April 17, 2015

Review: Glitches

Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles, book 0.5) by Marissa Meyer

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Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
(Dystopian)
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Glitches (1)

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. In Glitches, a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch…


Review:

So first off, I loved the time with Peony. It was nice to see her again.

However, this overall short was unnecessary. Yes it provided a view into Cinder's early years. But it's all something that was given in Cinder. It may have let readers meet the “father” who took Cinder in, but the only true development here is getting to see Peony meet and interact with Cinder.

It also makes me really nervous about the fact that Meyer is not big on developing descriptions of people and the world. (At least the cover for Glitches’ confirms what I had thought Cinder looked like.) I'll be reading the other shorts that come before Scarlet, book 2. Overall this is a short that could be missed.

Sexual Content: Totally clean!

 
2/5- Average/disappointing, library check-out.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

Glitches (0.5)
The Little Android (0.6)
Cinder (1)
The Queen’s Army (1.5)
Scarlet (2)
Cress (3)
Fairest (3.5)
The Princes and the Guard (3.6)
Winter (4)

Glitches (0.5)
The Little Android (0.6)
Cinder (1)
The Queen’s Army (1.5)
Scarlet (2)
Cress (3)
Fairest (3.5)
The Princes and the Guard (3.6)
Winter (4)

Glitches (0.5)
The Little Android (0.6)
Cinder (1)
The Queen’s Army (1.5)
Scarlet (2)
Cress (3)
Fairest (3.5)
The Princes and the Guard (3.6)
Winter (4)

April 16, 2015

Cover Coveting(14)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

Warning to all spring cleaners. Make sure you use gloves when scrubbing with bleach. Especially if you have even the smallest of cuts. It opens them and eats away at the skin!

That said let’s look at some pretty covers.


Mockingbirdnexis

Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig Amazon | Goodreads
Nexis by A.L. Davroe Amazon | Goodreads

passion-ignitesRaging Seas

Passion Ignites by Donna Grant Amazon | Goodreads
Raging Sea by Terri Brisbin Amazon | Goodreads

rogueshadows of self

Rogue by Mark Frost Amazon | Goodreads
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson Amazon | Goodreads

silver on the roadThe Chess Queen Enigma

Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman Amazon | Goodreads
The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason Amazon | Goodreads

The DrafterThe Dragons of Heaven

The Drafter by Kim Harrison Amazon | Goodreads
The Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms Amazon | Goodreads

the-conjurers-riddlethe-iron-warrior

The Conjurer’s Riddle by Andrea Cremer Amazon | Goodreads
The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa Amazon | Goodreads

the-raven-kingthe-story-of-son

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Amazon | Goodreads
The Story of Son by J.R. Ward Amazon | Goodreads

April 15, 2015

Wednesday Wishes

Well I may have been on a vacation from Book Whispers, but the book lusting never stops!


Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson

apples-should-be-redGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: N/A

Recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner:

Start with sixty-two year old politically incorrect, chain-smoking, hard-cussing curmudgeon.
Add fifty-nine year old sexually-repressed know-it-all in pearls.Throw in a beer can-turkey, a battle for horticultural supremacy, and nudist next-door neighbor.
Serve on paper plates, garnished with garden gnome.
Tastes like happily ever after.

Penny Watson presents an over-fifty romantic comedy novella. 21,000 words. Story includes copious profanity and botanical references.

Is anyone else noticing how Contemporary titles, both adult and young adult (especially young adult), are taking readers by storm? I’m seeing a lot of paranormal lovers reading more of contemporary titles this year for the quality.

The synopsis is bad. But check out some of the reviews. This books sounds really good.

First Year by Rachel E. Carter

first-yearGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Series: The Black Mage, book 1

Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice-follow tradition, or pursue a trial year in one of the realm's three war schools to study as a soldier, knight or mage...

For 15-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a warrior and leave the boring confines of her lowborn life behind. Set to enroll in the School of Knighthood on the eve of her next birthday, plans suddenly shift when her twin brother discovers powers. Hoping that hers will soon follow, she enrolls with Alex at the Academy instead -the realm's most notorious war school for those with magic.

Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Every "first-year" is given a trial year to prove their worth -and no amount of hard work and drive will guarantee them a spot. It seems like everyone is rooting for her to fail -and first and foremost among them Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.

When an accidental encounter leads Ryiah and Darren to an unlikely friendship, she is convinced nothing good will come of it. But the lines become blurred when she begins to improve -and soon she is a key competitor for the faction of Combat... Still, nothing is ever as it seems -and when the world comes crashing down around her, Ry is forced to place faith in the one thing she can believe in -herself. Will it be enough?

So this one rolled onto my radar. I’ll admit a Big Bang gif about muggles sold me. Must read. What can I say, I love magical schools.

Dark Parties by Sara Grant

dark-partiesGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Sci\Fi (Dystopian) Young Adult
Series: N/A

Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield "protects" them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But there's nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government says...

Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a "dark party" to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she's ever known, including the people she loves the most.

Wow, how did I miss this back in 2011? Anywho sounds awesome!

April 14, 2015

Review: Outlander

Outlander (Outlander, book 1) by Diana Gabaldon

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Edition Reviewed: Paperback
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Outlander (1)

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


Review:

At first I was riveted. This size of book use to be my bread and butter. All the details on herbs,the time period, and history was riveting. The treatment of women Outlander chauvinistic and cruel most of the time. Which I can totally believe. Just dive back 50 years ago into history. Heck the 70s even. Which I enjoy is addressed her. Claire’s life after WW2 seemed so modern and female had “rights”, but then comparing them back two centuries is scary. Let’s be honest women haven’t really had rights that long. Big Eyes anyone?

The thing is I eventually grew tired. Don't get me wrong I was enjoying myself right up and past the middle of the book. Then it hit me. This is what the book would be. Men treating women badly because of the time period. Claire being endanger, her “intelligence” and forward thinking putting her at risk, leading to Jamie saves her again. She's torn between to worlds. Drama. Rinse repeat. The problem is the book is so long winded (and from what I hear others). Apparently books of this size need to be epics for me to care about them.  Or maybe I have limits to how long I can handle romance. Maybe if Nalini Singh wrote a PNR this long I could.

The writing is great! The information in the pages is great. This world is rich and amazing. However, there's a TV show now. And well. I like my dramas on TV! Well certain kinds. In the end it's just too much. Over the top information vomiting, “you're a woman just do it”, and the fact that it would be huge books of misery for the lead over and over again. Then a dramatic love triangle that's totally justifiable. The fact that she was tricked into getting married was annoying, even if it is to an amazing guy, and it was so the simple country folk would hold off killing her. The fact is the prejudices and sexism of the time are spot on.

What I'm trying to say is Outlander is pretty dang cool. The problem is I don't care to read book after HUGE book about it. Especially now that there is a TV show. Plus, someone needs to tell the author she needs to tone it down. I've read books just as long where the characters are spending more time journeying through the earth and I was riveted. But then I feel guilty because I did enjoy the information overload. It’s like reading Robert Jordan’s later books in the Wheel of Time. Fact is I don't want to go on with the series. What a crazy dilemma to find myself in. Maybe years and years later I'll be interested in. Fact is I don’t care for a romance this long. It’s all over the top. Boredom and “I don’t care” just kept flashing up in my mind while reading.

Sexual Content: Lot’s of it kiddies! It’s smoke’n hot. Which is what drove me through! Homosexuality, rape, and lot’s of other dark themed stuff. It gets pretty scary at many points.

 
2/5- Average/disappointing, library check-out 1/5- I couldn't finish it or wish I hadn't


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

Outlander (1)
Dragonfly (2)
Voyager (3)
Drums of Autumn (4)
The Fiery Cross (5)
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (6)
An Echo in the Bone (7)
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (8)
Untitled (9)

Outlander (1)
Dragonfly (2)
Voyager (3)
Drums of Autumn (4)
The Fiery Cross (5)
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (6)
An Echo in the Bone (7)
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (8)
Untitled (9)

Outlander (1)
Dragonfly (2)
Voyager (3)
Drums of Autumn (4)
The Fiery Cross (5)
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (6)
An Echo in the Bone (7)
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (8)
Untitled (9)

April 13, 2015

Cover Coveting(14)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

Well I decided the only way to come back from a vacation was to do it with beautiful covers!

I’ve got a lot to catch up on before the next wave hits, so I’m going to do it in a speedier format than my normal one.


Angelusautumn-moon

Angelus by Sabrina Benulis Amazon | Goodreads
Autumn Moon by Jan DeLima Amazon | Goodreads

beastly-bonesblade-dance

Beastly Bones by William Ritter Amazon | Goodreads
Blade Dance by D.L. McDermott Amazon | Goodreads

bound-by-sinbroken

Bound by Sin by Jacquelyn Frank Amazon | Goodreads
Broken by Lauren DeStefano Amazon | Goodreads

city-of-faecity-of-light

City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta Amazon | Goodreads
City of Light by Keri Arthur Amazon | Goodreads

Dead-InvestigationDemon's Vengeance

Dead Investigation by Charlie Price Amazon | Goodreads
Demon’s Vengeance by Jocelynn Drake Amazon | Goodreads

frozen-tideshawthorne

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes Amazon | Goodreads
Hawthorn by Carol Goodman Amazon | Goodreads

Its-a-Wonderful-Deathmarked

It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt Amazon | Goodreads
Marked by sue Tingey Amazon | Goodreads

 

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