Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake


Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

Title: Girl of Nightmares
(Anna Dressed in Blood #2)
Author: Kendare Blake

Summary:
It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.


Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.


Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

Review:
So, I really enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood. It was different and awesome. But, something I noticed about both Book 1 and 2 is that Anna isn’t really the main character. She is in the first book, but BARELY in this second book at all. She really is only in his dreams until the very end…

Its not that I don’t like Cas. I do. He reminds me of Dean from Supernatural, and I HEART Dean. But… don’t name a book, or a series, about a character if that character isn’t even the main character at all.

Now that my little rant is over, I can say that I still did like Girl of Nightmares.
There was action, and adventure. A quest to save Anna, a crazy aunt, and a messed up cult. Everything that needs to be in a ghost story, right?

I loved all of the characters. I mean, Blake just cant go wrong with any of her characters. They all feel super thought out and legit. (I kinda have a small crush on Thomas now. Haha)
Also, I have to say that the writing is near perfect. Dark and sad, yet funny and sarcastic at the same time. I could be laughing, and then the next page crying… well, not actually crying, but pretty close.

I liked this book, but it just wasn’t as good as the first one. I don’t know what I feel was missing… Maybe like I said earlier, the lack of Anna was disappointing. Or maybe it just didn’t have the ending that I wanted. (not like you could ever have a happy ending when one of the love interests is dead to begin with.)


Rating. 3.5 stars, but will round up.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake

Summary:
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.ummary:

Review:
Like everyone else, I had been hearing about this book for a while, but it didn’t seem like I would like it enough to buy it. So when I saw it, along with the second book, Girl of Nightmares, at the library, I picked them up. And im glad I did.

I don’t normally like scary things. I get nightmares super easily. So I was a little weary of this book, at first anyway. Once I started reading it, I knew it wouldn’t be too bad.

The story is about Cas, a teenage boy, who is a ghost killer. His father was killed 3 years ago ghost hunting, and so now Cas has made it his lifes mission to be a good enough ghost killer that he can kill the thing that took his father from him.

This leads him to Anna. Anna is a ghost in Canada, that has been killing people for the last 50 years. Anyone who enters her house ends up in bloody piles of dismembered arms and legs.
But she is different. She can’t control it, and she actually wants to be able to control it. She has a consciousness that no other ghosts do. And for some reason, she doesn’t have to kill Cas, like she feels she has to for everyone else.

The history behind why Anna is the way she is…. Well its sad and crazy and so hard to explain without giving anything away. But even though it was sad, it made the story that much more real.
We are taken on this journey with Cas, trying to figure out why Anna is so different and what his fathers murdering ghost has to do with any of it.

It wasn’t nearly as scary as I was led to believe. The only part that actually scared me at all, was at the end… something happened that could have happened in real life,(spoiler: the ghost was up in the attic- and when they heard noise up there, right when they figured out he was there, he started coming down… and they knew they were trapped. They being Cas and his mother. And all I could think about was that something like that COULD happen-minus the ghost part. A bad guy could hide in your attic and totally trap inside your home.)  and it totally gave me the willies.

And really, I think the reason I love dthis book so much, is that it reminded me of my boys, Sam and Dean from Supernatural! The whole times, I kept reading Cas’s thoughts in Deans voice!

Overall- fantastic read! 
Rating: 5 Stars

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Giveaway Reminder

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by Theresa M. Jones

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass


The Elite (The Selection, #2)

Title: The Elite 
(Selection #2)
Author: Kiera Cass

Summary:
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending


Review: 
I have been waiting anxiously to get my hands on a copy of The Elite, ever since I finished reading The Selection! And it did NOT disappoint!

The story starts right where the Selection stops. There are 6 girls left, including America, in the running of trying to win the heart of Prince Maxon and becoming the princess. America continues to care for Maxon, but her heart still feels for her first love, Aspen, who is a soldier there in the palace.

There are more rebel attacks, one so severe that America was almost captured. I have a feeling the rebels will be a bigger part in the next book (*crosses fingers*) So there was constant action.

By the end of the book, there are only 4 girls left… one of them going out in a very tragic way. (don’t worry, she doesn’t die)

I will say that this book actually made me tear up a few times. Once when America receives recognition and praise from her father, after she did something most people would condemn (but she felt strongly about) and another towards the end when she is saying goodbye to one of the guys. (no spoilers here)

Really, I don’t even think she made up her mind about which one she wants. I mean, I think its clear, but its so hard to be sure since she wavers so much., and I cant blame her. Aspen is great and steady and she knows he loves her. But Maxon is great in his own way (though I don’t like him now as much as  did in the first book)

This book is grittier. Some crazy things go down. And I still cannot wait for the next one. Just found out theres a little novella… so Im gonna try and find that

Rating: 5 stars



Friday, July 19, 2013

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Review: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda


The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)

Title: The Hunt
Author: Andrew Fukuda

Summary:
Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

Review:
Well, even though I have seen a lot of reviews about this book that were pretty negative, when I saw it at the Library the other day, I decided to get it anyway.

And Im glad I did. I have to say that I absolutely loved the idea of a dystopian book with paranormal aspects! I mean, my 2 favs all in one!

The main con to this book are the random weird things. I understand wanting to creat the world, and make things unique, but being intimate by outing an elbow in the underarm pit? Not so cool. The weird headjerks and wrist scratching took a long time for me to get used to and…believe them.

Also, the fact that nothing is explained as to HOW the “hepers” (or humans) are nearly extinct or even how the “people” (or vampires) came to be at all, let alone gain control over everything, is pretty annoying. I would have liked SOME kind of answer. At least a  little one. But nope, nothing.
But if you can get past the weirdness and lack of explaination, you get to enjoy a really exciting and interesting book.

Gene is a 17 year old heper who has only been able to remain alive by constantly trying to hide his humanness and fit in with the vampires. When there is a heper hunt announced, the first in a decade, he is one of the lucky few who has won the lottery and gets to participate and try to hunt the last remaining hepers.
Along the way he is tested in many ways, trying to find water to drink and bathe in, and trying to reconcile his thoughts about hepers.

There of course is a girl, who has a secret of her own, and the hepers that are to be hunted. I was pleasantly surprised at the character development in the hepers, especially considering their little screen time, but was disappointed in Ashley June (the love interest) as I felt like (until the end) she was nothing special and I couldn’t connect with her at all.

Overall, This could have easily been a 5 star book for me, with the constant excitement and action (plus the tiny romance) It had everything I wanted. But the few cons knocked it down a star for me.


Rating: 4 stars


Monday, July 8, 2013

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