Monday, September 1, 2014

Mark This Book Monday: Linked by Imogen Howson!!

Hey guys! Happy Monday and welcome to September!

Are any of you as surprised, panicky and overwhelmed at how fast the summer has passed?? I feel like the days have blurred into each other!

I took a lil break from blogging during the weekend cause I was feeling very much on edge and not at my best emotionally and I needed the lil breather, so I'm a bit late posting the review for my August book from my Alyssa Recommends list!

Better late than never, here it is as my Mark This Book Monday entry of this week!



Linked (Linked #1)Linked by Imogen Howson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Science fiction will always probably be my first literary love, and Linked is one of those science fiction stories that I love! This one came highly recommended by Alyssa from The Eater of Books and it part of her Alyssa Recommends list!

We start the book with Elissa trying to find help in a new doctor to find out what's been wrong with her in the last 3 years and to find a way to fix her. She's so willing to get rid of her allucinations and unexplained pains and bruises that she even overlooks some stuff that make her alarms ping during the visit, getting her surgery scheduled in 4 days. Then we see her get to what's now her normal life of dreading the pain and visions and being shunned by her peers.

It was a necessary beginning and it really showed Elissa's personality and motivations but it felt a bit odd for me, mostly cause I wasn't sure where the book was going yet and even though this is a very good thing, even if I had a hunch about what part of the mystery might be about early on, I had no idea what was gonna happen or how. Then things started happening and the action started moving even if we get very few answers and many more new questions once Lissa meets Lin.

The dynamics between these two are very interesting, since Lissa feels responsible for Lin, given that she's her twin and she's been suffering horrible experiences (the ones she had been experiencing in the shape of pains and bruises) but also she doesn't know Lin and she's a bit scared of the unknown and the different and Lin is very much both, even if both wear the same face.

Aside from the action, we get quite an nice world building about Sekoia and the colonization of planets and space flight that we find peppered throughout the book, never too much exposition to make it feel like info-dump, but always enough to hint at things and to make us see and understand better what world is this one we're in, and the kind of mentality and mind frame the people in this planet have.

One of the most important themes treated in this book for me was the whole twin, human, non-human and sub-human. It was fantastically presented and explained and how it was compared with cloning and how it was shown once again that by making people think in terms of "us" anf "them" and labelling someone as "non-human" for whatever reason, some people will be prejudiced enough to believe their prejudices and not the evidence before them.

I was quite disgusted with the human race at more than one point in this book, even if it's science fiction and it hasn't happend and it might never happen, but unfortunately I don't see it being so impossible to happen. We've got plenty of examples of what collateral means and how money, power and the interest of those with money and power can be more important than human lives, so imagine those considered "sub-human"?.

The first half of the book was okay, Lissa did get a little on my nerves on occasion with how naive she was, and Lin creeped me out with how intense she was. But the second half of the book was so much better, full of interesting ethical topics raised, action non-stop with raised stakes and even a bit of romance thrown in (nothing like life or death situations to decide that enough is enough and you ought not keep things hidden not even from yourself anymore!).

Then ending was more of the quiet kind, not a big confrontation, but there had been plenty of surprises and revelations in the pages coming up to the final ones and it doesn't end with a horrible cliffhanger which is very much welcome! The ending is open enough to make you want to read the next but doesn't leave you hanging painfully! Well deserved 4 stars!



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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Reads: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre!!

Aaaand welcome to the final entry to this week's Friday Reads!

This book has taken me a bit to finish reading, not because I wasn't enjoying it but mostly cause I needed to take a break now and then from its glorious creepiness and cause I wanted to read as much of it during daylight hours as possible, something I failed at, cause I read the last 35% of it and probably the creepiest bits after work and dinner last night!

I've also discovered I really need to read more Ann Aguirre books cause I've loved all three of her books I've read so far!



Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1)Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Mortal Danger is a book that doesn't really hold any punches back. I'm still a bit shellshocked after everything that happened in this book and I'm really impressed with how it juggled tough contemporary themes like bullying and mixes it with a rich and creepy world of hidden power plays in a paranormal world.

Edit has suffered an extremely upsetting and enraging case of bullying from her peers for years at this exclusive high school, and that along with the way some of the adults around her dealt with it, making her feel it was her fault, drove her to the jumpers' bridge, ready to put an end to her suffering. But a beautiful stranger approaches her and offers her a better alternative, a way to change her life that means not having to give up but means a chance to getting back at her tormentors.

Edit seizes it, and even in her despair and immense sadness, she manages to keep her head and not walk into the deal completely blinded. She will find herself a bit way over her head, but she will not stop fighting and that's what makes her such a great survivor. She tries to get out of her older skin, try to shake her fearful and humiliated old self, and with her deal done, she takes a new leaf and tries to become a new person and get her revenge. But soon revenge takes a back seat with all the paranormal and inexplicable stuff happening around her, and she realizes that revenge might not be exactly what she wants anymore, not the way things start happening.

Kian is a character that I wasn't entirely sure about at first, but despite Edit's reasonable doubts I was sure quite early that he really was on her side, despite his tendency to keep secrets to protect her, which is a trait that I don't appreciate much in characters. No matter what, they're chemistry was great and I loved those moments that were about just them together and that they really learn to make a great team, relaying in one another.

One thing this book exceeded at was being creepy as hell. SO many creepy characters and moments would jump at you unexpectedly and would make me shiver and pause while reading (full disclosure, yes, I'm a wuss, but this book is very creepy!!) and now that I'm done with the book, I'm a bit afraid of going to sleep and having some nightmares, cause the descriptions and the ambience of the book were so vivid and creepy!

And another thing that was wonderfully done and that I've treasured every tidbit was the amazing mythology built around this paranormal creatures and happenings and the deals done in exchange of saving someone from death. I won't be getting much into it, but I found it so fascinating that I cannot wait to meet more characters and get more in-depth with it!

Be sure to be prepared to many many ups and downs with this book and remember that no one is safe and always wait for the other shoe to drop, cause holy hell does it fall! A fantastic book very much deserving of 4.5 stars!



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Friday Reads: Mini Review of Summerfall by Claire Legrand!!

Hello guys! Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of Friday Reads!

This week I'm failing a bit at reading, but since I've only had one day and a half off and I had to get ready an order of cupcakes, I feel like I can be dispensed... I am trying to catch up now, and hopefully during the weekend!

I'm starting with a mini review for a prequel novella that I adored and really made me look forward to the full lenght book!



Summerfall: A Winterspell NovellaSummerfall: A Winterspell Novella by Claire Legrand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


When I first heard of this prequel novella for Winterspell, I preordered it as soon as it was up for it on Amazon. Then I got approved via Edelweiss for Winterspell and I kept wondering if I should read it or wait for the novella, and in the decided to wait. And it turns out it was the right choice!

Summerfall is a prequel and as such we are introduced to the world of Cane and to characters that won't probably be in Winterspell, but we are given and insight into the events that shaped what will be going on in the book and we are introduced both to the world of Cane and to Claire Legrand's quite beautiful writing!

Summerfall is the story of Rinka, a naive and sheltered faery that has a fascination for humans in a world were the relationships between both races are not at the best of times. She believes in understanding and getting to know each other to destroy prejudice and restore peace. She finds her chance to meet with the humans and try to work towards peace and soon realizes things are not that easy and soon her life and probably the entire realm's change.

Rinka is a wonderful character that starts as really naive but soon learns that she's way in over her head, but I loved that she never backed down, she took challenges on ahead and wanted to work for peace, even when the road was tough. That she might just loose her head for love and risked everything might seem silly, but it could be seen as another way to show that peace between the two races was possible, if love could be found.

The treachery of power and politics taking advantage of the differences between people and the fear that can generate is nothing now, and seeing it at play in Cane is a dire reminder we'd all do well in taking to heart. Facing the consequences of our choices and not shruging away from responsabilities are also themes explored in this novella.

Quite some strong themes, a good foundation to the world of Cane, well developed characters and a really swoony romance all mixed up make this novella a must read! Now I cannot wait to read Winterspell! Well deserved 4 stars!



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Chapter, First Paragraph #9: Linked by Imogen Howson!!


First Chapter, First Paragraph is one of the two memes that I will be alternating on Thursdays in place of my Ink & Batter posts during the summer, when I won't be baking due to the heat!

I discovered this meme via the ladies of My Shelf Confessions, and it is hosted on Tuesdays by Bibliophile by the Sea. But since I already have my blog tours posts and Tell Me Tuesdays, I thought that it'd work best on Thursdays for me!

The idea of this meme/feature is quite self-explanatory from its name, we share the first paragraph of the first chapter of our current read! Quite a good teaser for others to read and see if they'd be intrigued!

This week I'm doing a poor job of making progress with my reading but I've just started Linked by Imogen Howson, since it is my Alyssa Recommends book for August! 


Linked by Imogen Howson

"As Elissa and her mother entered the waiting room, the sky above Central Canyon City was a chill, predawn gray, the spaceporta colorless blaze on the horizon. Lines and points of light prickled up from the canyon floor far below."












What do you think? Would you want to know more?
What are you reading right now?

Xpresso Book Tours Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Last Mission of the Living by Rhiannon Frater!!


Hello everyone!!

Welcome to release week's Book Blitz for The Last Mission of the Living by Rhiannon Frater, organized and hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!

Let me introduce you to the book and author and remember there's a book blitz wide giveaway going on!



The Last Mission of the Living of the by Rhiannon Frater
(The Last Bastion)
Publication date: August 28th 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Zombies

Synopsis:

Humanity teeters on the brink of extinction…

Vanguard Lindsay Rooney has faced the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge and lived to tell the tale, but she has also suffered horrible losses. Like millions of other civilians, she had hoped that The Bastion would recover after a team of modified soldiers eradicated the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge that infested their valley. Yet the city still crumbles around them, along with any chance of survival.

Lindsey’s growing friendship with Torran MacDonald, an officer with the Science Warfare division, is her only solace as the decline of the city continues. When food riots fill the streets, martial law is enacted, and the upper echelons of government battle for control of the city, Lindsey is conscripted by her superiors to embark on a dangerous mission into the dead world beyond The Bastion. To add even more complications, Torran and the SWD join the squad.

Soon, Lindsey realizes that her mission is more than what it seems, and there are secrets that could both destroy The Bastion and take her life.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22535323-the-last-mission-of-the-living?ac=1
 About the author:

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. In 2014, her newest horror novel, The Mesmerized, will be released by Permuted Press. Dead Spots will be published in 2015 by Tor. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).  She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes. 







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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #57!!


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted at Breaking The Spine  that spotlights those can't-wait-to-get-my-hands-on-them books that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week I'm absolutely dying and I will be stalking the postman like there's no tomorrow for my preordered copy of Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas! I'm SO DAMNED excited for this book I preordered the US hardback since it releases on Sept 2nd so I don't have to wait till my Kindle preorder downloads on Sept 11th!! Not happy that Amazon ES decided to go with UK dates on this one!





 Goodreads Summary:

"Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?"



Why am I eagerly awaiting Heir of Fire? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? How can I not when Crown of Midnight gave me the biggest book hangover of last year?? And that ending?? CRUELEST OF CRUELS cliffhangers!! And every book is this series has been better than the previous, so that's quite saying something!!

What are you all (im)patiently awaiting this week?

September is For Sequels Challenge by Lisa Loves Literature!!

Hey guys! Welcome to my second year signing up for September is for Sequels Challenge, hosted by Lisa Loves Literature!

Last year it proved a very good way to kick my arse into continue completing series and reading sequels I had been postponing for no good reason, and I'm hoping it will do so again this year and by doing that, it'll also improve my Series Challenge, that is a bit sad as of late!




So, what's the objective of the challenge? To read and review a minimum of 4 sequels between September 1st and 30th! If you think you may want to join the challenge, go HERE and read all about it and sign up!

My hopefuls for this month are not exactly as ambitious as last year, but there are a few sequels coming out in September that I might add later on!



The Rules For Breaking by Ashely Elston (#2 and final book)
Unravel by Imogen Howson (#2 and final book)
Altered by Gennifer Albin (#2 in the trilogy)
Starbreak by Phoebe North (#2 and final book)
Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff (#2 in the trilogy)


Let's see how well I do by the end of the month!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Xpresso Book Tour Blog Tour for Gypsy by Trisha Leigh!!


Hey there everyone! Today I'm taking part in the Blog Tour for Gypsy by Trisha Leigh, organized by Xpresso Book Tours!

I will be sharing my review & a Blog Tour wide giveaway, so click HERE for the full tour schedule! But before that, let's get you some more information about the book & author, shall we?



Gypsy by Trisha Leigh
(The Cavy Files #1)
Publication date: May 13th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis:Inconsequential: not important or significant.

Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.
Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their “talents” came to be in the first place.

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22065331-gypsy






Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies,  reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

Trisha is the author of The Last Year series and the Whitman University books. She’s represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.




Review


When I saw Gypsy's summary I thought it sounded really fascinating, so when I got the chance to get a copy for review and be part of the blog tour, I jumped at it. And boy am I glad that I did!

Gypsy not only had a great pace and kept you engaged no matter if we're reading action scenes or character development scenes. The book managed to surprise me from the start, we begin as Gypsy in at the orphanage/school where she's always lived with other 9 kids with special abilities. There's a certain Professor X School sort of file to it, but rather more secret and a little more seedy. But all of a sudden things change, and the Cavies are taken away from the only place than they've known and even if Gypsy sees it as a chance to forget about her useless ability and to feel normal, it isn't as easy for the rest of the Cavies.

We get very little information at first on who where the Professor and the rest of the people at the Cavies only home, and once they're back to the families they didn't know they had it's when the Cavies realize things have just started for them. They need to get back into regular society, they find enemies or potential allies and don't know who to trust, so in the end it's Cavies first and foremost, their bonds stronger than any others.

I was surprised on how easy it was to connect with Gypsy and her struggles with the changes from being insignificant and unimportant to have a chance to be normal and attend high school, which was such a big deal for her! I loved how her being happy in her new life didn't mean she forgot about the Cavies or the questions they were trying to answer.

There's plenty of science, a bit about conspiracies about government agencies, plenty of hidden secrets by the government, the families... When you turn the page you are waiting for the next shoe to drop and then we get to the final showdown, think that things will calm down and YAY no cliffhanger and then BAM! one heck of an awful cliffhanger right there! I'm now dying to get my hands on book 2!! Very well deserved 4.5 stars to this mix of science fiction with paranormal!


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