Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wihslist (5) ~ The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wishlist (4) ~ Winterspell by Claire Legrand

After her mother is brutally murdered, seventeen-year-old Clara Stole is determined to find out what happened to her. Her father, a powerful man with little integrity, is a notorious New York City gang lord in the syndicate-turned-empire called Concordia. And he isn’t much help.

But there is something even darker than Concordia’s corruption brewing under the surface of the city, something full of vengeance and magic, like the stories Clara’s godfather used to tell her when she was a little girl. Then her father is abducted and her little sister’s life is threatened, and Clara accidentally frees Nicholas from a statue that has been his prison for years. Nicholas is the rightful prince of Cane, a wintry kingdom that exists beyond the city Clara has known her whole life.

When Nicholas and Clara journey together to Cane to retrieve her father, Clara encounters Anise, the queen of the faeries, who has ousted the royal family in favor of her own totalitarian, anti-human regime. Clara finds that this new world is not as foreign as she feared, but time is running out for her family, and there is only so much magic can do...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Wishlist (3) ~ Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self.  Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wishlist (2) ~ Talon by Julie Kagawa

Expected Publication:
October 28, 2014 from Harlequin Teen

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Wishlist ~ The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Author: Amy Ewing
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Expected Publication: September 2, 2014

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review ~ The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson

TITLE: The Emperor’s Soul
AUTHOR: Brandon Sanderson

Sitting on TBR Pile and thought it would be a good introduction to this author

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
A heretic thief is the empire’s only hope in this fascinating tale that inhabits the same world as the popular novel, Elantris.

Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor’s scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Though her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by her captors, Shai will attempt to create a new soul for the emperor, who is almost dead. 

Probing deeply into his life, she discovers Emperor Ashravan’s truest nature—and the opportunity to exploit it. Her only possible ally is one who is truly loyal to the emperor, but councilor Gaotona must overcome his prejudices to understand that Shai’s forgery is as much artistry as it is deception. 

It took a minute to get into this book. Apparently it is a novella out of his Elantris series which I didn’t know when I started it. However once I figured out the main character and what the hell soul stamping was I was back on track. The world is complex and there was some telling instead of showing but, that is okay since this is part of a series. The story is complex and yet not and I found myself getting sucked into Shai's world and her desire to complete the ultimate forgery. 

The story flowed well and after figuring out a few things (some tell not show) I was able to keep up. 
I enjoyed Shai who was a very strong and capable female who could think and knew what to use of her skills and when to use them. 
I enjoyed that there wasn't a love story it was refreshing that Shai didn't need a man nor did she want one.
I liked that the culture was different than what is normally considered a fantasy middle ages story line 

This is a novelle so it is very short. It is part of a world in another series so while we will never see or hear of this character (I believe) it was a separate story so it was hard to graps the world the fullest extent. 
Other than that I have to say that it was rather enjoyable.

FINAL GRADE: 4 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this story?

Is this a part of a reading challenge? New Author’s Challenge

Friday, July 25, 2014

Review ~ Silence by Michelle Sagara

TITLE: Silence (The Queen of the Dead #1)
AUTHOR: Michelle Sagara
young adult
1. Silence
2. Touch
3. Grave

It has been sitting on my TBR pile since 2012 and I thought it might be time to dust it off.

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
It began in the graveyard…  

Ever since her boyfriend Nathan had died in a tragic accident, Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night.  During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was.  For Emma, life had stopped with Nathan’s death.  But tonight was different.  Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery.  There were two others there—Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags.  And when they saw Emma there, the old woman reached out to her with a grip as chilling as death….

Emma was not quite like others teenagers. It was true that other girls had experienced grief.  Other girls had also lost their fathers, or had their boyfriends die in a senseless accident. But though she hadn’t known it till that night in the graveyard, unlike those other girls, she could see, touch, and speak with the dead.  In fact, Emma could draw upon the essence of the dead to work magic.  That was what Necromancers did. But Emma had no desire to be a Necromancer. She just wanted to help the ghosts who walked the streets of Toronto, unable to escape from the land of the living.  And that was just as well, because had she chosen the path of the Necromancer, Eric would have had to kill her.

Instead, Eric and his fellow Necromancer hunter Chase found themselves violating every rule they were sworn to follow, becoming part of Emma’s group, helping her to stand against those who preyed upon the dead.  But whether Emma and her friends could survive such a battle was anyone’s guess.  And whether Emma could learn to use the magic of the dead against her enemies without herself falling victim to the lure of such power remained to be seen.  Eric seemed to think she could, and her living friends would never abandon her.  But only time would tell what Emma’s true destiny was….

I have to admit that this book took me for a surprise. I really found that I enjoyed it and really enjoyed the accurate portrayal of an autistic kid in a story. Emma was an interesting character that was almost too Mary Sue ish for me there were times when I wanted to shake her and other times I totally got what she was doing and thinking. My favorite was Chase and Eric and I loved their interactions. This book had a great storyline and premise with just enough mystery to keep it moving forward. I found myself wanting to read it just to see where it was actually going. I did not know when I started that it was a series so it was a little alarming as I was getting to the end wondering just how in the world all my questions were going to be answered and yet when I got the end I felt like I still had questions but also had a satisfied ending.

I enjoyed Emma and her growth throughout the story
I enjoyed Chase and Eric’s relationship and really liked their banter back and forth
I liked Eric I thought he was very clever
I also enjoyed the friendships throughout the entire book and how they interacted with each other and strangers.

I thought at time Emma was too Mary Sueish for my taste she could do nothing wrong, she never thought of anything wrong, she was fine, she was pretty (not too pretty) but she was besties with the prettiest girl in school etc…
There got to be too many characters and at times I couldn’t remember who was what ghost and picked them up where and why and crap now I can’t remember what I was talking about

FINAL GRADE: 4 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this story?

Is this a part of a reading challenge? New Author Challenge