Sunday, February 24, 2013

Luminaire (Florence Waverley #2) by Ciye Cho

Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.

The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?

Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.
Luminaire (Florence Waverley, Book 2)

Now that her situation has drastically changed from the first book. Florence is contemplating her future in the merworld. She is feeling more alone now that the Prince has decided to get some distance from her. She is looked at as somebody that does not belong in this world by most of the merfolk. She focuses on what really matters and makes friends and enters the tournament. 

One thing that this series has going for it is the uniqueness of the take on Merpeople and the underwater world that is created here. The writing is very descriptive with the world building but the story really focuses towards the relationships of the people. 

The main character Florence is very unselfish and has not only a very strong determination to prove herself. Although her relationship with Rolan is at a low point, the fact that she puts herself into danger to help others shows that this story really isn't just romantically focused. 

My absolute favorite part is the addition of the magic. The usage of magic in this world is very complex and it really adds to the adventure. The prisons, the tournament and travels through tunnels is all very well placed throughout the story that keeps your interest and at times it's very engaging and a page-turner.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Slither Sisters (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School) by Charles Gilman

“Two-headed monsters, giant tentacles, angry demons – Lovecraft Middle School is great creepy fun!”
–Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

This second novel in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series begins right where Professor Gargoyle ended.  Seventh-grader Robert Arthur has discovered that two of his classmates are actually sinister snake-women in disguise. Even worse, his new middle school is full of “gates” to a terrifying alternate dimension – a haunted mansion full of strange spirits and monstrous beasts.  For Robert to protect his teachers and classmates, he'll need to return to this haunted dimension with his best friends Glenn and Karina.   Can they uncover the secrets of Lovecraft Middle School before it's too late?

The Slither Sisters features more bizarre beasts, more strange mysteries, and more adventure.  It's perfect for readers ages 10 and up. Best of all, the cover features a state-of-the-art “morphing” photo portrait – so you can personally witness the sisters transforming into their slithering alter egos.  You won't believe your eyes!

Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #2: The Slither Sisters

 After Robert and Glenn narrowly escape through the gates with their lives. In The Slither Sisters, they end up right back where they never wanted to be. And this time the girls are trying to get them to give up their bodies to the master. One thing that they didn't count on is that this time, they find a friend on the other side. 

I love the idea behind the story of how Lovecraft Middle School exists. This combination of the different dimensions and how they have come to overlap.  Some of the pictures, and maybe a little of the story line maybe a bit on the scary side for younger readers. 

This series reminds me of the feelings I had while reading The Witches by Roald Dahl. It's got somewhat of a darker storyline, but it's very imaginative, unique and fun to read. 

The friendship between Robert, Karina and Glenn is slowly becoming something that is very solid and I for one am very interested to see how that is going to develop more as the series goes on.

The books are very fast paced, constant action and adventure. With creatures from other dimensions coming through, slowly overtaking the school. But which students and faculty can you trust...and how far will they go?

5 stars

From the Hardcover edition.

Hardcover, 160 pages

Published January 15th 2013 by Quirk Books

ISBN 1594745935 (ISBN13: 9781594745935)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Professor Gargoyle (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School) by Charles Gilman

Every volume in the Lovecraft Middle School series is fully illustrated and features an original lenticular portrait on the cover. Display them on bookshelves—and then watch the cover characters morph into monsters as you pass by!

In Professor Gargoyle, we’re introduced to 11-year-old Robert Arthur and the strange world of Lovecraft Middle School. It’s a brand-new state-of-the-art facility—so why do so many creepy things keep happening? Why is the science teacher acting so strangely? And where are all the rats coming from?

As Robert explores with his new friends Glenn and Carina, he discovers that the school may be a portal to another world.

Hardcover, 168 pages

Published September 25th 2012 by Quirk Books

ISBN  1594745919 (ISBN13: 9781594745911)

This book took me back to reading stories like The Witches by Roald Dahl. It was a little twisted, dark and amazingly fun and imaginative. 
Robert is in an area of town that has been re-districted, and now he has to attend the new school, Lovecraft Middle School. He's pretty shy and once he gets to school we can see that he is bullied. That's right, how lucky is he to have his bully reassigned to the new school as well. 
His teachers and the whole feeling of his new school feel off, and he's never felt completely comfortable. But when a girl befriends him and he soon discovers a two headed rat he takes on as a pet. His life begins to feel more comfortable. 
That is, until he notices some dark and very strange things about his professor, Mr Goyle. 
Not only are the staff at the school acting shady, but the school itself seems to be hiding secrets of it's own. 
When Robert finds a stairway in the library that leads to a hidden attic, things begin to really unravel and creatures from different worlds will soon change his life forever.

Monday, February 11, 2013

#BurnBright Fun NEWS!!!

Many of you know that I also do reviews and work with the Australian author Marianne de Pierres
recently she just announced on her website that her Night Creatures (YA series) is soon to be published in the US!!!

So what does that mean here on the blog? I will be doing giveaways!!! So keep an eye out later this year for another announcement for what's in store for that.

I am very excited for this news and even more excited to share one of my favorite series with all of you!

For starters, here is a link to her news announcement as well as the current book video (Australian edition of course) and a link to the book club. We read a book every month and at the end of the month we talk about it. If you join the book club, and participate with comments and tweets you could win things!!!
Direct link to info about how to join Book Club

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Cover Reveal: Zenn Scarlett

Zenn Scarlett is a bright and occasionally a-little-too-smart-for-her-own-good 17-year-old girl training hard to become an exoveterinarian. She specializes in the treatment of exotic alien life forms, mostly large and generally dangerous. Her novice year of training at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars was going well - until there are a series of inexplicable animal escapes from the school that Zenn finds herself blamed for. As if this isn't enough to be dealing with, her father vanishes under strange circumstances, and Zenn is worried that she has started hearing the thoughts of the creatures around her...
With the help of Liam, a towner boy, and Hamish, an alien bug also training at the clinic, Zenn must try to find her father, rescue the animals and unravel the mystery of who is behind the attacks on the school. And all without failing her first year.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1) by Moira Young

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back. Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.
Hardcover, 459 pages  Published June 7th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

I'm not going to lie, this book does take awhile to get used to the writing. The dialect took me at least half of the book to get used to. But I loved how much growth we see in the main character Saba. She is strong, smart and determined. A worthy heroine that I think everybody will really enjoy reading about.

Out of the blue one day a gang shows up to Saba's house and not only kidnaps her brother, leaves her father dead and the kids orphans.  Saba and her little sister take off to track down Lugh and rescue him. At first Saba is not happy about the fact she is stuck with her naive, childish little sister who she's never given any attention to. Lugh has been her life since they were born, twins and incomplete without each other.

The story is very fast paced, constant traveling in the beginning. Dangerous encounters with both people and creatures of this dangerous landscape. Soon Saba finds herself captured and used for entertainment as a cage-fighter. But their time is running out and she soon finds she only has so long to get to Lugh before something will happen to him.

Not only is Saba an amzingly strong character, her little sister soon becomes a threat of her own. They learn weaponry and have to think on their feet. There is a love interest, Jack that appears later in the novel. This story is very plot driven as all Saba thinks about repeatedly is finding Lugh in time.

I do recommend the audiobook narrated by Heather Lind for those that maybe questioning the writing style used. She does an awesome job narrating and makes it a very enjoyable listen.

5 stars!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Shadowhunters and Downworlders

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. Originally a trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass), the series has extended to six titles, plus a prequel trilogy, the Infernal Devices, and a planned sequel series, the Dark Artifices. A feature film is planned for 2013.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders, edited by Clare (who provides an introduction to the book and to each piece), is a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world.

Authors Who Contributed:
Holly Black / Kendare Blake / Gwenda Bond / Sarah Rees Brennan / Rachel Caine / Sarah Cross / Kami Garcia / Michelle Hodkin / Kelly Link / Kate Milford / Diana Peterfreund / Sara Ryan / Scott Tracey / Robin Wasserman

This book is a series of essays from different authors. Each section talks about different aspects of the Mortal Instruments series as well as most of the main characters specifically. 

It's going to appeal to different readers in different ways. For example, I particularly liked the sections regarding the personal characters stories. How they interact with each other and learning more about each of them and their growth throughout the series so far. My particular favorite thing about this book was learning more about Valentine and Magnus. Sure, everything I already knew about them from reading the series, but this was like getting an added bonus to a more philosophical side of them and their contribution to the world.
Some of the stories/essays didn't really hit a spot with me, but everything about the Mortal Instruments series is touched on. 

It's a great book for fans of the series, to those that are interested in the series but don't want to read the books ( WHY NOT?!) 

Yes there are spoilers for those that have not read up to The City of Fallen Angels, but mostly for those that have not read The City of Bones (the first book) 

Several revelations are reveled about the characters and how they are romantically. Also the settings and world building. 

Cassandra Clare opens up with a very detailed and information section answering almost every question a fan might have of how the idea came about, her love for her characters and this world.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Return of King Lillian -Review

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Shine Light -Review

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