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wildefire- Karsten Knight

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her.

But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own

Mini Review
I had to order Wildfire off of amazon because my local B n N did not have it. I was looking forward to it because I LOVE mythology and was really interested in the concept that the kids in the book we are from different Pantheons and ethnicities. This book did not disappoint. I very much enjoyed it.

Was it a little clich├ęd with the private school motif and the kids who get drunk, have sex and get in trouble? Very much so, but the plot line was solid, the characters well developed and the writing good.

I had a bit of a hard time relating to Ashline, I mean I have a pretty bad temper, but hers was ridiculous, even as the Goddess Pele. She would have been arrested but basically curb checking some poor girl, all because of a stupid high school boy? Also she seemed to have that allure where every hot guys wants here…which I find unrealistic… Yes THAT is what I found unbelievable, not the reincarnated Gods stuff. Though I did love that she was an adopted Polynesian girl, it allowed for some diversity in the almost all white world of Young Adult.

I had to do some research on the Gods that the author used, I was happy to find I didn’t recognize some, which allows me to learn more about mythology. Though I was disappointed that the author chose to use Isis, instead of a lesser known semi Death/Underworld Goddess like… Beletseri (Summarian).

The end was a twist and a cliff hanger and one where I was like, “What? HELL NO!” I am too broke to buy it but I can’t wait to read the sequel….

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday- House of Night 11 Revealed by PC and Kristen Cast

Waiting on Wed is hosted by
Breaking the Spine http://breakingthespine.blogspot.in/

Every week I try and show case a book I am looking forward to coming out.

I know I am gonna get slack for this, but I am looking forward to the newest installation of the House of Night Series. I love P.C. Cast (you know the adult romance writer) though her daughter is less my cup of tea. I have enjoyed this series since book 1. I am not gonna say it is perfect and I have a TON of issues with the characters and storyline. However I enjoy myself when I read these. It’s fun, emotional, dramatic young adult drivel that I can’t put down.

The newest one is called Revealed and it comes out October 15th 2013 from St. Martins Griffin.

Drastically altered after her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever—and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans, as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?

The House of Night series is an internatio
nal phenomenon, reaching #1 on U.S., German, and UK bestseller lists, and remaining a fixture on The New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for nearly 150 weeks and counting. With more than 12 million copies in print, rights sold in thirty–eight countries to date, and relatable, addictive characters, this series is unstoppable. Now, in the eleventh and penultimate installment of the series, the action is more intense and the stakes even higher as Zoey and her friends battle to protect their school and home from devastating evil—all while balancing romances, precarious friendships and the daily drama of the House of Night's halls.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday- Best Sequels

I am pretty excited about this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, cause it’s about sequels. Now normally sequels give me pause, you know another ahhhh great sarcasm moment. However I have read some really good ones! Here we go! Oh by the way…this is hosted by http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com
Search for Dragons By Patricia C Wrede. Her books wind up in my lists a lot, but they are JUST that good. In this one we follow Cimorene as she meets the King of the Enchanted Forest.

Across the Great Barrier another by Patricia C Wrede- In this novel Eff travels west across the magical barrier that protects people from the dangers that lay ahead, both magical and not.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nuff said

Ghost of a Smile by Simon R Green- just as scary and funny as the first

The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan- I am the first to say I am tired of Zombies, and I wasn’t that into them to begin with. I really enjoyed how this kept up the story, but with new characters.

Agents of Light and Darkness- Simon R Green, again, that man can write no wrong. If you like uncanny valley creepy and dark humor please pick up his night side novels.

Game Barry Lyga- this was a super good sequel to I HUNT KILLERS, not as great as the first, but still the characters were intriguing and the plot fairly thrilling.

Girl of Nightmares Kendare Blake- this was also a pretty good sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood, the sucide forest alone was enough to freak me out.

Fool Moon Jim Butcher, while I have lost some of my patience with Harry Dresden as of late, Fool Moon was a great sequel, nothing like urban paranormal fantasy.

Glory in Death J.D. Robb a.k.a Nora Roberts, but the writing style isn’t even close. The sequel put her hooks in me and I have been addicted to Eve Dallas and her world for years. If you want a futureistic crime novel and don’t mind a tiny bit of romance pick up the In Death series.