Wednesday, 28 December 2011

My December

My December books so far...


December
54. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett- 3/5
55. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs- 4/5
56. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs- 4/5
57. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs- 5/5
58. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs- 5/5
59. On the Prowl by Patricia Briggs- 5/5
60. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs- 5/5
61. River Marked by Patricia Briggs- 4/5
62. Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs- 3/5

Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs


River Marked
By: Patricia Briggs

Rating

Reason chosen:
Saw the series on someone else’s shelves and started reading it...Now I have to keep reading them

Summary taken from indigo.ca:
Being a different breed of shapeshifter-a walker-Mercy Thompson can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now, on her honeymoon with the Alpha werewolf Adam. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence known to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil...

Good: 
This entire book is about Adam and Mercy on their honeymoon, which makes me happy in and of itself.  We see their relationship as we’ve never seen it before as they learn to completely trust one another, share everything with one another and just be together without of being scare or the other having to take off for business. There is not pack getting involved, and no Samuel to disturb them.
Another thing: We learn all about Mercy, her past, her heritage, her people. It’s pretty cool. We also learn a lot about other shifters and how they came to be.

Bad:
Not much was bad about this novel. Only thing was that there were a lot of slow parts. I’m not a 100% sure what the whole museum scene was about it kind of seemed useless and pointless.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall I did love the story line. It made Mercy seem like she was at her strongest possible and the story line was focused. Although I found some parts of her novel useless I also found some of it still confusing to read but it was much better than the previous novels.

Viewer Type Recommendation:
Anyone who loves a good supernatural series that doesn’t have the heroine saving the world everyday but simply the lives of the one’s she loves.

If you liked this you'll probably love:
Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.

Read Completely:
Yes



Previously in the series:

Next in the Series:
Frost Burned ETA: February  7th 2013

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Review: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs


Silver Borne
By: Patricia Briggs

Rating: 

Reason chosen:
Saw the series on someone else’s shelves and started reading it...Now I have to keep reading them

Mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson never knows what the next day (or night) may bring. After all, her world is inhabited by witches, werewolves, and vampires. But now a book of fae secrets has come to light, and Mercy''s about to find out just how implacable-and dangerous- the fae can be.

Good: 
Of course the novel begins with focusing on Adam and Mercy and their relationship and it gets very very good and very very complicated when pack magic becomes involved but you start to see their real love for one another and how sometimes they very much understand each other and other times are worried too much about offending or hurting each other that they are complete off point.
Another good thing: Brand and Samuel’s history is revealed. Not in a great amount of detail but you get the information on how they became werewolves, and how Bran became so famous…it was very cool finding out all that information.

And: Samuel…although things look down hill for the majority of the book by the end I feel everything is ok.

Also: There us some fighting in the pack…that’s all I will say but in the end there is a knight in shining armour left….very sexy.

Ben: he is starting to grow on me.

Bad:
Mercy is sort of becoming a different person. I’m guessing it’s because she is mated and a part of a pack but I found a little but more of the old Mercy in this novel then in the previous. I’m just hoping that we keep seeing some of the old independent Mercy that we’ve all grown to love.
Samuel: Things look bad, then they look good, but good in a way that makes me thing he might  not be in the books as much as he was before. That brings a tear to my eye.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall, another great novel and felt it was strong in both story line and characters. However I do find it sometimes either distracting or confusing when she is focusing on two big issues in Mercy’s life compared to one fluid story line. Sometimes I find it jumps from one place to another. In this novel it was her being in the pack and the fairy book. Also Briggs sometimes has a confusing way of writing in which I have to go back and reread something that I didn’t properly understand; otherwise she writes interesting characters, and histories to said characters.

Viewer Type Recommendation:
Anyone who loves a good supernatural series that doesn’t have the heroine saving the world everyday but simply the lives of the one’s she loves.

If you liked this you'll probably love:
Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.

Read Completely:
Yes


Previously in the series:

Next in the Series: 

Frost Burned ETA: February  7th 2013

2011-Books that I've Read

Here are the books that I've read so far this year! I only started keeping track around June so I may have missed some from earlier in the year.



January-May (That I can remember)

1.About a Boy by Nicholas Hornby- 4/5
2.Emma By Jane Austen- 5/5
3.Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez- 4/5
4.Dead is So Last Year by Marlene Perez- 4/5
5.Dead is a State of Mind By Marlene Perez- 4/5
6.Dead us Just a Rumor By Marlene Perez- 4/5
7.Dead is Not an Option by Marlene Perez- 4/5
8.Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison- 4/5
9.Once Dead, Twice Shy By Kim Harrison- 4/5
10.A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn- 1/5
11.Cloaked by Alex Flinn- 3/5
12.Fallen by Lauren Kate- 2/5
13. She stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith-4/5
14. Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen-2/5
15. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare -4/5
16.The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eight Grade Bites by Heather Brewer- 3/5
17.Bras & Broomsticks by Sarah Mynowski- 3/5
18.What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen- 5/5
19.Abandon by Meg Cabot- 4/5
20.Beauty Queens by Libba Bray- 3/5

June

21Jessica's Guideto Dating on the Dark side by Beth Fantasky- 5/5
22.PerfectChemistry by Simone Elkeles- 5/5
23.The KaneChronicles: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan- 3/5
24.Crave by Laura J Burns & Melinda Metz- 4/5
25.Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantasky- 3/5
26.The Nine Livesof Chloe King Vol. 1: The Fallen by Celia Thomson/Liz Braswell- 3/5
27.The Nine Livesof Chloe King Vol. 2: The Stolen by Celia Thomson/Liz Braswell- 3/5
28.The Nine Livesof Chloe King Vol. 3: The Chosen by Celia Thomson/Liz Braswell- 3/5
29. Girl in theArena by Lise Haines- 5/5
30. He's Just NotThat Into You by Greg Behrendt- 5/5

July
31 One for theMoney by Janet Evanovich- 5/5
32. Two for theDough by Janet Evanovich-5/5
33. Three to getDeadly by Janet Evanovich- 5/5
34. Four to Scoreby Janet Evanovich- 5/5
35. High Five by Janet Evanovich- 4/5
36. Overbite by Meg Cabot- 3/5
37. Hot Six by Janet Evanovich- 4/5
38. Seven Up by Janet Evanovich- 4/5
39. Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich-4/5
40. Visions ofSugar Plums by Janet Evanovich- 3/5
41. Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich

August
42.Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich-4/5
43.Going Bovine by Libba Bray-2/5

October
44. Children’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson-3/5
45.Now We are Six by A.A Milne-4/5
46.The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-5/5
47.Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick- 5/5

November
48. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins-5/5
49. Mockingjay by  Suzanne Collins- 5/5
50. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by L.M Montgomery – 3/5
51. Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery- 4/5
52. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs- 4/5

December
54. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett- 3/5
55. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs- 4/5
56. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs- 4/5
57. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs- 5/5
58. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs- 5/5
59. On the Prowl by Patricia Briggs- 5/5
60. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs- 5/5
61. River Marked by Patricia Briggs- 4/5
62. Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs- 3/5

Friday, 23 December 2011

Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs


Cry Wolf
Series: Alpha & Omega
By: Patricia Briggs

Rating

Reason chosen:
I started reading the Mercy Thompson and heard about  Briggs’ other series called Alpha & Omega but I didn’t really think anything about it until it was mentioned that Charles’ mate was an omega so I thought I would take a look in to the series

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack?and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she?d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member?and as his mate

Good: 
I loved finally being able to know more about Charles. He seemed like a character that had no personality in the Mercy Thompson series but finally we see that he is something more! And now there is a fierceness to Charles that I never knew and he is quite the character.
Another good thing: Anna. Fragile, yet strong. Anne is an Omega which is something new to me and watching her use her powers is very very awesome. There is definitely something powerful going on between him and Anna

Another awesome: 
We finally get the background on Bran! Not only does Briggs allow different characters to narrator the story but one of them is Bran and we learn all about how he was turned and how he was labelled the most powerful wolf and why.

And: 
Although Bran’s mate Leah is a b**** I kind of felt bad for her in the novel.

Bad:
Sometimes it was confusing. I guess because Anne was abused that she couldn’t figure out her own feelings and it came across confusing to me as a reader.
I also found that in some places the novel was very slow and I realized that that was the only time I found myself putting it down.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Over the story was great! The writing as always when it comes to Briggs is sometimes confusing and causes me to re-read it.

Viewer Type Recommendation:
Werewolf lovers, supernatural lovers.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Read Completely:
Yup.



Previously in the series:
On the Prowl #0.50

Next in the series:

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs


Bone Crossed
Author: Patricia Briggs

Rating

Reason chosen:  

I was randomly organizing all my eBooks and came across the Mercy Thompson series and something in me just made me turn the digital page. Then I fell in love and couldn't stop


Marsilia, the local vampire queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan. Now, she''s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack-and her relationship with its sexy Alpha-it''s not Mercy''s blood Marsilia is after... 

Good:

This story was a really great one. Although it didn’t hold a candle to Iron Kissed this novel in the Mercy Thompson still deserved a 5/5. This novel shows us a more fragile Mercy maybe not as fragile as in Iron Kissed but still enough that it takes us on an emotional roller coaster. And Stephan is back. Gotta love that guy.

And Adam...I can’t help but mention Adam in every book of the series that I review. I just wish he was real.

And of course...Mercy’s relationship with Adam. Things get so good in the novel.

Bad:  

The story line was a little jumbled. I found that having two large events happen in one novel and each weaves in and out of the other (sometimes happening consecutively) makes things more confusing or really just not fix correctly.

Mercy: She’s changed I guess it’s the whole wanting to be submissive thing but I hope she still has some bite left in her.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): 

Over all it’s a great book and a series I will continue to read. The story line was great and filled with action keeping me wanting to read it until I finished it within 24 hours.

As for her writing style It wasn’t too descriptive but just the right amount. However, sometimes it’s confusing and just the way she words things makes me have to re-read it.

Viewer Type Recommendation:  
Supernatural readers! I would say the late YA readers to adults.

If you liked this you'll probably love: If you like the Stephanie Plum series this is another good mystery series that you will like with a character along the same lines—minus the supernatural stuff. And if you enjoy your Sookie Stackhouse novels then you will probably like this one as well.

Starting to remind me of Twilight with the relationship between Adam and Mercy sort of being similar to that of Bella and Edward.

Read Completely: Oh ya.


Previously in the series:

Next in the Series:
Frost Burned ETA: February  7th 2013

Monday, 19 December 2011

Review: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs


Iron Kissed
By: Patricia Briggs

Rating:

Reason chosen:  

I was randomly organizing all my eBooks and came across the Mercy Thompson series and something in me just made me turn the digital page.


When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it''s up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she''ll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life-whether she wants to or not.

Good:

This book was the best so far. The story line was a great mystery and so many things happened that there was action left and center not leaving me bored at any points.  Mercy finally opens up and admits that she is vulnerable not mentioned makes the decision on who she wants to be with. This is another story that really does center on Mercy and need to help out her friends
Something else awesome: We get a lot of information on the fae. We get more info than we had before on Zee and Uncle Mike and get introduced to some pretty great artefacts. On top of that we find how some of the ‘legends’ or fairy tales were misinterpreted.
And of course: Adam and Samuel. Like I said Mercy finally makes her choice and there are some serious things that happen in this novel with each relationship, we have Mercy admitting all of her feelings to both guys and them admitting all their feelings to her. Trust me this novel had me gripped. We see Adam’s wild side when it comes to protecting people and somehow it was just plain sexy.

Bad:  

Briggs is still leaving us in suspense with what Mercy really is and what Zee and Uncle Mike really are for that matter...but I’m not sure I would consider this bad or good.
Some things were left hanging like the Fairy book and the lawyer that hated the faes and Tad....I was sort of hoping we would meet Tad.
Tony: Seems like an important character but still nothing has really happened with him.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): 
Over all it’s a great book and a series I will continue to read. The story line was great and filled with action keeping me wanting to read it until I finished it within 24 hours.
As for her writing style I do like it. It wasn’t too descriptive but just the right amount. However, sometimes I still got confused with her word choice or order of words in the sentences that caused me to have to re-read sometimes ever a chapter.

Viewer Type Recommendation:  

Supernatural readers! I would say the late YA readers to adults.
If you liked this you'll probably love: If you like the Stephanie Plum series this is another good mystery series that you will like with a character along the same lines—minus the supernatural stuff. And if you enjoy your Sookie Stackhouse novels then you will probably like this one as well.

Read Completely: Oh ya.


Previously In the Series:

Next in the Series:

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
By: Lewis Caroll


Rating: 


Summary taken from indigo.ca:


One hot summer''s day Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit hole and finds herself in Wonderland, where everything is topsy-turvy, upside down, and wrong-way round. Here begins a series of fantastical adventures as Alice?s body GROWS and shrinks , she swims in a pool of her own tears, attends the maddest of tea parties, and meets such iconic and beloved characters as the smiling Cheshire Cat, the hookah-smoking Caterillar; and Humpty Dumpty. 


Review: 
I will admit that I did not read this book by choice, but I am thankful I did. 

This puts a very different twist on the story that we all grew up with thanks to Disney. The world is filled with a lot more wonder and amazement as well as confusion than I even thought it would.

I couldn't decide between feeling pity for Alice or just not liking her at all. However, each character that was introduced did bring a new adventure and each brought something special to the book with their own quirks.

Caroll fills the books with illusion and metaphors about both childhood and adulthood with each change Alice undergoes with regards to her height, and constantly references adulthood to be full of nonsense and being complete ridiculous. 

This may be a book you have to read twice just to make sure you understand everything correctly.



My review on indigo.ca

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